23082021-LT-01.qxd 23-08-2021 00:27 Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE AMRITSAR ROUT LUDHIANA IN U-16 TOURNEY, REACH FINAL PAGE 2 Amritsar beat hosts Ludhiana by eight wickets in the semifinal match of the Inter-District U-16 Cricket Tournament. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY PAGE 3 GAUAHAR KHAN LAUNCHES DIGITAL CONTENT PLATFORM SSR’S SISTER REMEMBERS LATE ACTOR ON RAKSHA BANDHAN She has extended support to Akash Kumar’s new start-up ventures that include a digital content platform. MAX 33°C | MIN 26°C | YESTERDAY MAX 31°C | MIN 25°C SUNSET MONDAY 7 PM PAGE 4 Sushant Singh Rajput’s sister Shweta Singh took to her social media and penned a sweet note for her brother. SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:57 AM Rain, Rakhi rush spell chaos on roads MONDAY | 23 AUGUST 2021 | LUDHIANA Gym owner booked for raping 40-yr-old woman Tribune News Service Clockwise from above: A huge traffic jam on Hambran Road and commuters wade through waterlogged roads in Haibowal Khurd and near Prem Nagar in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN & ASHWANI DHIMAN Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 22 The festival of Raksha Bandhan, coupled with heavy rainfall, led to long queues of vehicles on several city roads today. Minimal presence of traffic cops further escalated the issue. CP’s surprise call to officers Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 22 To check the preparedness of the police force and their presence in the commissionerate, Commissioner of Police (CP) Naunihal Singh woke all police officers and SHOs around 3.15 am today and told them to reach the designated places. Officers of the rank of ACP , ADCP and JCP were called to Guru Nanak Stadium, while the SHOs were directed to reach Bharat Nagar Chowk. “I got a call from the police control room around 3.15 am on Sunday… I reached the spot within 15 minutes. I was surprised when I got a call in the wee hours,” an SHO requesting anonymity told The Tribune. Sources said some of the officers were not present at their station but managed to reach the designated place in minimum possible time after receiving the message. No cop will leave the station, and force should remain ready all the time with their weapons and other equipment, Singh, who assumed the office yesterday, reportedly told the force. The roads where the traffic came to a standstill were Hambran Road, Jassian Chowk, Gill Road, PAU Road, Clock Tower, Pakhowal Road, Ghumar Mandi, Sherpur Chowk, Atam Park, Bus Stand Road, Lakkar Bridge, Gurh Mandi, Police Division 3 Chowk, Field Ganj, Gurdwara Kalgidhar Road, Daresi, Shivpuri Chowk and Fountain Chowk. Although traffic police personnel were present at some intersections, they were unable to manage the traffic load. Some roads witnessed waterlogging too, due to which the traffic crawled at a snail’s pace. Deepak Mahajan, whose car got stuck on the Hambran road, said whenever the city experiences rainfall, traffic comes to a standstill. “The police should plan in advance for the rainy season. At least some diversions should be provided to prevent jams on the main city roads. Not only the traffic police personnel, cops from police stations should also be deployed to ensure smooth flow of traffic,” he added. Another commuter, Rohit Arora, said he remained After Alpha, Covid’s Delta variant spreading its tentacles in state Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 22 The highly transmissible Delta variant of Covid has been spreading fast in Punjab and continues to be the most dominant variant in the state. The United Kingdom’s Alpha variant has disappeared after dominating the state till March. As per official figures, 96 per cent of the total Covid samples processed for whole genome sequencing (WGS) in July have tested positive for the Delta variant (B.1.617). However, no fresh case of Delta Plus variant (B.1.617.2), which is more virulent in nature, has been reported in the state. Till now, the state has recorded only two Delta Plus cases – one each in Ludhiana and Patiala districts. The cases were registered in June. Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan, who reviewed the Covid situation here recently, said a new genome sequencing laboratory had started function- ing in Patiala for early identification of new Covid variants and it was emerging as a key component in the fight against the pandemic. “All eight samples tested as a trial run have been found positive for Delta,” Mahajan had said, adding that the process was underway for the inclusion of the lab in the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Consortium of Genomics (INSACOG). “The lab will test 92 samples every three weeks from August 14 onwards,” she had informed. The data analysed by the Health and Family Welfare Department, which is available with The Tribune, showed that a total of 2,215 Covid samples had been processed for the WGS between January and July. Of these, 2,081 (93.95%) tested positive for the Delta virus – the variant of concern (VoC). The month-wise break-up suggested that all the 25 samples processed in July tested positive for the VoCs. Of these, 24 tested positive for Delta (96 per cent), while a single sample was found to be of B.1.36 variant. In June, 227 samples were processed, of which 211 (92.9 per cent) tested positive for the VoCs. Of these, 201 samples (95.2 per cent) tested positive for Delta, four for B.1 (1.9 per cent), two for A (0.9 per cent). One sample each tested positive for Alpha and B. In May, 617 or 94.9 per cent of the total 650 samples tested positive for the VoCs. Of these, 547 cases (88.6 per cent) were of Delta, followed by 41 cases of B.1 (6.6 per cent), 23 cases of Alpha (3.7 per cent), and two cases were of AY.1 variant (0.3 per cent). In April, 463 (93.9 per cent) of 493 WGS samples had tested positive for the VoCs. Of these, 209 cases (45.1 per cent) tested positive for Delta, 191 cases (41.2 per cent) for Alpha, and 53 cases (11.4 per cent) for B.1. In March, of the 748 samples, 717 (95.9 per cent) tested positive for the VoCs. Of these, 680 (94.8 per cent) had tested positive for Alpha, four (0.5 per cent) for Delta and two (0.3 per cent) for Beta. One case each of B.1, B.1.36, and B.1.525, besides 27 cases of other mutations were also found among the samples. In February, all the 24 WGS samples tested positive for the VoCs. Of these, 17 cases (70.8 per cent) had tested positive for Alpha and seven cases (29.2 per cent) for other mutations. In January, 24 of the total 48 samples processed for WGS had tested positive for the VoCs. Of these, seven cases (29.2 per cent) were of B.1, four cases (16.7 per cent) of B.1.36, two cases each of Alpha and B.1.258.14, and once each of B, A, B.1.36.19, B.1.36.8, B.1.459, B.1.465, B.1.596, B.1.1, and B.1.216. Hold regular meetings of redressal committee: Member Says panel comprising 29 members was formed in 2017 but no meetings were held Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 22 A member of the Ludhiana West Subdivision Grievances Redressal Committee, Satish Thaman, has sought from the authorities concerned to hold regular meetings of the panel so that required steps should be taken to get issues resolved on a timely basis. He has also written to the PPCC president Navjot Singh Sidhu regarding various issues of the city that need to be addressed by the government. MANY ISSUES YET TO BE RESOLVED There are many issues of the city which have not been resolved so far. I have written to the PPCC president in this regard to take up these issues with the state government for early redressal. ❝ ❞ Satish Thaman, MEMBER, LUDHIANA WEST SUBDIVISION GRIEVANCES REDRESSAL COMMITTEE Thaman said the committee of 29 members was constituted in 2017 but meetings were not being conducted since then. He said: “There are many issues of the city which have not been resolved so far. I have written to the PPCC pres- ident in this regard so that he must take up these issues with the state government for their early redressal. Moreover, meetings of the committee should be held regularly.” He demanded from the government to complete the recruitment process for the posts of peon (Service GroupD) for disabled persons in municipal corporations, councils, nagar panchayats, etc. He also demanded that the government should order to scrap old layers before re-carpeting of roads in the city by the authorities concerned. “There is a need to control stray cattle in the city. Fighting bulls on roads injure passersby, thus endangering the lives of commuters. Also, urgent attention should be paid to ensure the desilting of all sewer lines and drains on a top c m y b priority basis. The Local Government Department should take steps to make sure all new buildings must have the rain harvesting system and no site plan be approved without mentioning of rainwater harvesting location,” he said. “The district administration and police and other authorities must take strict measures to check the sale and use of Chinese strings in the city. All safai karamcharis in municipal corporations and departments must be regularised,” he said. stuck in the Field Ganj area for half an hour as traffic was moving at a snail’s pace. “We can’t blame the traffic police alone for this mess. Residents who have no traffic sense create more nuisance. If people drive responsibly, this traffic mess can be avoided,” Arora added. Ludhiana, August 22 A 40-year-old married woman was allegedly raped by a gym owner at his gym on the Jassian road here. The accused had also made objectionable videos of the woman and later demanded Rs 5 lakh from her for not uploading the same on social media. He has been identified as Dharminder Kumar, owner of World Classic Gym and a resident of Hargobindpura. The complainant told the police that she had joined the gym of Dharminder in 2015. One day, he offered her some tablets and claimed that if she would do exercise after consuming the same, she would lose weight in a few days. “When I consumed the tablets, which could be some sedatives, I became unconscious. Afterwards, the accused raped me,” she said. He had also made her objectionable videos and by threatening to put those videos on social media, the accused continued to develop sexual relationship with her for over five years. “I continued to attend the gym from 2015 to March 2021. After I left the gym, he used to threaten me to visit the gym to maintain the sexual relationship. In June, he demanded Rs 5 lakh and told me otherwise he would viral her the objectionable videos. When I refused to pay the money, the accused sent videos to my son and husband. Later, I garnered courage and informed the police,” the victim alleged. The woman said the accused had also made a fake Instagram ID through which he sent her videos to her younger son. During a probe, the mobile number attached with the Instagram ID was found to be of the accused. Investigating officer inspector Satwant Singh said a case of rape and criminal intimidation was registered against the accused and charges under the IT Act were also added to the FIR. He was yet to be arrested by the police. Bond of love A girl ties a rakhi on the wrist of her brother on Raksha Bandhan in Ludhiana on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Four more test +ve in dist Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 22 Four persons tested positive for Covid in the district while no death was reported today. The recovery rate in the district has gone to 97.55 per cent. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said today that under the ‘Mission Fateh’ of the state government, the number of Covid-19 patients getting cured in Ludhiana district was increasing with each passing day. Today, four new patients from the district had tested positive in the past 24 hours. Till date, a total of 22,06,937 samples have been taken, of which 21,07,831 were found negative. Now, the total number of patients related to Ludhiana is 87,456 while 11,650 belong to other districts/states. The total number of persons who lost their lives include 2,095 persons from Ludhiana and 1,048 from other districts. The Deputy Commissioner said whenever the district administration and the A man gives a sample for the Covid test in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS Health Department, Ludhiana, find out about any positive or suspected Covid patients, their samples were sent for testing. As many as 8,681 samples of suspected patients were sent for testing today and their results are expected shortly. 22,06,937 87,456 47 4 2,095 The Deputy Commissioner appealed to residents to adhere to all safety protocols such as wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and washing hands frequently to save themselves and others around them safe.
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