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September 2, 2011

If Scam money could be used for good causes

As India immerses itself into removing corruption, it's important to understand what the past scams cost us. But talking in mere amounts isn't fruitful. After all, does 55,000 crore rupees sound bad? How much worse is it than a mere 50,000 crores? (Answer: 1,000 kilometers of highway worse, or the stretch from Bangalore to Mumbai)
The biggest scam that unfortunately doesn't get classified as one is that food enough to feed 100 million people rots in government warehouses.  For the rest, we have for you an info-graphic that puts the amounts in context, how much we could have done. For past scams we have adjusted the amount for inflation to reflect an equivalent in 2011 — the Rs. 5,000 crore Harshad Mehta Scam for instance is worth Rs. 15,000 cr. today.
Here's all that we could have done with the money lost to some of the biggest scams in India.
Source:- Yahoo India
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The Interconnected World of Tech Companies

The “tech world” is really more of a “tech family.” Between digital giants’ appetites for acquisitions and the tendency of their ex-employees to start new companies, it’s easy to see how nearly every blip in the ecosystem is closely related.
We’ve mapped just a few of these family ties between “Xooglers,” the “PayPal Mafia”, “Softies” and the many other tech connectors who have yet to be nicknamed.
Our guess is that if you gathered a handful of tech veterans in a room, you could keep the tech connection game going forever. So while this graphic is hardly exhaustive, we’ll keep it going in the comments — feel free to add connections to the list!.
Info-graphic Presentation..

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September 1, 2011

Most awaited Gadgets of new Era

Most awaited gadgets,bellow all cal knocks your door within a year.they will be very useful to gadgets lover.
As a potential buyer you always look out for what's the new gadget buzzing in the market. And India is no doubt a gadget freak country, always eager to land on the latest device, be it hardware or software.

So what more does the tech world has for you to offer in the year ahead. Let's get a sneak peek into the most awaited gadgets to arrive in the market.

1. iPhone 5:
Undoubtedly Apple's innovation in the smartphone world awaits them to come up with their next version of iPhone, iPhone 5.

News surrounding Apple iPhone5 have been doing the rounds with new twist and tales every now and then. Initial speculations revealed that Apple is all set to launch iPhone 5 on September 2011.

As far as design of the product is concern, it is speculated to be on the sleeker and thinner side with a slight teardrop taper toward the back of the phone. It might come along with a larger, edge-to-edge display and the mute button shifted to the opposite side, that too with a increased resolution. 

2. 7-inch Samsung Galaxy:
Samsung is expected to venture into the world of mini tablets with its 7-inch Samsung Galaxy. A leaked stated that the 7-inch device is said to be heading for release with a 1024 x 600p AMO LED display alongside a 3-megapixel rear-mounted camera and a second, forward-facing 2-meg snapper. 

3.Googlerola tablet
The news of Google acquiring Motorola mobility has spread the rumor mills strong that soon it will venture the market with a tablet which will be so
  meshing to watch out for. The combo from Google and Motorola will definitely have lots to offer.

Apple TV 

4. New Apple TV
It has been long time since Apple has made any additions to Apple television sets. It is anticipated that soon Apple will reinvent the magic with its next versio
n of Apple television sets.

 5. Microsoft Xbox 720 :

Xbox 720
The experience of gaming will change altogether with the launch of Xbox 720 by Microsoft and the industry has been waiting very eagerly for this one. 

Microsoft is pursuing vigorously its plan to release the first of its Xbox series that is the Xbox 720. The plan to release the new game console has been in the news for few years now and lovers of the game had started to wonder whether Microsoft is actually serious about releasing the new game because of the delay. However Microsoft appeared determined to release the new game. The officials of the company have always used any available opportunity to convince people of their readiness to release the new game in shortest possible time. Experts on the game are not certain on what is delaying the release of the new game console.


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August 31, 2011

Mozilla Shows off Previews of FireFox for Tablets

Fire Fox for Tablet

Mozilla has offered a first glimpse of its Firefox for Tablets web browser.
Mozilla is expanding development of Firefox for Android with new efforts to improve its performance, lower its power consumption, adapt it for tablets--and keep the browser maker relevant in the hottest area of computing.
Firefox is the second-most widely used browser on computers, but things are different in the mobile arena. There, Firefox is at a serious disadvantage compared to mobile browsers such as Apple's Safari and Google's unbranded Android browser that are built into the operating systems.

The company described the new product as “an evolution of its phone based predecessor, with some added enhancements that take advantage of a tablet’s larger screen size,” in a blog post.
From what we can see (which is admittedly not much at this point), that seems to be a pretty good description. The tablet version has room for more UI elements, such as a row of tabs, unlike Firefox for mobile. A tab menu appears on the left side of the screen in landscape mode or on the top of the screen in portrait mode.
Theme-wise, the browser heavily borrows from Honeycomb, Android’s operating system for tablets. But you’ll still find familiar Firefox elements, including a big back button and Firefox’s signature “Awesomebar” — a URL field that also searches bookmarks, history and synched desktop activity.
When Mozilla programmer Dave Mandelin began an active discussion about what Firefox needs to run better on ARM processors, which dominate the phone and tablet market, a broad, active discussion took off. Mandelin wasn't very gentle.
"If you have a powerful device, Firefox performance is in many ways pretty good. But UI [user interface] responsiveness and memory usage seem to be in pretty bad shape," Mandelin said. "So we need to get better measurements and start improving performance in those areas, today."
And Mozilla, barred from bringing its browser to major mobile operating systems such as Apple's iOS and Microsoft's Windows Phone, is moving beyond browsers, too.
"Smartphones and tablets are where the next billion people will expect their personalized experience to be available to them anytime, anywhere," Mozilla said in its vision statement that Mozilla Vice President of Products Jay Sullivan published earlier this year. "To significantly affect Internet life in the future, we will have to deliver value on major OSes, whether we are allowed to ship our own browser engine or not."
Some Glimpses of Mozilla Fire Fox On Tablet.. 
Mozilla has still not announced a release date.

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August 20, 2011

Mens of Team Anna who can change India

“A Few Good Men” of Team Anna

Anna Hazare is a 74-year-old gentleman but his enthusiasm, zeal and energy can put the youth in their 20s to shame.
His crusade against corruption has brought out the entire country [except the "cyskics" (cynics, skeptics and critics all rolled into one)] on the streets. While Anna Hazare remains the man of the moment, there's an entire dedicated team which works with him and whose members' full-time profession is activism. Then there are also dedicated people who remain behind the scenes and take care of the social media campaigning, technical stuff, logistics etc.
Let's take a look at the front-bench members of the Jan Lokpal movement:

Arvind Kejriwal

Recipient of the prestigious awarded Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership in 2006, Kejriwal has emerged as a true “youth icon” during the last few months. He was born in Hissar, Haryana in 1968, and graduated from IIT Kharagpur as a Mechanical engineer in 1989. Arvind Kejriwal was always concerned about corruption and the passivity of the people. After quitting his job with the Tata Steel, he took time off to work with the Missionaries of Charity and the Ramakrishna Mission in eastern and northeastern India. He was also instrumental in spreading awareness about the passing of the Right to Information (RTI) act.
In the ongoing movement for Jan Lokpal, Arvind is considered a key figure along with Anna Hazare. People who work with him sings songs in the praise of his intelligence, which, they say, is “razor-sharp”.
Awards and Honours:
2004: Ashoka Fellow, Civic Engagement.
2005: 'Satyendra Dubey Memorial Award', IIT Kanpur for his campaign for bringing transparency in Government.
2006: Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership.
2006: CNN-IBN, 'Indian of the Year' in Public Service.
2009: Distinguished Alumnus Award, IIT Kharagpur for Emergent Leadership.
2010: Policy Change Agent of the Year, Economic Times Corporate Excellence Award along with Aruna Roy.

Kiran Bedi

First Indian IPS officer, Kiran Bedi has always been known as a woman of substance and will power. A close associate of Anna, she has played an active role in the entire Jan Lokpal movement. She began her career as a Lecturer in Political Science (1970-72) at Khalsa College for Women, Amritsar. In July 1972, she joined the Indian Police Service. While in the police, she carried out several reforms. She also served as Director General of India's Bureau of Police Research and Development.
In 2007, she took voluntary retirement to undertake newer tasks in life. After retirement, Kiran Bedi launched a new website, which aimed at helping people whose complaints were not accepted by the local police. This project is undertaken by the non-profit, voluntary and non-government organization she founded, the India Vision Foundation. Kiran is a Ph.D. in Social Sciences from the Department of Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi.
Awards and Honours:
“A Few Good Men” of Team Anna

Prashant Bhushan

Based in Noida, Prashant Bhushan (born 1956) is an Indian lawyer and social activist. He is the son of eminent lawyer Shanti Bhushan. In his career spanning 15 years he has worked on around 500 PILs (Public interest Litigation). He has been a rigorous campaigner of judicial reforms. He is a member of the committee constituted in April 2011 for the Jan Lokpal bill. He is said to be a man of steel who doesn't thinks twice before exposing the wrongdoings in the courts.
Bhushan was the member of the committee which drafted the Jan Lokpal Bill. He has been sharply critical of the government's version of the Lokpal calling it “ineffective” and “useless”.

Shanti Bhushan

Not many would know that the Lokpal Bill was the brainchild of Shanti Bhushan who conceived it while being the law minister in the Morarji Desai government in 1977. Bhushan was an active member of the Congress (O) party (different from the Indian National Congress) and later the Janata Party. He was a member of the Rajya Sabha from 14 July 1977 to 2 April 1980 and the Union Law minister in the Morarji Desai ministry from 1977 to 1979. He joined the Bhartiya Janata Party in 1980. In 1986, he resigned from BJP after the party acted against his advice over an election petition.
Along with his son, he has been actively involved in bringing judicial reforms. He fought (for his client) many legal cases against Indira Gandhi. Shanti Bhushan is the co-chairman of the of the joint committee constituted in April 2011 for the Jan Lokpal Bill.

Swami Agnivesh

Agnivesh is an Indian politician, self-titled Arya Samaj scholar, and social activist. He is best known for his work against bonded labour through the Bonded Labour Liberation Front, which he founded in 1981.In the late 60s, he joined the Arya Samaj and took “Sanyas” vows. In 2005, Agnivesh was part of a two week campaign against female foeticide that travelled across India. Agnivesh also argued at a conference on economic development and religion sponsored by the World Bank that people should be allowed full freedom of movement across borders through the elimination of all passports and immigration laws.
Swami Agnivesh has been closely associated with the Jan Lokpal movement and is often seen campaigning strongly for it.

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August 16, 2011

Anna Hazare arrested ahead of his Fast

Anna Hazare courted arrest after being detained by Delhi Police at his residence in Mayur Vihar ahead of his indefinite fast. Calling for a struggle to fight corruption and change the existing system, social activist Anna Hazare said he will court arrest today if the police does not allow him to reach the venue of his fast. He also appealed to people to go to jail in support of the anti-corruption struggle. 

The Delhi Police detained veteran social activist Anna Hazare ahead of his indefinite fast over the proposed Lokpal Bill. The government went into panic mode yesterday, accusing the Gandhian activist of fudging his trust records and clamping ban orders on the venue of the fast. Arvind Kejriwal, another leader of the movement, has urged citizens to switch off lights in their homes for an hour from 8 pm today.
Anna detained; what next?

"We will go to JP Park tomorrow (Tuesday) for our fast. I have learnt that Section 144 (prohibiting gathering of five or more people) has been imposed. If they (police) refuse to allow us to proceed, we will sit there only. We are ready to go to jail. I appeal to people all over the country that when we go to jail, people in villages should also go to jail," Hazare told mediapersons here.

He said that when the government releases them from jail they will again go on a fast. Hazare said going to jail was not a slur and should not be considered bad.

"There should be a jail bharo (fill the jail) movement in villages," he said.

He urged people to stay non-violent, saying that if they resort to violence the government has the power to crush the agitation.

Hazare had declared that he would go on fast Aug 16 for a strong Lokpal bill.

11.00 am: Team Anna to move Supreme Court against detentions   
Terming the detention of veteran social activist Anna Hazare as totally undemocratic, senior lawyer and member of the committee constituted for the Lokpal Bill, Prashant Bhushan on Tuesday said they will approach the Supreme Court.

"The action showed that the government has no regard for fundamental rights of the citizens. We will move the Supreme Court," said Bhushan. "Time has come to rise up against this government. We appeal to people to protest against the government peacefully," he added.

10.30 am: Demonstrations in Lucknow against Hazare's detention  
People across various age groups and different walks of life held demonstrations in this Uttar Pradesh capital to protest the detention of Gandhian activist Anna Hazare in New Delhi.

10.00 am: Activists fast in Himachal to support Anna 
Several activists began an indefinite hunger strike in Himachal Pradesh's Mandi town to press for a strong anti-corruption Lokpal bill and express solidarity with civil society leader Anna Hazare, who was detained early morning in the national capital.

9.30 am: Manmohan Singh convenes CCPA meet over Hazare's detention
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Tuesday convened an emergency meeting of Cabinet Committee of Political Affairs (CCPA) to discuss the strategy after crackdown on Team Anna. As per reports, Home Minister P Chidambaram is meeting the Prime Minister ahead of the CCPA meet.

9.00 am: BJP condemns Hazare's arrest  
Condemning the arrest of Gandhian activist Anna Hazare, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday said the government would learn its lesson 'the hard way'.

'It is regrettable and condemnable. This government is bent upon crushing anyone who wants to protest against corruption,' BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

8.00 am: Delhi Police arrest Anna Hazare, Kiran Bedi, Kejriwal

On Tuesday morning, over a dozen plain-clothed policemen landed at lawyer Prashant Bhushan's house in Mayur Vihar, where Hazare was staying, and detained the Gandhian activist minutes before he was to set out for Rajghat, from where he had planned to head to the Jai Prakash Narain (JP) Park to begin his fast

courtesy: Yahoo 
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August 9, 2011

Recession & US rating downgrade may hit IT hiring by 1/4th

"Hiring activity in the Indian IT sector, one of the biggest employers in the country, could fall by about one-fourth due to the downgrade of the USA's credit rating and the deepening economic crisis", experts said.

It might take at least 5-6 months for the recruitment activities of the IT sector to gain momentum, they said.

"We are expecting overall almost 26 per cent dip in recruitment in IT industries from first quarter of FY'12. It'll take at least 5-6 months to get momentum in hiring in IT industries," Founder and CEO Rajesh Kumar said.

"Due to the economic crisis in the US, the Indian IT job market is also going to be affected badly. The major reason behind this is cost-cutting in Indian companies' US division. In the near future, Indian IT companies having offices in the US are going to face a surplus in their existing manpower strength," he added.

Echoing a similar view, Info Edge (India) Group President (Finance) and CFO Ambarish Raghuvanshi said, "Recruitment would be lagging in the IT space..."

The US accounts for almost 60 per cent of the revenues of the $60 billion Indian IT industry.

Experts believe that job activity in other industries would be negatively impacted as well.

"Apart from IT, hiring activity in other industries is also going to impacted," Concord HR Works CEO Sekhar Ghotgalkar said.

The reaction comes after the US lost its 'AAA' credit rating for the first time in history, as ratings agency S&P was not convinced with the efforts being made to tackle the country's debt problems. This resulted in a bloodbath in the Indian markets.

Most Indian IT firms agreed that while there are fears of another recession in the US and a debt crisis in Europe, it is still too early to know what is coming.

However, the country's two largest software exporters, Infosys and TCS, remain confident of withstanding another downturn.
"It is too early to say. There are fears of another recession in the US and a debt crisis in Europe," Infosys CEO and MD Kris Gopalakrishnan said. 

The Chief Financial Officer of Washington DC, Natwar Gandhi, who is credited with turning around the financial fortunes of the US capital, on Monday said America needs to borrow more and spend more money in order to stimulate the economy.

He was of the view that though the American economy is weak, it is not headed toward a second recession. 

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June 14, 2011

Speak Asia: An online Scam or Candor

Speak Asia (if an online scam)- Your Money down the Drain......

Speak Asia (if Candor)-Its a boon for SpeakAsians.

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When there's an easy way to earn money, it almost always is or eventually will turn out to be a preposterous scam. It's surprising how people still don't realize it. A (well educated) friend of mine very enthusiastically called me saying he'd signed up for Speak Asia. "You have to pay an upfront fee of Rs 11,000 and you get Rs 4000 every month. All you have to do is answer two surveys a month." Now, that's Rs 48,000 you'll earn in a year for an investment of Rs 11,000; a whooping 336 per cent return for just a few clicks!! For a financial journalist who loves Sherlock Holmes; this scheme had scam written all over it, or shall I say Ponzi written all over it (elementary dear Watson). So I did some bit of sifting through various agency reports on the scheme and rewarding, it was.

For all those who haven't yet read about the investigation by the Headlines Today. Its report reveals that the leading integrated market research agency (Speak Asia) has been peddling a pack of lies. The company claims that it conducted surveys for top MNCs in India. There were reports that during a trade fair in Goa, the company's marketing team had claimed that ICICI, ING Vysya, Bata, Airtel and Nestle were its clients. However when Headlines Today contacted these companies, they refused any business links with Speak Asia.  The future of the company remains in a cloud after the various allegations that have been launched against Speak Asia.

Not surprisingly, most investors in Speak Asia are mainly Indians (we are such a gullible lot, aren't we?) The company claims to be established in Singapore (and some say Malaysia and others still say Indonesia), there seems to be hardly any investors there.

Indian officials, of course, have realized that a quick-buck scheme is RED ALERT, but nothing can be done incase the scheme falls through, most authorities claim.

An MCA official told, that the ministry could do nothing because Speak Asia was not registered in India as a company under the law. The RBI and Sebi have also said they cannot investigate the company.
An RBI spokesperson said that Speak Asia does not come under its purview because it is a marketing-cum-chit fund company and "gives users some kind of service in exchange for money".

A Sebi official said Speak Asia does not come under its regulatory purview because it has issued no securities till date. "This is a marketing company which has just sold a software through its website for a price."
Now, they also have a foolhardy plan so that no one can be pinned by authorities.

Firstly, the company operates on franchisee model so on the face of it you make no direct payments to the company "Speak Asia", instead it's routed through its franchise (bank account) that investment amount further is passed to other investors who are entitled to some per cent of the investments . Sounds complicated? Well, that's the idea!

Now, if you suddenly stop getting your "assured" returns and Indian authorities do probe in to the entire sham; you will find that the company can easily bail themselves out. Why? Well, simply because you haven't made direct payments to Speak Asia as an entity but instead to a franchise that has  only been paid a certain percentage to forward it to the main distributor and who then further passes it on to someone else (yes, that whole complicated routing) . Ergo, the only person you can pin it on to is the investor himself (Surprise, that's you!!). Sadly, you also happen to be the victim of this whole scheme. Long story short, you were just made a BAKRA!!
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June 5, 2011

Baba Ramdev flown to Dehradun on way to Haridwar,Anti-Corruption Fast ends.

Baba Ramdev in Ramleela Maidan Delhi
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev was flown on Sunday from Delhi by a special plane after police swooped down on his hunger strike at the Ramlila Maidan in a mid-night operation. 

Ramdev, who was initially taken to an undisclosed destination from the protest site, was put into an aircraft by Delhi Police from the Palam Airport this morning, officials said. 

On his arrival at the Jolly Grant Airport near Dehradun, Ramdev, who was alone, was received by Uttarakhand government officials, they said. 

"He was alone when he landed. He was received by officials at the airport. He will now proceed to Haridwar where he has an ashram," Dehradun Senior Superintendent of Police G S Martolia said. 

While leaving the airport for his ashram, he refused to speak to media, saying that he will hold a press conference later.

Earlier Midnight ,With talks breaking down, police swooped down on Baba Ramdev a little past midnight and detained him after firing tear gas shells and resorting to lathicharge on his supporters to end his day-old indefinite hunger strike on black money issue.
The dramatic police action came after government and the 46-year-old Yoga Guru had accused each other the previous night of betrayal on mutual assurances.
The drama that broke the midnight calm in the Ramlila Maidan a little after 1 AM unfolded when a large number of police personnel descended at the protest venue where Ramdev was demanding immediate action to bring back black money stashed in foreign tax havens.
After day break, police cleared all the remnants of Baba''s support by evicting his followers from the protest site amidst stiff resistance.
Delhi Police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said Baba Ramdev was detained as he was leaving the site.
Later sources said he was allowed to go out of Delhi and probably he was headed to Haridwar.
Earlier, Home Secretary G K Pillai had maintained that he was not arrested or detained, a point echoed by Delhi Police Commissioner B K Gupta, who also rushed to the spot.
Gupta said there were some security concerns and that the permission for the yoga camp has been cancelled.
He said Ramdev's supporters indulged in stone throwing. Police did not use force except to use some tear gas, he added.
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Delhi Police's midnight action breaks up Baba Ramdev's anti-corruption fast

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev's indefinite mass hunger strike came to an abrupt end just after Saturday midnight as hundreds of policemen swooped down on Ramlila ground here, forcibly removing him and dispersing his restive supporters with tear gas and batons.

In an operation that was meticulously planned, Delhi Police and Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel descended on the protest venue in the heart of the capital, taking by surprise both Ramdev and the mass of his sleeping supporters.

In no time, there was pandemonium as Ramdev tried to evade police.As the crowds became restive at the sprawling ground, Ramdev took up a mike and frantically appealed to his supporters from the stage not to indulge in violence. He also quickly ran into the crowds, perhaps in the hope that police may not take him away.

"Why am I being arrested at night without any information? I appeal to people to maintain calm," Ramdev shouted.

His core supporters and close aides did throw a human ring around him to prevent police from whisking him away. But it did not work.In no time, clashes erupted between security personnel and Ramdev supporters, some of whom armed themselves with iron rods, fire extinguishers and what appeared to be baseball bats.

As some of them hurled stones at police, the security forces hit back viciously. Some 30 people with minor injuries were admitted to a nearby hospital, an official said.A few minor fires erupted on the high stage. The sound system was dismantled. Not only did some policemen throw back the stones hurled at them, but others fired tear gas, choking and blinding hundreds. Men and women, who had been sleeping until an hour ago, fled in different directions.

Amid the confusion, police personnel got on to the stage and pushed away the organisers and others. Those who refused to get off were hit with batons.Quickly, Baba Ramdev -- who enjoys a wide following in north India -- was physically lifted and carried away, further angering his supporters.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said: "It is an attack on democracy. 

"Swami Agnivesh, a leading member of social reformer Anna Hazare's anti-graft movement, distanced himself from Ramdev but termed the police action as "unfortunate".

But the ruling Congress justified the operation against a "thug" who had cheated the nation. "You cannot allow people like Ramdev to run riot in Delhi. He had said he was going to have a yoga shivir but he was trying to agitate people. The administration in its own business is justified. This has been done in public interest," Congress' Digvijay Singh said.

But Ramdev's supporters were angry. "What they have done is disgusting. It is barbarous," thundered a former Indian Navy officer who said he had come from Chandigarh to offer his support to Ramdev's fast against unending corruption and black money stashed abroad by rich Indians.

The midnight police action came just about 14 hours after Ramdev went on his indefinite fast after his talks with senior government ministers failed.Earlier, the government had opened talks with the controversial yoga icon whose demands include immediate steps by the government to bring back huge wealth illegally stashed abroad by rich Indians and tough punishment against those who indulge in graft, among others.
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June 2, 2011

Baba Ramdev will begins fast against corruption from saturday 4th june

Baba Ramdev in Ramleela Maidan Delhi
What Yog Guru Baba Ramdev Wants...
1. Declare Black money stashed abroad as 'National Asset'.
2. There should be a fast track court in every state and verdicts should be delivered within a year.
3. There should be a clause of providing death penalty to the guilty of corruption.

Despite a round of talks with senior United Progressive Alliance ministers, yoga guru Baba Ramdev rejected pleas to call off his planned hunger strike, asserting that he will begin his agitation against corruption and black money from Saturday.

'The agitation from June 4 will spread from Delhi's Ramlila Maidan to 624 districts in the country and, on the first day itself, more than one crore people will fast and participate in the satyagraha,' Ramdev told reporters at Delhi airport.

He was speaking after four central ministers, including Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal, rushed to the airport to hold talks with the yoga guru.
Ramdev said the first round of talks with the government was 'positive', adding that more rounds will take place.

'The talks will continue and the first round of talks has been positive and we have agreed on some issues. But till the time there is complete agreement on all issues, this satyagraha will continue,' he said.

Ramdev said that the movement was not to 'bully anybody'. 'But, our issues are in public and national interest and our fight is not against any person or party. Our motive is not to criticise anyone'.

He said their 'battle was to change the system (which is) 64 years old'. 'It is very tough but we will do it because the brave efforts of crores of people are supporting this movement,' said Ramdev.

The yoga guru said that the main issue was black money, followed by corruption. Apart from a strong and competent Lokpal, we have also talked about a public service delivery guarantee act which should apply to all services provided by the central and state governments, he said.

He urged the government to declare black money stashed abroad as 'national asset'. 'There should be a fast track court in every state and verdicts should be delivered within a year and there should be a clause of providing death penalty to the guilty,' suggested Ramdev.

Anna Hazare will join & support baba ramdev in pune.

The yoga guru added that the government should inspect the record of visits made by Indian nationals to tax havens abroad. 'I have proposed that the list of people who have travelled to tax haven countries in the last 20 years should be investigated physically,' said Ramdev.

'The immigration department can be asked to provide lists of people travelling to the tax haven countries in the last 20 years,' said Ramdev.

He said that while names of Indians travelling to these countries for genuine reasons could be removed from the list, politicians, bureaucrats and certain businessmen who have been going to these countries should be investigated.

Earlier, Sibal said Ramdev raised 'very important' issues during the talks.'We (UPA ministers) met Baba Ramdev just after 1 p.m... the conversation was carried on for almost two and a half hours. During the conversation, Swami Ramdevji raised a broad range of very important and significant national issues,' Sibal said.

'We listened to him. We also prima facie responded to him and we will meet each other and have another dialogue in the next couple of days,' he said.'I am sure that as we are a responsive government, we will take (up) all those issues which were raised and this is all I have to say as of now,' Sibal added.
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April 19, 2011

LOL and OMG officially added to Oxford English Dictionary

LOL refers as , an abbreviation for laughing out loud,or laugh out loud, is a common element of internet slang.  
OMG refers to Oh My God, Oh My Goodness, or Oh My Ghosh
Much to the dismay of language purists the internet slang term LOL has been officially inserted into the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) on March 24, 2011. Their dismay gets converted into horror when they find that giving company to LOL is the internet slang OMG! Love it or loathe it, the official induction of these two initialisms in the 'Bible of Lexicons' Oxford English Dictionary stands as a foolproof proof of overwhelming influence of internet on our lives and on the society in general. Internet enthusiasts are going gaga over this and are viewing this as a 'victory'.
The OED defines LOL as “as an interjection "used chiefly in electronic communications... to draw attention to a joke or humorous statement or to express amusement". The guardians of the dictionary have cited the growing occurrence of LOL and OMG in emails, SMSes, social networking and even in verbal communication as a reason for inducing them in the OED.
Love it or loathe it, "lol" is now a legitimate word in our lexicon, says Graeme Diamond, the OED's principal editor for new words. "The word is common, widespread, and people understand it, he further adds.
Expressions like LOL have become a part of our “internet lives” and needless to mention that internet is a big part of our daily lives. LOL has acquired massive popularity among a section of youngsters who are addicted to the internet. The other day I was a part of a hilarious discussion in an engineering college in Patiala. One of the guys actually said LOL 3-4 times instead of actually laughing when a joke was cracked!
LOL is one of the most widely-used online initialisms. It stands for “laughing out loud”. Other unrelated expansions include the now mostly historical "lots of luck" or "lots of love" used in letter-writing. Back in 1917 LOL stood for a little old lady. Teens in 90s used it as saying “lots of love”. Now it is widely used in electronic communications. People even use it as a token of acknowledgement apart from implying its usual meaning. It was first used on Usenet, an early internet discussion forum. With the advent Yahoo! Messenger, the popularity of LOL soared and now in the age of Facebook, it's all over the internet.
Many believe that such expressions (LOL, ROFL, LMAO et al) have become necessary evils. For them, the word is as exasperating as a power cut during the live broadcast during the final over of a close IPL match. Entry of such words into mainstream English is also being called as infiltration which might pose a threat to the language. There are at least half a dozen anti-LOL groups on Facebook. Even adults have been found mimicking the teen-speak and this is one trend which the purists feel is alarming.
LOL has definitely gained more popularity than its cousins like LMAO, ROFL, BRB, OMG etc. It is a phenomenon on the internet. Here are a few guesses: it's simple to understand, it's subtle, and it can mean something more than just 'funny' and helps us connect better with our friends. Even as the purists continue to frown upon this and go to the extent of predicting literary crises in near future, we should understand that there's nothing much we can do to stop such slangs. The best way out is embrace such additions with open arms as English, much like any other language, subscribes to evolution.
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April 7, 2011

India supports Anna Hazare in real and virtual world,Fast till Death is continue...

Anna Hazare fast unto death..,Anna Hazare against corruption...,Support Anna Hazare........
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Students and stars, retired judges and rights activists, corporates and canny politicians' In a rare consonance of idea and ideal, thousands of Indians joined the chorus for a more stringent law against corruption, a rapidly snowballing movement propelled by reformer Anna Hazare whose fast-unto-death is continue on day1,day2,day3,day4.....

In what has become one of the biggest mass movements in recent times, 72-year-old Hazare's fast at Jantar Mantar in the Indian capital found resonance across the country with thousands more coming forward to join the crusade against corruption - and a stronger, more comprehensive Lokpal (ombudsman) bill to fight corruption in public life.The Manmohan Singh-led government, battling a series of corruption allegations, fought the unexpected onslaught and said it was not averse to civil society's suggestions.

The Lokpal Bill 2010 provides for filing complaints of corruption against the prime minister, ministers and MPs with the ombudsman. However, Hazare says the bill in its present form is toothless and his supporters had drafted a separate Jan Lokpal bill that calls for the Lokpal and Lokayuktas (in states) being independent of government control.According to India Against Corruption, the banner under which the protests are being held, people from 400 cities and towns are participating in the movement - one that Hazare calls a second satyagraha, on the lines of the peaceful protest launched by Mahatma Gandhi against the British.

"This is democracy and we want people's participation in drafting the Lokpal Bill," Hazare told reporters.

The stirring strains of Mahatma Gandhi's favourite hymn "Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram" and the rousing "Vande Mataram" played as people gathered together for the extraordinary protest and made sure politicians stayed out.So, Om Prakash Chautala, Ajit Singh, Madan Lal Khurana and Uma Bharati had to make hasty retreat as protesters said no political party would be allowed to gain mileage from their movement. Similar reports came in from other parts of the country.

"We want representation from civil society in drafting the Lokpal Bill, 50 percent from civil society and 50 percent from the government," said Hazare.

About Anna Hazare..
Anna Hazare
Anna Hazare is one of India's well-acclaimed social activists. A former soldier in the Indian army, Anna is well known and respected for upgrading the ecology and economy of the village of Ralegan Siddhi which is located in the drought prone Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra state. The erstwhile barren village has metamorphosed into a unique model of rural development due to its effective water conservation methods, which made the villagers self-sufficient. Earlier, the same village witnessed alcoholism, utter poverty and migration to urban slums. Inspired by Hazare’s unique approach of salvaging a hopeless village, the state government has implemented the `Model Village’ scheme as part of its official strategy. Hazare is now synonymous with rural development in India.

"The frail Hazare, a former soldier whose work in the drought prone village of Ralegan Siddhi in Maharashtra became a global byword for rural development, said he was fine and good for another 10-12 days.Thousands flocked to Jantar Mantar, a short distance from Parliament House, which became a virtual lodestone for all seeking to right governmental wrongs. The gathering included Magsaysay award winners Medha Patkar, Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi and Sandeep Pandey."

Students and human rights activists in the evening held a candlelight march.Thousands more stepped out of their homes in various states to be counted amongst those in this fight. The word had spread through mouth and also through social networking sites and SMSes.

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*At the Lucknow University, for instance, scores gathered at the Jhulelal Park where three social activists have been fasting since Tuesday.
*In Bangalore, four people were on an indefinite fast as part of the nationwide campaign and scores more joined in a relay hunger strike.
*In what appeared to be a truly pan-India sentiment, ditto was the story in Agra and hundreds of other towns.Even the normally apolitical Bollywood stepped out to pledge its support.
*Film star Aamir Khan wrote to Manmohan Singh asking him to pay "heed to the voice of Hazare"

"I am merely one of many who fully support Hazare, and have come to appreciate that this upright man is willing to sacrifice his life in the fight against corruption."

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