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India is a country that can boast of places with weird names. Queer names are very common in India. Some of the names are so bizarre that they will give you a laughing riot. However, these names speak out the history of the place.
Read these names and please think twice before pronouncing them.
From names of abuses to animals, we give you 10 such places in India
- BHAINSA, TELANGANA
You read it right. Bhainsa, previously known as Mahisha is a town in Adilabad district of Telangana, India. Bhainsa is the Hindi name of the buffalo. Incidentally, Bhainsa lies right next to a water body. And next to Bhainsa, you will find Pathri and Umarkhed.
- DARU, JHARKHAND
Daru is a village in Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand. There is no need to go literally into the name and assume the availability of free alcohol. Ironically, the city is known for its Darubaaz (alcohol addicts) people.
- ERODE, TAMIL NADU
Yes, there is a place with this name in the Kongu Nadu region of the Tamil Nadu state. However, the district’s economy should not even be remotely identified with its literal meaning as nothing is deteriorating away, moreover, it is the leading producer of plantain, coconuts and white silk in Tamil Nadu.
However, the it is believed that the name has been derived from Hindu mythology which means ‘wet skull’. Erode in Tamil also means two streams.
The place is not eroding at all even if the name suggests.
- GADHA, GUJARAT
Gadha means ‘Donkey’ in English and this village in the Sabar Kantha District took the name to a whole new level.
One can think of how ridiculous it would be to say “Hello Sir, My name is Tom, and I hail from Gadha”.
- PANAUTI, UTTAR PRADESH
A person residing in this village in UP could easily introduce himself as, “I am from Panauti, but I’m not a panauti.” The word means bad luck in English and people of this region would be feeling unfortunate.
- KALA BAKRA, PUNJAB
This name cannot be ignored by anybody. The literal meaning of Kala Bakra is ‘black goat’ in Hindi. The hilarious name is found in Jalandhar district of Punjab.
(Picture Courtesy: talepicker.com)
- LULLA NAGAR, PUNE
How weird can a name be? This place in Maharashtra crossed all levels of craziness as Lulla in Hindi means deformed. It is really unfortunate for the people living there.
- BHABUA, BIHAR
Bhabua is a city and a municipality in Kaimur district in the state of Bihar, India. This term of endearment is used for referring male child or landlords in general. When spoken for a city, this term takes a comical turn in a weird way.
- GANDE, JHARKHAND
It is located in the Giridih district of Jharkhand. Gande means coarse or mean. People of Gande would spend their whole life saying they are not gande but they have to live with the stigma.
- LAILUNGA, CHATTISGARH
This place in Raigarh district in Chattisgarh also raises eyebrows due to its awkward name. Lailunga means to snatch something. People need to visit this place to know whether there are snatchers roaming free in the area or not.(Picture courtesy: scoopwoop.com)
Hackers have stolen crypto tokens worth $120 million from Blockchain-based decentralised finance (DeFi) platform BadgerDAO. Several crypto wallets were drained before the platform could stop the cyber attack. In a tweet, Badger said it has received reports of unauthorised withdrawals of user funds. "As Badger engineers investigate this, all smart contracts have been paused to prevent further withdrawals. Our investigation is ongoing and we will release further information as soon as possible," the company said late on Thursday.
According to the blockchain security and data analytics Peckshield, the various tokens stolen in the attack are worth about $120 million, reports The Verge. According to reports, someone inserted a malicious script in the user interface (UI) of their website. Badger has retained data forensics experts Chainalysis to explore the full scale of the incident and authorities in both the US and Canada have been informed. "Badger is cooperating fully with external investigations as well as proceeding with its own," it said. DeFi is a collective term for financial products and services that are open, decentralised and accessible to anyone. DeFi products open up financial services to anyone with an internet connection and they are largely owned and maintained by their users. While the attack didn't reveal specific flaws within Blockchain tech itself, it managed to exploit the older "web 2.0" technology that most users need to use to perform transactions, according to reports. (IANS/ MBI)
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A total of 120 top Bollywood and other celebrities are expected to attend the wedding of film stars Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal which is scheduled on December 9 in Rajasthan, said Rajendra Kishan, the District Collector (DC) of Sawai Madhopur district of the state on Friday. The District Collector told mediapersons: "These 120 guests shall follow all COVID-19 protocols and fully vaccinated guests will get entry in the much-hyped celebrity wedding."
Kishan said that the organisers have been asked to strictly follow all Covid-19 protocols. Also, those who are not vaccinated, will not be allowed without the negative RT-PCR test report, he added. "We have been informed by organisers that a total of 120 guests are invited to the wedding and the events will take place between December 7 to December 10," he added.
Earlier at 10.30 a.m., Kishan called a meeting which was attended by administrative, police and forest department officials, hotel and event managers to ensure adequate arrangements for crowd control, smooth regulation of traffic, and law and order situation amid the VIP movement. The wedding venue Fort Barwara, that has been converted into a heritage hotel, is situated in the panchayat samiti Chauth Ka Barwara. The venue is around 22 km away from Sawai Madhopur and is around 174 km from Jaipur. Sawai Madhopur district is famous for the Ranthambore National Tiger Reserve and as per reports, the guests are likely to be taken for a tiger safari. (IANS/ MBI)
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The National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), which confirmed the first two cases of the Omicron variant in Bengaluru on Thursday, is continuously monitoring the situation in four cities - Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi, and Pune. The NCBS is a part of a consortium of national laboratories performing genomic surveillance across four city clusters. The consortium was established four months ago with support from The Rockefeller Foundation's Pandemic Prevention Institute, and is led by the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad.
Dr Rakesh Mishra at the CCMB said on Friday that the consortium is continuously monitoring the situation in all the four cities and has upscaled its efforts to sequence as many samples as possible Apart from the CCMB and the NCBS, the consortium includes CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology - IGIB in New Delhi and the Pune Knowledge Cluster, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, and CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory in Pune.
The first case of the Omicron variant was detected in South Africa and reported to the World Health Organization on November 24. | Unsplash
The consortium is focused on upscaling genomic surveillance as part of national efforts led by the INSACOG - Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium - to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. The consortium intensified its sequencing efforts after the World Health Organisation announced Omicron as a Variant of Concern. Such an intensified effort enabled the Bengaluru team at the NCBS, a member laboratory of INSACOG, in collaboration with Strand Life Sciences and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), to detect, rapidly sequence and verify the existence of the omicron variant in samples from two Covid-19 infected individuals.
They hope this will aid in a rapid response to contain the spread of variants of concern. Prof Satyajit Mayor from the NCBS conveyed the information to local and national authorities, and the Indian government released a statement on December 2, all within four days of receiving the samples. Both SARS-CoV-2 genomes have also been uploaded to the global repository for SARS-CoV-2 sequences, GISAID, so that they can be publicly available to the scientific community, the NCBS said. (IANS/ MBI)
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