Gadkari faints on stage, blames low blood sugar level
Mumbai: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had a health scare on Friday after he fainted during a public event in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district. The 61-year-old BJP leader fainted at the convocation of the agriculture university at Rahuri while the national anthem was being sung. He attributed the episode to low sugar and low oxygen supply to his body as he was wearing convocation robes. “I felt some suffocation during the event. The pandal was air-tight. I was wearing the robes of the convocation ceremony, that is why there was less oxygen. My health is alright,” Gadkari said.
AP seeks `1,401 cr for drought relief
Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh government on Friday appealed to the Centre to immediately release Rs 1,401.54 crore as financial assistance for drought mitigation measures in the state. As many as 347 mandals spread over nine districts have been declared drought-hit because of 34.8 per cent deficit in rainfall during Kharif season, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu told a central team.
Shifted hyena dies in Assam zoo
Guwahati: A male hyena, which was recently translocated from Jharkhand to Assam State Zoo, died here following brief illness caused by stress and infection, an official said on Friday. The hyena, which arrived on November 26 from Bhagwan Birsa Biological Park in Ranchi, slipped into coma on Tuesday and died on Thursday, a forest officer said.