07042021-LT-01.qxd 06-04-2021 23:27 Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE FOOTFALL SAME DESPITE STRICT COVID PROTOCOL: SHOPKEEPERS PAGE 2 Shopkeepers heave a sigh of relief as they have not experienced decline in sales despite Covid restrictions. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY Youth dies of drug overdose, couple booked Ludhiana, April 6 The Sidhwan Bet police have booked a couple for culpable homicide after a 26year-old man died allegedly of drug overdose. The accused have been identified as Jelly and his wife. Deceased’s father, a resident of Chimna village, registered a complaint with the police alleging that his son used to get chitta (drug powder) from the couple. He said the couple was warned by him not to give drugs to his son but they didn’t budge. On April 4, his son along with his friend had left home without informing anything. “Since I had suspicion that my son would go to meet Jelly I started following him. When I reached there I saw him consuming drugs. He ran away after seeing me,” he said. Later, his son and a friend was lying unconscious near the drain at Malsiha Bajan village. Before he could reach there, ambulance rushed his son and his friend to the civil hospital in Jagraon where the doctors declared him dead, added the deceased’s father. The complainant alleged that his son had died due to the drugs. Investigating Officer ASI Tirath Singh said raids were on to nab the accused. — TNS LOKI IS HERE! MARVEL ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE OF ITS SERIES PAGE 3 BETTER TOMORROW: CELEBS DO THEIR BIT TO STAY HEALTHY Loki, the original series by Marvel Studios, is set to release on June 11 on Disney+ Hotstar Premium. MAX 33°C | MIN 17°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C | MIN 18°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6:49 PM PAGE 4 On World Health Day, we ask celebs on what healthy habits they have adopted post Covid pandemic. SUNRISE THURSDAY 6:07 AM WEDNESDAY | 7 APRIL 2021 | LUDHIANA Roof collapse unfortunate, 5 dead, 401 test +ve won’t spare guilty: Ministers 3 health workers, 7 teachers, two pupils among fresh cases Tribune News Service Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Sunder Sham Arora inspect the site Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, April 6 Punjab Food, Civil, Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu, accompanied by Industry and Commerce Minister Sunder Sham Arora, today inspected the site at Baba Mukand Singh Nagar where the roof of a four-storeyed auto-part factory had collapsed on Monday, killing four persons and injuring seven workers. The roof had caved in while the level of lintel was being illegally raised with the help of jacks (lifting machines). Both Ashu and Arora termed the incident very unfortunate and said all possible assistance was being provided to the affected families and the injured workers. “A magisterial probe has already been ordered into the tragic incident to find out the negligence on the part of any government official and once the responsibility is fixed none of the guilty persons, including government officials, if any, will be spared,” the ministers added. MLA Sanjay Talwar, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma, Commissioner of Police Rakesh Agrawal, Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu, MC Commissioner Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal, PSIDC chairman KK Bawa, OSD to CM Ankit Bansal were also present during the site visit. Cabinet Ministers Sunder Sham Arora and Bharat Bhushan Ashu oversee the rescue work at the roof-collapse site in Ludhiana on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN The Cabinet Ministers made a fervent appeal to the people not to put any life at risk for their vested interest and take proper permission from the authorities concerned if the work intended to be carried out was allowed as per law in addition to ensuring all prescribed safety standards during the construction. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma told the ministers that the NDRF along with the SDRF, MC, fire brigade and local police had been working tirelessly since Monday morning and rescued 36 labourers, out of which five Ludhiana, April 6 As many as 401 persons tested positive for Covid-19, while five patients lost their lives due to the virus today. The total number of positive cases in the district has reached 36,774. There are 2,876 active cases and 1,182 persons have lost their lives due to the virus. Those who tested positive today include three healthcare workers, two pre-operative cases, one international traveller from Dubai, seven teachers and two students. Seven teachers who tested positive today include one from GHS, Rurka, two from GNC, Narangwal, one from GHS, Daad, one from AS School, Khanna, and one from MGM, Durgi. Two students who tested positive today are from GNE College. Three men and two women between the age group of 50 to 80 years lost their lives today. The deceased belong to Payal, Jodhan, Khanna and Abdulapur Basti. A total of 8,16,380 samples have been collected so far and result of 265 is awaited. Today 13 patients were on ventilator support, out of which six belong to Ludhiana and seven to other districts. Meanwhile, a big free vaccination camp was organised by the Ludhiana branch of the Indian Medical Association at Vardhman Special Steel Mill, Focal Point, Ludhiana, today. The camp was inaugurated by Civil Surgeon Dr Sukhjeewan Kakkar along with Dr Manoj K Sobti, patron, IMA, Ludhiana. A man gives a sample for the Covid test. 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 8,16,380 36,774 2,876 41 1,182 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 LUDHIANA 10am to 3pm: Bhagwan Chowk St 1,2,3. 10am to 5pm: Labour Colony, HL, HIG, Nauhria Hospital Area, Lovely Sweets area and Sector 38 near BCM School, Chandigarh Road, Bhollapur village. to take two more days. He confirmed that the death toll in the tragedy remained at four and bodies of the deceased workers were handed over to next of kin or sent to their families in Bihar for cremation. Five workers injured in the mishap were still admitted to SPS Hospital (3) and Civil Hospital (2) with two of them still in a critical condition. The Ludhiana police have arrested the building owner Jaswinder Singh Sonu while contractor Mohd Harun is yet to be arrested. The police said efforts were on to nab the accused. Officials collect food samples POWER SHUTDOWN were under treatment. Of the five injured workers, two critically wounded persons in critical condition were undergoing treatment at SPS Hospital, while three others were admitted to Civil Hospital. All others who had sustained injuries were discharged after first aid. DC Varinder Kumar Sharma said the entire third floor of the building where roof had collapsed, was completely cleared and no one was trapped in the debris. Teams of the NDRF and SDRF and other volunteers were clearing debris from the site, which was expected Self-restraint, vaccination to control surge Ludhiana, April 6 The Health Department today collected food samples from two eateries in the city. A team of health officials comprising Rashu Mahjan and Dr Tarun Bansal inspected two food joints in the Dugri area and Model Town. “We had received a complaint that a sweet shop in Model Town was selling packed lassi without mentioning the date of manufacturing and expiry ,” said Designated Officer Dr Rajesh Garg. Samples of lassi and dhokla were collected. While samples were also collected from a food operator in Dugri. — TNS DEATHS Office-bearers of the IMA, Ludhiana, were present along with Dr Saroj Aggarwal, president, IMA, Ludhiana. More than 300 persons, including the employees of the mill, were vaccinated. Dr Sukhjeewan Kakkar appreciated the efforts done by the IMA, Ludhiana, in fight against corona along with the district administration. A free vaccination camp was also organised at Baby Bawa School by MLA Rakesh Pandey. More than 200 persons were vaccinat- ed. Pandey appealed to the people to come for vaccination to protect themselves from the infection. Duke Fashions India Limited, Ludhiana, in collaboration with ESI Hospital, Ludhiana, and Urban Community Health Centre, (Jawadi) Zone-9, provided free vaccination to all its employees. At the camp, a team of seven doctors and health professionals of ESI Hospital administered vaccines to 150 employees above the age of 45. Tribune News Service JOIN HANDS IN FIGHT AGAINST COVID: CIVIL SURGEON Ludhiana, April 6 Continuing the awareness drive to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the region, the Mass Education and Media (MEM) Wing of the Health Department has intensified its second phase to aware people about the vaccination drive and to dispel rumours. The awareness teams have been working on the directions of the Deputy Commissioner and the Civil Surgeon. Officials have been ordered to focus on ensuring that people are aware of Covid guidelines and follow Civil Surgeon Dr Sukhjiwan Kakkar said tackling the virus is not a one-man job and the government alone can’t end the pandemic. If people want to return to normal life they should follow all necessary precautions and should come forward for the vaccine. them diligently. Along with it the teams have also been asked to make sure that maximum number of people come forward for vaccination so that immunity of people can be boosted. Civil Surgeon Dr Sukhjiwan Kakkar said tackling the virus is not a one man job and the government alone can’t end the pandemic. He said if people want to return to normal life they should follow all necessary precautions and should come forward for the vaccine. He added that people should not believe in any kinds of myths or rumours about vaccine. Rather they should understand that the vaccine is being given to public only after extensive trials were conducted. So they should not worry about quality of vaccine. He said, people above 45 are most prone to this virus and for some this has become deadly. So in order to avoid reaching that situtation people should always wear mask, wash hands, maintain adeqaute social distancing and get vaccinated for the benefit of themselves and for their family. Members of the gang in police custody in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Gang of BSNL cable thieves busted Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 6 An interstate gang stealing cables of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has been busted by the CIA wing of the city police and eight members have been arrested. The accused have been identified as Mohammad Anwar (24), resident of Khajuri Bilal Masjid area, Delhi, Mohammad Istkhar (31), resident of Delhi, Nadim Mohammad (29), resident of Delhi, Mohammad Hanan, alias Anna, resident of Delhi, Mohammad Khalid (21), resident of Bilal Masjid area, Delhi, Pappu (25), resident of Khas Khajuri, Delhi, Ajit Berman (34), resident of Alipur, Bengal, and Rohit Kumar (27), resident of Sangam Vihar, Delhi. Three accused, namely Sanjit of east Delhi, Gajinder Mahato of Gurugram, and Iqbal Kabaria of Delhi are still at large. Police Commissioner Rakesh Agrawal, DCP Crime, , SPS Dhindsa, Additional DCP Crime, Rupinder Kaur , Bhatti, ACP Mandeep Singh held a press conference regarding the matter today. The police recovered a Mahindra Bolero vehicle, which was being used to transport stolen cables, fake approval certificate from BSNL, seven jackets, instruments used to dig roads, and 65 kg telephone cables from the gang members. Agrawal had formed a special team to bust the gang involved in stealing cables of BSNL. Additional DCP, Crime, Rupinder Bhatti busted the gang. Bhatti said the gang had committed six thefts in Ludhiana, two in Amritsar and one in Jalandhar. During probe, the police found that Rajinder and Sanjit were the kingpins of the gang. The members used to come all the way from Delhi to Punjab to steal BNSL cables. The gang had also made a fake permission letter of BSNL and whenever they stole cables, they wore proper clothing to give the impression that they were workers of BSNL. The gang had been selling stolen cables to Iqbal Kabaria, who is a junk dealer in Delhi, added ADCP Bhatti. DEO asked to get FIR registered against official in corruption case Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 6 Education Secretary Krishan Kumar has reportedly asked the District Education Officer to get a FIR registered with the police against the Deputy DEO and two others, who were allegedly involved in a corruption case. DEO Harjit Singh told Ludhiana Tribune that he had received the letter and was examining the matter thoroughly. Further action would be taken after getting all facts cleared, he added. The corruption case dates back to 2018 when Amit Mit- c m y b THE CASE Amit Mittal, a clerk under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, was caught by MLA Simarjit Singh Bains while taking a bribe of ~70,000. Mittal alleged that Deputy DEO Kuldeep Singh and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan legal adviser Harvinder Singh had asked him to take bribe from a private school, which was being run without proper documents, incomplete infrastructure and had discrepancies in its functioning. tal, a clerk of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, was caught by MLA Simarjit Singh Bains taking a bribe of Rs 70,000. Mittal had alleged that Deputy DEO Kuldeep Singh and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan legal adviser Harvinder Singh had asked Mittal to take bribe from a private school, which was being run without proper documents, incomplete infrastructure and had discrepancies in its functioning. A deal was later stuck between the school authorities and the staff of the department to let the school function in its current condition. The deputy DEO was charge-sheeted in the matter. The Vigilance Bureau had undertaken an enquiry against the Deputy DEO, the report of which was submitted confirming that he took the bribe. A retired principal of a government school here said such employees should be dealt with strictly as they taint the name of to the department. “We cannot compromise with the ethics of the profession. This way, other private schools, which lack infrastructure and function with other discrepancies, will also approach the department officials for favours. This will put the education system in trouble,” said the principal. Man booked for obscene comments on Facebook Ludhiana, April 6 The city police registered a case against a man who had posted obscene comments against a girl on Facebook and later threatened to rape her. The accused has been identified as Neeraj Kumar of Bihar. The girl, a resident of Rajguru Nagar here, had complained to the police that a man running a Facebook ID Humour Central posted an obscene comment against her and when she requested him to delete it, he started issuing threats to her. The girl alleged that the man also sent her porn and objectionable videos on her Facebook account, following which she filed a police complaint. — TNS
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