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Job Training for Dogs

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For some members of the unemployed their days of strolling the streets of India are numbered.

City officials in New Delhi have a plan for the city’s stray dogs. Instead of trying to run them out of town they’re going to put them to work by pairing them up with police animal trainers and making them security dogs. And the concept isn't a crazy one.

While this is the first time the dogs have received formal training; dozens of them are often adopted by people looking for a watchdog for their home or business. Plus the perks go both ways. While the dogs are spending their time keeping the streets safe the city will also pay to keep them fed and get them vaccinated.  read more »

A Criminal Business

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There’s a new restaurant in India and the level of service is downright criminal.

“Tihar food court” in West Delhi is a rehabilitation experiment being run by the Tihar prison. And besides air conditioning and Indian food customers can expect a little face time with convicted criminals.

The restaurant is run by prisoners whose crimes range from theft to murder. To qualify for the job the prisoners have to have a perfect record through at least 12 years of imprisonment and a high school education. They also have to be eligible for release within two years to minimize their temptation to escape. Each prisoner is paid just over a dollar for a day’s work and will be trained by a nearby hotel management school.  read more »

The Last Telegram

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India is answering the call of the twenty first century. Stop. And officially hanging up on the telegram. Stop.

Earlier this week India sent its last telegram, marking the end of a service people used for almost 200 years. And they were sad to see it go.

Hundreds of people swarmed the country’s 75 telegraph offices to send a final souvenir to friends and family. Some of the last messages were sent to India’s Minister for Telecommunications begging for the service to continue; but the country is moving on. India’s communication company says declining revenue has put a permanent stop to the telegram.  read more »

Well Connected

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The world is well connected just not with sewage pipes

According to a new United Nations study 6 billion people around the world have access to a cell phone. Unfortunately only 4.5 billion can get their hands on a working toilet.

A main example of the study is India. 626 million people in India are not able to use a clean toilet. However at the same time there are about one billion cellphones throughout the country.  read more »

A Holy Deposit

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A new kind of bank is sweeping across India. And it’s missing one standard feature.

Ram Ram bank offers no interest or loans. It has no security gates, guards or locks. Which is fine because it also has no money. But around five thousand customers still flock to the bank to make some invaluable deposits. Instead of their hard earned cash people write the name “Ram” on pieces of paper. “Ram” is short for Ramayana, the protagonist in an Indian myth. The bank even provides notebook and paper since some customers make thousands of deposits a day.  read more »

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A Holy Deposit

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A new kind of bank is sweeping across India. And it’s missing one standard feature.

Ram Ram bank offers no interest or loans. It has no security gates, guards or locks. Which is fine because it also has no money. But around 5,000 customers still flock to the bank to make some invaluable deposits. Instead of their hard earned cash people write the name “Ram” on pieces of paper. “Ram” is short for Ramayana, the protagonist in an Indian myth. The bank even provides notebook and paper since some customers make thousands of deposits a day.  read more »

Weapons of Mass Delight

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The Indian military has patented a new weapon against terrorism, and it can be found on your very own dinner table.

After conducting numerous tests the Indian military has decided to use a thumb sized chili to make tear gas hand grenades to immobilize any threats. Called the “ghost chili” this thumb sized fruit was named the world’s spiciest chili by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2007. It is grown and eaten in northeast India as a cure for stomach aches and the summer heat.  read more »