Manali – Famous since decades as famous spot for Himachal Tourism

Manali is a very old town placed interesting on the national highway that leads to Leh and on the edge of the valley of Kullu. It is in at a distance of 40 kms from Kullu in the north. The origin of the name of this place is mythological in nature as it means the home of Manu. Manu is a very importance character in the Hindu mythology and is the person who was the survivor of the flood which drowned the whole world. He was later on saved by the fish only to recreate the human life later on. Also known as the Switzerland of India, it is a very popular trekking and tourist destination and the home to the growing orchard industry.
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For the people who visit other important places of the Kashmir valley like Lahaul, Kinnaur, Zanskar and Leh this is a popular resort. The snow capped peaks, the mountains; the valleys the gorges, the clear water of the Beas River have bestowed this place with unmatched natural beauty. Manali is also blessed with many varieties of wild flowers, deodar and pine trees, fruit orchards and beautiful hamlets. In addition to all these huge flocks of Hindu pilgrims could be seen visiting this place each year.
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The best times to visit this places depends on the purpose of the travel. For the ones who are looking to ski, the period between Decembers to February is the ideal time. However the people who are going to take a break from their hectic lives and enjoy the majestic natural beauty usually visit this place between May and October. Manali is also quite popular for Himachal’s Winter Carnival. Some of the most popular tourist attractions of Manali are Hidimba Devi Temple, the Vashisth village and Gadhan Thekochoking Gompa. The Hidimba Devi Temple boasts of its wooden architecture and placement in the midst of dense forest. Of all the places worth visiting in India, Manali is definitely the most popular and outstanding.

Lahaul – A less explored but very attractive district of HP

Lahaul district is located in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It basically consists of two districts of Spiti and Lahaul. This district was formed in the year of 1960. Out of a total of 640 districts of India this is the third least populous district. The Lahaul valley is interestingly placed in the mountain ranges and is blessed with a unique amalgamation of high mountains and white glaciers. Some of the most popular glaciers of this place are Bara Shigri, Samundari, Chota Sigri and Sonapani glaciers. The region of Hikkim in Lahaul is the fifth highest city in the world. The two most prominent rivers of this place are Chandra and Bhaga and these flows through the valleys of the same name. The net area and the total population of this place are 13835 sq kms and 33,224 respectively.
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Lahaul is the home of many of fabulous pieces of works that could be considered as emblems of Buddhist art and culture. In addition to this tourists and travellers could enjoy the golden images of Padmasambhava, ancient murals, thankas and wood carving present in the monasteries. This valley, which lies at a height of 2745 meters, is the ideal place to visit during the summers. Though there are times of intermittent and sporadic rainfalls this place is nothing short of heaven for the climbers, trekkers and wilderness lovers.

Some of the most popular tourist attractions of Lahaul are the monasteries with the most popular among them being Khardong and Shashur. In addition to these other places of interest are Gonda, Keylong, Triloknath Temple, Gemir, Koksar, Baralacha La Pass. Khardong monastery was built in the early 12th century and is blessed with a large collection of Kangyur and Tangyur volumes. These large volumes of Buddhist scripture are Bhoti. Thus no excursion of Himachal Pradesh is complete without getting enchanted by the beauty of Lahaul.

Strong magnitude-7.5 earthquake strikes off Papua New Guinea

A magnitude-7.5 earthquake has struck off Papua New Guinea, prompting a tsunami warning to be briefly issued for the Pacific Island nation and neighbouring Solomon Islands.

The quake struck 68 kilometres south-west of Panguna on the island of Bougainville, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. The USGS, revising down the magnitude from an initial 7.8, said the quake hit at a depth of 10 kilometres.

There were no immediate reports of damage. A tsunami warning was issued for PNG and the Solomon Islands by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, but it later cancelled the alert.

The Pacific Warning Centre said there was no threat to neighbouring Australia or other countries across the Pacific Ocean.

Hundreds feared drowned in ferry disaster in South Korea

South Korean divers resumed searching Thursday for 290 people – many of them teenagers – missing nearly 24 hours.

At least six people are dead and 290 missing after a ferry boat sank off South Korea’s southern coast Wednesday. Authorities initially reported most of the passengers were rescued but quickly backtracked and raised casualty figures dramatically as the scale of the tragedy became clear.

Most of those on board were high school students headed from Incheon to the southern resort island Jeju on a four-day school trip. South Korean authorities initially reported 368 passengers were rescued, including all of the students. But, just minutes later, authorities dropped the estimate dramatically.

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The initial distress signal from the Sewol came at 9.00am on Wednesday, and many survivors were picked up by small commercial vessels that got to the scene ahead of the navy and coastguard. Television footage showed terrified passengers wearing life jackets clambering into inflatable boats that pushed right up to the rails of the listing vessel as it sank.

The US 7th Fleet sent an amphibious assault ship on patrol in the area to help, while White House spokesman Jay Carney said Washington was ready to provide “any assistance” needed.

Near Nigeria capital, bomb attack kills 71 at bus station

A morning rush hour bomb killed at least 71 people at a Nigerian bus station on the outskirts of the capital on Monday, raising concerns about the spread of an Islamist insurgency after the deadliest ever attack on Abuja.

The bomb, which also injured 124 people, rocked the Nyanya station on Abuja’s southern outskirts at 6:45 am (0545 GMT) as it was filled with morning commuters, leaving body parts scattered across the terminal and destroying dozens of vehicles.

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Previously, much of the recent violence by the Boko Haram insurgency has been in the remote northeast, though some have targeted the central capital.

Visiting the scene, Jonathan denounced “the activities of those who are trying to move our country backwards” by staging such an attack. “We will get over it … The issue of Boko Haram is temporary,” he said, imploring Nigerians to be more vigilant in the face of suspicious characters.

Security experts suspect the explosion was inside a vehicle, said Air Commodore Charles Otegbade, director of search and rescue operations. The bus station, 8 km (5 miles) southwest of central Abuja, serves Nyanya, a poor, ethnically and religiously mixed satellite town where many residents work in the city.

15 killed in Twin Maoist attacks in Chhattisgarh

At least 14 people, including poll officials and CRPF troops were killed in two Maoist attacks in Chhattisgarh on Saturday.
The first attack took place in Bijapur district where at least seven poll officials were killed after the bus they were travelling in was hit by a landmine blast. The driver and helper of the bus were also killed, three others were injured.
A police official said that around 75-100 Naxals were involved in the ambush on the polling party. The rebels fled to the core forest after security personnel launched a retaliatory attack.

CRPF Inspector General (Operations) in Chhattisgarh H S Sidhu said that they are still investigating the incident but the troops’ decision to board the ambulance has surprised them.

A Court of Inquiry has now been initiated into the incident.

The second attack took place less than an hour later and 160 km away in Bijapur, where another IED blast by the Naxals blew up the bus in which the poll officials were returning. Five poll officials, the bus driver and its cleaner were killed while three others were injured.

Microsoft Company being sued over $731 million EU fine for browser error

We all would have thought Microsoft had it bad enough what with having to pay a $731 million fine over a browser error; but the company is being sued by a shareholder now. Kim Barovic has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Seattle, Washington, and it alleges that the top management failed to deal with the issue properly.

In 2013, the European Commission which is the European Union’s antitrust authority fined Microsoft $731 million for monopolizing the browser market in the region. The charge was that the company did not clearly provide Windows users with the information needed in order to access the web with the browser of their choice.

Microsoft had signed an agreement in 2009 which said that it would offer Windows users a ballot screen providing a list of alternatives to IE. But in the Service Pack 1 update for Windows 7 software deployed between February 2011 and July 2012, the ballot option did not appear owing to what the company called a technical error.

The Barovic lawsuit notes that Microsoft founder Bill Gates and former CEO Steve Ballmer did not manage the situation adequately.

Kullu- One of the most famous district of Himachal Pradesh

Kullu, with a population of 381,571 and a net area of 5,503 sq kms, is a very prominent tourist attraction of Himachal Pradesh. The hill station of Kullu Manali has been bestowed with heavenly beauty and thus many refer to it as “Valley of Gods”. Kullu earlier referred to as Kulanthpitha which means the end of the habitable world, is located on both sides of Beas River. The snow capped ranges of Himalaya, Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal add to the beauty of Kullu. Kullu is blessed with many valleys and this adds to the delight of the visitors who come in huge flocks to this place all year long. The natives of Kullu commonly interact in Hindi, Pahari, Punjabi and English.
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Kullu is also a very popular shopping destination wherein one could get Pashmina Shawls, woven rugs, local tweeds, foot wear or Pullan, natural oils of almond and olive and the Kullu caps. Various items carved out of different varieties of Wood like birch, walnut etc are also found over here. The Dusshera festival, which usually begins here after it has ended all over the country, is celebrated with a lot of pomp and fervour. If one wants to visit Kullu for sightseeing and enjoying the thrills of climbing and river rafting then March to June is the ideal time to do so. However September to November is the right time for anybody wishing to enjoy trekking. For snow-skiing and heli-skiing in region of Manali, December to February is the ideal time.

There are many popular tourist attractions here in Kullu like the Raghunath Temple, the Bijali Mahadev temple, Kasol Manikaran and Roerich Gallery. The construction of Raghunath Temple, which is in veneration to the main deity of Kullu that is Raghunath or Lord Rama, was built with the constant efforts of Raja Jagat Singh. Huge flocks of Hindu and Sikh pilgrims could be seen at the Manikaran Hot Springs. Thus there is no shortage of things that could be done at Kullu and hence one must visit this place whenever planning an adventurous yet soothing excursion

14 Hurt 1 Child Dead in Florida Day Care Crash

WINTER PARK, Florida: On Wednesday, A car smashed into an Orlando-area day care, injuring 14 kids and killing one. Out of the injured, 12 of them were children. The driver of the SUV who initiated the chain reaction crash is still been searched of by the authorities as he left the scene after the incident took place.
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Having a recent talk with the spokeswoman of the hospital, Katie Dagenais said, No more information regarding the sex and age of the child who died is disclosed by the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, where the most-seriously injured were being treated. She further said that out of all five persons were in serious condition and one was in critical condition.

The spokesperson of the Orange County Fire Rescue, John Mulhall said, “In all, 13 people were hospitalized and two others were treated at the scene.”

The spokeswoman of Florida Highway Patrol, Wanda Diaz called it a, “very, very serious condition,”

Diaz said, “The Toyota Solara convertible had gone out of control after it was struck by a Dodge Durango, jumped a curb and smashed into the day care, breaking through the wall and into the building. That driver was not hurt. ”

Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said, “Please keep a lookout and let us know if you see anything”. He called the crash as “absolute tragedy and disaster.”

The Durango escaped the scene but couldn’t get success as was located approx. 2 hours later. As said by the Highway patrol, “it is looking for 26-year-old Robert Corchado. Troopers said he was the driver of the Durango, but wouldn’t say how they established that. Troopers said Corchado may be trying to leave the area.”

It was shown in the Local television footage that the infants and small children in cribs taken outside on the day care’s playground and a few other wounded were carried out on stretchers. As per the report of the highway patrol the incapacitated were taken to 5 different infirmaries.

The website of the day cares says that the centre delivers childcare and learning opportunities for kids ages 6 weeks to 12 years old and the same is in community for around past 25 years.

Afghanistan Elections

Heavy turnout for the Afghan presidential election has prompted an extension of voting on Saturday by an hour, an election official said.
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Wide participation in the national polling was observed halfway through the election day despite insurgent security threats, Mohammad YousufNooristani, chief of Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission, told a news conference in Kabul. Polls will now close at 5 p.m. local (8:30 a.m. ET).

Outgoing President Hamid Karzai earlier cast his vote in the election, adding his voice to those of Afghans across the nation as they choose their next leader. Karzai is constitutionally bound to step down when his term runs out and the next president has been determined.

The reportedly strong turnout comes despite threats from the Taliban to disrupt the vote and punish all involved in the first democratic transfer of presidential power in the country’s turbulent history.

Insurgent attacks on polling centers Saturday left at least one person dead in Badghis province and four others wounded in Kunduz province, Nooristani said.

Officials in the eastern Afghan province of Khost said a suicide bomber clad in an explosives vest blew himself up near a polling center. No other casualties were reported.

In addition, 211 out of 6,423 polling sites could not be opened due to insecurity in the country, he announced. Reports of violence and people fleeing from polling stations popped up on social media.

Militant attacks
Violence has overshadowed the run-up to the vote.

On Friday, two Associated Press journalists were shot in Afghanistan’s eastern Khost province, an attack which left award-winning German photographer Anja Niedringhaus dead and injured Canadian reporter Kathy Gannon.

On Wednesday, a suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance gate to the Interior Ministry in Kabul, killing six Afghan police officers.

A day earlier, the Taliban killed a provincial council candidate and nine of his supporters.

Last month, Sardar Ahmad, one of Afghanistan’s most prominent journalists, was among nine people killed in an attack in central Kabul.

Less than two weeks earlier, Swedish Radio correspondent Nils Horner was shot dead in broad daylight on a Kabul street.