BMC gets report on bacteria that led to lepto deaths in Mumbai
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will soon study the detailed report on the type of bacteria found in the 16 people who died of leptospirosis in Mumbai this year.
The health department of the civic body had sent the blood samples of the victims to the National Reference Laboratory of the Indian Council of Medical Research in Port Blair, which has now sent its analysis to the civic body.
According to experts, there are 260 types of leptospirosis bacteria, scientifically called serova. “The aim of the exercise was to know the type of bacteria which is in circulation in the city. Our team is yet to interpret the report. It is too early to comment,” said a senior civic official, on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
In July, 65 people contracted the infection and 16 succumbed to it. Mumbai is the only district in the state to have witnessed mortality because of the infection.
Doctors also feel there could be another organism, along with the bacteria, that may have aggravated the condition. The possibility of the link to the hanta virus, too, was discussed in a meeting with senior health officials on Monday. “Although experts suggested it in the meeting, there is no evidence on the link to the virus,” said another official, requesting anonymity.
The Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday terminated four employees from service, including the son of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin and wife of former militant Bitta Karate - amid probe over terror links, officials said on Saturday. Dr Muheet Ahmad Bhat, and Majid Hussain Qadiri - both of them linked to the University of Kashmir - are the two others employees who have been sacked.
Suspected militants targeted paramilitary CRPF with a grenade in Srinagar on Saturday, just a day ahead of Independence Day. A CRPF personnel was injured in the attack in the Old City, Eidgah. Srinagar police said that the CRPF personnel received minor injuries in the attack. Local reports said that the grenade was lobbed towards a CRPF bunker in Eidgah in which a sub-inspector of the CRPF was wounded.
Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday said that within a year government will push the last nail in the coffin of terrorism. Sinha today laid the foundation stone of 25 District Development Council and Block Development Council buildings in J&K, besides inaugurating 1000 Amrit Sarovars across J&K UT, in a function at SKICC, Srinagar.
IAS officer Shah Faesal who had resigned from his job and reinstated in April has been posted as deputy secretary in the Union Ministry of Tourism. He was detained at the Delhi airport on August 4, 2019, a day before Parliament pushed through constitutional changes, revoking Article 370 and 35A that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcating the erstwhile state into two Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh.
Hundreds of government employees staged a protest outside the Himachal Pradesh assembly on Saturday seeking restoration of the Old Pension Scheme. The NPS employees held a “pension adhikar rally” here at Chaura Maidan in Shimla and staged protest march with the Tricolours. President of the New Pension Scheme employees' Association Pradeep Thakur said that the employees were protesting peacefully for their pension rights. Women employees also participated in a large number in the rally.