The Indian Railway Company, which operates the world’s fourth-largest railway network, released a job advertisement this year, listing 90,000 positions for train drivers, dispatchers, and skilled workers. As soon as the advertisement came out, 28 million people signed up. Why is Indian railway work so popular?
According to Indian media reports, this round of recruitment was originally aimed at young Indians who had graduated from high school and received relevant skills training, but many candidates were highly educated. Why is there so many people competing for a seemingly ordinary job? To put it simply, joining the Indian Railways is equivalent to serving a “hereditary irreplaceable” iron rice bowl. In addition to the basic salary, Indian railway employees can also enjoy a series of benefits such as “grade salary”, “support allowance”, “travel allowance”, “rent allowance” and “medical care”. The railway company even provides residential areas and staff canteens for employees.
In addition, because the Indian Railways has not yet implemented the dismissal policy, once employed by the railway company, there is basically no need to worry about being fired. In the event of a work-related casualty, family members can also be re-entry. The second generation of these workers even spontaneously established some trade union groups aimed at safeguarding their own interests, which had a considerable influence.
Churchill’s famous painting sold for £7 million
According to Agence France-Presse, on March 1, local time, a painting called “Koutoubia Mosque Minaret” by former British Prime Minister Churchill was sold for 7 million pounds in London. Christie’s auction house called this work “Churchill’s most important painting.”
This painting was created by Churchill in 1943 and is his only work during World War II. After the painting was completed, Churchill presented it to the then-U.S. President Roosevelt. According to reports, the painting was later transferred to the hands of American actress Angelina Jolie, who recently decided to auction it.
On that day, after several rounds of bidding, the painting was finally sold at a price of 7 million pounds, breaking the pre-sale price expectations of 1.5 million to 2.5 million pounds.
South Korea’s two major duty-free shops withdrew from the terminal
According to foreign media reports, recently, Lotte and Shilla, the two largest duty-free shops in South Korea, officially withdrew from the main terminal of Incheon International Airport.
Incheon International Airport is the largest airport in South Korea. Terminal 1 occupies 70% of the total passenger flow of the two major terminals of the airport. The two duty-free shops cover an area of more than 4,000 square meters, accounting for 30% of the total area of the duty-free area.
Despite the airport’s 3 bids and multiple rent reductions, no one has taken over. 500 of the original duty-free shop employees are facing unemployment. Previously, some analysts believed that the consumption of foreign consumers in Korean duty-free shops exceeded 90%, and this business model of relying too much on overseas tourists was at risk. After the outbreak, the number of international tourists in South Korea plummeted by 80% year-on-year last year. Korean duty-free shops suffered a statistically first loss in 11 years. Among them, the sales of duty-free shops at Incheon Airport plummeted by about 95%.
Eating nuts reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease
A new study by the American Heart Association found that eating more nuts may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in patients with type 2 diabetes.
Researchers at Harvard University in the United States collected the information of more than 16,000 subjects. After analysis, they found that compared with patients who only ate less than 1 serving of 28 grams of nuts per month, they consumed 5 servings of 140 grams of nuts and more per week. The overall incidence of cardiovascular disease is reduced by 17%, the risk of coronary heart disease is reduced by 20%, and the risk of death from cardiovascular disease is reduced by 34%.
Researchers say that the biological mechanism by which nuts are beneficial to the heart is unclear, perhaps because nuts can improve blood sugar control, blood pressure, and fat metabolism. Although eating all kinds of nuts can bring benefits to the heart, tree nuts such as walnuts, almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts and pine nuts are more relevant to reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease than peanuts, which are legumes.
Winter swimming under the ice of Lake Baikal sets record
According to foreign media reports, recently a 40-year-old Russian female swimmer Nekrasova snorkeled 85 meters in an environment of -22°C in Lake Baikal, setting a new world record.
According to the Guinness Rules, diving suits and fins are not allowed for swimming under ice, so Nekrasova wore only one swimsuit for the whole journey, and it took 1 and a half minutes to go down 85 meters on the ice. At that time, the temperature was -22°C and the thickness of the ice on the lake was 25 cm. In order to ensure her safety, the reserve team had to cut the ice at intervals to expose the water.
According to reports, Nekrasova completed this feat at the annual swimming conference held on Lake Baikal. The previous world record was 70 meters, which was set by South African swimmer Abbot Felleri under the Norwegian ice in 2020. It is reported that the extreme sport of ice-water swimming is very popular in Russia, and its supporters believe that it can improve blood circulation and immune system.