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Indian trapped in SARS hospital

Beijing (PTI): An Indian, who was admitted to a hospital here after showing SARS-like symptoms, is stuck in the isolation ward though doctors have diagnosed that he has not contracted the disease.

The patient, who was admitted to the hospital on April 23 with high fever, one of the symptoms, had arrived last month from India after spending some time in Hong Kong.

After treating him as a suspected case of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, doctors at Peking Union Medical College diagnosed that he was suffering from typhoid fever, a rare bacterial infection not found in China.

However, since he was admitted to the medical college, a SARS-designated hospital for foreigners, he cannot be shifted to a regular hospital. “Though I don’t have SARS, I am stuck in the isolation ward which is designated for SARS patients,” the Indian, who did not want to be identified, said over phone.

“Since my family in India would be horrified to know that I am stuck in a SARS-designated hospital, I don’t want to be named,” the man said.

Xinhua news agency on Sunday night had said the Indian patient would be “transferred” to another hospital soon. However, a doctor at the medical college denied that the Indian would be transferred to another hospital in Beijing.

“The (Indian) patient is recovering now. He could be discharged in eight days,” the doctor said. The Indian also said the doctors had told him that there is no move to transfer him to another hospital as it was “risky”.

Fine for ‘frivolous’ petition

New Delhi (PTI): Delhi High Court has dismissed a “frivolous” petition filed by a lawyer and fined him Rs 50,000 for wasting its time.

A division bench of Chief Justice B.C. Patel and Justice A.K. Sikri refused to reduce the amount. “If you are aggrieved,” the bench told advocate S.S. Tiwari, “you can go to a higher forum.”

Tiwari had sought a stay on proceedings for recovery of loans given by the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency to Sheetal Fuel Pvt. Ltd and BS Fuel Pvt. Ltd. Tiwari alleged that a fraud had been committed by the agency’s officials in collusion with the two companies.

The agency, a wing of the Union ministry of non-conventional energy sources, had given about Rs 52.57 lakh to Sheetal Limited for running certain projects. The debt recovery tribunal passed a decree in favour of the agency after the companies defaulted in repaying the loan.

The companies defaulted again when a one-time settlement was reached to refund the money.

“It is very clear that the intention of the petitioner is to stall the proceedings and see that the recovery is not made. Therefore, the PIL is not a genuine one,” the bench observed.

Woman dies on Kochi flight

Kochi (PTI): A 72-year-old woman, travelling by a Jet Airways flight from Chennai, died of cardiac arrest soon after the flight took off on Monday. The passenger, Vimala Nair, hailing from Thrissur, was afflicted with Parkinson’s disease and chronic hypertension.

She developed severe back pain soon after the flight took off, airport sources said. A doctor, travelling in the flight, immediately attended on her but she could not be saved. The body was examined by an airport medical officer in Kochi, who said she had died of cardiac arrest.

Naxalite attack

Hyderabad (PTI): Naxalites of the People’s War Group killed two persons, including a Telugu Desam Party leader, in different incidents in Guntur and Warangal districts. TDP leader and former president of Gurajala mandal parishad D. Laxminarayana was shot dead while he was chatting with villagers.

Officer in bribe net

Chennai (PTI): A special court has remanded a senior Delhi government official in judicial custody for 14 days for allegedly taking bribe from property dealers. Kundan Lal, the joint director (slum wing) of Delhi Municipal Corporation, has been accused of conspiring to allot prime government land.

Life term for nurse

Nagpur (PTI): Four persons, including a nurse at a private nursing home, were awarded life sentence for a murder. Additional district and sessions judge B.B. Yerlekar found nurse Nalini Patel “guilty of the murder” of her husband, Kuldip, with three others on June 25, 1996. The prosecution said Nalini was reportedly having an “illicit” affair with one of the co-accused, Anil Wankhede.

Collision deaths

Chennai (PTI): Four persons of a marriage party were killed and seven injured when the van in which they were travelling collided with a truck near Kancheepuram.

Tusker killed

Dehradun (PTI): An elephant was found killed near Jim Corbett Park, forest officials said. The tusker was found dead in Ramgarh range under Bijnor division.

The Andhra Pradesh government has allocated Rs 38 crore for renovation of ancient temples in the state. Minister for endowments D. Sivaramaraju said 500 cottages would be set up on hills for pilgrims on the lines of those in Shirdi in Maharashtra.

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