01042021-LT-01.qxd 4/1/2021 12:09 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE MLA LAYS FOUNDATION STONE OF ROAD RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT The Tribune had highlighted the plight of residents/motorists due to the dilapidated condition of the road. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF MAN HACKS LIVE-IN PARTNER TO DEATH Ludhiana: A man allegedly hacked his live-in partner to death at Machhiwara Sahib. After killing her, he fled away. The deceased has been identified as Surita (40), while the accused as Raj Kumar. The SHO, Machhiwara Sahib, Inspector Rajesh Thakur said both were live-in partners. On March 29 night, both were consuming liquor. They had arguments over some issue and the man slit the throat of the woman with a sharp weapon. Thakur said they had been fighting with each other daily over various issues. Both of them were addicted to liquor and used to drink together. Complainant in the case Sohan Singh, a farmer, said about a year ago, Raj Kumar used to work in his fields. Another servant Raju used to work in the fields of his brother Surjit Singh. A few months back, Raj Kumar, who had developed an affair with Raju’s wife Surita, eloped with her to Bihar. Recently both had come back to Machiwara. “On March 30 morning, when I called up Raj Kumar for some work, he said he had come to Patiala and Surita was in room. When I went to the room, I was shocked to see that Surita was lying in a pool of blood with her throat slit open. I suspect Raj Kumar killed his live-in partner,” added complainant Sohan. TNS POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 9 am to 5 pm: AWHO Flats (Fouji Colony), Basant Avenue, Baba Deep Singh Nagar, Bhai Himmat Singh Nagar, Bharti Vidhya Mandir, Dhandra AP, GLADA, House Fed flats, Manakwal, Mehmoodpur, Nitish Vihar, Phullanwal, Satpal Mittal, Urban Estate Phase-2, Phase-1, CRPF Colony, Satjot Nagar, Centragreen Flats, SBS Nagar. PAGE 2 NEW ENTRY: KUNAL JAISINGH JOINS KYUN UTTHE DIL CHHOD... MAX 32°C | MIN 19°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 22°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:46 PM PAGE 4 Anushka Sharma has resumed shooting two months before she was expected to face the camera. SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:15 AM THURSDAY | 1 APRIL 2021 | LUDHIANA Ludhiana to be among top 8 dead, 328 new cases six worst-hit districts: CMC Tribune News Service 2nd waveSituation will be more alarming than last year: Experts Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 31 Ludhiana will be among the six districts to be worsthit when Punjab will touch peak of fresh Covid cases around April 6 and it will be more alarming than the surge witnessed in the last September and October. Punjab is among five states accounting for over 80 per cent of the total new daily Covid cases being reported in the country for the past several days. The other worst-hit districts will be Jalandhar, Patiala, Mohali, Hoshiarpur, and Kapurthala. This was projected by experts in the Department of Community Medicine at Christian Medical College (CMC), Ludhiana. In a report on estimated projections submitted to the state government, a copy of which is with The Tribune, the CMC experts have predicted that the new cases will tail off by the mid or late May. “The number of daily new cases will be more than the peak witnessed in last September and October,” they warned. Last year, the state had reported a maximum number of 2,896 cases in a day on September 17. The prediction has revealed that the daily new cases can go as high as 6,500 during the ensuing peak and will come down to 1,500 as the cases will tail off by mid or late May. According to the report, A healthcare worker collects a Covid sample from a woman in Ludhiana. saving are in place to launch an ❝Our focus is onto curtail the ❝All arrangementsall persons above 45 years precious lives and inoculation drive for virus spread through T3 of age from April 1, while covering journalists, strategy by ramping up testing, shopkeepers, government employees, engaged tracing, and treatment. in public dealing, for vaccination on priority. ❞ ❞ Vini Mahajan, CHIEF SECRETARY nearly 50 per cent of the total cases in the current surge were less than 40 years of age. However, there were no significant reinfection cases (based on the data available), the experts reported. The experts have recommended strict enforcement of restrictions, including religious and political meetings, besides keeping the schools shut till the end of April. The remains of the cars at the Feroze Gandhi market in Ludhiana on Wednesday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN Garbage fire guts 2 cars at Feroze Gandhi market Ludhiana, March 31 Panic spread in the Feroze Gandhi market after four cars caught fire on Wednesday morning. Alert people saved two cars as they broke window glasses and dragged the vehicles away. While two cars — a Swift and Santro — got gutted in the fire. The reported cause of fire was a garbage dump which was set on fire by someone. The vehicles caught fire through sparks under them. ANUSHKA SHARMA IS BACK TO WORK AFTER WELCOMING GIRL Kunal Jaisingh is all set to join the cast of Kyun Utthe Dil Chhod Aaye as the new hero opposite Gracy. Hussan Lal, HEALTH SECRETARY Rising trend The official data revealed that the positivity rate and number of active cases have increased manifold this month. While the positivity rate touched an all-time high of 6.96 per cent on March 25, which was mere 2.26 per cent on February 25, the number of active cases shot up 553 per cent from 3,870 on February 25 to 21,405 on March 25. Similarly, the case fatality On last day, MC collects ~3-cr property tax Tribune News Service PAGE 3 The Swift car belongs to a advocate, while the Santro car belongs to an employee of a private company. As per the eyewitnesses, the fire broke out around 10.30 am. Four cars were parked there and initially two (Swift and Santro) caught fire. While sparks had also reached under the two other cars parked there but people standing there broke the driver-side glasses of the cars and steered them away to safety. People also tried to douse flames of the two cars by putting water over. Investigation officer SubInspector Kulwinder Singh, in-charge Kochar Market police post, said someone had set the garbage on fire and it led to the accident. He said it was not sure who put the garbage on fire and investigation was on in this regard. Both the car owners demanded that since the garbage was put on fire by staff of the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, so the MC should give them compensation. Ludhiana, March 31 A large number of residents deposited their property tax on Wednesday — last day of financial year 2020-21. The civic body collected over Rs 3 crore as property tax today, said the MC’s Superintendent Vivek Verma. According to the officer, around 5,200 persons deposited property tax either by visiting MC Suvidha Kendras or through the MC’s official website. Verma said the actual income generated from property tax during the financial year would be calculated tomorrow as the residents could deposit the tax through the MC’s website. — TNS rate (CFR) rose to 2.9 per cent with 6,517 deaths as on March 25, which had touched 1.4 per cent on March 11. Testing up The state government has ramped up the testing with a record 2,54,049 sampling between March 19 and 25, which was almost double than 1,34,611 done between February 19 and 25. Ludhiana, March 31 Eight more persons have lost their lives due to Covid-19 during the past 24 hours in the district. The Health Department on Wednesday confirmed 381 fresh cases — 328 from Ludhiana and 53 from other districts or states. Civil Surgeon Dr Sukhjeevan Kakkar informed that 76 patients visited OPDs, 143 with influenza like illness visited Flu Corner and 25 came in contact of Covidinfected patients. Five virus-infected patients were suffering from severe acute respiratory infection. Four teachers — one teacher each from BCM School in Shastri Nagar, GSS School in Dehlon, GPS School in Sherpur Kalan and GMS School in Partap Pur — tested positive for virus. The Health Department confirmed today that 12 persons — eight from Ludhiana and one each from Faridkot, Hoshiarpur, Sangrur and Jalandhar — died of virus. In Ludhiana district, the persons who died of virus were 88-year-old woman from Rajguru Nagar, 52year-old woman from Baba Namdev Colony, 84year-old man from Millerganj, 63-year-old woman from Sarinh village, 34year-old woman from Lohara, 73-year-old woman from Machhiwara, 64-year-old woman from Aliwal village and 67-yearold man from Prem Nagar. At present, there are 2,937 active cases in the district. A total of 23 patients — 10 from Ludhiana and 13 from other districts or states — A man gets Covid jab in Ludhiana. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM ■ For Home Isolation: 78147-64759 ■ For Ambulance Problem: 78143-63850 ■ For Hospital Problem: COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 7,91,283 34,410 2,937 89 1,144 62849-12553 ■ For General Problem: 62845-31852 Weblink where residents can check real time status of vacant and filled beds in all hospitals: https://ludhiana.nic.in/notice/covid-19bed-status-in-ludhiana-district COLLEGE EX-PRINCIPAL SUCCUMBS TO VIRUS ■ Tarsem Bahia, a renowned educationist and former principal of AS College, Khanna, passed away on Wednesday. He was 77. According to his family, Prof Tarsem had tested positive for Covid-19 and was undergoing treatment at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. ■ Pavel Bahia, son of professor Tarsem, said, “My father had tested positive for Covid. The doctors had told us that my father had lungs infection.” are on ventilator support. The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases belonging to Ludhiana district is 34,410 and 5,414 cases belong to other districts/states. In Ludhiana, 30,329 patients (88.14%) have recovered till date. Besides, 1,144 persons from Ludhiana and 590 from other districts have died due to Covid-19 till date. The district administration appealed to the residents to adhere to all the safety protocols like wearing masks, maintaining social distance and washing hands frequently. ‘Grand’ annual sale Booze lovers make a beeline to a liquor vend as it offers a huge discount on the last day of the financial year 2020-21 in Ludhiana on Wednesday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN Toilets built under HT cables, PSPCL blames MC, LIT ‘SMART CITY’ PROJECT Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, March 31 The controversial construction of a toilet block going on in Kitchlu Nagar under the ‘Smart City’ mission has taken a curious turn with the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) squarely blaming both the Municipal Corporation (MC) and Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) for encroachment on the right of way (ROW) of high-tension power cables at the site. c m y b Taking up a civil writ petition (CWP) 36-2020 filed by the Humanist Welfare Society against state of Punjab and others on March 27, 2021, the double Bench of Justices Ravi Shankar Jha and Arun Palli issued notice of motion to the MC through its Commissioner and other parties while issuing directions to the PSPCL to take action in the mater in accordance with law in the meantime. In his written statement submitted to the High Court during the hearing, the Additional Superintendent Engineer, Protection and Mainte- An under-construction toilet block under high-tension (HT) cables at Kitchlu Nagar in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO nance, City Division, PSPCL, stated that the 66-KV HT Haibowal-GT Road circuit (1 & 2) line was commissioned in June 1986. “The maximum width of the ROW corridor for a 66-KV transmission line is 18 m — 9 m from the centre of tower on either side of the tower is reserved as ROW of transmission line,” said the PSPCL official. The official averred that any permanent construction activity under the HT lines could cause fatal accidents and was illegal. “Such construction activity is also in breach/violation of Section 61 of the Central Electricity Authority Regulations-2010. PSPCL has not given any permission to construct toilets directly under existing 66 KV lines to the MC or LIT but on the contrary notices were issued to the LIT, MC and GLADA in February 2020 and again in February 2021 terming the construction activity as illegal and an encroachment upon the ROW of 66-KV transmission line,” the PSPCL maintained. The matter will come up for next hearing before the HC on July 22, 2021.
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