05052021-LT-01.qxd 5/4/2021 11:45 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE COPS URGE RESIDENTS TO GO FOR SELF-IMPOSED CURFEW PAGE 2 Police make it clear to residents to stay in their houses and don’t roam on city roads without any valid reason. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY Man held for kidnapping, raping minor MAX 37°C | MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 38°C | MIN 24°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7:08 PM 20 dead; 1,347 test positive for Covid Tribune News Service SAD leader ends life Raikot, May 4 An octogenarian Shiromani Akali Dal leader and president of Kalsan village gurdwara allegedly committed suicide by Gurdev Singh jumping off the village overhead water tank in the wee hours on Tuesday. The deceased, Jathedar Gurdev Singh Kalsan, submitted his resignation in a bizarre way by making a public announcement from the gurdwara after reading out the income and expenditure account, announcing that the balance amount of Rs 63,500 was entrusted to another office-bearer of the management committee. The Raikot Sadar police have initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC. — OC POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 1 pm: Shiwala road, Rupa Mistri Gali, Gulchaman Gali, Ghah Mandi, Thakur Dwara, Hazuri Road, Karta Ram Gali and Maleri Gali. 10 am to 4 pm: Parts of Phase I, CRPF Colony, Main market, phase-I, Maharaj Nagar, some area of Gobind Nagar, Ferozepur road, Krishna Nagar, Circuit House, Sutton House and telephone exchange. 10 am to 5 pm: Bholapur, Salem Tabri, Chandni Chowk, Saroop Nagar, Bhagat Singh Colony, Bhagwan Dass Colony, Manna Singh Nagar, Hargobind Nagar, Jawandh Vihar, Sandhu Nagar and Pritam Nagar. Ludhiana, May 4 As many as 1,347 persons tested positive for Covid, while 20 lost their lives to the virus in the district in the past 24 hours. Total active cases have reached 10,316, while 1,451 have lost their lives since March 2020. Active cases in the district were 10,316. Those who tested positive included four healthcare workers, two pre-operative cases and an undertrial, while tracing of 327 is still to be done. As many as 16 men and four women lost their life to the deadly virus. They were residents of Jammu Colony, Jagraon, Lohara, Guru Nanak Nagar, Doraha, Sanhewal, Mahajan Nagar, Chandigarh Road, Barewal Road, Prem Vihar, Giaspura, Haibowal Kalan, Tajpur Road, Janta Nagar, Akash Nagar, Pama village, Vikas Nagar and Kailash Nagar. Total 9,053 samples were collected and report of 384 samples is pending. Civil Surgeon Dr Kiran Gill has asked the people to follow all the necessary protocols and stay at home and go out only when required. “Together we can fight this virus and break the chain,” said Dr Gill. As the Covid-19 restrictions have been imposed on opening of non-essential shops, the administration cleared that some more shops were also allowed to open till 5 pm, except dur- COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 10,20,671 60,135 10,316 7 1,451 ■ 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 ing the weekend curfew. Shops selling fertilisers, seeds, insecticides, pesticides, agriculture machinery and agriculture/horticulture implements are also allowed. Grocery shops, departmental stores, shops selling industrial materials, hardware items, tools, motors, pipes, etc, are also allowed. 1,157 empty oxygen cylinders found The Sahnewal police found 1,157 empty oxygen cylin- ■ 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 ders at a plant at Giaspura during checking. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Sharma has given orders to send these cylinders to other plants for refilling. The SHO, Balwinder Singh, said the DC had given orders to check gas plants in the areas coming under the police station. “During the checking it was found that the plant had been lying closed for the past two months. The owner of the continued on page 2 A notice stating ‘no vaccination today’ pasted on a pillar at the Civil Surgeon’s office in Ludhiana on Tuesday. INDERJEET VERMA Ludhiana, May 4 The Covid vaccination drive in the district was hit today as there was a little stock of vaccine available. Only four centres administered the second dose of Covaxin. With stock reaching district in the evening, the drive will be continued from Wednesday. Today only 430 persons were vaccinated in the district. “We have received the stock of Covishield and from tomorrow onwards the vaccination process will start again. We have received 24,000 doses of the vaccine today and from tomorrow vaccination will be started at all the government session sites and private ones will also be given doses according to the stock,” said District Immunisation Officer Dr Puneet Juneja. People were today seen returning from the session sites in the district without getting vaccinated. Even the Civil Surgeon office had to PAGE 4 Randeep Hooda has teamed up with NGO Khalsa Aid to provide oxygen concentrators to the needy. SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:37 AM WEDNESDAY | 5 MAY 2021 | LUDHIANA Dist 2nd in testing, 3rd in contact tracing Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 4 Even as the second Covid wave continues to rapidly slide into a devastating crisis, the Ludhiana district continues to lead the state in testing and tracing of the virus patients. While Ludhiana stood second in the antigen testing by conducting 51.2 per cent such tests in the last week, the district ranked third in the contact tracing, a key method to break virus spread chain, by tracing 18.3 per cent contacts of each Covid patient reported in April. In both the parameters, Ludhiana scored over the state’s average of 37.7 per cent antigen testing between April 25 and May 1 and 16 per cent contact tracing in April, revealed the data compiled by the Health and Family Welfare Department, a copy OFFICIALSPEAK With strict restrictions already put in place across the state till May 15, we are ensuring maximum testing and surveillance, clinical management, vaccination and community engagement to win the battle against the deadly virus. Hussan Lal, PRINCIPAL HEALTH SECRETARY ❝ ❞ of which is with The Tribune. On the antigen testing front, Bathinda topped the state with maximum 55.3 per cent tests, while all other districts, except Ludhiana, reported less than 50 per cent antigen testing. Among other districts, Muktsar recorded 48.6 per cent antigen testing, Fatehgarh Sahib 47.8 per cent, Jalandhar 41.4, Gurdaspur 39.4, Amritsar 39.2, Kapurthala 36.6, Faridkot 36.4, Patiala 35.9, Mohali 34.6, Nawanshahr 33.3, Fazilka 32.8, Hoshiarpur 30.7, Moga 29.4, Tarn Taran 25.5, Ferozepur 25, Ropar 22.5, Pathankot 19.7, Barnala 18.9 and Sangrur reported the lowest 10.7 per cent antigen testing. On the contact tracing front, Jalandhar led the state by tracing maximum 21.9 per cent contacts of virus patients, followed by Mohali 21.7, Hoshiarpur 17.1, Gurdaspur 16.5, Patiala 15.7, Mansa and Ropar 15.6 each, Fazilka 15.3, Nawanshahr 14.8, Barnala 13.3, Tarn Taran and Faridkot 12.8 each, Ferozepur 12.5, Fatehgarh Sahib 12.4, Bathinda 11.8, Kapurthala 11.6, Moga 11.5, Amritsar 9.8, Pathanakot 9.7, Sangrur 9 and Muktsar recorded the lowest contact tracing of 8.6 per cent. 17 more beds, 615 vacant With the addition of 17 more beds to further facilitate the critical Covid patients in need of hospitalisation with oxygen and ventilator life support, the total number of hospital beds in the district on Tuesday reached 2,448 — 1,867 Level-2 and 581 Level-3 beds. Till 5 pm this evening, 615 beds — 539 L2 and 76 L3 — were still vacant. However, no L3 bed was available in the government hospitals as all 16 such beds in the lone Civil Hospital remained occupied. Of the 539 vacant L2 beds, 205 were available in four government facilities while rest 334 were reported unoccupied in the private hospitals. COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM Vaccine stock arrives Tribune News Service ACTOR RANDEEP HOODA TEAMS UP WITH NGO KHALSA AID Sonia will now be a part of upcoming web series Bhopal to Vegas alongside Ahaan Nirbaan and Arun Sharma. Four health workers, undertrial among infected Ludhiana, May 4 The police arrested a man on charges of kidnapping and raping a 15-year-old girl at Meharban here. The accused has been identified as Dharamvir, alias Manga, of Machhiwara, Khanna. The complainant, the girl’s father, a resident of the Jagirpur road area, said his daughter studies in Class XI. Recently, his sister-in-law called them and asked his wife to send their daughter to their house at Chaunta village for a few days. “On April 27, the nephew of my sister-in-law kidnapped my daughter. The next day he dropped her at our house. She was looking scared and not revealing the ordeal she faced at the hands of the accused,” alleged the victim’s father. A few days later, she revealed to the parents that after kidnapping her, the accused took her to some isolated place where he raped her. He also threatened to kill her if she reveals anything to the family or the police. The girl’s father told the police that action should be taken against his sister-in-law who was aware about the intentions of her nephew. ASI Jaswinder Singh said after registering a case, the police conducted a raid at the whereabouts of the accused and nabbed him. — TNS PAGE 3 SONIA BALANI TO BE SEEN IN WEB SERIES BHOPAL TO VEGAS discontinue the drive as there was no stock. People coming for vaccination had to return without the jab. “Not only private, but also government centres are out of stock. My second dose of Covishield is due and I am making rounds of vaccination centres but to no avail,” said Kulpreet Kaur, a beneficiary. People were seen making a beeline to Civil Surgeon office in the hope of getting jab. “We were sure of getting vaccinated from the Civil Surgeon office but the tragedy is that even the office of the Civil Surgeon, which is responsible for the healthcare of the entire district, is without the stock,” said a city resident returning from the Civil Surgeon office. Policemen were deployed at the Civil Surgeon office and telling people that no vaccination is available. A notice was also pasted outside the office but people still kept coming to the office to enquire about the availability of vaccine. c m y b NHM employees observe strike Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 4 National Health Mission (NHM) employees today protested outside the Civil Surgeon’s office regarding their long-pending demand for regularisation of their services. The employees are on strike and boycotting their Covid-related duties as well. The employees across the state are protesting in favour of their long-pending demand for regularisation of their services. Kiranjit Kaur, president of the National Health Mission, said for the past many years, the NHM employees were working NHM employees protest outside the Civil Surgeon’s office in Ludhiana on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN under anti-employees policies of the government. As many as 9,000 employees from across the state were observing strike. “It has been 20-25 years that the employees are working on meagre salaries on a contractual basis and many of them will retire soon. Be it any health programme or during the pandemic, the NHM employees are working hand in hand with the government and extending every help to people but when it comes to our demand, the government turns a deaf ear towards the same,” she said. “As many as 500 NHM employees got infected while imparting duties and the government has never thought about them. “We want that the government should regularise our services on the lines of Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan employees,” she said.
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