Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan orders official inquiry into 'suicide' of journalist Tarun Sisodiya
A 37-year-old journalist, identified as Tarun Sisodiya, who was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi committed suicide by reportedly jumping off the fourth floor of the hospital building on Monday afternoon. He was then rushed to the ICU, however, he succumbed to the injuries later.
Sisodiya was admitted to the hospital on June 24 for COVID-19 and was making significant recovery, the hospital said in its statement.
"While he was in JPNATC for treatment of COVID-19, he was having bouts of disorientation for which he was seen by a neurologist and psychiatrist and put on medication. The family members were regularly counselled regarding his condition," AIIMS said.
"Tarun ran out of his room on Monday afternoon. Attendants ran after him and tried to stop him but he ran to the fourth floor where he broke the windowpane and jumped put," the hospital added.
Incidentally, the Delhi-based journalist had texted "Murder ho sakta hai" on a WhatsApp group of journalists.
Journalist Mausami Singh posted the screenshot of his text and wrote, "AIIMS statement on Tarun Sisodia's death and his whatsaap message in a group few days ago that he could be murdered #JusticeForTarunSisodia. Truth needs to be investigated."
Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has on Monday ordered AIIMS Director to immediately constitute an official inquiry into this incident. Taking to Twitter he wrote, "Deeply shocked & saddened by the death of young journalist Shri Tarun Sisodia ji. It was a most unfortunate incident. I have no words to express my grief. My condolences to his whole family,esp his wife & young children. May God give them the strength to bear this irreparable loss."
"I ordered AIIMS Director to immediately constitute an official inquiry into this incident, following which a high-level commitee has been set up & shall submit its report within 48 hours. The inquiry committee consists of Chief of Neuroscience Centre,Prof Padma,Head of Psychiatry Dept Prof RK Chaddha,Dy Dir(Admn) Sh Panda & Head, Physical Medicine & Rehab Dr U Singh. My deep condolences to media community that is shaken by the tragic loss of an esteemed colleague," he added.
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'Mother of dance in India': Politicians mourn demise of legendary choreographer Saroj Khan
Legendary choreographer Saroj Khan died of cardiac arrest early on Friday morning. She was 72 years old.
Khan was admitted to Bandra East’s Guru Nanak Hospital after complaining of breathing difficulties on June 20. Her nephew Manish Jagwani told PTI, “She passed away due to cardiac arrest at around 2.30 am at the hospital."
Her funeral was held on Friday morning at a cemetery in suburban Malad. "We buried her at around 7 am. The prayer meeting will be held after three days," her daughter Sukaina told PTI.
In a career spanning over four decades, Khan, has choreographed more than 2,000 songs. Her best work was with actors Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit.
"Ek Do Teen" in "Tezaab", "Tamma Tamma Loge" in "Thanedar", "Dhak Dhak Karne Laga" in "Beta" and "Dola Re Dola" in "Devdas" are some of her best works. She last choreographed "Tabaah Hogaye" featuring Madhuri in 2019's Kalank.
Meanwhile, not only the film industry but also the politicians mourned her demise. "Saroj Khan was a genius Choreographer, who impressed & entertained all with her iconic work. Shocked to know about her demise. A big loss to the film industry. Condolences to her family, friends & fans. Om Shanti .#RIPSarojKhan #Legend," wrote Union Minister Prakash Javadekar.
"#SarojKhan Ji was known as "The Mother of Dance/Choreography in India", career span of over 40yrs choreographed more than 2000 songs and won 3 National Awards. A legend indeed! My heartfelt condolences and prayers to the families, friends and fans...," said Maharashtra Minister Aslam Shaikh.
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Check out this hilarious Twitter spat between BJP's Tajinder Singh Bagga and Congress
BJP's Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga is known to take a jibe at the Opposition party and it is quite evident. And he often gets involved in a Twitter spat and we gotta admit that it is hilarious to watch them involve in one.
Well, Bagga, once again, took a jibe at Congress on Twitter. This time the Twitter spat took a new turn and Bagga and Congress tweets will surely make you laugh. Recently, INC Chhattisgarh had tweeted in Hindi, "Jhoot ka adds, J P ....??" Now, it isn't that hard to guess the name.
Bagga promptly replied to the tweet and said "Khoon ka Gandhi, Rajiv....???"
It is imperative to note that, earlier, Bagga had tweeted: "Good Morning @IYC Rajiv Gandhi is Murderer."
Bagga had tweeted, "I don't agree with @sambitswaraj Ji, He said Rajiv Gandhi killed 3000 people. I want to say it's just official figure, unofficial figure is more than 5000. Rajiv Gandhi is Murderer."
An FIR was filed against him at Kanker in Chhattisgarh, for using offensive language against former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and for trying to disturb communal harmony.
Coming back to the Twitter spat, it seems that now Congress' Twitter handle of other states too have joined the spat. Replying to Bagga's tweet, INC Bihar tweeted, " Baap churata that sulab sochalaya ka magga, bete ka naam rakha Tajinder....???"
Wait, the spat went on next level. Bagga immediately replied, "Uss magge mein daal ke beer, beer bar wali karti this cheer."
Here's how Twitter reacted to their spat;
Karnataka announces total lockdown on Sundays starting July 5
Bengaluru: The Karnataka government on Saturday took a slew of decisions including imposing total lockdown on Sundays starting July 5 in view of the spike in the number of coronavirus cases in the state.
It was also decided that there will be night curfew from 8 pm to 5 am, which will come into effect from Monday, according to an official statement. A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa with the ministers and officials amid growing opposition outcry to impose stringent lockdown to contain COVID-19 cases in the state.
"Lockdown would be imposed every Sunday, with effect from July 5, 2020 until further orders. No activities shall be permitted on that day except essential services and supplies. All government offices shall remain closed on all Saturdays, along with second and fourth Saturdays with effect from July 10," the statement read.
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Commissioner was directed to set up more number of wholesale vegetable markets to avoid crowding in large wholesale vegetable markets in the city. It was also decided to have a centralised bed allocation system to speed up hospitalisation of COVID-19 patients.
The Chief Minister directed the officials to enhance the number of ambulances to carry coronavirus patients and to arrange separate ambulances for carrying mortal remains of patients who die due to the contagion. He also directed the officials to use the police control room wireless system to identify location and easy movement of ambulances. Yediyurappa told the officials to publish details of nodal officers working for Covid Management.
It was decided at the meeting to delegate more responsibilities to joint commissioners of eight municipal zones in Bengaluru and also appoint Karnataka Administrative Services officers in these zones to assist the joint commissioners. The 180 ESI doctors appointed by the labour department will also be pressed into service and probationary Tahsildars will be appointed as nodal officers for coronavirus hospitals and COVID care centres.
Marriage halls, hostels and other institutions in Bengaluru will also be reserved for COVID care centres and to avail railway coaches with beds. The Deputy Commissioner of Bengaluru Urban was directed to identify more places for the last rites of coronavirus victims.
Yediyurappa told the official to form teams for conducting last rites. Besides notifying reservation of 50 per cent of beds in medical colleges and private hospitals, the BBMP Commissioner will also notify tie-up with hotels with hospitals to avoid any shortage of beds for treatment, the Chief Minister said during the meeting.
Sambit Patra taunts P Chidambaram with INX Media case after former FM asks centre what it will do if Rajiv Gandhi Foundation returns Rs 20 lakh
BJP leader Sambit Patra on Saturday slammed senior Congress leader P Chidambaram for questioning whether PM Narendra Modi would assure that China will "vacate its transgression and restore status quo ante?" if the RGF returns Rs 20 lakh.
Taking to Twitter, Sambit Patra wrote: "Suppose you return all the corrupt Money that you had usurped in INX media & other cases will the Supreme Court not send you to jail? PS: “No Intrusion” is what the PM said. Get you facts right!!"
Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday launched an attack on BJP chief JP Nadda, accusing him of being an expert in "speaking half-truths" and said that Rs 20 lakhs deposited in the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation "from PM National Relief Fund in 2005 was for tsunami relief work in Andaman and Nicobar."
This comes in response to the allegations by the BJP chief made on Friday in the wake of the Opposition raising questions on the government's position over the standoff with China at the LAC. Taking to Twitter, Nadda shared details of 'Partner Organisation and Donors Year 2005-2006' and 'Partner Organisation and Donors Year 2007-2008', which shows that PMNRF donated funds to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF).
In a series of tweets on Saturday morning, Chidambaram accused the BJP of unnecessarily attempting to draw parallels between China's intrusion which took place recently and the events which had taken place 15 years ago.
"BJP President Mr Nadda specialises in speaking half-truths. My colleague Mr Randeep Surjewala exposed his half-truths yesterday," Chidambaram's tweet read.
Chidambaram further questioned whether PM Narendra Modi would assure that China will "vacate its transgression and restore status quo ante?" if the RGF returns Rs 20 lakh today. He also implored Nadda to "come to terms with reality" and answer the questions on Chinese intrusions in Indian territory, sharing a satellite image which according to him clearly shows the change in India and China's position at the border areas.
JP Nadda targets Congress, points out Sonia Gandhi-chaired PMNRF was donating to Sonia Gandhi-chaired Rajiv Gandhi Foundation
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Jagat Prakash Nadda on Friday hits out at Congress and alleged that Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF) was donating money to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation during the UPA years.
The BJP chief also said that to divert this public money into a family-run foundation is not only a "brazen fraud" but also a "big betrayal" of the people of India.
Taking to Twitter, JP Nadda wrote: "PMNRF, meant to help people in distress, was donating money to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation in UPA years. Who sat on the PMNRF board? Smt. Sonia Gandhi. Who chairs RGF? Smt. Sonia Gandhi. Totally reprehensible, disregarding ethics, processes and not bothering about transparency."
The BJP chief shared details of 'Partner Organisation and Donors Year 2005-2006' and 'Partner Organisation and Donors Year 2007-2008', which shows that PMNRF donated funds to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF).
In a series of tweets, JP Nadda said, "PMNRF, meant to help people in distress, was donating money to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation in UPA years. Who sat on the PMNRF board? Smt. Sonia Gandhi Who chairs RGF? Smt. Sonia Gandhi. Totally reprehensible, disregarding ethics, processes and not bothering about transparency."
"People of India donated their hard-earned money to PMNRF to help their fellow citizens in need. To divert this public money into a family run foundation is not only a brazen fraud but also a big betrayal of the people of India," Nadda added.
Cornering Congress, he further said that one family's hunger for wealth has cost the nation immensely and asked the opposition party to apologise to the unchecked loot for self-gain. "If only they have devoted their energies towards more constructive agenda. The Congress' Imperial Dynasty needs to apologise to the unchecked loot for self-gains!" he said.