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77 infant deaths in Kota in a month: CM orders probe

Hospital sources said that all the children were brought in a critical condition to the hospital.

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Jaipur, Dec 27 : Days after complaints of shortage of life-saving equipment at Kota’s JK Lon Hospital, which might have resulted in deaths of 77 children in the hospital in the last one month, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday said that a team has been sent to Kota to look into the deaths. He said strict action will be taken against those found guilty.

Hospital sources said 77 children died in December alone while 10 died on Monday and Tuesday.

Gehlot has given instructions to medical education secretary Vaibhav Galeria to visit Kota and submit a detailed report on an urgent basis.

“The chief minister has taken this issue very seriously and hence, I am here to find out the reason for neonatal deaths. A special committee will investigate if there were hygienic or clinical issues behind the death of these kids. Besides, all other issues will also be taken up,” Galeria said after visiting Kota.

On being asked if there was a staff crisis hitting the hospital, he said: “A crisis has in fact been there, but I cannot comment upfront without complete investigation. We are trying to figure out the lacunae present here and also trying to find solutions.”

Sources said that of 535 life-saving equipment, 320 were non-functional. Besides, only 27 out of 71 infant warmers were working. Some ventilators were also not working properly.

The hospital administration is, however, in denial mode.

Sources at the CMO confirmed that Gehlot is taking the case seriously and is himself monitoring the investigations.

Additional principal SMS college Dr. Amarjeet Mehta, senior paediatrician also visited Kota, along with Galeria.

Hospital sources said that all the children were brought in a critical condition to the hospital.

“Our investigation says that 10 deaths were normal and children did not die because of any negligence”, said Dr H.L. Meena, hospital superintendent.

Similarly, head of the department (paediatrics) Amrit Lal Bairwa said, according to national Neonatal Intensive Care Unit records, 20 per cent deaths of infants are acceptable while 10-15 per cent deaths have been reported in Kota “which is not at all alarming”.

The children were admitted in a serious condition, he added.

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Those born in TN won’t be affected by CAA: Palaniswami

Palaniswami said those who were born in Tamil Nadu will not be affected by CAA.

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Chennai, Feb 18 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Tuesday said those who were born in the state would not be affected by the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

Speaking in the Assembly, Palaniswami said the opposition DMK should explain who in Tamil Nadu would get affected by CAA.

Palaniswami said those who were born in Tamil Nadu will not be affected by CAA.

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Jamia violence: Sharjeel Imam sent to 14-day judicial custody

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New Delhi, Feb 18 : Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Sharjeel Imam was on Tuesday sent to 14-day judicial custody in connection with violence which erupted in Jamia on December 15, last year.

Protests against the newly-enacted Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) had turned violent on December 15 near Delhi’s Jamia Nagar. Several buses were set on fire during the violence in which police and protesters sustained injuries.

Sharjeel was arrested on Monday in connection with the case and then sent to one-day police custody. He was produced before the court on Tuesday at the end of his remand period.

The Delhi police have named him as an instigator in the chargesheet filed in the case.

He was also slapped with a sedition case last month for allegedly making inflammatory speeches against the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC).

He is accused of mobilising students and is currently in judicial custody in connection with the case.

In a purported video, Imam was seen talking about splitting the northeast region from India to block the implementation of the NRC.

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6 killed in SUV-bus collision on Lucknow-Agra Expressway

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Lucknow, Feb 18 (IANS) At least six persons were killed and 15 injured on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway, when an SUV collided with a bus.

The accident happened on Monday night. The Volvo bus, belonging to Bihar Roadways, was on its way from Delhi to Bihar when the driver fell asleep and crossed the divider to hit a Fortuner coming from the opposite side.

The bus crossed the divider and fell into the service lane.

Five persons in the Fortuner were killed and the bus driver also died in the mishap. The bus had about 40 passengers.

According to the police, the Fortuner belonged to a Delhi resident Sunita Singh.

Four of the five decease have been identified as Sunny, 35, Mukesh, 40, Ram Shankar and Surjit. The fifth deceased has not yet been identified.

The injured passengers have been admitted to local medical facilities.

Sources said that the impact of the collision was so great that none of the passengers in the SUV could survive even though the air bags had opened up.

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