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Long­est Train in Asia Speed is one thing, dis­tance an­other – some of the world’s long­est train routes are dot­ted across Asia, bring­ing pas­sen­gers on epic jour­neys across the re­gion’s vast ex­panses via rail­way lines once thought im­pos­si­ble to build

Asian Geographic - - Front Page - LAN­GUAGE TIP SIM­PLE PHRASES

Siberian Rail­way

The world’s long­est rail­way was built us­ing sim­ple tools like axes, saws, shov­els and wheel­bar­rows by over 90,000 work­ers, and is now elec­tric

DIS­TANCE

9,289km 6 days

In In­dia, a tus­sle over the ori­gins of an un­der­wa­ter sand­bar has been go­ing on for years, af­ter a NASA satel­lite im­age of the Palk Strait in 2002 clearly showed the 30-kilo­me­tre chain of lime­stone shoals link­ing In­dia’s Pam­ban Is­land and Sri Lanka’s Man­nar Is­land. His­tor­i­cal records show it was a for­mer land con­nec­tion be­tween the two coun­tries that could be tra­versed on foot up till the early 15th cen­tury, un­til it was dam­aged by a cy­clone.

While the struc­ture has been re­ferred to as “Adam’s Bridge” by Western car­tog­ra­phers since the early 1800s, in In­dia it is known as Rama’s Bridge, or Rama Setu in San­skrit. De­vout Hin­dus be­lieve this to be the fa­mous bridge named Sethuband­hanam, which, ac­cord­ing to the an­cient San­skrit epic poem Ra­mayana, was built by the Hindu de­ity Rama and an army of mon­keys to res­cue his wife Sita from the clutches of the 10-headed de­mon king Ra­vana. Some reli­gious devo­tees even treat the bridge as an ob­ject of wor­ship on their pil­grim­age to Ramesh­waram city.

When new NASA images sur­faced in 2006, devo­tees at­tempted to use the pho­tos to

“The rocks on top of the sand ac­tu­ally pre­date the sand, so there is more to this story”

Drones can track the lo­ca­tions and health of an­i­mals and stream video to farm­ers’ smart­phones Farm­ers can mon­i­tor their equip­ment, crops, and live­stock via their smart­phone or com­puter Sen­sors placed in fields and ponds al­low farm­ers to ob­tain data on to­pog­ra­phy, acid­ity, tem­per­a­ture and an­i­mal health. They can also re­motely con­trol mois­ture and crop health

Rus­sian names com­prise a first name, a patronym (a ref­er­ence to the fa­ther’s name), and a fam­ily name. Patronyms are cre­ated by com­bin­ing the fa­ther’s name with the suf­fix -ovich for males and -ovna for fe­males. It is con­sid­ered re­spect­ful to call oth­ers by both their first name and their patronym. Hello! Привéт! (Privet!) How are you? Как дела? (Kak dela?) Ex­cuse me Извини (Izvini) Thanks! Спасибо! (Spa­sibo!) I love you Выздоравливай ( Viz-do­rav-li­vay)

Qing­hai-ti­bet In­dian Rail­ways Vivek Ex­press Eastern and Ori­en­tal Ex­press

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