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The 82 year old man.

Just recently, there have been many stories in the news about an 82 year old Indian man who says that he doesn’t need food or water to survive.  He says that he relies on meditation and getting his necessary nutrition through the air.  Due to the many reports, the Indian army have sent some doctors round to examine and keep watch on the man.  They are going to study what he does for every minute of the day and figure out why he can live “without” food.  Apparently, a few years ago some scientists observed the man for weeks and said that he didn’t eat or drink.  The only problem was that he lost weight.  They believed that if he truly got all of his nutritional needs through the air, he wouldn’t loose weight.  It is truly a fascinating story and will be very interesting to follow.  I would really struggle to last without food and drink for one day, never mind forever!


Bhut Jolokia, the world's hottest chili pepper.

After much experimentation, the Indian Military has decided they will utilize bhut jolokia or “ghost chili” which is the world’s hottest pepper in tear gas type hand grenades to immobilize and capture targets of interest.It is listed by the Guinness World Records as the world’s spiciest chili pepper and has a rating of around 1,000,000 Scoville Units. Scoville Units are the scientific measure of how spicy a chili is. To put it in comparable terms, Tabasco sauce can be from 2500 to 5000 units while jalapeño peppers can range from 2500 to 8000 units. This is a gigantic gap and shows the true nature of this pepper. After being tested by many defense laboratories, it was found to be a perfect non fatal weapon against terrorists.

According to Yahoo News, “This is definitely going to be an effective nontoxic weapon because its pungent smell can choke terrorists and force them out of their hide-outs,” R. B. Srivastava, the director of the Life Sciences Department at the New Delhi headquarters of the DRDO said.

Srivastava is also producing a type of spray utilizing these peppers similar to pepper spray for women to use against potential assailants or attackers.

Indian Police Emblem

Indian freedom of information activists have recently found themselves hospitalized after demanding answers from politicians.  Mr. Kumar, for example, was denied an explanation for the private building on public land when he was stonewalled by the police.  Later, after taking up the matter with the company that was building on this land, Mr. Kumar was asked to meet at the site of interest for further discussion.  When he arrived, he was accosted by a small mob that favored the politician that initially ignored him.  Passersby and police offered him no help as he was severely beaten, even to the point of unconsciousness, by an iron rod.  Mr. Kumar is pursuing the matter in court as his questions are defended by the Right to Information Act, passed in India in 2005.  Mr. Kumar is optimistic, and believes that justice will eventually be dealt, but skeptics fear that these violent incidents are growing.

one of the maldives many islands

one of the maldives many islands

No one can doubt the natural beauty of the tropical island nation of the Maldives, with its year round sunshine and one of the world’s most impressive marine sanctuaries. The unique geographical make up of the islands that attracts huge numbers of tourists per year is also its Achilles heel. There are near 1200 islands in the Maldives and all of them are less than 2 meters above sea level; this is a major problem with the growing threat of global warming and the rising sea level. Many Scientists believe that 80% of this island nation will be under water by the end of this century. The Maldivian president has seen this problem and in response launched some several ambitious campaigns; he wants the Maldives to become the first 100% carbon natural country in the world and have raised tourist taxes to pay for this, he says the Maldives needs to do its part in saving the islands by not burning fossil fuels.

Power plant accidentIn New Delhi on Wednesday September 23rd, 2009, a chimney that was under construction at a power plant in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh collapsed.  The chimney was 250 meters tall and was located at a 1,200 mega watt thermal power plant that is owned by Bharat Aluminum Co.  At least 36 people were killed from the falling chimney and 7 were injured.  Officials say that the chimney collapsed because of a combination of heavy storms, lightning, and poor construction.  The senior-most government officer in Korba said that 36 dead bodies were found at the site on Thursday evening.  36 were found dead but over 100 workers are still missing in the huge masses of rubble left behind from the chimney.  The seven workers that were rescued, are currently receiving help and treatment at a local hospital.  The state government recently announced that they will be paying 10,000 rupees, ($2,090) to the families of every worker who died in the accident.

Recently, the Indian weavers shunned the Health Plan because of the poor quality and undeniable promise. As we can see in the realistic world, the hand-loom industry is placed at the second significant economy position, beside agriculture. However, the weavers maintain that the Indian Health Plan doesn’t provide benefits to them. In the other hand, the insurance company are trying to minimize the fund and payment. It is acknowledged that about 60% of the weavers in Indian are female and most of them are illiterate and poor. One of the female weavers told the journalist that she doesn’t have money to pay for her stomach tumor. She said that the insurance company refused to pay for the treatment. As a result this illiterate female weaver didn’t get her surgery. Socially, most of the weavers and workers don’t have the desire to take the Health Plan. One man said that :” The insurance is tedious. They promise to cover almost everything. However, they never pay for our treatment. Just some invaluable medicine.


All Indian Institute Of Medical SciencesAll Indian Institute Of Medical Sciences Just recently on the border of India and Nepal, a baby boy has been born with his heart outside of his chest. Not only does he have an extremely rare condition called Ectopia Cordis which is a problem with the chest as it does not cover the heart fully, he has a hole in his heart. He is currently at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences where he will be undergoing a very difficult surgery which will make room for his heart in his chest. During the surgery, his blood temperature will be cooled to 18 degrees for 30 minutes because he also suffers from immuno-deficiency. His doctors have said that they are hoping that the surgery goes well, because it is a very high risk operation. Doctors are still in shock that the infant is still alive, because he had a very long train journey from his home to the hospital. During the journey he became very dehydrated and had an extremely bad infection. So hopefully he keeps fighting on and survives the upcoming surgery.