Throughout history, many extraordinary people have chosen to come forward and serve their life to society, inspiring others to do remarkable things. For some people, it is always a sense of duty to rise above and serve their communities. Their names and stories often remain unheard of, but their action leaves a lasting impression on society. Throughout their life, they keep moving with their...
A family consisting of Hindus helped avoid a major incident during the Muharram procession. A 25-feet high 'tajiya' caught fire during the procession crossing the Mochiwada street in Udaipur, barely a few meters from the shop of Udaipur tailor Kanhaiya Lal who was murdered by two Muslim men over his alleged post on backing Nupur Sharma.
As soon as the 'tajiya' caught fire, the Hindu families were the first to notice as they were watching the procession from the 1st and 2nd floors of their building. After seeing the fire, the locals started throwing water at it without giving it any second thought.
'Won Everyone's Heart'
According to the police officials, till the fire was doused, the family members of Ashish Chowadia and Rajkumar Solanki kept throwing water from their balconies. The district collector, Tara Chand Meena, said, "Not only was the incident averted, but it also became an example of communal harmony. This incident has won everyone's heart," NDTV reported.
Another police official, Shipra Rajawat, who was at the incident site, said that the probable reason for the fire in the procession was a short circuit or sparks from the incense sticks. After the Hindu community members doused the flames, Muslims clapped for them as a gesture of thankfulness, he added.
Rawat mentioned, "Mochiwada street is close to Mal Das street where Kanhaiya Lal was murdered on June 28. Two men murdered Kanhaiya Lal - Riaz Akhtari, also referred to as Riyaz Attari and Ghouse Mohammad."
He added that after the murder, the two murderers released a video wielding the cleaver with which they hacked Kanhaiya Lal and said that he was beheaded for insulting Islam.
The 22-year-old man from Uttarakhand had suffered from a rare genetic disease since he was seven. The functioning capacity of the kidney and liver in his body was ultimately reduced, after which he received a new lease of life from his sister and mother as both donated liver and kidney, respectively, on Wednesday.
According to the doctors, the man is suffering from Primary Hyperoxaluria Type 1, a condition of gene defect mutation which reduces the capacity of the liver to produce sufficient enzymes that helps in maintaining the body's oxalate level. Furthermore, doctors added that this leads to a lower functioning capacity of kidneys and other organs like the heart, blood vessels, and bones.
What Is Primary Hyperoxaluria?
Primary Hyperoxaluria is a genetic disease that occurs at a young age. The initial symptom of the disease is kidney stone. In the absence of immediate treatment, the stones in the kidney keep developing, posing a threat to the remaining organs.
Since childhood, the patient was under the supervision and monitoring of health experts in his native town and recently shifted to Delhi for advanced medication. The doctors informed that his condition over time deteriorated, and he was admitted to a private hospital for advanced treatment, during which he underwent organ transplantation.
After diagnosis and consultation, senior consultant and nephrologist Dr Kailash Nath Singh recommended him for immediate transplantation of his liver and kidney as their failure was causing a problem to other organs. In the final stage, a 16-hour-long transplant surgery was conducted.
A senior consultant surgeon in the general surgery department, Dr Sandeep Guleria, said, "The 22-year-old person was immediately recommended for a combined kidney and liver transplant. As we planned, the patient underwent both the procedures together and was discharged after 21 days of the transplantation. The patient has been recovering well since then and has to visit the hospital for follow-ups," NDTV reported.
A recent social media post about a man with a disability named Krishnappa Rathod, who works as a Swiggy delivery agent to support his three children, moved many internet users, who responded with offers of help. The delivery executive's story was shared on LinkedIn by a Bengaluru resident, Rohit Kumar Singh.
The Heart-Warming Story
Rohit Kumar Singh wrote that last Sunday, an order he placed on Swiggy was getting delayed. Impatient, he called the delivery executive assigned to him. Singh said the agent assured him in a comforting tone that he would deliver his order soon. He waited a few more minutes, but the delivery person did not arrive, compelling Singh to redial him. From the other end of the line came more reassuring words.
When Singh's order finally arrived, he rushed out of his door, hoping to tell the delivery person how disappointed he was about the delay. But seeing who the delivery person was, it was the customer who felt like apologizing. The delivery agent was, as Singh described, a man in his 40s with "grey hair, trying to balance himself with crutches", reports India Today
Singh said he immediately apologized to the delivery partner for making impatient calls. Then, he sought to know his story.
Making Ends Meet
The Swiggy delivery person, Kishan Rathod, told Singh he had lost his job at a café during the coronavirus pandemic. He added that he could not afford to raise all his children in Bengaluru due to a dire financial crisis. Singh said Mr Rathod has been working "quite graciously" as a delivery executive.
"From getting up in the early morning to working the entire day defying all the odds is the superpower he possesses," Mr Singh said about Mr Rathod. He also added that he spoke to the delivery guy for over 2-3 minutes before he told him, "Sir, I am getting late for my next delivery".
Moved by the delivery person's story, Singh started an initiative to help him. He shared the man's contact number and told his LinkedIn network they could make UPI transfers to him. With over 14,000 likes, the post has won the hearts of netizens. People couldn't stop appreciating the man's optimism and showered the post with good wishes. Some netizens also wrote that they had met Rathod and his outlook on life greatly inspired them.
Financial literacy in India is a need of the hour with the increasing technology and digitalisation of services. According to a report by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), only 27 per cent of India's total population is financially literate. The number itself signifies the urgent need to empower the people to become financial literate.
To tackle the issue, a class 11 student studying at Sun City school in Gurgaon, Aryan Jain, has developed a mobile application which promotes financial literacy and empowers people to manage their savings and income independently. He aims to make 7,500 Indians financially literate in the coming 75 days by encouraging them to use the application available on Android devices.
Innovation At Its Best!
While emphasising the need to launch such an application, the class 11 student, Aryan Jain, said, "There is a need for greater financial literacy, particularly in tier 2 and 3 cities. The application is an effort to empower each person to manage their income and savings in a better way, be aware of their short and long-term financial needs, save and invest for future needs and emergencies, and invest money to create a secure future for themselves and their families," Times Now reported.
He added that the 'DhanDanaDan' app is not just centred on promoting financial literacy but also on empowering the youth to learn financial skills early in their life. The app explains the fundamentals of financial planning through the help of pre-installed animated videos and storytelling format contents.
The app developer has also kept a quiz at the end of every module to help the people assess their knowledge and learning outcomes. A certificate and badge will be provided for the people who perform and score well. "There are five modules in the application. The first one is to explain the importance of financial planning, sources of income, types of financial needs, and types of expenses. Whereas the second module focuses on understanding income," Jain said.
App Development In NASA Project
This is not the first time that Aryan Jain has designed an application. In 2021, he became the only Indian to register and win in NASA's Artemis Next-Gen STEM Moon to Mars App development challenge. In the competition, Jain and students from foreign countries developed an app to participate in the Artemis Generation's endeavours to help astronauts land on the moon by 2024.
A user on LinkedIn by the name of Sneha Biswas shared a heartwarming tale of true friendship and how it transcends the borders of two nations. While growing up in India, all she knew about Pakistan spun around the reports of rivalry with them.
Tale Of Friendship!
Taking to networking platform, Sneha narrated the unique story of how she came across her now closest friend from Pakistan during her first day at Harvard Business School and how it helped her to change her own outlook towards stuff. In her long post, Sneha talks about how they bonded over "multiple chais, biryanis, financial models and case study preps".
Furthermore, she also said that she learnt about how her friend from Pakistan grew up in a conservative backdrop but under supportive parents.
Story Beyond Borders
While her Pak friend's accounts regarding chasing her dreams echoed with Sneha, her brave choices inspired her as well.
Sneha wrote that she realised that while pride for the individual counties stand strong, your love for somebody transcends boundaries and geographies. Fundamentally, people are similar everywhere. Humans build boundaries, borders and spaces, and while it might make some sense to the head at times, but the heart often fails to understand them, Sneha stated in part of her lengthy post.
She also attached a picture of them together, with Sneha holding the Pakistani flag and her close friend holding the Indian flag during Harvard's flag day.
She further said: "Look at us on the famous flag day at #harvard - flaunting our flags and smiling away at the joy of "breaking barriers" - not just literally between India and Pakistan, but also for the countless little girls from India and Pakistan who are scared to shoot for the stars."