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5-year-old raped, 2 held
Arun Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
In a gruesome incident, a five-year-old girl of Colony Number 4 was raped by two youths. Her rectum and anus were torn apart. Her moth and eyes were covered with mud when she was found crying near the railway tracks.

The five-year-old underwent a surgery for the reconstruction of her rectum and anus at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32. The hospital staff said they had not seen such a gruesome sight before.

The girl was bleeding profusely and her face, head, and neck were soaked in mud indicating that her tormentors showed no mercy to her while she kept on crying for help and gagged her while committing the crime.

DSP Vijay Kumar said the arrested youths have been identified as Sunil and Manish, both residents of Uttar Pradesh. The accused are colleagues of the child’s father at Industrial Area, Phase I.

The girl went missing at around 1 am on Friday and finding her nowhere, her parents informed the police.

“The accused had taken the victim to a secluded place near the Industrial Area where they raped her. The police party located the victim at around 2.30 am near the railway tracks and rushed her to the GMCH for treatment,” the DSP said.

Acting swiftly, the police arrested the accused from the Industrial Area on the basis of information provided by the victim. The medical reports of the accused revealed that they were in an inebriated state.

The father of the victim, who was sitting outside of the operation theatre at the GMCH, said he, his wife Amarvati and their four children were asleep yesterday night. He got up at around 1 am to answer the nature’s call and found his daughter missing. He raised the alarm and started searching for her with the help of neighbours.

The police reached the spot and girl was found near the railway tracks. The victim said two ‘uncles’ who used to come to their house took her and hit her. Following this, her father identified the accused. 

Mental trauma

The trauma faced by the victim does not end here. The torture at the hands of her ‘uncles’ may affect her mental and physical growth, say psychiatrists. Though the injuries will be healed with the passage of time, the incident is going to haunt her throughout her life, said Dr BS Chavan, professor and head, psychiatry department, GMCH. It is seen that such victims lose faith and always feel insecure, he added. 



MC officials proceed on mass leave
Seek repatriation, stage walkout from General House meeting 
Aarti Kapur
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
Demanding repatriation to their parent states, 18 officials of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation, who are on deputation from Punjab and Haryana, have decided to go on a mass leave.

In a letter to the MC Commissioner with a copy to the Adviser to UT Administrator, the officials have demanded repatriation to their parent states as they said the working environment was not conducive in the MC. The officials said they should be treated on leave till their repatriation.

The officials took this decision at a meeting convened after both the Additional Commissioners, the Chief Engineer, the MOH and executive engineers walked out of the General House meeting following use of unparliamentarily language by councillors against them.

BJP councillor Saurab Joshi took up the issue of violation of guidelines in allotment of water chlorinators in tubewells by the MC and demanded an inquiry. MC Commissioner VP Singh urged the MC House to order a vigilance inquiry from their official. On this, nominated councillor Surinder Bahga stated that he had no faith in MC officials. He also stated that no action had been taken by the authorities against any employee on the report of the inquiry conducted on any issue recommended by the House.

Things got out of control at around 2.00 pm when the nominated councillor Dr Amrit Tewari said in the House that bureaucracy was a permanent opposition to councillors. She said this referring to her past experience that whenever she approached the officials, they only gave assurances.

BJP councillor Arun Sood also joined her and said he also had doubts on the internal inquiry on the chlorinator allotment and demanded inquiry by an independent agency. Reacting to it, all officials attending the House meeting staged a walkout. MC Commissioner tried to intervene and persuade the officials not to leave the House, but in vain. On this, the councillors got agitated and demanded strict action against officials for their unruly act. As the pandemonium continued for over three hours, the MC Commissioner tried to resolve the impasse between the officials and the councillors, but ultimately failed in convincing the officials to attend the House meeting.

Finally, the councillors resumed the proceedings of the House in the absence of MC Secretary Rajiv Gupta. However, they even failed table a resolution against the officials.

Fail to meet UT Adviser

The councillors and the officials failed to meet the UT Adviser. However, representatives of both sides managed to have a telephonic conversation with the Adviser on the issue. The officials submitted a copy of the complaint to the MC Commissioner and the Adviser. The councillors also made a complaint of indiscipline by the officials which they will submit to the Adviser on Monday. 


Shielding the officers for their indiscipline, the Mayor told the media that she would not complain about it to the UT Adviser UT. She also refused that any councillor had proposed a resolution against the officials for misbehaviour in the House. 

Decision on study tours

  • MC Mayor Raj Bala Malik constituted a committee to decide whether study tours should be organised in future.
  • BJP councillor Satinder Singh demanded that the status report of all projects that were proposed after the study tours in the past 14 years should be tabled.
  • BJP councillor Arun Sood alleged discrimination on the part of officials while quoting their statements in the minutes of the last General House meeting.
  • MC Mayor threatened the opposition that she would stage a walkout if it would not maintain the decorum in the house.
  • On the issue of the day market, the Mayor agreed to disclose the names of the councillors who had opposed the project


  • 2.30 pm: Officials stage a walkout from the House. Councillors demanded action against them. Mayor announces lunch break
  • 2.35 pm: Officials hold meeting in the office of the Chief Engineer to chalk out future strategy
  • 3.00 pm: The MC Commissioner convenes a meeting with officials to resolve the impasse
  • 3.15 pm: The Mayor holds a meeting with all party councillors to decide on the action to be taken
  • 5.00 pm: House resumes, but officials do not turn up and a resolution is passed in confusion

Not for the first time

  • 2007: Congress councillor Ravinder Pal Singh allegedly manhandled an employee of the building branch
  • 2008: BJP councillor Anil Kumar Dubey allegedly used abusive language against the Chief Engineer
  • 2009: Congress councillor Devinder Singh Babla allegedly misbehaved with former MC Commissioner Roshan Sunkaria during a meeting of the Finance and Contracts Committee
  • 2009: The Home Secretary had to intervene in a clash between former Joint Commissioner Kamlesh Kumar and Congress councillor Devinder Singh Babla after both had entered into a heated argument in the House
  • 2010: Opposition councillors misbehaved with Additional Commissioner-II Lalit Siwach during the House meeting. Following which, a joint forum of officials comprising 11 top and middle-level officials passed a resolution not to tolerate insult and humiliation in the General House
  • 2011: All MC officials staged a walkout from the General House meeting twice in August after former BJP councillor termed them as remarks of to protest for being termed as ‘nikemeh officers’ in the House. The officials again staged a walkout when councillors refused to apologise



Drive against eve-teasing draws good response
Amit Sharma
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
The campaign against eve-teasing initiated by the Chandigarh Police has started drawing response with girls coming forward and reporting the incidents to the police.
Three cases of eve-teasing were registered by the police on Thursday in different parts of city. Meanwhile, the control Room has received 15 calls in past two days on eve-teasing.

Sunil, a resident of Sector 23, was arrested by the police for eve-teasing from near the Sector 24 police post after receiving a compliant.

Similarly, Rahul, a resident of Sector 46, was arrested from the Sector 46 market on the complaint of a girl.

A case of eve-teasing has also been registered against occupants of a car against whom a compliant was received at the police control room. A PCR was rushed to Sectors 41-42 roundabout. However, neither the complainant nor the persons against whom the complaint was made were at the spot.

A case under Section 294 of the IPC has been registered in all cases and further investigations are on.

SSP Naunihal Singh said the interaction with students had helped the police in spreading awareness among the girls who have now started informing the police about eve-teasing. “Receiving 15 calls in two days shows that girls are responding to the interaction with the police and have decided to raise a voice against eve-teasing,” the SSP said.

The police wants the girls to inform about such incidents in advance so the PCR vehicle can nab the culprits before they flee.

During the interaction, it has come to the fore that middle-aged men are also involved in eve-teasing at bus stops and in local buses. Groups of policewomen will also deployed in buses to check such incidents. 



Notice of motion to Punjab, Haryana, UT
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
Claiming that the police and the administration were not serious in dealing with eve-teasing and the menace was attaining the proportions of an ‘epidemic’, a Zirakpur resident today moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court seeking initiation of ‘positive steps’ to ensure the safety of women and girl students.

In his petition filed through counsel Balbir Singh Sewak, Harinder Pal Singh Ishar claimed: “Some parents have withdrawn their girls from schools and colleges while are tense nervous to send their daughters to educational institutions.”

Taking up the petition, the Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri issued a notice of motion to Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh for October 16.

Ishar also sought directions to Chandigarh Administration and the States of Punjab and Haryana to station police control room vehicles near educational institutions during opening and closing hours. Directions were also sought to the principals, headmasters and teachers of all educational institutions to be present at the main gates during opening and closing hours.

A change in timings was also suggested. Girl students should be sent out 15 minutes before boys in a co-education institution. Teachers should be deputed in the classrooms during free periods and CCTV cameras should be installed at public places, especially at bus stands, gates of educational institutions and places where working women or girl students use the transport system.

The petitioner added: “The responsibility of the heads of the institutions and district police heads should be fixed for their failure to curb the incidents of eve-teasing in their respective areas. Directions were also sought to the respondents to formulate an effective policy for providing assistance — medical and financial — to the victims of acid attacks. They should also be rehabilitated. 



Services of ‘eve-teaser’ Home Guards volunteer terminated
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
Sending a strong message, the Chandigarh Police today terminated the services of a Home Guards volunteer against whom a complaint of eve-teasing was made by one of the students of the Postgraduate Government College for Girls, Sector 11, during an interaction with the UT SSP on Thursday.

The action was taken under the clause ‘Conduct Unbecoming of Policemen’. The girl had named Om Sharma who was tracked down by the police and he was removed from the services after an inquiry.

UT SSP Naunihal Singh said the girl had revealed that the incident took place with her at 8 am on September 26 while travelling in a CTU bus near the Sector 44 market. Based on the complaint, an inquiry was conducted and the Home Guard was identified. “During the inquiry, it was established that the Om Sharma had teased the girl following which administrative action was taken against him,” the SSP said.

The SSP said no criminal proceeding was initiated against the Home Guards volunteer as the girl and her parents refused to file a compliant against him. However, strict administrative action has been taken against him, he added.

The SSP, who was shocked after the girl revealed that the eve-teaser was a policeman, said the incident was an eye opener for the police department following which special instructions had been sent to all police stations and departments to ensure that such incidents were not repeated again. Any such act will lead to immediate suspension. 



Panchkula in grip of dengue fever
Nine confirmed cases reported; 25 suspected patients of swine flu admitted to PGI
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Polluted water flowing in a drain near Sector 7 in Panchkula.
Polluted water flowing in a drain near Sector 7 in Panchkula. Tribune photo: Nitin Mittal

Panchkula, September 28
Nine confirmed cases of dengue fever and 25 suspected cases of swine flu were reported in the town in the past one week.
"Cases of dengue fever surface in August, September and October. Most of the patients suffering from these diseases are children as they have less immunity," said a senior doctor at General Hospital.

A number of cases were reported in Abhaypur near Sector 20, Panchkula.

"One should not blame the weather for the spread of dengue. The Administration is not taking any action to quell such deadly diseases. Stink emanating from a drain passing through the area has made the lives of residents miserable. It has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes," said Tarsem Garg, president of the Residents Welfare Association, Sector 7, Panchkula.

He added, "Fogging has not been done for long here. A number of residents come to the sector's market."

"Children cannot venture outdoors. It seems that the authorities are sleeping over the issue as it is yet to wake up to the alarming situation," said Vivek Ahuja, a resident of Sector 2, Panchkula.

All suspected swine flu patients have been referred to the PGI, Chandigarh.

"We don't have vaccines so we refer such patients to the PGI," said a doctor at the General Hospital.

50 confirmed dengue cases surface in city

The cases of dengue fever are on the rise in the city. So far 50 confirmed cases have been reported here, with hundreds of patients showing symptoms of the disease being admitted to local hospitals.

Last year, 73 cases were reported in the city.

Dr Naresh, nodal officer for vector-borne disease control programme, said residents should keep their surroundings neat and clean.

A majority of cases were reported in Burail, Hallo Majra, Colony No. 4, Sectors 24, 29 and 30.

He said fogging was being carried out in the city.


Sandeep enters senate with maximum votes
Result for 3 out of 15 seats of graduates constituency declared
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
After much delay, the result for three out of the 15 seats of the Panjab University Senate under the graduates constituency was declared today. Sandeep Kumar, District Education Officer of Fazilka, emerged as a winner with maximum number of votes polled for him.

By securing 4996 votes, Kumar became the only candidate, out of a total of 65, who managed to clear the quota of 3959 minimum votes.

The seats reserved for candidates from Chandigarh and Punjab, meanwhile, were bagged by DP Randhawa, founder member of SOPU, with 2422 votes, and Sanjeev Arora, principal of the DAV College, Abohar, with 3236 votes.

Both Sandeep Kumar and Sanjeev Arora have been elected to the Senate for the first time. DP Randhawa, already a sitting Senator, meanwhile, managed to retain his seat.

Although the result for the remaining 12 seats is yet to be declared, the first preference votes polled for the candidates clearly points towards fresh faces bagging maximum number of seats.

The elections to a total of 47 seats of the Senate, under various constituencies, are held every four years.

Results for the remaining 32 seats have already been declared.

The candidates who are still in race, meanwhile, were campaigning outside the PU’s gymnasium hall where the counting is being held. The final result is expected to be declared on Saturday evening. 



Training in e-governance
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
A two-day training programme on e-Governance for the UT officials concluded at a SPIC centre here today.
Organised under the National e-Governance Plan, the session was first in a series of activities planned to sensitise various departments about the benefits of information and communication technology (ICT) in ensuring transparency, and timely and hassle-free delivery of services to the citizens. 



Gold-plated paintings catch visitors’ fancy at Thai fest
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
Gold-plated paintings of deities are catching visitors’ fancy at the first-of-its-kind Thai Festival that kicked off at the Himachal Bhawan, Sector 28, on Wednesday.
These Thai paintings plated with 24-caret pure gold range from Rs 3,500 to as high as Rs 3.23 lakh.

The stall displaying and selling the paintings showcases various designs including those of Lord Ganesha, Goddess Lakshmi and the crucifix. The stall has attracted many visitors and sold around 25 paintings.

“The paintings have been hand made from pure gold. It has a touch of Thai art. These paintings are not only in demand in India, but in Thailand too,” says Anup Sharma, owner of the stall.

“Usually people get bored of the same kind of decorative items; so we thought we can attract art lovers as well as devotees with these kinds of paintings,” said Ramesh Dubey, his partner.

Vijay Kumar, a resident of Sector 11, who purchased a painting of Goddess Lakshmi, says he bought the painting as Diwali was approaching. It would look nice to have a painting in pure gold at the house, he says.

“These paintings are also available in jewellery shops, but they don’t have such a variety and the touch of Thai art. So I specially came here to buy them,” says Rini D’souza, a resident of Sector 16, Panchkula.

The festival is also displaying other exotic Thai products including herbal cosmetics, artificial flowers, vases, wooden carvings, jewellery and accessories, handicrafts, ladies’ purses and handbags, kitchenware, toys, footwear and readymade garments.

The event is being organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Northern Region, in association with the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), Thailand. The festival, which is open from 10 am to 8 pm every day, will conclude on September 30. 



A slice of Punjabi culture
Foreigners take part in traditional wedding ceremony
Deepankar Sharda
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
Six foreigners, who are visiting the region to participate in the 7th International Peace Fest, witnessed the Punjabi culture in a unique way at Sarangpur village here today.

Dressed in traditional Indian wedding attire, these foreigners, both men and women, from China, Philippines and Sri Lanka performed wedding ceremony specially arranged for them at the village.

Instead of alcohol that overflows in most of the Punjabi weddings these days, guests were served with homemade lassi on the occasion. The festivities, however, were no less than any traditional wedding. Villagers danced to the beats of dhol along with the foreign delegates, who were seen enjoying themselves.

“This is the best thing I have ever witnessed. Although, the drum beats are a bit loud, the excitement level is really appreciable. I had never imagined it to be like this. People here are very friendly. The dancing and this milkmade drink (lassi), especially, are new for me,” said A Xing from China.

The delegates also went on a round of the village before enjoying traditional food including ‘sarson ka saag’ and ‘makki ki roti’. Angel from Philippines, however, felt the food was a bit heavy to digest, like the ‘lehanga’ she was wearing.

“Although the dress is a bit heavy and the climate is hot, the excitement of these people pumped me up to dance on the drum feats. Back in our country, we wear white dresses during all wedding ceremonies. It is good to see a different culture, and it is an honour to be the part of this event,” she said.

Talking about her maiden visit to the City Beautiful, Catholina from China said: “It is my first visit to India, and so far I found it to be the cleanest city. The green belt adds to the city’s beauty, and I look forward to spend some time here with my family,” said Catholina.



Over 200 to participate in Walkathon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
Over 200 faculty members, resident doctors, nurses and staff of the PGI will be participating in a Walkathon to be organised by the School of Public Health in collaboration with the National Institute of Nursing Education to mark World Heart Day on September 29.

The theme of the event is "One World, One Home, One Heart".

The walk will be organised from the PGI to Sukhna Lake.

Mortality rate due to cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) in Chandigarh has doubled from 18 per cent in 1983 to 35 per cent in 2002.

As per Indian data, cardiovascular diseases accounted to 2.25 million deaths in 2010 and the number may reach 2.94 million in 2015. In 2004, CVDs claimed 1.46 million lives.

"The event aims at promoting healthy lifestyle to prevent heart diseases," said Dr JS Thakur, additional professor, School of Public Health, PGIMER.






Walkathon today
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 28
Fortis Hospital will be organising a ‘walkathon’ to mark the World Heart Day tomorrow. The walk, aiming to create awareness on growing rate of heart ailments among women and children, would start from Fortis Hospital at 7 am.

Particiapents have to cover a distance of 3km during the walk. A free cholesterol check-up would be offered to senior citizens on this day at the hospital.



Poor sanitation irks Naya Gaon residents
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

A heap of garbage in a residential area of Naya Gaon.
A heap of garbage in a residential area of Naya Gaon. Tribune Photo: Pradeep Tewari

Mohali, September 28
To voice their concerns regarding garbage, sanitation and electricity problems in the area, residents of Naya Gaon village approached the Permanent Lok Adalat (PLA), after failing to get a positive response from the district administration.

Twenty residents have submitted applications to the court in this regard. In the applications, they have stated that they were fed up with the non-performance of the administration and looking forward to the court to address their problems.

“One can spot piles of garbage at every nook and corner of the village, lying for past several months. Apart from that, the sanitation system has almost collapsed here. Despite having contacted the officials concerned for several times, nobody seems to be bothered about our problems,” lamented the residents.

The Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Secretary Legal Services Authority, Gopal Arora, confirmed that he has received at least 20 such applications from Naya Gaon villagers only.

“We will summon the concerned authorities soon to know their version,” said Gopal Arora.

The CJM added that the residents of various areas are now approaching the PLA to redress their problems. “From Nurpur Bedi, we (PLA) have got over 30 applications seeking court’s direction on problems such as repair of roads,” said Gopal Arora adding that PLA covers eight categories of public utility services, which included hospital, telecom, insurance, transportation, sanitation and preservation of natural resources.

So far about 450 cases have been lying with the PLA. Regular court to address public grievances is organised at Ropar on every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays.

“We are also holding seminars to create awareness among the sarpanches of the villages about the functioning and jurisdiction of the court,” he said adding that a seminar on the issue was held at Bar room of the local district court here today.



Woman running from pillar to post to get case registered
Her minor daughter was raped at Fatehgarh Sahib
Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 28
A resident of Balongi has been running from pillar to post to register a case against some persons, including a police official, for raping his minor daughter.
sOn Tuesday, Sukhwinder Kaur, the mother of the 16-year-old victim, met Mohali Superintendent of Police (City) Swarndeep Singh apprising of the matter.

In her complaint, Sukhwinder Kaur alleged that a local doctor in connivance with her own daughter (the elder sister of the victim) had raped the victim at his house in Phase XI and then forced her into prostitution.

“One of my daughters, Raj Kaur, is responsible for my younger daughter’s condition. She along with the doctor had taken the victim to Fatehgarh Sahib, where she was subjected to physical and sexual assault by several persons. When we went to the Balongi police station, a police official also raped my daughter," alleged Sukhwinder Kaur. She was accompanied by activists of the Global Human Rights Organisation.

Swarndeep Singh, SP (City) said he had received the complaint. “I have directed the DSP to look into the matter and take action immediately," said Swarndeep Singh.



UT Chief Architect to get extension
Rajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
The UT Administration is all set to extend the tenure of UT Chief Architect Sumit Kaur, whose term in Chandigarh ends on September 30.
She is currently on deputation from Punjab.

Sumit Kaur, who had come to the UT on deputation from Punjab on October 1, 2008, for a period of one year, has got three consecutive extensions from the UT Administration as she is working (a) on preservation of city's heritage architecture and (b) the master plan. But for the past three years, both the issues are still hanging fire.

A senior official of the UT Administration said they had sent the proposal to extend Sumit Kaur's tenure to the UT Administrator. He added that the master plan was very important for the city and Kaur had been working on it for the past three years and now it was in its last stages.

The official said at this stage, the Administration did not want to lose Kaur.

So far, the UT Administration has taken six extensions for finalising the plan since December 23, 2009, when the HC had first directed it to finalise the plan within 12 months.

On Sumit Kaur issue, even the MC councillors, in a house meeting in September, 2011, had raised voice against Sumit Kaur and had demanded her repatriation. The councillors had alleged that the Chief Architect's office was sitting over a number of projects, resulting in their delay. The only credit to her name was when recently the Union government approved the heritage report prepared by the UT Administration. This year on Republic Day, the UT Administration had awarded her a commendation certificate.



Know about city through mobile application
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
UT Adviser KK Sharma today launched Chandigarh City Guide, an application for smartphones and tabs.
As per the UT officials, this is the first mobile application in the Northern region developed by the Administration or any government department. The launch of mobile application is a part of the Tourism Week celebrations in Chandigarh.

Prerna Puri, Secretary, Information Technology, said the mobile application was an interactive pocket guide, which would provide information about places of tourists' interest, hotels, restaurants and many other services. She added that the feature worked even without Internet connectivity. Tanvi Garg, director, Tourism, added that the mobile application would come in handy for tourists as well. KK Sharma said the UT Administration would conceptualise more mobile applications to deliver public services via mobile phones.



Verification of rented accommodations only on paper
Hina Rohtaki
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 28
Despite the fact that rented accommodations in Panchkula are becoming a haven for drug peddlers, the police is doing nothing to get these verified.
Recently, drug peddlers were arrested from a rented accommodation in Panchkula.

As many as four cases of drug trafficking and five flesh trade rackets were reported in the recent past.

In all the cases, the accused were operating from rented accommodations.

It was on Saturday night when four persons, including a woman, who were reportedly involved in drug trafficking, were arrested by the Panchkula detective staff in Sector 15. Two kg of milk opium was also recovered from them. The accused have been identified as Quyub, Anita, Jitender and Chetan.

“The police should keep a check on such accommodations by getting the verification done. A landlord just wants rent," said HC Sharma, a resident of Sector 15, Panchkula.

He added, “If the verification is done regularly and systematically, such anti-social elements will think twice before staying in such accommodations."

“I think verification is as necessary as patrolling in the city,” said Shikha Verma, a resident of Sector 20.

“Antecedents of those staying at rented accommodations should be verified," said Devinder Mahajan, president of the Residents Welfare Association, Sector 4, Mansa Devi Complex.

“We want to make people aware of the verification process," said a Panchkula police official. 



Chandigarh scan
Chandigarh Haat begins at Sector 34

Hearing impaired youth display a banner during a march to celebrate International Deaf Day in Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Friday.
Hearing impaired youth display a banner during a march to celebrate International Deaf Day in Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Friday. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Chandigarh Haat was inaugurated amidst much fanfare at the Sector-34 Exhibition Ground on Friday. The shoppers were welcomed to the venue by a 200-feet-long dragon and a 70-feet-high statue of fictional comic character Saboo. A group of 50 underprivileged children from Zulfikaar Khan’s theatre group were the first visitors to the haat. They visited craft bazaar, food plaza and amusement park. A total of 110 stalls showcasing various products including electronics, engineering and automobiles, handicraft and handlooms, textiles and consumable items have been set up at the haat.

Grandparents’ Day

Students of Shemrock Senior Secondary School, Sector 69, celebrated Grandparents Day with great enthusiasm on the school premises. As a tribute to the love and care provided by grandparents, the students of Playway to Class II presented a cultural programme. Principal of the school thanked the guests and said the elderly were backbone of every country as youngsters learnt from their experiences. Grandparents also danced with the children adding more fun to the event.

Free medical consultancy

A free medical consultancy camp is being organised at the Astha Centre for Intervention in Phase III-A on Saturday. The rehabilitation centre provides facilities for addressing paediatrics, orthopaedic and neurological cases. A panel of specialists would advise visitors on paediatric neurological conditions, including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and ADHD; neurological conditions, including stroke, spinal cord injury and nerve injury; and orthopaedic conditions, including tennis elbow, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and low back pain. The camp would be held from 10 am to 1 pm. — TNS



PGI to start fellowship in paediatric radiology soon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 28
The Department of Radiodiagnosis and Imaging, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), will start a fellowship programme in paediatric radiology from next year.

Initially there will be two seats, said Prof N Khandelwal, head of the department.

Dr Khandelwal, who was interacting with media persons on the eve of 10th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Paediatric Radiology (ISPR) to be held at PGI, said there was a big shortage of dedicated paediatric radiologists in the country and this step of the PGI will help in overcoming the problem to some extent.

Detailing about the ISPR, Dr Khandelwal said there will be a pre-conference symposium on paediatric neuroradiology tomorrow and a post-conference alumni meet will be held on October 1.

Paediatric radiology is a new sub-speciality in the field of radiology for diagnosis and treatment of diseases in children.

It is also very important to keep the radiation dose to minimum in order to reduce the risk of radiation.

The improvement of imaging modality and other technical advancements have widened the scope of diagnosis for the paediatric radiologists, he said.

This annual conference would try to understand the present status of paediatric radiology in India vis-a-vis the global scenario, and will further strengthen the field in the national context.

The focus of the conference will be on recent advances and innovations in technology and techniques related to paediatric radiology.



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