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Politician does a Veeru
Drama ends in his arrest
Tribune News Service

Dera Bassi, February 10
A 22-year-old small-time politician of this town today decided to do what Dharmendra (Beeru) did in ‘Sholay’.

Radhey Sham climbed atop the 210-foot high BSNL tower to hoist the National Flag. But scared to death, “hero” could only manage to hoist the flag upside down.

He started making frantic calls from his mobile to his friends to come and save him. When his friends arrived at the site, a huge crowd had already gathered around the telephone exchange building here which houses the tower.

His mood seemed to flit between fear and bravery as he reportedly called some friends, saying that he was going to jump and kill himself. Some onlookers, who knew him, told media-persons that he was in love with a girl who was not showing any interest in him. He asked some friends to call that girl to the spot so that he could die before her eyes.

By this time, the crowd had swelled to thousands, with many residents driving down to the spot to see how the drama ended. The police too was called in, an ambulance and team of doctors was also posted at the spot along with a duty magistrate.

It took almost two hours for onlookers and friends to convince Radhey Sham to get down the tower. None of his friends knew why he took the flag atop the tower or why he wanted to hoist it. He reportedly told his friends that he had found the flag in a park nearby and wanted to see it aflutter. Most onlookers, however, thought he was trying a cheap stunt to gather attention.

Once down, the waiting police took him in custody and drove him to the police station. “We are going to book him for attempt to suicide under Section 309 of the IPC and Section 2 of the Prevention of Insult to the National Flag and Emblem Act 1971,” said the SSP, SAS Nagar, R.S. Khatra, adding that insulting the National Flag was a non-bailable offence.

Once the immediate crisis was over, a new question arises before the police. How to remove the upside down flag? After much deliberations it was decided that someone in the force be asked to volunteer to do achieve the dangerous feat. Joginder Singh, a constable with the CID, offered to do it. It took him over 20 minutes to reach the top where the flag was fluttering.



Electricity dept to give chance for conversion 
of category

Our Correspondent

Ambala, February 10
The Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam has decided to give a chance for conversion of category from horticulture to agriculture power (AP) to the applicants, who are actually using electricity for agricultural purpose. The scheme will remain in force till February 29, 2008.

A spokesman for the nigam said here today that the scheme would be available to all such LT industrial consumers (horticulture) whose connections existed on or before December 1, 2006. The conversion would be permitted to those eligible consumers who were not defaulters or who made entire payment of their outstanding bills.

The SDO concerned will verify the use of electricity by the applicant within five working days after the receipt of the application. The concerned superintending engineer will finally examine his report.

The scheme will be available to the metered connections. The consumers will be transferred under AP category from ensuing billing cycle commencing just thereafter. The application of such consumers, pending for new AP connections, if any, will be cancelled by the nigam.



GSMCH to set up first rural health centre
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 10
The Gian Sagar Medical College and Hospital (GSMCH) is opening its first rural health centre at Gajju Khera village, near Rajpura, on Patiala-Chandigarh road.

Dr B.P. Gupta, head of community medicine department of GSMCH, said here today that the health centre was being established with a view to catering to the healthcare needs of the people of Gajju Khera and Manakpur villages, which were located a short distance from each other.

Dr Gupta said the GSMCH department of community medicine had already undertaken a detailed survey of these two villages.

He said that all children under five years of age, adolescents, eligible couples and senior citizens had been identified so that comprehensive health care services could be made available to them.

He said other medical services like immunisation and contraceptive services would also be made available. Besides this, consultants from different departments of GSMCH would visit the centre to provide specialist services to the people of the area.



Adviser Cricket
Jaskaranvir steers GNPS to victory
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
A thrilling knock of 81 runs by opener Jaskaranvir helped Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, to register an exciting four-wicket victory against DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, today during the ongoing U-19 Inter-school Adviser Cricket Tournament being organised by the Chandigarh sports department at St John's School in Sector 26.

After winning the toss, DAV piled up a total of 146 for 3 in allotted 25 overs. Openers Harpreet (17) and Maninder (20) gave them a fine start with a 33-run stand for the first wicket. Undefeated 70 runs by Robin Singh, with 51-run association with Vaibhav Garg (10), and an unbeaten 43-run association with Satsurmukh (18) for the fourth wicket helped DAV to end their innings at 146.

In reply, GNPS-36 opener Jaskaranvir, who remained not out on 81, helped his team to register a convincing win. Though, the wickets were falling at regular intervals at the other end, Jaskaranvir played an important role of a sheet anchor, who kept the scoreboard moving. Gaganvir (18) and Nikhil (12) were the other main scorers. GNPS-46 managed to overtake their rivals' total and lost six wickets.

Brief scores: DAV, Sector 8: 146 for 3 in 25 overs, (Harpreet 17, Maninder 20, Robin Singh 70 not out, Ankit 1 for 30, Sahil 1 for 19 ).

Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36: 147 for 6 in 24.5 overs (Jaskaranvir 81 not out, Gaganvir 18 , Nikhil 12, Aman 2 for 23, Gaurav 1 for 25). 



Cricket Tourney
HDFC clinch trophy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
HDFC XI clinch the trophy defeating Godrej Cricket Club by four wickets in the final of the TR Mittal Memorial Cricket Tournament being organised by Chandigarh Sports Club here today.

Godrej CC won the toss and elected to bat. The openers put up a solid start scoring 41 runs in just five overs. But as the openers got out, the other batsmen failed to put up a good partnership. Though there were some good batting performances, the batsmen failed to click and the team ended their innings at 143 for 6 wickets.

In reply, HDFC XI got off to a shaky start as they lost their first wicket in the third over itself for just 23 runs on the board. But, somehow the batsmen managed to get through to notch a victory from the hands of defeat, scoring the winning runs on the second last ball of their innings. Kulwinder Romy was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up one wicket for 17 runs.

Brief scores: Godrej CC 143 runs for 6 wickets in 25 overs (Monu Khera 34, Simrat Bawa 33, Umesh Kaira and Madan Lal of HDFC took two wickets each).

HDFC XI: 146 for 6 in 24.5 overs (Gurinder Saini 23, Charanjeet 19, Ajay Bhardwaj took 1 for 17). Simrat Bawa was declared the man of the match while Monu Khera was adjudged as the best batsman. Ajay Bharwaj was declared the best bowler while Gurinder Saini became the best all-rounder.



Vasundara best golfer
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
Vasundara emerged winner while Aamiya finished runners-up in the girls’ under-7 age group of the Pitch and Putt Golf Tournament held at CGA Golf Range here today.

In the above-7 category, Mehar lifted the title.

In boys’ above-11 section, Sartaj won the top honours while Divir stood second.

Simar and Arman remained first and second, respectively, in the under-7 category while Arjun Chhiber emerged champion in the age group of 7 to 11 years. Shabeg and Angad shared the second spot.

“The tournament was a part of the junior training programme to hone skills of budding golfers,” said Jesse Grewal, director of the CGA Hero Honda Golf Academy.



Kundan qualifies for main draw
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
City lad Kundan Singh moved ahead into the main draw beating Shubham Vij by 4-1, 4-2 in the final qualifying round of the U-14 (boys) Talent Series beginning tomorrow at the CLTA, Sector 10, here today.

Other results: Dalwinder Singh b Sohilpreet S. Bedi (4-2, 4-2); Ranjood b Barun S. Gill (3-5, 4-1, 4-1); Agrish Sharma b Gagandeep Singh (4-1, 4-1); Sonu b Yuvtesh Singh (4-0, 4-1); Umesh Kumar b Abhijeet Singh (4-2, 5-3); Pranav Suri b Aakash Chauhan (4-2, 5-3); Dhruv Pal b Sanjog Singh (4-1, 4-0). 



Rare heart surgery by Fortis doc
Pradeep Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
Dr H.K. Bali, director cardiology of Fortis Hospital, Mohali, and a pioneer in devising a unique stenting technique for complex vascular disorder “pulse less disease”, has repeated his feat after over 10 years.

Dr Bali, along with his team of surgeons, recently did the reconstruction of an entirely diseased and completely obstructed common carotid artery with the help of four stents after a three-hour operation.

Dr Bali said here today that the case of rare “pulse less disease” dated back to 1997. Anu, a 17-year-old girl now, was just seven, when she suffered from severe symptoms of brain ischemia, a technical term used for describing a situation of blockage of blood supply to brain or its part due to partial or complete occlusion of carotid artery, approached Dr Bali at the PGI, with debilitating symptoms of postural loss of consciousness and postural blindness.

Hailing from Patna, Anu underwent what was then a path breaking surgery in medical literature. This landmark case showed that the obstructive and occlusive lesions in “pulse less disease” could safely be treated with carotid artery stenting. The novel procedure has since become the standard of treatment for the disease, Dr Bali claimed.

However, after 10 years Anu started suffering from somewhat similar symptoms. This time her problems had assumed more serious dimensions than anticipated. About six months ago she again started getting episodes of recurrent loss of consciousness. Over the next few months she became completely bed-ridden.

Her angiography, this time, showed a total block of her right common carotid artery. The entire blood supply to the brain was occurring through multiple small collateral arteries trying to reconstruct the intracranial parts of the carotid and the vertebral arteries.

“Considering the options, we decided to reconstruct the entire left carotid vessel through a stent. The three-hour procedure involved deployment of three self-expanding and one balloon expandable stent into the left carotid vessel,” Dr Bali said.

Dr Bali said Anu was fortunate to have a well-developed “circle of willis”--a confluence of blood channels at the base of brain. Because of this the normalised blood supply through the left carotid artery was able to supply blood to her entire brain even though the other three arteries were still occluded.

Informing about the operation, Dr Bali added that the total occlusion in left carotid artery was crossed with a thin wire. First, balloon angioplasty was done using sequentially larger balloons. And after angioplasty the entire diseased segment was stented.

Dr Bali was assisted by Dr Shiv Bagga during the procedure.



Fungal sinusitis more prevalent in young farmers
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
On the second day of the workshop on fungal sinusitis, Dr David Denning from Manchester spoke on the prevalence of fungal sinusitis in the global perspective.

Dr Chakrabarti presented the findings in the Indian perspective, where he mentioned how the disease had increased exponentially over the years. In India the disease is more prevalent in young farmers of rural India. Possibly it is related to the harvesting season when fungal spores go up and the farmers are exposed to it, he added.

Dr Ashok Gupta spoke on paediatric experience. Besides, various international speakers, including Dr Ponikau and Dr Bradly Marple, raised two theories like all chronic rhinosinusitis was caused by fungi and fungal rhinosinusitis was a distinct group and all chronic rhinosinusitis were not caused by fungi.



Stolen motorcycle, other articles recovered
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
The police today arrested a Dadu Majra Colony (DMC) resident and claimed to have recovered a stolen motorcycle and other articles from him.

According to the SHO of the Sector 39 police station, inspector Rajesh Shukla, 22-year-old Pankaj, a farm house worker in DMC, was arrested from Maloya on receiving a tip-off. The police recovered a stolen Bajaj CT 100 motorcycle (CH-03-1803), two tyres and a battery from him. The motorcycle was stolen from Sector 17 this year.

Car stolen

Manmohan Singh of Sector 37-B reported to the police alleging that his Maruti car (CH-03-L-8227) was stolen from his home last night. Parambir Singh of Sector 19-A alleged that his motorcycle (HR-07-F-3086) was stolen from Sector 26 on Saturday.



Biz Word

Parametric Technology Cooperation, a Massachusetts Company, USA, today launched its center for pro engineers. The first PTC center will be based on the 3D technology. Addressing the conference, Mohan, global head, South East Asia said, “This PTC centre would the first center which would be offering training as per PTC’s global standards. The programme will help students to enhance career prospective, and will be based on Hi-Tec point Technologies”, he said. PTC is having a number of prominent customers, including Intel, Samsung, ABB, HCL, Tata, Toyota, Infosys and many more, added Mohan.



15 cast poetic spell
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 10
Instead of the conventional sardonic humour or romance laced poetic spells, which generally rule the roost at the mushiras, meaningful interaction and thought provoking poetic recitations on socio-cultural theme marked the trilingual ‘Kavita Utsav’ held under the aegis of Chandigarh Sahitya Akademy on Saturday at the akademy's conference hall.

As many as 15 poets from the region read out their verses on diverse subjects.

Commenting on the societal set-up behaviour, a poet from Hissar Dr Ram Niwas Manav, described 'Mehfil thi insaan ki mudha tha bhagwaan, vaqta toh thhe devta, nirnayak insaan,' while Rajender Chand depicts the limitations of the storm as "Jab voh juda na kar ska titli ko phool se, tab tilmila ke reh gya toofan ka wajood." Noted poets included Arsh Sehbai, Dr S.S. Arshi, Karntipal, Dr Gargi, Ram Niwas Manav, Rashmi Khurana, Rajender Chand and others.

Earlier, akademy chairman Dr Naresh welcomed the chief guest Ajit M. Sharan IAS who lauded the efforts of the akademy in propagating the literature and thus providing a soul to the city beautiful. Dr Subhash Rastogi conducted the programme.



Kumar Bandhus to perform at Pracheen Kala Kendra
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, February 10
The 127th Baithak programme of Pracheen Kala Kendra will present devotional music soiree by Kumar Bandhu's, on February 11 at 6.30 pm, this was disclosed by the kendra director M.L. Koser, at a press conference here.

He said the duo, Hemant Kumar and Anup Kumar, are gifted vocalists who have won many music competitions like Tara TV Channel, TV reality shows for light music. But singing devotional compositions of Mira bai, Kabeer, Farid or Brahmanand are their forte.

"Divine poetry is the refuge of the deserted and it enraptures devout listeners" says Hemant Kumar, a postgraduate in music from HP University and a disciple of Guru Amritpal Singh. "It is subtle, inspiring and divine content of Mira's soulful poetry which has lived since centuries and has not lost its impact unlike the short lived film music," maintains Anup Kumar.

Born and raised in a musical environment, the Kumar brothers are cultivated religious stage performers. Hemant belongs to classical tradition but his competence encompasses other genres like bhajans, Ghazal and folk music.

But singing bhajans is their passion which they imbibed by listening to devotional lullabies from their mother.



Music is food for his soul
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 10
Singing classical music has always been food for his soul. Starting singing at the age of nine, this music maestro from Jabalpur has come a long way.

Meet Pandit Ajay Pohankar, who will celebrate his 60 years of venturing into the world of classical music, at a function organised by Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi at Punjab Kala Bhawan on Monday.

An expert in singing the Kirana, Patiala and Gwalior gharana gayakis, this musical expert is at ease with the various changes Indian classical music has witnessed all these years. Be with the advent of western music, fusion raga or the alterations in singing classical notes, Pandit Ajay feels variety adds to the spirit of singing.

“If something new is added to the ordinary form keeping in mind the basic principles of it, there is nothing wrong in it. The younger generation looks promising, be it Ustad Amjad Ali Khan’s sons Amaan and Ayaan Ali or my son Abhijit Pohankar, who has always been different and emerged winners in their young days,” he says.

A trendsetter in his own right, the singer impresses with his aesthetic beauty of singing and for his impeccable technique. With a career spanning over five decades, this former child prodigy has sung with the likes of Ustad Salamat Nizakat, Pandit Omkarnath Thakur, Begum Akhtar, Hirabhai Badodekar and Pandit Bhimsenji.

Its connection with the audience that matters the most for this singer who feels such equation goes a long way in promoting this ancient form of music. “While one sings from the heart, the audience have to feel involved,” he adds.

Strictly against the sms system of voting, Pandit Ajay feels seeking votes through sms is like begging for being a singer. “This system of voting can never choose a worthy singer. The judge should also not be biased,” he adds.



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