15042019-CT-01.qxd 4/15/2019 12:59 AM Page 1 c m y b Chandigarh TRIBUNE MONDAY | 15 APRIL 2019 | CHANDIGARH YOUTH HELD FOR STEALING CASH, PAN CARD FROM PURSE PAGE 3 Police arrest a youth for stealing ~10,000 and a PAN card from a woman’s purse in Colony No. 4. PARTLY CLOUDY INBRIEF TWO BURGLARIES IN CHANDIGARH Chandigarh: Two burglary incidents, including at a car accessory showroom, have been reported from the city. According to the police, complainant Divya Gupta, a resident of Sector 28, reported that Rs 35,000 was stolen from Empire Cars Store in Sector 28 on the intervening night of April 12/13. Some documents were also stolen from the showroom. The police were informed after which a case was registered at the Sector 26 police station. Another burglary was reported from a house at Behlana village. Complainant Darshan Singh said the theft was committed in his house on the intervening night of April 12 and 13. The police said an LED TV, brass utensils and Rs 45,000 were stolen from the house. A case has been registered at the Sector 31 police station. TNS LAPTOP STOLEN FROM BUS Chandigarh: A laptop was stolen from a bus at the ISBT, Sector 43. According to the police, complainant Anil Kumar, a native of Bilaspur district in Himachal Pradesh, reported that his bag, containing the laptop, was stolen from a bus parked near counter number 23 at the ISBT recently. The theft took place when the victim was going to Bilaspur. A case has been registered at the Sector 36 police station. TNS TRICITY FUEL PRICES PETROL DIESEL CHANDIGARH ~68.96 ~63.07 PANCHKULA ~72.71 ~65.32 MOHALI ~73.49 ~65.81 WHAT’S ON CHANDIGARH DANCE: ICCR and Pracheen Kala Kendra Kathak dance by Asavari Pawar and troupe at Koser Indoor Auditorium, PKK Complex; 6 pm. APNI MANDI: Sector 43 and 45 MOHALI APNI MANDI: Sector 70 PANCHKULA APNI MANDI: MDC CITY BOYS BAG SILVER, GIRLS WIN BRONZE IN HOCKEY Over 1.5 lakh people visit Mansa Devi temple and Kali Mata temple in Kalka on the last day of Navaratras. MAX 36°C | MIN 21°C | YESTERDAY MAX 36°C | MIN 20.6°C SUNSET MONDAY 6:49 PM PAGE 6 Chandigarh boys’ U-19 team claims silver, while girls bag bronze in National School Games for Hockey. SUNRISE TUESDAY 5:55 AM TWITTER/THETRIBUNECHD FACEBOOK/CHANDIGARHTRIBUNE 7 polluting industries in city, P’kula raided Flying high Justice Pritam Pal-led panel finds treatment plants defunct Bhartesh Singh Thakur Tribune News Service A 100-foot tall Tricolour has come up at the railway station in Chandigarh. It was unfurled by station director Hari Deep on April 12. The flag measures 20 ft by 30 ft. The photo was clicked on Sunday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR Chemist held with syrup bottles, banned tablets Used to sell these to addicts; ~1.17L also seized from car Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 14 A Sector 33-based chemist has been arrested by the UT police for allegedly possessing 626 bottles of syrup and 400 banned tablets that were seized from his Toyota Corolla. An amount of Rs 1.17 lakh was also found in the car. The chemist has been identified as 46-year-old Harjot Singh, who owns a shop, Satnam Medicos, in booth number 4 in Sector 33-D. The police had a tip-off that he was involved in selling banned substances to drug addicts in the city. A team of the Sector 34 police station, led by ASP (South) Neha Yadav, carried out a search of the car at the parking lot in Sector 33. The banned items were recovered from the boot of the car. The chemist could not produce any licence regarding the items. The police said an amount of nearly Rs 1.17 lakh was also recovered from his car. “The car was used to sell drugs. Drug addicts, especially youths residing in PGs, The chemist in the custody of the Chandigarh Police. WAS RUNNING SHOP ON OTHER’S LICENCE The chemist has been identified as 46-year-old Harjot Singh, who owns a shop, Satnam Medicos, in booth number 4 in Sector 33-D. The police said the chemist was running the shop on someone else’s licence. The Health Department is also looking into the issue. . used to come to the parking lot and the chemist used to provide them syrups and tablets lying in the car,” said a police official. While a syrup bottle, costing around Rs 100, was sold for Rs 200 to the addicts, a strip of tablets was sold for around Rs 100. The car has been impounded by the police. The police said drug Inspector Sarika Malik visited the spot after the recovery of the syrups and tablets. The chemist has been remanded in three-day police custody. “The nexus between the supplier of banned substances and the seller is yet to be explored,” said a police official. Suspect in cop’s murder case arrested Tribune News Service Ambala, April 14 The Ambala police have arrested a suspect in the Avtar Singh murder case, who was beaten to death by some people over old enmity in the Baldev Nagar area on Friday night. The suspect has been identified as Kamaljeet Singh. The deceased, a resident of Panjokhra, was a head constable and was posted at the ADGP office in Ambala Cantonment. Baldev Nagar SHO Subhash Singh said, “Kamaljeet has been arrested and he will be produced before a court tomorrow. We will seek his remand and get information about other suspects in this case. Investigations are on.” A case was registered against Kamaljeet and some unidentified persons under Sections 148, 149 and 302 of the IPC at the Baldev Nagar police station. Chandigarh, April 14 Justice Pritam Pal (retd)-led executive committee, mandated to monitor the pollution level in the Ghaggar, has raided seven water-polluting industries in industrial areas of Panchkula and Chandigarh and found their treatment plants non-functional. The raids at two places in Chandigarh were conducted on Friday and at five places in Panchkula on Saturday. None of the local officials was taken along. The treatment plants at all industries were found non-operational. The discharge from these industries goes into drains and ultimately into the Ghaggar. After the submission of the executive committee’s report tomorrow, action will be taken against the industries, which could include fine, sealing or even snapping the power and water supply connections. The National Green Tribunal (NGT), on August 7, 2018, had appointed Justice Pritam Pal, a former Haryana Lokayukta, as the chairman of the executive committee. Originating from the Shivaliks in Himachal Pradesh, the Ghaggar progresses from the east to the southward direction through several districts of Punjab and Haryana before moving towards Pakistan through Rajasthan. The NGT had ordered, “The authorities concerned in the states of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and the UT, Chandigarh, will cooperate FOR REPRESENTATIONAL PURPOSE ONLY FORECAST PAGE 3 OVER 12 LAKH VISIT MANSA DEVI, KALI MATA TEMPLES the Panchkula, it ❝Duringthatraids in Chandigarh andofficials of both was found pollution control board Chandigarh and Haryana were not checking water pollution. They appear to be hand in glove with the polluting industries. It is dereliction of duty. ❞ Justice Pritam Pal (retd) and co-ordinate with the executive committee. The committee can seek any scientific and technical assistance as may be required from any relevant authority.” The National Human Rights Commission had taken suo motu notice of a news item published in The Tribune on May 12, 2014, “Stench grips Mansa’s sacred Ghaggar river”. The Ghaggar had turned into a polluted water body on account of discharge of effluents, industrial as well as municipal. On the reference of the NHRC, the NGT took over the case in 2016. What the committee found “During the raids in Chandigarh and Panchkula, it was found that pollution control board officials of both Chandigarh and Haryana were not checking water pollution. They appear to be hand in glove with the polluting industries. It is dereliction of duty,” said Justice Pritam Pal. The water-polluting industries which were raided in Chandigarh and Panchkula related to electroplating. Besides carrying out surprise checks, Justice Pritam Pal also visited the Sukhna choe and the N choe on Saturday. It was found that sources of water pollution were plugged in the Sukhna choe but at the N choe, water appeared brackish. It was ordered that water samples would be taken from the N choe and the report would be submitted to the executive committee. Both the Sukhna choe and the N choe merge with the Ghaggar. Woman falls off fifth floor, dies Zirakpur, April 14 Shalini Sharma (35) died after falling from the fifth floor of a residential building on VIP Road here. Shalini was staying at South City tower number 3 and was a Bachelor in Dental Sciences. At 9.30 am, Shalini was removing LED lights from the balcony with the help of her maid. “Shalini climbed a stool and lost balance after the LED wire came off abruptly,” said a resident of the housing society. Upon hearing a thud, Harmandeep Singh, who stays on the first floor of the building, raised the alarm and soon society members gathered there along with Shalini’s husband Rochak Sharma. Shalini was rushed to a hos- pital on VIP Road where she was declared brought dead. Her family members refused to lodge a police complaint or get her autopsy done. She was cremated in the evening. The victim is survived by her husband Rochak Sharma, a senior manager with HDFC Bank, Gobindgarh, and two sons, aged two and eight. — TNS 13 Eating cabbage doesn’t cause Inmates recall Friday night horror brain tapeworm, say experts Child welfare committee visits observation home in Ambala City COMMEMORATES Poor sanitation, eating pork which is not inspected can do so Sandeep Rana Tribune News Service JALLIANWALA BAGH CENTENARY Photographs of a function held at Bhargava Auditorium, PGI, Chandigarh, appear on PAGE 4-5 ONLY FUNDS, ACCOUNTABILITY CAN ILLUMINATE CITY BEAUTIFUL PAGE 2 they ❝Inmates saidtwice by were beaten up Nitish Sharma Chandigarh, April 14 Calling it a misconception that eating cabbage can cause the deadly brain tapeworm (neurocysticercosis), top neurologists have said it is basically caused due to poor sanitation and eating pork which is not inspected. “It is a myth spread by quacks. By a trick of their hand, they show people that they have taken out a tapeworm from the brain, which was caused by eating cabbage. It is a misconception. One should wash vegetables before cooking and one’s hands before eating,” said Dr Gagandeep Singh, Head, Department of Neurology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, who was here for a neurology conference at the PGI. myth spread ❝It is aquacks. By a by roadside trick of their hand, they show people that they have taken out a tapeworm from the brain, which was caused by eating cabbage. It is a misconception. One should wash vegetables before cooking. ❞ Dr Gagandeep Singh, HEAD, DEPARTMENT OF NEUROLOGY, DMCH, LUDHIANA Elaborating on the causes, Prof Gagandeep Singh said, “The tapeworm is, in fact, caused by sanitation issues, lack of toilets and meat (pork), if inspection is not done. It is a prolonged treatment in which epilepsy can be controlled through medicines. In rare cases, surgery is done. Of late, we have noticed a decline in neurocysticercosis cases due to initiatives such as the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan due to which open defection has been checked.” According to him, the waste that is thrown and the waste generated by defecation in the open is eaten by pigs. When the meat of that pig is eaten, if it is not inspected properly, it causes neurocysticercosis. It is basically a cycle. Dr Rajveer Singh, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, PGI, said about 200 neurocysticercosis cases were reported each year at the OPD and the number had continued on page 3 c m y b Tribune News Service Ambala, April 14 The child welfare committee (CWC) today visited the observation home in Ambala City where some inmates had created a ruckus over a television set and were allegedly beaten up by the police on Friday. CWC chairperson Vandana Sharma and members Gurdev Singh, Mohit Aggarwal, Jagmohan Singh and Rekha Sharma visited the observation home. Gurdev Singh said, “The inmates said they were beaten up twice by the police, once on Friday night and again on Saturday morning. There were injury marks on their bodies. Over 25 inmates were still in pain and at least eight had swelling in their feet.” “Since Friday night, no treatment has been provided to them and only tablets of paracetamol have been given. The superintendent has An inmate shows injury marks at the observation home in Ambala City on Sunday. said a mail was sent to the Chief Medical Officer regarding the check-up of the children. However, a Health Department official denied having any such information,” the CWC member said. The CWC members have not been provided CCTV footage of the observation home. They have directed the superintendent to provide the footage tomorrow. The CWC member said, the police, once on Friday night and again on Saturday morning. There were injury marks on their bodies. Over 25 inmates were still in pain and at least eight had swelling in their feet. ❞ Gurdev Singh, MEMBER, CHILD WELFARE COMMITTEE “Children have confessed that one of the two CCTV cameras was damaged by them, but they have expressed ignorance regarding the second damaged camera. We agree that the children had created a ruckus, but it is not the way to handle the situation. Moreover, department officials tried to hide the matter, which is wrong.” The CWC found some shocking facts during the visit and has decided to take up the matter with senior officials of the Women and Child Development Department, the NCPCR and the human rights commission. A source said, “At least 30 inmates have been examined, who have sustained injuries and there is apprehension that nearly five have sustained hairline fractures, while some others have internal injuries. The X-ray examination will be conducted tomorrow.” District Programme Officer (DPO) Baljeet Kaur said, “In order to control the situation, the police were called and they may have shown some strictness, but no inmate was beaten up in front of me. Some inmates were complaining of pain and they were provided medical attention.” City Magistrate and JJ Board members also visited the observation home today.
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