30042021-LT-01.qxd 4/29/2021 11:45 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE LOCAL NGO COMES TO AID OF COVID VICTIMS’ FAMILIES PAGE 2 PRIYANKA PLEDGES SUPPORT AS INDIA SUFFERS COVID CRISIS Disturbed by recent videos, the NGO arranges an ambulance to ferry bodies to cremation grounds for last rites. FORECAST CLOUDY INBRIEF 36-YR-OLD MAN DIES IN MISHAP Ludhiana: Umesh (36), a resident of Link Road, Mullanpur, was run over by a speeding vehicle near Sidak Resort on Main GT Road here on April 27 killing him on the spot. The driver of the unidentified vehicle sped away from the spot. On the complaint lodged by Surinder Mohan, father of the deceased, the police have booked the accused under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC and investigation was on. OC TWO HELD WITH ILLICIT LIQUOR Ludhiana: The police have nabbed Gurpreet Singh of Sunder Nagar, Mundian Kalan, while going on a Honda Activa scooter (bearing registration number PB 10HM 0779) for selling illicit liquor from near Hundal Chowk in Bhamian Kalan. Fortyeight bottles of Punjab country liquor were seized from the accused who has been booked under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act. Another person, Hoshiar Singh of Bonkar Gujjran village, was arrested from his house on the charge of selling smuggled liquor. In a raid, the police seized 36 bottles of First Choice whisky from him. In another incident, the police raided a hideout for storing liquor in the fields of Gagoo of Chaunta village on a tip-off. The police recovered 35 bottles of First Choice whisky. The accused managed to give the police the slip. OC POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 9 am to 3 pm: Dhyan Singh Complex area, Lajpat Nagar, some part of Ashok Nagar, some parts of bus stand road, bus stand area. 9.30 am to 3.30 pm: Lalton, Jhande, Thakar Colony, Pamal, Pamali, Jodhan, Mansooran, Kaher, Dolon villages. 10 am to 3 pm: Saheed Karnail Singh Nagar, Guru Nanak Colony Block A, B, C, Sua road, opposite GNE College market. PAGE 4 ACTRESS SHRADDHA KAPOOR ALL FOR PLASMA DONATION Priyanka Chopra revealed that she along with her husband Nick Jonas have contributed their bit. MAX 41°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 42°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET FRIDAY 7:04 PM PAGE 4 Shraddha has joined list of celebrities who have been urging people to donate plasma if they are eligible to do so. SUNRISE SATURDAY 5:42 AM FRIDAY | 30 APRIL 2021 | LUDHIANA 18 dead; 1,350 +ve Dist’s average daily cases touch 2 containment, 8 micro containment zones in dist Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 29 As many as 1,350 persons tested positive for Covid, while 18 lost their lives to the virus today. In 2020 also the highest single day death toll was 18 on August 31. Positive cases in the district have reached 53,794, while 1,355 persons have lost their lives till now. Presently there are 8,012 active patients in the district. Total 39 patients — 20 from Ludhiana and 19 from outside the district — were on ventilator support today. Now, Ludhiana district has two containment zones and eight micro containment zones. Two containment zones are Urban Estate, Phase I and Phase II, Dugri. In Phase I a total of 210 positive cases have been detected, while in Phase II, 228 cases have been detected so far. Micro containment zones include Gali Number 18, Durgapuri, 2250, Haibowal, Akalgarh village, Church Road, Vivekanand Old Age Home, Model Town, 73 A, Rajguru Nagar, Geeta Mata Mandir, Tharkee, 407, Basant Avenue, and 32, Maya Nagar College Road. Twelve woman and six men, belonging to Doraha, Focal Point, New Aman Nagar, Jeewan Nagar, Gagan Nagar, Shashi Mohalla, Kohara Chowk, South City, Model Town, Indira Colony, Chandi- new high, maximum in state Positivity rate comes down, below state’s average of 10.7% 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 9,78,880 53,794 8,012 159 1,355 DEATHS 62849-12553 ■ For General Problem: 62845-31852 garh Road, Shimlapuri, Rishi Nagar, Durga Colony, Civil Lines, Surjit Colony and Kabir Basti, lost their lives today. In Ludhiana district, 28,888 Covid patients, who were kept under home isolation, have recovered from the infection and 5,905 active patients are under home isolation. Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Sukhjiwan Kakkar said mild symptomatic and asymptomatic patients need not be admitted to hospitals and choose the option for home isolation at the time of testing. He said so far 34,882 patients 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 were advised home isolation, of which 83 per cent have recovered effectively and 89 patients were referred to institutional observation till date. Today 10,563 persons were vaccinated in the district. Meanwhile, Shreyans Industries Limited came forward to provide assistance to the overburdened health sector. As part of their corporate social responsibility the company contributed Rs 25 lakh to DMC Hospital, Mohan Dai Oswal Charitable Hospital and Manas Foundation for treating the poor and needy patients. Ludhiana, April 29 Continuing with the exponential rise being witnessed for the past over a month, Ludhiana district’s average daily positive cases touched a new high and reached 934, highest in the state, during the past week. The latest count recorded between April 20 and 26 has mounted from 717 between April 15 and 21 and 341 between March 10 and April 13. The unprecedented rise in the daily fresh cases, which has been setting new record with each passing day, has made the district most vulnerable with highest caseload in the state. According to the districtwise data compiled by the Health and Family Welfare Department, a copy of which is with The Tribune, Ludhiana has beaten Mohali, which till April 21 remained the worst-hit district with maximum infections per day. In the past week, Mohali reported 821 average daily cases. Among other districts, Jalandhar reported 516 cases, Bathinda 484, Patiala 470, Amritsar 459, Gurdaspur 217, Mansa 216, Hoshiarpur 211, Muktsar A woman gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA OFFICIALSPEAK Districts have been asked to take all possible measures to fight the Covid-19 pandemic and the state government has been monitoring the situation at the highest level, besides extending all necessary help and support to the districts on a daily basis. ❝ Hussanl Lal, Principal Health Secretary 185, Pathankot 175, Fazilka 157, Sangrur 151, Faridkot 130, Ferozepur and Kapurthala 124 each, Ropar 115, Tarn Taran 110, Moga 83, Nawanshahr 58, Barnala 54 and Fatehgarh Sahib remained the safest district with the minimum number of 51 average daily cases in the last week. The state recorded 5,845 average positive cases per day during this period. However, Ludhiana’s average positivity rate, which is a ❞ key indicator of virus surge, came down from 11.5 per cent between April 15 and 21 to 10 per cent between April 20 and 26, which was even lower than the state average of 10.7 per cent during this period. With this, the district’s ranking improved from sixth between April 15 and 21 to twelfth between April 20 and 26. Mohali continued to report the highest positivity rate of 20 per cent in the state, followed by Mansa 19 per cent and Muktsar 17.7 per cent. Among other districts, Bathinda recorded 17.3 per cent average positivity rate, Fazilka 16.3, Ferozepur 16.2, Moga 14.1, Faridkot 11, Amritsar 10.3, Patiala and Barnala 10.2 each, Pathankot 9.6, Ropar 9.2, Hoshiarpur and Jalandhar 8.8 each, Sangrur 7.4, Kapurthala 6.9, Tarn Taran 6.6, Gurdaspur 5.7, Fatehgarh Sahib 4.5, and Nawanshahr remained the least affected district with lowest 4.3 per cent positivity rate in the last week. The month-wise compilation of the state’s average positive cases per day and positivity rate since June last showed that the monthly positive cases shot up from 111 with 1.6 per cent positivity rate in June 2020 to the highest-ever 4,011 cases and 10.1 per cent positivity rate this month so far. Earlier, March reported 1,897 cases with 6.3 per cent positivity rate, February 317 at 1.7 per cent, January 218 at 1.2 per cent, December last 460 at 2 per cent, November 617 at 3.2 per cent, October 625 at 2.5 per cent, September 2,003 at 7.7 per cent, August 1,220 at 7.7 per cent, and July last had witnessed 355 infections at the positivity rate of 4 per cent. MLA Bains’ PSO dies in accidental firing 20-yr-old woman commits suicide Our Correspondent Ludhiana, April 29 Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police Sewa Singh (45), personal security officer (PSO) of Atam Nagar MLA Simarjeet Singh Bains, died in an accidental firing from his service revolver at his residence in the Shimlapuri area this morning. According to family members of the deceased police officer, he was cleaning his weapon before leaving for his duty at the residence of Bains when the loaded revolver went off hitting the ASI in the head. Sewa Singh was rushed to the CMC Hospital, where he succumbed to the bullet injury. The police have initiated proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC (death by accident) on the basis of statements of the family members of the deceased. Bains has expressed his heart-felt condolences on the accidental death of his PSO Sewa Singh and has assured the family of the deceased of all possible assistance. He described his former PSO as a fine human being and a committed police official who always believed in performing his duty diligently. He prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul and courage to his family to bear this irreparable loss. Ludhiana, April 29 A 20-year-old woman, Reshu Singh, a resident of Bhojpur village of Balrampur district in UP at present residing at , New Mata Bhagpur Colony, here, in a live-in relationship with Chand Babu, committed suicide by hanging herself in her room on April 26. In a complaint lodged with the police, father of the deceased Baby Singh said the paramour of his daughter had gone to his native village in UP for the past 15-20 days. He was not returning to the city and making excuses about the same. He said frustrated due to his behaviour, his daughter took the extreme step. The police booked the accused under Section 306, IPC. In another incident, Ravinder Kaur (32), a resident of Mohalla Begoana, near Dehlon, attempted suicide by setting herself afire. She was rushed to a local hospital where she was undergoing treatment. In her statement, the woman said she was married to Ajinderpal Singh of Mohalla Begoana. Since her marriage she was being harassed for bringing more dowry. A a case has been registered against him. — OC Green belts, parks cry for maintenance LIT offers 18 residential plots, 29 commercial sites for sale CIVIC MESS e-auction on May 13; registration opens on April 29 Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, April 29 The grass and flowers are missing but litter is seen everywhere in a green belt near Cheema Chowk here. A pool with a defunct fountain is in a dilapidated condition, while some statues have broken down in the green belt. A compost pit is becoming a source for the collection of solid waste. Moreover, construction waste has also been dumped at this greenbelt. Residents said the green belt was being ignored for years. Similarly, the green belts near Partap Chowk, Gill Chowk, Sherpur Chowk, Dholewal Chowk and other areas of the industrial city have been crying for attention for a long time. The industrial ash and waste are also dumped in many parks or green belts in the Focal Point areas. A park near Metro Tyres remains flooded with industrial waste for the past several years but MC has failed to take any action. Besides, a number of the parks in the Ludhiana East and some other constituencies are yet to be developed. Ludhiana, April 29 The Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) has offered for sale through e-auction 18 residential plots of varying sizes, 10 shop-cum-offices (SCFs), 15 booths and four special purpose shops in its various schemes. The e-auction of the properties will be held on May 13 from 9 am to 3 pm, while the registration for bidders will remain open from 10 am on April 29 till 5 pm on May 10. Intending bidders will have to deposit eligibility fee of 2 per cent of the reserve price or Rs 3 lakh, whichever is higher for SCFs and booths, and Rs 50,000 for residential plots. As per the offer document, seven SCFs and one corner SCF each measuring 181.5 sq , yds in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar have been put on the block with a reserve price tag of Rs 1,69,90,000, two SCF sites with area of 156.40 sq yds each will be sold in Maharishi Valmiki Nagar with a floor price of Rs 69,31,600 each, while 15 builtup booths will be available Statues installed at a greenbelt; and a park near Cheema Chowk, Ludhiana, in a poor state. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN have formed teams to ensure maintenance in the green Jalandhar ❝Weand green belts. The NHAI has constructed a flyover ❝The to SPSbelts on the stretch from thesoon. The parks Bypass Hospital will be developed at Cheema Chowk, due to which some construction waste has got collected at the nearby green belt. Kirpal Singh, officer, HORTICULTURE WING, MC ❞ Municipal Corporation will also develop green belts and parks in other areas. Balkar Singh Sandhu, MAYOR There are 870 parks (mostly located in Zone D) and 52 green belts in the city. Park management committees look after around 580 parks in the city. In the areas under the MC’s Zone D, many of the parks and green belts are well maintained by the park management committees or MC itself. But, a number of parks and green belts in other zones are yet to be developed. A resident of Tajpur Road, Surinder Singh, said a park near Tajpur Road was in a shambles but the department concerned had failed to maintain it. “The pollution level remains high in our area due to nearby industries. Thus, there is a need to increase the green cover in this area. Besides, there are several other parks which are yet to be developed. The department concerned should deploy gardeners to look ❞ after the parks. More trees and plants should be planted,” he said. Gurpreet Gogi, Chairman of Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC), said, “The MC is responsible for developing the parks in the Focal Point area but it has done nothing to develop these parks. The authorities should take immediate steps to increase the green cover c m y b and maintain the parks.” The MC’s horticulture wing is facing staff shortage. An MC employee said, “Once around 640 employees, including gardeners/beldars, used to look after the parks and green belts in the city but there are only 80 gardeners available to look after the city parks. Besides, some of the horticulture wing employees have been deployed in other branches. continued on page 2 2% ELIGIBILITY FEE HAVE TO BE DEPOSITED Intending bidders will have to deposit eligibility fee of 2 per cent of the reserve price or~3 lakh, whichever is higher, for SCFs and booths, and ~50,000 for residential plots. for sale with area of 23.44/22.68 sq yds each in Maharishi Valmiki Nagar. The booths carry a reserve price of Rs 12,73,625 and Rs 12,38,390, respectively. In addition, four special purpose shops, reserved for coal depot, printing press, atta chakki and bakery, with an area of 68.04 sq yds each in Maharishi Valmiki Nagar will be put under the hammer at a reserve price of Rs 26,65,670. Among 18 residential plots in the lot, 13 plots are in Kitchlu Nagar with size varying between 100 and 500 sq yds each, two in Model Town Extension (197.90 and 500 sq yds), one each in Rajguru Nagar (250 sq yds), Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar (100 sq yds) and Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar (493.75 sq yds). These residential plots carry a reserve price ranging between Rs 27,940 and Rs 56,200 per sq yd depending upon prevailing prices in the respective colonies and location of the plots.
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