27042021-LT-01.qxd 4/27/2021 12:01 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE TEACHERS TO SET EXAMPLE, SEND WARDS TO GOVT SCHOOLS PAGE 2 CHOUDHARY PLANS TO OPEN HOSPITALS IN PATNA, LUCKNOW Teachers and staff of Edu Dept have started getting admission for their own wards in government schools. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF WOMAN BOOKED ON THEFT CHARGE Ludhiana: The police have booked a woman, Narveen Kaur (26), a resident of Roop Nagar, Hoshiarpur, under Section 380 of the IPC for allegedly stealing a gold chain and Rs 30,000 in cash from the residence of Rupinderjit Kaur of New Shimla Colony, here, on April 14. In a complaint lodged with the police, Rupinderjit Kaur said the accused, an acquaintance and native of the same village, had come to her residence with her mother Jaswinder Kaur as the duo had to travel to Delhi with her father. “During the time spent at my residence, the accused, a habitual thief, managed to steal a golden chain and the cash from an almirah in the bedroom,” the complainant said. The police were investigating the matter. OC MAN HELD WITH POPPY HUSK Ludhiana: The police nabbed Balwinder Singh, a resident of Jhandev village, from near the cremation ground in Lalton Khurd village with 5 kg of poppy husk in his possession. The accused has been booked under the NDPS Act. TNS FOUR ARRESTED FOR GAMBLING Ludhiana: The police have arrested four persons, Makhan Singh, a resident of Raur village, Angrej Singh of Dharor village, Kulveer Singh of Boothgarh village and Arjan Singh, a resident of Sasrali village, for gambling at a public place along the wall of a factory in Mangli village on Sunday. A sum of Rs 2,660 was recovered from the spot and the accused were booked under Sections 13, 3 and 67 of the Gambling Act and Section 188, IPC. TNS POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 4 pm: D Block Model Town Extension, Ram Park area and Silver Stone Hotel line. Panel to ensure arrangements for last rites of Covid victims Ludhiana, April 26 District Magistrate-cumDeputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma on Monday has formed a committee for ensuring necessary arrangements in crematoriums and graveyards for cremating/burying bodies of those succumbed to Covid-19 in the district. In the order, he said the committee would be headed by the Commissioner, Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, as the Chairman and Joint CP (Headquarters), Divisional Forest Officer, Ludhiana, District Food, Civil and Supply Controller (west) and IOC LPG senior sales manager Sanchit Sharma would be members of the committee. He said the committee would have freedom to use any cremation ground and cemetery for cremating and burying bodies of the Covid victims. He said none of the management of cremation/burial grounds deny for performing last rites of the victims died due to Covid. The Deputy Commissioner warned that an FIR could be registered over non-compliance. If any crematoriums continued on page 2 ACTRESS YAMI GAUTAM REACHES CHANDIGARH TO BE WITH FAMILY Actor Gurmeet Choudhary is doing everything possible to help everyone struggling to find beds in hospitals. MAX 39°C | MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C | MIN 19°C SUNSET TUESDAY 7:02 PM 10 dead, 753 positive 5 health workers, cop, teacher among infected Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 26 As many as 753 persons tested positive for Covid, while 10 lost their lives to the virus today. Total positive cases from Ludhiana have now reached 50,356, while 1,309 have lost their lives to the virus till now. Active cases from the district today reached 7,112, while 620 persons were home quarantined. Those who tested positive include a cop, five healthcare workers, teacher from GSSS Cemetry Road and an undertrial. The tracing of 152 is still to be done. Eight women and two men, belonging to BRS Nagar, Jawadi, Kailash Nagar, Ramgarh Sibia, Basti Jodhewal, Arya Mohalla, Khanna, Basti Jodhewal, Haibowal and Rajguru Nagar, lost their lives today. Total samples collected from Ludhiana till now are 9,54,488, while today 6,338 samples were collected. The Mass Media team of the Civil Surgeon office carried out an awareness drive in slums of Ludhiana. The team visited various slums of the city, where its members made the inhabitants aware methods to keep Covid-19 away and also distributed masks to the needy. Civil Surgeon Dr Sukhjiwan Kakkar said, “As everyone knows that awareness is cru- PAGE 3 PAGE 4 After wrapping the shooting for Dasvi in Agra, she has found time to be at home in Chandigarh to be with family. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5:45 AM TUESDAY | 27 APRIL 2021 | LUDHIANA Dist to get priority in vaccination for 18-45 age group in upcoming drive Identified as high risk in view of caseload, transmission, population density Nitin Jain Tribune News Service COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM ■ For Home Isolation: 78147-64759 ■ For Ambulance Problem: 78143-63850 ■ For Hospital Problem: COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 9,54,488 50,356 7,112 5 1,309 62849-12553 ■ For General Problem: cial in staying safe from coronavirus, but this becomes pivotal when it comes to slums. As density of population in these slums and vehras is very high and these people, who are mostly migrants, are not literate, so their lack of information can become dangerous to themselves and for other people of Ludhiana. So, in order to make sure that Ludhiana stays safe and away 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 from coronavirus, the Mass Media team is spreading awareness messages and also distributing Mission Fateh pamphlets and posters.” He appealed to the public to come forward for vaccination and said all the persons who are above the age of 18 can get themselves registered on the Cowin portal from April 28 and their vaccination is going to start from May 1. Ludhiana, April 26 Ludhiana, which was among the five high caseload districts driving the Covid second wave rapidly sliding into a devastating crisis in the state, will get priority in the upcoming vaccination drive for the 18-45 age group scheduled to take off from May 1. This was recommended by the expert group in the preliminary strategy for vaccination of all above 18 years of age beginning Saturday onwards. The expert group, led by Dr Gagandeep Kang and comprising Dr Jacob John and Dr Rajesh Kumar, has put Ludhiana on the top of all 22 districts in the state where the risk of disease and transmission rate are considered the highest. Ludhiana is also listed on the top under the population density category in the state. In a brief presentation made before the Chief Secretary, Vini Mahajan, on the strategy that can be adopted for inoculation of the people aged between 18 and 45 years in the state, the expert group said the disease distribution and risk by district variable will be the major considerations for deciding the priority A woman gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA OFFICIALSPEAK Considering all factors, including price, 30 lakh doses of Covishield for the 18-45 age group are being ordered from the Serum Institute India. The state will also directly approach Astrazeneca (India) to try to avail itself of the lower prices (~162 per vial) available to the global community for government purchases. We will not compromise on the ongoing vaccination of 45-plus age groups even after beginning inoculation of people above 18 years. The underprivileged categories will be duly taken care of. The expert group has been tasked to examine all issues and give a detailed plan by Thursday. Vini Mahajan, Chief Secretary ❝ ❞ areas under the mega vaccination drive. Noting that disease is highest in the areas with high population density, the experts presented that for 1.3 crore eligible population under 18- 45 vaccination programme, 2.7 crore doses will be required and as many sessions will also be required for the purpose. Taking into consideration the total number of positive cases and the average daily infections being reported by each district, the expert group listed Ludhiana as the top district under the vaccination priority followed by Mohali, Jalandhar, Patiala, Amritsar, Hoshiarpur, Bathinda, Gurdaspur, Kapurthala, Pathankot, Nawanshahr, Sangrur, Ropar, Ferozepur, Faridkot, Muktsar, Fazilka, Tarn Taran, Mansa, Fatehgarh Sahib and Barnala. Under the vaccine supply and prioritisation recommendations, the experts sought inoculating those on priority who have comorbidities and were living in high-risk settings, who were in jobs that increase exposure and risk of transmission in high-risk settings, saturate populations in risk settings before spreading out, follow 1-2 for lowerrisk settings before expansion and covering cities before villages in view of easy acceptance and delivery. The communication strategy recommended by the expert group suggested improving acceptance key to supply and delivery and giving influencers and leaders unambiguous messages to share with the population prior to the vaccination drive. continued on page 2 1,025 cases of smuggled liquor seized 49 arrested for lockdown, curfew violations in city Our Correspondent Ludhiana, April 26 The police made a big haul of smuggled liquor with the seizure of 1,025 cases from a closed-body truck (bearing registration No. HR 38T 4611) which was stopped for checking in the wee hours on Sunday near the Janta Nagar cut on the basis of a tip-off by a police party comprising Inspector Yash Pal Sharma, in-charge, anti-smuggling cell/CIA-3, and ASI Kashmir Singh, along with officials of the Excise Department. While the driver of the truck and his assistant managed to give the police the slip by taking advantage of the darkness, search of the abandoned truck led to the recovery of 500 cases (each carrying 12 Our Correspondent Police officials with the seized liquor in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO bottles of 750 ml) of McDowell No 1 whisky, 300 cases of McDowell No 1 whisky (each carrying 48 nips of 180 ml), 75 cases (each carrying 12 bottles of 750 ml) of Royal Challenge whisky and 150 cases (each carrying 48 nips of 180 ml) of Royal Challenge whisky. The police have impounded the truck carrying the illicit liquor and the unidentified accused have been booked under Sections 61, 78(2), 1 and 14 of the Excise Act at the Division No. 6 police station. The police have launched search operations to apprehend the accused who are behind the big racket of liquor smuggling. In another incident, the police arrested Ashwani Kumar, a resident of Jawahar Nagar Camp, on a tip-off that the accused was indulging in smuggling of illicit liquor and had stored liquor under a staircase at his house. In a raid, the police seized 60 nips of XXX Dollar rum from his house. He has been booked under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act. Ludhiana, April 26 While city residents, more or less, complied with restrictions imposed during complete lockdown by the police authorities in the city on Sunday, but still violations like opening of shops and commercial establishments, holding functions with more number of guests than permitted, overloading in buses and auto-rickshaws and liquor vends selling or drinking places serving liquor were reported from different parts of the city. In all the police registered 44 cases for violations under Section 188 MC fails to resolve parking woes in markets CIVIC MESS Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 26 In the absence of designated parking lots at many of the prominent city markets, the visitors are forced to park vehicles on the road. Traffic snarls are commonly seen at Visitors forced to park vehicles on roads; traffic snarls common Parking of vehicles on road is a regular affair at Model Town in Ludhiana. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN such markets and major city roads due to the lack of parking arrangements. When suggestions were sought around five years ago to make Ludhiana a Smart City, many participants had voted to see improvement of the traffic management and parking arrangements in the city but no concrete steps have been taken in this regard. However, the discussions were held to set up multi-level parking lots at some locations, including Books Market, Feroze Gandhi Market and an underground parking lot near Aarti Chowk under the Smart City Mission, but nothing was done in this regard. The visitors are forced to park vehicles on roads at various markets, including Model Town, Ghumar Mandi, Field Ganj, Jawahar Nagar camp market, Pakhowal Road, Mall Road c m y b and College Road. Currently, five existing parking lots remain jam-packed at Feroze Gandhi Market due to which many vehicles are parked on roads, causing traffic snarls. The market association concerned has been demanding from the authorities to resolve the issue for a long time. Besides, the vehicles are commonly parked on Kochar Market Road, Pakhowal Road, Ferozepur Road, Malhar Road, Gill Road and other roads in the absence of parking arrangements. Many of the commercial and other buildings have also come up by violating the parking norms but the MC and other departments concerned took no concrete measures against such violations. Also, a number of banks, hospitals, factories, educational institutes and other units lack parking arrangements. Residents demand that the government should resolve the parking and traffic-related issues at city markets and roads at the earliest. A resident of Model Town, Gurpal Singh Grewal, said, “Many of continued on page 2 of the IPC with the arrest of 49 persons, while 17 others were booked. The police arrested 11 persons for either purchasing liquor or being served liquor in the adjoining ahata (drinking place) along the Canal on Gill road, while six unidentified persons were booked for opening their shops and selling fish in Tajpur Road Fish Market in violation of lockdown restrictions. The police arrested five owners, managers or security personnel of hotels and resorts for allowing more number of guests than per- mitted at functions, four vegetable sellers, nine karyana shop or general store owners, eight fast food outlet owners/managers, one auto-rickshaw driver for overloading and five others for opening hair-cutting saloons, a swimming pool, mutton and chicken shops. Three others were held for moving out at night during curfew hours without any valid reason. All the arrested persons were booked under Section 188 of the IPC and in some cases relevant sections of the Epidemic Diseases Act were also invoked, said the police. Vaccine supply runs dry Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 26 The vaccine supply has again run dry in the district. The next availability of the stock is yet not known to the authorities. Today vaccination was done at only a few vaccination centres, which had some stock left with them. Only 8,822 persons were vaccinated in the district. Vaccination drive has almost come to a halt at both government and private vaccination centres. District Immunisation Officer Dr Puneet Juneja said the stock of vaccines has depleted and vaccination was being carried out at a few centres which had some stock left with them. “We will be informed by the state government about the next availability of the stock. Presently only a few centres are running the vaccination drive with the stock left with them,”he said. Dr Pardeep Mohindra, SMO, Civil Hospital, Jagraon, said they had 120 doses of Covishield and they would be administered to people. “After that no stock will be left with us and we will be informed by the department as and when the stock arrives,” he said. Former president of the Punjab Medical Council said it had been three days that private hospitals were without the stock of vaccine. “Beneficiaries are returning every day and we have no concrete reply to give to them,” said Dr Grewal. A 50-year-old man, Kishore Jain, is making rounds of the hospitals as his second dose of vaccination is due. “It has been four days that I have been making rounds of the hospital for the second jab but every time I get the reply that they are out of stock,” he said. Enquiries at various private hospitals reveal that they had no stock of vaccines.
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