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“Reading Dharmic texts like Bhagavad Gita and Ramayana makes patients mentally stronger, and boost their morale during treatment”: Kanpur cardiologist Dr. Neeraj Kumar

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A cardiologist from Kanpur has introduced the practice of making religious scriptures an integral part of treatment.

Dr Neeraj Kumar, a heart surgeon at Laxmipat Singhania Institute of Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery, is winning the hearts of his patients by giving them Bhagavad Gita, Hanuman Chalisa, Sunderkand and Ramayana to read before surgery and long-term treatment.

“Reading religious books makes patients mentally stronger, and boost their morale during treatment,” said Dr Kumar.

“Whether it is for treatment of heart ailments or other diseases, the immunity power of the patient together with medicines, play a crucial role in the recovery,” said the doctor who started this campaign about a year ago.

“Once the disease is diagnosed, the patient gets mentally worried about his treatment and family. In such a situation, reading Gita, Sunderkand Hanuman Chalisa and Ramayana diverts the patient’s mind, which also has a positive effect on his health,” he explained.

“Patients who read religious books when they are admitted in the hospital, appear happier than other patients when they are discharged,” claimed the doctor, who uses his personal fund to buy these books for patients. “Initially, patients were given newspapers to read. But since the feedback was not encouraging, I started giving these books to our patients and the results are encouraging,” he said.

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Sarvam AI raises $41 million led by Lightspeed, largest by a Bharatiya AI startup


Indian generative AI startup Sarvam AI on Thursday said it has raised $41 million in its Series A round led by Lightspeed and supported by Peak XV Partners and Vinod Khosla-run Khosla Ventures.

This represents the largest raise at this stage for an Indian AI startup.

Founded by Vivek Raghavan and Pratyush Kumar, Sarvam AI plans to develop the “full-stack” for Generative AI ranging from research-led innovations in training custom AI models to an enterprise-grade platform for authoring and deployment.

“Having backed some of the most influential names in GenAI globally, we are excited by Sarvam AI’s unique approach in combining model innovation and application development to build population-scale solutions for India,” said Hemant Mohapatra, Partner, Lightspeed.

Sarvam AI believes that its full-stack approach will accelerate adoption of GenAI in India, especially given that enterprises see the potential of GenAI but are grappling with how to leverage it for their business. Sarvam AI will train AI models to support the diverse set of Indian languages and voice-first interfaces.

The company will also work with Indian enterprises to co-build domain-specific AI models on their data.

Finally, the company aims to create population-scale impact layering GenAI on top of the highly successful India stack specifically for public-good applications.

“India has demonstrated that it can harness technology differently, and with GenAI we have an opportunity to reimagine how this technology can add value to people’s lives,” said Raghavan.

Vinod Khosla, a pioneer in Silicon Valley AI investments including his early support for OpenAI, said that “we see several countries having sovereign efforts to build GenAI models given its strategic importance. We need companies like Sarvam AI to develop deep expertise for building AI in and for India.”

Led by its successful founders, Sarvam AI is putting together a high-quality team.

“The race towards ever more powerful AI is both an exciting and divisive one. We named our company Sarvam, which in Sanskrit means ‘all’, as we are intentionally invested in technical and ecosystem innovations that make this technology accessible to all,” said Kumar.

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Junaid & 3 others booked for forcible conversion of Hindu mother-daughter duo: UP


In yet another heartwrenching case of forced Islamic conversion, a man identified as Junaid was booked along with four others by the Uttar Pradesh (UP) police. The incident was reported from UP’s Prayagraj, where a mother-daughter duo were threatened to embrace Islam.


Islamic cleric Mushtaq Ali’s role


In the case documented under FIR number 586/2023 at the Colonelganj police station within the district, the accused have been identified as the deceased cleric Mushtaq Ali and his three sons—Akram, Junaid, and Faizan—alongside two others.

Sangeeta Gupta, the victim, reported to the police that her late father, Baccha Gupta, had been lured into conversion years ago by Maulana Mushtaq Ali, who falsely claimed it would enhance his business. Baccha, the sweet shop owner, came across Ali, who convinced him that regular attendance at the mosque and presenting chadar could significantly improve his business prospects. Succumbing to Ali’s influence, Baccha started frequenting the Mazar and, within months, was manipulated into converting to Islam. Ali directed them to discontinue worshipping Hindu deities and instead present chadar at the Mazar.

Later, Ali insisted that they build a grave within their home, cautioning that non-compliance would lead to the entire family facing dire consequences through his supposedly miraculous ‘jhad-fook’ powers. His influence extended to Sangeeta’s residence, where she lived with her husband and in-laws, and he kept a close watch on her daughters.

After her father’s passing, Ali continued to terrorize Sangeeta, coercing her and her daughter to visit the Mazar situated in the Chhota Baghada area of the town. There, he confined the minor to a room and subjected her to sexual assault. Upon learning of the incident, Sangeeta confronted Mushtaq, only to be threatened with severe consequences. Ali asserted his supposed ability to cause harm, citing the fate that befell her father through his alleged magical powers. Consequently, the daughter’s health deteriorated, leading to her eventual demise on 28 December 2018.

Tormented by the grief of losing her daughter, Sangeeta yielded to fear and obediently followed every demand made by Ali. She surrendered money, jewellery, and all items requested for the Mazar, all consumed by the dread of his alleged magical powers.

Junaid, Faizan and others continue exploiting the Hindu family

On 23 October 2023, Mushtaq passed away. On that very day, his sons Akram, Junaid, and Faizan visited Sangeeta’s house, asserting that Mushtaq had instructed them before his death to bring her to the mausoleum at any cost. Fearing their threats and intimidation, Sangeeta reluctantly went to the Mazar on 24 October, where she endured both verbal and physical abuse.

In her formal complaint, Sangeeta revealed that Junaid and his brothers forced her to spit on the floor and consume it. They confined her to a room, subjected her to inappropriate touching, and made offensive remarks. Moreover, they insisted that Sangeeta bring her elder daughter to the Mazar. She emphasized that she was not the only victim, as numerous other women experienced similar torture and assault. According to Sangeeta, the accused and their family coerced these women into converting to Islam, involving female members of the family as necessary for the purpose of conversion and manipulation.

Sangeeta stated, “I approached both Colonelganj and Annie Basent’s police stations, but to no avail, and no one filed an FIR against the perpetrators.” This complaint letter was submitted to the authorities on 11 November, and the FIR was eventually lodged on 5 December.

According to the FIR, Junaid and his brothers have been booked under various sections, including 147 (rioting), 323 (causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult), 342 (wrongful confinement), 354 (A) (sexual harassment), and provisions of the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion Act. Police said no case has been booked against Junaid’s father, Mushtaq Ali, as he is dead.

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Seychelles declares state of emergency after explosion

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Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan has declared a state of emergency after a blast at an “explosives store” and “major destruction” caused by flooding.

“Following an explosion at the CCCL explosives store that has caused massive damage to the Providence Industrial area and the surrounding areas and major destruction caused by flooding due to heavy rains, the President has declared a state of emergency for December 7,” the Office of the President said in a statement on Thursday.

“Everyone is being asked to stay at home. All schools will be closed,” the statement added as quoted by Xinhua news agency report.

“Only workers in the essential services and persons travelling will be allowed free movement. This is to allow the emergency services to carry out essential work,” it said.

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Higher judiciary comes to rescue, stays interim order against Kerala FM Thomas Isaac in corruption probe

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Two-time former state Finance Minister and top CPI(M) leader, Thomas Isaac, on Thursday got a breather when a Division Bench of the Kerala High Court stayed a November 24 interim order of a single-judge which allowed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to issue fresh summons to him and Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) officials in connection with a probe into KIFFB’s financial transactions.

“These writ appeals came from two different writ petitions pending before this court. A learned single judge passed a common order on 10/10/2022 after hearing both sides. The order interdicted respondents from issuing summons pursuant to investigation initiated under FEMA read with provisions of the Income Tax Act. On 24/11/2023 the matter came up before justice Devan Ramachandran of this court.

The learned judge ordered that the writ petition would not stand in the way of the respondents issuing fresh summons. We note that the earlier order by Justice VG Arun was a detailed one. Therefore, without hearing the matter, another judge cannot issue an order virtually modifying the order of the other single judge… We are not on the merit of the controversy involved in the matter…. In light of the law we set aside the interim order dated 24/11/2023,” the Division Bench ordered.

Isaac and KIIFB had challenged the single Bench interim order after the ED had issued summons to them in connection with alleged violations of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) by issuing ‘Masala Bonds’, i.e, rupee denominated bonds outside India. This was done during the tenure of Isaac as Finance Minister during 2016-21.

Isaac challenged the summons issued by the ED seeking his documents as well as those of his family members in connection with the probe.

issue fresh summons and continue with its investigation, subject to further orders.

This breather appears to be based on technical issues as the Division Bench said they were not going into the merit of the issue, thus enabling the ED to return to the single Bench again to force their points and the need for issuing summons to both the parties.

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Shri Ram Anubhav Kendra to come up in Ayodhya

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The Uttar Pradesh government plans to develop Shri Ram Anubhav Kendra and Panchavati Island, on 75 acres of land near Guptar Ghat on the banks of Saryu River.

Ram Anubhav Kendra on Panchvati Island aims to instilL a sense of pride among the people for Vedic civilisation.

The objective of the government is to promote the assimilation of these cultural roots into daily life and foster a path towards happier existence.

The construction of Ram Anubhav Kendra will involve the use of temporary structures, which will be dismantled during the rainy season as the centre will be non-operational during this period as a precautionary measure, considering its proximity to the river.

After monsoon, the structures will be reassembled and the centre will resume operations. To ensure safety, the structures will be positioned at a considerable distance from the river, creating a 100-foot buffer zone to eliminate any potential accident. Prior to the construction and operation of the centre, all necessary approvals and NOCs from regulatory departments such as the municipal corporation, fire department, electrical safety, and pollution control board, will be obtained.

According to the proposal, the primary focus will be on the implementation of a robust flood protection management system on Panchavati Island.

Officials from the departments concerned will be actively involved in ensuring compliance with all regulations.

Additionally, a committee would be established to conduct inspections every 15 days to prevent any deficiency at any level.

Panchavati Island will be a no-plastic zone. Bio-digestive septic tanks will be used for sewage disposal and water will be treated by STP according to standards and will be used in horticulture and agriculture.

‘Shree Anna’ (millet) will play a prominent role in this project. Various programmes, including meditation, pranayama, yagya, havan, will be organised for yoga practitioners. Naturopathy and ayurveda centres will also be established.

Organic and cosmic agriculture methods will be employed for growing crops on Panchvati Island. Local folk artists will find employment opportunities through traditional folk singing and cultural events.

Devotees will be given a chance to plant a sapling in Ayodhya in memory of their ancestors.

A Taru Tal Vedic School will be established for economically weaker students and centres for bamboo skill development and adventure sports training will be set up.

Panchvati Island will provide employment opportunities for local farmers and labourers, officials said.

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Vaishnaw PM’s favourite for CM’s post in Rajasthan: Sources

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As the suspense over the choice of the Chief Minister in Rajasthan continues, party leaders confirmed that Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw is considered to be the strongest contender for the coveted post among all the other names doing the rounds.

Also, there is a major possibility that two Deputy CMs will be appointed to balance social equations.

The oath taking ceremony could be organised on December 12 in Jaipur, confirmed party sources.

Ashwini Vaishnaw is considered close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister Amit Shah.

Technocrat Vaishnaw’s management experience is considered to be good and he seems fit to balance the bureaucratic and political lobby, said sources. They added that the party is looking forward to a Brahmin face who also fits the OBC category.

Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat is also in the race and has political influence, too, but the party already has Rajput CMs in other states.

Given the social engineering that the party wants to do, Arjun Ram Meghwal’s name is yet again among the top contenders because he is the blue-eyed boy of Modi and Shah and comes from the Dalit community.

There are about 18 per cent Dalits in Rajasthan and 20 per cent in the country. The Dalits do not vote for the BJP and the party does not have a Dalit CM in any state. If it makes Arjun Ram Meghwal the CM then it can cash in on this in the Lok Sabha elections.

Also, having been a bureaucrat, Arjun Ram Meghwal also has administrative understanding. There is less possibility of Rajasthan MLAs having any objection to his name.

The other name doing the rounds is Om Mathur who, like Modi, comes from a Sangh background and is close to him. The Prime Minister has been close to Mathur since he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

Mathur has also been the state President of Rajasthan and incharge of Chhattisgarh elections. The chances of the BJP winning there were next to none, hence their strategy is being considered very important in this victory.

Second, making Mathur the CM will help the BJP balance the political equations of Marwar and Mewar.

Third, he comes from the Kayastha community which is accepted everywhere in Rajasthan.

Kirodi Lal Meena is yet another leader who cornered the Gehlot Government on issues like paper leak. He activated the BJP, which was weak for the last four years, by bringing up paper leak and other issues and creating problems for Gehlot. If seen on a caste basis only, he is known as ‘Baba’ in both the SC and ST communities.

Chittorgarh MP CP Joshi is yet another name doing the rounds as he was made the state President just before the Assembly elections. Joshi is associated with the Sangh and was previously the state president of the BJP Yuva Morcha.

Baba Balaknath is another contender who is being compared with the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. The Nath Mathh in Rohtak is considered to be influential in Haryana, Rajasthan and surrounding areas. Hindutva fits into the card and polarisation will become easy for the BJP.

One of the other strong contenders is Diya Kumari as she is close to the central leadership. Second, she can be described as an option in place of Vasundhara Raje. Third, if the BJP plays the woman card, it will benefit the party.

The Central Government brought the Women’s Reservation Bill and Diya Kumari’s appointment will give the message that the party gives importance to women.

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Vicky, Sadab, Ashfaq arrested in Delhi for extortion through remote Android app


Three criminals, who called through a remote android app and demanded Rs 25 lakh from a garment shop owner in Delhi, were arrested after a massive hunt, a police official said on Thursday.

The official said that the mastermind behind the extortion, Vikash alias Vicky, who was also wanted in a dacoity case in Haryana and a reward of Rs one lakh was also declared on information leading to his arrest, was nabbed by Haryana police.

The accused were identified as Sadab (30) and his associate, Ashfaq (36), both residents of Maujpur.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police (northeast) Joy Tirkey said that on November 25, a call was received at Jafrabad police station regarding a video call to the victim’s mobile phone demanding Rs 25 lakh.

Immediately, a police team reached the spot. The complainant Nasir Ali said that he runs a garment shop and on November 25 at about 10.30 p.m., he received a video call on his mobile phone from an unknown number.

“The unknown caller showed him a pistol and asked him to pay Rs 25 lakh in lieu of his life. The caller further threatened him that he would be shot down the next morning if his demands were not fulfilled,” said the DCP.

During the investigation, the team mounted technical surveillance and scanned/analysed CCTV footages of the cameras installed in the vicinity.

“Information was also gathered from locally deployed sources. The number from which the extortion call was received belonged to Canada. The call was made through a remote android app for calling,” said the DCP.

On detailed scanning of CCTV footages, the team noticed a Hyundai i-20 car without a number plate with four occupants, parked near the shop of the complainant prior to the day of the extortion call. The route of the car was trailed through connecting the CCTV footages, and two suspected persons were found disembarking from the car near Ghonda Chowk, Maujpur.

“The team persisted with their efforts, and multiple raids were conducted at their possible hideouts. On the basis of information gathered through local sources and technical surveillance, the suspects were nabbed by the team,” said the DCP.

During interrogation, they admitted to their involvement in the crime. They disclosed that accused Sadab runs a factory of ironing garments in bulk, and accused Ashfaq is his employee.

They further revealed that they were in contact with a person namely, Vikash.

“He was also nabbed by Haryana Police. The accused made the extortion call through a remote android app for calling through a mobile phone,” said the DCP, adding that the caller can change or generate his mobile number to appear from some other region/country of the world.

During sustained interrogation, they revealed that they were asked by accused Vikash to find a soft target in their area for extortion.

“They informed him about the victim Nasir Ali. On November 24, they accompanied accused Vikash in his car and showed him the victim’s garments shop. They conspired together to earn money through extortion,” said the DCP.

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Once a gun-wielding Maoist, Seethakka is now a Telangana minister

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From a gun-wielding Maoist to lawyer to MLA to now a minister in Telangana. She is Danasari Anasuya, popularly known as Seethakka.

It was an emotional moment when she was invited to take oath as the minister at L. B. Stadium in the presence of thousands of people.

Loud cheers greeted her as she made her way to the dais. She paused for a moment, responded with folded hands before Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan signalled her to start reading the oath.

After taking oath, she shook hands with Chief Minister Revanth Reddy, who treats her as his sister.

Seethakka then went to Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Sonia Gandhi and sought their blessings by touching their feet. Sonia Gandhi stood up to hug and congratulate her.

She also shook hands with Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi.

In the just-concluded Assembly elections, the 52-year-old was re-elected from Mulug constituency, reserved for Scheduled Tribes.

Hailing from the Koya tribe, Seethakka had joined Maoist movement at an early age and was heading an armed squad active in the same tribal belt.

She participated in many gunfights with the police and lost her husband and brother in encounters.

Disillusioned with the movement, she surrendered to the police under a general amnesty plan in 1994.

With this, life took a new turn for Seethakka, who pursued her studies and secured a law degree. She also practised as an advocate at a court in Warangal.

She later joined Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and contested from Mulug in 2004 elections. However, facing a Congress wave, she finished runner-up.

However, in 2009 she won the election from the same constituency. She finished third in the 2014 polls.

In 2017, she quit TDP to join Congress and made a strong comeback in 2018 by wresting the seat despite the statewide sweep by TRS (now BRS) Seethakka hit the headlines with her humanitarian work in remote villages in her constituency during Covid-19 pandemic.

Carrying a load of essentials on her shoulders, she walked through the forests, rocky terrain and crossed rivulets to help the needy during the ongoing lockdown.

Having operated in the same forest as a gun-wielding Maoist rebel in the late 1980s and early 1990s, she was not unfamiliar with the terrain.

The only difference, in her own words, was that as a Maoist had a gun in her hand and during the pandemic she carried food and other essential commodities.

Last year, she completed her PhD in political sciences from Osmania University. The tribal MLA did her PhD in social exclusion and deprivation of migrant tribals of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh – a case study of Gotti Koya tribes in Warangal and Khammam district.

“In my childhood I never thought I would be a Naxalite, when I am Naxalite I never thought I would be a lawyer, when I am lawyer I never thought I would be MLA, when I am MLA I never thought I will pursue my PhD. Now you can call me Dr Anusuya Seethakka PhD in political science,” Seethakka had tweeted after completing PhD.

“Serving people & gaining knowledge is my habit. I will never stop doing it until my last breath,” she said.

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NIA files charge sheet in Nizamabad PFI case, total accused now is 17

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed a charge sheet against Nossam Mohamad Yunus, an accused in the Nizamabad Popular Front of India (PFI) case, pertaining to the banned outfit’s criminal conspiracy to recruit, radicalise people to carry out acts of terror and violence.

An NIA official here said that the agency with the supplementary charge sheet filed today (Thursday) against Yunus in the NIA Special Court, Hyderabad, the total number of accused charged by the agency in the case now stands at 17.

The official said that Yunus has been chargesheeted under relevant sections of IPC and the UA (P) Act.

The official said that its probe revealed that Yunus is a trained PFI cadre who was engaged in motivating and radicalising impressionable Muslim youth with the aim to carry out violent terrorist activities, in furtherance of the PFI conspiracy to establish an Islamic Rule in India by 2047.

“NIA has found that the accused was involved in recruiting vulnerable youth and imparting weapons training to them in PFI Weapons Training Camps, specifically organised for that purpose in a clandestine manner,” the official said.

The official further said that Yunus was training them in the use of lethal weapons to kill their ‘targets’ by attacking their vital body parts, such as throat, stomach, head etc. Further, he was also found actively promoting enmity between different religious groups in the country.

The case was initially registered by Nizamabad 6 Town police station in Telangana, in July 2022.

NIA took over the investigations from the Telangana Police in August 2022, and filed its first charge sheet against 11 accused in December 2022 and second charge sheet against five accused in March 2023.

The NIA has been probing the anti-India activities of PFI and its many affiliates, which were declared as an ‘unlawful association’ by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, in September 2022.

The ban on the PFI and its associates came after investigations conducted by various state police units and national agencies exposed their role and involvement in violent activities in many parts of the country.

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