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Rajasthan govt orders audit of deaths 'caused by heatwaves'



Jaipur, May 25 (IANS) The Rajasthan government on Friday ordered an audit of deaths “caused by heatwaves” in the state and constituted a committee for it.

Additional Chief Secretary of the Health Department Shubhra Singh instructed officials during a meeting that heat stroke as the cause of death should only be reported after an investigation by the audit committee.

“Deaths being reported in medical institutions should be investigated by the audit committee as per protocol. Only after the investigation, deaths due to heat stroke should be reported on the IHIP portal,” she said.

Singh also refuted reports which claimed a woman and her son died due to heat stroke in Pali.

She said that the family of Samandar Singh, who allegedly died due to heat stroke, denied postmortem following his death. He had no symptoms of heat stroke.

“Similarly, Samandar Singh’s 80-year-old mother Raju Kanwar was a heart patient. She was admitted to the government hospital in Sadri on May 23 after difficulty in breathing and chest pain and died during treatment on May 24. The medical team said that the cause of death was heart failure. Her death was also not found to be due to heat stroke,” Singh added.

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She directed officials of the Health Department to work with sensitivity and ensure the availability of coolers, fans, ACs and water facilities in hospitals.

All arrangements should be made in three days else strict action will be taken against concerned officials, she said.



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IANS Bookshelf: From making money to menstruation, the eclectic world of non-fiction titles




New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) Now that the long Eid weekend is behind us and we are in the thick of work, it may be a good idea to spend the evenings unwinding with a book, instead of waiting to catch up with the latest OTT release. Here’s our selection of four non-fiction titles to help you charge your grey cells and enhance your knowledge bank.

Our subjects include a philosophy for everyday life, tips on optimising wealth and attaining financial security, an insight into the politics of Uttar Pradesh, and menstruation and its mysterious connection with the moon.

William Mulligan, The Everyday Stoic: Simple Rules For A Good Life (Penguin, Rs 550)

Popular on Instagram as ‘The Everyday Stoic’, the page deconstructs, modernises and makes the ancient wisdom of Stoicism practical.

The philosophy of Stoicism encourages the development of self-control as a means to overcome destructive emotions. According to the principles of Stoicism, getting clear and unbiased in one’s thinking allows one to understand universal reason.

Deconstructing the core of Stoicism, namely, virtues such as wisdom, courage, justice and moderation, helps make a person much more resilient in regular modern life, bringing clarity and strength.

Tracing the history and origin of this philosophy, the book serves to refine one’s thinking, showing how the ancient Roman philosophers Marcus Aurelius and Seneca remain relevant and helpful in day-to-day problem-solving.

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Like it says in the book: “We all deserve to flourish. It’s only fair if we all get a chance to learn how to live better, for ourselves and for the people we love.” This book is a lens to look at your life afresh.

Shyamlal Yadav, At the Heart of Power: The Chief Ministers Of Uttar Pradesh (Rupa, Rs 395)

If there is one state in India that could serve as India’s indicator of its electoral and political future, it is Uttar Pradesh, and this very fact explains the political significance of the province.

The author, an award-winning journalist with ‘The Indian Express’, delves into the lives of all its 21 Chief Ministers thus far, beginning with the years immediately after Independence to the present.

Panning the spotlight on personalities, from Govind Ballabh Pant to Yogi Adityanath, and their distinguishing qualities, each leader is presented in the light of their politics and imperatives of staying in power. How they dealt with and triumphed over trying times and details of the socio-political landscape during their years in office have contributed significantly to shape the state into what it has become today.

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Yadav’s exhaustively researched book presents the legacy of 21 stalwarts, their policies, ideologies and leadership styles. By understanding them, we will be able to appreciate the complexities of governing the state better.

Scott Galloway, The Algebra Of Wealth: A Simple Formula For Success (Torva-Penguin, Rs 899)

Wealth is not all about just money. So, what must one have apart from an understanding of wealth? The author says it is stoicism, followed by a mindful understanding of focus, time management in the larger sense of the expression, and diversification with regard to economic security.

Much like the intricacies and equations of algebra, Galloway decodes the mathematics of wealth, splitting it as “Focus + (Stoicism x Time x Diversification)”. In a little over half a ream, drawing the difference between having money and being rich, the author has condensed his learnings as a professor, mentor, founder and parent.

Drawing on the author’s experience, this book offers insights into how to not just get rich, but also attain financial security. And it leaves the reader with a thought to be mulled over: “If money is the goal, you’ll never have enough.”

A professor of Marketing at New York University’s Stern School of Business, Galloway has founded nine companies and authored books like ‘The Four and The Algebra Of Happiness’. He is the founder of an online education platform that teaches business strategies to working professionals.

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Nirmala Gowda Nayak, Menstruation: Moon, Men and More (Rupa, Rs 1,095)

An offering on “living harmoniously and holistically”, the book encapsulates what is often a debate on public forums or sigh-laden utterance in quiet corners: the need for rest, reflection and rejuvenation during menstruation — and smashing taboos around it.

Clearing out misconceptions surrounding menstruation, the author seeks to celebrate the woman’s womb as a symbol of femininity and power. The book serves as a means to awaken a less-informed community to the reality of this naturalness and understand and address impediments faced by women in the times we live.

A handy guidebook to help you comprehend menstrual health, understand the requirements of emotional well-being, and the nutritional needs of individual body types with a holistic outlook, it calls for as much awareness and mindful engagement of men and encourages them to help create an environment of acceptance and respect.

Nirmala Gowda Nayak is a proponent of menstrual health education and women’s empowerment through yoga and emotional well-being workshops.



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3 held for killing man in road rage incident in Gurugram




Gurugram, June 19 (IANS) Three people were arrested for beating a man to death in an alleged road rage incident on the Sohna Road on June 15, Gurugram Police said on Wednesday.

According to the police, the accused were identified as Vicky (35), Sagar (23), and Lalit (34) residents of Rajokri in the national Capital.

The incident came to light on June 15 after police received a call from a hospital that the victim, Deen Dayal (37) had been admitted with injuries and later died during treatment.

During the probe, it was revealed that on Saturday evening, the victim’s vehicle collided with that of the accused in front of JMD Megapolis, Sector 48 Sohna Road.

The incident led to an altercation between the accused and the victim and the trio thrashed the victim brutally and left the spot as a crowd gathered.

“The victim died during treatment after suffering from injuries on June 15 in a Delhi hospital,” Varun Dahiya, ACP (Crime) said.

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“The police checked the CCTV footage, gathered information about their possible destination in Delhi’s Rajokri area and apprehended them,” the ACP said.

An FIR under Indian Penal Code Section 302 (murder) was registered against the accused at the Sadar Police Station, he added.



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No intention to weaken case against actor Darshan: K’taka Home Min on proposal to change SPP




Bengaluru, June 19 (IANS) Karnataka Home Minister G. Parameshwara emphasised on Wednesday that there is no intention to weaken the case against Kannada superstar Darshan in the fan murder case.

Darshan, his ‘partner’ and co-star Pavithra Gowda, and 15 others have been arrested on charges of murdering Renukaswamy (33), a resident of Chitradurga.

The probe so far revealed that Renukaswamy was a big fan of Darshan and had sent derogatory messages to Pavithra Gowda on social media. The victim was allegedly kidnapped, brought to Bengaluru, kept in a shed, and brutally tortured to death.

Answering a question regarding the police mulling to replace the special public prosecutor (SPP) in the case, Prasanna Kumar, Parameshwara said, “We are investigating the matter without succumbing to any pressure. If there is a need to change the SPP, there must be a valid reason. The decision to change the SPP won’t be made without a reason.”

“We will take proper legal advice and act accordingly. As far as I know, there is no proposal to change the SPP,” he claimed.

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However, he also said that in case the SPP is replaced, it should not be viewed as a wrong move.

To recall, Prasanna Kumar has represented the prosecution for agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) before and secured convictions. He also represented the prosecution in Deputy CM D.K. Shivakumar’s case and various bomb blast cases.

When asked about Darshan’s reported confession to the crime, Parameshwara said he was not aware of it.

“I don’t know about the internal aspects of the probe. The media often gets news before I do. This is a serious matter and actions will be taken without any hesitation,” Parameshwara said.

Sources claimed on Wednesday that Darshan has reportedly admitted to his involvement in the murder case as per the remand copy submitted to the 24th ACMM court.

As per the remand copy, Darshan gave Rs 30 lakh to Pradosh, an accused in the case, to manage the police and lawyers, and to pay those who disposed of the body. The police have reportedly seized the money from Pradosh’s residence.

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Replying to a question about the disappearance of actor Darshan’s manager Mallikarjun for the past one and a half years, Parameshwara said the police would verify the matter.

“The SIT team will decide if it wants a probe into this. If they seek permission from the government, we will grant it,” he said.

When asked about the suicide case of Sridhar, one of Darshan’s employees, Parameshwara said the matter will be probed if a connection with the actor in this matter is established.



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Two water quality labs set up in Gurugram, Kurukshetra




Chandigarh, June 19 (IANS) With two state-of-the-art water laboratories established in Gurugram and Kurukshetra, enhancing the capacity for water quality testing and monitoring, Haryana Chief Secretary, TVSN Prasad on Wednesday said the Union government has appreciated the state’s implementation of the Atal Bhujal Yojana across 1,647 Gram Panchayats in 36 blocks in all 14 districts.

The scheme aims to enhance the groundwater situation, improve water use efficiency, and promote sustainable water management.

Presiding over the meeting of the State Interdepartmental Steering Committee (SISC) of the Atal Bhujal Yojana here in which an incentive utilisation plan of Rs 184.24 crore was approved, the Chief Secretary directed the Irrigation and Water Resources Department to ensure proper storage and utilisation of excess rainwater during the monsoon season.

The department’s Engineer-In-Chief, Satbir Singh Kadian, apprised the meeting that during the last monsoon season 50 per cent of rainwater was utilised for water-deficient areas.

It was informed that out of the total outlay of the incentive utilisation plan, the Irrigation and Water Resources Department has been allocated Rs 122.09 crore, which includes Rs 96.30 crore for 48 projects focused on riverbed recharge, pond recharge, construction of storage tanks, water storage bodies, injection wells, recharge bore wells, etc.

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Gory crimes of passion, each getting worse, benumb Palghar residents




Palghar (Maharashtra), June 19 (IANS) The tribal district of Palghar, bordering Gujarat, has again shot into national headlines for a wrong reason, a gory crime of passion, that has left the locals stunned beyond words.

On Tuesday (June 18), the country was shocked to see video clips of an angry young man Rohit Yadav (29) clobbering his ex-girlfriend Aarti Yadav (22) to death by delivering more than a dozen powerful blows with a heavy iron wrench in the middle of a busy road.

Shockingly, though hundreds of people were around, except for one man, nobody dared to try and stop his savagery or help the bleeding woman, who succumbed to her horrific injuries on the spot.

Instead, passers-by and drivers even halted briefly to click videos and pictures of the horror that unfolded there.

Barely three weeks ago, in late May, Vasai town witnessed another brutal crime when one Najibuddin Sami, 21, allegedly killed a married woman Saira M. Shah, 34, with whom he had an illicit affair.

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Sami, nabbed later from New Delhi where he fled after the murder of the woman who happened to be his aunt, told the Palghar Police that Saira was allegedly pressurising him to marry her after divorcing his wife, but he refused to oblige.

In a hot rage over her demands, the accused confessed to stabbing her multiple times with a knife, then taking her body and throwing it off a cliff, near the Mumbai-Ahmedabad National Highway.

The police recovered the body which they could not identify, but a voter inkmark on her finger and a lubricant spray helped the investigators crack the mystery within two days.

After identifying her from the voters’ list, the sleuths managed to reach her husband and they tracked the killer by scanning CCTVs in several pharmacies till they hit upon one from where Sami had purchased the spray.

When they confronted Saira’s husband with the CCTV clip, he identified the person as his nephew.

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The man had fled to Delhi, from where a team of Vasai Police nabbed him.

These incidents came even as the people have barely erased the memories of the macabre murder of a local girl, Shraddha Walkar, by her boyfriend Aftab A. Poonawala on May 18, 2022 in New Delhi.

The case would have gone unnoticed but for a complaint lodged by her father that the family and her friends were not able to contact her for nearly three months, after which the police swung into action.

Initially, Poonawala pretended to be as concerned as her family and even tried to help the police investigations, but later he was nailed by the Delhi Police which had found the girl’s body parts and zeroed in on him.

The live-in couple had frequent quarrels over various issues including money and marriage, and on the fateful night of May 18, he strangled Shraddha, then cut her body into 35 small pieces and stored them in a huge deep-freezer.

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Later for the next nearly three weeks, at the ungodly hour of 2 A.M., he would carry the body parts in small bags and throw them into the Chhattarpur forests.

Police while scanning CCTV footage of the area subsequently, found him lurking around in the region alone in the night.

The cops recovered around 13 pieces and DNA tests confirmed that they belonged to Shraddha.

Poonawala was arrested on November 12, 2022, and is currently lodged as an undertrial in Tihar Central Jail, New Delhi.

Besides these three soul-shakers, Palghar and adjoining Thane district, have been rocked by other crimes of passion at intervals that remain in public domain for days before another one hogs the headlines.

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