24042021-LT-01.qxd 24-04-2021 00:31 Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE 3 BOOKED, 11 CHALLANED FOR VIOLATION OF NORMS IN DORAHA PAGE 2 DISCOVERY PARTNERS WITH ELLEN DEGENERES IN A DEAL The police have registered three cases for not wearing face masks and issued 11 challans for violation of safety norms. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY Six cell phones recovered from jail inmates Tribune News Service POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 5 pm: South city all blocks, Garden Enclave, Dashmesh Nagar, Ayali Khurd, Ayali Kalan, Janpath Estate, Rajgarh Estate, Barewal, Sukhmani Enclave, Hero Homes, Bains, Jhammat Apex Nagar, Madhuban Enclave Bhai Daya Singh Nagar, MHP Barewal, Sunview Enclave, Mahavir Enclave, etc AADAR JAIN WISHES TO BE PART OF SUPERHERO UNIVERSE Multiple Emmy Award winner and renowned talk-show host DeGeneres has joined the Discovery family. MAX 34°C | MIN 14°C | YESTERDAY MAX 28°C | MIN 15°C SUNSET SATURDAY 7 PM PAGE 4 Actor Aadar Jain, who was recently seen in Hello Charlie, wishes to be a part of a superhero franchise. SUNRISE SUNDAY 5:47 AM SATURDAY | 24 APRIL 2021 | LUDHIANA 8 dead, 995 test positive Distseesexponentialrisein daily cases, positivity rate Six health workers, undertrial & teacher among infected Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 23 A surprise checking at the Central Jail led to the recovery of six mobile phones from inmates here today. The inmates from whom mobile phones were recovered have been identified as Arjan Singh of Bihar Colony, Baljinder Singh of Mohalla Anandpuri, Rahul Kumar of Prem Nagar, Sunil Kumar of Topkhana Bazar, Ambala Cant, Parvinder Singh of Basant Nagar and Gurdeep Singh of Kadiani Kalan. Assistant Jail Superintendent Tarsempal Sharma said the jail staff conducted a surprise checking at the NB ward barrack No. 3 of the Central Jail during which one mobile phone each was recovered from six jail inmates. By keeping mobile phones, inmates had violated the jail norms, Sharma added. A case under the Prison Act was registered against the six inmates. Sources said the Jail Department had initiated a separate probe to find if any jail staff facilitated the supply of mobile phones to the jail inmates. PAGE 3 Ludhiana, April 23 Third day in a row, Ludhiana district is breaking its own record every day. Today, 995 persons tested positive for Covid, while eight persons lost their lives to the virus. Total number of positive cases in the district reached 47,353, while 1,280 have lost their lives in the district till now. The number of active patients in the district reached 6,252. As many as 10,005 samples were collected from the district. Twenty-three patients are on the ventilator support, out of which 13 belong to Ludhiana and 10 to other districts. Those who tested positive today included six healthcare workers, undertrial and a teacher from GSSS Multipurpose School. Six men and two women, belonging to Mohan Singh Nagar, Basti Jodhewal, Madhban Enclave, Durgi Basant Avenue, Mundian Kalan, Payal, Khanna and Hambran village, lost their lives today. In the Dugri containment zone, 720 samples were collected, out of which 47 reports have come positive, while report of 61 samples is pending. As many as 346 persons have tested positive from the containment zone till now. Meanwhile, following the directions of Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma, the Nodal Officer for ensuring the seamless and unhindered supply of the oxygen to the hospitals on A man gets his Covid test done by a mobile team of the Health Department in Ludhiana. 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 DEATHS 9,31,246 47,353 6,252 423 1,280 62849-12553 ■ For General Problem: Covid board, Deputy Director Local Government (DDLG) Amit Bambi, along with his team of drug inspectors conducted the inspection of oxygen generation and bottling plants of Ludhiana. Reviewing the situation, Amit Bambi said the district had two oxygen generation plants — Vardhman 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 Special Steels Limited and Weltech Equipment and Infrastructure Limited — besides five bottling plants. He said presently the district was generating oxygen for 1800-2000 D type cylinders and it was being run at full capacity. He informed that the Civil Hospital had also its oxygen generation plant and getting 115 cylinders on its own but the administration was also supplying some quantity to them with an increase in level-3 Covid patients. He said in the last two days, around 250 cylinders of life-saving gas were supplied to Jalandhar as per requirement. Anyone who was facing any difficulty in getting oxygen cylinders in Ludhiana for Covid patients could dial 7837018500 and 0161-2421091 helpline numbers, he said. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said the administration was in a comfortable position and there was no need to get panicky as efforts were afoot to ensure an uninterrupted supply of oxygen to the hospitals treating Covid patients. The Deputy Commissioner added that as the Covid cases were increasing in the district, the people need to adhere to Covid protocols, including maintaining social distancing, wearing masks and adopting hand hygiene. He appealed to the eligible persons to take the vaccine promptly by shunning any kind of doubts or fear as it was the best way to come out of this dark tunnel. Appealing to the people not to take flu-like symptoms lightly and immediately contact nearby health facilities besides getting tested for Covid without fail so that the spread of the contagion could be halted, he said people were reporting late to the doctors hence their condition further deteriorated. Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 23 In what appears to be a grim situation leading to a state of emergency and turning the district as the worst hotspot of the global pandemic in the state, the number of daily positive cases and the positivity rate, which is a key indicator of virus surge, have risen exponentially in Ludhiana district during the past week. However, the Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma has claimed that the situation was completely under control and ample supplies of medical oxygen and hospital beds, both in government and private sector, were available for the treatment and care of the critical and needy patients. He has appealed to the residents to exercise restraint and continue to follow Covid appropriate behaviour, besides all the eligible persons getting themselves vaccinated. The district-wise data compiled by the Health and Family Welfare Department, a copy of which is with The Tribune, showed that the average number of positive cases per day has shot up to 717 between April 15 to 21, which was more than double than 341 recorded between March 10 and April 13. With this, Ludhiana continued to rank second worsthit district in the state. Similarly, the state also witnessed 4,571 average daily positive cases between April 15 and 21, which was much higher than 2,544 reported between March 10 and April 13. While Mohali remained the A man gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA RISING GRAPH ■ Average daily positive cases more than doubled to 717 between April 15 and 21 from 341 reported between March 10 and April 13. ■ Average positivity rate shot up to 11.5 per cent between April 15 and 21 from 7.2 per cent between March 10 and April 13. worst-hit district with the highest 753 average daily positive cases, Jalandhar stood third with 422 patients. Among other districts, Amritsar reported 411 average fresh patients daily, followed by Patiala 383, Bathinda 300, Hoshiarpur 206, Gurdaspur 172, Kapurthala 116, Fazilka and Pathankot 114 each, Muktsar 108, Ropar 104, Sangrur 103, Mansa 94, Ferozepur and Faridkot 92 each, Tarn Taran 80, Moga 66, Fatehgarh Sahib 48, Nawanshahr 45 and Barnala 31. On the positivity rate front, Ludhiana’s average positivity rate mounted from 7.2 per cent between March 10 and April 13 to 11.5 per cent between April 15 and 21. While the state’s average positivity also went up to 10.3 per cent between April 15 and 21 from 7.2 per cent between March 10 and April 13, the district’s rank in the state came down from fifth between March 10 and April 13 to sixth between April 15 and 21. While Mohali continued to record the highest average positivity rate of 20.8 per cent, Bathinda stood second with 16.2 per cent and Fazilka remained third with 15.3 per cent. Among other districts, Ferozepur reported 15.1 per cent average positivity rate, Moga 12.9, Muktsar 10.5, Faridkot 10.3, Amritsar 10.2, Mansa and Patiala 9.7 each, Ropar 9.6, Kapurthala 9.2, Hoshiarpur 8.5, Barnala 8, Pathankot 7.9, Jalandhar 7.8, Fatehgarh Sahib 7.6, Sangrur 6.8, Tarn Taran 6.6, Gurdaspur 5.3 and Nawanshahr 3.3. City bus service gets off track 12 arrested for gambling near 70% vehicles not plying on roads; lying defunct on Tajpur Road, Dairy Complex Gill Chowk Tribune News Service Migrants wait to board trains in Ludhiana to go back to their native places on Friday. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN No plan to withdraw any train: Rly Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, April 23 In the wake of exodus of migrant workers from Punjab fearing another lockdown, Northern Railway has made it clear that there were no plans to cut down or withdraw any of the 103 pairs of trains carrying passengers from various places under the Ferozepur Division to destinations across the country. Rajesh Aggarwal, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Ferozepur Division of Northern Railway, said as many as 67 pairs of Covid-19 Special Mail and Express, and 37 pairs of unreserved mail, express and passenger trains were operational from several railway stations in the division. Giving more details, he said a total of 29 pairs of mail and express trains were ferrying passengers from Amritsar to Indore, Nagpur, Nanded, Kolkata, Howrah, Sealdah, Bandra Terminus, Haridwar, Rajesh Aggarwal, Divisional Railway Manager, Ferozepur Division, Northern Railway Newjalpaiguri, New Tinsukia, Korba, Saharsa, Darbhanga, Jaynagar, Katihar and Kanpur. Similarly, 13 pairs of mail/express trains were also operating from Shri Mata Vaishno Devi, 16 pairs from Jammu Tawi, four pairs from Udhampur, three from Ferozepur Cantt and two from Fazilka. The two trains from Fazilka are ferrying passengers to distant destinations in the country. Aggarwal appealed to migrants not to pay heed to rumours about the discontinuation of train services. All intending travellers could seek reservation of tickets for visiting their native places on need basis but there should be no cause for panic-travelling owing to lockdown. “However, all passengers ought to take all precautions such as washing hands, use of sanitiser, wearing face mask and maintain social distancing to save themselves from coronavirus,” he added. The DRM added that to avoid overcrowding at busy railway stations, price of tickets at railway platforms has been increased by Rs 50 at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi, Amritsar, Jammu Tawi, Jalandhar City, Udhampur, Pathankot Cantt, Jalandhar Cantt, Phagwara, Beas and Ferozepur Cantt. The sale of tickets at Ludhiana railway station has been temporarily suspended. Travellers are advised to purchase tickets online. Ludhiana, April 23 The Police Division No. 6 conducted surprise raids at two places near Gill Chowk and arrested 12 persons on the charge of gambling. In the first case, investigation officer ASI Major Singh said a tip-off was received about some unknown persons gambling in a park. Accordingly, a police party conducted a raid and nabbed the suspects red-handed. Those arrested have been identified as Shamsher Singh of Basant Nagar, Matta of Kartar Singh, Ram Bahadur of Partap Chowk, Dharampal of Bhagwan Nagar, Dhyan Parkash of Prabhat Nagar, Bhagwan of Partap Chowk and Harish Chandar of Dashmesh Nagar, the ASI added. The police also recovered ~2,400 cash from the spot, the ASI said. A case under Section 188, IPC, (Gambling Act), and under Section 51B (Disaster Management Act) was registered against suspects, the ASI said. The suspects were also not following the Covid norms as none of them was wearing face mask or maintaining social distancing, the ASI added. In the second case, the police Division No. 6 arrested five persons on the chare of gambling. Those arrested have been identified as Bhullar of Pipal Chowk, Karan Singh of Prabhat Nagar, Ganesh of Muradpura, Continued on page 2 c m y b CIVIC MESS Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 23 As the authorities concerned seemed to be not serious to improve the Ludhiana city bus service, nearly 70 per cent of the city buses are not plying on road at present. Under the city bus service that was launched with much fanfare in 2011, 120 buses were purchased in different phases by the Ludhiana City Bus Service Limited under the MC, Ludhiana. Around 35 city buses with missing parts have been already lying defunct on Tajpur Road for more than the past five years. Many of the new buses got defunct within a short period. As no lesson has been learnt, now more city buses (mostly big buses), which have been stationed near Dairy Complex on Hambran Road, are gathering dust. Under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) Project worth Rs 65.20 crore, there was a plan to buy 200 buses but only 120 buses were purchased. A demand to start city buses on the routes to various localities and also to educational institutes has been ignored for a long time. There is no direct bus or auto-rickshaw service available to a number of city areas and also several colleges. The MC had earlier planned to start buses on new routes, but to no avail. City buses gather dust near Dairy Complex on Hambran Road in Ludhiana. PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Col JS Brar of Maha Sabha (NGO) said, “It is a matter of big concern how the new buses had got defunct in a short period. A criminal case should be registered against those responsible for the same. Those who failed the service should be exposed.” “A huge amount was spent on purchasing these buses. The city bus service must be improved and all the buses should be run on various routes for the convenience of residents,” said Col Brar. A forensic audit report prepared by a third-party firm had earlier also highlighted that how Ludhiana City Bus Service Limited had suf- fered losses and its interest was apparently ignored. But, no action was taken to improve the bus service. When the bus service was launched, the MC’s Ludhiana City Bus Service Limited used to operate the service itself and generating profit. In 2013, it had handed over the bus service to a private firm that operated buses till July 2014. When the city bus service was stalled for some months and tyres and other parts of a number of city buses were getting damaged in 2014, Congress leaders had protested to awake the then state government and Municipal Corporation authorities. To highlight the issue, some Congress leaders had also cleaned several buses at that time. But, even at the time of the Congress government in the state at present, the city bus service is still crying for attention. A BJP leader, Inder Aggarwal, said, “The civic body has not collected pending dues from the current private operator. Despite spending crores of rupees, more city buses are getting damaged but no action is being taken to improve the service. Why the Congress is silent over the poor condition of the city Continued on page 2
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