01022018-CT-01.qxd 2/1/2018 1:00 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE THURSDAY | 1 FEBRUARY 2018 | CHANDIGARH Art on dead trees GMADA directions ignored Honour for CHA trainee A freelance artist infuses life into dead trees in the city by making sculptures on these. P2 Those living along A-roads in Mohali fail to close gates on the rear side of their houses. P4 Chandigarh Hockey Academy trainee Amritpal picked for junior women’s national camp. P6 FORECAST PARTLY CLOUDY SKY | MAX 24°C MIN 11°C | YESTERDAY MAX 24.6°C MIN 10.2°C | SUNSET THURSDAY 5.59 PM SUNRISE FRIDAY 7.11 AM PGI serai offers comfy stay to patients, attendants Neighbour Air-conditioned facility has come up at a cost of ~22 crore under Infosys Foundation’s CSR initiative Nitin Jain Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 31 Now, shelterless patients and their attendants visiting the PGI, the country’s premier medical and research institute, will not have to sleep or stay in the open and face the vagaries of nature. For, a 300bedded state-of-the-art multistoreyed fully air-conditioned serai has come up on the PGI campus to mitigate their plight. The accommodation, North India’s biggest and first of its type, on one acre with 65,000 sq ft built-up area has come up under the Infosys Foundation’s Rs 22-crore initiative. It is also the highest-ever funding by the Infosys Foundation, headed by Infosys cofounder NR Narayana Murthy’s wife Sudha Murthy, for any project under the CSR initiative in North India. “It is a joint effort of the Infosys Foundation, Red Cross, PGI and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) to ease the hardships of patients, attendants and their families visiting the PGI from different parts of the country for medical treatment,” UT Deputy Commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi, who as UT Red Cross Society chairman conceptualised the Continued on page 4 rapes Class VI student, held Tribune News Service The serai at the PGI in Chandigarh. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: RAVI KUMAR Charges Dormitory Striving towards equitable society per day Salient features ■ 300 beds, 36 dormitories and 13 private rooms ■ Easy access to the PGI with direct link from the main road as well as from inside the hospital ■ Exclusive floor for women ■ Disabled-friendly ■ Fully air-conditioned A joint effort ❝The Infosys Foundation supports underprivileged sections of society. With such not-for-profit initiatives Private room ~100 ~500 per person per day Beds in one of the dormitories at the serai. aimed at fulfilling our social responsibility, we create opportunities and strive towards a more equitable society. Since 1996, we are supporting programmes in the areas of education, rural development, healthcare, art and culture, and destitute care. Our mission is to work in remote regions of several states in India. This project has brought immense satisfaction to us. — SUDHA MURTHY, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation ❞ a joint effort of ❝It isFoundation, Redthe Infosys Cross, PGI and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited to ease the hardships of patients, attendants and their families visiting the PGI from different parts of the country for treatment. ❞ – AJIT BALAJI JOSHI, UT DC-cum-Red Cross Society chairman A proud moment Chandigarh deserves a big applause for creating such a facility. I’m proud of having laid the foundation stone and inaugurating it. It will go a long way in helping the needy. — RAJNATH SINGH, Union Home Minister ❝ ❞ Celestial spectacle Chandigarh, January 31 A 12-year-old girl was allegedly raped at her house in Dadu Majra by her 20-year-old neighbour today. The victim was alone at home at the time of the incident. The police received information from the victim’s father, who reported that some unknown person raped his daughter. The police rushed to the victim’s house where she claimed that an unknown person came on the doorstep on the pretext of asking for some address. The accused asked her to give him some water to drink and while she went inside, the accused entered the house and raped her. The police asked the victim about the description of the accused following which she revealed that he was wearing black clothes and a black cap. Police teams initiated a search operation in the area. The area DSP and the SHOs of the Maloya, Sector 36, Sector 39 and Sector 49 police stations also rushed to the spot. Dengue knocks at city’s door Case in Jan sends Health Dept in a tizzy, girl recovers Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 31 The city has witnessed the first dengue case of the year. Considered to be a fever of tropical weather conditions, the confirmation of the dengue case in January has sent the Health Department in a tizzy. The patient has been identified as 15-year-old Kanika, a resident of Sector 41-A. She underwent week-long treatment at the PGI. The PGI authorities have shared the information about the conformation of the first People gather to see the rare Super Blue Blood Moon at the Rose Garden in Chandigarh on Wednesday. NITIN MITTAL Snatchers target girl riding pillion, woman City’s south snatching-prone, but police found wanting Tribune News Service Amit Sharma Tribune News Service Chandigarh, January 31 Two more snatching cases were reported from the city today. Two Activa-borne miscreants snatched a purse from a 21-year-old girl, who was riding pillion on another Activa with her friend at the Sector 17 bus stand chowk this evening. The miscreants pushed the victim, following which the victim and her friend fell on the road and sustained injuries. Sources said the victim, Twinkle, a resident of Maloya, reported that she was returning from Sector 19 along with her friend on a scooter when two miscreants came and snatched her bag Continued on page 4 Chandigarh, January 31 Despite being aware that southern sectors in the city are more prone to snatchings, the UT police have failed to do anything about it. Of the total 238 snatchings last year, 147 were reported from southern sectors, especially Sector 32 to 47. Similarly, of the 28 snatchings reported this month, 13 were from southern sectors. The police claim that the close proximity of southern sectors to Mohali is the reason behind the large number of snatchings in these sectors. “The accused commit the crime and escape to Mohali,” said a police official. The growing number of snatchings has instilled fear The police claim that the close proximity of southern sectors to Mohali is the reason behind the large number of snatchings in these sectors. “The accused commit the crime and escape to Mohali,” says a police official. among residents of these sectors, especially women, who feel unsafe to step out of their house. In a large number of snatching incidents, women are targeted outside their houses only. In several cases, the miscreants even step down from their motorcycles and walk up to the victims and snatch their chains. In a recent incident, a 64year-old woman, a resident of Sector 46, was pushed to the ground by the miscreant while snatching her chain. Even in 2016, a majority of the snatching incidents were reported from southern sectors. Of the total 167 incidents, 103 were reported from these sectors. Gurjusjit Singh, a resident of Sector 44, said there was a need to step up patrolling in southern sectors. “Knowing well that these sectors witness more snatching incidents, the police should increase patrolling in the area and start checking the antecedents of bikers riding on internal roads,” he said. A large number of residents have now installed CCTV cameras outside their houses. However, despite that, the snatchers are having a free run in the city. c m y b dengue case of the year. According to Kanika’s mother Anu Sharma, her daughter has fully recovered. “She had visited the house of her maternal grandmother in Kapurthala to spend the winter vacation. Soon after returning from Kapurthala, she had high fever and rashes all over her body. When her condition deteriorated, she was taken to the PGI where doctors told us that Kanika was suffering from dengue,” said Anu Sharma. She said she was worried about her daughter’s health. “She is studying in Class X and prolong fever could have affected her studies. She had suffered from dengue in October as well. It is a mystery how she suffered from the same fever again,” said Anu Sharma. Fogging has not been carried out in the area so far. Dr Gaurav Aggarwal, nodal anti-malaria officer, UT, said the patient had suffered from dengue in October too. “There is no need to panic. The dengue strain remains there for six months and there is a chance of relapse. The girl has again tested positive for dengue,” said Dr Aggarwal. Police officials said they collected the footage of CCTV cameras installed in the area. Later, during investigation it came to light that the accused was non other than her neighbour, Shami Kumar, who stays on the first floor of the same house. The police said they suspected that the victim knew the accused. However, she got scared after he threatened her following which she did not reveal his name. The victim later identified the accused, who was arrested. The accused works at a shop in Sector 7, Chandigarh, and has been staying on rent in this house along with his family for the past six years. The victim’s medical examination was conducted at the GMSH, Sector 16. She is a Class VI student. A case in this regard has been registered at the Maloya police station. HAVE YOUR SAY Is a civic issue bothering you? Are you agitated over the lack of concern? Is there something heartening that you feel needs to be highlighted? Or a picture which in your opinion ought to be seen by many, and not just you? CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE invites its readers to have their say. Please email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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