30052021-LT-01.qxd 5/29/2021 10:55 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE NO HEADWAY IN TALKS AS FARMERS REFUSE TO BUDGE PAGE 2 Farmers have been protesting near Dry Port at Kila Raipur since the launch of the struggle for withdrawal of farm laws. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY ACTOR AMIKA SHAIL SHINES AS DHANI IN CHATTIS AUR MAINA PAGE 3 VIDYUT FEATURED AMONG ‘TOP MARTIAL ARTISTS IN THE WORLD’ “The story is very grounded and practical. I am sure that the audience will connect with it,” the actor says MAX 40°C | MIN 28°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39°C | MIN 29°C SUNSET SUNDAY 7:24 PM PAGE 4 The actor has learnt Kalaripayattu since the age of three and he has always promoted it in his movies as well. SUNRISE MONDAY 5:24 AM SUNDAY | 30 MAY 2021 | LUDHIANA 14 die of Covid, 343 positive District tops state in 5 arrested with drugs, snatched mobile phones Three expectant mothers, 3 cops, undertrial among infected Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 29 The Dugri police claimed to have nabbed five persons in separate incidents and seized drugs and mobile phones from their possession. In the first incident, the police nabbed a woman and seized 9 gm of heroin from her possession. The suspect has been identified as Manisha, alias Meenu, of Tharike Colony. ADCP Jaskaranjit Singh Teja in a statement issued said a tip-off was received that the woman was into the smuggling trade and she was on the way to deliver heroin to her clients. Accordingly, a naka was laid on the Lodhi Club road from where she was nabbed. In another case, the Dugri police nabbed two persons, Sandeep Kumar Lambu of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and Abhay Sharma of Sunet village. The duo were nabbed from the Sua road where they were waiting to loot a mobile phone from a pedestrian. The police recovered five mobile phones from them which they had snatched from city residents in the recent past. Migrants were victims in most of the snatching incidents. The police said in their further interrogation, more recovery of looted valuables could be made and more persons could be arrested. Meanwhile, the Dugri police also busted a gang of Continued on page 2 POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 9:30 am to 5:30 pm: Gill-I feeder and Bachittar Nagar feeders from Alamgir grid. 10 am to 5 pm: Janta Nagar, New Janta Nagar, adjoining area of Jaimal road, adjoining area of Golden Park, adjoining area opposite United Palace, Gill road. 2 pm to 4 pm: All Tajpur Road, Tajpur village, Bhamian Kalan, Guru Nanak Nagar, Tibba Road, Kakka Road, etc. Ludhiana, May 29 As many as 343 persons tested positive for Covid while 14 persons lost their lives to the virus in the district today. Total confirmed cases from the district have now reached 83,594, while 1,979 persons have lost their lives so far. There are 5,226 active patients in the district and case fatality rate at present is 2.37 per cent. Those who tested positive include three expectant mothers, three cops and an undertrial. As many as 73 patients are still untraceable. Nine men and five women from both rural and urban areas lost their lives to the disease. As many as 110 patients were admitted to government hospitals and 554 to private hospitals, while 46 patients were on ventilator support. Meanwhile for controlling the spread of Covid, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, Dr Kiran Gill emphasised that testing was very important for early detection. “If testing is done at an initial stage then we can control the spread of INDERJEET VERMA Tribune News Service A man gives sample for the Covid test in Ludhiana on Saturday. COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 13,43,511 83,594 5,226 388 1,979 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 the virus. On the other hand, vaccination is impor- ■ 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 tant to make the immune system strong. These both 20 industries receive 15,140 doses of Covaxin for workers Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 29 The district administration today received 15,140 doses of Covaxin vaccine ordered by 20 industries for their workers. Kick-starting the vaccination at Ganga Acrowools Limited near Doraha today, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma and Commissioner of Police Rakesh Agrawal said vaccination is the only way to prevent another wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. They said the stock of 15,140 doses of vaccine ordered by 20 industries of Ludhiana through the district administration reached here and all the doses would be administrated to the workforce of these industries in the next 48 hours. The other industries where vaccination started today were Hero Cycle, Avon Industries, Ralson Cycle and Sportking. They said directions were issued to the Health Department to hold maximum camps in these industries for ensuring all workers got the Covid vaccine. They said the fresh doses would put the drive on the fast-track and ensure that a larger section of the industrial workforce got the shield at the earliest. They emphasised that those countries where the vaccination drive was carried out on war-footing managed to save their people from the devastating wave of Covid-19, which India faced. Vice-chairman of the CII and president of Ganga Acrowools Ltd Amit Thapar appreciated the Punjab Government for providing the vaccine at Rs 460 only on a priority basis and exhorted the other industrialists to avail the benefit of the government’s offer. things are need of the hour and the Health Department is working on it day and night,” she said. She urged people to follow the guidelines of the Punjab Government strictly. “Always wear mask properly, wash your hands frequently, maintain social distancing and avoid going outside unnecessarily,” she said. She said a self-imposed lockdown could be helpful in breaking the chain. oxygen consumption This is despite daily demand dipping by 12.5 MT in last 10 days OFFICIALSPEAK Nitin Jain Tribune News Service are coming up with a policy ❝We concentrators for post-Covidon the usage of oxygen patients on medical Today two patients, who were suffering from black fungus, lost their lives. One patient was from Ludhiana district and another from other district. Now, total eight persons suffering from black fungus, who were admitted to hospitals in Ludhiana, have lost their lives. Two were from Ludhiana and six from other districts. Today five new patients of black fungus came forward in the district, out of which one belong to Ludhiana district and remaining are from other districts. Total 69 patients suffering from black fungus are admitted to various city hospitals. Ludhiana, May 29 Even as the devastating second Covid wave has been showing the signs of gradual retreat and plateauing of its impact, Ludhiana district continues to lead the state in the consumption of medical oxygen. This was despite the fact that the daily demand of the life-saving gas has dipped considerably by 12.5 metric tonnes (MT) in the last 10 days from touching its peak at 62 MT on May 17 to 49.5 MT on May 26, the official figures have revealed. The data compiled by the Health and Family Welfare Department, which is available with The Tribune, showed that the demand of medical oxygen in Ludhiana has been way ahead than all other districts in the state with its nearest rival Jalandhar, which stands second in Punjab, consuming 32.1 MT of the life-saving gas daily. While Jalandhar’s daily demand dropped from 42.7 Curfew extended till June 10 2 illegal colonies near dumping site served demolition notices Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 29 The Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) has served notices to two illegal colonies near the Municipal Corporation’s (MC) garbage dumping site near Kakka village after samples of the groundwater had failed in quality test. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) panel led by Justice Jasbir Singh has given directions to the GLADA and the MC to act against new illegal colonies near the dumping site as the groundwater samples had failed quality test. Also, officials of the MC were directed to seize the water pumps within 2-km from the dumping site and make alternative arrangement of water supply to the Black fungus claims 2 lives Ludhiana, May 29 District Magistrate Varinder Kumar Sharma has extended the curfew till June 10. As per the fresh order given by the district administration, an exemption has been granted that the people can travel in their private vehicles as per the seating capacity approved by the Transport Department. All the 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. advice for supplementary oxygen support. The districts have been directed to establish oxygen banks with 5 lakh oxygen concentrators for such post-Covid patients. Besides, geo-tagging/RFID codes on oxygen concentrators and cylinders are being explored to keep a track of all such life-saving equipment available in the state. Hussan Lal, PRINCIPAL HEALTH SECRETARY MT on May 17 to 32.1 MT on May 26, Amritsar ranked third in the state with its consumption coming down from 36.4 MT on May 17 to 26.1 MT on May 26. Among the other districts, Mohali stood fourth in the state with its consumption decreasing from 34.3 MT on May 17 to 26.4 MT on May 26, followed by Bathinda dipping from 33.8 MT to 25.7 MT, Patiala 33.2 MT to 18.8 MT, Faridkot 15 MT to 14.4 MT, Pathankot 10.6 MT to 9.1 MT, Hoshiarpur 8 MT to 6.5 MT, Ropar 3.3 MT to 2.7 MT, Nawanshahr 3 MT to 2.3 MT, ❞ Ferozepur 2.1 MT to 1.4 MT, Barnala 1.8 MT to 1.7 MT, Kapurthala 1.2 MT to 0.6 MT, Mansa 1.1 MT to 1 MT, Fazilka 1.1 MT to 0.4 MT and Fatehgarh Sahib’s daily demand dropped from 0.7 MT to 0.6 MT in the last 10 days. Contrary to the state’s trend of decrease in the daily demand, five districts showed an increase in the consumption of medical oxygen between May 17 and 26. These are Moga with demand going up from 5.7 MT on May 17 to 5.9 MT on May 26, Sangrur from 3.4 MT to 6 MT Continued on page 2 GROUNDWATER SAMPLES HAD FAILED QUALITY TEST The National Green Tribunal panel, led by Justice Jasbir Singh, has given directions to the GLADA and MC to act against new illegal colonies near the dumping site as the groundwater samples had failed quality test. Also, officials of the MC were directed to seize the water pumps within 2-km radius from the dumping site and make alternative arrangement of water supply to the residents due to contaminated groundwater. residents due to contaminated groundwater. GLADA SDO Ashish said they have checked the areas near the dumping site and served demolition notices against two illegal colonies. These colonies were located near the MC’s limits and after confirmation regarding the jurisdiction, notices were served to the developers concerned, he said. Notably, some residential constructions have also taken place in the illegal colonies as the authorities concerned took no action when the illegal colonies were being developed. Besides, a number of more illegal colonies have come up just outside the MC’s jurisdiction while the developers are targeting the poor people for selling the plots in such unauthorised colonies. However, the GLADA is yet to take concrete action against the developers of such illegal colonies. — TNS Stock of fruits, furniture gutted in fire After plaint to CM, GLADA stops ‘illegal’ construction on link road Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 29 A major fire broke out at a fruit shop near gate no. 1 of the wholesale fruit and vegetable market on Bahadurke Road on Saturday evening. No loss of lives reported in the incident. However, a huge stock of fruits and some other valuables gutted in the fire. As per information, when the fire broke out at the three-storey building of Guru Nanak Fruit Company, two workers were inside the shop but they managed to go out. The workers also tried to douse the flames but they could not control it. Fire tenders reached the spot after getting information and managed to control the fire in one hour. Owner of the shop Amarvir Singh said he was at a hospital with some relative when he got a call Tribune News Service Firemen try to control the fire at a shop in the vegetable and fruit market on Bahadurke Road in Ludhiana on Saturday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN from his employee, who informed him about the incident. He said the entire stock of fruits, some furniture and other things destroyed in the fire and the exact loss could not be ascertained now. Fire officials said a short-circuit seems to be the cause of the fire. c m y b Ludhiana, May 29 Following a complaint against the construction of an ‘illegal’ residential building on Ayali Kalan-Sidhwan Canal Link Road, the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) came into action and got the construction of the building stopped. Suspended DSP Balwinder Singh Sekhon, who is a resident of Rajguru Nagar, had sent a complaint to the Chief Minister and the PUDA/GLADA authorities, demanding action against the underconstruction building and recovery of CLU charges. Sekhon, who was earlier posted as the DSP at the MC, Ludhiana, had alleged that the illegal construction of a residential building on a COMPLAINT WAS SENT BY SUSPENDED DSP Suspended DSP Balwinder Singh Sekhon, who is a resident of Rajguru Nagar, had sent a complaint to the Chief Minister and the PUDA/GLADA authorities, demanding action against the underconstruction building and recovery of CLU charges. plot measuring 4,000 sq yd was going on for the past one year on the Ayali KalanSidhwan Canal stretch. Sekhon alleged: “Despite the matter was brought into the knowledge of the officials concerned, no action was taken to get the construction stopped. As a result, the illegal structure has reached up to the first floor after completion of the ground floor. The Treasury has suffered an esti- mated revenue loss of over Rs 40 lakh in terms of Change of Land Use charges and building fee/compounding fee.” In the complaint sent to the Chief Minister, Sekhon alleged: “The investment in the instant building has been made by MTP SS Bindra.” On the other hand, the MTP , SS Bindra, has denied the allegations. Bindra said: “The under-construction building does not belong to me or my family. I have not invested any money in the construction of the building. Such allegations are false and baseless.” Chief Administrator of GLADA PS Gill said a team was sent to the site and got the building construction work stopped. He said the building was being constructed without getting the required ‘no objection certificate’ from GLADA.
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