Yogi Adityanath, four others take oath as MLCs

On Monday, Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh took oath as a member of the State Legislative Council. Deputy Chief Ministers, Keshav Prasad Maurya, Dinesh Sharma and ministers, Swantradev Singh and Mohsin Raza, also took oath today. Raza, a minister of state, is the only Muslim member of the 48-member council of ministers led by Adityanath. Four Samajwadi Party (SP) and one Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLCs had quit their seats in August following which these five were elected in by-polls.  Ramesh Yadav, Chairman of the Legislative Council, administered the oath at a function in Tilak Hall of the Legislative Building in Lucknow.

Candidates including CM are required to get elected to either of the two houses- Vidhana Sabha or Vidhana Parishad- to become a member of the council of ministers. Each of these five ministers had to get elected to either of the two houses before September 19th in order to continue their office.

This makes Adityanath the third successive Chief minister to choose the upper house after Akhilesh Yadav (SP) and Mayawati (BSP).

Sources: One India, Telangana Today 

Kanpur woman seeks President’s permission to euthanise son

Being unable to collect a sum of Rs 10,000 for the treatment of her son suffering from skin cancer, Kanpur woman, Janaki, wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday, seeking permission to euthanize her son. The woman informed ANI that she doesn’t have money for treatment of her son.

The doctor diagnosed her son with skin cancer and demanded a sum of Rs 10,000 for his treatment. When Janaki told him she doesn’t have that kind of money, the doctor refused to treat her son.

In order to receive some help, she contacted the District Magistrate, Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma, district officer, collector and MLA of UP, Nilima Katiyar. Out of all the people, she met, most ignored her situation but MLA Katiyar. She wrote a letter to Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath requesting him to help her from the state’s relief fund. However, the letter dated May 14, 2017, did not receive any response from the CM.

Janaki, has no source of income or even a house to live. She was given shelter by Mahant Amarnathpuri and has been supporting her for four years now.

“We have received no help from any government in the past five to six months. We are buying medicines by collecting money through charity,” Amarnathpuri told ANI.

President Kovind will soon visit his hometown Kanpur. Thus, Janaki wrote the letter requesting to euthanise her son. Janaki and Amarnathpuri wish to meet the President and convey their problem to him in person.


The Indian Express, ANI

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

Adityanath to launch start-up fund for MSMEs today

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will today
initiate one of his administration’s most goal-oriented
ventures – a start-up finance for advancing smaller scale,
little and medium endeavors (MSMEs) inside the state.

The arrangement goes for the state-driven ‘Make in UP’
venture, in arrangement with the Center’s lead ‘Make in
India’ mission. This is the primary plan to be propelled
since the Yogi Adityanath government came to control in
Uttar Pradesh.
Ascribing to this, the Noida Authority has saved 10 plots
for the new businesses and 33 for each penny for the
extension of existing enterprises. Under the plan, the expert
has presented a unique installment choice for the fruitful
allotments of mechanical plots. This plan will be proceeded
till September 22 this year and will likewise advance the
Ease of Doing Business by youthful business visionaries.

Sources: Business Standard, ANI

Kaifiyat Express derails in Uttar Pradesh, leaves over 70 injured

Kaifiyat Express, travelling from Azamgarh to New Delhi collided with a dumper on August 23,2017. The collision happened in Uttar Pradesh’s Auraiya district at around2:40 am.This incident took place between Pata and Achhalda railway stations. While eight coaches went off the tracks, one coach overturned because of the massive impact of the collision.

According to the Indian Express, more than 70 people were injured.The incident took place just days after the derailment of Utkal Express, travelling from Haridwar to Delhi. Over 20 passengers were killed as 14 coaches went off tracks.

Suresh Prabhu, railway minister tweeted, “A dumper hit the locomotive of the Kaifiyat Express, resulting in derailment of coaches.”

In a separate tweet, he said, “Some passengers have received Injuries and have been shifted to nearby hospitals.I am personally monitoring situation,rescue operations (are on).”

Sources said Yogi Adityanath, chief minister, Uttar Pradesh spoke to senior officials for details about the incident.

The Indian express reported that relief and rescue work began immediately after National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) reached the accident site.

G K Bansal, NCR Chief CPRO said, “A number of trains have been cancelled following derailment of Kaifiyat Express. These include the Kanpur-New Delhi Shatabdi Express, the Lucknow-Agra Cantt intercity express, the Lucknow-New Delhi Gomti Express and all passenger trains running on the Kanpur-Tundla section.”

According to the Times of India, five  trains including Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani and around 40 local trains were also being diverted.

As per NCR sources, the dumper did not belong to the railways. In order to provide support to the victims, a medical train and a relief train were being dispatched from Allahabad. Additional forces and ambulance were rushed to the spot from Auraiya, Etawah and Kannauj.


Sources: Times of India, Indian Express, Hindustan Times