Archive for November 9th, 2017

Politics over whether Karnataka should have own flag and design of the flag…

November 9, 2017

There are talks/discussions over whether State of Karnataka can have its own flag.

If the State indeed does get its own flag, then it was widely felt that the red and yellow colored flag will be the natural choice. But not anymore as the flag is apparently of a political party:

The state government may not be able to make the popular yellow-and-red flag, which is synonymous with the Kannada identity as the state’s official symbol, and in all likelihood, Karnataka will have a tricolour one.

Reason: A registered political party, Kannada Paksha, has claimed rights over the flag and threatened to sue the government if it makes the yellow-and-red flag official. Kannada Paksha’s opposition came on July 21, two days after TOI first reported that the state has formed a committee to look into giving legal sanctity for a separate state flag.

P Purushotham, the state president of the party, wrote to the government pointing out that the party’s official flag cannot become the state’s official flag. “If the state does not drop its efforts to make it the state’s official flag, we’ll fight a legal battle through a petition in the high court,” his letter, a copy of which is with TOI, reads.

S G Siddaramaiah, a member of the nine-member flag committee, said: “The yellow and red have for long been part of the Kannada identity, while we will have to look into another design, the flag will predominantly have these colours. As part of the modifications or improvisation of the design, adding an additional strip in a third colour is a possibility.”

The committee is holding its first meeting on November 9, when the issue will be discussed along with other aspects of providing a legal sanctity to a separate flag. “It has been conveyed to me that they may add an additional strip in green to the flag. I have no objections to that so long as it does not look the same as our flag,” Purushotham said.

The flag came into being in 1967 and was designed by Ma Ramamurthy who founded the Kannada Paksha. In the years that followed, it became popular and assumed importance across the state and is used as an unofficial flag in many official state functions too. The party was officially registered with the Election Commission of India in 1991 when it became its official flag.

Writer Chidananda Murthy agreed that the yellow-and-red flag cannot be the official state flag notwithstanding its popularity. “The committee may either introduce an additional colour or use the state flag, which in my opinion would be better as it will represent all regions of Karnataka,” he said.


How our ancestors figured out how to use apples in cider making.

November 9, 2017

Superb article. Had no clue about this at all:

The apple best suited for cider and brandy is what we would call a spitter: a fruit so bitter and tannic that one’s first instinct is to spit it out and look around for something sweet to coat the tongue—a root beer, a cupcake, anything. Imagine biting into a soft green walnut, an unripe persimmon, or a handful of pencil shavings. That’s a spitter at its worst. How, then, did anyone discover that something as crisp and bright as cider, or as warm and smooth as Calvados, could be coaxed from it?

The answer lies in the strange genetics of the apple tree. The DNA of apples is more complex than ours; a recent sequencing of the Golden Delicious genome uncovered fifty-seven thousand genes, more than twice as many as the twenty thousand to twenty-five thousand that humans possess. Our own genetic diversity ensures that our children will all be somewhat unique—never an exact copy of their parents but bearing some resemblance to the rest of the family. Apples display “extreme heterozygosity,” meaning that they produce offspring that look nothing like their parents. Plant an apple seed, wait a few decades, and you’ll get a tree bearing fruit that looks and tastes entirely different from its parent. In fact, the fruit from one seedling will be, genetically speaking, unlike any other apple ever grown, at any time, anywhere in the world.

Now consider the fact that apples have been around for fifty million to sixty-five million years, emerging right around the time dinosaurs went extinct and primates made their first appearance. For millions of years, the trees reproduced without any human interference, combining and recombining those intricately complex genes the way a gambler rolls the dice. When primates—and later, early humans—encountered a new apple tree and bit into its fruit, they never knew what they were going to get. Fortunately, our ancestors figured out that even bad apples make great liquor.


History of Delaware as a banking haven…

November 9, 2017

Interesting article on US regional banking history. It is mainly about a fraudulent bank in Delaware but also tells how Delaware was a banking haven in 1800s. The region today is a corporate tax haven showing how history matters.

Most banks in Delaware are ethical:


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