Saturday, December 31, 2005
At least 90,000 people were killed and many people were seriously wounded in Pakistan and POK, on October 8th in a powerful Earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale.
The Hurricane cyclone Katrina, Wilma, Rita and Beta attacks US in September, thousands died and many lost their things and house.
Britain was in a state of shock after a series of explosion ripped through London’s underground train network and Double Decker bus on July 7, in this at least 70 people were killed and several wounded, and causing mayhem in a city which only hours ago witnessed scenes of jubilation after winning the bid to host the 2012 Olympic. The world’s most powerful leaders united to condemn the wave of bombings in London, saying they would not bow to terrorists but the attack clearly sidetracked the ambitious G-8 suit agenda for easing poverty in Africa and tackling climate change.
England Prince Charles married his 30 year long Royal Lover Camilla Parker Bowles in Windsar Castle for Guildhall on April 9.
Miss Iceland, Unnur Birna Vilhjalmsdottir, a part-time police officer who wants to be a lawyer, was crowned as Miss World 2005.
On January 18, Airbus A 380, the double-deck super jumbo, the World’s largest passenger plane introduced in France, that has an 262-ft wingspan, a tail as tall as a 7-story building and coast $13 billion to develop, seats 555passenger in 3-class layout or 800 passenger in single class.
January 9 Palestinians went to the polls to elect a successor to Yasser Arafat. On January 10 Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, has won a landside victory in the election. On January 14, Mahmoud Abbas, sworn as the Palestinian Authority President.
On January 20 The U.S. President George W.Bush sworn as 42nd President in an inaugural in White House, Washington, he start his 2nd fourth year.
The first African-American women Condoleezza Rice sworn as U.S. Secretary of State on January 27.
A NASA spacecraft with a Hollywood film name Deep Impact blasted off on 13th January to smash a hole in a comet and give scientists a glimpse of the frozen primordial ingredients of the solar system.
The former Chinese Communist party chief, Zhoo Ziyang, died of illness.
A magnitude 6.8 earthquake, the focus of which was about 10km, below the seabed in the Pacific Ocean struck in Japan. A tsunami warning was issued for a group of islands on January 19.
Ukraine’s Central Election Commission has declared the pro-western opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko, the official winner of the disputed Presidential election.
On February 1, King Gyanendra dismissed Nepal’s Government and declared a state of Emergency, cutting off his Himalayan Nation from the rest of the world as telephone and Internet lines were snapped flights diverted and civil liberties severely curtailed.
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
I will return to blog world with in 2 days, but i will try to read your blogs. My Aunty there children’s and my sister came to my house for vacations, so I will spent my times with them. And I also plan to go out with them. I dint thing I will see you all before the New Year, very happy. I have bought a cell phone; I have talked and sent SMS to some blog friends and chat friend. Here I have some photos of my new home.
Me and My Brother(cousin)
My dad, mother and sister(cousin)
My dad and mom doing ganapathi homem
This photo is front of my home, (from left my aunty, another aunty, my grandma, uncle and in back my brother (cousin)).
Sunday, December 25, 2005
But deep inside, they also know that one day it may turn against them again. Until then…
A quiet fishing village Kokillamedu, near Chennai, on the southern coast of India. The houses that stood on the shorefront have given way to grass and plants. A little distance away, the sea is a light blue and the waves play gently on the beach. The sea seems to stretch to eternity, going far beyond the horizon. It seems friendly and almost welcoming. But a year ago, the sea changed its character. For one horrible day it swept inland, taking with it anything and anyone it could find. It was a tsunami and the people were shocked, they did not know what was happening. Even the oldest resident of that village said that he had never seen something like this before.
Kesavamurthy, a student of Std. VIII, says he was playing by the sea that Sunday when suddenly he noticed the strange behaviour of the waves. They rose up high. Almost as high as that coconut tree," he says pointing. I ran home, because I knew my sister was alone there. She is only four." Together they ran away from their home and their friend, the sea.
I was helping my mother with the cooking , says Valli, Std. VII. I heard shouting and running and then I saw what was happening. Yes, I was very frightened." One year later, the memories of that day linger on. Luckily for us, there was no loss of life here. But we lost all our things. They were just washed away, says Balasubramaniam, Std. VII. Looking back, the children are stoic, they remember the tsunami as one of nature's vagaries. "The sea is there. It won't do that again, says Arunachalam, Std. IV confidently. But sometimes when the wind howls through the trees it is a bit frightening, says Pandian.
I don't see any reason for fear. We have lived here for so long and the sea was always close by. Why would it want to hurt us again? says Manjumadha, Std. VI. Life goes on much as usual. The village elders ensure that everyone gets their share of the aid that comes in. Boats go out to sea early morning, bringing back hordes of fish. The women take the fish to the market to sell. While the men sleep off their tiredness, the children are at school. Vijay, Std. VI, is philosophical in his outlook. The sea will not harm us, he says. Though he is not able to state reasons for this confidence.
Since that fateful day, the children have been reading, studying and watching the television for news about tsunamis. Having watched it close up they wanted to know more. In Japan, tsunamis are a common feature, they say. They have learnt to live with them. The children go to school, play cricket on the shore, play in the sea, lie down on the beach all the while knowing that their friend the sea may one day turn against them again. But for them, their home is by the seashore and the sea will always be their friend.
On December 26, 2004, the Indian coastline experienced the most devastating tsunami in recorded history. According to the National Institute of Oceanography, the tsunami was triggered by an earthquake of magnitude 9.0 on the Richter scale at 3.4° N, 95.7° E off the coast of Sumatra in the Indonesian Archepelago at 06:29 hrs IST (00:59 hrs GMT). The earthquake epicentre is located relatively at shallow depth, about 10 km below the ocean floor. The high magnitude, 9.0 Richter scale, of the earthquake and its shallow epicentre may have triggered the tsunami in the northeast Indian Ocean. These travelled in open ocean of the Bay of Bengal and subsequently transformed into a train of catastrophic oscillations on the sea surface close to coastal zones of Sri Lanka and east coast of India.
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Saturday, December 24, 2005
Special winter games
Santa Clauses from all over the world were in Sweden recently for the annual Santa Winter Games. The games started in the city of Gallivare as a local Christmas event in 2003. But word quickly spread. This year's competition included Santas from seven countries.
More than 50 Santas competed in classic Santa events such as sleigh and reindeer racing, porridge eating and chimney climbing. Last year's winner, a British Santa, had to hand over the coveted title to this year's winner, a Santa from Estonia.
Santa with gifts
It is the season to be jolly, fa la la la la la, so went the carol from the MP3 player filling the room with its sweet melody. Christmas greetings including the e-cards had been sent, not a single important carol concert missed, hopped from one party to another, and the Christmas tree was ablaze with ornaments and lights. Mom had put the final touches to the plum cake and pudding. The star atop the tree seemed to twinkle with an ethereal light. The brightly wrapped gifts were placed beneath it.
It was December 25. In a short while the family returned after attending the Christmas midnight service. The cake was cut and a little wine sipped. It was time to greet one another A Merry Christmas to you!
Aunty Coral asked little Roshan whose birthday he thought they were celebrating. "Santa Claus", came the answer, quick and sure. One look at the roly-poly figure of the red-clad Christmas Father placed near the tree, and Roshan was sure he had the right answer. The stocking seemed bottomless. Gifts, can't seem to have enough of them. Seven-year-old Shanthini was cross: "Why didn't Uncle Prem in Germany send those yum Hershey chocolates this Christmas?"
Mom thought it time to put the record straight. Pointing to the manger scene at the foot of the Christmas tree, where baby Jesus lay and to the halo all around, she said, "Christmas is Jesus's birthday. Roshan interrupted, "But isn't it Santa who gets us the gifts?" "True," said Mom, "but December 25 is Christ's birthday. The birthday baby himself is the greatest gift to all who will accept Him. He is the reason for the season." Shanthini remembered the lines from the solo she sang at the school carol programme and she began :
Christmas isn't Christmas till it happens in your heart.
Somewhere deep inside you is where Christmas really starts
So give your heart to Jesus, you'll discover when you do
That it's Christmas really Christmas for you.
Friday, December 23, 2005
Maths Genies Ramanujam Birthday.
Mother Saratha Devi Birthday.
World Farmers Day
Scientist Jahadesh Chandraboss Memory day.(He proved that like humans, plants also have feeling).
Tsar King first Alexander Birthday, 1777.
Geovainne Kasini discovered Saturn’s Reo Satellite in 1872.
BBC’s Daily News Radio service started in 1922.
Pirteein, Prattein and Chocla discovered Transistor Radio in 1947
Father E.V.R.A Periyar and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.G.R memory day.
Farmer Indian Prime Minister Narasimmaraw died, in 2004.
Portugal malume and sea inspector Vascodagama memory day.
Soviet Russia’s spaceship Luna landed in 3 moons.
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee birthday.
Freedom fighter Mathan Mohan Malaviya birthday.
Rajaji memory day
Egypt President Anvar Sathath Birthday
Famous Comedy actor Charley Chaplin died in1918
Mikail korpasaave sworn as Japan’s emperor in 1926
Tsunami attack’s 15 countries, 3 lakh people have been died, including16,000 people died in India, in 2004.
Charles Babage discovered Computer in 1792
Chinese captain Ma Sa Tung Birthday, 1893
Mare Curie and Piare Curie discovered Radium in 1898.
World bank started in 1945.
Founder of dog bite medicine Louie Pastor birthday, 1822.
First train track was put in England, 1825.
Soviet Russia invaded on Afghanistan, 1979.
After 40 years the democratic rule begin in Spain, 1978.
Famous Hollywood actor Densil Washington Birthday, 1954.
Builder of Eiffel Tower, Kastave Eiffel died, 1923.
Sun Yatsen elected as President of Republic China, 1911.
Women’s give permission for putting Vote in England, 1918.
Discoverer of Vulcanizing method, Charles Good Year Birthday, 1800.
Cubic water discover was officially announced, 1931.
Nobel Prize winner and famous Writer Rupyarit Kipling, Birthday, 1907.
Sri Hanuman Jayanthi
Swanskin gets insurance rights for Electronic Television.
The actor of Gandhi film, Pen Kingsele Birthday, 1943.
East Indian Company put there steps in India, 1600
Mary Quire gets Nobel Prize for second time, 1911.
Euro Currency came to circulation in 12 European countries, in 2001.
Panama canal rights came back again to Panama, 1999.
There is another post in Shyam'ssssss about 5 stars for Citroen C6
Thursday, December 22, 2005
A punch in the air and a half-relief-half-joy kind of look marked Sachin Tendulkar’s Test century no. 35 at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on December 10. It was more than just a milestone for the maestro at the fag end of the first day of the second Test match against the Sri Lankans. It was the sum total of his 16-year international career punctuated with pleasure, pain, hardships and remarkable achievements, not to mention the odd disappointment. Fans for whom cricket is religion elevated him to the status of God and then questioned his greatness. They conveniently forgot his 72 international centuries and doubted his ability to make a comeback after a long lay-off, thanks to a tennis elbow.
Such was the inevitability of his breaking Sunil Gavaskar’s record for the most centuries in Test cricket that when the moment descended, it was almost an anti-climax. The achievement also opened a window into the Sachin of now more open, emotional, intense. Earlier, each achievement, each essay highlighted a man in total control of the action on the field and his emotions. Today, Sachin continues to perform but does not hesitate from talking about the difficulties he is going through. There have been very few moments when I have felt emotional, he admitted on that wintry Saturday in Kotla, but this time I felt very different.
Sachin has scored centuries against all oppositions, in all countries: 16 of them were scored at home just like Gavaskar and 19 away, one more than the predecessor. Gavaskar called him he closest thing to batting perfection this game has ever seen. Sachin has established his stamp over all types of attacks. In fact, some of his most memorable essays came in adverse conditions. There have been those rare occasions when he looked entangled at the crease. But largely, he has been the dictator, giving nightmares to bowlers like Shane Warne.
By the time he was 19 he had already scored six Test centuries in places like Manchester, Sydney, Perth and Johannesburg encountering the likes of Alan Donald, Merv Hughes and Craig McDermott. After century no. 35, the cricketing world has already started speculating on where he would stop. Gavaskar has put his money on 50 Test hundreds. Sachin is only 32 and should be able to play for another 6 years at least, if not 8," he said in a statement after the record was broken. The path from here on is one of endless possibilities for the little genius. He has already conquered the world and all he needs now is to conquer his own will and of course that elbow which made many speculate about his career.
Sachin's 10 golden knocks will come every day in the bottom of every post.
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
On July 12, 2005, Mohammad Akram (11) was on his way home from school when he was stopped by a group of terrorists. They asked him to throw a grenade in the local market place, and promised him Rs. 500 for the task. Terror-stricken Akram did not have a choice — he had to do as the men said. But before he could fling the grenade, it exploded in his hands, injuring him severely. A few days later, Tahira (9) from Pangai village, Poonch district, was seriously injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) she was handling exploded. She too had been forced by terrorists to place the IED on a road often used by the Indian troops.
Various terrorist groups in Jammu and Kashmir are using an alarming number of children as terror tools. The children are used as spies, porters and as guerrillas who throw grenades and plant IEDs. The children (some barely nine or 10 years) are even used as shields in encounters and deployed in operations against Indian security agencies. "The terrorists sometimes give Rs. 100 for throwing a grenade. In most cases, either the children get hurt or they miss their target (security forces), which results in many civilians being hurt. That's why there are so many civilians dying in grenade attacks these days. Srinagar Police said There are many examples where unsuspecting children have been used either as couriers to send messages or to ferry arms and explosives. A security patrol would never bother to search a child earlier. But now we need to change our strategy.
Increasingly, the army has been discovering several young warriors working for terrorist groups. Abdul Gafoor (12), from the remote Udhampur village, was recruited by terrorists and used for operations against the security forces. He travelled with the Hizbul Mujahideen men in the thick forests of Pakikot, Narla and Larki in the hilly belt of Udhampur. Terrorists killed his father in 2003 and his mother was kidnapped for allegedly having links with security forces. The first two months, he was made to wash utensils and carry their load as they moved from one village to another. Later, he was trained to use the AK-47 rifle and handle explosives, narrating his experience after being rescued by the security forces in 2004. Gafoor was also used as a spy and as a human shield during attacks on army patrols.
In June 2005, during an encounter in the Pir Panjal Mountains, the army found Muzaffar Iqbal, barely 11, working as a porter, guide and part-time guerrilla. Iqbal was recruited in February 2004 at gunpoint while returning from school. He was also made to carry sorties (raid or an attack)...he was not aware of the bigger game plan of the terrorists. Mohammad Altaf, 13, was with the terrorists for more than a year. Five other children and Altaf cooked for the terrorists and washed utensils. They were also trained in arms and sent to get weapons from hideouts. The security forces claim that along the Indo-Pak border, Pakistani boys, as young as 13-14 years, carrying deadly weapons, have been arrested. Recently, nine such children were picked up from the Line of Control. They revealed they had been trained at a madrasa (religious school) in Pakistan and were sent back to India territory after undergoing basic military training.
At times, these child warriors also get killed in encounters. On August 8, 2003, a 13-year-old boy was killed in the Mendhar sector of Poonch district while entering Indian Territory from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. The child was among the seven other terrorists killed in an encounter. Most of the children picked up by terrorists are from remote areas of Rajouri, Poonch, Doda, Udhampur and Kupwara, and belong to very poor and illiterate families. In fact, the Jammu and Kashmir police has noticed a clear trend since 2004 more and more children go missing from remote areas.
An estimated 100 children have been reported missing in Kashmir since 2004. "In the early 1990s, only a handful of children were involved. Last year (2004), around 200 were hidden in the mountains. The police only know of children missing when a complaint is registered. If police consider unreported cases, the number of children missing and recruited by terrorists may run into hundreds. The terrorist groups (many of whom have lost several members in recent years) want to save trained terrorists for bigger operations.
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Monday, December 19, 2005
Those of you who live by the sea would know that the cool, sea breeze blows on land during the night. You must also have read about the devastating cyclones and hurricanes like the recent Katrina that sweep across the sea and strike the land without a warning. All winds are caused by changes in temperature. Whenever air gets heated, it expands and becomes lighter. The lighter air rises and the heavier cooler air rushes in to take its place. The speed of movement of this air makes the wind blow at varying speeds.
In 19th Century, Sir Francis Beaufort, a British Admiral, designed a scale to categorise wind. On this scale, zero represents absolute stillness, and five, a gentle breeze. Force 8 represents a moderate gale, which breaks twigs off trees, while a storm is a wind of Force 10. Storms of intensity between 11 and 17 are generally known as tropical cyclones. These go by different names in different parts of the world. In the West Indies they are hurricanes, while in the U.S, they are tornadoes. In the China Seas, they are called typhoons, while it is a cyclone in the Indian Ocean. Along the west coast of Australia, the tropical storms are known as the willy-willies.
Tropical cyclones are given names to provide ease of communication between forecasters and the general public regarding forecasts, and warnings. Since the storms can often last a week or longer and that more than one can be occurring in the same basin at the same time, names can reduce the confusion. During World War II, tropical cyclones were informally given women's names. Today, the lists of names generated by the National Hurricane Center, alternate between male and female.
The names are arranged alphabetically. The first tropical storm of the year has a name that begins with A. The second is given a name that begins with B and so on. The list continues to W, but Q and U are omitted. There are six such lists of 21 names that are rotated every six years. A name is retired or taken off the list if the cyclone bearing it was particularly notorious and caused loss of life.
Beginning on January 1, 2000, tropical cyclones in the Northwest Pacific basin are being named from a new and different list. The new names are Asian names and were contributed by all members of the Typhoon Committee.
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Sunday, December 18, 2005
A daredevil climber known as the French Spiderman who has scaled skyscrapers around the globe was arrested recently as he tried to clamber up a Houston office building. Alain Robert, 43, dashed from a taxi to the 46-story Houston Center but was stopped just as he was starting his ascent. Police said a reporter had tipped them off to his plans. A tall officer was able to grab his ankles. He was about one or two steps from getting away.
Robert's Web site claims he has climbed some 70 buildings including the Eiffel Tower; the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; London's Canary Wharf Building; the Empire State Building in New York and Chicago's Sears Tower. Houston police charged Robert with criminal trespass.
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Saturday, December 17, 2005
Bosnia's southern town of Mostar unveiled the world's first statue of Kung-Fu legend Bruce Lee, paying homage to a childhood hero of all its divided ethnic groups, says a Reuters report. The life-size bronze statue is situated in Mostar's central park, close to the former front line of Bosnia's 1992-95 civil war. Unveiled by its initiators, Veselin Gatalo and Nino Raspudic of Mostar's Urban Movement, the statue portrays the Chinese-American actor, who died 32 years ago, in a typical defensive fighting position.
This does not mean that Bruce Lee will unite us, because people are different and cannot be united and we will always be Muslims, Serbs or Croats, Gatalo said. But one thing we all have in common is Bruce Lee. Gatalo has said Lee a hero to teenagers all over Bosnia in the 1970s and 1980s epitomised justice, mastery and honesty, virtues the town had badly missed.
There is another post in my New Blog Shyam'sssss
Friday, December 16, 2005
At the end of the year, the delectable Swiss chocolate might have melted, but that doesn't take away the delicious fare that has been served, and will continue to be served. Roger Federer might have lost the Masters Cup final, but that is just about the only thing he has lost. The number of Grand Slams that he will pile up in the years to come continues to be a topic of discussion and will not alter by a slight increase in the number of people who have beaten him this year.
If it is true that he is unable to complete beautifully ruthless wins like he did last year, then it also true that he has won 11 titles in 2005. If it is true that his game has come down by a notch, then it is also true that he played the Shanghai Masters after being on crutches, and reached the final with a 6-0, 6-0 whitewash of Gaston Gaudio in the semifinal and even served for the match in the final. He is bruised, but not beaten.
The fact remains that 2005 has been a Federer year. It took supreme performances from Marat Safin (Australian Open semifinal), Rafael Nadal (French Open semifinal), Richard Gasquet (Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinal) and David Nalbandian (Masters Cup final) to take game, set and match against him. Such was his domination, that it was `Who beat Roger Federer?' rather than `Who did Roger Federer beat?' that grabbed headlines on most occasions.
Under the circumstances, can Federer be challenged in 2006? An occasional upset or two might happen but the list of serious contenders doesn't require more than a hand or two. Rafael Nadal, on clay and Marat Safin, if his mind is on the court and David Nalbandian at his best stand atop the list of pretenders. Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt are too one-dimensional and need to add more variety to their game.
A fresh and injury-free Roger Federer will continue to be the man to beat in 2006.
There are thoughts that men's tennis will benefit if Federer is beaten, even occasionally, to open up the game. But is that good for the game?. Despite claims of his domination making men's tennis predictable, there is no better sight in tennis, than Roger Federer in full flow. But for the sake of the game, may the best man win.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Sairthaar Vallapaaie Patel memory day
Romania’s King, Nero’s Birthday
Builder of Eiffel Tower, Alexander Kastave Eiffel birthday.
Founder Walt Disney Theme Park, Walt Disney Died in 1966.
Thomas Alva Edison gets protection for Phonographic in 1877.
To Produce Nylon in commercial, 1939.
India support Bangladesh to beat the War against Pakistan, in 1971.
Founder of Simponi music, Lutvik Von Piithaavan Birthday, 1770.
With the reason of no child, Napoleon diverse his wife Jospin in 1809.
Founder of different Chemical, Scientist Hempiri davi Birthday, 1778.
Struggle for South American freedom, Simon Bolivar Died, 1830.
In American continent, France gives freedom for 13-colony country’s, 1777.
Pakistan sign with India for ceasefire in 1971.
Portugal Colony’s Goa, Diu and Damn, joined with India in 1961.
Founder of FM Radio, Edwin Armstrong Birthday, 1890.
My favorite Hollywood Director Steven Spillberk Birthday, 1947.
America brought the rights of Panama Canal in 1903.
America’s first Atomic power station start in shipping port city, 1957.
Soviet Russian President Leonit Presnaiv Birthday, 1906.
Flight services started in between Moscow and London in 1957.
England and China signed for handover Hong Kong to China in 1997.
Russian great soldier Peter changed the New Year from September1 as January1 in 1699.
The Canada National railway constructed 50,000km railway line in 1919.
Russia’s Iron human, Josef Stalin Birthday, 1879
Famous Tennis player Christ Evairit Birthday, 1954
World’s first crossword contest was released in New York’s Vairilit Newspaper in 1923.
World first Full-length Cartoon movie Snow white and the seven towarips released, in 1937.
England announced Except National crime; other crimes should not give death sentence, 1964.
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Indian Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav’s mind is bordering on depression since his Rashtriya Janata Dal’s defeat in the Bihar Assembly elections. Gone are his frequent one-liners to newsmen. The same applies to his zest and swagger. In Parliament, he leaves it to his minister of State, R.Velu, to answer most of the queries.
These days, Lalu is spending more time in the central hall, than in the House, a mobile phones glued to his ear. Who does he keep talking to? It seems he has made an arrangement with an RJD MLA in Patna (capital of Bihar), who sits in the Assembly and dials Lalu’s number so that the leader can know about the going-on first hand!
There is another post in my New Blog Shyam'sssss
Monday, December 12, 2005
Richard R. Schrock
It’s that time of the year again. When the Nobel Prize winners are announced there’s a lot of goodwill and cheer in the air, a bit of he-didn’t deserve-it and a pinch of scandal. So when Australians Barry Marshall and Robin Warren were told they had won the Nobel Prize or medicine, they greeted the news with disbelief. After all, though it has been 23 years since the duo proved that the H. pylori bacteria causes peptic ulcer, skeptics still hung on to the old causes: stress and spicy food. Receiving the Nobel Prize is the last word in this argument, as it is for French scientist Yves Chauvin and Americans Robert H. Grubbs and Richard R. Schrock who share the prize for chemistry. It is an acknowledgement of their work in perfecting metathesis, a method of organic synthesis, which has helped make the manufacture of plastic and pharmaceuticals a greener option.
Robert J. Aumann
Thomas C. Schelling
Space travel will get that futuristic edge thanks to Roy Glauber and John Hall to the US and Germany’s Theoder Haensch who created a measuring stick to measure time and distance with extreme accuracy. Perhaps, the strangest combos of joint winners are Israeli Robert J. Aumann and American Thomas C. Schelling, who were awarded the prize for economics. Aumann is a mathematician who loves dabbling in the technical while Schelling in the typical conventional economist; both, however, believe that the game theory (where a group of people take decisions that affect each other) is pivotal to society.
Now, to the controversies. When the International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohammed EIBaradei got the Nobel Peace Prize, there were those who questioned his eligibility for the award. But the fact remains that EIBaradei has manoeuvred through sticky situations: irking the US by persisting that Iraq had no nukes and taking Libya through disarmament. The award acknowledges the courage of a man who says Atoms are for peace, not war, and work to ensure it. Then there’s the prize for literature, which after much deliberation went to British playwright Harold Pinter. Meanwhile, Knut Ahnlund, a member of the Swedish Academy (which decides the prize), is not done with spilling venom on last year’s winner, Elfriede Jelinek. He termed the author’s work a mass of text that appears shoveled together without a trace of artistic structure. The other big prize for literature, the Man Booker, was also awarded amid much drama. Critics panned winner John Banville as being plain lucky and faulted the jury for not going for stronger contenders like Julian Barnes.
Sunday, December 11, 2005
There is another post below, about Miss World 2005.
A 21-year old anthropology and law student Unnur Birna Vilhjalmsdottir from Iceland crowned as Miss World 2005. Unnur Birna Vilhjalmsdottir was chosen from among 102 contestants at a ceremony on the southern Chinese resort island of Hainan.
The dark-haired winner was born in the Icelandic capital Reykjavik, but grew up in a small town called Seltjarnarnes. Unnur spent her summer holidays working as a police officer at an Icelandic airport. Her motto was: 'you are what you do' or 'you are what you make.
Second place went to Dafne Molina Lona, 23, from Mexico. Ingrid Marie Rivera Santos, 22, from Puerto Rico, came third after tens of thousands worldwide had voted per e-mail, SMS and per telephone. Viewers had selected two candidates from six regions of the world for the final. Three more candidates reached the final round from additional contests.
The 55th Miss World beauty pageant was broadcast live from the Beauty Crown Theatre to about two billion viewers in 200 countries across the globe. Actress Angela Chow, who is famous in Hong Kong, and U.S. television star Tim Vincent, presented the two-hour show.
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Will Miss India Sindhura Gadde be the new Miss World? Sindhura is making her last-minute preparations to put up a great show for the nation at the 2005 Miss World pageant. A total of 115 beauties represent their countries in Miss World 2005 being held in Sanya in China. With a record number of contestants, Miss World 2005 is expected to be the most lavish extravaganza in the pageant’s 54-year history.
Friday, December 09, 2005
Iguana was annoyed at being disturbed and snapped, What’s a mosquito compared t a potato? I’d rather be deaf than here such nonsense! And he stuck twigs in his ears and stomped off.
When Python saw Iguana pass be, he said a friendly Hello. Iguana seemed not to hear. Iguana is angry, thought Python. I better hide, and quickly slithered into Rabbit’s hole.
Rabbit was so startled she jumped out of her burrow and hared away. Crow saw her and cawed loudly in alarm. Monkey heard Crow and leaped from branch to branch, shrieking disaster.
Crack! A branch broke under Monkey’s weight. It fell into Owl’s nest, crushing one of her babies. When Owl returned, she was overcome by sorrow and stopped hooting. The Sun did not rise the next day as he depended on Owl’s wake up call.
Lion summoned all the animals. He asked Owl why she hadn’t woke the Sun.
Monkey killed my Owl, she said sadly. I am in no mood to awaken the Sun.
When Monkey was questioned the entire chain of events was revealed. It was iguana who had caused all the trouble! Iguana, of course, didn’t hear a thing because he still had twigs in his ears Lion pulled them out, chuckling.
Now, iguana, what ‘s all this? Python says you snubbed him this morning.
What! I never…I never even heard him! Stuttered Iguana. It was Mosquito! She narrated a tall tale that spoiled my whole morning!
When Owl heard they’d found the culprit, she let out a loud hoot. The Sun rose and the animals cheered.
That’s better! said Lion. But where is Mosquito? She must be punished! All the animals looked around eagerly. But Mosquito was nowhere to be found. She had been eavesdropping all the while and felt so wretched, she dared not show her face. To this day, she suffers a guilty conscience. She buzzes and whines in people’s ears, even as she dines on their blood: “Zeeee zeeee…. Is everyone still angry with me?”
And an irritated slap is all she gets for an answer!
- Adapted from an African folktale retold by Verna Aardema. This story was made into a 9-minute animation film in 1984 and is used in classroom project all over the USA.
Thursday, December 08, 2005
America, England & Australia announced war on Japan in December 8, 1941.
Poet Milton Birthday.
Chicago’s Richchartsun get rights for Roller Skating instrument on 1884.
50,000 people died for Earthquack in Armenia.
Famous Carnatic music singer M.S.Subulakshmi memory day.
Scotland Engineer Robert Thomson gets rights for Nemonitic tyer in 1845.
One of the Worlds biggest Dam Asvaan on Neil River opened in 1902.
Nobel Prizes was first given in Aaslo city, 1901.
U.S. President Roosevelt gets Nobel Prize for World peace in 1906.
Rupert Kip Link got Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907.
Mother Theresa get Nobel Prize for World Peace in 1979.
Famous Tamil Poet Barathiar Birthday.
World’s First Vehicle Museum held in Paris City, 1896.
Nightres oxide (smile gas) first used for pull teethes in 1844.
Italy comes out of leek countries in 1937.
U.N. Starts International Children’s Emergency UNISEF, in 1946.
Indian capital shifted to Delhi, from Calcutta in 1911.
Rajarathnam pilai Memory Day.
Marrkone Demonstrated the Radio in front of the public in London City, 1896.
Prince Albert Crown as Sixth George King in 1936.
World’s first Motel started in St.Loues Obispo in America, 1925.
Indian Cricket Player Agarkar Birthday.
The New York City Ban, Smoking, on Bars, Restaurants and office in 2002.
Thiruvannamalai Thebam (lamp).
Right Brothers first plane Hittehock fly in the sky, 1903.
Netherlands Malume Apal Tosman discovered New Zealand in 1642.
Jerusalem, capital tellave changed as Israel Capital.
London railway traffic changed to Electronic system in 1904.
World Ability (or energy) day.
Sixth George King Birthday, 1895.
Scotland saver Robin Hood died in 1247.
America’s First President, George Washington died in 1799.
Soviet Russia deleted from Leek Countries, 1939.
America sends Mariner-2 Spaceship to Venus in 1962.
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Wednesday, December 07, 2005
This is a Photoshop, photo
Saran, successful director has turned into a producer. Gemini Productions, launched by him has produced Aaru. Aaru has different meanings an abbreviation of Arumugam, which is another name for the god Subramaniam, a number, a river or a signal to cool down.
Suriya plays the role of Aaru, turbulent and angry young man like an overflowing wild river, who cares little for consequences, does what he pleases, as he likes, and who needs to cool down. Obviously and expectedly, the movie promises to be an action flick. My Favorite Trisha is the heroine, and she is upbeat and excited about her performance in this movie. Much of it has been shot in and around Chennai, unlike most of Hari’s earlier movies. Direction is by Hari, music by Devi Hari Prasad. The music is already hitting the top charts and will boost the movies image and popularity. I like the song Thottutae Thottutae...
In Ghajini, Suriya had the half-crazed look of a person with a short memory span, and he was covered with writing, tattoos, etc. In Aaru, Suriya’s hair-style was designed in London to provide the exact touch to his character in this movie. Since the super success of Ghajini, much is expected from Aaru.
Aaru is Releasing this Friday December 9th.
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Monday, December 05, 2005
Five movies I liked the most.
Five things I can never live without
Friends (Blog friends)
Vaiko (Indian Politician)
Five things I miss now
Walk on my own
Last movies I borrowed to watch and still not given back
Books I love
New millennium 2020 and all Abdul kamal’s books
Five people I pass this high fives to
Sunday, December 04, 2005
What’s new? An electronic wallet on your mobile phone
The very usage mobile phone could become an anachronism soon, with the kind of features added on to that beeping device in your pocket. Today, the device has become a personal communicator camera, email, text, organiser, chat, MP3 player and a video recorder. Add to this a revolutionary new task, an electronic wallet.
Airtel recently launched its mChq service, a first-of-a-kind credit card on the mobile SIM card in Delhi and Mumbai. It is a payment option between customers and retailers using, not your card, but your mobile phone. With the launch of this new service mobile phones now turn into virtual wallets and there is a chance that the entire concept of payment may change. It completely transforms the way people shop. This is the first time technology is taking off for civilian use in the country, though it has had varying degrees of success in the Philippines, Japan and South Korea, where it was first introduced.
So how does it work? With the help of a special software-embedded SIM card which is enabled to conduct cash transactions like a credit card. Airtel plans to replace the SIM cards of its subscribers with the mChq-enabled smart card, free of cost. Once the card is in your phone, it can work as your mobile wallet at shops, cinemas or services, which have signed in to the service.
For example, if you are buying a movie ticket for two for Rs 300, once you request for the tickets at the counter, the sales executive will issue a message to the back-end with the number of the customer and the payment amount. While the central computers of the service provider authenticate the merchant and the amount, a message is sent to the customer’s phone telling him about the shop (in this case your cinema hall) and the amount to be charged. To confirm the transaction, the customer has to punch in his four-digit password and send a Yes or No reply. If Yes, Rs 300 is debited from your account and confirmation is sent to the ticket counter, which then issues the ticket.
The whole transaction takes less than a minute, just like the credit card swiped at a shop counter.
Airtel is offering the service in tie-up with ICICI Bank and Visa card. The entire process applying for a smart SIM with mobile wallet, determining a person’s credit limit and the type of payment option (debit or credit) would be simpler for Airtel customers who also hold accounts or cards with ICICI Bank, since the account limits can be determined immediately. While the options will first be limited to upmarket bookstores and malls. For this, it plans to tap two kinds of markets: remote merchants with huge customer bases, like electric supply companies and large chain stores. It’s a technological and a mindset breakthrough. Airtel officials claim that the customer has to pay only for the message he has to send to confirm a transaction. The money sharing between the mobile operators, the bank and the credit card service provider with the merchant will work like the arrangement between credit card companies and retailers. Airtel officials refused to divulge the percentage of sharing agreed with ICICI Bank and Visa.
In Mumbai, State Bank of India plans to launch SBI Visa Pre-Paid cards on the mChq platform. This card will first be introduced only for Airtel subscribers at IIT Mumbai, where the idea of mChq was born under the guidance of Dr Deepak Phatak. Students, faculty and staff of IIT and people living in surrounding areas can pay for their purchases with their Airtel mobile phones. The service will be available to all Airtel subscribers who have an SBI Pre-Paid card on and around IIT campus at Powai. This service will extend to other IIT campuses in the country soon. With this technology, it is a easy way to changing the concept of money and payment.
Considering that mobile phone usage increased from 3.3 to 5.9 crore last year, there are tremendous possibilities for a quick pick-up. While other cellular operators are also in a race to match the new facility, Airtel officials claim they have at least a three-month lead.
Saturday, December 03, 2005
Friday, December 02, 2005
The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons, 3 December, aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. The theme of the Day is based on the goal of full and equal enjoyment of human rights and participation in society by persons with disabilities, established by the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons, adopted by the General Assembly in 1982.
The World Health Organization estimates that there are 600 million disabled people worldwide, about 10% of the world population. It is also estimated that about 80% of all disabled people worldwide live in developing countries. More and more, disability is seen as a social issue, which is not only based on medical reasons. The organization Disabled Peoples International defines disability as the interaction between the person with impairment and environmental and attitudinal barriers he or she may face. Therefore the reasons for disability are always complex and can only be understood within the context of societies and cultures.
Thursday, December 01, 2005
World Aids day was observed on December 1.
December1, 1761, Birthday of Madame Tussaud, Founder of Candle Statue Museum London.
Japan Prince Masaka Birth day
World’s first cinema theater Omneya Paththa open in Paris, 1906.
Edvin Loovee found game Pingkoo in 1929.
Slavery unless United Nation’s International day.
Napoleon Crown as French King in, 1805.
Tennis Player Monika Selas birthday, 1973.
Famous Pop Singer Britney Spears birthday, 1981.
World’s first artificial Heart, successfully fixed to patient, 1971.
Benacir Puttoo sworn as First Women, Prime Minister of Pakistan, 1982.
Poison gas leaked in Bhopal, India, Killed 3,000 people, 1984.
Galileo found telescope, in 1621.
Niyaan gas light introduced in Paris, in 1910.
World’s first heart transplantation surgery held in Capetown, 1967.
World Disability Day
Dr. Rajandhra Prasath Birthday
Forth Atriyan had sworn as first Pope from England.
Ronald Amutsen touched the South Poll, in1912 on December 4.
Famous Music genius Ulpaang Amaituse died in 1791on December 5.
Memorial day of French writer Alexander Tuumaas, 1870.
Famous Cricket Player Koolin Koutree died in 2000 on December 5.
Columbus discovered Hispaaniyoolaa Island in 1492 on December 5.
Law genies Dr.Ambedkar Memory day.
Columbus discovered Haiti Island in 1842 on December 6.
Thomas Alva Edison recorded humans voice in Phonographic on December 6, 1877.
World’s first rental car station started in London, on 1897, December 6.
America’s first satellite ‘Van cart’ burst in space on 1957, December 6.
Japan attacks Pearl Harbor on December 5, 1941.
Famous Cricket Player Jep Laasan Birthday, 1958.
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i hope all of u like my Joke.
Thanglish Joke :
Thanni illatha kathuku ennai mattriathu en athistam thaan.
Dhandanaiennu sollamma athistamnu sollkeraya yan?
Vettel en manaiveku pudavai thuvaika vandiyathuillaiya.