It’s Time to Kick It Up a Notch — Apollos pool with the million dollar view (GC13VNK) —Geocache of the Week

first_imgPart of what makes geocaching so great is the variety of ways to play. As you’ve probably seen in past Geocache of the Week posts, some geocaches are incredible and creative containers, some are epic puzzles, and some—like this week’s—are arduous journeys with big rewards.The pool and the view. Careful, there’s a 200 foot drop off that ledge. Photo by geocacher stretch.kerrAs you might gather from the title, Apollos pool with the million dollar view (GC13VNK) is all about the amazing vista at ground zero. However, to make it to the final location and earn your smiley, you’re going to have to negotiate 4.5 difficulty and terrain ratings. The geocache owner, glyn(the only one), said “The place of the cache was suggested by a good friend of mine Alex who lives close by. He suggested that this would the “ultimate” geocache, given the isolation, difficulty and the stunning place to visit…It’s a real mission to get in and out, hence the difficulty rating.” He goes on to say, “I have a creative streak and want visitors to enjoy my creations or discover the places that I have found in the same way I’ve been enjoying others in lots of locations here and overseas.”Despite the difficulty, the payoff is totally worth it. If the photos aren’t enough proof, just read some of the Found It logs. Geocacher -OGP- said, “One solid bush bash of a slog that took us to a spectacular place. It’s that much more fun with a good group. As the bush was drawing evermore blood I had to keep reminding myself this is fun and part of the adventure. The pool dropoff and view are worth every bit.”When you find the geocache, don’t forget to celebrate. Photo by geocacher keeweechrisAnother awesome part of this geocache is the owner’s dedication to keeping it maintained. He says, “Our local cachers are good at helping maintaining caches and this helps me out. I also spend more time in maintenance than in finding caches myself.” And of course, the positive logs and favorite points help keep him motivated, “I guess I “feed” on the comments that I get back, drives me on.”Some finds are worth celebrating. What’s your favorite (family-friendly) way to celebrate completing a geocaching adventure? Tell us in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, leave a comment below with the name of the geocache, the GC code, and why you think we should feature it.The pool and the view, again. Photo by geocacher Rumo and Rala Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related[Chrismod75] US Army base (GC3J2M4) — Geocache of the WeekJuly 23, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Post-Apocalyptic geocaching — Red Sands Fort (GC1DVNY) — Geocache of the WeekJune 11, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”350 miles, all for a smiley. — Munich – Venice (GC1FPN1) — Geocache of the WeekJune 12, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

SAANS aims to reduce child mortality

first_imgUnion Minister for Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan on Saturday launched SAANS, a campaign aimed at reducing child mortality due to pneumonia, which contributes to around 15% deaths annually of children under the age of five.SAANS, short for ‘Social Awareness and Action to Neutralise Pneumonia Successfully’ was launched by the Union Health Ministry to mobilise people to protect children from pneumonia, and train health personnel and other stakeholders to provide prioritised treatment to control the disease.He was here to inaugurate the the 6th National Summit on Good, Replicable Practices and Innovations.As per HMIS data, under-five mortality rate in the country is 37 per 1000 live births, of which 5.3 deaths are caused due to pneumonia.The government aims to achieve a target of reducing pneumonia deaths among children to less than three per 1,000 live births by 2025, a senior health department official said.The HMIS data for 2018-19 ranked Gujarat second in the number of child deaths due to pneumonia, after Madhya Pradesh.The State ranked fifth in infant mortality due to pneumonia.Under the campaign, a child suffering from pneumonia can be treated with pre-referral dose of anti-biotic amoxicillin by ASHA workers, and health and wellness centres can use pulse oximeter (device to monitor oxygen saturation) to identify low oxygen levels in the blood of a child, and if required, treat him by use of oxygen cylinders. A mass awareness campaign will also be launched about the effective solutions for pneumonia prevention like breast feeding, and age appropriate complementary feeding.last_img read more

Women’s wrestling in America brings to India three-time world champion Lisa Moretti

first_imgWomen’s wrestling in America, which has always been proclaimed by organisers as a straightforward triumph of sinew over smut, now brings to India the 5 ft, 5 in powerhouse Lisa Moretti, a.k.a. Ivory, a three-time world champion whose favourite reiteration is, “I am a real woman”.The 40-year-old was a student,Women’s wrestling in America, which has always been proclaimed by organisers as a straightforward triumph of sinew over smut, now brings to India the 5 ft, 5 in powerhouse Lisa Moretti, a.k.a. Ivory, a three-time world champion whose favourite reiteration is, “I am a real woman”.The 40-year-old was a student of public relations, a cheerleader and a Hollywood stunt woman before she got her first break – most likely of her opponent’s femur.Now she’s already a huge draw in India, and according to a Ten Sports survey, about 30 per cent of WWE fans are women.The tickets, hopefully, will carry a warning not to try the stunts at home.last_img read more

Uttar Pradesh Muslim Thakurs keen to retain Rajput legacy at the cost of Islamic identity

first_imgSajjan Khan, of Ajitganj village, prays daily at a temple built by his father Mijjan Khan and frequently goes on pilgrimages to Hindu holy places. Like many converted Rajputs in the area, he follows a Hindu way of life and seeks to emphasise the Thakur identity.Sajjan Khan prays at a,Sajjan Khan, of Ajitganj village, prays daily at a temple built by his father Mijjan Khan and frequently goes on pilgrimages to Hindu holy places. Like many converted Rajputs in the area, he follows a Hindu way of life and seeks to emphasise the Thakur identity.Sajjan Khan prays at a temple at his house every day, likes to be called Sajjan Thakur and yet is a staunch Muslim. The forefathers of the wealthy 40-year-old farmer from Ajitganj village in Uttar Pradesh’s Fatehpur district were Bais Rajputs who had converted to Islam.But Sajjan puts more store by his lineage than his ancestors’ acquired faith. The idol-worshipping Khan couldn’t care less about being branded a kafir (unbeliever) by the village maulvi. “I don’t care about our community leaders. We are Thakurs by blood. Besides, we are treated as inferiors among the Muslims, so why shouldn’t we remain loyal to our roots?” he argues defiantly.Khan is not a chance deviant. Hundreds of Muslim families whose Rajput ancestors had converted to Islam six centuries ago prefer to be called Thakur Sahibs in villages of central Uttar Pradesh. And it is not just about titles.The “Muslim Thakurs” live, dress and even worship as Rajputs do- in stark contrast to the “original Muslims”. It was in the 14th and 15th centuries that three Rajput sects-the Gautam, Bais and Dikhit-converted to Islam and settled in Fatehpur, Banda and Unnao districts. These people, particularly the Gautam Muslims, still cling to their Hindu origins.Rather proudly too. Declares Hasan Thakur, the pradhan of Missi village in Bindki, the erstwhile headquarters of the Gautam Thakurs of Fatehpur: “Our community members do not keep long beards and refuse to obey fatwas, the men don’t wear lungi, the women avoid the burqa (veil).”advertisementHasan Thakur, a village pradhan, has considerable clout among both the Gautam Muslims and the Gautam Thakurs. Proud of Thakur traditions, he is determined to assimilate the two groups even at the risk of religious ostracism by the maulvis.Sajjan’s father Mijjan Thakur affirms the cultural anomaly: “We have worn the dhoti and kurtas for ages. Why should we change?” The women too opted for the Hindu sari rather than the more community-specific salwar-kameez and burqa.This fusion of culture goes much beyond clothes. Rajput traditions have eclipsed the religious divide and forged a common identity for the Hindu Gautam Thakurs and the Gautam Muslims. Says Hasan: “The Gautam Thakurs are like one big family.” Hindu Gautam Thakurs participate in Muslim Gautam functions and vice versa.”When we meet, we touch the feet of the elders among the Gautam Thakurs just as younger people from their side would touch my feet,” says septuagenarian Gautam Nasruddin Khan, the head of Sabada village in nearby Banda district.These intercommunity functions include religious ones as well. The Gautam Muslims help organise Holi milans, Ram Lilas and kirtans. The wedding ceremonies of the former Rajputs retain many Hindu rituals: the bridegroom sports a safa (headgear) like the Hindus do and a raucous band is a must in a wedding procession as are firecrackers.In this cultural melee, it is not unusual to find multireligious practices. Sajjan, who is yet to visit Mecca, recently went on a pilgrimage to Chitrakoot. Hasan Thakur too frequently goes to Vaishno Devi with his wife and children.The Gautams’ relations with their fellow Muslims have faded into irrelevance as community bonds take precedence even in times of communal riots. If Gautams face a threat to their lives and property, the Gautam Muslims rush to protect them, and if Gautam Muslims are outnumbered in any particular place the Gautam Thakurs swell their ranks. “For more than 50 years in Independent India, none of our brothers has been killed in communal riots,” says Hasan.Haji Abdul Warsi, of Ajitganj village, proudly displays a shijre (family tree) tracing his Gautam Thakur lineagePolitically too, the Gautam Thakurs- from both sides of the communal divide-form a cohesive and substantial vote bank. The Gautam Muslims number more than a lakh though that is a fraction of the Gautam Thakur population.Hasan Thakur’s considerable influence among both the Thakurs and the Gautam Muslims brought former prime ministers Chandra Shekhar and V.P. Singh to his house to solicit votes. Hasan’s politics are dictated entirely by community concerns.”If there is a contest between a Muslim and a Gautam Thakur, our first choice will be a Gautam Thakur,” he explains. The Thakur clan’s views on political issues-generally pronounced by Hasan- are uniform, and more importantly for the political parties, they vote as a community.advertisementHistorical links are sometimes highlighted to forge a common identity. The Muslim group wants to build a memorial for Raja Bahrawat Singh, the Argal king who converted to Islam. Another concerns the martyrdom of 52 Gautam Thakur clansmen of Fatehpur who were hanged by the British for involvement in the 1857 war of independence. The Government has built a park around the tree on which the soldiers were hanged, but the Gautam Muslims want to develop it into a grand memorial.Instead of weakening with passage of time, the ties among the Gautam Thakurs are showing all signs of strengthening. The Muslim families are keen to bring “the family” closer through marriages. “I am making a lot of effort to unite the family once again, but society does not allow us to do so,” says the patriarchal Nasruddin Khan.Such clanish tendencies do not go down well with the more orthodox among the Muslims. “Their Hindu origins and customs are a major hurdle to rotibetities (economic and marital),” says Mohit Siddiqui, an “original” Muslim of Bindki.The segregation leaves the Thakur Muslims unmoved. They generally marry among their own group or at most with other converted groups. “The original Muslims look down upon us because we are converted and taunt us for behaving like Hindus. But we don’t mind,” remarked Mushtaq, a Gautam Muslim working at the Central Ordnance Depot in Kanpur.While the Gautam Muslims are unabashedly seeking to reunite with the Thakurs, the Bais and Dikhit groups are doing so more unobtrusively. But whatever the degree of caste affiliations, all three of these unique communities stick to their traditional Hindu way of life and are desperately seeking to claim a Thakur identity. It is, in many ways, a reconversion not of faith but of culture.last_img read more