28042021-LT-01.qxd 4/28/2021 12:28 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE 32-YEAR-OLD MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN ROAD ACCIDENT A 32-year-old man died in a road mishap after the bike he was riding got hit by a car on Hambran road on Monday night. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY Two thefts in city, Khanna Ludhiana, April 27 Miscreants committed two thefts in Ludhiana and Khanna and decamped with cash and valuables worth lakhs of rupees. In the first incident, complainant Jeet Ram told the police that he owns a scrap shop on GT Road in Khanna. On the night of April 25, he closed his shop and when he reached the place the next morning, he was shocked to see that thieves had made a big hole in the wall in the rear side of the shop. After entering the shop, they decamped with Rs 7.36 lakh in cash which was lying in the almirah. ASI Jeet Ram said the CCTV camera footage of nearby areas was being checked to get any clue about the thieves. A case has been registered. Another incident took place at an electrician shop in New Madhopuri from where miscreants took away goods worth lakhs of rupees. Deepak Sharma, owner of Bittu Electrician, said last night, thieves broke open locks of the main shutter and decamped with expensive cable rolls, fans and other electronic goods. — TNS PAGE 2 MAKING A RETURN: WAGLE KI... IS BACK WITH FRESH EPISODES PAGE 3 AYUSHMANN, TAHIRA CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS COVID-19 RELIEF The show will continue to bring the quintessential day-to-day life stories with an essence of nostalgia. MAX 40°C | MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 40°C | MIN 21°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7:03 PM PAGE 4 Ayushmann and his wife Tahira Kashyap have come forward to contribute to the Maharashtra CM’s Relief Fund. SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:44 AM WEDNESDAY | 28 APRIL 2021 | LUDHIANA Police to rope in fair sex in 13 dead; 1,136 test positive fight against contagion 5 schoolteachers, health worker, undertrial among infected Tribune News Service All-women squad to sensitise womenfolk in enforcement of norms Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 27 If you see an all-women police squad targeting the fairer sex on the city streets and roads don’t think otherwise. Ludhiana Police Commissionerate has constituted an all-women squad under the Mission Fateh to sensitise and involve the womenfolk in the ongoing fight against Covid. Led by a sub-inspector, the team of six constables has been tasked to roam around the length and breadth of the city to identify the women seen without masks and violating the Covid appropriate behaviour, especially the social distancing norm. The women cops will distribute masks and educate the violators about the gravity of the current situation with tips to save themselves and others from contracting the The special all-women police team puts a mask on a child’s face in Ludhiana on Tuesday. widespread virus. “The first time women offenders will be sensitised and roped in as volunteers to ensure enforcement of Covid appropriate behaviour at their homes and outside,” Commissioner of Police (CP) Rakesh Agrawal told The Tribune here on Tuesday. Himself recuperating from the virus even over a month after taking a second vaccine shot, Agrawal said the community continued on page 2 Ludhiana, April 27 As many as 1,136 persons tested positive for Civid, while 13 persons lost their lives to the virus today. Total positive cases from the district reached 51,492, while 1,322 persons have lost their lives in the district so far since March 2020. Active cases in the district reached 7,462, while 1,040 persons were home quarantined today. Six women and seven men, belonging to Shivpuri, Sherpur, Subhash Nagar, Ghugrana village, Jugiana, Madhopuri, Aman Nagar, Basant Nagar, Dashmesh Nagar, Maachiwara, Azad Nagar, New Satnam Nagar and Udham Singh Nagar lost their lives today. People who tested positive include a healthcare worker, undertrial, five teachers from Government School, Pratapgarh, Government School, Sherpur, Mount Litera School, Sanhewal, Drishti Jain School, Narangwal, and GSSS, Pakhowal. As many as 240 persons are still untraceable. A cop gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana on Tuesday. 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 9,62,500 51,492 7,462 350 1,322 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-19bed-status-in-ludhiana-district City cops not to get leave Vaccine shortage hits district hard ‘Follow protocol for Covid victims’ cremation’ Move initiated to implement curfew norms, says JCP Got doses, more Ludhiana, April 27 A day after the bodies of two persons who died of Covid reached the cremation ground at Dholewal from the Civil Hospital in an auto-rickshaw and a cycle-rickshaw, the panel, which has been formed to make the required arrangements for cremation of persons who die of the virus, conducted a meeting today. The hospitals have been told to follow the protocol. The meeting was headed by MC Commissioner Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal, who is chairman of the committee. It is learnt that a control room is to be set up at the hospital to avoid such incidents. — TNS POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 2 pm: Link Road, Kidwai Nagar, Industrial Area A, Janakpuri and adjoining areas. 10 am to 5 pm: Sham Nagar, New BRS Nagar, Guru Amardas Nagar, Prof Colony, Sunrise Colony, Green Avenue, Sugandh Vihar, Kiran Vihar & Keys Hotel. Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 27 As the state government has advanced timings of night curfew from 8 pm to 6 pm, the Ludhiana police have also pulled up their socks to enforce the curfew strictly. For the purpose, routine leave applications of all police personnel have been cancelled and no new application will be entertained till the situation improves. This is being done to ensure enough deployment of force on city roads to ensure that residents do not roam in the city without any valid reason. Police sources confirmed that all routine leave applications would not be entertained and if any police official had any urgency or work which needs their presence, the request would be entertained. These directions have DUTY HOURS ALSO INCREASED Police sources said duty hours of the police personnel had also been increased. Police officials deployed at containment zones had been discharging duties for around 12 hours. been conveyed to all police station heads. Even ACP and ADCP-rank officers may also not get routine leave as they have to manage their zones during these tough times. Joint Commissioner of Police (Headquarters) J Elanchezhian said routine leave would not be approved as the deployment of police personnel was required in the city to implement the night curfew. “If any cop has any valid reason or urgency, leave will be granted for minimum possible days. Police personnel seeking routine leave may have to wait till the time the Covid situation improves, “the JCP said. The sources maintained that duty hours of the police personnel had also been increased. Police officials deployed at containment zones had been discharging duties for around 12 hours. “Since Phase I and Phase II in Dugri have been declared as containment zones, we are performing duty for at least 12 hours. We have clearly been told by our seniors not to ask for leave. Being a cop, we also understand that the city needs our duties to save people and we will also not seek any routine leave,” said a policeman on duty at a containment zone. The JCP urged residents not to roam in the city without any reason and follow the Covid norms so that the virus could be contained in a joint effort. centres will start on Wednesday: Official Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 27 Due to a shortage of stock, Covid vaccination was carried at only at three government vaccination centres — Civil Hospital, Civil Surgeon office and Urban Primary Health Centre — today. As many as 2,949 persons were inoculated in the district today. Beneficiaries visiting government and private vaccination centres had to return without getting the jab and are told to wait for the stock to arrive. Private hospitals have also been out of the vaccine stock for the past few days. Jagtar Singh, who got his first jab from a private hospital, said he had been making rounds of the hospital as his second jab was due for the past four days A huge rush of people for vaccination at the Civil Surgeon’s office in Ludhiana. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA I rounds the hospital as ❝isam makinginformedofthat the vaccine my second jab due. I am is unavailable each time I visit the hospital. Being a senior citizen, it is difficult to make rounds of the hospital every day. Jagtar Singh, A RESIDENT ❞ but he was informed that the vaccine was unavailable each time he visited the hospital. “Being a senior citizen, it is difficult to make rounds of the hospital every day,” he said. District Immunisation Officer Dr Puneet Juneja said they had received 28,000 doses of Covishield in the evening today and would start the vaccination at more sites from tomorrow. “We will be distributing the doses to private and government hospitals as per the stock availability,” he said. Stray cattle endanger lives of commuters on roads DM orders strict CIVIC MESS Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 27 A 45-year-old man had met with a mishap and received injuries when two bulls were fighting at Haibowal in Ludhiana. He was riding a scooter when one of the fighting bulls rammed into him. His leg got fractured and he spent about three months in bed due to the leg injury. He spent around Rs 80,000 on his treatment. Rahul Verma, a road safety activist, said, “The injured man was my driver. The mishap had taken place in October 2020. Even after the passage of nearly six months after the mishap, he is unable to walk properly. Due to the accident, he had to postpone the marriage of his daughter too. The authorities concerned must take steps to Stray cattle disrupt traffic on a road in Ludhiana. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN shift all stray cattle to shelters to avoid such mishaps. All the cattle should be registered.” Around five years ago, a tragedy had taken place when a toddler became the victim. A bull had rammed into a scooter due to which a woman, who was the riding pillion and carrying her oneand-a-half-year-old child, had fallen into Buddha Nullah. The woman was saved by residents but the toddler lost his life in the mishap. Besides, a number of persons have died or received serious injuries in other mishaps due to stray cattle roaming on the roads. Fighting bulls is a common scene in the city. Stray cattle have also attacked pedestrians at several locations in the past. A woman had earlier received serious injuries when she was attacked by a stray bull on Noorwala Road. A bull had also c m y b attacked an elderly man outside his home at Tilak Nagar on Rahon Road in the past. The MC collects crores of rupees as cow cess every year. Even, the stray cattle, which get injured in mishaps, are not provided timely treatment. The MC has recently set up a shed at Burj Pawat near Macchiwara but only for around 150 head of cattle. It is yet to take the measures for shifting hundreds of more stray cattle roaming in the city. The issue about the stray cattle has been raised many times in the MC’s House meetings, but to no avail. A number of such mishaps have also taken place in the areas outside the MC’s jurisdiction and rural parts of the district, but the authorities failed to ensure the safety of commuters. No check on those abandoning cattle There is no check on the people who abandon the cattle, including cows and bulls, on roads after using them for years for their interests. It is learnt that when the cows stop producing milk, they are left on the city roads. Many of the stray cattle are also seen at open garbage dumps along various roads in the city. In 2019, a project was planned for the implantation of a microchip in the cattle at city dairies and gaushalas. It was then claimed that 20,000 head of cattle will be registered in the first phase and the project would help to trace the dairy owner concerned if any cattle are abandoned. The project was to be launched by the MC, but nothing was done. The MC has a cattle-lifting van but it is used rarely, as per the sources. Satish Thaman, a member of the Ludhiana West Grievances Redressal continued on page 2 enforcement of addl restrictions Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 27 In view of the present Covid19 situation, District Magistrate Varinder Kumar Sharma has ordered additional restrictions that would be strictly enforced throughout the district from Tuesday till further order. As per the orders, all shops, including those in malls and multiplexes, etc, should close everyday by 5 pm with home delivery allowed up to 9 pm. The daily night curfew (already in force from 8 pm to 5 am) shall now be from 6 pm to 5 am on all days prohibiting all non-essential activities. The weekend curfew is from 5 am on Saturday up to 5 am on Monday. However, all essential activities shall remain exempted. All private offices, including service industry, have been allowed to ‘work from home’ only, the DM said. Exempted activities The activities and businesses that have been exempted from Covid restrictions include chemist shops and shops dealing with supply of essential goods like milk, dairy products, vegetables, fruits, etc. The movement of employees/labour of manufacturing industry and vehicles carrying them are allowed. However, the industry concerned shall issue continued on page 2
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