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Plan to broadbase medical councils

New Delhi: The Medical Council of India (MCI) has agreed to appoint “non-medical” members in all the state medical councils besides its own, reports our legal correspondent.

The MCI on Tuesday accepted the suggestion of attorney-general Soli Sorabjee who made this point before the Supreme Court while responding to a public interest litigation. The MCI said the Centre could even come out with a gazette notification to effect the changes suggested by Sorabjee.

The plea filed by Malay Ganguly, the secretary of People for Better Treatment, contended that for accountability of doctors involved in medical negligence cases and to safeguard the interests of a complainant against “perceived bias” of the medical fraternity which might not want to “let down” a doctor, “non-medical” members should be appointed in all state medical councils as well as the MCI.

The organisation People for Better Treatment was started by US-based Indian doctor Kunal Saha after his wife Anuradha died from medical negligence five years back. Ganguly’s wife, too, died due to medical negligence.

Grenade scare in security zone

New Delhi (PTI): Detection of a grenade on the busy, high-security Tilak Marg which houses some embassies and residences of diplomats triggered alarm on Tuesday.

There was high drama for over two hours before the grenade was found to be in a defused state. It was brought by a retired army officer in connection with a court case against him and was in a suitcase kept by the roadside near an apartment building, opposite the office of the Tilak Marg assistant commissioner of police and close to India Gate, police sources said.

The “explosive” was detected by a traffic policeman around 12.45 pm. The area was immediately cordoned off and a bomb detection and disposal squad rushed to the site.

The suitcase also contained papers of the case in which retired Lt Col. S.K. Chowdhary is accused of killing a man by sending him a parcel bomb in 1983, they said.

The grenade was apparently being carried by Chowdhary to Patiala House courts, also situated on Tilak Marg, in connection with the case, the sources said.

The area is close to the residence of Pakistan high commissioner Aziz Ahmed Khan, the Supreme Court and the venue of the ongoing international trade fair.

Plane glides off Mumbai runway

Mumbai (PTI): All 53 passengers, including an infant, and four crew members had a narrow escape when a Jet Airways flight from Bhavnagar went off the runway after landing at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on Tuesday.

“After 4,000 feet of roll out on the runway at 10.15 am, the aircraft flared to the left of the runway on a hard-soft ground approximately 50 feet off the runway,” the airline said in a release.

Transformer fire

Mumbai (PTI): One person died when a transformer at the Maharashtra State Electricity Board’s 690-MW Parli power station caught fire around 1 am on Tuesday. “The fire was extinguished around 6 am. One employee was admitted to a local hospital where he died due to suffocation (because of inhaling the smoke),” an MSEB spokesperson said.

Prasar Bharati

New Delhi (PTI): Journalist M.V. Kamath has been appointed chairman of the Prasar Bharati board for another six years. His appointment had taken effect from Sunday, an official release said.

Judge robbed

Gorakhpur (PTI): An additional district judge in Jharkhand was drugged and robbed while he was travelling in a train here on Monday night. Raj Narain Tewari, an additional district judge in Lohardanga district, was found unconscious in a sleeper coach, police said. Tewari, now in hospital, is yet to regain consciousness.

Bike gang busted

Kanpur (PTI): Police claimed to have busted a gang of motorcycle-lifters with the arrest of five persons and recovery of six motorbikes. The five were arrested after a raid in Phoolbagh area.

Cracks in rail track

Sonepat (PTI): Train services on the Delhi-Ambala-Kalka section of Northern Railway were disrupted for about an hour on Tuesday after cracks were detected in the track near a station about 10 km from here. A large number of passengers remained stranded at Sonepat and nearby railway stations due to the disruption.


The second world conference and the 10th all-India English Teachers’ Annual Conference will be held in Nagpur on January 30 and 31 next year. The theme for the joint conference will be migrant voices in literature and English, a release said.

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