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Jazzing Up the Jazz
The new version of Honda Jazz will attempt to ride on the City’s brand value
 
If there was one car which started the trend of beginning with a high price and then reducing it drastically, thus building up a reputation for itself, it had to be the Honda Jazz, currently waiting to be launched, again, in India. Pushed as a ‘premium’ product in the sub-four-metre hatchback range, the original Jazz had an engine similar to the Honda City—which made it good value for money as well as a star performer.
 
The newer version of the Honda Jazz is expected to come with the same engine as the Honda Brio and the Honda Amaze. Nothing wrong with the size, which is in the 1,200cc range for petrol-engine cars, but certainly it leaves a lot to say about the refinement and seamless delivery as well as fuel efficiency that the Honda City's engine is well known for.
 
So is the Honda Jazz going to be a hatchback version of the Honda City? Not likely; though it will attempt to ride on the City’s brand value. So, initially, we can expect a price which will be way above that of the Brio and probably higher than that of the Amaze as well. Once the dust settles, we can expect Honda to reduce prices. Thereby admirably leaving space for people who bought this ‘premium’ product to say ‘we told you so’ once again.
 

Capturing Road Rage

 
The last fortnight has been full of road-related issues: whether it is the controversy following the judgement in an accident case involving Bollywood actor Salman Khan from over a dozen years ago, or the more recent episodes in Delhi of a bus-driver being killed by a biker egged on by his mother or that of an angry woman being hit by a policeman with a brick (new evidence has surfaced that the woman was also at fault). All these incidents of road rage bring out the pressing need to have some sort of digital recording equipment handy—be it a video camera, mobile phone or any other form of audio-video recording equipment.
 
A good dash-cam costs about Rs3,000 and can be installed in such a way that it can have not only a front view but also be swung around to either side or to get a rear view. Likewise, there are few digital cameras which do not have audio-video recording capacities—learn how to use them.
This may save your life someday. It may, or may not, stand legal scrutiny; it may or may not be evidence in a court of law; but it will help in more ways than one—as the episode of woman and the policeman throwing bricks at each other shows. And having experienced the power of just politely telling a policeman that the dash-cam is on, is more than enough for me to recommend this low-cost electronic product to everybody.
 
No specific brand name; but many varieties are available. Go for one. I have written on this before and am glad to note that taxi and auto-drivers in and around Delhi have increasingly got some fitted; now, it’s time for the rest of us too. 
 
(Veeresh Malik started and sold a couple of companies, is now back to his first love—writing. He is also involved in helping small and midsize family-run businesses re-invent themselves.)

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Maharashtra plans cloud seeding to combat monsoon blues
Worried by the revised monsoon forecast of lower than normal rainfall, the Maharashtra government has set in motion a contingency plan for cloud seeding to combat the looming water crises in the state, an official said here.
 
The revenue, relief and rehabilitation ministry issued tenders last month inviting bids for cloud seeding operations in different parts of the state.
 
The issue was also discussed at Tuesday's cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and an amount of Rs.10 crore has been set aside for the venture.
 
"We plan to undertake cloud seeding in Vidarbha, Marathwada and north Maharashtra on a pilot basis," Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse later told media.
 
In the past few years, the state has experienced spells of droughts or semi-droughts, with bouts of unseasonal rains and hailstorms which have resulted in huge crop damage and large numbers of farmers committing suicide.
 
Way back in 1992, cloud seeding was attempted by the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) over a couple of lakes supplying drinking water to the city, but the results were not very encouraging.
 
The process involved a furnace in which coal is burnt at 1,350 degrees Celsius in which powdered Silver Iodide is sprinkled.
 
These particles rise in the air to cloud level in 10 - 12 minutes. 
 
There are various natural parameters contributing to its success, including the height of the clouds which must be between 8,000-10,000 metres, wind speed of between 15-20 kmph and at least 70 percent humidity levels.
 
After these particles travel upwards, they crystallize at minus-five degrees and since clouds have both ice and water crystals, the particles attract the water, its weight increases and they fall down in the form of rain within a couple of hours.
 
The proposed exercise may be taken up only after studying the current monsoon patterns and would be largely experimental in nature, but if it succeeds, it would be taken up on regular basis in the state, officials said.

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