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TMC MP Tapas Paul’s bail denied, sent to 3-day CBI custody

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special court here today rejected the bail plea of Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Paul, arrested for his alleged involvement in Rose Valley Chit Fund scam, and sent him to three-day CBI custody.Paul was produced in the court of Special CJM, CBI, P K Mishra.Against it plea for a five-day remand of Paul, the court allowed CBI to take him into custody for three days. The cine star-turned politician was one of the directors of the tainted chit fund group that allegedly duped investors in Odisha, West Bengal and some other states.Paul is also accused of promoting the company and “misleading” people to deposit money in the firm. He was also charged with giving senior posts to his family members in the company, a senior CBI official said.In its charge sheet submitted in the court on January 7, CBI had accused the ponzi firm of duping investors of Rs 17,000 crore, of which Rs 450 crore is from Odisha alone. The company was active in Odisha and had 28 branches in the state.Paul was brought from Kolkata in the morning and taken to the CBI state headquarters. From there, he was sent to the Capital Hospital for medical examination before being produced in the court.CBI sources said a special investigation team led by DIG N K Singh, CBI Superintendent of Police, Bhubaneswar, Rajeev Ranjan and investigating officer will interrogate Paul.

Four workers injured in mine roof collapse in Jharkhand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four workers suffered injuries, two of them seriously, when the roof of a mine partially collapsed at Putki Balihari area in Dhanbad district on Thursday.The mine falls under Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL), a subsidiary of Coal India Limited.A senior district official said the four contractual workers were taking cable to a shaft of the hydro mines in lift when a part of the roof suddenly caved in trapping them.The four were rescued and taken to a hospital where the condition of two of them was stated to be serious, the official said.The two seriously injured were now under treatment at Central Hospital, Dhanbad while the other two were being treated at a local hospital in the neighbourhood of the mines and were out of danger, the official added.The cause of the collapse was being looked into, the official said.

DMK supremo Karunanidhi discharged after undergoing tracheostomy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi was discharged from a private hospital here after a week-long treatment for breathing difficulty caused by throat and lung infections, with doctors advising him complete rest.The course of antibiotics for the 93-year-old DMK chief has been completed and he has “recovered well” from breathing difficulty due to throat and lung infections, Executive Director of Kauvery Hospital Dr S Aravindan said.Karunanidhi was hospitalised on the night of December 15. The next day, he underwent tracheostomy to optimise breathing and the hospital had declared him as being stable.Dr Aravindan, in a statement today, said, “Doctors have advised him complete rest and restriction of visitors.” He said Karunanidhi needs tracheostomy tube for a few more weeks and added that medical and nursing care would continue to be provided at his home by the hospital.The DMK patriarch was given a warm welcome by senior party leaders and cadres when he arrived at his Gopalapuram residence. Earlier soon after his hospitalisation, there was a marked improvement in his condition and he even watched Rajinikanth blockbuster “Batcha” on his laptop.Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, former Union Minister P Chidambaram, AIADMK leaders M Thambidurai and D Jayakumar, among several other leaders, had visited him during his hospitalisation.Karunanidhi was in the same hospital between December 1 and 7 for drug allergy treatment.On October 25, DMK had announced that Karunanidhi was suffering from allergy “caused by a medicine he has been using” and advised rest by doctors. Though active for his age, the veteran DMK leader is not seen regularly in public and has been reacting to key issues and developments through his statements.The DMK general council meet scheduled for December 20, where party treasurer M K Stalin was expected to be declared working president, had to be cancelled in view of Karunanidhi’s hospitalisation.The DMK chief also had to skip campaigning for the November 19 polls to three constituencies in Tamil Nadu and instead appealed to voters through a statement to vote for his party.

BJP Rajya Sabha MP Roopa Ganguly admitted to hospital following haematoma in brain

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP Rajya Sabha MP Roopa Ganguly was admitted to a private hospital in Kolkata on Friday afternoon.A medical bulletin issued by the hospital said, “Roopa Ganguly has been admitted to the hospital with a small haematoma in brain. She is absolutely stable.” Sources in the hospital reveal, that besides a small haematoma in brain, her vision on the left eye is disturbed and is currently under observation.A medical board has been set up by the hospital for Ganguly’s round the clock monitoring. Meanwhile, senior leaders of the state unit of BJP visited her in the hospital.

UP: 7-year-old raped in Lucknow, hospitalised in serious condition

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, a 7-year-old girl was allegedly raped in Lucknow’s Ashiyana Police Station area. She has been hospitalised in a serious condition.As per TOI, the girl resides in Kila Mohamadi village of Aashiana. Her father works as a class III employee with Railways in Lucknow.The victim had gone to buy toffee at 3.30 pm but did not return. Her parents began to look for her but after failing to find her they lodged a missing report at the Aashiana police station.When the search was going on, some locals found bleeding in a grove near a Gurudwara in Ashiana. She was taken to Lok Bandhu Hospital by the police and later to the King George’s Medical University.According to Circle Officer, Cantt, Avanish Mishra, there were grievous injuries in the girl’s private part indicating sexual assault. He also said that since the girl was found quite far from her home and it is not possible for a child her age to travel so far. “It seemed that someone picked her from way,” he said.

TN: DMK chief Karunanidhi’s health is improving, says Stalin

Mon, 19 Dec 2016-03:09pm , New Delhi , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ailing DMK leader M Karunanidhi is “improving” and his discharge from a private hospital will be decided in a day or two, his son and party treasurer MK Stalin said on Monday. Karunanidhi’s “health is improving well. A decision on his returning home will be taken in a day or two,” Stalin said in response to reporters’ queries. Karunanidhi was admitted to Kauvery Hospital here on the night of December 15 due to breathing difficulty caused by lung and throat infection. He later underwent a tracheostomy.Stalin earlier greeted party General Secretary and the No 2 in the ranks, K Anbazhagan, on turning 95, and heaped encomiums on him.

Karunanidhi is doing well, assures Stalin

Sun, 18 Dec 2016-11:00pm , Namakkal/Chennai , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>DMK chief Karunanidhi, who is undergoing treatment in Chennai for breathing difficulty caused by throat and lung infection, is doing well, party treasurer and the nonagenarian leader’s son M K Stalin said on Sunday. “Doctors treating Kalaignar (Karunanidhi) told me that the party chief is all right and asked me not to worry,” he said while addressing a function organised by the party at Namakkal for students. Stalin said doctors told him he could leave for Namakkal to attend the function as the “DMK chief is all right and doing well.”Karunanidhi was admitted to Kauvery Hospital here on the night of December 15 due to breathing difficulty caused by lung and throat infection. He later underwent a tracheotomy which helped him breathe freely. Meanwhile, a host of leaders including Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy and Tamil Maanila Congress chief GK Vasan visited the hospital and enquired about the 92-year-old leader’s health. Actors Naser and Vishal and A M Vikramaraja of the traders federation were among others who visited the hospital.

Nothing vindictive against Robert Vadra, but he should face the law: MoS Finance

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Swatting away charges that the Centre has vindictive intentions against Robert Vadra, Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal on Saturday asserted that the attack was not personal, but added that Sonia Gandhi’s son-in law must face the law on the Bikaner land purchase controversy.”Robert Vadra had started purchasing lands in those states which were ruled by the Congress-Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan. When land was purchased in my constituency, it was found out that the government has given permission for solar power plant. A normal probe takes place if a common man purchases land violating the Ceiling Act,” Meghwal said.Asserting that the law will do its job, Meghwal said the government is not doing anything with any vindictive approach. “We are just saying that if a common man would have bought lands, he would not have been allowed. If he would have purchased, probe would have followed. So, why is he scared of investigation? He should go to the Enforcement agency,” he added.The remarks from the Union Minister come close on the heels of media reports that the Rajasthan High Court has rejected plea of a firm related to the case and directed the Enforcement Directorate to continue its probe into the land deal.The plea was made against summons by the Enforcement Directorate.According to reports, the officials and those associated with Skylight Hospital, a firm linked to Robert Vadra, would be also questioned by the Enforcement Directorate. The controversial land deal and subsequent probe are related to the alleged purchase of 275 bigha land allegedly by the company in Kolayat area of the border town of Bikaner.The Enforcement Directorate had registered a criminal case of money laundering in this case last year, taking cognisance of FIRs filed by the state police after the local Tehsildar had made a complaint.

DMK general body meeting indefinitely postponed due to Karunanidhi’s health

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The DMK’s general body meeting which was scheduled to take place on December 20 has been indefinitely postponed on Saturday due to party chief Karunanidhi’s health. DMK President M Karunanidhi had undergone a tracheostomy at a private hospital here to optimise breathing and his condition was stable on Friday.The 92-year-old leader, who was readmitted to Kauvery Hospital here late last night with breathing difficulties due to throat and lung infection, has undergone tracheostomy to optimise breathing, Dr S Aravindan, Executive Director, Kauvery Hospital, said in a statement. “Karunanidhi is stable,” he said, adding that the former chief minister is being treated with antibiotics and being monitored by a team of doctors.Karunanidhi’s readmission to the hospital comes about a week after he was discharged from there on December 7, following week-long treatment for drug-induced allergy. On October 25, DMK had announced that Karunanidhi was suffering from allergy “caused by a medicine he has been using” and advised rest by doctors. The leader, who has of late not been seen regularly in public, has confined himself to his home, although he has been issuing statements and reacting on key matters such as demonetization. He had also skipped campaigning during the by-election to three state Assembly seats last month. Ruling AIADMK won all three constituencies. Leaders of political parties, including Tamil Nadu Congress Committee chief Su Thirunavukkarasar, former TNCC chief E V K S Elangovan, CPI senior leader Tha Pandian, PMK leader and Dharmapuri Lok Sabha MP Anbumani Ramadoss, and VCK chief Thol Thirumavalavan visited Kauvery Hospital and enquired about the health of the DMK patriarch.Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will meet the ailing DMK president today.With inputs from agencies.

Chennai: DMK chief M Karunanidhi admitted to hospital again

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>DMK chief M Karunanidhi was on Thursday night admitted to Cauvery hospital in Chennai again, just a week after he was discharged.Karunanidhi was discharged from the Cauvery hospital on December 7, where he was admitted on December 1 for dehydration and allergy related issues. The hospital in a statement said that Karunanidhi has improved substantially after medical treatment.”All his vital signs and biochemical parameters have normalised now. He has been advised rest and Cauvery Hospital will continue to assess and provide the necessary medical and nursing care to facilitate his recuperation at home,” it added.The DMK chief was reportedly down with allergy-related ailment for over a month.Further details awaited(With ANI inputs)

Maternal mortality: A silent killer that claims a life every five minutes in India

The soldier is dying. The farmer is dying. The mother, just a 20-something-year-old girl stretching her pelvis to bring a new life into the world, is also dying. According to Lancet, an independent medical journal, the global maternal mortality rate has come down by nearly half (44 percent) since 1990. In 2015, a total of 45,000 maternal deaths in India along with 58,000 in Nigeria accounted for one-third of the global total.

“It’s like a plane crashing every day. These girls are also martyrs, the system is failing them. A majority of the deaths are avoidable if a set of minimum standards for childbirth, that are practical, effective and universally applicable, are implemented,” said Hema Divakar, former president of FOGSI (The Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India).

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, out of the total 5.29 lakh pregnancy-related deaths recorded world over, 1.36 lakh occur in India; a woman dies every five minutes in child birth or during pregnancy in India. This grim state-of-affairs exists despite the fact that India has come a long way in reducing maternal mortality due to a range of government-led efforts.

Various schemes like the Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) and Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) have contributed to a large upsurge in institutional deliveries, which stand at more than 80 percent as of today. But despite this phenomenal rise in deliveries at healthcare facilities, it does not reflect in the rate of reduction in maternal and especially neonatal mortality.

The missing link in this anomaly is quality. According to the study conducted to understand the impact of JSY on maternal mortality in Madhya Pradesh (MP), one of India’s largest provinces, the proportion of JSY-supported institutional deliveries rose from 14 percent (2005) to 80 percent (2010). A community-based survey in Delhi revealed a poor quality of a range of maternity care practices across the healthcare spectrum in Delhi and points to a systemic absence of quality of care.

The survey highlighted the overuse of ultrasound, caesarean section, induction, and episiotomy, especially in private facilities, and a deficiency of patient-centred practices (such as counselling and labour support) particularly in public hospitals. For example, while a significantly higher proportion of the deliveries at private facilities were attended by a child specialist, non-ideal norms such as routine shifting of the baby to the nursery and delayed initiation of breastfeeding continued to be widely prevalent. A minority of the babies stayed with the mother in the first hour after birth across the health care spectrum.

An entry level NABH certification will standardise maternal healthcare across the countryAn entry level NABH certification will standardise maternal healthcare across the country

An entry level NABH certification will standardise maternal healthcare across the country. Photo courtesy: Jhpiego

To address this issue of lagging quality care in the private healthcare sector, especially during the critical periods of just before, during and immediately after childbirth, in 2012, Jhpiego (a non-profit health organisation affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University) with support from MSD for Mothers (a 10-year $500 million initiative focused on well-being of mothers during pregnancy and childbirth by MSD, a global healthcare company with a history of 125 years) and in partnership with FOGSI developed a quality assurance model for maternity institutions in the country. The pilot project that recently concluded has started a revolution in the sector.

Here’s why the move was necessary: The nursing staff at Zanana Hospital in Alwar, Rajasthan has recently been oriented on the use of the Safe Childbirth Checklist (SCC). Here, a 20-year-old Mamta arrived at the facility with strong labour pains and a pounding headache. Babita Sen, who was then the nurse on duty, looked for danger signs. Babita checked her urine for protein, which was one of the several steps on the checklist attached to her chart. As Babita suspected, Mamta had an elevated protein level, a symptom of pre-eclampsia that can be fatal for the mother and the child. In the process, two lives were saved.

Similarly, in Bikaner district, Kiran Khatri is known as a one-woman army. She was the only nurse on duty at the Community Health Centre in Bajju when Geeta Sumersingh, from the neighbouring village of Gandhi, came in with labour pains, in the wee hours of the morning. The moment the membrane ruptured, Khatri noticed that there was meconium-stained liquor. She describes how she was listening to the baby’s FHR and found it to be low.

“The moment the baby was delivered, with the help of a mucus extractor the mouth and nose were cleaned. The baby was starting to turn blue and its heart rate was slowing down. We quickly clamped the baby’s cord and put her in the baby warmer. We then used the ambu bag to help the baby breathe,” she recounts, adding that timely orientation helps medical staff tackle with not just new-born resuscitation or pre-eclampsia, but also postpartum haemorrhage.

“Testing the skills of the providers before and after the training showed a remarkable improvement in their knowledge and skills. As a follow up to the training, regular supportive supervision visits have been carried out to assist in institutionalisation of services,” said Bulbul Sood, country director, Jhpiego.

The task at hand is huge, because nearly 26 million deliveries happen each year. India need to build at least 50,000 centres and a healthcare workforce of one million to match up to developed countries. So, collaboration of public and private forces is key. Under this pilot-project, a quality of care framework has been implemented at 146 select private sector facilities spread over 11 cities in Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.

The problem will offer customised, on-site support by FOGSI or FOGSI-recommended centres or organisations for improving the quality of care for maternity services, and improving general hospital practices and protocols in line with the NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare) recommendations.

It will also provide certification of quality of services by NABH after assessing adherence of the facilities to its entry level pre-accreditation standards and FOGSI-recommended clinical standards of maternity care.

Up until 2013, a NABH certification was only limited to larger structures like trust-run bodies, multi-specialities and large corporate hospitals that fulfilled its 64 requirements. “By way of accreditation, we want to minimise medical errors and bring about standardisation in a sector that is poorly regulated,” said KK Kalra, who has recently retired as the CEO of NABH.

“Our definition of small healthcare facilities is anything less than 50 beds. By starting an entry-level standardisation, we are looking to bring into the umbrella of quality a majority of the nearly 80,000 medical facilities in the country,” said Kalra, who spearheaded the movement.

Earlier, NABH was focussed on systems and infrastructure, such as whether delivery rooms are fire-safe, or if there’s a new born baby corner or if birth certificates are being issued on time. With the more functional entry-level certification, clinical procedures like the right dosage, monitoring of labour and after care are also stressed upon.

Experts feel that this is a historic and much-needed shift in approach and it’s high time that patients start recognising a seal of quality in healthcare, just like they do while buying gold or consumer durables. Only once that happens will small nursing homes strive harder to earn the prestigious badge of quality, because then it will also affect business.

“It’s more profitable to work hard and acquire a certification because effectiveness of the staff improves,” said Neelima Yadav, who works at the recently-certified Galaxy Hospital in Lucknow. There is an effective distribution of roles especially between nurses, ward aayas and attendants.

While central India lags behind, Divakar reveals that areas like Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Assam also require a lot of attention. FOGSI, a 32,000-strong medical fraternity is tying up with local NGOs to facilitate the shift toward quality across the country.

Parallely, there is the Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust that runs the Merrygold Health Network in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Bihar and has a total of 1,500 facilities. In Kerala, their mobile medical units had reached out to 8,194 mothers during 2013-2014. They have tied up with Asian Research & Training Institute for Skill Transfer (ARTIST) and taken up capacity and quality building in 70 facilities in Rajasthan, in the first phase that started in 2015.

Once these centres attain a degree of quality, in about a year, they will apply for the NABH-FOGSI accreditation.

“It’s high time that basic practices like giving drugs to contract the uterus, a uterine massage and controlled cord-traction become common knowledge because these will minimise the bleeding by 60 to 70 percent,” she explains. The incidents of pregnancy anaemia is over 50 percent and this itself pushes them in a risk category, so they just cannot afford to lose a little bit of extra blood, warn the doctors.

The gap that needs plugging is checking if the drugs are given at the right time and that people are trained in actionable skills. The experts say that the Clinical Establishments Act 2010 cannot be limited to statutes and must be enforced in all states, and must go beyond drug stocks and expiry dates of medicines.

It’s not a question of private vis-à-vis government healthcare anymore, it’s about a basic degree of uniformity; the ‘McDonaldisation’ of healthcare in India is the clarion call of those dedicating their lives toward this cause. Why should any life be lost? To war, to demonetisation, or to the natural desire to create life?

Three decades ago, this exact week, stage and cinema prodigy Smita Patil died of childbirth complications. Whether it’s Smita Patil’s or someone else’s, why should any life be lost to reasons painlessly avoidable?

First Published On : Dec 14, 2016 17:41 IST

Illicit relationship: Youth burnt alive by woman, two others

Wed, 14 Dec 2016-02:58pm , Pratapgarh , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A 20-year-old youth was allegedly burnt alive by a woman with whom he was in relationship, and two others in Dandi village here, police said on Wednesday.Police suspect that the deceased and the two other accused were in an illicit relationship with the 28-year-old woman Rangili, mother of two children. Arjun Singh Chauhan (20), was set afire by the three accused yesterday when he had gone to meet the woman in Jethwara area here, they said. Chauhan was rushed to the hospital where he died during treatment.An FIR has been registered in this regard against the woman and two others. No arrests have been made as yet.

Kerala: 14-year-old girl, recuperating from meningitis, dies after being raped by father’s friends

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 14-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped by her father’s three friends in September, died at a hospital in Kottayam on Monday, police said.The minor girl, belonging to a poor family in Kalamassery, was sexually abused by her father’s drunkard friends at her house while she was recuperating from meningitis, they said.The girl who fell ill after the incident was admitted at Government Medical College Hospital, Kottayam, for getting special medical care, police said.Police suspect that the infection caused due to the assault could be the reason for the death.Based on a complaint filed by childline activists, Kalamassery police had arrested Ravi (49), Raju (36) and Rajesh (31) in September for their alleged role in the crime.The girl’s father had recently died due to illness.Kalamassery police has registered a case under relevant section of CrPC after the girl’s death.

Rajinikanth visits ailing DMK chief Karunanidhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Actor Rajinikanth on Saturday called on DMK chief Karunanidhi who was recently hospitalised for a week for nutritional and hydration support and enquired about the 93-year-old leader’s health.Clad in a white kurta, Rajinikanth arrived at the Gopalapuram residence of Karunanidhi and spent sometime with the leader and enquired about his health, DMK sources said.Noted Tamil lyricist Vairamuthu too visited Karunanidhi and enquired about his health at the same time.The former Tamil Nadu chief minister was admitted to the Kauvery Hospital here on December 1 after being treated at home for a drug-induced allergy. “After medical treatment, he has improved substantially and was discharged from the hospital,” Kauvery Hospital Executive Director Dr S Aravindan had said on December 7.On December 8, the party had asked its workers and well- wishers to avoid visiting the leader as he had been advised rest and warned against contracting any infection.

Tamil Nadu: First Cabinet meeting with new CM O Panneerselvam today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>New Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu O Panneerselvam, who assumed office following the demise of J Jayalalithaa, will hold a Cabinet meeting on Saturday at the State Secretariat.The meeting will begin at 11.30 am as per the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party sources. Panneerselvam is expected to adopt a resolution to accord formal sanction for a suitably impressive memorial for Jayalalithaa. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister is yet to formally take his seat in his office at the Secretariat.Earlier, the Union Cabinet met under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and condoled the death of Jayalalithaa who passed away on December 5 at Chennai’s Apollo Hospital. Panneerselvam took oath as the next Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu after Jayalalithaa breathed her last at 11.30 pm last Monday at Apollo Hospital in Chennai. The oath taking ceremony took place at Raj Bhawan. Panneerselvam served as the Leader of Opposition during the DMK government in 2006. He has previously held the portfolio of Finance in every AIADMK government.

Jayalalithaa’s death still a mystery, Tamil actor Gautami writes to Modi

Chennai: Tamil actor Gautami Tadimalla has written a blogpost addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi where she has raised questions about the “secrecy” maintained by the Tamil Nadu government during the treatment of its late chief minister Jayalalithaa.

The 48-year-old star questioned why nobody was allowed access to her when she was admitted in the hospital.

Jayalalithaa died on 5 December at the age of 68 following cardiac arrest. She was admitted to Apollo Hospital on 22 September, here after she complained of fever and dehydration.

“Her demise is all the more tragic and unsettling because of the circumstances over the past few months and the sheer volume of unanswered questions about our late Chief Minister’s hospitalisation, treatment, reported recovery and very sudden passing.

Tamil Nadu's former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's mortal remains being carried before trating her funeral procession in Chennai on Tuesday. PTITamil Nadu's former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's mortal remains being carried before trating her funeral procession in Chennai on Tuesday. PTI

Tamil Nadu’s former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s mortal remains being carried before trating her funeral procession in Chennai on Tuesday. PTI

“There has been a near total blanketing of information regarding these matters. Nobody had been allowed access to her and many dignitaries who visited her with deep concern were denied an opportunity to convey their wishes in person. Why this secrecy and isolation of a beloved public leader and the head of the Tamil Nadu government? What/whose authority restricted access to the late Chief Minister?,” she wrote.

Gautami said she would like to know the people who were taking all the decisions regarding Jayalalithaa’s treatment.

The actor said it’s the right of every Indian citizen to know about their democratically elected leaders.

“Who were the concerned persons who were making the decisions about Selvi Dr J Jayalalithaa ji’s treatment and care when her health was apparently in such a delicate state? And who is responsible for these answers to the people? These and many other burning questions are being asked by the people of Tamil Nadu and I echo their voice in bringing them to your ears, sir.”

Gautami was recently in news for her separation from live-in partner, actor Kamal Haasan.

First Published On : Dec 9, 2016 15:25 IST

Why so much secrecy about Jayalalithaa’s death? Tamil actor Gautami

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil actor Gautami Tadimalla has written a blogpost addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi where she has raised questions about the “secrecy” maintained by the Tamil Nadu government during the treatment of its late chief minister Jayalalithaa.The 48-year-old star questioned why nobody was allowed access to her when she was admitted in the hospital. Jayalalithaa died on December 5 at the age of 68 following cardiac arrest.She was admitted to Apollo Hospital on September 22, here after she complained of fever and dehydration. “Her demise is all the more tragic and unsettling because of the circumstances over the past few months and the sheer volume of unanswered questions about our late Chief Minister’s hospitalisation, treatment, reported recovery and very sudden passing.”There has been a near total blanketing of information regarding these matters. Nobody had been allowed access to her and many dignitaries who visited her with deep concern were denied an opportunity to convey their wishes in person. Why this secrecy and isolation of a beloved public leader and the head of the Tamil Nadu government? What/whose authority restricted access to the late Chief Minister?,” she wrote.Gautami said she would like to know the people who were taking all the decisions regarding Jayalalithaa’s treatment.The actor said it’s the right of every Indian citizen to know about their democratically elected leaders.”Who were the concerned persons who were making the decisions about Selvi Dr J Jayalalithaa ji’s treatment and care when her health was apparently in such a delicate state? And who is responsible for these answers to the people? These and many other burning questions are being asked by the people of Tamil Nadu and I echo their voice in bringing them to your ears, sir.”Gautami was recently in news for her separation from live-in partner, actor Kamal Haasan.

Karunanidhi discharged from hospital, but won’t meet people

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>DMK Chief M Karunanidhi has been advised rest and will not meet people as he has been asked to remain cautious against contracting any infection following his discharge from a private hospital in Chennai, the party said on Thursday. “Although Kalaignar (Karunanidhi) has returned from Kauvery Hospital after receiving treatment for the past few days, doctors have advised he should take rest for a few more days and that he be careful and cautious against contracting any infection till then,” the party said in a statement.Therefore, DMK workers and Karunanidhi’s friends have been advised not to pay a visit to the the 93 year-old leader, it said and sought cooperation from them in this regard. Karunanidhi was discharged from Kauvery hospital in Chennai on Wednesday after a week-long treatment for nutritional and hydration support.The former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister was admitted there on December 1 after being treated at home for a drug-induced allergy. “After medical treatment, he has improved substantially and was discharged from the hospital today,” Kauvery Hospital Executive Director Dr S Aravindan had said on Wednesday.
ALSO READ Karunanidhi discharged from hospital; advised restHe had said that the hospital will continue to assess and provide necessary medical and nursing care to facilitate the DMK chief’s recuperation at home. The drug-induced allergy has virtually kept Karunanidhi out of public activities for the past one month.

Amma no more: Who performed J Jayalalithaa’s last rites?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Chief Minister late J Jayalalithaa was laid to rest on Tuesday at Marina beach next to MGR memorial. Her last rites were conducted by her confidante Sasikala Natrajan and an unknown person.According to The News Minute report, that unknown person is real estate businessman in Chennai and the son of Jayalalithaa’s brother Jayakumar.Deepak Jayakumar, Jayalalithaa’s deceased brother’s son, lives a life of relative anonymity.
ALSO READ RIP Amma: This Facebook post about J Jayalaithaa sums up her life perfectly It was earlier speculated that Vivek, the son of Sasikala’s niece Ilavarasi, would have conducted the last rites, but that wasn’t the case. However, there were also reports that Deepak’s sister Deepa Jayakumar and her husband Madhavan were not allowed to visit Jayalalithaa in Apollo Hospital, as Sasikala wanted to keep Deepa away from ‘Amma’.
ALSO READ RIP Amma: Why J Jayalalithaa was buried instead of being cremated According to a Times of India report, the family has been estranged from Jayalalithaa ​ever since 1995. Lakhs of grieving men and women today bid a tearful adieu to J Jayalalithaa, the charismatic Chief Minister who held sway over Tamil Nadu politics for more than three decades with a pro-poor image, as the AIADMK supremo was buried here with full state honours.President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, his counterparts from several states, Governor Vidyasagar Rao, DMK leader M K Stalin and superstar Rajnikanth were among the dignitaries who paid homage at Rajaji Hall where the body of 68-year-old Jayalalithaa lay in state since early morning.
ALSO READ ‘Most men are terrified of me’: Watch J Jayalalithaa’s heart warming interview with Simi Garewal Sasikala Natarajan, the close confidante of Jayalalithaa for over three decades, was beside the body throughout the day and later conducted the religious rituals before the sandalwood casket was lowered at a site close to MGR memorial on the shores of Marina beach.No sooner had the brief rituals concluded at around 6 PM, the casket carrying the mortal remains of the five-time chief minister was lowered after a gun salute amid emotional chants of ‘Amma Vazhga’ (Long Live Amma) by a sea of humanity which had converged at the burial site.Various leaders including Naidu, Rao, Gandhi, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, Paneerselvam, Speaker Dhanapal and former Governor K Rosiah placed wreaths at the feet of the body that was draped in a silk saree in her favourite green colour and a sandalwood garland placed around her neck.Earlier, thousands of people hailing ‘Puratchi Thalaivi Amma’ (Revolutionary Leader Amma) walked with the cortege that was part of a military convoy in which her coffin was carried, wrapped in the national flag and covered with flowers.Amid heavy security cover, the funeral procession made steady progress to the destination, a distance of three km from Rajaji Hall in the government estate, passing through Madras University and the burial site opposite the British-era iconic PWD building.Big photographs of Jayalalithaa, an actor-turned- politician, were placed all around the coffin even as people showered the hearse with flowers, as Sasikala accompanied the body.With the Central government ordering a state funeral, personnel from the three armed forces paid their respects and gave a guard of honour before Sasikala conducted the last rites with the aid of a Brahmin priest.The rituals include sprinkling of water, offering of rice, showering of flower petals and sandalwood pieces.Jayalalithaa, a spinster who never shied away from flaunting her religious identity and beliefs, was surprisingly buried and not cremated. She was laid to rest by the side of her mentor and actor-turned politician M G Ramachandran, a former chief minister.Lakhs of people had packed the area around Rajaji Hall where men and women wept in grief as they attempted to reach the body of their Amma or “mother”.The mortal remains of Jayalalithaa was earlier taken from her Poes Garden residence to Rajaji Hall, hours after she died at a private hospital late last night after battling for life for 75 days.passed away on Monday night in Apollo Hospital, Chennai following a cardiac arrest. Her mortal remains were draped in the national flag and kept in a sandalwood coffin, she was buried on Tuesday with full state honours and was given one gun salute by the army.Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad were prominent people who attended the funeral.(With agency inputs)

Watch | Live streaming of J Jayalalithaa’s funeral

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa who breathed her last on December 5 at 11.30 PM in Apollo Hospital, Chennai will be cremated with full state honours at Marina Beach on Tuesday (December 6) at 4:30 PM.The funeral will be attended by the nation’s political top brass and people from all across the nation.​Centre has declared one day state mourning and the national flag on all government buildings will be flown at half-mast. A seven-day state mourning has been declared from Tuesday morning to mourn the death of the beloved six-time Chief Minister and a three-day holiday has also been announced for educational institutions in the state.Jayalalithaa, a popular leader who showered the poor with populist programmes, was battling for life since last 75 days.The 68-year-old leader had suffered a massive cardiac arrest on Sunday evening.
ALSO READ Timeline: A chronicle of J Jayalalithaa’s life(With agency inputs)The live streaming of her funeral can be seen here:
ALSO READ All you need to know about J Jayalalithaa

Jayalalithaa’s demise: Three die of shock in Coimbatore; two attempt suicide

Coimbatore: Three persons died, apparently due to shock, while two cases of suicide attempts were also reported from Coimbatore district on Monday evening after news of Jayalalithaa’s deteriorating health spread.

Image used for representational purposes only. ReutersImage used for representational purposes only. Reuters

Image used for representational purposes only. Reuters

In Singanallur, a 65-year-old painter complained of chest pain while watching television news on Jayalalithaa’s health in his house. Before he could be taken to the hospital, he passed away, police said.

In another incident, Palaniammal (62) of Thudiyalur, died of shock after watching the TV news in her house on Monday afternoon. Similarly, a 38-year-old load worker, Raja, collapsed on the chair while watching the news in Erode. Though his wife called for assistance, the 108 crew of emergency service declared him dead on arrival, police said.

Meanwhile, one person, identified as Loganathan, attempted suicide by jumping from a 50-foot-tall mobile tower in Kuniamuthur in the early hours of Tuesday. However, police reached the spot and managed to bring him down, before letting him off with a stern warning.

In another such incident, a 45-year-old AIADMK worker, Ramachandran, attempted self-immolation near Annur. With 60 percent burns, he is being treated at the Government Hospital, police added.

Jayalalithaa passed away at Apollo Hospital in Chennai after waging a grim battle for life since her hospitalisation on 22 September.

First Published On : Dec 6, 2016 16:07 IST

Jayalalithaa’s demise: Three deaths, two suicide attempts in Coimbatore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three persons died apparently due to shock and two cases of suicide attempts were reported from the district after the news of Jayalalithaa’s deteriorating health spread last evening, police said on Tuesday.In Singanallur, a 65-year-old painter complained of chest pain while watching television news on Jayalalithaa’s health in his house on Monday.However, he died before being taken to the hospital, police said.In another incident, Palaniammal (62) of Thudiyalur, died of shock after watching the TV news in her house yesterday afternoon, they said.Similarly, a 38-year-old load worker, Raja of Erode, collapsed on the chair, while watching the news channel.
ALSO READ Jayalalithaa had wonderful mastery over facts and theories: President MukherjeeThough his wife called for assistance, the 108 crew of emergency service declared him dead on their arrival, police said.Meanwhile, one Loganathan attempted suicide by jumping down from a 50-foot tall mobile tower in Kuniamuthur in the early hours.
ALSO READ Shops closed, streets deserted: Chennai comes to grinding halt after Jayalalithaa’s demiseHowever, police reached the spot and managed to bring him down, before letting him off with a stern warning.In second such incident, a 45-year-old AIADMK worker, Ramachandran attempted self-imolation near Annur last night.
ALSO READ All you need to know about J JayalalithaaWith 60 per cent burns, he is being treated at the Government Hospital here, police added.Jayalalithaa passed away at the Apollo Hospitals in Chennai last night after waging a grim battle for life since her hospitalisation on September 22.

Businessman shot dead in road rage incident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an incident of road rage reported from East Delhi, a 25-year old man was shot dead while he was on his way home after attending his nephew’s wedding near Dallupura village in east Delhi. The victim, Deepak Bhadana, is a resident of Faridabad, and had just got married six months ago.Running a cow fodder business, Bhadana was the only earning member of his family as his younger brothers are studying and his father who was a Hawaldar in the Indian Army, had died of illness.The incident took place around 10 pm on Sunday when Deepak was on his way home along with his relatives. Describing the sequence of events, Deepak’s brother Sukhbir Bhadana, who was also present at the wedding venue and at the spot when he was shot, said. “We left from Faridabad around 4pm for the wedding. He was in his Innova car with his driver and other relatives. We don’t travel much to Delhi hence we are not familiar with the routes here.”Sukhbir added that their car reached the Dallupura-Kondli road and since there was a traffic jam they had to stop near the turning point and had to take a right. In the meantime, a cherry red Endeavour car bearing a VIP number and an Uttarakhand number plate, brushed past against their car, hitting the bumper, and the rear-view mirror, from the driver’s side.”Deepak was sitting in the co-driver’s seat and got down to talk to the accused man. They had an argument and started verbally abusing one another. The accused was drunk and hence the other relatives asked Deepak to come back and sit in the car. The Endeavour was supposed to take a left turn from the point,” said Sukhbir.”Deepak came and sat in the car exactly behind the driver. When our car moved ahead to take the right, he whipped out his pistol and fired. The bullet hit him behind his ear and he died on the spot,” he added.A PCR call was made and the family members rushed Deepak to Metro Hospital in Noida where he was declared brought dead. Police officers have seized the car and identified the accused. A case under the appropriate sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered at New Ashok Nagar police station. Further investigations are underway.

Jayalalithaa is dead: A chronology of events leading to her return as CM

Chennai: Chronology of major milestones in the four-decade political career of AIADMK supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa who passed away on Tuesday night.

24 June 1991: Sworn in Chief Minister for the first time after she leads AIADMK to a huge win in assembly elections.

May 1996: Amidst charges of corruption during its rule, AIADMK loses in the assembly elections. DMK returns to power.

File photo of Jayalalithaa. Reuters

File photo of Jayalalithaa. Reuters

11 July 1996: Then Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy files private complaint in a court accusing Jayalalithaa of amassing wealth worth Rs 66.65 crore disproportionate to her known sources of income during 1991 to 1996.

7 December: Jayalalithaa arrested. Charges of corruption, including accumulation of disproportionate assets, follows.

April, 1997: DMK Government sets up three special courts to try 47 corruption cases against Jayalalithaa, her former cabinet colleagues and others.

1997: Prosecution launched against Jayalalithaa, her close friend Sasikala and two others in a Chennai Court in DA case.

4 June 1997: Charge-sheeted in DA case.

1999: Discharged in coal import deal case by special court; upheld by Madras High Court.

2 February 2000: Special court convicts her in Pleasant Stay Hotel case related to permission granted for construction allegedly flouting rules.

October 2000: A special court in Chennai convicts Jayalalithaa in TANSI land deal case.

May 14, 2001: Jayalalithaa leads AIADMK to landslide win in assembly elections; Sworn in Chief Minister though she was disqualified to contest elections.

21 September 2001: Jayalalithaa unseated as CM after Supreme Court quashes her appointment as she was disqualified to contest polls due to TANSI case conviction.

4 December: Madras High Court acquits Jayalalithaa in the TANSI case and Pleasant Stay Hotel case.

21 February 2002: Jayalalithaa elected to Assembly in a bypoll from Andipatti constituency.

2 March: Jayalalithaa sworn in Chief Minister.

18 November 2003: On a petition by DMK, Supreme Court transfers the trial in DA case to Bengaluru.

24 November: Supreme Court upholds Jayalalithaa’s acquittal in TANSI case.

23 January 2004: Acquitted by a special court in the Rs 28.28 crore SPIC disinvestment case.

11 May 2006: AIADMK loses in assembly elections, DMK returns to power.

16 May 2011: Jayalalithaa leads AIADMK to victory in assembly polls; sworn in as Chief Minister.

October/November 2011: Jayalalithaa deposes in Bengaluru Special Court in DA case and answers 1,339 questions by judge.

27 September 2014: The Special Court holds Jayalalithaa and three others guilty of corruption, awards four years’ jail term to each, slaps Rs 100 crore fine on her, Rs 10 crore each on three other accused. Jayalalithaa unseated as Chief Minister after she attracts disqualification as an MLA due to the conviction.

18 October 2014: Jayalalithaa granted bail by Supreme Court, released from Bengaluru jail after spending 21 days.

11 May 2015: Karnataka High Court acquits Jayalaithaa.

22 May: Jayalalithaa elected leader of AIADMK legislature party.

23 May: Sworn in as Chief Minister for fifth time.

19 May 2016: Leads AIADMK to a record consecutive win in assembly elections.

22 September: Admitted to Apollo Hospitals with complaints of fever and dehydration.

2 Octtober: Hospital says CM being treated for infection, improving.

21 October: Hospital says Jayalalithaa interacting.

4 November: Hospital Chairman P C Reddy says Jayalalithaa “completely recovered”; she has to decide when to go home.

12 November: Apollo says Jaya needs recuperation, no date fixed for discharge.

13 November: In her first direct communication since her hospitalisation, Jayalalithaa says she has taken ‘rebirth’
because of people’s prayers; urges them to vote for AIADMK in the November 19 bypolls to three assembly constituencies.

19 November: Jayalalithaa shifted to private room from Critical Care Unit.

22 November: Jayalalithaa thanks voters for electing her party candidates in polls.

25 November: PC Reddy says Jayalalithaa speaking using tracheostomy tube valve.

4 December: AIADMK says AIIMS expert team confirms Jayalalithaa has recovered completely.

4 December: Jayalalithaa suffers massive cardiac arrest; put on extracorporeal membrane heart assist device.

5 December: Jayalalithaa passes away at 11.30 PM.

First Published On : Dec 6, 2016 03:50 IST

Jayalalithaa health update: AIADMK says Amma responding to treatment, Chennai in shutdown

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who suffered a cardiac arrest and is in a critical condition, is “responding” to the treatment being given by experts, who include a four-member AIIMS team, her party AIADMK said today. “The AIIMS team… they have come and are treating (Jayalalithaa). She is responding to it,” a spokesperson from the ruling party said tonight without elaborating. The senior leader’s remarks came even as Apollo Hospital, where Jayalalithaa is admitted, said its specialists and those from AIIMS were constantly monitoring the 68-year-old chief minister very closely.The Centre had earlier in the day dispatched a team of specialists from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences to the Apollo Hospital where Jayalalithaa is undergoing treatment after suffering cardiac arrest late yesterday. The team of AIIMS doctors include pulmonologist Dr G C Khilnani, anaesthetist Dr Anjan Trikha, cardiac surgeon Dr Sachin Talwar and cardiologist Dr Rajiv Narang.A meeting of ruling AIADMK MLAs in Tamil Nadu which was expected to discuss key issues in the wake of the “grave” health situation of party supremo and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, could not be held as planned and has since been postponed, party sources said tonight.
ALSO READ Jayalalithaa health update: Tamil Nadu CM on ECMO – all you need to knowThe meeting was scheduled to be held at 6 PM today to chalk out various strategies in the wake of the deteriorating health of Jayalalithaa, but no deliberations took place despite the MLAs assembling at the AIADMK headquarters here.The sources could not state exactly when the meeting would take place again, but only reiterated that “it has been postponed.””It could be later in the night or even tomorrow… all we can confirm is that the meeting has been postponed,” they added.Earlier in the day also the MLAs had met at Apollo Hospital, where Jayalalithaa is undergoing treatment and reportedly discussed the leadership issue, among other matters.According to doctors, the condition of Jayalalithaa, who suffered cardiac arrest on Sunday, is very “grave”.AIADMK has a total of 136 MLAs in the the 234-member House, including Jayalalithaa.Near total shutdown in Chennai A near total shutdown like situation prevailed in the city with shops and other establishments downing shutters and office goers returning home early as Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s health condition continued to remain critical today. The entire area in and around Apollo Hospitals, where she is being treated since September 22, resembled a fortress with traffic completely halted on the road leading to the hospital and a heavy police posse deployed.At the hospital hundreds of AIADMK party workers continued to stay put and raised slogans saying their beloved ‘Amma’ should recover. Some were seen protesting against some TV channels, which aired wrong news of Jayalalilthaa’s health condition earlier in the evening. Elsewhere in the city, a bandh like situation prevailed with relatively less traffic on the roads.Educational institutions sent students home early in the afternoon, while several offices asked their staff to leave early. By dusk, roads started wearing a deserted look, even as groups of anxious people huddled in discussions over the condition of 68-year-old AIADMK supremo.Shops, including petty outlets, eateries and departmental stores, closed shutters, even as people stocked essentials.Many bus and suburban rail stations wore a near deserted look by 7.00 PM itself while the number of private vehicles was also less on many roads.The usual weekday peak hour rush was absent with comparatively less number of commuters seen travelling on the Tambaram-Beach suburban train route.The busy Rangananthan Street in the commercial district of T Nagar also emptied soon.A report from Madurai said similar situation was witnessed in the temple city and many other towns in south Tamil Nadu where shopkeepers downed shutters and people scurried home.Office goers had a tough time when they left early as many bus services were withdrawn.The atmosphere in many towns and cities turned eerie and silent in south Tamil Nadu. AIADMK men and women looked sad and sobbing in the party offices in Madurai.Police were guarding all vantage points including lanes and by-lanes as a precautionary measure.Tourists in pilgrims centres such as Palani, Madurai and Rameswaram were stranded with very few buses plying and were forced to go for roadside hotels for their dinner. Even the temples were less crowded.A city bus was damaged when some anti-social elements pelted stones near the district court in Madurai.Railway stations witnessed thin crowd with many cancelling journeys even as Railway sources said all trains would be operated with sufficient security.Though there were no major untoward incident, reports of stones being pelted at a state transport corporation bus came in from a locality in Chennai.The city has come under a thick security cover with large number of police personnel being deployed at vital junctions.As traders hotels and commercial houses remained shut, supply of milk and food had been affected.

DNA Evening Must Reads: Apollo refutes Jayalalithaa’s death rumours, service sector takes hit post demonetization, and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Apollo refutes Jayalalithaa’s death rumours, AIADMK hoists flagTamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa remains in a “grave situation” despite the best efforts of doctors, Apollo Hospitals said on Monday. “Despite our best efforts, our beloved CM remains in a grave situation,” Apollo Hospital’s Joint Managing Director Sangita Reddy said in a Twitter post. Follow live updates on her health here.Demonetization effect: Service sector takes hit, PMI slumps to 3 year low in NovHit hard by demonetization, the services sector slipped into contraction in November — worst slump in nearly three years — as new orders dried up and customers cut spending due to cash shortages, putting pressure on RBI to keep rates low, a monthly survey showed on Monday. Read more here.INS Betwa slips while undocking at Naval Dockyard, 2 sailors missingINS Betwa, which is undergoing a refit at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai, slipped on the dock blocks while undocking on Monday afternoon leading to damage to the naval warship. 14 personnel suffered minor injuries & 2 sailors are missing. Read more here.All payments over Rs 5,000 to be done electronically: FinMin tells departmentsThe Finance Ministry said on Monday that any payments by government departments to suppliers, contractors, grantees and loanees will now have to be made by electronically, in yet another push towards cashless transactions in the country. Read more here.You won’t believe how much Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan charged to host Star Screen Awards 2016!In the middle of all the exhilarating banter that the two of them exchanged on stage, one question kept ringing in the minds of the fans and that was, how much did SRK and Salman charge to host the segment? Click here to know more.

Major faux Pas from Pak media, declares J Jayalalithaa dead

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan media has, it seems, declared the Chief Minister of India’s southern Tamil Nadu state J Jayalalitha dead, even, while doctors in state capital Chennai say that she is alive but in a very critical condition.”Two of Pakistan’s largest Urdu papers this morning reported that Indian politician Jayalalitha had died (she’s alive),” Senior Pakistan journalist Omar R Quraishi said in a tweet on Monday.In another tweet he said, “Dear Express, Geo and Nawa-I-Waqt: Jayalalitha is alive.”Releasing a fresh update on the health status of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, the Apollo Hospital on Monday announced that her condition was ‘very critical’, adding that she has been put on Extracoporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) and other life support systems. “The Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu who suffered a cardiac arrest yesterday evening, continues to be very critical and is on ECMO and other life-support systems. The Honourable Chief Minister is being treated and closely monitored by a team of experts,” the hospital said in a statement.Yesterday night, the Chief Minister suffered a cardiac arrest after which she was rushed to the hospital. Meanwhile, the Indian government swung into action, as the Centre’s top brass got in touch with the state governor C. Vidyasagar Rao and assured complete central assistance. Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu spoke to the Governor and state Chief Secretary P. Rama Mohana Rao enquiring about her health and will also fly down to Chennai to assess the situation.Also, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also spoke to the Governor in regard with the law and order situation in the state given the tense state of affairs regarding Jayalalithaa, and was assured that the situation was under control. Union Minister Kiren Rijiju also assured Tamil Nadu government that the Centre is always willing to help if they require extra force in regards with maintaining law and order.The special team of doctors from the All India Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi reached Chennai. Security has been stepped up across the city to attend any eventuality and buses plying out of Chennai have been reduced and security in the capital has been tightened. Tamil Nadu is in ripples after the news of Jayalalithaa’s cardiac arrest broke out as there are rituals, prayers etc being performed across the state.

AIADMK MLAs summoned to Apollo hospital to decide on successor, Panneerselvam front runner

AIADMK MLAs summoned to Apollo hospital to decide on successor, Panneerselvam front runner

Chennai: AIADMK legislators gathered at the Apollo Hospitals here amid speculation that the party was looking at a successor to Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

“We have been asked to wait till further information,” an AIADMK lawmaker who did not want to be identified by name told IANS from the hospital.

The legislators have assembled inside a hall in the Apollo complex.

The hospital said on Monday that Jayalalithaa, who suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening, was in very critical condition and was on life support system.

Meanwhile, CNN-News18 has reported that MLAs have been asked to sign a declaration supporting TN Finance Minister O Panneerselvam as Jayalalithaa’s successor. India Today too echoed the same reporting that senior AIADMK leaders at the hospital.

With inputs from IANS

First Published On : Dec 5, 2016 15:32 IST

Jayalalithaa’s health: AIADMK workers gather at Apollo Hospitals confident of ‘good news’

Chennai: Scores of AIADMK workers on Monday gathered at Apollo Hospitals, where Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is undergoing treatment after suffering cardiac arrest, with some wailing and other looking dejected over the news of the deterioration in their leader’s health.

Party workers from several districts like Parimala of Tiruvannamalai and Subramanian of North Chennai, who arrived at the hospital, told PTI that “We are waiting. We are confident that we will get good news soon.”

Some people milling around the hospital premises, including AIADMK workers, were seen praying seeking divine intervention so that their party supremo Jayalalithaa recovers.

Chennai: AIADMK supporters sit in front of Apollo Hospital after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest in Chennai on Sunday. PTI Photo (PTI12_5_2016_000027B)Chennai: AIADMK supporters sit in front of Apollo Hospital after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest in Chennai on Sunday. PTI Photo (PTI12_5_2016_000027B)

AIADMK supporters sit in front of Apollo Hospital PTI

68-year-old Jayalalithaa has been put on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a heart assist device, and was under the watch of experts, including cardiologists.

State Ministers including senior Minister P Thangamani, and other top AIADMK functionaries like B Valarmathi, who arrived at the hospital earlier, left for a brief while and returned.

Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan enquired about Jayalalithaa’s health with hospital authorities and AIADMK leaders.

Rajini, an elder woman party worker from Jayalalithaa’s RK Nagar constituency, was seen praying fervently, tears flowing down her cheeks. She was joined by scores of party women workers from RK Nagar.

With more and more people reaching the premises and lining up the approach roads, it resulted in traffic congestion in the neighbourhood.

Police are having a tough time in regulating the crowd and ensuring that patients are not inconvenienced even as the hospital remained under tight security cover.

Though the state government has not announced closure of schools and educational institutions, some of them remained closed as the managements took a decision in this regard. Even in schools that were open, thin attendance was reported.

Shops and commercial establishments largely remained open, police said.

First Published On : Dec 5, 2016 12:30 IST

LIVE: Jayalalithaa on extra-corporal life support, Centre sends Aiims specialists

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Chennai: Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa was on Monday said to be critical after she suffered a cardiac arrest in the hospital where she was admitted over two months ago.

Apollo Hospitals, in a tweet late on Sunday night, said doctors were closely monitoring Jayalalithaa’s condition and trying their “very best”.

Joint Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals, Sangita Reddy tweeted:

68-year-old Jayalalithaa is “critical”, she said in an earlier tweet, adding that the AIADMK chief was on extracorporeal membrane heart assist device and being treated by a team of expert doctors and critical care specialists.

Security has been beefed up across the state with the Tamil Nadu DGP ordering all police officers and personnel to report for duty by 7 am for deployment.

Jayalalithaa, who has been undergoing treatment at the hospital since 22 September, suffered a cardiac arrest late on Sunday evening.

File image of J Jayalalithaa. PTI

File image of J Jayalalithaa. PTI

“She is being treated and monitored by a team of experts, including cardiologists, pulmonologist and critical care specialists,” chief operating officer and head of transformation of Apollo Hospital Dr Subbaiah Viswanathan said in the statement yesterday.

Dr Richard Beale from London has also been consulted and concurred with line of treatment by our cardiologists and pulmonologists, the hospital said.

Soon after the Apollo Hospitals statement came, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Tamil Nadu governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and enquired about Jayalalithaa’s health.

Rao, who is also Governor of Maharashtra, rushed to Chennai from Mumbai and went to the hospital.

Ministers and top police officials also rushed to the hospital and held informal consultations on the situation. Heavy deployment of police was made at the hospital on Greams Road where thousands of supporters of ‘Amma‘ (mother), as she is fondly called by her supporters, and AIADMK cadre had gathered on hearing the news.

In a communication to ADGPs of Enforcement, CB-CID, Economic Offences Wing and Crime wings, the Director General of Police’s office asked them to “mobilise all the officers in the rank of SPs and police personnel of other ranks of Enforcement, CBCID, EOW and Crime completely and they should report” to SPs and Commissioners of Police at 7 am.

“They should report in full uniform with their vehicles for law and order bandobust duty until further orders,” it said.

Jayalalithaa was hospitalised on 22 September after she complained of fever and dehydration. The hospital, which had been issuing bulletins on her health status, had later said she was being treated for infection with respiratory support, among others.

With inputs from PTI

First Published On : Dec 5, 2016 11:20 IST

Tamil Nadu: 2 dead as speeding car hits two-wheeler near Pallikonda

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A car hit a two-wheeler near Pallikonda on the Chennai-Bengaluru Highway on Sunday killing two men and seriously injuring other, reports TOIThe accident had taken place at Okanapuram around 12.10 pm the man riding the bike attempted to cross the road without seeing the speeding car moving towards Chennai.The man riding the car has been identified as Santhosh and the two riding pillion who were killed are known R Ajith Kumar, 25, of Reddiyur village and K Jayamurthy, 40, of Eda Krishnapuram village.Santosh, 20, has sustained grave injuries and has been admitted to Government Vellore Medical College Hospital (GVMCH).

Crowds throng Apollo hospital; prayers, speedy recovery messages pour in for Jayalalithaa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A large crowd, along with AIADMK cadres, thronged Apollo hospital praying for the speedy recovery of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, fondly called ‘Amma’ (mother) by her supporters, after she suffering a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening.Anxious AIADMK cadres stayed put outside the hospital, which has been covered in a thick blanket of security. Worried party supporters continued to pray for her recovery.Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, who is also the Governor of Maharashtra, airdashed to the city from Mumbai and visited Apollo Hospital.President Pranab Mukherjee, DMK leader M Karunanidhi, his son and opposition leader K Stalin, Union Ministers, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Chief Ministers and a host of leaders have expressed concern over Jayalalithaa’s health condition and wished her speedy recovery.”I wish Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa completely recovers soon,” M Karunanidhi said in a tweet.DMK leader and Tamil Nadu Opposition Leader M K Stalin said, “I desire that the intensive treatment being given to the Chief Minister yields fruit and that she recovers soon.”

Chargesheet filed against singer Remo Fernandes for verbally abusing a girl

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Goa Police has filed a chargesheet against pop singer Remo Fernandes in connection with a verbal abuse case filed against him last year.Agassaim police had filed FIR against the singer after the girl, who was allegedly knocked down by a car driven by Remo’s son, had complained that she was verbally abused. “A case under section 8 (for verbally abusing a minor) of Goa Children’s Act was filed against Remo. We have presented the chargesheet to the court on December 1,” police inspector Uday Parab said.On December 2 last year, the girl, a native of Malvan taluka in Maharashtra, was walking towards old Goa to complete her vow to St Francis Xavier, a patron saint whose Church is situated there, was allegedly hit by a car driven by Remo’s son Jonah.The girl, who was admitted to Goa Medical College and Hospital, filed a police complaint that Remo had verbally abused her after visiting the ward where she was being treated.

Bhopal gas leak victims to get new smart cards: Vishwas Sarang

The Bhopal gas tragedy is the worst industrial mishap in India. AFPThe Bhopal gas tragedy is the worst industrial mishap in India. AFP

The Bhopal gas tragedy is the worst industrial mishap in India. AFP

Bhopal: Thousands of Bhopal gas tragedy victims and their children will get new Smart Cards to ensure proper healthcare to them, a Madhya Pradesh Minister said on Saturday.

Till now, 30,000 Smart Cards have been made, Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation Minister (Independent Charge) Vishwas Sarang was quoted as saying in an official statement here.

The Smart Cards will ensure coordination between the Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre and Relief and Rehabilitation Department in extending healthcare to the gas victims and ensuring maintenance of details of their past treatment, the minister said.

Functioning of all six hospitals treating the victims are being computerised, for which Rs 11.43 crore have been spent so far, Sarang said.

The minister said a study is going on regarding the relief and rehabilitation and healthcare of the victims and their children so as to chalk out a comprehensive plan for their benefit.

Poisonous methyl isocynate gas leaked on 2 and 3 December night in 1984 from the Union Carbide factory in Bhopal, killing several thousands and adversely affecting the health of lakhs of others who continue to suffer ill-health till date.

First Published On : Dec 3, 2016 15:50 IST

‘Killer’ Kurkure-Eno fear echoes Mentos-Coke scare

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Social media has been buzzing over the last two days, regarding the death of a Class XII student in Chennai. According to news reports, the family believes the cause of death was an everyday snack. Music composer James Vasanthan posted a message on Facebook on Wednesday, explaining that one of his son’s classmates at St Michael Academy, Sirish Savio, had passed away that night. According to the post, the boy’s family claimed he ate a bag of Kurkure chips, which left him with a stomach ache. He then consumed an Eno antacid, and reportedly died “within minutes”. Of course, the possibility of an antacid reacting so strongly with a fried snack that it could kill a healthy schoolboy is far-fetched, but that didn’t stop the rumours from spreading online.By Thursday morning, social media users were receiving warnings of the incident, as Facebook statuses, tweets, and even forwarded WhatsApp messages. All the hue and cry, very reminiscent of the Mentos-Coke paranoia from years ago, was still without any conclusive evidence to young Savio’s cause of death, which has yet to be determined. Experts simultaneously weighed in online, pointing out the boy may have had an allergic reaction, or a pre-existing condition that was exacerbated by the combination. One doctor even went ahead to suggest that it’s possible the packet of chips in question was past its expiry date and had become toxic.Vasanthan later deleted his Facebook post, while still standing by his warning. He said, “Just to clarify on the status I updated today. It is true. But I had to remove it due to a request from the family. They wanted their privacy and I honoured it.” The bereaved family has so far refused to comment on the incident. Meanwhile, doctors at Fortis Malar Hospital, that received Savio, are insisting they don’t yet know the cause of death, and local police say they no case has been registered.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi discharged from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who was on Tuesday admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital following viral fever, has been discharged. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress President Sonia Gandhi was discharged from a private hospital in Delhi on Wednesday, two days after she was admitted to the facility following viral fever.”Gandhi has recovered from fever and has been discharged in stable condition,” said Dr Arun Kumar Basu, senior consultant, Department of Chest and Pulmonology Medicine at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.69-year-old Gandhi was discharged around 11.30 AM.She was admitted to the hospital around 8 PM on November 28.Gandhi had been hospitalised for 12 days in August after she had fallen ill during a roadshow in Varanasi. She was operated upon for a shoulder injury also.

Sonia Gandhi admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital

Tue, 29 Nov 2016-11:12pm , New Delhi , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress President Sonia Gandhi was admitted to a city hospital on Monday evening following viral fever and was recovering. 69-year-old Gandhi was brought to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital around 8 PM on Monday and doctors treating her said she was feeling much better on Tuesday. “Sonia Gandhi has been admitted under the care of Dr Arun Kumar Basu, senior consultant in Department of Chest and Pulmonology Medicine and his team of consultants. Gandhi’s routine tests are being conducted and is better today. She is likely to be discharged in a day or two,” Chairman of the hospital’s Board of Management DS Rana said.Gandhi’s daughter Priyanka has been with her while son Rahul visited her on Tuesday. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said there was no cause for worry and the party president will resume Parliament duty soon. “The Congress President has been admitted to a hospital following viral fever. She will be discharged within two days. She will resume her Parliament duty soon. There is no cause for worry,” he said.Gandhi had to stay at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital for 12 days in August after she had fallen ill during a roadshow in Varanasi. She was operated upon for a shoulder injury also.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress President Sonia Gandhi was on Tuesday admitted to a hospital in Delhi.It was not immediately known whether she has been admitted to Sir Gangaram hospital for some routine tests or due to illness.”The Congress President has been admitted to a hospital following viral fever. She will be discharged within two days. She will resume her Parliament duty soon. There is no cause for worry,” Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.The 69-year-old leader was admitted to the hospital on August 3 after being taken ill during a roadshow in Varanasi.She was discharged on August 14 and doctors treating her at the hospital had then said she had recovered from her illness and injury to the left shoulder and was stable.She was again admitted to the hospital for a routine medical check up on August 18.(More details are awaited)

‘Why was my sister killed?’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Just 24, she was a pillar of support to her brothers and mother, working as a dancer to help make ends meet and build a home for the family. A day after Neha Sharma was allegedly killed by cops chasing prisoners on the run, a jailbreak that should have been just a headline, far removed from their daily lives, has left an aching void in the Sharma home.”Papa ke jaane ke baad, Neha ne hi saath mil ke ghar banwaya tha. Ab ghar mein wahi nai hai (After papa’s death, Neha helped build a home for us. Now she herself is not at home),” says her elder brother, 26-year-old Karan Sharma, about his sister who was allegedly shot dead by a Punjab police constable near Nogawan village, around 25 km from here, soon after six prisoners had escaped from the Nabha jail on Sunday morning.Survived by her mother Neelam and three brothers, aged 15, 24 and 26, Neha, who worked as a dancer, was the strength of the family after their father’s death about 14 years ago. The family had taken a loan of Rs 5 lakh to build the house in Patiala which is almost complete now.”My younger brother is studying and I am looking for work. But she began working at an early age. She would earn around Rs 5,000 in every function and would save the money. She also appeared for her Class X11 exams while working,” recalls a grieving Karan.She was 19 when she began working as a troupe dancer with the Patiala- based Arman Entertainment Group and had been supporting her family since. On Sunday, Karan recounts, she left home around 10.30 am for Kaithal in Haryana, where she was supposed to perform along with three other girls.”She left at 10.30 am and told me that she would be back in the evening and we would go to the market to buy something to celebrate our mother’s birthday,” says Karan.She was reportedly sitting on the front seat with the driver, who was also the troupe manager. The three others were in the back seat. According to the police version, the driver apparently panicked when he saw the police and tried to jump the police barricade. That’s when the police opened fire. One bullet hit Neha in the chest and the other the car’s dashboard on the driver’s side. Neha was declared brought dead to the hospital. A bullet also hit a bike rider who was passing by. He has been admitted to the Samana Civil Hospital.Stunned and grief-stricken, Neha’s family denies the police version. “Half-an-hour after she left, I got a call from the driver that she has been shot. The car had slowed down and was about to stop when the police began firing. My sister was sitting on the front seat and she was hit. How could the police fire on the front end of the car if they (troupe members) had tried to escape? It was broad daylight, but the police could not notice that a woman was sitting on the front seat?” says Karan.The family says it wants justice and demands the arrest of the police constable who was arrested. “Humein bas insaaf chahiye (All we need is justice),” says Karan.Deputy Commissioner of Police, Patiala, and senior police officers have visited the family and assured them financial assistance, including a government job, to one of the family members.

Demonetisation decision could worsen the country’s public health crisis

By Devanik Saha and Swagata Yadavar

A spate of deaths due to hospitals refusing to accept invalid currency notes has come to attention after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement invalidating 86% of India’s currency on November 8, 2016.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Unlike government-run hospitals, private hospitals have not been allowed to use defunct Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, potentially affecting 58% of Indians in rural areas who opt for private healthcare (68% in urban areas), according to National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) data.

In Noida, an infant died after Union Minister Mahesh Sharma’s Kailash Hospital reportedly asked for an advance of Rs 10,000 and then refused to take old currency notes.

An 18-month old baby died in Visakhapatnam as the parents didn’t have money to buy medicines, and a year-old infant in Mainpuri, Uttar Pradesh, died after reportedly being denied treatment by a local private doctor as his parents didn’t have money to pay for his treatment.

Despite multiple requests, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on November 17, 2016, that private hospitals would not accept old notes because that would encourage misuse of old currency.

Patients who had travelled away from their home states were particularly caught unaware by the move and faced a serious shortage of cash.

On a Mumbai footpath, a cancer patient and husband from Jharkhand struggle

IndiaSpend met 52-year-old Mahavir Malhar and his wife from Jharia, Jharkhand, staying on the footpath outside Mumbai’s Tata Memorial Hospital, a leading referral hospital for cancer patients nationwide. A labourer who earned Rs 200 every day before coming to Mumbai to address his wife’s ear cancer, Malhar had no usable cash.

“We do not have cash to buy meals or even tea,” said Malhar. Although treatment at Tata Memorial Hospital is free, and the hospital accepts old notes, staying in Mumbai is expensive for the couple. Since the note ban, their sons, also labourers, have not been able to send them money because of long lines at local banks.

“They are also daily wage earners and standing in a line for the whole day means loss of income,” said Malhar. The couple now depend on the free meals provided by the hospital and charitable trusts.

Indians spend eight times more in a private hospital than in a government institution

As we said, more than half of India’s population depends on private healthcare, despite the fact that private healthcare cost the poorest 20% of Indians more than 15 times their average monthly expenditure, according to this 2014 NSSO survey.

Other markers of India’s dependence on private healthcare:

• Up to 86% of the rural population (717 million people) and 82% of the urban population (309 million people) are without health expenditure support, IndiaSpend reported in July 2015.

• Indians spend eight times more in a private hospital than a government hospital, according to an analysis of National Health Accounts (NHA) 2013-14 data by The Hindu. The report estimated that households spent Rs 8,193 crore in government hospitals, an eighth of the Rs 62,628 crore spent in private hospitals.

• As much as 69% of health expenditure in India is private (out-of-pocket)–the highest proportion in the world–according to NHA data. Out-of-pocket expenditure is the share of expenses that patients pay to the healthcare provider without third-party insurance or government-subsidised treatment.


• Of 930,000 doctors in the country, only 106,000 work for the government. This means there is one government doctor for every 11,528 people, according to the National Health Profile 2015 report, IndiaSpend reported in November 2016.

• About 81% sanctioned posts of specialist medical professionals in community health centres were lying vacant, according to this 2015 rural health statistics report.

Therefore, the government’s decision to not allow private hospitals to accept old notes will restrict access to healthcare for a significant section of Indians, Scroll reported on November 21, 2016.

Post demonetisation, the Maharashtra government’s toll-free 108 helpline–the 24×7 emergency ambulance services number–is also reporting complaints against private hospitals refusing to accept cheques. The Scroll report talked about angry callers unable to buy medicines or seek treatment due to private hospitals not accepting Rs 500/1,000 notes.

Private hospitals report a fall in patients

Lack of cash is making patients prioritise their cash needs, and health issues tend to be pushed back on family priority lists, reported private practitioners from urban centres.

“There has a been a drop of 25%-30% in patients coming to our private out-patient (OPD) department,” said Manish Motwani, bariatric surgeon at Aastha Healthcare, Mumbai. He attributed the drop to a fall in non-emergency cases.

“There was a 40% drop in my patients in the OPD the next day of demonetisation; now the drop is of 10%-15%, but some of my other colleagues are seeing a drop of 50% in the number of hospitalisations,” said Pradeep Gadge, a Mumbai diabetologist. Many doctors said they were allowing patients known to them to pay later.

There has also been an increase in the number of patients in government hospitals, where treatment is largely free or at nominal charges. “We have seen an increase in the number of patients in our primary healthcare centre since the currency ban,” said Amol Bhusare, medical officer at Pallam, a small town in Maharashtra’s Marathwada region, east of Mumbai. Bhusare said two of his patients who had gone to a private diagnostic centre for a CT Scan at nearby Nanded city were turned back for bringing old notes.

Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi and finance minister Arun Jaitley on November 17, 2016, to allow Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes at private hospitals and medicine shops till November 30, 2016.

“As Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 were banned in haste, those undergoing treatment at hospitals and nursing homes are facing a lot of problems,” said Yadav. “I, therefore, request you to intervene and allow private hospitals, nursing homes and medicine shops to accept these notes till at least November 30.”

A few hospitals have pleaded that they be allowed to accept older currency. Mumbai’s Bhatia Hospital wrote to the Prime Minister the day after his initial note-ban announcement. “We are one of the oldest charitable hospitals in Mumbai and requested (that) at least charitable hospitals be allowed to accept older notes,” said Rajeev Boudhankar, CEO of Bhatia Hospital. He said no patient has been turned away. They are accepting payments through other means, including cheques, although three cheques have bounced.

(Saha is an MA Gender and Development student at Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. Yadavar is principal correspondent with IndiaSpend.)

(Indiaspend.com is a data-driven, public-interest journalism non-profit.)

First Published On : Nov 28, 2016 14:42 IST

Assam: 6 dead as SUV falls off bridge

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least six people died and two others were seriously injured when their vehicle rolled down a bridge at Nine Mile in Assam’s Sonitpur district this evening, police said.The group, consisting of eight people, was returning from a picnic when their SUV hit the edge of the bridge at Bhalukpong near Arunachal Pradesh border and fell from it, Superintendent of Police, Sonitpur district, PP Singh said.While six of them died on the spot, one of the seriously injured was being brought to district headquarters Tezpur and the other was admitted at Bhalukpong Civil Hospital, he said. The deceased hailed from Tezpur’s Katekibari area, Singh said, adding that the bodies were yet to be identified.

Japanese woman raped by a man in Kovalam, Kerala; accused arrested

Thiruvananthapuram: A 35-year-old Japanese woman was allegedly raped by a man from neighbouring Karnataka at nearby Kovalam, police said on Saturday.

Representational image. Getty images

Representational image. Getty images

The accused, identified as Teja (25), was arrested on Saturday based on the woman’s statement. His family runs a handicrafts shop at Kovalam, police said.

A case was registered against him under section 376 (punishment for rape) of the Indian Penal Code.

The incident is alleged to have taken place on Friday night, they said.

The woman, who was injured and bleeding in her hotel room, was rushed to the government SAT Hospital here by the staff, police said.

After being tipped off by hospital authorities about the incident, police collected information from the woman and arrested the man.

The woman had arrived in Kovalam on Thursday, police said.

First Published On : Nov 27, 2016 10:28 IST

Demonetization: Hospital refuses old Rs 500 notes, pregnant woman dies in Bihar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking suo motu cognisance of media reports about the death of a pregnant woman in a government hospital in Gaya after being allegedly refused dialysis for paying in old Rs 500 notes, Bihar Human Rights Commission (BHRC) directed the district magistrate on Friday and the hospital to submit a detailed report within a fortnight. “The news if true reflects a shocking neglect on the part of functionaries at the government-run premier hospital at Gaya. Issue notices to the district magistrate, Gaya, and superintendent of ANMMCH to file a report to the Commission within a fortnight,” BHRC member Neelmani said in his order.BHRC took suo motu cognisance of media reports that the woman, wife of a daily wage earner had “renal shutdown” and died on Wednesday evening at the Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College and Hospital (ANMMCH), Gaya, as its dialysis centre refused to accept old Rs 500 notes, it said.Neelmani said while scrapping high-value currency notes on November 8, the Centre had clearly said the defunct notes would continue to be accepted by government hospitals till November 24 but the patient, Manju Devi, died on November 23 evening.
ALSO READ Demonetization: Left calls for Bengal bandh on November 28, no support from TMC The patient had gone to the government hospital for treatment but the hospital had outsourced the work of dialysis to a private company, he said and asked “Why would a patient suffer for the internal arrangement of a hospital?” The commission posted the matter for hearing on December 20.

Veteran journalist Dileep Padgaonkar passes away in Pune: Former editor of TOI was 72

Pune: Veteran journalist Dileep Padgaonkar, a well-known author and former editor of The Times Of India, died at a private hospital in Pune on Friday morning, officials said.

Senior journalist Dileep Padgaonkar. Image courtesy: Twitter

Senior journalist Dileep Padgaonkar. Image courtesy: Twitter

He was 72. He was admitted to the Ruby Hospital on 18 November following a massive heart attack. Later, he suffered multiple organ failure and was on dialysis after his kidneys stopped functioning.

Born in Pune and educated at St Vincent High School and Fergusson College here, he went to France and studied for a doctorate at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. In 1978, he served with the Unesco at Bangkok and later in Paris in different capacities with its Information Section.

Earlier, he was the Paris correspondent of The Times of India and later, after coming to India, became its editor.

Senior journalists and veterans from the industry tweeted out their condolences for Padgaonkar.

With inputs from IANS

First Published On : Nov 25, 2016 13:54 IST

India police find babies in biscuit boxes ‘for trafficking’

Police investigate cases of alleged baby-trafficking at an Indian hospital, as 13 arrests are made.

Sadananda Gowda feels heat of demonetisation as Karnataka hospital refuses to release brother’s body

Union minister Sadananda Gowda had to face the heat of the note ban on Tuesday in a very tragic situation.

Gowda’s brother DV Bhaskar Gowda passed away after a brief illness on Tuesday at a private hospital in Mangaluru and the administration declined accept the payment in old currency notes. The hospital declined to release the body until the payment was made in an alternative form.

DV Sadananda Gowda. PTI.DV Sadananda Gowda. PTI.

DV Sadananda Gowda. PTI.

Union Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation, and former Karnataka Chief Minister felt the pinch of the demonetisation scheme launched by his own government when Kasturba Manipal Hospital (KMC) in his hometown denied to accept the full and final payment of Rs 48,000 in old currency notes. The minister, who had rushed to his hometown after hearing of his brother’s demise, finally had to write a cheque to clear the payment and get the body released, according to News18

The minister, miffed at the treatment meted out to his family first pleaded with the hospital administration to process the payment. But when the administration denied to release the body, he took a written declaration from the hospital staff that they have refused to accept old currency notes for the payment.  He has asked the local BJP functionary to submit a report on the inconvenience caused to public as private hospitals refused to take notes.  “If this is how you behave with a central minister, what happens to the common man who comes for treatment at a private hospital like KMC?,” a report in India Today quoted him as saying.

Gowda has also reportedly written to the prime minister to apprise him of the situation on ground and the problems faced by him, according to CNN-News18. 

The hospital staff also confirmed the incident to The Indian Express, stating that their action was in compliance with the RBI guidelines. However, a media executive for the minister denied that any such incident occurred, claiming that the minister’s family never tried to settle the bill in old notes, the newspaper reported.

Bhaskar Gowda, 54, was a lawyer by profession and was admitted to the Kasturba Manipal Hospital 11 days ago, suffering from severe jaundice, according to The Times Of India. The minister broke the news of his demise through a tweet.

First Published On : Nov 23, 2016 16:36 IST

Demonetization: Hospital refuses Union Minister Sadanand Gowda his brother’s body, asks for new notes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister DV Sadananda Gowda has become the latest victim of the demonetization drive after the administration of the Kasturba Manipal Hospital in Mangaluru refused to accept old currency notes to clear pending bills for handing over the body of his brother.Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation Sadananda Gowda’s brother Bhaskar Gowda was receiving treatment in the hospital for severe jaundice for the last 10 days and breathed his last on Tuesday afternoon.When the Union Minister, accompanied by his family members, friends, arrived at the hospital to take the body, he cleared Rs 60, 000 pending bills with old Rs 500 and Rs1000 notes, which the hospital authorities declined to accept.When the hospital refused to accept, Gowda cited the Central Government’s directive, according to which hospitals have been asked to accept old currencies till November 24, but in vain. Thus, he asked the hospital management to give in writing that they would not accept the old currency notes.They finally accepted the payment through a cheque, refusing to give anything in writing.Upset by the attitude of the hospital administrators, the minister said an inquiry will be ordered. “The central government has given clear directive that all private hospitals can accept old currency notes till November 24. If hospitals refuse to accept old notes, then the patients will face a lot of problems. The hospital’s stance was not right,” said Gowda.

Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Vadra visit ancestral Swaraj Bhavan together for the first time since 2002

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after attending a function commemorating the birth centenary of Indira Gandhi in Allahabad, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her daughter Priyanka Vadra met local party leaders, enjoyed a stroll at the sprawling Anand Bhavan premises and visited the Kamla Nehru Hospital before returning to New Delhi.”This was the first occasion in more than a decade when Sonia and Priyanka were together at the Swaraj Bhavan. The last time they had spent the night at their ancestral house was during the campaign for 2002 Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh,” UPCC spokesman Kishore Varshney said.On Monday, they were joined by Rahul Gandhi during the inauguration of the photo exhibition organised by the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust. The party vice-president left last night. “For Congress supporters, yesterday was a memorable occasion as it was for the first time when mother, son and daughter were together at their ancestral house,” Varshney said.
ALSO READ No comparison between Narendra Modi and Indira Gandhi: Sonia GandhiHe, however, added that they (Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka) had also come to Anand Bhavan way back in 1991 when they were carrying the ashes of Rajiv Gandhi. “However, that was an occasion marked by grief and hence we do not wish to count that.”This morning, Sonia and Priyanka went to the Kamla Nehru Hospital – which is governed by a trust headed by the Congress president herself. Sonia inaugurated a blood bank there and interacted with a group of nurses who had completed their training recently. “Thereafter, they returned to Anand Bhavan, enjoyed a stroll on its sprawling lawns and interacted with the staff there,” Varshney said.Later, a group of local party leaders led by the divisional election campaign committee chief Nand Gopal Gupta Nandi called on them. “Sonia and Priyanka heard their grievances and offered advice besides exhorting them to work hard for improving the party’s position in the upcoming assembly elections in the state,” the UPCC spokesman said.

Kolkata hospital fire: All patients and hospital staff evacuated safely from SSKM hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A major fire broke out at the state government-run SSKM hospital in Kolkata on Monday morning. All patients and hospital staff were evacuated safely. The fire broke out at the library housed on the sixth floor of the Ronald Ross Block of the hospital around 10.30-11am. The plastic surgery and burn department is housed right next to the library, where as many as 17 patients were undergoing treatment. As soon as the hospital staff spotted smoke billowing out of the windows of the library, authorities undertook the evacuation of the patients. No casualties or injuries were reported in the incident.As many as six fire tenders, hydraulic lifts were rushed to the hospital. After two hours of fire-fighting, the fire was brought under control. While the cause of the fire is yet to be known, the West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee rushed to the hospital and ordered an enquiry. “I am happy that everyone escaped unhurt. I have asked the health department to set up a committee to enquire into the incident. Through the enquiry, we will get to know whether it was an act of sabotage or some accident. There will be thorough enquiry by the police and fire services department,” said Banerjee. The Chief Minister announced that the SSKM hospital will soon have a permanent fire station inside the hospital premises. “We are planning a permanent fire station inside SSKM, which will have a skylift and two fire tenders,” she added. Meanwhile, all the 17 patients that were evacuated from the Ronald Ross Block have been shifted to the Woodburn Ward, where they are undergoing treatment.

Demonetisation: Infant dies after being denied treatment due to old notes, hospital refutes charges

Pune: An infant girl died at KEM Hospital in Pune on Sunday after she was allegedly refused treatment by a prominent hospital for her heart condition, apparently over the issue of payment in demonetised currency notes.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

However, Ruby Hall Clinic, where the girl was to be admitted for heart surgery, refuted the claim made by her relatives that their request to accept at least part payment in defunct banknotes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 was turned down.

A close relative of Amrapali and Gaurab Kunte, parents of the deceased girl, said the doctors had advised them to admit her in Ruby Hall Clinic for heart surgery.

“However, when we went to Ruby on Saturday morning, the billing department gave us quotation of Rs 3.5 lakh and told us to deposit the same before any treatment.”

“We then offered to make Rs 1 lakh payment in demonetised notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000. However, the hospital administration refused to accept these notes,” claimed Sudhakar Gawandgave.

He said her parents even offered to pay part payment through cheque and cards.

“When they (Ruby Clinic) turned down the demonetised bills, we offered them that we would pay Rs 1 lakh through current cheque and Rs 30,000 through card payment and requested them to allow the remaining payment through another cheque, which needs to be deposited in bank on Monday,” Gawandgave said.

He alleged that the hospital administration turned down their offer and instead demanded full payment which he said resulted in wastage of golden hours.

“They made us run from pillar to post to admit the girl. Had she been admitted to Ruby Hall Hospital, the golden hours would not have been wasted.”

“The infant girl, who was in ICU at KEM, had to be put on ventilator support and died early Sunday morning,” Gawandgave said.

When contacted, Dr Sanjay Pathare, Director, Medical Services, at Ruby Hall Clinic, refuted as “baseless and false” the claims made by the relatives.

“Firstly, at Ruby Hall Clinic, patients in critical condition are never denied admission. In this case, the baby never reached the hospital and died at KEM.”

“There is no question of demonetised notes as I have got the information that the billing department told them to bring the infant to the hospital and pay whatever you have, but we have no idea after that conversation, who did they approach and who misguided them,” he said.

Pathare said that in an emergency situation, there is no question of money as the priority is always given to treatment.

In the wake of demonetisation, the Maharashtra government has directed private hospitals to accept cheques from patients in case of emergencies. The hospitals can face action if the patients are denied treatment for want of cash.

First Published On : Nov 21, 2016 09:03 IST

Demonetization: Infant dies as Pune hospital refuses part payment in old notes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An infant girl died at KEM Hospital in Pune on Sunday after she was allegedly refused treatment by a prominent hospital for her heart condition, apparently over the issue of payment in demonetized currency notes.However, Ruby Hall Clinic, where the girl was to be admitted for heart surgery, refuted the claim made by her relatives that their request to accept at least part payment in defunct bank notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 was turned down.A close relative of Amrapali and Gaurab Kunte, parents of the deceased girl, said the doctors had advised them to admit her in Ruby Hall Clinic for heart surgery.”However, when we went to Ruby on Saturday morning, the billing department gave us quotation of Rs 3.5 lakh and told us to deposit the same before any treatment.”We then offered to make Rs 1 lakh payment in demonetized notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000. However, the hospital administration refused to accept these notes,” claimed Sudhakar Gawandgave.He said her parents even offered to pay part payment through cheque and cards.”When they (Ruby Clinic) turned down the demonetized bills, we offered them that we would pay Rs 1 lakh through current cheque and Rs 30,000 through card payment and requested them to allow the remaining payment through another cheque, which needs to be deposited in bank on Monday,” Gawandgave said.He alleged that the hospital administration turned down their offer and instead demanded full payment which he said resulted into wastage of golden hours.”They made us run from pillar to post to admit the girl. Had she been admitted to Ruby Hall Hospital, the golden hours would not have been wasted.”The infant girl, who was in ICU at KEM, had to put on ventilator support and died early Sunday morning,” Gawandgave said.When contacted, Dr Sanjay Pathare, Director, Medical Services, at Ruby Hall Clinic, refuted as “baseless and false” the claims made by the relatives.

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa shifted to private room from critical care unit

Chennai: AIADMK supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was on Saturday shifted to a private room in a ward of Apollo Hospital in Chennai after she was admitted in the critical care unit on 22 September.

AIADMK spokesperson CR Saraswathy said Jayalalithaa was shifted to a ward.

“We really thank God. Our chief minister has been shifted to a ward. She has started a healthy life again,” she told reporters here, adding “today is our Deepavali.”

A file photo of Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa

A file photo of Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa

AIADMK workers distributed sweets and danced outside the hospital premises, after hearing the news of Jayalalithaa being shifted to a private room in the hospital from the critical care unit.

Referring to the views of Apollo Hospitals chairman PC Reddy that Jayalalithaa has recovered fully and is taking normal food, she said, “now CM has been shifted to a ward. Very soon she will come home, we are very happy there are no words to express our feelings… we are so happy… we thank all the people who prayed for our Amma.”

Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo Hospitals on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration.

She was put on a comprehensive line of treatment including antibiotics, respiratory support and passive physiotherapy.

A team of doctors of Apollo, Dr Richard from a London hospital and speciality doctors from AIIMS Delhi attended on her.

First Published On : Nov 19, 2016 20:47 IST

Pakistan shells LoC areas in Rajouri, woman injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman was injured and two houses damaged when Pakistani troops on Saturday targeted Indian posts and civilian areas along the LoC in Nowshera and Sunderbani sectors of Rajouri district with mortar bombs and small arms fire, prompting the army to give a “befitting response”.”A woman identified as Shanti Devi (55) was injured and two houses were damaged in the heavy mortar shelling by the Pakistan army in Khamba village in the Nowshera sector,” a police officer said.He said the injured lady has been shifted to the Sub District Hospital Nowshera for treatment.Earlier in the morning, Pakistan army resorted to ceasefire violation in the Nowshera sector and in the afternoon they started firing in the Sunderbani sector targeting Indian posts and civilian areas.”Pakistan army resorted to unprovoked ceasefire violation in the Nowshera sector from 1030 hours using 120 mm mortars and small arms fire. Our army is giving a befitting response to the Pakistani fire,” a defence spokesman said.”Pakistan army resorted to ceasefire violation in the Sunderbani Sector using 120 mm mortars, automatic and small arms from 1410 hrs and it is being responded to befittingly by own troops,” the spokesman said.On Thursday, Pakistani army had targeted Indian posts and civilian villages along the LoC in the Pallanwala sector of the Jammu district.Pakistani troops on Tuesday targeted Indian posts with heavy firing and shelling for four hours along the LoC in Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir, forcing Indian troops to retaliate.There has been a whopping 286 incidents of firing and shelling along the LoC and International Border(IB) in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistani troops that have resulted in the death of 26 people, including 14 security personnel, since the surgical strike on terrorist launch pads in PoK on September 29.

Navi Mumbai civic body lodges FIR against DY Patil Hospital, threatens to seal

Mumbai: Trouble seems to be mounting for the DY Patil group as Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC)  filed an FIR on Tuesday against the DY Patil Hospital in Nerul for treating patients despite warned not to do so.

In July, Income Tax Department’s raid of the group’s offices had revealed unaccounted cash and gold.

On 30 September, the NMMC had cancelled the hospital’s licence after it failed to renew its licence despite a six-month grace period, a senior official from the health department of the NMMC told Firstpost.

DY Patil Hospital in Nerul. Image courtesy: Deepak SalviDY Patil Hospital in Nerul. Image courtesy: Deepak Salvi

DY Patil Hospital in Nerul. Image courtesy: Deepak Salvi

As per The Bombay Nursing Home Act, it is mandatory for every hospital and nursing home to register with their local municipal body in every three years. It is also required to obtain a no objection certificate from the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to operate in the state.

“We have filed a FIR against the hospital’s present dean Dr Shirish Patil and the DY Patil Hospital at the Nerul Police station on orders from commissioner Tukaram Mundhe,” the NMMC official said on the condition of anonymity.

Laziness of DY Patil Hospital?

According to the official, the DY Patil Hospital’s registration license expired on 31 March 2016. But the hospital management has not bothered to renew it yet.

NMMC had informed the hospital of the same on 1 April 2016.

The NMMC had also given a grace period of up to 29 September to the hospital to renew its registration licence and submit NOC certificate. But the hospital failed again. Hence, on 30 September, the NMMC cancelled the hospital’s registration licence, the official told Firstpost. A notice was issued to the managing trustees including Dr DY Patil, Ajeenkya Patil and Vijay Patil, but there has been no response yet.

The cancellation of registration meant the hospital was not allowed to attend to or admit new patients from 30 September, however, it could continue treating patients who were already admitted, the health official said. But despite that the hospital continued to attend to new patients through its OPD section.

It was then that commissioner Mundhe directed the health officer to lodge a FIR against DY Patil Hospital for illegally treating patients, the offiical said, adding that if the hospital fails to produce the NOC from MPCB then the police can seal the hospital.

Mundhe has CM’s support

The interesting thing is that according to our sources, two days ago Mundhe had travelled with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in a helicopter from Navi Mumbai to Mumbai. It’s learnt that in those 20 minutes Mundhe explained the scenario of NMMC to the CM. Sources confirmed that the CM had given a green signal to Mundhe’s actions against the hospital.

So, after running bulldozer on illegal buildings, gaothans and unauthorised construction, Mundhe’s eyes are now fixed on the big fish. And the FIR against the hospital is a part of that, the official said.

Repeated attempts to contact DY Patil Hospital dean Dr Shirish Patil failed, but commissioner Tukaram Mundhe confirmed that the corporation has filed a FIR against the DY Patil Hospital, and if the hospital continues to take new patients, it would seal the hospital as per rule. “I appeal to patients to not visit the hospital because it is operating illegally. Nobody is above the law. NMMC’s executive health officer repeatedly reminded them but they just ignored,” Mundhe told Firstpost.

Nerul Police station Senior Police Inspector A Pol confirmed that a FIR was filed against the DY Patil Hospital and action will be taken soon.

First Published On : Nov 16, 2016 21:03 IST

Bhopal: SBI cashier dies of heart attack amid rush to exchange notes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 45-year-old senior cashier with State Bank of India died after he experienced chest pain at its Ratibad branch of Bhopal on Sunday, police said.Purshottam Vyas experienced chest pain and uneasiness little after 5 PM, following which he was rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead.According to police, he probably died while on way to hospital.”We have registered a case and started investigation,” police officer C Mewade said while confirming the incident.He said Vyas’ body has been sent to Hamadia Hospital for postmortem to find out exact cause of his death.Banks were open on Sunday as per government’s order following the demonetization of Rs 500 and 1000 bank notes.People are queueing up outside banks and ATMs across country to either deposit or withdraw the scrapped notes or exchange them for lower value tender.Bank employees too are putting extra hours to cater to the rush of people.

Bihar: Journalist killed by unknown shooters in Sasaram

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a chilling reminder of Siwan murder, a journalist working for a Hindi daily was killed by unknown assailants in Sasram in Rohtas district in Bihar, As per The Hindustan Times,​ Dharmendra Singh, a reporter with Hindi daily was shot dead by three the bike-borne assailants in near Amra Lake in the Mufassil police station area. Singh was at a tea stall close to his house in the early morning when he bullets fired by the killers struck his chest. Singh was taken to a Sadar Hospital Sasaram near by locals. He received primary treatment in the hospital was referred to another hospital in Varanasi. The shooters are still at large. The police are conducting a probe and carrying out raids to catch the assailants.In May 2016, Rajdeo Ranjan, Siwan district chief of Hindi daily ‘Hindustan’, was fired at in Siwan district in Bihar when he was going on his motorcycle on Station Road under Town police station at around 7:45 pm.

Over 15 people arrested for clashes in Muzaffarnagar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More than 15 people were arrested in connection with a group clash at Dhindawli village in Muzaffarnagar Sunday evening and three service arms looted from cops have been recovered, police said.On Sunday, several people including four police officers were injured when they were attacked by a group who also snatched two revolvers and a rifle from police party at Dhindawli village, police said.The incident occurred during a clash between two Dalit groups under Shahpur Police Station area. Four policemen including sub-inspector K P Singh, constable Adesh Kumar and homeguard Chanderlal, who reached the spot, were injured in the attack and admitted to the hospital, they said.Security was beefed up in the area, SSP Bablu Kumar said.

God has given Jayalalithaa good health and we are very happy: AIADMK

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ruling AIADMK said on Sunday that its hospitalised General Secretary and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was “well” even as BJP MP Tarun Vijay visited Apollo Hospitals, where the 68 year-old leader is admitted. “Amma (Jayalalithaa) is well. God has given her good health and we are very happy,” AIADMK spokesperson CR Saraswathy told reporters.Meanwhile, Vijay said Jayalalithaa was “recovering fast” and would resume work soon. “I have specially brought holy water of lake Manasarovar of Mount Kailash for the Chief Minister. Amma is recovering very fast. Very soon (she will be) out of hospital and start working,” he said. Vijay said that the “prayers of millions of people are working and she will be very well.”Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration. Later, the hospital had said she was being treated for infection with respiratory support, among others. Specialists from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, and from London, among others, have treated her during the period. On Friday, the hospital Chairman Pratap C Reddy had said that the Chief Minister had completely recovered and that it was upto her to decide when to go home.

Delhi: Gangster wanted in cases of attempt to murder arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An alleged gangster, wanted in four cases of attempt to murder, was arrested from east Delhi, police said on Saturday.Based on a tip-off, the accused, identified as Dharmabir, was nabbed from District Park in Dilshad Garden area in Anand Gram on November 4.Dharmabir had fallen out with some of his gang members and in last few months had committed a series of shootouts.In two such incidents, he had injured one of his former associate Kamaljeet and his brother Charanjeet, they said.After falling out from Kamaljeet, Dharmabir was desperate to eliminate him and his brother.Kamaljeet survived the attack and was admitted in GTB Hospital. Dharmabir then again planned to eliminate Kamaljit in the hospital itself and procured three lab coats to disguise as a doctor and kill him, police said.”He got this idea from a movie he had recently watched on TV. They were about to execute their plan but Kamaljeet was shifted from GTB Hospital to some other hospital and their plan got delayed,” they said.The team of Special Cell got inputs that Dharambir has been hiding in Krishna Nagar area, in a rented accommodation to carry out his plan to murder Kamaljeet, which was foiled, as he was arrested, polic said.

OROP suicide: Police question 3 persons in connection with suicide of Grewal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police’s Crime Branch questioned three persons in connection with the suicide of an ex-serviceman, allegedly over One Rank One Pension issue. The 70-year-old ex-serviceman, Ram Kishan Grewal, had consumed poison in the lawns behind Jawahar Bhavan, which houses the Ministry of External Affairs, on November 1. He was rushed to RML Hospital where he died during treatment.Grewal, along with three of his companions, had come to the city apparently to submit a memorandum to the Defence Ministry over the issue of OROP. “One of the persons accompanying him, Rajkumar is a social activist. Prithvi and Jagdish are ex-servicemen. They were called for questioning at Crime Branch office,” said a senior crime branch officer.We have questioned them to ascertain the exact sequence of events, added the officer.All of them were let go after questioning. They all hail from a village in Haryana’s Bhiwani district and were in regular touch with Grewal for the past several months, police said. Meanwhile, teams are verifying the authenticity of the suicide note left by Grewal and are examining the toxicology report. The Crime Branch team led by DCP(Crime) Bhisham Singh is conducting inquest proceedings in the matter.

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