02052021-LT-01.qxd 5/1/2021 11:59 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE PAGE 2 DAILY COVID-19 INFECTIONS TRIPLE IN MONTH IN DISTRICT The district crossed 1,000-mark in the last week. It is second in state in deaths and case fatality rate. FORECAST CLOUDY Woman, son commit suicide by jumping into canal Tibune News Service Ludhiana, May 1 A mother-son duo committed suicide by jumping into the Sirhind canal. They were suffering from depression as their property was usurped by their relatives. The deceased have been identified as Ramanjit Kaur and her son Gurkaran Singh, residents of Basant Nagar, Gaushala road. Complainant Manjit Singh, husband of Ramanjit Kaur, said in 2009, his father Kunda Singh had prepared the will of his entire property in the name of his brother Jaspal Singh. In 2018, when we objected to the will, my father got the same cancelled. In the same year, my father died.” Recently, his brothers Jaspal and Harvinder Singh transferred the land mutation in their names. After Manjit’s wife and son came to know about the development, they went into depression. “They (wife and son) had also threatened that if my brothers will not give our share of property, they will end their lives. On April 29, the duo left the home without informing me and the next day their bodies were found in the canal. The bodies were noticed by some passers-by who informed the police yesterday,” said the complainant. ASI Jagdip Singh said a case of abetment to suicide had been registered against Jaspal and Harvinder of Salaudi village. Trader attempts suicide A provisional store owner has allegedly attempted to commit suicide with a knife at Gandhi Nagar. He was admitted to the CMCH Hospital, where his condition was stated to be serious. ACP (Central) Waryam Singh, said Ravinder Kumar (55) runs a provisional store at Gandhi Nagar. This evening he inflicted serious injuries on himself with a knife at his shop. When people found him lying in a pool of blood, they informed the police. SID HITS A SIX! SET TO FEATURE IN NEW THRILLER WEB SERIES PAGE 3 Disney+ Hotstar has roped in Sid Makkar for an upcoming thriller titled Six, where he’ll play a wealthy bizman. MAX 39°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET SUNDAY 7:06 PM DE-STRESS YOURSELF WITH THESE COMEDIES PAGE 3 Today (May 2), on World Laughter Day, we list down few feel-good shows that one can binge-watch for comic relief. SUNRISE MONDAY 5:40 AM SUNDAY | 2 MAY 2021 | LUDHIANA Highest single-day 17 booked for lockdown violations spike; 1,600 +ve Tribune News Service 18 dead; 8 health workers among infected Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 1 A record number of 1,600 persons tested positive within 24 hours in the district today. This is the highest single-day spike in new cases since the outbreak of Covid in March 2020 in Ludhiana. As many as 18 persons succumbed to the virus and total death count from the district reached 1,393. Total confirmed cases in the district now are 56,186. As many as 42 patients — 21 belonging to Ludhiana and 21 to other districts — were admitted to Level-3 bed facility. Those who tested positive today included eight healthcare workers, six undertrials and 92 persons who got infected from positive contacts. The tracing COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 9,95,857 56,186 8,839 1,049 1,393 COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM ■ For home isolation: 78147-64759 ■ For ambulance problem: 78143-63850 ■ For hospital problem: 62849-12553 ■ For problem in cremation of bodies: 77197-12797, 95015-00101, 95015-00102 of 360 is still pending. As many as 14 men and four women died today and the common comorbidities among them were hypertension and diabetes. A total of 9,95,857 samples ■ For general problem: 62845-31852 ■ For bed/oxygen/medicine availability: 62849-12553 ■ For Remdesivir injection: 98720-08040 ■ For reporting overcharging by hospitals & other issues: 62849-12553 have been taken, out of which reports of 9,95,409 samples have been received. As many as 9,31,149 samples were found negative, while reports of 448 samples are pending. Ludhiana, May 1 The Ludhiana police continued action against lockdown violators and registered 14 cases against 17 persons. Shopkeepers, roadside vendors, liquor vend owners were among the booked persons. The cases were registered by the police during the daylong drive against violators till late last night. In one of the cases, the police booked Sonu Sonkar, who owns a gym in Shivpuri. The Daresi police in a surprise checking found the gym opened and over 24 persons were present. The case was registered as the district administration has closed gyms in the city due to Covid-19. The Police Division 5 registered a case against the owner of a liquor vend, Panj Tara, as the vend was selling liquor to their customers through a small hole created in its shutter. The police also told customers, who came to buy liquor, to avoid visiting the vend in the future during the lockdown else an FIR will also Despite lockdown, a vend sells liquor from a hole in the shutter at Field Gunj in Ludhiana on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN be registered against them. The Koom Kalan police arrested a couple on the charges of smugging illicit liquor during the night curfew. The arrested accused have been identified as Parvinder Singh and his wife Gurdeep Kaur of Katani Khurd. The police recovered 59 bottles of illicit liquor and also impounded their car. The police said the accused were on the way to deliver the liquor to their clients when the police stopped them and seized the liquor. The couple told the police that they wanted to grab this opportunity during the night curfew but were nabbed. The Police Division 8 also booked a doctor who owns Chawla Clinic at Tagore Nagar, Block A, on the charges of violating the social distancing norms. A large number of people had gathered outside his clinic and during a surprise checking, the police found the violation. Liquor vends’ shutters closed, staff sell liquor from inside Though shutters of liquor vends can be seen lying closed during the lockdown period due to the restrictions, employees remained inside the vends to attend customers. Whenever any person comes to buy liquor, he has to knock the shutter and liquor is delivered through a small hole created in the shutter. Some of the vends are selling liquor at exorbitant rates, citing the strictness of the police. Residents suffer due to choked sewers 17-yr-old snatching victim remain ❝Sewersfor a longchoked in the area time. NEW SHIMLA COLONY Tibune News Service Ludhiana, May 1 Residents of New Shimla Colony in Ward No. 5 here are forced to suffer due to choked sewers in the area. They said the sewers generally overflow every day but the civic body had failed to resolve the issue. The residents have demanded from the Municipal Corporation to take necessary steps to get the issue resolved at the earliest. They said the sewer lines should be cleaned regularly to avoid the problem of overflowing sewers. A resident said: “Sewers remain choked in the area We want the MC to take necessary steps to sort out the problem. We are facing issues due to the insanitary conditions caused by the overflowing sewers. A resident A choked sewer at New Shimla Colony in Ward 5, Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO for a long time. We want the MC authorities to take necessary steps to sort out the problem. We are facing issues due to the unsanitary conditions caused by the overflowing sewers.” Councillor of Ward No.5 ❞ Neelam Sharma could not be contacted. However, on behalf of the councillor, her husband Rakesh Sharma said he inspected the area and took steps to get the issue resolved. Municipal Corporation Superintending Engineer Rajinder Singh said they would make efforts to resolve the issue. succumbs to his injuries Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 1 A 17-year-old boy who was attacked by three bike-borne armed snatchers succumbed to his injuries. The incident came to the fore today when the boy breathed his last at a hospital in Patiala this morning. The deceased has been identified as Amandeep Singh, a resident of Giaspura. He was a student of Class X and a native of UP His father is a daily wager. . Assistant Commissioner of Police Sandeep Wadehra said the incident occurred on April 28 when the deceased boy, along with his friend, DECEASED WAS CLASS X STUDENT The deceased has been identified as Amandeep Singh, a resident of Giaspura. He was a student of Class X and a native of UP. His father is a daily wager. was standing outside the mini-garden at Giaspura. Three bike-borne miscreants came and asked the boy to hand over his mobile phone else threatened to kill him. When he refused to handover the mobile, the accused attacked him with a knife. Robbers attacked the victim on his stomach with the knife and fled. His friend immediately informed the family and the police. The ACP said the boy was initially shifted to a private hospital here from where he was shifted to Rajindra Medical College and Hospital, Patiala. The deceased was critical and was undergoing treatment for the past three days. Today, he succumbed to his injuries. The police said robbers were captured in CCTV cameras and a police probe was on to identify the miscreants. A case of murder has been registered against the unknown miscreants by the police. No development in illegal colonies, residents feel cheated Dr Kiran Gill is new CIVIC MESS Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 1 When many of the illegal colonies were being developed, the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) and Municipal Corporation (MC) had not taken any action to stop the violations at the initial stage. Unaware of the difference between legal and illegal colonies, many persons purchased the plots in such unauthorised colonies wherein no development has taken place even after the passing of years. The questions are being raised over the role of the officials concerned who had ignored the violations. A resident on Jassian Road had purchased a plot in a colony about five years ago. As the cost of the plot was low, he had bought the plot but had no information that the colony was not approved by the government. “The basic amenities like water supply, sewerage system and repair of roads have not been ensured in the area as the colony is still unauthorised. We are suf- An unauthorised colony outside the MC’s jurisdiction in Ludhiana. FILE PHOTO ❝ We have received the status report from two zones. The colonisers of old illegal colonies have already applied for the regularisation of colonies. After receiving complaints, we had checked some colonies but these were found to be located outside the MC’s jurisdiction. SS Bindra, MUNICIPAL TOWN PLANNER ❞ fering due to no development in the area,” he said. Like him, a number of people who had purchased plots in unauthorised colonies are feeling cheated due to no development. Even, the authorities concerned have failed to take any concrete action against many of the colonisers who had sold plots in illegal colonies. Even at present, several colonisers and property dealers are selling the plots in unauthorised colonies by making false claims that these colonies are authorised. To sell the plots, such colonisers are also targeting the poor people, including migrants from other states, by offering them loan and instalment options. Satish Malhotra, a Congress leader from Ward 15, said “On the KakkaDhaula road, illegal colonies are still being developed under the nose of MC officials. No action is taken against the erring colonisers and officials concerned. Even, the developers of a number of other illegal colonies have not submitted regularisation fee, due to which no development has taken c m y b place in these colonies.” Pankaj Sharma, a BJP leader from Ward 31, said, “The water supply connections of some unauthorised colonies were joined with the MC water supply lines in the past. A number of new unauthorised colonies are also being developed around Wards 31 and 29. Also, we have made complaints to the MC in this regard but to no avail.” Karamjit Singh of the Ludhiana Architects Association said, “It is the fact that when many of the illegal colonies were being developed in the areas under the MC and GLADA, the authorities concerned had ignored these violations due to which the people are forced to suffer. There is no development in such colonies. The government had introduced regularisation policy but many of the colonisers have not got their unauthorised colonies regularised. Even the residents had paid regularisation fees of plots in some colonies but development is still missing. At present, new unauthorised colonies are still being developed in GLADA areas by violating the norms. The government should take concrete steps to resolve the issues.” Kuldeep Singh Khaira of Vigilant Citizens’ Forum said, “The departments concerned have not taken a decision on many applications that were filed by the colonisers for regularisation of their illegal colonies for years. More unauthorised colonies are coming up in the jurisdiction of the MC and GLADA. The people who purchase plots in such colonies are forced to suffer. Action should be taken against the erring colonisers.” “The town planning officers of the MC has ignored the violations. Now, the government should take possession of the illegal colonies. Besides, the government should develop new colonies and sell plots at affordable rates,” he added. Following a complaint in January, Municipal Town Planner (MTP) SS Bindra had given directions to all Assistant Town Planners (ATPs) of the Municipal Corporation’s building branch to submit a status report on the illegal colonies in their respective zones. Bindra, however, claimed that no new unauthorised colony had come up in the jurisdiction of the MC. Civil Surgeon Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 1 Dr Kiran Gill today took charge of Civil Surgeon here after Dr Sukhjeevan Kakkar retired yesterday. Before this posting, Dr Gill was Special Covid in-charge in Ludhiana and prior to that she was the Ludhiana District Immunisation Officer. Dr Gill, after joining, said, “Since we are going through the pandemic, the focus will be on controlling its spread and emerging as winners.” About vaccination, Dr Gill said the stock available was less and they would be following the instructions issued by the government regarding the vaccination of different categories of people. “I request people not to go out of their homes unnecessarily. Stay indoors and stay safe. If going out then don’t forget to wear mask and carry a sanitiser. The first thing that one should do after returning home is wash hands. The department alone cannot contain the spread are going ❝Since wepandemic, the through the focus will be on controlling its spread and emerging as winners. ❞ Dr Kiran Gill, CIVIL SURGEON and need the help of the people for the same. We need to break the chain and people should come forward for vaccination,” she said. Dr Gill joined the services on January 1, 1991, and is MD in anaesthesiology and critical care. She has served as HOD, Anaesthesia, at Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, Senior Medical Officer at ESI number 7. She was the District Immunisation Officer and then Special Covid in-charge before joining as Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana.
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