Saturday, April 30, 2011
Friday, April 29, 2011
china's 2G? bullet train scam at $276 billion? laloo, raja: shame -- you didn't think of this? HT @inferno
Subject: The good and bad of Gujarat - Chetan Bhagat
The good and bad of Gujarat
Chetan Bhagat | Apr 24, 2011
Narendra Modi is back in the news. Coincidentally, just last week i
was in Gujarat and became acutely aware of how much emotion one chief
minister can generate. The youth wing of GCCI, an industry body of
Gujarat, had invited me to a felicitation function in Ahmedabad. I
have always felt the dynamism of Gujarat's the various industry
bodies, which run some wonderful youth initiatives such as career
fairs, business plan competitions, mentoring programmes and
entrepreneurship guidance cells. It was a wonderful opportunity to
visit Ahmedabad, a city that inspires me and to which i owe much.
The function was simple enough. A few speakers spoke about Gujarat's
development. The economic numbers were fantastic. The development
model seems to be working at the grassroots level too. While India's
agriculture GDP growth has averaged 2.5% in the last 10 years (with
the government targeting 4%), Gujarat's agriculture grew at a
From: HARAN BR <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, Apr 30, 2011 at 12:12 AM
Subject: Teesta 'lured' me into lying: Best Bakery witness to HC
Thursday, April 28, 2011
From: Friends of Tibet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 5:31 PM
Subject: [FoT] How The Hindu Manipulates PTI News Reports
How The Hindu Manipulates PTI ReportsThe below example shows how a Press Trust of India (PTI) report is being tampered, with the purpose of deception by The Hindu, the national newspaper of India. On April 27, 2011 PTI publishes a story on Lobsang Sangay, the newly elected Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government in Exile in India. The story was republished by major newspapers that are subscribed to the wire-agency. On April 28, 2011, The Hindu publishes the story by adding 'unauthorised' words and sentences to defame the newly-elected Prime Minister and the Government in Exile. Compare the original PTI story with the manipulated report of The Hindu. Friends of Tibet learns that the practice of adding the byline of a wire-agency after the manipulation of an original report is unethical and a breach of agreement between a newspaper and the PTI on publishing rights.
The original Press Trust of India story of April 27, 2011
Lobsang Sangay Next PM of Exiled Tibetan Government
(PTI, April 27, 2011, http://www.ptinews.com/news/1545442_Lobsang-Sangay-next-PM-of-exiled-Tibetan-government)
Dharamsala: Harvard scholar Lobsang Sangay was today elected Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile and would take over the political duties relinquished by spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. 43-year-old Sangay polled 55 per cent votes out of 49189, defeating his nearest rival Tethong Tenzin Namgyal by 8,646 votes, Election Commissioner Jampal Chosang announced here. Sangay is a research fellow at the Harvard Law School. Tethong Tenzin Namgyal, a Stanford scholar, polled 18,405 votes while Tashi Wangdi, the Dalai Lama's representative in Brussels, New York and New Delhi, finished third. The election was held on March 20. 59 per cent votes were cast by the electoral college comprising over 83,000 Tibetans in exile in India, the US, European countries, Bhutan, Nepal, Russia and Japan among others. Apparently under Chinese pressure, voting was not allowed by authorities in Nepal and Bhutan.
The 'edited' Press Trust of India story appeared in The Hindu April 28, 2011 edition
Lobsang Sangay Chosen for Political Work
(The Hindu, April 28, 2011, http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/article1775208.ece)
Harvard scholar Lobsang Sangay was on Wednesday elected "prime minister"
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
He's proposing the use of bacteria which can naturally solidify sand into sandstone in less than a day. This seems to be an intriguing new way of creating robust structures and architecture made of solid rock.
I think that India might make a better candidate to attempt something like this, perhaps in the Thar desert, between Gujarat and Rajasthan. Perhaps a large barrier could be created at the edge of the desert to prevent it from expanding, or else a large enclosure could be created in the desert, to reclaim land for agriculture. It seems like this technology could be a novel way to build interesting and rugged architecture at low cost.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
How did Gujarat Become a Farming Paradise? http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/economy/how-did-gujarat-becomefarming-paradise_447382.html Mar 18, 2010 at 09:23 | Source : Forbes India The onset of summer in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat can be a
frightening prospect. The rocky terrain of low hills and the semi-arid
plains begin to radiate immense heat. Rivers and wells dry up in
tandem. Water shortage looms large and the memory of the severe
drought of 1999-2000 returns to haunt. God bless the man who tries to
indulge in cultivation of crops in these parts. But that’s exactly what hundreds of farmers do several times a year in
the heart of this unfriendly terrain. Wheat, cotton, banana, papaya,
sugarcane, tomatoes and a variety of other crops sprout all over,
erasing forever the cliché of Saurashtra being a parched expanse. Today, one can spot crops that weren’t grown in these parts just four
or five years ago. In Adtala village, farmer Vallabhai Patel, who was
previously cultivating cotton, grows papayas. With a limited supply of
water, he got plentiful yield. In Sarangpur, also in Saurashtra, Swami Arunibhagat is surely a
God-blessed man. A leader of the liberal religious group, Swaminarayan
Movement, he has converted 175 acres of dry land into a lush haven for
sugarcane, tomatoes and genetically modified cotton. He has achieved
record yields that have attracted farmers from more fertile lands to
come and learn how he did it. It almost looks like a miracle wrought
by Lord Hanuman of the famous temple in Sarangpur. ... deleted
Subject: Our farmers are dying, to hell with the World Cup
Our farmers are dying, to hell with the World Cup
Yes, you read it right; to hell with the World Cup; to hell with the
celebrations; to hell with all the free land and money being showered by
different governments on the players. How can I jump, scream, have
gallons of beer
and cheer for the nation when a few kilometres away the farmers and
feeders of my country are taking their own lives in hordes? Do you know that, on average, 47 farmers have been committing suicide
every single day in the past 16 years in our shining India — the next economic
power, progressive with nine per cent growth? Last month, on March 5, Friday evening, when Bangalore's watering holes
were getting filled up, when all the DJs were blaring out deafening music,
when we were busy discussing India's chances at the World Cup, sitting in
CCDs and Baristas — just 100 km away from Bangalore, Swamy Gowda and
Vasanthamma, a young farmer couple, hanged themselves, leaving their
young children to fend for themselves or, most likely, die of malnutrition. ... deleted
(The writer's email is: naren.singh.shekhawat@ gmail.com)
Mr Modi's Miracle: Gujarat Silent Green Revolution is boosing farm output - Business Standard Editorial
From: sanjeev nayyar
|Mr Modi's miracle|
|Gujarat's silent Green Revolution is boosting farm output|
|Business Standard / New Delhi April 22, 2011, 0:00 IST|
Even as the Planning Commission says that India’s desire to hit double-digit economic growth is being constrained, among other things, by the inability of the farm sector to grow at an annual average rate of 4 per cent a year, largely semi-arid Gujarat, with poor agro-ecological endowments, has reported an average growth rate of close to 9 per cent per annum over the past decade. Gujarat’s agricultural performance this past decade has turned out to be as impressive as its performance on the industrial front. What are the secrets of Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s “Gujarat model of farm development”? The twin mantras that seem to have spurred agricultural growth in this drought-prone state are improved diffusion of technology and better utilisation of water, both achieved through extensive and concerted extension services and the pooling of individual, community and official initiatives. These seem to have been followed by essential support services that provide inputs, credit, power and marketing facilities.
Other states, like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Assam, have also performed fairly well on the farm front, but they have a long way to go before they can match Gujarat. The original Green Revolution states in the north-west, on the other hand, have begun to lag behind on agricultural growth owing to laxity in developmental efforts and inadequate attention being paid to the over-exploitation of natural resources, including groundwater. West Bengal, which had a record of good performance in agricultural development, has slipped and is among the poorly performing states, with agricultural growth going down from over 5 per cent in the early 1990s to under 2 per cent in recent years.
stanford: ECO-EVO Lunch on April 19 @ Noon: Deconstructing Conservation: The Riddle of the Ridley in India
From: Sangeeta Mediratta
EcoEvo Lunches are an informal venue for students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, and visiting scholars to share research and ideas over a complimentary lunch. This event with Kartik Shanker will be held at noon in the Twitty Room (Herrin Labs, Rm. 423). Further directions are available at:
Deconstructing Conservation: The Riddle of the Ridley in India
Olive ridley sea turtles nest en masse at a few sites in the world, including Pacific Central America, and Orissa on the east coast of India. More than a hundred thousand turtles nest at these beaches each year, but several tens of thousands are also killed in mechanised fisheries, while habitats are degraded by coastal development. Alongside the various threats that have affected this population over the past three decades, there has been a slew of research and a suite of conservation responses and actions. Here, I examine three important questions about conservation using the sea turtle conservation scenario in Orissa, India: (a) what is the ontogeny of conflict (b) does biology inform conservation (c) do flagships help conservation and (d) who are conservation partners?
First, I trace the history of conflict in Orissa, and provide a contemporary socio-ecological view of the conflict between sea turtles and fishing communities. In order to examine the second question, I document the conservation biological research in Orissa over the last three decades and compare this to the threats to examine if and how the research assists conservation and management. Third, I examine the implementation of conservation in Orissa using sea turtles as a flagship. Finally, I dissect the conservation actors – including the State, international organisations such as IUCN, Greenpeace and WWF, and several national and local conservation groups – in the state to examine their roles in alleviating or aggravating conservation and conflict. Here, I will ask: do all the players (the state, conservationists, corporations, academics, fishers) intentionally or institutionally continue to pursue agendas and strategies that are geared to helping themselves regardless of whether it helps conservation in the long run?
Kartik Shanker is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Founder Trustee of Dakshin Foundation. He works on the distribution of diversity at various levels of organisation, from genes to ecosystems, and at various scales from local communities to macroecological regional scales. His group focuses on the community ecology and biogeography of amphibians, reptiles, birds and small mammals, as well as coastal and marine fauna.
Kartik also works on the biology and conservation of sea turtles, and has ongoing projects on olive ridley turtles in Orissa, and leatherback turtles in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He has worked on sea turtle conservation in Orissa for the last decade. He has been conducting research on the ontogeny of conflict in marine systems, using socio-ecological and political ecology frameworks. He has also been involved in establishing networks for marine conservation in India. He is the editor of Conservation and Society, Current Conservation and Indian Ocean Turtle Newsletter.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
easter special: yet another jesus 'relic' is a hoax. HT @inferno that there are NO relics suggests jesus story is a myth
han cops beat old tibetan monk and nun to death HT @san http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/24/world/asia/24tibet.html?_r=1
From: Sangeeta Mediratta <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, Apr 23, 2011 at 10:47 PM
Subject: Fwd: Stanford India Biodesign 2012 Fellowships
We are pleased to announce that the application process is open for the 2012 Stanford-India Biodesign (SIB) Fellowship. The goal of this programme, launched in 2007, is to train the next generation of biomedical technology innovators in India. This highly competitive programme is directed to Indian citizens
> who have an interest in the invention and
> early-stage development of new biomedical technologies.
> The SIB Fellowship Programme is centred at Stanford and in New Delhi and administered as a collaboration between Stanford University, the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in partnership with the Indo-US Science & Technology Forum (IUSSTF).
> Fellows receive tuition, stipend support, and international travel arrangements. Over the course of the 1 year fellowship, approximately half of the fellows’ time will be spent at Stanford University and the other half in India. Fellows work in a multidisciplinary team joining other innovators with a combination of engineering, medical and business backgrounds. Preference will be given to applicants with significant work experience.
> The fellowship application deadline is May 23rd, 2011. Select applicants will be interviewed in Delhi. The fellowship starts at Stanford in January 2012.
> A detailed programme description and fellowship application are available at the Stanford Biodesign Programme website:
> http://biodesign.stanford.edu/bdn/india A webinar conducted by the faculty and current fellows will
> conducted May 5 at 8pm IST. Details will be available on the Stanford Biodesign Programme website.
looks like the People's Daily is caught up in a war within. It would be a laugh riot to see Sid V be the editor - is he still a US citizen by the way? ... I can already see the fiery edits - protecting the Christian 'church' on the on the one hand - and the 'people's' republic of xinhua on the other....
...what a fall .....
...interesting that the Hoot should publish this - Sevanti Ninan (who I think runs the web site) writes columns for the People's Daily....
Friday, April 22, 2011
The Union Law minister, Veerappa Oily also declared with alacrity that the entire legal framework pertinent to sedition needs re-evaluation, in light of the manipulated judicial verdict exonerating the poster boy of "CIVIL SOCIETY"!!!
The confidence of "Binayak" Sen, Susan "Arundhati" Roy et al is not surprising, given that the global church has thrown its weight behind them.
The christist neo-converts in South Korea have gleefully announced a prize for their agent in India. Read this note in the TOIlet paper carefully. The Korean prize was instituted in 2000, the year Christist Pope John Paul declared, on Indian soil - his intent to plant the cross in Asia and bring the continent under the church's dominion.
The very first recipient of the award - a Christist "CIVIL SOCIETY" activist in Indonesia, who was instrumental in carving out a new Christian country in the new millenium - East Timor was "liberated" for Christ with Western aid.
There are have also been murmurs about the second awardee, Aung San Suu Kyi of
Burma and her Western/Christist links.
Binayak Sen gets Korean human prize for Christian activism
Apr 22, 2011, 05.18pm IST PTI
NEW DELHI: Civil rights activist Binayak Sen, recently freed on bail by the Supreme Court in a sedition case, has been honoured with the 2011 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights, South Korea's most prestigious award for those working on peace, democracy and justice in Asia.
The award was announced yesterday by 2011 Gwangju Prize Committee in Seoul.
The prize, which carries a sum of USD 50,000 is awarded each year on May 18 -- on the anniversary of the May 1980 Gwangju democratic uprising -- to a person or organisation who has made significant contributions in the field of human rights and democracy.
"Dr Sen, as an accomplished medical practitioner has distinguished himself by his devotion to providing health services for the poor and by his strong advocacy against human rights violations and structural violence inflicted on the poor," the award jury said in a statement on the website of May 18 Memorial Foundation.
"He has also been active in the People's Union for Civil Liberties documenting human rights violations occurring during the anti-Naxalite conflict," it said.
The jury this year received 32 nominations from countries all around Asia. Xanana Gusmao, the leader of the East Timore struggle for independence was the first awardee of the Gwangju Prize when it was launched in 2000, while Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi won it in 2004. Irom Sharmila, the Manipuri human rights activist, is the previous Indian winner of the Gwangju Prize.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Scenes of the PSLV-C16 before its launch:
Here's also a little video I found, produced by GOI on Chandrayaan:
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
not newsworthy for #chormedia: Prime witness was ‘coerced’ by Teesta, who should be made lokpal, yeah
As usual no other "" ( anti) National newspapers "" have reported this
April 20, 2011 9:13:48 AM
Navin Upadhyay | New Delhi
The prime witness in the Best Bakery case was “manipulated” and “coerced” to give false evidence before the trial court in Mumbai. This startling disclosure has emerged from an affidavit sent to the Chief Justice of Bombay High Court on June 17, 2010 by Sheikh Yasmeen Banu, whose father-in-law Habibulla owned the ill-fated Best Bakery. Yasmeen’s husband Nafitulla was injured when rioters set Best Bakery ablaze. Nafitulla later died due to illness. In all, 14 persons were killed in the blaze.
In her affidavit dated June 17, 2010, Yasmeen, whose eyewitness account of the carnage played a crucial role in the conviction of the alleged accused persons stated that her deposition before the trial court was made under duress and she regretted that the innocent persons have been convicted on the basis of her testimony. She has implicated social activist Teesta Setalvad for her “fabricated deposition.”
Yasmeen stated that after the carnage she went to her parents’ home at Chhotaudepur along with her maternal uncle. After sometime, she went to Baroda along with her daughter and mother and started living in Best Bakery house after getting it repaired.
That is when Yasmeen was approached by Setalvad’s trusted right-hand man Rais Khan. Incidentally, Khan has separately accused Setalvad of fabricating the affidavits of the riot witnesses.
Yasmeen stated that one day, Rais Khan, who is associated with Teesta Setalvad, visited her along with local Muslim leaders and said that there was a danger to her (Yasmeen) life here and she must come to Mumbai where Best Bakery case was contested. “Rais Khan connected me to Teesta Setalvad from his cell phone. Teesta Setalvad also persuaded me to come to Mumbai along with him and promised me to help from every point of view,” Yasmeen said.
Yasmeen said she and her mother were forced and threatened, even assured by Rais Khan that he and Teesta Setalvad will fulfill all her needs throughout her life.
“After getting assurances from Muslim leaders, Rais Khan and Teesta Setalvad, I along with mother and my daughter left for Mumbai with Rais Khan by locking my house and leaving all the household articles there, which I brought from my widow mother’s house from Chhotaudepur.”
In Mumbai, Yasmeen was kept at Ashok Guest House in Bhindi Bazaar for one month. Yasmeen said Rais Khan daily took her to Setalvad’s house at Nirant Bungalow, Juhu Tara Road, Santacruz (West), Mumbai, which is her office also. “Teesta Setalvad used to explain to me about the case there. From there she used to take me to the office of Public Prosecutor Manjula Rao and thereafter she used to drop me at the guest house,” she points out.
She further added that during this period, she was paid by Teesta through her staff Dhyansingh and Pradip. Yasmeen was kept for 11 months in Room No. 102, at Mariam Apartment, Ismile Katre Road, Bhindi Bazaar.
Indicating that all the witnesses were kept under Setalvad’s supervision, Yasmeen said when she was shifted there, the same day other witnesses of the Best Bakery case, namely Taufel, Rais, Shezad, Selon, Ashraf, Shahjahan, Zahira Sheikh and her grandmother also came to stay there.
“Rais Khan and Teesta Setalvad kept strict observation on the flat in which we were residing, we were not able to go out and no one was allowed to meet us. Neither were we having mobile nor were we allowed to talk to anybody, even if we requested. We were not permitted to open the window of the room. Dhyansingh or sometimes Pradip, working in the office of Teesta Setalvad, used to stay for 24 hours there. They used to fulfill our requirements as well as keeping watch on us,” Yasmeen states and adds whosoever was called for deposition in the court used to leave the house and did not return.
Yasmeen said the witnesses were kept in a Government guest house during the period of deposition. “They used to get mobile phone from Teesta’s men in which outgoing calls were barred. Teesta used to explain on mobile on what they have to depose,” she said.
She revealed that Public Prosecutor Manjula Rao where Teesta Setalvad used to be present “everybody was tutored what to speak against whom in the court.”
Claiming that the depositions, which she gave against the persons, on the advice of these people, were unknown to her, Yasmeen said Teesta, Manjula Rao and Rais Khan used to take the witnesses to show their (accused) photographs to her on computers to identify them.
“She took my signatures on a few papers about which she (Yasmeen) had no knowledge,” Yasmeen said, adding that Rais Khan and Teesta Setalvad visited them till the trial continued and assured them that they will fulfill all commitments made to them after the completion of the deposition. Yasmeen was sent to Ahmedabad after the trial and was kept in a house for four months in Shaper Mill Compound.
“I was removed from the house the very next day of the pronouncement of judgement. I came to know that in the name of Best Bakery Case and for arranging deposition of persons like us, Teesta has collected lakhs of rupees and nothing was given to us,” she said.
With nowhere to go, Yasmeen returned to her uncle’s house. The Best Bakery was now out of her reach because her husband’s second wife lived there. After her maternal uncle refused to support her, some people took pity and contributed money to buy her a hut. Her misery did not end. She re-married, got pregnant and was then dumped by her husband. Yasmeen now lives with her mother and two children.
Accusing Rais Khan and Teesta Setalvad of cheating her, Yasmeen said, “By giving false deposition in this case, I have not only lost my ancestral property Best Bakery, which was in my possession and where I started leaving and earning my livelihood, but also on the basis of false assurances, so many innocent persons got convicted. Because of this, I am feeling guilty and probably due to this reason I am leading poor and sorrowful life. I always repent why I did the wrong thing on the advice of a person like Teesta.”
She added that since the judgement of the Best Bakery Case has been delivered on the basis of false testimonies, due to this reason her affidavit be treated as a petition, and the case be re-heard so that now no poor person can be bribed and misled by such people and no innocent person is wrongly punished and “the persons like Teesta Setalvad and Rais Khan be tried as per law, who by misleading and bribing poor, weak and unsupported persons like us, are managing false testimonies.”
Yasmeen sent this affidavit by post in June’2010 not only to the Chief Justice of Bombay High Court, but to Chief Justice of India, Chairman NHRC and Director General of Police, Gujarat. But, despite passing of 10 months no action has been taken against Teesta Setalvad and Rais Khan.
performing monkeys want more. 5 cr, not 1 cr for 'winning' fixed cricket tourney. http://cricket.zeenews.com/fullstory.aspx?nid=37788