12-Year-Old Girl Dies, 197 Hospitalised On Suspicion Of Medicine Poisoning In BMC School
At least 197 children from the slums of Govandi in Mumbai were hospitalised due to suspected side-effects of a deworming exercise and administration of iron and folic acid tablets.
According to Dr Pradeep Jadhav, 161 children were taken to Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar and another 36 to Govandi Shatabdi Hospital after they complained of abdominal pain and vomiting early Friday morning.
One of the children, a 12-year-old girl, died on Thursday night. Chandani Shaikh’s parents allege that she vomited blood after consuming the iron and folic acid tablet on August 6 as part of the national immunisation programme.
The girl had attended school on Wednesday and Thursday, but died suddenly at her Baiganwadi residence on Thursday night.
“Her post-mortem will give clarity on what led to her death. There may be other medical comorbidities or history that we are not aware of,” Jadhav said.
Terror Attacks Foiled, 3 With Links To Hardline Hindu Groups Held: Maharashtra ATS
Following multiple raids, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) Friday announced the arrest of three men affiliated to radical Hindu outfits from Nallasopara and Satara. The ATS also said that with the recovery of a huge cache of explosives, including live crude bombs and gelatin sticks, they had averted major terror attacks at multiple places.
Among the arrested is Vaibhav Raut (40), allegedly a member of the Hindu Govansh Raksha Samiti who is also said to be a sympathiser of the right wing Sanatan Sanstha. Suspects allegedly linked to the Sanatan Sanstha were involved in the murders of three rationalists – Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and MM Kalburgi – and the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh.
Another accused, Sudhanwa Gondhalekar (39) from Satara, is a member of the Shri Shivapratishthan Hindustan, whose chief is Sambhaji Bhide. Bhide has been booked in two criminal cases in connection with violence near Bhima Koregaon on January 1 by the Pune Police. The third accused, Sharad Kasalkar (25) was arrested along with Raut from Raut’s Nallasopara residence. Sources said that the ATS recovered a note on making bombs from Kasalkar and that Gondhalekar had knowledge of explosives and trained the other two men on assembling them.
Thousands In Mumbai Attend Funeral Of Army Officer Killed By Militants In Kashmir
The mortal remains of Major Kaustubh Rane who was killed in an encounter with terrorists in the Gurez section in Kashmir on Tuesday were consigned to flames at the Mira Road civic crematorium on Thursday afternoon with full military honours.
The funeral was led by Lt Gen Cherish Mathson, General Officer Commanding in Chief, South Western Command, of the Garhwal Rifles unit along with Naval Bajaj, IGP, Konkan Range, Thane Rural police and personnel from the three Armed forces of the Indian Army. Nearly 20,000 mourners joined the funeral procession.
Major Kaustubh Rane (29) of the Garhwal Rifles was killed in the fire fight after an army detachment engaged a group of infiltrators on the Line of Control (LoC) in Gurez sector in Bandipora district, 125 kms from Srinagar.
Three other soldiers — Rifleman Mandeep Singh (26) of Shivpuri in Uttrakhand, Rifleman Hameer Singh (28) of village Pokhriyal in Uttrakhand and Vikramjeet Singh (25) of village Tepla in Ambala district of Haryana — were also killed in the shootout, while two infiltrators were shot dead by the Army jawans.
Cars Used By Salman Khan, Aaditya Thackeray Among Those In Unpaid Fines List
Some of Mumbai’s most powerful and popular personalities figure on the traffic police’s list of offenders who haven’t paid the fines despite being issued e-challans.
Two days after this newspaper reported that the cops are yet to recover Rs 119 crore from Mumbaikars who have been e-challaned for violations such as speeding, jumping the signal, driving into no-entry zones, and not halting in front of zebra crossings, it has emerged that a few vehicles involved in such violations belong to the family members of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, state transport minister and senior BJP leader Diwakar Raote, MNS founder Raj Thackeray, his nephew and Yuva Sena president Aaditya Thackeray.
Vehicles owned by comedian Kapil Sharma, and those used by Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, NCP leader Ajit Pawar, and state BJP spokesperson Ram Kadam have also been issued multiple e-challans and the fines are yet to be recovered.
An investigation by this newspaper revealed that vehicle number MH 02 BY 2727, registered in the name of Salman’s brother Arbaaz Khan’s film production company (Arbaaz Khan Production Pvt Ltd), has been involved in four violations for speeding between January and July this year. The vehicle owner has been fined Rs 4,000, which hasn’t been paid.
Vice-Principal Leaps To Death From Andheri School
The vice-principal of the secondary school at Cosmopolitan Education Society, Andheri West, allegedly committed suicide by jumping from a bathroom on the fourth floor of the school building on Friday morning. Students of Classes IX and X were taking exams in the school at the time.
Ram Kamble, 48, left a suicide note, stating that no one was responsible for his death.
The DN Nagar police registered an Accidental Death Report in the matter. Senior police inspector, DN Nagar police station, Parmeshwar Ganme said, “We have recovered a suicide note from him and an ADR has been registered. We suspect that Kamble had been depressed for a few months because of a marital dispute, but are probing other angles as well.”
“We suspect the suicide note, which is in English, was written a few days prior to Kamble’s death, since the paper does not look fresh. ‘I am suiciding for my depression no one is responsible [sic],’ Kamble wrote, ending the note with his first name, Ram,” a police official said.
Ajit Balan, secretary, Cosmopolitan Education Society, said, “He was one of the best faculty members we had. He taught mathematics and had been working with us for about 20 years. He was a kind and professional person. He had also represented the school at an event in Pune last year, where the school was invited to discuss the policies we follow for students of Classes IX and X. It is a loss for us, and I am saddened by his unfortunate death.”
Metro Work: Noise Levels Higher Than Prescribed Limit, Says MPCB
he Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) on Friday stated in the High Court that noise levels due to metro construction work at Cuffe Parade exceeded prescribed limits.
The board submitted its report on ambient noise levels in the court.
The MPCB had last month appointed the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) to carry out a noise monitoring study at the sites where the Metro work is on.
A division bench of Justices AS Oka and Riyaz Chagla was hearing an application filed by the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) seeking modification of an earlier HC order prohibiting the firm from carrying out work at Cuffe Parade during night time.
The high court had, in December last, restricted MMRCL from carrying out any construction work in the night as the noise was causing hassles to people residing in the area.
“Ambient noise levels at the Metro construction sites for day time ranged from 68.5 to 91.9 decibels and during night time it was in the range of 60.3 to 83.4 decibels,” the report said.
Restoration Work Of Mumbai’s CSMT, A UNESCO Heritage Building, Begins
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus(CSMT), a heritage building, certified by Unesco, will soon be in a better shape with the Central Railway (CR) starting restoration work of the structure.
Architectural work on the ground floor of the heritage building has begun with the entrance of the station on the south side, near Bori Bunder. Currently, restoration of windows, glass panes and doors is on. The doors, which are made of Burma teak wood, will be placed inside near the CSMT museum. The wooden staircases in the building will also be replaced and the damaged structures inside the building will be changed.
“The work on restoring the building has started. However, no major changes will be undertaken in the building owing to its heritage value. The completion of the work will take one year,” said a senior CR official.
The work comes after CR had proposed the Railways to grant a fund of Rs 41 crore to restore the heritage building. The Union budget of 2018 had allocated funds for the restoration work.
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