23042021-LT-01.qxd 4/22/2021 11:10 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE EDU DEPT MULLS PRE-PRIMARY CLASSES IN MIDDLE, HIGH SCHOOLS PAGE 2 The notification is still awaited from the department but the message has been verbally sent to schools. FORECAST THUNDER STORM Man injures jeweller, steals silver chain VARUN OPENS UP ABOUT HIS NEW TELEPLAY WRONG TURN PAGE 3 The play is a layered, psychological thriller that blurs the line between moral and legal justice. MAX 28°C | MIN 15°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C | MIN 16°C SUNSET FRIDAY 7 PM MANUSHI ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO GIVE VEGETARIANISM A TRY! She has been roped in by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India to encourage people to adopt vegetarianism. SUNRISE SATURDAY 5:49 AM VIOLATION OF NIGHT CURFEW & COVID NORMS 70 FIRs registered in a day PAGE 4 FRIDAY | 23 APRIL 2021 | LUDHIANA 7 dead, 880 test positive yoga, exercise, meditation, washing hands frequently, etc. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 22 A man posing as customer stole a silver chain from a jewellery shop at Saroop Nagar in Salem Tabri. The suspect also injured jeweller when the latter tried to prevent him from stealing chain. The suspect was captured in the CCTV cameras installed at the shop. Complainant Ranjit Singh of Pritam Nagar, Haibowal, stated to the police that yesterday a man posing as customer came to his jewellery showroom and asked for a silver chain. “I showed him several chains. During this exercise, I saw the suspect steal one silver chain and slip it in his pocket. When I asked him to return the chain, he entered into scuffle with me and hit something sharp on my face,” the complainant added. Investigation officer ASI Prem Singh said the police had got some clues about the suspect and he would be nabbed soon. — TNS SHOs told to ensure compliance of all guidelines in their areas 40,000 doses of Covishield arrive District leads in vaccination, 4.42 lakh inoculated Three smugglers held Tribune News Service Nitin Jain (CP) Rakesh Agrawal had asked all police zone heads to register minimum 10 cases related to curfew violations. After Ludhiana Tribune carried out reports that liquor vends were not paying heed to night curfew norms, the police started registering cases against such violators. Contractors of liquor vends had also been strictly told by the police to follow norms else cases would be registered against them, the sources added. Meanwhile, the Khanna police have also registered 20 cases of curfew and Covid norms violations. The police even registered cases for not following the social distancing norm against commuters, shopkeepers and others. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 22 The police have intensified the drive against violation of night curfew and Covid norms. In a day, more than 70 FIRs were registered against residents, who violated the night curfew and coronavirus guidelines. According to sources all police station heads and senior cops have been asked to register maximum cases against violators of the night curfew and also ensure compliance of the Covid norms during the day time in the city. Station House Officers (SHOs) of all police stations in the city have been instructed to check their areas after 8 pm and ensure compliance of the night curfew. The sources maintained that Police Commissioner << Night curfew has failed to deter vends from selling liquor to customers in Ludhiana. FILE Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 22 It has been six days that private hospitals are without the supply of Covishield vaccine. People coming for their second dose have to return without getting the jab administered. A stock of 40,000 doses reached the district in the evening. Only Covishield stock arrived today and now the stock of Covaxin is depleting in the district. Around 7,000 doses of Covaxin are left with the district now. District Immunisation Officer Dr Puneet Juneja said the district received the stock of 40,000 doses in the evening. When asked if all the private hospitals will be given the supply, he said first vaccine would be given to government vaccination centres and later according to the stock availability private hospitals would be given the stock. “Our first priority will be government centres,” he said. Beneficiaries continue to Continued on page 2 POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 4 pm: Atam Nagar, Kartar Nagar, Bihari Colony, TPT Nagar, Industrial Area Ext and adjoining areas. Ludhiana, April 22 Ludhiana, which was among the five high-burden districts that have emerged as drivers of Covid surge in the state, continues to lead in the ongoing vaccination drive. With the immunisation of 5,338 more persons on Thursday, the district has inoculated as many as 4,42,881 eligible beneficiaries so far. Sharing details, the Deputy Commissioner, Varinder Kumar Sharma, told The Tribune, here this evening, that all the persons who had been jabbed in the district so far were hale and hearty, while a handful of those who had reported after-effects following immunisation had since recovered. Making a fervent appeal to all the eligible persons to come forward and get themselves vaccinated at their nearest government or private health centres to help the district build the herd immunity to fight the deadly virus, the DC said the health experts had already made it loud and clear that the vaccine had no side effects on the human body and the hesitancy or unfound apprehensions based on rumours and nonscientific theories should be shunned to become partners in the sustained campaign against the Covid pandemic. A man gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana on Thursday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA ❝ Covid vaccine reduces severity of illness even if a person contracts infection after getting inoculated. Vaccine reduces the chances of hospitalisation and help build herd immunity. Vaccination will help contain the pandemic. Health experts ❞ In order to dispel the rumours, superstitions surrounding the vaccine and to help the residents shun the hesitancy and unfounded apprehensions, the district administration has roped in renowned health experts to further boost the inoculation of all the eligible persons. The panel of experts, comprising three specialist doctors Dr Bishav Mohan from DMC Hospital, Dr Harminder Singh Pannu from Fortis Hospital and Dr Kiran Gill Ahluwalia, Covid nodal officer for the district, has been tasked to answer the public queries pertaining to vaccination issues. In a maiden public interaction moderated by the DC himself, the experts stressed that Covid vaccine reduces severity of illness, even if the person gets an infection after taking the vaccine, and reduces the chances of hospitalisation. They emphasised that the vaccine will help build herd immunity, hence it would help to contain the pandemic. Comparing vaccine with seatbelt in the vehicles, they said as the belt minimises chances of fatal mishap, similarly the vaccine also protects human beings in case they contract infection at any stage post vaccination and in that case they would only suffer mild symptoms. They also ruled out that the vaccine has any effect on fertility, while claiming that the scientific trials have proved that the vaccine doesn’t cause infertility. Taking the calls of some residents, who were avoiding vaccination due to the myth that they have to avoid consuming alcohol for over a month after getting the jab, the experts said it is not true. They advised that if anyone has fever, throat infection or acute weakness, then the vaccine must be avoided for a few days till the person retains complete physical fitness. Ludhiana, April 22 Ludhiana again broke its own record as 880 persons tested positive for Covid, while seven persons lost their lives to the virus today. Total active cases in the district reached 5,829. Today 20 patients were on the ventilator support. Total 1,671 samples were collected in Dugri, out of which 79 positive cases have been detected. Total 299 persons have tested positive so far in the area. Total positive cases in the district have reached 46,358, while 1,272 persons have lost their lives so far. Four men and three women, belonging to Urban Estate, Kitchlu Nagar, Mangli Ucchi, SBS Nagar, Shivala Road and Harnampura village, lost their lives today. Meanwhile, the mass media team of the Civil Surgeon office, Ludhiana, today visited persons who are in home isolation and educated them on circumstances in which they should contact On the question of whether a heart/ kidney patient can take a vaccine, Dr Bishav Mohan said they must take the vaccine without any kind of doubt and there is no need to stop blood thinner, if anybody is already taking it. Dr Harminder Singh Pannu explained about the efficiency of the current two Covid vaccines on new mutant variants and made it clear that both Covishield and Covaxin are very much effective against the new variants of the virus. He also debunked the misinformation about the difference between vaccines being administered in the government and private hospitals and said it is the same government which is supplying the vaccines to both government and private hospitals. On a question when the Covid will be over, the experts said it mostly depends upon the people as to how they tackle it. They said as much as the people adhere to the Covid appropriate behaviour, the pandemic will be contained at the earliest. “We all must wear face mask, maintain social distancing and adopt hand hygiene daily, otherwise we will continue to face many more waves of the contagion in future,” added the experts in the presence of the Deputy Commissioner. When home-isolated patient should contact doctor If the patient has persistent fever above 100°F breathless, ness, blue discoloration of lips, chest pain and discomfort, he/she should contact a doctor. COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 9,21,241 46,358 5,829 537 1,272 the department immediately. Civil Surgeon Dr Sukhjeevan Kakkar said team members, while visiting the homes of isolated persons, provided them with health education. They were asked to take certain preventive steps, such as staying in a separate room, not sharing utensils or clothes with other family members, always wearing a mask, proper disposal of waste, eating healthy food as recommended by the Health Departement, doing Eligibility for home isolation Patients suffering from compromised immune systems (diabetes, HIV/AIDS, transplant recipients, pulmonary hypertension, cancer, etc) are not eligible for home isolation. Only after signing self-declaration form shall the patient be permitted to undergo home isolation. Elderly patients (60+) having comorbidities shall be permitted home isolation after proper evaluation by the medical officer. In addition, a caregiver should be available to provide assistance to the patient on a 24x7 basis. Only after signing self-declaration form shall the patient be permitted to undergo home isolation. with 150-gm heroin STF officials address a press conference regarding the arrest of smugglers in Ludhiana on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 22 The Special Task Force (STF) arrested three drug smugglers and recovered 150 gm of heroin from their possession. The STF also recovered a pistol, revolver and motorcycle from them. The arrested smugglers have been identified as Lakhwinder Singh Bunty (35) of New Kanta Nagar, Amandeep Singh Romy (28) of Kot Mangal Singh and Iqbal Singh Vicky (19) of Iqbal Nagar. The in-charge, STF, Harbans Singh, said secret information was received that the trio were into drug smuggling and were on the way to Gill Road from Janta Nagar to deliver a consignment of heroin to their clients. A naka was laid at a strategic point where the three motorcycle-borne smugglers were stopped. During their checking, 150 gm of heroin and illegal weapons were recovered from them. During investigation, it came to fore that Lakhwinder was a carpenter and addicted to drugs, due to which he started the trade. Amandeep also have notorious past as he is facing cases of liquor smuggling. Inspector Harbans said they would seek their police remand from court so that entire supply chain could be busted. Uncovered garbage dumps open invitation to diseases Oxygen helpline numbers launched CIVIC MESS Stink from dump has increased after recent rain Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 22 Children and youngsters usually play football and cricket at a vacant site near the cremation ground of Dhandari Khurd but they are facing a lot of inconvenience due to a huge amount of garbage being dumped near the site. After the recent rainfall, stink emanating from the dump has increased their woes once again as garbage is not lifted on time. The garbage collectors generally unload the waste from their carts in an open area, residents said. Moreover, the Garbage dumped in an open area near Dhandari Khurd cremation ground in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN visitors to the cremation ground are also forced to suffer due to the garbage dump. Lovepreet Singh of Dhandari Khurd said, “It is hard to breathe due to foul smell emanating from the garbage dump. We usually play at the adjoining site. Whenever it rains, the dump creates more nuisance. We want that the civic body should address the matter at the earliest.” Uncovered garbage dumps (secondary garbage collection points) along roads and improper solid waste management remained a major issue in the city for a long time. The authorities concerned, however, set up waste compactors at some locations but no relief has been provided from open garbage dumps at many other locations in the city. A number of uncovered garbage dumps are giving an open invitation to diseases. A big garbage dump on road near the cremation ground at Daresi is also being ignored for a long period. Thus, the commuters and c m y b visitors to the cremation ground face a lot of inconveniences as waste is dumped on road. Sarabjit Singh Bunty, a Congress leader, said, “Nothing has been done to remove this garbage dump. The elected representatives and politicians have visited this cremation ground many times but they always ignored this garbage dump.” He questioned the role of the MC for ignoring the garbage dump located at the back of PU Regional Centre near Old Courts Chowk. “It is difficult to breathe due to stink emanating from the garbage dump. The people are suffering due to the negligence of the department concerned. Continued on page 2 Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 22 Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma and Commissioner of Police Rakesh Agrawal today reviewed the oxygen supply situation in the district through a virtual meeting with all the major hospitals of Ludhiana. Varinder Kumar directed oxygen suppliers to ensure that oxygen for Covid patient remained their topmost priority and there should not be any pilferage of oxygen towards industrial activities in the wake of the unprecedented crisis. Amit Bambi, PCS, and J Elanchezian, JCP, Head- is facing ❝Anyone whogetting any difficulty in oxygen cylinders for Covid patients can dial helpline numbers 7837018500 and 0161-2421091. Oxygen cylinders will be made available to them on payment basis. ❞ Rakesh Agrawal, COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, LUDHIANA quarters, have been made nodal officers to ensure smooth oxygen supply to the hospitals as well as to home isolated Covid patients in Ludhiana. Commissioner of Police Rakesh Agrawal, who is recu- perating from Covid, attended the meeting from home. He also launched the oxygen helpline numbers 7837018500 and 0161-2421091. These numbers will remain operational 24 hours and will be working from the Police Control Room, Ludhiana. “Anyone who is facing any difficulty in getting oxygen cylinders in Ludhiana for Covid patients can dial these helpline numbers and oxygen cylinders will be made available to them on payment basis,” added the CP . “We will also provide green corridors to oxygen-carrying vehicles in Ludhiana so that they promptly reach their destination,” said the CP.
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