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Kamala Mills fire: Lack of ventilation was primary reason people died, say doctors

The post-mortem report of 14 deaths due to fire at ‘1 Above’ in Kamala Mills, Lower Parel has revealed that people lost their lives due to suffocation. Doctors in KEM Hospital stated that due to lack of ventilation 14 people lost their lives. All of them were found inside the toilet and were unconscious when rescued by the fire brigade authority.“The people who died tried to save themselves from the fire by hiding in the toilet but faced suffocation due to a mixture of chemical gases. While bodies were handed over to the family members after post-mortem, blood samples were preserved for further chemical analysis. Primarily, blood samples from all the deceased were seen of cherry red color which indicates mixture of carbon monoxide combined with haemoglobin. All died due to asphyxiation, none of them have died in flames but due to fumes. A proper evacuation plan could have avoided this,” Dr Harish Pathak, head of the forensic department, KEM Hospital.Dr Rajesh Dere who performed post-mortem at KEM Hospital said, “there are hardly any burn marks on the deceased people’s body. These people would have locked themselves with an aim to saves their lives and escape a fire.”Besides KEM Hospital, injured were also shifted to other hospitals such as Masina hospital, Breach Candy hospital, Hinduja hospital, Bhatia Hospital and civic-run Sion hospital. While the majority of the injured were discharged from all the hospital, 14 injured are taking treatment at Bhatia Hospital.“Three people have been admitted to the burns unit with 15 to 30 per cent burn injuries of which two are in critical condition. The patients are showing improvement. Other 11 patients are in stable condition and will be discharged within three days,” said a spokesperson from Bhatia Hospital.”

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‘Hawkers not allowed here’: RPF fines Dabbawalas

Dabbawalas have written to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal seeking resolution of the issues they face at suburban stations after the Railway Protection Force (RPF) on Monday fined some of them for parking their bicycles outside Grant Road station, stating that “hawkers” were not allowed outside station premises.After a stampede on Elphinstone Road foot overbridge killed 22 people on September 29, the authorities have been driving hawkers out of railway station premises across the city.According to the Mumbai Dabbawala Association, they have been treated as hawkers by the RPF at various stations, such as Kandivali, Borivali and Bhayandar, for the past few months.On Monday, the RPF confiscated eight cycles belonging to dabbawalas that were parked outside Grant Road station and asked them to cough up a fine.Subhash Talekar, spokesperson for Mumbai Dabbawala Association, said, “We have shot off a letter to the railway minister regarding the issue. Cycle is an important means of transport for us. We should not be called hawkers just because we have to park our cycles near railway stations. We keep our cycles there just for some minutes while exchanging tiffin boxes. The authorities should keep this in mind before slapping a fine on us and terming us hawkers. We request the officials to exempt us from these charges.”Earlier, three cycles from Borivali and four from Bhayandar railway station were confiscated; they belonged to dabbawalas. Talekar said this happened a few weeks ago and they had to pay a fine “but on Tuesday the court said we should be let go without being charged a fine.”

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Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital staff accused of negligence

Sudha Rao, 68, breathed her last on December 9 at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, following a one-and-half month long treatment after brain stroke. While her family doesn’t blame the hospital for her death, they believe the hospital did not take proper care of her despite charging them Rs 9 lakh.Rao’s son Hemant has been doing the rounds of the police station and hospital seeking a medical investigation into her death. They even refused to take possession of the body for the final rites as they wanted the hospital to properly investigate her death. “We have been running from pillar to post so that the hospital can at least accept that there were lapses,” says Pathik Muni, a relative of Rao.”Three days after her admission, she was slated to be discharged. But I requested the hospital to keep her in general ward for a few days because travelling to her to the hospital for physiotherapy and dialysis on a daily basis would have been inconvenient for her. She was later shifted to the Intensive Care Unit after suffering from pulmonary oedema. It was from here on that the staff was careless in her treatment,” Hemant said.Hemant said Rao was put on a wrong diet plan by the dietician when she was in the ICU. “Her weight on the diet paper showed 90 kg, but her actual weight was 73 kg. We brought this to the doctors’ attention and they agreed that 1,000 ml of water per day can be reduced from her liquid diet. It all led to fresh frozen plasma and blood transfusion,” he said.The hospital authorities did not respond to emails and calls by this correspondent.DOCUMENTS SOUGHTInvestigation report including X-ray, MRI, CT scan and other findings of the patient. Doctor’s reports including daily notes of visits Diet chart List of medicines used and procedures done THE CHARGESThe patient was put on 2000ml/day liquid diet with her assumed weight of 90 kg when her real weight was 73 kg. It was later reduced to 1000 ml/day On December 4, the doctor prescribed vitamin K injection, which was given seven hours later.

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Conjoined twins separated after 12-hr surgery

15-month-old conjoined twins Love and Prince were separated on Tuesday after a 12-hour surgery at Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital in Parel.Only one operation theatre was available for an emergency case while other OTs were shut in order to ensure silence on the floor during the surgery on the conjoined twins. The surgery successfully separated the twins conjoined at the abdomen and hip. Their organs such as liver, intestine, chest bone, pelvic bone and urinary bladder were common.While the parents were aware of their condition in the 24th week of pregnancy, they took the pregnancy in a positive way and have been taking care of them as normal kids. Sheetal Zalte, the mother of the twins, said, “I am happy that both are fine and the surgery has been successful. We have been taking care of them like any normal kids and never faced difficulties in handling them.”It took over 20 doctors team to perform the surgery, but the preparations and research work took months. Special arrangements had to be made for the surgery with the doctors arranging for a bigger operation table.Dr Pradnya Bendre, Pediatric Surgeon, said, “It is a rare surgery. We had to combine two operation theatres since we had to simultaneously operate on both the children. While their reproductive organs were in close proximity, the babies shared few of the organs. We had to do a lot of evaluation and research before performing the surgery. During the surgery, we separated their liver into half. Within few weeks, the liver will regrow.”She added, “The challenge was to separate the urinary bladder. Further, the twins may face bladder problems. While their pelvis bone has been separated, it is still open. They will have to undergo surgery.”According to doctors, they are currently admitted in NICU ward and will be under observation for few weeks and may have to undergo more surgery in the future.

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Banning condom ads is not a solution, say AIDS activists

The Information and Broadcasting ministry in an advisory issued to all television channels on Monday said advertising for condoms will not be allowed between 6 am and 10 pm. The announcement has raised a concern in several health circles particularly organisations working on HIV-AIDS control programme.Speaking about the issue, Dr V Sam Prasad, country program director of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, said, “The ban will create a negative impact on society. After banning the ads, teenagers will actively use social media to look for information. If the right message is not conveyed to children, it will be a big problem for them. It should actually be a dinner-table topic to discuss with the family members.”The data revealed by Mumbai District AIDS Control Society (MDACS) states that HIV infection among youth aged 15 to 29 years is about 31 per cent of the total infections.Dr Shrikala Acharya, spokesperson and additional project director of MDACS, said, “It won’t have any negative impact since people are aware of the fact that condoms are used to have protected sex. The younger generation is active on social media sites like YouTube, WhatsApp where they can easily access data and videos. Banning it on TV will not have any negative impact on the AIDS control programme organised by the government.”Ashok Row Kavi, Chairperson, The Humsafar Trust, said, “This is a regressive decision.”

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Big cat at play: Leopard at Andheri pre-school

A leopard found its way into Sher-e-Punjab, a major residential colony in Andheri (East), around 7am on Sunday, and entered Junior Crafting Nursery, a preschool. A team from Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) arrived at the spot at at 6pm and finally rescued the animal.The one-and-a-half year old female leopard was first spotted by a boy near a gurudwara wall, two buildings away from the preschool. Najju Khan, the security guard of the gurudwara, saw the leopard jump off the wall and enter another building complex. “This is first such incident in this area,” he said.Vikas Gupta, a vendor, said, “The residents locked themselves inside. Morning walkers saw the leopard on the premises. It was scary because nothing of this sort has happened in this colony before. Luckily, no one was harmed.”Officers from MIDC police station reached the spot and managed the situation with activists, but there was little that Thane forest officials could do, because such cases are handled by the SGNP rescue team. “The SGNP team had been in Chalisgaon, and were on their way back. So we had to wait for them. In the meantime, we ensured that nets were put around the preschool to foil any escape attempt by the leopard. Its movements were being monitored through the CCTV camera inside the school,” said Dr Jitendra Ramgaonkar, Deputy Conservator of Forest (DCF), Thane forest department. He added that the SGNP team reached the site at 6pm, made a small hole through a window and Dr Shailesh Pethe led the operation and rescued the animal around 6.30pm. It has been shifted to SGNP for medical tests.Ramgaonkar said that they were taken by surprise to find a leopard in this area, but it was clear that it had come from Aarey colony to prey on dogs and lost its way. Wildlife experts said that Aarey was just about two kilometres away, and leopards have run amok and come into human habitats in search of prey.”We managed the traffic for more than eight hours and turned the colony into a silent zone. This ensured that there was no panic and the rescue was safe,” said Dilip Utekar, police inspector of MIDC police station.In December 2012, a leopard had entered one of the buildings in the ONGC colony at Poonam Nagar Andheri (East). That animal was also rescued by the forest department.

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Leopard’s day out at Andheri preschool

Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras installed inside Junior Crafting Nursery, the preschool in Sher-e-Punjab, Andheri (East) into which a leopard found its way on Sunday morning, made the rescue operation easier for forest officers. According to the officials, it’s the live feed of the cameras that helped them keep a track on the leopard’s movement.The leopard, which was first spotted in the local Gurudwara’s garden, jumped inside the preschool from its rear. Fortunately, being a Sunday morning, the day care center and preschool were shut and there were no casualties.Ritu Sethi, owner of the preschool, who stays nearby, was immediately contacted by residents of the building. Sethi said, “More than 250 children are part of this preschool. We don’t know what would have happened if the leopard had entered on a weekday but we are thankful to god that there was no tragedy.” She added, “I got a call from the building residents stating that a leopard has entered the preschool premises. Since I stay close by, it took me a few minutes to get to the spot. While the leopard was moving in the building premises, some people began shouting which may have frightened it due to which it may have jumped inside the preschool.”Honorary Wildlife Warden (Mumbai city) Sunish Kunju said, “Since there were many cameras, it helped us track the exact movement of the leopard for more than 10 hours till the time he was trapped and rescued. Regular updates of the leopard’s movement made it easier for us to locate him especially because he was in an enclosed space.”Sethi, who was on the spot for more than 10 hours showing the live feed to the officials, stated that the preschool and day care center is usually open from 8 am to 10 pm on all days except Sunday.On the precautions to be taken henceforth, Sethi, added, “It was a long day for us as we were on the spot since morning. We will think about precaution measures to be taken in the future. We are simply happy that no one was injured.”CONFLICTS IN THE CITYSeptember 30, 2017Two women are attacked by a leopard, suspected to be behind five other attacks, in Aarey Colony.August 21, 2016 A leopard attacks and kills a man near Tokawade, Shahpur, Thane.August 20, 2016 A leopard attacks and kills 52-year-old Barku Bhoir while he was grazing cattle in the Palu-Sonavale dam area.August 15, 2016 A female leopard attacks Vasant Irim, a resident of Amgaon, Talasari who later died.October 11, 2015 A four-year-old girl from Kamtipada in Thane district died after she was attacked by a leopard when she was asleep in her open house.January 13, 2015 A fast-moving car rammed into two leopards, killing one, while they were crossing the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway.October 2013 Seven-year-old Prakash Salunkhe, who was on his way home from Aarey municipal school, was killed after a leopard attacked him.October 2013 A leopard mauled four-year-old Hiya Mhase while she was out answering nature’s call close to her house at Khadakpada in Aarey colony.January 2013 Ten-year-old Saurabh Yadav was killed by a leopard at Adarsh Nagar in Aarey when he was answering nature’s call.January 2013 Vinod Hadal, an 18-year-old from Moroshi Pada in Thane district, was attacked by a leopard.November 2012 Sitabai Paage, 50, a resident of Moroshi Pada in Thane district, was killed by a leopard when she stepped out of her house at night to relieve herself.Compiled by DNA — Research N Archives

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Mumbai: Leopard spotted at preschool in Andheri east

The morning walkers at Sher-E-Punjab Gurudwara in Andheri east were amazed to see a leopard roaming on the wall of the gurudwara. A leopard was spotted by a local boy on the wall around 7 am on Sunday morning.While the forest officers are yet to reach the spot, police officials, fire brigade depart and few forest officers have started installing nets surrounding the preschool where the leopard is spotted.According to activist, the officials are able to spot the leopard with the help of live feed of cctv cameras installed inside the preschool. Sunish subramaniam, environment activist, said, “The owner of the preschool is helping the officials since she can see the live feed on her mobile. He jumped from the back gate inside the nursery compound.””We got the call around 7.23 am after which we rushed to the spot. The forest officers team have left from Nashik and will be reaching in few hours.” said a police official from MIDC police station.

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Parents of LGBTQ offer online support

Parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) children have come together to offer support to other parents. The group named Sweekar — The Rainbow Parents was formed with the help of a parent support group and an LGBTQ activist.The second meeting of the support group saw the participation of 14 parents who discussed issues and activities to support their children. The group aims to become the central point for networking, advocacy and outreach for parents of LGBTQ children.While members of the support group are using platforms such as WhatsApp and Facebook to reach out to other parents, at the meeting they also discussed participating in the Pride March in February 2018.Aruna Desai, a member of the group, said, “We have around 22 members on the WhatsApp group and are trying to connect with other parents through social media. There are few parents who are not active on Facebook because of which we try to share and discuss on WhatsApp. The group discussed taking up topics such as health issues and depression to name a few. We will also be participating in the upcoming Pride March to support our children wholeheartedly.”The meeting was facilitated by Solaris Pictures as part of its outreach activity for the feature film Evening Shadows (Surmaee Shaam) directed by Sridhar Rangayan.Tinesh Chopade, assistant programme manager, The Humsafar Trust, said, “We get calls raising health concerns and mental health issues. While we do not have a helpline number, people call up during time of crisis or emergency situations like violence. People who haven’t opened up to society about their sexuality also call for advice.”Helping handThe Humsafar Trust works for causes related to the LGBTQ community and can be reached on 022-26673800.A 24×7 helpline number for the community, which was started a few years ago, was closed down due to a lack of funding.

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D-ward invites students to learn waste management

In order to spread awareness and inculcate the habit of recycling waste, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)’s D ward has taken up the initiative to provide students with a practical experience in composting and waste segregation.Assistant Municipal Commissioner (AMC) from D ward had written a letter to over 40 schools in the ward inviting them to participate in the initiative.According to officials, the initiative will set an example for students and inspire them to do composting and waste segregation at the school level.So far, only a handful of schools in D ward segregate e-waste, wet and dry waste.Through the initiative, the solid waste management team of the D ward will guide and explain the concept to school students.”This will help students gain practical knowledge and hands-on experience. Citizens should embrace the responsibility of recycling the waste they generate. Students have environmental studies as a subject which includes field visits. This initiative will make them aware of waste segregation techniques that can be done at the local level,” said Vishvas Mote, Assistant Municipal Commissioner of D ward.

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Police clueless about guidelines for staff undergoing sex change

Following the case of Beed police constable Lalita Salve, the police department in the state continues to remain clueless about service guidelines and rules for such cases. According to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer (LGBTQ) community activists, the case of Salve will be a landmark case in India for future references.Harish Iyer, LGBTQ activist who has been interacting on the LGBTQ issues with the police training academy in Kolhapur and also globally, said, “I have once interacted with a male police officer in New York who transformed himself to female but he was not given any special treatment after the surgery. The job profile too remained the same. While in the case of Boston police inspector, he was interacting with local groups on decrease in crime against LGBTQ. However, globally the scenario is different than in India.”Iyer, added, “While the Kolhapur police training academy has a module on sexuality, it is good to know that people are valuing it. There is a need to value the science behind such transformation. There are no guidelines because people are not really aware about the issues. The case will create a revolution.”Speaking about the rights in the Indian law, Advocate Sayed Ejaz Abbas, who is fighting Salve’s case, asserted, “It is a person’s fundamental and private right to undergo sex reassignment surgery if he/she needs it. The police department does not have any rules or guidelines on the change of gender for getting employment. While right for medical leave is also one of the basic rights, there are no specifications regarding sex change surgery.”Tinesh Chopade, Assistant Program Manager of the Humsafar Trust, said, “Police is right on their part as per the protocol since it is difficult to accept the case. While I was doing few sessions with the Nashik Police Training Academy, I experienced that they are not denying the fact and are ready to accept it.”
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Beed residents crowd-fund for constable’s sex-change surgery

Residents of Beed have come together to crowd fund for Beed constable Lalita Salve’s sex reassignment surgery (SRS). According to Salve’s relatives, they are yet to receive the medical test report from the hospital but the residents of Beed have already started pouring help for her.In order to reduce her financial burden for the SRS operation she is aiming to undergo, the community members, relatives, neighbors, and local political workers have came forward to help her financially.Arjun Ujgire, uncle of Salve, said, “We don’t know what will be the cost of the surgery but as per our knowledge it will be in lakhs of rupees. Approximately Rs 40,000-50,000 cash has been crowd-funded so far without the family asking for any financial help from anybody.”While Salve underwent medical test on Monday, the medical reports were submitted to the dean of JJ Hospital on Tuesday which will later be forwarded to the state’s home department. Doctors at JJ Hospital opine that she should undergo a corrective surgery.Salve’s ultrasound revealed absence of ovaries, fallopian tube, breasts and mammary glands. Dr Ashok Anand, head of Gynecology Department at JJ Hospital, said, “She had undergone a test earlier in 2016. Genetically she was a male but she was behaving like a female. If she wants to be a male, there is no harm in it.”“We are happy to see the support from Beed residents. The operation will be done in Mumbai and preferably at the state government’s JJ Hospital,” said Salve’s uncle.
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Versova beach clean-up resumes, Aaditya Thackeray to join in

After two weeks, the Versova beach clean-up was back in action on Saturday, with lawyer Afroz Shah and volunteers visiting Siddharth Nagar slums to check the status of a nullah that connects to the beach. Yuva Sena Chief Aaditya Thackeray too promised to join the operation on Sunday.According to Shah, he visited the slum to talk to the residents about the garbage thrown by them into the drain. “Siddharth Nagar is one of the slums through which the nallah connects the Versova beach. The aim of meeting the residents was not to create awareness but to have a conversation with the people to talk about garbage which they throw and later it gets choked inside the nullah. Many people came forward. People have a casual approach of throwing garbage in the nallah which needs to be changed by training them properly. I will be doing follow up rounds at Siddharth Nagar to continue to train them.”Thackeray who had met with Shah after he suspended his drive tweeted, “Spoke to Afroz I’m joining him this coming Sunday to clean up. I’m so glad we both kept our promises- me to assist him and his promise to not give up. This is for Mumbai and our Planet.”During the clean-up drive on Saturday, volunteers collected 40,000 kg of garbage from the Versova beach.Saha said, “Marine litter is a global problem. It can be handled in different stages by- making people to stop littering, cleaning of nallah, cleaning of beaches and provoking citizens to step forward to clean the surrounding.”IN FULL SWINGDuring the clean-up drive on Saturday, volunteers collected 40,000 kg of garbage from the Versova beach. Afroz Shah, the face of the efforts, also visited slum dwellers in the vicinity and talked to them about handling of garbage
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Mumbai: AIDS Control Society teams up with college students to raise awareness on HIV

Mumbai Districts AIDS Control Society (MDACS) to tie up with various colleges in order to spread awareness on HIV AIDS among the masses. This year, the MDACS orgnaisation has come up with a different initiative on the occasion of World AIDS Day on December 1. While 16 colleges from across the city have confirmed their participation, the MDACS will also be opening Antiretroviral therapy (ART) center for HIV AIDS detection at Kamathipura. Dr Shrikala Acharya, spokesperson and additional project director of MDACS, said, “Every year we try to collaborate with different colleges groups through NSS units in order to spread the awareness message. The students come up with street plays and other activities which they perform in and around their college areas. This year around 16 colleges have confirmed their participation. Through this initiative, it helps NSS unit students to work for a social cause in the society as well as us to reach out to the masses at different locations in a day.” According to MDACS awareness activity plays a major role to detect HIV in the earlier stage. “While we will be opening ART center at Kamathipura on December 1, a professional group will be performing skits at various location in Kamathipura occasionally to make people know about the facts of HIV/AIDS and prevention measures.”
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Take action in 8 weeks: NHRC to HRD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has written to the ministry of Human Resource and Development at the Central Government to look into the matter of children falling ill after the midday meal initiated by them.The letter was sent after an applicant seeking information under the RTI filed a complaint with the NHRC when he became aware of 74 cases of students falling ill in the state in the last five years.Maharashtra has ranked third in the list of the number of cases regarding children falling ill after consuming midday meal in schools. In the past five years, in Maharashtra, at least 467 school students fell sick after consuming food under a midday meal scheme at schools across the state.While the complaint filed by the activist on September 16 was tabled before the NHRC on November 1, the Commission has asked the secretary to take appropriate action within eight weeks.Chetan Kothari who registered the complaint, said, “A committee must be formed to make a report on the food safety matters in midday meal, preventive measures to be undertaken for any future calamity, and implementation of the same must be ensured in a time-bound manner. Surprise tests, visits from the Centre to the midday meal centres must be made compulsory.”As per the state-wise data received, from 2013 to 2017, of the 74 cases of children falling sick/death due to midday meal in India, Bihar tops the list with 17 cases reported. It is followed by Uttar Pradesh with 12 cases reported, Maharashtra and Odisha with eight cases each.Kothari, said, “While total 4, 278 children fell sick due to contaminated food across India, if we see the trend in Maharashtra, in 2014 only 30 children were reported falling ill, in 2015 the number raised to 236 which is like an eight-time rise in the number of children falling ill. Unfortunately, no data is available on what action has been taken, or how many FIR’s filed.”AS PER DATAIn the past five years, in Maharashtra, at least 467 school students fell sick after consuming food under a midday meal scheme at schools across the state. As per the state-wise data received, from 2013 to 2017, of the 74 cases of children falling sick/death Bihar tops the list with 17 cases.

Milk packets tampered with, sealed twice: Chirag Zalawadia

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Looking at the difference in the quality of the milk dropped by the distributor every day, a Malad resident started collecting the milk packets for few days. Chirag Zalawadia, of Raheja Township, found that the milk packets were tampered with and looked like sealed twice.Zalawadia raised the issue on social media by posting pictures and a video while interrogating the milk distributor.Speaking about how he got to know about the tampered milk packets, Zalawadia, said, “We usually purchase two litres of Gokul milk packet daily. My wife was complaining about the low quality of the milk they have been getting since few days. While boiling the milk she could find out the difference. Later, I started collecting milk packets for few days. We could see the packets were tamper and sealed in a different way.”He added, “They are changing the quality of milk by opening the company’s sealed packet and repacking it after adulteration. I have stored all the plastic packets which were delivered to my house where we can clearly see that the seals are resealed.”While Zalawadia contacted the company for consumer complaints, they haven’t given any reply to him. “I have filled up consumer complaint forms and called them too. They refused to give any complaint Id nor did they contact due to which I thought of posting it on social media to make other people aware of the milk adulteration issue.”WHAT TO LOOK FORThe milk should be cold/room temperature
Stitches should be zigzag and sealed
Four corners should be pointing outwards
Name and address of the manufacturer should be mentioned
Net quantity should be written
MRP must be visible
Type of milk must be mentioned on the packet
Expiry date must be mentioned
FSSAI license number must been written on the packet
Nutrition table should be printed

Triple talaq: Women group want govt to focus on SC judgement awareness rather than criminalising it

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bebaak Collective and Awaaz-E-Niswan, which raise the issues of rights in Muslim community, have raised objections to the introduction of a Triple Talaq bill in winter session of Parliament.According to them, the issue is a part of civil act and should not be considered as a criminal act. The organisation also stated that the government should focus on reaching out to the community to create awareness about the judgement passed by the Supreme Court (SC) on triple talaq issue. If the law comes into force, it will most adversely affect Muslim women.As per Awaaz-E-Niswan, before the SC judgement on Triple Talaq they received at least five to six triple talaq cases per month. After the SC judgement, the organisation is receiving one for two triple talaq cases in a month.Hasina Khan from Bebaak collective, said, “Out of the four cases received after the SC judgement, three of them were not aware about the judgement due to which we as an organisation appeals to the government to focus on spreading the awareness level in the community. In those three cases we had to make them aware about the judgement.”Since three months after the SC’s judgement, the women organisation have meeting Minority Affair Minister, Minority Commissioner, state women commission body to discuss the issue that no work is done by government to make the community aware about the judgement.”Triple Talaq should be considered in civil law and the dispute is also civil act. The government should reach out to the organisations working at the grass-root level so that objection and suggestions can be given from the community women who are facing the actual problem. The criminal law can’t be implemented on it. Triple Talaq is not a physical violence to criminalise it. We agree that the triple talaq should be invalid but not criminalized,” said Hasina Khan.Speaking about the issue they have with the bill to criminalise the Muslim men on triple talaq, the organisation stated that it will affect the women since she will be left without any support of her husband.One of the triple talaq victim, Zeenat Shaikh, added, “what will I do if my husband goes to jail? There should be a solution to punish him in a civil way rather than sending him to jail.”Anwari Khan, resident of Cheeta Camp, said, “If men are criminalized (sent to jail), then the government should also think of our maintenance. Many of the women are not educated and are housewife. How are they going to survive.”

Netizens gather storm against corrupt hosps

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>’I have started this page to fight against the corrupt and commercial healthcare institutes in India. Please be a part of this fight,’ reads a message by the father of a seven-year-old girl who lost her life to dengue.Jayant Singh lost one of his twin daughters, seven-year-old Adya Singh, while she was undergoing medical treatment for dengue at Fortis Hospital in Gurugram. In order to create awareness about what he claims is corruption in the private healthcare sector, Singh has created a support group on Facebook called ‘Fight against Healthcare Corruption Group’.Created 10 days ago, the group already has over 2,430 members. Singh said, “I want to highlight the hospital’s apathy and how they treat it as a mere source of money. They are not into the well being of a patient. According to me, the private health sector has become a source of money and is only used for commercial gain.”The group has several posts and photos by members complaining against private hospitals, and also has a poll asking members what the government should do for health care. A majority have voted for an improvement in infrastructure and services in government hospitals.

Drop in fire-related calls due to awareness

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the number of fire-related calls dropped significantly, the Mumbai Fire Brigade plans ramp up their campaign and introduce mobile vans for fire safety awareness.As per the data shared by the Chief Fire Officer at a resident welfare association meeting, in 2016-17, the fire department received 15,216 as compared to 17,159 calls in 2015-16, a little less than 2,000 fire-related calls. The fire department credits public awareness as one of the major reasons for the drop in the number of calls.”We plan to introduce three mobile vans in the city. These will go around in various organisations and institutes to create awareness about fire safety measures and its prevention. We will put up the plan in next year’s budget,” said PS Rahangdale, Chief Fire Officer, adding that, “We want to create awareness in the community. These three mobile vans will be making stops at various colleges, co-operative societies, schools, government organisations to educate the masses about fire safety.”According to the fire department, they have inspected over 4,000 buildings in past four years out of which 94 per cent of the buildings have been fire compliant. The remaining 6 per cent were issued notices and extra time was granted to comply with the safety norms.Speaking about the drop in calls, Rahangdale, said, “Till date over 6,000 citizens have volunteered to participate in the training programme to educate people about the fire safety measures and prevention.”ON A MISSIONThe Mumbai Fire Brigade currently has 34 fire stations in the city. It also plans to come up with 17 mini fire stations and three mobile vans that will spread awareness.

Residents’ associations across India meet in Ghatkopar to discuss waste

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Resident welfare associations from across the country met on Saturday to discuss the successes and challenges they experienced, at the fifth national Conference of Resident Welfare Associations (CoRWA) at Ghatkopar. The associations shared their ideas of waste management with an aim to inspire each other for the segregation of waste at the local level, rather than depending upon the civic body in their cities.”Children are the best sources to make parents and societies aware of how waste can be managed at the local level,” said Bandra-based Shyama Kulkarni, member of Action for Good Governance and Networking in India (AGNI).According to the resident association member, segregating waste in schools help children learn and achieve practical experience.Nitesh Jadhav, member of Goregaon (E)-based Advanced Locality Management (ALM), said, “We were inspired to come together as a society and segregate waste after we witnessed the fire incident at Deonar dumping ground. It should be an individual social responsibility rather than just being the responsibility of a civic authority. More than BMC, we are responsible for managing the waste we produce.”Resident associations from different cities shared their ideas on various ways to keep the area ‘swachh’ and manage waste. Rekha Chari, a resident association member of Malleshwaram in Bengaluru, said, “We created a school outreach programme where students were told to bring waste from their home in order to learn waste segregation in their school premises. We raise these issues with our local representatives on a daily basis in order to make sure waste is collected and managed properly.”Udya Shriname, resident association member from Visakhapatnam, added, “Having a proactive administration is important for successful waste management. Segreagation and composting is the only solution to get rid of the waste problems across cities.”

Mumbai: Despite open-defecation free tag, women from Chembur forced to go outside due to poor state of toilets

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Women from M ward of BMC along with Right To Pee activists had conducted a survey of over 100 toilets in different areas of the ward in order to check the toilet facilities provided by the civic authority to the residents. According to the women, majority of the toilets lack basic facilities due to which the residents have to do open defecation at night or early morning.”Once the door of the community toilet fell on my head. While we go inside the toilet, we have to hold the door in one hand since it is not attach to the toilet,” said Usha Deshmukh, a resident of Chembur while speaking about the issues faced by the residents. Deshmukh, added, “The floorings are in poor condition too. We have been raising the voice with the local corporator as well but they say they don’t have enough funds.”Like Deshmukh few other women also shared their experience. Shabanam Shaikh, said, “We also suffer from eve-teasing a lot. Due to lack of toilets, children sit on the nullah.”Anjum Shaikh, resident of Baiganwadi, added, “We don’t have a single toilet facility in our area. Everyday the residents have to walk over 10 minutes for the nearest toilet while does not have light and water facilities and is near a dumping ground.”On October 2, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had congratulated the city and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) as the city was certified open-defecation free (ODF) by the Quality Council of India (QCI), a government regulator.The women along with Right To Pee activists will be meeting Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in two days regarding the issue on the occasion of World Toilet Day. The survey was conducted after the government started ‘Mi Labharti (beneficiary)’ ads regarding open defecation free India.The women have also made a song on the issues making an appeal to the government.

SBTC to take stock of city’s blood shortage

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To keep the blood shortage record of the city in check, the State Blood Transfusion Council (SBTC) has been asking blood banks across the city to send a status of bloodstock on mail in order to inform the higher authorities.SBTC had mailed blood banks on November 12 and 14 to give out records of blood bank stock information from November 9 to November 14.According to JJ Mahanagar blood bank, they have been facing blood shortage since Diwali. Speaking of the shortage, JJ Mahanagar Blood Bank’s staff member, said, “We are trying to overcome the blood shortage issue. While there is an overall shortage, we are majorly facing a shortage in AB negative blood group. Since Diwali vacation, the stock of blood is not stable.”Every year during the summer and Diwali vacation, blood banks face blood shortage issue. To overcome this shortage that usually drops during the holiday seasons, the SBTC had written a letter on September 20 to the blood banks stating that there might be less blood donation during the holiday. The SBTC also mentioned that a district level meeting should be conducted and measures to keep the stock stable by conducting blood camps should be organised.A Doctor from KEM Hospital, said, “Routine demands are getting fulfilled. But there is less blood collection happening. A large number of people require blood on a daily basis.”

Chakala civic body shifts church’s cross

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A cross outside the Holy Family Church in Chakala was shifted inside the church premises on Tuesday after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) issued a notice to the church authorities on Monday asking for it to be shifted. The BMC plans to relocate six such crosses in Andheri as part of a road-widening project.More than three months after inspection at six such locations, the K-East ward of BMC failed to follow up the relocation of these crosses in the Andheri East area. Civic officials had visited these structures, along with the Catholic community members, in the month of July. However, the community members were waiting for the civic authority to revert.On Monday, the church authority received a shifting letter after community members reminded them about the issue four times since September. A prayer meeting was announced by the church’s priest on Tuesday before shifting the cross located on Chakala road.ON NOTICE In July, BMC had sent a demolition notice to pull down over 100-year-old crosses at six locations – Gundavli Lane 3, Marol Goathan, Marol Maroshi Road, Holy Family Church, Chakala and Vailankanni Grotto, Bamanwada. As per the community members, one of the crosses belongs to category A structure which can’t be demolished.

Students conduct safety audit at railway stations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A group of college students conducted a safety audit of Andheri railway station on Thursday. Collaborating with Safecity, an NGO, the students conducted the audit at three railway stations on the Western line.”Many commuters face sexual harassment while traveling in local trains, or crowded platforms. But they don’t think about reporting it. Even I faced sexual harassment in the first class compartment at Andheri station but I could not think of complaining. Even today, many women face difficulty to complain,” said Keya Shah, a college student who was one of the volunteers conducting the audit.”I had faced sexual harassment while travelling but at that moment we don’t really understand what action should we take. There should be safety measures taken by the authority for the commuters,” said an 18-year-old college student on the condition of anonymity.The objective of the audit is to assess the railway stations with the regard to the safety of commuters and the existing infrastructure. Vandita Morarka, a member of Safecity, said, “We will be communicating with commuters of all genders at the stations to understand the occurrence of sexual harassment at these stations. We are also conducting infrastructure audit. The analysis of the data will be given to the railway authority, government officials and other stakeholders who can help in improving the facilities for commuters.””I feel that Andheri station is safe. I haven’t come across any harassment at the station. We should be aware of the helpline number in case of emergency so that we can reach out to authorities on time,” said 16-year-old Sonali Paikrao. The first safety audit was conducted on Wednesday at Goregaon.STUDENT EFFORTAccording to the transgenders, they mainly face issues such as lewd comments, sexual invitations while commuting on the train.
Earlier this year, the students along with Safecity conducted an audit at Bandra, Kurla, and CSTM railway stations.

Safety audit: NGO to identify issues at local railway stations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Commuters travelling in local trains and crowded railway stations have been facing harassment issues every day. Recently there have been instances where women commuters had come forward to report about the harassment they faced while commuting at the railway stations. In order to check how safe the railway stations in the city are, a group of activists along with citizens will be conducting a social audit called the ‘safety audit’ at three railway stations on the Western line.While the first safety audit was conducted on November 8, Wednesday at Goregaon railway station, the other two social audits will be conducted in the afternoon at Andheri station on Thursday and Borivali railway stations on Friday.The safety audit is organised by the NGO Safecity to evaluate and improve the safety of citizens by identifying problems and reporting it to the concern authorities.As per the organisers, the objective of the safety audits is to assess the railway stations from the angle of safety and existing infrastructure. The organiser, said, “We will be communicating with commuters of all genders at the stations to understand the occurrence of sexual harassment at these stations. We are building an understanding of the needs of people and infrastructure for safer public transport (railways) and look forward to your suggestions.”Other commuters who want to report any sexual harassment at stations can report it online at safecity.in.A few years ago, as per a study conducted by another NGO revealed that many women have a tendency to not report instances of sexual harassment. They have ignored sexual harassment faced by them or others out of fear of the consequences. It was also found that overcrowded trains, congested platforms, narrow footbridges make train travel more dangerous for women.

Sassoon Dock to turn into a public art space

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Local fishing community women at Sassoon Dock had been busy helping international artists for an art exhibition at over 140-year-old Sassoon Dock. With the theme of contemporary art, over 20 artist will be exhibiting their artwork and installations at the Sassoon Dock Art Project. The exhibition will be open for the public from November 11 till December end.As part of Start Mumbai 2017 Urban Art Festival, the St+art India Foundation along with Asian Paints came up with an initiative — Sassoon Dock Art Project. The exhibition displays installations, murals, audio-visual artwork, screenings at Sassoon Dock by transforming it into a public art exhibition.Giulia Ambrogi, Co-Founder and Festival Curator of St+art India Foundation, said, “Not many have visited Sassoon Dock. Through this art exhibition, the objective is to unlock the space for visitors and activate it with artwork, performances and installations. The target audience is young people, bloggers, designers, architecture. Every weekend we will be transforming it into a pop-up culture hub. It focuses on contemporary art related to a global audience, with a local approach.”According to the organisers, the local fishing community have been of great support. The installation also gives out a social message.Tan Zi Xi, an artist who was helped by few of the fishing women has made an installation of the effects of plastic on the environment, said, “The concept came to my mind after reading few articles on the effects of plastic on the ocean. We used recycled material for the installation. Through this installation, visitors will be able to see the view of affected ocean from a fish’s viewpoint. The installation required a lot of helping hands, and the local women engage through various activities to complete the installation.”SOCIAL MESSAGEOne of the artists, Tan Zi Xi, from Singapore, with the help of local fishwerwomen, has made an installation showing the effects of plastic on the ocean. She has used recycled material Visitors will be able to see a fish’s viewpoint of the affected oceans

Infant wins battle against dengue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 22-day-old baby, who was diagnosed with dengue just after birth, has has recovered and sent back home from hospital.On October 16, Bhandup resident Deepa Maurya (35), gave birth to a baby boy. Both the mother and baby were diagnosed with dengue, following which they were shifted to a different hospital in Mulund.Maurya succumbed to dengue haemorrhagic fever on October 25 at Fortis Hospital. The baby was undergoing treatment at Pansheel Nursing Home.Usha Mestry, sister of Deepa, who is taking care of the baby, said, “He is recovering well. We are taking precautions so that he does not get infected. He was in hospital for 17 days, out of which he was on ventilator over three days. He ws also kept the in intensive care unit.”The baby weights 3.5 kgs. His platelets had dropped to 74 thousand from two lakh. “Before he was discharged, the doctors conducted a blood test. Currently, his platelets count is more than two lakh,” said Usha. Akil Mohan, doctor who treated the baby from Pansheel Nursing Home was not available to comment.

One rupee clinic at Byculla station by end of month

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Byculla railway station will soon be getting the cost-effective one rupee clinic, the initiative’s authority has planned to open the clinic at the station by the end of November.Within five months of being set up, the one rupee clinics at Central and Harbour line railway stations have witnessed footfall of over 25,000 visitors, and over 200 accidental cases have been attended to so far. Two childbirths were also conducted at Dadar and Ghatkopar stations. The clinic was first opened at Ghatkopar railway station on May 10. According to the authority, the initiative has benefited daily commuters during emergency situations on several occasions.Speaking about the clinic at Byculla, Dr Rahul Ghule, founder of the one rupee clinic, said, “Like other one rupee clinics, this too will be open 24×7 to provide emergency medical services. Our objective is to give affordable health services. There have been several emergency cases which the one rupee clinics have successfully tackled in the past.”While the service is not yet available at stations between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) and Parel on the Central line, clinics have been set up at Dadar, Ghatkopar, Kurla and Thane. “The clinic at Byculla will also aid passengers from railway stations like Sandhurst Road where instances of accidental cases are frequent due to crossing of tracks. Due to space issues, we haven’t received permission to open a clinic at CSMT yet. As soon as we got space at Byculla station, we started to build the infrastructure,” added Dr Ghule.SPEEDY FIRST AIDThe first one rupee clinic was opened at Ghatkopar station on May 10.
The initiative aims to provide speedy medical treatment to the general public and during cases of emergency at crowded railway stations. Within five months, the clinics at various stations have witnessed footfall of over 25,000.

Sachin Tendulkar fan’s 44-ft rangoli makes a record

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nerul resident Abhishek Satam’s obsession with Sachin Tendulkar has landed the 28-year-old artist in the India Book of Records for the 44 ft x 24 ft rangoli he made on the occasion of his favourite cricketer’s 44th birthday. Satam has been selected among top 100 Indian record holders and will be felicitated on November 12.Speaking about the record, Satam said, “Though the rangoli was planned in a short time, it has been appreciated by many people. I sent it as an entry for different records owing to its uniqueness. I was surprised on receiving the mail telling me that I have been selected.” He added, “It feels amazing when you follow your passion and it gets appreciated. It gives one inspiration to do more unique work.”Talking about his inspiration, Satam said, “I wanted to celebrate Tendulkar’s birthday by showcasing my creative artwork. The rangoli was sponsored by my friends and school alumni.”A fan of the sportsman since he was eight, Satam has collected over 40,000 photos, 160 magazines, 40 books, and over 11 pens designed by Reynolds with the cricketer’s autograph and photo. Satam’s collection also includes a 24-karat gold-plated bat with Tendulkar’s autograph. He added, “I used to buy newspapers and magazines which had Tendulkar’s photo from scrap dealers to make cutouts and keep a collection of his photos.”

Maharashtra: 2nd Century BC cave structure found in Nallasopara

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While exploring the nearby area in the Virar (Sopara), an archaeology researcher stumbled upon a small cave structure of historic importance dating back to approximately second century BC. Upon further exploration, he found out that the cave, used as a temple in the area, is a rock-cut Buddhist cave.Visiting the temple space to explore further, Siddhart Kale, a Vasai resident, who has been exploring Vasai Taluka for the last few years has also discovered historic structures such as the sati stone which is a cave structure having five water cisterns, a hero stone, which is generally dedicated to the memory of a soldier, and rock-cut caves structures hidden in the area.Speaking about the finding, Kale, who holds a Masters degree in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, said, “The temple where residents from nearby areas visit to worship Baronda Devi is not an ancient temple not an ancient temple but a rock-cut cave from second century BC, which people are not aware of despite the structures inside the temple depict that it is a part of the Buddhist caves.”Kale, who has been conducting research for the Archaeology department, has visited over 52 villages in search of archaeological remains.”These caves are known as Vassavassa and were mainly used by the Buddhist monks during the rains. The Baronda Devi temple was converted into a temple in the 19th century. The caves have similar features as seen in the Jivdhani caves. They also have a renovated bench that can be dated back to similar period.The length of the caves is 15 feet while the height is six feet after the renovation work was completed.UNEARTHING CAVESIn 2016, Kale also found a few historic structures at Vasai’s Parol village while doing a research work funded by the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies, Mumbai University. The structures found at Vasai include three hero stones and a sati stone.

JJ Hosp yet to get renewed licence for blood bank

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>JJ Hospital’s blood bank in Byculla is yet to get a renew​ed licence for its ​blood bank from the Food and Drug Administration, as per data from the ​State Blood Transfusion Council (SBTC).According to data on the SBTC website, the licence of JJ Hospital blood bank had an expiry date of December 2016. After a second appeal ​was ​filed by RTI activist Chetan Kothari, the State Information Commission (SIC) had ordered the SBTC to upload relevant data of ​all blood banks​ on their website by August 2017.The head of the JJ Hospital blood bank Dr RV Taksande said​ that the renewal process ​is underway and will be given a new license soon.“The license renewal process takes time. We had already applied for renewal. The documents have been sent to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which had visited the blood bank for inspection more than two times. They had pointed out a few deficiencies and wanted us to make changes. We had already implemented the changes and are expecting a renewal soon,” he said.Unless the license has been cancelled, blood banks can continue functioning. According to the statistical data on the SBTC website, JJ Hospital’s blood bank had a total blood storage capacity of around 1,000 to 1,200 units from January to June 2017.The total amount of blood collected voluntarily is 2,972 units​, while the total amount utilised ​is ​3,030 units and 267 units ​were discarded. Licenses​ of few other civic-run hospital’s blood bank​s​ located in south Mumbai are about to expire by the end of this year.BLOOD UNIT STATS AT ITS BLOOD BANK1,000 to 1,200 units
(Jan-June 2017)
Total blood storage capacity
2,972 units​
Of blood collected voluntarily
3,030 units
267 units
Were discarded Source: SBTC websiteNEARING EXPIRYBlood Banks in south Mumbai whose license are set to expire by this include:St. George HospitalNair HospitalCama Hospital

Pakistan girl leaves after successful surgery

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After waiting for a medical visa for two years, four-year-old Pari Kumari from Pakistan finally underwent ablepharophimosis surgery in Mumbai last month and went back home recently. Kumari had to undergo blepharophimosis surgery in a single operation due lack of stay extension in Mumbai on her medical visa.Blepharophimosis is a congenital condition where the patient has bilateral ptosis, drooping or falling of the upper eyelid, along with the eyes being horizontally shorter as well. blepharophimosis is an uncommon syndrome which primarily affects the soft tissues of the mid face, leading to the development of blepharophimosis. While there are two types of the syndrome — systemic ovarian failure and no systemic association of ovarian failure. Kumari was suffering from type two.Plastic surgeon Dr Debraj Shome, who conducted the blepharophimosis surgery in a single sitting at Apollo Spectra Hospital in Chembur, said, “They wanted to come to Mumbai since their country does not have medical facilities for this treatment. The family got in touch with me in October 2015 but they were struggling to get a medical visa for her. Finally, they got four weeks’ medical visa. In such a surgery, there needs to be a gap of two to three months between two surgeries. But since there was no guarantee that she will be granted a visa again, we had to take the risk and do the surgery in one sitting.”Kumari from Sindh in Pakistan was suffering the genetic condition of blepharophimosis syndrome. Her father and elder sister too are suffering from same condition. Speaking about the surgery, Dr Shome added, “The condition itself is a unique one and it is a risky challenge to perform two steps together.”Pari Kumari’s father said, “Doctors in our country are not well equipped to deal with these complex problems. We waited to get an Indian visa for months. But it has been worth it. My daughter looks completely transformed. We wish to thank the Indian government and the people of India for transforming our daughter’s life.”THE CONDITIONThe structure of the eyes in Pari Kumari’s case was narrow and could not be raised. A typical surgery conducted to remove the condition is done in minimum two sittings, with a gap of 3 months in the interim.

Kandivli residents turn to crowdfunding for street fest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The residents of Kandivli’s Thakur Village will soon be organising the fourth edition of Street Konnect, a street-friendly initiative which has proved to be successful in bringing residents together on one platform. This time, the residents are going the crowdfunding route to raise funds for the initiative.Street Konnect began two years ago when a group of like-minded people came together to introduce an event to help develop a friendly bond between the residents of Thakur Village. The initiative also aims to give a platform to budding artists and entrepreneurs among the residents.Anupama Padhi, one of the core committee members of Street Konnect, said, “We don’t want any political party to contribute funds to the initiative as it is an initiative by the citizens and for the citizens. We want the citizens to come forward and contribute. Even if it is happening in Thakur Village, it is open for all.” She added, “The last three editions were majorly funded by the residents staying in Thakur Village. However, the festival received a huge response and we need more funds to organise the upcoming event.”The crowdfunding began on social media three days ago and the initiative has already raised over Rs 10, 600 rupees.

17-yr-old develops machine to aid sewage cleaners

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Looking at the difficulties faced by sewage cleaning workers on a daily basis, a city-based class 12 student has come up with an innovative idea to come to the rescue of these conservancy workers. 17-year-old Kevin Thakkar, a resident of Bandra, has developed a portable machine to help workers, who go underground for desilting purposes, breathe fresh air.Talking about the features of the machine, Thakkar said, “The machine is built in such a way that it releases fresh air amid the harmful gases. The machine also has two gas sensors which will help other workers, monitoring the situation outside, to know if the proportion of harmful gases is high. This way the workers can immediately be pulled out and won’t have to risk their lives. Since it is light in weight, it can easily be shifted from one place to another and is also equipped with lights.”Thakkar, a student of The Cathedral and John Connon School, Fort, added, “These workers venture into these drains with just a rope. While they are inside the sewage manholes, they have to suffer from harmful gases, breathlessness, less amount of light to name a few. Most of these workers also suffer from tuberculosis due to the kind of work they do. To resolve the problems they face, I spent time with them and understood the challenges they face.I thought of coming up with a solution after realising their plight.”The teenager managed to put this machine together with the help from H-West ward of BMC. The machine has already undergone trials and Thakkar is working on upgrading it further.Two years ago, Thakkar had developed a robot which could help in desilting. However, after a trial with the BMC, he realised that a robot was not the ideal solution. According to Thakkar, minimum 12 such machines are required by the BMC to operate in four major zones.HI-TECHKevin Thakkar, a resident of Bandra, has developed a portable machine to help workers, who go underground for desilting purposes, breathe fresh air.
He managed to put this machine together with the help from H-West ward of BMC. At least12 such machines are required to operate in four major zones.

Nagpur resident docs called off strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nagpur Government Medical College’s resident doctors have called off the strike after having a meeting with the state minister and the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER).According to the doctors, the government officials have agreed on the security demands due to which they have called off the strike. Over 350 resident doctors went on strike since October 7 due to lack of security in the hospital premises.Dr Pradeep Kaswan, President of Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctor (MARD), Nagpur Government Medical College, said, “Our primary demand was to get security guards for our safety due to which we went on strike. After meeting with the DMER authority Dr Pravin hingare on Thursday, they have agreed to meet our demand. Over 180 security guards have been deployed at the hospital.”Speaking about the termination letter given to 350 doctors by the hospital administration, Dr Pradeep, said, “The hospital has now issued a joining letter to all the resident doctors and we have joined back the duty. They have asked us to give list of government hospital where there is lack of security. We will be providing the information soon.”As per the resident doctors, after the Maharashtra Security Force (MSF) went on strike in the third week of September they haven’t join back on security duty. They started to go on mass leave when an unknown woman’s dead body was found inside the hospital premises on October 7. They feared of lack of security issues. The resident doctors are getting support from other resident doctors across the state.

BMC proposes to shift Dadar fish market

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After following up with the local corporator for the past few months, residents of Swaraj Society in Dadar finally have a reason to smile. According to the residents, the presence of the Dadar fish market adjacent to their building has become a matter of concern.Every year, the residents suffer from infectious diseases like dengue, malaria, and swine flu due to unhygienic conditions of the fish market. In the last week of September this year, a resident lost his life to dengue.Anil Rane, resident of the building, said, “On Wednesday, the BMC’s market department head visited our society and heard out our problems. The residents have been facing traffic issues and suffering from various diseases due to the fish market.After following up with the local corporator for the last few months, we can finally see that some action has been initiated by the civic authority.”According to the BMC authorities, they have already sent a proposal to shift the fish market from the area. Ramakant Biradar, assistant municipal commissioner of G-North ward, said, “We visited the market on Wednesday morning and heard the issues. The proposal to shift the fish market from the area has been submitted to the higher authority. It will most likely be shifted to Mankhurd area from Dadar.”

Sion Hospital’s resident doctors cry foul over living conditions

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) have been complaining about the challenges that the resident doctors are facing due to lack of basic facilities at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital in Sion.According to the data revealed by the association, the resident doctors, who tirelessly work at the hospital, are themselves suffering from illnesses. In a letter, written by the association to the dean of Sion Hospital, states that many resident doctors fall severely ill every year due to infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, swine flu, dengue and malaria.The data reveals that in 2016-17, around 15 resident doctors got infected with TB, two resident doctors were infected with MDR-TB, 19 got swine flu and seven were infected with dengue.Speaking about the lack of facilities due to which they are suffering, a member of MARD on the condition of anonymity said, “Poor ventilation and inadequate hostel facility is contributing to this common occurrence. The health of doctors should also be taken into consideration. There is a leakage problem during the rainy season and the rooms in old Resident Medical Officers (RMO) buildings were renovated only six months ago.”After raising the issue with hospital authorities, the dean and other officials visited the RMO building on Saturday.

Civic body talks trash with waste producers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the aim to reduce the garbage generated in the area, officials from B ward, which covers Mohammed Ali Road, Dongri and Sandhurst Road, are in talks with bulk generators of waste, including hotels, business establishments and apartments, to instal a garbage disposal sink. The officials said space is an issue in the area so solutions such as compost pits and other techniques to reduce waste do not work.A meeting will be held with manufacturers and bulk generators in the area to discuss the issue and come up with effective solutions.Udaykumar Shiroorkar, assistant municipal commissioner, B ward, said, “We are in talks with the bulk generators to figure out how we can reduce the waste generated. There are a handful of them which produce more than 100 kg of waste in the ward. To reduce the garbage disposal stress, we are talking about installing an industry trash disposal unit.”The disposal unit is used to shred food waste into pieces generally less than 2 mm. It works on electricity.“This technique is popular in the United States and not many are aware about it. Using this the bulk generators can dispose of the waste time to time. The processed garbage will go directly to sewage line,” said Shiroorkar.The ward office is also planning to instal a 150-tonne bio-digestor at the Children’s Home at Dongri. CRAP HEAP24 bulk generators in B ward produce over 100 kg of waste
The ward organised a cleanliness drive on Sandhurst RD station

Witnesses to stampede are in shock: Doctor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>’It is a challenging task to counsel 18-year-old Akash Parab, currently admitted to a hospital after the massive stampede incident at the Elphinstone station last week. His younger brother died in the incident,” said, Dr Shubhangi Parkar, head of Psychiatry department of KEM Hospital. The department started counselling sessions for those injured in the stampede. Akash Parab had fractured his left leg and underwent a surgery on Monday.The sessions aim to aim to prevent psychiatric problems the injured are undergoing. While some of the victims are mentally stable, the rest require supportive therapy. “Many times people who have faced the incident keep thinking about the event and can’t get it out of sight. Many patients are still having sleep disturbance. It is a challenging task to counsel Akash. He is youngest among all the injured. The family has not yet told him about his brother. He himself is in shock. Right now, we are having a general discussion with him as a part of the counselling session,” Dr Parkar said.According to doctors, some of the victims don’t remember the incident because they slipped out of consciousness. “The victims who were in the unconscious state have recovered faster mentally since they did not witness anything. While few of the victims who have visualized the incident are still in shock, some are recovering mentally.,” Dr Parker said.The doctor also added that families and relatives have been a support which is also helping the victims.”While 19 injured patients were undergoing treatment, over 10 people were scheduled to be discharged on Tuesday,” added Dr Avinash Supe, dean of KEM Hospital.

Teen treated for conjunctivitis now diagnosed with MDR TB

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After being treated for conjunctivitis, a 15-year-old Nerul teenager was diagnosed with multi-drug-resistant (MDR) TB after two months of medical attention. The teenager was experiencing discomfort and a non-resolving severe red-eye problem for over 15 days in September. She had experienced the same condition two months ago, which had settled within three days after her local doctor had prescribed a course of eye drops.Two weeks ago, as the problem persisted, she was recommended to undergo a chest X-ray and later was analysed using the GeneXpert test, a molecular test to detect TB bacteria.The test reports confirmed the presence of MDR TB, and she has been immediately put on a course of MDR-TB medication that will be administered for around two years.Speaking about her medical condition, Dr P Suresh, Head of Department, Ophthalmology at Fortis Hospital, Mulund, said, “The allergic reaction on the soft exterior lining of the eyes, nose and mouth are generally accompanied by skin rashes and represent reaction to drugs. The patient did not have any skin rashes. It was possible the eyes became red due to antibiotic drops which were administered earlier.”He adds, “According to the patient’s father, the patient has gained nearly 2 kg. She is eating well and her eyes, nose and mouth are normal now. Overall, she is doing well.””Ocular TB (TB of the eye) has been diagnosed in other rare cases. However, we have never come across such a case in particular with dramatic redness with multiple nodules. Limited inflammation to eyes, nose and mouth had been earlier reported due to bacterial pneumonia but we were surprised to see MDR TB diagnosed.” Dr Suresh, added.THE EYE PROBLEMAs the eye problem persisted, she was asked to undergo a chest x-ray and was later analysed using the GeneXpert test, a molecular test to detect TB bacteria
Her doctor said the allergic reaction on the exterior lining of the eyes, nose and mouth are generally accompanied by skin rashes which she did not have, so antibiotic drops could have caused it

Ramleela, a dying art, loses its community connect

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It’s that time of the year when Ramleela troupes across the city retell the epic Ramayana to keen audiences through various performances. But over the years, the art of traditional storytelling and the Ramleela performances are losing its community connect. ‘Less audiences, lack of promotion and awareness is reducing the importance of this art,’ says Suresh Mishra, one of the Ramleela organisers. Several mandals which organise Ramleela rue that it is a dying art. Like earlier, not many are interested in watching the performance.Celebrating its 40th year, the Shree Maharashtra Ramleela Mandal will be performing the act for five hours on the day of Dussehra at Azad Maidan. According to Suresh Mishra, who is from the third generation of his family to organise Ramleela, “I am not sure if my next generation will take care of the mandal the way the previous three generations of my family did. For the last seven years we have been bringing in professionals — 35-member troupes — from Ayodhya to perform on all 10 days. While previously the locals like taxi drivers, students, paanwallahs would practice and perform, gradually the seniors started retiring and the younger generation did not show any interest due to which professionals from other states were arranged to perform.”The Aadarsh Ramleela Samiti, an all-male artist group travels from Mathura every year. This year they will perform at Cotton Green. Radheshyam Mishra, general secretary of Aadarsh Ramleela Samiti, said, “The uniqueness about Ramleela is the artist’s voice. We don’t use any mic while narrating dialogues. But due to the restriction of silent zone we had to shut down the performance in Dadar, Chembur and Wadala a few years ago due to which the number of audience reduced further,” added Radheshyam Mishra.

Durga Puja: Going traditional with a twist this Navratri

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Dhanmeher family has always celebrated Navratri the traditional way, but this year they’ve added a twist to it. The Borivli-based family decided to try out something new and bought only a mask of the goddess instead of the whole idol.Preparing for the festival weeks in advance, the family prepares a variety of sweets to offer to the goddess daily.Speaking about their celebrations for the nine-day festival, Supriya Dhanmeher, a 23-year-old college student, said, “We start preparing well in advance. As part of tradition, we also buy a new saree for the goddess. This year, we decided to buy only a mask of the goddess rather than the idol as it can be transported easily for visarjan. We prepare the body of the Goddess using a saree. Besides the goddess, we also keep a kalash along with a coconut and different leaves on top of it. Nine different varieties of grains are sown where the kalash is kept.”According to the family, friends, relatives and neighbours keep the aura of the festival alive. “Neighbours and friends join us for the aarti. While mostly we sing the aarti in Marathi, sometimes we also sing it in Gujarati. This mix of various traditions help provide colour to the cultural mood and brings everyone together.”While every day, a new types of sweet dishes are offered, they try not to repeat the same dish. Dhameher said, “For all nine days of the festival, we don’t use onion and garlic in our food dishes. We also try to make a new sweet dish offering everyday. My father fasts continuously for nine days and eats eats only fruits and milk.”

Two dengue deaths within nine days in Elphinstone

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two residents of neighbouring housing societies in the Elphinstone Road area died of dengue within nine days. While a 31-year-old man lost his life on Tuesday morning, a 11-year-old boy passed away nine days before that due to dengue. Residents of the area have been complaining about the rising dengue cases in the area, which they attribute to the Dadar fish market next door.Ashok Maskar, president of Swaraj Society, where residents are falling ill due to dengue, said, “Since May, we have been complaining to the corporator but haven’t got any positive response. The BMC staff hardly visits the area for fogging. We face mosquito breeding problems.”A resident from Sundarnagar society, where the 11-year-old boy died due to dengue, claims that two more residents had got dengue. Vinod Lokhande, a former secretary of the society, said, “The BMC staff inspected breeding spots and water tanks, and do fogging.”Ramakant Biradar, assistant municipal commissioner of G-North ward, said, “We have been doing regular check-up and setting up medical camps. There is no rise in the dengue cases.”

Eman Ahmed’s death spells gloom among city doctors

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two weeks after Eman Ahmed celebrated her 37th birthday on September 11 along with family members and staff of Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi, she passed away on Monday morning. The news came as a shock to everyone associated with her treatment in Mumbai. The doctors knew she was recovering well and gradually improving.Before being shifted by her sister, Shaimaa Selim, to Burjeel Hospital on May 4, Eman, who was once the world’s heaviest woman, was admitted to Mumbai ‘s Saifee Hospital in February to undergo weight-loss surgery. The team of doctors in Mumbai had visited her home in Alexandria, Egypt, before shifting her to Mumbai by an aircraft.Within two months of treatment in Saifee Hospital, Eman lost more than 242 kilos. Later, in the first week of May Eman was discharged and shifted to Burjeel Hospital in Abu Dhabi.Speaking about her death, Dr Aparna Govil Bhaskar, who was part of the team treating Eman in Mumbai, said it might have been a sudden complication that caused her death.Dr Aparna, a bariatric surgeon at Global Hospital in Parel, said, “Her medical parameters were improving. Her health was perfectly fine. What went wrong and caused her sudden death can be explained by the Burjeel Hospital doctors, who were treating her lately. It looks like she died suddenly. After the surgery in Saifee Hospital, her health was showing consistent improvement. She was a brave girl and wanted to live her life.”While DNA tried speaking to Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, who led the team of doctors that treated Eman and conducted weight-loss bariatric surgery on her, was not available for any comment. According to doctors at Burjeel Hospital, Eman’s treatment was in advanced planning stages of the second phase. It would have taken around four months for her to complete the treatment.Dr Shamsheer Vayalil, Chairman and MD of VPS Healthcare, earlier said that one of the major challenges, when she arrived, was to improve her ability to communicate and to make her believe that she can be better.NO MORE…September 25: Eman passes away due to complications, including kidney dysfunction.
September 11, 2017: Then, the world’s heaviest woman, turned 37.
April 30, 2017: Eman’s family decides to shift her to the UAE.
March 7, 2017: Loses over 100kilos after surgery.
February 11, 2017: Brought to Saifee Hospital in Mumbai.
December 6, 2016: Union Minister Sushma Swaraj offers help to Eman.
October 24, 2016: Eman Ahmed, weighing 504 kilos, declared world’s heaviest woman. COMPILED BY DNA —Research N Archives

Koli family’s deep dive into traditional Navaratri festivities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To usher in Navaratri the traditional way, the Bhayes, a Worli-based Koli family, started prepping a week in advance. Based in Koliwada, and just like most fishing community families, the family offers prayer to goddess Ekvira during the nine days celebration of the festival.On the fifth day of Navaratri, a few of the attendees also participate i nthe much anticpated gondhal dance. Speaking on their love for the festival, 64-year-old Nilima Bhaye, said, “We worship goddess Ekvira. A mask of the goddess is kept with a ghat (a pot along with coconut and different leafs). Five different varieties of dry fruits and fruits are kept as an offering. A lamp is also lit for nine days, and we have to be extremely careful to ensure that it remains lit throughout and does not extinguish at all.”Another traditional ritual is the daily visit of a Kumarika, a girl below 12 years of age, invited as a guest. Daughter-in-law Dipti Bhaye said, “We invite one minor girl every day for the nine days. On the fifth day when we arrange Gondhal. We dress up the goddess in a new saree every year and nine variety of grains are also offered. Besides Gondhali, who perform the Gondal, women from our family also dance and celebrate the festival in the most joyful way.” To make it memorable, the family even dresses in the traditional outfits — sarees and ornaments handed down — for the festivities, while they follow the rituals and customs that have been done the same way for the last 32 years.”Different sweets made of jaggery are offered to the goddess Ekvira every day. We don’t repeat a single sweet dish. Guests come home to see the Gondhal being performed. In fact, we started shopping and decorating the house a week before the festival began,” added Dipti.For the fishing community, this festival is as important as Narali Purnima.RITUALS AND CUSTOMSOn the 5th day, the Gondhal dance is performed with friends and family.
Every day, a minor girl, Kumarika, is invited as honoured guest
A mask of goddess Ekvira is kept with a pot, coconut and different leaves
A lamp is lit for nine days continuously and it is ensured that it does not extinguish at all

HIV due to unsafe sex tops ICTC data list

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Out of the 6,723 HIV patients in the city, only 18 cases were declared HIV positive because of transmission through blood and blood products and 17 cases due to infected syringe and needles. As per the Integrated Counseling and Testing C entre (ICTC) data given by the Mumbai District Aids Control Society (MDACS) department, in 2016-17, unprotected sex accounted for the highest number of HIV cases in Mumbai.The data on causes of HIV infection transmission in the Mumbai-based civic-run hospitals, between 2012-17, was collected by RTI activist Chetan Kothari. According to the response given by the MDASC department, various routes which cause HIV infected cases include – unprotected sex, blood and blood products, infected syringes and needles, parents to child, as per the ICTC data.The data also reveals that there has been decreasing number of HIV infected cases every year through various means of transmission. In 2012-13, while there were 53 cases due to transmission of blood, the number of cases fell to 18 in 2016-17.RTI activist Chetan Kothari said, “Since two years, the number of infected cases due to blood transmission are 18. We had previously filed RTI and asked why names of blood bank not asked to patients and whether any information is available. According to MDACS, they don’t have information related to which blood bank these blood are taken because it is not there in National Aids Control Organization’s protocol.”The data was provided by Dr Shrikala Acharya, Additional Director & Public Information Officer, MDACS. “Last year a complaint was made with National Human Rights Commission asking for a committee under IAS or Additional Municipal Commissioner for implementation of NAT testing and filling of staff. They forwarded the complaint to the Maharashtra Human Rights Commission. It is still under process,” Kothari added.

Kanjur Marg caves could date to 10 AD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While exploring the nearby hillock area in the city, a group of students studying archaeology stumbled upon a small cave structure in Kanjur Marg area. While exploring the historic importance of a temple on Hanuman Tekadi, the students heard about a small room underneath it.Sneaking into the hidden space, which locals consider as a room, the group found a small structure of caves that might belong to the 10th century.Excited about the finding, Vinayak Parab, archaeologist, and researcher, said, “There are old staircases and space for two people to sit and meditate. The locals have kept several idols inside and worship them. Similar structures were also found in Mulund near LBS Marg and Bhandup. One of the walls inside is damaged. Since they are similar structures, we think that are from the same group. The research is going on.”Varsha Chatterjee, a student who visited the structure, said, “The locals have no idea about the structure and are considering to be a small room. They don’t know the history of the structure.” While the team of six students, along with Parab, are researching on the finding and around Aarey Colony, they have been exploring similar cave structures on the border of the Aarey colony area on the stretch between Ghatkopar to Mulund.The group presented their research work in the 4th annual workshop on Explorations in Maharashtra held by the Centre for Archaeology, Mumbai University, and ISTUCEN Trust.Speaking about further explorations, Parab, said, “There are possibilities of finding more seven such caves structures on the stretch between Ghatkopar to Mulund in further findings. So far the cave structures are found only in the hillock areas.”Another FeatLast year, a team of students working with Parab found few structures that point to the existence of caves from early medieval times in the Chafe Galli area of Chunabhatti.

East Indians to bring back 250-yr-old tradition

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Reliving its over 250-year-old tradition, the East Indian community in the city will be marching towards Bandra’s Mount Mary on September 16, Saturday.According to the community, they will be reviving the memories dated back to 1761 when the Mount Mary statue was carried in procession, by the natives, from Mahim Church to Bandra.The initiative is organised by the Mobai Gaothan Panchayat with an aim to revive the tradition which their forefathers followed.A procession named ‘Mont Mauli Purcessao’ (Mount Mary Procession) will be carried out from Mahim Church to Mount Mary’s Church in Bandra.Speaking about the procession, Alphi Dsouza, head sarpanch and spokesperson of Mobai Gaothan Panchayat, said, “The tradition goes back to 1761. However, the community slowly started discontinuing the tradition. Community members stopped the tradition due to various reasons such as urbanisation, relocation from one place to another. In order to bring back the tradition, after over 100 years, we want to revive the tradition.”According to the members, the native East Indian Community are originally the founders of the Bandra Fair. Over 100 community members joining the procession will be dressed in traditional lugras and other traditional outfits”Three East Indian Brass bands will sing hymns as well. St Peter’s Confraternity will lead the procession along with members from other parishes,” said Dsouza.

Nepean Sea residents step up to figure out waste segregation before deadline

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To ensure that the issues on waste segregation and organic composting are resolved before the October 2 deadline, the Nepean Sea Road Citizens Forum (NSRCF) has allocated its annual meeting this Sunday for a sitdown with the Assistant Municipal Commissioner of BMC’s D ward, Devidas Kshirsagar.Majority of the residential buildings on Napean Sea Road are yet to set up the waste segregation system in their society.Gita Mirchandani, NSRCF chairperson, said, “There are over 100 buildings, including small and larger residential societies, but hardly anybody has started the waste segregation process. The meeting will help the residents raise issues regarding installation of the waste segregation systems and make organic compost. We have also invited two companies who deal with waste segregation to make a presentation.”Kshirsagar said, “Many residents from the ward has given a positive response. We are following up the initiative with societies and are ensuring that the societies set up the composting system.”

Bottled water contamination: FSSAI given four weeks for report

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a social activist filed a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to look into the matter of packaged drinking water containing harmful substances, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has written a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Maharashtra to look into the matter.Two years ago, researchers at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) found the presence of carcinogen (cancer-causing) bromate in packaged drinking water available in Mumbai.Based on this report, an activist filed a complaint on July 7 to the NHRC, who have communicated the petition to FSSAI to seek the action-taken report within four weeks. The FSSAI has further forwarded the complaint to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on August 22 stating that they should investigate and take action as per provisions of FSS Act 2006 and allied rules and regulations.The activist, who did not wish to be named, said, “A report must be asked on the study conducted and various matters highlighted by it from FSSAI.

Parent told to pay Rs 7,000 to collect baby’s body

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Waiting for the Health Minister at the entrance of the hospital gate, a 21-year-old mother sat on the ground for over two hours. She is just one of the mothers to have lost her baby in the 55 infant deaths that happened in August at Nashik Civil Hospital.Bharati Pardi, who recently delivered a baby girl weighing 3 kg, lost her in less than two hours. On August 31, Bharati was referred by a local doctor to admit her daughter in Nashik Civil Hospital since the baby’s health condition was getting worst.”I was told by a doctor to shift the baby to Nashik Civil Hospital as soon she was born because her health was getting poor. We did not want to take a risk so we shifted her from a local hospital to this one for special care. She was admitted in the Special Newborn Care Unit (SNCU), with a breathing problem,” said Bharati.Bharati lost her baby within 1.5 hours after admitting the child.A resident of Kotamgaon village, Bharati’s mother Kalpana Sanawate, said, “We were told the baby died, and that we had to pay cash in order to take the baby’s body home. Initially we paid Rs 2,000, but later on we were told to pay Rs 7,000. We are a poor farming family, and were unable to pay the money ourselves. The villagers helped us by paying from their own pockets. They collected over Rs 5,000, with which we were able to pay the fees.”Since it is a government hospital, the authorities deny taking money from the patient’s relatives, though the mother claims she gave the money to a staff member from the SNCU ward.”We will set up an enquiry into the matter. So far, we are not aware of the details of the matter. We received the complaint today. We will ask the relatives and the mother to identify the staff member to whom they gave the cash,” said Dr Suresh Jagadale, civil surgeon of the hospital.

Other hospitals have been referring newborns to Nashik Civil Hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Having delivered a baby at 4 am at a local private hospital in Peint, Padma Kumbhar was told to immediately shift her 1.5 kg baby boy to Nashik Civil Hospital, as they had an incubator facility avaliable.Since then, she has been waiting outside the Special Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) on the first floor to ensure her baby was fine.Just like Kumbhar, other women from nearby tribal areas are told to shift their babies to Nashik Civil Hospital to keep them inside the incubator due to their poor health. According to a doctor from the hospital, 50 per cent of newborns admitted are outside patients, which are delivered in other hospitals, but later referred to Nashik Civil Hospital when their chance of living is low.Another mother, Majula Torade, who has a 26-day-old baby, can be seen crying outside the SNCU ward. She says doctors have told her there is a very small chances her baby will survive. She delivered the baby prematurely, in her eight month of pregnancy. “My son was admitted in a private hospital for 26 days, and on Saturday morning I was told to shift him to this hospital. Even if there is an issue of space, we don’t have any option other than bringing the infant to this hospital,” said Majunla.While in August this year, 55 infants died in the SNCU ward, in September, the death toll of babies has already reached 15.According to the doctor in-charge, a minimum of three infants are kept inside a single incubator.”There are times when people leave their baby on the table. As it is a government hospital, we can’t deny service even when we don’t have manpower. Due to an increase in the number of cases coming in from private hospitals, we have no option but to admit the babies. Therefore, we have to keep more than one baby in a single incubator,” said Nashik District Civil Surgeon Dr Suresh Jagdale.

Maharashtra: Nashik hospital blames 55 infants death on trees

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four trees are one of reasons why a government hospital in Nashik failed to save the lives of 55 infants. Over 200 infants died at the Special Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) at Nashik Civil Hospital since April this year due to lack of incubators.There are currently 18 incubators at the SNCU, which are not sufficient to care for pre-mature babies who weigh less than 2.5 kgs at birth. A proposal to make a four-storey building in a garden plot inside the premises meant for children and women care was sanctioned by the state government last year.Though the project was ceremoniously inaugurated in November 2016, and a budget of Rs 21 crore was sanctioned, not a single brick has been laid so far.
ALSO READ Other hospitals have been referring newborns to Nashik Civil HospitalThe reason: the municipal corporation did not give the hospital the permission to cut down four trees, which are around 30 years old, that are growing in the plot where the building is to be raised.According to Nashik District Civil Surgeon Dr Suresh Jagdale the new building would house another SNCU that would hold 20 more incubators. “The Additional Commissioner has now approved and given permission to construct the building,” Dr Jagdale said. “They might tell us to transplant smaller trees, which are around 10 years old, from the plot. The permissions should come within a week.”As per the hospital, 10 new babies are admitted to the hospital every day, on an average. According to the status of their health, the duration of their stay at the SNCU is decided – some babies need to stay for more than a month.Out of the 55 infants that died in August in the SNCU unit, 18 died within six hours of admission. Jagdale says, “50% of infants are admitted to the hospital when they are in the last stage. It takes a minimum of three days for a baby to get infected. Of the 55 infants that died,18 passed away because they were in the final stage. We can’t say that they are dying due to an infection. The main cause is premature delivery and the malnourished condition of the mother during pregnancy.”Speaking about the temporary solution, Dr Deepak Sawant, Minister for Public Health and Family Welfare, said, “We have decided to add five more incubators in the adjacent ward. We have 18 incubators, which is more than the guidelines given by the central government. The number of cases admitted to the SNCU that need incubators are increasing every year mainly due to the inflow from private and local hospitals.”According to Sawant, more than 45% of their newborn patients come from other hospitals, and they tend to have a higher rate of infection.Sawant, more than 45% of their newborn patients come from other hospitals, and they tend to have a higher rate of infection.

13-year-old survivor delivers baby boy, on road to recovery

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The 13-year-old rape survivor, who underwent a Caesarean-section (c-section) on Friday at JJ Hospital, delivered a baby boy, weighing 1.8 kilos. The survivor is gradually recovering, the doctors said.The survivor, a resident of Kandivali, had received a green light from the Supreme Court to terminate her pregnancy on its 32nd week.Dr Ashok Anand, head of gynecology department at JJ Hospital, said, “The girl was shifted to general ward after the surgery. The baby was admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit. The medical condition of both mother and child is fine. The girl is recovering slowly and might be discharged after five days, depending upon her health condition.”After the SC order on September 6, the survivor was brought to the hospital for medical tests on September 7, after which she was admitted for the procedure and the surgery was carried on September 8. The pregnancy came to light a month ago, while she was in her 27th week of pregnancy.Her mother took her to a doctor when she suddenly started gaining weight. To put forward the case in SC, Mumbai-based gynecologist and social activist Dr Nikhil Datar helped the parents to file a petition.

Lalbaugcha Raja gets Rs 1.10L in demonetized notes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While most devotees shower Mumbai’s favourite Ganpati, Lalbaugcha Raja, with gold and silver, this year a few of them showered him with demonetized currency.Banned currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 worth Rs 1.10 lakh were found when the mandal volunteers started counting cash offered at the feet of Lalbaugcha Raja on Friday.Mandal office-bearers are now in a fix over what to do with the notes that, in reality, are just piece of paper. Even more, possessing such notes is also a crime, as per the notification issued by the Center after the demonetization exercise last year. “We will try and deposit them in the Reserve Bank of India, but we aren’t sure if they will accept it,” said Balasaheb Kamble, president of the ganesh mandal.Demonetization has also hit offerings in other ways as the Raja received Rs 5.9 crore in offerings this year, as compared to Rs 6.6 crore in 2016.No vehicles were donated either. Devotees have offered 5.5 kg of gold worth Rs 1.70 crore and silver worth Rs 40 lakhs.The Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal will organise an auction on Saturday of the gold and silver offerings. Unlike last year, when the auction was spread over three days, this time it will be wrapped up in one day.Mahesh Jadhav, treasurer of the mandal, said, “Demonetization and the deluge on the fifth day affected offerings this year. The money collected through the auction is used for social welfare activities.”

My wife plucks minute glass pieces from my body: Kriti Ajmera

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even after 24 years of the 1993 bomb blast, Malad-based Kriti Ajmera can’t sleep on his right side. Reason? The right side of his body which got injured after the glass pieces at Bombay Stock Exchange pierced into his body.So far, Ajmera has undergone 40 operations to remove the glass pieces; and has 90 stitches on his face. But the ordeal is not over, still there are minute glass pieces all over his body, which automatically pop out any time.”For over six years I was admitted in a hospital. Even now, I can’t sleep or stress on the right side of my body. My face, right hand, lungs were damaged in the blast. My body movement is restricted. While laughing I can’t loud, as glass pieces in my mouth start poking. I can’t undergo operation for every minute piece that pops out; sometimes with a help of plucker my wife pulls out glass pieces from my body,” he added.In the past 24 years, he has spent over Rs 40 lakh in operations and other medical expenses. He claims that he has not received any help from government. He says rather than giving life imprisonment, every offender should be hang till death.

Verdict better later than never

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We were lucky to escape the blast due to a huge wall besides the Plaza cinema hall,” recalls Vidyadhar Dhumal, 58, a tea stall owner who took injured to Sion Hospital few minutes after the blast. Dhumal, said, “While the blast took inside the cinema premises, some local shopkeepers lost their lives. We are satisfied with the verdict the court has announced. The accused should be punished for the terror activity they were involved in. Even if its a late decision, at least they are punished and not set free.”Just like Dhumal, other citizens who witnessed the 1993 bomb blast across the city, are happy that the court has finally announced punishment to the offenders involved in the case. Shankar Chogale, 55, a worker whose nephew was injured in the blast, said, “It is a rightfully decision and I support the verdict. I have seen my nephew suffer injuries and it is hard to forget the incident. Although the justice is delayed, I am happy that they are punished.”A taxi driver, who was at the Bombay Stock Exchange during the incident remembers helping citizens to reach home safe. Somnath Mishra, 58, who witness the incident very closely, said, “Life cannot be compared with money.Slapping an accused to pay Rs two lakh fine will not help to bring back the lives of people who died. All of them should get harsh punishment. Their life should also struggle.”Another victim, who worked in BSE those days left the BSE building for a break with friends, KK Thanvi, 61, said, “I along with my friends were sitting below the BSE building on the backside. Few glass pieces fell on my head too but since we were sitting below, we had few minor injuries. Accoridng to me It took court more than two decades to punish the wrongdoers. The authority should had taken the matter on fast track for judgement.”Vinod Sharma, 65, who worked in a bank at Nairman Point, said, “All the accused should be hang till death rather than giving them imprisonment.”

SC allows teen to end 32-week pregnancy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed a 13-year-old rape survivor to terminate her 32-week-old pregnancy following a medical board’s advice.”Considering the age of the petitioner, the trauma she has suffered because of the sexual abuse, and the agony she is going through, and above all the report of the Medical Board constituted by this Court, we think it appropriate that termination of pregnancy should be allowed,” a bench comprising Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra along with Justices Amitava Roy and AM Khanwilkar said. This means the teenager will not complete the full term of her pregnancy and deliver the baby prematurely.Mumbai-based minor will be admitted to Sir JJ Hospital on Thursday to terminate her pregnancy. The young girl, a resident of Charkop in Kandivali, is in her 31 st week of pregnancy. A week ago, medical panel from JJ Hospital submitted its report suggesting that the child should undergo a termination.Although she will be admitted today, the termination will be carried out on September 8. Continuation of pregnancy for a 13-year-old girl is non appropriate, terminating now or getting into labour pain later is the same and there is no additional risk involved, JJ Hospital panel explained.Gynaecologist Dr Nikhil Datar, who helped her parents to file a petition in SC, said, “It is a path-breaking judgement. It is a historic verdict given by the SC. This is the first time that the court has given order to terminate in 31 st week of pregnancy. It is an unwanted pregnancy so it is a big relief for the parents. The girl is too young to understand her condition.”Heavy rainfall in Mumbai last week delayed her test in the hospital. “She could not reach the hospital due to downpour because of which the examination took place on Friday and on Monday due to some reasons the report could not reach the SC,” added Dr Datar.TP Lahane, Dean of Sir JJ Hospital, said, “We haven’t received any order from the Supreme Court yet.”The girl’s parents had filed the petition seeking permission for medical termination of her pregnancy after they realised that she was pregnant only a month ago.In August, the girl’s parents took her for an obesity check-up. Later, a sonography report revealed that she was 27-weeks pregnant.Another case of termination of an abnormal foetus of a 28-week pregnant woman was sent to the JJ Hospital for a medical test on Wednesday. The Supreme Court will hear the case on Thursday.

Eco-friendly immersion is the mantra this Ganeshotsav

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Devotees across the city are busy making arrangements to create artificial ponds for the final immersion day. For the last three years, Borivali-based Abhinav society has been making an artificial pond in which over 50 idols are immersed by society members and nearby residents.Hemant Gavankar, secretary of the society, said, “People should be educated to use the artificial pond during immersion rather than polluting the water bodies. The BMC should take up the initiative to create this awareness among devotees. After the 11-day festival, we use the water in the drip irrigation system to water the trees and plants inside our society. The artifical pond contains approximately 2,000 litres of water.”In Andheri, the residents of Nahar Amrit Shakti society not only organised eco-friendly Ganpati idol-making workshop, but has also arranged an artificial pond for devotees to immerse the eco-friendly Ganpatis.Manju Yagnik, vice chairperson of Nahar group, said, “This is the first time that we are creating an artificial pond to immerse the idols.

Israeli students install water-harvesting project in Mumbai school

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While entering the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)-run Khotwadi Urdu Municipal School in Santacruz, Mumbai one can see a tank made for water conservation.With the aim to demonstrate practical use of science to school students, a group of college students from Israel who visited the school not only taught them different subjects through a number of experiments, but also made a water harvesting project which will help the school in conserving rainwater and use it further.Speaking about the initiative, Ita Itzhaky, team learder of group from Israel, said, “We wanted to install a project which will help the students understand how we can implement science in our daily lives. Water which gets collected on the rooftop of the school building during monsoon and is released to the pipeline gets wasted. Instead of wasting it, we thought of building a water harvesting structure which will help to conserve the water.”While this was the fifth batch of Israel students to visit the BMC school through the NGO Heroes of Life and another city-based NGO Triratna Prerna Mandal, this is the first time that the visiting students have installed a project for the further betterment of the school.Gazal Shah, Principal of Khotwadi Urdu Municipal School, said, “The school students are enjoying these practical learning activities. The conserved water will be used for watering the plant inside the school premises. We usually use the water from the tank, but after this we will be able to preserve the tank water for other use.”

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