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Press club of India holds condolence meeting for Akshay Singh; viscera sample to be sent to US for analysis



By Ishan Kukreti

The press club of India today held a condolence meeting for Aaj Tak journalist, Akshay Singh, who mysteriously died while investigating the infamous Vyapam Scam in Madhya Pradesh.

Present at the meeting were colleagues of the deceased, Deepak Sharma and Rajdeep Sardesai.

The members were unequivocal about their demand for substantial compensation for the family of the journalist and a transparent and fair investigation of the case with an active involvement of the journalistic fraternity.

The journalist fraternity made it amply clear that they did not trust the government and its institutions with the handling of the case. The members have raised the demand of sending the viscera sample for testing in FBI’s laboratory as the AIIMS toxicology department is not well equipped.



“Akshay’s death was not caused by heart attack. All symptoms point towards poisoning and is very similar to a number of deaths associated with the Vyapam Scam. We should send the viscera sample to the FBI lab as AIIMS toxicology department is equipped only to test a few poisons. This can be helpful in demystifying other deaths related to the scam”, Deepak Sharma said.

Furthermore, Press Club President Rahul Jalali suggested the constitution of a monitoring body that could keep track of cases involving such atrocities against journalists on a pan-India level.

The Press Club also received a letter from MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, condemning the incident. However, Rahul Jalali made his and his colleagues sentiments clear about the same by a curt ‘Thanks, but no thanks’.


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First Indian doctor in last 5 years and Ex AIIMS head M C Misra Awarded honorary fellowship of prestigious Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Former AIIMS Director and internationally renowned surgeon M.C. Misra. VOA

New Delhi, May 24, 2017: Former AIIMS Director and internationally renowned surgeon M.C. Misra has been awarded the honorary fellowship of prestigious Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, a first for an Indian doctor in the last five years.

The announcement was made on Tuesday evening.

“It is with great pleasure, we write on behalf of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh to invite you to accept the award of fellowship ad hominem (Honorary fellowship),” reads the letter for Misra to convey the honor by the premier organization.

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Misra, also a globally renowned trauma expert, retired on January 31, 2017 after serving All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) as its director for more than three years. (IANS)