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Monday, 2 July 2012

Top 15 Lesser known World Heritage sites

1  Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein
More commonly known as The Cradle of Humankind, this site is a complex of over 36 limestone caves in South Africa, not far from Johannesburg. Within these caves scientists have found a huge number of hominid fossils dating back over 3.5 million years, with one cave alone containing over a third of all hominid fossils ever found. The caves also show signs of occupation as well, including the first ever in-situ hominid stone tools, and the oldest controlled fire dated to over 1 million years ago. Scientist believe prompt burials, along with the unusual conditions within the caves, allowed for the bodies within to become fossilized, which in itself is an extremely rare occurrence. Some of the better known finds include Mrs Ples, the most intact skull of an Australopithecus Africanus ever found, although the sex is not definitely female, x-rays of the teeth seem to show that this was a sub-adult. Another famous find is Little Foot, an amazingly complete hominin skeleton which is believed to be between 2.5 to 3.3 million years old. This site shows us not only where our species came from but how we evolved over millennia, earning it top spot on my list.
2  Takht-e Jamshid
More commonly known as Persepolis, it is located in the south of Iran and was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire. Construction was started around 515BC by Cyrus the Great, but the most impressive works were completed by Darius the Great and Xerxes the Great (yes the bad guy from 300) in around 470BC. One of the most awe inspiring structures on this site is the Apadana palace which was the main hall of the kings, where the tributes from nations within his Empire would have been received. The building was supported by columns 20m high, topped with a brace carved to the shape of lions or bulls. I have seen an example of these braces in the Louvre and it gives you an amazing idea of the size and scale of Persepolis. The site also contains the gate of nations, the hall of 100 columns, the imperial treasury, council halls, military quarters, reception halls, cisterns, drainage, sepulchers, royal tombs, royal stables, chariot houses and a number of palaces and royal residences, all covered in engravings and mosaics. The city was destroyed in 330BC, by Alexander the Great, possibly in revenge for the destruction of the acropolis in Athens, but the ruins still contain many beautiful carvings and are testament to the wealth and power of the Persian empire.
3  Lascaux Cave
Lascaux is group of caves in southwest France which were decorated over 17,300 years ago, with Paleolithic cave paintings. The public were allowed to view the caves in 1948, but by 1955 the carbon dioxide exhaled by the visitors had damaged the paintings causing the cave to be closed, the art was restored and is now monitored on a daily basis. The images are mostly of animals known to have lived in the area at the time, but images of humans and abstract signs are also present. Some of the images have been carved into the cave but the majority of art has been painted on using mineral pigments. A large portion of the paintings are of horses, but stags, cattle, aurochs, felines, birds, bears and rhinoceros’s are also represented. There are many theories on why this cave was decorated in this manor: it is thought that some of the art may represent star charts, as the constellations of Taurus and Pleiades can be found within the cave. There are also theories that this would have been a scared space to communicate with deities, a gathering place to plan a hunt together or even a record to celebrate the success of a hunt. We will probably never know but these images give us a fascinating look into our past.
4  Tropical Rainforest Sumatra
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The Tropical Rainforest of Sumatra is made up of three national parks on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia, and was chosen due to its outstanding scenic beauty and natural habitats for in-situ conservation. The three parks all contain different habitats, allowing for a large diversity in both flora and fauna. The parks are home to Rafflesia Arnoldi, the world’s largest flower, and Amorphophallus Titanum, the worlds tallest flower, as well as 174 species of mammals and 380 species of birds. Of these specimens, 16 are endemic and 73 are currently threatened. Species such as Orang-utans, Sumatran rhinoceros, bornean clouded leopards, Asian tapirs, Sumatran elephants and the leather back turtles are all found within this site, making it one of the most diverse and important conservation sites in the world. The sites main threat is residential expansion and encroaching human occupation, both of which is being battled by a number of different preservation groups.
5  Wadi Al-Hitan
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The Whale Valley is found in a desert in Egypt, the site contains fossils showing the evolution of whales from land mammals to the ocean going creatures we are familiar with today. Fossils of the Archaeoceti suborder such as Basilosaurus and Dorudon are common, but the skeletons of sea cows Sirenia, elephants Moeritherium, crocodiles, sea turtles and sea snakes have also been found at the site. The sheer number and quality of these fossils found in such a high concentration make this site unique. The quality of preservation is so good that stomach contents have been found preserved, while the combination of other species found at the site make it possible to reconstruct the environmental and ecological conditions. The site has produced hundreds of high quality fossils showing the earliest sub-species of whales which are helping to unravel the mystery of the evolution of whales.
6  Wudang Building Complex
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The Wudang Mountains are a small mountain range found in eastern China, which have been inhabited since at least 250 AD. The area is known for its Taoist monasteries, which were renowned as centers for meditation, martial arts, agriculture and medicines. People traveled to this area to research, learn and practice these skills. The palace and temple complex was constructed in the Ming Dynasty and within it are buildings dating from the 7th century. One of the more famous temples is the Golden Hall; built in 1416, the hall is constructed from gilded copper. It consists of 20 tons of copper and over 300kgs of gold, and was supposedly forged in Bejing, then moved to Wudang. The Nanyan Temple perches precariously on top of a cliff, in legend it is known as the place from which Emperor Zen Whu flew to heaven. The entire temple, including beams, gates and windows, is carved from rock and within the temple are gilded bronze statues of dozens of Taoist deities. Scattered across the cliffs are 500 gilded iron statues of heavenly officials. Another notable building, the Purple Cloud Temple is made up of several halls, the Dragon and Tiger Hall, the Purple Sky Hall, the East Hall, the West Hall and the Parent Hall. This temple contains shrines to Zhen Wu throughout his life. It also houses relics including the Green Dragon Crescent Blade which dates back to the 7th century.
7  Ellora caves
Ellora is the site of monumental, rock cut, cave temples representing Buddhist, Hindu and Jain religions, built from 400AD in close proximity to each other to show the religious harmony in the area. The structures are multi level buildings, carved directly from caves within the mountain face, and include monasteries, shrines and places of worship. Many of the buildings have vaulted ceilings and are all intricately carved, with most of the shrines containing large carved deities. During construction, 200,000 tonnes of rock had to be removed from the site by generations of workers. Some notable caves are: the Buddhist shrine Vishvakarma, which features a multi-storied entrance, a large hall with vaulted ceilings and a 15ft carving of Buddha in a preaching pose; The Indra Sabha is a two level Jain cave with a monolithic shrine, like all of the Jain caves it once had richly painted ceilings, part of which are still visible today. It also has fine carvings of lotus flowers, Yaksha Matanga on an elephant and Ambika sitting on a lion under a mango tree. Kailasanatha is the centerpiece of Ellora, made to resemble mount Kailash, the home of lord Shiva, this Hindu shrine was built by Krishna I in around 760AD. The structure is covered in detailed and intricate carvings, including sacred bulls and life-sized elephants supporting the shrines.
8  Lalibela
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Lalibela is a rural town in the north of Ethiopia. It is also one of the countries holiest cities and a centre for pilgrimage. The 13 churches in the town have been carved completely from rock directly into the ground. It was under the instruction of Saint Gebre Mesqel Lalibela during his reign as Emperor of Ethiopia, that these churches were constructed, the layout and names of the buildings in Lalibela are a representation of Jerusalem. This has helped to date the churches to around the 1200s, after the 1187 capture of Jerusalem by Saladin. The largest monolithic church in the world, Bet Madhane Alem, is also home to the Lalibela Cross: a 12th century processional cross. Bete Maryam is thought to be the oldest of the churches, and Bete Golgotha is where it is believed King Lalibela is entombed. These churches are very unusual in that they are carved into the ground instead of into a cave or a cliff face, as most other rock carved buildings are. This process must have been very slow work and each church is carved with painstaking detail and stands as testament of the dedication of these people to their religion.
9  Monte Albán
Monte Albán can be found on a low mountain range in southern Mexico. The site is one of the earliest pre-Columbian Mesoamerican sites ever found, dating back to at least 500BC, the valley it is situated within also shows signs of inhabitancy from as early as 2000BC. The site offers a unique glimpse into the Zapotec history and culture. At the centre of the site is the main plaza surrounded by civic and ceremonial buildings as well as the elite homes. The site also features two ball courts, monumental stairs, hundreds of tombs and over 300 Danzante carved stone monuments. Most of them are of male war prisoners, tortured and sacrificed, with many being leaders of competing villages. The site also contains over 40 conquest slabs within the walls of buildings, these slabs give the names and sometimes details of places conquered by Monte Albán. From these it has been possible to confirm Cañada de Cuicatlán was conquered by the Zapotec.
10  Alcobaça Monastery
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The Alcobaça Monastery in central Portugal was founded by king Afonso Henriques in 1153, and took 99 years to complete. This was the first building of the gothic style in Portugal, and is still the largest church in the country, it is of no surprise it went on to become one of the most important medieval monasteries in Europe. The monks of the monastery spent their lives meditating on religion and producing manuscripts, until it was pillaged by the French in 1810, it had one of the largest medieval libraries recorded. This monastery was the chosen burial place for many royals during the 13th and 14th centuries, their elaborate tombs are some of the best surviving examples of medieval engraving and sculptures in Europe. The tombs of Pedro I and his mistress, Ines de Castro, are particularly intricate, both feature relief of the occupant on the lid of the tomb, the kings tomb rests on carved lions while Ines is supported by carvings of creatures which are half man – half animal, and are covered in engravings showing angels and biblical scenes. The best known tomb is Queen Urraca’s, a Romanesque tomb engraved with an image of the Queen on the top, while around the body of the tomb are reliefs of the Apostles, the King and their children. This building is truly a showcase for the skills and dedication of the medieval craftsmen of Europe.
11  Krak des Chevaliers
Built in a defensive position atop a large hill in 1031, by the Emir of Aleppo, this castle in western Syria guards the route from Antioch to Beirut. It was a strategically important fort during the crusades, and was taken in 1099, by Raymond IV of Toulouse, after which it changed hands a few times until 1142, when it became the headquarters of the knights Hospitaller. During the Crusades, it housed a garrison of 2,000 soldiers as well as up to 60 knights. The Hospitaller knights rebuilt much of the castle, including strengthening the walls, which are up to 100ft thick in places, they also rebuilt a lot of inner wards in a gothic style including a meeting hall, chapel, cistern, aqueduct, storage facilities and two stables which held up to 1000 horses. In the cliff below the castle the Hospitaller knights dug further storage areas to hold supplies that could have lasted them up to 5 years, if they were besieged. This site is also one of the few places in the world where crusaders art frescos can be seen.
12  Rietveld Schröder House
The Rietveld Schröder House is a modern family home built in the Netherlands in 1924, so why is it a UNESCO site? The house was designed by architect Gerrit Rietveld, who had been commissioned to create a house for Mrs Truus Schröder-Schrader and her 3 children. This house is one of the best examples of De-Stijl design, or modern open plan living to me and you. The down stairs is a fairly traditional layout but upstairs none of the internal walls are static, they are all moveable panels giving a changeable open plan area. Externally the building is strikingly different from the brick terrace to which it’s attached. With stark, clean lines, dramatic use of colors, cleverly placed balconies and large open windows which connect the interior of the building to the exterior. UNESCO chose this site as “it is an icon of the Modern Movement in architecture… With its radical approach to design and the use of space, the Rietveld Schröder house occupies a seminal position in the development of architecture in the modern age.” I have to say, I completely agree.
13  Hatra
Hatra is located to the northwest of Baghdad in Iraq, you may recognize it from the opening scenes in the film, The Exorcist. It was constructed during the 3rd century BC, by Arabs under the Iranian Parthian Empire. The city became the capital of the first Arab kingdom and became an important border fort against roman invasion. The city was ruled by Arabian princes who would have paid a yearly tribute to the rulers of the Iranian empire, until the Iranians took the city by force in 241. Hatra is recognized as one of the best preserved Parthian cities, with many of its structures still standing, including the inner and outer defensive walls and towers, and a range of temples dedicated to a different Gods from many different cultures. Some of the temples found have been dedicated to the Babylonian and Akkadian God Nergal, the Greek God Hermes, the Aramaean Gods Atargatis and Ba’al Shamayn, the Arabian Gods Allat and Shamiyyah and the Mesopotamian God Shamash, showing the cultural differences and tolerance that was once prevalent in this area.
14  Leshan Giant Buddha
This Maitreya Buddha was carved from a cliff face where the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers meet, in southern Sichuan, China. It was constructed by a Chinese monk named Haithong in 713, his followers worked on and off for 90 years to complete it and, today, it is still the largest stone Buddha in the world, at 71m tall and 28m wide. Where the three rivers meet, the water currents were dangerous and would often sink shipping vessels, Haithong thought if he carved the Buddha there it would help to calm the waters. The stone removed to carve the Buddha was dumped into the river, unintentionally altering the currents and calming the waters. Today the Buddha is threatened by pollution, and the wear and tear caused by the thousands of tourists who come each year to visit the site. The Chinese government has closed factories nearby, in an effort to reduce the damage being inflicted on the Buddha.
15  Aldabra Atoll
Aldabra is the world’s second biggest coral atoll, it is uninhabited, isolated and virtually untouched by humans. The atoll is the home to the world’s largest population of giant tortoises, which makes it an extremely valuable conservation site. During the 1700s, the islands were used by the French to hunt giant tortoises, as they were considered a delicacy at the time, but by the 1900s they had been hunted to the brink of extinction. The tortoises also share this atoll with the Aldabra Rail, the endangered Malagasy Sacred Ibis, Green and Hawksbill turtles and two species of bats found only on Aldabra. The atoll was declared a world heritage site in 1982, as it is home to so many rare and unusual creatures.

Top 10 Richest Politicians of the World

1. Vladimir Putin

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Vladimir Putin of Russia with unbelievable wealth of $40 billion, he becomes the world’s richest politician in 2012. He is now the Prime minister of Russia. His money basically comes from his investments and political services.

2. King Bhumibol Adulyadej

King Bhumibol Adulyadej
King Bhumibol Adulyadej holds the current position of Monarch in Thailand and He was born on December 5, 1927. He started serving his people in June 9, 1946. He is known to be the longest serving head of state. He is now known to be the 2nd richest politician with $ 10 billion net worth.

3. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
On July 15, 1946, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah marked the date of his birth. He became the 29th Sultan of Brunei. He also became the first Prime Minister of Brunei. He was involved in Gas Industry and some oil business which made him so prosperous. Bolkiah is the 3rd richest politician worldwide. His total wealth is amounting to $ 20 billion.

4. Michael Bloomberg

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AT the age of 70, Michael Bloomberg is the 4th most prosperous politicians of the world. He is currently serving as New York City Mayor.  With an outstanding net worth of $ 19.5 billion, he is also the 12thwealthiest person in the US. Moreover, he owns and runs the Bloomberg L.P.

5. King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

 King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is Saudi Arabia’s King. After King Fahd’s death, who is his half-brother, he succeeded him and happened on August 1, 2005. He owns a total wealth of $ 18 billion making him not just one of the world’s richest royals but also the 5th wealthiest politician in the world.

6. Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
At the age of 64, Khalifa Bin Zayed al Nahyan is the President of United Arab of Emirates. He replaced his father. He is also the Chairperson of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development. He was also chosen to be the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi in 1969. With all the positions he acquired in his life, his inheritances, real estate, and oil business, he is now the 6th richest politician there is in the whole world. Is total riches reached a grand total of $ 15 billion.

7. Cayetana Fitz- James Stuart

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Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart was born in March 28, 1926. She is a Duchess of Spain. She is presently the Head of the House of Alba. In between 1930-1940, she was politically outstanding. Cayatana was married three times in her life. She holds the 9th position as the world’s richest politicians with $ 4.9 billion of total riches and properties.

8. Najib Mikati

Najib Mikati
Najib Mikati is currently the Lebanon’s Prime Minister. He will be turning 57 years old on November 24, 2012. He was once an owner of a telecommunications company based in Lebanon. His career in politics started in 1968. He holds the 8th spot of the world’s richest politicians because of his total earnings of $ 2.8 billion.

9. Donald Trump

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Donald Trump is an American businessman, born in June 14, 1946. He also became famous as a TV personality. He was given the well known nickname “The Donald” by media. In 2010 he became interested in politics. Just recently, he ran for the position of president of USA .In his entire life; he has accumulated $ 2.7 billion (net total). He acquired it mostly through real estate investments.

10. H. Vasanthakumar

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H. Vasanthakumar is an Indian. He seemed to be very young in the politics world because his career in the politics just started in 2006. He is also a time-honoured businessman. He owns the Vasath & Co that sells electronics and home appliances in India. He is the top 10 richest politician of the world who owns 2 billion dollars of riches.

Top 10 Most Expensive Bikes In The World-2012

1  Million Dollar Harley

The world’s most expensive bike is an artist-designed Harley-Davidson. It is also the world’s first $1 million motorcycle. It has been designed by Jack Armstrong. Jack Armstrong is known throughout the world for his painting style, which is known as Cosmic Extensional. With this style of painting on object, the observer is able to read and see different things from unlike angles. The motorcycle is priced at $1 million.

2  Ultra-rare Porcupine
The second-most expensive bike in the world is a Porcupine, and it is extremely rare. This ultra-rare Porcupine was manufactured during World War II by AJS, a British motorcycle manufacture. This Porcupine was part of National Motorcycle Museum at Coventry for the past two decades, but is now on sale. With such rarity and history, it is anticipated to fetch nearly $750,000.

3  Gold-Plated Custom Chopper
The gold-plated Custom Chopper was unveiled at the International Motorcycle Show at Seattle, Washington. This literally-dazzling motorcycle looks more of a showstopper than a real motorbike, purely because of its look. The price of this extraordinary chopper is $500000. The bike sports a lot of gold plated to its metal parts with excellent and superb finish and shine. You would not want to take it on the road even.

4   Legendary British Vintage Black
This bike is in this list at number four due to its uniqueness and also of antiquity. Legendary British Vintage Black worth nearer to $400000.This bike is not fastest one because this is a very old bike.

5  Ecosse FE Ti XX – Titanium Series
Ecosse FE Ti XX is not only too much expensive but also very beautiful bike Titanium Series is manufactured by the company which already has other credits to its name – The Ecosse Motor Works.The Ecosse FE Ti XX Titanium Series produces as astonishing 225 horsepower utilizing its aluminum engine. The orders have already been booked, but the first lot will be delivered to China. The Ecosse FE Ti XX costs $300,000.

6  Hub-less Harley-Davidson
This beautiful bike was customized by Howards Killer CustomsWho works beautifully in it. Hub less bike looks very beautiful and unique ranked 6 in the race of top ten most expensive bikes The price is $155000.This Chopper looks very beautiful and different from others.

7   Hildebrand & Wolfmuller
This is 115 years old this bike was manufactured by Hildebrand & Wolfmuller . This bike is still inn in the ranking of top ten most expensive bikes. This particular bike from Hildebrand & Wolfmuller was the first ever motor-driven bike to be given the name of a motorcycle, which makes it extremely special. Currently, this particular bike is part of private collection in United States. The high price it carries is purely due to its rarity and history. This bike worth $150000,there is no exact picture available for this bike.

8  Harley-Davidson Rocker
House of  Thunder is the name of very known manufacturing company. This Harley-Davidson Rocker was manufactured by this company.This is a German company works great to customize the bikes, The House-of-Thunder-customized Harley-Davidson Rocker is a true example of full-on customization, as it has been customized even to the last detail. The Rocker along with the yacht in background cost $22 million. The Rocker alone carries a price tag of $130,000.

9   Coventry Eagle Flying – 8 (1928) 
This unique and beautiful bike is manufactured by ROYAL EAGLE in year 1928. This bike is 73 years old and we can still see that on road. Coventry Eagle had a great history. Bruce Smith, Stephen Broadbridge, John Ellis, and Ken Hodgson purchase this. This price of Coventry Eagle Flying – 8 (1928) is round about $120000.

10  Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Fighter
This beautiful bike manufactured by confederate motor co used all over steel to give unique grace and very delegate look. This ranked tenth in the race of worlds most expensive bikes .This unique style bike named as Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Fighter worth $110,000.

Top 10 Richest Cricketers In 2012

1  Mahendra Singh Dhoni  (8 Million Dollars)
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is at number 1 position of richest cricketer.He is the captain of Indian cricket team.Dhoni is an aggressive batsman and wicket keeper of his team.He has signed the deal of 43 million dollars with 2 year contract with Rhiti Sports.This deal is the world’s richest deal ever in the history of cricket.He has earned 8 million dollars a year 2012.

2 Sachin Tendulkar (8 Million Dollars)
Sachin Tendulkar a master blaster crickter of Indian team holding the 2nd postion in richest cricketers list.He had many world records one of it is the world record of highest runs in ODI Innings crossing the double century.He has earned more than 8 million dollars.He hascontracts with tv commercials,Shows and with his sponsors which are Adidas,Royal Bank of scotland and canon.

3 Yuvraj singh (5.5 Million Dollars)
Yuvraj Singh another player of India.He is an aggressive batsman.He made his contribution many of times in the victory of his team.He is at number 3 in this list.He has earned 5.5million dollars from his Proffession.He earned some of money from tv commercial,shows and sponserships with Fiat,Microsoft and Reebok.

4 Rahul Dravid  (5 Million Dollars)
Rahul Dravid was born in 11 jan 1973 in India.He is one of the best cricketer in the history of cricket.He was named as“The wall of Indian Cricket“.He was the captain of Indian cricket in many times and have multiple cricket records.He has awarded as icc cricketer of the year in 2004.He has earned 5 million dollars.His major sponsors are Castrol,Reebok
5 Andrew Flintoff  (4 Million Dollars)
Andrew Flintoff  belongs to a english cricket team.He was born in 6 december 1977.He played cricket for England and Lancashire Country Cricket Club.He also participated in the IpL where He had joined the Chennai Super kings.His earning is 4 million dollars.His sponsors are puma,Barclaysand ,volkswagen.

6  Sourav Ganguly (3.5 million dollars)
A legend player Sourav Ganguly was ex captan of Indian cricket team both in ODI and test.He has retired from indian cricket team in 2008.He is at 4th postion for making the highest runs from Indian team ever.Total earning of sourav is same as ricky ponting 3.5 million dollarsSome of it come from his sponsors that are pepsi and puma.

7 Ricky Ponting  (3.5 Mllion Dollars)
Ricky ponting a stylish player with his beautiful shots is so famous in the cricket fans.He isa player of Australian cricket team.His nick name is punter.Ponting was the ex captain of Australian team.Ponting has earned 3.5 millaion dollars.His sponsors are Valvoline,KFC and Adidas.

8 Brett Lee   (3 Million Dollars)
Brett Lee is a fast Bolwer of the Australian Cricket team.He is a energetic player and is aworlds second fastest bowler in the history of cricket.He has earned yet 3 million dollars and getting the 8th postion in richest cricketers list.He is so famous all around the world.His sponsors are KFC,Gatorade,volkswagen and Adidas.

9 Kevin Pietersen  (3 Million Dollars)
A English cricket player but born in south Africa kevin Pietersen is at number 9.He was born in 27 june 1980.Pietersen is a right handed batsman and plays for England.He also represent the Surrey.In IPL he had joined the Royal Challengers Bangalore.The major sponsors of kevinare Red Bull,Vodafone and famous brand Adidas.His brilliant performance in IPL and in his team helped him to earned 3 million dollrs.

10 Michael Clarke  (2.5 Million Dollars)
A famous stylish player Michael Clarke is at number ten in richest cricketers list.He was born in 2 april 1981.Clarke belongs to a Australian cricket team.He was the recent captain of the Australin team.His nick name is pup.He likes to play only for his nation thats why he did not join any of IPL team.Gillette and Slazenger are his major sponsors.His total earning is 2.5 million dollars.

Top 10 Fastest Trains In The World

1. CRH380A
China based train CRH380A is at the top in this list. This train attains the speed  of 302.8 mph. This fastest train can carry the 494 passengers.  Its route is from Shanghai to Nanjing and Shanghai to Hangzhou. It is powered by 25 KV AC overhead electric system.

2. TR-09
This train has the world’s best and advanced rail infrastructure. This is German train uses magnetic levitation system and is powered by 50-100KW electric current. This second world’s fastest train has the speed of 279.5 mph.

3. Shinkansen
Japan has done a great work in improving the train infrastructure. Th efforts made them able to produced the high speed train attaining the top speed of 276.2 mph. It is also powered by 25,000 V AC electrification system. This number 3rd fastest train is working since 1964.

4. TGV Reseau
This is French high speed train which is powered by 25 KV AC, 1500 v DC electrification system. It can carry 377 passengers. This high speed train can attain the top speed of 236.12 mph. It is the world’s 4th fastest train

5. KTX 2
This South Koren based train is operating in KOrail. It was built by Hyundai Rotem.Its first journey was started in 2009. This train has the ability to gain the speed of 218 mph. But some security reasons made it to bound at 190 mph. It is powered by 25 KV/60 Hz AC Catenaries. This high speed train with comfortable journey is ranked at number 5.

6. THSR 700T
Taiwan is introduced this train which has the top speed of 208 mph. The capacity of taking passengers of this train is 989. It is powered by   25 kv/60 Hz AC electrification system.

7. AVE Talgo-350
This fastest train is of  Spain. Its connection is between Madrid-Barcelona and Madrid-Valladolid. This train has a beautiful shape and with the top speed 205 mph made it the world’s 7th fastest train. In this train 25 kv 50 Hz electrification system is working.

8. Eurostar
United Kingdom has a great work in rail network system. They are focusing on to ficialte their nationality holders with a best rail network. They have introduced a train powered by 25 kv 50 Hz in the rail network with having the top speed of 199 mph. This train has the route between Uk and France. The different tunnel channels came in its way. This superb train is at number 8th.

9. ETR-500
Elettero Treno Rapido is a train of Italy. It has been operated since 1993. This train is powered by 3 KV DC, 25 KV 50 Hz system. The important thing of this train is its coverage from center of Bologna to Milan just in 60 seconds. ETR 500 has the top speed of 190 mph. With this speed this is the world’s 9th fastest train.

10. HSL 1
HSL 1 train belongs to Belgium. This train is on the track since December 1997. This train attains the top speed of 186 mph. This train has a 25KV 50 Hz Ohlw railway electrification systems. This is the 10th fastest train in the world.