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Confirmed that Sunanda Pushkar’s death was ‘unnatural’: Bassi

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New Delhi: After receiving the observations by the All India Institute Of Medical Science (AIIMS) in Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar’s viscera report, Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi on Friday confirmed that her death was due to ‘unnatural’ causes.

Speaking to the media here, he asserted that in the report by the FBI, it was said that none of the samples sent to them contained any radioactive material.

What was told to us by that FBI was that the content of the samples had no radioactive materials. The radioactive levels were found within the acceptable range, also certain other chemical compounds were found,

He added that based on the medical evidence and the investigation so far, Sunanda’s death was not natural.

We gave the whole report to the medical board and they assessed it very seriously. The report is 11 pages long with a 32-page annexure. We will examine it and will begin further investigations and will do what is required,

 

Sunanda Pushkar, 51, was found dead at the Leela Hotel in New Delhi in January 2014.

Pushkar’s viscera samples were sent to the FBI lab in Washington in February last year after a panel of doctors from AIIMS said that the alleged ‘poison’ could not be detected in Indian labs.

(Inputs from ANI)

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Minister to be appointed for issues related to diaspora: Shashi Tharoor

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New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj assured Congress leader Shashi Tharoor that there will be an immediate appointment of Union Minister of state with independent charge and a full time secretary to look into all the matters of the diaspora.

In a press statement issued here on Saturday, Tharoor, the chairman of the External Affairs Committee of parliament and Lok Sabha member from Thiruvananthapuram, said the new development took place at a meeting in Delhi.

“Kerala had raised strong objections when it was decided by the Narendra Modi government to merge the ministry of overseas Indian affairs (OIA) with that of the ministry of external affairs (MEA),” Tharoor said.

Sushma Swaraj has assured that very soon, a minister of state with independent charge and a full time secretary would be appointed to look into all issues of the Indian diaspora, especially in the Middle East, he said.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had taken up the merger issue last month with Modi and Sushma Swaraj.

The first Congress-led UPA government under then prime minister Manmohan Singh had formed the overseas Indian affairs ministry headed by Kerala leader Vayalar Ravi.

A recent study on the Kerala diaspora said 90 percent of Kerala’s 23.63 lakh diaspora were in various Middle East countries, of which the UAE accounted for 38.7 percent, followed by Saudi Arabia with 25.2 percent.(IANS)

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