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on Friday, June 28, 2013

Indian Government is ready to give 1 crore for each player in the Indian cricket team. The painful fact is the one crore is not given for the army men who died in the Uttarakhand rescue operations 2013. Too much importance to cricket makes the government to forget its real HEROES !!!. Are their lives so cheap ? Pity :( :(

Unsung Heroes!!

Pilot who died in Uttarakhand put pilgrims ahead of himself

K Praveen, 27, a flight lieutenant from Madurai knew it was a daunting task. But, all he wanted was to rescue the people who were facing an even worse challenge in their lives. What kept the young Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot going against all odds at Uttarakhand was his sense of duty and the gratifying smile of the rescued pilgrims.

"There are no roads, no proper food and punishing weather here. But, we are happy when people thank us after we rescue them. We want to rescue all the people stranded here," he had told his mother on Tuesday morning. But, barely four hours later, the helicopter he was flying crashed, snuffing out Praveen's life and 19 others.

Flying was a passion for Praveen, a topper of his batch in BE Mechatronics department in Thiagarajar College of Engineering. Soon after he completed his engineering, Praveen worked for two months at an IT company, but soon wrote the combined defence examination. "He turned out to be meritorious in the exam and was offered to join any of the defence forces. He chose air force," said his uncle V Krishnan, an ex-army man.

Death of a person is always an unbearable loss to his or her family members, but the demise of Praveen has dealt a devastating blow for his mother Manjula, 52, who has toiled as a single mother for 27 years to raise her son after she legally separated from her husband.

"She has long stopped crying, but is refusing to speak to anyone," said Krishnan. An office superintendent in the Southern Railway, Manjula had all her hope of future pinned on Praveen. Manjula was keen on getting her son married soon and was seeking alliances for him. "No one could console her. Everything in her life revolved around Praveen," says another relative. Manjula's aged parents N Chinnasamy, 85 and Seetha, 80, are also devastated. "We don't know whom to console. They have not taken food ever since they got the news of Praveen's death on Tuesday night," said the relative.

"He had participated in several rescue missions in the last five years of his service. But he would not share the difficulties at all. Even this time, he never dwelt much on the difficulties the armed forces were facing. He went to Uttarakhand four days back, but whenever he calls us he would narrate only the plight of the people there," Vipin, his cousin said.

"I am awaiting engineering counselling on July 14. He promised to come home to guide me chose the right course and college. But he never said that he would come in this state," Vipin said breaking into tears.

Honest auto driver

on Monday, June 03, 2013

He could have been a billionaire overnight, but autorickshaw driver Raju Bharwad chose honesty over a cheque of Rs 1.9 crore sent in his name by Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation.

Bharwad was surprised to receive the cheque, which also had the name of his mother as the corecipient.

The accompanying letter said the money was being given to them in lieu of 10 bigha land that they owned at Sanand near the Tata Nano plant.

At a time when complaints of violence, land grabbing and forgery are on the rise in Sanand after the relocation of Tata Nano plant from West Bengal, Bharwad, who stays in Ahmedabad, rushed to the authorities to return the cheque.

"We did have 10 bigha land in that area but my father sold that plot for Rs 9 lakh 25 years ago.Today, several families are staying there," he said, adding that the ownership of the land was not transferred officially and had remained with Raju and his mother. "If I had accepted the money, the authorities would have bulldozed the houses on that plot," Raju said. He is now trying to ensure that the ownership of the land is transferred to the right owners.

"I earn about Rs 6,000 a month by driving an autorickshaw and have four bigha land," Raju said, adding that the money was sufficient. Raju's honesty has surprised government officials, too, who said they have seen many disputes over land ownership but someone returning a cheque of such a big amount is unheard of.

Surprisingly there is no media coverage for this, media has time to cover IPL but not this. Pity :( 


Soul Existence

Victorian doctor who weighed the human soul

Dr Duncan MacDougall tried to prove the existence of the human soul by measuring the weight of a person at the moment of death. He had 6 patients, all of which experienced weight loss of an average 21 grams.
This happened exactly in the year  1901 in Massachusetts where surgeon Dr. Duncan MacDougall attempted to prove the existence of the soul by weighing a person before, and right after, death. He hacked an industrial beam scale so that it could be attached to a hospital bed. Then, he began to seek out a subject in the terminally ill patients at the hospital. First up was a man dying of tuberculosis. 

According to MacDougall, “The instant life ceased, the opposite scale pan fell with a suddenness that was astonishing – as if something had been lifted from the body.” Apparently, 21 grams was missing from his body. MacDougall reproduced the experiment several more times. The physician's work has become a classic tale that, of course, is still widely cited by philosophers, skeptics, and "believers." And yes, it's MacDougall's experiments that inspired the film 21 Grams too. Fourteen Times weighs the truths, half-truths, and unknowns of "the strange deathbed experiment of Dr. MacDougall.

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