Indians gather at border with Pakistan to welcome downed pilot

Robie de Guzman   •   March 1, 2019   •   5472

Indian Soldiers and civilians await at border with Pakistan for the return of downed Pilot Abhinandan | Photo grabbed from a Reuters video

(REUTERS) — Indians eagerly waited for the return of a captured pilot by Islamabad on Friday (March 1), with some who have been staking out the Wagah border with Pakistan vowing to stay there until the arrival of their “hero”.

The pilot, identified as Wing Commander Abhinandan, became the human face of the flare-up over the contested region of Kashmir following the release of videos showing him being captured and later held in custody.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said the pilot would be released on Friday, even as his military reported that four Pakistani civilians had been killed by India firing across the disputed border in Kashmir.

The United States, China, European Union and other powers have urged restraint from the two nations, as tensions escalated following a suicide car bombing that killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Feb. 14.

The Muslim-majority Himalayan region has been at the heart of more than 70 years of animosity, since the partition of the British colony of India into the separate countries of Muslim Pakistan and majority Hindu India.

Dentists extract over 500 teeth from 7-year-old’s mouth

Robie de Guzman   •   August 1, 2019

526 teeth removed from the mouth of a seven-year-old boy | Courtesy: Reuters

A seven-year-old boy with an unusual medical condition had 526 teeth removed from his mouth, doctors said on Wednesday (July 31).

The boy had been complaining of swelling on the right side of his lower jaw since the age of three.

Medical investigation by surgeons revealed the presence of a large growth containing multiple hard structures within the jaw.

Doctors said that this is a unique medical case and a first-of-its-kind. The rare lesion with teeth has been confirmed as a ‘compound composite odontoma’.

In a similar case from 2014, 232 teeth were removed from the mouth of a Mumbai teen. (REUTERS)

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Around 700 passengers rescued from train stuck in floods near Mumbai

Robie de Guzman   •   July 30, 2019

Badlapur, Maharashtra, India (July 27, 2019): (Left) Fire department personnel on boat with rescued passengers. (Right) Aerial views of stranded train, Mahalaxmi Express, stuck due to floods | Courtesy: Reuters

Around 700 people were rescued from a train stranded in monsoon waters on the outskirts of India’s financial capital Mumbai, a railway official said on Saturday (July 27).

Local media reported that the passengers had been stranded on the Mahalaxmi Express train in Badlapur region since Friday night (July 26) as water-logging triggered by incessant rain covered the railway tracks and partially submerged the train.

An official from the Central Railway Chief Public Relations Office said that all passengers had been removed from the vehicle. Officers from India’s Air Force, Navy and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were enlisted to aid rescue efforts.

In Mumbai water-logged roads caused long traffic jams and there were also delays in rail journeys and flights. (REUTERS)

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‘Definitely weird’: Snake bites man, man bites back in India

Robie de Guzman   •   July 30, 2019

Raj Kumar, who was bitten by the snake, lies on a hospital bed (left). Parts of the snake’s body after man bit the snake, after initially getting bitten (right) | Courtesy: Reuters

An Indian man bit a snake on Sunday (July 28) after the reptile bit him.

Raj Kumar, a resident of Etah district in Uttar Pradesh state, was drinking alcohol at home when a rat snake entered his house and bit him.

His father, Babu Ram, said on Monday (July 29) that his son chewed it into pieces in revenge.

The man’s family rushed him to a nearby hospital where his condition was reported by local media to be critical.

“This is definitely weird,” said Raj Kumar’s doctor, N.P Singh. “I have seen people coming in with snake bites but never somebody who bit a snake and then brought it with him in a bag.”

The snake was taken away by local residents and cremated. (REUTERS)

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