Daily Archive: August 7, 2018

Karunanidhi’s condition ‘extremely critical, unstable’

Chennai: DMK leader and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi’s health deteriorated further on Tuesday, August 7, with Kauvery Hospital describing his condition as “extremely critical and unstable”.

“There has been significant decline in the clinical condition of Karunanidhi over the last few hours. Despite maximum medical support, his vital organ functions continue to deteriorate. His condition is extremely critical and unstable,” a hospital statement said.

Karunanidhi, 94, a five-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, has been warded in the hospital located at Alwarpet in the heart of Chennai since July 28 when his blood pressure dipped all of a sudden.

Even before the Tuesday evening statement, thousands of DMK supporters, both men and women, began massing outside the hospital, some waving the party’s red-and-black flags and photos of one of India’s most veteran politicians.

“Ezhundhu Vaa Thalaivaa” (Awake, our leader) and “Vaa, Vaa, Gopalapuram Polaam Vaa” (Come, Come, let’s go to Gopalapuram) were among the slogans raised by the emotionally-charged crowd, referring to the locality where the former Chief Minister has a house.

The Tamil Nadu Police chief on Tuesday ordered maximum deployment of the police force across the state.

A circular issued by Director General of Police T.K. Rajendran asked all Superintendents of Police, City Police Commissioners and others to direct officials under them to report to them immediately in uniform without delay.

The Zonal Inspector Generals of Police have been asked to utilize manpower within the zone depending upon the requirement.

Earlier in the day, Karunanidhi’s son and DMK leader M.K. Stalin met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami along with his family members and senior party colleagues. The meeting took place at Palaniswami’s residence.

Amid rising concerns over Karunanidhi’s health, many in Chennai began to stock essentials like vegetables and milk, fearing a shutdown in the city and across Tamil Nadu.

The crowds outside the hospital started to swell after the medical bulletin issued by Kauvery Hospital on Monday evening said that Karunanidhi’s condition had deteriorated.

On Monday, the hospital said Karunanidhi’s response to medical intervention over the next 24 hours would determine the prognosis.

“There has been a decline in the medical condition of Karunanidhi. Maintaining his vital organ functions continues to remain a challenge considering his age related ailments,” said the hospital statement.

The DMK chief was admitted to Kauvery Hospital for the first time on July 18 for change of tracheostomy tube.

On July 26, the hospital said Karunanidhi was suffering from urinary tract infection and he was being treated with intravenous anti-biotics and fluids.

However, the DMK leader’s condition turned bad on July 28 with a drop in his blood pressure and he was shifted to the hospital. He has remained there since then.

Hyderabad student bags 1.2 cr package from Google

Sneha Reddy, graduated from IIT-Hyderabad earlier this year, has successfully managed to bag a whopping Rs 1.2-crore package (per annum)from Google, it is the highest package received by a student in the IIT-Hyderabad history since it was established in 2008.

She has been selected for Google Intelligence project, had received the medal under ‘Excellence in Academics and Co-curricular activities’ from President Ram Nath Kovind. Previously the highest package was offered to a student was Rs 40 lakh and the average package stood at Rs 11.5 lakh.

The Computer Science Graduate from IIT Hyderabad got four gold medals, completed four rounds of online test which Google conducted recently and finally got the opportunity. Her father Sudhakar is native of Vikarabad and works in a software firm in Hyderabad.

She was due to visit the US for the final round, but as she was unable to go there, On the basis of her excellence in previous rounds Google did the final round for her through online.

She said that IIT-Hyderabad has encouraged its students towards experiments and ‘helped her a lot in getting selected for Google’s project’.

DPO(District Probation officer) is terminated. 4 people have been arrested and others will be arrested soon

DPO(District Probation officer) is terminated. 4 people have been arrested and others will be arrested soon, DPO made a mistake, the license of this shelter home was revoked last year but still, girls were sent to this shelter home: Amit Kishore DM on

SC asks print, electronic, social media not to publish in any form pics of victims of sexual abuse

The Supreme Court, which expressed concern today over incidents of rape in the country by observing that women are being raped “left, right and centre”, has asked all the print, electronic and social media not to publish or display photos of victims of sexual abuse even in blurred or morphed form in any case across the country.

The apex court also warned against interviewing minor victims of sexual abuse saying it has serious mental impact.

It asked the Centre to apprise it on steps proposed to be taken to prevent sexual abuse of minors in shelter homes across country.

It said that victims of child sex abuse can only be interviewed by members of National Commission For Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and State Commissions For Protection of Child Rights in presence of counsellors.

The apex court also pulled up the Delhi Commission for Women for trying to intervene in the Bihar shelter home case and said that no politics should be involved in the matter.

Earlier in the day, a bench comprising justices M B Lokur, Deepak Gupta and K M Joseph came down heavily on the Bihar government for funding the NGO which ran the shelter home in Muzaffarpur where girls were allegedly sexually abused.

The bench, during the hearing in the morning, referred to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data and said that every six hours, a woman is raped in India.

It referred to the NCRB data and said 38,947 women were raped in India in 2016.

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), which conducted an audit of shelter homes, told the court that out of 110 such institutions in Bihar, “grave concerns” have been raised about 15.

To this, the Bihar government told the apex court that nine cases of sexual abuse have been lodged involving these 15 institutions run by various NGOs.

Over 30 girls were allegedly raped at the shelter home run by Brajesh Thakur, the chief of the state-funded NGO.

The alleged sexual exploitation of the girls was first highlighted in an audit report submitted by TISS to the state’s social welfare department in April.

An FIR was lodged against 11 people, including Thakur, on May 31. The probe has now been taken over by the CBI.

In all, sexual abuse of 34 inmates out of 42 was confirmed in their medical examination, while two others who were unwell were yet to undergo medical tests.

The TISS audit report stated that many girls at the shelter home had complained of sexual abuse. A special investigation team was formed to probe the complaints.

The NGO running the shelter home in Muzaffarpur was blacklisted and the girls were shifted to shelter homes in Patna and Madhubani.

Women staff members of the shelter home and Thakur were among those who were arrested by the police in connection with the case.