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A critical overview of the Indian Shinkansen

The Shinkansen is one of the most reputed and reliable train systems in the world. Shinkansen is Japanese for ‘New Trunk Line’ & English for ‘Bullet Train’. It has established a record for being punctual, clean and insanely efficient leading to it arguably becoming Japan’s lifeline much like how the Delhi metro and Mumbai local are lifelines for their respective cities. Recently, India and Japan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to open a

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The Linkages Between Indo-US and Indo-Afghan Relations

It is a pertinent question as to how India-Afghanistan relations stagnated[i] from the days of the Strategic Partnership Agreement with the Karzai government in 2011 to the current days of relative disengagement and marginalization of India compared to other big players of the region. The question is aggravated if it is considered that neither country has made a hostile or negative move towards the other during this period. Yet, Afghanistan’s new leadership has resumed its ‘competitive

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15 Offbeat Hill Stations to Visit this Summer Part 2

Askot An erstwhile princely state, the Himalayan town of Askot is located in Pithoragarh district of the state of Uttarakhand. The town is popular for the Askot Musk Deer Sanctuary, an important site for the conservation of the musk deer. At an elevation of 3,629 ft, Panchuli and Chiplakot peaks form the backdrop for Askot. The town has Nepal to the east, Almora to the west, Pithoragarh to the south and Tibet to the north. The spectacular natural beauty with the Kumaon range forming a stunning backdrop is bound mesmerize you completely. Do not

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Depression – A Matter of Serious Concern

The usual ups and downs of life mean that everyone feels sad or has “the blues” from time to time. But if emptiness and despair have taken hold of your life and won’t go away, you may be down with depression. Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, feelings and sense of well-being. An individual suffering from depression can feel morose, sad, anxious, hopeless, helpless, worthless, restless and at

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Is Print Media Eco-friendly? Well almost (Sarcasm)

Who says Print Media are not sensitive to the cause of environment protection? At least I can vouch for their Indian avtaars being no-carbon-foot-printers! Well almost. A very small number of our newspapers reveal their actual circulation. This saves a lot of trees. Some big newspapers use imported recycled newsprints, which are decarboned in India, and the waste is washed out to our waterways or drains. Most Big papers import fresh newsprint from Canada, Russia,

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मंत्रालय और मूत्रालय और जहाँ सोच वहीँ शौच

समान ध्वनि वाले दो शब्द आमतौर पर समानार्थी नहीं होते। लेकिन अगर आप थोड़ी कोशिश करें तो आप उन्हे एक जैसे अर्थ वाला बना सकते हैं। मोदी सरकार के वरिष्ठ मंत्री नितिन गडकरी ने यही किया। नतीजा ये हुआ है कि देश की जनता मंत्रालय और मूत्रालय को लगभग एक मानने लगी है। दोनो कुछ मामले में एक जैसे हैं, भी। मंत्रालय हो या मूत्रालय तलबगार को जल्दी से जल्दी अंदर दाखिल होने की बेचैनी

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प्रकृति ही सब कुछ है सब कुछ प्रकृति है प्रकृति अपने आप में परिपूर्ण है प्रकृति सत्य और संपूर्ण है प्रकृति के कुछ भी नहीं है परे क्योंकि जो कुछ भी है मौजूद सभी कुछ प्रकृति ही है मूल कारण प्रकृति है समस्त कारण प्रकृति है सभी कार्य होते हैं प्रकृति के अधीन और कार्यों का परिणाम भी प्रकृति है मानव समाज स्वयं अन्य समाज की तरह प्रकृति का एक अंग है हम कहते है

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Please stop making fun of #earthquake

Its sad to see many are making Fun of #earthquake… Please stop this nonsense .. People are relating it to Politics , Hindu, Christian , Muslim blah blah … BJP’s spokesman, Sambit Patra, shows his sensitive side viz-a-viz the death and destruction in Nepal after the quake. — Truth Of Gujarat (@TruthOfGujarat) April 25, 2015 Sorry if I hurt anyone with one of my Tweets ..I was really watching TV & just narrated it as

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Our Polluted Motherland! Government ko sanmati de Bhagwan!

Now the official National Air Quality Index has been launched for 10 cities of India. It’s really scary! Earlier we merrily presumed the US Embassy Data on air pollution to be a neo-colonial satire! We in Dwarka sub-city of Delhi top the AQI in the Capital city! We inhale 5 times worse the normal air! Our Right to life has been very seriously compromised! We don’t see any active steps from the Delhi Government or

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Why its important to Celebrate an Eco-Friendly Holi

With holi just around the corner, thousands are going the eco-friendly way in a pledge to protect the environment. While water balloons and pichkaris, gulal and water guns are probably the perfect way to celebrate holi, but there’s also some food for thought for the day – how about celebrating ‘DRY HOLI’ or an ECO-FRIENDLY HOLI’! Well, I say this because in these times when there is scarcity of water, and threats to the environment we

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