Friday, August 27, 2010

Contaminated Food For US

Soon all of us will be eating genetically contaminated food. The Cabinet has just approved the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) bill which will allow genetically modified food into the country. The bill can be tabled in the Parliament anytime.  The BRAI will be a body of technocrats whose decisions will remain unquestioned. Our state governments and people like us will not be able to question this body.  To stop this, Greenpeace, a civil society organisation working on varied issues including sustainable agriculture, is sending an open letter to the National Advisory Council (NAC) Chairperson Mrs Sonia Gandhi. The letter asks her to make the Government re-draft this bill after consulting the public. I have already signed this letter and more signatures will make the case stronger.  Can you also sign this letter to Sonia Gandhi?   

Monday, August 9, 2010

Anti-Rape Female Condom

Counseling a rape victim more than 40 years ago, Dr. Sonnet Ehlers got an idea for an anti-rape female condom that South Africa is now testing during the mostly male and sometimes raucous, alcohol-fueled celebrations for the World Cup.

"It was in 1968 or 1969, and I was a young intern counseling a girl from one of South Africa's townships, who'd been raped. She said, 'If only I had teeth down there,'" Ehlers told AOL News. "And I thought, God, it would be great to make something that could really be useful."

South African inventor Sonnet Ehlers holds an anti-rape female condom
Gianluigi Guercia, AFP / Getty Images
South African inventor Sonnet Ehlers, here in 2005, created an anti-rape female condom that works with jagged latex hooks that latch onto the skin of an attacker.

Ehlers, a 62-year-old physician, lab researcher and hematologist -- and a mother of two daughters -- spent the next four decades developing a female condom with jagged latex hooks that latch onto the skin of an attacker. Dubbed "Rape-aXe," the condom is inserted with an applicator like a tampon, and it clenches a man's penis and causes "immense discomfort" without drawing blood. It can only be removed by medical professionals, who are being familiarized with the device in order to contact South African police when they see one. 

"I'm not out for vengeance. It doesn't leave permanent damage to the penis, but there will be tiny little scars to remind him of what he's done -- something his wife or future wife might ask him about," Ehlers said.

The new condom was patented in 2007, and Ehlers hopes to begin selling it in South African pharmacies and grocery stores soon. It's being evaluated by the country's Bureau of Standards and would sell for about $2.50. Meanwhile, Ehlers has distributed samples to 100 unnamed women across South Africa this week, for initial testing during the World Cup.

South Africa has one of the world's highest crime rates outside war zones, with 50 murders and 140 rapes reported each day, though experts believe the real number of rapes could be many times higher. A 2009 survey by South Africa's Medical Research Council found that 28 percent of men admitted to having raped a woman, and 20 percent said they had done so in the past year.

After that emotional meeting with a rape victim in the late 1960s, Ehlers describes how she began inventing the new condom by experimenting with a household item: the safety seal found on a soda bottle. "I was playing around with the plastic strip that tightens around the bottle's neck, running my fingers over it, and then I phoned Coca-Cola," Ehlers said. One of the company's engineers joined her team, which also includes gynecologists and psychologists who've interviewed rapists in South African prisons, she said. 

Critics of Ehlers' invention say it could be too punitive for the alleged rapist, and also worry that the device could lead to more violence against women, once a rapist realizes that he's been branded by the device. Some also say it's unfair to put the onus of halting rape on women rather than on the offenders themselves. 

"Women should not need to artificially alter our bodies to prevent rape," Erin Matson, a vice president of the National Organization for Women, told AOL News in an e-mail interview. "Preventing rape requires educating women and men. ... By putting the focus on women's own anatomy, this product seems to use rape -- a serious crime -- to sexualize women even further."

A South African expert on gender-based violence, Lisa Vetten, said the device harks "back to the days where women were forced to wear chastity belts." 

"It is a terrifying thought that women are being made to adapt to rape by wearing these devices," Vetten, with South Africa's Center for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, said in a 2007 statement when Ehlers obtained her patent. "Women would have to wear this every minute of their lives on the off-chance that they would be raped."

Ehlers advises women to wear the anti-rape condom when they're walking through dimly lit neighborhoods alone at night, or even on a blind date. It can be worn for 24 hours straight, she said.

For years, Ehlers counseled rape victims and heard stories about how women tried to use makeshift devices similar to hers to protect themselves. She said one woman confessed to having embedded a razor blade into her contraceptive sponge, to hurt any man who might rape her. Ehlers said she wanted to develop a safe, medically approved device for women that wouldn't maim their rapists, either. 

"My critics say I've developed a medieval device, but I say it's a medieval device for a medieval deed," Ehlers told AOL News today in a phone interview from her office north of Cape Town. 

"I've had so many e-mails from women who've been raped, who say 'Now we feel armed,'" Ehlers said, referring to women who've heard about her invention. "We want to get T-shirts that say, 'Try me now.'"

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Chennai's New Multiplex And Shopping Malls.

Upcoming Malls & Mutliplexes in Chennai

1.        South India's largest mall - Express avenue is now open in Royapetah, Chennai!!! The mall is all set to house big names like Hard rock cafe, TGIF, 8 screen Sathyam multiplex etc.

Express Avenue
Club House Rd, Express Estate,
Ph - 044-43204040

Multiplex(Coming up) - Sathyam Cinemas (8 screens)

2.       Chandra Mega Mall coming up in Virugambakkam - Chandra Mega Mall is spread over a land area of 1.35 acres housing a building of Basement plus 4 floors.The total built up area is about 1, 43,130 sq.ft. A Food Court spreading over an area of 10000 sq.ft is also located on the second floor.

Third, fourth and fifth floors accommodate 5 Multiplex theatres (Fame cinemas). It consists of two 382 seat theatre, two 244 seat theatre and 63 seat signature theatre (The signature theatre will be Gold Glass with completely reclining seats, vibrators and snack service at seat itself.) totalling to a seating capacity of 1415.

3.       Bergamo Luxury Mall (Bergamo is an Italian city known for its rich monuments), a shopping destination for the super rich, is set to open its doors in Chennai at Khader Nawaz Khan Road. The 40,000 sq.ft mall is with 24 stores offering products by high end European brands.

Bergamo Mall will be on a par with similar luxury malls in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. Bergamo Mall will house premium international luxury brands in an environment that will match their positioning — the mall will offer exclusive services like meet-and-greet hostesses, personal shopping advisors and concierge services.

4.      Marina grand, one of the many malls coming up in OMR.

5.       Junction Mall (earlier known as the Riverside Mall) - This will be the only mall in Chennai by the side of a water body, Junction mall is located at Karapakam and will be one of the biggest mall coming up on the IT Corridor of Chennai, Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR).

The mall is 7.26 lakh sft and will be operational by Q2 2011. They have already committed the anchor space to Lifestyle and Shoppers’ Stop and the multiplex to PVR(This will be PVR's second multiplex after the existing one in Skywalk Mall)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

what to say?


There was a que 

waiting in a prostitue house

because of Aydha pooja..


Hi everybody. hope to blog in english.. even though i might be a known blogger in tamil. expect to be a part of the english blogging world. expecting your warm welcome.thankyou.