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Whether you’re a tourist planning to visit this enchanting country, or whether you’re a resident who’s lived in Singapore for 50 years, here are a few facts that we bet you still didn’t know for sure. So go on, and read what we’ve put together, and get back and tell us if you’ve heard of any of these facts before. If you know of any interesting facts, do share them with us. Read on!
1. Meaning of the Merlion: The Merlion is the national symbol of Singapore. The half-fish, half-lion beast represents Singapore aptly; Singapore means Lion City, so the lion refers to the city. The fish is a tribute to Temasek, the ancient sea town that Singapore once was. The Merlion is one of the top Singapore tourist attractions.
2. 3,000 Kilometers of Roads! Singapore’s roads would measure 3,000 kilometers long, if stretched out end to end. What’s more, they would actually cover the distance to Hong Kong! Isn’t that one of the coolest Singapore facts?
3. Micro-text National Anthem: Singapore’s national anthem is printed in the tiniest possible micro-text on the back of the country’s SD$1000 note. If you’ve not noticed this yet, grab SD$1000 note and take a look.
4. Named After a Lion Sighting: The strange thing is, the word Singapore, or Singapura originally, means Lion City. There never were any lions in Singapore, except now at the Singapore Zoo. Still, the city has been called Lion City for decades because a young prince called Sang Nila Utama of Palembang saw an animal he believed to be a lion while out hunting in the region. And so the city got its name.
5. 2-In-One-Country: Singapore is a State and a City, at once. The only other surviving City/States in the world are the Vatican City and the richest tiny kingdom in the world, Monaco of the Formula One races.
6. Fastest Walkers! Singaporeans are the fastest walkers on earth, according to British Council’s study on the subject. Singaporeans can walk about 6.15km in an hour on an average. Can you do that?
7. Malay Is the National Language: If you’re wondering what Singapore’s national language is, it is Malay, not English and definitely not Singlish! The country’s national anthem (Majulah Singapura) is written in the Malay tongue.
8. Youngest Brainiac: Who’s the youngest person to clear the GCE ‘O’ Level Chemistry paper in the world? It is SingaporeanAinan Celeste Cawley, 7 years and 1 month old when he took the test. He passed and that makes him the youngest in the world to achieve this mega achievement.
9. Singapore Isn’t Just One Island: The nation of Singapore is one large main island and 63 other tiny islands, most of which are uninhabited. Exciting, huh? If you want to explore these islands, best obtain your Singapore visa in a hurry.
10. Top Ghost Writer: A team of ghost writers write the hottest-selling volumes of True Singapore Ghost Stories. This team of ghost writers is known by the name Russell Lee, and people don’t know that it’s not a person but actually a bunch of people stirring up scary tomes. So far, 11 volumes of ghost stories have sold more than 600,000 copies.
11. One of The Smallest Countries: Singapore has a total land area of 682.7 square kilometers. If you want to put that in its proper context, the United States of America is about 15,000 times bigger than Singapore.Singapore is among 20 of the smallest countries in the world.
12. Singlish Made It to Oxford Dictionary! Singapore speaks a local blend of English, Chinese and Malay known as Singlish. This language is well-known internationally; two words from Singlish have actually made it into the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary!
13. Ornamental Fish: Here’s some cool Singapore information – if you’ve ever stood in awe at a large aquarium at a friend’s place, wondering where all those colorful ornamental fish came from – well, they’re likely from Singapore. Singapore is the largest exporter of ornamental fish, claiming about 25% of the world market. Did you know that?
14. More Tree Species than In North America! Did you know that there are more species of trees in the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve in Singapore than are available in the entire North American continent? Size doesn’t count for everything! Bukit Timah is one of the coolest Singapore tourist spots.
15. 280 Meter or No Construction! Did you know that in Singapore, buildings cannot be constructed taller than 280 meters, which is 918 feet. Presently, Singapore has only three buildings that are 918 feet high or less – OUB Centre, UOB Plaza and Republic Plaza.
16. East Asian Tigers: No, the term does not stand for a mafia group in East Asia. It’s a group to which South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore belong, to signify the huge amounts of economic growth experienced by these countries in the past few years.
17. Largest Fountain: Singapore owns the largest fountain in the world; it was built in 1997 in the heart of Suntec City and cost about US$6 million to build.
18. Why the Palm Shape? If you wonder why the towers in Suntec City are built to resemble the palm of a hand, there’s a good reason for it. Apparently, the open palm of the hand symbolizes good ‘feng shui’. We think this is a cool example of Singapore culture facts.
19. Best Airport since 1987! Did you know that Singapore’s Changi Airport has been winning the ‘Best Airport in Asia’ award from the Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards Committee since 1987? That’s 28 years of excellence, a definitely impressive record!
20. 40,000 Copies in Two Months! Political cartoonist George Nonis wrote the book Hello Chok Tong, Goodbye Kuan Yew: The Untold Story and he never knew that his book would sell 40,000 copies in two months. Have you read his satirical work yet? Better!
21. The Fabulous Singapore Sling! This famous drink which is now synonymous with the city’s nightlife was first prepared and served to guests at Raffles Hotel’s Long Bar in 1915. If you’ve been curious about the Sling and what goes into it, the ingredients are pineapple juice, gin, cherry brandy, Cointreau, Dom Benedictine, Grenadine, limes and Angoustura bitters.
Singapore has many more cool facts that’ll leave you stunned, impressed and more than a little happy. For one thing, every waterfall in Singapore is manmade, including the world’s tallest indoor waterfall at the Cloud Forest, Gardens by the Bay, which drops from a height of 35 meters.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to examine a seeking direction to the Election Commission to de-register a political party, which fails to comply with the court's direction to disclose criminal antecedents of candidates fielded in polls. Advocate Ashwini Upadhyay requested a bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and Hima Kohli to list the petition urgently, against the backdrop of the ongoing election process. He contended that nomination for the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election has started, and the political parties and candidates are brazenly violating the top court judgments.
After briefly hearing Upadhyay, the bench said: "We will consider it... will give a date".
The plea argued that allowing criminals to stand for election threatens democracy and secularism. | Wikipedia
The plea claimed that the cause of action for filing the plea arose after the Samajwadi Party fielded alleged gangster Nahid Hasan from Kairana but neither published his criminal records in electronic, print and social media nor the reason for his selection within 48 hours. On February 13, last year, Shamli police imposed the Gangster Act on Nahid Hasan, who is a two-time MLA from Kairana. "He (Hasan) has multiple criminal cases and is the 'mastermind' behind the Hindu exodus from Kairana. There are many criminal cases including fraud and extortion, and he was declared a fugitive by Special MLA-MP Court," the plea said.
The plea argued that the consequences of permitting criminals to contest and become legislators are extremely serious for democracy and secularism. The plea sought a direction to the Election Commission to take steps to ensure that every political party publishes the details regarding criminal cases of each candidate along with the reason for such selection on the homepage of its official website in bold letters within 48 hours in the spirit of top court orders passed on September 25, 2018, and February 2, 2020. (IANS/ MBI)
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There will be no chief guest at the Republic Day parade this year also as the plan to host state heads of five Central Asian countries -- Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan -- seems to have been cancelled due to the Covid situation in India as well as in the respective nations. Though the Ministry of External Affairs is yet to confirm this officially.
If the guests arrive, then this would be the second time when India hosts a group of state heads as the chief guests on the Republic Day. In 2018, state heads of ASEAN countries graced the occasion with their presence. Apart from Kazakhstan, none of these countries' state heads had been invited as the chief guests on the Republic Day. In 2009, Kazakhstan's then president Nursultan Nazarbayev was the Chief Guest.
The Government of India is in no mood to take any risk to invite any foreign guest.Unsplash
As per sources, due to the corona situation, the Government of India is in no mood to take any risk to invite any foreign guest, so the plan seems to have been cancelled. Last year, British Prime minister Boris Johnson was invited for the same, but later cancelled due to rising corona cases in the UK.
In the past, there have been occasions when the Republic Day ceremony was celebrated without any foreign guest. In 1966, there was no foreign chief guest in the Republic Day parade ceremony as the then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri had passed away in Tashkent in January, and Indira Gandhi took oath as Prime Minister on January 24. (IANS/SP)
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A team of scientists from the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) have found a cure for those suffering from chronic wounds, particularly with diabetic foot ulcers. The team led by Prof Gopal Nath of the department of Microbiology, Institute of Medical Sciences, said that wounds that took months and years to heal, could now be cured in days or months. The findings of study have been published in the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, National Institutes of Health, US.
Prof Nath said that a wound is defined as a breach in the skin or body tissues due to injury. An acute wound is defined as a "recent break that is yet to progress through sequential stages of healing". The wounds where normal healing process is stalled due to underlying pathology (vascular and diabetes) or infection beyond three months is defined as chronic wound. While chronic wounds always get infected, the contaminated wounds are reasonably susceptible to infection.
A significant improvement could be achieved in the form of complete wound epithelization within a few weeks.Towfiqu barbhuiya / Unsplash
Infection with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and biofilm formation halt healing progress. These wounds cause significant psychological and physical morbidity. The traditional treatment strategies often succeed in healing wounds, he said adding that many wounds have been observed recalcitrant to them, leading to persistence and recurrent infections. Search for alternatives to antibiotics has now become a compulsion. Fortunately, bacteriophage therapy is a re-emerging solution to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Prof Nath's team carried out phage therapy of acute and chronic infected wounds in animals and clinical studies. It showed efficacy against Pseudomonas aeruginosa in a mice wound model. Furthermore, they evaluated the efficacy of phage cocktails in animal models' acute and chronic osteomyelitis caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. They also observed biofilm eradication from K wire in rabbits' wound infection model. Clinical trials of phage therapy initiated by the BHU have reported the efficacy of topical phage in healing chronic wounds in three prospective exploratory studies and no adverse events mimicking the results in vivo animal models.
Scientists have found a cure for those suffering from diabetic foot ulcers. Unsplash
A clinical study by Gupta demonstrated the significant role of bacteriophage therapy in the chronic wounds associated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The study employed a total of twenty patients with chronic non-healing ulcers for more than six weeks duration. A significant improvement could be achieved in the form of complete wound epithelization within a few weeks. Another study, employing 48 patients having a minimum of one eligible full-thickness wound that did not heal in six weeks with convention wound management, showed the promising result, and significant improvement was observed in the wound healing.
The study projected that specific phage therapy is equally effective regardless of the diabetic or non-diabetic status of the patient though the healing was relatively delayed in diabetic patients. Another successful study has shown encouraging results on healing process of infected acute traumatic wounds. The average number of days required for complete granulation of wounds and attaining sterility and healing was half compared to conventional therapy. (IANS/SP)
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