When they returned to Thiruvananthapuram, Menon prepared a detailed sketch and blue print, and presented before the king. He told the king that if the unused 1939 model limousine (no details about the brand available) that was lying in garage was given as donor car, work can start immediately. Though taken aback, the king decided to give Menon a chance. A contract was drawn up, which said that if the king doesn't like the end-product, Menon was to bear all the expenses. Besides, the old limousine was also billed Rs 10,000. The contract was signed, and Menon started work on the new car. … [Read more...] about Meet the long-forgotten ‘Aravind’, a car made in Kerala
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Mumbai: Swarms of locusts are ravaging north and central parts of India, the country’s farming heartland, potentially sharpening the lockdown-induced economic loss, but insurers may escape with light damages in the pest attacks that are already drawing parallels with the Exodus for their intensity – at least on television screens and social media. With the harvest of rabi, or winter crops, having ended earlier in February, the claim liability on the insurance industry would be “minimal” if infestation is controlled before the onset of monsoon in mid-June when the Kharif season begins, two top industry officials told ET. Existing policies do not cover losses incurred on ‘non-standing’ crops such as fruits, vegetables or seasonal lentils. For farmers cultivating such mid-season crops, the shield doesn’t exist in the shape of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY). “The rabi crops have already been harvested and the summer crops of … [Read more...] about Crop insurers may not get swarmed with locust claims
The outward message of the justice system being flawed is well taken but there is also a lack of coherence in the arguments. Venba’s case needed to be presented with facts for coherence because the justice system still operates on truth supported by hard evidence, and not truth based on tears. … [Read more...] about ‘Ponmagal Vandhal’ review: Does the Jyotika film make a good argument?
The Marina Bay Circuit arrived on the scene only in 2008 as the sport’s first night race. Designed by Herman Tilke and refined by KBR Inc, the circuit is one of the most-physically demanding (drivers can lose up to 3 kilos during a race) with 23 corners, a bumpy street surface and a turn that passes underneath a grandstand. … [Read more...] about Formula One introduces new sliding scale for aero testing that could make racing in 2021 more exciting, unpredictable
“First, if you have an anomaly, you have to see if its genuine or not. An anomaly is like the smell of burning rubber — you get the sense that something is not okay,” he says, giving the example of the discovery of the theory of continental drift. He says, “A child can see that the west coast of Africa fits the east coast of South America like a bit of a jigsaw puzzle. Till mid-twentieth century, people were saying it is a coincidence. Until one person came along and said it was more than that.” Then came finding fossils on the two coastlines, for example, a 250-million-year-old freshwater lizard called the Mesosaurus. He elaborates, “There are also freshwater snail fossils. How did they get there? You find sauropod bones on the west coast of Africa, the same ones you find on the other side also. But still no one can imagine terra firma drifting.” Later, this was explained using the theory of continental drift. “The evidence was staring … [Read more...] about Visual perception is not just making a replica, says neuroscientist Vilayanur S. Ramachandran