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22 June 2024

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India's second heaviest newborn weighs 5.6 kg


NEW DELHI: A 30-year-old woman who arrived at an Indian hospital in advanced labour, delivered a boy weighing 5.6kg. Baby Shaheen Iqbal, who is 60cm tall, is possibly the second heaviest newborn ever in India. Incredibly, it was a normal birth.

A team of three doctors, including an anesthetist, used special manoeuvres during a three-hour procedure to pull the baby out. The mother, Sanjeeda, was admitted at 11.30am and she delivered at 2.30pm. It was her fourth child.

Shaheen missed the title of being India's heaviest newborn by just 100 grams. India's heaviest baby was a baby girl born last year. She weighed 5.7kg. The normal weight of an Indian newborn is between 2.5 and 3.5kg. 
Aguilera repeats line of anthem


TEXAS: Christina Aguilera flubbed a line as she belted out the national anthem at the start of the Super Bowl Sunday night.

When she was supposed to sing the line "O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming," she instead repeated an earlier line, with a slight variation.

She sang "What so proudly we watched at the twilight's last gleaming," which is the same line from earlier in the song but with the word 'watched' instead of the word 'hailed.'

The mistake immediately set social networks abuzz with people commenting on the error.

Aguilera's representative did not immediately return a call and e-mail seeking comment.

She's not the first person to mess up the lines of "The Star-Spangled Banner." In 2001, Macy Gray was famously booed for her off-kilter rendition of the national anthem.

She garbled the words at the Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibition game in Canton, Ohio, her home state. She later told The Associated Press: "That was definitely life's most embarrassing moment."
Now, a contraceptive jab for men!

LONDON: Women have been awaiting it for years - a contraceptive option for men to help them share the family planning burden.

And, now scientists at Edinburgh University have confirmed that such a contraceptive jab has proved successful in preventing unplanned pregnancies after tests in Scotland, 'The Scotsman' reported.

The World Health Organisation trial, involving 200 couples around the globe, uses a combination of the hormones testosterone and progesterone which dramatically reduce a man's sperm count.

The contraceptive, given in the trial in two jabs, works by reducing sperm counts from above 20 million sperm per millilitre to zero, and to less than one million in others, below the viable threshold for a pregnancy.
Family gets nothing as a University owns Albert Einstein's name

NEW YORK: Relativity is lost on the university that owns the lucrative rights to Albert Einstein's name but does not give a dollar to his family, the New York Post reported.

"Everyone assumes I'm filthy rich, and they think I have a mental problem because I'm not using my money," the late scientist's granddaughter, Evelyn Einstein, told The Post.

When the iconic genius died in 1955 at age 76, he bequeathed the literary rights in his estate to Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The school later trademarked Einstein's name, and last year alone made $10 million from licensing fees.

"I never made any issue of the fact that they were willed the literary estate," Evelyn said. "But what does a bobblehead have to do with a literary estate? I was really offended by some of the stuff that was being OK'd."