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Man suffering from Local Gigantism dubbed as ‘Devil’ by his Own Family

Gigantism is usually caused by the excessive secretion of the human growth hormone or somatotropin

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  • Bablu was forced to leave his hometown because neighbors could not understand his biological condition
  • He migrated to Mumbai in search for jobs, but did not find much hope in the city either
  • He suffers from Gigantism, a condition when certain parts, or the whole body, grows abnormally due to excessive production of growth hormone

MUMBAI: Bablu has been shooed away from his hometown because his neighbors failed to understand the unusual biological condition he suffers from. Bablu suffers from an extreme case of local gigantism and has a massive 20 kg right arm. Even his own family thought of him as a ‘devil’, and left no choice with him but to leave home. Bablu has now traveled to Mumbai in search of a better lifestyle.

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Bablu finds it hard to perform the simplest of tasks. Image Courtesy: News Flare

But people have not been as welcoming in Mumbai either. Bablu thought he would blend easily in this densely populated city and maybe think of making a living, but everyone seems scared of his arm. He has to suffer a lot of hardships and stigmas through no fault of his own, said the dailymail.com report.

Gigantism is caused by the excessive secretion of the human growth hormone, or somatotropin, in childhood during growth spurts, resulting in heights of 7 feet to 9 feet in height. The pituitary gland, which is responsible for producing somatotropin, produces an extra amount of the hormone due to the presence of benign tumor, which in turn causes enlargement of certain parts or the overall body. This can be marked by an enlarged tongue or big limbs, said the nhs.uk website.

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People suffering from gigantism often suffer from skeletal as well as circulatory anomalies. Statistically speaking, these people also often die early. Even with these risks, sportsmen consume artificial growth hormone to improve performance in their filed of work. This artificial hormone is banned by authorities.

-prepared by Saurabh Bodas, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @saurabhbodas96

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  • AJ Krish

    It is really sad that Bablu has been shooed away from his hometown and treated differently because of his condition. People need to be more understanding and help him out rather than isolating him.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Avoiding or shooing away people with such disorders is not the way. These people need care, attention and they like to be treated just like the normal people.

  • Aparna Gupta

    We are living in 21st century and how can even think of devil now days? It’s all because of lack of education.

  • devika todi

    people need to be more sensitive to such issues. lack of education is a major reason. i can’t even say that this is just the thinking and the condition in the villages. Bablu faced a similar criticism in a modern city like Mumbai. i guess we see different as bad in our society.

  • AJ Krish

    It is really sad that Bablu has been shooed away from his hometown and treated differently because of his condition. People need to be more understanding and help him out rather than isolating him.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    Avoiding or shooing away people with such disorders is not the way. These people need care, attention and they like to be treated just like the normal people.

  • Aparna Gupta

    We are living in 21st century and how can even think of devil now days? It’s all because of lack of education.

  • devika todi

    people need to be more sensitive to such issues. lack of education is a major reason. i can’t even say that this is just the thinking and the condition in the villages. Bablu faced a similar criticism in a modern city like Mumbai. i guess we see different as bad in our society.

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Diesel Exhaust Converted Into Ink by Indian Innovators To Battle Air Pollution

Supervised by young engineers, workers at the start-up company Chakr Innovation in New Delhi cut and weld sheets of metal to make devices that will capture black plumes of smoke from diesel generators and convert it into ink.

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Supervised by young engineers, workers at the start-up company Chakr Innovation in New Delhi cut and weld sheets of metal to make devices that will capture black plumes of smoke from diesel generators and convert it into ink.

In a cabin, young engineers pore over drawings and hunch over computers as they explore more applications of the technology that they hope will aid progress in cleaning up the Indian capital’s toxic air – among the world’s dirtiest.

While the millions of cars that ply Delhi’s streets are usually blamed for the city’s deadly air pollution, another big culprit is the massive diesel generators used by industries and buildings to light up homes and offices during outages when power from the grid switches off – a frequent occurrence in summer. Installed in backyards and basements, they stay away from the public eye.

“Although vehicular emissions are the show stoppers, they are the ones which get the media attention, the silent polluters are the diesel generators,” says Arpit Dhupar, one of the three engineers who co-founded the start up.

The idea that this polluting smoke needs attention struck Dhupar three years ago as he sipped a glass of sugarcane juice at a roadside vendor and saw a wall blackened with the fumes of a diesel generator he was using.

It jolted him into joining with two others who co-founded the start-up to find a solution. Dhupar had experienced first hand the deadly impact of this pollution as he developed respiratory problems growing up in Delhi.

An Indian girls holds a banner during a protest against air pollution in New Delhi, India, Nov. 6, 2016.
An Indian girls holds a banner during a protest against air pollution in New Delhi, India, Nov. 6, 2016.

A new business

As the city’s dirty air becomes a serious health hazard for many citizens, it has turned into both a calling and a business opportunity for entrepreneurs looking at ways to improve air quality.

According to estimates, vehicles contribute 22 percent of the deadly PM 2.5 emissions in Delhi, while the share of diesel generators is about 15 percent. These emissions settle deep into the lungs, causing a host of respiratory problems.

After over two years of research and development, Chakr has begun selling devices to tap the diesel exhaust. They have been installed in 50 places, include public sector and private companies.

The technology involves cooling the exhaust in a “heat exchanger” where the tiny soot particles come together. These are then funneled into another chamber that captures 70 to 90 percent of the particulate matter. The carbon is isolated and converted into ink.

Among their first clients was one of the city’s top law firms, Jyoti Sagar Associates, which is housed in a building in Delhi’s business hub Gurgaon.

Making a contribution to minimizing the carbon footprint is a subject that is close to Sagar’s heart – his 32-year-old daughter has long suffered from the harmful effects of Delhi’s toxic air.

Motorists drive surrounded by smog, in New Delhi, India, Nov. 8, 2017.
Motorists drive surrounded by smog, in New Delhi, India, Nov. 8, 2017.

“This appealed to us straightaway, the technology is very impactful but is beautifully simple,” says Sagar. Since it could be retrofitted, it did not disrupt the day-to-day activities at the buzzing office. “Let’s be responsible. Let’s at least not leave behind a larger footprint of carbon. And if we can afford to control it, why not, it’s good for all,” he says.

At Chakr Innovation, cups, diaries and paper bags printed with the ink made from the exhaust serve as constant reminders of the amount of carbon emissions that would have escaped into the atmosphere.

There has been a lot of focus on improving Delhi’s air by reducing vehicular pollution and making more stringent norms for manufacturers, but the same has not happened for diesel generators. Although there are efforts to penalize businesses that dirty the atmosphere, this often prompts them to find ways to get around the norms.

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Tushar Mathur who joined the start up after working for ten years in the corporate sector feels converting smoke into ink is a viable solution. “Here is a technology which is completely sustainable, a win-win between businesses and environment,” says Mathur. (VOA)