Blog by Dr Deepshikha Ganjoo

Beginning in the month of July 2018, the South Indian state of Kerala was affected by severe floods.

This was the worst in over a century Kerala has seen. Displacing millions of people, leaving hundreds dead or missing.

Multiple factors like low pressure area creation , heavy rains, large discharge from dams are being held responsible for such a severe calamity. The floods have raised multiple concerns in the state, from providing clean water, to safe shelter, food etc.

Another fresh concern is the spread of diseases such as ‘Leptospirosis’ commonly known as Rat Fever. This disease is caused by a bacterium called as Leptospira. The sign and symptoms of the disease range from
*muscle pain
*severe bleeding
*Yellowing of skin and eyes
*Skin Rashes
The most common carriers of this disease are the rodents, dogs, cattle and rabbits and it is transmitted by animal urine, by water or soil.

So with the current scenario where the entire state was flooded, the disease has spread like an epidemic and requires an effective strategy for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the same



National News


The Ministry of Defence has put an end to questions over the venue of Aero India 2019. The Ministry of Defence in a press release said that the Aero Show 2019 will be held in Bengaluru between February 20 and 24. This event is said to combine a trade exhibition for the aerospace and defence industries alongside public air shows.

Remember, the upcoming Aero India had recently sparked a row after U.P CM Yogi Adityanath had appealed to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to host the show in Lucknow. His request had irked several leaders in Karnataka.

PTI quoted sources from Defence Ministry saying that they had received requests from other states including Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Odisha to host the next Aero India Show. Experts feel that moving the venue would prove to be detrimental as Bengaluru is a home to Indian Aviation and Space with both HAL and ISRO being headquartered in the city.

There was a speculation that the Aero show 2019 would give a boost to the Defence Corridor which is coming up in Lucknow. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister had asked the Defence Minister and urged her to hold the event in his state. This irked the Karnataka State congress and they hit out at they hit out at the Defence Minister telling her that being a Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka, she had to protect the interest of the state and retain the show in Bengaluru. Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy also wrote to PM Narendra Modi about the show and urged him to retain the show in the city. BJP Karnataka on the other hand remained tight-lipped over the issue and were accused of remaining mute spectators to the injustice meted out to the people of Karnataka.

The Ministry of Defence has now put an end to all speculations regarding the venue of the show and has announced officially that Aero India 2019 will be held in the city of Bengaluru.



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History was created by India’s Apex Court on September 6th. Sec 377 of the Indian Penal Code was partially struck down. The Supreme Court Judges said that sex between two consenting adults was none of their business. While non-consensual sex and bestiality are still a crime, Supreme Court’s judgement has widened the definition of right to freedom.

(Photo credit: Deepak Bopanna)

For the LGBTQ community, this is just the first step forward. The community will have to wage a lengthier battle now. While the community has the legal sanctity now. They will have to fight for social justice.

They will have to fight for themselves in the societal hierarchy. Many are now contemplating if the right to freedom of expression can be extended to marriage. But if laws are changed in connection with marriage act, there could a massive uproar in both the political class as well as the general public.

While many politicians have remained tight-lipped about the verdict, several have out rightly refused to accept gay marriages, claiming that marriages that led to production of an offspring were valid and rest were invalid. Also adding that gay marriages lead to unhealthy environment for children.

India has come a long way since its independence, but we will be able to call ourselves as a free country only every one has their rights intact.

It would be grossly wrong to deny LGBT partners the chance to take their relationship to culminate as a wedding. As far gay marriages are concerned, several same sex marriages have provided stable families for children, the best example being Neil Patrick Harris and his husband David Burtka who have raised two children. Also many are demanding right to adopt/surrogacy.

Whether Indian law permits this or not, whether soceity is open to its minority remains to be seen. But hopefully the “apology” note India “owes to the LQBT” community will be delivered with a gift of marriage & surrogacy.

Two ISIS Terrorists Arrested in India

National News

Special Cell of the Delhi Police were able to thaw a possible terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir after they arrested 2 men from New Delhi’s Red Fort Area.

Two residents of Shopian, Parvez Lone and Jamshed were arrested on September 6th. These two men were reportedly instructed by their handlers to pick up weapons from Uttar Pradesh and carry it to Kashmir, following which it would be used in the valley to stage an attack

The two men had two .32 pistols, 10 cartridges and mobile phones which were



Parvez and Jamshed were both residents of Gannapura Village in Shopian. In fact Parvez was influenced by his brother Firdaus to join terrorism, Firdaus had been eliminated earlier this year by the forces.



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Both these men were foot soldiers of the ISJK and were in fact A Grade terrorists. They had even helped a terrorist named Bashir who had recently been arrested by NIA.



ISIS is slowly spreading its tentacles in the valley, the big question is will the government remain a mute spectator or will they take counter measures to curb this menace.

India’s youngest state:- Telangana, all set to face polls


Telangana which is one the youngest states in the country is all set to face elections in less than 5 years of its formation. After months of speculation, Chief Minister and TRS President K Chandrashekhar Rao finally announced that his party was ready to face polls.

His announcement did not come as a surprise. He chose his lucky number 6, in this scenario September 6th, to make the announcement. But what did come as a surprise was the fact that his party is going solo for the election. He refused to side with any national party. In fact, he went to launch a scathing attack against Congress. He even went to call out Congress President Rahul Gandhi as a buffoon for hugging Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Parliament during the No-Confidence Motion Debate.

KCR will in fact begin his political campaigning from Friday, 7th September. While the Chief Minister said that elections would be held in November, there was no official confirmation in this regard from Election Commission.

In the press conference, KCR also claimed that he has ”completed 99.9% of the work” promised by him, his critics however feel otherwise.
With the Governor now in charge, the Caretaker CM is expected to leave no stone unturned to ensure his sacrifice doesn’t go in vain.

With almost 9 months ahead of the scheduled poll, many feel this step is a political hara-kiri by KCR. However there could be several reasons behind this move. If scheduled with the general elections, public sentiment could work in favour of other parties which have much popular faces. Also if elections are held now, KCR could woo the general public in his state minus all the hype surrounding the national politics. Secondly KCR could use the good monsoon and bumper crop yield to attract rural votes now. Plus he can beat the anti-incumbency factor now as waiting for another year could hurt his chances given the mounting opposition against his working style.

Regardless of whether KCR wins the polls or not, the big question is will India’s youngest state survive this unexpected/expected political turmoil unleashed by the very man who created it? Will TRS sweep Telangana or will any other political veteran steal the show?



The wilderness that is too green. Silence that can soothe your nerves. This is the unseen side of Goa for you. A place that can help you relax, unwind and forget all your worries. While many may prefer to head to Goa to party, this blogs aims to help the tourist unwind at all the places known and unknown.

The Churches of South Goa

After Vasco Da Gama landed in Goa in 1498, the Portuguese used this port City to plunder India’s wealth. Soon missionaries arrived and construction of massive churches began. The Churches of South Goa have the distinct of being named as the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

* Basilica of Bom Jesus:

Dedicated to Bom Jesus (infant Jesus) this Church is a single nave (room) building. It houses the relics of St Francis. The main altar is made of gold.

*Church of St Francis of Assisi

Dedicated to St Francis of Assisi, The most unique feature of this church is the facade and unique painting on the wall (called as frescoes). It also houses several paintings that have a grandeur to them

*Chapel of Santa Catrina

Built after Afonso Albuquerque captured Goa, this nearly deserted Chapel was once ordained to be a Cathedral by the Pope!

*Ruins of St Augustine

These ruins are a reminder of a glorious past Goa nurtured. While the church collapse in the 19th century, it offers 21st century a glimpse into Goa’s history.

*Se Cathedral

Dedicated to the Catherine Of Alexandria, this is the biggest Church built by Portuguese in Goa.

*St Cajetan Church

Based on St Peter’s Basilica this church was built by Italians and houses the statues of St Paul, St John, St Peter & St Matthew.

*Viceroy’s Arch

This is very close to St Cajetan’s church, this was built by Vasco Da Gama’s grandson to commemorate liberation of Portugal from Spain.

*Beaches of Goa:

Ditch the famous Anjuna, Baga or Colva beach, here is what we recommend:

1) Majorda Beach

2) Mira Mar Beach

3) Arossim Beach

Dona Paula

Places to eat

Martin’s Corner

Also try street food

Can try: Sev Puri (RS 30 in Panjim)

Also visit:

Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Panjim


National News

Congress has fought the BJP over Water, Border (read land) and now they are the battle has gone aerial, both figuratively and literally!

The bone of contention this time around is the Aero India 2019. The biennial event has been held in Yelahanka Air Station for the last 22 years. But several media outlets have reported that the Defence Ministry is mulling over the idea of shifting the location of this show. Sources suggest Lucknow’s Bakshi Ka Talab Airforce Station could be the next destination for this Aero Show. This has infuriated the Congress who are reportedly extremely upset with the development.

Karnataka Congress President Dinesh Gundu Rao wrote a letter to the Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman claiming that the move was akin to the other ‘ill-guided policies’ of the Central Government and could hurt the state’s Defence and Aviation sector. He also questioned Nirmala Sitharaman’s contribution to the state given she was a representative of the state in the Upper House. Surprisingly local leaders of the opposition have not taken a stand on this issue.

Couple of days back on her visit to the state of Karnataka, the Defence Minister had stated the final call on this issue would be taken soon as her ministry was yet to take the final call.

On the other hand several defence experts are of the opinion that Lucknow Air Base is not capable of holding a show of this caliber. The air base is reportedly smaller than that in Bengaluru.

But most Bengalureans are upset by this news. Aero India has been associated with this cities culture. If the show is shift it could hurt the sentiments of many & several are now crossing their fingers hoping this doesn’t happen.


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In less than 3 hours after the death of Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M Karunanidhi , AIADMK Government found itself in the midst of a massive controversy. The Tamil Nadu Government rejected DMK’s request for a burial of the Tamil politics stalwart at the Marina Beach.

Several DMK leaders and Karunanidhi’s children MK Stalin, MK Alagiri along with Kanimozhi paid a visit to the Chief Minister E Palaniswami requesting for Karunanidhi’s burial next to his mentor Annadurai’s memorial.

However the Chief Minister chose to go by the rule book, he reasoned that no former Chief Minister was buried along Marina Beach. While incumbent Chief Ministers Annadurai, M G Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa have memorials at Marina Beach, Former Chief Ministers K Kamaraj and Rajaji were buried in Gandhi Mandapam.

Also the other reason cited by AIADMK was that there were at least 7 petitions filed in the Madras High Court which were against constructing memorials and burial of dead bodies along the beach as they violated the rules of Coastal Regulation Zones.

While the Chief Minister is right in stating that the memorial could violate CRZ rules, the same diligence was not followed when ‘Amma’ Jayalalithaa passed away, laws were tweaked to ensure Jaya was buried at the Marina Beach.

Section 319(3) of Chennai City Municipality Cooperation Act was altered following which ‘eastern side of the MGR memorial’ became a burial ground. Many wondered if the same would happen this time around. But the AIADMK stuck to their stand, forcing DMK to seek justice via judicial means.

In what can only be described as an unprecedented move, DMK moved a petition forcing a two judge bench to hear the case at the Chief Justice’s residence.

This incident will most certainly have massive ramifications. This will lead to intense political battles between the two parties, this can also swing the public sympathy in the favour of DMK.

While AIADMK grapples to contain its flock, this avoidable controversy could embolden DMK leadership to unleash a political storm. May be showing magnanimity in this hour could have earned brownie points for EPS and OPS.

Chop Chop Chop: Fate of 253 Trees in Mumbai Hangs in balance

Environment, Wildlife

Google the word ‘Development’ and this is what the website says: the process of being developed. Sounds vague? Precisely the point.

Development is a vague term. But nonetheless an over used phrase. A word used every time a government launches a new scheme. Linking rivers- development! Building bridges- development! So on and so forth.

So when the living conditions of the 9680 residents of the BDD Chawl in Worli grew from worse to pathetic, Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority came up with a- you guessed it- ‘Development’ plan. Plan was simple: build 87 buildings. The only catch was this 11,744 crore project will impact 625 trees in the chawl complex. MHADA proposes to cut down 253 trees and transplant 372 trees to another area.

NewsCaravan visited the Chawl Complex located in Mumbai’s Worli area to see the living conditions in the region. Sadly, the chawl is filthy and the houses are dilapidated. Many need urgent repair or evacuation of its occupants.

People belong to the lower income strata and many houses were crammed. People had no place to stay let alone have furniture or other amenities.

Worli, Mumbai

Dilapidated Houses at the Chawl

However, what really got the attention of our team were the trees that could be chopped. Now these trees are massive, some clearly over 60-70 feet and may easily be in the age group of 15-25 years or above (rough estimate). If the government aims to cut down these trees, then it will purely be a disaster.

Remember trees are the lungs of the nature. Cutting down 253 trees will not just act as a disaster for the air purification, but will also impact the water logging crisis in Worli as the roots of these trees help in prevention of soil erosion. This will also reduce the green cover in the city.

Transplanting trees is no easy task, firstly trees have deep roots so uprooting over 300 trees will not be simple. Secondly, where do to the authorities plan to transplant these trees given the fact that Mumbai has no space. Thirdly transplanting trees have low success rate, many doubt if all the trees will survive the operation.

We spoke to a few residents of the city, who quite naturally were enraged about this move.

However Mumbai Board’s Chief Officer Depeendra Khushwaha while speaking to media clarified that no tree would be cut unnecessarily. There was no clarification from his end on how trees could be classified as necessary or unnecessary.

MHADA aims at ‘development’ of the chawl. But, the real problem at hand is fairly simple: will nature have to pay the price of this ill conceived development or will MHADA scrap this plan and opt for a sustainable idea?

Blog by Isheeta Bali


National News

Given this age of breaking news and whatsapp forwards, there are high chances that one must have heard, read or watched those cringe worthy episodes of crime specials on a TV channel about the Burari Suicide.

Few days ago, 11 members of the same family were found dead in one house in Delhi’s Burari Suburb. As insensitive as this may sound, this news was a pot of gold for media outlets.

One old woman was murdered, 2 of her sons, daughters in law, 6 grand children found hanging under mysterious circumstances. The dead bodies were reportedly discovered by a neighbour after he found the door ajar.

Now under given circumstances police should have conducted a thorough investigation. But probably the media interest in the case made them share the investigation reports prematurely.

Police happily shared the details of an under investigation crime to media. A diary and a few notes which indicated that this could have been a ritualistic suicide pact now became the focus. The diary was unverified by police and handwriting not sent to forensics for investigation. Yet the diary was taken at face value. Not one person questioned the veracity of this diary. Not one person wondered why the door was left open during a suicide pact. No one bothered to investigate if this was a murder staged as suicide.

On the other hand, media sensationalised this case. Panelists debated over this, despite their being no two sides to this case . Scenes of this gruesome death re-enacted without viewer discretion. Death trivialised for TRPs.

While the police investigates this mysterious case, what needs to be spoken of is the hype around it. If this case was murder, then media needs to respect the investigating authorities and give them time to solve the case. Editors must learn to take a step back from their breaking news syndrome. And police must look beyond the diary and hunt for real clues.

Secondly if this were indeed the first case of mass shared psychosis suicide, then making a joke out of it will only act as a setback for mental health care. When a person decides to end their life regardless of the reason, it shows their fragile state of mind. If one decides to trivialise it, then many others will refuse to seek help and will be trapped in the vicious circle. Mental health is ignored in India. Many mental health care believe that if the family sought professional help then the suicide could have been prevented.

11 lives with a bright future ahead of them would still be with us.