Alert! : Will India #BAN #Ajinomoto?

This will reveal the pathetic state of ‪#‎Indian‬ ‪#‎Food‬ ‪#‎Safety‬. Will India ban Ajinomoto now?

‪#‎Maggi‬ row has made everyone talk about MSG aka Monosodium Glutamate.

But we people are so unaware / lethargic to be frank.

This MSG is also called as Ajinomoto. Which is widely used across India in most of the foods in many hotels and processed foods like noodles.

Last time when you ate fried rice, you consumed the same MSG for which Maggi is banned now.

On 2005 itself a gentleman called ‪#‎DEEPANKAR‬ ‪#‎GANGULY‬ wrote about MSG on a Kolkata newspaper The Telegraph.

That article was just an example, many newspapers media might have wrote about MSG. But what is the use when they gave voice and the govt. or ‪#‎FSSAI‬ not listening to it?

When you know some ingredient is harmful.. why it is given permission under permissible limits? It is insane to trust business-minded world. Are they going to check every time when a cook sprinkles a handful of ajinomoto on the food which children gonna eat? NO.

Now it is up to the GOVT and FSSAI to ‪#‎BANajinomoto‬ completely.

Here is the article published on The Telegraph before 10 years

“Think twice before you treat your child to a meal of chowmein and chilli chicken. It could impair his mental growth. A snack of potato chips is just as dangerous.

‘Fast food, like rolls, potato chips and chowmein, contain a harmful, taste-enhancing chemical called monosodium glutamate, popularly known as ajinomoto. Unless checked, the effects of this chemical will be more widespread than smoking, since the consumers of fast food outnumber smokers,’ warned Iva Bhattacharya, senior dietician in the state health department and wife of the mayor.

The nutrition division of the department is planning to organise an awareness campaign on the ill-effects of ajinomoto. It also has plans to pressure the state government for a law against use of ajinomoto in food.

Countries like China and Japan have banned the use of ajinomoto in eatables, but the chemical is still indiscriminately used in almost all fast food preparations available in Calcutta, from chanachur to soup.

‘Unfortunately, most parents are not aware of the harm they’re doing to their child by giving them food containing ajinomoto,’ added Bhattacharya.

‘There are other problems as well with fast food. For example, preparation of potato chips involves heating of oil above 400 degrees Centigrade. The high temperature decomposes fatty acids in potatoes. This impairs elasticity of blood vessels and raises blood pressure,’ she said.

According to doctors, Ajinomoto is not only detrimental to the development of brain cells, but is also carcinogenic. It takes around seven to eight years for the harmful effects of the chemical to manifest in children.” – Credits : The Telegraph, Kolkata

However, Ajinimoto is keen on starting it’s own manufacturing unit in India and seeking to access one of the biggest market place in the world. Will India Ban Ajinomoto? or will our government try to risk our lives. We have to wait and watch.

The Making #2 : Baloons

Balloons are manufactured from a liquid rubber called latex. The balloon gets its color from the pigment that is added to the latex. Pigments are both organic and inorganic compounds that absorb certain wavelengths of visible light and reflect others. For example, a red balloon is red because the balloon absorbs all the visible light except red frequency light which is reflected back to the eye.

Latex harvesting does not hurt the tree! Latex balloons are earth-friendly! Rubber trees grow in rain forests. Latex harvesting discourages deforestation because latex-producing trees are left intact. A tree can produce latex for up to 40 years!

The strength of balloons can be affected by the pigment if the pigment particle is large in size and interferes with the film continuity and if the pigment reacts with any of the other ingredients in the balloon. As far as which color has the most effect on the balloons strength, we have not done any in depth study. Since we use pigments that are water dispersions of very, very, small particle size, and they do not react with any other ingredients in the latex, we do not detect any difference.

The natural rubber latex that we use comes from the sap of the rubber tree , Heveabrasiliensis, that grows in Malaysia. This sap looks like milk and is shipped to America in large ocean tanker ships. Once removed from the tree, the sap is called latex. To make this suitable for balloon production, curing agents, accelerators, oil, color, and water must be added. After these are added, the completed latex is put in an open top tank, and the balloon form, which is in the shape of a balloon, isdipped. Before the form is dipped into latex, it is dipped into a coagulent that causes the rubber particles of the latex to collect on the form. This coagulent is calcium nitrate, water, and/or alcohol. After the coagulent coated form is dried, it is then dipped into the compounded latex. Then the latex coated form passed through a set of revolving brushes that rolls the balloon neck into the bead that is used to aid in the inflation of the balloon. The latex coated form is then washed in hot water to remove any unused nitrate. Following the leaching, the form is put in a 200-220 degrees Fahrenheit oven to cure for 20-25 minutes. When cured, the rubber balloon is removed from the form (Read More)

Source and Courtesy : Youtube (How It’s Made) and

Know : List of Countries using Nuclear Energy



Nuclear power stations operate in 31 countries. Of the thirty countries in which nuclear power plants operate, only France, Belgium, Hungary and Slovakia use them as the primary source of electricity, although many other countries have a significant nuclear power generation capacity. According to the World Nuclear Association, a nuclear power advocacy group, over 45 countries are giving “serious consideration” to introducing a nuclear power capability, with Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey,Vietnam, Belarus, and Jordan at the forefront. China, South Korea and India are pursuing ambitious expansions of their nuclear power capacities

As of June 2011, Germany and Switzerland are phasing-out nuclear power which will be replaced mostly by fossil fuels, and a smaller part renewable energy.

Rank Country Capacity (MW)
Nuclear share of
electricity production, 2013
1 United States United States 99,081 19.4%
2 France France 63,130 73.3%
3 Japan Japan 42,388 1.7%
4 Russia Russia 23,643 17.5%
5 South Korea South Korea 20,721 27.6%
6 China China 17,978 2.1%
7 Canada Canada 13,538 16.0%
8 Ukraine Ukraine 13,107 43.6%
9 Germany Germany 12,068 15.4%
10 Sweden Sweden 9,474 42.7%
11 United Kingdom United Kingdom 9,243 18.3%
12 Spain Spain 7,121 19.7%
13 Belgium Belgium 5,927 52.1%
14 India India 5,308 3.5%
15 Taiwan Taiwan 5,032 19.1%
16 Czech Republic Czech Republic 3,884 35.9%
17 Switzerland Switzerland 3,308 36.4%
18 Finland Finland 2,752 33.3%
19 Bulgaria Bulgaria 1,906 30.7%
20 Hungary Hungary 1,889 50.7%
21 Brazil Brazil 1,884 2.8%
22 South Africa South Africa 1,860 5.7%
23 Slovakia Slovakia 1,815 51.7%
24 Argentina Argentina 1,627 4.4%
25 Mexico Mexico 1,570 4.6%
26 Romania Romania 1,300 19.8%
27 Iran Iran 915 1.5%
28 Pakistan Pakistan 690 4.4%
29 Slovenia Slovenia 688 33.6%
30 Netherlands Netherlands 482 2.8%
31 Armenia Armenia 375 29.2%
World 374,704

Courtesy & Source: “Nuclear power station” by Ichabod Paleogene, Krzysztof Kori. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Eco Preservation : The Spotted Lake, Kliluk

Spotted Lake is a saline endorheic alkali lake located northwest of Osoyoos in the eastern Similkameen Valley of British Columbia, Canada.

Kliluk Lake (11)

Spotted Lake is richly concentrated with various minerals. It contains dense deposits of magnesium sulfate, calcium and sodium sulphates. It also contains high concentrations of eight other minerals and lower amounts of silver and titanium.

Kliluk Lake

Most of the water in the lake evaporates over the summer, revealing colorful mineral deposits. Large “spots” on the lake appear and are colored according to the mineral composition and seasonal amount of precipitation. Magnesium sulfate, which crystallizes in the summer, is a major contributor to spot color. In the summer, remaining minerals in the lake harden to form natural “walkways” around and between the spots.

Kliluk Lake (9)

Originally known to the First Nations of the Okanagan Valley as Kliluk, Spotted Lake was for centuries and remains revered as a sacred site thought to provide therapeutic waters. During World War I, the minerals of Spotted Lake were used in manufacturing ammunition.

Kliluk Lake (3)

Later, the area came under the control of the Ernest Smith Family for a term of about 40 years. In 1979, Smith attempted to create interest in a spa at the lake. The First Nations responded with an effort to buy the lake, then in October 2001, struck a deal by purchasing 22 hectares of land for a total of $720,000, and contributed about 20% of the cost. The Indian Affairs Department paid the remainder.

Kliluk Lake (7)

Today, there is a roadside sign telling visitors about the lake’s mythical healing powers. Despite a fence protecting the lake shore from the liabilities of public access, the lake can be easily seen and many visitors stop to view the site.

Kliluk Lake (10) Kliluk Lake (4) Kliluk Lake (5) Kliluk Lake (1)

Courtesy & Source : Wikipedia

Know : List of Letters used in Science and Mathematics

Note: This list can be expanded further.greekAlphabet

Å — angstrom

Aampere, area, a blood type, a spectral type, vector potential, Work

BB meson, a blood type, boron, luminance, magnetic field, a spectral type

Ccarbon, degrees Celsius, set of complex numbers, coulomb, molar heat capacity, the C programming language, specific heat capacity, Cunningham correction factor

Ddeuterium, differential operator, electric displacement, D meson

Eelectric field, energy, SI prefix exa–, expected value

F — degrees Fahrenheit, farad, fluorine, force, Helmholtz free energy, a spectral type

GEinstein tensor, SI prefix giga–, Gibbs free energy, gravitational constant, Green’s function, Momentum, a Spectral type

Hauxiliary magnetic field, enthalpy, Hamiltonian, Hankel function, Heaviside step function, henry, Higgs boson, homology group, Hubble constant, hydrogen, set of quaternions, hat matrix

Icurrent, iodine, impulse, luminous intensity, moment of inertia

Jangular momentum, Bessel function of the first kind, current, joule

Kkaon, kelvin, potassium, sectional curvature, a spectral type

Langular momentum, inductance, Lagrangian, litre, a spectral type

Mmagnetization, mass, SI prefix mega–, a spectral type, torque

NAvogadro’s number, Bessel function of the second kind, set of natural numbers, newton, nitrogen, normal distribution, normal vector

Obig O notation, a blood type, oxygen, a spectral type

PLegendre polynomial, luminous flux, phosphorus, polarization, power, pressure, probability, projection

Qelectric charge, quantity of heat, set of rational numbers, flow rate

Rcurvature tensor, electrical resistance, radius, set of real numbers

Sarea, entropy, siemens, sphere, spin operator, sulfur, symmetric group

T — a spectral type, temperature, tesla, tritium

Upotential energy, uranium, unitary operator

Vpotential energy, vanadium, volt, voltage, volume

Wenergy, Lambert’s W function, tungsten, watt, W boson, Work, work function, Wiener process

Xrandom variable, abscissa

YBessel function of the second kind, SI prefix yotta, yttrium, ordinate, luminance

Zatomic number, impedance, set of integers, partition function (statistical mechanics), partition function (quantum field theory), Z boson, SI prefix zetta–, altitude

aSI prefix atto–, acceleration, reflectance

bBottom quark

cSI prefix centi–, Charm quark, speed of light, speed of sound

dSI prefix deci–, distance, Down quark, infinitesimal increment, differential operator

eNapier’s constant, electron, positron, electric charge

fSI prefix femto–, frequency

ggram, gravitational acceleration, gravitational field, distance metric of spacetime

hheight, hour, Planck’s constant, spherical Hankel function

iimaginary complex unit, imaginary quaternion unit, unit vector, current, row index

jelectric current and current density, radiant intensity, spherical Bessel function of the first kind, unit vector, column index, imaginary complex unit, imaginary quaternion unit

kBoltzmann constant, imaginary quaternion unit, SI prefix kilo–, wave vector, unit vector

llength, litre, mean free path

mmagnitude, mass, SI prefix milli–, metre, minute

nSI prefix nano–, neutron, refractive index, spherical Bessel function of the second kind

osmall o notation

pelectric dipole moment, momentum, SI prefix pico-, proton, point of a space

qelectric charge, generalized coordinate

rposition (vector), radial polar coordinate, radius

ssecond, Strange quark

tperiod, time, Top quark

uUp quark



xabscissa, real-valued argument, variable to be determined, vector,

yordinate, SI prefix yocto-, pixel row index

zcomplex variable, altitude, SI prefix zepto-


ΒBeta function

ΓAngular momentum, Gamma function, Christoffel symbols

Δ — A macroscopic change in the value of a variable, Laplace operator, Delta particle

ΘHeaviside step function

ΛIwasawa algebra, Lorentz transformation, Lambda Hyperon

Ξ — Cascade Hyperon


ΣSum, Surface, Sigma Hyperon

Φ — Alternative symbol for Quantum mechanical wavefunction

ΨQuantum mechanical wavefunction

ΩChaitin’s constant, Ohm, Solid angle, Omega Hyperon

αAlpha particle, Fine structure constant, Angular acceleration

βBeta particle, Inverse temperature

γEuler-Mascheroni constant, Gamma-ray (Photon), Photon, Relativistic gamma factor

δDirac delta function, Infinitesimal quantity, Kronecker delta

εInfinitesimal quantity, Permittivity

ζDamping Ratio, Riemann zeta function

ηDistance metric of flat spacetime, Efficiency, Dynamic viscosity, η-meson

θAngle, Angular polar coordinate, Temperature


κGravitational constant

λHalf-life, Lagrangian multiplicator, Lambda expression, Thermal conductivity, Wavelength

μAbsorption coefficient, Chemical potential, Magnetic dipole moment, Mean, SI prefix micro–, Micron, Muon, Permeability, Reduced mass

νFrequency, Kinematic viscosity, Neutrino

ξRiemann Xi function


πFundamental group, Conjugate momentum, Homotopy groups, Number π, Pion, Prime-counting function, Projection

ρDensity, Electrical resistivity, Radial polar coordinate, ρ-meson

σCross section, Electrical conductivity, Spin, Standard deviation, Stefan-Boltzmann constant

τTau lepton, Torque, Shear stress, Time constant


φAngular polar coordinate, Electric potential, Euler’s totient function, Golden mean, Phase, Potential energy

χElectric susceptibility

ψQuantum mechanical wavefunction, J/ψ particle

ωFrequency (in radian/s), angular velocity

ШTate-Shafarevich group (Ш(G))

Cardinality of infinite sets

בCardinality of infinite sets

Partial derivative

Del operator, Gradient, Divergence, Curl