07:47 Former Union minister Ahamed, who collapsed in Parliament, passes away:
Former Union minister and Indian Union Muslim League leader E Ahamed passed away early today after he suffered a cardiac arrest, a senior doctor has confirmed. The 78-year-old Ahamed died at 2:15 am at RML hospital where he was admitted yesterday and put on artificial life support.
“E Ahamed has passed away at 2:15 am. His body has been taken to AIIMS hospital for embalming (a method to preserve a corpse from decaying) as the facility is not available at RML,” a senior RML doctor told PTI.
Ahamed’s body will be taken to Kerala later today.
The MP from Kerala’s Mallapuram suffered a cardiac arrest during the President’s address to the joint sitting of Parliament yesterday.
Around 2.15 pm, he was shifted to the RML trauma centre’s ICU where he was put on ventilator and breathed his last.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi, party vice president Rahul Gandhi, leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, besides other party leaders had rushed to the hospital late at night and met Ahamed’s family.
Ahamed’s family had alleged that they were not allowed to meet the leader.
00:12 UK House to debate petition against Trump’s visit: British lawmakers will hold a debate on whether it should downgrade President Donald Trump’s visit to the United Kingdom after a petition opposing his trip gathered over 1.6 million signatures even as thousands marched in protest against the travel ban by America on seven Muslim countries.
The debate will be held in the House of Commons on February 20 and will also take in a second petition calling for the visit to go ahead, signed by more than 100,000 people.
Once a petition crosses 100,000 names, the Parliament’s Petitions Committee is required to consider it for a debate in Parliament.
The petition titled ‘Prevent Donald Trump from making State Visit to the United Kingdom’ calls for the visit to be downgraded from a State Visit, which is hosted by Britain’s Queen and includes a ceremonial welcome and a state banquet.
However, a rival petition titled ‘Donald Trump should make a State Visit to the United Kingdom’, has also gathered some attention since it was created in retaliation.
Downing Street has insisted the visit will go ahead. — PTI