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Friday, June 29, 2012

Govt to release Rs. 150 coin soon - NDTV website

For the first time in the country's minting history, government will issue coins of Rs. 150, marking the number of years of taxation in India.

The special coins, to be released by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee before his Budget speech, will also be brought out in Rs. 5 denomination on the occasion of completion of 150 years, from 1860 to 2010, of the Income Tax department.

This is the first time that coins of Rs. 150 denomination are being minted by the government. The Department of Economic Affairs under the Finance Ministry recently notified the order.

The Rs. 150 coin, made of an alloy of Silver, Copper, Nickel and Zinc, will have an international design with 'Satyameva Jayate' and 'India' on the front side while a portrait of 'Chanakya and lotus with honeybee' on the reverse side.

The Rs. 5 coins will also be minted in the same fashion. While 200 coins will be minted in Rs. 150 denomination, 100 such coins of Rs. 5 will be issued.

"The Income Tax department celebrated 150 years of taxation in the country last year and the these coins, especially the one in Rs. 150 denomination will be minted for the first time," a senior I-T official said.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Incredible chalk drawings

At first glance he appears to be inches from disaster.
But this man apparently wobbling, arms outstretched, on the verge of a 300ft drop is actually  perfectly safe.
He is an artist who has drawn this three-dimensional street scene on the flat roof of a building.

Inches from death... Or really? Pavement artist stands on the edge of his drawing of a New York scene - in London
The astonishing optical illusion means he appears to be about to fall from a London rooftop, surrounded by a panorama which includes the City.
But sharp-eyed observers will spot that the street scene below him includes a New York yellow taxi and a U.S. Police SWAT team. 
Pavement artist Joe Hill was commissioned to draw the scene to celebrate the release of Hollywood film Man On A Ledge.
In the film, a New York police psychologist has to attempt to talk down a former policeman who has threatened to jump to his death from a Manhattan hotel rooftop.

Don't jump! Man on a Ledge was created to celebrate the UK release of the film by the same name

 Stepping off the edge: Pavement artist Joe Hill created the image. In the Man on a Ledge film a New York police psychologist has to attempt to talk down a former policeman who has threatened to leap to his death

 Going over the edge: In this astonishing optical illusion, Joe Hill appears to be jumping off a building in this New York scene - set in London

Man on a Ledge: Sam Worthington stars in the Hollywood film which is coming out in the UK