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What if something is lurking in the shadows, making its presence known to us in a variety of strange ways?

While most people make every effort to avoid coming in contact with the paranormal, a considerable number of us deliberately seek out the adrenaline rush that comes from being surrounded by the fascinating and unfathomable unknown. While the reality of ghosts and spirits has been disputed for ages, the conclusions we get from our personal experiences are the only ones that matter. When it comes to haunted stories, they're entertaining to hear and even more entertaining to watch on a TV screen. But what if something is lurking in the shadows, making its presence known to us in a variety of strange ways?

Even if you do not believe in ghosts, these locations and their stories make for an intriguing and engaging read regardless of your beliefs. The list of haunted locations in India is extensive, with each location connected with a frightening historical or folklore tale. They range from derelict forts and towns to abandoned mines and spooky hotels and more unexpected locations such as courtrooms and schools. If you want to push the limits and look for evidence of the supernatural, these are some of the scariest locations in India that you can visit:

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Since the 15th generation, data have been collected on over 225 individuals.

The surprising results of a decade-long investigation by Alessandro Vezzosi and Agnese Sabato provide a strong basis for advancing a project researching the DNA of Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci.

Their extensive study, published by the journal 'Human Evolution, documents with new certainty the continuous male line, from father to son, of the Da Vinci family (later Vinci), from progenitor Michele (born 1331) to grandson Leonardo (sixth generation, born 1452) through to today -- 21 generations in all, including five family branches -- and identifies 14 living descendants.

The work fills the gaps and corrects the errors in the previous genealogical research into Leonardo's family while offering discoveries and family tree updates.

This text deepens and enormously expands the discovery announced in Vinci, Italy, in 2016 by the same Vezzosi and Sabato of numerous living but indirect descendants, including only two males in a direct line, up to the 19th generation, from a single branch of the Vinci family.

It also provides for the first time the documentary data and information sources over seven centuries to the present day registry office, with work on additional family branches ongoing.

Leonardo himself had at least 22 half-brothers but no children; a new unpublished document shows that "Paolo di Leonardo da Vinci da Firenze" was a case of homonymy. The five family branches are traced from Leonardo's father, ser Piero (fifth generation), and half-brother Domenico (sixth).

Since the 15th generation, data have been collected on over 225 individuals. The study, with the collaboration of the living descendants, contributes to the work of the Leonardo Da Vinci Heritage Association.

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We have also come to know that he was missing for nearly seven years after the accident.

The Amritava Chowdhury case -- where a dead man in the Jnaneswari train accident turned out to be alive after 11 years -- has become murkier because the CBI sleuths after interrogating Chowdhury for nine hours came to know that the alleged man was missing for seven years. This has prompted the probe agency to go for Chowdhury's DNA and Ossification tests to confirm his identity.

"There are some discrepancies that we have noticed during the interrogation and we are surprised about it - how can a 'simple' middle-class family manipulate such secret and important documents. This is unlikely. We have also come to know that he was missing for nearly seven years after the accident. It is not clear where he was all these years. Chowdhury couldn't recollect properly," a senior CBI officer interrogating Chowdhury said.

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"We have also spoken to the neighbours in Kolkata and also the local people in his village and they said that he had developed some mental problems and he couldn't remember anything but he told them that he was kidnapped by the Maoists. We are not sure whether this is Amritava Chowdhury and so to confirm his identity we will go for DNA and Ossification test," the officer added. The CBI officers said the Ossification test is a process to know the exact age through bone mapping.

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The Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil’s Triangle is a mysterious section of the North Atlantic Ocean that is surrounded by the United States’ southeastern coast, Bermuda, and the Greater Antilles’ islands. It’s the enigmatic region of the North Atlantic Ocean, where scores of ships and aircraft have vanished over the years.

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