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50-year-old woman walks after 15 years

Sandhyawati who hails from Khosli village in Rewari, Haryana said she came to the hospital last month after which she was admitted.

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New Delhi, Aug 13 (IANS) Fifty-year-old Sandhyawati could not walk straight for the last 15 years, she would only crawl reason being a rare rheumatoid arthritis in which her knees were permanently bent.

Last month, she underwent a complex knee replacement surgery and her happiness has no limits.

Sandhyawati, who now stands on her feet with support as she is recovering, said: “For the last 15 years, I have only been crawling. The fact that now I can do my own work gives me immense happiness.”

As per doctors at the Paras Hospitals where she underwent surgery, the patient was suffering from rheumatoid arthritis that affected her knees and caused severe acute flexion deformity, a condition in which knees are permanently bent more than ninety degrees.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune inflammatory arthritis which affects small as well as large joints of the body and rapidly destroys the joint cartilage unless specific therapy is started early.

“Such cases are extremely rare and we have treated about a dozen such crawling patients in the last 17-18 years of exclusive joint replacement practice. The complexity of the procedure is enormous and risks of nerve and blood-vessel damage are very high,” said Vivek Logani, Chief, Paras Joint Replacement and Sports Injury Centre, Paras Hospitals, Gurugram.

The surgery was performed with the help of computer navigation technology, to ensure accuracy and bone preservation and special soft tissue release techniques which is safer to allow correction of deformity easily in a few days of surgery.

Speaking to IANS, Sandhyawati who hails from Khosli village in Rewari, Haryana said she came to the hospital last month after which she was admitted.

Her family members told IANS she can move around and do her own chores like taking the food and roaming around in the house.

“Two or three women in the village have the same problem and we have told them the success of the surgery,” said a family member.

Despite surgeries at innumerable hospitals in the past, no conclusive solution had come to her rescue. She was later referred to Paras Hospitals.

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Heavy rains disrupt normal life in Karnataka, more likely

In north interior areas, isolated heavy to very heavy rains are predicted from October 23-26.

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Bengaluru, Oct 22 : Heavy to very heavy rains across Karnataka disrupted normal life, caused rivers to overflow, inundated low-laying areas and hit vehicular traffic, a weather official said on Tuesday.

“Due to low pressure in the Arabia Sea on the west and depression in the Bay of Bengal in the east have created conditions for heavy to very heavy rains and thundershowers across the state with strong surface winds,” a Meteorological Department official told IANS here.

Besides flood alert in the coastal areas and evacuation of people from low-laying areas and river banks in northern districts, the authorities declared holidays for schools and colleges in rain-soaked Belagavi, Bagalkote and Vijayapura districts till Friday ahead of the Diwali festival.

“With heavy to very heavy rains forecast over the next four days, we have issued an orange alert and red alert for extremely heavy rainfall across the state as a precautionary measure to ensure safety of the people, cattle and houses,” said the official.

Orange alert indicates heavy to very heavy rainfall and red alert extremely heavy rainfall. Rainfall from 7-12 cm is considered heavy and 12-20 cm as very heavy. Torrential downpour above 20cm is termed as extreme rainfall.

“Orange alert mandates the state machinery to be ready for rain-related exigency while red alert demands action. Yellow alert makes the authorities keep a watch and stay vigilant,” added the official.

Regionwise, the forecast is heavy to very heavy rainfall in coastal areas till October 25, with scattered and isolated rains on October 23-24.

In north interior areas, isolated heavy to very heavy rains are predicted from October 23-26.

In south interior areas, widespread rains have been forecast on October 23-24.

Rains and thundershowers continued to lash several districts across the southern state, including Kolar, Bengaluru, Mandya, Mysuru, Kodagu, Chikkamgaluru, Hubli-Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri, Raichur, Yadgir and Uttara Kannada.

According to Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority Director G.S. Srinivasa Reddy, streams and rivers are in spate due to heavy rains across the state, especially in catchment areas.

“Areas which used to get less rains are getting more rains this time. Heavy rainfall in the neighbouring Maharashtra has led to heavy inflows into our state’s northern districts, resulting in submergence of Kudthini and Athini road bridges in Belagavi district” Reddy told IANS.

Relief camps have been set up at Belagavi, Bagalkot, Chikkmagaluru, Kodagu, Haveri, Chitradurga, Gadag, Dharwad to shelter 2,180 people shifted from low-laying and flood-hit areas.

Preliminary property damage report 5,444 houses affected and 45 animal deaths. A dozen camps were set up to shelter 130 cattle.

“Three National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) teams have been pressed into service, with two at Belagavi and one at Gadag. Three more teams to be stationed at Dharwad, Bagalkote and Haveri,” added Reddy.

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DUTA for DU shut down to protest ‘privatisation’ of varsity

According to a section of teachers, the move will “disintegrate” the university and “privatise” the system.

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New Delhi, Oct 22 : The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) on Tuesday called for a complete shut down of Delhi University on October 25 to protest against the administration’s proposal to set up nine new centres with power to decide their own fee structure, admission and appointment criteria.

According to a section of teachers, the move will “disintegrate” the university and “privatise” the system.

The decision to call for a complete shut down was taken after the association called an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss the issue.

At present, the DU administration controls the fee structure, admission and appointment criteria in all its departments and colleges.

As per the DU’s proposal, these nine centres will offer courses in public health, climate change and sustainability, governance and public policy, skill enhancement, entrepreneurship and performing arts, among others.

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Court dismisses complaint against Gambhir over 2 voter IDs

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New Delhi, Oct 22 : A Delhi court on Tuesday dismissed a complaint case against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Gautam Gambhir that accused him of possessing two voter identity cards.

The complaint case was filed by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Atishi Marlena, who contested Lok Sabha polls against Gambhir from East Delhi.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal dismissed the complaint saying that the allegations against Gambhir are baseless and not legally sustainable. The court also opined that the purport of section 125 is not to punish those concealments which are not required by the law to be given and said: “I am of the view that by giving the information of registration as a voter in Rajinder Nagar constituency, the respondent (Gambhir) has complied with the provisions of section 33 (1) and 33A(2) of the Act.”

Marlena had requested the court to direct Delhi Police to register a case against cricketer-turned-politician Gambhir under the provisions of the Representation of the People Act for concealing possession of voter ID card from two places, one from Rajinder Nagar and another from Karol Bagh.

“It deals with that part of the affidavit where a candidate has to disclose his place of enrollment as a voter. It is not the case of the complainant that this information is wrong. The only allegation is that he was registered in Karol Bagh constituency is concealed. It is clear that in this Form, the candidate has to declare the place of his registration which is rightfully declared. There is no other information in any other column which is concealed or wrongly given,” the court said.

Adding “not mentioning the second place of registration as a voter is not a concealment within the meaning of section 125 A of the Act”, the court said: “…when mere registration at two places is not a disqualification to contest the election, how can a mere fact that one of the place of registration was not mentioned in the nomination form or affidavit may amount to concealment and a criminal offence. The positive information was already given in the affidavit.”

Dealing with the question if mere registration of a person as a voter, in two different constituencies was an offence, the court observed that a person could not be disqualified if his name finds place in multiple constituencies.

The court said that “if a person cannot be disqualified from contesting elections merely because he is a voter in two different constituencies, his criminal prosecution for having so registered will be completely unauthorised in law.”

The court said that “no evidence on record” that showed a false declaration was made by Gambhir that amounted to an offence under law. Marlena said that Gambhir violated provisions of the Representation of the People Act by concealing certain information or providing false information in his nomination papers.

She told the court that as per Section 17 of Representation of People Act, no person can be enrolled as a voter in more than one constituency and doing so is a criminal offence. She also stated that as per Section 31 of the Representation of People Act, if any person makes any false declaration, he shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine, or both.

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