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World’s first baby born via uterus transplanted from dead donor

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In a medical first, a mother who received a uterus transplant from a dead donor gave birth to a healthy baby, researchers reported Wednesday.

The breakthrough operation, performed two years ago in Brazil, shows that such transplants are feasible and could help thousands of women unable to have children due to uterine problems, according to a study published in The Lancet medical journal.The baby girl was born in September 2016 in Sao Paolo.

Until recently, the only options available to women with so-called uterine infertility were adoption or the services of a surrogate mother.The first successful childbirth following uterine transplant from a living donor took place in 2013 in Sweden, and there have been 10 others since then.But there are far more women in need of transplants than there are potential live donors, so doctors wanted to find out if the procedure could work using the uterus of a woman who had died.

Ten attempts were made — in the United States, the Czech Republic, and Turkey — before the success reported Wednesday.Infertility affects 10- to 15 per cent of couples.Of this group, one in 500 women have problems with their uterus — due, for example, to a malformation, hysterectomy, or infection — that prevent them from becoming pregnant and carrying a child to term.”Our results provide a proof-of-concept for a new option for women with uterine infertility,” said Dani Ejzenberg, a doctor at the teaching hospital of the University of Sao Paulo.He describing the procedure as a “medical milestone”.

“The number of people willing and committed to donate organs upon their own death are far larger than those of live donors, offering a much wider potential donor population,” he said in a statement.The 32-year-old recipient was born without a uterus as a result of a rare syndrome.Four months before the transplant, she had in-vitro fertilisation resulting in eight fertilised eggs, which were preserved through freezing.The donor was a 45-year-old woman who died from a stroke.

Her uterus was removed and transplanted in surgery that lasted more than ten hours.The surgical team had to connect the donor’s uterus with the veins, arteries, ligaments, and vaginal canal of the recipient.To prevent her body from rejecting the new organ, the woman was given five different drugs, along with antimicrobials, anti-blood clotting treatments, and aspirin.After five months, the uterus showed no sign of rejection, ultrasound scans were normal, and the woman was menstruating regularly.

The fertilised eggs were implanted after seven months. Ten days later, doctors delivered the good news: she was pregnant.Besides a minor kidney infection — treated with antibiotics — during the 32nd week, the pregnancy was normal. After nearly 36 weeks a baby girl weighing 2.5 kilogrammes (about six pounds) was delivered via caesarean section.

Mother and baby left the hospital three days later.The transplanted uterus was removed during the C-section, allowing the woman to stop taking the immunosuppressive drugs.At age seven months and 12 days — when the manuscript reporting the findings was submitted for publication — the baby was breastfeeding and weighed 7.2 kilogrammes.

“We must congratulate the authors,” commented Dr. Srdjan Saso, an honorary clinical lecturer in obstetrics and gynaecology at Imperial College London, describing the findings as “extremely exciting”.Richard Kennedy, president of the International Federation of Fertility Societies, also welcomed the announcement but sounded a note of caution.”Uterine transplant is a novel technique and should be regarded as experimental,” he said.

 

 

Nisha Shiwani has worked in many companies in various capacities and in her free time loves to express herself through her articles. She is based out of the pink city Jaipur.

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Rajasthan: Gross carelessness in delivery, baby’s body splits into two

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In case of gross negligence during the delivery by medical personnel in the government hospital of Ramgarh district Jaisalmer, a newborn baby’s body was split into two, when medical staff pulled it out with brute force during delivery.

The, Human Rights Commission Chairman Prakash Tatia has taken congizance of the case and has sought factual report from Jaisalmer SP and CMHO till February 11. Health Minister Raghu Sharma has also directed a probe into the matter and has sought the report in 7 days.

Incidentally, in this heartbreaking episode, the woman’s delivery was done by two male nurses in the Ramgarh Hospital. One nurse  allegedly yanked at the child’s feet and the other tried to deliver the child forcefully resulting in the child’s trunk separating from the head, sources said.

The medical staff did not tell the family and the woman was referred to Jaisalmer. From there, she was sent to Jodhpur to Ummed Hospital, where the head of the baby was taken out by doctors and only then the case of this negligence was revealed.

After the shocking disclosure, the woman’s husband filed a case against the hospital staff at the Ramgarh police station, sources said.

According to information received from Ramgarh, Diksha, wife of Trilok Singh Bhati, was taken to the hospital three days earlier when she was in labour.

When the male nurses reportedly blundered during the delivery of child, they made the cardinal sin of not informing the parents of the case and instead, referred the matter to the Jaisalmer hospital. The patient and the family were not informed about this, and Jaisalmer Hospital referred the matter to Jodhpur hospital saying that a dead child was born  but the umbilical cord was left behind.

Dr Ravindra Sankhala,  doctor at Jawahar Hospital in Jaisalmer was informed by the Ramgarh hospital staff that the woman delivered a child, but the cord is left inside. At one o’clock at night, Dr Sankhala tried to remove the umbilical cord, but when he sensed something is amiss, he decided to first stabilize the health of the woman and then referred her to Jodhpur.Doctors at Jodhpur’s Umaid Hospital got to know about the botch-up during operation and informed her husband, who then approached police.A case was filed under IPC sections 304 A (causing death by negligence) and 336 (act endangering life or personal safety) against two staffers of the Ramgarh hospital.

Diksha said that when she was brought to the hospital for childbirth, there was no doctor there, nor were any female nurses present. Only two male nurses were on duty there she said before speaking of her ordeal.

She said the male nurses told her to leave for Jaisalmer Hospital after the botch-up.

Police have started the investigation by registering the case. When the medical staff were interrogated, the police were handed over the part of the body. Today the police has conducted the post-mortem of the child’s head and body at Ramgarh hospital.

Health minister Dr Raghu Sharma said the incident was unfortunate and such things will not be tolerated. “I have asked district CMHO to investigate the matter and file the factual report within 7 days. Strict action will be taken against those who would be found guilty.” he said.

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Uttarakhand minister Subodh operated in AIIMS, Delhi. Recuperating post surgery.

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Chief Minister Uttarakhand Trivendra Rawat at AIIMS private ward talking to ailing Subodh Uniyal, minister Agriculture Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand’s agriculture minister Subodh Uniyal has been addmitted in All India Institute of Mdical Sciences, New Delhi since the last three days.

Uniyal was was addmitted in AIIMS with an ailment of Hernia. He was operated on 9th January. Though the surgery was successful but post operation his blood pressure came down to 40 and was revived thereafter after the best efforts of the doctor.

Now he is under the regular monitoring of the specialists in the ICU in the private ward of All India Institute of Medical Sciences and his health condition is stated to be stable.

The Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat visited AIIMS and stayed with ailing minister for fifteen minutes enquiring about his well being.

Several other politicians n his friends visited him at AIIMS to know about his health condition.

The old friends of Subodh Uniyal, Surya Kant Dhasmana, Vice President of Uttarakhand Pradesh Congress Committee and the president of Uttarakhand Journalists Forum Sunil Negi, senior advocate Balbir Luthiyagi, Rakesh Dhasmana and others also visited him n wished him speedy recovery.

Keeping in view the risk of infection observing increasing visits by the ailing minister’s well wishers, the doctors have shifted him in the ICU under regular medical monitoring restraining visits of his accquaintainces.

Uniyal will be in the hospital for couple of days more till he is fully recovered.

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There is a link between obesity and the ability to smell: Study

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Not many people would have thought that obesity and the ability to smell are related. But in an interesting study, a surprising link has been discovered by a team of researchers from the University of Otago in New Zealand. A sample of around 1,500 individuals were gathered for the purpose of the study.

“After compiling our evidence, we found there is, in fact, a strong link between a person’s body weight and their smell ability – the better a person can smell, the more likely the person is to be slim, or vice versa,” says Dr Mei Peng, lead author of the study, according to a report in the Medical News Daily.

Adding that smell plays a vital role when it comes to choosing our flavours and our foods, Dr Peng said, “For example, they might choose, or be more attracted to, saltier and tastier foods such as bacon and maple syrup instead of blander foods, such as low-fat cereal with less sugar.”

The researchers concluded from the study that people who have obesity or were closer to it had a reduced ability to smell flavours. Based on these findings, as per Medical News Daily, it was induced that obesity “alters a person’s metabolism, which affects communication pathways between the gut and brain”.

To connect the link between the gut and brain, researchers considered the effects of two surgical obesity treatments – stomach removal and gastric bypass. “Cutting the stomach could change nerves in the stomach that affect the gut-brain pathway, so smell changes could be the key to the difference between the two surgeries — essentially, the smaller size of the stomach might not be the factor that leads to weight loss, it is more likely due to the gut-brain pathway being reset,” Dr Peng concludes.

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Medanta, Medicity, sets a new record ! 98 year old Iraqi citizen is healthy after coronary cardiac surgery !

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Medanta, Medicity, sets a new record ! 98 year old Iraqi citizen is healthy after coronary cardiac surgery ! pic Jagran n FB

There was a time three decades ago when cardi vascular surgeries in India were next to impossible rather extremely negligible and majority of the heart patients needing urgent surgeries either went abroad to US incurring large expenditures or resigned to fate.

The rich, affluents and the politicians under government support went abroad for complex heart surgeries thus enhancing their life spans. I fondly remember late H. N. Bahuguna had gone to cleveland n Houston USA and got operated for his serious heart ailment twice but was hard lucked and met his sad end in 1989 during his second surgery in 1989 .

Today heart surgeries are very commen in India and almost all the government and private hospitals are fully equipped with the latest techniques n hi tech machines and cardio vascular surgeries have become very common with extremely high success rates in a package from 1.5 to 3.5 lakhs differing from hospital to hospital. Planting of stents clearing the blockages in heart arteries is a common phenomena these days where as few decades ago the mortality rate was too high with heart patients dying of cardiac arrests for want of surgeries and planting of stents.

But despite all this performing heart surgeries on senior citizens above the age of 70, 80 or even above it, is still a highly ( usually) challenging task which the cardiac surgeons usually avoid depending upon the physical, mental and psychological conditions of the old aged patients whose heart muscles usually become weak and therefore not prone for successful heart surgeries.

In India cases of heart transplants have also been successful which are rare. But despite all these odds and highly challenging surgeries of heart of the octogenerians or patients with more age, the Gurugram hospital Medanta, Medicity, a multispeciality hospital, owned by a renowned cardiac surgeon Naresh Trehan has successfully conductd a heart surgery on a 98 year old patient of Iraq who’d come here for treatment clearing his four blocked heart arteries, thus making history for the first time.

According to Jagran a 98 year old patient of severe heart ailment suffering from blockages in four arteries namely Mohammed Kadim Sayeed was successfully operated in Medanta, Medicity a super speciality hospital, specilized in cardio vascular surgeries. Being an overaged patient nearing 100, it was really a herculean task for the surgeons to conduct the heart operation of Sayeed with four heart arteries blocked.

According the globally renowned heart surgeon Naresh Trehan, Medanta has established a record of sort by conducting this 100% successful coronary by pass heart surgery on a 98 year old patient clearing his all the four arteries of the blockages which led to acute chest pains to the patient. Trehan said conducting surgery on a 98 year old patient is a highly risky proposition in which chances of success and survival are very negligible.

He assured that after this successful surgery of 98 year old Iraq citizen Mohammed Kadim Sayeed the patient is completely healthy and in sound physique. It may be recalled that the 72 year old Dr. Naresh Trehan is a Padma Shri recepient and also the recipient of several other coveted awards.

He graduated from the Kings Medical College, Lucknow and thereafter went to US for higher medical studies. Dr. Trehan served as a cardiac surgeon in US for several years until the then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi requested him to come to India ans serve the countrymen. He conducted several successful surgeries in Escorts, Okhakala, New Delhi before establishing the Medanta, medicity super speciality hospital in Gurugram. Dr. Trehan gives concessions to poor patients who can’t afford for their critical surgeries.

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Delhi literally becomes a gas chamber on Deepawali midnight

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DELHI BECOMES THE TOXIC GAS CHAMBER ON DEEPAWALI MIDNIGHT FLOUTING THE APEX COURTS’ ORDERS

There had been an open and outright violation of the Supreme Court’s verdict on using fire crackers on the Deepawali night in Delhi defying the 8 to 10 PM limit to 12 O clock n even ahead of that till 1.00 AM with bursting of crackers goung unabated in whole of Delhi with the law enforcing agencies, particularly the police agencies literally doing nothing or negligible to enforce the court’s directives. There have been instances of 99 percent increase in the Air Quality Index in certain areas of Delhi at 11.00 PM on 7th November with Delhites not able to breathe properly especially those suffering from the respiratory disorders, lungs ailments, tuber ulosis, various cardiological disorders and cancer.

If one goes through the statistics or horrible table of AQI of yesterday night one would be shocked to learn that even in posh areas like Greater Kailash, Cannaught Place, Jangpura Lajpat Nagar, and semi reputed locations like Rohini, Wazirpur, Model Town, Mukerjee Nagar, Prashant Vihar, Shalimar Bagh, Hastsal, Uttam Nagar, Shastri Nagar, Uttari Pritam Pura and Deepali etc etc the PM 2.5 level has crossed above 15000 points to 2200 points creating tremendous difficulties for Delhiyes and the residents of the NCR to breathe. In Shastri Nagar near Anand Parbat the AQI went up to 2247 level.

However due to the winds’ flow in.the morning the skies had been cleared of the toxic gases up to some extent bringing considerable relief for the Delhites. There have been several incidents of fire in Delh8 causing tremendous losses but no casualty was reported, thankfully. Even most prestigious vicinities’ like Chanakyapuri and Major Dhyan Chand Stadium area witnessed AQI at 999 and 454 measured as the immensely polluted levels.

In fact of we go by the AQI table posted by ANI in its twitter handle Delhi has definitely become a gas chamber already suffering from green house gases emissions, grave vehicular pollution emanating out of 80 lakh two, three and four wheelers plyong on Delhi roads oncluding the construction pollution, gases coming out of airconditioners, stubble burning and diesal emissions from vehicles and thousands of trucks passing through Delhi on daily basis to other states.

Delhi is inhabitated majorly by population in the 80 percent of the areas which does not come under the posh and standarised locations and they are the one who’d actually suffered due tp tbe bDly worsening AQI having crossed from 1500 PM 2.5 points to 2400 points, especially on the Deepavali day flouting the honourable supreme court verdict. This is utterly shameful.

Delhi actually requires maximum number of tree plantations and simutaneous water conservation on a mass scale as the incessant development of Delhi has witnessed large scale felling of trees affecting badly the Delhi’s environmental scenerio.

The CPCB, the union and Delhi governments including the environment ministeries alongwith the corporate sectors, public indertakings and all the stake holders should come together cumulatively and devise ways and means to make Delhi gree amd get rid of the increading pollution in a phased manner through various mobilisation campaigns and reduction in the vehicular n other forms of pollutions.

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Shame on we Delhites?

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Polluted city Delhi worst to live in. Watch school going children wearing mask while going to school early morning.

SHAME ON WE DELHITES ?

Despite the stringent directives of the Supreme Court of India restricting Delhites to use fire crackers only for two hours from eight to ten PM on the Diwali day i. e. today the 7th of November, hardly had an impact to any extent in controlling the sound and fire cracker pollution emanating toxic gases adding to the already existing pollution in the capital city of India, Delhi and its surroundings, the national capital region viz Gurugram, Noida etc.

Deepawali is the most ancient festival of the majority community in India and worldwide where ever the Hindus live celebrated with utmost gaiety and fervour.

But the increasing global warming and the worsening climatic conditions and environment due to the rapidly and multiply enhancing pollution due to green house emissions, pollution from construction activities, stubble burning in Haryana n UP flouting court’s orders , factory emissions, emmisions from the 80 lakh odd vehicles in Delhi including thousands of Diesal trucks that pass through the Delhi territory, emission through millions of air conditions during the summer and of course the Diwali emissions that breaks all records, have finally compelled the Supreme court issue directives curtailing fire cracking limit on Deepawali for just two hours from 8 to 10 AM.

I personally kept a tab to watch whether the Supreme court’s moratorium on fire crackers would be abided by the citizens of Delhi or not. I was however satisfied that till 10.20 PM atleast 65 to 70 percent of the people stopped using fire crackers with thirty percent still busy defying the court’s order.

Being the festival season it’s next to impossible for the police personel and the department to curb this menace fully as it has to deal with serious crimes as well and the staff too is on Deepawali holiday.

It’s actually the people who are to be blamed. Sounds shocking and worrisome that majority of the population of the capital city is educated and well aware of the apex court’s orders as well as the anguishing situation of the enhancing pollution levels leading to various hazardous deseases taking place and causing unparalleled harm to the patients of critical illnesses, heart deseases, patients of lung infections, asthmatic patients, patients inflicted with tuberculosis and cancers etc but the rich and influential are still showing their money power and hostile prestige in exploding more and more fire crackers not only des – respecting and openly flouting the court’s orders but also making thousands of Delhites die of various pollution oriented physical n mental disorders.

Just about two weeks’ ago the Air Quality Index was the highest to 426 PM 2.5 in the capital making peoples’ lives hell to respirate and live comfortably.

Just imagine what will happen after Deepawali when thousands, even lakhs of tons of fire crackers emanate unacounted amount of pollution in our environment already having become toxic and not prone for healthy living.

Now enough is enough. For God Sake give up the crackers, once for all. Now its 45 minutes over 10 PM, I could easily hear fire crackers being exploded again with full speed and against the open dereliction of the Apex Court’s orders. Shame on we Delhites. The Supreme Court of India should take suo motto cognizance of this violation and call the chief secretary Delhi and the Delhi Police Commissioner to respond on this?

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The govt should strictly adhere to the apex court’s ruling on Diwali: Delhi becoming a gas chamber warn EPCA

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The environmental pollution in the capital city Delhi has become extremely worrisome. Delhi is again likely to become a gas chamber as Deepawali is approaching near and the increasing stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana emanating toxic gases are likely to fill the environment of Delhi as there are predictions that from November 1 onwards the wind current from these states is likely to gush up towards the capital city creating tremendous health problems particularly for people suffering from various respiratory ailments, lungs infection, astamatic problems and cardiological disorders.

Despite the central n state ban on stubble burning in the adjoining states of Haryana and Punjab and imposition of excessive fine the process is continuing irrespective of any fear of the legal deterrent.

As per the latest news report of the apex court’s appointed body EPCA ( Environmental pollution, Prevention and Control Authority) the condition of the air quality and the environment is extremely worrisome in Delhi with the possibilty of the toxic stubble burning gases arriving in the capital in the first week of November compounded with the toxic gases likely to emanate from millions of tons of fire crackers in and around Delhi on November 7, the Day of Deepavali.

Delhi is already under the grip of polluting air, due to excessive emissions from millions of air conditioners, CNG, petrol and diesal vehicles and the construction dust pollution as well. About more than 80 lakhs – four , three and two wheelers including thousands of trucks and bus pass and ply on the Delhi roads daily already creating tremendous environmental hazards to the life of its residents especially childrens and people suffering from various lungs and cardilogical disorders.

Added to it, the polluted air alongwith toxic gases likely to arrive in Delhi after first November will make the capital city a gas chamber as said the Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejrival a year ago.

The worsening quality of Delhi air especially during the winter season in November is the worst phase for Delhites n residents of NCR as during this month, last year on November 9, the Air Quality Index was 486.

This is considered to be more than maximum and the Delhi government had to shut schools and also declare health emergency.

While the Supreme Court has issued strict orders confining the fire cracking limit to just two hours from 8 to 10 P.M. on Deepawali day it remains to be seen how seriously and severely does the Delhi police and other law enforcing agencies try to implement the court directives.

It has usually been observed that the people themselves are so irresponsible and non serious on the issue of pollution control that instead of exercising restraints they show their money power and burn more fire crackers thus vitiating the environment of Delhi and playing with the health of the people.

Now enough is enough the Delhi police should form petrol parties in larger numbers in all the districts of Delhi and ensure that the supreme court directives are implemented in toto by punishing the guilty and sending across a strong message of deterrence. The ministry of environment and the governments of Haryana and Punjab n of other states as well, should also give up the vote politics and implement the anti stubble burning laws strictly to save the environmemt and peoples’ health.

But, there is a general public opinion which has never been adhered to or respected by the incumbent governments and that is in addition to the passing of stricter laws and directives to exercise restraint in the timings of Deepawali, the govt should actually come out with a strong legislation for the closure of the firecracker factories in the country, if not fully at least partially so that the root cause of the poision or desease is hit than implementing laws non seriously bringing no concrete outcome.

If these fire crackers factories would be closed, hundreds of thousands of children and poor people inhaling toxic substances and suffering from various forms of cancers will also be relived of this life taking profession.

But the government should also ensure that all the poor workers who’ll become unemployed working in these deadly factories are suitably compensated by way of financial help of petty jobs.

Meanwhile in a tweet the Patna Sahib MP n dissident BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha has said: Finally, hopefully, a ray of hope for all of us especially in Delhi as hon’ble SC passes orders on the manufacturing and burning of crackers. An extremely welcome move to ensure a healthier living for all # Green crackers.
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Saint Gopal Dass writes to PM with blood, demands right to protest by being on hunger strike without consuming water or euthanasia ?/ forcibly addmitted in hospital

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Sant Gopal Dass being forcibly taken to AIIMS, RISHIKESH

Swamy Gopal Dass who’d been on fast unto death and has also stopped consuming water has written to the prime minister Narendra Modi in his own blood to allow him to under take fast without consuming water as its his fundamental right or give him wish death or euthanasia. He was complaining about the harrasment being meted out to him by the local authorities and the management of the AIIMS Rishikesh who are allegedly trying to break his fast fearing his possible death as his hunger strike has crossed 115 days n now is without water consumption as well. Hence, he asked for the wish death/ euthanasia.

The ashram situated in Kankhal, Haridwar known as Matri Sadan is in news these days not only in India but abroad as well as as two environmental saints highly committed and dedicated for making the Ganges pollution free and demanding immediate stoppage to mining in Ganga and its tributeries have given up their precious lives while being on fast unto death for 112 n 115 days respectively in this ashram namely Swamy Nigmanand n Swamy Swaroopa Sanand in 2011 and 2018 just a few days ago.

As a sequel to the hunger strike of Swamy Sanand, one more saint Gopal Dass who was already on fast unto death for the last 125 days at various places has continued his fast in the Matri Sadan and have now given up water intake as well.

The entire administration of Haridwar under instructions from the top had been behind him, since then, fearing his possible death as was the case with two other saints earlier. Swamy Gopal Dass was today forcibly taken to AIIMS Rishikesh n is under treatment.

The swamy tried his best to evade his arrest but in vain. He locked himself in his room but when the police tried to break open the door to physically lift him, he himself dodged the police and ran away but was later on caught by three policemen who ferried him to AIIMS for immediate treatment.

While being locked in the room prior to his being shifted, the frail and thin appearing saint Gopal Dass in a huff punctured his thumb and wrote a letter to the president and prime minister with his blood demanding his fundamental right to fast without the intake of water and demanded either to give him wish death/ euthanasia or send him to some other country which can grant him asylum to pursue his fast unto death.

Saint Gopal Dass was just two days ago was addmitted and treated in AIIMS and was thereafter left at Matri Sadan but after he was left at the Ashram he gave up the water intake till his death. Therefore the AIIMS doctors alongwith the police n the SDM approached the Matri Sadan Ashram and forcibly took him to AIIMS.

He is being currently put on treatment. The saint was too adamant and was not ready to give up his fast n now gave up the water consumption as well. He is protesting peacefully on the lines of Swamy Swarup Sanand for making the Ganges pollution free, immediate stoppage to mining and ensuring free and smooth natutal flow of the pious/ holy river.

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Swamy Gyan Swarupanand no more, dies after 111 days hunger n thirst at AIIMS. Was demanding ban on illegal mining in the Ganges.

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Swamy Gyanswaroopanand aka GD Aggrawal, eminent environmentalisi

There is a very shocking news. It is very sad and unfortunate that an eminent environmentalist and the relentless fighter for preservation and protection of the ecology of the Uttarakhand himalayas whose entire life has been dedicated for the water, forests and land conservation including his relentless fight against big dams, professor GD Aggrawal aka Swamy Gyan Swarupanand has left for his heavenly abode after 111 days of fast unto death, stopping even consuming water after he was forcibly addmitted at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in view of his badly deteriorating health condition.

Professor Dr. Swami Gyan Swarupanand a highly enlightened and qualified saint on the environmental issues of Himalayas n the country , had been continuously protesting by being on fast unto death in his Haridwar Ashram Matr Shree for the last three months and 20 days against the illegal or legal mining in the pious Ganges demanding immediate ban on the illegal/ legal mining in the Ganges, construction activities around its banks, against the contruction of big dams and arbitrary felling of trees.

Unfortunately the vision less politicians and those at the helm of affairs in Uttarakhand and at the centre, including those at the helm of the environment ministry never bothered to give attention to late Swamy’s views and demands finally allowing him to die in such a precarious condition.

Prior to Swamy Gyan Swaroopanand, Swamy Nigmanand has also died out of hunger for 115 days at the mere age of 34 years during the regime of BJP on the same demands as of now, on 11th June 2011 at Jolly Grant Hospital at Rishikesh where he was forcibly lifted from the Anshan sthal due to the deterioration in his health condition.

The chief minister had been to Haridwar a few months ago in a Sant Sammelan but never bothered to visit the hungry and ailing swamy for the betterment of the ecology of the hills and maintaining the smooth flow of the Ganges.

Dr Agarwal has served as a faculty member of IIT Kanpur, was the Central Pollution Control Board Member Secretary and also a guiding force for pressurising the CPCB in taking tough action against industrial and urban polluters, and ensure that our rivers flow freely and remain healthy. He inspired thousands by his ascetic life and dedication to environmental causes.

Had the government of the day in Uttarakhand and the centre which boasts so much of protecting the interests of the saints n saffron robed swamys taken care of the demands and health of Swamy Gyan Swarupanand he would not have died after 111 days of hunger n thirst.

Such a callousness on the part of the authorities and leaders concerned for an environmentalist of eminence is something never heard of before. How can a precious life of such an enlightened environmental activist be allowed to perish due to the negligence of our political masters sitting at the helm of political and administrative dispensation is a moot question? May the Almighty give peace to his soul.

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Tempo traveller falls in a gorge on national highway at Gangotri in Garhwal, 9 die while 6 injured

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Fatal accidents claiming several lives have become a common feature in Uttarakhand. The number of fatalities in these accidents is enhancing day by day and majority of the tragedies are occuring due to the buses, tempo travellers or cars carrying overloaded passengers and felling in deep gorge several meters below after becoming either imbalanced or the drivers losing their controls. The main reasons of these accidents are also the narrow and unrepaired pathways n roads full of pot holes and uncleared landslide prone roads not at all suitable for plying of vehicles like passenger buses. In certain cases the drivers are careless and in inebriated position being the liquor addicts. There had been several accidents n head on collisions due to the drivers either busy on mobile phones while driving or talking to the fellow passengers. Majority of the accidents occur on the narrow turns due to the negligent driving and the speeding vehicles. There is another shocking news today about a tempo traveller carrying over 15 passengers having met with a brutal accident having killed 9 passengers, 8 on the spot n one succumbed to injuries later on. About 6 passengers have been seriously injured. The fatal accident occured on Gangotri national highway about ten kilometres before Bhatwari in Sungar this morning when the tempo traveller arriving towards Uttarkashi fell into the deep gorge after the driver lost the control killing 8 passengers on the spot and one passenger dying later on succumbing to injuries. The dead and injureds were retrived with the help of the local villagers and the police which arrived on the accident spot after some time while the injured have been addmitted in the nearby hospital.

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