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The world's top 10 bridges




Bridges have conquered civilizations, connected races and brought cultures into contact and conflict. At their simplest, however, they have enabled human beings (and animals) to explore and discover land masses separated by great, intractable bodies of water. Consider for heft London's iconic Tower Bridge and the imposing Sydney Harbour Bridge, or for tasteful architecture the exquisitely beautiful Pont Alexandre III in Paris and Ponte Vecchio Bridge in Florence. Take a look at the top 10 (our list is based on this Reuters story) and feel free to argue.

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  5. Travel Glenfinnan Viaduct, United Kingdom
  6. Travel Siyo-se-pol bridge in Isfahan, Iran
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  1. Massive loss of life in Brazil night club fire







    Firefighters work to douse a fire at the Kiss Club in Santa Maria city, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. Firefighters say that the death toll from a fire that swept through a crowded nightclub in southern Brazil has risen to nearly 250.
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    A blaze raced through a crowded nightclub in southern Brazil early Sunday, setting off a stampede that killed at least 245 people attending a university party, police and firefighters said. It appeared to be the world's deadliest nightclub fire in more than a decade.
    Witnesses said that a flare or firework lit by band members may have started the fire.





    Police Maj. Cleberson Braida told local news media that the 245 bodies were brought for identification to a gymnasium in the city of Santa Maria, at the southern tip of Brazil near the borders with Argentina and Uruguay


    Television images showed smoke pouring out of the Boate Kiss club as shirtless, young male partygoers joined firefighters in wielding axes and sledgehammers, pounding at windows and walls to break through to those trapped inside. Teenagers sprinted from the scene desperately trying to find help — others carried injured and burned friends away in their arms."There was so much smoke and fire, it was complete panic and it took a long time for people to get out, there were so many dead," survivor Luana Santos Silva told the Globo TV network.Silva added that firefighters and ambulances responded quickly after the fire broke out, but that it spread too fast inside the packed club for them to help.Michele Pereira, another survivor, told the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper that she was near the stage and that the fire broke out after band members lit flares."The band that was onstage began to use flares and, suddenly, they stopped the show and pointed them upward. At that point the ceiling caught fire. It was really weak but in a matter of seconds it spread," Pereira said.





    A fire broke out at a nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil early Sunday, January 27, 2013, resulting in nearly 250 dead.




    Civil Police and regional government spokesman Marcelo Arigoni told Radio Gaucha earlier that the total number of victims is still unclear and there may be hundreds injured. Officials earlier said 180 were killed.Rodrigo Moura, identified by the newspaper Diario de Santa Maria as a security guard at the club, said it was at its maximum capacity of between 1,000 and 2,000, and partygoers were pushing and shoving to escape.Ezekiel Corte Real, 23, was quoted by the paper as saying that he helped people to escape. "I just got out because I'm very strong," he said.The fire led President Dilma Roussef to cancel a series of meetings she had scheduled at a summit of Latin American and European leaders in Chile's capital of Santiago, and was headed to Santa Maria, according to the Brazilian foreign ministry."It is a tragedy for all of us. I am not going to continue in the meeting (in Chile) for very clear reasons," she said."Sad Sunday", tweeted Tarso Genro, the governor of the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul. He said all possible action was being taken and that he would be in the city later in the day.Santa Maria is a major university city with a population of around a quarter of a million.A welding accident reportedly set off a Dec. 25, 2000, fire at a club in Luoyang, China, killing 309.At least 194 people died at an overcrowded working-class nightclub in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2004. Seven members the band were sentenced to prison for setting off the blaze.A blaze at the Lame Horse nightclub in Perm, Russia, broke out on Dec. 5, 2009, when an indoor fireworks display ignited a plastic ceiling decorated with branches, killing 152A nightclub fire in the U.S. state of Rhode Island in 2003 killed 100 people after pyrotechnics used as a stage prop by the 1980s rock band Great White set ablaze cheap soundproofing foam on the walls and ceiling.

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            Sorry Pictures of Kids have
            gone with the Wind. Istead you
            plese read  kids gup-shup. Okay

            Two kids were talking.( Batiyaana)
            One asked where were
            you born?

            Born in the hospital.

            Why in the hospital?
            Were you sick?
           ( Kyon Beemar  the kya?)


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      A girl proposed  Santasingh for marriage.

   Santa denied and said this is our family
   matter. We marries only our relatives. Like,
   My Mummy married my Daddy. My brother
   married my Bhabhii. My uncle married my
   Aunt and so on. So please excuse me..

                                                              *****


   Bantasingh  : In class Room said "Does every one want to listen a dirty joke.

  All shouted in one voice, Yes Please.

  Banta:  A white Color Horse fell in the mud. 

                                                                ******

  Santasingh sitting on the Gate of the room
  writing a examination paper.

  Invigilator squad  , why are you sitting on the
  gate writing paper ?

 Sir I am appearing in the entrance examination..

                   


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Indians largest foreign-born group in England and Wales

Kounteya Sinha, TNN Jan 29, 2013, 12.44AM IST
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LONDON: Indians have overtaken the Irish to become the largest foreign-born ethnic group in England and Wales.

The UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS)'s latest census has revealed that the number of Indians went up by over 52%, from 4.56 lakh in 2001 to 6.94 lakh a decade later. In comparison, the number of the Irish dipped to just 4 lakhs in 2011, against 4.7 lakh 10 years back.



The overall foreign-born population increased from 46 lakh to 75 lakh. The highest overall increase has been among Poles, whose numbers increased nearly 10 fold, from 58,000 in 2001 to 5.79 lakh.

Oxford University's Migration Observatory deputy director Scott Blinder described the increase in foreign-born population from 9% to 13% in 2011 as "a very noticeable change'' and said the rise in the numbers of Poland and Indian-born people has particularly driven it. "These two countries alone account for more than a quarter of the increase in the size of England and Wales' migrant population."

The ONS data identified 10 countries, where migrants are most likely to have been born, as India, Poland, Pakistan, Ireland, Germany, Bangladesh, Nigeria, South Africa, US andJamaica.

The number of Pakistan-born people increased by over 56%, from 3.08 lakh to 4.8 lakhs. The Bangladeshi origin people have increased by 39% to 2.1 lakh.

The number of Germans increased by 12%, Nigerians 120%, Americans 23%, South Africans 45% and Jamaicans 10%.

Blinder pointed out that over half of the foreign-born population has arrived in the past 10 years and described it as other notable findings. "By country of birth, the number of people born in the Republic of Ireland has fallen by more than 10% and that the population of Nigerian-born people in England and Wales has more than doubled - making Nigerian-born people the seventh largest group."

He said it is worth noting that the distribution of the foreign-born population in 2011 is broadly similar to that of 2001, with the largest group - around 40% - in London. "However, those born in Poland were proportionally less likely to be in London with only 27% living in the capital."

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Poachers Strike Again, Kaziranga Rhino Killed

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The carcass of yet another rhino, with its horn missing, has been found inside the Kaziranga National Park, officials said Thursday. Despite the high security in the park, stepped up after a large number of poaching incidents were reported in the wake of the monsoon flooding of the area, poachers seem to continue to act with impunity.




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The prehistoric-looking Javan rhinoceros is one of the world's rarest large mammals (2). The name rhinoceros derives from the Greek for 'nose horn', and the Javan rhinoceros has a single horn on the snout that, like all rhinoceros horns, does not ...
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  • Javan rhinoceros feeding Dieter & Mary Plage / www.photoshot.com4 / 21
  • Immature Indonesian Javan rhinoceros WWF-Indonesia & Klaus Lang5 / 21
  • Indonesian Javan rhinoceros WWF-Indonesia & Klaus Lang6 / 21
  • Indonesian Javan rhinoceros at night WWF-Indonesia & Klaus Lang7 / 21
  • Indonesian Javan rhinoceros in forest at night WWF-Indonesia & Klaus Lang8 / 21
  • Indonesian Javan rhinoceros in forest at night WWF-Indonesia & Klaus Lang9 / 21
  • Indonesian Javan rhinoceros in forest clearing at night WWF-Indonesia & Klaus Lang10 / 21
  • Indonesian Javan rhinoceros entering clearing WWF-Indonesia & Klaus Lang11 / 21
  • Indonesian Javan rhinoceros on edge of clearing WWF-Indonesia & Klaus Lang12 / 21
  • Indonesian Javan rhinoceros in clearing WWF-Indonesia & Klaus Lang13 / 21
  • Indonesian Javan rhinoceros in clearing WWF-Indonesia & Klaus Lang14 / 21
  • Pair of Indonesian Javan rhinoceros WWF-Indonesia & Klaus Lang15 / 21
  • Pair of Indonesian Javan rhinoceros WWF-Indonesia & Klaus Lang16 / 21
  • Pair of Indonesian Javan rhinoceros at night WWF-Indonesia & Klaus Lang17 / 21
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  • Pair of Indonesian Javan rhinoceros at night WWF-Indonesia & Klaus Lang19 / 21
  • Indonesian Javan rhinoceros sniffing camera WWF-Indonesia & Klaus Lang20 / 21
  • Indonesian Javan rhinoceros wading in water BBC Natural History Unit21 / 21


N.K. Vasu, director of the Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, said that a female rhino was found killed at the Kukurakata range inside the park, with its horn chopped off by suspected poachers.

"We have launched a massive manhunt along with the police in and around the national park to nab culprits," Vasu said, expressing concern that incidents of poaching have continued.

Located about 240 km from Assam's main city, Guwahati, the park hit headlines last month after several poaching incidents were reported, leaving at least 12 rhinos dead since January this year.  The park, famous also for the highest density of tigers in the world, is recognised as an important bird area by Birdlife International.

"There have been continuous attempts by poachers to kill rhinos. Our men and the additional security forces have been working hard to prevent attempts by poachers," said Vasu, adding that the joint operation by the forest department and police had led to the arrest of over 50 poachers in the past two months.

After the spate of rhino killings last month, security at the park had been heightened. There are now about 235 security personnel, including the CRPF and the elite Assam Forest Protection Force (AFPF), deployed in the park, Vasu said.

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Heart patients can pay through EMIs



Jan 30, 2013, 05.52AM IST TNN[ Hetal Vyas ]

BANGALORE: Heart ailments kill about three million Indians every year. Many die because they can't afford treatment at the right time. Now, there's a ray of hope for poor heart patients: EMI payment for the treatment in instalments. 

Heart care has gone the EMI way in Bangalore and Mysore. In south India, about 20 hospitals are facilitating cardiac treatments through Equated Monthly Installments. 

Sagar Hospital, Trinity Hospital and Panacea Hospital in Bangalore have come up with Healthy Heart for All (HHFA) - a programme in association with India Medtronic. manufacturers of stents. Fortis and Vikram Hospital in Mysore too are facilitating this programme which was floated a month ago. 

Under HHFA, hospitals provide financial assistance to implant devices such as stents, pacemakers, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) in heart patients. Furthermore, cardiac emergencies are almost always life threatening and patients often have a tough time raising the huge sums of money at short notice. To address this issue, HHFA offers loans. 

Said Dr K S Kishore, interventional cardiologist, Sagar Hospital: "Heart patients are often rushed to hospital at the 11th hour. It's difficult for the patient or the relative to arrange for cash immediately. In such situations, the EMI facility comes in handy. Under this programme, a patient can swipe the card and pay the cost of treatment in 6 installments without interest." 

The EMI can also be extended up to seven years on interest rate of 8.25%. The three hospitals in Bangalore are offering treatments like angioplasty and valve replacement. 

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