Gorakhpur hospital tragedy witnesses 60 deaths in five days

In a shocking incident, more than 60 children have died at Gorakhpur’s state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College and hospital since August 7. Panic struck late on Friday night, as the hospital continuously ran out of oxygen supply; and 30 kids lost their lives in about 48 hours

Infection and disruption of oxygen supply in the paediatrics ward is being termed as the cause of the high casualty toll, however, the hospital and district administration has denied the claims of any oxygen shortage.

Nevertheless, as per ANI, a letter was retrieved from the hospital wherein they were informed about the shortage of oxygen cylinders by the Pushpa Sales, who stopped supply over pending payment.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath has ordered an inquiry and guaranteed to take stringent action against those found responsible. He has sent health minister Sidharth Nath Singh to Gorakhpur to examine the situation. Moreover, the Adityanath government is facing flak from opposition parties for the negligence. BSP chief Mayawati said, “In the wake of such a tragic incident, no amount of criticism would be enough for the BJP government.” Former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi have also criticized the BJP government in this matter.

Incidentally, in the due course of years, several children have died at BRD Medical College due to medical negligence. As per a report in Hindustan Times, an official data states that 3,000 children have died at the government-run hospital in six years.

SOURCES: HT, NDTV

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Dubai’s Torch Tower catches fire again

In the early hours of August 4, a massive fire broke out in the 84-story Torch tower of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. No casualties were reported, and the Dubai Civil Defense brought the blaze under control by 3.30 a.m.  According to Reuters, a resident said “It was very bad. The fire was very strong at that time, about 1 am. Then it started calming down over the next two hours.”

The actual cause of the fire is not is not known yet, but the external padding, which can be flammable in specific circumstances is being considered as the source of it. As per reports, a majority of Dubai’s 250 high-rise buildings use cladding panels with combustible thermoplastic cores.

A similar incident occurred in February 2015, where the same 79-storey building, which accommodates expatriate residents of the city, was devastated by a fire.

Owing to a series of fire mishaps in the Emirates, Dubai announced stringent rules to minimize fire risks, in January 2017. UAE has revised its building safety stating that cladding required on all new buildings over 15 meters tall should be fire-resistant, but older buildings were exempt from it.

Sources – The Telegraph, CNN

 

UP Government makes marriage registration compulsory for residents

On August 1, 2017, the Uttar Pradesh government passed a motion, making marriage registration compulsory for all the residents, irrespective of their religion. The meeting headed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath accepted the Uttar Pradesh Marriage Registration Rules-2017, which imposes penalties for delay in the registration.

Provisions have also been made for the couples to file online. The Aadhaar number of the husband and wife will have to be provided in the application form. However, those who fail to make the registrations on any medium available, are liable to a penalty of Rs 10 and Rs. 50 per year thereon.

According to reports in Hindustan Times and Times of India, people from the Muslim community have raised their objection to this rule, stating that the Islamic marriage contract should not have photographs of the couple. Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh said “Yes, they made such a demand because the nikahnama does not carry images. But if photographs can be submitted to procure documents such as Aadhaar cards, I don’t see why the same cannot be done for marriage registration.”

In accordance with the Supreme Court’s decision, the central government had made marriage registration compulsory across India in 2006. But Uttar Pradesh was among the two states that failed to implement this rule at that time.

SOURCES: HINDUSTAN TIMES, THE QUINT

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RSS expels Kundan Chandravat for announcing 1 crore bounty on Kerala CM

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) member Kundan Chandravat has been expelled from the right-wing organisation, following his provocative statement at a protest in Ujjain. On Thursday, Chandravat created an uproar after he announced a 1 crore bounty on Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. “If anyone gets me the head of Vijayan, I will give him my property, which is worth around 1 crore,” said Chandravat.

Chandravat called up the meeting to protest the alleged killing of RSS and BJP workers in Kerala at the hands of CPM people. However, after facing the criticism, he withdrew the statement and expressed his regret on the whole issue.

RSS has expressed its disagreement with Chandravat, and has stated that it does not support any violent practice. It also urged the people to not consider the statement of one member as the view of the Sangh.

However, Pinarayi Vijayan has not paid much heed to this threat. He said “RSS has beheaded many earlier, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t walk free. I don’t take such comments to face value.”

Chandrawat’s comment came a day after RSS, BJP and many other right wing organisations exhibited their displeasure against the CPI(M) led LDF government in Kerala, holding it accountable for the killing of several party members.

Sources: NDTV, Firtspost

RSS expels Kundan Chandravat for announcing 1 crore bounty on Kerala CM

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) member Kundan Chandravat has been expelled from the right-wing organisation, following his provocative statement at a protest in Ujjain. On Thursday, Chandravat created an uproar after he announced a 1 crore bounty on Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.”If anyone gets me the head of Vijayan, I will give him my property, which is worth around 1 crore,” said Chandravat.

Chandravat called up the meeting to protest the alleged killing of RSS and BJP workers in Kerala at the hands of CPM people. However, after facing the criticism, he withdrew the statement and expressed his regret on the whole issue.

RSS has expressed its disagreement with Chandravat, and has stated that it does not support any violent practice. It also urged the people to not consider the statement of one member as the view of the Sangh.

However, Pinarayi Vijayan has not paid much heed to this threat. He said “RSS has beheaded many earlier, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t walk free. I don’t take such comments to face value.”

Chandrawat’s comment came a day after RSS, BJP and many other right wing organisations exhibited their displeasure against the CPI(M) led LDF government in Kerala, holding it accountable for the killing of several party members.

News Source: NDTV, Firstpost 

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3000 cheated in Mount Abu Ponzi scam

Arbuda Credit Co-operative Society Ltd. in Mount Abu has come under the eye of Rajasthan and Gujarat police for allegedly cheating 3000 members in both the states. In the last few days, four FIRs have been filed in Rajasthan and 12 in Gujarat against this company. A few days ago, a similar incident took place in Noida wherein a scam worth 3,700 was busted.

According to earlier reports, the Ponzi scam is worth 100 crores. The co-operative society is said to have collected 50 crores each as deposits from 47 branches in Gujarat and Mount Abu head office respectively.

The two main suspects, in this case, are Rakesh Agarwal and his wife Asha Agarwal, who are absconding sinceJanuary 20, this year. A day before, the couple had made an announcement in the newspapers that they will be returning all the maturity amounts to all the stakeholders. With many lucrative offers of soft loans and investment plans, the co-operative society, which was founded in 2012, trapped many innocent people.

On Sunday, Hard disks, laptops and files were recovered from the head office in Mount Abu. Simultaneously, Gujarat police has also set up a special team, that is investigating the case in the state. The scam was unearthed in the wake of demonetization, as many people started demanding their money back.

Sources: TOI, Inuth

Paytm E-Commerce to launch marketplace app, Paytm Mall

The app will be available in 7 different languages
The app will be available in 7 different languages

On Monday, Paytm E-commerce announced the launch of its new Paytm mall app for Android. Paytm mall is a consumer shopping app and will give competition to Amazon, Flipkart and other e-commerce apps.

Ranging from fashion to electronics and from consumer durables to home furnishings, the app will provide the users with products from 1.4 lakh sellers. “Only trusted sellers passing strict quality guidelines and qualification criteria will be allowed on the ‘Mall’,” stated Paytm in a statement. For gaining consumer trust and ensuring smooth service, the products listed on the mall will go through Paytm certified warehouse and shipping channels.

The combination of the mall and bazaar concepts is what Paytm E-commerce aims to offer with this app. To ensure speedy service, Paytm mall will set up 17 fulfilment centres across India. With this venture, the e-commerce company aims to rule the entire online shopping market.

Paytm mall will launch an ungraded version of the paytm seller app, which will be available in seven different languages. It will enable anyone with a smartphone to set up online shop on Paytm mall.

News source: The Hindu BusinessLine , Business Standard