31052021-LT-01.qxd 5/31/2021 12:37 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE SHRADDHA, DHEERAJ ENTERTAIN FANS WITH INSTAGRAM REELS PAGE 3 The actors are playing the leads in Zee TV’s Kundali Bhagya. Their on-screen chemistry is the show’s highlight. CLOUDY INBRIEF JUVENILE HELD FOR RAPING 4-YEAR-OLD Ludhiana: A four-year-old child was allegedly raped by a 13-year-old boy at Gopal Nagar here. The boy has been arrested by the Tibba police. The complainant told the police that she, along with her husband and daughter, had been staying at a rented accommodation in Gopal Nagar for the past six months. “Recently, one of our relatives, along with his wife and son, took a room on rent near our house,” the victim’s mother said. “On Saturday, their son, who is 13year-old, took my daughter to the terrace. When my husband came home she called their daughter, who was playing in the stairs, to have some fruits but she did not reply. Suspecting something wrong, me and my husband went upstairs and we were shocked to see that the boy was raping her,” she alleged. The police said the boy had fled the spot after seeing the parents of the girl. However, after receiving a complaint, a case of rape was registered against him on Saturday. The boy was arrested on Sunday. TNS JAIL WARDER SUSPENDED Ludhiana: Jail Superintendent, Ludhiana, Balkar Singh, on Sunday suspended Jail Warder Harjit Singh for negligence of of duty. As per information, a few days ago two jail inmates indulged in a scuffle in the central block of the jail. Despite the Jail Warder was on duty and he had intervened in the matter, he did not inform the Jail Superintendent about the incident. On Sunday, the Jail Superintendent came to know about the incident. After which he sought explanation from the jail warder in this regard and later placed him under suspension. Sources said the inmates indulged in a scuffle after having arguments over some issue. Several jail inmates had also witnessed the incident. TNS POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 12 noon: Kartar Nagar, Nehru Nagar, Preet Hospital road, area from Deep Hospital to Suman Hospital, Central Park area, GTB Market, Shastri Nagar, Namdev Colony, parts of AX Block, A and B Blocks, Dhyan Singh Complex area, parts of Ashok Nagar and the bus stand road area. 10 am to 3 pm: Janpath, NRI Block, Garden Enclave and Carton Wood, Jhammat. PAGE 3 In an interaction, the Taarak Mehta Ka... actor said: “Absolutely rubbish. Who cooks up all these false stories?” MAX 40°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39°C | MIN 21°C SUNSET MONDAY 7:24 PM SONG TO HEAL: CELEBRITIES UNITE FOR WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY MONDAY | 31 MAY 2021 | LUDHIANA 12 more fall prey; Distribution of Ayush-64 kick-starts in Ludhiana, dist Ayurveda Dept unaware 298 test positive Manav Mander Tribune News Service Tribune News Service COVID-19 FIGURES Ludhiana, May 30 Today, 298 persons tested positive for Covid while 12 lost their life to the virus. Total positive cases in the district have now reached 83,892 while 1,991 persons have succumbed to the virus so far. There are 4,740 active cases in the district and the case fatality rate at present is 2.3 per cent. Today, 101 patients were admitted to government hospitals and 496 to private hospitals and 41 patients were on ventilator support. Those who tested positive today also include five expectant mothers while tracing of 70 is still underway. Of the 12 deceased, nine were men and three women. According to the Health Department, till date, a total of 13,57,786 samples have been taken, of which reports of 13,57,415 samples have been received. Of these, 12,62,569 samples were found negative while reports of 371 were pending. Today, 14,275 samples of suspected patients were SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 13,57,786 83,892 4,740 486 1,991 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 ■ 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 3 MORE CASES OF BLACK FUNGUS On Sunday, three more cases of black fungus were reported of which one belonged to Ludhiana and two to other districts. Now, the total positive patient tally has reached 72. Eight persons have lost their lives so far of which two were from Ludhiana and six from other districts. sent for testing and their results are expected shortly. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma appealed to residents to adhere to all safety protocols such as wearing of mask, maintaining social distancing and washing hands frequently to not only save themselves but also keeping everyone around them safe. Ludhiana, May 30 Free distribution of Ayush64 tablets for Covid patients started in Ludhiana today but the district Ayurveda Department is unaware about the exercise. There is no coordination between the NGO, Sewa Bharti, which has been given the responsibility of distributing the medicine, and the local Ayurveda Department. Even the two doctors which have been appointed to the panel for providing consultation to the patients are from Ayurveda Department, Patiala, and not Ludhiana. The Ministry of AYUSH is distributing Ayush-64 tablets through NGO Sewa Bharti across the country. In Ludhiana, distribution centres have been set up at Sunder Nagar, Kitchlu Nagar, Mundian Kalan and Hambran Road and medicine will be available from 11 am to 1 pm every day. District Ayurveda and Unani Officer Dr Pankaj Gupta said they were not aware whether the district had received the stock of medicine or not. “We have not been approached by the NGO in this regard. We don’t have any information or data,” Covid-positive doc delivers baby, discharged after 15 days of struggle Members of an NGO during the distribution of Ayush-64 tablets in Ludhiana on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO ABOUT AYUSH-64 Ayush-64 is an Ayurvedic formulation developed by the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences for management of malaria. The drug has been repurposed as its ingredients showed notable antiviral, immune-modulator and antipyretic properties. The study done on Ayush-64 showed that 35 out of its 36 phyto-constituents have high binding affinity against Covid-19 virus. said Dr Gupta. Som Nath Aggarwal, who heads the north-India unit of Sewa Bharti, said: “We have set up four centres where people can come and take the medicine by showing their test reports.” “We have received nearly 10,000 bottles of the medicine which will be distributed in the district,” he said. Rakesh Prashar, who looks after the Ludhiana unit of Sewa Bharti, said: “Family members of the patients can collect the Nikhil Bhardwaj Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 30 With sheer courage and timely help from a team of doctors, she not only fought Covid but also brought a new life into this world. “I am blessed that I am going back home with my son in my arms,” said Monika after she was discharged from the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. A doctor herself, Monika was admitted to the hospital with high fever, severe Covid pneumonia, low oxygen level, and 32-weeks pregnancy. “My critical situation was a challenge for the doctors. I find myself lucky as they (doctors) fought hard and saved me,” said Monika. Monika and her baby with doctors at the DMCH in Ludhiana. The biggest challenge before the doctors was to save both mother and child. “Monika was having oxygen saturation level of 80 per cent. The challenge before us was to save both mother and child and we decided to go for an emergency C-section,” said Dr Kamakshi, senior anaesthesiologist. “She gave birth to a baby boy but her condition worsened as her oxygen saturation level dipped to 70 per cent and she turned uncon- scious. It was then that the doctors decided to put her on ventilator support,” she added. “She was on ventilator support but still her oxygen level was not coming to normal. Ventilator was adjusted to various settings and finally after eight days she was taken off the ventilator support,” informed Dr Rajesh Mahajan, medicine expert. Dr HS Dhooriya and Dr Parmod Sood, meanwhile, said expecting mothers “need to be more careful” in these times. “This was a difficult case but we are happy that the patient (Monika) came out of it and is fully recovered now,” said the duo. continued on page 2 Tribune News Service Ludhiana, May 30 Despite the entry into Rose Garden and Rakh Bagh here is prohibited on Saturday and Sunday due to the weekend lockdown, a large number of people can be seen visiting these parks. People entering such places are not even following the Covid guidelines. During a visit to these parks on Sunday, some people were seen exercising while others were sitting and chit chatting as these parks are exempted from the restrictions. Movement of people was noticed in the wee hours. Many people were present during afternoon, evening or late evening hours also. Most of them were not DEBRIS DUMPED ON ROADSIDES IRKS PUBLIC In the absence of any construction and demolition (C&D) waste management plant at present, the construction and demolition waste is being dumped on roadsides and vacant sites in the city, causing inconvenience to the public. C&D waste can be seen dumped on roadsides and in green belts in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO In the absence of any such construction and demolition (C&D) waste management plant at present, the construction, and demolition waste is being dumped on roadsides and vacant sites in the city, causing inconvenience to the public. Heaps of such construction c m y b waste can be seen in some green belt areas of the city. The waste generated during demolition drives, conducted by the civic body, was also being dumped along with the Buddha Nullah and at other locations. A resident of Chandigarh Road, Jagjeet Singh, said: “It is a common practice in the city as debris is being dumped on vacant plots or roadsides. Such practices should be stopped at the earliest. The authorities concerned should take necessary steps for waste management at the earliest.” The MC had been planning medicine from our centres, and in case they cannot come, arrangements can be made for sending the medicine to their home.” “We also have two expert doctors from the Ayurveda Department on the panel and in case patients need any consultation they can be contacted,” said Prashar, adding that the two doctors from the Ayurveda Department in Patiala can be consulted on phone. Director, Ayurveda, Dr Poonam Vashisht, mean- while, said ideally the NGO and the Ayurveda Department should work together for the distribution of tablets. “For many districts, I have arranged the online meetings between the department and the NGO so that they work as a unit,” she said. The district Ayurveda Department will co-ordinate with the office of Civil Surgeon and get the list of the Covid positive patients and the team will then deliver the medicine at their homes. The role of the doctors here is to guide and assist the patients about the medicine, said Dr Poonam Vashisht. When asked, if setting up of collection centers was a good idea, Dr Vashisht said: “In some cases patients’ family members can pick the medicine, but there are cases where the whole family is positive. In such cases the team should pay a home visit. It is more appropriate to hand over the medicine at patients’ home rather than asking people to collect it from the centre amidst pandemic.” When to take Ayush-64 It can be taken by patients at any stage of the Covid-19 disease. However, its efficacy was scientifically studied in asymptomatic, mild and moderate patients. Despite weekend lockdown, people visit city parks in large numbers MC may face the music if C&D waste not managed in 3 months Ludhiana, May 30 If the civic body fails to manage the construction and demolition waste timely, it may have to pay the environmental compensation. The NGT panel has recently asked the Municipal Corporation (MC) to ensure management of construction and demolition waste within three months, otherwise environmental compensation would be imposed on it. A plant for the management of construction and demolition waste is yet to be set up at Dhandari Kalan. However, tenders have been floated for the construction of a boundary wall at the site where the plant has to be set up under the Smart City Mission. PAGE 4 Ahead of World Environment Day, celebrities have decided to come together for UN’s special music video. SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:24 AM INDERJEET VERMA FORECAST DILIP RESPONDS TO REPORTS OF TIFF WITH CO-STAR RAJ ANADKAT to set up a plant for the management of the C&D waste in the city for a long time. The project was later shifted under the Smart City Mission. Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu had also visited Jodhpur to study the functioning of the C&D waste management plant last year. The estimated cost of the plant in Ludhiana would be around Rs 12 crore, as per information. Meanwhile, Superintending Engineer Rahul Gagneja could not be contacted for comments. CHALLANS ISSUED TO VIOLATORS ON SUNDAY On Sunday morning, police personnel had stopped people from entering parks and vehicles found parked outside these places were also challaned. People were also told to follow the lockdown restrictions or be ready to face legal action. wearing mask and a few were sitting in groups, violating the social distancing norms of the authorities. Interestingly, people of all age groups are visiting these parks. “Yes we know that the administration has banned the entry of people into these parks on weekend and there is a partial ban during working days. However, what would we do at home for the whole day during this Covid time, “ said an elderly man, who was seen at Rakh Bagh. Though parking at Rakh Bagh and Rose Garden was sealed by the authorities to prevent the movement of people, people nowadays park their vehicles on roads outside parks and enter from small gates. Some even enter the parks by scaling the outer wall. On Sunday morning, police personnel had stopped people from entering the parks and vehicles found parked outside these places were also challaned. People were also told to follow the lockdown restrictions, otherwise they may face legal action. Lone Ludhiana-Delhi flight to remain suspended till June 15 Our Correspondent Ludhiana, May 30 The lone flight operating between Ludhiana and Delhi will remain suspended till June 15. The suspension has been extended till June 15, said Alliance Air, which operates the flight between the two cities. Earlier, with the spike in Covid-19 cases and imposition of lock down in the region, the flight was first suspended till May 20 and later, till May 31. Ludhiana Airport officials said the last Delhi-Ludhi- ana-Delhi flight operated on April 9. Thereafter, the flight had remained suspended with the airline attributing the move to operational reasons. Alliance Air official said, “The passenger traffic, pandemic situation and restrictions on travel will be reviewed by the authorities before a decision is taken to restore the flight which operates four days a week.” Sources claimed that the flight was grounded due to low passenger traffic in view of the pandemic and disruption in travel plans of a majority of travelers.
The Tribune, now published from Chandigarh, started publication on February 2, 1881, in Lahore (now in Pakistan). It was started by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, a public-spirited philanthropist, and is run by a trust comprising four eminent persons as trustees.
The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).