Baby weighing 400 grams at Birth survives after six-month struggle

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A premature baby girl born weighing 400 grams survived and gained weight, thanks to efforts of doctors at Jivanta Children’s Hospital in Udaipur and determination of her parents.

Jaipur, January 12: After struggling for six months, a baby girl who weighed just 400 grams at birth, and was 8.6 inches long at birth has returned to normalcy and discharged from hospital at Jaipur.

Dr. Sunil Janged, the neonatologist who led the team overseeing the baby girl at the neonatal intensive care unit claimed that referred baby was the smallest to survive in India as well as Asia as per medical records. Named Manushi by the staff of the Jivanta Children’s Hospital, the baby was delivered through a cesarean section as the blood flow to the fetus was found to be absent after ultrasonography of the pregnant mother.

The baby was put on ventilator to expand her immature, small lungs and was given parental nutrition initially. Gradually, she could digest milk and drink from spoon. Dr.Janged also stated that it was a challenge to ensure that there was no infection to the baby during course of the blood transfusion for her respiratory support.

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The baby after six months of clinical course.

At the time of her discharge, Manushi weighed 2400 grams and had been developing her body organs normally. She had spent 210 in intensive care unit, beating the odds of 0.5% chance of survival, as stated by medical experts in such cases.

Source: The Hindu, The Times of India

Tamil Nadu Bus Strike called off after Court Intervntion

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After ten days of strike, TNSTC workers will be resuming duty after order by Madras High Court.

Chennai, January 12: After ten long days, the bus strike by Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) Union was called off on late night of Thursday. A. Soundrarajan, the President of Centre of India Trade Union confirmed the news.

Earlier, the Madras High Court acting on a bunch of PIL’S against the strike, appointed former judge E. Padmanabhan as an arbitrator between the employees and the government regarding the issue of wage revision. It however rejected the workers demand that the agreement signed a few days ago with some of the unions should receive legal validity and asked the workers to resume duty at once.

The Judges clearly defined the role of the arbitrator by asking him to focus only on two issues-entitlement of wage revision of workers using a multiple factor of 2.57, instead of factor of 2.41 as agreed by government and the cut-off date for the revision.

They also refused to entertain the plea by workers that an original demand charter submitted way back in November, 2016 should be a part of the reference. The judges however, appealed to the workers to resume their duty to help general public in light of the Pongal festival and not to cause any further inconvenience for them.

Earlier the Transport Secretary P.C. Davidar refused to withdraw criminal cases against who were involved in destruction of public property and also declared government’s stand of no payment to the employees during strike period.

Source: The Hindu, The News Minute

New Logo for West Bengal Unveiled, Name Change of State on Cards

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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee unveiling the State logo at Nabanna on Friday.

Kolkata, January 05: At an inauguration ceremony held at State Secretariat, Mamta Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal unveiled the new logo for the state. The new state logo has the alphabet “B” (for Bengal) written in Bengali script placed in middle in form of a seal, with the Lion Capital of Ashoka (the National Emblem) placed at top.

Along with logo, the West Bengal government is in the process of changing the state name to Bangla.

Describing the moment as historic, the Chief Minister stated that for the first time after independence, the state will have a logo of its own, informing that the logo had been approved by the Centre after being designed in Bengal. She added that henceforth, the logo will be used in official government documents, including letterheads. Incidentally, the logo is the brainchild of the Banerjee, who is an enthusiastic painter and writer herself.

She also stated that the name of the state will be changed from West Bengal to Bangla, and the due process of getting approval from Centre is underway. The CM had also designed the logo for Biswa Bangla, which was exclusively used for promoting the schemes and events of the state government.

However, Mukul Roy, one of the former top members of Trinamool Congress,  now defected to BJP, had alleged that the logo was registered under the name of Banerjee’s nephew, Abhishek Banerjee, an MP himself, reports The Indian Express. The allegation was strongly refuted both by the party and the state government.

Haj House painted Saffron by Yogi Adityanath Government

Image Courtesy: ANI                                                                                                                         The Haj House in Lucknow, used by Muslims as a transit place on their way to pilgrimage in Mecca, is now saffron in colour.

Lucknow, January 05: The exteriors of Haj House in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh (UP), has been painted saffron by the state government. It houses the officials inspecting and regulating documents for the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. The house is used for customs and immigration checks and has also a prayer hall and residential facility for pilgrims.

However, Cabinet Minister Mohsin Raja of UP government dismissed any controversy regarding the move, reports ANI. He stated that the building has been coloured saffron as it is an energetic colour and adds to the beauty. Although a section of Muslims and opposition parties have objected to the move, the minister stated that since the opposition has no big issues, so they rake up inconsequential things.

Traditionally, saffron colour is associated with Hinduism and Sangh Parivar, the parent organisation of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Since coming to power in March last year, the BJP government has been on a spree using saffron colour to paint buildings including the State Secretariat that houses the offices of Chief minister and top officials along with rolling out saffron coloured buses by the transport department. Furthermore,the department of information have changed the colour of their official site as well the booklet to saffron colour.

Rajya Sabha adjourned amidst tabling of Triple Talaq Bill

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduced the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017 for discussion and passage in the Rajya Sabha today, but with the opposition creating an uproar and the BJP countering it vociferously, the house was adjourned finally after a noisy session. The bill is currently awaiting its passage in Rajya Sabha for its final approval, is proving to be a difficult task for BJP as it does not have the strong numbers as compared to Rajya Sabha. The opposition however, opposed the move stating that the government instead of rushing the bill should take view of other stakeholders, and hence refer the bill to a select Committee.

The minister asked the Congress to come clean on its stand in the Rajya Sabha, since it had passed the bill in Lok Sabha just a few days earlier. The Congress however moved a resolution regarding formation of a select committee. However, the leader of the house, Arun Jaitley objected to the procedure under Rule 70(sub rule 2a) of the house, as the bill did not originate from Rajya Sabha, nor any previous notice was given for the same.

Amidst the implosion of words, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien adjourned the House for the day, without giving any ruling on the validity of the opposition’s demand.

Sources: Economic Times, The Indian Express


AAP denies Rajya Sabha ticket to Kumar Vishwas

One of the most visible faces of Aam Aadmi Party, Kumar Vishwas was ignored by his party for upcoming Rajya Sabha elections. The AAP, which enjoys an absolute majority in Delhi Assembly, by having 67 members in 70 member’s assembly, is all set to win three seats comfortably. Sanjay Singh, Sushil Gupta and ND Gupta were nominated by the party for the elections.

Soon after the announcement, Vishwas took a dig at the party chief Arvind Kejriwal by stating that he has been denied the ticket only because he had openly stated his views honestly on contentious issues like ticket distribution, insult of some AAP members, and other matters like the protest in JNU or about the surgical strike by Indian soldiers. He accused the party convenor of dominating heterogeneous views, and stated that everything happens in the party only if Kejriwal agrees to it.He also opined that it is not possible for oneself to be in the AAP if he disagrees with Arvind Kejriwal on any issue.

In a sarcastic tone, he congratulated Kejriwal on his martyrdom and stated that he was told that he will killed politically and yet won’t be allowed to become a martyr by Kejriwal a while back.

Vishwas also did not attend the meeting of PAC (Political Affairs Committee) of which he is a member.

Sources: Rediff, The Indian Express


Hafeez Saeed’s charity trust rolls a new political party

Jamat-ud-Dawaah, suspected to be a font for banned terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba has launched a new political party named Milli Muslim League in Pakistan. Jamat-ud-Dawaah is currently registered as a charitable trust and claims to be championing cause of Islamic Humanitarian programme. This step is contrast with previous views of LeT chief Hafeez Saeed who has denounced democracy and elections and declared them to be incompatible with Islam. India and America have already declared LeT as the key perpetrator behind the 2008 Mumbai Attacks, and there is a bounty of $10 million dollars offered by America regarding information and capture of Hafeez Saeed.

But Saeed has always denied his involvement in the referred attacks and was only placed under house arrest only eight months earlier by Pakistan. Although Saeed missed the event of launch of the party, President of Milli Muslim League-Saifullah Khalid expressed that the aim of the party was to connect to grassroots level and propel Pakistan towards an Islamic and Welfare State. However, U.S. State Department Report on Terrorism for 2016 which was launched recently stated that LeT still raises funds for its activities in Pakistan. Security Analysts state that the move to form a new political party was to provide a better cover to the militants and their other covert activities in the light of increased pressure from global community on Pakistan to crack down LeT and JuD.

News Sources- Reuters, Nasdaq