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Person finder app from the google crisis team

Person Finder is the special app launched by Google, the search engine giant mainly to trace thousands of people who went missing in the Himalayan Tsunami.

Since last week, the state of Uttarakhand in India has been struggling with severe floods. It is clear that most of these areas in the state are highly not reachable with sporadic communication, Google Crisis team brought in the Person Finder,” Google APAC senior Product Manager, Jayanth Mysore, said in the blog post.

This, Google’s crisis response app is an online database that allows relatives and friends to trace anyone missing after the tragedy.

News says that around 14,000 people are missing as of now. It is also expected that the floods in northern India namely Uttarakhand, Kedarnath may result in the increase in number of death who were missing.

With Hindu shrines set amid its stunning scenery, Uttarakhand is often referred to as “the Land of Gods.”

Rescue Operations focuses around 27,000 people who were stuck in the worst-hit of Kedarnath temple area – one of the holiest Hindu temples of Lord Shiva, located at the top of the Garhwal Himalayan range.

Unlike other areas this area has escaped from major damages but it is now covered with debris and the bodies of pilgrims which had turned it into a ghost town.

The tool is designed in such a way that the database is fully available to the public so that they can access the missing ones. The tool is presented in both English and Hindi version.

The app showed its determination during the strong earthquake in Japan, 13-foot Tsunami and also during the Boston Marathon bombings. But in India it is bit uncertain about the tool because most of the stranded victim may not have a viable internet connection.

Whatever it is Google is sure that the app will play a vital role in the rescue measures. Smiley

A tribute to Pataudi – the Great Seducer of his time

Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi – nicknamed Tiger Pataudi, former Indian cricket captain was born on 5 January 1941.

Pataudi was the youngest captain at the age of 21 in the Indian cricket team’s history and is regarded as one of the finest ever.

Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi

Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, former Indian cricketer

Pataudi has totally played 46 test matches for India from 1961 to 1975 and also captained 40 test matches thereby winning nine of them.

His right eye got damaged in a car crash even then he continued playing and scored 2,793 runs at an average of 34.91 per innings.

This great tiger died on 22nd September 2011 in Delhi Hospital because of lung infection.

Miss India Universe 2011

Beauty pageant “Miss India Universe” is conducted every year and the winner of the same represents India in Miss Universe Contest.

Miss-Universe-1994 sushmita sen

Miss-Universe-1994 sushmita sen


Till now Ms. Sushmita Sen and Ms. Lara Dutta from our country have been coroneted in this prestigious contest in 1994 and 2000, respectively.

Miss India Universe 2011

Sunkavalli Vasuki, 26 years old beauty from Hyderabad has won this title at Mumbai on 15th July 2011 by defeating 16 contestants; this victory reserved her represent India in Miss Universe Contest at Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Miss Universe India 2011 - Sunkavalli Vasuki

Sunkavalli Vasuki


The current Miss India Universe, Ms. Vasuki belongs to Ungatore in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh.

She was crowned by Ms Sushmita Sen, famous actress and first Miss Universe from India in 1994.

We hope that Ms. Sunkavalli Vasuki is a strong competitor in severe battle for winning the title of MISS UNIVERSE this year. The entire country wishes her the best. Smiley

Munnar – one of the most popular hill-resort towns

Kerala is popularly known as the land of god for its amazing nature showcase. There are plenty such places worldwide and its every traveler’s dream to visit those places.

So book great vacation rentals worldwide for your vacations and enjoy these nature trips with your family or friends.

Munnar, as the name implies it is a convergence of three rivers (Muthirappuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers) where random clicks can get you incredible photographs.

Waterfalls-Munnar

The nearest major railway stations are at Ernakulam and Aluva (approximately 110 km by road). The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport, which is around 105 km away.

Tea has been the main agricultural crop in this region since late 19th century. The hills around Munnar are blanketed with best-in-class green tea bushes.

Munnar tea bush

With its extensive tea plantations, immaculate valleys and mountains and cool air, it’s no surprise that Munnar has been rated the second-best Asian travel destination for 2010.

If you are a true nature lover who has a passion for driving, Munnar is your dream destination. Around every corner is a surprising view, you do not need a map or guide; all you need is the interest to look at the beauty of nature.

There are lots of places nearby Munar to visit, let us have a look at those places in our future posts.

Coorg – The Scotland of India

Last week my brother went to Coorg and showed me the photographs it was awesome, hence i thought to share with you all those pictures and some information i know about Coorg.

Golden-temple-statue

Kodagu originally called Kodaimalenadu means ‘dense forest on steep hill’, is an administrative district in Karnataka in southern India. It is also known by its anglicized former name of Coorg. 252 kms from Bangalore and 1525 m above sea level lies Madikeri, the district headquarters of Kodagu.

Coorg-Beauty

Coorg or Kodagu (Dubbed as the Scotland of India, this town has a lot to offer to the tourist. Misty hills, lush forest, acres and acres of tea and coffee plantation, orange groves, undulating streets and breathtaking views are what make Madikeri an unforgettable holiday destination.

sunset-coorg

Kodagu is considered rich in wildlife and has three wildlife sanctuaries and one national park:

  • Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Nagarahole or Rajiv Gandhi National Park.

The fauna over there includes the Asian elephant, tiger, leopard, dhole, gaur, boar, several species of deer etc.

Wildlife-in-coorg

The flora of coorg includes Champak, Ironwood, Ebony, Indian mahogany etc, in the undergrowth are found cardamom, Areca, plantains, canes, wild black pepper, tree and other ferns, and arums.

Plant variety-coorg

This is a plant in coorg, for the first time I saw this, I thought this is an animal. In the forest of the less thickly-wooded bamboo country in the west of Kodagu the most common trees are the Black wood, Kino tree.

Tourist attractions

The temple tank of Omkareshwara Temple at Madikeri

Omkareshwara Temple

Talakaveri: the place where the River Kaveri originates. The temple on the riverbanks here is dedicated to lord Brahma, and is one among the two temples dedicated to Brahma in India and Southeast Asia.

Nisargadhama: An island and picnic spot near Kushalanagara, formed by the river Kaveri.

Iruppu Falls: A sacred spot in south Kodagu in the Brahmagiri hill range. The Lakshmana Tirtha River flows nearby.

Abbey Falls: a scenic waterfall 8 km from Madikeri, the charming Abbey Falls is a wonderful place for picnics. It is advised that the tourists should make their own arrangements to reach this place before they get on on a tour. It is one of the best among the tourist attractions in Coorg and should not be missed out at any cost.

Waterfalls-Coorg

Dubare: mainly an elephant-capturing and training camp of the Forest Department at the edge of Dubare forest; on the bank of the river Kaveri along the Kushalanagara – Siddapur road.

Nagarahole: a national park and wildlife resort.

Bhagamandala: situated at the confluence of two rivers, the Kaveri and the Kanika. A third river, the Sujyothi, is said to join from underground.

Dargah Sharief of Yemmemadu: Dargah Sharief, the Holy Tomb, of Yemmemadu is one of the most sacred shrines for Muslims in Kodagu district.

Mandal patti: 28 km from Madikeri. On the way to Abbey Falls, before 3 km from Abbey Falls take right, 25 kms from there.

Tibetian monestry – Bailkuppe : Golden Temple
The gold-coated Buddhist statues in the monastery are magnificent and unique, reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the Tibetans.

Golden-temple-history

The statues are of Guru Padmasambhava, Buddha Shakyamuni and Amitayus. Golden Temple is also known as Namdroling Monastery.

Golden-temple-statues

Getting There

  • Closest Airport: Bangalore (260 km), Mangalore (135 km)
  • Closest Railway Station: Mysore (146 km)
  • Road: The Mysore – Mangalore highway (NH48) passes through Kodagu. The district headquarters Madikeri (Mercara), is 262 km from Bangalore and 120 km from Mysore. The distance from Mangalore is 136 km and from Cannanore and Tellicherry, it is about 118 km. There are regular buses plying from these places to Madikeri.

Dont miss such an amazing place..

Goa – An Amazing Place for Honeymoon and Beach Parties

Goa, the smallest state in India is one of the most beautiful and charming place to visit. All over the world Goa is very famous for its pristine beaches decorated by coconut trees, beautiful landscapes, azure sky, medieval monuments, forts and churches and a mixed blend of culture.

goa-temple

Goa has more than 100 km of seashore and the sea has different shades to offer at various places. Goa is very famous for its beaches, the beaches of Goa looks like the curves of a woman’s body.

Natural beauty of Goa

Some of the famous beaches in Goa are Candolim Beach, Sinquerim Beach, Baga Beach, Bambolim Beach, Arambol Beach, Vagator Beach, Benaulim Beach, Palolem Beach, Agonda Beach, Mobor & Cavelossim Beaches.

candolim-beach-goa
Candolim-beach

Sinquerim-Beach
Sinquerim-Beach

Baga-beach
Baga-beach

Arambol-Beach
Arambol-Beach

Vagator-Beach
Vagator-Beach

Palolem-Beach
Palolem-Beach

Mobor & Cavelossim Beaches
Mobor-Cavelossim-Beaches

Calangute-beach
Calangute-beach

Though, Nightlife is not much popular in India, it is highly accepted in Goa, which holds much of the Portuguese culture and tradition. It is very common to find families going out for a night filled with fun. There are places where, almost every third house has a bar-cum-restaurant.

Nightlife-in-Goa

Goa is a heaven for water sports lovers. The long coastal areas in Goa offer amazing opportunities to indulge in all sorts of water-sport activities. The Para-sailing and water scooter took our breath away.

Water-scooter
Water-scooter

Parasailing in Goa
Parasailing in Goa

When you are in Goa, you have to put in more days to enjoy the place fully, the delight of discovering a crab under a stone, churches, temples and the thrill of walking on some of the best beaches in India full of crisp sea-shells. While seeing the beauty of nature our mind stops thinking and our heart starts to speak.

Even a day in Goa is fascinating and unforgettable.

Miss World Competition Over, India’s Parvathy runner up!!!

India’s Parvathy Omanakuttan narrowly missed out on winning the Miss World 2008 crown which went to Russia’s Ksenya Sukhinova at a glittering African extravaganza held in Johannesburg on Saturday.

“Miss World 2008 is Russia,” announced Julia Morley, head of the Miss World committee that organises the event.

Twenty one-year-old Parvathy, who hails from Kottayam in Kerala, finished first runner up and failed to join five Indian glamour queens Reita Faria (1966), Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan (1994), Diana Hayden (1997), Yukta Mookhey (1999) and Priyanka Chopra (2000) who had won the title.

This was the first time in eight years that an Indian reached the finals of the Miss World competition.

Parvathy, who had won this year’s Miss Femina contest in April, said she was happy that she could go this far in the contest but was disappointed a little at not having won the crown.

“I had expected that I will win. But there is a little disappointment. After many years, India reached the top five. It’s been eight years since an Indian has reached the finals of Miss World contest and this makes me happy,” Parvathy said.

“But I cannot say that I’m very happy as I had expected to win. I’m a little disappointed. But it is said that destiny has a big role to play in one’s life and God might have something better in stock for me,” the Kerala girl told NDTV.

The second runner up was Gabriel Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago. More than 100 international beauties participated in this year’s Miss World pageant hosted by South Africa.

miss world

(L-R) Miss India Parvathy Omanakuttan, Miss Russia Ksenia Sukhinova and Miss Trinidad & Tobago: Gabrielle Walcott

478 voters, 510 votes in Chhattisgarh polling booth!

Raipur- Four poll officials were suspended after 510 votes were cast in a polling booth with 478 registered voters in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur district during the second phase of the assembly elections, officials said Saturday.

Polling booth number 176 in village Manikchauri in Abhanpur constituency recorded above 100 percent voting on Nov 20, the final phase of assembly elections in which 51 of the state’s 90 constituencies went to polls.

Official sources said all the four polling staff deployed at the booth were suspended and the district election officer recommended re-polling.

Chhattisgarh Congress president Dhanendra Sahu, who is a sitting legislator from the seat, is locked in a fight with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) candidate and former Lok Sabha MP Chandrasekhar Sahu. Manikchauri is Chandrasekhar Sahu’s ancestral village.

Hyundai i10 or Maruti A-Star: What to buy?

Hyundai’s bestselling model – the i10 – launched in the domestic market in October 2007 will now face tough competition from the A-Star – Maruti Suzuki’s latest model launched on November 19 in Delhi.

Offered at an introductory price of Rs 346,000 to Rs 411,000 ex-showroom in Delhi for different models, the A-Star will take on i10, which is priced between Rs 337,000 and Rs 543,000.