Imagine a city, where the government would encourage you to take a holiday on every wednesday, so that you can stay at home and cosy up to your wife or girlfriend. What’s more, not only would you get paid to do so, but you could also win several prizes. Hmm, wishful thinking you might say. Well unlike the axe island of women advertisement(check here) which has very little chance of becoming a reality, the thought above has actually been implemented in the russian city of Ulyanovsk. The only catch here is that you have to try to create a new life if you take wednesday off.

The governor of a central Russian province urged couples to skip work on Wednesday and make love instead to help boost Russia’s low birth-rate. And if a woman gives birth in exactly nine months time — on Russia’s national day on June 12 — she will qualify for a prize, perhaps even winning a new home. “It’s normally something for the home — a fridge or a television set” Yelena Yakovleva at the Ulyanovsk regional administration press office, said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a girl or a boy” (Source).

Well, the Russian governor who actually wants to reverse a trend in which the population is shrinking by about 700,000 people a year ( as births fail to outpace a high death rate boosted by AIDS, alcoholism and suicide), should probably think of making a trip to India which is bursting at the seams with people. It might even be a good idea to ask the indians if they would like to come to Ulyanovsk. That would not only solve the problem of the declining birth rate but it would also save the city lots of money, cause frankly the Indians don’t need those incentives to create new life.



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