Saturday, May 14, 2011


Vishwa Samvad Kendra, Chennai


Pancha is five in Samskritam, Amritam is nectar

Amaavaasya/ Kali Yugaabda 5113 / Kara Chithirai 19 (May 2, 2011)


Famed to be one of the Samskrit villages in India, Mathur village in Shimoga (Karnataka, Bharat) will add another feather in its cap for soon becoming the first village in the country to be completely illuminated by Light Emitting Diodes (LED) lamps. Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL) is the agency which will light up this village. "KREDL has chosen this village because of its uniqueness, where everyone in the village speaks Samskrit. At least 250 houses and 75 streetlights will switch over to LEDs. "The project is likely to bring down the consumption by 50%," sources said. H Nagana Gouda, assistant general manager, KREDL said: "We chose this village because of its uniqueness of being called a Samskrit Village." Based on a report by Smt Jayashree Nandi & Senthalir S in THE TIMES OF INDIA, June 12, 2010.


The latest spy saga between India and Pakistan that unveiled a few kilometres away from the Mohali stadium (Punjab, Bharat) while the two sides played the World Cup semi final has an unlikely hero — an Indian Army soldier from Kashmir Valley. According to sources, it was the quick reflexes of the soldier that led to the dramatic detention of a Pakistan high commission driver in Chandigarh, a few kilometres away from where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart, Yousuf Raza Gilani, were meeting. The driver offered money to him for divulging military details. According to sources, the soldier used quick thinking to trap the driver. He told the Pakistani spy that though he may not have any valuable information, he could put him in touch with other Army personnel who could provide sensitive information. On the pretext of introducing him to other personnel, the soldier walked the Pakistani driver to his Army unit. When they were just metres away from the gate, the soldier caught hold of the driver and shouted for help. His colleagues then assisted him in overpowering the driver. In the scuffle, the driver was mildly injured. Sources indicated that the Indian soldier could be recommended for appropriate military commendation. Based on a report by Shri Josy Joseph in THE TIMES OF INDIA, April 18, 2011.


A farmer from Tandia village in Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh, Bharat) has a solution to India's burgeoning food crisis. Prakash Singh Raghuvanshi's innovation could work wonders. He has single-handedly developed a number of high yielding, nutritious and disease-resistant varieties of wheat, paddy, pigeon pea (tur dal) and mustard, which can also withstand adverse weather changes. Financial problems and falling crop yield prompted him to think about starting a seed bank of the best varieties of crops. It has been a relentless crusade of over five years, despite his lack of formal education, financial problems, illness, and weak eyesight to develop the best quality seeds in India. "I believe that God has given me the power to help other farmers and help my country be self-sufficient in foodgrain production. Every variety I developed has a yield of 20-40 per cent more than the ones available in the market. I can challenge anyone to grow a better variety of seed beside my plot," says 50-year-old Prakash Singh, who is ushering in a unique green revolution by supplying seeds free of cost to hundreds of thousands of farmers across India. As an indigenous creator of a seed bank, he has sent samples of seeds to the Prime Minister's Office, the Ministry of Agriculture and the rice research institute in Hyderabad. While he has applied for a patent for the different varieties of seeds, he has also distributed the seeds free of cost to over 20 lakh (2 million) farmers across Maharashtra, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Chhattishgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal. "In the Sangli district of Maharashtra, some poor farmers have become rich by using only my seeds. They are now selling the seeds to other farmers in the District." Prakash says. He also trains farmers in different aspects of plant breeding and farming techniques. You can send an e-mail to Prakash Singh at  Mobile: 09956 941993. , September 22, 2010


World's oldest wooden warship afloat – now anchored in Portsmouth Harbour (UK) - is a worthy memorial to the golden age of Indian shipbuilding.  It entered Bombay Harbour in 1817. Since then, she has undergone a strict survey each year, and the experts say she is as sound in her timbers as the day she was built. The ship is regarded as a training vessel and British schoolchildren come on a course of instruction – including boat trips, climbing the rigging, exploring the decks below and picnics. From the '50 years ago' column of THE NEW SUNDAY EXPRESS, April 24, 2011.


Shri Janardan Datar works as a Cashier in a Nagpur (Maharashtrra, Bharat) bank. One evening, as he was engaged in tallying the transactions of the day, he noticed an excess of three hundred rupees in the denomination of 100 rupee notes. He noted down the residential addresses of those who made deposits in that denomination during the day. He knocked at many doors. Thus he could locate the one - a college professor - who had paid in excess. Datar gave the three currency notes to the gentleman and then alone went home. Normally he reaches home at 5.30 PM. That day it was 8.30 PM when he reached home. To lessen the suffering of the one who had lost his money, Datar did not mind walking that extra mile, literally. Based on a report in TARUN BHARAT Marathi daily, reproduced in VIJAYABHARATAM (Tamil weekly),  June 18, 1993.