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FACT # 262

Mr. Narendra Modi – Prime Minister of India

 

 

  • Mr. Narendra Modi loves writing poem. He writes in Gujarati language and also has published some books written by him. He also love photography and had held an exhibition showing his collections of photographs clicked by him.
  • Modi was always fond of Hindutva philosophy. When he was a teenager, he went to Himalayas alone and stayed there for 2 years with Yogi Sadhus and learnt the philosophy of Hindutva.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a patriot since childhood. During 1965 Indo-Pak war, he volunteered to serve the soldiers going in the war at the railway stations. He also served the flood affected people of Gujarat in 1967.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done a three month course in US on public relations and image management. This could be one reason behind his success in positioning himself as one of the most popular politician of the world.
  • Narendra Modi is a teetotaller. He doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke. He is a complete vegetarian.
  • Narendra Modi is the most Popular politician in India by huge distance. His Twitter account has more than 6 Million followers. He is the most popular Indian politician on Facebook and 8th most popular among all Indian celebrity on Twitter.
  • Yes! Narendra Modi is married. His parents arranged his marriage when he was a child, at 13 he was engaged and by 18 he got married. They spent very little time together and were soon estranged because Modi decided to pursue an itinerant life.
  • In many Interview he stated that he don’t sleep much. 5 hours is maximum duration he sleeps. He wake up by 5:30 in any case, irrespective of when he hits the bed.
  • We all are aware of Narendra Modi’s love for Technology. Every morning he log in to his system and read everything written about him or anything that matters to him. This way he could know for what he is being criticized or praised.
  • We know that Narendra Modi is choosy about his wardrobe collection, and recently we got to know that all his clothes are of one brand Jade Blue which is a Ahmedabad based textile company.

 

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2016 in General Facts

 

FACT # 261

8 Unsettling Facts About Bollywood Celebrities

1. Shilpa Shetty

That awkward moment when your husband shares the same birth date as your controversial ex. Yep, that’s exactly what Shilpa Shetty goes through every 9th of September! Raj Kundra and Akshay Kumar celebrate their birthdays on the same day. Now that’s a creepy coincidence in our opinion!

 

Shilpa Shetty

 

 

2. Salman Khan

Thinking of borrowing a handkerchief from Sallu Bhai? You just might be disappointed. This superstar steers clear of napkins and tissues too, apparently, he’s only loyal to a particular mulmul cloth. Random factoid but still rather weird.

 

Salman Khan

 

 

3. Shah Rukh Khan

You’d expect that most people would spend their first salary indulging their parents/girlfriends, but not Shah Rukh! With barely 50 bucks in his pocket, the actor used that money to travel Agra to see the Taj Mahal. Well, Shah Rukh has an affinity towards being ‘monumental’. We apologize for that pun, we’re sure it was no fun.

 

Shah Rukh Khan

 

 

4. Hrithik Roshan

Hrithik Roshan has faced speech and diction issues since he was a boy. Very often he was ragged and picked on in school.  He struggled and pursued speech lessons and bullies have stayed away, ever since.

 

Hrithik Roshan

 

 

5. Kareena Kapoor

This Bollywood diva harboured a dream of becoming a lawyer, she enrolled in a Mumbai based college but she didn’t manage to complete the course. A loss for the legal system turned out to be a big win for Bollywood.  

 

Kareena Kapoor

 

 

6. Ranbir Kapoor

Before fame could hit Ranbir Kapoor, his parents used to give him 1500 bucks as pocket money every week. You’d be surprised to know that till today the actor still sponges off them. All the money matters are handled by mommy dearest. 

 

Ranbir Kapoor

 

 

7.  Amitabh Bachchan

Big B has a unique talent, he is ambidextrous. What does that mean you may ask? Simple, he can write equally well using both his hands. Don’t you wish you could do that too?

 

Amitabh Bachchan

 

 

8. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Before she won the crown, Aishwarya didn’t even consider acting as a career option, she tried her luck with a TV serial dubbing job. Fortunately for us, that didn’t work out for her. 

 

Aishwarya Rai

 

 

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2014 in General Facts

 

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FACT # 260

Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr The month of fasting

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Islam uses a lunar calendar—that is, each month begins with the sighting of the new moon. Because the lunar calendar is about 11 days shorter than the solar calendar used elsewhere, Islamic holidays “move” each year. In 2014, Ramadan begins at sundown on June 28th.

For more than a billion Muslims around the world—including some 8 million in North America—Ramadan is a “month of blessing” marked by prayer, fasting, and charity. Ramadan focuses on self-sacrifice and devotion to Allah (God).

Why this Month?

Muslims believe that during the month of Ramadan, Allah revealed the first verses of the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam. Around 610 A.D., a caravan trader named Muhammad took to wandering the desert near Mecca (in today’s Saudi Arabia) while thinking about his faith. One night a voice called to him from the night sky. It was the angel Gabriel, who told Muhammad he had been chosen to receive the word of Allah. In the days that followed, Muhammad found himself speaking the verses that would be transcribed as the Qur’an.

At many mosques during Ramadan, about one thirtieth of the Qur’an is recited each night in prayers known as tarawih. In this way, by the end of the month the complete scripture will have been recited.

Fasting

Muslims practice sawm, or fasting, for the entire month of Ramadan. This means that they may eat or drink nothing, including water, while the sun shines. Fasting is one of the Five Pillars (duties) of Islam. As with other Islamic duties, all able Muslims take part in sawm from about age twelve.

During Ramadan in the Muslim world, most restaurants are closed during the daylight hours. Families get up early for suhoor, a meal eaten before the sun rises. After the sun sets, the fast is broken with a meal known as iftar. Iftar usually begins with dates and sweet drinks that provide a quick energy boost.

Fasting serves many purposes. While they are hungry and thirsty, Muslims are reminded of the suffering of the poor. Fasting is also an opportunity to practice self-control and to cleanse the body and mind. And in this most sacred month, fasting helps Muslims feel the peace that comes from spiritual devotion as well as kinship with fellow believers.

Eid al-Fitr

Ramadan ends with the festival of Eid al-Fitr, which in 2014 occurs on July 28. Literally the “Festival of Breaking the Fast,” Eid al-Fitr is one of the two most important Islamic celebrations (the other occurs after the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca). At Eid al-Fitr people dress in their finest clothes, adorn their homes with lights and decorations, give treats to children, and enjoy visits with friends and family.

A sense of generosity and gratitude colors these festivities. Although charity and good deeds are always important in Islam, they have special significance at the end of Ramadan. As the month draws to a close, Muslims are obligated to share their blessings by feeding the poor and making contributions to mosques.

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2014 in General Facts

 

FACT # 259

11 facts about the Uttarakhand calamity

1

After evacuating several people from the other parts of the State, the rescuers are now focussing on Badrinath and Harsil, which is 400 km away from Badrinath. At least 1200 people in Harsil are waiting to be air-lifted.

2

The first batch of yatris who were stuck near Badrinath arrived in Gauchar via Joshimath by foot, on Tuesday morning. Joshimath is some 44 km away from Badrinath and 90 km from Gauchar. The pilgrims were escorted through a ropeway and makeshift bridge by jawans.

3

The national highway that connects Badrinath to Delhi and Rishikesh is blocked in several parts because of fresh landslides. Therefore, thousands of pilgrims are still waiting to move out of the region.

4

More than 127 more bodies were recovered from Kedarnath on Tuesday, which is the epicentre of the disaster. According to an official, search and rescue operation near the famous temple has concluded. He also said that no survivors remain in the jungles around Kedarnath. They have all been rescued.

5

A week after disaster struck, rescuers have located 50 people in Jungle Chhatti, one of the toughest terrains near Yamnotri in Uttarakhand. Indian Air Force’s specially-trained commandos, Garuds, have been deployed in the region to speed up rescue work.

6

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi spent the night at a base camp in Gauchar on June 24 and did an aerial survey of Kedarnath on Tuesday morning. He arrived in Uttarakhand on Monday as Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde warned that visits by VVIPs affect rescue operations, and that political leaders will not be given landing rights at the sites.

7

Preparations are being made for a mass cremation near the Kedarnath temple to ensure that rotting bodies do not lead to an outbreak of diseases. But their last rites are unlikely to take place on Tuesday as huge quantities of wood and ‘ghee’, needed for the cremation, have not been airlifted and carried to Kedarnath.

8

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna has said that he expects the death toll to reach 1,000 after rescuers access the remotest areas which have been cut off by floods.

9

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed both the Central Government as well as the State Government to step up the relief and rescue operations. The Apex Court is hearing a PIL on the national disaster.

10

On Monday, around 800 people were evacuated on foot using makeshift bridges across swollen rivers, an Army spokesperson said. Around 1000 people were also air-lifted from parts where the rain was not heavy enough to ground military helicopters.

11

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs are being used to scan thick forest areas to help locate any people who are stranded.

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2013 in General Facts

 

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FACT # 258

 FACT about human eyes

Guys’ eyes are more sensitive to small details and moving objects, while women are more perceptive to color changes, according to a new vision study that suggests men and women actually do see things differently.

“As with other senses, such as hearing and the olfactory system, there are marked sex differences in vision between men and women,” researcher Israel Abramov, of the City University of New York (CUNY), said in a statement. Research has shown women have more sensitive ears and sniffers than men.

“[A] recent, large review of the literature concluded that, in most cases females had better sensitivity, and discriminated and categorized odors better than males,” Abramov and colleagues write Tuesday (Sept. 4) in the journal Biology of Sex Differences.

Abramov and his team from CUNY’s Brooklyn and Hunter Colleges compared the vision of males and females over age 16 who had normal color vision and 20/20 sight — or at least 20/20 vision with glasses or contacts.

In one part of the study, the researchers asked the volunteers to describe different colors shown to them. They found that the guys required a slightly longer wavelength of a color to experience the same shade as women and the men were less able to tell the difference between hues. [Your Color Red Really Could Be My Blue]

The researchers also showed the participants images made up of light and dark bars that varied in width and alternated in color so that they appeared to flicker, a measure of participants’ sensitivity to contrast. Compared with the women, the male volunteers were better able to identify the more rapidly changing images made up of thinner bars, the researchers said.

Abramov explained in a statement these elements of vision are linked to specific sets of thalamic neurons in the brain’s primary visual cortex. The development of these neurons is controlled by male sex hormones called androgens when the embryo is developing into a fetus.

“We suggest that, since these neurons are guided by the cortex during embryogenesis, that testosterone plays a major role, somehow leading to different connectivity between males and females,” Abramov said. “The evolutionary driving force between these differences is less clear.”

Previous research found that men and women also focus differently. In experiments at the University of Southern California, researchers found that men are likely to fixate on the mouth of a person in conversation and also are more likely to be distracted by movement behind that person. Meanwhile, women tend to shift their gaze between a speaker’s eyes and body, and they are more likely to be distracted by other people, the researchers found.

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2013 in General Facts

 

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FACT # 257

Gudi Padwa

Fast facts – Gudi Padwa is one of the auspicious festivals in India and is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month.
Did you know – Gudi Padwa is a major festival in the state of Maharashtra and is celebrated as New Year’s Day by Maharashtrians and Hindu Konkanis.
Must do – Take part in the celebrations and enjoy to the fullest. Get a feel of local culture by watching traditional dance and music events.

Gudi PadwaGudi Padwa is one of the auspicious festivals in India. It is a major festival in the state of Maharashtra and is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month. The day is celebrated as New Year’s Day by Maharashtrians and Hindu Konkanis. Wide spread celebrations take place during Gudi Padwa.

Gudi Padwa falls on the first day of the Maratha calendar. The festival also has a social significance as it is held to mark the beginning of the spring season. The festival is normally held in the period between the end of March and the beginning of April. People consider it auspicious to start a new activity on this day.

Gudi Padwa is also known as Sanvsar Padvo by the people of the Konkan region. The festival is also celebrated as Ugadi on the same day by the people of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. The Sindhi festival of Cheti Chand is also celebrated on the very day.

On the day of the Gudi Padwa festival, the courtyards in houses are swept clean and plastered with fresh cow dung. Women and children decorate the entrance of the houses with rangoli designs which signify the charm of the spring season. Everyone in the house dress themselves in new clothes and women adorn themselves with traditional jewelry. People prepare special meals like soonth panak and chana and eat them during meals. People of Maharashtra also make shrikhand and Poori to celebrate the day.

Usually, people begin the Gudi Padwa festival by eating the bittersweet leaves of the neem tree. At times, a paste of neem leaves is prepared along with ajwain, jaggery and tamarind. People eat this paste as it is believed to purify the blood and strengthen the immune system of the body.

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2013 in General Facts

 

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FACT # 256

Fascinating Facts about Ants

In many ways, ants can outwit, outlast, and outplay humans. Their complex, cooperative societies enable them to survive and thrive in conditions that would challenge the individual. Here are 10 fascinating facts about ants that just might convince you they’re superior to us.

1. Ants are capable of carrying objects 50 times their own body weight with their mandibles.
Ants use their diminutive size to their advantage. Relative to their size, their muscles are thicker than those of larger animals or even humans. This ratio enables them to produce more force and carry larger objects. If we had muscles in the proportions of ants, we’d be able to heave a Hyundai over our heads!

2. Soldier ants use their heads to plug the entrances to their nests and keep intruders from gaining access.
In certain ant species, the soldier ants have modified heads, shaped to match the nest entrance. They block access to the nest by sitting just inside the entrance, with their heads facing out like a cork in a bottle. When a worker ant returns to the nest, it will touch the soldier ant’s head to let the guard know it belongs to the colony.

3. Certain ant species defend plants in exchange for food and shelter.
Ant plants, or myrmecophytes, are plants with naturally occurring hollows where ants can take shelter or feed. These cavities may be hollow thorns, stems, or even leaf petioles. The ants live in the hollows, feeding on sugary plant secretions or the excretions of sap-sucking insects. What do the plants get for providing such luxurious accommodations? The ants defend the plant from herbivorous mammals and insects, and may even prune away parasitic plants that attempt to grow on the host plant.

4. The total biomass of all the ants on Earth is roughly equal to the total biomass of all the people on Earth.
How can this be?! Ants are so tiny, and we are so big! But scientists estimate there are at least 1.5 million ants on the planet for every human being. Over 12,000 species of ants are known to exist, on every continent except Antarctica. Most live in tropical regions. A single acre of Amazon rainforest may house 3.5 million ants.

5. Ants sometimes herd or tend to insects of other species, like aphids or leafhoppers.
Ants will do just about anything to get the sugary secretions of sap-sucking insects, called honeydew. To keep the sweet stuff in close supply, some ants will herd aphids, carrying the soft-bodied pests from plant to plant. Leafhoppers sometimes take advantage of this nurturing tendency in ants, and leave their young to be raised by the ants. This allows the leafhoppers to go raise another brood.

6. Ants will enslave other ants, keeping them captive and making them do work for the colony.
Quite a few ant species will take captives from other ant species, forcing them to do chores for their own colony. Some honeypot ants will even enslave ants of the same species, taking individuals from foreign colonies to do their bidding. Polyergus queens, also known as Amazon ants, raid the colonies of unsuspecting Formica ants. The Amazon queen will find and kill the Formica queen, then enslave the Formica workers. The slave workers help her rear her own brood. When her Polyergus offspring reach adulthood, their sole purpose is to raid other Formica colonies and bring back their pupae, ensuring a steady supply of slave workers.

7. Ants lived alongside the dinosaurs.
Ants evolved some 130 million years ago during the early Cretaceous period. Most fossil evidence of insects is found in lumps of ancient amber, or fossilized plant resin. The oldest known ant fossil, a primitive and now extinct ant species named Sphercomyrma freyi, was found in Cliffwood Beach, NJ. Though that fossil only dates back 92 million years, another fossil ant that proved nearly as old has a clear lineage to ants of present day. This suggests a much longer evolutionary line than previously thought, leading scientists to estimate the appearance of ants on Earth as somewhere around 130 million years ago.

8. Ants started farming long before humans.
Fungus farming ants began their agricultural ventures about 50 million years before humans thought to raise their own crops. The earliest evidence suggests ants began farming as early as 70 million years ago, in the early Tertiary period. Even more amazing, these ants used sophisticated horticultural techniques to enhance their crop yields. They secreted chemicals with antibiotic properties to inhibit mold growth, and devised fertilization protocols using manure.

9. Some ants form “supercolonies,” massive communities of ants that can stretch for thousands of miles.
Argentine ants, native to South America, now inhabit every continent except Antarctica due to accidental introductions. Each ant colony has a distinctive chemical profile that enables members of the group to recognize each other, and alerts the colony to the presence of strangers. Scientists recently discovered that massive supercolonies in Europe, North America, and Japan all share the same chemical profile, meaning they are, in essence, a global supercolony of ants.

10. Ants follow scent trails laid by scout ants to gather food.
By following pheromone trails created by other ants from the colony, foraging ants can gather and store food efficiently. A scout ant first leaves the nest in search of food, and wanders somewhat randomly until it discovers something edible. It will then consume some of the food and return to the nest in a straight, direct line. It seems these scout ants can observe and recall visual cues that enable them to navigate quickly back to the nest. Along the return route, the scout ant leaves a trail of pheromones, special scents that will guide her nestmates to the food. The foraging ants then follow her path, each one adding more scent to the trail to reinforce it for others. The workers will continue walking back and forth along the line until the food source is depleted.

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2013 in General Facts

 

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