27052021-LT-01.qxd 5/26/2021 11:40 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE CITY STUDENTS EXCEL IN IGCSE EXAMINATIONS PAGE 2 The March exam series of Cambridge University assessed students in over 14 subjects under five major streams. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF FOUR BOOKED FOR VIOLATING CURFEW Ludhiana: The police booked four persons for violating curfew. The first case was registered against the owner of Bala Ji Fast Food, near CMC Hospital, by the Police Division 3. Investigation officer ASI Madan Lal said during routine patrolling to check the violations of curfew, the fast food shop was found open. Another case was registered by the Police Division 1 against the owner of Gurbachan Singh and Sons, a provisional store at the Rekhi chowk. Investigation officer ASI Major Singh said the shop was found opened during lockdown period. The Moti Nagar police booked Sonu Gupta of Moti Nagar, whose gas cylinder repair shop was found open. The Moti Nagar police registered a case against Rajvir Singh as he was caught celebrating birthday during lockdown. Head Constable Kuldeep Singh said the accused had gathered more than 100 persons at some park near Kutia Sahib gurdwara to celebrate his birthday. TNS POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 4 pm: Pushp Vihar, Raghunath Enclave, South End, Asha Puri, Madhuban Enclave, Parkash Colony, Gurdev Hospital, Conjoint Healthcare, Adarhsh Colony, Barewal Road and surrounding areas. SAYANTANI GIVES A SNEAK PEEK INTO HER DAILY FITNESS ROUTINE PAGE 3 “As gyms are shut, I keep myself fit by going for runs or walks and most importantly, I eat healthy,” she says. MAX 42°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 40°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET THURSDAY 7:22 PM Tribune News Service COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 12,98,579 82,424 6,629 504 1,928 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 el House, a 34-year-old man from Jagraon, a 52-year-old woman from Basti Jodhewal, a 59-year-old man from Hai- Prepared for a long haul 62845-31852 ■ For bed/oxygen/medicine availability: 62849-12553 ■ For Remdesivir injection: 98720-08040 ■ For reporting overcharging by hospitals & other issues: 62849-12553 bowal Kalan, a 52-year-old man from village Rattan, a 65year-old man from Basti Jodhewal, a 61-year-old man from TRIBUNE PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN Curfew relaxed by 2 hours in dist Farmers hold black flags and raise slogans to observe ‘black day’, marking six months of their stir against farm laws, in Ludhiana on Wednesday. STORY ON PAGE 2 Ludhiana, May 26 The District Magistrate, Varinder Kumar Sharma, on Wednesday ordered two-hour further relaxation in the daily curfew imposed in the district. According to the fresh order, the daily curfew will be reduced to 14-hour daily with effect from May 27 till 31. While all shops, commercial establishments, and private offices will be allowed to open between 5 am and 3 pm daily on weekdays, the weekend lockdown will continue from Friday 3 pm to Monday 5 am. With dine-in to remain completely banned and take away to be allowed till 3 pm on weekdays, the delivery of food, parcels, and postal articles will be allowed till 9 pm and the delivery persons will have to carry passes for their movement in curfew hours. — TNS PAGE 4 Social media giants such as Twitter, FB and Instagram may face a ban in India if they fail to comply with new norms. SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:25 AM Covid claims 20 more lives, 438 test positive Ludhiana, May 26 As many as 20 more persons of the district succumbed to Covid-19 in the past 24 hours. A total of 438 fresh cases from Ludhiana and 63 cases from other districts or states have been reported. Today, the Civil Surgeon office confirmed the death of 34 patients, including 20 patients of the Ludhiana district, three from Sangrur, two from Jalandhar, one each from Hoshiarpur, Barnala, Pathankot, Fatehgarh Sahib, Gurdaspur, Patiala and three from Haryana. Those who died included a 77-year-old woman from Vikas Nagar, a 61-year-old woman from Jarhari village, a 57-year-old man from Kalakh village, a 67-year-old man from Kakowal village, a 35year-old man from Millerganj, a 70-year-old man from Doraha, a 72-year-old man from Khanna, a 68-year-old man from Sahnewal, a 37-year-old man from Natt village, two 45year-old women and a 47-yearold from Gujjarwal village, a 70-year-old woman from Mod- NETIZENS UNHAPPY OVER LIKELY BAN ON SOCIAL MEDIA GIANTS Ludhiana, a 68-year-old woman from Jamalpur and a 75-year-old man from a rural area of the district. Of the 438 confirmed cases reported today, seven persons came in contact with positive patients, 89 visited OPD, 249 with influenza-like illness visited flu corner and 89 patients were yet to be traced. A health worker, one person with a severe acute respiratory infection and two others have also tested positive for the virus. A total of 12,98,579 samples have been collected till date. A total of 82,424 confirmed cases were reported from Ludhiana district while 10,716 cases belonged to other districts or states. The virus has claimed the lives of 1,928 patients of the district and 957 persons, who died of the virus here, belong to the other districts or states. The active cases of the district at present are 6,629. According to the Health Department, 5,410 patients are in home isolation. Currently, 51 patients including 30 from Ludhiana and 21 from other districts or states are on ventilator support. THURSDAY | 27 MAY 2021 | LUDHIANA Critical patients on ventilator support at record high in dist Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 26 The count of critical Covid patients on ventilators has touched a record high in Ludhiana district. This was despite the fact that the daily fresh cases of the deadly virus have fallen to a record low in the devastating second wave of the pandemic here. Though Ludhiana has made a remarkable turnaround from being the worst-hit to the safest district in the state with a massive drop in the daily positivity rate within less than a month, the sudden rise in the number of seriously ill persons on life support has become a cause of concern. The data compiled by the district administration, which is available with The Tribune, revealed that the number of critical cases on ventilator has touched a record high of 64 on May 25. This was the highest ever figure of patients put on artificial life support in the district so far. On May 12 also, the same number of 64 critical patients were put on ventilator support here. However, the count OFFICIALSPEAK The comorbidities and delayed reporting to the hospitals are the main reasons for the critical condition of the patients, who are required to be put on ventilator support. We have made adequate arrangements in both government and private hospitals for the treatment of such cases but we appeal to the people to immediately report to their nearest health centre or doctor on showing the virus symptoms so that they shall get timely treatment. ❝ ❞ Varinder Kumar Sharma, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER came down to 51 on May 26. The official figures showed that the number of patients on ventilators has been gradually increasing since May 1 when 42 serious cases were put on artificial life support. The number came down to 41 on May 2 and 3; 35 on May 4; again going up to 41 on May 5; 47 on May 6; 52 on May 7; down to 50 on May 8; again rising to 54 on May 9; 56 on May 10; down to 53 on May 11; touching record high of 64 on May 12 before once again falling to 58 on May 13; 57 on May 14; 53 on May 15; 52 on May 16; going up to 54 on May 17, 61 on May 18; down to 55 on May 19; once again rising to 60 on May 20; down to 57 on May 21; 51 on May 22; 52 on May 23; 60 on May 24; once again touching a record high of 64 on May 25 and coming down to 51 on May 26. The district has 274 ventilators — 256 in the private hospitals and 18 in the government sector. Comparatively, the highest number of critical patients on ventilator support in the first wave was recorded at 49 on September 15. When it comes to the lowest numbers, the district had witnessed only six days since the pandemic broke when there was no patient on ventilator support here. January 23, 24, 27 and 28 and February 7 and 15 recorded no patient on artificial life support in the district. Traffic cops launch helpline to report overcharging by ambulance owners Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 26 The Ludhiana traffic police today launched an initiative to prevent ambulance owners from overcharging Covid-19 patients for availing their services. The police took the initiative after receiving numerous complaints of overcharging by the kin of Covid patients. The ambulance owners have been told to paste police helpline numbers on the vehicles and anyone who has any grievance can file a complaint of overcharging by calling on the number. In case of any complaint, appropriate legal action will be taken against the accused. ACP (Traffic) Varunjit Singh shows helpline numbers pasted on a ambulance in Ludhiana on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO “If any ambulance overcharges any one, the aggrieved can contact the police control room number 112 and the traffic police helpline ‘78370-18932. These numbers have been pasted on ambulances in the city. The Joint Commissioner of Police (City 1), Deepak Pareek, the brainchild behind the initiative, said the purpose behind the initiative is to ensure that it acts as deterrence and no ambulance owner overcharges to ferry patients. “We are encouraging the ambulance owners to display messages by traffic police on the vehicles, regarding the procedure to complaint against overcharging. Messages has been put on ambulances in both English and Punjabi,” added the JCP . continued on page 2 Action sought against officials for flouting NGT orders Delhi man held with 1-kg heroin INTERLOCKING TILES AROUND TREES Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, May 26 The Council of Engineers (CoE) has requested the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MOEF&CC) to take strict action against officials of the Municipal Corporation (MC) and Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) for violating directions of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to remove concrete around tree bottom/base to ensure open space of one metre around the trees. In a communication to the Secretary and Regional Officer (at Chandigarh) of the MOEF&CC, Kapil Dev, president, CoE, has submitted that while the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) officials were com- Interlocking tiles being laid around trees in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO plying with the NGT directions made while disposing of petition (62/20121) of the CoE, the officials of MC and the LIT namely Rahul Gagneja, Parveen Singla, Tirath Bansal, all Superintendent Engineers of MC and Buta Ram, Superintendent Engineer of LIT, had failed to implement the orders. Arora said even after explic- it directions made by the NGT for remedial steps to save the trees from imminent death by covering their bases with concrete, paver blocks or interlocking tiles, thousands of trees in the administrative areas of MC and LIT, were still covered using concrete, paver blocks or interlocking tiles. He claimed that a copy of the orders (issued by NGT) was submitted to the competent authorities of MC and LIT on March 15, 2021 without evoking any response from these two institutions. “No interlocking tiles, paver blocks or concrete fixed around one metre radius of trees have been removed as directed by the NGT. Further, the new interlocking tiles along Malhar Road, Sarabha Nagar, Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Pakhowal Road and many more localities in the city were being c m y b fixed with impunity,” said the CoE president. The petitioner said on one side, the Government of Punjab was propagating for increase in green cover in the state but on the other, the government institutions (MC and LIT) have no intention or vision for maintaining even the existing green cover in the city. Even the CM’s office had, through the Principal Secretary, Local Government Department, Punjab had instructed the MC and LIT officials to abide by the NGT directions for saving trees and environment but these instructions were also ignored, he added. The petition averred, “Since, the act of all officials concerned is against the provisions of Environment Protection Act, 1986, you are requested to take cognisance of it and take lawful and strict action against the officials named in the complaint. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 26 A Delhi man has been arrested by the Khanna police with 1 kg of heroin at a naka. He had hired a taxi to deliver the consignment to a Zira-based smuggler. A case under Sections 21, 61 and 85 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, was registered at the Doraha police station against him. The accused has been identified as Gaurav, resident of Mansa Park, New Delhi. Senior Superintendent of Police, Khanna, Gursharandeep Singh Grewal in a statement said SubInspector Kuljeet Singh along with a police party had set up a naka in the front of the FCI godown, GT Road, Doraha, to conduct a routine checking. A taxi (Honda Mobilio), bearing number DL-10- The accused in police custody in Khanna. TRIBUNE PHOTO CG-8695, coming from the Khanna side, was stopped by the police. The taxi driver was identified as Pritpal Singh, resident of Sardar Colony, Rohini, Delhi, and the passenger sitting on the back was identified as Gaurav of Mansa Park, New Delhi. During the checking of belongings of Gaurav, 1 kg of heroin was recovered. During, investigation of Gaurav it came to light that he had hired the taxi from Delhi Bypass to Zira (Punjab) and he got the consignment of 1 kg of heroin from a Nigerian person in Delhi. He was going to supply the same to a man in Zira.
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