24112021-LT-01.qxd 11/24/2021 12:43 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE COMMUTERS FACE THE HEAT AS STAFF PROTEST ON HIGHWAY PAGE 2 Commuters had a horrific time as Doraha witnessed a huge traffic jam after employees held a protest near Khanna. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY Man dies as motorcycle rams into car SHE IS GAME: BHARTI OPENS UP ON THE INDIAN GAME SHOW PAGE 3 MADHU REACTS TO REPORTS OF PRIYANKA-NICK JONAS DIVORCE Comedian, host and actor Bharti Singh’s upcoming show on Bharti TV has been creating a lot of buzz. MAX 27°C | MIN 9°C | YESTERDAY MAX 26°C | MIN 9°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 5:25 PM PAGE 4 Priyanka Chopra Jonas left her fans in a tizzy when she dropped her last name ‘Chopra Jonas’ from her insta bio. SUNRISE THURSDAY 7:02 AM Dengue continues to sting, dist fourth worst-affected WEDNESDAY | 24 NOVEMBER 2021 | LUDHIANA Risking lives 2,654 confirmed, 4,383 suspected cases, four deaths so far Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 23 One person died in a road mishap near Khanna after his motorcycle rammed into a car on the Ludhiana- Khanna highway. The incident occurred near the Manji Sahib gurdwara on Monday evening. Complainant Honey of Kartar Nagar, Khanna, told the police that his cousin Ankul and another person, Sunny, also a resident of Kartar Nagar, had gone to attend a wedding yesterday. They were returning home on a motorcycle and when they reached near the gurdwara, a Nissan Sunny car suddenly applied brakes after which their motorcycle rammed into the rear side of the car. Ankul suffered serious head injuries in the accident and died on the spot while Sunny, who was riding pillion, also suffered serious injuries and was undergoing treatment at a hospital. The complainant said the driver of the car (bearing registration no. PB29M0189) escaped from the spot after the accident. Investigating officer ASI Sukhwinder Pal Singh of the Khanna Sadar police station said a case was registered against the car driver and efforts were on to the identify the accused. Ludhiana, November 23 With not much let-up in daily cases, the dreaded dengue fever, a mosquito-borne viral disease occurring in tropical and subtropical areas, continues to spread, leaving Ludhiana the fourth worst-hit district in the state, the government has confirmed. Though no fresh dengue death has been reported in the district since October 22, another 25 fresh cases, including 19 local residents and six outsiders tested positive here, took the count of confirmed cases to a record high of 2,654 and suspected 4,383 on Tuesday, the official figures have revealed. Four deaths due to dengue have been confirmed in Ludhiana so far. Of the total 2,654 patients testing positive for dengue here till Tuesday, 1,732 belonged to Ludhiana while 922 were from other districts or states. On Tuesday, 11 fresh patients were reported from urban areas, all from Ludhiana city, while eight were from rural areas, including three each from Raikot and Sahnewal and two from Sudhar. With this, the count of dengue cases in urban areas went up to 1,430 while 302 patients were from villages in the district. Of the total urban cases, a maximum of 1,282 were from Ludhiana city while Of the 2,654 patients who have tested positive for dengue in the city till Tuesday, 1,732 belong to Ludhiana. FILE PHOTO STATE TALLY 22,161 Confirmed cases 58,773 Suspected cases 79 Deaths WORST AND LEAST-HIT Mohali continues to be the worsthit district with a maximum of 3,800 confirmed, 9,378 suspected cases and 37 dengue deaths while Barnala remains the least-hit district with the minimum of 122 confirmed and 1,147 suspected cases and one death due to the disease so far. 77 were from Khanna and 71 from Jagraon. Among rural patients, the highest of 51 were from Sahnewal, 50 Koom Kalan, 49 Sudhar, 26 Pakhowal, 24 Sidhwan Bet, 21 Raikot, 20 Manupur, 15 each Malaud and Hathur, 12 Machhiwara, 11 Payal and eight from Samrala. The trend of the daily cases OFFICIALSPEAK The incidence of dengue has seen a decline in November but we are following the 3-T strategy of test, trace and treat all suspected cases. Besides providing free testing and treatment facilities, the government is undertaking research projects on dengue in collaboration with the PGI, Chandigarh. ❝ ❞ Hussan Lal, PRINCIPAL SECY TO CHIEF MINISTER this month showed that 29 tested positive for dengue on November 1, 38 on November 2, 40 on 3, 17 on 4, 25 on 5, 21 on 6, 14 on 7, 27 on 8, 21 on 9, 25 on 10, 29 on 11, 20 on 12, 18 on 13, 12 on 14, 17 on 15, 19 on 16, 23 on 17, 25 on 18, 19 on 19, 21 on 20, 10 on 21, 15 on 22 and 19 on November 23. However, the dengue cases were on decline since Octo- ber 27 when the daily count had touched a record high of 122. Since then the incidence of dengue has been lowering with the district reporting 74 cases on October 28, 63 on October 29, 35 on October 30 and 30 on October 31. The district-wise data analysed by the Health and Family Welfare Department, a copy of which is available with The Tribune, showed that Mohali continues to be the worst-hit district in the state with a maximum of 3,800 cases and 37 deaths while Barnala remained the least-affected district with a minimum of 122 dengue patients and one death till Tuesday. Among other districts, Bathinda reported 2,556 patients of the vector-borne disease and six deaths, Muktsar 1,846 cases and six deaths, Hoshiarpur 1,718 cases, Pathankot 1,714 cases and one death, Amritsar 1,689 cases, Patiala 907 cases and one death, Faridkot 827 cases and four deaths, Kapurthala 805 cases and two deaths, Ropar 766 cases and six deaths, Gurdaspur 731 cases, Jalandhar 603 cases and four deaths, Sangrur 515 cases and four deaths, Nawanshahr 485 cases and two deaths, Fatehgarh Sahib 350 cases and one death, Tarn Taran 286 cases, Fazilka 250, Ferozepur 205, Mansa 136 and Moga recorded 126 confirmed dengue patients with no death till Tuesday. One tests +ve for Covid Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 23 One person tested positive for Covid and no person lost his life due to the virus in the district today. The recovery rate of Covid19 patients has reached 97.58 per cent. At present, there are 14 active cases in the district. Twelve persons were sent for home isolation today. A total of eight patients are undergoing treatment for COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE 28,57,072 87,651 14 DEATHS 2,109 For any information related to Covid Contact: 0161-2444193 & 4622276 Covid at various city hospitals and of these, two belong to Ludhiana district and six are from other districts. Till date, a total of 28,57,072 samples have been taken, of which 27,57,691 were found negative. The total number of patients related to Ludhiana is 87,651 while 11,730 belong to other districts or states. The total number of persons who lost their lives includes 2,109 persons from Ludhiana and 1,060 from other districts. As many as 4,937 samples of suspected patients were sent for testing today and their results are expected shortly. Children fly kites near the railway lines on a sunny afternoon in Ludhiana on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Smuggler held with heroin, gun Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 23 The anti-narcotics cell of the Ludhiana police today nabbed a notorious smuggler. The police recovered 260 gm of heroin and one 9 mm pistol from him. The accused has been identified as Tanu Sidhu of Dr Ambedkar Colony. He is a sanitation worker in the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana. A case under the NDPS Act has been registered against the accused. Inspector Rajesh Kumar incharge, anti-narcotics cell, said a tip-off was received that the accused was into the notorious drug trade and he was going to deliver a huge quantity of heroin to his clients. Accordingly, the police laid a The accused in police custody in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO trap and nabbed the accused with 260 gm of heroin. The inspector said the accused also had a notorious past as two cases of drug smuggling were already registered against him in the past. “We will get the accused on police remand so that the entire drug supply line could be busted and major suppliers could be nabbed. The illegal weapon was procured by the accused recently from some weapon supplier and the police will also identify the latter,” Rajesh said. Now, two cell phones seized from observation home washroom Tribune News Service A man gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA Ludhiana, November 23 Two mobile phones were recovered from a washroom of the observation home, situated at Shimlapuri here yesterday. The home was already in news for all the wrong reasons. Recently, a few cases of sodomy came to the fore in which minor boys were sodomised by other inmates. The accused inmates are yet to be identified. Superintendent of the home Tarun Aggarwal told the police that yesterday when sanitation workers were cleaning the bathrooms, they noticed two mobile phones in a washroom. They informed him and afterwards, he called the police. Aggarwal suspected that these phones could had been concealed by the inmates staying in the home. Investigating officer ASI Harbans Singh said a case under Sections 42-52-A of the Prisons Act was registered against unidentified inmates. He said the police would conduct a probe to find out how the phones reached inside the observation home. Political narratives change as Cong goes ‘innovative’ Woman threatens to immolate Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 23 The Punjab politics has turned upside down in the past two months. The unexpected bang of Charanjit Singh Channi becoming the first Dalit Chief Minister of the state signalled that the next election is truly underway. The Congress has proved that it is going ‘innovative’ with its political strategies. The CM face for the upcoming poll has not been revealed yet and Harish Chaudhary, Punjab Congress affairs Incharge, during his visit to Ludhiana did not reveal party cards about the CM face and instead, said they would fight under collective leadership. Channi may not be a popular leader but with this, the Congress has indicated that they are moving a step forward by shunning away dependence on the Jat Sikh leadership. The Channi CM Charanjit Singh Channi interacts with Cong workers in Ludhiana. card played well, especially for the Dalit population, as the state has the highest 32 per cent of Dalit population in the country. Channi, who always portrayed himself as a ‘common man’, is trying to give a direct competition to AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal. A Dalit residing in old Ludhiana city said he never thought anybody among them could lead the state. “He is one among us and listens to people’s problems and also solves them on the spot. My heart and soul is with him.” Now that the BJP has announced to repeal the three controversial farm laws, it has created ripples in the political circles and other parties are worried if this can lead to political gain to the BJP in the coming elections. CM Channi while addressing a party workers’ meeting in Ludhiana said farmers had to remain vigilant till the draconian farm laws were repealed. He said fresh conspiracies were being hatched to harm the interests of the farmers, besides derailing progress and prosperity of the state. At the same time, Channi is also trying to strike a chord with rural population after he announced free water and low power bills after taking charge in the poll-bound state but the rural populace only wants their loans to be waived off as promised by the Congress government when it was formed. HS Lakhowal, general secretary of the BKU, said farmers could not get fooled by these announcements and now, he knows that these were also mere an eyewash. “The Congress when came to power in the state promised to waive off loans and after over four years also, the main demand of the farmers is loan waiver. We will support Channi only if he waives off the same while rest of everything is a gimmick,” Lakhowal said. Freebies’ announcement scares bizmen On the other hand, industrial- c m y b ists are frightened from Channi due to freebies he is announcing since he took over. “Freebies are being announced majorly for the farm sector and those belonging to the industry is worried as to who will bear the burden of these freebies. We do not trust the Finance Minister as earlier he said the state exchequer is empty and now, he says they have money. How can the situation change all of a sudden,” said BadishJindal, president of the Federation of Punjab Small Industries Association. A senior Congress leader said: “It was Sidhu who triggered this transition. Channi is doing a good job but as everybody knows he is a short-term CM. The switch will help the party to some extent but the question now remains is that who will be the CM candidate for the upcoming poll and that can be one of the major deciding factors for voters,” he said. herself at office of top cop Alleges police inaction in harassment case Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 23 A woman alleging physical and mental torture at the hands of her father-in-law and other relatives of her husband threatened to immolate herself at the office of the Commissioner of Police (CP) on Tuesday. It was only when the woman was noticed by office staff and she was taken to the office of the top cop, she calmed down. The woman claimed that she had brought some inflammable substance to immolate herself and her children. Harpreet Kaur, a resident of Haibowal Kalan, along with her four children and mother had reached the CP’s office and raised hue and cry over police inaction in the harassment case. “I got married to Inderjit Singh about 12 years ago and gave birth to four children. About seven months ago, my husband died in a road accident and later, my mother-in-law also breathed her last due to some health issues. For the past few weeks, my father-in-law and his sisters had been trying to throw me and my children out of the house. I had been physically and mentally tortured. Despite filling complaints, no action is being taken against the guilty, “the woman alleged. She alleged that recently her father-in-law had thrown her and four children out of the house and she was forced to stay with her mother. The woman said today she had come to hold a protest at the CP’s office where she had also planned to commit suicide by immolating herself. She alleged that after her suicide, the police might take action against her father-in-law and other suspects. When the woman was raising an alarm, Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar was entering the office premises and after noticing her, he called the woman and listened to her grievances. “I have been assured by the CP that justice will be delivered either by registering a case or by making me to live at my husband house amicably. The CP marked a probe into the matter. I have full faith in the top cop’s assurance,” Harpreet said. Notably, yesterday when Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi came to Ludhiana, the woman had also attempted to meet him but the CM’s security did not let her to meet him.
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