08CT01A.qxd 11/8/2013 12:58 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE FRIday | november 8 | 2013 | chandigarh PROPERTY TAX: CIVIC BODY RECORDS FAULTY, SAY PRIVATE SCHOOLS Þ PAGE 3 EDUCATION: ADMISSION PROCESS IN SCHOOLS TO BEGIN IN DECEMBER Þ PAGE 5 GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY 25.6°MAXIMUM 16.8°MINIMUM FOOTBALL LEAGUE: DAV COLLEGE-10 BEAT DAV SCHOOL-8 Þ PAGE 6 SUNSET SUNRISE FRIDAY SATURDAY 5.29 PM 6.44 AM Bank official arrested for ■ Family suspects medical negligence, files complaint with police ~13.5-crore Ritika Jha Palial fraud Woman dies after delivery Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 7 A 22-year-old woman died 12 hours after delivering a baby at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, this morning. While the family did not move any complaint with the hospital authorities, it requested for a postmortem after filing a complaint with the police, suspecting medical negligence. The woman was admitted to the hospital on November 4. According to the family, which belongs to Mani Majra, the woman, Jiya, had no history of any medical illness and appeared to be fine after the delivery. "She delivered her son at around 5.30 pm yesterday. This morning, she rose from the bed and suddenly collapsed," said Jiya's mother-in-law. While the hospital authorities said they would not comment until the postmortem was conducted, the family said the death seemed to have a connection with the C-section delivery. "I am not a medical professional and cannot say with certainty what was the cause. But the doctors had clearly told us that she was quite healthy throughout her pregnancy and even after the delivery. There may be some lapse in stabilising her postdelivery that led to her death," said 24-year-old Pawan. Akash Ghai Tribune News Service Relatives of the woman, Jiya (inset), at the GMSH, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI COUPLE HAD FOUGHT ALL ODDS TO MARRY Jiya, the deceased, and Pawan got married a year ago after a courtship of several years. The two had fought all odds to unite their families and convince them for the cross-cultural wedding. The acceptance for the wedlock in both families had improved ever since Jiya was expecting the baby. "My mother had given her all luxury during her pregnancy to ensure that she remained healthy. Jiya wanted a baby boy. While God granted her wish, He took her away from us," said Pawan. An official from the hospital said the statements of the family members, including the woman's parents, would be recorded and a board would be formed to conduct the postmortem. "The woman's relatives are coming from Chhattisgarh and we will wait for them for a day," said the official. Recent cases December 2009: In a case of mistaken identity (there were two women by the same name in a similar state of pregnancy), Suman was administered a unit of Bpositive blood that was meant for the other woman. When it was detected that she had been transfused with the wrong blood, it was too late. The foetus died and her kidneys were affected. Suman later underwent treatment at the PGI for her damaged kidneys. July 2011: Bulbul, a resident of Bihar, visited the hospital while she was in labour. Ignoring her condition, she was made to shuttle from one window to another and she delivered a child outside the OPD counter in a standing position. The baby's head hit the floor, which resulted in the infant's death August 2012: A 30-year-old woman, Manju, and her baby died after the delivery at the hospital that resulted in a huge drama at the hospital. August 2013: The agitated family of a 38-year-old woman, who died along with her baby in her womb, had vandalised the entire hospital, enraged over a delay in the postmortem. The family had alleged gross medical negligence. Road accidents claim two lives Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 7 Two persons, including a woman, died in two road accidents in the city during the past 24 hours. While a woman was crushed to death under a speeding vehicle on the Sector 8/18 dividing road last night, a 42-year-old PGI employee died and four persons were injured in a head-on collision between a scooter and a bike near Khuda Lahora last night. In the first incident, 43year-old Rajesh, a Class IV employee with the PGI, was hit by a bike on which three youths were triple-riding. Rajesh was driving a scooter while his colleague Mohan Singh was riding pillion. Kin of Sita Devi (inset), who died in a hit-and-run case, mourn her death at the GMSH, Sector 16, Chandigarh, on Thursday. A TRIBUNE PHOTOGRAPH The incident occurred at 8.45 pm when the scooter collided head-on with the bike. The mishap occurred near the Khuda Lahora bridge near the PGI. The police said both the bike and the scooter were at high speed and the impact of the collision was such After onion, tomato prices spiral out of control Tribune News Service Chandigarh, November 7 Frequent changes in vegetable prices in the past six months have altered the household budget of city residents. During the past few months, the cost of tomato has witnessed the maximum increase if compared with the rates in June this year. People are already reeling under high prices of onion. From Rs 30-35 per kg, the cost of tomato has increased by almost 165 per cent and is now selling at Rs 80 per kg. While market sources indicated that the rise in the cost of tomato was temporary and the prices were likely to normalise soon, residents are feeling the heat and have reduced its consumption. “Even if there is a hike of Rs 10 in the price of any vegetable, buyers tend to that parts of the scooter, including the front wheel, were lying scattered on the road. A crushed helmet was also found from the spot. The police shifted all five victims to the PGI where Rajesh, a Maloya resident, succumbed to his injuries in the morning. The police has registered a case of causing death due to negligence under Section 304-A of the IPC against the motorcycle rider. The three youths who were triple-riding have been identified as Rohit, Suresh and Akhlesh, a minor. Inspector Gurmukh Singh, SHO of the Sector 11 police station, said it was still not clear as to who was riding the bike as all three were still admitted to a hospital. The Continued on page 2 PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM NEEDS OVERHAUL IN P'KULA P2 JUNE TO NOVEMBER 2013 Vegetable June /Month (2013) Tomato ~30-35 Onion ~40 Beans ~40 Peas ~150 Mushroom ~40-45 Brinjal ~30-40 Lady's Finger ~30-40 July August September October November ~30 ~50 ~35 ~150 ~45 ~60 ~30 ~40 ~60 ~40 ~80 ~50 ~20-30 ~40 ~40 ~100 ~40 ~90 ~50 ~30-40 ~40 ~40-50 ~80 ~60 ~100 ~40 ~20-25 ~40-60 ~80 ~60 ~80 ~120 ~40 ~40 ~80 rates per kg panic. To restore their confidence, we are being forced to sell some vegetables at wholesale rates,” said Ravinder Rana, a vendor in the Sector 15 market. “Vendors say this rise is temporary and there will be some relief in the coming days. For now, I have reduced the consumption of tomatoes and other vegetables and am relying more on pulses,” said Anuradha, a buyer in the Sector 23 market. A shortage in the supply of seasonal vegetables like peas and tomato due to changing weather conditions has triggered the price hike, according to suppliers. The cost of peas has increased from Rs 100 per kg last month to Rs 120 per kg now. IMPERSONATOR ESCAPES, CAUGHT P3 Raising a big question mark on the functioning of the Mohali police, it has come to light that a miscreant had been befooling it by providing wrong identity in a case registered against him in July this year at the Naya Gaon police station. The impersonator, who had identified himself as Harpreet Singh, a resident of Malsia village in Jalandhar, turned out to be Jagdeesh Deesha from Heran village in Jalandhar. Panchkula, November 7 CBI sleuths today arrested Naresh Kumar, an Assistant Manager in the Sector 10 branch of the State Bank of India (SBI), from Rajpura in connection with a fraud case of Rs 13.5 crore. Naresh Kumar was produced before a court, which remanded him in five-day police custody. According to sources, Naresh is allegedly involved in the Rs 13.5-crore fraud case in which the CBI has already arrested the key accused, Gurpreet Singh, alias Neeraj. Gurpreet Singh had fraudulently withdrawn Rs 13.53 crore from the account of the Haryana Public Health Department through three duplicate cheques, which were presented at the SBI, Dehradun, through Gramin Bank, Dehradun. The signatures on these cheques were also found forged. The department has a saving account in the Sector 10 branch of the SBI here. “During interrogation, Gurpreet had stated that Naresh was involved in the fraud,” said sources, adding that Naresh had helped Gurpreet in accessing the account of the department. COLOURFUL START: Artistes perform Haryanvi dance during the inauguration of the 14th All-India Police Lawn Tennis Championship at the CLTA in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PARVESH CHAUHAN P6 2 held for extortion racket Tribune News Service DSP LINK? Chandigarh, November 7 The UT police has arrested two persons, including a girl from Delhi, for running an extortion racket under the garb of mediapersons. The accused have been identified as Puneet Dhingra (33) and Disha (26). Both had introduced themselves as mediapersons to certain police officials. The police has registered two FIRs against them, one at the Sector 39 police station and the other at the Mani Majra police station. The accused went to a gro- Police sources said the accused had a close link with a DSP of the UT police and had also threatened the in charge of a police post that he would get him suspended using his "influence". cery shop belonging to Ishwar Chand, a resident of Sector 56, and threatened him that they had made a video of the shopkeeper while selling adulterated cooking oil in the market. They said they had done a sting operation and would get him arrested, and demanded Rs 15,000 from him. The shopkeeper called them to take the money and passed the information to the local police about them as he doubted their integrity. The police laid a trap and the duo was caught while taking the money. The police recovered fake identity cards of a national media channel from their possession. The Continued on page 2 Extortion bid: Trader’s exemployee in police net P3
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