24052021-LT-01.qxd 5/24/2021 12:34 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE PAU DEVELOPS ‘LUDO’ FOR RICE TECHNOLOGY, COTTON CULTIVATION PAGE 2 The game has been developed by Dr Anil Sharma, assistant director, Communication Centre, and his team. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY 2 nabbed with illegal weapon, cartridges Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 23 The CIA Wing of the city police nabbed two persons and recovered a .32 bore gun and three live cartridges from them. The accused have been identified as Ashok Singh (26), alias Nik Oberoi , a resident of Old Madhopuri and Dikshit Tandon (24), alias Doda, a resident of Hargobind Nagar. ACP (Crime) Mandeep Singh said CIA personnel were patrolling near Kashmir Nagar and caught two persons on suspicion. During their search, a .32 bore gun and three live cartridges were recovered from them. The ACP said the accused were asked to produce the licence of the weapon but they failed. The ACP said both accused had a notorious past as accused Ashok is facing three criminal cases while Dikshit is facing two cases registered at different police stations in Ludhiana. The ACP said the police remand of the accused would be sought from the court so that further interrogation could be conducted. DEO TO HEAR COMPLAINT AGAINST OFFICIAL TODAY P2 Acting on a complaint by a female teacher to the Education Minister against Deputy DEO alleging undue pressure on her for strengthening enrolment, the DEO (Elementary Education), Jaswinder Kaur, has asked the complainant to visit her office tomorrow. POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 4 pm: Phase 2 Urban Estate near Druman Wala chowk, HIG flats, MIG flats, Karan Chowk, Phase 2 market, Aggar Nagar B block, Raghunath Hospital, Inder Nagar, G and H blocks BRS Nagar, Vishal tower Appartments, Ferozepur road and surrounding areas. PAGE 3 URVASHI RAUTELA SPOTTED DISTRIBUTING FOOD AT JUHU MOHABBAT? ALI FAZAL’S POST SPARKS WEDDING RUMOURS She will also be donating her earnings from the song Versace Baby to Covid relief and to the Palestine society. MAX 39°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET MONDAY 7:20 PM Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal were all set to exchange vows last year but it had to be postponed due to pandemic. SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:26 AM MONDAY | 24 MAY 2021 | LUDHIANA 20 more die, 597+ve Another patient falls prey toblack fungus in district, toll reaches five Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 23 Today, 597 persons tested positive for Covid while 20 lost their lives to the virus. Today, there were 8,617 active cases in the district and 12,59,238 samples have been collected so far. The number of confirmed positive cases have now reached 81,018 in the district while 1,874 have lost their lives to the virus. Two expecting women, three healthcare workers and a pre-operative case were among those tested positive while 123 are still untraceable. Those who lost their lives today include 11 men and nine women. Nine of the deceased were from rural areas while the remaining persons were from urban areas. Today, 1,126 patients were admitted to various hospitals across the district of which 52 were on ventilator support. Meanwhile, Punjab Youth Development Board (PYDB) chairman Sukhwinder Singh continued on page 2 Manav Mander Tribune News Service A woman gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 12,59,238 81,018 8,617 738 1,874 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 Ludhiana, May 23 Ludhiana district has reported four more deaths due to mucormycosis. One patient succumbed to the deadly fungus today while information regarding the death of three more patients received today as data was submitted by various hospitals to the district Health Department after the state government had declared it as a notified disease on May 19. Total deaths due to black fungus in the district have reached five. According to the Health Department, a total of 52 patients are suffering from mucormycosis as on Sunday, of which 33 are confirmed and 19 are suspected patients. The highest number of patients, 31 persons, are admitted to the DMCH while five each are admitted to Deep Hospital, SPS Hospital and the CMCH, four to Civil Hospital and one each to Oswal Hospital and Fortis Hospital. ‘COVID PATIENTS SHOULD REPORT IF SYMPTOMS APPEAR’ Covid patients, who are at a high risk of black fungus, on discharge should monitor and report in case they observe any such symptoms — abnormal black discharge, blood or crust from nose, nasal blockade/stuffiness, headache, eye pain, facial pain, facial swelling/redness, eye swelling/congestion, double vision, loss of vision and if the blood sugar level is more than 200 mg/dL. Meanwhile, the district has received 75 doses of Amphotericin B injections used in the treatment of mucormycosis, popularly known as black fungus. These injections have been distributed among five city hospitals. With 52 patients patients admitted, 75 doses will not be able to suffice as each patient needs at least 30 vials of injections. After Remdesivir injection, now, the state government has decided to provide Amphotericin B from the government stock. The rate per vial has been fixed at Rs 1,424.82 (excluding GST which is 5 per cent). The state is procuring the injections from the Centre. Earlier, the demand for the injection was minimal and it was not produced in bulk by firms. But a sudden spike in the demand has led to its shortage. Kulwinder Singh, Zonal Licensing Authority, said the district had received its first batch of 75 doses of Amphotricin B injections which were used in the treatment of black fungus. The DMCH, CMCH and SPS have been allocated 20 injections each, 10 injections have been allocated to Deep Hospital and five to Grewal Hospital. Dr Manish Munjal, head of department, otorhinolaryngology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospi- tal, said at present, they had sufficient stock of injections for the patients admitted to the hospital. Stressing on the need for a regular follow-up, Dr Munjal said even after a patient was cured of black fungus, he/she needs a regular follow-up as it could re-occur. “Nose, sinus, eyes, brain and lungs could be affected due to black fungus. If fungus is removed from one part there are chances of its re-occurrence in other parts as well. Patients needs to be cautious about symptoms and need a regular follow-up with the doctor,” said Dr Munjal. He advised patients to keep their sugar levels in control and keep checking the same on a regular basis. Chief Secy holds online meeting on injection Late on Sunday evening, an online meeting was chaired by Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan continued on page 2 Major drive launched against gambling Hospital asked to pay ~35L to couplefor medical negligence Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 23 The special cell of the Ludhiana police is set to take on gamblers and for the purpose, a special campaign has been initiated by the cell. The reason for starting the campaign is the rise of gambling activity during the lockdown period. Beant Juneja, in charge of the Special Cell, said on the directions of the Commissioner of Police, Ludhiana, a major drive had been initiated against illegal gambling and under the supervision of ADCP Rupinder Kaur Sran, the city police have come down heavily on gamblers and have busted rackets in a week. “During the lockdown, gambling has increased a lot in city and we have initiated a special campaign against such activities. In a Tribune News Service Police personnel during a raid at a hotel in Ludhiana on Saturday night. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN FOUR NABBED DURING RAID AT CITY HOTEL The Police Division 3 conducted a raid at City Home hotel near Sangla Wala Shivala and busted a gambling racket on Saturday night. Four persons arrested from the spot were identified as Jagdish Singh of Khud Mohalla, Rakesh Kumar of Kidwai Nagar, Ashu Kaneja of Kirpal Nagar and Sunil of Ikbalganj. The raid was conducted by SHO Madhu Bala. week, four cases of gambling have been registered. In some cases, gamblers were caught gambling in a park and in an open area during lockdown. They were not even following the Covid norms,” Juneja said. In the first case, two accused were held from the Tibba area red-handed while gambling and Rs 10,700 was recovered. In two other cases, two accused each were caught and Rs 1,790 and Rs 13,960, respectively, were recovered. In the fourth incident, two accused were nabbed along with Rs 4,420. ADCP Rupinder Sean said such illegal activities would not be allowed and strict action would be taken. Ludhiana, May 23 The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has directed Handa Hospital to pay Rs 35 lakh along with interest at the rate of 8 per cent per annum from the date of filing of the complaint till realisation, as compensation to a citybased couple, Pulkit Kapoor and Karan Kapoor, for medical negligence. The couple had filed a complaint regarding the death of a newborn child due to medical negligence and deficiency in service on the part of the hospital. Commission president Justice Paramjeet Singh Dhaliwal and members Rajinder Kumar Goyal and Kiran Sibal directed Illegal commercial buildings galore, MC unmoved Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, May 23 Officials of the Building Branch of the Municipal Corporation continue to turn a blind eye to brazen violations of the building bylaws by unscrupulous builders. As a result, illegal commercial buildings keep mushrooming all across the city without any fear of law. At the same time, commercial property being at a premium, a large number of residential buildings in almost every locality were openly being converted into commercial complexes. In two separate complaints to the Principal Secretary, Local Government Department, Punjab, the Director of Local Bodies, Punjab and the Chief Vigilance Officer, Local Government, Punjab, it has been alleged that over 12 illegal buildings in Zone D and almost 24 such buildings in Zone C were under construction. It has also been alleged in PAGE 4 Illegal commercial buildings have been mushrooming in various areas in Ludhiana due to lack of action against violators. TRIBUNE PHOTOS COMPLAINANTS SEEK HIGH-LEVEL PROBE In two separate complaints to the Principal Secretary, Local Government Department, Punjab, the Director of Local Bodies, Punjab and the Chief Vigilance Officer, Local Government, Punjab, it has been alleged that over 12 illegal buildings in Zone D and almost 24 such buildings in Zone C were under construction. Complainants have made a submission that a high-level independent probe be ordered in the working of the building branch of the MC. the complaints that the pace at which illegal commercial activity was continuing in the city, connivance of MC employees and officials could not be ruled out. Attaching photographs of the under-construction com- mercial buildings, Council of RTI Activists secretary Arvind Sharma has said complex of seven shops on Main Pakhowal Road (opposite wine shop), six shops in Model House, two shops near Tikona Park (near milk booth and corner of the park) in Model Town, one shop in Model Town Extension (near Gurdwara Baba Deep Singh) and another on main Pakhowal Road (just beyond c m y b the entry point of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar) were being constructed with no apparent intervention from field staff of supervisory officials of Zone D of the building branch. Alleging free hand given by the MC field staff to unscrupulous builders, Simratpal Singh Kalsi, president, Society for Public Welfare and Awareness, said nearly 24 shops and commercial buildings were being constructed without approved building plans and change of land use by the owners of these buildings in different localities falling in Zone C. He maintained that most of these under-construction buildings were coming up on Star Road, Dhandari-Lohara Road, Sua Road, and in Industrial Area C, Jaspal Bangar and surrounding areas, adding that even after several complaints filed with the officials concerned with photographic evidence, no action was taken to stop the construction work and nor were the offenders proceeded against for violation of building bylaws and illegal change of land use. Both complainants have made a submission that a high-level independent probe be ordered in the working of the building branch of the MC so that responsibility (for lapses) could be fixed and guilty or conniving employees be punished for dereliction of duty. the hospital to pay the awarded amount and if any amount remains deficient, the same will be paid by Dr Pratibah Handa, for causing mental agony, harassment, avoidable pain and suffering to the litigants. The commission also ordered to pay Rs 33,000 as litigation expenses to the aggrieved. “The hospital was completely dependent on observations and diagnosis of the nurses. The result was evident as the doctor was completely unaware of the progress of labour. The infant, still inside the womb, had passed and swallowed the meconium (stool). The meconium was thick and old. It clogged the infant’s lungs and blocked the airway and caused hypoxia at birth. This resulted in the death of infant later within one day of his birth, after being referred to tertiary care centre,” said Bhavnik Mehta, counsel for the complainant. The forum also made clear that the liability of The Oriental Insurance Company Ltd will be only to the extent of the sum insured under the insurance policy which has been issued by it in favour of Dr Handa. The forum directed that the compliance of the order shall be made by Handa Hospital, Dr Pratibah Handa and The Oriental Insurance Company Limited within a period of 30 days of the receipt of certified copy of the order. FIR against professor: Vet varsity teachers suspend Emergency services Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 23 Emergency services were suspended today at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) in protest against an FIR lodged against a senior professor. Members of the GADVASU Teachers Association said the FIR was a deliberate attempt to malign the image of the professor. They alleged that the FIR was against the ruling of the Supreme Court which laid down guidelines for prosecuting medical professionals. According to the ruling, “A private complaint may not be entertained unless the complainant has produced prima facie evidence before court in the form of a credible opinion given by another competent doctor to support the charge of rashness or negligence on FIR ATTEMPT TO MALIGN HIS IMAGE: ASSN Members of the GADVASU Teachers Association said the FIR is a deliberate attempt to malign the image of the professor. They alleged that the FIR is against the ruling of the Supreme Court which laid down guidelines for prosecuting medical professionals. the part of accused doctor.” Contrary to the guidelines of the court, a zero FIR was lodged without verifying facts by forming a committee according to guidelines laid by the court, teachers alleged. The sections under which the FIR was lodged also indicate foul play to malign the reputation of a renowned doctor and institute, they added. If the FIR is not withdrawn or quashed immediately, the association may move the High Court under Section 482 of CrPC for the quashing of the FIR.
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