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Transfusion turns fatal for foetus
Unborn child of Suman, who was administered wrong blood at GMSH-16, dies at PGI
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 18
The unborn child of a pregnant woman, who had erroneously been administered the wrong blood group at the UT administration-run Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH) in Sector 16, died late on Thursday night, hours after she was rushed in a critical condition to the PGI.

The PGI spokesperson said the baby was found dead in the womb of Suman, a resident of Colony No. 4. The mother is, however, stated to be stable. PGI spokesperson said the baby was found dead in the womb when Suman had been shifted to the PGI.Preliminary inquiries conducted by the hospital authorities revealed that the patient, who has an A-positive blood group, had wrongfully been administered the B-positive blood.

Suman had been admitted to the GMSH in an advanced stage of pregnancy, said her husband Des Raj. In a case of mistaken identity (there were two Sumans in a similar state of pregnancy), Suman had been administered a unit of B-positive blood that was meant for the other Suman on Thursday morning.

In the evening when Suman was wheeled in for a Caesarean operation, doctors discovered that the heartbeat of the foetus was very low.

They then immediately sent a requisition to the blood bank for a unit of blood. It was then that doctors detected that she had already been administered a blood group meant for another patient with a similar name even though no blood transfusion had been prescribed for her.

Only 14 gynaecologists for 3-lakh women
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 18
Although this is the second incident in a span of five months wherein a mother has lost her baby due to shortcomings in the gynaecology ward of the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, authorities seem to have made little progress in improving things.

Shockingly, Chandigarh, with a population of about 12 lakh, has only 14 gynaecologists in all government hospitals in the city. The city has a population of three lakh females aged above 12. It is little wonder that such a tragedy has been repeated within such a short time span.

Inquiries reveal that although no gynaecologist was deputed at any of the 43 dispensaries, three gynaecologists have been working at the Community Health Centre in Sector 22. Similarly, two gynaecologists have been deputed at the Community Health Centre (CHC), Mani Majra. In addition to OPD services, deliveries are also done at both these hospitals.

While seven gynaecologists have been working at the GMSH, one each is posted at the Police Hospital in Sector 26 and the Poly Clinic at Sector 45.

Whenever any of the doctors at the CHC or the Polyclinic has to go on leave, the requirement is supplemented by sending a doctor from the GMSH, which again results in squeezing the staff strength at the hospital where over 250 patients visit the gynaecology OPD with an average 26 deliveries carried out every day.

Under these circumstances, the quality of the treatment being given to the fair sex by the UT health department is anybody’s guess.

This, however, has resulted in all gynaecology OPDs being overcrowded with patients being forced to wait for up to three to four hours for their turn. “I had been sitting since 9.30 am and it was only at 12.30 that I could get into the doctor’s cabin,” said Shyama, a resident of Colony No. 5, at the Polyclinic in Sector 45. Though a patient under normal circumstances can wait for long, it is not less than a trauma for a pregnant woman to sit for hours continuously,” she said. The doctors here have their own reason to justify the long queues. There are more than 250 patients at every hospital, said one of the doctors requesting anonymity. “It is next to impossible to attend hundreds of patients in a short span of time as a doctor has to note down the history of a patient, listen to her problem, examine her and prescribe treatment,” she added.

Implications of wrong blood transfusion

Under such circumstances, chances of adverse reaction or survival depend upon the condition of the antibodies’ system of the patient. If there is high tighter in the antibodies of the patient, wrong blood transfusion can lead to dire health complications, including renal failure. However, many times it has been observed that patients survived without showing any of the adverse reactions.

— Dr RR Sharma, transfusion medicine department, PGI

What family planning?

This is the second such incident which has pointed towards the lack of awareness regarding family planning programmes among the lower strata of society. While Suman had gone through her sixth pregnancy, Bulbul, wife of a migrant labourer, who lost her baby at the GMSH-16 allegedly due to medical negligence on July 21, already had three kids to look after.



Long-drawn battle finally over
Aneesha Sareen/TNS

Chandigarh, December 18
After a long-drawn battle in a court to get her arrears from the UT Education Department, 72-year-old Pushpa Chandna finally received an interest amount of ` 15,000 today at the lok adalat. While she served as a government teacher for 40 years, her entire retirement period so far has been spent fight for her dues.

Pushpa was recruited with the UT Education Department 51 years ago in 1959 as a temporary teacher and was promoted in 1967 as a primary teacher in Government School, Sector 22. However, her selection grade was revised only in 1969 when she started receiving her increased salary. Her arrears amounting to ` 3,500 for the previous two years were never paid to her.

“Following correspondence with the department and after taking up the matter several times, it was in 1987 that the education department clarified that I was liable to receive the arrears. But, it was in 2002 that I was paid ` 3,500, a full six years after I retired,” she said.

Pushpa filed a case in a court seeking interest on her arrears due from 1987 to 2002. After eight years, the case was decided by a court in her favour this year. But the battle still raged on as the department refused to pay her. She filed an execution petition and it was only today that the amount was finally paid to her by the department. “Normally, an execution case takes two or three years to decide. But owing to the speedy trial at the lok adalat, she received the amount today,” said advocate Madhu P Singh.

Lok Adalat
9,926 cases disposed of 

waiting for justice

Heavy rush of litigants at the lok adalat held at District Courts in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday.
Heavy rush of litigants at the lok adalat held at District Courts in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Saturday. Tribune photo: Parvesh Chauhan

The quarterly lok adalat held on Saturday evoked a huge response with over 9,926 cases of different categories being disposed of.

The maximum number of cases that were settled related to traffic challans as a total of 5,450 traffic challans were disposed of and realised as fine.

A total of 1,914 cheque bounce cases were amicably settled while 1,613 cases at the pre-litigation stage were settled. Besides, 69 accident compensation claims were settled and compensation of  Rs 1.5 crore awarded. In execution petitions, Rs 1.84 crore was disbursed.



At 5.1°C, city hits new low
Anil Jerath
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 18
Temperatures in the city touched a new low, with the minimum recorded at 5.1°C, compared to 5.7°C recorded earlier this month. The maximum fell by 2 degrees to 20°C, compared to 22°C recorded yesterday.

City residents continued to experience the biting cold. The meteorological office forecast the possibility of fog tomorrow morning and a further drop in the minimum temperature.

Cold-wave conditions persisted in the city and adjoining areas, with the city experiencing below-normal temperatures. As the chill continued unabated, people were seen crowding around bonfires, particularly during mornings and evenings.

A meteorological official attributed the conditions due to snowfall in the higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh. He said cold-wave conditions were prevailing in many parts of Haryana and Punjab, with things unlikely to improve till Monday.

Meanwhile, agricultural experts said the conditions would adversely affect the crops. Dr BS Kahlon said the severe conditions could damage crops, which needed natural water now.

He said crops like wheat, mustard, gram and sugarcane were the most affected as the cold weather could stunt their growth and the crops could contract diseases.

Flights delayed

The Jet Airways’ Delhi-Chandigarh-Delhi flight was delayed by about two hours due to fog in Delhi. The flight, which was scheduled to arrive here at 10.40 am, landed at 12.30 pm. Instead of 11.30 am, it took off at 1 pm. The airline’s Mumbai-Chandigarh flight was delayed by an hour-and-a-half. The GoAir Airlines’ Mumbai-Delhi-Chandigarh flight landed two hours behind schedule. Instead of 11.40 am, it landed at 1.40 pm. The airline cancelled its Chandigarh-Delhi-Mumbai flight for a month from today due to foggy conditions in the evening. It used to depart at 7.05 pm. Among trains, the Allahabad-Chandigarh Unchahar Express was delayed by nearly five hours. Instead of 10.05 am, it arrived at 3 pm.


Tackling dropout rate biggest challenge: Sibal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 18
“The new education system shall change the very aim of education in the country. We don’t look forward to create a crowd of literates, but get a brigade of super-specialised human resource,” HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said here today. “After completing studies, it should not be simple graduates but trained para-legals, para-medics, chefs, drivers, hospital managers, automobile and construction engineers who should walk out of campuses.

As per our latest initiative, CBSE will offer vocational degrees in addition to regular academic certificates. We are already in touch with big industries and have made headway with automobile ones,” he added.

Sibal was in city today to inaugurate the Rotary District Conference, DISCON, wherein he urged the Rotarians to globalise their efforts and concentrate them towards the aim of “education for all”.

According to Sibal, while India’s performance is satisfactory in terms of school enrolment, situation is dismal for higher education. He claimed that over 220 million children go to school but the unfortunately only 12.4% reach the college or university as maximum drop out mid way or discontinue education after completing their schools. The biggest challenge before the ministry was to deal with this dropout and take these students to colleges and universities.

“The Right To Education is aimed to ensure that every child gets access to education irrespective of financial or social hurdles. Initial hiccups can not dampen our spirits,” asserted Sibal.

Soon: Vocational courses in schools

HRD Minister Kapil Sibal today said the framework for starting vocational courses in schools was ready and the scheme was likely to be implemented from the forthcoming academic session.

He said the children could enrol for vocational courses in Class IX. Stating that this would encourage children to take up engineering and other professional courses, he said the courses would also result in creating self-employment opportunities. The minister indicated the government was looking at innovative ideas to encourage children to take to technical education. — TNS



Students bring them their real award

Chandigarh, December 18
“No matter what we do, we can never repay the deeds of a teacher. What ever little a nation does for them is just a gesture of gratitude.” These words of India’s first President Dr Rajendra Prasad best described the effort of the Jan Seva Trust.



MC, GMADA to remove encroachments
Kulwinder Sangha

Mohali, December 18
Joint action by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) and the municipal council has been proposed to remove encroachments that have come up on the backside of showrooms and booths in various markets of the town.

Shopkeepers, especially running eating joints, have set up temporary structures on the rear of showrooms to use the area according to their convenience. This has not only created chaos on the backside of the markets, but has also become a headache for residents whose houses face this area.

Albel Singh Shyan, president of the House Owners Welfare Society, Phase V, said the area on the backside of showrooms was being misused. The road near the government ITI for girls was full of potholes as used water from some eating joints often flowed there and unhygienic conditions also prevailed when garbage was dumped in the open. Repeated complaints to the authorities concerned in this regard failed to yield any results.

Taking a serious note of the situation, the executive officer of the council, Amna Kumar Goyal, wrote a letter to the Estate Officer, GMADA, on December 17 in which he stated that a joint operation by both the authorities should be carried out to remove encroachments so that the drive became more effective. A date and time should be fixed for carrying out the operation.

In the letter Goyal further stated that in various parts of the town shopkeepers had put up metal structures on the backside of their showrooms in violation of the norms in which generator sets and other goods were kept. Such encroachments had mainly been done by those running eating joints and selling sanitary fittings.

Kitchens were set up at the back where not only cooking was done but the work of washing utensils was also carried out. Shopkeepers even threw garbage in the sewer lines leading to blockage.

As a result filthy water got collected on roads, which became a breeding place for mosquitoes and flies, apart from damaging roads. Complaints in this regard were often received, added Goyal.



IB team grills Manjit
Tribune News Service

Manjit Singh Rattu
Manjit Singh Rattu

Panchkula, December 18
The Intelligence Bureau (IB) team from New Delhi grilled Manjit Singh Rattu, who lives under different names and is allegedly responsible for bomb blasts in Pakistan, here today. The allegation was made by family members of Sarabjit Singh, who is on death row in Pakistan in a case pertaining to bomb blasts in Lahore.

According to police sources, Rattu has revealed before the IB Inspector KS Rana that even though he possessed three passports of Pakistan, Canada and the United States of America, he was not involved in the assassination of former Chief Minister Beant Singh or in the Lahore bomb blast case.

Rattu had also revealed that he had married twice and was having two wives, sources added.

Sources said Rattu had alleged that a weekly newspaper has put the information about him on the Internet in order to defame him.

He claimed that he had already filed a defamation case in this regard in a court in Chandigarh against the editor and publisher of the weekly.

Meanwhile, the police recovered five mobile sets on information provided by the accused



Dhakoli nullah remains polluted
Rajiv Bhatia

Unwary of the health hazard, children play in the seasonal nullah near Dasmesh Enclave at Dhakoli village.
Unwary of the health hazard, children play in the seasonal nullah near Dasmesh Enclave at Dhakoli village. A Tribune photograph

Zirakpur, December 18
Tall claims of the Zirakpur Municipal Council notwithstanding, the seasonal nullah near Dasmesh Enclave at Dhakoli village continues to be polluted and choked with garbage and other waste material.

The MC had claimed that it had carried out necessary cleaning operation of the nullah after the Punjab State Human Rights Commission took a suo moto notice following news reports in June 2010. The commission had called for a report from the Mohali Deputy Commissioner and the Executive Officer of the Zirakpur Municipal Council on the issue.

In its reply before the Dera Bassi SDM on August 2, 2010, the Executive Officer of the Zirakpur MC had claimed that the necessary cleanliness work had been carried out and fogging was done to prevent the breading of mosquitoes in the nullah near Bouli Sahib Gurdwara. He also claimed that the cleanliness would also be maintained in future.

However, area residents alleged that the condition of the nullah was same as it was six months back. They rued that it was difficult for them to have their meals due to the foul smell emanating from the nullah.

“It seems nothing has been done by the authorities concerned to clean the drain in the past six months,” residents alleged. Rajesh Pathania, a resident Dasmesh Enclave, alleged that some property dealers had blocked the drain by constructing illegal buildings. He had taken up the matter with the Mohali DC, Pathania added.

When contacted, Dera Bassi SDM Puneet Goyal said: “In case the nullah is found to be polluted, strict action will be initiated against the MC. 



Pvt buses running under PRTC name challaned
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 18
Officials of the State Transport Authority (STA) today challaned two private buses being run as PRTC buses.The STA challaned the private buses at the Sector 43 ISBT after it found that the buses were running on the kilometre scheme and were not allowed entry to the ISBT.

STA Officials said the same buses were warned around four months back.

The buses were impounded and taken to the Sector 36 police station. 



Posing as security guard, trickster flees with car
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 18
A street-smart shark took away the Punto car belonging to an engineer near the entry gate of Hind Motors in Industrial Area today.The suspect, who posed himself as a security guard, requested for the keys of the car to park the vehicle and fled with the car.

The complainant, Hemadri Shekhar, a resident of Sector 38 West, told the police that he had come for some work to Hind Motors and was finding it difficult to park his vehicle when a person approached him and offered to park the car. The person also told him that he is an employee of Hind Motors and as there was not adequate space, he would park it at a safe place nearby. The complainant then gave him the keys following which he fled with the vehicle. It was later found that he was not an employee of Hind Motors.

The police reached the spot and registered a case of criminal breach of trust under Section 406 of the IPC against the unidentified miscreant. 



CHB Functioning
Just don’t react, act: Jain to Bansal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 17
Former MP and national in charge of the legal and legislative cell of the BJP Satya Pal Jain has asked Minister for Union Urban Development and Union Parliamentary Affairs to “act” and not just “react” on the working and the shortcomings in the working of the Chandigarh Housing Board and the UT administration.

Reacting to the criticism of the two union ministers, - Pawan Kumar Bansal and Kumar Selja - during a function organised by the CHB yesterday, Jain said the ministers should not forget that the UT administration and the CHB was directly under the control the Central government and as such they couldn’t escape their responsibility of setting things right by merely criticising the functioning. 



Housing scheme
UT employees to submit memo to Patil
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 18
Employees of the UT administration, who could not apply for the allotment of houses under the UT Employees Special Housing Scheme, 2008, floated by the CHB, have demanded that they be given an equal opportunity to have a house under the said scheme.

During a meeting held at Rose Garden, Sector 16, today, the employees representing different departments decided to represent their case for consideration of allotment of houses, along with the unsuccessful applicants. The employees pleaded that they were unable to apply under the original scheme because of the condition that draw of lots would be held and it was not an assured allotment scheme.

Since there is a move to accommodate all unsuccessful applicants for the allotment, they shall also be considered for the same. They have further decided to submit a memorandum to the UT Administrator in this regard. 



Camp for measles tomorrow

Zirakpur, December 18
A special vaccination camp for measles will be organised by district health authorities at Pabhat village on December 20. Dera Bassi SMO Meena Kumari said, on the directions of the state government, the camp would be organised at a dispensary in Pabhat village for children.

District family welfare officer Dr SP Surila will be the chief guest. — TNS



Conference at Vivek High School
Intellectual deliberations dominate Day 2
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 18
The second day of Vivek High School Model United Nations saw intellectual deliberations.The Security Council debated on “Conflict in the Middle East”. They encountered a crisis when the USA sent a submarine to defend Israel and China and sent a vessel to help Iran. This could result in an all-out war and delegates were asked to find a solution.

The Human Rights Commission’s debate was on “Protection of Human Rights while Countering Global Terrorism”. They were told that Al Qaeda bombed NATO force (soldiers from the US Embassy) in Iraq and Black Water went on a killing spree in Iraq which killed 25 civilians. It sparked off a debate about the US human rights violations and delegates were asked to resolve the problem.

The ECOSOC debated on “Human Trafficking” with special reference to women and children. They also encountered a crisis where there was a blast at Shanghai port in the lower hull of a Russian ship. Delegates were asked to tide over the problem. 



Paper presentation sums up conference

Chandigarh, December 18
The XIII international conference on “The Virtual Transformation of the Public Sphere” organised by the Forum on Contemporary Theory, Baroda, in collaboration with the department of English and cultural studies, Panjab University, concluded today.

Three sessions were held, with the first two being paper presentations, while the last session was an open session with a valedictory function chaired by convener of the forum Prof Prafulla C Kar, who thanked all eminent personalities in the field of philosophy, media, journalism and mass communication, sociology and various other branches of humanities across the world for attending the conference.

Papers were presented on various topics like “Blog/Twitter Politics”, “Literature and Technology”, “Open Questions Related to Theory of Public Sphere” and various other perspectives on virtual communities. The papers explored the influence of Internet in bringing the communities together.

Apart from this, scholars also dwelt on issues like interpretation of online interaction with unknown people through instant messaging and chat among youth, emerging zones and ever expanding sphere of cyber communities. The role of Internet and media in the growth of knowledge and teaching was also discussed with papers on media’s role in growth of learning, web-based instructional technologies in reconfiguring faculty and students’ roles and relations, problems faced in the virtual world of online learning and knowledge. — TNS



Science Exhibition
DC Model claims top slot
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, December 18
DC Model School, Panchkula, has bagged the first prize for its presentation “Green Energy-Healing the Earth with Bamboo” during “Buoyancy 2010-An Inter-School Science Project and Galaxy Science Exhibition” organised at Holy Child School here today.

Hans Raj Public School for “Mathematics in Everyday’s Life” secured the second prize, while St Xavier’s School, Panchkula, got the third prize for its presentation on “Climate Change-Rain Water Harvesting”. Bhavan Vidyalaya, Panchkula, got the consolation prize for its “Green Energy-Efficient Chulha”.

Prominent schools of the tricity like Manav Mangal School, Hans Raj Public School, St Xavier’s School, Bhavan Vidyalaya School, Sector 15, Panchkula, DC Model School, Army Public School and Aurobindo School participated in the exhibition.

Satish Kumar, director, TBRL, and chairman, Aeronautical Society of India, inaugurated the exhibition. Wg Cdr AS Panjrath, executive member, All Saints Educational Society, gave away prizes to winners. Tarana Negi and Richa Setia, heads of the zoology and microbiology department, respectively, Government College, Panchkula, were the judges.

Neena Trehan, principal, Holy Child School, said the exhibition enabled students to get an opportunity to unleash their investigative, informative, deductive and analytical research. 



Alumni meet
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 18
More than 400 alumni of Punjab Engineering College attended the alumni meet organised by the Punjab Engineering College Old Students’ Association (PECOSA) in association with the PEC University of Technology here today.

PECOSA president Anurag Aggarwal welcomed the alumni and said the meet was special, as former students staying abroad had made a point to attend the event. Jaganath Pahadia, Governor, Haryana, was the chief guest.

PEC director Dr Manoj Datta briefed about the ongoing projects of the college. He sought the alumni association’s help for earmarking special funds for the projects. The alumni meet hosted a unique “My story session”, wherein ML Singla, leader of the team that designed lunar probe for Chandrayan, RK Dhiman, MES Services and VSM Awardee, GBS Bindra, Asian Head of IT Company, shared their success stories with others.

Former students were honoured with mementos. The entertaining evening was packed with live music, dance, cultural programme, fireworks, cocktails, dinner and fellowship.



Placement drive

Mohali: Gurukul Vidyapeeth organised “Aspirations- 2011”, a mega joint placement drive for management and engineering students of the region, on its Mohali campus. Seventeen corporate houses and more than 1,200 students from various management colleges of Punjab, Haryana, J&K and HP took part in the drive.

The drive started with a pre-placement talk. An open house session with students was held. Later, participants were shortlisted for the second round which consisted of a interview. Students, who were selected in the final round, were offered an annual package varying between Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs 3.5 lakh. — OC

Exchange programme

Chandigarh: The 11-member delegation of city students led by Pramod Sharma, co-ordinator, Yuvsatta, returned from Sri Lanka. During their stay, participants had an exchange of culture with Sri Lankan students, advocates, social activists, cultural groups, religious and political leaders like Chandima Weerakkody, MP, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. — TNS



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