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Uttarakhand tunnel collapse: Government issues advisory to media, says avoid sensationalising rescue operations

The advisory asked news channels to ascertain that the human life-saving activity by the various agencies was in no way disrupted or disturbed by the very presence of cameramen, reporters or equipment

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The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Tuesday issued an advisory to private television channels, asking them to refrain from sensationalising the coverage of the rescue operations at Silkyara in the hill state, where 41 workers are trapped inside a tunnel for 10 days.

The government advisory also told private television channels to be sensitive in their reportage, particularly while putting out headlines and videos of the rescue operations, considering the psychological status of family members of the trapped workers.

The advisory said that the telecast of video footage and other pictures relating to the operations by the TV channels especially by placing cameras and other equipment in close proximity of the site have the potential to adversely affect the ongoing operations. It further advised the TV channels to refrain from sensationalizing the issue and from undertaking any live posts or videos from close proximity of the tunnel site where the rescue operations are underway.

The advisory asked news channels to ascertain that the human life-saving activity by the various agencies was in no way disrupted or disturbed by the very presence of cameramen, reporters or equipment near or around the site of the operations.

Earlier on Tuesday for the first time, stranded workers in the tunnel in Uttarakhand were seen as a camera inserted through a pipe captured their visuals. After ten days into a daunting rescue effort, an endoscopic camera was pushed inside the tunnel through a six-inch pipe inserted through the rubble last night to send food for the workers. 

CM Pushkar Singh Dhami shared the visual on social media platform X and wrote that for the first time, the workers trapped inside the tunnel under construction in Silkyara, Uttarkashi were spoken to through an endoscopic flexi camera and inquired about their well-being. The Chief Minister stated that all the workers are safe.

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Differently abled activist slams IndiGo for lack of travel assistance, tweet goes viral

Viral Modi, an activist as well as a motivational speaker faced a distressing situation on an Indigo flight from Delhi to Mumbai. Despite her paralyses from the waist down since 2006 and reliance on a wheelchair, she was left forgotten by the cabin crew after landing. The oversight led to her having to alert the housekeeping staff for assistance to deplane.

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Many posts on the internet are witness to the fact that the country has to go a long way to make several public places, transport and other amenities accessible for people with disabilities. A 32-year-old disability rights activist’s recent is one such reminder of the lack of facilities.

Viral Modi, an activist as well as a motivational speaker faced a distressing situation on an Indigo flight from Delhi to Mumbai. Despite her paralyses from the waist down since 2006 and reliance on a wheelchair, she was left forgotten by the cabin crew after landing. The oversight led to her having to alert the housekeeping staff for assistance to deplane. This was followed by a 40 minute wait for an aisle wheelchair after all the passengers had left.

Virali’s said that the call button, which is used to ask for help was out of her reach and despite her prior notification about her need for a wheel chair at the gate, the airline failed to provide one. She added the helper who eventually came to assistant was negligent, pushing the aisle chair despite her stiff legs and failing to ensure her personal wheelchair was brought to the baggage claim area promptly. This resulted in  an additional 30 minute delay for Virali while her fellow passengers departed.

The situation took a more personal turn when Virali discovered that the cushion for her wheelchair, which had been made custom made to support her spine and prevent sores during long hours of sitting was missing. This loss was particularly distressing as it occurred shortly after the international day of persons with disabilities on December 3. She highlighted the irony of her experience with the airline.

In response to her public sharing of the incident on X(formerly Twitter), Indigo took steps to rectify the situation. The assured Virali of providing a new customizable cushion tailored to Modi’s specifications and have promised to deliver to her home.

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Watch: Man rescues stray dogs stuck in Chennai floods, social media says humanity still alive

In the video two men approach two distressed dogs trapped on the side of a flooded road. The men demonstrate extraordinary kindness as one man carefully picks up each dog and brings them safely to a vehicle.

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As the Cyclone Michaung caused devastating floods in Chennai, a video circulating on social media shows the compassion and resilience of individuals during times of crises. The video shows two men courageously rescuing stray dogs stranded from the flood waters.

In the video two men approach two distressed dogs trapped on the side of a flooded road. The men demonstrate extraordinary kindness as one man carefully picks up each dog and brings them safely to a vehicle. The caption to the video says humanity is still alive and thanks the rescue team.

Large number of comments started coming to the social media post. One social media user Vimal saluted the efforts of the two men.

One user Mohammad Riaz said most of the shops in Vadapalani are selling milk and bread at higher prices. He said most of the products being sold have gone past their expiry date. He said when asked for this the shopkeepers started fighting. He asked the authorities to do a check on the shop near mannar 1st street, Kumaran colony etc.

Another user Vinod Jain applauded the effort of the rescuers.

One user Sivagnanam said may god bless the rescuers.

One user Nathan thanked the rescuers for their effort and said they were doing noble work.

One social media user Rishikesh said the work the rescuers were doing was adorable.

One user hoped all the cows were safe in Chennai. Another person  Saigal said it was very nice of the rescuers to help these speechless souls.

One user thanked them for their humanitarian work and said the work was priceless.

One social media user Raja V Dalmia said good karma and good deeds will come back in manifold. One user said May God bless their kind soul. One user said he loved what the rescuers were doing and felt they were showing humanity in the worst time.   

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Kerala doctor commits suicide after boyfriend calls off marriage over dowry

Shahana’s relatives said she had committed suicide after her boyfriend refused to marry her as her family could not fulfil dowry demands. Shahana’s boyfriend’s family demanded a significant dowry in the form of gold, land and a BMW car. When Shahana’s family was unable to fulfill the demands, her boyfriend ended their relationship.

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26-year-old in Kerala’s Thiruvanthpuram commited suicide after her boyfriend called off their wedding because her family failed to meet dowry demands. The woman Shahana was a PG student in the surgery department of Thiruvanthpuram Medical College and she found dead in her rented apartment on Tuesday (December 5) morning.

After her death, Shahana’s relatives said she had committed suicide after her boyfriend refused to marry her as her family could not fulfil dowry demands. Shahana’s boyfriend’s family demanded a significant dowry in the form of gold, land and a BMW car. When Shahana’s family was unable to fulfill the demands, her boyfriend ended their relationship.

Shahana’s father who works in the Middle East, died recently. The Medical College Police have registered a case of unnatural death in the matter. The name of the accused is Dr Ruwais and he has been arrested by the Police. The Medical College police took the accused into custody from a relative’s house at Karunagapally on Wednesday night. Kerala Health Minister Veena George ordered the women and child development department to conduct an investigation in the matter, and submit a report on the same.

Ruwais is a native of Shaktikulangara in Kollam. If the accused is convicted, Kerala University of Health Science has the powers to cancel his MBBS degree granted by the University. Kerala women’s commission Chairperson, Sathidevi visited Shahana’s mother at her house on Wednesday. Sathidevi demanded an investigation into the matter and said the women’s commission would seek a report on the action taken by police in the matter.

Shahana’s mother said it was clear that the accused doctor had demanded a dowry from Shahana which ultimately led her to commit suicide. Sathidevi said a case will be registered against the accused under the Prevention of Dowry Act. The accused doctor has been relieved from his duties within the organisation by the Medical PG Doctors Association.  

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