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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.

India lashes out at UN Security Council, calls it ‘ineffective’ and ‘powerless’ to resolve crisis

Mukerji called for prioritising an early reform of the Security Council during the current 70th session of the Assembly “in order to bring hope to these millions of ordinary men, women and children.”

India has expressed its strong dismay at the lack of accountability and transparency in the framing of peacekeeping mandates by the UN Security Council, saying this “failing” by the world body is resulting in rising casualties among peacekeepers and civilians.”We are dismayed at the opaque manner in which the Security Council continues mandate peace operations, without any accountability or transparency,” India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Asoke Mukerji said at a debate in the UN General Assembly here on Tuesday on peacekeeping operations. Mukerji said the human costs of “this failing” are evident in both the rising number of casualties among UN peacekeepers, as well as an alarming growth in the number of civilians, now reaching 60 million, whose lives are being disrupted by the conflicts that an “ineffective Security Council is powerless” to resolve.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mukerji called for prioritising an early reform of the Security Council during the current 70th session of the Assembly “in order to bring hope to these millions of ordinary men, women and children.” In the report titled ‘The report of the United Nations Peace Operations: Implementation of the recommendations of the High Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations’, the Secretary General has recommended that sustained dialogue between the Council, the Secretariat and contributors is essential for shared understanding of appropriate responses and their implications for the mandate and conduct of a peace operation.Mukerji said India strongly supports the Secretary General’s statement that this dialogue should begin before the establishment of the mission. He added that the report also rightly recognise that “a United Nations peace operation is not designed or equipped to impose political solutions through sustained use of force” and that UN peace operations are not the appropriate tool for military counter-terrorism operations. “We endorse this recommendation, as UN peacekeepers are not deployable for targeted offensive action against armed militias, non-state actors and terrorists,” Mukerji said.He stressed that the international community should not abandon the cardinal principles of UN peacekeeping of consent of the parties, impartiality and the non-use of force except in self-defence and defence of the mandate.He also urged a review of the current allocation of resources within UN peace operations to ensure that the growing resource constraint faced by UN peace operations is considerably mitigated. Mukerji said UN peacekeepers are not only the UN’s boots on the ground, but also the organisation’s eyes and ears, adding that the Security Council can only benefit from the ground level assessments which troop contributing countries can provide in direct interaction between member states.India is the largest cumulative troop contributor to UN peace operations, with over 185,000 troops having served in 48 of the 69 missions mandated so far. The country has repeatedly called for the Security Council to consult troop contributing countries before drawing up peacekeeping mandates given that troops now have to function is increasingly difficult and hostile conflict situations across the world’s hot-spots.

How these woman journalists in rural Uttar Pradesh are inspiring change

On Monday, news about a person harassing and stalking a team of women journalists in rural Uttar Pradesh created social media outrage, after a first-person account about the apathy they faced from the UP police went viral. It forced the police to get cracking on the case after months of inaction and the stalker was finally nabbed. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The case also brought to light the local language newspaper called Khabar Lahariya run by these resilient women who are not new to standing up to challenges. In fact, it is this very spirit that gave rise to the weekly newspaper.Khabar Lahariya is a chain of local language newspapers in Uttar Pradesh, produced by a collective of women journalists. The newspaper had humble beginnings with six reporters and around 1000 copies. Today, the team has 40 women recruits and boasts of a readership of 80,000 per week, spread across 800 villages of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, with editions in Bundeli, Bhojpuri, Awadhi, Hindustani and Bajjika. Not only does the paper have formidable reach for a newspaper in the rural hinterland, but for almost a year now, it also has an online presence through its news website and social media pages. The birth of this all-women led rural newspaper took place in one of the poorest districts of Chitrakoot and Banda in Uttar Pradesh, where social challenges like crime and sexual violence are prevalent, owing to the skewed sex ratio and low literacy rates. With caste and gender discrimination being a norm, these women had to overcome numerous social and personal odds to assert themselves. In a region where dacoits are known to run wild, where law and order systems are rendered ineffective and Sati and other obsolete rituals still raise their ugly heads, these women have battled against dogmas and patriarchal perceptions at home and outside to make themselves heard.As their work progressed, their stories focussed on hardcore politics, apart from women and development issues. Their reporting now commands respect and attention even from male readers and government officials, who had earlier ignored them. The majority of the women have emerged from lower castes and minority communities to report their stories and most times, they live and experience the stark realities that they write about. They personally travel and interact with the stakeholders of society, be it the common man or the authorities, than relying on spokespersons or corporate communications. “They do the kind of reporting that mainstream media ignores, be it challenging power structures, mining quarries or the administration,” says Disha Mullick, Director of outreach, Women Media and News (WoMeN) Trust, which publishes Khabar Lahariya. The team also declines advertisements that have feature any casteism, fundamentalism, sexism, violence or superstition.The newspaper’s origins lay in promoting literacy for women. The idea first took shape in 1999 in the form of Mahila Dakhiya. The women were learning to read and write through Mahila Samakhya, the government’s six-month literacy programme, and were not satisfied with becoming literates alone, yearned for more immersion in language. This propelled them to start writing for Mahila Dakhiya, a four-page monthly newsletter in Bundeli language. Later, the Delhi-based organisation, Nirantar—Centre for Education and Gender, which was working with them, envisioned a future that went beyond their literacy and towards social and financial empowerment for the women. Nirantar joined hands with Mahila Samakhya to start Khabar Lahariya in 2002, and the rest, as they say, is history.There are plans to expand this vision further, says Mullick. The newspaper is now set to bridge the divide between rural and urban societies.”We are increasingly shifting towards digital media. The focus is on how to make our content available on digital media. We are also looking at more images and video content. Locally too, people are accessing news on their mobile phones and computers. Urban readers can also know our rural reporters’ coverage on local and national issues,” she explains. Speaking about the team’s vision for their newspaper​, Meera Jataw, Chief of Operations for Khabar Lahariya said, “We plan to have more editions and are currently planning to expand in Faizabad and Mahoba district. We also want to gradually extend our coverage to national and international news as well. We aim to take Khabar Lahariya to the national level.”With its feet firmly on the ground, the newspaper has set its eyes on the sky. “We are definitely planning to bring in more women and have been trying to work out the resources and find investors,” Mullick says. Throwing more light on their screening process to recruit reporters, Jataw adds, “We are looking for women who are not scared of talking to men and are unafraid to question authorities.”Khabar Lahariya has already begun making waves in mainstream media and urban society and could very well inspire mainstream media to take a hard look at itself and return to some basicsAlso Read – Khabar Lahariya: Women lead rural reportage

Water tanker scam: Delhi Jal Board Chairman recommends FIR against Sheila Dikshit, says sources

In 2012, Delhi Jal Board procured tankers to supply water in areas which receive less water

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Delhi Jal Board Chairman Kapil Mishra has recommended FIR against Sheila Dikshit in a 400 crore rupees water tanker scam, as per the sources.Kapil Mishra is the Water Minister of Delhi. In 2012, Delhi Jal Board procured tankers to supply water in areas which receive less water. Then Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit was in charge of the operations at Delhi Jal Board at that time. Further details are awaited in this case . With ANI inputs

Indo-Pak DGMOs meeting will go ahead as planned, Sartaj Aziz

Holding India squarely responsible for the cancellation of the NSA talks, Aziz dubbed New Delhi’s stand of discussing only terror as a “unilateral decision” and harped that the Ufa objective was to reduce tension for which there was a need to discuss Kashmir.
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A day after calling off Indo-Pak NSA-level talks, Pakistan today said the meetings between the DGMOs of the two countries and representatives of Pakistan Rangers and BSF will go ahead as agreed in Ufa.”Yes, Rangers and BSF are going ahead…DGMOs will also talk, but it requires mechanism which goes beyond and suggestions have been made to make sure that some reduction in tension takes place,” Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz said.”I think Pakistan Rangers-BSF (meeting)…is confirmed for 6th (September). Directors General of Military Operations (DGMOs) can meet anywhere, they can agree among themselves, whenever they want to meet,” Aziz told CNN-IBN when asked about the dates for the meetings.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Holding India squarely responsible for the cancellation of the NSA talks, Aziz dubbed New Delhi’s stand of discussing only terror as a “unilateral decision” and harped that the Ufa objective was to reduce tension for which there was a need to discuss Kashmir.Aziz said the agreement reached in Ufa between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi was interpreted differently by both the countries.”We wanted modalities of Kashmir to be discussed. Holding talks on Kashmir will reduce tension. Ufa objective was to reduce tension, so we need to discuss Kashmir, not terror.” Aziz also said Pakistan will not propose talks in New York when leaders of the two countries will be present next month for multilateral summits and insisted that it is up to India to do so.Talking about underworld don and most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim who is hiding in Pakistan, Aziz said India has not given any official proof. Pakistan last night called off the NSA-level talks, hours after India made it clear that discussions on Kashmir and a meeting with Hurriyat separatists will not be acceptable to it.Talking about the decision, Aziz said, “Every time there is a small incident, you cannot postpone the discussion indefinitely by saying terror still continues, who decides?” “In the past when terror could be discussed along with the other (issues)…why this unilateral decision that now only terror will be discussed and nothing else. So I think insistence on narrow definition…was obviously meant to sort of avoid discussion,” he said.Insisting that Kashmir issue needs to be discussed, Aziz said, “I think this is very unfortunate because the dialogue between the two countries at some level was beginning and to loose that window of opportunity is rather unfortunate.”

Two senior LeT commanders killed in a renewed offensive against terror

As the forces were zeroing in on the area, the militants opened heavy volume of firing on the search party. The troops retaliated and the intermittent firing between the two sides continued for hours.

Stepping up its offensive against militants, Indian army killed two senior Lashkar-e-Tioba commanders in a fierce encounter that last for more than 19 hours in Rakh Lajoora and Ratnipora villages of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.Acting on the specific intelligence inputs about the presence of militants, a joint team of Special Operations Group (SOG) of J&K police and troops of 50 and 55 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) launched a cordon and search operation to track down the ultras on Monday evening.As the forces were zeroing in on the area, the militants opened heavy volume of firing on the search party. The troops retaliated and the intermittent firing between the two sides continued for hours.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the first light on Tuesday, the gun fight again broke out after the holed up ultras tried to break the cordon and escape. There was a heavy exchange of firing between the two sides in which two senior ultras were killed.Police identified the two local militants as Showkat Ahmed Lone and Shaheen Gulzar. “Both militants are senior commanders of Lashkar and involved in several terrorist actions”, Nitish Kumar, deputy inspector general of police, south Kashmir, told dna.Shaheen, police sources said, had joined Lashkar a year ago while Showkat had joined the outfit one and half years ago. Shaheen is survived by his wife and two little children. Showkat was the owner of automobile workshop before he joined militancy.This is the second major success by the security forces in Pulwama against the militants. On Thursday security forces killed Talib Afzal Shah, in Asthan Moholla in the south Kashmir district. Shah was holding Master’s degree in physical education and had joined the outfit in 2011.Massive protests broke out after the locals took to streets and raised pro freedom slogans to protest the killing of the two ultras. Security forces fired tear-gas shells and used lathi-charge to disperse the violent mob.Meanwhile, general officer commanding 15 corps Lieutenant General Subrata Saha said locals joining militancy needs to be tackled by the concerned agencies.”If I remember the figure is little over 40 (locals who joined militancy) which is almost equal to the same number last year. However it is more than 2013 and 2012. To that extent there is an increase and that is something which needs to be engaged by the concerned agencies,” he said.

Jammu and Kashmir: Suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba militant killed in Pulwama encounter

Militants on Thursday attacked a police party deputed to conduct a search operation in a village in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. One suspected Lashker-e-Taiba militant was killed in the encounter.

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Militants on Thursday attacked a police party deputed to conduct a search operation in a village in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. One suspected Lashker-e-Taiba militant was killed in the encounter.Special Operations Group (SOG) of local police cordoned off Asthan Mohalla locality of Kakapora, 32 kms from here, around 4.00 pm on receiving specific inputs about militants hiding in a house, a police officer said.He said the militants opened fire on noticing the search party in an attempt to escape. Reinforcements, including Rashtriya Rifles personnels, have been rushed to the area to flush out the militants believed to be trapped there, the officer said adding there was no fresh report of firing so far.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Delhi-Jaipur ‘green corridor’ helps transport human liver in ‘record time’

Delhi Traffic Police created a 12 -km-long ‘green corridor’ last night to enable a human liver donated by the family of a road accident victim in Jaipur reach a city hospital in “record time”.

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Delhi Traffic Police created a 12 -km-long ‘green corridor’ last night to enable a human liver donated by the family of a road accident victim in Jaipur reach a city hospital in “record time”.The distance between the toll plaza area in Gurgaon and the Vasant Kunj-based Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences was covered in 10 minutes in the wee hours, police said.”It was the liver of a road accident victim in Jaipur. The distance was crossed in record 10 minutes flat between 12.47 AM and 12.57 AM due to the ‘green corridor’,” said Additional Commissioner Traffic (Operations), Sharad Agarwal.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said the liver was brought from Sawai Man Singh Medical College of Jaipur and travelled till Gurgaon before taking the ‘green corridor’ via National Highway 8, Mahipalpur crossing, Masoodpur and Vasant Kunj road before reaching the hospital.”We ensured there was no obstruction or traffic jams on the route by regulating the movement of vehicles, especially trucks, since it was past midnight,” said Agarwal.

Two troopers, two Maoists killed in Chhattisgarh attack

Jagdalpur (Chhattisgarh): Two troopers and two Maoists were killed in a gun battle after a group of rebels attacked a patrol party of security personnel in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district on Sunday, police said.

Two more troopers, who were part of the joint patrol comprising Special Task Force (STF) and District Reserve Guard (DRG) personnel, were injured in the gun fight that took place around 6 am in the Jappemarka forest area.

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Additional Superintendent of Police Indira Kalyan Elesela said the 100-strong joint STF and DRG patrol party was on its way to conduct search in the forest area, where the Maoists were lurking.

The Maoists fired at the patrol party, which retaliated with equal force.

The gun battle lasted for close to one-and-half hours, police said.

The Maoists fled the scene under the cover of the thick forest. The bodies of the two Maoists were later recovered from the forest.

The slain troopers were identified as Constable Sitaram Kunjam from STF and Assistant Constable Motiram from DRG, said Additional Director General of Police (Anti-Naxal Operations) RK Vij.


Alleged Hizbul Mujahideen militant lodged in Tihar accuses prison authorities of abuse

Dar (45) in his letter has said, other criminals are able to avail facilities like reading newspapers, books while ‘Kashmiri inmates jailed for alleged anti-India activities are harassed regularly including keeping them in solitary confinement for weeks, sub-standard medical treatment and serving filthy water.

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An under-trial inmate from Kashmir currently lodged in New Delhi’s Tihar jail, has written a letter to his family narrating the ‘ordeal’ he allegedly faces in the prison. Inmate, Muzaffar Ahmed Dar, an alleged member of militant group Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), was shifted to Tihar from Srinagar’s Central Jail after National Investigating Agency (NIA) sought his transfer in 2014.Dar (45) in his letter has said, other criminals are able to avail facilities like reading newspapers, books while ‘Kashmiri inmates jailed for alleged anti-India activities are harassed regularly including keeping them in solitary confinement for weeks, sub-standard medical treatment and serving filthy water.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dar’s younger brother Irfan, a farmer by profession, who corroborated the statement and said that his elder brother had been in regular touch with his family for the entire time in Tihar except the last three weeks. “He is allotted a total of five minutes per week to speak over the phone. Because five minutes is too less of time, we would exchange letters. He writes detailed letters inquiring about things back home and updates us with the situation in Tihar but the last three weeks the letters didn’t come neither did he call,” Irfan added.Dar called his family last week and told them that for 20 days at a stretch he was kept in solitary confinement in BSF camp Chawla House where due to consumption of filthy water, he developed several ailments. “He was not allowed to call. At the end of three weeks he was allowed to send a letter. Even before the letter reached us, he was given the permitted to call. He said that a letter is on the way and not to worry too much because everything is fine now,” Irfan further said.When asked to comment, jail authorities said that they were willing to examine the case if Dar would have complained to them instead writing to his family. “We do not discriminate among prisoners but if an inmate has claimed he was abused, he should have dropped his complaint into any of the petitions boxes which are meant for the prisoners,” said DIG Tihar, Mukesh Prasad. The prison has three petition boxes he said, one each for jail superintendent, visiting judge and Director general. Dar a native of Chichilora in Tangmarag area in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district was arrested for his alleged affiliation HM from Sadrabal area of Srinagar in April 2009.Accused of being the Chief Operations Commander (HM), Dar was lodged in the same jail till 2014 when NIA sought his custody on the grounds that Dar while in jail continued to raise and distribute funds to wage war against India. His family, however claims that Dar was pursing a degree in law and had no access to the internet. “He was permitted to do LLB by the High Court and was hoping to practice law when he is released” Irfan said .As of now, charges have not been framed against Dar with his next hearing slated on May 14. The content of the letter however remains the prime focus of Dar’s family, especially for his 8-year-old girl. “On April 8 2015, all the Kashmiri prisoners in High Risk Ward were forcibly separated from one another and shifted to separate narrow and dark cells. The doors of these cells were locked and opened after over a week,” reads the letter“On April 10 Tamil Nadu Special Police (TSP) (which is responsible for guarding the outer peripheries of the prison), suddenly raided our cells, ransacked our items including books and seized everything.Some of our items were given back to us, after we went on a hunger strike“On April 11, I was suddenly shifted to Jail number 8 of Tihar against the orders of the doctor. TSP raided my cell again and seized all the items again including my medicines,” it further read.”We have heard about all kinds of atrocities happening in jails but it is a different thing to imagine someone close to you undergo the horror,” Irfan concluded.

Anti-Naxal operations: Forces in 10 states put on alert

The forces have also been asked not to deploy large contingents in the forests as during summers the jungles get de-foliated and hence they are visible from a long distance, inviting attacks.

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Security forces operating in ten Naxal-affected states have been asked to maintain a high degree of “alert” in view of violent counter-offensive launched by the left wing extremists, which led to the killing of seven Chhattisgarh policemen on Saturday.Official sources said the Naxals had lauched their Tactical Counter Offensive Campaign (TCOC) in late March in these areas.The offensive has now been heralded with the first big attack on security forces as they killed seven STF policemen and injured about a dozen others in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on Saturday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The TCOC is the about 3-4 months time period beginning March-April when armed Naxal cadres undertake special violent action against security forces and others to gain ground, re-group and strategise their plan of action before the onset of summer.”The forces were put on alert in March when the annual TCOC begins. But, with this major attack on forces in Chhattisgarh yesterday, the alert has been re-issued and reinforced to the forces,” sources in the security establishment said.CRPF Special Director General (Operations) K Durga Prasad on Sunday rushed to Chhattisgarh’s capital Raipur to review security arrangements. They said under the new instructions, the Central Reserve Police Force, other paramilitary forces and state police units have been asked to deploy better and clever strategies to ensure that the Naxals are not able to spring any surprise.”It includes fortifying security forces’ camps, undertaking special intelligence-based operations and ensuring covert tactics while operations are undertaken in the ten Naxal affected states of the country,” they said.The forces have also been asked not to deploy large contingents in the forests as during summers the jungles get de-foliated and hence they are visible from a long distance, inviting attacks.Under the latest instructions, the CRPF and other state police forces have been asked to take the help of the newly operationalised Unmaned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) base from Bhilai in Chhattisgarh to conduct reconnaissance of target areas.On Saturday, seven policemen were killed and a dozen injured when Naxals ambushed them, triggering a gunbattle in the dense forests of Naxal hotbed of Sukma district in Chhattisgarh. The two-hour gunbattle took place in the worst-affected Pidmel-Polampalli area of the district when a squad of state police Special Task Force (STF) was out for operations.

West Bengal nun gangrape: 2 Bangladeshis arrested from Mumbai and West Bengal

Kolkata/Mumbai:  In a breakthrough, the CID today arrested two persons, both Bangladeshi nationals, one from West Bengal and the other from Mumbai, in connection with the gangrape of a 71-year-old nun at a convent school in Nadia district that caused a nation-wide outrage. The incident had taken place at Ranaghat in West Bengal 12 days ago.

The first arrest was made in Mumbai when Sikander Sheikh alias Salim was picked up in the early hours, while Gopal Sarkar was taken into custody from Habra in North 24 Parganas district in West Bengal, IG, CID (Operations) Dilip Adak told reporters here.

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He said that Salim, who was arrested from Nagpada area in south Mumbai by the West Bengal police in coordination with their Mumbai counterpart, confessed during interrogation that he had been involved in the crime. “We will get more details after further interrogation,” he said.

The IG CID said that Sarkar, the other Bangladeshi national, who had been illegally staying in West Bengal since 2002, had given shelter to the culprits, who committed the heinous crime.

“We are interrogating him. We will come to know who were the other partners in the crime. We can’t disclose anything more at this stage. We will produce him in the court tomorrow,” he said. Meanwhile, Salim was produced before the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Papia Das at Ranaghat and remanded in 14 days of police custody.

The nun of Jesus and Mary Convent School was gangraped at Gangnapur in Nadia district of West Bengal in the early hours of March 14 which caused an outrage in the country and abroad, after which a CID probe was ordered into the incident.

A study of the CCTV footage at the convent in Ranaghat sub-division had shown visuals of four persons, who were allegedly involved in the crime. The gang broke into the school and three-four of them raped the woman after gagging her. The gang also took away Rs 12 lakh kept in the almirah locker before fleeing the place.

The nun was admitted to a local hospital and later taken to an undisclosed destination after being discharged. The West Bengal government had also recommended a CBI probe into the incident.


Solapur Zilla Parishad ordered to pay Rs 5 lakh for delaying funds for 5-year-old’s operation

The Bombay High Court has directed Solapur Zilla Parishad to pay Rs 5 lakhs compensation to a man whose five-year-old daughter died as she could not get medical treatment in time due to delay in release of government funds.

A bench headed by Justice Oka also directed the Solapur Zilla Parishad to pay interest at the rate of nine percent on the compensation amount until the payment is made to Azmoddin Munir Shaikh, who lost his daughter due to a delay in the issuance of an order to release funds for the purpose.

Shaikh’s daughter Soufiya suffered from a serious brain disease known as ‘Hydrocephalus with Cerebral Palsy’, which affected both her hands and legs.

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As funds were not released in time, Soufiya could not get treatment and died on 1 September, 2013.

The aggrieved father filed a petition seeking compensation.

Shaikh said that funds under the Centre’s ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’ were released to zilla parishads which had been asked to identify disabled and poor students and provide them medical treatment in recognised hospitals.

Three state-run hospitals in Sangli district were asked to conduct health camps in various talukas. The camps were organised for examining the children who were suffering from various disabilities. The civil surgeon of Solapur had submitted a report on 6 July 2013, to the CEO of Solapur Zilla Parishad, the petition said.

The report was based on recommendation submitted by Shri Annasaheb Shinde Mhaisalkar Charitable Trust, Sangli. The trust examined disabled students needing surgery and had submitted a detailed report as regards 29 students.

The report said that the estimates submitted by the trust of the expenditure on conducting tests, treatment and surgery were proper. Therefore, the civil surgeon recommended the said proposal for sanction.

The case made out in the petition is that on the basis of the said approval granted by the civil surgeon, no order was immediately issued by the zilla parishad’s chief executive officer. The said order was belatedly issued on September 3, 2013, while Soufiya died two days prior to it on September 1.

The court observed that, “There was no reason for the zilla parishad to delay the approval till September 3, 2013.

The civil surgeon had requested the parishad’s chief executive officer to take immediate decision as there was an urgency.

There is no explanation from ZP for this delay. As a result of inaction on the part of ZP, the life of the petitioner’s daughter was unfortunately lost as surgery was not performed.”


Indian diplomat Atul Khare named UN Under Secretary-General for Field Support

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has appointed senior Indian diplomat Atul Khare as the Under Secretary-General for Field Support to head the department that provides dedicated support to peacekeeping missions around the world.Khare, 55 will succeed Bangladesh’s Ameerah Haq as the Under Secretary-General for Field Support, Department of Field Support (DFS).Khare has been appointed as the head of DFS, which provides dedicated support to peacekeeping field missions and political field missions around the world.The Permanent Mission of India to the UN welcomed the announcement, expressing confidence that Khare will discharge the important responsibilities entrusted to him with complete distinction.A statement issued by Secretary General Ban’s spokesperson said Khare “brings to the position strategic management and innovative reform expertise in both headquarters and field perspective.”Currently providing charitable medical advice in India, Khare has had a long career with the United Nations, most recently as the Assistant Secretary-General leading the Change Management Team (2011-2012) and Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations and Deputy Head of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York (2010-2011).He was previously Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Timor-Leste and Head of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) at the level of Under Secretary-General (2006-2009). He earlier also worked as Chief of Staff and Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General with the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET).Former Director of The Nehru Centre and Minister (Culture), High Commission of India in London (2005-2006), Khare joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1984 and has served in Indian Missions in Paris, Dakar, Port Louis and London as well as the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations here.