India Shining

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    India’s Growing Netizens

    Issue 21

    According to a report, released by market research firm IMRB and the Internet & Mobile Association of India, India is going to become the world’s second largest internet user base. The prediction is that, by June 2014, India will have 243 million internet users – overtaking the US and taking second place behind China, who already has a mammoth...

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    Landing a Super Hercules At the World’s Highest Airstrip

    Issue 14

    Last week the understated Indian Air Force impressed the world, and managed to land a massive 35,000 kg (when empty) C-130J transport aircraft on the Daulat Beg Oldie airstrip in Ladakh. Apart from being a record for the IAF, and for the C-130, it is the highest a plane this heavy (or any heavier, for that matter) has ever...

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    Solar Powered Trains….in India

    Issue 12

    IIT Madras (Chennai) has been brought in by the Integral Coach factory in Chennai to design solar pow- ered AC train bogies – coaches that will draw power from the sun for interior lighting and cooling. Although the project will take a while – a Government tie up with a premier technology institute to develop solar powered coaches is...

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    India’s Longest Rail Tunnel – Finally Connecting Kashmir

    Issue 8

    A brand new train and rail route linking Jammu and Kashmir through India’s longest tunnel across the mighty Pir Panjal range has become a reality. The eight coach train connects Baramulla (Qazigund) in north Kashmir to Banihal town in Jammu. The 11.2 km tunnel has been constructed using the New Austrian Tunneling Method (NATM). It is for the first...

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  • Triumphant Teens

    Issue 2

    To historical heights! A team of seven students aged 15-17 years of Lawrence School Sanawar, scaled Mount Everest and set a record of being the youngest team to conquer the world’s tallest peak. The successful expedition also made the school the world’s only boarding school to have achieved the feat. Raghav Joneja, aged 15 years and 7 months, became...

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    India’s Red Buses

    Issue 1

    India has a massive $3bn intercity bus service spanning the entire nation, but it is managed by thousands of unconnected ticket agents and bus operators – making the booking of tickets extremely difficult. Such a problem was faced by Phanindra Sama, an electronic engineer at Texas Instruments, which led him and 2 friends to establish Red Bus in August...

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