Are Zombies Real?

Are Zombies Real?

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One of the most mysterious urban legends of our time, Zombie has once again started creating a lot of buzz inside the world of science and politics as well. Recently, some of the US’s politicians (most from the Illinois) have cautioned citizens and law enforcement agencies to take their Zombie preparedness ability more seriously.

Last year, the month of October was marked as the “Zombie Preparedness Month.” Reportedly, it is being said that intelligence inputs might have got some inputs that prompted the state authorities to raise awareness of the people about Zombies. The Illinois state assembly put forward a house resolution (HR 0030) that asked people of Illinois to stay well prepared for Zombies; by doing so they can be in a better position to handle nature’s fury and other disasters as well.

The resolution was approved by the house a few days back. The bill also exposed America’s preparedness towards combating nature’s fury. Few states even lack the modus operandi to distribute food, water and medicine supply to affected people during a natural disaster

The debate was actually regarding America’s capacity to fight nature’s wrath but Rep. Steven Anderson, R-Geneva, made the conversation more interesting by raising the question that which type of Zombie to be used for natural disaster preparedness? He argued that Zombies portrayed on “Z Nation” are faster but those on “The Walking Dead” are more organised.

Scientific Evidence to Zombie’s Existence

Believe it or not, Zombies are real! Science is notorious for doing things that we couldn’t even dream of. Dr Wade Davis, a well known scientist, has learned the “art of making Zombie” using mysterious Zombie juice  and toad skin. He learnt the art from a Vodoo practitioner in Haiti.

1) Zombies are created by Vodoo priests belonging to Bizango secret societies.

2) Zombification or creating someone a Zombie is an ultimate form of punishment to a culprit or convict under Bizango societies.

In his book, “Passage of Darkness (1988)”, the scientist claimed to have found the reality of Zombies. He concluded that by putting on toad skin all over the body and consuming a poisonous substance, the person goes insane and stays in an inebriated state for a long time – mostly for life long time.

 What Does a Zombie Do?

They mystery of Zombies has always made people curious. Zombie basically denotes a dead man having an ability to walk in an eerie manner. They suck blood from humans. The English word “Zombie” first came to use in 1819 when the Brazilian poet Robert Southey mentioned the term Zombi in his literary work.

Zombie is largely categorized as a work of fiction with no existence of its own. They eat raw meat of humans and animals. According to the Haitian folklore, whoever commits suicide – never gets salvation. Their souls could neither enter a new human body nor could it escape from the world. They continue to stay in a half-human and half-dead state forever!

Earth Finds its 8th Continent in Zealandia: Say Scientists

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Until now, the earth has seven continents; Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and North America. But the latest news confirmed that scientists have now unveiled the latest mystery surrounding the eighth continent Zealandia.

Researchers have now argued that New Caledonia and New Zealand are not just an island chain, but a gigantic part of 5-million-square kilometer slab of continental crust (excluding Australia) – submerged under water.

Prominent geologist Luyendyk discovered the term Zealandia for the newly-discovered continent as early as 1995 because of its closer proximity to New Zealand region. It covers the regions of New Zealand, New Caledonia and a collection of crust that broke off from the ancient Gondwana region. According to an estimate, around 95 per cent of Zealandia is currently submerged underwater in the Southwest Pacific Ocean.

Criteria for a Land to Constitute as a Continent

  • Land that is high from the sea floor.
  • The presence of three types of rocks; Igneous, Metamorphic and sedimentary. Igneous rocks are formed out of volcanic eruption, metamorphic rocks are formed due to intense heat and pressure, and sedimentary rocks come to form out of erosion.
  • Thicker crust surrounding the sea floor.
  • Having a considerable size of an area.

Eventually, Luyedyk came to conclusion with the term Zealandia for the area that is expected to be continental with a collection of micro continents. The recent study suggests that Zealandia is a part of a unified region. The area is estimated to be even bigger than India. More research into the subject is still awaited.

Some More Interesting Facts about Zealandia

Zealandia consists of two plates; the Pacific plate and the Australian Plate. “I’m from California, and it has a plate boundary going through it. In millions of years, the western part will be up near Alaska. Does that make it not part of North America? No,” said Luyendyk.

Today, only five percent of the Zealandia land is visible. The process of classifying Zealandia as a continent could take a few more years after due observation by the geoscientists.

The country that will be hot topic among scientist is New Zealand. As it is still to be determined that what part of New Zealand will constitute Zealandia and what part will continue to be counted as a territory of New Zealand – the nation?

Zealandia covers parts of Norfolk Island, the Lord Howe Island group, New Zealand and Middleton reefs. It is believed that Zealandia broke away from Gondwana some 80 million years back. Over the last two decades, geologists worldwide are trying to include Zealandia as an independent and well-recognised Continent. If their proposal is approved, Zealandia is set to become the world’s eighth and smallest continent.

Experiential Tourism is Picking Up in India: SATTE 2017

After a spectacular opening on Day 1, SATTE 2017 begins on day 2 with the same enthusiastic audience. I made it on time for this event today, with a new pair of formal shoes, and a better planning strategy. The first panel discussion taking place today is on niche and experiential tourism.

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Here are the key takeaways:

  • Experiential travel is a multi billion dollar market. In US alone there are 67000 businesses in the experiential travel sector.
  • Cruise wedding is emerging as a new trend in India.
  • Tourism has grown in Kerala due to traditional ayurveda
  • Innovative tourism practices such as floating cottages have been successful in attracting tourists at locations such as Kerala.
  • There is a need to push the inclusion of Ayurvedic treatments in travel insurance plans to promote Ayurvedic medication on a global scale.
  • Service acts as the key differentiation for travel sector propositions.
  • Indian tourism needs to be promoted often, and on a larger scale for better inbound tourism.

That’s all I have in store for today.

SATTE 2017 is a great platform for B2B marketing, and I highly recommend that travel operators must attend this event for optimum business leads and  collaborations.

SATTE 2017 Begins in Delhi

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SATTE, which is a renowned South Asian travel show began today at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. Tourism and travel operators from different parts of the world are participating in the 3 day long travel conference. The conference started on an initial discussion on sustainable tourism. Unfortunately, I missed this address. Why? Because I had fallen due to high heels on the road on my way to the conference. With major cab operators such as Uber and Ola on strike, I had limited options – take a metro or an auto. I decided to hire an auto. The reason was simple. I wanted to avoid climbing staircase with high heels, and then the hassle of boarding a metro. I managed to reach the exhibition area at 11:30 am. But an entire hour was lost in trying to locate a first aid booth in the conference. Right from exhibition desk to the ambulance outside Hall No. 11, everyone guided me with directions for a first aid booth. But sadly, I did not get any first aid. Fortunately, my wounds are not large enough, and I could manage without a first aid. God forbid, if someone has a serious emergency, what will happen? I expected the ambulance team to at least be loaded with medicines and expertise to assist me with my wounds. Such an experience highlights the lacunae in emergency and disaster management that still exist in such events organized in India.

I then headed to Hall 8 where a panel discussion on “Make in India and Tourism” was taking place. The discussion began with the evolution of tourism in India and the key pillars that form the basis of tourism. I am sharing some valuable insights from the session here.

  • India’s share in the global tourism sector is less than 1%. India’s domestic tourism sector on the other hand is comparatively stronger with billions of tourists that form its base.
  • In order to push growth in tourism sector, a radical shift is needed to create new demand through measures such as mega-tourism zones. GST also holds importance for Indian tourism sector.
  • The sector recommends direct tax incentives to holiday in India.
  • Tourism has not been defined in Indian constitution and it is recommended that this is done.
  • 80% of the tourism takes place within 3 hours distance from India.
  • If holiday in India is taken forward as s strategy, tourism sector contribution to Indian economy will be 4.5% (currently at 2%) and its employment rate will be 11% (currently 5%).
  • It is interesting to know that first ever tourism conference was held in Kashmir in India. Kashmir has been experimenting with various technologies to push tourism in the state. Tulip gardens of Kashmir have also been instrumental in promoting tourism in the region. There is revival of Bollywood movie production in Kashmir which is likely to promote tourism of the state. The state invites regional as well as international movie makers to promote the region.
  • Gir National Park is an attractive tourist destination for Gujarat and India, with the population of Asiatic Lions being rejuvenated in the wild life sanctuary adding special relevance to the place. Saurashtra region and its people need special mention to thank them for their efforts in conserving wildlife in the region. Migratory bird lovers must visit Saurashtra to observe nature at its best.
  • There is a need to create new tourist destinations to promote India as a tourist destination.

I will continue updating this blog post and post several others, while I cover the three day event.

Top 6 Impacts of Music on Human Life

Top 6 Impacts of Music on Human Life

Ever since the evolution of mankind on this planet, music has continued to remain a vital force behind the unity of the people. People feel more connected to each other whenever like-minded songs are played out. Whether you take an example of a song or simply a musical composition, both will have an underlying positive message that is to motivate the listeners and drive them to do something big for the nation.

Hardly, you will find someone who doesn’t like music at all. Most of us love music in one way or other. According to neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin, “By better understanding what music is and where it comes from, we may be able to better understand our motives, fears, desires, memories and even communication in the broadest sense”. He tried to analyse how music impacts our minds, body and souls.

Music soothes our hearts. It refreshes our minds and in fact, music can take us to a different world altogether. It makes us happy and keeps us stress-free too. Such is the charisma of music. Music impacts our lives in various ways.

Top 6 most important Impacts of music in Human life.

Music and Health: It might sound surreal but music has a lot of positive. Listening to soothing tracks help us to treat anxiety while keeping our mood relaxed and calm. It is useful for therapeutic purpose too. Music also keeps us in cheerful and good spirit too.

Music makes us smart: Music improves our personality. A beautiful track in moderate volume makes us smart while igniting our passions for creativity. In some rarest cases, music helps reviving people sustaining brain damages. One theory also says that those who learn music at a young age develops strong vocabulary powers and can easily handle non-verbal reasoning too.

Sad Music is Effective too: Sad music has its own relevance. It evokes two kinds of emotions in human beings; felt emotions and perceived emotions. Sometimes, sad music makes a person feel more romantic and inspired than ever before.

Music Can Strengthen Physical Relationship: Believe it or not, music can prove wonderful to enhance your libido factor. Music can definitely strengthen men having low testosterone to increase serotonin levels and perform better at bed in night.

Music can boost your x-factor too: Music is definitely a mood buster. People can listen to various musical tracks and stay in good mood. However, various magazines also countered the argument saying happiness depends upon a number of things like personal relationship, health and many other factors. However, even now it’s well known how listening to good music can enhance one’s personality.

Music as an expression of emotions and ideas: Music is an effective mode of communication. It reveals how a man feels at a certain time. The inspirational songs motivate the listeners and bring out the best in them at a given time.

The Demand of Separate Statehood

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As cited by administrators, creating a separate state is an enunciation to a better judiciary and administration.

Although creating a separate country is based on different science altogether. Considering a recent example of Scottish referendum, the Scots being a separate country but falling in the jurisdiction of UK voted NO because many were afraid of how an independent Scotland might change their day-to-day lives. While the ‘Yes’ camp’s case for independence attracted millions of voters, the task of building a workable, independent nation proved too daunting for many.

In India we have too many examples were the separatisms has prevailed due to various reasons. Lets us not drag J & Kashmir in this issue as it has a different history all together.

(AFSPA) in 1958 to put down separatist movements in certain parts of the country when insurgency occurred in North East India in Manipur, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura. The more important issue with these states however is territorial dispute with neighbours such as Pakistan and the PRC, rather than independence from the India.

The law was first enforced in Manipur and then also in other insurgency-ridden north-east. It was extended to most parts of Indian-administered Kashmir soon after the outbreak of armed insurgency in 1989.
The soldiers are immune to law against prosecution unless the Indian government gives prior sanction for such prosecution. The government demands that the AFSPA is necessary to restore normalcy in regions like Kashmir and Manipur. The situations in these have always been highly sensitive, we have also noticed oppressions from the people, especially the brave Iron Lady of Manipur, Irom Sharmila and then the inhumane case of Thangjam Manorama which lead to a huge and nationwide fruitless protest.

Nagalim(Nagaland)
Tripura
Khalistan(Sikh Country)
Bodoland (Assam)

Are a few examples were insurgency for a separate country arose in the past. Also Dravida Nadu (Dravidian speaking) people rose to create a separate country for the speakers of Dravidian Language with the support of the local political party DMK.

It would be wrong to assure that such insurgency may not occur in the future because India is a politically driven country, with countless languages and incredible diversity. Language, religion, caste are a few reasons that initiate such extremism.

We must look into North East, even today we experience cases of these people coming to other states for for education and jobs and being killed due to language barriers and non identical reasons (Bangalore,Delhi)

It is somewhere our fault that leads to such incidents. Weather or not it is bound to happens again in our country, we must realise the fact the diversity is a boon and a curse to the nation. Defending this country we must strive hard to respect each other and if we can, we must go out of our way to offset this common sense of inequality because the only way we can succeed in becoming a first world nation is by understanding the strength of this diversified nation and promoting the idea of egalitarianism.

Mankind’s Deadliest Creation

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In 1939, the scientific community discovered that the Germans had found the secret to split a uranium atom. This they thought would make them capable of producing a bomb with power of incredible destruction.

Enrico Fermi and Albert Einstein fled the Nazi Germany to US to escape death. They wanted to inform the President of the United States about the atomic bomb technology with the opponent Axis Powers.

Fermi and Einstein tried to press upon the necessity to start an atomic research program with the then President Roosevelt. Roosevelt agreed and in 1941 America received the sanction of the Manhattan Project.

In the end of the ear 1972, Fermi along with a group of Physicists conducted the first controlled nuclear chain reaction at the University of Chicago. Since then the Manhattan project progressed at a rapid speed. About $2 billion dollars had been spent in the development of the atomic bomb. The project had employed over 120,000 people in America and the project had to be kept a secret somehow.

Roosevelt and Churchill agreed for secrecy and decided that Stalin to be kept uninformed. There was no awareness of something of this sort being existent and thus there was no debate. Only the most important and trustworthy scientists working on the project knew about it and all the 120,000 employees were kept uninformed about the bomb.

Interestingly, Vice President Truman did not know about the project until he became President himself.

On July 16, 1945 the bomb was tested by Robert J Oppenheimer at Trinity test site in New Mexico.

Impact of the trial

During the test, clouds formed by the bomb reached 40,000 feet height.

Windows of houses over 100 miles away was broken.

The test was successful and fake news about ammunition dump being exploded in the desert was created to hide the test.

The rest is history.

 

Who will Win UP Elections?

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All signs point that the Uttar Pradesh elections will be held in February, so the time is not far when battle in the biggest Indian state election will kickoff to choose a new chief minister.

Rita Bahuguna, a long term Congress confidante recently joined BJP, the party at the Center, before the Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha elections. It showed that the power shift in the upcoming elections has taken a toll on all major party candidates who have aligned with BJP as the party is betting big on winning the elections and proclaims that they will form the government in UP in 2017.

The incumbent Samajwadi Party(SP) claims that there is no match to Akhilesh Yadav in Uttar Pradesh and the BJP as well as the Congress do not have any strong candidate for the Chief Ministership. This, they say, is clear enough through the constant poaching that the BJP is doing in the state. About Congress, SP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia said, “Congress is a non player in the state of Uttar Pradesh, with no leaders at all.”

What cannot be ignored is the family war going on in the incumbent Samajwadi Party, which is evident from the tussle between Akhilesh Yada and rejoined long term party associate Amar Singh. Akhilesh and his uncle Shivpal Yadav are too at loggerheads at the distribution of ticket to the candidates.

Political analyst Neerja Chowdhury said in a debate that Akhilesh Yadav has a positive image in the state, but the ongoing conflict in the family has sent divisive signals to the people of Uttar Pradesh. She also said that Rita Bahuguna has been responsible for Congress in the State and so is responsible for the current fiasco of Congress in UP. Rita’s move from Congress has also sent a message that the Congress has little chance to recover in the foreseeable future.

To the fact that BJP hasn’t yet declared any chief ministerial candidate in Uttar Pradesh portrays the lack of a strong people’s leader in the party. To this Sudhansu Trivedi said that historically, the BJP projecting a leader in the state has not always received benefits, thus it is the leaders who decide to declare a leader and when to do so.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is a leader who has leverage in the state, yet BJP has refrained from projecting him as the Chief Minister, yet.

Overall, BJP hasn’t yet shown its cards and there is no visible mandate for any particular party. The election war in Uttar Pradesh will be a test for all political parties and especially for BJP.

Countries that run on 100% Renewable energy

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Costa Rice

In 2015, Costa Rica for the first time ran on renewable energy for more than 300 days. In 2016, the country until September, had completed 150 days of complete renewable energy consumption.

Most of the electricity in Costa Rica is produced through hydropower and geothermal technology. The country is yet to get rid of about 2 million cars that run on gas.

Costa Rica has taken up the aim to modernize their energy production and consumption process to sustain the current environment and to improve renewable energy performance.

Electricity in Costa Rica is generated through turbines in dams. This process accounts for 78% electricity supply.

Costa Rica’s renewable energy plans got tremendous push when in 2014, the government approved $1 billion for geothermal project. Geothermal project uses heat from the earth to generate power for electric generators.

Iceland

Iceland is another country that has shown ambition for 100% renewable energy consumption. Ice too has a geothermal and hydropower technology. Through the similar process, Iceland generates almost 100% of its electricity which is renewable.

There’s another interesting side to Iceland. The country not only uses geothermal heat for powering generators, but also uses pipes to transfer the geothermal heat using water. This they send to about 87% of their homes.

Since the 1940’s the country has been betting big on geothermal resources for generating electricity. This they have done efficiently by establishing a research and implementation agency that oversees the development in the field.

This has roughly saved about 8 billion dollars of Iceland for not using oil. It has also reduced the country’s carbon emissions by more than 33% in 30 years.

Albania and Paraguay

Albania and Paraguay have too converted themselves as renewable energy producers.

Albania, home to eight rivers has successfully fulfilled the country’s requirements in energy. But rising demands have pushed the country to import means of increasing energy production.

Paraguay on the other hand produces nearly 100 percent of its energy through hydropower.

What made them successful?

Most importantly, all of these countries have low population. A low population demands lower energy consumption. Apart from that the country is rich in research and development and has been a first world country or a developed country for a long time. The population is educated and all of this has made it possible for a better energy generation and consumption pattern.

Apart from that, these countries are located in resource rich areas. They have easy access to water and earth heat. Thus their access to natural resources has played a major role in their success.

What did Nelson Mandela change?

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Before we get to know about Nelson Mandela, here are 5 do you know about him.

  1. Mandela’s real name was Rolihlahla, which means troublemaker in his Xhosa tribe.
  2. He acted in Spike Lee’s 1992 biopic Malcolm X. In the movie Nelson acted as a teacher at the end of the movie and recited a famous speech by Malcolm. Mandela had refused to speak ‘by any means necessary’ in the same speech, for which the director put a scene of Malcolm X himself saying these words.
  3. Nelson Mandela married Graca Machel, whose first marriage was with Mozambique President Samora Machel. After his death, Graca married Nelson and thus become first lady of two nations.
  4. Mandela loved boxing but not for its violence, but for its techniques used for protecting oneself.
  5. He opened South Africa’s first black law firm in Johannesburg in 1952.

Nelson Mandela dedicated his life for the freedom of South Africa and for social change. Mandela was born in 1918 in South Africa which was at that time under British. Mandela was born in the racial segregated system of South Africa called apartheid which meant ‘apartness’.

Resistance Movement

He joined the national movement for freedom at an early age. In 1950’s he became a leader in the resistance movement. Resistance movement was a movement that fought for advocating equal rights to people of all color under the law.

Nation of equal opportunities

“I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination.”

Nelson championed equal rights for all people under democratic law. He wanted all people to have equal opportunities.

“It is an ideal for which I have prepared to die.”

Mandela in Prison

Mandela was put in prison in 1962 by the apartheid government. They had charged him with treason because they were threatened by the leadership that Mandela projected for it challenged their authority in the country.

Mandela spent 27 years in prison as prisoner 466/64. In jail, Mandela had a reputation and even after being isolated, that reputation grew over time and so did Mandela’s determination to end apartheid.

Mandela refused to accept release until he was allowed to fight for freedom of his countrymen.

At last in 1990, the South African government, due to international pressure released Mandela from prison nearly after three decades.

After release Mandela pledged to continue his fight to end apartheid even thought his health had deteriorated significantly after working in prison.

He led negotiations between white and black South Africans. Only after four years of struggle, South Africa held its first multi-racial elections in April 1994.

Nelson Mandela became the president of South Africa in 1994.

Time for the healing of the wounds has come.’

‘We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people.’