"We were informed about the fire incident about 45 minutes after fire was detected in the dialysis ward of the hospital. Had they called the fire department immediately, the casualty would have been much less," Behera told reporters.
Seeking a special legislation to control fire in medical facilities and high-rise buildings, Behera said his department is not empowered to enforce the laws governing the fire safety measures in high-rise buildings, including hospitals and hotels.
Behera met top officials of the fire department from across the state in the wake of the Monday's fire tragedy at the private hospital in Bhubaneswar, which so far has claimed 25 lives.
The official said fire safety certificate is mandatory for all government and private hospitals. "But due to lack of coordination between the authorities we still do not have a list of how many hospitals in the state are functioning without mandatory fire safety certificate," he added.
Behera said his department had repeatedly informed the appropriate agencies about the violators. "We can only complain but cannot file an FIR until a cognisable offence is made," Behera said, adding his department had filed an FIR in connection with the erring Bhubaneswar hospital.
Acting on the government's statement, a bench headed by Chief Justice Manjula Chellur disposed of a public interest litigation challenging the allotment of land.
Nothing survives in the PIL in view of the statement made by government pleader Priyabushan Kakade the actress had declined to accept the offer, said the bench, while disposing of the PIL filed by ex-journalist Ketan Tirodkar.
However, the judges gave liberty to the petitioner to file a fresh petition if in future it came to his notice that the land had been allotted to the actress.
The petitioner's counsel Sadhana Kumar argued that it had been learnt through the RTI that the land in Amboli area of Andheri had been allotted to Malini at a nominal rate, and since this information was in public domain, the petition should be heard further on merits.
However, the court held that since the cause of action mentioned in the plea did not survive, it was disposing of the PIL.
The PIL said there have been a series of judgements of the HC and the Supreme Court stating that public property cannot be allotted by the state without issuing advertisement inviting applications from the needy people.
It further alleged that the land allotted to the actress for instituting an academy to train students in the Indian classical dance of Bharat Natyam was in violation of the HC orders and norms.
According to the National Centre for Seismology, the quake occurred at 6:34 PM at a depth of 10 km.
The North east region is known to be a high-seismic zone. PTI PR
"They had started it, they were paid back in their own coin," Upadhyay said.
"They used all sorts of weapons. If they begin again, will give them a reply again they should remember that," the IG said.
Meanwhile, once again resorting to denial, Pakistans Inter Services Public Relations Director General Gen Asim Bajwa said 'Indians resorted to unprovoked firing in Shakargarh sector'.
"Pakistan Rangers befittingly responded. No loss on Pak side. The Indian claim of hitting or killing any Pak soldier/Ranger with firing at anytime today at LOC/ working boundary absolutely false," Gen Bajwa said.
His resignation came hours after the toll in the fire tragedy mounted to 25 and its founder Manoj Nayak was taken on remand by the police.
Meanwhile, the Odisha government 'de-empanelled' the Institute of Medical Sciences and Sum Hospital from the list of favoured medical facilities which provide free treatment to poor patients in the state.
The firing injured three Pak Rangers.
The BSF firing was in response to ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Hiranagar sector of Kathua in the morning in which one jawan was injured.
More details are awaited.
'The chief minister is interacting and progressing gradually,' the director of hospital's medical services said.
In its complaint, AAP's Delhi unit convenor Dilip Pandey said the Union Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs 'misused' his power to get unlawful waiver from payment of conversion charges on a property owned by his son Siddhant.
AAP's Seemapuri MLA Rajendra Pal Gautam said if the ACB fails to take cognisance of the compliant, then the party will explore legal options to pursue the matter.
"Vijay Goel not only got his property exempted under heritage rules, but to mask the fraudulent activity done with collusion of North Delhi Municipal Corporation, he also got status of 749 other buildings changed in the area.
"The exemption was done on the ground that it is a heritage building and the overall estimated loss to the NDMC due to this comes to around Rs 25 crore," Gautam said.
Pandey said his party is also looking at what action the ACB takes against the Union Minister.
"The ACB is very prompt when it comes to action against the Aam Aadmi Party. We are keen to see what action the agency takes against Goel. In the past, we have given several complaints against BJP leaders in MCD, but there has been no action against a single leader," Pandey said.
Hospital founder Manoj Nayak has been taken on remand by the police.
Development Minister Gopal Rai said the H5N8 virus were found in the samples of three birds which had recently died at Delhi zoo, and not the H5N1 virus, which are more 'infective' and 'may affect humans'.
Addressing a press conference, Rai said there is no need to panic as all measures are in place to deal with the any situation.
"The category of H5N8 influenza has been found in the samples of three birds died recently at Delhi zoo. Experts suggested that H5N8 is not harmful for human. This virus has also been found in US, Japan, Netherlands, China and other countries where H5N8 has not affected human," he said.
"We have now reached a level of maturity in governance which helps us distinguish between an erroneous and a corrupt decision," he said.
The government has asked the Reserve Bank of India and banks to provide details of hacking and also report on banks' preparedness to deal with cyber crimes.
The Maharashtra Police's cyber security cell has reached out to the banks asking for details on the data breach, though the banks have made no formal request for a police investigation yet.
The banks said that they have advised the customers to change the security codes or PINs for their debit cards and have blocked the cards of those they could not contact.
Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das earlier today said the RBI has been asked to investigate the matter, adding that a detailed report has been sought from banks amid fears that millions of debit cards data may have been stolen in one of the country's largest-ever cyber security incidents.
Das further said there was no need to panic over the feared security breach.
Several banks in India are replacing or asking their customers to change security codes of as many as 3.25 million debit cards due to fears that the card data may have been stolen.
He tweeted, 'Central & State Govt extended best support to #ADHM. Sad two industry associations shook hands with local political party to create ruckus.'
'For the unversed, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena after imposing a ban on Pakistani artistes working in India has also threatened to vandalize the theaters exhibiting ADHM as the movie stars Pakistani actor Fawad Khan in a cameo (sic).'
"People have the fundamental right to express. And, whether it is (Indian Penal Code Section) 500 or 505, arrest may not be an answer. There are other avenues to check rumour-mongering," he told reporters.
He was addressing a press conference in New Delhi to mark the foundation day of the NHRC which was born in 1993.
Soon after Jayalalithaa was admitted to the Apollo Hospital in Chennai on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration, rumours have been running rife about her health on social networking sites like Facebook and WhatsApp.
To scotch such rumours, the local police has formed a team comprising private cyber experts to keep a watch on those who spread false information about the health and warned of stern action against those involved in such acts.
Earlier, the CBI had registered a case against Khanna and two companies based abroad in a case of alleged kickbacks worth over $5.70 million (Rs 38 crore) in connection with three aircraft deals with Embraer signed in 2008.
It is alleged that the kickbacks were routed from subsidiaries of Embraer to Khanna through Interdev.
'As result of Vipin Khanna's mediation, the DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) moved a proposal to purchase EMB 145 aircraft. The purchase agreement was signed on 3/7/2008,' the CBI said.
CBI cites further proof on Peter's role, says 'Indrani kept Peter informed about disposing Sheena's dead body'.
The court had earlier rejected Peter Mukherjea's plea seeking to defer the hearing for another two weeks as his counsel sought additional time to study the chargesheet.
Rahul Mukherjea, former media baron Peter Mukerjea's son who was in a relationship with Sheena, had also said in his statement that he had last seen her with Indrani, Rai and Khanna when he dropped her near National College in Bandra on the day of the murder.
Indrani's former husband Sanjeev turned approver in the case and blamed her for strangling Sheena, while he restrained her.
The meeting took place just as Akhilesh Yadav's supporters began to obtain legal opinions about their options available to them if they decide to form a new party or secure complete hold over the existing one by sidelining the old guard.
Amid a raging family feud timed to election season, Mulayam Singh Yadav has already announced that son Akhilesh is the party's presumptive Chief Minister.
The declaration is Mulayam's newest attempt to end a tug-of-war for power between Akhilesh, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, and older brother Shivpal Yadav, who is a cabinet minister. So far, he has leaned towards his brother, choosing as recently as last week to remain vague about who his party would pick as its chief ministerial candidate.
After spending over two years in jail, Roy has been out since May when his mother passed away. Later the court kept extending his parole on the condition of depositing Rs 500 crore with Sebi for refunding investors by August first week.
The SC last month had given Sahara chief Subrata Roy's interim parole till October 24 and asked him to deposit Rs 200 crore to Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) within that period.
BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav has prepared a draft of the showcause notice, which is expected to be approved by party president Amit Shah.
Insiders in the BJP are speculating that such a step, though harsh, is exactly what is needed for Varun Gandhi.
The party feels he has been flouting party norms and 'decency' and has been visiting his cousin Priyanka Gandhi and her husband Robert Vadra. Worse, the party feels, is his frequent meetings with Rahul Gandhi where discussions are often on internal issues of the BJP and the Congress.
Amit Shah is expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and consult senior colleagues before issuing the showcause notice to Gandhi.
At a press conference in New Delhi yesterday, Swaraj Abhiyan leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav released a letter written by Edmonds Allen, a New York-based lawyer, to the PMO last month that Varun was honeytrapped and compromised by arms dealer Abhishek Verma.
He alleged that Verma "blackmailed" Varun, a member of the Defence Consultative Committee, into sharing sensitive information on crucial arms matters.
Varun rejected these charges, saying he has not met Verma since 2004 and threatened to file a defamation suit against Bhushan and Yadav over the charges.
"Pakistan has to understand that the two countries share the border and to bring peace in the region, start a dialogue, the infiltration must stop," Mehbooba said addressing a police function in Srinagar.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader said the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) would be removed from the Kashmir Valley over a period of time only after militancy stops in the state.
"We have to remove the AFSPA. But we need support for that. We can do it in intervals but the militancy has to stop," she said.
Mehbooba Mufti also came out strongly against stone-pelting protesters in the valley saying it won't resolve the Kashmir issue.
A bench comprising Justice Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy said "the possession of flat shall be handed over to the respondent in two days" and said Rathore should not pay any more amount to the developer.
The apex court said the issue of compensation to be paid by the realty firm to Rathore for the delayed possession would be dealt with at a later stage of the hearing. During the hearing, counsel appearing for the builder said the flat was ready and they could handover possession. Rathore had booked a flat in Parsvnath's Exotica project in Gurgaon in 2006 and paid around Rs 70 lakh for it. The firm was to deliver the flat in 2008-09.
In January this year, the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) had directed the bulider to refund the principal amount with interest and compensation to Rathore.
Earlier, the apex court had rapped real-estate firms for making tall claims to purchasers which remained unfulfilled due to inordinate delay in completing the housing projects. The court had on October 18 directed the SC registry to disburse Rs 12 crore, deposited by real estate firm Parsvnath Buildwell Pvt Ltd, to 70 home buyers on pro-rata basis after proper identification. It had also directed the firm to deposit Rs 10 crore by December 10 with Supreme Court registry. The apex court's observation had come after Parsvnath Buildwell Pvt Ltd had said it would give the flats to 70 home buyers, who are before the court, by December 17.
These are some of the recommendations that the RSS-affiliated Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan Nyas (SSUN) has made to the Ministry of Human Resource Development for the new education policy that is to be formulated soon. Read more
Vineet jain, MD Times of India, had tweeted yesterday in the wake of the MNS threat to Ae Dil Hai Mushkil: @vineetjaintimes By stopping films PREVIOUSLY made with pak artists u hurt Indias moral plank,business&jobs not pak. Don't think emotionally but logically
Senior journalist Senior Shekhar Gupta retweeted KC Singh's tweet with this tart explanation: @ShekharGupta See it as a brilliant case of editorial freedom: The Times of India works for Aman Ki Aasha, and the Times Now tireless in Jang Ki Cheshta
The team of doctors treating her at Apollo expect her condition to improve further by Sunday and thereafter will discharge her.
A highly-placed hospital source in Chennai told Rediff.com that though she is still under respiratory support, the CM is able to sit up on the bed in a reclining position.
The mitral valve infection has been treated effectively and as a result the fluid accumulation in the lungs has been halted.
To ensure that Jayalalithaa continues her treatment post-discharge, a full-fledged medical facility is being set up at her sprawling bungalow in Neelankarai outside Chennai.
As an alternative, a temporary medical set-up is also being readied at Siruthavur, 15 km from Chennai.
Jayalalithaa's confidante Sasikala Natarajan's family is considering moving the CM to either of these two locations in order to avoid any media focus.
In the meeting with the ICC and the Hawkeye officials, the improvements made to the system were further evaluated by the BCCI team, who were satisfied that most of the concerns and suggestions that were expressed by BCCI over a period of time, were addressed to a significant extent.
Amit Shah wants Brahmin leaders in Congress to join the BJP like Rita Bahuguna Joshi. After her defection yesterday, there are more district-level Brahmin leaders of the Congress who want a BJP ticket to contest the UP polls. Shah has a list of these aspirants and during his visits to districts will ensure that each of these Congress leaders will issue a statement condemning the Congress party, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi and the BJP's UP face, Sheela Dikshit.
It is believed that the said Union Minister began shivering and crying when the PM reprimanded him. Unmoved, the PM is believed to have warned him that his wife should not interfere in government matters.
As a compromise, the minister agreed to terminate the services of his first personal assistant who is said to be the main conduit between his wife and the chiefs of the public sector undertakings.
Fear and gloom now looms large as news of the minister's takedown spread among not just other ministers, but their wives too.
"The road near Dipa's house falls among some others that we have selected for repair. Work is expected to begin next month," public works department chief engineer (roads and buildings) Somesh Chandra Das told Hindustan Times.
While appreciating the government's decision, Dipa was quoted by Times of India as saying, "We never spoke of any road or lane with regard to the BMW's use. Along with road space and quality, service and maintenance of the car are also important issues here. We have made up our mind to give up this car."
The car was presented to Dipa by Sachin Tendulkar, on behalf of the Hyderabad Badminton Association, for her historic fourth place finish at this year's Olympics.
Dipa along with Olympic Medallists PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik were presented with the super cars for their scintillating performances in Rio.
National Badminton coach Pullela Gopichand was also awarded a BMW as a token of appreciation by the association.
But Dipa caused a stir last week when she went public with her decision to return her BMW due to maintenance issues and her father also said they will accept its value from the organisers to buy a vehicle that is locally available.
This is the second ceasefire violation by Pakistan in less than 24 hours. Early on Thursday morning, Pakistan resorted to ceasefire violation in Bhimer Gali (BG) sector of Rajouri and in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district.
According to ANI reports, Pakistani forces fired around 25 rounds of small weapons and 2 small mortars in Hiranagar sector.
"Detail checking revealed that it (firing at IB in Kathua) was an attempted forced infiltration bid by a group of 6 terrorists, foiled," said a BSF official.
The Indian troops retaliated to the ceasefire violations. There has been no reports of any casualty or damage yet.
Yesterday, Pakistan has also summoned the Indian deputy high commissioner in Islamabad over the killing of the civilian in India's "unprovoked ceasefire violation" across the LoC and sought an immediate probe.
Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said that 28-year-old villager Abdul Rehman was killed in "unprovoked firing by India in Karela sector of the Line of Control (LoC)" late last night.
Defence spokesman, lieutenant colonel, Manish Mehta told IANS, "The troops violated bilateral ceasefire in Bhimber Ghali (BG) sector of the LoC. They used mortars to target our positions." The shelling stopped at 3.30 am, however small arms and automatic gunfire exchanges continued, Mehta added.
This is the 17th ceasefire violation by Pakistan since the Uri attack.
Image: An Indian border post near the fencing on the Line of Control in Balakot Sector in Poonch. Pic: PTI
The Supreme Court asks BCCI president Anurag Thakur to give an undertaking to comply with the Lodha Panel recommendations and court orders.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday had deferred its hearing by two weeks on a petition filed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India seeking a review of its July 18 verdict directing it to implement the recommendations of Justice Rajendra Mal Lodha panel on massive structural reforms in the BCCI.
The BCCI, in its review petition, has also sought recusal of Chief Justice T S Thakur from hearing the matter, alleging he has "a prejudiced approach" against it.The court decided to pass an order on the implementation of the Lodha Committee recommendations on Friday after the BCCI counsel declined to give an unconditional undertaking that it will seek instructions to stop funds to state bodies and abide by the committee's recommendations.
The BCCI faced the wrath of the apex court for its defiant attitude in implementing the directions of the Lodha committee to reform cricket in the country.
The court also rebuked the cricket body for hurriedly disbursing around Rs 400 crore to state bodies. A bench led by Chief Justice of India TS Thakur said that BCCI's defiant attitude will not lead anywhere. It further emphasised that transparency, fairness, and objectivity were most important aspects in all decisions including disbursal of funds by BCCI.
When Cyril Almeida, a Pakistani journalist, revealed earlier this month that he had been banned from travelling abroad after writing a story that embarrassed Pakistan's security forces, India's tabloid press gloated.
The Schadenfreude proved short-lived. To general surprise, Mr Almeida's colleagues rallied in noisy support. Pakistani newspapers, rights groups, journalists' clubs and social media chorused outrage at his persecution. The pressure worked; the ban got lifted.
While the modern-day soothsayers have been known to have got their calculations wrong in the past, it is unlikely that anything short of either divine intervention or a monumental self-goal by his opponent can help Donald Trump secure the White House.
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During the opening ceremony of the 18th Jio MAMI festival here yesterday, Aamir was asked to give his opinion on the opposition to screening of Pakistani film and the "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil" controversy, the actor said, "MAMI se poocho", before walking off.
Following the Uri terror attack, the MNS has threatened not to allow screening of Johar's film which features Pakistani actor Fawad Khan. Aamir had earlier got embroiled in a controversy over his remarks on intolerance.
Embraer in the 2008 three-aircraft deal. CBI sources said a case has been registered against a UK based NRI whose named had also figured in another defence deal probed by the agency.
They said the kickbacks were allegedly paid in 2009 through subsidiaries of Embraer via a Singapore based company which is owned by the middleman. It is alleged that payoffs were routed through Austria and Switzerland.
They said the agency, which had registered a preliminary enquiry in September, has converted it into a regular FIR as enough prima facie material has been found by it to proceed in the case.
The deal for three aircraft which were to be used by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for air-borne radar systems was inked in 2008 with Embraer.
A Brazilian newspaper had alleged that that the company had taken the services of middlemen to clinch deals in Saudi Arabia and India. According to defence procurement rules of India, middlemen are strictly barred in such deals.
Leading Brazilian newspaper 'Folha de Sao Paulo' had reported that the company allegedly paid commissions to a UK-based defence agent to finalise the deal with India. DRDO had purchased three aircraft from the company in 2008 and customized them for serving are air-borne radar system known as airborne early-warning and control systems or AWACS for the Indian Air Force.
The company has been under investigation by the US Justice Department since 2010 when a contract with the Dominican Republic raised the Americans' suspicions, the report said. Since then, the investigation has widened to examine business dealings with eight more countries.
After the PE was registered, Embraer had issued a statement saying, "Since 2011, Embraer has publicly reported that it has been conducting an extensive internal investigation and cooperating with the authorities on investigations regarding alleged violations of the FCPA.
"The company voluntarily expanded the scope of the investigation, systematically reporting the progress of the case to the market. " "The company is not party of the legal proceedings in Brazil. Therefore, it does not have access to the information contained therein," it had said.
"The festering (Kashmir) issue is not going to resolve through talks or resolutions' Pakistan should militarily support Kashmiris by providing resources to the mujahideen,' he said at a press conference here. "If the mujahideen get military support, not only Kashmir will clinch freedom but the map of the subcontinent will also undergo a change,' he added.
Curiously, no one in the railway hierarchy in Ranchi seemed to know that the 22824 express to Bhubaneswar from New Delhi was not just halted for three minutes at the junction, but also rerouted from yard tracks meant for galloping trains to tracks along platform three. Read more
Murphy, who joined the Trump Campaign in June, did not specify any reason for this. He is a close ally of Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, having worked together on Bob Dole's 1996 presidential campaign, Politico said. Manafort had resigned from the campaign in August.