Monthly Archives: August 2016

5 Shocking facts about hair colouring!

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The hair dyeing is an ancient art that involves treatment of the hair with various chemical compounds. In ancient times, the dyes were obtained from plants. Henna, indigo, Senna, turmeric and amla are the most well-known natural colours. Others include katam, black walnut hulls, red ochre and leeks.

People see their hair as an important aspect of their physical appearance — hair dye’s continued popularity is the proof of that. People of all age use hair dyes for fashioning or colouring their hairs according to their choice. While it is very common these days, most of the hair dyes in the market have toxic behaviour which we all must know.

  1. Contains Over 5,000 Chemicals:Hair dye is a solution filled with a many chemicals. Some of those even may cause cancer while it may seem like a “freebie” since we’re not really ingesting them.
  2. Hair Color Can Discolour Your Skin: Due to lack of oxygen and exposure to paraphenylenediamine which is a very common chemical found in hair dying products, it can cause methemoglobinemia, a discoloration of the skin. The skin usually turns blue or grey and can be extremely dangerous and, in some circumstances, even cause death.
  3. May cause Rheumatoid Arthritis:Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a long-lasting autoimmune disorder that primarily affects joints. It typically results in warm, swollen, and painful joints and no one wants to go through the pain associated with it. Chronic exposure to hair colouring is one such factor that can increase one’s risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
  4. Increases Cancer Risk in Infants: If there is one time in life when avoiding hair dyes is crucially important, it’s during pregnancy. According to a 2005 study, using hair dye in pregnancy can increase your baby’s risk of having neuroblastoma in the future. Neuroblastoma is a deadly childhood cancer that affects infants and children.
  5. Dark Colours are the Most Risky: Dark colours are the most dangerous due to excessive presence of lead. Lead is nasty stuff for the skin.

8 Facts that make Indians different from the people of other nations!

Exceptions are always there. But there are some points which we can generalise:

  1. Indian students are way more competitive: They have to be. We all know about the boom of entrance exams in India. IAS, IIT, PMT these are some most toughest exams in the world. yes, it’s true.
  2. Indians are better at calculations and basic mathematics: Indians are better than the most of the foreigners in basic calculations. Interesting, isn’t it?
  3. Bargaining: None can beat an Indian when it comes to bargaining.
  4. Better management of money: Thhe reason is low ‘per capita income’. Even the “spoiled” youths learn this with time.
  5. Indians have become a really strong race over time: Indians can adjust in tough environments. They cherish the surroundings that the delicate foreigners would find it hard.
  6. Way more sacrificing by nature: Indians are less obsessed by themselves. Indian parents are a total stand-out example for this. Even average Indian parents are so good at sacrificing all their dreams and desires to raise their children, that americans could make a movie on it. But it just comes natural to the Indians; not a big deal ! Divorce rates, remarriage rates are very less in India, just to maintain the family.
  7. Indians are great at sustaining their families: They live for the family. Children from the west suffer a lot due to parental adultery and divorce. Indians are good at suppressing their desires.
  8. Indians are the most hardworking race: Even though we aren’t amongst the most strongly built people. But, we’ve got ample endurance. Indians can sweat really hard at a thing they don’t even enjoy doing. This quality makes Indians one of the best choice as employees to be recruited in a firm.

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Why is BCCI the most dominating in the ICC and cricketing world?

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What did Tony Greig say?

Once the former England captain said that ending India’s “domination” of the ICC and dismissing the “nonsense” idea of having a window for the IPL would be his top agenda if  he is given charge of cricket’s world governing body.

BCCI’s dominance of world cricket is a wellknown fact.

After all, what’s the alternative?

going back to the era when cricket was dominated by England and Australia? These two founding members of the then Imperial Cricket Council (ICC used to be called Imperial Cricket Council earlier) had run cricket the way Britain ran its Empire. They controlled cricket with utter disdain for the opinions of other nations.

So, their criticism of BCCI and its methods strikes Indians as rich. Isn’t it?

Back then, only a few cricketers like Fateh Sinh Rao Gaekwad, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, Saleem Durrani & Farrokh Engineer had the guts to speak out their mind before the dominating English & the Aussies.

Jagmohan Dalmia turned BCCI’s fortune around with his Marwari sense of business – and since then BCCI is controlling terms. Why not? There was a time in the 80s when cricket in Sharjah was dominated by the Pakis, who manipulated the matches as per the great gamblers wishes – and when BCCI stopped sending Indian cricket team to Sharjah, suddenly that venue lost all its lustre! We must feel good about BCCI and it’s strong arm tactics – for how long shall we be steam-rolled by other nations?

Only former tormentors and apologists who don’t like being served their own bitter medicine when the boot is on the other foot forward such arguments and Tony Greig is one of them in the never ending list.

India is the new 800 pound elephant in the ICC boardroom. Why should we be apologetic about it? It’s the first time we’ve achieved that status in any global body. The endeavour should be to try and replicate this model in all other spheres. May be, in a few decades from now, in the United Nations Security Council, too (just being optimistic). We know that day is still far, far away, but there’s no harm in dreaming.

After all, who could have imagined 30 years ago that India would one day rule the cricket world? No doubt, it’s the richest cricket body in the world.

What are the missing links of Indian history that get no attention in schools or history textbooks?

Our History is not only about Mughal dynasty, Lodhi dynasty and Tughlaq dynasty. We Indians are by and large aware of Muslim dynasties in Indian when it comes to our history.

  1. Here are some dark parts of Indian history which are not taught:
  2. After Ashoka we suddenly come to Samudragupta with brief interlude by Kanishka this is more than 500-800 hundred years where books are silent.
  3. From Samudragupta we come to Harsha and then to Prithvi Raj Chauhan. Again the gap is around 500 years.
  4. We do not study about Kabulshahi, Hindushahi kingdoms of Afganistan, we do not study about Hindu kingdoms of Kashmir particularly Lalitaditya.
  5. We do not study about Indian influence on Chinese for more than 1000 years, the early Buddhist scholars and the contribution of people like Padmasambhava Bodhisatva are absent from our history.
  6. The Indian trade through silk route is never taught.
  7. Indian influence through trade routes in west is never researched.
  8. The end of speedy growth of Buddhism in India and the re-rise of Hinduism is never taught.
  9. The distinct Buddhist design and Tibbetan imagery of statues in Badrinath is never taught.
  10. Influence of Hindus and India in Arabia is never taught, history of communities like Hussaini Brahmins is never researched or taught.
  11. The attacks and settling of Huns and their amalgamation into Indian society is not present in Indian history research.
  12. The Arab invasion, the Taimur invasion, the nadir shah Invasion and Ahmad Shah Abdali invasion do not get importance that they should get.
  13. Even invasion of Mahmud Ghazanavi and Mohd. Ghori are taught like mythology their mayhem and destruction of Hindu states and temples is downplayed.
  14. Influence of Hinduism and Buddhism, thousands of years of Human contact with Korea, Japan is never researched or taught.
  15. The rise of Hindu kingdoms in south east Asia, the sustaining influence of Hinduism in Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Burma, Thailand, Jawa, Bali is not part of our curriculum.
  16. The presence of Indians in Yemen, Qatar, Zanzibar, East Africa and their influence on culture, trade is never taught.
  17. The presence and influence of Ethiopians, Abyssinians, Siddhi from Africa in medieval India is never taught.
  18. History of Jats their migration from Bactria and Afghanistan and Iran to India is not part of any scholarly research.
  19. How did Hindu survive and remained in majority through history of Bigoted Muslim rulers across India is never researched or taught.
  20. The IAF bombing Aizwal in 1966, only time that IAF bombed territory and people in India, it has not been used even against Kashmiri, Sikh militants or Naxals.
  21. How Tawang became part of India in 1949-50 is never taught.
  22. The Hindu kings of Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya and adjoining Bangladesh are not known to even historians.
  23. Why tribes in Mizoram, Meghalaya and Nagaland became Christian despite dominant Vaishnava culture in Assam and Manipur and Shakt culture of Tripura is never taught.
  24. How we Indians have neglected and exploited tribal people across India is also absent from the history books.
  25. The history of Karnatka, Konkan, Kerala, Tamil Nadu are foot notes in our history.
  26. History of Balochistan, NWFP, Sindh do not get even footnotes in our history.
  27. History of Ahoms, the extent of their kingdom, the 800 years of independence, kingdoms in Manipur and Tripura are never taught.
  28. Even role of CIA and Indian intelligence in Dalai Lama’s flight from Lahasa to India is never taught.

And the list goes on…

The above is a small list of large number of events that are unknown to the majority of Indian people.

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Why cricket is not a part Olympics?

It automatically comes to the mind of every Indian that why not cricket is a part of Olympics as India has always been a strong and dominant unit in this game at least for the last 50 years or so.

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There has been a push for Twenty20 cricket to become an Olympic sport. Cricket is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which, it is understood, has encouraged the ICC to apply for the inclusion of a Twenty20 event in the Olympics, featuring up to 12 teams, both men and women.

While governing bodies of other sports have been quick to seize the exposure Olympic status can provide, the ICC has maintained a deliberate approach to the matter. At the last two ICC board meetings – on February 3 and April 24 (2016) in Dubai – they have deferred taking a final position on whether or not to make an application to the IOC siting the reason that it is difficult to fit Olympics into cricket calendar.

Also there are other important facts that we need to consider: 

Popularity
Cricket is not really a global sport (yet). Although, people of densely populated regions (Indian Subcontinent, England, Australia and South Africa) are crazy about Cricket, the sport itself has not managed to penetrate most of the countries of this world. There are only a few commonwealth nations that takes Cricket seriously as compared to other popular sports like Football, Athletics, Boxing, etc.

Also, some big nations of this world are minimally interested in this sport, e.g. USA, Japan, China, Russia, Germany, etc. which makes it even more difficult to consider for Olympics.

Arrangement
Arrangement of cricket matches are a logistic hassle. Cricket grounds need to be specifically made; you can’t hold any other sport in a cricket venue at least not until the whole tournament is over. Moreover, cricket includes a lot more technical equipments comapred to other games which is not easy for a non-cricket playing nation to arrange without any glitches.

Length of The Matches
Cricket matches can take a long time to finish. Even the shortest format (T20) of the game needs 4-5 hours.

Lack of Effort
No one has actually lobbied for Cricket. Not England, Not India–no one. If the cricket playing nations start lobbying, I am sure cricket will be included.

These are the major reasons behind cricket’s absence from Olympics.

For your information, Indian athletes have won a total of 27 medals so far in Olympics. For a period of time, India national field hockey team was dominant in Olympic competition, winning eleven medals in twelve Olympics between 1920 and 1980. The run included 8 gold medals in total and six successive gold medals from 1928–1956.

Though our athletes have made us proud in several occasions, a country with 125 cr population has not yet made it big at world’s biggest event of sports. With the due respect to the other sports, inclusion of cricket in Olympics will surely give a push to the possibility of winning medals.

Note: Cricket will be included in the 2024 Olympics if Rome wins its bid to host the games, the president of the Italian board has said. Rome is one of the cities bidding to host the Olympics in 2024. France Cricket is attempting to win a similar commitment with the Paris organising committee. “If Rome hosts the Olympics, cricket will be included, we have had a firm commitment from the organising committee”, Simone Gambino, president of the Federazione Cricket Italiana (FCI) has said.

 

Why are cricketers accompanied by children when they come out on the field before the match for national anthem?

That is actually a Football culture.

In cricket this started off with imitation of football matches where young school children would accompany the teams onto the field for the anthems and shaking of hands. It is frustrating that the game announcers make absolutely no comment about these charming children.

These kids are part of an international program that chooses 1400 or so kids every year from all over the world  to walk onto the pitch with a professional soccer/football player. The program is called the FIFA McDonald’s Escort Programme.

Recently the tradition is being followed in cricket too. It’s a mark of fair play and good spirit. Children are always fair, innocent and spread love. Cricketers similarly foster good spirit and advocate the spirit of the game. Fair and competitive play is what gets symbolised!

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Do you know the difference between Miss Universe and Miss World pageants?

The Miss World and Miss Universe are two different pageants that take place each year. You may have wondered about the differences between these two.

These are nothing but beauty contests after which the winners are expected to show up at certain prominent events until the next winner is announced the following year.

The Miss Universe pageant is considered to have a higher status than Miss World though there is nothing official or concrete reason to suggest that either one is better. The funny part is, many critics state that Miss Universe is wrongly named as only women from earth take part in it.

The national winners are selected by the national franchises. For e.g., in India Femina Miss India conducts the qualifying rounds of beauty pageants. Earlier they used to select the winner for Miss Universe and runner up for Miss World; now they select three winners, one each for Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss Earth.

Here are some basic differences between these two beauty contests:

1. The Owners:

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The Miss World competition is managed by the Miss World Organization and Julia Morley (left) is its president.

The Miss Universe pageant is run by the Miss Universe Organization, which is currently owned by business tycoon Donald Trump (right), US presidential candidate in 2016, in a joint venture with broadcaster NBC.

2. The Residence:

Traditionally, Miss World lives in London and Miss Universe lives in New York City during her reign.

3. The Beginning:

The Miss Universe pageant started it’s journey in 1952 by clothing company Pacific Mills in the United States and Miss World was started by Englishman Eric Morley in 1951. Miss World is also recognized as the longest running of the pageants.

Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh embarrasses party by saying ‘India-Occupied-Kashmir’ instead of PoK.

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Controversy’s favourite child Digvijay Singh has yet again made a shameful statement what he is known for as usual.

He said to reporters in Bhopal, “Narendra Modi ji is more concerned about Pakistan occupied Kashmir. He thanks the people living in that area and that of Balochistan. But he is not ready to talk with people living in Kashmir. If we have to bring trust in the region, whether its Indian occupied Kashmir or Pakistan occupied Kashmir, we have to do that through talks.”

Indian politics is hitting new low day by day as our politicians are including evrything in their petty politics. Even the issue of national security doesn’t matter to them.

In a democracy, opposition party doesn’t mean that a party which will oppose every move of an elected government,  opposition party has a much more important role than that. Opposition Party should act firmly in parliament on behalf of common mass fighting for their common interest and grievences. They should raise immediate protest before a Bill passed if that is against common people. Opposition legislators should make sure that an elected government doesn’t have a free hand to decide common men’s fate and the decision should be in favour of common man only.

Our politicians should put national interest at the first place and they should do politics with internal issues. Whether it is BJP or Congress, we should stand against such leaders who are doing petty politics on such issues.

A flashback on Balochistan, Pakistan’s largest but least developed province.

Indian PM Narendra Modi’s reference to Balochistan in his Independence Day speech signals an aggressive shift in India’s approach to the liberation of Balochistan. Modi very clearly and confidently said, “I am grateful to the people of Balochistan, Gilgit and PoK who have thanked me in the past few days.” Also in an all-party meeting on the unrest in Kashmir, Modi said, “It’s high time for Pakistan to answer the world, on atrocities against Baloch people and PoK.” This strategy could be drawing the global attention towards one of the oldest internal problems of Pakistan.

When Pakistan, a new country on a religious ideology, was born in 1947, the rulers of the Khanate of Kalat, which was a princely state under the British and part of today’s Balochistan, refused to join the new nation. Pakistan sent troops in March 1948 to annex the territory much like they sent troops to then undevided princely state Kashmir. So far, there were five waves of insurgencies. After the 1948 rebellion was put down, crisis again erupted in 1958. In 1962-63 and 1973-77, there were violent campaigns to gain independandce from independence from Pakistan by Baloch nationalists. The two decades after that was the calmest period in the history of Balochistan.

Tensions started boiling up after General Parvez Musharraf seized power in 1999. When the military started building new cantonments in Balochistan, it was seen by Baloch nationalist factions as a bid by the Army to tighten control over the region. The fifth wave of insurgency that broke out in this context is still on. There are several separatist groups in the province. The strongest among them is the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA), designated as a terrorist group by Pakistan and  Islamabad has claimed that India is backing the BLA.

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This is an 1872 “Map of “Beluchistan” from the book “Text-book of Indian History: Geographical Notes, Genealogical Tables, Examination Questions,” by G.U. Pope (1880), London: W. H. Allen & Co. Pp. vii, 574. And if you can read, please flip through the pages of this rare historic book from an e-book courtesy the University of Toronto.

The fortunate fact is that the Congress gave its thumbs up to the idea of India raising rights violations in Balochistan in a perfect response to Pakistan’s Kashmir rant. It signals about a political convergence that may decisively shift the national policy on the Balochistan issue.

Now the time will tell what will be the fate of Baloch people in near future. The Balochi nationalists accuse Islamabad of deliberately keeping the mineral-rich province poor, while Pakistan government says the pace of development is slow due to insurgency. But the bigger issue is the large-scale human rights violations in the region, both by the Army and the militants. Every time there’s unrest in the region, the Pakistani Army used brute force to retain order. Even the Air Force was used against the civilian population many times.

Does India deserve a leader like Arvind Kejriwal?

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When Arvind Kejiriwal took the oath as a Cheif Minister  for  the first time with the help of Congress, I was saying to all my friends about his achievement and all. I was a great admirer of Kejiriwal back then.I have defended him many a times when my friends criticised him for getting into politics rather than doing good services as an activist alongside Anna Hazare from outside of politics.

But now Kejiriwal turned to 180 degrees. He said that he will change politics, but the trth is that politics has changed him to an average politician.

Whoever agress with him are  the right people and whoever disagress with him are corrupt and wrong . He think that  his political party and bureaucrats  who he appoints are the right people and others are wrong.

He mocked Rahul Gandhi as a child in politics and Modi as a coward and psychopath.  He just need the attention of presstitutes . For Presstitutes Delhi is India and India is Delhi.

Why he was afraid of CBI raid? If there is nothing wrong with him  then why was he making such a loud noise infront of media?  He tried to divert the attention and brought DDCA into the picture. Why there was no actionable items before the CBI raid on DDCA?

He kicked out  Prasant Bhusan and Yogendra Yadav but he raises his  voice for Kirti Azad when he was expelled from BJP. Double standard?

He spent crores for advertisment and he calls himself as aam aadmi. Kejiriwal simply shouts at  every one and engages  the media.

What is his view on economic policy? What is his view on development agenda? He doesn’t have any clear and planned view other than shouting.

Conclusion: Kejriwal won the Delhi election and formed government that lasted only 49 days. Then he quit the government and it was a landslide victory for AAP in Delhi. He won with such a huge historic margin only because people believed in him. He needs to concentrate all his energy into good work. If he is uncorrupted good politician and he works for the society, his works will speak for him. But no, he is making mockery of himself by shouting every now and then against Modi. He doesn’t understand that the youth will support him more than Modi if he delivers more than Modi. It’s been ranaissance in Indian politics of late and the days of blind politics is almost over for the educated people atleast and that’s where the Kejriwal playing it long. Dear Mr. Kejriwal, the poeple of India din’t want one more average politician like you, the believed in you with hope and the hope is gone.