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Jet Airways Goa-Mumbai flight with 161 on-board veers off runway, passengers safe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 15 people were injured after a Jet Airways flight from Goa to Mumbai skidded off the runway at Goa’s Dabolim airport on Tuesday morning while aligning for takeoff.”All passengers are safely evacuated, while some suffered minor injuries during the process”, Jet Airways said in a statement.According to ANI, 15 out of 154 passengers have being taken to hospital.”We regret to inform that flight 9W 2374 from GOI – BOM, with 154 guests ​and 7 crew, veered off the runway while aligning for takeoff,” it added.”All guests and crew have been safely evacuated. Few guests have sustained injuries during the evacuation process. Medical assistance is being coordinated to those injured by the Jet Airways team and the airport authorities,” reads the statement.Meanwhile, airport operations have been closed till 12.30 pm.In May, Jet Airways 9W 2793 aircraft commencing from Delhi to Indore had also skid off the runway.(Developing story: More details awaited)

Sushma Swaraj discharged from hospital after successful kidney transplant surgery

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, was discharged from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (Aiims), 10 days after she underwent a kidney transplant at the premier hospital. The authorities said that Swaraj was recuperating steadily and was fit enough to observe postoperative care at home.

Doctors decided to discharge her after all her latest biochemical tests were found normal including kidney function.

“Sushma Swaraj has been discharged from Hospital at 7 pm after her postoperative uneventful recovery following kidney transplant operation on December 10,” the AIIMS said in a statement.

“A team of doctors will continue to review Swaraj’s progress over next several weeks,” AIIMS Director MC Misra said expressing happiness over her recovery.

File image of Sushma Swaraj. PTI

File image of Sushma Swaraj. PTI

According to the authorities, the minister’s post-operative recovery was closely monitored by a team of specialists.

“A team of specialists, which included Transplant Surgeons, Nephrologist, Pulmonologist, Endocrinologist reviewed her today (on Monday) for her post discharge advice regarding medications,” the AIIMS said.

It further said necessary detailed advice has been given pertaining to her nutrition and diet, physiotherapy and fluid intake.

64-year-old Swaraj has been advised to restrict visitors for next three months at home and office to minimise the chances of infection. However, the minister has been known to discharge her duties and issue prompt responses to distressed Indians on twitter even while in hospital.

Swaraj, underwent a kidney transplant at Aiims hospital in New Delhi on 10 December, with the organ being harvested from a living unrelated donor, following which her health has been improving steadily.

According to sources at Aiims, Swaraj underwent a nearly six-hour-long surgery which was conducted at the cardio-thoracic centre by a team of 50 personnel including transplant surgeons, transplant anaesthesiologists, nurses, technicians and other supporting staff.

The team comprised Mishra, surgeons VK Bansal and V Seenu, nephrologist Sandeep Mahajan and Cardio Thoracic and Vascular Surgery (CTVS) chief Balram Airan among others.

Swaraj has been suffering from diabetes for quite sometime and after it was found that she had renal failure, she was put on maintenance dialysis.

The Union minister, who has been in and out of the hospital for the last few months, was admitted to Aiims on 7 November.

Earlier she was admitted to Aiims in April for treatment of pneumonia and other health issues.

With inputs from agencies

First Published On : Dec 19, 2016 19:12 IST

De-addiction counsellors meet to share concerns

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police organised a programme —’Counseling of the Counsellors of De-addiction Centres’— for the representatives of various organisations and de-addiction centres, at the Pitampura Police line on Wednesday. The representatives interacted with and encouraged each other at the novel event.Sandhya Gupta, Psychiatrist at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences(AIIMS), said: “Most rehabilitation and de-addiction organisations in India do not follow the biological approach. They try to resolve addiction with the viewpoint of psychology. What we need now is to treat the addiction just like any other disease.””Every organisation should follow the harm minimisation process for detoxification. Stopping drugs immediately can have very hazardous effects on a patient’s body. The long process of detoxification should start with the addict switching from illegal drugs to legal ones. Then the amount of consumption of legal drugs should be decreased, followed by rehabilitation,” Dr Sandhya added.Praveen Katyal, a volunteer with a de-addiction centre, shared his own experience: “I didn’t realise that I was a chronic alcoholic till my body got so used to liquor that I could not even walk without it. Despite being an educated professional, I was looked upon with hatred and disgust. “” When people are affected by a disease, they are given complete care and love. But when I was going through de-addiction and rehabilitation process, even my friends and relatives didn’t care for me. The rejection by family members is very dangerous, because the family’s support can really boost an addict’s morale ,” said Sumit Verma, a member of the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). He now works as a volunteer for the organisation.Another former AA member, Vikram Gupta said:”For 19 long years, I was in a committed relationship with alcohol. I realised that only when both my personal and professional life were undermined. My body was not allowing me to quit alcohol, even though I wanted to.”The participants also raised the concern that the government, police and civil societies needed a better connection and synchronisation for better results in rehabilitation of addicts and making them a part of society again.Regarding this, Sanjay Singh, Joint CP North Range, said: “The Delhi Police have always been very active in de-addiction and rehabilitation processes. Foundations such as Navjyot by the Delhi Police have been serving society since 1987. We are committed to such work in future as well.”

Great news: Sushma Swaraj recovering well after successful kidney transplant

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who underwent a kidney transplant three days ago, was today shifted out of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at AIIMS and was recovering well. The 64-year-old minister is likely to be discharged in another seven to ten days, senior hospital officials said. “The minister has been shifted out of the ICU to a private ward of the Cardio-Neuro Centre. Her post-surgery recovery is on the expected lines,” AIIMS Director Dr M C Mishra said.He said her recovery is being closely monitored by a team of transplant surgeons, physicians (endocrinologist, nephrologist, cardiologist and pulmonologist) and anaesthesist besides critical care expert, physiotherapist and transplant specialists.”She is likely to be discharged in another seven or 10 days,” Mishra added.Swaraj had undergone a kidney transplant on Saturday with the organ being harvested from a living unrelated donor.According to Mishra, the woman who donated her kidney to the minister is also in the process of being discharged.”During transplant surgeries, the recipient is put on Immunosuppressants in order to lower the body’s ability to reject a transplanted organ.”That is the reason why the minister, after the transplant, was shifted to ICU and kept in isolation to avoid any infection,” a senior doctor at AIIMS said.AIIMS earlier had stated that the surgery of Swaraj was successful and uneventful.Swaraj’s nearly six-hour long surgery was performed by a team of 50 personnel led by Dr Mukut Minz, former head of the department of renal transplant surgery at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) and Dr V K Bansal from AIIMS. Minz is currently with Fortis, Mohali. A team of transplant anesthesiologists, nurses, technicians and other support staff assisted them.On November 16, Swaraj herself had posted on Twitter that she was in AIIMS because of kidney failure. Swaraj, who has been in and out of the hospital for last few months, was admitted to AIIMS on November 7.After Swaraj made public her health condition on social media, several people had offered their kidneys to her.

Bihar: 2 killed, 1 hurt while listening to music on railway tracks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two youths were killed and another youth was critically injured after they came under the wheels of a train while sitting on railway tracks and listening to music, the railway police said on Tuesday.The incident happened last night between gate number 24 and 25, about 1 km from Darbhanga station.Three youths sat on the railway tracks and were engrossed in music from their mobile phones with headphones in plugged their ears, the police said.”They could not hear the horn of the Samastipur-Darbhanga-Raxaul DEMU and came under the wheels of the train. While Mohammad Umar died on the spot, another youth identified as Mohammad Sohail, died on the way to hospital,” officer-in-charge of railway police NK Singh said..”The third youth Mohammad Shabir was battling for his life at the Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital (DMCH),” Singh added.

Health Ministry pitching for bill to allow women to abort in case of contraceptive failure

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Failure of contraceptive will be a lawful reason for abortion irrespective of whether the woman is married or otherwise, if a Health Ministry recommendation gets necessary Cabinet and Parliamentary nod. The Ministry in its recommendations for amending the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act has said a woman opting for abortion irrespective of whether she is married or single, should be given the choice. “We are very keen to push these amendments. We have done all due consultations with various stakeholders. We have said any woman who wants an abortion, whether she is single or married, can opt for it,” a senior Health Ministry official said.He said the Cabinet note regarding this has been prepared by the Ministry which will be taken up shortly. At present, the law recognises failure of contraceptive as a legal reason for abortion only if the woman is married. The official said a lot of maternal deaths occur due to improper abortions by untrained people. The ministry has also recommended allowing homeopaths, nurses and midwives to conduct non-invasive abortions with training. “We have also recommended that we will expand the base and include Auxiliary Nursing Midwife (ANM) as well as doctors practising AYUSH like homeopathy and other traditional medicines,” another official said.Sources said the Ministry is “very keen” to push for the amendments as it will also bring a lot of relief to single women who want to terminate pregnancy in a legal manner. Sources said once the amendments is passed in the Parliament, the ministry will elaborate on implementation of the law by notifying rules. The proposed amendments also include extending the gestation period from 20 weeks to 24 weeks.

Sushma Swaraj can help change organ donation law in India

It is indeed heartening to know that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj underwent a successful kidney transplant operation at the All India Institute of Medical sciences (AIIMS) on Saturday (December 10) and that she is recuperating fast. In a few weeks time, she should be able to resume her duty at the South Block to guide our country’s relationship with the larger world.

Swaraj has been one of the most successful ministers of the Narendra Modi government. She has succeeded in enhancing India’s international profile through her astute diplomatic skills, her legendary gift of the gab and her exemplary personal conduct. The manner in which she made the world know about her ailment and treatment (compare that with the absolute secrecy in J Jayalalithaa’s case) has endeared her to her countrymen and women.

However, one would hope that when Swaraj recovers completely from the post-operational rehabilitative process, she would spare a thought to around two lakh men and women across the country who have been waiting for years to get the official nod for a kidney transplant. It is common knowledge hat the denial of permission for a kidney transplant to those who carry little personal or political weight is common and thousands are dying every year due to it.

Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. File photo. AFP

Consider the rules for being eligible for a kidney transplant in India. If a near relative of the patient is willing to donate his or her kidney, then there is little problem. Private hospitals would expedite the process as they charge a fortune for the transplant. In the government hospitals, the delay could be due to usual red-tape in convening the mandatory meeting of the authorised committee to consider the requests, to examine the relevant papers and to interview the concerned persons. It depends on the relatives of the patients as to how strongly they can push the official machinery to get it going fast. Those who are familiar with the ways of making the government institutions work get the sanction quickly, but those who just wait for their turn not knowing where and how to push the system suffer a delay.

In all such cases, the permission for the kidney transplant may get delayed, but, usually, not denied. That is the advantage of a near relative offering a kidney for transplant. But then the definition of a near relative is quite specific: one’s parents or children, grandparents or grandchildren, spouse or siblings. If the donor is one of them, then the patient can breathe easy.

But, if any “near relative” of a patient is unavailable, unwilling, or unfit to donate a kidney, then the long arm of the law takes its toll. The law provides that a non-relative donor can be considered only if one is willing to offer a kidney out of “affection and attachment” to the donee, or for a special reason, but never out of consideration of money. Such a provision virtually blacks out the possibility of a kidney patient getting a donor.

How many ordinary patients will get a donor who would offer a vital organ like kidney out of “affection and/or attachment” for a distant relative or a non-relative? Such offers, however, may pour in for big celebrities. It was the same case with Swaraj who is a political celebrity. When she broke the news of her kidney ailment over Twitter, she was flooded with the kidney offers from scores of Indians who admire her for her personal and political standing. As the Indian Express reported, her doctors selected a 40-year old woman — out of a brood of non-relative donor offers — to service the need of the ailing political leader.

Now consider the timeline in Swaraj’s case: She made the announcement of her ailment over social media on 16 November, her kidney transplant happened on 10 December. In a span of fewer than four weeks, the donor was selected, mandatory testings for compatibility of donor-donee organ were carried out, all official permissions kicked in and the transplant was carried out. It must have been a record of sorts in the history of the AIIMS in showing such alacrity in carrying out a transplant of a kidney offered by a non-relative donor.

But then Swaraj deserved every bit of this special treatment, not for her own sake, but for the sake of the country. However, as a senior leader of the ruling party and the government, now it would be her turn to consider the plight of those waiting for a transplant from a non-relative donor. For most of them, there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel.

And that is because the official committee to screen such applications is usually not convinced that a non-relative donor is offering the vital organ just out of affection and attachment, and not out of mercenary considerations. The fact that most of these men and women, who come forward to donate, are from the poorer strata of the society and are mobilised by middlemen to offer a kidney in consideration of a certain sum of money, doesn’t help either.

Not that the kidney patients like it that way; but the law of the land does not give them any other option; they are left with a Hobson’s choice – either adopt the illegal course or embrace an impending death. Many such illegal transplants happen; but if and when they come to light, the harsh law of the land entails that the donor, donee, their relatives, middlemen and the doctors and administrators associated with the illegal transplant go to jail.

It is a harsh law, which is tilted in favour of the powerful who can manage to find a donor, and whose altruistic credentials, the official committee is ready to endorse. It is a law against the non-elite for whom it is virtually impossible to convince the committee about the altruism of the donor. There are examples such as that of a Delhi professor offering a kidney to a stranger in Kerala as was reported in the media, but they are rare; it has something to do with the elevating religious and moral sentiment of the donor.

The draconian law was envisaged with good intentions — to ensure that the poor are not exploited and made to part with vital organs by organised gangs — but then the illegal racket that thrives ensures that some poor people are misled into extortionist tactics, lose their body part and get a little money in return.

Why can’t the government make a law allowing voluntary donation of an organ in exchange for a minimum stipulated amount of money? The donor can bargain for a higher sum too, and the entire money could be deposited in the donor’s bank account before the transplant process kicks in.

With a proper monitoring mechanism in place that would make the system open and transparent; it would create a win-win situation for both the donor and the donee.

Unfortunately, our political establishment often fails to rise to the occasion to offset the acute problems, especially in the health sector that doesn’t promise much political dividend.

However, if Swaraj, who has gone through the trauma behind a kidney ailment, takes the lead to change the law to benefit all, she would win the sincere gratitude of thousands of sufferers and relieve them of their suffering.

First Published On : Dec 12, 2016 12:44 IST

Jayalalithaa critical: Venkaiah Naidu speaks to TN Governor, rushes to Chennai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government on Monday swung into action following Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa critical health condition, 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.Meanwhile, the special team of doctors from the All India Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi reached Chennai. “We are in regular touch with the Apollo authorities in Chennai and at the same time with the Tamil Nadu government. Yesterday, we got the information and they had requested for doctors from All India Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and a team of doctors, Dr Khilnani, Dr Trikha, Dr Narang and Dr Talwar are leaving for Chennai and they will be supporting there,”Union Health Minister JP Nadda said.However, the frenzy over Jayalalithaa’s critical heath seems to have begun as a distressed supporter died last night upon finding out Amma’s status.All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) cadre Nelagandan from Cuddalore district Gandhi Nagar died yesterday night after seeing the news of Jayalalithaa’s health on the television.Jayalalithaa continues to remain in a critical state after suffering a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening at the Apollo Hospital, where she has been admitted since September 22.A growing crowd of her supporters and AIADMK cadres have been thronging outside Apollo hospital and praying for her health.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. Para military forces are also on standby to handle the crowd in case of any emergency.

Jayalalithaa health setback puts life in Tamil Nadu in suspended animation

Since Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday, everything in the state seems to be in suspended animation although normal life in the city and elsewhere is unaffected.

The entire AIADMK leadership, ministers and a large number of party workers are camping in and around Apollo Hospitals on Greams Road, where she has been admitted since Sunday evening, when the hospital issued a press release announcing the latest setback. The hospital had confirmed earlier that she had completely recovered from the medical conditions for which she was admitted and was on a path of recuperation. An AIADMK leader had also announced a few hours earlier that she would be going home soon.

It’s rather impossible to gather anything new other than what the hospital has said: That she is on an “extracorporeal membrane heart assist device” and is being treated by a team of experts that includes cardiologists, pulmonologists and critical care specialists. The hospital did admit that she was in a critical condition.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Even as get-well messages pour in from all over the country — from national and state government leaders and ministers, all that Tamil Nadu, the AIADMK leadership, her supporters and well-wishers can do is to wait. The procedure that the hospital said that it has conducted on her is not very unusual in critical situations and it does take time for the patient to stabilise and recover.

In simple terms, “extracorporeal membrane heart assist device” means that the functions of her heart and lungs have been temporarily taken over by an external machine (extracorporeal means outside the body). Right now, she is on such a life support system because of the cardiac arrest and it takes the load from her heart and lungs and helps her recover. It’s somewhat similar to a heart-lung machine that’s commonly used during a coronary bypass surgery.

Given that the emotions of party workers run high during such distress situations, the state administration is reportedly taking all necessary precautions for ensuring normal life. Media reports said that senior police officers across the state have been ordered to report for law and order duty by Monday morning. There were also reports that both the state cabinet and the top brass of the police held late night meetings on Sunday night to ensure that there are no untoward incidents. Live TV feeds from the surrounding areas of the hospital showed considerable frenzy among her supporters. Prayers by groups of women appears to be a common sight. Party supporters are also organising prayers everywhere across the state.

Anything beyond what’s officially announced is speculation. Since Sunday, social media has been rife with rumours and unconfirmed reports, some of which were mischievous and misleading. Doctors will have to wait and watch and her supporters have to hope for the best. Medical literature shows that the present situation could last a few days. Reportedly, Dr Richard Beale, the critical care specialist from the UK, who had advised Apollo Hospitals on her treatment earlier, as well as the team from All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (Aiims) have been consulted and they will provide continued to support.

Jaya was admitted at the Apollo Hospitals more than two months ago with distress to her lungs and heart and also some infection. Although the hospital was tight-lipped about her condition initially, it later admitted that she was on respiratory support and on medicines to fight the infection. Later on, the hospital chairman Dr PC Reddy himself told the media that she had fully recovered and could go home whenever she was ready.

First Published On : Dec 5, 2016 11:30 IST

Jayalalithaa’s health: Centre dispatches team of Aiims specialists to Apollo Hospital

New Delhi: Centre on Monday dispatched a team of specialists from the All India Institute of Medical Science (Aiims) to Apollo Hospital in Chennai where Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is undergoing treatment after suffering cardiac arrest last evening.

Four specialists from Aiims will soon be reaching Apollo Hospital, Health Minister JP Nadda said here.

File image of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. PTIFile image of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. PTI

File image of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. PTI

“We are in constant touch with Apollo and Tamil Nadu Government. They had requested a team of doctors from AIIMS. We have sent a team of specialists from Aiims Dr Khilani, Dr Trikha, Dr Narang and Dr Talwar. We hope that doctors from AIIMS and Apollo will be able to help in her recovery. We pray to God that she regains her health,” Nadda said.

The team of AIIMS doctors include pulmonologist Dr GC Khilnani, anesthetist Dr Anjan Trikha, cardiac surgeon Dr Sachin Talwar and cardiologist Dr Rajiv Narang.

Jayalalithaa has been critical after she suffered a cardiac arrest in Apollo Hospital on Sunday where she was admitted over two months ago.

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

“Our doctors are closely monitoring Hon’ble CM’s condition and they are trying their very best,” Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals, tweeted.

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

With inputs from PTI

First Published On : Dec 5, 2016 11:15 IST

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.

Mission Possible: How to save a life, the ‘official’ way

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mostly dismissed as lethargic, casual and callous, the bureaucratic and political establishment can sometimes radically alter the script. As it happened with Dr Pooja Bhakoni, who was critically injured in last fortnight’s train accident near Kanpur and is now recovering in a Delhi hospital thanks to various departments that came together to choreograph a story of survival and solicitude.The 36-year-old assistant professor at Indore’s St Paul Management Institute was headed to Kanpur for a family wedding with her husband and two sons, aged 11 and three, when the Indore-Patna Express derailed on November 20. More than 140 people were killed, including her husband, and 200 injured. While her younger son Ritwick escaped relatively unscathed, elder son Tanishq received multiple fractures. Both are now back home in Indore.Bhakoni, who is now awaiting pelvic surgery at the BLK Hospital here, had multiple fractures in her hands, legs and pelvis and internal bleeding in the abdominal cavity for which she was initially treated at Kanpur Medical College.Soon after the accident, a high powered team of officials from Madhya Pradesh reached Kanpur to provide help to those who belonged to the state. They paid all the bills, including food and medicine, and asked Bhakoni’s family about their choice of hospital.”The officials initially arranged an ICU bed in Kanpur’s Regency Hospital. But I suggested that she be shifted to Delhi. The Madhya Pradesh government authorities arranged for an air ambulance transfer from Kanpur to Delhi. But since Chakeri airport at Kanpur does not operate at night, she was shifted by road in an ambulance to Lucknow’s Amausi Airport,” said Dr Kavita Chauhan, Bhakoni’s sister who works as a paediatrician in BLK Hospital.”The ambulance was accompanied by two pilot cars in front and behind acting as a shield and making way for throughout the journey. Authorities in Kanpur helped in providing a safe and clear corridor from Kanpur to Lucknow,” she recounted.The flight reached Delhi at 10 p.m. that night and an ambulance took her to the BLK Hospital’s ICU within an hour. All the arrangements were made by Madhya Pradesh government’s officials who had full authorization from Chief Minister Shivraj Chauhan, the family said.”This shows that such things are possible if there is a political will and all the medical systems are in place. This is unthinkable and unbelievable in India,” said Dr Rajesh Kumar Pande, director and senior consultant, critical care, at BLK Hospital.This was not her sister’s story alone, said Kavita. It was the same for all those from Madhya Pradesh who were taken by air to different hospitals.”All the more commendable is that Ashish Srivastava, the resident commissioner of Madhya Pradesh, visited the patient and gave us his official card for any help any time,” Pande said.Bhakoni was on ventilator support till November 24 and doctors are planning to perform a pelvic fixation surgery this week.The accident in which 14 coaches of the train derailed in the early hours of November 20 in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur Dehat district is the worst in India in six years.

Demonetization woes: Daily wager from Aligarh says gets himself sterilized for money

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, a resident of Aligarh has allegedly got himself sterilized so that his family could come out of its cash crunch post demonetization of high-value currency notes. Puran Sharma, a daily wager, couldn’t afford a daily meal for his family after the demonetization drive and got sterilized at a nearby camp in return for monetary compensation. “I was very tired because of this demonetization, wasn’t getting money. From somewhere, I heard that monetary compensation is being given for getting sterilized. So, I went there and got it done,” said Puran Singh.Aligarh’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Rupendra Goyal, however, narrated a different story altogether.Dr Goyal said Puran came to the sterilization camp organised in Khair with his wife. As his wife couldn’t be sterilized due to her poor health, the doctors on duty persuaded him to undergo the operation as part of the government’s family planning programme. “He came with his wife and was willing to sterilize his wife. But as she is deaf and dumb, we refused to do so,” said a doctor.Puran’s father claims that many people in the village undergo sterilization to collect money for their meals.

Uttarakhand govt reverses its own order on whistleblower Sanjiv Chaturvedi’s posting

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttarakhand government has reversed its decision of posting whistleblower Indian Forest Service officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi as OSD National Green Tribunal, with the Chief Minister saying that he will be given a fresh posting “of his choice”. Chaturvedi is said to have been not very keen in taking up his assignment as OSD, NGT where he had to represent Uttarakhand, which is facing over 180 cases related to violation of environmental norms.In reply to a question late yesterday, Chief Minister Harish Rawat told reporters that Chief Secretary Shatrughna Singh has been asked to withdraw the decision taken regarding the posting of Chaturvedi. “The officer will now be given a fresh posting of his choice,” Rawat said.In a letter to the Chief Secretary earlier this month, Chaturvedi had expressed his desire to offer his services in the state vigilance department or state anti corruption bureau. Chaturvedi, a 2002-batch Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer, had been at loggerheads with the Centre and had approached courts against some of the decisions of the central government of allegedly denying him due service- related benefits.He had earlier worked as Chief Vigilance Officer and then as Deputy Secretary in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) from June 2012 to June 2016.Last year, he had sought inter-cadre deputation to Delhi government. The Appointments Committee of Cabinet-led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had declined the proposal for inter- cadre deputation of Chaturvedi (for appointment as Officer on Special Duty to the Delhi Chief Minister) from Uttarakhand cadre.

PM Modi to visit Punjab to attend 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh

Fri, 25 Nov 2016-10:38am , New Delhi , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Punjab on Friday to attend a function marking the 350th birth anniversary of tenth Sikh Guru Gobind Singh ji at Sri Anandpur Sahib in Rupanagar district.The Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone of the All India Institute of Medical sciences (AIIMS) in Bathinda district. He will also address a public rally.Prime Minister Modi’s visit has political significance for the ruling alliance of Shiromani Akali Dal and BJP as Punjab Assembly elections are expected to be held in the state early next year.

Indore-Patna Express derailment: Toll mounts to 151

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The death toll in the Indore-Patna Express accident has risen to 151, Kanpur Chief Medical Officer Ramayan Prasad said on Thursday. When the body of one of the victims was going to be placed in deep freezer in Mati hospital in Kanpur Rural district, the authorities found on Wednesday that the torso belonged to a man while the legs, which had anklets, were of a woman, he said.The matter came to light during checking of six unidentified bodies at the mortuary of the hospital, Prasad said. The woman’s body was badly mutilated, he said, adding as the two parts were of different persons, the death toll in the train accident, which was kept at 150, is now being taken as 151, he added. The body has not been unidentified yet.The medical staff is inquiring into the matter, Prasad said. Now the health officials are looking for the legs of the man whose torso was found and the torso of the woman, the CMO said, adding parts like legs and arms of several victims of the train accident are missing.Indore-Patna Express had met with an accident on Sunday.

Indore-Patna Express tragedy: Deadliest rail mishap since 1999, toll climbs to 150

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The death toll climbed to 150 in the Indore-Patna Express derailment on Tuesday, making it the deadliest train accident in the last 17 years with four more persons, including a 12-year-old boy, succumbing to their injuries. The deaths reported from hospitals pushed the toll to 150 even as railway services resumed on Jhansi-Kanpur section after damaged tracks were replaced between Pukhrayan and Malasa stations. “Ram Singh, 52, and Abhay Shrivastava, 12, passed away during treatment at Regency and Hallet hospital of Medical College here,” Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Ramayan Prasad said. The identity of two other deceased was not known.With these deaths, the Sunday derailment of the train 19321 has become the deadliest rail accident since August 2, 1999 when 290 persons were killed after two trains carrying a total of 2,500 people collided at Gaisal in Assam. Prasad said the condition of six persons is serious.145 bodies have been identified and handed over to the families after post-mortem. The autopsy of five other bodies will be conducted after they are identified, he added. Medical College Principal Dr. Navneet Kumar said 65 injured persons are admitted in the Hallet Hospital and six of them are in the ICU.Meanwhile, train services resumed on the affected section, where 14 coaches were derailed in the wee hours of November 20, disrupting traffic on the route. Four trains were cancelled and 14 diverted after the accident. Kanpur IGP Zaki Ahmed said that besides replacing rails, electrical works were completed to ensure train operation on the busy route. “The route became operational last night after the damaged tracks were removed from the site. A trial run was conducted on the tracks before the resumption of train services,” he said.Officials had said that prima facie, the cause of the accident could be track fracture. A high-level probe was ordered on Monday by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, who promised “strictest possible action” against the guilty.

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.

Thiruvananthapuram: Needle removed from man’s body after 22 years

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A needle which got embedded into the body of a 12-year-old while he was playing, was removed by doctors in Thiruvananthapuram, 22 years later.The man, now aged 34, had approached doctors two weeks ago complaining of severe pain and swelling on his back side. A scan revealed the presence of a needle on his left buttock, doctors at the Medical College Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram said.The needle had penetrated his body accidentally when he was a playing as a child. Though he was rushed to a hospital, doctors could not trace it and the family eventually forgot about it. However, a few days ago, when Kiran Kumar developed pain and swelling, he was referred to the Medical College Hospital, where a thorough examination revealed a rusted needle, which was removed yesterday after a two hour-long surgery, they said.A team of doctors, including orthopedic and anesthesia experts, led the surgery. Kumar is recuperating after surgery.

Indore-Patna express derailment: Probe orderd, situation monitored closely, says Suresh Prabhu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday ordered a probe into the Indore-Patna express train derailment in which at least 45 people were killed. Indore-Patna express derailed at around 3:00 am near Pukhrayan, about 100 kms from Kanpur.”All rescue relief work on to deal with unfortunate accident. All medical and other help rushed. Enquiry ordered. Situation monitored closely,” Suresh Prabhu said in a series of tweets.”Senior officers ordered to go to spot immediately. They are on way to accident site. Local MP, MLAs other functionaries rushed. Medical assistance of all kinds is offered. Rail mobile medical units rushed to site. All injured rushed to hospitals, immediate medical help and ex-gratia to unfortunate passengers who died and to injured will be given,” he added.The Railways Minister also said that the enquiry team will start investigation for cause of accident immediately and all necessary assistance provided to the affected. “Strictest possible action will be taken against those who could be responsible for accident,” he said.Railways has also released helpline numbers — Indore- 07411072, Ujjain- 07342560906, Ratlam- 074121072, Orai- 051621072, Jhansi- 05101072, Pokhraya- 05113270239.

TDP MP offers his kidney to Sushma Swaraj

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Telugu Desam Party MP Rayapati Sambasiva Rao offered one of his kidneys to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who is undergoing treatment for renal failure. The 73-year-old MP from Narsaraopet wrote a letter to Swaraj (64), who is currently on dialysis in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. “I am very sorry to hear about your health problems.As AIIMS doctors have advised you for renal transplant at the earliest, I shall be very grateful if you could kindly accept my offer for donation of my kidney to you for the transplant,” the six-time MP said in the letter.Swaraj had on Wednesday tweeted that she was admitted to AIIMS due to kidney failure and has been undergoing tests for a transplant.Support from politicians as well as people from a cross- section of society started pouring in soon after that..

Sushma Swaraj admitted to Aiims

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New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was on Monday admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (Aiims), where she will undergo certain endocrinological tests.

“The minister (Swaraj) was admitted at around 7.22 pm at Aiims. She is having diabetes and other medical problems. She will undergo certain endocrinological tests on Tuesday,” a senior doctor said.

Swaraj is admitted at the cardio-neuro centre under the supervision of Balram Airan, Chief of the Cardio Thoracic Centre.

The 64-year-old BJP leader was admitted to Aiims in April this year after she complained of chest congestion. She was also brought here on 25 October for a routine medical check-up.

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.

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa has ‘started living normal life’: AIADMK

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday said party supremo and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, hospitalised here for more than a month, has “progressed well” and “started living a normal life” as it exuded confidence that she will soon resume her public service.Party spokesperson Panrutty S Ramachandran said 68-year old Jayalalithaa, undergoing treatment at the Apollo Hospital since September 22, has “progressed well” and expressed confidence that she will return to work for the poor people. “The people are confident (of her return) and their prayers are yielding results,” he told reporters.Another party spokesperson, C R Saraswathy said the doctors said that Jayalalithaa was “very well” but wanted her to be under their watch for some time. “She is very well and is consuming normal food. She has started living a normal life. she will return soon and resume public service,” Saraswathy said. The divine blessings were on Jayalalithaa as scores of party workers were holding prayers for her speedy recovery, she added.Jayalalithaa was admitted to the Apollo Hospital on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration. Later the hospital said she was being treated for infection with respiratory support among others.Specialists from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, and from London among others have treated Jayalalithaa.In its last medical bulletin on October 21, the hospital had said the Chief Minister was interacting and progressing gradually.

Experts raise doubts over ayurvedic drugs for diabetes by AYUSH

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) is launching “Mission Madhumeha through Ayurveda” on Friday, modern medicine doctors continue to be at loggerheads over efficacy of the alternative system of medicine for treatment of diabetes.A heated debate over the issue has been continuing in recent editions of ‘The Lancet’ via posts giving alternative therapies a thumbs down.Unabated doubts raised by diabetes experts over Ayurvedic drugs have also moved the AYUSH ministry to get concrete proof to their claims. “In a bid to counter this allegation that Ayurvedic are inefficacious, we have looped in scientific institutes such as Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). They are researching to establish efficacy of Ayurvedic drugs not only for diabetes but for other diseases also,” Anil Kumar Ganeriwala, Joint Secretary, AYUSH Ministry told DNA.Since March, there has been a brisk exchange of opinions over the issue in “The Lancet” with a latest correspondence on Wednesday. The first post titled ‘Maximum Hype, Minimum Science’ was published in the Medical Journal in March 2016, by a noted endocrinologist Dr Anoop Misra, who claimed there is insufficient scientific evidence to recommend Ayurvedic drugs in routine clinical practice.In reply to the post, Ayurvedic experts Rajiv Vasudevan and Zankhana Buch, stated, “Regarding the scarcity of studies of Ayurvedic treatments mentioned by Misra and colleagues, it is important to keep in mind that classic Ayurvedic medicines are usually polyherbal formulations. The combined effect of the phytochemical constituents of various herbs is responsible for therapeutic efficacy, rather than the actions of a single active ingredient.“Standard double-blind randomised controlled trials are not frequently used for Ayurvedic treatments because the multi-faceted approach to diabetes management is not amenable totrials,” they stated.

90-year-old man attacked by stray dogs in Kerala

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 90-year-old man was seriously injured when he was attacked allegedly by a pack of stray dogs while lying in the sitout of a house at Varkala near on Wednesday, police said. Raghavan, was attacked by six stray dogs around 4.30 am this morning, they said.The seriously injured nonagenarian is in a serious condition at the Trivandrum Medical college hospital. He has received deep wounds on his head, face, neck and legs, hospital sources said. A 65-year-old woman was mauled to death by a large pack of stray dogs in August on a suburban beach at Kanjiramkulam here.Activists of the youth wing of a political party had taken out a procession recently carrying dogs carcasses tied to poles following which the state government was asked by the Supreme Court to file a response within three weeks on the action taken. The apex court had on September 14 said compassion should be shown to stray dogs but these animals should not be allowed to become a menace to society and a balance needs to be struck.

Supreme Court rejects interim bail plea of Asaram Bapu in rape case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Supreme Court rejected the interim bail plea of self-styled religious figure Asaram Bapu on Monday, who is facing trial in rape cases, on health grounds and asked him to get his treatment done in Rajasthan in judicial custody itself. A bench of Justices AK Sikri and NV Ramana said if Asaram wanted to undergo treatment, he could get the diagnosis done at AIIMS, Jodhpur or at Rajasthan Ayurvedic hospital while staying in judicial custody.The apex court’s direction came after Asaram said he wanted to undergo ayurvedic treatment in Delhi for which he needed one month’s interim bail. “If you (Asaram) want ayurvedic treatment, you can get that it in Rajasthan itself. There is no need for interim bail as AIIMS medical board has also said that the health condition is stable,” the bench said.Counsel appearing for Rajasthan government said they were ready to provide all possible treatment to Asaram at the hospitals in the state. The bench, however, clarified that Asaram’s supporters should not be allowed in the hospital and none of his followers should meet him.The court said it will hear the plea for regular bail of Asaram in November. On October 18, the apex court had sought Rajasthan government’s response to Asaram’s bail pleas and said it will first deal with the interim bail and then regular bail. Earlier, a medical board of All India Institute of Medical Sciences had told the apex Court that the health condition of Asaram was stable. Asaram had refused to undergo several tests, the seven-member board had also said in its report filed before the bench of Justices AK Sikri and NV Ramana.On August 11, the apex court had denied interim bail to Asaram in a rape case and directed AIIMS to set up a medical board to ascertain his health condition before taking up his regular bail plea. Asaram was arrested by Jodhpur Police on August 31, 2013 and has been in jail since then. On August 9, the High Court had rejected his bail application in the rape case. A teenage girl had accused him of sexual assault at his ashram in Manai village near Jodhpur. The girl, who belonged to Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh, was a student living in the ashram.

SC rejects interim bail plea of Asaram Bapu in rape case

New Delhi: Supreme Court on Monday rejected the interim bail plea of self-styled religious figure Asaram Bapu, who is facing trial in rape cases, on health grounds and asked
him to get his treatment done in Rajasthan in judicial custody itself.

A bench of Justices AK Sikri and NV Ramana said if Asaram wanted to undergo treatment, he could get the diagnosis done at AIIMS, Jodhpur or at Rajasthan Ayurvedic hospital while staying in udicial custody.

Asaram Bapu in a file image. PTIAsaram Bapu in a file image. PTI

Asaram Bapu in a file image. PTI

The apex court’s direction came after Asaram said he wanted to undergo ayurvedic treatment in Delhi for which he needed one month’s interim bail. “If you (Asaram) want ayurvedic treatment, you can get that it in Rajasthan itself. There is no need for interim bail as AIIMS medical board has also said that the health condition is stable,” the bench said.

Counsel appearing for Rajasthan government said they were ready to provide all possible treatment to Asaram at the hospitals in the state. The bench, however, clarified that Asaram’s supporters should not be allowed in the hospital and none of his followers should meet him.

The court said it will hear the plea for regular bail of Asaram in November. On 18 October, the apex court had sought Rajasthan government’s response to Asaram’s bail pleas and said it will first deal with the interim bail and then regular bail.

Earlier, a medical board of All India Institute of Medical Sciences had told the apex Court that the health condition of Asaram was stable. Asaram had refused to undergo several tests, the seven-member board had also said in its report filed before the bench of Justices A K Sikri and N V Ramana.

On 11 August, the apex court had denied interim bail to Asaram in a rape case and directed AIIMS to set up a medical board to ascertain his health condition before taking up his regular bail plea.

Asaram was arrested by Jodhpur Police on 31 August, 2013 and has been in jail since then.

On 9 August, the High Court had rejected his bail application in the rape case.

A teenage girl had accused him of sexual assault at his ashram in Manai village near Jodhpur. The girl, who belonged to Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh, was a student living in the ashram.

The CBI’s ‘Untraceable’ 1984 witness Narinder Singh Khaira speaks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a status report in a New Delhi court claiming him untraceable. However, Canadian-American Narinder Singh Khaira, a “person of interest” in the 1984 anti-Sikh massacre case against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, declares himself willing to talk to investigators. Thirty-two years after the assassination of Indira Gandhi— on October 31, 1984—triggered a pogrom that killed thousands of Sikhs in the national capital, Khaira is determined never to return to India.Interestingly, days before it was supposed to apprise a Delhi court on a probe relating to the riots, the investigating agency also recently held a meeting with Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner, Bob Paulson. Khaira was amongst the issues discussed, sources said.During the meeting Paulson was “apprised about the pending judicial request”. In response, the Canadian official assured more cooperation.Khaira, a toddler at the time of the riots, is the son of the late Surinder Singh, who was a granthi at Gurudwara Pulbangash in Delhi and was witness to three murders in the area on November 1, 1984. Based on his statement, the Nanavati Commission recommended the registration of a case against Tytler for murder and for influencing witnesses.In 2014, Surinder Singh allegedly died under “mysterious circumstances” at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).”My father deposed in front of the Nanavati Commission. However, not only has his statement been misused, but he was also misguided into retracting it later on,” said Khaira, who shuttles between Vancouver and Calgary and has been living in Canada with his wife and two children since 2005.Asked how he felt about giving his testimony to the CBI, he said he and his family continued to receive threats, allegedly by goons working for Tytler. He also rubbished the allegation that Tytler paid for his shift to Canada and said his father sold property in Delhi to pay an agent to facilitate the immigration.A trucker by profession, Khaira said that he had no issues if the CBI wanted to question him over the phone or even meet him in Canada. But he continued to fear for his safety and said he would never come back to India.Twists and turnsThe Khaira family continues to hold centre stage in a case that has haunted victims as well as law enforcement agencies for over three decades. In December 2015, the CBI filed a closure report in court citing “lack of evidence”. This report was challenged and the court directed the probe agency to further investigate claims made by arms dealer Abhishek Verma, who had alleged that Tytler paid for Khaira’s immigration to Canada. Since then, the CBI has been “unsuccessfully” trying to trace Khaira.While it remains to be seen if the CBI will get to him, Khaira spoke to DNA on two occasions on a +1 (403) number, which he said was available with the CBI.Asked if any CBI official had been in touch, he said an official “named Khan” had called and told him that he would have to come to India for evidence.”I told the official that I am no longer an Indian citizen and I am not returning to Delhi,” he said.The probe agency now seems to be moving on the case owing to the court’s strict directives.Khaira said he could recollect conversations that took place between his family members, though he was a toddler then, some about the murders in Pul Bangash and the anti-Sikh riots in general.”I was very young when the riots took place. All that I know is through the conversations between my paternal uncle and my grandfather,” he said.Khaira added that some members of his extended family had also shifted to California in the US since they were being threatened.

AIIMS proposes increasing retirement age of faculty to 67

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The governing body of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences has cleared the proposal to increase the retirement age of its teaching faculty from 65 to 67 years. The proposal will now have to await the approval of the Cabinet for it to be implemented. The decision was taken during the 150th meeting of the governing body and 10th meeting of the institute body chaired by Union Health Minister JP Nadda late Friday evening. Nadda in his capacity as the Health Minister is also the President of AIIMS. “The two bodies have cleared the proposal to increase the retirement age of teaching faculty to 67 years from the present limit of 65,” an AIIMS spokesperson said. The new proposal, however, does not apply to the AIIMS Director. “Though the proposal does not include the institute’s director, the government can still bring the same in its ambit through Parliamentary procedure,” the spokesperson said. The AIIMS has already begun the search for its new director starting this month.Present Director Dr MC Misra is superannuating on January 31 next year. During the governing and institute’s bodies meeting, Nadda had also directed the AIIMS administration to take all necessary steps to operationalise the National Cancer Institute by April 2018.The NCI is coming up in Jhajjhar in Haryana which would be equipped with top medical facilities including first-of-its-kind tissue repository.

BSF pays tribute to Gurnam Singh; says he was ‘instrumental’ in foiling infiltration

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Paying tributes to their slain comrade Gurnam Singh in a wreath laying ceremony with full honours, the Border Security Force (BSF) on Sunday hailed his supreme sacrifice and also said that fallen jawanhad been instrumental in foiling infiltration on the border.Speaking to the media here after the ceremony, Additional Director General (ADG) BSF, Arun Kumar informed that Gurnam was one of those personnel responsible for foiling the infiltration as Pakistan was trying to send men across the border under the cover of fire on October 19th and 20th.”Next morning he was on the same mount from where the infiltrators were sent back and he was shot at. It was becoming difficult for us to evacuate him from there due to the fire support of Pakistan and then we brought him to the Jammu medical college where he survived for two days,” Kumar added.Asserting that the doctors were trying everything to give him the best possible treatment, the officer further said that plans were being made to transport Gurnam to Delhi in an Air Ambulance, but unfortunately they lost him.”After Uri this was the first infiltration attempt along the International Border and was given befitting reply. We have been able to give them the proper response and have given them message that if they touch even one of our men, they will face severe consequences,” Kumar said.The Additional Director General also informed that Gurnam’s name will be recommended for the Gallantry Award.Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has offered his condolences to the heartbroken family of Gurnam Singh.”I am saddened by the demise of BSF jawan Gurnam Singh. He has given an example of bravery on the border and gave his life for the nation. I laud the sheer bravery and sacrifice of Gurnam Singh and offer my condolences to his grieving family,” Rajnath said in a series of tweets.However, the distraught and crushed family of the slain soldier have asserted that he would have been alive if provided with better medical facilities.Kulbir Singh, father of Gurnam said that had there been a separate hospital for BSF soldiers in RS Pura, proper treatment could have been given to him.”There is only one government hospital here in Bakshinagar. That is why we demand that there should be separate health care system for BSF soldiers. Had it been installed he could have been given proper treatment,” Singh told ANI.”We all are proud of my brother’s sacrifice”, said Gurnam’s sister Gurjeet Kaur.Distraught by the loss, the family has demanded from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to construct a special hospital for all the BSF soldiers so that similar case does not repeat in the near future.”I am proud of my brother’s sacrifice. Not only me but my all relatives are proud of him. We all prayed for his recovery but it did not happen. We have only one request to Modi government that a proper health care system be installed for the BSF soldiers like my brother, who was just lying there with his injuries without any attention,” said sister of Gurnam Singh.Gurnam succumbed to his injuries last night, after he was critically injured in an attack by Pakistani forces at border area in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.The family of Gurnam Singh, on Saturday had demanded that the government take him abroad for better medical treatment to ensure his survival.”Why is the government is still keeping him in the same hospital? Is there no other hospital in the country? The government can even send him to foreign (country), or a foreign doctor can be called. If ministers can go abroad for their treatment, then why can’t army men? asked Singh’s sister, Gurjeet Kaur.Still unaware about the actual condition of her brother, Kaur said that they had only got a call about the incident on afternoon Friday.Dr. Rajinder Thappa, Chief Medical Officer at the Government Medical College said that the jawan had breathed his last on Saturday night 11: 30 p.m.”His parents wanted him to be shifted to AIIMS for better treatment. We were about to do that yesterday but unfortunately he passed away,” Thapa told ANI.Gurnam received a bullet injury to his head on Friday when a Pakistani Ranger fired on his outpost in the Hiranagar area of Jammu.The BSF launched an aggressive offensive, killing a militant and seven Pakistani Rangers in retaliation.Gurnam was evacuated immediately to the Jammu Government Medical College where his condition remained critical.

Better medical facilities would have saved my son: Father of slain BSF jawan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With Border Security Force Jawan (BSF) Gurnam Singh succumbing to his injuries last night after he was shot in cross-border firing, the distraught and crushed family of the slain soldier asserted that he would have been alive if provided with better medical facilities. The 26 year old soldier was being treated at the Government Medical College and Hospital in Jammu. Kulbir Singh, father of Gurnam said that had there been a separate hospital for BSF soldiers in RS Pura, proper treatment could have been given to him.”There is only one government hospital here in Bakshinagar. That is why we demand that there should be separate health care system for BSF soldiers. Had it been installed he could have been given proper treatment,” Singh said. “We all are proud of my brother’s sacrifice”, said Gurnam?s sister Gurjeet Kaur. Distraught by the loss, the family has demanded from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to construct a special hospital for all the BSF soldiers so that similar case does not repeat in the near future. “I am proud of my brother’s sacrifice. Not only me but my all relatives are proud of him. We all prayed for his recovery but it did not happen. We have only one request to Modi government that a proper health care system be installed for the BSF soldiers like my brother, who was just lying there with his injuries without any attention,” said sister of Gurnam Singh. Gurnam Singh, succumbed to his injuries last night, after he was critically injured in an attack by Pakistani forces at border area in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. The family of Gurnam Singh, on Saturday demanded that the government take him abroad for better medical treatment to ensure his survival. The family of Gurnam Singh, on Saturday had demanded that the government take him abroad for better medical treatment to ensure his survival. “Why is the government is still keeping him in the same hospital? Is there no other hospital in the country? The government can even send him to foreign (country), or a foreign doctor can be called. If ministers can go abroad for their treatment, then why can’t army men?” asked Singh’s sister, Gurjeet Kaur. Still unaware about the actual condition of her brother, Kaur said that they had only got a call about the incident on afternoon Friday. Dr Rajinder Thappa, Chief Medical Officer at the Government Medical College said that the jawan had breathed his last on Saturday night 11: 30 p.m. “His parents wanted him to be shifted to AIIMS for better treatment. We were about to do that yesterday but unfortunately he passed away,” Thapa told ANI.Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has offered his condolences to the heartbroken family of Gurnam Singh. “I am saddened by the demise of BSF jawan Gurnam Singh. He has given an example of bravery on the border and gave his life for the nation. I laud the sheer bravery and sacrifice of Gurnam Singh and offer my condolences to his grieving family,” Rajnath said in a series of tweets.Gurnam received a bullet injury to his head on Friday when a Pakistani Ranger fired on his outpost in the Hiranagar area of Jammu. The BSF launched an aggressive offensive, killing a militant and seven Pakistani Rangers in retaliation. Gurnam was evacuated immediately to the Jammu Government Medical College where his condition remained critical.

BSF trooper Gurnam Singh, injured in Pakistan firing, dies in Jammu

Jammu: Border Security Force (BSF) trooper injured in Pakistan sniper firing on Friday on the international border in Kathua district, succumbed to critical injuries in the hospital on Sunday.

Police said the BSF constable, Gurnam Singh, who was injured in Pakistan sniper fire in Bobiya area of Hira Nagar sector of the international border on Friday, succumbed in the wee hours of Sunday morning at the Government Medical College Hospital in Jammu city.

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Following the sniper injury to their trooper, the BSF had launched an offensive in which, it claimed, seven Pakistan Rangers and a militant were killed on Friday.

Gurnam Singh belonged to Bhalesar village of RS Pura in Jammu district.

Mandeep Singh and Gurjeet Kour, brother and sister of the deceased trooper have alleged that despite a critical head injury, their brother was not shifted for specialised treatment to a neurological facility outside the state.

The BSF had said it was prepared to provide all assistance to its trooper and his family, but would go by medical advice regarding the shifting of the injured trooper to a hospital outside J&K.

Hundreds of villagers in Bhalesar village had been praying for recovery of the injured BSF trooper.

J&K: BSF jawan Gurnam Singh, injured in cross-border firing by Pakistan, dies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BSF jawan Gurnam Singh, who was injured in yesterday’s attack by Pakistani forces at the international border in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, succumbed to his injuries on Saturday night.26-year-old Singh, who was undergoing treatment at the Government Medical College and Hospital, died at around 11.45 PM, police said.He was injured yesterday when Pakistani snipers targeted him as he was instrumental in foiling a major infiltration bid along the international border in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir.Seven personnel of Pakistani Rangers, the border force of Pakistan, and a terrorist were killed when BSF retaliated against a ceasefire violation in which Gurnam was injured.

BSF retaliates, kills seven rangers and one terrorist after Pakistan violates ceasefire in Hiranagar

Jammu: Pakistan rangers again violated ceasefire along the International Border (IB) in the RS Pura sector of Jammu district by resorting to small arms fire late tonight.

“Small arms bursts are beings fired by Pakistan Rangers in Abdullian village in the Suchetgarh sector in RS Pura,” Deputy Commissioner Jammu Simrandeep Singh said.

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He said people have been advised to stay indoors and so far no relief camps have been set up and the situation will be monitored for the next 18 hours.

A BSF officer said the jawans were giving befitting reply to Pakistan Rangers.

The latest ceasefire violations came hours after the BSF claimed to have killed seven Pakistan Rangers and one terrorist in the “retaliatory fire” in the Kathua sector on the international border.

Pakistan Rangers, the border force of Pakistan, resorted to sniper attacks at Indian posts at HiraNagar in Kathua at around 9.35 am, BSF said.

The Indian border guarding force launched an aggressive offensive against the Pakistani firing, BSF said in a release, adding seven Rangers and a terrorist were shot dead in the retaliatory firing.

Seeking to suggest that the killings had been corroborated by Pakistani media, the BSF said “source input” claimed that a media organisation in that country was running a news item about death of five Rangers.

The strong response by BSF came after one of Constables Gurnam Singh was injured in a sniper fire attack by Pakistani Rangers this morning in the same area.

Singh, whose condition is considered to be critical, was evacuated with the cover fire to Government Medical College in Jammu.

The firing from Pakistan was effectively retaliated and that has claimed the casualties of Pakistani forces, the release said.

After BSF kills 7 Rangers, Pak violates ceasefire once again in RS Pura sector

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan rangers again violated ceasefire along the International Border (IB) in the RS Pura sector of Jammu district by resorting to small arms fire late on Friday night.”Small arms bursts are beings fired by Pakistan Rangers in Abdullian village in the Suchetgarh sector in RS Pura,” Deputy Commissioner Jammu Simrandeep Singh said. He said people have been advised to stay indoors and so far no relief camps have been set up and the situation will be monitored for the next 18 hours.A BSF officer said the jawans were giving befitting reply to Pakistan Rangers. The latest ceasefire violations came hours after the BSF claimed to have killed seven Pakistan Rangers and one terrorist in the “retaliatory fire” in the Kathua sector on the international border.Pakistan Rangers, the border force of Pakistan, resorted to sniper attacks at Indian posts at Hira Nagar in Kathua at around 9.35 AM, BSF said. The Indian border guarding force launched an aggressive offensive against the Pakistani firing, BSF said in a release, adding seven Rangers and a terrorist were shot dead in the retaliatory firing.Seeking to suggest that the killings had been corroborated by Pakistani media, the BSF said “source input” claimed that a media organisation in that country was running a news item about death of five Rangers. The strong response by BSF came after one of Constables Gurnam Singh was injured in a sniper fire attack by Pakistani Rangers this morning in the same area.Singh, whose condition is considered to be critical, was evacuated with the cover fire to Government Medical College in Jammu. The firing from Pakistan was effectively retaliated and that has claimed the casualties of Pakistani forces, the release said.

No jeans, leggings, short tops for students of Trivandrum Medical college

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A government Medical College in Thiruvananthapuram has asked its students to shun jeans, leggings, short tops and ‘noisy ornaments’ while attending classes and interacting with patients. The circular in this regard was put up by the Principal of the Trivandrum Medical college on Thursday.Women students have been asked not to come to classes and attend to patients wearing short tops, jeans, leggings, chappals and ‘noisy ornaments’ and instead wear churidars or saris with their hair put up.Male students cannot wear jeans, T-shirts or any other casuals and chappals and should instead wear ‘neat and clean’ dresses.Some students said they have the freedom to wear dresses of their choice and cannot be forced to wear dresses to suit the patients. When the issue turned controversial, the medical college authorities clarified on Friday that the circular is brought out every year when new students are admitted. Like all years, this year also the circular was issued, Vice Principal Dr K Girija Kumari said in a statement.The college maintained that a majority of students adhere to the dress code and none of them have made any complaints. Only a very small percentage of students do not follow the dress code, it said.According to the college, the dress code is only when students attend classes and visit patients in wards. “Inside the campus, when there is no class and they are not with patients, there is no bar and they can wear any dress of their choice,” the Vice Principal said.She said a majority of students from the second to fourth year spend most of their time at the hospital with patients and future doctors ought to be dressed properly, which was important. They should also wear overcoats and carry identity cards. This year the medical college has decided to strictly implement the dress code.Patients and teachers have several times complained that students are not coming to classes dressed properly. Due to this circular was brought out once again, the college stated.

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa ‘interacting and progressing gradually’: Hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Almost a month after she was hospitalised, Apollo Hospitals on Friday for the first time said Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa “is interacting”, a key indicator of improvement in her physical condition.”The Honourable Chief Minister is interacting and progressing gradually,” Director of Medical Services, Apollo Hospitals, Dr N Sathyabhama said in a press release. She said Jayalalithaa “continues to be under treatment and observation for all vital parameters, respiratory support and passive physiotherapy.” Dr Sathyabhama said the team of experts of the critical care group, senior cardiologists, senior respiratory physicians, senior consultants of the infectious diseases department, senior endocrinologist and diabetologist of Apollo Hospitals, Greams Road, Chennai have been giving treatment and care to her.”The nutrition and the essential nutrient intake are being attended to by senior consultants from the dietary team.” In its last medical bulletin on October 10, the hospital had said, “Prof Dr G Khilnani, Department of Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), visited Apollo Hospital again on October 9 and 10 and examined Honourable Chief Minister.” It had said that Khilnani, part of a three-member AIIMS panel, had discussions with the hospital’s expert panel and “concurred with the present line of treatment” being given to the Chief Minister.Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo hospital on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration. Consultant Intensivist from the UK Dr Richard John Beale had also examined her and deliberated with the Apollo doctors’ team on her treatment. Meanwhile, AIADMK spokesperson CR Saraswathy said Jayalalithaa would be back home “soon”. “Amma will be back home very soon. Amma is perfectly all right. She is conscious. She is talking,” she told PTI, adding that prayers continued to be offered across the state for her well-being.

Dr Ketan Desai, accused of crimes, becomes president of World Medical Association

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The World Medical Association (WMA), the top medical-ethics body, on Friday installed Indian doctor, Ketan Desai who is facing corruption charges as its president, despite controversy surrounding his appointment while legal cases are pending. A statement released by the WMA said Dr Ketan Desai delivered his inaugural speech as president on Friday at the association’s annual assembly in Taiwan. He will serve in the position for 2016-17.After he was first selected in 2009 as a future president of the WMA, Desai faced conspiracy and corruption allegations. Desai has denied any wrongdoing in connection with the pending cases. He did not respond to questions from Reuters sent via email.When Reuters asked the WMA this week for an update on Desai’s legal situation, spokesman Nigel Duncan said the association had nothing more to say. “I don’t think there’s anything we want to add to what we have already said,” Duncan said. He did not answer questions about Desai’s legal cases or what the ethics body had been told about them in recent months.In one case filed in New Delhi in 2010, Desai faces charges of corruption and criminal conspiracy for allegedly being involved in a conspiracy to obtain a bribe of Rs 20 million rupees ($450,000 at the time) from a medical college. In return, investigators allege Desai helped the school get permission from the Medical Council to add more students. When contacted last year, the college, which is not a defendant in the case, declined to comment.Desai was arrested in the Delhi case and jailed in 2010 pending a possible trial. He was later released on bail. That year his inauguration as the WMA president was suspended. In 2013, the WMA decided to lift the suspension after receiving assurances from the Indian Medical Association, which Desai once headed. The Indian Medical Association did not respond to queries from Reuters this week.A Reuters investigation published in July last year showed that the Indian Medical Association had incorrectly told the WMA that charges against Desai had been withdrawn. Representatives of major doctors organizations accepted the information as fact. The Indian Medical Association said last year that it never misled the WMA.The WMA had said it took questions raised in the Reuters article “very seriously” and would look into them. Later, in October 2015, the WMA upheld its decision to appoint Desai as president, without giving reasons.A source at India’s Central Bureau of Investigation said this week that the New Delhi case was still active though it was on hold due to a pending appeal in the Supreme Court. The source said Desai still needs to appear before the district court judge during hearings.A court document dated August 3 shows Desai, a urologist by training, submitted an application to seek an exemption from a personal appearance in court that day due to an illness. The next hearing is scheduled for November 4. Proceedings in a separate case, alleging Desai was involved in a conspiracy to have the Medical Council of India allow a private medical school to add more students, were put on hold last year by a district court in northern Uttar Pradesh state until investigators obtain government permission to prosecute. Desai’s counsel in the case, Purnendu Chakravarti, said this week there was no change in the status of the case. An overburdened and under-resourced Indian judiciary system means court cases can drag on for years in the country.Based in France, the WMA sets ethical standards for physicians worldwide and represents millions of doctors. Known for its pioneering work in ethics, its members include the American Medical Association and the British Medical Association.

Odisha SUM hospital fire: Death toll rises to 24 as one more person succumbs to injuries

Bhubaneswar: The death toll in Odisha’s SUM Hospital fire rose to 24, as one more person undergoing treatment succumbed to injuries on Friday, a health official said.

“While two other patients succumbed to their injuries in the Capital Hospital on Thursday night, one more died on Friday,” the official said.

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A fire broke out at Odisha’s SUM Hospital killing 24 people so far. PTI

Sheikh Qurban of Khurda undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital here succumbed four days after receiving extensive injuries in Monday’s blaze that initially claimed 19 lives.

On Thursday night, Biswanath Behera of Dumduma area in Bhubaneswar and Rashmita Swain of Balipada area in Puri also died. Two more injured persons had succumbed to injuries earlier during the week.

As many as 106 patients were shifted to different hospitals following the major fire that broke out in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the dialysis ward at SUM hospital on Monday evening.

The Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Commissionerate Police arrested four hospital officials on Tuesday, and the owner, Manoj Nayak, on Thursday and secured his two-day remand.

Nayak was to be grilled over the renewal of registration and the lack of fire safety measures in his hospital, the police said.

Bhubaneshwar fire: Hospital chairman arrested; SIT asks ED to probe transactions of hospital trust

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Black Money has asked the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to probe financial transactions of the trust whose chairman was on Thursday arrested for a fire in a hospital run by it in which 21 people were killed.A senior police official said the SIT had directed the ED to examine all financial transactions of ‘Sikshya O Anusandhan Charitable Trust’ (SOA) that runs several institutions including Sum hospital where the incident occurred.At the same time, Vice-Chairman of the Supreme Court- appointed SIT on black money Justice Arijit Pasayat has also asked Odisha police to cooperate with the ED during their investigation, he said.”We have received a letter from the SIT on black money last night asking us to cooperate with the ED which is to probe into the money transactions of Sikshya O Anusandhan Charitable Trust,” said Director General of Police K B Singh.The SIT has asked the police to ensure that at no document or evidence pertaining to financial transactions of the trust including the hospital are tampered with or destroyed, the DGP said.The SIT direction for ED probe into money transactions came almost simultaneously with the surrender and subsequent arrest of Manoj Ranjan Nayak, Chairman of the trust that runs SOA under which several institutions including an engineering college and the Institute of Medical Sciences and Sum hospital function.With the arrest of Nayak who surrendered at Khandagiri police station here in the early hours today, the number of those held in connection with the fire tragedy rose to five.The arrest came hours after the Commissinorate of Police had issued a Look Out Circular (LOC) against Nayak and Saswati Das, both trustees of the charitable trust.While Nayak is being interrogated by the police, efforts are on to nab Das, the DGP said.Earlier, four senior officials of Sum Hospital including its Medical Superintendent Pushparaj Samantasinghar had been arrested on Tuesday night on the basis of an FIR lodged by the state government’s fire service department. They were booked under section 304, 308, 285 and 34 of IPC.A case was registered against the authorities of Sum hospital which has been accused of overlooking a 2013 advisory of state government to improve its firefighting mechanism. The hospital does not allegedly possess a fire safety certificate.Another FIR has also been filed on behelf of the Director of Medical Education and Training (DMET) against the Sum Hospital authorities alleging gross negligence in fire safety measures.That apart, the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (Central) is also inquiring into the devastating fire incident at the direction of the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

NHRC issues notice to Odisha government after hospital blaze

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has expressed shock on how the state authorities allow hospitals to function without proper fire safety clearance. Following the death of 22 persons in Odisha on October 17 at SUM Hospital and Medical College in Bhubaneshwar, NHRC has issued a notice to the state government.The fire occurred due to a suspected short circuit. 40 patients in critical condition have been admitted to different hospitals. Reportedly, the hospital in question came under the scanner as early as 2013, for not adhering to the safety measures, but the hospital authorities ignored it. Shockingly, in Odisha, out of 568 hospitals, only 3 have clearance from the department of fire safety.The Commission has observed that callous attitude and lapses of the authorities, if any, amount to violation of right to life of the patients. Accordingly, it has issued a notice to the Government of Odisha through its Chief Secretary, calling for a report in the matter within six weeks including the relief and rehabilitation granted to the next of kin of the deceased and the injured. He has also been asked to inform about the steps or precautions taken or proposed to be taken by the state government to prevent recurrence of such mishaps.The fire reportedly started in the Operation Theatre of the Dialysis Ward and spread to ICU and nearby wards. The State Government has ordered a probe by the Director, Medical Education and Training, and has also declared free treatment to all injured persons.

Bhubaneswar: NHRC issues notice to Odisha govt over fire at SUM hospital

New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission on Wednesday issued notice to the Odisha government over the deaths of 20 persons in the 17 October fire that broke out in Bhubaneswar’s SUM Hospitals.

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Police carry out rescue work at the hospital. PTI

Taking cognisance of the issue, the commission observed that the SUM Hospitals was warned as early as 2013, for not adhering to safety norms but the hospital authorities ignored.

The commission also took note of the fact that out of 568 hospitals in Odisha, only three cleared the fire safety requirements. It also slammed the state government.

The commission said: “The callous attitude and lapses of the authorities, if any, amount to violation of right to life of the patients.”

“It is a matter of shock how the state authorities allowed such a large number of hospitals to function without proper fire safety clearance,” said the NHRC.

It issued a notice to the Odisha government through its Chief Secretary, and asked for a report on the incident within six weeks.

The report should include the relief and rehabilitation granted to the next of kin of the deceased and the injured.

The commission asked the state to include in the report the steps and precautions being taken or proposed to be taken by it that could prevent recurrence of such tragedy.

Twenty persons were killed, and 106 others were injured, in the Monday fire in the ICU of the Dialysis Ward of the SUM Hospitals, that has 750 beds and 25 intensive care units.

The fire reportedly started in the Operation Theatre of the dialysis ward and spread to the ICU and nearby units.

The state government has ordered a probe, while the Director of Medical Education and Training (DMET) had declared free treatment to all injured.

Four hospital officials have so far been arrested in the case, and the owner’s arrest is likely soon.

Union Health Minister JP Nadda on Wednesday visited the SUM Hospitals and met the injured. He called for strong action against those responsible for the tragedy.

Odisha fire: Sum hospital violates safety norms, action against owner likely

Bhubaneswar: The owner of the Odisha hospital where 20 people died in a tragic fire on Monday, might be arrested for negligence and blatant violation of fire safety norms in the premises, an official said on Wednesday.

Director of Medical Education and Training Prakash Chandra Mohapatra hinted that the owner of the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospitals could be arrested.

“The police is taking action against the hospital authorities. We have filed FIR against the hospital management. The owner also comes under the management. Police may take action against him,” said Mohapatra.

According to a note from the Director, Medical Education and Training (DMET), out of the 568 fully operational private hospitals and nursing homes in the state, only three corporate hospitals — in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri — have fire safety certificates.

The name of SUM hospital did not figure in the list at all. It has no fire safety certificate, the note showed.

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The hospital also did not adhere to the 2013 audit on fire safety measures. It did not obtain any valid fire safety certificate, said a senior fire service official.

The SUM Hospitals neither had a 25,000 litre water tank nor a functional sprinkler system that could have been used to fight a fire on the premises.

“The fire detection system did not function as it was not integrated properly. As such, there were no alarms warning the people of the situation,” said the fire department in an FIR lodged by it.

It further said that there was no provision for an external fire escape staircase thereby hindering evacuation. Patients were evacuated through windows after breaking the glass panes.

The existing fire protection system available in the building — fire hydrant system — did not function during fire fighting and there was no water source available within the hospital premises.

The commissionerate police have arrested four persons so far in connection with the fire tragedy.

Medical Superintendent Pusparaj Samantasinghar, former Executive Engineer Amulya Kumar Sahu (electrical maintenance), Fire Safety Officer Santosh Das and retired Junior Engineer Malay Kumar Sahu (electrical maintenance) were arrested on Tuesday.

Odisha CM Patnaik announces Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia for Sum hospital fire victims

Odisha CM Patnaik announces Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia for Sum hospital fire victims

Updated: Oct 19, 2016 14:22 IST

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for the kin of those who died in the Sum Hospital fire.

Patnaik, who has earlier announced free treatment for the fire victims in different hospitals in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, made this announcement of ex-gratia before leaving for New Delhi.

“The Chief Minister has announced the ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for the victims’ families,” a communication received from the chief minister’s office said.

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A file photo of Naveen Patnaik. PTI

Earlier, the Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan (SOA) University, which runs the Institute of Medical Sciences and Sum Hospital, had yesterday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the deceased.

“The authorities will pay an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the next of the kin of the deceased persons and bear all medical expenses of all the injured persons,” SOA Vice- chancellor Amit Banerjee had announced on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, opposition Congress has demanded Rs 25 lakh compensation for each family of victims. “The state government should give Rs 10 lakh and the Centre needs to provide Rs 15 lakh to each family of victims,” OPCC President Prasad Harichandan said.

CPI national secretary D Raja also demanded adequate compensation for the victims’ families besides a high level probe into the fire that killed 21 people.

Bhubaneshwar fire: Victim’s kin demand compensation, jobs; protest outside Sum hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the hospital inferno in Odisha, the kin of the victims who lost their lives in the incident protested outside Bhubaneshwar’s Sum hospital on Wednesday, demanding compensation and jobs.According to ANI, the families of the victims are demanding Rs 15 lakh compensation and jobs.Union Health Minister JP Nadda who visited the patients assured them of support from the Odisha government for the treatment of patients.”Prima facie I find some safety issues which need to be addressed, people’s faith need to be reposed,” he said.The Health minister also said that there seemed to have been some protocol breach and an inquiry report would come soon. “The state government should see punitive action taken,” he added.Stating that the Centre would take measures to ensure better treatment of the patients, Nadda said the state government had constituted panels for conducting inquiry into the mishap.The Health Minister and Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan met patients at AIIMS-Bhubaneswar, AMRI Hospital and KIMS Hospital.Meanwhile, the superintendent of Sum Hospital, who was among the four officials arrested, was admitted to the SCB Medical College Hospital in Cuttack on Wednesday after complaining of chest pain.

Bhubaneswar fire: Hospital Superintendent, 3 others arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four officials of the SUM Hospital were arrested on Tuesday night in connection to the fire that broke out at the hospital on Monday. 22 people were reported dead in the fire and several others were left critically injured. Bhubaneswar Police Commissioner said that SUM Hospital Superintendent and three other employees were arrested. Odisha government on Tuesday filed two FIRs alleging negligence in conduct and safety against the private hospital, while administrative inquiries into the mishap have begun. Two separate FIRs have been lodged by Joint Director of the Directorate of Medical Education and Training (DMET) Umakanta Satpathy and Fire Officer (Central Circle) B B Das with the Khandagiri police station, said ACP P K Patnaik.”In both the cases, allegations of negligence in conduct and safety were levelled against the Sum Hospital authorities. A case will be registered soon,” he said, adding that some other organisations have also lodged complaints against the hospital.As many as 106 patients, who were shifted from the private Sum Hospital following the blaze on Monday night, are now undergoing treatment at different hospitals in the city, Health Secretary Arti Ahuja said, amid reports that some of them are in critical condition. Most of them were from the ICU and the dialysis unit, an official said.Most of the deaths in the four-storey hospital took place due to suffocation and asphyxiation, a senior official said, adding that majority of the patients at the ICU were on ventilator support.The blaze was suspected to have been triggered by an electric short circuit in the dialysis ward on the first floor which spread to the nearby ICU. The fire rapidly spread to other areas on the same floor of the hospital building.

Bhubaneswar fire: SUM hospital authorities deny administrative lapses

Bhubaneswar: The SUM Hospital authorities on Tuesday denied that there were lapses on the management’s part that led to the loss of 20 lives.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

It, however, suspended four persons for the fire incident.

“We have put four officials under suspension following the fire incident. They have been suspended pending inquiry. However, the suspension does not mean that they are guilty. Only a thorough inquiry would reveal the actual cause of the incident,” said Amit Banerjee, Vice Chancellor of the SUM Hospital and Medical College.

Those put under suspension for reported dereliction of duty are the fire officer, manager and two others staffers.

He said the exact reason behind the unfortunate incident will be known only after the investigation committee submits its report.

Banerjee also announced Rs 5 lakh compensation to the kin of each deceased.

He said steps are being taken to provide free treatment to the injured.

Meanwhile, services have resumed at the hospital except in the ICU, dialysis and emergency wards, which were sealed by the state government for investigation, said the Vice Chancellor.

Fire Safety DG Binay Behera, who inspected the fire safety measures of the hospital, informed that a 2013 audit report had found lapses in the fire safety measures.

The audit report had warned the SUM Hospital of lapses and asked it to rectify those. But the hospital did not respond to the Fire Department, said a fire official.

“We will submit a detailed report to the government after the inquiry is done,” said Behera.

LIVE: After Bhubaneswar fire, hospital suspends three electricians, probe ordered

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A day after a major fire at a hospital in Bhubaneswar claimed 22 lives, ravaged areas of the medical facility were sealed on Tuesday ahead of a thorough probe as the state government geared up to ensure proper treatment of patients shifted elsewhere.

Health Secretary Arti Ahuja, who visited the private hospital this morning, said the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), dialysis and emergency units of the fire-hit medical facility have been sealed to ensure a proper investigation.

As many as 106 persons, who were shifted from SUM Hospital following the blaze, are now undergoing treatment at different hospitals in the city, she said. Some patients have also been shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital at Cuttack.

Bhubaneswar: Rescue work underway at the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital in Bhubaneshwar. PTI

Bhubaneswar: Rescue work underway at the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital in Bhubaneshwar. PTI

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik visited some of the hospitals including AIIMS and AMRI Hospital to enquire about the condition of the patients from SUM Hospital undergoing treatment there.

State’s Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak said the priority was to provide proper treatment to the patients from the fire-hit hospital who have been shifted to other medical facilities.

At the same time, steps are being initiated to conduct a thorough investigation into the fire that broke out last night, he said.

The state government has already ordered a high-level probe by the Director, Medical Education and Training, into the incident. In addition, a probe by the revenue divisional commissioner (RDC) has also been ordered, an official said.

Soon after the incident, the health minister had said last night that stringent action would be taken if the hospital authorities were found guilty of negligence.

While 22 persons died, several others were injured in the incident that broke out at a dialysis unit of the private hospital, in one of the worst such incidents involving a medical facility in Odisha.

So far, 20 of the deceased have been identified and their bodies handed over to their families for cremation, an official said.

Most of the victims were from the ICU of the SUM Hospital who were on ventilator support. Most of the deaths took place due to suffocation, he said.

The chief minister has directed the government hospitals to provide necessary treatment to patients shifted from SUM Hospital and requested all private hospitals to extend treatment to patients from ill-fated medical facility.

The blaze was suspected to have been triggered by an electric short-circuit in the dialysis ward on the first floor of the private hospital which spread to the nearby ICU. The fire rapidly spread to other areas including the ICU on the same floor of the four-storeyed hospital building.

At least seven fire tenders took around three hours to control the blaze and over a dozen ambulances deployed to shift the critical patients to other hospitals.

With inputs from PTI

Odisha: Fire at Bhubaneswar’s Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital kills 19

Bhubaneswar: Odisha health authorities on Tuesday confirmed that the toll of a major fire at the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital in Bhubaneswar was 19.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

On Monday night, the state government announced that 22 persons were killed due to the fire that broke out in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the dialysis ward earlier in the evening.

“Fourteen persons were declared dead at the Capital Hospital and five succumbed to injuries at the AMRI Hospital. A total of 106 others were undergoing treatment for injuries,” said Health Secretary Arti Ahuja.

Ahuja on Tuesday morning visited the SUM hospital and inquired about the circumstances which led to the major blaze.

“Post-mortem of all the 19 persons has been completed. The doctors conducted the autopsy throughout the night. Vehicles were provided to family members of the deceased persons to take the bodies back home,” said Ahuja.

“The ICU, dialysis and emergency units have been sealed for investigation,” she added.

Fire service sources said the blaze originated around 7:30 pm apparently due to an electric short circuit.

Supreme Court to hear Asaram Bapu’s bail plea today

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court will hear the bail petition of self-styled godman Asaram Bapu on Monday. A medical board of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) had on October 3 told the apex court that the health condition of Asaram Bapu was stable. Asaram, accused of rape, had refused to undergo several tests, the seven-member board also said in its report filed before the bench of Justices AK Sikri and NV Ramana. On August 11, the top court had denied interim bail to Asaram in a rape case and directed AIIMS to set up a medical board to ascertain his health condition before taking up his regular bail plea. The Rajasthan High Court had earlier rejected Asaram’s bail plea citing that the case had reached its “fag end” and thus it was not “appropriate” to grant him bail. This was his ninth regular bail application to be rejected. In 2013, a minor girl had alleged that Asaram had sexually assaulted her at his ashram in Jodhpur. The self-styled godman was subsequently arrested on August 31, 2013, and has been in jail since then. Asaram’s counsel had sought bail citing that the accused has been suffering several ailments.

Business of Kidneys: Kerala priest facilitates domino transplants for over fifty patients

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A priest in Kerala is demonstrating how an alternate model may offer a solution to kidney patients who wait endlessly for donors, and often end up paying lakhs to scrupulous elements in the hope of finding a willing donor. DNA in its reports dated October 15 and 16 brought out the ugly face of Delhi’s kidney rackets where patients were duped into getting their kidneys removed.Nephrologists at New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences estimate that five lakh people live with failed kidneys in India at a time. A Lancet study revealed that just 10 per cent of patients suffering from kidney failure have access to dialysis, and 70 per cent of those starting dialysis die or discontinue treatment within the first three months due to the high cost of the treatment.The Catholic priest in Kerala’s Thrissur district mooted a chain of kidney exchanges with a voluntary donor offering a kidney to a needy person, and a relative of this recipient in turn donating his/her kidney to another person, and so on. This system is known as ‘Domino Transplant’. In the last five years, 56 people have been part of such kidney exchange chains, linking disparate people from industrialists to truck drivers in a chain. Two hundred others have pledged to join the chains when compatible donor-recipient pairings are established. Fr Chiramel says the numbers could have been higher but for the poor medical infrastructure it could not.”Thousands of patients are in need of kidneys in Kerala alone. I am turning my attention to improving access to dialysis,” says Fr Chiramel. “Clinics and hospitals pay hefty commissions to doctors to refer dialysis patients to them. There are good doctors, but the scale of profiteering in health services scares me.”It’s not just infrastructure and a willing donor that start the work. Government hospitals are known to drive away voluntary donors to private hospitals and insist on relatives-as-donors. “They should be willing to accept unrelated donor-recipients who are recommended by eminent citizens,” says Fr Chiramel.For instance in 2011, a chance meeting with Fr Chiramel prompted Reetha Cherian, a 60-year-old widow, to offer to donate a kidney.”My daughters were livid that I was neglecting my health for another person. But I had read about the surgery and knew there was nothing to worry about,” says Cherian. By January 2012, Fr Chiramel had arranged a kidney chain of six people. “We had done all the paper work and the medical tests but the recipient, Ansamma, suddenly passed away. When she died, her husband, who was to donate his kidney to another person, lost interest. Ultimately, nobody in that chain benefitted.”Ansamma’s loss was AV Prasad’s gain. The 35-year-old daily wage labourer had been on dialysis for nine years. Prasad met Fr Chiramel who roped in Cherian as his donor in 2013. The surgery took place in January 2014 after several medical tests had been conducted and consent forms were signed in front of executive and judicial officers. Today, Prasad sells lottery tickets for a living. “I can’t do hard work but I am relieved to be off dialysis,” he says.(This is the last in the three-part series which explored the vulnerability of patients desperate to receive kidney)

Centre’s preparedness towards Zika ‘very satisfactory’, to formulate action plan within 10 days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the wake of recent WHO warning that Zika infections are “highly likely” to spread in Asia, the Centre has said its preparedness is “very satisfactory” even as it asked its officials to formulate a response framework and action plan within 10 days to effectively tackle the virus.Health Minister JP Nadda held a high-level meeting in this regard on Thursday which was attended by senior ministry officials, representatives from National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and those from hospitals of central government.Nadda said, “In terms of the action taken and various activities being carried they are very satisfactory. Our prevention mechanism too is in place.” Earlier this week, the WHO had warned Zika infections are “highly likely” to keep spreading in Asia.Nadda enumerated various measures being undertaken by the government as per guidelines issued in February this year. “Surveillance is being carried out at airports to monitor inbound passengers. All international airports and ports have displayed signage providing information for travellers on Zika virus and asking them to report if they are returning from affected countries,” Nadda said.ICMR has tested nearly 15,000 human samples and 6,000 aedes mosquitoes for presence of Zika virus and found them to be negative, the Minister said. A travel advisory was issued last month recommending people to defer their non-essential travel to affected countries and also asking pregnant women to refrain from visiting these countries.The minister also said that apart from existing 14 laboratories equipped to test the virus, 11 more are being strengthened. NCDC has been made the nodal agency for investigation of outbreak in any part of the country. Meanwhile, with the onset of winters, the Centre is also gearing up for tackling H1N1 virus which causes swine flu.Nadda assured that adequate quantity of Oseltamivir drug recommended by WHO is available across all states. According to the government, there is sufficient stock of personal protective equipment and N-95 masks.The minister has instructed that a group of technical experts examine ways and means to increase the availability of diagnostic tests and the drug Oseltamivir at peripheral levels including with chemists in private sector. Isolation facilities will also be put in place across hospitals from November.The Centre has offered help to the states to train health workers to deal with cases of swine flu and will also assist them provide effective ventilatory management.

Ranchi: 22-year-old arrested over ‘objectionable’ Whatsapp message dies in police custody

A 22-year-old youth, Minhaj Ansari, from Dighari village, Jamtara district, in Jharkhand was arrested for a Whatsapp message on beef, touted as objectionable, reported Outlook India. According to his family, he was tortured while in custody. But the police have pointed to his medical records saying he had encephalitis, as the reason for his death.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

According to India Live Today, the comment on Whatsapp, had the potential to incite communal violence, especially before Muharram and Dussehra, said the police. And the arrest was made on 3 October by the Narayanpur police, after the message started circulating locally. After two days, he was moved to Dhanbad for treatment. And his family lodged an FIR for attempt to murder and outraging the modesty of a woman against Sub-Inspector Harish Pathak, the officer-in-charge which led to his suspension. But an enquiry as to the cause of death is still ongoing.

In The Indian Express report, the police admitted to some lapses on the part of the officer in charge. A few were detained as suspects but were later released. However, Minhaj Ansari was not. The youth’s father, Umar Sheikh, his family and a few villagers went to the police station and engaged in a scuffle with the police. The youth was then shifted to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi on Sunday, where he succumbed to injuries. Security forces are keeping a strict watch, while the district administration has ordered a joint inquiry by the Sub Divisional Officer and Sub Divisional Police Officer.

In another report by The Indian Express, the Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das has directed a compensation sum of Rs 2 lakh to be given to the youth’s family. The district administration has paid a sum of Rs 30,000 additionally and an Indira Awas has also been given. Jamtara SP Manoj Kumar Singh said that the officer-in-charge, Harish Pathak did not check on the young man’s medical reports, the family was aware of his condition even prior to his arrest.

Delhi: 6,712 cases of chikungunya reported

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 6,712 people have been afflicted with chikungunya in the national capital, with 1,473 cases of the vector-borne disease being reported in the last week.According to a municipal report released on Monday, out of the total cases recorded till October 8, nearly 620 of them have been reported in areas falling under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC). Nearly 5,300 cases were reported in the city till October 1, according to South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), which tabulates the data for vector-borne disease cases in the national capital on behalf of all the civic bodies here.Among the three corporations, 618 cases have been reported in areas under NDMC, 560 under SDMC and 253 under East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) this season. At least 15 fatalities have been reported at various hospitals in the city due to complications triggered by the disease, though the civic bodies have kept the death tally at zero.Delhi and other parts of north India are facing a spike in chikungunya cases after nearly 10 years, with the experts claiming that the rising number of cases could have been due to “evolution” in the chikungunya virus (CHIKV).However, doctors at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here have identified the genotype of the CHIKV, which they claim is the same as the one that caused the 2006 outbreak of the vector-borne disease. “We have identified the genotype of the virus–East Central South African–and sent the report to the National Vector-Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP). It is the same genotype that was in circulation in 2006 outbreak,” Lalit Dar of Department of Microbiology at AIIMS had earlier said.Chikungunya is generally considered a non-fatal disease. It is caused by the chikungunya virus which has one serotype. There are three genotypes of this serotype — Asian, West African and East Central South African.According to municipal data, the last time the number of affected people had reached the three-figure mark in Delhi was in 2011. In 2006, over 13 lakh suspected cases of chikungunya were reported, the data said. At least 19,617 people have been affected by chikungunya across the country till September 25, with 10,334 in Karnataka and 1,187 in Maharashtra, according to NVBDCP.

Perfumer Monica Ghurde’s murder: Goa police arrests one accused

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Goa police arrested one accused in the case of perfume designer Monica Ghurde’s murder, Goa DGP Muktesh Chander told ANI.On Saturday, the police had said that the post-mortem conducted on Ghurde, whose body was found near in Panaji on Thursday, brought to the fore that she was strangulated to death, although it failed to confirm whether she was raped before the murder or not.The panel of doctors in Goa Medical College and Hospital conducted the post-mortem on the body of 39-year-old Ghurde, who was found dead at her home in Sangolda village on October 6.Ghurde was living alone in a rented three bedroom flat at Sangolda village near Calangute beach. Police investigations have revealed that she might have been killed on October 5. The police said that they had sent teams to the neighbouring states to nab the accused.Gupta said the woman originally hailed from Nagpur and was married to a photographer Bharat Ramamrutham from Tamil Nadu and was residing at Porvorim near Panaji before she got separated from her husband and shifted to Sangolda this year.With ANI/PTI inputs.

Clashes in Srinagar after 13-year-old dies in pellet firing by security forces

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tension gripped Srinagar on Saturday after a 13-year-old boy was killed in a firing by security forces, forcing authorities to impose curfew.Junaid Ahmad Bhat of Saidpora was grievously injuries after the security forces opened pellet fire on Friday. He was immediately rushed to Sher-e- Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) in Soura where he succumbed to his injuries early on Saturday morning.Violent clashes erupted in parts of Srinagar after the news of his death spread in the area on Saturday. Youth clashed with forces which used tear smoke shells and lathi charge the disperse the mobs.”Curfew has been imposed as a precautionary measure in seven police station areas of Srinagar city,” the official said here. He said the police station areas where curfew has been imposed are Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, Safakadal, Maharaj Gunj, Maisuma and Batamaloo.Normal life remains affected in Kashmir since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8.The unrest has claimed as many as 83 lives and left thousands injured in clashes between protestors and security forces.The separatists had called for a march to the local UN office on Friday.Some of the top separatist leaders and youths accused of inciting violence have been arrested by police over the past three months. Over 300 persons have been booked under the Public Safety Act.(With inputs from dna correspondent Ishfaq-ul-Hassan and agencies)