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HC refuses to accept Delhi has no manual scavenger

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New Delhi, April 27 : Rapping government agencies for trying to block benefits intended for manual scavengers, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday refused to accept submissions that there were no manual scavengers in Delhi despite the existence of unsanitary lavatories not linked to sewerage.

A division bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva expressed its displeasure that not many manual scavengers have come forward to draw benefits to which they are entitled.

“There is a great contradiction in the submission that although admittedly a large number of insanitary latrines exist in Delhi. But as per the affidavit filed by the East Delhi Municipal Commission and the submissions of other agencies, there are no manual scavengers in Delhi,” the court said.

It added: “It seems they (agencies) are trying to block the benefit given to them. As per the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act of 2013, manual scavengers have to be rehabilitated.”

The court said most of the directions given by it in this regard have not been complied with.

“The Delhi government counsel has assured the court that the directions given in the matter will be duly complied with within two weeks,” it said.

The court also asked the Delhi Jal Board, Northern Railways and Delhi Cantonment Board to file their affidavits in the case.

It also asked the DJB to submit a plan of action to connect the unsanitary lavatories in the city with sewerage.

The court was hearing a public interest litigation seeking rehabilitation of manual scavengers.

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Lalu Prasad ‘stable and recovering’, to undergo CT scan

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Incarcerated RJD President Lalu Prasad will undergo a CT scan on Friday to ascertain his exact health condition even as a senior officer said he was “stable and recovering”.

An official at the Hotwar jail in Ranchi said that the former Bihar Chief Minister’s health had caused concern after he complained of uneasiness in breathing on Thursday evening. Subsequently, a team of doctors from Ranchi’s Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences examined the RJD leader.

Jharkhand Health Minister Banna Gupta also rushed to the RIMS and met with the doctors treating the veteran politician. Jharkhand Inspector General of Police (Jails) Birendra Bhushon said that Lalu Prasad’s health had deteriorated on Thursday but was now “recovering and stable”. Earlier, Lalu Prasad also underwent a Covid test and was found negative.

Lalu Prasad is suffering from kidney ailment, besides diabetes and high blood pressure. The RIMS doctors have diagnosed that his kidneys are damaged to the extent of 75 per cent. Doctors could go for a dialysis if his kidneys’ functioning deteriorated further.

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Fire at Delhi’s ITO building, no casualties

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A fire broke out at the Institution of Engineers building at ITO on Friday here. No injuries were reported, and the blaze has been brought under control, the Fire Department said.

The fire started from a meter board of the building. “We received a call around 8.30 a.m. about a fire in the meter board at the Institution of Engineers building at ITO. A total of 12 fire tenders were rushed to the site. The fire was on the second floor of the building,” said Atul Garg, Director Delhi Fire Service.

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Girl and father end life in UP

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A teenager battling depression for two years following her mother’s death ended her life, prompting even the father to take his life out of sheer hopelessness.

According to reports, Shalu, 18, first committed suicide by hanging herself because she could not come to terms with the death of her mother. Suraj, too followed suit, leaving behind two more daughters.

The incident took place in Nankari village in Khairabad area in Sitapur district on Wednesday. Circle Officer Piyush Kumar Singh said that Suraj, who worked as a tailor, lived there with his wife and three daughters. His wife had died two years ago and his daughter Shalu could not come to terms with the death of her mother.

“She went into depression and finally ended her life. Seeing this, Suraj also committed suicide by hanging form the same ceiling fan,” the police official said.

Both the bodies have been sent for the post-mortem. The police had filed a case and further investigations are underway.

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