15042021-LT-01.qxd 4/15/2021 12:58 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE CHANGES IN EXAM SCHEDULE RECEIVE MIXED RESPONSE PAGE 2 GOVIND TO PLAY FADNAVIS IN THE BATTLE OF BHIMA KOREGAON CBSE cancels Class X board exams, postpones Class XII exams. Class X students heave a sigh of relief. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY INBRIEF THREE NABBED WITH OPIUM PAGE 3 AS CELEBRITIES WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE: SONAKSHI SINHA Veteran actor Govind Namdev will be seen playing a historical role in period drama The Battle Of Bhima Koregaon. MAX 35°C | MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39°C | MIN 20°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:54 PM PAGE 4 She is often seen raising her voice for causes she believes in, be it donating money or taking a stand against trolls. SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:57 AM THURSDAY | 15 APRIL 2021 | LUDHIANA Virus claims six lives, Average daily cases at new high in dist 489 found infected Central team reviews Covid situation; fatality rate low in second wave Nitin Jain Tribune News Service 4 health workers, teacher among those +ve Ludhiana: The police have arrested three persons, Dharminder Kumar, his brother Ravi Pal, both residents of Akhara village in Jalandhar district, and Ramandeep Singh, a resident of Pudain village, while their accomplice, identified as Gurjant Singh of Pudain has been booked under Sections 18, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act after the recovery of 2 kg of opium from the accused. The police said they were intercepted at a naka near the Jhammat canal bridge while travelling in a minitruck (bearing registration number PB 08CX 2085). A motorcycle (bearing registration number PB 10BK 1656) used in drug smuggling was also impounded by the police. OC THREE ARRESTED FOR GAMBLING Ludhiana: The police have arrested two persons, Ram Milan, a resident of Moti Nagar, and Munna Kumar of Tibba Road for cheating people through gambling at a shop in Ganesh Nagar here. ‘Darra-satta’ slips and Rs 13,300 in cash were recovered from the spot. The accused have been booked under Sections 13-A, 3 and 67 of the Gambling Act. In another raid conducted at a shop in Puneet Nagar, Kewal Sharma, a resident of Sanjay Gandhi Colony, was arrested and booked under the Gambling Act. OC POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 3 pm: Manjit Nagar, Fauzi Mohalla, Manohar Nagar, parts of Azad Nagar and adjoining areas and bus stand area. 10 am to 4 pm: Jain Hosiery Complex, Noorwala village, Kakowal village, Shimla Colony, New Basant Vihar, Lajpat Nagar, GMT Colony, Jaswal Colony, Vishal Colony and colonies around Noorwala village. 10 am to 5 pm: HM Colony, HE Colony, Gol Market, HIG/MIG/LIG Colony, market near Lovely Sweets, area near BCM School and parts of Rajiv Gandhi Colony. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 14 Covid-19 has claimed the lives of six more persons in Ludhiana district during the past 24 hours. As many as 489 fresh cases from Ludhiana and 79 from other districts or states have been reported here today. The Health Department has confirmed that 10 persons, including six from Ludhiana, one each from Fazilka, Bathinda, Ferozepur, and Sangrur, have died of the virus today. In the Ludhiana district, those who succumbed to the virus include a 58-year-old man from Khanna, a 58-year-old woman from Bhamian, a 75-year-old woman from Bajra village, a 49-year-old woman from Model Town Extension, a 65year-old woman from New Subash Nagar and a 72-yearold man from Gill village. Of the 489 fresh cases from Ludhiana today, 44 persons came in contact with positive patients, 105 visited the OPD, and 252 with influenza-like illness visited the Flu Corner. Four health care workers, two travellers, one teacher from GHS School of Jawaddi, and a patient, who is suffering from severe acute respiratory A health worker collects a sample for the Covid test in Ludhiana. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM ■ For Home Isolation:78147-64759 COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 8,56,855 40,463 3,501 110 1,221 infection, tested positive for the virus. Besides, 80 patients were yet to be traced. At present, there are 3,501 active cases in Ludhiana dis- ■ For Ambulance Problem:78143-63850 ■ For Hospital Problem: 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-19-bedstatus-in-ludhiana-district trict. A total of 8,56,855 samples have been taken, of which 8,09,316 samples were found negative. The total continued on page 2 Ludhiana, April 14 The average daily Covid cases have beaten all previous records and touched a new high in the district. However, deaths due to the virus during the ongoing second wave have so far remained well under control as compared to the first wave witnessed last year. This was presented by the district administration before the Central team that reviewed the Covid situation and management here on Tuesday. According to the presentation, a copy of which is with The Tribune, the weekly average daily positive cases touched an all-time high of 427 between April 5 and 11, which was much higher than 298, which was the highest figure recorded in the district between August 17 and 23 last year. The figures revealed that this time, the weekly average gradually rose from mere 32 cases between December 28 and January 3, 33 — January 4 and 10, 28 — January 11 and 17, 33 — January 18 and 24, 38 — January 25 and 31, 38 — February 1 and 7, 40 — February 8 and 14, 46 — February 15 and 21, 65 — February 22 and 28, 102 — March 1 and 7, 143 — March 8 and 14, 270 — March 15 and 21, 384 — between March 22 and 28 and 368 cases between March 29 and April 4. Last year, the weekly figure of 216 cases between August 3 and 9 had settled at lowest 39 A man gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA OFFICIALSPEAK We are keeping tabs on the Covid situation and management in each district. The requisite help and support sought or felt is provided to districts as a continuous process to contain the further surge of the virus. Hussan Lal, PRINCIPAL HEALTH SECRETARY The district administration is making all-out efforts to keep the situation under control. The Central team has expressed satisfaction over our management. Residents need to follow the Covid appropriate behaviour to help us win over the battle against the virus. ❝ ❝ ❞ ❞ Varinder Kumar Sharma, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER between December 21 and 27 after touching a high of 298 and falling to less than 200 in September, below 100 on October 5, and less than 50 on October 26. On the death front, the highest daily average this year so far was recorded seven between March 29 and April 4 while it remained one from December 28 to January 17, rose to two between January 18 and 24, before again remaining one from January 25 to February 21, again two between February 22 and 28, one between March 1 and 7, two between March 8 and 14, before shooting to five from March 15 to 28, and between April 5 and 11, after touching the highest peak of seven between March 29 and April 4. The average daily Covid deaths during the first wave last year had touched a high of 15 between August 31 and September 6 before settling down to a low of one between December 21 and 27. The trend showed that the fatalities gradually rose from nine between August 3 and 9 to 10 from August 10 to 23, 12 between August 24 and 30, 11 between August 31 and September 6, 12 between September 7 and 13, before coming down to eight from September 14 to October 4, three between October 12 and 18, one from October 19 to November 8, two between November 9 and 15, three from November 16 to 29, two between November 30 and December 6, three between December 7 and 13, two between December 14 and 20. Nepalese held in Model Town robbery case Money exchanger duped of ~4.54L Ludhiana, April 14 The police have claimed to have solved an incident of robbery occurred at the residence of Municipal Corporation Superintendent Avinash Sharma in the Model Town locality here. The robbery was allegedly committed by a temporary domestic servant, along with his two accomplices, on April 10. One of the four accused, Sanjay Kumar, a native of Nepal, was arrested from Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh on April 11. The police said a Swift Ola Cab (bearing registration no. UP 14HT 4665) was used for committing the crime and Rs 98,000 in cash looted by the gang were recovered from the accused who was produced in a local court which The accused in police custody in Ludhiana on Wednesday. granted a two-day police custody for further interrogation. SHO Model Town Inderjit Singh said the MC official had employed Mohan Kumar, a native of Nepal as a domestic help around three months ago. As Mohan had to go home to visit his family, he arranged another person, Rajesh Bahadur Dhami, as his replacement about two weeks ago. During preliminary interrogation, Sanjay told the police that Rajesh had told them about cash, jewellery and other valuables in the house fol- lowing which the robbery plan was hatched. The accused had reportedly told the police that one of the three accused kept sitting with the MC official so that she could not raise any alarm while two others searched for cash and valuables. As per complaint lodged with police, the accused had taken away cash around Rs 5-6 lakh, around 80 gm gold jewellery, two diamond bracelets and two diamond sets and a case under Sections 394/34, IPC, was registered against them. The police said teams had been sent to different places to nab the prime accused, Rajesh Bahadur, said to be a resident of Vasai in Palghar district of Maharashtra, and his accomplice. — OC Ludhiana, April 14 A city-based money exchanger, Ankit Kharbanda, a resident of Azad Nagar, was duped by a gang of fraudsters, led by Surjit Singh. The accused and his accomplices called the agent to a location in Kashmir Nagar on GT Road on the pretext of exchanging 1,600 US Dollars into Indian currency and tricked him into parting with Rs 4.54 lakh in exchange for a packet of fake US Dollars. The complainant, Ankit, told the police that the accused, Surjit, had come to his shop and said he wanted to convert 1600 US Dollars of her aunt into Indian currency. “I went to Surjit’s residence in Harcharan Nagar to confirm the deal after which I was told to bring Rs 4.54 lakh in cash to a location near a liquor vend in Kashmir Nagar. Surjit and his accomplices took the cash from me and handed a packet which contained paper cuttings only. Afterwards, the accused fled from the spot on his Honda Activa scooter (bearing registration no. PB-10EU-3292). The police have registered a case under Sections 420 and 120B, IPC, against Surjit and his two unidentified accomplices. Woman, her accomplices booked for fraud In another incident, the police have booked a woman, Priyanka, a resident of Mohalla Peeru Banda, near Salem Tabri, and her unknown accomplices for fraud and fabrication of documents to obtain bail under Sections 177, 199, 200, 420, 465, 466, 467, 468 and 471 of the IPC on the orders of Neeraj Goyal, Judicial Magistrate I Class. The accused woman, booked in a case under the Excise Act in December 2017, had obtained bail on the basis of a fabricated bail bond submitted before the court by another woman impersonating as Bhupinder Kaur, a resident of Shimlapuri, which was attested by another woman claiming as Nisha, a resident of Janakpuri. Later, the real Bhupinder Kaur had appeared in the court and claimed that her fake Aadhaar card and fake agreement of a land deal were produced in the court by accomplices of the accused, Priyanka, to seek bail in the court. — OC Civic body not serious about rainwater harvesting Two arrested in A majority of buildings lack rainwater harvesting structures in city; no check on violations of building by-laws Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 14 When the depleting groundwater is a major concern in the city, a majority of new buildings are coming up without the provision of a rainwater harvesting (RWH) system. But, there is no proper check on such violations in the city. As per the Punjab Municipal Building Bye-Laws 2018, all buildings having a plot size of 100 sq m or more, while submitting building plans for sanction, shall mandatorily include the complete proposal of the rainwater harvesting system. A source in the MC, however, said about 90 per cent of the buildings for residential, commercial, industrial and other purposes lack rainwa- A tank for the rainwater harvesting system at a residence in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO ter harvesting structures. The MC collects up to Rs 50,000 (depending upon the size of a plot) as security charges whenever a building plan is submitted to the civic body for required approval. If the rainwater harvesting sys- tem is set up in a building, the building owner concerned can apply for a refund of security charges. It has come to light that many plot owners, who deposited such security charges, had later not made any claim to have set up the RWH. A senior officer of the MC said around 5,000 plot owners had deposited security fee for rainwater harvesting at the time of submission of the building plan for sanction to the MC, Ludhiana, in recent c m y b years but only a few applied for a refund of these charges. Sources said there were high chances that a majority of the plot owners had not got the rain harvesting system set up. Besides, a number of buildings had been constructed even without getting any building plan approved from the MC, the sources said. Notably, a huge amount of rainwater is generally released into sewer lines in the city. In the building by-laws, two main techniques of rainwater harvesting — storage of rainwater on surface for future use and recharge to groundwater — have been mentioned. Col CM Lakhanpal (retd) said: “I have got a rainwater harvesting system installed at my home for ground water recharging. The RWH structure is not costly. All building owners should be encouraged to get the RWH system installed in their buildings.” Sanjay Goel, chairman of the Indian Institute of Architects, Punjab chapter, said: “It is observed that a majority of buildings lack the rainwater harvesting system. In a city like Ludhiana, the underground water table is already low and going further down. Rainwater harvesting everywhere is a must. The government must be strict in getting it implemented by owners in their buildings.” According to the By-laws, Municipal Corporation/Council/Nagar Panchayat are supposed to constitute a rainwater harvesting cell which is responsible for the enforcement and monitoring of provisions of rainwater harvesting continued on page 2 2 assault cases Ludhiana, April 14 Irked over a police complaint by their neighbour against their ferocious pet dogs, two persons, Manider Singh and his brother Raju, residents of Moti Bagh Colony, and their around 12 unidentified accomplices attacked the victim and their family members. The two brothers were arrested and the other accused were booked by the police under Various sections of the IPC on the complaint of Tarlochan Singh, a resident of the same colony. The complainant said the brothers, along with their accomplices, had forced their entry into his house on Monday and attacked him with bricks and a base ball bat. “They broke open the door of a room and made an attempt to kill my wife and daughter. They, however, managed to flee the spot when we raised an alarm,” he said, adding that his son Gagandeep Singh had lodged a complaint with the police against the ferocious pet dogs of the accused on the same day. In the other incident, Kishore Shah, a resident of Gobindgarh village, his sons Amit Kumar, Ravi Kumar and Sumit Kumar, along with their two servants Manoj Kumar and Raju, were booked by the police under various sections of the IPC for allegedly assaulting Pinki Devi, wife of Dalip Kumar, younger brother of accused Kishore. The victim told the police that she was sitting in the meat shop run by her husband when the accused attacked her and threatened to kill her. The reason behind the attack was said to be a business rivalry. — OC
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