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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

Indian breaks 217 walnuts in a minute with his head, shatters Guinness record

Indian breaks 217 walnuts in a minute with his head, shatters Guinness record

Sagaya Fernando

Mumbai: October 9, 2018

After coming across a YouTube video of a Pakistani man smashing 155 walnuts (and later 181 walnuts) with his head in a minute and set the Guinness World Record, 22-year-old S Navin Kumar of Nellore in Andhra Pradesh state, India, decided to break the record.

 “While randomly going through YouTube videos I came across Pakistani citizen Muhammad Rashid setting a Guinness world record in breaking the most number of walnuts in 60 seconds with his head. First, he set a record of breaking 155 walnuts in a minute, and a year later he broke his own record by breaking 181 walnuts. I then decided to set a new record in this category,” said Navin, who holds a degree in Psychology, besides being a martial arts enthusiast.

“I had been practicing for one year. It was not an easy task. In the very first attempt I made to break a walnut with my head, I had a headache which lasted for a week. Gradually, through practice and grit I got used to the pain, and was able to shatter Muhammad Rashid’s record,” said Navin. 

In November last year, Navin broke a whopping 217 walnuts in 60 seconds with his head and set a new Guinness world record for smashing the most number of walnuts with head in a minute. Navin methodically smashed the nuts, which were laid out in rows of two, while keeping his hands locked behind his back, in the stunt that took place in the presence of representatives of Guinness World Records. Yesterday (October 8), he was awarded the certificate for the same.  


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