02112023-LT-01.qxd 11/2/2023 1:00 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana tribune YOUTH FESTIVAL KICKS OFF AT AGRI UNIVERSITY LOOK WHO’S BACK! ARSHAD WARSI TO JUDGE JHALAK DIKHHLA JAA BEN AFFLECK BUMPS HIS CAR AFTER CHATTING WITH EX-WIFE Youth festival of Punjab Agricultural University kicked off with enthusiasm among students. P2 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa is set to make its grand ghar vapsi on Sony Entertainment Television after a hiatus of 12 years. P3 Ben Affleck bumped his Mercedes-Benz into a car after he was caught on camera chatting with ex-wife Jennifer Garn. P4 » » FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY MAX 31°C | MIN 16°C YESTERDAY MAX 31°C | MIN 16°C SUNSET THURSDAY 5.37 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:42 AM » THURSDAY | 2 NOVEMBER 2023 | LUDHIANA Members of farmer union detained Ludhiana, November 1 Members of a farmers’ union were detained in Jagraon when they were moving ahead to Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here to attend the Chief Minister’s debate, ‘Main Punjab Bolda Haan’, on Wednesday. Gurmeet Singh Mehma, general secretary of the Krantikari Kisan Union, said the Chief Minister, through a tweet, had extended an invitation to the people of Punjab, especially farmers and labourers, to engage in the debate. But the state government decided to withdraw from the dialogue with farmer unions. “On Wednesday, a group of our members, led by Avtar Singh Mehma, were detained by the Jagraon police when they were going to attend the debate at the PAU,” he said. Meanwhile, farmers’ union leader Darshan Pal criticised the action against farmers and demanded their immediate release. “Prior to the 2022 elections, many promises were made to the people of the state by AAP but these promises have not been fulfilled to date. The AAP government has not fulfilled its promises, resulting in further discontent among the people,” said Gurmeet Mehma. “The state government showed reluctance to participate in the dialogue with the farmers’ union. The farmers, labourers and students were stopped on the way leading to the PAU today and the action has caused anger among the people,” he added. Gurmeet said the farmers were detained around 11 am and released around 3 pm. Notably, a number of persons belonging to a few teachers’ and other unions were detained outside the PAU after they were denied entry to the university. — TNS at Dehlon Chaos erupts outside PAU Teachers detainedresidences government school, during CM Mann’s debate Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 1 On Wednesday, leaders of the Purani Pension Bahali Sangharsh Committee of Punjab and the BEd Adhyapak Front Punjab, who had planned to attend the ‘Main Punjab Bolda Haan’ debate at the PAU, were detained at various locations in the district. Members of these unions have expressed anger against action of the AAP-led state government. Ajitpal Singh Jassowal, a teacher, said he was detained till 3 pm at Government Senior Secondary School in Dehlon. He said they had a plan to join the debate in Ludhiana to express their concerns but he was detained at the Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 1 During the key debate — ‘Main Punjab Bolda Haan’ — called by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, a situation of chaos and protests unfolded outside Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here today. Numerous unions and organisations had gathered to voice their grievances and hold protests against the state government. Commuters faced difficulties as a section of the main Ferozepur Road and the service lane outside the PAU, Ludhiana, were closed to traffic during the event. However, traffic was diverted via Elevated Road. Additionally, traffic congestion occurred near several entrances to the PAU today. In response to the gathering, substantial police forces, along with anti-riot teams, were stationed at PAU gates, preventing ordinary citizens and representatives of various organisations from accessing the university during the event. Even visitors who had come to attend Saras Mela, being organised by the district administration at the PAU, were turned away. Some of the disappointed visitors said the administration had not provided prior notice about restricting public access to Saras Mela during the debate. A visitor, Jaskaran Singh, expressed frustration at not being allowed to enter the PAU, questioning the nature of the debate where even ordinary people were excluded. Members of the Krantikari Kisan Union, who were denied entry to the PAU, aimed to raise VISITORS GOING TO SARAS MELA TURNED AWAY Visitors who had come to attend Saras Mela, being organised by the district administration at the PAU, were turned away. Some of the disappointed visitors said the administration had not provided prior notice about restricting public access to Saras Mela during the debate. government-related queries. Social activist Satish Thaman and an activist, Jai Parkash Jain, faced similar denials. Amid the heavy police presence, some students were disappointed after being denied entry to one of the gates on Ferozepur Road. However, a number of other students eventually gained access to the university by showing their identity cards at gate number 4 near Nehru Rose Garden. Incidents of people arguing with the police also occurred. Several ex-servicemen, who had served under the Guardians of Governance (GoG), also attempted to take part in the debate but were denied entry to the university. A person also questioned the worth of such a debate if the public were not allowed to participate. SIdhu Moosewala’s supporter detained A supporter of late singer Sidhu Moosewala said he had come to seek answers from the state government regarding the death of the artiste but was barred from entering the PAU. Carrying a photo of Sidhu with his parents and slogan ‘Hai koi Jawab?’ (Is there an answer?), the man was demanding justice. He was later detained by the police. In the meantime, persons affiliated with AAP along , with their supporters, were gaining entry to the venue using letters of reference from the Chief Minister’s office, as per information. Event called by CM personal press meet, says BJP leader Tribune News Service Ludhiana, November 1 The open debate, ‘Main Punjab Bolda haan’, called by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on the occasion of Punjab Day at Punjab Agriculture University (PAU) here today proved to be a personal press conference of Bhagwant Mann, said BJP district president Rajneesh Dhiman. He raised questions that why Punjab Police personnel were deployed in a large number at the press meet venue. Dhiman said after inviting Punjabis and leaders to the debate, the government with the help of the police was try- ing to stop people from reaching Ludhiana, so that no one could attend the event and expose failures of the government. “Why did you make such a joke with the people of the state? Besides installing barricades around the auditorium, many places were closed with wires. Some people were also kept under house arrest,” Dhiman said. The CM had invited all three crore residents of Punjab to participate in the debate but at the last moment, many restrictions were imposed on the public for attending the event, the BJP alleged. Dhiman asked the CM that people of the state want to know who spread drugs in Punjab?, Who gave shelter to gangsters? Who betrayed its residents? The BJP termed today’s event as a comedy show. It was keen to participate in the debate but no proper procedure was followed. State BJP general secretary Anil Sarin said it was a government-sponsored and government-controlled debate with hardly any scope for anyone else to speak and put forth his or her point of view. “It was all theirs, with their anchor, agenda and audience,” he said, adding that it was a pointless exercise of the AAP government and mere wastage of funds of the state exchequer, Sareen said. Two more dengue deaths, toll rises to 15 Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Women take part in Karwa Chauth rituals in Ludhiana on Wednesday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN P2 Man kills 80-year-old wife in Gurdev Nagar Ludhiana, November 1 In a shocking incident, an 85year-old man allegedly murdered his wife at their Gurdev Nagar residence here on Wednesday. According to the police, the suspect, identified as Harcharan Singh, is a retired district attorney. The victim, Manjeet Kaur (80), was allegedly attacked with a sharp weapon by her husband amid the strained relationship. The incident was brought to light when the couple’s son, who lives in Patiala, informed the school. Questions are being raised as to why police officials were sent to the school. “Two other union members Bikramjit Singh Kaddon and Gurdeep Singh Cheema were detained at their residences. We condemned this action taken by the AAP government,” said Ajitpal. Bikramjit said the police arrived at his residence in Kaddon village at 5:30 am. He said it was not an appropriate method to suppress their voices. They were educators not lawbreakers. A union member said the teachers were detained in a totalitarian manner. He accused the government of engaging in deceptive debates and using misleading posters. The teachers’ union members asserted that voices of unemployed and contractual employees are being disregarded. They have been demanding the reinstatement of the old pension scheme and the fulfilment of other demands for a long time. The unions have cautioned the government that if such attitude persists, they would be compelled to launch a significant campaign against the AAP government. AAP would have to face repercussions for the same in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the members said. Cops stand guard outside the PAU; and (below) protesters raise slogans after not being allowed to enter the university to attend the CM's debate in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Karwa spirit Tribune News Service Unions flay AAP-led state govt, say it’s not appropriate way to suppress their voices police about the tragedy, as per information. On receiving information, officers from the Division Number 5 police station reached the scene and started a probe into the case. The police have apprehended the man. The sharp weapon was allegedly recovered from the crime scene. According to the police, they recovered the body of the victim lying in a pool of blood. The body was sent for a post-mortem examination. Meanwhile, a case has been registered against the suspect. MLA Gogi raids patwari’s office Ludhiana, November 1 Ludhiana West MLA Gurpreet Bassi Gogi carried out a surprise checking at a patwari’s office in the Civil Lines area, with the assistance of the police. Gogi made allegations that four private persons, who were present in the office, were engaged in corrupt practices. Gogi streamed the raid live on Facebook, and in the video, his security men could be seen climbing over the main gate of the patwari office, as persons inside the building refused to open the gate. He said he had received a complaint from a resident against them. The MLA urged the police to apprehend the suspects. — TNS Ludhiana, November 1 The dreaded dengue fever, a mosquito-borne viral disease occurring in tropical and subtropical areas, is spreading its tentacles fast as 202 cases of the vector-borne disease have been reported in the past 10 days in the district, official figures have revealed. With two more deaths suspected to be caused by dengue on Wednesday, the count of suspected dengue deaths has risen to 15. With 24 fresh cases on Wednesday, the tally of confirmed patients has risen to 766, which was 35.82 per cent more than 564 positive cases recorded here on October 21. The gravity of the situation could be gauged from the fact that the number of Ludhiana’s confirmed dengue patients has shot up from 81 on August 25 to 252 on September 23, which was an increase of over 211 per cent, and further rose to 564 on October 21, which accounted for a whopping over 596 per cent increase in less than two months and 124 per cent rise in less than a month. A whopping 302 fresh cases have been reported during the past fortnight alone. From 464 on October 17, Ludhiana’s confirmed dengue tally had touched 564 on October 21 and 766 on November 1. This year’s figures were also more than double than c m y b 24 fresh cases take tally of confirmed patients to 766 in district RISING GRAPH Year A dengue ward at a hospital in Ludhiana. FILE Confirmed Deaths Cases ■ 2023 766 15 (suspected) ■ 2022 295 6 (confirmed) Month-Wise Fortnight Rise ■ Aug 25 81 ■ Oct 17 464 ■ Sept 23 252 ■ Oct 21 564 ■ Oct 21 564 ■ Nov 1 766 ■ Nov 1 766 FOUR WORST-HIT DISTRICTS in the district. She said 24 fresh cases of dengue were confirmed in the district on Wednesday, which included 17 from urban and seven from rural areas. With this, the cumulative total of dengue cases has reached 766, of which, 141 active patients, including 117 in urban and 24 in rural areas, were admitted to various government and private health institutions in the district. Except five active patients admitted to the Civil Hospital, all other serious patients were under treatment at different private hospitals. The district has also recorded the death of 15 patients with dengue-like symptoms but their actual cause of death was yet to reviewed ❝I havearising out the situation of dengue, malaria and other vector-borne diseases in the district and have directed the departments concerned to join hands for undertaking a joint concerted campaign to contain the further spread of such cases in the district. – Surabhi Malik, DC ❞ Hoshiarpur, Mohali, Patiala, and Ludhiana were the four worst-hit districts in the state so far. 295 confirmed dengue cases reported here during the corresponding period last year. Taking cognisance of the situation, Deputy Commissioner Surabhi Malik has directed district officials of all the departments concerned – Health, Public Health, and Municipal Corporation – to take immediate effective steps to check the further spread of the vector-borne diseases in the district. Director, Family Planning, Dr Hitinder Kaur Sohal, who is also holding the additional charge of the Civil Surgeon, told The Tribune on Wednesday that a massive test, trace and treat campaign was being undertaken by the Health Department to check the spread of dengue and malaria cases ALL-OUT EFFORTS ON: DC be confirmed. “These casualties have been marked as suspected dengue deaths as yet,” the Director Family Welfarecum-Civil Surgeon said. Last year, six dengue deaths had been reported in Ludhiana. Dr Sohal said adequate arrangements had been made at all government institutions to test and treat dengue and malaria patients with a special ward reserved for dengue patients at the Civil Hospital here. Urban-rural divide Urban areas were much more prone to dengue as compared to rural areas in the district. Of the total 24 confirmed patients of dengue reported on Wednesday, 17 were from urban areas while villages have reported only seven dengue cases. Similarly, the number of active cases was also more in urban areas with 117 seriously-ill patients under hospitalisation in the city while 24 dengue patients had been hospitalised from rural areas. Fourth worst-hit district Ludhiana is the fourth worst-hit district in the state when it comes to the confirmed dengue cases. While Hoshiarpur was on the top with the maximum of 1,190 confirmed cases and three dengue deaths, Mohali ranked second with 983 confirmed cases and no death due to dengue. Patiala with 795 confirmed cases and two dengue deaths was ranked third till Wednesday.
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