29052021-LT-01.qxd 5/28/2021 11:47 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE REVENUE STAFF RUE GOVT APATHY, THREATEN TO INTENSIFY AGITATION PAGE 2 Protesters burn effigies of the state government at the sub-registrar office, threaten to intensify protest. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY ANSHU SAWHNEY WANTS TO BE A PART OF HOLLYWOOD PROJECTS PAGE 3 Anshu, a renowned name in Pollywood, became one of the popular faces of the industry with her show Preeto Top 10. MAX 42°C | MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39°C | MIN 28°C SUNSET SATURDAY 7:23 PM 20 dead, 416 test +ve COVID-19 FIGURES Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 28 The cyber wing of the Ludhiana police started a campaign against child pornography and warned strict action as per law. The police have started sharing messages regarding child pornography on Facebook and Twitter. Sub-Inspector Jatinder Singh, in-charge, cyber cell, Ludhiana, said: “It is being observed that videos and images of child pornography are being shared on social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook messenger, and Instagram. As per guidelines of the government, sharing such content is punishable and a case under Section 67-B of the Information and Technology Act can be registered against the guilty,” he said. If any person was booked under relevent sections of the IT Act, he may have to undergo seven years of imprisonment and Rs 10 lakh fine, cyber cell in-charge said. “If anybody notices any such content, file a complaint with the cyber cell which will take action against the guilty,” he said. After the police shared the video on social networking sites, several people posted their comments. Girish Kapoor stated: “Good initiative, hope this is not a mere announcement, the police will take action against culprits to make our society a better place to live.” Gagandeep Singh said: “Also, apprise people that if you have porn videos in your phone while landing in Canada and if they found the same in your phone, their officials will ban your entry to that country and you have to return to India.” POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 2 pm: Trasport Nagar, Gajja Jain St No 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6, Mohinder Enclave and surrounding areas, Mohar Singh Nagar, Ram Nagar, Issa Nagri, Chadda Pulli and surrounding areas. 10 am to 4 pm: Rajgarh Estate, Janpath, Hero Homes and DPS School. SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 13,29,386 83,251 5,614 575 1,965 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 availability: 62849-12553 ■ For Remdesivir injection: 98720-08040 ■ For reporting overcharging by hospitals & other issues: 62849-12553 HOSPITAL OFFERS FREE TREATMENT Jeewan Hospital, Civil Lines, is providing Covid treatment free of cost to all Level-II and Level-III patients. Giving information, Dr Pritpal Singh, MD, of the hospital, said the hospital was offering free treatment to the patients. “Patients just have to buy medicines on their own, rest all the treatment, including oxygen, is given free of cost. We do not have ventilator support system,” he said. of 413 samples are pending. The samples of 14,760 suspected patients were sent for testing today and their results are expected shortly. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma appealed to the residents to adhere to all safety protocols like wearing masks, maintaining social distance and washing hands frequently of 64 patients of black fungus, only 20 injections allocated Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 28 A total of 64 patients suffering from mucormycosis (black fungus) are admitted to various city hospitals but only 20 amphotricin B injections were received by the district. Today seven more patients were diagnosed of black fungus, out of which four belong to Ludhiana and three to other districts, making the total number of positive cases 64. Nearly 30 injections are administered to a patient during the treatment and seven are given on a single day. The DMCH was allotted eight injections, CMCH and SPS were given four each and two each were given to Deep Hospital and SAS Grewal Hospital. Earlier, the demand for the injection was minimal the Punjab Government to not only save themselves but keep everyone around safe. Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Kiran Gill said during the first six days of the Mission Fateh 2.0, total 1,65,314 households were surveyed by ASHA workers in the district covering the population of 7,66,452. She added that a total of 16,564 individuals were tested for Covid-19, out of which 193 came positive. Mission Fateh kits were provided to all the patients in home isolation. She said, “Stay home stay safe and follow the guidelines of the Punjab Government religiously and take your vaccine short as per your turn.” 914 vaccinated at pvt hospitals MUCORMYCOSIS MORTALITY COMMITTEES As per the recommendations of the expert committee for mucormycosis, all the government and private hospitals treating black fungus should have a mucormycosis mortality committee, which should conduct audit of all deaths and clearly certify the cause of death. The mortality committee should include an ENT surgeon, anaesthesiologist and a medical specialist. and it was not produced in bulk but a sudden spike in the demand has led to its shortage. Deepak Malhotra, whose father is Covid positive and admitted to a private hospital, said the doctor had prescribed the injection but it was not available. “Neither the hospital’s pharmacy has this injection, nor is available in the market. Some other injections are available but I don’t know about their authenticity,” said Deepak. Navneet Kumar, family member of another patient, said, “The government should ensure its availability but it has failed to do so. I am running from pillar to post to procure these for my father who is Covid positive as well.” Zonal Licensing Authority Kulwinder Singh said the stock that had been received was distributed to the hospitals and the next stock was expected in a day or two. “We have learnt that the state has received 970 injections from the Centre but it will take a couple of days for stock allotment and distribution,” he said. continued on page 2 District leads state in daily test sampling Tribune News Service ■ For general problem: ■ For bed/oxygen/medicine SATURDAY | 29 MAY 2021 | LUDHIANA Nitin Jain COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM ■ For home isolation: PAGE 4 American singer Demi Lovato has said they cut their hair to be free from gender and sexuality norms. SUNRISE SUNDAY 5:24 AM Cyber wing launches drive against child 3 expectant mothers, 2 health workers, undertrial among infected pornography Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 28 As many as 416 persons tested positive for Covid, while 20 lost their lives to the virus today. The total number of patients belonging to Ludhiana is 83,251, while 1,965 persons from Ludhiana have lost their lives to the disease so far. Those who tested positive include three expectant mothers, two healthcare workers, undertrial and a preoperative case. Hundred patients are still being traced. Twelve women and eight men from different parts of the district lost their lives. As many as 49 patients were on ventilator support. There are 5,614 active patients in the district at present. According to the data shared by the Health Department, a total of 13,29,386 samples have been taken, out of which reports of 13,28,973 samples have been received. As many as 12,34,883 samples were found negative, while reports DEMI LOVATO OPENS UP ON HER INSECURITIES AND FEARS Ludhiana, May 28 While the vaccination (first dose) at government session sites remained shut today, it was held at private hospitals. Five more private hospitals started the vaccination drive and now a total of seven private hospitals are administering Covid vaccine. The private hospitals which are now administering vaccination for Covid include DMCH, Hero DMC Heart Institute, SPS Hospital, Deep Hospital, Fortis Hospital, Oswal Hospital and Verma Multi-speciality Hospital. Today 914 people were vaccinated at private hospitals. As many as 600 persons were administered the second dose of Covaxin at seven government sites. — TNS Ludhiana, May 28 Even as the impact of the devastating second Covid wave has plateaued, Ludhiana district has been leading the state in daily sampling to test, trace and treat the infection at the initial stage. Crossing a record of 16,000 mark daily, the sampling figure touched a new high of 16,047 on Thursday to take the cumulative sampling count to 13,11,620, which was the maximum by any district in the state. Comparatively, the average daily sampling in the state remained between 65,890 and 82,446 in the last week from May 20 to 26. The data compiled by the district administration, which is available with The Tribune, revealed that the daily sampling has almost doubled in the last 17 days with the figure shooting up from 8,305 on May 10 to 16,047 on May 27. However, it came down to 14,760 on Friday. The official figures showed that the daily sampling, which was below the 2,000 mark till January 4, when it was as low as 1,330, had crossed the 2,000 mark for the first time this year on January 5, when 2,435 samples were collected. After going down even below the 1,500 mark on several days in between, the daily sampling had crossed the 3,000 mark for the first time in 2021 on February 25, when 3,024 samples were collected in the district. The daily sampling has been gradually picking up in the district as it crossed the 4,000 mark on March 4, when 4,075 Covid samples were taken, surpassed the 5,000 mark on March 23, when 5,106 samples were collected, went past the 7,000 mark on April 14 to reach 7,025, breached the 8,000 mark on April 18 to reach 8,341, took over the 9,000 mark to collect 9,932 samples on April 21, crossed the 10,000 mark on April 22 to reach 10,033, surpassed the 13,000 mark on May 12 to take 13,006 sam- A man gets his Covid test done by a mobile team of the Health Department in Ludhiana. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA OFFICIALSPEAK to trace and treat ❝Our endeavour isthetest,strategy. Besidesmaximum persons by adopting T3 testing the symptomatic cases and their contacts, we are also randomly collecting samples of the asymptomatic persons to check the further spread of the deadly virus. Varinder Kumar Sharma, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER ❞ ples, went past the 15,000mark to reach 15,180 on May 14, before touching a record high of 16,047 samples on May 27. Earlier, the average daily sampling in the district had remained 4,848 between March 22 and 28, which dipped to 4,103 between March 29 and April 4 and 4,457 between April 5 and 11. The sampling, which was as low as 1,927 between December 28 and January 3, remained 2,239 between January 4 and 10; 1,988 between January 11 and 17; 2,009 between January 18 and 24; 2,053 between January 25 and 31; 1,961 between February 1 and 7; 2,405 between February 8 and 14; 2,397 between February 15 and 21; 2,502 between February 22 and 28; 3,736 between March 1 and 7; 3,830 between March 8 and 14; and 3,761 between March 15 and 21. Comparatively, the average daily sampling was recorded at a maximum of 4,810 between September 14 and 20 last year, after starting from 925 between August 3 and 9. However, it was ramped up to 1,826 between August 10 and 16; 3,018 between August 17 and 23; 3,893 between August 24 and 30; 4,005 between August 31 and September 6; and 4,720 between September 7 and 13. It had started coming down to 4,598 between September 21 and 27; 4,068 between September 28 and October 4; 4,319 between October 5 and 11; 3,865 between October 12 and 18; 3,384 between October 19 and 25; 2,438 between October 26 and November 1; 1,955 between November 2 and 8; 1,969 between November 9 and 15; 2,170 between November 16 and 22; before once again going up to 3,272 between November 23 and 29, falling to 3,121 between November 30 and December 6; 2,775 between December 7 and 13; 2,496 between December 14 and 20; and 2,165 between December 21 and 27. CONVERSION OF SCF , SCO INTO COMMERCIAL ENTITIES Man, PA booked for duping Engineers fume over ‘one-time settlement’ policy Khanna resident of ~1.2 lakh S S Kuldip Bhatia Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 28 A man claiming his links with the Police Department, duped a Khanna resident of Rs 1.2 lakh on the pretext of preventing the police from taking action against him. The Khanna City police have registered a case of extortion, cheating, criminal intimidation against the suspect, identified as Paramjit Singh, alias Param Walia, a resident of Nawi Abadi, Khanna. His PA Maninder Singh, a resident of the Peerkhana road, has also been booked by the police. The complainant, Paramjit Singh of the Samrala road area, Khanna, said he had a friendship with a girl but recent- ly both had parted ways after some issues cropped up in their relationship. “Now my former girlfriend was threatening me to file a police complaint against me and she had warned me that she will get registered a case against me. When I told the matter to my friends, they apprised me about Param Walia who, as per them, has good links with the Police Department. My friends told me to ask Param to save me from any police action,” the victim alleged. Walia and his PA Maninder also runs a WhatsApp group, ‘City Live’, in which they used to mention about their links in all government departments, including the Police. One day, he met the accused and told him the matter. After a few days, the accused claimed that he had talked to a senior official of the Khanna police and his work would be done. “He demanded Rs 1.20 lakh from me for giving to the police official but the accused did not fulfill his promise. When I got to know about the reality of the accused, I filed a police complaint and got a case registered against him,” complainant Paramjit Singh alleged. Investigating officer SI Gurdev Singh said a case under various sections of the IPC had been registered against the accused and efforts were on to nab the accused. Ludhiana, May 28 The state government has provided a breather to owners of shop-cum-flats (SCFs) and shop-cum-offices (SCOs) which were converted into commercial entities. Under the ‘one-time settlement’ scheme, the government has decided to allow conversions of the SCFs and SCOs into commercial in all sanctioned TP schemes, development schemes, approved layouts under the PAPR Act, 1995, and approved TP schemes of private developers also. The scheme brought in for a limited (one-time) period would remain open till September 30, 2021. However, the Council of Engineers (CoE) has vehemently opposed and pointed fingers at the policy for ‘ille- c m y b The ‘one-time settlement’ scheme brought in for a limited period will remain open till September 30. TRIBUNE PHOTO gal conversion’ of SCFs into SCOs as well as other residential buildings being put to commercial use. According to CoE president Kapil Arora, such policy was against Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India as such regulari- sation was being allowed even in Town Planning Schemes without any amendment in its Master Plan, which is unlawful. He said the CoE, vide a public interest litigation (PIL) had already challenged the ‘one-time settlement policy of 2019’ as notified by the state government for regularisation of illegal construction of buildings. “We have given reference of various judgments of the Supreme Court in which the apex court has mentioned that such policy is against Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution. The PIL has been admitted (vide case number CWP-PIL-71-2018) and the court has directed that any action or decision taken by the respondents (state of Punjab and others) in pursuant to the provisions of the Act under challenge, shall abide by the outcome of this writ petition.” In the OTS policy, the government has laid down certain provisions which would govern the conversion of SCOs and SCFs into commercial entities. These include calculation of entire area at the stipulated rates, mode of payment – in lump sum or four equated six monthly instalments, architectural control of area to be converted, demolition of excess coverage, structural stability of the building, availability of sufficient parking space or making provisions for increase in parking area. It has also been made clear that in scheme areas the competent authority shall follow the procedure as laid down in Section 192 of the Punjab Municipal Act, Section 275 of the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act and Section 43 of the Punjab Town Improvement Act, 1922, – as applicable before according final approval. Further, the scheme would not be applicable in case of group housing/flatted development where all stories have been earmarked as residential.
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