Haj House painted Saffron by Yogi Adityanath Government

Image Courtesy: ANI                                                                                                                         The Haj House in Lucknow, used by Muslims as a transit place on their way to pilgrimage in Mecca, is now saffron in colour.

Lucknow, January 05: The exteriors of Haj House in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh (UP), has been painted saffron by the state government. It houses the officials inspecting and regulating documents for the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. The house is used for customs and immigration checks and has also a prayer hall and residential facility for pilgrims.

However, Cabinet Minister Mohsin Raja of UP government dismissed any controversy regarding the move, reports ANI. He stated that the building has been coloured saffron as it is an energetic colour and adds to the beauty. Although a section of Muslims and opposition parties have objected to the move, the minister stated that since the opposition has no big issues, so they rake up inconsequential things.

Traditionally, saffron colour is associated with Hinduism and Sangh Parivar, the parent organisation of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Since coming to power in March last year, the BJP government has been on a spree using saffron colour to paint buildings including the State Secretariat that houses the offices of Chief minister and top officials along with rolling out saffron coloured buses by the transport department. Furthermore,the department of information have changed the colour of their official site as well the booklet to saffron colour.

Kanpur journalist shot dead by unidentified assailants

In a shocking incidence at a market near Billhaur Nagar Palika in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh; a Hindi newspaper journalist was shot dead in broad daylight. The victim, identified as Naveen Gupta, worked for a Hindi daily in the area.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was quick to pay his condolences and order an immediate probe to investigate the murder. The Police have filed a case of murder and already questioned six to seven suspects for an early lead.

The incident occurred at 5:30 pm when three people riding a two-wheeler arrived at the family shop where Naveen was sitting. As soon as Naveen got up from the shop, the trio rushed on the motorbike and sprayed five bullets on Gupta. They immediately fled the spot.

Family members and local shopkeepers rushed Gupta to the hospital, but he was declared brought dead by the doctors. Police said that motive behind the murder is yet to be ascertained, but suspect some kind of enmity as the prime motive.

Naveen Gupta is now the second journalist to be killed in the past month. Sudip Datta Bhaumick, reporter of a Bengali daily ‘Syandan Patrika’, was shot dead on November 22. Another journalist, Santanu Bhowmick, was also killed he went to cover an agitation by the Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT).

The most high profile murder came when senior journalist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead in front of her house in Bengaluru on September 5, a crime that created massive outrage in public.

Row between students and management in Kanpur college.

The students of Rama Dental College of Kanpur created a commotion on the college campus after they were denied to take any electronic gadget inside the examination hall. The students got into a heated argument with the management of the college, who did not let them cheat in the exam.

The college property was vandalised by the students and they also attacked the staff members. The Police also faced stone pelting by the students when they arrived at the spot to control the situation.

On the other hand, the students have a different story to tell. According to the students, the management asked them for Rs 10,000 to let them cheat and then withdrew at the end moment.

The police is investigating into the matter now. Sonia Singh, DIG Kanpur, said “According to the college students, they were not allowed to appear for their exam today and that’s why they created a ruckus. There is no one from the college management, who could clarify on this. We are making a detailed report of the matter and then will inform the government about this.”,reported ANI.

Sources: Business Standard.

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Rajdhani Express coach derails at New Delhi Railway station

The guard coach (located at the end of the train) of Jammu Tawi-New Delhi Rajdhani Express got derailed at the New Delhi Railway station early on Thursday. According to the Hindustan Times, a Northern Railway spokesperson said that no major injuries were caused due to the accident.

As per The Indian Express, Neeraj Sharma, spokesperson, Northern Railways, told news agency IANS, “ The Last coach of Jammu Rajdhani Express which was entering at platform no. 15 of New Delhi railway station derailed around 6.20 a.m.

However, this is not the first rail accident in this month. The Indian Express reported, on September 7, seven coaches of Jabalpur-bound Shaktipunj Express jumped the tracks near the Obra Dam station in eastern Uttar Pradesh ‘s Sonbhadra district at around 6:25 am. As per the officials, since the train was running at a speed of 40 km per hour, no casualties were reported.

Hours after this incident, the engine and power car of the Ranchi- Delhi Rajdhani Express, had derailed at the Shivaji Bridge, New Delhi. According to the Times of India, one person had been injured but it did not cause any casualty as the train was running at a slow pace.

According to the Hindustan Times, two wagons of a goods train derailed in Khandala, Maharashtra on September 7.


The Indian Express, Hindustan Times, The Times of India

19 killed as boat capsizes on the Yamuna

19 people are estimated to have died when an overladen boat capsized on the waters of the Yamuna on Thursday. The incident occurred in Baghpat, a western district of the state of Uttar Pradesh.

The District Magistrate Bhawani Singh estimated that the boat was carrying around 60 people when it capsized. Initial counts placed the death toll at 22, but authorities revised the figure and placed it at 19 after further investigation.

“The boat was ferrying passengers more than its capacity. Most of the passengers of the were women. As soon as the boat reached mid-stream, it capsized,” said Singh

The incident incited protests from the villagers, who accused authorities of mishandling rescue operations. The Delhi-Saranpur highway was briefly blocked by a mob of protesters, and reports of vehicles being torched in the area near the highway emerged. Union Minister and Baghpat MP Satyapal Singh travelled to the area and met with family members of the victims. In due course of time, he was able to convince the villagers to unblock the highway.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath promised remunerations of Rs. 2 lakhs to the families of victims, which will be taken from the CM’s relief fund.

Sources: Economic Times, Outlook India

UP suffers tragedy yet again as 49 infants die in Farrukhabad hospital

Less than a month after the death of 60 children in five days at Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College and Hospital, news has emerged of a similar occurrence in Farrukhabad. In the last month, 49 newborn children reportedly lost their lives in the Special Newborn Care Unit ward of Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital.

While 30 children died while receiving treatment at the Newborn Care Unit, the other 19 died shortly after being delivered. Several of the victims lost their lives due to a condition called perinatal asphyxia, which occurs when a child does not receive an adequate supply of oxygen.

The startling number of deaths were uncovered after a probe into the situation was ordered by Ravindra Kumar, the district magistrate of Farrukhabad. Kumar promptly fired the Chief Medical Officer(CMO) and the Chief Medical Superintendent(CMS) after an FIR was lodged against them and other doctors at the hospital, before being removed from his position as DM

Daya Nand Mishra, the Superintendent of Police, Farrukhabad, issued a statement saying, “we have lodged an FIR against chief medical officer Uma Kant Pandey, chief medical superintendent B P Pushkar and a few doctors of RML Hospital. The accused officers have been booked under IPC sections 176 (Omission to give notice or information to public servant by person legally bound to give it), 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), and 304 (Punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder).”

The FIR and allegations of malpractice were met with hostility by the doctors of Uttar Pradesh’s Provincial Medical Services, who chose to go on strike to protest the termination of RML’s staff members.

Sources: Economic times, Hindustan Times

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Image Caption: Yogi Adityanath government faces added pressure after Gorakhpur tragedy

61 children dead in Gorakhpur BRD Medical College

Sixty-one children reported dead in the Gorakhpur’s Baba Raghav Das Medical College from various causes including oxygen shortage. Most of these children were newborns.

This news comes days after the alleged disruption in oxygen supply which had resulted in deaths of 30 children with 48 hours at the same college in Gorakhpur.

According to a report of NDTV, 19 children have died at the BRD Medical College, in the last 24 hours. Four of these deaths were of encephalitis. The remaining deaths were of infants who died in the neonatal intensive care unit.

One of the biggest hospitals in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, gets patients from neighbouring Bihar, Different districts of Uttar Pradesh and even Nepal. The number of patients has increased and will increase further due to flood, as told to NDTV by Doctor at the encephalitis ward.

“We get patients from eastern Uttar Pradesh, Nepal and Bihar — states that are reeling under the effects of flood leading to a jump in the number of children coming to the hospital,” he said.

1,250 patients have died in encephalitis and new-borns’ ward this year till Monday, as per the hospital’s records. The patients have a complaint of not having a well-equipped hospital in their hometowns, due to which they have to travel this far to get treated.

The former principal, Dr Rajeev Mishra, and his wife Dr Purnima Shukla were arrested yesterday, by the UP Special Task force from Kanpur over the child deaths earlier this month.

More than 70 children lost their lives at the biggest hospital in Gorakhpur, which happens to be the home base of UP Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath. The reasons for this death are reported due to encephalitis and shortage of oxygen. The CM has formed a committee to investigate the deaths on August 13 and had also asked the journalist to visit the ICU wards to make the process more transparent.

Sources: NDTV, HT