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More than 100 kids were killed in Pakistan by Terrorists :(

At least 126 people have been killed and 122 injured in an attack by Taliban militants on a Pakistani high school.

More than 100 of the dead were school children, director of information for the chief minister’s secretariat Bahramand Khan said, adding that the death toll could rise.

Hundreds of students and teachers were taken hostage in the bloodiest insurgent attack in the country in years.

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Speech : The Universe in a Nutshell : Michio Kaku

Speech : The Universe in a Nutshell : Michio Kaku

The Universe in a Nutshell : TranscriptMy name is Professor Michio Kaku.  I’m a professor of theoretical physics at the City University of New York and I specialize in something called string theory.  I’m a physicist. Some people ask me the question, “What has physics done for me lately?  I mean, do I get better color television, do…

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Perspective : How Women should be dressed?

This is not a moral policing article :) however may give you an unbiased perspective about dress codes in a simple way.

One can wear any dress as they prefer. However, every individual should understand the term social etiquette according to the civilization where they are and act accordingly.

When I was a kid, I saw an old man who got into a bus wearing only a Langoti, he was a village man.…

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Know : Commuting Dangerously @ 1500 feet Everyday

If you think your commute is stressful, you really need to take a look at this remote village in China. Both adults and children of Yushan take a villager-made cable car to and from work and school. At one 1 kilometer long and over 1,500 feet above the ground, this cable car system makes whatever you take to get around look like a sports car. This is all before you factor in how the cable cars…

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Know : TomTato - Tomato and Potato on the same plant

By combining the genes of tomatoes and potatoes they were able to create a “TomTato”, which is essentially a plant that grows tomatoes and potatoes at the same time. One of the latest feats of human genius is the creation of Thompson and Morgan. With creations such as this, the world’s hunger problem may be resolved in a few decades.

  

Courtesy: Thompson and Morgan (For more details please…

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Coming Soon... "Blank Space : Filled with Inspiration"

It was just a dream… “A book of 100 inspirational stories penned by 100 people.” Many thought just another start but doubted the possibility for making it real. But now it is REAL. :)

We had nothing but silence as an answer. Now the journey of Propel Steps begins with the first step of the big journey ahead aiming to bring realistic social changes by enabling the youth via education irrespective…

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Song of the Week : Don't Worry Be Happy

Here’s a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don’t worry be happy
In every life we have some trouble
When you worry you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy
(Don’t worry, be happy now)

Don’t worry
Be happy
Don’t worry, be happy
Don’t worry
Be happy
Don’t worry, be happy

Ain’t got no place to lay your head
Some…

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Know : Countries with Capitals which is not their Largest City

Country Capital Largest city Note

 

Australia

Canberra Sydney Although Canberra has always been Australia’s Capital City, the national parliament met in Melbourne, Victoria until 1927. Melbourne is Australia’s 2nd most populous city (4,137,432)

 Belize Belmopan Belize City Belize City was the capital until 1970.

 Benin Porto-Novo Cotonou Cotonou is the de factocapital with…

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India is a blessed country when we consider its rich natural sources of water in the form of numerous rivers and lakes. The country has rightly been referred to as the “Land of Rivers” and the people worship the rivers as gods and goddesses. But what is ironical is that in spite of our profound respect and reverence for our rivers, we have not been able to maintain their purity, cleanliness and the physical well-being. Be it Ganga, Yamuna, Brahmaputra or Kaveri or any other river flowing in the soil of our motherland, not a single river is free from pollution. River pollution has been causing serious water-borne diseases and health problems affecting human population as well as animals, fish, and birds in the environment.

Causes of river pollution

River pollution is increasing day by day. In spite of various governmental projects going on in many rivers, there is no sign of water pollution being prevented or stopped. Whom do we blame? Lots of factors lead to water pollution and reducing overall quality of river water. Some of the most serious contributing factors are:

  • Industrial wastes, mixtures of chemicals, heavy metals are all discharged in water and these are difficult to clean up.
  • Agricultural wastes, chemicals, feritilisers, pesticides used in agriculture have made the river water bodies contaminated.
  • Nature’s rain also brings with it pollutants as it falls through polluted air. We call this acid rain, which when reached the soil, releases harmful substances.
  • Domestic wastes from households and the sewage that we throw into rivers increases the pollution levels.
  • Regular disposal of plastic bags and plastic objects, solid wastes, flowers, garlands is another cause of pollution.
  • People responding to nature’s call in open spaces near the water bodies also contribute to river pollution.
  • Animals washing, car washing, clothes washing are other causes.
  • Another cause of river pollution is the dumping of human remains, partially burned bodies, dead bodies, which pose serious health threats.

Some hard facts about river pollution

Surveys undertaken by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) have come up with some hard facts on river pollution, in terms of statistical figures, which makes it a matter of really serious concern:

  • Out of the 445 rivers surveyed, not even a quarter of them are fit for bathing.
  • Indian cities generate 10 billion gallons or 38 billion litres of municipal waste water every day, out of which only 29% of it is treated.
  • The Central Pollution Control Board also stated that there were only 160 sewerage systems and sewage treatment plants in nearly 8,000 towns surveyed in 2011.
  •  Only 20% out of nearly 40,000 million litres of sewage produced daily in Indian cities are treated.

Extreme cases of pollution in river Ganga and Yamuna

  • Yamuna has become a garbage dump area with more than 57 % of Delhi’s waste thrown into it.
  • Only 55% of Delhi’s residents are connected to a proper sewerage system.
  • According to the CSE, around 80% of Yamuna’s pollution is due to raw sewage.
  • Ganga is considered to be the most polluted river in India.
  • Approximately 1 billion litres of raw, untreated sewage is dumped in Ganga regularly.
  • Ganga contains 60,000 faecal coliform bacteria per 100 ml, which is a threat to human health.

Effects of river pollution

River pollution is a big menace to the economy, the environment and, of course, human health and the other living organisms. It is a big contributor to a number of health problems and disorders in humans. River pollution also affects aquatic life, leading to growth of unhealthy fish unsuitable for human consumption and also mass fish death. Polluted river waters have affected the lives of animals and birds as well, sometimes threatening their very existence. In the long term, continuous river pollution can lead to loss of biodiversity and even extinction of some species and can disrupt the ecosystem as a whole.

Courtesy and Credits : This article was written by Rumani Saikia Phukan originally here and she discusses about possible solutions as well. Shared here on our blog for educational purposes only.

Alert! : River Pollution in India India is a blessed country when we consider its rich natural sources of water in the form of numerous rivers and lakes.
Powerful Quotes #151 : Inspired by Music

Powerful Quotes #151 : Inspired by Music

Inspired by AR Rahman

Today’s music will soon get outdated in the tomorrows, still there are geniuses who are creative enough to create tomorrow’s stuff today and stay evergreen. 

- Din

Who is your favorite Musician?

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Archive : March 31 - April 6

Archive : March 31 – April 6

Here is the weekly archive of all our posts from March 31 to April 6

Story : Never let go Hope

Know : Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty(AONB) (Pictures)

A Picture Speaks A Million Words #4

Speech to Listen : How We Think Without Thinking

Powerful Quote #135 : Happiness Tags

History : The Life of Alexander the Great

Story : Be a Giver of Happiness

Instant Personality…

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Know : Next to Water, What you drink most?

Know : Next to Water, What you drink most?

Water doesn’t get the same media attention as green tea, antioxidants, and the latest fad diets. Yet it plays a much more critical part in our daily lives and our bodies.

Our bodies are made up of about 60% water, and every system depends on water. So water is important for healthy skin, hair, and nails, as well as controlling body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure.

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