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  1. This article is in memory of Late Major Dhruv Yadav and every father who has lost his brave son to Mother India. © Namrata Yadav In the dark recesses of the night, I look at my son who wriggles in his sleep - partially hungry, partially in discomfort as he has started teething and wonder what it is like to lose a child. I knew the pain of having lost someone but the pain of losing a child is perhaps unimaginable. It is nature's way and God's plan to take away people to make space for a new life on earth; a loss of life only makes way for new life and that is the absolute cycle of life. But knowing that and acknowledging God's plan I still wonder how you say goodbye to your own child. I look at my son only to realize, my precious gain could be someone's devastating loss. Thus, in a way, as life continues, I often wonder of nature's harshness and kindness in the same stroke. Loss can never be compared, but I have often wondered does the honourable death of a young soldier make the pain any less for a uniformed father, after all, wasn't it nature's plan for a son to immerse the ashes of his father and not the other way round? Does watching his body wrapped in the tricolour, while listening to a thousand boots march to show respect to this brave son of India, make the pain any less for an absolutely heartbroken mother? © Reuters Is the sound of the bugles intended to be the last lullaby this brave son hears, as his parents lay him to rest? Amid all this pride and honour that this brave son of India bestows on his parents, there is immense pain. I once saw an old soldier march behind the casket of his young brave son of India and as he lit his pyre - bugles were sounded, a gun salute given to this fallen comrade, the father transformed into a true soldier and saluted his young soldier goodbye. At that moment, it was not a father saying goodbye to his son, it was the soldier within the father saying goodbye to a young fallen comrade, who happened to be his blood. In death and loss, he was no longer his, he was yet again his country's first – the loss compounded once again. This memory was only to be etched deeper within me, when a few days later on this very father's birthday, he immersed his son's ashes on the banks of the river Ganga. In that final goodbye, before Ma Ganga took this young boy away on his final journey having defied the circle of life as nature intended, the flowers among his ashes touched his father's feet as if to take his blessings one last time, draw strength from his father as he took those very last steps and made his final journey into the afterlife. At that moment, I saw what nature intended - a relationship in its purest form of a 'father and son'. I sit at the edge of my son's cot looking at him, imagining the joy I may feel when he takes his first steps, only to think of this father who helped his son take his last... Author Bio: Namrata Yadav graduated with a joint Masters degree in Law and Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, UK and currently works as a freelance consultant in New Delhi. She is the sister of Late Major Dhruv Yadav's who was killed in the line of duty in September 2015.
  2. Vicky Kaushal's upcoming movie directed by Shoojit Sircar is suddenly doing rounds amidst all digital and electronic news portals, as he's set to play the daring martyr Sardar Udham Singh. While we can't wait to see how Vicky manages to portray the freedom fighter, we thought it would be best to throw some light on Udham Singh's life, for people who're unaware of his life and struggles, while he avenged the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. © Twitter The Jallianwala Bagh massacre which took place on April 13, 1919, was one of the most brutal attacks to have taken place on Indian soil. About 1,500 unarmed people lost their lives and many were gravely injured. Amongst the people present there, a young orphan by the name of Udham Singh was also present, who managed to escape the massacre alive. The 20-year-old was scarred for life, enough to remember the atrocities caused and to avenge the death of thousands of people present there on that ill-fated day. This is the story of Udham Singh, a brave martyr, we all need in today's day and age. © Twitter Udham Singh was born on 26th of December 1899 and was orphaned at birth. He was brought to the Khalsa orphanage in Amritsar when he was 5 and was given values any self-sustaining boy learns at that age. Along with a certain set of value systems that was bestowed upon him from the orphanage, Singh was also growing up at a time when Punjab was in deep political turmoil as he grew, observing the changes that were taking place around him. The Uproar In the year 1919, a popular resentment was making its way through against the British in Punjab, due to the way they used to recruit soldiers and make them a part of the British army. There was also resentment on how the British forced contributions of funds towards World War I. In addition to these two issues, the British government passed the 'Rowlatt Act', which solely came into power to extend and strengthen the repressive wartime measures. Because of such a stringent and a counterproductive act, Mahatma Gandhi called for a country-wide 'hartal' (protest)and he received a positive response from Punjab for the same. This left the then British administration in Punjab, namely Lt. Governor Michael O'Dwyer absolutely panic-stricken. © Pinterest Due to the hartal, a number of local leaders supporting it were arrested by the Britishers under the Rowlatt Act and were imprisoned. This was obviously not taken too well in Punjab, the population which was supporting Gandhi's protest to the hilt. Revolts broke out in the state as anger and discontent were looming the territory like any distraught soul. Riots broke out between the British troops and civilians. To restore order in the state, the Governor handed charge of the situation to Brigadier-General Reginald Edward Harry Dyer. The first step Dyer took to uproot tensions, was ban public gatherings, since they accumulated mass protests and riots, according to him. Jallianwala Bagh Massacre On April 13, 1919, of about 20,000 unarmed men, women and children gathered at Amritsar's Jallianwala Bagh, on the day of the Baisakhi festival (festival of harvest), to celebrate it in an open space. Many of them had come from out of towns unaware of the ban on public gatherings. Udham Singh and his friends were present at Jallianwala on the same day to serve the turn-out with water and other services. While the crowd gathered to celebrate the festival, General Dyer arrived with his troops, sealed the only exit to the park and opened fire without any warning on the unarmed crowd. The crowd ran helter-skelter for their lives, but in reality, the park didn't have any place to shelter anyone from the firing. Except there was a well, right in the middle of it, where several women and children jumped in to seek protection. Many people lost their lives in the horrific blood bath, but according to the official tally, there were 400 killed and 1200 injured, however, unofficial records state the count was a lot higher. © Columbia Pictures Udham was just 20 when he experienced such brutality. This experience made him a part of the armed resistance that was unfolding in and outside of India and soon he made his way to the United States of America. His Fight Began While in San Francisco, Singh came across some members of the Ghadar party, a revolutionary movement organised by immigrant Punjabi-Sikhs to secure India's independence. The diaspora operated from the USA and aided India with funds that would help make progress with the fight for Independence back in India. He got involved in the movement to a point where he would travel across the USA, using several aliases such as Ude Singh, Sher Singh and Frank Brazil, just to help out with the movement. In 1927, Bhagat Singh asked Udham Singh to head back to India to help out with the revolution back in the country. The year he came back, he got arrested for running the Ghadr party's radical publication 'Ghadr Di Gunj'. He was jailed for four years and was released in 1931. © Twitter Even though Singh was released in 1931, he was under constant surveillance of the police because of Bhagat Singh's circle of influence back then. He eventually escaped the surveillance and made his way to Germany to plan the events for the for independence without any intervention. Singh eventually wanted to make his way to England with an aim to execute Michael O'Dwyer, since he was the governor then who was responsible for the brutal Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Singh finally reached England in 1933 and fell in the socialist groups while working as a mechanic, carpenter and doing other odd jobs. His Fight Came At A Cost Even though he was involved in odd jobs and a fair bit of acting (playing extras) in two Alexander Korda movies, he never forgot his eventual goal- the execution of Dwyer and upon hearing Dwyer was going to make a speech at a conference in London's Caxton Hall, in March 1940, Singh made it a point to sneak in to the hall, while the conference was going on. He had hidden a revolver in his coat when he entered the hall and shot twice at Dwyer after he was done making his speech and moved away from the platform. Singh didn't try and run away or resist the arrest that was made right after. Dwyer died on the spot and Singh was arrested right after, completing his life's mission to avenge the death of thousands of innocent people. © Twitter, Udham Singh, Second from the left arested. Udham Singh was hanged on July 31, 1940, and during the time of his trial, he'd given his name as Mohammad Singh Azad, just to conclude that India was still a secular country and all religions would fight together to do away with the British rule for good. He'd even tattooed the name on his arm to prove the same. He died in London at the Pentonville prison and was buried within prison grounds. In 1974, Singh's last remains were exhumed and brought to India, before he was cremated in Punjab where he was born and his ashes were scattered in the Satluj river, where Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru's ashes were scattered post their death. © Twitter With much valour, patriotism and bravery, Udham Singh finally avenged the death of thousands of innocent lives, by giving up his own, in order to honour his motherland and teach the Britishers that no matter what they do or how they rule the nation, India will never be divided and always be one. The Shaheed left a legacy that was eventually responsible for our independence. People still narrate his stories through movies and plays and recently the Indian band-Sca Vengers released a song dedicated just to him, with a very interesting animated video called 'Frank Brazil', which was one of Udham Singh's alias. The legend of Udham Singh will forever live on and anytime we face discrimination, oppression, injustice or inequality, we must remember we always have the will and the might to fight against it, just like Udham Singh did for the country.
  3. Think of the toughest or the hardest role possible, and for Bollywood's OG Khiladi Akshay Kumar, portraying it will still be child's play. Be it creating awareness on cleanliness and building toilets or teaching people about women's sanitary issues, Akshay Kumar has always impressed his fans with his versatility. Looks like his next movie, 'Kesari', too will be a blockbuster and the trailer that dropped today is proof. © Dharma Productions The famous Battle of Saragarhi (1891) was one of the bravest battles ever fought in the history. Decades later, Akshay Kumar is all set to recreate that battle in 'Kesari' and the 3-minute trailer speaks volumes about the valour and courage of those 21 Sikh Soldiers (of the British Indian contingent) who fought against 10,000 Afghan invaders. © Dharma Productions Talking about the trailer, the fight scenes and war sequences are brilliantly shot and the dialogues spear right through our hearts. Honestly, we are not surprised because when its Akshay Kumar, people expect nothing but the best from him. This time too, the actor has not disappointed us at all. Parineeti Chopra too has a 'blink and miss' appearance in the trailer. Directed by Anurag Singh and produced by Karan Johar and Akshay Kumar, 'Kesari' is expected to release on Holi i.e. March 21. 'Kesari' also stars Siddhant Sharma, Ashwath Bhatt, Pawan Malhotra and Rana Ranbir.
  4. OnePlus 7 is expected to launch in a few months if we take the company's recent product launch cycle into consideration. The OP 7T is expected to launch in the second quarter of 2019 and it seems like the company is about to adopt a brave new design for OnePlus smartphones. We've seen something similar with the OPPO Find X before and it seems like OnePlus may implement something similar. © Twitter It may seem too soon for a OnePlus leak; however a previous leak suggests the same design choice when an image leaked a concept phone in a protective case. OnePlus 7 Leaked#oneplus7 #OnePlus pic.twitter.com/Rb8SzTm8Ix — ä¸æ³æµç§°ä¹å«å°è (@Steven_Sbw) February 13, 2019 The leak came from a twitter account that has no previous record of accurate rumours and cannot be verified at the moment. The account does not explain the origin of the image, which makes the leak a bit sceptical. The image in the tweet, however, is in line with a previous leak where the device does not have a notch or even a punch-hole selfie camera. This implies that the smartphone may use a sliding mechanism similar to what you have seen on the OPPO Find X. OPPO, Vivo and OnePlus are owned by the same holding company i.e. BBK Electronics which makes this claim a bit plausible. Vivo and OPPO both launched a smartphone with a sliding mechanism or a pop-out camera last year. So it doesn't seem far-fetched that OnePlus may borrow the same design from its sister companies. What remains to be seen is the durability of a sliding mechanism and phones in the past have been known to wear down with use. It's a problem with any smartphone that has moving parts which make this a brave design choice for OnePlus if this rumour is to be believed. © Twitter From the image above we can see clearly that the device has a noticeable bezel possibly because of the sliding mechanism. It seems to be thicker than the rest of the phone which is very reminiscent of the OPPO Find X. Since this is a rumour based on an unverified tweet, the picture cannot be corroborated at the moment. We will know more about the smartphone closer to its launch but for now, this leak should be met with scepticism.
  5. Yesterday, on February 14, the nation was painted red, not in the colour of love but with blood as nearly 40 CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) personnel were martyred in one of the worst terrorist attacks ever in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. AP When half the nation was celebrating the day of love with their partners, there were many families who were mourning the death of their loved ones. Cheers of laughter and joy soon turned into tears and cries of the families of jawans, who were mercilessly attacked when they were travelling in a CRPF bus that was blown up using explosives. Reportedly, a suicide bomber named Adil Ahmad Dar alias 'Waqas Commando' crashed his SUV, laden with more than 350kgs of explosives, into the bus that was part of a 70-vehicle convoy on its way to Pulwama. Pakistan-based terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for this terror attack. AP The attack has left the families devastated and the nation in shock. From prominent personalities to commoners, everyone is filled with rage and are now voicing their anger on social media. From Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra, Abhishek Bachchan, 'Uri' actor Vicky Kaushal to Taapsee Pannu, Alia Bhatt and more, celebrities are standing strong with the families of martyred jawans as this cowardly and despicable act can't be forgotten easily. Numb beyond belief at the dastardly terror attack on #CRPF soldiers in #Pulwama. May God give peace to their souls, and strength to their grieving families. Wishing the injured a speedy recovery. We can't let this be forgotten. — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) February 14, 2019 The Pulwama attack is despicable. My heartfelt condolences to the families of the martyrs. I pray for the recovery of the injured. — Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) February 14, 2019 Absolutely shocked by the attack in #Pulwama...Hate is NEVER the answer!!! Strength to the families of the martyred jawans and the CRPF soldiers injured in the attack. — PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) February 14, 2019 #Pulwama Who are these people who are celebrating a win after this dastardly and cowardly attack..is just condemning this enough..wipe out not just their smiles but their faces.. show us our revenge, instill dismay and dread with the retaliation.ð®ð³ — Ranganathan Madhavan (@ActorMadhavan) February 14, 2019 My heart goes out for the Jawans of our beloved country and their families who lost their lives as martyrs to save our families... #YouStandForIndia — Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) February 14, 2019 Such terrible news coming from #Pulwama. Today when people are celebrating love, hate raises it's ugly head too. My thoughts and prayers for the martyrs and their families. — Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) February 14, 2019 The #PulwamaTerrorAttack is a cowardly attack on our soldiers. Heart goes out to our heroes saving our country who have to face an enemy who will hide and attack. — Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) February 14, 2019 What a dark dark day.. Can't stop thinking of the mindless violence, evil hate & sinister politics that has killed 40 working class bravehearts today.. Thinking of their bereaved families. May they find the strength to deal with this cruel tragedy. Prayers. #PulawamaTerrorAttack https://t.co/CAvjFIL2jt — Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) February 14, 2019 Heartbreaking & devastatingly shocking. To resort to such measures & kill people. Praying for the families of our hero soldiers who lost their lives #PulwamaAttack — Shraddha (@ShraddhaKapoor) February 14, 2019 What a deeply sad and dark day... Shocked and pained by the dastardly attack on our CRPF convoy. My heart is with the families of our jawans... my deepest condolences ðð» #PulawamaTerrorAttack — Dia Mirza (@deespeak) February 14, 2019 Prime Minister Narendra Modi too condemned the attack and said that "the sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain." Attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama is despicable. I strongly condemn this dastardly attack. The sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain. The entire nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the families of the brave martyrs. May the injured recover quickly. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 14, 2019
  6. Be it making movies on social yet sensitive issues, coming to the rescue of acid attack survivors, to standing with the families of martyrs in tough times, Akshay Kumar has never refrained from going that extra mile for the country and society. He even urged his fans to contribute to 'Bharat Ke Veer', an initiative launched by him and the Government of India, for the bravehearts and their families. This Republic Day lets do our duty for the Bravehearts kyunki woh hain toh hum hain. Contributions to @BharatKeVeer are now exempted under 80(G) of the Income Tax Act. So log onto https://t.co/XL9ubTxtrg now to contribute. pic.twitter.com/t2Ok7nSTcB — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) January 26, 2019 Today, the whole nation is celebrating its 70th Republic Day, and so is Bollywood's OG Khiladi, Akshay Kumar in his own unique style. Though it is our 70th Republic Day, people have fighting for our rights and for the country since time immemorable. And, there couldn't have been a better opportunity than today, for Akshay to share the story of 21 brave Sikh soldiers. Twitter/ Akshay Kumar We're talking about his upcoming movie 'Kesari', the new poster of which was shared by the 51-year-old actor on social media. Akshay wrote, "Happy Republic Day. It's our #70thRepublicDay but our men have been fighting for the country since time unknown. 122 years ago, 21 Sikhs fought against 10000 invaders. #KESARI is their story, in cinemas on March 21." With this tweet, he even announced the release date of 'Kesari' ie. March 21. Happy Republic Day. It's our #70thRepublicDay but our men have been fighting for the country since time unknown. 122 years ago, 21 Sikhs fought against 10000 invaders.#KESARI is their story, in cinemas on March 21. pic.twitter.com/oCUZ6UVdqY — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) January 26, 2019 The new poster shows 21 Sikh soldiers standing in the form of a pyramid with Akshay Kumar standing in the middle, wearing an orange turban and holding a rifle in his hand. 'Kesari' is based on the Battle of Saragarhi and revolves around the Sikh regiment who, despite being outnumbered, fought against the Afghan army with all their might in the 1890s. Given his love for fitness, there was no way on earth Akshay could have let this day slide by like that. While we were busy gorging on delicious food in the morning or watching the parade, Akshay celebrated Republic Day by going on a hike with wife Twinkle and daughter Nitara. Woke up at the crack of dawn and went hiking with the family, high on the #RepublicDay spirit. pic.twitter.com/q0yWHloB0n — Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) January 26, 2019
  7. When you see terror and violence around you at all times, do you get accustomed to it, do you become jaded or do you take a stance to change the situation around you altogether? I am posing this question outrightly your way, because India just lost another brave soldier who did take a stand against militancy, only to lose his life in a fierce battle called life. © Twitter Tears rolled down the faces of the residents of Chak Ashmuji Village On Monday, the 26th Of November as they lost a brave heart amongst them. Lance Naik Nazir Ahmed Wani, a militant-turned soldier laid down his life in a gruesome encounter with terrorists and was buried with utmost honour and respect in his own village. The grief is real when you see someone lay down their life to serve and protect the others. © Times Of India Wani, who was shot in a counter-terrorist operation in Shopian district on Sunday, in which 6 terrorists were killed was an Ikhwan. An Ikhwan is someone in the state of Jammu & Kashmir who gives up militancy and takes a solid stand against it, while becoming absolutely pro-government and is a part of the counter-insurgency operations. The world stems from the same Arabic word which actually means 'brotherhood'. A lot of militants give up militancy in early years and become Ikhwans to serve the army and do away with terrorism. General Bipin Rawat #COAS & all ranks salute supreme sacrifice of Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani, SM* & offer sincere condolences to the family. #BraveSonsOfIndia @PIB_India @SpokespersonMoD @HQ_IDS_India pic.twitter.com/vYpYEwseOu — ADG PI - INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) 26 November 2018 Wani was once such a soldier who gave up militancy in 2004 and turned pro-Indian government. He was awarded the Sena medal in gallantry back in 2007 and a bar to the Sena medal in August this year and his death was a testimony of his bravado displayed in South Kashmir, where his battalion was attached with a unit of Rashtriya Rifles, which is a force especially put together to fight militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. © Twitter "The family was fighting tears and they were honoured by the supreme sacrifice of Lance Naik Wani for the nation and peace for his state" said a senior army official, who was accompanying his coffin. He also called him an 'epitome of bravery' and an active participatory in the anti-militancy operations over the years. The villagers and his parents gathered around his body which was wrapped in tricolour, to mourn the death of their son, who began his journey with the 162 battalion of the territorial army. A 21 gun salute was given when Wani's body was lowered to the ground, with all his near and dear ones standing right by him. © Twitter Such acts of bravery definitely remind us that people can change for the better even if circumstances don't and Wani proved that to be true by adopting the Ikhwan way of living. Surrendering his life to protect the people and the nation he loved, while giving up something he grew up believing in. We aspire to find more such bravehearts amidst us, who lay down their lives in battle and their stories get lost in translation. © Times Of India Lance Naik Nazir Ahmed Wani was just 38-years-old but he fought relentlessly till the end while we slept peacefully. Let that take a moment to sink in.
  8. Many consider gaming consoles to be a thing of the past given the rising capabilities of mobile phones. But, the comfort and edge that a console provides continue to remain unmatched. It isn't as complicated as PC gaming and offers top-notch gameplay experience. For years, gaming consoles have depended on discs, and this could be changing for good. According to a report by Thurrott, Microsoft is working on a disc-less Xbox One. Slated for release sometime during 2019, the new unit would become the baseline Xbox One S with a cheaper price tag. This would be the company's first attempt to finally implement the "disc-to-digital" program. © Unilad With the disc-less console, the company will also launch a conversion program that will convert physical games to digital. Users shall be able to trade-in their already purchased discs for a digital copy. The PC gaming industry has long shifted to the digital medium and users prefer purchasing games online from platforms like Steam. This way, all the game data is saved in the cloud, multiplayer integration is deeper than ever, and the game is available for download anywhere. © YouTube Making the Xbox One disc-less would also mean the company can bring down the entry-level cost. Currently, the Xbox One S starts at US$ 299, the disc-less version could start lower at US$ 199-250. The Blu-ray disc drive has always taken a large chunk of the unit cost and elimination of the same would open up the product to more buyers. Going all-digital would also let Microsoft offer more services. The company feels a subscription model like the Xbox Game Pass has massive potential as the user can access more games at a fixed periodic rate. We've already seen how the subscription model has changed the music and video streaming industry with Netflix, Spotify, Apple Music, and more. © Windows Central As of now, a particular time frame isn't available, though the report says the console was first targeted for Spring 2019. Microsoft isn't rushing with the disc drive removal and treading carefully with its next line of Scarlett (next-gen Xbox consoles) line-up. Right now, the company is working on creating a more robust digital ecosystem so that the transition is smooth and hassle-free.
  9. Remember that Disaster Management class you had back in school? If you didn't pay attention to all those safety tips and all the other important stuff, then it really sucks, because they can actually save your life and the lives of so many others in an emergency. Case in point- Zen Sadavarte, a 10-year-old who single-handedly stopped the death toll of a fire from reaching double digits. A massive fire broke out at a residential building, Crystal Tower, near Hindmata Cinema in Parel in Mumbai yesterday, claiming the lives of four people and injuring several others. Any person would have started panicking in such a situation, but this brave little girl used her presence of mind to save the lives of her family and her neighbours. After a huge fire broke out in Mumbai's #CrystalTower building, 12-year-old Zen Sadavarte showed great presence of mind and employed basic #FireSafety tips she had learnt in school and ensured the safety of her family. Real #DisasterManagement pic.twitter.com/NqS2foUA3K — Aniruddha's ADM (@aniruddhasadm) August 23, 2018 As soon as she realized that there was a fire in her building, she remained calm and informed her family and neighbours. Moreover, she made a make-shift purifier for everyone out of cloth and water, so that no one would suffocate from the smoke. Zen Gunratan Sadavarte, a 10-year-old girl helped in evacuation operation during the fire that broke out in Mumbai's Crystal Tower, today, says. 'I convinced people to put wet cloth on their face so that they do not suffocate. I had done a research on this.' #Maharashtra pic.twitter.com/9Gk7vgDao2 — ANI (@ANI) August 22, 2018 Now, that's so simple yet genius. Everyone in that situation should be able to do that but most would panic and run out, hoping for the best. This way, people can breathe while escaping to safety. Zen said, “I had learned this technique while researching for my Class 3 project for Disaster Management. I had also learnt during the project that in such scenarios one should not panic. I told everyone exactly the same. Later, I asked them to wet a cloth and cover their face and breathe through it." This is Zen Sadavarte, a ten-year-old girl who just saved 16 people's lives in a Mumbai building fire. She opened all the windows and knocked on neighbors' doors as soon as she saw the fire, and fashioned air purifiers out of cotton and water for each person present. #pics pic.twitter.com/svSvHFMQly — The Best Pictures (@BeautifuImages) August 23, 2018 It is being said that her technique helped in saving the lives of at least 16 people and if you don't think that's truly incredible, then something's wrong with you. People are applauding her, and rightly so. Zen Sadavarte: true hero! This 10 year old girl is a hero. She saved 14 lives from the fire that occurred in her building yesterday. Kept her cool and guided them to safety. She executed the safety drills she had read about ðð»ðð» — Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) August 23, 2018 Children like this make our country proud. This incident exemplifies the importance of quality real-life lessons in education. All the best dear Zen Sadavarte.https://t.co/1uphxQj5mf — H D Devegowda (@H_D_Devegowda) August 23, 2018 Proud of kids like”Zen Sadavarte”,who saved 15people from fire wid her presence of mind & learning from https://t.co/XA1ImtNkwK shows,school learning needs to be way beyond just,text books.#Mumbaihighrisefire @narendramodi @HRDMinistry @Nishara08793648 pic.twitter.com/c48UBgFwZq — Swati Agrawal Singh (@swatiagrwlsingh) August 23, 2018 The fruits of education are not the top rankers but the children like Zen Sadavarte who applied her knowledge to save lives. — Raviteja (@ravitejarules01) August 23, 2018 "Sometimes superheroes reside in the heart's of small children fighting big battles" Age is just a number when confidence is higher & intention is noble.Zen Sadavarte has proved it correct by saving lives of 16 people.A big Salute.@narendramodi @Manekagandhibjp @MrsGandhi pic.twitter.com/rtmEDHivc4 — Kasturi Mishra (@mishra_kasturi) August 23, 2018 Kudos to 10-year-old Zen Sadavarte who showed her presence of mind by employing safety tips she had learnt at school to ensure that her family and neighbours remained safe during the fire that broke out in #Mumbai's #CrystalTower. She deserves much applause.#MumbaiFireTragedy https://t.co/FSh8SvnSFx — Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) August 22, 2018 Time to brush up on some Disaster Management techniques? Not to sound too deep, but it really is a matter of life and death.
  10. While Kerala continues its battle with one of the worst floods in the state's history, there are some people who deserve a big shout out and a huge round of applause for tirelessly working day and night to carry out the rescue missions. No amount of words are enough to salute the bravery and courage that the volunteers, NDRF members, Indian Navy, Army, and local police have displayed while rescuing the flood victims and ensuring their safety. However, there are many whose help is largely going unnoticed. Today, let's salute the unsung heroes of Kerala - the brave fishermen. © Reuters Anyone who is active on social media must have come across this video of a fisherman, who knelt down in knee-deep water so that women can use his back to climb onto the boat. The man commands our respect for this heartwarming gesture. A scene from #Thrissur in #Kerala. As some of those who were rescued found it difficult to climb onto a boat, a fisherman voluntarily kneeled down, so that they could use his back as a step. #Humanity #KeralaFlood #KeralaFloodRelief #KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/PWZiEB9JNX — Paul Oommen (@Paul_Oommen) August 19, 2018 This video speaks volumes about the strength of humanity and the selflessness of the volunteers. However, this isn't the only instance. Fishermen are risking their lives to travel to remote areas and places where other rescue operation teams are unable to reach and have so far saved hundreds of lives. When the going gets tough you don't wait for super heroes, you become one #KeralaFishermen pic.twitter.com/1FrcPtK8RX — Porinju Veliyath (@porinju) August 20, 2018 Our superhero fishermen saving babies from floods! So far they've rescued more than one lakh people â¤ï¸ These are the people you regard with contempt and and consider dirty.#KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/UFcESwxaG2 — Sankar Das #RebuildKerala (@mallucomrade) August 19, 2018 It's during times of great distress that you get to show what you are made of. You can be a disgusting gutter sanghi. Or you can choose to be like the hero fishermen of Kerala#KeralaFloods pic.twitter.com/j6WUKXT71Y — Sankar Das #RebuildKerala (@mallucomrade) August 19, 2018 REAL HEROES DON'T WEAR MASKS. We call them “fisherman” but they are “Superman”. Some of them traveled 120 kms to Chengannur to save lives of people stranded, facing death,due to the deluge. Take a bow ðððâ¤ï¸â #KeralaFloods #KeralaFloodRelief #KeralaRains pic.twitter.com/AOhANVMA4t — Rajiv B Menon (@crypticrajiv) August 19, 2018 To reward their efforts, it was decided that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will reward each member of the fishermen community with Rs 3,000. However, Khais Mohammad, leader of those fishermen, has refused to accept the money. In a video posted on Facebook, he said that he and his colleagues were happy to hear the words of praise from the chief minister for their efforts. "We are really happy that I and my friends rescued several people. What made us happier was when you said that we (fishermen) are your army," he said. He further added, "But after that we heard that for our services we will be paid Rs. 3,000. Sir, that made us really sad as we do not want money for saving the lives of fellow humans," © Twitter Mohammad was happy that the government promised to repair their boats that got damaged during the rescue operation and said, "That's good news. But we do not want money for saving lives." People like Khais Mohammad and all the fishermen, who are risking their lives to rescue the flood victims, are proof that humanity is priceless and can never be honoured with money. Source: NDTV
  11. How a team plays on the pitch is determined by the players' performances, and while for the most part of the tournament the focus remained on attackers and defenders, the knockout stages have brought out the importance of goalkeepers. In knockout rounds of the game, each save matters, and many goalkeepers have fought tooth and nail to keep their sides in sports, especially when the games go into penalties. This World Cup has seen a significant share of games going to penalties. While the system is a cruel one, it does put the spotlight on the keepers to show their worth. Some of them did, some tried while others utterly failed to save those spot kicks. There are also the unfortunate ones like Kasper Schmeichel and Igor Akinfeev, who despite being heroes for saving spot kicks saw their teams ousted from the tournament. In all, we look at the remaining goalkeepers of the World Cup, and one of them could win the Golden Glove at the end of the tournament. Danijel Subasic (Croatia) © Reuters Only two goalkeepers in the tournament have played two games that went into penalty shootouts. Igor Akinfeev of Russia and Danijel Subasic for Croatia, and incidentally when pitted against each other during their quarterfinal clash, it was Subasic who came out on top. The ongoing tournament has been full of prolific saves where the goalkeepers have managed to steal the limelight. But even when the competition amongst the keepers has been fierce, Subasic has managed to stand tall. Pitted against Denmark's Kasper Schmeichel, it was Subasic again who was the top goalkeeper to take his team over the line. All he needs is two more performances that win matches for his team, and a World Cup win would surely land him the ultimate Golden Glove honour. Alternatively, his performances have been so good, that even in the case of a semi-final exit, Subasic's performances so far will have his name on the list of contenders for the best goalkeeper of the tournament. Hugo Lloris (France) © Reuters The French have been far too reliant on their attacking talents to win games, and in the process, have let in few goals, that could have been avoided. In general, the French defence, mainly led by their experienced goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris have conceded more goals than they would be expected to. But Lloris has been called into action a few times, and the experienced French captain has responded well. In France's quarter-final against Uruguay, he did make some good saves, especially from a Christian Stuani shot, which could have turned the game around for the South Americans. His experience and leadership will be crucial in the next game with the threat of Belgium's lethal attackers. If France is to progress further, and even win the World Cup, then Lloris can stake his claim for the best goalkeeper of the tournament, without a doubt. Thibaut Courtois (Belgium) © Reuters Like his semifinal opponent, Hugo Lloris, Thibaut Courtois is the other goalkeeper yet to taste a penalty shoot-out in Russia. Despite that, his reputation hasn't been tarnished at all, after having an impressive tournament so far. Courtois has been a monstrous presence in goal for the Belgians and often dictates play with his stable distribution from the back. It was his presence of mind to find a teammate in the last moments of extra time against Japan in their round-of-16 clash that started the move that led to Belgium's fantastic winner. But the game against Brazil in the quarter-final proved to be his best of the tournament with him handling the shots directed by Brazil's more fluid attackers. He too, like the others on the list has a high chance of taking the Golden Glove with him back to Belgium, especially if his team are to be crowned World Champions on 15th July. Jordan Pickford (England) © Reuters Along with Daniel Subasic, he is the pick of the lot and already a top contender for the Golden Glove, with England winning the World Cup irrespective to that cause. Pickford has received praise from many corners for his total displays in the tournament, especially saving rather acrobatically against Colombia. Later in the game, which went to penalties, he became the first English goalkeeper after David Seaman to avoid a sentence in a shootout. His heroics in that game was enough to ensure England won their first ever game via a shootout, something they had never achieved before in their long history of World Cup football. Then came the test of Sweden and it was Pickford, who kept his team in the tie, with some acrobatic saves that are worthy of being called world class. First, immediately after half-time when he pushed off to his left to get a solid hand on Berg's header and then quickly after England's second goal when Sweden went looking for an immediate reply. These moments will come in handy, and if the belief of 'It's Coming Home' turns into reality, then England might as well prepare to welcome the Golden Glove as well as the Golden Boot, a race which their captain Harry Kane is leading.