China cyber watchdog deletes 7m pieces of info


China’s cyber watchdog said on Wednesday that it had deleted more than 7 million pieces of online information as well as 9,382 mobile apps, and it criticised tech giant Tencent’s news app for spreading “vulgar information”.

The Cyberspace Administration of China said in a statement on its website the action was part of a clean-up of unacceptable and harmful information that started this month, adding that it had also shut down 733 websites. The administration singled out Tencent’s Tiantian Kuaibao news app, saying the platform had been ordered to make changes as it had been spreading “vulgar and low-brow information that was harmful and damaging to the internet ecosystem”.

Tencent did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The regulator also criticised Huaban, a photo-sharing network, as having “serious ecosystem problems”. Huaban said on its website its online service had been temporarily taken down for upgrades. Control of the internet has tightened under President Xi Jinping — an effort that has accelerated since 2016, as the ruling Communist Party seeks to crack down on dissent in the booming social media landscape.

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Mithila Palkar Youtube Cup Songs Marathi

Mithila Palkar Youtube Cup Songs Marathi

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U.S. (America) To Help Provide Skills Training To 400 Mn Indians

In a boost to India’s ambitious skill development programme, the U.S. will collaborate with it on a number of education-related projects to help the country achieve its goal of providing such training to 400 million people in the next decade.

“We recognise that higher education and vocational training are essential to economic development, and we remain committed to strengthening our exchanges of students, scholars, and technical knowledge,” the State Department said.

The new six-week Community College Administrator Program, sponsored by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, started on September 20 this year, the U.S. said.

Through this programme, Indian administrators from post-secondary vocational and technical institutions and Indian officials with higher education planning responsibilities intend to complete a program of professional development with Florida State University and Santa Fe College.

The US has also announced a study tour for officials from Indian state-level skills development entities to study the US network of community colleges with the objective of developing expertise and contacts to help the state build a more effective vocational education system.

Building on its long-standing partnership and support for the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has said that it intends to partner with Duke University and Research Triangle International to support the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar.

By convening the expertise of U.S. higher education institutions, USAID is advancing the goal of the January 2015 bilateral Joint Declaration of Intent on Providing Support to IITs to intensify collaborations in research and development and its engagement with industry and entrepreneurship, the State Department said.

Working with the Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) program of the Ministry of Human Resources Development, the U.S. said its intention is to pursue the expansion of the USIEF-administered Fulbright specialist programme in 2016, to allow more American professors the opportunity to conduct trainings and workshops in Indian institutes of higher education and advance our shared goal of increased technical exchanges.

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) yesterday also signed a memorandum of understanding to foster Indo-US cooperation on standards and conformity assessment.

The MoU would cover areas such as smart cities and infrastructure, renewable energy, water and sanitation while also enhancing the scope of the Standards Portal that was created by both organisations in partnership with the Indian Bureau of Industrial Standards in 2007, said Joe Bhatia, president of ANSI.

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7 Traditional Jobs That Are Slowly vanishing in India

Ever since the Independence, India has gradually opened up itself to the globalization, as a result, lifestyle in India has transformed drastically. Similarly, our country has been welcoming industrialization in order create enough number of jobs for the youths. Hence, job seekers are much more interested in the corporate sectors than the traditional Indian jobs, as reported by Indiatimes.
So here goes the list of such endangered traditional jobs in India.


Probably, Pottery is one of the oldest professions in India, but as an impact of globalization, potter job shall be recorded into to the history books very soon.  Pottery profession has a great cultural history, there were times when, pots were the only source for cooking process in the country, but today stainless steels and plastic vessels have replaced It. In the modern India, pottery is just left out as an art.


Calligraphy is an art of producing decorative handwriting which is now unhurriedly fading. Today, most of the calligraphers in India are Urdu language writers, however Calligraphers who write regional languages can be found everywhere in India but the irony is that numbers are easily countable. The engrossment of digital technology on exchanging information has had an adverse impact on the Calligrapher profession.

Broom Maker:

Just a decade ago, every household needed a Broomstick, but today plastic brooms are mostly preferred by the customers in the market. Hence, conventional wooden broomstick is now out of demand, as a result Broomstick makers are now facing huge setbacks in their business. The effect is pushing Broomstick makers quit their respective profession and look for the new one.


There was once a time, when men India had only one beard and haircut style, but today impact of westernisation has transformed frumpy Indian men into stylish hunks. As a result, ultra modern saloons have overshadowed the traditional barbering profession. However, if the social equality is to be considered, this is a good change, as people belonged to the particular community were only suppose to do barbarian, but now there is no such taboo followed.

Knife Sharpeners:

Knife sharpeners are rare to find, but if we rewind back our lives for a decade, it was usual to find them in urban areas and some sharpeners use to wander all over the city yelling about their service. However, now the profession is almost wiped out and they can rarely be found in rural areas too.

Honey collectors:

Tribes were once known for collecting and selling honey, later, many smelled the profit in it and started breeding honey bees and sold the collected honey. Nevertheless, in the present era honey is a matter of lucrative business for many of the big industries. Hence, customary and regional honey collectors are sidelined and are out of selling.

Type Writing:

Typewriting was once the most prominent professions in India, as the respective profession was reserved for the educated class in the country. But the invasion of Computers, Printers, Xerox and Fax machines have overhauled the importance of the typewriters in the industries and thus it’s no wonder if you find a typewriter in the museums in the near future.


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St Andrew’s 400-year festivities unearth history and legends

St Andrew’s 400-year festivities unearth history and legends
There’s a banner showing the Taj Mahal in the compound of Bandra’s St Andrew Church. Flanked by pinched portraits of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, this Mughal era tomb is meant to highlight the church’s rich heritage. Because, as the poster explains, when the Taj was built in 1654, “St Andrew’s parish was already 38 years old“. The church dates back even further. Vatican records show that the hermitage of St Andrew existed in 1601 and there are also references to a church being built in 1599, which local historians surmise might have been St Andrew.

The Taj Mahal poster is the handiwork of the church’s PR cell, which is gearing up for the parish’s upcoming 400-year anniversary celebrations. They will kick off after the Feast of St Andrew’s at the end of November. About 60 of the 7,660 parishioners are working on the celebrations, which will culminate in December 2016, said Ft Caesar D’Mello.There will be cultural activities, inter-religious dialogues, the unveiling of a commemorative stamp and a historical volume documenting the growth of the parish -once dominated by Kolis.

They were originally part of the Church of St Anne, but according to a 1669 Jesuit letter, the parish grew too large and unwieldy . Also, some parishioners objected to the “bad“ fish smell so the Kolis were given their own parish.Then in 1739, Salsette was taken over by the Marathas and St Anne and its surrounding fortifications were blown up so they wouldn’t fall into enemy hands. From 1739 until St Peter’s was built in 1853, St Andrew’s was Bandra’s only church.

Herman Rodrigues, who has been heading the historical cell, says they have been trawling libraries for information. For now, the best source has been 16th and 17th century Jesuit reports from the Vatican Library in ancient Portuguese. “A priest would spend six months visiting all the churches in Sal sette and then he would write a report,“ he explains. “Each letter is like a work of art because of the calligraphy .“

In 1966, the church’s wooden portico was demolished and the building’s façade was extended. Every effort was taken to ensure that it resembled the original. Even the height of a round window was adjusted so on both solstices, the sun’s morning rays continue to hit the central point of the altar where the host is kept -just like in the original design. Ft D’Mello was amused when the research yielded another curious tidbit preceding a 1992 renovation. “The baptistery was originally built on stilts,“ he said. “Pigs from the village would scratch their backs against the props shaking the building.“

The 1669 Jesuit letter mentions a curious legend about a Mother Mary statue in one of the side altars.“Once upon a time, the Kolis were fishing in this sea of Bandra,“ reads the translation. “They fished not a fish but a statue of the Mother of Pearl, within which the pearl Jesus was found and with festival joy placed it in this church.“ Rodrigues claims the side altars are originals –so it’s possible the current statue is the same one that was fished out of the sea.

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India must make its case globally to get Dawood Ibrahim

India must make its case globally to get Dawood: Ex-home minister
Dawood Ibrahim

Dawood Ibrahim

Former Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Saturday said India will have to put pressure on the global community as well as on Pakistan for securing fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim’s custody .

“We had given Dawood Ibrahim’s reported address in Pakistan and passport details to the Pakistan administration and International Police Organisation from time to time with a request to locate and hand him over to India,“ Shinde told TOI.

Shinde, who was home minister between August 1, 2012 and May 2014, said while a red corner notice was issued in 1993, the United Nations Security Council had also issued a special notice in 2006 against him.

During his visit to US, Shinde discussed the spurt in cross-border terrorism with FBI sleuths and their attorney-general. “All along, our emphasis was on tackling terrorism and nabbing the terrorist. In my opinion, Pakistan must cooperate with India,“ Shinde said. “Pakistan has r paid a heavy price for prol tecting terrorists,“ he said.

During his ministerial stint, Shinde was instrumental in expediting the execution of t Pakistani terrorist Ajmal “ Kasab and Parliament at tack convict Afzal Guru. After the apex court had upheld the death sentence for Kasab and Guru, they had filed mercy petitions before the President. Subsequently, Shinde had cleared the proposals when the Rashtrapati Bhavan had sought the home ministry’s opinion. Recently, there was a furore after minister of state Haribhai Chaudhary informed the Lok Sabha that “Dawood had not been located so far and that the extradition process with regard to him would be initiated once he is located“. Subse quently , on May 11 Union home minister Rajnath Singh amended Choudhary’s reply , saying that the don’s details, including his Pakistani passports and his addresses in Pakistan, have been provided to the authorities. Singh said that Pakistan is under obligation to locate a person in respect of whom a red corner notice has been issued to enable the requisitioning country to start extraditiondeportation proceedings. Dawood is wanted for masterminding the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.

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Muslim tailor in India


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Interesting Facts about India

Interesting Facts about India

  • India never invaded any country in her last 100000 years of history.
  • When many cultures were only nomadic forest dwellers over 5000 years ago, Indians established Harappan culture in Sindhu Valley (Indus Valley Civilization)
  • The name ‘India’ is derived from the River Indus, the valleys around which were the home of the early settlers. The Aryan worshippers referred to the river Indus as the Sindhu.
  • The Persian invaders converted it into Hindu. The name ‘Hindustan’ combines Sindhu and Hindu and thus refers to the land of the Hindus.
  • Chess was invented in India.
  • Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus are studies, which originated in India.
  • The ‘Place Value System’ and the ‘Decimal System’ were developed in India in 100 B.C.
  • The World’s First Granite Temple is the Brihadeswara Temple at Tanjavur, Tamil Nadu. The shikhara of the temple is made from a single 80-tonne piece of granite. This magnificent temple was built in just five years, (between 1004 AD and 1009 AD) during the reign of Rajaraja Chola.

Brihadeswara Temple at Tanjavur

Brihadeswara Temple at Tanjavur















Brihadeswara Temple at Tanjavur 5 rupees coin
























  • India is the largest democracy in the world, the 7th largest Country in the world, and one of the most ancient civilizations.
  • The game of Snakes & Ladders was created by the 13th century poet saint Gyandev. It was originally called ‘Mokshapat’. The ladders in the game represented virtues and the snakes indicated vices. The game was played with cowrie shells and dices. In time, the game underwent several modifications, but its meaning remained the same, i.e. good deeds take people to heaven and evil to a cycle of re-births.
  • The world’s highest cricket ground is in Chail, Himachal Pradesh. Built in 1893 after leveling a hilltop, this cricket pitch is 2444 meters above sea level.
  • India has the largest number of Post Offices in the world.
  • The largest employer in India is the Indian Railways, employing over a million people.
  • The world’s first university was established in Takshila in 700 BC. More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects. The University of Nalanda built in the 4th century was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education.
  • Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to mankind. The Father of Medicine, Charaka, consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago.
  • India was one of the richest countries till the time of British rule in the early 17th Century. Christopher Columbus, attracted by India’s wealth, had come looking for a sea route to India when he discovered America by mistake.
  • The Art of Navigation & Navigating was born in the river Sindh over 6000 years ago. The very word Navigation is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘NAVGATIH’. The word navy is also derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Nou’.
  • Bhaskaracharya rightly calculated the time taken by the earth to orbit the Sun hundreds of years before the astronomer Smart. According to his calculation, the time taken by the Earth to orbit the Sun was 365.258756484 days.
  • The value of “pi” was first calculated by the Indian Mathematician Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem. He discovered this in the 6th century, long before the European mathematicians.
  • Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus also originated in India.Quadratic Equations were used by Sridharacharya in the 11th century. The largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used were 106 whereas Hindus used numbers as big as 10*53 (i.e. 10 to the power of 53) with specific names as early as 5000 B.C.during the Vedic period.Even today, the largest used number is Terra: 10*12(10 to the power of 12).
  • Until 1896, India was the only source of diamonds in the world
    (Source: Gemological Institute of America).
  • The Baily Bridge is the highest bridge in the world. It is located in the Ladakh valley between the Dras and Suru rivers in the Himalayan mountains. It was built by the Indian Army in August 1982.
  • Sushruta is regarded as the Father of Surgery. Over2600 years ago Sushrata & his team conducted complicated surgeries like cataract, artificial limbs, cesareans, fractures, urinary stones, plastic surgery and brain surgeries.
  • Usage of anaesthesia was well known in ancient Indian medicine. Detailed knowledge of anatomy, embryology, digestion, metabolism,physiology, etiology, genetics and immunity is also found in many ancient Indian texts.
  • India exports software to 90 countries.
  • The four religions born in India – Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, are followed by 25% of the world’s population.
  • Jainism and Buddhism were founded in India in 600 B.C. and 500 B.C. respectively.
  • Islam is India’s and the world’s second largest religion.
  • There are 300,000 active mosques in India, more than in any other country, including the Muslim world.
  • The oldest European church and synagogue in India are in the city of Cochin. They were built in 1503 and 1568 respectively.
  • Jews and Christians have lived continuously in India since 200 B.C. and 52 A.D. respectively
  • The largest religious building in the world is Angkor Wat, a Hindu Temple in Cambodia built at the end of the 11th century.
  • The Vishnu Temple in the city of Tirupathi built in the 10th century, is the world’s largest religious pilgrimage destination. Larger than either Rome or Mecca, an average of 30,000 visitors donate $6 million (US) to the temple everyday.
  • Sikhism originated in the Holy city of Amritsar in Punjab. Famous for housing the Golden Temple, the city was founded in 1577.
  • Varanasi, also known as Benaras, was called “the Ancient City” when Lord Buddha visited it in 500 B.C., and is the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the world today.
  • India provides safety for more than 300,000 refugees originally from Sri Lanka, Tibet, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, who escaped to flee religious and political persecution.
  • His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, runs his government in exile from Dharmashala in northern India.
  • Martial Arts were first created in India, and later spread to Asia by Buddhist missionaries.
  • Yoga has its origins in India and has existed for over 5,000 years.

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Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) was set up on the 26th day of January, 1975 under the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development. Authority Act 1974, Government of Maharashtra as an apex body for planning and co-ordination of development activities in the Region.

The goal of achieving a balanced development of the Region is attempted by the MMRDA through the following strategies :

*    Preparation of Perspective Plans.
*    Promotion of Alternative Growth Centers.
*    Strengthening of infrastructure facilities.
*    Provision of Development Finance.

In order to implement these strategies, the MMRDA prepares plans, formulates policies and programmes and helps in directing investments in the Region. In particular, it conceives, promotes and monitors the key projects for developing new growth centers and bring about improvement in sectors like transport, housing, water supply and environment in the Region. Moreover, if a project is of particular significance, the MMRDA takes up the responsibility for its implementation.

The following table provides the list of Municipal Corporations and Municipal Councils, within MMR,  along with their population and area during the year 2001.

Name Administrative Status Area in sq. km Total Population(2001)
Mumbai (MCGM) Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai 437.71 11978450
Thane Municipal Corporation 128.23 1262551
Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation 163 704002
Kalyan – Dombivali Municipal Corporation 137.15 1193512
Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation 27.54 473731
Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation 88.75 520388
Bhiwandi-Nizampur Municipal Corporation 28.31 598741
Nalasopara Municipal Council 31.62 184538
Navgarh – Manikpur Municipal Council 17 116723
Vasai Municipal Council 8 49337
Virar Municipal Council 19.58 118928
Ambernath Municipal Council 34.93 203804
Badlapur Municipal Council 48.58 97948
Uran Municipal Council 2.10 23251
Panvel Municipal Council 12.17 104058
Karjat Municipal Council 7.53 25531
Matheran Municipal Council 7.38 5139
Pen Municipal Council 9.82 30201
Alibagh Municipal Council 1.81 19496
Khopoli Municipal Council 30.23 58664

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