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On the morning of October 27, 2018, during Sabbath services at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA, Robert Bowers entered the synagogue and screamed "All Jews must die," then opened fire on the congregation. He was equipped with an assault rifle and numerous handguns when he opened fire on the congregation, killing eleven people and injuring six others, four of whom were police officers. This was undoubtedly the country's worst attack on the Jewish community.
Eleven persons were murdered in the event, three on the ground floor and four in the basement of the synagogue. At least six individuals were hurt, including four Pittsburgh police officers. Five people were taken to the hospital, four of whom required surgery, while one was treated and discharged later that day.
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An emergency Victims Assistance Center was set up inside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh just hours after the shooting inside The Tree of Life Synagogue. Family of synagogue members who hadn't been located entered the center and waited for news of their loved ones. "They knew what was inevitable, we knew what was inevitable," remembers Rabbi Ron Symons. But it took time for the FBI to complete its work. And so they waited.
The soul, according to Jewish tradition, is still attached to the body and is aware of the presence in the room.Wikimediacommons
One lady named Rabbi Symons, who runs the Center for Loving Kindness at the JCC, says it was horrifying to watch congregants sit, awaiting a tap on the shoulder to come and talk with him and other grief counselors. However, the victims were treated with only tenderness in a Jewish ritual that originated behind closed doors at the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office. Rabbi Wasserman organized the rotation of Chevra Kadisha -- a "holy group" of men and women who stayed with the bodies until they were released to the families Monday morning. She described the event as inconvenient and difficult but cherished at the same time.
The Rabbi exclaims that there was only a slight gap overnight until the FBI and other officials gave consent to allow his members in a nearby room, and then eventually next to the bodies. The volunteers recited the Book of Psalms as the next volunteer rotated in, an hour later. The soul, according to Jewish tradition, is still attached to the body and is aware of the presence in the room. "It's a reminder that we are not alone and are always in community with one another," Rabbi Symons adds.
Meanwhile, Rabbi Wasserman was astonished by the responses, which included more than 20 volunteers. He rang the remaining 40 people who had signed up on Monday morning, notifying them that all of the remains had been transported to the funeral home. Tahara, ceremonial washing of the body before burial, is also part of Chevra Kadisha. The body is purified before being wrapped in a white shroud and put in a coffin. Because the deceased cannot express gratitude for the gesture, the entire process is part of a series of ceremonies known as genuine kindness.
Now after more than two years after the Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue, architect Daniel Libeskind will revamp the building, both as a way to commemorate the victims and to restore it as a place of worship. The reconstruction plans for the synagogue include reconstructing much of the property, as well as establishing classrooms, a social area, and a Hall of Memories to honor the victims of the assault.
(This article is a rehash from Voice of America)
The Centre will launch a pilot project on the use of indigenously manufactured drones for delivering medicines in the undulating landscape of Jammu and surrounding areas from Saturday with a focus on vaccines delivery initially. "This is going to be a pilot project for the area. The drone is developed and manufactured entirely by our scientists," Union Minister for Science & Technology, Dr Jitendra Singh told mediapersons. Singh said he himself will be launching the project at Jammu.
The drone is developed by the scientists at Bengaluru's National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), a constituent of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), an autonomous Society that is headed by the Prime Minister. For now, the delivery would be limited to Covid vaccines and once successful, it would be expanded to be used for regular delivery of medicines in the remote, hilly areas.
The drone is developed by the scientists at Bengaluru's National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL). | Photo by Jason Blackeye on Unsplash
Jammu and surrounding areas are sensitive in terms of the strategic importance. Some months ago, there was an attack on an Army installation using drones. Will the 'drones for vaccines' be permitted in such a case? Allaying fears, a top official from the Ministry of S&T said, "The drones would be deployed by authorised agencies such as hospitals, not anybody can use it, nor would any random person be permitted to use it."
NAL has called the drone as 'Octacopter' and it can fly at an operational altitude of 500 m AGL and at maximum flying speed of 36 kmph. It can be used for a variety of BVLOS applications for last mile delivery like medicines, vaccines, food, postal packets, Human organs (such as heart for heart transplantation) etc. NAL Octacopter is integrated with a powerful on-board embedded computer and latest generation sensors for versatile applications like agricultural pesticide spraying, crop monitoring, mining survey, magnetic geo survey mapping etc., S&T officials had said. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Jammu, Vaccines, Medicines, Deliver, Drones, Centre
Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan shares how he feels when people compare him with his father Amitabh Bachchan on the singing reality show 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa'. He also requests contestant Rajshree Bag to sing a track 'Bahon Mein Chale Aao' featuring his mother Jaya Bachchan.
Abhishek said after looking at the performance of Rajshree, who is often compared with Lata Mangeshkar on the show, that she reminds him of being compared with his father. "Rajshree, whenever I have got the chance to watch the show, I've seen people compare you to Lata didi. It actually reminded me about how people compare me with my father and ask me how I feel about it."
According to him Amitabh Bachchan is a great actor in the industry and this is what he says to everyone making these comparisons. "My answer to them is that there's no greater actor in this film industry than Amitabh Bachchan and if I'm being compared to him, I am sure I must have done something good."
"Similarly, your voice has a different kind of magic like Lata ji and that's why people are comparing your voice with her. I feel you should always take this as a compliment," he concluded. 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa' airs on Saturday and Sunday on Zee TV. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Abhishek Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, reality show, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, Rajshree Bag
Winters in India have always beckoned for that hot, steaming bowl of tomato and pepper rasam or the mellow, millet based Raab. Certain dishes like sarson ka saag, undhiyu, nimona pulao are winter specialites in the country. Seasonal food has always been an Indian speciality -- we switch our choice in fruits, vegetables, sometimes even grains with the onset of different season. The preference of using specific ingredients during certain climates is visible in our sweets as well. It's common to find local and traditional delicacies made of jaggery, instead of sugar during the winters. Case in point -- the Nolen Gur Rasgulla, a speciality made in Odisha and West Bengal between November to February.
Celebrity chef, Sanjeev Kapoor, strongly advocates this need of eating seasonal produce. He says, "The beauty of our food is in our seasonal usage of fruits and vegetables. If you realise, Gajar ka halwa is made aplenty during winters as this is the season when beautiful red carrots hit the market or mango pickle is made during summer, thanks to its availability. Despite people and sometimes, even me, suggesting that we should eat fresh as well as seasonal fruits and vegetables, we do not know what chemicals are sprayed on them to keep them safe while they are growing. When this produce hits the market, there isn't a certifying agency like the FSSAI that will help people understand what vegetables and fruits are free of pesticides and germs and which ones don't. Hence, the onus lies on us to make them safe for consumption. ITC's Nimwash is a good solution."
When it comes to winters, the Chef recommends eating these fruit and vegetables:
* Purple Mogri -- Mogri or Radish pods are not a common sight throughout the country. But you can spot them during the winters in local markets in northern India where women pick them up to make raitas, curries and stir fries. Rich in magnesium, calcium and copper, the vegetable is known to aid people from digestive problems.
Mogri or Radish pods are not a common sight throughout the country, but you can spot them during the winters | Pixabay
* Sweet Potato -- A re-discovered favourite, Sweet potatoes have created a space for itself in the millennial kitchen. With its diverse addition in burgers, chips and even chat, the root vegetable is filled with nutrients such as fibres and vitamins.
Sweet potatoes have created a space for itself in the millennial kitchen. | Wikimedia Commons
* Avarekalu -- Called Hyacinth beans in English, Avarekalu is a winter speciality in the south that is added to sambhar, saagu, rotis, etc. Bangalore is famed for its Averakalu mela during the winter months, where you can find these beans in dosas, Pani puri and even Jalebis! Thronged by crowds from all over the city, the food fest is a gourmand's delight.
Called Hyacinth beans in English, Avarekalu is a winter speciality in the south that is added to sambhar, saagu, rotis, etc. | Wikimedia Commons
* Amla -- The Indian gooseberry is a common winter fruit found through the country. High in Vitamin C, it is known to be immunity building and extremely beneficial for the skin and hair. There are multiple ways to eat Amla -- it is pickled, made into a fruit preserve called as Murraba or even eaten by sprinkling salt over it.
The Indian gooseberry is a common winter fruit found through the country. | Pixabay
(Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: winter, Sanjeev Kapoor, chef, Indian gooseberry, Sweet Potato, Radish pods