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‘Insensitive’ face of GMSH-16
Woman who had delivered a dead baby at the hospital was not taken care of by the staff
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 11
Laxmi, a pregnant woman, had a harrowing time at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, yesterday night as she was left unattended by the hospital staff. It was a case of intrauterine death (death of the foetus inside the uterus before birth).

Enraged attendants of Laxmi called the media and created a furore against the “insensitive attitude of the hospital staff”. The hospital authorities said a formal inquiry had been initiated into the incident. “The hospital staff was insensitive as the mother was lying next to her dead baby,” Bhartesh Thakur, an octogenarian accompanying a patient said.

Laxmi’s husband Shailesh said his pregnant wife had been complaining of fever for past few days. He had taken her to the Civil Hospital at Mani Majra and after an ultrasound, it was diagnosed that the baby had died in the womb. Laxmi was admitted to the GMSH-16 the same day (July 9) for surgical procedure.

”Yesterday night, her condition started deteriorating and we urged the nurse on duty to attend her. Instead of attending her, the nurse said the patient was fine and we should not disturb her. There was no doctor present in the ward at night,” alleged Shailesh.

“Laxmi delivered the dead baby on the hospital bed at 3 am and we informed the nurse about it. She asked us to take the patient to the labour room ourselves. Nobody from hospital staff helped us. I along with my mother and mother-in-law shifted Laxmi and the baby attached to her with the umbilical cord on a trolley to the labour,” said Shailesh.

“After the procedure, the nurse even did not send the body of the baby to mortuary and we had to keep it under the bed of Laxmi. This made the other patients and attendants present in the ward agitated and they protested against the attitude of the staff,” said Shailesh.

When contacted, GMSH Medical Superintendent Rajeev Vadhera said neither the patient nor her relatives have lodged a complaint. Still, an inquiry into the incident has been ordered and Neera Batra, head of department, will conduct the probe.

Not the first case

This is not for the first time that the staff of the GMSH has been put under a scanner for insensitivity towards patients. On July 21, 2010, Bulbul, a poor woman from Bihar, was forced to move about in the GMSH gynaecology ward during labour pains as nobody attended her. She delivered the baby near the OPD counter, who later died. On December 16, Suman, a woman from Colony No. 4, had been transfused wrong blood leading to the death of her unborn child. This also affected Suman’s kidneys.

Experts’ view

Gynaecology experts say mishandling a patient under such conditions can cause irreparable damage to her health. If a patient is forced to walk immediately after the delivery, it can tear the perineal tissue between vagina and rectum which need a long time to heal.



Gang of robbers busted, 3 arrested
Used to rob their targets of money, vehicles and valuables at gunpoint
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 11
In a major success, the Panchkula police has busted an interstate gang of robbers with the arrest of three persons. The accused used to rob their targets of money and vehicles at gunpoint in Punjab and Haryana.

The accused have been identified as 28-year-old Sukhdev Singh, a resident of Naiwala Mohalla, Laloowala road, Mansa, 21-year-old Daljinder Singh, a resident of Tibadi Cantonment in Gurdaspur, and 28-year-old Harjit Singh, a resident of Khandiyala in Hoshiarpur. A local court has remanded the accused in police custody till July 17.

In a release issued here today, the police said the gang had robbed Vinay Kumar, a resident of Maheshpur village near Sector 21, Panchkula, of his Ford Ikon car when he had stopped to attend the nature’s call near the bus stop in Sector 12 on NH 73 on June 26.

The accused took him at gunpoint and took him on Banur-Landran in his car. The accused thrashed Vinay and also snatched his purse containing Rs 10,000, ATM cards, a laptop and a mobile phone. The robbers then threw him in a field and fled in his car.

A case under sections 392, 394, 397, 420 and 474 of the IPC and Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act had been registered at the Sector 5 police station. The investigation of the case was handed over to the detective staff.

The spokesman said following a tip-off that the accused involved in the case were seen at old Azad Colony near Sector 21, a team of the detective staff led by sub-inspector of Deepak Kumar nabbed the trio. During search, a country-made pistol with five live cartridges was recovered from Sukhdev Singh. During investigations, the snatched Ford Ikon Car was recovered from Daljinder Singh. Accused Sukhdev Singh has also revealed that their accomplice Heri, alias Sukha, was also involved in the crime and they have shared the robbed money among themselves.

The police said the trio revealed that they had also snatched a gold ring, a gold chain, ATM cards, mobile phones and an Indica car from Raj Kumar, a resident of Dakholi village near Zirakpur on June 18. A case under Sections 382 and 34 of the IPC was registered at the Zirakpur police station.

notorious act

The gang had robbed Vinay Kumar, a resident of Maheshpur village near Sector 21, Panchkula, of his Ford Ikon car when he had stopped to attend the nature's call near the bus stop in Sector 12 on NH 73 on June 26.



Firing case: Four PU students held
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 11
The Mohali police today arrested four students of Panjab University in the Tuesday night’s firing incident at Sector 69, in which a former president of the Students’ Organisation of Panjab University (SOPU), Prabhjeet Singh, was injured.

The accused have been identified as Jeevanjot Singh, alias Jugnu, of Sector 38 (West), Sanjeev Kumar, alias Billa Faridkotia, from Faridkot, Gurcharan Singh, alias Gauri, a resident of Mullanpur, and Saurav from Sector 41. The police said the arrested youths were PU students and belonged to different students’ bodies.

“The main reason behind the incident was students’ politics. The elections in PU are due and these youngsters, apart from settling their old scores, also wanted to establish their dominance before the elections,” said GS Bhullar, SSP, Mohali. The police has also rounded up some other youngsters, including one Jaydeep, a resident of Sector 49, Chandigarh, for further investigations.

Earlier, on the basis of the statement of Prabhjeet Singh, who has been admitted to Fortis Hospital after the incident, the police has registered a case of attempt to murder against five youngsters at the Phase VIII police station.

Prabhjeet Singh originally hails from Ferozepur and presently stays as a paying guest accommodation at Sector 69.



Three hurt as murder accused assault cops
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 11
Three police personnel, including two women constables, and a sub-inspector of the Chandigarh Police sustained injuries following an assault by two murder accused, including a woman, at the district courts complex, Phase III B1, here today.

Woman constable Sangeeta got bruises while her colleague Gagandeep Kaur received an injury near her eye when Dolly Rani, an accused in the murder case of Hari Charan Vashisht, a spiritual leader, hit them during a scuffle outside the courtroom. Sub-inspector Dharampal was assaulted by Dolly’s son Sandeep, alias Sunny, also accused in the case. Dolly also pulled the earrings of Gagandeep Kaur.

Both were taken from the Burail jail to Mohali by the Chandigarh Police for a hearing in the case.

Sources said the scuffle took place when Dolly asked the police personnel to allow her to talk to her mother, Asha Verma, who was also present there. On being denied, Dolly started assaulting the women constables while Sandeep attacked the sub-inspector, who was trying to pacify her. Asha Verma along with her daughter Rajni also supported Dolly in her act.

Meanwhile, the Mohali Police registered a case against Dolly, Sandeep, Asha Verma and Rajni, Dolly’s sister-in-law, on the charges of assaulting government servant on duty at the Mataur police station.

Several cases against Dolly Rani and Sunny have been registered at different police stations, the police said. They are also facing trial for kidnapping and murder of Haricharan Vashisht, who was an employee of the Punjab Agricultural Department, in 2009.



Drowning incident
UT admn announces Rs 50,000 compensation
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 11
A day after the death of 20-year-old Tinkoo Prasad, who drowned in rainwater collected in a huge ditch at a park, Valley for Animals, commonly known as the Dinosaur Park in Sector 49, the UT Administration today announced a compensation of Rs 50,000 to Prasad’s family.

Tinkoo had gone to the under-construction park to take a dip yesterday morning. The park was flooded with rainwater, following a downpour.

The incident had taken place at 9 am. Tinkoo was not aware of the depth of the ditch, which was around 10 feet. Tinkoo didn’t know how to swim and his friends struggled hard to save him.



Peace at last: Inspector, SSP reach truce
Aneesha Sareen
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 11
After much infighting and rift between the UT Police, it’s time for some peace and reconciliation with inspector Amanjot Singh and UT SSP Naunihal Singh finally reaching a settlement.

Sources said after a meeting with the UT Inspector General of Police at the police headquarters in Sector 9 yesterday, the disgruntled inspector has agreed to take back his protest resignation and the police department has decided to drop both the departmental inquiries that were initiated against him.

While senior police officials are tightlipped on the issue, sources said after the meeting yesterday, a settlement has been reached. Inspector Amanjot Singh, whose two-month notice period ends on July 22, will be taking back his resignation in the coming days in all likelihood and the UT SSP will drop both the departmental inquiries initiated against him, sources confirmed.

Amanjot Singh, who was then in charge of the crime branch, had resigned in protest against two departmental inquiries initiated against him. In his resignation letter dated May 22, he had pleaded innocence and alleged that he was victimised and humiliated at the hands of the UT SSP and ASP (Central) Desraj Singh.

Sources said the compromise has been reached to project the UT Police as a united force as the episode of the inspector’s resignation had evoked a strong reaction in the public, which came out in support of the inspector. The episode had projected the UT Police in bad light.

Sources said that the reconciliation has been reached considering the inspector’s excellent track record. His name was recently recommended for the gallantry award and the inspector is credited with solving major sensational cases like the recent NRI kidnapping case. The entire rift between Amanjot and the UT SSP had flared up on May 7 during the visit of Vice-President, Hamid Ansari to the PGI. ASP Deshraj alleged that the inspector disobeyed his orders when he asked them to follow him to a spot where a few advocates were protesting. However, the inspector had refuted these charges.

The second issue, which resulted in another departmental inquiry against Amanjot was a tussle between him and Deshraj.


Litigants face inconvenience
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 11
Scores of litigants who went to the district court in Sector 17 today were a harassed lot and faced major inconvenience, as lawyers were on strike. The strike will conclude on July 12. The lawyers across the country are protesting against the Centre’s Higher Education and Research Bill, 2011. In all, around 450 cases were adjourned here at the district court.

The Bar Council of India feels that passing of the education bill would be a move that would make the entry of foreign law firms and institutions into India easier.

The litigants who thronged the court from far flung areas were the most affected, as they were unaware of the strike and their cases were adjourned.

“I came all the way from Patiala this morning to attend the hearing of my case. I was not aware of the strike and had taken leave from my office for the hearing. The lawyers have taken litigants for a ride,” said Gopal Yadav, a litigant.

The legal fraternity of India is opposing two proposed bills, National Law School Bill and Higher Education and Research (HER) Bill, 2011, citing “negative” repercussions of the bill.

Earlier in January this year, the lawyers had observed a similar strike protesting against the same bill. The lawyers have been pointing out that the legal education committee is a panel of the Bar Council of India, which supervises the legal education of advocates, recommends law courses and examines infrastructure of law colleges.



City receives 17.9 mm of rain
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 11
The city had received 17.9 mm of rainfall since yesterday evening, taking the total to 187.9 mm rainfall during the past one-and-a-half month. The meteorological department has predicted cloudy sky with rain or thundershowers during the next 24 hours. The maximum temperature on Thursday will be around 34ºC and the minimum temperature on Friday will be around 26ºC, the met department said.

The maximum temperature was recorded at 33.5 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal, and the minimum was recorded at 24.8 degrees Celsius, one degree above normal. The maximum relative humidity was recorded at 95 per cent and the minimum was 57 per cent.

Meanwhile, Ambala in Haryana recorded the maximum temperature of 35.1 degrees Celsius, followed by Hisar and Karnal with 35 and 33 degrees Celsius, respectively. In Punjab, Amritsar recorded 38 degrees Celsius, followed by Ludhiana and Paliala with 35 and 35.3 degrees Celsius, respectively. Light to moderate rain or thundershowers would occur at a few places in these two states during the next 24 hours. However, there would be no large change during the subsequent three days.



No possession of plots even after payment, committee holds protest
Our Correspondent

Mohali, July 11
Members of the Plot Allotment Sangarsh Committee, Sectors 76 to 80, staged a dharna in protest against the failure of the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) to give possession of plots to the allottees even when they had already made payments in this.

The protesters raised slogans against GMADA officials and demanded that possession of the remaining plots be given at the earliest failing which they would be compelled to burn the effigies of officials concerned on September 6.

President of the committee, Sucha Singh Kalour, alleged that the GMADA officials were harassing certain allottees of Sector 76 to 80 by not giving the possession of plots allotted to them.

He said cultivation was going on a large part of the area in connivance with the GMADA officials even when the allottees concerned had made the payments for the plots allotted to them. Some of the allottees had even. The cost of construction was rising each day and allottees felt helpless.

The protesters requested the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to intervene in the matter so that they got justice.



50 docs attend workshop on rational use of drugs
Tribune news service

Panchkula, July 11
In order to sensitise doctors about patients’ needs and to promote rational prescription in government sector and medical colleges, a workshop on “Rational drug use and standard treatment guidelines” was organised here today.

Inaugurating the workshop organised by the health department by Haryana State Health Resource Centre Navraj Sandhu, Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education, Haryana said that in the past few years, Haryana has taken major initiative to make essential medicine available free in all its government health facilities besides increasing the budget for drug procurement.

She said that they will encourage their doctors to prescribe rationally so that a patient receives right dose of medicine for his disease at affordable cost for appropriate time so that he/she gets well.

Speaking on the occasin Dr Narvir Singh, Director General Health Services, said that there were cases in which patients suffer adverse reaction of medicines because of irrational use of medicine. Adverse drug event is among the top 10 causes of death in the USA, data for India is not available. The reason for drug related morbidity and mortality is that doctors use short forms, while writing prescriptions, do not write number of days for which medicine is to be taken, chemist gives wrong medicine etc.

Executive Director Haryana State Health Resource Centre said that the Centre would conduct research and evaluation of policies of the Health Department in the state. He said the centre would also study the needs of the consumer besides preparing list of the Managerial, Medical and ethical aspects of the treatment of diseases.

More than 50 doctors of HCMS attended the workshop.



Community Centre in P’kula hangs fire
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 11
The Community Centre at Sector 2 is yet to see the light of the day even after its designs have already been approved by the Haryana Urban Development Authority in 2006. Though the residents had raised the issue with district administration yet the local MLA DK Bansal, Union Minister for poverty alleviation Kumari Selja yet nothing has been done so far.

Many retired senior army officers of the rank of General, Lt. General, Major General, Brigadier, Colonels and other senior administrative officers of the state are residing in the posh Sector. In the absence of a Community Center where residents could not organise social functions have to have to look forward to the facilities available in other sectors or other alternatives.

HC Miglani, general secretary Resident Welfare Society, Sector 2, said in the approved play layout for Sector 2 by the District Town Planning Department, there was a provision of constructing a Community Centre at Sector 2. He said the architecture department of HUDA had also prepared the detailed drawings for the Community Centre after earmarking the site.

Miglani said despite the drawings and plan layout stands already finalised in 2006 HUDA could not start construction as no funds had been allocated for the project by the competent authority. He said whenever, they approached the HUDA authorities they only got assurance while nothing appeared on the ground, he rued.

A senior official of the HUDA, on condition of anonymity said the matter was under consideration with the engineering wing. The work would be taken up once the higher authorities approved the budget for the same.

He further said that the nullah passing through the Sector was posing a health hazard, as water logged in the nullah has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which would result in spreading of malaria and other epidemic. He said the nullah has also become garbage-dumping ground as people of the area and other surrounding areas threw garbage and other wastes into nullah.

Various representation works for providing embankment from dividing road of Sector 1 and 2 to dividing road of Sector 2 and 4 was taken up by HUDA. However, the balance work from Sector 2 market up to the dividing road between Sector 2 and 4 has been left incomplete. Footbridge, to connect two parts of Sector 2, for the convenience of residents are yet to be completed, said he.

He demanded that the nullah and its surrounding areas should be converted into Leisure Valley on the pattern of Sector 10, Leisure Valley, Chandigarh, and another public garden be created for visitors in the town.



Mohali admn comes up with a solution
Identifies waterlogging sites, puts sand bags
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 11
Giving respite to the residents of Phase IV from waterlogging during the monsoon, the Mohali Administration has decided to rectify the ‘folly’ of Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) by amending the level of Shopping Street at certain points.

Talking to Chandigarh Tribune, the Mohali DCr, Varun Roojam, said that the authorities had identified certain points on the Shopping Street, where the level of road would be amended for free flow of water.

“With the move the waterlogging problem in certain areas, particularly in Phase IV would be solved for the time being. Whereas for Phase III B 2, we have put sand bags along the lane which was affected the most. These sandbags would hamper the water to enter the houses nearby,” said Roojam while maintaining that these were the temporary solution.

Notably, the GMADA has raised the levels of three main roads; Shopping Street, Airport Road and that of the Cremation Ground Road, which resulted in the obstruction of natural flow of water in the town. Which caused waterlogging problem in several areas here including Phases IV, III B 2, III A, 11, Sectors 70 and 71. These areas had witnessed flood like situation during first downpour of the season last Saturday.

Roojam added that the work had begun today. To meet the permanent solution requirement, the administration has also planned to hire services of the experts on the issue.

Harbhajan Mann, chairman of District Planning Committee, Mohali, has also called a meeting of all the senior officials of the departments concerned, which is scheduled for tomorrow.

“The issue is serious and needed to be addressed as soon as possible. Due to the ongoing monsoon, we are taking temporary measures. But after the season is over, we would solve it permanently,” said Mann.



MHA transfers Joint Secy
Rajinder Nagarkoti/TNS

Chandigarh, July 11
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has transferred Joint Secretary (Home) Abhishek Dev, a 2007 UT cadre officer, to Arunachal Pradesh. He would be replaced by Rodney L Ralte, who is currently posted as the District Commissioner in Mizoram.

At present, Abhishek Dev, who was posted in the city in 2009, is on leave and the UT Administration has given the additional charge of Joint Secretary (Home) to IT Secretary Prerna Puri.

Sources added that a communication in this regard has been issued by the MHA to the UT Administration, which would reach the UT Administration soon.





Cleaner apni mandis

A meeting of the apni mandi and day market committee of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation was held under the chairmanship of Desh Raj Gupta. The committee decided that members will conduct surprise inspection in apni mandis. It demanded that mobile toilets should be provided in apni mandis keeping in view the cleanliness of the areas. The members asked the officers concerned to write a letter to the SP, Traffic, to solve parking problem in the apni mandi areas.

F&CC meeting

Mayor Raj Bala Malik chaired the meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation on Wednesday. The F&CC recommended handing over underground parking opposite the CMC building and opposite the MOH in Sector 17 for management to the Business Promotion Council. It also suggested exploring the possibilities of holding art and cultural programmes at the Central Plaza to revive its beauty; and starting a tree plantation drive. It was also sought that an agenda regarding tertiary treated water supply in city be placed before the next F&CC meeting.

PU interviews

Interviews for admissions to BA Hons School in Economics first semester will be held on July 12; MA (Urdu) first semester will be held on July 13; MSc Chemistry (Hons School) first year (based on OCET Examination) will be held on July 17; MSc (Statistics) will be held on July 17; MA (Psychology) Part I will be held on July 18; and MA (Economics) will be held on July 18.
Fathers of students play a friendly match Aspirants stand outside the Law Department for the ongoing counselling in Panjab University on Wednesday

(Left) Fathers of students play a friendly match; and (right) aspirants stand outside the Law Department for the ongoing counselling in Panjab University on Wednesday. Tribune photo: S Chandan

PhD entrance examination

The timing of the PhD Entrance Test-2012 to be held on July 22 has been changed. The new timings will be from 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm for Paper I and from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm for Paper II, the Controller of Examinations, PU, informed.


Fathers’ Day

Fathers’ Day was celebrated at Anee’s School, Sector-69, Mohali, and Anee’s School in Kharar to honour the symbol of strength and support. The students put up a cultural show for their fathers who were cordially invited and were felicitated with flowers and hand-made cards by their children. Fathers played a friendly football match on the premises of the school. Children recited poems and sang songs for their fathers. Aneet Goel, director of the school, talked about the importance of father in the overall development of a child.



Low assessment
DAV fails to clarify stance
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 11
Despite being asked to clarify its stand on low internal assessment awarded to BA-II Geography students by today, DAV College in Sector 10 has failed to do so. The Panjab University, taking cognisance of representation filed by Senator Prabhjit Singh, has withheld the Geography results asking the college to justify the low assessment awarded to the students.

While the university had set today as the deadline, college’s failure to communicate has delayed the result further.

“DAV College has not responded till now. Thus, the results cannot been declared,” said PU Controller Examinations AK Bhandari. Singh in his representation had brought to the university’s notice that senior faculty of DAV College Charanjit Kaur Sidhu had given many Geography students zero in their internal assessment, while other students managed to get only 2 or 3 marks. Singh accused the teacher of violating Syndicate’s decision by ignoring the fact that these students have 75 per cent or above attendance and need to be given marks for it. Meanwhile, the college teachers have said the delay in result is an outcome of Senate politics and supported Charanjit.

“Charanjit is one of our senior most and most respected teachers. It is strange that no student had raised objection to the internal assessment marks, but a Senator, who has nothing to do with the college, created this drama and the authorities have fallen prey to it. The teacher has followed PU calendar while awarding marks. No teacher should be made a scapegoat in Senate’s dirty politics,” said a member of DAV Teachers’ Union.



PU forms anti-ragging squads

Chandigarh, July 11
The Panjab University DSW Office today held a meeting of the anti-ragging squad and formed two groups to conduct surprise inspection in hostels. The anti-ragging squads comprise of PU faculty members. The assistance of security guards of the hostels will also be availed by the squads during their visits.

The groups will conduct surprise visits in the hostels under their jurisdiction, in particular, and other areas on the university campus. They will submit the report instantly to the DSW, which will approach the higher authorities in pursuance of the order of the Supreme Court of India. — TNS



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