08062021-LT-01.qxd 6/7/2021 11:13 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE WRONGLY ENTERED DATA CAUSES PROBLEMS DURING 2ND DOSE PAGE 2 While registering for Covid vax, employees sometimes enter phone number wrongly, as a result beneficiary fails to get message. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY INBRIEF LOCKDOWN: 3 HELD FOR VIOLATIONS VETERAN ACTRESS TARLA JOSHI DIES OF HEART ATTACK MAN ARRESTED WITH CANNABIS Ludhiana: The police have arrested Santosh Kumar, a resident of Uttam Nagar, and made a seizure of 140 gm of cannabis (ganja) from his possession. He has been booked under Sections 20, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. The police said the suspect was stopped on suspicion while moving on Gehlewal Road and he was found to be carrying a package which contained the contraband. OC PRISONERS BOOKED FOR VIOLATING RULES Ludhiana: The police have booked seven inmates of the Central Jail here on the complaint lodged by Surinder Kumar, Assistant Superintendent, Central Jail. As per the complaint, during a surprise check, eight mobile phones, seven SIM cards, three sachets of chewing tobacco and Rs 700 in cash were found from the accused. Those booked under Sections 42, 45 and 52-A(1) of the Prisons Act included Charanjit Singh, Joginder Pal, Sidharth Gandhi, Ajai Singh, Dharminder Shainki, Ajay Kumar and Pankaj Kumar. OC Congress MLA’s ‘morphed’ video goes viral, case registered Ludhiana, June 7 Congress MLA from Ludhiana East Sanjay Talwar has filed a police complaint against an alleged morphed video doing rounds on social media in which Talwar has been shown dancing with a girl in some party. The police have registered a case under Sections 499 and 500 of the IPC. He told the police that earlier also some miscreants had put his computer-edited picture of dancing with a girl on social media. “Now an edited version of the same picture has been put in a video form on social media to defame him and harm his political career,” Talwar asserted, while claiming that the video showing on social media was of some other person with some resemblance with him. The Congress legislator maintained that it was a fake picture/video which had been put on social media by his opponents to defame him that too when he had lost his wife only recently. — OC SONALI BENDRE RECALLS HER JOURNEY OF BATTLING CANCER Actress Tarla Joshi, who played many prominent roles in television serials, breathed her last on June 6. MAX 42°C | MIN 27°C | YESTERDAY MAX 39°C | MIN 26°C SUNSET TUESDAY 7:28 PM PAGE 4 Sonali is a cancer survivor and over these years, she has spread positivity and awareness about the disease. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5:28 AM TUESDAY | 8 JUNE 2021 | LUDHIANA 135 fresh cases, six dead Dip in daily Covid cases Expectant mother, health worker among those tested positive continues in district Tribune News Service Ludhiana: The police have arrested three shopkeepers on Ranjit Nagar Main Road and booked them under Section 188 for violation of prohibitory orders and lockdown on Sunday for keeping their shops open. The arrested persons were identified as Raj Kumar, a resident of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Kulwinder Singh, a resident of Jaswant Nagar, and the owner of Mishra Watch Company. In another incident, the police have booked the manager of Baba Chicken on Humbran Road under Section 188, Indian Penal Code (IPC), for opening the outlet during lockdown hours on Sunday. OC PAGE 3 Ludhiana, June 7 As many as 135 persons tested positive for Covid, while six persons lost their lives to the virus in the district today. Those who tested positive include an expectant mother and a healthcare worker, while 32 patients are still being traced. The total confirmed positive cases from Ludhiana reached 85,589, while 2,035 patients have lost their lives so far. There are 2,238 active cases in the district at present. A total of 81,316 patients have recovered in the district so far. Four men and two women lost their lives. The deceased belong to Satjot Nagar, Galwaddi village, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar, Khatra village, Salem Tabri and Model Town. Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma and municipal councillor Mamta Ashu dedicated an advanced life support ambulance to the people of Ludhiana at Civil Hospital here. Thanking Avon Cycles Chairman and MD Onkar Singh Pahwa for donating Rs 32 lakh for preparing an ultra-modern hi-tech ambulance, an electronic mortuary van, and 15 oxygen concentrators, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 14,64,989 85,589 2,238 381 2,035 COVID-19 CONTROL ROOM ■ For home isolation: ■ For general problem: 78147-64759 ■ For ambulance problem: 78143-63850 ■ For hospital problem: 62849-12553 ■ For problem in cremation of bodies: 77197-12797, 95015-00101, 95015-00102 62845-31852 ■ For bed/oxygen/medicine availability: 62849-12553 ■ For Remdesivir injection: 98720-08040 ■ For reporting overcharging by hospitals & other issues: 62849-12553 3 held for theft at spinning mill Our Correspondent Ludhiana, June 7 The police have arrested three persons, Gurpreet Singh, Waseem, both residents of Vardhman Nagar, and their accomplice Shamsher Singh, a resident of Bajra Colony, during investigation of a theft incident committed at Shakti Spinners on Bajra Road here. Three rolls of PVC sheet, of the 23 rolls stolen by the trio, were recovered by the police. In his complaint, owner of the spinning mill Sanjeev Kumar, a resident of Flower Dale Colony, said the mill was lying closed due to some family dispute. “On the intervening night of June 5 and 6, the miscreants broke into the factory and stole 23 rolls of PVC, along with a purse of security guard Rakesh Sood containing Rs 500 and some documents. A case has been registered. Electric motor goes missing Hardeep Singh, a resident of Koom Kalan, said a 5 HP electric motor was stolen from his 6.5-acre agricultural land which he had taken on lease. He said during a round of the fields in the wee hours on June 5, he saw that the motor fitted on the mono block pump was missing. He said earlier also, a 3 HP motor installed on another piece of land near the cremation ground was stolen. The police had registered a case under Sections 379 of the IPC. Mobile phone stolen Unidentified persons broke into the room of Rehan Ali, a resident of Dhandari Kalan, when he and his brother were sleeping on the night on June 1 and stole a smartphone. The police have registered a case under Sections 457, 380 and 304-A of the IPC. and councillor Mamta Ashu said the ambulance would meet the increased demand for transportation of patients with an advanced life support system. They said the ambulance has facilities of ventilators, air-conditioning, ECG, oxygen machine, defibrillator and infusion system, suction pump, stretcher, oximeters and first-aid kit. Anyone can contact on 95015-00101 and 95015-00102 for the services of the ambulance, they said. Meanwhile, at a solemn occasion at a local restaurant, representatives of Khalsa Aid, Hemkunt Foundation and A Little Happiness Foundation received five oxygen concentrators each from of the representative of the India Business Council. Black fungus patient dies A patient of black fungus, belonging to Ludhiana district, lost his life on Monday. Total 13 patients — five from Ludhiana district and eight from other districts — have lost their lives. Three more patients were diagnosed with black fungus. One is from Ludhiana and two from other districts. Total 97 confirmed patients of black fungus have been detected at various city hospitals and 49 are active patients. 2 static waste compactors inaugurated Ludhiana, June 7 Cabinet Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu on Sunday inaugurated two static compactors near Lodhi Club and behind Orient Cinema in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar. He assured the residents that soon Ludhiana would become a garbage-free city. He said for better and effective management of solid waste, static compactors were being installed at 40 different points of the city. The minister said the static compactors were installed for effective management of solid waste in the area. — TNS A woman gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana on Monday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA OFFICIALSPEAK Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 7 The constant decline in daily Covid cases in Ludhiana district continued today as well when the 24-hour infection tally touched a threemonth low of 135, further cementing the signs of gradual retreat and plateauing of the impact of the devastating second virus wave. The count of daily cases recorded today was lowest after 133 daily infections were reported in the district on March 12. Since then, the 24-hour tally of Covid patients had been on a constant rise and touched a peak of 1,729 on May 9, which was the highest mark registered in any district of Punjab on a single day so far. The reverse trend of decline in the daily virus cases began from May 10 when 1,470 infections were reported in the district. Earlier, the 24-hour coronavirus patient count kept on rising constantly since March 13 when 180 cases were recorded here. From 197 on March 14, the daily cases increased to 226 on March 15; 245 on March 16; 233 on March 17; 237 on March 18; 292 on March 19; 329 on March 20; 330 on March 21; 341 on March 22; 364 on March 23; 311 on March 24; 340 on March 25; 395 on March 26; and 497 on March 27. The fall daily Covid cases a We ❝headingintowards conqueringisthepositive sign. the are war against second coronavirus wave. However, we cannot lower our guard as there is a possibility of the third wave for which preparations have to be made. Varinder Kumar Sharma, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER The count started dropping from 437 on March 28 to 343 on March 29, 329 on March 30 and 328 on March 31. The rising trend once again began from the first day of April when 376 daily Covid patients were reported here. It kept rising from 369 on April 2; 382 on April 3; 446 on April 4; 390 on April 5; 401 on April 6; 415 on April 7; 425 on April 8; 438 on April 9; 389 on April 10; 530 on April 11; 523 on April 12; 480 on April 13; 489 on April 14; 482 on April 15; 598 on April 16; 835 on April 17; 685 on April 18; 758 on April 19; 778 on April 20; 879 on April 21; 880 on April 22; 995 on April 23; 861 on April 24 and touched the four-digit mark on April 25 when 1,389 cases were logged. However, infections dipped to 753 on April 26 before once again shooting up to 1,136 on April 27; falling to 952 on April 28; rising to 1,350 on April 29; and down to 792 on April 30. The month of May played a mayhem with the daily case tally reaching 1,600 on May 1; ❞ 1,404 on May 2; 1,198 on May 3; 1,347 on May 4; 1,186 on May 5; 1,257 on May 6; 1,465 on May 7; 1,223 on May 8; 1,729 on May 9; 1,470 on May 10; 1,386 on May 11; 1,215 on May 12; 1,335 on May 13; 1,320 on May 14; 1,132 on May 15; 942 on May 16; 851 on May 17; 991 on May 18; 731 on May 19; and 784 on May 20. The downward trend was once again witnessed from May 21 when the district reported 687 daily cases. The tally kept falling to 582 on May 22; 597 on May 23; 507 on May 24; 461 on May 25; 438 on May 26; 411 on May 27; 416 on May 28; 343 on May 29; 298 on May 30; and reached 223 on May 31. The month of June also started with a low count of 222 cases on the first day barring the increase to 285 on June 2. The case declining phenomenon continued since June 3 when 228 patients tested positive for the deadly virus. The count further fell to 200 on June 4, 201 on June 5, 203 on June 6, and recorded three-month low of 135 on June 7. Tragedy averted as car hits Four months on, Suwidha Centre barricade near Clock Tower employees not paid salaries Tribune News Service Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 7 A tragedy was averted when a car allegedly hit a drum that was placed as a barricade at the storm water drainage project site near Clock Tower on Monday. The vehicle was about to fell in a nearly 8-ft deep pit that was dug up for the installation of storm water drainage pipes. The reason behind the incident is not clear as the car driver could not be contacted for comments. MC Superintending Engineer Rajinder Singh claimed that a car broke down the barricade where the work was going on to install the pipes. “The tragedy, however, was averted otherwise the car could also hit some workers who were installing the pipes on the spot. The car driver later managed to The car that hit the barricade was about to fall in a nearly 8-ft deep pit that was dug up for the installation of storm water drainage pipes near Clock Tower. TRIBUNE PHOTO c m y b Ludhiana, June 7 The contractual employees working at Suwidha Centres of the Municipal Corporation (MC) are a harried lot as they have not been paid salaries for the past four months. Employees also met the higher authorities, but their salaries were not released till date. These employees have been working on the outsourcing basis with the MC. The civic body had hired a contractor to provide services at its Suwidha Centres through these employees. The agreement of the contractor with the MC ended earlier this year. It has been learnt that the MC did not float tenders to hire a new contractor on time. Employees were asked to continue to work at Suwidha Centres, but not paid salary, ‘MC NOT FLOATING TENDERS ON TIME’ Questions are also being raised over the MC’s role in not floating tenders on time after the expiration of the contractor’s agreement. Sources said many times the MC had hired those contractors, who handled paid parking lots in the city, to provide staff on outsourcing basis at Suwidha Centres. which made them suffer. An employee said, “There are around 110 contractual employees working on the outsourcing basis with the MC. The civic body pays to contractor for providing services. Each employee is paid around ~9,100 per month by the contractor. Despite our repeated requests, we have not been given salary since February 2021.” “I don’t know whether the contractor or the MC is depositing employees’ provident fund in their respective accounts or not. The matter regarding delay in salaries was taken up with the MC authorities, but no action has been taken in this regard,” the employee added. “We have been forced to borrow money from others to meet our daily needs. We are working even during the Covid pandemic. We appeal to the MC Commissioner and Mayor to get our salaries released at the earliest,” said another employee. Questions are also being raised over the MC’s role in not floating tenders on time after the expiration of the contractor’s agreement. Sources said many times the MC had hired those contractors, who handled paid parking lots in the city, to provide staff on outsourcing basis at Suwidha Centres. A few contractors also vio- lated norms and overcharged parking fee from visitors at several places in the city, the sources added. But, the MC always kept a soft corner for such contractors and awarded them with contracts to provide services at Suwidha Centres, said the sources. A former councillor Inder Aggarwal said, “The MC should directly recruit employees for its Suwidha Centres instead of hiring any firm/contractor to provide services on the outsourcing basis. Actually, a contractor generates good income, but exploits employees by paying them less salary. The exploitation of employees should be stopped. Salaries of employees must be released on time.” Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu said he had talked to the MC Commissioner regarding the matter. Salaries of all employees would be released soon, he added.
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