Sunday, November 29, 2015


(pancha is five in samskritam; amritam is nectar)
Poornima / Kali Yugabda 5117 / Manmatha Aipasi 10 (October 27, 2015)


Built around 2,000 years ago, one of the oldest in the world, Kallanai Dam exemplifies the amazing engineering marvels of India. The Dam, across the Kaveri River in Tiruchirapalli District (Tamilnadu, Bharat) by Karikala Chola, is also called the Grand Anicut. It was constructed to divert the river to the delta districts thereby boosting irrigation and avoiding loss of crops due to floods. The dam though very old has a strong foundation and a solid structure. It is still in excellent condition and is used as a major irrigation dam in Tamil Nadu. The dam has also been an inspiration for many recent modern day dams due to its amazing engineering. Due to its impressive architecture, the dam attracts a lot of tourists every year. The unique structure of the Kallanai dam involves large stones sunk in the Cauvery river to divert the water flow to the fertile delta. It is believed that floods to an extent of about 1,86,000 cusecs have been discharged through this anicut with minimal or no damage.The dam is made of unhewn stone and is 1,080 feet long and 60 feet wide, across the main stream of the Cauvery. The area is irrigated by the ancient irrigation network of which the dam was the centrepiece, covering about 69,000 acres. By the early 20th century, the irrigated area had increased to about 1,000,000 acres. (


Indian scientists are working on a top secret project under which the smartest military weapon of the 21st century is being developed which is named after Hindu goddess Kali.  In Scientific terms, KALI stands for 'Kilo Ampere Linear Injector'. The world's deadliest weapon system works this way: If an enemy missile is launched in Indian direction, it will quickly emit powerful pulses of Relativistic Electrons Beams (REB) and destroy the target in no time. Unlike laser beams, it does not bore a hole in the target but thoroughly damages the on-board electronic systems. and bring them down right away. According to scientists the KALI is far deadlier than so-called laser weapons that destroy by drilling holes since this process consumes time. Its efficiency has pushed our scientists to look forward to inventing a high-power microwave gun to destroy incoming aircrafts and missiles, based on the same method. (Based on a report By Shri  Mrityunjay Chaubey in,  September 7, 2015).


The Halba tribal community comprising 10,000 living in 110 villages of 52 'gram' panchayats in Rajnandgaon district (Chattisgarh, Bharat) has pledged not to marry their daughters or keep any relationship with households that do not have toilets. Following the pledge, a campaign "agar sauchalaya nahi toh beti aur roti nahi denge" (No toilet; no daughter or bread) has been launched in the entire district to motivate people, predominantly tribals, to build toilets in their homes. Incidentally, this district, which is the home constituency of chief minister Dr Raman Singh, is soon going to achieve 100 percent open defecation free status. Lauding the initiative by the community, Mukesh Bansal, collector of Rajnandgaon, said that it was a commendable effort. He wished that every single family in the district gets motivated from this initiative and works towards freeing Rajnandgaon from open defecation. (Based on a report by Smt Anuja Jaiswal in THE TIMES OF INDIA, November 4, 2015).

Bharati serves hot meal everyday to 70 poor elderly destitutes in his house in Bhim Nagar in  Thiruchirappalli (Tamilnadu, Bharat) for the past 10 years. Once an interior decorator, this unmarried person felt bad at the sight of many old people roaming around uncared for. He asked all those to come to his residence for food. 500 turned up. He fed them but asked them to bring their ration card the next day. This way he could fix the genuine beneficiaries, which is 70 a day. He cooks the food and serves in the couple of rooms  in his house. Over a period, he left his profession and poor feeding became his life mission. But Bharati says, “I do not view this as annadaanam. I look upon everyone whom I serve food as my parents. I lost my parents even as I began earning a salary”. He secures old age pension for some of his guests. On Deepavali day, he offers them new dhoti, saree etc. As the word sread, help began trickling in; some donate cash, some in kind, including cooking gas. Bharati is desirous of starting 10 more centres in the town if families decide to celebrate birthdays etc., by helping poor feeding. He says, in this manner, the target can be achieved without any assistance from the government. (Basd on a report in DINAMALAR, September 25, 2015).


Sripada Srisai Lalita Prasida, 13-year-old studying in class 9 at DPS Damanjodi, Koratpur district (Odisha, Bharat), has won the Community Impact Award at the Google Science Fair in the 13-15 years age category for developing a water purifier that works using waste corn cobs.The award carried $10,000 (Rs. 6.5 lakhs) as prize money and will be mentored by Google to build the project. In her experiment, Prasida found that waste corn cobs are able to adsorb contaminants like salt oxides, detergent, suspended particles, coloured dyes, oil, grease and even some heavy metals.The website says, "Corn cobs fitted to bamboos buried on the floor of the pond and allowed to remain there for two to three weeks, would be useful for cleaning water in ponds, tanks and rivers. This method is also useful in cleaning overhead water tanks of individual households and communities. (Based on a report in TOI TECH, THE TIMES OF INDIA, September 23, 2015).
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