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Anupama succumbs to PGI’s negligence
Chandigarh, July 24
Anupama A week after getting injured in a bus accident and undergoing amputation, 16-year-old Anupama gave up and lost her battle for life at the PGI today.  The alleged delay in treatment led to the spread of infection in her body and after remaining in coma since July 20, when her leg was amputated, doctors declared her dead at 4.46 am today.

Grieving parents of Anupama in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
Grieving parents of Anupama in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan


 Commuter rush after a shower leads to a traffic jam at the Matka Chowk in Chandigarh on Tuesday.
Stuck: Commuter rush after a shower leads to a traffic jam at the Matka Chowk in Chandigarh on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

‘We’ve lost everything’
Chandigarh, July 24
Anupama’s parents were wailing as the body of their only child reached home in Mauli Jagaran on Tuesday around 2 pm. The grief-stricken grandmother rushed to see Anupama. “Manti (Anupana’s her nickname) come back. I would not live without you,” said her grandmother while wailing inconsolably.

‘Doctors humiliated me at PGI’
Chandigarh, July 24
Why did Anupama have to die? Was there a possibility for her to survive? The answer is in the affirmative if certain orthopaedic experts in the region are to be believed.

We couldn’t have done more: PGI
In a statement issued on Tuesday, a PGI spokesperson said Anupama was admitted to the PGI Emergency on July 17 at 2.45 pm. She had a runover injury on her left lower limb (open injury grade IIIb).

‘Madam, will I survive?’
Anupama’s teachers at her cremation on Tuesday. Chandigarh, July 24
“Madam, will I survive?” This was the heartrending question of Anupama to her schoolteacher Meena Walia, who tried to help her soon after the accident near the school last week. With moist eyes, Meena (52), a teacher at the Government Model Senior Secondary for Girls, Sector 18, recalled that soon after the school was over, some girls came to her and told her that Anupama had fallen off a bus.

Anupama’s teachers at her cremation on Tuesday. photo: Vicky Gharu

Praying lips and helping hands for Anupama
Chandigarh, July 24
Students of GMSSS-18 pray for Anupama; and (right) her father breaks down outside the PGI mortuary in Chandigarh. While Anupama was fighting for life, there were helping hands and praying lips that left no stone unturned to save her. Starting from her teacher, Meena (52), who rushed her to the PGI in her car, there were several others who came up to help her.

Students of GMSSS-18 pray for Anupama; and (right) her father breaks down outside the PGI mortuary in Chandigarh. Tribune photographs




Visiting PGI a nightmare
Patients queue up at a counter at the PGI in Chandigarh. Chandigarh, July 24
Even as the PGI has remained the only premier health institute in the region for the last 50 years, visiting it has proved to be a nightmare for a majority of patients or their attendants.

Patients queue up at a counter at the PGI in Chandigarh. A file photograph

Data of 6,000 students sent to CTU
Chandigarh, July 24
Anupama’s death, it seems, has woken up the authorities out of their slumber to take stock of the ground-level situation. Though it is too early to comment upon the changes it will bring to the overall system, the UT education department today sent the data of around 6,000 students, who travel by public transport, to the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) to assist it in streamlining various routes for students.

A girl boards a moving low-floor bus. Drivers find it difficult to handle low-floor buses
Chandigarh, July 24
The tragic death of 17-year-old Anumpama, a student of the Government Model Senior Secondary School for Girls, Sector 18, whose leg was crushed under the rear wheel of a low-floor bus of the CTU, has put the spotlight on the fleet of around 200 green and red low-floor buses procured in 2010.

A girl boards a moving low-floor bus. Tribune photo: Manoj mahajan

CTU bus victim who was saved by PGI
Chandigarh, July 24
Anupama's was not the only incident involving a CTU bus and a student of Government Senior Secondary School for Girls, Sector 18. Last year also its student Kanika Adlakha, a resident of Sector 19, fell off a bus while boarding it at Sector 17 bus stand. Though she survived, she had to undergo as many as three surgeries after the rear wheel of the bus crushed her lower body.

Power plays hide-and-seek
Residents face inconvenience due to frequent power cuts in Mohali. Mohali, July 24
With the imposition of four scheduled power cuts from yesterday, residents are forced to spend restless day and sleepless night. If the town witnesses a six-hour long scheduled power cuts i.e. from 4 am to 5 am, 8.30 am to 10.30 am, 2 pm to 4 pm and 8 pm to 9 pm, the residents also reel under at least three to four hours of unscheduled power cuts.

Residents face inconvenience due to frequent power cuts in Mohali. A Tribune photograph

Mohali roads flooded again

A cyclist pedals through a waterlogged road after rain in Mohali on Tuesday.
A cyclist pedals through a waterlogged road after rain in Mohali on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Youth ends life
Chandigarh, July 24
Claiming "mental tension" to be the reason behind the extreme step he was about to take, a 21-year-old student of Khalsa College, Sector 26, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his recently vacated house in Sector 41.

Infotech fails to take action against erring officials
Chandigarh, July 24
A recent order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, directing the state-owned Punjab Information and Communication Technology Corporation (Infotech) to refund the forfeited amount of around Rs 4 crore paid by a bidder to purchase a commercial site in Mohali, has put the spotlight on the erring Infotech officials who conducted the auction last year.

Road gullies lie chocked despite Mayor’s visit
Chandigarh, July 24
Despite the assurances given by Mayor Raj Bala Malik during her visit to Sector 40 to take stock of the cleanliness of road gullies, the condition in the area remains deplorable.

Auction for vanity numbers on August 3
Mohali, July 24
An open auction for vanity numbers in the new series, PB65 R, would take place at the district administrative office complex, Phase I, on August 3. Giving details, district transport official (DTO) Karan Singh said they had fixed the maximum reserve price of Rs 10,000 for PB65 R 0007, while for two digit numbers of the series, the reserve price would be Rs 3,000.

Ban on truck operators’ unions sought
Mohali, July 24
The Mohali Industries Association (MIA) called for a ban on truck operators’ unions as per the Punjab Industrial Policy, 2009. A delegation of the MIA protested to Deputy Commissioner Varun Roojam about the steep hike in charges by the truck operators’ unions. They submitted a memorandum in which they stated that industrial unit owners were allegedly facing harassment due to the problems created by members of the truck unions.

Mohali to be developed as model city
Mohali, July 24
“There would be no scarcity of funds for the developmental works in the district,” said Harbhajan Mann, chairman of District Planning Committee, Mohali, today.

Mohali administration removes encroachments
Officials of the Mohali administration with policemen during an anti-encroachment drive on Tuesday. Mohali, July 24
Taking an action, the Mohali administration today removed encroachment from the panchayati land worth crores of rupees from Landran village here today. According to sources, encroachers have grabbed the land after filling a pond of the village. 

Officials of the Mohali administration with policemen during an anti-encroachment drive on Tuesday. A Tribune photograph


Havan marks beginning of new session
Chandigarh, July 24
The new academic session at the MCMDAV College for Women, Sector 36, started amidst "bhajans" and a "havan" ceremony today.


Biometric facility for pension disbursal
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 24
The Government of India has chosen Fatehgarh Sahib as the pilot district for implementation of a newly developed project under whichvarious types of pension would be credited to bank accounts of beneficiaries directly by using their UID (Aadhar) number.

I-T services on the doorstep
Fatehgarh Sahib, July 24
To facilitate taxpayers in filling their income tax returns as well as to encourage people to pay taxes voluntarily, the income tax (I-T) department in the district has decided to introduce mobile vans and to set up kiosks at various places, including remote areas in the district.

Council approves Rs 8 cr for development
Dera Bassi, July 24
The Dera Bassi municipal council has approved Rs 8 crore for various development works. This was approved at the monthly meeting of the municipal council yesterday.

Thieves decamp with cash, jewellery
Ambala, July 24
Thieves decamp with cash and jewellery worth Rs 20 lakh from two houses located in Naya Bans area at Ambala City late last night. Owners of the houses, who also are brothers, came to know about the incident early this morning.

Cuts cause inconvenience to residents
Dera Bassi, July 24
Unscheduled power cuts of nearly 8 to 10 hours have been causing inconvenience to consumers of both domestic and farm sector. The water supply was also badly affected due to the power cuts. Farmers of Dera Bassi, Lalru and Banur rued over poor electricity supply during the paddy season. They said they had been facing the problem in irrigating the paddy crop.


Medicity Project under HC scanner
Chandigarh, July 24
The much-hyped Medicity Project in the Eco City today came under the Punjab and Haryana High Court scanner. Acting on a petition against the setting up of Medicity in a “residential zone”, the High Court this morning put the State of Punjab, Greater Mohali Area Development Authority and other respondents on notice.

Trial begins in court
Chandigarh, July 24
The trial in the siblings double murder case began in the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal today. The court recorded statements of two experts of Central Forensic Science Laboratory and two doctors. The next hearing in the case will take place on September 5.


2 held in Tao molestation case
Chandigarh, July 24
A week after registering the case, the UT police has arrested two youths for molesting a 25-year old IT professional outside Tao discotheque in Sector 26 on July 15.

Residents help police nab snatchers
Mohali, July 24
Two alert citizens of the town helped the police in nabbing two snatchers in two different incidents that occurred in the town today. While Kulbir Singh, a resident of the town, not only rescued the victim, identified as Gagan, a staff nurse, from the snatcher, identified as Jatinder Kumar, but also caught him after chasing him for about 15 minutes this afternoon.

Man booked for rape
Chandigarh, July 24
The Chandigarh Police has booked a city resident in a case of rape. The woman, a resident of Patiala, filed a complaint against Harnek Singh, an employee at the office of Accountant General.

One more arrested
Mohali, July 24
The Kurali police arrested another person, Yogesh Rana, in the Kurali case involving around 12 youngsters in eve-teasing followed by an attack on the parents of victims.



Dance sports association honours couples
Chandigarh, July 24
Chandigarh Dance Sports Association honoured three couples, who clinched two gold medals and one silver medal in the recently concluded 6th National Dance Sports Championship held in Patna.

Carrom tournament kicks off
Panchkula, July 24
The tournament in progress at Panchkula on Tuesday Carrom and Bridge Tournament-2012, a three-day long inter-regional event, started at Panchkula. A total of 11 teams from various regions of Powergrid have registered to participate in the tourney.

The tournament in progress at Panchkula on Tuesday. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan

City boxing body president to officiate in London Olympics
Chandigarh, July 23
Dr C K Jerath, president of the Chandigarh Amateur Boxing Association (CABA), has been selected as the Technical Official in the boxing event of London Olympic Games 2012.

GMSSS-37 girls emerge victorious
Chandigarh, July 24
The girls hockey team of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 37, defeated Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 46 by 3-0 in a match of the Pre-Nehru Hockey Cup held at the hockey stadium of Sector 42 here today.

Kho-Kho trials on July 28
Chandigarh, July 24
The Chandigarh Kho-Kho Association will conduct trials to select the probable's for the upcoming 24th Sub-Junior National Kho-Kho Championship (Boys & Girls) to be held at Jharkhand from August 28 to September 1.


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