25052021-LT-01.qxd 5/24/2021 11:47 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE OWNERS SEEK REOPENING OF GYMS, ORGANISE PROTEST PAGE 2 The protesters, holding placards, were urging the state government to allow them to open gyms in the district. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF MAN ARRESTED FOR SMUGGLING LIQUOR FIVE NABBED ON GAMBLING CHARGE Ludhiana: The police have nabbed five persons, identified as Mohit, Jaswinder Singh, Pavittar Singh, Rajneesh Kumar and Teerath Singh, who were found gambling at a public place behind Kali Mata Mandir in Maharshi Valmiki Nagar. A pack of cards and Rs 4,700 were seized from the spot and all suspects were booked under Sections 13, 3 and 67 of the Gambling Act and Section 188, IPC. OC THREE BOOKED FOR CASTEIST REMARKS Ludhiana: The police have booked three persons, Ranjit Singh, Lalit Sharma and Sandeep Sharma, all residents of Baddowal, under Sections 66 of the IT Act and Section 3 of the SC/ST Act on the complaint of Jatinder Tandon of Tedhi Road in Shimlapuri. The complainant alleged that the suspects had sent him a recorded message on phone in which casteist remarks were made and derogatory language was used against him. OC Civic body to hold F&CC meeting soon Ludhiana, May 24 The Municipal Corporation’s Finance and Contract Committee is likely to hold a meeting this week to conduct a discussion on development projects. It is learned that the F&CC panel will give a nod to issue work orders regarding various development projects in different wards. In view of the 2022 Assembly elections, a number of roads and other works are supposed to be carried out in different wards of the city. Mayor Balkar Singh said they would hold an F&CC meeting this week. Work orders for various development projects would be issued soon. — TNS PRIYANKA, NICK JONAS’ PDA AT BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS Zee Theatre is set to air Jaywant Dalvi’s teleplay, Chanda Hai Tu, a poignant tribute to motherhood and parenting. MAX 39°C | MIN22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 37°C | MIN 21°C SUNSET TUESDAY 7:21 PM Priyanka, who had been shooting in London, flew down to LA to be with her hubby as they walked the red carpet. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5:21 AM TUESDAY | 25 MAY 2021 | LUDHIANA Ludhiana, May 24 As many as 507 persons tested positive for Covid, while 15 lost their lives to the virus today. The total confirmed positive cases have now reached 81,525, while the death toll has gone to 1,889. Today, active cases in the district were 7,804. Those who tested positive include an undertrial. As many as 111 patients are still not traceable. Three women and 12 men lost their lives to Covid. Out of them six belonged to rural areas, while rest were from urban areas. A total of 989 patients were admitted to hospitals in the district, out of which 60 were on ventilator support. Meanwhile, to make the Mission Fateh 2.0 (corona-free village) a success, the mass media wing of the Health Department, conducted awareness programmes in Patti Multani, Bahadurke, Bagia and Kakkar Tihara villages under Block Sidhwabet block. The team of the mass media wing held a meeting with the sarpanches, panches and medical practitioners of these villages and apprised them of the instructions issued by the Punjab Government to check the spread of Covid, which include encouraging people not to leave their homes count of 7,804 Covid active cases Nitin Jain Tribune News Service COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 12,70,244 81,525 7,804 813 1,889 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 without an emergency. The team asked them to gather in limited numbers at weddings or bhogs in the villages. People should wear masks when going out of the house and wash their hands from time to time. No meetings or gatherings of any kind should be allowed and social distance should be maintained as well. “If anyone has a mild fever, ■ 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 cough, cold or difficulty in breathing, they should be asked to get themselves tested at the nearest health centre,” said a member of the mass media wing while talking to villagers. DC Varinder Kumar Sharma inaugurated the free service of oxygen concentrators launched by the Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertaking (CICU). Ludhiana, May 24 Even as Ludhiana has made a turnaround from being the worst-hit to the safest district in the state with a massive dip in the positivity rate within the last 20 days, it continues to lead the state with the highest count of the active Covid cases. Of the total 7,804 active cases in the district on May 24, almost 70 per cent were home isolated in the rural areas. This was fourth highest in the state, the analysis done by the Health and Family Welfare department has revealed. While 6,323 active cases were in home isolation, 989 patients were admitted to hospitals — 152 in government and 837 in private institutions. The comparative data of home isolation patients in rural and urban areas, which is available with The Tribune, showed that 69.56 per cent of the total active home isolation cases of Ludhiana were in rural areas, while the remaining 30.42 per cent were in the urban areas. The state’s average of rural active cases in home isolation was recorded at 44.8 per cent, while 55.2 per cent of the total active cases were in home isolation in A woman gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA OFFICIALSPEAK A number of initiatives have been put in place for the monitoring and care of home isolation cases in the state. Besides an outbound call from helpline number 1100, telecalling for patients in Ludhiana, Patiala, Amritsar, Mohali andBathinda is also underway. For the rest of the districts, IVRS (interactive voice response) calls are made to the active cases in home isolation. While Fateh medical and food kits are provided to all the home isolated cases, rapid response teams of the Health Department make regular visits once in two days to every high-risk patient. Hussan Lal, PRINCIPAL HEALTH SECY ❝ the urban areas of the state. The districts with higher infected rural population than Ludhiana were Nawanshahr, which was at the top with the highest 72.05 per cent active home isolation cases in its villages, followed by Tarn Taran with 72.73 per cent rural infections, and Amritsar with 72 per cent Covid positive villagers ❞ under home isolation. Mohali recorded the lowest of 6.31 per cent of villagers infected with the deadly virus put under home isolation and maximum of 93.69 per cent of its active cases in home isolation were present in the urban areas. Those with lower active cases in home isolation in rural areas than Ludhiana Ludhiana, May 24 In a stringent action against private hospitals indulging in fleecing patients for Covid treatment, a First Information Report (FIR) has been registered against Jain Multispeciality Hospital, Khanna, on Monday for charging nearly 106 per cent above the rates fixed by the government. A case under Sections 269, 270 and 188 of the IPC, Sections 51 (B) and 58 of the Disaster Management Act-2005 and Section 3 of the Epidemic Disease Act-1897 has been registered against the man- included Hoshiarpur 66.61 per cent, Sangrur 60.04 per cent, Fazilka 58.23 per cent, Mansa 56.5 per cent, Pathankot 55.15 per cent, Ropar 51.15 per cent, Kapurthala 48.71 per cent, Moga 47.28 per cent, Bathinda 44.71 per cent, Gurdaspur 44.6 per cent, Ferozepur 43.18 per cent, Barnala 41 per cent, Fatehgarh Sahib 40.47 per cent, Muktsar 35.02 per cent, Patiala 31.27 per cent, Jalandhar 30.01 per cent, and Faridkot recorded the state’s second lowest 24.84 per cent of its rural active cases in home isolation. When it comes to total active cases, Mohali stood second in the state with 5,663 active cases, followed by Bathinda 5,550, Jalandhar 4,674, Amritsar 4,121, Muktsar 3,842, Fazilka 3,545, Patiala 3,051, Hoshairpur 2,208, Mansa 2,081, Pathankot 1,887, Sangrur 1,658, Ferozepur 1,654, Gurdaspur 1,458, Faridkot 1,428, Kapurthala 1,193, Fatehgarh Sahib 1,012, Ropar 916, Moga 881, Nawanshahr 724, Tarn Taran 674, and Barnala registered the lowest of 668 active cases in the state. The state recorded a total of 57,505 active cases as on May 23. No ‘check’ on illegal submersible pumps 3 peddlers held with heroin ❝ Harshraj Singh Ludhiana, May 24 Despite the Municipal Corporation (MC) had formed a committee to keep a check on the installation of unauthorised submersible pumps, installation of such new pumps is common in various parts of the city. Even no awareness is being initiated by the MC against the installation of new submersible pumps in those areas where water supply is available. In view of the depleting groundwater level, a committee was formed by the civic body in February this year to keep a check on the unauthorised installation of submersible pumps. Questions are being raised over the role of the officials concerned for turning a blind eye towards the illegal submersible pumps. A resident of the Dholewal area, Gajjan Singh Jassal, said: “I have made complaints many times but the civic body took no concrete action to stop the unautho- Our Correspondent The installation of new submersible pumps is prohibited in the city. If the water supply is not available in any area, permission is required for the installation of a submersible pump there. We are already taking action against unauthorised submersible pumps. Tribune News Service ❞ Rajinder Singh, MC SUPERINTENDING ENGINEER Installation of unauthorised submersible pumps is common in various parts of Ludhiana. FILE PHOTO rised installation of the submersible pumps in the city. The unlawful practice is common. Action was recently taken in two cases only when I complained to higher officials of the MC, Ludhiana. As per the guidelines, no new submersible pump can be installed in areas where water supply is available. The MC should conduct a survey in all parts of the city and take steps to stop such violations as the groundwater level is already depleting.” A city resident, Professor Jaipal Singh (retd), said: “The MC should ensure potable water supply in all areas of the city. It should make sure that nobody instals submersible pumps in those areas where the safe drinking water supply is available. In those areas where the water supply is not available, the residents are forced to instal pumps on their own. It is the responsibility of the civic body to ensure safe drinking water supply for them.” MC Superintending Engineer Rajinder Singh said, “The installation of new submersible pumps is prohibited in the city. If the water supply is not available in any area, permission is required for the installation of a submersible pump there. We are already taking action against unauthorised submersible pumps.” Ludhiana, May 24 A team of the Special Task Force (STF), Ludhiana range, led by Inspector Harbans Singh, nabbed a man, Deepak Kumar (30), a resident of Mohalla Satguru Nagar, near Radha Swami Satsang Ghar, with 680 gm of heroin when he was going towards Pippal Chowk to deliver the contraband on a Honda Activa scooter on Sunday. STF officials said on a tip-off, a surveillance team was deployed around the house of Deepak in Satguru Nagar and when he came on his scooter (bearing registration no. PB 10HL 0363), the team intercepted him. Search of the accused was carried out in the presence of the STF SP, Ludhiana range, Surinder Kumar, which led to the seizure of 680 gm of heroin, 100 polythene zip pouches and an electronic scale, from a compartment of his two-wheeler. One of the accused in the custody of STF, Ludhiana Range, in Ludhiana. During the preliminary interrogation, Deepak told the police that he was employed in a nut-bolt factory and was himself a drug addict. He said to earn money for drugs and other expenses, he had been peddling drugs for the past around three years. A case under the NDPS Act was registered against Deepak at the STF police station in Mohali and the suspect was being produced in court for obtaining his police custody for further interrogation. In another incident, the Overcharging: FIR against Khanna hospital Youth killed in road accident Tribune News Service PAGE 4 15 fall prey to virus District leads state with highest Tribune News Service Ludhiana: Amarjit Latal, a resident of Selkiana village, was arrested by the police on a tip-off that the suspect was selling smuggled liquor at his house in the village. In a raid conducted by the police, eight bottles of Kings Gold whisky were seized from his possession. He has been booked under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act. OC PAGE 3 SMITA BANSAL TO FEATURE IN TELEPLAY CHANDA HAI TU agement of the hospital on the complaint of Sagar Verma, a resident of Yamuna Nagar in Haryana. Verma had complained to Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma against the hospital for overcharging for the Covid treatment of his father, who later died in another hospital. The Deputy Commissioner had ordered a probe against the hospital and asked a committee of Additional Deputy Commissioner (D) Sandeep Kumar, Deputy Director Dr Hatinder Kaur and Assistant Civil Surgeon Dr Vivek Kataria to complete the inquiry within 48 hours. The probe panel reported that as per the government rates fixed for the Covid treatment, the actual bill of Verma’s father should have Rs 2,35,450 only and the hospital earlier asked the complainant to pay Rs 8,45,062. Later in the probe, the hospital termed it a clerical mistake and said the bill was Rs 4,86,010, which was again more than 106 per cent against the government guidelines. The report blamed that due to malpractice of overbilling by the hospital, the complainant shifted his father to another health institution, where he succumbed later, so allegations against Jain Multispecialty Hospital were true. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said the district administration was keeping a close vigil on the functioning of hospitals and no one would be allowed to do any kind of malpractice. He said anyone could file a complaint on 104 helpline number of the Health Department and his office regarding unethical practice in this hour of crisis. c m y b Our Correspondent Ludhiana, May 24 A person was killed and another critically injured in two road accidents in the city. Sunil Kumar (26) was run over by a speeding truck while walking on foot near Leyland House on Main Tarnsport Nagar Road on the evening of May 22. The victim died on the spot while the truck driver fled the spot. In a complaint to the police, the elder brother of the deceased, Rakesh Singh, a resident of New Star City on Tibba Road, said his brother had gone to Transport Nagar for some work when he met with the fatal accident. The police have booked the unidentified truck driver under Sections 279/304-A of the IPC and were investigating the matter. In the second mishap occurred near HPN Club on Barewal Road, a youth, Deepak Podal (26), who was riding a motorcycle (bearing registartion no. PB 10FU 0877) was hit by a speeding truck (bearing registration no. PB 12C 1684) and sustained grievous injuries. He was admitted to a local hospital where he was still undergoing treatment. On the complaint of Nand Kishore Yadav, brother-in-law of the victim and a resident of Threeke Colony, the police have booked the truck driver, Naib Singh, a resident of Mansiha Bajan village, under Sections 279, 337, 338 and 427 of the IPC. police have arrested two persons, Baljit Singh, a resident of Makkar Colony in Giaspura, and Sukhdev Singh of Baba Namdev Colony, when the duo were going on a Hero Splendor motorcycle from near the water tank in Amarjit Colony. A team of the anti-narcotic cell on suspicion signalled them to stop and during search 40 gm of heroin was seized from them. A case under Sections 21-B, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act has been registered against them. 6 new patients of black fungus Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 24 Six new patients of mucormycosis (black fungus) have been reported in the Ludhiana district and one patient was referred to Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, from Civil Hospital. According to the data shared by the Health Department, two patients have been cured of black fungus till date and five have lost their life so far in the district. At present total 40 patients suffering from black fungus are admitted to various city hospitals.
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