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New life of Indian royalty

Out of position, descendants of Indian royal families have to work and try to maintain influence by preserving culture and art.

In 7/1971, India abolished the monarchy lasting nearly 3,000 years, causing hundreds of royal families across the country to change their lives. In order to survive, many people have to sell jewelry and wealth. Others, even holding tens of billions of dollars, still have to consider themselves civilians and find jobs. One of the most popular jobs chosen by the clan members is to turn hundreds of years old palaces into hotels.

The Mandawa royal family, Gujarat state are pioneers in the business of ancestral heritage.

Mandawa Castle was built as a fortress in the desert in 1755. By 1980, it became a luxury hotel with 80 rooms. The current operator of Mandaw Castle is Princess Priyanjali Katoch.

In addition to hiring local workers and playing an important role in promoting tourism, the Mandawa royal family also strives to revive the traditional art of weaving.

Like Priyanjali, 52-year-old Princess Meenal Kumari Singh Deo from the Dhenkanal clan in eastern India runs the family’s 200-year-old castle. This place has been turned into a homestay, the inside is decorated with local crafts.

Yaduveer Singh is a descendant of Maharana Pratap, the 13th king of Mewar, now renamed the state of Rajasthan. The 24-year-old boy said his parents had directed their children to the hospitality profession.

Preserving traditional culture and arts is also how the Indian royal family maintains their influence. According to the World Bank, in 2015, India had 1.3 billion people, of which 176 million people lived in poverty with income less than 2 USD per day. In the midst of that context, the “hereditary” privileges of royal families were easily viewed as offensive and backward. Not to mention, many Indian kings and queens have been known for their lavish lifestyles and their ruthlessness towards their subjects.

Krishna Kumari, Panna’s royal princess from Madhya Pradesh, said she can switch between two different worlds “seamlessly”. The 48-year-old woman lives in the palace left by her ancestors and takes care of a school her family opened 32 years ago for low-income households. She also has many other jobs such as wildlife photography, off-road racing and porcelain.

Krishna said the most important thing is to make use of his position to give to society. “You have to appreciate your origins and what you have, because you are part of this prestigious family,” she said.

Akshita M Bhanj Deo, 27, a media strategist at a research institute, says the role of the royal family has changed over the years.

The Akshita family turned their 18th-century Belgadia palace into a sustainable hotel with furniture made of recycled materials.

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The reason India bluntly refuse to let the US help deal with China

When the China-India border tensions have not been fully resolved, Washington has “warmed up” relations with New Delhi, expanded solidarity and expressed its intention to help India deal with China.

Mr. Pompeo said that countries in the Quad group (the Diamond Four: USA, India, Japan, Australia) are developing policies to demonstrate their ability to counter the threats that China can pose for each of the Quad’s countries.

Robert O’Brien, the US national security advisor, also acknowledged the strong relationship between India and the US, calling it “an important partnership for America in the 21st century”.

The fact that senior US officials, such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper – scheduled to go to India for the US-India 2 + 2 dialogue, which takes place October 26-27 – is even more possible. show cohesion between two parties.

Even so, India is still hesitant to accept American help in dealing with China. Both India and China have repeatedly rejected any foreign interference, even Trump’s offer to mediate.

Previously, Mr. Trump had offered to mediate for New Delhi and Beijing after a bloody clash between the two countries’ armies in the Actual Control Line (LAC) in eastern Ladakh in June.

Trump’s second offer to mediate came when tensions on the Sino-Indian border escalated in August. India at that time accused the Chinese military of carrying out provocative acts in the region. Pangong Tso lake.

BBC quoted Nitasha Kaul, associate professor of Politics and International Relations, at the University of Westminster (UK), saying that the reason India hesitant to accept US help is due to foreign policy. Washington’s are moving in the opposite direction and Mr Trump is reducing US commitments globally.

“Therefore, the verbal statements of the Trump administration apparatus do not make much sense,” Nitasha said. The United States has ceased to prove itself a reliable strategic partner in many parts of the world under President Trump, said an associate professor at the University of Westminster.

Ashok Swain, professor at the Faculty of Peace and Conflict Studies, Uppsala University (Sweden), told the BBC that India should not trust the US too much.

Although India and China have shown their intention to maintain peace in the border areas, the possibility of war cannot be ruled out completely.

India’s Chief of Defense General, General Bipin Rawat, earlier said that if talks between the two sides remain deadlocked, India is ready for a military solution.

Indian Air Force Commander Marshal RKS Bhadauria echoed the same stance, saying that the Indian Air Force is ready for any possible conflict, including war on two fronts, refers to China and Pakistan, two neighboring countries in the north and east of India.

Chinese President Xi Jinping on October 13 called on the Chinese military to “put all of its mind and strength to get ready for war,” said CNN, citing sources from Xinhua.

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India tested submarine destroyers with a range of 650 km

India has successfully tested hypersonic missiles with torpedoes, which are capable of hitting targets out of range of many submarine weapons.

“The Torpedo Drop Subsonic Missile (SMART) successfully flew off the coast of Odisha state at 11:45 am on October 5. All testing requirements included range and altitude, nose-shell procedure, torpedo release and the activation of the deceleration mechanism has been done perfectly. This test is very important to demonstrate its anti-submarine capabilities”, said the Defense Research and Development Agency of India (DRDO) in a statement.

SMART is the supersonic missile that carries the Advanced Light Torpedo (TAL) warhead. It can be fired from a launcher mounted on a truck or a warship chassis. The test on October 5 was conducted from a ground launcher, but the Indian military did not say the missile’s maximum range and altitude during the launch.

SMART development began in 2016 with the goal of developing torpedo missiles with superior range, increasing deterrence capabilities for the Indian army. The bullet is supposed to launch to the area where the enemy submarine is suspected, then drop torpedoes to find and destroy the target. Like the TAL using a hydroelectric probe, it is capable of operating for 6 minutes from its activation, reaching a range of nearly 19 km and a speed of 61 km / h.

Anti-submarine torpedo missiles are not a new concept. The US Navy is operating the RUM-139 VL-ASROC system fitted to the Mark 41 vertical launchers on surface ships. The Soviet Union and Russia also operate the RPK-6 submarine hunting missile, which is fired from a torpedo tube on a warship, plunges into the water for a few seconds, then leaps out of the sea and flies to the target. Japan also owns supersonic rockets that carry Type 07 anti-submarine torpedoes.

The difference of SMART with these systems is an estimated range of 650 km, compared with 30 km of Japanese rockets or 22 km of the US VL-ASROC. The Russian RPK-6 missile has a longer range than the US and Japanese weapons, but can only fire to the area at a distance of 100 km.

Experts say that SMART will be a game changer in the Indo-Pacific game if New Delhi can develop reconnaissance, anti-submarine capabilities and unified combat cooperation. Warships, helicopters and submarine hunting aircraft can coordinate to track down enemy submarines, then pass target parameters to warships carrying SMART missiles.

A range of 650 km also allows SMART to be a coastal defense weapon, preventing enemy submarines from approaching critical areas for reconnaissance or ambushes.

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More than 63 million Indians may have been infected with Covid-19

More than 63 million people in India may have contracted Covid-19, about 10 times higher than official figures, according to the country’s health authority.

The Medical Research Council of India on September 29 said a national survey of more than 29,000 people in 700 villages and wards showed that one in 15 people had Covid-19 antibodies. The survey was conducted from mid-August to mid-September.

An antibody test, also known as a serological test, checks for proteins called antibodies in the immune system, indicating whether someone has been exposed to the virus.

Of India’s 1.3 billion people, more than 966 million are 10 years or older, according to the government’s 2011 census. If one in 15 people in this group is infected with Covid-19, the total would be about 63.78 million. Meanwhile, according to Worldomerter statistics, India has recorded more than 6.2 million cases and nearly 98,000 deaths.

According to Dr. Balram Bhargava, director of the Indian Medical Research Council, the survey found that for every officially reported infection, there are actually 26 to 32 unrecorded cases. This is in line with what many experts have warned for months, that the Covid-19 crisis in India could be much more severe than the official figures.

There are many reasons for this, mainly because people have not been fully tested. The Indian government started to loosen restrictions in May after a blockade for months, shifting to focus on reopening the economy and public services. However, experts, including Bhargava, warned it was too early to loosen the restrictions.

According to Bhargava, the risk of infection is highest in urban slums, where millions of people live confined, with limited sanitation or water. Slum residents had 15.6% antibody-carrying rates, nearly double the 8.2% detected in other urban residents. The figure in rural areas fell to 4.4%.

Ramanan Laxminarayan, a senior research scholar at Princeton University, predicts the actual case in India could reach 100 million. India has stepped up testing but is still far behind other major countries. According to Johns Hopkins University, only about 82 out of every 100,000 people in India get tested each day, compared with about 284 in the US and 329 in the UK.

Meanwhile, India’s death rate is 1.6%, which appears to be much lower than 2.9% in the US, 9.5% in the UK and 11.5% in Italy, according to Johns Hopkins University. However, the actual death statistics are also believed to be higher. Due to a lack of public health infrastructure, only 86% of deaths nationwide are recorded in the government system and only 22% of them have an official cause of death certified by a doctor.

At the presidential debate on September 29, US President Donald Trump doubted India’s Covid-19 data. “When it comes to numbers, he doesn’t know how many people died in China, Russia and India. They didn’t provide exact numbers,” Trump said.

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Results 14 hours of Sino-Indian border military negotiations

After talks lasted 14 hours, senior Indian and Chinese military commanders agreed to stop reinforcing troops along the disputed border area in Ladakh. However, the situation in the field is still developing complicatedly.

On September 23, AP quoted a statement from the Indian Ministry of Defense said that China and India agreed to increase communication to avoid misunderstandings and misjudges in the area along the True Control Road. However, the Indian Defense Ministry did not mention any breakthrough in military negotiations over the disbandment of the two-way forces in the disputed border area.

Tensions in the Ladakh region began in May and escalated in June with the bloodiest clash between Chinese and Indian soldiers in decades. Both sides suffered casualties. At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed and dozens more were injured. China also admitted to the casualties but has not released details.

The two most populous powers in the world have gathered tens of thousands of soldiers and weapons such as artillery, tanks, fighters in the disputed Ladakh area after the bloody clash in June.

Some time later, both India and China withdrew from the area in the Galwan Valley (Ladakh) and at least 2 other locations. However, the border crisis happened in at least three other areas, including Pangong Lake.

In recent weeks, two nuclear powers have accused each other of sending troops into the territory of the Pangong Lake area and firing warnings (the first in 45 years), raising the risk of a full-blown military conflict.

Despite rounds of negotiations by military, diplomatic and political officials, including meetings between foreign ministers and defense ministers in Moscow, Sino-Indian border tensions continued.

Senior military commanders on September 21 held talks for 14 hours, but no details of the results were immediately announced.

On the night of September 22, the Indian Defense Ministry said the two sides had a joint statement agreeing to stop sending more troops to the front line. China and India will hold the 7th military command negotiation round as soon as possible and together protect peace and stability in the border area.

The joint statement also stated that the military commanders agreed to seriously implement the agreements reached between the leaders of the two countries.

The military talks on September 21 took place less than two weeks after the foreign ministers of China and India met on September 10 in Moscow (Russia). The Foreign Ministers agreed that the armies of both sides should withdraw their troops to avoid fatal clashes at the border, maintain proper distance and reduce tension. However, the Foreign Ministers of the two countries did not set a timeline for the withdrawal. September 21 negotiation results did not mention this.

Military experts have repeatedly warned that any mistakes made by the parties could have serious consequences in the Ladakh region.

Both Indian and Chinese officials provide very little information about the border situation, but the two countries’ media has made headlines about the escalating tensions, which have significantly changed relations of l China – India.

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India shows off the Rafale near China

The Indian Air Force holds prayer ceremonies and flight demonstrations when it is staffing five Rafale fighters for the crew stationed near the border with China.

On September 10, the Indian army held a ceremony to pay five Rafale fighters to the 17th squadron stationed at Ambala base, Haryana state, near the border area bordering Pakistan and China. The 17th Squadron, nicknamed “Golden Arrow”, was the first Indian Air Force unit to be in service with the Rafale fighter.

Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and his counterpart Florence Parly and senior defense officials attended the ceremony. Indian monks perform the Sarva Dharma Puja prayer ceremony while presenting the newly received Rafale fighters. Then, Rafale fighters, Tejas and Dhruv helicopters of the Sarang flight demonstration team performed their maneuvers in the sky.

India received the first batch of Rafale fighters of five from France on July 29, and then sent the planes to participate in training in the mountainous areas of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh. India signed a deal worth $ 8.7 billion in 2016 to buy 36 Rafale fighters produced by Dassault Aviation of France, expected to receive all aircraft by the end of 2021.

The Rafale fighter is expected to supplement the Indian air force with the ability to perform a variety of missions, including electronic warfare, air combat, ground air strikes and deep jab attacks. India holds the Rafale fighter’s payroll ceremony amid tensions with China over the border issue that has not shown signs of cooling off.

Many clashes between the Indian and Chinese armies erupted from late April and early May along the Reality Control Line (LAC), the undefined border between the two countries. Bilateral tensions peaked with a deadly brawl on June 15 that killed 20 Indian soldiers and many Chinese soldiers wounded.

Indian and Chinese officials hold talks and diplomacy to cool down tensions along the LAC. However, tensions erupted again after the two countries accused each other of violating the no-fire agreement when shooting only in a collision along the Pangong Tso lake.

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10 interesting facts about Mumbai city, India

Mumbai is the birthplace of a number of international authors

Rudyard Kipling, author of Kim and The Jungle Book, and Salman Rushdie – author of Satanic Verses and Midnight’s Children, are one of the famous Mumbai-born authors. Kipling Bungalow, where the author was born, is one of the main attractions in the city for literary fans from all over the world. Some of the famous contemporary Indian writers including people like Rohinton Mistry also come from the city.

The most expensive slum in the world

Dharavi is not only one of the largest slums in the world, but also one of the most expensive! Building a house in this slum could potentially cost at least 3 lakh rupees.

Rank 6 in the number of billionaires in the world

Mumbai is home to 32 billionaires, with a net worth of $ 115.1 billion. Therefore, this city is ranked sixth in the list of cities with the most billionaires in the world.

Where to keep the original manuscript of Divine Comedy

The Mumbai Asian Association’s library, housed in the majestic City Hall building in Fort, is said to be holding one of the two original manuscripts of the Divine Divinity written by Dante Alighieri in the 14th century. That’s one reason. more so that literary enthusiasts arrange a trip here soon!

Gilbert Hill is 66 million years old

You might think Mumbai is full of modern buildings, the city also has interesting natural phenomena to admire. That’s the 61m-high Gilbert Hill in Andheri that formed when molten lava erupted out of Earth’s fissure, and it’s about 66 million years old. You can visit the hill recognized as a heritage structure in 2007, and two Hindu temples sit on top of the hill for a great panoramic view of the city’s western suburbs.

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10 interesting facts about Mumbai city, India (Part 1)

With a rich and complex history and culture, Mumbai is a city full of things to explore. Here are ten facts about the city of dreams you might not know.

The largest park in the world is located in this city

Covering an area of ​​104 square kilometers, the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali is the largest park in the world within the city limits. This jungle park is home to a species of tigers, a 2000-year-old Buddhist cave, two large lakes and more! The greenery here partly helps to reduce the pollution of the city of Mumbai, which is why it is called the lung of the city.

Super-toned ships

That is when a standard train is to carry 200 people but has to carry 500 people or when there are about 16 people squeezing each other per square meter.

Impressive train network

Mumbai’s impressive local train network welcomes around 6 million passengers a day – the equivalent of the entire population of Israel! In addition, trains on the city’s West and Central lines make more than 2,000 trips along the 300 km, carrying more passengers per kilometer than any other railway network on earth.

India’s first 5-star hotel

The Taj Mahal in Colaba is India’s first 5-star hotel. Established in 1903, this hotel is the first in India to have electricity, Turkish baths and German elevators, among others. It also houses India’s first all-day restaurant, as well as the country’s first discotheque.

The largest park in Asia

The Central Park in Khargar, Navi Mumbai is said to be the largest park in Asia and the third largest in the world. While some parts of the park are still under construction, some have been completed including theme parks, jogging tracks, water sports, cricket and soccer fields, botanical gardens and theaters, and many more.

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Indians and 10 little-known facts (Part 2)

Always stick with tradition

One of the important characteristics of the Indian people is the spirit of always sticking to and cherishing traditions, especially spiritual values. For India, past and present have cohesion and harmony.

From century to century, Indian people always have the patience to build and mount each brick to create majestic and modern works. Tradition is the basis of modernity, that is why many Indians always keep extremely important cultures and innovate them to suit new trends.

Pollution and humidity

In addition to being known for its rapidly growing population, India is also home to a heavily polluted environment, a wet condition caused by heavy rainfall.

According to statistics from the World Health Organization, India’s capital New Delhi is the most polluted city in the world with dust levels up to 152 micrograms / cubic meter of air. Accordingly, this pollution is 3 times higher than Beijing’s capital of China and other places.

India is humid because there is a lot of rain, sometimes up to 100% humidity. Due to frequent humidity and heavy environmental pollution, Indians are susceptible to respiratory and infectious diseases. This is a country with a huge medical problem.

Road a lot

Although not a country with a large area, but in India there are many roads. According to a report from the Ministry of Transport, if you add up all the roads, boulevards, streets, it will become a 4.7 million km long road. This is one of the extremely large numbers that proves that this country has a large land area.

Unique cuisine

The Indians love to eat a variety of dishes, they often add more seasoning to their food. The dining style in this country is also extremely unique, they often use their hands to bring food inside. 

Rice is the staple food of the Indians, however they cook it by stir-frying with oyster oil and butter before adding water. After the rice is nearly cooked, they add different spices to make the dish more attractive.

Above are 10 quite interesting things about the country and people of India. Hopefully, with the information that we provide in the article, it will help people have a new view of this country.

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Indians and 10 little-known facts (Part 1)

As the world’s second most populous country with a fast growing economy, India is known for a lot of interesting things about people and society. 

Let’s see the characteristics of the Indian people through the following article.

Respect spiritual values

Since ancient times, deep within the soul of every Indian people has been directed to the spiritual problem and the aspiration towards enlightenment in the soul. In the cultural life of the Indians, there is a perfect combination of person and life, harmony between dream and reality. 

India has many different religions coexisting in parallel and each is equally respected. Indians have great faith in the religions they follow.

Youngest country

According to the latest statistics, India is rated as one of the youngest countries in the world. It is predicted that by 2020, the average age of Indians is 29 years old, which is too young for the general level of the world.

Respect time

Indians are extremely focused on timetables and appointments. Therefore, they often react and behave dissatisfied with those who are not on time, arrive on time, and have no legitimate reason to cancel their appointments. 

Often midday appointments will be very popular with Indians. They start working time from 9:30 and finish at 5am, this is a fairly popular time in this country.

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The country of many billionaires

According to statistics, the account of the 25 richest people in India combined is about 174.8 billion USD, more than the average GDP in Ukraine. Currently, giant Mukesh Ambani is considered one of the richest people in India with an account of up to 24.2 billion USD. This country has one of the highest wealth disparities in the world.

Many traffic accidents

Few people know that this country has an extremely large traffic rate. Every 3 seconds, one person will die in a traffic accident. In 2012, the statistics of the number of deaths due to traffic conditions reached 138,258 people, this is a large and alarming number for people in this country.

Land of hair

According to the tradition of the Hindus in India, the poor, without money or gems, can offer their hair to the gods. Therefore, every day more than 40,000 Hindus bring hair to the temple to receive luck and peace in life.