Skip to main content

Posts

Glacial burst wrecks havoc on its downhill path

Glacial burst wrecks havoc on its downhill path Sumesh Rajan Mumbai: 7 February 2021  A glacial burst in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state in India on February 7 has caused massive havoc on its downhill path along the Dhauliganga and Rishiganga rivers.  The disaster occured after a portion of the Nanda Devi glacier broke off in Tapovan area of Joshimath in Uttarakhand.  The Tapovan power plant being constructed over the Dhauligana river and the Rishiganga power project across the Rishiganga river -- a tributary of Dhauliganga -- have been damaged completely with sludge overwhelming the projects, say local officials.  Over 150 people are said to have lost their lives in this disaster and scores are missing. Ten bodies have been recovered so far from the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) power project site at Tapovan, said the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) officials. The missing persons are believed to be labourers working at the dam sites and villagers along the river. T
Recent posts

Trapped leopard forgets prey

Trapped leopard forgets prey Sumesh Rajan February 3, 202 1  A leopard which apparently chased a dog for meal, ended up getting trapped in an outdoor toilet at Bilinele village in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka state in India in the early hours of February 3. Stuck in the toilet, the leopard soon forgot all about its prey, and sat haplessly seeking a way to escape.  The lady of the house, who came to use the toilet at around 7 in the morning, saw the leopard’s tail jutting out of the toilet bolted the toilet door and alerted the neighbours who called the wildlife authorities.  In a rescue operation lasting around 7 hours, the wildlife rangers tried tranquilizers, large nets and a cage to trap the wild cat. Videos of the rescue operation show villagers gathered in large number while the wildlife officials plan and try to capture the big cat.  All the while the scared dog was cowering in one corner of the toilet with his tail tucked between his legs, while the bemused leopard sna

5-year-old child swallows 22 mm diameter coin, squirms in pain for 24 hours before doctor removes it in a matter of minutes

  5-year-old child swallows 22 mm diameter coin, squirms in pain for 24 hours before d octor removes it in a matter of minutes Sagaya Fernando Mumbai: 3 February 2021   5-year-old Hammad of Meerut city in Uttar Pradesh, India, while playing, innocently swallowed a 22 millimeter diameter Rs 5 coin not knowing the deadly consequences of it, on January 27.   His parents came to know about it later only when the child started crying of pain in his stomach. On coming to know that he had swallowed a coin, they initially tried to flush it out of his body by giving laxatives and liquids to the child.   But, when the coin did not come out naturally, and was causing immense pain in the abdomen of the child, the next day the parents rushed him to Pediatric Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist Dr Shubham Jain, who runs the Shubham Hospital & Child Care Centre in Meerut.   “The 5-year-old child weighing around 15 kg was brought to me on January 28 after 24 hours of him ingesting the Rs 5 coin. T

2-week-old conjoined twins separated successfully in 6-hour surgery

  2-week-old conjoined twins separated successfully in 6-hour surgery   Sagaya Fernando Mumbai: 28 January 2021   A team of paediatric surgeons, neonatologist, paediatric anesthesiologists, plastic surgeons, radiologists, cardiac surgeons at Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children, Mumbai, India, successfully separated conjoined twins through a 6-hour complicated surgery on January 3.    The twins, both girls born on December 21, were joined at the abdomen and shared a liver, lower chest bone and abdominal cavities.   The omphalopagus twins – joined in the abdomen by the belly-button – are rare with one in 50,000 births and low survival rates.   The twins’ mother was left devastated after an antenatal ultrasound scan performed suggested that the twins were joined at the abdomen. She then approached Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children.    “The twins were Omphalopagus joined together from chest bone toumbilicus. Extensive counseling of parents about the complexity and rarity of the con

Tiger takes a swim, insensitive people chase it

  Tiger takes a swim, insensitive people chase it Sumesh Rajan January 26, 2021 A couple of boatsmen taking tourists across an estuary in the Sundarbans in West Bengal state of India, sight something floating in the water. As they close in, they realise it is a tiger swimming across the river, and raise an alarm, shouting bagh, bagh (tiger, tiger) in Bengali. While the locals egg the boatman to take the chase the tiger, the tourists can be heard blurting ‘ Wow…Oh my God… ’ in apprehension.   While some shout directions to the boatman to go close to the tiger and one of the tourists exclaims ‘ Nice… ’, the annoyed tiger at one point turns its head towards the boat and growls.   The video shot by one of the tourists in the boat has gone viral on the social media since it was posted on January 23.   However, many on the social media have criticized the group for their insensitiveness in chasing the tiger for a few minutes of fame, and thereby irritating the wild animal in its

Humans act inhuman: Throw a burning tyre on a wild elephant resulting in its death

Humans act inhuman: Throw a burning tyre on a wild elephant resulting in its death Sagaya Fernando Mumbai, 23 January 2021   Two men have been arrested in the state of Tamil Nadu, India, for their gruesome and inhuman act of throwing a burning tyre on a wild elephant resulting in its death. According to a senior forest official, the elephant was attacked on January 8 after it had damaged a luxury car parked at Mavanalla, a small resort town located 25 kms north of the famous hill-station of Ooty (Udhagamandalam).   After a hue and cry raised by wildlife activists over the issue, the local police arrested two people on January 22 – two days after the elephant died; while one more accused is on the run.   A video of the gruesome attack on the elephant started doing rounds in social media, following which an investigation was launched by the forest department officials and the police.   “The accused flung a burning tyre filled with kerosene at the elephant, which was already being treated

India’s Mathemagician multiplies numbers at lightning speed

Sagaya Fernando Mumbai: 2 December 2020 Born into an average Indian family in the state of Kerala 30 years ago, Vivek Raj never thought that he would become a Math’s wizard one day, and bag awards for doing the fastest mental calculations with ease. Vivek, a resident of Arattuvazhy village in Alappuzha district of Kerala, who now conducts shows titled ‘Mathemagics’ for young students, got hooked to calculations when his father Raphael P C (a school teacher then) gifted him a simple calculator when he turned 13 years of age and was in Class VII. The turning point in his life came when his Class XII English teacher Fr. Titus Chullickal asked his students what came into their mind thinking of number 7. While some of the students replied about the seven wonders of the world, the seven colours of the rainbow and the seven continents, Vivek multiplied the number seven by itself several times and reached a 11-digit number in a matter of seconds.   (7x7=49x7=343x7=2,401x7=16,807x7=1,17