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More than 35 girl students of Ma-harani's Composite PU College were taken ill yesterday after they partook hot meals and 10 of them were said to be seriously ill.

The 350 students had their lunch at 2.30 pm yesterday and Kavitha, Ashlesha, Sridevi, Sandhya, Parvati,...



Deputy Commissioner S. Selvakumar yesterday inaugurated the Central Pathology Laboratory at K.R. Hospital, which was constructed recently.

Mysore Medical College Director Dr. D. Venkatesh, who presided, said that the State Government had supplied equipments worth Rs. 1 crore to...



The cold storages at the mortuary of K.R. Hospital in the premises of Mysore Medical College being defunct, the rotting corpses kept are emanating an unbearable stench creating a nauseating ambience all around.

All the six compressors provi-ding refrigeration to the cold stor-...


# Non-practising allowance increased
# New salary to come into effect immediately

The State Cabinet on Monday decided to revise the pay scales of the teaching staff in its seven medical colleges.

Addressing presspersons after a Cabinet meeting, Minister for Medical Education V.S. Acharya said the Cabinet decided to pay non-practising allowance to lecturers, assistant professors, associate professors and professors; 40 per cent of their basic pay as academic allowance and
special allowance to those who had postgraduate degree and diploma.

Lecturers will be paid Rs. 8,000 as non-practising allowance per month, assistant professors Rs. 10,000, associate professors Rs. 15,000 and professors Rs. 17,000.

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It is alleged that a new born child, which had reportedly died, got exchanged while being handed over to its parents at Cheluvamba Hospital here recently.

Savita, wife of Swamy, got admitted to the hospital on Apr. 19 at 10.30 pm for delivery. The family were informed that she delivered a female child but at 11.30 pm, they were also informed that the infant had died.

When Swamy's family members went to collect the body the next day, they were handed over the body of a male child! They questioned the hospital staff how the gender of the baby got changed.

Confused at the matter, the hospital staff gave evasive replies. Irked at that, the baby's parents lodged a complaint with the Devaraja Police, who immediately...


Thanks to the polluted water supplied by Vani Vilas Water Works (VVWW), 113 women medicos staying in PG Ladies' Hostel of Mysore Medical College, opposite Nanjaraja Bahadur Choultry, have been infected by Gastro-enteritis, disclosed A. Ramalingam of Ajay Memorial
Drinking Water Foundation.

Addressing a press meet at Pathrakarthara Bhavan here today, Ramalingam revealed that two of the students, who have been admitted to Epidemic Disease (ED) Hospital on KRS Road, are recovering. The remaining 111 students took intravenous fluids in their hostel with the assistance of seniors and wrote their examinations. About 20 of them visited K.R. Hospital also, said Ramalingam.

Contaminated water

The culprit is obviously...


A happy married life and a secure, well-paid job as a doctor in the Emirates. That about sums up her life in the Gulf all these years. But now, more than 20 years later, Dr H J Gayathri Devi (49) faces the grim prospect of getting struck off the payrolls of Abu Dhabhi's Al-Ahil Hospital, which she has been serving for well over two decades.

Originally a resident of Bangalore, Dr Gayathri now faces the threat of termination of her service after it came to light that her MD (Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases) degree which she took in 1990 from the Mysore Medical College is not recognised by the Medical Council of India.

The problem began with a change of guard in Abu Dhabi after the death of the king and his sons' taking over...


A combination of health tips and music literally provided a musical therapy to the audience at Kalamandira this morning, where doctors of city rendered songs of yesteryears and also provided answers to queries on health matters.

The programme Radio Karanji sponsored by SBI Life was organised under the joint auspices of AIR Mysore and Kannada and Culture Department.

Neuro-surgeon Dr. M.S. Bhaskar, ENT Specialist Dr. M.S. Natashekar, Pathologist Dr. A.L. Hemalatha and Dermatologist Dr. P.A. Kushalappa participated.

The two-hour programme which began at 9.30 am featured 15 songs from Kannada and Hindi movies. The programme was compered by Rajalakshmi Sreedhar and S. Subramanya and was broadcast live on the AIR Mysore...


A day-long regional workshop on issues related to trafficking of children for commercial sexual exploitation and medical examination of sexually abused victi-mes, for medical officers, organised under the joint auspices of UNICEF and Indian Medical Association (IMA) began this morning at Hotel Sandesh The Prince.

Speaking after inaugurating the workshop, Mysore University Vice-Chancellor Prof. J. Shashidhara Prasad opined that poverty is one of the main reason behind sexual exploitation of children. Awareness should dawn on the parents and teachers too should be dealt sternly if they are involved. A cell was constituted in the Mysore University to register sexual harassment of women. Only two to three per cent of the cases...


The Mysore Medical College authorities are in a fix following the Governor's decision to stay the autonomy granted to the institution. In order to escape the dere-cognition by Medical Council of India (MCI), the College had fixed interviews tomorrow to fill 55 vacancies in teaching faculty.
"The interviews are likely to be cancelled", said Dr. D. Venkatesh, Principal of MMC.

K.R. Hospital Superintendent Dr. B.D. Satyanarayana told Star of Mysore that the MCI had asked the MMC to fill the 33 per cent vacant posts to continue recognition.
"MMC is in danger of losing recognition if it fails to obey MCI's orders within the deadline", he added. Meanwhile, Dr. Venkatesh is leaving for Bangalore today to discuss the matter...