Sunday, 21 July 2013

National Highway 7 (India)

* National Highway 7 or NH 7 (New NH 44) , is major North-South National Highway in India that runs through the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu. 

* NH-7 was laid and is maintained by Central Public Works Department (CPWD).

* This highway starts from the area Hyderabad Gate in Varanasi.

* The highway connects several important Indian cities such as Varanasi, Rewa, Jabalpur, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Kurnool, Bangalore, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Salem, Namakkal, Karur, Dindigul, Madurai, Virudhunagar, Tirunelveli,. 

* A major part of NH 7 covers the North-South Corridor of NHDP and it is officially listed as running over 2,369 km (1,472 mi) from Varanasi to Kanyakumari. 

* It is the longest national highway in India. As per the recent rationalization of Highway numbers this is renamed as NH 44.

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

* The God of Small Things (1997) is the debut novel of Indian writer Arundhati Roy. 

* It is a story about the childhood experiences of fraternal twins whose lives are destroyed by the "Love Laws" that lay down "who should be loved, and how. And how much.

* The book is a description of how the small things in life affect people's behaviour and their lives. The book won the Booker Prize in 1997.

* The God of Small Things is Roy's first book and, as of 2013, is her only novel. Completed in 1996, the book took four years to write. 

* The potential of the story was first recognized by Pankaj Mishra, an editor with HarperCollins, who sent it to three British publishers. 

* Roy received half-a-million pounds in advances, and rights to the book were sold in 21 countries.

* While generally praised, the book did receive some criticism for its verbosity and controversial subject matter.

* Indian history and politics shape the plot and meaning of The God of Small Things in a variety of ways. Some of Roy's commentary is on the surface, with jokes and snippets of wisdom about political realities in India. However, the novel also examines the historical roots of these realities and develops profound insights into the ways in which human desperation and desire emerge from the confines of a firmly entrenched caste society.

The Sainik Schools

* The Sainik Schools are a system of schools in India established and managed by the Sainik Schools Society. They were conceived in 1961 by V. K. Krishna Menon, the then Defence Minister of India, to rectify the regional and class imbalance amongst the Officer cadre of the Indian Military, and to prepare students for entry into the National Defence Academy (NDA), Khadakwasla, Pune and Indian Naval Academy. 

* Today there are over 24 such schools covering all the states of the country.

Sainik School Amaravathinagar
* The schools come under the purview of respective state governments and Ministry of Defence, and in his Union Budget of 2008, Finance minister, P Chidambaram, allocated Rs 2 crore to each of the 22 Sainik schools, to counter rising attrition in the defence forces, especially at the officer level.

* The inspiration for Sainik Schools came from the Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) which have given India many service chiefs and the public school system of England. 

* Sainik schools can be regarded as the ordinary citizen's public school where deserving students can get high quality education irrespective of their income or class background. Seats are reserved for children of serving Defence personnel and concessions are given to children of Government officials.

*  The objective of the Sainik Schools is to prepare the students to lead as officers in the Defence Services of the country. 

* The schools select bright and promising students through a national entrance examination and focus on moulding their overall personality with emphasis on extracurricular activities.

* Sainik schools resources allow cadets to develop their skills in sports, academics and other extracurricular activities. Sainik Schools include running tracks, cross-country tracks, indoor games, parade grounds, boxing rings, firing ranges, canoeing clubs, horse riding clubs, mountaineering clubs, trekking and hiking club, obstacles courses, football, hockey and cricket fields, as well as volleyball and basketball courts. Cadets also become a part of NCC. 

* A cadet who complete their 12th standard usually possess a NCC B certificate.Cadets are assigned to houses. They are classified as sub-juniors, juniors and seniors respectively depending upon their class of study. Cadets compete in sports, physical training, academics, cross country, drill and various other competitions to win their house trophy.

* The Sainik Schools Society is an organization under the Ministry of Defence. Its board of governors is chaired by the Minister of Defence.

List of Sainik Schools
  1. Sainik School, Kazhakootam, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kerala | Established: 26-Jan-1962
  2. Sainik School Amaravathinagar, Tamil Nadu | Established: 16-Jul-1962
  3. Sainik School, Balachadi, Gujarat | Established: 08-Jul-1961
  4. Sainik School Bhubaneswar, Odisha | Established: 01-Feb-1962
  5. Sainik School Bijapur, Karnataka | Established: 16-Sep-1963
  6. Sainik School Chittorgarh, Rajasthan | Established: 07-Aug-1961
  7. Sainik School Ghorakhal, Nainital Uttarakhand | Established: 21-Mar-1966
  8. Sainik School Goalpara, Assam | Established: 12-Nov-1964
  9. Sainik School Gopalganj, Bihar | Established: 12-Oct-2003
  10. Sainik School Imphal, Manipur | Established: 07-Oct-1971
  11. Sainik School Kapurthala Punjab | Established: 08-Jul-1961
  12. Sainik School Bijapur, Karnataka | Established: 08-Jul-1961
  13. Sainik School Korukonda, Andhra Pradesh | Established: 18-Jan-1962
  14. Sainik School, Kunjpura, Haryana | Established: 03-Jul-1961
  15. Sainik School Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh Established: Jul-1960
  16. Sainik School Nagrota, Jammu and  Kashmir Established: 22-Aug-1970
  17. Sainik School Nalanda, Bihar | Established: 12-Oct-2003
  18. Sainik School Pungalwa, Nagaland | Established: 02-Apr-2007
  19. Sainik School Purulia, West Bengal | Established: 29-Jan-1962
  20. Sainik School Rewa, Madhya Pradesh | Established: 20-Jul-1962
  21. Sainik School, Rewari, Haryana | Established: 29-Aug-2009
  22. Sainik School Sujanpur Tira, Himachal Pradesh | Established: 02-Nov-1978
  23. Sainik School Tilaiya, Tilaiya, Jharkhand | Established: 16-Sep-1963
  24. Sainik School Satara, Maharashtra | Established: 23-Jun-1961


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