Panel drafts norms for infant organ donations

A panel of medical experts has drafted guidelines to tackle the ambiguity over declaring brain deaths in the paediatric age group, particularly among neonates and infants. The proposed rules state that a baby born after 37 weeks of gestation can be declared brain dead and considered for organ donation.

June sees 33% rain shortfall

June has ended with a huge countrywide rainfall deficit of 33% of normal. While monsoon’s performance has so far been way below expectations, Met officials say there are indications of good rains in the first half of July. Rainfall across India in June was recorded to be 112.1mm, as against the long period average (normal) of 166.9mm, according to the India Meteorological Department.

Save every drop: PM Modi in 1st Mann Ki Baat 2.0

Ruing that only 8% of water received from rainfall was being utilised in the country despite scarcity in many parts, PM Modi made “three requests” to urge all Indians to join hands and save every drop of water in his first monthly ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio broadcast after being re-elected.

NDA to be just six short of halfway mark in Rajya Sabha on July 5

With four TDP and one INLD MP joining BJP and another four to be added to the ruling alliance by July 5, NDA is inching closer to majority in Rajya Sabha. Though NDA’s strength as on Sunday stood at 111 in the House of 235 due to 10 vacancies, it will increase to 115 by July 5, just six short of the halfway mark in the House of 241.

World Cup: England end India’s unbeaten run to revive semis hopes

A spirited England ended India’s unbeaten run in the World Cup with a 31-run victory in a high-scoring group match to boost their semi-final prospects on Sunday. England leapfrog Pakistan to fourth place with 10 points from eight games, while India remain second on 11 from seven matches.

Kohli 1st captain to score 5 successive WC fifties

Virat Kohli on Sunday added another feather to his illustrious cap as he became the second batsman to hit five consecutive fifty plus scores in a World Cup tournament. Australia’s Steve Smith was the first man to achieve the feat.

Woman forest dept official attacked in Telangana

A Telangana woman forest department official was injured on Sunday when she was attacked by some people, allegedly led by the brother of TRS MLA Koneru Kannappa, at a village in Komaram Bheem Asifabad district over a land issue. As a video of the attack on C Anitha went viral, police in a swift action arrested Koneru Krishna Rao, brother of Sirpur MLA.

Biggest ever haul: 532kg heroin from Pak seized

In the biggest ever haul, the Customs Department seized 532 kg of suspected heroin, worth Rs 2,700 crore, smuggled in a truck through the trade route at the Attari border, officials said on Sunday. The consignment of heroin and another 52 kg of suspected mixed narcotics were concealed under hundreds of bags of rock salt, which arrived at Attari from Pakistan.