U.S. created Taliban, not us, says Farooq Abdullah

Sambhal, (Uttar Pradesh), Nov.18 (ANI): National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday blamed the United States of America for rising terrorism across the world and demanded an explanation from President Barack Obama for giving financial assistance to countries encouraging terrorism.

“I want to ask United States of America as who gave training to these terrorists. Who created Taliban? Is there a good Taliban or bad Taliban, terrorists are terrorists. What are they doing in Syria? They(USA) are the ones who encouraged terrorism and now telling India to take action against terrorism. Terrorism around the world is given by west. These attacks around the world are done by the terrorists which have been trained by United States,” Abdullah told the media here.

“First United States should give an explanation of giving financial assistance and weapons to countries in which terrorism are encouraged. So, before pointing fingers at others they should look at themselves,” he added. (ANI)

Sarina Kaur sues hospital after losing limbs

SINGAPORE:  A 51-year-old Indian-origin Singapore woman has filed a lawsuit against a hospital here and its doctors, claiming 8.72 million dollars in damages after complications from a urological procedure caused amputation of her limbs.

Sarina Kaur has accused Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and two of its doctors of going ahead with the procedure to treat recurrent urinary tract infection, even though she had tested positive for a type of bacteria.

She is suing them for about 8.72 million Singaporean dollars to cover costs, including the loss of future earnings and prostheses, media reports said today.

Ms Kaur has multiple sclerosis and has been receiving treatment at SGH since 1979. She was admitted to SGH on November 20, 2012 for the procedure.
After the procedure, she developed fever and low blood pressure.

Ms Kaur later went into septic shock and her limbs turned gangrenous.

She had her legs amputated at the knees in December, 2012, and lost her forearms in January, 2013.

Ms Kaur also underwent three more procedures to remove “thread buried in the wound” at the amputation site on her left arm.

She “suffered numerous surgeries and pain following the urological procedure when bacteria from the bladder spread and led to septicaemic shock”, according to a medical report provided by her lawyer Jenson Lee.

The report also noted that she now has to rely on her domestic helper “to do the simplest of things”, including answering her phone calls.

Responding to media queries, SGH said that Ms Kaur’s condition “could have possibly been the result of her multiple underlying conditions”.

“At all times, our doctor had her best interests in mind when the clinical decision was made to proceed with the procedure under suitable antibiotic cover,” said Prof London Lucien Ooi, chairman of the Division of Surgery at SGH.

The hospital added that her urine culture test results before the procedure did not “preclude the decision to continue with the procedure”, and that appropriate steps were taken to minimise the risk of complications.

“In Ms Kaur’s case, the urine culture had identified the particular bacterium, and a treating dose of antibiotic which the bacterium was sensitive to was prescribed to cover any possible infection,” Channel News Asia quoted Prof Ooi as saying.

“Her well-being remains our priority, and we are committed to providing her with continued appropriate care,” he added.

The pre-trial hearing is scheduled for January 7, 2016.

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Dramatic video shows sidewalk sinkhole in China swallowing up five pedestrians


A provincial broadcaster said four people were injured in the Saturday incident in the provincial capital of Harbin.

The surveillance camera video shows pedestrians walking or standing on the sidewalk when it suddenly gave in.

Three people fell straight into the hole, while a woman clung to pipes just underneath the sidewalk. Another person standing on the edge fell sideways into the hole.

Heilongjiang Network Broadcasting Television said the people were probably waiting for a bus because it occurred at a bus stop. The bus sign also was swallowed by the sinkhole, the broadcaster said.

Passers-by pulled the victims from the hole, which was about 3 metres deep, the broadcaster said.

It said four received minor injuries to their feet, legs, arms and shoulders.

It was not immediately clear what caused the sidewalk to collapse.

WHO to ‘ramp-up’ support to 15 African nations to prevent Ebola from spreading beyond subcontinent

London, Oct 17 (ANI): In an attempt to prevent Ebola from spreading beyond the three worst-hit African nations, the World Health Organization (WHO) has decided to prioritize a few countries in the subcontinent above others.

WHO official Isabelle Nuttall said while addressing the press in Geneva that 15 African nations are being prioritized which means that they would receive more help in areas including prevention and protection, reported the BBC.

She said that the UN agency would “ramp-up” support to the 15 nations and will work with them on a plan. Nuttall added that action areas would include, rapid response teams, engagement at community level, training in infection prevention and protection and having laboratories in place.