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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

How to fold a shirt!!!

Well, never thought that folding a shirt is also an art - just like peeling a banana. Check this video where a Chinese lady shows (and explains in Chinese, I guess), how to fold a shirt.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Steel from Plastic.

A scientist in Australia has succeeded in converting waste plastic into steel.

Prof. Veena Sahajwalla, at the University of South Wales, Australia, is one the winners of the 24 Australian Eureka Prize, 2005, for developing a technique to use waste plastic in steel making.

Signing Petitions.

Some people seem to think that signing petitions is one of the best ways for the concerned authorities to act in favor of whatever they are demanding. I seem to disagree on this aspect.

Signing petitions is just like donating money. It gives a sense of having done something. People get a feeling that by signing a petition, which has been signed by tens of others, or hundreds of others or thousands of other such individuals, they have made a big difference in solving the problem at hand. I am not aware of the statistics which depict how many such signed petitions actually forced the concerned individual to act as per what the petition demanded. However, I would not be surprised if such petitions do not even land up on the desk on the concerned individual.

Then, there are those people who start such petitions. I have a problem with those who believe that such petitions are the cure-all for all the ailments afflicting the society. Most of the petitions don't necessarily provide solutions to the problem at hand, but, just threatens the governing body against the action taken by that body. This doesn't seem to reflect any developmental work, but just hindrance to the smooth flow of the operation. I feel that there are better ways to tackle the erring governing body, such as forums for debates, approaching the judiciary, etc.

Unfortunately, the advent of internet has heralded another big chapter in this issue of signing petitions. Online petitions is a rage nowadays. Incidently, one of the topmost such online petitions, according to Petition Online - a website dedicated to creating and signing petitions online - is for issuance of US Postal Service stamp on Diwali, with more than 247,000 signatures!!!

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Infrastructure and India.

Back after a long, long hiatus.

On July 25, 2005, Intel Corp (NSDQ:INTC) announced that they were planning to build a new 300 mm wafer factory in Arizona. It seems that India was one of the contenders for Intel's new fab. And, as the end result goes, Arizona certainly pipped India for Intel plant. Given the fact that India seems to be at the forefront of nations to which much of the work from developed nations is being outsourced, what can be the reason for such a decision on part of Intel?

The recent article in Reuters pretty much sums up the feelings abound for companies planning to shift such fabrication facilities to India. Even though India has progressed leaps and bounds in the past decade or so, it sorely lacks the infrastructural facilities needed to be an all-round player, when it comes to be the foremost player in the developing economies. The complete breakdown of the machinery in Mumbai during the recent deluge is a live testimony of the level of preparedness. The financial capital of the country was literally turned into an island, with no respite whatsoever.

There are plans to have a good road transport infrastructure starting with connecting most of the big cities by quality roads. However, it has been faced with much resistance by many groups, including the environmentalists. It was, keeping in mind the fact that good transportation infrastructure is one of the most important requirements for a nation to develop, that president Dwight D. Eisenhower, initiated the interstate program in US, even though he was faced with the strongest opposition. Privatization and Public-Private partnership offer the best option for infrastructural development, but many favour the grossly inefficient nationalization policy. The government plans to have a single-rate telephone call facility throughout India by 2007. I wouldn't be surprised if it is faced with opposition from those with vested interests.

It is high time that, for infrastructural development of India, there exists a symbiosis between the government, and the private sector for the benefit of the country. Of course, that implies taking into confidence the non-governmental, non-profit organizations too. However, it is the responsibility of such organizations too to understand that there exists a give and take relationship, whenever a change is imminent. India, currently, is at that crossroad where it has to decide whether it wants to keep moving towards progress as it has been in the past decade or revert back to the archaic policies taking us back to the stone age.