Mother’s body was stored in freezer for 20 years

London police is questioning an Indian-origin women for storing her mother’s corpse in a freezer for 20 years.

The corpse of Gulbani Freedon Murzdan, who died 20 years ago, was discovered on Thursday in the freezer in South-east London. The police is treating the case as unexplained.

Murzdan’s daughter Daulat Irani, 83, and her sister feared the authorities would discover that their mother from India had been living in the country illegally. So, instead of holding a funeral Irani and her sister, who is dead now, wrapped the corpse in a black bin liner and put it in the freezer, police said.

Police was alerted after Irani confessed her secret to a friend.

“The death is being treated as unexplained rather than suspicious. There have been no arrests and an 83-year-old woman has been interviewed under caution,” a police spokesman said.

A postmortem examination of the body is due to take place at Princess Royal University Hospital in Orpington on Friday.

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Green tea extract may help cure leukemia

An active ingredient of green tea has been found effective in treating leukaemia patients, say researchers.

The study led by Mayo Clinic researchers has shown that patients could fairly tolerate high doses of the chemical epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), derived from the green tea.

“We found not only that patients tolerated the green tea extract at very high doses (in capsule form), but many of them saw regression to some degree of their chronic lymphocytic leukemia,” said Dr Tait Shanafelt, Mayo Clinic hematologist and lead author of the study.

“The majority of individuals who entered the study with enlarged lymph nodes saw a 50 percent or greater decline in their lymph node size,” Shanafelt added.

The researchers hope that EGCG can stabilize CLL for early stage patients or perhaps improve the effectiveness of treatment when combined with other therapies.

After the success of the first trial, researchers have moved to the second phase of clinical testing. involving roughly the same number of patients. All will receive the highest dose administered from the previous trial.

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Angels & Demons will not open in multiplexes

Don’t look for the Tom Hanks-starrer Angels and Demons in your neighbourhood multiplex. The film’s distributor, Sony Pictures, will not release it in multiplexes on Friday in support of the Hindi film producers’ standoff with multiplex owners.

Industry sources said the film, a prequel to The Da Vinci Code, will release only in single-screen theatres. No new Hindi films have been released since April 4 as a result of the strike, but that has not stopped the release of Hollywood films in multiplexes.
But Angels and Demons will be an exception as the producers have made Hindi films, including Saawariya and Straight in India, earlier.

According to a source, UPDF (The United Producers and Distributors Front) pressurised Kercy Daruwala, managing director of the company in India, to withhold the film from multiplexes. Daruwala, however, was unwilling to confirm this. He told DNA, “We are in negotiations with multiplexes. I am not sure about the outcome.”
Ramesh Sippy of UPDF said the film will not release in multiplexes. “The film is on hold. I don’t know what will happen,” he said.

Corroborating this, Utpal Sanghvi, vice-president, programming and distribution, of the multiplex chain Inox, said, “Angels and Demons is not releasing in national and non-national multiplexes. They are asking for a 55% share of the profit, which is impossible. They are definitely doing this in support of the striking Bollywood producers.”
If the film does not release in multiplexes, it could result in huge losses for the distributors as 60-65% of the profit of an English film released in India comes from multiplexes.

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