05102021-LT-01.qxd 10/4/2021 11:24 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE BHANOT COMES OUT VICTORIOUS PAGE 2 IN PUNJAB STATE TT TOURNEY GHANSHYAM NAYAK FROM TAARAK MEHTA PASSES AWAY In the boys U-13 category, local lad Raghav Bhanot emerged as the state champion in the cadet group. Known for his portrayal of Nattu Kaka in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, Nayak passed away on October 3. FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY MAX 32°C | MIN 25°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 24°C SUNSET TUESDAY 6:06 PM PAGE 3 TUESDAY | 5 OCTOBER 2021 | LUDHIANA Dist reported average two daily Covid cases last week SNATCHER HELD; CAR, SCOOTER STOLEN Third highest in state, more than 14 other districts Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Farmers stage a protest against violence in Lakhimpur Kheri, outside the DC’s office in Ludhiana on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Farmers protest killings in Lakhimpur Kheri Observe two-minute silence to pay homage to ‘martyred’ farmers Kuldip Bhatia Ludhiana, October 4 On the call given by the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) various organisations of farmers today held a protest in front of the DC’s office at Mini Secretariat here demanding registration of a murder case against all guilty persons, including the son of Union Minister of State Ajay Mishra. The protesting farmers, led by activists of the Ekta-Ugrahan, Sidhupura, Dakaunda, Kadian factions of the Bharti Kisan Union along with those of the Kirti Kisan Union, observed a two-minute silence to pay homage to the “martyred” farmers. Speakers at the dharna said the power-drunk Modi government is behaving in a repressive and dictatorial manner YAD workers take out a candlelight march in Ludhiana on Monday. with the ongoing farmers’ protest and the yesterday’s violence in Uttar Pradesh against peacefully protesting farmers was a naked dance of hooliganism. “Let the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh and the Modi government at the Centre clearly understand that farmers would not be deterred with such highhanded treatment and they would continue their protest till the acceptance of all demands, including revocation of farm-related Acts,” said the farmer leaders. District secretary of the BKU (Ekta-Ugrahan) Sudagar Singh Ghudani and other speakers demanded that the UP Government ought to maintain law and order in the state and take stern action against perpetrators of violence as per law of the land to restore a sense of security among the farmers and other people in the state. Meanwhile, Youth Akali Dal (YAD) workers, led by district president and party spokesperson Gurdeep Singh Gosha, took out a candlelight march to express their solidarity with farmers’ protest and to pay homage to those killed in violence at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh. Gosha said the heinous crime against peacefully protesting farmers is in fact a crime against humanity which has created widespread resentment among all sections of people. He said for more than a year, farmers have been protesting at Delhi borders against the farm-related Acts of the Modi Government. But rather than dispensation of justice to them, the peacefully protesting farmers are being run over under the vehicles of BJP leaders and also being targeted by repressive BJP governments at the Centre and in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Ludhiana, October 4 Ludhiana district reported an average of two Covid cases daily in the last week, which was mere 6.06 per cent of the state’s daily average infections of 33, the government has confirmed. The district’s daily virus count was third highest in the state and more than 14 other districts, five of which reported no case during the last week of September, the official figures have revealed. The data of average daily positive cases from September 22 to 28, compiled by the Health and Family Welfare Department, a copy of which is with The Tribune, showed that Pathankot and Jalandhar remained the worst-hit districts by reporting the maximum of four daily Covid cases. While Mohali, Amritsar and Gurdaspur stood second with three daily infections, Ropar, Hoshiarpur and Ludhiana ranked third with an average of two virus cases every 24 hour. Among other districts, Bathinda, Faridkot, Fatehgarh Sahib, Fazilka, Patiala, Tarn Taran, Ferozepur, Moga and Sangrur reported single daily count. However, Barnala, Kapurthala, Muktsar, Mansa and Nawanshahr remained the safest districts with zero positive cases during the entire last week. Meanwhile, the analysis of total testing, positive cases and positivity per day showed that even as the daily testing went down but the infections and hit rate kept rising in the state during the last week. The official data indicated that the state conducted 37,519 tests, reported 47 positive cases at the hit rate of 0.1 per cent on September 22; 42,128 tests, 25 infec- A man gives sample for Covid test in Ludhiana. INDERJEET positive cases ❝As compared to the average dailyrecord low, our and positivity rate, which have touched a pace of testing continues to remain high between 7,000 to 8,000 daily for tracing and treating patients, if any, at an early stage. Varinder Kumar Sharma, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER tions at 0.1 per cent on September 23; 34,832 tests, 23 cases at 0.1 per cent on September 24; 38,343 tests, 25 infections at 0.1 per cent on September 25; 34,737 tests, 33 cases at 0.1 per cent on September 26; 23,807 tests, 38 infections at 0.2 per cent on September 27; and 21,556 tests, 41 cases at the positivity rate of 0.2 per cent on September 28. The weekly comparison revealed that the tests went down from 3,05,503 between August 11 and 17 to 2,96,530 between August 18 and 24; 3,05,429 between August 25 and 31; 2,85,667 between September 1 and 7; 2,77,012 between September 8 and 14; 2,68,856 between September 15 and 21; and 2,32,922 between September 22 and 28. Similarly, the average positive cases also dipped from 444 between August 11 and 17 to 345 between August 18 and 24, 271 between August 25 and 31, Star Road Lohara in a dilapidated condition in Ludhiana. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA Star Road Lohara cries for repair Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 4 The badly broken roads across the city are haunting the commuters. One such dilapidated Star Road Lohara has also been crying for attention of the civic body for a long time. It is difficult to drive vehicles on the potholed stretch of the Star Road that connects the Giaspura, Shimlapuri and other areas. The road falls under the Municipal Corporation’s jurisdiction but the safety of commuters is being ignored as nothing has been done to get the potholes filled. A resident said, “Public face a lot of inconveniences these days as the bad condition of the road is continuously being ignored. The potholes remain filled with rainwater during the rainy days. It is very risky to drive a twowheeler on the stretch with big potholes. Even no step has been taken to repair these potholes on a temporary basis. The civic body must pay attention to get the road re-carpeted at the earliest.” Rajinderpal Kaur Chhina, AAP leader, said, “The Star Road stretch is badly broken and it is giving an open invitation to mishaps. Not only this road, but also many other roads in the Ludhiana (South) constituency have been in a shambles for a long period. Even some of the roads that were re-carpeted recently have started breaking within a short period. The public money should not go waste. The civic body must ensure good quality roads in the area.” On behalf of Ward 33 councillor Sunita Rani, her husband Satpal Singh Lohara said the Star Road has got damaged due to heavy rains this year. He said tenders have been floated for the recarpeting of the road. It is expected that the road work would be done later this month, he added. Despite repeated attempts, the MC’s executive engineer (B&R Branch), Rakesh Singla could not be contacted for a comment. c m y b 267 between September 1 and 7, 243 between September 8 and 14, 239 between September 15 and 21, and 232 between September 22 and 28. While the average weekly positivity rate remained static at 0.1 per cent, the active cases also decreased from 543 between August 11 and 17 to 423 between August 18 and 24, 324 between August 25 and 31, 320 between September 1 and 7, 319 between September 8 and 14, 304 between September 15 and 21, and 299 between September 22 and 28. The same was the case with the number of discharged patients, the count of which went down from 329 between August 11 and 17 to 444 between August 18 and 24, 295 between August 25 and 31, 251 between September 1 and 7, 216 between September 8 and 14, 228 between September 15 and 21, and 216 between September 22 and 28. ‘32% fully jabbd in district’ Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 4 A group of shopkeepers staged a protest against the Municipal Corporation for failing to re-carpet a dilapidated stretch between Rekhi Cinema Chowk and Mata Rani Chowk (near Clock Tower) on the Old GT Road, Ludhiana. The stretch was earlier dug up for installation of storm water drainage pipes but the MC failed to reconstruct it till date. The shopkeepers said mishaps are common on the stretch as the civic body turned a blind eye towards the situation. During the rainy season, the stretch had caved in at different points and some vehicles had got stuck there too. Bittu Gumber, president of a shopkeepers’ association, said, “The shopkeepers and commuters are a harried lot due to bad condition of the road. Thus, we staged a protest today. We have also submitted a memorandum to the MC’s Zonal Commissioner Jasdev Singh Sekhon who has assured us that road re-carpeting work would be started very soon.” Another shopkeeper said, “The situation is too bad on the stretch that has not been even levelled properly. There is no safety for the commuters on the stretch. We want the MC authorities to take immediate steps for the re-carpeting of the dilapidated condition the road stretch.” VERMA OFFICIALSPEAK Re-carpet road near Clock Tower: Traders Harshraj Singh PAGE 4 Bhumi has started a pan-India campaign to raise awareness on environmental conservation and climate change. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6:23 AM INBRIEF Ludhiana: A snatcher, identified as Ashu, resident of CRPF Colony, Phase I, Dugri, was overpowered by a ‘victim’ with the help of area residents and handed over to the police. He was booked under Sections 379-B(2) and 511 of the IPC. A car and scooter were reported stolen from the city on Sunday. Avidesh, a resident of Roop Nagar on Dhandra Road, said in a complaint lodged with the police that he, along with his associate, was mixing cement and concrete for a construction job outside a house in Phase I, Dugri, when Ashu, apparently in a drunken state, came there and asked us to give him whatever money we have. “On my refusal, Ashu attacked me with a sword and injured my arm,” said the victim. He said when he raised an alarm, people from the locality got together and caught hold of Ashu, who was later handed over to the police. One Swift car (PB-10EC-1689) was stolen from Gurdwara Manji Sahib, Alamgir, on Sunday. Kuldeep Singh, resident of Kalar village, under Malud police station, lodged a complaint with the police saying that he had parked the car after locking it in the parking lot of the gurdwara. However, when he came back after paying obeisance, he found the car stolen. The police have registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC. An Activa scooter (PB-10EL-7495) was stolen from outside Deep Hospital in Model Town. Sonal Sharma lodged a complaint with the police on Sunday that he had parked the scooter outside the hospital from where it was stolen. The police have registered a case under Section 379 of the IPC. TNS BHUMI STARTS AN ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN CLIMATE WARRIOR A woman gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana on Monday. PHOTO: INDERJEET VERMA One tests positive for virus Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 4 One person tested positive for Covid, while no death due to the disease was reported in the district today. No patient is undergoing treatment for Covid in hospital at present and 11 patients were sent for home isolation. The recovery rate of Covid patients has reached at 97.59 per cent. There are 12 active patients in the district at present. Till date, a total of 25,37,122 samples for Covid test have been taken, of which 24,37,895 samples were found negative. Now the total number of patients belonging to Ludhiana is 87,545, while 11,682 patients belong to other districts/states. The total number of patients who lost their lives to Covid is 2,102 from Ludhiana and 1,052 from other districts. Samples of 5,825 suspected patients were sent for testing today and their results are expected shortly. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma appealed to the residents to adhere to all safety protocols like wearing masks, maintaining social distance and washing hands frequently of the Punjab Government to not only save themselves but keep everyone around safe. COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 25,37,122 87,545 12 1 2,102 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 ■ 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 Ludhiana, October 4 Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Jagraon-cumNodal Officer, Vaccination, Dr Nayan Jassal on Monday said 80 per cent of the eligible persons have received the first dose of the Covid vaccine and 32 per cent have been fully vaccinated with both doses in Ludhiana district. Inaugurating a Covid-19 vaccination camp at the local Market Committee, the Nodal Officer, Vaccination, said Ludhiana has 26,32,727 eligible persons for vaccination and till October 2, the first dose has been administered to 20,97,002 persons, while 8,44,306 persons have been fully vaccinated (administered both doses) in the district. — TNS Youth dies of drug overdose Sahnewal, October 4 A 25-year-old youth, Karamjit Singh, of Nandpur village, near Sahnewal, died of drug overdose this evening. He had been addicted to drugs for a long time and abandoned by his family due to his addiction. As per the SHO, Sahnewal police station, Balwinder Singh, the deceased was with one of his friends near Prem Colony today. While his friend took the doze and went away, Karamjit tried to inject the same but died due to drug overdose. — OC
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