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I'm still alive: Jackie Chan on death hoax
International film star Jackie Chan, with roots in China, became a victim of an internet death hoax. But the martial arts expert has clarified he is very much alive.
 
“I was shocked by two news reports when I got off the plane. First of all, don't worry! I'm still alive. Second, don't believe the scam on Weibo using my name about the Red Pockets," Chan said. 
 
“This is my official Facebook page and I only have 1 official Weibo page. Love you all,” Chan, who attended the premiere of Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan’s movie “PK” in China last week, tweeted on Saturday.
 
Chan is currently busy with the 68th Cannes International Film Festival.
 
Chan and the Cannes Market have created $165,000 prize for the Chinese filmmakers taking part in the Cannes festival’s 3rd New Chinese Film Talents Forum, reports variety.com.
 
The money comes from Chan’s Project A: Young Filmmaker Development Fund. The financial prize is specifically to be invested in the costs of the production of the winning director’s new project. The forum is in its third year and this year is host to eight young directors.
 
The eight get to pitch their projects at a session on Monday at the Olympia Cinema in Cannes. The winning project will be announced on Tuesday.

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Tussle between Kejriwal and Jung escalates

Earlier, Majumdar, who issued the order posting Shakuntala Gamlin as acting chief secretary, was barred from entering his office at the Delhi Secretariat

 

The tussle between the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government and Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung escalated on Monday when bureaucrat Rajendra Kumar was made principal secretary (services), replacing Anindo Majumdar.
 
Earlier, Majumdar, who issued the order posting Shakuntala Gamlin as acting chief secretary, was barred from entering his office at the Delhi Secretariat.
 
"Kumar has been given charge of the Principal Secretary (Services) of the government of Delhi," said an official of the Delhi government.
 
Reacting to this move of the Delhi government Lt. Governor Jung wrote to the chief minister. 
 
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that he had received the letter.
 
"Letter received from Hon. LG at 14.35," Sisodia tweeted.
 
However, the contents of the letter have not been revealed.
 
The tussle had erupted on May 15 over the appointment of Gamlin as the chief secretary in-charge, who the chief minister accused of lobbying for power distribution companies.

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Umesh kaushik

2 years ago

Ruling by proxy.

Aruna Shanbaug: The fighter-survivor helped over 42 years by KEM staff
Destiny cannot be changed but if peers and employers demonstrated such collective compassion and empathy, a victim's right to life would not need to be invoked in Courts
 
Aruna Shanbaug breathed her last in KEM Hospital after 42 years of being in a vegetative state.  On 27 November 1973, she was brutally assaulted and dragged with a dog chain around her neck that led to brain stem contusion and a cervical chord injury. Like every victim desires, she demonstrated her will to live, which was supported by utmost care and support of her employer and peers, making this story of survival exemplary of compassion and commitment. 
 
In 2011, the Supreme Court held that Aruna Shanbaug is not brain dead and the only legitimate surrogate to decide the question of her treatment was the dean and staff of KEM hospital. 
 
We read reports of how India has become a nation of onlookers. The media stories will focus on the heinousness of the crime and the debate on euthanasia. But what failed to receive recognition and acknowledgement is the role of her employer to allow her the right to life. 
 
The contents of the affidavit filed by the Dean of KEM, Dr. Sanjay Oak in the Supreme Court to oppose the petition for euthanasia are soul stirring and heart wrenching. 
 
Dr. Sanjay Oak stated… 
 
“Aruna has been our staff nurse and the unfortunate tragic incident happened with her in KEM hospital.  She has been in a state that is similar to cerebral palsy in the new-born child. In a layman’s words – Aruna lives in her own world. The doctors, nursing and para medical staff is extremely attached to her as ‘one of us’. She is on liquid diet and loves to listen to music. She has never been subject to intravenous food or fed via a tube. It is not a case for coma. I must put on record that in the world history of medicine there would not be a single case where such a person is cared and nurtured in bed for 33 years and has not developed a single bed sore. This speaks volume of the excellence of nursing care that KEM has given to her...This is not as part of duty but as part of feeling of oneness. In my opinion, this is one of the finest example of love, professionalism, dedication and commitment to one’s professional colleague, who is ailing and cannot support herself. Not once in these 33 years, has anybody thought of ending her vegetative existence. 
 
Right from the illustrious Dr CK Deshpande, Dr RJ Shirahatti, Dr Smt NA Kshirsagar, Dr ME Yeolekar, and now myself, all of us have visited her room time and again and have cared for her and seen her through ups and downs. The very idea of withholding food or putting her to sleep by active medication is extremely difficult for anybody working in Seth GSMC and KEM hospital to accept. I sincerely make a plea to the learned counsel and Hon’ble Court that this should not be allowed. The doctors, nurses, and KEM staff are determined to take care of her till her last breath by natural process. 
 

When those looking after her do not have a problem, I do not understand why a third party, who has nothing to do with her care, needs to worry.  As a clinical surgeon for last three decades and as an administrator of the hospital for last seven years and as a student of legal system of India (as I hold a Bachelor of Law’ degree from Mumbai University), I feel that the entire society has not matured enough to accept the execution of an Act of euthanasia or mercy killing. To me, any mature society is best judged by its capacity and commitment to take care of its ‘invalid’ ones, who are children of lesser God.
 
Aruna has crossed 60 years of life and would one day meet her natural death.” 
 
Aruna was allowed her natural death, just as destiny may have it. She was in her early 60s, deserted by most of her relatives during her lifetime but was looked after with dedication by nurses of Asia's largest public healthcare facility, the BMC-run KEM Hospital where she lay in Ward No. 4A.
 
What have been seen to triumph are the spirit of humanity and an unprecedented duty of care of an employer and professional peers. This did not go unnoticed by the Supreme Court, which held that the whole country must learn the meaning of dedication and sacrifice from the KEM hospital staff. 

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allzwell

2 years ago

It is a fact that the matter was dealt with extensively by the Supreme Court in a 38 pages order after hearing both parties. The views of KEM hospital doctors/ nurses probably were not worthy enough to be public debated. What would the situation be if say :
a) Aruna would have been assaulted outside the hospital ? She would have been left to die without care.
b) Hospital wanted to discharge her but who was willing to take care
c) should KEM then have stopped taking care and stop feeding and let her die long back - would there have been outrage for negligence and disregard by KEM ?
d) had Supreme Court allowed her to die, then KEM would have also absolved of it's responsibility and such a backlash and lack of acknowledgment. What vested interest could KEM have had ?
e) if the Court allowed the petitioner to take care of Aruna, would euthanasia be administered to free her soul and body from the captivity of a cruel KEM doctor and staff
Is it that for the PIL for euthanasia, a case was needed and no better that Aruna.
How many of us when told to take a call about ageing and ill parents even if on ventilator would give permission to let them go ?

Debates can be raged on every issue. But when matter is decided by the Court, can the debate disregard the facts on record. And if the affidavit is wrong, then a perjury should have been registered against KEM.

By such debates, we only hold out that there is no sense in doing any good deed as it is always the easiest to shun the responsibility and duty of care.

MOHAN SIROYA

2 years ago

Very good and pointed analysis by Minakshi Maheshwari and relevant too. While daily newspapers are agog with the plethora of pros and cons of Euthanasia and S C's refusal to allow that; in Moneylife, we are getting the other side of the coin which is more important viz; dedication and care of her employer and colleagues to safeguard the right to live by Aruna as human. State of vegetation was a fait accompli which was beyond help .
But I wonder ,if similar dedication and care will be possible and expected from BMC run hospitals for other common patients.

Ankur Agarwal

2 years ago

What a superb writeup by Ms. Minakshi Maheshwari. Needless to say the Nurses and the Doctors who have devoted their time in her upkeep were nothing short of Angels. With this deed the my faith in humanity once again rises above average. The write has depicted true feelings and I salute to the true spirits of KEM Hospital. Euthanasia till date remains a very debatable subject but till the time we have such compassionate doctors and staff as in KEM hospital, I would never vote in favour of Euthanasia.

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