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Row over nurse Aruna Shanbaug's funeral
 A controversy has erupted over performing the last rites of nurse Aruna Shanbaug, the world's oldest comatose patient who died on Monday after lying in coma for around 42 years, with two of her relatives staking claim to do so.
 
Shanbaug had been in a vegetative state ever since she was raped by a contract sweeper in the KEM hospital on the night of November 27, 1973.
 
The last rites shall be performed around 4 p.m. on Monday.
 
A controversy erupted over the funeral, with two relatives of Shanbaug staking claim to perform the last rites.
 
They claimed before mediapersons that all attempts to meet Shanbaug were stone-walled by the hospital authorities.
 
However, nurses at the KEM Hospital demanded that since they had tended to Shanbaug for over four decades, they should be allowed to perform the last rites.
 
The hospital, civic and police authorities have reportedly evolved a compromise formula by which the nurses and the two relatives shall jointly perform the funeral.
 
Presently, the hospital has kept her body for public viewing as thousands of people, including nurses, commoners, politicians and others paid homage to Shanbaug.
 
She was aged 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.

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Panagariya launches new website of NITI Aayog
Vice chairman of NITI Aayog Arvind Panagariya on Monday launched the new website of the aayog here, almost five months after archiving the website of the erstwhile Planning Commission, a statement said.
 
The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog had replaced the Planning Commission on January 1, 2015.
 
The beta version of the website, which can be accessed on url http://www.niti.gov.in, provides details of the constitution, functions and current activities of the aayog.
 
"The website has a unique feature of NITI Blogs, which will incorporate articles, field reports, work in progress and opinions by NITI officials," it said.
 
The launch was attended by Chief Executive of NITI Aayog Sindhushree Khullar and members Bibek Debroy and V.K. Saraswat, the statement added.
 
NITI Aayog has been designated to serve as a policy think-tank for the central as well as state governments, and has the prime minister as its chairperson.

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New Zealand-based Indian nationals targetted for immigration scam
Indians in New Zealand have been warned following reports of a scam with callers posing as immigration officials demanding money against deportation threats, a media report said on Monday.
 
According to sources, the callers posing to be officials from New Zealand Immigration, inform Indian nationals that there were problems regarding visa processing or passenger arrival card (that is handed out to passengers before they arrive in New Zealand) information and extort money to be paid into a bank account in India, The New Zealand Herald reported.
 
The callers were aggressive and authoritative, the business innovation and employment ministry said, adding that the scammers often have details about the person they were speaking to, which made the call seem genuine.
 
The scammers used a technology allowing a legitimate phone number, such as the immigration contact centre, to appear when the call was actually made from another number.
 
New Zealand Immigration said they would never request money over the phone and told potential targets not to pay, no matter how important the caller sounded.
 
Those targeted were told to contact the police or report the call to consumer affairs ministry website, Scamwatch.

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