David Beckham announced his retirement at the end of the 2012–13 season and, on 18 May 2013, played the final game of his 20 year career.David beckham has created various history in his 20 year football career.
Some unkhown facts of Beckham which his fans should know
1) David Beckham was searched for more than any other sports topic on Google in 2003 and 2004.
2) David Beckham’s net worth is $350 million.
3) Beckham,is a tattoo fanatic. He has all most 20 tattoos in various places on his body and still counting.These include his wife, Victoria’s name, written in Hindi, his son’s names and his daughter’s name.
4) Beckham is consistently ranked among the sport’s highest earners, in 2013 he was listed as the best paid player in the world.
5) Beckham became well-known for the quality of his crosses, free kicks and corners.
6) He suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Everything has to be strictly organized and, if possible, in pairs.
7) Being A Perfectionist At Dressing And Outfits Comes Naturally To Beckham!
8) Beckham is a family man and loves to spend time with them.Going out on vacation with her wife victoria and his children is his best time.
9) Creating Trends Is What Makes David Beckham!
Be it a 365 kg ‘laddoo’ being unveiled in Delhi or a 65-meter-long cloth being sent from Uttar Pradesh, wishes are pouring in from all quarters for Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his birthday. Even his bitter political allies have kept their differences on the back burner and have taken to Twitter to wish the PM a good day.
It has been over fifteen months since Narendra Damodardas Modi took charge as the Prime Minister with an image of changing the outlook of India with a spell and a wand. There were high expectations from him when he took the oath of office and secrecy on May 26, 2014. He promised several schemes to be implemented, gave a ray of hope of more employment opportunities, improvement in the country’s economy among numerous others.
The government undoubtedly, has brought about several changes in the year gone by,and have claimed to bring a new era in the history of India. From adopting 49% foreign investment in the defence and insurance sectors to opening of millions of bank accounts for poor families to bring them in the economic cycle, from his promise of giving ‘minimum government, maximum governance’ to gathering support for ‘Make in India’, policies have been formulated and work has been done.
However, looking back at his tenure in office, the Modi government has also had several shortcomings. With a massive and decisive mandate in Lok Sabha polls, the government has often been accused of being arrogant in its decisions and of ignoring the Opposition calls. They have also been accused of too much publicity but little work on the ground.
Never the less, there’s still a long journey ahead and he will definately make us proud to be an Indian.
With this,we wish Mr. Narendra Modi a great and successfull year ahead.
Happy 65th Birthday Mr Prime Minister!
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Source : ibnlive.com
Recently images of Ahmed mohamed being wrongly arrested went viral after teachers mistook his homemade clock for a bomb on Monday.
But now 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed is set for a visit to the White House after Barrack Obama was moved by his story.
The budding scientist was pictured handcuffed as he was taken by police from MacArthur High School, in Irving, Texas.
Teachers feared that the homemade clock he brought in to school that day could have been an explosive device and alerted police.
However once his innocence was proved, a backlash against authorities for handcuffing the 14-year-old followed, with police and teachers accused of harmfully stereotyping against Ahmed, who is Muslim.
Obama tweeted: “Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science.
“It’s what makes America great.”
He was also praised by Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg and Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton
Mark Zuckerberg is desperate to meet Ahmed
The science whizz-kid brought the clock in to show his engineering teacher.
However later that day, an English teacher heard the clock beeping and panicked, causing school bosses to alert the authorities.
Ahmed was then arrested, handcuffed and taken to a police station with it thought he would be charged over a suspected bomb prank.
US President Barrack Obama shows his support for Ahmed Mohamed
But he has now been cleared, and told supporters who shared his story online that he may never attend the school again after the incident.
He added that he is still suspended from the school, and that police officers still have his clock.
Ahmed said: “Thank you to all my supporters on Twitter, Facebook , and social media.
“I would never have got this far if it wasn’t for you guys. Not just you guys, but everybody.”
And it’s not just Obama who is desperate to meet Ahmed.
Mark Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook: “Having the skill and ambition to build something cool should lead to applause, not arrest. The future belongs to people like Ahmed.
“Ahmed, if you ever want to come by Facebook, I’d love to meet you.”
Ahmed Mohamed wanted to show off his engineering skills to his teacher – but he was then arrested
Even NASA American systems engineer Bobak Ferdoswi said he was impressed by Ahmed.
He wrote: “Hey Ahmed, give me a call in a couple years. We could always use smart, curious & creative people.”
However the Mayor of Irving Beth Van Duyne said she felt the police and school bosses had done nothing wrong.
She said: “I do not fault the school or the police for looking into what they saw as a potential threat.
“They have procedures to run when a possible threat or criminal act is discovered.
“They follow these procedures in the sole interest of protecting our children and school personnel.
“To the best of my knowledge, they followed protocol for investigating whether this was an attempt to bring a Hoax Bomb to a school campus.
Barack Obama: The president has invited Ahmed to the White House
“Following this investigation, Irving PD has stated no charges will be filed against the student.
“I hope this incident does not serve as a deterrent against our police and school personnel from maintaining the safety and security of our schools.”
And Irving Police Chief Larry Boyd said the clock “was certainly suspicious in nature”.
Speaking at a press conference, he added: “The student showed the device to a teacher, who was concerned that it was possibly the infrastructure for a bomb.
“The follow-up investigation revealed the device apparently was a homemade experiment, and there’s no evidence to support the perception he intended to create alarm.
“We live in an age where you can’t take things like that to school.”
Following President Obama’s tweet of support for Ahmed, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said: “The president like many of us was struck by the news reports of this particular incident.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama may be welcoming Ahmed soon
“In this instance, it’s clear that at least some of Ahmed’s teachers failed him.
“That’s too bad. But it’s not too late for all of us to use this as a teachable moment. And to search our own conscious for biases in whatever form they take.
This story is a good illustration of how pernicious stereotypes can prevent even goodhearted people who dedicated their lives to educating young people from doing the good work that they set out to do.
Source : www.mirror.co.uk
In many ways, Austin Niehus is your typical 14-year-old boy. He loves basketball, football, soccer, track, and reading. But Austin is exceptional in one very special way.
Austin has Goldenhar syndrome, a rare genetic condition that causes a craniofacial birth defect of the face and head, usually affecting the eyes, ears, and vertebrae. Born deaf and without an ear, doctors told his mother that he would not live to see his first birthday. But Austin has defied the odds.
By the age of 14, he has already undergone 52 corrective surgeries. He is now awaiting his 53rd surgery to repair his open pallet, a procedure that is not covered by insurance. With a financial strain being placed on his mom — a single mother of three — Austin made this video to try to raise the $4,000 necessary for his upcoming June surgery.
Despite spending a good portion of his life in the hospital, and enduring bullying and teasing by his peers, Austin has an incredible spirit! He reminds us that “No one should be ashamed of how they look,” and that “God made us exactly how we are supposed to be.”
He is described as a kind, intelligent, and brave young boy. I couldn’t agree more!
Check out Austin’s fundraising page HERE!
If you were moved by this beautiful story of inspiration and hope, please SHARE with all your friends.
Japan has agreed to modernise 400 railway stations across the country while participating in Indian Railways ‘ $140 billion investment over the next five years.
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An Indian Army soldier and a software engineer met in Shatabadi Express and here is an interesting conversation that transpired between them:
Vivek Pradhan was not a happy man. Even the plush comfort of the air-conditioned compartment of the Shatabdhi express could not cool his frayed nerves. He was the Project Manager and still not entitled to air travel. It was not the prestige he sought; he had tried to reason with the admin person, it was the savings in time. As PM, he had so many things to do!!
He opened his case and took out the laptop, determined to put the time to some good use.
“Are you from the software industry sir,” the man beside him was staring appreciatively at the laptop. Vivek glanced briefly and mumbled in affirmation, handling the laptop now with exaggerated care and importance as if it were an expensive car.
“You people have brought so much advancement to the country, Sir. Today everything is getting computerized. ”
“Thanks,” smiled Vivek, turning around to give the man a look. He always found it difficult to resist appreciation. The man was young and stockily built like a sportsman. He looked simple and strangely out of place in that little lap of luxury like a small town boy in a prep school. He probably was a railway sportsman making the most of his free traveling pass.
“You people always amaze me,” the man continued, “You sit in an office and write something on a computer and it does so many big things outside.”
Vivek smiled deprecatingly. Naive ness demanded reasoning not anger. “It is not as simple as that my friend. It is not just a question of writing a few lines. There is a lot of process that goes behind it.”
For a moment, he was tempted to explain the entire Software Development Lifecycle but restrained himself to a single statement. “It is complex, very complex.”
“It has to be. No wonder you people are so highly paid,” came the reply.
This was not turning out as Vivek had thought. A hint of belligerence crept into his so far affable, persuasive tone. ”
Everyone just sees the money. No one sees the amount of hard work we have to put in. Indians have such a narrow concept of hard work. Just because we sit in an air-conditioned office, does not mean our brows do not sweat. You exercise the muscle; we exercise the mind and believe me that is no less taxing.”
He could see, he had the man where he wanted, and it was time to drive home the point.
“Let me give you an example. Take this train. The entire railway reservation system is computerized. You can book a train ticket between any two stations from any of the hundreds of computerized booking centers across the country.
Thousands of transactions accessing a single database, at a time concurrently; data integrity, locking, data security. Do you understand the complexity in designing and coding such a system?”
The man was awestruck; quite like a child at a planetarium. This was something big and beyond his imagination.
“You design and code such things.”
“I used to,” Vivek paused for effect, “but now I am the Project Manager.”
“Oh!” sighed the man, as if the storm had passed over,
“So your life is easy now.”
This was like the last straw for Vivek. He retorted, “Oh come on, does life ever get easy as you go up the ladder. Responsibility only brings more work.
Design and coding! That is the easier part. Now I do not do it, but I am responsible for it and believe me, that is far more stressful. My job is to get the work done in time and with the highest quality.
To tell you about the pressures, there is the customer at one end, always changing his requirements, the user at the other, wanting something else, and your boss, always expecting you to have finished it yesterday.”
Vivek paused in his diatribe, his belligerence fading with self-realization. What he had said, was not merely the outburst of a wronged man, it was the truth. And one need not get angry while defending the truth.
“My friend,” he concluded triumphantly, “you don’t know what it is to be in the Line of Fire”
The man sat back in his chair, his eyes closed as if in realization. When he spoke after sometime, it was with a calm certainty that surprised Vivek.
“I know sir…. I know what it is to be in the Line of Fire…….”
He was staring blankly, as if no passenger, no train existed, just a vast expanse of time.
“There were 30 of us when we were ordered to capture Point 4875 in the cover of the night.
The enemy was firing from the top.
There was no knowing where the next bullet was going to come from and for whom.
In the morning when we finally hoisted the tricolour at the top only 4 of us were alive.”
“You are a…?”
“I am Subedar Sushant from the 13 J&K Rifles on duty at Peak 4875 in Kargil. They tell me I have completed my term and can opt for a soft assignment.
But, tell me sir, can one give up duty just because it makes life easier.
On the dawn of that capture, one of my colleagues lay injured in the snow, open to enemy fire while we were hiding behind a bunker.
It was my job to go and fetch that soldier to safety. But my captain sahib refused me permission and went ahead himself.
He said that the first pledge he had taken as a Gentleman Cadet was to put the safety and welfare of the nation foremost followed by the safety and welfare of the men he commanded… ….his own personal safety came last, always and every time.”
“He was killed as he shielded and brought that injured soldier into the bunker. Every morning thereafter, as we stood guard, I could see him taking all those bullets, which were actually meant for me. I know sir….I know, what it is to be in the Line of Fire.”
Vivek looked at him in disbelief not sure of how to respond. Abruptly, he switched off the laptop.
It seemed trivial, even insulting to edit a Word document in the presence of a man for whom valor and duty was a daily part of life; valour and sense of duty which he had so far attributed only to epical heroes.
The train slowed down as it pulled into the station, and Subedar Sushant picked up his bags to alight.
“It was nice meeting you sir.”
Vivek fumbled with the handshake.
This hand… had climbed mountains, pressed the trigger, and hoisted the tricolour. Suddenly, as if by impulse, he stood up at attention and his right hand went up in an impromptu salute.
It was the least he felt he could do for the country.
PS:- The incident he narrated during the capture of Peak 4875 is a true-life incident during the Kargil war. Capt. Batra sacrificed his life while trying to save one of the men he commanded, as victory was within sight. For this and various other acts of bravery, he was awarded the Param Vir Chakra, the nation’s highest military award.
Source : Rajeev Mahajan's blog | Image Courtesy : baapokbaap Reffered : The Logical Indian
I don’t know about you, but every once in a while when yet another of my friends gets engaged I wonder… why her and not me? Why world??!! Why??
I mean, I am happy for them, but at the same time, I ask myself; what makes her so special? Why is she marriage material and I am not. Well, now I just might have my answer.
Here is a list of six things that, according to men, make a woman marriage material.
- A woman that can be “your partner in crime”- someone that can let loose and have fun, someone that doesn’t take things too seriously.
- Someone that is brains and beauty- yes, guys want it all too! They want someone they can look at while having long meaningful conversations.
- Someone that can get their hands dirty- Guys want someone that will and wants to go to all the outdoorsy things they like to do, ie. Camping, hiking, kayaking, etc. No high-maintenance girls need apply.
- Someone that would make a good mother- Caution: this does not mean you will act like their mother!
- Good sexual chemistry- duh!
- Someone that can be a good friend- a good friend is loyal, trustworthy, honest, all good qualities to have in a lifetime partner.
Yes ,today am going to share my experience of getting holy bath at Nashik Kumbh.
Nashik Kumbh which is also popularly known as Simhastha/Sinhastha Kumbh Mela, is a holy place where people from all over India ( sometimes even from abroad) visit nashik at this delightfull occasion for the sake of getting bath at the holy river Godavari.
It is believed that every person in their life should once take a bath at the Nashik Kumbh in order to get rid of all the sins he have committed in his life long journey.No matter what his physical condition be.
Nashik Kumbh mela is celebrated when Jupiter and sun are on Zodiac sign,Leo.
This Simhastha kumbh took place after a long span of time i.e after twelve years.
This period of one month and nine days is very auspicious and are warmly welcomed by all the Hindu devotees
I visited the holy place on 13th September, it was also the day of Shahi Snan (The Main Bath Day ).
The moment I came out from Nashik railway station,I was really surprised to notice that the crowd was much more as I expected.
I started walking with the crowd, after a long walk of around 1 hour, I saw the bus stand and was really relaxed and happy.The nashik Mahanagar Palika have done a great job for the ease of devotees, they had arranged free bus facility upto to the holy place.The bus took us to the place ,well it was around 9 – 10 km away from station.
After getting down, the rush was as usual.we started walking towards the river Godavari.In the course a numerous trust,organisation and various other devotees were trying to help other devotees by providing free facilities like tea,coffee,snacks,offering places to take rest,washrooms,etc.This was a great help to us which made our journey very convenient and easy.
We reached the spot and took the blessings of Goddess Godavari by dipping in the river.I must say the water was too cold.
And last but not the least,I salute to the police department,they were very co-operative with all of us,the security out there was outstanding , every possible measures were taken to avoid stampede and unfortunate events that would have occured due to lack in security.
But never the less, every one was calm after watching such a terrific protection given to them by the cops.
The journey would have been impossible without the support of all these peoples.
It was an amazing experience for me, well i knew it won’t be easy.
My alcohol story seems like a non-story: I grew up in a home of teetotalers. We did not imbibe alcohol, nor did we discuss it. My mom’s parents are Southern Baptists, so her upbringing was the same. Alcohol made my dad sick, so he avoided it. I was a nerd in high school, which meant: no parties. My conservative Christian college punished drinking on-campus with suspension. For years, I viewed any alcohol consumption with intense discomfort: a mix of fear, suspicion and a self-righteousness that almost destroyed several friendships. I never had more than two drinks at a time, and I’ve never been drunk. After I graduated, I stopped drinking altogether—maybe half a hard lemonade once, but that was it. It’s been well over a year since I had my last drink, and the bar in town knows my penchant for Shirley Temples.
So, I don’t drink. Why? I see in myself the potential for alcoholism. I have an obsessive personality. I deal with depression and anxiety every day, and I know alcohol would become a crutch for me. My anxiety medication doesn’t jibe well with alcohol, and I don’t want to risk my health. Alcoholism is genetic, and it runs in my family.
I’ll admit, I have days so frustrating that I wish I could get wasted. Luckily, I like sobriety most of the time. I like being in control, often to my detriment, so drunkenness isn’t appealing. I don’t like the taste of alcohol, either. For every, “Oh, you’ll love this! You can hardly taste it!” there’s a spit-take and a glare. I can always taste it.
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This quote, from this interview:
We joked that no one would want to read a memoir of a woman who didn’t drink to excess, who was in control of her emotions and her life, who awoke every morning ‘refreshed’…How boring a book that would be!, we said. No one would buy/read a book like that!
True. While I made a list of stories to include this week, I realized the majority focused on alcoholism, not just alcohol. Stories of moderation don’t make it to press, it seems.
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You’ll read work by memoirists, poets and scholars. As Michelle Dean writes, addiction stories may include moments of sentiment and cliche, but they’re no less true. In fact, cliche is tantamount to survival. Seven stories, each with their own twist (no pun intended).
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