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PM Modi’s 100-yr-old mother Heeraben’s health deteriorates, get admitted in hospital 

Mother of PM Narendra Modi Heeraben, who celebrated her 100th birthday this year on June 18, was admitted to UA Patel Hospital.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with mother Heeraben

Mother of Prime Minister Narendra Modi Heeraben, who celebrated her 100th birthday this year on June 18, was admitted to UA Patel Hospital on Wednesday in Ahmedabad.  

On Tuesday, PM Modi’s younger brother Prahlad Modi and his family members were injured after the car they were travelling in met with an accident in Mysuru, Karnataka.

Earlier, PM Modi had met his mother during the Gujarat Assembly elections at her residence in Gandhinagar. The Prime Minister, who was seen sitting next to his mother, also touched her feet to seek her blessings.

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Battling the lumpy skin disease in animals: know all about it here




Akshara Rohankar | Mumbai

Lumpy skin disease has been continuously spreading across the country since August. However, this isn’t the first time the virus has attacked animals. The first reported case of LSD in India was back in September 2020. What makes this worrisome now is that the surge is massive this time. This has put Central and various state governments on alert as the disease is widespread and is known to be fatal.

It is a viral disease that affects cattle and buffalo, caused by the capripox virus. Lack of proper treatment and unavailability of vaccine increases the risk of cattle being infected by the virus.

According to data provided by Central government, 67000 animals have already perished due to the highly contagious disease. As per data released by Maharashtra government, the state accounts for total 21 affected districts, with 43 animals dead till now.

A government vaccination drive is underway. The ‘goat-pox’ vaccine is being administered to animals which is considered to be 100% effective against lumpy skin disease.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has asked Animal Husbandry officials to stay alert and take all necessary measures to contain the spread of the disease. The CMO has also informed about two toll-free numbers 18002330418 and 1962 for the general public to avail immediate assistance and battle the virus.

The disease is mainly confined to the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, and Andhra Pradesh. Maharashtra is the latest addition in the list of states being affected by this fatal disease.

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NMC administers COVID booster dose to Nagpur citizens present at Ganesh pandals




Akshara Rohankar | Nagpur

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has started making Covid-19 vaccine booster doses available at Ganesh pandals in Nagpur for its citizens. The NMC team identified and administered the Covid-19 vaccine booster dose to those present at the Navmitra Ganesh Utsav Mandal, Pili Nadi.

In an interaction with Nation Next, NMC Chief B Radhakrishnan said that it is a self-driven initiative to increase the coverage of citizens who will get the Covid-19 booster doses.

A total of 284 big pandals have been identified zone wise for the purpose of setting up the camps, keeping in mind the convenience of the public and the NMC teams executing the drive. Maharashtra state government had recently floated the same idea, in line with the ongoing festivities.   

Till August 19, 2022, around 4.3 lakh booster doses have been given to the citizens of Nagpur. The latest initiative by NMC will certainly be instrumental in reaching out to more citizens from all age groups. 

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Raju Srivastava regains consciousness after 15 days | Here’s a closer look at his journey…




Akshara Rohankar | New Delhi

Raju Srivastava: The man who rose from humble beginnings to big innings…

The journey of Raju Srivastava stands as a testimony to the dreams harboured by many of transcending the ladder of ordinary life.

Raju Srivastava

Ace comedian Raju Srivastava finally regained consciousness on Thursday, after battling for life over 15 days at Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). He became a household name after making millions laugh with delight in the popular show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge in 2005. Even though he didn’t win the show, his sense of humor and excellent comic timing stood out with the audiences.

This year on August 10, while working out on the treadmill, he had suffered a heart attack at a gym in New Delhi. Srivastava was immediately rushed to AIIMS where he was put on ventilator after undergoing an angioplasty.

Doctors said the comedian had developed swelling in his brain during the treatment and he is stated to be critical. Currently being treated in AIIMS, his brother Deepu Srivastava informed that Raju is recovering under the care of the best medical professionals and ‘will soon come back winning the battle and will entertain everyone with his comedy.’

Early years  

Srivastava’s journey so far has been quite diverse as well as inspiring for many. Born in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh on December 25, 1963, he was quick to display artistic inclinations. As a young school boy, Srivastava would often mimic famous actors such as Amitabh Bachchan, Shashi Kapoor, Shatrughan Sinha and Dharmendra. He was also famous for his cricket commentary in the local cricket matches. Art came easily to him, as it ran in his blood. His father Ramesh Chandra Srivastava, known as ‘Balai Kaka,’ was a famous Hindi poet.

While others laughed at his mimicry attempts in school, his principal recognised the creative streak in him. In an interview with Dr Vivek Bindra, Raju recalled, “While others would make fun of my mimicry, my principal really supported me. I was also called to the mohalla (local area) cricket matches for my commentary. I wouldn’t say much about the shots being played, but spoke about the players, as I knew them personally. That is what attracted people to my style.” Srivastava got a taste of early praise which helped propelling him forward in his respective field.  

New beginnings in Mumbai

The support he got from his school principal boosted his morale and ushered in driving him to the city of dreams, Mumbai. In his early days, he drove an auto rickshaw to make ends meet. He’d even do stand-up comedy for amounts as meagre as ₹50. After struggling for years, he made his debut in the movie Tezaab (1988) and bagged roles in the Hindi films like Baazigar (1983), Maine Pyaar Kiya (1989), Main Prem ki Diwani Hoon (2003), and the more recent Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (2017).

His fame constantly rose, and his roaring popularity landed him reality shows such as Bigg Boss (2009) and Nach Baliye (2013-2014). Above all, the niche he created in stand- up comedy through his unique speaking style and content delivery continues to garner him immense praise and appreciation to this day.

Tête-à-tête with Politics

Raju Srivastava got the opportunity of venturing into politics when he was fielded by the Samajwadi Party for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Kanpur. However, citing a lack of support from the party’s local units, Srivastava returned the ticket and joined Bharatiya Janata Party on March 19, 2014.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had nominated him to be a part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, after which he had been actively doing his bit in promoting cleanliness through various events. He also sang the song ‘Namo Namo’ from the album ‘Mera Swachh Bharat’.

Special gesture from Big B

Raju Srivastava’s condition is improving but while he’s still hospitalized, his fans have been sending prayers and blessings from all over the world. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, too, had sent his wishes for Srivastava’s speedy recovery.

As Srivastava is an ardent fan of Amitabh Bachchan, he was being made to listen to an audio by Big B as doctors had recommended that listening to a loved one’s voice would improve his brain functions. Bachchan in the audio recording said, “It’s enough Raju. Rise up Raju, and keep teaching us all to laugh.”

Small start, big rise

The journey of Raju Srivastava stands as a testimony to the dreams harboured by many of transcending the ladder of ordinary life into something more fulfilling. His work speaks volumes about his perseverance and talent, which makes him stand tall even in times of uncertainties.

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