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Dengue cases go up to 11
Tribune News Service

Panchkula/Chandigarh, October 3
The dengue scare got bigger today, with 11 confirmed cases being reported from the tricity.

While there were nine confirmed cases of dengue from Panchkula alone, the health authorities today sent three more samples to the PGI for testing.

The PGI confirmed two dengue cases, one each from Saharanpur and Panchkula.

Pools of dirty and stagnant water remained untreated and unattended, serving as perfect breeding grounds for the aedes mosquito, popularly called tiger mosquito.

Containers and tyres with stagnant water, tins, roof gutters, broken glass bottles, pitchers, tin covers, desert coolers and tree cavities — Sector 1, Old Panchkula, had it all, and so did Maheshpur, from where five cases had come in.

The city, with its numerous slums, was virtually waiting for an epidemic to break out.

Residents of Old Panchkula were particularly worried about their fate and the inadequacy with which the Health Department had been dealing with pools of stagnant water right under their noses.

“Fuming was carried out a fortnight back by the department. Since then, we have not had any visit by Health Department teams. The condition in the market is particularly bad because we are here practically all day and cannot escape mosquito bite”, said a resident.

The Chief Medical Officer, General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula, Dr G.P. Saluja, said they had sent 15 samples to the PGI for testing.

“Of these, we have been told that nine have tested positive for dengue. Three are negative and the report of three others is awaited”, he stated.

Of the nine confirmed cases from Panchkula district, five were from Maheshpur village in Sector 20, two from Sector 21 and one each from Sector 17 and Majri village.

“We are carrying out fogging at places from where patients are coming in. We have a 25-member force, which is doing house-to-house inspection to check that there is no stagnant water. We will hold a meeting of residents welfare associations on October 5 to create awareness about the precautions that need to be followed to keep mosquito breeding in check”, Dr Saluja added.

At the PGI, the number of patients suspected of having dengue fever went up to 12 this evening.

“Out of these, two have been confirmed by sereological tests while results of the rest are awaited. Out of the 12 patients, four are from Saharanpur and two each from Ludhiana, Pinjore and Chandigarh”, said Dr Ashish Bhalla, Assistant Professor, Tropical Medicine, PGI.

“One patient has been admitted to the emergency medical ward, two are in the communicable diseases ward and the rest are under observation in the emergency”, he said.

A woman from Saharanpur and a man admitted to the PGI had been confirmed positive for dengue, he said.

Doctors said there was a sudden spurt in the number of patients reporting with fever and body aches since September 30.

“We are in touch with the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, and the Government Multi-Speciality Hospital, Sector 16, about the total number of cases being reported there”, added Dr Bhalla. He further said eight separate beds had been kept at the emergency OPD for dengue patients.

There were two beds in the emergency medical ward for serious patients and four had been reserved in the communicable diseases ward.

“The institute has made all arrangements for accommodating patients suspected of having dengue if their number increases”, stated Dr Bhalla.

Separate units of platelet-rich plasma had been arranged by the Department of Blood Transfusion to meet any emergency, he added.

What is tiger mosquito?

According to Dr Jagdish Chand of the Department of Microbiology, GMCH, “The dengue virus is transmitted by an infected female mosquito, aedes aegypti, after completion of extrinsic incubation period between 8 and 10 days. Once infected with the virus, the mosquito remains infected for life and its lifespan is between 4 and 6 weeks.

“Aedes aegypti has white and black stripes on the body with banded legs and is hence known as tiger mosquito. It breeds in and around houses in urban and semi-urban areas. It bites during the day, especially at dawn and dusk. On the other hand, the anopheles mosquito, which transmits malaria, bites during night time.

“Eggs laid by the aedes aegypti can survive even for three years. It can fly upto 110 yards and is hence generally confined to the indoor atmosphere. Man is the only reservoir host and the mode of infection is similar to yellow fever as transmission involves man-mosquito-man cycle. Aedes aegypti is the principal vector, but other species like the aedes albopictus may also be responsible for transmission of infection in countries of the American continents.”

According to Dr Ashish Bhalla, “There is no preventive medicine for dengue as such. Only supportive treatment can be given to patients suffering from dengue.”



Dengue: MC steps up cleanliness drive
Tribune News Service

With the threat of dengue outbreak looming large over the city, the MC’s anti-dengue cleanliness drive is yet to reach this pond of stagnant water in Kumhar Colony, Sector 25, Chandigarh
With the threat of dengue outbreak looming large over the city, the MC’s anti-dengue cleanliness drive is yet to reach this pond of stagnant water in Kumhar Colony, Sector 25, Chandigarh. — Tribune photo by Parvesh Chauhan

Chandigarh, October 3
In the wake of dengue outbreak in the region the Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh stepped up the cleanliness drive across the city today.

Instructions were passed today to officials concerned to ensure that stagnant water was drained and garbage dumps across the city were cleared at regular intervals.

Talking to TNS Mr S.C Aggarwal, SE, Public Health, stated, ‘‘Instructions have been given to XEN water supply and XEN sewerage. Junior Engineers have been given the charge of separate areas and have been asked to remove stagnant water from all areas. We are also checking the colonies,’’ he informed.

Interestingly, despite the fact that dengue cases have been pouring in in Delhi the MCC took preventive action only today.

However, when a TNS team visited a few areas across the city, it came across overflowing garbage dumps and stagnant water. Stagnant water was also found in Kumhar Colony, Sector 25 and heaps of garbage were seen in areas in Sector 37 facing Sector 38 and Sector 41. In Colony No. 5, opposite Sector 51, heaps of garbage could be seen and the residents of the area claimed that garbage had not been removed from there for the past four days.

On being asked about this Mr G.C Bansal, Medical Officer (Health), stated that garbage had not been picked up because of holidays for the past four days.



Anti-dengue drive on
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
Taking a serious note of the spread of dengue in and around the city, the Assistant Director, Malaria, Chandigarh Administration, today held a meeting with sanitary inspectors of the Malaria Department for tackling any threat of dengue cases in the city.

They were given brief guidance on the prevention and control of dengue in Chandigarh. Insect collectors had been deployed in vulnerable areas and field operations intensified.

Senior Medical Officers and Medical Officers of dispensaries had been asked to list all fever cases. They had been asked to report the abrupt increase in the incidence of fever cases to the Assistant Director, Malaria.

Pamphlets had been distributed in vulnerable areas and publicity conducted by using megaphones.

Ropar: The district administration directed the district health authorities and municipal councils on Tuesday to launch a special drive to keep towns clean in view of cases of dengue reported from neighbouring areas.

The Civil Surgeon was directed to make arrangements in hospitals and primary health centres to handle the situation if any case of dengue came to light.



Cracker-sellers ignoring safety norms
Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
Several markets in and around the city are virtually sitting on a firebomb with cracker-sellers blowing safety norms to pieces, blatantly. In the absence of timely action against these violators by the Chandigarh Police and other authorities concerned, the possible occurrence of a disaster may not be a distant reality.

A visit to different parts of the city is enough to reveal that some of the sellers are not only stocking hazardous ash cans and rockets in a volatile manner, but have not even obtained permission, and requisite licenses from the authorities concerned for selling the explosives.

Like dengue, the cracker fever too is threatening the well-being of the residents. While the authorities concerned in the Health Department are now waking up to the threat of the outbreak, little is being done to take care of the exploding malady.

Go to Attawa village in Sector 42 and you will find at least two kiosks perilously cramped with firecrackers, including rockets and sparklers. Though each cracker seller is required to keep 25 sand bags at the sale site, along with water tanks of at least 200-liter capacity, nothing of this sort can be seen.

This is not all. Smoking inside and near the shops is strictly prohibited. But boards with “smoking strictly prohibited” warning are missing. The rules also say that there should not be any naked or loose electric wire inside the shops, and the kiosks should have separate entrance and exits. But none of the conditions are being followed. The conditions are hardly any better in other parts of the city.

Even though no major incident of fire has fortunately been reported in the recent past, dense black smoke had indeed enveloped the Sector 19 rehri market in the early 90s after a complete row of cracker stalls had caught fire. Interestingly, the police and Fire Department officials are expected to carry out an inspection of the site before the licenses are issued to the applicants.

Denying the allegations of carelessness on part of the authorities, a senior officer in the Fire Department says: “At the time of applying, they assure us that all conditions would be complied with, but later on they back out of the undertaking”.



J&K sex scandal: orders on bail pleas on Oct 9
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
After hearing arguments daylong by the defence and prosecution in the infamous Jammu and Kashmir sex scandal, the District and Sessions Judge, Mr BS Mehndiratta, today fixed October 9 for pronouncing orders on the bail pleas of 13 accused in the case.

However, arguments for framing of charges were not held. Of the total 14 accused in the case, one Iqbal Khandey, an IAS officer, is out on interim bail.

During the course of proceedings, the judge adjourned the case for an hour in the afternoon. Amidst heavy security arrangements outside, the accused were allowed to meet their relatives inside the courtroom during adjournment in the light of the alleged controversy over the Chandigarh Police giving them VIP treatment in the Sector 17 police station. After the arguments ended, the accused were whisked away into a bus before being escorted to the Burail Jail.

For the second consecutive time, the District and Sessions Judge did not allow the media in the court. However, no written orders were passed by the court to ban the media at the stage of hearing of the bail application of the accused. The objection to the presence of media was raised by the lawyers of two of the accused.

The accused, who were represented by a battery of lawyers, contended that the allegations against their clients were baseless and vague. Mr Malvi Aijaz, counsel for two of the accused said there was neither corroborative evidence nor any specific date of occurrence recorded by the CBI, the prosecuting agency.

" The agency is relying on the school- leaving certificate of the prime witness. Already there are contradictions in the date of birth (school-leaving certificate) as produced by the prosecution and the proof of date as per the record of the Registrar of Births and Deaths. The girl is already a major and so no offence under Section 376 of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) could be made out against the accused", said Mr Aijaz.

It was also pointed that since the witness was already married," if she is a minor and is married, she has violated the Infant Marriage Act as applicable to the J and K State" , said one of the defence lawyers.

The Senior Public Prosecutor of the CBI, Mr R.K.Saini, said the prosecution had produced the evidence that the date of birth of the key witness was December 21, 1990, and had also recorded the statements of the parents of the minor girl who would turn major in December 2006.

The prosecution opposed the bail application of the accused as it had substantial evidence against the accused having sexually exploited the minor witness. There are over 100 prosecution witnesses in the case transferred to Chandigarh courts.

Mr Sunil Sethi, defence counsel for former Additional Advocate-General Anil Sethi, said they had demanded a decoded list of witnesses. They argued that no offence could be made out against their client as the witness was a major and not a minor as claimed by the prosecution.

The Supreme Court on September 4 had transferred the case of the accused in the sex racket from Srinagar to Chandigarh, after the CBI filed its charge sheet. Besides the two former ministers, Mr G.A. Mir and Mr Raman Matto, J and K Government Principal Secretary Mohammad Iqbal Khanday, suspended BSF DIG K.C. Padhi, DSP Mohammad Yousif Mir, former Additional Advocate-General Anil Sethi, alleged kingpin of the racket Sabeena, her husband Abdul Hamid Bullah, and advocate Shabir Ahmed Laway were among those who were produced in the court here today.



J-K sex scandal hearing: media to be present or not?
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
The proceedings of the J and K sex scandal today witnessed contradictions in the statement of the prosecution and the defense counsels regarding the presence of the media during the hearing of bail applications of the accused.

As a result, the media persons were kept at bay from covering the proceedings of the high-profile case for the second time, the last being on September 25.

Throughout the proceedings, media persons kept on waiting. All the while, the relatives of the accused and general public had free access to the court room. “The accused and their relatives are too scared of the local media due to their experience at the hands of media in J and K,” said a person who had come on behalf of an accused, Raman Matto.

As soon the proceedings ended, the media was at the mercy of the statement of the counsels about the court proceedings. Some of these counsels had opposed the presence of the media in the courtroom and wanted to tell the media only what they wanted to.

Mr Molvi Aijaz, counsel for the DSP, Mohammed Mir and another accused, said he had advocated the presence of the media for transparency. “This is a political case and high-profile persons are involved. The media should not hold trial.

No such order to ban media during the proceedings had been passed by the J and K courts. The media cannot cover once the trial starts hearing of bail applications”.

The CBI Senior Public Prosecutor told The Tribune that he had not opposed the presence of the media at this stage. Presence of media once the trial starts could affect the proceedings.

Another counsel said the defence lawyer of J and K minister Mr Raman Matto, and another for the former Additional Advocate-General Anil Sethi, had opposed the presence of the media as the accused had objected to it. Mr KS Lamba, general secretary of the District Bar Association, said, “Media should be allowed to cover the trial so that public should know the truth.

There was no harm in allowing the media at this stage.”

Another lawyer, Mr Arvind Thakur, claimed, “In important trials like the Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi assassination trials, media was allowed. There is no reason to prevent media at this stage. The ban could be effective during the in-camera proceedings”.



Watch out

Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh

Local Test star Yuvraj Singh plays in the day-night final match against India Red today for the coveted Challenger Trophy.

The match also provides opportunity to the all-rounder who is struggling to get back his midas touch after a dismal show at DLF Cup, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.




In Town
B’deshis arrive

Habibul Bashar
Habibul Bashar

Chandigarh, October 3
“We have come to India with lot of confidence as we played exceeding well against Kenya and Zimbabwe. In the Champions Trophy starting on October 7, we have to do well to improve further,” says Habibul Bashar, skipper of the Bangladesh cricket team.

The minnows of world cricket will be taking on PCA President’s XI in a practice game at the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium tomorrow before its first ICC game against Sri Lanka on October 7 at the PCA Stadium, Mohali. — Akash Ghai



Passing Through

Irum Naz
Irum Naz, Coordinator, Sanjh Development Organisation, Pakistan

What are the challenges before Pakistani women today?

As far as the status of women is concerned there is a lot of improvement from what the situation was some years ago. But a lot still needs to be done. Parents, family members, employers need to change their attitude towards women in Pakistan. A girl student there faces a lot of hardship if she wants to study and do a job.

What kind of work does your NGO undertake?

Sanjh Development Organisation has done a lot of work in school education. We have carried out surveys of the quality of school education in Pakistan and the results are shocking. Teachers do not go to the school and when they do, they do not teach.

You are in the city for an Indo-Pak peace camp. What have been your experiences?

This is my first visit to India. I am touched by the warmth that everyone is full of here. Most refreshing is the fact that men and women are considered equal in everything and shown the same respect. I think this is what people in Pakistan can learn from India.

— Chitleen Sethi



Zirakpur’s municipal limits set to expand
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Zirakpur update

  • Section 5 issued for inclusion of Singhpura, Nabha
  • People given time till Oct 5 to file objections
  • Move expected to boost planned development
  • Civic body to get more revenue
  • Villagers hail proposed decision

Zirakpur, October 3
The municipal limits of Zirakpur, township of apartments and shopping malls, are set to expand with the inclusion of two more villages—Nabha and Singhpura.

In a recent notification issued under Section 5 of the Punjab Municipal Act 1911, the Punjab Government has expressed its intention to include the area in the municipal limits for the “development of the area in a planned manner”.

The notification says that the proposed inclusion is being done keeping in mind the density of population, the revenue generation for the local administration, the percentage of employment in the non-agriculture activity and economic importance of the area. However, the notification has given time till October 25 for the people to file objections.

Earlier, the government had asked the Nagar Panchayat to send a “proposal for including those areas of Nabha and Singhpura, which have potential for generating revenue and urbanisation, to the Punjab Government.”

“Accordingly, the Nagar Panchayat is directed to consider the request of Nabha and Singhpura residents for inclusion in the municipal limits. The only objection of the Nagar Panchayat of not extending the Nagar Panchayat boundary towards these villages was on account of the fact that the gram panchayats of these villages had not formally requested it in this regard. This objection has now been met with as the objections were filed by sarpanches and panches representing the village panchayats,” the order said.

It may be recalled that last year the department had issued a notification inviting objections to the inclusion of three villages—Peer Muchhalla, Kishanpura and Gazipur—into the Nagar Panchayat. Later, these villages were included in the municipality.

While filing objections to the inclusion of these villages, residents of Singhpura and Nabha had pleaded for the incorporation their villages in the nagar panchayat as they fulfilled the “prescribed” criteria.

It was contended that Nabha with a distance of about 1 km from Zirakpur, stood a better chance of inclusion in the Nagar Panchayat.The inclusion of Nabha also made economic sense as besides being on the Zirakpur-Patiala road, it had two petrol stations, Coca Cola and Tata Motors godowns, several brickilns and a pipe factory, which could generate revenue for the civic body. Similarly, Singhpura, strategically situated on the Ambala-Chandigarh highway, fulfilled all norms for the inclusion in the civic body, it was claimed.

Meanwhile, Mr Saudagar Singh, president of the Action Committee of the villagers fighting for the inclusion of the villages in the nagar panchayat, today welcomed the Section 5 notification saying that the inclusion would give a fillip to the planned development in the area.Since the area had enormous economic potential in the wake of the entry of the big realtors in the area, the inclusion would add to the resources of the civic body, he added.



Admn enhances financial powers of Secys, HoDs
Rs 1.5 crore for Administrative Secys
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
The Chandigarh Administration has enhanced financial powers of the Administrative Secretaries and Heads of Department to accord administrative approval/expenditure sanction on different works, schemes and projects.

The powers have been enhanced from Rs 50 lakh to Rs 1.50 crore in case of Administrative Secretaries and from Rs 5 to Rs 25 lakh in case of Heads of Department. For the Chief Engineer, the financial authority has been increased from the current Rs 10 to Rs 50 lakh.

The Administration had, in the past, written to the Centre seeking an enhancement of the financial powers of the senior officers. The move is aimed at speeding up the work as the project costs had grown sizably during the recent years and under the current system getting approval took a very long time.

Similarly, the powers of the Administrative Secretaries to execute normal contracts or making purchases have been enhanced from Rs 20 to Rs 60 lakh. The power for Heads of Department will be up to Rs 25 lakh.

The power to approve negotiated or single tender contract by the Administrative Secretary will now be Rs 10 lakh against the existing powers of Rs 2 lakh only. The Administrative Secretaries will also be competent to approve the indent for stores up to Rs 10 lakh. The Heads of Department will exercise these powers up to Rs 5 lakh expenses.

The Administration has also re-constituted the Standing Finance Committee under the chairmanship of Finance Secretary which will now include the Joint Secretary Finance, Chief Engineer, Chief Architect and Head of the department concerned as members for examining the proposals relating to the planned schemes, works and projects involving expenditure of up to Rs 5 crore.

The power of the Standing Finance Committee was Rs 1.50 crore only. The Chief Engineer has also been delegated power to approve the estimate technically at his level or by constituting a committee for five crore.



Elders, youngsters walk hand in hand
Tribune News Service

‘Lage Raho…’ for elderly

HelpAge has organised a special screening of “Lage Raho Munnabhai” for 210 elders from across the city. The show will be held at Fun Republic at 9 am tomorrow. Among the invitees are inmates of Old Age Homes of Sectors 15, 43 and 30, and those from day care centres in Sector 15, Chandigarh and Sector 15, Panchkula.

Chandigarh, October 3
They shared some memories today, they lived some dreams. For a while, they even managed to hoodwink pain, which has followed them through years like a jilted lover.

But this day was different. It came like a bundle of surprises for about 70 senior citizens, who walked the roads of Sector 17 to celebrate their day and their life today. As over 150 children from across the city schools joined them in their walk to freedom, the objective of the intergenerational walk stood realized.

The walk was organized by HelpAge India’s regional office at Chandigarh, as the first event among several to be held during the week-long World Elders Day celebrations. Today’s walk was flagged off by Chandigarh’s Deputy Commissioner R.K. Rao in Sector 17.

A novel idea indeed, the walk generated tremendous amount of interest among those who were invited to participate. HelpAge has organised many such walks earlier in other parts of the country. Each time the idea is to help the elderly come out in the open to share their joys as well as sorrows. But more than anything else, such a walk is designed to empower elders and inspire among them a sense of dignity and worthiness. Equally important is to get children to respect the old and prepare them for a future where people from the two generations can live together in peace and harmony.

Like other walks, the one held around Sector 17 Plaza today also had familiar objectives to meet. It saw participation from about 25 inmates of Old Age Home, Sector 15, which is being run and managed by Lions Club. As the old age home inmates came out with the zeal to walk and reiterate their rights, they wee joined by other senior citizens from the city. Many visitors to Sector 17 Plaza also joined the walk. But the best part of the event was the effortless chemistry between the old and the young.

Students from Shishu Niketan School, Sector 22 and Government Model School, Sector 21, also participated in the walk with their grandparents, who used the occasion to admonish the children on old age and its assets. HelpAge, however, had yet another purpose in getting the elders together. “We wanted to bring them closer together to talk and smile. The idea was to encourage them to live a healthy and happy life, despite all the odds.”

And the walk served well to promote a better understanding of ageing issues, with most of the participating elders coming to terms with the changing realities of the changing age. And they also admitted that happiness was a state of mind. It came from within and it could be held on to forever.



Pay bill & take kid, says hospital; probe ordered
Our Correspondent

Mohali, October 3
The Kharar MLA, Mr Bir Devinder Singh, today ordered a probe into the allegation that a private hospital was not discharging a child whose parents had died in a road accident in Phase IX without the clearance of the medical bills.

Suresh Kumar, his wife, Aarti, and two year-old-son were killed in an accident on September 24. The sole survivor of the tragedy, Rishu, the four-year-old daughter of Suresh Kumar, was seriously injured. She was taken to Silver Oaks Hospital by the police where she was admitted.

The MLA, who attended the bhog ceremony of Mr Suresh Kumar and family members here said it was brought to his notice that the relatives of the child had been asked to pay a hefty amount even when the required treatment had allegedly not been given to the injured child who stayed in the hospital for about two days.

The relatives had about Rs 5,000 but the hospital wanted the entire dues to be cleared before the child was discharged.

The MLA said he had asked the SDM to enquire into the allegations. He said big hospitals should have a social commitment also and not just attend to patients from economically well-off sections of society.

He said he would hold a meeting with the managements of big hospitals and ask them to reserve some percentage of the funds even for the treatment of patients from poor families.

Dr Akhil Bhargava of Silver Oaks, however, said the child was immediately admitted to the hospital even when no relative had accompanied her at that time. She was helped at the time of an emergency as the required treatment was given to her.

He said relatives who had come to take the child were asked to present their identification proof. The staff on duty must have asked them to clear the hospital bill.

But the allegation that the child was not being discharged till all the dues were cleared was baseless.

This had never happened. If the relatives did not have the required amount of money they could have contacted his. Nobody had done so in the past so many days.

He said he wondered why such allegations were being levelled after so many days.



Wife blames hospital authorities for accident victim’s death
Tribune News Service

A grieving Bimla Devi, whose husband Sudesh Kumar Sharma died on Tuesday evening allegedly due to non-cooperative attitude of city-based hospitals
A grieving Bimla Devi, whose husband Sudesh Kumar Sharma died on Tuesday evening allegedly due to non-cooperative attitude of city-based hospitals. — A Tribune photograph

Chandigarh, October 3
After fighting for life in different bus queue shelters in the city for the past over five years an accident victim, Sudesh Kumar Sharma, died here today. He was declared ‘‘brought dead’’ to the emergency of Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.

Ms Bimla Devi Sharma, wife of the deceased, had come to The Tribune office in the evening alleging official apathy and non-cooperation by hospital authorities in admitting her ailing husband to the emergency ward. Suresh was spotted by a passing PCR van and was rushed to the emergency ward where he was declared ‘‘brought dead’’.

Bimla Devi, a resident of Maloya Colony, alleged that her husband had died allegedly due to the indifferent attitude adopted by the authorities of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) and the Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16.

The couple reached The Tribune office late this evening and narrated how they had suffered due to the ‘‘callous attitude of authorities for over five years’’.

Ms Bimla claimed that her husband had met with an accident when his cycle was hit by a Tata 407, owned by a tent house owner, at Sector 28-29 traffic light point in June 2001. The UT Police had rushed him to the GMCH, Sector 32, from where he was referred to the PGIMER, Chandigarh. After treating him for four days, the PGIMER authorities had sent him back to the GMCH-32, expressing inability to accommodate him in the emergency ward, she alleged. Her husband was treated at the GMCH for over a fortnight and then discharged. Ms Bimla claimed that though a city court had directed the owners of the tent house to give them compensation but it had never reached the deceased.



Youths allege police high-handedness
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
Two city-based youths alleged that they, along with their acquaintance from Delhi, were beaten up in the Sector 36 police station by a Sub-Inspector of the local police and two Delhi Police cops.

The Delhi Police has reportedly come to the city in connection with the abduction case of a minor girl, who was allegedly kept at the Sector 35 residence of the youths.

Talking to mediapersons, Peter and Ritesh of Sector 35 alleged that a Delhi Police team raided their residence at about 1 am on Tuesday. The cops were accompanying their acquaintance Peter, a Delhi resident. The police came to their residence and asked them to produce the girl, who was kidnapped from Delhi on September 29. When they expressed their ignorance about the whereabouts of the girl and her kidnapper, the Delhi cops, Sub-Inspector Raj Kumar and Constable Ishwar Jain, roughed them up. After that the cops took them to the Sector 36 police station, where the Delhi Police cops along with a Sub-Inspector of the Chandigarh Police thrashed them.

The SHO of the Sector 36 police station, Inspector Ishwar Singh Mann, said the Delhi Police had come to the city in connection with a kidnapping case. The cops had taken the youths to the police station for interrogation, where the youths admitted that the girl was brought to their residence once. However, they did not know anything about her whereabouts. The Delhi Police has tracked the youths through their Delhi-based acquaintance Peter, who was known to the kidnapper. A daily diary report has been registered in the Sector 36 police station.



Army Chief lays wreath at War Memorial
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
Chief of the Army Staff Gen J.J. Singh today laid a wreath at the newly constructed Chandigarh War Memorial during a brief visit to the Headquarters Western Command, Chandi Mandir, today.

"An extremely inspiring and motivating memorial to the valour and self- sacrifice of all ranks of the armed forces will surely exhort the youth of the country to follow the example set by the soldiers of this great nation," the Chief wrote in the visitors' book at the memorial, according to a statement issued here.

The memorial, with names of the martyrs from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh, perhaps, is the largest war memorial in the country with nearly 8,459 names of deceased soldiers from the Army, the Air Force and the Navy since 1947 inscribed on its walls.



Punjab cop for UN mission
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
Punjab police Sub-Inspector Atul Soni, a city resident, has been selected for the United Nations (UN) peace-keeping mission in Kosovo.

He is among eight officers of the Punjab police who have been selected for the mission.

Officials from the UN have selected 399 officials from India out of the 14,000 candidates.

The candidates have to pass a written test, followed by firing and driving tests.

Mr Soni, Reader to the ADGP, has represented India at international levels in handball thrice.

He has participated in 10 senior national, eight junior national, three federation and 12 state tournaments.



Sarpanch seeks probe into land deal
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, October 3
The Sarpanch of Bhankharpur village, Mr Joginder Singh, today demanded a high-level probe into the sale of 26 kanal shamlat land by certain persons to a Delhi-based real estate company allegedly in connivance with revenue officials.

Raising this demand through an affidavit, Mr Joginder Singh alleged that the said land was allegedly sold by Gobind Singh for an amount of about Rs 4.5 crore. Terming the registry as ‘‘illegal’’, the Sarpanch urged the Punjab Chief Minister to order a high-level probe into the matter.

However, a senior revenue official claimed that the revenue records showed that the land was not shamlat land and the registry had been executed as per rules.



Defence Accounts Dept day celebrated

Chandigarh, October 3
The 250th Raising Day of the Defence Accounts Department was celebrated at the office of the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (PCDA), Western Command, on its premises here today.

Several events, including a quiz, dance competition and cultural events, for the PCDA staff as well as their family members, were organised to mark the occasion.

The Defence Accounts Department, of which the PCDA is an integral part, is primarily responsible for auditing, accounting and rendering financial advice to the Indian Armed Forces.

Presiding over the function, Principal Controller Western Command, Ms Nita Kapoor, gave away prizes to the winners of different competitions. — TNS




Dera Bassi, October 3
The following have been elected office-bearers of the Dera Bassi unit of the Chandigarh-Punjab Union of Journalists: president — Ms Anita Mittal; general secretary — Mr Sarbjit Bhatti; senior vice-president — Mr Surinder Bacchal; vice-president — Mr Harjit Singh Lucky; treasurer — Mr Anil Sharma; office secretary — Mr Gurpreet Singh Babbu; screening committee chairman — Mr Rakhwinder Singh Behra; and executive members — Mr Gurmeet Singh, Mr Sunil Bhatti and Mr Ashwani Sharma. TNS



Bhog of scribe’s brother today

Chandigarh, October 3
The bhog of Manjit Singh, brother of Mr Amarjit Singh Thind, Senior Staff Correspondent of The Tribune posted at Ludhiana, will be held at the Ramgarhia Bhavan in Sector 27, here, tomorrow from 1 pm to 2 pm.

Manjit, who died in London on September 25, was cremated in the UK and his ashes were flown here, family source said. — TNS



Banur resident held for theft, nine two-wheelers seized
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
With the arrest of a Banur resident the local police claimed to have recovered nine stolen two-wheelers from his possession. Two accomplices of the accused are at large.

SHO of the Sector 17 police station Inspector Jagbir Singh said the accused, Jitender Pal Gupta of Banur in Patiala district, was arrested from Sector 22 here on Monday following some information. the police recovered a stolen motor cycle (CHT-3283) from him. A case under sections 379 and 411 of IPC has been registered against him.

Mr Jagbir Singh said that on the basis of Jitender’s revelations, cops recovered seven more motorcycles and a scooter from him. Jitender along with his associates, Ajay Kumar and Deepak Kumar, used to steal vehicles by using master keys. After stealing the vehicles, they would park these in paid parking lots and wait for prospective buyers.

After parking the stolenvehicles at such “safe place” they used to prepare fake registration certificates and fix deals with buyers. The police said Jitender, who is in his mid-twenties, was an expert in forging registration certificates and was booked by the Panchkula Police in a case of cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy.

Sources in the police said some copies of fake registration certificates had also been recovered from Jitender. He was reportedly involved in the sale and purchase of vehicles. several parking lot tickets were also recovered from him. The police hopes that more vehicles are likely to be recovered from the gang once the other absconding members are netted by the police.

A police team has been dispatched to Karnal district in Haryana to recover two more stolen motor cycles. The police said most of the vehicles were stolen from various places in Haryana. it was yet to ascertain where the cases of thefts had been registered in this connection.

The recovered vehicles are - Hero Honda-HR-01-Q-1593, HR-07-E-0725, HR-11-D-3209, HR-01-Q-6361, HR-16-D-9636, HR-01-R-1098, HR-07-E-3578 and a hero Activa scooter CH-03-N0241.



3 arrested for snatching wallet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 3
The local police arrested three persons on the allegation of snatching a wallet of a city resident.

Mr Deepak Kumar of Sector 27-D reported to the police that three persons on a Bajaj Pulsar motor cycle (CH-03-N-9871) snatched his wallet containing Rs 2000 from near the sector 27 petrol station on Monday.

Acting on the complaint, the police traced the motor cycle later in the day from Sector 26. The accused have been identified as Naresh, Baldev and Gullu of Bapu Dham colony, sector 26. The stolen property has been recovered from their possession. A case has been registered in this regard.

Eve-teasing case

The local police arrested Amandeep Singh alias Soni of Moji Majra in Ropar district from the sector 22 market here on Monday on the allegation of indulging in eve-teasing. A case has been registered in this regard.



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