12062021-LT-01.qxd 11-06-2021 23:41 Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE PAGE 2 CONGRESS PROTESTS HIKE IN FUEL PRICES While some activists staged protests at various filling stations, others rode horse carts to express their concerns. FORECAST CLOUDY SKY VIJAYENDRA TALKS ABOUT VENTURING INTO PRODUCTION PAGE 3 The television actor has started his production house along with his wife Preeti Bhatia Kumeria. MAX 35°C | MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35°C | MIN 30°C SUNSET SATURDAY 7:30 PM ACTOR VIDYA BALAN AWAITS THE RELEASE OF HER FILM SHERNI PAGE 4 In the movie, she plays the role of an upright forest officer battling social barriers set by the patriarchal society. SUNRISE SUNDAY 5:23 AM SATURDAY | 12 JUNE 2021 | LUDHIANA District turns safest from 4 succumb to virus, 140 test positive worst-affected in state has confirmed 86,061 cases of Ludhiana district and 11,308 cases of other districts or states here since the pandemic was declared. The department has confirmed the death of 2,058 persons of Ludhiana district and 1,016 persons belonging to other districts or states due to Covid-19 here. Tribune News Service Nitin Jain Records lowest daily positivity rate of below 1% Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 11 It’s official! Ludhiana has turned into the safest district in Punjab. Having assumed the dubious distinction of being the worst-hit district with the maximum number of daily Covid cases and deaths till last month, Ludhiana has made a remarkable turnaround by recording the lowest daily positivity rate, a key indicator of virus surge, even below 1 per cent. If it was mayhem in May when the second Covid wave had rapidly slid into a devastating crisis with the health facilities unbearably falling short, oxygen supplies running low and many dying even without seeing a doctor, June gave a sigh of relief with the signs of gradual retreat and impact of deadly virus plateauing. The data compiled by the Health and Family Welfare Department, a copy of which is with The Tribune, revealed that Ludhiana’s average dai- Ludhiana, June 11 A total of four persons succumbed to Covid-19 in the past 24 hours while the Health Department on Friday confirmed 140 fresh cases in the district. Of the 140 cases, 83 persons with influenza-like illness visited flu corner, 28 visited the OPD and four persons had come in contact with positive patients while 21 patients were yet to be traced. Also, two patients with a severe acute respiratory infection and two others tested positive for the virus. Those who died include a 53year-old woman from Gandhi Nagar,a 52-year-old woman from Jagraon, a 55-year-old man from Sunet and a 64-yearold man from Jungpur village in the Ludhiana district. Civil Surgeon Dr Kiran Gill told that 152 cases, including 140 from Ludhiana and 12 from other states or districts, were confirmed today. Besides, five persons, including four from Ludhiana and one from Patiala died due to Covid-19, she added. There are 1,724 active cases in the district at present while 25 patients including 14 from Ludhiana and 11 from other A woman gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana on Friday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA OFFICIALSPEAK a happy sign that we have ❝It isdistrict after passing throughbecome thephase. safest the worst The collective efforts of the administration and the public have made the difference. Given the present trend, we may further relax the current restrictions in the coming days. Varinder Kumar Sharma, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER ❞ ly Covid positivity rate remained lowest at 1.6 per cent in the state last week. While the district’s average daily positivity rate was half than the state’s average of 3.2 per cent, it was more than four-times less than Mohali’s ratio of 6.9 per cent, which was highest in the state from May 31 to June 6. The safe state of Ludhiana continued in the current week as well with the district’s average daily Covid positivity rate further dropping to 1.1 per cent on June 7, which was less than half of the state’s average of 2.57 per cent. On June 8, the ratio of positive cases fell even below 1 per cent at 0.98 per cent, lowest in four months after 0.99 per cent recorded here on February 7. This was again almost three-times less than the state’s average of 2.47 per cent. The hit rate further dipped to 0.87 per cent on June 9, which was lowest in almost five months after 0.87 per cent registered on January 18. This was also continued on page 2 105-year-old vaccinated A health worker collects a sample from a girl for Covid test. COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 15,13,842 86,061 1,724 82 2,058 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 areas are on ventilator support. A total of 15,13,842 samples were collected to date. As many ■ 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 as 11,810 samples for the Covid19 test was collected today. The Health Department A vaccination camp was organised at Dr DN Kotnis Acupuncture Hospital at Salem Tabri, Ludhiana. Dr Inderjeet Dhingra from the hospital said a number of persons, including a 105-year-old man Gulzar Singh, was also vaccinated at the camp. MLA Rakesh Pandey inaugurated the camp that was organised with support of UPHC Salem Tabri, incharge Dr Amrik Singh Sidhu. 50K vaccines at 159 centres As per officials of the district administration, 50,000 vaccines will be made available at 159 centres of the district on Saturday. Anyone above 18 years of age can visit the centres for vaccination. The administration has appealed to all youth to come in big numbers to take benefit of the opportunity. High-velocity winds uproot trees, power supply hit NGOs protest against MC Half of city sinks into darkness Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Tribune News Service A transformer damaged by the storm near Sutlej Club which disrupted the power supply in the Civil Lines area in Ludhiana on Thursday; and (below) uprooted trees lie in the middle of the road in the city. 60-YR-OLD WOMAN DIES that the deceased had extramarital affair with Dalip in the past but now they were not in good terms. “Ranju was forcing Dalip to pay her monthly expenses but he was not able to arrange the money, so he decided to kill her,” the ADCP said. On June 7, Dalip called Ranju at his home where he along with his son strangulated her to death. After killing her, they slit her throat and damaged her private parts. Both the accused then dumped the body in Rudra Colony. — TNS Ludhiana, June 11 Members of different NGOs, including the Wake Up Ludhiana and Council of Engineers, staged a protest in front of the office of the Municipal Commissioner at Zone-D, Sarabha Nagar, Ludhiana against the MC authorities for allegedly ignoring the orders of the National Green Tribunal Act (NGT) regarding trees. The members accused the civic body officials of failing to remove the interlocking tiles around trees. Harpreet Soin, president, Wake Up Ludhiana, and Amrita Mangat said, “When concrete is placed over the roots, it damages critical root structures. Covering this zone with concrete inhibits the tree’s ability to take in water and oxygen. As a result, laying concrete under an existing tree may result in the tree’s death,” they said. The protesting members said due to lack of nutrients because of chocking of their GLADA razes structures in 8 illegal colonies 3 armed robbers loot petrol station Kuldip Bhatia Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 11 Fire broke out in a yarn mill located on the Chandigarh road this evening. A loss of goods and machinery worth lakhs of rupees has been reported in the incident. When fire broke, workers rushed out to save their lives. Fortunately there is no injury or loss of human life in the incident. Fire officials said over 25 fire tenders were used to douse the flames completely. A short circuit was said to be the cause of fire. Members of an NGO, Save the Life, during a protest in front of the DC’s office in Ludhiana. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN ing interlocking tiles (paver) over it” said, Kapil Arora and Mohit Jain of the Council of Engineers. “A petition was filed with the National Green Tribunal against such unlawful act of the MC, LIT and GLADA. The Green Tribunal issued directions to all three departments to take remedial action to clear the roots of trees within 1 metre radius of bases of continued on page 2 damaged shanties situated on the Tajpur road, killing an elderly woman and injuring her family members. The deceased has been identified as Surkhi Kaur (60). Last night when gusty winds hit the city, Surkhi Kaur and her family members were sleeping in their shanty. The wind blew the shed, which fell on the family members. Surkhi suffered serious head injury and died on the spot. Fire breaks out in yarn mill Ludhiana, June 11 The thunderstorm wreaked havoc on the power distribution system in the city uprooting electric poles in many localities and brought down a 220 kV HT line tower near Ladhowal. Many parts of the city plunged into darkness for four to six hours. Power which went off at around 7.00 pm remained disrupted in nearly half of the city with 35 to 40 per cent feeders remaining shut down and restoration of supply commencing after 10.00 pm. According to Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) officials, several trees were uprooted in the PAU complex, Sarabha Nagar, Civil Lines (Near Sutlej Club), Haibowal and Jamalpur localities which brought down 11 kV and LT cables at many places, plunging the city in darkness for several hours. Only saving grace, even though continued on page 2 roots, the grip/strength of roots of matured trees with the earth decreases and such trees are more likely to fall during wind storm. “The officials concerned of the MC, GLADA as well LIT, without consulting the horticulturist and environment experts about the effect of concrete around bottom of trees, are continuously covering the areas around the trees with concrete and fix- ■ A thunderstorm and gusty winds Man, son arrested for murdering woman Ludhiana, June 11 The city police have cracked the blind murder case of a woman, Ranju Devi (38), whose body was recently found near Sahnewal village. The accused have been identified as Dalip Kumar and his son Deepak Kumar, residents of New Smart Colony, Gaispura. While addressing a press conference, ADCP Jaskiranjit Singh Teja said on June 8, the badly-injured body of the woman wrapped in a sack was found in Rudra Colony. The ADCP said during the investigation, it was revealed for ‘ignoring’ NGT orders Kuldip Bhatia TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Ludhiana, June 11 The thunderstorm that hit the city last night uprooted trees in at least 55 locations in the city, affecting traffic movement and power supply at many places. Many trees fell on the electricity wires causing disruption in power supply and damaged several vehicles parked on roads. Officials of the Horticulture Wing, Municipal Corporation (MC), swung into action and started clearing the uprooted trees. As the high-velocity winds hit the city, a tree fell down outside MC Commissioner’s residence while one tree got damaged outside the DC’s residence. There are reports that trees got uprooted at Dr Lekhi Road, Mall Road, Tikona Park Model Gram, Dugri and various other locations in the city. A tree had also fallen down near Dana Mandi on Gill Road due to which traffic got affected. Besides, a tree fell on cars at Jamalpur Chowk as per the information. Some trees reportedly fell inside the houses and other continued on page 2 Ludhiana, June 11 A team of Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) officials today carried out demolition in eight illegal colonies under development in Dhandra, Manakwal and Mehmoodpura villages. Accompanied by a duty magistrate, heavy police force from three police stations, GLADA officials pulled down structures and boundary walls, dug up sewerage and water pipes, pulled out electric poles and dismantled interlocking tiles laid on pavement area. c m y b A demolition drive in progress on the periphery of Ludhiana. At some sites, developers and plot/property owners tried to stop the demoli- tion and were persuaded not to interfere with the enforcement action being carried out. At more than one site, the GLADA team disconnected a sewer main line illegally connected to the Municipal Corporation sewerage network by one of the developers of illegal and unlicensed colonies. GLADA officials said the developers and plot/property owners were strictly warned against any further construction activity. “They were also told that any further violations of the PAPRA Act (PUDA Act) will be liable to criminal proceedings under the prevailing laws,” the officials added. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, June 11 Three bike-borne armed robbers today looted a petrol station on the Dhandra road. Jashanpreet Singh, owner of the petrol station, said on Friday evening three bike-borne persons came to fill fuel in their bike. When a petrol station employee was filling fuel in their bike, one of the robbers went inside the office and pointed a gun at an employee. He asked the employee to hand over cash to him. continued on page 2
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