23052021-LT-01.qxd 5/22/2021 11:58 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE 2,000 COVISHIELD VACCINE DOSES REACH CITY HOSPITAL PAGE 2 Private hospitals are directly procuring the vaccine after they were not given stock by the Health Department. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY Notorious gangster arrested, illegal weapons seized Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 22 The Khanna police claimed to have nabbed a notorious gangster and recovered illegal weapons from his possession. The accused has been identified as Harpreet Singh, alias Happy, of Guru Harsahai, Ferozepur. The police recovered 11 pistols with 25 magazines and three cartridges. SSP Gursharandeep Singh Grewal while conducting a press conference said the Khanna police started a special campaign against gangsters and drug smugglers. During the campaign, inspector Vinod Kumar, incharge, CIA, Khanna along a police party, was present at Samrala Chowk, Khanna, for the checking of suspected persons/vehicles, where a tipoff was received that Aditya Kapoor, alias Makhan, of Amritsar, who is at present in jail, is in contact with Harpreet and used him as a supplier of illegal weapons. On the directions of Makhan, Happy brought the weapons from other states and was supposed to deliver the same in various parts of the state. Later, a raid was conducted at the specific spot on GT Road in Khanna, near Ramgarhia Bhawan, and he was arrested with illegal weapons. The SSP said during initial investigation, it had come to light that Happy was a notorious person in his area and he had links with various gangsters who were lodged in various jails of the state. “Happy while working as a puppet of Aditya had bought the consignment of arms and ammunition from Madhya Pradesh and was going to supply in Amritsar, “ the SSP said. The SSP said gangster Makhan was a notorious criminal and now he was lodged at the Kapurthala Jail and over 10 FIRs had already been registered against him. POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 9 am to 5 pm: Janta Nagar, New Janta Nagar, adjoining areas of Jaimal road, Ranjit Nagar, Golden Park and opposite United Palace, Gill Road. 10 am to 5 pm: Mangat village, Satowal, Dheri, Chuharwal, Kaneja and Sujatwal. JUHI PARMAR SHARES FEW DOS & DON’TS FOR COVID PATIENTS PAGE 3 ELLI GLAD TO SEE FOREIGNERS DOING WELL IN INDIAN FILMS “One important thing to do is to keep the patient hydrated. Do not give them oily food or canned items,” she says. MAX 34°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET SUNDAY 7:20 PM PAGE 4 The actress, who has worked in films such as Mickey Virus& Malang, says people around the world “die” to work in Bollywood. SUNRISE MONDAY 5:26 AM SUNDAY | 23 MAY 2021 | LUDHIANA District’s daily positivity rate 582 test +ve, 17 succumb touches record19.57% recorded on May 2 low at 3.99% Drastic drop from highest-ever 3 expectant mothers, health worker among infected Tribune News Service Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 22 Showing the sign of gradual retreat and plateauing of the impact of devastating second Covid wave, the daily positivity rate, a key indicator of virus surge, on Saturday touched a record low of 3.99 per cent, with the month’s lowest so far as 582 of the total 14,580 samples testing positive in Ludhiana district during the past 24 hours. The positivity rate has dropped drastically within 20 days by a whopping 15.58 per cent from the highest-ever 19.57 per cent recorded here on May 2. With this, Ludhiana, which was dubbed as the Covid capital of Punjab after emerging as the worst-hit district in the state, has turned out to be among the safest districts with the second lowest positivity rate after Tarn Taran, which registered the minimum 3.92 positivity rate in the state. This was also almost half than the state’s daily average positivity rate of 6.92 per cent. The official data compiled OFFICIALSPEAK With the help of strict restrictions and public cooperation, we have been able to come out of the most difficult times but we cannot afford to put our guards down till completely demolishing the devastating second Covid wave. As the situation improves, we will ease out the strict prohibitions but the people will have to exercise maximum restraint. ❝ ❞ Varinder Kumar Sharma, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER by the district administration, which is available with The Tribune, revealed that Ludhiana’s positivity rate started at a high of 18.92 per cent on the first day of May and further rising and touching its peak of 19.57 per cent on May 2. Thereafter, it came down to 13.95 per cent on May 3, rising to 14.88 per cent on May 4, dipping to 10.83 per cent on May 5, again going up to 12.11 per cent on May 6, 14.12 per cent on May 7, down to 12.33 per cent on May 8, shooting up to 17.18 per cent on May 9, 17.7 per cent on May 10, decreasing to 13.86 per cent on May 11, 9.34 per cent on May 12 and once again rising to 10.75 per cent on May 13. Since the last week, the daily positivity rate was constant- ly dropping from 8.69 per cent on May 14 to 7.76 per cent on May 15, 6.35 per cent on May 16, slightly rising to 6.65 per cent on May 17, 6.79 per cent on May 18, again coming down to 4.82 per cent on May 19, going up to 5.32 per cent on May 20, and once again dipping to 5.05 per cent on May 21 and touching a record low of 3.99 per cent on May 22. The weekly average positivity rate, analysed by the Health and Family Welfare Department, showed that Ludhiana reported 7.3 per cent positivity rate between May 13 and 19, which was sixth lowest in the state and almost onethird less than state’s average of 10.7 per cent. While Mohali continued to record the highest positivity rate of 21.8 per cent between May 13 and 19, Nawanshahr remained the state’s safest district with the lowest figure of 4.7 per cent. The districts, which fared better than Ludhiana between May 13 and 19 were Gurdaspur 6.7 per cent, Sangrur and Kapurthala 6.6 per cent each, and Tarn Taran 5.8 per cent. continued on page 2 Ludhiana, May 22 As many as 582 persons tested positive for Covid, while 17 persons from the district lost their lives today. The total confirmed cases in the district reached 80,421, while death toll is 1,854 since the first death was reported in March 2020. At present there are 9,355 active cases in the district. Those who tested positive include three expectant mothers and a healthcare worker. As many as 123 patients are still untraceable. Five women and 12 men lost their lives. Four deceased belonged to Natt village, Machhiwara, Dhamot village and Hassanpur village, while the remaining persons were from urban areas. As many as 189 patients were admitted to government hospitals and 937 to private hospitals. As many as 51 patients were on ventilator support. According to the Health Department, 14,580 samples were collected from the district. Meanwhile Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Kiran Gill held a special meeting with the sarpanches of COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 12,45,169 80,421 9,355 633 1,854 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 ■ 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 JOINT CP, WIFE, SON CATCH INFECTION ■ Ludhiana’s Joint Commissioner of Police J Elanchezhian, his wife and son have tested positive for Covid and all are under home isolation. ■ A Ludhiana police ASI, Sanjeev Kumar, succumbed to the virus. He was posted at the Control Room. After testing positive he was admitted to the DMCH, where he breathed his last. Bhattian Bet, Kutbewal Raian, Chuharpur, Hussainpur, Jassian, etc, at Ambedkar Bhawan in Bhattian Bet village. Dr Gill apprised the sarpanches of the importance of early detection of Covid and vaccination for its control. “Anyone who develops symptoms such as fever, sore throat, diarrhoea, headache, shortness of breath, etc, must be tested for Covid as soon as possible so that the disease can be diagnosed in time and such a person could be isolated and the disease could be prevented from spreading further,” she said. They were also made aware of vaccination. Their questions about vaccination were answered. They were encouraged to make their villages hundred per cent vaccinated. DIG submits report, ‘Black fungus’ claims 2 lives 29-year-old woman official found guilty 1 confirmed, one suspected patient of mucormycosis die dies, husband booked HOOKAH PARTY Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 22 The probe into the alleged liquor and hookah party in Central Jail, a video of which had gone viral, has found the block in-charge guilty of negligence while on duty. The probe was conducted by DIG (Prisons) Surinder Singh Saini. Along with the block incharge the involvement of other jail officials was also under scanner. ADGP (Prisons) Parveen Kumar Sinha has asked the Ludhiana police to bring all gangster on production warrant and interrogate them to know how they managed to get the banned articles such as hookah, LED, music system and liquor inside the prison. The ADGP Sinha said, “The DIG has submitted his probe report to me and suggested action against the block incharge. There is no role of Jail Superintendent in the incident. I have asked the Ludhiana Commissionerate to question all accused on production warrant and question them about the role of jail officials. Let the police submit the report. Further action will be taken on the basis of report submitted by DIG (Prisons) and on the report of the Ludhiana Police”. ACP (East) Davinder Chaudhary said all accused will be brought on production continued on page 2 Tribune News Service ELDERLY SUSPECTED PATIENT WAS COVID POSITIVE Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 22 The district Health Department today confirmed death of one patient from mucormycosis (black fungus) while one suspected patient also lost her life in the district. A 37-year-old male patient of black fungus, who was admitted to a private hospital in Model Town, died on May 19. He had recovered from Covid and was again admitted to the hospital due to the complexity caused by black fungus. The Punjab government declared black fungus as a notified disease on May 19 and next day all the hospitals were asked to submit A 63-year-old woman, who was a suspected patient of black fungus, died on Saturday. She was admitted to Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, on May 12 and was Covid positive. She had symptoms of black fungus, like red eyes, bleeding nose and headache. Ludhiana, May 22 A 29-year-old woman was found dead under mysterious circumstances at Dugri on Dhandra Road. The deceased has been identified as Paramjit Kaur, mother of two children. Deceased’s parents have levelled allegations of murder on her husband and in-laws. Jaswant Singh, father of the deceased, said his daughter got married to Harsimran seven years ago. For the past few years, her husband and inlaws had been torturing her for dowry. A case of dowry harassment was the data related to patients of black fungus after which the fact came forward that one patient from Ludhiana has lost his life due to black fungus. District Epidemiologist Dr Ramesh confirmed about the death of the patient due to black fungus. “One confirmed patient of black fungus had died in Ludhiana,” said Dr Ramesh. Meanwhile, a 63-year-old woman, who was a suspected patient of black fungus, died today. She was admitted to Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, on May 12 and was Covid positive. She had symptoms of black fungus like red eyes, bleeding nose and headache. “One suspected patient of black fungus was admitted to Civil Hospital. The confirmation about the disease is pending,” said Dr Ramesh District Epidemologist. The SMO, Civil Hospital, Dr Amarjeet confirmed the death of the suspected patient of black fungus. also registered against the accused but compromise was achieved, he added. He alleged that for the past few days, his daughter had been tortured by the accused. Last night the father-in-law called and said she had committed suicide. He alleged that his daughter had not committed suicide rather she was hung from the ceiling fan after killing her. SHO Dugri Surinder Kumar said the exact cause of death could be ascertained after the postmortem report. A case of dowry death has been registered against the deceased husband Harsimran and father-in-law Tajidner. Rare feat: Toddler from city Storm water drainage system for Clock Tower area enters India Book of Records ed to be completed within a month. He said they would conduct most of the work during the curfew hours and night hours so that the commuters didn’t face any inconvenience. “There will be no need to divert the traffic as only a portion of the road is to be dug up for the installation of the drainage pipes,” he added. Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 22 A 14-month-old toddler, Gursanj Singh, has made the city proud by entering the India Book of Records, his father Dr Deepinder Singh said here today. Dr Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury, the book’s chief editor, in a certificate of appreciation issued on May 11, stated that Gursanj identified 14 cartoon characters, seven personal hygiene products, three vehicles, three shapes, two colours, 19 animals, five miscellaneous items, mimicked the sounds of five animals, performed yoga and bhangra at such a young age on May 4. “We had applied for the record last month and Gursanj performed on May 4 after getting the approval Gursanj Singh with his parents in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO THE ACHIEVEMENT Dr Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury, chief editor, India Book of Records, in a certificate of appreciation issued on May 11, stated that Gursanj Singh identified 14 cartoon characters, seven personal hygiene products, three vehicles, three shapes, two colours, 19 animals, five miscellaneous items, mimicked the sounds of five animals, performed yoga and bhangra at such a young age on May 4. of the record keepers,” shared the proud mother, Navdeep Kaur, while claim- ing that her son had become the youngest in the country to hold the record. Ludhiana, May 22 The Municipal Corporation has started the work to install a storm water drainage system near Clock Tower to resolve the years-old problem of waterlogging. The drainage pipes have arrived on the project site, according to an official. In the absence of a proper drainage system, the commuters were forced to face a lot of inconvenience due to major waterlogging near Clock Tower during rainy days. Many times, vehicles developed snags in knee-deep water. Many times water entered the shops at Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Market near Clock Tower in the absence of proper drainage system. The MC had announced the installation of the drainage system last year. To resolve the problem of waterlogging, the MC will c m y b MC to dig up recently re-carpeted road Commuters are forced to face inconvenience due to waterlogging near Clock Tower during rainy days. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN connect the storm water drainage pipes with an old drain near Bhadaur House here. However, there is also a need to clean the drain wherein a huge amount of trash is being dumped. A shopkeeper near Clock Tower said, “Since the Elevated Road was constructed, we have been facing the problem of major waterlogging every year during the rainy days. The MC should complete the storm drainage project before the upcoming rainy season.” Superintending Engineer, MC, Rajinder Singh said the work had been started on the site and was expect- Under the project, the MC will install the storm water drainage line on a stretch between Rekhi Cinema Chowk and an old nullah (drain) near Bhadaur House. The underground drainage pipes will pass through Clock Tower Chowk and then connected with the drain. The MC’s B&R branch had earlier got a space left on the stretch between Rekhi Cinema Chowk and Clock Tower Chowk for the installation of the drainage pipes. But, a portion of road between Clock Tower Chowk and the drain was recently re-carpeted. Now, the MC will dig up the recently re-carpeted portion for the installation of the pipes up to the drain. Meanwhile, a group of BJP leaders staged a protest and blamed the MC for wasting public money due to improper planning. They questioned as to why the MC re-carpeted the portion of the road before the installation of the storm water drainage pipes. Officials of the O&M branch said they had informed the B&R branch regarding the storm water drainage system. Superintending Engineer (O&M) Rajinder Singh said the storm water drainage project was very important for the area. He said the re-carpeting was done on a very small portion and the remaining stretch was left as it was.
The Tribune, now published from Chandigarh, started publication on February 2, 1881, in Lahore (now in Pakistan). It was started by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, a public-spirited philanthropist, and is run by a trust comprising four eminent persons as trustees.
The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).