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Lufthansa celebrates the festive season with India’s favorite beverage: Chai

Lufthansa Chai Lounge

After multiple successful campaigns capturing the hearts of South Asians, Lufthansa has just launched its Fall 2012 India promotion, according to a press release. Festive get-togethers are just not complete without the flavorful and aromatic Indian Chai! With this sentiment and as a tribute to this widely consumed and most enjoyed beverage, a dedicated micro site has been created—a platform to bring together family and friends for a fun engagement during the holiday season.



World’s Tallest Chenab Rail Bridge in India - a Marvel Challenge

By H. C. Kunwar
Deputy Director (Media & Communication), Ministry of Railways, Govt. of India

Construction in full swing at the Chenab River bridge site in Jammu and Kashmir, India
Construction in full swing at the Chenab River bridge site in Jammu and Kashmir, India

New Delhi, July 12, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) The world’s tallest rail bridge over Chenab River in Jammu & Kashmir’s Reasi district being constructed by Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL), a Central Public Sector Enterprise under the Ministry of Railways, is likely to be ready by 2016.   This bridge will be on the Udhampur – Srinagar – Baramulla Rail Link (USBRL) project which is a national project to provide rail connectivity to the beautiful valley of Kashmir. Konkan Railway has taken up the construction of part of USBRL project from Katra to Dharam in December 2002.  Chenab Bridge, perhaps the most challenging project, is to be built at the height of 359 metres (height of Qutab Minar is 72 metres and of Eiffel Tower is 324 metres).  Chenab Bridge is having the central span of 457 metres. When constructed this bridge will quality for world record for being the tallest rail bridge from the river bed. Currently the world’s tallest rail bridge is located over France’s Tam River with its tallest pillar rising 340 metres, with the actual height where the train runs on the bridge being 300 metres. The design of bridge also takes care of blast load, which is internationally an unique feature.  The painting scheme for this bridge is designed for 35 years of service life so that during service life of 120 years, only 3 times repainting will have to be done.

Chenab River, Jammu and Kashmir, India
Chenab River, Jammu and Kashmir, India

For construction of Arch portion of the bridge over the river, a novel method of construction using the cable car is designed and under construction. This cable car runs on 54mm cables laid across the river valley and connected through 127 metre high pylons (towers) on either side of river. The consumption of structural steel for this project is very huge. The construction of Chenab Bridge will comprises of earthwork in excavation for construction of foundations, over 46,000cum of concreting, 3600 tonnes of reinforcement  steel and 25,000 tonnes of structural steel (an equivalent to volume of a 54 story building on a football ground size plot). Fabrication of the steel structures involves very high degree of precision and quality wielding using latest wielding technologies.


Japanese Food

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On our trip to Tokyo, we ensured that we never touched the Big Mac and concentrate only on the great food that the country Japan had to offer. And since we had named our child Oishi, which in Japanese language means ‘very very good/tasty/delicious’ we felt it was our responsibility to use the word whenever we wanted to.


Arabian Nights

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Arabian cuisine is sometimes described as refined art; such is its diversity and richness. It is influenced by dozens of cultures, and its spicy dishes reflect the fact that the Arabian nations that also includes Egypt was either the source or the way for spices that eventually spread to the whole world. Rice and various legumes, especially lentils and chickpeas are staples of main course dishes and it also includes lots of salads made from both fresh vegetables and fruits. Meaty items like lamb, chicken and beef plays an important role in the cuisine, be it in grilled or barbequed form and blends of common ingredients like coriander, cumin, mint and other Arabian spices adds to the uniqueness of this fare. Lebanese cuisine plays a very important role in placing Arabian food in the world map of exotic food.


Vellayani Lake in Kerala, India: Conservation Efforts

By Sreejith Sreedharan
The author is a Reporter with Siraj Daily, Thiruvananthapuram

Vellayani Lake (Vellayani Kayal) in Kerala, India

Vellayani Lake (Vellayani Kayal) in Kerala, India

Thiruvananthapuram, India, April16, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) Vellayani Lake, also called Vellayani Kayal is one of the three rain-fed freshwater lakes in Kerala.  This very vast picturesque lake surrounded by lush greenery is located about 9 kms away from the Thiruvananthapuram city. Vellayani lake is a rich repository of flora and fauna, and the biodiversity supports the livelihood of people around the lake. About hundred species of wetland birds frequent the lake, including migratory ones.



The Udayagiri Khandagiri Monuments of Ancient India

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Bagha Gumpha, Udayagiri (Photo credit: zeeble)

New Delhi, April 11, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) Udaygiri and Khandagiri two hills near Bhubaneshwar contain unique monuments of ancient India, the Udayagiri and Khandagiri caves. These sites are mentioned as the ‘Kumari Parvat’ in the Hathigumpha inscription. The two cave sites are located about 200 meters apart, facing each other. Not as famous as Ajanta and Ellora, but these caves are finely and ornately carved, and were built from huge residential blocks during the reign of King Kharavela, wherein they served as resting places for Jain ascetics on their journey to Nirvana. They command unique position in the field of history, architecture, art and religion. Udayagiri has 18 caves and Khandagiri has 15 caves. Some of the caves are natural but it is believed that most were carved out by Jain monks and they belong to the earliest Jain rock cut temples.



Chicago: Lake, River & Fountains (United States)

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Navy Pier is Chicago a.k.a Windy City's most visited attraction; 50 acres of park and promenade, 18 hole mini golf crystal gardens, the Shakespeare theatre and the skyline stage, all marvelously facing the vast Lake Michigan.


Munising: Michigan's Upper Peninsula's best kept secret (United States)

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The great lakes region in the United States is perhaps Mother Nature’s favorite scenic area; her pet canvas in which she randomly splashes different shades of color all through the year. Shades of blue on the lakes and sky, purple and mauves on flowers, variety of grey and browns, oranges and yellows that I did not even know had existed and greens that can instantly bring peace to the mind.


In search of Rubies in 'Ruby Falls'--Tennessee, United States

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Tennessee has the highest number of known caves in the entire United States and we got a good experience of one of the most fascinating and interesting one during our visit to this state. The best part of Rock City was Ruby Falls; the World’s longest underground waterfall…phew! 


Spectacular Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir Celebrates Winter with Music and Adventure

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View from the top of Gulmarg's piste. This is also the first stop of the ski lift, which has a further second stop. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By M. L. Dhar
PIB Feature

The picturesque and immaculately snow covered Gulmarg has been witnessing tremendous enthusiasm of lovers of snow, adventure and music. The internationally acclaimed ski resort was quite busy during the first fortnight of March as participants and tourists arrived in hordes for the just concluded Gondola Ski cup, Gulmarg Global Derby and the Gulmarg Winter Festival 2012.

There was overwhelming response by local male and female participants in the much awaited three-day Gondola Ski cup with events for under-14, 18 and senior categories.  Similar was the response by  the  national and international skiers and snow boarders in the Gulmarg Global Derby.  “It was a surprise to see such a huge influx of participants in each category. In senior men's category there were 111 skiers and out of them only 15 qualified. Most of the high profile skiers got disqualified because of the tough and tricky course during trials,” said co-organiser and founder of Gulmarg Global Derby.



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