Will Eating Sand Help You Live Longer? Sudama Devi, The 92 Year Old Indian Woman Who’s Daily Meal Is SAND

A 92-year-old Indian woman who admitted she eats a kilogram of sand every day has amazed doctors with her perfect health.

Sudama Devi first ate sand for a bet with friends when she was aged just ten.

But the mother-of-four, from Kajri Noorpur, became addicted to the grit and now eats four plates of it every day.

Sudama Devi first ate sand for a bet with friends when she was aged just ten and now eats a kilogram a day

She claims the unusual habit, which saw her eat only sand for dinner following her wedding to husband Krishan Kumar, is the reason she has never had to visit a doctor or be hungry.

Mrs Devi said: ‘I eat sand daily, about one kilogram and three or four times in a day.

‘My economic condition is not good but I am fond of eating a good and healthy diet. I eat sand but it is not like a food.’

She added that the sand was so good when she tried it as a child she soon tied it in to her routine diet.

The mother-of-four mixes the sand with water in a glass before drinking it

She also eats it directly from a metal plate

The mother-of-four, from Kajri Noorpur, India, mixes the sand with water in a glass before drinking it, as well as eating it directly from a metal plate

 The 92-year-old started eating the grit eight decades ago aged just ten and now has four plates of it every day

 The 92-year-old started eating the grit eight decades ago aged just ten and now has four plates of it every day

The elderly woman dips a piece of what appears to be orange in a plate of sand, which she believes keeps her healthy

The elderly woman dips a piece of what appears to be orange in a plate of sand, which she believes keeps her healthy

She said: ‘I had seven sons and three daughters but now I have only three sons and one daughter alive. No one eats sand.

‘Before marriage my father and my brother arranged sand for me and after marriage my husband Krishan Kumar arranged sand for me.

‘When I came first time (sic) in my husband’s home everybody felt surprised to see that a bride eats sand.’

Although Mrs Devi, perched on a wicker bench (above), has been eating the substance for decades, she doesn't class sand as 'food'

Although Mrs Devi, perched on a wicker bench (above), has been eating the substance for decades, she doesn’t class sand as ‘food’

She also said she used to enjoy a good, healthy meal, before she started eating so much sand

She also said she used to enjoy a good, healthy meal, before she started eating so much sand

Mrs Devi sits in a corner outside a property in India on a yellow deckchair and licks her hand clean of sand

Mrs Devi sits in a corner outside a property in India on a yellow deckchair and licks her hand clean of sand

One local from the village described Mrs Devi, pictured eating one particularly large lump, as 'fully physically fit'

One local from the village described Mrs Devi, pictured eating one particularly large lump, as ‘fully physically fit’

One local from the village described Mrs Devi as ‘fully physically fit’.

‘She has no disease in her body,’ they said. ‘Without sand she does not feel hunger.’

It is surprising Mrs Devi has good fitness and does not suffer any serious illnesses, doctors said.

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Bollywood superstar Salman Khan sentenced to five years in jail in hit-and-run case

An Indian judge has sentenced Bollywood superstar Salman Khan to five years in jail over the killing a homeless man in a 2002 hit-and-run after a night out drinking.

Judge DW Deshpande found Khan guilty of culpable homicide after driving his Toyota Land Cruiser into a group of homeless men sleeping rough in suburban Mumbai after spending the evening in an upmarket bar.

One man was killed and several others were injured in the incident.

Khan, the star of blockbusters such as Dabangg (Fearless), looked stunned as the sentence was read out, according to reporters inside the courtroom.

He had always denied being behind the wheel, but now faces up to 10 years in prison, potentially bringing the career of one of the Indian movie industry’s biggest box-office stars to a shuddering halt.

Khan’s lawyer Shrikant Shivade argued against prison for his client. He said Khan had given generously to charity and was also suffering from a neurological condition.

But prosecutor Pradeep Gharat said that “fines are not enough”, adding that “the punishment has to be a deterrent” to others.

The sentence was expected to be passed later Wednesday.

Trial finally begins after 12 years

The trial began in earnest in 2014 after a series of court hearings and legal hold-ups.

A string of prosecution witnesses, including survivors of the crash, testified that Khan was driving the vehicle when it ploughed at speed into the men sleeping on the street near a bakery in September 2002.

When 49-year-old Khan finally took the stand in March, he pleaded not guilty and told the court that his driver was responsible for mounting the pavement in the upmarket suburb of Bandra West.

The driver testified in court last month that he had been behind the wheel, and that the crash occurred after the front left tyre burst, making steering and braking difficult.

But the judge found him guilty of all charges including driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Khan is likely to appeal the verdict, while the court was now hearing submissions from his lawyers on the length of sentence to be decided by the judge.

A constable attached to Khan’s security detail said in his statement to police that the drunk actor lost control of the car while driving at about 90 kilometres per hour.

“The people were sleeping on the footpath. Salman and (his cousin) Kamaal ran away from the spot,” the constable, who died in 2007 of tuberculosis, said.

One of the sleeping labourers injured in the accident said in his statement that “Salman was so drunk he fell. He stood but he fell again and then he… ran away”.

Khan was ‘only drinking water’

Khan’s lawyers said the action and romantic comedy star had in fact been drinking water all evening and had climbed out of the driver’s seat after the accident because the passenger side door had been damaged.

They also said that the victim, Nurulah Mahbob Sharif, was killed during an operation to move the car, rather than the crash itself, when the bumper fell off and landed on him.

Television news channels carried virtually non-stop coverage on Wednesday, with camera crews parked outside Khan’s home and surrounding the court.

Khan, the son of a respected film writer, has starred in more than 100 films and television shows since his first hit Maine Pyar Kiya (I Fell in Love) in the 1980s.

But the body building actor is no stranger to controversy off screen and he spent more than a week behind bars for killing an endangered Indian gazelle in 1998 during a hunting trip.

The verdict has been keenly awaited both by his fans and Bollywood studios who stand to lose millions of dollars if they have to cancel filming for movies he has been signed up to.

One report by the Press of Trust of India said more than $US31 million was riding on the verdict.

If he were to be jailed, Khan would become the second big-name Bollywood actor to be imprisoned in the last two years.

Sanjay Dutt, the star of a series of gangster movies, is behind bars over possession of weapons linked to several bombings in Mumbai in 1993.

Four Prehistoric Harappan Era Skeletons Found In Haryana – India

Four human skeletons, believed to be 5,000 years old, have been found by archaeologists from the site of Harappan civilization at Rakhi Garhi village.

Archaeologists of Haryana Archaeology Department in collaboration with Seoul National University, South Korea and Deccan College, Pune recently found four human skeletons at the site.

Prof. Nilesh Yadav, co-director of the project, said this is the first time that skeletons have been recovered during the excavation in the village, which is 60 km from here in Hisar district. The excavation in the village started in 2012.

These skeletons are of two men, one woman and a child.

The height of the skeletons of the men is five feet and six inches and both were aged about 50 years while the height of the skeleton of the woman is five feet and four inches and was aged around 30 years.

The child’s age was believed to be around 10 years. These skeletons will be sent to laboratory for DNA test, Yadav said.

Besides pottery with grains of food, bangles, toys, mini wheels and sling balls of different sizes have also been recovered from the excavation site.

Archaeologists also recovered a seal which has some tiger-like figure inscribed on it. They believe that it was used in trade or for some other purposes. Tools which could have been used for fishing and hunting purposes have also been recovered.

The excavation work was spread over an area of 50 acres and the archaeologists are still working on three mounds numbering 4, 6 and 7