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Spotted: Digvijay Singh and wife Amrita Rai seen in public for first time after getting married

Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh was seen in public for the first time with his wife Amrita Rai on Sunday in Indore. They were attending a function organised by the newly-elected MP Kantilal Bhuria in Indore.

Digvijay Singh with wife Amrita Rai. Image Courtesy: Dainik Jagran

Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh was seen in public for the first time with his wife Amrita Rai on Sunday in Indore. They were attending a function organised by the newly-elected MP Kantilal Bhuria in Indore. Digvijay and Amrita got married on September 6 this year in Chennai. The couple’s relationship came to limelight in 2014 when some of their private photographs were leaked. Digvijay Singh’s first wife Asha Singh passed away in 2013 after suffering from long illness. Amrita’s erstwhile husband had supported their decision to get married in 2014. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Also read: Amrita Rai’s husband supports her decision to marry Digvijaya Singh; says people should be open-minded and understandingAfter Digvijay Singh and Amrita married in September, Amrita had taken to Facebook to announce it.”I would like to share with my friends that I and Digvijaya Singh have married in a solemn ceremony, as per the Hindu rites. We have also later registered our marriage….I have married Digvijaya Singh for love. Therefore, I have already requested him to transfer all his property and belongings to his son and daughters. I only want to embark on this new journey with him, working towards a dignified, professional career.”

Two BMC-run hospitals to apply for hand transplant registration

On the occasion of World Organ Donation Day, on November 27, Dr Subramania Iyer, head of surgery at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kerala, speaking at KEM hospital expressed the need for more hand transplant centres across the nation.

Dr Subramania Iyer gives a special lecture on organ transplant at KEM hospital on the occasion of World Organ Donation Day
Aakash P Malvankar

After two successful hand transplant surgeries conducted in Kochi, the two Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)-run hospitals, Nair hospital and KEM hospital, are planning to apply for registration for conducting the hand transplants in these hospitals. Both, Nair hospital and KEM hospital, are already registered for kidney and liver transplants, and will now be applying for the hand transplant registration as well.On the occasion of World Organ Donation Day, on November 27, Dr Subramania Iyer, head of surgery at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences in Kerala, speaking at KEM hospital expressed the need for more hand transplant centres across the nation. “In a country, like India, with such a large population, the number of people with loss of hands is huge. We need more awareness, and more centres conducting the hand transplants,” Dr Iyer added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The greatest requisite to set up a hand transplant centre is the institutional capability. Apart from that, expert hand and micro surgeons, orthopedic and anesthetic support, transplant ICU and nursing support, transplant immunology, pathology, rehabilitation and hand physiotherapy, etc. are also required.According to Dr Gauri Rathod, nodal officer, Transplantation of Human Organs (THO) Act, directorate of health services, the two hospitals already have the infrastructure and expertise in place, and thus the registration will happen very soon. “The two BMC-run hospitals are very much interested in conducting a hand transplantation and are motivated after the successful surgeries conducted in Kerala recently,” Dr Rathod added.The two successful hand transplant surgeries in India have had a big impact in the way of putting India on the world map of capability in composite tissue allotransplantation. The two recipients have become a beacon of hope for the others, who have lost their limbs due to various reasons.Dr Iyer said, “More than 200 people have approached us for hand transplant after the two transplants. However, a lot of things like motivation, family background, economic status, level of amputation, nature of injury, etc. need to be considered before putting them in the waiting list.”Hand transplants has been found to be superior than prosthetic hands, especially in cases of bilateral hand amputees, primarily because of the cost involved and secondly because prosthetic hand lacks sensation. In hand transplant, sensation is regained in about a year’s time.According to Dr Iyer, one of the biggest obstacle in conducting a hand transplant is difficulty in convincing people to donate hands. Hence, it is crucial to create awareness for both recipients and donors. Rehabilitation, thus, is a very important stage in a transplant. “Our aim is that the recipients should go back to the society and be able to work,” Dr Iyer remarked.The eligibility criteria for donors for hand transplant is similar to that of kidney and liver transplants, including blood group matching. A brain dead person is the donor for hand transplant.

Cong leader Digvijaya Singh ties the knot with journalist Amrita Rai

New Delhi: Journalist Amrita Rai on Sunday announced that she got married to Congress leader Digvijaya Singh as per Hindu rites and desired none of his property or belongings.

Digvijaya Singh. Agencies

Digvijaya Singh. Agencies

“I would like to share with my friends that I and Digvijaya Singh have married in a solemn ceremony, as per Hindu rites. We have also later registered our marriage,” Rai said in a Facebook post.

Rai, who works with Rajya Sabha TV, said she married for love.

“Therefore, I have already requested him to transfer all his property and belongings to his son and daughters. I only want to embark on this new journey with him, working towards a dignified, professional career,” she added.

Rai, 44, said she knew that questions have been raised and would be raised on the age difference between her and the 68-year-old Digvijaya Singh.

“But I sincerely feel that at my age I know what is good for me and I can take my decisions as per my own wisdom. We live in a modern, progressive India, and the constitutional and legal framework has empowered me to decide about my life and my life’s choices,” she said.

Digvijaya Singh, who is a Congress general secretary and a former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, had confirmed in April last year his relationship with Rai.

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Amrita Rai confirms marriage with Congress leader Digvijaya Singh; speaks out about property issues

Last year, Singh had confirmed his relationship with Rai on Twitter. ​

Controversial Congress leader Digvijaya Singh married noted TV anchor Amrita Rai in Chennai late last month. Amrita on Sunday took to social networking site Facebook and confirmed the news.She said, “I would like to share with my friends that I and Digvijaya Singh have married in a solemn ceremony, as per the Hindu rites. We have also later registered our marriage.”She also added, “I have married Digvijaya Singh for love. Therefore, I have already requested him to transfer all his property and belongings to his son and daughters. I only want to embark on this new journey with him, working towards a dignified, professional career.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The 68-year-old leader is currently in the US. Last year, Singh had confirmed his relationship with Rai on Twitter. ​Here is the full textI would like to share with my friends that I and Digvijaya Singh have married in a solemn ceremony, as per the Hindu rites. We have also later registered our marriage.On this occasion, I would like to thank all those who have stood by me through all the difficult times that I faced recently. Last one and a half years have been particularly stressful and traumatic. I was the victim of a cyber crime, but was treated as a criminal. I was trolled and abused in most derogatory language for no fault of mine. Those who themselves have no concept or belief in love and dignity tried to shame me on social media. But all during this period, I kept a dignified silence and went on with my work,believing in myself and my love for DIgvijaya.I know, question have been raised and will be raised on the age difference between us. But I sincerely feel that at my age I know what is good for me and I can take my decisions as per my own wisdom. We live in a modern, progressive India, and the constitutional and legal framework has empowered me to decide about my life and my life’s choices.I also know that motives can be attributed to my decision. Time is the only final arbitrator in such matters. I am a professional woman, who has worked hard throughout my career and have made a place and reputation for myself. I believe in my professional capabilities and like any other modern women, I have and will continue to shoulder my personal and family responsibilities on my own.I have married Digvijaya Singh for love. Therefore, I have already requested him to transfer all his property and belongings to his son and daughters. I only want to embark on this new journey with him, working towards a dignified, professional career.Once again, thank you all my friends, my office colleagues and well-wishers for everything.Amrita​Earlier, Amrita Rai’s erstwhile husband Anand Pradhan had put up a post on a social networking website clearing the air of doubt. He had mentioned how the couple had been going through a rough patch and it was their mutual decision to part ways amicably.

dna Must Read: From PM Modi on OROP to Digvijaya Singh getting married

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1) OROP: PM Modi says government has fullfilled its pledge, says some people trying to mislead in name of VRSIn a public rally shortly after flagging of Badarpur-Faridabad metro, PM Modi tried to clear lingering doubts on the contentious One Rank One Pension scheme. He said that in the run up to 2014 General Elections, he had promised implementation of OROP and now the government has lived up to its promise. Read More<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2) PM Modi travels by Delhi Metro, commuters take selfies with himPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday travelled by Delhi Metro to inaugurate the extension of the Badarpur Line that will connect the satellite city of Faridabad to the national capital. Read More3) Tamil Nadu: Transgenders plead for mercy killing upset over their plightCiting “lack” of government assistance to help their community members lead a dignified life, a group of four educated transgenders has petitioned the Tamil Nadu government with an extreme plea — seeking mercy killing. Read More4) Congress leader Digvijaya Singh marries TV anchor Amrita Rai: ReportControversial Congress leader Digvijaya Singh married noted TV anchor Amrita Rai in Chennai late last month, reported Indian Express quoting sources. The 68-year-old leader is currently in the US, while Rai was not available for comment. Last year, Singh had confirmed his relationship with Rai on Twitter. Read More5) Hulk’s lone goal gives Brazil victory over Costa RicaHulk scored in the 10th minute after an early stretch of Brazilian dominance and the five-time world champion beat Costa Rica 1-0 in a World Cup qualifying tuneup match. Read More

New York Times’ #SelfieWithDaughter fiasco: Website trolls Digvijaya, by mistake

As #SelfieWithDaughter dominated Twitter trends and made headlines around the world, New York Times committed a gaffe of epic proportions.

Digvijaya Singh. PTI

Digvijaya Singh. PTI

All of India turned up for a father-daughter selfie on Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s demand, but as usual, Twitter has its own way of trolling everything.

The photo that surfaced on Twitter and went viral was of AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh and his girlfriend Amrita Rai, a journalist, together under the hashtag #SelfieWithDaughter. The Twitter prank was taken quite seriously by the NY Times.

According to a report in The New Indian Express, NY Times published a story, titled #SelfieWithDaughter campaign launched by Indian Prime Minister Modi a smash hit, with the prank photo of Digvijay Singh and Amrita Rai, among other tweets with #SelfieWithDaughter hashtag.

However NY Times later remover the photo from their site and published an apology with the post.

“Correction: an earlier tweet included in this article featured a satirical comment about an Indian politician seen in a photograph with his companion, not his daughter. We regret the error.”

Well, to err is human. To troll, divine.

Kerala hospital carries out the first-ever hand transplant in India

Doctors at the Kochi-based Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre (AIMS) successfully conducted India’s first hand transplant on Tuesday.

Doctors at the Kochi-based Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre (AIMS) successfully conducted India’s first hand transplant on Tuesday. World over around 110 cases of cadaver hand transplant have been documented so far with less than three per cent rejections. In a marathon 16-hour-long surgery, a 30-year-old youth, who had lost both his hands in a train accident, received the hands of a 24-year-old accident victim. Manu, a resident of Thodupuzha in Idukki District of Kerala, had lost both of his hands in a train accident a year ago and was waiting for a recipient. Dr. SubramaniaIyer, who heads the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Amrita Hospital, said the credit for the transplant should equally go to the family of Binoy from Varapuzha in Ernakulam district, who graciously agreed to donate his limbs. Binoy was brain-dead after a motor-cycle accident. “Technically everything went well. It may take another 10-14 days before confirming the acceptance of the limbs by the recipient,” Dr. Iyer was quoted by the Indian Science Journal, as saying. He said both the blood group and lymphocyte of the donor and recipient were matching. Unlike re-plantation, where a dismembered limb is surgically restored, in the case of transplant, the limb of a brain-dead person is transplanted on a recipient. Transplant of hand and upper limb has been accepted as one of the best forms of rehabilitation in patients with loss of hands. They are superior in many respects to prosthodontic rehabilitation. Dr. Iyer said, the success of limb transplant is high, since it is on an exterior part of the body and if there is any indication of rejection, corrective medication can be done, unlike any interior organ. Hand transplant is followed by postoperative rehabilitation by physiotherapist and occupational therapist. In about one year of such a transplant, the limb becomes 90 per cent normal, but some small muscles might not become totally functional or total blood circulation might not be normal. But with regular rehabilitation, in the course of time, the transplanted limb becomes normal like a natural limb. AIMS has been approved by the government of Kerala and medical directorate to perform hand transplants after inspection of the facilities and ascertaining the expertise. The department is backed by a large and experienced transplant team, social workers and psychologists.