Hindu woman’s heart
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Doctors at the Global Hospital in Mumbai who performed the heart transplant using an advanced immunodiagnostic technique.
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Serum Institute allowed to enrol
kids in Covid-19 vaccine trial
India’s drug regulator Central Drugs
Standard Control Organisation on
Tuesday allowed vaccine maker Serum
Institute to enrol kids aged seven to
11 years for its Covid-19 vaccine trial
as the country prepares to protect
children from the coronavirus.
Last month, Serum Institute chief
Adar Poonawalla said he expects
Covovax to be approved for those
below 18 years in January or February
Sputnik V orders cancelled by
Some of India’s private hospitals have
cancelled orders for Russia’s Sputnik V
vaccine as they struggle to sell
Covid-19 shots amid surging supplies
of free doses of other vaccines offered
by the government.
Low demand and the extremely
cold storage temperatures required
have spurred the hospitals to cancel
orders for Sputnik V, which is sold
only in the private market in India, the
world’s biggest producer of vaccines.
Two dead as cyclone slams into
Two fishermen were reported dead
after a cyclone packing strong winds
and rains barrelled into India’s east
coast on Sunday, forcing the
evacuation of more than 200,000
people in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and
West Bengal to shelters.
Cyclone Gulab, which bore gusts of
up to 95kmh, damaged crops in over
1.56 lakh acres and caused extensive
loss to infrastructure in Andhra
Bad bank’ to deal with massive
With unpaid corporate loans at a
record high in India, the government
has set up a “bad bank” to resolve
such loans, paving the way for a major
clean-up of the banking system.
Flush with Rs30.6 billion ($560
million), the new institution will take
over bad loans from commercial banks
amounting to Rs2 billion, a quarter of
the total stressed loans in the country.
Shootout inside Delhi courtroom
Gangster Jitender Gogi, who was
produced in a court on Friday in New
Delhi, was shot dead by rival gang
men who posed as lawyers and barged
into the hearing.
According to the police, two men
dressed as lawyers fired at Gogi inside
the courtroom, killing him on the spot.
The attackers were immediately shot
dead by security personnel on duty.
Sidhu’s resignation triggers crisis
in Punjab Congress
Former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu
resigned as president of the Punjab
Pradesh Congress Committee on
Tuesday, a mere 72 days after he was
appointed to the top post by the party
A minister in the Punjab
government and at least three
Congress functionaries followed suit
by resigning from their posts “in
solidarity” with him.
New rice variety to cut down on
use of water, labour
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
on Tuesday launched an array of new
high-yielding crop varieties, including
herbicide-tolerant rice that can be
directly sown into the soil, cutting
expenditure on water and farm
In India, the world’s biggest rice
exporter, the conventional method of
rice cultivation requires farmers to sow
seeds in nurseries and then wait for 20
to 30 days before manually
transplanting the seedlings into
plantation fields that are ankle-deep in
water. With the new seed varieties,
developed by the state-run Indian
Agricultural Research Institute,
farmers only need to irrigate the field
once to moisten the soil before sowing
Police arrest MBA graduate for
duping jewellery stores
The Odisha police have arrested an
MBA graduate from Kolkata for
allegedly looting jewellery stores in
Bhubaneswar and Puri by producing
bogus payment transactions.
Rajiv Prabhas Gupta, 37, a native of
Mumbai, reportedly used to travel to
different cities on flights and stayed at
Ganguly, Bengal government fined
by Calcutta High Court
A division bench of the Calcutta High
Court on Monday fined Indian cricket
board chief Sourav Ganguly Rs10,000
and the West Bengal government and
state-owned corporation WBHIDCO
Rs50,000 for the illegal allotment of a
plot to the former cricketer to set up a
school in New Town area, near
The allotment was made to
Ganguly on Sept 27, 2013. The plot
was surrendered to WBHIDCO in
August last year.
UP businessman dies in police
raid at hotel, six cops suspended
Six policemen in Uttar Pradesh’s
Gorakhpur have been suspended after
a businessman, Mr Manish Kumar
Gupta, died during a late-night police
raid at a city hotel on Monday.
The dead man’s wife complained
that he was assaulted, while the police
maintain the death was an accident as
he fell in the hotel room. A murder
case has been filed against the cops.
Major jewellers sell gold for
Jewellers in India have started selling
gold for Rs100 ($1.83) online after the
pandemic upended sales, forcing them
to reassess traditional ways of doing
Sales crashed last year in the
second-biggest consumer after a
nationwide lockdown shuttered stores
across the country. But it also led to a
bump in India’s nascent market for
online gold sales.
That has pushed jewellers such as
Tata Group’s Tanishq, Kalyan
Jewellers, PC Jeweller and Senco Gold
and Diamonds to sell gold for as little
as Rs100 either directly on their
websites or through tie-ups with digital
Taliban asks India to resume
flights to Afghanistan
The Taliban has written to India’s
Directorate-General of Civil Aviation
(DGCA) asking it to resume
commercial flights between India and
The request is under review by
India’s Civil Aviation ministry.
India stopped all commercial flights
to Kabul after Aug 15, when the
Taliban took control of Afghanistan.
Delhi allows Ramleela, Durga Puja
and Dussehra celebrations
Ramleela, Durga Puja and Dussehra
celebrations have been allowed in
Delhi this year, the Delhi Disaster
Management Authority decided after
a meeting on Wednesday.
The festivals will be celebrated with
restrictions on crowd gatherings,
number of eateries, fairs and separate
entry and exit points. Compliance
with Covid-19 guidelines is
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Setting a perfect example of religious
harmony and humanity, the heart of a
brain dead Hindu woman was trans-
planted into a Muslim man at a private
hospital in Mumbai on Sept 12.
Her kidneys, liver, pancreas and
lungs were also donated to six differ-
Details of the heart transplant were
revealed by doctors at the Global
Hospital in Parel, a neighbourhood of
Mumbai, on Wednesday.
The woman, 41, was admitted to
the hospital on Sept 6 after suffering a
brain haemorrhage. She was declared
brain dead on Sept 11.
According to the Zonal Transplant
Coordination Committee, her family,
when counselled, granted permission
to donate her liver, kidneys, heart,
lungs and pancreas.
Using a green corridor, the lungs
were flown to Apollo Hospital in
Chennai and one of the kidneys went
to an end-stage patient at the KEM
hospital in Parel.
The rest of the organs were donated
to patients at the Global Hospital.
Surgeons at the Global Hospital
performed the heart transplant on a
31-year-old Mumbai tailor using an
advanced immunodiagnostic tech-
The hospital claimed it was the first
such transplantation using the tech-
Mr Farid Phansopkar was suffering
from dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)
with severe left ventricular dysfunc-
tion. He had undergone pre-transplant
and antibodies screening.
“A young donor, lesser ischemia
time (time between the stopping of the
heart at the donor’s end to starting of
the heart at the recipient’s end), ad-
vanced HLA (Human Leukocyte Anti-
gen) and flow cytometry cross matches
and good nursing care resulted in
excellent clinical outcomes,” said
Dr Pravin Kulkarni, the lead heart
transplant surgeon at Global Hospital.
“Farid’s post-operative recovery
was very smooth – right from the
immunosuppression regime, fluid bal-
ance, antibiotics and other protocols.”
Mr Phansopkar became active on
the fourth post-operative day and was
discharged on the ninth post-operative
day, which generally in heart trans-
plant recipients is between 21 and 30
days, the doctor said.
“I am extremely grateful to the
donor family because without them
this would never have been possible,”
said Mrs Jehrunisa, Mr Phansopkar’s
“I earnestly urge everyone to pro-
mote organ donation to give a new
lease of life to many and keep your
dear ones alive.”
The other four patients who got a
new lease of life at Global Hospital
included a seven-year-old boy, re-
“The boy from Mahad (a city in
Raigad district in Maharashtra) was
waiting for a cadaver liver for the past
years. He had progressive liver
disease. Luckily, this one was a split
liver and we could take him up for the
transplant surgery,” said Dr Ravi Mo-
hanka, head of liver transplantation at
He said the other part of the liver
went to a 31-year-old woman.
“Luckily her weight matched the
requirement for the other part of the
donated liver,” said Dr Mohanka.
The combined pancreas and kidney
transplant was done on a 34-year-old
man who has type 1 diabetes and had
Within hours of the transplant, he
was off insulin.
Dr Shruti Tapiawala, nephrologist
and renal transplant physician at
Global Hospital, said: “It is heartening
to see cadaver donations pick up in
the city (Mumbai). It will benefit many
like the 34-year-old type 1 diabetes
“He has been on dialysis since
January and, because of kidney failure
and diabetes, his day-to-day work got
Indo-Asian News Service
Sri Lankan singer Yohani has created a storm in
India with her hit Manike Mage Hithe over the
past few weeks.
The Sinhala song is one of the most played
songs on social media, with several singers
doing a cover version in various Indian lan-
After the stupendous success of the single, it
was just a matter of time before Bollywood
would rope in the 28-year-old.
On Tuesday, Yohani’s first cover of a Hindi
film was unveiled.
She has done a soulful rendition of the title
track of the upcoming film Shiddat, which
features Sunny Kaushal and Radhika Madan in
The singer shared the song on her YouTube
channel and called it the official female version
of the song. Shiddat was originally sung and
composed by Manan Bhardwaj.
Yohani, who gave her first live performance
in India at the Supermoon #NowTrending
concert at Gurugram, near New Delhi, on Sept
23, told IANS that she is thrilled by the
immense popularity that she has gained in the
“This is my first trip to India. I am really
excited,” she said.
“There are so many opportunities for me in
The singer had not expected Manike Mage
Hithe to become such a big hit.
“I never thought it would go so far,” she
“We didn’t even think it will go out of Sri
Lanka, because that’s never happened in our
country. So, it’s really a cool thing to see this
Yohani is amazed how people are loving her
song without understanding its meaning.
“It has crossed so many boundaries, cultures,
languages,” she said.
“Manike is someone you call with love.
Magey is mine and Hithe is heart. It’s about
calling someone with love. It’s a love song.”
Yohani is a self-taught singer, whose tryst
with music started at a young age.
“We don’t have any musicians in my family,”
she said. “My mother sent me to piano lessons
when I was a kid. When I was in school, I used
to play the trumpet and the French horn. I
learnt to play the guitar through YouTube.
“Manike Mage Hithe is my sixth original
Interestingly, Yohani had no plans to pursue
music as a profession, as she was doing her
masters in accounts.
“In 2019, I finished my masters in accounts,”
“I wanted to take up accounting and logistics
as my career. But then I suddenly decided to
start music from scratch.
“My parents were like, ‘What is going on?’.
But now they are really amazed by the response
my song has received. I am very grateful for it.”
Yohani is also a big fan of Indian music.
“As Sri Lankans, we love Hindi music as well
as songs in all other Indian languages,” she said.
“My biggest inspiration is A.R. Rahman. But
I also get inspired by Divine, Badshah and Neha
“I got messages from Abhishek Bachchan
and Jackie Shroff appreciating my song.”
Her first concert in India had an interesting
mix of songs – Hindi, English and Sri Lankan.
However, the singer admitted that she is still
learning to sing in Hindi.
Yohani’s second concert in India is scheduled
for Sunday in Hyderabad.
Indo-Asian News Service
Yohani makes Bollywood debut and India tour
Woman’s organs donated to seven people
“I am extremely
grateful to the
them this would
never have been
possible. I earnestly
urge everyone to
donation to give a
new lease of life
to many and keep
your dear ones
– Mrs Jehrunisa, mother of
Mr Farid Phansopkar (left)
October 1, 2021
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