High price of Itidium causing death from Lightning!
M S Siddiqui writes for DOT
About 90% of the lightning strikes from cloud to cloud. From 10-30% of lightning can be cloud to ground, depending on the storm. The global statistics of lightning strikes the earth more than 100 times each second and 8 million times per day causing death of human and approximately 50,000 thunderstorms occur per day that may result in casualty of human, animal, forest fires and other properties.
Death due to lightning strikes is common in Bangladesh during this time of the year, as the weather changes from the dry season to the rainy summer season. But the country is experiencing a surge of lightning strike deaths in recent years. According to experts’ opinion, deforestation, agricultural and labour-intensive economy, poor infrastructure and climate variability are playing a pregnant role in higher rates of lightning-related deaths and injuries here in Bangladesh and many other countries.In south Asia the casualties has been increases in recent years. But apart from climate change, the recent increase of death of lightning has linkage with the silent disappearance of Border pillarsof Moujainstalled by British rulers in South Asia. These pillars had dual purpose of demarcation of administrative area and absolved spark of thunder.
The internet has some interesting offer from Kolkata, India to buy Magnetic pillars from Bangladesh against cash payment. One of those invitations from one Arindam having phone number <9339031373> and e-mail address: <[email protected]>. The condition of purchase is delivery at Kolkata and cash payment after verification of genuineness of pillars. The sellers in Bangladesh also invite buyers through internet. A Sales advertisement as available in the internet “We are the owner of six high powerful Rice Puller British pillar (three district demarcation line pillar, with part) as available for genuine overseas ‘Direct Buyers’. The advertisement continued -Please note that, we are not interested to pay any visit fees and not demanding any test fees. Bangladeshi country representatives (of buyers) also may query for further verbal discussion to get this items.”The pillars are genuine ‘1818 East India Company Pillar’ having specifications.
The reason of such smuggling of British East India made and installed Mouja pillars are smuggled to India and then to actual in other part of the world since these pillar contains a rare metal namely itidium. It is one of the rarest elements in Earth’s crust, with annual production and consumption of only three tones.
British Government Posted Mouza (small boundary of lands, square kilometers of land) pillars are now formatted as high precious metal component. This is based on a belief that some antique metal wares with traces of iridium, especially those finished in copper, develop this property in time. Assumed that inside of the pillar, the earthening copper material converted as iridium copper, for the cause of electric spark (terra watt volt?/highest voltage) of any thunder and converted to itidium metal.
During this period of British rule, border poles were kept in the ground by measuring the distance between one and the other according to frequencies. Among them, metal magnets with brass, copper, iron, titanium. Because of the combination, electric char was produced during the thunderstorm, it absorbed the pillars directly and did the work of earthening.Until the recent past years, the death of thunderstorm was very low.
It is understood that the buyers have attraction of pillars from Bangladesh due to corrupt administration and lack of patriotism. They are easily bought from Bangladesh than any part of India. There are some actions against such sale of valuable assets of the county. A media report said Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on certain night recovered a 188-year-old precious, metaled border pillar from a house of Sajapur village of Shajahanpurupazilla of the Bogra district. RAB sources said ‘Great Britain, East India Company, FCC 500, G.3.B.6.N.8, 1818’ are inscribed on the pillar, weighing 20 kg with a height of 2.5 feet.
The development of rare itidium in Bangladesh is now become reason of death although it could be a source of income for the nation. Some unscrupulous and non-patriotic people are selling the metal throughway prices. The climate change has increases the frequency of lightning strike but we have lost the prevention of death from boundary pillars. There may be a scientific study to identify the link between uprooting the pillars and gradual increase of death from thunderstorm. We should find way how to protect from such natural-cum- man-made disaster. The authority should take immediate steps to save the existing pillars and also study how to re-install such pillars, if feasible now.
The writer is a Legal Economist, e-mail: [email protected]