24082021-LT-01.qxd 8/24/2021 12:12 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE SEWAGE FLOODS STREETS, RUE DHANDARI KHURD RESIDENTS Streets were flooded with sewage on Sunday and Monday while chances of disease outbreak remain high in area. FORECAST GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF MAN KILLED IN ACCIDENT Ludhiana: An unidentified man lost his life after he was hit by a vehicle near the Jassian Road turn on the NH-44 on Sunday. A case under Section 304-A of the IPC has been registered at the Salem Tabri police station here against the driver of the unidentified vehicle. TNS ELDERLY SUCCUMBS TO HIS INJURIES Ludhiana: A day after getting critically injured in a road accident, a 62-year-old man succumbed to his injuries on Sunday. The deceased has been identified as Deepak Kamboj of Phase 1, Dugri. Sakshi Kamboj, daughter of the victim, alleged that she along with her father were going to a hospital when a speeding car hit their Honda Activa scooter at an intersection in Phase 2, Dugri, on Saturday. Sakshi, who was also injured, said her critically injured father was rushed to Deep Hospital where he died on Sunday. She is undergoing treatment at Shiv Memorial Hospital. A case under Sections 279, 304-A, 337, 338 and 427 of the IPC has been registered against the accused, Vinod Kumar, of Bathinda. TNS Two die after being hit by mini-truck PAGE 2 JAY SONI, RAJ SINGH ARORA TO BE SEEN IN WEB SERIES PRATIKSHA PAGE 3 Television’s two handsome hunks, Jay Soni and Raj Singh Arora, have been roped in to play pivotal roles in the show. MAX 34°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 32°C | MIN 25°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:59 PM ACTOR RANVEER SINGH HOSTS BIRTHDAY LUNCH FOR HIS MOM Actor made his mother Anju Bhavnani’s birthday special as he hosted her lunch with Deepika Padukone. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 5:58 AM TUESDAY | 24 AUGUST 2021 | LUDHIANA 100 cusecs more fresh water One dead, 1 tests positive released into Buddha Nullah Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 23 A day after releasing 50 cusecs of water into the Buddha Nullah from near Neelon, the Drainage Department released around 100 cusecs of water today. Amid questions being raised by environmental activists and protest by farmers, MLAs Amrik Singh Dhillon and Lakhbir Singh and Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu had inaugurated the Rs 9.80-crore project of releasing daily 200 cusecs of fresh water. With a view to rejuvenating the nullah, the Mayor and the MLAs on Sunday said the work was part of the state government’s ambitious Rs 650-crore project to clean the nullah by releasing canal water into the drain through the Neelon drain of the Sirhind Canal. Member secretary of the PPCB Krunesh Garg said the project had been funded by the Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, and the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB). He said they were planning for the project since 2010. Water being released into the Buddha Nulllah through the Neelon drain of the Sirhind Canal. An executive engineer from the Drainage Department, Harjot Singh, said they would start releasing 200 cusecs daily once the weather conditions improved. He said up to around 100 cusecs of water was released today. Stop pollution before releasing water: Activists Farmers associated with a union had also staged a protest against the releasing of fresh water into the Buddha Nullah yesterday when the project was to be launched. Meanwhile, a number of environmental activists have raised questions over the release of fresh water into the highly polluted nullah without eliminating major sources of pollution. Col CM Lakhanpal (retd) said: “Release and flow of water into the Buddha Dariya from the Neelon side of the Sirhind canal should be kept to the minimum to maintain the flow and oxidation process for the degradation of biological waste as an interim measure. Full flow of 200 cusecs of water will be more beneficial after the completion of work on all STPs and CETPs, including dairy complexes.” A member of the Buddha Nullah Task Force, Col JS Gill (retd), had also written to the Chief Minister, requesting him that the water should be released only after completion of rejuvenation of the Buddha Nullah project and stopping all kind of waste into the drain. Ludhiana, August 23 Today no Covid patient from the district was admitted to the hospital. Only one woman patient from Malerkotla (other district), who is on ventilator support, is undergoing treatment at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital. One person tested positive for Covid, while one person lost his life to the disease in the district today. This is the lowest daily Covid count in the district this year. It was on August 9 also that only one person had tested positive for Covid. No person from other districts tested positive today. Total confirmed cases from the district have reached 87,457. The recovery rate has gone to 97.56 per cent and till now 85,319 persons have recovered from the disease. Today 40 persons were sent for home isolation. Till date, a total of 22,12,590 samples have been taken, of which 21,13,483 samples were found negative. Now the total number of patients belonging to Ludhiana is 87,457, while 11,650 patients belong to other districts/states. The total number of persons who lost their lives to the disease is 2,096 from A sample for Covid test being collected by a health worker in Ludhiana. COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 22,12,590 87,457 41 6 2,096 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 Ludhiana and 1,048 from other districts. Samples of 5,653 suspected patients ■ 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 were sent for testing today and their results are expected shortly. Jewellers observe 7 mucormycosis cases from Aug 3 to 16, lowest so far strike, business hit Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 23 Two persons, including a labourer, lost their lives when a mini-truck hit them near Canal Bridge at Jawaddi, near here, on Monday. They died on the spot. One of the deceased has been identified as Ram Chander (45) of Jawaddi. Hailing from Nepal, he was working as a labourer. The other victim was yet to be identified by the police. The truck was going towards Doraha from the Ferozepur side via Southern Bypass when the accident occurred. It is learnt that the driver took a turn to save a pedestrian after which the truck hit the two victims. The police started a probe in the incident. An FIR has been registered against the unidentified truck driver who had managed to escape after the mishap, leaving the vehicle on the spot. — TNS PAGE 4 Jewellers protest at Sarafa Bazaar in Ludhiana. ASHWANI DHIMAN Ludhiana, August 23 Against the ‘undue’ demand of the government to maintain a record of hallmarked jewellery, all jewellers on a nationwide call observed a one-day strike in the city today. Anand Sekri, president, Ludhiana Jewellers Association, said on an average, business worth up to Rs 50 crore got affected due to the strike. “We welcome the government’s decision of getting everything hallmarked. But at the same time, we cannot keep the record of everything that was sold or purchased or prepare the stock lists, etc. The government should confiscate the jewellery without hallmark, but keeping a record of everything was not easy and viable,” he said. The jewellers have made an appeal to the government to withdraw the notification as it will lead to ‘inspector raj’ due to which jewellers will be harassed. There are around 500 small shops and showrooms of jewellery in the city and all were shut due to the decision of the government. — TNS Ludhiana, August 23 Seven cases of mucormycosis, commonly known as black fungus, were reported in the state from August 3 to 16, the lowest-ever 14-day count so far, the government has confirmed. The incidence of the serious but rare fungal infection caused by a group of molds called mucormycetes has touched a record low in the state in line with the downward trend of the Covid cases, the official figures have revealed. The data compiled by the Health and Family Welfare Department, a copy of which is available with The Tribune, showed that the state recorded only seven cases of black fungus among the post Covid patients from August 3 to 16, which was 4.51 per cent of the highest-ever 155 cases reported in a week between May The state ranks 13th in total cases & deaths due to black fungus. 25 and 31 after the government had notified mucormycosis disease. In Ludhiana, 158 cases and 19 deaths due to black fungus were reported till Saturday, of which 70 patients and 11 deaths were from other districts. On Monday, only 11 active cases were under hospitalisation in the district. However, no fresh case has been reported in the district since August 20. The black fungus cases have been on a constant decline since June 28. From 155 between May 25 and 31, the cases of mucormycosis dropped to 103 between May 1 and 7, and further dipped to 57 between May 8 and 14. While the incidence rose to 84 between June 15 and 21, the cases again started declining and were 46 between June 22 and 28, coming down to 39 between June 29 and July 5, and 22 each between July 6 and 12, July 13 and 19, dipping to 12 between July 20 and 26, slightly rising to 13 between July 27 and August 2, and touching a record low of 7 between August 3 and 16. The state-wise break-up of black fungus cases and deaths suggested that Punjab ranked 13th in the country when it came to total cases, under treatment, cured and deaths. Punjab recorded 684 total cases so far, of which 236 are under treatment, 327 cured and 52 have since died at the case fatality rate (CFR) of 8 per cent. Maharashtra topped the country with the highest of 9,878 cases of black fungus, of which 1,907 are under treatment, 6,501 cured and 1,286 deaths at 13 per cent CFR, followed by Gujarat 6,947 total cases, 415 under treatment, 5,128 cured, and 689 deaths at 10 per cent CFR, Andhra Pradesh 4,502 cases, 1,058 under treat- ment, 3,006 cured, 358 deaths at 8 per cent CFR, Tamil Nadu 4,308 cases, 2,047 under treatment, 1,788 cured, 370 deaths at 9 per cent CFR, Karnataka 3,765 cases, 1,209 under treatment, 1,729 cured, 411 deaths at 11 per cent CFR, Rajasthan 3,579 cases, 2,509 under treatment, 715 cured, 191 deaths at 5 per cent CFR, Telangana 2,619 cases, 2,593 under treatment, 13 cured, 4 deaths at zero CFR, Uttar Pradesh 2,407 cases, 1,162 under treatment, 957 cured, 249 deaths at 10 per cent CFR, Madhya Pradesh 2,301 cases, 707 under treatment, 1,448 cured, 142 deaths at 6 per cent CFR, Delhi 1,883 cases, 633 under treatment, 865 cured, 332 deaths at 18 per cent CFR, Haryana 1,741 cases, 591 under treatment, 809 cured, 264 deaths at 15 per cent CFR, and Bihar 800 cases, 36 under treatment, 577 cured, and 147 deaths at 18 per cent CFR. Mayor inaugurates beautification, Daughter-in-law booked for abetting suicide 25-yr-old man’s suicide: devp works at Rarewala market Wife, in-laws booked Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 23 Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu on Monday inaugurated beautification and development works in the decades’ old Gian Singh Rarewala Market which were taken up by the civic body at the cost of Rs 70 lakh. On the occasion, the Mayor stated that it was a longpending demand of businessmen operating in the market to build washrooms, its beautification, improvement of the parking continued on page 2 Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu inaugurates beautification and development works at Gian Singh Rarewala Market in Ludhiana on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO c m y b Ludhiana, August 23 A woman and her parents were today booked for abetment to suicide. A 60year-man, Pawan Bhalla, of Guru Gobind Singh Nagar on Noorwala Road had set himself ablaze at his residence on Saturday. Pawan was rushed to DMC Hospital but he later succumbed to the injuries. Asha Bhalla, wife of Pawan Bhalla, alleged that his daughter-in-law and her parents were harassing his husband due to which he took the extreme step. She alleged that her daughter-in-law and her parents had humiliated them after which her husband committed suicide. Pawan Bhalla was a former bank employee. Following her complaint, the police registered an FIR against his daughterin-law and her parents. The accused have been identified as Ritika Bhalla, her father Rajan Malhotra and mother Santosh Malhotra. Asha Bhalla said her son had married Ritika about 18 months ago and they have a daughter. She alleged that Ritika had also been harassing and forcing her husband to live in a separate house. A case under Sections 306 and 34 of Indian Penal Code was registered against the trio at the Basti Jodhewal police station on Monday. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, August 23 Days after a 25-year-old man allegedly committed suicide, the police have registered an FIR against his wife and in-laws for abetment to suicide. The case has been registered on the complaint filed by the victim’s father Manjit Singh of Malerkotla district. In his complaint to the police, Manjit Singh alleged that his son, Loverpreet Singh, was at his inlaws’ house in Balloke village on August 20 when he passed away. He alleged that Lovepreet’s in-laws had been harassing him. Thus, his son either consumed some poisonous substance or he was given some poisonous thing due to which he died, Manjit Singh alleged. The Haibowal police have registered a case under Sections 306 and 34 of the IPC against the accused, identified as Pawandeep Kaur, wife of the deceased and inlaws Jagdeep Singh and Manjit Kaur. The police said the investigation into the case was underway.
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