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Jolt to Congress in MP as Suresh Pachouri, several party leaders join BJP

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Bhopal, March 9 (IANS) Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, Congress faced yet another big jolt in Madhya Pradesh as senior party leader Suresh Pachouri, along with several leaders, joined BJP on Saturday.

Pachouri, who had tendered his resignation to AICC President Mallikarjun Kharge on March 7, joined the BJP in the presence of Chief Minister Mohan Yadav and state BJP President V. D. Sharma.

Pachouri, who has been sidelined for the last few years even when the MP Congress unit was headed by former CM Kamal Nath, has been upset and was exploring his political future.

Pachouri, who also served as state Congress President and also held various posts during the 40 years of his association with the grand-old party, has strong hold in Bhopal region.

A signal for his disappontment was made ahead of the assembly election in November last year when one of his close aides was replaced from the post of Bhopal district president. Since then, Pachouri has been upset with the party’s top leadership.

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Apart from Pachouri, several other Congress leaders, including former MP Gajendra Singh Rajukhedi and ex-MLA Sanjay Shukla (Indore) also joined the BJP.

Former MLA Shukla had contested the assembly election against senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya, and lost. However, he is considered a close aide of Vijayvargiya, as he often called the senior BJP leader as his father figure.

–IANS

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Delhi hospital fire tragedy: NCPCR takes cognizance after death of seven newborn babies

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New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) Following the death of seven newborn babies at a Delhi hospital, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has taken cognizance of the incident while a probe has also been initiated, an official said.

“The Commission has taken cognizance of the incident of fire in a hospital in Vivek Vihar area in Delhi and the death of newborn babies. A team of CrPC @NCPCR_ will visit the hospital today to investigate the incident. Official information will be shared after the team’s visit,” said Priyank Kanoongo, NCPCR Chief on X.

Seven newly born babies died after a fire broke out in a baby care centre in Delhi’s Shahdara, police said on Sunday.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara) Surendra Chaudhary said that on Saturday at around 11:30 p.m. a Police Control Room (PCR) call regarding a fire at Baby Care NewBorn Hospital was received at Vivek Vihar police station, following which a police team rushed to the spot.

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Upon reaching the spot, the fire was found in the hospital and its adjacent building.

“In the hospital, there were 12 newborn babies admitted and one was already dead before the fire incident. All the 12 newborn babies were rescued from the hospital with the help of other people and shifted to East Delhi Advance NICU Hospital, for treatment,” said the DCP.

The DCP said that fire tenders also reached the spot and doused the flames.

Delhi Fire Service (DFS) Chief Atul Garg said that seven children were declared dead at the hospital while five newly born babies are undergoing treatment.

“All 7 dead bodies have been further shifted to GTB Hospital for postmortem. Appropriate legal action is being taken against the owner of the hospital namely Naveen Kichi, a resident of Bhairon Enclave, Paschim Vihar, Delhi,” said the DCP.

–IANS

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One dead, two injured in accident on Noida expressway

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Noida, May 26 (IANS) A man died while two others sustained injuries after the SUV, they were travelling, in crashed into a divider and overturned on the Noida expressway on Sunday, police said.

The deceased was identified as Nitin alias Bablu, a resident of South Extension.

“A grey-coloured Mahindra XUV 500, carrying three people Nitin, Ashish and Bobby, met with an accident. The man driving the SUV lost control over it, rammed into a divider near the Sulabh Toilet, overturned and landed in the green belt near the service road,” said a senior police official.

Nitin was admitted to a private hospital in Sector 137 by the PRV (Police Response Vehicle), where doctors declared him dead.

“Ashish and Bobby have been admitted to the Trauma Centre in Delhi,” the police official said.

“The body of the deceased has been sent for post-mortem after completing the necessary inquest proceedings, and other necessary actions are being taken,” the official added.

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CPI(M) candidate barred from campaigning near Bengal CM's residence

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Kolkata, May 26 (IANS) Tension gripped the Kalighat area on Sunday after the police disallowed campaigning by CPI(M) candidate from Kolkata-Dakshin Saira Shah Halim in a locality adjacent to the residence of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

After Halim, the niece of iconic Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah, reached the locality associated with her party activists and leaders for campaigning, she saw guardrail barricades being raised by the city police to prevent them from campaigning.

When she questioned the police about the reasons behind the prohibition, the latter replied that as Section 144 CrPC is imposed in that area, the assembly of five or more persons is prohibited.

The CPI(M) candidate then moderated her plans slightly and informed the police that instead of regular campaigning, she would distribute campaign leaflets at the shops and residences in the locality.

When the police even refused to permit that, her supporters fumed and started protesting by raising slogans.

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Some of them tried to break through the barricades which resulted in a scuffle with the police.

Police were of the view that without prior permission of the higher authorities, any kind of campaigning could not be conducted in that area.

Kolkata-Dakshin will be going for polls in the last and seventh phase on June 1.

Halim is married to a city-based medical practitioner Fuad Halim, who is the son of former West Bengal Assembly Speaker late Hasim Abdul Halin.

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Goa: Bus rams into hutment, 4 labourers dead

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Panaji, May 26 (IANS) Four labourers were killed and four others have been injured after a bus rammed into their hutments along the roadside at Verna Industrial estate in the coastal state on Saturday night, police said.

Superintendent of Police (South) Sunita Sawant told media persons that the accident occurred after a bus driver carrying workers of a private company lost control of the steering.

“While negotiating to take a turn, the driver rammed the bus into hutments, where around eight labourers were sleeping. Four of them have died, while four are undergoing treatment at Sub District Hospital in Margao,” Sawant said.

She said that these workers, all natives of Bihar, were engaged in construction work of pavement.

Police said that the bus driver has also sustained injuries and is undergoing treatment.

Police are further investigating the case.

–IANS

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Rajkot fire claims 35 lives, DNA tests to identify victims

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Rajkot, May 26 (IANS) The fire at Gamezone amusement park in Rajkot on May 25 resulted in the loss of 35 lives, leaving victims charred beyond recognition that identification is possible only through DNA testing, officials shared.

According to reports, DNA samples were dispatched to Gandhinagar via air ambulance at 4:30 a.m. The results of these tests are expected within 48 hours. So far, 25 DNA samples have been sent, while the relatives of two victims are yet to arrive.

According to sources, some relatives are travelling from Junagadh, and no immediate family member is present for one individual who came from abroad. Sixteen bodies are currently in cold storage at AIIMS, and 11 others are at the Civil Hospital.

“Over 27 bodies have been transported to Rajkot Hospital, where DNA samples will be collected before conducting post-mortem examinations. The Civil Hospital in Rajkot is overwhelmed with the number of deceased. DNA samples from missing family members will also be collected to aid identification. It has been reported that most of the victims are from Gondal, with 31 families still searching for their missing children. More than 10 police teams are involved in documenting the incident, and the death toll may rise above 50,” sources said.

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“Families of the injured are heartbroken and in mourning, unable to see their loved ones one last time due to the condition of the bodies,” sources from Rajkot added.

The government has issued orders for an investigation and action against those responsible.

–IANS

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