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New-born baby declared dead, found alive by family just before burial

“The doctor and the nursing staff declared the baby dead and sealed the body in a pack, labelled it and handed it over to us for burial,”

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Delhi, June 19: In a major case of negligence at Safdarjung hospital, a baby was about to buried alive but luckily, the family found the newly born alive just before the burial.

Actually, the newly born baby was allegedly declared “dead” by the staff of a central government hospital on Sunday but was found to be alive just before the infant was to be buried.

Earlier a police officer told that the baby died but later he claimed that it was a case of mistaken identity. The baby is alive, the officer, on the condition of anonymity, said.

A resident of Badarpur delivered a baby at Safdarjung hospital where the nursing staff of hospital apparently dit not find any sign of breathing in the infant.

“The doctor and the nursing staff declared the baby dead and sealed the body in a pack, labelled it and handed it over to us for burial,” said Rohit, the father of the child.

After the baby was declared dead, the father and other family members took the body and went home, making preparations for the burial.

But then what made the family members numb when Rohit’s sister suddenly noticed some movement in the pack and when they opened it, they found the baby breathing and moving its limbs.

Immediately a PCR call was made and the baby was taken to Apollo Hospital from where it was shifted to Safdarjung.

The shocked parents went to the police regarding the case. “How can they be so irresponsible and declare a baby, who is alive, as dead? If we had not opened the sealed pack in time, my baby really would have died and we would never have come to know the truth. This is a gross negligence on the part of the hospital and the guilty should be punished,” Rohit said.

Safdarjung hospital authorities have ordered an inquiry into the matter. “The woman had delivered a baby 22-weeks-old premature baby. As per WHO guidelines, babies born before 22 weeks and
weighing less than 500 gms do not survive and are not considered as deliveries. The baby was motionless without any cry or respiration after birth.

“We have ordered an inquiry to find out whether it was not checked properly if the baby was alive before being declared declared and handed over to his parents,” said A K Rai, Medical Superintendent at Safdarjung hospital.

According to another doctor, such babies are kept under observation for about an hour before being declared dead.

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Major fire breaks out at shanties in outer Delhi’s Shahbad dairy

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New Delhi, April 24: A major fire broke out at shanties in outer Delhi’s Shahbad dairy on Tuesday in which around 100 shanties have been burnt, reported News 18.

As per the latest reports, 21 fire tenders are on the spot.

However, no casualties have been reported yet.

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Bengal Panchayat polls: Sporadic violations as fresh nominations filed

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Kolkata, April 23 (IANS) Fresh nominations for the West Bengal Panchayat polls were filed on Monday amid tight security even as sporadic incidents clashes between the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress and opposition party activists took place in some districts.

Most cases of violence took place in the districts of Bankura and Murshidabad where BJP and Left activists accused the Trinamool Congress supporters of forcefully stopping their prospective candidates from filing nominations.

In Murshidabad, a CPI-M party office was vandalised by miscreants while a CPI-M candidate was allegedly beaten up and sustained a serious head injury.

The car of Congress leader Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury was also alleged attacked with bricks and crude bombs outside the party office in Murshidabad district’s Shamshergunj.

“As many as eight bombs were hurled at my vehicle outside the party office. The car has been damaged and two of my associates got injured in the incident,” Chowdhury said.

Stray incidents of violence were also reported from South 24 Pargana district’s Diamond Harbour, Budge Budge and Nodakhali where the CPI-M accused Trinamool Congress backed goons of stopping their candidates from going near the BDO offices to file nominations.

Acting on a Calcutta High Court order, the West Bengal State Election Commission on Saturday fixed April 23 as the extended deadline for filing of nomination papers for the coming Panchayat polls in the state and asked the state police to ensure security during the nomination process.

It also fixed April 25 for scrutiny of fresh nominations and April 28 as the last date for withdrawal of candidatures.

The opposition BJP, CPI-M, Congress and PDS had moved the court, accusing Trinamool of unleashing massive pre-poll violence against their party workers to prevent them from filing nominations ever since the poll process began on April 2.

Justice Subrata Talukdar on Friday quashed the SEC’s April 10 order that had cancelled the extension of date for filing of nominations, which the poll panel announced on April 9 night, directing it to issue a fresh extended deadline for filing of nominations in consultation with the state government and other stakeholders.

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Heavy smoke disrupts services on Delhi Metro’s Red Line

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Delhi Metro's Red Line (Dilshad Garden-Rithala) were suspended for more than one hour on Monday after heavy smoke from a nearby blaze.

New Delhi, April 23: Services on the Delhi Metro’s Red Line (Dilshad Garden-Rithala) were suspended for more than one hour on Monday after heavy smoke from a nearby blaze made it difficult for the trains to run, the DMRC said.

“At 1.15 p.m., heavy smoke was reported to have originated from the nearby slums beneath the viaduct between Mansarovar Park and Shahdara Metro stations. As a precautionary measure, train services were suspended between three stations between Dilshad Garden and Mansarovar Park Metro stations during this period,” said the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in a statement.

“Rest of the line remained unaffected. At 2.33 p.m., normal services were resumed after due clearances,” it added.

The smoke was due to a major fire incident which occurred at a building in nearby Shashi Garden of Gandhi Nagar. Two men were killed in the massive blaze that had broken out at around 11 p.m. on Sunday in the three-storey establishment housing a jeans factory.

“Although our metro train system is fire-proof, we could not take chances and run the trains through smoke, which could have hampered the visibility as well. We suspended the operations the moment it occurred to us that it could pose some threat,” a metro official told IANS.

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