Live: Savita's death inquiry report leaked; Doctors failed to treat

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 16, 2013 13:01 hrs

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Savita's death inquiry report leaked; Doctors failed to treat

Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar died as a result of a litany of failures by hospital staff, a leaked draft of a probe report said, proving her family's claim that her death was avoidable.

The report by Ireland's health ministry revealed that doctors caring for the 31-year-old dentist seriously failed to investigate, recognise and treat the infection which led to her death.

Savita died at Galway University Hospital last October 28 after she was admitted to the hospital on October 21 with severe backpain. She was 17-weeks pregnant and was found to be miscarrying.

An autopsy found she had died of Septicaemia.

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Chopper scam: Italian court refuses to share case documents with India

An Italian court has refused to share case documents in the Rs. 3600 crore VVIP chopper deal with India.

On Friday, India initiated the process to scrap the deal to acquire 12 VVIP helicopters with Italian firm AgustaWestland, and sent a show cause notice to the firm over allegations that kickbacks were paid to Indian officials, including former Air Force chief SP Tyagi.

Meanwhile, a joint team of CBI and Defence Ministry is likely to leave for Italy on Sunday to probe the alleged kickbacks in the Rs 3,600 crore VVIP helicopter deal.

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Kashmir: Curfew lifted after seven days

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday has finally lifted the curfew and removed the tight security in the state that continued for seven days at a row following the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

However, the security forces would continue to keep an eye on the situation as a separatist group has called for a strike for another two days, said reports

Internet and cable TV services that were suspended by the government to restrict the rumours following the execution have restored their services on Saturday.

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday tweeted on the easing of the restrictions saying "Even these restrictions would not have been necessary if we didn't have amongst us those determined to create trouble out of this situation."

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Gautam Gambhir responds to Test snub with ton in Australia warm-up game

Dropped from India's Test team owing to inconsistent performances, Gautam Gambhir answered his critics in the best way he could. Leading the India 'A' side against the touring Australians in a warm-up game in Chennai, Gambhir scored a quick century by first-class standards to give his team a solid start.

He scored a flowing 112 before edging one off Moises Henriques to Shane Watson at first slip.

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Kerala court asks Dharmarajan to serve life term in Suryanelli rape case

Dharmarajan, the absconding convict in the Suryanelli gangrape case who was arrested from Karnataka, was sent to the sub-jail here by the District and Sessions Judge before whom he was produced today.

The third accused in the 17-year-old case, Dharmarajan was arrested yesterday by a special team of Kerala Police, three days after his interview to a Malayalam TV channel from an undisclosed location, wherein he alleged that Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien was involved in the case as charged by the victim.

The case pertains to the alleged abduction and rape of a 16-year-old from Suryanelli in Idukki district in 1996. She was forcibly taken to different places and allegedly raped by several men.

A special court which tried the case had in 2002 sentenced Dharmarajan to life imprisonment and 35 others to varying terms. The High Court, however, acquitted the 35 people while remitting the life sentence of Dharmarajan to five years in 2005. He secured bail to file an appeal the same year but has been absconding since then.

Kurien is not part of the 35 accused but the victim had filed a private complaint later accusing him also of involvement in the sexual assault. However, Supreme Court had allowed a discharge petition by Kurien.

His name figured again in connection with the case recently after the victim wrote to her advocate to explore the possibility of filing a review petition in the Supreme Court, seeking a fresh probe against him. Kurien has maintained he has been cleared of the charges by the apex court.

Dharmarajan, in his TV interview, had claimed that the principal investigator in the case had pressured him not to mention about Kurien's involvement in the case.

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Facebook hacked, social media company says

Facebook is getting an unwelcome look at the shady side of the hacking culture that CEO Mark Zuckerberg celebrates.

Intruders recently infiltrated the systems running the world's largest online social network but did not steal any sensitive information about Facebook's more than 1 billion users, according to a blog posting Friday by the company's security team.

The unsettling revelation is the latest breach to expose the digital cracks in a society and an economy that is storing an ever-growing volume of personal and business data online.

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Pak army claims Indian troops killed Pakistani soldier after questioning

Indian troops shot and killed a Pakistani soldier who crossed the Kashmir border, after questioning, officials form the Pakistan Army have claimed.

The Pakistani military condemned the killing, saying the soldier had become lost and crossed the LoC "inadvertently", and civilians had seen him being questioned by Indians troops.

A spokesman of the military's public relations wing, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), described the act as "inhuman and brutal killing," the Dawn reports.

An Indian army spokesman has claimed the Pakistani soldier was killed in a firefight in which one Indian soldier was also wounded.

Lieutenant Colonel Rajesh Kalia, a spokesman for the Indian army's northern command, said India is expected to return the body to Pakistani authorities later in the day.

The incident is the first fatal exchange between troops in the region since the two armies agreed a ceasefire on January 16.

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Terror attack have caused plane crash in Ukraine

Ukrainian investigators are not ruling out the possibility that a terror attack may have caused the crashlanding of a plane in the eastern city of Donetsk, which killed five people.

The Antonov An-24 turboprop airliner crashlanded at Donetsk airport Feb 13.

Deputy Prosecutor General Viktor Voitsishen said: "A terror attack is being considered as a possible cause."

He said pilot error and weather conditions were among other possible causes of the accident.

The plane, carrying soccer fans for a match against a German team, missed the runway, turned upside down, broke into pieces and caught fire.

Of the 52 people onboard, five died and nine were seriously injured.

"We should check all the possibilities, including this one (terror attack), because some passengers were not registered for the flight," Voitsishen said.

He said three people boarded the plane without registration.

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UN chief urges India, Pak to exercise restraint

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged India and Pakistan to exercise restraint and resolve issues peacefully after a Pakistani soldier who intruded into the Indian territory was killed by the Indian Army along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

Ban's spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters here yesterday that the UN Chief was aware of the latest incident on February 14 at the LoC in which the Pakistani soldier, after intruding into Indian territory in a fresh incident of ceasefire violation, was killed by the Indian troops.

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Fresh snowfall closes Srinagar-Jammu highway

The Srinagar-Jammu highway remained closed due to fresh snowfall in the Bannihal sector of the over 300-kilometre road Saturday, an official here said.

Snowfall in the Bannihal sector and landslides in Seri area of Ramban district in the Jammu region have forced closure of the Srinagar-Jammu highway, a traffic official told IANS.

"The highway has been closed for vehicular traffic today (Saturday). Those intending to undertake the journey are advised to contact the traffic control rooms in Srinagar and Jammu for an update on the highway status," the official said.

The Srinagar-Jammu highway is the landlocked Valley's only road link to the rest of the country. All essential supplies are routed to Kashmir through this highway.

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Facebook gets unwelcome look at hackers' dark side

Facebook is getting an unwelcome look at the shady side of the hacking culture that CEO Mark Zuckerberg celebrates.

Intruders recently infiltrated the systems running the world's largest online social network but did not steal any sensitive information about Facebook's more than 1 billion users, according to a blog posting Friday by the company's security team.

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AugstaWestland, the company involved in the VVIP chopper scam might be involved in another chopper controversy according to NDTV.

Augsta seemed to have promised its agent, Ganton Limited, commissions of 15 % and 8% for sale of chopper spare parts and choppers respectively to the Delhi police. The deal did not go through.

The commissions were promised only if the deal went through successfully.

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Russian politician denies meteorite, claims US testing weapons

Russian lawmaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky, known for his outrageous remarks, said that meteorite fragments had not rained down on Russia but that the light flashes and tremors resulted from US weapons tests.

"Those aren't meteors falling, it's the Americans testing new weapons," Zhirinovsky, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, said.

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Around 1,200 people, including more than 200 children, were injured today when a meteor weighing about 10 tonnes streaked across the sky above Russia's Ural Mountains, creating panic as shockwaves blasted windows and rocked buildings.

The meteor entered the Earth's atmosphere at a hypersonic speed of at least 54,000 kph and shattered into pieces about 30-50 kilometers above the ground, the Russian Academy of Sciences said in a statement.

According to officials, around 1,200 people have sought medical attention in the disaster area, 112 of whom have been hospitalised, with two of them reported to be in "grave" condition. Among the injured there over 200 children.

Most of those hurt suffered minor cuts and bruises but some received head injuries, Russian officials said.

Gas supplies were cut off to hundreds of homes in the Chelyabinsk region as a safety precaution and some 3,000 buildings were reported to have been damaged, Ria Novosti news agency quoted officials as saying.

A fireball was seen streaking through the clear morning sky above the city of Yekaterinburg, followed by loud bangs, but much of the impact was felt in the city of Chelyabinsk, some 200 km south of Yekaterinburg.

President Vladimir Putin said he thanked God no big fragments had fallen in populated areas.

Putin also promised "immediate" aid for people affected, saying kindergartens and schools had been damaged, and work disrupted at industrial enterprises.

Russian space agency Roskosmos has confirmed the object that crashed in the Chelyabinsk region is a meteorite. They said in a statement, "According to preliminary estimates, this space object is of non-technogenic origin and qualifies as a meteorite. It was moving at a low trajectory with a speed of about 30 km/second."

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