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Kolkata girl youngest Indian to get
A five-month-old baby girl from
Kolkata has become India’s youngest
liver transplant patient, doctors at the
Max Super Speciality Hospital said.
Ariana Dey, now six months old, was
born healthy but at five months of age
suffered from jaundice which led to her
She was admitted to the hospital
with acute bleeding and doctors
advised a liver transplant, for which her
mother donated a part of her liver.
Consultant at the hospital Sharat
Varma said the girl “showed rapid
recovery and went home within 22 days
Tamil Nadu renames Chennai
railway station after MGR
The Tamil Nadu government has
renamed the iconic Chennai Central
Railway Station as Puratchi Thalaivar
Dr MGR Central Railway Station, after
the state’s former chief minister
According to a government
notification, the station was renamed
after the receipt of a “no objection”
from the Union Home Ministry.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi,
during an election rally in the state,
announced that the Chennai Central
Railway Station would be renamed
after the late politician-actor.
Video of lawyer beating
stepmother goes viral
A video of a lawyer beating his
53-year-old stepmother in Rajasthan’s
Jhunjhunu district on April 5 has gone
viral on social media.
The accused, Suresh Saini, 35, is a
resident of Nanu Wali Bawdi village in
In the video, he is seen dragging his
stepmother Nirmala Devi and beating
her even as she kept screaming.
A case has been registered at Khetri
Preliminary investigation revealed
that the two have been arguing over
property for the past six years.
Hospital run by women
In a first, a hospital entirely run by
women was inaugurated in Hyderabad
Called Femcity Women’s Hospital, it
is a 60-bed women and child
It has 33 departments led by women
The hospital has four main verticals
of healthcare to cater to the needs of
women – wellness, medical and surgery,
maternity and gynaecology and
With the launch of the facility,
women from Shaikpet, Tolichowki,
Mehdipatnam, Masab Tank,
Manikonda, Jubilee Hills, Madhapur
and Gachibowli will have access to
women healthcare professionals round
Bishop charged with raping nun
Police in Kerala on Tuesday charged a
bishop with repeatedly raping a nun at a
rural convent in a case that has cast a
new shadow on the Roman Catholic
church’s global sex abuse crisis.
Franco Mulakkal was charged with
raping the nun several times between
2014 and 2016, Deputy
Superintendent of Police K. Subash
The bishop also faces charges of
unlawful detention, unnatural sex and
abuse of authority.
Mulakkal – who faces a maximum
punishment of life imprisonment – has
denied the allegations.
Election Commission bans Modi
film until after elections
The Election Commission has decided
that a film about Prime Minister
Narendra Modi’s life cannot be released
ahead of the general elections, which
A trailer released last month sparked
a furious reaction from the opposition,
but Mr Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata
Party had said stopping its release
would be against freedom of
In a win for the opposition, the
Election Commission barred the
cinematic release of the film until
voting concludes on May 19.
The commission said the film posed
a “serious threat” to ensuring a level
playing field for all candidates.
Dalai Lama set to be discharged
The Dalai Lama is “doing very well”
and will likely be discharged from
hospital in New Delhi today as he
recovers from a chest infection, his
The 83-year-old Buddhist spiritual
leader was admitted to the Max
hospital on Tuesday with what another
aide described as a “light cough”.
“He is doing very well. Still on
medication but he is doing very well
and will be discharged,” said Mr Tenzin
Taklha, the Dalai Lama’s personal
spokesman. The Tibetan Nobel peace
prize winner is based in the northern
Indian hill station of Dharamsala.
Keeping traditional wrestling alive
Indian wrestlers came together in Dari,
near Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh to
take part in an Indian traditional wrestling
competition, also known as Kushti or
Dangal, on April 10.
Kushti is a traditional Indian form of
wrestling which usually takes place in a
clay or dirt pit, also known as Akhara.
This traditional and ancient form of
sport is slowly losing its shine to modern
wrestling, but a few dedicated people are
trying to train themselves and keep this
The wrestlers also have a certain diet
that is followed after every practice
Called thandai, this special food item
needs to be consumed within 30 minutes
of the wrestling match.
The thandai, which includes dry fruits,
helps muscles to heal.
Mother of all elections begins
India’s gargantuan elections, the biggest
in history, started yesterday with Prime
Minister Narendra Modi seeking a sec-
ond term from the South Asian behe-
moth’s 900 million voters.
Opinion polls put the 68-year-old as
the favourite, but he faces a tough chal-
lenge from two scions of India’s storied
Nehru-Gandhi dynasty who are attempt-
ing to capitalise on his poor record on
jobs and rural poverty.
Because of the vastness of India, the
elections will be held in seven phases,
from the tea plantations of Darjeeling to
the slums of Mumbai to the tropical An-
daman Islands and everywhere in be-
Security forces were on high alert
due to the perennial danger of violence
at election time, with five people includ-
ing a local lawmaker killed in an am-
bush by suspected Maoist rebels this
Thousands of parties and candidates
will run for office between now and May
19 in 543 constituencies across the na-
tion of 1.3 billion people, with results
not due until May 23.
Some of the 1.1 million electronic
voting machines will be transported
through jungles and carried up moun-
tains, including to a hamlet near the Chi-
nese border with just one voter.
Phase one yesterday saw some 142
million people – including 7,764 trans-
gender voters, eligible to register for the
first time – casting ballots.
Polling stations in the north-east
were among the first to open at 7am
with others elsewhere following at 8am.
“I call upon all those whose con-
stituencies are voting in the first phase
to turn out in record numbers and exer-
cise their franchise,” Mr Modi said in a
tweet just after voting began.
“I specially urge young and first-time
voters to vote in large numbers.”
Mr Modi and his Bharatiya Janata
Party (BJP) swept to power in 2014
with their promise of “achhe din” (good
days), becoming the first party to win an
absolute majority in 30 years.
He has simplified the tax code and
made doing business easier, but some of
his promises have fallen short, particu-
larly in rural areas where thousands of
indebted farmers have killed themselves
in recent years.
Growth in Asia’s third-biggest econ-
omy has been too slow to provide jobs
for the roughly one million Indians en-
tering the labour market each month,
and unemployment is reportedly at its
highest since the 1970s.
Mr Rahul Gandhi, 48, hoping to be-
come the latest prime minister from the
Nehru-Gandhi dynasty – and aided by
sister Priyanka – has accused Mr Modi
of causing a “national disaster”.
His Congress party has profited from
voter dissatisfaction, winning in Decem-
ber three key state elections, chipping
into Modi’s core support base in the
Hindi-speaking heartland of northern In-
The Congress’ manifesto pledges to
end abject poverty by 2030 and give
cash transfers to 50 million families. But
Mr Modi and the BJP’s formidable cam-
paign juggernaut – backed by a savvy so-
cial media army – will be no pushover,
promising a US$1.4-trillion infrastruc-
India’s military altercation with Pak-
istan in February has allowed Mr Modi
to portray himself as the “chowkidar”
(watchman) protecting mother India.
“Nationalism is our inspiration and
inclusion and good governance is our
mantra,” Mr Modi said at the launch of
his party’s manifesto.
But opinion polls are notoriously un-
reliable in India and much will depend
on the BJP’s performance in several key
states, in particular Uttar Pradesh and
“It’s difficult to predict,” said
Mr Parsa Venkateshwar Rao, a veteran
journalist and political commentator.
“It reminds me of 2004 when (prime
minister Atal Bihari) Vajpayee and the
BJP lost when everyone expected them
A woman shows her ink-marked finger after casting her vote at a polling station.
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