03062021-LT-01.qxd 6/2/2021 11:33 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE DC APPEALS TO RESIDENTS TO SPONSOR VACCINES FOR NEEDY PAGE 2 SHREYA GHOSHAL SHARES 1ST GLIMPSE OF HER BABY BOY The DC, in his weekly Facebook Live session, said getting vaccinated is must to avoid the third wave of Covid. FORECAST CLOUDY PAGE 3 She shared a picture in which the singer can be seen holding the baby along with her husband Shiladitya. MAX 36°C | MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39°C | MIN 20°C SUNSET THURSDAY 7:26 PM BTS’ NEW SINGLE BUTTER NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD HOT 100 CHART PAGE 4 Butter is the most streamed song in a single day in the history of Spotify, with 20.9 million streams on the first day. SUNRISE FRIDAY 5:23 AM THURSDAY | 3 JUNE 2021 | LUDHIANA 5 dead, 285 contract virus Dist’s daily positivity rate dips to 1.54% Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 2 As many as five persons succumbed to the virus in the district in the past 24 hours. The Health Department on Wednesday confirmed 285 fresh cases from Ludhiana and 40 cases from other districts or states. Of 285 confirmed cases, seven persons were contacts of positive patients, 32 visited OPD and 161 with influenza-like illness visited the flu corner. According to the department, 21 undertrials, two healthcare workers, four persons with severe acute respiratory infection and four others have tested positive for the virus. Also, 54 persons, who tested positive, were yet to be traced. The Civil Surgeon, Dr Kiran Ahluwalia, said a total of eight persons, including five from Ludhiana, one each from San- COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 13,99,080 84,622 3,604 312 2,007 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 grur, Mansa and Haryana, succumbed to the virus. ■ 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 Those who fell prey to the virus included a 82-year- old woman from Haibowal Kalan village, a 63-yearold woman from Hussainpura, a 50-year-old woman from Boparai Kalan, a 65year-old man from Shimlapuri and a 67-year-old woman from Kitchlu Nagar in the district. As many as 13,99,080 samples were collected to date. A total of 84,622 cases of Ludhiana district and 11,051 cases of other districts or states have been confirmed by the Civil Surgeon office. The virus has claimed lives of 2,007 persons of Ludhiana district and 995 persons of other district or states as per the Civil Surgeon office Ludhiana. There are 3,604 active cases in Ludhiana at present. The Health Department informed that 45 patients, including 26 from Ludhiana and 19 from other areas, are on ventilator support. Plummets by 18.03% from highest-ever 19.57% within month Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 2 Making a turnaround from the worst-hit to the safest district, Ludhiana has achieved the lowest daily positivity rate in the last 102 days. The district’s daily positivity rate touched a record low of 1.54 per cent on June 1, which was lowest in the last three and a half months after the bit lower 1.02 per cent positivity rate recorded here on February 18. With this, Ludhiana became the second safest district in Punjab after Nawanshahr, which recorded the state’s lowest daily positivity rate of 1.48 per cent, which was 0.06 per cent less than Ludhiana. Also, Ludhiana’s daily positivity rate was 2.15 per cent less than the state’s average daily positivity rate of 3.69 per cent on June 1. This U-turn was all the more significant as the daily positivity rate has dropped by a OFFICIALSPEAK The strict of restrictions and keeping ❝guard highenforcement deadly virus has shown the the against the desired results. Despite being the biggest district with highest population in the state, Ludhiana has become the safest place but we have to continue our sustained campaign against Covid till the situation becomes completely normal. Varinder Kumar Sharma, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER ❞ whopping 18.03 per cent from the highest-ever rate of 19.57 per cent within a month. The district had touched its peak of virus surge on May 2. However, the daily positivity rate went up slightly to 2.02 per cent on June 2 when 285 of the day’s total 14,084 samples tested positive. The data compiled by the district administration, which is available with The Tribune, revealed that the daily positivity rate has been plummeting constantly for the last one week from 4.61 per cent on May 24 to 3.28 per cent on May 25; 3.06 per cent on May 26; 2.56 per cent on May 27; 2.82 per cent on May 28; 2.43 per cent on May 29; 2.09 per cent on May 30, and dropping below 2 per cent on May 31 (1.74 per cent). Ludhiana’s positivity rate started at a high of 18.92 per cent on the first day of May, further rising and touching its peak of 19.57 per cent on May 2. Thereafter, it came down to 13.95 per cent on May 3, rising to 14.88 per cent on May 4, dipping to 10.83 per cent on May 5, again going up to 12.11 per cent on May 6, 14.12 per cent on May 7, down to 12.33 per cent on May 8, shooting up to 17.18 per cent on May 9, 17.7 per cent on May 10, decreasing to 13.86 per cent on May 11, 9.34 per cent on May 12 and once again rising to 10.75 per cent on May 13. The daily positivity rate constantly dropped from 8.69 per cent on May 14 to 7.76 per cent on May 15, 6.35 per cent on May 16, slightly rising to 6.65 per cent on May 17, 6.79 per cent on May 18, again coming down to 4.82 per cent on May 19, going up to 5.32 per cent on May 20, once again dipping to 5.05 per cent on May 21 and touching a record low of 3.99 per cent on May 22. The weekly average positivity rate analysed by the Health and Family Welfare Department showed that Ludhiana reported 4.3 per cent positivity rate between May 20 and 26, which was almost half than 7.3 per cent positivity rate recorded in the district between May 13 and 19. CM inaugurates paediatric Covid care ward at CMCH Panel formed to probe lack of Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 2 Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Wednesday virtually inaugurated a 50-bed paediatric Covid care ward at Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), Ludhiana, as a partnership initiative between the hospital and the Police Public Foundation (PPF). On the occasion, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was also signed for setting up two oxygen plants in the district for which 20 industries have donated ~1.2 crore. The two plants will become functional at the CMCH and Krishna Charitable Hospital within 6-8 weeks, according to Rahul Ahuja, former president, CII, Officials attend the virtual inauguration ceremony of a paediatric Covid care ward by CM Capt Amarinder Singh. ASHWANI DHIMAN who signed the MoU on behalf of the industry with the two hospitals. Under the agreement, 20 per cent of oxygen treatment will be subsidised for poor patients. The CM said the pandemic was a major challenge and the state had to be prepared for the worst. Though nobody knows about the third wave in the country, the state was making all efforts to gear up for another possible surge, which could affect the children more, he added. The Chief Minister said the industry in Punjab had always been at the helm of extending a helping hand in every crisis. He congratulated the Punjab Police Foundation for the new Covid ward, for which it has provided financial assistance for medical infrastructure, as per the MoU signed by it with the CMCH. The hospital has provided space, manpower services, administrative and technical support for setting up of the ward, which is a Level 2 facility. Patients in the ward will be provided treatment at concessional rates, with 20 per cent of the beds have been reserved for the poor and needy patients. The ward is fully functional and equipped with all necessary infrastructure – patient beds, cardiac monitors, oxygen concentrators and UPS system. Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan said the public and industry support, along with the contribution of the private health sector, had proved a major asset in the fight against Covid. Citing supply of 14 ventilators to the CMCH, she said the state government extended all help to private hospitals, who, in turn, had provided free treatment to poor patients referred to them by the government. DGP Dinkar Gupta said the initiative to set up the special ward was taken forward by CP Rakesh Agrawal after an appeal was made by the CM to leaders of the industry and business to create quality infrastructure and increase present capacity of hospitals as preparations to tackle any future Covid wave. coordination between MC wings Ludhiana, June 2 After a portion of recently re-carpeted road was dug for the installation of storm water drainage pipes near Clock Tower due to lack of coordination between the MC’s two branches, O&M and B&R, MC Commissioner Pardeep Kumar Sabharwl has constituted a sub-committee to enquire the matter so that action can be initiated against the erring official. The MC has started installing the storm water drainage pipes to resolve the chronic rainwater logging problem near Clock Tower. Under this project, storm water drainage pipes are to be installed between Rekhi Cinema Chowk and a drain near Bhadaur House. But before starting the project, the MC’s B&R branch had got a road portion between Clock Tower and the drain was re-carpeted. However, the MC’s O&M officials had claimed that the B&R branch was informed not to re-carpet that road stretch as drainage pipes were to be installed. Sabharwal has given directions to the committee to file the inquiry report within 15 days. The committee members would enquire that which official is responsible for the negligence.—TNS Man alleges torture, police refute claim Years on, NHAI, MC ignore problem Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 2 A city resident has accused the cops of the SBS Nagar police post of giving him thirddegree torture and keeping him in illegal police custody. He was later released by the warrant officer who conducted a raid on the police post yesterday night. The police have, however, refuted all allegations. Dharminder, a resident of Samrala Chowk, said on May 27, when he was going to market, he was cornered by cops at Gill Chowk and taken to the SBS Nagar police post, which falls under the Dugri police station. “I persistently asked the cops to tell the reason of apprehending me, but they didn’t give any reply. Later, they said I have connection with some smuggler and accused me of consuming drugs. I have never consumed any drug in my life and the police should get my dope test done to find the truth,” alleged the victim. The victim said he was subjected to third degree torture by the police and forced to confess connection with a drug smuggler. He added that he had been pleading innocence but the cops didn’t pay heed and they continued to torture him for several days. Yesterday, after coming to know about the illegal custody, warrant officer of court conducted a raid and saved him, victim revealed. Dharminder Singh, incharge, SBS Nagar police Owners seek reopeningof gyms Ludhiana, June 2 The staff and owners of various gyms staged a protest at more than 20 locations in the city on Wednesday asking the government to allow opening of the gyms at the earliest. The gym owners said people must be allowed to do exercises at the gyms. A gym owner said, “Many of us had taken loans to set up gyms and it is difficult for us to return loan amount now as gyms are lying closed and there is no other source of income for us. Moreover, we have to pay the building rent and electricity charges post, said the police had recently held a woman with drugs and during her questioning, the name of Dharminder had cropped up. “He was not rounded up on May 27 rather he was rounded up yesterday only and his kin filed a complaint in the court alleging illegal custody. Accused remained in the police custody for few hours only. Now, he has levelled fake allegations of torture and illegal custody. We are still probing his role in drug connection,” the ASI added. MLA Bains appeals to CM Tribune News Service Gym owners stage a protest on Wednesday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN too. The government has allowed the opening of the liquor vends but the gyms are lying closed.” Amarjot Singh, another gym owner from Ludhiana, said, “The protests were staged at nearly 25 locations in the city today. We ask the government to issue an order to open the gyms. We will follow all the guidelines for the prevention of Covid19 at the gyms.” — TNS Ludhiana, June 2 Simarjeet Singh Bains, MLA, has asked the Punjab Chief Minister to order opening of the gyms in the state. Bains said he had already written a letter to the Chief Minister, requesting him to order the opening of the gyms and fitness centres. They must be opened at the earliest as physical activity was beneficial for the body and helped boost immunity amid the pandemic. c m y b of waterlogging at Giaspura Chowk Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 2 Thousands of commuters are forced to face inconvenience due to rainwater accumulation at Giaspura Chowk on the NH-44 here. After rainfall, the water remains accumulated for days at the intersection, leaving commuters to suffer. Residents of nearby areas have raised the issue many times but no action has been taken by the authorities concerned to get the issue resolved. They wanted the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and the MC to make provision of a proper drainage system at the intersection. Even, the existing storm water drainage system along the highway is not properly functional for a long time due to which waterlogging was a regular problem there. A commuter, RK Yadav, said: “Whenever it rains, water gets accumulated at the intersection. I have been witnessing the problem for the past around eight years as I pass through the area regularly. It is the responsibility of Commuters struggle to cross a waterlogged road at Giaspura Chowk in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO the NHAI and the MC to pay attention and take required measures to get the problem resolved. Rainwater from MC areas also flows towards Giaspura Chowk. Storm water drains on the national highway are lying defunct. These should be made properly functional before the upcoming rainy season. If no action is taken, we will be forced to hold protests.” Upkar Singh Sahni, president of the Giaspura Indus- trial Welfare Association, said: “Waterlogging under the flyover at Giaspura Chowk is a common scene during rainy days. We demand from the departments concerned to take immediate steps to make a proper provision to drain out rainwater from the spot.” Narsingh Tiwari of Giaspura said: “Many commuters are forced to suffer due to waterlogging at Giaspura Chowk. Sometimes, two-wheeler riders lose balance while passing through the stretch. Moreover, potholes are also not visible due to waterlogging. We appeal to the authorities concerned to take action to resolve the problem at the earliest.” However, MC Superintending Engineer Ravinder Garg could not be contacted for comments. Virendra Kumar, Project Director, NHAI, said he would look into the matter and take steps to get the issue resolved.
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