Forever green in memory:

Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai plants a tree with a scoop as Aichi Expo mascot character Morizo looks on during the tree planting ceremony in Nagakute village the site of the Aichi Exposition 2005. A loss to conservationists!!Wangari Maathai was cremated in central Nairobi near a park she once fought to save from destruction. The staunch conservationist died of ovarian cancer on September 25 at the age of 71. The body was driven to the park in a coffin made of hyacinth fibres and bamboo frames because she was against the use of wooden caskets that required the chopping down of trees. In 2004, Ms. Maathai became the first African woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for taking "a holistic approach to sustainable development that embraces democracy, human rights and women's rights in particular."

Is there any relation between social media and food?
Yes, these days all tech savvy foodies run not to their mother when they want to try a new cuisine, but to the Net!!!!! Food companies put their recipe page in social media like Facebook. Housewives display their culinary innovations online and make revenue from advertisements as the `hit' rate goes up. All these mean the solid support system foodies have in their gastronomic adventures. Today there are Facebook pages that give secrets to cocktail concoctions that are sure to grab your attention. Pepsi has gone one step ahead and introduced `social vending' which means you can order a Pepsi for a friend of yours or for yourself via Facebook! You just have to place the order along with the address and phone no and personal message, if any. Food has once again asserted its place as the evergreen `Universal Theme" but this time it happens to be on the virtual space.

Satellite images of Earth show roads, air traffic, cities at night and internet cables


Air traffic routes are shown between North America and Europe. Felix Pharand-Deschenes has created global snapshots depicting how power lines, roads and even air traffic corridors have come to dominate the surface of Earth. His visualisations based on real data show air traffic routes, the underwater cables that carry the internet, road and rail networks and electricity transmission lines all superimposed over cities at night.

Picture: Felix Pharand-Deschenes / SPL/ Barcroft Media

Saving Nature `religiously'-'Star tree' worship promotes green cause
In India, worship of trees has been an age-old temple tradition arising out of a respect for nature and the environment. Scientists and conservation experts admit that, notwithstanding the religious aspect, the worship of trees has contributed much to the protection of the environment.
A little-known temple in Trivandrum city in Kerala has now taken the initiative to restore the tradition of tree worship. The sprawling grounds of Vaduvotha Mahavishnu Temple at Muttathara on the Eenchakkal- Kovalam bypass road today features a Nakshatra Vanam, a cluster of sacred trees representing the 27 stars of the zodiac. Devotees are flocking to the temple to worship the tree representing their individual zodiac star.

3,000 foreign tourists, special invitees and team personnel were all floored by the F1 race event held on October 30, 2011 in Greater Noida
The stunning success of India's first F1 race on Sunday, October 30, 2011 brought out an unmistakable sense of pride in the 95,000 strong-crowd. It was also a shining moment for the country's private sector, showcasing what it is capable of achieving. The infrastructure was amazing - the new Yamuna Expressway to Agra when fully built will vie to be India's best highway. The great management of the huge crowd and thousands of vehicles, precise road signage with 2,500 helpful cops and it all seconded what champion Sebastian Vettel said, "India has a way of doing things right." There were nearly 3,000 foreign tourists, special invitees and team personnel. Most of them will be going back with happy memories, as a great advertisement for India.
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