Wednesday February 19, 2020

India’s Heaviest Baby weighing 15 Pounds (6.8kgs) is born in Karnataka

Doctors have sent the samples for a test called an inborn of metabolism, to know why the baby is so heavy and tall.

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The yet-to-be named baby is born is Karnataka. Image source: Prakash Hassan, BBC
  • According to BBC, a female Baby with Birth Weight of 6.8 Kg or 15 Pounds
  • Born on May 23, 2016 in Hassan, Karnataka
  • Likely to be the heaviest newborn in India

KARNATAKA, India- A baby girl was born weighing 15lb (6.8kg) to a woman in Karnataka and doctors feel that it could possibly be the heaviest child ever born in the country. While new-born babies weigh normally 2.5-3.5kg, this infant weighs the same as a six-month old.

This infant weighs the same as a six-month-old in a country where new-born babies normally weigh 2.5-3.5kg in India. Nandini (20), the yet-to-be named child’s mother, gave birth to her through a Caesarean section at a government hospital in Hassan, Karnataka on Monday.

Tests are conducted by doctors to find out the reason of the baby being so heavy. Dr Venkatesh R, district health official in Hassan district told a news portal, “It is the biggest baby in India, I can say.”

What surprised the doctors even more that the baby is not just heavy but also very tall. “The baby’s height is 62cm (24.4in) as against the normal Indian baby’s height of 50cm,” said Dr SR Kumar, who is in charge of Nandini and her baby.

the baby girl was born through Caesarean section in a government hospital in Karnataka. Image source: Prakash Hassan, BBC
the baby girl was born through Caesarean section in a government hospital in Karnataka. Image source: Prakash Hassan, BBC

Since an overweight child born to a diabetic mother is normal, so the first test was done on Nandini to check whether she was diabetic or not. The doctors were surprised when reports came normal. “We have done an ultrasound and conducted blood tests on Nandini, but we didn’t find any abnormality,” Dr Kumar said.

“We have sent the samples for a test called an inborn error of metabolism. We should get the result after 48 hours,” he further added.

This yet-to-be named baby girl breaks the record for the heaviest Indian baby boy who was born to Firdous Khatun of Uttar Pradesh, last year in November, 2015. The infant weighed 14.77lb (6.7kg).

But, for the world record, the heaviest baby was born a boy to Carmelina Fedele in Aversa, Italy, in September 1955. The child weighed 22lb 8oz (10.2 kg).

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Tech Giant Google Funds Six AI-based Projects in India

Google Research India is based out of Bengaluru and will be part of and support Google's global network of researchers

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Google Research India is based out of Bengaluru and will be part of and support Google's global network of researchers. Pixabay

Google on Tuesday started six Artificial Intelligence (AI) based research projects in India that would focus on addressing social, humanitarian and environmental challenges in sectors like healthcare, education, disaster prevention and conversation.

Google Research India will provide each team with funding and computational resources in addition to supporting the efforts with expertise in computer vision, natural language processing, and other deep learning techniques, the company said in a statement.

“We are increasingly seeing people apply AI to address big challenges. Therefore, we have made research in AI for Social Good one of the key focus areas of Google Research India — the AI lab we started in Bengaluru last year in September,” said Manish Gupta, Director, Google Research Team, India.

Among the six projects are improving health information for high HIV/AIDS risk communities from team from IIT Delhi led by Tavpritesh Sethi, team from Singapore Management University led by Pradeep Varakantham and nonprofit Swasti.

Researchers from IIT Madras led by Balaraman Ravindran and nonprofit Armman will use AI to predict the risk of expectant mothers dropping out of healthcare programmes, to improve targeted interventions and increase positive healthcare outcomes for mothers and their babies.

The team from Singapore Management University led by Arunesh Sinha and nonprofit Khushibaby will apply AI to help ensure consistency in how healthcare information is captured and monitored.

Another team from Singapore Management University led by Pradeep Varakantham along with nonprofit Wildlife Conservation Trust will use AI to predict human-wildlife conflict in the state of Maharashtra to help inform data-driven policy making.

The team of Nanyang Technology University led by Bo An and nonprofit Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology & The Environment will apply AI to inform dam and barrage water releases, to help build early warning systems that minimise risk of disasters.

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Google on Tuesday started six Artificial Intelligence (AI) based research projects in India that would focus on addressing social, humanitarian and environmental challenges in sectors like healthcare, education, disaster prevention and conversation. Pixabay

The last team from AI4Bharat and IIT Madras led by Mitesh Khapra and Pratyush Kumar along with nonprofit Storyweaver will build open-source input tools for underserved Indian languages to accelerate publishing of openly licensed content.

“We look forward to supporting academic researchers, organisations and the broader community over the coming months and years to bring these projects to life,” said Milind Tambe, Director, AI for Social Good, Google Research Team, India.

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Google Research India is based out of Bengaluru and will be part of and support Google’s global network of researchers. (IANS)