The Candid Eye

May 22, 2010

King-size chess event in Ahmedabad!!

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AHMEDABAD: Gujarat is planning to give a unique birthday gift to world chess champion Viswanathan Anand. Although his birthday is on December 11, some 20,000 players will gather at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad on December 24 to play chess, and in the process, checkmate Mexico’s Guinness world record of the largest number of chess players playing the game together at the same time.

The chess wizard, who defended his world title against Vaselin Topalov earlier this week, will hopefully be there at the stadium to encourage the players.

El Zocalo, Mexico City’s central square, holds the record with 13,446 players assembling to play chess on October 21, 2006. Former world champion Anatoly Karpov was the guest of honour then. Now, efforts are on to get Anand for the event in Ahmedabad as part of Swarnim Gujarat celebrations.

Gujarat State Chess Association (GSCA) secretary Mayur Patel said, “Today, chess is compulsory in almost all schools of the state. Soon, schools will also have their own chess clubs. Anand’s presence here when Gujarat gets together to create a new world record will do wonders not only for the game, but for Gujarat’s image as well.”

The Gujarat government, NIIT and GSCA also plan to distribute chess CDs to 20 lakh players as part of the event. Gujarat’s only grandmaster Tejas Bakre said, “After Anand’s fourth world crown, there is a debate on whether he is India’s greatest sports icon ever. For Gujarat’s chess players, it can’t get any bigger than Anand coming here.”

In fact, thanks to chess being made compulsory in schools and other initiatives, it has become the fastest growing game in Gujarat after cricket. Players like Ankit Rajpara, Fenil Shah, Hetul Shah, Dhyani Dave are all International Master-norm holders and among top-ranking players in the national circuit. At 9, Hetul was the youngest player to beat a GM when he outplayed Nurlan Ibrayev of Kazakhstan in January 2009 at the 7th Parsvnath International Open Chess Tournament.

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June 30, 2009

Hot Chilli Grenades

Indian defence scientists in DRDO are determined to make use of Naga Chilli (in the image below),which measures over a million SHU(Scoville Heat Units) in their attempt to create grenade bombs,loaded with Naga Chilli – Bhut Jolokia,which was awarded, the hottest of all spices by Guinness world records in Sep 2006.

Bhut Jolokia

Hottest in the World!!

Defence Research Laboratory (DRL), Tezpur is harnessing all this spice, particularly Bhut Jolokia,into military applications, such as high-effective tear gas.The WWF has asked DRL to explore the possibilities of using Naga Chillies to keep the wild elephants away from entering villages and fields.

Researchers say the idea is to replace explosives in small hand grenades with a certain variety of red chilli to immobilise people without killing them.
The chilli, known as Bhut Jolokia, is said to be 1,000 times hotter than commonly used kitchen chilli.

Researchers say the idea is to replace explosives in small hand grenades with a certain variety of red chilli to immobilise people without killing them.The chilli, known as Bhut Jolokia, is said to be 1,000 times hotter than commonly used kitchen chilli.The powder will also be spread on the fences around army barracks in the hope the strong smell will keep out animals.Other forms of pepper spray are commonly used for crowd control in many parts of the world.

What makes DRL Tezpur different from every other DRDO laboratory is its sharp focus on the specific problems of northeast India. For jawans deployed here, few issues are as important as the provision of clean drinking water in remote posts separated from each other by days of marching across mountains and jungles.

DRL’s first developed a portable water testing kit, with which soldiers could test water wherever they moved. The kit monitored 11 parameters, including pH level, hardness, and iron content. Initially it lacked an arsenic detector; that was developed and patented last year. The technology for the water testing kit was transferred to three private companies. It proved highly effective during the floods around Nasik last year.

Sources:

India Plans hot chilli grenades – BBC

The Naga Chilli – Spicing up DRDO research

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