Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sivappu Mazhai - World's Fastest Film Produced (Script to Screen)

The shortest time taken to make a feature length film from scripting to screening is 11 days 23 hours and 45 minutes for Sivappu Mazhai (India, 2009) produced in Chennai, India, from 22 May to 3 June 2009. The world fastest movie is scheduled for theatrical release on April 2010 around the world. 

The producer and lead actor is Arulanantham Suresh Joachim (Canada) whilst Meera Jasmine, Vivek and Suman play other prominent roles. When people take several months to years to make a film Suresh along with 1,000 crew completed the 2 hours and 3 minutes length movie in 11 days 23 hours and 45 minutes. The clock started as soon as the script writer started to write the script. The Kollywood film industry and the artistes, who worked on this film, are very satisfied with the results and very proud of this achievement. This film was made from May 22, 2009 @ 6:30pm to June 3, 2009 @ 6:15pm. The film was made in 11 days 23 hours & 45 minutes (starting from writing the story, screenplay, composing  4  songs, title, shooting up to 60 scenes and editing it into a two-hour feature length film.

The film revolves around Nandhan (Suresh Joachim), a Lankan youth who kidnaps Meera Jasmine, a Minister's daughter and a television journalist. The Minister (Suman) is helped by the Director General of Police (Rajeev) and his subordinate (Bose Venkat) to rescue Meera. Things take a turn when they get an interesting demand from Nandhan seeking the release of a Lankan national detained by police. Why and for what the demand is forms the crux.

                                                                                                         I don’t claim the information to be my own. The information is compiled from different sources

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Nagarjuna Sagar Dam - World's Largest Masonry Dam

Nagarjuna Sagar Dam  is the world's largest masonry (brick or stonework) dam built across Krishna River in Nagarjuna Sagar, Nalgonda District of Andhra Pradesh, India, between 1955 and 1967. It creates the third largest man-made lake in the world. Apart from this, some remains of the Buddhist civilization dating back to the 3rd century A.D, are seen on an island called Nagarjunakonda located in a man-made lake on the other side of the river Krishna.

The dam contains the Nagarjuna Sagar reservoir with a capacity of up to 11,472 million cubic metres. The dam is 490 ft (150 m). tall and 1.6 km long with 26 gates which are 42 ft (13 m) wide and 45 ft (14 m) tall. Nagarjuna Sagar was the earliest in the series of large infrastructure projects initiated for the Green Revolution in India; it also is one of the earliest multi-purpose irrigation and hydro-electric projects in India.

Foundation stone of the Dam was laid by the late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India on 10-12-1955. The construction of the dam was completed in 1966 with a total expenditure of 1300 crore, and the dam water was released by Indira Gandhi in 1967. The dam is currently serving Nalgonda District, Prakasham District, Khammam District and Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh by providing water to the farmers for irrigation. Its hydro electric plant has a power generation capacity of 815.6 MW with 8 units.

Aside from the dam itself, there are other attractions nearby as well. The Nakarjunda Konda Island lies in the middle of the lake, containing the historical remnants of a Buddhist settlement that was relocated there during the dam’s construction. The Ethipothala waterfalls as well as the Srisailam Wildlife Reserve are also found within the vicinity of the dam.

                                                                                           I don’t claim the information to be my own. The information is compiled from different sources

Friday, June 15, 2012

Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) - World largest CNG powered bus service operator

CNG Delhi – the world’s cleanest public bus system running on CNG

"Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) - the largest CNG-powered bus service operator in the world" is the main public transport operator of Delhi and NCR region. It's also the world cleanest public bus service running on CNG.
Prior to independence in 1930s, public transport in the Delhi was in private hands, with people relying mainly on tangas and the bus services of the ‘Gwalior Transport Company’ and ‘Northern India Transport Company’.  But with the growing city, it soon proved inadequate, thus Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) bus system was established in May 1948. 
It was again constituted as "Delhi Road Transport Authority" under the Road Transport Corporation Act, 1950. This Authority became an undertaking of Municipal Corporation of Delhi by an Act of Parliament in April, 1958. In 1971, on a recommendation from the Indian government took over the assets and liabilities from the erstwhile Delhi Transport Undertaking (DTU) operated by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi until the 2nd November 1971. Delhi Transport Corporation which was under administrative control of the Indian government was transferred to the Government of National Capital Territory, Delhi.
In 1998, the Supreme Court of India published a Directive that specified the date of April 2001 as deadline to replace or convert all buses, three-wheelers and taxis in Delhi to Compressed Natural Gas but little progress had been achieved to fulfill the Supreme Court Directive. 
In April 2002, the Supreme Court published a directive which imposed a penalty on the government for wasting the court’s time, and in addition, a daily penalty of 1’000 Rupee per day (approximately 20 US$) for each diesel bus still in circulation. After that By 1st December 2002, the last diesel bus had disappeared from Delhi’s roads, as part of a program to improve public transport by offering more buses, and only buses running on CNG.

Also Read - Incredible India: Millenium Park Bus Depot - World's Largest Bus Depot in Delhi

 I don’t claim the information to be my own. The information is compiled from different sources

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Yak Golf Course - World's Highest Golf Course

Situated at a height at of 13,025 from the sea level, Yak Golf Course in Kupup in East Sikkim do features in Guinness Book of World Records as the Highest Golf Course in the World on 10 October, 2006.

The 'Yak Golf Course' was started on 19 Sep 1972 at Kupup. The course was re-designed in 1979 by Brig JM Singh, Cdr 164 Mtn Bde and since then it has been developed into one of the finest by Avid Golf Lovers. As on date under the guidance of Brig Ranbir Singh, Cdr 63 Mtn Bde and Col T K Murali, Dy Cdr 63 Mtn Bde the course is been redesigned and expanded to 18 holes. The first tournament held was the Saragarhi Cup on 09 Sep 1979.

The Yak Golf Course managed by the Indian Army is Affiliated to the Indian Golfers Union since 1992. Our IGU Membership No is 0245 (E). The course is open to golfers round the year subject to snow conditions. However, it is generally playable from May to Dec. The course has challenging fairways meandering across mountain streams in their full flow and teasing browns which test the golfing skills of one and all.

The club is open seven days a week. During winter, the golf course remains active with ‘Ice Hockey’, ‘Ice Skating’ and ‘Skiing’ being the main attractions. Besides these there is a Croquet Course and facility to play Baseball within the club.

The Golf Course is spread over 4,978 yards with 18 holes on 18 browns and numerous bunkers. The fairways are lush green with natural streams and ponds as hazards, which makes the game interesting and challenging. Due to the natural lay of the ground, preferred lie is permitted to avoid damage to the clubs as well as to complete the course within the given score of 72.

                                                                                            I don’t claim the information to be my own. The information is compiled from different sources

Sunday, June 10, 2012

City Montessori School, Lucknow - World's Largest School by People

City Montessori School (CMS), Lucknow is a private school that offers education up to the level of under-graduation, in Lucknow, India. The school is the largest school in the world in terms of pupils. By 2010 its enrollment had reached 39,437 pupils. CMS is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations. The school has been ranked 6th in the "most respected secondary schools" in India list compiled by IMRB in 2007.

The school was founded in 1959 by Bharti Gandhi and Jagdish Gandhi. Rich in vision and enthusiasm, the devoted pair launched their first campus on borrowed capital of three hundred rupees (less than $10), housed it in rented premises and began with only five students.
The school's founders, Jagdish and Bharti Gandhi, inspired by the non-violenceof Mahatma Gandhi, founded their school on four fundamental principles: universal values, excellence, global understanding, and service to the community. Students, for example, give literacy classes in neighbouring villages, as well as teaching health and hygiene.

The school aims to give pupils the skills permitting them to face the complex problems of the world today, by displaying trust for each child, by developing their sense of responsibility, by the theoretical and practical teaching of moral values, and by opening their eyes to other religions and cultures.

The recognition given to the importance of the family is one of the characteristics of the CMS. The school sensitizes parents by giving them books on their educational influence and involving them closely in the life of the school. And the teachers benefit from continued training in the main principles of the school, as well as in child development, psychology and sociology. Each child has a mentor who engages in a personal relationship with his or her charge's family.

CMS was awarded the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education in 2002, the first school in the world to be so honored, in recognition of its efforts "to promote the universal values of education for peace and tolerance at a time when these values are increasingly being challenged". The UNESCO Prize for Peace Education 2002 was awarded to CMS in recognition of its efforts to promote universal values of education for peace and tolerance. In 1998, CMS added a new degree college for girls, making it the only school in the world with classes ranging from age two to the degree level. CMS is also the only school in the world with an Innovation Department and a teacher's training college.

                                         I don’t claim the information to be my own. The information is compiled from different sources

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Majuli - World's Largest Fresh Water Island

Majuli is the largest fresh Water mid-river deltaic island in the world. It is situated in the upper reaches of the river Brahmaputra in Assam. Its wide blue sky, Holy River floating across the banks, and beautiful landscape is the best example of God’s creation.

Mājuli had a total area of 1,250 square kilometres (483 sq mi), but having lost significantly to erosion it has an area of only 421.65 square kilometres (163 sq mi) in 2001. This landmass, with a population of 1.6 Lakhs, majority being tribals, has a very rich heritage and has been the abode of Assamese Vashnavite culture with tremendous option for spiritual and Eco-tourism. The island is almost pollution free owing to the lack of polluting industries and factories and also the chronic rainfall.

The island is formed by the Brahmaputra River in the south and the Kherkutia Xuti, an anabranch of the Brahmaputra, joined by the Subansiri River in the north. Mājuli Island is accessible by ferries from the City of Jorhat. The island is about 200 kilometres east from the state's largest city —Guwahati. The island was formed due to course changes by the river Brahmaputra and its tributaries, mainly the Lohit.

Majuli, the heart of the mighty Brahamaputa, is full of different types of plants and animals. It's vast faunal wealth covers more than 100 species of birds and more than 20 reptiles, more than 20 mammals 1000 of insects and lesser forms, nearly 100 types of local fish.
On the floral side it covers more than 1000 species of trees, grasses, creepers, flowers, orchids and other forms of plant-life.

The island is under threat due to the extensive soil erosion on its banks. The reason for this magnitude in erosion is the large embankments built in neighboring towns upriver to prevent erosion there during the monsoon season when the river distends its banks. The upshot is a backlash of the tempestuous Brahmaputra's fury on the islet, eroding most of the area.

The Union Government of India has sanctioned 250 crores (US $ 55 million) for the protection of the isle. Majuli Island Protection and Development Council is a non-government organization promoted by the people of Majuli, who are concerned about the conservation and development of the Island.

In the words of Innisfree of W.B Yeats, Majuli is an island- 

"Where peace comes dropping slow,   
Dropping from the veils of the morning,
Here midnights is all a glimmer,
Noon a purple low,
And evening full of the wings of the migratory birds in the winter."

Once you visit this place you will feel like getting touched with heaven and you consider visiting again and again.

                            I don’t claim the information to be my own. The information is compiled from different sources

Friday, June 1, 2012

Golden Temple

The Harmandir Sahib, also referred to as the Golden Temple or Sri Darbar Sahib, is a prominent Sikh gurudwara located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, India. Harmandir Sahib literally means Temple of God. The temple (or gurdwara) is a major pilgrimage destination for Sikhs from all over the world, as well as an increasingly popular tourist attraction.

Guru Arjan Sahib, the Fifth Nanak, conceived the idea of creating a central place of worship for the Sikhs and he himself designed the architecture of Sri Harmandir Sahib. Earlier the planning to excavate the holy tank (Amritsar or Amrit Sarovar - meaning "Pool of the Nectar of Immortality") was chalked out by Guru Amardas Sahib, the Third Nanak, but it was executed by Guru Ramdas Sahib under the supervision of Baba Budha ji. The plan to establish a town settlement was also made. Therefore, the construction work on the Sarovar(the tank) and the town started simultaneously in 1570. The work on both projects completed in 1577 A.D. In 1604, Guru Arjan Dev completed the Adi Granth, the holy scripture of Sikhism, and installed it in the gurdwara. A devout Sikh, Baba Budha Ji was appointed its first Head Priest.

During the eighteenth century, the Harmandir Sahib was the site of frequent fighting between the Sikhs on one side and either Mughal or Afghan forces on the other side and the gurdwara occasionally suffered damage. In the early nineteenth century, Maharaja Ranjit Singh secured the Punjab region from outside attack and covered the upper floors of the gurdwara with gold, which gives it its distinctive appearance and English name of "Golden Temple". 100 kg of gold were applied to the inverted lotus-shaped dome and decorative marble was added.

Some of the architectural features of the Harmandir Sahib were intended to be symbolic of the Sikh worldview. Instead of the normal custom of building a gurdwara on high land, it was built at a lower level than the surrounding land so that devotees would have to go down steps to enter it. In addition, instead of one entrance, the Harmandir Sahib has four entrances, which signify that people belonging to every walk of life are equally welcome.

The most famous and sacred part of the Golden Temple complex is the Hari Mandir (Divine Temple) or Darbar Sahib (Court of the Lord). The water that surrounds the Hari Mandir is a sacred pool known as the Amrit Sarovar (Pool of Nectar). The temple is reached by following the Parikrama, which circumscribes the sacred pool in a clockwise direction. Connecting the pathway with the Hari Mandir is a marble causeway called the Guru's Bridge, which symbolizes the journey of the soul after death. The gateway to the bridge, the Darshani Deorhi, has magnificent silver doors.

Another major highlight of the Golden Temple complex is the Guru-ka-Langar, a dining hall where around 35,000 people a day are fed for free by temple volunteers. Everyone is invited to join this communal breaking of bread. All participants sit on the floor, regardless of caste, status, wealth or creed, powerfully symbolizing the central Sikh doctrine of the equality of all people.

In a country that is exceptionally rich with vibrant devotion, Frommer's rates the Golden Temple "the most tangibly spiritual place in the country."

                                                                                                                I don’t claim the information to be my own. The information is compiled from different sources
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