What Horrific Things Can Be Found on The Dark Web?

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It was last year when I thought of exploring the invisible web (deep web) and the dark web for the first time, I was really curious about it, being a Computer Science and Engineering student. But, I didn’t know how to access it. So, I searched for a while and then got the required resources ready.

After entering the dark web and surfing for about 10–15 minutes, I found a web page with a lot of onion URLS (URLs of dark web sites). So, I decided to visit some random URLs, as there were hundreds of them.

That time, I had no idea that this could cost me a night’s sleep.

I visited the 1st URL, and it was a website selling drugs. I knew that I could encounter this kind of stuff, as I had read about Silk Road during the research I did about Cryptocurrencies.

Then, I visited the 2nd random URL, and it was a website for hiring contract killers. All the killers were listed with their codenames and their skills, kills, success rate, cost of hiring, etc. were mentioned alongside, like the image below:

(Image for reference – belongs to Counter Strike Game)

At this time, I got a little nervous, but then proceeded towards the 3rd random URL. This one took me to a website selling human organs. where various organs were listed, along with the base price, and one could enter the quantity and then order them.

After that, the 4th random URL lead me to a website teaching torture techniques. There were many videos in each torture technique of people belonging to different gender and age groups. Those videos were too cruel to watch and were of hours length. In those videos, maybe the person/kid died in the end (I wasn’t able to watch them all the way through).

At this point, I was kind of feeling disgusted and took a break from my computer.

Then, after about 15–20 mins, I proceeded towards the 5th random URL, and it lead me to a website featuring illegal and banned porn. The next few random URLs were the same. All the websites were featuring the illegal and banned porn, and were requesting users to buy it.

After this, I was thinking of exiting the dark web, but just thought to give it a last try and if the next website also comes to feature the same content, I’ll quit.

Then came the worst part, my Nth random link, it took me to a website which was teaching how to cook people, keeping them alive to the maximum extent. Not just this, but it had the different procedures to cook people based on their geographical location, age, gender, built, etc. Along with that, there were videos attached in each procedure. I wasn’t able to play any of them, as even their thumbnails were disgusting as hell. I don’t understand why anyone would do that. This thought crossed my mind and I quit the dark web.

After this, I was traumatized for a few days.

I’ve accessed dark web many times after that for research purposes and just out of curiosity, but that was the worst.

Insane Way El Chapo Escaped Prison

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How did Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán manage to escape the Mexican prison? How long did his men dig the tunnel?

Men freeze in place, holding pickaxes and shovels at the ready inside a well-lit tunnel under the Mexican countryside. They can hear the vibrations of a vehicle above them, and wary of making any noise that might give them away, hold their work as the prison patrol passes by overhead. Thirty feet below the prison’s main yard, there’s little chance of being discovered, but after several months of secret tunneling, they can’t take any chances- especially when they are so close to their goal: the prison cell of Mexico’s most famous drug kingping: Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

The Best Traditional Dish in 30 European Countries

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1.Austria – Strudel

Strudel — made of crisp dough with delicate layers — can actually have many different kinds of fillings. But the apple variety, which also often includes raisins, is by far the most beloved in Austria.Order it like the locals by asking for an “Apfelstrudel.” Enjoy with a topping of whipped cream or vanilla sauce, and get ready for the sugar high of your life.

2.Belgium – Waffles

Belgium is home to culinary favorites like Belgian chocolate and beer — but no dish is more iconic than the Belgian waffle.While in North America, the Belgian waffle is often massive and drowning in syrup, the traditional version is actually a small street food. Eat this treat like it’s meant to be enjoyed — sans forks, either plain or with a small helping of whipped cream and sliced berries on top.

3.Bulgaria – Soup

 

Soups can be found on pretty much every Bulgarian menu, and they’re anything but run-of-the-mill.Try tarator, yogurt-base soup made of cucumbers, garlic, dill and sometimes walnuts, best enjoyed on a scorching hot summer day; or sip shkembe chorba, a spicy tripe soup said to cure a hangover.

4.Croatia – Olive Oil

Iconic Croatian food is hard to pinpoint, as the country’s individual regions boast their own distinct dishes and traditions. But if there’s one beloved food group that makes its way into nearly all Croatian dishes, its olive oil.A common condiment and ingredient across this area of Europe, Croatian olive oil is referred to (accurately) as “Mediterranean liquid gold.”

5.Cyprus – Halloumi Cheese

Widely popular in the Middle East and Greece, it’s believed halloumi cheese actually originated in Cyprus centuries ago (the earliest descriptions of the cheese date back to the 16th century).A mixture of goat and sheep milk give halloumi its signature taste and texture, making this a cheese ideal for grilling rather than melting. During the summer months, Cypriots enjoy halloumi with fresh watermelon for a refreshing snack.

6.Czech Republic – Bread Dumplings

Forget the Asian-style dumplings that may come to mind: “dumplings” in the Czech Republic actually resemble bread loaves. Flour, yeast, egg, salt and milk are boiled, then sliced up into tasty bites.Look for the dumplings served alongside traditional Czech dishes such as goulash and pickled vegetables.

7.Denmark – Smørrebrød

These open-faced sandwiches combine buttered rye bread with some variation of eggs, cheese, meat and/or fish. From that basic template, innovation flourishes; smørrebrød may be topped with everything from roast beef and horseradish to shrimp and red caviar.Eat smørrebrød the way the Danish do: with a fork and knife, the better to keep the ingredients in tact.

8.Estonia – Rye Brea

Estonians have a love affair with their breads, and rye is the most popular variety of all. The bread has been produced in the country for over 1,000 years, and is still found regularly at local restaurants and bakeries.Estonians will tell you that the bread tastes best when it’s warmed, then topped with a dollop of salted butter or Baltic herring.

 

9.Finland – Karelian Pies

Like many of the staples on this list, karelian pies are deceptively simple, featuring a thin crust (typically made with rye flour) stuffed with potatoes, rice or carrots. Try one with egg butter — a mix of butter and hard-boiled eggs — spread on top.And don’t forget to learn to call this by its Finnish name: “Karjalanpiirakka.”

10.France – Croissants

 

The croissant is as indelible to French culture as the Eiffel Tower. And little wonder: the pastry, which is enjoyed any time of day, is flakery, buttery perfection.Fun fact: the treat actually got its start in Austria, before making its way to France and becoming wildly popular there. France is also where the dish got the name we all know it by; in French, “crescent” translates to “croissant.”

11.Germany – Pretzels

Pretzels may actually have been invented by European monks in the Middle Ages — but for centuries, they’ve been most closely associated with Germany.Today, German bakeries and restaurants serve them topped with everything from ham and cheese to pumpkin seed. You can even order a pizza pretzel, or one designed in a donut shape.No matter what kind of pretzel you opt for, make sure to wash it down with another German classic — a boot of ale.

12.Greece – Gyros

If there’s a better hand-held street food than the gyro — flatbread stuffed with rotisserie-grilled meat, then topped with creamy tzatziki sauce — we don’t know what it is. The dish originated in Greece, and in more recent years has become popular across the world, including in the U.S.Outside its home country, “gyro” is one of the most consistently mispronounced foods on the planet. The correct way to say it? Yee-roh.

13.Hungary – Goulash
Goulash is not just a dish, but an entire meal. Dating back to medieval times in Hungary, the meat stew features a mix of spices and seasoning — most prominently paprika — in a rich tomato sauce, and is usually served with pasta.The dish is so popular in Hungary that it was once applied to a national political ideology. “Goulash Communism,” a form of communism that arose in the mid-20th century, was so named because, like the food dish, it represented a mix of unlikely ingredients.
14.Iceland – Skyr

Iceland’s iconic “yogurt” product is a bid misleading. Although it resembles yogurt, tastes like yogurt and is commonly referred to as yogurt, it’s technically a cheese.Regardless, skyr is creamy, mild and the perfect breakfast (or dessert!) choice when traveling in Iceland.

15.Ireland – Irish Stew
Ireland has a reputation for serving little more than potatoes, but it is actually home to a wonderful assortment of distinctive dishes. Case in point: hearty Irish stew, featuring piles of tender meat and gravy, mixed with carrots and (ok, yes) potatoes.Most traditional recipes even incorporate Ireland’s most iconic beverage: Guinness.
16.Italy – Pizza

Pizza-like flatbreads have been eaten since the neolithic age, but pizza as we know it today is proudly Italian.Legend has it that in 1889, a Neopolitan pizzamaker cooked up a pizza to honor Queen Margherita of Savoy, garnishing it with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil to represent the colors of the Italian flag. The result? Margherita pizza, still an Italian favorite.

17.Latvia – Grey Peas

This hearty dish is made from dried peas (similar to chickpeas) cooked with onions and fatty smoked bacon, and is a traditional Christmas dish in Latvia.Per local lore, the peas represent prosperity and vitality (so eat up!).

18.Lithuania – Cepelinai

Cepelinai — a large oval dumpling made with potatoes and fillings such as ground meat, mushrooms or curd — boasts a distinctive oval shape. Indeed, it was named after a Zeppelin airship of the same name, due to its physical similarity to the vessel.Note that the dish is not for the faint of heart: already hearty, it is served with sour cream and fried bacon or pork rinds.

19.Luxembourg – Smoked Pork with Beans

Go to  Luxembourg and you’ll find smoked collar of pork with broad beans, otherwise known as “Judd mat Gaardebounen,” nearly everywhere.Luxembourgers typically enjoy it with boiled potatoes fried in bacon, and pair it with a local beer or a dry white Luxembourg wine.

20.Malta – Rabbit Stew

Traditional Maltese rabbit stew, or “Stuffat tal-Fenek,” has been served in the Maltese Islands since the 11th century.These days, the Maltese people like to serve the stew communally, often cooking a batch that utilizes two or even three rabbits.

 

21.Netherlands – stroopwafel
22.Poland – Pierogi

Pierogies from Poland are semicircular noodle dough dumplings often filled with fresh quark, boiled and minced potatoes, and fried onions. They can also be stuffed with sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese and fruits.Head to Krakow in the summer for the annual Pierogi Festival, during which tens of thousands of the dumplings are ritually devoured.

23.Portugal – Pasteis de Nata

Can you even say you’ve experienced Portugal if you haven’t eaten pastéis de nata? We can’t say for sure.These custard-filled sweet pastries were originally made by Catholic monks at the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon. In the 1800s, times got hard and the monks started making and selling them to bring in revenue.The rest, as they say, is history.

24.Romania – Cabbage Rolls
Called “sarmale” in Romania, these rolls are made of minced meat with rice and spices, rolled into fermented cabbage leaves, and boiled for hours in a special sauce that flavors and tenderizes the meat.
25.Slovakia – Potato Dumplings

Difficult to pronounce, “Bryndzové Halušky” is one of the most popular national dishes of Slovakia. The potato-dough dumplings (halušky) are filled with with sheep cheese (bryndza) and sprinkled with bacon or sausage on top.Feeling hungry? An annual potato-dumpling festival in Turecka features a competition to see who can eat the most.

26.Slovenia – Giant Cheese Dumplings
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“Struklj” dumplings are pinwheel rolls of wheat or buckwheat dough filled with various types of cheese filling. They can be sweet (with cottage cheese and walnut) or salty (with tarragon or savory cheese) and are a complete main course in and of themselves.They’re traditionally served with a topping of buttery breadcrumbs, and can be pared down in size and served as a side dish.

27.Spain – Tapas

When it comes to tapas, small dishes made for sharing, the question is inevitably where to begin when ordering. Pro tip: Locals love the croquettes, jamón ibérico de bellota (acorn-fed Iberian ham) and pan con tomate (Spanish tomato bread).And of course paella, a hearty soup of rice and fresh seafood, is a must-order.

28.Sweden – Cinnamon Rolls

It’s no wonder the “kanelbullar,” or cinnamon roll, is ubiquitous on the streets of Sweden. Baked with a hefty amount of cinnamon and topped off with crunchy sugar nibs, the pastry is an uber-sweet treat.The rolls are often enjoyed by locals during “fika,” mandatory work breaks designed to promote eating, drinking and relaxing.

29.Switzerland – Fondue
cheese fondue

Swiss cheese is the first Swiss food that may come to mind, but Switzerland has much more to offer when it comes to cheese.Fondue, a pot of creamy, melted cheese for dipping breads and meats, was designated a national dish in Switzerland by the Swiss Cheese Union in the ’30s in order to increase cheese consumption. Today, it’s a symbol of Swiss unity, and a favorite among the country’s citizens.

30.United Kingdom – Fish & Chips

Tell a Brit to head down to the “chippy” and they’ll immediately know where to go. Nothing says Britain more than a parcel of fish & chips, wrapped in paper and served with salt and vinegar.You can find the dish all over the country, from street corners to Michelin-starred restaurants. Poppie’s Fish & Chips in London is among the most famous for its classic cod and haddock versions.

Trump offers ‘compromise’ to end government shutdown

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US President Donald Trump has proposed 2,750 more border agents and $5.7 billion for a steel barrier covering 370 kilometres.

US President Donald Trump has set out new plans on his Mexican wall project to try to end a partial government shutdown lasting more than four weeks.

One of his “compromises” was on so-called Dreamers – who entered the US illegally when young. He still wants $5.7bn (£4.5bn) to fund the wall.

Democrats have refused to fund it and ahead of the speech had already rejected the expected concessions.

The shutdown, the longest in history, has affected 800,000 federal workers.

Speaking from the White House, Mr Trump offered two compromises to break what he called the “logjam” over the shutdown.

The first concerns about 700,000 Dreamers, who entered the United States with their parents illegally.

The Dreamers are currently protected from deportation under a programme that allows them to work but not get citizenship. Mr Trump has been trying to rescind the programme.

Mr Trump said he would extend protection for Dreamers for another three years, allowing them access to work permits.

He also said he would extend for three years the visas for Temporary Protection Status holders. More than 300,000 people from countries affected by war or disasters are allowed to live and work in the US under TPS, another system Mr Trump has opposed.

But even before he made his speech, Democrats had rejected these policies.

A statement by Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi read: “Unfortunately, initial reports make clear that his proposal is a compilation of several previously rejected initiatives, each of which is unacceptable and in total, do not represent a good faith effort to restore certainty to people’s lives.”

Australian McDonald’s worker with Down syndrome retires after 32 years

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Russell O’Grady started working in McDonald’s in 1986.

He has been described as a “local icon”, “dearly loved”, and someone who can be a bit “cheeky” at times, but a McDonald’s restaurant in Australia is saying goodbye to perhaps its most famous worker.

Russell O’Grady has Down syndrome and has become the face of the fast-food outlet in Northmead in west Sydney. After 32 years service, the 50-year-old has announced his retirement.

He started working there back in 1986 as an 18-year-old as part of a support scheme to place people with a moderate intellectual disability in employment.

O’Grady flourished and worked a variety of roles at McDonald’s.

Two years ago, the agency who placed him at the restaurant, Job Support, threw a party for him to celebrate his 30th anniversary in the job.

His brother Lindsey told The Daily Telegraph he was so proud of him.

 

“He’s kind of blasé about it but loves his work very much. He’s pretty cheeky sometimes. He’s my big brother and he keeps me in line,” he said.

In 2012 a video was produced on O’Grady by Disability Employment Australia.
In it, Kathryn Allen from McDonald’s said that “people had come in specifically to see him”.

“From time to time if he’s not on they actually won’t come in to visit us because they are really keen to see him.”

His father Geoff O’Grady told the Daily Mail Australia that Russell had become a local celebrity.

“He’s very affectionate, dearly loved and appreciated. Somebody said to him ‘are you handicapped?’ and his answer was ‘I used to be when I went to school, but now I work at McDonald’s’,” he said.

O’Grady is going to spend his retirement on his other passion – tenpin bowling, reports the Daily Mail.

Down syndrome was first described in detail by an English doctor, John Langdon Down, in 1866. It is a congenital condition which randomly affects about 1 in 1000 babies born throughout the world. For more details go to the New Zealand Down Syndrome Association website here.

Christiania’s self-management work’s

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This is how Christiania’s self-management work’s

Christiania’s self-management is built on, that every individual has a responsibility for his/her own life and his/hers home.

The resident’s in an area have a common responsibility for the area’s development and condition.

All Christianit’s, about 650 grown up’s and 200 children, have to take responsibility and action, if there is to be development in the local community. Through the individual Christianit’s self-discipline and the community’s close network have we created a district, almost without crime, violence and fear, and the responsibility is not only for the psychological environment.
Self-management also means, that if a resident is not keeping up his home, there will be no authority to come and do it for him/her.

Denmark – Copenhagen / København / CPH: living in Christiania / Christiana – photo by G.Friedman

In the individual areas the self-management work in the same way.

Another important element in Christiania’s self-management is, that we work with a flat and manageable decision structure, there support’s and strengthens the grassroots foundation. This way it is reasonable easy for a group, there is burning for an idea, to describe it and seek support and economical support from the community, for a realisation of the project.
After that, it is the responsibility of the group to use, manage and maintain the project – this is activism and self-management. That way we avoid an elite and top-managed development of our town. Here there is room for dream’s and fire-soul’s, with social and physical free-room to develop new idea’s and initiatives.
The starting point is always, that the resident’s decide for them self, why, when, and how we will develop our town.

· Community- meeting

Christiania’s highest authority is the community-meeting. Here we discus the issues and problems that affect the whole of Christiania. At community-meetings all Christianit’s can come and give his/her opinion. All Christianit’s has obligation to follow the community-meetings decision. The number of meetings is as needed.

· Area-meetings

Christiania is split up into 14 local areas of different sizes, some areas have 10 residents, the larger have more than 80.Every area have responsibility for decisions made in their close environment. The residents in the area in a joint venture develop the area and its housing policy, make users rights agreements with the corporations and associations, prioritize renovation, maintain new projects, approve new residents and solve problems among neighbours.If the area-meeting is not able to solve a problem, it can be brought on to the community-meeting. On the other hand, area-meetings are often used as a preparation dialog forum for issues at community-meeting level.

· Area-cashier meetings

Here the 14 area-cashiers and one representative from the economic-group.The meeting is once a month.

· Economy-meetings

The economy-meeting, in daily talk we call in the common-box, it take care of Christiania’s common economy and development of Christiania’s superior economy frame. All the institutions under the common-box participate.The head-cashiers, area-cashiers and people applying for loans from the common-box, 3 has meeting obligation.The meeting is held once a month.

· Budget community-meeting

Budget community-meeting discus and decide the budget for the community-box what comes in and what goes out.
Here for example they can decide if we have to pay more for our users right 4.
Typically, the meetings are held as a succession of yearly theme meetings.

· Economy-group

Christiania’s three cashiers’ takes care of the daily operation of the common finance’s.
The economy-group also takes care of payment for electricity and water to Copenhagen Energy and the municipal contribution margin.
The group also make presentation for the budget meeting.

· Corporate-meeting

The corporate-meeting has the purpose of supporting and inspire the more than 80 Christiania corporations transversely.Here we discus problems about the daily operations, user’s rights agreements and payment to the common-box.The corporate-meeting stand under the economy-meeting, and all corporations send a representative, and the cashier from the economy-group.

· Building-meeting

At the building-meeting the work of the building office is discussed.
The meeting discus and evaluate building projects that have already started, both in the planning phase and in projects already on the way.
It also take care of applications for 1/3 part agreements and the green loan fond.
The meetings are held once a month.

· Contact-group

The purpose of the contact-group is to be a connection between the defence ministries, the fortification and nature secretary (FNS) and Christiania.
The contact-group has mandate to discuss and handle conflicts between Christiania and FNS for example in the renewal of the framework agreement. The contact-groups job is to pass the dialog on to the area-meetings, before the results come to a final decision at the community meeting. Meetings are held when needed.
(used to untill 2004, thereafter meetings has been between SES (Palaces and Properties Agency) and Christianias negotiation Group.
After the initial plan was dumped a new contact group was created, and they has been having meetings with SES.

· Traffic-group

The group is the connection between Christianshavns local authority in discussions about solution models for traffic and parking problems.The group is composed of interested and dedicated Christianit’s, and they meet as the need arise.

· Consent-democracy

Democracy is a long and difficult process, there sometimes can be exhausting, when every participant has the right to participate in the discussions. Manny problems are often so full of conflicts, that it is impossible to reach an agreement in one or a couple of meetings.

Therefore it takes some decisions processes month or even years, but that dos not mean that the quality is less.

Decisions that are forced through, will not be respected and lived by anyway, and have therefore poor value. That everyone participate in the discussions sometimes make the meetings chaotic, but it has the effect that the structure has spaciousness and prevent the social marginalizing and expulsion that we usually se in the rest of the Danish society.

In Christiania you are never cut of from influence on the development in your local environment, even if the social status for example is alcoholic, foreigner, physical or psychological handicapped.

The value in being held as a participant in decisions processes lessen the risk of “falling out” of other society functions and thereby be further marginalized.

· The last word

The last word in this history has not yet been written. Christiania’s existence is threatened like never before. The governments co-operation with The Danish People’s party has lead to a radical tightening I the politic for Christiania. One moment they want urban renewal, the next moment they want to dismantle us.

The next moment they start an idea competition, the next moment they want to tear all the houses, on the embankment by the lake, down. There is no doubt – they want to kill Christiania. We have since 1991 had a framework agreement with the government. In this period we have developed Christiania within these frames, agreements and practices that we have agreed upon. That is why we don’t understand the complaints from the government’s statement of may 6. 2003, that we now have 98 illegal new renovations and additions, when we feel we have kept all our obligations.

The new idea competition is absurd. It is build upon that we should have committed breach of contract and they can therefore take away our users rights and thereby our self-management. This is not true.

The idea competition overlook more than ten years co-operation between FNS and Christiania about the development of our free city. The idea competition is hostile towards Christiania and value the military installation, without looking at the values in the self-growing, self-building and social Christiania. Architect planning is absurd in relation to Christiania. Because the essence of Christiania is the unorganized and organized development, where the frames are filled after the users needs or sudden ideas.

The left-wing talks about “Minimal-state,” “freedom and less state-intervention,” “let the people bloom” or “the open community:” These are headlines from Anders Fogh Rasmussens book 1993, from “social-state to Minimal-state. This is coherent with the way Christiania lives. Normalisation with rules, laws and management like the rest of Denmark will in fact mean killing Christiania’s self-management. A notion that it is possible to keep the picturesquely part of Christiania is absurd and grotesquely. There would only be a hollow shell left. The free – town Christiania is “The canary in the coalmine.” We warn Denmark: The oxygen in the society Is about to run out.

The last up to date (not copied from the status report) concludes, that the government, with their new bill about Christiania, has put words to what always has been their intention….beneath their fine/user friendly words. This mode for people to be together must be removed The symbol value is to great, and in their eyes threatening for their society-order, because you cannot make money on it.
They want to tear down Christiania Christiania’s self-management After more than 30 years in our free-town we have, through our near-democracy established a sustainable town district with a lot of obvious advantages.

Dynamic with room for all good and crooked ideas, sustainable when it builds directly on the residents possibilities and needs, un-bureaucratically and without the need for a extensive management and legislation. Democratic because those responsible for decisions also has to realise them. Pedagogically because we all through a comprehensive and open dialog understand and respect the decisions made. This materiel about self-management is copied from our status report. The status report make status about our self-management from 1991 to 2003. You can find the “Status Raport” under “Information om Christiania” – it’s only available in Danish.

Self Service with Jerico Mandybur – Podcast

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Self Service is your cosmic comfort zone, an “inner-beauty school” where self-care is celebrated, where getting real with emotions is a treat, and an interest in thoughtful, funny conversations, weird wellness and astrology is unabashed. It’s where being a little self-indulgent isn’t just a shame-free act of self-love, it’s a necessary launchpad into a life that’s wholly ours, in a world where we feel good about taking up space. Here, we serve our hearts. We rant. We grow. And we tune the eff up. #SelfServicePodcast

Miss Mexico Venessa Ponce De Leon crowned as Miss World 2018

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The wait finally comes to an end. After Manushi Chhillar’s beautiful reign as Miss World 2017, Miss Mexico Venessa Ponce De Leon has been crowned as Miss World 2018. After entering the Top 5, Miss Mexico won hearts with her beautiful smile and the off-shoulder ivory gown with fine silver embellished details. With our in-house beauty, Manushi passing the crown forward, the crowning moment was as glorious as we could imagine.

Here’s looking back at what happened during the pageant.The show begins with a performance by Donel who performed to Bang like a drum. Followed by an introduction, the gorgeous beauty queens arrive on stage and perform a small dance sequence from their countries. Miss India performed to Deepika Padukone’s hit song from Om Shanti Om, Dhoom Tanna. With a revised format in Miss World this year, a diva will be crown Miss World from every continent.
Beauty with a purpose is an essential part of the crown with the contestants actively participating in humanitarian causes. This year’s winner for the Beauty With A Purpose goes to Miss Nepal.

The judges selected 13 girls who made it to the Top 30. The Top 30 contestants were: They are Miss People’s Republic of China. Cook Islands, Belarus, Belgium, Northern Island, Miss Russia, Miss Scotland, Miss Nigeria, Miss South Africa, Miss Panama, Miss Barbados, Miss Jamaica, Miss Nepal, Miss Japan, Miss USA, Miss Mauritius, Miss Venezuela, Miss Bangladesh, Miss Chile, Miss Malaysia, Miss India, Miss Singapore, Miss Thailand, Miss Mexico, Miss Uganda,

From Europe, Miss Belarus, Miss France, and Miss Scotland made it to the Top 12. From the Carribean Miss Jamaica and Miss Martinique who made it to the Top 12.  Miss Mexico and Miss Panama made it to the Top 12 from Americas. Miss Mauritius, Miss Uganda are all set to enter the Top 12 of the competition. Making it to the Top 12 from Asia and Oceania are Miss Nepal, Miss New Zealand, Miss Thailand.

Miss World Europe 2018 is Miss Belarus.
Miss World Carribean 2018 is Miss Jamaica.
Miss World Africa 2018 is Uganda.
Miss World America 2018 is Miss Mexico.
Miss World 2018 Asia and Oceania is Miss Thailand.

After a stressful question and answer round, the show progresses with Chairperson of Miss World announcing that the Miss Worlds from the continents will be travelling along with Miss World 2018 to their tour for Beauty With A Purpose.  The Runner-up was declared as Miss Thailand with Miss World 2018 as Miss Mexico, Venessa Ponce De Leon.

 

 

Indian Festival Calendar 2018: Printable Indian Holidays Calendar

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January, 2018: Indian Festival Calendar

Mon 01 Jan New Year
Fri 05 Jan Guru Govind Singh Jayanti
Sat 13 Jan Lohri
Sun 14 Jan Makar Sankranti
Sun 14 ~ Wed 17 Jan Pongal
Mon 15 Jan Bhogali Bihu
Mon 15 Jan Bihu
Tue 16 Jan Mauni Amavasya
Mon 22 Jan Basant Panchami
Fri 26 Jan Republic Day
Tue 30 ~ Wed 31 Jan Tu B’Shevat

February, 2018: Indian Festival Calendar

Tue 13 Feb Maha Shivaratri
Wed 14 Feb Valentine’s Day
Fri 16 ~ Sun 18 Feb Losar
Sun 18 Feb Vikrami Samvat (Hindu New Year)
Wed 28 Feb ~ Thu 01 Mar Purim

March, 2018: Indian Festival Calendar

Fri 02 Mar Holi
Sat 03 Mar Holla Mohalla
Sun 11 Mar Mothering Sunday
Sun 18 ~ Mon 26 Mar Chaitra Navratri
Sun 18 Mar Gudi Padwa
Sun 18 Mar Ugadi
Tue 20 Mar Navroz
Sun 25 Mar Palm Sunday
Sun 25 Mar Rama Navami
Wed 28 Mar Khordad Sal
Thu 29 Mar Mahavir Jayanti
Fri 30 Mar Good Friday
Fri 30 Mar ~ Sat 07 Apr Passover
Sat 31 Mar Hanuman Jayanti

April, 2018: Indian Festival Calendar

Sun 01 Apr Easter Day (Western)
Thu 05 Apr Birthday of Guru Har Rai (Nanakshahi Calendar)
Sun 08 Apr Easter Day (Orthodox)
Sat 14 Apr Baisakhi
Sun 15 ~ Sat 21 Apr Rongali Bihu
Wed 18 Apr Akshay Tritiya
Wed 18 Apr Birthday of Guru Angad Dev (Nanakshahi calendar)
Wed 18 Apr Birthday of Guru Tegh Bahadur (Nanakshahi calendar)
Sat 28 ~ Sun 29 Apr Second Passover
Sun 29 Apr Birthday of Guru Arjan Dev (Nanakshahi calendar)
Sun 29 Apr Buddha Purnima
Sun 29 Apr Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev (Nanakshahi Calendar)

May, 2018: Indian Festival Calendar

Wed 02 ~ Thu 03 May Lag B’Omer
Sun 13 May Mother’s Day
Tue 15 May Ramadan Begins
Sat 19 ~ Mon 21 May Shavuot
Sun 20 May Birthday of Guru Amar Das (Nanakshahi calendar)
Thu 24 May Ganga Dussehra

June, 2018: Indian Festival Calendar

Fri 01 Jun Parents Day
Thu 14 Jun Id-ul-Fitar, Ramadan Ends
Sun 17 Jun Father’s Day
Sat 23 ~ Sun 24 Jun Hemis Gompa
Sat 30 Jun ~ Sat 21 Jul The Three Weeks

July, 2018: Indian Festival Calendar

Thu 05 Jul Birthday of Guru Hargobind (Nanakshahi calendar)
Sat 14 Jul Rath Yatra
Thu 26 Jul The 15th of Av
Fri 27 Jul Guru Purnima
Sat 28 Jul Birthday of Guru Har Krishan (Nanakshahi calendar)

August, 2018: Indian Festival Calendar

Sun 05 Aug Friendship Day
Wed 15 Aug Independence Day
Wed 15 Aug Naag Panchami
Fri 17 Aug Jamshedi Noruz (Zoroastrian New Year in Qadimi Calendar)
Tue 21 ~ Wed 22 Aug Eid ul-Adha
Fri 24 Aug Onam
Sat 25 Aug Ullambana
Sun 26 Aug Raksha Bandhan

September, 2018: Indian Festival Calendar

Sun 02 Sep Shri Krishna Janmashtami
Wed 05 Sep Teacher’s Day
Sun 09 Sep Grandparents Day
Sun 09 ~ Tue 11 Sep Rosh Hashanah
Tue 11 Sep Al-Hijira, Muharram Begins
Wed 12 ~ Sun 23 Sep Ganesh Chaturthi
Mon 17 Sep Vishwakarma Puja
Tue 18 ~ Wed 19 Sep Yom Kippur
Thu 20 ~ Fri 21 Sep Ashura
Sun 23 ~ Sun 30 Sep Sukkot
Sun 30 Sep ~ Tue 02 Oct Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah

October, 2018: Indian Festival Calendar

Tue 02 Oct Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti
Tue 09 Oct Birthday of Guru Ram Das (Nanakshahi calendar)
Tue 09 Oct Muharram Ends
Wed 10 Oct Navaratra Begins
Wed 10 ~ Thu 18 Oct Sharad Navratri
Mon 15 ~ Fri 19 Oct Durga Puja
Tue 16 Oct Boss Day
Thu 18 Oct Kongali Bihu
Fri 19 Oct Dussehra
Sat 27 Oct Karva Chauth
Wed 31 Oct Halloween

November, 2018: Indian Festival Calendar

Mon 05 Nov Dhan Teras
Wed 07 Nov Diwali
Wed 07 Nov Kali Puja
Thu 08 Nov Govardhan Puja
Fri 09 Nov Bhai Duj
Sat 10 Nov Chhath Puja Begins (Nahai Khai)
Tue 13 Nov Chhath Puja Ends (Sandhya Argh)
Wed 14 Nov Children’s day
Tue 20 ~ Wed 21 Nov Milad un-Nabi
Wed 21 Nov Milad un Nabi (Shia)
Thu 22 Nov Thanksgiving Day
Fri 23 Nov Guru Nanak Jayanti
Fri 23 Nov Gurupurab
Sat 24 Nov Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur (Nanakshahi calendar)
Fri 30 Nov St Andrews Day

December, 2018: Indian Festival Calendar

Sun 02 ~ Thu 20 Dec Hanukkah
Sat 08 Dec Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Tue 25 Dec Christmas

Providing care to the street-sleepers and beggars in Darjeeling

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Through ‘Who Cares’? he is providing care to the street-sleepers and beggars in Darjeeling!

Homeless, jobless, penniless destitute people lining the streets of India is such a common phenomenon. They all have their personal stories of the circumstances that led to their degradation, which they attempt to voice. But, who cares? A group of social workers in Darjeeling (a veritable army of zealous workers, so to say) has taken it upon themselves to be the caregivers to these very people whom the society overlooks.

The brain- child of Mr Aron Yonzone, ‘Who Cares?’ was founded in 2012 in Kalimpong, the district of Darjeeling and has rapidly spread to seven different places including Darjeeling and Nepal, and has taken under its wings innumerable destitute. According to the founder, he noticed a number of NGOs that looked after animal rights, child rights, trafficking, etc. While they are all noble causes, he felt that not enough attention was being given to the destitute and street-sleepers due to the sensitivity of their kind, although they are a part of our very society. Hence, this led to the founding of ‘WHO Cares?’

They not only focus on the one-time recovery of their subjects, but rather, their long-term self-sustainability. Reaching out to the destitutes and gaining their trust was initially difficult. Now that they have achieved it, the organisation has affected nearly 150-200 lives, tending to each about 690 times till date, while attracting increasing interests from the local people as the ranks of their volunteers and donors have proliferated.

From bathing and clipping the nails of destitutes and providing clothes for them, to taking care of their health and ensuring their long-term self-sustainability, they’ve done it all. They’ve been successful in removing the vagabonds of Darjeeling from the streets and providing them shelter homes where they’re properly taken care of. Being completely self-funded and depending solely on donations, they regularly organize cultural programmes, print calendars and sell raffle-sheets to not only collect funds for their noble cause but also to popularize it.

In fact, they’ve been so successful that the destitutes, themselves have begun to come to their small office asking for help. Especially in the biting cold of the Darjeeling winter, destitutes coming to ask for a jacket or a blanket or simply a cup of tea is a common sight. “Who Cares?” has rapidly developed into a family for the destitutes, someone to reach out to for help during rough times, and they pride themselves on that!

The founder believes that each destitute has a story which we should respect. He says, “We seek to locate, interrogate and interact with them. We’re greatly aware of the vulnerability of this particular group, and we strive to develop bonds with them. It is they who deserve BPL cards, weekly rations and government care. Yet, except for a few, who cares?” Earning their trust while also making the locals believe in their endeavours is a daunting task, and the paucity of funds has restrained them from large-scale action.

Their ultimate goal is to set up their own shelter home wherein the underprivileged are provided with mental and health care and also trained and counselled so as to be independent in the future.

Find them on Facebook : Team Who Cares?
Email address: teamwhocares123@gmail.com