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Interesting Facts About The Shipping Industry

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Shipping transport is the physical process of transporting commodities and merchandise goods and cargo. The term shipping originally referred to transport by sea, but is extended in American English to refer to transport by land or air (International English: "carriage") as well. "Logistics", a term borrowed from the military environment, is also fashionably used in the same sense.

1. Shipping and World Trade​

Around 90% of world trade is carried by the international shipping industry. Without shipping the import and export of goods on the scale necessary for the modern world would not be possible.

2. Safety and Regulation

Shipping is the safest and most environmentally benign form of commercial transport. Perhaps uniquely amongst industries involving physical risk, commitment to safety has long pervaded virtually all deep sea shipping operations.

3. Environmental Performance

Shipping is the least environmentally damaging form of commercial transport and, compared with land based industry, is a comparatively minor contributor to marine pollution from human activities.

4. Somali Pirates 

In 2010, Somali pirates captured a ship and were holding 544 seafarers hostage. Every year, more than 2,000 sailors die at sea around the world, and an two ships are lost every day in the sea. In 2012, the total numbers of attacks on seafarers was higher than the number of violent crimes in South Africa which is the highest-crime nation on Earth. The pirates are the biggest problem for the shipping industry since its beginning.

5. Ships Are Very Expensive

In March 2010, the average price for a geared 500-ton container ship was $10 million, while gearless ships of 6,500 and 12,000 TEU averaged prices of $74 million and $105 million respectively.

6. One of the largest employer in the World

There are roughly around 1.5 million people that are employed all over the world in the global shipping industry. 

7.  A Shipping Container for Every Purpose

It is possible to find a suitable shipping container to transport your cargo, no matter what your cargo may be. A shipping container allows you to transport cargo to any place in the world at a very cost effective price.

8. More than 55,000 merchant ships

There are more than 55,000 merchant ships operating internationally and transporting every kind of cargo.

9. Natural Necessity

In 2011 alone the commercial ports of the United States of America received goods from different countries worth $1.73 trillion. The U.S. also relies on shipping for its two-thirds of oil supply.

posted Apr 7, 2016 by Reshmi S

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Let's take a look at 10 Interesting and unknown facts about different countries that you need to know:

1. The country which still follows a traditional calendar that is seven years behind the rest of the world

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2. The country which falls in all 4 hemispheres

Kiribati is the only country on the planet to fall into every one of the four hemispheres of the globe, straddling the equator and stretching out into the eastern and western hemispheres. Kiribati was also the first country to see the dawn of the third millennium on 1st January 2000.

3. The country which is smaller than Central Park in New York City

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4. The most diverse Country

The Most Diverse Country in the world is India: In almost every category – culturally, economically, climatically, racially, linguistically, ethnically, and religiously India is either the most diverse countries in the world, or the runner-up.

5. The Least Religious Country

A 2007–2008 Gallup survey found Estonia to be the least religious country in the world. The survey asked respondents from around the world, “Is religion an important part of your daily life?” Only 14% of Estonians answered in the affirmative, the lowest of all nations. In contrast, in that same poll, Egypt had a 100% “yes” rate.

6. There is another country which has Hindi as its official language

Fiji is the only country other than India with Hindi as an official language. Native Fijians make up 54% of the population. Under British rule, Indian labourers were brought to Fiji to work on the sugar cane crops. Descendants of these labourers are called Indo-Fijians and today they account for around 40% of the population.

7. There are countries which do not have an Army

There are 22 countries in the world that do not have an army, the large majority comprising tiny island states or enclaves. Incidentally, this doesn’t include the Vatican City, which has the c as a military corps.

8. The country which has 23 native languages

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9.  The country which lies in 2 continents

Istanbul, Turkey, is the only country which falls in 2 continents.

10. The country which has the most amount of Obese people

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Mukesh loves showering family members with love and affection. On the occasion of one of her birthdays, Nita Ambani received a jet plane worth 62 million dollars.

Isha Ambani, the daughter of Mukesh and Nita, and is the youngest billionaire heiress. Isha, who was only 16 at the time, ranked second in the Forbes list of top ten billionaire heiresses in 2008. At that tender age, Isha was the owner of an 80-million dollar share of Reliance Industries.

Mukesh Ambani holds a number of awards and records. Fortune magazine gave him the 13th place in a ranking of Asia’s Most Powerful People in Business.

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Jack Ma, is the chairman of Alibaba’s record-shattering $25 billion IPO, which now sits as one of the largest companies on the market.

 

1. JACK MA’S LIFE IS FULL OF FAILURES -- When he applied for admission to the Hangzhou Teacher’s Institute (now Hangzhou Normal University), Ma failed the college entrance exam twice. He eventually graduated in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in English.

By 1995, he decided teaching wasn’t for him, so he decided to try his hand at business. Around this time, he even applied to a job at KFC in Hangzhou, only to be rejected. Ma also started a translation company, and on a trip to Seattle, he discovered the internet, inspiring him to start his first legit business, China Yellow Pages. While it is regarded as China’s first internet-based company, China Yellow Pages was also a failure.

As we all know, however, Ma’s second company, Alibaba, is doing much better.

2.  His First Salary was just 12-15 USD per month -- At the University where he taught English, he was the only teacher assigned to 500 students. His pay was 100 to 120 Renminbi, which is around $12 to $15 per month. Before moving on, he taught there for 5 years.

3. He used to guide tourists for free for 8 years and that’s how he learned speaking English fluently -- When Jack was 12 years old, he grew a strong desire to learn English. He’d guide tourists from foreign countries for free and learn English by conversing with them. It went on like this for 8 years.

4. This is why Jack chose the name ‘Alibaba’ -- Jack was always clear that he wanted to take his company to the global level and that’s why he wanted a global name. Alibaba is easy to spell, and people everywhere associate that with “Open, Sesame,” the command that Ali Baba used to open doors to hidden treasures in One Thousand and One Nights.

5. Forest Gump is his lifelong hero.-- Every time he gets stressed out, he watches the movie again. What does Ma get from Forest Gump? “No matter whatever changed, you are you.”

6. Products from China do not hold a high reputation in much of the world. Due to this among other factors, the US government had listed Ma’s website, Alibaba.com as a “notorious market” for some time. This is defined as a company that does not follow US government copyrights and business regulations. 

7. In January of 2013, Jack Ma announced his unexpected resignation as CEO of Alibaba Group in May of the same year. He stated that he would still be working for the company as Executive Chairman, saying he was too old for the Internet now. His resignation has raised many questions regarding his health and the real reason he has decided to retire at the young age of 48.

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1. R.K Shanmukham Chetty presented the First Union Budget of Independent India on November 26th, 1947.

2. Generally, the Union Budget of India is presented on the last working day of February.

3. Moraji Desai is the only Finance Minister to present the Union Budget on his Birthday.Desai did it in two different years (1964 & 1968). Interestingly, his birthday was on 29th February.

Moraji Desai presented the Union Budget 10 times, most by any Finance Minister of India.

4. The printing of the Union Budget of India starts with Halwa Ceremony.

5. Jawaharlal Nehru was the first Prime Minister to present the budget in the Parliament.

6. Indira Gandhi is still the only lady to hold the post of the Finance Minister.

7. Indira Gandhi is also the only woman and second Prime Minister to present the Union Budget for 1969-70.

8. Rajiv Gandhi became the third Prime Minister to present the Union Budget after Nehru (his grandfather) and Indira Gandhi (his mother).

9. Pranab Mukherjee was the first Rajya Sabha member to present the Union Budget.

10. Until 1999, Union Budget was announced at 5 pm in the evening. However, in 2001 Yashwanth Sinha then Finance Minister of NDA govt. led by Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee changed it to 11 am.

 

 

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2. Antarctica is the fifth largest continent on Earth with the area of 14.0 million squre kilometers.

3. Antarctica approximately has 70% of all fresh water on Earth in the form of Ice. Which covers 99% of Antarctica  and The average thickness of Antarctic ice is about 1.5 kilometer.

4. Continent was first discovered in 1820, before that people never imagined Antarctica as Continent rather a group of islands.

5. South Pole exist in Antarctica and Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen was the first human to reach the South Pole.

6. By looking at the frigileness of the evnirnment at Antarctica world agrees that this continent should be used only for peaceful and research purpose. Till now 48 Nations has signed the Antarctic Treaty till date to dedicate the continent to peaceful research activities only.

7. Emile Marco Palma was the first child born on Antarctica in January 1979, .

8. Antarktica has a bar, a Fire Department and a Nuclear Power Station.

9. Antarctica (technically) contains every timezone on the planet including a day change line which means date is different on both side of line.

10. Despite being the coldest place on earth, there are 1150 different species of fungi identified to survive in Antarctica.

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Besan is perhaps one of the most misunderstood flour. Benefits of this flour is either marred due to the fact that it is mostly being used as a batter for deep-fried food or because of the fact that it is taken to be an unhealthy choice. However, it is interesting to notice how the beauty industry swears by its benefits.

Here are a few more nutritional facts about besan, which is obscure from most.

Excellent source of protein: 

Made from chickpeas or from Bengal grams, which are categorized into legumes and pulses respectively, besan is high in protein content. It is also extremely high in fiber content.

Gluten-free: 

Besan is an organically gluten-free flour. Most of us have a negative take on gluten, for good reasons.  Gluten affects our health in an adverse manner. Hence the very fact that besan is sans gluten qualifies it as a good for health food.

Promoted by nutritionists

Dieticians being the nutrition experts, are aware of what a  body needs, to stay healthy. It is, therefore, not surprising when a dietician suggests besan chilla or a besan roll in the diet schedule of someone trying to lose weight. The reasons why besan gets recommended could be any of the one listed below:

•    Being gluten free besan

•    The protein content of besan is way more than many of the staple grain flours

•    Contains folate, a Vitamin B variant, vital for the production of RBC

•    Folate helps a baby's neural tube develop into the brain and spinal cord

•    Besan is, therefore, a must for pregnant ladies

•    Besan has a dense consistency which makes it ideal for consumption for weight loss

Soluble fibres: 

Besan contains soluble fibres. This makes it extremely cardiac friendly. A soluble fibre dissolves in water and forms a gel-like substance. This gel, in turn, puts a check on the cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

 

Abundant in Iron: 

Half a cup of besan or chickpea flour can fulfil an adult's daily need of iron by 30%. This is what makes besan a must for people who have deficient blood levels and are therefore anaemic.

Prosperous for bones

Chickpea flour has an abundance of phosphorous in it. This in itself does not really help the bones become stronger. However, when phosphorous combine with calcium, together they boost bone formation.

Thiamin boosts energy: 

Besan is an energy booster since it helps to drive fatigue away. This is due to the presence of the vitamin called Thiamin in besan, that is capable of converting food in the body into energy. 

Magnesium helps regulate blood pressure: 

Besan contains magnesium. Research shows that if 368 gms of magnesium is fed to the body for a period of 3 months, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, goes down in the body on its own, by 2 mm and 1.8 mm respectively. Systolic blood pressure is the measurement of pressure in the blood vessels when the heart is beating, whereas diastolic blood pressure measures the blood pressure in the veins when the heart rests in between the beats. 

Low Glycemic controls diabetics: 

Besan is low on Glycemic index. This basically means that besan takes time to be digested. This, in turn, helps the body to increase the blood sugar level slowly, rather than spike it. Consequently, insulin levels stay in control which is the primary factor for diabetics  

Vitamin B 6 provider: 

Neurotransmitter serotonin acts as an antidepressant in the body. Our bodies need to synthesise this from the nutritional vitamins we consume. For the formation of Neurotransmitter serotonin, the body needs B6. Besan is a good source of the same, which makes it ideal for consumption to maintain good mental health.

Conclusion

Besan is a flour and can be consumed in various ways. However what needs to be remembered here is how besan contributes to a healthier lifestyle. The right to chose the best food for our own health, therefore, remains with us.

                                            

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