In the latest development the state probe committee in its finding have said that the heart wrenching tragedy that occurred in Bhandara’s district hospital killing 10 infants on 8-9th of January was due to dereliction of duty of two nurses namely Smita Sanjay Ambil Duke and Shubhangi Sathawane who were on duty and were supposed to be present in the Sick Newborn Care Unit (SNUC) where fire was caught. These findings have come from report by Forensic Science Laboratory in Kalina, Mumbai. Prima facie report states that had the nurses been there, they could have safely evacuated the infants before fire engulfed the whole ward.
FSL report which will be submitted to state’s health department in a day or two adds that fire was caused by a short circuit, which started spreading and new born of day old to month old infants were crying and writhing in pain for more than 15 minutes and fire engulfed babies who suffocated to death for want of oxygen. Report also talks about CCTV footage that clearly shows that two nurses were absent at the SNUC, during their duty hours.
State’s Health Minister Rajesh Tope while speaking with TDG on issue says, “It’s true that prima facie it seems to be sheer negligence of two nurses whom we have terminated. Their lethargic attitude is seen and due to their dereliction of duty there was delay in action by 12 minutes. These nurses were supposed to be present in unit but they were in lobby instead. We are working on deep rooted investigation to check their mobile details about their location, what they were doing at that time on phone etc. No one will be spared, stern action will be taken against culprits. In a day or two when a report is submitted to Health Department required penal action will also be taken.”
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MP Cabinet approves law to give life imprisonment to food adulterators
Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India], February 27 (ANI): Madhya Pradesh Cabinet on Friday approved a Penal Law (Madhya Pradesh Amendment) Bill, 2021 to give life imprisonment to food adulterators.
Informing about it, the state’s Home Minister Narottam Mishra said, “Madhya Pradesh Cabinet has approved Penal Law (Madhya Pradesh Amendment) Bill, 2021 to give life imprisonment to food adulterators.”
It is noteworthy, in December 2019, an awareness rally was held in Bhopal to fight the menace of adulteration. The rally saw the participation of the people of all age groups.
The rally was held from Roshanpura to Lal Parade in the capital city. The enthusiastic volunteers were heard raising slogans against adulteration and demanded pure food products. (ANI)
Lt Gen Yogendra Dimri appointed as next Commander-in-chief of Lucknow-based Central Army Command
New Delhi [India], February 27 (ANI): Lieutenant General Yogendra Dimri has been appointed as the next Commander-in-chief of the Lucknow-based Central Army Command.
Lieutenant General AS Bhinder will take over as the new head of the Jaipur-based South Western Army command. (ANI)
Andhra CM asks town planners to find solutions for emerging challenges with futuristic outlook
Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], February 27 (ANI): Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy here on Friday called upon the town planners to come up with solutions to the emerging challenges with a futuristic outlook on the goals set by the United Nations for sustainable development.
While inaugurating the 69th National Town and Country Planners Conference virtually at Vishakhapatnam, the Chief Minister said that he is looking forward to the recommendations on affordable housing for lower-income groups and reducing the financial burden on the government in wake of the growing cost of land and high rents in urban areas making the land acquisition a difficult task.
He expressed confidence that the three-day meet will come up with solutions that are pertinent to the State and country vis-a-vis the 17 sustainable goals for 2030 set by the United Nations.
“The Conference, being organized by the Institute of Town Planners of India (ITPT) and attended by Town Planners, Academics, Researchers, Directors and others from across the country, would deliberate on the emerging challenges in the changing scenario, and I hope the Summit will come up with useful recommendations,” the Chief Minister said in his inaugural address.
Some of the interesting topics the Summit would be discussing include the impact of COVID in work culture and the requirements besides environment and climate change.
“Water management is another issue of major concern and it needs comprehensive planning as cities are growing from multiple directions and there will need to extend the water facilities to all areas,” he said.
The Chief Minister has stated that the government is looking forward for developing the coastal region utilising the vast stretch of 974 Km coastline in the State, where even Visakhapatnam city is also one of the beneficiaries of an integrated coastal development plan.
Jagan Mohan Reddy reiterated that the purpose of this summit is to deliberate various issues on sustainable development goals by 2030 as recommended by the UN and looking forward to the solutions that would emerge in the summit for a remarkable change in current situations to lead better.
“We will take forward all the suggestions and recommendations that the Conference will give after the deliberations and put them to best use,” he added. (ANI)
Devotees celebrate Magh Purnima, govt showers flowers petals over Sangam Ghat
Prayagraj/Haridwar (Uttar Pradesh/Uttarakhand) [India], February 27 (ANI): Devotees across Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand on Friday took holy dips on the occasion of ‘Magh Purnima’, the full moon night in the Magha month of the Hindu calendar.
To mark the occasion, the Prayagraj District Administration showered flower petals on devotees at Triveni Sangam, also known as Sangam Ghat, the meeting place of three rivers — the Saraswati, Yamuna, and Ganga (Ganges).
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Devotees in Prayagraj and Haridwar were seen observing the holy occasion by offering diyas (lamps) in the water.
Magh Purnima is celebrated around the months of January and February and Lord Vishnu is worshipped during this time. (ANI)
Nashik Police give unique farewell to sniffer dog on retirement
Nashik (Maharashtra) [India], February 27 (ANI): Spike, a sniffer dog, who was a part of the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) of the Nashik City Police Force, received a grand farewell on 24 February after completing 11 years of service.
Spike, who joined the Nashik Bomb Detection-Dog Squad in 2010, is famous for discovering hidden petrol bombs.
Spike was paraded on the bonnet of the Police van on the occasion while Police marched by the side of the vehicle.
The unique way of paying respect to the dog ended with the cutting of a cake. (ANI)
NGT directs monitoring committee to look into death of elephant by electrocution in Madhya Pradesh
New Delhi [India], February 27 (ANI): The National Green Tribunal on Saturday directed Central Monitoring Committee constituted by Environment Ministry to look into the death of an elephant by electrocution and to protect the lives of 40 elephants in Bandhavgarh in Madhya Pradesh.
An NGT bench headed by its chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed Central Monitoring Committee constituted by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) and the Chief Wildlife Warden, Madhya Pradesh to look into the grievance in the present application and take remedial action in accordance with the law.
The tribunal was hearing an application moved by one PG Najpande seeking for fixing accountability for the death of an elephant by electrocution and to protect the lives of 40 elephants in Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh.
The applicants have stated that on November 28, 2020, one elephant lost its life by electrocution in the forest area of Bargi, village Mohas, District Jabalpur on account of a high voltage trap with high voltage over-loaded power lines.
Apart from the death of one elephant, there is a danger to the lives of 40 wild animals in the forest of Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh.
The tribunal noted that a Central Monitoring Committee has been constituted by the MoEF&CC to coordinate with the elephant-bearing States on the issue of the safety of elephants in elephant protection zones. (ANI)
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