NCR gets its first pet blood bank at Delhi doorstep
A blood bank for animals is a very rare thing in a country like India where even precious human lives are lost because of shortage of blood stock.
But this piece of news will be music to the ears of dog lovers across the national capital region.
After a blood bank for dogs at Chennai-based Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS), the country's second such facility is being opened at Delhi's Rajokri village near the Delhi-Gurgaon border.
A private initiative of Dr Vinod Sharma, the dog blood bank will operate from his veterinary hospital Jeevasharam Foundation.
Sharma has already found a few donors too. "Candy, Brandy, Sultan and Molly are the first four donors made available by their owners in Delhi and Gurgaon," said the vet.
"A donor should be healthy and weigh around 20 kg or more and should be 1-8 years old. As we go about establishing this blood bank, we expect more and more donors and as many beneficiaries," he said.
"Donors will receive one free vaccine course per year and one free blood transfusion if they ever need one. A healthy dog can donate every 8-10 weeks," Dr Sharma added.
Conceived over a couple of years ago by him and Dr Casey Connars of the Tuffs University in the US, the idea to have a blood bank could be implemented after a Good Samaritan came forward to fund the initiative.
Juan Costain, who heads the water and sanitation programme of the World Bank in South Asia lost his dog Sheetal in December 2011 after she became anemic and doctors didn't have blood to transfuse to her.
Moved, Costain, donated ample money to get a refrigerator, microscopic devices, blood bags and other apparatuses so that a dog blood bank could be set up.
"Rather than be unhappy about Sheetal's death, I thought of doing something that would prevent dogs from dying due to blood shortage," he said.
Costain, who was involved in dog charity, said he gave around 15% of his annual salary for the blood bank.
Former Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Pune district, Baburao Pacharne (71), died in a private hospital here on Thursday following a prolonged illness, sources close to Pacharne said. Pacharne was BJP's face in Pune rural part and he was an MLA in 2014. Pacharne had contested the Shirur assembly constituency in the district six times and represented it as a legislator twice - from 2004 to 2009 and from 2014 to 2019.
On Wednesday, the Reserve Bank of India announced it had cancelled the banking licence of the beleaguered Pune-based Rupee Cooperative Bank, and directed the Registrar of Cooperative Societies to liquidate the bank. What does this mean for over five lakh depositors? To chalk out a plan of action, the depositors will hold a mega meet at the bank headquarters on Friday.
The Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority Wednesday evening held a meeting ahead of the flyover work at Savitribai Phule University chowk planned from August 17. The traffic police demanded that necessary changes be made to the traffic before starting the flyover work at the busy chowk. The PMRDA had demolished the flyover at the university chowk two years ago and now, the new flyover is coming up with the metro.
The India Meteorological Department has forecasted light rainfall in parts of Maharashtra, including Pune, till August 15. The weather department has released no warnings for Pune city and ghat regions from August 12 onwards. For August 12, IMD has forecasted light to moderate rainfall for Pune city and isolated heavy rainfall for ghat regions. From August 13 to August 15, light rains are very likely for Pune city.
With the city receiving continuous rain for the last two days, the water level in all four dams – Khadakwasla, Panshet, Temghar and Warasgaon has gone up. As a result, the state irrigation department has released water from Khadakwasala and Panshet dams as both have been filled to 100% capacity. Water from both dams was released at noon on Thursday. The irrigation department has advised citizens to stay away from the river bed.