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Health minister seeks report from Fortis Hospital after girl’s death

Calling the death of a seven-year-old girl at Gurugram's Fortis Hospital unfortunate, Health Minister JP Nadda on Tuesday said the government had sought a detailed report from the hospital.

Stating that action will be taken if required, Nadda also said that his ministry had written to all states regarding the registration and regulation of all clinical establishments with a view to prescribe the minimum standards of facilities and services.

"It was a very unfortunate incident. The Health Ministry has sought a medical report from Fortis Hospital and we will look into it. If required action will be taken," Nadda said on the sidelines of a WHO conference here.

The comments came after the parents of the girl, Adya, who died of dengue after undergoing treatment at the Fortis Hospital, were allowed to take their daughter's body only after paying a bill of Rs 18 lakh.

The parents alleged that the hospital kept their daughter on ventilator for three days though she had stopped responding to the treatment. The girl died on September 14.

Nadda said: "Please provide me details... We will take all the necessary action."

As the information about this case went viral, the hospital issued a statement stating what had happened.

According to the hospital, Adya was brought to Gurgaon's Fortis Memorial Research Institute from another private hospital on the morning of August 31.

"She was admitted with severe dengue which progressed to dengue shock syndrome and was managed on IV fluids and supportive treatment as there was a progressive fall in platelet count and hemoconcentration," said the statement.

As her condition deteriorated, she was put on ventilator support within 48 hours.

"The family was kept informed of the critical condition of the child and the poor prognosis in these situations. As a process, we counselled the family daily on the condition of the child.

"On 14th September, the family decided to take her away from the hospital against medical advice (LAMA - Leave Against Medical Advice) and she succumbed the same day," said the statement.

Fortis said all standard medical protocols were followed.

"An itemized bill spread over 20 pages was explained and handed over to the family at the time of their departure. Patient was treated in the Paediatric ICU for 15 days and was critical right from the time of admission requiring intensive monitoring," it said.


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Police deployed outside Deepika’s parents’ home in Bengaluru

Police deployed outside Deepika's parents' home in Bengaluru

Police personnel have been posted outside the residence of Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone's parents here following threats over her role in the Hindi film "Padmavati", the police said on Tuesday.

"Two police personnel have been deployed outside Deepika Padukone's parents home in J.C. Nagar (northern suburb)," Inspector Girish Naik of J.C. Nagar Police Station told IANS.

Although the 31-year-old Deepika lives in Mumbai, she hails from Bengaluru, where her family, including her father and legendary badminton champion Prakash Padukone, mother Ujjala, younger sister Anisha and grandmother Ahilya live in the city's northern suburb.

Prakash Padukone runs a badminton coaching academy in the city.

Haryana Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kunwar Surajpal Singh Ammu had offered a reward of Rs 10 crore to anyone who would "behead" Deepika and director Sanjay Leela Bhansali for the film, which is based on the life of 13th century Indian queen Rani Padmini, also known as Padmavati.

"We do not want to take law in our hands but will not forgive anyone who tries to spoil the image of Rajput kings and queens," said Ammu, who is also the chief media coordinator for the party in the state.

Reacting to Ammu's statements to "behead" the actress, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had said the state government would provide security to her and her family in Bengaluru.

Siddaramaiah has also asked Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar to take action against those threatening to harm Deepika.

"I have asked the Haryana Chief Minister to take strict action against those threatening to harm Deepika, as she only played the lead role in the film as an actress as directed by its maker," Siddaramaiah said on Monday.

"I condemn the culture of intolerance and hate perpetuated by the BJP and its right-wing groups. Karnataka stands by Deepika who is a renowned artist from our state."

State Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy had told reporters at Belagavi, that the state police would provide security to Deepika whenever she is in Bengaluru or anywhere in Karnataka.

"I have directed the state DGP (Director General of Police) to ensure her (Deepika) safety and provide security to her family in Bengaluru," Reddy added.


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Railways to use Artificial Intelligence for preventing signal failures

Aiming to reduce signals failing, Railways has undertaken remote condition monitoring system, a new approach for the national transporter, to predict failures through the effective use of Artificial Intelligence. Currently, railways follow a manual maintenance system and adopt find-and-fix methods rather than predict-and-prevent approach.

Aiming to reduce the possibilities of signals failing, Indian Railways has undertaken remote condition monitoring of the system, a new approach for the national transporter, to predict failures through the effective use of Artificial Intelligence.

The Signalling system is vital for safe train operations and the railways completely depend on the health of its signalling assets along with real-time information.

Currently, the railways follow a manual maintenance system and adopt find-and-fix methods rather than predict-and-prevent approach.

"Now, we are introducing remote condition monitoring using non-intrusive sensors for continuous online monitoring of signals, track circuits, axle counters and their sub-systems of interlocking, power supply systems including the voltage and current levels, relays, timers," said a senior Railway Ministry official involved with the project.

The system entails the collection of inputs on a pre-determined interval and sending this to a central location.

As a result, any flaws or problems in the signalling system would be detected on a real time basis and rectified to avoid possible delays and mishaps.

The failure of signals is one of the major reasons for train accidents and delays.

Currently remote monitoring of signalling is opertaional in Britain.

The system envisages data transfer through a wireless medium (3G, 4G and high speed mobile) and data based on these inputs will be utilised, with help of Artificial Intelligence (AI), for predictive and prescriptive Big Data analytics.

This will enable prediction of signalling asset failures, automated self-correction and informed decisions on intervention strategies, said the official.

The railways have decided that trial be taken up in two sections of Western Railway and South Western Railway at Ahmedabad-Vadodara and Bengaluru-Mysuru.

Depending upon the feedback, the system would gradually be extended to other sections.


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Film with SRK would be quite cool: British singer-musician Ed Sheeran

Young and accomplished British singer-musician Ed Sheeran, who swept his fans off his feet here with his concert, feels a "welcoming" and "warm" vibe in India, where he thinks a collaboration with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan will be "quite cool".

"Bollywood is bright and colourful. A film with Shah Rukh Khan would be quite cool," Sheeran, a Grammy Award winner, told IANS in a recorded response.

Sheeran, who was on his second visit to India, had met Shah Rukh on his last time here too, and they met again on Saturday night at a party organised by choreographer-filmmaker Farah Khan.

"I met so many people at the party, they are such nice people," Sheeran said of the celebrations, which saw a string of Bollywood celebrities trying to match steps and click selfies with the globally popular music icon, who is all of 26.

He is a sensation for his song "Shape of you", which he also sang on Sunday night at his India gig, which was part of his Divide Album Asia Tour. Sheeran kept his date with India despite his widely reported injury in an accident.

The concert, in association with BookMyShow and PR Worldwide, was in support for his third studio album "Divide", which released in March through Asylum/Atlantic Records. Sheeran turned up in a blue kurta and jeans for the gig.

How was it to perform in India?

"I had to come back to India, I had to. Last time when I performed here, I loved it. People are so welcoming here, and warm, I had to come back to these people over here. It's lovely to be back here," he said.

Sheeran also gushed about the "different curries" he had for lunch and dinner, and said he hadn't got a chance to explore the city much due to security reasons.

He also said "why not?" when asked if he would consider making any song inspired by India.

On the growing market of international artistes in India, Sheeran said: "Well, given an opportunity, I don't know why wouldn't someone come to India? I have come here whenever I have got a chance."

Sheeran, who is as loved for his concerts as for his albums, said he tries to strike "a balance of both" in his career.

He recounted that he was just 10 years old when he went to watch Green Day's gig as an audience.

"And my first live performance was when I was 11, I performed in school," said the "Thinking Out Loud" and "I See Fire" hitmaker, adding that his latest album has "evolved" from his debut album.


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India has put ‘Dharma’ at centre of governance, says Vice President

"Dharma" is for the stability of society, maintenance of social order and the general well-being and progress of human kind, and India has put Dharma at the centre of governance," Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said on Monday.

Addressing the members of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Advocates Associations here, he said: "Upholding Dharma means sustaining our civilization and if we follow the rule of law, our human society will survive."

Naidu said that the conduct of lawyers, judges and the courts had a deep impact on the civilian life in this country and added that dynamism of the lawyers was the foundation for judicial activism.

He quoted Chanakya as saying that "law and morality sustain the world".

He said the implementation of laws and dispensation of justice needed to be much more effective, speedy and must also look fair and just.

The Vice President said that justice dispensation system, as an institution, was now at crossroads and faced with many challenges. He rued that the general decline in ethical and moral values had affected the justice dispensation system as well.

Acting Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh and Teleangana Justice Ramesh Ranganathan, Deputy Chief Minister of Telangana Mohammad Mahmood Ali and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.