Chennai Government Hospital On Fire-Is Arumugam Injured?

19nov_ghA fire broke out in the neurosurgical ward of the Government hospital on Tuesday, triggering panic and forcing shifting of patients out the smoke-filled unit on the ground floor.

Around 8.45 pm, patients in the ward saw fumes emanating from a split air conditioner and alerted hospital authorities. Patients’ attendants and relatives began carrying them out. The power supply to the ward, which had 46 patients, was cut off. It added to the confusion when people inside the hospital were jostling to rush out.

Some patients complained that the hospital did not react with the urgency with which it should have to tackle the fire outbreak. “When the AC started burning, the hospital authorities didn’t take any action to control the fire,” said Ellappan of Muthrangam, whose brother was admitted for treatment. “We all carried the patients and ran way from the ward which was filled with smoke,” said Pandian of Tirukalikundram. His brother was undergoing treatment for a injury.

Divisional Fire Officer, North Chennai, D N Velayudhan Nair told to this website’s newspaper that the Fire and Rescue Service control room received the fire alarm call at 9.40 pm. Two fire engines put out the fire within 15 minutes. He said an electric short circuit had caused the fire. As an oxygen cylinder pipe was passing near the AC, the hospital authorities stopped the electricity supply to the ward, otherwise oxygen supply to the other wards would have been affected, he added.

“Stop defending yourself Ricky” says Steve waugh


Steve Waugh wants skipper Ricky Ponting to stop defending his actions on the India tour and rather suggested him to concentrate on saving the world champion side from becoming vulnerable.The former skipper advised the current leader of the team to leave behind the bad memories of the India tour and move on.
“Rick now needs to draw a line through the Nagpur Test and get the spring back in his step. If he continues to defend his actions, his mind will be distracted and his team vulnerable to attack from sides now sensing a fragility not seen since the mid-1980s,” Waugh wrote in his column for the Daily Telegraph.Ponting blamed Indian conditions, including the ‘delaying tactics’, for the slow over-rate problem which his team faced during the Nagpur Test.
Waugh also defended Allan Border with whom Ponting is at a cold war, saying the legendary skipper hardly indulges in criticism and he was just expressing his opinion as an expert when he questioned Ponting’s tactics.
“Anyone and everyone has had their say but when former and current captains lock horns, it’s always going to create extra interest. I can see both points of view but know there’s only ever going to be one winner – the guy with the microphone or computer. As such, Ricky needs to move on and let it go, even though it’s probably eating away at him,” he wrote. “In Allan Border you have a man who rarely hands out criticism but he obviously felt Rick’s tactics were wrong and as a journalist he has an obligation to provide an opinion. I also know that as a high-profile player you tend to live in a somewhat cocooned world, hold on to negative criticism and think everyone is against you at times,” he added. Ponting faced severe criticism from all quarters for handing the bowl to part-time slow bowlers during the India’s second innings in Nagpur Test to fasten the over-rate and save his skin from one-match ban.

Layoff in 5 minutes – pink slip danger

Sandeep Jadhav, a 27-year-old professional in India’s outsourcing industry, had only seen the good times. He worked hard as a support technician in the local subsidiary of an American software company and took home an annual salary of about Rs 5 lakh.

He frequently bought expensive sarees for his wife, toys for his eight-month-old son and cricket gear for himself, maxing out on his two credit cards. In December, he planned to take a home loan and buy an apartment in the Kanakapura suburbs of Bangalore. Last week on Tuesday, Jadhav was called in by the vice-president of his company, handed a month’s salary and sacked on the spot.

I signed the letter, took my cheque and walked out without speaking a single word. It was all over in five minutes,” said Jadhav, reliving the moment. The vice-president told him that he was being terminated due to “bad market conditions”.

A nightmare called the “pink slip”, familiar to most Indian workers as something that happens only in the West, has arrived in Bangalore. In this city, one of the world’s hottest outsourcing centres, companies have begun laying off employees and putting a freeze on recruitment. Even campus hiring, a process by which most fresh recruits break into the industry, is at a low. Bangalore is hurting. Jadhav has worked in the past for the business process outsourcing firm FirstRing and Dell Financial Services.

But the recent, serial bust-ups in Wall Street and a recessionary US economy has badly hit Indian outsourcing firms. With American companies — their biggest customers — facing an economic dip, outsourcing companies are cutting back and, in turn, choking the job market.

“The scene is really bad and I now realise what my brothers in the United States must be going through,” says…