20112021-LT-01.qxd 11/20/2021 12:17 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE SNATCHING CASES GO DOWN, RECOVERIES SCALE NEW HIGH PAGE 2 KARISMA, SUNIEL SHETTY REUNITE ON INDIA’S BEST DANCER 2 Santching cases in the city register a major dip, while number of arrests and recoveries have gone up. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 3 RANI MUKERJI IS A VERY NATURAL ACTOR, SAYS SAIF ALI KHAN This Saturday and Sunday, it’s celebrations galore on dance reality show India’s Best Dancer Season 2 MAX 26°C | MIN 8°C | YESTERDAY MAX 25°C | MIN 8°C SUNSET SATURDAY 5:26 PM PAGE 4 Saif Ali Khan has heaped praise on his Bunty Aur Babli 2 co-star Rani Mukerji by calling her a “very natural actor”. SUNRISE SUNDAY 6:58 AM SATURDAY | 20 NOVEMBER 2021 | LUDHIANA PRIME MINISTER’S ANNOUNCEMENT OF REPEALING NEW FARM LAWS Wave of happiness sweeps city Farmers rejoice at victory ‘Diyas’ lit at Sarabha Nagar market, sweets distributed outside Jama Masjid Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 19 A wave of happiness swept the city as residents supporting the farmers’ agitation rejoiced at the announcement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of repealing the three farm laws on Friday. In the evening, residents lit ‘diyas’ to mark the celebrations at the Sarabha Nagar market. Residents saw the government’s decision to repeal farm laws as a big and historic win for the farmers who have been protesting on Delhi borders for nearly one year. Residents also remembered the farmers and supporters who have lost lives during the ‘kisan andolan’ against the three farm laws. A city resident, Gursahib Singh, said, “It is a historic win of the farmers. We are marking the celebration by doing ‘deepmala’ at the Sarabha Nagar market. Around 700 farmers have lost lives during the ongoing movement against the agricultural laws till date. We are paying tributes to the martyred farmers. If the Continued on page 2 (Clockwise from top) Residents celebrate the announcement of repealing of farm laws at the Sarabha Nagar market; members of the Majlis Ahrar Islam distribute sweets among people outside Jama Masjid; residents lit candles to pay tributes to ‘shaheed’ farmers at the Sarabha Nagar market in Ludhiana on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN CHEMIST BOOKED FOR RAPING MARRIED WOMAN Ludhiana: A medical store owner was booked for raping a married woman for five months. When she turned pregnant, she informed the police. The Moti Nagar police today registered a case of rape against the medical store owner, Sushil Kumar. He is yet to be arrested. Victim woman said a few months back she had suffered from severe stomach ache. She went to buy medicine from Sushil Medical Store. “Sushil Kumar produced a bill of Rs 10,000 but due to my poor financial condition, I was unable to pay the bill. Sushil Kumar, expressing sympathy with me, asked me to visit his home as some injections were lying at home. When I went to his home, Sushil Kumar administrated an injection to me. I become semiconscious. Sushil Kumar raped me and also made a video of it,” alleged the woman. Sushil Kumar then started blackmailing her with the video and continuously raped her for five months. Recently when she turned pregnant and informed Sushil Kumar, he expressed interest to develop sexual relationship with her daughter. The woman said today she filed a complaint, following which the case was registered. TNS FOUR KIDNAPPED GIRLS RESCUED Ludhiana: The city police rescued four minor girls who were kidnapped by some persons on the pretext of marrying them. Rupinder Kaur Sra, Additional DCP-IV, said the girls were kidnapped by some persons either for marriage or for some unknown motives. Sra said three minor girls were kidnapped in October, while one in September. Cases were registered at the Focal Point police station. When the girls were rescued and kidnappers arrested, girls were handed over to their families. TNS 74-yr-old woman dies, two test positive in dist ASI held for creating ruckus at hospital Tribune News Service INBRIEF Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 19 Two persons tested positive for Covid and one woman lost her life to the disease in the district today. The deceased woman was 74 years’ old resident of Bhairomunna. The recovery rate of Covid-19 patients has reached 97.57 per cent and there are 21 active cases in the district at present. Nineteen patients were asked to undergo home isolation today. A total of nine patients — two from Ludhiana and seven from other districts — are undergoing treatment for Covid at various city hospitals. A total of seven patients — two from Ludhiana and five from other states/districts — have tested positive in the last 24 hours. Till date, a total of 28,39,566 samples for Covid test have been taken, of which 27,40,192 were found negative. The total number of patients belonging to Ludhiana is 87,647, while 11,727 patients belong to other districts/states. The total number of patients who lost their lives to Covid is 2,109 from Ludhiana, November 19 The police arrested a cop who created ruckus at Civil Hospital in Samrala. A case was registered against the policeman, Parminder Singh, who is an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) in the Ludhiana Commissionerate. The case was registered on the complaint of Dr Oshu Balagan. Complainant Dr Oshu said on November 17 night, ASI Parminder Singh came to the hospital and claimed that he was not well and he needed some medicine. “When I started checking the ASI, he started threatening me and even threatened to shoot me. He said he would call Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi to complain against me. We didn’t argue with him and immediately called the police,” revealed the complainant. Staff of the hospital had also made a video of the ASI in which he can be seen behaving in an inebriate state. Investigation officer ASI Joginder Singh said the accused ASI was arrested yesterday. A man gives a sample for Covid test in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE 28,39,566 87,647 21 -DEATHS 2,109 For any information related to Covid Contact: 0161-2444193 & 4622276 Ludhiana and 1,058 from other districts. Samples of 5,300 suspected patients were sent for testing today and their results are expected shortly. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma appealed to the residents to adhere to all safety protocols, like wearing masks, maintaining social distance and washing hands frequently, of the Punjab Government to not only save themselves, but keep everyone around safe. Smuggler held with 15-kg ganja Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 19 The Crime Investigation Wing of the police nabbed a smuggler and recovered 15 kg of ganja from his possession on Friday. The accused has been identified as Mumtaz Alam, alias Mansu, native of Bihar, presently residing at Mohalla New Mad- hopuri here. Inspector Parveen Kumar, in-charge, Crime Branch-II, in a statement said secret information was received that Mumtaz Alam was on the way to deliver a huge quantity of ganja. Accordingly a police party laid a naka and stopped Mumtaz Alam, who was riding a scooter for checking. Dur- ing the checking of the boot of the scooter 15 kg of ganja was recovered. Inspector Parveen said Mumtaz Alam was on the way to deliver narcotics to his clients in the city. Now police remand of the accused would be sought to bust the supply line of drugs and key suppliers of drugs would also be nabbed. c m y b Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 19 Farmers rejoiced at their victory and celebrated the government’s decision to repeal the three farm laws. They could be seen dancing on the beats of drum and distributing sweets to celebrate the occasion. An elderly woman was seen distributing sweetened rice among farmers outside MBD Mall, where farmers were protesting against the farm laws. “I have prepared rice with my own hands to celebrate the win. It is the victory of the common man and it has been once again proven that nothing is impossible if one stands firm on his resolve to fight for a cause. Majority and brotherhood have played an important role in the protest,” she said. HS Lakhowal, general secretary of the Bhartiya Kissan Union, said they are elated over the decision and will wait for repealing of the laws during the Parliament session. “The decision to take back the laws should have been taken earlier so that the damage should have been controlled. Lives lost can never be compensated Farmers celebrate the announcement by the Prime Minister of repealing of farm laws near MBD Mall in Ludhiana on Friday. but still we are satisfied that finally the government has decided to roll back its decision,” said Lakhowal. Chamkaur Singh, secretary of the All India Kissan Sabha said they will be happy only when the entire procedure to repeal laws is completed in Parliament. “Till then agitation in some form or another will be continued,” said he. Meanwhile, the Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association (FOPSIA) congratulated the farmers, state and Central Government for resolving the crucial issue related to the economy of state. “With the end of agitation, the Central-state relation will improve and will be helpful for the state’s economy. The domestic demand will increase with the end of agitation as the non-essential purchases were curtailed by the farmers due to agitation. The peace in the state will bring investment and expansions. The domestic and international buyers can easily reach the state due to end of barricades and blockages. The transportation of goods will be more convenient after the end of jams due to blockade,” said Badish Jindal, president, FOPSIA.
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