Here comes yet another instalment of Incredible India featuring those only-in-India stories.
* Checking adulterants for adulteration. Apparently, there is so much adulteration of gold in India that the prices of adulterants have shot up, leaving jewelers worried about adulteration of the adulterants. Read this excerpt:
It is paradoxical, but both iridium and ruthenium have now become such high-priced substances that buyers get both these adulterants tested too, just to ensure that the metals are not adulterated with another cheaper substance.
* Even children’s kites can threaten Maya behnji. Yes, the sentinels around Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, who moves around with a convoy of security cars second only perhaps to the U.S. President Barack Obama, are worried that her life may even be threatened by a kite. So, they banned kites in the vicinity of the Republic Day parade. Here’s an excerpt from the Times of India story:
Elaborate security arrangements for the Republic Day parade this year include a “No Flying Zone” (NFZ) over the area where chief minister Mayawati will be seated outside the Vidhan Bhawan building. But mind you, this NFZ is not for aircrafts. Instead, it is for kites. Yes! Kites made of paper and bamboo sticks.
The whole idea may sound confusing but it is true. So concerned are the state government agencies about the CM’s security that they have decided not to allow anyone to fly kites in the airspace above the parade route. A security threat from a paper kite may sound absurd, but officials associated with the CM’s security insist they do not want to take any chances whatsoever.
* Hard to beat this bureaucratic snafu. The Padma Shri was recently awarded to a J&K exporter mistakenly believed to be a master craftsman of Kani shawls. No kidding.
* BJP’s Sports Cell in Bihar is holding a meeting on Terror. Yes, terror. Now you know why neither our sportsmen nor our terror-fighters amount to a hill of beans. Here’s an excerpt:
The BJP sports cell will be organising a meet on terror, Atankvaad Mitao, Desh Bachao (end terrorism and save the country), on February 2. Actor and former MP Shatrughan Sinha and journalist M J Akbar will be the star speakers.
Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi and Bihar’s health minister Nand Kishore Yadav and several other BJP MPs will be attending the event. Akbar will be the main speaker at the function to be held at S K Memorial Hall.
* The Siddhivinayaka Temple trust will have an AK-47 equipped security squad. Read this excerpt from the DNA story:
The Siddhivinayak temple trust will have its own security squad which is capable of handling terror-like situations. With the state government approving the plan in principal, the temple trust is all set to buy 20 AK-47 rifles and appoint 40 trained security personnel. The squad, equipped with the latest arms and ammunition, will be on par with the police force in technical terms.
Temple trust has time and again expressed concern over the security of the temple that attracts 1.5 million devotees on the auspicious days of chaturthis.
Mera Bharat Mahaan.