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World Suicide Prevention Day: Meet these real life heroes who did not give up on life!

A search on Google with the key words Suicide in India? will tell you that about eight lakh people commit suicide worldwide every year, out of which 17 % (1,35,000) are from India – a nation with 17.5% of the world’s population. Almost every one of us knows of someone directly or indirectly, who committed suicide. While it makes us sad when we come to know of such a thing, it also makes us wonder, What could be more important than life?? or ?Was the problem so big that life seemed trivial in front of the same??

Today, on World Suicide Prevention Day, in order to create awareness and to commit ourselves to the cause of preventing suicides in India and the world, Nation Next speaks to real life heroes, who in spite of the odds, emerged as winners. The life stories of these heroes are a testimony to the fact that life is not as bad as it seems at times. There’s always a silver lining!

World Suicide Prevention Day - Major DP Singh
Major DP Singh

Major D P Singh, Kargil War veteran and blade runner

The odds: Major DP Singh was seriously injured during Operation Vijay in Kargil war in 1999, and the doctors had to amputate his leg to save his life. Major D P Singh says, I did not feel sad at all. In fact, I was proud that I could serve my country! I took it as a new challenge in life and thought that if I could overcome the challenge, I would be able to inspire a lot of people.

Against all odds: Major DP Singh is often referred to as India’s blade runner? and holds the Limca record for being the first Indian to run a half marathon with the blade. Hes also a motivational speaker and heads the organisation The Challenging Ones, which is a support group for physically disabled or The Challengers as Major DP Singh calls them.

Say no to suicide: ?Whichever profession you’re in, you can’t get successful until you undergo a test. If there’s a problem in your life, it means that the almighty has chosen you for something big in life. It’s a test you’re going through. If you pass the test, you will be walking towards something bigger in life. Suicide is a momentary thought and when you have that, just divert your attention and do something you really like, says Singh.

World Suicide Prevention Day - Divyanshu Ganatra
Amitabh Bachchan with Divyanshu Ganatra on the sets of the show ‘Aaj Ki Raat Hain Zindagi’

Divyanshu Ganatra, Blind psychologist and paraglider

The odds: When Divyanshu was 19, he lost his eyesight to glaucoma. Divyanshu says, I wasn’t suicidal but I was really sad for quite some time. I did not know what to do next. Then I understood that things are not really good or bad, it’s all about how you look at things. I thought I have become blind but things could have been worse. I could have gone deaf or mute too!

Against all odds: In 2014, Divyanshu became the first visually impaired person in India to paraglide. Today, Divyanshu runs an IT company, and he is an adventure enthusiast. Apart from being a paraglider, hes a mountain climber too. A few days back, he completed a tandem bike ride from Manali to Leh. In November 2015, he was featured on the television show Aaj ki Raat Hain Zindagi? hosted by Amitabh Bachchan.

Say no to suicide: Divyanshu says, If you have a problem, talk to somebody about it. It can be a psychologist or a friend. Trust somebody as they will help you out. And once that suicidal moment passes by, you’ll realise that everything is fine!

World Suicide Prevention Day - Kiran Kanojia
Kiran Kanojia

Kiran Kanojia, Blade runner and IT Professional

The odds: In 2011, while travelling in a train, Kiran Kanojia, then an Infosys employee, lost her leg in an incident. As she tried to stop some miscreants from snatching away her bag, she got dragged with the bag and her leg got stuck in the trains door. A couple of hours later, she signed a form, the doctors gave her, to amputate her leg. It was her birthday! Kiran says, When I was told that my leg would be amputated, the only thing came to my mind was, Why me?? I did not contemplate suicide but I wasn’t sure whether my life would be normal again.

Against all odds:  Kiran Kanojia is India’s first female blade runner and has ran in marathons in many cities of India. She also works with the multinational IT Company EMC2. Recently, she was one of the speakers at TEDx Hyderabad.

Say no to suicide: Kiran says, Certain people will always try to demotivate you. Don’t listen to them! Believe in yourself and challenge your limits. If you’re determined about solving your problems, you eventually will!

World Suicide Prevention Day - Ashok Munne
Ashok Munne at the Mera peak after scaling it

Ashok Munne, Moutaineer

The odds: Ashok Munne lost his right leg in a train accident in 2009. Ashok says, I was bed ridden for almost two years after the accident. I had health and financial problems and I became completely dependent on my family. Being dependent bothered me so much that I contemplated suicide. But then I decided that I’d work hard in life to solve all my problems.

Against all odds: Ashok scaled the 21, 247 high Mera Peak in Nepal in November 2012, becoming the first physically disabled person to do so. Recently, in May 2016, he went on the Mount Everest expedition and scaled 8,500 meters, of the 8,848 meters high mountain. He plans to go on the expedition again and finish scaling the entire mountain. Other than mountaineering, Ashok loves adventure trips and is really passionate about taking long tours on his bike.

Say no to suicide: ?If you have problems in life, fight with them. There’s no problem in the world, which does not have a solution. If I can do it, anybody can! says Ashok.

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Devendraji (Fadnavis) takes pride in me earning more than him: Amruta Fadnavis interview




Radhika Dhawad | Mumbai

Banker, social activist and singer Amruta Fadnavis, in a freewheeling chat on Nation Next Adda, speaks about her latest song, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, her courtship and marriage with husband and former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis and much more.

Watch the complete interview here:

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Elderly couple mauled by tiger on their way from Narsinghpur to Nagpur




Nation Next Newsroom | Nagpur

Representational image (Picture by Sarosh Lodhi)

Representational image (Picture by Sarosh Lodhi)

An elderly couple was mauled by a tiger in Chor Bawali on January 25 while on their way from Narsinghpur (Madhya Pradesh) to Nagpur on January 25. The couple was accompanied by their 25-year-old son in a car. Following the tiger attack, the couple was admitted to Kingsway Hospital in Nagpur.

While on their way to Nagpur, the family of three stopped near Chor Bawali for passing urine. When the 58-year-old woman got out of the car, the tiger, which was probably wounded by a previous vehicular assault, caught hold of the woman’s hand and bit her thumb. When the woman’s husband stepped out of the car to help his wife, the tiger attacked him as well and injured his right leg. A terrfied son started throwing stones at the tiger, who eventually ran away.

The couple was given first aid by the bystanders before being driven to Nagpur by the son to Kingsway hospital. Speaking to Nation Next, treating surgeon Dr Prakash Jain informed that the family was terrified when it arrived at the hospital. Dr Jain said: “The couple is now stable. Tiger mauling is always serious. The couple was lucky to have sustained minor injuries in the incident.”

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‘Dolo 650’ memes take social media by storm as 3rd COVID wave boosts paracetamol sales




Nation Next Newsroom | Mumbai

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has made terms like ‘oximeter,’ ‘saturation level,’ ‘quarantine,’ and ‘N95’ a part of our daily vocabulary. Another thing, which has gained immense popularity over the last two years is the paracetamol tablet ‘Dolo 650,’ which has been prescribed by doctors during 1st, 2rd and now the 3rd wave of the pandemic in India.

The popularity of tablet, which is manufactured by Micro labs, has led several to several memes on the internet. Dilip Surana, Chairman and Managing Director of Micro Labs, expressed his surprise at the unexpected popularity of the drug in an interview with Money Control. He said: It has always been a popular brand among doctors across India. However, we did not expect the kind of popularity that Dolo-650 gained recently because we have never advertised the tablet directly to the public.

Here are some of the hilarious ‘Dolo 650’ memes doing rounds on the internet:

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