21052021-LT-01.qxd 5/21/2021 12:44 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE ENROLMENT IN FULL SWING, GOVT SCHOOLS SANS INFRASTRUCTURE PAGE 2 Higher officials said teachers were leaving no stone unturned to attract parents to enrol their wards. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF MAN RUN OVER BY SPEEDING TIPPER Ludhiana: Manoj Kumar (26), a construction worker and a resident of Labour Colony, Dugri, was run over by a speeding tipper while crossing a road near Kandhari Chowk in Dugri on the intervening night of May 18 and 19. He died on the spot. In a complaint to the police, Ravinderpal Singh of Dugri said the deceased used to come to him for work. “On Tuesday, he got late and slept at my place. In the night, when he got up and crossed the road to pass urine near the PUDA ground, a speeding tipper ran over him,” the complainant said. The police have booked the unidentified tipper driver under Sections 304-A, 279, 337 and 338 of the IPC. OC WOMAN ARRESTED WITH MARIJUANA Ludhiana: The police have nabbed a woman, Bala Verma, a resident of EWS Colony, while she was coming from the Sandhu Colony side carrying a heavy carry bag. The police said on suspicion, she was stopped near the garbage dump on Kakka Road and her search led to the seizure of 1.6 kg of marijuana. A case under Sections 20, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act had been registered against the woman. OC DEEPIKA SINGH SLAMMED FOR POSING WITH UPROOTED TREE PAGE 3 JR NTR’S LOOK FROM RRR UNVEILED ON HIS BIRTHDAY The actress posted pictures of herself, from the streets of Mumbai while the city braved heavy rains due to Tauktae. MAX 33°C | MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 21°C SUNSET FRIDAY 7:18 PM PAGE 4 Meanwhile, Jr NTR is currently in home isolation as he had tested positive for Covid-19 on May 10. SUNRISE SATURDAY 5:27 AM FRIDAY | 21 MAY 2021 | LUDHIANA 784 +ve, 26 fall prey Dist’s daily cases continue to dip, 4 expectant mothers, health worker among infected Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 20 As many as 784 persons tested positive for Covid while 26 succumbed to the virus on Thursday. Total confirmed cases from Ludhiana today reached 79,152 while 1,814 have lost their lives so far in the district since the beginning of the pandemic. On Friday, the case fatality rate of the district was at 2.29 per cent. Those who tested positive today include four expecting mothers and a healthcare worker while 153 are still untraceable. Those who lost their lives today include 18 men and eight women, of which nine patients belonged to rural areas while the remaining were from urban areas. Today, 60 patients were on ventilator support. Of these, 32 were from Ludhiana. Today, 14,743 samples were collected in the district and 10,161 persons were vaccinated, of which 1,353 were from the age group of 18-44 years. Meanwhile, the state government through the Health and Family Welfare Department has launched Mission Fateh 2.0 (corona-free village campaign) as the second wave of Covid is but deaths still highest in state Infections decline to less than half in 10 days, casualties rising for five days Nitin Jain Tribune News Service COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 12,16,989 79,152 10,687 686 1,814 COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM ■ For home isolation: 78147-64759 ■ For ambulance problem: 78143-63850 ■ For hospital problem: 62849-12553 ■ For problem in crema- tion of bodies: 77197-12797, 95015-00101, 95015-00102 affecting rural areas more. Ludhiana Civil Surgeon Dr Kiran Gill said number of Covid-19 patients in rural areas was steadily increasing. ■ 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 Door-to-door survey begins in villages A door-to-door survey with the help of ASHA has been continued on page 2 Ludhiana, May 20 Even as daily Covid cases continue to dip considerably, deaths due to the virus in the district still remain highest in the state. While the infections have registered a decline of 54.65 per cent in the past 10 days, the casualties have again started rising for the past five days after decreasing for four days continuously before that. The data compiled by the district administration, which is available with The Tribune, revealed that the daily cases have come down from 1,729 on May 9 to 784 on May 20, registering a decline of more than half, while the Covid deaths were rising since May 16 after showing a constant downward trend from May 12 to 15. The fatalities which started on a declining note from the first day of this month when 18 persons had lost battle to the deadly virus as compared to 20 on April 30, had further dipped to 17 on May 2, before rising again to 21 on May 3, A man gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA OFFICIALSPEAK The rising fatality rate is certainly a cause of concern but the majority of the deaths were of co-morbid patients and those reporting late to hospitals when their condition worsens. Those getting timely treatment are getting cured fast. The considerable decline in daily Covid cases is a positive sign. Varinder Kumar Sharma, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER ❝ ❞ coming down to 20 on May 4, 19 each on May 5 and 6, 20 on May 7, down to 19 on May 8, again rising to 22 on May 9, touching highest of 30 each on May 10 and 11, before decreasing constantly to 28 on May 12, 25 on May 13, 19 on May 14, and 18 on May 15. The deaths were again continuously increasing since May 16 and 17 when 20 per- sons had died on each day, and further rising to 21 on May 18, 27 on May 19 and 26 on May 20. With this, Covid has claimed 1,814 lives of residents in the district so far, including 439 in the past 20 days of this month, at an average of almost 22 local deaths daily in May till date. Besides, 902 casualties of persons from outside have also been reported in Ludhiana thus far, mounting the total death count to 2,716. The cumulative case fatality rate (CFR), which remained static at 2.27 per cent for four straight days from May 15 to 18, again started rising to 2.28 per cent on May 19 and 2.29 per cent on May 20. Earlier, the CFR had been constantly dipping since May 1 from 2.48 per cent to 2.45 per cent on May 2, 2.43 on May 3, 2.41 on May 4, 2.4 on May 5, 2.38 on May 6, 2.36 on May 7, 2.34 on May 8, 2.31 on May 9 and 10, 2.3 on May 11, 12 and 13, 2.28 on May 13, and touching the month’s lowest so far at 2.27 per cent on May 15 to 18. continued on page 2 POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 4 pm: A, B, C, D blocks, Kipps Market, Sarabha Nagar. 11 am to 5 pm: Hawas village, Jeewanpur, Mangli, Gaunsgarh, Boothgarh, Rour and Sasrali. Lockdown: 4 held for violations Our Correspondent Ludhiana, May 20 Violations of lockdown and other restrictions imposed due to Covid-19 continue with the police arresting four persons and booking three others on Wednesday. The police said a fast food joint owner in Bharti Colony, Dhan Singh, a grocery trader, Gurpreet Singh, in Punjab Mata Nagar, a fruit vendor on Gill Road, Anil Chauhan, and an electronic shop owner in Grain Market on Humbran Road, Jaswant Singh, were arrested and charged under Sections 188 and 269 of the IPC. Three others persons, Rajinder Singh Bhatia, a chicken shop owner in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Rajiv Kumar and Mahavir Poddar, both fruit vendors on DMC Road, were booked under Section 188, IPC, for violation of lockdown norms. Architects seek relaxation in curfew hours The Punjab chapter of the Indian Institute of Architects (IIA) has written to the Chief Minister, requesting him to give relaxation to architects to visit construction sites during the curfew hours. Sanjay Goyal, chairman of the IIA, Punjab chapter, said: “The government has allowed construction activities during the curfew but architects are not being allowed to visit construction sites. We have written to the Chief Minister in this regard. The architects have to visit the construction sites on a regular basis. Hence, the government should give relaxation to them to visit the construction sites during the curfew hours.” — TNS Kinof Covid victims forced toshell out more for performing last rites Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 20 After incurring huge expenses on the treatment of Covid patients in hospitals, family members of those who succumbed to the virus are forced to shell out huge sums for a decent cremation. Aggrieved family members are spending between ~5,000 and 10,000 to cremate bodies of their loved ones. Deepak, a resident of Mundian Kalan, who lost his mother to Covid on May 12, spent a total of ~10,000 to perform her last rites. “The ambulance was free and ~10,000 was given to the crematorium. We were given a slip of ~4,500 and we were Family members of Covid victims are spending between ~5,000 and ~10,000 to cremate bodies of their loved ones. TRIBUNE PHOTO told that the remaining amount was for PPE kits that were used for the cremation,” he said. They cremated the body at the crematorium using the LPG. “It’s difficult for families with marginal income to pay such a huge amount,” he said. Kamaljit Singh, a resident of Arjan Nagar, succumbed to the virus at Arora Neuro Centre and his family bore charges of ~3,000 for performing the last rites and ~2,400 was charged for the PPE kits. The body was cremated at a traditional crematorium where wood is used for cremation. “I was the only one from the family who went for the cremation but I was charged for three PPE kits. The volunteers who helped me in cremating the body also wore the PPE kits and I was charged for that also,” said Inderpreet Singh, son of Kamaljit. Jaspal Kumar, a resident of Jawahar Nagar, said he lost his father, Mulakh Raj, to Covid and cremated him at one of the gas-operated crematoriums in the city. “Ambulance service was free of cost and at the crematorium we were asked to pay continued on page 2 Thieves strike at hosiery factory, shop; take away valuables, cash Our Correspondent Ludhiana, May 20 A hosiery factory on Bahadarke Road and a readymade garment shop in Vishnupuri were burgled on the intervening night of May 18 and 19 while two motorcycleborne youths snatched a mobile phone from a person near Mata Raani Chowk. The complainant, Raminder Singh, a resident of Model Town Extension, lodged a complaint with the police that thieves broke into his hosiery manufacturing unit on Bahadarke Road by forcing open the main gate of the factory. Out of the stock lying in the factory, 45 bundles of shorts, pyjamas, T-shirts, 45 rolls of knitted fabric, ~1.5 lakh in cash, CCTV cameras and DVR, a CPU, monitor and printer were found stolen. The police have registered a case under Sections 380 and 457 of the IPC. Meanwhile, in the other incident, a theft was committed at a readymade garments shop in Vishnupuri allegedly by a salesman at the shop. The accused has been identified as Sunny, a resident of Gandhi Colony in Model Gram. The owner of the shop Harish Kumar, a resident of Kitchlu Nagar, said told the police that the accused effected his gained into the shop through the roof and stole some readymade garments, a DVR and some cash from the shop. The police have booked the accused under Sections 380 and 457 of the IPC. In the snatching incident, two motorcycle-borne youths snatched a Samsung A7 mobile phone from Vikram Kumar, a resident of Jassian Road, near NK Gallery in Mata Rani Chowk. The complainant told the police that he was talking on his phone while standing on the roadside when the duo snatched his phone and sped away from the site. The police have registered a case under Sections 379-B and 34 of the Indian Penal Code. Vet, team booked for dog’s Faulty drainage pipes pose threat death due to ‘negligence’ ELEVATED ROAD Harshraj Singh GADVASU teachers’ assn opposes FIR, alleges foul play Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, May 20 Alleged cruelty against a sick dog and negligence in handling of the canine cost dearly a veterinary doctor serving at the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) vet clininc here. The police have booked the doctor, his team and assistants under Sections 428 and 34, IPC, and Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty against Animals Act on the complaint of the dog owner, Baljit Singh, a resident of Shahpur Kalan village in Sangrur district. In his complaint, Baljit said he had brought his Rottweiler (a German breed) dog for treatment to the GADVA- SU’s vet clinic on Wednesday morning as the dog was shedding water from his eyes. “In the course of treatment, the doctor and his team covered the dog’s mouth with a muzzle so tightly that after some time it started feeling suffocated and blood started oozing out of the mouth of the dog,” he alleged while adding that his repeated pleas to remove the muzzle from the mouth of dog were ignored. The police said the matter was being investigated and further action would be taken on the completion of preliminary investigation. Meanwhile, the GADVASU Teachers’ Association has taken a strong note of ‘illinformed’ information regarding the death of the dog in the GADVASU hospital and registration of FIR in the case. Dr Ashwani Kumar, president of the association, said the GADVASU teaching hospital received approximately 30,000 cases from throughout the Punjab and North India, and clinicians were working round the clock to provide the best possible services to farmers and pet owners even during the pandemic and lockdown period. He said the reported case belonged to a senior government official and was presented to the hospital by the guards of the ‘VIP’. “The attendants were unwilling to handle and control the animal. Similarly, the alleged continued on page 2 c m y b Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 20 Years on, the defunct drainage pipes of Elevated Road are still crying for Municipal Corporation’s attention. Whenever it rains, rainwater from the road falls on the Old GT road, with commuters passing underneath. Moreover, the water also gets accumulated on the Elevated Road due to non-functional drainage pipes. Besides, some expansion joints have also been damaged on the stretch as per the information. The accumulated water also gets splashed on commuters whenever any speedy vehicle passes through it. The matter was raised multiple times in the past but the civic body had not taken any action to get the drainage pipes repaired or During rainy days, rainwater from Elevated Road falls on the Old GT Road due to faulty drainage pipes. FILE PHOTO replaced to date. The shopkeepers near Clock Tower had also complained about the defunct drainage pipes on Elevated Road but to no avail. Sukhwinder Singh, a shopkeeper, said, “When vehicles pass over the accumulated rainwater on the Elevated Road, the water starts falling on our shops and commuters on Old GT Road. Moreover, there is no proper drainage system on the nearby Lakkar Bridge. We want that MC should take steps to correct the drainage system on Elevated Road and Lakkar Bridge.” An official of the MC’s O&M branch said the matter regarding drainage pipes was discussed in a recent MC meeting. Superintending Engineer (B&R) Tirath Bansal said, “We will take the required steps to replace the drainage pipes. We have floated tenders to replace the broken expansion joints of the road.”
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