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

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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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How Vladimir Putin became one of the Most Feared Leaders in the World

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has quickly become one of the most powerful and feared politicians in the world.

But he’s had a long climb to the top – he spent years working in Russian intelligence and local politics before becoming the leader of the country.

And Putin could become even more relevant to the US in the coming years. President Donald Trump has often been criticized for cozying up to the leader of a country that is thought to work to undermine Western democracies.

Here’s a look at how Putin rose to power and why some Americans fear him.

Putin’s rise

Early life and KGB career

Putin was born to a working-class family in Leningrad in 1952. His father is a decorated war veteran and factory worker. An only child, Putin grew up in a Soviet Union-style communal apartment with two other families, as was typical at the time.

Growing up, Putin loved spy novels and TV shows. When he was still in school, he went to the KGB security and intelligence agency and asked how he could join, according to the journalist Ben Judah’s book “Fragile Empire: How Russia Fell In and Out of Love with Vladimir Putin.”

The people at KGB headquarters told him to work hard and study law. So Putin did exactly that, at Leningrad State University, and later spent 17 years as a mid-level agent working in foreign intelligence.

It was during this time that he had an experience that some experts have concluded to be a defining moment in his life.

In Dresden in 1989, an anticommunist mob formed outside KGB offices. Putin recounted that he was told the KGB couldn’t do anything about it without orders from Moscow, and Moscow didn’t say a word.

“The business of ‘Moscow is silent’ – I got the feeling that the country no longer existed,” Putin later said, according to Judah’s book. “That it had disappeared. It was clear that the Union was ailing. And that it had a terminal disease without a cure – a paralysis of power.”

Judah wrote, “For Putin and his generation, those who did not come from intellectual families, who believed what they were told about the USSR’s superpower success, and did not question propaganda, or want what they did not have – that moment was a defining scar.”

As president, Putin is known for his nationalism and patriotism – traits that can be traced back to his youth. A profile of Putin that ran in The Washington Post in 2000 said he once refused to read a book by a Soviet defector because he didn’t “read books by people who have betrayed the Motherland.”

The beginnings of a political career

By 1991, Putin had officially resigned from the KGB’s active reserve. He was back in Leningrad, now called St. Petersburg, and working for the city’s first democratic mayor (and his former law professor) Anatoly Sobchak.

Putin worked mostly behind the scenes and kept a low profile. He reportedly was “the man to see if things needed to get done” and “Sobchak’s indispensable man.”

Judah wrote that Putin got his political technique from Sobchak, who was known to have strong authoritarian tendencies.

Putin was loyal to Sobchak. When Sobchak wasn’t reelected as mayor, the victor offered Putin a job. But Putin turned it down, saying, “It’s better to be hanged for loyalty than be rewarded for betrayal.”

In 1996, Putin and his family relocated to Moscow. There, he quickly climbed up the ladder and became the head of the FSB, the agency that succeeded the KGB, in 1998. Boris Yeltsin, then the president of Russia, named Putin to this position.

Newsweek reported that it was “a job the president would have given only to the most trusted of aides.”

Prime minister appointment and first presidency

In August 1999, Yeltsin appointed Putin prime minister of Russia – the fifth in less than two years. In Russia, the prime minister is the second-highest-ranking official and reports to the president.

And then – seemingly out of nowhere – Yeltsin stepped down and named Putin the acting president on New Year’s Eve 1999. Putin then won the election in March.

Many people believed Yeltsin propelled Putin to the presidency to protect himself. The war in Chechnya, in which Russian forces were fighting secular separatists who wanted the region to be independent, was starting to go south, and his approval ratings were dropping.

One of Putin’s first moves was to pardon Yeltsin, giving him “immunity from criminal or administrative investigations, including protection of his papers, residence and other possessions from search and seizure.”

During his first term, Putin focused primarily on domestic affairs. He had two items on the agenda: the war with Chechnya and the Yeltsin-era oligarchs.

Putin inherited Russia during a particularly complicated time. The country was in the midst of a conflict with Chechnya – a region that’s officially considered a Russian subject.

Additionally, Yeltsin-era oligarchs were increasingly interested in expanding their political influence. Putin recognized that the Yeltsin-era oligarchs had the potential to be more powerful than him, so he struck a deal with them.

According to the Council on Foreign Relations, “In July [2000], Putin told the oligarchs that he would not interfere with their businesses or renationalize state resources as long as they stayed out of politics – that is, as long as they did not challenge or criticize the president.”

And with the Second Chechen War, Putin established his reputation as a “man of action.”

In 2002, a Moscow theater was seized by 40 Chechen militants, who were led by the warlord Movsar Barayev. During the three-day ordeal, 129 of the 912 hostages died.

This was a critical moment for Putin, and many expected his domestic approval to plummet. But his “ruthless handling of the siege and his refusal to negotiate with the hostage-takers further shored up his reputation as a man of action.” His approval rating was up at 83% after it was all over.

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Reelection

In 2004, Putin was reelected for a second term. He continued to focus on domestic affairs but drew major criticism for his crackdown on the media.

Anna Politkovskaya, a journalist, was murdered in her apartment lobby in 2006 after she wrote about corruption in the Russian army with respect to Chechnya. She was killed on Putin’s birthday, but Putin denied any involvement, saying her death would do more harm to Russia than her reporting.

Still, many in the West criticized Putin for failing to protect the media.

Weeks after Politkovskaya’s death, a defector from the FSB was poisoned in London.

Despite all this, Putin seemed, overall, to be well liked.

During his first two terms, Russia’s GDP increased 70%, and investments increased by 125%. Putin’s Russia was lucky in that the country largely relied on oil. (Later drops in oil prices reflect how much of a difference it makes in the country’s economy.)

Second stint as prime minister

In 2008, Dmitry Medvedev was elected president. A day later, he made Putin the new prime minister. And then came the global financial crisis.

The Russian economy was slammed particularly hard because it relied heavily on Western investment.

Additionally, the crisis showed how dependent the Russian economy is on oil and gas and how intertwined the industry was with the country’s political economy, according to the Brookings Institution.

In that same year, Russia was involved in a five-day international conflict, the Russo-Georgian War, with Georgia and the regions South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

The two regions have been trying since the 1990s to formally gain independence – and Russia’s recognition of their independence has been condemned by Western nations. South Ossetia is still considered to be “officially part of Georgia,” and Georgia considers Abkhazia to be a “breakaway” region.

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Putin makes his annual New Year address to the nation on December 31, 2016.

Current term as president

In 2012, Putin won his third presidential election – a six-year term.

This election was controversial. The constitutionality of a third term was called into question, and critics said there was electoral fraud. But officially, Putin got nearly 64% of the vote.

In March 2014, Putin caught the world’s attention when he annexed Crimea in one of the most complicated and controversial geopolitical moves of the year.

The ousted, pro-Russia president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, sent a letter to Putin asking him to use Russia’s military to “restore law and order in Ukraine.”

The Russian Parliament granted Putin “broad authority to use military force in response to the political upheaval in Ukraine that dislodged a Kremlin ally and installed a new, staunchly pro-Western government, the Ukrainian government in Kiev threatened war if Russia sent troops further into Ukraine,” according to The New York Times.

On March 2, Russia took complete control of Crimea.

Most recently, Putin has started exploring a relationship with China – mostly because Russia needs other trading partners after the West imposed sanctions over the actions.

Putin’s threat to the West

The liberal world order

Experts fear that the liberal world order – the idea that countries should intervene in other nations when liberal values are at risk – is under threat. Trump seems to share Putin’s views about the NATO alliance and has gone so far as to call it “obsolete.”

If NATO were to disintegrate, it would be a victory for Putin. He has been expanding Russia’s power around the world, including in the Middle East, and NATO is one obstacle that prevents him from further extending his influence throughout eastern Europe.

And Russia in recent years has not been friendly toward the US.

Retired Russian Lt. Gen. Evgeny Buzhinsky told the BBC last year that Russia sees the West as the belligerent party, citing sanctions against Russia and the barring of the Russian Paralympic team from the Rio Olympics for well-documented and state-sponsored doping as Western aggression against Russia.

“Of course there is a reaction. As far as Russia sees it, as Putin sees it, it is full-scale confrontation on all fronts. If you want a confrontation, you’ll get one,” Buzhinsky told the BBC. “But it won’t be a confrontation that doesn’t harm the interests of the United States. You want a confrontation, you’ll get one everywhere.”

alexander litvinenkoThe grave of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London.

Many Kremlin critics have died by poisoning in recent years.

One notable case was that of Alexander Litvinenko, a former KGB agent who died in weeks after drinking a poisoned cup of tea at a London hotel in 2006. A British inquiry blamed FSB agents.

More recently, Vladimir Kara-Murza, a critic of the Kremlin, was hospitalized because of what his wife said was “acute poisoning by an undefined substance.” He was also poisoned in 2015.

Considering how tightly Putin controls his government, it’s unlikely he would be unaware of government operations to neutralize perceived enemies.

The New York Times noted recently that the Soviet Union used such tactics extensively to silence opponents.

“Political murders are again playing a prominent role in the Kremlin’s foreign policy, the most brutal instrument in an expanding repertoire of intimidation tactics intended to silence or otherwise intimidate critics at home and abroad,” The Times reported.

Such killings are often carried out with a level of skill that suggests they’re unlikely to have been done by rogue hired killers.

“Outside of popular culture, there are no highly skilled hit men for hire,” Mark Galeotti, a professor at New York University and an authority on the Russian security services, told The Times. “If it’s a skilled job, that means it’s a state asset.”

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Strongman tendencies

Putin has carefully crafted his strongman image – and there are plenty of photos of him shirtless in the wilderness to prove it.

Anecdotes about him also show this side.

In 2013, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft told a story during a gala at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York about how Putin supposedly stole his 2004 Super Bowl ring while Kraft was visiting Russia in 2005.

“I took out the ring and showed it to [Putin], and he put it on and he goes, ‘I can kill someone with this ring,'” Kraft said. “I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out.”

Putin’s representatives denied the story.

Putin has also not been kind to his opponents. Aside from accusations of sanctioning the murders of journalists and dissidents, Putin has been known to use intimidation tactics to shake people down.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, formerly one of the richest men in Russia, who took over the energy giant Yukos in the 1990s, once gave a presentation about corruption in Russia to Putin and some businessmen. Afterward, the government accused Khodorkovsky and his colleagues of tax evasion. He was later imprisoned and now lives in exile.

Putin and Trump

Both Putin and Trump have nationalistic bents – Putin strongly promotes Russian nationalism, and Trump ran on a platform of making America great again and putting America first.

Trump has also directly praised Putin on several occasions. In September, Trump said Putin “has very strong control” over his country, and that, while he didn’t like the Russian system of government, Putin has been more of a “leader” than Barack Obama was as US president.

The New Republic pondered in September why Trump seemed so attracted to Putin’s politics:

“Putin’s foreign policy is based on a forthright assertion of national interest even in defiance of international norms. As such, Putin is much closer than Obama to the type of foreign policy Trump has outlined. Further, Putin is an autocrat who can ‘get things done’ without worrying about approval from Congress or rejection from a Supreme Court.

“As Trump sees it, Putin has Made Russia Great Again. And given how Trump talks about achieving his own political goals – everyone will do what I say, trust me – it’s clear that Putin is his model of leadership.”

Elena Holodny and Alex Lockie contributed to this report.

Source: Business Insider

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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

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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

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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.

Bathtub

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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21. Power Games With His Friend, Foe Barack Obama

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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 ! ! !

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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.

⇛ BMW

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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