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Arpit Srivastava
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Attended BITS Pilani - K.K. Birla Goa Campus
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During WWII, European refugees fled to Syria. Here's what the camps were like. #history #war #refugees


Since civil war erupted in Syria five years ago, millions of refugees have sought safe harbor in Europe by land and by sea, through Turkey and across the Mediterranean.

Refugees crossed these same passageways 70 years ago. But they were not Syrians and they traveled in the opposite direction. At the height of World War II, the Middle East Relief and Refugee Administration (MERRA) operated camps in Syria, Egypt and Palestine where tens of thousands of people from across Europe sought refuge.

MERRA was part of a growing network of refugee camps around the world that were operated in a collaborative effort by national governments, military officials and domestic and international aid organizations. Social welfare groups including the International Migration Service, the Red Cross, the Near East Foundation and the Save the Children Fund all pitched in to help MERRA and, later, the United Nations to run the camps.


A rare collection of refugee camp reports chronicle journeys through Turkey and across the Mediterranean by refugees trying to leave Europe.
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Little Red Riding Hood (Has a Gun) #NRA #FairyTales #Guns

One birthday not long ago, Red was given her very own rifle and lessons on how to use it—just in case—to be sure that she would always be safe. So, with a kiss from her mother, rifle over her shoulder and a basket for her Grandmother in her hands, Red took a deep breath and entered the woods.
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The wolf couldn’t believe his luck—he had come across two capable ladies in the same day, and they were related! Oh, how he hated when families learned how to protect themselves.
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http://www.nrafamily.org/articles/2016/1/13/little-red-riding-hood-has-a-gun/
An old story retold...and no longer quite so grim!
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Good points on why Clinton as Presidential nominee is a bad idea.

Yes, Donald Trump Could Beat Hillary Clinton

Love how this has been boldly stated in a WSJ article -

From the way the Democratic superdelegates have been awarded, to the number and timing of debates, the entire primary season has been orchestrated to serve Mrs. Clinton’s interests by a party that is mostly in her pocket.

This is why the last man standing is an angry, white-haired socialist. And yet the former first lady still can’t put him away. What does it say about large dissatisfactions within the Democratic Party that this cranky old guy continues to pull out victories? #BernieSanders

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Whom would the voters regard as the lesser of two evils? A candidate who is dishonest and untrustworthy at a political moment when distrust of government is ascendant? Or a candidate who is crude and inexperienced at a time when the terrorists we face are organized and sophisticated.

Finally -

In the long stretch between now and Election Day, many events could affect the outcome. More terror attacks à la Brussels or San Bernardino. More setbacks in Iraq or Syria. More belligerence from Vladimir Putin in Ukraine. And of course maybe even a Hillary indictment. Does anyone think any of this will help Mrs. Clinton?

http://www.wsj.com/articles/yes-donald-could-beat-hillary-1459206799
Main Street columnist William McGurn writes that conventional wisdom about the 2016 presidential race says Donald Trump has no chance to defeat Hillary Clinton if he is the Republican nominee come November. But what if he blows up all the old rules?
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Population Control, Marauder Style

India's 'very own' #Aurangzeb has made it to the list of despots who have slaughtered a few millions in the name of #Islam. Although, smaller in comparison to the 27 million that perished in the Bengal famines under the repressive colonial British rule in India.

This interesting representation covers only up to 20th Century. I am sure the ongoing wars of the 21st century would make it to the list too.

#infographics #VisualDisplayOfQuantitativeInformation
Source: Matthew White, "The Great Big Book of Horrible Things"
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How one programmer broke the internet by deleting a tiny piece of code


A man in Oakland, California, disrupted web development around the world last week by deleting 11 lines of code.
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Ha! The audacity! #China #CPC #GreatFirewall #Internet #Censorship

The designer of China's "Great Firewall" has been mocked online after he reportedly had to bypass the censorship system that he helped create during a public event.

Fang Binxing was giving a speech on internet security at the Harbin Institute of Technology when he tried to access a South Korean website, but was blocked by the system, according to the Hong Kong-based Ming Pao website.

To continue with his speech, he was forced to set up a virtual private network (VPN) - a common practice used to skirt state censorship - in full view of the audience. Perhaps to avoid embarrassment, the university scrapped a scheduled question-and-answer session.


Fang Binxing bypasses his own system after it blocks website access during a speech.
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AUM. .SAME WITH DR. JOHN LILLY US NAVY..PROJECT INVENTOR. . CLEARING A WAY..BUH WAH ..LET IT BE
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I'd read about this a couple of days back.

Just read the entire translated letter on this site. Damn, that's bold.

"Loyal party members urge Xi's resignation" #China #CPC #FreedomOfSpeech

Consequently, Comrade Xi Jinping, we feel that you do not possess the capabilities to lead the Party and the nation into the future, and we believe that you are no longer suitable for the post of General Secretary. For the Party cause, for the long-term peace and stability of the country, and for your own personal safety and that of your family, we ask you to resign from all positions of Party and state leadership, and let the Party Central Committee and the people of the nation select a virtuous leader who can vigorously lead us into the future.
Xi Jinping’s efforts to maintain ideological conformity in the Party and the nation have recently met with opposition. After the president emphasized government control of the media with a visit to top state media outlets where he stressed that news must “speak for the Party,” famously outspoken commentator Ren Zhiqiang responded by posting to his Weibo …
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'Only Nixon could go to China': Or why Modi can calmly tweet about Yoga during a terror attack #India #Pakistan #Terrorism


The prime minister's career-long hardline stance on Pakistan has given him immense leeway when dealing with terror.


The prime minister's career-long hardline stance on Pakistan has given him immense leeway when dealing with terror.
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Morbidly humorous #Wabbits

Over 10,000 rabbits killed in New Zealand’s Great Easter Bunny Hunt (on Good Friday)

http://globalnews.ca/news/2602059/over-10000-rabbits-killed-in-new-zealands-great-easter-bunny-hunt/
The bunny rabbit may be an adorable symbol of Easter for many around the world, but in areas of New Zealand the rabbit is public enemy number one.
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The parameters of Modi’s Muslim outreach are finally becoming clear

#India #Islam #Sufi #Terrorism #Religion

PM's address at a Sufi conclave, and his upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia, hint at his evolving views towards Islam.


On March 17, less than a week before the horrific terrorist attacks in Brussels, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the World Sufi Forum in Delhi. There, he eloquently spoke of the “… 99 names of Allah, none [of which] stand for force and violence, and that the first two names denote compassionate and merciful. Allah is Rahman and Raheem.”

Modi added: “Those who spread terror in the name of religion are anti-religious.”



http://scroll.in/article/805691/the-parameters-of-modis-muslim-outreach-are-finally-becoming-clear 
PM's address at a Sufi conclave, and his upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia, hint at his evolving views towards Islam.
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The Countless Failings of the DNC #ShamelessEstablishment #HillaryClinton #BernieSanders #Democrat #Politics


The Democratic Establishment is shamelessly breaking their own rules and regulations to get Clinton into office




http://observer.com/2016/03/the-countless-failings-of-the-dnc/
The Democratic Establishment is shamelessly breaking their own rules and regulations to get Clinton into office.
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    Software Engineer, 2013 - present
    Work in the SMEC ( Small & Medium Enterprise Communications ) R&D Division on the development of the Avaya IP Office range of IP PBX systems.
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I currently work at Avaya in the Pune R&D centre.

I graduated from BITS,Pilani - K.K. Birla Goa Campus, India, with a degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering.

A Programming & Design Geek.
An Indie & Post Rock Fan.

I love reading web comics like QuestionableContent, xkcd, Penny Arcade etc.

Was selected for the NSEF Author of Change 2011 Fellowship programme.

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  • Core Member, Content & Agenda Team, BITSAA Global Meet 2011
  • BITSAA Student Leader, BITSAA International
  • Core Member,Quark - International Techno-Management Innovation Festival of BITS,Pilani - Goa
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    Electrical & Electronics Engineering, 2009 - 2013
  • Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania School, Thane
  • International School, Patna
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Excellent place for breakfast, with great ambience. They have great food and juices. Pricey, but worth it. They serve the juices in quirky jam jars. If I was an author (and lived in Koregaon Park), I'd probably spend hours over here brainstorming/writing everyday, while sipping their excellent juices to keep the "creative juices" flowing. ;-)
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It's an OK place for meeting friends, though rather small. Their beverages menu, with nice cold press juices and some good hot beverages like Herbal Detox and Chamomile infusion.
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Decent place to watch movies. Good Restaurants like Barbeque Nation, Mainland China, TJ's Brewworks, Crazy Noodles etc are right next to it. Movie tickets are slightly cheaper. But, the food and beverages are overpriced, and not very good. The ambience is not as good as Cinepolis (especially the VIP section). I'm a bit disappointed about how they often cancel shows of good but non-mainstream movies that don't attract much of a crowd.
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Not a very good hotel. The location is not good and it looks rather cramped, IMHO.
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The Aditi Garden is a pretty large and pleasant garden (for an urban area) present right in the center of Magarpatta Cyber City, surrounded by the 12 main office towers. You often find many office-goers wandering in the garden in the afternoon and evening on weekdays. In the mornings, you can see many people taking their morning walks and doing Yoga. There's a lot of greenery (and some variety of flora and fauna). Significantly, the garden's denizens include some adorable stray dogs, and some ducks and geese that live in a beautiful pond. There's a small Hindu temple, and a large flat ground with the Indian Tricolour (Flag) hoisted, which is used for Independence day and Republic Day celebrations. There's also a large reservoir (for water harvesting, I think?), probably used for maintaining the park. A casual dining restaurant is also present, though it's not particularly great. It's mainly used for office parties, I think. The garden is relatively empty on weekends (after the morning exercise time), so I love to just tune into some music, and zone out while permbulating the garden for hours. This nice well-maintained garden is one of the reasons you will love staying in Magarpatta City.
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