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13 climbers die in Garhwal in a month

Joshimath: Calcutta is not the only town to have lost mountaineers attempting to scale the Garhwal Himalayas. Thirteen mountaineers have died in the second half of September, all in snowstorms and avalanches on their way back after scaling Garhwal summits, reports our correspondent.

The body of Prakash Singh of the Kumaon regiment was brought to Dharchula by helicopter on Wednesday from the Panchachuli Two peak. Four other members of his expedition were injured while trying to climb the mountain.

Two youths belonging to the Arret Mountaineering Foundation in Barasat, on Calcutta’s northern fringes, went missing on September 17 soon after scaling the 22,140-feet Kedardome with the rest of their 12-member mountaineering team.

The bodies of Arijit Banerjee and Tusharendu Kabir have not been found, but it is unlikely that they could have survived in the sub-zero temperatures for 22 days without adequate rations.

Seven members of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and two of their porters died in a snowstorm on September 20 on the 6,904-metre Panchachuli One peak.

Ten days later, a member of the joint expedition of the Kumaon and Naga regiments, died on the lower Panchachuli Two peak. Sepoy Prakash Singh died in a fall when the rope he was tied to broke.

Two expeditions in the area — by the Gorkha Rifles on the Kailash Parbat and the Garhwal Scouts on the Mukut Parbat — made it back safely after scaling peaks in September.

Swimmer dies practising stunts

Kollam (PTI): A 22-year-old who made it to the record books with his swimming stunts died while practising here, 60 km from Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram.

Shyam S. Prabodhini died on Thursday while practising in a canal near his house with hands and legs tied with iron chains ahead of another stunt.

Shyam was in the news recently for swimming across Kochi’s Vembanad lake with his hands and legs tied with ropes as a tribute to Mata Amritanandamayi during her 50th birthday celebrations. The swimmer had also made it to the Limca Book of World Records.

On Thursday, after swimming a short distance, Shyam’s head popped up above the water for a few seconds before going down again. When he failed to surface after quite some time, worried onlookers called in fire-fighters. Despite a two-hour search, they failed to locate him. A local later chanced upon Shyam’s body.

He first attracted notice when he swam with his hands bound across the Sasthamkotta lake and dived into lakes at Neendakara, Vypeen and Kochi from a height of 27 feet.

After his recent stunt at Vembanad lake, Shyam had said he dreamed of swimming across the English Channel with his hands and legs tied.

Girl with heart on wrong side

Kumbakonam(PTI): A 14-year-old girl has been found to have her heart on the right side, according to sources at a private hospital, where she had recently undergone a surgery for appendicitis.

The sources said when Manjula of Thiruvaduthurai village was brought for the surgery, doctors found both her heart and appendix on wrong sides. However, she was discharged after a successful surgery.

Ragging rap

Kannur(PTI): Eight students of Sir Syed College near here have been booked under the Prevention of Ragging Act for allegedly roughing up two girl students, police said. No one has been arrested, as the accused were absconding, the police said.

Tourists die in Goa

Panaji(PTI): Rough seas have claimed lives of seven tourists in the last two days at Goa’s Calangute and Colva beaches, police said. Imtiaz Ahmad, a 31-year-old medical representative from Hubli, was swept by strong currents on Tuesday when he ventured into the sea for a swim. On the same day, three students and their teacher, on a study tour from Tamil Nadu, drowned at Colva. On Wednesday, three youths of a group of 20 from Bangalore, were pulled into the sea by a large wave. One of them was rescued.

Land clash kills 2

Ahmednagar(PTI): Two persons were killed and 14 injured in a clash over a long-standing land dispute at Mirpur Lohare in Sangamner tehsil near here, police said. Santu Ranmale (67) and Nana Sakharam Yelmane (60) died on the spot during the clash between two groups armed with sticks, swords and axes on Wednesday.

Four injured

Akola(PTI): Four persons were injured in a clash between two groups on Wednesday, police said. Molestation of a woman was the cause of the clash, the police said, adding that the situation was under control on Thursday.

Mishap death

Nashik(PTI): Senior Nationalist Congress Party activist and a sarpanch was killed and four seriously injured when their jeep overturned on Nashik-Peint Road.


An array of products and technologies ranging from aboriginal art and indigenous pottery to cricket-batting aids, fashion accessories and exotic wine will be displayed at the Australian Showcase, an exhibition in Kochi on October 14.

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