Quotes: US MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

India slaps gag order on nurses trapped in Tikrit  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 21/06/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) do not speak to the media is the message passed on to the 46 nurses holed up in the upper floor quarters of the tikrit teaching hospital for the last 10 days.

the indian government has slapped a gag order on the hapless nurses trapped in the iraqi war zone of tikrit.

“do not speak to the media” is the message passed on to the 46 nurses holed up in the upper floor quarters of the tikrit teaching hospital for the last 10 days.

suresh reddy the emissary sent by new delhi to help secure evacuation of the nurses — all from the south indian state of kerala — is apparently annoyed by the worldwide media coverage of the ordeal of the women one of them told khaleej times from her abode at the hospital.

kerala chief minister oommen chandy told khaleej times he has heard about the development but the gag order is not a fair stand. “it’s completely unfair to be rude to women who are already troubled. we have to be considerate to people who are stuck in a war zone.”

“society has every right to know what is happening. we have genuine concern and responsibility towards our people trapped in iraq” chandy said.he said he has been putting pressure on the central government. “the external affairs secretary called to inform that the government is looking at every aspect of the crisis and weighing different options.”

the nurse who did not want to be identified because of embassy instructions said reddy spoke to all nurses on speakerphone and warned them not to talk to the press because information given to the outside world like their departure timings would endanger their life.

the gag order has ticked off some of the nurses. “the government has nothing to update us so where is the question of giving away sensitive information?” asked one of them. she said the envoys assured them whatever possible is being done to rescue them.

the nurse said news that other countries had managed to evacuate their staff from other hospitals while the indians are stuck is disheartening.

she said she has informed the kerala government about the development insisting that if nothing is done in a couple of days they have every right to talk to the world.

“yes we are worried but we don’t want to talk to anyone anymore. no more complaints” snapped the mother of one of the nurses apparently fearful of the diktat.

the department of non-resident keralites affairs where khaleej times’ telephone calls to helplines were unanswered for two hours on friday has also stopped giving any contact numbers to the media.

at midnight on thursday this reporter had received a frantic call from one of the nurses to check if rumours that all indians abducted from mosul have been killed by the abductors are true.

it took some time to calm down the sobbing woman and convince her that they are all safe as some of the construction workers had even called their families in punjab.

“give us some good news. when do you think we can make it?” she pleaded.

she said they had been living in the sweltering 45ºc plus desert temperature since wednesday noon due to an outage which continued till the wee hours of friday. there was no airconditioning and the hospital was working on generators.

she said the delivery of some food supplies by the international committee of the red cross on thursday with the instruction that “stock for crisis times” has also raised apprehension that the ordeal could last longer than expected.

another woman said the nurses who had been vocal about their desire to get out of the hellhole have been at the receiving end of mudslinging by “friends” of those who want to stay put in iraq.

she said they had received several abusive calls from some indians working in iraq for spreading “lies” about their situation.

“so if you ask us how we are we are absolutely fine” she said taking a dig at the government order.

for more news from khaleej times follow us on facebook at facebook.com/khaleejtimes and on twitter at khaleejtimes

follow khaleejtimes -->


 


Khaleej Times




  MENA News Headlines
 Sep 23 2014 - Real Estate Transactions Worth over QR660 Million Last WeekQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) Real estate transactions between September 14 and 18 for the real estate sales contracts registered at the Ministry of justice are worth QR660,849,178, the real estate registration ...

 Sep 23 2014 - White House Intruder Raises Questions of Failures of US Secret ServiceQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) Questions are being raised in the US Congress and in the public about the failures of the US Secret Service to stop a man carrying a concealed knife from climbing over a fence and ...

 Sep 23 2014 - Saudi Arabia Seeks UN Resolution to End Israeli OccupationQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia vowed today that it's time to seek a UN Security Council resolution to set a timetable to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and achieve ...

 Sep 23 2014 - Qatar to Host 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal JusticeQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) The government of the State of Qatar and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) signed here Monday an agreement for hosting the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and ...

 Sep 23 2014 - Vice Chairman of Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency Meets Qatari AmbassadorQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) Vice Chairman of Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency Bettina Hruby met with HE Qatar's Ambassador to Hungary Abdullah Hussein Al Jaber. During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral ...

 Sep 23 2014 - French Premier Says 'No Negotiation' With AbductorsQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) French Prime Minister Manuel Valls Tuesday said there would be "no discussion, no negotiation" with an Algerian group that has abducted a French citizen. The Prime Minister told ...

 Sep 23 2014 - Turkey to expand trade with SharjahMENAFN
(MENAFN) A delegation of Independent Industrialists and Businessmen Association (MUSIAD) from Turkey held a meeting with the director of Hamiryah Free Zone Authority (HFZA) and Sharjah Airport Free ...

 Sep 23 2014 - Lebanese Soldier Killed in Gunfire Attack in TripoliQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - QNA) A Lebanese soldier was killed and two other soldiers wounded on Tuesday morning when an unidentified car opened fire on the Lebanese Army's barracks in al-Beddawi near the northern ...

 Sep 23 2014 - Saudi flag unfurled on world's tallest flagpoleArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Jeddah municipality will today hoist a giant Saudi flag onto the world's tallest flagpole to mark the country's 84th National Day.The pole is 170 meters high while the flag is ...

 Sep 23 2014 - Killing of Saudi hostage taker under probeArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) The Saudi Embassy in Kuwait City said Monday that it was following up the killing of a Saudi citizen who had taken his family hostage at gun point in an exchange of fire with ...

more...


 






Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

IPO News
Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

US Markets Details

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Investment Game
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

My MENAFN
Portfolio Tracker

Voting

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2000 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help