Rama Setu : Man made or Natural, We must PROTECT IT!!!

2 06 2007

Construction of Rama SethuIf any of you have been following my older rants on the ram setu your well aware of the intentions of the Indian Government in implementiong Sethusamudram canal built between itself and Sri Lanka.

This means digging a big hole through the Rama Sethu Bridge and effectively destroying it. The economic benefits are said to be enormous but there are also high economic costs – estimated at hundreds of millions of Rupees which will probably escalate into billions by the time the project is completed.

The SOCIAL OVERHEAD COST of the offence caused to over 1 billion Hindus by destroying a traditional place of pilgrimage and worship will be immense.

In Hindu tradition, our entire environment is regarded as sacred and there are specific instances which provide important symbols for this. Witness the reverence Hinduism has for the great rivers – for example the sacred Ganga river – for their life giving and life sustaining qualities, the mountains which source these life giving forces and provide protection and indeed the whole land which is regarded as the Mother in addition to the regard for the millions of plants and animals.

The Rama Sethu land formation (also known as Adam’s Bridge), linking southern India to northern Sri Lanka, is an example of such a sacred symbol which is revered in Hindu tradition as the bridge constructed by Lord Rama and his army to cross into Lanka and defeat the demon Ravana.

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Pluto : No more a planet !

26 08 2006

Pluto

The visions of Pluto in its icy form as our solar systems furthest planet no longer holds good. We now have 8 planets officially in our solar system.

Scientists have re-defined what exactly a planet is. According to the new definition, a full-fledged planet is an object that orbits the sun and is large enough to have become round due to the force of its own gravity. In addition, a planet has to dominate the neighborhood around its orbit.

Pluto is a “dwarf planet” and not an exclusive one. There are more than 40 of these dwarfs, including the large asteroid Ceres and 2003 UB313, nicknamed Xenaa distant object slightly larger than Pluto discovered last year.

Source : NatGeo

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Most powerful eruption in the universe discovered

7 01 2005

Astronomers have found the most powerful eruption in the universe using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. A super massive black hole generated this eruption by growing at a remarkable rate. This discovery shows the enormous appetite of large black holes, and the profound impact they have on their surroundings.

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Source: Chandra X-ray Center

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