Sat, 30 September 2017
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21:12   Trump accuses Puerto Rico mayor of 'poor leadership'
US President Donald Trump today attacked a Puerto Rican mayor over her "poor leadership ability" after she criticised the pace of relief efforts in
the wake of devastating Hurricane Maria.

Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of the territory's capital city San Juan, has repeatedly called on federal authorities to do more to get vital supplies to residents, many of whom are still without power and running water since the storm delivered a body-blow to the island earlier this month.

Trump lashed out in a series of morning tweets, while also suggesting that Puerto Ricans "want everything to be done for them" and had left the bulk of relief work to federal first responders and the military.

"The Mayor of San Juan, who was very complimentary only a few days ago, has now been told by the Democrats that you must be nasty to Trump," he wrote.

"Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help.

"They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job."
20:47   Dinakaran gives Rs 15 lakh to kin of girl who killed self over NEET
Sidelined AIADMK leader T T V Dhnakaran today gave Rs 15 lakh to the family of S Anitha, a medical aspirant and an anti-NEET petitioner who allegedly committed suicide on September 1.

He also lashed out at the K Palaniswami-led "anti-people" Tamil Nadu government for not getting exemption for the state from the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for at least this year.

Dinakaran told reporters here that the 20 AIADMK MLAs loyal to him, including the 18 disqualified ones, had together donated Rs 10 lakh from their salaries, while Rs five lakh were given from the party funds to the family of Anitha on the directions of AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala.

"We are not seeking any political mileage by providing this assistance. Such an incident should not recur and we should not allow our rights to be snatched away," he said.

Taking a dig at the ruling dispensation, Dinakaran said the "anti-people" government had failed to get an exemption for Tamil Nadu from NEET for even a year.
20:16   Police to probe ornament theft at Mumbai stampede site
Visuals have emerged showing some people allegedly stealing ornaments from a victim of the stampede at a railway station in Mumbai, prompting the police to launch a probe.

The victim, Sumalata Shetty, was among the 23 people who lost their lives in the deadly crush at the Elphinstone Road station.

While there were Samaritans who helped the injured in the time of distress, others saw an opportunity to make a quick buck in the face of tragedy.

"Acting on the visuals which were circulated on social media, we have initiated investigation in the ornament theft case," Assistant Commissioner of Police, Dadar, Sunil Deshmukh said.

The police action comes after photographs and videos of unidentified persons stealing ornaments from Shetty's body went viral on social media.

"No complaint in connection with the theft has been lodged as of yet, but we took sue motto cognizance and have started the investigation," Deshmukh said.
20:02   Durga Puja concludes peacefully with immersion of idols
The five-day Durga Puja festivities came to an end today with the immersion of idols passing off peacefully.

According to the Kolkata Police, nearly 400 Durga idols were immersed in the city till 6 pm, of the 1,000-odd scheduled for the day, without any untoward incident reported from anywhere.

The organisers of most of the household and community pujas proceeded with the idol immersion at different ghats of the Hooghly river and other waterbodies throughout the state.

Besides the police, personnel from the State Civil Defence, civic bodies, Kolkata Port Trust and River Traffic Police were also deployed to monitor the immersions, while speed boats of the navy kept a vigil.
19:22   Withhold metro fare hike: Kejriwal to Centre
The proposed fare hike of the Delhi Metro is "unacceptable", Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written to the Centre, demanding that the decision be withheld and reviewed.

In a letter to Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, Kejriwal today said the proposed hike, to be effected from October 10, would be in violation of the recommendations of the fare-fixation panel.

"The fare-fixation committee had recommended a gap of one year between two fare hikes. This recommendation is being completely violated because the proposed second hike in October, 2017 will take place even before six months since the previous fare hike," he said.
19:01   5 Sena men assault doctor for marking numbers on stampede victims
Five men donning Shiv Sena caps walked into the mortuary at KEM hospital on Saturday evening, roughed up Dr Harish Pathak, head of department, forensic medicine, and tried to scribble a number on his forehead.

The men were protesting against the hospitals move to mark numbers on the foreheads of those who died in the stampede at Elphinstone Road foot over bridge. Following the attack, workers at the hospitals mortuary have threatened to stop work. 

A journalist was also threatened. Of the five, two men were taken to the police room at the hospital.

Twenty-three people were killed and 39 others were injured after a stampede broke out on a crowded pedestrian bridge connecting two stations in Mumbai on Friday, one of the worst tragedies to hit the citys teeming local train network.
Effigies of Ravan, Kumbhakarn and Meghnad burnt at Delhi's Red Fort Ground in the presence of President Kovind and PM Modi. Photograph: ANI/Twitter
18:30   People's prayers prevented abductors from hurting me: Father Tom
Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who was freed after being kept in captivity suspectedly by the Islamic State for 18 months in strife-torn Yemen, has said the power of people's prayers for him changed the hearts of his abductors, who did not hurt him and even offered him food during the Muslim holy month of Ramzan.

"I feel the prayers of people and their sacrifices changed the hearts of my abductors and prevented them from hurting me... I am certain, God had done something," he said.
The 59-year-old Catholic priest had returned to Delhi on Thursday after rest and recuperation in the Vatican City.

He had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on September 28 in New Delhi after his arrival.

On his meeting with Modi, Father Tom said, "The most interesting part of the conversation I had with the PM was when he said I am free now and I should get stronger and serve people."

Father Tom belongs to the Congregation of Salesians of Don Bosco and was abducted reportedly during a terrorist attack in Aden and taken to an undisclosed place.
PM Narendra Modi arrives at Delhi's Red Fort ground for Dussehra celebrations
17:38   North Korea seen moving missiles from development centre
Several North Korean missiles were recently spotted moved from a rocket facility in the capital Pyongyang, South Korea's Korean Broadcasting System amid speculation that the North was preparing to take more provocative actions.

The report cited an unnamed intelligence source saying South Korean and US intelligence officials detected missiles being transported away from North Korea's Missile Research and Development Facility at Sanum-dong in the northern part of Pyongyang.

The report did not say when or where they had been moved.

The missiles could be either intermediate range Hwasong-12 or intercontinental ballistic Hwasong-14 missiles, according to the report, though the missile facility at Sanum-dong has been dedicated to the production of intercontinental ballistic missiles.
17:07   BSF unearths tunnel being dug from Pak side in Jammu
The Border Security Force today unearthed a 14-feet long tunnel, which was being dug from the Pakistani side along the international border and recovered "war-like" store in the Arnia sector, officials said.

"An under-construction tunnel was found during sanitisation operation along the international border between Vikram and Patel posts near Damana," the officials said.

The tunnel was 14-feet long when it was detected by the alert troops, the officials said, adding "war-like" store was recovered during the search of the tunnel indicating the presence of armed infiltrators who, however, managed to flee back.
16:45   Sena says it will continue in govt to protect people's interests
The Shiv Sena "will remain in power to protect the interests of people", the party mouthpiece today said amid speculation that it may pull out of the BJP-led government in Maharashtra.

The frayed relationship between saffron allies -- the BJP and Shiv Sena -- had come under fresh strain after Sena MP Sanjay Raut had recently said his party will soon decide on whether to continue in the two-party coalition government in Maharashtra.

However, an editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' today said "the party would not end the coalition when assembly elections are two years away and will continue to remain in power to protect the interests of people".

Shiv Sena has 12 ministers in the Fadnavis government, including five of the Cabinet rank. Maharashtra has a 39- member council of ministers. The party has one minister in the NDA ministry at the centre.

The editorial also hit out at the railways and the central government, alleging that their apathy led to yesterday's stampede at the Elphinstone station that killed 22 people.
16:11   School librarian rejects Melania Trump's book donation
US first lady Melania Trump's donation of books to a California school was rejected by its librarian, describing them racist and unneeded.

Melania had sent packages of 10 Dr Seuss books to one high-achieving school in every state. The packages included titles such as The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham and a personal favourite that she and her son, Barron, 11, read together "over and over:" Oh, the Places You'll Go!

In an open letter to the US First Lady posted on a book blog, Liz Phipps Soeiro, a library media specialist at the Cambridgeport School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, said that while she was grateful for the books, she would not be accepting them.

Soeiro said she was returning the books because "My school doesnt have a need for these books."

"Another fact that many people are unaware of is that Dr Seuss' illustrations are steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes," Phipps Soeiro wrote, citing If I Ran a Zoo, which some critics say contains caricatures of Africans and Asians.

She also criticised the Trump administration's policies on funding schools and libraries.
15:41   Oxford removes Suu Kyi portrait after Rohingya criticism
An Oxford University college where Aung San Suu Kyi studied as an undergraduate has removed her portrait from its main entrance amid mounting criticism of the Myanmar leader over the plight of Rohingya Muslims.

Suu Kyi had graduated from St Hugh's College in 1967 and the portrait had hung prominently at the college entrance since 1999.

It was painted by artist Chen Yanning in 1997 and belonged to Suu Kyi's husband, Oxford professor Michael Aris, and was given to the college following his death.

"The college received the gift of a new painting earlier this month which will be exhibited for a period. The painting of Aung San Suu Kyi has meanwhile been moved to storage," the college said in a statement.

While the exact reasons for the portrait's removal, which comes just days before the start of the academic year and the arrival of new students, remain unclear, there is a general view that the allegations of ethnic cleansing as a result of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims fleeing their homes to Bangladesh is likely to be behind the move.
15:23   Piyush Goyal sanctions additional escalators Mumbai rail stations
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had meeting of the full Railway board today to take stock of the ongoing infrastructural works on the suburban train network.

The meeting comes after yesterday's incident, which an official said that the rail minister had taken very seriously.

Here are the highlights from the meeting:

>> Additional escalators sanctioned at crowded Mumbai suburban stations

>> 200 officers to be relocated from HQs as field staff to strengthen ground ops

>> Empowering GMs to spend whatever is necessary on safety

>> Footover bridges will be deemed mandatory not a passenger amenity
15:09   Sitharaman inagurates Pratham-Shyok bridge in Leh
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today inaugurated the Pratham-Shyok bridge that will link Leh to Karakoram, providing connectivity on the strategically important Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Olde axis for
military transport.

Addressing the officers and personnel of the Border Roads Organisation, the defence minister, who is on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, said the construction of bridges and roads at such high-altitude terrain was nothing short of a miracle.
JUST IN:  Death toll in Elphinstone stampede increases to 23 as an injured person succumbs to injuries.
14:37   Pakistan seeks to ban party floated by Hafiz Saeed
Pakistan's interior ministry asked the country's elections overseeing body to ban from politics a new party backed by Islamist Hafiz Saeed, who carries a $10 million US bounty on his head for alleged involvement in 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, officials said.

The move was seen as a bid to prevent extremists from entering mainstream politics ahead of next year's elections.

Haroon Shinwari, the spokesman at the Election Commission of Pakistan, said they will assess the status of the MML on October. 11 when a five-judge panel of the commission will meet in the capital Islamabad.
He said the party had recently sought to register with the commission, but the ministry opposed it over its links to militants.

"So far, the Milli Muslim League has not been registered" with the election commission, Shinwari said.

Shinwari said the ministry earlier this week informed the commission that the MML was linked to the outlawed Lashkar-e-Tayiba militant group, which was formed by Saeed, an Islamist accused by India of links to the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that killed 160 people.

Lashkar-e-Tayiba has been designated a terrorist group by the US government and Saeed is currently under house arrest in Lahore.
14:27   Trump heads out for first Asia trip in November with India on horizon
Donald Trump may be making a meal of the US Presidency according to his liberal critics stateside, but at least in so far as India and US policy towards the subcontinent is concerned, New Delhi has every reason to be pleased.

As Trump heads out to East Asia next month on what will be only his third major foreign trip as US President, India is very much on the horizon for a man who professed to like the country and promised to be its best friend. 

New Delhi is not on Trump's schedule as he embarks on a five-country Asia trip from November 3-14, but while announcing visits to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines, the White House conspicuously said the US President "will discuss the importance of a free and open Indo-Pacific region to America's prosperity and security."
14:08   Like note ban, bullet train will kill everything including safety: Cong jibe at PM
The day after 22 commuters died in a stampede at Mumbai's Elphinstone station bridge, Congress leader P Chidambaram scaled up the attack on the government over the bullet train project, saying the high-speed train would, like demonetisation, "kill everything else including safety".

"Bullet train is not for ordinary people. It is an ego trip for the high & mighty," Chidambaram said in a series of tweets, taking a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is seen as the driving force behind the project.

BJP's disgruntled ally, the Shiv Sena was the first one to link the ambitious project, which will cost around Rs. 1.10 lakh crore, to the 22 deaths in the stampede on the British-era bridge. "You let the poor passengers die...and for moneyed passengers, you talk about bullet trains," said Sena lawmaker Sanjay Raut hours after the stampede that he described as a "massacre".
13:40   UPDATE: Only Rs 1,000 for Elphinstone Bridge in Mumbai?
Hours after the deaths of 22 people in a stampede at the Elphinstone Road station, it became clear that the Railways ignored a CAG report, warnings tweeted by concerned Mumbaikars, and alarm calls raised by Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar and Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant.

In what further indicts Western Railways' negligence over the tragedy, documents accessed by CNN-News18 show officials allotted only Rs 1,000 to renovate the bridge out of nearly Rs 12 crore that had been sanctioned by then railway minister Suresh Prabhu.

Point number 673 in the pink book pertains to the footover bridge at Elphinstone Road station which was to be formally named Prabhadevi railway station on Friday, the day tragedy struck.

The amount allotted to the bridge in 2016-2017 is mentioned as Rs 1,000, while the total sanctioned cost was Rs 12 crore. The allotment for the current fiscal was raised to Rs 35 lakh.

A source in the Railway Minister said the amount is "representational". "Once work on a project begins, money is allocated. This amount is just representational as the detailed estimates had not been approved so far. Tender is due to be issued on November 9."
Floral tribute offered to Elphinstone Bridge stampede victims, Mumbai. Photograph: Sahil Salvi/
12:58   Paks claim on swapping Kulbhushan Jadhav another imaginary lie: India
India on Friday cited the Afghanistan NSAs statement saying there was no proposal to swap Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav for a terrorist, and asserted that it was another addition to Islamabads imaginary lies. 

Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif had earlier suggested that he received a proposal to swap Jadhav with a terrorist, lodged in an Afghan jail, during his meeting with an NSA. However, Asif did not identify the NSA or the terrorist.

Contradicting Asifs claim, the office of Afghan National Security Adviser Mohammad Haneef Atmar issued a statement saying there was no mention or reference of India or an Indian citizen during his meeting with the Pakistani foreign minister in New York on September 21.

Asif had told a gathering at the Asia Society in New York on September 26 that Pakistan received a proposal to swap Jadhav for a terrorist who carried out the 2014 Peshawar school attack and is now jailed in Afghanistan.

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the statement by the office of the Afghan NSA suggested that Asifs claim was another addition to the long list of imaginary lies by the Pakistani establishment. 

The statement by Atmars office said that during the meeting, the two sides discussed a variety of issues, including bilateral cooperation. There was no mention or reference of India or an Indian citizen, it said, adding Atmar was hopeful the record of the meetings are reported accurately and facts not misconstrued.
12:32   Mumbai stampede: Raj Thackeray threatens bullet train dream
In a no holds barred attack on the BJP government, chief of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena Raj Thackeray at a press conference pulled up Railways Minister Piyush Goyal over Mumbai stampede.

"This Piyush Goyal is good for nothing... Just for bullet train project, Suresh Prabhu was changed, he was good," said Thackeray.  

Blaming the government squarely for the mishap that claimed 22 lives on Friday, the MNS chief has issued an open threat to the Modi camp, thundering that he will not allow the construction of the bullet train.

"I will not allow bullet train to be constructed here, if we are not getting basic facilities. If Modi wants, he can construct bullet train in Gujarat. If they use force, we will too," added Thackeray.

In a fiery warning to the vendors at railway stations, the MNS chief added, "I will give an ultimatum them, if they do not clear the area, we will move them out in our style."

On the issue of poor infrastructure in the city, Thackeray passed the buck to the 'outsiders' in the city, who add to the plaguing problem of population spurt.
12:15   Goyal to hold meeting with Railway Board officials after Mumbai stampede
A day after the rush hour stampede at a Mumbai station claimed 22 lives, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has convened a meeting of full Railway board today to take stock of the ongoing infrastructural works on the suburban train network.

The meeting will be held at the Western Railway's headquarters at Churchgate.

A senior official said, "The minister held a marathon meetings yesterday. He has convened a full board meeting today at Churchgate that will be attended by the Chairman of Railway Board and all the principal department heads."

"The minister has taken yesterday's incident very seriously and this is why he has convened a full board meeting today once again," the official said.

He said Parel terminus project is likely to be executed on a fast-track mode and several measures will be taken to prevent recurrence of such incidents.

"Additional FoBs will be planned at other stations where foot-falling is high and movement of commuters is not smooth," the official said.
12:00   Elphinstone stampede: PIL filed in HC to book railway officials
A PIL has been filed in the Bombay High Court seeking that railway officials be booked for negligence and culpable homicide in connection with the stampede at the Elphinstone Road railway station in which 22
people were killed.

The public interest litigation was submitted yesterday to the high court registry by city resident Pradeep Bhalekar.

"The petition has been submitted to the registry. We will mention it on October 3," Bhalekar's advocate Nitin Satpute said.

The petition has sought an inquiry into the incident, urging the high court to supervise the matter and issue appropriate directions.

The PIL alleged the issue of the Elphinstone Road bridge being too narrow had been raised by citizens time and again but the government and the railways failed to take action.

"This is complete negligence on part of the railways. A case under section 304 (II) of the IPC for culpable homicide needs to be registered against the railway officials concerned," the petition said.

The plea also sought measures to be undertaken to ensure safety of commuters.

"The railways has to be also directed to take action against illegal hawkers and encroachers on foot overbridges to reduce crowding," the PIL said. 
11:25   India, China should start a new chapter: Chinese envoy
Chinese envoy to India Luo Zhaohui has said it was time for India and China to turn the old page and start a new chapter, stressing that the countries have made a lot of progress at bilateral level.

He said yesterday that Chinese President Xi Jinping met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the BRICS Summit in Xiamen earlier this month, and the two leaders sent a clear message of "reconciliation" and "cooperation".

"We should turn the old page and start a new chapter with the same pace and direction. We should dance together. We should make one plus one eleven. China is the largest trading partner of India. We have made a lot of progress at the bilateral level, as well as in international and regional
affairs," Luo said.

The Chinese envoy was speaking on the 68th anniversary of founding of the People's Republic of China.

His comments come in the backdrop of the disengagement of Chinese and Indian troops in Doklam, where the army of the two nations were locked in a stand-off for over two months.

India and China, who went to war in 1962, share an uneasy relationship and territorial dispute is a major bone of contention between the two countries.
10:59   Bihar, Tamil Nadu, 3 other states get new Guvs
President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed new Governors in five states.

Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former Governor of Assam and Meghalaya Banwarilal Purohit has been appointed as the Governor of Tamil Nadu.

Ganga Prasad, a veteran MLC from Bihar, has been appointed as Governor of Meghalaya.

Brig (Dr) B D Mishra (retd) appointed as the governor of Arunachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh Satya Pal Malik as the governor of Bihar.

Delhi BJP leader Jagdish Mukhi has been appointed as the governor of Assam.

Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi (retd) appointed Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands in place of Professor Jagdish Mukhi -- ANI
10:23   Rohingya have Jihadi links: RSS chief in Dussehra address
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat has said that Rohingya Muslims are persecuted in Myanmar because of their links to 'Jihadi elements' and their 'violent and separatist' activities.

Speaking on the occasion of Vijayadashami in Nagpur, he said, "Why are they (Rohingya) coming here? Why can't they stay in their country? When we gather all the information, we know that their separatist, violent and criminal activities have led to their problems."

"The government of their country dealt with them strictly when their links to Jihadi elements were exposed," Bhagwat said.

He also said that if Rohingya are allowed to stay in India then it would not only be a burden on taxpayers but also a security threat. Bhagwat also said that 'Jihadi forces' are active in Kerala and West Bengal.

"People are resisting but the state governments are not fulfilling their duty,' he said.

On the condition of economy, Bhagwat said, "All the policies and standards need a rethinking and unique models of development based on the needs of our nation. Economic advisers will have to come out of old economic 'isms' and present solutions based on ground reality of our nation."  -- ANI
09:28   KEM hospital under fire for numbering bodies of Elphinstone tragedy victims
Authorities at the KEM hospital in Mumbai have come in for severe criticism for marking numbers on the bodies of the Elphinstone station stampede victims and putting up their pictures on public display.

The hospital claimed the measure was taken to 'avoid chaos'.

The pictures of the victims, with numbers on their foreheads, were put up on a flex board at the hospital to expedite the process of identification, it said.

The move created outrage on social media with people lambasting the hospital for its insensitivity.

'Is KEM hospital affixing nos on bodies of deceased to identify & count the dead? So terrible! No respect! (sic)' tweeted a user.

'Stampede is depressing! What is more depressing is the attitude of authorities towards the dead bodies! (sic)' another Twitter post read.

The hospital said it would have been a 'big mental trauma to make all the relatives see all 22 bodies' for identification.

'It would have become a chaotic and hectic exercise,' said Dr Harish Pathak, head of the forensic science department of the KEM hospital.

He issued a statement late in the evening to defend the hospital's decision.

'Hence, we took photographs of all the bodies, numbered them and displayed them to the relatives on a laptop screen' and a flex board thereafter, reads the statement.

The numbers were erased after the autopsies, it said.

He even went ahead and claimed it would be unjustified and unwise to criticise the scientific method adopted by the hospital for 'speedy, honourable and smooth identification' of the victims. -- PTI

IMAGE: A relative of a victim at KEM Hospital in Mumbai. Photograph: Sahil Salvi
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat performs 'shastra pooja' during Vijayadashami celebrations in Nagpur. Photograph: ANI
08:42   Actor Tom Alter dies battling skin cancer
Padma Shri awardee and veteran film, television and theatre actor, director and writer Tom Alter passed away on late on Friday night after battling with stage four skin cancer.

He was 67.

He was famously known for playing the gangster Keshav Kalsi in the hit soap opera Junoon, which ran for a record five years during the 1990s.

A native of Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, Alter was bestowed with Padma Shri for his service to the field of arts and cinema.

Apart from acting in over 300 movies apart from numerous TV shows, Alter was the first person to interview Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar for TV when the cricketer was yet to debut for India.

His sudden death has come as a huge shock to the Indian film fraternity.

Alter's first release was Ramanand Sagar's Charas in 1976. Among his notable roles are Satyajit Ray's Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Shyam Benega's Junoon, Manoj Kumar's magnum opus Kranti, Raj Kapoor's Ram Teri Ganga Maili, and Mahesh Bhatt's Aashiqui.

He also acted in several foreign films - Richard Attenborough's Gandhi and One Night with the King. -- ANI
00:23   For healthy heart, use rice bran, mustard oils: docs
Cooking oils made from rice bran, mustard and olive are a healthier alternative for the heart than other oils, AIIMS doctors said on the occasion of World Heart Day today.
The doctors also advised that cooking oil should not be heated till it starts emitting smoke as this leads to production of trans fats, considered unhealthy for the heart.
"Balanced oils including rice bran, mustard and olive oils are good for cooking. Blends or combinations of these oils can be a good option," said Professor Sundeep Mishra of the AIIMS cardiology department.
Balanced oils have less than 4 grams of saturated fat per tablespoon and no partially hydrogenated oils or trans fats.
Mustard oil is a also a good cooking option as it has less trans fats and a high smoking point, Mishra said.
He said repeated use of oil, especially for deep frying, is also bad for the heart because such oil content is mostly composed of trans fats, he said, citing the example of street food.
Prof Balram Tandon batted for 'Rule Eighty' to keep a healthy heart till the age of 80.
"One can have a healthy heart by following the Rule 80. It involves maintaining the sugar level(mg), bad cholesterol (mg), diastolic lower blood pressure(mm Hg), heart rate, and waist girth(cm) all below 80. Besides, maintaining an average walk of 80 km per month," he said.
In order to raise awareness against unhealthy food, AIIMS also conducted a public lecture on 'Eat Healthy to Save Heart' on the day.
00:17   Mumbai stampede: Most of injured out of danger, say doctors
Most of the 39 persons who were injured in a stampede on the footbridge between Elphinstone Road and Parel suburban railway stations in Mumbai on Friday are out of danger, authorities at the civic-run KEM Hospital
As many as 22 persons died in the deadly stampede.
"We have kept the injured persons under observation as a precautionary measure. Many have internal injuries," said Dr Avinash Supe, the hospital dean, adding that all the injured persons will be kept in the hospital overnight.
Some of them are in a state of shock as their relatives or friends perished in the tragedy. "They will need some time to come out of it," Dr Supe said.
Of the 39 injured admitted at KEM Hospital, two are in critical condition. One of them is on ventilator.
Barring these two, others are out of danger, said Dr Praveen Bangar, a senior medical officer.

"We carried out minor surgeries which were required urgently. Some of the injured persons have fractured bones, while others have difficulty breathing," he said.
Autopsies of the deceased were over and hospital authorities have started handing over bodies to the relatives. -- PTI