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India train fire toll climbs to 47
Herald Sun ^ | July 30, 2012

Posted on 07/30/2012 3:49:46 AM PDT by Gamecock

Edited on 07/30/2012 6:05:08 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

The official said 28 passengers had been hospitalised with burns.

The burning coach was noticed early on Monday as the train passed through a railway station 500 kilometres south of Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh state.

The train was stopped and the burning coach was detached from the rest of the train to prevent the fire from spreading.


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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: deathtoll; india; rail; train; trainwreck Comment #1 Removed by Moderator

To: Gamecock
India's railway tracks claim 15,000 lives each year
2 posted on 07/30/2012 3:50:59 AM PDT by Gamecock (We don't come to Christ to be born again; rather, we are born again in order to come to Christ. RCS)
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To: MotleyGirl70; Cagey; Mr. Brightside; earlJam; Rb ver. 2.0; lesser_satan; Taffini; jdm; countess; ...
It has been said that India is a dreadful place. With the plague and all...

Obligatory Indian Rail pic:


3 posted on 07/30/2012 3:57:28 AM PDT by Gamecock (We don't come to Christ to be born again; rather, we are born again in order to come to Christ. RCS)
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To: Gamecock
It has been said that India is a dreadful place.
My son lived in Korea for two years, China for five years and traveled extensively throughout Asia.
India was the worst place he visited and was exactly as you said - just dreadful. Overwhelming poverty and filth on a huge scale.
Interestingly, he said Vietnam was probably the best ... unbelievable scenery, great food and the friendliest people.
4 posted on 07/30/2012 5:20:25 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Gamecock

Dreadful place with plague and all? How many times have you actually been to India?

The trains are actually quite safe when you consider the fact that it carries 14 million passengers everyday and covers a total of 2 million kilometers.


5 posted on 07/30/2012 10:39:26 AM PDT by ravager
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To: Gamecock
That picture is not entirely an honest representation.

Calcutta metro

Smiley face

Banglaore Metro

Delhi Metro


6 posted on 07/30/2012 11:04:43 AM PDT by ravager
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To: ravager

Last week I flew from Charlotte to Atlanta. They announced that due to the short flight (1 hour), only water would be served (in Coach).

A while back I had a flight from Rajkot to Mumbai. In Coach we were served a hot breakfast. Flight time was 45 minutes.

On an earlier visit I took the train from Chennai to Paramakudy. Admittedly, I traveled Second Class rather than Third, but the trip was enjoyable.

India has lots of problems but she also has millions and millions of engineers, designers, builders and ordinary folks who are willing to work hard and who aspire to a better life.

I probably was not good enough to be hired by the Indian company with whom I was dealing. My Indian counterpart was much sharper than I, as were many of his subordinates.


7 posted on 07/30/2012 11:42:01 AM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: ravager; Larry Lucido

It’s a reference to Seinfeld.
Ever watch Seinfeld?


8 posted on 07/30/2012 2:58:19 PM PDT by Gamecock (We don't come to Christ to be born again; rather, we are born again in order to come to Christ. RCS)
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To: Gamecock
Yeah I watch Sienfield.

(Sigh) It's a sad reflection on US when people come to know about India from a comedy tv series.

9 posted on 07/30/2012 3:25:18 PM PDT by ravager
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To: ravager; Larry Lucido

I do know not to use the toilet while visiting.


10 posted on 07/30/2012 4:25:02 PM PDT by Gamecock (We don't come to Christ to be born again; rather, we are born again in order to come to Christ. RCS)
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To: Gamecock

So what would you use?


11 posted on 07/30/2012 4:31:45 PM PDT by ravager
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It’s a hundred and twenty degrees....I’ll sweat it out.


12 posted on 07/30/2012 5:31:34 PM PDT by Gamecock (We don't come to Christ to be born again; rather, we are born again in order to come to Christ. RCS)
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To: Gamecock

And what about the solid stuff?


13 posted on 07/30/2012 6:56:06 PM PDT by ravager
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To: Gamecock

And what about the solid stuff?


14 posted on 07/30/2012 6:56:34 PM PDT by ravager
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To: ravager; Gamecock

Our friend Gamecock is more worldly wise than most folks I know. He also has a sense of humor.

I think India will be a strategic and important ally in the future.


15 posted on 07/30/2012 7:10:33 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido
“I think India will be a strategic and important ally in the future.”

And hopefully at some point in future your fellow FReepers will also start sharing your opinion on India.

16 posted on 07/31/2012 6:14:23 AM PDT by ravager
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To: ravager; Larry Lucido

I concur with Larry’s assessment.

With the continual rise of China as both an economic and military superpower we need a strong ally on the Asian continent. Pakistan is of course another area of concern that makes a strong ally necessary. India is really the best option and we should nurture that relationship. BTW I think we should also continue to build on our strong relationship with Australia.

In all seriousness my area of expertise is Southern Africa as well as Liberia, Sierra Leone and Côte d’Ivoire. I have lead multiple military missions to those areas and it is disconcerting to see the political/economic influence that China is having not only in those areas, throughout Africa. Everything from the building of roads to providing cell phone service. Spent some time in Morocco as well. Love it there and hope to go back.

While I have never been to India, I do look forward to traveling to Malaysia and Thailand later this year. For now I’m pretty tapped out on Europe, Saudi, Iraq and Kuwait.

Now if only India could do something about that plague thing.


17 posted on 07/31/2012 3:25:16 PM PDT by Gamecock (We don't come to Christ to be born again; rather, we are born again in order to come to Christ. RCS)
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To: Gamecock

” Now if only India could do something about that plague thing.”

Hmmm. How are you doing with SARS and H1N1?


18 posted on 07/31/2012 7:22:18 PM PDT by ravager
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To: ravager; Larry Lucido

Tragic thing about the HIV in Swaziland, it runs at 40-45% of the population.

Tons of innocent victims, the orphans.

The rate is attributed to the serial polygamy and the lack of male circumcision.

King Mswati III just endorsed that men should get circumcised, but as the husband of 13 wives he is not about to change the polygamy thing.

Interestingly they conduct a “Reed Dance” annually. Maidens dance for the King and a crowd of spectators wearing a skirt made of reeds but no top. The King chooses his next bride from among the maidens.

Granted the Plague can be cured if treated early enough....


19 posted on 07/31/2012 7:42:13 PM PDT by Gamecock (We don't come to Christ to be born again; rather, we are born again in order to come to Christ. RCS)
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To: Gamecock

Male circumcision to fight HIV is just another myth. If you are going to be polygamous with several dozen partners at a time and not use condoms, Male circumcision is not going to make much difference.


20 posted on 08/01/2012 6:15:50 AM PDT by ravager
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To: ravager
Actually, as a principle, it is not.

Microtears in the foreskin are prime mechanism for transmitting the virus during heterosexual sex. (Granted polygamy is never a good idea.)

Kind of the same reason there is so much more HIV transmission in the male homosexual community. Microtears of other, shall we say, delicate tissues....

21 posted on 08/01/2012 12:28:10 PM PDT by Gamecock (We don't come to Christ to be born again; rather, we are born again in order to come to Christ. RCS)
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To: Gamecock
There is no such thing as “microtears” in foreskin. Thats just a bunch of huey. There is a heavier load of infectious discharge when sexual fluids are exchanged to make any possibility of microtear moot.
22 posted on 08/01/2012 12:54:38 PM PDT by ravager
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To: Gamecock
There is no such thing as “microtears” in foreskin. Thats just a bunch of huey. There is a heavier load of infectious discharge when sexual fluids are exchanged to make any possibility of microtear moot.
23 posted on 08/01/2012 12:56:01 PM PDT by ravager
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To: ravager

The microtear is a path of entry for the man. Not discharge.


24 posted on 08/01/2012 1:33:57 PM PDT by Gamecock (We don't come to Christ to be born again; rather, we are born again in order to come to Christ. RCS)
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To: Gamecock

Huey


25 posted on 08/01/2012 1:49:10 PM PDT by ravager
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