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Forbidden Destinations You Can Never Visit in your whole life

Considering the staggering rates of global expansion and technology development, it’s impossible to imagine that there is even a sliver of this planet that remains undiscovered or unexplored. So there’s a certain comfort in knowing that, even today, there are mysteries that remain unexplored.

From man-made, guarded structures to natural enigmas protected by environmental science, a slew of spots across the globe are entirely forbidden to outside travellers. Picture islands teeming with vipers, extraterrestrial secrets, locked mysteries of religion, virgin wildlife and entire societies that have never made contact with the outside world.

Many of these locations are still shrouded in intrigue, with their goings-on staying behind closed doors. Other locations are better understood, though still off-limits due to a variety of safety, scientific or governmental regulations.

While the allure of the taboo and forbidden is undeniable, you’d be hard-pressed to swindle your way into these  forbidden places — and in many cases, you probably wouldn’t want to. Still, in a world full of places you can discover, it’s intriguing to consider the places you can’t.

Snake island , Brazil Poisonous snakes keep this aptly named island forbidden. Not that anyone is complaining.

About 93 miles off the coast of Sao Paulo, Brazil is Ilha da Queimada Granda, also known as Snake Island. To what does it owe this title? Researchers estimate there are between one and five snakes here per 10 square feet. The snakes, specifically golden lanceheads, are known for their poison, which literally disintegrates flesh around their bites. Continue reading

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Ashish Gupta, the angel investor likely to make $20 million from Flipkart-Walmart deal

Ashish Gupta, a US citizen, is a PhD from Stanford University in California, and a computer science graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.pc:ht

Back in 1998, Ashish Gupta and his business partners sold their start-up—price comparison site Junglee—to Amazon for $240 million. Exactly two decades later, Gupta stands to make roughly $20 million from a deal involving two bitter Amazon rivals—Walmart’s $16 billion buyout of Flipkart. Gupta was the first angel investor in Flipkart, investing Rs10 lakh in it in 2009.

Gupta is founder of venture capital firm Helion Ventures, which was dismantled in 2016 after a string of executives left to launch their own funds. But what’s not known is Gupta is also one of the most successful angel investors in India.

Gupta doesn’t make many angel investments but he has acquired a reputation of Continue reading

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Pakistani terrorists carried out 26/11 Mumbai attacks- PM Nawaz Sharif

Nawaz Sharif, former prime minister and leader of Pakistan Muslim League (N) gestures during a news conference in Islamabad.pc:ht

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has virtually admitted the terrorists who carried out the 26/11 attacks came from Pakistan and said he fears that such strikes may happen again.

“Militant organisations are active. Call them non-state actors, should we allow them to cross the border and kill 150 people in Mumbai? Explain it to me. Why can’t we complete the trial?” said Sharif in an interview to Dawn newspaper published on Saturday. His statement is seen as a reference to the trial against Continue reading

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Smoker vs non-smoker viral video will make you quit cigarettes for good

The video shows what 1 pack per day of cigarette for 20 years can do to your lungs.pc:ht

While anti-smoking ads and disclaimers on cigarette packets may or may not be effective, this viral video may just do the trick. It comes in time for World No Tobacco Day (May 31), and may encourage you to kick the butt.

A North Carolina-based nurse Amanda Eller recently posted a couple of videos on Facebook that show the difference between healthy lungs and a black-coloured cancer-ridden lung. It is especially relevant in India, given latest reports suggesting 6.25 lakh children smoke cigarettes daily in India, according to the Tobacco Atlas report. Continue reading

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Depression in mothers can hurt child’s IQ, even in their teenage

Depression in mothers is common post child birth; it is often called baby blues.pc:ht

Many mothers – whether they are new to motherhood or are bringing up children of different ages — go through phases of blues. Maternal depression is common post child birth; it is often called baby blues. Feelings of helplessness, fatigue, poor sleep, all combined with the new responsibilities of motherhood can often be overwhelming to a new mother. 1 in 9 women experience depression before, during or after pregnancy.

Now,according to a study — published in the journal Child Development — when a mother’s depression goes untreated, it can negatively impact a child’s cognitive development up to the age of 16. The findings suggest that Continue reading

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Delhi man pretends to be doctor in AIIMS for 5 months, police surprised by his knowledge of medicines

Adnan Khurram was arrested for impersonating as an AIIMS doctor for five months.pc:ht

Delhi Police have arrested a 19-year-old medical aspirant who was impersonating as an AIIMS doctor for the past five months. The accused, Adnan Khurram, used his fake identity to make friends across departments and among medical students. He even participated in events meant for doctors – from strikes to marathon, said the AIIMS resident doctors’ association. When police arrested him on Saturday, they were surprised by his ‘knowledge’ of medicines, the names of doctors and department heads at AIIMS.

The accused also had accessed a diary issued to the doctors.

Police said it is still not clear why Khurram posed as a doctor as he has been frequently changing his statements. One of the reasons he had given for his crime was Continue reading

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Panasonic launches its AI-based Arbo Hub in India

Panasonic Arbo is based on artificial intelligence and machine learning.pc:ht

Panasonic India on Friday unveiled the AI-powered “Arbo Hub” platform that gives users access to multiple apps and services.

The company also announced it will launch its upcoming P85 NXT and Eluga Ray 710 devices with Arbo Hub built-in.

Arbo Hub adapts to the users’ specific needs and provides services on one single platform, de-cluttering multiple apps on smartphones, the company said in a statement. Continue reading

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Infosys rewards investors by giving record 870% dividend for 2017-18

Global software major Infosys Ltd on Friday rewarded its investors with a record 870% aggregate dividend or Rs 43.50 per share of Rs 5 face value for fiscal 2017-18.

In a regulatory filing on the BSE, the city-based IT firm said its board had agreed to pay out a total dividend of Rs 33.50 per share (670%), including Rs 20.50 (410%) final dividend and Rs 13 (260%) interim dividend and a special dividend of Rs 10 per share (200%).

Dividend pay-out includes Dividend Distribution Tax (DDT).

The company’s investors or shareholders are promoters, including their families, foreign and Continue reading

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Parmish Verma, Punjabi singer, was shot at by unidentified assailants in Mohali

Parmish Verma, a popular Punjabi singer, was shot at by unidentified assailants in Mohali on Saturday.

Known for his hit song ‘Gaal Nahin Kadhnai’, Verma was admitted to a private hospital where he was given medical treatment. Police say he is out of danger, but has injured his knee.

“Some unidentified persons fired shots at Verma last night at Sector Continue reading

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Mandatory induction programme for new engineering students from this year

Students will be asked to choose one skill related to visual or performing arts and they will also hold discussions on universal values.pc:ht

New students in more than 3,000 engineering colleges under the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) will undergo a compulsory induction programme from this academic year to familiarise them to the new environment and encourage them to look beyond classrooms.

The chairperson of the technical education regulator, Anil Sahasrabudhe, said the first three weeks would be earmarked for the induction programme, which will expose the students to physical activity, arts and social issues as well.

“The programme will also be used to rectify some critical lacunas, for example, holding special English classes for those students who have a deficiency in it,” a senior AICTE official said.

“Also, students from the disadvantaged sections of the society and Continue reading

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