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India tests Prithvi-II during Night time

India tested its surface-to-surface missile Prithvi-II, during night time.  This missile can carry 500 to 1,000 kilogramme of warheads, is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines and is part of Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme.  It engages targets in the exo-atmosphere  at 50 km above the earth’s atmosphere.

07 Oct 18 1 min read
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Oscar Wilde

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.

03 Sep 18 1 min read
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Ayodhya Case: Why is Congress Representing Pakistan?

The Ayodhya issue where the Mughal emperor Babur had destroyed the Ram temple at the place of his birth is ostensibly in the final stages of court proceedings.  This issue has been the fodder for many so-called activists in India – who have run their entire careers on it.  Historians with

06 Dec 17 4 min read
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Groupon Subscribers are now 115 million

With 115 million subscribers to its daily deals emails, Groupon’s customer base has already more than doubled in size this year, a new report suggests. Reuters, citing an unnamed source, reports that Groupon’s subscriber base has grown 38% since March 31 (when it had 83.1 million subscribers)

07 Aug 11 4 min read
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Mindless Eating: Losing Weight Without Thinking

However, several studies show exactly that, including Wansink’s study of 168 moviegoers, who ate either fresh or stale popcorn from different size containers. People ate 45 percent more fresh popcorn from extra-large containers than large ones and the people who were eating stale popcorn ate 34 percent more from

07 Aug 11 4 min read
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Weight loss boosts men’s sexual health

A new study has found that a modest weight loss could improve erectile function and sexual desire, and lower urinary tract symptoms in obese men with type 2 diabetes. Researchers led by Professor Gary Wittert, MBBch, MD, FRACP, FRCP, of the University of Adelaide studied 31 obese men with type

07 Aug 11 1 min read
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CAG bursts MK Alagiri’s fertiliser bomb

DMK leader and Union Minister MK Alagiri is in the news for the wrong reasons again. In its report submitted to Parliament, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has faulted the Department of Fertilisers (DoF) which falls under Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers headed by him for not co-operating with

07 Aug 11 1 min read
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Need nanotechnology for health sector: Kalam

Former President APJ Abdul Kalam on Saturday stressed the need for developing nanotechnology applications in healthcare to manufacture nano-robots that are probably put together with care and attention, with a lot of time put into deciding to compare electronic components [https://octopart.com/], hopefully ensuring the best parts for cancer

07 Aug 11 1 min read
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Orissa: 13 Year Old Surrendered Maoist Joined in School

Krushna Soy (13) a Maoists who surrendered before the Jajpur police on 8th , April this year recently enrolled as a fourth class student in the government managed residential school in Sareikhali under Sukinda block in Jajpur district. Krushna Soy son of Rabi Soy in Baipur village under Ghasipur police station

07 Aug 11 1 min read
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Air India not allowed into Star Alliance

Air India has been denied entry into the prestigious Star Alliance grouping for reasons that aren’t exactly clear. A statement from Star Alliance said Air India is yet to meet the conditions that were contractually agreed upon in late 2007, when the airline was extended an invitation to join

02 Aug 11 1 min read
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Indian IT firms win more clients by banking on consulting

Top Indian players plan to significantly increase consulting capabilities. As Indian information technology (IT) services firms were trying to tide over the global uncertainties by winning quality clients and extracting more businesses from their existing accounts, consulting is set to play a major role in this effort. Most of the

01 Aug 11 1 min read
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‘WHO says India a depressed nation?’

A World Health Organisation study may claim that India has the highest number of depressed people but the country’s leading mental health institution – the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (Nimhans) – has debunked the theory. WHO’s figures could be ‘highly inflated’ and they see very few

01 Aug 11 1 min read
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Picasso and Quantum Theory

Last week, the American Institute of Physics (a society that, among a few others, shares our building) hosted a conference on the history of physics. A hundred or so graduate students and early-career physicists gathered to talk about topics stretching from the first uses of X-rays in medicine to the

01 Aug 11 1 min read
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Five killed in blast near Imphal

Five persons, including a 10-year-old girl student, were killed and 12 injured in a blast at the Sangakpham market, near here, on Monday. The death toll may go up as many injured persons are in serious condition. Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi, who returned from New Delhi, rushed to the

01 Aug 11 1 min read
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Gotabaya releases “factual account” of war against LTTE

Hinting that Sri Lanka will re-examine its war with the Tamil Tigers, Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has said his country “will certainly engage with and account for the events of the past, [but] our focus must be on the future”. Launching the report “Humanitarian Operation — Factual Analysis”, compiled by the

01 Aug 11 1 min read
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Balwa drags Sibal, PM into 2G scam

The first high profile corporate accused in the 2G spectrum scam began his arguments in court against the CBI charges on Monday by relying on “zero loss” statements made by the prime minister and telecom minister Kapil Sibal. Shahid Usman Balwa of DB Realty argued before the special CBI court

01 Aug 11 1 min read
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Infosys now chasing large deals

Trade receivables and unbilled work of Infosys Technologies have risen steadily outpacing revenue growth over the past few quarters, possibly signalling changed business dynamics for India’s tech poster boy which has put margins and cash flows above everything in its three-decade story. The company’s trade receivables for the

01 Aug 11 1 min read
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US thinktank raises concerns over Pak nuke threat to India

Congressional Research Service ( CRS)), the US Congress’s bipartisan thinktank for legal and political analysis, has warned in its latest report on Pakistan’s nuclear programme that growing asymmetry in Indo-Pak conventional military capabilities could lead Islamabad to lower the threshold for using nuclear weapons. The report says the Pakistani

31 Jul 11 1 min read
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Noida to give 5 pc land to farmers

Agitation suspended for 3 months, Authority promises special scheme for land acquired between 1976 and 1997 The Noida Authority will provide five per cent developed land to farmers in a period of three months, officials promised at a meeting with residents of 54 villages on Saturday. With this, the Authority

31 Jul 11 1 min read
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Self-destruct e-mail IDs snag terror trail

The Intelligence Bureau has come up against a particularly insidious tool of terror in their probe into the 13/7 Mumbai blasts. It’s called Disposable Email Address (DEA), and IB sleuths say it is a nut that is hard to crack. DEA is a smart communication technique used by

31 Jul 11 1 min read
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Government victimising opponents: Ramadoss

Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) founder Dr S Ramadoss charged that the AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu, which had completed 75 days, was carrying out acts of vendetta against its political rivals. Referring to the TN government’s move for contempt proceedings against the High Court of Madras advocate K Balu,

31 Jul 11 1 min read
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China and India are giving Stiff competition to US Jobs!

Citing stiff competition from nation’s like China, India and Brazil, President Barack Obama has said he is not prepared to bring U.S. deficit down by sacrificing education, medical research or rebuilding of infrastructure. “We live in a world where America is facing stiff competition for good jobs from

01 Jul 11 1 min read
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Osama was a Sex Machine

Osama bin Laden’s first wife, Najwa, has revealed that the killed al-Qaeda chief was a ‘sex machine’ who used to vanish into his bedroom for days with her after returning from waging Jihad. On being asked by a journalist during an interview about her favourite time when living with

13 Jun 11 1 min read
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India to set up 5 Universities for Diaspora

The Indian government will set up five PIO universities in the country to cater to the diaspora students of Indian origin. Announcing this at the just concluded mini Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, Didar Singh, secretary in the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, said,” The Indian government proposes to set up five

13 Jun 11 1 min read
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Is China Diverting Brahmaputra waters?

In the wake of reports that China may divert Brahmaputra waters, India on Monday said it has sought a report from its mission in Beijing and would take appropriate diplomatic steps after assessing the situation. “We are trying to get more details both from the government and our mission and

13 Jun 11 1 min read
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Narayana Murthy unhappy about B1 visa probe by US

Infosys’ outgoing chairman and chief mentor N.R. Narayana Murthy expressed disappointment over a U.S court issuing a legal notice to the IT bellwether on its reported misuse of B-1 visa rules. “As I leave the board, I feel sad that Infosys, voted most often as India’s most

13 Jun 11 1 min read
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Connecting all Village Panchayats in India

Very soon, every panchayat in the country will have an internet equipped service centre to ensure rural access to various online services like railway reservation and weather information for farmers. The information technology department is working on a plan to have 2.5 lakh such centres across the country – one

29 May 11 1 min read
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Indian Youth is Hooked on to Text Messaging

As telecom companies try to outdo each other with attractive and cheap SMS plans offering hundreds of free messages daily, it has transformed the communication patterns of youngsters in India, with 60 percent of those surveyed choosing it as the preferred mode of communication, an industry lobby said Wednesday.”Communication

19 May 11 1 min read
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Infosys worried about US visa restrictions

Infosys is crossing its fingers and praying hard so that U.S. does not bring in any strict action on its B-1 visa, H1B visa, and other visa programmes as the company has said its business could be adversely affected if the U.S. decides to restrict the visa programme

19 May 11 1 min read
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Indians among many illegal immigrants caught in U.S.

Hundreds of immigrants, including from India and Nepal, were caught trying to illegally enter the U.S. through Mexico hiding in tractors in conditions authorities say are “worse than the way normally cattle is shipped”. Border authorities caught over 513 immigrants crammed in two tractor-trailers in the southern state of

19 May 11 1 min read
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TCS, HDFC named India’s best managed companies

IT giant TCS and financial services major HDFC have been named as India’s two best managed companies in an annual poll conducted by Finance Asia magazine. TCS and HDFC are followed by IT major Infosys, telecom giant Bharti airtel and PSU behemoth ONGC in the list of the top-five

18 May 11 1 min read
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Pakistan reaches out to Persian Gulf region

Three Pakistani high-level delegations are touring the Persian Gulf region. Two of them are most certainly substantive – President Asif Zardari’s visit to Kuwait and Interior Minister Rahman Malik’s to Riyadh – while the visit by Farooq Naek, the chairman of the Pakistani senate [upper house of parliament] to Iran

16 May 11 1 min read
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Disturbing questions for India in wake of Osama Operation

The Abbottabad raid has raised many disturbing questions and the Indian armed forces must find answers to them, says Colonel Anil Athale (retd) Readers must wonder as to why this author is adding to the virtual saturation coverage of the American operation codenamed ‘Neptune’s Spear’? Two reasons: First, the

16 May 11 1 min read
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FB inspiration: Baby named ‘Like’

Stumped for an original name for their newborn daughter, an Israeli couple took inspiration from social networking site Facebook and named her “Like,” Israeli daily Maariv reported on Monday. The parents lifted the name from the popular feature on the site, which allows Facebook users to click on the word

16 May 11 1 min read
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Targets inside India identified if attacked: ISI chief

ISI’s powerful chief Ahmed Shuja Pasha has warned India that any Abbottabad-like attack by it would invite a befitting response from Pakistan as targets inside the country “had already been identified” and “rehearsal” carried out. Pasha’s warning came as he addressed the in-camera joint session of the Senate

16 May 11 1 min read
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Gunmen kill Saudi diplomat in southern Pakistan

Gunmen on a motorbike shot and killed a Saudi diplomat as he was driving in Pakistan’s largest city on Monday, just days after two hand grenades were tossed at the Arab state’s consulate building, police in Karachi said. The police believe the primary motive was sectarian tension between

16 May 11 1 min read
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Indian students in U.S. prefer to return home: Survey

A majority of Indian students studying in the U.S. want to return home after a few years of work, said a survey. According to researchers at Rutgers University, Pennsylvania State University and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, 53 percent of 1,000 respondents are keen to come back

09 Mar 11 1 min read
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Infosys booked for visa and tax fraud

Infosys Technologies seems to have gotten into the habit of courting controversy. Even as a tax evasion allegation by the Indian income tax department is still staring at its face, the second largest information technology (IT) services exporter has found itself in the midst of another case of visa and

08 Mar 11 1 min read
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Deoband row: Panel to probe Vastanvi’s pro-Modi comments

The verdict is finally out. Maulana Ghulam Mohammed Vastanvi, the MBA cleric from Gujarat, will stay on as the vice chancellor of India’s oldest school of Sunni Islamic learning, Darul Uloom. Vastanvi, who had raised the hackles of conservatives by his alleged praise of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi,

24 Feb 11 1 min read
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How Musharraf paved way for Bhutto’s assassination

Former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s killing on December 27, 2007 shocked the world. A few weeks before her murder, Bhutto sent an e-mail to newsanchor Wolf Blitzer at CNN in which she said she faced a threat to her life from then Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf. Amir Mir,

24 Feb 11 1 min read
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199 govt websites defaced in last 6 months: Kamat

The government today said 199 government websites have been defaced by foreign hackers in the last six months. “The website of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was defaced by a foreign hacker “Pakistan Cyber Army” on December 3, 2010. In addition to this, a total of 198 government websites were

24 Feb 11 1 min read
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US threatens to kick out Pak envoy over detained official

President Barack Obama’s national security advisor has threatened to boot Pakistan’s ambassador Husain Haqqani from the country if a US official arrested in Lahore was not released by Friday, ABC News said. Citing two Pakistani officials, ABC News said late Thursday that National Security Advisor Tom Donilon made

11 Feb 11 1 min read
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Living on US dole, Pakistan builds fourth plutonium reactor

Despite being in the throes of a crippling political and economic crisis and almost entirely dependent on handouts from the United States and multilateral aid, Pakistan is poking a finger in the international community’s eye. Days after it was revealed that Islamabad has doubled its nuclear weapons’ inventory in

10 Feb 11 1 min read
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27 killed in suicide bombing attack in Pakistan

A teenaged suicide bomber in school uniform attacked a military training centre in Pakistan’s northwest on Thursday, killing 27 people, most of them soldiers, and injuring at least 40. The attacker, said to be around 14, walked into Punjab regiment headquarters’ parade ground in Mardan, 115km north-west of Islamabad,

10 Feb 11 1 min read
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The world’s top 20 outsourcing hotspots

India remains the favourite backoffice of the world thanks to its ‘first-mover advantage’ and deep skill base, as per global management consulting firm AT Kearney’s ranking of the best outsourcing destinations. The top slot in AT Kearney’s 2011 Global Services Location Index is occupied by India. “India is

07 Feb 11 1 min read
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It is a frightening time in Pakistan

This is the first time I’ve been to India after 26/11 and the weirdest thing is that actually of all my trips to India I found the least antagonism this time. But it isn’t a post 26/11 scenario but rather post Salman Taseer assassination one. Everyone

07 Feb 11 1 min read
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Headley filmed Bhabha atomic facility for ISI

David Headley videotaped the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and its large residential colony in Mumbai for the ISI. This video, Headley revealed, was not given to the Lashkar-e-Taiba. During his interrogation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in Chicago, Headley said, “(in March 2008) Major Iqbal (who he described

03 Feb 11 1 min read
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Hugs tell us much about shared experiences

In the run-up to Valentine’s Day, couples the world over will be thinking about how they can convey their love to their partner in a meaningful and lasting manner. One of the most obvious ways a person can share their feelings is through physical gestures such as hugs which,

03 Feb 11 1 min read
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Astrology is a science: Bombay HC

Astrology has been debunked by most world scientists including India’s renowned physicist Prof. Yash Pal. However, it is “science” in India. The Bombay High Court reaffirmed this on Thursday when it dismissed a PIL that had challenged astrology as science. The PIL was filed by an NGO, Janhit Manch

03 Feb 11 1 min read
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Hema Malini, daughters to perform at Khajuraho festival

Bollywood diva Hema Malini, alongwith her daughters Esha and Ahana Deol, will present an Odissi dance recital on the inaugural day Tuesday of the famed Khajuraho festival of classical dances at Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh. The dance programme will begin at 7 p.m. on the premises of the Khajuraho

01 Feb 11 1 min read
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Bappi Lahiri to be first Indian in Grammy jury

Bollywood music composer Bappi Lahiri has added another feather to his cap by becoming the first Indian composer to be in the Grammy jury for the awards in 2012. “I will be a jury member in the Grammy awards next year. I will be among the members, who vote to

01 Feb 11 1 min read
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Consensual sex below age of 16 is offence: Krishna Tirath

A draft bill, which will soon be introduced in the cabinet, says consensual sex between children aged 16 to 18 is not a criminal offence, Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath said Tuesday. Tirath refuted a media report which stated that the draft Protection of Children from Sexual Offences

01 Feb 11 1 min read
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Two journalists held for extortion

Ural police have arrested two rural journalists of Vyala village for extortion. The two journalists of a local vernacular daily have been booked under section 384 read with 34 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and were caught red handed taking Rs 2,000 from truck owner Brijlal Sharma, whose vehicle

01 Feb 11 1 min read
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Retaining Employees, a key challenge for IT: Expert

Information Technology (IT) companies and BPOs are witnessing large-scale attrition of talented employees, making retention of critical manpower resources a key challenge going forward, according to an industry expert. Fidelity National Financial India Country Head Sameer Dhanarajani says IT companies and BPOs are witnessing a major talent crunch.

31 Jan 11 1 min read
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DRDO scientists shifting to IT

The numbers of DRDO’s (Defence Research and Development Organization) top level scientists are decreasing at an alarming rate. With 20 top scientists resigning from the Organization in last six months, DRDO is now looking up to the ways for retaining its employees. Top scientists are now going for better

31 Jan 11 1 min read
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Is the RFID tag on Indian students in U.S. justified?

Indian students in the Tri-Valley University, U.S. are forcibly made to wear radio collars around the ankles that keeps a tab on their movements. Is the move by the U.S. authorities justified? External Affairs Minister S M Krishna strongly condemned the reported forcible wearing of radio collars around

31 Jan 11 1 min read
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US opens helpline for ‘sham’ varsity’s students

The US authorities have opened a helpline for the Indian students of a ‘sham’ university in California, while asking some of them to wear radio trackers around their ankles as the case proceeds. Some 1,555 students of Tri-Valley University, 95 percent of them from India, mostly Andhra Pradesh face

31 Jan 11 1 min read
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Maoists behead stone quarry owner

Moaists have beheaded an owner of a stone quarry at Sikaripara of Dumka in Jharkhand bordering Birbhum district of Bengal. According to locals, a group of 200 red guerrillas raided Sikaripara area and torched four stone crushers. The red rampage continued for more than three hours. Meanwhile, suspected Maoists have

31 Jan 11 1 min read
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$1.4 Trillion worth Black money stashed abroad

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee Tuesday said $462 billion to $1.4 trillion in black money is estimated to have been stashed abroad by Indians and all steps were being taken to bring it back. But the names of the perpetrators can’t be revealed yet. Unless legal provisions are in

25 Jan 11 1 min read
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Netaji and his Death

On September 16th, 1985, in a dilapidated house in Faizabad, formerly the capital of Oudh province in India, a reclusive holy man known as Bhagwanji or Gumnami Baba (‘the saint with no name’) breathed his last. Locals had long suspected that he was none other than Subhas Chandra Bose (1897-1945)

22 Jan 11 2 min read
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What should you pass on to your kids?

A friend of mine was discussing how he was recently fretting over politics at his job and how that was giving him sleepless nights.  He sees himself as the provider of his family and that is why he feels guilty and also simultaneously a feeling of inadequacy for not being

22 Jan 11 3 min read
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‘Headley was a Pak spy working for ISI’

LeT operative David Headley, who scouted targets in Mumbai for 26/11 attacks, was a Pakistani spy working for ISI, whose chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha was possibly aware of the plot to strike India’s financial hub, claims an investigative news report. “In essence, US and Indian officials

01 Jan 11 1 min read
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Secret IAF file found on roadside in New Delhi

A secret file related to over $11 billion deal for procuring 126 multirole combat aircraft went missing from the Defence Ministry and has been found on the roadside in New Delhi, prompting the Indian Air Force to order a probe into the incident.The secret files are related to the

01 Jan 11 1 min read
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Benazir killing planned in Pak officer’s home: Report

The plot to assassinate Pakistan’s former prime minister Benazir Bhutto was hatched at the official residence of an army brigadier, according to a report published on Friday in The Express Tribune newspaper. The latest inquiry into the December 27, 2007 attack on an election rally that killed Bhutto, conducted

01 Jan 11 1 min read
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Sun Co-Founder Uses Capitalism to Help Poor

Vinod Khosla, the billionaire venture capitalist and co-founder of Sun Microsystems, was already among the world’s richest men when he invested a few years ago in SKS Microfinance, a lender to poor women in India. But the roaring success of SKS’s recent initial public stock offering in Mumbai

07 Oct 10 1 min read
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Mario Vargas Llosa wins Nobel literature prize

Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa, one of the most acclaimed writers in the Spanish-speaking world, won the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday. The Swedish Academy said it honored the 74-year-old author “for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt and

07 Oct 10 1 min read
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At Flagging Tribune, Tales of a Bankrupt Culture

Mr. Michaels, a former radio executive and disc jockey, had been handpicked by Sam Zell, a billionaire who was the new controlling shareholder, to run much of the media company’s vast collection of properties, including The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, WGN America and The Chicago Cubs. After

07 Oct 10 1 min read
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Now, Google lets you to make video calls from your TV

Google TV has got something exciting in its store. While partnerships with Pandora and Napster excite the media consumer in U.S., the real killer application will be video calling using devices like Logitech’s Google TV box, the Revue. Although not mentioned on the site, it is clear that

05 Oct 10 1 min read
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UAE builds village in flood-hit Pakistan

An ‘Emirates Village’ for the flood victims was inaugurated on Monday in northwest Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Addressing an opening ceremony, Chairman of the United Arab Emirates Red Crescent Authority (RCA) Ahmed Humaid Al Mazruoie said that the UAE would offer more relief assistance to the flood victims in

04 Oct 10 1 min read
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NATO chief apologises, Pakistani Taliban vow revenge

NATO’s chief expressed regret on Monday for the deaths of Pakistani soldiers last week and said he hoped Pakistan’s border would reopen for NATO supplies to Afghanistan as soon as possible. Angered by repeated attacks by NATO helicopters on militant targets within its borders, Pakistan blocked one of

04 Oct 10 1 min read
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4000-year-old Aryan city discovered in Russia

Russian archaeologists have unearthed some ancient and virtually unknown settlements which they believe were built by the original Aryan race about 4000 years ago. According to the team which has discovered 20 of the spiral-shaped settlements in remote part of Russia steppe in southern Siberia bordering Kazakhstan, the buildings date

04 Oct 10 1 min read
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Guzaarish Trailer

This trailer is from Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s latest movie – Guzaarish.  It stars Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai. Ramp model Monikangana Dutta is making her acting debut in this film. It is being said that Aishwarya Rai plays the role of a married nurse who develops a bond with a

23 Sep 10 1 min read
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The limits of tolerance

But to put things in perspective, I would like to invite readers to imagine that a group of Christians asked for approval to build a church close to the site of an iconic building in Pakistan some of their fellow-believers had destroyed, killing thousands. How would we have responded? Actually,

16 Sep 10 1 min read
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Kashmir imbroglio: The China connection

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s reported remark last week that China is entering into the South Asian region in a concerted manner and the Chinese reported remark (later reportedly retracted but not denied) that China considered the northern parts of Kashmir (Gilgit-Baltistan) as parts of Pakistan — both of these in

16 Sep 10 1 min read
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Indian National Congress sold coupons worth Rs 600 crore

The Indian National Congress sold coupons worth Rs 600 crore to generate party funds during 2007-09 while most of the other political parties were dependent on voluntary donations for fund raising. The oldest political party, Congress, generated Rs 598.4 crore during 2007-08 and 2008-09 through the sale of coupons

16 Sep 10 1 min read
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Lies, damn lies and Chinese science

The People’s Republic is becoming a technological superpower, but who’s checking the facts?  Plagiarism, phony research outputs, fake degrees, pseudoscience, and jail or a beating for him who dares reveal the truth.

15 Sep 10 1 min read
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China and India: Contest of the Century

A HUNDRED years ago it was perhaps already possible to discern the rising powers whose interaction and competition would shape the 20th century. The sun that shone on the British empire had passed midday. Vigorous new forces were flexing their muscles on the global stage, notably America, Japan and Germany.

12 Sep 10 1 min read
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The Anarchic Republic of Pakistan

THERE IS perhaps no other political-military elite in the world whose aspirations for great-power regional status, whose desire to overextend and outmatch itself with meager resources, so outstrips reality as that of Pakistan. If it did not have such dire consequences for 170 million Pakistanis and nearly 2 billion people

12 Sep 10 1 min read
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Name

In real life, unlike in Shakespeare, the sweetness of the rose depends upon the name it bears. Things are not only what they are. They are, in very important respects, what they seem to be.

06 Sep 10 1 min read
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Strange it is, that men should admit the validity of the arguments for free discussion, but object to their being “pushed to an extreme”; not seeing that unless the reasons are good for an extreme case, they are not good for any case.

30 Aug 10 1 min read
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Pessimist

The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.

22 Aug 10 1 min read
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Wherever there is desire, there is the world

Consider. Wherever there is desire, there is the world. With resolute dispassion Free yourself from desire, and find happiness. Desire binds you, Nothing else. Destroy it, and you are free. Turn from the world. Fulfill yourself, and find lasting happiness.

22 Aug 10 1 min read
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Bigotry

It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.

22 Aug 10 1 min read
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Dreams

They say dreams are the windows of the soul–take a peek and you can see the inner workings, the nuts and bolts

04 Aug 10 1 min read
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French

In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their language.

04 Aug 10 1 min read
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Grammar

Devotees of grammatical studies have not been distinguished for any very remarkable felicities of expression.

04 Aug 10 1 min read
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Excess

Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.

03 Aug 10 1 min read
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Genius

He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which.

03 Aug 10 1 min read
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Politicians

Today’s public figures can no longer write their own speeches or books, and there is some evidence that they can’t read them either.

03 Aug 10 1 min read
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Stop Lahore’s Talibanisation

The worst has happened. Data Darbar, which defined the contours of peaceful Islam for a millennium, has been desecrated in Lahore. Its markets have been attacked and its minorities live in fear after the Ahmadi massacre. Last year, the petrified traders of Lahore’s Hall Road burnt objectionable CDs after

20 Jul 10 1 min read
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Saina zooms to second in world rankings

Shuttler Saina Nehwal is just a step away from becoming the world’s No.1 player as she jumped one place to a career-best second in the international rankings. India’s champion shuttler Saina Nehwal moved one step closer to becoming the queen of world badminton when she became the

15 Jul 10 1 min read
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At 22, Patna boy becomes youngest IIT Professor

Dr. Tathagat Avatar Tulsi, a Patna-born child prodigy, becomes the youngest professor at Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay at the age of 22. He is set to join as an assistant professor in the Department of Physics from next week. He had completed his high school at the age of nine,

14 Jul 10 1 min read
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CIOs to prepare for a second global downturn: Gartner

Pointing to the risk of debt that the nations incur by default, the research firm Gartner has warned CIOs to begin preparation for a second recession within the next 12 to 18 months. Since there is so much uncertainty about the sustainability of the current recovery, CIOs are being expected

14 Jul 10 1 min read
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1.5 Lakh new Bharat Nirman CSCs proposed by IT Dept

A proposal has been made by the Department of Information Technology to add 1.5 lakh Common Service Centers (renamed Bharat Nirman CSCs) across India, in addition to the original proposal of one lakh CSCs. The new plan, which would approximately cost about Rs. 2,800 crore, would be considered

09 Jul 10 1 min read
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USA's 5th most populated city opens meet with Hindu prayers

City Council of Phoenix, fifth most populated city of USA, reverberated with Sanskrit mantras from ancient Hindu scriptures on July seven, reportedly for the first time since it was incorporated in 1881.indu statesman Rajan Zed delivered invocation from Sanskrit scriptures before Phoenix City Council on this day. After Sanskrit

08 Jul 10 1 min read
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Iran promotes 'Islamic' haircuts

Iran has laid down the law: mullets won’t make the cut. The Islamic regime, which strictly enforces head coverings for women, issued grooming guidelines for the guys this week. Among the do’s that are now don’ts? The ’80’s Prince-style pompadour preferred by many young Iranian men,

08 Jul 10 1 min read
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Islamization of Northeast India no Coincidence

By Dr. Richard Benkin, reprinted with permission(Dr. Benkin is the author ofA Quiet Case of Ethnic Cleansing: The Murder of Bangladesh’s Hindus [http://www.amazon.com/Quiet-Case-Ethnic-Cleansing-Bangladeshs/dp/8188643394/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1453239924&sr=8-1&keywords=A+Quiet+Case+of+Ethnic+Cleansing] ) On February

07 Jul 10 3 min read
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New light on Hindu-Buddhist civilisation

Archaeologists from India, US, China and South East Asia will gather here Wednesday to throw light on the thriving Hindu-Buddhist civilisation and earlier cultures that existed in the ‘Bujang Valley in Malaysia’s Kedah state between the 5th to 14th century. According to reports archaeologists had unearthed temple ruins and

07 Jul 10 1 min read
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Yasin Malik, supporters held

These few rogue elements in Kashmir Valley and I repeat “Kashmir Valley”, are keeping the place completely on the tip toe in the name of “Islamic factor”, an issue so sensitive for India but an instrument of subjugation and oppression for Pakistan. I am sorry to touch on this religious

21 Jun 10 1 min read
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What is Social Media Insecurity?

One of the greatest challenges to privacy and security in the next several years is Social Networks and Social Media. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, and others can spell the downfall of valuing information. The ability to share and provide information is completely opposite to network security requirements. This

21 Jun 10 1 min read
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Indian Americans try to make it big in U.S. politics

Leading the way is Nikki Haley, born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa, who is favored to win the polls for the Governor of South Carolina. Another Indian American trying to make it big is Manan Trivedi, a doctor and Iraq war veteran who recently won a Democratic primary for Congress in Eastern

21 Jun 10 1 min read
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57 Pakistani Hindus convert to Islam 'under pressure'

Ram said Sardari Lal and his brother Meena/Kartar had worked at the sweets shops for several years and made a decent living that allowed them to support their families. He said other Muslims employees of the nearby shops discriminated against them and persecuted them. The shop owner was forced

13 Jun 10 1 min read
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'Internet Hindus' fighting mainstream media

Public opinion hasn’t always been a neutral opinion of public. Since ages, the media and opinion leaders have played a high handed role in forming what we call public opinion. In a bid to purify the concept of public opinion by cleaning it of all biased elements, a new

04 Jun 10 1 min read
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Karachi school-girls in the grip of smoking epidemic

Smoking among Karachi school-girls is on the rise with 16% girls being smokers, a recent research has revealed. Prof Nadeem Rizvi, Head of Chest Diseases Jinnah Postgraduate Medical (JPMC ) and President Pakistan Chest Society conducted the research on girls’ smoking habits. He said women and girls form a susceptible target

02 Jun 10 1 min read
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Pak's new nuclear reactors will increase weapon production 7-fold

Pakistan has 60 nuclear warheads and with two new plutonium reactors nearing completion in Khusab, its weapons grade plutonium production will jump seven-fold, according to latest figures released by Swedish institute SIPRI. “Our conservative estimates are that Pakistan has sixty warheads and could produce 100 nuclear weapons at short notice,

02 Jun 10 1 min read
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Carribean has a Hindu Lady PM

When Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, in November last year, he would not have had any indication that the country would soon see an ‘Indian’ Prime Minister, and that too a lady. People

27 May 10 1 min read
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Traditional Hindu temple dedicated in Mississippi

With 16 tiers of Hindu script inscribed into its concrete ceiling, the ornate, cream-colored temple is an incongruous structure at the end of a winding road near Brandon, a growing bedroom community just outside Mississippi’s capital city. Members of the Hindu Temple Society of Mississippi hope the new 3,

27 May 10 1 min read
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That is Brahman

Prajapati said to them: When you look into anothers eyes, what you see is the Self, fearless and deathless. That is Brahman, the supreme. Venerable One, asked the two disciples, what is it we see reflected in the water or in a mirror? It is the Self you see in

26 May 10 1 min read
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The Wahhabi Invasion of America

Reza F. Safa, author of Inside Islam, estimates that since 1973, the Saudi government has spent an unbelievable $87B to promote Wahhabism in the United States, Africa, Southeast Asia and Europe. According to official Saudi information, Saudi funds have been used to build and maintain over 1,500 mosques, 202

26 May 10 2 min read
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Congress misusing CBI to strike political bargains

THE Central Bureau of Investigation has become a political arm of the ruling Congress party. The CBI has been used as a threat to corner the Opposition leaders and get their support to serve their political interests. There is indeed a vulnerable section in the Opposition. It is vulnerable because

26 May 10 2 min read
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Malegaon shopkeeper ostracised by Jamaat-e-Ulema-e-Hind

A Malegaon shopkeeper who tried to bridge the communal divide in town by quoting from the Qur’an as well as the Bhagwad Gita has been ostracised by the Jamaat-e-Ulema-e-Hind. Mohammed Sharif, 63, who runs a shop for repairing pressure cookers and stoves near Noori Tower fish market, was declared

24 May 10 1 min read
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Naxals may have links with LeT: Raman Singh

Labelling naxals as the “biggest terrorists”, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Wednesday said they may have links with Lashkar-e-Taiba and the menace would have to be tackled through joint efforts between the Centre and the state without use of air strikes. Two days after naxals carried out another major

19 May 10 1 min read
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Drive for making Nepal a Hindu state: Thapa

Chairman of Rastriya Prajantra Party Nepal Kamal Thapa said the recently held conference in Mumbai has decided to launch a coordinated campaign to reestablish Nepal as a Hindu state. Talking to reporters at Tribhuvan International Airport Tuesday upon his return after attending the gathering, he said the conference expressed concern

11 May 10 1 min read
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Muslims help in construction of a Hindu temple

In an exemplary show of communal harmony, Muslims of Niwara village are extending financial support in construction of a Hindu temple here. The Muslims of the village have collected about Rs 70,000 to help in construction of the lord Shiva temple for Hindus, who are financially not so strong.

11 May 10 1 min read
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Tech firms buy more space, 15k jobs coming soon

Nearly 15,000 jobs will be coming soon as four leading technology and telecom firms are getting ready to expand their operations at a fast pace. Leasing deals for office space of around 15 lakh sqft in Bangalore have been signed in the past two months for Accenture, Oracle, Nokia,

10 May 10 1 min read
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'I was expecting you,' bombing suspect tells agents

The Times Square car bomb suspect sensed authorities were closing in on him in the hours leading up to his arrest, law enforcement sources told CNN on Wednesday. “I was expecting you. Are you NYPD or FBI?” Faisal Shahzad asked a law enforcement official when he was seized on a

06 May 10 1 min read
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Now, IT SEZs techies can work from home

Relaxing its policy for IT SEZs, the Government has allowed the employees to carry out their duties even from home. However, the relaxation would be allowed in certain specific cases. The Ministry’s decision comes following representations from IT professionals, SEZ developers and other stakeholders. “As an exemption it has

06 May 10 1 min read
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Why Pakistan Produces Jihadists

Monday night’s arrest of Faisal Shahzad, a 30-year-old Pakistani-American accused of planting a car bomb in Times Square on Saturday, will undoubtedly stoke the usual debate about how best to keep America safe in the age of Islamic terrorism. But this should not deflect us from another, equally pressing,

06 May 10 1 min read
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Muslim leader says US enemies should leave

A leader of the Ahmadiya Islamic minority on Tuesday implored US Muslims who would attack the country to leave, after a Pakistani-American was charged in a car bomb plot. The Ahmadiya, who mostly hail from Pakistan and other South Asian nations, break with mainstream Islam by not believing Mohammed was

06 May 10 1 min read
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The Jihadists' Deadly Path to Citizenship

America’s homeland security amnesia never ceases to amaze. In the aftermath of the botched Times Square terror attack over the weekend, Pakistani-born bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad’s U.S. citizenship status caused a bit of shock and awe. The Atlantic magazine writer Jeffrey Goldberg’s response was typical: “I

06 May 10 1 min read
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No narcoanalysis test without consent, says SC

In a major blow to investigating agencies, the Supreme Court on Wednesday declared as “illegal” use of narcoanalysis, brainmapping and polygraph tests on suspects. Narco, polygraph or brainmapping tests cannot be conducted on any person, whether an accused or a suspect, without their consent, the SC’s judgement said. “We

05 May 10 1 min read
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Made in China: Cyber-spying system, with focus on India

Reports of a China-based cyber spy network targetting the Indian military and the consequent alert sounded by Army authorities may be only the tip of the iceberg — investigations have revealed a fully dedicated India-specific espionage system aimed at business, diplomatic, strategic and academic interests. The detailed research and investigations carried

05 May 10 1 min read
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Manners

We don’t bother much about dress and manners in England, because as a nation we don’t dress well and we’ve no manners.

27 Apr 10 1 min read
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Top 10 IT certifications in demand

IT certifications have always been popular among IT pros to bag the right job or seek the right jump. With the economy back in green, IT jobs too are back. Keeping this in mind, technology research firm Foote Partners recently listed IT certifications that could be considered “hot” in the

27 Apr 10 1 min read
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Message of the Vedas

Having taught the Vedas, the teacher says: “Speak the truth. Do your duty. Neglect not The scriptures. Give your best to your teacher. Do not cut off the line of progeny. Swerve not From the truth. Swerve not from the good. Protect your spiritual progress always. Give your best in

26 Apr 10 1 min read
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Lotus of Heart

The Self is hidden in the lotus of the heart. Those who see themselves in all the creatures go day by day into the world of Brahman hidden in the heart. Established in peace, they rise above body consciousness to the supreme light of the Self. Immortal, free from fear,

25 Apr 10 1 min read
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Humor

Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit.

21 Apr 10 1 min read
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Management Guru C K Prahalad passes away

The man who saw fortune at the bottom of the pyramid dies Coimbatore Krishnarao Prahalad (August 8, 1941 – April 17, 2010) died on Friday in San Diego after a brief illness. He was 69. He is survived by his wife Gayatri and two children, Murali Krishna and Deepa. Internationally renowned

20 Apr 10 1 min read
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Do Indian leaders hesitate to make independent decisions?

India might be one of the fastest growing economies in the world, but according to Professor Pawan Budhwar of Aston Business School, Indian leaders still hesitate to delegate and making independent decisions. It is this mindset wherein executive coaching may bring a paradigm shift. Talking about the need of executive

20 Apr 10 1 min read
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Maoists are 'worst' rights abusers in India, says study

Maoist guerrillas are ‘worst’ violators of human rights among all insurgent groups in India, a study on torture said Tuesday. The Asian Centre for Human Rights report ‘Torture in India, 2010’, released a week after Leftist rebels killed 76 security personnel in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada forests, says Maoists were brutally

13 Apr 10 1 min read
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Conference

A conference is a gathering of important people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done.

13 Apr 10 1 min read
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Strike at the Root

Strike at the root of a tree; it would bleed But still live. Strike at the trunk; it would bleed But still live. Strike again at the top; It would bleed but still live. The Self as life Supports the tree, which stands firm and enjoys The nourishment it receives.

13 Apr 10 1 min read
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Google improves spreadsheet program, targets Microsoft

Google has added many features in its online package of word processing and spreadsheet programs so that the look and feel of the program comes close to Microsoft Office. Google has been trying to dethrone Microsoft’s dominance in the Office tools space. The new changes introduced include several editing

13 Apr 10 1 min read
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Walmart to craft a major sourcing market in India

The retail player Walmart expects India to become one of its major suppliers within 4-5 years and said that that it will increase sourcing from India for its global operations, reports PTI. “We see India as a mega place for our worldwide sourcing. Indian products can be exported to other

13 Apr 10 1 min read
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ISI still backs Taliban: US

US officials believe that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence directorate (ISI) still supports the Taliban despite recent signals that the spy agency had started cracking down on the Islamist group, says the Washington Post. The recent capture of the Afghan Taliban’s second in command Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar seemed to

13 Apr 10 1 min read
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Fighter jets chasing 'UFO' captured on video

A mystery cameraman has filmed two fighter jets whizzing over the M5, chasing, what looked like a UFO. The 30-second clip is believed to have been taken from a West Midlands service station car park. “This is one of the best videos I’ve seen. It could be a new

13 Apr 10 1 min read
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Infosys bets on technology spend; flags currency risk

Infosys Technologies’ stronger-than-expected annual sales forecast suggests a gradual recovery for India’s IT services sector as global clients loosen their purse strings in an improving economy. An appreciating local currency and salary hikes, however, could check profit growth for the country’s $60 billion sector, a magnet for tens

13 Apr 10 1 min read
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Complaint against Arundhati Roy for 'glorifying' Maoists

A social worker has filed a complaint here against Booker prize winning writer Arundhati Roy for writing an article allegedly in an attempt to glorify the Maoists, police said Monday. A Raipur-based social worker Vishwajeet Mittra has lodged a complaint with Telibandha police station here, alleging that Roy’s recently

13 Apr 10 1 min read
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Govt wants to end rising Haj subsidy

In a move that is bound to be opposed bitterly, the government has set in motion a proposal aimed at phasing out the subsidy for Haj pilgrims, which worked out to Rs 826 crore in 2008. A note for cabinet made by the Ministry of External Affairs, the nodal agency

09 Apr 10 1 min read
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'SAP users vulnerable to hacking'

Companies using SAP AG’s business management software could be vulnerable to stealth attacks by hackers if their systems are not properly configured, according to a computer security expert. The vulnerability could leave SAP’s customers open to sabotage, espionage and fraud through so-called backdoor attacks, said Mariano NuÑez Di

09 Apr 10 1 min read
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Wage troubles for Indian IT

Firms such as Infosys, who had frozen annual wage hikes in April last year due to the business downturn, are expected to raise the salaries for all its staff this month, putting pressure on their margins. Brokerage Macquarie said in a report that currency and wage inflation would be key

09 Apr 10 1 min read
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'He liked talking, writing about sex'

Just released in the UK, Naked Ambition, offers an explicit account of Gandhi’s sexual experiments with his followers’ wives and his teenaged grand-nieces Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, was driven by and to pleasures of the flesh, like any other man. This is what a new and

09 Apr 10 1 min read
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Unique Hindu Baccalaureate Service enters third year

Hindu Baccalaureate Service (Dikshant Utsav), held for the first time in Western USA at University of Nevada-Reno (UNR) in May 2008, enters third year. Organized by Indo-American leader Rajan Zed in collaboration with Indian Student Organization and South Asian Association of UNR, it will bless graduating class in the traditional

08 Apr 10 1 min read
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Indian American Yahoo Co-founder joins Obama team

President Barack Obama has appointed Chandigarh-born Srinija Srinivasan, 40, one of the three co-founders of Yahoo! as a member of the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. Srinivasan, currently vice-president and Editor-in-Chief at Yahoo! was herself a Presidential Scholar in 1989, a prestigious honour that is awarded to over a

08 Apr 10 1 min read
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Chinese agents hack into India's secret documents: Report

Major Indian missile and armament systems may have been compromised as Chinese hackers have reportedly broken into top secret files of the Indian Defence Ministry and embassies around the world. Among the systems leaked out could be Shakti, the just introduced advanced artillery combat and control system of the Indian

06 Apr 10 1 min read
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25 Hindu girls abducted every month, claims HRCP official

As many as 20 to 25 girls from the Hindu community are abducted every month and converted forcibly, said Amarnath Motumal, an advocate and council member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. “There is no official record to support this statement, but according to estimates, in Karachi alone, a

30 Mar 10 1 min read
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India role model to the world: ISRO Chief

Gone are the days, when India used to look at NASA or other satellite centres to launch satellites. Today, India is the first country to orbit 10 satellites in one single mission and the facilitator for a major discovery of water molecules and water ice on the lunar surface. Also,

30 Mar 10 1 min read
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Delhi, Kanpur brace for Pune-like attack

Even as India braces itself for another Pune-style attack, investigations into the German Bakery blast on Saturday — which has so far claimed nine lives — suggest the involvement of the Indian Mujahideen (IM) and Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyeba. List of victims “It looks like a combined effort, commanded by the Lashkar leadership in

15 Feb 10 1 min read
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Capital Gains

‘The company was set up by my great-grandfather in 1952. When my father took it over in the 1980s the family was in debt. Now the group has an annual turnover of 1 billion dollars. My father’s will to succeed is phenomenal. If he sets out to do something,

14 Feb 10 4 min read
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Noida college asks girls to cook for boys on V-Day

Most young people may have got all romantic this Valentine’s Day, but for this technical institute it was all about brotherly and sisterly love. In what can probably be described as a celebration of V-Day in the spirit of Bhai Dooj, the Ishan Institute of Management and Technology asked

14 Feb 10 1 min read
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Times of India steals Creative Commons works

On Feb 6th, I got up early for my workshop and sat to glance through the Times of India while having breakfast to catch up on the morning news. On the front page, I saw a headline Bhimgarh now wildlife sanctuary (if the link does not work, here is the

11 Feb 10 1 min read
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Two lakh Indians live illegally in US: report

As many as two lakh Indians are living illegally in the United States, a latest official report on illegal residents for the year 2009 has claimed. This is a jump of 40,000 as against 160,000 illegal Indians living in the US in the year 2008. This jump in

10 Feb 10 1 min read
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L&T Info eyes firms in India, abroad

L&T Infotech, the technology arm of the engineering giant Larsen and Toubro (L&T) is scouting for acquisitions in the country and abroad to scale up its business operations. The company was earlier in the race to acquire the fraud-hit Satyam Computer Services (now Mahindra Satyam) and was also

10 Feb 10 1 min read
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Tata Consultancy to add 30,000 staff in FY11

Tata Consultancy Services, India’s top outsourcer, will hire 30,000 staff in 2010/11 on hopes of increase in demand for services from its overseas clients, a senior official said on Wednesday. “We have made offers for 14,000 new recruits and we expect to make the remaining soon,

10 Feb 10 1 min read
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UK: NRI Davender Ghai wins open-air cremation plea

An Indian-origin social and spiritual leader in the UK on Wednesday won the right to be cremated in an open air funeral pyre according to Hindu rituals, ending a prolonged legal battle. In a landmark judgment, Britain’s Court of Appeal granted Davender Ghai, 71, the right to be cremated

10 Feb 10 1 min read
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Genpact to recruit 10,000 worldwide

In order to keep pace with its sales growth of 14-17 percent this year, BPO firm Genpact is planning to go on a global hiring spree to recruit 10,000 people. “Hiring will be around 9,000-10,000 people worldwide,” said Genpact CEO Pramod Bhasin. In 2009, the annual attrition

08 Feb 10 1 min read
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Indians are over committed, reluctant to differ

Business executives in Europe feel Indians display a reluctance to disagree, a tendency to over-commit and a lack of transparency in sharing information. A new survey conducted by outsourcing advisory firm Quantum Step reveals that in Continental Europe, India’s attitude towards caste and gender issues impact India’s position

08 Feb 10 1 min read
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The Indo-Australian Split

The outer shell of the Earth is broken up into 12 major plates and a few smaller ones. The boundaries between those plates, according to plate tectonic theory, come in three varieties: midocean ridges, where plates diverge; deep-sea trenches and other subduction zones, where two plates converge and one dives

07 Feb 10 2 min read
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The Coming Himalayan Catastrophe

In a deep canyon in the foothills of the Himalayas, near the Indian town of Tehri, a thousand-odd workers are building a hydroelectric dam. When it is complete in four years or so, the Tehri High Dam will deliver 2,400 megawatts of electricity to energy-starved northern India. Its location

07 Feb 10 6 min read
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Calculus Was Developed in Medieval India

Two British researchers challenged the conventional history of mathematics in June when they reported having evidence that the infinite series, one of the core concepts of calculus, was first developed by Indian mathematicians in the 14th century. They also believe they can show how the advancement may have been passed

07 Feb 10 1 min read
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PayPal Halts Certain Payment Transactions In India

The online payments service PayPal has taken the unusual step of suspending many transactions in India for more than a week. A spokesman for the service said Saturday that “personal payments” to and from India are being blocked. Transfers to banks in India are being suspended as well. The spokesman,

07 Feb 10 1 min read
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India's rural inventors drive change

Mansukh Prajapati invented a first-of-a-kind refrigerator that is made out of terracotta, works without electricity, costs US$53 and is selling in the thousands. It’s a sample of an innovation wave from rural and small-town India enriching the world with common-sense products. Anil Gupta, a professor at India’s

07 Feb 10 3 min read
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India to turn out over 145,000 rural doctors

With people-doctor ratio six times lower in rural India in comparison to cities, the central government on Thursday said it will produce 145,000 rural doctors through a truncated medical course designed after the Chinese “barefoot doctors”. “The proposal envisages training persons from rural areas on the basis of merit

04 Feb 10 1 min read
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Ex-MLA gave me shelter: Delhi bomber

In a shocking disclosure, arrested Indian Mujahideen terrorist Shahzad Alam has revealed to the police that he was provided shelter and financial help by a former Delhi MLA after he escaped from the Batla House shootout on September 19, 2008. According to sources in Delhi Police crime branch, Shahzad has

04 Feb 10 1 min read
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Rs.200 fine for spitting, urinating on Delhi roads

Spitting, urinating and littering on roads will soon invite monetary penalties, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) said Friday while promising to make the city garbage free. Delhi Mayor Kanwar Sain urged the state government to clear the Delhi Cleanliness and Sanitation Byelaws, 2009. He said the MCD had already

04 Feb 10 1 min read
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Girl 'sells' virginity to pay varsity fees

A 19-year-old New Zealand student “sold” her virginity to a stranger for more than 45,000 New Zealand dollars ($31,500) to pay university fees, according to news reports on Wednesday. The student, who called herself “Unigirl” in an advertisement on an auction website, said she received more than 1,

04 Feb 10 1 min read
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Yahoo sells HotJobs for $225 mn

Yahoo Inc. crossed off another chore on its housecleaning list Wednesday with the proposed sale of help-wanted site HotJobs to rival Monster Worldwide Inc. for $225 million. The all-cash deal announced marks another step in Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz’s effort to jettison services that have been struggling or don’

04 Feb 10 1 min read
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New cross-border threat? Calls offering cash for data

When in doubt, don’t call back. More so if you happen to be an Airtel subscriber and have a missed call from a +92 number. Cellphone major Bharti Airtel told TOI that many of its subscribers are receiving fraudulent calls — usually a missed call — presumably from across the border.

04 Feb 10 1 min read
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Pakistan's nuclear security has vulnerabilities – U.S.

The United States believes Pakistan can protect its nuclear weapons but vulnerabilities remain, the director of the U.S. Defence Intelligence Agency said on Tuesday. “We have confidence in Pakistan’s ability to safeguard its nuclear weapons though vulnerabilities exist,” Lieutenant General Ronald Burgess said in testimony to the Senate

03 Feb 10 1 min read
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At Rs 90 lakh, another Nano for the skies

Imagine buying an aircraft for the price of a high-end Mercedes Benz car. It has been happening quietly, and the trend is catching on. The price tag can be as low as Rs. 70 lakh. As the number of billionaires multiply in the country’s fast-growing economy, Western aircraft makers

03 Feb 10 1 min read
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Nobel laureate 'Venki' not good enough to buy phone in UK

Nobel laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan was in for a surprise as he tried to buy an iPhone, putting down his first name as “Venki”.  British mobile phones major O2 did not find him “credit-worthy” enough to sell him the phone right away, leading to the scientist suspecting an element of racism

03 Feb 10 1 min read
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US gives India policing power in the Indian Ocean

Taking note of India’s “growing influence” in global affairs, the US has said the country will be a net provider of security in the Indian Ocean and beyond with the growth of its military capabilities. “The distribution of global political, economic and military power is shifting and becoming more

03 Feb 10 1 min read
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Give us proof to nail Hafiz Saeed: Gilani

Pakistan prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani denied Indian accusations that his government was dragging its feet on booking the prime accused of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, saying the alleged chief architect Hafiz Saeed was very much on trial and the court had to decide when to order his

29 Jan 10 1 min read
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China mulls setting up military base in Pakistan

China has signaled it wants to go the US way and set up military bases in overseas locations that would possibly include Pakistan. The obvious purpose would be to exert pressure on India as well as counter US influence in Pakistan and Afghanistan. “(So) it is baseless to say that

28 Jan 10 1 min read
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A very usual morning by Richa

(written by Richa RIhani) a very usual morning. a normal school drop. lost in my thoughts of planning the morning ahead, i received a massive jolt as my driver forced the brakes bringing the car to a jolting halt on one of the small roads parallel to the school. this

28 Jan 10 2 min read
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BJP condemns non-hoisting of Tricolour at Lal Chowk

The BJP on Wednesday condemned the Jammu and Kashmir government’s decision not to permit hoisting of the Tricolour at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on Republic Day. Astonishingly, the government’s view was that hoisting the flag would be an “unnecessary provocation” to separatists, BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar said. Flag

28 Jan 10 1 min read
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Four more Indians attacked in Oz: Report

Four more incidents of violence against Indians in Australia has been reported on Thursday, Jan 28. “On the eve of a visit by India’s High Commissioner, there have been four more attacks on Indians in Brisbane,” a Sky News report stated. Out of the four separate incidents, three were

28 Jan 10 1 min read
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Bihar bandh: Supporters block highways, over 5000 held

The dawn to dusk shutdown against price rise called by the RJD in Bihar on Thursday affected normal life, while over 5,500 bandh supporters were taken into custody by police. Attendance in central and state government offices was partially affected while in the state secretariat it was ‘thin’. Most

28 Jan 10 1 min read
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Veer is a failure at the box office

Salman Khan’s ambitious period drama Veer has fallen flat at the box office despite having an extended weekend for business, thanks to Republic Day. The movie has not gone beyond an average 45 per cent occupancy over the initial weekend. Released on Friday, the film was a solo release,

26 Jan 10 1 min read
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Veer is a failure at the box office

Salman Khan’s ambitious period drama Veer has fallen flat at the box office despite having an extended weekend for business, thanks to Republic Day. The movie has not gone beyond an average 45 per cent occupancy over the initial weekend. Released on Friday, the film was a solo release,

26 Jan 10 1 min read
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Shah Rukh Khan lands Moon crater honour

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has transcended his popularity on Earth and is literally over the moon with a lunar crater named after him by the International Lunar Geographic Society. According to the official website of the Society, the decision to rename the crater, earlier known as Arago B, after

26 Jan 10 1 min read
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Shah Rukh Khan lands Moon crater honour

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan has transcended his popularity on Earth and is literally over the moon with a lunar crater named after him by the International Lunar Geographic Society. According to the official website of the Society, the decision to rename the crater, earlier known as Arago B, after

26 Jan 10 1 min read
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Android to overtake iPhone, BlackBerry by 2013: IDC

The battle of the titans may intensify further and Android is set to emerge as the second most used mobile operating system in the world by 2013, according to a new IDC estimate. The prediction doesn’t immediately gauge the position of BlackBerry, iPhone or Windows Mobile but expects all

26 Jan 10 1 min read
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Android to overtake iPhone, BlackBerry by 2013: IDC

The battle of the titans may intensify further and Android is set to emerge as the second most used mobile operating system in the world by 2013, according to a new IDC estimate. The prediction doesn’t immediately gauge the position of BlackBerry, iPhone or Windows Mobile but expects all

26 Jan 10 1 min read
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Lenovo shuts down plant in India

PC maker Lenovo has closed down its Baddi plant with a view to rationalize its operations in the country. The plant, set up in 2007, has production capacity of about a million units and employed about 20 people. From April last year, all production for Lenovo has been undertaken at

26 Jan 10 1 min read
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Lenovo shuts down plant in India

PC maker Lenovo has closed down its Baddi plant with a view to rationalize its operations in the country. The plant, set up in 2007, has production capacity of about a million units and employed about 20 people. From April last year, all production for Lenovo has been undertaken at

26 Jan 10 1 min read
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Now, detect forged documents: Courtesy Indian techie

Those using fake and forged documents in the U.S. can now be traced easily, thanks to a new software developed by Dr. Gaurav Gupta from Kurukshetra in Haryana. The software and methodology developed by Dr. Gupta helps to identify and quantify imperfections and lead investigators to the devices used

26 Jan 10 1 min read
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Now, detect forged documents: Courtesy Indian techie

Those using fake and forged documents in the U.S. can now be traced easily, thanks to a new software developed by Dr. Gaurav Gupta from Kurukshetra in Haryana. The software and methodology developed by Dr. Gupta helps to identify and quantify imperfections and lead investigators to the devices used

26 Jan 10 1 min read
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Pak will be held responsible if 26/11 recurs: Chidambaram

Asserting that Pakistan will be held responsible if there is a Mumbai-type attack, India today termed as “very irresponsible” the statement by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani that his country cannot guarantee that such an incident will not recur. Home Minister P Chidambaram expressed unhappiness over the way Pakistan has

26 Jan 10 1 min read
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Pak will be held responsible if 26/11 recurs: Chidambaram

Asserting that Pakistan will be held responsible if there is a Mumbai-type attack, India today termed as “very irresponsible” the statement by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani that his country cannot guarantee that such an incident will not recur. Home Minister P Chidambaram expressed unhappiness over the way Pakistan has

26 Jan 10 1 min read
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Scientists plan to go beyond Large Hadron Collider

Scientists from Asia — including from Indian institutes like the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) — the US and the UK are coming together to build the next-generation accelerator, the International Linear Collider (ILC), which will complement the already-running Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and will help explore the fundamental questions about

22 Jan 10 1 min read
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Scientists plan to go beyond Large Hadron Collider

Scientists from Asia — including from Indian institutes like the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) — the US and the UK are coming together to build the next-generation accelerator, the International Linear Collider (ILC), which will complement the already-running Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and will help explore the fundamental questions about

22 Jan 10 1 min read
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Hillary Clinton unveils Af-Pak regional stabilisation strategy

Weeks after US announced sending 30,000 new forces to Afghanistan, secretary of state Hillary Clinton today unveiled a long-term, non-military strategy to stabilise Afghanistan and Pakistan, that provides for sending more civilian experts to the region. Just before a crucial conference on the future of Afghanistan opens in London,

22 Jan 10 1 min read
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Hillary Clinton unveils Af-Pak regional stabilisation strategy

Weeks after US announced sending 30,000 new forces to Afghanistan, secretary of state Hillary Clinton today unveiled a long-term, non-military strategy to stabilise Afghanistan and Pakistan, that provides for sending more civilian experts to the region. Just before a crucial conference on the future of Afghanistan opens in London,

22 Jan 10 1 min read
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Pak can't guarantee no repeat of 26/11: Gilani

“Pakistan is itself facing Mumbai-like attacks almost every other day and when we cannot protect our own citizens, how can we guarantee that there wouldn’t be any more terrorist hits in India,” Gilani was quoted by a source in the media here as having told visiting US Secretary of

22 Jan 10 1 min read
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Pak can't guarantee no repeat of 26/11: Gilani

“Pakistan is itself facing Mumbai-like attacks almost every other day and when we cannot protect our own citizens, how can we guarantee that there wouldn’t be any more terrorist hits in India,” Gilani was quoted by a source in the media here as having told visiting US Secretary of

22 Jan 10 1 min read
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IPL snub due to 'variables extraneous to sports': Pak

Miffed at the snub to Pakistani cricketers in the Indian Premier League auction on Tuesday, country’s Foreign Office has accused that the incident was influenced by “variables extraneous to sports”. The comment came after India’s External Affairs Ministry on Thursday issued a release saying it was unfair to

22 Jan 10 1 min read
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IPL snub due to 'variables extraneous to sports': Pak

Miffed at the snub to Pakistani cricketers in the Indian Premier League auction on Tuesday, country’s Foreign Office has accused that the incident was influenced by “variables extraneous to sports”. The comment came after India’s External Affairs Ministry on Thursday issued a release saying it was unfair to

22 Jan 10 1 min read
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Destroyer of West Bengal

After every outrage, every criminal misdeed committed by Marxist goons or the police while he was Chief Minister, Jyoti Basu would crudely respond with a brusque “Emon to hoyei thaakey” (or, as Donald Rumsfeld would famously say, “Stuff happens!”). He did not brook any criticism of the Marich Jhapi massacre

21 Jan 10 1 min read
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Destroyer of West Bengal

After every outrage, every criminal misdeed committed by Marxist goons or the police while he was Chief Minister, Jyoti Basu would crudely respond with a brusque “Emon to hoyei thaakey” (or, as Donald Rumsfeld would famously say, “Stuff happens!”). He did not brook any criticism of the Marich Jhapi massacre

21 Jan 10 1 min read
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Don't have a PAN card? Bear 20% TDS

From April 1, you will have to bear tax deducted at source (TDS) of 20% if you don’t show your permanent account number (PAN) for payments /remittances liable to TDS. The Union ministry of finance said this in a press release on Wednesday. This follows the annual finance bill

21 Jan 10 1 min read
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Don't have a PAN card? Bear 20% TDS

From April 1, you will have to bear tax deducted at source (TDS) of 20% if you don’t show your permanent account number (PAN) for payments /remittances liable to TDS. The Union ministry of finance said this in a press release on Wednesday. This follows the annual finance bill

21 Jan 10 1 min read
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Opinion poll: 71% Afghans favour India, 2% Pakistan

Reflecting tremendous goodwill of its soft power in Afghanistan, India has been voted as the most favoured country, getting 71% votes in an opinion poll there while Pakistan was viewed favourably by a meagre 2% of the people. The poll, commissioned by BBC, American Broadcasting Company (ABC) and German Broadcasting

21 Jan 10 1 min read
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Opinion poll: 71% Afghans favour India, 2% Pakistan

Reflecting tremendous goodwill of its soft power in Afghanistan, India has been voted as the most favoured country, getting 71% votes in an opinion poll there while Pakistan was viewed favourably by a meagre 2% of the people. The poll, commissioned by BBC, American Broadcasting Company (ABC) and German Broadcasting

21 Jan 10 1 min read
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'N' seeks bold & clear policy against Delhi

Amid the protest being launched by the Leader of Opposition Ch Nisar Ali Khan against barring of Pakistani cricket players to play in IPL by India, Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza informed the House that Government had already cancelled the proposed visit of parliamentary delegation to India. The Speaker

21 Jan 10 1 min read
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'N' seeks bold & clear policy against Delhi

Amid the protest being launched by the Leader of Opposition Ch Nisar Ali Khan against barring of Pakistani cricket players to play in IPL by India, Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza informed the House that Government had already cancelled the proposed visit of parliamentary delegation to India. The Speaker

21 Jan 10 1 min read
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Music vs. militancy

Even though Pakistan is bleeding from terrorism and suicide bombings, no mainstream pop music artist has come close to condemning or questioning the spread of militancy through music and lyrics. A recent video from The New York Times highlighted this issue, showing how pop acts such as Ali Azmat and

21 Jan 10 1 min read
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Music vs. militancy

Even though Pakistan is bleeding from terrorism and suicide bombings, no mainstream pop music artist has come close to condemning or questioning the spread of militancy through music and lyrics. A recent video from The New York Times highlighted this issue, showing how pop acts such as Ali Azmat and

21 Jan 10 1 min read
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Khwaja's key target was Chennai, says IB

As the interrogation of self-styled Harkat-ul-Jihadi commander, progresses, the Hyderabad police have stumbled on vital clues regarding his sinister plans for South India. Khwaja, it is learnt, has told the police that his main target was Chennai and the purpose behind his visit to India was also to recruit more

21 Jan 10 1 min read
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Khwaja's key target was Chennai, says IB

As the interrogation of self-styled Harkat-ul-Jihadi commander, progresses, the Hyderabad police have stumbled on vital clues regarding his sinister plans for South India. Khwaja, it is learnt, has told the police that his main target was Chennai and the purpose behind his visit to India was also to recruit more

21 Jan 10 1 min read
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Shiv Shankar Menon is new National Security Advisor

Shiv Shankar Menon has been appointed as India’s new National Security Advisor, sources in the Prime Minister’s Office informed on Thursday. An official order in this regard will be issued later in the day. Menon retired as Foreign Secretary in August, ending a career marked him out as

21 Jan 10 1 min read
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Shiv Shankar Menon is new National Security Advisor

Shiv Shankar Menon has been appointed as India’s new National Security Advisor, sources in the Prime Minister’s Office informed on Thursday. An official order in this regard will be issued later in the day. Menon retired as Foreign Secretary in August, ending a career marked him out as

21 Jan 10 1 min read
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1st Test: India beat Bangladesh by 113 runs

India clinched the first Test against Bangladesh with an emphatic 113-run victory to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series, despite a rollicking century by wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim that delayed the inevitable.  The Indians, who needed to pick up eight wickets on the last day, took just about two

21 Jan 10 1 min read
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1st Test: India beat Bangladesh by 113 runs

India clinched the first Test against Bangladesh with an emphatic 113-run victory to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series, despite a rollicking century by wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim that delayed the inevitable.  The Indians, who needed to pick up eight wickets on the last day, took just about two

21 Jan 10 1 min read
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Chavan backtracks on taxi permits to 'Marathi only plan'

Under fire for his government’s decision to give licenses only to those taxi drivers who know Marathi, Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Thursday backtracked, saying cab drivers should know any local language including Hindi and Gujarati. In a Raj Thackeray-type move, the Congress-NCP government yesterday decided to give

21 Jan 10 1 min read
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Chavan backtracks on taxi permits to 'Marathi only plan'

Under fire for his government’s decision to give licenses only to those taxi drivers who know Marathi, Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Thursday backtracked, saying cab drivers should know any local language including Hindi and Gujarati. In a Raj Thackeray-type move, the Congress-NCP government yesterday decided to give

21 Jan 10 1 min read
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Angry Pak threatens befitting response to IPL snub

Angry over perceived IPL snub to its cricketers, Pakistan has threatened to respond in a “befitting manner”, saying the manner in which its players were “insulted” showed that India is not serious about the peace process. “India or any other country that does not give respect to Pakistan will be

21 Jan 10 1 min read
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Angry Pak threatens befitting response to IPL snub

Angry over perceived IPL snub to its cricketers, Pakistan has threatened to respond in a “befitting manner”, saying the manner in which its players were “insulted” showed that India is not serious about the peace process. “India or any other country that does not give respect to Pakistan will be

21 Jan 10 1 min read
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Marathi compulsory for cabbies in Mumbai

If you want to drive a cab in the city, you should be fluent in Marathi. Around 24,000 expired taxi permits are up for grabs in Maharashtra but the permits will be only given to those who have lived in the state for 15 years and have a command

20 Jan 10 1 min read
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Marathi compulsory for cabbies in Mumbai

If you want to drive a cab in the city, you should be fluent in Marathi. Around 24,000 expired taxi permits are up for grabs in Maharashtra but the permits will be only given to those who have lived in the state for 15 years and have a command

20 Jan 10 1 min read
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Murthy picks MIT alumnus to head Catamaran

In order to steer his Rs. 600 crore venture capital fund Catamaran Investments, Infosys’ Chief Mentor, N.R. Narayana Murthy has selected Arjun Ramegowda Narayanswamy, an alumnus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). According to sources close to the development, Narayanswamy, who is in his 20s studied computer science engineering

20 Jan 10 1 min read
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Murthy picks MIT alumnus to head Catamaran

In order to steer his Rs. 600 crore venture capital fund Catamaran Investments, Infosys’ Chief Mentor, N.R. Narayana Murthy has selected Arjun Ramegowda Narayanswamy, an alumnus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). According to sources close to the development, Narayanswamy, who is in his 20s studied computer science engineering

20 Jan 10 1 min read
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US: India won't have unlimited patience if 26/11 is repeated

The US on Wednesday made it clear that India’s patience would be “limited” if it faces a Mumbai-type attack again as it warned that Lashkar-e-Taiba was working in league with al-Qaeda to destabilise the region and provoke an Indo-Pak military confrontation. Defence Secretary Robert Gates, who discussed the serious

20 Jan 10 1 min read
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US: India won't have unlimited patience if 26/11 is repeated

The US on Wednesday made it clear that India’s patience would be “limited” if it faces a Mumbai-type attack again as it warned that Lashkar-e-Taiba was working in league with al-Qaeda to destabilise the region and provoke an Indo-Pak military confrontation. Defence Secretary Robert Gates, who discussed the serious

20 Jan 10 1 min read
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Miandad wants ICC to play role in T20 cricket

Former Pakistan cricket great Javed Miandad has called on the game’s governing body to take control of Twenty20 tournaments after none of the country’s players attracted any bids from Indian Premier League teams during its auction for players on today. Pakistan is the reigning Twenty20 world champion and

19 Jan 10 1 min read
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Miandad wants ICC to play role in T20 cricket

Former Pakistan cricket great Javed Miandad has called on the game’s governing body to take control of Twenty20 tournaments after none of the country’s players attracted any bids from Indian Premier League teams during its auction for players on today. Pakistan is the reigning Twenty20 world champion and

19 Jan 10 1 min read
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PC starts work on new security structure

Conscious of the terrorist threat stalking India, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram is confident of meeting his year-end deadline for setting up a National Counter-Terrorism Centre. The proposed NCTC will be the pivot of the “new architecture” of security he mooted in a recent policy speech.

19 Jan 10 1 min read
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PC starts work on new security structure

Conscious of the terrorist threat stalking India, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram is confident of meeting his year-end deadline for setting up a National Counter-Terrorism Centre. The proposed NCTC will be the pivot of the “new architecture” of security he mooted in a recent policy speech.

19 Jan 10 1 min read
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BBC film on Bluestar angers Sikhs in UK

A controversial BBC film about the Indian Army storming Golden Temple in 1984, which depicts late Sikh leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale “in a similar way to Osama Bin Laden”, has provoked a furious response from many members of the community in Britain, a media report said.

18 Jan 10 1 min read
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BBC film on Bluestar angers Sikhs in UK

A controversial BBC film about the Indian Army storming Golden Temple in 1984, which depicts late Sikh leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale “in a similar way to Osama Bin Laden”, has provoked a furious response from many members of the community in Britain, a media report said.

18 Jan 10 1 min read
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Grads vying to become Coolies

Having been unable to land in well-paid jobs, several graduates with additional professional qualifications are vying for coolie jobs that don’t guarantee them income every day. The long list of applications coming from graduates doesn’t come as a surprise to the railways

12 Jan 10 1 min read
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Grads vying to become Coolies

Having been unable to land in well-paid jobs, several graduates with additional professional qualifications are vying for coolie jobs that don’t guarantee them income every day. The long list of applications coming from graduates doesn’t come as a surprise to the railways

12 Jan 10 1 min read
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`Terrorists may target food chain'

Speaking to TOI, Meda said that food crisis was a tangible truth across the world and the day might not be far when miscreants target food or food supply at specific places to cripple a system or an organisation. They may also try to introduce life-threatening substances in food items,

11 Jan 10 1 min read
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`Terrorists may target food chain'

Speaking to TOI, Meda said that food crisis was a tangible truth across the world and the day might not be far when miscreants target food or food supply at specific places to cripple a system or an organisation. They may also try to introduce life-threatening substances in food items,

11 Jan 10 1 min read
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Interesting Trivia

Sometimes we come across really interesting, although useless, trivia.  Here is one collection from twitter. 1. When you die, your hair still grows for a couple of months. (Do the bodies need a hair cut every month?) 2. According to Archives of General Medicine, coffee drinkers have sex more frequently

10 Jan 10 2 min read
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Interesting Trivia

Sometimes we come across really interesting, although useless, trivia.  Here is one collection from twitter. 1. When you die, your hair still grows for a couple of months. (Do the bodies need a hair cut every month?) 2. According to Archives of General Medicine, coffee drinkers have sex more frequently

10 Jan 10 2 min read
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Reliance plans world-class university

The Reliance Group is setting up a ‘world-class’ university as it seeks to promote education and research in sectors ranging from liberal Education 10 useful tips to crack CAT 2009! Vital facts of foreign study loans Wanna study abroad? Read this arts to technology . Reliance Foundation, which will spearhead the

09 Jan 10 1 min read
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Reliance plans world-class university

The Reliance Group is setting up a ‘world-class’ university as it seeks to promote education and research in sectors ranging from liberal Education 10 useful tips to crack CAT 2009! Vital facts of foreign study loans Wanna study abroad? Read this arts to technology . Reliance Foundation, which will spearhead the

09 Jan 10 1 min read
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Australia insists no racist angle in attack on Indians

Days after India asked Australia to take urgent action against those behind the murder of an Indian student a week ago, a 29-year-old Indian was set ablaze Saturday by four unidentified attackers in Melbourne, putting bilateral ties under strain. The victim was admitted to hospital, where his condition was described

09 Jan 10 1 min read
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Australia insists no racist angle in attack on Indians

Days after India asked Australia to take urgent action against those behind the murder of an Indian student a week ago, a 29-year-old Indian was set ablaze Saturday by four unidentified attackers in Melbourne, putting bilateral ties under strain. The victim was admitted to hospital, where his condition was described

09 Jan 10 1 min read
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Human Ancestors May Have Been Seafarers

Stone hand axes unearthed on the Mediterranean island of Crete indicate that an ancient Homo species — perhaps Homo erectus — had used rafts or other seagoing vessels to cross from northern Africa to Europe via at least some of the larger islands in between, says archaeologist Thomas Strasser of Providence College

09 Jan 10 1 min read
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Human Ancestors May Have Been Seafarers

Stone hand axes unearthed on the Mediterranean island of Crete indicate that an ancient Homo species — perhaps Homo erectus — had used rafts or other seagoing vessels to cross from northern Africa to Europe via at least some of the larger islands in between, says archaeologist Thomas Strasser of Providence College

09 Jan 10 1 min read
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Voting rights to NRIs by 2014, says PM

With the government planning to introduce a bill in the next session of Parliament to give voting rights to NRIs, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed the hope that NRIs will be able to cast their votes in the 2014 general elections.

09 Jan 10 1 min read
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Voting rights to NRIs by 2014, says PM

With the government planning to introduce a bill in the next session of Parliament to give voting rights to NRIs, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed the hope that NRIs will be able to cast their votes in the 2014 general elections.

09 Jan 10 1 min read
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Villagers build railway station without Govt support

After the project was discarded by the government for 25 years, residents of Tajnagar village near Gurgaon built a railway station in the village on their own by spending Rs.21 lakh. On January 5, 2010, the station started its operations with seven local trains being scheduled to stop.

06 Jan 10 1 min read
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Villagers build railway station without Govt support

After the project was discarded by the government for 25 years, residents of Tajnagar village near Gurgaon built a railway station in the village on their own by spending Rs.21 lakh. On January 5, 2010, the station started its operations with seven local trains being scheduled to stop.

06 Jan 10 1 min read
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Student suicides rock Mumbai

Three students, including an 11-year-old reality show participant, committed suicide here between Saturday and Monday. While the motive behind Class VII student Shushant Patil’s suicide on Monday is as yet unknown, police have cited pressure to perform well in studies as a possible reason for the suicides of reality

05 Jan 10 1 min read
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Student suicides rock Mumbai

Three students, including an 11-year-old reality show participant, committed suicide here between Saturday and Monday. While the motive behind Class VII student Shushant Patil’s suicide on Monday is as yet unknown, police have cited pressure to perform well in studies as a possible reason for the suicides of reality

05 Jan 10 1 min read
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Police slap abetment to suicide charge against Rathore

A third FIR against Rathore and some others was filed under section 306 (abetment to suicide) of IPC at the Sector 5 Police Station here, Superintendent of Police Maneesh Chaudhary told PTI. He said the Panchkula Police has recommended that this case also be handed over to the Special Investigation

05 Jan 10 1 min read
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Police slap abetment to suicide charge against Rathore

A third FIR against Rathore and some others was filed under section 306 (abetment to suicide) of IPC at the Sector 5 Police Station here, Superintendent of Police Maneesh Chaudhary told PTI. He said the Panchkula Police has recommended that this case also be handed over to the Special Investigation

05 Jan 10 1 min read
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Don't Destroy 'I don't know'

“Do not destroy ‘I do not know.’ ‘I do not know’ is a tremendous possibility. If you destroy ‘I do not know’ with assumptions, belief systems and other things, the very possibility of knowing is finished in your life. If you destroy ‘I do not know,’ you will neither long

04 Jan 10 1 min read
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Don't Destroy 'I don't know'

“Do not destroy ‘I do not know.’ ‘I do not know’ is a tremendous possibility. If you destroy ‘I do not know’ with assumptions, belief systems and other things, the very possibility of knowing is finished in your life. If you destroy ‘I do not know,’ you will neither long

04 Jan 10 1 min read
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Ruchika's expulsion was illegal, reveals report

The report suggests there is sufficient proof that Ruchika’s expulsion was unwarranted and illegal. The report also says that there is enough proof to suggest that external factors played an important role in the teenager’s expulsion. And that there are atleast 10 documentary evidences to prove that her

03 Jan 10 1 min read
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Ruchika's expulsion was illegal, reveals report

The report suggests there is sufficient proof that Ruchika’s expulsion was unwarranted and illegal. The report also says that there is enough proof to suggest that external factors played an important role in the teenager’s expulsion. And that there are atleast 10 documentary evidences to prove that her

03 Jan 10 1 min read
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Pakistani militants escape Indian custody

New Delhi police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said the three fled on Friday from a hospital in the Indian capital where they were taken for a routine check-up ahead of their expulsion to Pakistan. The men had been convicted for two bomb blasts at Delhi’s 16th-century Red Fort in June

03 Jan 10 1 min read
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Pakistani militants escape Indian custody

New Delhi police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said the three fled on Friday from a hospital in the Indian capital where they were taken for a routine check-up ahead of their expulsion to Pakistan. The men had been convicted for two bomb blasts at Delhi’s 16th-century Red Fort in June

03 Jan 10 1 min read
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Muslim-Hindu Punk Rock Bands Part Of New Movement

Deep in the woods of this colonial town boils a kind of revolutionary movement. From the basement of this middle-class home tucked in the woods west of Boston, The Kominas have helped launched a small, but growing, South Asian and Middle Eastern punk rock movement that is attracting children of

03 Jan 10 1 min read
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Muslim-Hindu Punk Rock Bands Part Of New Movement

Deep in the woods of this colonial town boils a kind of revolutionary movement. From the basement of this middle-class home tucked in the woods west of Boston, The Kominas have helped launched a small, but growing, South Asian and Middle Eastern punk rock movement that is attracting children of

03 Jan 10 1 min read
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India testing if it can run 350-kmph bullet train

The proposal is being explored by Indian Railways with the help of three companies, including a French and an Italian firm. The report of the feasibility study, being conducted on 533-km long Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedabad section, is expected to be submitted next month that will give an idea to the government whether

03 Jan 10 1 min read
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India testing if it can run 350-kmph bullet train

The proposal is being explored by Indian Railways with the help of three companies, including a French and an Italian firm. The report of the feasibility study, being conducted on 533-km long Pune-Mumbai-Ahmedabad section, is expected to be submitted next month that will give an idea to the government whether

03 Jan 10 1 min read
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Google and India Test the Limits of Liberty

In September, lawyers at Google Inc.’s New Delhi office got a tip from an Internet user about alarming content on the company’s social networking site, Orkut. People had posted offensive comments about the chief minister of India’s southern state of Andhra Pradesh, who had died just a

03 Jan 10 1 min read
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Google and India Test the Limits of Liberty

In September, lawyers at Google Inc.’s New Delhi office got a tip from an Internet user about alarming content on the company’s social networking site, Orkut. People had posted offensive comments about the chief minister of India’s southern state of Andhra Pradesh, who had died just a

03 Jan 10 1 min read
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India growth story on track

While a Gartner research forecasts a 21 per cent growth in PC shipments in India for 2010 over the last year and whopping 41 per cent in mini-notebook segment, India’s continued journey of adding 10 million mobile subscribers a month for this year too, may make India an attractive

03 Jan 10 1 min read
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India growth story on track

While a Gartner research forecasts a 21 per cent growth in PC shipments in India for 2010 over the last year and whopping 41 per cent in mini-notebook segment, India’s continued journey of adding 10 million mobile subscribers a month for this year too, may make India an attractive

03 Jan 10 1 min read
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12 Telangana Ministers withdraw resignations

All except one of the 13 Ministers hailing from Telangana announced their decision to withdraw their resignations on Thursday, following the Home Ministry’s decision to invite eight political parties for consultations which they described as ‘a positive signal.’

03 Jan 10 1 min read
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12 Telangana Ministers withdraw resignations

All except one of the 13 Ministers hailing from Telangana announced their decision to withdraw their resignations on Thursday, following the Home Ministry’s decision to invite eight political parties for consultations which they described as ‘a positive signal.’

03 Jan 10 1 min read
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Mumbai police chief recommends suspension of DCP, ACP

Five police personnel, including an IPS officer, who allegedly attended a Christmas-eve party thrown by the Chota Rajan gang, face suspension. The suspension of DCP V N Salve, an IPS officer, and ACP Prakash Wani, and three other police personnel, has been recommended by Mumbai Police Commissioner D Sivanandan on

03 Jan 10 1 min read
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Mumbai police chief recommends suspension of DCP, ACP

Five police personnel, including an IPS officer, who allegedly attended a Christmas-eve party thrown by the Chota Rajan gang, face suspension. The suspension of DCP V N Salve, an IPS officer, and ACP Prakash Wani, and three other police personnel, has been recommended by Mumbai Police Commissioner D Sivanandan on

03 Jan 10 1 min read
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Path to peace runs through Kashmir

Pakistan is a child of the two-nation theory. This is not a matter of geography. Its premise is that Hindus and Muslims belong to separate nations. Jinnah reiterated a million times that living with Hindus was submission to Hindu tyranny and sneered at Maulana Azad when the latter insisted that

03 Jan 10 1 min read
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Path to peace runs through Kashmir

Pakistan is a child of the two-nation theory. This is not a matter of geography. Its premise is that Hindus and Muslims belong to separate nations. Jinnah reiterated a million times that living with Hindus was submission to Hindu tyranny and sneered at Maulana Azad when the latter insisted that

03 Jan 10 1 min read
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Fog paralyses North India

The northern grid tripped, putting out lights in Punjab, Haryana and J&K. Parts of the Capital too shivered as heating devices failed with the outages. Fog made driving hazardous and one person died in an accident in south Delhi.

03 Jan 10 1 min read
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How to file Patents in India

Patents are the “a set of exclusive rights granted by a state (national government) to an inventor or their assignee for a limited period of time in exchange for a public disclosure of an invention.” In India, the patent filing process can take upto 5 years from start to finish.

23 Dec 09 3 min read
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The Copenhagen Band-aid

The Copenhagen summit on the Climate Change was dominated by the BASIC (Brazil, America, South Africa and China) countries. Some say, as the opposition in India, that the developing countries and India have given up a lot in the name of environment.  Others, however, claim that Copenhagen agreement was so

22 Dec 09 2 min read
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Rituals and Sacrifices

The rituals and the sacrifices described In the Vedas deal with lower knowledge. The sages ignored these rituals and went in search of higher knowledge.  Such rituals are unsafe rafts for crossing the sea of samsara, of birth and death. Doomed to shipwreck are those who try to cross the

25 Nov 09 1 min read
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Self Centered Sorrow

How little attention we pay to things about us, to observe and to consider. We are so self-centered, so occupied with our worries, with our own benefits, we have no time to observe and understand. This occupation makes our mind dull and weary, frustrated and sorrowful, and from sorrow we

08 Jul 09 1 min read
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Love of Self

The universe is loved not for its own sake, but because the Self lives in it. The gods are loved not for their own sake, but because the Self lives in it. Creatures are loved not for their own sake, but because the Self lives in it. Everything is loved

27 Jun 09 1 min read
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A SUPER SHAMAN'S FORMULA!

Since I was a child, I dared to imagine this dynamic duo working together to solve the world’s problems and to help us on, I know now is named self-improvement. It was about fifteen years ago when the affirmation “AD ROSAM PER CRUCEM. AD CRUCEM PER ROSAM” made the

22 Jun 09 1 min read
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The Supreme

He runs without feet and holds without hands. He sees without eyes and hears without ears. He knows everyone, but no one knows him. He is called the First, the Great, the Supreme.

12 Jun 09 1 min read
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Before Creation

Who knows exactly, and who shall in this world declare, whence and why this creation took place? The gods are subsequent to the production of this world; then who can know whence it proceeded, or whence this varied world arose, or whether it upholds itself or not? He who in

11 Jun 09 1 min read
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Main Baithi Thi-2 by K L Saigal

[audio:K L Saigal_Ghazals Of K.L.Saigal – Vol-6_02_Main Baithi Thi-2 (Language_ Urdu).mp3] This is a non-film song by one of the greatest Indian movie singers – KL Saigal.  It was written, composed and sung by KL Saigal himself.  Go through the lyrics and understand his genius.

08 Jun 09 1 min read
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Tumhi mein hun by Desh

[audio:Kahan tak dhoondonge.mp3] Banging on the door as loud as my yearning for her; I called out to her to let me in! From the other side – she laughed and whispered “There is no door, my love.. … feel me.. I AM YOU!” Audio File: Kahan tak dhoondonge.mp3

07 Jun 09 1 min read
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Unity of Life

The Self in man and in the sun are one. Those who understand this see through the world And go beyond the various sheaths of being To realize the unity of life.

03 Jun 09 1 min read
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Hiroshima Ki Peeda (AB Vajpayee) by Desh

[audio:HiroshimaKiPeeda.mp3] [audio:audio_0] Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee was not only the 13th and the 16th Prime Minister of India, but also an excellent poet.  Here is one of his poem titled “Hiroshima ki Peeda” (Hiroshima’s Pain).  It shows Mr. Vajpayee’s thinking personality. Audio File: audio_

03 Jun 09 1 min read
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Google Wave: the Messaging system of the Future

Google just came out with its new tool called Google Wave.  Wave is a radically new kind of tool which enables people to interact simultaneously and real time in a framework that takes Emails/IMs to the next level.  (Demo at the end of this message) Remember how Google started

31 May 09 1 min read
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Truth has no Fixed Abode

Is God to be found by seeking him out? Can you search after the unknowable? To find, you must know what you are seeking. If you seek to find, what you find will be a self-projection; it will be what you desire, and the creation of desire is not truth.

30 May 09 1 min read
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The Present is Now

The present is the eternal. Through time, the timeless is not experienced. ‘The now’ is ever existent; even if you escape into future,’the now’ is ever present. The present is the doorway to the past. If you do not understand the present now, will you understand it in the

20 May 09 1 min read
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Dhyaan by Desh Kapoor

What is Meditation? Is it moving from one object of attention to another – even the recitation of “Om”?  Or is it just “attention”?  We just pretend to “empty our mind”.. in reality we need to fill our mind with something.  Holy, religious and God seems like a worth-while alternative.  But

15 May 09 1 min read
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Teaching how to fish

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. Teach a man to create an artificial shortage of fish and he will eat steak.

15 May 09 1 min read
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Gandhi on Jews

Several letters have been received by me asking me to declare my views about the Arab-Jew question in Palestine and the persecution of the Jews in Germany. It is not without hesitation that I venture to offer my views on this very difficult question. My sympathies are all with the

12 May 09 7 min read
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The Life of Mahatma Gandhi by Louis Fischer

(This is an excerpt from Louis Fischer’s book) The Nazi press assaulted Gandhi savagely for these words. It threatened reprisals against India. “I should rank myself a coward,” he replied, “if for fear of my country or myself or Indo-German relations being harmed, I hesitated to give what I

12 May 09 3 min read
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Please Vote for Drishtikone on Indiblogger.in

Dear All – Drishtikone has been nominated for the “Politics and Current Affairs” category on Indibloggies (Search for “Drishtikone” on this page [http://www.indiblogger.in/nominations.php?id=1]).  For all the effort that is put into the blog, if you feel that it does deserve to be voted the

08 May 09 1 min read
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washington post- taliban-pak talks halt on offensive http://tinyurl.com/cls2cg (expand) #afn #worldnews #pakistan #asia #taliban

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29 Apr 09 1 min read
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29 Apr 09 1 min read
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Mother, do you think theyll drop the bomb? http://cli.gs/WpZb8z #thecrisisisnow #Pakistan #Shariah #Taliban ♫ http://blip.fm/~56

Mother, do you think theyll drop the bomb? http://cli.gs/WpZb8z #thecrisisisnow [http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23thecrisisisnow] #Pakistan [http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23Pakistan] #Shariah [http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23Shariah] #Taliban [http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23Taliban] ♫ http://blip.fm/~56n8o

29 Apr 09 1 min read
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Mamta Rahit Karma in Gita by Desh

[audio:MamtarahitKarmaGita.mp3] Mamta in normal parlance is known as “Mother’s Love”.  But it really means the feeling of mine.  When I love something because it is “mine”, as uniquely as a Mother feels her child is her’s (part of her); then that love is Mamta.  But is

21 Apr 09 1 min read
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Drishtikone Newsletter Vol 1 Issue VI (March 3rd Week)

Here is the newsletter for this week, with the main stories from last week and from past years.  Some you will like and some you will be shocked by.  Have fun reading. Attachment:DrishtikoneNewsletter6.pdf [http://wp.patheos.com.S3.amazonaws.com/blogs/drishtikone/files/DrishtikoneNewsletter6.pdf]

20 Apr 09 1 min read
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Satya Aur Anand by Desh

[audio:SatyaAnand.mp3] We look for Happiness (or Anand).  But is it a product or result of a search?  Search is of mind.  And the result is also of the mind.  Truth is not experienced. Audio File: SatyaAnand.mp3 [http://wp.patheos.com.S3.amazonaws.com/blogs/drishtikone/files/SatyaAnand.

17 Apr 09 1 min read
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Link Exchange/ Guest Posts

Guest Posting Drishtikone.com now welcomes Guest Bloggers to share anything related to South Asian Issues (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka etc) or Hinduism/Vedanta with our readers. I plan to give good return to regular contributors, other than that you will receive a link back to your blog/site with

06 Apr 09 1 min read
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Drishtikone Newsletter Vol 1 Issue V

This week was very significant.  Let’s take a look back on the last week and this week in past three years.  What happened then? Attachment:DrishtikoneNewsletter5.pdf [http://wp.patheos.com.S3.amazonaws.com/blogs/drishtikone/files/DrishtikoneNewsletter5.pdf]

06 Apr 09 1 min read
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Billoo Bhayankar by Ajay Jhingran, Kalpana, Raghuveer

[audio:Billoo Bhayankar.mp3] Manna Dey’s “Chalat Musafir” was the quintessential bonfire song for so many decades.  Specially when one was in mood for some really rustic stuff.  This is one song that has the potential to upstage that song from Teesri Kasam.  It is from the movie “Billu

02 Apr 09 1 min read
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Secret of Success

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is

02 Apr 09 1 min read
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Drishtikone Newsletter Vol 1 Issue IV

This is the fourth newsletter in our series.  And this will be in pdf format as well.  Hope you like it.  Please share with us your thoughts on this newsletter. Attachment:DrishtikoneNewsletter4.pdf [http://wp.patheos.com.S3.amazonaws.com/blogs/drishtikone/files/DrishtikoneNewsletter4.pdf]

29 Mar 09 1 min read
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Strange Indulgence

The man who is wise Knows himself in all things And all things in himself. Yet how strange! He still says, “This is mine.” Determined to be free, He abides in the oneness Beyond all things. Yet how strange! Indulging in passion, he weakens, And lust overwhelms him.

29 Mar 09 1 min read
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28 Mar 09 1 min read
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28 Mar 09 1 min read
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Hammer

Uncle Ed’s Rule of Thumb: Never use your thumb for a rule.  You’ll either hit it with a hammer or get a splinter in it.

27 Mar 09 1 min read
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YES! If 10 other people have committed a crime and got away with it is no justification for turning into a criminal. So many people jump the red light, but the one who’s caught is (and must) be fined. BJP would do well to distance itself from Varun Gandhi’

23 Mar 09 1 min read
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Drishtikone Newsletter Vol 1 Issue 3

For this issue, I wanted to experiment with a pdf format for newsletter, along with some commentary on the week gone by.  Lots of things are happening in the world.. and we are looking at things very seriously.  At Drishtikone, we may be wrong sometime.. but we still try to

22 Mar 09 1 min read
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Is Baar Nahin (Prasoon Joshi) by Desh

[audio:Is Baar Nahin by Prasoon Joshi.mp3] I found this poem by the famous Hindi Movies’ lyricist Prasoon Joshi at Ritu Chandra’s blog [http://rituswanderlust.blogspot.com/2008/12/is-baar-nahin-by-prasoon.html].  I really liked it.  It is written in the context of the Mumbai Attacks, I understand, and

18 Mar 09 1 min read
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12 Mar 09 1 min read
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Desh Sooner or later the US dollar will lose its glitter. There is no alernative at the present time. It is still safe compared with other currencies. It is backed by still the most powerful economic engine. But all that foreign debts leave the US dollar in a very vulnerable

11 Mar 09 1 min read
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The most important thing is to understand the meaning of True Love? A greatest saint has defined that truth never changes with the period of time and space, it is eternal. But what is love? Who can say? We can give no logical definition of it , for it is feeling

10 Mar 09 1 min read
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Shabdon Ka Prem by Desh

Is love only of words?  I wanted to explore that.  Here is another audio. आज टीवी पर राजीव को देखा.  थोड़ा मोटा हो गया है.  उसकी नयी फिल्म आई है जिसमें नायक नायिका से उनके रिश्ते

10 Mar 09 1 min read
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Ishwar ki Khoj by Desh

[audio:Ishwar ki khoj.mp3] From now on, I will start including the transcript as well.  What do you think?  Hope you like it. वो चढ़ाही बहुत थकाने वाली थी.  आखिरकार हम उस टीले पर पहुँच ही गए. वहां देखा तो

06 Mar 09 1 min read
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An Idealist is NOT a Revolutionary

The idealist is the man with an idea, and it is he who is not revolutionary. Ideas divide, and separation is disintegration, it is not revolution at all. The man with an ideology is concerned with ideas, words, and not with direct action; he avoids direct action. An ideology is

26 Feb 09 1 min read
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The Happiest Man in the World

Dear friends, brothers and sisters suddenly this Sunday morning came to my mind an image long time remaining in this brain. How one day as I was about only seven years old thought that the luckiest profession on this planet was the one experienced by a simple street vendor candy

24 Feb 09 2 min read
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Islamic Rule vs Islamic Republic of Pakistan

It is often said that the best way to conquer a place and YET look like a savior is to “First create Chaos and then bring Order – YOURS”.  British used this wonderfully and then solidified their position by furthering a new concept of “Divide and Conquer”. Taliban (and its allies

23 Feb 09 4 min read
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What is Awareness?

You see a lovely tree with its leaves sparkling after the rain; you see the sunlight shining on the water and on the gray-hued feathers of the birds; you see the villagers walking to town carrying heavy burdens, and hear their laughter; you hear the bark of a dog, or

21 Feb 09 1 min read
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Naya Anubhav Hi Prem Hai by Desh

We often want love to be according to our age old thoughts and rules of the past. In our attempt to experience the familiar and term THAT as “love”, we keep reinforcing our own prejudices over and over.  And probably hardly ever experience the “new”… the more beautiful version of

20 Feb 09 1 min read
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Reaction Breeds Sorrow

So action which is born of reaction breeds sorrow. Most of our thoughts are the result of the past, of time. A mind that is not built on the past, that has totally understood this whole process of reaction, can act every minute totally, completely, wholly. Please do listen. What

20 Feb 09 1 min read
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Ashtvakra Gita (Dr. Mridul Kirti) 1st Chap 1-10 by Desh

I regard three books as THE most profound in the “Hindu” philosophy.  All three follow a Question and Answer tradition – where challenging the Master or teacher was an important feature.  These three are Yoga Vasistha, Bhagwad Gita, and Ashtavakra Gita/Samhita.  I have read the first two (or their credible

19 Feb 09 1 min read
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Will and Desire

As long as the mind is seeking, there must be endeavor, effort, which is invariably based on the action of will, and however refined, will is the outcome of desire. Will may be the outcome of many integrated desires, or of a single desire, and that will expresses itself through

19 Feb 09 1 min read
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Yaad Aati Rahi (Dr. Prabha Thakur) by Desh

This is a very sensitive poem by Dr. Prabha Thakur.  Dr. Prabha Thakur, a noted Hindi poetess, is a politician from Indian National Congress party and currently a Member of the Parliament of India representing Rajasthan in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament.

18 Feb 09 1 min read
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Shallum Xavier by Desh

[audio:Shallum Xavier On Music In Pakistan.mp3] We often talk of just the war or the unpleasant part of Indo-Pak conflict.  Here is the effect on areas we probably do not think about – the music industry of Pakistan.  How does the conflict affect the music industry there?  Here is

18 Feb 09 1 min read
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Ahsaas by Desh

Don’t know where I got this thought from, but it just hit me so I wanted to share it with you. Just a quick one. Enjoy. And share your thoughts, please. Lets enjoy. https://drishtikone.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/Ahsaas.mp3

17 Feb 09 1 min read
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Rishta Hai to Dard Bhi Hoga by Desh

[audio:Rishta hai to Dard Bhi Hoga.mp3] Most of the people associate Pain with a break in the relationship.. or moving away.. or termination of one… but never IN the relationship itself.  The genesis of pain is in the relation itself.  I tried to explore this thought in this

15 Feb 09 1 min read
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Prem Jo Mila Nahin by Desh

[audio:Prem jo Mila Nahin.mp3] Last evening on my walk in the evening, I was thinking of this side of love.  Love that was sent out by a heart but was never received… Love that was as potent as any that was.. yet was neither talked about.. nor celebrated.

13 Feb 09 1 min read
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Aadarsh Prem (HR Bachchan) by Desh

[audio:Aadarsh Prem.mp3] This is a short but beautiful poem by Shri Harivanshrai Bachchan on Love.  I think it defines love… purity of it…. in a beautiful way.  Worth the read and a listen 🙂 Audio File: Aadarsh Prem.mp3 [http://wp.patheos.com.S3.amazonaws.com/blogs/drishtikone/files/

12 Feb 09 1 min read
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Jo Tum Aa Jaate Ek Baar (Mahadevi Verma) by Desh

[audio:Jo Tum Aa Jaate Ek Baar – Mahadevi Verma.mp3] This is poem on love by yet another great Hindi poet Ms. Mahadevi Verma.  She was one of the greatest poetess of the Chayavaad Tradition and was awarded the Sahitya Kala Akademi and Jnanpeeth Awards – the highest honors in Indian

10 Feb 09 1 min read
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Noor by Amitabh Bachchan

[audio:Noor by Amitabh Bachchan.mp3] This is a poem that I have heard after a long time from popular movies that captures the essence of devotion.. or spiritual love.  I invite you to listen to it carefully and enjoy it as much as I did. Question for you    What’

06 Feb 09 1 min read
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Why Twitter? Benefits and Uses

Suresh [https://drishtikone.com/?q=blog/25-most-useful-twitter-applications#comment-10082] asked me yesterday – what are the benefits of twitter other than reading to the little blurbs which are often nonsensical.. or so they seem.  I wanted to write on areas that I feel are the best uses and how I have benefitted.

30 Jan 09 3 min read
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Fascinating story of our Soul Personality

According to my humble experience and some others,  the time invested in searching for deja-vu’s is definitely well worth. The first positive manifestation is that we start to listen to Nature. Like in the movie THE SOUND OF MUSIC we indeed are able to listen to PATCHA –MAMBA. Hills,

27 Jan 09 7 min read
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Effective Auric Reinforcement

INTEGRATING INTO OUR ENERGY FIELD NATURE HEALING POWERFUL ENERGY Our auras posses a double composition of energy: The one belonging to our physical body whose influence is felt about a foot from our skin, and the other whose main component is pure psychic-spiritual energy that belongs to our higher self.

20 Jan 09 2 min read
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YOUR ADVICE IS NEEDED

Which steps would you take in case suddenly you find yourself with something very valuable to transmit? In my long quest for self-improvement out of the blue a very practical program saw light in my mind. A project that would seek  the  practical application of our knowledge. Somebody said that

19 Jan 09 1 min read