28052021-LT-01.qxd 5/27/2021 11:27 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE HUGE RUSH ON CITY ROADS AS CURFEW NORMS GO FOR A TOSS A huge rush of commuters was seen on roads for at least an hour after the curfew came into force. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY Four booked for ramming car into cop Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 27 The Model Town police have registered a case against unknown car-borne persons who rammed into a PCR official on duty on the Jawaddi bridge. The police have registered a case against the suspects under various sections of the IPC and was checking CCTV cameras to get any clue about them. The complainant, ASI Gurnam Singh, said yesterday he was deployed on the Jawaddi bridge for routine checking where he intercepted a Maruti Alto car. The four occupants of the car, who were not wearing masks, signalled to stop. “Instead of stopping the car at the naka, they hit me and fled the spot. I fell on the road. Later, I was rushed to a nearby private hospital for treatment,” the PCR official said. In another incident in Malaud, Khanna district, five car-borne persons rammed their vehicle into a police vehicle at a police naka. Sub Inspector Amritpal Singh said he, along with the police party, was conducting patrolling near the grain market, Malaud, where a Toyota Innova vehicle was intercepted. Five persons were sitting in the vehicle Continued on page 2 PAGE 2 ACTRESS BHUMI TEAMS UP WITH KAPIL TO AID COVID PATIENTS PAGE 3 Actress Bhumi Pednekar will now join hands with Kapil Sharma to provide oxygen to those in need in K’taka. MAX 43°C | MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 42°C | MIN 22°C SUNSET FRIDAY 7:23 PM Brad Pitt has been granted joint custody of his children with his ex-wife, actress Angelina Jolie, following a long court battle. SUNRISE SATURDAY 5:24 AM 10 expectant mothers, two cops among infected Tribune News Service Multipurpose health worker sustains injuries on his forehead Tribune News Service Raikot/Ludhiana, May 27 Teams formed by the Health Department for sensitising residents about Covid and taking samples for the virus test are under constant attack from people since the spread of the pandemic. They are being attacked both in urban and rural areas. Today, a sampling team of the Health Department was attacked at Rachhin village of the Pakhowal block in the district. A member of the team, Suraaj Mohammed, a multipurpose health worker, sustained injuries on his forehead and was rushed to the Community Health Centre (CHC), Pakhowal, for treatment. In a statement, Suraaj Mohammad told the police that he was attacked with a brick by a villager, named Jaspreet Singh, while he was sensitising villagers to come forward for Covid-19 testing. Investigation revealed that the staff of a sub-centre of the Community Health Centre, Pakhowal, had organised a sampling camp at Sikhan Wala Chowk in Rachhin village under Raikot subdivi- The injured health worker at the CHC in Pakhowal. TRIBUNE PHOTO sion on Thursday. While healthcare workers, led by Hapreet Kaur and Suraj Mohammad, were collecting samples of residents visiting the camp, ASHA worker Ranjit Kaur was contacting residents to persuade them to get tested for Covid, so that the chain of transmission of the pathogen could be broken. Suraj Mohammad alleged that Jaspreet Singh got infuriated on being persuaded for sampling and attacked him with a brick when he was doing his official duty to check spread of Covid. The Sadar police, Raikot, have booked Jaspreet Singh of Rachhin village in Ludhi- ana district under Sections 353, 186 and 332 of the IPC for allegedly assaulting a healthcare worker when he was performing his official duty to prevent spread of Covid by undertaking sampling for the virus at Sikhan Wala Chowk at the village. Investigating officer Piara Singh said the accused was absconding. Terming this instance extremely unfortunate, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said such acts were highly unwarranted and severest of the actions would be taken against those trying to derail the efforts of the government to contain the virus spread. Pedestrian crushed to death by truck Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 27 The Khanna police claimed to have arrested two Tarn Taran-based youths and seized eight illegal weapons from them. They have been identified as Lovejit Singh of Gandiwind Dhadal, Tarn Taran, and Jobanpreet Singh of Pakhopur in Tarn Taran. Khanna Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Gursharandeep Singh Grewal today conducted a press conference regarding the matter. The SSP said the Khanna police busted a major racket of illegal weapon smuggling and recovered seven pistols of .32 bore and a .30-bore pistol along Ludhiana, May 27 A pedestrian was crushed to death by a speedy and rashly driven truck at Himmat Singh Nagar here on Thursday. The deceased has been identified as Raj Kumar, a resident of Dugri here. A daily wage labourer, he was walking on the road when he was hit by the truck from the rear side. The victim succumbed to his injuries on the spot. The truck driver fled with the vehicle after the accident. The police have registered a case of negligent driving against the truck driver and initiated a probe in the matter. Kirandeep Kaur, president of the ASHA Workers and Facilitators Association, said it was very difficult to convince the villagers for testing or come out of their houses for the survey. “They hurl abuses and sometimes even throw stones at us. Seeing an ASHA workers’ team coming towards the lane, villagers shut their doors and do not come out. They instead blame us for spreading Covid and say that we will make them positive,” she said. In August 2020, two healthcare workers posted at Jarkar village were attacked by three persons, including the organiser of a dera at Khanpur village. The team was visiting religious places to persuade inmates to get tested. The team was brutally beaten up. In June 2020, a similar incident was reported when a survey was started in urban areas. A team of ASHA workers were attacked at Krishna Colony in Bhamian Khurd while conducting a survey. The team was surrounded by the area residents and not allowed to collect data. Residents also snatched their mobile phones. The accused in police custody in Ludhiana on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO with 12 magazines. Grewal said under the supervision of Hardeep Singh, DSP Payal, Doraha , SHO Nachattar Singh, along with the police party, had set up a naka near the FCI godown on GT Road, Doraha, where the police received a secret tip-off that two Tarn Taran-based weapon suppliers were on the way to their home town from Indore in a private Swift taxi (bearing registration no. DL 1 ZB 7328) and they were carrying several weapons. Continued on page 2 COVID-19 FIGURES Ludhiana, May 27 As many as 411 persons tested positive for Covid, while 17 lost their lives to the virus today. Ten expectant mothers, healthcare worker and two cops tested positive, while 92 patients are still untraceable. The total number of patients belonging to Ludhiana till now is 82,835, while 1,945 patients have lost their lives so far. Ten men and seven women lost their lives in district. The deceased belong to Tajpur Road, Daba Road, Ambedkar Nagar, Gill village, Shimlapuri, Issru village, Himayunpura village, Basant Avenue, Shivaji Nagar, Jamalpur, Hazoori Bagh Colony, Mundian Khurd, Tajpur Road, Rara Sahib, Dashmesh Nagar, Atal Nagar and Shimlapuri. As many as 770 patients were admitted to various government and private hospitals and 52 patients were on the ventilator support. There are 6,189 active patients in the district at present. According to the Health Department, till date, total 13,14,626 samples have been taken, out of which reports of 13,14,198 samples have been received. As many as 12,20,593 samples were found SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 27 Following a petition filed against the proposed amendment to the Master Plan of Ludhiana for developing a modern industrial park near Mattewara Forest and Sutlej, the NGT has given directions to the Chief Secretary, Punjab, in coordination with the River Rejuvenation Committee to take remedial action as may be necessary for the protection of floodplains. Raising voice against the proposed modern industrial park near the river and forest, four residents Kapil Dev, Gagnish Singh Khurana, Kuldeep Singh Khaira and Mohit Jain had moved the NGT. They alleged that the proposed industrial park was going to be set up in violation of the Forest (Conservation) Act (FC Act), 1980, (EP Act), and the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 (EP Act). One of the applicants, Kapil Dev, had stated that the modern industrial park was going to be developed on the land coming under the floodplains and surrounded by deemed forest and Sutlej river, which are eco-sensitive zones. The applicants claimed that the area is a ‘no manufacturing zone’ as per the existing Master Plan. “The Mattewara Reserve Forest area has also been developed as a botanical and butterfly garden (BBG, Mattewara). Thus, there is a serious threat to rare species of flora due to the development in the area”, the applicants stated. The applicants have also presented some documents regarding the width of the floodplains and stated that heavy flood had occurred in Mattewara and nearby areas in 1988. Earlier also, they had filed objections to the department concerned against the proposed amendment to the Master Plan. The applicants alleged that an industrial park is illadvised on a river floodplain. They said, “Damage to the floodplains harms the riverine ecosystem, lessens the groundwater recharge capacity and poses threats of flash floods. Ludhiana is a critically polluted area. The industrial park in the district will only add to the pollution of the city.” An applicant, Gagnish Singh Khurana, claimed: “We came to know that a large part of the land near the industrial park that has to developed is floodplains. The proposed industrial park c m y b 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 62845-31852 ■ For bed/oxygen/medicine availability: 62849-12553 ■ For Remdesivir injection: 98720-08040 ■ For reporting overcharging by hospitals & other issues: 62849-12553 FOUR CASES OF BLACK FUNGUS Four cases of black fungus were reported here on Thursday. Two belong to Ludhiana district and two are from other districts. Now, total 57 patients of black fungus are under treatment, of whom 22 are from Ludhiana and 35 are from other districts. So far, six persons — one from Ludhiana and five from other districts — have succumbed to the disease. negative, while reports of 428 samples are pending. With the second wave of Covid going strong in rural areas, special efforts are being made by the Health Department to create awareness among the rural masses. Senior Medical Officer of Sudhar Dr Harpreet Singh along with his team is visiting various villages to make villagers aware of the precautions and symptoms of Covid and also motivating them to get vaccinated. Ludhiana, May 27 In what appears to be another sign of gradual retreat and plateauing of the devastating second Covid wave, the hospitalisation of the deadly virus cases has decreased considerably, increasing the availability of beds in both the government and private hospitals in the district. The data compiled by the district administration, which is available with The Tribune, revealed that 2,156 beds — 1,856 in private and 300 beds in government hospitals — were lying vacant on Thursday evening. This accounts for 64.15 per cent of the total 64% BEDS LIE VACANT ■ 2,156 beds — 1,856 in private and 300 beds in government hospitals — were lying vacant on Thursday evening. This accounts for 64.15 per cent of the total 3,361 beds — 2,911 in private and 450 in government hospitals — reserved for Covid patients in the district. helped augment ❝We have capacityprivate hospitals towe ensuredbeds to their highest and accordingly, that each and every needy serious patient gets the hospital bed for timely treatment and care. Now, there is no shortage of hospital beds, which are available easily in the district. Varinder Kumar Sharma, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER 3,361 beds — 2,911 in private and 450 in government hospitals — reserved for Covid patients in the district. The situation has turned around within a month as there had been an acute Take steps for protection of floodplains: NGT to Chief Secretary 4 residents had moved NGT against proposed industrial park near Sutlej, Mattewara Forest DEATHS 13,14,626 82,835 6,189 440 1,945 Dr Harpreet Singh said 67 villages come under him and they are taking help of the panchayat of each village. Due to this Sudhar has achieved a record number of vaccinations. “Villagers are frightened of getting Covid test done and I and my team are motivating villagers to go for Covid test. We apprised the sarpanches of the importance of early detection and vaccination for the control of Covid,” said Dr Harpreet. Hospitalisation decreases, bed availability increases in district Nitin Jain Tribune News Service FRIDAY | 28 MAY 2021 | LUDHIANA Sampling team attacked at 17 dead, 411 test positive Rachhin village, man booked 2 Tarn Taran youths nabbed with eight illegal pistols Harshraj Singh PAGE 4 BRAD WINS JOINT CUSTODY OF KIDS WITH EX-WIFE ANGELINA adjoining the Dhusi Bundh is against the Environmental Protection Act, 1986.” The Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said: “We have considered the matter and heard the applicant no. 1 in person. There is no doubt about the need for protecting the floodplains of the Sutlej in Ludhiana as well as the forest areas, in accordance with provisions of the EP Act and the FC Act. This Tribunal has already issued directions for protection of floodplain zones which is necessary for protection of the environment.” The NGT Bench directed the Chief Secretary, Punjab, in coordination with the River Rejuvenation Committee to take such remedial action as may be necessary for the protection of the floodplains. “Protection of forests is cov- ered by the statutory mandate of the FC Act and no non-forest activity is allowed in the forest area without statutory clearances, there is no reason to presume that the said mandate will be ignored. Let the authorities concerned look into this aspect and take further action as per law,” the Bench said. For the rejuvenation of 351 polluted river stretches in the country, the NGT had earlier directed constitution of “River Rejuvenation Committees” (RRCs) in all states/UTs to prepare and execute action plans, which includes protection of floodplain zones. The Sutlej is one of such 351 polluted river stretches. The applicants claimed that the industrial park near the Sutlej and the forest is going to be developed on 955.67 acres of land. ❞ shortage of beds in both the government and private institutions in the district since April 27 when the second wave of the pandemic was in full swing in the district. Taking note of the situation, the district administration had acted swiftly and gradually increased the number of beds from 1,590 on March 31 to a record high of 3,361 on May 22. With no scope of increasing the already existing 450 beds in the government hospitals, the beds in private health centres were augmented by a record 155.35 per cent from 1,140 on March 31 to 2,911 on May 22. The official records showed that 1,205 beds — 150 in government hospitals and 1,055 in private institutions — were occupied in the district as on May 27. The occupants included 1,046 confirmed Continued on page 2 Pay ~25,000 for illegally sealing shop, HC tells MC Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 27 The Punjab and Haryana High Court directed the Municipal Corporation to pay Rs 25,000 to a shopkeeper for illegally sealing his shop. The MC had earlier sealed a shop at Ghumar Mandi after which a city resident had moved the court against the MC’s action. Rajinder Singh, son of the petitioner Harbhajan Singh, said they had been running the shop since 1980 on rent but the MC had sealed the shop without even serving any notice on them a month ago. He said they had requested the MC authorities and elected representatives but they did not pay any heed to their pleas. He alleged that the action taken by the MC’s building branch officials was totally wrong. When they moved the court, a notice of motion order was issued asking the MC to file a specific affidavit under what provisions of the Act the shop has been sealed and further in compliance with a direction that if no legal justification is given by the MC, it will be burdened with heavy costs. The MC later unsealed the shop on May 26. But, the counsel for the petitioner stated that the shop had remained sealed for a period of one month and the petitioner suffered substantive loss as the shop was the only source of income for his family. The Judge ordered that for illegally sealing the shop of the petitioner, the Continued on page 2
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