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SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 7:25 AM TUESDAY | 4 JANUARY 2022 | LUDHIANA Covid cases continue to rise, DC, CP extend support to DEO hospitalisation remains low Teachers, farmer leaders protest; seek arrest of guilty parents’ assn members Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service 59-yr-old man of Hambran Road area dies; 56 test +ve in district Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 3 Even as the dreaded Covid continues to rise with daily and active cases, positivity rate, a key indicator of virus surge, and deaths registering a major spike, the hospitalisation of ill patients still remains low in Ludhiana district, the administration has confirmed. The daily cases have gone up from three on December 28 to 56 on January 3, a rise of whopping 1,767 per cent, the active cases from 46 on December 28 to 198 on January 3, an increase of over 330 per cent, daily deaths from nil to one each on Sunday and Monday and the hit rate went up from 0.14 per cent to 3.4 per cent, an upswing of 2,329 per cent, while the count of patients requiring hospitalisation remained seven on Monday. However, it also increased seven-fold from only one Covid patient being hospitalised in the district on December 28, the official figures have revealed. All the hospitalised Covid patients are recuperating at private hospitals with no virus patient yet getting admitted to any government facility in the district. A weekly review of the Covid situation in the district showed that the daily virus cases increased from three on December 28 to seven on Ludhiana, January 3 Against the humiliation caused to the DEO by a few members of a parents’ association, teacher unions and kisan leaders gathered and protested outside the DC office here today. The cloudy weather did not dampen the spirits of protesters who pressed upon the administration to arrest the culprits at the earliest. To express solidarity with the DEO, the Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner of Police met the officer today. The DC extended wholehearted support to the DEO and said they will never allow such incidents to happen. Commissioner of Police DEO Lakhvir Singh interacts with teachers during the protest at the Mini Secretariat in Ludhiana on Monday. HIMANSHU MAHAJAN GS Bhullar said teams have been constituted to arrest the guilty at the earliest. Members of teacher unions and leaders of kisan unions gathered in good numbers and held a protest raising slogans against the guilty. On the other hand, the active members of the parents’ association had switched off their phones and could not be contacted. Teacher unions called to observe protests for two hours in schools on January 5 to press for the arrest of the persons responsible for garlanding DEO Lakhvir Singh Samra with shoe. Many teacher union leaders and kisan leaders addressed the gathering on the occasion during protest today. They termed the incident as highly insensitive and uncalled for. Being a cold day, tea and langar were served to the protesters today. The teachers said in case the guilty are not arrested then on January 7, the next strategy will be announced. Some members of a parents’ association had mischievously garlanded the DEO with shoes, following which a lot of resentment prevails in various sections of society A huge rush for vaccination at the UPHC, Salem Tabri, in Ludhiana on Monday. INDERJEET VERMA COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE 30,14,274 87,941 198 54 DEATHS 2,119 For any information related to Covid Contact: 0161-2444193 & 4622276 December 29, 17 on December 30, 18 on December 31, 37 on January 1, 40 on January 2 and 56 on January 3. Similarly, the tally of active cases shot up from 46 on December 28 to 50 on December 29, 65 on December 30, 80 on December 31, 110 on January 1, 144 on January 2 and 198 on January 3. The positivity rate, too, scaled greater heights from mere 0.14 per cent on December 28 to 0.24 per cent on December 29, 0.58 per cent BLEAK WEEKLY OUTLOOK DCSPEAK Dec 28 Jan 3 The spike in Covid cases Category Daily cases 3 56 has been worrisome. We are Active cases 46 198 creating awareness and Hit rate 0.14% 3.4% ensuring enforcement of Covid- Deaths 0 1 appropriate behaviour. Tests 2,070 1,649 ❝ ❞ Varinder Kumar Sharma Hospitalisation 1 on December 30, 0.71 per cent on December 31, 1.37 per cent on January 1, 1.55 per cent on January 2 and 3.4 per cent on January 3. While there was no death due to Covid from December 28 to January 1 in Ludhiana, one life each was lost on January 2 and 3. The exponential rise in the virus cases was despite the fact that the daily sampling touched a record low of 1,649 on Monday. The low testing rate has been continuing 7 since December 28 when only 2,070 tests were conducted, followed by 2,938 tests on December 29, 2,907 on December 30, 2,543 on December 31, 2,705 on January 1 and 2,582 on January 2. The 56 persons who tested positive today include five healthcare workers and four international travellers from Dubai and Canada. The person who lost his life to the disease was a 59-year-old man from Hambran Road, who was admitted to the DMCH. Vaccination for 15-18 age group starts, 198 jabbed Manav Mander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 3 Vaccination for the age group of 15-18 years started today. As many as 198 children were vaccinated on the first day. A huge rush was seen at the vaccination centres, which also led to chaos. Children were seen enthusiastic for getting vaccinated and some even came alone to get jabbed. Due to the huge rush some visitors were unable to locate the vaccination centre for children, which led to huge confusion. The vaccination centres were same but the session sites for adults and children were different. “I first went upstairs but the A teenaged girl gets vaccinated against Covid in Ludhiana on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN session site for kids was on ground floor. People were confused due to the huge rush at the vaccination centre,” said Garima, who got her 16-yearold daughter vaccinated today. There was enthusiasm among kids for vaccination. “I will be appearing for my board exams this year, so I came for vaccination on the very first day. I do not want to take any chance and as a precautionary measure I got myself vacci- nated today,” said Kashish, a Class XII student. One of the beneficiary at the UPHC, Jawaddi, said she got her vaccine but the staff was unable to register her name due to some Internet glitch. “I haven’t received any message from the Health Department and now I am keeping my fingers crossed that I receive the message otherwise I will not be able to receive my second dose,” she said. Civil Surgeon Dr SP Singh said session sites for both kids and adults are different and urged the parents to encourage their children for getting themselves vaccinated as vaccination helps in fighting Covid, even if one gets infected. Eight trees illegally axed; police complaint filed District courts resume work Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 3 Eight full-grown trees have been illegally axed near the MC’s Birth and Death Registrar Office at Middha Chowk, New Model Town, here. Terming it “murder” of the trees, environmental activists staged a protest raising slogans to awaken the MC to ensure the security of the trees. The activists have filed a complaint at the Kochar Market Police Post seeking registration of an FIR and legal against the culprits behind the illegal axing of trees. They said three trees were located just next to the MC’s office, four trees were in a nearby public park (opposite POWER SHUTDOWN LUDHIANA 10 am to 3 pm: Mahavir Nagar, Ranjit Nagar, Sunil Park, New Professor Colony, Shere Punjab Colony, Forest Office and area opposite MBD Mall on Firozepur Road. 10.30 am to 5 pm: Thapar Feeder and New Khurana Feeder. 1 pm to 3 pm: Ghumar Mandi, PAU, Shahi Mohalla, College Road, Maharani Jhansi Road, Maharaj Nagar, Gobind Nagar, Sant Nagar, Mall Road, Cemetery Road, Bindra Ban Road, Dandi Swami Road, Rakh Bag, Club Road, area around Sadar Thana, Ram Nagar, Kailash Chowk, Guru Nanak Pura, Deep Nagar, Malerkotla House, Civil Lines area, Maya Nagar, Telephone Exchange, Old DMC and surrounding areas of these locations. Environmental activists protest illegal axing of trees near Middha Chowk in Ludhiana on Monday. PHOTO: ASHWANI DHIMAN the MC’s Chest Clinic) and one tree was outside the park. One of the badly axed trees (located next to the MC’s office) is said to be around 50 years’ old or even more. A resident near Middha Chowk said he had wit- nessed that the axed parts of this oldest tree were loaded in tractor-trailers that had made around eight rounds. He said a tractor-trailer, in which the wood was being shifted to another place, seemed to be of the MC. He said the tree was protecting people from scorching heat in summers and rain as well. Moreover, some street vendors used to station their carts under the large tree. Jaskirat Singh, an environmental activist said, “The axing of the trees is a serious crime under the Environment Protection Act-1986. Eight trees have been murdered near Middha Chowk. Now, we want strict action against those who committed the crime.” The MC’s Horticulture Wing and area councillor expressed ignorance about those who axed the trees. Horticulture Wing Officer Kirpal Singh said that no permission was taken by anyone for cutting any tree. He said, “I had got information about the axing of trees on Sunday and the complaint has been sent to the police for further action.” However, the MC’s complaint is about illegal axing of only two green trees (under government). Councillor from Ward 68 Baljinder Singh Bunty said he has no information about who axed the trees. He, however, said, “I condemn axing of the trees.” Our Correspondent Ludhiana, January 3 After 10 days of the bomb blast on December 23, 2021, which had claimed one life and injured three others, the district courts today resumed working amidst tight security. To step up security of the court premises and chambers of the lawyers, the police have sealed all entry points to the complex, except for one main entry gate, where a metal detector has been installed and police personnel deployed to frisk the visitors. In addition, CCTV cameras are also keeping eyes on all movements in Sessions Judge Munish Singal, DC Varinder Kumar Sharma and Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar attend Sukhmani Sahib ‘path’ at the District Court Complex in Ludhiana. the court complex. A sense of security in the wake of police arrangements, regulation of entry to the court complex and deploy- ment of police force was palpable among the lawyers, staff in the courts and other visitors to the courts and chambers of the lawyers. Padma Shri Gurmat Sangeet legend Prof Kartar Singh dies at 93 Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 3 Padma Shri awardee Gurmat Sangeet legend Prof Kartar Singh breathed his last here on Sunday. He was 93. He was awarded Padma Shri for his immense contribution to the field of art last year but since he could not attend the awards ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan due to his ill health, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma went to the DMCH here on December 20 to present him the award. Among the five recipients of the fourth highest civilian award from Punjab and second from the maximum city of Punjab on the occasion of Republic Day last year, this nonagenarian Ludhiana native had been awarded several prestigious honours for his contribution to Gurbani, which he had been practicing since the age of 13 and had specialised in the popular classical music form for the Sikhs, in the past. He was cremated in the presence of a large gathering here. Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh and the SGPC president Harjinder Singh Dhami have sent condolence messages to the bereaved family and wreaths were placed on the body on their behalf. He is survived by two sons and two daughters. Prof Kartar Singh was one of the Gurmat Sangeet legends, who perused his career in teaching music and retired as Head of Department of Music (vocal and instruments) from Guru Nanak Girls College in Ludhiana. In the last, he was working as Director of Gurmat Sangeet Academy in Anandpur Sahib, run by the the SGPC. On being awarded the Padma Shri, the Pakistan-born classical singing legend had in January last told The Tribune that he still feels himself as a student, who is eager to learn. “Music is meditation and one has to meditate rigorously besides doing hard work to learn and practice it,” the Gurbani singer had said. The Union Government had awarded him the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and c m y b DC Varinder Kumar Sharma presents the Padma Shri to Prof Kartar Singh at the DMCH in Ludhiana on December 20, 2021. FILE PHOTO Tagore Ratna Award for Music. He was also the recipient of the Punjab Government’s Shiromani Ragi Award and Punjabi University’s Gurmat Sangeet Senior fellowship. He was also conferred the Sikh Lifetime Achieve- ment Award in London (UK) on October 9, 2011, and was nominated to the Top 100 Global Sikhs by the Sikh Directory in the UK. One of the two legends from Punjab who performed during the Common Wealth Games held in New Delhi in 2010, Prof Kartar Singh’s contribution to Gurmat Sangeet had also been recognised by the SGPC, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University in Jammu and Kashmir and Lovely Professional University in Jalandhar. Prof Kartar Singh also had five books, with a total of over 40,000 copies, on Gurmat Sangeet published by the SGPC, to his credit, while his two other books are under publication. Born at Ghummanke village in Lahore (Pakistan) on April 3, 1928, Prof Kartar Singh had done graduation and postgraduation in music (vocal and instrumental) from Panjab University, Chandigarh. After beginning his career as a music lecturer (vocal and instrumental) at the Malwa Central College of Education in Ludhiana from 1968 to 1971, he served as Head of the Department of Music from 1971 to 1988. Later, he worked as a music lecturer, bursar and registrar at Guru Nanak Girls College here till 1997. He had also served as an examiner (up to PG classes) for Panjab University, Guru Nanak Dev University, Punjabi University, PSEB, Mohali, and Pracheen Kala Kendra in Chandigarh. He was assigned to restart Gurbani kirtan in prescribed ragas with traditional musical instruments in the Golden Temple, Amritsar, on March 6, 2006.
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