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Major fire in AIIMS, Emergency wing closed

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New Delhi, Aug 17 (IANS) A major fire broke out on a second floor of a building in the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) complex on Saturday evening. No casualty was reported but as a precautionary measure, the adjacent Emergency department has been closed and patients shifted elsewhere even as efforts to douse the blaze are on.

The fire broke out in the PC building, which is a teaching block and mainly comprises research labs. However, the Microbiology Department’s Virology unit was completely gutted while several samples and medical reports were destroyed.

Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is currently undergoing treatment at AIIMS, is admitted at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the cardio-neuro centre, housed in a different building in the complex.

According to Atul Garg, Chief Fire Officer of Delhi Fire Services, a call regarding the fire was received at around 4.50 p.m. following which 34 fire tenders were rushed to the spot.


“The fire broke on the second floor in the PC building which does not have patients but is situated near the Emergency block. The fire was brought under control at around 6.30 p.m.,” said Garg adding that no casualty was reported.

Another fire official said the exact reason behind the fire is yet to be ascertained, though initial investigation suggests a short circuit.

As panic spread among people, authorities closed some nearby buildings housing the Emergency and other facilities and shifted the patients to other wards.

“As a precautionary measure, authorities closed the Emergency department which is adjacent to the building that caught fire,” a source in the hospital said, adding that B block, ward AB1, and super specialty OPD area of AIIMS have also been shut down.

“Patients were shifted to other wards from the Emergency department soon after the building caught fire,” the source added.

Sources in the Fire Department said that the blaze spread to the Emergency Lab in the department of Lab Medicine, where electricity work was going on for some time and cable and wire being used were kept.

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Chinmayanand case: Victim hands over 43 video clips to police

According to sources, the victim has handed over several videos of her’s including the one in which she is taking a bath that allegedly was later used by the accused to exploit her.

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Shahjahanpur, Sep 14 (IANS) Spelling fresh trouble for former Union Minister and BJP leader Chinmayanand, a girl victim has handed over 43 video clips to the SIT and said he (the accused) is a ‘blackmailer’.

The girl in her new statement said that Chinmayanand is a ‘blackmailer’, he first filmed me while I was bathing with the help of his trustworthy aide and then started sexually exploiting me on the basis of that video.

According to IANS sources, the Special Investigation Team has handed over the videos and other items to the forensic team, so that when it appears before the monitoring bench of the High Court on September 23, it would be able to explain and prove everything.

Meanwhile, earlier the victim and her family who were showing full faith in the SIT probe have now changed their stance. Talking to the local media, they said that most of the evidence they handed over to the SIT against Chinmayanand has been tampered with or destroyed.

However, the victim and her family did not have any satisfactory answer about where they got this information.

A question also arises why the SIT is disclosing its progress in the case to the victim’s family before turning up in front of the HC bench.

According to sources, the victim has handed over several videos of her’s including the one in which she is taking a bath that allegedly was later used by the accused to exploit her.

However, from Director General of Uttar Pradesh Police Om Prakash Singh to state police spokesperson, and Inspector General of Police Naveen Arora, who is also leading the SIT, no one is ready to verify the claims made by the victim.

IANS also tried to contact the DGP but it did not get any reply to Whatsapp messages sent to the officer. Both the senior officers have kept mum and the SIT is shying away from answering any query by saying that the Allahabad High Court’s bench is monitoring the matter.

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Chhattisgarh CM Baghel meets Priyanka Gandhi

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New Delhi, Sep 14 Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Saturday met Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and discussed several party issues with her, party leaders said.

According to a Congress leader, Baghel met Gandhi for over an hour at Gandhi’s residence.

The leader said that Baghel discussed the party’s membership drive in the state and other state government schemes with her.

He said that Baghel also apprised Gandhi about his government’s works in acquiring the foods grains from the farmers in the state at Rs 2,500 per quintal and how these schemes were benefitting the farmers.

The meeting comes a day after Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi met all the party Chief Ministers of four states and Union Territory and asked them to work with coordination.

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Five of a family killed in Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor car crash

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Amaravati, Sep 14 Five members of a family were killed and another injured as a car in which they were travelling caught fire after it overturned in Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district on Saturday, police said.

The victims comprised three children and two women. The ghastly tragedy occurred near Mamudugu village when the family was on its way from Tirupati to Bengaluru.

The driver, Vishnu, apparently lost control of the car, which overturned and fell off the road. Under the impact of the crash, the vehicle caught fire, trapping the occupants.

The driver, who survived the accident with burn injuries, was shifted to a hospital in Tirupati.

According to the police, Vishnu’s wife, a son, a daughter, sister and nephew were killed in the accident.

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