December 10, 2018

500 kg Egyptian woman reaches Mumbai to lose weight

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MUMBAI: Eman Ahmad, 36, the world’s heaviest woman and a resident of Egypt has arrived in at Mumbai for treatment at the Saifee Hospital. Eman is 500-kg -plus woman and this is her first trip out of her home in last 25 years.

She reached Mumbai at 4a.m. on Saturday for her weight reduction-bariatric surgery. With the help of local Egyptian artisans, Egyptian Air arranged a special bed for her so that she is comfortable while travelling.

All equipments required for any kind of emergency were also available in the flight. Shaimaa Ahmad, Eman’s sister is also accompanying her along with two doctors Dr.Aparna Govil Bhaskar and Dr. Kamlesh Bohra.

Bariatric surgeon Dr. Mufazzal Lakdawala will handle her case once she stabilizes. After reaching Mumbai, Emaan was taken to the hospital in a fully equipped truck followed by an ambulance and police van. A special room has been set up for her at the hospital.

She is currently suffering from lymphedema, water retention, two diabetes, hypertension, and hypothyroidism, and highly obstructive and restrictive lung disease, gout and is at a very high risk of pulmonary embolism. She has suffered a stroke which resulted in paralysis of her right arm and leg.

Night time Philippines quake kills at least six, damages runway

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Residents look at the collapsed portion of a bridge in Surigao hours after a powerful earthquake rocked Surigao del Norte province Saturday, Feb.11, 2017 in southern Philippines. The late Friday quake with a magnitude of 6.5 roused residents from sleep in the province, sending hundreds to flee their homes. (Photo | AP)

MANILA: A powerful nighttime earthquake in the southern Philippines killed at least six people and injured more than 120 others, as officials on Saturday combed through cracked buildings looking for more casualties.

The late Friday quake with a magnitude of 6.5 roused residents from sleep in Surigao del Norte province, sending hundreds to flee their homes. The quake was centered about 14 kilometers (8 miles) northwest of the provincial capital of Surigao at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), said Renato Solidum of the Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology.

Nearly 100 aftershocks have been felt, officials said. Evacuation centers accommodated wary residents overnight but many have returned home by Saturday, Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said, adding officials were continuing to assess the damage in Surigao city and outlying towns.

Solidum said the quake was set off by movement in a segment of the Philippine fault, which sits in the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where quakes and volcanoes are common.

At least six people were killed, some after being hit by falling debris and concrete walls, provincial disaster-response official Gilbert Gonzales said. At least 126 others were injured in Surigao city, about 700 kilometers (430 miles) southeast of Manila.

“Rescuers pulled out a man pinned by a collapsed wall in his house but he died and was no longer brought to a hospital,” Gonzales said by telephone.

TV footage showed the facade of a number of buildings heavily cracked, their glass windows shattered with canopies and debris falling on parked cars on the street below. Rescuers in one building are trying to break a collapsed concrete slab to check if there were people pinned underneath.

Roads had visible cracks in the coastal city and a bridge collapsed in an outlying town. Rescue teams were checking for possible casualties in a village called Poknoy in the city of 140,500 people, officials said.

The city’s airport was temporarily closed due to deep cracks in the runway, aviation officials said. A major port in Lipata district also was briefly closed while engineers checked the stability of an access road, Gonzales said.

“The shaking was so strong I could hardly stand,” coast guard personnel Rayner Neil Elopre told The Associated Press by telephone.

Village leaders asked residents to move to a school building on higher ground, Elopre said, pausing briefly during a mild aftershock while talking on the phone.

Police officer Jimmy Sarael said he, his wife and two children embraced each other until the shaking eased. They later moved to the moonlit grounds outside the provincial capitol complex to join more than 1,000 jittery residents, he said.

The last major earthquake that struck Surigao, an impoverished region also dealing with a communist insurgency, was in the 1800s, Solidum said. A magnitude 7.7 quake killed nearly 2,000 people on the northern island of Luzon in 1990.

BJP MLA kin held with pistol in polling booth

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LUCKNOW: Gagan Som, brother of senior BJP leader and Sardhana legislator Sangeet Som was detained on Saturday after a pistol was recovered from him, a police officer said.

Som was detained by the police personnel on duty in Faridpur. 

Spotting the pistol, the security personnel whisked Som away from inside the booth. An official told IANS that the act was in contravention of election rules and hence the action was taken.

Sangeet Som shot to limelight for his fiery speeches during the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots and was one of those named for inciting violence.

Four killed as wall collapses in Uttar Pradesh

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SHAHJAHANPUR: Four persons were killed and six others injured as a wall collapsed on them during a feast in Sunara village here, police said today.

The victims were at the house of local Ram Bharose for the naming ceremony of his grandson last night when the wall they were sitting beside collapsed.

Those killed have been identified as Harish Chand (20), Ram Gopal (25), Ram Ratan (40) and Ram Naresh (43), police said, adding six of the injured have been admitted to the district hospital.

TN police enquire at beach resorts about AIADMK legislators

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CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu police on Saturday visited beach resorts near here to enquire about AIADMK legislators staying there, officials said.

The police action comes a day after the Madras High Court adjourned to February 12 its hearing on habeas corpus petitions filed by two advocates to trace two AIADMK legislators.

Legislators supporting AIADMK General Secretary V.K. Sasikala were taken in buses and made to stay in the resorts since Wednesday.

The state government counsel told the court that the legislators were not in illegal custody and asked for time to get instructions about their whereabouts.

The ruling AIADMK has a total of 135 legislators.

Acting Chief Minister O Paneerselvam’S camp claims six legislators — including himself, while the remaining are part of Sasikala’s.

On Friday, some AIADMK legislators belonging to the Sasikala camp told the media that they were staying in the resort on their own will and are not in captivity.

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