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    Police Have Been Forced To Deny That A “Human Cat” Has Been Discovered Wandering The Streets

    In Malaysia, police, like police officers in almost every part of the world, are presumably committed to capturing criminals and ensuring that the local community is as safe as possible.

    I say “presumably” because the Southeast Asian police had recently had an unusual fiasco in their hands and turned around a horrible strange and unidentifiable creature.

    A creature that looked exactly like this:

    The creature can only be described as a combination of a human baby, a cat, and perhaps some extraterrestrial being.

    So what exactly happened in Malaysia? And is there a chance that this “being” is a true animal of good faith of some sort?

    Well, the situation has intensified to the point where the police were forced to deny that this strange creature wandered around the area.

    In what may seem to be a totally unlikely situation, many people have contacted the police for fear of their lives.

    How could they know that this little beast was not a dead creature disguised by a fragile baby troll? Or maybe it was an alien, and the government was to be warned!

    And I’m serious; people thought it was a real creature that lived and breathed.

    Photos of the creature in question have been widely disseminated over the Internet, and the police have been forced to record their existence. But even then people doubted skeptics.

    The mysterious creature is almost completely without hair, has a tail, four paws, legs with devastating claws and dotted teeth.

    It does not seem like anything you’ve seen before, and there is a good reason for it because it does not exist!

    Since the “creature” is certainly designed to look like a child (God knows what), it is very tempting to say that it looks adorable.

    In the same way that pugs, with their famous soft faces, are one of the most popular dog breeds in the world.

    On the other hand, it seems that your front fangs can cause serious damage!

    Imagine what the imaginative animal could do to you once you’ve grown substantially in size and strength. I can not think …

    When the photos were originally shared on the Internet, someone unfortunately created a false story for the imaginary beast. The creature was supposedly found on the Pahang border and was apparently tested in a secret lab.

    Just make you feel for the poor creature that does not exist.

    In any case, Head of State Police Datuk Rosli Abdul Rahman stated in unequivocal terms that the images had been completely built and encouraged people to forget their photos and stop sharing them.

    However, at that point, the picture had already been shared thousands of times.

    Rahman tried to reassure those who saw photos that “the controls revealed that the images were downloaded from the Internet before being shared on social networks, claiming that the discovery was made in Pahang.”

    “I hope the public will stop circulating news on the alleged discovery,” he continued.

    He also pointed out that there were no official sightings of the creature.

    So you have it, ladies and gentlemen: there is no need to worry because the creature never existed and will never exist, but in all of our wildest dreams. Oh, and even silicone wrist shape, apparently.

    Yes, it is now claimed that the creature is in fact a doll that should resemble a wolf child and is sold on the Internet.

    But there are irrationally superstitious people around the world, so it’s quite inevitable that some people remain convinced that the creature is real.

     

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    Diwali Is Celebrated A Bit Differently In Goa And It Looks Pretty Amazing

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    Diwali, throughout India, is celebrated as a festival of lights. As children, whenever we ask our parents about Diwali’s origins, the standard answer would be: “It is celebrated because on this day Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile and people in the kingdom celebrated the lighting of the lamps of mud and bursting crackers “, and that is the answer with which we grew up.

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    But people in India have managed to surprise us again with a completely different story of why Diwali is celebrated. No matter what Bollywood stereotypes do you believe, Goa is rich enough of culture, and here we find this amazing version of Diwali’s origins.

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    People in Goa believe that the devil Narakasura, who terrorized the villages and people living there, was killed on this day by Lord Krishna and people celebrate him in Naraka Chaturdashi, also known as Choti Diwali.

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    Legend tells that the demon Narakasura ruled Goa in antiquity, kidnapped the girls, and terrorized the villages. People prayed Lord Krishna for help.

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    A great battle was fought between the demon king and Lord Krishna, who fired his Sudarshan Chakra, cut off the demon’s head, and cut off the tongue, thus liberating people from their terror. With dead Narakasura, peace returned to the villages that celebrated it when they lighted the lamps.

    In Diwali, the women of the house prepare a mixture of sandalwood, scented oils and other perfumed ingredients called ‘utnem,’ and Naraksur effigies are prepared by people full of grass, waste paper, crackers, etc. which is then burned with great pump and show.

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    The burning of the demon effigy marks the triumph of good over evil and oil is designed to purify people from their sins. I am certain that these little curiosities have fascinated you and have given you a completely new vision that our country exists as a different but united country. I never thought about it, but now I want to visit Goa for completely different reasons, to be part of his Diwali celebrations.

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    Russia’s Communists threaten to blockade studios if Leonardo DiCaprio plays Lenin!

    Communists in Russia have said they will blockade the country’s oldest film studios if it goes ahead with its plan to cast Leonardo DiCaprio as Lenin.

    DiCaprio, whose maternal grandmother was Russian, and who bears a striking childhood resemblance to the Russian leader, spoke last week of his fascination with the country’s history and figures.

    “I think there should be more films about Russian history because it has many stories worthy of Shakespeare,” he told German newspaper Die Welt. “That is fascinating for an actor. Putin would be very, very, very interesting. I would like to play him.

    “Lenin also would be an interesting role. I would like also to star as Rasputin.”

    A St Petersburg state-owned film studio, Lenfilm, immediately offered the 41-year-old Oscar favorite the role.

    But St Petersburg’s Communist Party – a splinter group, separate from the main parliamentary Communist Party of the Russian Federation – reacted with fury, and said they would disrupt filming unless a Russian actor took the lead.

    “We have sent a letter to Lenfilm and told them that such move would provoke protest actions,” said Sergey Malinkovich, one of the party’s leaders.

    “We would launch the civil disobedience actions near Lenfilm entrance, we simply would not let them enter it.

    “They should find a Russian actor.”

    Mr Malinkovich is known for his vociferous, but largely unheeded, protests.

    In 2008 he wrote an open letter to Olga Kurylenko, the Ukrainian-born model who played a Bolivian agent in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace, accusing her of betraying her roots.

    “In the name of all communists we appeal to you, prodigal daughter of poor Ukraine and deserter of Slavic world.

    “The Soviet Union gave you free education, free medical care but nobody knew you would commit an act of intellectual and moral betrayal and become a movie girl of Bond, who in his movies kills hundreds of Soviet people and citizens of other socialist countries.”

    Other publicity stunts have included proposing banning selfie sticks at street celebrations on Victory Day, banning American athletes from participating in the 2014 Sochi Olympics and a plea to the Central Bank to restrict sales of foreign currency to citizens.

    DiCaprio is yet to accept the role. But Lenfilm, founded in 1914, is known to be keen on expansion, eyeing last year a $75 million (£52 million) cash injection from Chinese investors, which it hopes to use to build a huge “cinema city” and new studios.

     

    In its heyday the studio attracted Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Fonda and Ava Gardner. In recent years the studios have dropped off the radar somewhat, although Orlando was partly filmed here with Tilda Swinton, and the 1996 version of Anna Karenina, starring Sean Bean and Sophie Marceau, was shot on site.

    And Russian film industry figures were excited at the proposal.

    “DiCaprio is a good artist,” said Vladimir Bortko, a Russian film director, screenwriter and producer. “He can play whatever he wants to play. I would have him with pleasure if he invited me as a director.”

    A Lenfilm spokesman said he hoped the project would go ahead – despite the Communist Party’s objections.

     

    “It is always interesting to make movies,” said Valeriy Karlov.

    “Leonardo DiCaprio is often compared to Lenin in his youth. We have enough scenery and props to recreate the era of the revolution.”

     

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    Manipal Students Design A ‘Talking Glove’ For The Speech/Hearing Impaired

    Had it not been for sign language, people with hearing and speech disabilities would have remained to exist like mere viewers but not an active participant.

    Except for family members and friends of those with the impairment, who voluntarily take the initiative of learning the language, only a very tiny portion of individuals across the world have unless taken the effort of studying the language, with the selfless aim of making the world a lot more inclusive for the differently-abled folks.

     

    Enter the scene, a team of engineering students from Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) with a brilliant innovation that can bridge the gap between speech and hearing impaired folks and the world.

    Rahul Shewani, Rohit Sarkar and Dhruv Sharma (from right to left). Source: Facebook.

    The team, which comprises Dhruv Sharma, Rahul Shewani, and Rohit Sarkar, has devised a ‘talking glove,’ that can turn gestures and signs to spoken English!

    The innovation with its amazing possibilities managed to bag the second prize at the MIT Innovation Challenge and will soon find financial backing for developing working prototypes.

    People who cannot speak/hear make use of the sign language to communicate, but most people cannot understand the sign language or don’t know how to use it. We are inspired to change lives of these people, to make them an integral part of society

    Dhruv further told that the glove converts gestures and signs of American Sign Language into spoken English output and helps an impaired person communicate with the world as well as improve their stage of life.

    A person using the sign language can simply wear the glove and execute the movement and gestures. The glove will interpret the meaning of signs or gestures and generate a speech output for the same

    The team intends to make the glove more compact and develop a referring Android application. If this fantastic discovery by the students can enter the business market, it could act as a boon for not just those with speech and hearing impairments but also those who would like to be a part of their world.

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    The Climate Fight will be Won or Lost in India: Curious and Surprising nuance globally by 2040!

    Bloom berg New Energy Finance (BNEF) is out with its annual New Energy Outlook for 2016, forecasting global energy trends through 2040, focusing this year on electricity.

    There’s lots to dig through, but the big story is familiar: Progress is occurring more rapidly than almost anyone forecast — global fossil fuel electricity use is expected to peak in 2025 and decline thereafter — but not rapidly enough to forestall 2 degrees of global warming. We’re going fast, but not fast enough.

    Female coal workers of the Rajapur Mining Project in Jharia coal mine. Jharia is one of the most important coal mines in India and one of the largest in Asia. Before coal was unearthed in this area, Jharia was a belt of dense forests inhabited by tribes. Thousands of poor, mostly unskilled, migrants from neighboring states have settled in Jharia over the years. Most of them collect coal illegally to pay for their two meals a day.

    That said, there are lots of interesting nuances and sub stories in the report. One of them reveals that India, not China, is becoming the key to global decarbonization.

    Most of the big emitters have gotten a handle on their electricity systems, meaning that they are on track to phase out coal and (somewhat later) natural gas. They’re not doing it fast enough, but at least they are on the right trajectory. That’s even true for China, where just a few years ago analysts were saying that coal would dominate forever. Now there’s a post-2020 moratorium on new coal plants.

    India, however, is a different story. Its economy is growing quickly, and with it electricity demand. That means even with the audacious renewable energy goals Modi has laid out, coal consumption is going to triple in India by 2040, with 258 GW of new coal capacity coming on line.

    As a result of this new coal, BNEF says, “power sector emissions will still be 5 percent higher in 2040, as progress in the EU, US and China is offset by steep emissions growth in India and SE Asia.”

    But enough words. Let’s tell the story in charts.

    1) Globally, through 2040, $11.4 trillion will be invested in new power generation, mostly in renewable

    2) More than half of that new generating capacity will be built in the Asia-Pacific region

     

    3) Some $2.8 trillion will be invested in power generation in China, with dramatic results

     

    4) Europe is also on track to drive coal and gas out of the power sector

     

    5) In the US, coal is going to drop but gas is going to hang on

     

    Renewables will comprise up to 50 percent of total generating capacity in the US by 2040. Most of that “other” is nuclear, so natural gas — which is expected to stay stubbornly cheap and plentiful in the US — will remain America’s unsolved fossil problem.

    6) So coal is declining everywhere … except India

    Burgeoning energy demand and persistent low coal prices mean that coal will continue to dominate the power mix in India (and elsewhere in SE Asia), rising through 2040, even though a growing share of new capacity (29 percent) will come from solar.

    7) Cumulatively, clean power will explode, but dirty power won’t decline much

    Despite the growth in wind and solar, fossil fuels’ total global contribution to electricity remains roughly steady through 2040, mainly because of all the new coal capacity expected to come online. BNEF expects 963 GW of new coal through 2040 — and remember, 248 GW of that, just over a quarter of the total, is destined for India.

    8) This means, unless something changes, global power-sector GHG emissions will hold steady.

    BNEF estimates that another $5.3 trillion in zero-carbon energy investment (on top of the $7.8 trillion) would be needed between now and 2040 to put power-sector emissions on a 2 degree trajectory.

    Most of that investment would need to go to India (and Vietnam, and other SE Asian nations), to accelerate the shift from coal to renewables.

    Where’s that extra investment going to come from? What’s going to drive it? How will it be structured? If there’s to be any hope of averting the worst of climate change, these questions urgently need answers.

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    With an 100% Literacy and Total Sanitation, This MP Village is an Exemplary Example

    Mahatma Gandhi once said that the future of India is in their villages. With about 70% of the Indian population still resident in their villages, their words seem more relevant than before. That is why it is so stimulating and moving that the winds of change sweep the Indian countryside.

    While several issues (such as lack of health services, illiteracy and environmental degradation) continue to affect much of rural India, several villages across the country have demonstrated what a community can do when they join for a better morning . Such a village is Baghuwar in Narsinghpur district in Madhya Pradesh.

    Located 15 km from Narsinghpur, the small village of Baghuwar has been an exemplary example in all fields, from health and hygiene to education and waste management.

     

    Seven years before the launch of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Baghuwar reached total health sanitation to become an Open-Defecation-Free(ODF) village in 2007. Together with a bathroom in each home, the village of about 2500 people also has a toilets complex to be used during the functions of community. Cleaning is a priority in the village, Baghuwar’s concrete streets are swept daily by residents.

    The village also features a well-functioning underground sewage system and more than 55 biogas plants that produce cast iron fuels to cook and lighten. The cow fertilizer used for the production of biogas is collected in 25 wells that have been built throughout the village. Organize an annual auction for the sale of this cow germ and the generated income is used to elevate the village.

    Another distinctive feature of Baghuwar is its 100% literacy rate, and every village can read and write. The village adheres strictly to the principle that every child has the right to education. To ensure the application of this principle, the villagers combine their finances to improve the school building. They have ensured that half-day nutritional meals have been provided in a timely manner to encourage students to complete their training.

    Realizing the importance of sport in the overall development of children, the villagers have also built a mini sports stadium, an indoor hall and a swimming pool next to the Dhamni River. All of these efforts paid with the village school of Baghuwar with a 0% abandonment rate. Many former students have also moved to senior positions in both government and private companies.

    Baghuwar residents also pay close attention to water management and environmental conservation. Water that can not be used by connected underground connections is collected in a well and recycled before being assimilated into large bodies of water. To this end, several ponds and small tanks have been built throughout the village.

    This initiative has also led to an efficient collection of rainwater. The results can be observed in improving the microclimate of the village, as well as increasing the water table (at a depth of 150 feet, the water table now has a 15-foot ratio). Thanks to its unique form of water conservation, Baghuwar has enough water to survive droughts for years!

    In addition to this, Baghuwar has built lush gardens and well-equipped hospitals for the care of its inhabitants. Farmers Village do not use chemical fertilizers and produce their organic fertilizer (driven by R. S. Narolia, former deputy director of the Department of Agriculture, who returned to their ancestral home in the village after retirement).

    Famous for its molasses (a dark, sticky and sweet syrup made as a by-product of refining sugar cane), the inhabitants have acquired 75 sugar cane machines, 35 tractors and 25 threshing machines to effectively minimize waste and transform the abundant harvest.

    Incredibly, Baghuwar has never witnessed a local election, except for one exception to Sarpanch’s place in 2014. All Gram Panchayat members and cooperative societies are nominated by consensus. Decisions are taken collectively and issues are discussed and resolved open to the participation of all community meetings.

    The most refreshing thing is Baghuwar’s refusal to depend solely on public subsidies to get things done. State financial assistance for development projects is often only a fraction of what the villagers really spend on it. For example, when the village obtained a $ 1.5 state-of-the-art scholarship to build a community center, residents contributed an additional $ 7 lakh to building a center more suited to their needs.

    And it’s not just about finance. Villagers do not stop them from doing their job to make possible development projects. In another case, when Baghuwar needed a road to connect it to the road, the city youths built a 3-km road to the city. Impressed by the self-sufficient intent of the village, the government has helped transform the mud-cement road.

    Residents of Baghuwar voluntarily make small repairs that arise from time to time. They are also actively involved in defining the details of most projects, from quality controls in PDS (Public Distribution System) stores to the replacement of colonial bridges.

    In addition to their incredible dedication to civic duty, what makes Baghuwar an ideal city is its progressive social ideals. Marriages among the castles of the village are solemn with the collective blessings of the community of the people. A cooperative committee ensures that the benefits of government programs reach marginalized and poor, while complaints are addressed promptly.

    Administered by both the government and the central government for making positive changes, Baghuwar’s self-reliance model, community ownership and participatory decision-making are now being used to form village communities in Madhya Pradesh. However, despite all the awards and prizes, Baghuwar residents rarely seek media attention for their work. For them, it is simply a way to return to their precious people and preserve their rich heritage.

    Curiously, in 2016, Indian American Maya Vishwakarma won the award for Best Creative Producer at the Globe Film Festival in San Francisco for his wonderful documentary on Baghuwar, Swaraj Mumkin Hai.

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    This Guy Went As A Fan To Watch An MMA Match, Stepped Into The Cage & Won The Title

    From just being on the sidelines of an MMA fight, to ending up fighting in it and becoming a champion, to getting engaged, we can say one thing for sure – Luis Felipe Alvim had one hell of a night.

    The 22-year old went to watch the Fora Fight welterweight title fight between Carlos Eduardo Rufino and Claudinei Kall. But, it turned out that Rufino was overweight by just a single pound, so Kall finally decided to pull out after initially accepting, leaving the stage open for any competitor.

    That’s when Alvim came in.

    Source: Instagram/Luis Felipe Alvim

    The mixed martial arts fan, who is a black belt in Muay Thai under UFC lightweight Felipe Silva and blue belt in jiu-jitsu, volunteered to take the empty spot. Even though Alvim had never fought in an MMA fight, he stepped into the Octagon anyway, putting his skills to the test, according to MMA Fighting. Even though he was suppressed during the battle, Alvim managed to get to get Rufino in a triangle choke, forcing him to tap.

    He took me down and landed some heavy shots, and I thought ‘oh sh*t, what the f*ck am I doing here? When I locked the triangle I thought to myself, ‘sh*t, I’ll catch him.’ I asked God ‘please, don’t let this round end,’ and he tapped.

    Source: Instagram/Luis Felipe Alvim

    Well, in just one night Alvim made his MMA debut and ended up walking away with the Fora Fight welterweight belt. Posting a picture from the fight on his Instagram, he said

    I believed all the time that I would win and went there and did. I never imagined that it would be that way, nor in my best dream. I fought well and left with that victory.

    Source: Instagram/Luis Felipe Alvim

    It is a memory that I will carry throughout my life. I want to thank God first, then my fiancée, my masters Felipe Silva and Fabiano Silva who believed in me and got me even without training properly for a fight of this size

    After winning the belt, he decided to take this already memorable night to another level. He proposed to his girlfriend right then and there in the octagon, with blood still dripping from his face. And, apparently, she said yes.

    Source: Instagram/Luis Felipe Alvim

    Well, winning a fight you had just gone to watch is enough for people to remember you.

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    Karni Sena Threatens To Burn Theatres If ‘Padmavati’ Is Not Shown To The Group Before Release

    When we say that Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film series is great and fascinating, imagine his grandeur in the fact that he took 200 craftsmen, 600 days and 400 Kg of gold to create Padmavati’s jewelry from Deepika Padukone.

    A few months ago, members of Karni Sena had burned the movie sets and turned some of the iconic bosses into ashes, and the magnitude of the damage caused was beyond what anyone could imagine.

    Now, once again, the Rajput Karni Sena organization has threatened producers who, unless they show the movie to members before they are released, will burn cinematic theaters.Activists of the group had in January vandalised the set of the movie at Jaigarh Fort here, alleging that the director was “distorting facts”.

    Actor Deepika Padukone is playing the role of Padmavati and Ranveer Singh is playing Alaudin Khilji in the historical drama.

    Narayan Singh Devrala, district chairwoman of Karni Sena, said: “It was agreed that the Bhansali team will have to show the film in front of a group of intellectuals and historians before launching their poster. We asked them to film the film in Jaipur , Then the posters were burned yesterday. ”

    We want the film to be published, but it should have facts, “he said, adding that they oppose the screening of the movie in theaters if the facts are distorted.

    “We do not think similar things were happening at the time of Jodha Akbar (with Hritik Roshan). If you want to show a real story then we should see the movie,” he said.

    Patron and founder of the Karni Sena, Lokendra Kalvi said that around 20-25 days ago someone from the Bhansali team wanted them to see the film “but I asked him to show it to the panel of historians and intellectuals for NOC. After which we have not heard anything from them.

    It was there in the deal that the film will be shown to historians before announcing the date and launch of the poster, he said.

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    In March, some malfractors had broken the Padmini Mahal mirrors in the Fort of Chittorgarh, where it is believed that Alauddin Khilji has seen Rani Padmavati or Padmini.

    Shri Rajput Karni Sena says that the mirror was created years after Padmavati lived and therefore there was no truth in history.

    Members say that in no book there is a mention that Alauddin Khilji, a powerful ruler of the Khilji dynasty of the Sultanate of Delhi in the 13th-14th century, fell in love with Padmavati.

    Rajasthan Energy Minister Pushpendra Singh earlier this year secured a section of the Rajput community that the film will not be released to the state until it is projected to community members.

    While the movie’s trailer is receiving great response from the audiences and film fraternity, the fear still looms upon the cast and the crew. Starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor in the lead roles, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati is hitting the screens on Dec. 1.

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    Twitter Overwhelms To The WWE Signing Of The First Indian ‘Salwar-Kameez’ Wrestler

    If the name Kavita Devi and WWE do not ring a bell, the then chances are that you might have been living under a rock all this while. This professional wrestler has been hogging the limelight for quite some time now after she brutally overpowered Dakota Kai in an epic battle in the Mae Young classic tournament.

    Kavita Devi has now bagged a WWE developmental contract, becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to do so. The sensational news was published on Twitter by the current WWE champion and ‘The Modern Day Maharaja’ Jinder Mahal.

    Source: wwe.com

    Devi, who has trained under former WWE Champion, ‘The Great Khali’, at his training academy in Punjab, has also won gold for India at the 2016 South Asian Games.

    Here is how Twitter reacted to the tweet of Jinder Mahal

    To restore your memories, this is what we are talking about. Although she failed to knock out Dakota, she did manage to win our hearts by the end of the match. However, more than her killer moves, it was her appearance that was a shocker for people. After all, a salwar-kameez clad woman beating the hell out of her opponent in the ring is not an icon you would associate with WWE matches.

    With this achievement, Kavita has inked her name in the golden pages of wrestling, and we are brimming with pride.

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    Risking Her Own Life, Courageous 65 Y/O Women Saves 8 Kids From Drowning In Bengaluru

    In Bengaluru, rains have unleashed a seemingly never-ending season of storms over the past few days. Many areas have been severely flooded with the death toll reaching five. Recording the largest rainfall in the last 115 years, the situation is quite grave with roads being waterlogged and people needing to be evacuated out of their homes in boats!

    While the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is on the verge to save and locate missing persons, many citizens are also bravely partaking in rescue operations, setting aside fear or perceptions.

    Koramangala in floods. Source: Facebook.

    One such daring woman was a 65-year-old lady who single-handedly managed to save eight children from drowning while endangering her own life.

    Picture of Jayamma who saved eight kids from drowning.

    Jayamma, a resident of Kurubarahalli, had to rush out of her house on Friday evening as water fiercely gushed into her living area. Upon hitting the road, she remembered her tenants’ children, aged between two and ten years, who were trapped in their houses. Their parents had not yet returned from work.

    It was dark and I could only see those helpless children inside. The water was already at knee level and I knew that if I did not get them out immediately, disaster would have struck

    Jayamma told The New Indian Express.

    Easier said than done, pulling out eight children from houses filled with waist-length water was no easy task! Especially when the person suffers from high blood pressure and diabetes.

    Carrying two children at a time, Jayamma had to wade through the floodwaters for about 100 meters before reaching high ground. By the time all the eight children were brought to safety, the water level had risen to a good five feet. As a widower, Jayamma chose to overlook the loss of her personal belongings to saving the children and attributes god in giving her the strength to protect the little ones.

    “All I could think of was taking the children to safety. I knew that the furniture, rations, and clothes inside my house would all be washed away. But I can get them back anytime. How could I ever forgive myself if anything happened to the children,” Jayamma said.

    The parents of the children, who are daily-waged laborers from Raichur and Gangavathy, live in two tiny houses on Kurubarahalli rented out by Jayamma. Had it not been for the selfless act of the old lady, these parents would have lost their children to the merciless rains in the city.

    A salute to braveheart Jayamma.

    H/T : The New Indian Express

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    After Elphinstone Tragedy, Andheri Station Reserves Staircase for Women Travellers

    After defeating the Elphinstone road, Western railway authorities have implemented a new strategy at Andheri Station in Mumbai that will offer respite to dozens of women traveling daily.

    At first, a staircase was reserved for women who travel daily to the city’s suburban railway during peak time at the station as part of an experiment, reports Times of India.

    The arrangement has been facilitated for more than an hour in the afternoon and half an hour in the morning.

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    Closer to the rooms reserved for women, she chose Churchgate scale, connecting platforms 8 and 9 with the south Foot-Over-bridge (FOB). However, the ladder to Virar remains open to all.

    According to a senior civil servant in Western Railway, the FOB-related FOB platform, which is rather narrow, has most of the transit people between Andheri and Virar.

    “While the FOB is just two meters wide, the scale extends only a mere. We have had to take this step as there is a similar precipitous escape. Many travelers expect these two trains instead of going to other platforms edge of the fast-track Virar trains with Churchgate and Bandra, “said TOI.

    He also explained that the only solution was to segregate male and female passengers using the platform. He deployed a 10-15 police squad in the FOB to prevent men from using the ladies’ private ladders during the planned period.

    Women who travel every day have welcomed the very necessary initiative. It’s a great relief since women find it difficult to navigate in crowded spaces, said Shruti Shah, one of the travelers.

    According to the railroad officials, a longer period of time was allocated to the night, as they noted a greater influx of passengers during the afternoon than in the morning.

    During the peak hours of the afternoon, the crowd from Virar to Andheri (the non-peak route) is also substantial, as many prefer to go underground. So we also have a lot of people coming down the stairs to the same time, one of them explained.

    Finally, there is some safety for the women travelers who have to go through all the mishaps of Mumbai city.

    This kind of initiative can be followed by other states to avoid another event like the Elphinstone Tragedy.

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    Weaving, sewing, rolling, twisting, dyeing! Meet Ms. Nnenna Okore. and her amazing works!

    The Artist named Nnenna Okore.  Finding reusable value in discarded materials, Okore enriches her work with layers of meaning through familiar and painstaking processes.

    Some of her processes including weaving, sewing, rolling, twisting and dyeing were learned by watching local Nigerians perform daily tasks.

    Okore is a Professor of Art at North Park University, Chicago, where she teaches sculpture.

    She has received several national and international awards and her works have been shown in numerous prestigious galleries and museums within and outside the United States.

    Q: Your career is long and eventful. What influenced you to become a sculptor?

    A: Well, I started off as a painter though I always had a heavy obsession for tactile materials and alluring surfaces. I decided to adopt sculptural processes when I realized that my paintings could not adequately express the structural qualities that I sought to achieve in my works. Switching to sculpture afforded me the freedom to interact spatially with different organic materials and forms. Moreover, it was more gratifying and liberating to play with objects outside the confines of the rectangular space.

    Q: Could you tell us about the various materials and medium you use?

    A: I use environmentally friendly materials and byproducts of nature, such as fabric, burlap, clay, paper, manila ropes and sticks. I also use man-made dyes and acrylic paint to add color to my pieces.

    Q: Every work of art is unique. Could you describe your process when it comes to starting a new work?

    A: The concept, of course, begins in my head. I make quick sketches of the idea before it is lost. Next, I create varying elaborate sketches that explore different sculptural possibilities. Based on the selected design, I choose the materials and processes to employ. I also do some preliminary research to understand how others may have approached the same idea or stylistic approach. I begin to work on the piece, once I have figured out which visual element I intend to highlight in the work.

    Q: So many works… Tell us about the piece of work you have memories of?

    A: The works that hold the most memory for me are those that elicited human interaction, such as ‘Twisted Ambience’ or ‘Nkata’ or ‘Sheer Audacity’. These installation compelled people to not only admire them, but walk into, under, above and around them. These immersive spatial environments relied on human interaction to activate and complete the experience.

    Q: Which of your works is the closest to you as a human being, which one is the most personal and why?

    A: Being a mum, my children often interfere with my processes and play with my works, at times. I welcome this because their innocent play often yields new ideas and allows me think of different possible outcomes for the work. The most personal works are those that engaged my children, including ‘Ropes’, ‘Lamps’, and ‘Ripples’. I have found memories of my kids jumping into the works and wrapping themselves completely within them.

    Q: Is most of your work planned or a result of by chance?

    A: Both. I always begin with a plan, a sketch, an idea. However, I am open to chance and surprises during the creative process. It is important for artists to give the work permission to evolve and morph. My processes and ideas are never etched in stone. I am open to happy accidents and unplanned results as they sometimes add layers of richness to the overall result.

    Q: In your opinion what is the key to success as an artist?

    A: I think the key to success is self belief, focus and perseverance. The art environment can be very hostile and difficult at times, but I think it’s important for artist to remain focused and devoted to developing unique ideas that sets them apart from others. Persistence always pays off. If an artistic idea or process is projected long enough, sooner than later they start to gain attention. Also, young artist need to read and expose themselves to histories, theories and practices in the art world.Without knowledge, it’s difficult to be subjective and introspective about one’s practice.

    Q: What is the best advice you could give someone who will become an artist?

    A: Read, sketch, practice, practice, practice. And be open to critique and developing the mind. Be ready to fail and try again- a million time. Be a problem solver, not a protester.

     Source: Render Forest
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