14092021-LT-01.qxd 9/13/2021 11:40 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE MUSLIM COMMUNITY PROTESTS ‘ENCROACHMENT’ ON CEMETERY The Wakf Board authorities accused of failing to get an alleged encroachment removed from a cemetery. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF ROAD ACCIDENT VICTIM SUCCUMBS Ludhiana: In a hit-and-run case, a youth, Chandan Kumar (22), was critically injured and later succumbed to his injuries at the PGI, Chandigarh, during treatment on September 11. In a complaint lodged with the police, Amit Kumar, brother of the deceased, said Chandan was going on his motorcycle (bearing registration no. PB 10HM 9134) on September 9 when a speeding vehicle hit his motorcycle from the rear side on GT Road near a showroom. The police have registered a case under Sections 279 and 304-A of the IPC against the unknown driver on Sunday. OC TWO HELD WITH ILLICIT LIQUOR Ludhiana: The police have arrested two liquor smugglers in two raids conducted in different parts of the city. Amandeep Singh, a resident of Kwality Road, Shimlapuri, was arrested and 84 bottles of smuggled liquor (Dollar Punjab 60 bottles and Aristocrat Premium 24 bottles) were seized from his possession. A case under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act has been registered against him. A grocer, Rajesh Goyal, who is allegedly involved in liquor smuggling, was arrested from Sherpur Khurd and 12 bottles of All Season whisky were recovered from his shop. He has been booked under Sections 61, 1 and 14 of the Excise Act. OC HEROIN SEIZED FROM UNDERTRIALS PAGE 2 GET READY FOR GLOBAL CITIZEN LIVE ON SEPT 25 The artistes giving their time and talent to the campaign include Anil Kapoor, Sadhguru & Amitabh Bachchan. MAX 33°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 33°C | MIN 24°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:33 PM Suspected rabid dog bites 11 in city areas MC, residents making efforts to catch canine; announcements being made to alert people Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 13 A suspected rabid dog has attacked 11 persons in Chandar Nagar and nearby areas in the past two-three days. Announcements are being made through loudspeakers at religious places and other sources to alert the residents to protect themselves from the dog. A video of the black stray dog attacking a girl in Chandar Nagar on Saturday afternoon has gone viral. A few women came to her rescue but she received multiple injuries. In another incident, Priya (35) was bitten by the same stray dog near her house. She is currently under treatment at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH). “I have received deep wounds in the attack by the stray dog. I was admitted to the hospital on Saturday night. When I reached the hospital, I came to know that the dog had bitten eight persons before me,” Priya maintained. PAGE 3 A CCTV grab shows a girl being attacked by a suspected rabid dog at Chandar Nagar in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO Subash Sood (70) said, “A black stray dog attacked me just outside my house on Saturday night. The dog bit both my legs and then ran away. I have got a dose of anti-rabies vaccine. The government must take the matter seriously as some other persons have also been attacked by the dog.” Residents, along with teams of the MC, were trying to find the dog but it is yet to be caught. Activist Keemti Rawal said, “In Chandar Nagar alone, at least eight persons have been bitten by the suspected rabid dog. Along with civic body officials, we are looking for the dog.” He also questioned the MC for failing to ensure vaccination of stray dogs to prevent rabies. “The MC should make necessary arrangements to ensure the safety of people. Stray dogs must be vaccinated timely for the prevention of diseases. It has also come to light that the population of stray dogs is increasing in our area, despite the MC’s claims to carry out sterilisation drives for a long time,” he added. MC’s Senior Veterinary Officer Dr Harbans Dhalla said they had been looking for the suspected rabid dog since Saturday. “We don’t have the exact figure of the victims. But we learned that the dog has attacked 10-11 persons in Chandar Nagar, Vivek Nagar and Shahi Mohalla. We have talked to three councillors of the areas concerned and efforts are being made to catch the dog,” he added. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:10 AM Ludhiana, September 13 Four persons tested positive for Covid, while one person lost his life to the disease in the district today. The recovery rate of Covid patients has reached 97.57 per cent. There were 30 active patients in the district and 24 were sent for home isolation today. One patient is admitted to hospital for Covid treatment. A total of five patients — four from Ludhiana and one from other districts/states — have tested positive for Covid in the last 24 hours. Till date, a total of 23,85,417 samples have been taken, of which 22,86,238 samples were found negative. The total number of patients belonging to Ludhiana is 87,510, while 11,669 patients belong to other districts/states. The total number of persons who lost their lives to the virus is 2,099 from Ludhiana and 1,049 from other districts. Samples of 6,685 suspected Covid patients were sent for testing today and their results are expected shortly. DC Varinder Kumar Sharma appealed to the residents to adhere to all safety protocols. — TNS COVID-19 FIGURES DEATHS 23,85,417 87,510 30 3 2,099 2 bikes stolen; house, shop burgled Ludhiana, September 13 Two motorcycles were stolen from different parts of the city, while thieves broke into a shop and a house and took away cash and valuables during the last 48 hours. One Hero Splendour motorcycle (PB-10AC-6397) was stolen on Saturday from outside a ‘mazaar’ near Jalandhar Bypass. On a complaint lodged in this regard by Rana Goyal, resident of Karamsar Members of the Punjab Roadways, PUNBUS and PRTC Contract Workers Union take out a march in Ludhiana. ASHWANI DHIMAN Roadways employees’ strike enters eighth day Ludhiana, September 13 Members of the Punjab Roadways, PUNBUS and PRTC Contract Workers Union Punjab continued their strike for the eighth day today. The employees carried out a protest march against the state government in the city on Monday, demanding regularisation of their jobs. The contractual employees had gone on an indefinite strike on September 6, resulting in a majority of the government-run buses going off roads. The protesters have been demanding regularisation of their services for a long time. They have also demanded that a new fleet of buses be added to the service. Union leader Satnam Singh said they carried out a protest march in the city and appealed to people to support their agitation. The protesters said they had been fighting for their rights but the state government had failed to meet their demands. The members further said that a delegation of the union is supposed to meet the Chief Minister tomorrow. —TNS Colony, Main Tibba Road, the police have registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC. In the second case, Jasmeet Singh, resident of Sector 6, Guru Gyan Vihar, complained to the police that his motorcycle CT-100 (PB-10GY9301) was stolen by somebody from outside Waves Mall. A case has been registered under Section 379 of the IPC. Thieves broke into a house in Guru Nanak Dev Nagar Colony in Haibowal on the intervening night of Septem- ber 9 and 10 when the members of family had gone out of the city on vacation. Owner of the house Sumit Kumar said in a complaint filed with police that when he came back home on September 12, he found that locks of the house were broken open and the thieves had taken away three LCDs, laptop, gold chain weighing 20 gm, silver chain weighing 20 gm, silver ring, 60 pieces of Alexa speakers and Rs 30,000. The police have registered a case under Sections 5 booked in two cases of fraud Ludhiana: Two undertrials in Central Jail, identified as Gagandeep Singh and Jatinder Kumar, were found possessing 0.35 gm of heroin during a surprise checking in the barracks. On the complaint received from Suraj Mal, Assistant Superintendent, Central Jail, the police have booked the duo under Sections 21-A, 29, 67 and 85 of the NDPS Act. OC Our Correspondent MC officials, road work contractors to meet today Ludhiana, September 13 The police have booked two persons, Sahibjit Singh and his wife Gurpreet Kaur, residents of Rajgarh Estate, under various sections of the IPC and the Immigration Act on the complaint of Ashok Kumar, resident of Phase I, Dugri. The complainant said the duo had promised to send his son Nirvan to Canada and received Rs 25 lakh from him. The agents failed to send his son abroad and also refused to refund the money paid to them, he alleged. No arrest has been made so far. In another case, the police have booked Yash Pal Jindal, his son Sandeep Jindal, owners of Jindal Cotex Mills, and their manager Kartar Chand Dhiman, under various sections of the IPC, on the complaint of Ghanshyam Goyal of Focal Point. Goyal alleged that the trio had purchased fabrics from his firm and had issued cheques for the balance amount. “With an evil intention of not making the outstanding payment, they lodged a false report of cheques being lost or misplaced and also forged entries in their books of accounts. — OC Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 13 Amid row between a group of road work contractors and MC officials, a meeting has been fixed by the Principal Secretary to hear the grievances of contractors of the Hot Mix Plant Welfare Society regarding the MC, Ludhiana. The MC Commissioner, Superintending Engineer concerned and Vinod Jain, president of the Ludhiana Hot Mix Plant Welfare Society have been asked to attend the meeting at the office of the Department of Local Government in Chandigarh on Tuesday. President of the Hot Mix Plant Welfare Society Vinod Jain had earlier sent a complaint to the government against alleged corruption prevailing in the MC, Ludhiana. He had accused some of the MC officials of forcing the contractors to c m y b PAGE 4 Talk of Hindi and Hindi Medium & English Vinglish come to mind. Bollywood has done its bit to popularise Hindi language. One dead, 4 test positive in dist SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE HINDI DIVAS: OUT OF THE TEXTBOOKS, ON TO SCREENS 457 and 380 of the IPC. At Sunet village, a garment shop was burgled on the intervening night of September 6 and 7. Burglars broke open the lock and took away Rs 97,000 from the cash box. The thieves were identified from the CCTV footage and the police booked Rahul Roy, resident of Madhuban Enclave on Barewal Road, and Santosh, resident of Panchsheel Vihar on Baraewal Road, under Sections 457 and 380 of the IPC. pay bribes to them. He had said, “To get our pending payments, we were forced to pay 3 per cent commission to the officials concerned.” The society had announced to boycott the road projects under the MC. Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu and MC officials had then denied the allegations levelled by Vinod Jain. The members of the Municipal Employees Sangarsh Committee had claimed that the allegations levelled by Jain were false and baseless. They had also demanded registration of FIR against Jain. Jain said: “We had complained to the Local Government Department as our voice was ignored by the MC. We want to eliminate corruption from the civic body. We will keep facts before the Principal Secretary as to how we were being forced to pay commissions to the MC officials concerned.” TUESDAY | 14 SEPTEMBER 2021 | LUDHIANA 66% kids in dist have developed antibodies to Covid, says survey Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, September 13 The first-ever survey exclusively conducted on younger population not yet eligible for Covid vaccination in the country has shown a high Covid sero-positivity rate among children between 6 and 17 years of age in Ludhiana district, the government has confirmed. The final results of sentinel sero-surveillance survey, which concluded last week, revealed that an average of 66 per cent children in the 6-17 year age bracket in Ludhiana have been found with antibodies to the SARS-COV-2 virus. In Punjab, the average seropositivity among the younger population aged between 6 and 17 years was found to be 60 per cent. This was a bit lower than 67.2 per cent sero-prevalence shown among adults in the fourth serological survey conducted by the Indian Council of Medical and Research (ICMR) in four districts of Punjab — Ludhiana, Patiala, Jalandhar, and Gurdaspur — last month. The paediatric survey, which was conducted by the Health and Family Welfare Department, began in the last week of July and concluded in the first week of September. The results of the state’s third sentinel sero-surveillance survey and the first in India so far to assess the prevalence of the virus infection among children, a copy of which is with The Tribune, showed that the highest of 63 per cent sero-positivity was found in the children between 14-17 years of age, followed by 60 per cent in 1013 years, and lowest of 56 per cent among youngest lot A student gives a sample for Covid test in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA OFFICIALSPEAK basis the sero-survey results, we are ❝On thefurtheroframping up the existing health in the process of infrastructure, particularly augmenting the paediatric healthcare facilities besides framing the policies aimed at giving best treatment to children. Vini Mahajan, CHIEF SECRETARY aged between 6 and 9 years. However, the gender and place of residence distribution suggested no difference with the same 60 per cent sero-prevalence shown among malefemale and urban-rural children covered under the survey. While the highest of 82 per cent sero-positivity among the young population aged 6 to 17 years was found in Moga district, Nawanshahr recorded the lowest rate of 46 per cent in the state. Barnala stood second with 75 per cent sero-positivity, while Kapurthala ranked third in the state with 74 per cent antibodies against Covid virus among its children. Each district and medical college was supposed to collect 92 samples each from rural and urban areas to conduct the survey, which was based on analysis of antibodies collect- ed through blood samples. While Amritsar and Faridkot collected 184 samples each, Ludhiana and Fazilka examined 93 samples each, whereas the other 10 districts tested 92 samples each. Among other districts, Mohali finished fourth with 70 per cent sero-positivity, followed by Tarn Taran 67 per cent, Malerkotla 66 per cent, Hoshiarpur and Fazilka 64 per cent each, Fatehgarh Sahib 63 per cent, Patiala 61 per cent, Amritsar and Ferozepur 59 per cent each, Mansa 58, Pathankot 57, Sangrur 54, Ropar 53, Jalandhar 51, Bathinda 50, Gurdaspur and Faridkot 49 per cent each, Muktsar 47 and Nawanshahr 46 per cent. As many as 10 per cent of total infected persons in the first and second Covid waves in the state were under 18 years of age. 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