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Almost 53% Delhiites feel okay with undergoing cosmetic surgery to improve looks

From smoothening the skin and erasing wrinkles to getting a sculpted physique or a slim waist, the desire to look like a magazine cover model is not just a teenage whim anymore.A recent study, Cosmetic Plastic Surgery and Consciousness of Appearance Survey-2015, has revealed a growing aspiration amongst residents of Delhi-NCR across all age groups to look their sharpest. While 41% of the women surveyed believe that cosmetic surgery is the most effective way to reshape the body, the men were not behind as 37 % of them agreed it was so.Also, 47% of the women and 42 % of the men who took part in the survey believe that plastic surgery helps attract potential partners. As many as 52 % of the women respondents felt that plastic surgery helps increase professional opportunities while among men, 37 % believed so.The survey, which was conducted online from October 10 to 24, covered 709 people (193 men and 516 women) aged 25 years and older, including employed professionals, housewives, students and retired professionals.While 51.7 % of the respondents agreed or somewhat agreed that there has been a shift in the attitude of Indians towards plastic surgery, 50 % of them said that they would consider going for plastic surgery in the future.More than half of those who took part in the survey, 53 %, believe that spending money on improving one’s appearance is an investment. The report was released by the Department of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery at Max Super Speciality Hospital here.”Cosmetic surgery has existed in India for more than four decades now, but Indians continued to refer to it in hush-hush tones. “53 % of the people surveyed view cosmetic surgery as an investment. This is definite proof that people are now looking at plastic surgery as a valid scientific means of improving appearance,” said Dr Sunil Choudhary, Director, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery at the hospital, who had conducted the survey.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Gujarat: Botched up cataract surgeries leave 12 without sight

A team led by Dr Rupali Mehta, regional deputy director health-Rajkot and leading ophthalmologist, was asked to investigate the matter on behalf of the government. “Our reports show that 12 people have been contracted endophthalmitis. The cause of infection based on the Operation Theatre (OT) culture report is bacteria and fungus found in the environment of the OT. This happens due to improper sterilisation of the area. However, no organism was found in the instrument fluid. We have done the panchnama and sealed the OT of the hospital,” Dr Mehta told dna on Monday.Will they see again? No answer
Dr Mehta expressed concern over return of vision for those who have lost it. “Currently all the patients have perception of vision, which means if someone puts the light on, they can see it, but no figures. This has happened because of spread of infection,” she said.
“A team of expert doctors from MNJ Hospital, Ahmedabad, will visit the city on Tuesday to assess the situation further. It will issue an advisory to both the hospital and the surgeon,” she added. She confirmed that the patients were referred to the retinal surgeon at the Rajkot Medical college on Monday. “If required, they will be sent to MNJ hospital and the entire expense of the treatment will be borne by the government,” Dr Mehta added.The hospital
Sadhu Vaswani is a trust hospital. Between January and December 2015, it has conducted 273 eye operations with an average of 25 to 30 operations a month. However, on December 23 alone, it conducted 25 operations. All the patients had been advised the surgery at a camp conducted on December 19 by the hospital.The doc who did it
Dr Hetal Bakhai who first conducted the operations runs a private hospital and also provides services at Sadhu Vaswani hospital. In past 10 years, he has conducted over 40,000 eye surgeries.What the doctors say
“The OT was sterilised yet bacteria was found which infected 12 patients. Topical cataract surgery was performed on all the 25 patients (surgery done without injection). Lower immunity and age factor are behind 12 people getting infected. Two of them, Gyaniben and Ibrahim Habib, might never get their vision back. There are fair chances for the rest to be able to see again.”
— Dr Hetal Bakhai, who first conducted the operations”I conducted the second surgery of eight of the infected patients and I am very positive that they will most likely get their eyesight back. However, that will take around a month and a half. The patients were referred to me by the hospital. When they approached me, their eyes were swollen and there was lot of inflammation in the eyes due to turbid fluid. As a retinal surgeon, my job was to clean the infection.” —Dr Milan Thakkar, who conducted the second round of operationsNames of the patients who lost their vision
Ramnik Damani(64),
Surajba Dilubha (65),
Ibrahim Habib (85),
Rajak Ibrahim (40),
Pravinsinh Chodani (60),
Bhikubhai Ayabkhan (52),
Gyaniben Chatali (63),
Ramniklal Chavda (72),
Hiraben Motwani (70),
Nandaben Ramchandani (50),
Memudaben (60),
Dashrathba Dilubha Sodha (60)-“This incident is definitely a blot on the hospital, but I will term it as an accident and not an incident,” B.B. Gogia, trusteePatients speak
“I spent Rs4,400 on the operation at Sadhu Vaswani and Rs7000 on the second operation by Dr Thakkar. But none of us was issued any receipt by Dr. Thakkar,” —Ramnik Damani”We were also told by Dr Thakkar that he would remove the infection but would not guarantee return of visibility. We were also made to sign papers on that,” another patient

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Shocking: Man sets wife on fire for not cooking mutton curry properly

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After eating it, he beat her up saying it wasn’t good enough and had a quarrel with her.

A 40-year-old woman on Thursday succumbed to injuries here after she was set on fire allegedly by her alcoholic husband for not cooking mutton curry properly four days ago, police said. Shanker Rao C, a labourer, allegedly poured kerosene on his wife Sulochana who worked as a maid and set her ablaze at their house in Katedan area on the evening of December 20, Mailardevpally Police Station Inspector S Venkat Reddy said. “Shanker had brought mutton and asked her to make curry.After eating it, he beat her up saying it wasn’t good enough and had a quarrel with her. Later, he poured kerosene on her and set her ablaze saying her living was useless because she didn’t know how to cook food,” the police officer said. Shanker was allegedly drunk at the time.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sulochana’s mother and daughter, who were present, raised alarm after he set her on fire and the neighbours rushed and doused the flames, police said. She was then taken to at a state-run Osmania General Hospital. “The accused was arrested yesterday on the charge of attempt to murder and harassment. Today, she succumbed to burn injuries at the hospital,” the police officer said, adding a case of murder would be lodged against the husband.

Ailing ’93 blasts convict dies in Nashik, family blames hospital, jail

Shariff Parkar was held guilty for his role of landing explosives which was used in the serial blasts across the city

In this recent photo, Sharif Parkar is seen along with his family members at JJ hospital. Parkar was shifted to Nashik Road prison on December 8 and to the civic hospital there on Thursday
Salman Ansari
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The efforts put in by the children of 1993 serial blasts convict Shariff Parkar to ensure that their ailing father’s life would be extended by a few more months, bore no fruit. Parkar died in Nashik civil hospital on Thursday. They allege that apathy of JJ hospital in Mumbai and jail authorities resulted in the death of the 83-year-old man, who was serving his sentence in Nashik Road prison in poor health. As per the Supreme Court direction, Parkar was asked to surrender before the sessions court in May 2013 and continue to serve the remaining part of his life sentence. Accordingly, he was lodged in Nashik prison. However, in November this year, Parker suffered a paralytic stroke and was shifted to JJ hospital for treatment. The man was also suffering from dementia. After treating him for 10 days, hospital authorities told his family to take him back to jail. However, the family approached Bombay High Court and filed a petition to direct the hospital not to discharge him. A stay order was slapped on his discharge and he remained in the hospital. On December 7, the authorities issued a medical certificate which said that the patient was on the path of recovery. Finally, on December 8, he was sent back to the jail. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Parker’s son Faizal said, “We were pleading the hospital not to discharge my father, but they didn’t pay any heed. They convinced the court through their false medical reports that he just needed physiotherapy.” Parkar was held guilty for his role of landing explosives which was used in the 1993 blasts.

Now, pregnant woman in Shakur Basti slum faces hospital’s apathy

“At first the hospital refused to take the case, they chased her away. Then later one lady came and got the woman admitted in the hospital,” said Sri Ram, one of the residents of Shakur Basti slums.

People collect their belongings after a demolition drive carried out by railways in Shakur Basti of Delhi on Sunday.

PTI
With residents of Delhi’s Shakur basti slums being forced to live on the streets after their shanties were razed to the ground during a demolition drive by Indian Railways, a woman gave birth to child in the wee hours of Monday, battling freezing cold and apathy by hospital staff.The residents of the slums alleged that the local hospital refused to admit the pregnant lady and even asked her to go to a private hospital.”At first the hospital refused to take the case, they chased her away. Then later one lady came and got the woman admitted in the hospital,” said Sri Ram, one of the residents of Shakur Basti slums.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Around 1.30 am, a girl child was born to one of my relatives. First the hospital refused to admit her and then later they admitted her,” said another resident, Lakhan.The residents also said that hospital later admitted the woman after intervention by the media.”They chased the pregnant woman away, when we asked them to give medicine they asked us to go to a private hospital. They came back, and then the ambulance took her away after we complained to media,” said Gulab.Last week, around 500 slums were razed by Railway authorities as part of their demolition drive.Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had on Monday visited the razed Shakur Basti slums and promised them that he would extend every help possible to alleviate them of their problems. He had accused the Delhi government and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Centre for the razing of the slum and asserted that the law had been clearly broken during the demolition.The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Delhi Government had questioned the timing of Railways? action and asked why proper arrangements to rehabilitate the dwellers was not made before their houses were demolished.

‘Adopt a patient’: Tata Memorial offers succour to cancer-stricken kids

Under this, a donor can adopt a patient (any child whose parents are poor) and bear the medical expenses of that child.

Giving a ray of hope to the cancer-stricken of poor parents, the Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH) is starting an initiative called ‘Adopt a patient’.Under this, a donor can adopt a patient (any child whose parents are poor) and bear the medical expenses of that child.It will be started by the paediatric department, where children below 15 years of age are admitted.Every year, 1,800 children enroll for treatment in the hospital from different parts of the country. TMH has the distinction of being the only hospital in India that deals with all kind of cancer diseases.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Once a kid is diagnosed with cancer, parents will have to spend Rs 2-3 lakh. just to control the disease.There are charity organisations, but they offer financial aid on the basis of documents like ration card, Aadhar card, income certificate and doctor’s letter.But, many people, especially those from other states may not have any kind of document, and, hence, do not get any assistance from these organisations. What’s more shocking is that the hospital has found that most of the times, parents leave the treatment half- way, if it is a girl.To help such patients, the hospital has created the ImPaCCT Foundation. ImPaCCT means Improving Pediatric Cancer Care and Treatment.It will address all needs of the patients. For the unfortunate child that dies, bereavement funds are also provided to the family for the last rites, including transport to his/ her home town.Through this foundation, last year, the hospital spent Rs 14 crore to help needy children. “There are lots of patients who need help, but there’s a funds crunch. Also, we are focusing on the girl child, “said Dr Shripad Banavali, head, medical and paediatric oncology department.”Now, when poor patients come to the hospital with a girl child, our staff give them maximum attention,” said Shalini Jatia, ImPaccT Foundation secretary.

Not faking news: Woman names her kid ‘Uber’ after she gives birth in cab

“I pulled out the towels from the seats and poured some drinking water into a bowl. The child was born within minutes and I was really happy to see that he was responding,” the cab driver told a daily.

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A woman who delivered her baby on the way to the hospital after being helped by the driver has decided to name her new-born baby Uber, a leady daily reports.The incident took place in Delhi on Thursday night when the woman hired a cab from Uber after repeated emergency calls for an ambulance went unanswered. The woman was accompanied by two others. Shahnawaz, the Uber driver told the daily: “”I had asked them to call an ambulance, but the women said that they couldn’t get one.”Shahnawaz says he drove the trio towards Safdarjung Hospital but had to halt. “The woman was writhing in pain and her friends did not know what to do,” said Shahnawaz. According to the report, the trio made a labour room of the cab and helped the woman deliver the baby. “I pulled out the towels from the seats and poured some drinking water into a bowl. The child was born within minutes and I was really happy to see that he was responding,” he told the daily.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The woman added: “He picked me up, put me on a stretcher and dragged it into the hospital.”Shahnawaz was asked by doctors if he was her husband. “I narrated the entire incident after which they congratulated me. This was one of the happiest moment of my life,” he said. The woman’s family now wants the driver to name the child. At a ceremony on Sunday, Shahnawaz will name the baby after the company he works for— Uber.

Delhi Police nab kidnappers of minor girl days after her return

On December 22, the minor’s father lodged a missing person’s complaint with the Uttam Nagar Police station, following which the police immediately swung into action to locate the missing girl.

Delhi Police arrested two men who kidnapped, gang raped and attempted to murder a 14-year-old girl who hailed from Uttam Nagar, West Delhi. Several cases of kidnapping, attempt to murder, rape among others have been filed against the accused Mohit alias Kishan and Vipin, both 22 years old. A third consort – Devendra, alias Daku Singh, believed to be Mohit’s brother is absconding.On December 22, the minor’s father lodged a missing person’s complaint with the Uttam Nagar Police station, following which the police immediately swung into action to locate the missing girl. The minor, traced to Yatharth Hospital, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh on December 6, was suffering from a gunshot wound and alleged history of sexual assault. She was later shifted to Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, whereupon she was questioned by the police and her statement recorded by a court’s magistrate.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At a press conference held at the Delhi Police Headquarters, Joint Commissioner of Police Dependra Pathak south-west range said “Based on the victim’s testimony and verification, two of the three accused were arrested and interrogated by the police on December 9 where they admitted to all charges. A car used in the kidnapping was also recovered by police personnel.”According to the minor girl’s statement, Mohit obtained the minor’s telephone number and proceeded to have several conversations with her over a period of few days. He then convinced her to run away with him on December 22. Once the minor was in his possession, Mohit and his accomplice Vipin, bundled her in their car – Hyundai Santro, and made their way to Tugalpur village near Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh where she was gang raped by them and a third accused Devendra aka Daku Singh. On December 5, Vipin, drove the victim in a white Mahindra Bolero, to a field near the village where she was held captive on the pretext of freeing her. However, the other two culprits awaited them and proceeded to rape her. As the minor attempted to escape the clutches of her captives, Devendra shot her above the abdomen with a country revolver and her body was dumped in a dry well in Tugalpur village, Uttar Pradesh.The girl, who was grievously injured pretended to be dead and later cried out for help when she was sure her molesters had gone away. She was rescued by locals and transferred to the hospital for treatment.The minor is now recovering at the hospital while police personnel continue their hunt for the third accused. According to a statement from the police, Mohit and his brother Devendra are history sheeters, though there seems to be no prior record for Vipin.

Veteran CPI leader AB Bardhan’s condition still critical

CPI said its party headquarters has received “numerous” calls from its state unit leaders and other political parties from India and foreign fraternal outfits as the news about his hospitalisation spread.

The condition of veteran CPI leader AB Bardhan, who was admitted to a hospital here on Monday after he suffered a paralytic stroke, is “critical, but fighting”, the Left party said on Wednesday. “Senior leader AB Bardhan, a veteran of Left movement was admitted to GB Pant Hospital after he complained of breathlessness, is still critical but fighting. He had brain hemorrhage,” CPI said in a statement. CPI said its party headquarters has received “numerous” calls from its state unit leaders and other political parties from India and foreign fraternal outfits as the news about his hospitalisation spread.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>NCP chief Sharad Pawar, ex-CPI (M) general secretary Prakash Karat and party politburo member Brinda Karat were amongst those who visited the hospital, besides CPI rank and file, to enquire about the senior leader’s health. His daughter Alka Barua is by his side and son Ashok is expected to reach the national capital this evening, CPI said. Earlier in the day, party national secretary D Raja had said the condition of Bardhan was “very critical”. 92-year-old Ardhendu Bhushan Bardhan has been a leading figure of the trade union movement and Left politics in Maharashtra. He had won as an Independent candidate in the Maharashtra Assembly in 1957.He later rose to become the General Secretary and then the President of the All India Trade Union Congress, the oldest trade union in India. Bardhan moved to Delhi politics in the 1990s and became the Deputy General Secretary of the CPI. He succeeded Indrajit Gupta as the General Secretary of the party in 1996.

18-year-old raped by over 10 men for 6 months, battles for life

“I have been taken to Rishikesh, Haridwar, Manali, Mangalore and many other locations and kept at someone’s place where people used to come and rape me. This happened for over six months and traffickers used to beat me up on refusal,” the girl said.

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While the nation seems to have taken cues from Nirbhaya case and claims to have adequate protection for women, an 18-year-old is battling for her life in Delhi after being raped by over 10 men for 6 months, according to Hindustan Times.Unable to sit, talk or walk, she has been admitted to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital with severe injuries all over the body and infections all over her legs. “I have been taken to Rishikesh, Haridwar, Manali, Mangalore and many other locations and kept at someone’s place where people used to come and rape me. This happened for over six months and traffickers used to beat me up on refusal,” the girl said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Trafficked from West Bengal, the doctors claim that her health is deteriorating because of repeated sexual assault. “The likely cause of infection is repeated sexual assault. She was brought here by a man who claimed to be her relative. But after her condition deteriorated, the person also disappeared,” said a doctor at the hospital to HT.While she has no one to look after her, the relatives of other patients have come to her aid.Shakti Vahini, an NGO, had been trying to locate her since April, and were informed by Kolkata police on Monday about her whereabouts. “The girl has been diagnosed with Septic Arthritis, and displayed visible lacerations in and around her mouth consistent with gag wounds. She lies in a critical state, unable to make use of her lower limbs. The victim has reported about sexual abuse and multiple sexual assaults over the last six months. She has also reported about her being used in prostitution rackets,” said Ravi Kant, president of Shakti Vahini.They have demanded an inquiry into the hospital records to determine the identity of the person who brought her to the hospital. On Monday too, another incident of a 13-year-old, was raped by 20 men in a day, had come to light.

Trapped in a watery hell: What it was like to be stuck during the Chennai floods

At first, from what I understood, the entire city had a power shutdown and several areas were waterlogged.

The flooded ground floor in the hospital

Latha Srinivasan
Monday, November 31I woke up expecting to go to work as usual, despite the rain. But by 9 am, things had changed. I had to rush my 72-year-old mother to the hospital as she was unable to move and was slurring. Worried that she had suffered a stroke, I got her admitted immediately at the Global Hospital (Perumbakkam) for an MRI and CT scan. Getting all the required tests took up the whole day, after which I spent a sleepless night at the hospital. Tuesday, December 1Mom was weak and unable to eat and I was anxiously waiting to meet the doctors. It was raining heavily by 9 am and I was informed that the attending physician was running a little late. By noon, I found out that though my mother’s tests were fine, she had extreme weakness and she could be discharged only on Wednesday. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At around 3 pm, my cousin called to inform that I should leave the hospital ASAP as the Perumbakkam lake near the hospital had suffered a breach. I assured him that things seemed fine, so I would manage. However, by 6 pm there was two feet of water at the entrance of the ground floor and the hospital staff had placed sand bags to prevent it from coming inside. Meanwhile, people on Twitter were reporting that heavy rains had caused severe waterlogging in several areas in the city and that people who were stranded were being accommodated in other people’s homes, schools, marriage halls etc. When I went into the cafeteria for dinner at 9 pm, I realised that the situation could soon turn serious as food was running out. There were some 150 patients and those attending to them, stuck in the hospital because of the rain and they all moved to sit in the lobby on the first floor to wait out the night. At 12:30 am, the power suddenly went out and I heard the nurses running around in the darkness. I stepped out to see what was happening and one of the nurses informed me that water had inundated the generator room causing a shutdown. We were now on limited power only for ICU and critical patients. She also told me that there was a lot of water on the ground floor. From what I could see, medical equipment had been moved up to the first floor and were lined up in the corridors. Now, I was worried, but I still didn’t think that there was a need for panic. And who would I call in the middle of the night anyway? From what I understood, the entire city had a power shutdown. So I headed back to the room to get some shut eye.Wednesday, December 2I woke up at 7 am to find out that there was still no electricity and now, no water as well. Luckily, the hospital staff had filled a bucket of water in each room during the night. I immediately ran to check the situation on the ground floor. What I saw startled me. The entire ground floor was filled with dark, murky water. The Sai Baba idol in the lobby, which is a source of resilience and strength during testing times when loved ones are ill, was submerged in four to five feet of water. The hospital had created a makeshift kitchen to provide hot food and beverages to patients as they were the priority. But the 100-odd outpatients and their families had also been stuck there for nearly 24 hours. While the hospital may have been able to provide them some facilities like drinking water, how much longer could everyone be sustained in this water deluge with no power and no access to fresh supplies? People struggled to make calls as the telecom networks were erratic. My mobile had about 40% power and I wasn’t sure how long that would last. When I finally managed to ask one of the doctors what was happening, he said, “There’s some eight feet of water outside the hospital and the only way out is on boats. We have spoken to the relevant people, including the Chief Minister’s office, the Army and others. They have assured us that help is on the way.” It was at this point that I officially panicked – we had no water, no power, no telecom network and no damn way of getting out of the hospital! And my car was sitting in the parking lot in five feet of water.Twitter had come to my rescue earlier, so I quickly managed to send out a couple of tweets asking for help, as only emergency services had power in the hospital and people needed to be rescued immediately. The bad network was causing more panic. But I managed to call Shreesha Reddy of India Today TV and Dhanya Rajendran of The News Minute, both of whom made calls to various people for help. Meanwhile, the hospital staff was working hard to ensure that patients were fine. By 10:45 am, one of the doctors told me there were only three more hours of power left for patients on ventilator. But the nurses said, “Madam, even if we have to pump their hearts manually, we will do it – we will not allow a single patient to die, don’t worry.”There was no help in sight for nearly three hours now and I had been on my feet the whole time, walking around to try and get proper phone network. It was then that a call came through from the Tamil Nadu Health Minister DR C Vijaya Baskar who told me that the fire service personnel and even the army had been informed about helping us. I appraised him about the drastic circumstances and that it had already been nearly 12 hours without electricity.Meanwhile, India Today TV put me live on air to explain what was happening at Global hospitals in Perumbakkam. I did so and continued to wait, hoping to see a boat come in or a helicopter land. But more than an hour passed and there was still was no sign of any help, though the rains had stopped. It was around 12:30 pm that we finally saw a fishing boat come in, evoking spontaneous claps from the almost 50 people standing on the first floor. People started to smile a little and the anxiety reduced, but then came the scramble as to who would leave first. Everyone wanted to get on that boat, but it could accommodate only 12 at a time. Meanwhile, a second boat came in. One of them went in the direction of Shollinganallur and the other to Medavakkam. The administrative staff quickly swung into action before chaos ensued and created a list of dialysis patients and outpatients who had been stranded. They sent them out first and then patients who had got discharged were taken to safety.It was more than two and a half hours later that I could finally get on the boat with my mom. Too weak to walk, she was in a wheelchair and we would have to wade through 3-5 feet of water to get on the boat. But the staff assured me they would figure it out and four men just lifted the wheelchair and carried her over the water and set her on the boat. I was so thankful to them. On the other hand, I was really scared to wade through the muddy water, being petrified of snakes and scorpions. The water was ice cold and waist high and I held the hand of the doctor leading the way, who encouraged me ahead till I reached the boat. Around me in the boat, I saw an old couple, a two-year old who had undergone surgery on his hand crying and being comforted by his parents, and some other patients.But as soon as we got onto the fishing boat, it started to rain again and the fire and rescue personnel told me that we had to wait out the rain. I was exhausted as I had been on my feet for most of the last 24 hours. Nature seemed to be testing everyone beyond their limits. We quickly grabbed umbrellas, plastic bags, towels and anything else we could find, to cover our heads. All of us on the boat – except my mother – were cold and wet and some of us were shivering. No one had eaten anything that day and it was after 2 pm. When the rain slowed a little, I urged the boat guys to move out and we did. We were instructed to sit tight in the boat and not make sudden movements as the boat could be thrown off balance. As soon as we moved out from the hospital portico, the rain and cold wind hit us hard. I was holding the umbrella over my mother’s head, but the rain was ruthless. We were all soaking wet and had to travel nearly 2.5 kms on that boat to get to safety. The men navigated the waters carefully so as not to hit electrical posts, open wires, hard objects or anything else that could fatally injure any of us or leave us stranded in the water. The water depth had to be constantly monitored by men navigating the bot. We saw an ambulance, a water lorry and numerous vehicles sitting in eight feet of water as we moved out of the hospital gates. The area around the hospital is marshy and through the rain and cold we crossed the water body slowly. We actually rode on roads that were inundated in more than five feet of water and saw many homes submerged. There was not a single soul in sight. and the areas were uncannily eery and deserted. That 15-minute ride was perhaps one of the longest ones in my life. I kept asking every few minutes when we would reach safety.Finally at 3 pm, we reached land, after a struggle of over seven hours. But our ordeal wasn’t over yet.​ As soon as got to the Shollinganallur signal, the men quickly helped us out as they needed to go back and fetch more patients. We had been told at the hospital that there were two ambulances and a jeep there, that would help us reach home. The fire and rescue personnel put my mom in the ambulance along with another family. But the ambulance driver flatly refused to drop us home, stating that the vehicle was only to take patients to another hospital. The other family managed to find an auto in the rain, but with my mom unable to walk, I didn’t know what to do. I tried reasoning with the ambulance drivers, but to no avail. I had to leave my mom in the ambulance, to try and make calls, but didn’t have a proper signal and realised I was on my own. After 10 minutes, I headed out to find an auto and saw a government vehicle parked nearby. When I spoke to the gentleman inside, explaining my situation, he replied, “Why don’t you speak to the Health Minister? He is right here.” I have never written much on politics nor do I know the protocol of what one can say or not say to politicians, but in this situation I needed to get my mom home and didn’t care how. Seeing the Health Minister near the boat in two feet of water, I wading there, introduced myself and asked for help. I may have possibly even said so several times in front of TV cameras that seemed to be interviewing him, but I just didn’t care. But the Minister happened to remember having spoken to me on the phone earlier in the morning. Immediately, another man came forward, arranged for a Tata Sumo and had my mom transferred into the vehicle. As soon as I got into the vehicle (which I then knew was the Health Minister’s) Vijaya Baskar and his First Secretary Radhakrishnan came and shook my hand, assuring me, “Don’t worry. We’ll take care. You’ll reach home safely.” I told Radhakrishnan that it was very important that the remaining patients in the hospital got help. He told me they had arranged for a 15 KVA generator, but couldn’t transport it in the boat. “We’re now getting smaller generators that can be taken to the hospital. Don’t worry, we will take care of everyone in the hospital,” he said.I left in the Health Minister’s car, with a fire and rescue person and the driver, and finally reached home at about 4 pm. The fire and rescue person carried my mom up the flight of stars and gently sat her in the sofa in the living room. My mother and I hadn’t had even a drop of water for over nine hours by then. But we were both finally safe and back home and I have never been so relieved in my life. Besides, when I saw the newspapers over the next few days or so, I realised that the Health Minister and Radhakrishnan had kept their word – they had helped the hospital and ensured that not one patient’s life was lost there. And I was truly grateful to them for that.

City no home to ailing 83-year-old Mumbai blasts convict

Sharif Parkar’s sons allege that indifference on part of JJ Hospital authorities may take a toll on the health of their father

Sharif Parkar, one of the convicts in the 1993 serial blasts

The family of a 1993 Mumbai blasts convict, Sharif Parkar, who is suffering from paralysis and dementia, is running from pillar to post for availing proper medical treatment to the physically- and mentally-challenged 83-year-old in the city itself. The family finds itself helpless in the hands of the JJ hospital authorities, who it alleges failed to show any concern for the aged ailing person. Though the Bombay high court, on its part was compassionate and had asked the Nashik jail authorities to provide the convict with necessary medication and supportive help, including physiotherapy, the family as well as the lawyers claim that the jail presents a shoddy picture, and is unconcerned about its prisoners.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Advocate Farhana Shah, who was appearing on behalf of Parkar, told dna that it is a rule of law that for a convict to undergo punishment, he/she needs to be physically as well as mentally fit. She claimed that the main intention of punishment is to reform a person; but in the present case, the person is unfit and not in a position to undergo reformation. “Parkar suffered a stroke inside Nashik jail on November 4, which left him paralysed. As the Nashik civil hospital did not have enough facilities to provide treatment in this case, he was shifted to JJ hospital. The hospital, however, after keeping him for 10 days decided to discharge him. We approached the high court against the hospital’s indifference and obtained a relief till December 7. On Monday, the hospital filed a report before the court claiming the convict has received required medical treatment,” said Shah. Claiming that there are allegations of jail authorities showing apathy towards convicts, Shah asked: “Who would be responsible if something bad happens to the convict?” Faizal Parkar, youngest of Parkar’s two sons, told dna, “My father didn’t receive proper medication at JJ Hospital. He was not even provided with diapers, which he badly requires for loss of control over bowel habits. Since he was in the custody of the jail, it was the duty of the hospital or the prison authorities to ensure him proper care.” Stating that he has all the medical bills as proof, Faizal asked, “If my father is meted out to such a bad treatment in a city hospital, what could be his plight in Nashik.” He added that the family will move the Supreme Court seeking justice. Parkar was held guilty for his role of landing explosives in the 1993 blasts case and was sentenced to life imprisonment in May 2013. The series of 12 blasts, that shook the city on March 12, 1993, had claimed the lives of 257 people and left 713 injured. What hospital saysDr TP Lahane, the dean of JJ hospital, told dna that Parkar was provided with required medication. “We filed a report before the HC in response to the petition filed by the convict’s family, where we informed that a panel of three doctors have checked the convict before filing the health report. The convict was provided with required medical treatment and what he now requires is supportive treatment (physiotherapy) for which hospitalisation is not required,” said Lahane.

1 killed, 2 injured as crane collapses from 40-storey building in Parel

In a freak incident, a crane collapsed from a 40-storey building in Parel on Friday afternoon, leaving one dead and two others injured. Fortunately, a major disaster was averted as most workers had gone for lunch.

The crane fell down from an under-construction tower opposite TB Hospital, Bhoiwada, on Friday.
Abhinav P Kocharekar

In a freak incident, a crane collapsed from a 40-storey building in Parel on Friday afternoon, leaving one dead and two others injured. Fortunately, a major disaster was averted as most workers had gone for lunch.According to the police, the incident occurred at an under-construction site at Jerbai Wadia road near Mahatma Phule College in Parel.”Part of the crane that was at the 20th floor of the Crescent Bay Tower collapsed and fell on a neighbouring chawl, in which a woman and another person were injured,” said Arun Inarkar, senior police inspector, RAK Marg police station.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A worker at the construction site suffered severe injuries, leading to his death. “He has been identified as Jaikumar Sharma,” said Inarkar.The injured woman, identified as Savita Pendavle, has been admitted to the KEM Hospital.”The incident occurred around 2 pm when the workers were out for lunch. Else, it could have been a major tragedy,” said Inarkar. The crane operator was also out when the incident occurred. The 40-storey building is part of a Slum Rehabilitation Authority project, the police said.”We will book the crane operator for negligence,” said Inarkar.After the fire brigade received a call around 2:20 pm, two fire tenders and an ambulance were rushed to the spot.Deepak Kalinga, a resident of the area, said: “It happened in a fraction of a second that no one could make out what was happening. There was a loud noise, and when we rushed to the spot, we saw that the crane had collapsed”.Dr Avinash Supe, dean of KEM Hospital, said, “One was brought dead and two have been admitted. Savita Phadke has head injuries. She is drowsy and is on oxygen. We are monitoring her condition. Ravindra Sonawane is stable.”

Chennai rains: Army Chief General Dalbir Singh conducts recce of flood-hit TN; relief operation in full swing

With the water receding, the Chennai airport is expected to be operational for regular air services from Saturday.

As intermittent spells of rain continued to lash coastal Tamil Nadu, Army Chief General Dalbir Singh on Friday conducted an aerial recce of the affected regions of Chennai and its adjoining districts to strategise further rescue and relief measures. Though water has begun to recede from many submerged areas, many more still remain flooded, necessitating the rescue teams to continue to work on a war footing. Two Naval vessels INS Shakti and INS Shyadhri arrived Chennai on Friday with relief materials, while limited air services were offered from the naval airbase at INS Rajali at Arakkonam, some 85 km west of Chennai. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the water receding, the Chennai airport is expected to be operational for regular air services from Saturday. Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture and Tourism and Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma on Friday said staffs would be deployed at the Chennai airport and if there was no further rain on Saturday, the airport would be made operational. “We have requested all airlines to maintain a price cap in this time of crisis to which they have given a positive response,” he added Chairman of the Airport Authority of India RK Srivastava, meanwhile, told ANI, “The situation is under control and the water has receded from the airfield side. We have made it operational and from tomorrow it will start working. We have allowed operation for the ferry, technical and relief purpose.” The southern railway, meanwhile, resumed limited operations from Chennai’s Egmore station on Friday with five special trains leaving for Kanyakumari, Sengottai, Tuticorin, Madurai and Tanjore. The railway authorities have also announced special trains from Chennai Beach station to Hyderabad, Tirunelveli and Rameswaram. Similarly, a special train will be operated to Mangalore from Arakkonam railway station. Road transportation has improved slightly in the city, with many closed down bridges and routes opening up. However, several subways are still submerged, forcing people to take circuitous routes to reach other areas. Most of the petrol and diesel outlets in Chennai are not functional though Indian Oil sources said there is no shortage of fuel and the problem is only due to power failure.The outflow of water from the Chembarampakkam reservoir and Poondi Lake in Tiruvallur district, which caused inundation in many South Chennai areas, is kept to the same level. It is reported that as many as 18 patients died of short supply of oxygen due to snapping of electricity and failure of power generators at Madras Institute of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (MIOT) hospital in Chennai. Tamil Nadu Health Secretary Radhakrishnan told mediapersons that the government has been assisting all private hospitals that sought help in shifting patients to other locations and the hospital and generators would be arranged if help was sought. However, 14 bodies were brought to Royapettah Government Hospital here.Fishing activity came to a standstill as the sea is very rough in the delta district of Nagapattinam. The district administration has announced that all educational institutions will remain closed on Saturday. Farmers expressed fear that around 75 thousand acre paddy fields were facing the danger of submerging if rain continued unabated for a few more days.

Raigad police inspector tells CBI he had sent Sheena’s samples sent to JJ hospital in 2012

Indrani and others were arrested in August this year by Mumbai police after which the case was transferred to CBI

Suresh Mirghe, the then police inspector of Pen police station in Raigad, has told CBI that he had sent samples of Sheena Bora’s burn remains to the state run JJ Hospital and the Forensic Science Laboratory in Kalina for examination in 2012 but did not received any reports until his transfer in 2014. Mirghe’s statement was recorded by CBI during its investigations against Indrani Mukerjea who is accused of having killed her daughter with the help of ex-husband Sanjeev Khanna and driver Shyamvar Rai in April 2012. Sheena (24) was burnt and dumped in a forested patch in Raigad, about 84 km from Mumbai.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indrani and others were arrested in August this year by Mumbai police after which the case was transferred to CBI. In May 2012, the Pen police received information that the burnt remains of a body have been found at a deserted spot on the Pen-Khopoli Road. Pen police station inspector Suresh Mirghe along with Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Pradeep Chavan and some constables reached the spot and conducted panchnama of the spot and sent the body for post-mortem. “I called up the Superintendent of Police R D Shinde and informed him about the body and sought instructions from him. Shinde instructed me not to register FIR immediately and first make entry in the station diary and then send the body samples for chemical and DNA examination to J J Hospital,” Mirghe told CBI in his statement.Mirghe added that as per the SP’s instruction he went to Pen police station and made entry in the station diary. “On May 25, 2012 I sent samples from the recovered body’s thigh and hand bone, hair, teeth and skin for expert opinion. I also sought opinion on the age, sex, time of death and reason of death,” Mirghe said. “Till my posting in Pen police station, I did not receive any report from J J Hospital. Although I did not send any further reminder to the hospital, my constable was regularly pursuing the same with authorities at the hospital.In June 2014, I was transferred from Pen police,” Mirghe said. He added that the samples were also sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in Kalina but no report was received from there too. “I am facing enquiry as to why FIR was not registered even when a body was recovered in my jurisdiction and for the alleged lapses after recovery of the body,” Mirghe said.

BMC favours Amar Juice Center to Cooper Hospital expansion

3 months ago, the civic body had asked the fast-food joint to shift location; Now it goes out of the way to help Amar Juice Center

What happens when a juice center comes in the way of a hospital expansion? No marks for guessing. The former will have to give way to the latter. In fact, that’s what the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) did three months ago in the case of Cooper Hospital and Amar Juice Center. However, the BMC has now taken a U-turn, and has decided to gift away the prime space meant for the Cooper’s expansion to the juice center. Three months ago, the BMC had said that the fast-food joint should move out of the hospital premises.According to local BJP legislator Ameet Satam, BMC chief Ajoy Mehta has approved a plan, under which the eatery will remain in the hospital premise and the expansion of the hospital will be cut marginally. This move has come as a major setback for local residents who have been fighting against the fast food joint for several years, complaining of the nuisance it creates, especially late in the night. Satam has now written to Mehta, demanding an Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) probe into the issue. “The special cell of the BMC’s building proposal department and the law department have played mischief. We have given away 450 sq ft of public land to this commercial establishment forever. The BMC’s own architect had said that the stalls were causing a hindrance to the hospital’s entrance. Now the same plans have been changed to accommodate the juice center,” Satam said in his letter.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BMC had, in July, decided to move the juice center from its current location. BMC officials had said that the juice center, which is adjacent to the hospital, was obstructing the access road to the medical college attached to the hospital. BMC architect Shashi Prabhu, who designed the expansion plan, had written to the civic body pointing out that the juice center would have to be relocated. The BMC is to begin construction of the Hinduridaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Medical College at the site. “Its is clear that BMC officials have connived with the owners of the juice center. The BMC must file a review petition against the 2009 Bombay High Court (HC) order in favour of the juice center,” Satam added.The owners of the juice center have maintained that there are no residences nearby and the authorities had given them permission. “Our eatery is outside Cooper Hospital. People come to the hospital even late at night. Where can they buy water bottle or food? We just offer fast food; we are not creating problems. We have a HC order in our favour,” owner Dinesh Joshi had said.While Mehta was not available for comment, BMC officials said that the plans were tweaked due to an HC order. “If we shift the juice center, it may lead to contempt of court. The order said that we should not shift the juice center. So, we computed the space used by them in the FSI of hospital’s expansion plan,” said a senior civic official.Satam said that the BMC had violated norms by not taking the approval of the civic improvement committee or the general body before deciding on giving away the land to the juice center.

Human error led to deadly U.S. strike on Afghan hospital – military | Reuters

WASHINGTON A U.S. investigation found that the deadly Oct. 3 air strike in Afghanistan that destroyed a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres was a tragic and avoidable accident caused primarily by human error, a top U.S. military commander said on Wednesday.

Some U.S. personnel were suspended and could face disciplinary action after failing to follow U.S. rules of engagement in a war zone, said U.S. Army General John Campbell, who leads international forces in Afghanistan.

It remained unclear whether the U.S. military, even as it expressed remorse and wholly accepted blame, would be able to quickly mend its image in Afghanistan and elsewhere after the attack, which killed 30 people.

MSF’s general director Christopher Stokes said in a statement on Wednesday that the investigation illustrated “gross negligence” by U.S. forces.

“This was a tragic mistake. U.S. forces would never intentionally strike a hospital or other protected facilities,” Campbell said at a Pentagon news conference, releasing the results of the U.S. investigation.

MSF, known as Doctors Without Borders in English, has in the past publicly cast doubt on the idea that the strike could have been a mistake.

Detailing its own investigation on Nov. 5, MSF said the site’s location had been clearly communicated to both Afghan forces and the Taliban.

“The frightening catalogue of errors outlined today illustrates gross negligence on the part of U.S. forces and violations of the rules of war,” Stokes said in his statement. “MSF reiterates its call for an independent and impartial investigation into the attack on our hospital in Kunduz.”

Campbell acknowledged the hospital was on a no-strike list and that MSF had called during the attack to alert the U.S.-led forces. He described a series of mistakes that allowed the American forces to destroy the hospital, despite the call.

According to the U.S. investigation, U.S. forces had meant to target a different building in the city and were led off-track by a technical error in their aircraft’s mapping system that initially directed them to an empty field.

The U.S. forces then looked for a target that was visually similar to the one they had originally sought – the former National Directorate of Security headquarters in Kunduz, which they believed was occupied by insurgents.

“Tragically, this misidentification continued throughout the remainder of the operation even though there were contradictory indicators,” Campbell said.

The grid location of the AC-130 aircraft that attacked the hospital eventually identified the correct target building. In addition, there was no hostile enemy activity at the MSF building, Campbell said, but the U.S. attack continued.

“These are examples of human and procedural errors,” he said.

The timeline detailed by the U.S. military indicated that the 29-minute-long strike began at 2:08 a.m. By 2:20 a.m. a caller from MSF reported the attack to Bagram air base.

It took U.S. forces until 2:37 a.m. to realise the mistake, by which time the AC-130 gunship had already stopped firing.

“It is shocking that an attack can be carried out when U.S. forces have neither eyes on a target nor access to a no-strike list, and have malfunctioning communications systems,” MSF’s Stokes said.

Campbell said the investigation found that the strike killed 30 staff, patients and assistants and injured 37. He gave his condolences and said the U.S. military would offer to help rebuild the hospital.

“Chaos does not justify this tragedy,” Brigadier General Wilson Shoffner, a spokesman, said at the briefing.

“We are absolutely heartbroken over what has occurred here and we will do absolutely everything in our power to make sure that it does not happen again.”

(Reporting by Phil Stewart and Yeganeh Torbati; Editing by Doina Chiacu, Bill Trott and Grant McCool)

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Flood in government hospital in Chennai as heavy rains continue to lash Tamil Nadu

Chennai: With the Northeast monsoon becoming vigorous, rains continued to batter the state, even as rain water on Monday entered a Government Hospital in Chennai, causing inconvenience to the patients.

As Chennai continued to reel under the impact of the monsoon, rain water on Monday entered the Tambaram Taluk Government General Hospital at Chrompet, popularly called the “Chrompet GH.”

Authorities maintained that health care services to the people continued.

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“We are using motor pumps to flush out the flood water, the work is on continuously. However, since the rain continues, there is no let up in inflow too,” a medical official told PTI, adding “not all the portions of the hospital are affected, it is only to some extent on the ground level.”

“Our services to the people are not affected, the patients in the ward which is witnessing inundation have been shifted to a safer place,” he added.

A popular state-run hospital in the southern suburbs of Chennai, the hospital has amenities including trauma care for which it is well-known. In and out patients too avail the services of the hospital.

As the city and suburbs experienced more rains, neighbourhoods that were not inundated previously too are now experiencing water-logging.

According to the weather office, a “trough of low pressure at mean sea level lay over Southwest Bay and adjoining equatorial Indian Ocean,” triggering more rains.

Most parts of Tuticorin district were inundated following heavy rains for the third day, and the entire district collectorate wore a deserted look as officials were busy serving food and other essential commodities by boat to affected people besides rescuing some people from water-logged areas.

Traffic on the Tirunelveli-Tuticorin route was affected as rain water was allegedly diverted on to the national highway, to check inundation of residential areas, but it did not work.

Fire service personnel were engaged to rescue those marooned in residential areas and inundated highways and city roads. Officials said five lakh people were marooned in many colonies and essential items were being supplied to them by boat.

A report from Cuddalore said some 100 houses were inundated at Beramarao Nagar. About 1,200 people were rescued from water-logged areas at Panrutti, Virudhachalam and Cuddalore. As many as 72,000 people have been housed in relief camps, according to District Collector Sureshkumar.
Arterial roads were inundated in Chennai following heavy rains on Monday evening.

“The Northeast monsoon has been vigorous over Tamil Nadu” the Regional Meterological Department said even as rains pounded the city and its suburbs.

Water-logged roads and flooding of residential areas raised fears of a repeat of last week’s severe inundation amidst forecast of more rains on Tuesday by the weather office.

Citizens returning home after work on Monday faced a harrowing time with traffic moving at a snail’s pace on water-logged roads.

Important roads such as Anna Salai, OMR, Koyambedu, T Nagar, Purasawakkam, Guindy and the GST were flooded, even as trains ran slow due to inundation of tracks.

In some places such as Egmore, citizens complained of being stuck for more than two hours.

Meanwhile, schools will remain closed in Chennai on Tuesday and college exams have been postponed.

A report from Courtallam in Tirunelveli district said people were not allowed to take bath in the waterfalls as water was gushing out in torrents.

Firefighters carried out scores of water rescues, most involving stranded residents. Vehicles had to be abandoned in many areas.

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Rain continues to batter Tamil Nadu, water enters Chennai hospital

“We are using motor pumps to flush out the flood water, the work is on continuously. However, since the rain continues, there is no let up in inflow too,” a medical official said, adding “not all the portions of the hospital are affected, it is only to some extent on the ground level.”

A waterlogged area in Chennai earlier this week.

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With the Northeast monsoon becoming vigorous, rains continued to batter the state, even as rain water on Monday entered a Government Hospital in Chennai, causing inconvenience to the patients.As Chennai continued to reel under the impact of the monsoon, rain water entered the Tambaram Taluk Government General Hospital at Chrompet, popularly called the “Chrompet GH.”Authorities maintained that health care services to the people continued.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We are using motor pumps to flush out the flood water, the work is on continuously. However, since the rain continues, there is no let up in inflow too,” a medical official told PTI, adding “not all the portions of the hospital are affected, it is only to some extent on the ground level.””Our services to the people are not affected, the patients in the ward which is witnessing inundation have been shifted to a safer place,” he added.A popular state-run hospital in the southern suburbs of Chennai, the hospital has amenities including trauma care for which it is well-known. In and out patients too avail the services of the hospital.As the city and suburbs experienced more rains, neighbourhoods that were not inundated previously too are now experiencing water-logging.According to the weather office, a “trough of low pressure at mean sea level lay over Southwest Bay and adjoining equatorial Indian Ocean,” triggering more rains.Most parts of Tuticorin district were inundated following heavy rains for the third day on Monday, and the entire district collectorate wore a deserted look as officials were busy serving food and other essential commodities by boat to affected people besides rescuing some people from water-logged areas.Traffic on the Tirunelveli-Tuticorin route was affected as rain water was allegedly diverted on to the national highway, to check inundation of residential areas, but it did not work.Fire service personnel were engaged to rescue those marooned in residential areas and inundated highways and city roads. Officials said five lakh people were marooned in many colonies and essential items were being supplied to them by boat.A report from Cuddalore said some 100 houses were inundated at Beramarao Nagar. About 1,200 people were rescued from water-logged areas at Panrutti, Virudhachalam and Cuddalore. As many as 72,000 people have been housed in relief camps, according to District Collector Sureshkumar.

Dadri lynching: Mohamad Akhlaq’s son still unaware of his father’s fate

Danish, who was injured in a mob attack on September 28, which left his father dead, is under the impression that his father is on a religious journey across India and will return back in January.
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Still unaware of his father’s fate, Mohamad Akhlaq’s younger son Danish Saifi, was discharged from the Army Hospital earlier this week and is limping back to recovery, a development that has left his family both happy and uncomfortable. Danish, who was injured in a mob attack on September 28, which left his father dead, is under the impression that his father is on a religious journey across India and will return back in January.Speaking for the first time after the fateful night when his family was attacked on suspicions of eating beef, Danish said that he was recovering from the temporary memory loss he suffered due to the brutal attack and would like to resume normal life soon.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I am feeling better now, but, it will take at least a year to recover completely. Till then, I will prepare for the IPS examinations. It’s my parents’ dream,” said Danish to dna while discussing his plans for the future.When asked about the well-being of his parents he responded, “They are well. Father is travelling across India for a religious journey,” said the 22-year-old. Danish had received grievous injuries on his head in a mob attack allegedly led by Vishal Rana, son of a local BJP leader.Almost two months later, Danish has now shifted to Delhi’s Subroto park, where his brother Sartaj was allotted an accommodation by the Indian Air Force. After being operated twice, Danish is now better but continues to have acute pains in his ear and the fingers of the left hand.When asked if he remembered what transpired that night, he responded, “I heard the announcement but didn’t pay attention to it. Sometime later, when I was climbing the stairs to my room I saw Vishal and Shivam trying to scale our wall. A mob gathered outside our main door. They were abusing us and were trying to barge in. That’s when I yelled at Vishal and asked him what were they trying to do and he responded, ‘There he is’. Moments later there were people coming from all sides,” Danish said.Danish asked his mother and grandmother, who were at that time in the ground floor of the house, to lock themselves in the kitchen. He himself ran back to the room on the first floor where his sister Shaista and father were. “I bolted the door from inside and tried to reason with them but they kept on saying that they will not leave us. When I refused to open the door they broke it down so we entered the next room. The door in that room did not have a bolt so I tried to block the door using my hands but there were too many of them. And when they entered they started beating us up,” Danish said.”I have been told father was injured badly too.” Danish named some attackers who are not listed as accused in the FIR filed by Dadri police.His brother told dna that the family avoids talking about what happened that night but Danish has ‘too many questions’ and keeps on asking why his father hasn’t even called him once after the attack.”We are being discreet but he is suspicious. We don’t have a television set and he doesn’t read newspapers because it causes strain on his eyes. I hope we keep up the lie,” said Sartaj.

Jammu and Kashmir: Senior army officer injured in encounter with militants in Kupwara

The official said a brief exchange of firing took place between the two sides even as reinforcements of security forces were rushed to the area to prevent the militants from escaping.

This is second incident of an army officer getting hit in an anti-militancy operation in Kashmir within a week. (Representational Image)

A senior army officer was on Sunday injured in an encounter with militants in Handwara area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, officials said. Security forces had launched a search operation in Bhawan village in Zachaldara area of Handwara last night following information about the presence of militants in the area, a police official said.The official said a brief exchange of firing took place between the two sides even as reinforcements of security forces were rushed to the area to prevent the militants from escaping. “An officer of the rank of Lt Colonel has been injured in the encounter in Handwara area of Kupwara today,” an army official said. He said the officer has been evacuated to the Drugmulla Military Hospital where his condition is said to be “stable”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This is second incident of an army officer getting hit in an anti-militancy operation in Kashmir within a week. Colonel Santosh Mahadik was killed in an operation against militants in Kupwara on Wednesday. The firing resumed this morning and was going on intermittently till reports last came in, the official said.

Fatal negligence! Baby’s head separated from body during birth

Rampur: In a gruesome incident, the head of a baby got separated from its body during delivery when the doctor allegedly pulled it out of the mother’s womb forcefully.

A 32-year-old woman was admitted to the district hospital on Sunday when she experienced labour pain and the delivery took place in the evening.

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The incident came to light on Monday after the local people raised a furor, alleging medical negligence. A local leader has also alleged that severed parts of the body were dumped in a dustbin.

Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) of Rampur Shankar Lal Saraswat said the matter would be enquired into.

Chief Medical Superintendent of the hospital’s women wing Pant said enquiries into the matter has started and those found guilty will be punished.

Tension mounted in the area following the incident and Rampur district magistrate Rakesh Kumar Singh visited the hospital today.

“I will give my opinion only after getting details of the incident,” said DM Singh.

“A case has been registered against the unknown persons because the names of the hospital staff allegedly involved in the matter were not disclosed,” a police officer said.

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Russian acid attack victim shifted to Moscow

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The 23-year-old Russian girl, a victim of an acid attack in Varanasi, was flown back to Moscow early Monday morning. Darya Yurieva, a tourist who had been living in Varanasi, in Uttar Pradesh, had suffered 46 percent burns after her landlord’s son threw acid on her while she was sleeping, Friday morning.Yurieva was first admitted to Sir Sunderlal Hospital at Banaras Hindu University and then transferred late Sunday night to Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi, via Medanta’s air ambulance. On Monday, Poonam Dhanda, spokesperson for Safdarjung told the dna that Yurieva had been flown to Moscow at 5 am, on the Russian Embassy’s direction, as her parents wanted her home.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We got the news on Sunday night itself,” said Dhanda, “and she was transferred out of Safdarjung at 1 am.”Yurieva suffered burns to her facial area, according to Dhanda, mainly her face, both eyes, neck, front of the chest, right arm, abdomen, chest, right thigh, with her right eye being worse affected than her left. In the hours that Safdarjung had her, from 10:10 pm to 1 am, the doctors were working towards saving vision in her left eye.Tatiana Kutinova, the international press attache with the Russian embassy in New Delhi, told dna that Yurieva was in a state of shock. “She wants to know if she will get her face back, if she will look the same,” said Kutinova.”She has been shifted to a hospital specialising in burns in Podolsk, a city near Moscow. Though the Indian government has offered all possible help, her relatives want her there with them, instead of flying all the way to India.”Minister of external affairs, Sushma Swaraj, also tweeted in the afternoon that Yurieva had been flown back home, and that the Indian ambassador had met her mother.”The acid victim has been flown to Moscow. Our Ambassador has met the mother of the victim,” external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted.The minister further tweeted that “we have assured her that India will bear all expenses on her treatment in Russia.” She said Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister has also announced Rs 5 lakh towards this.Kutinova said that too many details couldn’t be given out about Yurieva, as most of the conversations Embassy officials had with her parents centred around the case and the subsequent medical treatment the young girl would need. “Most of what we know we found out from the Indian media; that Yurieva came to India in August and had been travelling. Siddharth, the accused travelled with her and they were friends. We don’t know the manner of their relationship, but it seemed he proposed to her in Varanasi and asked her to stay back in India. However, Yurieva wanted to return to Russia when her visa expired, in early 2016.”Yurieva has a dual citizenships with Bulgaria and Russia, and her family according to the embassy are from the Moscow district. She was an avid traveller, India not being the first place she visited.

VHP leader Ashok Singhal on life support, condition serious

Singhal has been suffering from respiratory problems for over a month now. He was earlier admitted to Medanta on October 20 after his condition deteriorated in Allahabad and was flown in to the national capital in an air ambulance.

“He is presently in the intensive care unit under treatment of a group of specialists comprising of people from critical care, respiratory, cardiology, neurology and nephrology,” Doctor AK Dubey told the media here.

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Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Ashok Singhal who was admitted to the Medanta Hospital here has been put on life support system and his condition is serious. “He is presently in the intensive care unit under treatment of a group of specialists comprising of people from critical care, respiratory, cardiology, neurology and nephrology,” Doctor AK Dubey told the media here.Singhal has been suffering from respiratory problems for over a month now. He was earlier admitted to Medanta on October 20 after his condition deteriorated in Allahabad and was flown in to the national capital in an air ambulance.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Keeping in view Singhal’s bad health, the VHP has cancelled its 18-day Chaturved Swahakar Yajna that was slated to start at Delhi’s Birla Mandir from today , as well as its Diwali Milan programme.

Domestic help injured in attack at Shiv Sena chief’s residence Matoshree

Mumbai: A domestic help working at ‘Matoshree’, the heavily-guarded bungalow of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray in suburban Bandra, was injured when his colleague allegedly attacked him with a knife, the police said on Monday.

“The incident occurred on the night of 14 November, when the accused, identified as Sevak, tried to kill another servant, Pandit with a kitchen knife,” DCP (Zone VIII) Virendra Mishra said.

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He said Sevak, who was also injured in the scuffle, was arrested on the same night from the house, and the provocation behind the attack was being investigated.

The DCP said a maid, named Manda, also suffered injuries when she tried to intervene and separate the duo.

Sevak and Pandit were admitted to Bhabha Hospital and are reportedly out of danger, he added.

‘Matoshree’, situated at Kala Nagar, is probably among the heavily-guarded places in Mumbai and the incident has raised concerns about internal security.

Police have charged the accused under Section 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of the IPC and he has been remanded in police custody.

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Kerala: Defeated Congress woman candidate attacked, hair cut off

She is now admitted in the Parassala Government Hospital as she suffered blows on her neck and head.

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On Thursday, a woman Congress candidate, who contested against the CPM in the Kerala block panchayat elections (by 814 votes), was attacked by two men who even went to the extent of cutting off her hair. A report in Malayala Manorama states that N Sathikumari was the UDF candidate of Kolliyil ward of the Perumkadavila block panchayat. She is a former DCC member and president of women’s wing of Neyyatinkkara NSS Taluk Union.Apparently, she was attacked by two men near the Nirakathala temple in Amaravila. She was returning home when two men started to follow her from the byroad near Nirakathala temple adds the report. When she was attacked, the men asked her why she contested the elections against CPM candidate. When she fell down, the men cut off part of her hair with a knife and escape on a bike. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>She is now admitted in the Parassala Government Hospital as she suffered blows on her neck and head. Saithikumari has filed a police complaint stating that the men mentioned a name of a CPM leader from Udiyankulangara when they attacked her. The police have registered a case and are now investigating the matter.

Supreme Court declines to entertain plea of former Union Minister Anbumani Ramadoss in graft cases

The trial court had on October 7 said that prima facie various offences including criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery under IPC and provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act relating to public servant abusing official position were made out against Ramadoss and several others.

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The Supreme Court on Friday declined to entertain the plea of former Union minister Anbumani Ramadoss for quashing of charges against him in two corruption cases.A bench comprising justices T S Thakur and V Gopala Gowda asked him to approach the special court while declining his plea to stay the ongoing trial in the cases filed by CBI.On October 20, the Delhi High Court had refused to grant any interim relief to Ramadoss in the matter.The trial court had on October 7 said that prima facie various offences including criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery under IPC and provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act relating to public servant abusing official position were made out against Ramadoss and several others.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The trial court had said that the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) leader had “criminally conspired” with other accused and abused his authority.Ramadoss was the Union Health Minister from May 2004 till April 2009 in the UPA-I government.The two graft cases relate to alleged favours shown by Ramadoss and other accused to private Rohilkhand Medical College and Hospital (RMCH), Bareilly (UP) and Indore-based Index Medical College Hospital and Research Centre (IMCHRC).In the case of IMCHRC, apart from Ramadoss, the trial court ordered framing of charges against then Deputy Secretary in Health and Family Welfare Ministry KVS Rao, college chairman S S Bhadoria, college employees Nitin Gothwal and Pawan Bhambhani.It had said they were prima facie found to have committed the offences under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC read with section 13(2) and 13(1)(d) (abuse of power by public servant) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and sections 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating) and 471 (using forged documents as genuine) of IPC.This charges were objected to by the PMK leader.

Tamil Nadu: Six-year old’s shoulder dislocated due to corporal punishment

A first standard student at the Panchayat Union Primary school in Budalur suffered a dislocated shoulder allegedly because her teacher twisted her arm as punishment.

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A first standard student at the Panchayat Union Primary school in Budalur suffered a dislocated shoulder allegedly because her teacher twisted her arm as punishment.A report in The New Indian Express states that V Devi, daughter of Mariammal, didn’t turn up for class on Monday as she was unwell. When she went to school on Tuesday her class teacher, Babu, allegedly twisted her arm asking why she was absent. She’s said to have been the crying the whole day in unbearable pain. The girl’s mother found her crying at home and took her to the Thanjavur Medical College Hospital the next day as her shoulder was swollen. The young girl was diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder joint.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mariammal told the media that the teacher also hit the child on her head. The police are investigating. The daily reports that G Renganathan, district elementary educational officer has said that the assistant elementary educational officer, Budalur, has conducted an inquiry into the incident. It has now been reported to the Director of School Education. They would take action against the teacher.

CBI seeks cancellation of Madan Mitra’s bail before Calcutta HC

CBI today took leave of Calcutta High Court to move a prayer for cancellation of bail of West Bengal minister Madan Mitra, an accused in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam.

CBI today took leave of Calcutta High Court to move a prayer for cancellation of bail of West Bengal minister Madan Mitra, an accused in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam.Mitra was granted bail by a city court on Saturday and went home the day after.A division bench comprising justices Harish Tandon and I C Das granted leave to CBI to serve copy of its petition to Mitra’s counsel and move the matter before the court later in the day.Mitra, who was arrested by CBI in December last, was granted bail by ACJM (in-charge) of Alipore District and Sessions Court Partha Pratim Das.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mitra had been in state-run SSKM Hospital since February 11 on the ground of illness and went home from there after being declared fit by a Medical Board of the hospital, only a day after being granted bail.

Supreme Court provides relief to Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma in 1997 land scam case

Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma will not be made an accused in the 1997 Kailash Hospital land scam case, the Supreme Court has said.

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Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma will not be made an accused in the 1997 Kailash Hospital land scam case, the Supreme Court has said.According to ANI, the Supreme Court has dismissed a petition against Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma challenging his acquittal from the case in 2010.Mahesh Sharma, then chairman of the Kailash Hospital in Noida, had been acquitted by the Allahabad HC. Along with him, Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Neera Yadav had also been granted bail.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Allahabad High Court had in December 2010 granted bail to Neera Yadav and industrialist Ashok Chaturvedi in another land scam case. The duo had been sentenced to imprisonment just a week prior to being given bail.A 1971 batch IAS officer, Yadav was chief secretary during the chief ministership of Mulayam Singh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh. She had earned the dubious distinction of being the country’s first IAS officer to be removed from the chief secretary’s post by the Supreme Court on charges of corruption in 2005.The Culture Minister for his part has been embroiled in controversy after controversy. Most recently, he has been allotted the vacant bungalow belonging to the late ex-President APJ Abdul Kalam, who he had once called a ‘patriot despite being a Muslim’. Related Read: Mahesh Sharma gets APJ Abdul Kalam’s bungalow after calling him a ‘nationalist despite being Muslim’

Saradha scam: WB Minister Madan Mitra declared fit soon after getting bail

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Less than 24 hours after a court granted him bail in connection with the Saradha scam, West Bengal minister Madan Mitra was declared fit by a medical board at the state-run SSKM Hospital, where he spent most of his time since his arrest on December 12 last year.The TMC minister returned home amid celebration by thousands of followers. Mitra was arrested on December 12 and was taken to the VVIP ward of the hospital on February 11 after CBI custody. He spent less than 50 days in jail. Mitra said, “This is the triumph of truth…Triumph of the common people,” according to his close aides, soon after he reached his Bhowanipore residence in an ambulance amid tight police security at around 12.40 PM.The minister has decided to take rest for sometime and think when to resume office.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A source at SSKM Hospital said, the medical board constituted to keep a tab on Mitra’s health conditions ran a check and found him “fit” to be discharged from the hospital. “The present health condition of the minister has improved and he is fit to go home… But he requires to go through a weekly check-up programme,” the source at the Hospital said. Despite receiving bail yesterday, after 323 days in custody, Mitra had indicated to his aides that he wanted to be in the hospital for a few more days.Mitra was arrested by the CBI in December and was remanded to CBI custody for an initial period after which he was sent to judicial remand. During the major part of his judicial remand, Mitra had been at the Woodburn Ward of the state-run hospital citing health complications.Mitra was granted bail by ACJM (in-charge) of Alipore District and Sessions Court Partha Das on condition that he would furnish a bond of Rs two lakh, cannot leave the state, submit his passport and cooperate with the investigation process. CBI Special Crime Branch, which is probing Saradha ponzi scheme scam, has said that it will move a higher court against the bail granted to Mitra.

Bengaluru: Male nurse at Fortis Hospital sexually assaults a 54-year-old patient

Shivakumar, 35, confessed to the crime during the police interrogation.

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A 54-year-old woman who was admitted at Fortis Hospital filed a complaint against a male nurse stating he sexually assaulted her. A report in The New Indian Express states that the victim has told the police that on October 5 around midnight, the male nurse came to her room. He started to touch her inappropriately and she informed her son about it. Her husband then filed a police complaint who in turn have arrested the male nurse identified as Shivakumar.The report adds that Shivakumar, 35, confessed to the crime during the police interrogation. A case has been filed under Indian Penal Code Section 354A (physical contact and advances involving unwelcome and explicit sexual overtures). <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Her husband reportedly informed the senior staff at the hospital, but they refused to listen to him and told him that the male nurse was only checking the patient. The police have stated that the hospital didn’t do a background check on the male nurse before they hired him. The nurse had reportedly been warned earlier for misbehaving with a female staff. The report adds that Dr Manish Mattoo, zonal director, Fortis Hospitals, in a release said: “On finding that a patient objected to inappropriate physical contact by our employee, we terminated him. We are extremely responsible and have no tolerance to such acts.”

Amazing: Here’s how a cow’s heart was used to save a little baby

The surgeons at the hospital repaired Noa’s heart with “both human and bovine parts” and his heart is now “near perfect,” the Cambrian News reported.

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A newborn baby born with a rare heart condition has made an amazing recovery after British doctors, in a pioneering surgery, used parts of a cow heart to save his life. Noa Gwilym Pritchard was born on February 10 this year with Holt-Oram syndrome, a genetic diseases that affects just one person in 100,000. People with the syndrome have abnormally developed bones in their upper limbs and often suffer with cardiac problems.Just days after being born, the baby was operated on at Alder Hey Hospital near Liverpool. The surgeons at the hospital repaired Noa’s heart with “both human and bovine parts” and his heart is now “near perfect,” the Cambrian News reported. Eight-month-old Noa is now “flourishing” according to his mother, Elen Pritchard, a former geography teacher. “It has become obvious that it is the rare syndrome Holt -Oram which is the cause of Noa’s problems with his arms and his heart,” Elen told the paper. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Operations on his arms will come, but we have learnt from this little boy that suffering is short-lived and that life and the blessing of having him is long-lasting.Cow heart valves are occasionally used by surgeons as they have a similar tissue physiology to human valves.

Uttarakhand: ND Tiwari sits on dharna against own party’s state govt

The trouble began on Tuesday when Tiwari visited the hospital along with his family and was shocked to find the hospital terribly understaffed with lack of medical equipment among other follies.

The octogenarian leader immediately held a press conference and accused the state government for the sorry state of affairs at the hospital.

Congress veteran and former Uttarakhand Chief Minister ND Tiwari has put his own party state government in a piquant situation when he sat on a dharna against poor health facility at a government-run hospital in Haldwani area. Tiwari, his wife Ujjwala and son Rohit Shekhar gagged themselves and sat on a dharna outside Sushila Tiwari government hospital at Haldwani yesterday, in protest against the health facility’s poor condition. The hospital was formed during the leader’s tenure and was named after his first wife Sushila Tiwari.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The trouble began on Tuesday when Tiwari visited the hospital along with his family and was shocked to find the hospital terribly understaffed with lack of medical equipment among other follies. The octogenarian leader immediately held a press conference and accused the state government for the sorry state of affairs at the hospital.Senior party leaders and Chief Minister Harish Rawat’s ministerial colleagues Indira Hridayesh and Harish Chandra Durgapal rushed to the hospital to persuade Tiwari to end his protest but the latter refused to budge. Tiwari’s protest against his own party’s government prompted Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Ajay Bhatt to allege that the vow of silence by the Congress veteran had exposed the “falsehood” of Chief Minister Harish Rawat’s claims of development in the state.In an apparent damage control, State Medical Education Minister Harak Singh Rawat convened a press conference in Dehradun at short notice late in the evening to announce that 35 vacant posts of doctors at the hospital will be filled within two-three months. Seventy-five staff nurses will be appointed at the hospital by February 2016 and the 10-year-old MRI and CT Scan machines will be replaced during the ongoing financial year, he announced.However, the 12-hour protest ended only with the Chief Minister’s intervention who spoke to Tiwari on the phone at around 12 in the night and assured him that he will personally ensure that all his grievances regarding the hospital are redressed.

Indrani Mukerjea again admitted to hospital after suspected dengue

Earlier in the day, the prison authorities informed a magistrate’s court in Mumbai that Indrani was suspected to have dengue.
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Indrani Mukerjea, the prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, was again admitted to the government-run J J Hospital on Wednesday.Earlier, she had been admitted to the hospital on October 2 after she collapsed in the prison, but was discharged a couple of days later. Hospital Dean Dr T P Lahane said Indrani was brought to the hospital from Byculla women’s prison this afternoon. He, however, declined to comment on reports quoting the jail sources that Indrani was suffering from suspected dengue.Earlier in the day, the prison authorities informed a magistrate’s court in Mumbai that Indrani was suspected to have dengue.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We have informed the court that Indrani is suffering from suspected dengue and her platelet count has gone down to 65,000,” a jail official said.Magistrate R V Adone had directed the prison authorities to produce Indrani in view of the application made by CBI seeking her voice samples. Indrani, her former husband Sanjeev Khanna and her driver Shyamvar Rai are in judicial custody. The three are accused of killing her 24-year-old daughter Sheena and disposing of the body in a forest in April 2012.On October 2, Indrani was taken to J J Hospital from Byculla womens’ prison in an unconscious state, fuelling speculation that she had overdosed on anti-depressant drugs. But the probe by Inspector General (prisons) ruled out the possibility of drug overdose, poisoning or suicide bid, and concluded that she had collapsed only because of weakness.The CBI is currently probing the Sheena Bora murder case.

Nobody has the right to touch a woman without her consent: Court

The court’s observation came while dismissing the appeal of convict Ashok Kumar, who was working as a stenographer in the hospital, against a magisterial court’s last month order sentencing him to jail and imposing a fine of Rs 5,000 on him.
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Nobody has a right to touch a woman’s body without her consent, a Delhi court has observed while upholding the six-month jail term of an army hospital employee for molesting a woman medical student in his chamber.”Nobody has a right to touch a woman’s body without her consent… In the instant case, it is evident that appellant (convict) had pulled the prosecutrix towards his chamber with the intention to sexually assault her and therefore, committed offence of outraging her modesty under section 354 of IPC,” Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhatt said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The court’s observation came while dismissing the appeal of convict Ashok Kumar, who was working as a stenographer in the hospital, against a magisterial court’s last month order sentencing him to jail and imposing a fine of Rs 5,000 on him.While relying on testimony of the victim, a second year student of Department of Nuclear Medicine, the judge said, “I find that the testimony of the prosecutrix is consistent with her written complaint submitted in the police station and the statements recorded during the course of investigation.”According to the prosecution, on February 2, 2011 an FIR was lodged at Dhaula Kuan Police Station on the complaint of the medical student that Kumar molested her when she was working in CT centre at the hospital around 1 PM. It was alleged that she had gone to Kumar’s chamber to check leave register when he suddenly pulled her and tried to sexually assault her, after which she stormed out of the room and telephoned her husband, who is also a doctor.The court, while upholding the sentence, accepted the contention of the victim’s husband who said that the FIR was lodged a day after the incident as the army rules require that the complaint first be made to the Commandant. Kumar, in his appeal, had contended that trial court had erred in convicting and sentencing him and that he was falsely implicated by the woman and her husband.The court, however, dismissed his plea saying he has no defence to accusations levelled against him and he was “trying to create one.”

Dalit Children Murder: Toddlers’ father discharged from hospital

Family sources confirmed that Jitender was feeling better after returning from the hospital.

Two Dalit toddlers who were burnt alive allegedly by people from upper caste at Sunped village

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Jitender Kumar, father of the two Dalit toddlers who were burnt alive allegedly by people from upper caste at Sunped village here and undergoing treatment for post-traumatic shocks, was discharged from the hospital on Saturday. Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Virendra Yadav said Jitender’s health conditions were normal with no signs of infection and was discharged from hospital this afternoon.He was admitted at BK Hospital here on Thursday after he developed signs of post-traumatic shocks and also to check if any infection spreading due to his burn injuries in his hands. Family sources confirmed that Jitender was feeling better after returning from the hospital. However, his uncle Hukum Singh said that despite the improvement Jitender was still in shock. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jitender was escorted to his village by armed cops to ensure his safety, sources said. Meanwhile, the SIT constituted for the case has started its work. DCP NIT Pooran Chand, who heads the team, said they would share the findings when the CBI steps in the case, as the agency has already been given the responsibility of probe. BSP National Vice President Raja Ram visited the victim after he arrived at home and assured that the issue would be raised in the Parliament.

Sushma Swaraj comes to rescue of a Pakistani girl in need of liver transplant

On Wednesday, Sushma Swaraj, the Union Minister of External Affairs tweeted: “We have issued Visa for Basma’s surgery in India. I wish her a speedy recovery.”

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At at time when some parties are extremely pricklish about Indo-Pak ties of any sort, the Union Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swara went out of her way to help a Pakistani child. On Wednesday, Sushma Swaraj tweeted: “We have issued Visa for Basma’s surgery in India. I wish her a speedy recovery.” ( Read: Shiv Sena wants to ban Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan)<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The tweet was in reference to five-year-old Basma Mohammad Faisal who needed to undergo an endoscopy test immediately. Faisal needs a liver transplantation as soon as possible, a facility which wasn’t available in Oman or even their native Pakistan. He had told the Times of Oman: “I lost my elder daughter to the same disease about 11 years back. I don’t want to lose her and plan to get both the operations done at Global Hospital in Chennai in India.”This isn’t the first time Sushma Swaraj has helped those in need. Earlier, she had helped an Indian national who was stranded in Germany after losing her passport. She also helped rescue 168 Indians held hostage in Iraq.

Caste violence in Faridabad: Rahul Gandhi to meet victims’ kin

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has sought a report from Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on the incident.

A day after two children of a Dalit family died and their parents suffered burn injuries after their home was set on fire, allegedly by upper-caste Rajputs in Sunpedh village, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi will visit Faridabad today to meet the victims’ kin.Tension gripped the locality yesterday after the incident.The mother of the children is battling for life at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital.Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has sought a report from Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on the incident. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Watch: Hospital staff perform Garba in an ICU in Ahmedabad

In a bizarre incident, a video footage has emerged of the staff of the Sola Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad performing Garba, and that too in the ICU.

In the video, the ICU is seen decorated with balloons and flowers while the staff can be seen doing rounds of the room while doing Garba.

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Earlier in the day, the Finance, Medical Education and Health and Family Welfare Minister of Gujarat, Nitinbhai Patel, had inaugurated the new dialysis centre in the hospital, reports India News.

But soon after Patel left, the hospital staff started playing Garba with loud music inside the ICU.

When asked about the incident, Patel said that it took place after he had left the hospital. He has asked for a report from the hospital on the same, reports Patrika.

Medical Superintendent of the hospital, HK Bhawsar, talking to ANI, said that although there was an inauguration function, no Garba event was planned. “This shouldn’t have happened,” Bhawsar said, adding that notices will be sent to all who were involved.

Hyderabad: Two brothers drown in water tank

The two brothers apparently didn’t know how to swim.

Two boys, who decided to go swimming in a water tank, drowned on Monday. The brothers – Pavan (16) and Pranith (13) of Bansilapet – went to the Chennapuram tank in Hydeabad without informing their parents, The Hindu reports.The boys were accompanied by a relative Hemanth who watched the boys playing in the water. The two brothers apparently didn’t know how to swim but decided to venture in and ended up drowning, says the report.Hemanth saw them drowning and ran back to inform his father, Shanganti Kumar. However, by the time they came back with the police the boys had drowned. The report adds that the police have shifted the bodies to Gandhi Hospital mortuary for post-mortem. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

11-year-old dies while playing swing with mom’s dupatta

According to the Kanjurmarg police, on Sunday evening, the boys were locked inside their house at Shiv Krupa Nagar in Kanjurmarg (East) by their mother, as she stepped out to a beauty parlour.

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Evening playtime between two brothers turned fatal on Sunday after one of them accidentally ended up killing himself.Soham More (11) and Dhruv More (6) were playing swing with their mother’s duppata by hanging it on the ceiling on their mezzanine floor, when the 11-year-old accidentally hanged himself when he jumped from the table after wrapping the dupatta around his neck.According to the Kanjurmarg police, on Sunday evening, the boys were locked inside their house at Shiv Krupa Nagar in Kanjurmarg (East) by their mother, as she stepped out to a beauty parlour.Both Soham and Dhruv were playing on the mazzanine floor of their house when Soham came up with the idea of playing swing with his mother’s dupatta.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Soham tied the dupatta against a hook on the ceiling after standing on a table on the mazzine floor,” said A Satpute, senior police inspector.”During our inquiry, we came to know that Soham initially swung with the dupatta after tying it on his chest. Later, he wrapped it around his neck and jumped from the table. The dupatta got stuck on his neck, leading to his death,” he said.The Kanjurmarg police said that Soham’s younger brother, Dhruv, witnessed the entire incident. “When Soham died, his body collapsed on the floor. Dhruv called him a number of times but there was no response”, said an officer.”When there was no response from Soham, Dhruv thought his elder brother would be tired. Hence, he went off to sleep and even slept next to him,” said an officer.When Soham’s mother Mansi returned home, she found Soham sleeping motionless on the floor and froth coming out of his mouth. Sensing something has gone terribly wrong, Mansi alerted the neighbours, who rushed Soham to a local hospital and from there to Godrej Hospital.”We were informed by the Godrej Hospital authorities, who declared Soham dead before admission. We have registered an accidental death report in the case as the family members have not raised any suspicion”, said Satpute.

Fake degree: Maha Medical Council to take action against Aditya Birla Hospital

He said that an explanation will also be asked on how the hospital has signed a memorandum of understanding with a foreign university without permission from the government.

For the first time, the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) is all set to take action against a doctor at Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital, Pune, for luring doctors for post-graduate degrees from a foreign university, not recognised in India. According to an MMC member, the doctors who were served notices for practising and displaying fake degrees, named Dr Sangram Jadhav of Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital as the coordinator. “We then decided to cross-check the claims by these doctors. The Website of University of Seychelles, which provides these degrees, had details about Dr Jadhav being their exam coordinator. It also had mention of Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital, where he worked,” said an MMC member. Dr Kishor Taori, president of MMC, said that they are in the process of sending notice to the hospital, asking about its role.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said that an explanation will also be asked on how the hospital has signed a memorandum of understanding with a foreign university without permission from the government. So far, 30 doctors from Maharashtra have been summoned for displaying foreign degrees at their clinics that are not recognised by the Medical Council of India and the MMC. “Almost all of them gave us chilling accounts of how they were lured by this hospital for the course with the University of Seychelles. Each doctor paid a hefty fee, like $6,000 and more, for the degree. The notice will be sent to the hospital and to the doctors within a week,” said Dr Taori. He added that the MMC is also sending details to the state government. “The fake degree racket should stop. Doctors are falling prey to the gimmicks by such universities. Even patients are confused with these fake degrees,” said Dr Taori. MMC has decided not to take any action against the 30 doctors who were summoned for displaying fake degrees at their clinics. “They have apologised and pulled down the degrees. We are writing to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) against the Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital for violating ethics. Since the PMC is authorised for giving registration to the hospital, it will be their prerogative to take action,” said Dr Taori.When contacted, Dr Jadhav said that he is just an exam coordinator and the hospital is the exam-conducting centre. “I have no role to play other than being an exam coordinator. I do that as per the hospital’s direction,” said Dr Jadhav. Rekha Dubey, CEO of the hospital, said that the hospital’s agreement copy with the University of Seychelles is already being sent to the MMC. “We have already sent our statement and agreement copy to MMC. Our mandate is to only conduct exams. We are not offering the degree. It is for the doctors appearing for the exam who have to decide if the degree is recognised by the MCI or MMC or not,” said Dubey.

J&K: Udhampur trucker set ablaze over ‘cow killing’ dies; third victim in three weeks

Deceased body flown to Kashmir on Sunday evening for last rites.

Anantnag: Family members of 24-years-old Zahid crying after the Kashmiri truck conductor who was injured in petrol bomb attack in Udhampur district dies in Delhis Safdarjung Hospital, at his residence in Batango in Anantnag District of South Kashmir on Sunday.

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Strife-torn Kashmir is on the edge after a trucker, who was set ablaze by a mob over the rumours of cow killing in Udhampur, succumbed to injuries in Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital on Sunday.Zahid Ahmad Bhat had received 70 per cent burns after a petrol bomb was hurled on the Kashmir-bound truck near Shiv Nagar on the Srinagar-Jammu highway on the intervening night of October 9 and 10. Bhat’s associate Showkat Ahmad Dar, who had received 40 per cent burns, is currently under treatment in the Safdarjung Hospital.The attack had come just days after carcasses of the cows were found in Udhampur district. The district administration and the cow owner later ruled out any foul play and concluded that the bovines had died a natural death.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Zahid’s death is the third reported murder in the last three weeks over beef-related rumours, after Dadri and Saharanpur incidents.Violent protests rocked several areas of south Kashmir after the death of Zahid reached his ancestral village Batingo in Anantnag district. Hundreds of youth took to streets and blocked the Srinagar-Jammu national highway.Protestors also hurled stones on the security forces prompting them to lob smoke shells and resort to lathi-charge.“Another needless death in the name of beef ban for which the BJP and its affiliates including allies are directly responsible. The honourable PM passed the buck on to Akhilesh Yadav…for Dadri. Who will he blame for Zahid death now?” tweeted Omar Abdullah, former J&K chief minister.“The so-called rulers are directly responsible for this murder. In their lust for power they have handed over J&K to fanatics,” said Mohommad Yasin Malik, chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF).

Udhampur trucker death: Jammu and Kashmir CM Mufti Mohammad blames politics of hate

Expressing deep shock and grief, he regretted that “one more precious life has been lost to the politics of hate and intolerance that is posing a grave challenge to the state and country s plurality.

He had assured the family members that stringent punishment will be given to those found guilty

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on Sunday expressed deep shock over the death of a truck conductor who was injured in an attack in Udhampur days ago and blamed the “politics of hate and intolerance”, saying it is posing a “grave challenge” to the nation. He asserted that under no circumstances shall those guilty of this “barbaric crime” be allowed to go unpunished. “I have no words to condemn the dastardly act which consumed the life of a poor and innocent young boy for no fault of his,” Sayeed said in his condolence message after Zahid succumbed to injuries sustained in the petrol bomb attack nine days ago.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Expressing deep shock and grief, he regretted that “one more precious life has been lost to the politics of hate and intolerance that is posing a grave challenge to the state and country s plurality.” The Chief Minister said though the loss of life of Zahid in the tragic incident cannot be compensated, he directed the official machinery to extend all possible help to the bereaved family in its hour of grief. Zahid was one of the two persons injured in the attack.Sayeed, earlier on October 14, had visited the Safadrjung Hospital in New Delhi to inquire about the health of the injured. He had assured the family members that stringent punishment will be given to those found guilty of this heinous crime and that the two families shall be provided government jobs for their sustenance, an official spokesman said.

Kashmir truck attack victim, targetted over beef, dies, violence erupts in Kashmir

Srinagar: Violence erupted in parts of the Kashmir Valley on Sunday after a 16-year-old injured in a bomb attack on a truck on 9 October died in Delhi, police and witnesses said.

Zahid Rasool Bhat, who was being treated for burn injuries in Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital, died on Sunday, a senior police officer told IANS in Srinagar.

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Bhat and another Kashmiri from Anantnag district, Showkat Ahmad Dar, 35, sustained serious injuries when their parked truck was attacked by a mob with a petrol bomb at Udhampur town on the Jammu-Srinagar highway.

The attack, allegedly by a Hindu mob, took place in the aftermath of a beef party hosted by independent legislator Engineer Rashid in Srinagar.

As news of the death in Delhi spread, mobs took to the streets in the southern district of Anantnag in the Kashmir Valley and blocked the Jammu-Srinagar highway by burning tyres.

The highway is the only road link between the Kashmir Valley and the rest of India.

They also shouted slogans against the government, and pelted stones at security personnel who tried to disperse them, witnesses said.

Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said the government was to blame for Bhat’s death as it failed to provide security to the truckers.

The separatists called for a shutdown in the Kashmir Valley on Monday.

Both the victims of the attack were flown to Safdarjung Hospital which specializes in treating burn injuries.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed had visited them at the hospital three days back.

IANS

Mumbai: 11 injured in Varsha Nagar fire, 3 critical

Eyewitnesses said a cylinder blast occurred at Vikhroli on Saturday around 11.30 am in a ground-plus mezzanine apartment in Varsha Nagar.

The house damaged in cylinder blast at Park site, Vikhroli
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Just a day after eight people lost their lives in a fire incident in a Kurla hotel, on Saturday, at least 11 people were injured, three critical, after a fire broke out in a house in Varsha Nagar, Ambedkar Society, at the Vikhroli Park site area. Eyewitnesses said a cylinder blast occurred at Vikhroli on Saturday around 11.30 am in a ground-plus mezzanine apartment in Varsha Nagar. Fire brigade personnel say a gas leakage would have led to the fire. The injured persons were admitted to the civic-run Rajawadi Hospital, Kasturba Hospital and Sion Hospital.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Eyewitnesses claimed that 50-year-old Vimal Chauhan and her 12-year-old daughter Sapna were severely injured after the explosion happened in their house. Even as they were trying to flee from the house they were engulfed in the blaze. “Their neighbour, Santosh Shinde, tried to reach the place to rescue them, but even he was engulfed in the fire. He suffered severe burns,” said a person from the area, adding the tenants on the mezzanine jumped from their windows to save their lives. They sustained minor injuries, while the other neighbours who were caught unawares, suffered minor burns. The most unfortunate part was the case of Devgan Singh. “Singh was a passer-by who just saw the incident. The impact of the explosion was such that the walls, roof-sheets and iron ladder leading to mezzanine floor everything fell on Singh. To add to his injuries, fire blaze hit him so bad that he couldn’t move from there. He sustained 80% burns along with serious injuries. He is critical and has been shifted to Sion Hospital,” said Dr Bharti Bavdane, Shiv Sena corporator of the area. “Sapna had inhaled a lot of smoke. So, her respiratory tract is injured. She was shifted to Kasturba Hospital from Rajawadi. Her mother, Vimal Chauhan, was shifted to Sion Hospital later in the day,” said Bavdane. Names of injured Santosh Shinde (31), 60% burns, Rajawadi HospitalAniket Chauhan (17), 30% burns, Rajawadi HospitalSapna Chauhan (12), 80% burns, Kasturba HospitalVimal Chauhan (50), 85% burns, Sion HospitalDevegan Singh (40), 80% burns, Sion HospitalSaurabh Chauhan (10), 20% burns, Rajawadi HospitalRahul Danavale (22), minor burns, Rajawadi HospitalSuman Danavale (45), minor injury, Rajawadi HospitalVijay Sawant (41), injured, Rajawadi HospitalMirabai Mane (65), injured, Rajawadi Hospital

Delhi’s shame: Two minors gangraped; Kejriwal targets PM, cops

Two horrific incidents of minors being gangraped have sparked outrage over the safety of women in the national capital.

NDTV reported that two incidents of gangrape took place in Delhi on Friday. In one case a two-and-a-half-year-old was raped in the western part of the city and the other of a five- year-old was gangraped in the eastern part.

The report quoted the mother of the girl who was gangraped in west Delhi as saying that the accused kidnapped her when she was watching a ‘Ramleela’ performance.

In the second case, the five-year old was allegedly raped by a neighbour along with his friends.

Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal reacted strongly to reports of two alleged incidents of gangrape in the capital, saying that such incidents were ‘shameful.’

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Delhi police. Image courtesy: AFP

Reacting to the reports, Maliwal tweeted:

While the survivor in the first incident was said to have been admitted to the Sanjay Gandhi Hospital, the survivor in the gangrape in the east Delhi was admitted to the GTB Hospital. Both are in a critical condition.

Maliwal was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times that the two-and-a-half-year old had marks and bites all over her body and had been left bleeding.

While saying that sexual assaults had assumed epidemic proportions, she said that she intended to meet Delhi Lieutenant Governor and the police commissioner, seeking co-ordinated action to tackle such crimes, HT reported.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also visited the five-year-old victim and tweeted:

Earlier this month, a four- year-old girl was allegedly raped in Delhi’s Keshav Puram area. She had been found lying in the bushes near a railway line and crying, when she was found by a passer-by. She was said to have been playing outside her house, after which she went missing.

Chennai: City sees four suicides in 24 hours

Two men hung themselves, while a widow set herself on fire.

A teenage nursing student committed suicide by jumping off the fifth floor of her hostel in Chennai on Tuesday. The victim identified as Pavithra (17) died at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital after she was admitted there. The police suspect that she leapt to her death because of a failed relationship as they found many romantic poems written by the girl, according to The New Indian Express. The report adds that three more suicides also occurred the same day. A 54-year-old man hung himself in the city on Tuesday late night because he had debts to pay back to chit funds and didn’t have money. Someone he had invested money with had also reportedly cheated him. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a separate incident, a 65-year-old man also hung himself, while a widow herself on fire. When the widow’s brother tried to save her, he also suffered severe burns. They were both admitted Kilpauk Medical College Hospital where they died due to severe burns.

14-year-old domestic help abused, found unconscious in almirah in Gurgaon

The NGO officials said that the girl belonged to a tribal family from Gumla district in Jharkhand and was trafficked to Delhi by an uncle

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A teenage girl from Jharkhand was found in an almirah in a businessman’s house in Gurgaon’s Krishna Colony on Wednesday during a rescue operation.The 14-year-old girl was allegedly working in the house as a domestic help and was constantly abused. The rescue operation was carried out by the NGO Shakti Vahini along with the local police. The NGO officials said that the girl belonged to a tribal family from Gumla district in Jharkhand and was trafficked to Delhi by an uncle. The officials also added that the girl was found with bruises and a deep cut on her back. The NGO members further stated that the gir;’s legs were swollen and she had marks near her eyes. She was soon taken to a Civil Hospital. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rishikant of Shakti Vahini said, “She was employed by the businessman’s family around seven months ago. She was taking care of the family’s twin children. When we first went inside the house at about 5.30 pm, the girl was nowhere to be seen. The police, during the first raid, could not find the girl. Later, the police received a similar complaint on the helpline number.The girl was found in an unconscious state,” a leading daily reported.The girl later said that she was only given two chapattis per day and was beaten several times with a wiper daily. In her statement to Child Welfare Committee, she also said that she was assaulted with knife too. According to sources, authorities are currently questioning the wife of the businessman as he is not in town.

Medical negligence: Mumbai cops want detailed reports than one-liners

According to police sources, a letter was recently written to the state’s principal health secretary, requesting the department to instruct doctors to provide detailed reasons behind terming a case as ‘medical negligence’ or otherwise.

In a move that could have a huge bearing on people fighting medical negligence cases, the Mumbai police have written to the Maharashtra government, seeking to direct doctors to give detailed opinion on medical negligence cases rather than one-liners.According to police sources, a letter was recently written to the state’s principal health secretary, requesting the department to instruct doctors to provide detailed reasons behind terming a case as ‘medical negligence’ or otherwise.The panel of doctors probing medical negligence cases provide only a one-line opinion, which, according to the Mumbai police, does not help them.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Currently, whenever someone approaches the police to file a case of medical negligence, it is referred to a team of medical experts of a government hospital,” said Dr Shivkumar Utture, member of Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC). “Based on the panel’s opinion, police take further action,” he said.What prompted the police to write the letter was a medical negligence case of 2013 against eight doctors of Bombay Hospital. In 2013, Nandini Suchde, a resident of Colaba, approached the Azad Maidan police station, alleging negligence on the part of eight Bombay Hospital doctors treating her mother Gitika Gosh, who died in the hospital.Gosh was brought from Kolkata and admitted to Bombay Hospital to treat her fractured femur (thigh bone). After Gosh complained to the police in June 2013, a panel of four doctors from the Department of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Surgery, Sir J J Group of Hospitals, investigated the matter.The panel confirmed professional negligence on the part of the doctors. Based on the report, an FIR was registered against the doctors by the Azad Maidan police station.A few days later, the same panel sent another report saying there was no medical negligence in the case. Confused by the two contradictory reports, the Mumbai police approached Sassoon Hospital in Pune. Sassoon, too, denied any medical negligence.”Now, there were three reports – two saying no medical negligence, and one to the contrary. If we don’t go ahead with the investigation, the complainant would allege that we are not doing our duty. If we go ahead, doctors can challenge us”, said a senior police officer.”Hence, we wrote to Sassoon Hospital to provide us with the detailed reasons as to why there was no medical negligence. They turned down our request. Hence, the letter was written to the government, so that such confusion does not recur,” he said.

Octogenarian woman stripped and tortured after being branded a ‘witch’ in Rajasthan

Jaipur: An 85-year-old woman has complained of being tortured with searing tongs and stripped after being branded a witch in Rajasthan’s Bihara village, over 260 km from here, police said.

The incident occurred on Sunday in Bhilwara district.

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“The woman, Chau Bai, met additional superintendent of police of the area on Monday and told him about the incident. Police have launched an investigation into it,” a police official told IANS on Tuesday.

The woman, a mother of two daughters, in her complaint alleged that on Sunday about 14-16 people from her village branded her as a witch and tortured her with searing hot tongs. “I was beaten with iron chains,” she alleged.

Bai, who was later admitted to Mahatma Gandhi Hospital in Bhilwara, alleged the villagers targeted her to grab her property and wanted to force her out of the village.

“On Sunday some villagers brought a witch doctor. They (the villagers) dragged me forcibly by my hair to my veranda (porch). The witch doctor poured a liquor like substance on my body. I was beaten up and stripped naked and later they threw me into a nali (drain),” she said.

The Rajasthan Prevention of Witch Hunting Act 2015, which is in force in the state, says that forcing a woman, after branding her as a witch, to drink or eat any inedible substance or any obnoxious substance or parade her naked or with scanty clothes or with painted face or body or committing any similar acts derogatory to human dignity or displacing her from her house or other property is punishable with rigorous imprisonment for a term not less than three years but which may be extended to seven years or served with a fine not less than Rs.50,000 or both.

Despite the Act, several cases of women being branded witches and harassed have been reported in Rajasthan in the last few months. In the last three days in Bhilwara alone, three cases of women being branded as witches have come to light.

IANS

85-year-old Rajasthani woman stripped and tortured for being a ‘witch’

Jaipur: An 85-year-old woman has complained of being tortured with searing tongs and stripped after being branded as a witch in Rajasthan’s Bihara village, over 260 km from here, police said.

The incident occurred on Sunday in Bhilwara district.

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“The woman, Chau Bai, met additional superintendent of police of the area on Monday and told him about the incident. Police have launched an investigation into it,” a police official told IANS on Tuesday.

The woman, a mother of two daughters, in her complaint alleged that on Sunday about 14-16 people from her village branded her as a witch and tortured her with searing hot tongs. “I was beaten with iron chains,” she alleged.

Bai, who was later admitted to Mahatma Gandhi Hospital in Bhilwara, alleged the villagers targeted her to grab her property and wanted to force her out of the village.

“On Sunday some villagers brought a witch doctor. They (the villagers) dragged me forcibly by my hair to my veranda (porch). The witch doctor poured a liquor like substance on my body. I was beaten up and stripped naked and later they threw me into a nali (drain),” she said.

The Rajasthan Prevention of Witch Hunting Act 2015, which is in force in the state, says that forcing a woman, after branding her as a witch, to drink or eat any inedible substance or any obnoxious substance or parade her naked or with scanty clothes or with painted face or body or committing any similar acts derogatory to human dignity or displacing her from her house or other property is punishable with rigorous imprisonment for a term not less than three years but which may be extended to seven years or served with a fine not less than Rs.50,000 or both.

Despite the Act, several cases of women being branded witches and harassed have been reported in Rajasthan in the last few months. In the last three days in Bhilwara alone, three cases of women being branded as witches have come to light.

IANS

Two dead, five injured after flyover wall collapses in Bhopal

Two people died and five others were injured after a wall adjoining a flyover near Bajaria police station collapsed in Bhopal on Tuesday.

Two people died and five others were injured after a wall adjoining a flyover near Bajaria police station collapsed in Bhopal on Tuesday.”This incident took place around 1.30 am last night. A heavy vehicle was crossing the flyover when suddenly the wall collapsed. Two to three people use to sleep here. The officials visited the place last night and took the injured to the hospital,” a local resident told ANI. Further details awaited.

Mismatch in quantity of Salman Khan’s blood samples, alleges lawyer

The high court is hearing an appeal filed by the actor against his conviction in which he has been found guilty of ramming his car into a shop in suburban Bandra on September 28, 2002, killing one person and injuring four who were sleeping on pavement.

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The lawyer of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, who was given a five-year sentence in 2002 hit-and-run case, on Monday alleged in the Bombay High Court that there were several discrepancies in the collection of the actor’s blood samples and its examination.The lawyer said the quantity of blood taken at the hospital did not match with the one received by a forensic lab for examination.”Blood extracted by PW-20 (Dr Shashikant Pawar, Medical Officer at JJ Hospital in Mumbai) was 6 ml, which was stored in two vials of 3 ml each. However, PW-18 (Dattatray Bhalshankar, chemical analyser at Forensic Lab in Kalina) found 4 ml of blood only in one vial,” Salman’s lawyer Amit Desai told Justice A R Joshi of the Bombay High Court.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The high court is hearing an appeal filed by the actor against his conviction in which he has been found guilty of ramming his car into a shop in suburban Bandra on September 28, 2002, killing one person and injuring four who were sleeping on pavement.”It appears that what PW-18 (chemical analyser) has received is a completely different sample,” the lawyer said.The appellant (Salman) has been convicted with this kind of evidence, Desai argued and alleged that this is an addition to the chain of discrepancies.Besides, the CA’s report does not speak about the percentage of alcohol but talks only about the content of alcohol.Referring to portions of the paper book (evidence), Desai said that evidence in one place says “one sealed vial intact, as per copy sent”, while in another place it says “no copy sent”.”This is confusing….so whether it is ‘vial intact as per copy sent’ or ‘no copy sent’…an ambiguity has been created,” Desai pointed out to the court.The lawyer further said the “blood story” is curious — it starts from Bhabha Hospital, which does not have the facility to draw blood and goes to the JJ Hospital, where oxalate, which is an anti-coagulant, has been shown as a preservative.Besides, the story also talks about a ward boy who drew the blood and then speaks of the Kalina lab which received a different quantity of blood, said the lawyer.”Our submission is that PW-18 (chemical analyser) does not have experience on the subject,” he said and also pointed out that the medical officer, too, has erred. “There are discrepancies in crucial factual issues,” he alleged.The defence lawyer pointed out that Salman was first taken to Bhabha hospital which did not have the facility to draw blood and then he was taken to J.J hospital where his blood sample was taken.Justice A R Joshi expressed concern over the fact that the civic-run Bhabha Hospital did not have the facility to draw blood. “This is the scenario in Mumbai, what about rural villages?” he said adding that the government is speaking of the “golden hour” (the next one hour after the accident) and ambulances to help out road accident victims.Salman’s lawyer pointed out that the blood of Alistair Pereira, who was involved in a similar hit-and-run case in 2006 registered by Khar police station, was drawn at Bhabha Hospital. “But timelines are different,” he said.However, Desai said that evidence at one point suggests that the blood of the “deceased person” (victim Nurullah Mehboob Sharif) in the Salman Khan case was drawn at Bhabha Hospital.

Did Fortis transplant a weak heart? Patient dies 24 hrs after surgery

On Sunday, when a 53-year-old male patient was declared brain dead in the hospital after he suffered brain haemorrhage, doctors decided to go ahead with the heart transplant with the consent of the former’s family.

Mumbai’s fourth heart transplant patient died within 24 hours of surgery at Fortis Hospital, Mulund, on Monday. According to hospital sources, the 54-year-old donee was suffering from end-stage heart disease for a while and was in dire need of a transplant.On Sunday, when a 53-year-old male patient was declared brain dead in the hospital after he suffered brain haemorrhage, doctors decided to go ahead with the heart transplant with the consent of the former’s family.While the cadaver donor’s family agreed to donate his liver, kidneys and heart, doctors could not use the liver as it was in bad shape. A team of doctors started the procedure at 3 pm and it lasted till 10.30 pm, in one of the longest heart transplant surgeries to take place in Fortis, Mulund.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dr S Narayani, zonal director, Fortis, said: “The patient was declared dead on Monday afternoon. The cause of his death is hyper acute rejection.”According to sources, apart from the liver not being suitable for transplant, the donor heart was also weak, and it came as a surprise that the hospital decided to go ahead with the heart transplant. Hospital authorities, however, denied the allegation.”The donor heart was healthy but the recipient was in a critical condition. There were others in waiting also but we decided to take up his case as he was in a critical condition. The heart was beating normally after the transplant, but soon his condition deteriorated,” said Dr Narayani.A heart transplant is considered only when neither medication nor other surgeries can ensure a patient’s survival. The patient’s heart is either replaced (orthotopic procedure) or, in rare cases, left in place to support the donor heart (heterotopic procedure). The heart is donated by the family of those declared brain dead.Dr Gustad Daver, president of the Zonal Transplant Coordination Committee (ZTCC), said: “The hospital conducting organ transplant through cadaver donation has to inform the director of health services and ZTCC on the outcome of the procedure – success or failure. Once we get the feedback, we meet to discuss and study the success rate and failure.”Fortis Hospital, Mulund, created history by conducting the first heart transplant in Mumbai after 47 years in August this year. The hospital has conducted all the four heart transplants in the city.In 1968, Dr PK Sen and team from KEM Hospital, Parel, carried out two transplants with limited success, barely six months after South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard performed the world’s first heart transplant. After that, there was a long gap and end-stage heart patients had to go to hospitals in south India for transplants. Six hospitals from the city had acquired the permission 10 years ago to perform heart transplants. But not a single hospital in the state has performed the surgery, except Fortis.
So far,In 2015, 34 cadaver donations have taken place in MumbaiThis has resulted in | 48 kidney transplants | 31 liver transplants4 heart transplants, out of which 1 was unsuccessful

Mumbai man ‘comes back from the dead’

Staff at a mortuary in Mumbai are surprised when a man they were preparing to do a post-mortem examination on wakes up.

Four-year-old girl raped in Delhi, four persons detained

New Delhi: Four persons were detained on Monday in connection with the rape of a four-year-old girl at northwest Delhi’s Keshav Puram area, said police.

The detained persons include the youth, who the girl’s father had named and claimed that he often used to offer toffee to the girl, one of his associates and two other youths from the same slum cluster, said a senior police officer.

Senior officers said that the accused would be arrested by midnight, without disclosing any further details. The victim’s father had told the police that he suspected the involvement of two men who had lured the girl with food.

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On Monday, the police claimed to have questioned over a hundred persons in connection with the case and zeroed in on a few, even as the girl’s family claimed that she had named a man “Rahul” who used to offer her toffees.

The victim’s father told the police that on the night of 9 October, two persons allegedly approached the girl and lured her with a packet of noodles and a Rs 10 note. One of them was seen picking up the girl and then handed her over to the other, before they vanished, said a police officer.

“Rahul was the one who handed over the girl to the other unidentified person. Once police catches Rahul, he will reveal name of the accused,” father of the victim said.

Later, the girl was found behind bushes near a railway track in the area, bleeding profusely. She was rushed to a hospital, where rape was confirmed.

She was later referred to Safdarjung Hospital. A senior doctor said, “The girl is stable and under observation. We are constantly monitoring her condition.”

“She was admitted in the High Dependency Unit of Safadarjung Hospital at 8 PM on 9 September. She had injury on her private parts and doctors operated on her,” he said.

The doctor said her private parts were seriously injured and a three-hour long colostomy was performed to provide for an alternate opening for passage of stool.

PTI

Dadri lynching: Mohammad Akhlaq’s son Danish shifted to Army R&R hospital

Danish had been admitted in the ICU of Kailash Hospital since he was he almost killed by the mob fury in Bisara, which claimed his father, Mohammad Akhlaq’s life.

After gaining consciousness, Danish, who had been admitted to the ICU in a Noida hospital after being beaten by a mob lead by the Hindu community in Bisara village, Dadri, over rumours of slaughtering and eating beef, was shifted to the Army Hospital (Research and Referral) on Saturday evening. Danish had been admitted in the ICU of Kailash Hospital since he was he almost killed by the mob fury in Bisara, which claimed his father, Mohammad Akhlaq’s life.Danish’s elder brother Sartaj informed reporters that his brother had been shifted to R&R on Saturday evening. A source at R&R told dna that he was brought in at 7 pm. The source added that Danish had been moved to casualty ward, as he was out of a coma but still critical. Danish had been shifted out of the ICU to the High Dependency Unit (HDU), in Kailash hospital on 8 October, after he had woken up and started communicating with his family. Sartaj had then told dna that the trauma of Danish’s injuries had wiped out any memories of the incident.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The armed forces have been supporting the family since the lynching took place, as Sartaj works for the air force as an engineer, rank of Corporal. It has even offered a secure location to his family, on one of their stations or air bases. The Air Chief Marshal Anup Raha was one of the first people to publically speak out against the violence.Kailash Hospital is owned by Mahesh Sharma, the BJP union culture ministry who has courted much controversy for his remarks on the what happened in Bisara. He had called it an “accident” and asked people not to give it a “communal colour”. The Uttar Pradesh police has filed a case against Sharma, and his fellow BJP member, UP MLA Sangeet Som for giving inflammatory speeches in the village.

New Delhi: 4-year-old girl raped; accused still at large

There is an eatery in the slum where alcoholics and miscreants assembled late night. It is suspected that the accused could be frequent visitors of those shops, a local youth working with an NGO said.
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A four-year-old girl was allegedly raped by an unidentified accused in a slum dwelling in north west Delhi’s Keshav Puram area, police said on Saturday. The girl was missing from her house since Friday evening. She was later found lying and crying in bushes near rail line by a passer-by, a senior police officer said.The girl, a resident of JJ cluster in Keshav Puram area, was raped as she was bleeding profusely. She was rushed to Mahavir Hospital, from where she was referred to Safdarjung Hospital where she is undergoing treatment, the officer said.”She is admitted in the High Dependency Unit. She is conscious and out of danger but still in pain,” medical superintendent of Safdarjung hospital, A K Rai, said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”She was brought to our hospital at around 8 PM yesterday night after being referred by Bhagwan Mahavir Hospital. She had injury on her private parts and doctors operated on her last night,” he said.The girl, whose father is a painter, was playing outside her house when she went missing. Her grandparents tried to search her, but she could not be found, police said.A case under relevant sections of IPC and POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Acts has been registered and a manhunt has been launched to arrest the accused, who are yet to be identified, he said.There is an eatery in the slum where alcoholics and miscreants assembled late night. It is suspected that the accused could be frequent visitors of those shops, a local youth working with an NGO said.”We have zeroed in on some suspects and we are keeping a watch. Once the girl recovers, we will be able to get more clues about the accused,” the officer added.Meanwhile, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal met the victim at the hospital.

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