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Shocker from Gurugram! Medanta Hospital charges Rs 16 lakh for dengue treatment, child dies

The series of shocking incidents in the hospitals from Delhi-NCR are no close to stopping. In another bizzare episode, it’s Gurugram’s Medanta hospital, which is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. The hospital has reportedly charged around Rs 16 lakh for the treatment that continued for 21 days from the family of an eight-year-old boy, who was suffering from Dengue. The child, however, later on died. As the reports suggest, the boy’s family shifted him to a different hospital after Medanta hospital charged them an exorbitant amount. Also readFortis raked in moolah of up to 1,737% in Adya Singh case: NPPA”My child was there in the hospital for 21 days, the hospital gave us a bill of Rs 15.88 lakh. We had to request people for money; the hospital has looted us in the name of treatment,” the father of the eight-year-old said.Earlier, Fortis hospital in Gurugram billed a family close to 16 lakhs in 15 days as their baby girl Adya succumbed to dengue shock syndrome, post which Union Health Minister JP Nadda asked for an inquiry to be instituted to investigate the case.Also readComplaint of overcharging against Fortis Gurgaon and the Park HospitalDNA had first reported the story of deceased baby Adya on November 20. The story can be read here. However, the hospital has refuted the allegations levelled by the family. According to the hospital, the girl was admitted with dengue shock syndrome and her condition was extremely serious. “The girl came to us without the medical advice of the previous hospital. As soon as she came to us, we had incubated her. On September 14, she was put off the ventilator as suggested by the family and against the doctor’s advice,” said a senior doctor from Fortis hospital. Also readDengue Death Costing Rs 16 lakh: Investigation nails unethical acts of Fortis Explaining the situation further, the doctor added that a multi-disciplinary team of doctors was formed to look into the case. “Clearly, everything is planned. The girl passed away on September 14 and the family is making the false allegations after two months,” added the doctor. Jayant ended up paying the highest for expensive branded drugs, close to Rs 4 lakh when cheaper options for drugs were available. Cost of Medical consumables including up to 2700 gloves billed at Rs 17,142 came up to a whopping Rs 2.73 lakh, while medical investigations including blood tests cost him another Rs 2.17 lakh. Diagnostics are though billed separately from investigations, adding another Rs 29, 290.

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X’mas bells in Valley church after 50 yrs

History will be created on Monday when the sacred bell at the British-era Holy Family Catholic Church in Srinagar will ring after 50 years, on the occasion of Christmas.The 105 kg bell, the largest of its kind in Jammu and Kashmir, was installed in the 121-year-old church in October this year. The belfry of the church was torched in 1967, in an incident of arson, and since then there had been no bell to call the faithful for the prayers.”It is a very happy and historic occasion. Most of the Christian people here are less than 50 years of age. They have never heard bells ringing on the occasion of Christmas. Only few elderly people remember that,” said SM Rath, spokesman of the Church Committee.Traditionally, the bell is used to call worshipers to the church for a prayer service and for announcing times of daily prayer. “There was no bell since 1967. We put up a bell only in October this year. Now every Sunday, the bell rings in church. This will be first time that this bell will ring on Christmas,” Rath said. Midnight prayer services, however, will not be held due to the security reasons.”We have one prayer service on December 24. Usually, the service should be held at 11.30 pm but we have not been holding the midnight services for the last 25 years. Our prayer service will be held at 6 pm on December 24. On Christmas, we will have a prayer service at 10 am,” Rath said.He further said that there are less than 200 Christians — Catholics and Protestants — living in Srinagar. There are five churches in Kashmir and regular prayer services are held only in three of them.

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Hyderabad: 7 members of family found dead at poultry farm

Seven members of a family, including three children, were today found dead at a poultry farm in a village here, police said on Friday. A senior police official said the family is suspected to have consumed poison in their food last night.The family was apparently facing financial problems, he said, adding that they were enquiring into all aspects.According to the police, the family’s head, identified as Balaraju, belonged to Munigadapa village in Jagdevpur mandal of Siddipet district.He was working as farm labourer and taking care of the poultry there at Rajapet village, which comes under the jurisdiction of Rachakonda police commissioner.Also readHyderabad horror: Stalker sets woman on fire in full public view, victim succumbs to injuries “Most probably we are suspecting food poising. Prime facie, we don’t find any foul play like homicide. We cannot come to a conclusion until we get the autopsy report,” the police official said.He said they have learnt that the family had financial problems in the past. “We are inquiring into all aspects,” he said.Also readHyderabad shocker: Woman’s body found chewed up by rats in Osmania Hospital morgueA case has been registered and an investigation is on, he added.

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Even as MLA, Jignesh Mevani won’t give up on agitation, says family

Around 100 people gathered around the crossroads leading to Chuvaad 2 society in Meghaninagar, trying to catch a glimpse of Jignesh Mevani, the local lad and newly minted MLA. Some remember him as the boy next door, others say they knew him only after he gained prominence for leading an agitation against the government following the Una incident.They were all waiting for the Dalit leader to reach his family home for the first team after being elected to the Gujarat assembly. But Mevani’s political plunge and success has come as a surprise even to his family. ” We had no clue he was going to contest the elections. In fact, he told us only after filing the nomination,” said Darshan Mevani, his brother.The family says they knew of Jignesh’s work. ” Following the Una agitation his supporters would meet at our house. Sometimes the meeting would go late into the night,” said his mother Chandrikaben Parmar who is a retired teacher. She says Jignesh has often been involved with social causes. His mother recalls him as a extremely naughty kid who constantly picked fights with his brother. “He was never a picky eater but loved cricket,” says Chandrikaben. She admits they were a little apprehensive about his entry into politics.Also readGujarat elections 2017: Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani wins as an independent in Vadgam”He has been demanding the rights of Dalits on the streets. It was time to take it to the power corridors,” sad Govind Mehariya who had been with him for two years since the agitation. Mehariya said Mevani was a reluctant entrant into politics. ” But now that he is in it, he will ensure that the voice of Dalits reach the power corridors,” said Mehariya.A society member days she never knew of him until now, another says she has known him since he was a kid. Incidentally, the Mevani’s shifted to their present residence 17 years ago. The Mevani family is already experiencing the perks of having an MLA in the family. People are thronging to their house, a well furnished bungalow in the Chuvand2 society, in Meghaninagar area of the city.The Mevani family finds it ironical that the Gujarat police that often tailed him during his agitation days is now honour bound to protect him. “We were worried about him then. We are worried about him now,” said Darshan. The family does not know how their life will change by virtue of having an MLA in the family. But they know one thing for sure, “Jignesh won’t give up on agitation.”

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Rajasthan hacking: "We only know our father was a hero of the family, don’t know what love jihad is"

A daughter of the 48-year-old Muslim labourer Mohammad Afrazul from West Bengal who was hacked and burnt to death in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand, has termed her father as a hero of the family and said that she doesn’t know what love jihad means.Afrazul was killed by Shambu Lal Raigar who was seen in the videos ranting against “love jihad”, a term used by sections of Hindu activists to describe marriages between Hindu women and Muslim men, who they claim seek to propagate Islam.“Our father was always away, but used to call us everyday. We were sad that he was never home but we knew he was doing that to feed us,” Afrazul’s second daughter Rejina told Indian Express.Also readRajasthan hacking horror: Victim’s family haunted by his screams; say animals are treated betterStating that she doesn’t know what love-jihad is, she added, “All I know is that my father was a family man who worked hard for us.”According to report, Afrazul left home at the age of 14 and worked as daily wage labourer for three decades and educated his family members.Also readRajasthan murder is a criminal incident, not a case of love jihad: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi”He has always sacrificed just to keep the family running. He is the hero of the family,” said Afzarul’s elder brother Muhammed Tafazzul Hussain Khan.“There was no factory here then… there still isn’t. So the only way left for him and us was to leave the state,” says Tafazzul.Also readRajasthan murder: Woman denies she was ‘rescued’ by accusedAfrazul’s younger brother said that hard he was a hard-working man who ate less and saved for the family.In his videos, Shambu Lal Raigar had referred to a woman he called his “Hindu sister who he had tried to save from love jihad”. That woman, however, has denied any link, saying that she went to West Bengal with one Mohammed Bablu Sheikh, a resident of Malda, in 2010, but returned to Rajasthan in 2013 on her own.Meanwhile, the Rajasthan Director General of Police (DGP) said the prima facie reports cited the man seen in the video was not a ‘normal human being’, and a further investigation has been initiated in the matter.The Rajasthan government also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the family of the victim, while the West Bengal government provided widow pension to the deceased’s wife and assured employment to the kin.

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Mum-daughter murder: Suspect son’s last location traced at Chandni Chowk

A joint team of more than 100 policemen from Gautam Budh Nagar are on the hunt for the juvenile who allegedly stabbed his mother and sister to death in their Greater Noida apartment.Sources told DNA that the boy was located last in Chandni Chowk area. Therefore, Delhi Police has been approached to try and find him there. Family members have also appealed to the son, who has been missing since the incident, to return home.A senior officer of the Greater Noida police said, “After the incident came to light, we had put the phone, which the boy had taken along with him, on surveillance. That’s how we found out his last location on Monday night.””However, the phone has been switched off thereafter. Pictures and details of the boy have been posted at various platforms to seek public assistance in tracing him. We have also announced a reward for any information regarding his location.”The police did not announce the reward amount, but sources said it is between Rs 20,000 and Rs 25,000.”We have formed four teams to trace the boy and hope to find him soon. Only he can tell the truth about what happened inside the apartment,” said Luv Kumar, Senior Superintendent of Police.On Tuesday night, a mother-daughter duo was found dead with multiple stab wounds on their bodies at their residence in Gaur City area of Greater Noida. The prime suspect in the case is their 16-year old son, who was the only one present in the house when the incident took place.

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Family celebrates loss of Max Hospital’s licence

More than a week after one of the newborn twins of a family was erroneously declared dead by Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, the family heaved a sigh of relief on Friday after the Delhi government cancelled the licence of the hospital for medical negligence.The 22-week premature baby had died at a nursing home in Pitampura on Wednesday.The grieving parents of the newborn are now also demanding the immediate arrest of the two doctors involved in the alleged negligence.”We welcome the Delhi government decision, as we were also demanding the cancellation of the hospital’s licence. But why have the two doctors involved in the negligence not been arrested yet, even after being declared guilty by the hospital itself?”asked Ashish Kumar, the child’s father.”We demand the immediate arrest of both doctors. Also, they should be black-listed, so nobody has to go through a similar situation,” he said.Soon after receiving the news of the cancellation, the family members, who have been sitting on strike outside the hospital for the past five days, said that they had never imagined that the government would actually cancel the licence.”It is a historic decision and it will set an example for all those fraudulent doctors and hospitals who have been playing with the lives of innocent people,” said Deepak Kumar, the baby’s uncle.The child’s mother Varsha Bidawat, 21, has still not recovered completely. “It will take a lot of time for her to recover from what she has gone through. She is still feeling very weak both physically and mentally,” Kumar said.The family members said that they will meet Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday. “We will meet Mr Kejriwal to express our gratitude for his decision,” Kumar added. They will also hold a condolence meet in the memory of their child at India Gate on Saturday evening.Last Friday, the hospital had handed over the twins it had declared dead to the family in polythene packets. One of them was found alive while being taken to the cremation ground.DECEMBER HORRORDec 1 Newborn declared dead by hospital, found alive when taken for last rites Dec 1 Delhi Police registers case of attempt to commit culpable homicide against the hospital. Delhi government orders probe Dec 2 Delhi Medical Council issued show-cause notice to the hospital. Delhi health minister says if found guilty of medical negligence, hospital’s licence could be cancelled Dec 3 The hospital terminates two doctors for negligence Dec 5 Initial probe finds hospital “guilty of not having followed prescribed norms” Dec 5 Delhi govt says it would form a legal framework to track “criminal negligence” cases Dec 6 Newborn passes away Dec 7 Family members continue agitation outside the hospital Dec 8 Delhi government cancels the licence of the hospital after the probe committee finds it guilty of “medical negligence”.

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Kerala Congress leader urges PM Modi to declare cyclone Ockhi national disaster

Leader of the opposition in the Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala today urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare cyclone Ockhi, which wrecked havoc in the state, Kanniyakumari in Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep in the last two days, as a national disaster. In a letter to Modi, he requested that immediate central government assistance be provided in these places to deal with the emergency situation. The Congress leader also urged the Kerala government to increase the financial aid for the injured at least up to Rs 50,000 from the present Rs 15,000. Also readCyclone Ockhi: Kerala fishermen back from brink of deathLack of coordination had affected the government’s relief and rescue operations, launched post Ockhi, he alleged while talking to reporters after visiting the cyclone-affected coastal hamlets here. Family members of fishermen who are yet to come back,were anxious as the government failed to provide them updated information about rescue measures, he alleged.
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Love Jihad case: Hadiya’s father welcomes SC decision allowing her to continue studies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kerala woman Hadiya’s father on Tuesday welcomed the Supreme Court decision allowing her to continue her studies.Asked about his stance on inter-caste marriages, K M Ashokan said he believed in one religion and one god but could not have a terrorist in the family.”Hadiya does not have any idea about Syria, where she wanted to go after getting converted to Islam,” Ashokan said. “I cannot have a terrorist in the family,” he added.The Supreme Court on Monday freed Hadiya, alleged to be a victim of ‘love jihad’, from the custody of her parents and sent her to college to pursue her studies, even as she pleaded that she should be allowed to go with her husband.

Uttar Pradesh: Woman raped by four family members for eloping with her boyfriend

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman was allegedly raped in a village here by four members of her family, including her father and brother, for eloping with her boyfriend, police said on Tuesday.All the accused have been arrested, a police official said.The incident took place at Dhaneda village when the woman was allegedly raped by her family members — father, brother and two uncles — a few months after she eloped with her boyfriend, the police said.According to station house officer (SHO) Kushal Pal Singh, the police yesterday registered a case against all the accused on the directive of the Allahabad High Court.The victim, in her complaint, alleged that her family members also threatened her after raping her, the police said.They have been accused of confining her in a house, they said.The woman had eloped with her boyfriend a few months ago, the police said.She was produced before a magistrate who recorded her statement in which she has supported her complaint, they said.

Madhya Pradesh: Differently-abled girl raped in Damoh; accused arrested

Updated: Nov 25, 2017, 12:21 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man was arrested on Friday for allegedly raping a differently abled girl in Damoh of Madhya Pradesh.The accused was arrested following the family of the victim filed a police complaint against him.The accused allegedly raped the girl when she went to defecate.The probe is underway in the incident, police said.

After Fortis shocker, it’s Medanta now

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Inflated medical bills have come back to haunt Delhiites again. After parents at Fortis were in for a shock after the hospital charged them Rs 16 lakh for the treatment of their daughter,who died of dengue in the ICU, parents who admitted their seven year-old child Saurya Pratap to Medanta underwent a similar experience.After 22 days of treatment wit no hope of improvement, the family had enough and against medical advice withdrew their child from the hospital and transferred him, barely breathing, to RML Hospital on November 20, where he died two days later on Wednesday.The parents of the child claim that going to Medanta was not even their choice. On October 30, the child was brought via ambulance from Gwalior to Gurugram and here the father Gopendra Singh, an insurance agent, claims that they took them to Medanta despite their protests.”I wanted to admit my child to Sir Gangaram Hospital but the ambulance man insisted on taking my child to Medanta, as they said the treatment would be better there. Having no choice, we agreed,” Singh said.After this the child was admitted on October 30 into the ICU there. And though the family claimed that the doctor gave them and their child a lot of attention, they said that they were unclear about the line of treatment that was being followed.”The doctors continued to do tests and talk to us in English which we were unable to follow. We were constantly assured by them that our child would get better but after three weeks when we saw no improvement, we decided to shift him,” Singh added.There was another reason for the shift. The family, which had mortgaged their house and borrowed money from relatives, felt that after a bill of Rs 10 lakh they could not afford the hospital’s care. So they took the child, who had trouble breathing — doctors at Medanta claim that he was on the verge of death — to RML where he died.The family claim that the hospital kept them there with false promises, saying that they would reduce the amount of the final bill. But in the final bill there was only a discount of Rs 20,000.In a tweet, the hospital stated. “Our bills are absolutely transparent, anyone can come and check them.” However, doctors at the hospital have refused to comment on the matter.Medical experts say that the problem is not in legalisation but in political will. In 2010, the Clinical Establishments Act was set up and measures were put in place to rationalise hospital bills but so far little has happened with only seven states and six union territories having implemented it so far.

Post-mortem must in UP infant deaths

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Post-mortem will soon be conducted in all future deaths of babies below five years of age in eastern Uttar Pradesh to examine the worrying trend and correct healthcare systems, a senior central government official told DNA. The move comes after rising casualties in Gorakhpur’s state-run BRD Hospital recently shook the nation.A child health and mortality prevalence surveillance (CHAMS) will be conducted, initially in four UP districts including Gorakhpur, Kushinagar and Maharajganj.About 45% deaths (4,118 of 9,000) due to Encephalitis infection or brain inflammation in India have occurred in UP since 2010. Most vulnerable to die are children below five.Initially, the CHAMS exercise will be conducted in public hospitals and will gradually spread to conducting post-mortem of babies that die at homes.”Post-mortem will be done in a minimally invasive method, wherein biopsy samples of various body part tissues, including those from brain, kidney and liver, will be extracted. Our idea is to capture the cause for every child who dies,” said Dr Soumya Swaminathan, secretary, department of health research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).The mystery of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Gorakhpur only gets murkier and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) aims to crack it by ascertaining its causes.”Of every 100 deaths due to AES, the cause is known in 40 cases . Majority are due to Scrub Typhus infection, while other causes include dengue, malaria, meningitis and Japanese Encephalitis. Now conducting post-mortem in each death will be a step forward to further investigate causes in more cases about which we are still in dark,” Dr Swaminathan said.Vital death registration systems are very poor in India. Only 10% of all deaths are ascertained for a cause, according to the World Health Organisation.”Of all babies succumbing in BRD Medical College, very few undergo systematic post-mortem. CHAMS will provide evidence-based insights into causes, leading to better intervention strategies on the ground,” said Dr Swaminathan. “After death, the cause is mentioned as cardiac failure or something of that sort which may be the ultimate event but not the underlying cause. This is why CHAMS is required.”She emphasised that obtaining the family’s consent to conduct post-mortem is crucial and necessary. “This is why we will first start with investigating deaths in hospital set-ups and then move into communities. Each district will have 10 to 15 outreach workers who will go until the homes to convince families to participate in the CHAMS exercise,” she said.”Families’ consent will be obtained before conducting post-mortem in both hospitals and community set-ups. Before the exercise begins in UP, a pilot will be conducted at Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi. The plan should roll out in next six months.”Conducting post-mortem to ascertain clinical causes of deaths has been successfully employed in countries such as Mozambique, Mali and Bangladesh.BRD Hospital hogged international headlines when 31 deaths took place during August 10-11, amid reports of oxygen supplies being snapped due to unpaid bills. As many as 296 children died of encephalitis and other tropical illnesses at the Gorakhpur facility in August. Deaths have continued.Eight hospital staffers, including then Principal Dr Rajiv Mishra and his wife Purnima Shukla, and the oxygen supplier Manish Bhandari, had been held responsible for the August tragedy. They are in Gorakhpur’s jail.

Mamata Banerjee meets all parties, lauds restoration of peace at the hills

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, after chairing an all-party meeting on Tuesday at Pintail village in Darjeeling thanked all political parties for their help in restoring peace at the hills. She also announced compensation packages for the dead and injured during the violence.”I was asked for compensation to those affected in the violence. Those who were not involved in spreading violence will be compensated. Families of each of the dead would get Rs 2 lakh and a member of the family would get an employment provided there is no pending cases against them. Those who suffered serious injury would get Rs 50,000. There is also a proposal of including Nepali language in West Bengal Civil Service (WBCS) Examinations. We will consider it,” she said after the meeting.Eyeing a better foothold in the region, she also announced a slew of developmental projects including a 100-bed hospital, a bus stand at Mirik, a college at Kurseong, and several other projects. These projects are to be executed jointly by the state government and the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA).Other than Trinamool Congress, representatives of parties such as Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League and Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) were also present at the meeting. GNLF leaders said that about one dozen people were killed and dozens were injured in the 104-day long agitation at the hills in demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland.The administration, however, refuted claims that the deaths were owing to police firing, saying that people died because of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) cadres.In another development, one day after Supreme Court ordered a stay on the arrest of GJM chief Bimal Gurung until the next hearing of the case, Gurung released an audio clipping from an undisclosed location.”I thank the Supreme Court for giving me a relief of 15 days. I have been implicated with false charges. I will go to Delhi and file petitions for others who have been similarly framed,” he said in the clip.He also said that conspirators such as Binay Tamang and Anit Thapa would try to instigate them but the people of the hills should not fall into the trap.COMPENSATIONThe CM announced compensation for the families of the victims of the unrest.
Family members of those who dies will get Rs 2 lakh and those injured will get Rs 50K.

Lalu and his family bought benami properties through bank run by RJD man: Sushil Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi today accused RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his family members of having transacted through a cooperative bank headed by a former party MLC to invest in benami properties, and sought a probe by the CBI and Enforcement Directorate into it.The main opposition RJD, however, rejected the charges levelled by the senior BJP leader, saying he was suffering from “lalu phobia”. Modi alleged that Prasad and his family used the Awami Cooperative Bank, headed by former RJD MLC Anwar Ahmed, for converting black money into white, taking loans from it and exchanging scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes post note ban. Tbe BJP leader also alleged the money for several “dubious” purchases by the family was routed through the bank.”The CBI and the Enforcement Directorate should probe the role of Prasad and the bank in the matter,” he said.Ahmed, the bank’s chairman, is considered close to Prasad and was a nominated member of the state Legislative Council. Modi claimed Prasad’s account number S/B A/C 1001 and Rabri Devi’s S/B A/C 6651 were still active. He said Prasad’s account had a deposit of Rs 58 lakh, while that of Rabri had Rs 15.62 lakh. The deputy chief minister, who also holds the finance portfolio, said the state government would also get the matter probed by its agencies.Post demonetisation, he claimed, Rs 2.30 lakh each was deposited in 60 new accounts that were in the name of labourers who were unaware of the existence of the accounts. He claimed central agencies found evidence of transaction of Rs 10-12 crore through 70 benami accounts with the bank during a raid at the office of a trust headed by Ahmed. The RJD dismissed the allegations as baseless and without substance.”Sushil Modi is suffering from Lalu phobia. He has lost mental balance…Have you ever heard of banks indulging in any such illegal activity of converting black money into white. This is sheer his imagination. The charges are baseless and without substance,” RJD spokesman and MLA Shakti Singh Yadav said. Modi has accused Prasad and his family of acquiring a number of benami properties, including during his stint as railway minister.The family has been under the Income Tax department and Enforcement Directorate’s lens in connection with benami land deals and tax evasion. Some properties belonging to Prasad’s MP daughter Misa Bharti and his son and former deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav have also been attached.

Outrage after India hospital charges bereaved parents $25,000

The bill for two weeks includes the cost of more than 600 syringes and around 1,600 pairs of gloves.

1 more J&K youth shuns terrorism, returns home

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security forces have scored another victory against militants after one more misguided youth renounced the path of violence and returned home in Kulgam district. Police sources said the 16-year-old boy had been missing since September 27. Family members of the boy had filed a missing report soon after he disappeared.“Responding to the appeal of parents one more youth who had joined militants returns home in South Kashmir”, tweeted J&K police.Sources said the boy contacted his family members and expressed his desire to return. Soon after his return, he was handed over to the police for further investigation.“On my visit to Kulgam I was told another local militant has come back home in response to appeal of his mother and other family members. Great news!” tweeted Dr Shesh wPaul Vaid, Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir.This is the second youth to have returned home in the last four days. On Friday, 20-year-old footballer-turned-militant Majid Irshad Khan renounced the path of violence and returned to mainstream, after a heart-wrenching video of his inconsolable mother appealing him “to come back or kill them” went viral. After Majid’s return, two more families have come forward appealing their kin to return home in Shopian and Pulwama districts.The DGP reiterated that J&K police will facilitate and help youth who have joined militants to return home. “Dr Vaid stressed upon the officers to continue their excellent coordination among all security agencies to deal with militants,” said a spokesman.Meanwhile, a local militant was killed in an encounter with security forces in Sheer forest area of Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

Father of deceased 7-year-old pleads for justice as hospital bills Rs 16 lakhs in 2 weeks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gurgaon-based Fortis Hospital charged Dwarka resident Jayant Singh over a lakh rupees per day for fifteen days when they admitted their 7-year-old daughter to the hospital for treatment of dengue. Adya, Jayant’s daughter was declared dead on September 15. Her hospital bills soared close to Rs16 lakh in a fortnight, which Jayant paid upfront to the hospital. What Jayant feels dejected about is the arbitrary costs imposed by the hospital that soared by tens of thousands every single day. Meanwhile, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, JP Nadda came out in support of the family and tweeted “Please provide me details on [email protected] – We will take all necessary action.”Adya was burning under high fever on the night of August 27 and was admitted to Rockland Hospital of Dwarka Sector 12 by August 29. “Much to our horror, she was initially admitted into a room with a Swine Flu patient lying beside her. We protested and got her room changed,” said Jayant. On August 31, she was detected with Dengue Type IV and was asked by Rockland doctors to be shifted to another hospital which would have a paediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) set up. “We shifted her to Fortis Hospital in Gurgaon where she was sedated and immediately put on a ventilator. For three days, she was under sedation. On the fourth and the fifth day, there was no doctor to talk to as it was a weekend. We stood clueless outside the ICU, staring at our sick baby through the glass window, wondering what to do,” said Jayant. However, the hospital has refuted the allegations levelled by the family. According to the hospital, the girl was admitted with dengue shock syndrome and her condition was extremely serious. “The girl came to us without the medical advice of the previous hospital. As soon as she came to us, we had incubated her. On September 14, she was put off the ventilator as suggested by the family and against the doctor’s advice,” said a senior doctor from Fortis hospital.Explaining the situation further, the doctor added that a multi-disciplinary team of doctors was formed to look into the case. “Clearly, everything is planned. The girl passed away on September 14 and the family is making the false allegations after two months,” added the doctor.Jayant ended up paying the highest for expensive branded drugs, close to Rs 4 lakh when cheaper options for drugs were available. Cost of Medical consumables including up to 2700 gloves billed at Rs 17,142 came up to a whopping Rs 2.73 lakh, while medical investigations including blood tests cost him another Rs 2.17 lakh. Diagnostics are though billed separately from investigations, adding another Rs 29, 290. AT A GLANCEBill detailsDescriptionAdmission Charge – Rs 1250 Blood Bank – Rs 61, 315 Diagnostics – Rs 29, 290 Doctor charges – Rs 53, 900 Drugs – Rs 3, 96, 732.48 Equipment Charge – Rs 71,000 Investigations – Rs 2, 17, 594 Medical and Surgical Procedures – Rs 2, 85, 797 Medical Consumables – Rs 2, 73, 394 Miscellaneous – Rs 15, 150 Room Rent – Rs 1, 74,000 Discount – Rs 20,000 Total Bill – Rs 15, 79, 322.48 Adya was jabbed on an average of forty syringes per day, a total of 660 syringes in fourteen days, show medical records, said Jayant. “Also the hospital procured 21 vials of the costlier brand of Meropenem injection, ‘Merocrit,’ by Cipla – per vial costing around Rs 3100 billed at Rs 65,362 and 9 vials of cheaper brand of the same Meropenem injection, ‘Merolan,’ by Mylan – per vial costing around Rs 500 billed at Rs 4,491. Both the brands were pumped into my baby’s body. Clearly, more vials of the expensive injection, up to seven times the price but said to have the same effect were administered. We were not even asked our preference for drugs which is an essential right of the citizen,” said Jayant. “Also, a blood sugar testing strip costs Rs 13, but we were charged Rs 200 per strip.”Every day as the bills soared while Adya fought for her life on the ventilator, the billing department would call Jayant to cough up more money. “We have an insurance cover of Rs 3 lakh. After it was overshot, the finance team would call up every day and ask me to deposit more money which I did,” said Jayant. It is not as much about the money as it is about the utterly insensitive approach of the hospital staff, Jayant recounts. For a family sitting 24×7 outside an ICU, each minute seems like a lifetime.On the seventh day of the admission to Fortis, doctors informed Jayant that her brain was in a critical shape and that her body organs had started failing. She was started on dialysis. “While on September 9, 10 and 11 she was undergoing dialysis, another weekend approached and we had no access to a doctor who would counsel us on her condition,” said Jayant. Adya was under still under heavy sedation and on September 14, the doctors told the family that they would conduct an MRI scan on her. “They later told me that up to 70-80% of her brain had been damaged and even if she were to recover she would not have normal function,” Jayant stated. What was more shocking was when a doctor walked up to Jayant’s wife and suggested a full body plasma transplant costing close to Rs 15-20 lakh as a last resort to save baby Adya. “On one hand, the doctors had declared that my baby’s brain was 70-80% damaged, while on the other hand, they suggested a full body plasma transplantation,” said Jayant.Giving up all hope, Jayant told the doctors at Fortis that he wanted to take his baby home. “They told me that I will have to seek Discharge Against Medical Advice (DAMA) and arrange for an ambulance myself. They took her off the ventilator, dialysis and stopped feeding her,” said Jayant. “At the end of two weeks in Fortis, on the last day, I was waiting to ferry my baby away since 2 pm. They only released her at 11:30 pm. We immediately took her back to Rockland Hospital and after much persuasion, they conducted an ECG, declared Adya dead and issued us a death certificate.” Fortis Hospital had refused to issue Jayant a death certificate for his deceased baby as they were seeking Discharge Against Medical Advice. All along Jayant had suspected that his baby had died in the Fortis ICU itself. “Her skin had turned blue and had crumpled. But the doctors kept telling me that this happens. I believe my baby had died while she was all wired up in the Fortis paediatric ICU itself,” said Jayant. “The nurses came up to me saying that as they were readying my baby to be shifted out of Fortis, her clothes don’t fit her. I asked her to be discharged in the medical gown. They asked me to go to the billing counter and pay for the gown as well.”Jayant had twin daughters – Adya and Anya. Anya constantly kept inquiring about her ailing sister Adya, while Jayant’s wife Deepti, who was six weeks pregnant at the time of Adya’s hospital admission, suffered a miscarriage. “I am still trying to hold my family together. My wife and my twin daughter Anya are reeling under an extreme shock. And we have lost our unborn child too,” sobbed Jayant. Jayant is contemplating suing Fortis Hospital in the court of law for the unimaginable trauma and mental harassment it has brought him and his family. Meanwhile, the family has taken to Facebook and Twitter to disseminate awareness about the commercialisation of health care. “We have started a Facebook page – Fight against healthcare corruption to make people aware of such commercialisation. I will soon move the court of law too against Fortis,” he said.The hospital has issued a statement.“We empathize with Baby Adya’s family in this difficult hour of sorrow and grief. Seven-year-old Baby Adya was brought in to Fortis Memorial Research Institute (Gurgaon), from another private hospital on the morning of 31st August 2017. She was admitted with Severe Dengue which progressed to Dengue shock syndrome and was managed on IV fluids and supportive treatment as there was a progressive fall in platelet count and hemoconcentration. As her condition deteriorated, she had to be put on ventilatory support within 48 hours. The family was kept informed of the critical condition of the child and the poor prognosis in these situations. As a process, we counselled the family daily on the condition of the child. On 14th September, 17, the family decided to take her away from the hospital against medical advice (LAMA – Leave Against Medical Advice) and she succumbed the same day. All standard medical protocols were followed in treating the patient and all clinical guidelines were adhered to.An itemized bill spread over 20 pages was explained and handed over to the family at the time of their departure from the hospital. The patient was treated in the Paediatric ICU (PICU) for 15 days and was critical right from the time of admission requiring Intensive monitoring. Treatment during these 15 days included mechanical ventilation, high-frequency ventilation, continuous renal replacement therapy, intravenous antibiotics, inotropes, sedation and analgesia. Care of ventilated patients in ICU requires a high number of consumables as per globally accepted infection control protocols. All consumables are transparently reflected in records and charged as per actuals.

Boyfriend kills girl after her engagement

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 21-year-old girl was allegedly murdered by her boyfriend after the girl’s engagement was fixed by the family recently. The incident took place in East Delhi’s New Ashok Nagar on Friday.Police said that accused had yet to be taken in for questioning.According to the police, Yogwati Kumari left home around 6 pm on Thursday to purchase some vegetables from the local market. Her boyfriend Arjun alias Bhola who resided in the same block asked her to meet him. Instead of going to the market, the girl reached his residence and did not return home. Being unable to find her, her parents filed a missing complaint at the police station.When the girl did not return home till Friday morning the parents expressed their suspicion on Arjun. The family members than reached his residence and found it locked from outside. The police was informed who then broke open the door and found the body of the girl inside the house.”The girl had slit marks on her throat. Her engagement was fixed by her family members. The accused boy did not know about this and when he got to know he called her to his house and later killed her,” said a senior police officer.The house where her body was found was rented by Arjun who hails from Bihar. He worked with a private firm in Noida while the girl was doing her graduation through correspondence.

Gujarat assembly election: Sam Pitroda to meet people, seek inputs for Congress party’s manifesto

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Technocrat Sam Pitroda, who has been associated with the Gandhi Family for many years, began a five-day tour of Gujarat to seek inputs and feedback for the Congress party’s manifesto for the upcoming assembly elections.Pitroda will be traveling to Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot and Jamnagar for meeting people seeking their views for the manifesto.”I will be meeting people from various sections of the society and understand what they want, which will be included in the Congress manifesto,” Pitroda said.He identified education, health, SMEs, employment, environment, and housing as some of the important areas which the manifesto will talk about. He also said that inclusiveness is another area that will be a part of the manifesto. In response to a question about the Patidar community’s demand for reservation, he said, “Reservation is important for the underprivileged, for people who have been wronged in the past. However, this doesn’t mean that one cannot come up without reservation.”Asked if his role would be limited to preparing the manifesto, Pitroda said that he has been playing an active role directly and indirectly.”However, I don’t hold a political position neither do I want one. But I am available for anything I can contribute to,” he said.Even as the Gujarat Congress has promised debt waiver to farmers, Pitroda declined to comment when asked if he was in favour of such a move, saying “I am not qualified to answer that.”

Prince Charles backs new education bond for India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid heavy smog that enveloped the national Capital, Britain’s Prince Charles, accompanied by his wife Camilla Parker-Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall, arrived here on Wednesday on a two-day visit to India at the final leg of their 10-day-long four-nation tour that also took them to Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei. When their plane touched the technical area of Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) at 1:30 pm, cameramen had to use flash lights to capture the moment due to the smog. Interestingly, among others issues, climate change was also one of the agenda for the talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said climate change, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), economic cooperation, and other bilateral issues came up for discussion. Among other engagements, Charles also launched a development bond for India to provide education to marginalised children. The British Asian Trust’s $10-million Education Development Impact Bond, was founded by the Prince of Wales to improve literacy level for over 2,00,000 primary school students from marginalised communities in Delhi, Gujarat and Rajasthan.The Education Development Impact Bond has been developed by the trust alongside UBS Optimus Foundation with the aim to provide funding to four local not-for-profit delivery partners over four years, delivering a range of operational models including teacher training, direct school management, and supplementary programmes.Ahead of talks with Modi, the royal couple also attended UK-India Year of Culture function hosted by the British Council at the lawns of UK envoy’s official residence. They also attended an event run by the charity Elephant Family marked by dozens of large, brightly-painted elephant sculptures.The organisation was started by Camilla’s environmentalist and adventurer brother, Mark Shand, who devoted his life to preserving India’s dwindling Asian elephant population. He died tragically in 2014 in an freak accident in New York after which the royal couple decided to carry on his work. According to Vikram Goyal, Elephant Family Patron, India is home to the largest population of Asian elephants. “The event was organised to highlight that survival was becoming harder for the animals as their habitate dwindles, forcing them to clash with locals,” he said.Clarence House, the official Twitter handle of the Prince and the Duchess tweeted, “An assembled ‘Elephant Parade’ greet Their Royal Highnesses in the garden of the British High Commissioner’s Residence.””The elephant family sculptures will be taken to Mumbai to raise awareness of the charity’s mission to help protect Asian elephants,” it said in another tweet.The UK government’s Department for International Development (DfID) will contribute technical assistance and insights to the project as part of a wider partnership. “The DfID is exploring new and innovative ways to finance programmes which will transform the lives of some of the world’s poorest people. We are proud to support the British Asian Trust as they develop their Development Impact Bond, which will provide access to quality education for hundreds of thousands of children,” said DfID minister Priti Patel.

From extortion to murder: With 100 criminal cases against them, Delhi woman, six sons in Tihar jail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Not just one, but almost all members of a family who migrated to Delhi’s from Rajasthan are lodged in a Tihar jail in around 100 criminal cases against them.A 62-year-old mother and her six sons are in prison for committing a various crime including bootlegging, theft, extortion and murder, reported Hindustan Times.Basiran, a mother of 11, along with her six sons are charged for extortion keeping illegal arms, and murder between 2004 and 2017, while the seventh son was arrested for theft is in a juvenile detention home.Basiran who has three criminal cases against her began selling bootlegged alcohol in early 2000 to augment the family income as her husband earned little as a freelancing electrician.Till their arrest over the past 10 months, they ran an organised syndicate, specialising in stealing cars, running a water supply mafia, and brewing and selling illicit liquor, police told the daily.Her sons are facing charges of robbery, rioting and murder. However, her husband and four daughters of which two are married, have no criminal record. “The family was involved in all sorts of illegal activities here … We put pressure on some of Basiran’s sons to come out of hiding and got them arrested,” Upender Singh, the Sangam Vihar police station in-charge said.

DMK chief Karunanidhi’s great grand son marries actor Vikram’s daughter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>DMK chief M Karunanidhi’s great grandson Manu Ranjith and actor Vikra’s daughter Akshita entered into wedlock here on Sunday.Ranjith is the son of noted industrialist C K Ranganathan, who is married to Thenmozhi, daughter of M K Muthu, the eldest son of the 93-year old DMK patriarch.Ranganathan is the Chairman and Managing Director of fast moving consumer goods major Cavinkare Ltd.Vikram’s daughter Akshita and Ranjith are collegemates and their engagement was held in July last.The couple along with their family members called on Karunanidhi at his residence here and sought his blessings.Photographs of the newly wed couple along with their parents posing with Karunanidhi were widely circulated in the social media and also aired on TV channels.Ranganathan’s brother C K Kumaravel also shared some pictures of the wedding on the twitter.”Family is what happens when 2 people fall in love. My brother’s son Manu and Vikram’s daughter Akshitha will get formally wed in a moment”, he tweeted ahead of the wedding.

Murder probe against cops in ‘Zero dark 30’ Sanchore case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan Government was not yet out of the dispute in the Anandpal encounter and now questions are being raised about the encounter of a criminal by the Telangana police in Sanchor. A day after a suspected criminal died in an encounter with Andhra Pradesh police in Rajasthan’s Jalore district, 3 cases were registered on Saturday.Suspect Bheem Singh was wanted in a case of dacoity. A case was lodged by Andhra Pradesh police against Singh and his associate Bharat, who also suffered from several injuries during the gun battle, charging them with an attempt to murder.Another case was filed by Bharat’s family against Andhra police for murder and attempt to murder. The third case has been registered by the family of Shanti Devi, who was allegedly run over by Singh’s car when he was being chased by police.Jasaram Bose, the additional superintendent of police (Jalore), said: “The accused in the case of an accident will be decided only after investigation. Both the bodies of Devi and Singh have been sent for post-mortem.”The family of Bhim Singh did not take the dead body until this afternoon. On receiving this information, MP Dev Ji Patel reached the house of the deceased and after his explanation, the post-mortem was done and the dead body was handed over to the family. It is worth mentioning that after the Anandpal encounter, the Rajput community was angry with the government and now after another encounter, the Rajput community has started to mobilise again.

AIIMS resident doctors continue hunger strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 1,700 resident doctors of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) have gone on a hunger strike, demanding proper implementation of the Seventh Central Pay Commission’s recommendations. The doctors alleged that employees at other medical institutes have been getting their allowances since July this year. All 14,000 employees at AIIMS are supporting the seventh pay commission protest.The staffers at the country’s biggest hospital have announced that they will go on an indefinite strike from November 1 onwards if their demands are not met.On Friday, resident doctors, along with other staff including the nurses union, officers association, society of young scientists, students union, karamchari union, technical staff and even the radiographer’s association, protested in the hospital during lunch hours and have announced to join the indefinite strike starting November 1.”We have not had food since two days now and are still working as we do not want to affect the patient care. But in a letter to the administration, we have mentioned that if we get into any problem, or faint due to hypoglycemia, then the AIIMS administration and government is responsible. Also, no food leads to low immunity which may lead to infection working in this high risk environment, we suggest the management to look into our requests,” says Dr. Harjit Singh Bhati, president, Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA), AIIMS.”Our Deputy Director (Administration), K Ramesh Kumar Sudhanshu, has confirmed that he is keeping a track with the joint secretary of the Ministry of Family and Health Welfare,” he added.Long haul: Other autonomous medical institutes including Safdarjung, Ram Manohar Lohia and even PGI Chandigarh have implemented the 7th Central Pay Commission.AIIMS has been waiting for a confirmation from the ministry. The doctors had earlier written to the PM, asking him to look into the matter.LONG HAULOther autonomous medical institutes including Safdarjung, Ram Manohar Lohia and even PGI Chandigarh have implemented the 7th Central Pay Commission.AIIMS has been waiting for a confirmation from the ministry. The doctors had earlier written to the PM, asking him to look into the matter.

Parents of Rohini woman, killed by husband, in shock

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Family members of 33-year old Priya Mehra are in a state of shock and yet to come to terms with the fact that their only daughter is no more. Her father cannot believe that their son-in-law planned her murder and eliminated her owing to his monetary issues and the couple’s strained relationship.For Ashok Menghani and Manju Menghani, it is hard to cope with the trauma that Priya is no more but at the same time have to take care of Priya’s only child — her two-year-old son Naish. Naish has been quiet since the incident happened but on Thursday was seen running around Menghani’s home, which is barely few steps away from where Priya resided with her husband. Manju said that Priya was aware of her husband’s affair with another woman.”I wish I knew what was going on in Pankaj’s mind and could save her. She would often come home when they had a fight. Only around a one-and-a-half month back, we rented a flat for them close to our home and they had moved in. Even when Priya questioned their relationship, he would beat her,” said a sobbing Manju.The family members also said that Priya had on one occasion even spoken to Pankaj’s 22-year-old girlfriend and left home after that. It was only after Pankaj apologised and said he had ended his extra-marital affair, she moved back and started living with him in this Rohini house. The family alleges that Pankaj was, in fact, waiting for Priya to leave him but since the couple had a love marriage, Priya kept the wed-lock going.On several occasions, Pankaj did not return home at night. Priya had on one occasion, around a year back, also spotted a gun in Pankaj’s bag and on questioning she was beaten by him. Her parents were even paying the rent for their house which they had recently moved into. Priya’s parents also added that they would want to keep her son with them only.

IS recruit from Kalyan killed in Syria war

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A young man from Kalyan, Fahad Shaikh, who was also a Islamic State (IS) recruit, is now suspected to have been killed in a bomb blast in Raqqa, Syria. Shaikh spoke to his family members more than six times since May 2014, after he left with three other youth from Kalyan, on the pretext of visiting shrines in Baghdad. Shaikh’s family members are in a state of shock since they received a call from an unknown caller informing them that Shaikh had died four days back, and that his final rites will be conducted in the war zone.Shaikh’s faily family lives in Govindwadi area of Kalyan West. Dr Tanveer Shaikh, his father, was first to receive the call on Tuesday after which he passed on the phone to his wife Kaneez Zohra Shaiikh. The unknown caller via Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) informed the family members that Shaikh had died in a bomb blast.In May 2014, Fahad Shaikh, Areeb Majeeb, Fahim Tanki and Aman Tandel, who left their home on the pretext of visiting the shrines in Baghdad, joined the IS. Areeb was brought back to India (WHEN?) while Aman Tandel and Fahim Tanki had died in IS operations. On May 20, 2016, Shaikh was last seen in an IS propaganda video with Tandel delivering threats to India for atrocities against Muslims during Godhra riots.Iftikar Khan, Shaikh’s uncle, said, “Fahad used to call his family members via Internet, and always tried to assure his mother that everything was alright and he was living perfectly. The family used to get calls every two to three months and we used to request him to come back, but he never listened. Fahad called us at least six times since 2014.””During the conversation, Fahad also confirmed the death of Tandel, one of his friends, who had joined IS. Everytime we used to get any call or message, we used to inform the National Investigative Agency about the developments,” he added.Dr Tanveer Shaikh said, “We are in a state of shock as of now. We cannot believe that our son has died. He had assured us that everything is good in his life and always asked us to do well.””We have given our statement to the local police and the security agencies about the call,” he added.

Father of missing Indian girl Sherin Mathews arrested, body still not identified

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Wesley Mathews, father of missing three-year-old adopted Indian girl Sherin Mathews has been arrested, a day after body of a small child was found in a culvert, less than a mile from the family’s home.Sherin Mathews, who has developmental issues and limited verbal communication skills, was last seen outside her family’s backyard in Richardson city in Texas on October 7 after her Indian-American father Wesley Mathews upbraided her and sent her alone outside late at night as punishment for not finishing her milk.Wesley was arrested last evening and faces charges of injury to a child, Police Sgt. Kevin Perlich said.On Monday, Wesley and his attorney voluntarily arrived at the Richardson police station and shared a different account of the girl’s disappearance than his original statement, Perlich said.”He provided an alternate series of events from what he had previously given us,” Perlich said.

Dengue death toll rises to five

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It’s not just cases but deaths related to dengue are also slowly rising in the Capital. The recently released municipal report stated the dengue death toll in the city had reached three, while the Delhi government-run Lok Nayak Hospital confirmed another two dengue deaths on Friday, taking the toll to five.From the three deaths, there were two victims — both women and one boy. Meena Devi, 49, from Karawal Nagar, died at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH) on September 2, and Rhoda Daimai, 26, from Manipur died at Holy Family Hospital on August 27, but it took two months for the MCD to confirm them in their weekly report. Earlier, the mosquito-borne disease had claimed its first victim in the city this year, when a 12-year-old boy died of dengue shock syndrome at SGRH on August 1. Daimai had come to Delhi for her treatment.Meanwhile, overall cases have crossed the 5,000 mark, totaling up to 5,220. Of the total 5,220 dengue cases, 2,564 were residents of Delhi, while the rest were from other states. Of the 2,564 Delhi cases, 757 were reported this month, and 412 in the last one week.Cases of vector-borne diseases are usually reported between mid-July and November-end. This year, however, it has been much earlier due to the early arrival of the monsoon.HEALTH ALERTEarlier, the mosquito-borne disease had claimed its first victim in the city this year, when a 12-year-old boy died of dengue shock syndrome at SGRH on August 1.
Residents say with the authorities turning a blind eye to safety norms, they are the ones who always have to pay the price.

Rs 7 lakh burglary at deputy Mamlatdar’s house

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A complaint of burglary was lodged with the Gandhinagar police station by Deputy Mamlatdar of Gandhinagar Collector office on Thursday. Valuables worth Rs7 lakh were burgled from his house, while his family was at the hospital.The incident took place on Wednesday night in a house located in Sector-29 of Gandhinagar. The complaint was lodged by P.S Sihora, Deputy Mamlatdar of Gandhinagar Collector office.As per his complaint, his son was suffering from Dengue and his family members were in Ahmedabad hospital for his treatment.During which an unidentified person broke into his house and took away valuables worth Rs7lakh from his house comprise of cash, gold-silver ornaments. Regarding the incident, police have taken the complaint and further investigation is on

PDP leader’s house set ablaze in less than 24 hours after his assassination

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Slain Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader and former Sarpanch Mohammad Ramzan’s family became the subject of second tragedy in less than 24 hours as violent mob set their house in South Kashmir’s Shopian district on fire, just a day after the leader’s assassination. The incidents occurred in a bid to avenge the killing of a top Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist on Monday, who had barged in Ramzan’s house.Police immediately swung into action and rescued seven of his family members from the house. They also chased away the crowd which was allegedly instigated by the terror outfit and their sympathisers.”Family has been rescued by the police and security forces. Strong action under law is being taken against the perpetrators,” Dr SP Vaid, Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir, tweeted.Former Sarpanch Mohommad Ramzan was killed when a group of three Hizbul terrorists stormed his house and shot him dead from point blank range on Monday evening. Family members present in the house, however, resisted. One of the terrorists, identified as Shoukat, was killed in the ensuing scuffle.Locals took away the body of the perpetrator and handed it to his family for burial. Sources said no medical examination or postmortem was conducted to ascertain nature of injuries.Some villagers alleged that the terrorist did not have any bullet wounds. Police sources, on the other hand, said he died of gunshot wounds fired by one of the terrosrists during the scuffle.After the terrorist’s burial, a mob of around 200 people marched to Ramzan’s house and set it on fire. Quick Reaction Teams immediately rushed to the spot and rescued the family.Police have registered the case and massive hunt has been launched to nab the people responsible for torching the house.Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti condemned the incidents saying, “I strongly condemn the killing of former Sarpanch Mr Mohammad Ramazan and burning of his house at Humhuna Shopian. Such dastardly acts cannot justify or achieve any political goals.”

22-yr-old shot for not letting friends smoke

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 22-year-old man was shot dead by three of his friends allegedly for not allowing them to smoke inside the house as his father was allergic to cigarette smoke. Police have arrested the trio who were on the run since Sunday from Wazirpur.According to police, the deceased has been identified as Brijesh Kumar, who had invited three of his friends over for a party at his house in Sukhdev Nagar, earlier this month. The family, along with the trio, Bhola, Vijay, and Arjun, had registered a missing complaint of Kumar in Ashok Vihar police station on October 11.”After receiving the missing complaint of Kumar, we found the corpse of a man in a canal near Rohini sector 16. The body was later identified as that of Kumar and was sent for post-mortem,” said Milind Dumbere, Deputy Commissioner of Delhi (North-West).During the investigation, the family stated that Kumar did not have any personal enmity with anyone. Later, they informed the police about the minor fight that took place between him and his friends earlier this month over the cigarettes. Police had also recorded the statements of the three friends who had come to register the FIR with the family.”We suspected the involvement of the friends behind it and later found that they were on the run. A police team was formed and with the help of tip-offs, we arrested them,” said a police officer.During interrogation, the trio confessed to their involvement in the crime and revealed that on October 9, Bhola had an argument with Kumar over smoking inside his house. Later, the altercation turned violent and Kumar slapped Bhola. This left him feeling insulted and led to the plan to murder Kumar.”Bhola contacted the other two and invited Kumar to a party and went for a drive after getting drunk on October 10. After a while, an argument broke out between them and Bhola shot Kumar in his head. Later, they dumped the body in Bawana’s canal and reported his missing report at Ashok Vihar along with the family,” Dumbere said.

1 yr on, no clues in Najeeb case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fatima Nafees’s world turned upside down on October 14, 2016, when she received the phone call. It was her son Najeeb informing her that “something very wrong had happened to him on campus.”Hours later, a panicked Fatima rushed to campus, along with other family members, but it was too late. Her son Najeeb Ahmed, a lodger at JNU’s Mahi Mandvi hostel, had vanished. And no one could tell her where he was.A year later, it is the same story. The family is fighting with the authorities for any information about their son but so far no one has been forthcoming. But sitting outside the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) headquarters in Lodhi road, in a protest that has lasted for more than 24 hours, Nafees, 48, refuses to give up hope.”CBI officials told us that they have not received any lead in Najeeb’s case as of now. They said they are still searching for clues. They are still on ground zero,” Nafees told the media after meeting CBI officials.”My heart skips a beat every time I receive a call from an unknown number thinking it could be Najeeb or someone informing me about his whereabouts. It will be an year since he had gone missing on Sunday and we are in the same place we were on October 15, 2016,” she says.Ahmed, 27, a first-year MSc student at JNU, went missing under mysterious circumstances after he allegedly got into an fight with members of the RSS-backed Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on the hostel premises. The case was handed over to the CBI in May, after the Delhi police failed to find any breakthrough. But even then nothing has changed Hailing from Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun district, the family say they have been running from pillar to post for help. And despite financial hardships, they remain resolute in their fight for justice, “You have got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen,” the mother says.Nafees, who is known as Ammi amongst all the students at JNU, has become the face of the “Justice for Najeeb” protests.”My younger son says that he will compile videos of all these protests to show it to Najeeb’s children. He says that he will tell them how I fought to bring back their father. I hope that day comes soon,” she said.Despite their never-say-die spirit, there is no denying that the family has suffered over the last year.”People have started forgetting about Najeeb now. Most of our relatives and close friends also turned their back on us during this hard time,” he adds sadly. However, on a more optimistic note, he says that the students from JNU and other universities have continued to give strength to the family in its fight to find his brother.Meanwhile, in JNU, Najeeb’s roommate Qasim still waiting for him to come back. “The hostel authorities had tried to allot the room to someone else but we did not allow them to do so. The room is still allotted on Najeeb’s name and he will live in it once he is back,” he says.STILL MISSINGOct 14, 2016 Najeeb gets into alleged scuffle with ABVP activists at Mahi Mandvi hostel at JNUOct 15, 2016 Najeeb goes missingOct 16,2016 A case is registered at Vasant Kunj police stationOct 20, 2016 Special Investigative Team (SIT) formed to trace him.Nov 11, 2016 Crime branch takes over the caseNov 26, 2016 Najeeb’s mother moves the Delhi High CourtJan 21, 2017 Reward for any information raised to Rs 10LMay 16, 2017 HC transfers the case to CBI

After 50 yrs, officer unites woman with kin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Since she was a child, Preeti Goyal was fascinated by her neighbour Anita Devi’s tales about her family in a faraway land. The fact that Anita was not even her original name and that she had lost touch with her family decades ago touched a tender chord in Preeti’s heart. So much so that years later, when Preeti became an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, she did not forget Anita and her long-lost family. And, in fact, reunited them after a gap of half a century, a deed that has earned Preeti the moniker of ‘female Bajrangi Bhaijaan’.Anita, 65, who belonged to the Angami tribe in Nagaland, was named Nikhetou Angami by her parents. The family hailed from Dimapur at Kohima in Nagaland, where a young Army officer from Punjab, Vakil Chand, was also posted. The two met in 1967, fell in love, and got married. Anita was only 14 at the time.The very next year, the couple moved to the Lehragaga village of Sangrur in Punjab. The huge geographical and cultural difference led to Anita losing touch with her family. After some years, she could hardly remember the village where she was born and brought up.After Chand retired from the Army, the couple started a small garments’ business. Then he passed away and Anita found herself pining for the family that she had left behind all those years ago. But, she could not remember anything except her father’s name and the fact that there was a cinema hall very close to her house. Her two sons also tried their best but to no avail.Preeti, who became an IAS officer in 2013, could not get the tale out of her mind. Currently posted as SDO at Arambagh in Hooghly district, she had been trying to find a way to help Anita since 2015, sources close to her said.”Preeti used all her resources and her entire network to find Anita’s family. The first breakthrough came about a month ago, when a batch mate of hers in Nagaland located the Angami tribe through a police inspector. She immediately mobilised people, located the family, and arranged for a phone call and then a video call. After both sides were satisfied, Anita set off from Punjab,” Kamini Singla, Anita’s granddaughter told DNA over the phone from Punjab.She added: “I went with her to Nagaland with my brother. The reunion was right out of a movie. Everyone in the family was in tears. Her parents had passed away but her siblings and their family members welcomed her with open arms. We spent some days there in September and then returned to Punjab. The best thing is that now she is in touch with her family and we all owe it to Preeti Goyal, who took so much trouble for her sake. For my grandmother, she is the Bajrangi Bhaijaan in real life.”

Godhra carnage killed women in my family: Nikunj Patel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Among the 59 passengers who burnt to death in the S6 coach of Sabarmati Express at Godhra in 2002, 27 were women. As the High Court is set to give its judgment on a plea challenging the trial court’s verdict that convicted 31 accused, of whom 11 were awarded capital punishment and the remaining 20 were given life term, the families of the victims say they expect nothing less than justice.The trial court’s judgement had not gone down well either side. While the families of victims said they had expected harsher punishment for all convicts, the kin of the accused said they had expected justice.Recalling the day in 2002, when he heard his mother had died, Nikunj Patel, from Run village of Kheda district, says he was just 14 then. His mother Manjulaben and another female member of his family had died in the carnage.”We were not happy with the trial court verdict. We were expecting punishment to all those arrested for the ghastly act. We expect the accused and their families to go through all that we had to suffer all these years. I had to cook for three men in my family and do all the domestic work for six years until I got married. Even after all these years, I cannot control my tears when I’m reminded of the incident. I hope the high court will not only uphold the trial court order but also give the death penalty to all convicts.”Another Run village resident Pritesh Patel, who too lost his mother in the carnage, says, “Seven women from the village were on board Sabarmati and all of them died in the fire. The day their bodies were brought to the village, thousands from nearby villages turned up. I was 22 and could not come to terms with it for years. As there were no women left in the family, I cooked for me and my father. I hope the High Court would not show mercy to any of the convicts.”When DNA tried to reach out to the convicts’ families, the tension was palpable. None of them were willing to talk. There was fear and anxiety in their voice as they refused to say anything about their expectation from Monday’s verdict. All that some of them managed to whisper was the word ‘justice’.

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‘Labourers killed our family ‘

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Family members of the deceased women have refuted the police’s suspicion of a property dispute leading to the killings and said that they suspect the labourers, who had been working in the house for the past fortnight, of being the culprits.The house where the murder took place early Saturday morning is a sprawling property and houses over 40 people from seven families. Owned by the Jindal family, the house was established in 1932. The family deals in the oil business.According to the police, the house was being white-washed, and one of the deceased had an altercation with a labourer, hours before she was killed. An initial probe had revealed friendly entry, bringing in the possibility that someone who was known to the family was behind the killings. This also brought to fore the possibility of a property dispute, which the police are looking into.However, family members continue to refute these allegations.”Yesterday, one of Urmila’s daughters had an argument with a labourer who was whitewashing the cars. On being scolded, the labourer responded back angrily. His contractor was also contacted and a complaint was made. We suspect the role of these labourers behind the murder,” said Rakesh Jindal, Urmila’s nephew.Another member of the family, Shakun Jindal, said that these labourers returned to work on Saturday morning but the family suspects that this was done so that they would not come under the police radar.”We have been living together since 1932 and the family is famous all around. There has never been any property dispute in the family. The crime scene itself explains that it was a robbery attempt. The killers were professionals as all the deceased had their throats slit,” Shakun said.On asking if any of the 40 family members heard the screams of the victims, one said that they did not as they were asleep.”The incident probably happened between 3 am and 5 am when the killers attacked. We were all asleep with our room locked and air conditioners on. Unfortunately, we did not hear any alarm being raised by the victims. The accused knew that there were many people on the premises and therefore took precautions like covering the faces of the deceased with towels and pillows so that they did not scream,” he added.The family also said that they would request the police to focus on the involvement of outsiders in the murder rather than probe into the family’s personal matters.

Five members of a family brutally murdered in Alwar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five members of a family — one man, his three children and his nephew — from Alwar were brutally murdered in their sleep by unidentified men on Tuesday morning. The police suspect that the five were hit with heavy objects. According to police, the murder occurred when the man’s wife and sister-in-law were fast asleep in the room on the first floor of their house while the other five deceased were asleep on the ground floor.The deceased man has been identified as Banwari Lal Sharma, his three children — Happy, Anju and Aman — and his nephew Nicky.”Banwari Lal was employed as a crane operator in a nearby company and he used to live in a rented house in Shivaji Park area of Alwar. Banwari Lal was married to one Santosh and for the past few days Santosh’s sister had also been living here with her son. Banwari’s brother’s son – Nicky – also used to live with the family” officials said.According to police, “We suspect that the family members might have been drugged since the bodies were in sleeping position. The deceased were murdered one after another and this is another point in investigation. It is suspected that someone close to the family might be behind this.”

Dusshera shopping turns fatal for two

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Like any other housewife Sumalata Shetty and Sujata Alva started their day with their daily chores. The two friends from Kanjurmarg cooked for the family, did their household chores, and decided to go to the Elphinstone flower market to buy some flowers for Dusshera.However, the two were caught in the stampede before they could reach the market and died on the spot. Family and friends were in grief as the two women rarely ventured out this far.nate incident that has happened. These two women are housewives and would otherwise be at home during this hour. However, Saturday being Dusshera, they wanted to buy a large quantity of flowers for the Puja at home and thus decided to go to the market” said Ganesh Shetty, a family friend of the duo.Shetty said that the duo was always together in all events. “I have never seen them apart. Be it social gatherings or cultural events, they would always be with each other. Sadly even in such an unfortunate event, they were together” he added.

President Kovind visits Kedarnath, Badrinath; prays for India’s prosperity and well-being

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>President Ramnath Kovind along with family paid obeisance at the famous Kedarnath and Badrinath shrines in Uttarakhand today and prayed for the country’s prosperity and well being.Accompanied by Governor K K Paul and Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, the president along with his wife Savita and other family members arrived at Kedarnath in a MI- 17 at around 8 AM.After getting down at the helipad located behind the high altitude temple amid overcast conditions, the president and his family members took a round of the newly built Kedarpuri in all terrain vehicles to have a look at the reconstruction work.The shrine had witnessed massive devastation in the June 2013 flash floods.After taking a round of Kedarpuri, Kovind and his family worshipped Baba Kedarnath, one of the 12 ‘jyotirlingas’ in the country. He spent around 20 minutes inside the sanctum sanctorum of the famed temple performing ‘rudrabhishek’ of Lord Shiva.Traditional delicacies of Uttarakhand were offered to the president as ‘prasad’, deputy chief executive officer of the temple committee Anil Sharma said.The president then left for Gauchar where he and his family took rest for a while at the ITBP guest house before setting out for Badrinath.Kovind spent around twenty minutes at Badrinath to offer prayers before leaving for the Jollygrant airport.The president’s visit was smooth even as many parts of Uttarakhand received rain today.Before embarking on his journey to the Himalayan shrines, the president and his wife planted sandalwood saplings at the Raj Bhawan here.The president and his family began their two-day visit to the state yesterday with a visit to the ‘Har Ki Pairi’ in Haridwar.It was the Kovind’s first visit to Uttarakhand after assuming office. Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat later thanked the President for visiting the famous Himalayan shrines despite bad weather saying it will go a long way in sending the message of a safe ‘Chardham Yatra’ to the outside world.

17-year-old stages his own abduction to help girlfriend

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 17-year-old boy and his 19-year-old friend were held by Sakinaka police on Saturday after the juvenile staged his own kidnapping and attempted to get his family to part with Rs 50 lakh as ransom. The juvenile informed the police that he wanted to help his girlfriend’s family by providing financial help, and was also planning to elope with his girlfriend.According to the police, at around noon on Friday, the juvenile had “gone missing” and his family had lodged a complaint at Sakinaka police station stating that he had been abducted by someone, following which a case of kidnapping was formally registered.While the local police station and Crime Branch unit 10 had just begun their investigation, the missing juvenile’s family received a phone call from an unknown number, and the caller informed them that their son had been kidnapped.The caller demanded Rs 50 lakh. The ‘abductor’ told the family to deliver the money at Manor in Palghar, and also threatened that if they informed the police, their son would be killed. Following the phone call, the police immediately tracked the mobile number to a lodge in Palghar district.”He thought that he could solve his girlfriend’s family’s financial crisis, and also could flee with her. He took the help of his childhood friend to stage the kidnapping,” said a crime branch officer, adding that both the girl and boy are natives of Talasari in Palghar, and the juvenile was only visiting Sakinaka for eight days.

‘Corruption in recruitments at Safdarjung Hosp’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 500 resident doctors have applied for the over 200 vacant posts of senior resident doctors as advertised by the Safdarjung Hospital administration but the rise in number of candidates is not the main problem. The Resident Doctors’ Association has alleged that there was corruption in the recruitment of doctors.Opposing the manner of selection, FORDA, Federation of Resident Doctors Association, that works for the welfare of resident doctors all over India, and AIIMS’ Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) have condemned the corruption. AIIMS RDA has also written to Prime Minister Modi requesting him to call for a CBI inquiry to look into the matter.“The process of recruitment was made in a way that it benefitted only a particular group of individuals. The interview was held without any written examination. This clearly violates the instructions given by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare,” stated the letter to the PM.FORDA also alleged that the administration violated the 40-year age limit, set by the health ministry for recruitment of senior residents, by reducing it to 33 years.Safdarjung Hospital Medical Superintendent, Dr. A K Rai, however, denied the allegations. He said that the written examination is not mandatory and there are no set guidelines for the recruitment process.

Social activists, Hindu orgs slug it out over Pehlu Khan lynching

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pehlu Khan issue was cause of an altercation between social activists and local Hindu groups when members of the Karvaan-E-Mohabbat, a rally being taken out for peace and solidarity, wanted to pay respects to Pehlu Khan at the highway spot where he was attacked by cow vigilants.The group led by Harsh Mandar was on its way to Jaipur from Delhi and halted at Behror at the DCP office and demanded to know the details about the progress of investigations in the case and permission to pay respects to Pehlu Khan.Mandar was denied permission to do so by the local police. The police told him that the act could create tension in the area and expressed inability to guarantee him protection in that situation. Mandar went on to stage a dharna in front of the DCP office, which is on the highway.As the news spread in the small town, local Hindu groups of Behror also gathered and protested against Mandar and his team. Mandar was then safely escorted along the highway to Jaipur by the police.The Pehlu Khan lynching case has been in focus again after CID-CB absolved charges against 6 named accused in the case. The decision had been taken after it was found in investigation that the six were not present at the location at the time of crime.The case was initially being investigated by the local police but was later handed over to CID-CB.On basis of footage of the incident a case was registered against 7 persons, out of which 2 were minors. Eight persons were also named in the police report filed on behalf of Pehlu Khan. Out of those 8 the CID-CB could not find evidence againstWe have enough evidence to give a clean chit to the 6. Nine are accused in the matter and investigation is being conducted, said PK Singh ADG Crime.The social organisations have sent a joint open letter to the chief minister on the issue and demanded justice for Pehlu. Family of Pehlu is also planning to move court against the police report absolving six accused.

J&K: State Human Righs Commission recommends Rs 35 lakh compensation to man who lost family in terror attack

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Expressing concern over the delay in providing adequate compensation to a man who lost seven members of his family in a terrorist attack 18 years ago, the J&K human rights body on Friday recommended a sum of Rs 35 lakh as compensation.Roop Lal, a resident of Mendhar in Jammu & Kashmir’s Poonch district, had lodged a complaint with the J&K State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) alleging that seven members of his family were killed by militants during an attack on his house on July 2, 1999, and he had received ex-gratia compensation of just Rs one lakh from the state government.”After carefully scrutiny of the material available on the record, the commission is satisfied that the complainant has made out a good case for grant of compensation to the tune of Rs 35 lakh.”The Chief Secretary of the state is directed to pay sum of Rs five lakh each to the complainant against the killing of seven members of his family,” SHRC member Jung Bahadur Singh Jamwal said in his order released by the commission.Jamwal said the delay on the part of the government to provide adequate compensation to Lal amounted to glaring “violation of human rights”.”The incident is rare but the authorities concerned for the payment of compensation were reluctant and ignorant about the pain and sufferings of the complainant. The compensation whatever was due within ambit of various beneficial schemes floated by the government should have been extended to the complainant,” he said.

School’s ‘negligent’ attitude shattered swimmer Riya’s dreams

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The callousness of school authorities have shattered the dreams of many and Riya Gupta, who has been confined to a wheelchair since 2007, is testimony to it. A swimming champion, who had won laurels for her school in several competitions, suffered a fracture in spinal cord that led her to a medical condition called quadriplegic in which one has no control over the legs, finger muscles and bowl movement.Gupta a Class 8 student of Remal Public School, in Rohini, had gone to school for the swimming practice when her instructor forced her to enter the pool in the shallow water. As she resisted, the instructor yelled at her and she was made to jump into the pool.”All I remember is that my head hit the floor and I felt a severe pain around my neck,” Riya said, adding that very moment had changed her entire life. She is now working as a ground staffer at IGI airport.Expert says that the condition is incurable. “I wanted to be an international level sportsperson, but now, I can’t even walk,” she said. The recent death of a seven-year-old boy at a school campus brings back the horrifying memory in her mind. “Whenever I hear something like this it sends shiver down my spine. It reminds me of the fateful day that had changed my entire life.”Ten years on, the school still maintains that it was an accident. “We conducted an internal inquiry in the matter. It was an accident. The school management had paid the expenses for her treatment at the hospital. We stood with the family throughout,” said a senior official at the school.However, Riya’s father Manoj Gupta asserted that it was an act of “sheer negligence”. “First of all the school did not provide her a first aid. Had they put a color around her neck immediately, the condition would have deteriorated. If the physical teacher would have be trained enough to know the difference between shallow water and deep water, my daughter would have been leading a normal life,” he said.In 2010, the family had approached the Delhi High court and filed a petition against the school seeking damages of Rs 21 lakh. However, the school had paid only Rs 10 lakh to the family, after two-year long legal battle. No action was taken against the school and the instructor.Meanwhile, the family had suffered a lot for Riya’s treatment. “We sold our house in Rohini and shifted to a rented place. We had to move our two sons to a government school as were not able to pay the high fees of private schools,” Gupta said.For Riya, her own school had deprived her of from living a normal student life.”I have never got a chance live a normal school and college life. I had dropped two years after the incident due to my treatment. Then completed my education through distance school. Now, I’m working as a ground staffer at the IGI airport and pursuing graduation through distant learning simultaneously,” Riya said.

In accused’s village, locals say that he’s "innocent"

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mamta Devi’s world turned upside down when she received a call on Friday evening informing her that her husband has been arrested in a murder case of a seven-year-old boy at Ryan International School, Gurgaon. Claiming that her husband is “innocent”, the 25-year-old has demanded “strict” action against the school authorities.Her husband Ashok Kumar, who had allegedly murdered a class II student after slitting his throat, was sent to a three-day judicial custody on Saturday. However, the family members and the neighbors at his village Ghamroj have vowed that he is “innocent” and denied to accept the fact that someone as “kind” as Kumar could have done such a thing.”If my husband had committed the crime, he would have fled from the spot rather than helping the school staff in rushing that poor kid to hospital,” said the inconsolable Devi.Among hundreds of locals gathered in the courtyard of Kumar’s house on Saturday, was Birwati, a grocery shop owner, who said, “I have been watching him since the last 15 years. He is a very quiet man who does not talk to anybody.”Villagers also said that the police should have visited the family to take their statements as well. “Police should have come and inquire about Kumar from his parents and locals. Why are they doing a one sided investigation in the matter?” asked a neighbour.Kumar, 45, who is the sole earner of his family, has two children aged 7 and 8. He lives with his aged parents while four of his sisters have got married. He used to drive a local bus until he lost his license in 2015. He then started working as a conductor in a school named Vivek Bharti, where wife is also employed as a cleaner.”He worked at our school for around 4-5 months during which we did not receive any complaint against him. He used to be a very calm person back then,” said Prabha Rani, a coordinator at Vivek Bharti School.According to Kumar’s family, he started working at Ryan earlier this year as the school was offering decent money for the job. “One of my children had injured his leg last year and bled profusely. My son had fainted seeing the blood. He is so kind hearted,” said Kumar’s mother Kela Devi.The village Sarpanch Nirmala Devi also extended her support to the family saying, “The family has a very good image in the village. They are very sober people. I am sure Ashok could not have done that.”

Don’t politicise my sister’s murder, says Gauri Lankesh’s brother Indrajit Lankesh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the nation witnesses massive protests following the gruesome murder of prominent journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bangalore on late Tuesday, her family has come forward and demanded justice for her.Addressing the media in Bangalore on Thursday, Gauri Lankesh’s borther Indrajit said that people must not politicise his sister’s murder.The brother of late journalist-activist said his family only cared about justice for her.Indrajit Lankesh also talked about his family’s expectations from the ongoing investigation into the case.Lankesh said the Chief Minister of Karnataka had asked if the case should be given to the CBI.He requested people to not give a political colour to his sister’s death or to use it for their personal benefits.”For 14 years, she ran the publication with no advertisements, from her own savings. She continued our father’s legacy and I am proud of her.” he said.”She had no personal enmities, only ideological adversaries. She was the best friend anyone could have, her death can’t be due to personal reasons at all,” he added further.Earlier speaking to NDTV, Indrajit Lankesh had said that his sister had received threat letters from the Naxalites.Gauri Lankesh headed a team of people that worked extensively for bringing Naxals to the mainstream.”She succeeded in bringing a couple of them from naxalism to the mainstream. For that, she was getting some hate mails, hate letters,” Lankesh said, adding that this is one of the angles that the police are working on as they investigate the journalist’s murder.On Tuesday evening, Gauri Lankesh had just got out of her car and entered opened the gates to her home at around 8 when she was shot dead.CCTV footage shows a man wearing a helmet walk up to her and fire, the police said.

Thane jail circle officer demands bribe through ATM watchman, suspended

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane Jail superintendent suspended a circle officer for allegedly demanding Rs 30,000 as bribe from the father of one of the inmates.The family members of one of the accused recorded the incident and submitted it to senior prison department officials, who suspended him.Circle officer Arun Madne had given a handwritten note, which had the phone number of the family member of the accused, to the watchman of an ATM near the jail and had allegedly asked him to demand bribe from the family of the accused on his behalf.”After Madne handed over the written note to the ATM’s watchman, the latter made a call to the father of the accused and demanded Rs 30,000. The father later reported the matter to the prison department and a probe was initiated”, said a senior officer from the prison department.Nitin Yachal, Thane Jail superintendent, said, “The security guard in his statement confirmed that Madne had given him a note to contact the family of the accused to demand bribe. We have suspended Madne.”According to the prison authorities, this is not the first incident in which Madne had been mired in corruption charges.In January, this year, Rajesh Singh, an accused in a murder case had levelled accusations against Madne, alleging that he had demanded protection money of Rs 1 lakh from him. An inquiry was initiated in the matter, however, no substantial evidence was found against Madne. Singh was arrested for allegedly killing Bhayander Corporator Praful Patil in May 2010.Despite repeated attempts, Madne could not be reached for a comment.

Caretaker refuses to vacate bldg, irked society cuts power

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amarjeet Dhar Dwivedi, 44, and his family have spent the last 10 days in their basement house in complete darkness. The family has been living in Rohini’s StarLight Co-operative and Group building for the last 14 years, where Dwivedi works as a caretaker. In July, the managing committee asked the family to vacate the premises, failing which it disconnected their power and water supply.Dwivedi, however, has claimed that the society gave him no reason for the eviction notice. He said he had requested for some respite as it was mid-year and it would have been difficult to get his son, a Class XI student, admitted to some other school but all his pleas fell on deaf ears. His daughter is in college.On August 24, electricity and the water supply to the house was cut. As the house is in the basement, it does not even receive natural light. To add to their woes, garbage was thrown in front of their house, Dwivedi said, adding that he made several complaints to the police but all in vain. Disappointed, he then knocked on the doors of the court, but there as well, his case was dismissed.According to Dwivedi’s counsel Prem Shankar Sharma, the case was dismissed on the grounds that it did not fall under the purview of this particular court and needed to be settled under the Societies Act by the managing committee of the society.”This is a violation of human rights. My client has been living in the premises for the last 14 years and has not been given any reason for eviction. Now two members of managing committee have taken law in their hands. We are going to appeal to a higher court,” he said.

Mumbai rains delay tests of 13-year-old seeking abortion

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed a 20-year-old Pune-based woman to terminate her 24-week-foetus which was growing without a skull and a brain.The bench of Justices SA Bobde and L Nageswara Rao relied on a report submitted by a medical board, which said that there was “complete absence of brain and skull” of the foetus and the chances of survival was minimal.The top court, however, was unable to deliberate on another plea for abortion, filed by the parents of a 13-year-old rape survivor, who is more than seven months pregnant. The matter was postponed to Monday because the medical board was unable to conduct its tests as directed by the court.”Tuesday’s deluge in Mumbai threw things off gear,” advocate Sneha Mukherjee, who is representing the parents in this case, said. On Monday, the top court had ordered a medical board at JJ Hospital to examine the feasibility of an abortion for the 13-year-old.However, due to incessant rains on Tuesday, the family, residents of Kandivli — about 31 km away from the hospital —couldn’t go for the tests.The family will go for the tests as ordered on Friday. Any additional delay merely complicates the matter since the minor is already way past her seventh month of pregnancy.

This family ensured its Bappa had nature around

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For the last 57 years the Shahs have been bringing home eco-friendly Ganpatis. And this year the family decided to take it a notch higher and greener by serving their Ganesha delicacies on eco-friendly thalis. Continuing their tradition, this Panvel-based family created an autumn forest theme to spread awareness about protecting the environment.The materials used for decoration were bamboo, jute and wood. “For the roof we created bamboo stick grills. To enhance the monotonous backdrop we created a wooden frame and decorated it with colourful bottles,” shared Richa, one of the family members. “The bottles on the deck are embellished with jute fabric, jute cords, cotton fabric, cotton laces and wooden beads. The walls on the side are made of tree branches. The idol was made to sit on sea sand, which has been used to give the absolute earth effect. The main idol was placed on a tree trunk. The aarti thalis were made using above mentioned materials to keep them within theme.The diya was made from wheat flour, she added.

UP floods: Adityanath announces compensation of Rs. 4 lakh to families of deceased

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday announced a compensation of Rs. 4 lakh to those, who lost their family members in the floods. He also disclosed details of rescue operations and measures being taken to restore calm post the calamity. Speaking to ANI, Adityanath said that 25 districts are affected due to the heavy rains and floods, and effective ministers have been appointed to monitor and quicken the rescue operations in each of these 25 districts. He said that the government?s first priority is to rescue flood victims and rush them to safety, provide food packets, fresh drinking water, enough food grains, and temporary accommodation, in addition to appropriate health care. ?The authorities shall also provide a compensation of Rs. 4 lakh immediately to the accounts of those who lost their family members and a compensation of Rs. 95,100 to those whose houses were destroyed. The families, whose temporary houses were destroyed, will be enlisted and provided a lodging each,? he said. The Chief Minister also observed the losses faced by the farmers, whose crops were damaged in the deluge. ?We are contemplating on a plan to employ which can restore prosperity in the homes of these farmers,? he told ANI. Roads and embankments also suffered great damage in the heavy rains. ?We will timely work on it (roads) and restore usual traffic, and complete timely work on damaged embankments; an effort shall be made for a permanent solution to the problem of floods,? said Adityanath. Adityanath has previously conducted aerial surveys and visited flood affected areas to ensure the victims of help and relief.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Lack of oxygen supply led to four deaths in Raipur, NHRC issues directive @ 8/24/2017 7:49:36 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday took a suo motu cognizance of media reports about the death of four newborns due to alleged disruption in the supply of oxygen at the government-run Ambedkar Hospital in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. Police arrested the oxygen plant operator, who was found drunk on duty, and a notice was issued to the Chief Secretary, Government of Chhattisgarh calling for a detailed report in the matter within four weeks. In a statement, the Commission observed that hardly two weeks back, in a similar reported incident, about 60 infants and children had died at the Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical Hospital in Gorakhpur, U.P. In both the cases, human error and negligence, reportedly, became the cause of deaths. ?It seems that nothing has been learnt from that tragedy. A death whether of an infant, child or of a grown up person, causes irrevocable loss to the families. No probe, amount of monetary relief and punishment to the culprits can compensate the loss of a human life,? the statement said. To ensure such lapses do not occur and suitable effective measures are taken to address such problems, NHRC suggested issuance of suitable instructions to all the government run and private hospitals to ensure that such lapses do not occur. Accordingly, the Commission directed the Secretary, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to take up the matter with every State and Union Territory. The response from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is expected within four weeks. As per the media reports, carried on the August 22, 2017, the Health Secretary of the Government of Chhattisgarh has denied that the deaths were due to disruption in the supply of oxygen, but he also admitted that the level of oxygen in a few cylinders was found to be low. The health officials have, reportedly, told that it was possible that the drop in oxygen pressure in the Children Special Care Unit may have caused the deaths. As per sources, the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh has ordered stern action against those found guilty for the incident.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Lack of oxygen supply led to four deaths in Raipur, NHRC issues directive

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday took a suo motu cognizance of media reports about the death of four newborns due to alleged disruption in the supply of oxygen at the government-run Ambedkar Hospital in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. Police arrested the oxygen plant operator, who was found drunk on duty, and a notice was issued to the Chief Secretary, Government of Chhattisgarh calling for a detailed report in the matter within four weeks. In a statement, the Commission observed that hardly two weeks back, in a similar reported incident, about 60 infants and children had died at the Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical Hospital in Gorakhpur, U.P. In both the cases, human error and negligence, reportedly, became the cause of deaths. ?It seems that nothing has been learnt from that tragedy. A death whether of an infant, child or of a grown up person, causes irrevocable loss to the families. No probe, amount of monetary relief and punishment to the culprits can compensate the loss of a human life,? the statement said. To ensure such lapses do not occur and suitable effective measures are taken to address such problems, NHRC suggested issuance of suitable instructions to all the government run and private hospitals to ensure that such lapses do not occur. Accordingly, the Commission directed the Secretary, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to take up the matter with every State and Union Territory. The response from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is expected within four weeks. As per the media reports, carried on the August 22, 2017, the Health Secretary of the Government of Chhattisgarh has denied that the deaths were due to disruption in the supply of oxygen, but he also admitted that the level of oxygen in a few cylinders was found to be low. The health officials have, reportedly, told that it was possible that the drop in oxygen pressure in the Children Special Care Unit may have caused the deaths. As per sources, the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh has ordered stern action against those found guilty for the incident.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man stabbed to death by neighbours, 1 arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 23-year-old man was allegedly stabbed to death by three brothers, living in his neighbourhood, after he had filmed them making obscence at his family members in South Delhi’s Neb Sarai area, police said today. The victim’s brother claimed in his complaint to the police that the accused identified as — Neeraj, Jeetu and Ankit often used to take bath in their balcony, which is in front of the former’s house, and made obscene gestures at his family members. The issue escalated after Neeraj and his brothers were asked not to do so but when they did not relent, the victim, Suraj, recorded a video of their activities and shared it with people of the area, which angered the three brothers, a senior police official said. Last evening, Neeraj was out with his mother when he saw Suraj showing the video to some boys. Neeraj then confronted him along with Jeetu and Ankit. A quarrel ensued between them following which the accused allegedly attacked Suraj with knives and scissors, leaving him critically injured, he said. Suraj was rushed to the AIIMS trauma centre where doctors declared him brought dead, the official said. A case was registered and Neeraj arrested while a hunt is on for Ankit and Jeetu, who are absconding.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Utkal Express derailment: CPI(M) demands higher ex-gratia for

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CPI(M) today said the compensation given by the railways to the families of the 21 people killed in the Utkal Express derailment near Khatauli was not sufficient and it should be increased. “Family of each of those killed must get Rs 25 lakh as compensation, and the state government must bear the cost of treatment of the injured,” secretary the party’s Uttar Pradesh unit Dr. Girish said in a statement. Fourteen coaches of the high-speed Utkal Express last evening jumped the rails, with one of them crashing into a house adjacent to the track near Khatauli in Muzaffarnagar district, killing 21 people and leaving several others injured. The compensation given by the Union railway ministry is inadequate, he said. The party has instructed its workers and leaders in Muzaffarnagar to extend all possible help to the people in the derailment.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Swaraj assures visa for Pakistani child for treatment in India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today assured the family of a Pakistani child to give him a visa for his medical treatment in India. Swaraj’s response came after one of the family members of the child requested her to grant a visa to the child, saying the child needs treatment for bone marrow. “Yes, we will give him visa. @IndiainPakistan,” Swaraj said in a tweet. Earlier, one Lata Sunil said the child needs bone marrow treatment in India and requested Swaraj to give him a visa on medical ground.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Class 12 student becomes unconscious, dies at school assembly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Class 12 student of the Kendriya Vidyalaya in Gole Market today died after he allegedly became unconscious and fell during the school’s morning assembly, the police said. The deceased, Sonu (17), belonged to Bihar, and was staying with his family at the Railway Colony in Kishanganj, they said. Prima facie, no foul play is suspected in the incident, the police said. The police said that the boy lost consciousness and fell during the assembly. He was rushed to a hospital where doctors declared him brought dead, they said. After being informed, a team rushed to the spot and started investigations, the police said, adding that the post mortem report is awaited. His family claimed that he did not have any health issues and was completely fit, they added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Siddaramaiah launches personal Twitter handle

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today launched his personal Twitter handle, calling it an attempt to connect with people not as CM, but as a “rooted and proud” Kannadiga. “Today, I am launching this new Twitter account to stay personally connected with all of you, to share views, opinions & learn from each other,” Siddaramaiah said in a tweet on his new Twitter handle ‘@siddaramaiah’. “I invite you all to connect with me here, as I reach out to you today not as your CM, but as Siddaramaiah – a rooted and proud Kannadiga,” he said in another tweet. The new Twitter profile already has 2,480 followers and describes Siddaramaiah as “Kannadiga; Believer in equity & social justice; Family man; Chief Minister of Karnataka.” The official Twitter handle of the chief minister “@CMofKarnataka” has 232K followers till now. The latest social media outreach by the chief minister with personal touch gains significance ahead of 2018 assembly polls. The Congress government in the state has constantly faced criticism for its “poor” communication in reaching out to the masses. In a video message in the account, Siddaramaiah said it has been launched with an intention to increase his association with the social media users and to express his views and opinion more cordially. “Let us all join hands and move forward together in the path of social change. Let’s interact constructively through my personal Twitter account @siddaramaiah,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kerala to extend Rs 10 lakh aid to kin of Murugan’s family

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Kerala government today decided to provide Rs 10 lakh as financial assistance to the widow and two minor sons of a road accident victim from Tamil Nadu, who died after being ‘denied’ treatment by various hospitals in Kerala on August 6. The decision was taken at the cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan here. The amount is to meet the educational expenses of the two children of the deceased Murugan, a government release said. The amount will be deposited in a bank and interest amount will be handed over to Murugammal, Murugan’s widow. Murugan, a migrant worker from Tirunelveli, had suffered serious injuries in a motorcycle accident in Kollam. Despite being taken to various hospitals in an ambulance, he was not provided treatment for seven hours and he succumbed to injuries. He had been working as a milkman in Kollam for the past 25 years. The chief minister had apologised to the family in the state assembly for the manner in which he was treated. Murugan’s widow Murugammal and two sons had met the chief minister this morning and he had promised all help. In a Facebook post later, Vijayan said, “We join the family in their sorrow. The government will ensure that such tragic experiences do not happen to anyone.” Vijayan said the government would intervene to ensure that intensive care is provided to the patients when mishaps occur. Murugammal told reporters that she had sought the state government’s help to educate her sons aged four and six, and support for the family. In a memorandum submitted to Vijayan, she said her husband, who was working as a milkman at Kottiyam in Kollam district, was the family’s sole bread-winner. With his death, there was no one to look after her and her children who were studying in class 2 and LKG, she said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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