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Robert Abraham is a staff correspondent with the Hindustan Times in Chandigarh. He keeps readers updated on the latest developments in the world of health.

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Chandigarh: Coming up, advanced neurosciences centre at PGIMER

The Advanced Neurosciences Centre will be a multi-storey building with three basements, a ground floor, and six additional floors, covering 47,619 square metres with a parking facility for 232 cars

The ANC will feature latest laboratories and services, including critical and emergency services. (HT file photo for representation)
Updated on Jul 14, 2024 07:44 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Blocked platform at Chandigarh railway station leaves passengers harried

Until August 9, access to platforms through the Chandigarh side will remain unavailable; thus, passengers have been advised to enter the station from the Panchkula side

The physical progress of the redevelopment project is around 67%. The major remaining task is the air concourse, which needed preparedness and various permissions. Now, the work of air concourse will be done by blocking the platforms one after the other. (Sant Arora/HT)
Updated on Jul 13, 2024 08:48 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Death of 74-year-old Mohali woman: Inquiry finds private hospital in Chandigarh guilty of negligence

The complaint submitted to the Chandigarh adviser, administrator, health secretary, and director of health mentioned that the private hospital had sent a critically ill patient home with medicines instead of providing proper care

The family claimed that on April 7, the government hospital requested an MRI but required a written letter from the private hospital in Sector 33, Chandigarh, confirming if the patient could safely undergo the procedure. The private hospital refused to provide the letter. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 11, 2024 09:02 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

PGI Chandigarh appoints Prof RK Ratho as interim dean academics

This arrangement is temporary and will remain in effect until the next hearing on July 22, 2024, as per the orders of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Chandigarh

Professor Radha Kanta Ratho is the head of the department of virology and sub-dean (research) at PGIMER. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 04, 2024 09:52 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Resident doctors ‘harassed’ by professor: PGIMER forms probe panel

Senior residents of PGIMER’s department of urology have alleged harassment by Dr Santosh Kumar, a professor in the department

PGIMER authorities have constituted a high-level committee and statements of all the stakeholders have been recorded in the matter. (HT Photos)
Updated on Jul 03, 2024 08:48 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Wait’s over: Monsoon makes onset over Chandigarh

Monsoon marked its arrival in Chandigarh four days after the normal date of June 27, even as most of the country had already been covered

Monsoon was supposed to arrive in the city by the normal date of June 27, but was delayed by four days. (HT File)
Updated on Jul 02, 2024 09:00 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Garbage crisis in Mohali: Handle your trash on your own, MC tells GMADA

While the area from Phase 1 till Phase 11, besides Sectors 65 to 80, along with Sector 48-C, comes under MC limits, the areas under GMADA include Aerocity, IT City, Wave Estate, TDI, GILCO, Sectors 88, 89, 90, 91, 104 and 105, and Balongi

In compliance with Punjab and Haryana high court directives, the city’s primary dumping ground at Phase-8B, Industrial Area, has been closed since June 18, throwing the city’s garbage management into disarray. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 25, 2024 08:28 AM IST
By, Mohali

Chandigarh railway station revamp in slow lane, project to take three more months

The completed work includes the construction of beams, columns, and walls, among other structures. The remaining work includes the construction of an air concourse, four state-of-the-art foot overbridges, parking areas on Panchkula side, and a proper roof over the entire railway station

The project will be a beacon for other stations across the Indian railway network, which will be redeveloped along the same lines. (Sant Arora/ HT)
Updated on Jun 20, 2024 09:14 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

GMSH-16 looking to set up super-specialty block

Originally established in 1952 to serve a population of approximately 5 lakh, the hospital now receives referrals to its various departments from across the region

GMSH-16 has written to the Chandigarh administration with a proposal for the a super-specialty block. (HT file photo for representation)
Updated on Jun 18, 2024 08:24 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Cadets to get basic drone-flying training: NCC director general

A motivational seminar was organised by NCC directorate Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh (PHHP&C) under the aegis of headquarters director general NCC

NCC cadets attending a motivational seminar organised at DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Friday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Jun 15, 2024 10:06 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh’s Mental Health Institute receives hoax bomb threat e-mail

The threat e-mail was later declared to be hoax, as the police did not find anything suspicious; the threat came on a day when multiple museums in Delhi, including the National Rail Museum, also received bomb threat e-mails

Teams from the bomb detection squad, bomb disposal unit, mobile forensic unit, civil defence, Chandigarh Police, fire wing and a dog squad inspected the building and found nothing suspicious. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Published on Jun 12, 2024 09:50 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

NEET 2024 results row: Chandigarh students fear losing out on GMCH-32 seat

A row emerged after students alleged paper leak and irregularities in awarding of grace marks; this inflation of marks resulted in an unprecedented 67 candidates, six of them from the same centre in Haryana, scoring a perfect 720 out of 720 marks, a departure from the usual three to four students

The alleged irregularities in the NEET-UG 2024 examination have evoked protests from students all over the country. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 12, 2024 08:54 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Chandigarh: Contract workers’ strike cripples services again at PGIMER

Demanding equal pay for equal work, around 4,000 workers went on strike from 6 am; called off stir in the evening after officials’ assurance

Contractual staff staging a protest outside PGIMER at Chandigarh on Tuesday. (HT photo)
Updated on Jun 12, 2024 08:46 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Health experts suggest ORS over sugary drinks for combatting dehydration & diarrhoea

ORS is a mix of sugar and salts. When dissolved it in water, the solution is quickly absorbed in the small intestine, even during severe diarrhoea; This helps replace the lost water and salts

Homemade drinks like ‘nimbu pani’ with sugar and salt, plain water, and milk are also good for hydration. However, sugar-loaded liquids, like cold drinks, should be avoided. (HT file photo for representation)
Updated on Jun 11, 2024 08:44 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Sword-wielding stalker hacks woman to death in Mohali

Ludhiana native attacks call centre employee near her office in Phase 5, Mohali, for rejecting his marriage proposal, say police; nabbed after two-hour chase

Victim Baljinder Kaur, 32, a call centre employee, who was murdered by a stalker in Phase 5, Mohali, on Saturday morning. (HT file photo)
Updated on Jun 09, 2024 07:26 AM IST
By, Mohali

CISF constable who hit Mandi MP Kangana Ranaut booked

The incident occurred around 3 pm on Thursday at the Chandigarh airport security checkpoint ahead of Ranaut’s flight to Delhi

Newly elected Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Kangana Ranaut arrives at the Parliament Annexe building, in New Delhi on Friday.(ANI)
Updated on Jun 08, 2024 03:46 AM IST

Row over PGIMER’s dean (academics) post: Ministry says its nod ‘not taken’ before giving addl charge to Dr Naresh Panda

Dr Surjit Singh, professor and head of paediatric medicine department, was to take over from professor Rakesh Sehgal, former (dean academic), with effect from April 1, 2023. However, on April 24 this year, Dr Panda was named the officiating dean (academic), ignoring Singh’s claim of seniority.

A row over seniority had emerged in April 2023 following vacation of the post. The dean academics post is always held by the senior-most faculty member. (HT File)
Updated on Jun 06, 2024 09:32 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Malvinder gives AAP its maiden victory in Anandpur Sahib

Kang, who is also the party’s state spokesperson, defeated Singla, a former state cabinet minister despite trailing in the initial rounds; The AAP leader shed the “outsider” to bag 3,13,217 votes across against Vijay Inder Singla’s 3,02,371

AAP’s Malvinder Kang celebrating his win with his family. (Sanjeev Sharma/HT)
Published on Jun 05, 2024 05:55 PM IST
ByNikhil Sharma/Robert Abraham, Mohali

PGIMER to add 14 new senior residents in neurology department

The hospital is also planning to start autonomic function test lab, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), gait lab, rehabilitation centre, neuro-immunology and neuro-genetic labs, neuro-critical care and emergency neurology services, besides upgrading existing facilities

Six doctors for emergency services, another six for critical care, and two for various labs are required at the neurology department. (HT file photo for representation)
Published on Jun 04, 2024 04:51 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Patiala, Anandpur Sahib seats see nearly 6% dip in voter turnout

While Dera Bassi and Zirakpur towns of Mohali district fall under the Patiala parliamentary constituency, Mohali town and Kharar are under the Anandpur Sahib Lok Sabha seat

Voters wait in a queue at a polling booth in Mohali on Saturday. (Sanjeev Sharma/HT)
Published on Jun 02, 2024 05:45 AM IST

8 lakh voters to decide four-cornered battle in Anandpur Sahib, Patiala

No party has won the Anandpur Sahib Lok Sabha constituency twice in a row in the last six elections; a total of 28 candidates are in the fray in Anandpur Sahib and 26 candidates are vying for the Patiala seat

Mohali SSP Sandeep Garg said a total of 4,000 security personnel will ensure fair and transparent elections. (HT file photo for representation)
Published on Jun 01, 2024 05:24 AM IST

Four more Mohali villages threaten to boycott polls

Situated 10km from Chandigarh, Masol village lacks proper road connectivity, except for a jeepable stretch construction on which started in 2014; Camels were the sole mode of transport till 2014 but some villagers have two-wheelers now; the nearby towns from Masol are Kalka and Pinjore, both of which fall in the neighbouring state of Haryana

The district administration claimed that five villages that boycotted the polls earlier have now agreed to vote. (HT file photo for representation)
Updated on May 30, 2024 09:04 AM IST
By, Mohali

Over 4k security personnel to ensure peaceful polls in Mohali

District electoral officer-cum-deputy commissioner Aashika Jain said the movement of cash, drugs, liquor and precious goods would be under strict and minute monitoring in Mohali

Mohali senior superintendent of police Sandeep Kumar Garg and district electoral officer-cum-deputy commissioner Aashika Jain briefing the media in Mohali on Tuesday. (HT Photo)
Published on May 29, 2024 07:23 PM IST
By, Mohali

Amid parties’ digital push, flex printing biz sees a dip in ad spend revenue

During the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, political parties spent nearly 80% of their campaign budget on traditional mediums such as newspaper advertisement, radio advertisement, and flex hoardings, and allocated only 20% for social media campaigns

According to sources, both the BJP and Congress are intensifying their social media campaigns, each allocating two to three teams for their Chandigarh Lok Sabha candidates. (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 29, 2024 09:38 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Long use of mobile phones leading to hearing disorders: PGIMER

Otolaryngologist Dr Sanjay Munjal stressed that children should not use gadgets for more than an hour a day. His department offers various therapies, including speech stimulation, and they have submitted a project to the ICMR for a comprehensive study on this matter.

Dr Munjal noted that many children were referred to his department after an initial diagnosis by pediatricians and psychiatrists, especially for autism. (HT file photo for representation)
Published on May 20, 2024 08:46 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Hereditary Angioedema: What is it & why you should be wary of this rare disease

May 16 is observed as Hereditary Angioedema Day. The rare disease often remains undiagnosed as its symptoms are often mistaken for allergies.

The symptoms of Hereditary Angioedema include swelling in the face, hands, feet, and even the airways, which can cause breathing difficulties in a patient. HAE attacks can happen suddenly and without warning, and it can be quite painful. (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 16, 2024 06:55 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

‘Diesel parantha’ viral video: Chandigarh-based food vlogger apologises for content

The video, shared by user @nebula_world on May 12, showcased an interaction at Bablu Dhaba in Sector 22, Chandigarh; in it, a man queries the cook, Bablu, about a dish being prepared, to which Bablu humorously responded with “diesel parantha”

After media queries, the food safety wing of the health department took cognisance of the issue and it was found that the food outlet was neither making any “diesel parantha” nor its menu showed any dish by the same name. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 16, 2024 07:12 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Kashmir girl tops CBSE Class 10 exam in Punjab’s Mohali district

Aieda Younis from The Gurukul, Zirakpur, shares top spot with Doon International School’s Hargun Kaur, scoring 98.6%

Aieda Younis, 15, who belongs to Kashmir and is a student of The Gurukul, Zirakpur, topped Mohali district in the CBSE Class 10 exams, scoring 98.6%. The results were declared on Monday. (HT Photo)
Published on May 14, 2024 12:32 PM IST

Walk-in help desk at Chandigarh RPO helping process passports faster

As many as 8,42,375 passports were granted at the RPO from April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024 in Chandigarh

An official said apart from the 4,865 applications being processed daily and the walk-in service, the office in Chandigarh also assigned a team to handle queries and address issues through e-mail and social media. (Getty image)
Published on May 12, 2024 06:29 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Schoolgirl killed in road mishap: NGO writes to Mohali police against NHAI contractor

The complaint states that it is the responsibility of the NHAI contractor to ensure that the construction zone on the road was safe, and alleged that mandatory signages and caution boards were missing from the road

On Tuesday, a 12-year-old schoolgirl was crushed to death by a rashly driventruck near Singpura Chowk on the Ambala-Chandigarh road in Zirakpur. (Getty image)
Updated on May 12, 2024 06:12 AM IST
By, Chandigarh
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