UK Indians face heart failure risk
London (PTI): People of Indian origin in the UK are four times more likely to be admitted to hospital with heart failures but are no more likely to die of the condition than people from the West, a study has revealed.
A study published in the British Medical Journal found that Asian patients were on an average eight years young when first admitted to hospital. They were also more likely to be male and suffer from heart disease or diabetes.
The checks covered hospital admissions and deaths from heart failure in 5,057 patients from the West and 336 South Asians of Indian origin between 1998 and 2001.
“The rate of heart failure is up to four times higher in the South Asians, yet survival rates for periods of up to two years are similar, if not better,” the study stated.
The authors suggested that this might be explained by heart failure among South Asians being less advanced when they were admitted to hospital, differing causes of heart failure, or by better family support after the patients were discharged.
NGO seeks strike verdict review
New Delhi (PTI): The Kerala NGO Association on Friday filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking a review of a recent observation which said government employees had no fundamental, legal or moral right to go on strike.
A division bench of Justices M.B. Shah and A.R. Lakshmanan had made that observation while disposing of a bunch of petitions pertaining to the dismissal of nearly two lakh striking Tamil Nadu government employees by the Jayalalithaa government.
The bench said on August 5 that the reinstated employees would have to maintain discipline since they had “no legal right, no fundamental right and no moral or justifiable right” to strike work.
Writing for the bench, Justice Shah dealt a blow to most trade unions by saying, “Although trade unions have a guaranteed right for collective bargaining on behalf of employees, they too have no right to go on strike.”
Pak to release 16 immigrants
isalamabad (AFP): Pakistan will release 16 Indian Sikh illegal immigrants in a goodwill gesture aimed at bolstering the peace process between the two countries, its foreign ministry said on Friday.
“The release of Sikh youths is part of the peace package announced by Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali on May 6 to improve relations with India,” a ministry statement said. The Indians, who will be released on Monday, were held for crossing into Pakistan without legal documents.
Amritsar (PTI): Three members of a family died due to asphyxiation when synthetic curtains in the house caught fire from a burning candle. Brijmohan (40) died on the spot while his wife Kiran Bala (35) and daughter Nancy (4) died in hospital.
2 killed in mishap
guntur (PTI): Two persons were killed and two injured when a truck hit another at Mansarovar Park near here on Friday, police said. The mishap occurred when a truck carrying bananas rammed into another laden with steel rods. Of the four persons who were sent to the hospital, two succumbed to the wounds within an hour.
DDA scam case
New Delhi (PTI): Delhi High Court on Friday granted regular bail to former judge Shamit Mukherjee, an accused in the Delhi Development Authority scam case, as the CBI did not oppose granting the relief.
Surat (PTI): Pirated VCDs worth Rs 17,000 were seized by police from the nurse staff quarters of a civil hospital campus here on Friday. Three persons have been arrested and offences under the copyright act have been registered, the police said.
Rohtak (PTI): A woman sarpanch was removed from her post for violating the two-child norm. Misri Devi was removed as sarpanch of the Nidana Tigri village panchayat as she had more than two children, an official release said.
The music industry will use holograms to identify original cassettes and CDs. “The industry has incurred losses of over Rs 1,800 crore in the past three years,” said the president of the Indian Music Industry, a consortium of over 50 music companies.