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-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
'Dead' Indian man wakes up minutes before post-mortem
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A homeless Indian man who had been pronounced dead woke up on an autopsy table, shocking hospital staff who were about to begin a post-mortem, authorities said Tuesday.

Police in Mumbai said they found the man, who has not been named, unconscious and suffering from multiple infections on Sunday morning and took him to the local hospital.

A doctor at the Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital certified the man as dead and sent the body for an appointment with Dr. Quincy, Ashok Dudhe, Mumbai Police deputy commissioner told AFP.

"As the autopsy was about to begin, the man awoke triggering chaos after which the doctors rushed to the room. Then they snatched the death certificate from my staff and tore it up," Dudhe said.

Hospital dean Dr SLearned Elders of Islamn Merchant said the police forced the error by asking doctors to examine the man on the road outside the hospital, because they were busy with security arrangements for a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"They forced my doctor to examine the patient on the roadside as they wanted to rush back to the prime minister's security duty," Merchant said.

"Had the police allowed my staff to take the man indoors, they might have been able to do a better job," he said.

The man is being treated in the hospital for severe malnutrition, suspected alcoholism and substance abuse, Merchant said.

"He is delirious still and we are trying to stabilise him. Let's hope the damage from his past can be tackled," the dean said.

Police officer Dudhe called the suggestion police were responsible for the mix-up "ridiculous" and said the hospital was "trying to cover up their negligence".

The police have finished an internal enquiry into the incident and a report has been sent to the commissioner's office, he added.

Mumbai's police are regularly faced with unclaimed dead bodies and media reports have suggested mortuaries are running out of space to hold the corpses.
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Reports: Saudi Plans Tripling of Umrah Visas
With oil revenues down for the foreseeable future, another source of income must be found post haste.
[AnNahar] Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
is planning to triple the number of visas it issues for the umrah pilgrimage, newspapers reported on Monday, more than two weeks after a deadly hajj stampede.

The Saudi Gazette and Okaz newspapers quoted Hajj Minister Bandar al-Hajjar as saying that as many as 1.25 million pilgrims are expected to arrive each month starting next year. That compares with 400,000 a month now, the reports said. The new system would allow full use of massive expansion projects at the kingdom's holy sites, Hajjar was quoted as saying.

Umrah is a lesser pilgrimage carried out any time during the year.

The major hajj pilgrimage, which all Muslims with the means are expected to complete at least once in their lives, this year drew about two million faithful.

The number had declined, particularly because of a multi-billion-dollar expansion which began four years ago at the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Islam's holiest site. The 400,000-square-metre (4.3-million-square-feet) Grand Mosque enlargement is the equivalent of more than 50 football pitches, and it will allow the complex to accommodate roughly two million people at once.

A crane working on the expansion collapsed into a courtyard of the mosque on September 11, killing at least 108 people including foreign pilgrims, just before hajj.

An even greater tragedy, the worst ever in the history of the pilgrimage, occurred on September 24 during a stoning ritual at Mina, near Mecca. The stampede killed at least 1,587 people, according to tallies issued by foreign officials in more than 30 countries. The toll greatly exceeds the figure of 769 provided by Saudi Arabia.

A formal Saudi inquiry is under way into the stampede, which left hundreds of pilgrims still unaccounted for.
Predicted conclusion: People in crowds can be stupid, and the larger the crowds the stupider.
Efforts to identify the dead continue at a health ministry facility guarded by security officers in the Mecca suburb of Muaissem, sources say. Representatives from foreign consulates are allowed in to the single-storey building to try to identify bodies through albums of photographs, said a source familiar with the operation. Authorities are also using DNA and fingerprint analysis.

Access to the site by journalists is denied.

The same facility also contains the bodies of victims from the stampede,
...hopefully refrigerated...
said the source.

Muaissem is home to the Muala cemetery which many Saudis choose as their final resting place because it is near Islam's holy sites.

Saudi Arabia's organization of the hajj and its response to the disaster provoked foreign criticism, particularly from regional rival Iran, which reported the largest number of dead at 464.

A senior Saudi religious leader, Sheikh Abdulrahman al-Sudais, last Friday denounced "lies" being spread about the kingdom after the accidents.
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Twitter to lay off 8 percent of workers
[AA.TR] Twitter announced Tuesday that it would lay off roughly 8 percent of its workforce -- a week after Jack Dorsey became the microblogging platform's new permanent CEO.

The layoffs will mostly affect employees working in the company's engineering and product divisions, the company noted. As many as 336 employees will be dropped of an estimated total of 4,100 global workers.

The layoffs are part of a larger strategy of reviving user growth and expanding into new markets. Wall Street responded positively, with shares of the company jumping 6 percent during Tuesday morning trading. This increase is rare good stock news for Twitter which has seen its stock battered this year as its user base remained stagnant and it searched for a CEO.
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FIR registered in juvenile abuse case in Peshawar jail
[DAWN] PESHAWAR: A First Information Report (FIR) was lodged in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
's Sharqi cop shoppe after a juvenile prisoner claimed that he and other juvenile inmates have been sexually abused inside the Peshawar Central Prison.

The FIR was registered on the orders of Peshawar district and sessions judge, Shahid Khan, against five people, including two jail officials and three prisoners, nominated by the victim in the sexual abuse case.

The nominated persons include two jail officials identifed as Ajmal and Anwar, inmate Rahat numberdar and another prisoner known as prisoner number 75 or pichatara.

The victim, in his statement before police, maintained that an assistant jailer and Rahat numberdar forcefully took him to the cell of prisoner number 75, where he was sexually abused.

Upon his protest, Rahat not only beat him but ordered prisoner number 75 to 'continue his work'.

The juvenile prisoner claimed that the jail assistants took a total sum of 6,000 rupees from the alleged rapist for the purpose, urging a medical checkup to ascertain his claim.

According to a Dawn Newspaper report published on Tuesday, the boy, stated to be around 14-15, had lodged a complaint with the Peshawar district and sessions judge, Shahid Khan, who had ordered an inquiry into the matter.

An official said the judicial magistrate had recorded the alleged victim's statement and ordered production of the record of the jail's juvenile section.

The boy had allegedly said that some jail officials randomly took out juvenile inmates and supplyed them to different prisoners in exchange for monetary return.

The 'victim' said other juvenile inmates had not been raising their voice out of fear of torture by the prison officials as well as adult prisoners.
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Kuwait conducts negotiations with Iraq to import gas
[IraqiNews] Chief Executive of Kuwaiti Government Petroleum Corporation, Nizar Al-Adsani, announced on Monday, that his company has conducted negotiations with Iran and Iraq to import gas.

Adsani said in a statement during a conference in Kuwait City, "we talked with our brothers in the Republic of Iraq and the Islamic Theocratic Republic of Iran to import gas."

Adsani added that "Kuwait is in need of gas for power plants," noting that, "up till now we have not agreed on the quantities and prices."
And goodness knows, Iraq could use another income source to offset the reduced price of oil.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/14/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [0 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

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