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NHRC notice to Bihar government for not providing mortuary van

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Patna, June 12:  The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that a man in Bihar’s Purnia district had to carry the body of his deceased wife on a motor cycle, as the authorities at the district hospital failed to provide him a mortuary van.

The NHRC has issued a notice to the Chief Secretary of Bihar government, demanding a report in this matter within four weeks.

Susheela Devi, 50, died of illness at the Sadar hospital on June 2.

The medical staff told her husband, when he requested for a vehicle, to arrange one on his own to carry his wife’s body.

The man, a poor labourer, approached an ambulance driver, who demanded Rs 2,500, which he could not afford.

Ultimately, the man had to carry his wife’s body on a motor cycle with his son’s help.

The NHRC has observed that this is not the first instance, which has come to its notice. The Commission has earlier too taken cognizance in some of these cases.

The Civil Surgeon had earlier on June 4 reportedly stated that no mortuary van is available at the Sadar Hospital and everyone has to arrange it on his own.

The District Magistrate has reportedly ordered a probe into the matter.

(IANS)

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Delhi government to act against schools for arbitrary fee hike

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New Delhi, Dec 13: The Delhi government on Wednesday decided to act strictly against private schools that arbitrarily increased school fees citing the Seventh Pay Commission revision as reason.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia chaired a meeting at the Secretariat on Wednesday on several complaints of arbitrary increase in fees by schools in the name of Seventh Pay Commission revision, an official told IANS.

On Thursday, all MLAs are scheduled to meet officials of the Education Department, with complaints from their respective constituencies on the issue.

The meeting is expected to be attended by Kejriwal and Sisodia.

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Two days after moderate rain, NCR air quality again ‘very poor’

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New Delhi, Dec 13: The air quality in the National Capital Region, including Delhi, again went down to “very poor” by Wednesday morning from “poor” for a day only in the wake of moderate rain on Monday.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the air quality at 11 of the 21 monitoring stations across NCR was “very poor”, as against only four regions on Tuesday night.

In Delhi, concentration of major pollutant PM2.5 — air particles with diameter less than 2.5 micrometers — was 133 units at 15 active monitoring stations, and 131 units at 21 stations across NCR, considered “very poor”.

On Wednesday, the number of areas exposed to toxic air jumped from four (Tuesday night) to 11 towards noon.

The most-polluted areas included Anand Vihar in east Delhi, Delhi Technical University in north Delhi, ITO, Mandir Marg and Lodhi road in central Delhi, Siri Fort and R.K Puram in south Delhi, Sector 125 in Noida and Vasundhara in Ghaziabad.

The PM2.5 in these areas ranged between 123 and 194 units — five to eight times the permissible limit.

According to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) across 10 stations in the NCR was 252 at noon, as compared with 219 at 4 p.m. on Tuesday after 7.8 mm rainfall.

As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the NCR with high moisture has no chances of rains on Wednesday and Thursday.

“Currently, Delhi is experiencing north-westerly winds with low speeds of 5 to 10 kmph,” an IMD official told IANS.

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Kashmir Valley freezes at sub-zero temperatures

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Srinagar, Dec 13: Minimum temperatures throughout the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region remained below freezing point on Wednesday as the ski resort of Gulmarg recorded the coldest temperature at minus 9.8.

The weather office has forecast rain in the plains and snowfall in the higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir till Thursday.

Leh recorded a minimum temperature of minus 6.5 and Kargil was at minus 5.8 degrees Celsius.

Srinagar was at minus 0.7, Pahalgam at minus 2.1, Jammu recorded 8.8, Katra 8.2, Batote 1.1, Bannihal 0.6, Bhaderwah 0.4 and Udhampur was at 8.0 degrees Celsius, the Met said.

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