Junho 30, 2009
‘Snapshot’, na ‘Foreign Affairs’ online, de Sumit Ganguly, que tivemos o prazer de escutar no curso há umas semanas atrás. É o fim de um namoro – segundo esta peça, a administração Obama “terá receio” de que uma demasiada aproximação à Índia possa prejudicar o seu outro namoro, com Beijing (sim, o problema é também os americanos serem uns polígamos insuportáveis…), ou ter impacto negativo no relacionamento com Islamabad. A recusa indiana em assinar o tratado de não-proliferação não tem tão pouco ajudado.
* S.Ganguly refere uma intervenção que a Secretária de Estado Clinton iria fazer em breve sobre a Índia. Já o fez, a 17 Junho:
Agora é estarmos atentos à viagem que ela fará a Delhi em Julho. O marido pelo menos tem de ir lá para trocar o turbante por um número maior…
10 rupees, sahab..
há um novo sabziiwaale no bairro…
“And what a cute elephant Sant gave me… Is it a joke on the Republicans?..”
(trata-se de Sant Singh Chatwal, presidente do Hillary Clinton for President Exploratory Committee – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sant_Singh_Chatwal
Embora não tenha tido sucesso total neste comité, trata-se de uma figura no meio democrático americano; mais uma para as estatísticas de NRIs…)
Junho 30, 2009
..porque é que o elefante indiano que transportou o Presidente Soares em Janeiro de ’92 foi patrocinado pela FIAT???
Junho 29, 2009
Vemos aqui dois colaboradores da DuPont americana a ultimarem os dados que serviram para o relatório que apresentam todos os anos sobre as preferências globais de cores de automóvel! Na revista aparecem as estatísticas para o mundo todo e, claro, para a Índia…
Branco e prateado estão, por isso, ‘in’ nas ruas de Mumbai, tal como na maioria das grandes metrópoles.
http://vocuspr.vocus.com/VocusPR30/Newsroom/Query.aspx?SiteName=DupontNew&Entity=PRAsset&SF_PRAsset_PRAssetID_EQ=111443&XSL=PressRelease&Cache=False O relatório foi mencionado na revista da FT deste fim de semana.
Junho 26, 2009
“Indian defence scientists are planning to put one of the world’s hottest chilli powders into hand grenades. They say the devices will be used to control rioters and in counter-insurgency operations.
Researchers say the idea is to replace explosives in small hand grenades with a certain variety of red chilli to immobilise people without killing them.The chilli, known as Bhut Jolokia, is said to be 1,000 times hotter than commonly used kitchen chilli.
Scientists at India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) are quoted as saying the potent chilli will be used as a food additive for troops operating in cold conditions. And the powder will also be spread on the fences around army barracks in the hope the strong smell will keep out animals. Other forms of pepper spray are commonly used for crowd control in many parts of the world.”
“Researchers at New Mexico State University recently discovered the world’s hottest chile pepper.
Bhut Jolokia, a variety of chile pepper originating in Assam, India, has earned Guiness World Records’ recognition as the world’s hottest chile pepper by blasting past the previous champion Red Savina.
In replicated tests of Scoville heat units (SHUs), Bhut Jolokia reached one million SHUs, almost double the SHUs of Red Savina, which measured a mere 577,000.”
Junho 26, 2009
Jackson of India
Prabhu Deva, who is known as the Michael Jackson of India, described Michael Jackson as the most influential personal his life.
“He is truly the icon as he was a singer, dancer and composer par excellence. He was my biggest inspiration and actually I idolized him. I’m still in a daze and it will take time for me to come to reality’
Eles não estarão a confundir o Michael Jackson com o George Michael??!?? É que o Prabhu é mais parecido é com este…
Junho 26, 2009
“The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) North America has joined hands with TERI India to brighten the lives of the power impoverished across the world through Lighting a Billion Lives campaign.
According to the statistics available at the campaign website, over 1.6 billion people in the world lack access to electricity and roughly 25% are in India alone. A commitment to this effect was made at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, held in New York during 26–28 September 2007. The campaign is inspired by TERI’s commitment to global sustainable development and creation of innovative solutions for a better tomorrow. Through the campaign, TERI plans to take solar lighting devices around the world to rural communities that lack quality lighting systems and have to depend on traditional resources like dung cakes, firewood, crop residue and kerosene for their various energy needs. “
Junho 26, 2009
Tecnologia holandesa: ” ‘Shiv Jal Dhara’, the second water pyramid in India, was inaugurated on the occasion of Mahashivratri on Monday by former maharaja of Jodhpur Gaj Singh in Roopji Raja ki Beri, a village 125 km from Jodhpur in Barmer district. ( http://www.maharajajodhpur.com/ )
The NGO, Jal Bhagirathi Foundation (JBF) – http://www.jalbhagirathi.org/ – claimed it to be the country’s first and world’s second pyramid. It said one such structure is functional in Gambia and another is about to start in Gujarat.
Project director of JBF, Kanupriya, said it is a uniquely designed inflated foil structure with 30 meter diameter and 9 meter height, which utilizes solar energy to evaporate brackish ground water and condenses it into a distilled drinking water.
This distilled water is collected in channels inside the pyramid and directed to a ground tank from where it is pumped into the distribution tank, with a capacity of 10000 litres.”
Já agora, e continuando no Rajastão, algo sobre a comunidade dos bishnois, protectores das árvores khejri,
e que sacrificaram as suas vidas num massacre em 1730
perpretado pelo maharajá local: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishnois