Archive | February 2017

9 things you don’t know about India Gate

India Gate can truly be called the pride of India. Situated in the heart of Delhi, it receives thousands of tourists every month.
Very few know that India Gate is the national monument of India. Built in 1931, the monument was inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
-The foundation stone of India Gate was laid by the Duke of Connaught, on 10th February 1921.
-The walls of India Gate have been inscribed with the names of the Indian soldiers who died in World War I and the Afghan Wars.
-It took approximately 10 years to complete the construction work on the monument, which came to an end in 1931.
-India Gate also bears some resemblance to the ‘Arc de Triomphe’, situated in Paris.
-The monument rises to a height of 42 meters and has many important roads spreading out from it.
-The flame of the Jyoti burns day and night, to remind the nation of soldiers who died in the Indo-Pakistan War of December 1971.
-Amar Jawan Jyoti was unveiled on January 26, 1972, by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
– It is customary for the President and the Prime Minister, as well as visiting Guests of State, to pay homage at Amar Jawan Jyoti, on occasions of State ceremonies.
-India Gate serves as the venue of the Republic Day parade, which takes place on 26th January every year.

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1. Who is the author of the book “Army and Nation : The Military and Indian Democracy since Independence”?
[A] Shiv Kunal Verma
[B] Christophe Jaffrelot
[C] Bruce Riedel
[D] Steven Wilkinson
Ans: D
Explanation: The book “Army and Nation : The Military and Indian Democracy since Independence” has been authored by Steven Wilkinson, a professor of political science and International relations at Yale University. It is about Indian Army’s relationship with the civilian government after Independence. It is in news because Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has advised his officers to read the book “Army and Nation” to understand how India succeeded in keeping the military out of politics.

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1. Which city is hosting the 2017 Indian Panorama Film Festival?
[A] Port Blair
[B] Shillong
[C] New Delhi
[D] Kochi
Ans: A
Explanation: The Indian Panorama Film Festival has started in Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar on February 15, 2017. The 5-day festival is organized by the Directorate of Information and Publicity, Andaman & Nicobar, in association with the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and Directorate of Film Festivals/IFFI, New Delhi. Approx 15 popular as well as award winning films, of different languages and genre will be screened at two different venues viz. PBMC Auditorium and ITF Ground during the fest.

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10 fascinating facts about different countries that are almost too strange to be true

1. In Japan, you can hire a handsome man to watch sappy movies with you and wipe away your tears.

A Tokyo-based company called “Ikemeso Danshi,” which means, “Handsome Weeping Boys,” according to Quartz, offers an unusual service.

The company provides handsome suitors, and for about $65, a man of your choice will watch a saccharine film with you and brush away your tears.

The concept was born out of the idea that crying can be therapeutic and that misery loves company, according to Hiroki Terai, the company’s founder.

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3,000-Year-Old Tomb of Royal Scribe Uncovered in Egypt

 

Archaeologists say they’ve discovered the 3,000-year-old tomb of a royal Egyptian scribe in the vast necropolis at ancient Thebes.

Richly decorated with images of gods, baboons and mortals alike, the burial chamber dates back to the Ramesside period, around 1200 B.C.

The ruins of Thebes — in modern-day Luxor — span both banks of the Nile River in Upper Egypt. The east side was the domain of the living, home to the city proper and sprawling temple complexes like Karnak. The west side, meanwhile, was mostly reserved for the dead, with a necropolis that included the Valley of the Kings, where royal Egyptians were buried during the New Kingdom (1550–1070 B.C.). [5 Big Archaeology Stories to Watch for in 2017]

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