01052021-LT-01.qxd 5/1/2021 12:10 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE TRADERS START POSTER DRIVE TO PRESS FOR DEMANDS PAGE 2 Traders started a protest under the Business Bachao Morcha and launched a poster drive to highlight their problems. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF THIEVES STRIKE AT GOVT SCHOOL Ludhiana: Thieves broke into building of Government High School, Beermi, on the intervening night of April 28 and 29 and took away computer batteries, DVR, hard discs, inverter and headphones after breaking open locks of classrooms. On a complaint lodged by the schoolteacher, Inderjit Singh, a resident of Yblock, Maharishi Valmiki Nagar, the police have registered a case under Sections 457/380 IPC in this regard. TNS 2 ARRESTED FOR STEALING BIKE Ludhiana: Acting on a complaint from Arun Kumar, a resident of Basant Nagar in Shimlapuri, about theft of his motorcycle the police arrested two suspects identified as Raj Kumar and Ashwani Tiwari, both residents of Jagdish Colony in Dhandari Khurd, and charged them under Sections 379/411 IPC. Complainant told the police that he parked his Hero Deluxe motorcycle (PB10EQ-1942) in front of Shiv Traders in Focal Point on Wednesday from where it was stolen. The duo was suspected to be behind the theft, he added. TNS THREE HELD WITH 25-GM HEROIN Ludhiana: The police have arrested three persons, identified as Jagdeep Singh, Gurdeep Singh, both residents of Gul Gehna village, and Sukhjinder Singh, a resident of Balaji Nagri, Partap Singhwala, from Noorpur Bet Road in Malakpur village with 25 gm of heroin. The police said the suspects were drug addicts and also involved in drug trafficking. All three have been booked under Sections 21/61/85 NDPS Act. TNS MAN HELD WITH 200-GM MARIJUANA Ludhiana: The police arrested Ravinder Gupta of Satguru Nagar, near Pippal Chowk Fish Market, on Thursday while he was coming on foot from Bapu Market side carrying a plastic bag. The suspect was stopped for checking and during search 200 gm of hashish (marijuana) was recovered from him. A case under Sections 20/61/85 IPC has been registered against the suspect. TNS TWO ARRESTED FOR GAMBLING Ludhiana: The police have arrested Amandeep Singh, a resident of Baunkar Dogran village, and Goldy, a resident of Ladhowal, while one of their accomplices Suraj, a resident of Arya Mohalla, has been booked under Sections 420, IPC, and 13A/3/67 Gambling Act. The suspects were looting gullible persons in the name of betting. The police recovered ~2,200, three strikers and some papers from the suspects. TNS TWO LIQUOR SMUGGLERS HELD Ludhiana: The police have arrested Amandeep Singh, a resident of Basti Abdullapur, near Partap Chowk with 11 bottles of Royal Stag whisky. Another person identified as Kirpal Singh, a resident of Jassian village, was arrested near Taresm Hospital on Jassian Road with two cases (12 bottles each) of Rajdhani whisky and two cases of 555 whisky. Both the suspects have been booked under Sections 61/1/14 Excise Act. TNS PAGE 3 TUJHSE HAI RAABTA’S SEHBAN AZIM TALKS ABOUT THE SHOW Sehban Azim says it has been a wonderful journey and cakewalk is the term that’s actually appropriate. MAX 41°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 41°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET SATURDAY 7:05 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 5:41 AM 12 men, 8 women succumb; 792 test positive in district Tribune News Service A mobile team of the Health Department collects a sample of a girl for Covid test in Ludhiana on Friday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 9,87,399 53,794 7,790 1,355 COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM ■ For home isolation: 78147-64759 ■ For ambulance problem: 78143-63850 ■ For hospital problem: 62849-12553 ■ For general problem: 62845-31852 ■ For bed/oxygen/medicine samples were found negative, while reports of 334 samples are pending. availability: 62849-12553 ■ For Remdesivir injection: 98720-08040 ■ For reporting overcharging by hospitals & other issues: 62849-12553 ■ For problem in cremation of bodies: 77197-12797, 95015-00101, 95015-00102 The total number of patients belonging to Ludhiana is 54,586, while 7,952 Despite price cap, pvt ambulance operators charge exorbitant rates REALITY CHECK Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 30 District is witnessing a surge in the Covid cases and a steep rise in the demand of the ambulance service has been seen. Instead of cutting down the charges amidst the pandemic, these private operators are busy making some quick bucks out of the miserable condition of the people and charging exorbitantly high for shifting patients to hospitals or bodies to the crematoriums. On Monday, the families of two Covid victims were unable to arrange an ambulance and left with no other option they took the bodies to the crematorium in an auto- RATES FIXED BY ADMINISTRATION ■ The maximum fare has been fixed at ~2,500 up to 25 km and after 25 km the operator can charge ~12 per kilometre. ■ For a ventilator-fitted ambulance, the maximum charges up to 25 km have been fixed at ~5,000 and after 25 km they can charge ~25 per km. rickshaws and a hand-pulled cart. Ambulances were asking for ~3,000-4,000 for taking bodies to crematorium. After this, on Wednesday, the district administration constituted a special cell to ensure proper transportation of bodies and cremation and Continued on Page 2 patients belong to other districts/states. As many as 28 patients — 20 from Ludhiana district, while one each from Barnala, Mansa, Moga, Kapurthala and Sangrur districts and states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and West Bengal — lost their lives today. Now, the total number of persons who lost their lives is 1,375 persons from Ludhiana and 696 from other districts. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma appealed to the residents to adhere to all the safety protocols of the Punjab Government like wearing masks, maintaining social distance and washing hands frequently to not only save themselves but keep everyone around safe. Civil Surgeon Dr Sukhjiwan Kakkar said the main motive behind the weekend lockdown is to break the chain of coronavirus, so that no one comes in contact with anyone with which the chain of transferring the virus gets broken and undetected Covid-19 positive people don’t spread the virus to other people. He said the government had decided to keep weekend lockdown only for the safety of people and people should respect the decision of the government and follow it wisely. Availability of Covid vaccines Ludhiana, April 30 From tomorrow, the first and second dose of Covidshield will be administered at Civil Hospital, MCH, Vardhman, Urban Primary Health Centre, Jawdi, Urban CHC, Civil Surgeon Office, Urban CHC, Subhash Nagar, Urban CHC, Shimlapuri, Urban Primary Health Centre, Dholewal, Urban Primary Health Centre, Dugri, Model Gram dispensary, Old Krishna Mandir, Urban Primary Health Centre, Bhagwan Nagar, ESI Model Hospital, Police Lines, UPHS, Salemtabri, UPHC, Sabji Mandi, UPHC, Shivpuri and Haibowal dispensary. The second dose of Covaxin will be administered at Civil Hospital, MCH, Vardhman, Urban Primary Health Centre, Model Town, and Urban Primary Health Centre, Sunet.—TNS SATURDAY | 1 MAY 2021 | LUDHIANA 98% L3 beds, 76% L2 beds occupied in district hospitals Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, April 30 The second Covid wave, which rapidly continues to cause a devastating crisis, has set the alarm bells ringing in Ludhiana district, with hospitals failing to cope up with the unprecedented patient load, oxygen supplies running short and young and old, men and women falling prey to the deadly virus, some even before seeing the doctors. The grim situation turned grimmer on Friday when almost no Level-3 (L3) hospital bed was left available, while nearly 80 per cent of the Level2 (L2) beds in the district’s government and private hospitals remained occupied. The official figures compiled by the district administration till this evening, a copy of which is with The Tribune, made it evident that Ludhiana was passing through the most difficult and trying times. “As of now, we are in control of the situation but I appeal to the people to cooperate in bringing down the mounting positivity rate,” said Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma, while maintaining that if all the hospital beds remained occupied then the district would be in a difficult situation in the coming days. He added that the district OFFICIALSPEAK We are increasing 2,000 Level-3 and Level-2 beds in government and private hospitals, including 600 additional beds at GMCs in Patiala and Amritsar, 542 in private medical colleges (DMC, CMC, Adesh, Gian Sagar and PIMS), 300 in district hospitals, 250 beds at a temporary hospital near Bathinda refinery and 100 beds at a pre-fabricated hospital in Mohali. Besides, the Army and BSF have been requested to provide manpower support and create more beds in their facilities. ❝ ❞ Hussan Lal, PRINCIPAL HEALTH SECRETARY was arranging 2,300 oxygen cylinders daily from its own local sources, besides the additional supplies by the state government. Taking cognisance of the serious situation, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, along with Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan, reviewed the present state of affairs in Ludhiana and five other CIVIC MESS Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Several persons have lost their lives in fire incidents in Ludhiana. FILE ings have obtained fire safety certificate/no-objection certificate but there is no check on the buildings violating the norms. After a plastic-manufactur- ing factory near Suffian Chowk had gone up in flames and collapsed in November 2017, killing 16 persons, including nine firefighters, MC officials had announced c m y b that a survey would be conducted to check violations and fire safety arrangements in the buildings, but to no avail. However, a few buildings were checked in 2018 by worst-hit districts in the state. The CM has asked the state officials to rope in the Army and BSF for providing manpower support and creating more hospital beds. The bed availability data in the district compiled at 5 pm on Friday showed that 448 of the total earmarked 457 Level-3 beds at all 70 hospitals — 68 private and two government — were occupied, leaving only 9 beds vacant. Similarly, 1,109 of the total earmarked 1,459 Level-2 hospital beds in the district were full, leaving only 350 beds available. In this way, over 98 per cent Level-3 and more than 76 per cent Level-2 beds were officially occupied in the district till 5 pm with the inflow of more critical patients in need of beds continuing unabatedly, leaving no Level-3 beds available and less than 20 per cent Level2 beds remaining vacant till the reports last came in. The plight of critical patients in dire need of hospitalisation and life support could be gauged from the fact that the health infrastructure is completely hard pressed and unbearably full with leading and prominent hospitals like the DMC, Fortis, SPS, Ivy, Max and Lord Mahavir among 44 of the total 68 private facilities and both Continued on Page 2 11 held, 22 FIRs registered for violating lockdown, curfew A police party issues a challan to a woman for not wearing mask in Ludhiana. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN Ludhiana, April 30 Despite immense pressure being built up by city police to check violations of lockdown and night curfew in the wake of surge in the Covid-19 cases, the offenders seem to be undeterred. The police Majority of buildings lack fire safety arrangements in city Ludhiana, April 30 Despite hundreds of fire incidents taking place in the city every year, no audit has been done to check the fire safety arrangements at factories, commercial complexes, institutes and other buildings in the city. Several persons have lost their lives, while goods worth lakhs of rupees have been gutted in the fire incidents in the past. But, majority of buildings have not ensured fire safety arrangements. Even required arrangements have not been made at government offices, including the civic body’s own offices. According to information, a very less number of build- PAGE 4 Huma Qureshi took to her social media and unveiled her character poster from Zack Snyder’s Army Of The Dead. Highest single-day toll, 20 dead Ludhiana, April 30 As many as 20 persons from Ludhiana district lost their lives due to Covid today. This is the highest singleday death toll in Ludhiana since the first Covid death was reported from Ludhiana. On March 30, 2020, 42year-old woman was the first casualty from Ludhiana. Today 792 people tested positive for Covid. From the past few days, the number of people succumbing to the virus has increased considerably. Today 20 persons lost their life to the virus, yesterday the count was 18 and on Wednesday 15 persons had lost their lives. Today, Dinesh Lakra (58), a prominent garment industrialist from the city, also succumbed to the virus. He was admitted to SPS Hospital. His wife is also positive and admitted to the hospital. Today 12 men and eight women, admitted to Civil Hospital, SPS Hospital, Global Heart, Arora Neuro Center, CMCH, DMCH, Deep Hospital, Oswal Hospital and GTB Hospital, lost their lives. Till date, a total of 9,87,399 samples have been taken, out of which report of 9,87,065 samples have been received, of which 9,24,527 HUMA SHARES FIRST LOOK OF HER HOLLYWOOD PROJECT the fire wing of the MC but no survey was conducted in the entire city. In January 2020, the MC had issued instructions to the coaching centres in the city for ensuring fire safety arrangements as per chapter 4 of the National Building Code (NBC)-2016. But, sources said many such coaching centres, running from multi-story buildings, had not made fire safety arrangements. There is no check on the hosiery units, factories, godowns and commercial units running from the narrow streets of the city. The fire tenders can’t even move in such streets. In 2015, a major fire had broken out at three units at Dal Bazar, near Chaura Bazar, but the fire could be doused after three days as the fire tenders could not enter the narrow streets where these units were located. A former councillor, Parminder Mehta said, “Multistorey commercial buildings, markets or factories have come up in the narrow streets of Dal Bazar, Talab Bazar, Gur Mandi, Pindi Street, Mochpura Bazar, Mohallan Suddan, Daresi and other areas in the old city but there are no fire safety arrangements. There are no emergency exits in most buildings. A number of fire incidents have taken place in narrow streets. The MC and its fire wing should take necessary steps to avoid fire incidents in such areas.” Mehta said many water hydrants that had been installed in the old city were not functioning properly. The authorities should take steps to repair these hydrants, he said. Continued on Page 2 lodged 22 FIRs under Section 188 of the IPC while in some cases Section 269 of the IPC Continued on Page 2 Man held with country-made revolver Our Correspondent Ludhiana, April 30 The police have arrested Daman, alias Himanshu Moong, a resident of Street No. 12 in Gandhi Nagar locality and seized one countrymade .32-bore revolver and a cartridge from him. A police party, led by Crime Branch in-charge, conducted a raid on the basis of a tip-off about the suspect, who was in possession of illicit fire arm. The suspect was nabbed near Shiv Mandir Chowk on Main Gandhi Nagar Road under police station Division No. 4. The police said a case under Sections 25/54/59 Arms Act had been registered against the suspect and further investigation was in progress.
The Tribune, now published from Chandigarh, started publication on February 2, 1881, in Lahore (now in Pakistan). It was started by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, a public-spirited philanthropist, and is run by a trust comprising four eminent persons as trustees.
The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).