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The ‘Thakur’ who made 27, Lodi Estate, the hottest address

His two neighbours for the most part of UPA — BJP’s Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Congress’ Anand Sharma had to come to terms with regular overwhelming media attention on the man who many in his close circuit call as ‘Thakur Sahab’.

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New Delhi, Aug 1 : Who was Amar Singh? The answer will differ on who you ask. One set of people will call him the man who was at the heart of UPA’s infamous trust vote and a very powerful power broker. Another set will call him “humorous”, as Rajnath Singh did. The man had access and acceptability across all political ideologies.

Singh died young at 64 on Saturday, battling a critical infection after his second kidney transplant, in Singapore. In a country where 50 years old politicians are considered ‘young’, Singh surely died way too early. However, his tryst with the kidney ailment wasn’t new. Intermittently, he had gone through long spells of treatment in Singapore, with even his long time friend Amitabh Bacchhan spending time with him there, to boost his morale.

Singh was expelled from the Samajwadi Party in 2010. However, he was re-inducted, only to be expelled again in 2017, when Akhilesh Yadav took charge of the party in his own hands. However, even in the most intense moments of animosity between Akhilesh Yadav and Ram Gopal Yadav on the one side and Amar Singh on the other, the patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav had a special fondness for Singh, something the businessman turned pelican knew well and as many within SP suspect, he used to his advantage.

During the UPA era, he was one of the most powerful man in the national capital. A power broker who can get things done, was his image. While UPA Chairperson and NAC chief Sonia Gandhi’s residence — 10, Janpath was the most significant address, Amar Singh ensured his official residence, 27, Lodi Estate was no less. On most days of the month, the street leading to his house would be swarmed with OB vans, top political journalists and a slew of cameramen, for one or the other comment he would make that would become the day’s most controversial talking point. Singh knew he created controversy and he used it to his advantage.

His two neighbours for the most part of UPA — BJP’s Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Congress’ Anand Sharma had to come to terms with regular overwhelming media attention on the man who many in his close circuit call as ‘Thakur Sahab’.

This Rajya Sabha member’s rise has been meteoric and fast. He spoke many languages, including Bengali, with finesse that made him bond with unlikely leaders like Mamata Banerjee. He had deep penetration into Bollywood’s who’s who. Amar Singh had so much clout that he could regularly take pot shots at Digvijaya Singh, then a very powerful leader in Delhi of the ruling Congress party, and yet get away with it.

While Singh was at the thick of the strategy of the treasury benches, he could casually walk down to the opposition side and start an animated conversation with BJP leaders. This ability to mingle with any political leader, made him both regarded and envied. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke of it when he tweeted, “He was known for his friendship across many spheres of life”. If Amitabh Bachhan, with whose family he had a late fallout, was his best friend in Bollywood, his closest acquaintance in the corporate world was Anil Ambani.

But it was only the ‘cash for vote scam’ that unravelled his clout during the UPA. Delhi Police had told a city court that it was Singh who introduced Sanjeev Saxena as his secretary to allegedly bribe three BJP members of Parliament a day before the infamous trust vote on July 22, 2008. BJP’s Faggan Singh Kulaste, Ashok Argal and Mahabir Singh Bhagora had caused an absolute chaos in July 2008, when the trio waved bundles of cash in the Lok Sabha. They had alleged back then that they were part of a bribe to save the Congress-led government after Left parties withdrew support questioning the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal. Though Singh and the three BJP leaders were let off in 2013, one thing was clear — Amar Singh was more than an MP during UPA and his address was a Lutyens’ powercentre.

As the entire political spectrum mourns the loss of Amar Singh, 27, Lodi Estate, his residence during the UPA era, stands in silence today. Once, the epicenter of Lutyens’ political activities, the bungalow has stood witness to the rise of Amar Singh, an unlikely politician who loves to wear a smile and flaunt his mont blanc pens.

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Bihar Man Carves Out 3-km-long Canal In 30 Years To Irrigate Parched Fields

A man from Bihar’s Kothilawa village has been carving out the canal for the last 30 years that too single-handedly. This will benefit a large number of animals.

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A man from Bihar’s Kothilawa village of Gaya dug out a canal 3-kilometre long canal single-handedly. This canal carved out by Laungi Bhuiyan will direct rainwater from the hills nearby to the fields within his village. This will help in irrigating the farms and will be beneficial for the entire village.

Laungi Bhuiyan took nearly 30 years to carve this canal single-handedly. He dug out the canal after he noticed that during the rainy season, water falling from the mountains would flow into the river. Bhuiyan found a way to utilise the water. He planned to save the water coming from the mountain by taking the initiative alone and carving out the canal in Kothilawa village in Gaya, Bihar.

Talking about the canal, Lungi Bhuiyan said, “It took me 30 years to dig this canal which takes the water to a pond in the village. For the last 30 years, I would go to the nearby jungle to tend my cattle and dig out the canal. No one joined me in this endeavour… Villagers are going to cities to earn a livelihood but I decided to stay back.”

The Kothilawa village in Lahthua area of Gaya in Bihar is surrounded by a dense forest as well as mountains. Moreover, it is 80 kilometres away from the Gaya district and is known to be a refuge for Maoists. The people of Kothilawa earn their living by farming as well as animal husbandry. This canal made by Bhuiyan will benefit the farmers as well as the animals which means that all villagers will benefit from his work. The villagers took this opportunity to praise his efforts and hard work.

“He has been carving out the canal for the last 30 years that too single-handedly. This will benefit a large number of animals and to irrigate the fields as well. He is not doing it for his own benefit but for the entire area,” said Patti Manjhi a local from Kothilawa.

“A lot of people will benefit here. People are now getting to know him because of his work,” said Ram Vilas Singh, a teacher from Kothilawa village in Bihar’s Gaya while praising the man for his efforts which will benefit the villagers.

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World Alzheimer’s Day 2020: Everything you must know about the brain disease

The theme for World Alzheimer’s Day 2020 is “Let’s Talk About Alzheimer.”

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World  Alzheimer’s Day is observed every year on September 21. The day aims at raising awareness and challenge the common stigma that surrounds Alzheimer related dementia.

According to Alzinfo, every 65 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease. At current rates, experts believe the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s will quadruple to as many as 16 million by the year 2050.

The theme for World Alzheimer’s Day 2020 is “Let’s Talk About Alzheimer.” The day was first observed in 2012.

What is Alzheimer?

Alzheimer, in simple terms, is a brain disease that negatively affects memory, thinking, and behavior. These changes interfere with daily living. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. Most people with the disease get a diagnosis after age 65. If it’s diagnosed before then, it’s generally referred to as early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Symptoms of Alzheimer:

According to the National Institute on Aging, in addition to memory problems, someone with Alzheimer’s disease may experience one or more of the following signs:

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life, such as getting lost in a familiar place or repeating questions.
  • Trouble handling money and paying bills.
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work, or leisure.
  • Decreased or poor judgment.
  • Misplaces things and being unable to retrace steps to find them.
  • Changes in mood, personality, or behaviour.
  • Withdrawal from friends, family, and community.

Stages of Alzheimer:

  • Stage 1. There are no symptoms at this stage but there might be an early diagnosis based on family history.
  • Stage 2. The earliest symptoms appear, such as forgetfulness.
  • Stage 3. Mild physical and mental impairments appear, such as reduced memory and concentration. These may only be noticeable by someone very close to the person.
  • Stage 4. Alzheimer’s is often diagnosed at this stage, but it’s still considered mild. Memory loss and the inability to perform everyday tasks is evident.
  • Stage 5. Moderate to severe symptoms require help from loved ones or caregivers.
  • Stage 6. At this stage, a person with Alzheimer’s may need help with basic tasks, such as eating and putting on clothes.
  • Stage 7. This is the most severe and final stage of Alzheimer’s. There may be a loss of speech and facial expressions.

Treatment Of Alzheimer:

Alzheimer’s is most commonly identified through patient and family history, and by talking to the immediate family about the presence of symptoms. Also, brain imagining may be suggested to check for beta-amyloid protein deposits. As of today, there is no curative treatment for Alzheimer’s. Drugs are usually administered to manage symptoms and healthy lifestyle changes.

Despite this, Alzheimer’s is one of the most expensive diseases to get treatment for. The global cost of dementia is estimated to be around $1 trillion currently.

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At 7, child prodigy honours literary legacy with first book

They added that the title of the book, cover page and all the illustration are also a part of her creativity.

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New Delhi, September 20: Padma Bhushan recipient Rashtrakavi Maithalisharan Gupts and Santkavi Siyaramsharan Gupt’s great grand daughter Abhijita Gupta, who is all of seven years and a child prodigy, has penned her first collection of stories and poems.

The book titled ‘Happiness All Around’, and was launched by Oxford Bookstores’ children’s wing, Oxford Junior in collaboration with Invincible Publishers. Seven-year-old Abhijita, taking after her family’s literary legacy, had started writing at a very tender age of five years.

The collection is an attempt to give children something to read, written by someone of their own age. (Abhijita Gupta – “The little poet”/Facebook)
“Abhijita is a student of Class II and is a third generation writer, to poet duo Rashtrakavi Shri Maithalisharan Gupt and Santkavi Shri Siyaramsharan Gupt. She is an avid reader and very expressive with her pen. She wrote her first story when she was a little over five years. By the grace of goddess Saraswati, she is carrying forward the traits of her forefathers and we hope she extends the legacy of Sahitya Sadan Gharana,” her parents Ashish Gupt and Anupriya Gupta said.

They added that the title of the book, cover page and all the illustration are also a part of her creativity.

“For her, every little thing around her matters: what she sees, she hears, she touches, she smells, she tastes and she feels — constantly soaking in the environment around her. And, her debut book proffers just that – the pure senses and humane values like an elixir.”

The collection is an attempt to give children something to read, written by someone of their own age. The book could prove equally useful for parents of young children, as it gives an insight into the mind of a six-seven year old and what thoughts and things interest her. The writings have been left untouched so that the innocence, mistakes included, of the child are not diluted.

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