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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Prison riot in Tajikistan leaves 32 dead

A riot at a prison in Tajikistan has left 32 people dead, including 24 members of the Islamic State militant group and three guards, authorities said Monday.
Five of the inmates and the three guards were killed by IS prisoners during the riot that erupted on Sunday evening, the justice ministry said in a statement.
The prison in Vakhdat, 17 kilometres (11 miles) east of the capital Dushanbe, holds 1,500 inmates.
It said the prisoners first stabbed to death three guards, and then five other inmates "in order to intimidate" the others.
They then took other prisoners hostage before opening fire on the jail's medical facilities.
"Following a reprisal operation, 24 members of this group were killed and 25 others arrested. The hostages were freed" and calm restored to the prison, the statement said.
Among the leaders of the riot, the Tajik authorities identified the 20-year-old son of the former head of Tajik special forces who became a member of the IS leadership in Syria, where he was killed in September 2017.

Top Tourist Attractions: Krakow Poland

It seems like every European city boasts a beautiful central square, but we'd argue that Krakow's Rynek Glówny ranks among the best. The square is defined by its 15th-century town hall tower (which you can, and should, climb), with the UNESCO-listed Wawel Castle just a short walk away. Oh, and the city's 40-plus parks certainly don't hurt the attractiveness score here.

Ashish Joshi's Wild Life Photography Sitana laticeps

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Giridarshan's Harishchandragad trek on 25,26 May

'Harishchandragad' a trekers dream trek,
Once you experience the sunset from Konkankada, it will be with you for ever, you can think of this and close your eyes and you will be able to recollect the joy for lifetime
Harishchandreshwar temple, Ganesh caves, Kedareshwar cave with very cold water, Taramati peak are some of other memorable places besides Konkankada,
We are visiting Harishchandragad on 25, 26 May. We will start from Pune at 10 pm on 24th May by private bus from Law college road, and will reach Pachnayi village on early morning on 25th, start our trek early morning and reach the temple till 9.30 am, in the afternoon we will visit Taramati hill, Ganesh caves, Harish temple, Kedareshwar cave and will proceed for Konkankada for tent stay, enjoy sunset there and stay in tents, on 26th we will start early and will climbdown to Khireshwar village, have lunch and will be back to Pune till 6 pm.
You need to carry bedding, extra dress, torch, a plate, a bowl, a glass ( do not bring diaposables) Saturdays lunch and 2 waterbottles with you.
You should wear sports or treking shoes, suncap.
Trek fee Rs 1700/-
Booking till 23 May
Call 9850520058

Pj of the Day

Doctor: “I’m sorry but you suffer from a terminal illness and have only 10 to live.”
Patient: “What do you mean, 10? Ten what? Months? Weeks?!”
Doctor: “Nine.”

Marathi Charlie

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Interstellar Raga

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Complete shock’: Australia’s prime minister holds onto power, defying election predictions

The center-right government of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison held onto power Saturday after a surprise surge in national elections that left some pundits making comparisons to President Trump’s poll-defying win in 2016. 

The apparent upset victory was the latest election to trample predictions by polling firms, which all showed Morrison’s political bloc trailing the opposition Labor Party.
It also carried other uncanny parallels with Trump’s rise.

Top Tourist Attractions: Budapest Hungary


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Rocket Science Behind Bumrah Bowling

PJ of the Day

Did you hear about the actor who fell through the floorboards?

He was just going through a stage.

J Lo Stunned

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Art of Different Kind

First Everest death of 2019, Irishman missing

Mount Everest claimed Friday its first fatality of the main spring climbing season, an Indian man, while an Irish mountaineer was also missing, expedition organisers in Nepal said.
An Indian soldier meanwhile died on nearby Mount Makalu, two days after two other Indians died on Mount Kanchenjunga, the world's third-highest peak, with one Chilean missing.
Ravi Thakar, 28, was found dead inside his tent at Everest Camp 4 at 7,920 metres (26,000 feet) on Friday morning as his team was resting after a successful summit.

Amita Nene's Yummy Expressions: Mango Indulgence Cake!

Amita Nene's Yummy Expressions

Mango Indulgence Cake!
Hey Guys!!! How have you been???? It’s been a long time we interacted and I missed you all soooooo much…. Hope you all missed me as much J J
I love Mangoes; actually my entire family is a Mango loving family. Come summer and we all look forward to our daily dose of this sweet, juicy, delicious and by far the yummiest fruit ever. 
Simply cut it into slices and enjoy the juicy chunks of pure pleasure as you dig your teeth into them
Or, make it into aamras and savour it with hot puris
How about digging into a generous helping of mango pulp topped with a generous dollop of whipped cream?
Even thinking about it is pure divine!!! Isn’t it?

Top Tourist Attractions: Havana Cuba

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Why don’t scientists trust atoms?

Because they make up everything.'

Story of Eagle

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Borra Caves

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Friday, May 17, 2019

UN chief concerned nuclear 'coffin' leaking in Pacific

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres raised concerns Thursday that a concrete dome built last century to contain waste from atomic bomb tests is leaking radioactive material into the Pacific.
Speaking to students in Fiji, Guterres described the structure on Enewetak atoll in the Marshall Islands as "a kind of coffin" and said it was a legacy of Cold War-era nuclear tests in the Pacific
"The Pacific was victimised in the past as we all know," he said, referring to nuclear explosions carried out by the United States and France in the region.

Top Tourist Attractions: Athens, Greece

One of the world’s oldest cities is brimming with new life these days, but the appeal of Athens' beauty is its healthy mix of ancient and modern. Get your dose of history at the Acropolis, which provides both close-up views of the Parthenon and panoramic views of the city from its hilltop. Get similarly sweeping views without the heavy footwork at Lykavittos Hill, reachable via cable car. After all that antiquity, devote an afternoon to a site that's only a couple years old: The Renzo Piano-designed, $623 million Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, which houses the National Opera and the National Library of Greece.

20 years

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Pj of the Day

Why did the math textbook visit the guidance counsellor?

It needed help figuring out its problems.

Indian Thali

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Apple Tree


Thursday, May 16, 2019

The Global Economy Was Improving. Then the Fighting Resumed.

In ordinary times, worries about the health of the global economy tend to prompt leaders of the largest countries to join forces in pursuit of safety.

These are not ordinary times.
The biggest threat to global fortunes has become the intensifying conflict between the two largest economies on earth, the United States and China. As their leaders openly contemplate how to inflict pain on each other, the rest of the world now frets about becoming collateral damage in an escalating trade war.
Only a week ago, China and the United States appeared to be moving toward cooling their hostilities, while global economic prospects were improving. Worries about a worldwide slowdown were giving way to burnished hopes for expansion.

Top Tourist Attractions: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Many consider colonial-era San Miguel de Allende one of Mexico’s prettiest cities, and it’s no wonder. Here, you’ll find leafy courtyards, narrow cobblestone streets, and a historic town center from which the Gothic Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel’s pink towers rise high above the main plaza.

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Pj of The Day

Why did the nurse need a red pen at work?

In case she needed to draw blood

Jehan Daruwala from Mumbai India wins Spanish F3 in Barcelona: Proud National Anthem

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David Attenborough

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The US military and its allies in the region can't get their story straight on the Iran threat

The US military and the anti-ISIS coalition in Iraq and Syria presented two very different versions of the threat currently posed by Iran.
"There are a range of threats to American and coalition forces in Iraq and Syria," British Maj. Gen. Chris Ghika, Operation Inherent Resolve deputy commander for stability, told reporters at the Pentagon Tuesday, explaining that while Iranian-backed forces is clearly one of them, "there has been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria."
US Central Command, however, issued a statement a few hours later arguing that the general's comments were inaccurate. 

Top Tourist Attractions: Bruges, Belgium

With its cobblestone streets and peaceful, tree-lined canals, it's not hard to see Bruges as one big fairytale setting come to life. Much of the city's charm lies in its immaculately preserved old city, built between the 12th and 15th centuries; grab a seat at a cafe near the Markt (the historic center square), and plan to linger for the better part of a day.

Post Elections

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Giridarshan Moonlight Rajgad Torna Trek

Giridarshan's Rajgad to Torna moonlight trek on 18,19 May
We will start the trek at 7.30 pm on 17rh and travel to Pali village by private bus, have dinner and climb Rajgad fort, stay on the fort, on 18th morning we will see Balekilla, Suvela machi and have lunch, take some rest and start towards Torna fort in the evening, we will have dinner enroute, and will continue our trek in moonlight, we will reach Torna take some rest, on 19th morning we will have breakfast and climb down have lunch and come back ro Pune till 5 pm
You should bring bedding, extra dreas, a plate, a bowl, a glass, 2 water bottles, a torch and fridays dinner with you
Do not bring diaposables,
Suncap and trekking shoes are a must
Trek fee Rs 1500/-
Booking till 16 May
Call 9850520058

PJ of the Day

How many times can you subtract 10 from 100?

Once. The next time you would be subtracting 10 from 90.

Why not try this?

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US got Talent

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Legendary actress and singer Doris Day dead at 97

Doris Day, the honey-voiced singer and actress whose film dramas, musicals and innocent sex comedies made her a top star in the 1950s and '60s and among the most popular screen actresses in history, has died. She was 97.
The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed Day died early Monday at her Carmel Valley, California, home. The foundation said she was surrounded by close friends.