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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

Cameraman gets bull-dozed!


Cameraman gets bull-dozed!






Story by Sumesh Rajan
Mumbai: April 25, 2018

In a bullock cart race, called Rekla Race in local parlance, held recently in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, a cameraman and his assistant are literally bull-dozed by the charging bulls.

Rekla race is held during major festivals and is a crowd-puller with people gathering in large numbers to witness this sport which involves race bulls lugging makeshift carts a certain distance, ranging from 15 kilometers to 50 kilometers.

Rekla races are held under various categories on the basis of the bull’s size, height, capacity and physical fitness. While the big bulls have to cover the longest distance, those in other categories have to cover a shorter distance, and separate races are conducted for each category. 

In the bullock cart race held as part of the Goddess Sri Muthumariamman temple festivities at Maviduthikottai village in the outskirts of Devakottai town in Sivaganga district of the state on March 28, many teams from across various parts of the state took part in the race. And, the organizers of the race engaged Raman Lekshman of Bagavathi Creations – a local videographer, to video shoot the event.

The road in the village is turned into a temporary race track. As the race starts, Raman and his assistant sitting on a motorbike get ready to shoot from the front, but misfortune strikes as the bike fails to start, and the raging bulls knock the duo down.

Onlookers rush to the rescue of the videographer and his assistant, even as the racing bulls hop over them, and pull them out to safety. Fortunately, the videographer and his assistant escaped with minor injuries and a loss of face.


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