18042021-LT-01.qxd 4/18/2021 12:04 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE DUG-UP TRAFFIC ISLAND POSES THREAT TO COMMUTERS’ LIVES PAGE 2 The portion was dug up for installation of a statue but the site was abandoned without completing the work. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY Man held with poppy husk Ludhiana, April 17 The CIA wing of the city police nabbed a smuggler and recovered 20 kg of poppy husk from his possession. The accused has been identified as Chandan Kumar, a native of Bihar, at present residing in Gurdev Nagar. Later, ACP (crime) Surinder Mohan and CIA in charge Parveen Kumar addressed mediapersons. The ACP said the CIA team was patrolling in the city to nab smugglers and on suspicion, a pedestrian was stopped for checking near the bus stand. When the bag he was carrying was checked, 20 kg of poppy husk was recovered. He was on the way to deliver the same to his clients. The ACP said the accused, a native of Bihar, came to Ludhiana in 2017. He was earning his livelihood by driving a truck and now, he was driving an auto-rickshaw. Recently, he started drug smuggling to earn quick bucks. The police remand of the accused would be sought from court for further interrogation. A case has been registered against the accused. — TNS 12 booked for violating curfew Ludhiana, April 17 In a statement issued, the Ludhiana police revealed that the police carried a special campaign to check night curfew violations. Nine cases of violations were registered against 12 persons during the drive. The police said the booked persons include shopkeepers, roadside vendors and other residents. — TNS POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 5 pm: Dying Complex, Bahadur Ke road, Phamran road, RS Grewal road and farmhouse, Jamalpur Lilly, Bahadur ke pind, Kasabaad, Udyog Vihar, Maya Colony, Bajra village, Bajra road, Vardhman Nagar Rahon road, Ekta Colony, Priya Colony, Jujhar Singh Nagar, Model Colony, Captan Colony, Jagipur Road, Gahelwal village, Dabur Colony, etc. 10 am to 6 pm: Vallabh yarn factory, Vallabh knit factory, Veetrag Hosiery, Goldstar Hosiery, Glory Knitwears, Sweety Fabrics, Mahavir Jain Colony gali no.1 to 3, Lucky Enclave, Shiffally Park, Sunder Nagar fire brigade road, Sona Hosiery, Nirankari Colony, Kuldeep Nagar and adjoining areas. PAGE 3 I AM A GOOD LISTENER, SAYS RAMANDEEP KAUR DHILLON First runner-up of MTV Roadies season 10 has a passion for bikes, which made her face of Royal Enfield’s campaign. MAX32°C | MIN 15°C | YESTERDAY MAX 29°C | MIN 17°C SUNSET SUNDAY 6:56 PM PAGE 4 There is something majestic about a place which has witnessed history. Celebs tell us about their fascination. SUNRISE MONDAY 5:54 AM SUNDAY | 18 APRIL 2021 | LUDHIANA Dist breaks records; Ludhiana reports 2nd highest daily cases in state, says study 835 cases in a day Daily testing 1,023 per million population, lower than state average of 1,304 Also registers highest cases in month after Sept last year Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 17 Once again Ludhiana district broke the previous records today and the district saw 835 new cases of Covid. The district had reported 598 positive cases yesterday. This is the highest spike since the outbreak of Covid in March 2020 It was in September last year that highest 7,736 cases were reported in a month, but in April 7,768 cases were recorded in 17 days. The active cases in the district today rose to 4,277. Today six persons lost their lives due to the virus. Three men and three women, belonging to Maharana Partap Nagar, Inderpuri, Tilak Nagar, Khanna, Dugri and Basti Jodhewal, succumbed to the virus. Those who tested positive today include three health workers. The number of patients on the ventilator support today was 20, out of which 11 were from Ludhiana district and nine from other districts. Total positive cases have now reached 42,378, while Covid tests being conducted at the Civil Hospital in Ludhiana. COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM ■ For Home Isolation:78147-64759 COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 8,79,652 42,378 4,277 460 1,238 1,238 persons have lost their lives in the district so far. Snake charmer tests +ve A snake charmer in the city tested positive for ■ 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 Covid. He often used to give unrealistic tips and indigenous prescriptions to people about how to stay safe from Covid. continued on page 2 Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 17 Ludhiana, which is among the high-burden districts and had re-emerged as Covid hotspot, has reported high transmission of the disease, a recent study has revealed. The study conducted by the Department of Community Medicine at Christian Medical College (CMC) here reported that Ludhiana was among four districts, Mohali, Jalandhar and Patiala being others, with high transmission of Covid. “The recent spike in the cases needs to be observed closely for any divergence from the predicted trajectory,” advised the experts at CMC, while opining that the increased number of tests can explain the recent spike but any divergence from the predicted trajectory requires close monitoring. However, the daily testing in Ludhiana between April 7 and 13 was recorded at 1,023 per million population, which was even lower than the state average of 1,304 per million. Ahead of the national average of 932, Ludhiana ranked A man gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA OFFICIALSPEAK The high transmission rate is a cause of concern and needs to be curbed forthwith. The districts have been advised to act proactively with ramped up testing, tracing, sampling and treatment facilities. The situation is being monitored at the highest level on a daily basis. Hussan Lal, PRINCIPAL HEALTH SECRETARY ❝ ❞ sixth last in the state as only five other districts — Tarn Taran with 832, Bathinda 814, Ferozepur 755, Barnala 705 and Moga worst with lowest 498 per million testing — behind it. Pathankot topped the state with highest 2,207 per million testing, followed by Jalandhar 2,057, Nawanshahr 1,986, Kapurthala 1,907, Patiala 1,900, Mohali 1,880, Ropar 1,661, Muktsar 1,341, Hoshiarpur 1,303, Faridkot 1,249, Amritsar 1,229, Gurdaspur 1,178, Fatehgarh Sahib 1,078, Fazilka 1,074, Sangrur 1,053, and Mansa 1,042. In the average number of positive cases between March 10 and April 13, Ludhiana recorded the second highest 341 daily cases, only behind Jalandhar with highest 342 infections in the state. Among other districts, Mohali reported 327, Amritsar 243, Patiala 230, Hoshiarpur 201, Gurdaspur 118, Kapurthala 117, Bathinda 103, Nawanshahr 76, Ropar 73, Sangrur 45, Faridkot 42, Tarn Taran and Pathankot 39 each, Fatehgarh Sahib 38, Ferozepur 35, Muktsar 32, Moga 31, Fazilka 30, Mansa 27 and Barnala reported the lowest 16 daily cases. The state had reported 2,544 average daily cases during this period. When it comes to the average positivity rate between March 10 and April 13, Ludhiana stood fifth in the state with 8 per cent positivity, which was even higher than 7.2 per cent average positivity rate. Mohali reported the highest positivity rate of 18.4 per cent, followed by Patiala 8.6, Bathinda and Kapurthala 8.3 each, Ropar 8, Jalandhar 7.8, Amritsar 7.5, Hoshiarpur 7.4, continued on page 2 Covishield supply runs dry in city Testing centres see huge rush Tribune News Service Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 17 There was a limited stock of Covishield vaccine left with the Health Department in the city today. Only rural Covid Vaccination Centres (CVCs) were sent the doses of covishield, while in urban CVCs only Covaxin was administered. Beneficiaries coming for the second dose of Covishield in the urban areas had to return without the jab. Yesterday the stock of Covaxin had arrived in the district and today only Covaxin was given in the urban CVCs. It is expected that the stock of Covishield will arrive tomorrow. Dr GS Grewal, former president of the Punjab Medical Council, said they were not getting the doses of Covishield and left with no other DC Varinder Kumar Sharma and his wife paste a sticker stating ‘We are vaccinated’ outside their residence in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO option the vaccination process had to be stopped till the stock arrived. People coming for vaccination were returning without the jab. Another doctor from the city said he had paid for 300 doses and managed to get only 100. “After these doses were administered, I requested the department for more doses but was refused the same as there was no stock with the department. As a result I had to stop the vaccination process by noon,” he said. Jatinder Kaur said she went to get the second dose of Covid vac- cine but she has to return without the jab as Covishield was out of stock. “I was asked to enquire tomorrow again about the arrival of the vaccine,” she said. Another beneficiary, who also went for his second dose today, had to come back without completing the vaccination process. “Only Covaxin was given to those coming for vaccination. Since my first dose was Covishield, I had to return back without the jab as the hospital did not have the stock and I was asked to come back on Monday,” he said. District Immunisation Officer Dr Puneet Juneja said they had limited stock of Covishield left with them and were expecting the supply on Sunday. “Today Covishield was administered at rural CVCs while Covaxin was given at Urban CVCs,” he said. Pet registration fee: Civic body mulls exemption to some categories VVIP treatment to singer at jail: ADGP submits govt Over 2K pets registered by March 31 since process launched last year report toService Tribune News Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 17 The Municipal Corporation (MC) has done registration of over 2,000 pets in the city. The pet registration process was launched last year by the civic body. Now, it is planning to give exemption to some categories from Rs 400 fee for pet registration. MC’s veterinary services in charge Dr Harbans Dhalla said a proposal had been prepared for giving exemption of registration fee to some categories. “The MC, Ludhiana, is seriously considering this proposal. The pet registration was made mandatory must in June 2020 in areas under the jurisdiction of the civic body,” he said. He said: “Over 2,000 pets have been registered in the ROMANCING PAST WITH CELEBS ON WORLD HERITAGE DAY The pet registration was made mandatory in June 2020 in areas under the Ludhiana MC jurisdiction. TRIBUNE PHOTO city till March 31 this year which is a record high as compared to cities in the country having similar population.” Dr Dhalla said: “We have made a proposal to give exemption to some categories, including visually challenged and physically challenged persons who are using pets as help, security forces, education institutions such as GADVASU as per norms of the Animal Ethical Control Committee, dog lovers or animal right activists who keep stray dogs under the boundary of their properties, NGO/organisations which are registered and look after stray dogs and provide recommended space to stray dogs and poor people with conditions.” If the proposal was approved, an exemption could be given after verification. Those who would get exemptions were required to fulfil the conditions fixed by the MC, he said. Dr Dhalla said the file regarding this proposal had been sent to MC Commissioner Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal and Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu. If required, it would be sent to the F&CC. c m y b Ludhiana, April 17 In a Ludhiana Central Jail episode in which the singer Karan Aujla and several others were given VVIP treatment allegedly by Jail Superintendent Rajiv Arora, ADGP (Prisons) PK Sinha has sent the probe report to the state government. Sinha said the report was submitted to the state government and further action or recommendations now had to be made by the government. “My purpose was to conduct the inquiry and I had deployed DIG (Prisons) SS Saini, who visited the jail and conducted a thorough probe into the matter. I cannot comment if the probe has found Jail Superintendent Rajiv continued on page 2 Ludhiana, April 17 A huge rush is being witnessed at Covid testing centres these days. The number of people getting tested is increasing at government as well as private centres. People having fever and body ache are going for the test before consulting doctor. The Covid test is also being done at the Civil Hospital and the number of people visiting the hospital for the same has increased considerably. The district has also increased the testing done on a daily basis. On Saturday, 7,677 samples were sent by the district for testing and on a daily basis, nearly 6,000 tests are being conducted. During March, every day around 3,000 samples were sent while in January-Febru- ary, around 2,000 samples were sent per day for testing. The Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) has a Covid testing centre for the public. Nowadays, it is collecting 500-600 samples daily. Earlier, it was around 200-250. Earlier, those coming for getting tested at the DMCH centre were mostly travellers. But now, people having mild fever and body ache are also coming for the same. “Whenever somebody comes for the testing, we ask the reason for getting the test done and besides travelling, other reasons given by many people include having fever and body ache. They are getting the test done on their own,” said a lab attendant at the hospital. Dr Ramesh, District Epidemologist, said before the spike in cases, samples collected at Civil Hospital were around 300-400 while these days the figure has gone up to 700-800. Samples collected from the entire district has seen an increase. Daily 7,0008,000 samples were being sent for testing from the district. A resident of Aggar Nagar said his wife was having fever and body ache for the past two days and the family thought it was better to get the Covid test done. “We are also regularly checking her oxygen level at home,” he said. Snatchers’ gang busted, 2 held Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 17 The Police Division 3 busted a gang of snatchers and arrested two of its members. The accused have been identified as Amit Kumar of Phillaur and Ajay Kumar of Shahpur, Jalandhar district. The police have recovered an airgun, 47 bullets of airgun, Rs 5,000, 12 keys, a ladies purse and some sharp weapons. ADCP Pragya Jain, ACP (central) Waryam Singh, and SHO Madhu Bala addressed mediapersons in this regard. The police said on April 13, Surinder Kaur of New Shivaji Nagar had lodged a complaint to the police that two bike-borne persons had snatched a purse containing cash, documents and other valuables from her. The ADCP said accused The accused in police custody in Ludhiana. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN Amit had no criminal background while his friend Ajay had a notorious background as he was facing five cases of theft, drug and fraud registered against him in Jalandhar and Rajasthan in the past. She said the police remand of the accused would be sought from court for further investigation, after which more members of the gang could be nabbed.
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