Sunday, May 24, 2020

Nepal deploy Army unit to construct Darchula-Tinkar Road Project

A 'section plus' unit of Nepal Army near Ghantibagar of Darchula district. (Photo: ANI)
Kathmandu (ANI): The Nepal Army has deployed a 'section plus' unit near Ghantibagar of Darchula district for the construction of 87 kilometres section of the road under the Mahakali corridor or the Darchula-Tinkar Road Project. The government had last month decided to entrust the Nepal Army with the construction project.
"The ministers during a meeting on April 26 had decided to deploy a section plus force of the Nepal Army with the required equipment to build the 87 kilometres section of the road. A mule track which falls under the road section will have a width of 2 meters and 450 meters length," the Nepal Army said in the statement on Thursday.

The Government of Nepal in 2008 had sanctioned various contractors to build on-road which would run parallel with the India border on Dharchula side, separated by the Mahakali River.An estimated 50 kilometres of the road construction runs in parallel with the Indian border side leading to Tinkar Pass in far west Nepal for trade with China.

Currently, the locals of Darchula District have to get across India to reach the other high-lying sides of the mountainous district of Darchula in Nepal's far west. "Once the army will open the 450-meter road section in between the MauriBhir and Ghanti area, around 1,200 residents of 182 households there do not have to travel via the Indian route to come to their own village within Nepal's territory," the statement read further.

Last week, Nepal released an 'updated' political map including Kalapani, Lipulekh, and Limpiyadhura within its own territory. India marked the tri-junction point within its political map last released in November 2019.
By: ANI.

Conjoined twin babies joined from back and hip separated after 24-hour marathon surgery at AIIMS

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New Delhi (ANI): Almost after one year and 10 months of their admission at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) the doctors at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) have finally succeeded in separating co-joined twins, who were attached from their back and hip.

Conjoined twin girls were successfully separated in 24 hours long surgery that began at 8.30 am on Friday and continued past 9 am on Saturday, May 23. A team of 64 healthcare workers participated in this over 24-hour long surgery and successfully separated the twins.

The co-joined twin girls were brought to the medical institute when they were just 62 days old with fused lower parts of their bodies. Since, then the co-joined twins were under the close supervision of doctors headed by Dr Minu Bajpai, professor, department of paediatrics surgery.

The babies were joined at the hips wotj a complex fusion of their spinal bones and spinal cords, intestines. There were abnormalities of the heart and major blood vessels along with a lack of adequate skin cover.

"Prof. Randeep Guleria, AIIMS Director, took note of the need and promptly granted permission for the surgery to be undertaken even during the COVID-19 pandemic," according to sources.

The family of the twins hail from Uttar Pradesh, Badaun and their parents were counselled at various stages and major procedures in separating the co-joined twins, said a doctor.

"Today, the co-joined twin girls are of 2 years of age. When their parents brought them to AIIMS, they were hardly two months old. At that stage, we did not want to separate them as we wanted their bodies to grow enough to bear huge chalenges during the separation surgery," said a doctor.

"We were studying their cases, did their vital investigations and took multiple meetings to chalk out the plan for separation surgery.

The surgery was successfully conducted by the Department of Paediatric Surgery along with assistance from Anaesthesiology, Plastic Surgery, and C.T.V.S.

Department of Radiodiagnosis, Neurophysiology, Nuclear Medicine, Biochemistry, Nursing and Paramedical staff including C.M.E.T. also worked as a team for this 24 hours long operation.

Doctors told ANI, "The process of anaesthesia was very challenging as both the girls have a hole in their hearts. Also, their fused spinal cord was creating a problem for bladder and movement of their body. We had to fix it up with the help of neuro-monitoring."

The process involved a team of 64 medical professionals including doctors, nurses, paramedics to conduct the 24-hour marathon surgery. "The reconstruction was lower parts of the bodies was another challenge as it involved reproductive organs," they said adding that the twins would be able to become mothers in their adulthood.

Another doctor said "Since there was only one passage to pass the stool, we have to create another passage for the child. We have to keep the separated twins in close observation for at least 48 hours. As of now, they are stable and their vital functions are doing well."

Experts say that it is a once in a lifetime surgery for any pedantic surgeon. Once the separation procedure starts, doctors have to keep the babies away from external exposure to avoid infections.
Medically, conjoined twins fused from back and lower half of the bodies are very rare. Such kind of twins have four arms; one, two three and four legs, and typically one external set of genitalia and anus.
By: ANI.

PM Narendra Modi wishes Kerala CM on his birthday, prays for his good health and long life

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left), Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan (right), (Photo: ANI)
New Delhi (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday extended birthday wishes to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. "Birthday wishes to Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan Ji on his birthday. May he be blessed with good health and a long life," Prime Minister Modi tweeted while tagging the Kerala Chief Minister.

Meanwhile, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also extended birthday wishes to the Kerala Chief Minister. "Warm birthday wishes to Shri Pinarayi Vijayan ji, Chief Minister, Kerala. I pray for your long and healthy life," the Lok Sabha Speaker tweeted.

While the Delhi Chief Minister said, "Wish Kerala CM Shri Pinarayi Vijayan ji a happy birthday. May he be blessed with a long and healthy life". The Kerala Chief Minister turned 75 today.
By: ANI.

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