04042018-CT-01.qxd 4/4/2018 1:01 AM Page 1 c m y b cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY | 4 APRIL 2018 | CHANDIGARH PU ranking improves 5 booked for assault Anahat logs win PU improves its position in the National Institute Ranking Framework released by MHRD. P2 Zirakpur police book five persons for assault, threat on complaint of Col Kanwar Yudheshwar Singh. P5 Anahat gets the better of Amreen Sidhu during a pre-quarterfinal match in tennis championship. P6 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 35°C MIN 22°C | YESTERDAY MAX 35.4°C MIN 22.7°C | SUNSET WEDNESDAY 6.43 PM SUNRISE THURSDAY 6.07 AM Babla gets 1.5 yrs in jail Chock-a-block Tells supporters outside court — ‘Thank you all...; we will meet soon’ Tribune News Service TIMELINE Chandigarh, April 3 City Congress councillor, Leader of the Opposition in the Municipal Corporation and director, market committee, Chandigarh, Devinder Singh Babla was on Tuesday sentenced to one-and-a-halfyear imprisonment in the tin shed allotment scam. He was earlier held guilty of cheating and forgery and has been directed by the court to pay a total fine of Rs 35,000. As soon as Babla came out of the court after hearing his sentence, a large number of supporters were waiting for him. “Thank you all for your support; we will meet soon,” said Babla with folded hands as he was taken away by the police. The court held him guilty under Sections 420, 465, 468 and 471 of the IPC. While he got a one-year term under Section 420 and six months under Section 465, Babla got a one-and-a-halfyear jail term under Sections 468 and 471. Babla’s son Yudhveer, while speaking to Chandigarh Tribune after the sentence, said, “We have full faith in the Indian judicial system. We will consult a senior counsel and explore our legal options”. Two former mayors — RS Pali and Subhash Chawla — city Congress president Pradeep Chhabra, HS Lucky, Bhupinder Singh Badheri and other Congress August 19, 2009: UT police register case of cheating and forgery against Babla in the illegal shed allotment case August 20: Babla goes underground December 28: Babla surrenders February 2010: Police submit chargesheet July 2014: Babla convicted; files appeal March 27, 2018: Appeal dismissed; Babla found guilty April 3, 2018: Babla sentenced to one-and-a-halfyear imprisonment Motorcyclist dies in mishap < Congress councillor Devinder Singh Babla < outside the District Courts in Sector 43, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. PHOTO: ISHRAT SINGH COUNCILLORSHIP INTACT By being sentenced to less than two years, Babla got a major relief politically as his five-year tenure as councillor will remain intact. After his conviction, he was staring at disqualification from the House. According to a Supreme Court ruling, an elected representative who is members were also present. On July 22, 2014, Babla was convicted by a lower court, but released on probation on bail bonds of Rs 50,000. However, he filed an appeal in the court of the Additional Sessions Judge against the judgment. The state had also filed an appeal for enhancement of his sentence. The case dates back to August 2009 when the Chandigarh Police had registered a case of cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy against Babla, a former chairman of the marke t committee, and Rakesh, president of the Arhtiya Association of the convicted in a criminal case and awarded a minimum of two-year jail or more automatically loses membership of the House. “He can attend House meetings if he is out on bail. He should not be in custody or jail at that time,” said Additional Solicitor General of India Satya Pal Jain. Sector 26 grain market, for irregularities in the allotment of 69 platforms at the market. It was alleged that although there were 59 licensees, 10 ineligible persons were also accommodated during the auction held on July 24 when Babla was chairman of the market committee. Babla was booked after a shed, which had fallen, had to be re-allocated. A police official, who had probed the matter, said, “The convict got the allocation papers prepared and put his signatures on these, although the Sub-Divisional Magistrate had not finalised the allotment.” Babla surrendered on December 28, 2009, after a local court issued orders asking him to appear or be ready to be declared a proclaimed offender. A special investigation team (SIT) of the Chandigarh Police submitted the chargesheet against Babla in February 2010. Although key witness GR Pillai, then assistant secretary of the marketing committee, took a U-turn on his statement recorded with the Chandigarh Police during the trial, another witness Ranjit Singh, who was also an official of the market committee, corroborated the allegations. PGI No. 2 Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 3 A motorcyclist was killed after another unknown bike hit his vehicle near the Kalagram light point on April 2. According to the police, the complainant, Paramjit Singh of Mani Majra, a pedestrian and eyewitness to the accident, reported that the motorcycle, being ridden by the victim, Jatin Kumar Yadav, was hit by an unknown motorcycle near the Kalagram light point. The accused was overtaking the victim’s motorcycle when the accident took place. The victim fell on the road, leading to serious injuries. The accused managed to escape from the spot. The police were informed about the accident and the victim rushed to the PGI by a PCR vehicle where doctors declared him brought dead. The police said the victim was a native of Delhi and was working here. A case has been registered at the Mani Majra police station. CITY SCHOOL DROPOUT MAKES IT TO FORBES LIST PAGE 2 POWER SHUTDOWN CHANDIGARH 10 am to 4 pm: Parts of Sector 9 and 22 10 am to 5 pm: Parts of duplex houses, Rajiv Vihar and Uppal Complex in Mani Majra Vehicles stuck in a traffic jam under the Zirakpur flyover after the police stopped BKU protesters from marching towards Chandigarh on Tuesday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: NITIN MITTAL PAGE 4 Cheated of ~7 lakh, Gangster held with says US national pistol, live cartridges Anticipatory bail plea of city dentist dismissed DENTAL TOURISM Ishrat S Banwait Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 3 A US national has alleged that a city-based dentist and a broker cheated her of over Rs 7 lakh. In an e-mail addressed to the Director General of Police, Chandigarh, Gertrude D’ Souza has alleged that she was ripped off on the pretext of a “dental tourism package”. The police registered an FIR in the matter last month and the dentist had applied for anticipatory bail, which was dismissed by a court on Tuesday. While the police have registered the FIR against Won’t visit Chandigarh again, says D’Souza Speaking to Chandigarh Tribune, D’Souza narrated her horrific experience. “I will never come to Chandigarh ever again, even if this case comes through”. She added that she did her homework on the doctor online but was shocked how every claim of his fell apart and it turned to be all lies. “While he claimed to be very busy and have patients from all over the world, during my stay, not a single patient visited the clinic,” she said. unknown persons, D’Souza named Dr Mohan Dhawan (33), who runs a dental clinic by the name of Advance continued on page 6 Was sentenced to life for murder, jumped parole Our Correspondent Kharar, April 3 The CIA staff, Kharar, have arrested Bahadur Khan, who was an active member of the notorious Sukha Kahalwan gang which had looted a liquor vend near the grain market here last year, and recovered a pistol and live cartridges from his possession. According to an official release, a police naka was set up near Nijjar Chowk here on Monday and the police spotted a suspicious youth coming on foot from the Mohali side. When the accused saw the police, he tried to flee the spot, but the police caught hold of him. He revealed his The accused in police custody in Kharar on Tuesday. identity as Bahadur Khan, a resident of Bhagnara village. The police recovered a .312 bore pistol and three live cartridges from his possession. According to the police, the accused was an active member of the Sukha Kahalwan continued on page 6 A first: Property registration on the doorstep Chandigarh Administration’s move aimed at benefiting elderly, ailing persons Ramkrishan Upadhyay Tribune News Service The PGI, Chandigarh, has been ranked second among health institutions under the National Institutional Ranking Framework. Prakash Javadekar, Union HRD Minister, handed over the award to Prof Jagat Ram, PGI Director, at a function at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Tuesday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH PAGE 2 Chandigarh, April 3 In a first-of-its-kind service, the office of the Sub-Registrar, Chandigarh, will start the doorstep service for property registration. Sources said the project was being launched on the direction of Deputy Commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi. Under the service, a mobile van will be equipped with computers and an Internet connection to register property of ailing persons or the elderly, who are not in a position to visit the office of the SubRegistrar for the purpose. The service will be available for a fee, which is yet to be fixed. An officer associated with the project said the van would have several facilities such as a wheelchair. The employee accompany- ing the van will help the elderly in the registration process. The new service will significantly simplify the registration process and will play a big role in making the service hassle-free for residents. The project will be continued on page 6 30% doctors depressed, 17% contemplated suicide Report based on PGI survey says long working hours behind growing stress, burnout Mohit Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 3 As many as 30 per cent doctors are suffering from depression, while 17 per cent even thought of committing suicide, states a report published in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry. The report, “Psychological problems and burnout among medical professionals of a tertiary care hospital of North India: A cross-sectional study”, is based on an online survey conducted by the department of psychiatry of the PGI. Of the 1,721 faculty members at the PGI, 445 doctors participated in the online survey. Of them, 376 were resident doctors while 69 were faculty members. More than 90 per cent participants reported some level of burnout. Long working hours, stretching from 18 to 24 hours, was the prime reason behind the growing stress and burnout among doctors. Nearly 80 per cent doctors are leading a sedentary lifestyle, while 72 per cent could not find time to read books, states the report. Nearly 27 per cent doctors admitted to be watching pornographic movies (once a week) as a source of recre- ation. The survey found that 77 per cent doctors remained hooked to the Internet and 34 per cent admitted to be chatting on the social media. Nearly 32.8 per cent doctors admitted that they had shouted at patients and their attendants. And 54.4 per cent doctors admitted that they could not give sufficient time to the patients. The issue of communication, that had led to suicide by Dr Krishna Prasath in February, yet again figured during the survey with 21.6 per cent doctors admitting that they face communication pangs. The rising number of patients arriving at the PGI is c m y b becoming a major reason of burnout among doctors as 64.3 per cent doctors stated that they were seeing more than the desired patients. Over 31 per cent doctors feel that their seniors were not showing empathy towards patients and 43 per cent doctors feel that they are not treated well by their seniors. Nearly 48 per cent doctors admitted that senior faculty colleagues had positive and negative biases towards particular residents. Over 16 per cent doctors admitted to be consuming alcohol during weekends to beat the stress and over 5 per cent are hooked to tobacco and 6 per cent admitted to be using cannabis. In the findings, experts stated that the presence of stress, depression and burnout was associated with long working hours, which was resulting in negative patient-related outcomes or adverse response to a therapeutic intervention. Adverse doctor-patient interactions and interpersonal interactions among colleagues were also leading to stress. The experts suggest that there is an urgent need for developing mechanisms to evaluate work-related stress, burnout and depression among doctors. PSYCHIATRY HELP STILL A TABOO The findings also suggested that psychiatry help is still a taboo among doctors. There is need for equipping medical professionals with skills of stress management and mitigate stigma associated with mental disorders so that at the time of the need, the professionals can seek help. FOR REPRESENTATION PURPOSE ONLY
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