03052021-LT-01.qxd 5/3/2021 12:17 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE NORTHERN RLY TEMPORARILY SUSPENDS SEVERAL TRAINS PAGE 2 Northern Railway decides to temporarily suspend several trains, including the New Delhi-Amritsar-New Dellhi Shatabdi. FORECAST CLOUDY Man nabbed for gambling during raid ACTRESS SAYANTANI GHOSH FINDS JOY IN THE LITTLE THINGS OF LIFE PAGE 3 Sayantani Ghosh says being thoughtful is important, one needs to be in the right frame of mind during these tough times. MAX 38°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET MONDAY 7:06 PM B-TOWN CELEBS OFFER HELP IN THEIR OWN SPECIAL WAYS PAGE 4 Priyanka Chopra Jonas collaborates with an NGO and initiates a fundraiser to help with Covid situation in India. SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:39 AM MONDAY | 3 MAY 2021 | LUDHIANA 4 sites to administer 17 more fall prey to Covid Onlydose of Covaxin today 2nd 1,404 test positive; six health workers, cop among infected Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 2 The Police Division 8 conducted a surprise raid at a house in Upkar Nagar here. Several gamblers fled the spot before the arrival of the police. One person was arrested from the spot. The accused has been identified as Rajan of Prem Nagar. ASI Avtar Singh said a tipoff was received that several gamblers had gathered at a house in Upkar Nagar for gambling. The police party conducted a raid and managed to nab only one person. “We are identifying the accused who had escaped from the house. They will also be booked in the case. We will not spare anyone, “ the ASI said. It has been learnt that a senior police officer have told heads of all police stations to keep a tab over cricket betting activity in the city and conduct maximum raids to nab bookies. The police even shared a message on Facebook and Twitter in which clear warning has been given to bookies to stay away from betting else strict action will be taken against them. Several people have commented on the post and also condemned the police for their connivance with bookies. TWO LIQUOR VEND OWNERS BOOKED Doraha: After the state government ordered fresh restrictions following a surge in Covid-19 cases, the police have begun to act tough against lockdown violators. The Sahnewal police today registered two cases against a lockdown violator of New Ram Nagar of Ludhiana, who kept his liquor vend open after lockdown hours. P2 POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 4 pm: Rajgarh Estate, Janpath Estate, Hero Homes and DPS School. Covishield out of stock at private hospitals in the district Ludhiana, May 2 Today, 1,404 persons tested for Covid and 17 lost their lives to the virus. Total active cases in the district have reached 9,870. Total positive cases in the district since March 2020 are 57,690 while 1,410 have lost their lives so far. Those who tested positive today include six healthcare workers, a policeman and two international travellers while 321 are still untraceable. Those who lost their lives include eight men and nine women who belonged to the Tajpur Road, Subhash Nagar, Ram Nagar, Gaushala Road, near Jyoti Model School, Jandiali village, Noorwala Road, Sunder Nagar, Madhopuri, Prem Nagar, Abdullapur Basti, Azad Nagar, Mundian Kalan, Phullanwal, Giaspura, Barewal Road and Tibba Road areas. According to the Health Department, till date, a total of 10,03,033 samples have been taken, of which reports of 10,02,636 samples have been received. Of these, 9,36,771 were found negative while reports of 397 samples were pending. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma appealed to residents to adhere to all safety protocols Tribune News Service A woman gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana on Sunday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA ❝Adhere to all safety protocols such as wearing COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 10,03,033 57,690 9,870 1,031 1,410 mask, maintaining social distancing and washing hands frequently to not only save yourselves but also those around you. COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM ■ For home isolation: ❞ ■ For general problem: 78147-64759 ■ For ambulance problem: 78143-63850 ■ For hospital problem: 62849-12553 ■ For problem in cremation of bodies: 77197-12797, 95015-00101, 95015-00102 62845-31852 ■ For bed/oxygen/medicine availability: 62849-12553 ■ For Remdesivir injection: 98720-08040 ■ For reporting overcharging by hospitals & other issues: 62849-12553 Varinder Kumar Sharma, DC such as wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and washing hands frequently of the state government to not only save themselves but keeping everyone around safe Ludhiana, May 2 With the district facing a shortage of vaccine, all vaccination sites except four have been suspended for the time being. The district now has only the stock of Covaxin, with hospitals administering only the second dose at the four vaccination centres. Hospitals are turning away people coming to get their first dose. Various private hosipitals in the city have put up the “Vaccine out of stock” boards outside the premises to avoid unnecessary flow of people inside the hospitals. Today, vaccination was held at 12 sites, of which eight administered Covishield and the rest the second dose of Covaxin. “Stock of Covishield has exhausted and no information has been received regarding the next availability of the stock. On Monday, vaccination will be held at only three government-assigned sites,” said Dr Puneet Juneja, District Immunisation Officer. Sites where the second dose of Covishield will be administered are UPHC Ludhiana, May 2 The anti-narcotics cell busted a gang of thieves and arrested two of its members. The accused have been identified as Jatinder Kumar Raju of Waheguru Nagar and Kuldeep Singh Deepa of Gobind Singh Nagar. The police recovered two motorcycles from them. In charge of the anti-narcotics cell Rajesh Kumar said a tip-off was received that the accused were operating a gang of vehicle thieves and they had stolen over 12 motorcycles from the city in the recent past. Accordingly, the police laid a naka at some strategic point in the city and after intercepting the duo, they were arrested. Ludhiana, May 2 People in the city are running from pillar to post in search of beds in hospitals for their near and dear ones. As the caseload is increasing, getting a bed in a hospital has become a Herculean task. On Sunday, almost all level 3 beds were occupied in government and private hospitals. Helpline numbers provided by the district administration are proving little help in this hour of need. A Rajguru Nagar resident, Zeena Aggarwal, lost her father to Covid today as she was unable to arrange an ICU bed with ventilator. On Thursday, she got her father admitted to a private hospital at South City and on Saturday, she was told by the hospital to shift her father as his oxygen level was dipping and his condition deteriorating. “I tried every possible On Sunday, vaccination was held at 12 sites, of which eight administered Covishield and the rest the second dose of Covaxin. Only 2,969 persons were vaccinated against the coronavirus in the district on Sunday. Meanwhile, people, who want to receive their first jab of the vaccine, are facing a tough time. Many Hospitals are turning away people coming to get their first dose due to shortage of vaccine. Sunet, UPHC Model Town, MCH Vardhman and Civil Hospital. On Sunday, only 2,969 persons were vaccinated against the coronavirus in the district. Meanwhile, people, who want to receive their first jab of the vaccine, are facing a tough time. “On one hand, the government has started vaccination for people aged 18 and above but in Ludhiana, we are not even getting the stock for the above-45 category. Equal distribution should be done to the states,” said Santok Singh, a resident of Gurdev Nagar. Another resident said Ludhiana was the worst-hit district and should be provided adequate vaccine stock so that people were vaccinated on time. Tribune News Service The suspects in police custody in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO During the preliminary questioning, they confessed that they had stolen over 12 motorcycles from city areas and most of them were sold to their customers. Both accused also had a notorious past as seven cases of thefts were already registered against Jatinder in Ludhiana while five cases were registered against Kuldeep. Some motorcycles were also sold at junk shops by the gang. In further probe, junk dealers may also face action. The police said the stolen vehicles sold by the gang would be traced and the same would be handed over to their owners. — TNS ‘GLADA CHIEF ADMINISTRATOR TO HEAD COMMITTEE’ Ludhiana, May 2 Amid a steep rise in the demand for medical oxygen and some industrial units still withholding empty or filled cylinders despite appeal by the district administration, District Magistratecum-Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma today formed an 11-member committee to inspect and collect the cylinders. The District Magistrate said the committee would be headed by GLADA chief administrator Parminder Singh Gill. It members are ADCP Jaskaran Singh Teja, PPCB SE Sandeep Behal, hospital but no bed with ventilator was available on Saturday and Sunday. I called up the helpline number of the district administration but instead of sharing with me the status of ventilators available, I was given numbers of various hospitals to enquire about the status. Majority of the numbers given were either busy or went unattended. In this hour of crisis, the family wants verified information and not just phone numbers which we can get from the Internet also,” she said. Another resident, who was in search of an ICU bed with ventilator, also faced a tough time. “I checked the website of the district administration and it was showing that a private hospital near Barewal has 10 level 3 beds and all were vacant. Since the hospital is near my house, I went to enquire about it. But no level On Sunday, almost all level 3 beds were occupied in govt, pvt hospitals ISTOCK Tribune News Service 2,969 VACCINATED IN DIST ON SUNDAY Gang of thieves busted, 2 held Panel to check hoarding of oxygen cylinders District Magistrate-cum-Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said the committee would be headed by GLADA chief administrator Parminder Singh Gill. It members are ADCP Jaskaran Singh Teja, PPCB SE Sandeep Behal, PPCB Executive Engineer Manohar Lal, Deputy Director (Factories) SS Bhatti, Assistant Labour Commissioner Baljeet Singh and five other officials. PPCB Executive Engineer Manohar Lal, Deputy Director (Factories) SS Bhatti, Assistant Labour Commissioner Baljeet Singh and five other officials. He said apart from GLADA chief administrator Parminder Singh Gill and ADCP Jaskaran Singh Teja, other members would also work as executive magistrates and would have the power to People struggle to find hospital beds in city Manav Mander A board stating ‘vaccine is out of stock’ displayed outside a private hospital in Ludhiana. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA DC ORDERS HOSPITALS TO INCREASE BED CAPACITY Level 2 Beds Hospital Present DMCH 120 CMCH 100 SPS 58 Oswal Hsp. 56 Fortis 35 Deep Hsp. 57 Enhanced 150 125 75 70 50 65 Level 3 Beds Hospital Present DMCH 140 CMCH 53 SPS 23 Oswal Hsp. 14 Fortis 30 Deep Hsp. 3 Enhanced 180 65 30 20 40 10 Level 2 beds are with oxygen facility Level 3 beds are ICU beds with/without ventilator 3 bed was available there. They had ICU beds with high-flow oxygen but no ven- tilators,” he said. Information regarding ventilators should be given sepa- c m y b rately as level III beds and ICU beds with or without ventilators. “I was assuming that all level III beds had ventilators. People are not aware about this fact and it is better that information about ventilators should be shared separately,” he said. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said people could check the status of availability of beds online on the website of the district administration if phone numbers of hospitals are not getting connected. When told that the data available online is updated after 24 hours and many times beds are filled by the time a person checks the status online, the DC said they would try to improve the system so that people were readily given the status about the beds available through phone and online mode. As the beds in the hospitals were almost occupied on Sunday, the Deputy Commissioner directed all private hospitals on board, to increase the bed capacity to at least 25 per cent by today evening to ensure treatment to all patients. Assuring hospitals about the availability of oxygen, the Deputy Commissioner said the administration had already ramped up oxygen capacity by nearly 33 per cent (2,900 cylinders daily). He said earlier Vardhman Steel Plant had been providing 1,500 cylinders of medical oxygen but now, it had increased its capability and filling up around 2,100 cylinders. Weltech Equipment and Infrastructure Limited had also been generating additional oxygen. He also appealed to people not to put pressure on the health infrastructure of the city by inviting their dear ones from other states otherwise it would overburden local hospitals. inspect any industry. He said in case any factory/industrial unit denies to let the committee check its premises, the panel would have the power to open the locks for inspection. The Deputy Commissioner said the committee would take the cylinders seized during checking in their possession and maintain a record of factories indulging in mal- practices. He said after issuing the cylinders to distributors, the stock register would also be kept so that whenever the pandemic was over, these cylinders could be returned. Sharma appealed to the owners of all factories/industries to give utmost support to the committee. He said those who would hamper its functioning would face strict legal action. 27-yr-old man ends his life, wife booked Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 2 A man committed suicide by hanging himself at his house in Gurmel Park here. He took the extreme step due to alleged harassment by his wife. The deceased has identified as Bhushan Jagra (27), alias Golu. Deceased’s mother Neelam told the police that his son got married to Monica of Mayapuri, here, in 2016. After marriage, they had a daughter who was threeyear-old now. The complainant said a few months after marriage, her daughter-in-law started torturing her son due to minor reasons and many a times, compromise was reached between them in the presence of relatives but to no avail. Recently her daughter- in-law along with her granddaughter left their home and started living at her parents’ house in Mayapuri. She wanted to take divorce from her son but he was not in favour of the same. On April 30, in the presence of some relatives, her daughter-in-law again demanded divorce and the next meeting to finalise divorce proceedings was scheduled on May 3. “Since my son was not in favour of divorce, he went into depression. On May 1, he committed suicide in his room. When I went to see my son I was shocked to see his hanging body,” the complainant alleged. Assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Gurmeet Singh said a case of abetment to suicide had been registered against his wife and raids were on to nab her.
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