07102021-LT-01.qxd 10/7/2021 12:35 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE COLLEGE TEACHERS UP IN ARMS AGAINST STATE GOVERNMENT PAGE 2 ERICA FERNANDES TO LEAVE KUCH RANG PYAAR KE AISE BHI ? Teachers hold a protest rally against move to deviate from UGC pay scales applicable uniformly across country. FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY Biker crushed to death under truck Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 6 A motorcycle-borne youth was crushed to death by a rashly driven truck in Samrala last night. The truck driver fled the spot after the incident. The police have registered a case of negligent driving against the unknown truck driver and CCTV cameras were being scanned to get any clue about the accused. The deceased has been identified as Mandeep Singh of Bardhala village near Samrala. Complainant Jaspal Singh of Samrala told the police that on Tuesday night, Mandeep was heading towards his village on his motorcycle and when he was about to cross the T-Point in Samrala city, he was hit by a speeding and rashly driven truck from the rear. He said the deceased had suffered injuries in the accident and died on the spot. ASI Balwinder Singh said a case of negligent driving under Section 304-A of the IPC was registered against the accused and a probe was on to identify him. MAX 34°C | MIN 23°C | YESTERDAY MAX 34°C | MIN 24°C SUNSET THURSDAY 6:04 PM The pandemic has brought along a new trend in television viewing— watching documentaries... SUNRISE FRIDAY 6:24 AM Cracked 94% cases of chain snatching in 13 days, says CP Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 6 The Ludhiana Commissionerate claimed to have solved 94 per cent cases of chain snatching reported in 13 days in the industrial hub. The Commissionerate Police led by Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, who took over the charge on September 22, has been able to considerably control the incidents of chain snatching and trace 94 per cent of the cases with the arrest of 42 accused and 100 per cent recovery of the stolen property. As per details, 51 incidents of chain snatching took place in Ludhiana from September 1 to 21 which was reduced to 18 cases from September 22 to October 4. Besides, the tracing percentage was only 33.33 per cent in the first 21 days of September STOLEN PROPERTY WORTH ~48.34L RECOVERED CP Gurpreet S Bhullar. ASHWANI DHIMAN which increased to 94 per cent in the next 13 days. The police have also recovered stolen property worth Rs 48.34 lakh. The CP said a multipronged strategy had been adopted to curb snatching incidents in Ludhiana and a special thrust was being laid on eliminating such incidents by marking hot spots, As per details, 51 incidents of chain snatching took place in Ludhiana from September 1 to 21 which was reduced to 18 cases from September 22 to October 4. Besides, the tracing percentage was only 33.33 per cent in the first 21 days of September which increased to 94 per cent in the next 13 days. The police have also recovered stolen property worth Rs 48.34 lakh. including Ghumar Mandi Road, DMC Road, Kipps Market, Sarabha Nagar, Urban Estate Dugri, Jalandhar Bypass, Gill Road, Sherpur and Giaspura Chowk, and increasing surveillance through CCTVs and vigil on criminals got bails recently. PCR teams of the city police had been told to be more responsive, prompt and They said vaccine was the only way to conquer the virus and was helping society in returning to normalcy. They said the district administration was leaving no stone unturned by vaccinating every eligible person at the earliest. Tribune News Service Two fresh cases of virus reported from district A woman gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 25,49,525 87,550 14 -2,103 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 WHAT’S REAL: WHEN FACTS ARE PAGE 4 STRANGER THAN FICTION The show seems to be in troubled waters as rumour mills suggest the exit of Erica Fernandes from it. Administration celebrates as three million vaccine doses administered Ludhiana, October 6 The district administration on Thursday celebrated the record-breaking achievement of administering 3 millionth antiCovid vaccine dose on Tuesday in Ludhiana. Congratulating health warriors, including doctors and paramedics for their remarkable efforts in the rare feat, Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC)-cumNodal Officer, vaccination, Dr Nayan and councillor Mamta Ashu said it would further strengthen our endeavour in the fight against Covid-19. They said Ludhiana was already the leading district in the state by administering 30,41,898 shots to people, including 21,58,459 eligible beneficiaries with the first dose and 88,34,39 people got both doses till October 5 since the vaccination started on January 16 which means 82 per cent population of Ludhiana has received the first dose of the vaccine and nearly 34 per cent are now fully vaccinated. PAGE 3 ■ 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 Two fresh cases of Covid19 have been confirmed in Ludhiana district on Wednesday. Of them, one patient came in contact with a Covid patient while another patient is suffering from severe acute respiratory illness. At present, there are 14 active cases in the district. Assistant Civil Surgeon Vivek Kataria said a total of 87,550 patients of Ludhiana district and 11,683 of other districts or states had tested positive for the virus. The Health Department confirmed that 2,103 patients of Ludhiana district and 1,052 patients of other districts or states have died of Covid till date. As many as 6,437 samples were collected for Covid testing today. effective for dealing with crime. PCR teams have a lot of responsibility in dealing with any crime as they had been mandated with the job of reaching the crime spot as soon as they get information, Bhullar said. He revealed that special focus was also being laid to ensure prompt and speedy response by police stations and the PCR to any call made by people regarding a crime or mishap. The CP said vigil had also been stepped up in the city and senior officers had been asked to monitor nakas in their area and ensure that every officer discharges their duty efficaciously. “It is just a baby step and the ultimate goal is to make city crime-free. With the active support and cooperation of the public, this target will be achieved in the days to come,” asserted Bhullar. Snatcher flees from police custody Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 6 Two snatchers, identified as Deepak Kumar and Manjit Kumar, attempted to flee from the police custody while they were being taken to the court for hearing today. One of the snatchers, Deepak, was arrested by the police after a brief chase while Manjit managed to give them the slip. Deepak and Manjit were nabbed by the police two days ago. The incident was reportedly captured in CCTV cameras installed at the petrol station in Chawni Mohalla. According to information, two officials of the Daresi police station were taking the accused to court in their car. On the way, they stopped at a petrol pump in Chawni Mohalla to buy fuel for their car. When the car slowed down, both accused pushed the cop sitting with them aside and fled the spot. The police managed to nab Deepak while Manjit escaped from the spot. Daresi police station SHO Davinder Singh said a case was registered against both accused. Action could also be taken against cops for negligence, the SHO added. THURSDAY | 7 OCTOBER 2021 | LUDHIANA Dist shows the way, leads state in Covid testing Against state’s average of 48%, Ludhiana conducts 51% RT-PCR tests Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 6 Ludhiana, being the biggest and largest district in terms of area and maximum population of almost 4 million, has been leading the state in the Covid testing, with an average of 7,706 tests daily in September, the government has confirmed. Against the state’s average of 48 per cent, Ludhiana district has been conducting 51 per cent RT-PCR tests of the total testing done daily, official figures have revealed. The daily testing figures compiled by the Health and Family Welfare Department, a copy of which is with The Tribune, showed that Ludhiana conducted 51 per cent RT-PCR and 49 per cent rapid antigen tests (RATs) daily between September 22 and 28. However, the state’s average of antigen testing was 52 per cent. A total of 2,31,190 tests were conducted in the district during September. The district-wise tally indicated that Gurdaspur conducted the maximum of 89 per cent antigen and the minimum of 11 per cent RTPCR tests while Fazilka conducted the maximum of 98 per cent RT-PCR and the minimum of 2 per cent antigen tests in the state. A boy gives sample for the Covid testing in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA Among other districts, Hoshiarpur conducted 79 per cent antigen and 21 per cent RT-PCR, Faridkot 76 pc antigen 24 pc RT-PCR, Muktsar 73 pc antigen 27 pc RT-PCR, Jalandhar 65 pc antigen 35 pc RT-PCR, Kapurthala 56 pc antigen 44 pc RT-PCR, Moga 51 pc antigen 49 pc RT-PCR, Mohali and Tarn Taran 49 pc antigen 71 pc RT-PCR, Pathankot 42 pc antigen 58 pc RT-PCR, Amritsar 38 pc antigen 62 pc RT-PCR, Nawanshahr 36 pc antigen 64 pc RTPCR, Patiala 35 pc antigen 65 pc RT-PCR, Barnala 34 pc antigen 66 pc RT-PCR, Fatehgarh Sahib 32 pc antigen 68 pc RTPCR, Sangrur 30 pc antigen 70 pc RT-PCR, Bathinda 26 pc antigen 74 pc RT-PCR, Ferozepur 25 pc antigen 75 pc RTPCR, Mansa and Ropar 14 pc antigen 86 pc RT-PCR, and Fazilka conducted 2 pc antigen and 98 pc RT-PCR tests. The difference RT-PCR: The Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test was considered the most recommended for tracing the infection in individuals suffering from influenza-like symptoms. It uses real-time reverse transcriptase (RT)PCR diagnostic panels for detecting the presence of viral RNA, which was quite accurate. Swab samples were analysed for reagents to identify the presence of the virus. This test can detect the virus even before the emergence of symptoms and aid in isolation, preventing the further spread of infection. RAT: The rapid antigen test (RAT) comes in handy only while detecting symptomatic patients. It was also done by collecting samples from the nose or throat with a swab. Though results can be revealed within 30 minutes, the test was not considered accurate, as it may not read into vital proteins that are part of Covid at initial stages. Three months on, MC fails to resolve water shortage issue Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 6 Residents are still suffering due to erratic water supply in the Basti Mani Singh area near Jodhewal Basti for the past three months. They have made repeated complaints to the civic body but the issue has not been resolved. Around a month ago, MC officials had claimed that a new water tube well was installed and it would be made functional once the power supply connection and meter were installed. But, the ube well has not been made functional till date in the absence of power supply connection. A resident of Basti Mani Singh, Najibullah, said: “Residents of the area have been facing a lot of issues due to water shortage in the area for over three months. Water is often supplied after 11 pm. I work as a labourer and go to work in the morning. After returning from work, I could not sleep on time as water is supplied during late hours daily. Our voice is not being heard by the authorities concerned.” Another resident said: “We are forced to bring water from other locations. It is difficult for us to arrange water in the morning. We don’t know as to why the Municipal Corporation is ignoring the issue. We were earlier assured that a new tube well has been installed but it is not being made operational. Our elected representatives too failed to resolve the matter till date.” MC Superintending Engineer Rajinder Singh said the civic body had submitted an application to Punjab State Power Corporation Limited for getting a power supply connection to run the water tube well. Sandeep Sharma, SDO concerned, said once the tube well was made operational, there would be no water supply problem in the area. Civic body demolishes illegal 1,609 waste collectors for 2.56L households, 61K shops: Survey portion of multi-storey building Civic body to conduct detailed verification to improve door-to-door garbage collection Tribune News Service PHYSICAL VERIFICATION TO BE DONE IN CITY: OFFICIAL Ludhiana, October 6 A preliminary survey report prepared by the Municipal Corporation’s health branch revealed that there are 1,609 waste collectors for the doorto-door lifting of garbage in 1,678 colonies or mohallas. There are 2,56,765 households and 61,077 shops in these areas. As per the report, there is less number of waste collectors available for Zone C areas as compared to other zones. Only 82 waste collectors are available for 42,088 households in 143 colonies MC’s Joint Commissioner Ankur Mahindroo said a physical verification regarding door-to-door collection would be done in the city by the civic body. Once the verification process was done, required steps would be taken to improve the door-to-door collection system, the civic body official added. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 6 The Municipal Corporation on Wednesday demolished an illegal part of a multistorey building at Mohalla Naughara here. MC’s Assistant Town Planner at Zone A, Mohan Singh said the top storey of the building was being constructed in an illegal manner without any approval. He said a civic body team in the presence of police personnel demolished the illegal portion in the building today. An illegally constructed roof being demolished at Mohalla Naughara in Ludhiana on Wednesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO c m y b and 11,453 shops in Zone C of the MC. On an average, a collector has to cover 654 households and shops. As per the report, there are 449 waste collectors for 505 colonies having 56,496 households and 22,874 shops in Zone A while there are 434 collectors for 76,817 households and 17,062 shops in 442 colonies of Zone B. There are 644 maximum collectors for 588 colonies covering 81,364 households and 9,688 shops in Zone D as per the report. Now, the civic body authorities is planning to streamline the door-to-door garbage lifting in the city. MC’s Joint Commissioner Ankur Mahindroo said a physical verification regarding door-to-door collection would be done in the city by the civic body. Once the verification process was done, required steps would be taken to improve the door-to-door collection system, he added.
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