04062021-LT-01.qxd 04-06-2021 00:02 Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE 2 YRS ON, PAEDIATRIC ICU AT CIVIL HOSPITAL GATHERS DUST PAGE 2 The unit at Civil Hospital, which is equipped with nine ventilators and oxygen facility, is still non-operational. FORECAST CLOUDY Two youths abduct, rape minor girl in car MAHIRA SHARMA OPENS UP ABOUT HER PASSION FOR MUSIC Mahira, who’s known for her roles in hit TV shows like Naagin and Bepanah Pyaarr, has starred in several hit songs. MAX 36°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 22°C SUNSET FRIDAY 7:26 PM Wheat supply of 5 ration depots suspended Ludhiana, June 3 The Food Supply Department on Thursday suspended wheat supply of five ration depots after various anomalies were found during a surprise checking. A checking drive is being conducted to Continued on page 2 PAGE 4 Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani were booked for flouting Covid lockdown rules in Mumbai on Wednesday. SUNRISE SATURDAY 5:23 AM FRIDAY | 4 JUNE 2021 | LUDHIANA Three expectant mothers, 3 health workers among infected COVID-19 FIGURES Ludhiana, June 3 As many as 228 persons tested positive, while six persons lost their lives to the virus in the district today. Now total confirmed positive cases from Ludhiana are 84,850, while 2,103 persons have lost their lives to the disease so far. There were 3,325 actives cases in the district. Those who tested positive include three expectant mothers and three healthcare workers, while 53 patients are still being traced. Four women and two men lost their lives to the virus today. Four of them belonged to rural areas and two were from urban areas. A total of 14,13,624 samples have been collected so far and 14,545 were collected today and report of 375 is awaited. As many as 98 patients were admitted to government hospitals and 372 to private hos- SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 14,13,624 84,850 3,325 279 2,013 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 7 NEW PATIENTS OF BLACK FUNGUS Seven patients of black fungus were reported in the district on Thursday. Five of them belong to Ludhiana and two to other districts. Now, 89 patients are admitted to various hospitals in Ludhiana. Till now, nine persons — two belonging to Ludhiana and seven from other districts — have lost their lives here. pitals. As many as 40 patients — 22 from Ludhiana and 18 from other districts — were on ventilator support. The number of Covid cases has decreased in Ludhiana, Weightlifter alleges rape by traffic policeman Says cop committed crime on pretext of providing govt job Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 3 A national-level weightlifting player of Kasabad village, near Ludhiana, was allegedly raped by a sub-inspector of the city traffic police on the pretext of providing a government job to her in sports quota in the Punjab Government. The woman today submitted a complaint to Police Commissioner (PC) Rakesh Agrawal and the PC marked an inquiry to ADCP 1 Pragya Jain in this matter. The woman in her complaint claimed that she was a national-level weightlifting player and she had also won a silver medal. COMMERCIALISATION OF MINI ROSE GARDEN NGT tells MC chief, Urban Devp Secy to take remedial steps Ludhiana, June 3 In a petition filed by the Council of Engineers against commercialisation and concretisation of Mini Rose Garden being done under the Smart City Mission project by Ludhiana Smart City Limited, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) Bench given directions that the Secretary, Urban Development, Punjab, and Ludhiana MC Commissioner may look into the matter and take remedial measures as are found necessary, following due process of law. In the order, the Bench said: “There is no doubt that parks being lungs of the city need to be maintained following best practices, in accordance with the observations of the Supreme Court and this Tribunal. There is, however, no presumption that the law on the point will not be followed. It is not a case that the Tribunal needs to determine any question. Only issue is of compliance of well-established norms by the state authorities.” TIGER’S MOM AYESHA DEFENDS HIM AFTER POLICE FILES FIR plummet 6 more succumb, 228 +ve Daily Covid deathsin48days to single digit, lowest Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 3 Two youths kidnapped a 17year-old girl, took her to an isolated place in Khanna and raped her in the car. The Khanna City-II police have registered a case against the two youths, Shiv Thakur of Nanak Nagar, Khanna, and Gurpreet Singh Lucky of Navi Abadi in Khanna. The complainant, victim’s mother, told the police that yesterday her daughter and her friend, had gone to buy books from a book market and when they were returning home, the suspects, who were friends of her daughter, met her in the market. “They asked my daughter and her friend to sit in their car. Later, my daughter’s friend forced the youths to stop the car and alighted from the vehicle. Afterwards, they took my daughter near the Radha Vatika’s gate where the duo sexually abused her in the car,” she alleged. After committing the crime, the suspects left her on the road and fled. She said when her daughter reached home, she was tensed. It was only when she was repeatedly asked the reason for the same, she told family members about the incident. Inspector Raj Parvinder said a case of rape had been registered against the duo and raids were being conducted to nab them. — TNS PAGE 3 Earlier, the Council of Engineers had moved the NGT against the Ludhiana Smart City Limited’s project. They alleged that the project work includes the construction of an indoor badminton court building, cafeteria, water fountains, concrete paths and parking with solid interlocking tiles at the park. Kapil Arora of the Council of Engineers said: “Ludhiana Smart City Limited is developing Mini Rose Garden (the land area around just 3.50 acres) under the Smart city Mission with a budget of Rs 3.48 crore. For a building such as indoor badminton court, any other public land or building could have been selected but by constructing the building in Mini Rose Garden, Ludhiana Smart City Limited is decreasing the green area of the park.” The council members said they had requested the NGT for restitution of green area of Mini Rose Garden. — TNS The woman said since having a sports background, she had a desire to get a job under the sports quota. “In September last year, my father’s friend introduced me to a SI in the traffic police who assured me a government job. Since then, he called me to some restaurant-cum-hotel near Basti Jodhewal and a hotel on the Ludhiana-Jalandhar bypass on many occasions to complete documents to apply for the government job and raped me several times,” she said. The woman said he had also made her objectionable videos and photographs which he was using to blackmail her. She alleged whenever she asked him about the government job, the SI used to make hollow promises. “Now, he had been threatening me with dire consequences if I approach the police against him. Now, I have been assured by the top cop that justice will be delivered after conducting a probe in the case. I hope the accused will face action, “ the woman alleged. Notably, the woman was carrying a photograph of the suspect along when she went to lodge the complaint. Meanwhile, the SI did not respond to phone calls. but the Health Department teams are still working with the same effort to bring the cases to nil. In order to do that the teams are doing extensive sampling, vaccination and making awareness. Teams are visiting different villages of the district and everyday they apprise people of basic preventive measures to keep themselves and others safe from Covid-19. Various vaccination and sampling camps are being organised on daily basis in the city. Civil Surgeon Dr Kiran Gill said, “People are scared of Covid, but they should also know that it is very easy to stay away from the virus. All they need to do is follow the Health Department’s guidelines”. Dist’s daily case fatality ratio falls below 2%, cumulative less than 2.5% Mega vaccination drive Nitin Jain A free mega vaccination drive for the above 45 years’ category will be held at 176 places in the district on Friday. Tribune News Service ~39-lakh grant for graveyard maintenance Ludhiana, June 3 Fulfilling the long-pending demand of Muslims for upgrading Sherpur’s burial place, the Punjab Government on Thursday has sanctioned a grant of Rs 38.93 lakh, which would be used to build boundary wall, rooms and maintenance of the graveyard. Punjab Backward Classes Land Development and Finance Corporation (Backfinco) vicechairman Mohammad Gulab said the Muslim community in Sherpur, Dhandari, Focal Point and surrounding areas had been seeking improvement in the infrastructure of the burial place for several years, following which he took up the matter with Cabinet Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu, MP Ravneet Singh Bittu and Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu for financial assistance to carry out the works there. — TNS A man gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA Ludhiana, June 3 Continuing to show the signs of gradual retreat and plateauing of the impact of the devastating second Covid wave, Ludhiana district’s daily deaths due to the deadly virus have plummeted to single digit, recording the lowest death toll in the last 48 days. Also, the district’s daily case fatality ratio (CFR) has fallen drastically to below 2 per cent and the cumulative CFR has dropped to less than 2.5 per cent. Significantly, the death percentage of Ludhiana, which has made a remarkable turnaround from the worst-hit to the safest district in Punjab, has touched a record low of 2.48 per cent. The daily CFR touched a low of 1.35 per cent on June 1, which was lowest after 1.27 per cent recorded here on May 9. Since then, the 24-hour case fatality ratio has been on a constant rise and had touched the peak of 4.57 per cent on May 26. In the first peak, the district had reported a record high daily CFR of 10.26 per cent on RPF women staff help pregnant passenger deliver baby on platform Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, June 3 For pregnant Havanti Devi, travelling from Kathua to Chhapra (Bihar) on board 05098 Jammu Tawi-Bhagalpur Festival Special train, women force members of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) turned out to be angels. The woman passenger in coach S-2 of the train, being in advanced stage of pregnancy, developed labour pain as the train chugged in at the Ludhiana railway station in wee hours on Wednesday. The RPF women team, comprising Sub-Inspector Rita Devi along with Constables Dholi Yadav and Priya, deployed as the special team ‘sakhi’ under the ‘suraksha kavach’ campaign, helped the woman alight from the train and sensing emergency, provided a screen of bed sheets around her for delivering the child as the arrival of ambu- Havanti Devi with RPF personnel in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO lance was delayed. “We had heard the woman crying in pain dur- c m y b ing routine checking of coaches and helped her get down on the platform number one. As the labour pangs advanced and child birth seemed imminent, we provided a cover of bed sheets and helped Harvanti Devi deliver a girl child on the railway platform itself,” said a beaming SI Rita Devi. She said the woman also got unconscious for some time during childbirth but all went well by the end. As ambulance took some time in arriving, Constables Dholi and Priya took the mother and child in an auto-rickshaw to Civil Hospital where both of them were found in good condition by the doctors. Divisional Railway Manager of the Ferozepur Division of the Northern Railway Rajesh Aggarwal has commended the women force team of the RPF saying they had shown exemplary presence of mind, sense of commitment to duty and consideration towards fellow human beings. OFFICIALSPEAK has given a much❝The fall inofCovid death count the casualties needed sigh relief. Majority of reported so far were patients with comorbid conditions or those who reported too late to the hospital after contracting the virus. Our endeavour is to ensure that no precious life is lost to the deadly infection. Varinder Kumar Sharma, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER August 2. Similarly, the cumulative CFR has also witnessed a steep decline to reach a low of 2.37 per cent for three consecutive days since June 1. It has dipped from the high of 3.9 per cent on January 1 and the record high of 4.29 per cent during the first peak on September 11. The data compiled by the district administration, which is available with The Tribune, revealed that the daily casualties touched the lowest mark of 3 on June 1, which was on a par with as many deaths reported here on April 13. Since then, the daily death count has been on an exponential rise with the 24-hour death toll touching its peak of 30 on two consecutive days — May 10 and 11. This excluded ❞ the virus deaths of patients from outside Ludhiana reported in the district. The district has been reporting the single-digit daily death count since May 31 when eight locals lost their lives to Covid. Since then, the death toll continued to remain low for the four consecutive days with the district reporting three Covid deaths on June 1; 5 on June 2; and 6 on June 3. The Covid death percentage in the district also touched a record low of 2.48 per cent on June 2 and 3, which was the lowest so far. It had touched its peak of 5.29 per cent during the first peak on August 17 last year, while this year it has been constantly declining from 3.95 per cent recorded on January 1. As MC, GLADA pass buck on street gates, lawyer moves court Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 3 A city-based advocate has moved the court as the MC and Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) were passing the buck over the issue of closed iron gates in the streets of Urban Estate, Phase I and II, Dugri, here. Advocate Girish Sood, a resident of Urban Vihar, located adjacent to Urban Estate, Phase I, said a number of iron gates on the entrance of public streets had been installed in the areas of Urban Estate allegedly without obtaining any permission from the MC and police. “Due to the installation of the gates, the public face inconvenience as most of the gates remain closed all time,” said Sood. Sood said he had sent a legal notice to the departments concerned to remove the illegal gates erected in the streets of Urban Estate with- in two months of receiving the notice but nothing was done. The advocate said he had raised the matter with the MC but the Assistant Town Planner (ATP) at Zone D had replied that the building control in Phase I and II of Urban Estate is under GLADA. In the reply, the ATP claimed that the MC B&R branch maintains the roads in these areas but the MC does not look after the building control work there. GLADA is supposed to act on the gates in these areas, the MC’s ATP had further stated in the reply letter sent to the advocate. On the other hand, GLADA had also written to the Municipal Town Planner of MC that GLADA had already handed over the maintenance works related to roads, road berms and parks of Urban Estate, Phase I and II, to the MC. Thus, the MC was supposed Continued on page 2
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