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10 areas where INDIA exceeds some of World’s Most Powerful and Developed Countries


India is still a developing country and needs a lot to achieve to stand with the first world countries, but there are some specific areas where India stand far away from the developed countries. Below are the 10 reasons that will feel you proud.

1. High Altitude Mountain Warfare

India shares a borders with nuclear-armed archrivals like China and Pakistan known for flawless mountain warfare training. Hence, our Indian army went ahead and became the best in the world. The High Altitude Warfare School in Gulmarg, Kashmir, is so renowned that mighty armies like the U.S., British and German armies periodically come to train with us. Also, the Indian army’s triumph over the Siachin glacier is nothing short of stupendous gallantry.

2. Undisputed Remote Sensing Capabilities

A few decades ago, India was heavily dependent on satellite data from America. As a result of this slow process, 20,000 people died during the 1999 Odisha cyclone. Fast forward to 2015, India’s remote sensing capabilities are far ahead of that of the U.S. Today, we have satellites backing a variety of applications including groundwater prospect mapping, crop acreage and production estimation, potential fishing zone forecasting based on chlorophyll and sea surface temperature, biodiversity characterization, detailed impact assessment of watershed development projects, generation of natural resources data/information, etc.

3. Most Intelligent Nuclear Program Using ‘Thorium’

While countries around the world struggled to find the replacement for Uranium as a nuclear fuel, India’s nuclear program was already thriving on Thorium. Since India was naturally rich in Thorium deposits, our brilliant scientists made use of it instead of Uranium (Uranium 238) as fuel and surprised the whole world.

4. First Asian Nation And Fourth Country In The World To Reach Mars’ Orbit

The entire world knows about India’s Mars Mission; it needs no introduction. Not only did India become the 1st Asian nation and the 4th country in the world to reach Mars’ orbit but we did it most cost effectively too. At 450 crores, it’s the least expensive Mars orbital mission ever commissioned.

5. The Third Largest Army To Walk On Earth

The more you praise the Indian army, the less it seems. With 1,129,900 active troops and 960,000 reserve troops, the Indian army is the 3rd largest army to walk our planet. Also, it’s an all-volunteer force and comprises more than 80% of the country’s active defence personnel.

6. Second Largest Number Of Internet Users In The World

Our future rests in the hands of ‘The Internet’ and nobody drives the force of the web other than its users. After China, India has the most number of internet users on the planet. At only 29% penetration, India has 354,000,000 people using the net. This puts us way ahead of countries like US, Japan and Russia where the penetration rate is much higher.

7. Nuclear Assets

In a short span of 66 years, India’s nuclear capabilities have tremendously grown. We rank number one in the development of thorium-based fast breeder reactors; we also have 21 nuclear reactors in operation in 7 nuclear power plants, having an installed capacity of 5780 MW. Six more reactors are under construction. According to Federation of American Scientists, India has an estimated backlog of 75-110 nuclear weapons.

8. Fourth Most Feared Air Force In The World

With approximately 1,820 aircrafts in service, 905 Combat Planes, 595 Fighters and 310 Attackers, the IAF is the fourth largest air force in the world. This puts us ahead of Germany, Britain and every other developed European country.

9.Second Largest IT Industry In The World

The ultimate rise of Indian IT industry is tremendous.Currently, Indian IT sector is the 2nd largest in the world. Accordingly, in the next coming five yearswe will take over China to be the number one.

10. Contribution Of Yoga And Ayurveda

Debate this as much as you want but yoga has become a rage across the globe. And who else is to thank but India. Yogananda talked about the physical and eternal benefits of yoga that are now being actively confirmed by modern medical science.

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7 things that only Billionaires can buy and you can’t even think of them

Making money is a task and spending it is a different ballgame. If you were a billionaire, how would you spend your wealth? We often wonder about this and think of all possibilities of how a super-rich person would spend his wealth.

Well, billionaires will never cease to surprise us. There are a number of things that billionaires spend on that a common man can’t even think of. The billionaires, who are also referred as the three comma group, don’t need to check the price tag of anything and can buy whatever their hearts desire for.

And if you think spending their wealth for them means a foreign trip every quarter or buying an island, you haven’t even scratched the tip of your imagination.

There are many things only a billionaire can afford and normal people can only get awestruck or disgusted by it.

Here is a list of those things that the super-rich class can afford.

Home Furnishings

Home furnishings

Billionaires, indeed, would like to live an uber luxurious life and sleep well, even if it means spending millions of dollars on a bed. Billionaires can afford and even buy diamond-encrusted wall tiles and $5 million bed. A billionaire can also buy a king-sized bed crafted by British designer Stuart Hughes and Italian furniture firm Nocera Superiore. It is hand-crafted from the finest ash and cherry wood, and has 107 kg of 24-carat gold.

iPhone Case

iPhone case

On one hand where normal people think twice before spending Rs 50,000 on an iPhone, billionaires spend fortunes in just an iPhone cover. This $15.3 million iPhone case is a beauty of solid 24K gold with its home button consisting of a 26 carat black diamond.

Leather Hammock

Leather hammock

Guess the price of the most expensive hammock in the world? Don’t bother, we tell you. Louis Vuitton’s leather hammock is priced at $32,000 and a billionaire can definitely cough up the amount for small privileges in life.



How about bathing in a diamond tub? This free-standing bathtub by Maison Valentina is a high gloss diamond-faceted tub that has a gold-lacquered cast iron basin and gold-plated taps. This is priced at $25,000.

W Motor’s Lykan Hypersport

W Motor’s Lykan Hypersport
This car was sold for $3.4 million. We rest our case.

The Eclipse Yacht

The Eclipse Yacht

Roman Abramovich bought a $1-billion worth yacht. He’s kept safe by bullet-proof glass, rocket detection systems, and the vessel has two helipads, three launch boats, 11 sumptuous guest cabins, an aquarium, 2 swimming pools, there’s even a mini-submarine.

Gold Toilet Paper

Gold toilet paper

This one is epic, even the maker of this gold toilet paper should be lauded for his thinking. This is $1.23 million worth, 24 carat gold flakes, toilet paper.

Source: Business Insider

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On 9/11, 102 minutes that changed America

Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States that left nearly 3,000 people dead.

The Al-Qaeda plane hijackings of September 11, 2001 — the first foreign attack on the US mainland in nearly two centuries — ruptured a sense of safety and plunged the West into wars still being fought today.

Two planes smashed into New York’s World Trade Center, leaving 2,753 dead. A third hit the Pentagon in Washington, killing 184, and 40 more died after a fourth plane headed for Washington crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania after a passenger revolt.

Here is the timeline of the events that fateful morning, which reshaped the course of US history:

8:46 am – The first strike

An American Airlines Boeing 767 making a Boston-Los Angeles connection with 92 people on board — including five hijackers — smashes into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, leaving a giant hole in the building’s facade. Thick smoke trails into the sky from the tower’s upper floors.

9:03 am – Second tower hit

A United Airlines Boeing 767 making a Boston-Los Angeles connection with 65 people on board — including five hijackers — hits the South Tower of the WTC, sparking a massive explosion.

9:30 am – Bush speaks

Then US president George W. Bush, in Sarasota, Florida, calls the blasts “an apparent terrorist attack.” He orders “a full-scale investigation to hunt down and to find those folks who committed these acts” and says he will immediately return to Washington.

9:37 am – Pentagon hit

An American Airlines Boeing 757 making a Washington Dulles-Los Angeles connection with 64 people on board — including five hijackers — smashes into the Pentagon in suburban Washington, setting off two explosions.

9:42 am – Planes grounded

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) orders the cancellation of all commercial flights in the United States.

9:59 am – South Tower collapses

The WTC’s South Tower, hit 56 minutes earlier, collapses in a huge cloud of smoke and dust.

10:03 am – Crash in Pennsylvania

A United Airlines Boeing 757 traveling from Newark to San Francisco with 44 people on board — including four hijackers — crashes into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after passengers and crew apparently fought with the hijackers.

10:28 am – North Tower collapses

The north tower of the WTC collapses, an hour and 42 minutes after it was struck. A huge cloud of dust blankets lower Manhattan.

Source: Business Insider

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Vladimir Putin: The Most Badass President in the World History; A KGB SPY, 6th Degree Judo Black Belt & everything

World history is littered with men, great men who not only define the times that they live in but also make an impact which is felt through the sands of time. Vladimir Putin is the rebel child of world politics and that makes him a revered figure, swimming against the tide and fighting the allied League of Nations led by America, single-handedly. Although a man of his stature does not need labels to tell us that he is, in fact, world’s boss, here’s a look into his everyday life which proves that he’s the most badass president in the world right now.

1. Putin Is A 16-year KGB Veteran And He Doesn’t Let His Opponents Forget That


2. He Loves To Hunt And He Doesn’t Do It Discreetly. Also, He Frequently Goes On Expeditions To Tag Animals


3. Here He Is Casually Gunning Down An Endangered Grey Whale Species. Don’t Fret, It’s For Tagging Purposes Only


4. His Biker Name Is ‘Abbadon’ Which Roughly Translates To ‘The Destroyer’


5. Putin Also Loves To Swim In Freezing Siberian Lakes And, Yes, That’s How He Rejuvenates While Vacationing


6. This Is Not Paragliding, He’s Actually Helping Siberian Cranes To Begin Their Migration Routes Through A Motorized Hang Glider


7. The Former Spy’s Killer Instinct Comes Into Full Play While Testing This Assault Rifle Simulator


8. Vladimir Putin Poses For A Picture As He Fishes In The Krasnoyarsk Territory In The Siberian Federal District


9. Inspecting The Tiger After Gunning Him Down With A Tranquilizer Dart


10. He Also Led The Russian Team In A Friendly Game Of Ice Hockey Against Finland


11. Putin Holds A Second Black Belt In Kyokushin Kaikan Karate And Is A Sixth Degree Judo Black Belt


12. In 2010, President Putin Tested The Renault Formula One Car At Leningrad


13. Putin Is An Out And Out Adventure Junkie And Here He Is Scuba Diving At An Archaeological Site


14. In A C-Explorer 5 Submersible After A Dive To See The Remains Of The Naval Frigate “Oleg”, Which Sank In The 19th Century


15. Attaching A Satellite Tracking Tag To A Beluga Whale Named Dasha As He Visits Chkalov Island


16. Playing The Tunes At Theatre Of Nations In Moscow. Is There Anything This Man Can’t Do?


17. Look At Him Relaxing With Dmitry Medvedev During A Soccer Game


18. To Be Clear, This Is Him On A Leopard Expedition, Ripping Off A Fish Just For Fun


19. Playing Second Fiddle To His Second-In-Command At Olympic Alpine Ski Park. A Rare Sight, This!


20. I Bet No Other Man Can Carry That Outrageous Outfit But Putin


21. Power Games With His Friend, Foe Barack Obama


With a personality like this, who needs nuclear missiles to scare the US, right?


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China finally built an elevated bus that straddles traffic and it’s totally bizarre ! ! !

transit elevated bus

Last May, pictures of a weird, elevated bus that glides above traffic began circulating on the internet. Predictably, everyone freaked out. The so-called “straddling bus” was held up as a solution to China’s notorious traffic problems, but all anyone wanted to talk about was how it looked like the bus was eating cars, or how insane anyone would have to be to actually drive underneath.

Thankfully, the Chinese company that designed the bus has answered the internet’s prayers by actually building one. According to China’s Xinhua News, the TEB-1, or Transit Elevated Bus, took its first test ride Tuesday in the northeastern city of Qinhuangdao, in the Hebei province.

Pictures show a spacious interior that is over 72-feet long and 25-feet wide, as well as beaming passengers gazing out the window. It’s roughly 16-feet tall, and offers about 7 feet of space underneath for cars to travel through. The bus, which can carry up to 300 passengers, rides along tracks embedded in the street.

The bus was first unveiled in 2010, and then again last May at Beijing’s 19th International High-Tech Expo. Song Youzhou, the designer of the bus, says prototypes are being constructed, and that five cities — Nanyang, Qinhuangdao, Shenyang, Tianjin, and Zhoukou — have signed contracts with his TEB Technology Development Company for pilot projects.

Of course, many questions remain about the feasibility of the straddling bus, most importantly how it won’t cause many, many traffic deaths. The prototype that was launched in Qinhuangdao this week will hopefully help answer some of those concerns.

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15 Logos with a Hidden Meaning you might have never noticed ! ! !

⇛ Hyundai

Many are inclined to think that the logo of the South Korean conglomerate Hyundai is simply the first letter of its name. But in actual fact, the letter ’Н’ symbolises two people (a client and a representative of the company) shaking hands.

⇛ Adidas

The name Adidas is derived from that of its founder, Adolf Dassler. The company’s logo has changed over time, but it’s always included three stripes. The current configuration is three stripes at an angle which together form a triangle. This symbolises a mountain, which in turn represents the challenges which all sportsmen have to overcome.

⇛ Apple

Rob Yanov, the designer who came up with the world-famous Apple company logo, has explained how he came up with the idea: ’I bought a whole bag of apples, placed them in a bowl, and spent time drawing them for a week, trying to break the image down into something simple. Taking a bite out of an apple was part of the experiment, and completely by coincidence I realised that ’bite’ sounded exactly the same as the computer term ’byte’.

⇛ Sony Vaio

The first two letters of the logo of Sony Vaio make up a wave symbolising an analogue symbol, whereas the last two are similar to the numbers 1 and 0 — that is, symbols of a digital signal.

⇛ Amazon

At first glance, Amazon’s logo appears to be nothing special. But it was designed with the philosophy of the company in mind. The orange arrow is similar to a smile, and the company wants its customers to be satisfied. The arrow is also stretched between the letters ’A’ and ’Z’, in a hint that the company sells absolutely every product imaginable (’from A to Z’).

⇛ Baskin Robbins

The pink-coloured parts of the «BR» section of the logo make up the number 31, which is how many different flavours of ice cream Baskin Robbins used to famously sell.

⇛ Toyota

Many people have compared the logo of the Japanese car-producer Toyota to the image of a cowboy wearing a stereotypical hat. But in actual fact it represents a stylised image of the eye of a needle with a thread passed through it. This is a hint at the company’s past, which used to produce weaving machines. However, the individual parts of the logo also spell out the letters of the company’s name.

⇛ Continental

Continental, a famous producer of car tyres, has a logo in which the first two letters depict the wheel of an automobile wheel.

⇛ Formula 1

If you look carefully at the white space between the letter ’F’ and the red stripes in the Formula 1 logo, you can see the number 1. The red stripes of the logo are also meant to be a graphical representation of the speed achieved by Formula 1 cars.

⇛ Pinterest

The logo of the popular internet site Pinterest, which people use to collect images they like from across net and ’pin’ them to their online notice board, has the image of a pin hidden in the letter P.

⇛ Beats

Beats, a producer of audio equipment based in the USA, uses a logo in which the letter ’B’ looks like a person wearing headphones.

⇛ Toblerone

Toblerone, the famous chocolate company based in Bern, Switzerland, includes a silhouette of a bear in its logo, on account of the fact that Bern is sometimes called a city of bears.


It is often believed that the central part of the logo of BMW symbolises the rotating blades of an airplane in line with the company’s early history of aviation technology, it is in fact simply a part of the Bavarian flag, the area of Germany where the company originated.

⇛ LG

The logo of the South Korean electronics company LG is a stylised image of a person’s face. According to the company, this represents its aspiration to maintain ordinary, human relations with its customers.

⇛ Evernote

Elephants are known for having impressive memories, including their ability to remember both faces and events. It’s for this reason that Evernote, a note-taking application, uses the animal as part of its logo. The corner of the elephant’s ear, moreover, is folded over — in the same way that people often fold the corner of a page in a book to make note of what point they’d read up to.

⇛ Coca-Cola

In the world-famous logo of the Coca-Cola Company, in the space between the letters ’O’ and ’L’, one can clearly see the Danish flag. Purely a coincidence, the company has nevertheless used this as part of it’s marketing campaigns in the Scandinavian country.


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SEEMA RAO: India’s only Female Commando Trainer


A 7th-degree black belt holder in military martial arts, Seema Rao is India’s only female commando trainer. A prominent expert in close quarter battle, Seema has been giving commando training to various armed forces in India for 20 years, without taking any monetary compensation in return! Seema is also a combat shooting instructor, a firefighter, a scuba diver, an HMI medalist in rock climbing, and a Mrs India World pageant finalist.

This incredibly multifaceted lady is also one of the only 10 women in the world certified in Jeet Kune Do, a unique martial art form created by Bruce Lee in the 1960s.

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Seema Rao is the daughter of freedom fighter Prof. Ramakant Sinari, who helped in the liberation of Goa from the Portuguese. The deeply patriotic Seema grew up listening to stories of India’s struggle for independence and always wanted to serve her country. She finally had the opportunity to convert this desire into reality when she met her future husband, Major Deepak Rao, at the age of 16. Major Rao had been practising martial arts since the age of 12 and it was he who introduced Seema to this empowering field.

Major Deepak Rao is Seema’s co-pioneer in the field of close quarter battle training. In 2011, he received the President of India’s rank award for his 20 years of contribution to the Indian Army. Others who have been honoured with the same award are Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Abhinav Bindra.


After marriage, the couple continued to learn and excel in martial arts, shooting, and weapon defence while they simultaneously pursued an education in medicine. After becoming certified doctors, Deepak equipped himself with the prestigious CLET Law Enforcement certification, while Seema did her MBA in crisis management. The formidable couple then started thinking about how they could channelise their desire to do something constructive for the country. After much thought, they decided to train the soldiers of the Indian armed forces without accepting any compensation in return.

There were two factors that inspired them to take up this Herculean challenge. One was the desire to serve the personnel who guard India and the other was their instinctive need to remain engaged in combat and martial arts. So, in 1996, they approached the Service Chiefs of Army, Navy, BSF & NSG. The chiefs were impressed with the couple’s dedication and decided to try out their training programme. There was no looking back after that.

Seema has since spent 20 years as a full-time guest trainer of the Indian armed forces.


The journey wasn’t easy. The couple had to face several financial hardships in the initial years of their marriage but they stuck to their decision of not charging a single rupee for their work. Also, since Seema was constantly travelling to hostile locations, through harsh weather and inhospitable terrain, she could not even attend her father’s funeral. Realising that it would be impossible to carry a pregnancy through, given her rigorous training schedule, Seema consciously decided not to have her own child and instead adopted a girl. In the course of work, Seema also suffered multiple injuries that included a vertebral fracture and a severe head injury that made her lose her memory for months (she could not recognise anyone but her husband). She was also shot at by insurgents but her determination to serve her nation never wavered.

Along with her husband, Seema has provided training to almost every elite unit of the Indian Forces, including the NSG Black Cats, MARCOS, GARUD, Paracommandos, BSF, the Army Corps Battle Schools and its Commando Wing. She has also trained officers of the National Police Academy, the Army Officers Training Academy and the Police Quick Response Teams of almost every major city in India.

Though Seema has repeatedly proven herself in the male-dominated field of commando training, she still meets trainees in every course who are reluctant to learn from a woman. In an interview with Naaree, Seema said:

“Not only did I have to discipline them, but I also had to gain their confidence in my ability to teach. However, eventually, I have always managed to earn the respect of commandos that I have trained.”

In 2009, after training the GARUD commandos, Seema was invited by the Air Force Chief for the official IAF Para Jump course. Here, she earned her IAF Para Wings, another rare achievement.

Seema is also the only external combat training resource appointed by the Indian government to date and, with her husband, she has received 4 Army Chief citations, a record unparalleled by anyone.


Seema’s strength lies in her skill in Close Quarter Battle (CQB) – the art of proximity combat that focuses on physical prowess, skill, and protocol. It involves techniques like reflex shooting with rifles, quick shooting with pistols, and bare-handed combat. It also entails the precise use of knives, bayonets, and other appropriate combat weapons. Room combat and confined space combat such as anti- hijack operations also come under the purview of CQB.

In her interview, Seema laughingly said:

“I can shoot an apple off a person’s head from 50 yards without giving him a scratch and I can evade a speeding bullet aimed at my head with ease.”

Seema and her husband have also developed a unique and modern method of CQB exclusively for the use of Indian forces. The Advanced Commando Combat System, or Bison System as it is called, is different from the conventional CQB.


In this system, the reflex shooting method is unique and the unarmed methods can quickly handicap or cripple the enemy with the least effort. The team tactics in Bison System differ from conventional western CQBs and are unique too.

The Raos have also developed an indigenous method of reflex shooting, which is known as the Rao System of Reflex Fire. Says Seema:

“The conventional methods of shooting generally uses up many seconds to aim precisely and then shoot. This is beneficial in long range combat when the enemy is say 300 yards away, covered by a rock. But when the enemy is just 20 yards away and in front of you, quick shooting without using too much time for precise aim is needed. To cater to this need in modern warfare, we devised the Rao System of Reflex Fire. The Indian forces have found this very beneficial.”

The Rao couple has also established the Unarmed Commando Combat Academy (UCCA), an elite military martial arts academy, to help train the Indian forces and also to publish training books for the Forces. The Academy also offers training in Jeet Kune Do and a variety of other exotic martial arts to civilians. There is also an Unarmed Combat Blackbelt program for civilians. Says Seema:

“With UCCA, we have published seven books till date and three of these are limited editions for the exclusive use of the Indian forces. Our book Encyclopedia of Close Combat Ops is the world’s first encyclopedia on CQB training and it has found a proud place in the FBI library and the INTERPOL library.

Here is a short glimpse of Dr. Seema Rao in an MMA Bout.

Seema feels very strongly about women’s safety and has designed a program specially tailored for women to help them deal with harassment, molestation, sexual assault, and rape. Called DARE (Defence Against Rape and Eve Teasing), the program equips women, both mentally and physically, to face adverse situations posed by potential eve teasers, molesters, and other sexual assaults. She has also produced and acted in India’s first mixed martial arts movie, Hathapayi, which revolves around a woman protagonist. This movie portrays the martial art of Jeet Kune Do for the first time in Indian cinema.

Seema has been bestowed with several awards during her amazing and inspiring journey. They include the World Peace Award at World Peace Congress in Malaysia and the US President’s Volunteer Service Award. But the greatest award, according to her, is the deep satisfaction she gets from training the Indian armed forces.

To date, Seema has trained more than 15,000 soldiers in modern close quarter battle and has no intention of hanging up her boots anytime soon. She has proved that ordinary citizens can do extraordinary work for their country and that a woman can do anything she puts her mind to. As this bold and courageous woman, who calls herself 47-years-young, says:

“It’s not easy. It never is. But who likes it easy anyway. Bring it on!!”

Here is another short video that gives a glimpse of Seema Rao at work.

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