02062021-LT-01.qxd 6/1/2021 11:36 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE ANGANWADI WORKERS PROTEST AGAINST GOVT’S ‘WRONG’ POLICIES PAGE 2 Protesters oppose the government decision ordering them to maintain kitchen gardens in anganwadis. FORECAST CLOUDY 3 robbers loot ~13,000 from Hathur couple Tribune News Service MANOJ DEY MAKES IT TO LIST OF FAMOUS INDIAN YOUTUBERS PAGE 3 GURMEET CHOUDHARY ARRANGES OXYGEN CONCENTRATORS His channel has grabbed 1.68 million subscribers in a short time. His other channel also has over 400K followers. MAX 39°C | MIN 20°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C | MIN 21°C SUNSET WEDNESDAY 7:25 PM Actor has emerged as a real-life hero. He has successfully arranged oxygen concentrators from Indonesia. SUNRISE THURSDAY 5:23 AM 222 test positive, 3 dead 2 expectant mothers, cop, health worker among infected PAGE 4 WEDNESDAY | 2 JUNE 2021 | LUDHIANA 9% villagers test +ve in dist, double than state average Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 1 Three miscreants looted cash and other valuables from a mortorcyclist at Akhara village near Jagraon. Complainant Gurmel Singh, a resident of Hathur, told the police that last evening he, along with his wife, was heading towards Jagraon and when they reached Akhara village, three bike-borne persons came and pounced on him. “I tried to flee but they pushed my bike due to which we fell on the road. Afterwards, the miscreants snatched Rs 13,000, my wallet containing ID proofs and other valuables from me. I raised an alarm but they manage to flee the spot,” the complainant alleged. Investigating officer ASI Surjit Singh of the Sadar Jagraon police station said a case of snatching was registered against the three unknown persons and CCTV cameras of the area were being checked to get clue about the miscreants. 39-year-old man found dead in canal Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 1 A 39-year-old man was found dead in Gill canal on Tuesday morning. He was under depression and reportedly committed suicide by jumping into the canal. The deceased has been identified as Gurbachan Singh, a resident of Begowal, near Doraha. He was survived by wife, two children, and mother. He was a daily wage labourer. In-charge of the Morado police post ASI Subash Chand said this morning, some passers-by noticed a body floating in the canal and informed the police. The ASI said he, along with a police team, reached the spot and called divers to take out the body from the canal. Later, the body was taken out and the deceased was identified. His kin were called who also identified the body. The deceased’s family members said on the intervening night of May 29 and 30, the victim had left home without informing anybody. A missing report was also lodged at the Doraha police station. The family told the police that the deceased was under depression for the past few weeks due to which he seemed to have committed suicide. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 1 As many as 222 persons tested positive for Covid, while three persons lost their lives in the district today. The case fatality rate has gone down to 3.7 per cent. There were 3,916 active cases in the district. Two women and a man, belonging to Sanhewal, Partap Nagar and Khanna, lost their lives. Those who tested positive include two expectant mothers, cop and a healthcare worker. The tracing of 44 patients is still going on. As many as 3,169 persons were under home isolation, 111 were admitted to government hospitals and 417 in private hospitals. As many as 45 persons were on ventilator support. A total of 14,427 samples were collected in the dis- COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 13,84,996 84,337 3,916 360 2,002 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 Ludhiana, June 1 Almost three years after the murder of Rinkal Khera of Amarpura, one of the main accused in the case Kuldeep, alias Sunny Nai, today posted a video message on WhatsApp to the deceased’s brother Mani Kehra and confessed to having killed Rinkal. Kuldeep has been wanted by the police since July 19, One more patient dies of black fungus One more patient (from other district but admitted to a hospital in Ludhiana) suffering from black fungus died here on Tuesday. With this, the total number of patients who lost their lives due to black fungus has gone to nine. There are total 78 patients admitted to various hospitals in Ludhiana. ‘Over 21% black fungus patients non-Covid’ 82% infected diabetic, 36% never took oxygen, 29% of non-steroid use Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 1 Ever since the state government notified mucormycosis – commonly known as black fungus – following the spurt in the rare fungal infection among post-Covid patients, over 21 per cent of the total cases reported so far have been non-Covid patients. Also contrary to the common belief that the use of steroids and medical oxygen during the Covid treatment was the main cause behind the patients contracting black fungus, ENOUGH DRUGS FOR TREATMENT Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan has said the state government is procuring the required drugs for the treatment of mucormycosis patients, besides ramping up the arrangements for the best management of such cases. “The drugs available with the state, which are sufficient for the weeklong treatment of all active cases, have been distributed to all districts and three GMCs,” she said. over 29 per cent cases of mucormycosis were of non-steroid use, while over 36 per cent such patients were never administered oxygen. However, 82 per cent mucormycosis cases were found to be diabetic, 30 per cent immune-compromised, and 25 per cent comorbid. The analysis of notified disease cases by the Health and Family Welfare Department revealed that of the total of 188 mucormycosis patients reported in the state during May 19-26, at least 40 (21.28 per cent) were nonCovid cases, 55 (29.25 per cent) of non-steroid use, and 67 (35.64 per cent) patients had never received life-saving gas prior to the onset of black fungus.e maximum of 154 cases, which accounts for 81.91 per cent, were found to be suffering from diabetes, 56 (29.79 per cent) with immuno-compromised status, and 47 (25 per cent) patients were with comorbidities. Of the total 188 cases of black fungus in the last week, 156 were under treatment and nine have been cured while 23 patients have so far died. Ludhiana, June 1 A special surveillance survey conducted by the state government under Mission Fateh 2.0 ‘Coronoa Mukt Pind Abhiyaan’ has found 9 per cent villagers positive for Covid in Ludhiana district, which was more than double the state average of 4 per cent. However, only 0.3 per cent of the screened rural population was found symptomatic in the district during the survey. Taking cognisance of the increasing incidence of deadly virus spread in the rural areas, the state government had recently launched a special campaign to free the villages of Covid. Under the campaign, teams of health and other departments conducted the houseto-house surveillance in every village of the state. Besides providing basic medicines, RAT (rapid antigen test) of the symptomatic persons was conducted on the spot under the ‘Corona Mukt Pind Abhiyaan’. The results of a surveillance survey, which are available with The Tribune, revealed that as many as 1,48,78,720 villagers were screened in the survey of 37,46,774 households in the rural areas of the state so far. While 74,875 villagers were identified with mild symptoms, 1,03,288 RAT tests were conducted on the ruralites, of which 3,903 were tested positive, accounting for 4 per cent of the tested population. As 8,200 moderate symptomatic villagers were found negative in RAT, they were sent for RT-PCR testing. The government teams also provided 4,610 Fateh medicine kits to the Covid patients in home isolation at villages. A woman gives sample for Covid test in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA OFFICIALSPEAK of Covid is a matter ❝The risefollowingcases in rural areasteams of of concern, which we have put health and other departments to conduct house-tohouse surveillance in every village. Besides providing basic medicines to the needy villagers, RAT testing of symptomatic cases is being conducted in villages. Hussan Lal, PRINCIPAL HEALTH SECRETARY With 9 per cent positive rural population, Ludhiana district was put in the orange category, which included eight other districts with a positivity rate between 5 and 10 per cent. These included Mansa with 9 per cent positivity rate, Pathankot 7 per cent, Ferozepur and Barnala 6 per cent each, Mohali, Patiala and Jalandhar 5 per cent each, and Fatehgarh Sahib 10 per cent. The districts under red category with more than 10 per cent positivity rate in villages were Bathinda with the state’s highest 18 per cent ratio, followed by Muktsar 16 per cent, Moga, Faridkot and Ferozepur 12 per cent each. The green category districts with less than 5 per cent rural positivity rate included Nawanshahr and Tarn Taran with the state’s lowest 1 per cent ratio, fol- ❞ lowed by Amritsar, Ropar and Hoshiarpur 2 per cent each, Kapurthala, Gurdaspur and Sangrur 3 per cent each. The symptomatic cases were found more in Fazilka with the state’s highest 7.7 per cent villagers with Covid symptoms, followed by Muktsar 4.5 per cent, Mohali 2 per cent, Fatehgarh Sahib 0.9 per cent, Bathinda 0.8 per cent, Mansa and Nawanshahr 0.7 per cent each, Amritsar and Patiala 0.6 per cent each, Faridkot, Ferozepur and Sangrur 0.5 per cent each, Pathankot, Kapurthala, and Barnala 0.4 per cent each. Those with less than Ludhiana’s symptomatic villagers included Ropar, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar and Moga 0.2 per cent each, while Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur were on a par with Ludhiana at 0.3 per cent ratio. Visitors suffer as DC office NHAI floats tenders for construction employees continue strike of flyover at Bharat Nagar Chowk Ludhiana, June 1 Visitors to the DC office were forced to face inconvenience again as employees did not work on Tuesday too. The employees were not present in the office due to which the visitors returned without getting their works done. A number of people from various parts of the district are visiting the DC office regarding their works but they get disappointment these days as employees are not available in the offices. The visitors said they were not informed that when the The DC office wears a deserted look during strike of employees in Ludhiana. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN work would be resumed. The employees had earlier announced to go on an indefinite strike as their demands were not fulfilled. They are demanding their promotion and recruitment of new staff. Members of The Punjab State District (DC) Offices Employees Union said they continued their protest against the government today also as their demands were yet to be fulfilled. General secretary of the union Joginder Kumar Zira said, “We are on a mass leave to mark our protest. We want the government to meet our demands at the earliest. A meeting with the authorities concerned is likely to be held on June 3 regarding our demands.” — TNS Rinkal case: Accused confesses to murder, sends video to victim’s kin on WhatsApp Tribune News Service trict today. The result of 367 is awaited. Dr Kiran Gill, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, said it is the duty of the people to follow the safety measures — to wear mask, wash hands frequently and maintain social distancing. But, as the time is passing people are becoming more careless and more lenient about it but it should not be so. 2018. His bold attempt to post a video message also challenged the functioning of the Ludhiana police, which could not arrest him in three years. Two more accused, namely Satnam Singh Sukhi and Mohit Kaul, are also at large in the case. The police had arrested Congress leadercum-councillor Gurdeep Singh Neetu’s son Jatinderpal Sunny, Manmeet Singh Lambar, Manmeet Singh Mani, Gurmeet Singh Budhi Raj, Vishal and Sukhdeep Singh Deepu in the case and all of them are out on bail now. In the video message, Sunny, who is a resident of Ludhiana, confessed that he had killed Rinkal at the behest of Congress leader and his son Jatinderpal. He said he had not taken any money from them to kill Rinkal, rather he and other accused were just friends of Congress leader’s son and they killed Sunny “for the sake of friendship”. Sunny said he would now kill Congress leader Neetu and his two sons, as both had been threatening to kill him now. “I killed Rinkal at the behest of Cong leader and his son, but now both are threatening me with getting me arrested in the case,” he added. continued on page 2 c m y b Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 1 The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will construct a flyover at Bharat Nagar Chowk on the National Highway 5 (old NH95). A request for proposal (RFP) for the construction of the flyover has already been floated to invite bids from interested firms. The flyover project is a part of the under construction elevated road. The project work includes the construction of the flyover at Bharat Nagar Chowk with 4-lane flyover towards Amar Shaheed Sukhdev Inter-State Bus Terminal and 2-lane ramp towards the railway station. The work also includes resurfacing/construction of the existing service road of the NH-5 on EPC mode. The estimated cost of the flyover project is Rs 59.41 crore while the work has to be completed within 18 months. Besides, the maintenance period will be of 10 years. Notably, the NHAI’s elevated road project from Samrala Chowk to Octroi Post at Ferozepur Road, Ludhiana, via Bharat Nagar Chowk on the NH-5 is underway since 2017. But, The estimated cost of the Bharat Nagar Chowk flyover project is ~59.41 crore, while the work has to be completed in 18 months. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN PLAN TO CONSTRUCT UNDERPASS CHANGED IN PAST ■ Sources said earlier also, a plan was made to construct an underpass for the vehicular movement at Bharat Nagar Chowk but the plan was later changed as a sewer line was passing beneath the road. ■ Now, an official of the NHAI confirmed that the tenders have been floated for the construction of the flyover while online bids were supposed to be opened on June 15. the work on the project was going on at a slow pace and it has already missed the previous deadline. Service lanes on Ferozepur Road have not been constructed at different points due to which commuters are forced to face a lot of inconvenience. Traffic jams due to the ongoing ele- vated road project on the NH-5 are common. Rahul Verma of Sambhav Foundation, an NGO, said: “The NHAI should make sure construction of the service lanes on a priority basis to avoid traffic snarls. The management of traffic is much important as Bharat Nagar Chowk is one of the busiest intersections in the city. The work of the elevated road on Ferozepur Road should be speeded up and completed at the earliest.” Sources said earlier also, a plan was made to construct an underpass for the vehicular movement at Bharat Nagar Chowk but the plan was later changed as a sewer line was passing beneath the road. Now, an official of the NHAI confirmed that the tenders have been floated for the construction of the flyover while online bids were supposed to be opened on June 15.
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