28122021-LT-01.qxd 12/28/2021 1:01 AM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE UCC CENTRE PIP LDCA KINGS XI BY EIGHT RUNS IN CRICKET PAGE 2 United Cricket Coaching Centre, Khanna, beat LDCA Kings XI by 8 runs in the ongoing LDCA U-16 Cricket League. FORECAST CLOUDY SKY INBRIEF FOUR ASSAULT BKU ACTIVIST, BOOKED Ludhiana: An activist of the Bharti Kisan Union (BKU), Gian Singh, a resident of Gopalpur Bet village, was allegedly assaulted by four persons who were miffed about a drive against drug addiction and illicit liquor launched by the BKU unit in villages. Gian told the police that the accused, identified as Jarnail Singh, Sohan Singh, Baljinder Singh Jindu and Jagmohan Singh, all residents of Chaunta village, brutally attacked him near the main gate in Dholanwal village, when he was going from Chuanta towards Dholanwal. He said when he raised an alarm, the accused fled while threatening him. The accused have been booked under Sections 323, 341 and 506 of the IPC. OC ONE BOOKED FOR FRAUD Ludhiana: The police have booked a person, Sukhwant Singh, a resident of Banda Bahadur Colony, near Subhash Nagar, under Sections 420 and 406 of the IPC and Section 24 of the Immigration Act on the complaint of Sunil Kumar, a resident of Ajit Avenue, Nawanshahr. The complainant told the police that the accused had taken Rs 1,84,600 from him on the promise of procuring visa and other travel documents for going to Poland. He neither got him the visa nor did he return the money taken for the purpose. OC TWO ARRESTED WITH DRUGS IS TV ACTOR DISHA VAKANI ON MATERNITY LEAVE AGAIN? MAN ARRESTED FOR GAMBLING FAREWELL 2021: ACTORS KEPT COURTING CONTROVERSIES Disha Vakani, who plays Dayaben in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, is missing from the show. MAX 18°C | MIN 4°C | YESTERDAY MAX 20°C | MIN 4°C SUNSET TUESDAY 5:32 PM PAGE 4 From royal drama to drugs, tax and porn controversies, many celebs were caught on wrong foot in 2021. SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7:23 AM TUESDAY | 28 DECEMBER 2021 | LUDHIANA 18-yr-old missing boy’s Elderly woman dies of Covid; six test +ve in dist murder cracked, 2 held Tribune News Service Victim was killed by friends over love triangle; one accused on the run Our Correspondent Ludhiana, December 27 The city police today claimed to have solved the mystery of a missing youth, Tushar Kumar (18), who was reportedly went missing from his house in Kailash Nagar since December 23. Tushar had left his home on his motorcycle at around 9 pm after telling his parents that he would return home soon. However, he did not return. After waiting for more than 24 hours, his father Varinder Kumar lodged a missing report with the police and a case under Section 346 of the IPC was registered at the Jodhewal police station on December 25. In the course of investigation, the police team learnt from Tushar’s father that his son had some issue with the latter’s friend Robin Singh, a resident of Kaneeja village, and the duo kept fighting over some differences. Varinder also suspected that Robin, along with his another friend Kulwinder Singh, alias Kinda, a resident of Kaneeja, might have abducted the victim with the intention of killing him. The accused in police custody in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO REASON BEHIND CRIME Preliminary interrogation of the accused revealed that the accused, Robin and Kinda, along with another co-accused Paramjit Kumar, alias Gopi, of Meharban village, had hatched a conspiracy to abduct Tushar Kumar, the victim, and kill him. The cause of differences between Tushar and Robin was said to be a girl who had ditched Robin and was reportedly having an affair with the victim. Relying on the information provided by the deceased’s father, the police nominated the accused in the FIR and also added Section 364 of the IPC (kidnapping) to the case. Acting on some clues, the police arrested both accused, who were hiding on a vacant plot in the village on Sunday. Preliminary interrogation of the accused revealed that the duo, Robin and Kinda, along with another coaccused Paramjit Kumar, alias Gopi, of Meharban village, had hatched a conspiracy to abduct Tushar and kill him. The cause of differences between Tushar and Robin was said to be a girl who had ditched Robin and was reportedly having an affair with the victim. The accused told the police that after hatching the conspiracy to kill Tushar for teaching him a lesson for betraying his friend, they had dug up a 4-5 ft deep pit for disposing of the body. “We called Tushar from his house on some pretext and scuffled with him after a heated exchange. All three of us overpowered the victim and strangled him with a handkerchief. Afterwards, the body was buried in a pit and we fled the spot,” they said. On the basis of information provided by the accused, the police dug up a spot in the presence of an Executive Magistrate, and recovered the body which has been sent to the Civil Hospital for a post-mortem examination. Later, Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC have been added to the FIR and remand of the arrested accused was being obtained from a local court for further interrogation. Police teams had also been formed to apprehend the absconding accused, Paramjit, and raids were being conducted at his possible hideouts, the police said. Ludhiana, December 27 Six persons tested positive for Covid and one patient lost her life due to the disease today. The deceased was an 80year-old woman from Fatehgarh Sahib, who was admitted to the Christian Medical College and Hospital. Eight micro-containment zones were formed in the district at Ring Enclave, Rakba village, New Prem Nagar, Sukhmani Enclave, Janpath Villa, Fatehganj, near Baba Than Singh Chowk, Kitchlu Nagar and Basant Vihar due to the slight increase in cases and people from same families testing positive these days. Tomorrow, some areas of Maya Nagar will be declared a micro-containment zone where three members of a family tested positive today. The family was scheduled to go to Kartarpur Sahib and when they got themselves tested for Covid before leaving home, three of the five members tested positive. The recovery rate of Covid-19 patients has reached 97.53 per cent. At present, there are 48 active cases in the district. Fortyseven persons were told to undergo home isolation today. Till date, a total of 29,96,880 samples have been taken, of A woman gives a sample for Covid test in Ludhiana. INDERJEET VERMA COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE 29,96,880 87,763 48 4 DEATHS 2,117 For any information related to Covid Contact: 0161-2444193 & 4622276 which 28,97,354 were found negative. The total number of patients related to Ludhiana is 87,763 while 11,763 belong to other districts or states. The total number of persons who lost their lives includes 2,117 persons from Ludhiana and 1,061 from other districts. Whenever the district administration or the Health Department, Ludhiana, finds out about any positive or suspected Covid patients, their samples are sent for testing. As many as 1,818 samples of suspected patients were sent for testing today and their results are expected shortly. Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma appealed to residents to adhere to all Covid safety protocols of the state government 2 migrants fall prey to snatchers; Day before House meeting, Mayor discusses lose valuables, mobile phones agenda with councillors of all parties Our Correspondent Ludhiana: The police have arrested two persons, Lakhvir Singh and Tooti, residents of Chaunta village, who have been charged under Sections 22, 61 and 85 of the NDPS Act. The police said the duo was nabbed on a tip-off while going on a Hero Splendor motorcycle (PB 10FC 214) to sell habitforming drugs to their customers in Miani village. Four strips of Tramadol tablets were recovered from the accused and the twowheeler used for delivery of drugs was also seized. OC PAGE 3 Ludhiana, December 27 Two migrant workers, Ram Bachan Chauhan, a resident of Guru Nanak Nagar, Bhamian Kalan, and his friend Vijay Kumar, were looted by three motorcycleborne persons near Bhukhri Kalan village on Sunday night. The victims lost Rs 2,000 in cash and two mobile phones. In his complaint, Ram Bachan told the police that both of them were going on his Honda Activa scooter (bearing registration No. PB 10HD 5884) when the accused accosted them and fled after snatching cash, his purse containing important documents and mobile phones from both of them. The police have registered a case under Sections 379-B and 34 of the IPC. House burgled, one held Acting swiftly on a complaint of a burglary at a house in Daad village, the police arrested one of the two thieves and also recovered part of the cash stolen by the accused. Rajwant Singh, a resident of Daad village, had filed a complaint that thieves broke into his house when he and his wife had gone to pick up their son from school on December 24. “When we returned, the lock on the main gate was broken, the house was ransacked and gold and silver jewellery and Rs 50,000 in cash were missing from an almirah. In the course of investigation, the Sadar police arrested one of the thieves, identified as Sher Singh, a resident of Sunet, while hunt was on to nab his accomplice Rohit. The police had also recovered Rs 30,000 of the stolen money from the arrested accused. The duo has been booked under Sections 454 and 380 of the IPC. Tribune News Service Ludhiana, December 27 Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu on Monday held an all-party councillors’ meeting to conduct a discussion on the agenda for the upcoming House meeting that will be held at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan on Tuesday. Councillors from the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), the Lok Insaaf Party (LIP), the BJP and the Congress were present during the meeting. It could be the last House meeting before imposing the model code of conduct for the upcoming Assembly elections in the state. Opposition parties are planning to raise Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu interacts with councillors of all parties during a meeting in Ludhiana on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO various issues during the meeting, as per information. Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu said the discussion on the agenda for the upcoming House meeting was conducted today. The opposition leaders shared their views on agenda points. Committee seeks resolution for regular jobs. Meanwhile, a delegation of the Municipal Employees Sangarsh Committee, led by its chairman Ashwani Sahota and president Jasdev Singh Sekhon, met Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu regarding their demands today. The committee members have demanded from the Mayor to bring a resolution in the MC’s House meeting to regularise jobs of contractual drivers, beldars and gardeners. They further demanded that contractual safai sewaks and sewer men should be issued appointment letters regarding regular jobs. The Mayor assured that the appointment letters would be issued to safai sewaks and sewer men next week. Ludhiana: The police have arrested Inderpal, a resident of an area near Sabzi Mandi, Ahata Sher Jang, under Sections 13-A, 3 and 67 of the Gambling Act and cash worth Rs 1,210 was recovered from him. The police said the accused was alluring public for darra-satta (gambling). OC Health workers remained busy in tackling Covid, black fungus & dengue YOUTH BOOKED FOR ABDUCTION Ludhiana, December 27 Like last year, Health Department this year also remained busy throughout the year tackling the Covid-19 pandemic. Many highs and lows were witnessed during the year and the department and hospitals in the district, be it private or government, remained busy with Covid patients. Then, mucormycosis also hit hard amid the shortage of required injections for treatment. When Covid cases started subsiding, the district was stung by dengue and again health care personnel were busy in handling emergencies arising due to dengue. Many new facilities were added to the healthcare infrastructure, Ludhiana: The police have booked a youth, identified as Nitash Bhardwaj, a resident of Gobindpur village in Supaul district of Bihar, under Sections 363 and 366A of the IPC after a 15-yearold migrant girl went missing from her school in Dhandari Kalan on December 23, 2021. In a complaint lodged with the police on Sunday, the mother of the missing girl expressed doubt that they had learnt that the suspect might be behind abduction of their girl on the pretext of marrying her. OC LOOKING BACK2021 Tribune News Service Ludhiana district administered 2 million Covid jabs by August 31, 2021. FILE PHOTO keeping in view the third wave. Highs Two million Covid jabs: Ludhiana district administered 2 million Covid jabs by August 31. Of the 2 million doses, the last half-million people were administered the vaccine in only 30 days.The target of first onemillion jabs was achieved on c m y b June 22, 2021, and the next half-million doses was achieved on August 1, 2021. New oxygen plants: Keeping in view the oxygen requirement during Covid, a new pressure swing adsorption (PSA) oxygen plant was installed at the Christian Medical College and Hospital, Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib (C) Hospital, 1,000 LPM each at ESI Hospital and Civil Hospital, and 500 LPM at Urban Health Centre, Vardhman. Paediatric covid care ward at Civil Hospital: A paediatric Covid care ward has been set up at the Civil Hospital. The ultra-modern paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) has five PICU units and eight multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MISC) beds in it. Treatment within Golden period: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)funded project was started on September 4 for timely intervention for heart attack. It is a major initiative to save precious lives from heart attack by starting treatment within the golden period. Under the project, the drug Tenecteplase used to dissolve blood clots in the heart is given free of cost to the patients at 11 centres. Post-Covid clinic:A post-Covid clinic started at Hero DMC Heart Institute. It catered to the rising number of patients who have recovered from Covid-19. The clinic helped those who suffered from mid and longterm persistent effects of the infection. The clinic helped to address health issues faced by patients who have recovered from the virus. Lows Covid cases: On May 1, Ludhiana recorded the highest single-day spike of 1,600 cases and highest of 30 deaths were reported on May 10. In 2020, the highest number of cases reported in a single day were 438 cases and highest deaths reported in a single day were 18. In Sep- tember this year, 26 students in total tested positive for Covid, which was highest in the state. Mucormycosis scare: Amid Covid, Ludhiana was hit hard by mucormycosis as well. By the end of the year, 161 cases were reported from Ludhiana hospitals, of which 88 belonged to Ludhiana and 73 were from other districts or states. Nineteen persons lost their lives, of which eight were from Ludhiana and 11 from other districts or states. Dengue stings Ludhiana: This year, the district recorded 2,862 dengue cases, the highest in the past four years. Of these 1,829 patients belonged to Ludhiana while 1,033 were from other districts or states. Hospitals were asked to reserve beds for dengue patients and again hospitals were full to the brim due to dengue. Continued on page 2
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