19-yr-old Bekal boy, who got a surprise job during Dubai trip, flies home after 4 decades

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January 30, 2021

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Dubai, Jan 30: VVK Babu, a resident of Bekal in Kasaragod district, was a 19-year-old boy, when he visited Dubai, where his cousin lived. It was meant to be a short holiday and he had planned to fly back after “having a look around”. However, an unexpected job offer came up, Babu accepted it. This incident happened in 1977. 

Babu, now 63, has worked in major supermarket chains in senior managerial positions in last four decades. He has also amassed a coin collection over the decades that is priceless to him. And today (Jan 30), he is returning home with his prized coin collection.

In the late 1970s, there was only one supermarket — where he was in-charge of the stores — and just three buildings in Karama. Today, it is one of Dubai’s busiest neighbourhoods, said Babu. In those times, most Dubai residents relied on canned food instead of frozen items, which were very limited, he added. Costs generally were also limited, with school fees, for example, well below Dh250 a month, said Babu, whose two daughters are grown-ups now.

In the early 1980s, Babu grew interested in collecting coins during business trips abroad. “I worked very hard in collecting coins. I used to go out of my way to get my hands on the coins I wanted to have in my collection. I would go to ‘old markets’ and ‘Friday markets’ in the countries I visited to find coins. I would also tell my staff to bring back any old coin they would get during their trips abroad,” he said.

Babu has an 1846 Indian coin from the British Raj, “historical Arabic origin” copper pieces used as currency, and limited-edition United Kingdom sovereign coins, among others. “I’ve never thought of selling my coins and I never will. I feel very attached to my collection. Whenever I felt lonely while my family was away, I would open the collection and go through it,” Babu said.

He plans to have the collection exhibited at his childhood school once he is back home. Besides continuing to grow the collection, Babu will also devote some time to a business he owns there. He is also open to working part-time as a consultant, perhaps in Dubai again someday. 

“Many expats say the ‘UAE is my second home’, but I feel like this is my first home. The UAE gave me everything and I have seen it grow. Today, I’m proud to say the UAE is number one and I’ve been a part of it,” he said.

“My wife and children have always been my source of support. And the people and companies I’ve worked with have given me their support also and the opportunity to grow. I thank them all,” he added.

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February 19,2021

Bengaluru, Feb 19: Police have cracked illegal sale of arms and manufacturing units in and around the city and arrested an arms dealer from Kanakapura who was trying to sell country-made rifles (single barrel) and recovered 11 rifles.

According to police, the accused has been identified as Lingaraju, a native of Kanakapura in Ramanagar District.
The Channamana Kere Achukat police who nabbed Lingaraju told that the accused was caught while trying to sell the rifles in Bengaluru.

“The accused had come to Bengaluru on a bike along with country-made rifles that were wrapped in a plastic sheet. While he was waiting for the buyers near Ittamadu in Banashankari III Stage, locals alerted us.

Immediately our personnel visited and arrested him. We have seized 11 rifles and recovered a few spare parts of rifles,” an investigating officer said.

The accused has reportedly confessed to the police about whom he intended to sell the rifles. "We are investigating further based on the names given out by him," the police officer clarified.

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February 19,2021

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Bengaluru, Feb 19: The Supreme Court of India today issued notice to the Karnataka government and others on a plea challenging the grant of bail to former Mayor of Bengaluru Sampath Raj and former Corporator Abdul Raqueeb Zakir in a case related to the East Bengaluru violence on August 12 last year that left four people dead. 

A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Hrishikesh Roy sought a response from Raj and Zakir within three weeks on the plea filed by Congress MLA of Pulikeshinagar Constituency R Akhanda Srinivas Murthy through advocate Amit Pai.

The Karnataka High Court had granted bail to both Raj and Zakir in February this year.

Arguing for Srinivas Murthy, senior advocates Devadatt Kamat and R Basant and advocate Rajesh Inamdar informed the court that though the accused had committed serious offences, they had been released on bail. 

Further, they said the reasons for granting bail had not been uploaded and only the operative part of the order had been made available by the High Court. 

The petitioner contended that the accused were one of the principal conspirators for the incident, and had been instrumental in mobilising persons to vandalise and burn down his house as also to create a communal situation. In his petition, he claimed that Raj, who lost Assembly polls from the neighbouring C V Raman Nagar Assembly constituency, harboured ill-will due to political reasons. The accused created unrest and a law and order situation on the pretext of an alleged derogatory post by his nephew.

The case has been filed in relation to offences under the IPC, as well as the Karnataka Prevention of Destruction and Loss of Property Act, 1981, and the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.

Around 3,000 to 4,000 people went on a rampage in August last year, setting ablaze the houses of Pulakeshinagar Congress MLA Srinivasamurthy and his sister over an alleged inflammatory social media post by his nephew.

The mob also torched Devara Jeevanahalli and Kadugondanahalli police stations over suspicion that the nephew was present there.

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February 14,2021

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New Delhi, Feb 14: Side-effects after COVID-19 vaccination — 'reactogenicity' in medical linguistic — was reported in 66% of the healthcare workers, which mostly subside within a day of their onset, said a survey conducted by noted public health experts for the Kochi chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA). A total of 5,396 healthcare professionals across India, who had received COVID-19 vaccines were surveyed for the study, which was led by Dr Rajeev Jayadevan, a gastroenterologist and former president of IMA Cochin.

In the survey, the respondents in the survey stated that the most commonly reported symptoms they experienced after immunisation were Myalgia or pain in the muscle (44%), fever (34%), headache (28%), local pain at the injection site (27%), joint pain (12%), nausea (8%) and Diarrhoea (3%). Tiredness (45%) was the most prevailing symptoms. "The occurrence of other symptoms such as sore throat, insomnia, giddiness, rigour, an allergic rash, chills, vomiting, syncope were reported 1% or less cases," study said.

It also noted that the symptoms reported by the respondents were not severe in nature or required hospitalisation. Besides, the survey also pointed out that in 90% of the cases, the symptoms were either milder than expected or met the expectation of the vaccine recipient. Experts have also pointed out that experiencing side-effects is normal in any vaccine.

My study on post vaccination symptoms among 5396 healthcare workers is available on medRxiv.

Symptoms were more among women and among younger people. Onset within 11 hours, duration mostly less than 48 hours.

Thanks Dr Ramesh Shenoy & Ms Anithadevi TS https://t.co/DzIaiAm2IN pic.twitter.com/wXKM6MU0Gr

— Rajeev Jayadevan (@RajeevJayadevan) February 13, 2021
 

Meanwhile, the survey illustrated that side effects among most of the respondents did not last beyond the duration of 24 hours of the onset. "Thirty-seven per cent (1,225) of the respondents revealed that their symptoms did not prolong more than a day while 31% showed that their symptoms lingered for 48 hours, while only 6% claimed that their symptoms stretched beyond the duration of 48 hours," the survey showed.

Speaking to IANS, Dr Rajeev Jayadevan, who is one of the researchers of the survey, said that one of the key takeaways from the survey is that vaccines are safe and there is no need to fear that it will harm ones' body.

"If over 5,000 people who took it (vaccines) and reported no serious problem, then that is a considerable reassurance that the general public can take the vaccine," he said.

Another key finding of the survey was the linear correlation between age and post-vaccination symptoms suggested that the reactogenicity of the vaccine declined with age; means the chance of having post-vaccination symptoms decreased with advancing of age.

The frequency of symptoms was found highest, 81.34%, in respondents aged between 20-29 years followed by 30-39 years (79.57%), 40-49 years (67.94%), 50-59 years (58.23%), 60-69 years (44.76%), 70-79 years (33.73%), and 80-89 years (7.43%).

Jayadevan said that younger people produce a lot of inflammatory cytokines, which elicit reactogenicity (symptoms). This is why they have a vigorous response to the vaccines, whereas it is found lower in the elder population. However, he added that the reactogenicity is not considered a reliable sign of producing antibodies.

"There is a misconception among people and even healthcare professionals who believe that the symptoms are associated with the development of antibodies. Everyone responds differently to the vaccines and elicit varied levels of reactogenicity depending upon age and other factors at play. It cannot be considered as a sign to determine that one's body is producing an immune response to the vaccines," Jayadevan explained.

Dr Ramesh Shenoy, another author of the survey, who is a senior radiologist at a hospital in Kochi, Kerala, said that the conclusions derived from the survey could be that the vaccines are safe while its side-effects are mild in nature and short-lived. "The testimonies of the two-third of the respondents vouch for it," he added.

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