Ms T. Sindhu Monica (carrying her baby Venba) with her husband Maheshwaran and Amirtham NGO
coordinator Roopa Selvanayaki.
A 29-year-old Coimbatore
woman donated 42 litres of
breast milk collected over
seven months which fed 1,400
Engineering graduate T.
Sindhu Monica started donat-
ing her breast milk to the
Tamil Nadu government’s
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
in Coimbatore in July last year
on the 100th day of her daugh-
ter’s birth. She completed her
feat in April this year.
Last week, her achievement
made it to the Asian and
Indian Book Of Records.
“I thank my husband, who
is my backbone,” she told
Times Of India.
Ms Monica and her husband
Maheshwaran, an assistant pro-
fessor at an engineering college
in Coimbatore, have an
18-month-old daughter Venba.
“Apart from feeding my
child, I started collecting the
breast milk and stored it as per
the instructions by Roopa Sel-
vanayaki of the NGO
Amirtham,” said Ms Monica.
“The NGO collected the
milk each week and gave it to
the breast milk bank in Coim-
Ms Selvanayaki told Times
Of India she started the initia-
tive two years ago to feed
ailing newborn children in gov-
“Now, we have about 50
women enrolled and more
than 30 are actively donating
breast milk,” she said.
The donated breast milk is
fed to newborns whose moth-
ers died or are unable to feed
“Breast milk can lower in-
fant mortality and improve
health in premature and im-
said Ms Monica.
“Breast milk donation is as
important as blood donation
and organ donation.”
There are 70 breast milk
banks in India, 45 of them in
Indo-Asian News Service
“I thank my
husband, who is
– Ms T. Sindhu Monica
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Her breast milk fed 1,400 babies
Top court backs Modi’s job quota
for ‘economically weaker’
India’s Supreme Court has endorsed
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s move
to reserve 10 per cent of government
jobs and seats in educational
institutions for “economically weaker”
people who don’t fall in other
affirmative action categories.
A five-judge bench said on Monday
that the government’s decision in 2019
didn’t violate the constitution and the
reservation system could be extended
to any weaker class in society.
The verdict could yield political
benefits for Mr Modi at a time when
he is aggressively campaigning for
elections in Himachal Pradesh and his
home state Gujarat.
Delhi air quality improves
Ending days of severe pollution, the
quality of air in Delhi improved from
“very poor” to the “poor” category on
Wednesday owing to favourable wind
speed at night, sporadic rains in
adjoining states and a considerable
drop in emissions from stubble
The 24-hour average air quality
index (AQI) stood at 260 – a drop of
112 points from the 372 reading on
It was also the lowest since the
Deepavali festive period when the AQI
was 259 on Oct 23, official data
Row erupts after Sudha Murthy
touches right-wing leader’s feet
Author and philanthropist Sudha
Murthy, the mother-in-law of UK’s new
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, is at the
centre of a controversy after a video of
her apparently touching the feet of
right-wing leader Sambhaji Bhide went
Mr Bhide was in the news recently
for refusing to speak to a journalist
who was not wearing a bindi.
Mrs Sudha is from Sangli in
Maharashtra where she was attending
a promotional event for her book.
While many marvelled at her
courteous gesture, her aide confirmed
that she did not know who Mr Bhide
was and bowed out of respect for a
India says Russia oil deal
advantageous as Yellen visits Delhi
India will continue buying Russian oil
because it benefits the country, India’s
foreign minister said on Tuesday after
meeting his Russian counterpart for
the fifth time this year.
Mr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar is
visiting Moscow for the first time since
Russia invaded Ukraine in February.
His trip comes as United States
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen visits
New Delhi this week to hold talks with
Indian officials, including possibly on
capping Russian oil prices.
Mr Jaishankar also said that India
and Russia were expanding their trade
India unveils logo and website of
next year’s G20 summit
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
on Tuesday unveiled the logo, theme
and website of India’s Group of 20
(G20) presidency next year.
India will hold about 200 meetings
in 32 different sectors and at multiple
locations across India next year.
“It would be one of the
highest-profile international gatherings
to be hosted by the country,” said the
Ministry of External Affairs.
The G20 logo shows the Earth
sitting atop a lotus flower with seven
petals to represent the seven
continents and seven universal musical
Celebrity jeweller loses UK
Fugitive Indian jeweller Nirav Modi on
Wednesday lost an appeal against
extradition to his homeland where he
is accused of defrauding one of the
country’s largest banks of US$1.8
billion ($2.25 billion).
He was allowed to appeal against
the original extradition ruling on
mental health grounds and his right
not to face inhuman treatment.
But in a ruling on Wednesday, two
UK judges said they were “not
satisfied that Mr Modi’s mental
condition and the risk of suicide are
such that it would be either unjust or
oppressive to extradite him”.
Cheetahs brought from Namibia
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
on Sunday announced that the
cheetahs brought from Namibia and
kept at the Kuno National Park in
Madhya Pradesh were healthy and
He took to social media to share
the news about the big cats in their
new home and released a video of two
cheetahs running around.
In September, eight cheetahs – five
females and three males – were flown
from Windhoek in Namibia to Madhya
Pradesh in a customised cargo plane.
Cheetahs are back in India seven
decades after they were declared
extinct in the country.
Indian sailors on vessel detained
in Equatorial Guinea
A Norwegian oil vessel detained by
Equatorial Guinea on Aug 8 has 16
sailors from India out of its 26 crew.
They are in custody and have
reached out to their families in India
According to them, the Norwegian
ship Heroic Idun, which filled crude oil
from the AKPO Terminal in Nigeria,
was intercepted by a Guinea naval ship
when it set sail.
The crew were then detained on
suspicion of crude oil piracy. The
Indian government is making efforts to
secure the release of the crew.
First private sector rocket
Vikram-S to launch in November
In what will be India’s maiden space
launch by the private sector, Skyroot
Aerospace is expected to launch next
week a demonstration flight with the
Vikram-S launch vehicle.
The mission will be historic since
rockets in the country have been the
domain of the public sector with the
Indian Space Research Organisation
leading the development, design and
launch of space missions.
Tirumala temple owns 10 tonnes
gold among $43b assets
Sri Venkateswara temple at Tirumala,
the world’s richest Hindu temple, owns
assets of over Rs2.5 lakh crore ($43
billion) including 10.25 tonnes of gold.
The assets of Tirumala Tirupati
Devasthanams (TTD), which governs
the ancient hill shrine, includes land
parcels, buildings, cash and gold
deposits given as offerings by devotees.
The temple body owns land and
buildings in different parts of India.
According to officials, TTD revenues
are increasing due to the rise in cash
and gold offerings made by devotees.
IndiGo grounds 30 aircraft due to
Interglobe Aviation, the operator of
India’s top airline IndiGo, on Monday
said it grounded about 30 aircraft – or
around 10 per cent of its fleet – due to
global supply chain disruptions.
“While it is our immediate priority
to deploy adequate capacity to serve
our customers, we are actively engaged
with our OEM (original equipment
manufacturer) partners to work on
mitigation measures that should ensure
the continuity of our network and
operations,” the company said.
The airline had a fleet of 279
aircraft as of end September.
Surprised by the overwhelming
response in Kerala to the World
Cup in Qatar, football’s world
governing body Fifa on Tuesday
tweeted a photograph of cut-outs of
players in the Kurungattu Kadavu
river in Kozhikode district.
“Fifa World cup fever has hit
Kerala, giant cut-outs of Neymar,
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi
popped up on a local river ahead of
the tournament,” Fifa tweeted.
Mr A.K. Ahmed, member of a
Messi fan club in Kozhikode, said:
“All this started with a cut-out of
Messi and we are thrilled that the
news has gone worldwide.
“Fifa mentioning us on its social
media platforms is indeed an
honour. We raised these cut-outs
purely out of our love for the sport
and the legendary players who
always put up a great show.”
The Fifa World Cup will kick off
on Nov 21.
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