but only to come across many more conspiracies and unexpected turn of events.heat generation and railways. in which he will share screen space with actor Manju Warrier one more time.they conveyed their tributes to him, said Roy For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Related NewsShobhana still cannot get over the shock of losing her brother Divakaran "I am clueless as to why he would commit suicide He deserted his two children aged 13 and six I can’t see any reason why he would take such a drastic step" she said Divakaran’s relatives Firstpost/Rejimon K Even more worrying is the fact that Divakaran’s suicide is no isolated case He was only the latest of several youngsters all members of Scheduled Tribe communities who have killed themselves in and around Padole a small hamlet on the foothills of Kerala’s Western Ghats Divakaran who was also an elected member of the local government body since the last 10 years was found hanging in his house in Pangode a tribal settlement located 60 kms from Kerala’s capital city of Thiruvananthapuram According to the state government 45 tribals have committed suicide in Palode and nearby areas since 2012 Of them 43 were found hanging All the deceased were aged between 15 and 50 It was actually an alleged suicide by a college student that led to an inquiry that uncovered several other possibly related cases On 31 July a studious college-going girl had killed herself over trivial reasons at her father’s house Before this it turned out 47-year-old Sreekumar was found hanging at his house in Njaraneeli leaving behind his wife two young children and an aged father Ambily Sreekumar Firstpost/Rejimon K "Everything was fine He was a loving person who always spoke of togetherness In the mornings when I went to the goat shed I found him dead" said his widowed wife Ambily Sreekumar her voice breaking and tears streaming down her cheeks "Just the night before he was talking of doing the paperwork regarding our daughter’s marriage But the very next morning I found him dead" Sreekumar was the sole breadwinner for the household Since his demise his 12-year-old son has also become extremely moodi Ambily cried "The future looks so bleak for us" she said Social activists who have worked with the locals in these tribal settlements are afraid of a "copycat suicide epidemic" doing the rounds "The numbers are increasing And when we go into the details we will realise that there are no valid reasons behind any of these suicides" said Mini Mohan a social activist in Thiruvananthapuram Vikraman Kani a neighbourhood resident said that social exclusion unemployment alcoholism and an increasingly bleak future were leading to so many people committing suicide "When people like us are harassed by the upper castes we go to the police But we aren’t treated fairly We don’t get justice We are pushed away" said Kani who himself belongs to a Scheduled Tribe Kani who works at the state transport corporation alleged that his colleagues often look down upon him on the basis of his caste Vikraman Kani Firstpost/Rejimon K Dhanya Raman a social activist who focuses on issues faced by Dalit communities said that a detailed study has to be initiated to find the real reason behind these suicides "I have visited 38 houses in the Njaraneeli area Not everybody who committed suicide was alcoholic There are even some cases of young girls who killed themselves We clearly need to have a detailed probe into these cases to find a solution" Raman said Citing a recent case of sexual abuse that was uncovered in Njaraneeli Raman said timely intervention was the only thing that might have avoided yet another suicide "A tribal girl was molested by an auto driver Fortunately she managed to free herself and run away We supported her through counselling and support or she too could have committed suicide" she said Raman added that on one fateful day in 2011 they registered 57 rape cases which indicates the spread of the problem Meanwhile Mohan Roy a professor of Psychiatry at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College said that most people who take such a drastic step have an emotional or mental disorder "In areas where suicides are occurring frequently a probe has to be initiated We should identify the issues and address them We also need a long-term holistic support system in place" Mohan added Meanwhile the Kerala State Human Rights Commission (KSHRC) has sought a deeper probe into the series of deaths P Mohandas acting chairperson of the commision directed the district police chief to ensure an inquiry into the incident is carried out by a police official not less than the rank of deputy superintendent of police and a report is submitted within one month The commission also sought the chief secretary of the social justice department to open an inquiry into the reasons behind the incident and to submit a report within one month Updated: February 14 2014 11:28 pm Volunteers who had consumed the antioxidants had significantly lower levels of the markers related to mitochondrial creation Top News Many people take vitamins as part of their daily fitness regimens having heard that antioxidants aid physical recovery and amplify the impact of workouts But in another example of science undercutting deeply held assumptions several new experiments find that antioxidant supplements may actually reduce the benefits of training Antioxidants became popular dietary supplements largely because they were said to sop up free radicals the highly reactive oxygen molecules that are generated during daily activities Physical exertion through its breakdown of oxygen results in the creation of large numbers of these molecules which in excess can lead to cell death and tissue damage So it seems logical that reducing the number of free radicals produced by exercise would be desirable Enter antioxidants which absorb and deactivate free radicals While the body creates its own antioxidants until recently many researchers believed that we produce too few natural antioxidants to counteract the depredations from free radicals created during exercise So many people who exercise began downing large doses of antioxidants such as vitamins C and E even though few experiments in people had actually examined the precise physiological impacts of antioxidant supplements in people who work out For a study published last week in The Journal of Physiology researchers with the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in Oslo and other institutions gathered 54 healthy adult men and women most of them recreational runners or cyclists and conducted a series of tests including muscle biopsies blood draws and treadmill runs to establish their baseline endurance capacity and the cellular health of their muscles Then they divided the volunteers into two groups Those in one group took four pills a day delivering a total dose of 1000 milligrams of vitamin C and 235 milligrams of vitamin E Members of the second group got identical placebo pills Finally they asked all of the participants to complete a vigorous 11-week training program consisting of increasingly intense interval sessions once or twice per week together with two weekly sessions of moderately paced hour-long runs By the end all of the volunteers were more fit than they had been at the start with their maximum endurance capacity increasing by an average of about 8 per cent But their bodies had responded quite differently to the training The runners who had swallowed the placebo pills showed robust increases of biochemical markers that are known to goose the creation of mitochondria the tiny structures within cells that generate energy in cells in their bloodstream and muscles More mitochondria especially in muscle cells means more energy and by and large better health and fitness The creation of new mitochondria is in fact generally held to be one of the most important effects of exercise But the volunteers who had consumed the antioxidants had significantly lower levels of the markers related to mitochondrial creation The researchers didn’t actually count the specific populations of mitochondria within their volunteers’ muscles cells but presumably over time those taking the antioxidants would see a smaller uptick in mitochondrial density than among those not taking them That finding echoes the results of another study of antioxidant supplementation and exercise also published last year in The Journal of Physiology in which half of a group of older men downed 250 milligrams daily of the supplement resveratrol an antioxidant famously found in red wine and the other half took a placebo After two months of exercising the men taking the placebo showed significant and favorable changes in their blood pressure cholesterol profiles and arteries with fewer evident arterial plaques The men taking the resveratrol were not as fortunate They had exercised as much as the other men but their blood pressures cholesterol levels and arteries had remained stubbornly almost unchanged The supplements did not improve performance in comparison with a placebo so why bother with them Dr Goran Paulsen a researcher at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences who led the vitamin C and E study asked “Personally I would avoid high dosages” of antioxidants while training he said The science on the topic may not be complete but the intimation of the recent studies is that by downing the supplements “you risk losing some of the benefits of exercise” NYT For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Published: May 16 2015 12:15 am Related News Earlier this week the Union cabinet passed amendments to the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act 1986 imposing stricter penalties on employers of children expanding the ban on employing children below 14 years of age to all “hazardous” occupations from the 18 defined as such previously and barring adolescents — those between 14 and 18 years of age — from employment in hazardous industries At the same time acknowledging the complex socio-economic realities that drive child labour the government will now allow children to work in family-owned businesses and at home and also in the entertainment industry so long as this does not harm school attendance in accordance with the right to education In effect this decriminalises parents forced by impoverishment and lack of options to employ their own children It also recognises the fact that it is and has always been extremely difficult to monitor work done by children inside the home Still although these provisions are an improvement they do not go far enough Parents will continue to be penalised for allowing their children to work though not for the first violation The threat of labour inspectors remains and “raid and rescue” operations after which working children might be taken to rescue homes can be traumatic The amendments still do not consider instituting preventive measures and address the problem in isolation without appreciating the need to for instance set up a proper child protection system or create better rehabilitation homes with trained staff In some cases a complete ban might have the opposite of its intended effect if children are forced to continue working to keep their families out of extreme poverty Every child should of course be given the opportunity to go to school But the link between school and labour is more complicated than the simplistic assertion that children work at the expense of schooling perpetuating poverty for poor families For instance one study found that a school enrolment subsidy that would protect income increased schooling much more than it reduced child labour implying that poverty is not the sole reason for children to work A number of other factors can contribute to that decision including market imperfections and even parental preferences No one policy instrument then can eradicate child labour on its own Instead the state must also ensure access to flexible and importantly quality education address gaps in land and labour markets and design schemes to support those at subsistence-level poverty For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Poonam Muttreja | Updated: March 28 2016 12:14 am This momentum has prompted the finance minister to almost triple the allocation towards the SBA in the just-announced budget — from Rs 3625 crore in 2015-16 to Rs 9000 crore for 2016-17 Related News The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA) has a target of 12 crore toilets by October 2019 That makes for 2739 toilets a day almost two toilets every second Work on the toilets is on track In fact reports show that the targets are being surpassed In 2014-15 the very first year of the programme 87 lakh toilets were built far more than the target of 60 lakh Now we are set to cross the target of 12 crore toilets by March 2016 This momentum has prompted the finance minister to almost triple the allocation towards the SBA in the just-announced budget — from Rs 3625 crore in 2015-16 to Rs 9000 crore for 2016-17 India does need these toilets badly Over half a billion people practice open defecation the highest number in the world We pay a heavy price for this: Stunted growth of children high child mortality and a massive economic cost due to ill health A World Bank study estimated that India loses 64 per cent of its GDP or $538 billion (approximately Rs 3689 billion) every year due to lack of sanitation Yet recently about 90 families in a village in Bareilly district in Uttar Pradesh demolished the toilets that had been built under the scheme; toilets for which they did not have to pay a single rupee The government had borne the entire cost of Rs 12000 per toilet What then went wrong Surveyors from the National Sample Survey Organisation found that only half of the toilets built in rural and urban areas are being used for defecation The remaining are being used to stock grains or animals while the people continue to go in the open Why is this happening After the Bareilly incident the district panchayat raj officer expressed frustration and amazement at the razing of the free toilets “We had tried to educate the villagers through documentaries and lectures on the harmful effects of defecating in the open” he was quoted as saying How the message is delivered is of the greatest importance The message has to resonate with the audience and grip them The efficacy of “edutainment” in changing behaviour has been demonstrated in many experiments across the world The Population Foundation of India (PFI) in March 2014 sought to change deeply entrenched thinking and practices on child marriage early pregnancy sex selection the acceptance of domestic violence and the non-use of contraception through Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon a transmedia initiative An independent endline evaluation carried out in selected districts of Bihar and Madhya Pradesh showed that through a mere 52 episodes (aired by All India Radio and broadcast by Doordarshan) over eight months there was a shift in peoples’ deeply entrenched views Married men and women and mothers-in-law the groups that we studied were now more aware of the dangers of early marriage the necessity to space pregnancies the laws on sex selection and child marriage They had become confident in accessing family planning services When demand is generated people go all out to get the product or service are ready even to pay for it In one of our field programmes two women both sisters-in-law in an Agra slum wanted to build a toilet after being convinced by our partner NGO of its necessity They stood up to their father-in-law who insisted that the family did not need a toilet as they were used to going in the open When they failed to convince him they asked the NGO outreach worker for help The worker too made little headway with the old man After a few days the sisters-in-law called the NGO worker and told her to complete the formalities They were ready to pay their share of Rs 3000 through their individual savings The toilet was built The women are happy as they no longer have to get up at dawn and rush to a field a kilometre away The toilet offers them dignity privacy hygiene and personal safety It is essential for communities to be involved in the initiative for them to own it When this happens there is no doubt that health services improve The administration is forced to act Currently the focus seems to be solely on meeting targets — targets that focus on construction not usage We must move from construction to demand For that reaching out to the communities with powerful messaging is important Toilets that are constructed then will never be razed They will be cared for and used The writer is executive director Population Foundation of India For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 22 2017 4:24 pm Maanayata Dutt dances with her son and the video is ‘Aww’dorable Related News Maanayata Dutt who recently made fans happy with her vacation pictures has now posted a video on Instagram In it we can see Maanayata and her son Shahraan dancing to Despacito and the little boy looks adorable as he swirls and moves with his mother This was on the occasion of Maanayata’s birthday She also shared a photo of herself on Instagram and wrote “Welcoming another blissful and positive year ahead #love #grace #positivity #dutts #bringinginbirthday #tannedskin #mumbai #ayearolder #birthday #surprise #missinglove #beautifullife #blackisbeautiful #shenanigans #thankyougod. 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