04052021-LT-01.qxd 04-05-2021 00:10 Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE DC ORDERS GO FOR A TOSS AS PVT SCHOOLS REMAIN OPEN PAGE 2 Many private schools opened despite orders of DC to keep educational institutions closed due to Covid surge. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF THREE HELD FOR SNATCHING MOBILES Ludhiana: The police have arrested Pardeep Kumar, Surinder Kumar and Happy, all residents of Seerha village, who have been charged under Sections 379-B, 34 and 411, IPC. A motorcycle (bearing registration number PB-91C6994) and a sword have been seized from the accused. The police swung into action on the complaint of Dinesh Kumar of Harkrishan Vihar on Rahon Road, who said three motorcycle-borne youths had snatched his mobile phone and a purse containing Rs 300 and another mobile phone from his friend Subhash Chander on May 1 from near the Bajra TPoint when they were going to work on foot. The victim had also provided information about the accused to the police. OC MAN NABBED WITH STOLEN SCOOTER Ludhiana: Salinder Singh, a resident of Basti Abdullapur, who is allegedly involved in twowheeler thefts, was arrested from Vishwakarma Chowk while coming towards Jagraon Bridge on a stolen Honda Activa scooter (bearing registration number PB 10FM 5479) on Sunday. The police said a case under Sections 379 and 411 of the IPC has been registered against the accused. OC ILLEGAL MINING: FOUR BOOKED Ludhiana: The police have booked four persons, Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Khanpur village, Lakhwinder Singh, Sukhwinder Singh, residents of Mad Colony, along with one of their unidentified accomplices under various sections of the Mining Act, IPC, and the Disaster Management Act for illegal sand mining on a piece of land behind Satsang Ghar in Khanpur Bagga village without the consent of the land owner. When the police conducted a raid at the site, three of the accused fled the spot, leaving behind a tipper and a JCB machine. OC 16-YR-OLD GIRL GOES MISSING Ludhiana: A 16-year-old girl was reported missing from her house in Mohar Singh Nagar since April 21. Mother of the girl Maya Devi said in a report lodged with the police that her daughter had left home without telling informing anybody. She suspected that the girl might have been abducted and held captive by somebody. The police have registered a case under Section 346 of the IPC. TNS NARCOTICS SEIZED FROM JAIL INMATE Ludhiana: The police have registered a case under Section 22, NDPS Act, and Sections 42 and 45 of the Prisons Act against an undertrial in Central Jail, Gurmeet Singh, on the complaint of Tarsem Pal Sharma, Assistant Superintendent of Central Jail. In the complaint, the jail authorities stated that during a surprise check, 1 gm of narcotics substance was recovered from the undertrial. TNS FAST FOOD JOINT OWNER BOOKED FOR ASSAULT The police have registered a case against Soni, owner of a fast food joint, and around 20 persons for alleged assault, causing injury and violation of lockdown. P2 ACTOR MRINAL DUTT LIKES DEEP-SEA DIVING, CHOCOLATES PAGE 3 TULSI KUMAR JOINS HANDS WITH MISSION JOSH TO SAVE 5K LIVES Mrinal Dutt, who was recently seen opposite Richa Chadda in Arati Kadav’s 55 Km/Sec, is working on next project. MAX 39°C | MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET TUESDAY 7:07 PM PAGE 4 Through their partner NGOs, the campaign will be providing free oxygen concentrators to patients at home. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5:38 AM TUESDAY | 4 MAY 2021 | LUDHIANA Highest single-day Positivity rate touches new high at 12% toll, 21 dead in dist Nitin Jain Tribune News Service 1,198 positive; active cases cross 10K mark Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 3 As many as 1,198 persons tested positive for Covid and the total positive cases from the district till now reached 58,788 today. In the district today, 21 persons lost their lives to the virus, which is the highest single-day toll till now. The active cases in the district crossed the 10,000 mark and at present there are 10,309 cases. Those who tested positive included three healthcare workers, while 265 are still untraced. A total of 35 patients — 21 from Ludhiana district, one each from Patiala, Kapurthala and Nawanshahar districts, two from Moga district, one each from Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, two from Haryana and five from Delhi — died here. As many as 13 women and eight men from Ludhiana district lost their lives to the virus. The deceased belonged to Saholi village, Khanna, Chapar, Sanhewal, Chaminda, Chander Nagar, Daba Road, Civil Lines, Miller Gunj, Jhammat, COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 10,11,618 58,788 10,309 439 1,431 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 Mullanpur, Amarpura, Ghumar Mandi, Tajpur, Bahadurke, Bulara village, Shivpuri and BRS Nagar. As many as 41 patients — ■ 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 38 belonging to Ludhiana and remaining to other districts — were admitted to the Level-III bed facility. continued on page 2 Ludhiana, May 3 Refusing to take a break, the average daily Covid cases continue to register exponential rise by crossing 1,100-mark, while the average positivity rate also touched a new high of 12 per cent in the last week. The key indicators of virus surge, the count of average daily Covid cases mounted to 1,139 at 12 per cent positivity rate, even surpassing the state’s 11.7 per cent, between April 25 and May 1. The 24-hour average of new infections rose by 334.01 per cent in 18 days from 341 recorded between March 10 and April 13, taking it to 717 between April 15 and 21, 934 between April 20 and 26 and 1,062 between April 23 and 29. With the increasing caseload, Ludhiana continued to remain way ahead from all other districts and reemerged as the Covid capital of the state. The nearest rival was Mohali, which reported 860 average daily cases between April 25 and May 1, which was 24.49 per cent more than Ludhiana. Among other districts, Jalandhar recorded 585 average daily infections, Bathinda 550, Patiala 526, Amritsar 449, Mansa and Muktsar 241 each, Fazilka 238, Hoshiarpur 236, Pathankot 205, Gur- A man gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA OFFICIALSPEAK The augmentation will help ease out the current situation as 633 beds — 517 L2 and 116 L3 — are still vacant in the district. However, all 116 L3 vacant beds are available in private hospitals as all 16 L3 beds in the lone Civil Hospital remained occupied till this evening. Varinder Kumar Sharma, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER ❝ ❞ daspur 202, Sangrur 165, Faridkot 140, Kapurthala 137, Ropar 133, Ferozepur 124, Moga 92, Tarn Taran 85, Fatehgarh Sahib 62 and Barnala remained safest with minimum 57 average daily positive cases in last week. On the average positivity front, Mohali remained the leader with highest 23.9 per cent, followed by Mansa 23, Fazilka 20, Bathinda 16.7, Muktsar 16.2, Moga 13.4, Patiala 11.7, Faridkot 11.3, Amritsar 10.7, Ropar 10.6, Ferozepur 10.5, Jalandhar 10, Barnala 9.9, Pathankot 9.4, Hoshiarpur 8.9, Sangrur 7.9, Tarn Taran and Kapurthala 7.3 each, Gurdaspur 6.3, Fatehgarh Sahib 4.6, and Nawanshahr reported the lowest average positivity rate of 4.5 per cent in last week. 515 beds added, 633 vacant Giving a big respite to the critical Covid patients seeking hospitalisation with oxygen and ventilator support, the district administration has added 515 more beds — 391 Level-2 and 124 Level-3 category — in the last two days. Sharing details, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma told The Tribune that the augmentation helped ease out the current situation as 633 beds — 517 L2 and 116 L3 — were still vacant in the district. However, all 116 L3 vacant beds were available in private hospitals as all 16 L3 beds in the lone Civil Hospital remained occupied till this evening. Of the 517 L2 vacant beds, 320 were available in private facilities while the four government hospitals in the district had 197 available till 5 pm. Vaccination stopped With no vaccine available, Ludhiana on Monday stopped the ongoing vaccination drive for 45-plus age groups. “We have exhausted the entire Covishield stock, while a few hundred doses of Covaxin are still available,” confirmed the District Immunisation Officer Dr Puneet Juneja. Today, a total of 916 persons were inoculated — 542 second dose and 374 first dose — following which all sites were shut till further order. “Tomorrow we will run only four session sites for immunising Covaxin beneficiaries with a second dose,” informed the DIO. He added that fresh vaccine stock was expected on Tuesday, and if it happened, the inoculation could restart from Wednesday onwards. 10 arrested for lockdown violation Admn to set up 100 L2 beds at Our Correspondent Ludhiana, May 3 The police continued their crackdown on violators of weekend lockdown and other restrictions imposed due to pandemic with nine FIRs under Sections 188 of the IPC with Section 269 of the IPC, Section 3 of the Epidemic Diseases Act and Section 51B of the Disaster Management Act also invoked in some cases on Sunday. In all, 10 persons were arrested and two others were booked — mostly for keeping their shops and commercial establishments open after the stipulated closure time. Among those arrested were three employees, Sanjeev for violation of lockdown restrictions were a karyana merchant Adesh Kumar from Bawa Colony, a fish seller Sahil from Fish Market on Gill Road, employee of a drinking place (ahata) Madhav Khatri from Ittanwala Chowk in Shimlapuri, fruit seller Rajesh Shah from Shimlapuri and Tejinder Singh from Sujat village for keeping open a swimming pool for children in violation of the prohibitory orders. In two other cases, the police booked owner of a garment shop Inayat in Ghumar Mandi and employee of a drinking place at Rajpura Chowk for violation of lockdown restrictions. Jawaddi CHC, meritorious school directed the officials to run the facilities as level-II (L2) Covidcare facility and asked them to install piped oxygen supply, beds and ACs and complete other compulsory requirements in both these places. Deputy Commissioner said both facilities had the necessary infrastructure and these must be utilised for the treatment of level-II patients to reduce the load on the other hospitals and helping them to convert their level-II beds to ICU beds. The Deputy Commissioner also took a round of various halls there and gave necessary directions to the officials and asked them to ensure Covid-care centre in CHC, Jawaddi, starts by Thursday (May 6) and Meritorious School by next Monday. Mamta Ashu said she was personally monitoring the entire situation and that more such level-II facilities would be set up in other parts of the district as well. Varinder Kumar Sharma said the infrastructure in both buildings was being upgraded by roping in industrial associations like the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU), which was funding continued on page 2 Commuters suffer as MC fails to repair potholes Three nabbed for smuggling liquor Police personnel issue a challan to a motorist for lockdown violation in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Kumar, Anil Kumar and Tikan Kumar, of a liquor vend on Malhar Road and two others, identified as Jasvir Singh, resident of Anokharwal village in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, and Sabodh Rai, resident of Hanumangarh in Sitamarhi district in Bihar, for loading passengers in a bus parked in Transport Nagar in violation of prohibitory orders. Others taken in custody Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 3 Aimed at containing the ferocious second wave of the coronavirus more efficaciously through makeshift Covid hospitals, the district administration has decided to set up 100 level-II beds (50 each) at Government Meritorious School and Community Health Centre (CHC), Jawaddi. Inspecting both facilities along with municipal councillor Mamta Ashu, Civil Surgeon Dr Kiran Ahluwalia Gill and DMCH expert Dr Bishav Mohan, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma CIVIC MESS Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 3 The commuters are a harried lot whenever the potholes are not being repaired timely in the city. As a number of mishaps have taken place on potholed roads, residents ask the civic body to strengthen the roads maintenance wing and ensure the safety of the commuters. After the winter season, the MC has resumed the work of filling potholes, but it is going at a slow pace. The potholes on a number of roads and internal streets in different zones are yet to be repaired. The civic body spends crores of rupees on maintenance of roads every year but there are several areas wherein the roads have not been repaired for a long time. The potholes near the Shastri Nagar railway A broken stretch near the Shastri Nagar railway crossing; and (right) another road near Bhadaur House in poor state in Ludhiana. PHOTOS: ASHWANI DHIMAN crossing, Bhadaur House and other areas have been crying for attention for months. Similarly, commuters face inconvenience due to potholes on Ishmeet Singh Road, Focal Point and other areas. Rajesh Gupta, president of the Social Reformers (an NGO) said, “It is commonly seen in the city that the potholes are not repaired time- ly. If a survey is done today, potholes on roads can be found in many areas. When the people pay taxes, it is the responsibility of the government to ensure the provision of good roads.” “Many mishaps have taken place on the potholed roads. MC officials concerned must keep a check on the roads and internal streets and they must c m y b take timely measures to ensure repair of the broken roads to avert mishaps. A helpline service should be launched for the repair of potholes. If any complaint is filed, it should be addressed in a time-bound manner. The potholes must be repaired within 24 hours once any complaint is received”, Gupta added. Meanwhile, a few council- lors claimed that the civic body was yet to resume the repair work of potholes in their respective wards. Harwinder Singh, councillor from Ward 36, said MC officials generally contact the councillor concerned before carrying out the repair work of potholes but the drive had not been started in the ward. Similarly, the potholes are yet to be repaired in the areas under Ward 57 as per the councillor concerned. A former councillor, Inder Aggarwal, said, “The MC needs to strengthen the maintenance wing team to ensure timely repair of the potholes in all parts of the city. The civic body needs to buy more roadrollers and continued on page 2 Ludhiana, May 3 The police have arrested three persons for smuggling liquor in three raids conducted in different parts of the city on Sunday and seized 56 bottles of liquor from the accused. They have been booked under the Excise Act. Nishat Kumar of Ashok Nagar was held from the rear side of the tyre market when he was waiting for his customers. As many as 24 bottles of countrymade liquor were recovered from him. In another raid conducted at Ramgarh village, Om Parkash was nabbed while selling liquor along the rear wall of a government school. The police seized 12 bottles of countrymade liquor during the search. Kawaljit Kuma of Kaartar Nagar was arrested by the antismuggling cell of the CIA-3 on a tip-off. He was selling liquor at his residence. As many as 20 bottles of liquor, without label, were seized from him. — OC
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