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Archive for July 21st, 2010

Good Post on What India Needs to Overtake China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 21, 2010

article here:

  1. Provide quality education, which stresses more on the learning than getting good grades! (Remember 3 Idiots, the movie?). If we will have our next generation well educated (not just knowing how to write their names), we will solve some of the problems in India, which we tend to ignore, but the biggest evils in the Indian society like the caste system – what ever it preaches, it just wrong and not at all justified! The divide on the basis of cast, color, religion, region, skilled people which can look beyond the BPOs and KPOs.
  2. Overhauling the Political System in India, I believe, this is the key to India’s growth. We really need to re-check the way our politicians run this country, it seems impossible, but its a dire requirement. Corruption has plagued the Indian society and presently there is no mechanism to correct it.
  3. Dignity of Labor

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Wheels of Progress in China- China Photo

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 21, 2010

This street is opposite of one of the newly developed streets in Beijing. The charming thing about this side and these people are that they are still like more traditional Chinese people.

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China Fact- Resources

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 21, 2010

China has 20% of the world’s population but only 7% of global water resources. To make matters worse, 90% of cities’ groundwater and 75% of rivers and lakes are polluted according to the World Bank.

This means that 700 million people drink contaminated water every day.

Source: Wikipedia, World Bank

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China Fact- Chinese Stocks

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 21, 2010

Eight of the ten largest stocks on the Shanghai Stock Exchange are nothing but state-controlled companies:

  • PetroChina
  • Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
  • Sinopec
  • Bank of China
  • China Shenhua Energy Company
  • China Life Insurance Company
  • Bank of Communications

Source: Wikipedia etc.

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Living and Working in China- Party Member

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 21, 2010

In China, people put on their resumes if they are a member of the Communist Party. They merely write ‘Party Member’.

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Cursing in Chinese

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 21, 2010

Here is a very very bad word. This is how you tell someone to have relations with their mothers, it is extremely offensive and used as an expletive, but not usually towards people.

càonǐmādebī / cao4 ni3 ma1 de bi1]
t. The “屄” has a bee sound especially 逼 or 比. In fact, 屄 is the true character but almost never used.
The bee sound can be vulgar, as in saying “shaw bee” which is also offensive.

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Chinese Oil Spill Forces Dalian China to Close Beaches

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 21, 2010

This is scary for mother earth. The Chinese are not known for quality and oil spills can happen. Thus, to sate China’s voracious appetite for oil, more must be drilled, leading to more spills.


Two crude oil pipelines exploded in Dalian’s Xingang port late last Friday, triggering a fire that was extinguished after 15 hours. The blasts, however, caused an oil slick that had stretched 183 sq km off the Dalian coast by Tuesday.

Hundreds of soldiers and local residents on Tuesday joined in the efforts to clean up the Bangchui island beach, which reeked of oil.

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