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Karnataka: 7-year-old sets herself ablaze to copy ‘fire dance’ from TV serial, dies

In a shocking incident, a 7-year-old girl set herself ablaze to ‘copy’ a scene from her favourite TV serial in north Karnatka.According to a Times of India report, the victim, who has been identified as Prarthana succumbed to her injuries on November 12. The incident came to light after the victim’s parents filed a police complaint on Wednesday.The girl, a resident of Davanagere district’s Harihara town, was huge fan of two Kannada TV serials.Her mother told the Times of India that Prarthana particularly loved the horror serial. On the fateful day, the victim tried to copy a fire dance scene from the serial. She spread pieces of paper around her and set them on fire, without realising danger to her life.Soon, the fire went out of control and the girl suffered burn injuries. She was taken to a private hospital on November 11. The victim died a day later.Chaitra, victim’s mother, said that she had warned her daughter to ot watch so much TV. The grieving mother, who lost her eldest child, requested all parents to make sure that their children don’t watch so much of TV.Young children aping their favourite serials is not new. In 1999, Shaktiman, a very popular super-hero serial, was taken off air. It was alleged that many children were dying in attempt to copy the stunts of protagonist played by actor Mukesh Khanna.
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Rasgulla: Why two Indian states are feuding over a sweet

Two states have been battling over who gets to claim rights over a popular sugary delicacy. Why?

How about some cakes and burgers as prasad?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what may sound unusual by traditional standards, a temple in the outskirts of Chennai has replaced customary offerings like tamarind rice and sweet pongal with contemporary offerings like burgers, sandwiches, salads and cakes, reported a national English daily.If this wasn’t quirky enough, the temple, Jaya Durga Peetham, makes devotees slip a token into a vending machine to collect the boxes of their ‘pret-a-prasadam’, which is prepared with precision in the automated temple kitchen.In case you are game for more surprises, the prasad is certified by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, with manufacturing and expiry date stamps.“The idea was to show that anything that is nutritious and prepared in a clean kitchen with a clean mind can be served to God. It doesn’t have to be only traditional dishes,” K Sridhar, a herbal oncologist who helped set up the temple, told the Times of India. He added that his idea to serve desserts and sandwiches as part of the temple prasadam has raked up quite a bit of interest among locals and tourists alike.Extending the avant garde services further, the temple, a few months ago, introduced ‘birthday cake prasadam’. “We maintain a computerised register of their (devotees) birth dates and addresses and deliver a cake prasadam to them. It’s a hit among the elderly devotees. Since it is sent by the temple authorities, it adds a special touch to the occasion,” Sridhar said.

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