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Pin Drop

Can you hear a pin drop?
What is the meaning of pin drop silence?
Following are some instances when silence could speak louder than voice. 
Take 1:
Robert Whiting, 

an elderly US gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. 
At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on.
“You have been to France before, Monsieur ?”, the Customs officer asked sarcastically.
Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.
“Then you should know enough to have your passport ready.” 
The American said, 

“The last time I was here, 

I didn’t have to show it.”
“Impossible.  

Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France !”, the Customs officer sneered.
The American senior gave the Frenchman a long, hard look. 
Then he quietly explained 
“Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach, 

at 4:40am, on D-Day in 1944, to help liberate your country, I couldn’t find a single Frenchman to show a passport to…. ” 
You could have heard a pin drop

Take 2:
Soon after getting freedom from British rule in 1947, the de-facto prime minister of India, Jawahar Lal Nehru called a meeting of senior Army Officers to select the first General of the Indian army.
Nehru proposed, “I think we should appoint a British officer as a General of The Indian Army, as we don’t have enough experience to lead the same.”

Having learned under the British, only to serve and rarely to lead, all the civilians and men in uniform present nodded their heads in agreement.
However one senior officer, Nathu Singh Rathore, asked for permission to speak.
Nehru was a bit taken aback by the independent streak of the officer, though, he asked him to speak freely.
Rathore said, “You see, sir, we don’t have enough experience to lead a nation too, so shouldn’t we appoint a British person as the first Prime Minister of India?”
You could hear a pin drop.

After a pregnant pause, Nehru asked Rathore,

“Are you ready to be the first General of The Indian Army?”..
Rathore declined the offer saying “Sir, we have a very talented army officer, my senior, Gen. Cariappa, who is the most deserving among us.”
This is how the brilliant Gen. Cariappa became the first General and Rathore the first ever Lt. General of the Indian Army.
(Many thanks to Lt. Gen Niranjan Malik PVSM (Retd) for this article.)

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Statutory Right Law & Legal Definition

A statutory right is a right granted under a statute, whether federal or state. Statutory means relating to statutes, which are laws enacted by a legislature or other governing body. The written statutes can be used as authority to govern resolving the disputes they address in many cases, rather than case law or judge-made law, constitutional law, contract law, etc.

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Birds

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Birds:

1. The study of birds is – Ornithology

2. The largest bird alive is the – Ostrich

3. The smallest bird alive is the – Humming bird

4. The largest seabird is the – Albatross

5. The bird which lays more than 100 eggs in one nest is the – Ostrich

6. The country in which kiwi is found is – New Zealand

7. The mammal that lives at the greatest altitude is the – Hog nosed bat

8. The largest flying mammal is the – Bats

9. The bird which has the largest wing span is the – Great Bustard

10. A group of peacocks are called a – Muster

11. A group of eagles are called – Convocation

12. Penguins are found in the – South Pole

13. A bird which lays only one egg in two years is the – Albatross

14. A Fastest flying bird – Peregrine Falcon

15. Which bird has eyes facing forward instead of on the sides of their heads, like most birds – Owls