BartCop Entertainment Archives - Sunday, 25 December, 2016


25 December, 2016

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Andrew Reynolds: North Carolina is no longer classified as a democracy (News & Observer)
When we evolved the project I could never imagine that as we enter 2017, my state, North Carolina, would perform so badly on this, and other, measures that we are no longer considered to be a fully functioning democracy.

Marc Dion: Alt-rightnik (Creators Syndicate)
There is a word, a word in Yiddish, the kind of Yiddish we speak in America, and the word is "alrightnik." An alrightnik is a person who's done well for him/herself, made some money, but is still a crude, ill-mannered slob.

Clive James: 'Trump's boasts spring from an aching wish' (The Guardian)
Any man who drivels about women when he is alone with a man has no clue what to say when alone with a woman.

Hadley Freeman: Chrismukkah? I'll light a candle to that (The Guardian)
I might say my prayers in Hebrew instead of Latin but I want to eat chocolate Santas for 10 days straight, too, OK?

Edward Helmore: Largest US police union asks Amazon to pull 'offensive' Black Lives Matter shirt (The Guardian)
An open letter is urging the online retailer to follow Walmart and drop the sale of the T-shirt, which carries the words 'Bulletproof: Black Lives Matter.'

Avril Lavigne attacks Mark Zuckerberg over Nickelback put-down (The Guardian)
The singer and ex-wife of Nickelback's frontman says Facebook CEO is 'promoting bullying' after a video suggesting the band have no good songs.

Jonathan Jones: Stallone refused Trump's arts job - but who will take this poisoned chalice? (The Guardian)
The actor and part-time painter was right to decline a role as chief of the National Endowment of the Arts. Whoever takes it will be tainted by a hellish reign.

Jonathan Jones: Ignore the snobs - Monet is a contender for the greatest artist ever (The Guardian)
A Monet pastel gifted to the Scottish National Gallery shows how powerful the impressionist is - a genius creator of poetic symbolism.

David Bruce: WISE UP! Archive (Athens News)

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Trivia Question from Yesterday

The Lincoln Memorial is pictured on the back of a $5 bill. When the Lincoln Memorial was constructed the names of 48 states were engraved on it. How many state names can be seen on the Lincoln Memorial pictured on the back of a $5 bill?

       Twenty-six                                                      Source

The United States five-dollar bill ($5) is a denomination of United States currency. The current $5 bill features the 16th U.S. President (1861-65), Abraham Lincoln's portrait on the front and the Lincoln Memorial on the back. All $5 bills issued today are Federal Reserve Notes. Five dollar bills are delivered by Federal Reserve Banks in red straps of 100 bills each.

When the Lincoln Memorial was constructed the names of 48 states were engraved on it. The picture of the Lincoln Memorial on the $5 bill only contains the names of 26 states. These are the 26 states that can be seen on the front side of the Lincoln memorial which is what is pictured on the $5 bill.        Source

Randall was first and correct with:
   Accordion to Wiki, there's 26 visible but they're teeny tiny...

mj wrote:
   Not going for my wallet
  But I think 13.

Alan J said:

Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   Merry Christmas everyone. The picture of the Lincoln Memorial on the $5 bill only contains the names of 26 states. These are the 26 states that can be seen on the front side of the Lincoln memorial which is what is pictured on the $5 bill.

Adam answered:

Deborah responded:
   Wait, it's Saturday - Christmas Eve - and you have a Throwback Thursday TQ? /head-tilt?
  I'm not in possession of a $5 bill at the moment, so I looked up the answer. 26 states are listed on the back of the $5 bill.
  While out yesterday in the rain, getting last-minute food for our Christmas dinner, I stepped on a piece of mulch and rolled my ankle inward: a painful first time for that kind of sprain. A good friend lent me crutches, and I'm acquiring intimate knowledge of ice packs. It could be worse…and I'm glad it's not.
  Happy Hanukkah!

DJ Useo wrote:
   In my mind I think the answers is an unlucky dozen X 2, or twenty-six. Not intentionally, I reckon.
  Merry Christmas all youse mugs out there in BARTCOP E land. Be good to you, & yours.
  Here in the Useo household, we're having long time friends over for out traditional Christmas Lasagna.
  Then we're going to compete with our neighbors for loudest stereo. LOL.

Joe S     took the day off.

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

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Last Night

Over an inch of rain!

Tonight, Sunday:

CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by 'I Love Lucy Christmas Special', then 'The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now In Color', followed by a RERUN 'MacGyver'.

NBC fills the night with LIVE 'Sunday Night Football', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Dateline'.

ABC begins the night with 'The Chew', followed by some local crap, then the movie 'Beauty & The Beast'.

The CW offers an old 'Person Of Interest', followed by 'Elementary', then 2½ hours of what passes for local news and other fluffery.

Faux has a RERUN 'Bob's Burgers', followed by another RERUN 'Bob's Burgers', then a RERUN 'The Simpsons', followed by a RERUN 'Son Of Zorn', then a RERUN 'Family Guy', followed by a RERUN 'The Last Man On Earth'.

MY has an old 'Anger Management', followed by another old 'Anger Management', then an old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by another old 'Big Bang Theory', then still another old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by yet another old 'Big Bang Theory'.

A&E has 3 hours of old 'Leah Rimini: Scientology & The Aftermath', followed by a FRESH 'Hoarders Overload'.

AMC offers the movie 'El Dorado', followed by the movie 'Big Jake'.

BBC  -   
 [12:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 5-The Girl Who Died-Part 1.
 [1:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 6-The Woman Who Lived-Part 2.
 [2:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 7-The Zygon Invasion-Part 1.
 [3:05PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 8-The Zygon Inversion-Part 2.
 [4:10PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 9-Sleep No More
 [5:15PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 10-Face The Raven
 [6:20PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 11-Heaven Sent-Part 1.
 [7:35PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 12-Hell Bent-Part 2.
 [3:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 5-The Girl Who Died-Part 1.
 [4:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 6-The Woman Who Lived-Part 2.
 [5:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 7-The Zygon Invasion-Part 1.     (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH 'Atlanta Social', then the movie 'The Devil Wears Prada'.

Comedy Central has the movie 'Meet The Fockers', followed by the movie 'We're The Millers'.

FX has the movie 'How To Train Your Dragon 2', followed by the movie 'How To Train Your Dragon 2', again.

History has all old 'American Pickers' all night.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAND BY ME
 [8:00AM]    RUDY
 [10:30AM]    THE GOONIES
 [1:00PM]    STAND BY ME
 [3:00PM]    RUDY
 [5:30PM]    THE GOONIES
 [5:00AM]    PORTLANDIA-Ecoterrorists
 [5:30AM]    PORTLANDIA-Celery    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Prancer
 [8:30AM]    All I Want for Christmas
 [10:30AM]    Santa Claus: The Movie
 [1:00PM]    A Christmas Carol
 [3:30PM]    Four Christmases
 [5:30PM]    Santa Claus: The Movie
 [8:00PM]    A Christmas Carol
 [10:30PM]    Deck the Halls
 [12:30AM]    Four Christmases
 [2:30AM]    Prancer
 [4:58AM]    Rectify-Pineapples in Paris    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull', followed by the movie 'Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade'.

 [6:00 AM]      Going My Way (1944)
 [8:30 AM]      Boys Town (1938)
 [10:30 AM]      The Robe (1953)
 [1:00 PM]      Ben-Hur (1959)
 [5:00 PM]      King of Kings (1961)
 [8:00 PM]      Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
 [10:00 PM]      Sullivan's Travels (1942)
 [11:45 PM]      It Happened One Night (1934)
 [1:45 AM]      The Palm Beach Story (1942)
 [3:30 AM]      Meet John Doe (1941)
 [5:45 AM]      Hail The Conquering Hero (1944)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Monday   -  12/26/16

 [7:30 AM]      Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
 [9:45 AM]      The Great Mcginty (1940)
 [11:15 AM]      Tickle Me (1965)
 [1:00 PM]      Double Trouble (1967)
 [2:45 PM]      Stay Away, Joe (1968)
 [4:30 PM]      The Trouble With Girls (1969)
 [6:15 PM]      Charro! (1969)
 [8:00 PM]      The Omega Man (1971)
 [10:00 PM]      The World, The Flesh, And The Devil (1959)
 [11:45 PM]      On the Beach (1959)
 [2:15 AM]      Five (1951)
 [4:15 AM]      No Blade Of Grass (1970)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Children dressed in Santa costumes participate in Christmas celebrations at a school in Chandigarh, India on Dec. 24, 2016.
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Conservation Area To Help Wildlife

Bear River Watershed

A federal agency has established a 7,000-square-mile watershed conservation area in three Western states that includes major migration corridors for birds and mammals, officials said Thursday.

The Bear River Watershed Conservation Area in Idaho, Utah and Wyoming is part of a plan to protect wildlife habitat by buying perpetual conservation easements from willing private landowners, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said.

The agency said it has identified some 1,400 square miles of potential easements that connects the northern and southern Rocky Mountains.

The conservation area includes national wildlife refuges in each state and the 500-mile Bear River. The river starts in the Uinta Mountains in Utah and flows north into Wyoming before making a U-turn in Idaho and flowing south back into Utah where it becomes the largest surface water source for the Great Salt Lake ecosystem.

The river is noteworthy for not having an outlet to an ocean as well as ending its 500-mile path just 60 miles from where it originates.

Bear River Watershed


A Palestinian dressed as Santa Claus gestures as the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Pierbattista Pizzaballa arrives through an Israeli checkpoint to attend Christmas celebrations, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Dec. 24, 2016.
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Discovery Wins Award

Gravitational Wave

It has been a great year for scientists associated with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). In February, and then again in June, researchers at LIGO - which consists of two detectors, one each in Hanford, Washington, and Livingston, Louisiana - announced that they had discovered gravitational waves created by two black holes colliding 1.3 billion light-years from Earth.

Since then, the LIGO collaboration has earned several accolades, including a $3 million award given to its researchers by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, the journal Nature naming LIGO spokeswoman Gabriela Gonzalez to its list of "10 people who mattered this year," and the magazine Physics World - published by the London-based Institute of Physics - naming the gravitational wave discovery the "Breakthrough of the Year"

Now, the significance of the discovery has been acknowledged once again - this time by the journal Science, which also named the discovery the "Breakthrough of the Year."

"The achievement fulfilled a 100-year-old prediction, opened up a potential new branch of astronomy, and was a stunning technological accomplishment," the journal said in a statement.

Gravitational Wave


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Chinchorro Mummies

The world's oldest mummies have just had an unusual check-up.

More than 7,000 years after they were embalmed by the Chinchorro people, an ancient civilization in modern-day Chile and Peru, 15 mummies were taken to a Santiago clinic last week to undergo DNA analysis and computerized tomography scans.

The Chinchorro were a hunting and fishing people who lived from 10,000 to 3,400 BC on the Pacific coast of South America, at the edge of the Atacama desert.

They were among the first people in the world to mummify their dead. Their mummies date back some 7,400 years -- at least 2,000 years older than Egypt's.

The 15 Chinchorro mummies, mostly children and unborn babies, were put through a CT scanner at the Los Condes clinic in the Chilean capital.

Chinchorro Mummies


An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man lights a candle on the first night of the holiday of Hanukkah in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood in Israel on Dec. 24, 2016.
Photo by Amir Cohen


Top 10 Amazing Endangered Species You Haven't Heard Of - Listverse


Alabama Town Expanding Attractions

Harper Lee

Nearly a year after the death of Harper Lee, a group in south Alabama hopes to develop new attractions and bring more tourists to the novelist's hometown of Monroeville, which helped inspire both "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Go Set a Watchman."

Working with Lee's attorney Tonja Carter and others, local businessman and philanthropist George Landegger has purchased the 1909 bank building that housed the one-time office of Lee's father A.C. Lee - who served as the model for attorney Atticus Finch in both books.

Organizers plan to renovate the 6,000-square-foot building and convert it into a museum in Monroeville, where Lee died in February 2016. Other attractions could be added later, including renovations of historic structures and reproductions of places mentioned in the books. A museum in the old county courthouse already prominently features Lee and author Truman Capote, childhood friend of Lee.

Alabama Tourism Director Lee Sentell, who has been involved with discussions about the project, answered questions about plans to spruce up Monroeville, which served as Lee's model for fictional Macomb in both "Mockingbird," which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961, and "Watchman," which Lee actually wrote first but released decades later in 2015.

Harper Lee


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Scraps KKK Series


A&E is scrapping plans for an eight-part documentary series about the Ku Klux Klan after finding out that some participants of the hate group were paid for their work on it.

The network said Saturday it was dropping "Escaping the KKK: A Documentary Series Exposing Hate in America" a day after discovering that "nominal" cash payments were given by third-party producers.

"While we stand behind the intent of the series and the seriousness of the content, these payments are a direct violation of A&E's policies and practices for a documentary," the network said in statement.

"Escaping the KKK" was to follow people trying to extract themselves from the racist and anti-Semitic hate group. The network had promised that no payments would be made.

The project triggered wide criticism as soon as it was announced earlier this month. The network, which originally titled the series "Generation KKK," changed the name and enlisted civil rights groups to collaborate on in-show educational content after getting heat for allowing the KKK's hate speech to be aired.



A diver dressed in Santa Claus costume feeds animals at an aquarium ahead of Christmas day in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China on Dec. 24, 2016.


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Cell-Tracking Case Appealed

7th Circuit Court

A dissenting opinion by a federal appeals court judge on police use of secret cellphone tracking technology has convinced a Milwaukee man to take his case a step further.

Attorneys for Damian Patrick filed a petition this week asking for a rehearing in front of the full U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, after losing a split decision in November to the court's three-judge panel. It's the first time the use of cell tower simulators, known as stingrays, has reached a federal appellate court, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

"It is time for the stingray to come out of the shadows, so that its use can be subject to the same kind of scrutiny as other mechanisms, such as thermal imaging devices, GPS trackers, pen registers, beepers, and the like," 7th Circuit Judge Diane Wood wrote in her dissenting opinion. "Its capabilities go far beyond any of those."

Stingrays are suitcase-sized devices that imitate a cellphone tower and draw signals from all nearby cellphones, not just the targeted number. It allows police to zero in on the phone's location, down to a specific apartment in a building. The phones don't have to be in operation, and some versions of the technology can even intercept content, like texts and calls, or pull information stored on the phones.

A U.S. House committee report issued Monday said clearer guidelines are needed for law enforcement's use of secretive and intrusive cellphone tracking technology, and police and federal agents should be upfront with a judge about their deployment.

7th Circuit Court


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$50M To Buy Another Term


Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner contributed $50 million to his own campaign fund as he prepares to seek re-election in 2018 - a record-setting amount that Republicans said was intended as a warning to Democrats considering challenging him.

The money from the multimillionaire former private equity investor, made public in documents filed Thursday, appeared to be the largest single donation any candidate for state office has given his or her own campaign, campaign finance experts said. Rauner's team indicated there was more to come, describing it as a "first installment."

The Illinois GOP, funded almost entirely by Rauner, already has been attacking potential candidates in online ads and email blasts.

"It's intended to intimidate people," said Kent Redfield, a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Illinois at Springfield. "It's a pretty big statement by the governor that's intended to scare away opposition in the governor's race and put pressure on the Legislature."

Rauner has clashed with Democrats who control the Statehouse since even before he took office, pushing a pro-business and anti-union agenda he says is needed to repair decades of Illinois' financial mismanagement. Democrats have pushed back, saying Rauner's plans would hurt working families.

The result has been a stalemate unseen in Illinois history. Lawmakers have been unable to agree on a state budget, causing steep cuts to social services, higher education and other programs. The state now has a multibillion-dollar budget deficit and a nearly $11 billion backlog of unpaid bills.



A member of the Cryophile amateurs winter swimmers club, takes a bath in the icy waters of the Yenisei River during the celebrations for the upcoming Christmas and New Year, with the air temperature at about minus 34 degrees Celsius (minus 29.2 degrees Fahrenheit), in Krasnoyarsk, Russia on Dec. 24, 2016.
Photo by Ilya Naymushin


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More than 54,000 people in the southern German city of Augsburg will have to leave their homes Christmas morning while authorities defuse a giant 1.8-ton aerial bomb from World War II.

The city's medieval cathedral and City Hall are in the area to be sealed off. Police said Saturday that no one would be allowed into the surrounding streets after about 8 a.m. Sunday and everyone must be out by 10 a.m.

Schools will be opened for people who can't stay with relatives or friends. Police said that people can bring their pets to shelters and that public transportation will be free Christmas morning.

Finding bombs from the war is not unusual in Germany. This evacuation, however, is even bigger than the 45,000 people temporarily evacuated to remove a bomb in Koblenz in 2011.

Large parts of Augsburg were destroyed on Feb. 25-26, 1944, when the city was attacked by hundreds of British and U.S. bombers.



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Ache People Exiled From Forests


Forced from their ancestral forests by the arrival of big agriculture in eastern Paraguay, the Ache people gave up the hunter-gatherer lifestyle that had sustained them for centuries.

Now they have taken up farming themselves -- and they want their old land back.

The Ache's homeland was remade in the 1970s by the mass arrival of industrial farmers from neighboring Brazil.

A territory of fertile land and abundant rivers, the tropical region provided the lush backdrop for the 1986 Academy Award-winning film "The Mission."

The changes were devastating for the Ache, who had managed to preserve their way of life despite centuries of clashes with white colonizers from Spain and Portugal.



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In Memory

Rick Parfitt

Rick Parfitt, a hard-rocking British guitarist and songwriter who had multiple hits over the decades with the rock band Status Quo, has died in Spain at age 68.

His manager, Simon Porter, and Parfitt's family said in a statement that Parfitt died in a hospital in Marbella, Spain, on Saturday from a severe infection.

Status Quo formed in the 1960s and kept legions of devoted fans throughout the years. His partnership with Francis Rossi provided sparks on stage and in the studio. They were most popular in Britain but had followers in dozens of countries.

Parfitt was known for his aggressive style, often played on his signature 1965 white Fender Telecaster or other similar models. He wrote some of Status Quo's best known songs including "Whatever You Want" and "Backwater."

The band's website said Parfitt was known as "The Womorr," which stands for "the wild old man of rock and roll" but added that had changed to "mild" over the years.

The band played one of the biggest concerts in history when they opened the Live Aid show in London in 1985, ripping into a version of "Rockin' All Over the World" that left the crowd delirious.

Porter said Parfitt is survived by his wife Lyndsay and four children: Tommy, Lily, Rick Jr. and Harry.

Rick Parfitt


In Memory

Piers Sellers

Piers Sellers, a climate scientist and former astronaut who gained fame late in life for his eloquent commentary about the earth's fragility and his own cancer diagnosis, has died. He was 61.

Sellers died Friday morning in Houston of pancreatic cancer, NASA said in a statement.

Sellers shared his astronaut's perspective on climate change in Leonardo DiCaprio's documentary, "Before the Flood," released this fall. He told DiCaprio that seeing the earth's atmosphere as a "tiny little onion skin" from space helped him gain a fuller understanding of the planet's delicacy.

He also wrote a New York Times op-ed about grappling with the meaning of his life's work after learning he had terminal cancer. In both the film and the op-ed, he was optimistic, arguing that he expected human ingenuity to rescue the planet from a dire future of runaway global warming.

In the op-ed, Sellers wrote that the best way he could imagine spending his final months was to continue working, despite knowing he would not live to see the worst of climate change or the harnessing of possible solutions.

"New technologies have a way of bettering our lives in ways we cannot anticipate. There is no convincing, demonstrated reason to believe that our evolving future will be worse than our present, assuming careful management of the challenges and risks," Sellers wrote. "History is replete with examples of us humans getting out of tight spots."

The British-born Sellers was deputy director for sciences and exploration at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He started working for NASA as a scientist in 1982 and joined its astronaut corps in 1996. He made three flights to the International Space Station, the last in 2010.

Piers Sellers


In Memory

Joey Boots

"Howard Stern Show" star Joey Boots died in New York City Friday, TMZ reported. He was 49 years old.

Boots was best known as one of Stern's "Wack Packers." He was famous for his "Baba Booey" line.

Boots, whose birth name was, Joseph Bassolino, was found in Bronx apartment around 9:45 p.m. Friday night after police received a call for a male in need of medical attention. Boots was pronounced dead on arrival.

His cause of death is currently unknown, but is being investigated by the medical examiner. There was no apparent trauma, the New York Daily News added.

High Pitch Erik, who is a fellow Wack Packer, checked on Boots after he didn't show up to a scheduled gig. The two worked on the podcast, "The Joey Boots Show."

Their last podcast was titled, "Drown Vinnies Kids in The Tub." "The Guys probe Joey about his previous dating before he came out - High Pitch Erik is asked about how he and his Jewish family celebrated Christmas - Technical difficulty - Stupid broad calls in and gets hung up on - the boys discuss the attractiveness of Middle-Eastern women - High Pitch tells why his lawyer Vinny has to die. Callers wish Gonzo a happy 31st birthday - What does High Pitch know about #PizzaGate," the description reads.

Joey Boots



Indians participate in an attempt to create a world record of mass Shirodhara, an Ayurveda therapy that involves gently pouring meditated oil over the forehead, in Ahmadabad, India, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016. The event was held to create awareness about Ayurveda practice, the traditional Hindu system of medicine.
Photo by Ajit Solanki



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