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Andhra CM Jagan Mohan Reddy, TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu cast votes

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Amaravati, May 13 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and YSR Congress party chief Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy and Telugu Desam Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu cast their votes in the first hour on Monday.

While Jagan Mohan Reddy cast his vote in Pulivendula in the YSR Kadapa district, Chandrababu Naidu exercised his franchise at Undavalli in Guntur district.

Polling was underway for simultaneous elections to the 175-member Assembly and all 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

Jagan Mohan Reddy, accompanied by his wife Bharati, polled his vote in the Pulivendula Assembly constituency from where he is seeking re-election.

Chandrababu Naidu accompanied by his family voted at a polling centre at Undavalli in Guntur district.

The former chief minister was accompanied by his wife Nara Bhuvaneswari, their son Nara Lokesh and daughter-in-law Brahmani.

Chandrababu Naidu is seeking re-election from the Kuppam constituency in his native Chittoor district. He and his family members cast their votes in the Mangalagiri constituency, where Lokesh is the TDP candidate.

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The TDP chief appealed to all voters to cast votes “for their future and the future of their children”.

He stated that voters from Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai and even the US have come to Andhra Pradesh to participate in voting.

“I have cast votes in many elections but I have never seen this enthusiasm,” he said and termed this as evidence of vibrant democracy.

–IANS

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Will cooperate in probe, says Shashi Tharoor on aide's detention in gold smuggling case

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New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Thursday said that he will be cooperating in the probe involving his aide in a case of gold smuggling.

The aide was reportedly detained from the IGI Airport here by the Customs Department for allegedly trying to smuggle in gold estimated to be valued at over Rs 35.22 lakh.

In a post on X, Tharoor said that he was in Dharamshala for campaigning and was shocked to hear about the incident.

While seeking to make his case clear, he said the aide was an old and ill part-time employee.

“I was shocked to hear of an incident involving a former member of my staff who has been rendering part-time service to me in terms of airport facilitation assistance. He is a 72 year old retiree undergoing frequent dialysis and was retained on a part-time basis on compassionate grounds,” he said.

“I do not condone any alleged wrongdoing and fully support the authorities in their efforts to take any necessary action as may be required to investigate the matter. The law must take its own course,” the Congress leader added.

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Meanwhile, the Customs Department in a statement said that based on suspicion, officers at IGI Airport have booked a case of smuggling of gold against an Indian national who arrived at the Airport from Bangkok by flight TG-323 on Wednesday.

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Kerala kidney racket: TN, Kerala Police teams take one Salem native in custody

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Chennai, May 30 (IANS) A joint investigation team of Kerala and Tamil Nadu Police are in Salem for further investigation into the Kerala kidney racket. The team has taken into custody a Salem native considered to be associated with the main accused in the case, Sabith Nasar from Kerala.

Tamil Nadu Special Investigation Team (SIT) has already taken into custody three persons from Coimbatore and Pollachi with regard to the case.

The SIT of Kerala Police have been in Tamil Nadu for the past few days after the main conduits in the racket, Sabith Nasar and Sajith Shyam revealed of the involvement of certain Tamil Nadu-based persons during interrogation.

Salem was in the news in 2015 when a leading nephrologist associated with a few leading private hospitals in the region was arrested for around 80 illegal kidney transplants. Tamil Nadu intelligence has tipped off the state police team that some doctors and middlemen based out of Salem are involved in the Kerala kidney racket as well.

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The Tamil Nadu SIT have also provided information to the Kerala team and a joint investigation is on in Salem.

Meanwhile, Kerala Police is also trying to deport an Aluva native, Madhu, from Iran, considered to be one of the main middlemen in the kidney racket based out of Iran.

The Kerala kidney racket came out in the public domain after Sabith Nasar was arrested at the Nedumbassery International Airport in Kochi on May 19 upon his return from Iran.

The arrest was following a tip-off from Central intelligence agencies who have been tracing regular movementsof Sabith to Iran and other west Asian countries.

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LS polls: PM Modi to hold public meeting in Punjab today

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New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public meeting on Thursday for the ongoing Lok Sabha elections at Hoshiarpur in Punjab at 11 a.m.

At the culmination of his election campaign, Prime Minister Modi will visit Kanyakumari from May 30 to June 1. In Kanyakumari, he will visit the Rock Memorial and perform meditation at the same place where Swami Vivekananda meditated.

Major political developments that will unfold across the country on Thursday:

*Union Home Minister Amit Shah will visit Madurai in Tamil Nadu along with his family and have a darshan at the Meenakshi Amman temple. Later, he will leave for Thirumayam in Pudukkottai district and have darshan at the Kottai Bhairavar temple

*Bharatiya Janata Party President J.P. Nadda will address public meetings in Punjab — one in Amritsar at 11:25 a.m., another in Faridkot at 1:35 p.m. Later, at 3:55 p.m., he will hold a roadshow from Railway Road to Adda Bazaar, Anandpur Sahib, Rupnagar.

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*Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will address public meetings in Odisha and Punjab. At 11 a.m., he will address a public meeting in Odisha’s Balasore. Later at 4 p.m., he will interact with the people through a village meeting in Punjab’s Nawanshahr.

*Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BJP leader Yogi Adityanath will address two public meetings each in Himachal Pradesh and Punjab.

*He will address election rallies in Himachal Pradesh — one in Mandi at 11:35 a.m. and another in Hamirpur at 1 p.m. Later he will address public meetings in Punjab — one in Anandpur Sahib at 2:30 p.m. and another in Ludhiana at 3:45 p.m.

*Samajwadi Party National President and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will address public meetings in support of the Congress-INDIA bloc and the Samajwadi Party-INDIA bloc candidates from the Maharajganj and Ghosi Lok Sabha constituencies.

*At 12 p.m., Akhilesh Yadav will speak at a joint public rally in support of Congress-INDIA bloc candidate Veerendra Chaudhary from the Maharajganj Lok Sabha constituency. Later, at 1:45 p.m., he will address another public rally in support of Samajwadi Party-INDIA bloc candidate Rajiv Rai from the Ghosi Lok Sabha constituency.

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*The Opposition Grand Alliance in Bihar will hold a public meeting in which Tejashwi Yadav of the RJD, Bihar CPI Secretary Deepankar Bhattacharya, and Vikassheel Insaan Party President Mukesh Sahani will address a public rally in support of INDIA bloc candidate from Nalanda Lok Sabha seat at 1 p.m. followed by another public meeting at 2 p.m. in Hilsa, Nalanda.

*West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee will conduct a 10-km roadshow from Garia to Alipur jail. This roadshow will start at 2 p.m. and cover two Lok Sabha constituencies – Jadavpur and Kolkata South.

*Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) National President Chirag Paswan will address a public meeting at Nauhatta in Bihar’s Saharsa district at 9 a.m.

–IANS

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LU signs MoU with Copenhagen University

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Lucknow, May 30 (IANS) Lucknow University students will now get an opportunity and exposure to work with expert faculty and researchers of the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

The two institutes have joined hands for academic collaboration to foster cooperation in education, research, and skill development.

LU spokesperson Durgesh Srivastava said, “The University of Copenhagen, founded in 1479, is one of the world’s top universities, best known for producing 10 Nobel laureates, 37 Prime Ministers, and 34 Olympic medallists for Denmark. Study tours and joint research with such a prestigious institution will be an enriching experience for our students.”

He said the memorandum of understanding (MoU) formalised between these institutions delineates a multifaceted approach aimed at enhancing education, research, and skill development endeavours.

The collaboration includes the exchange of both undergraduate and postgraduate students between the two universities and promises to enrich the academic experience by exposing students to diverse learning environments and methodologies.

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There will also be an exchange of faculty and staff enabling the cross-pollination of ideas and expertise and fostering a culture of innovation and knowledge dissemination.

Moreover, the commitment to joint research projects represents a cornerstone of this partnership, as it encourages interdisciplinary collaboration and the pursuit of cutting-edge scientific inquiry.

Additionally, mutual assistance in establishing new educational programmes stresses a shared dedication to academic excellence and the nurturing of future talent in veterinary and animal sciences, he added.

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UP: Doctors use ultrasonic tech to remove tumour from 1-yr-old's lip

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Lucknow, May 30 (IANS) Doctors at Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) here have successfully operated on a one-year-old boy suffering from a congenital vascular tumour on his lips with a new tool harmonics scalpel.

With this, SGPGI becomes one of the very few centres in the world to have this advanced facility of treating vascular malformations.

The patient, Ayush Yadav, a resident of Jaunpur, was referred from the district hospital.

The boy was born with a large vascular tumour on the upper lip. He was initially treated with sclerosant agents to shrink the lesion, but it did not help.

The team of SGPGI doctors used the latest technology of harmonic scalpel to remove the entire tumour.

The child is doing well after surgery which took place on Wednesday, said doctors.

The harmonics scalpel is an ultrasonic energy device with a 7mm vessel sealing indication.

It has advanced adaptive tissue technology which delivers precision, multifunctionality and advanced haemostasis for stronger large vessel sealing. It ensures less tissue damage and seals vessels with a 7mm diameter. The device divides tissue by using high-frequency (55,000 Hz) ultrasonic energy transmitted between the instrument blades.

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The active blade of the instrument vibrates longitudinally against an inactive blade over an excursion of 50–100 µm, which reduces bleeding, in comparison to if vessels are operated by conventional methods.

“The new tools can be a gamechanger in congenital vascular tumours because when the tumour is removed, excessive bleeding is seen due to a large number of tissues in it, but with the help of harmonic scalpel the removal of tumour is more precise and with lesser bleeding. This kind of surgery is done for the first time in SGPGI and now we have this advanced facility of treating vascular malformations,” said Rajeev Agarwal, HoD, Department of Plastic Surgery, SGPGI.

–IANS

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