10CT01A_new.qxd 9/10/2012 1:14 AM Page 1 cHANDIGARH TRIBUNE monday | september 10 | 2012 | chandigarh MONSOON WOES: SPURT IN SNAKEBITE CASES Þ PAGE 3 EDUCATION: EXTRA SECTIONS A BURDEN ON GOVT SCHOOLS Þ PAGE 2 DAY 2 OF KATOCH SHIELD: MOHALI PLAYERS AMASS 675 RUNS Þ PAGE 6 GENERALLY CLOUDY SKY 35.1°MAXIMUM 25.9°MINIMUM SUNSET SUNRISE MONDAY TUESDAY 6.34PM 6.05AM FIZA DIED A PAINFUL DEATH Darkness amid silence ■ Poison strong enough to cause severe nausea, breathlessness: Doctor UNANSWERED QUESTIONS Akash Ghai Tribune News Service Half of the pillar lights, installed at a considerable cost to the state excehequer by the UT Administration, are lying defunct at the Garden of Silence at Sukhna Lake. TRIBUNE PHOTO: PRADEEP TEWARI Tense family ties led to acid attack ■ Uncle booked, his minor son under scanner, both absconding Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 9 Police investigations into the acid attack on a youth yesterday have allegedly found bigamy to be the reason behind the attack. A day after the attack on the youth, Amit in Sector 22, the police has booked his 42-yearold uncle Vijay (husband of his father’s sister) in the case. The role of a 14-year-old boy, who is Vijay’s son, is also suspected. Vijay had married his niece who happened to be Amit’s cousin and both Amit and Vijay were not on good terms owing to Vijay’s second marriage. Both the accused are yet to be arrested, as they managed to give the police the slip by absconding from their Shahpur residence near Ludhiana, an hour before the police reached them today. The police suspects that Vijay got the attack execut- Chandigarh, P’kula police at loggerheads File photo of Amit ACCUSED HAS CRIMINAL RECORD The police said Vijay had a criminal background and many cases were registered against him in Ludhiana. ed through someone else and they would soon establish his identity. DSP Ashish Kapoor said Vijay had a six- month-old daughter from his second wife who was Amit’s cousin. Both Vijay and Amit had entered into a scuffle a fortnight ago when Vijay came to Amit’s Sector 38 residence. “Amit’s mother had objected to Vijay being served tea and a scuffle had ensued then. Vijay wanted to avenge the treatment meted out to him and then planned an attack on Amit,” he said. Vijay has left his first wife, who was Amit’s aunt, which had led to strained relations between the uncle and the nephew. After the acid attack, Vijay had called up Amit’s sister Neelu, and threatened her that this time he had only thrown acid on her brother, but next time he would eliminate him. 22-year-old Amit sustained burns after acid was thrown at him in the busy Sector 22 market last evening. Mohali, September 9 Death certainly came to Fiza in a very painful way. A connoisseur of good things, Fiza spent the last moments of life suffering from hypoxia (lack of oxygen), nausea and breathlessness as aluminium phosphide (celphos), found in her viscera, is a deadly poison known to cause all these effects on human beings. While it is yet to be ascertained whether she had committed suicide or was murdered, Dr Parminder Singh Bhatti, who headed the medical board that conducted Fiza’s postmortem, said that anybody who died due to consumption of celphos, suffered from hypoxia, which finally led to one’s death. “When aluminium phosphide comes into contact with moisture or any liquid, ❙ If Fiza had taken deadly poison in her house, why was there no sign of struggle for life? Experts claim that after having poison, one vomits and suffers from hypoxia, breathlessness. In such a condition one cannot remain inside the room. But the police did not find any traces of vomit or any such signs in the house ❙ If she had committed suicide, then some wrapper, bottle or tablets should have been inside the room or the house. But the police claimed that no such item was found ❙ The celphos tablet cannot be left in the open as it starts producing poisonous gas immediately, after coming in contact with moisture. This indicates that if she had the poison in the house, then surely some wrapper or bottle should have been found A file photo of Fiza ATTEMPTED SUICIDE TWICE Her close friends, acquaintances and relatives claim she was not a kind of woman, who could have committed suicide. However, she had attempted suicide twice, in 2009 and in 2011. In both the cases she had consumed sleeping pills. In 2011, those close to her claimed her last year’s attempt was not more than a ‘farce’ as she herself had called up several friends and told them that she had taken sleeping pills. Both times, she did not write any suicide note it starts producing phosphine (PH 3) gas. The gas produced begins to finish oxygen inside the body and causes nausea, severe breathlessness and leads A snatching that never was ■ Youth booked for criminal breach of trust Aneesha Sareen Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 9 The UT police has booked a 24-year-old man in a case of criminal breach of trust after he called up the police control room yesterday saying that two youths had snatched Rs 54,000 from him. The accused identified as Rajkumar had taken around Rs 3 lakh loan from his employer in the grain market on pretext of his mother’s illness but had spent the money on living a lavish lifestyle and buying expensive mobile sets. He had then enacted a drama to befool the police and his NOT THE FIRST INCIDENT Last year, Abir Malhotra, a Sector-48 resident, had called the police control room and had given a false information that he had been robbed of Rs 8 lakh. He had, however, later committed suicide as he was unable to get rid of the guilt employer that the money had been snatched from him. The police reached the spot in Maloya where they found Rajkumar who told them that two persons on a motorcycle snatched Rs Texting turns a leaf, and dat’s the problem! ■ Messaging tests teachers’ patience, makes language learning a tough task Hina Rohtaki Tribune News Service Vivek Gupta Panchkula, September 9 Ever since the Chandigarh Police has arrested ACP Adarshdeep Singh, both the Panchkula and Chandigarh police officials have been at loggerheads. Post-Arshdeep incident, policemen on both sides are taking swift action. Soon after the Chandigarh Police arrested Adarshdeep, the Panchkula Police paid in the same coin and arrested its Inspector. The stand is contrary to previous instances wherein policemen involved in wrongdoings were shielded by both the state police departments. It was on August 20 when the under-training Panchkula Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Adarshdeep Singh and his kin were arrested for allegedly thrashing a Chandigarh Police head constable at their residence in police colony at Sector 51. He was released on bail on September 1. Adarshdeep is currently posted as the Station House Officer of the Sector-14 police station, Panchkula. “Ever since the Chandigarh Police has arrested our ACP , despite the fact that he was not at fault, we, too, have decided to pay in the same coin,” said a senior police official of the Panchkula Police. When the medical of the son of a Chandigarh Police Tribune News Service, Continued on P5 Chandigarh, September 9 “The leeves dnt perform fotosinthsis widout sunlite ... The leave aplication wil be submited tomorrow…… I ofen wached thos peple clim that bilding Some of these notes, extracted from the students’ copy from schools in Chandigarh, point out ‘shorthand and ‘SMS’ approach of students, seeping in the formal education these days. Several city teachers have expressed concerns over how the excess use of text messaging and social media language by students is swiftly changing their formal expression not only in language subjects but also subjects across the board. “This tendency has really picked up in recent years, says Anjali, an English teacher at DAV, Sector 15. She says that the words like ‘dat’, whn, whr, frenz, have become common mistake in students’ notebooks. At times, students use weird and loose abbreviations, which becomes even hard for us to figure out, she said. Gurmit Singh, an English teacher at St Johns’ High School, says that the words like ‘coz, ur, asap, dis, dem, n’ are often found in stu- SPEAKING OUT NEED TO KEEP A CHECK ON THEM, SAY TEACHERS utopian ❝It will be annot here dream ifIwe thinkisthat texting or social media is to stay. think it the duty of a classteacher to keep a repeated check on students and regularly discuss the problem with them. Today, the children are very innovative and right counselling can minimise the bad effect of social media and technology.❞ HAROLD CARVER, DIRECTOR, ST STEPHEN’S SCHOOL, SECTOR 45 casual language in ❝ The problem of The best way is thatformal education can’t be ruled out. students must be corrected every time he or she makes a mistake. Both the teachers as well as the parents must act swiftly and repeatedly.❞ ATUL KHANNA, DIRECTOR, STRAWBERRY SCHOOL, SECTOR 26 in classroom ❝ Teachers can incorporate word gamesway that it teaching. They can design an activity in a involves all four skills of the language- listening, speaking, reading and writing, students must be encouraged to read more❞ NEERJA JAIN, ENGLISH TEACHER, GSSS, SECTOR 16 dents’ notebooks and even in exam papers of students above class VII standard. According to him, the problem seems apparent to severe pain in the stomach. The person, who consumes celphos dies a painful death and Fiza was certainly not an exception”, said Dr Bhatti while talking and imminent. While texting or on social media, students just convey the message in the shortest possible way and there, it doesn't matter whether the user is right or wrong. Unfortunately, this habit is carried over to the formal writing tasks in the classrooms and it is a challenging job to retrieve the students to formal expression of language. Mona Rajwade, a parent, says that the new ways of communication has definitely affected the written as well as spoken language of this generation. “Children are not ready to learn the correct rules and I feel that the correct ways of language will soon meet a fag end like the Shakespearean English, she adds. Shabnam Singha, senior coordinator, Strawberry School, however thinks that the issue needs to be seen on a wider scale considering the fact that every era brings changes in the way the language is written and spoken. That is the reason the Shakespearean language is out of usage. “I think it is fine if students use short-hand language for SMS or quick informal mail. Even we adult do the samething especially while text messaging. But the students should repeatedly be sensitised that there is a difference between informal interaction and formal classroom teaching even though it is a challenging task considering the change Continued on P5 54,000, which was lying in the dickey of his scooter, and fled. On investigating, the police found that Rs 2,000 kept in his pocket and his expensive mobile phone was not snatched while the youths had taken away the money that was kept in the dickey of his scooter. On further interrogation, Rajkumar told the police that his employer Mahesh Gupta, a Zirakpur resident, who is a commission agent in the Grain Market, Sector 26, had given him the cash for work. The police then summoned his employer Continued on P5 to Chandigarh Tribune. The revelation of presence of the poison in her viscera has brought to light that she had suffered a lot of physical agony before she died. “One may take few hours or even some days to die after consuming the poison. It all depends on the quantity of poison taken”, said Bhatti. Bhatti further said that she might have been in pain for few hours before she died. If she had died a painful death then there should have been signs of her struggle after consumption of the poison, but the police claim that there was not even a wrinkle on her bedsheet where she was found lying. “She was found lying on the bed with slightly folded legs. There was no sign of struggle for life. There was no wrinkle on the bedsheet she was found lying on”, said the police officials, who had searched the room immediately after getting the news of her death. As the body was highly decomposed and maggot infested, fluid was scattered around it, said the police. Over 100 road-engineering proposals pending ■ Panel formed to speed up work Aneesha Sareen Tribune News Service Chandigarh, September 9 Efforts of the Chandigarh Traffic police to improve the traffic scenario in the city have borne little fruit all these years, as over 100 road engineering proposals mooted since 2006 are lying pending with the engineering departments of both the UT administration as well as the Municipal Corporation. Even as the city witnesses grave accidents on a daily basis, steps to improve traffic is the need of the hour. The proposals mooted in the Chandigarh Traffic advisory committee as well as otherwise have remained only on paper. A majority of these proposals date back to 2006 and are still pending, reveals a traffic police study. Some of these proposals pending with the engineering department of the Administration include construction of slip roads with proper sign boards, Continued on P5
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