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along with the Rajdhani and Du-
ronto trains, which connect metro
cities with other major towns.
Rupesh, 21, is oldest-known
survivor with progeria
RUPESH Kumar is suffering
from an ageing disease known as
Hutchinson-Gilford progeria and
he is the oldest-known survivor.
In the picture below, he is seen
sitting with his mother, Ms Shanti
Devi, and younger brother Vakil at
an Allahabad District Magistrate’s
Office on May 2, as they seek
government financial support for
doctors as saying
that Rupesh, 21,
aged eight times
faster than a
ance has caused
such a stir that
his parents have
money to sell
him to a circus.
Assam gets its first Shatabdi
ASSAM got its first Shatabdi
Express with minister of state for
railways Rajen Gohain flagging off
the train from Dibrugarh.
The new train will run between
Dibrugarh and Guwahati and will
have seven stops.
The total fare, which includes
charges for food, for one adult pas-
senger from Guwahati to Dibru-
garh costs Rs1,095 and between
Dibrugarh and Guwahati, Rs1,010.
The Shatabdi Express trains are
among the fastest and most presti-
gious trains of the Indian Railways
India’s first ‘book village’ to
come up in Bhilar
THE Bhilar village in Satara dis-
trict, Maharashtra, will be known
as India’s first “book village”. It
is inspired by Hay-on-Wye, the
world famous “town of books” in
Said state education minister
Vinod Tawde: “The government
has financed around 15,000 books
to be kept there permanently for
the public. (These will be placed)
at around 25 key locations around
the village of 600 families.
“Anybody can pick up a book
of his or her choice, read for as
long as they want and put it back
for others to read.”
The government has also pro-
vided a suitable reading ambi-
ence comprising glass cupboards,
chairs, tables, large decorative
umbrellas, and more to make the
experience pleasant for readers.
AIIMS doctors to learn self-
DOCTORS at the All India Insti-
tute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)
will be receiving self-defence les-
sons from black belt champions in
martial arts to protect themselves
from violent patients and their
relatives, if the need arises.
President of AIIMS Resident
Doctors’ Association, Dr Vijay
Kumar, told the Times of India that
the administration has allowed
them to hold daily training classes
at the hospital from May 15.
He added said “prevention is
better than cure” and that there
was no point criticising security
guards in the hospital or seeking
justice after an attack had taken
Gurgaon police launch drive
to educate youths about
POLICE in Gurgaon have started
a campaign called Operation
Durga to “sensitise youths” in the
Teams of police officers have
spoken to both men and women
to inform them about the dangers
of harassment and misbehaviour.
They told the women that if
someone harasses them, they
should shout and call the women’s
helpline. They also spoke to men
and educated them about the
need to ensure a safe environment
Cultural extravaganza at
Odisha Parba in Delhi
ODISHA Parba, which celebrates
the state’s culture, tradition, heri-
tage and cuisine, was celebrated in
Delhi from April 29 to May 1.
In the picture above, a dance
troupe, Prince Dance Group,
staged Konark, a contemporary
performance, on the second day
of the event.
Apart from elaborate perfor-
mances, the exhibition also show-
cased Odisha’s exotic cuisines and
exquisite handlooms and handi-
President of Odia Samaj said
the event was a “first-of-its kind
attempt to showcase the culture
of Odisha with its multi-faceted
Karnataka caps tickets in
cinemas, multiplexes at Rs200
THE Karnataka government has
imposed a cap of Rs200, exclud-
ing taxes on movie tickets in
theatres and multiplexes across
Tickets for Kannada films are
likely to be Rs203, inclusive of
Rs3 service tax, while the maxi-
mum ticket price for non-Kan-
nada films will be Rs264, which
includes Rs60 entertainment tax
and Rs4 service tax.
The new cap, however, excludes
Gold Class screens and Gold Class
seats in multiplexes, as well as
IMAX and 4D screen theatres.
Soon, Whatsapp pictures of
garbage on Goa’s beaches
IF THOSE living in Goa are
frustrated about the garbage on
Goa’s beach, they can soon take
action by sending photos of the
filth to the Tourism Department
“The public can inform via
Whatsapp locations where waste
is strewn or piled up and the des-
ignated contractor will take cor-
rective measures within 24 hours
and report to the Department of
Tourism,” said an official from the
The initiative will be rolled out
soon and the Whatsapp number
will be announced shortly, added
May 5, 2017
Faith... Hindu devotee
Raja Shekhar Reddy
getting his passport
blessed by a priest at
the Chilkur Balaji Temple.
(Far left) Mr Angirekula
with his US visa and that
of his relative, which he
says he got after visiting
Number of people visiting Hyderabad temple
grows after Mr Trump becomes US president
UNDREDS of devotees gather daily
at a 500-year-old Hindu temple on
the outskirts of Hyderabad where
they pray for a single wish — an increasingly
elusive US visa.
The Chilkur Balaji Temple has long been a
one-stop solution for prospective Indian im-
migrants seeking US visas, earning it the so-
briquet of “visa temple”.
But temple officials say the place has seen
an increase in visitors since the election of
US President Donald Trump, who signed an
order in April seeking to reform the H-1B
work visa system.
The H-1B visas are highly sought-after by
aspiring Indian immigrants but Mr Trump’s
push to make the permits available to only
the most skilled or highest paid applicants
has many worried.
Software engineer Shreekanth Angirekula
was among the fortunate ones, having recent-
ly secured a US visa after repeated rejections.
“It is a miracle. I couldn’t get a visa for the
last two years, but after visiting the temple
everything went smoothly,” Mr Angirekula,
33, told AFP.
“I am not superstitious, but there was defi-
nitely divine intervention,” he said.
More than 100,000 devotees visit the tem-
ple every week, for visas and other reasons.
They proffer their passports and flowers
before the deity as they circumambulate the
inner sanctum of the temple 11 times while
Once the wish is granted, worshippers must
return to make 108 rounds of the sanctum.
Chief priest Ranga Rajan said devotees
come from across India in pursuit of visas.
“Same passport, same documents, same
embassy and same applicant, but their visas
were rejected before coming to the temple,”
he told AFP.
“It is all Balaji’s blessings,” he said, adding,
“it is not superstition but spiritualism”.
The temple’s supposed magical powers
gained repute in the 1980s after a group of
engineers visited the temple to pray for visas.
They were all granted their wish, and soon,
hordes of aspirants followed in their wake.
“I have applied for the visa for my studies,
and I hope Balaji will make it happen,” stu-
dent Raja Shekhar Reddy told AFP.
“This visit has boosted my confidence,” he
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