08012022-LT-01.qxd 1/7/2022 11:57 PM Page 1 c m y b Ludhiana TRIBUNE PROTEST OVER POOR CONDITION PAGE 2 OF ROAD IN CHANDAR NAGAR GEETA, BHAJJI CANCEL LOHRI PARTY AFTER COVID CASES RISE Residents, shopkeepers & members of Yuva, an NGO, protest against poor condition of a road in Chandar Nagar. Geeta Basra and Harbhajan have put their Lohri party on hold due to the increasing Covid cases in the country. FORECAST CLOUDY MAX 15°C | MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 18°C | MIN 11°C SUNSET SATURDAY 5:40 PM Covid positivity rate in dist at 8-monthhigh, reaches 9.13% Nine-time increase in three weeks sets the alarm bells ringing Nitin Jain & ManavMander Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 7 The Covid positivity rate, a key indicator of the virus surge, on Friday breached the eight-month high to reach a whopping 9.13 per cent in Ludhiana district, the administration has confirmed. The hit rate has recorded over nine-time rise within just three weeks from nil positivity recorded in the state’s biggest and largest district, in terms of area and population, on December 14, the official figures have revealed. On Friday, 345 fresh Covid cases, including 324 locals and 21 outsiders, were reported in Ludhiana, which were also a seven-month high after 416 daily virus patients registered here on May 28 last. The fresh cases included 11 international travellers, including 10 from Italy and another from Dubai, and 22 healthcare workers, which included three from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, nine from Christian Medical College and Hospital and remaining 10 were from the government hospitals. The count of active cases crossed the 1,000-mark and reached 1,119, including 1,097 locals and 22 outsiders, which surpassed the six-month high of 1,113 active cases recorded A resident gives a swab sample for the Covid test in Ludhiana. TRIBUNE PHOTO:HIMANSHU MAHAJAN BLEAK OUTLOOK FOR INFO CONTACT Hit rate: From 0% on Dec 14 to 9.13% on Jan 7 Daily cases: From 2 on Dec 24 to 324 on Jan 7 Active cases: From 10 on Oct 2 to 1,097 on Jan 7 0161-2444193 0161-4622276 DCSPEAK Health facilities have been strengthened to ensure timely treatment of all needy Covid patients. Those facing any flu-like symptoms are advised to get themselves tested and get treated. VARINDER KUMAR SHARMA, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER ❝ ❞ in the district on June 15. Besides, 1,064 virus patients were asked to isolate themselves at their homes. However, no fresh Covid death or highly transmissible Omicron variant case was reported in Ludhiana on Friday. Ten international travellers, who returned back from Italy had tested positive for Covid at Amritsar interna- tional airport on Thursday. Though the Health Department had made all the arrangements for their institutional quarantine, they were sent home directly and have been isolated at their respective homes. “All international travellers have been isolated at their respective homes and our teams are monitoring TALLY SO FAR Cases Active Deaths Samples 88,863 1,097 2,120 30,27,062 them. Their samples have been sent for genome sequencing and the samples of their contacts have also been taken. In case samples of any of these travellers turn out to be of Omicron variant then they will be brought into institutional quarantine,” said Civil Surgeon, Dr SP Singh. Continued on Page 2 Woman booked for stealing cheques Waterlogging in a few areas after rain lashes city Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 7 A city resident has got a case of cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy registered against his daughter-in-law and her kin for stealing his signed cheques of worth ~88 lakh. On complaint of Indertejpal Singh, the Model Town police registered a case against his daughter-in-law Manpreet Kaur, her father Naunihal Singh of Delhi, Jasvir Singh of Chattisgarh, Kanwarpal of Noida, Pirthipal Singh of Karnataka and Kuldeep Singh of Ludhiana. A case in this regard was registered yesterday. The complainant said his son Shaminder Pal got married to Manpreet Kaur in 2012. Last year, Manrpeet left home over some issue and started living with her parents in Delhi. “In October, 2020, Manpreet’s father called and said he would come to collect his daughter’s gold ornaments, which they had given at the time of marriage as she had to attend some function. Besides taking ornaments, the accused stole several signed cheques of my son,” the complainant alleged. Complainant further stated that the accused deposited three separate cheques of ~40 lakh, ~20 lakh and ~28 lakh in bank for encashment, but due to insufficient balance in account, these bounced and a notice was issued to his son. Manrpeet has already filed a dowry harassment complaint against her husband and in-laws in Delhi. Investigation officer ASI Harmesh Singh said after registration of case, further probe had been launched. Ludhiana, January 7 There was waterlogging in few areas after rain lashed city on Friday. Water accumulated at Feroze Gandhi Market, near Mini Secretariat, Chandar Nagar and a few other areas of the city due to which commuters faced inconvenience. Members of the Feroze Gandhi Market Association have highlighted the issue of waterlogging multiple times before the civic body, but to no avail. Chairman of the association, Col Harjap Singh (retd), said a parking lot opposite Ludhiana Improvement Trust’s office often gets flooded whenever it rained, but the Municipal Corporation did not take any action to find out a permanent solution to the problem. “Earlier, there was a plan to set up multi-storey parking lot on this site, but the project could not be started. No steps have been taken to resolve the problem of waterlogging. Rainwater has accumulated here again today,” he said. Most of the city areas have no stormwater drainage system. The accused in the custody of the Raikot police. TRIBUNE PHOTO Four held for taking away car, valuables Our Correspondent THE INCIDENT Raikot, January 7 The police claims to have solved a case in which four Scorpio-borne unknown miscreants had snatched an Alto car, cash and valuables from a resident of the local Talab Mohalla area on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday. The police recovered the snatched car and vehicle used in crime from the accused arrested from separate places on Thursday night. The accused have been identified as Sukhdev Singh of Kulla Patti Raikot, Gursharan Singh Sharna of Ward No. 9, Raikot, Sarabjot Singh Jot of Libra village under Khanna police station and Jaskaranveer Singh Jassa of Bassian. Senior Superintendent of Police Rajbachan Singh Sandhu informed that the Raikot police had solved the car snatching case on the basis of circumstantial evidence within twenty-four hours of the incident. Preliminary investigations by cops led by the SHO, City, Amrik Singh, Occupants of a Scorpio, four in number, intercepted Manpreet Singh’s car near Johlan Road, overpowered him and snatched his vehicle keys. Before the complainant could comprehend the situation the miscreants sped away with both vehicles. and investigating officer Gurmit Singh revealed that a black Scorpio had chased Manpreet Singh of Talab Mohalla, Raikot, when he, who along with his friends, was returning home in his Alto car from the Civil Hospital side late in the night on Wednesday. Occupants of Scorpio, four in number, intercepted their car near Johlan Road, overpowered Manpreet Singh and snatched his vehicle keys. Before the complainant could comprehend the situation the miscreants sped away with both vehicles. Having received information about the incident on Thursday, the police registered and FIR under Section 379 B against four unknown miscreants now in custody of the police. Commuters suffer on BRS Nagar stretch Meanwhile, commuters faced problems on the BRS Nagar road that links Ferozepur and the Sunet area. As per the information, portions of the road were earlier dug up for the construction of gullies. These portions have not been repaired. Now, these portions of the road had started sinking after rainfall due to which commuters faced inconvenience. c m y b PAGE 3 JAWED HABIB APOLOGISES AFTER SPITTING CONTROVERSY PAGE 4 A video of celebrity hairstylist went viral on Thursday in which he is seen spitting on a woman’s head. SUNRISE SUNDAY 7:25 AM SATURDAY | 8 JANUARY 2022 | LUDHIANA Spike in cases triggers rush for shots at vaccination centres Man arrested for killing lover’s father Our Correspondent Tribune News Service Ludhiana, January 7 The recent spike in Covid patients and surfacing of three Omicron cases in the district has triggered the rush for vaccination in Ludhiana. Besides, ban on entry of unvaccinated persons in public places is also prompting people to go to vaccination centres for getting jabbed against virus. The rush for getting vaccinated has increased manifold once again. Long queues are seen at vaccination centres these days. On Wednesday a glass of the door broke due to rush of people, who had come for vaccination, at the Civil Surgeon office. Today, 22,648 people were vaccinated, which include 536 in the age group of 15 to 18 years. At present, a total of 50.77 per cent persons are fully vaccinated in the district. The district has crossed 100 per cent coverage for the first dose of vaccine. Presently, 101.56 per cent people have received their first jab. On December 1, there were 42.75 per cent people, who were fully vaccinated and 97.72 per cent had received their first dose. A man gets jabbed against Covid in Ludhiana on Friday. A city resident working in private sector said he got his first dose, but didn’t go for the second. “Now, that the government has made second dose of vaccination mandatory for entering public places so, I got my second dose yesterday,” he added. The Civil Surgeon, Dr SP Singh said, “Now that cases have started increasing, peo- ple have once again coming for vaccination. We have been requesting people to get themselves vaccinated, but lately they didn’t care.” “Huge rush is witnessed at vaccination centres these days. People are getting impatient. But as it is said, better late than never. It is good to see people coming for vaccination,” he added. Mandi Ahmedgarh, January 7 The Dehlon police claims to have solved a blind murder of a daily wager of the Forest Department identified as Sinder Singh (65), whose profusely bleeding body was found from a deserted ‘katcha’ road, near Butahri Bridge, on morning of December 23, a day after the deceased went for his routine work from his house. The police had registered a murder case against unknown persons on the statement of Bakhshish Kaur, daughter of the deceased. The accused, now arrested has been identified as Ashraf Ali of Sikandarpura, Malerkotla, who had alleged illicit relations with the complainant. The victim was killed as he had come to know about illicit relations of the accused with his daughter and objected his frequent visits to their house. The Commissioner of Police, Ludhiana, Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, informed that cops led by the SHO, Dehlon, Sukhjit Singh, had arrested Ashraf Ali of Malerkotla, who had been named as main accused in a blind murder Continued on Page 2
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