North Korea : A Hermit Kingdom

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The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

While the world continues to take baby steps towards forming a more peaceful and loving community, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is still following brutal dictatorship. It is heart wrenching to realise that some of this world’s population is being treated in sub-human ways and that a few men’s ideology is destroying a country and keeping it from reaching its potential and be a part of world culture.

Crazy facts to know about North Korea :

North KoreaYeah, use if marijuana is not considered illegal in the otherwise strict country.

enhanced-buzz-wide-27229-1403583916-7What’s so funny in that? North Korea hands out ballots with only one option on them, so votes swing, you guessed it, 100% for the leader.

enhanced-buzz-wide-24258-1403570801-22If one person violates a law or is sent to prison camp, it affects their whole family. Grandparents, parents, and children of the violator are sent to work with them.

enhanced-buzz-wide-22212-1403585575-13Kim Il-sung will always be considered North Korea’s eternal leader, even though his heirs have taken the reigns.

enhanced-buzz-wide-29304-1403583017-18As a way to intimidate South Korea and put on a front, Kijong-dong (Peace Village) was built after the Korean War.

enhanced-buzz-wide-23567-1403636537-29Two of which are only available on weekends, while the other is broadcast in the evenings. Because of this, South Korean soap operas are among the most popular items smuggled in.

enhanced-buzz-wide-9980-1403646315-14The country boasts its literacy rate is on par with the U.S.

enhanced-buzz-wide-14970-1403639449-8A growing number of prisoners continue to fill the estimated 16 work camps

A-mural-in-Wonsan-North-Korea-depicting-Kim-Il-Sung-User-yeowatzup-Flickr-CommonsNorth Korea bases its calendar on Kim Il-Sung’s date of birth: 15 April 1912. Move over Jesus. Based on Kim Jong-iI’s official biography, he was born on Korea’s most sacred mountain, Mt. Baekdu. At the moment of his birth, a new star formed and illuminated the sky — the seasons suddenly changed from winter to spring and a double rainbow appeared. Beautiful but Soviet records paint a far more boring picture. Kim Jong-iI seems to have been born in 1941, in the Siberian village of Vyatskoye.

enhanced-buzz-wide-1938-1403567885-7The Rungnado May Day stadium has more than 150,000 seats and houses the extravagant Mass Games.

These are possible hair cuts for a man in North Korea.

Photos showing example hair styles hang inside a hair salon in Pyongyang in 2013.

The only approved hair cuts for women.

Apr_24-NK-e1432557063674Kim Jong-Un attended the International School of Bern under the fake name “Pak Un”. Kim’s identity at the school was hidden and he was enrolled as a North Korean embassy employee’s son.

Source : Internet

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Best Movies Ever

The Godfather (1972)

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Widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time, this mob drama, based on Mario Puzo’s novel of the same name, focuses on the powerful Italian-American crime family of Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando). When the don’s youngest son, Michael (Al Pacino), reluctantly joins the Mafia, he becomes involved in the inevitable cycle of violence and betrayal. Although Michael tries to maintain a normal relationship with his wife, Kay (Diane Keaton), he is drawn deeper into the family business. No doubt the best movie of all time. This has one of the better casts ever in a movie.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison for the murders of his wife and her lover and is sentenced to a tough prison. However, only Andy knows he didn’t commit the crimes. While there, he forms a friendship with Red (Morgan Freeman), experiences brutality of prison life, adapts, helps the warden, etc., all in 19 years.

 

Forrest Gump (1994)

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Schindler’s List (1993)

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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

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Goodfellas (1990)

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A young man grows up in the mob and works very hard to advance himself through the ranks. He enjoys his life of money and luxury, but is oblivious to the horror that he causes. A drug addiction and a few mistakes ultimately unravel his climb to the top. Based on the book “Wiseguy” by Nicholas Pileggi.

 

 

Gone with the Wind (1939)

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Epic Civil War drama focuses on the life of petulant southern belle Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh). Starting with her idyllic on a sprawling plantation, the film traces her survival through the tragic history of the South during the Civil War and Reconstruction, and her tangled love affairs with Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard) and Rhett Butler (Clark Gable).

 

Casablanca (1942)

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Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), who owns a nightclub in Casablanca, discovers his old flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). Laszlo is a famed rebel, and with Germans on his tail, Ilsa knows Rick can help them get out of the country.

 

Citizen Kane (1941)

MV5BMTQ2Mjc1MDQwMl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzUyOTUyMg@@._V1._SY209_CR0,0,140,209_When a reporter is assigned to decipher newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane’s (Orson Welles) dying words, his investigation gradually reveals the fascinating portrait of a complex man who rose from obscurity to staggering heights. Though Kane’s friend and colleague Jedediah Leland (Joseph Cotten), and his mistress, Susan Alexander (Dorothy Comingore), shed fragments of light on Kane’s life, the reporter fears he may never penetrate the mystery of the elusive man’s final word, “Rosebud.”

 

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

MV5BMzAwMjM4NzA2OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDI0NzAwMQ@@._V1._SY209_CR1,0,140,209_Due to his knowledge of the native Bedouin tribes, British Lieutenant T.E. Lawrence (Peter O’Toole) is sent to Arabia to find Prince Faisal (Alec Guinness) and serve as a liaison between the Arabs and the British in their fight against the Turks. With the aid of native Sherif Ali (Omar Sharif), Lawrence rebels against the orders of his superior officer and strikes out on a daring camel journey across the harsh desert to attack a well-guarded Turkish port.

 

Psycho (1960)

MV5BMTgzMzM3NDY0NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDgwNDgwNzE@._V1_SX214_AL_Phoenix secretary Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), on the lam after stealing $40,000 from her employer in order to run away with her boyfriend, Sam Loomis (John Gavin), is overcome by exhaustion during a heavy rainstorm. Traveling on the back roads to avoid the police, she stops for the night at the ramshackle Bates Motel and meets the polite but highly strung proprietor Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins), a young man with an interest in taxidermy and a difficult relationship with his mother.

 

12 Angry Men (1957)

 

MV5BODQwOTc5MDM2N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODQxNTEzNA@@._V1._SX140_CR0,0,140,209_Following the closing arguments in a murder trial, the 12 members of the jury must deliberate, with a guilty verdict meaning death for the accused, an inner-city teen. As the dozen men try to reach a unanimous decision while sequestered in a room, one juror (Henry Fonda) casts considerable doubt on elements of the case. Personal issues soon rise to the surface, and conflict threatens to derail the delicate process that will decide one boy’s fate.

 

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

MV5BOTQ5NDI3MTI4MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDQ4ODE5MDE@._V1._SX140_CR0,0,140,209_In the Southwest during the Civil War, a mysterious stranger, Joe (Clint Eastwood), and a Mexican outlaw, Tuco (Eli Wallach), form an uneasy partnership — Joe turns in the bandit for the reward money, then rescues him just as he is being hanged. When Joe’s shot at the noose goes awry during one escapade, a furious Tuco tries to have him murdered. The men re-team abruptly, however, to beat out a sadistic criminal and the Union army and find $20,000 that a soldier has buried in the desert.

 

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

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A human drama inspired by events in the life of John Forbes Nash Jr., and in part based on the biography “A Beautiful Mind” by Sylvia Nasar. From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash Jr. experienced it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery.

 

Gladiator (2000)

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Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) takes power and strips rank from Maximus (Russell Crowe), one of the favored generals of his predecessor and father, Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the great stoical philosopher. Maximus is then relegated to fighting to the death in the gladiator arenas.

 

 

Titanic (1997)

MV5BMjExNzM0NDM0N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzkxOTUwNw@@._V1._SY209_CR0,0,140,209_James Cameron’s “Titanic” is an epic, action-packed romance set against the ill-fated maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic; the pride and joy of the White Star Line and, at the time, the largest moving object ever built. She was the most luxurious liner of her era — the “ship of dreams” — which ultimately carried over 1,500 people to their death in the ice cold waters of the North Atlantic in the early hours of April 15, 1912.

 

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

MV5BNjczODkxNTAxN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTcwNjUxMw@@._V1._SY209_CR7,0,140,209_Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) takes his men behind enemy lines to find Private James Ryan, whose three brothers have been killed in combat. Surrounded by the brutal realties of war, while searching for Ryan, each man embarks upon a personal journey and discovers their own strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honor, decency and courage.

 

Rocky (1976)

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SOURCE : Wikipedia & IMDb

India, Pakistan NSAs talk in Bangkok

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NEW DELHI:  In a dramatic development, the National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan held a secret meeting in Bangkok today, discussing a range of issues including peace and security, terrorism and Jammu and Kashmir.

This meeting was agreed on by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif when they met in Paris last week. Bangkok was chosen as it was a convenient location for both sides.

A joint statement issued later said the Foreign Secretaries of both countries accompanied the NSAs.

The statement said the discussions “covered peace and security, terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir, other issues including tranquility over the Line of Control”.

Sources say the NSAs will meet again.  “It was agreed to carry forward the constructive engagement,” the statement, too, said.

Chennai Airport to Resume 24-Hour Operations

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Commercial flight operations resumed in Chennai amid intermittent rain today, four days after the airport was shut due to excessive water-logging. The runway was initially opened only for day-time flights, but the airport will be fully operational from tomorrow morning.
Here are the 10 latest developments in this story:
  1. It has been raining intermittently in Chennai since Friday night. The Met department has said the city and some areas in coastal Tamil Nadu are likely to witness moderate to heavy rainfall today due to a new trough of low pressure in the Bay of Bengal.
  2. The first flight to take off from the airport this morning was a chartered plane. After that, an Air India flight with 150 passengers took off for Port Blair. Two more flights, including one of Jet Airways, were likely to depart from the airport in the evening.
  3. The airport will resume 24-hour domestic and international flight operations from 6 am tomorrow, Airports Authority of India officials said.
  4. Deepak Shastri, the airport’s director, told that the airport was using Indian Air Force’s radar as its own radar and navigation equipment were damaged in the flooding.
  5. Yesterday, the airport was opened for flights carrying relief supplies. The runway was declared fit for operating flights after inspection by staff of the Airports Authority of India.
  6. A total 34 aircraft of various airlines were stranded at the airport when the Airports Authority of India decided to shut the airport till December 6, after incessant rain inundated the runway. On an average, Chennai airport handles 320 landings and take-offs in a day, including international flights.
  7. While water has receded from most parts of the city, several low-lying areas are still inundated. Mudichur and Oorappakkam, for example, are still battling severe water-logging. Relief efforts by the Army and the national and state disaster response forces are still continuing here. Focus has now shifted to making relief material available to all and preventing outbreak of diseases.
  8. Intermittent rain is threatening to hamper relief efforts and attempts to clear roads. Anger is mounting among residents who accuse local authorities of failing to work swiftly.
  9. Improved transport facilities including buses, trains and autos are back on roads in many places aiding the city to limp back to normalcy.
  10. Mobile phone and Internet services were getting restored in a phased manner in several parts of the city. Residents in many areas are still complaining of shortage of essential commodities like milk and vegetables and clean drinking water.