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Disabled boy critical after being pushed off train

Prabhakar was allegedly pushed by a cucumber vendor at Gorakhnath station,about 70 km from here,from the running train.

Written by Express News Service | Bhubaneswar | Published: February 4, 2012 12:22:03 am

A 10-year-old disabled boy who begged in trains to sustain his family may now be permanently disabled after he was allegedly pushed by a vendor from a running passenger train on Thursday in Jagatsinghpur district.

Prabhakar was allegedly pushed by a cucumber vendor at Gorakhnath station,about 70 km from here,from the running train. He lost his right palm and right foot in the incident. Prabhakar’s left arm was already amputated in an accident.

The boy was shifted to the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack where his condition is stated to be critical.

Responding to a PIL on the incident,a two-judge Bench of the Orissa High Court also directed the state government to provide all possible treatment to the child and asked the Jagatsinghpur SP and General Railway Police SP to submit a report by February 13.

MP subsidy for Lanka,Cambodia pilgrimage

The BJP government in Madhya Pradesh has quietly subsidised pilgrimage to two Ramayana sites in Sri Lanka and Angkor Vat in Cambodia.

Though these were proposed years ago after the controversy over subsidy to the Haj pilgrims,the notification was published in the state’s extraordinary gazette only on January 13 this year.

The new subsidies along with the existing ones to Mansarovar in China and Hinglaj Mata shrine and Nankana Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan make MP the only state to offer such concessions for so many nations.

Domiciles of MP will be able to claim 50 per cent of the travel expenses to Sita Mandir and Ashok Vatika in Sri Lanka and the famous temple in Cambodia.

The new subsidy can be availed only once in a lifetime with the maximum amount being Rs 30,000. The potential beneficiaries will have to submit proof of their travel to the tourism department within 60 days.

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