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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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Important Days

1. World Book Day – April 23

2. Red Cross Day – May 8

3. National Technology Day – May 11

4. World Environment Day – June 5

5. Ozone Day – September 16

6. World Tourism Day – September 27

7. Day of the Elderly – October 1

8. World Food Day – October 16

9. World Thrift Day – October 30

10. World Aids Day – December 1

11. Human Rights Day – December 10

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भारत एवं विश्व का भूगोल

      भारत एवं विश्व का भूगोल

1 अरावली पर्वत श्रेणी माही नदी का उद्रगम स्थल किस शहर के सबसे ​निकट पड़ता है? – उदयपुर के

2 गल्फस्ट्रीम क्या है? – अटलाण्टिक महासागर की धर्म धारा

3 तिस्ता किस प्रमुख नदी तंत्र की सहायक नदी है? – ब्रह्मपुत्र की

4 मैकाल श्रेणी कहाँ स्थित है? – छत्तीसगढ़ में

5 पेरियार जल–विद्युत परियोजना किस राज्य में है? – केरल में

6 उत्तरी और दक्षिणी कोरिया के बीच सीमा का क्या नाम दिया जाता है? – 38वीं अक्षांश रेखा

7 विश्व के सबसे छोटे देश का क्षेत्रफल मात्र 0.44 वर्ग किमी है। यह देश कहाँ स्थित है? – यूरोप में (राज्य-वेटीकन सिटी)

8 विश्व की सबसे लम्बी पर्वत श्रृंखला कौनसी है? – एण्डीज

9 दिल्ली से मथुरा तथा वाराणसी होते हुए कोलकाता को कौन–सा राष्ट्रीय मार्ग जोड़ता है? – NH-2

10 पृथ्वी की उपसौर (Perihelion) स्थिति किस महीने में होती है? – जनवरी में

Amazing Facts :

#AmazingFact : Fans at Leicester City’s final EPL home game caused the biggest earth tremors recorded at ground. The King Power Stadium reported two minor quakes with a magnitude of 0.4 on Saturday night (May 7, 2016). Known as ‘Vardyquakes’, the tremors have been attributed to sudden energy releases made by Foxes fans.

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Epithets of Country

#Epithets

1. Land of Five Rivers – Punjab, India

2. Land of Thousand Lakes – Finland

3. Land of white Elephant – Thailand

4. Never Never Land – Prairies of N.Australia

5. Pearls of the Antilles – Cuba

6. Playground of Europe – Switzerland

7. Playground of India – Kashmir

8. Powder Keg of Europe – Balkans

9. Quaker City – Philadelphia (U.S.A)

10. Queen of the Adriatic – Venice, Italy

11. Queen of the Arabian sea /Venice of the East – Kochi, India

12. Roof of the World – Pamir’s, Central Asia

13. Pink City – Jaipur, India

14. Sick Man of Europe – Turkey

15. Sorrow of China/Yellow River – River Hwang Ho

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World Rivers

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#River

1. The longest river in the world is the – Nile River

2. The Nile river water resources are shared by – Eleven countries

3. The Nile flows into the – Mediterranean Sea

4. Number of tributaries for Nile – Two

5. The biggest and 2nd longest river in the world is the – Amazon River

6. Number of tributaries for Amazon – Over 200

7. The longest river of Europe is the – River Volga

The Anonymous Classes Bali

8. The longest river in Asia and 3rd longest river in world – Yangtze River

9. The worlds shortest river is the – Roe River

10. The second-longest river in Asia is the – Yangtze River

11. The worlds deepest river is – Congo

12. The largest river system flowing to the Arctic Ocean is – Yenisei River

13. The largest river on earth by volume discharged – Amazon River

14. The 2nd largest river on earth by volume discharged – Congo River

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Epithets of Country

#Epithets of Country

1. Gift of the Nile – Egypt

2. Granite City – Aberdeen, Scotland

3. Greatest Thoroughfare – Broadway, New York

4. Herring Pond – Atlantic Ocean

5. Holy Land – Palestine

6. Island of Cloves – Zanzibar

7. Island of Pearls – Bahrain

8. Key of Mediterranean – Gibraltar

9. Land of Cakes – Scotland

10. Land of the Kangaroo – Australia

11. Land of the Golden Pagoda – Myanmar (Burma)

12. Land of Lilies/Land of Maple – Canada

13. Land of Morning Calm – Korea

14. Land of the Midnight Sun – Norway

15. Land of Rising sun – Japan

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Official Books of Countries

#OfficialBooks
1. Parliamentary papers and diplomatic documents in the form of – colored books or Official Books

2. Blue Book – An official report of the British Government.

3. Green Book – Official Publications of Italy and Persia

4. Grey Book – Official reports of the Government of Japan and Belgium.

5. Orange Book – Official publication of the Government of Netherlands.

6. White Book – Official publications of China, Germany and Portugal.

7. White Paper – Official Paper of the Government of Britain and India on a particular issue.

8. Yellow Book – It is the French official book

9. Red book – Book banished in a country

10. What is the official publication of Italy is called Green Book. Which other countrys official publication is referred to by the same name? – Iran

11. Publication of White books Germany began in- 1870

12. Publication of yellow books began in – 1861