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International Day of the Girl Child – Towards fulfilling the dream of a just world for girls

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The world celebrates the International Day of the Girl Child which falls on October 11

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Today, the world commemorates the International Day of the Girl Child as declared by the UN in 2012. From denying a girl child her right to live to her right to education and opinion, eight out of ten girls are being subjected to child marriage, sexual abuse, and much more. The question that arises after all these incidents is, ‘Is this happening just because of the gender?’

From the moment a child is conceived in the mother’s womb, the parents fear for the chances of the baby turning out to be a girl. They fear for her safety and perceive her as a financial burden. The aim of the International Day of the Girl Child is to create an awareness in the needs and the challenges a girl has to face while empowering girls and making sure that the basic human rights are not being violated or denied just because she is a girl.

Let’s stand up and raise our voices and take that first step to stopping these social evils and work towards making this world a safe place for girls to enjoy education and freedom in a spirit of equality. Empowering girls to live in a world free from the social evils and violations is not only a basic human right but also an integral part that plays in the economic growth of the country and the eradication of poverty.

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Drips Used to Save This 700 Year Old Banyan Tree In Telangana

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The second largest and perhaps the oldest Banyan Tree in the world has been overrun by termites, posing a danger to its life

The second largest Banyan Tree in the world underwent an emergency rescue effort as it was literally put on drips. A big tourist attraction in Telangana, the tree, known as Pillalamarri or Peerla Marri, has been infected with a severe termite infestation, threatening the life of the giant living being. Visitors have been barred from visiting the tree since last December when one of its branches came crashing down due to the plague.

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Forest officials have since determined to save the tree, by putting up drips filled with diluted pesticides to destroy the mites. Hundreds of drips with diluted chemical Chlorpyrifos have been set up every two metres around the colossal tree that expands across three acres. “We diluted the Chlorpyrifos chemical and started pushing it into the stem by keeping holes, but it didn’t work out. The solution was coming back instantly. Later we started injecting solution like a saline drip. This process has been effective. Secondly, we are watering the roots with the diluted solution to kill the termites. And in a physical method, we are building concrete structures to support the collapsing heavy branches,” Mahabubnagar District Forest Officer Chukka Ganga Reddy told the Times of India.

Support structure

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The impressive tree was under the authority of the Tourism department but after December last year, it was transferred to the care of the Forest Department. Ronald Ross, the District Collector is said to be directly overseeing the recovery of the tree. At nearly 800 years of age, Pillalamarri is perhaps the oldest Banyan Tree in the world. However, it still does not qualify to be a biodiversity heritage site as it is located inside a reserve forest, said G Sailu, scientist at Telangana Biodiversity Board. “But the forest department shall give it a heritage tree tag and conserve it,” he said.

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World Heritage Day: Here ‘s A Look At The 6 Best Heritage Sites In Kerala

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From Kasaragode to Kanyakumari, Kerala is known for its rich cultural heritage, natural beauty, and breathtaking sites. The state is home to some of the best heritage sites in South India and provides an ecstatic experience for travellers and locals who are interested in witnessing these wonders

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Kerala is richly endowed with heritage buildings, structures, and sites, all of which are having very unique architectural and aesthetic importance. The heritage sites are not just monuments, but include buildings, artifacts, structures, areas of historical significance, aesthetic, architectural, cultural and environmental significance and even traditional skills. Some of these age-old structures speak about a fascinating period from Kerala’s charming past, drawing countless history fanatics, archaeology lovers and art & architecture enthusiasts from all across the globe. If you are also amongst those who get amazed by the beauty and history of the ancient buildings and monuments, a trip to Kerala is definitely a must for you.  Not many know that this beautiful state has been a major contributor to India’s rich culture and history. We have shortlisted 6 heritage sites in Kerala which may definitely fascinate you and make you want to visit them.

Bekal Fort, Kasaragod

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Bekal fort is more than 300 years old and is believed to have been built by Sivappa Naik of the Ikkeri dynasty in1650. There is also another belief that it was originally built by Kolathiri Rajas and later captured by Sivappa Naik. The fort was occupied by Hyder Ali in 1763 AD and later by British. Bekal fort is one of the largest and best preserved Fort in the whole of Kerala, bordered by a magnificent beach.  The fort is built on 35 acre headland on the shores of Arabian Sea, rising to a height 130 feet. Bekal Fort is among the top visited locations in Kerala. The Hanuman temple near the entrance and the ancient Muslime mosque situated near the fort, hold testimony to the age-old religious harmony that prevailed in the area.

Eddakal Caves, Wayanad:

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Situated an altitude of 4000 feet, these caves were discovered by Fred Fawcett, the then Superintendent of Police of the Malabar district in 1890, during his hunting trip to Wayanad. The name ‘Edakkal’ literally means ‘a stone in between’. It is the only place with Stone Age carvings in South India. The carvings belonging to Neolithic and Mesolithic Age include ancient stone scripts, ancient weapons, symbols, animal figures and human beings. The rock surface is filled with motifs and one can see figures, crosses, triangles, tridents, various animals and human figures. Edakkal Caves is one of the most visited places in Wayand.

Tellicherry Fort, Thalassery:

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Tellicherry Fort is located in Thalassery town of Kannur District of Kerala India. The fort was built in 1708 by the British East India Company to establish a stronghold on the Malabar coastline. It is a testament to the impressive engineering skills of  the British engineers and designers, the fort encloses a number of secretive tunnels and underground chambers that once served as hiding burrows for the defeated British military personnel. This historical fort today, is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India and indeed, they have done a great job, making it an absolute delight for visitors who have a affinity for history and architecture. So, if you are also amongst those avid history buffs, a visit here definitely has to be marked on your travel itineraries.

Kappad Beach, Kozhikode:

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Vasco da Gama landed on Indian soil on 27th May 1498 at Kappad beach, Kozhikode along with 170 men. There is a monument on the beach that commemorates the landmark event of Vasco da Gama’s arrival. This marked the beginning of a new era in the relationship between the Indians and the Portuguese which lasted for 4 to 5 centuries. The beach is ideal for relaxing and playing around with sand. Devi Temple, which is believed to be 800 years old, is situated on top of a rock near the beach. Sunset is a great site to watch here, in the combination of Sea and River.

Vadakkunnathan temple, Thrissur

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Vadakkunnathan Temple, an ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the city of Thrissur. It exemplifies impressive Kerala type of architectural style that is quite appropriate for regions where rains are vigorous. The temple has a beautiful ”Kuttambalam” – separate temple theatre for dances, etc., and monumental towers on all four cardinal directions. Vadakkunnathan Temple is the main venue of the famous Thrissur Pooram festival held every year in the month of April or May. This festival attracts more than a lakh of people, including many foreigners.  The festival goes on for seven days.

Palakkad Fort, Palakkad:

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The Palakkad Fort in Kerala is a beautiful historical monument that has gently integrated its high walls with its surrounding green gardens. One of the most well-preserved forts in the state of Kerala, the Palakkad fort was built in the 1766 AD by Hyder Ali, after which the fort was taken over and renovated by British in 1790. The fort is protected by Archeological Survey of India. And even today, the tough walls of the fort speak volumes about the stories of Tipu Sultan. The fort is square in shape, with massive walls and strong bastions in all four corners and in the middle. It is among the best preserved forts in South India. The thick laterite walls impress all who view it. A large ground that lies between the Fort and the Palakkad town hall is an important location for public meetings and important functions. Today it is a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India. It is a preferred picnic spot for everyone visiting Palakkad.

 

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The Streets Of Mumbai Are Seeing The Last Days of The Premier Padmini

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As one of the symbols of Mumbai’s street life nears its end, we take a look at some of the other automobiles that were once champions of the Indian roads

Like all good things that come to an end, one of the iconic symbols of Mumbai is in its last days. The epochal yellow and black Premier Padmini taxis that were once ubiquitous in the lanes and by-lanes of the city, are on their way out.

Premier Padmini

Manufactured by Premier Automobiles Limited, the omnipresent public mode of transport has been a reliable service to the people of India’s Maximum City since the 1970s. The production of the city’s well-loved taxi has finally ceased, even as the government’s decree of phasing out automobiles older than 25 years came into place in 2008.

Taxis became swankier with time, moving from the Padmini to Hyundai Santro, to several of the new models. Eventually, the entire taxi experience has evolved from hailing one on the streets, to booking one with your fingertips thanks to the likes of Uber and Ola. However, none of the new age plush taxis can wipe off the memories of the creaking doors that needed to be slammed shut, the hand wound windows that needed to be rolled up and down, and the colourful patterns of the upholstery; that have now metamorphosed into nostalgia.

While we bid adieu to this exemplary symbol of Mumbai, let us remember the illustrious vintage fleet it will be joining, that once ruled the hearts and streets of India:

HM Ambassador

Ambassador

Fondly called the ‘King of Indian roads’, the Ambassador was the definitive Indian car that was the pride of Indian car owners from 1958 to the early 2000s. Manufactured by Hindustan Motors, it was the symbol of luxury for one of the first generation of indigenous Indian car owners. It later became the face of taxis in Kolkata.

Hindustan Contessa

Contessa

Another classic from the stables of Hindustan Motors, the Contessa was the more modern face of Indian car that put it at par with American cars in terms of looks and design. In production from 1984 to 2002, the car was popular for its contemporary appearance but lost out for its underpowered engine.

Maruti 800

Maruti 800

The first of the city cars that became the mass car, the Maruti 800 captured the Indian auto market like a storm. Affordable, yet meeting the requirements of a modern family car, it remained the ‘best selling car’ in India till 2004 from its inception in 1983.

Bajaj Chetak

Bajaj Chetak

The handy all-time go-to vehicle for all Indians, the Bajaj Chetak was the forefather of Scooters in India. From solo riders to accommodating the entire family, the Bajaj Chetak pervaded the heart and soul of the country for its affordability and ease of use. It was a collective emotional moment when its production was halted in 2006 after its birth in 1972. It was what truly proved to be “Hamara Bajaj” for millions of Indians.

Yamaha RX 100

Yamaha Rx 100

The bike that gave the youth of India wings of freedom and mobility, the Yamaha RX 100 was an instant hit when it was launched in 1985. It rose to a cult status and set into motion the beginning of the biker generation in India. The Japanese company ceased its production in 1996.

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