Monday, April 29, 2013

Stuntman Sailendra Nath Roy dies during world record attempt

Stuntman dies during world record attempt as he tried to cross river on a zip-wire attached to his hair

Sailendra Nath Roy, 50, was trying to cross the Teesta River on the wire

His hair became stuck in the wheeler about half way through stunt

Tried to free himself but reportedly suffered massive cardiac arrest

Rescuers in Darjeeling, India, took 45 minutes to bring him down

Already had farthest distance travelled on a zip wire using only hair record
 Mr Roy, a West Bengal Police home guard, already held the Guinness world record for the farthest distance travelled on a zip wire using his hair.
About 1,000 people turned out to see him try and break the record over the Teesta River in Darjeeling, which is almost 10,000ft above sea level, when the freak accident happened.

Sailendra Nath Roy, 50, was half way through the stunt when his ponytail became stuck in the wheeler of the rope and he was left hanging in mid-air for about 25 minutes.

Mr Roy attempted to free himself after his ponytail became caught in the wheeler and then tried to continue the crossing using only his hands.

However, local media said he then suffered a massive cardiac arrest.

Rescuers brought him down from the Coronation Bridge about 45 minutes later.

He was taken to a nearby hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

Onlookers said spectators had initially failed to realise Mr Roy was in trouble because of the cheers coming from the crowd.

The stuntman had held several Guinness world records for pulling vehicles with his hair.

He attracted global attention last year when he dragged a 42-tonne train for 2.5metres.

In 2011, he travelled 270ft on a zip wire, which he was attached to by his hair.

Men with the world's biggest car collection

We’ve always had an affinity for collecting wheels as a kid, and these big boys with loaded pockets are taking their hobby to the next level. Here's a sneak peek into the garage of the world's biggest car collectors!

 1. Mukesh Ambani
Mukesh Ambani has a distinctive flair of living life large, be it his gigantic Mumbai mansion'Antilla' or his massive 168 car collection. Known for his penchant towards Mercs, Bentleys, etc. he owns a dozen of those. And his prized possession is the Maybach that he purchased for a whopping sum of Rs 5.25 Crore. Talk about splurging!

 2. Ken Lingenfelter
 Ken, being the son of General Motors'executive, can safely be assumed to have horsepower in his veins. After successfully running a company, Ken went on to purchase his cousin's 'Lingenfelter Performance Engineering'. His first purchase was in 1969, a Jaguar XKE, and that's when the madness begin. His collection currently houses more than 150 exotic cars full of corvettes, chevys, muscle cars, hyper cars, and rare collectibles! Ken is also the proud owner of some legendary cars like the 1988 Lingenfelter-powered Callaway ‘Sledgehammer’ Corvette, the 1955 Duntov Test Mule and many more!

3. Jay Leno
 Probably one of the most famous celebrity car collectors, Leno owns more than 200 cars and bikes which includes some of the rarest exotics in the world! Right from steam engines, to concepts, to custom-made vehicles, Leno owns each one of them. His collection boasts of some impressive classics like the Duesenberg, Hispano-Suiza, Hudson Hornet, Buick, to name a few. And when it comes to bikes, there's Brammo, Norton, Velocette and our very own Indian Royal Enfield!

 4. Sultan Of Brunei
 7000. Yes, that's a seven with three zeroes following it. And that's the number of rides Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei owns. What's so special about his collection than the number? He stores them all in five aircraft hangars, and the ride tally in 2010 was 604 Rolls Royces, 574 Mercedes-Benzes, 452 Ferraris, 382 Bentleys, 209 BMWs, 179 Jaguars, 134 Koenigseggs, 21 Lamborghinis, 11 Aston Martins, and 1 SSC.

If that wasn't all, he also owns limited editions, one off concept cars like the Ferrari Mythos concepts, a modified Jaguar XJ220 designed by Pininfarina himself, a Bentley Java, a Bentley Dominator 4x4, the only Cicero BDB Maestro ever built, the only Porsche Carma, and the only Koenigsegg Agera CC GT. This man deserves the most epic bro-fist, ever.

5. Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan
 Other than carving his name on earth so it can be seen from space, Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, or Hamad as all Google Earth users know him as, owns the most outrageously whacked-out (yes, it needed such an emphasis) collection in the world. How radical is it? To start off with, he built a pyramid to store his cars. Nicknamed as the Rainbow Sheikh, he owns seven Mercedes S-class depicting every colour in the rainbow so he can drive one for every day. Apart from that, he owns customized Mercedes monster trucks and a colossal Dodge Power Wagon. He also owns the world's largest Bedouin Caravan and Jeep. 

Friday, April 26, 2013

World’s Largest Bus

AutoTram® Extra Grand is developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Traffic and Infrastructure Systems. Considered as the longest bus in the world, it is nearly 31 meters long, has four steering axles and can carry 256 passengers. Combining the capacity of a small train with the maneuverability of a bus, the vehicle runs mostly on electric power.


Three-day-old baby was sold on Facebook

A three-day-old baby was sold on Facebook for £9,660 after his own grandfather told his daughter that her child had died and stole him.
Police in Punjab, India, say the man, named only as Firoz, was offered Rs 45,000 (£550) by a hospital nurse and her accomplice who were involved in a child trafficking ring.The child was later sold to a Delhi-based businessman for Rs 800,000 (£9,660) through a deal arranged on Facebook.
Reunited: Mother Noora kisses her 10-day-old baby who was sold to a child trafficking ring by his own grandfather when he was just three days old
According to local media reports, the mother, named only as Noora, gave birth to the baby boy in the city of Ludhiana on April 8 and was discharged from hospital the following day.But on April 10 the nurse named as Sunita, and a fellow hospital employee named as Gurpreet Singh, took the baby away claiming he was ill.
The following day they told her the child had died.

Then on April 12 some people reportedly came to Noora's home and paid her father Firoz Rs 45,000, after which he left the home.However Noora, who separated from her husband in February this year, had become suspicious about her father's sudden new wealth and reported the baby as missing to the police.
Accused: A nurse, named only as Sunita (face covered), is escorted by Indian police. She is accused of taking a newborn baby from its mother and arranging for it to be sold to a businessman

Officers managed to trace Firoz to the city of Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh and during an interrogation he revealed the entire plot.The police team then returned to the hospital where they discovered the baby alive and well and returned him to his mother.Investigatorsbelieve the nurse and her accomplice had sold the baby to a middleman for Rs 350,000 (£4,230).
The middleman then allegedly arranged the Facebook deal with the businessman.They arrested the nurse who they believe was involved with a child trafficking racket and are now attempting to apprehend the middleman, the Delhi-based businessman and any others involved.
Plot: A hospital nurse and her accomplice allegedly took the baby away from his mother claiming he was ill before agreeing to sell him to a middleman who arranged a deal with a Delhi-based businessman
The accomplice Gurpreet Singh was said to have shown a picture of the baby on Facebook before the deal was struck.
The grandfather reportedly told interrogators that he wanted to arrange a second marriage for his daughter after she had been deserted by her husband.Ludhiana Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh told NDTV: 'So he thought he should get rid off the child of her daughter from her first husband by selling him off.'
Arrest: The baby's grandfather and others involved in the case have been arrested. The police are now on the lookout for the businessman in Delhi