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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
4th December 1971
The Indo-Pakistan War Over Bangladesh Begins
Indian, Bangladeshi and international sources consider the beginning of the war to have been Operation Chengiz Khan, when Pakistan launched pre-emptive air strikes on 11 Indian airbases on 3 December 1971, leading to India's entry into the war of independence in East Pakistan on the side of Bangladeshi nationalist forces, and the commencement of hostilities with West Pakistan. Lasting just 13 days, it is considered to be one of the shortest wars in history.
During the course of the war, Indian and Pakistani forces clashed on the eastern and western fronts. The war effectively came to an end after the Eastern Command of the Pakistani Armed Forces signed the Instrument of Surrender, on 16 December 1971 in Dhaka, marking the liberation of the new nation of Bangladesh. East Pakistan had officially seceded from Pakistan on 26 March 1971. Between 90,000 and 93,000 members of the Pakistan Armed Forces including paramilitary personnel were taken as Prisoners of War by the Indian Army. It is estimated that between 300,000 and 3,000,000 civilians were killed in Bangladesh. As a result of the conflict, a further eight to ten million people fled the country at the time to seek refuge in neighbouring India.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Cats to the vets
Business promotional work
Quality Missus Time
Twitter Followers = 2,042 (no change)
Non-followed eliminated = 1
Unfollowers eliminated = 0
New Followers followed back = 0
Spammers not followed back = 1
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
This situation is a microcosm of my experience of life - being in the exact centre of every spectrum - love and hate, big and small, good and evil, love and hate, strong and weak, you name it - and I see all these scales vanishing into infinity in opposite directions. It's kinda awesome! There is no way to see it all at once, because my senses are so confined to the micropoint at the centre of it all.
There has to be a letting go, an acceptance that you can't even see, let alone control it all. Instead, it's better to be entirely focused on that micropoint and make all your difference there, whilst gazing out in awe at the wondrous infinity beyond.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Do you really understand what's going on?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Damp, drizzly and foggy in the morning
Rain arrives in the afternoon, becoming heavy at times
Rain moves away in the late evening and it will be dry and clear overnight
A moderate south-easterly will pick up and swing southerly then westerly over the day
Max Temp = 11 degC at 2pm
Min Temp = 5 degC at midnight
Sunrise at 08:04
Weathertrack: A weather front static over central Britain will finally be blown away to the east by cold air overnight
Air Pressure: 1017 millibars and falling sharply
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
The only thing I learnt in the meeting I went to yesterday was that the room had 37 ceiling tiles and 14 fluorescent bulbs. :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
A dolphin’s body has adapted to avoid the bends (the formation of nitrogen bubbles in blood and tissue as a diver returns to the surface of the water) by completely collapsing its ribcage, forcing the air under pressure out of its lungs and into the windpipe and the complex air chambers that lie below the blowhole. With the lungs completely empty, no nitrogen dissolves in the blood as it does with divers, so no bubbles can form as the dolphin rises to the surface.
9. ZEN WISDOM
The ungrateful feel that it is below them to show any kind of appreciation. They are under the delusion that showing gratitude to others diminishes their own worth. But it is this sense of appreciation that elevates, enriches and expands the human spirit. A lack of gratitude is actually a sign of arrogance.