Monday February 4, 2013
Student killed by lightning while playing football in school
OTHER NEWS & VIEWS
Compiled by PATRICK LEE, NG SI HOOI and A. RAMAN
A SCHOOLBOY was killed while another suffered serious burns when they were struck by lightning while playing football in their school field.
Three others were treated for minor burns at the Taiping Hospital following the 4.30pm incident on Thursday, Tamil Nesan reported.
R. Dinesh Kumar, a Form Five student who is also his school's football team captain, had critical burns on his head and chest and died a day after admission to the hospital.
His friend, Haresh Kumar, also 17, was discharged on Friday.
Dinesh Kumar's mother M.A. Muruheswary kept vigil by his bedside and collapsed when he succumbed to his injuries. She has been warded at the hospital's intensive care unit for excessive shock.
Dinesh Kumar, who scored 7As in the PMR examinations in 2011, leaves behind two siblings, a sister and an elder brother.
> The Toda people, a small pastoral community who live on the isolated Nilgiri plateau of southern India, celebrated the birthday of the oldest woman in their village of Pudhumund in Tamil Nadu.
The celebration to mark the 110th birthday of the woman, known only as Rujam, was supposed to have been held last week.
However, a death in the family caused the community of about 1,500 people to celebrate the event on Monday, Makkal Osai reported.
Rujam was surrounded by family members transcending five generations, including a few of her daughters and scores of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The grand old woman of the Toda people, clad in a traditional dress of the community, presided over a special cake-cutting ceremony organised by her clan in her honour.
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