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The roads are the only thing that lie between you and your destination. These roads can be charming and deadly at the same time. Newsgram brings to you a list of the five most dangerous (and beautiful) roads in India.

Zoji La Pass: Located at an altitude of 3,528 meters above sea level, the pass acts as a connecting route between a valley of Kashmir and Ladakh. The pass goes through the important Srinagar-Leh highway, located in the western section of the Himalayan mountain range. Heavy snowfall leads to blockage of the pass for more than half a year. Melting snow makes the road slippery and lack of barricades makes it even riskier for the vehicles.

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Rohtang Pass: Literally meaning “pile of corpses”, the pass acts as a link between the Kullu valley and the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys (Himachal Pradesh). Rohtang Pass is situated at an elevation of around 3,978 meters above the sea level. The beauty of nature turns deceptive here, owing to the risky road. The pass is generally open from May to November.

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Leh Manali Highway: A long spread of 479 kilometers; the highway connects Leh (J&K) to Manali (Himachal Pradesh). Major snowfall around the years results in its closure for more than six months. The highest elevation of the highway is as high as 17,000 feet (5,328 m). Damaged portions and fear of landslides make it one of the most dangerous highways in India.

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Kinnaur Road: Bordering Tibet on its eastern side, National Highway-22 was severely damaged in the floods of 2013. The road was constructed by cutting into hard rocks. The adventure and risk goes up in the winter and rainy season. The district Kinnaur has three mountain ranges (Zanskar, Greater Himalayas and Dhauladhar) and produces apples, chilgoza and other dry fruits majorly.

Khardung La: Located at a distance of 39 kilometers from Leh, Khardung La (J&K) is believed to be one of the highest motorable roads in the world. The pass has an elevation of 5,359 meters above the sea level. Narrow one-lane sections and snow lead to traffic jams. Rainfall and washouts often heighten the risk of accidents and landslides.

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Coolpad Launches its Budget Smartphone in India

The phone is powered by a 2500mAh battery and runs "Spreadtrum SC9850K" chipset

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Coolpad's budget smartphone with 18:9 display in India. (IANS)

Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad on Thursday launched the “Mega 5A” phone with an aspect ratio of 18:9 in India for Rs 6,999.

The company is marketing the device as an “India exclusive” smartphone which is a feature-rich yet budget device.

“Mega 5A” runs Android 8.1 Oreo OS and has facial recognition feature.

“Coolpad is committed to offer best in class products, feature rich products that are priced right. Running 8.1 Android Oreo, a great screen and a powerful battery life, Coolpad Mega 5A will set another industry benchmark which is tough to match,” Syed Tajuddin, CEO, Coolpad India, said in a statement.

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“We have adopted an aggressive channel expansion strategy with offline channel as our primary focus area. India is a key market for Coolpad and we will launch a range of products that will cater to wider audience base,” he added.

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The device is equipped with a 5MP front camera and 8MP + 0.3 MP dual back camera. The handset features 2GB RAM and 16GB storage which can be expanded up to 64GB.

The phone is powered by a 2500mAh battery and runs “Spreadtrum SC9850K” chipset. (IANS)