The Asian Age – Beating the heat in Mumbai

As the city witnessed its hottest day of the year on Monday, the city doctors warn of infections and diseases that are likely to hit the city.

Mumbai – Maharashtra – India, 28 March 2019. The scorching summers are here and what can be a better way to make an entry than spiking the temperature to 40.3 degree Celsius, as happened on Monday. With seven degrees above the average, the city recorded its highest temperature of the year.

Although the IMD has observed slight dips in the temperature after Monday, the troubles for the Mumbaikars are all set to return in the forms of summer diseases. “If the temperature persists like this, the next April and May will be really difficult for people,” warns General Physician Dr Alan Soares.

Explaining the sudden change in the weather, Shubhangi Bhute, a scientist from IMD blames it on the Eastern winds that are causing an inversion, which is a meteorological term meaning an abnormal rise in temperature at the ground. “Generally, the temperature in Mumbai rises because of the Easterly winds from Rajasthan directly which are dry and hot.

Its speed is also quite high. So, it extracts the sea breeze to set on, because of which the temperature shoots up. The sea breeze usually takes a long time to set in, and if it’s delayed by one hour, there is two to three degrees rise likely. On Monday, the rise was seven degrees.” She further adds that the average temperature forecast for the week is between 37 to 39 degrees.

While in addition to the sweltering weather and unhealthy air quality, the rise in the temperature opens the Pandora’s box of infectious diseases that are likely to hit the people.

“The sudden weather change in the last ten days and the rise in temperature will lead to higher chances of diseases especially the summer diseases which usually starts from water-borne infections like Gastroenteritis, Typhoid, Diarrhoea and others,” says Prof Dr Pratit Samdani, Consulting Internal Physician at Breach Candy, Sir. H N Bhatia and Saifee Hospitals.

Moreover, Dr Soares confirms the rolling in of the cases as he says, “We have actually seen a slight spike in viral issues. There has been a little outbreak of Gastroenteritis because of the heat.” Hence, it is important to not store water and consume boiled water.

In addition to the water-borne infections, the most commonly spread infections during this time are upper respiratory and lower respiratory tract infections. The contagious infections have a runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, coughing, and fever as its most common symptoms.

“When there is a sudden change in the weather, it takes some time for the body to adapt which can cause this infection. One of the important things to take care about is that your air conditioners are serviced before you reuse them,” suggests Dr Samdani.

To prevent contracting this infection, the doctor further suggests making sure to not go suddenly from a hot environment to a chilly environment and rather make it gradual. “Acute cooling causes vasoconstriction and the defence mechanisms of the respiratory tract become weak,” he explains.

The third type of infection that mostly gets overlooked is the fungal skin disease caused by excessive sweating. The doctor suggests keeping the skin dry and not leaving it moist even after taking the bath.

While making certain lifestyle adjustments can prevent these infections, dehydration and heat strokes may still loom if you are not hydrated enough. Since the body is not accustomed to consuming more water than required in the winters, the seasonal change may prove detrimental to one’s health and can also cause urine infections in some cases.

Moreover, for people working outdoors, if their body temperature rises more than 40 degrees Celsius, they will be prone to heat and sunstroke with symptoms ranging from dry skin and headache to dizziness. “Hydration should be maintained.

You need to be sure about your heart and kidney and that you are having enough water,” affirms Dr Samdani. Additionally, Dr Soares suggests, “Consume lots of liquids and things that are cooling and avoid spicy and stale food.” – Kaithal attack: SGPC announces financial aid for victim Sikhs

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 26 March 2019. The apex Sikh body Shromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has announced financial aid for the Sikhs who were attacked by the Hindus of Badsui village on March 23.

The family of deceased Sikh Shamsher Singh will be given a financial aid of Rupees 2,00,000/- while all the other injured Sikhs will be given financial aid worth 25,000/- each.

SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal made this announcement while meeting the injured Sikhs at Rajendra Hospital in Patiala on March 25.

Strongly criticizing the attack, Longowal said that the attacks on minorities in India are rising day by day. He added that the Union government of India and the state governments need to adopt strong strategies to tackle such attacks.

It may be recalled here that the Hindu villagers of Badsui village (Kaithal) had attacked Gurdwara Sahib on March 23 in which an innocent Sikh Shamsher Singh had lost life and several others were injured.

The assailants had even tried to attack the holy corpus of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji but the Sikh men present inside the Gurdwara premises didn’t let them succeed.


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The Indian Express – Jallianwala Bagh massacre’ 100th year: Trust wants to honour victims’ kin, has no idea where they are

According to the family, Sukumar’s grandfather and Congress party leader Sashti Charan Mukherjee had come from West Bangal to Amritsar in 1910. They say he was present when General Dyer had opened fire on Baisakhi in 1919, but escaped by hiding under a table.

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Amritsar – Panjab – India, 27 March 2019. The Mukherjee family has been taking care of the Jallianwala Bagh for three generations. Sukumar Mukherjee is incumbent secretary of the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Trust.

According to the family, Sukumar’s grandfather and Congress party leader Sashti Charan Mukherjee had come from West Bangal to Amritsar in 1910. They say he was present when General Dyer had opened fire on Baisakhi in 1919, but escaped by hiding under a table.

Later, he along with others worked to raise funds to acquire the land of Jallianwala Bagh. Since then, the Mukherjee family has been staying in a house in the premises.

Sukumar’s father Uttam Charan had become secretary of the trust after the death of Charan Mukherjee, who was its first secretary.

As it hold the reins to the Jallianwala Bagh administration, the Mukherjees are the only ones identified as a victim family, while the government and Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Trust failed to keep track of more than 500 victim families whose members were either injured or killed in the massacre.

It was historian Malwinder Jit Singh Waraich who had approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2009 to demand ‘freedom fighter’ status for such families. The court had ordered the Punjab government to include such families in the list of ‘freedom fighters families’. However, nothing was done to implement the order.

How this will impact the observation of the 100th anniversary of the massacre (April 13) is yet to be seen.

Jallianwala Bagh trust member Tarlochan Singh had approached the Amritsar district administration to make arrangements to felicitate the victims’ families as a mark of respect on the date.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Tarlochan said he was surprised to find that neither the government not the trust has an authentic list of victim families.

“I wanted to honour the victim families and had approached Amritsar Deputy Commissioner Shivdular Singh Dhillon for this purpose. However, he told me that there are various lists in circulation and there could be a controversy. So it will not be possible to invite the victim families in such a situation.”

Asked about the same, Dhillon said, “There are many lists and it is difficult to ascertain their authenticity after so many years.”

Sukumar Mukherjee said, “I have seen 7 survivors of the massacre, they were honoured at the 50th anniversary in 1969 by then prime minister Indira Gandhi, who had come to Amritsar. My father was secretary of the trust at that time. At that time, the survivors were given Rs 5,000 each.”

“No victim families are in touch with us directly. People often come to me to claim that their forefather had died in the Jallianwala Bagh, but how can we crosscheck their claim?” he asked.

There is a first person account of a woman called Rattan Devi displayed at the memorial. It says that she lost her husband Chajju Bhagat in the massacre, and that her house was near the Bagh.

However, trust authorities said they are not aware about the location of the house, or whether anyone from Rattan Devi’s family is still alive.

Dawn – Pakistan shares preliminary findings on Pulwama dossier with Indian government

Naveed Siddiqui

27 March 2019. The government on Wednesday shared with the Indian government its initial findings on the dossier handed over by Delhi on the Pulwama incident, a statement issued by the Foreign Office said.

According to the statement: “The Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad was called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the Foreign Secretary and the findings on the Pulwama incident were shared with him.”

The prime minister had earlier offered cooperation in an investigation into the incident if Delhi shared any actionable evidence concerning the suicide bombing in occupied Kashmir’s Pulwama area, which had targeted Indian paramilitary soldiers.

In response to the premier’s offer, India had handed over documents to Pakistan on February 27 amidst soaring tensions.

“Pakistan has acted with a high sense of responsibility and extended full cooperation. We do so in the interest of regional peace and security,” the Foreign Office said in its statement.

“We have sought further information/evidence from India to take the process forward,” it added.

Escalating tensions between India and Pakistan

The handing over of the dossier came at a time when tensions between the two countries were at an all-time high since decades.

On 26 February, Indian airforce had violated the Line of Control (LoC), and claimed to have “struck the biggest training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in Balakot” who Delhi alleged were behind the Pulwama attack.

Although ceasefire violations by India had virtually become a norm over the past few years with over 3,000 breaches being committed by Indian troops just last year, it was the first aerial intrusion from the Line of Control (LoC) side since 1971.

The Pakistani government maintained that the Indian planes had missed whatever they were aiming at and that no one died in the attack in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Balakot area.

The next day, on 27 February, Pakistan Air Force undertook strikes across the LoC from Pakistani airspace, downing two Indian aircraft and capturing an Indian pilot, Abhinandan Varthaman, who was later released on the prime minister’s directives as a gesture of peace to India.

After the Foreign Office confirmed on February 28 that the dossier had been received, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in an interview with CNN had remarked:

“When this Pulwama tragic incident took place and I landed in Munich for the security conference and I learned about it, what did I do? I condemned, condoled and then the prime minister made a reasonable offer that ‘if you have actionable evidence, share it with us and we will honestly, sincerely investigate.’

“I wish India, instead of attacking Pakistan, had shared earlier the dossier, which we received today.”