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Bhatt supporters mark 'Black Day' on CM Modi's 10th anniversary
Report dated 10/10/2011 @ 6:20 PM
Supporters of suspended whistle-blower police officer Sanjiv Bhatt, observed a 'Black Day' to mark ten years of CM Narendra Modi's rule.
Protesters all over the state wore black badges and distributed pamphlets about Bhatt and the goverment's blatant arm twisting of its citizens.
The Peoples' Union of Civil Liberties promised they will launch a campaign to create mass awareness about the dictatorial attitude of the Modi regime and to focus on Christian and Muslim communities who were systematically targeted since Modi became CM in 2001.
Meanwhile Bhatt is to learn the outcome of his legal battles against the Modi government shortly.
Police Officers back Sanjeev Bhatt, slam their Commissioner
Report dated 10/10/2011 @ 6:16 PM
Over a dozen senior IPS officials slammed Ahmedabad police commissioner Sudhir Sinha during an IPS association meeting.
One officer told Sinha straight, that his actions crossed all limits of decency. The way Bhatt and his family were treated suggests that subordinate policmen were told to humiliate them, a move that would not have been possible without Sinha's instructions.
Another official bemoaned the way Bhatt was arrested and locked up in a filthy cell, denied home made food and access to his lawyers and his wife.
A resolution was passed by the association that accused the officials of witch-hunting anyone who has taken on the establishment, leading to a general feeling of anguish at the neglect of the IPS cadre in the state.
At the meeting during which Sinha just listened and did not speak, a resolution was passed to stand by suspended officer Sanjiv Bhatt's family and three of his colleagues were asked to visit his family.
Webcam installed at Mount Everest
Report dated 10/10/2011 @ 6:16 PM
A solar powered webcam has been installed at Kalapatthar, near the base camp of Mt Everest at an altitude of 5,675 metres. The webcam will withstand temperatures as low as -30 C and operate during the daytime to study more accurately the effects of climate change.
Mobotix, the German surveillance firm and pioneer in network camera technology, developed the device, and Ev-K2-CNR a mountain research group, spent several months developing the perfect set-up for the installation.
The camera images are updated every five minutes and allows climatologists to track the movement of the clouds around the mountain's peak.
Images and data of the 8,848 mtr peak can now be accessed directly through the internet.
Gujarat is diabetic capital of India - sweet tooth root cause
Report dated 10/10/2011 @ 6:15 PM
While India has the dubious title of diabetic capital of the world, Gujarat is the diabetic capital of India, because of the Gujaratis strong inclination towards sugar and sweets.
Speaking at a meeting of the Diabetic Foot Society of India, Gujarat Health Minister J N Vyas pointed out that no occasion or event in Gujarat is complete without a sweet dish.
Vyas said that one of every three patients suffers from ulcers that do not get treated leading to the amputation of the foot or leg.
If proper care and education is given to diabetics this can be avoided.
Currently 62.4 million people in India are diabetic.
India has more affluent households than Europe
Report dated 07/10/2011 @ 9:06 PM
According to the TNS Global Affluent Investors' study, India has overtaken European countries in the number of affluent households. So have China and Brazil.
According to the study India, China and Brazil have three million affluent households each, with $100,000 in investible funds, surpassing European markets like Germany and France.
The US remains the most prosperous country in the world. with 31 million affluent households.
The UAE and India appear in the top five countries where the affluent have over $1 million investable assets on average, alongside Singapore and Hong Kong. Sweden is the only European country to feature in the top five.
The study said its findings demonstrate a great contrast in wealth distribution within emerging markets.