Editor-in-Chief & Publisher: MIR JAVED RAHMAN


ANCIENT ROUTES
ATLANTIC OCEAN ROAD


Issue Date 22 Oct - 28 Oct, 2016 at 2:00 PM

ATLANTIC OCEAN ROAD

Known as the ‘’Road in the Ocean,’’ the Atlantic Road passes closely to the Atlantic Ocean with its snake like structure and eight bridges. Called Atlanterhavsveien in Norwegian, it is considered as one of the most beautiful roads in the world, and is 8.274 kilometres long with a width of 6.5 meters. It starts 30 kilometres southwest of Kristiansand and ends 47 kilometres north of Molde, taking travellers on a rollercoaster ride, with dips and arches and magnificent scenic beauty. The eight bridges are Vevangstraumen Bridge (119 metres and 10 metres high), Hulvågen Bridges (3 bridges – 293 metres and 4 metres high), Storseisundet Bridge (260 metres and 23 metres high), Geitøysundet Bridge (52 metres and 6 metres high), Store Lauvøysund Bridge (52 metres and 3 metres high) and Lille Lauvøysund Bridge (115 metres and 7 metres high). The first proposals for this route were made in the 20th century as a railroad network, but the plan kept on shifting and by 1983, it was approved that a road would be built that connected the mainland to Averøy. The road’s construction began on August 1, 1983 and during this time, the area got hit by 12 hurricanes. The road officially opened on July 9, 1989 beginning from Utheim on Averøy and runs across many islands like Kuholmen and Lille Lauvøy. This road runs across the villages of Kårvåg on Averøy and Vevang in Eida. In the year 2009, this road became one of the most popular tourist attraction sites in Norway, and became known as an outstanding road for road trips. Built on many islands and skerries, the road has more to offer than just the scenic beauty. Travellers can indulge in activities like hiking, jogging, bicycling, rowing, paddling, diving and fishing. Eldhusøya on the road is the largest resting spot with a panoramic view of the ocean. This highway brings travellers to the point where the road ends and the ocean begins.


The oldest European book

COLLECTOR’S ITEM
The oldest European book

The books that we read today, bounded together with a hard cover or paperback, were not introduced in the 20th century. In fact, the oldest intact book is a St. Cuthbert Gospel (also known as the Stonyhurst Gospel or the St. Cuthbert Gospel of St. John). Written in Latin, a European, red, leather-bounded book is said to belong to the seventh century. The book is said to be placed in the coffin of Saint Cuthbert 1300 years ago and when the coffin was opened in 1104 to build a new shrine for the Saint, the book was discovered then and preserved ever since, in Durham Cathedral. Now on display in the Sir John Ritblat Treasures Gallery in the British Library’s flagship building at St Pancras, this book was acquired by the British library after the payment of $14 million to the Jesuit community in Belgium who owned the book.

 

 



 


Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)

MAJOR LEAGUER
Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)

A legendary boxer, a great philanthropist and a brave human, Mohammad Ali was one of those people whose actions shook the world. Born as Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. in the town of Louisville, Kentucky, he grew up in an environment that was filled with racial prejudice and discrimination. He discovered his boxing talent at the age of 12, when his bike was stolen and he told the police that he wanted to beat up the thief. The police officer, luckily, was also a boxing instructor and that’s how Ali’s boxing journey began. His first match was in 1954, which he won and in 1956, he won the Golden Gloves tournament. In the 1960 Summer Olympics, he won a gold medal and in 1964, the titles WBA and WBC heavyweight were awarded to him. While becoming a champion in the boxing ring, Ali started attending the Nation of Islam meetings in 1961, which was a Black Muslim group and by 1962, he had met Malcolm X, who became his mentor. After his victory from Liston in 1964, his new name Muhammad Ali was introduced and he declared Cassius Clay to be his slave name. Since then, Ali openly resisted white domination during the civil war and even set an example for racial pride for the African Americans. His bravest action to date is his refusal to be part of the military during the Vietnam War due to religious reasons and his opposition to the American involvement in the war. This led him to being arrested and all his titles were stripped away from him, and he did not fight for nearly four years, losing important years of his career. His appeal was accepted in 1971, after which Ali emerged as an iconic figure for the counterculture generation. Muhammad Ali has achieved immense success in his career as a boxer, going on to win the title of heavyweight champion three times, being named the fighter of the year six times in the Ring magazine and also being part of some historic fights like Fight of the Century, Super Fight, Thrilla in Manila and The Rumble in the Jungle. He retired from boxing in 1981, and devoted his life to religious and charitable work. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984 and suffered from it till his death in 2016. His death was mourned throughout the world, by leaders, actors, boxing fans and everyone else who admired his work. His funeral, which was an Islamic procession, was planned by him, years before his death.


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