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- Clinging on for dear life to the side of a vertical cliff,The tiny lion cub cries out pitifully for help.His mother arrives at the edge of the precipice withthree other lionesses and a male.The females start to clamber down together butturn back daunted by the sheer drop.Eventually one single factor determineswhich of them will risk her life to savethe youngster – motherly love.The drama begins:The mother arrives at the edge of the cliff as her sonCries out for rescue after being trapped when he slippedOn the brink:Four lionesses look over the edge beforeAborting their rescue mission because of the sheer drop.Slowly, agonizingly, the big cat edges herWay down towards her terrified son,Using her powerful claws to grip the crumbling cliff side.One slip from her and both animals could end upDead at the bottom of the ravine.His mother circles beneath himAnd he is snatched up in her jaws.She then begins the equally perilousJourney back to the top. Minutes later,They arrive and she gives the frightenedCreature a consoling lick on the head.The dramatic rescue, captured by wildlife photographerJean-Francois Largot, was played out in(contributed by : Amr on 27.09.2012)
/divClinging on for dear life to the side of a vertical cliff, The tiny lion cub cries out pitifully for help. His mother arrives at the edge of the precipice with three other lionesses and a male. The females start to clamber down together but turn back daunted by the sheer drop. Eventually one single factor determines which of them will risk ...
- Video – Hungarian Jewish
This is the story of a Hungarian Jewish woman who survived Auschwitz and found a coat belonging to a guard which she took to shield her from the cold immediately after her liberation. In the pocket of this coat she found a photo album. It contained pictures of what went on in this extermination camp. Imagine her reaction when she saw a picture of herself coming off of the train as well pictures of her family who were already murdered. This album at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem was donated by this woman in 1980 and will forever be displayed there. When you have 5 minutes of peace and quiet in front of your computer, watch it and consider passing it around to people that you know so they can share it and know about it. It is truly moving and important.
(source:http://www1.yadvashem.org/exhibitions/album_Auschwitz/mutimedia/index.HTML)This is the story of a Hungarian Jewish woman who survived Auschwitz and found a coat belonging to a guard which she took to shield her from the cold immediately after her liberation. In the pocket of this coat she found a photo album. It contained pictures of what went on in this extermination camp. ...
This delightful museum is situated in the Siddhagiri Math in Kaneri, Dist. Kolhapur, 4 kms off the Pune-Bangalore National Highway (AH 17). The Math has a history that dates back to 1200 years and is dedicated to Lord Mahadeva. The Math is in sylvan surroundings that have an abundance of flora and some fauna.
The Museum is a unique project that showcases the self-sufficiency of village life as envisioned by Mahatma Gandhi. Various aspects of a village life are recreated here. The project has come to life through the vision and efforts of the present Mathadhipati H.H. Kadsiddheshwar Swamiji.
Great care and deep research has been gone into making this unusual museum. The museum currently spans over 7 acres of land where 80 scenes of village life and around 300 life-size statues of humans and domestic animals are on display in open natural surroundings. They depict various inter-dependent 12 caste-based professions and 18 related occupations that were then in existence in a largely agrarian society.
The artistic and aesthetic rendition make the scenes come alive whereas the realistic dimensions and minute attention to detailing of how homes and places of work must have looked then are a visual delight for both children and adults. A visit to this unusual museum makes one long for the back-to-nature, simple, healthy, uncomplicated village life that was prevalent in India for several centuries.
In a country where official systems set for food safety and prevention are constantly outdone by a booming adulteration business, the onus of safeguarding one’s family against contaminated food, unfortunately falls on citizens themselves. From loose packed ground spices, to wet produce such as milk, khoya, paneer, to dry spices and grains, almost everything you can buy might be adulterated, if purchased from an unauthorized vendor in a box unmarked and untested by either Agmark or ISI. While some of these could be less harmful, such as water or bran, chemicals and colouring agents such as metanil yellow, lead chromate, sudan red III, are known to be carcinogenic.
The chairman of the Consumer Guidence Society of India, Dr Sitaram Dixit, lists a few commonly used food items, and suggests simple home tests to check for their most common adulterants. In case the test asks for the presence of an acid, you could use common toilet-cleaning acid, or easily found citric acid or even lemon juice.
1.) Turmeric Dals and Pulses such as Moong or Channa
Adulterant :- Metanil Yellow and Kesari Dal (added to enhance the yellow colour of a food substance).
Test :- Dissolve half a spoon full a Besan or Turmeric powder in 20 ml of lukewarm water. Add a few drops of hudrochloric acid or any commonly available acid at home. If the water turns pink, violet or purple, it shows the presence of metanil yellow.
Harmful Effects :- It’s considered to be highly carcinogenic and if consumed over a continuous period of time, it can also stomach disorders.
2.) Green Chillies, Green Peas and Other Vegetables
Adulterant :- Malachite green (to accentuate the bright, glowing green colour of the vegetables).
Test :- Take a small portion of the sample and place it over a moistened white blotting paper. Coloured impressions on the blotting paper indicate the presence of Malachite green.
Harmful Effects :- It’s a coloured dye that has proven to be carcinogenic for humans if consumed over a long period of time.
3.) Mustard Seeds and Mustard Oil
Adulterant :- Argemone seeds (used to add bulk and weight).
Test :- When pressed or crushed, argemone seeds are white inside and have a rough outer surface whereas mustard seeds are smooth on the outside and are yellow on the inside.
Harmful Effects :- The consumption of these could cause epidemic dropsy and severe glaucoma. Young children and senior citizens with poor immunity are more susceptible to this.
4.) Paneer, Khoya, Condensed Milk and Milk
Adulterant :- Starch (used to give it a thick, rich texture).
Test :- Take a small sample of the product in a test tube, add 20 ml of water and bring to a boil. Cool to room temperature and add a drop or two of iodine solution. If the solution. If the solution turns blue, it clearly marks the presence of search.
Harmful Effects :- Unhygienic, unprocessed water and starch can cause stomach disorders. Starch greatly reduces the nutritional value of the ingredient.
5.) Ice Cream
Adulterant :- Washing powder (used to add a bright white sheen and lightness of flavour).
Test :- The best thing would be to squeeze a few drops of lemon juice on the ice cream. If it starts to froth and bubble, it marks the presence of washing powder.
Harmful Effects :- It can cause severe stomach and liver disorders.
6.) Black Pepper
Adulterant :- Papaya seeds (used to add bulk).
Test :- Float the sample in alcohol. Mature black pepper corns will automatically sink whereas papaya seeds will float to the surface.
Harmful Effects :- Very few people know that papaya seeds can actually cause serious liver problems and stomach disorders.
7.) Coffee Powder
Adulterant :- Tamarind seeds, chicory powder (used to add bulk and colour).
Test :- Gently sprinkle coffee powder on the surface of water in a glass. The coffee will float whereas chicory will start to sink within a few seconds. Also, the falling chicory powder will leave a trail of colour behind due to the large amounts of caramel it contains.
Harmful Effects:- These can cause diarhoea, stomach disorders, giddiness and severe joint pains.
(source: Times of India, New Delhi, Date – 23.01.2012)In a country where official systems set for food safety and prevention are constantly outdone by a booming adulteration business, the onus of safeguarding one’s family against contaminated food, unfortunately falls on citizens themselves. From loose packed ground spices, to wet produce such as milk, khoya, paneer, to dry spices and grains, almost everything you ...