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Max case: Dad seeks fresh inquiry on docs

The father of the twin babies, one of whom was wrongly declared dead by Max Hospital in Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh, has sought a court-monitored probe. He has alleged that the ongoing “tainted” probe may harm the prosecution case.In a plea at magistrate’s court here, Ashish Kumar has urged the station house officer concerned be directed to share details of the progress made in the investigation.Doctors at the hospital had allegedly declared the baby dead along with his still-born twin and handed over the bodies to the parents in plastic bags. The father was on his way to a cremation ground when he noticed moments in one of the bags.The family alleged that the babies were declared dead after it expressed its inability to pay exorbitant fees for their treatment.Union Health Minister JP Nadda had directed the Delhi government to look into the matter, after which a probe was ordered and a report sought. A case has been registered under Section 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The Delhi Medical Council (DMC) also took cognizance of the case.The plea in the court has sought directions to the police to explain why the statements of the family members of the complainant (the father) have not been recorded by the police.The hospital’s licence was cancelled by the Delhi government on December 8, following an uproar over the incident. But the hospital resumed its operations 10 days later after it got relief from an appellate authority which stayed the Delhi government’s order.

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Max twins case: DMC issues notice to 9 docs, 2 nurses

The Delhi Medical Council (DMC) has issued notices to nine doctors and two nurses of Max Hospital, located in northwest Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh, for alleged negligence on their part in the recent case of a newborn who was declared dead by the hospital, but found alive while on the way to the funeral.The Council has sought a response regarding the qualifications and other details of the registration of the Delhi Nursing Council.”You may submit your statement of defence together with any other documents in support of your defence, within 15 days from the date of this notice to this office. You are directed to submit a copy of your qualification and Delhi Nursing Council registration details,” the notice said.The DMC which issued the notice on December 20 is seeking a response within 15 days.”The notice has been sent to nine doctors and two nurses through the medical superintendent of the hospital. This time responses have been sought from these individuals,” a senior DMC official said.The Council also said that it is examining the case of alleged negligence. “The Council has taken suo motu cognisance of media reports, alleging medical negligence on the part of the doctors at Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh,” it stated.The case had evoked a massive public outcry after which the Delhi government had resorted to canceling the hospital’s license. The family of the twins sat on protest for days outside the medical facility.”Take notice that in default of your failing to submit your statement of defence within the stipulated time, it shall be presumed that you have nothing to say in the matter and the Delhi Medical Council shall be free to initiate appropriate action,” the notice said.Meanwhile, a Delhi court in which a petition was filed in the case had asked the police to file a progress report by January 8, 2018.THE CASEOn November 30, a 22-week pregnant woman gave birth to twins, of which the girl was a still-born. The hospital handed over the bodies of the twins to the family in plastic bags, to be taken for burial. Six hours later, the parents realised that one of the babies was squirming in its package.

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Max hospital case: Family of twin babies seeks CBI probe

The family of the twin babies, one of whom was wrongly declared dead by Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh, on Thursday demanded a CBI probe into the case after an appellate authority stayed the Delhi government order cancelling the hospital’s licence.At a press conference held here, 48-year-old Kailash Kumar, grandfather of the baby boy, who later died at a nursing home in Pitampura while his sister was still born, alleged that the family was not even “informed” about the stay order.”We tried to silently protest in front of Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh, but police asked us to move from there. The Delhi government had taken the decision that would have served as a warning to other hospitals.”But, now the cancellation order has been stayed. We are running for justice. We want justice and so we demand a CBI probe into the whole case so that things get clear,” Kailash told reporters.He said they have hired an advocate to pursue the case and claimed that on Thursday a plea was filed by him in Rohini court for a status report in the ongoing investigation in the case.The Court of Financial Commissioner stayed the cancellation order issued by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) till January 9, when the next hearing will be held.Rishi Pal Singh, counsel for the aggrieved family, said “if the appellate authority summons us, we will present our case or else we may move the high court”.Meanwhile, the father of the babies, Ashish Kumar, and about 10 other family members, picketed on a dusty pavement right across the facility in Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh, demanding justice.”We’ll not move and we’ll not relent, till we get justice,” asserted Ashish Kumar, 24, father of the infants, one of whom was wrongly declared dead by the hospital on November 30, where they were born.”We are demanding a CBI probe because we feel that is the only way we will be able to get justice,” he said.The premature baby boy had died on December 6 at a nursing home in Pitampura after battling for life for nearly a week since he was found alive on the way to be cremated by family members.

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Delhi’s Max Hospital that wrongly declared baby dead resumes services after 10 days

Exactly 10 days after the Delhi government cancelled the licence of Max Hospital after its doctors wrongly declared a 22-week-old premature baby dead, the Shalimar Bagh hospital has resumed its services on Wednesday.The hospital had presented its case to the Finance commissioner on Tuesday.“The operation of impugned order is stayed till the next hearing,” says the order by Finance Commissioner. The next hearing is on January 9.The Delhi government on December 8 had cancelled the licence of the hospital’s branch in Shalimar Bagh for wrongly declaring a baby dead.A preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to the Delhi government had found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with a pair of newborn twins.Also readNo relief for Max hospital yet, matter further shifted for hearing on January 9 “Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh has resumed its operations from today, following a stay order issued by the appropriate Appellate authority to whom an appeal was made. We are fully focussed on providing quality care to all our patients and honouring our commitment of ensuring free treatment to the economically weaker sections of the society,” the hospital said in its statement on Wednesday morning.However, Delhi government is still waiting for the order to examine the further course of action.Also readDelhi L-G Anil Baijal may look into govt decision on Max hospital“We were present in the hearing and the commissioner had not given any relief to the hospital. We are checking with our legal team,” said Dr Kirti Bhushan, director general of health services, Delhi government.The three-member panel had submitted the report after scrutinising hospital records and meeting with the staff concerned. After the infant’s death, investigation into the alleged medical negligence case was transferred from the northwest district police to the Crime Branch.Also readFamily celebrates loss of Max Hospital’s licenceThe authorities had then approached the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to look into the cancellation order.The Finance Commissioner is a statutory post and the incumbent on this post exercises the powers of the Lieutenant Governor/ Chief Commissioner, delegated under various statues.The commissioner has been delegated powers to act in a quasi-judicial capacity. The commissioner hears revision petitions/appeals against orders passed by competent authority under various acts including Delhi Nursing Home Registration Act, 1953.Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh on a monthly basis treats around 14,000 patients in the OPD, attends to over 1,600 emergency patients and additional 3,000 are treated in inpatient wards.

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No relief for Max hospital yet, matter further shifted for hearing on January 9

The commissioner has not given any relief to the hospital so far, hence the hospital’s services will remain disrupted until further orders.“The commissioner heard the arguments made by the hospital and the government. After hearing both the version, the matter has been again listed for January 9. The final decision will be taken on the same day only,” Dr Kirti Bhushan, director general of health services (DGHS), Delhi government, who was present in the hearing.The Delhi government on December 8 had cancelled the license of the hospital’s branch in Shalimar Bagh for wrongly declaring a baby dead.A preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to the Delhi government had found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with a pair of newborn twins.The three-member panel had submitted the report after scrutinising hospital records and meeting with the staff concerned.After the infant’s death, investigation into the alleged medical negligence case was transferred from the northwest district police to the Crime Branch.The authorities had then approached the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to look into the cancellation order.“Following the due process of law, we have filed an appeal with the appropriate authority against cancellation of registration of Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh. Earlier, we had also requested Delhi Government to review their decision and restore the registration. This decision has caused significant inconvenience to thousands of patients and local residents and this is further compounded by unavailability of suitable alternatives for their medical needs in the vicinity,” the hospital had said in its statement.The Finance Commissioner is a statutory post and the incumbent on this post exercises the powers of the Lieutenant Governor/ Chief Commissioner, delegated under various statues.The commissioner has been delegated powers to act in a quasi-judicial capacity. The commissioner hears revision petitions/appeals against orders passed by competent authority under various acts including Delhi Nursing Home Registration Act, 1953.Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh on a monthly basis treats around 14,000 patients in the OPD, attends to over 1,600 emergency patients and additional 3,000 are treated in inpatient wards.

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3 men rape 16-year-old girl in Shalimar Bagh

A 16-year-old girl was allegedly gangraped by three men in northwest Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh area on Saturday. Police said that efforts to identify the accused and arrest them are being made.According to senior police officials, the matter was reported by the victim to her family who approached the police. According to the complaint, the minor victim used to work as a house-maid and was sitting with her male friend in the park near Haidarpur Slums in Shalimar Bagh area, when the three accused arrived and forcefully took her to a secluded corner and raped her in turns. Her mobile phone was also snatched while her male friend was threatened and assaulted.”Yesterday evening, an incident of sexual assault on a 16-year-old girl by the three accused persons was reported. Following the medical examination, a case of gangrape has been registered under IPC sections 323, 363, 376D and 6 POCSO Act at Shalimar Bagh Police Station,” a senior officer said.He said the statement of the victim has been recorded and an investigation is being conducted. “Teams have been formed to apprehend the accused persons and raids are being conducted. A counsellor has been arranged for the girl,” he added.Police are also checking CCTV footages from the area in order to ascertain the sequence of incidents. It is also suspected that one of the accused was known to the victim, police said.

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Concerns raised over drug prices by committee in first meeting

The nine-member committee formed by Delhi government to keep a vigil on the functioning of private hospitals in the Capital in its first meeting raised some serious concern over the price of medicines in all the hospitals. The first meeting held on Friday also discussed and suggested ways to limit the number of visits of a specialist in a hospital.According to the sources, one of the major concerns raised by the members was the capping of the drug prices not covered under the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM). These included gloves and syringes.”While the government has a capping on the NLEM drugs, we are concerned about those which are not included in the list. A common rule should be there for all the medicine and drugs,” said one of the members who attended the meeting.The health department had received various complaints against the private hospitals forcing patients to buy medicines at an inflated rate and from the hospital medical shops. The committee will also look into consumables, behaviour protocol of medical staff, Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and misdemeanor at the hospital.”This issue is majorly troubling the patients, who are visiting the hospitals on a regular basis,” added the member. The members will now next meet on December 29 to discuss the further course of action.The members are from the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Delhi Medical Council (DMC), Delhi Medical Association (DMA).The move comes days after the government cancelled the license of Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh for wrongly declaring a newborn dead.”Over-billing is a big problem in private hospitals. We are forming a committee, including experienced doctors and medical experts, which will provide recommendations,” Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain had said.The decision was taken following a series of meetings by Jain with various professional and regulatory organisations representing doctors working across the Capital.Meanwhile, the DMC has written to the doctors and nurses of Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh involved in the alleged medical negligence to submit their response in the case. The medical council will hear the explanation of all the medical experts individually before taking a final decision.FINAL CALL AWAITEDThe DMC has written to the doctors and nurses of Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh involved in the alleged medical negligence to submit their response in the case. The medical council will hear the explanation of all the medical experts individually before taking a final decision

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Not against private hospitals, but won’t hesitate to act: Arvind Kejriwal

The Delhi government was not against the city’s private hospitals but it would not hesitate to act sternly in cases of criminal negligence and “looting of patients”, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said today.Kejriwal said it takes courage to cancel the licence of a leading healthcare facility like the Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh.His comments came a day after the Delhi government decided to cancel the licence of the hospital for alleged medical negligence on multiple instances, including one in which it wrongly declared an alive baby dead on November 30.The baby’s body was handed over to their parents in a plastic bag, along with his still-born sister. He died during treatment at a nursing home in Pitampura a week later.The Delhi Medical Association and the Indian Medical Association have criticised the AAP government’s decision to cancel the license of the private hospital as harsh.Also readDelhi government cancels licence of Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh for medical negligence The DMA called the decision “irrational and autocratic”.Kejriwal, however, attacked the previous dispensation in Delhi, alleging they were often hand in glove with the “big” and the mighty.Also readMax Hospital’s licence cancelled: Kejriwal says ‘open loot’ won’t be tolerated, IMA says ‘too harsh a step'”If we had entered into any setting with the hospital, we would not have been able to face our conscience and would have lost the faith of the people. We are not against private hospitals. But we will not hesitate to act sternly in cases of criminal negligence and looting of patients,” he said.Citing his government’s handling of discoms, he said power tarrifs had not risen in Delhi in the past three years.Attacking his political rivals, he claimed “some powers” were trying to crush him and his party. The chief minister sought people’s support so that he can work “honestly”.Also readLiving baby declared dead: Family welcomes loss of Max Hospital’s licence, demands doctors’ arrest Kejriwal was speaking at the launch of the Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Vikas Yojna scheme as part of which students from the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Castes and minority communities would be able to join private coaching centres to prepare for competitive exams and the Delhi government will provide an assistance of up to Rs 40,000.They will be able to prepare for services, medical, engineering and other competitive examinations, Kejriwal said.

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Fate of patients, staff hangs in the balance

The decision to cancel the license of the Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh has put a question mark on the fate of nearly 2,000 employees working in the hospital, besides the numerous patients currently availing treatment from there.In 2017 till now, the hospital admitted more than 33,000 patients. The 250-bed facility also welcomed over 1.5 lakh patients in its OPD this year. Now, the hospital cannot admit any new patients.The government has directed the hospital to finish the treatment of all indoor patients admitted but has given no direction regarding the employees. “It is not our duty. The hospital should decide what to do with their staff,” Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said.In its official statement, the hospital stated that it will explore its options. “We have received a notice of cancellation of the license. We strongly believe that this ruling is harsh and that we have not been given adequate opportunity to be heard.We believe that even if there is an individual error of judgement, holding the hospital responsible is unfair and will severely limit the ability of patients to access treatment. This will compound the shortage of hospital facilities in the national Capital. We will explore all options available to us. We stand firmly behind our commitment to patient care, clinical, and service excellence to the best of our capabilities,” the hospital statement read.

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Decision is an example to other hospitals, nursing homes: Dr Kirti Bhushan

As the Delhi government cancelled the license of Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh, DNA speaks to the Director General of Health Services (DGHS), Dr Kirti Bhushan, who played an active role in preparing the enquiry committee report and suggesting ways to the government.This is the first time that any government has taken such a bold step against a major private hospital. How did this work out?A life has been lost in this case. The baby survived for five more days in another private hospital. The hospital had registered the child as a stillbirth. When the baby was handed over to the patients, his heart was beating. As a result, we could not ignore the hospital’s actions in this case. This is a case of error of judgement, where the hospital failed to understand the situation of the newborn.What about the other private hospitals?The decision will set an example to other hospitals and nursing homes. All these private institutes will now be more vigilant in dealing with sensitive cases. They will properly follow the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in all cases.The hospital’s licence has been cancelled. What will happen to the existing patients who are availing treatment there?We have asked them to treat the existing patients till the time they are completely cured. For the rest, all the OPD services have been suspended with immediate effect. They cannot admit any new patient in the hospital.Delhi still does not have the Clinical Establishment Act, so what is the government doing about this? (Recently, Union Health Minister JP Nadda also wrote to various CMs to enforce the act in their respective states)We have submitted a report to the Secretary (Health) to introduce the Clinical Establishment Act in the Capital. The matter is being discussed with the stakeholders. The act, if enforced in Delhi, will help us in getting hold of the large number of diagnostic centres and pathology labs that are operating without following any guideline.

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23 complaints made against Max hospitals in 2017

The Delhi Medical Council (DMC), in 2017, received as many as 23 complaints against various Max hospitals in the Capital. Of these, six were against the Shalimar Bagh branch, which is currently under scanner for mistakenly declaring a newborn baby dead.”As many as 11 cases are still pending and we are investigating them. Most of these cases pertain to medical negligence by doctors. During an investigation, a team of experts questions the accused doctors and nurses, and then listens to the complainant as well. After a rigorous discussion, the matter is moved to the higher authorities,”Dr Girish Tyagi, registrar, DMC, said.According to the data, the highest number of complaints were against the Max hospital in Saket, followed by the one in Shalimar Bagh. Five case were reported from Patparganj and one each from Pitampura and Panchsheel Park. “All these complaints were made by patients or attendants,” Dr Tyagi added.As per the official process, if a person reports a matter to the DMC, the council issues a showcause notice to the doctor and the hospital concerned. If he or she is found guilty, the council registers a complaint with the police. Thereafter, the police have to register an FIR, after which the matter is taken to court.Recently, the council served a notice to the Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh for medical negligence. Even after repeated calls and messages, the Max authorities did not respond to the queries sent by DNA.In 2017, the council received a total of 234 complaints against various hospitals in the Capital, of which 82 were moved to the disciplinary committee for action.
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Licence can also be cancelled if medical negligence found: Satyendar Jain on Max Hospital declaring live baby dead

In the wake of a premature baby being wrongly declared dead by a city-based private hospital, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain today said if the hospital is found guilty of negligence in the probe, its licence can be cancelled.The government had yesterday ordered an inquiry into the “criminal negligence” by the Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh, after it surfaced that its doctors had declared the baby dead but he was found to be alive later.”Once the report comes out, toughest action will be taken. And, if the hospital is found guilty of medical negligence, then its licence can also be cancelled,” Jain told reporters.Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had promised “strict action”.This baby boy was one of the prematurely born twins (boy and girl) delivered on the morning of November 30 to Varsha at Max Hospital. The other baby was stillborn.The mother was brought to the hospital from a nursing home in Paschim Vihar, police said.Also readMax Hospital goof-up: Family of twins stage dharna demanding action against authoritiesThe parents were earlier told by the hospital that both the babies were stillborn, and were handed to them in a polythene bag, but just before their last rites, the family found that the boy was alive, police said.”We rushed the baby to a nearby nursing home in Pitampura, where he is in life support,” the father told reporters yesterday.Jain said the report is expected in two days.The Delhi health minister said, “The same hospital was issued a show cause notice on November 22 for not fulfilling some norms related to providing services to patients of EWS (economically weaker section) category.””We had done a probe (in EWS case) and it was also found that in the OPD, only 10 per cent of the patients were being attended to than the 25 per cent,” Jain alleged.Also readDelhi: Max hospital gives ‘dead’ twins to parents in polythene bag, one found alive Asked if any action will be taken against the doctors involved in the case, he said, the matter will be sent to the Medical Council of India (MCI) and then based on the response, any action will be taken.Expressing displeasure over the incident, Jain also alleged that “in the name of reforms, private hospitals have been given concessions, and government hospitals been destroyed, deliberately”.He claimed that a lot of influential people are involved with running private hospitals, and so “government hospitals are being ruined, to benefit the private ones”.”The Delhi government is all focused on strengthening the healthcare system. In the last two-and-a-half years, the number of patients visiting our facilities have increased one-and-a-half times, and we are determined to bolster our health sector,” he asserted.Police has already registered a case under section 308 of the IPC, which governs cases related to attempt to commit culpable homicide and the offence under it is punishable by up to seven years in jail.A senior police official yesterday said, “Two doctors from the hospital have been named in the case.”
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Max Hospital goof-up: Family of twins stage dharna demanding action against authorities

Family members of the newborn, who was declared dead along with his stillborn twin at New Delhi’s Max Hospital, staged a protest late Friday, raising slogans against the hospital’s apathy and demanding strict action against the authorities.The branch of Max Hospital, which is located in New Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh had handed the twins in plastic bags, thinking both of them were dead. However, on the way to the burial ground, the parents saw that one of the infants had started moving in the bag.Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda has asked the Delhi Government to take necessary action over the negligence of Max Hospital. Earlier on Friday, a medical negligence case was registered under section 308 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the hospital, which governs cases related to attempt to commit culpable homicide and can attract imprisonment of up to seven years. The Delhi government ordered an inquiry into the “criminal negligence” with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal promising “strict action”. “We tore the packet, there were 2-3 clothes and polythene bags. The kid was still breathing. We rushed the baby to a nearby nursing home in Pitampura,” the father had told reporters on Friday.The Max Hospital in a statement had said, “It has been brought to our attention that a premature (22 weeks) newborn baby who is reported to be on life support at a nursing home was unfortunately handed over without any sign of life by Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh. This baby was one of the twins delivered on November 30 morning. The other baby was stillborn. We are shaken and concerned at this rare incident.” The statement said a detailed inquiry was initiated, pending which, the doctor concerned was asked to proceed on leave immediately and they were in constant touch with the parents and are providing all the needed support. With ANI Inputs
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Delhi hospital gives hope to Iraqi child with rare disorder

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aatiq Khan (name changed) suffers from a rare, incurable genetic disorder which makes him feel hungry all the time. At the age of five, Khan weighs around 40 kg, much more than the average weight of kids at his age. Troubled with hunger, Khan keeps on asking for food from his parents, hence gaining a massive amount of weight.The parents, along with their 5-year-old have come all the way to India for their child’s treatment. After visiting a hospital in Delhi, his parents came to know that he was suffering from Prader Willi Syndrome, a genetic disorder that occurs in approximately one of every 15,000 births.Born in Iraq on June 2012, he weighed only 2 kg and was unable to eat properly. For 6 months, he required assistance from a feeding tube. At the tender age of 2, his appetite started increasing unexpectedly and he gained weight in a short period of time.”We were surprised to see his love for food. Young kids generally consume food at small intervals but he was asking for food again and again,” said his mother.Slowly, his cognitive abilities were delayed as he was unable to speak even a few words at this age. Khan’s Body Mass Index (BMI) was 35.5 (95 per cent ) when he came to India to seek medical intervention.In affected children above 3 years, symptoms such as obesity, intellectual delays, learning disabilities, or behaviour problems, especially connected with food and eating become apparent. Prader Willi Syndrome is caused by the loss of genes in a specific region of chromosome 15. Some of the other signs of the condition are — narrow forehead, small hands and feet, short height, light skin colour and inability to have children.”To date, no medications have proven effective in regulating the appetite in Prader Willi Syndrome. Therefore, strict food and exercise supervision are the only ways to prevent life-threatening obesity. During infancy, patients should also undergo therapies to improve muscle strength and promote physical activity,” said Dr Vaishakhi Rustagi, Consultant, Max Super Speciality Hospital, Shalimar Bagh.The parents have been advised to encourage his active participation in outdoor activities to help him burn calories, as well as to keep him diverted from obsessive thoughts of eating.

‘Sadistic sore loser’: Adnan Sami lashes out at Omar Abdullah on Twitter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Music is supposed to heal frayed nerves but Adnan Sami’s concert on the banks of Dal Lake in Srinagar turned into a war of words on Twitter between the singer and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. It all started with the politician tweeting pictures suggesting lack of attendees at the concert.He stated that there was a lack of attendees, a claim that angered the singer who hit back with pics of the concert to his ‘bro’: “Bro ur a former CM..U shouldn’t be so unnerved by a music concert. U obviously have bad sources who lie 2 U – HERE are d photos!! #GrowUp” Abdullah later replied: “How does hoping you have a houseful suggest I’m unnerved? I’m glad people got to enjoy an evening of music. I used to like yours at one time,” he wrote. After this, Sami launched a barrage of scathing words at him. “Oh please Omar! U retweeting ppls photos like a sadistic sore loser speaks volumes of ur lack of stature & pettiness. Up ur game- Its music!.”This led Omar to wonder why Adnan wanted to pick a fight and said that a former CM he would ‘ignore 7-8 insults in 3-tweets’:Sami performed at the SKICC lawns and started off with his famous number “Mai Sirf Tera Mehboob”. “Today I have come to realise that there is hell; because today I have seen heaven (Kashmir),” the singer said to the crowd.Sharing anecdotes from his life in between songs, Sami said he has a very deep connection with Jammu and Kashmir. “Not only because my mother is from Jammu but I learned Hindustani classical from santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, who hails from Jammu as well.“It was because of him that I could show the world that Hindustani classical can be played on piano as well,” he added.The concert was organised by the tourism department to a boost to tourist footfall in the state.Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, several ministers of the Jammu and Kashmir government, and senior civil administration and police officials attended the concert.Renowned conductor Zubin Mehta had performed at the Shalimar Mughal Gardens in September 2013, the last major musical event in the valley.With agency inputs

Delhi family perishes in J&K

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In Kashmir to celebrate the news of his promotion along with his family, Jayant Andraskar would never have thought even in his worst nightmares that this would be the end of all his worldly aims and ambitions.The seven people who died in Gulmarg after an uprooted tree fell on a Gondola rope and sent a car crashing down included Andraskar’s family of four.The civil engineer, who worked as a lecturer in a government polytechnic institute, had gone to Gulmarg with his wife Manshae and daughters Anagha, a Class II student, and Janhvi, who was in nursery. The family lived in the Shalimar Bagh area of Delhi.Mitthan Lal Meena, one of the shocked neighbours who had gathered near the family’s locked house, said: “The couple had won everybody’s hearts with their loveable and helping nature. I cannot believe that they will never visit us again, that their daughters will never smile again.”A relative, Sourabh, said: “The last time we talked, they spoke about Kashmir.”Andraskar had taken voluntary retirement from his government job in 2013, before shifting from Nagpur to Delhi. Since then, the family had been living in the government quarter alloted to them in the Shalimar Bagh area. Manshea was an architect by qualification and was involved in interior designing.”All residents of the staff quarters have lost a friend who was like a brother. We wish that their souls may rest in peace,” a neighbour said.One of the world’s highest ropeways, the Gulmarg Gandola ascends from 2,650 m to the height of 3,980 m. Built by French firm Pomagalski, the five km ropeway is divided into two sections. This was the first accident in the rope-way since its commissioning in 1998.Under fire for not taking adequate safety measures, the Jammu and Kashmir government has ordered an inquiry into the accident.FIRST MISHAPOne of the world’s highest ropeways, the Gulmarg Gandola ascends from 2,650 m to the height of 3,980 m.
This was the first accident in the rope-way since its commissioning in 1998.

Goel tells MCD councillors to work on development of slums

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Vijay Goel today urged the newly elected BJP councillors to “work aggressively” towards bringing development in slum areas of Delhi with a special focus on sanitation. Addressing a gathering of party councillors, who would soon assume charge, the youth affairs and sports minister also asked them to contribute to the Centre’s ‘Adopt a Slum’ programme. “Under the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) of our (sports) ministry, slums would be adopted in the 11 districts of Delhi. We should work on developing these slums to such a degree that even PM Modiji appreciates it. “As councillors, we are garlanding you on your new job, but remember each garland is a responsibility … and you must work on it,” he said. The Union minister said Delhi has about 700 slums and education, health, sanitation, law and order are the areas where they face major issues. In the first phase, 100 slums will be adopted. Goel was speaking at a felicitation function hosted at his official residence here. The BJP had won 181 of the 270 wards in the MCD polls, and nearly half of the councillors are women. “About 100-120 councillors participated in the meet. None of the three women mayoral nominees attended the function,” a senior party member said. The BJP is set to get all its three mayors elected unopposed, polls for which would be held soon. Goel also said his ministry has changed the age limit for NYKS membership to 15 to 29, following which “now, we have about 1.5-2 lakh youth members. Also, we have Nehru Yuva Volunteers, who used to get only Rs 2,500 as a stipend. We have raised it to Rs 5,000”. “As part of our outreach programme, we will hold our first ‘Slum Run’ on May 26. This would cover six Delhi Assembly constituencies including Wazirpur, Model Town, Chandni Chowk, Timarpur and Burari. Eventually, we will have a city-level final event, but that would be held in a stadium,” the minister said. “The idea is to take development to slums and make them feel integrated … and not consider them as dirt-filled places. Also, we plan to have Rotary and Lions Club adopt slums here and then business houses and industries, but we will decide as to which slums would be given,” he added. “We have asked the councillors to fill up a form, wherein they will give details about their areas so that we can make them partners in this programme. The NYKs will help in this mission,” Goel said. South Delhi MP Parvesh Verma recalled the contribution of his father as a councillor before he became the chief minister of Delhi. “In 1977, my father was a councillor and I know of his dedication. He believed in civic service and would even enter the sewer and clean it himself, before any safai karmachari would, to send out a message of greater public good,” he said. The BJP had fielded all fresh faces in the municipal polls this year, and the party now says the new hands would be guided by old leaders. Renu Jaju, 52, who won from Shalimar Bagh (North) in the NDMC on a BJP ticket, said, “I may be a first-time councillor, but I have been a party worker for 30 years. I will work in the areas of health, education and sanitation.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SHOCKING | 838 gallstones removed from patient’s gallbladder

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an unusual case, suspected to be that of a cancerous tumour, a patient was found with 838 stones in her gallbladder.The patient who was experiencing acute stomach pain along with intermittent episodes of fever and nausea was asked to get an ultrasound and CT scan done, whose reports indicated that she might be suffering from cancer of the gallbladder.However, when a laparoscopic surgery was conducted on her by a doctor of Fortis hospital in Shalimar Bagh, it was found that the patient’s gallbladder was extremely inflated, almost six times its original size. he gallbladder was removed with part of the liver and sent for pathological examination.However, when the gallbladder was opened and examined before sending it for biopsy, 838 small and large gall stones were found. “Gallstones are commonly found in patients with gall bladder cancer implying a possible causation. This patient was having only stones and her biopsy report was negative. Cancers of the gall bladder are very aggressive in nature and usually get detected only in the final stages of the disease since they present with vague symptoms which are not taken seriously. The only remedy to both gallstones as well as cancer of the gallbladder is complete removal of the organ,” said Dr Amit Javed.

SC, ST protesters clash with police in Jammu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Employees of scheduled caste and scheduled tribe communities who are demanding continuance of reservation benefits in promotions, clashed with police who resorted to cane charge and tear gas shelling to prevent them from marching to Civil Secretariat here. A large number of protesters mostly employees started a protest rally from Indira Chowk and marched towards Civil Secretariat raising anti-government slogans and demanding continuance of reservations in promotions. As they reached near Shalimar Chowk, they were stopped by police from moving ahead toward Civil Secretariat but the protesting employees broke the barricades and clashed with police. Police had to resort to cane charge and tear gas shelling and prevented them from moving ahead. Later they were dispersed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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