Monday, February 28, 2011

China's population crosses 1.34 billion

 China's population grew to 1.34 billion people last year, the National Bureau of Statistics announced Monday, marking a modest jump for a massive population and leading experts to suggest China may relax its generation-old one-child policy.
The figure of 1.3410 billion, which is preliminary and based on a sample survey, shows China added about 6.3 million people last year, up from 1.3347 billion at the end of 2009. A more accurate figure is expected to be released within the next few months after the government tallies the results of its 2010 census, the first in 10 years.
The number indicates a slower rate of growth than the previous year and experts said the decline in growth could help convince policy makers to relax the government's strict family planning limits.
Since 1979, the government has limited families in cities to one child and rural parents to two to control its population.
“China's population now is mainly growing because people are living longer, not because people are having lots of babies,” said Cai Yong, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and an expert on China's population.
Cai said the figure reported on the National Bureau of Statistics website wasn't surprising but fell on the low end of the government's expectations. It could embolden policy makers to experiment with loosening the family planning policy to allow all couples in a handful of provinces to have two children if they want, he said.
China's population growth has been contracting since 1987 and the U.S. Census Bureau has projected it will peak at slightly less than 1.4 billion in 2026, with India overtaking China as the world's most populous nation in 2025.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Railroad Frog

 The train tracks or rails showing the frog (not that animal), or also know as the common crossing. Frog refers to the crossing point of two rails. The frog is designed to ensure the wheel crosses the gap in the rail without dropping into the gap; the wheel and rail profile ensures that the wheel is always supported by at least one rail. This term "frog" is derived from the appearance of the elongated x-shaped assemblage of rails, which resembles the shape of a leaping frog.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Anantha Victoria Marthanda Varma (AVM) canal in Kanyakumari Dist

After Rajakamangalam on the side of the Beach, we will notice Anantha Victoria Marthanda Varma (AVM) canal
This is the National water of Travancore state to export and import goods from other Kingdoms

AVM canal was formed in July 1860 during the reign of Marthanda Varma Maharaja of Travancore state.

This was to connect Thiruvanathapuram and Kanyakumari by waterways by extending the water communications to the extreme south of the country.

All the coastal villages numbering more than 20 and long ago we can imagine a boat ride in the canal with a view of the Arabian Sea.

Nowadays AVM Canal is shrinking day-by-day

Friday, February 11, 2011

Google soon to launch TV software

US search engine giant Google is planning to introduce Android-based television software in May which will enable the users to access television through internet.
The new software, designed to open set-top boxes, TVs and other devices to more content from the internet, is attracting interest from partners that include Sony Corp., Intel Corp. and Logitech International SA, which are expected to offer products that support the software, according to people familiar with the matter.

However, none has so far discussed the efforts publicly, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Google, of Mountain View, California, is currently planning on sharing some details about the technology with more than 3,000 developers expected to attend its conference in San Francisco May 19 and 20.

One person familiar with the matter cautioned that the company could also decide to delay discussing it until the technology is more mature. Google uses the annual conference to showcase a range of technologies of interest to developers.

The decision to address developers suggests that the internet giant may be hoping to kick-start a race to build applications for its TV platform, much in the same way that Google, Apple Inc. and others have courted developers for smartphones.

The app-store approach has already begun to gain traction among some players in the TV market, too, aided by the advent of TVs, Blu-ray players and other hardware with internet connections.

The service, which uses the new Google technology, allows users to access and search across programming from the internet as well as Dish's conventional programming. The test, which began last year, is still limited to a very small number of the company's employees and their families. 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

193 rd country in UN -South Sudan

As the 193rd new nation awaits her official proclamation in six months time, South Sudan leaders in Juba wasted no time but to propose a new capital for the new-nation-to-be. The Council of Ministers of the GOSS has suggested that the new capital should be either in Ramciel in Lakes State or around Mangalla area north of Juba, in Central Equatoria. The reason being that the current city Juba isn’t a balanced place in many respects to be the capital city of a nation.