27022018-CT-01.qxd 2/27/2018 1:09 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE TUESDAY | 27 FEBRUARY 2018 | CHANDIGARH Airport opens today Crying for attention Ashwin to lead Kings XI The airport will reopen today as the first 15-day closure period came to an end on Monday. P4 Operating from a dingy room, alternative medical unit in Khudda Lahora cries for attention. P5 Kings XI Punjab name Ravichandran Ashwin as their captain for the 11th edition of the IPL. P6 PARTLY CLOUDY | MAX 27°C MIN 13°C | YESTERDAY MAX 26.1°C MIN 13.3°C | SUNSET TUESDAY 6.20 PM SUNRISE WEDNESDAY 6.50 AM FORECAST PGI junior resident ends his life Was a topper; doctors in shock Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 26 A 24-year-old junior resident reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his hostel room on the PGI campus. No suicide note was found from the spot. The victim has been identified as Dr Krishna Prasath, a native of Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. Sources said he was a junior resident in the Department of Radiodiagnosis. The police said his colleagues called him up in the morning. However, the victim did not respond to the calls after which Dr Prashant and Dr Prem Kumar went to his room in the hostel, which was found bolted from inside. After repeated knocks at the door when there was no response, the victim’s colleagues informed the security guard, who broke open the door. The victim was found hanging with the help of a rope. The police were informed about the incident around 10 am, who reached the spot. Police officials said no suicide note was found from the victim’s room. Mohit Khanna Tribune News Service Dr Krishna Prasath, the victim WAS A NATIVE OF TAMIL NADU The victim has been identified as Dr Krishna Prasath, a native of Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. Sources said he was a junior resident in the Department of Radiodiagnosis, PGI. “Some medicines were found in the victim’s room, which have been taken into possession,” said a police official. The police shifted the body to the mortuary and informed the victim’s kin. The autopsy will be conducted after his kin arrive in the city. Inquest proceedings have been initiated by the police at the Sector 11 police station. The police have ruled out any foul play in the incident. Chandigarh, February 26 The reported suicide by the 24-year-old junior resident has left the medical fraternity in a state of shock. The deceased, Dr Krishna Prasath, who was pursuing MD in radiodiagnosis from the PGI, was a topper. Hailing from a humble family in Rameswaram, he is survived by his parents and an elder sister. His father Rama Swamy is a priest at the Rameswaram temple while his mother is a housewife. Doctors said they had not informed Prasath’s father about his death. “We have told him that Prasath is critically ill and asked him to visit Chandigarh,” said a doctor. Prasath had scored top ranks in entrance exams conducted by the PGI, AIIMS and JIPMER, Puducherry, “However, he preferred the PGI over all other prestigious institutes. Nearly a fortnight ago, he cracked the third coun- HAILED FROM A HUMBLE FAMILY Hailing from a humble family in Rameswaram, Dr Krishna Prasath is survived by his parents and an elder sister. His father Rama Swamy is a priest at the Rameswaram temple while his mother is a housewife. Doctors said they had not informed Prasath’s father about his death. “We have told him that Prasath is critically ill and asked him to visit Chandigarh,” said a doctor. WAS IT STRESS? Initially, like any other junior doctor, Dr Krishna Prasath was also posted in the PGI emergency. Recently, he was deputed in the ultrasound department. Senior doctors had advised him to cope with stress. selling session and managed to enrol in the radiology department. He was an introvert. We never thought Prasath would take the extreme step,” said one of the doctors standing outside the mortuary. Requesting anonymity, a doctor said Prasath had never visited North India, especially Punjab. He had joined the institute on January 22 and was finding it hard to “assimilate with a different culture surrounding the place”. He had reportedly spoken to his family and expressed his intention to return. He had taken medicines to deal with stress. Two other junior residents from Tamil Nadu, who are staying on the same floor where Prasath committed suicide, were in shock. They said they had met Prasath recently and he appeared to be normal. “He had expressed his desire to return, but we never thought that he would end up committing suicide,” said the doctors. Shocking! New doctors unaware of psychiatry helpline ❝ It appears to be a lucrative profession. But honestly, it is one of the most demanding professions. During the junior residency period, the doctors have to work like soldiers. We cannot afford to sleep wearing a night suit. We can be called any time and the duty hours can stretch up to over 24 hours. ❞ A RESIDENT DOCTOR Mohit Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 26 The death of a doctor has yet again brought to the fore how the helpline launched for providing psychiatry treatment to doctors suffering from stress could not be used for lack of awareness. This is not the first incident of suicide by a junior resident. Earlier in September 2016, Dr Sunil Chandel (31), a PG student, had committed Magic in his fingers suicide. Another resident doctor had died due to cardiac arrest last year. In 2017, only six doctors complained of stress and sought consultation from the psychiatry department. Strangely, a majority of the doctors refrained from seeking psychiatric advice. “It is largely due to the taboo associated with it. Doctors fear that psychiatric advice may dent their academic record or their profile,” said a member TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL of the Association of Resident Doctors, while standing outside the mortuary at the PGI. Strangely, none of the new doctors is aware of the existence of the helpline. “No counselling has been conducted so far to tell us how to deal with stress. No helpline number has been shared with us,” said junior doctors. A resident doctor suggested that the helpline number should be pasted on walls of continued on page 4 Cop’s son among 3 held for snatching mobile phone Tribune News Service An artiste from Brazil performs during the 6th International Puppet Festival at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Monday. P2 Housing Board staff get pension jolt CHB withdraws proposal citing administrative grounds, informs UT Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 26 In a jolt to over 700 employees, the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) has withdrawn the proposal for a pension scheme for its employees. Sources said the decision to withdraw the proposal was taken on “administrative grounds”. The decision had been conveyed to the Admin- istration. The employees’ pension issue had been pending for over 10 years. The board had approved the proposal for the implementation of the pension scheme in 2009. Later, the UT Administration had also agreed in principle to the long-pending demand of the employees for the implementation of the pension scheme. In 2013, it was decided to work out the modalities of the pension scheme. The CHB had also formed a threemember committee to examine the issue and make recommendations regarding pension for employees. The committee recommended that a lump sum amount be deposited with an insurance company so that the pension could be disbursed through this amount. Other proposals were also discussed. The sources said it was proposed that the board would contribute Rs 125 crore for the pension scheme and the EPF contribution of the employees would be diverted for the purpose. The Administration had sent the matter to the Ministry of Home Affairs for approval. However, the ministry clarified that it had no role in the matter. c m y b Chandigarh, February 26 A day after three motorcycleborne miscreants snatched a mobile phone from a student of MCM DAV College, Sector 36, the police arrested three youths, including the son of a Punjab Police head constable. The accused had snatched the mobile phone from a BA final-year student of the college, who stays in Sector 36. The victim had managed to note down the registration number of the motorcycle used in the crime, which she had provided to the police. The police identified the accused and conducted raids on their houses, leading to their arrest. They have been identified as Damanpreet Singh (19), Harinder Singh (19) and Samrath (19), all residents of Sector 22, Chandigarh. The mobile phone snatched from the victim and the motorcycle used in the crime have been recovered by the police. The police said Damanpreet Singh, son of a head constable, was riding the motorcycle while the other two were riding pillion. “Harinder had snatched the mobile phone from the victim,” said a police official. POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 10 am to 4 pm: Parts of Sec 37 The UT Administration conducts a rehearsal ahead of President Ram Nath Kovind’s visit to Chandigarh, on Monday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: MANOJ MAHAJAN Prez in city today, won’t visit Rock Garden CHANDIGARH: President Ram Nath Kovind will arrive in Chandigarh on February 27 to attend the golden jubilee celebrations of the MCM DAV College for Women, Sector 36, on February 28. This will be the President’s first visit to the city after assuming office. According to sources, the President will arrive in the afternoon at Chandigarh on February 27 and he will stay at the Punjab Raj Bhawan. Sources said the President would directly go to the Punjab Raj Bhawan from the airport. His plan to visit the world famous Rock Garden has been cancelled. — TNS SEE ALSO PAGE 2 Woman thrashed in P’kula Tribune News Service Panchkula, February 26 Two unknown persons thrashed a 55-year-old woman after entering her house in Sector 12-A here this evening. Prem Lata was standing outside her house in the evening when two motorcycle-borne youths asked her for some address. As Prem Lata was not aware of the address, two youths asked her to give them some water to drink. When Prem Lata entered her house to give water to the youths, The victim, Prem Lata. A TRIBUNE PHOTO they also entered the house and thrashed her badly. They banged her head against a wall. Two of her teeth were broken in the incident. The youths fled from the spot. Prem Lata’s family members informed the police about the incident. An investigation has been initiated. Her family members alleged that nobody picked up the call in the Police Control Room. Later, senior police officials were informed about the incident. The victim was admitted to a private hospital.
The Tribune, now published from Chandigarh, started publication on February 2, 1881, in Lahore (now in Pakistan). It was started by Sardar Dyal Singh Majithia, a public-spirited philanthropist, and is run by a trust comprising four eminent persons as trustees.
The Tribune, the largest selling daily in North India, publishes news and views without any bias or prejudice of any kind. Restraint and moderation, rather than agitational language and partisanship, are the hallmarks of the paper. It is an independent newspaper in the real sense of the term.
The English edition apart, the 133-year-old Tribune has two sister publications, Punjabi Tribune (in Punjabi) and Dainik Tribune (in Hindi).