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BBC Nature - History of life on Earth. 16 Things I Wish They Had Taught Me in School. I am 28 now. I don’t think about the past or regret things much these days. But sometimes I wish that I had known some of things I have learned over the last few years a bit earlier. That perhaps there had been a self-improvement class in school. And in some ways there probably was.

Because some of these 16 things in this article a teacher probably spoke about in class. Some of it would probably not have stuck in my mind anyway. But I still think that taking a few hours from all those German language classes and use them for some personal development classes would have been a good idea. So here are 16 things I wish they had taught me in school (or I just would like to have known about earlier). 1. This is one of the best ways to make better use of your time. So a lot of what you do is probably not as useful or even necessary to do as you may think. You can just drop – or vastly decrease the time you spend on – a whole bunch of things. 2.

You can do things quicker than you think. 3. 4. 5. » 16 Ways to Keep A Razor- Sharp Focus at Work. Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Glen Stansberry of LifeDev (feed). Focus is something of a novelty these days. We’ve got cellphones for texting and calls, IM, Twitter, Email, RSS feeds, Facebook, Myspace… the list goes on and on. If you don’t have ADD before you start working online, it seems it’s almost inevitable thanks to these inputs. If you’re a web worker who uses the Internet for the majority of the day, you’re especially at risk for losing focus.

Focus is something that must be fought for. Use offline tools. For more from Glen, check out his great productivity blog, LifeDev. If you liked this article, please share it on del.icio.us, StumbleUpon or Digg. Dont Ever Let This One Thing Crush You And Your Dreams. I’ve tried pretty much everything in the way of increasing productivity… I’ve created to do lists, checklists, and goals for each day.

I’ve dedicated special blocks of every day to writing, email, product creation, you name it. I’ve read books about how to maximize productivity, how to get more done in less time, while at a higher quality. Of everything I’ve read and out of everything I’ve tried, the greatest ally, tactic, or tip I’ve come across thus far, was given to me by Steven Pressfield, in his books, The War of Art and, Turning Pro Both books cover a great deal about what it means to create something, far beyond what I’m going to talk about in this article.

What is the Resistance? The Resistance is anything that keeps you from doing your work. The Resistance has a few definitive characteristics The Resistance is persistent You can defeat it in battle, even kill it, but it will always come back the next day. Ambition isn’t merely what you want in life, it is life. The Resistance is fear. Marc and Angel Hack Life - Practical Tips for Productive Living. Opinion / Op-Ed : A difficult journey, some difficult decisions. My visit to Gujarat One of the pillars of development that I have thought a lot about is that we have to create a nation where poverty has been totally eradicated and illiteracy removed. Alongside, we need to evolve a society where crimes against women and children are absent and none in the society feels alienated.

These thoughts were prominent in my mind during my visit to Gujarat in August 2002, which I took up as my first major task immediately after becoming President. The State had been hit by riots a few months earlier, and their impact had left thousands of lives in disarray. It was an important and sensitive task, because it took place under unique circumstances, in a politically charged atmosphere. As no President had ever visited an area under such circumstances, many questioned the necessity of my visit to the state at this juncture.

The Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, asked me only one question, ‘Do you consider going to Gujarat at this time essential?’ Meghamalai – A walk in the clouds | Traveler. By Ramya Sriram If you're looking for a quiet escape to untouched, pristine lands, less of which seem to be remaining every day, then Meghamalai's your answer. Tucked away in the clouds of the Western Ghats, this little-accessible mountain range offers gorgeous views of lush green mountains, dense forests, teal lakes and, above all, peace. Pruning tea at the Woodbriar estate. The amused workers asked me to give up my job.Meghamalai, also called the High Wavy Mountains, is located on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border and can be reached by road from Theni via Chinnamanur, the nearest town.

The drive can be a little unsettling on the narrow, winding, muddy path which shows little sign of human activity; it took us almost half a day to traverse the last 40 km of the road. The climb is exhilaratingly steep, with a view of the peaceful Manalar Dam nestling in the valley. The High Wavys Dam nestling in between the mountains.We soaked in the warm hospitality and the cool mountain climate. Less. 8 Most Insane Tourist Attractions. ( 54 Votes ) Check out these 8 insane tourist attractions, from the Cage of Death in Australia, Cliff Base Jumping in Norway, Volcano Bungee in Chile and many more! CN Tower Edge Walking (Toronto, Canada) The CN Tower holds a Guinness World Record for its EdgeWalk attraction — the highest external walk on a building.

The attraction allows people to walk hands free along a 1.5-metre-wide ledge that surrounds the top of the tower's main pod. Walkers who venture out in groups of six are secured with a harness during their 150-metre stroll. The Cage of Death (Australia) Without the cage you wouldn't stand a chance swimming with a massive saltwater crocodile. Just 4cm of acrylic, a pair of goggles and a swimsuit, separate thrill seekers from the jaws of Choppa, a saltwater crocodile.

The attraction at Crocosaurus Cove, in the heart of the city of Darwin in the Northern Territory, has been given high marks by adrenaline junkies. Cliff Base Jumping (Norway) Iguazu Boat Ride (Argentina & Brazil) Top 5 Fastest Bikes in the World. ( 4825 Votes ) Here is the brand new list of the top 5 fastest bikes in the world! Includes the BMW K1200S, Ducati 1098s, Aprilia RSV 1000R Mille, Yamaha YZF R1, Honda CBR 1100XX, Suzuki Hayabusa, Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 and the BMW S1000RR !

BMW K1200S 167 mhh (268 km/h) (Special Mention) With enough raw power to shock even the most seasoned adrenaline junky, the K 1200 S hurls you from a dead stop to sixty mph in just 2.8 seconds. Ducati 1098s 169 mph (271 km/h) (Special Mention) The Ducati 1098 is a 1099 cc L-twin sport bike manufactured by Ducati. Aprilia RSV 1000R Mille 175mph (281 km/h) (Special Mention) The RSV Mille and limited-edition RSV Mille Factory are high performance V-twin powered motorcycles made by Aprilia with a 143 HP 998 cc engine built by the Austrian company Rotax. 5. 4.

Honda CBR 1100 XX Super Blackbird is a sport-touring motorcycle built by Honda. 3. The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14, or ZZR1400 is their most powerful sport bike. 2. Suzuki Hayabusa Fall 1. Bhagat Singh. Bhagat Singh (IPA: [pə̀ɡət̪ sɪ́ŋɡ] ( ); 28 September 1907 – 23 March 1931) was an Indian socialist considered to be one of the most influential revolutionaries of the Indian independence movement. He is often referred to as "Shaheed Bhagat Singh", the word "Shaheed" meaning "martyr" in a number of Indian languages. Born into a Sikh family which had earlier been involved in revolutionary activities against the British Raj, as a teenager Singh studied European revolutionary movements and was attracted to anarchist and Marxist ideologies. He became involved in numerous revolutionary organisations, and quickly rose through the ranks of the Hindustan Republican Association (HRA) to become one of its main leaders, eventually changing its name to the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association (HSRA) in 1928.

Seeking revenge for the death of Lala Lajpat Rai at the hands of the police, Singh was involved in the murder of British police officer John Saunders. Early life[edit] Escape[edit] Why I am an Atheist. Bhagat Singh 1931 Written: October 5–6, 1930Source/Translated: Converted from the original Gurmukhi (Punjabi) to Urdu/Persian script by Maqsood Saqib; translated from Urdu to English by Hasan for marxists.org, 2006;HTML/Proofread: Andy Blunden and Mike Bessler;CopyLeft: Creative Common (Attribute & ShareAlike) marxists.org 2006.

It is a matter of debate whether my lack of belief in the existence of an Omnipresent, Omniscient God is due to my arrogant pride and vanity. It never occurred to me that sometime in the future I would be involved in polemics of this kind. As a result of some discussions with my friends, (if my claim to friendship is not uncalled for) I have realised that after having known me for a little time only, some of them have reached a kind of hasty conclusion about me that my atheism is my foolishness and that it is the outcome of my vanity. Even then it is a serious problem. Then I joined the Revolutionary Party. In May 1927, I was arrested in Lahore. 1. 2. Bhagat Singh Internet Archive. Bhagat Singh and the Revolutionary Movement. Niraja Rao Bhagat Singh was an outstanding revolutionary and martyr of the Indian anti-colonial movement. He represented the youth who were dissatisfied with Gandhian politics and groped for revolutionary alternatives.

Bhagat Singh studied the European revolutionary movement and was attracted to anarchism and communism. He became a confirmed atheist, socialist and communist. 'By Revolution we mean that the present order of things, which is based on manifest injustice must change. They argued that a 'radical change' was necessary 'and it is the duty of those who realise it to reorganise society on the socialistic basis'. That Bhagat Singh and his comrades had passed over to the positions of Communism is also apparent from their actions and slogans in the Lahore Conspiracy Case on January 21, 1930. 'On Lenin Day we send hearty greetings to all who are doing something for carrying forward the ideas of the great Lenin, we wish success to the great experiment Russia is carrying out.

Red tape chokes India’s economic rise. (CNN) – India is Asia’s third largest economy, the world’s tenth largest by nominal GDP and is dubbed as the world’s largest democracy. So why does India still skulk in the shadows of the world’s other rising superpower China? One reason could be that India is hamstrung by its bureaucracy. As the Economic Times stated, India needs to reform its bureaucracy and curb widespread corruption so it can fix its global image and achieve economic growth. A recent report from the Hong Kong based Political and Economic Risk Consultancy Ltd ranked India the lowest on a bureaucracy rating in Asia. The report shows that the country runs an inefficient bureaucracy because of corruption and inadequate infrastructure.

Business executives complain about how top officials are willing to accept under-the-table payments and how in turn, companies are tempted to make such payments in order to overcome bureaucratic inertia and gain government favors, the report says. Click Lit : Anshul Chaturvedi. We will not let Rushdie come here. Done. We will not let anyone read out from Rushdie here, either. We will not let Rushdie address people here from a video screen here, either!

Dil maange still more? You never know. It’s a miracle we’re letting newspapers print stories that have Rushdie’s photo, and let them name the books that have contributed to his fame or notoriety, depending on how you wish to see it. But this is not a surprise, is it? The point here, I think, is not about Rushdie, MF Husain, freedom of expression, and that track. When a student leader in our country wishes to prove that he matters, how does he do it? When a labour leader wishes to prove that he is a man of consequence, whom the workers and the management both take seriously, he does so, not by ensuring smoother functioning, but by organizing go-slows, strikes, shutdowns. We all have got this logic by now, from the mohalla to the Secretariats. Other systems pride themselves on making sure things happen.