- Is Modi govt weakening HAL? With no payments coming in, HAL for the first time ever takes a bank loan of Rs 7.81 billion. . . . Air force holds back Rs 20,000 crore from HAL, as foreign vendors get paid. . . . Govt’s apathy is pushing HAL to the brink.
- Preventing the next terror attack: WhatsApp is facing pressure in India to let authorities trace and read encrypted messages. Indian policy makers have been examining methods China has used to protect domestic startups and take control of citizens’ data.
- Taking on the mighty: Govt’s tough stand on Ecommerce FDI may put a stop to Amazon’s food sales in India
- Ganga, the wonder river: In the late 19th century, British scientists and hydrologists became intrigued by the fact that Ganga water did not go bad, even after long periods of storage, contrary to the water of other rivers in which a mounting lack of oxygen quickly promoted the growth of anaerobic bacteria. In 1896 the British physician E. Hanbury Hankin wrote in the French journal Annales de l’Institut Pasteur that cholera microbes that had a life of forty-eight hours in distilled water died within three hours in Ganga water. Dr. Hankin was able to secure corpses of cholera victims in the river and isolated samples of Ganga water with a large concentration of the bacillus E. coli. Much to his astonishment, he found that after six hours the microbes had completely disappeared.
- Sri Ramana Maharshi's teachings:
- Insect Collapse: Tropical insects, having evolved in a very stable climate, would be much more sensitive to climate warming. “If you go a little bit past the thermal optimum for tropical insects, their fitness just plummets”.
Self serving, but true. Monopoly and then monopoly pricing is their goal pic.twitter.com/wqnchZFBfC— राजीवः श्रीनिवासः (@RajeevSrinivasa) January 15, 2019