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Indian doctor mistakes patients, performs wrong surgery

[4/24/2018 12:33:04 PM]

AMMONNEWS - A surgeon has been stood down from his post at a New Delhi hospital for performing an unnecessary operation on a patient’s leg after confusing him with another man, an official said Tuesday. The surgeon last week drilled a hole in the right leg of 50-year-old Vijendra Tyagi to insert a pin before realizing he had operated on the wrong patient. Tyagi had been admitted to the state-run Sushruta Trauma Centre in the Indian capital with head injuries after a car accident. But he was mistaken for another man who had a broken leg, and underwent surgery to repair a fracture he had not sustained. Hospital medical superintendent Ajay Bahl told AFP the patient was under anaesthesia and could not correct the mistake. The doctor, whose name has not been disclosed, was removed from his post at the center for negligence and placed in a separate facility under the close supervision of a senior doctor. “The surgeon realized the mistake and removed the pin in corrective surgery. He also apologized for the error but we took strong exception and acted against him,” Bahl said. Tyagi was discharged from hospital at the weekend but would need a week to completely recover from the unnecessary leg surgery, doctors said. Reports of medical negligence, often resulting in fatalities, are widespread in India. Last week two doctors were arrested for negligence after being accused of failing to diagnose a 51-year-old physiotherapist admitted with high blood pressure. She went into cardiac arrest and died. A week before that incident, a 30-year-old woman was incorrectly put on dialysis at India’s top-ranked All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences after complaining of minor abdominal pain. The doctor tried to tamper with documents to cover up the blunder. In December, a Delhi hospital incorrectly declared a pair of premature twins dead despite one being alive, causing outrage and forcing the government to shut the institution. The infant died at another hospital a few days later. *AFP

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Row over Indian turning down taxi ride as ‘driver was Muslim’

[4/23/2018 3:11:08 PM]

AMMONNEWS - An Indian man, associated with a Hindu right-wing organization, has stirred a row after he turned down a taxi which was being driven by a Muslim. According to a Times of India report, Abhishek Mishra, who is a social media adviser of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Organization) wrote on his Twitter that he would not travel with a Muslim driver of location-based taxi app Ola. “Cancelled @Olacabs Booking because Driver was Muslim. I don’t want to give my money to Jihadi People,” he wrote. Following massive outrage on the social media and demands to suspend his account with both Twitter and Ola, the cab service hit back saying their service was strictly a secular platform and the company would not support any views aiding disharmony. “Ola, like our country, is a secular platform, and we don't discriminate our driver partners or customers basis their caste, religion, gender or creed. We urge all our customers and driver partners to treat each other with respect at all times.” Mishra’s 14,000-plus followers on social media include union ministers and members of Parliament belonging to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party, the BJP. *Al Arabiya

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Daniel Craig’s Aston Martin fetches $468,500 in New York

[4/21/2018 4:55:36 AM]

AMMONNEWS - James Bond actor Daniel Craig’s Aston Martin, numbered with the character’s signature 007, sold at auction Friday for $468,500. Christie’s, which announced results of the bidding, had estimated the limited-edition midnight blue 2014 Centenary Edition Vanquish would fetch $400,000-$600,000. All proceeds from the sale will benefit The Opportunity Network, a charity helping under-served youths develop their careers. Both Craig and his wife, actress Rachel Weisz, sit on the charity’s board. Craig made a surprise appearance during the auction, joining the Christie’s team to encourage a client to bid higher. The car, which has a top speed of 183 miles (295 kilometers) per hour, is part of a series of just 100 which Aston Martin created in 2014 to celebrate the firm’s 100th anniversary. It is made of a lightweight bonded aluminum structure and motorsport-inspired carbon-fiber exterior. The handcrafted interior includes luxury leathers, carbon fiber and aluminum. *AFP

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Algerian woman denied French citizenship for refusing to shake man’s hand

[4/21/2018 4:53:23 AM]

AMMONNEWS - A Muslim Algerian woman who wears the Niqab was denied receiving the French citizenship after she refused to shake a man’s hand. The woman, who married a French national in 2010, was attending her citizenship ceremony when she refused to shake hands with a male official. France’s highest administrative court upheld the decision to deny the Algerian national from obtaining the citizenship. The ceremony took place in Isere, south-east of France. According to a ruling seen by AFP, the woman insisted that her “religious beliefs” prevented her from shaking hands with a senior official at the ceremony. The government said her behavior showed she was “not assimilated into the French community.” The woman appealed the decision to deny her citizenship in April last year, claiming it was an “abuse of power.” However, the State Council supported the initial ruling and noted that the authorities applied the law appropriately. *Al Arabiya

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Austrian President visits Petra

[4/18/2018 3:47:56 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Austrian President, Alexander Van der Bellen, his wife and an accompanying delegation, on Wednesday, visited the ancient city of Petra in southern Jordan. The Austrian President toured the archaeological and historical sites in the Rose City, including the narrow passage (Siq), the Al-Khazneh (The Treasury), the Court and the Byzantine Church. President Van der Bellen, who was received by Petra Development Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA) Chief Commissioner, Falah Al-Omoush, was briefed by PDTRA's Deputy Chief Commissioner, Suleiman Farajat, on the history of the city and the role played by the Arab Nabataeans in its sculpture and fortification. Van der Bellen expressed his pleasure to visit the city of Petra, which is one of the seven wonders of the world.

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Two days ahead of opening of first Saudi cinema, here’s what you need to know

[4/16/2018 2:55:06 PM]

AMMONNEWS - After a decades-long wait, Saudi Arabia’s first cinema will open its doors this Wednesday to a very excited public in Riyadh. With only two days separating the kingdom from enjoying this world renowned activity, here is what you need to know: • Saudi Arabia announced that it will open 40 cinemas in 15 Saudi cities over the next five years as part of plans to develop the entertainment sector in the Kingdom. 100 theaters will open in approximately 25 Saudi cities by 2030. • The Saudi Ministry of Information confirmed that 350 cinema theatres with 2,500 screens are expected to be open across several Saudi cities by 2030. • The first company to obtain a license to operate cinemas in Saudi Arabia is AMC. • The Black Panther will be the first film to be shown in the Kingdom’s first cinema. It has now made $665.4 million domestically, which makes it the third-highest grossing film in North American history. • The film will be exhibited in a theatre that can accommodate 620 people at the King Abdullah Financial Center in Riyadh, and the American operator AMC has also scheduled a special event for the historic opening. • Cinema tickets will be initially priced at 50 riyals. • The official Twitter account made for Saudi cinemas ‘alcinema_sa’ received 42,000 followers three hours after it was created. Its first tweet was “We’re back” followed by a popcorn emoji. • The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Culture and Information has estimated the contribution of the cinema sector to its GDP to be over $24 billion. • Cinemas in Saudi Arabia will create more than 30,000 full-time jobs, in addition to 130,000 part-time jobs by the year 2030. *Al Arabiya

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Mohamed Salah-inspired Ramadan toy lanterns hit Egyptian stores

[4/15/2018 2:53:09 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Egypt’s football sensation Mohamed Salah has had his fair share of fan love since he began his international career. Although the player is part of the UK’s Liverpool football club, he has won the hearts of many Egyptians who celebrate him in many ways. As Ramadan approaches, the country has found a new way to celebrate their star player by creating Mohamed Salah toy Ramadan lanterns. Egyptian vendors found no better inspiration than Salah to be the top themed Ramadan lantern this year. Lanterns are a Ramadan staple in Egypt where they are used to decorate streets, alleyways and houses, and are even made into key chains and toys for children. They usually light up and play Ramadan tunes as well. *Al Arabiya

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