Yes – our first reaction is to laugh at this idea which is okay and to be expected. But seriously, with our giant population we generate a lot of urine. Human urine or Cow urine contains a lot of nitrogen, which is the most important ingredient of Urea – a critical fertilizer used by farmers. Currently, India imports a lot of urea so this will save our import bill. Simple right! Well sort off. The concept is new and has not been tried before.
There are many technical and logistical challenges – like collecting the urine, paying for it, its freshness, purification, storing in bank, scaling up, many more and then its usage in making urea. We can laugh all we want ==> but to make it work – many technical challenges to be worked out.
AND WHEN IT WORKS, WE CAN BE PROUD CONTRIBUTORS AND FEEL GOOD AS IT WILL BE A “MAKE IN INDIA” SUCCESS STORY !!!
Source: Times of India
- 15 Nov 2017
Bollywood also, and not just Hollywood has arguably a lost list of UNREPORTED SEXUAL ABUSE, HARASSMENT AND SCANDALS. Once Kerala actress flew outstation to meet a film director in his hotel room at 9:00 pm. Being much more of a male dominated industry, sexual harassment is quite likely.
In fact leading and long-time producer Mahesh Bhatt indirectly admitted to such harassment’s existence when he was quoted to have said, “We cannot keep moral cops outside every film office to see that no girl is being exploited“. So is he saying that – such harassment are cases so common that it would be difficult to police – whether by moral policing or real policing?
Sadly very few cases of sexual harassment are even reported – in Bollywood or elsewhere.
- 14 Nov 2017
Demonetization or “Demo”, the overnight ban of the old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes provided a massive shock to those with black money, corruption and terror funding. Yes it does create difficulties, long lines, jobs lost, business lost, slower economy, and much else – these are all short-term and visible, and it is easy to talk about this.
What is less obvious and visible many benefits are harder to see and understand:
a) fear and anxiety of those dealing in corruption and cash;
b) terror funding – printing of fake notes, freely distributing all can stop anytime,
c) more people filing income taxes,
d) cash is disappearing from larger transactions,
e) faster digitization, and many others.
Finally, most citizens have understood this and are supporting it and are patient, while the media and intellectuals are all upset. Future demo actions, yes they are going to come is our prediction, would be easier to prepare for and handle – would send new shock waves to the bad characters.
- 12 Nov 2017
Delhi is off and on covered with a toxic smog, some say pollution level are among the worst in over 30 years, with levels many times higher than what is safe.
So what are the causes:
a) road and building construction (this will get completed),
b) vehicle and factory emission (will only get worse) with population and industrial activity,
c) burning of crop residue by farmers in neighboring states, done yearly to clear the fields before sowing season (this is at specific times in a year).
DIWALI FIRECRACKERS ARE NOT AMONG THE TOP CAUSES. Yes – things are really bad with no easy solutions. Hope the Supreme Court will not jump in with some adhoc or controversial judgment, and instead let government and experts find proper solutions?
- 11 Nov 2017
Before the current government, Indian businesses and corporate houses had the unwritten assurance that if they failed or defaulted on their loans, the government of India would step in and provide relief or support. Companies borrowing excessively or gave loan guarantees to enable other companies to borrow. With Indian parliament passing the Bankruptcy law, companies get no special favours either written or unwritten. If a company defaults on a loan or a loan it provided a guarantee, then it could end up in bankruptcy proceedings with creditors making claims against the remaining value or assets of the company. In fact legal collection proceedings have been started against more than 400 companies with the list expected to balloon. Based on recent experiences of Ruia losing control Essar Oil and Essar Steel and Vijay Mallaya losing his ownership, promoters could lose big. While there is going to be lot of pain, the longer-term benefits are likely to be end of reckless borrowing, more equity by promoters and tax payers – which is all of us sharing and future losses and not taking 100% of the losses.
- 9 Nov 2017
A Qatar Airways flight from Qatar to Bali, Indonesia while flying over India made an emergency landing in Chennai. An Iranian woman, travelling with her child and husband found out by chance, after unlocking her husband’s phone with his fingers, that her husband was cheating her. She got really mad and started thrashing her husband. Flight attendants tried but could not make this woman stop. Sensing the safety of the other passengers and the plane, the pilot decided to make an emergency landing in Chennai, and then off loaded the woman, her husband and child. And then continuing on with its flight plans. So if you thought such things are heard of only in India, think again – they can happen anywhere.
- 9 Nov 2017
In a major shock, Supreme Court passed judgment in late 2017 that ALL ENGINEERING DEGREES AWARDED THAT WERE AWARDED SINCE 2001, VIA CORRESPONDENCE COURSES ARE INVALID. The judgement was given after it was confirmed with the UGC and AICTE (both government bodies) if the concerned colleges and universities had been given prior permission. But to get what appears to be a simple confirmation have really taken so long and one that now impacts thousands and thousands of students and families. Could the Supreme Court or other Courts for that matter have heard such cases on a priority basis? It seems doubtful that lack of time – over these years – could be a reason.
Source: Economic Times
- 7 Nov 2017
A Muslim man from Bihar who has 5 daughters of ages 12, 9, 7, 4 and 2 threw from a moving train at night the oldest 4. One of the girls died and the other 3 survived with major injuries. The train was going from Patna to Jammu. It appears that the youngest was no thrown out as it was sleeping with her mother. When his wife asked what happened to the girls, the husband says – “fek diye“. And then, “who will feed five girls and arrange for their marriages“. The husband Iddu Mian got down in Jammu and is missing and the police are pursuing all leads. The only question is if you didn’t want children – girls or otherwise, why did you produce them?
Source: Hindustan Times
- 6 Nov 2017
With consumer complaining that some businesses, shops, malls, restaurants adding GST to the MRP and jacking up the price (some real confusion but some fleecing the consumer), government is taking confusion out of this. For example, some shops were adding GST to purchase and some were not. Now for all products the maximum retail price (or MRP) must include GST.
With GST and its country-wide uniform tax structure, products will cost the same or nearly the same in any part of India!
This will help to reduce confusion and corruption indirectly.
Source: Business Today
- 2 Nov 2017
Chennai and surrounding areas received one of the heaviest rainfalls in years. Several areas have already recorded 100 millimeters while others 150 millimeters or more of rainfall. Both coastal and interior areas are likely to get even more rainfall.
Many areas in the city and surrounding areas are flooded or in danger of getting flooded.
In the midst of all this heavy monsoon, several crucial reservoirs (or water tanks) have only between 10% and 30% of their water storage capacity. These water tanks are what supply water year round… provided they have enough water?
Source: Deccan Chronicle
- 1 Nov 2017
Kareem Lala, who was the mastermind behind the Rs. 32,000 crore counterfeit (or nakli) stamp paper scam has died. This infamous scam operated in 18 states and over 70 towns with more than 300 agents to sell these forged stamp paper.
Would you believe this – his customers included: banks, stock brokerage companies and insurance firms. He got his start forging passports and visas to the innocent public, and over the years saw his operation expand.
Besides the size of the scam, one is left to wonder how the growing scam was not caught.
Source: Times of India
- 31 Oct 2017
In a major strategic breakthrough, India shipped wheat for the first time to Afghanistan by using Iran’s Chabahar port, one in which it is providing major financial and technical assistance. This bypasses the land route through Pakistan completely and leaves Pakistan isolated for good.
Over many years, Pakistan has blocked every request for a land access to Afghanistan but with Iran’s Chabahar port operational, both Afghanistan and India have alternatives to engage in trade and Pakistan is totally out of the picture for good.
Source: The Hindu
- 30 Oct 2017
The government now plans to spend heavily on massive infrastructure development, nearly Rs. 7 lakh crores to build and upgrade roads and bridges, to boost the economy and to create employment.
The plan is to build nearly 90,000 kilometers of roads to connect 17 states and 40+ major metros-economic corridors. It includes super highway, border and coastal roads.
Funds will be generated from loans, public investment and government funds.
Source: Daily Pioneer
- 29 Oct 2017
Adopted 3 year old Indian girl Sherin Mathews (original name Saraswati) dies after Keralite christian father forced her to stand outside at 3:00 am as punishment.
What was her mistake – she refused to drink milk. The girl went missing for two weeks and then she was found dead.
She was adopted from a orphanage in Bihar, and the officials there say she was once abandoned in the bushes by her birth parents most likely.
THE CHILD HAD A SHORT BUT TRAGIC LIFE…
Source: Buzz feed
- 28 Oct 2017
The Indian Air Force (IAF) landed the several fighter jets and the massive C130 transport plane on the Agra-Lucknow highway. These are practice and training drills to be ready for war and conflict situations both external and internal, disaster and humanitarian relief situations.
Over 12 highways have been marked for this exercises, some of which are in areas subject to heavy floods and cyclone and flooding, and the moaist affected red districts.
Hope the need to use this capability never arises, but AMAZING WHAT A SIGHT TO SEE THIS!
Source: Zee News
- 26 Oct 2017