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SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7:01 AM TUESDAY | 23 NOVEMBER 2021 | LUDHIANA CM hands over job letters to Sips tea with auto-rickshaw kin of 5 ‘martyred’ farmers drivers, redresses grievances Manav Mander ‘RAPE’ VICTIM SEEKS LIP CHIEF’S ARREST Tribune News Service Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi greets the gathering during the Congress party workers’ meeting in Ludhiana. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 22 Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said today that the farmers’ agitation against three black laws will be remembered as a watershed movement to protect the democratic and human rights in the country. The Chief Minister handed over appointment letters of government jobs to next of kin of five farm- INBRIEF TUITION TEACHER BOOKED FOR RAPING STUDENT Ludhiana: The police have booked a tuition teacher for allegedly raping a minor student. The girl also accused the teacher of making her lewd videos. The victim’s father said his 14-yearold daughter is studying in Class IX. He alleged that her daughter shared the matter with her aunt that she was raped by the tuition teacher on October 1. He said her daughter had been upset for the past some time. The complainant alleged that the teacher had also threatened to upload her daughter’s videos on social media. According to the SHO of the Samrala police station, a case under Sections 376 and 506 of the IPC and Section 4 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act has been registered against the teacher. The accused has been identified as Vicky. The police are yet to arrest the accused. TNS ers ‘martyred’ during the struggle. Those who were give the job letters are Baljinder Singh, son of late Jung Singh, Amandeep Kaur, wife of late Baljinder Singh, Prabhjot Singh, son of late Manmohan Singh, Harvinder Kaur, wife of late Jagjit Singh, and Satnam Singh, son of late Hakam Singh. The Chief Minister said there is hardly any reason to rejoice since Punjab had lost more than 700 sons and daughters during the struggle. Channi said those hailing the decision are supporting the atrocities meted out by the Union Government to the agitating farmers, which is undesirable and unwarranted. The Chief Minister said the announcement regarding repealing of black laws is baseless until and unless guarantee of MSP for crops is not made. He said the Union Government must ensure that each and every grain of the farmers is lifted on MSP so that the exploitation of farmers in hands of private players is avoided. Channi said these few days are crucial for Punjab and farmers, adding that “all of us have to be extra cautious”. The Chief Minister reiterated that the “state government will construct a memorial in name of the ‘martyrs’ to perpetuate their glorious struggle for our younger generations”. Ludhiana, November 22 Auto-rickshaw drivers, who were sitting as usual at Gill Chowk, were taken aback as they saw Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi along with Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee president, Navjot Singh Sidhu approaching them. Channi halted there and listened to the problems of the auto-rickshaw drivers on his way to the grain market to take part in a party workers’ meeting and announced to waive their pending challans. Both Channi and Sidhu sat on a wooden bench and interacted with the auto-rickshaw drivers and owners. In his impeccable style, Channi relished the tea offered by the auto-rickshaw drivers by dipping a ‘mathi’ in it. During the interaction with the auto-rickshaw drivers, the Chief Minister assured them of considering their genuine demands. Due to huge rush of the auto-rickshaw drivers, the Chief Minister then stood on the stool and addressed the gathering amidst huge applause. Striking an emotional chord with the auto-rickshaw drivers, Channi said during his initial days he himself had driven an auto-rickshaw. Winning the hearts of the auto-rickshaw drivers he announced that new registration certificates will be issued soon to them for preventing their harassment. Channi announced that all the challans which are pend- Ludhiana, November 22 One person tested positive for Covid and no person lost his/her life due to the disease in the district today. The recovery rate of Covid19 patients has reached 97.58 per cent and there are 14 active cases in the district at present. Twelve patients were asked to undergo home A woman, allegedly raped by LIP chief Simarjit Singh Bains, stands outside the venue of the Congress workers’ meeting. woman, who has been allegedly raped by Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) chief Simarjit Singh Bains, was also present at the venue. “I was not allowed to go inside the venue so I am standing outside among people and want to question the Chief Minister why the LIP chief is being given political shelter and not being arrested,” she said. PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION FAILS TO SUBMIT MEMO ■ Members of the School Parents The police stop members of the School Parents Association from standing in between the road in Ludhiana. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN ing will be waived. He asked the auto-rickshaw drivers to follow traffic rules and work honestly. Channi also acceded to the demand of autorickshaw owners to draw a yellow line exclusively for plying of auto-rickshaws. While addressing party workers meeting, Channi emphasised his government’s commitment to ensure women empowerment. Channi said equal representation would be given to them in the government and as well as in the party fold in the coming days. “Women need their share, they don’t need reservations,” he said. Taking a dig at Kejriwal, Channi said what does the Mission Punjab of Kejriwal means? Are there not enough Punjabis left that now outsiders will come and rule Punjab? Channi questioned. Member of Parliament Ravneet Bittu, while addressing the meeting said public had chosen Congress leadership during last elections but the trust of the people was breached by some senior leaders. “The cords of the senior leaders were connected somewhere else due to which people had to Association, who had come to submit a memorandum to the Chief Minister, were standing in between the road. The police cleared the road and did not allow them to stand in between the road and hence they were unable to submit the memorandum. suffer but the change in leadership has shown positive results. Now the CM does not live in a palace but is easily accessible and is on roads in the evening and listen to the grievances of the public. Channi is the leader of the masses,” said Bittu. Senior Akali leader Sarabjit Kaur Sahoke, who had contested the 2017 Vidhan Sabha elections on the Akali ticket from the Jagraon constituency, Bhupinder Singh Sahoke, SAD halqa in-charge, Nihal Singh Wala, along with their supporters joined the Congress in the presence of the Chief Minister. Sanitary workers burn effigy of CM AAP supremo l launches ‘Ik mauka Kejriwal nu’ poster Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 22 Members of the Municipal Karamchari Dal staged a protest against Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi near Clock Tower on Monday. They also raised slogans against the Chief Minister and burnt his effigy to mark their protest. They were demanding the regularisation of services of contractual safai karamcharis, sewer men and Class IV workers. The union had planned to carry out a protest march from the MC’s Zone A office to Dana Mandi where Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi had to visit today. But, the police had barricaded the way near Clock Tower to stop the protesting union members from moving ahead. The protesters then sat on a dharna for around 30 minutes near Clock Tower. Appeals to drivers to display party banners on auto-rickshaws Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Members of the Municipal Karamchari Dal burn an effigy of Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi near Clock Tower in Ludhiana on Monday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA Meanwhile, commuters were stuck in a traffic jam. Additional Commissioner, MC, Aaditya Dachalwal then reached the site to meet the protesters. Union members handed over a memorandum (addressed to the Punjab Chief Minister) to the Additional Commissioner. The members demanded that the services of contractual workers should be regularised at the earliest, otherwise they would be forced to intensify the agitation. The contractual employees have been demanding the regularisation of services for a long period. A number of employees have been working with the MC for around 20 years. One fresh case of Covid, no death in district Tribune News Service ■A isolation today. A total of nine patients — two from Ludhiana and seven from other districts — are undergoing treatment for Covid at various city hospitals. Till date, a total of 28,52,135 samples for Covid test have been taken, of which 27,52,755 were found negative. The total number of patients belonging to COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE 28,52,135 87,650 14 1 DEATHS 2,109 For any information related to Covid Contact: 0161-2444193 & 4622276 Ludhiana is 87,650, while 11,730 patients belong to other districts/states. Total number of patients who lost their lives to the disease is 2,109 from Ludhiana and 1,060 from other districts. Whenever the district administration and Health Department find out about any positive or suspected Covid-19 patient, his/her sample is immediately sent for testing. Similarly, 3,556 samples of suspected patients were sent for test- c m y b ing 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. Ludhiana, November 22 Aam Aadmi Party supremocum-Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday evening launched a banner “Ik mauka Kejriwal nu” (One chance to Kejriwal) during an “Auto samwad programme” with auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan here. Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann inaugurated the ‘Ek mauka Kejriwal nu’ poster for Punjab’s autorickshaw drivers on the stage, which Kejriwal later pasted on an auto-rickshaw. He said when the AAP contested the elections for the first time in 2013, auto-rickshaws and taxi drivers played 70 per cent role in that victory. Auto, rickshaw and tempo drivers also made significant contributions in the next two victories, he added. Kejriwal said the biggest role was played by putting the Aam Aadmi Party’s poster behind the auto-rickshaws. He appealed to the auto-rickshaw drivers here to display the banner on their autos and support them in the upcoming Punjab Assembly elections. He said, “During the Covid pandemic, the Delhi Government had disbursed a total of Rs 150 crore to Delhi’s auto, taxi and tempo drivers by providing them Rs 5,000 per month, which has not been given by any government in Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and AAP’s Punjab president Bhagwant Mann paste a banner ‘Ik mauka Kejriwal nu’ on an auto-rickshaw. the country to the auto and taxi drivers of their states.” Drivers share grievances During the programme, auto and taxi drivers shared their grievances. Lakhwinder Singh Dhillon, an auto-rickshaw union president, said the issues of auto drivers in Delhi are different as compared to Punjab. He said they have been demanding from the government for a long time to draw a yellow line for the autos but nothing has been done to date. “We don’t want anything free but we need employment and policies for betterment of auto drivers,” he said. Satish from another union said the successive governments and department concerned have collected a large amount from the auto drivers in name of challans, instead of resolving the issues. He said 30 per cent of auto drivers have become unem- ployed due to the wrong policies of the government. Ram Teerath, leader of a taxi drivers’ union, said their works are not being done in the government departments concerned due to which the taxi drivers are forced to go to private agents. Vipan Arora of a taxi drivers’ union alleged the traffic police also unnecessarily harass them by issuing challans. He said the elected representatives don’t hear their issues. He demanded that the government should launch its taxi app so that all drivers can work without paying any commission. The taxi drivers demanded that parking issues should also be resolved by making free taxi stands at bus stands, railway stations and other locations. Kejriwal said they would solve the problems of auto and taxi drivers of Punjab on a priority basis like the auto drivers of Delhi.
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