Indian Social Worker Sandeep Vellaloor, 35, Allegedly Hangs Himself At Home In UAE: Report


Sandeep Vellaloor was a prominent social worker.

Dubai: 

A 35-year-old prominent Indian social worker in the UAE has allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a ceiling fan in his apartment, a media report has said.

Sandeep Vellaloor, a staff surveyor in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) emirate, suffered a huge financial loss after setting up a transport company, which is believed to have prompted him to hang himself, Khaleej Times reported on Sunday.

The father of three was a prominent social worker. His two roommates were not at home when he apparently committed suicide, it said.

Police have started an investigation into the incident, the report said.

“After coming back from work, they found the door locked from inside, and had to break open the lock to get in. To their shock, they found him hanging from the ceiling,” said Prasad Sreedharan, a social worker affiliated with a medical committee recently constituted by the Consulate General of India in Dubai.

Vellaloor was the general secretary of Yulan Kala Sahiti and team leader of the Friends Cricket Association.

“He regularly organised blood donation camps in RAK. The Ministry of Health and Prevention had honoured him in 2016 with a certificate of appreciation and memento for the humanitarian act,” Sreedharan said.

“He contributed Rs 400,000 to the family of an Indian worker who was paralysed and then died in a road accident here in RAK in 2017,” he said.

Vellaloor sent his family to India three years ago and was staying with two of his friends in a villa behind the RAK immigration department.

His body has been shifted to the morgue at the Ibrahim Bin Obaidulla Hospital and the repatriation process will be initiated shortly, said Nisham Noorudheen, president RAK Indian Relief Committee (IRC).

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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Delhi Class 7 Student Hangs Herself, Writes Teacher’s Name On Palm


Class 7 student hanged herself at her home in West Delhi.

New Delhi: 

A Class 7 student allegedly committed suicide in West Delhi on Saturday, when her mother was away at work. She had scribbled her teacher’s name on her hands and a note that she did not want to go to school anymore.

“Lord Krishna, I am coming,” said one message on her palm. In another, she wrote for her mother: “I love you”.

A suicide note has also been found, the police said.

The 12 year-old girl was found hanging from the ceiling fan at her home.

“On her palms and hands she wrote that she did not want to go to school any more. She apologised to her mother and grandmother and said she was going to meet Lord Krishna,” senior police officer Madhup Tiwari told news agency IANS.

The girl’s mother, a lawyer, last saw her alive when she was leaving for the Tis Hazari Court. She said the girl had refused to go to school.

When she returned at 4 PM, she found her daughter’s body.

“My daughter complained that the teacher scolded her every day. The same teacher rebuked and humiliated her on Friday for 10 minutes in the biology lab. She cried in the school bathroom after the episode,” her mother told news agency IANS.

“She had been insisting that I change her school but I did not know how serious the situation was. I would never imagine she would commit suicide,” the mother said, sobbing.

The school management said in a statement said it was fully cooperating with the police and was also carrying out an internal inquiry.

“As of now we are not at liberty to disclose any details which may jeopardise the police investigation of the case,” the statement said.

The police are waiting for the girl’s autopsy report and say they are speaking to her classmates.

(With inputs from ANI, IANS)

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Nursing Student In Patna Allegedly Hangs Self After Failing Exam


A probe has been ordered after the nursing student killed self. (Representational)

Patna: 

A nursing student of a state-run institute in Patna allegedly killed herself after failing in four of the six subjects in an examination, triggering protests by a section of her batchmates on Tuesday, officials said.

Police took into preventive custody some of the protesting students of the nursing college attached to the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS), while the health department ordered an investigation into the incident.

Khushbu Kumari (20), a first-year student of IGIMS College of Nursing, hanged herself on Monday after she failed in four of the six subjects in the internal assessment examination.

Soon after knowing about her results, Khushbu said she would commit suicide in front of some other students who went to the hostel warden and the nursing college principal and informed them about it, IGIMS Medical Superintendent-cum-spokesperson Dr Manish Mandal told PTI.

After returning, they found Khushbu hanging from the ceiling fan, Dr Mandal said.

“She was immediately rushed to the hospital where she died around 1:30 am (in the intervening night of Monday-Tuesday). The body has been sent to her home in Arwal district after completing the formalities of post-mortem,” he said.

“A handful of nursing students” demonstrated demanding action against the nursing college principal Anuja Daniel, Dr Mandal said.

“The functioning of not a single department of the hospital was hampered due to the protest by a handful of nursing students except the OPD which was hampered for around 30 minutes,” he said.

City Superintendent of Police (Central) D Amarkesh said, “An FIR is being filed on the basis of the magistrate’s statement in this regard. Some of nursing students have been taken into preventive custody. They will be released later.”

Meanwhile, Health Department Principal Secretary Sanjay Kumar said a three-member committee has been set up to probe the incident.

“We have taken suo motu cognisance of the incident of a nursing student’s suicide. The committee, which will be headed by joint secretary Kaushal Kishore, will submit its report within a week,” Kumar told reporters in Patna. 

He said the panel would probe the circumstances in which the incident took place and also suggest measures to ensure that such incident does not recur in future. 





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Army Man In Bihar Hangs Himself After Argument With Wife: Police


Police said he shut himself inside a room after the fight. (Representational)

A 30-year-old army man posted in Punjab, allegedly committed suicide on Monday by hanging himself at his home in Rohtas district in Bihar, police said.

Gagan Deep, a Naik in the Corps of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering, was posted at Sangrur district in Punjab.

Father of a 2-year-old boy and a six-month-old girl, he had come home a week ago. Police said he had a quarrel with his wife and shut himself inside a room.

When the door was forced open, his body was found hanging from the ceiling





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Pakistan Hangs Man For Raping, Killing 7-Year-Old Girl


Imran Ali had confessed to raping nine girls, including the seven-year-old.

Lahore: 

The rapist and murdered of seven-year-old was hanged by Pakistan in Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail at 5:30 am (local time) on Wednesday.

The rapist, Imran Ali, was executed in the presence of Magistrate Adil Sarwar and the girl’s father. An ambulance also arrived at the spot, along with Ali’s brother and two of his friends, Geo TV reported.

The jail authorities arranged a 45-minute meeting for the convict and his family on Tuesday, before the impending execution.

Ali was sentenced to 21 counts of death, three life sentences and 23 years in jail by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in February after being arrested by the police forces on January 23, according to ARY News.

Ali had confessed to raping nine girls, including the seven-year-old, whose body was found from a garbage heap on January 9 after she went missing from her aunt’s house on January 4. Autopsy reports indicated that the minor had been raped before being strangulated to death.

The minor’s death sparked international outrage, as DNA tests confirmed Ali’s role in the girl’s rape and eventual death.

A Joint Investigation Team was formed to arrest the accused, who was taken into custody within the three-day time limit set by Pakistan’s Supreme Court.





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Rescue Workers Yet To Reach Many As Rain Alert Hangs Over State


Kerala Floods Live Updates: Rescue Workers Yet To Reach Many As Rain Alert Hangs Over State

Kerala Floods: Respite from heavy rain is still at least a day away.

The centre and states have pledged help to flood-hit Kerala where 324 people have died and lakhs have been relocated to relief camps. On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertook an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas after reports that it had been called off due to bad weather. The met office has however said that the state is not expected to receive heavy rainfall from Monday. Except for Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Kasaragod, a red alert has been issued for all the districts

Congress president Rahul Gandhi asked PM Modi to declare Kerala floods a natural disaster. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who has called it the worst floods in a century in Kerala, however said the state needed at least Rs. 2,000 crore in immediate assistance. Helicopters have been dropping emergency food and water supplies across Kerala, while special trains carrying drinking water and rice have been sent to the state. A Navy airstrip will be used for passenger flights from Monday. 
 

 

Here are the live updates on the situation in Kerala:

Relief materials being loaded on board  at Naval Air Station INS Garuda in Kochi

Indian Railways has been supplying water in bottles, containers and tank wagons to the flood-affected areas of Kerala 

240 fire service personnel were sent from Bhubaneswar to the flood-affected areas of Kerala by a special Air Force plane.

Telangana, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Maharashtra and others have announced financial help to the flood-hit state. You can also make donations for Kerala relief effort by clicking here

People from all over Kerala have made panic-stricken appeals on social media for help, saying they cannot make contact with rescue services. Dozens of dam and reservoir gates across the state have had to be opened as the waters reached danger levels.

 

State-run Air India’s subsidiary – Alliance Air, will commence operations from Kochi naval base to aide the rescue operations in flood-hit Kerala. According to the airline, flight operations will commence from August 20.

Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu in a series of tweets said that due to disruption of flights from Kochi Airport, a joint team sent by the Ministry approved to commence scheduled flights by Alliance Air ATRs between Bangalore and Kochi naval air base.





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India Fight With Their Backs To The Wall As Fate Of Series Hangs In Balance


The Indian batting has struggled and all three openers used so far – Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay and KL Rahul – have looked clueless against the swing of the England fast bowlers.

Even the middle order has struggled, barring a superlative performance by Virat Kohli in the Edgbaston Test, where he scored a century and a half-century, albeit in a losing cause. But he has had precious little support from the rest, including vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, who is one of the most compact batsmen in the line-up.

Coach Ravi Shastri had asserted that the struggling batsmen need to show more discipline and grit in the third Test. He admitted that the team has not played well and needed to up their game if they are to make a comeback.

In the bowling department, Jasprit Bumrah has been declared fit and available for selection for the third Test against England.

Pacers Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami have been among wickets in the previous Test but have failed to show consistency.

Meanwhile for England, the selection of all-rounder Ben Stokes is still not assured.

Coach Trevor Bayliss had welcomed Stokes back after he was found not guilty of affray after a bar fight last year but said the troubled all-rounder was not assured of an automatic selection for the third Test.

India will look to become only the second team in history to win a five-Test series from 2-0 down after a Don Bradman-inspired Australia achieved the feat against England back in 1936/37.

Squads:

India: Virat Kohli (capt), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravichandran Ashwin, Murali Vijay, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Lokesh Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shikhar Dhawan, Umesh Yadav, Karun Nair, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant

England: Joe Root (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Jamie Porter, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes.

(With AFP inputs)



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Air Pollution Hangs Over Asian Games 2018


But the index has regularly topped 150 this month, which is considered a health threat to the general population. A reading over 300 is seen as hazardous.

About 16,000 athletes and officials from 45 Asian countries — along with hordes of sports-crazy tourists — are flocking to Jakarta and co-host city Palembang for the showpiece event, which kicks off Saturday.

Athletes competing indoors will be relatively unaffected, but it’s a different story for outside sports like athletics, archery, baseball, softball and rugby, said Budi Haryanto, an air pollution and health expert at the University of Indonesia.

Competing in an environment with dirty air limits athletes’ ability to perform at their best, he added, with Jakarta’s average 31 degree Celsius temperatures already threatening to leave competitors drenched in sweat.

It’s a worry for racewalker Hendro Yap, 17, who hails from Indonesia’s cultural capital Yogyakarta where the climate is cooler and less polluted.

Yap, who broke the Southeast Asian Games record last year in Kuala Lumpur for 20-kilometre race walking, said he finds competing in Jakarta a challenge.

“For (people) who are used to running in Jakarta… it might be slightly easier,” he told AFP.

“But it’s still very hard. You sweat more. And in Jakarta it’s so polluted… that it’s hard to perform.”

Tackling Jakarta’s foul air is no easy task.

There are some 18 million cars plying the roads of the sprawling city of 10 million — and the number of vehicles is going up every year.

The majority of Jakarta’s air pollution is due to vehicle emissions.

Environmental experts say there is little hope for clean skies during the two-week tournament.

“It’s hard to find a solution because the key lies in regulating emissions,” said Hindun Mulaika, climate and energy manager at Greenpeace Indonesia.

“The government still thinks this is purely a transport problem.”

Meanwhile, annual forest fires in Sumatra are threatening to envelop the sleepy city of Palembang in a different kind of toxic cloud.

Other countries have faced similar air pollution challenges including Beijing when it was set to host the Olympics in 2008.

The Chinese capital took successful, drastic measures including temporarily closing factories to clean up its skyline.



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Delhi Man Found Out His Wife Was Married Before, Kills Her, Hangs Himself


Delhi man found a suicide note of his wife and details of it led to him killing her (Representational)

Noida, Uttar Pradesh: 

A 47-year-old man allegedly killed his 34-year-old wife before committing suicide after a fight between them on Monday at an apartment in Greater Noida, police said.

Manisha Kohli and husband Girish Bhatnagar got married two years ago after they met through a matrimonial site. Girish Bhatnagar’s sister was also living with them at their home in Galaxy Vega Apartments under Bisrakh police station limits, they said.

The husband worked in Delhi before but had quit his job six months ago. Some time back he got to know that this was his wife’s second marriage, police said, quoting a purported suicide note found from the spot.

Police said according to the note, the man also came to know that his wife suspected his relationship with his sister.

These developments had apparently disturbed the couple’s relationship and led Girish Bhatnagar into depression, the police said.

“This morning when the wife’s brother and relatives tried contacting her on phone there was no response. After several attempts to reach out to her, those nearby came to their apartment,” Bisrakh Station House Officer (SHO) Akhilesh Tripathi said.

“When they found that the door of the house was bolted from inside they raised an alarm and called the police,” he said.

The SHO said when the door was broken down, the bodies of the couple were found inside the house.

The woman’s body bore severe injuries on the head and was soaked in blood. The man’s body was found hanging from a ceiling, the officer said.

The husband’s sister was not at home during the time of the incident.

The bodies were later sent for post-mortem, he said, adding that the police were undertaking due procedures. 

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Maharashtra Man Hangs Self, Parents Claim Suicide For Dhangar Quota


The 22-year-old allegedly hanged himself at his house last night (Representational)

Aurangabad: 

A 22-year-old man belonging to the Dhangar community allegedly committed suicide in Paithan tehsil of the district last night, with his family claiming that he ended his life for the cause of reservation.

The deceased was identified as Parmeshwar Baban Ghongde, resident of Balanagar.

While the Marathas in Maharashtra are agitating for reservation in jobs and education, the demand of Scheduled Tribe status for the Dhangar (shepherd) community in the state is also being made.

An officer of MIDC Paithan police station said that Parmeshwar had asked his parents for money for attending a Dhangar reservation rally in Pune. But the parents could not give him any money.

He allegedly hanged himself at his house last night. His purported suicide note said that “Dhangar community should get reservation”. 

His parents and relatives demanded that police should record that he committed suicide for the reservation cause, the officer said, adding that further probe was on.

Since Maratha organisations started the agitation last month, at least seven suicides by members of the Maratha community, allegedly for the cause of reservation, have been reported in the state. 





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