69th Republic Day 2018

As India celebrates its 69th Republic Day today, PM Narendra Modi hosts leaders of the ASEAN as guests of honour at the ceremonial parade being held at Rajpath. The parade is presided over by President Ram Nath Kovind.

 BSF’s Women Bikers Make Debut : An all-woman contingent of the Border Security Force or BSF dazzled spectators with their daring bike stunts during the 69th Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath. In one of the most-awaited acts of the day, the women constables created some stunning formations, such as “fish riding, side riding, faulaad, peacock and Saptarishi”, that dropped jaws and drew cheers.

 

Ashoka Chakra awarded to Late Air Force Commando JP Nirala, who lost his life in Bandipora encounter. President Kovind presents award to JP Nirala’s mother and wife.

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Fascinating Facts About the Eyes

Fascinating Facts About the Eyes

  1. The only part of the body that has no blood supply is the cornea of the eye. It receives oxygen directly from the air.
  2. People with blue eyes are more sensitive to pain than others.
  3. The human eye can distinguish 10 million different colors.
  4.  The retinas inside the eye cover about 650 square mm and contain 137 million light-sensitive cells: 130 million are for black and white vision and 7 million are for helping you see in color.
  5.  Our eyes remain the same size as they were at birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
  6.  The muscles which help your eyes to focus complete around 100,000 movements a day. In order to make your leg muscles do the same amount of movements, you would need to walk 80 kilometers.
  7.  It is impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
  8. The average blink lasts for about 1/10th of a second.
  9. While it takes some time for most parts of your body to warm up to their full potential, your eyes are on their “A game” 24/7.
  10. Eyes heal quickly. With proper care, it only takes about 48 hours for the eye to repair a corneal scratch.
  11. Seeing is such a big part of everyday life that it requires about half of the brain to get involved.
  12. Newborns don’t produce tears. They make crying sounds, but the tears don’t start flowing until they are about 4-13 weeks old.
  13. Around the world, about 39 million people are blind and roughly 6 times that many have some kind of vision impairment.
  14. Doctors have yet to find a way to transplant an eyeball. The optic nerve that connects the eye to the brain is too sensitive to reconstruct successfully.
  15. The cells in your eye come in different shapes. Rod-shaped cells allow you to see shapes, and cone-shaped cells allow you to see color.
  16. You blink about 12 times every minute.
  17. Your eyes are about 1 inch across and weigh about 0.25 ounce.
  18. Some people are born with two differently colored eyes. This condition is heterochromia.
  19. Even if no one in the past few generations of your family had blue or green eyes, these recessive traits can still appear in later generations.
  20. Each of your eyes has a small blind spot in the back of the retina where the optic nerve attaches. You don’t notice the hole in your vision because your eyes work together to fill in each other’s blind spot.
  21. Out of all the muscles in your body, the muscles that control your eyes are the most active.
  22. 80% of vision problems worldwide are avoidable or even curable.

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Indian Army won 2 wars against China: The Nathu La Conflict and The Cho La Conflict.

The Sino-Indian War of 1967, also known as the Nathu La and Cho La incidents, (11 – 14 September 1967 for Nathu La; 1 – 10 October 1967 for Cho La) were a series of military clashes between India and China in the Himalayan Kingdom of Sikkim, then an Indian protectorate. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army infiltrated parts of Sikkim on 1 October 1967, but was repulsed by the Indian Army by 10 October. During the Cho La and Nathu La incidents, Indian losses were 88 killed in action and 163 wounded while Chinese casualties were estimated to be 340 killed in action and 450 wounded.

The end of the conflicts saw a Chinese military withdrawal from Sikkim after being defeated by Indian forces.

Sikkim became an Indian state in 1975 which was not recognised by China. In 2003, China recognised Sikkim as an Indian state on condition that India accept that the Tibet Autonomous Region was a part of China, even though India had already done so back in 1953. This mutual agreement led to a thaw in Sino-Indian relations.

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