Pune Traffic Police ordered removal of the tyre killers immediately!

About a month ago tyre killers was installed at Amanora Park in Hadapsar, Pune to stop wrong side driving. Initially it received a positive response from all over the country, but after inspection the local Traffic Police has now ordered removal of the tyre killers immediately due to various reasons.

The Amanora Township had invested Rs 1.5 lakh on the tyre killers to manage the traffic near the Amanora park. However local police traffic wrote to  to Amanora Township that the spikes have been put up on a public road without the permission of any government agency. It might lead to a serious accident if someone misses one of these Tyre Killers.

JD Kalaskar, police inspector, traffic, told Mirror, “The spikes are very sharp and can turn fatal if someone falls there. Especially with the school around, the risk is severe. They had not sought permission for any such installation. Even though it has been put up inside the township, the road is being used by the masses and we have to ensure their safety.”

So, while it might sound like an effective idea in the short run, the cops will have to find safer ways to stop divers from driving in the wrong direction.

Here is the video of tyre killers installed in Pune:

Source: Pune Mirror

ICC Women’s World Cup 2017: Dramatic win for England in Final

It’s a big day for the hosts of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017! The action packed 2017 edition of Women’s World Cup have finally come to an end with Team England emerging as winners. England locked horns with the Indian Cricket team on 23rd July, 2017 at Lord’s, London for the final battle.

The England Women’s team batted first and put up a total of 228 runs on the board for India to chase. The team lost a total of 7 wickets in 50 complete overs. The Women in Blue were all set for the hustle and fought their best. Team India went all strong and sorted till the 40th over with a near 200 score on the cards and just 3 wickets down, but the vigor strolled south as soon as the 4th wicket went down.

With Punam Raut (86 runs in 115 balls) going back to the pavilion on 42.5 over, the team collapsed and the whole team was bowled out by the end of the 48th over. The team could manage to put up a total score of 219 and lost by 9 runs.

Highlights

  • England won WWC17 Final by just 9 runs
  • Punam Raut knocks 86 runs off 115 balls
  • Shrubsole picked up 6 wickets, named Player Of The Match
  • With 410 runs scored in the tournament, Tammy Beaumont wins Player of the Tournament award
  • Harmanpreet Kaur scored a 51 off 80 balls
  • Jhulan Goswami of India picked up 3 wickets

The Women in Blue fought like warriors throughout the tournament and made sure their every win was a star-studded affair and every loss was a lesson learned. But one thing’s for sure India’s Women in Blue have everything it takes for being world-class cricketers.

On the occasion, Team England’s Captain Heather Knight expressed, “I can’t stop smiling. The girls have been outstanding. We’ve made it hard for ourselves, but we’ve won some tight games. All that we’ve done in the last 18 months was to deal with situations where the heat was on. Anya Shrubsole, what a hero. What a day! They were batting brilliantly. Punam was superb, they got a few partnerships. The girls really held their nerve, apart from the drop of Jenny Gunn which was stressful. Thanks to everyone for their support. Credit to the ECB and ICC”

The captain of the Indian Cricket team, Mithali Raj, expressed, “I’m proud. It wasn’t easy for England but credit to them for keeping their nerve. There was a time where the match was in the balance, but we panicked. I’m very proud of the girls. They didn’t make any match look easy for the other team. Thank you to the crowd for turning up for a Women’s cricket final. This is a huge boost for all the women cricketers. Jhulan is an experienced bowler and has always delivered when the team has needed her to. It could’ve been a match-winning performance, but I knew England have depth. All the youngsters tried their best, I’m sure this experience will help them. Now, people back home will have a different perspective about women’s cricket.”

The Doklam Stand Off

The month long stand-off between the Indian Army and their Chinese counterparts has been quite civilised as opposed to the war in 1962. But the stand-off itself has been the longest ever. Post 1962 the relation between the two countries has not been the best in the history of global relations but both the countries are trying hard to improve the situation since.

Amidst the tension between the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the Indian Army in the Doklam, an area in Sikkim that China claims as its own, the Indian Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi and Chinese President, Xi Jinping shook hands and greeted each other at an informal meeting of BRICS nations on 7th July 2017. They later discussed many issues. But there seems to be no bilateral or independent meeting happening between the two nations to look for a resolution of the issue at Doklam. According to experts the atmosphere is too sensitive for independent meetings on the issue.

Similarly, at the war front none of the sides are looking to take the first step down. But there is a hope that the situation will resolve without a war.

The nub of the issue:

Bhutan has always considered Doklam as one of its territories and the recent extension of its roads in the area by China is being considered as an encroachment gone too far. This has worried India on two fronts. Firstly, India wants to stand by it ally, Bhutan and that would put it in direct cross hairs of China. Secondly, the presence of Chinese armed forces in the narrow Indian territory between Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh becomes a pressing concern if a war was to ignite between the two nations. The Chinese would then easily cut the cord between North and North Eastern India.

From the Chinese point of view the territorial disagreement is between China and Bhutan and it is not India’s place to be a party to the quarrel.

Indian veterans and the Chinese media have argued that the situation looks very similar to that of the 1962 war and how the dreadful conflict began in the first place.

China is not known to go to battle without weighing the odds and the chance of success. At the same time India cannot be smug at the possibilities of its military prowess. Both the nations need to consider the effect of war on the global economy and trade cycles and back down simultaneously.

Guru Purnima

The word Guru has its origin in the Sanskrit language. The syllable ‘Gu’ taken individually refers to darkness and subsequently ‘ru’ refers to the removal of darkness.

Guru is given the highest place in an individual’s life even above that of parents and God. According to Hindu religion for mortals who have not seen God, Guru is the creator, protector and destroyer.

The first full moon day during the fourth month- Ashadha as per the Hindu calendar is celebrated as Guru Purnima. Also known as Vyasa Purnima the day is significant to Hindu’s as it is commemorated as the birth anniversary of Veda Vyasa. According to Mythological gospel Veda Vyasa was the one to dictate the entire Mahabharata to Lord Ganesha in one go.

This day is also celebrated by the Buddhist in honour of Gautam Buddha marking the day he gave his first discourse at Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Guru Purnima is thus celebrated by disciples to acknowledge the selfless act of their Gurus for inducting wisdom and knowledge unto them. Guru or teacher holds a spiritually as well as academical importance for Hindus. The teachings of ancient Gurus like Adi Shankara, Sri Ramanuja Acharya and Sri Madhvacharya have sculpted the virtues of Indian society since the inception of civilization.

Also Read: Cheti Chand – Celebration of the First New Moon

According to Indian tradition the Purnima (full moon) is celebrated by paying homage and worshipping Veda Vyasa the first Guru and performing puja of their respective Gurus.

The day is also significant to Indian farmers as it marks the setting-in of the much-needed monsoon. As most farmers in India even today depend on rains for their crop.

This period of the year is considered as the ushering in of life and therefore is a good time for one to start his spiritual sadhana (practice/learning).   It is also considered best for spiritual seekers for accepting the grace of their Guru. This grace has enormous significance for a disciple with regards to his ascension and growth.

Also, astrologically the planetary placement after the solstice and during the first full moon is the time when life on earth is most receptive to the cosmic energies and possibilities.

Guru Purnima

The best time for worshipping the Gurus is early in the morning. Beginning with cleansing oneself and praying to the Guru’s Padukas (shoes), followed by Puja, Meditation and chanting the Brahmananda Swaroopa- as paying tribute to the ecstasy of the creator.

Also Read: Gudi Padwa – The Hindu New year

Defying the limitations of existence and spiritually ascending to the possibilities beyond is only possible with the help of a Guru.

The underdogs finish first – ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Finale, Highlights

After losing their first ICC match against the boys in Blue the Pakistani players sure gave their game a 360o turn. Beating teams like England, Sri Lanka and South Africa the cadre in green beat India in the final game securing the ICC Championship trophy, 2017 for themselves.

India was consistent in their game throughout the tournament with the exception of losing only to Sri Lanka. But in the final game lady luck failed to show her charm on our boys. The holy month of Ramzan was indeed in favour of team Pakistan as they beat India by a whopping margin of 180 runs.

The holy month of Ramzan was indeed in favour of team Pakistan

Electing to field after the winning the toss the peril of team India began when they could not get a single wicket till 125 runs. The opposition seemed to have brought their A-game to the field scoring a behemoth of 338 runs in 50 overs for a loss of just 4 wickets. If that was not enough, in the second inning Rohit Sharma left the game as early as on the 3rd ball of the first over from Pakistan. Leaving the hopes of a win in a tight knot. The second blow came to India with Kohli leaving the field in the 3rd over.

Paving the way for a superb inning from Pakistan’s side was Fakhar Zaman who was crowned the Man of the Match for scoring a century in the pressure finale. Among the bowlers Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali were the star players to take the maximum wickets- 3 each, followed by Shadab Khan and Junaid Khan.

Though the Indian bowlers were badly battered by the Pakistani batting front the chasing target was not an impossible one to achieve considering the past performance of India’s batsmen. But somehow the Indian batting line failed to appreciate the challenge and bleed wicked early in the innings which cemented the victory for the opposition.

One cannot rule out the fighting spirit that the Pakistani team brought even in the second innings. They were a team on a mission to salvage their image and raise their team’s stature to the winner’s podium. The team of newbies has created history by winning the ICC Champions trophy for the first time.

Even after losing the toss and being put under the pressure of batting first and creating a target for the Indian batting force they persevered.

But truly neither Pakistan nor the world has seen the last of team India. They will be back!

 

5 of the most divine and rich Shrines of India

Hinduism is the most prevalent religion in India. Being one of the oldest religions it has a significant influence on Indian history and culture. Indian Mythologies are filled with stories of Goddesses and Gods that walked the land eons ago. They played a vital role in shaping the beliefs of man during those time. Today these are the beliefs that have led to the creation of glorious temples across the country. The devotees from all over the world visit these temples and shower offerings of flowers, cash, silver and gold even. The prominent temples of the country are:

The affluence of Sri Shirdi Sai Baba

The affluence of Sri Shirdi Sai Baba

The miracles of Sai Baba are a thing of legends. The faith that people have in his devotion is uncanny. The stories of Sai Baba’s marvels have made the temple of Shirdi Sai Baba both a place of worship and abundance. The recorded investments in the temple are stated at Rs. 427 crores. The money is parked in various bonds and Trust Corpus Fund. The ornaments in the temple are said to be worth Rs. 32 crore.

The Shrine of Goddess Vaishno Devi

The Shrine of Goddess Vaishno Devi

It is one of the oldest temple structures situated in the north of India in the scared valleys of Jammu. Scaling to this place of worship is not for the faint hearted as it is an uphill climb of almost 6 hours and during day time the situation is worse. Even so, the Goddess has devotees lined-up for her worship every single day. The annual income of the temple is estimated at Rs. 500 crores.

The Pride of Mumbai- Siddhivinayak Temple

The Pride of Mumbai- Siddhivinayak Temple

You can only imagine the amount of wealth this temple must be amassing during a year. Lord Ganesha being the scared deity of the Hindu’s especially Maharashtrians this temple holds no bar for the religion of the devotees. On Tuesdays, there is mega rush in the temple. Moreover, during the festival of ‘Ganpati’ the temple is bussing with people and prayers. The annual income is said to range from anywhere between 50 crores to 125 crores. The dome inside the temple where the statue of Lord Siddhivinayak presides is said to be coated with 3.7 kgs of pure gold.

Also Read: Siddhivinayak – The Shire of the God of Happiness

The temple of Padmanabhaswamy

The temple of Padmanabhaswamy

Located in W Nada, East Fort in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala this temple is said to hold around $20 Million worth of gold which takes about 6 different vaults to store. 5 out of 6 vaults were opened in 2011 by a team approved by the Apex Court of India. The treasures of the mysterious vault B (6th vault) are said to be guarded by 2 giant cobras and is rumoured to have been opened at least 9 times but no damage to anyone has been reported.

The principle Idol in this shrine of Lord Vishnu is valued at approximately Rs. 500 crore. Further, the temple’s abundant wealth includes Golden crowns, Gold bow, antique gold jewellery studded with different gems.

The Golden Temple of Amritsar

The Golden Temple of Amritsar

The name itself says it all! One of the holy places for the Sikhs in India, this temple is a sight to behold. Its breath-taking beauty is the reason of its lavish Indo-Islamic design. The temple dome is adorned with gold and silver giving it a majestic appeal. Inside in the Altar lies the holy book Guru Granth Sahib which is a one-of-a-kind scripture that is decorated with scared gems and diamonds.

Also Read: Golden Temple: one of the most unique Sikh architectures

These temples may give a lavish and glam demeanour to the Indian divinities but all the plush has less meaning when it comes to the knowledge and teachings that these places have to offer, which is sacrosanct. The mental tranquillity that a person receives after basking in the peace of these places can only be experience first-hand.