IIM-A Incubated company creates World’s first smartphone for the blind

Sumit Dagar, a postgraduate degree from the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, is collaborating with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi to come out with a unique device.Now, soon blind people can read SMS and emails on their smartphones.  No matter what language you send the email or SMS to the person, the message will be converted into blind-friendly braille.  Sumit's company is being incubated at the Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) based o … [Read more...]

Myths, facts and Schizophrenic, Hallucinating, and Hypocritical anti-Modi “Activists”

Steven Wilkinson of the Duke University has authored a detailed paper on Violence and Riots in India.  The raw data has been published in the paper titled: Varshney-Wilkinson Dataset on Hindu-Muslim Violence in India, 1950-1995, Version 2.Here is an interesting insight from this data:During Nehru's rule - from 1950 to 1964, 263 riots in 16 states occurred.During Indira Gandhi's rule (1966 through to 1977 and then 1980 through to 1984) 337 riots in 15 states have been recorded.  And, this is … [Read more...]

Jail break attempt in Ahmedabad Jail which houses Akshardham Blast Accused

This is interesting.  A full fledged tunnel was being dug under the jail.  The authorities do not know who was doing it but the jail had the accused from the Akshardham blast case housed in it. Sabarmati Central Jail officials in Ahmedabad have discovered an 18-feet-long tunnel inside the prison where 14 of the accused charged with the attack on Akshardham temple are currently incarcerated, a CNN-IBN report today said.Prison authorities estimate that the tunnel, leading from the ‘Chhota Cha … [Read more...]

Police Constable in Gujarat who develops software to fight crime

He is a constable and has a diploma in Diesel Engine mechanics - but he has created at least a dozen software products that have helped solve around 200 crimes.  Dilip Thakor is quite a phenomenon! A woman recently walked into the Ahmedabad police's crime branch headquarters to complain about some plainclothes cops who were blackmailing her after catching her in a compromising position with her boyfriend. She had already given them gold ornaments worth Rs 50,000. Officials smelt a rat and zeroed … [Read more...]

UPA’s JnNURM Fiasco: Most of Urban ministry’s Model projects are from Modi’s Gujarat!

Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM) is a massive city-modernisation scheme launched by the Government of India under Ministry of Urban Development.  The idea was to spend $20 billion over seven years.  Fantastic idea.  Well, not quite so as the UPA Government prepares to launch its 2014 poll campaign with the toddler-become-leader-of-juveniles Rahul Baba.Why?Because all the great projects under this scheme are actually from Gujarat!!Self-financing of a road project: Kn … [Read more...]

Funny Signs and Notices from Gujarat

1.In an Ahmedabad HotelIs forbidden to steal hotel towels please. If you are not a person to do such thing is please not to read this notice.2.In a Baroda hotel elevatorThe lift is being fixed for the next day. During that time we regret that you will be unbearable.3.In a Surat hotel lobbyPlease leave your values at the front desk.4. In a hotel in JamnagarVisitors are expected to complain at the office between the hours of 9 and 11 A.M. daily.5.In a Ahmedabad hotel near Gujarat … [Read more...]

“Maitri Karar”: Gujarati Social Custom of keeping mistresses by circumventing Hindu Marriage Act

In Gujarat, there is a social tradition that is used to circumvent the provisions of the Hindu Marriage Act by men so they can "have another woman" in their lives.  Hindu Marriage Act only allows one wife.  Polygamy is a punishable offense. In Gujarat a system prevailed in which a man and a woman entered into a friendship agreement, a legitimate contract before a magistrate. It had a social and legal sanction and was popularly known as "maitri karar". Later this practice was converted into a " … [Read more...]

Alang, largest global ship breaking center – a boon or a curse?

Half of all the ships dismantled and broken down at the end of life in the world end up in Alang, Gujarat in Gulf of Khambhat.  Alang is 50 kms south east of Bhavnagar.Until the late 1990s, ship breaking was primarily centered around the developed world, but with growing costs in the West and low labor cost arbitrage in some developing countries along with less restrictive laws made it profitable to move the ship breaking work here.  However, the ecology and the environment of these areas, s … [Read more...]