Thursday, September 20, 2012

India first superfast double decker train

The first superfast air-conditioned Double Decker (12931/12932) Ahmedabad-Mumbai express train was flagged off on September 19, 2012 by the Union Minister of State for Railways Bharat Sinh Solanki. 

"The train is equipped with modern amenities and its coaches have some very special features for comfortable travelling. It has a seating capacity for around 1,500 passengers. 

According to Western Railways, superior suspension technology in its coaches ensures a comfortable journey for passengers.

New double-decker Superfast Express flags off
Minister of State for Railways Bharat Sinh Solanki flags off the new Double-decker Superfast Express (Ahmedabd to Mumbai Central) at Kalupur Railway station in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.
Double Decker AC Superfast Express train
A visitor looks at the newly-launched Double Decker AC Superfast Express train at a railway station in Ahmedabad on September 19, 2012. 
Newly-launched Double Decker AC Superfast Express train

Inner view of the train - A passenger (L) and policewoman (R). The train can travel the 500 km journey from Ahmedabad to Mumbai Central in seven hours.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Magnificent Mary

Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom, (born 1 March 1983), also known as MC Mary Kom, Magnificent Mary or simply Mary Kom, is an Indian boxer belonging to Kom tribal community of north-eastern state of Manipur. She has won five consecutive World Boxing Championship Titles and is the only pugilist to win a medal in each one of the six Championships. She is the only Indian woman boxer to have qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics, competing in the flyweight (51kg) category and winning the bronze medal. She has also been ranked as No. 4 AIBA World Women's Ranking Flyweight category.
A mother of two, Mary Kom started her career as an athlete but later switched to boxing following the success of fellow Manipuri boxer Dingko Singh. She started her boxing career in 2000 after which there was no stopping her. In 2001, she lost in the final and had to settle for a silver medal. In 2002, she started her domination at the AIBA World Championships where she won her first gold. She continued to dominate women's boxing till 2006 after which she took a 2-year sabbatical due to the birth of her twins. After a two-year break, she won a silver medal at the 2008 Asian Women's Boxing Championship in India and a fourth successive gold medal at the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship in China, followed by a gold medal at the 2009 Asian Indoor Games in Vietnam.
At London Olympics 2012, she stood third in the competition and garnered her first olympic Bronze medal.
In 2010, she was voted India's Sportswoman of the Year. Mary Kom also became the International Boxing Association's Ambassador for Women's Boxing in 2009. 
Her feat earned her the title of 'Magnificent Mary' from the AIBA. 

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Dhai Seedhi Ki Masjid : Asia's Smallest Mosque

Some things in Bhopal are difficult to miss; like Upper Lake, the largest manmade lake in India, which dominates the landscape here, or Taj-ulMasjid, the immense mosque – one of Asia’s largest – which tops any list of city sights.  But until recently I, like pretty much everyone else who’s ever been Bhopal, had no idea that this fascinating city was also home to the Asia’s smallest mosque – Dhai Seedhi Ki Masjid (Mosque of two and half step).

It is on the campus of Gandhi Medical College. Dhai Seedi Ki Masjid is in one of the watchtowers. It is the oldest mosque in Bhopal city, initially built as a makeshift mosque during the construction of the Fatehgarh fort started by Dost Mohammad Khan. It was built so that the guards deployed at Fatehgarh Fort could perform Namaaz.

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Taj-Ul-Masjid : Asia's Largest Mosque

Taj-ul-Masajid literally means "the crown of mosques", also spelt as Taj-ul-Masaajid and Taj-ul-Masjid,  is a mosque situated in Bhopal, India. This is the largest mosque in Asia.
The construction of the mosque was started by Sultan Jahan Begum (1868-1901) ruler of Bhopal (wife of Nawab Hameeduddeen Khan) and continued to be built by her daughter Shah Jahan Begum,till her lifetime. The mosque was not completed due to lack of funds, and after a long lay-off, construction was resumed in 1971 by great efforts of Allama Mohammad Imran Khan Nadwi Azhari of Bhopal. The construction was completed by 1985 and the eastern gate was renovated grandly using ancient motifs from circa 1250 Syrian mosques by the contribution of the Emir of Kuwait to commemorate the memory of his departed wife.
The Taj-ul-Masjid is constructed around a huge courtyard and a big tank in the centre. The gateway is double storeyed with four archways and nine cusped manifold openings that open in main prayer hall of the impressive Masjid. Eleven arches adorn the Quibla wall of the prayer hall. The pillars of the hall are heavily patterned with intricate designs and finally culminate topped with twenty seven ceilings. The octagonal mirrors rising to a height of eighteen storeys are a marvel in itself.
The mosque is one of the most important Muslim landmarks in the city of Bhopal, and is multi-purpose as it is used as a madarsa, a Islamic religious school during the day.

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