Notably, the RML Institute of Medical Sciences is second only to the PGI to conduct such a procedure in Lucknow.
Adding yet another accolade to its name, the Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow has successfully completed its first-ever ABO-incompatible kidney transplant surgery. While the mismatch blood group operation was conducted recently at the newly launched facility at the Lohia Hospital, its information was shared only after the donor and recipient recovered fully. Notably, the RML Institute of Medical Sciences is second only to the SGPGIMS to conduct this advanced procedure in Lucknow.
New surgery allows patients to accept organs from other blood group donors
As per Professor Abhilash Chandra of the Nephrology Department, this unique transplant procedure was performed on a 26-year-old youth from Lakhimpur Kheri through the organ received from his 48-year-old mother. The donor and recipient had AB positive and B positive blood groups respectively, eliminating the option of the conventional blood-group compatible transplant.
Usually, the recipient's immune system refuses the donated organ if it does not match with the donor's. This is where the new procedure steps in for it allows the transplant irrespective of the blood type. Reportedly, a special surgery is performed as part of the novel process, where all antibodies in the immune system that reject the transplanted organ are removed.
"In this case, the patient was put on immunosuppressants and his antibodies were removed through five plasmapheresis sessions before the transplant. The kidney of the donor was taken out through the laparoscopic method to avoid blood loss," said Dr Ishwar Dayal, Head of Urology Department, who was also part of the team.
ABO-incompatible kidney transplant is a lifesaver
While a list of benefits can be expected, it is noteworthy that the surgery will cost double the usual amount of ₹2.5 to ₹3 lakh. The procedure calls for additional preparation time, use of special drugs and immunosuppressants, longer hospital stays and recovery and hence the beefed cost and costs.
However, the ABO-incompatible transplant is a lifesaver for those patients who are in need of an urgent transplant but are not able to find matching donors, stated another member of the team, nephrologist Dr. Namrata Rao.
The nationwide vaccination drive against coronavirus was launched on January 16, 2021.
Continuing the fight against COVID, India has reportedly crossed the 100 crore vaccination mark today! The nation achieved this feat in just over nine months after the inoculation programme was started across the country on January 16, 2021. According to the official data, about 75% of the beneficiaries have received the first dose of the vaccine while only 31% of the entire eligible population has been vaccinated fully, as of now.
India scores a Vaccine Century!
In a celebratory tweet, the Prime Minister said, "India scripts history. We are witnessing the triumph of Indian science, enterprise and collective spirit of 130 crore Indians. Congrats India on crossing 100 crore vaccinations. Gratitude to our doctors, nurses and all those who worked to achieve this feat."
As India has achieved this historical landmark, the health ministry has planned several events to mark the occasion. Reportedly, the Health Minister will release a song and an audio-visual film at the Red Fort to celebrate this milestone today. Apart from this, the Prime Minister will also visit Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in Delhi to celebrate this historic feat.
Timeline of India's Vaccination Drive
India's vaccination drive against the COVID pandemic was initiated on January 16, 2021, starting with the healthcare workers. From February 2, the frontline workers were also permitted to take the jab. This phase of the vaccination drive included the state and central police personnel, Armed Forces, Home Guards, Civil Defence and others. In the next phase starting March 1, the drive was further expanded to include people aged above 60 years and those over 45 years with correlated specified comorbidities. While vaccination for all citizens aged 45 years and above was initiated on April 1, the drive was finally thrown open for all adults from May 1.
As the nation celebrates this monumental achievement, experts urge caution stating the fact that the pandemic is still not over yet. Everyone should stick to COVID-appropriate behaviour and follow all the protocols to stay safe as the threat of this deadly virus will exist until most states record less than 10 fresh cases daily, says the expert.
This is not sorcery - it is the BlueTribe science and it's revolutionary!
Nothing quite spells a Lucknowite's love for food better than an affair with the meaty food grubs! But if you are someone who wishes to move away from the guilt of consuming the animal meat, without really giving up on its succulent taste, you're in the right place, at the right time!
The Blue Tribe foods have announced their arrival in Lucknow, with a host of plant-based meat treats in its tow, to quite aptly fit the bill! Yes, you did read that right! It's meat but it is vegetarian, healthy, and delicious. And nooo! this is not sorcery - it is the Blue Tribe science and it's revolutionary.
Meet the new plant-based meat!
Meat that is not associated with animals and yet looks, cooks and tastes like the real deal is no longer a fantasy and we've got Blue Tribe to thank. These folks have broken down the core idea which makes meat so tempting and recreated substitute meat that is plant-based. A creation of the Tribe's food technology, the new meat alternative is sustainable, environment friendly and rich in proteins.
The engineered plant-based meat has a great quotient of protein and minerals, even higher than the regular meat and here's why. The new meat removes all the fat and calories which are harmful to you and your cholesterol and offers you all the right nutrients, without compromising on the texture.
All foods crafted by them are versatile and can be used in any dish, in any way and even a classified non-vegetarian would not be able to tell the difference at all. Now, does not that sound like a deal you must hatch right away?!
Know your food
If you are someone who stands against animal cruelty, Blue Tribe is just the means. Experts here have found that poultry farming contributes around 18% of the carbon emissions, which in turn cause global warming. Not only that, the regular meat is vulnerable to infections and may cause diseases in the host as well as the consumer. Thus, a switch to the plant-based alternative is all you need.
While there is no denying the fact meat is the fastest way to gain calories, one must also make note of the several resources employed for its production. Be it the clearing of forest land for a husbandry farm or feeding and upkeep of healthy animals, the list is long and only adds to the cost.
The Blue Tribe substitute, on the other hand, can be cultured in small spaces with lesser water, discouraging deforestation and cruelty to animals - posing more benefits than one!
Say yes to Blue Tribe to beat the meat blues away!
Switch to Blue Tribe and say goodbye to the guilt as you savour meaty grubs now! The taste and texture and bound to please the foodie in you, so head out to their website and get your hands on their products now!
All Blue Tribe offerings are environment-friendly, animal-cruelty free, and absolutely lip-smacking. Become a part of the Tribe now and find out why we are such fans!
Note: Blue Tribe products are also available on Nature's Basket.
PVR Maison to screen its first show in Mumbai on Friday
As all cinema halls across Maharashtra prepare for a reopening on October 22, an announcement by the PVR cinemas on Wednesday has added to the excitement of the theatre buffs in Mumbai. The multiplex chain is all set to launch its six-screen PVR Maison at the Jio World Drive in BKC on Friday, the same day as other cinemas revive services after the long COVID hiatus. As per reports, the unit will follow all pandemic related protocols and operate at only 50% of the 882 audience seating capacity.
Global art & luxury for the Indian audience
Inspired by French architecture, the new PVR property in Mumbai will have two LUXE screens and one viewing room for private screenings. In a press release issued by the Roadshow company, the luxury boutique will have feature lounges, libraries with art and grand living rooms with open kitchens and premium food concept.
Maison will bring forward innovation and improvisation to the overall theatre experience and the team is thrilled for the launch after the dip in exhibition sector due to the second wave of coronavirus. The PVR team is hopeful that this year will bring back the theatre-going crowd and the luxury property will play a crucial role in it.
A concept venture, this PVR property has been established to introduce new facets of luxury and comfort to the patrons of the Mumbai and Maharashtra film industry, informed Ajay Bijli, the Chairman and Managing Director of the PVR Ltd. The new property saw global creative collaborations to draw each aspect intricately for catering a delightful experience to the Indian audience. Reportedly, the PVR will have a total of 157 screens across 38 properties in Maharashtra with the opening of the PVR Maison in Mumbai.
Safety precautions at PVR Maison
The company has decided to operate as per the government prescribed guidelines to ensure maximum safety. The theatre will function with 100% vaccinated staff and adhere to all COVID safety protocols, a statement read. The audience capacity has also been restricted at 50% to promote the norms of social distancing.
Khadi Festival & Silk Expo 2021 will be in place till October 30 at Indira Gandhi Pratisthan
Among the festivities of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav in India, a series of programmes have found their ground across the country and the ongoing 15-day Khadi Festival and Silk Expo 2021 in Lucknow is part of the same. Taking place at the Indira Gandhi Pratishtran in Gomti Nagar, the event kickstarted on Saturday, October 16, and will continue until October 30. Head out to this extravagant show right away and let its colourful exuberance light up your festive preparations in a jiffy.
A one-stop shopping expo
Organised by the UP Khandi and Village Industries Board, the Khadi Festival and Silk Expo-21 in Lucknow centres more than 200 stalls, out of which 40 belong to the Silk Department. This expansive set-up showcases products and handicrafts from different districts in the state and otherwise, giving an elevated platform to young entrepreneurs to display their talents and skills.
Besides the khadi exclusive products, visitors may also find here, a plethora of swadeshi (indigenous) items at affordable rates. You can expect both quality and variety as you visit this one-of-kind exhibition in the city!
The display includes wooden utensils and carved furniture from Saharanpur, designer koti and sadri from the Clothing Village Industries of Dehradun, bed sheets and towels from Muzaffarnagar, pickles and murabbas all the way from the Sapna Village Industries in Pratapgarh and much more!
A range of women's apparel and accessories including Khadi sarees, shirts, kurta, pyjama, sadri and even jute coats are available at this expo. Various types of handbags, purses, belts, shoes, sandals from Kanpur's local leather cluster can also be found at this all-inclusive one-stop shopping expo.
The silk haven!
It is said that silk does for the body what diamonds do for hands and this exhibition is all the treat you need this year! An array of silk products, sarees and designer clothes, weaved in Mulberry, Tussar and Eri are showcased here. The star attraction, however, is a silk stall that puts out all the information about the elegant material.
Visitors can learn all about silk work culture or sericulture, to understand the entire process of how this beautiful piece of fabric comes into existence, through an engaging session here. If you want to become a silk shopping expert, there cannot be a better chance to learn about different types of silk, their use, and how to identify an original!
A paradise for the Diwali shoppers
This exhibition has come right in time for Lucknowites who're gearing up to upgrade the interiors of their home. With an exquisite furniture range and items including bed sheets, lamps and chandeliers, crockery, ceramic pots, sculptures, and much more, there is a lot here that you can use to decorate your home. To light up your Diwali celebrations, get your hands on handcrafted designer clay diyas and designer scented candles!
So what are you waiting for?! Grab your masks and make a move to get the best deals at attractive prices here.
Location: Indira Gandhi Pratishtha at Gomti Nagar
Date: October 16 to October 30
Timings: 11 am to 9 pm, Free entry
Reportedly, a dozen districts across Maharashtra recorded zero cases of coronavirus infections.
Maharashtra has witnessed a dip in daily fresh cases in a long while, with 1,485 new instances reported on Monday. The state has managed to mark the lowest daily count and the total tally now stands at 65,93,182. Moreover, as per reports, about a dozen districts and a few municipal corporations across the state marked zero fresh cases on Monday.
Lowest daily case count since May 12, 2020!
With the addition of these new cases on Monday, which is the lowest since May 12, 2020, the total number of active cases in the state stand at 28,000. Going by the official data, while 2,000 patients recuperated from the viral infection, 27 fatalities were reported on the same day.
Mumbai COVID stats
According to the official data, there are 5,521 active in Mumbai. As per the reports, the metropolitan city reported 319 confirmed COVID cases yesterday, taking the cumulative tally of cases to a total of 7,52,344 cases. However, reportedly, 511 patients recovered from this viral disease on Tuesday, thereby making the total recovery tally of the capital city stand at 7,28,138 cases at present.
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Witnessing a sharp decline in the number of COVID cases in the state, the Government of Uttar Pradesh has decided to call off the existing pandemic-mandated night curfew in all districts including Lucknow. In order to trap and tackle the spread of Coronavirus infection, a night curfew from 11 PM to 6 AM had been active for a long time now. As per reports, the relaxation order issued by the administration today, is effective immediately.
UP on the road to recovery!
After battling with the deadly virus for more than an year, Uttar Pradesh seems to be back on the road to recovery. With strict adherence to the time-tested strategy of case isolation and contact tracing the administration continues to fight against this deadly virus.
Notably, after considering the consistent downward graph of this viral infection, the authorities had allowed certain relaxations in the COVID-induced restrictions. However, the state government has continuously laid emphasis on maintaining all the mandatory protocols as the pandemic is still not over yet. As of now, with 19 fresh cases reported on Tuesday, there are 118 active COVID cases in the state at present, says the official data. Even though we have moved past the days of danger, no one should lower their guards and follow the basic rules of social distancing and wearing a mask.
The primary objective of this Olympiad is to tailor the conceptual definitions around heritage education according to the Indian context.
Cultre, supported by Start-up Innovation and Incubation Centre (SIIC), an IIT-Kanpur incubatee, is all set to launch its second Heritage Olympiad on November 14. This nationwide competition aims to combine heritage with education in the conventional curriculum by making it more accessible to the students at school level. Notably, Heritage Olympiad is India's first online olympiad on culture and heritage that aims to sensitise young minds to India's rich and multi-faceted cultural heritage.
Reputed organisations support this initiative by Cultre!
The first chapter of this Heritage Olympiad, which takes place twice a year- once on World Heritage Day and then on Children's Day was launched on April 18, 2021. Last year, the event received over 2,500 registrations, by people belonging to the age groups ranging from 9 to 65 years. Besides, Cultre has received massive support from distinguished organisations as well. UNESCO, Amar Chitra Katha, National Rail Museum, Mehrangarh Museum Trust, Royal Opera House, Mumbai and many other noteworthy organisatons have partnered with Cultre for this initiative.
The objectives of Heritage Olympiad
The primary objective of this Olympiad is to tailor the conceptual definitions around heritage education according to the Indian context. The module of the Olympiad is in sync with the syllabus and curriculum that is followed by major boards across the globe to make sure there is the development of a healthy perspective of Indian heritage.
In a release the Director of IIT Kanpur, Abhay Karandikar said, "SIIC has had a history of creating, supporting, and promoting technology and knowledge-intensive innovations that uphold the Indian heritage. Cultre's Heritage Olympiad goes beyond just imparting knowledge around the subject -- it also prompts people to learn about their country and its diverse history."
Reportedly, the second edition of this Olympiad will pivot on passing on a preliminary understanding of the Indian heritage to the younger generation while focusing on the three main aspects of heritage- Tangible, Intangible and Natural. Apart from this, it will also lay emphasis on how traditions are created and handed down to the generations ahead. Log on to the official website to know more.
Bookings for the tour are now open
The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation has got a new and exciting offer for Lucknow's travel junkies and beach bums. After receiving multiple requests from prospective travellers, IRCTC has now launched a tour from Lucknow to Andaman Island, set to begin from 19th November. Passengers will be travelling by air, with a connecting flight via Kolkata, to and from Port Blaire.
5 Nights, 6 Days!
The Victoria MemorialSaurav Sinha via Pexels
Spanning across 5 nights and 6 days, the trip will commence on 19th November from Lucknow. Because of the unavailability of direct flights from Lucknow, a connecting flight via Kolkata will be utilised for the journey. However, the time spent in Kolkata will not go to waste, as the travellers will get to visit the Victoria Memorial and Kalighat Temple as part of the package.
The tour covers all the famous spots on the Island
Once in Port Blaire, the travellers will be visiting all the important tourist places in Andaman. These include the Corbyn's Cove Beach, the Samudrika Marine Museum, the Cellular Jail (along with the light and sound show), and the Sagarika Emporium. In Havelock, they will be visiting Radhanagar Beach, Kalapathar Beach and Baratang Island.
The package also includes Deluxe Hotel/ Resort stays and all three meals for every passenger.
Bookings now open
For individuals looking to travel solo, the tour costs ₹59070. For two people sharing a room, the cost comes down to ₹52600 per person, while for three people, it is ₹51150. Interested individuals can visit www.irctctourism.com to find out more. To know more call IRCTC's helpline numbers. i.e, 8287930913, 8287930914 and 8287930915.