09042021-LT-01.qxd 4/8/2021 11:13 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE CMC DOCTOR RELEASES BOOK ON NEW MBBS EXAM PATTERN PAGE 2 Dr Dinesh Badyal, author of the book, explained various changes in MBBS training and examination systems. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY Man sodomises 9-yr-old boy, held Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 8 The Sadar police have arrested a man for allegedly sodomising a nine-year-old-boy. The accused has been identified as Tulsi Ram, a native of UP presently liv, ing in SBS Nagar here. The complainant said his friend had given him a house for caretaking and had deployed a painter for white washing there. “Today, my son went to the house where whitewashing was going on. When he didn’t return home, I went there to inquire and I was shocked to see that accused painter was attempting to sodomised my son. After seeing me, the accused ran away,” victim’s father alleged. Investigating Officer ASI Harmesh Lal said a case has been registered under Section 377 of the IPC and the POCSO Act. The accused was arrested today, he added. POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10am to 3pm: Isher Nagar, Dhillon Nagar, Lohara Village and areas adjoining Star Road. 10am to 4pm: Shahi Mohalla , Guru Nanakpura, Kundanpuri and area around Dushehra ground. 10am to 5pm: Tilak Nagar Subash Nagar, Chanderlok Colony, Karmsar Colony, Banda Bhadhur Colony, Raju Colony etc. ZAREEN KHAN COLLABORATES WITH SINGER JORDAN SANDHU PAGE 3 She transforms into the quintessential Punjabi kudi for the music video, which is being filmed in Jalandhar. MAX 35°C | MIN 15°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 14°C SUNSET FRIDAY 6:51 PM Tribune News Service Khanna SSP Gursharandeep Singh Grewal addresses a press conference on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO being questioned. We ❝The smugglers are still line and each and every will bust the entire supply person involved in the chain will be arrested. ❞ Gursharandeep Singh, SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT OF POLICE, KHANNA being questioned. We will bust the entire supply line and each and every person involved in the chain will be arrested,” added the SSP . The police said the nabbed persons are shop- keepers by profession and they were mainly acting as couriers and in return they were to get a huge commission. As per the police, there is no past criminal record of them and they have been nabbed for the first time. Special drive brings result The Khanna police have started a special drive in which SSP Gursharandeep Singh gives a surprise direction to the police to seal the town for three hours and check each and every vehicle at the entry and exit points. The initiative has shown result as 4 kg of heroin has been recovered. FRIDAY | 9 APRIL 2021 | LUDHIANA 4 lose battle to Covid, 425 +ve MLA Rakesh Pandey, wife, son among infected Ludhiana, April 8 As many as 425 persons from the district tested positive for Covid, while four lost their lives due to the virus today. Total positive cases in the district today reached 37,614, while 1,190 persons have lost their lives so far. The total number of active cases in the district is 3,147. Those who tested positive today include MLA Rakesh Pandey, his wife and son. All those who came in contact with him have been asked to get themselves tested and isolate themselves. Two teachers from BCM Shastri Nagar also tested positive today. Two men and two women of Kot Mangal Singh, BRS Nagar, Barwala village and Vishal Nagar lost their lives today. Till date, a total of 8,26,104 samples have been taken, out of which report of 8,25,778 samples have been received. As many as 7,82,252 samples were found negative, while reports of 326 samples are pending. Now the total number of patients belonging to Ludhiana is 37,614, while 5,912 patients belong to other districts/states. Till date, 70,265 persons have been kept under home quarantine in the district and at present, the number of such persons is 5,513. Today, 429 persons were sent for home quarantine. A woman receives the Covid vaccine during a camp. 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 8,26,104 37,614 3,147 160 1,190 62849-12553 ■ For General Problem: Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 8 Ludhiana district has recorded 28 per million death rate in March, which was much lower than the state average of 35. Similarly, the case fatality rate (CFR) in the district remained well under control at 1.6 last month, which was also below the state average of 1.8. The data compiled by the Health and Family Welfare Department, a copy of which is with The Tribune, Nawanshahr remained the worst-hit district with the maximum of 126 deaths per million rate, followed by Hoshiarpur (101) and Jalandhar (91). ❝ We have been able to control the death rate and CFR in the state by and large with the health facilities fully equipped to admit and treat the critical patients. Those with Covid-like symptoms are advised to report to their nearest health centre for treatment. The delay in hospitalisation leads to much risk. ❞ Hussan Lal, PRINCIPAL HEALTH SECRETARY Among other districts, Kapurthala recorded 50 per million death rate followed by Ropar and Patiala 36 each, Amritsar and Gurdaspur 30 each, Tarn Taran 25, Sangrur 16, Faridkot 13, Bathinda 12, Fatehgarh Sahib and Muktsar 10 each, Ferozepur 9, Barnala 8, Pathankot, Fazilka and Moga 7 each and Mansa 1 (the least). On the CFR front, Hoshiarpur and Sangrur remained the worst-hit districts with the highest 2.9 CFR each, followed by Jalandhar and Nawanshahr 2.6 each, Tarn Taran 2.3 and Gurdaspur 2. Those with less than 2 CFR were Ropar and Barnala 1.8 each, Fazilka 1.6, Amritsar 1.5, Ferozepur and Patiala 1.4 each, Kapurthala 1.3, Faridkot 1.2, Bathinda and Moga 1.1 each, Mohali and Pathankot 0.8 each, Fatehgarh Sahib 0.7, and Mansa reported the least fatalities due to Covid with the minimum 0.3 CFR. The comparison of cumulative capacity and occupancy in hospitals showed that 40.6 per cent (723 of the total 1,780 beds) in level-3 hospitals remained occupied, while the occupancy in level-2 facilities was much less at 19.5 per cent (8,828 of the total 1,727 beds) in the state last month. continued on page 2 ■ The Indian Institute of Management (IIM)-Ahmedabad will be conducting a special study on the “Vaccination on doorstep” initiative of Ludhiana. A team of experts on Thursday interacted with MC councillor Mamta Ashu through videoconferencing regarding the special initiative. “Whenever the district administration and Health Department, find out any suspected Covid-19 patient, his/her samples are immediately sent for testing. Similarly, 4,639 samples of suspected for Covid testing thrice a day Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 8 In view of the rising Covid cases, the government has ramped up the testing and daily on an average 4,000 samples are being sent from the district for testing. With the sample load increasing, the number of pending reports have also increased. The motive of testing gets defeated if the report remains pending for such a long time. Keeping all these factors in view, District Health Department has now been DATE SAMPLES RESULT ■ April 7 ■ April 6 ■ April 5 ■ April 4 ■ April 3 ■ April 2 ■ April 1 5,085 4,006 3,634 4,263 3,530 4,615 5,049 355 265 399 325 441 335 295 directed to send the samples for testing thrice a day. At present samples are collected during the day and sent for testing in the evening. Samples of 30 persons who came in contact with the 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 IIM-AHMEDABAD TO CONDUCT SPECIAL STUDY Dist records 28 per million death rate in March Health Dept to send samples Case fatality rate remains at 1.6; both lower than state average PAGE 4 The Bollywood actor managed to keep this completely hush-hush and has already left Mumbai for shoot. SUNRISE SATURDAY 6:05 AM Khanna police recover 4-kg heroin, 2 arrested Ludhiana, April 8 The Khanna police busted a major drug racket and recovered 4 kg of heroin from two smugglers. The value of the contraband is in several crores of rupees in the international market. The smugglers have been identified as Bhupinder Singh and Balwinder Singh of Fatehgarh Panchtoor village in Moga. The police also recovered a Swift car being used by them. Senior Superintendent of Police, Khanna, Gursharandeep Singh conducted a press conference regarding the matter. The SSP said staff of the Sadar police station, Khanna, had set up a special naka in front of Pristine Mall. During checking, a Swift car (PB-29W-4372) was stopped by the police party. In the presence of DSP Rajanparminder Singh, 4 kg of heroin was recovered from the car and the car occupants were rounded up. During initial investigation, it was found that the smugglers bought the consignment from Delhi and were going to supply in Tarn Taran district. “The smugglers are still FARHAN TO STAR IN AN INT'L PROJECT OF MARVEL STUDIOS positive cases are being collected at present. Gurnam Singh, a city resident, said he has given his sample for testing three days ago and still his report has not arrived. “I am having mild symptoms but could not start the treatment as I am not sure whether it is simple viral or Covid,” he said. District Epidemologist Ramesh said presently they send samples once a day but now they are planning to send thrice in a day so that the results are received at time. patients were sent for testing today and their results are expected shortly,” said DC Varinder Kumar Sharma. He appealed to the residents to adhere to all the safety protocols. — TNS Central team takes stock of vaccine drive Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 8 A two-member Central team, deputed by the Union Health Ministry to support the district administration in managing the fresh surge of Covid infections, on Thursday expressed complete satisfaction over Covid management and execution of the inoculation drive in Ludhiana. The team held a meeting with administration officials in Bachat Bhawan and later took stock of the vaccination drive by visiting two camps organised in Civil Hospital continued on page 2 Civic body chief reviews SBS Nagar roads in a shambles, residents fume UEIP Phase-II projects Kuldip Bhatia Exhorts officials to complete all works within time-frame Our Correspondent Ludhiana, April 8 The Municipal Corporation Commissioner, Pradeep Kumar Sabharwal, today exhorted officials of all ranks in the Building and Roads (B&R) branch as well as operations and maintenance (O&M) branches to complete all ongoing works under the Phase-II of the Urban Environment Improvement Programme (UEIP) strictly in accordance with given time-frame. In a high-level review meeting with officials to assess the progress of around 272 works scheduled to be undertaken under the second phase of the UEIP at an estimated OFFICIALS COMMENDED FOR PHASE-I WORK ■ The Municipal Corporation Commissioner, Pradeep Kumar Sabharwal, commended the work done by officials of both the branches under the Phase-I of the Urban Environment Improvement Programme when 11 projects of the O&M branch (woth ~3.5 crore) and 67 of the B&R branch (worth ~26.5 crore) were executed. cost of Rs 132 crore, he said 21 projects being executed by the O&M branch worth ~3.5 crore. These would be completed by September 30 this year. Around 250 odd projects under the charge of Building and Roads branch were expected to get completed by June end this year. The Municipal Corporation chief commended the work done by officials of both the branches under the Phase 1 of the UEIP when 11 projects of O&M branch (cost Rs 3.5 crore) and 67 of B&R (cost Rs 26.5 crore) were executed. He stressed on the need for strict quality control both in terms of material used and workmanship of all works to be executed under the Phase 2 of the Urban Environment Improvement Programme which basically comprise of laying new sewer and water supply pipes, construction and carpeting of roads and streets, creation/improvement of urban infrastructure and efficient service delivery systems. Ludhiana, April 8 Residents of most of the colonies developed and maintained by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT), especially one of the biggest residential colonies Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, are sore at the utter neglect of roads in the area. Residents feel that even if new roads are constructed or recarpeted, the poor quality of material used by contractors and workmanship would create trouble in future. After failure to evoke any response from officials concerned of the LIT, the residents of the colony have now lodged a complaint with Principal Secretary/Additional Chief Secretary, Local Government, Punjab to apprise the government with the pathetic condition of the main road in E-block of the colony (around the police post) that connects c m y b Loose gravel on a road in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar Colony in Ludhiana poses threat to lives of commuters. TRIBUNE PHOTOS the Rajiv Enclave flats. Aggrieved residents, including Arvind Sharma, Amarjit Singh, Balraj Chopra and many others, claimed that the top layer of the entire stretch of road had eroded away leaving behind potholes with large patches of loose gravel. While the vehicle and two-wheeler drivers had a tough time passing on the road, even pedestrians, especially elderly and children, are at equal risk of meeting with accidents. Alleging that the LIT officials were oblivious of their ordeal and suffering, the residents said repeated repre- sentations made for taking up repair or reconstruction of the damaged stretch of road had been ignored. “Residents have a right to basic urban infrastructure which is being denied by LIT authorities,” said the affected residents to voice their concern over being given a raw deal. The complaint has sought immediate intervention of the government (Local Government Department, Punjab) to redress their grievance and made an appeal that the LIT authorities be directed to attend to the broken up/damaged road and take remedial action.
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