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3 killed in Zaveri Bazaar building collapse

At least three labourers were killed and one trapped after Chhipi Chawl in Zaveri Bazaar collapsed on Friday morning. The labourers were carrying out repair work on the fourth floor of the five-storeyed building. The dilapidated building, which is more than 60 years old, was already vacated for the said repair work. Relatives of the deceased say the repairing contractor didn’t provide them with any safety gear that could have saved their lives.Chhipi Chawl was declared dangerous last year by Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA). The building is located on Shamseth Street and has a total 41 tenants, out of which 37 are commercial and four residential.MHADA had issued warning notices to tenants in September and urged them to vacate the premises for carrying out repair work. Sumant Bhange, chief officer, Repair board ( MHADA) said, “Work order was issued under the MLC fund in October 2016. However, owing to non co-operation from tenants, repairs couldn’t begin on time.”Fire Brigade started the rescue operation around 12.30 pm and recovered three bodies till 9 pm. They were identified as Firoz Khan (23), Safai Shaikh (22), and Rocky Shaikh (22). All came from Malharpur in West Bengal.

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Open jail inmates can now video call their families

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a first, state prison inmates can now keep in touch with their families, thanks to the efforts of the state prison department. Inmates can make video calls to their families. There are plans to cover other such correctional establishments in subsequent phases.”We have issued orders that it should start for open jails and women prisons… we will expand it to other facilities later,” said Bhushankumar Upadhyaya, additional director general of police (prisons).”At present, the facility has been made available in the open jails at Amravati and Nagpur where prisoners can make video calls using apps like WhatsApp to their relatives from handsets given to officials … it will also cover prisoners in women jails,” said Yogesh Desai, Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Eastern Region, Nagpur.He added that the phone numbers of relatives on which these inmates would call were verified by the local police. “They will be able to make phone calls once in 15 days. Earlier, they were allowed to make voice calls, and the facility has been enhanced to video calling,” said Desai.”The prisoners who are lodged in the open jails in Vidarbha are selected from correctional facilities across the state… this video calling facility will reduce the expenses of their relatives who have to travel to these prisons for long distances and give them the satisfaction of meeting their family members,” he explained.While convicts are allowed two visits from their relatives, they can make phone calls to their families once every fortnight. Undertrials can meet their relatives once a week.”We are also allowing undertrials to make these video calls at an experimental level. However, convicts are given preference,” said Desai.

2 carpenters kill customer for demanding furniture delivery

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Wednesday late night, a 25-year-old man was bludgeoned to death by two carpenters for allegedly demanding a furniture delivery. The Kherwadi police have arrested two carpenter brothers and have seized a hockey stick and a hammer from the spot.According to police, Sudhir Pawar, 25, a resident of Bandra went to the furniture store belonging to carpenter Chotelal Sahani,34 near Gousiya masjid on the Western Express Highway, placed an order for furniture, and asked him to deliver it. When Sahani refused to accept the demand, Pawar and Sahani got into a verbal fight and in a fit of rage picked up a hockey stick and assaulted Pawar. Rakesh Sahani, 24,brother of Sahani intervened and joined in assaulting Pawar after using his hammer from the toolkit and repeatedly hit him on the head.”Relatives of Pawar rushed him to Bhabha hospital but he died during the treatment. Sahani too has been injured in the scuffle. We have arrested both the carpenter brothers,” said a Kherwadi police officer.”We have registered a case under section 302 (murder) and 34 (common intent) of the Indian Penal Code and the accused has been remanded in police custody up to November 13,” said Rajendra Patil, Senior Inspector, Kherwadi police station.

Sorry but it was an emergency, says KEM after writing numbers on Mumbai stampede victims’ foreheads

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Under fire for writing numbers on the foreheads of the Elphinstone victims, Mumbai’s KEM has clarified that ‘it was a scientific measure’ and that the hospital didn’t intend to hurt anybody’s sentiments. In order to help relatives and friends identify their loved ones who lost life during the Parel bridge stampede incident on Friday morning, posters and flex boars of the victims were displayed at various places in the KEM hospital.The 22 commuters who were taken to KEM hospital for treatment were announced brought dead.A photo of the flex board displaying the mugshots of victims at the KEM Hospital where circulated on various WhatsApp group.The relatives who visited the hospitals were told to identify their loved ones through the photos of 22 victims with numbers written across their foreheads.Dr Avinash Supe, dean of KEM Hospital, said, “Due to emergency, they might have written it on the foreheads. It was not intentionally done and if we have hurt someone’s emotions, we are extremely sorry for that.”Clarifying on why bodies were given numbers on foreheads, Dr Harish Pathak, HoD, Forensic Science, KEM Hospital, said, “When suddenly 22 dead bodies were received at KEM Hospital’s emergency ward and lot of relatives were rushing to identify them, it would have been a big mental trauma to make all relatives to see all 22 dead bodies to identify their missing persons. It would have become chaotic and hectic exercise. Hence we took the photographs of the face of all dead bodies, numbers them and displayed it to the relatives on a laptop screen. Subsequently, the photographs were also displayed on a flex at the hospital to further expedite the process of identification and we could identify 19 dead bodies within three hours and started the process of panchanama.”He added “After the autopsy, those numbers were erased before handing over the dead bodies.”“At no point, we intended to or planned for circulating those photographs in social media. Hence it would be unjustified and unwise to criticize this scientific method adopted by us with sole intention and purpose of speedy and smooth identification, autopsy and handing over of dead to their relatives,” he said.Meanwhile, Chief Minister Devendra Fadanavis returned to Mumbai around 11 pm on Friday. He went to the KEM straight from airport and visited the victims.

Medical teachers defend doc after patient’s death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a patient operated upon at a private hospital by a government medical college professor, the state medical teachers association demanded a ‘proper investigation and action’ while terming it a ‘minor’ incident. “Most medical teachers are dedicated and honest, it’s not justified to form an opinion on such minor incidents. Instead, we should analyse why such incidents occur?” the Rajasthan Medical College Teachers Association (RMCTA) stated in an official response. The association has demanded implementation of Nirmal Jain committee report which recommends for establishing a system to allow government surgeons to operate at private hospitals after their due duty hours at government service. “Such practice has been permitted in several states, and as doctors of medicine are allowed to see private patients, there must be a system for surgeons as well,” Dr Dhananjai Agarwal, secretary RMCTA, said.In the recent incident, a patient from Bharatpur district died after a mouth surgery at a private hospital. Relatives of the deceased alleged negligence and registered a case at the local police station against the doctor and the hospital.

Kin raise money, give new home to Sai Siddhi family

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the wait for temporary accommodations to be provided by the government stretching, relatives of a family from Siddhi Sai, the Ghatkopar building that collapsed on July 25, have helped them with funds to buy a new home. The family, who lived on the fourth floor of the fallen building, will soon move into a house in the Garden Lane in the same neighbourhood thanks to a loan of Rs 1.15 crore from their extended family.The fund has been given as an interest-free loan. Once Sai Siddhi is reconstructed, the Shah family can sell the flat and repay the loan.A relative of the family, Haresh Shah said, “Relatives got together, collected the money and gave it to them so they could buy a house. They have been told they can return it later, once they get their house back in a new building to be constructed in place of the collapsed one.”Residents of Sai Siddhi have been offered alternate accommodation at two places, Kurla and Bhandup.Binita Ramchandani, whose parents lost their house in the collapse, said, “Residents went to inspect accommodation options in both Kurla and Bhandup. Many aspects need to be looked into before finalising the site including school and tuition classes of the children, and businesses of the people.”The collapse of the ground plus four-storey building last month claimed 17 lives, and injured several others. There have been allegations that Sunil Shitap carried out alterations on the ground floor of the building, which led to the collapse. Shitap was arrested by the police along with several other accomplices by the police.

Cross-LoC bus services remain suspended for 4th week

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cross-LoC bus services on the Poonch-Rawalakot road between Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) remained suspended for the fourth consecutive week in the wake of ceasefire violations by Pakistan that have led to border tensions, an official said today. A total of 116 PoK residents, who travelled on the Paigam-e-Aman bus service to visit their relatives in the state, have been held up here for the three weeks. “The cross-LoC bus service remained suspended for the fourth week today,” Custodian LoC Trade Poonch, Mohammad Tanveer, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

1 of family drowns, four rescued, four swim ashore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One person drowned, four of his relatives were rescued and four others swam ashore while bathing in rough seas off the coast of Arichalmunai near Dhanushkodi today, police said. They said bathing at Dhanushkodi had been banned as the sea was rough and treacherous. The nine member family were unaware of this and had gone for a bath. They said Selva (21) was sucked into the sea by a giant wave and four others were rescued by the local people and hospitalised as they were unonscious. Four others managed to swim ashore, police said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Suspended sub-registrar found to be worth Rs 10 crore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Telangana anti-corruption bureau, which is probing irregularities in land registrations in the state, today unearthed assets worth Rs 10 crore allegedly belonging to a suspended sub-registrar. ACB also registered a case of possessing assets disproportionate to known sources of income against T Ramesh Chander Reddy, who was posted as a sub-registrar at L B Nagar and who has been arrested for violation of Registration Act. ACB today conducted simultaneous searches at 12 places — Reddy’s and his relatives’ houses and benami properties in Hyderabad and elsewhere. It found that he possesses two flats, a plot of land, some 10 acres of agricultural land, deposits Rs 1.37 crore in various banks, four kg of gold jewellery, a car, etc. His driver, who is absconding, is accused of holding five acres of land as a proxy for Reddy, an ACB officer said. Reddy was arrested on May 31 by Rachakonda police on the charge of registering several properties in violation of Registration Act, 1908 and causing a loss of crores of rupees to the government. ACB, in the last three days, has also unearthed assets worth Rs 22 crore allegedly belonging to two other suspended sub-registrars, accused of similar offences.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Couple in their 50s burnt alive for performing `black magic’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A couple, set on fire by their relatives for performing `black magic’ at Dubbak in Siddipet district of Telangana, died at a hospital in Hyderabad today, police said. Sudarshan (56) and his wife Rajeshwari (52), residents of BC Colony at Dubbak, were tied to an electric pole in front of their house by their relatives and some villagers last evening and set on fire after pouring kerosene on them. The relatives blamed the couple for the problems in their lives and accused them of practising black magic, police said. Sudarshan’s sister and some others rescued the couple, but both had suffered 90 per cent burn injuries and succumbed at Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad early this morning, said sub-inspector Srinivas of Bhoompally police station. Those who led the mob were apparently close relatives of the couple, he said, adding that arrests would be made after identification of the culprits.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Couple set ablaze by relatives for practising "black magic"

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A married couple was today set ablaze allegedly by their relatives who suspected they practised black magic, police said. Sudarshan (50) and his wife Rajeshwari (45), residents of Dubbak town in Siddipet District, suffered 90 per cent burns and are said to be in critical condition, they said. According to Srinivas, Sub-Inspector at Bhoompally Police Station, the husband-wife duo was tied to a pole opposite their house by their relatives. The couple’s kin alleged they practised black magic and were responsible for problems in their lives. They poured kerosene on Sudarshan and Rajeshwari, and set them afire, the police officer said. They were rescued by the police and villagers and shifted to Dubbak government hospital and later to Gandhi Hospital here for treatment, he said. Police have registered a case and are investigating the incident, the officer added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gunmen barge into govt employee’s house, set car afire

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Unidentified gunmen barged into a government employee’s house in central Kashmir’s Budgam district and set fire to a car belonging to one of his relatives, police said today. Mohammad Subhan Bhat, who works in the Baramulla District Jail, was not present in his house in Chadoora area of the district when the incident took place late last night. The gunmen took away a vehicle belonging to Bhat’s nephew and later burnt it, a police official said. A hunt has been launched to nab the gunmen.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maharashtra: Bombay HC directs resident doctors on strike to resume work immediately; CM Fadnavis assures security

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Observing that a “doctor’s profession is so sacred that you cannot go on strike” and that “every emergency can wait but not medical emergency,” the Bombay High Court on Thursday asked resident doctors to resume duty immediately. It also accepted the undertaking of the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) which said it would urge its members to resume duty.A division bench of Chief Justice Manjulla Chellur and Justice GS Kulkarni also told the state government and municipal corporation, which has issued notices to individual striking doctors suggesting action, to not take any punitive action if doctors resume duty on Thursday. The authorities while issuing notices had warned the doctors of taking disciplinary action and refrain from paying six months’ salary, if they did not resume immediately.Advocate General, Rohit Deo assured the court that to prevent incidents of assault on doctors, the government will by April 11, deploy 1100 security personnel in hospitals across the state. Of which, 500 will be in Mumbai hospitals. He added that by April 30, another 600 personnel will be deployed in different hospitals.The court assured MARD that it will hear the public interest litigation filed by activist Afaq Mandaviya, highlighting the plight of poor patients suffering due to the doctors’ strike and lack of securityat hospitals, every fortnight and ensure that steps are taken for safety of doctors. “Relatives have to understand that when a doctor is treating patients they should not become ‘watchdogs’ by trying to enter the hospital. The Doctor community is frustrated as they are not getting basic facilities. We are talking about development but on the other side doctors are neglected. How can we fulfill our social obligation?”The government further assured the court that guidelines on entry of relatives of patients inside hospitals, which was earlier five, being reduced to two relatives/per patient, will be strictly adhered to. The bench said “We hope the issues between the doctors and the authority is amicably resolved without any instigation.”Resident doctors had gone on mass leave individually to protest against the incident of assault which occurred in different parts of the state. The Court had on a previous hearing observed that “Doctors going on strike like factory men were unfit to be doctors and it was a shame to the profession.” On Wednesday, doctors attached with the Indian Medical Association also extended support to the striking doctors in Maharashtra.Meanwhile, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has also requested doctors to withdraw their strike immediately. “We will take strong legal action against those who attack doctors & will ensure doctors’ security,” Fadnavis said in the Assembly on Thursday.

Patient’s family attacks Sion doctor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The relatives of a patient attacked a first-year resident doctor in ward number 20 of Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital, also known as Sion Hopsital, on Saturday night. The other resident doctors in the hospital wrote individual letters to the dean following the incident, and went on a mass bunk in protest on Sunday.The doctors now say that they won’t resume work unless government authorities assure their safety and security.The female patient concerned was admitted in the hospital after developing a chronic kidney disease, and was on dialysis. She eventually passed away on Saturday night.Speaking about the incident, Dr Rohit Kumar Jain, the victim, who was slapped by the relatives of the 56-year-old patient, said, “The relatives who came to see her on Saturday night were not the same relatives who had come to admit the patient. The ones who slapped me did not even know about her medical condition and what kind of treatment she was undergoing. My duty hours had finished and I was about to leave the ward when the incident took place.”Jain added, “There were more than seven relatives of the patient in the ward. The security personnel should have stopped them earlier from entering the ward, since such a large number of relatives is not allowed at one time.There was one security guard present when the incident occurred. Luckily, I did not suffer any external injury. The other resident doctors supported me and stood up for me.” A group of resident doctors later accompanied Jain to file a police complaint on Saturday night itself, and the Sion police arrested three of the relatives — Akash Sidhu (31), Aatish Ghavari (37) and Amit Singh (34) — under the Doctor’s Protection Act, 2010.The letters that Sion Hospital’s resident doctors wrote to the dean stated that they will not be working till their safety and security in the hospital is assured. “We have been demanding for a year that the number of security guards be increased, but nothing has been done so far. This has been an issue for more than three years now. The number of patients and doctors is increasing, but the number of security personnel remains the same. The doctors do not want to resume duties unless an assurance of additional security is given to them. The dean of the hospital is supporting us,” said Dr Arun Jaiswani, one of the resident doctors.Dr Suleman Merchant, the dean of the hospital, said, “It was an unfortunate incident… Luckily, the security guards stopped the relatives in time. The resident doctor was touched lightly, the security personnel present prevented further damage. An FIR was immediately lodged and three people have been arrested. It was traumatic for the resident doctor, though. We are in the process of establishing stricter protocols to prevent such incidents, including fast-tracking the creation of new security posts, filling vacant posts and installing more CCTVs, to name a few.”This is the third incident in one week of a medical professional being attacked in Maharashtra. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has suggested a few changes in the Doctor’s Protection Act to the state government. These include making it a central Act included in the CrPC, increasing the jail term for offenders from three years to seven years, no bail being given to the accused for a minimum of three months, and the gravity of the crime and injury to the doctor or medical staff being decided by a medical committee.Dr Sagar Mundada of the IMA’s youth wing said, “We have spoken to the security personnel in Sion Hospital and a decision has been taken that henceforth only a senior doctor, not junior resident doctors, will intimate relatives about a patient’s death. Resident doctors from other hospitals will soon be joining the mass bunk in protest.”

Markam asked the minister to disclose the actual age of

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>the boy and details of cases registered against him. Netam also asked which Naxal `dalam’ the boy was from. Paikra said Somaru’s age, as per his ration card issued in 2013, was 16, so he must have been 20 years old now. No criminal case was registered against him but he was a member of a Naxal militia, said the minister. It was not known if he suffered from speech and hearing impairment, the minister added. Congress MLAs asked how was he branded a Naxal if there was no case against him, and whether the government would pay compensation to his relatives. Paikra said further action would be taken when the report of magisterial inquiry comes. Leader of Opposition T S Singhdeo said the ration card can not establish age. If the encounter was proved to be fake, would the government give any financial aid to the family, the Congress leader asked. The minister maintained that government was waiting for the inquiry report. Not satisfied, Congress members staged a walk-out.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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