The World’s Last Telegram Will Be Sent Next Month
YES, PEOPLE STILL SEND TELEGRAMS
NEWSER) – We’re not sure if it’s more surprising to learn that the last telegram in the world will be sent next month… or that people are still sending telegrams somewhere. They are, though: 5,000 telegrams are still sent every day in India. But that’s all coming to an end on July 13, when the country’s state-owned telecom company, BSNL, will end its telegraph service for good, the Christian Science Monitor reports.
At the medium’s peak in 1985, Indians were sending 60 million telegrams a year. But with the rise of cell and smart phones, BSNL says it’s losing $23 million a year to keep the service running. Nevertheless, some devotees believe the telegram still plays a vital role in the country. “I am a regular user of the telegram and it is an important tool for activists,” says fan AP Tripathi. “For example, a telegram to a court informing them of illegal detention of a citizen by the police is taken as a writ petition.” Tripathi is so passionate about the telegram, in fact, he has even threatened to go on a Gandhian fast unless the decision is overturned. He notified the government of his intentions … via telegram.
2nd Louisiana Plant Blast Occurs, Miles From First
ONE PERSON KILLED
AP) – One person was killed and several others injured today in an explosion at a south Louisiana chemical plant, only miles from where another blast killed two plant workers the previous day, authorities said. Louisiana State Police Trooper Jared Sandifer said five people were injured, three of them critically, and were taken to area hospitals following the evening explosion at a CF Industries facility in Donaldsonville. The identity of the person killed in the blast wasn’t immediately released.
Sandifer said the explosion didn’t pose a threat to the area surrounding the plant; workers were pressurizing an unspecified “vessel” with nitrogen when the pressure built and caused the explosion. CF Industries’ website says the plant can produce roughly 5 million tons of nitrogen for agricultural and industrial uses annually. This isn’t the first deadly blast at CF Industries’ Donaldsonville plant. Three workers were killed and nine others were injured by an explosion and fire at the facility in May 2000.
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