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Jhabua (Madhya Pradesh): It was around 8:30 am on this fateful Saturday in the tribal belt of Jhabua (300 km from Bhopal), when a gas cylinder exploded at a local tea stall. This blast in the Petlavad area near the New Bus stand, where a large number of labourers were milling around, was quickly followed by a much bigger explosion bringing down the adjoining building.
“Eighty-seven people are dead, and the bodies of 60 of them have been identified,” said Inspector ML Gaur of the Jhabua police control room.
The roar of the explosion was heard for kilometres.
“I heard the blasts and ran towards the spot. Dust hung over the area. Bodies were scattered all over the place. A girl was crying and she was rescued,” said a witness, Babu Lal.
Another local said the damage from the explosion at the tea stall was comparatively lesser than the severity of the destruction caused by the second blast. Eyewitnesses spoke of people tossed into the air with the force of the explosion.
The deafening blasts reduced buildings to rubble and left many bloodied and wounded. Dazed locals scrambled amongst strewn body parts to help the wounded. Some shrieked in pain while others died on the spot.
TV visuals showed the enormity of the blasts, with nearby buildings suffering extensive damage. People could be seen sifting through the rubble to extricate those who were buried.
Over 100 are injured, 20 seriously, said police.
“Post mortems of all the bodies has been completed. There are eight women and three children among the dead,” Inspector Gaur added.
Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Babulal Gaur said: “The blast took place due to gas cylinder explosion.”
Unconfirmed reports speak of gelatin sticks, or mining detonators, stored in the building as illegal mining takes place in the area.
On whether there were explosives in the building, Gaur said: “The matter needs to be probed and an order in this regard has been given.”
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressed grief but declined to comment on the cause for the blasts. He has ordered a probe and has stated that Chief Secretary Antony DeSa has been asked to look into the matter.
According to an Indian Express report, DGP Surendra Singh said the police were treating the incident as an accident and ruled out foul play.
Arun Yadav, Congress president of the Madhya Pradesh unit, said: “Had it not been for the explosives, an incident on such a huge scale would not have occurred and resulted in so many deaths.”
Yadav also alleged that the head of the BJP’s business cell, Rajendra Kasawa stocked the explosive materials used for mining purposes in this region.
When local residents recently complained to the sub-divisional magistrate on learning about explosives being stored in the residential locality, the administration did not act, said the report by Indian Express.
Police said gelatin sticks kept in the house of one Rajendra Kumar Kaswa exploded. They maintained that the house owner had a licence but could not say whether he had permission to store them in his house.
The chief minister has also announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to the injured.
A team of experts from Indore reached Jhabua following the blasts and the injured were rushed to hospitals in Ratlam, Indore and Jhabua. Rescue work continued till late in the evening to make sure all trapped under debris are recovered. Home Minister Babulal Gaur flew to the spot along with Chief Secretary Anthony d’ Sa and other bureaucrats.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a letter to President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressed his condolences, according to a statement from the Russian embassy.
(With inputs from IANS and Indian Express)
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While wine has long been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, a new study shows that alcohol-free versions may also give you all the health benefits of the real stuff. According to researchers at Anglia Ruskin University, it's not the alcohol, but the benefit of wine comes from antioxidants in grapes, the Daily Mail reported. The team analyzed data from nearly 450,000 people aged 40 to 69 to look at the impacts of moderate alcohol consumption on their health.
The study, published in the journal Clinical Nutrition, showed a 40 per cent reduced risk of coronary heart disease among people who drank up to 11 glasses of wine a week compared to non-drinkers and binge drinkers. The same reduced risk was found among those who regularly drank non-alcoholic versions, suggesting the goodness of grapes, the report said. Grapes are high in antioxidants called polyphenols, which can improve the function of the inner lining of the heart and increase levels of good cholesterol.
While wine has long been linked to lower risk of heart disease, a new study shows that alcohol-free versions may also give you all the health benefits of the real stuff. | Photo by Mathilde Langevin on Unsplash
On the other hand, drinking a moderate amount of beer, cider, or spirits, was linked with about a 10 per cent increased risk. There is an "undeniable protective beneficial relationship" and drinking grape-based alcohol, lead researcher Dr. Rudolph Schutte, Associate Professor at the university was quoted as saying. "This relationship is also seen for alcohol-free wine, so it suggests the benefits are thanks to the polyphenols in the wine rather than the alcohol," he said.
However, the positive associations between wine and health benefits are offset by other risks, especially from cancer, the report said. Those who drank low levels of beer, cider, and spirits had higher levels of heart and cerebrovascular disease, cancer, and mortality, the study found. The researchers noted that their findings "do not support the notion that alcohol from any drink type is beneficial to health", the report said. Schutte said drinking alcohol, even at low levels, can be damaging to health.
"A group of non-drinkers will contain individuals who abstain from alcohol due to various pre-existing health reasons, making this reference group surprisingly high-risk. "Comparing a group of low to moderate drinkers to this 'risky' reference group of non-drinkers could wrongly indicate that alcohol is beneficial to health," Schutte said. (IANS/ MBI)
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Have you ever matched with someone online and realised you have no idea what to say to them? Do you worry about setting a bad impression with the first thing you say? In the world of virtual dating, it can be hard to think of ideas to go beyond 'hey' or 'hello', but nothing beats the chemistry of a good conversation to calm the nerves! Your first (virtual) date should be lighthearted and a two-way street. The easiest way to do so is to ask questions that matter to you and check your partner's interest in the same. All in all, don't be afraid to be yourself, after all the aim is to find someone as like-minded (or goofy) as you are.
Having introduced people to their love stories for over two decades from all around the world, dating app OkCupid lists down five conversation starters that will get you and your date talking!
'What's something that you really want to do?'
Being able to uninhibitedly discuss your dreams, goals, and desires on a first date can be a terrific approach to get to know someone better. Your goals don't have to be strictly professional-sharing what you'd like to achieve, whether it's learning to play the guitar or mastering Italian cooking, might help your date gain a better understanding of your life and priorities. Break the ice with your partner and ask what they seek from their life and what they truly wish for. In fact, 34 per cent of daters on the platform find questions around the partners' goals, plans and wishes a good conversation starter.
Your goals don't have to be strictly professional-sharing what you'd like to achieve. | Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash
'Dogs or cats?'
Pets too have been perfect conversation starters for millennials; getting to know if your date is a pet parent, their views on adopting pets, and their bond with these furry creatures can reveal interesting insights about their personality while also giving them the opportunity to learn about you. Safe to say, millennial daters in their search for unconditional love, look at the relationships their potential partners have with their furry friends with 31 per cent of daters reveal that pets are an ideal way to start a conversation with their match.
Pets too have been perfect conversation starters for millennials. | Photo by Andrew S on Unsplash
'What's next on your watchlist?'
There's no shortage of streaming services or access to movies, shows, or literature in today's world. With this in mind, discussing TV shows you're watching, recommending must-see movies, and telling your match more about your all-time favourite novels can help keep the conversation flowing while you and your date learn more about each other's personalities and favourite characters. And who knows, this might even lead the way for a virtual movie date or book reading session!
Discussing TV shows you're watching, recommending must-see movies, and telling your match more about your all-time favourite novels can help keep the conversation flowing. | Photo by Charles Deluvio on Unsplash
'What do you want from a relationship?'
When seeking a long-term relationship, it's important to know if the person across the screen is looking for the same thing. Twenty per cent of the daters revealed that learning about their partner's perspectives and what they seek from a relationship is an intriguing conversation starter. This can stem from the fact that dating has changed phenomenally during the pandemic, and millennials have discovered an impatience with entertaining dead-end connections and instead truly investing in the one with potential. The focus has shifted to discovering romance and compatibility with a potential partner through the quality of conversation and time spent together.
The focus has shifted to discovering romance and compatibility with a potential partner through the quality of conversation and time spent together. | Photo by Stefan Cosma on Unsplash
'What's next on your travel bucket list?'
Travel! The perfect conversation starter to break the ice and transport your date into a dreamy world where you could go wherever you want to -- soaking under the sun by a beach, backpacking across the country, or watching the Northern lights. Travel will open the door to a multitude of other topics such as food, cuisines that your partner is fond of, places that they've been to already or what's on their wishlist. And this just might help you and your date decide where to get a bite in the city or try something that you wouldn't have otherwise!
avel will open the door to a multitude of other topics such as food, cuisines that your partner is fond of. | Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash
(Article originally written by: N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe) (IANS/ MBI)
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