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Man waylaid near Landran, robbed at gunpoint
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 22
A resident of Balachaur was allegedly robbed of Rs 2.5 lakh at gun-point on the Landran-Banur road this morning. According to the police, Varinder Kumar, a businessman from Balachaur, was going to Delhi when he was looted by two youths, who also bashed up his driver.

Varinder Kumar, a cloth merchant, told the police that he was going to Delhi to buy merchandise. He was carrying a briefcase that contained Rs 2.5 lakh. He said when his car reached Tangori village, he saw a truck and a Maruti car were parked ahead blocking the road. His driver halted the car and before they could react, two youths came out of the Maruti car. While one started bashing up the driver, the other, who seemed to be carrying a gun, asked Varinder Kumar to hand over his purse, the briefcase and the other bags to him. They also took away the car keys and ran back to their car with the loot before speeding away.

The police said Varinder Kumar was not able to note the full number of the car in the confusion but has provided some leads which might help nab the looters. According to the information gathered by the police, the two youths were about 35 years of age. One had a jacket cap on his head and the other had his face covered. They spoke in Punjabi. A case has been registered under Section 382 of the Arms Act.

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At last, 19 councillors leave for study tour
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 21
The jinxed MC study tour finally materialised with 19 councillors leaving for Singapore, Malaysia and Bangkok late last night.

The tour had been postponed a number of times with permission not forthcoming from the higher authorities. This time too the MC faced problems.

Sources said the tour date (November 22) was finalised early this month, but the councillors were told to “pack their bags” only last evening. As a result, fourteen opted out. While a few stated personal reasons, most were upset with the last-minute intimation.

“We cannot just pack our bags and leave at the last minute. We have prior commitments to take care of,” said a senior councillor.

The mayor as well as senior councillors Pradeep Chabbra, Chandemukhi Sharma, Vijay Rana and Gurcharan Das Kala did not go on the tour.

The councillors on the tour are also not too happy with the arrangements. There is resentment on account of the “lengthy travel arrangements”. They had to first travel to Kolkata from Delhi and then fly out to Bangkok, Singapore and Malaysia.

On their way back, the councillors will first fly back to Chennai and then to Delhi. It is learnt that the councillors have to pay up a few thousand rupees more for it.

A second trip is being planned for December-end.

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Mayor’s Meet
Meanwhile, Aujla orders probe

Municipal Corporation Commissioner P.S. Aujla today marked an inquiry to joint commissioner T.P.S. Phoolka into suspected fake confirmation letters for the coming mayors’ conference scheduled for the first week of December.

It is learnt that the MC received a fax from a Bareli number, confirming participation of two former mayors of Kanpur and Lucknow and one of Aligarh. The inquiry will ascertain if these confirmations are genuine.

MC officials say a total of 39 confirmations had been received for the conference, with one cancellation by the Mayor of Kolhapur.

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Facility for early detection of cancer at PGI soon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
The PGI is all set have positron emission tomography (PET) scan facility at its nuclear medicine department, the technique which is mainly used in the early detection of cancer with a very high sensitivity, long before any structural changes become evident using other imaging techniques.

Expected to be functional soon, the project will include a combined PET and CT scanner and installation of a medical cyclotron with a fully automated system for production and dispensing of the isotopes.

Positron emission tomography (PET) is a functional imaging modality which is different from anatomic imaging such as ultrasound and CT, said Dr B.R. Mittal, head, nuclear medicine, PGI.

At present, PET is available only at a few centres in India, mostly in the private sector and limited to the major metro cities, and that too at a very high cost. The radioisotopes produced by this cyclotron will also be made available to other PET centres which may start in the region in the near future, said Dr Mittal.

The nuclear medicine at the PGI is one of the only three institutes in India offering postgraduate (MD) course and second to start M.Sc. in nuclear medicine. The M.Sc. course has been started in collaboration with Panjab University and Dr Baljinder Singh, faculty member of the department, is coordinating the course.

Dr Anish Bhattacharya, another faculty member, said the department has three state-of-the-art SPECT gamma cameras being run efficiently to cater to the patients’ needs. The PET scan facility will definitely prove to be a boon to the patient care, teaching and research activities of the department and the institute, he added.

Explaining about the technique, Dr Mittal said different radioactive compounds of glucose, carbon and oxygen, which are normally used by body tissues, form part of the positron emission tomography and are injected into the body. These compounds are selectively trapped within cancer cells and emit radiations, which are detected as bright spots on a computer screen. A major advantage of this technique is that the whole body can be scanned after a single injection of the radiotracer, said Dr Mittal.

Since the radioisotopes used are very short-lived, they decay within a few minutes to few hours after injection. The radiation dose from this scan is comparable to that from a diagnostic CT scan, and does not cause any harmful side-effects.

However, the information obtained from PET-CT enables the imaging of both structure and function in a single instrument at the same time. This allows more accurate localisation of cancer tissues, which exhibit increased glucose utilisation, said the head of department.

Apart from oncological indications, PET-CT images are also used for neurological and cardiological diseases. In addition to clinical patient management, this facility will also be used for enhancing the research capabilities of the institute, with the addition of “molecular imaging”, added Dr Mittal.

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Bhardwaj declines extension offer
Rajmeet Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
Within a day of giving a three-month extension to outgoing chief engineer V.K. Bhardwaj, the latter has declined the offer. A senior official said the technocrat had cited personal reasons for the same. He is retiring on November 30. Sources said the chief engineer has a lucrative offer from a known private developer, who has major stake in the region.

It had been argued that the extension to the officer was needed as he was associated with important projects like the underpasses, the IT park and mass rapid transport system. A former adviser to the UT Administrator, Lalit Sharma, had proposed his extension.

Today’s development has once again started a race for the top post. Among the UT-cadre engineers, Kishanjit Sigh and S.K. Jaitley, who were promoted as SEs by the UPSC in February 2005, are serious contenders.

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COMMUNITY
 

Delegation studies coop movement in milk
Tribune News Service

Mohali, November 22
To preserve the vital contents of milk, chilling it is essential within one to two hours of milking. For this purpose, Milkfed has begun the process of installation of bulk milk coolers. Till date almost 200 coolers have already been installed and their numbers will increase in the days to come. This was stated by VK Singh, MD, Milkfed Punjab, here today.

He was addressing a delegation of foreign dignitaries who were visiting the Verka Milk Plant here on a study tour and training programme being conducted by the National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development, Government of India. The delegation comprised members from countries like Cambodia, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tanzania, Myanmar, Uganda, Botswana, Bhutan, Palestine, Russia, Moldova, Sudan, Ivory Coast, Suriname, Togo and Kyrgyzstan.

VK Singh informed the delegation that India was the only country in the world which had adopted Co-operative Movement which had contributed immensely to the fiscal consolidation of the farmers and others in rural areas. He said likewise in Punjab, too, Milkfed was a federation of milk producers, who were the ultimate gainers of this movement.

He said Milkfed was an ISO 14000 certified institution and it was trying to gain ISO 22000 certification. He also said India was the largest milk producing country in the world but it had a predominant culture of not selling the milk and instead consuming it at home. The members of the delegation took keen interest in the working of co-operative societies and institutions. They posed a series of questions regarding their working. The delegation also visited the Milk producers Society at Padiala village for an on-the- spot assessment and information gathering campaign. Leader of the delegation Chedza Marobela of Botswana thanked the organisers for the programme.

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MC staff take away goods from Verka booth
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
Confusion prevailed in the Sector 19 market after the staff of the MC enforcement wing confiscated goods from the Verka booth. Chanderkanta, who has been running the booth for the past 35 years, alleged that the enforcement wing staff misbehaved with her and her daughter Rajni.

The incident happened this morning. She told the police staff did not issue her any receipt for the goods they confiscated. She alleged that the staff took away her STD machine, some cash and popcorn machine.

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Littérateurs interact with budding writers
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 22
Over 50 student writers from various colleges of the tricity participated in a workshop on creative writing organised by the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi on its premises today. Akademi chairman Dr Naresh welcomed the chief guest K.K. Jalan (IAS), who while inaugurating the workshop, called upon senior writers to groom the budding writers by passing on their astute wisdom and writing skills to them.

The akademi had roped in established literary personalities as course leaders to impart the creative skills in poetry, drama, short story and article writing. Noted poet Udai Bhanu Hans, thespian Dr Satish Verma, writers Amrit Lal Madan and Dr Vibha Aggarwal interacted with the promising writers. Jaswant Singh Rana coordinated the proceedings while akademi secretary Dr Vikram Viveki proposed a vote of thanks.

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J.S. Kohli bereaved
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
Dr Surinder Kohli wife of JS Kohli former chief engineer and chairman of Chandigarh housing Board and presently a member of permanent Lok Adalat, Chandigarh died today after a brief illness. She was 72 years. She will be cremated at Sector 25 electric crematoriums on Friday at 2:30 pm.

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Letters
Penalise defaulters

Every nook and cranny of the city has an authorised liquor shop. The incidents of drunkards brawling on roads are on the rise. One look at the occupants within cars at the parking lots, paid and unpaid, opposite most of such liquor shops is enough to apprehend the brewing trouble. City Beautiful may soon top the list of public drunkards. The administration should take the bull by the horns. A total ban on drinking in the public must be forced. Beat cops must be stationed at all parking lots to curb this growing menace.

If the UT administration has been so benevolent to authorise a large number of liquor vends all over the city, then the onus is also on them to regulate, monitor and heavily penalise defaulters.

Malvinder Singh, Chandigarh

Readers are invited to write to us. Send your mail, in not more than 200 words, at news@tribuneindia.com or, write in, at: Letters, Chandigarh Tribune, Sector 29, Chandigarh – 160 030

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CRIME
 

Man selling duplicate electrical items nabbed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 22
The police booked a Sector 19 resident for violating the copy rights Act and cheating for selling duplicate products of Bajaj and Crompton Greaves.

According to police sources, general manger of Bajaj company, Rishi Kulshresht of Delhi, lodged a complaint alleging that Sanjay Sharma of Sector 19-B, who was a salesman at a shop in Sector 7-C, was selling duplicate electric items of Bajaj and Crompton Greaves. The accused was caught red-handed selling the duplicate items. The raiding team recovered 225 duplicate chokes and four duplicate water heaters from him. A case under sections 63-A, 65 and 68 of the Copy Right Act-1957 and 420 of the IPC has been registered.

Fraud

Sukhdev Singh of Health Centre, Palsora, reported to the police alleging that Sohan Lal and Hans Raj, both residents of Jujhar Singh Nagar, Mohali district, had taken Rs 4 lakh from him to send him abroad. The accused neither send him abroad nor returned his money. The matter was reported to the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Chandigarh Police, which registered a case under Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC.

Bike stolen

Sandeep Sharma of Sector 40-A reported that his Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle (CH-03-Q-8937) was stolen from market in Sector 34 on Wednesday. A case of theft has been registered.

Theft

Santosh Kaur of Duplex Modern Housing Complex, Manimajra, reported that her purse containing Rs 2,500 and mobile phone were stolen from her residence on Wednesday morning. A case of theft has been registered.

Injured

A cyclist, Ram Sarup of Sector 30-A, was hurt after being hit by an Indica (CH-04-2246) near Sector 27, 28, 29 and 30 rotary on November 14. He was admitted to the Sector 32 Government Medical College and Hospital. The police has registered a case of causing injuries due to rash and negligent driving against he car driver, Rajinder Kumar of Sector 38.

Licence banned

The Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA), Chandigarh, debarred a habitual offender from holding a driving licence for two months following recommendations made by the Traffic Police.

The Chandigarh Traffic Police said Salauddin Khan of Phase II, Ram Darbar, had been issued seven challans from July 27, 2005, to August 26, this year.

He had been disqualified from holding the driving licence for two months from November 20 onwards.

Till today, the Chandigarh Traffic Police has recommended 215 cases to the RLA for suspension of driving licence and 163 habitual offenders have been awarded punishment by the RLA.

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