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Family of Emirati in coma files police complaint

The woman has been paralysed and in a coma since April 23. The family of the 24-year-old Emirati woman who slipped into a coma after a botched medical procedure has filed a complaint at the Dubai Police against the doctors of ‘First Med Day Surgery Centre Dubai’. Also read: Dubai resident slips into coma after cosmetic…

Family of Emirati in coma files police complaint

The woman has been paralysed and in a coma since April 23.

The family of the 24-year-old Emirati woman who slipped into a coma after a botched medical procedure has filed a complaint at the Dubai Police against the doctors of ‘First Med Day Surgery Centre Dubai’.

Also read: Dubai resident slips into coma after cosmetic surgery, DHA takes action

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) previously announced that it has stopped the centre from conducting any surgeries until investigations are complete. The two doctors involved were also prevented from doing any procedure.

As they lodged the formal complaint against the doctors, the family lamented how the woman suffered a “major heart failure for seven minutes” and fell into a coma during the operation, which was supposed to be a simple nose procedure to correct a deviated septum. The woman has been paralysed and in a coma since April 23.

Her aunt said the operation – reportedly done at a cost of Dh50,000 – was set for two hours. The woman’s parents, however, allegedly waited for five hours, only to find out later that their daughter had already been wheeled out of the centre through the backdoor and taken to another hospital.

The case was highlighted on social media and, since then, it has kicked up a storm. In a post on Twitter, a relative said the girl’s blood pressure fell and she remained without oxygen for seven minutes after medication was administered to her in the presence of an anaesthesiologist.

The relative said the patient has been transferred to the Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Abu Dhabi.

A DHA investigation is also ongoing and it is being conducted by a qualified medical committee.

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GEMS Education’s longest-serving teacher dies in UAE

Originally from Palestine, she moved to Dubai in 1972. After serving as an Arabic teacher and supervisor at an Indian school in Sharjah for over 44-years, Zakiya Omran (69 years also), a Palestinian national, died on Thursday, August 15 after a long illness. She was the GEMS Education group’s longest-serving teacher. Omran had recently retired…

GEMS Education’s longest-serving teacher dies in UAE

Originally from Palestine, she moved to Dubai in 1972.

After serving as an Arabic teacher and supervisor at an Indian school in Sharjah for over 44-years, Zakiya Omran (69 years also), a Palestinian national, died on Thursday, August 15 after a long illness. She was the GEMS Education group’s longest-serving teacher.

Omran had recently retired as an Arabic Supervisor from Our Own English High School – Sharjah after serving more than 44 years at GEMS Education. The school announced her death on Friday, August 16. Former students, teachers and the school community in Sharjah have expressed their shock at Omran’s passing as she was a well-loved member of staff.

Sunny Varkey, chairman and founder of GEMS Education issued a statement on Friday, and said, “Our deepest condolences go out to Zakiya’s family. She was a big part of the GEMS Education community and a pillar of our society. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all.”

Asma Gilani, the principal of Our Own English High School Sharjah said, “Zakiya Omran joined GEMS as a young Arabic teacher in 1972 in the first school at Bastakiya. Her journey of growth and learning is closely tied with the history of GEMS.”

She joined Our Own English High School, Sharjah, in 1991, according to school sources. Asma said, “We appreciate her deep commitment to her profession and will forever be indebted to her for her valuable contributions in ensuring Arabic became an integral part of every students’ life. She epitomised loyalty and commitment. Her legacy will live on throughout GEMS. She was a passionate teacher who was respected by all. Our hearts go out to her family.”

Originally from Palestine, Zakiya moved to Dubai in 1972 and worked for Mariamma Varkey at Our Own English High School, Dubai. She later worked at Cambridge School where she was Head of Arabic before moving to Our Own English High School Sharjah where she diligently served as Arabic Supervisor till her retirement.

In an earlier interview with Khaleej Times in 2016, Zakiya had said, “Sometimes my former students come to meet me and I am happy to realise that they are doing so well and are all successful. There are times when I’ve taught my children’s children, and in rare cases, their grandkids,” she said. “I think that the future of education is bright, and I want to see more Indian children speak Arabic.”

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Originally from India, Dhanusha Gokulan has been working as a journalist for 10 years. She has a keen interest in writing about issues that plague the common person, and will never turn down a human interest story. She completed her Bachelor in Arts in Journalism, Economics, and English Literature from Mangalore University in 2008. In her spare time, she dabbles with some singing/songwriting, loves travelling, and Audible is her favourite mobile application. Tweet at her @wordjunkie88

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Indian flag to be displayed on Dubai’s Burj Khalifa tonight

Showcasing of the flag marks India’s Independence Day, celebrated on August 15. Dubai’s Burj Khalifa will light up with the colours of the Indian flag tonight. The event was confirmed by an Indian consulate official to Khaleej Times. The display of the Indian flag on Burj Khalifa will take place at 8:44pm, the consulate said.…

Indian flag to be displayed on Dubai’s Burj Khalifa tonight

Showcasing of the flag marks India’s Independence Day, celebrated on August 15.

Dubai’s Burj Khalifa will light up with the colours of the Indian flag tonight.

The event was confirmed by an Indian consulate official to Khaleej Times.

The display of the Indian flag on Burj Khalifa will take place at 8:44pm, the consulate said.

Also read: Dubai’s Burj Khalifa to light up with Pakistan flag tonight

The showcasing of the flag marks India’s Independence Day, celebrated on August 15.

Earlier, the tricolour was not displayed following a technical snag.

“We have just learned from our friends in Emaar that on account of a major technical snag they won’t be able to light up Burj Khalifa with the Indian tricolour tonight,” Navdeep Singh Suri, the Indian ambassador to the UAE, said on Thursday.

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Originally from India, Dhanusha Gokulan has been working as a journalist for 10 years. She has a keen interest in writing about issues that plague the common person, and will never turn down a human interest story. She completed her Bachelor in Arts in Journalism, Economics, and English Literature from Mangalore University in 2008. In her spare time, she dabbles with some singing/songwriting, loves travelling, and Audible is her favourite mobile application. Tweet at her @wordjunkie88

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Indian crew aboard Iranian oil tanker released in Gibraltar

Indian minister tweets all 24 Indian crew members have been released. The police proceedings against four Indian crew members, including the captain, aboard an Iranian oil supertanker has ended and they were released by authorities in Gibraltar on Thursday, even as the US Department of Justice made a last-minute claim on the vessel. “I am…

Indian crew aboard Iranian oil tanker released in Gibraltar

Indian minister tweets all 24 Indian crew members have been released.

The police proceedings against four Indian crew members, including the captain, aboard an Iranian oil supertanker has ended and they were released by authorities in Gibraltar on Thursday, even as the US Department of Justice made a last-minute claim on the vessel.
“I am grateful and thankful for my release. And I am grateful to all who have facilitated my release in my legal team,” the Captain of the Grace 1 tanker said in a statement.
A spokesman for Gibraltar’s government also confirmed that police proceedings against four members of the crew had ended.
The arrested Indian crew members – the Master, Chief Officer and two Second Mates – were aboard the Panama-flagged supertanker that was detained off Europa Point in Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory on the Spanish coast, last month.
The Gibraltar authorities had said the vessel is loaded to capacity with crude oil enroute to Syria, in breach of European Union (EU) sanctions.
However, the Gibraltar authorities have since been given assurances from the arrested crew members and Iran that the ship was not on its way to Syria.
A total of 28 crew on board the vessel include majority Indians but also Russians, Latvians and Filipinos, who have spent over a month in detention on board the ship since it was seized in early July.

The Indian Minister of State for External Affairs tweeted that all 24 Indian crew members had been released:

Spoke to our High Commission @HCI_London on VLCC Grace 1. They confirmed all 24 Indian crew aboard VLCC Grace 1 have been released by Gibraltar authorities and are free to return to India. @narendramodi @PMOIndia @AmitShah @DrSJaishankar @MEAIndia @VMBJP
– V. Muraleedharan (@MOS_MEA) August 15, 2019

Their further course remains unclear and complicated as a result of the US intervention to request the seizure of Grace 1, which is set for a hearing in the Supreme Court of Gibraltar later on Thursday.
“The US Department of Justice has applied to seize the Grace 1 on a number of allegations which are now being considered. The matter will return to the Supreme Court of Gibraltar,” noted a statement from the government of Gibraltar.
The UK Foreign Office has declined to comment on the US request and said that “investigations conducted around the Grace 1 are a matter for the government of Gibraltar”.
The Gibraltar port and law enforcement agencies had detained the supertanker and its cargo on July 4 during an operation conducted by the Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP), Customs and Port Authority with the support of British Royal Marines.
A Gibraltar government statement noted: “The detention of the vessel relates to the suspected destination of the cargo, the Banyas refinery in Syria, which is owned by a company, the Banyas Oil Refinery Company. This company is the subject of European Union sanctions under EU Regulation 36/2012, which is directly applicable in Gibraltar.
“The investigations of the Royal Gibraltar Police continue and the vessel remains detained under an Order of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Gibraltar.”
However, following the assurances given by Iran and the captain of the ship, the Gibraltar government was all set to allow the vessel to set sail before the US demand, which is reportedly part of the Trump administration’s efforts to intensify the effect of existing Western economic sanctions on both Iran and Syria.
Tehran blames the US for arranging to have its ship seized in the wake of sanctions imposed against Iran with the aim of halting all its oil exports. European countries do not have sanctions against Iran but have had them in place against Iran’s ally Syria since 2011.

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