26052021-LT-01.qxd 5/25/2021 11:39 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE TEACHERS’ FRONT UP IN ARMS AGAINST EDUCATION DEPT PAGE 2 Members of the Democratic Teachers’ Front slam the department for ignoring their demand of job regularisation. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF 3 BOOKED FOR THRASHING MAN Ludhiana: A man was allegedly kidnapped from Anarkali Market in Jagraon over some old enmity and brutally beaten up by three persons after being taken to some isolated place. After thrashing him, he was thrown at the new grain market by the assailants. The accused have been identified as Sagar Kalyan, Inderpreet Singh and Shani, all residents of Rani Wala Khu. The complainant, Sachin, who used to work at a garment shop, told the police that on May 24, the accused dragged him out of the shop and started beating him. “The accused attacked me with sharp weapons in the market. They took me at some isolated place, where they thrashed me again. They snatched my gold chain, silver ring and a mobile phone and threw me at the new grain market,” the victim alleged. Investigating officer ASI Chamkor Singh said a case has been registered against the accused. TNS THREE HELD WITH BANNED DRUGS Ludhiana: The Khanna police have arrested three persons and recovered a huge cache of banned drugs from them in separate cases. In the first case, the Khanna Sadar police arrested two smugglers and recovered 100 banned medicines from them. The accused have been identified as Mewa Singh and Gurdeep Singh alias Motha, a resident of Bija village, Khanna. Investigating officer ASI Sukhwinderpal Singh said a naka was set up near Mandiala Kalan where on suspicion two bike-borne persons were asked to stop for checking. During the checking, banned drugs were recovered from their possession. In another case, the Khanna City police arrested a drug peddler and recovered 1,000 banned tablets from his possession. The accused has been identified as Gulab Ram. Investigating officer Sub-Inspector Balwant Singh said a naka was set up on Amloh Road where a pedestrian, on suspicion, was stopped for checking. During the checking, banned medicines recovered from him. TNS POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 3 pm: PAU residential blocks and market. 12 pm to 4:30 pm: Manjit Nagar, Fauzi Mohalla, Manohar Nagar, Some part of Azad Nagar and adjoining bus stand area. PAGE 3 RAIMA SEN TO PLAY LEAD IN SUPERNATURAL CRIME THRILLER The actress, who was recently seen in The Last Hour, is on a roll & has recently shot for multiple content pieces. MAX 40°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39°C | MIN 22°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7:25 PM Tribune News Service SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:25 AM FOUR FRESH CASES OF BLACK FUNGUS ■ Four new cases of COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 12,84,279 81,986 7,133 671 1,908 COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM ■ For home isolation: ■ For general problem: 78147-64759 ■ For ambulance problem: 78143-63850 ■ For hospital problem: 62849-12553 ■ For problem in cremation of bodies: 77197-12797, 95015-00101, 95015-00102 The DC said these medical devices would help to reduce burden on the oxygen cylinders as the equipment concentrates oxygen from ambient air by capturing and filtering the air. 62845-31852 ■ For bed/oxygen/medicine availability: 62849-12553 ■ For Remdesivir injection: 98720-08040 ■ For reporting overcharging by hospitals & other issues: 62849-12553 Ayush Jain, from Round Table India, said under Project Saah, the oxygen concentrators would be provided totally free of cost for a period of seven days after taking a nominal refundable deposit of ~50,000. mucormycosis (black fungus) have been reported in the district. The total number of black fungus patients in the district have reached 44. ■ According to the data shared by the Health Department, of the 44 patients, 18 belong to Ludhiana district, while 26 are from other districts. ■ Till now, five persons have lost their lives to the fungal disease, out of which one belonged to Ludhiana and four to other districts. He said patients can call at 78884-95654 (or WhatsApp) and submit their Covid report, doctor’s prescription and Aadhaar card. He said along with the oxygen concentrators, they are also providing BiPAP machines to the hospitals and four machines have already been provided to different hospitals in the district, including two such machines at Guru Teg Bahadur Charitable Hospital, one at USPC Jain Charitable Hospital and one would be provided to a hospital treating poor patients. Chandigarh, May 25 The UT police have arrested a 30-year-old Ludhiana resident for stealing jewellery worth around ~40 lakh from the house of a woman whom he had befriended on Facebook. The complainant, a resident of Sector 46, became friends with the suspect, Vishal Kumar, on Facebook. On May 15, Vishal visited the complainant’s house for some work when she was alone. Inspector Rajeev Kumar, SHO of the Sector 34 police station, said the suspect drugged the complainant by putting sedatives in her WEDNESDAY | 26 MAY 2021 | LUDHIANA Dist emerges leader, vaccinates 1.03 lakh in 18-44 age category Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 25 Despite home to the highest number of Covid cases in the state, Ludhiana district has earned distinction at the vaccination front and become a leading district of Punjab by administrating jabs to 1.03 lakh beneficiaries in the 18-44 age category till yesterday, ie May 24, 2021, under its inoculation drive being carried out aggressively against the deadly disease. Ludhiana is already first in the state by vaccinating 7.55 lakh in terms of overall coverage of categories in its vaccination drive. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said 1,03,331 beneficiaries in the 18-44 age bracket, have been given the doses, which is highest in Punjab till May 24, 2021. He said Ludhiana is followed by Patiala and Hoshiarpur by covering 56,480 and 35,194 beneficiaries, respectively, in the same category. Jalandhar and Gurdaspur districts have so far administrated jabs to 32,310 and 26,874 beneficiaries, respectively, in the same age group. A man gets jabbed against Covid in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA He emphasised that only a massive Covid vaccination programme on a war footing can help to stop the third wave of the pandemic as maximum coverage of the people under the immunisation drive would help to build herd immunity. Sharma added that people need to make wearing a mask, frequent washing of hands and social distancing new norms. He asked everybody to meticulously follow the Covid guidelines issued by the Health Department. Meanwhile, as many as 17 various industries of Ludhi- ana have placed orders of Covid vaccine worth Rs 30,91,700 to administer jabs to their 7,190 employees. The stock of vaccine is expected to arrive in the next few days, following which the administration will organise the vaccination camps on their premises. Disclosing further details, DC Varinder Kumar Sharma said 17 industries have so far ordered vaccine from both manufacturers Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech, worth Rs 30 lakh for 7,190 workers through the administration. State’s fourth highest rapid Storm water drainage project at Clock response teams in district Tower leaves commuters a harried lot 163 squads monitoring 44 home-isolated Covid cases each Conduct work at night to avoid traffic snarls, residents urge civic body Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 25 Ludhiana, which has made a remarkable turnaround from being the worst-hit to the safest district in the state with a massive dip in the daily positivity rate within the last 20 days, has the state’s fourth highest rapid response teams (RRTs) for monitoring and care of the active Covid cases under home isolation. With a total of 163 RRTs, an average of 44 active cases were taken care of by each squad in the district, which logged 7,133 active cases under home isolation on Tuesday, the data compiled by the Health and Family Welfare Department has revealed. Each RRT consists of paramedical staff, supervised by the medical officer/SMO concerned. The official records, available with The Tribune, showed OFFICIALSPEAK Proper care of active cases under home isolation are being ensured in the state. Besides a number of initiatives, we are also using eSanjeevani mobile application and 180143 IVR (interactive voice response) calling module to provide proper tele-consultation by the doctor volunteers. Of the total 58,887 consultation tickets generated, 57,578 have been resolved so far. Hussan Lal, PRINCIPAL, HEALTH SECRETARY ❝ ❞ that there were a total of 1,844 RRTs in the state and an average of 31 home isolated virus patients were visited by each one of them on a daily basis. Among the other districts, which have more RRTs than Ludhiana, were Sangrur with a maximum of 219 squads, followed by Gurdaspur 182 and Muktsar 176. Those with less RRTs than Ludhiana included Mohali with 151 RRTs, followed by Moga 141, Jalandhar 123, Ferozepur 105, Tarn Taran 78, Amritsar 70, Patiala 63, Hoshiarpur 62, Bathinda 48, Fatehgarh Sahib 47, Ropar 38, Kapurthala 36, Nawanshahr 33, Mansa 32, Faridkot 27, Fazilka 24, Pathankot 16, and Barnala 10. Besides regular visits by the RRTs once in two days for highrisk cases, the tracking and monitoring through tele-callers to constantly monitor the vitals of the home-isolated patients was also carried out under the hub-and-spoke model in place. Moreover, special control rooms at the district and subdivision levels have been established to reach out to each and every Covid patient. Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 25 Commuters face a lot of inconvenience due to the ongoing storm water drainage project near Clock Tower as the MC failed to take any measures to avoid traffic snarls. The officials had earlier claimed that the work would be carried out during the curfew hours or night time. But, the work is also done in the morning during the curfew relaxation hours, causing traffic snarls on the Old GT Road stretch. Also, the commuters are forced to pass through the wrong side as the stretch has been dug up at different points. Under the project, storm water drainage pipes are to be installed between Rekhi Cinema Chowk and an old drain near Bhadaur House on Old GT Road to resolve the yearsold problem of waterlogging during rains near Clock Tow- Motorists stuck in a traffic jam due to the storm water drainage project at Clock Tower in Ludhiana. PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN er. Residents said the MC must take the required steps to resolve the issue. Varinder Kumar, who is a teacher at a nearby school, said the Old GT Road is one of the busiest roads in the city. “If possible, the work should be carried out at night time these days or the MC should make proper traffic diversion plan so that the Man befriends woman on FB, steals 1,300 inquiries pending at ~40L jewellery from her house, nailed vigilance office, reveals RTI Tribune News Service PAGE 4 Due to the lockdown, film shoots are on hold, which has affected backstage dancers, who work on daily wages. 19 succumb, 461 test +ve Ludhiana, May 25 As many as 461 persons tested positive for Covid, while 19 lost their lives to the virus. The positive cases in the district have now reached 81,986 while 1,908 people have died so far. Today, there were 7,133 active cases in the district and 14,035 samples were collected for testing. Those who tested positive today included one expecting mother, one health worker, one undertrial while 84 persons were untraceable. A total of 14 males and five females succumbed to the virus today. Today, 760 patients were admitted in private hospitals, 138 in government hospitals and 64 patients were on ventilator support. Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma today inaugurated an Oxygen Concentrator Bank set up by Round Table India, an NGO. He said in the first phase, the NGO has sourced 50 oxygen concentrators for Ludhiana residents, that would be provided free of cost to the residents for a period of one week. AKSHAY KUMAR TO HELP 3,600 DANCERS WITH MONTHLY RATION SUSPECT GAVE SEDATIVES IN DRINK ■ The complainant, a resident of Sector 46, Chandigarh, became friends with the suspect, Vishal Kumar, on Facebook. On May 15, Vishal visited the complainant’s house for some work when she was alone. Inspector Rajeev Kumar, SHO of the Sector 34 police station, said the suspect drugged the complainant by putting sedatives in her drink. The suspect then stole gold and silver jewellery from the house and escaped. drink. The suspect then stole gold and silver jewellery from the house and escaped. The police registered a case under Sections 380, 411 and 328 of the IPC at the Sector 34 police station on May 20. The police traced the suspect through the social networking site. “The complainant just knew the suspect’s name; we traced people who were in his touch and through them, we got to know about his address in Ludhiana. A police team visited Ludhiana and found that he was in Delhi after which we nabbed him from Delhi on May 22,” the SHO said. The police said the stolen jewellery items worth around ~40 lakh had been recovered from the suspect. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 25 Over 1,300 inquiries are pending for the period from May 17, 2017, to December 31, 2019, at the Vigilance Branch of the Department of Local Government, reveals an information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Rohit Sabharwal, president, Council of RTI Activists, had sought information in March 2020 regarding pending inquiry cases for the period between 2010 and 2019 at the office of the Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of the Department of c m y b ❝The Local Government should make sure that the inquiries must be cleared in a time-bound manner. ❞ Rohit Sabharwal, PRESIDENT, COUNCIL OF RTI ACTIVISTS Local Government. He had filed an appeal before the State Information Commission, after he was not provided with the required information. Now, Sabharwal has been provided information that before May 17, 2017, a manual receipt register was maintained in the office of the CVO of the Local Govern- ment. Later, the receipt of letters was computerised. “As per the information provided by the department, 469 inquiries are pending for the period between May 17, 2017, and December 31, 2017. Besides, 463 pending inquiries are of the year 2018 and 404 pending inquiries are related to the year 2019,” said Sabharwal. “The Local Government should make sure that the inquiries must be completed in a time-bound manner. The pending inquiries at the office of the CVO should be completed at the earliest,” he said. commuters don’t face any inconvenience,” he added. A shopkeeper said, “Due to restrictions amid the Covid-19 pandemic, we are allowed to open shops for only limited hours from Monday to Friday. The shops remain completely closed on Saturday and Sunday due to the weekend curfew. Now, the traffic snarls have increased the woes. Moreover, dust keeps coming into the shops. The project is also very much important for the area. To avoid any kind of problem, the work should be conducted only after 1 pm daily or at night.” A Congress leader, Parminder Mehta, said, “The traffic snarls are being witnessed as no planning was done before starting the project. Clock Tower Chowk is a major point in the city as thousands of commuters pass through this way. The MC should carry out the project work at night time so that the commuters do not suffer any more.” Ward councillor concerned Rakesh Prashar said he would talk to MC officials in this regard. Despite repeated attempts, the MC’s Superintending Engineer Rajinder Singh could not be contacted for comments. Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu said he would ask the officials and contractor to carry out the work at night time. Gang of thieves busted, 2 arrested Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 25 The CIA wing of city police busted a gang of thieves by arresting two of its members. The accused have been identified as Tarun Kumar Khabri (24) of Kuldeep Nagar and Tony Kumar Mehra (34) of Kailash Nagar. Surinder Mohan, ACP, Crime, in a statement issued here said the police recovered two Activa scooters, two motorcycles and nine mobile phones from the accused. The ACP said both the accused had notorious past. Tarun was already facing six cases of theft and snatching. He came out on bail about one year ago only and again started the gang. The ACP added that Tarun was also a drug addict and he started committing thefts and snatchings to buy drugs. Tony was facing one case of mobile snatching and had come out on bail about nine months ago only. The accused had committed mobile snatchings and vehicle thefts at Kailash Nagar, Basti Jodhewal, Subash Nagar, Kali Sadak, Kakowal roads etc.
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