13052022-LT-01.qxd 5/13/2022 12:27 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE CULTURAL FEST ‘ECTOPIA-2022’ BEGINS AT MEDICAL COLLEGE Three-day cultural festival ‘Ectopia-2022’ begins at the DMCH. The theme of the fest this year is ‘Andromeda’. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 2 KIARA ADVANI TALKS ABOUT SUPERSTITIONS ON KAPIL’S SHOW PAGE 3 KNOW ACTOR SANJAY DUTT’S MANTRA OF SUCCESS Kiara Advani graced the sets of The Kapil Sharma Show to promote her new film Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2. MAX 42°C | MIN 28°C | YESTERDAY MAX 41°C | MIN 28°C SUNSET FRIDAY 7:13 PM PAGE 4 Sanjay Dutt, who is known for his charisma, has yet again impressed with his performance in KGF: Chapter 2. SUNRISE SATURDAY 5:32 AM FRIDAY | 13 MAY 2022 | LUDHIANA Union Minister campaigns against drugs After losing his son to drugs in 2020, Kaushal Kishore is on mission to eradicate drugs from country Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 12 After losing his son to drugs, Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Kaushal Kishore is on a mission to eradicate drugs from country. Minister Kishore Kaushal was the chief guest and resource person during the seminar on ‘Nasha Mukt Samaj Abhiyan — Andolan Kaushal Ka’ at SCD Government College here on Thursday. The minister appealed to the students and faculty members to create awareness to eradicate drugs. He said everyone should support the campaign to make Ludhiana, Punjab and country free of drugs. Speaking during a seminar on eradication of drugs at Sahir Auditorium of the college, minister Kaushal Kishore shared that he lost his son Akash Kishore to drugs in 2020. The helplessness that he felt at not being able to save his son despite best medical help made him resolve to launch his mission of eradicating drugs from the country. MINISTER ADDRESSES GADVASU STUDENTS ■ The National Service Scheme (NSS) unit of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana, organised a programme and seminar on ‘Awareness on alcohol addiction and drug abuse amongst Youth.’ ■ The chief guest of the seminar was Kaushal Kishore, Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs. ■ Kaushal, while addressing the students, mentioned the illeffects of drugs and said that the youth should avoid this evil. He administered an oath to the students of GADVASU to stay away from drugs. Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Kaushal Kishore along with students and staff members take a pledge to eradicate drugs from the country at SCD Government College in Ludhiana on Thursday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA He said it is with this aim in mind that he is touring every nook and corner of the country. “Every year lakhs of people die due to drugs — overdose due to consumption of drugs, liquor, tobacco, etc. Crime has risen in society, enlistment in the armed forces has gone down as the youngsters fail to qualify,” he said. He also apprised the students of the grim reality that drug traffickers themselves stay away from drugs but try to ensure that more and more people are ensnared in the trap of drugs. He exhorted all present to participate in the mission. On the occasion, an oath was administered and everyone present took the pledge to stay away from drugs and ensure that all in their family, their friends’ circle and their neighbourhood stay away from drugs too. This way, the entire country would become free from drugs, he said. The Principal, Dr Pardeep Singh Walia, and the members of the College Council earlier welcomed the chief guest. Dr Walia said that it’s a very noble social cause for which everyone should extend support. Dr Satya Rani thanked Kaushal Kishore for encouraging the students for this noble mission. CIA officials address a press conference regarding the arrest of a smuggler with opium in Ludhiana on Thursday. Smuggler held with 500-gm opium, ~1L Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 12 The CIA-II wing of the Ludhiana police today nabbed a smuggler and recovered 500 gram of opium from his possession. The smuggler has been identified as Randeep Singh (54), resident of Mohalla Begoana. The CIA in-charge, Inspector Beant Juneja, said secret information was received that Randeep Singh was on the way to deliver a huge quantity of opium to his clients. Accordingly he along with the CIA team laid a naka at the Lohara canal bridge, where the Swift car in which the smuggler was travelling was stopped for checking. During the search of the car 500 gram of opium and Rs 1lakh drug money were seized. During preliminary questioning, Randeep Singh confessed that he brought narcotics from some big smugglers of Ambala. The accused was today produced in court, which remanded him in two-day police custody. Inspector Juneja said the accused also has a criminal background as one case of fraud was registered against him in the past. Man booked for rape Protest against MC over water scarcity Ludhiana, May 12 The Sadar police on Wednesday registered a case against a man on the charges of raping a woman on the pretext of solemnising marriage with her. The accused had raped the woman in his car. The accused has been identified as Harvinder Singh of Lohara Colony. The complainant, a resident of Jain Colony, told the police that she had met Harvinder Singh in 2020. As she developed liking for him, Harvinder Singh also proposed her for marriage. Last year Harvinder Singh took her for an outing in his car. He stopped the car at an isolated place in Sangowal village and raped. “Harvinder Singh had promised that he would solemnise marriage with me but he didn’t fulfil his promise. Recently he categorically refused to solemnise marriage, due to which she lodged a complaint with the police,” alleged the complainant. Investigating officer ASI Dharminder Singh said raids are being conducted to nab the accused. — TNS Tribune News Service Residents block the national highway at Shakti Nagar in Ludhiana on Thursday. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Residentsprotestmobiletower installation, block highway Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 12 Residents blocked the Delhi-Amritsar national highway near Samrala chowk on Thursday against the installation of a mobile tower in a residential area (Street number 5, Shakti Nagar). Commuters faced huge inconvenience as they remained stuck in a long jam on the highway. Some of the commuters also had arguments with the protesters for holding up the traffic and not allowing them to pass. “A mobile tower is being installed on the third floor of the house in Shakti Nagar and residents have been protesting the move for the past over a month. Residents had also met AAP MLA from the Ludhiana East constituency Daljit Grewal Bhola and asked him to stop the tower installation work. When we didn’t get any assurance from the MLA we blocked the highway,” said protesters. Protesters alleged that if the tower is installed in the residential area, its rays would create health issues for the residents. The dharna was lifted after one and a half hours only when the house owner, where the tower is being installed, said they had stopped the installation work of the tower. Ludhiana, May 12 As the Municipal Corporation failed to fix the water supply fault amid rising temperature these days, residents once again staged a protest by blocking traffic movement on Tajpur Road on Thursday. The residents have complained to the MC authorities and MLA from Ludhiana East but the water supply fault is yet to be fixed. The protesting residents said they are forced to pay Rs 700 per water tanker as the Municipal Corporation even failed to arrange water through its tankers during these scorching days of summer. Roopam Sethi, a resident, said there has been no water supply in the area for the past week. Thus, they have been left to suffer. She said frequent power cuts are also being imposed in their area. Another resident said, “There is no water in our houses. Our complaints to Residents protest against MC over scarcity of water in Ludhiana on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO the MC are falling on deaf ears. During these hot summer days, the civic body failed to fix the water supply fault due to which we are forced to stage the protest. A water tubewell has been lying defunct for the past four months but it is not being repaired or replaced.” On the other hand, Superintending Engineer (O&M Cell), MC, Rajinder Singh said the water supply got disrupted due to power cuts. Whenever a power cut is imposed, tubewells stop functioning. There is no power backup facility. Rajinder Singh said tubewell operators have been directed that once the power supply is restored, the water tubewells should be operated as long as the power remained off during the power cut. He said they have floated tenders to install a new tubewell in place of the defunct tubewell. PAU students take out candle 5 new cases in district Food delivery boy hurt in firing march in memory of Renu Bala Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 12 Students of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) took out a candle march in the memory of an engineering student who had recently committed suicide. Paying tributes to BTech second-year student Renu Bala, students lighted candles in her memory and took out a candle march on the campus. Renu had left a suicide note in which she mentioned that she is taking the extreme step after she came to know that the fee would add finan- Punjab Agricultural University students take out a candle march in Ludhiana on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN cial burden on her parents. Students demanded that the fee should be made affordable so that there is no financial burden on the families and no other student is forced to take such an extreme step. Students remembered their friend as a happy and vibrant girl and never imagined she was undergoing through such a difficult phase of her life. After the incident, the university authorities have decided to hold counselling sessions for the students. Ludhiana, May 12 Five persons tested positive for Covid, while no death due to the disease was reported in the district today. A total of 1,09,898 persons have tested positive for the virus since March 2020, while 2,280 persons from the district have succumbed to the virus till now. The recovery rate of Covid-19 patients was 97.91 per cent today. There were 21 active cases in the district and 21 patients were asked to isolate themselves at their homes by the Health Department. c m y b COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 35,41,398 1,09,898 21 3 2,280 For info Contact: 0161-2444193 & 4622276 At present no Covid patient is admitted to hospital in Ludhiana. Till date, a total of 35,41,398 samples for Covid test have been taken, of which 34,16,735 were found negative. Samples of 4,006 suspected patients were sent for testing today, the results of which are expected shortly. Ludhiana, May 12 Panic spread in the Bhagwan Nagar market when two persons indulged in a fight and one of them resorted to firing. A food delivery boy, who came to deliver burgers in the market, suffered a bullet injury in his leg. The injured has been identified as Suresh Bawa of the Noorwala road. People rushed him to the Civil Hospital. ASI Rajinder Singh of the Sherpur police post said Jagjit Singh, who runs a shop in Bhagwan Nagar, had an old enmity with the assailant. Today at 9 pm, the asailant came to his shop and started arguments. In no time argu- ments took the shape of a fight. The assailant also attacked Jagit’s mother. When the assailant was fleeing, Jagjit and his mother tried to stop him during which he fired a shot which hit the food delivery boy. The police recovered an empty cartridge from the market. — TNS 25-year-old youth found dead at vacant plot Ludhiana, May 12 A youth was found dead at an empty plot on the Dhandra road on Thursday. Drug overdose is said to be the cause of death. The deceased has been identified as Navneet Kumar (25), resident of LIG Flats, Dugri. The deceased’s kin said Navneet was a drug addict and he also remained at a drug de-addiction centre for treatment. Recently he was discharged from the centre. They said on Wednesday morning, Navneet left with some of his friends in his autorickshaw but he didn’t return home. Today when they were searching for him, his autorickshaw was found near the Jain temple while his body was found in a plot. — TNS
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