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Two teenagers drown in Yamuna rive at Dehradun



RESPECT THE RIVER: New data from the Royal Life Saving Society reveals 1113 people drowned in Australia rivers, creeks and streams over the past 15 years and males accounted for 81% of these drowning deaths.

 Two teenage boys were drowned in the river Yamuna near Vikasnagar area of Dehradun district in Uttarakhand, police said on Sunday.

The incident occurred on Saturday evening when a group of students from Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh went to Vikasnagar for picnic.

Anwar was taking a bath in the river when he suddenly started crying. Hearing him, two of his friends, Mohammad Hussain (17) and Zaffar Ali (13), jumped into the river to save him.

They ended up drowning near the Dakpathar barrage although some people saved Anwar (20). But he has been hospitalized and his condition is stated to be critical.

The State Disaster Response Police (SDRF) officials on Sunday said they have started a search operation to find the bodies. “Rescue operation by SDRF personnel is continuing,” police officer Mahesh Joshi said.



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Record 26,000 Covid patients cured as Maharashtra tally crosses 12 lakh




Maharashtra’s Covid-19 tally on Sunday crossed 12 lakh even as a record 26,408 patients were fully cured and returned home, including a 106-year-old great-grandmother, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope said here.

The state recorded 20,598 new cases – lower than the highest tally of 24,886 – and pushed the total from 11,88,015 to 12,08,642 cases till date.

Adding a staggering 455 more fatalities – down from the peak of 515 – the death toll increased from 32,216 to 32,671 now.

The state recovery rate improved for the third consecutive day – from 72.22 per cent to 73.17 per cent – while the current mortality rate stood at 2.07 per cent on Sunday.

Against this, the highest ever 26,408 fully recovered patients returned home – higher than 20,598, the number of fresh cases added during the day.

This has taken the total number of discharged patients from 857,933 to 884,341 till date – much higher than the 291,238 active cases currently in the state.

As per the figures on Sunday, there was one death roughly every 3.16 minutes and a whopping 858 new cases added every hour to the state tally.

In a heartwarming development, a 106-year old great-grandmother Anandibai Patil successfully vanquished Covid-19 on Sunday and flashed a semi-toothless grin holding her ‘Discharge Card’ this afternoon.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Tope, Tourism Minister Aditya Thackeray, and others hailed her victory over the virus as she was wheeled out of Savlaram Hospital in Dombivali town of Thane.

Of the 455 toll, Pune led the state with 76 fatalities, plus 54 in Nagpur, 44 in Mumbai, 43 in Thane, 22 in Ratnagiri, 21 each in Dhule and Aurangabad, 18 in Latur, 17 in Osmanabad, 16 each in Ahmednagar and Sangli, 14 in Satara, 13 in Nashik, 12 in Jalgaon, 11 in Kolhapur – in the higher bracket.

There were 9 deaths in Bhandara, 8 in Raigad, 6 each in Solapur and Beed, 5 in Amravati, 4 in Palghar, 3 each in Nanded and Gadchiroli, 2 each in Parbhani and Chandrapur, 1 each in Jalna, Hingoli, Akola, Yavatmal, Buldhana, Washim, Wardha and Gondia, besides 1 from outside the state or a foreigner – in the lower bracket.

Returning to the sub-50 range after three days, Mumbai recorded 44 deaths – and the toll increased from 8,425 to 8,469 while the number of corona cases shot up by 2,209 and jumped from 182,203 to 184,439 now.

Of the total 8 circles, the situation in Mumbai circle (MMR – comprising Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad) remains alarming as deaths spiral and cases pile up, with the fatalities shooting up by 99 – from 14,681 a day earlier to 14,780 and with another spike of 5,209 new infectees, the total cases shot up from 429,964 the previous day to 435,201 now.

Pune district Covid cases touched 261,135 till date with the fatalities increasing from 5,188 a day earlier to 5,264 now.

Thane district on the third spot (after Pune and Mumbai) witnessed 170,669 cases and the death toll increased from 4,486 the previous day to 4,529 now.

With another 96 fatalities, the Pune circle’s (comprising Pune, Solapur and Satara districts) death toll increased from 6,949 to 7,045 and the daily case tally zoomed up by another 5,193 – from 317,434 a day earlier to 322,627 cases now.

Nashik circle recorded 3,261 fatalities and 158,031 cases, followed by Kolhapur circle’s 2,330 deaths and 79,650 cases, and Nagpur circle recorded 1,908 deaths and 84,687 cases.

Latur circle recorded 1,286 deaths and 47,110 cases, Aurangabad circle had 1,213 fatalities and 46,336 cases, followed by Akola circle with 734 deaths and 33,730 cases.

Meanwhile, the number of people sent to home quarantine again increased sharply – from 18,01,180 to 18,49,217 now – while the number of those in institutional quarantine went down significantly from 39,831 to 35,644 on Sunday.

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UP man nabbed for importing drugs from US




The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has arrested a person from here and seized 2.7 kg of bud (curated marijuana) concealed in an air compressor machine at Delhi.

The consignor is based in the US and a few earlier seizures made by NCB had the same origin which alerted the NCB team.

The payment for the consignment was made through bitcoins and came into contact through Instagram ID of the consignor.

According to the NCB press statement, the parcel was sent to India from the US on August 31.

A detailed investigation into the case with the help of digital analysis led NCB team to the consignee C. Gidwani, a Lucknow resident, who accepted his involvement in the case on September 18.

The necessary digital evidence was also seized. He admitted that he used to import such parcels on a regular basis for last one and a half years for himself and further distribution to his friends.

He used to order the drugs from the US through Instagram or Wickr and the payments were made through bitcoins.

The accused also revealed that he used to get ‘charas’ and ‘marijuana’ from Delhi and Bangalore-based suppliers. Further investigations into the backward and forward linkages were underway.

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11-kg tumour extracted from Mumbai woman’s abdomen




Doctors in Mumbai have extracted a gigantic 11-kg tumour from the abdomen of a 55-year-old woman after a marathon nine-hour surgery.

A team of medicos headed by oncologist Dr Tanveer A. Majeed, urologist Dr Santosh Palkar and Dr Shilpa Deshmukh performed the complicated surgery at the Zen Multispeciality Hospital in Chembur.

The patient Sujata Sinha (name changed) is a housewife who noticed her abdomen growing daily accompanied by breathing difficulties.

At the height of lockdown in June, she consulted a local doctor who confirmed the presence of a tumour with ultrasound and CT scan.

However, owing to the lockdown she did not take any further steps or medicines, even as the tumour continued to grow rapidly, making her look obese.

Finally, she was referred to the ZMH and Dr Majeed checked her condition on September 8 to find she was weighing around 80 kgs, and suffered from diabetes and hypertension.

Further tests revealed the huge abdominal tumour encroaching the right half of the abdomen, pushing the right kidney to the left side, duodenum, liver, small intestine and colon to the left side, besides her major blood vessels supplying to the heart.

After further clinical diagnosis, the patient was advised surgery by Dr Majeed as it indicated a rare cancer of connective tissues that resemble fat cells under a microscope.

“After opening the abdomen, we found a huge tumour which had displaced all the other body organs to the left side. It weighed 11 kgs and had dimensions of 55 cm x 40 cm x 35 cm, and the patient lost around one litre of blood during the nine-hour operation,” said Dr Majeed.

The patient is recuperating well at the hospital now, has started an oral liquid diet, can breathe normally, and will be required for a follow-up after three months.

“We delayed treatment due to the pandemic lockdown. But I am fortunate to be operated at ZMH where the doctors saved my life. I feel much lighter now, can eat and breathe properly and resume normal life,” said the patient gratefully.

Prior to this, a team of doctors at the Global Hospital, Parel, had extracted a massive 12-kg tumour from a woman’s abdomen in December 2014.

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