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Simple and efficient, rail travel nonetheless inspires a sense of romance. By train, subway, and a seemingly endless variety of trams, trolleys, and coal shaft cars, we've moved on rails for hundreds of years. Industry too relies on the billions of tons of freight moved annually by rolling stock. Gathered here are images of rails in our lives, the third post in an occasional series on transport, following Automobiles and Pedal power. -- Lane Turner (47 photos total)
An employee adjusts a CRH380B high-speed Harmony bullet train as it stops for an examination during a test run at a bullet train exam and repair center in Shenyang, China on October 23, 2012. (Stringer/Reuters)     

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BOX OF BALLOTS: Workers counted ballots in Seoul after parliamentary elections Wednesday. South Korea’s ruling conservative Saenuri Party claimed a majority. (Lee Jae-Won/Reuters)

MISSION CONTROL: Technicians worked in a satellite control room at a space center on the outskirts of Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday. North Korea said the fueling of a long-range rocket is under way, ahead of a launch expected later this week. (Pedro Ugarte/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

A MOTHER’S SORROW: Reshma Banu cried as she held the body of her 3-month-old daughter, Neha Afreen, outside a hospital morgue in Bangalore, India, Wednesday. The baby was admitted to a hospital after being battered, allegedly by her father, for being born a girl. (Aijaz Rahi/Associated Press)

MARTYR TO THE CAUSE: A man tied himself to a cross on a light pole Wednesday in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to protest against the candidacy of ousted President Hosni Mubarak’s former spy chief, Omar Suleiman, in Egypt’s coming presidential election. (Nasser Nasser/Associated Press)

CAPSIZED CREW: Artemis Racing team members struggled to recover after their vessel capsized during an America’s Cup World Series race off Naples, Italy, Wednesday. (Mario Laporta/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

FAMILY FLEES: A Syrian woman and child huddled together in a car at the border with Turkey after their successful escape from their country Wednesday. (Action Press/Zuma Press)

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EXAM PREP EXAM PREP: Students in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, shout slogans including, ‘I must go to college,’ and ’Father and Mother, I love you,’ after a motivational speech given ahead of college entrance exams. (Sean Yong/Reuters)

ALL TOGETHER NOW ALL TOGETHER NOW: Musicians participate in a concert featuring 1110 artists playing the veena, a classical Indian musical instrument, in Bangalore. (Manjunath Kiran/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

UNITED IN ST. PAUL UNITED IN ST. PAUL: Union members filled the Minnesota State Capitol rotunda to show support for and listen to pro-union speakers Tuesday. (Richard Sennott/Minneapolis Star Tribune via Zuma Press)

MARCHING IN MALI MARCHING IN MALI: Several thousand people took to the streets of Mali’s capital Wednesday in support of last week’s military takeover. (Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press)

FAST AND FURIOUS FAST AND FURIOUS: The 2012 World Team Table Tennis Championships is under way in Dortmund, Germany. (Marius Becker/European Pressphoto Agency)

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People around the world once again expressed their affection for one another in many ways with balloons, cards, flowers, chocolates, gifts, and kisses to name just a few. The National Retail Federation said Americans alone will spend some $17.6 billion on the day that traces its origins to Roman rituals and the legend of Saint Valentine from the Catholic Church. -- Lloyd Young (34 photos total)
A man is silhouetted as he fills heart shaped balloons with helium while waiting for customers on Valentine's Day in Islamabad. (Faisal Mahmood/Reuters)

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TEDxGolfLinksPark - Dr Sridhar Mitta - Story of IT in India

Dr. Sridhar Mitta, aged 65 years, is the Managing Director and Founder of NextWealth Entrepreneurs Private Limited, Bangalore, India. NextWealth has developed a distributed delivery model to provide Information Technology related jobs to graduates from small towns. The innovative business model provides value to small town graduates and customers and reverses migration to cities. Dr. Mitta was the Managing Director of e4e India during 2000 to 2010. Prior to e4e Dr. Mitta was with Wipro Information Technology business since its inception in 1980. He was its first employee and played key role in Wipro achieving technology leadership. He pioneered global delivery of outsourced product development services. Wipro became the highest valued company in India during his tenure. Dr. Mitta was also the Founder and CEO of EnThink Inc. , an Intellectual Property design company located in silicon valley during 1998-2000. He began his career with Electronics Corporation of India, Limited, Hyderabad in 1973 . Dr. Mitta is very passionate about promoting entrepreneurship. He is associated with ‘The IndUs Entrepreneurs (TiE)’ which fosters entrepreneurship globally. He served as the President of TiE Bangalore Chapter and a member of Board of Trustees of TiE Global. He is also advisor to several venture capital organizations and serves in board of several companies. He mentors many young companies. Dr. Mitta holds a PhD and MS from Oklahoma State University , US ; an M Tech from the <b>...</b>

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