06062021-LT-01.qxd 6/6/2021 12:09 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE RESIDENTS VOW TO PROTECT ENVIRONMENT, PLANT TREES PAGE 2 City residents are doing their bit to keep the environment around them healthy and disease-free. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY PAGE 3 SAUMYA RUBBISHES REPORTS OF USING FAKE ID TO GET JAB FAWAD MCU’S 1ST ON-SCREEN MUSLIM-AMERICAN SUPERHERO? The Ae Dil Hai Mushkil actor has reportedly been roped in for upcoming TV series Ms Marvel. Actress Saumya Tandon was accused of using a fake identity card to get her first jab of Covid-19 vaccine. MAX 39°C | MIN 24°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C | MIN 23°C SUNSET SUNDAY 7:27 PM PAGE 4 SUNRISE MONDAY 5:23 AM SUNDAY | 6 JUNE 2021 | LUDHIANA 5 dead, 201 test positive Active cases lowest in 70 days in dist Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 5 As many as 201 persons tested positive for Covid, while five persons lost their lives to the virus in the district today. Total confirmed positive cases have now reached 85,251, while 2,026 have lost their lives since March 2020. Those who tested positive include two undertrials and one pre-operative case, while tracing of 35 patients is still in process. Four men and a woman, belonging to Khanna, Haibowal Kalan, Mall Road, Millergunj and Rishi Nagar, died of Covid. The active cases in the district were 2,827. As many as 97 Covid patients were admitted to government hospitals and 296 to private hospitals. Forty patients were on ventilator support. Meanwhile, giving an 20 booked in firing incident Ludhiana, June 5 In a firing incident that reported in Moti Nagar here on the night of June 4, the police probe found that kingpin of two gangs had challenged each other. A few of the gangsters were identified. The kingpin of the two groups, Shubham Mota and Puneet Bains, are lodged in a jail and they had directed their gang members to fix a time to check the power of their gangs. No one suffered any bullet injury as the they fired in the air only. They were captured in the CCTV camera footage after which the police identified them. A case has been registered against the gang members, Karam Walia, Raja Bajan, Vistuket, Mani, Harsh Wardan and 15 unknown persons. — TNS POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 4 pm: Barewal, Sukhmani Enclave, Apex Nagar, Rajouri Garden, Madhuban Enclave, Bhai Daya Singh Nagar, Shant Park, Ajit Villa and Barewal Road. COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 14,41,184 85,251 2,827 237 2,026 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 overwhelming response to the appeal of Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma, the Ludhiana Jewellers Association on Saturday sponsored vaccine for its members, workers and consumers and held a vaccination camp at the local Sutlej Club. Inaugurating the inoculation camp for persons aged between 18 and 44 years, MLA Surinder Dawar and Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma along with Additional Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar appreciated the jewellers’ association and said this would set an example for other trade bodies and individuals to donate vaccine for the needy persons in this age bracket. They also planted a sapling in the club to observe World Environment Day. Decline came after recording high of 13,217 patients on May 16 Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 5 Today the active Covid cases have recorded the lowest count in 70 days in Ludhiana district, giving a much-needed sigh of relief and showing the signs of gradual retreat besides plateauing of the impact of the devastating second Covid wave. The count of active virus patients dropped considerably to 2,827 on June 5, which was lowest after March 27 when the district had logged 2,776 active cases. Since then, the active cases were on a constant high and had touched a record high of 13,217 on May 16. This was the highest number of active cases registered in any district of Punjab so far. The increasing trend of active cases was evident from the fact that the figure kept rising with each passing day OFFICIALSPEAK drop in active cases is another ❝Thenormalcythe numberinofthe district. Our aim is to sign of returning treat each and every active patient with the best possible facilities available at government and private health institutions. The public shall continue to follow the Covid appropriate behaviour. Varinder Kumar Sharma, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER for the past two months. From 2,776 on March 27, the active cases went up to 2,853 on March 28; 2,889 on March 29; 2,858 on March 30; 2,937 on March 31 and April 1; 2,943 on April 2; 2,918 on April 3; 2,834 on April 4; 2,835 on April 5; 2,876 on April 6; 2,987 on April 7; 3,147 on April 8; 3,293 on April 9; 3,298 on April 10; 3,434 on April 11; 3,381 on April 12; 3,391 on April 13; 3,501 on April 14; 3,756 on April 15; 3,817 on April 16; 4,277 on April 17; 4,444 on April 18; 4,704 on April 19; 5,029 on ❞ April 20; 5,292 April on 21; 5,829 on April 22; 6,252 on April 23; 6,620 on April 24; 7,117 on April 25; 7,112 on April 26; 7,462 on April 27; 7,853 on April 28; 8,012 on April 29; and 7,790 on April 30. The month of May played mayhem with the count of active virus patients breaking all previous records and touching a new high. From 8,839 on May 1, the figure kept rising to 9,870 on May 2; 10,309 on May 3; 10,316 on May 4; 10,778 on May 5; 11,022 on May 6; 11,212 on May 7; 11,368 on May 8; 12,047 on May 9; 11,194 on May 10; 11,480 on May 11; 12,278 on May 12; 12,266 on May 13; 12,586 on May 14; 12,832 on May 15; and reached a record high of 13,217 on May 16. However, the reverse trend of decline in the active cases started from May 17 when 12,837 active patients were logged in the district and it started receding to 12,371 on May 18; 11,373 on May 19; 10,687 on May 20; 9,988 on May 21; 9,355 on May 22; 8,617 on May 23; 7,804 on May 24; 7,133 on May 25; 6,629 on May 26; 6,189 on May 27; 5,614 on May 28; 5,226 on May 29; 4,740 on May 30; and reached 4,276 on May 31. The month of June started from 3,604 active cases on the first day, further dropping to 3,604 on June 2; 3,325 on June 3; 3,064 on June 4 and 2,827 on June 5. Song to motivate Two cops among 4 booked Gang of snatchers cops amid Covid for abetting man’s suicide busted, four held Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 5 To motivate the police force to encourage people to follow the Covid norms and to show the hard work being done by the police during the pandemic, the Ludhiana police have launched a song, ‘Honsla’. The video song was produced by FICCI FLO as a tribute to the Punjab Police for helping and supporting residents during these tough times. The song depicts police personnel doing their Covid-related duties and other work at oxygen plants, hospitals, on roads. The police, including the city top cop, are also seen encouraging the force and residents to stay bold in the crisis to win the battle together against Covid. The song has also high- GETS GOOD RESPONSE ON SOCIAL MEDIA The police have also uploaded the video song on its official Facebook page and Twitter handle, which is being liked by a large number of people. lighted ‘behind-the-scene’ works being initiated by the police force and the way they are discharging their day and night duties amid Covid. Reader to Police Commissioner Suresh Kumar was also shown cycling in police uniform in the video to show that how police personnel are staying fit to give their more than 100 per cent to win the fight against the virus. The police have also uploaded the video song on its official Facebook page and Twitter handle, which is being liked by a large number of people. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 5 The Machhiwara Sahib police booked an inspector, a woman constable and two others for allegedly abetting the suicide of a man. The deceased had jumped into the canal after they threatened him and his family of dire consequences. The suspects have been identified as inspector Davinder Singh of Khanna, woman constable Rajinder Kaur of Garhi Tarkhana village, Rajinder’s uncle Varinder Singh and his son Lakhi of Kartar Nagar, Khanna. The complainant in the case, Harpreet Singh, of Garhi Tarkhana village, near Khanna, told the police that one of the accused was his wife, constable Rajinder Kaur. She had an affair with inspector Davinder due to which there was tension between him and his wife. Harpreet said he got married with Rajinder in October last year and she was working with the police control room at Khanna. After our marriage, his wife was also not on good terms with his mother Paramjit Kaur and brother Rajpal and she was forcing him to leave his parents’ house and stay with her at the police quarters. “Since my wife had an extramarital affair with inspector Davinder, who was also working at the police control room, whenever I told her to stay away from the inspector, he used to create trouble at our home. She even used to call him to home whenever I indulged in any argument with her and the policeman always used to support my wife,” alleged the complainant. “On May 31, after I had some arguments with my wife, she called Davinder to home, who while supporting my wife threatened me, my mother and brother of dire consequences and warned all of us not to trouble Rajinder at home. He even insulted my mother and threw her ‘duppata’ away, “ he alleged. Afterwards, the deceased’s brother, Rajpal Singh (23), went under depression, fearing that the inspector and relative of Rajinder may bring more trouble in their lives due to which he went to the canal near Garhi on his bike. After parking the bike there, he jumped into the canal and committed suicide. Investigating officer ASI Vipan Kumar said the suspects were at large in the case and raids were being conducted at their suspected whereabouts to nab them. Ludhiana, June 5 The Salem Tabri police busted a gang of snatchers and arrested four of its members. Station House Officer (SHO) Gopal Krishan said on May 26, Jatin Verma of SBS Nagar, Salem Tabri, approached the police station and lodged a complaint that he was heading towards the Jalandhar bypass on his scooter when three armed persons stopped him on the way. They were carrying sharp weapons. They snatched his wallet containing cash and other important documents. The SHO said later, ASI Jinder Lal Sidhu led the probe in the case and acting on a tip-off, the police laid a naka on the Jassian road near the Pepsi ground where three persons riding a scooter were arrested. They were identified as Pawan Kumar Mota (32) of Ashok Nagar, Sahil Nahar Golu (25) of New Ashok Nagar and Shivam (20) of Ashok Nagar. Three mobile phones, a sharp weapon and Rs 200 recovered from the trio. Later during questioning, the accused admitted that after snatching mobile phones, they used to sell the same to Sahil Kumar (50), a resident of the Jalandhar bypass area, at a meagre price of Rs 500 only. The police also rounded up Sahil and three more mobile phones, which the gang had sold to him, were also recovered. The SHO said Pawan had a notorious past as six cases of drug snatching, drug smuggling and cheating were already registered against him in the past. — TNS Trader faces trouble due to Smart Street project Farmers burn copies of agri laws Says he is unable to use designated parking space due to construction of footpath Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 5 The Smart Street project on Malhar Road has already missed its deadline while traders have been raising questions over the project design again. Now, a store owner is facing inconveniences due to the ongoing project as he claimed that they are unable to park vehicles in the designated parking area of the store after a wide footpath has been constructed between the store and the road. Ram Gupta, the owner of a showroom on Malhar Road, said: “As per rules, space was left for parking of vehicles in front of our store building. Now, a footpath of about 6 inches (height) has been constructed outside the store while a structure for the installation of a transformer has been constructed on another side of the building. Now, we are unable to park vehicles in the parking space. No space The wide footpath in front of shops on Malhar Road in Ludhiana. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN QUESTIONS RAISED OVER PROJECT DESIGN IN PAST Members of the Malhar Road Shopkeepers Association had raised questions over the project design in the past too. They had asked the civic body authorities to rectify the project design. A shopkeeper said: “Malhar Road was once known as one of the widest roads but now, its width has been reduced. Some other shopkeepers had raised the issue regarding parking of vehicles but to no avail. Footpaths being constructed are too wide.” has been left for the passage of vehicles to the des- ignated parking area.” He said: “I don’t under- stand how the project was designed. Many other shopkeepers are also not satisfied with the ongoing project. I demand from Ludhiana Smart City Limited and the MC officials concerned to take necessary steps to resolve the problem at the earliest.” Members of the Malhar Road Shopkeepers Associ- c m y b ation had earlier also raised questions over the project design. They had demanded from the authorities to rectify the project design. A shopkeeper said: “Malhar Road was once known as one of the widest roads but now, its width has been reduced. Some other shopkeepers had raised the issue regarding parking of vehicles but to no avail. Footpaths being constructed are too wide.” Notably, the civic body authorities had recently inspected the ongoing construction work on Malhar Road and found some other flaws there. MC Commissioner-cum-CEO of Ludhiana Smart City Limited Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal had also issued show-cause notices to three officials of B&R and O&M branches of the civic body. Meanwhile, MC Superintending Engineer, Rahul Gagneja could not be contacted for comments. outside BJP leaders’ residences Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 5 While observing the day of the promulgation of the farm ordinances last year as ‘Sampoorna kranti diwas’ as per the call given by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha, farmers staged a protest and burnt copies of the Centre’s three farm laws outside the residence of former state chief of the BJP Prof Rajinder Bhandari here today. The farmers associated with the Bharti Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) gathered near MBD Mall on Ferozepur Road. Later, they started a march on tractors and other vehicles towards the residence of Bhandari. They raised slogans against the BJP-led Central Government, demanding repealing of the farm laws. The members of the union criticised the Union Government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They accused the Centre of Farmers protest outside the residence of BJP leader Rajinder Bhandari in Ludhiana on Saturday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN ignoring the voice of farmers and labourers and blamed it for destroying the farming sector by benefiting some big corporates. Gurpreet Singh of the BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) said: “We burned copies of the three black laws which are against farmers and labouers. The Modiled Central Government should repeal the farm laws at the earliest. The farmers’ movement against the farm laws has become a ‘jan andolan’. We will keep fighting for our rights. If these laws are not repealed, we will intensify the agitation.” During the protest, police personnel were also deployed. Meanwhile, a group of farmers said: “We staged a dharna outside the residence of the BJP leader at Rishi Nagar here to express our protest against the farm laws. continued on page 2
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