Body of royal hoax nurse reaches India: police

Updated 16 December 2012

Body of royal hoax nurse reaches India: police

MANGALORE, India: The body of an Indian-born nurse who was found hanged after taking a hoax call to the hospital treating Prince William’s wife arrived in Mangalore on Sunday following a memorial mass in London.
Jacintha Saldanha, 46, apparently committed suicide after answering the prank telephone call from two Australian radio DJs to the hospital where Catherine was admitted during the early stages of her pregnancy.
Her funeral is expected to take place on Monday near Mangalore in Shirva, the home town of her husband Benedict Barboza. He accompanied her body on Sunday’s flight to India along with their son, 16, and daughter, 14.
Jacintha and her family, they were working in the UK to earn their daily bread,” Stany Tauro, priest of the Our Lady of Health Church in Shirva, told AFP. “The community is sad over the death.”
He said locals were proud that she had been a successful nurse who worked in a hospital where the British royal family were treated, but many were shocked at the tragedy.
Tauro said residents would be able to pay final respects to the body before the mass scheduled at 4:00 p.m. (1030 GMT) and the burial ceremony.
C. Mutthiah, deputy commissioner of police in Mangalore, confirmed the body had landed in Mangalore, while a family source told AFP that it would be kept in a mortuary overnight and taken to Shirva on Monday.
Saldanha’s frail mother lives with her other daughter and a son in Mangalore, 360 kilometers (220 miles) from Bangalore in the western state of Karnataka.
“I feel very sorry that those two kids, they lost their mother’s love and affection,” said local politician D.V. Sadananda Gowda after visiting a family relative.
“The government... is seeking an inquiry so that the truth should come out and what the reasons are behind this incident.”
Saldanha’s body arrived a day after the nurse’s children told a service at London’s Westminster Cathedral that her death had created “an unfillable void” in their lives.
“We will miss your laughter, the loving memories and the good times we had together. The house is an empty dwelling without your presence,” her daughter Lisha said.
A London inquest last week heard that Saldanha, who moved to Britain around 12 years ago, had been found hanged in staff accommodation on December 7 and that there were no suspicious circumstances over her death.
A few days earlier she put the prank call from a Australian radio station through to a colleague who relayed confidential details about Catherine’s severe morning sickness to the DJs.
Saldanha left three notes, one of which reportedly criticized her colleagues over her treatment at the King Edward VII private hospital.
The hospital has defended itself, saying it offered support to Saldanha and had stressed to her she would not be disciplined for being taken in by the call.
A report in Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper suggested that Saldanha had been involved in a dispute with a colleague at the hospital several weeks before her death, and had been unhappy with the way managers dealt with it.
Dozens of Indian students marched to the British High Commission in New Delhi on Saturday, carrying banners demanding “Justice for Jacintha.”
The demonstrators alleged in a statement that “as a person of Indian origin she was isolated, victimised and subjected to harassment by the authorities.”
Australian police say death threats have been made against Michael Christian and Mel Greig, the DJs from Sydney’s 2Day FM radio station who made the call posing as the Queen and William’s father Prince Charles.
The presenters made tearful apologies last week.

Explosions hit Afghan celebration, Helmand governor hurt

Updated 23 March 2019

Explosions hit Afghan celebration, Helmand governor hurt

  • The bombing disrupted Farmers Day celebrations
  • The cause of the explosion is not yet identified

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan: Two explosions went off at a public celebration in the southern Afghan city of Lashkar Gah on Saturday, killing two people and wounding the governor of Helmand province, security and hospital officials said.

The blasts came during a Farmers Day celebration at an outdoor stadium that was attended by nearly 1,000 people.

The provincial governor, Mohammad Yasin Khan, was knocked over by the blasts before he was quickly removed from the celebration, according to a Reuters witness. The governor’s condition was unclear.

Two people were killed and 23 were wounded, according to initial estimates by hospital officials.

The blasts appeared to have been caused by planted explosives.

The attack is one of several to occur during Afghanistan’s multi-day celebrations to mark its traditional new year, beginning with explosions in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Thursday. Those attacks killed six people and wounded 23 and were claimed by Islamic State.

The traditional new year is widely celebrated in Afghanistan but some hard-line Islamists oppose the festivities, saying they are un-Islamic.

Helmand is one of several Afghan provinces in which insurgents have the greatest control and influence. Lashkar Gah is the provincial capital.

Saturday’s attack came exactly one year after a car bomb killed at least 14 people who had gathered to watch a wrestling match in Lashkar Gah.