Friday, November 30, 2012

Soft Drink - Prostate Cancer Link

Just a single sugary soft drink per day may raise a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer by 40%, according to a 15-year study. The study compared the dietary habits of the men who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer with those who remained healthy and found a clear link between sugary drinks and the disease. 
Experts believe that sugar triggers the release of the hormone insulin, which feeds tumours. Previous research has flagged up heart attacks, diabetes, weight gain, brittle bones, pancreatic cancer, muscle weakness and paralysis as potential risks. 
Deccan Herald: One soft drink daily ups risk of prostate cancer by 40 pc

Article: 10 'Innocence of Muslims' participants sentenced to death in Egypt

Article: Tension high in Cairo after mass protests | guy fawkes masks in tahrir square

Gujral doctrine lives on

The pernicious doctrine of unilateral concessions to an implacably hostile and unrelenting enemy, unfortunately
will live on - until the mindset of
pseudo liberalism is alive.

Manmohan Singh himself
personifies the "Gujral doctrine" and perhaps is a better exponent of it than the original.

Sort of like the devastating AK-47 exceeding the Kalashnikov in
performance. "Man of Peace" indeed.

http://m.rediff.com/news/report/scholar-statesman-gujral-was-a-man-of-peace-pm/20121130.htm


Thursday, November 29, 2012

CBI as a Kaangress Tool

In 2011, C. Sivasankaran, former owner of telecom operator Aircel, alleged that the Marans had arm-twisted him into selling his stake in Aircel to Maxis, a firm based in Malaysia, in 2006. According to Sivasankaran, they received Rs547 crore as kickback for their role in the takeover. A top CBI source, who has been privy to the investigation from the beginning, told THE WEEK: The CBI is not taking it up. The case was not even listed for several months. There had been lots of pulls and pressures on the CBI from all sides

Apart from the Aircel-Maxis deal, the CBI is also investigating the allocation of 323 ISDN lines to Dayanidhi's residence during his tenure as telecom minister. It is alleged that the high-capacity BSNL telecom lines, capable of carrying huge data and thus facilitating faster television transmission, were used by Sun TV Network for free. The connections, which were registered in the name of a BSNL general manager, connected Dayanidhi's Boat Club residence with the Sun TV office. According to the CBI, this virtual exchange was programmed in such a way that no one, except “authorised BSNL staff”, was aware of its existence. Top CBI sources said there was pressure on the agency to prevent it from filing an FIR in the case.
The week: High noon

Ron Paul's Congressional Farewell Speech

http://www.infowars.com/ron-pauls-farewell-to-congress-speech-transcript/

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Internet Teachers Become Superstars

Although Video Killed the Radio Star, the new sprouting universe of online education is turning some teachers into superstars of their own:

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/506381/the-new-internet-teaching-stars/

Somehow I think Bollyweird may try to cash in on this.

Epileptic Bollywood Shocks Polish Guy

"The India I had in mind was entirely different from the India I saw. I thought India was a spiritual country. I became a poet after reading Rabindranath Tagore, when I was in college. But when I came here and saw the cultural expressions like cinema, I felt miserable. People in those films were behaving as if they have delirious convulsions. In the name of dancing, the people are seen behaving as if under the grip of a convulsive disease."
ToI: India shocks Polish director

Article: Politics and religion

Partisan pastors

IN RESPONSE to my post last week calling out Marco Rubio for equivocating on the age of the Earth, many of you noted that Barack Obama gave a similarly elusive answer when asked about the origin of the universe in 2008. So politicians will be politicians, the calmer amongst you...

http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2012/11/politics-and-religion

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Article: My Secretary of State, says friedman

President Obama is assembling his new national security team, with Senator John Kerry possibly heading for the Pentagon and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice the perceived front-runner to become secretary of state. Kerry is an excellent choice for defense. I don’t know Rice at all, so I have no opinion ...

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/28/opinion/friedman-my-secretary-of-state.html

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Article: Coming Soon: An Entitlement University Named After a Mass Murderer

This man has caused great loss not only to the Muslim community but to the entire society. He may be occupying a very high office, but we will not spare him. He has committed grave and deliberate mistakes. I have ordered a detailed inquiry into the bank’s functioning.

This is how Mumtaz Ali Kha...

http://www.sandeepweb.com/2012/11/27/coming-soon-an-entitlement-university-named-after-a-mass-murderer/

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Article: 10 'Innocence of Muslims' participants sentenced to death in Egypt

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Blackmail as a Kaangress Weapon

The reasons for Karunanidhi’s doing back-flips to explain his political fecklessnes – in opposing the proposal for FDI in retail and yet voting for it – aren’t hard to trace. His daughter Kanimozhi is still undergoing trial in the 2G scam cases, and to the extent that the Congress is still  the puppet master that yanks the CBI’s strings, it still determines the DMK’s political destiny.
Like Karunanidhi, Mulayam Singh too is susceptible to political blackmail – to the extent that he too faces charges of having acquired assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. The Congress has the capacity to abuse its power and taint him – or allow him to walk free.
Venky Vembu: From FDI in retail to corruption, secularism is an invisibility cloak

Justice for Captain Saurabh Kalia?

The most inhuman and unspeakable torture was inflicted on this martyr and his fellow soldiers for 22 days before finally being killed.

Captain Saurabh Kalia must have been only 23 years old when he made the supreme sacrifice for the nation.

Are our shameless politicians and chattering classes worthy of such sacrifices?

I'm not sure going to the International court of justice will achieve anything, if the goal is to compel Pakistan to discipline its Jihadi soldiers. Pakistan and its army are only emulating the tenets of Jihad enunciated in the Sharia law and the brutal traditions exemplified throughout the history of Jihadi expansionism in "infidel" lands.

The bestial torture of Captain Saurabh Kalia ranks with the torture of Sambhaji (son of Chattrapati Shivaji), Guru Gobind Singh, Guru Tegh Bahadur, Banda Bairagi, Prithviraj Chauhan and countless other martyrs of the heroic Hindu resistance to Jihad
over the aeons.

Pakistan needs to be punished severely for this atrocity. Dr. Kalia's inititive needs to be supported because it reminds us
of Captain Saurabh Kalia's sacrifice and re-awakens our sleeping populace to the dangers of mindless gestures of "Cricket diplomacy", Delhi-Lahore bus yatras etc.

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/father-of-kargil-martyr-captain-saurabh-kalia-torture-pakistan-custody/1/235023.html



Holy Cow, There's a Hindu in Congress! - The Huffington Post | I can think of another animal analogy for the author

#women's #rights in #kerala: minor raped for 2 years by brother, father, uncle. Similarly raped sister killed herself

Hindus in kerala light kartika lamps tonight

Article: 10 of the world’s unsung places | includes gujarat

Monday, November 26, 2012

#Mumbai #Attacks: Four Years Later | Bruce reidel says #let #isi nexus still as strong as ever, adds al qaeda to mix

Was 'Indian innovation' Aakash 2 tablet made in China? | of course, it is a fake

Three more self-immolations, protests reported in western China | #human #rights of #tibetans

Article: Mumbai's Leopold Cafe waiters 'forced out of job'

Article: Cambridge University starts Doomwatch unit, hires Skype co-founder to fight the future

16 killed from toxic cough syrup in Pakistan

BBC News - French minister threatens to expel Arcelor Mittal

http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20496780

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yet another brit, this one boris johnson, salivates over indian market. nation of shopkeepers jai ho.

these guys know that their economy is dying, and has no core competence any more. they will pee their pants to get some sales in india. and as he admits, the eurozone is not in great shape either.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Hindu Help Line announces Medical & Legal Aid Schemes for the Poor

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Subject: Hindu Help Line announces Medical & Legal Aid Schemes for the Poor
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Hindu Help Line announces Medical & Legal Aid Schemes for the Poor

All India Mid-Term Meeting of Hindu Help Line in Pune

Pune, November 25, 2012

Conveners, Coordinators & Representatives of Hindu Help Line from over
25 states & many districts of Bharat including the HHL Call Center
gathered in Pune for a one day meeting in Ashwamedh Hall at Kothrud
Pune. The meeting was presided over by VHP International Working
President Dr Pravin Togadia & organized by HHL National President
Ranjeet Natu.

While reviewing the Hindu Help Line (HHL) work since the launch in
2010 & announcing effective schemes for helping patients & their
relatives in Govt hospitals all over Bharat, Dr Togadia said, "Health
sector remains ignored when it comes to actual help to patients as
well as their relatives. If a patient is admitted in a hospital in a
town or a city away from the village / home, then at least one or two
of his / her relatives have to accompany the patient. It becomes
difficult for them to manage their own stay & food while the patient
is being taken care of by the hospital. Hindu Help Line in its meeting
in Indore recently had announced the Annapoorna Tiffin Service for the
relatives of the patients. As a follow up of it, now the total
Dhanvantari Hospital Scheme has been introduced."

The salient features of Dhanvantari Hospital Scheme :

1.    Under the DHS, in Govt Dist hospitals Hindu Help Line will
arrange for the Tiffin for the relatives of the patients as well as
fruits for the patients. This will be done with the help of kind
Hindus in Bharat.

2.    Every 6 Months Hindu Help Line in the districts all Bharat will
hold Dhanvantari Medical Camps followed by proper treatment plan.

3.    Dadhichi Blood Donation Camps scheme which started last year has
got excellent response & since then over 33,000 needy patients were
given blood all over Bharat.

HHL Legal Aid:

Apart from the medical help by Hindu Help Line, there has been a
growing demand for the Legal Help. Considering this, Hindu Help Line
has set up the Hindu Advocates Forum. The HAF will look into the legal
aid to the poor. The set up for this will be daily 1 Hour free legal
aid center initially at every district & later in as many towns &
villages possible. This way, Hindus will get legal help from the best
legal brains nationally wherever the case may be."

Ajit ji Gadgil & Sudhir ji Gadgil from Sangli (Maharashtra) - both
known for their business acumen as well as philanthropic commitment
were present in the meeting.

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Contact:  <mailto:contacthhl@gmail.com> contacthhl@gmail.com

Hindu Help Line All India 24 X 7 Numbers: 020 -66803300 and 075886
82181

Maintaining a power balance in Asia by Brahma C in Japan Times

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India must continue to strengthen business and cultural relations with Japan. During a recent visit to Mayavati Ashram in Uttaranchal (Swami Vivekananda spent 15 days there in Jan 1901) met a number of Japanese. About 15 Japs spent 10 days meditating there and left days before I reached. In Bodh Gaya and Rajgir too met a number of Japanese.
 
The 900 year old Sanjusangen-do Zen temple in Kyoto is a Harmonious blend of Hinduism, Buddhism and Shinto strains in Japan. To read art by sanjay rao http://www.esamskriti.com/essay-chapters/Harmonious-blend-of-Hinduism,-Buddhism-and-Shinto-strains-in-Japan-1.aspx
 
 

At a time when Asia’s power dynamics remain fluid, with new military capabilities and resurgent border disputes challenging regional stability, U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are embarking on separate Asian tours that culminate with their participation in the East Asia Summit meeting in Phnom Penh. Singh’s Tokyo visit seeks to cement a rapidly growing relationship between Japan and India — two natural allies — while Obama’s historic visit to Myanmar promises to aid India’s “Look East” policy by marking a formal end to a 24-year U.S. policy of punitively isolating a country that is the Indian gateway to Southeast Asia.

By undertaking an Asian tour shortly after his re-election, Obama has signaled that Asia will move up in importance in his second-term agenda. His previously announced “pivot” toward Asia actually chimes with India’s “Look East” policy, which has graduated to an “Act East” policy, with the original economic logic of “Look East” giving way to a geopolitical logic.

The thrust of the new “Act East” policy — unveiled with the United States’ blessings — is to contribute to building a stable balance of power in Asia by re-establishing India’s historically close ties with countries to its east. India, in fact, has little choice but to look east because when it looks west, it sees only trouble. The entire belt to India’s west from Pakistan to Syria is a contiguous arc of instability, volatility and extremism. A “Look East” policy allows India to join the economic dynamism that characterizes Southeast and East Asia.

It is in the east again that Indian and U.S. interests now converge significantly. The fundamental shift in the U.S. policy on Myanmar eliminates an important constraint on India’s closer engagement with continental Southeast Asia.

India’s new strategic ties with countries as varied as Japan, Australia, Indonesia, South Korea and Vietnam are important moves on the grand Asian chessboard to increase its geopolitical leeway. The U.S., for its part, has strengthened and expanded its security arrangements in Asia in recent years by making the most of the growing regional concerns over China’s increasingly muscular approach on territorial and maritime disputes.

Both the U.S. and India have deepened their ties with Japan, which has a $5.5 trillion economy, impressive high-technology skills and Asia’s largest naval fleet. The first serious Japan-India naval exercise was held five months ago involving a search-and-rescue operation.

India and Japan, despite their messy domestic politics and endemic scandals, actually boast the fastest-growing bilateral relationship in Asia today. Since they unveiled a “strategic and global partnership” in 2006, their engagement has grown dramatically. A free-trade agreement between the two countries entered into force last year. Their 2008 security declaration was modeled on Japan’s 2007 defense-cooperation accord with Australia — the only other country with which Japan, a U.S. military ally, has a security-cooperation arrangement. The India-Japan security declaration, in turn, spawned a similar India-Australia accord in 2009.

Singh’s Tokyo visit will likely set the stage for building closer bilateral security cooperation in the wider Indo-Pacific region, marked by the confluence of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. At a time when India is reflecting on the lessons of its rout by the invading Chinese forces 50 years ago — the only foreign war communist China has won — Japan has been concerned by a new war of attrition China has launched by sending patrol ships daily to the waters around the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands group that Beijing claims.

This physical assertiveness, which coincidentally began around the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Chinese military attack on India, followed often violent anti-Japanese protests in China in September and a continuing informal boycott of Japanese goods that has led to a sharp fall in Japan’s exports.

India and Japan are set to sign a formal agreement for the joint development of rare-earth minerals in India. This will be the latest of several such international agreements since China used its monopoly on rare-earths production to cut off such exports to Japan and restrict sales to Western countries in 2010, prompting the U.S., the European Union and Japan to file a World Trade Organization complaint alleging that Beijing was using that monopoly as a weapon. Thanks to the various new agreements, production of these critical minerals is expanding at plants outside China, undercutting the Chinese monopoly.

At a time when Asia is troubled by growing security challenges, trilateral U.S.-India-Japan security consultations and cooperation are also taking place. These three democratic powers recently held their third round of security consultations in New Delhi, after similar meetings earlier in Washington and Tokyo.

These consultations are just one sign of their shift from emphasizing shared values to seeking to trilaterally protect shared interests. Their trilateral cooperation could lead to trilateral coordination, with a potentially positive impact on Asian security and stability.

The U.S. has conducted more joint defense exercises with India than with any other country. Japan has twice joined the annual U.S.-India Malabar naval exercises, and may do so again next year. U.S. defense sales to India, meanwhile, are booming, with America emerging as the largest arms seller to India. But now Japan could bag its first defense contract with India: In response to the Indian Navy’s global request for information for nine amphibious search-and-rescue aircraft, Japan has offered to sell its ShinMaywa US-2, which can land on and take off from water.

More broadly, the nascent trilateral security cooperation may signal moves to form an entente among the three leading democracies of the Asia-Pacific, along the lines of the pre-World War I Franco-British-Russian “Triple Entente,” which was designed to meet the challenge posed by the rise of an increasingly assertive Germany. The present steps, however, are still tentative, and meaningful trilateral security collaboration can emerge only in response to important shifts in the U.S., Japanese and Indian strategic policies, including a readiness to build trilateral military interoperability.

Such an entente’s geopolitical utility, however, is likely to transcend its military value. A geopolitical entente, for example, can help strengthen maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region — the world’s leading trade and energy seaway — and contribute to building a stable Asian power equilibrium.

A fast-rising Asia has become the defining fulcrum of global geopolitical change. Asian policies and challenges now help to shape the international security and economic environment. Yet Asia, paradoxically, is bearing the greatest impact of such shifts, as underscored by the resurgence of Cold War-era territorial and maritime disputes.

A constellation of powers linked by interlocking bilateral, trilateral, and possibly even quadrilateral strategic cooperation has thus become critical to help institute power stability in Asia and to ensure a peaceful maritime domain, including unimpeded freedom of navigation.

Brahma Chellaney is the author of Water: Asia’s New Battlefield (Georgetown University Press, 2011), which won the 2012 Bernard Schwartz Award.

The Japan Times: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. (C) All rights reserved

 
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8 reasons why Kasab was hanged by sanjeev nayyar in Firstpost

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At about 7.30 am on 21 November, a friend messaged this writer on Skype to say that Ajmal Kasab was hanged. Like many fellow Indians, I was surprised. Why did the government hang Kasab now? This article attempts to answers the question. There are eight possible reasons for it.

One, the government has realised that Pakistan will never convict those responsible for the 26/11 terror attacks. With the fourth anniversary of those attacks approaching, there could have been a strong public outcry against the government for lack of tough action against Pakistan and the failure to hang Kasab. With Parliament in session, the Opposition would have had one more stick to beat the government with. No longer!

Two, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s policy of improving relations with Pakistan at any cost has drawn criticism even from within the Congress party, who are aware of the political fallout. Kasab’s execution disarms critics who cannot now argue that the government is soft on Pakistan. This also paves the way for Singh to announce a fresh set of concessions to Pakistan on the premise that promoting peace in the sub-continent is in the country’s best interests. Visits to Pakistan by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal must be viewed in this context. Actually, the deeper intent behind the PM’s peace moves is to secure peace for Punjab, and this arises out of the belief that his home state suffered the maximum during every Indo-Pak war.

Three, for the last couple of years the Congress has been on the defensive on account of  the Commonwealth Games scam, the 2G scam, appointment of a tainted CVC, policy inaction, Coalgate, Vadragate, and the takeover of Associated Journals by the Gandhi family, among other things. The strategy changed with the announcement of FDI in retail. Congress has now decided to take ‘decisions’ and set the national agenda. The execution of Kasab was one such decision. Thus, it cannot be accused of policy paralysis.

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In 2007, the delay in hanging Afzal Guru was one of the key reasons why Congress lost the Gujarat election. By hanging Kasab, Congress has denied Modi a similar opportunity in 2012. AP

Four, the outpouring of affection for Maharashtra’s Tiger Balasaheb Thackeray and the huge crowds at his cremation unnerved the state Congress leadership. Something needed to be done to take away public and media attention from the Tiger. What better way than to execute Kasab, a man who killed many a Marathi manoos? This pre-empts any move by the Thackeray brothers to occupy the nationalist space.

Five, in 2007, the delay in hanging Afzal Guru, convicted for the 2001 Parliament attacks, was one of the key reasons why Congress lost the Gujarat election. By hanging Kasab, the Congress has denied Narendra Modi a similar opportunity in 2012. This is in line with its strategy of claiming that Indian Muslims are not involved in terrorist activities; it is Pakistan that has made the export of terror an instrument of state policy. This is a message for Indian Muslims whose votes are critical if Congress is to be re-elected in 2014.

Six, as Firstpost noted, “It’s a rather strange coincidence that the much-celebrated execution of Kasab…comes just a day after the UN General Assembly adopted a draft resolution against the death penalty”. If the government is compelled by international pressure to vote against the death penalty, failure to execute Kasab would be the UPA’s biggest election gift to the BJP. Now it can avoid executing the rest of the convicts on Death Row and say it was to comply with international sentiment.

Seven, high inflation and interest rates have made life difficult for the lower and middle classes, not to forget the poor. The public is seething in anger. By playing the Kasab execution card, the government is hoping that nationalist fervour will suppress the anger.

Lastly, the Congress wants to appropriate the nationalist plank that has been the preserve of the BJP so far. Kasab’s execution is a step to reclaiming that space.

However, while the execution is a sign that the Congress is trying to seize the political initiative, it does not mean the party is seriously concerned about tackling terror. Let us look at a few examples.

The 2003 Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar blasts killed 52 people. According to a Hindu report dated 10 February 2012, “a division bench of Justices AM Khanvilkar and PD Kode confirmed the death penalty on Ashrat Shafiq Ansari (34), Mohammad Hanif Abdul Rahim Sayyed (46) and his wife Fahmida Sayyed (43).” Have these three been executed?

The 2006 Mumbai train bombings killed 209 people — even more than the 26/11 terror attacks. Over six years later, the trial is still going on. 

If the Congress-NCP combine in Maharashtra was serious about fighting terror, Maharashtra’s Home Minister RR Patil, who was fired after 26/11, would not have been re-appointed after the alliance won the 2009 state elections.

Have those responsible for the 2007 Varanasi blasts (2 dead), the 2008 blasts in Jaipur (63 dead), the Ahmedabad blasts (50 dead), the Delhi blasts (30 dead), and the Guwahati blasts (83 dead) — not to forget many others — been convicted?

The public celebrations after Kasab’s execution have once again reinforced the theory in the minds of the Indian public that Pakistan is enemy number one. That might have been the case till the late 1990s, but India has moved far ahead thereafter. By making Pakistan enemy number one we are according it a status that it is not worthy of.

The biggest threats to India come from China, from the lack of energy security, unabated infiltration from Bangladesh that is changing demographics in some parts of the country, lower economic growth, and the impending fiscal crisis of the government. But the government continues to either remain in denial or is merely tinkering with these real issues.

The author is a national affairs analyst and founder of www.esamskriti.com

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Blow to Modi; Projected to win just 124 of 184 seats

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http://www.business-standard.com/generalnews/ians/news/abp-news−ac-nielsen-opinion-poll-predicts-modi-win/83430/

Fwd: In midnight drama, two AI crew members were held under IT Act by meena menon HINDU



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Did the arrest of two AI employees create such an uproar as the arrest of the 2 young ladies from Palghar last week? 
 
In midnight drama, two AI crew members were held under IT Act  by meena menon 24/11/2012
 

While the recent arrest of two young women from Palghar grabbed media attention, what was not so well known was the case of two Air India employees who were arrested under Section 66 A and 67 A of the Information Technology (IT) Act in May and jailed for 12 days. The two decided to go public with their woes after the outrage over the girls' arrests, hoping for some justice.

Thirty-one-year-old Mayank Sharma had returned home after celebrating his wife's birthday on the night of May 10, 2012, when his doorbell rang at 1.30 a.m. Waiting outside were plainclothes policemen and two in uniform armed with semi-automatic weapons. "They told me to come to the police station with them and when I asked why, they just stared at me," Mr. Sharma, who works as a cabin crew member of Air India told The Hindu.

Inspector Dinkar Shilwate followed him into the bedroom to make sure he changed his clothes and stared all the while he was doing so. When he tried to call a family member in New Delhi, the police snatched away his mobile phone. They later confiscated his laptop. While this was happening, in Thane, a group of policemen were outside the 15th floor apartment of Air India senior purser K.V. Jaganatharao, 50. The police asked him to accompany them and when he resisted, they told him they had a search and seize warrant. They insisted he come in the police jeep and his family too went along in the dead of night.

They asked Mr. Sharma and Mr. Jaganatharao three questions before they were formally arrested at around 7.30 a.m. on May 11. Whether they had insulted politicians, did they threaten to bomb and kill politicians and did they insult the national flag? All along the route to the cyber police station in Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) the police kept taunting Mr. Sharma asking him if he wasn't scared of politicians.

Unlike the Palghar case where the two girls who were charged under Section 66 A of the IT Act got bail immediately, the two Air India employees, active trade union leaders, were in custody for 12 days. The first complaint against them was made by rival trade union leader Kiran Pawaskar from the Shiv Sena who later joined the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). No one acted on Mr. Pawaskar's complaint on July 1, 2011 to a senior police officer Vishwas Nangre Patil. This was forwarded to the cyber police station, where police lodged a first information report (FIR) on March 29, 2012 accusing the two of uploading lascivious and defamatory content on social networking sites Facebook and Orkut against the complainant and politicians and also threatening the complainant Sagar Karnik (also of Air India) with death, and insulting the national flag. They were charged with Section 506(2) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 66 A and 67, of the IT Act, apart from Section two of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act 1971 by investigating officer Inspector Sunil Ghosalkar of the cyber police station.

On May 22, they were released on bail by Additional Sessions judge N.R. Borkar who held that it appeared that Section 67 A of the IT Act was not invoked at the time of registration of the FIR and was included while seeking remand. Mr. Jaganatharao told The Hindu that while the original FIR did not have Section 67 A as a charge, it was added by hand by the investigating officer and when this was brought to the judge's notice, bail was granted. The section which refers to punishment for publishing sexually explicit acts in electronic form, is a non-bailable offence.

The police also took away their Air India identity cards, their passports, their laptops and mobile phones. The police in the remand report stated that there was a dispute in the cabin crew unions between Mr. Karnik and Mr. Sharma and Jaganatharao over the president's post and they campaigned against Mr. Karnik and others using social networking sites. Union Ministers were also allegedly vilified. In addition the two allegedly threatened to kill the complainant or bomb him, and also insulted the Supreme Court and the national flag. One of the reasons for remand the police cited was the need to investigate whether Mr. Sharma and Jaganatharao had arms or explosives to carry out their threats.

It was only on May 18 that the magistrate allowed the two home-cooked food and their own clothes which the police opposed in court. Mr. Sharma and Mr. Jaganatharao had to approach the Bombay High Court for release of their passports which was done by an order of October 25. They cited a Supreme Court ruling of 2008 which says while the police may have the power to seize a passport under Section 102(1) of the Criminal Procedure Code, it does not have the power to impound the same. Impounding of a passport can only be done by the passport authorities under Section 10(3) of the Passports Act, 1967.

After they got their passports back, they wrote a letter to Air India saying that they were in possession of their travel and identity documents. On November 21, Air India in a reply letter said they were placed under suspension from the date of arrest, May 11 till the time of release on bail, May 22. The letter said they would be assigned flight duties after completion of necessary formalities. Both are getting only their salaries minus their allowances.

A counter complaint was filed against Mr. Karnik that he allegedly threatened to kill Mr. Jaganatharao online but no action was action. This was a clear case of misusing the IT Act and the police by Mr. Pawaskar, alleged Mr. Sharma and Mr. Jaganatharao.

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Life and Times of Elon Musk

An interesting overview of space and tech entrepreneur Elon Musk by Esquire magazine:

http://www.esquire.com/features/americans-2012/elon-musk-interview-1212

Home minister: Need to rethink death penalty

The bleeding heart "human rights" brigade has commenced its violent ritual of breast beating
to the accompaniment of loud wailing by the likes of Burka Dutt et al. Their tender sentiments of "Insaniyat"
(humanity - insanity?) injured by the execution of 26/11 terrorist
Ajmal Kasab.

The lives of 166 Indian citizens, according to official figures - counts for nothing. The life of the single terrorist awarded capital punishment is apparently invaluable to these loonies, who are now trying to cajole the all too willing UPA regime - to abolish capital punishment.

Mr. Shinde's perverted philosophy has only one goal, i.e. to secure the life of Mohd. Afzal Guru, the deathrow convict in the 2001Parliament Jihad attack.

Just one question: What took so long? I'm actually surprised that the wailing and breast beating took so many days to commence - after Kasab's hanging.

http://m.indianexpress.com/news/need-to-rethink-death-penalty-says-shinde/1036306/


Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said on Sunday that the government needs to “rethink” its policy on capital punishment.
Speaking at the Idea Exchange programme organised by Loksatta, the Marathi newspaper of The Indian Express Group, Shinde said: “We need to rethink. We (the government and Rashtrapati Bhavan) received a representation from 13-14 eminent Indian persons yesterday demanding a ban on death penalty. There should not be cruelty. They said these convicts (should) be made to serve in jail and need not be released on parole.”

Shinde’s statement comes just days after 26/11 terror attack convict Ajmal Amir Kasab was hanged.


I should gloat re my prescience on #hp and #autonomy

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From: "A
Date: Nov 21, 2012 9:16 PM
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To:

This is what you wrote in Sep 2011:

http://rajeev2004.blogspot.com/2011/09/autonomy-to-be-bought-by-hp-for-10.html

autonomy (to be bought by HP for $10 billion) takes one on the chin from oracle :-)
28th sept 2011 CE
a british software company? whoever heard of such a thing? the brits make one thing well: scotch whiskey. and maybe burberry raincoats. that's pretty much it. 
very clearly leo apotheker overestimated the value of autonomy.
i do like how oracle totally pulverized this poor man from autonomy. 
http://blogs.ft.com/fttechhub/2011/09/autonomys-mike-lynch-gets-the-oracle-treatment/

ISRO Setbacks Indicate Deeper Problems

The setbacks and failures experienced by India's space program are an indicator of deeper structural problems, says Sumantra Maitra in an article on Space.com:

http://www.space-travel.com/reports/Failure_Of_IndiaS_Big_Rocket_Project_Is_Symbolic_Of_Deep_Structural_Problems_999.html

I know we like to rebuff critiques as motivated, etc - especially when it comes to institutions of national pride - but sometimes a hard look at ourselves is required in order to improve.

Article: WARNING: Mike Lynch Can Be Ruthless | hp really screwed themselves on this turkey autonomy

Next up: #app that #tweets when woman exhibits #pms. Hmmm. Maybe it exists and explains certain women's posts

And some of them may suffer from. permanent pre menstrual stress syndrome. Yes,  the Saudi travel app with border crossing SMS when woman leaves country is only the beginning. (sarcasm alert)

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The U.N.'s Internet Sneak Attack | India is world leader for once. Jai ho!

Many of the U.N.'s 193 member states oppose the open, uncontrolled nature of the Internet. Its interconnected global networks ignore national boundaries, making it hard for governments to censor or tax. And so, to send the freewheeling …

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324352004578136902821852508.html

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Saudis are #manuvaadis? SMS alert on women at borders implements 'na #stree #swatantryam arhati' quite literally

Why is nisha 'green panty' Susan not pointing this out and sending panties to Saudi embassy?

Article: Les Moody Blues | France takes downgrade in stride with sang-froid

Don't think, however, that the French government is unduly alarmed. Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici insisted that the downgrade did not "call into question the economic fundamentals of our country." We've never made a fetish of the o …

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323353204578129032407719380.html

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Real Life of pi

Catalonia Azadi Parties Win Election

Separatist parties in Catalonia have won the elections in Spain, setting the stage for an independence referendum vote which could trigger the breakup of that country:

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/ec3107bc-3730-11e2-893a-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2DGc8Tip0 

The Euroconomist is quite peeved:

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/333973/shaking-kaleidoscope-andrew-stuttaford

Saudia Barbaria

Here's yet another reason, if any were needed - to arrest "Love Jihad" in it's tracks in India.

This will become the order of things in Bharat if the "secular progressive" Taliban have their way.

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/11/21/250913.html

By AL ARABIYA

Imagine a schoolgirl attending class, knowing that both her teacher and principal share the same husband. Awkward much?

Well, for a Saudi man who married the three women, it may just be an example of love conquering all...


#peace in #Pakistan. Only a few shias killed on this Ashura

The iPad Had 88% Of All Online Tablet Shopping Traffic On Black Friday | hard to believe

Front_page

http://www.businessinsider.com/ipad-market-share-2012-11

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Japan's ninjas heading for extinction | and Japan had four castes

Front_page

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20135674

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Remember Those "Pro-Democracy" Protests Last Year? Here's What They Were Really About | let them eat democracy

Front_page

Btw,  most yanks think India is in Africa or the middle east

http://www.businessinsider.com/food-prices-and-social-unrest-chart-2012-11

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Article: Churning the oceans | India must prepare for naval conflict with china

Banyan

As their navies expand, India and China will begin to bump up against each other at sea

AT THE 18-country East Asia Summit this week in Phnom Penh, Manmohan Singh, India’s prime minister, found time to update his Twitter feed. He posted a picture of a Cambodian dance troupe performing ...

http://www.economist.com/news/asia/21567073-their-navies-expand-india-and-china-will-begin-bump-up-against-each-other-sea-churning

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Did media print pics of #Indian #kids killed on #26/11 by Pak 'guests' and #grieving #dads? Don't think so. Why not?

#Gaza #baby 'only knew how to smile' | no #israeli #babies died? Or does that not fit the #narrative of choice for the BBC ?

Front_page

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20466027

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Cellphones Reshape Prostitution in India | subtext: the fuss made about aids in India was mostly nonsensical, motivated

It was a great way for ngos to make money, a bit like the tsunami.

MUMBAI, India — Millions once bought sex in the narrow alleys of Kamathipura, a vast red-light district here. But prostitutes with inexpensive mobile phones are luring customers elsewhere, and that is endangering the astonishing progress India has made against AIDS.

Indeed, the recent closings ...

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/25/world/asia/indian-prostitutes-new-autonomy-imperils-aids-fight.html

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Cellphones Reshape Prostitution in India, and Complicate Efforts to Prevent AIDS | the solution, don't let them buy mobiles

MUMBAI, India — Millions once bought sex in the narrow alleys of Kamathipura, a vast red-light district here. But prostitutes with inexpensive mobile phones are luring customers elsewhere, and that is endangering the astonishing progress India has made against AIDS.

Indeed, the recent closings ...

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/25/world/asia/indian-prostitutes-new-autonomy-imperils-aids-fight.html

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Article: Churning the oceans | India must prepare for naval conflict with china

Banyan

As their navies expand, India and China will begin to bump up against each other at sea

AT THE 18-country East Asia Summit this week in Phnom Penh, Manmohan Singh, India’s prime minister, found time to update his Twitter feed. He posted a picture of a Cambodian dance troupe performing ...

http://www.economist.com/news/asia/21567073-their-navies-expand-india-and-china-will-begin-bump-up-against-each-other-sea-churning

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Article: Bangladesh garment factory blaze kills more than 100

DHAKA (Reuters) - A fire swept through a garment factory on the outskirts of Bangladesh's capital killing more than 100 people, the fire brigade said on Sunday, in the country's worst ever factory blaze.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/25/us-bangladesh-fire-idUSBRE8AN0CG20121125

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Article: U.S. Pacific Coast Photos | gorgeous west coast

Saturday, November 24, 2012

China's First Carrier Landing

China has performed its first carrier landing, with a J-15 jet landing on its new carrier, the Liaoning (formerly Varyag)


This represents a significant advance for Chinese capabilities. Now repeat after me, everyone - "not blade of grass grows there"

Nuclear: Consider the Cost of Waste Storage

According to the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change, “nuclear legacy” issues cost £2.5 billion, roughly 42% of the total budget
The Hindu: Protests against move to dump nuclear waste in Kolar Gold Fields

Fiery food, boring beer | 'exciting cuisine'? Brits caught in the act of ass kissing, offering shill services, as Korea has money

Just as they have become champion ass kissers for the Chinese, Brits marketing themselves to Koreans

Brewing in South Korea

A dull duopoly crushes microbrewers

THEIR cuisine is one of the world’s most exciting. South Korean diners would not tolerate bland kimchi (cabbage pickled in garlic and chili) or sannakji (fresh chopped octopus, still wriggling on the plate). So why do th...

http://www.economist.com/news/business/21567120-dull-duopoly-crushes-microbrewers-fiery-food-boring-beer

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The empire strikes back | if India exits, commonwealth would collapse instantly, like cricket. I wrote an essay suggesting we exit

Bagehot

Some British Eurosceptics see the Commonwealth as an alternative to Europe. It isn’t

KAMALESH SHARMA, the Commonwealth’s secretary-general, reckons he has the “most spectacular office in London.” Through one window he views St James’s Palace, stolidly Tudor; through another the royal ...

http://www.economist.com/news/britain/21567071-some-british-eurosceptics-see-commonwealth-alternative-europe-it-isnt-empire

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Article: The empire strikes back | really, admirable chutzpah on part of imperialists to imply we want them back

Read my lips, boy, we don't want to touch you with a barge pole. Of course I speak for myself. The dynasty may have other ideas.

Bagehot

Some British Eurosceptics see the Commonwealth as an alternative to Europe. It isn’t

KAMALESH SHARMA, the Commonwealth’s secretary-general, reckons he has the “most spectacular office in London.” Through one window he views St James’s Palace, stolidly Tudor; through another the royal ...

http://www.economist.com/news/britain/21567071-some-british-eurosceptics-see-commonwealth-alternative-europe-it-isnt-empire

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The empire strikes back | brit hopes India will bail out their sinking economy. Why not, India doing it for Italy already

Bagehot

Some British Eurosceptics see the Commonwealth as an alternative to Europe. It isn’t

KAMALESH SHARMA, the Commonwealth’s secretary-general, reckons he has the “most spectacular office in London.” Through one window he views St James’s Palace, stolidly Tudor; through another the royal ...

http://www.economist.com/news/britain/21567071-some-british-eurosceptics-see-commonwealth-alternative-europe-it-isnt-empire

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#Aakash is a crock, and such a perfect metaphor for congress deception they should make it their election symbol

Aakash tablet: Glorified Made in China junk

Is this Kapil Santa Claus Sibal and the UPA's idea of a "Christmas" (sic) joke?

Ho-Ho-Ho.

The so-called Aakash tablet, much touted as a Kaangressi gift to India's malnourished
Chillun (Kaangressi for children)
is as much an Indian innovation as Poodle Singh is the "Prime Minister" of India.

http://m.timesofindia.com/tech/tech-news/hardware/Aakash-2-tablet-made-in-China/articleshow/17348021.cms

NEW DELHI/BANGALORE: The much-publicised world's cheapest tablet, Aakash 2 launched by President Pranab Mukherjee on November 11, may have been a cheap import from China, embellished with some applications from IIT Bombay, and not an Indian innovation that it was made out to be....

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Article: Pilgrimage Row In Andhra Pradesh As Police Are Told Not To Wear Black Clothes Or Grow Their Hair in Preparation for Ayyappa Pilgrimage

www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/ ... ck-clothes-grow-hair.html

ANDRA PRADESH, INDIA, November 19, 2012 (Daily Mail): A circular issued by the Andhra Pradesh Police asking their personnel not to dress in black or grow their hair as part of the 40-day deeksha (preparation for a religious ceremony) ...

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Secular porn: blizzard of pics of dead Gazan kids carried by men. Ever see pics of burnt sabarmati express kids?

What, nobody was left alive to mourn the kids burnt to death in the train?

Or is it that they were not victim enough?

Maybe only Palestinians are ever victims

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Aasifa Khan

“My work as a journalist, my sensitivity as a woman and my views as a liberal Muslim are the reasons (for joining the BJP). I myself went to the Chief Minister, who had given me appointment for only five minutes; but the meeting stretched for 55 minutes. He is a development man and a different man than the image I had”.
The Hindu: 'Lack of leadership' in Gujarat Congress drew Aasifa to BJP fold

Full-spectrum Contradictions

The Hindu catches the new joker on the block, RP Singh, recycling the arguments that A Raja's lawyers tried unsuccessfully in the Supreme Court.
According to documents with The Hindu, Mr. Singh is contradicting not just most public statements that he has ever made but also documents that he himself has signed which support rather than oppose the CAG’s loss figures. 

Mr Singh now claims that the Unitech and Swan transactions cannot be taken as losses because they were mere “equity infusion under the agreements of the companies”. While submitting his draft report in September 2010, he made no mention of this argument. Moreover, Mr Raja, his lawyers along with the lawyers of Unitech and Swan insisted on the same argument in the Courts. This was rejected both by the CBI Special Court dealing with the 2G scam and the Supreme Court.
The Hindu: Attack on CAG riddled with full-spectrum contradictions

Friday, November 23, 2012

ISRO to Partner With Private Industry

ISRO is fleshing out ways and means to partner with private industry for launching rockets. ISRO chief Radhakrishnan is looking towards models such as the private consortium approach and milestone-based contracts to get more bang for the buck:

http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/features/how-isro-can-join-handsprivate-enterprise_784775.html

Could India create its own United Launch Alliance, or even a SpaceX?

Egypt's draft constitution does not recognize Hinduism as a religion. Nor do India's IT dept

Is China bleeding money even faster than India?

China’s $3.8 Trillion Hemorrhage - http://pulse.me/s/fEpha

Corruption Taint Hits Walmart in Kaangress Land

ELM pretending to be blind here.
The Indian joint venture of Wal-Mart Stores Inc has suspended its chief financial officer and other employees as it investigates alleged violations of US anti-bribery laws, a development that could hamper India’s efforts to open its domestic supermarket sector to foreign investment.
Reuters: Wal-Mart India unit suspends CFO, others pending bribery probe

Help Wanted: Tree Climbers In Kerala

Kerala has suffered from paucity of local agricultural laborers since long. A dearth of coconut pluckers meant irregular harvesting and poor health and productivity of the trees. Frequent pest infestations, price fluctuations and restrictions on coconut export in the country kept the fortunes of coconut farmers in doldrums. An initiative started by the Coconut Development Board is slowly changing the scenario. 

DownToEarth: Climbers on call

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Terrible tragedy

http://m.timesofindia.com/india/7-year-old-loses-genitals-after-circumcision-fighting-for-life/articleshow/17330245.cms

Extremely unfortunate accident for a 7 year old. (It would not have been half as unfortunate if
the recipient had been a Jihadi terrorist like, say Mohd. Afzal Guru)

What is the relevance of this barbaric ritual in this day and age? The savagery has origins in the harsh Arab desert. How is it applicable to India?
There should be an open debate by people of rational outlook with a goal of outlawing such barbaric practices from India.

Article: Egypt fury over Mohammed Mursi 'coup against legitimacy' | he just does the expected. Thank you, Arab spring

Front_page

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20457058

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What is with ice cream parlors? Here a double murder on Austria. In Kerala, a sex racket with major figures accused

VIENNA (AP) — An Austrian ice cream parlor owner has been found guilty of killing her ex-husband and a boyfriend before chopping them up with a chain saw and burying them in concrete in her shop's basement.

A Vienna court convicted the 34-year-old woman of murder Thursday and handed her a life ...

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/austrias-ice-cream-killer-gets-life-sentence#overlay-context=article/bloggers-death-iran-window-cyber-patrols

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They didn't tell #Manmohan about #kasab to prevent the poor thing from #losing #sleep

If pak hangs sarabjeet, should India hang pak ambassador? Or some faigate media person? Who is the best candidate?

I can think of several but 66a suggests I not name them.

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FDI in retail will hurt Muslims most

How can Poodle Singh sleep now?
Trading is a major source of sustenance for Muslims all across the country. However, their trading activities in Kerala were rudely interrupted by the arrival of the Portuguese, in the early 16th century. As often happened in those times, the Portuguese attacked, looted and set fire to the town of Calicut. The Mappila community lost the spice trade — and a whole lot more — that they had carefully built over centuries to the invaders. Can a 21st century version of this scenario unfold with the UPA Government opening the gates to FDI in multi-brand retail?
BusinessLine: FDI in retail will hurt Muslims most

Article: Prostitution in the Philippines | Christian rate of growth?

Photo: lemuelinchrist

This story was produced by the Glimpse Correspondents Program.

The business district of Alaminos, in the Philippines, consists of roughly eight blocks by eight blocks of stores. A McDonald’s is surrounded by hardware and agricultural outlets that sell hog feeds and tract...

http://matadornetwork.com/notebook/the-award-for-happiness-prostitution-in-the-philippines/

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Article: HP and Autonomy | British guys supporting British software

Conflicting accounts

IN AUGUST 2011, when HP said it would buy Autonomy, a British software company that specialises in analysing “unstructured” data, for $10.3 billion, many people thought the Californian maker of computers and printers had paid over the odds. On November 20th HP agreed that i...

http://www.economist.com/blogs/schumpeter/2012/11/hp-and-autonomy

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Ambrose Bierce on the Death Penalty

 As per the need of the times, a good handy set of arguments supporting capital punishment:

http://www.readbookonline.net/readOnLine/17299/

"An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth," says the Theosophist, "is not justice. It is revenge and unworthy of a Christian civilization." It is exact justice: nobody can think of anything more accurately just than such punishments would be, whatever the motive in awarding them. Unfortunately such a system is not practicable, but he who denies its absolute justice must deny also the justice of a bushel of corn for a bushel of corn, a dollar for a dollar, service for service. We can not undertake by such clumsy means as laws and courts to do to the criminal exactly what he has done to his victim, but to demand a life for a life is simple, practicable, expedient and (therefore) right.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Cash flow to imams dries up

Those Marxists were doling out Rs 84 Cr of tax payer money each year to their Mullah friends
Data available with the government reveals that around Rs 7 crore is needed every month to pay the honorarium to the imams and the muezzins.
Telegraph India: Cash flow to imams dries up

need to rename @theeconomist to "The Euphemismist" http://econ.st/UgkdiI for #kasab #gunman, pak #infiltrators, never #terrorist

does this exhibit both racism and anti-semitism? usually anybody killing a white person is immediately a "terrorist" -- brits had no trouble using this term against irish 'gunmen' and 'infiltrators'. of course, someone killing a brown person is never a terrorist (unless it suits them for political purposes).

but here, the paks killed white jews, and even that does not seem to have excited brits enough to call the paks terrorists.

so i conclude that jews have now been demoted to honorary browns. but then, brits have had no trouble being anti-semitic, ever. so it may not be new. 

66a descendant of 1st amendment imposed by Nehru to reduce freedom of expression: contrast US 1st amend. Via arvind

See a must read series of articles by arvind kumar on niticentral on this topic as well as other continuing attempts by congress to stifle dissent

Killing #Kasab | deeply #hostile #brit says '#gunman', 'infiltrators', can't say 'terrorist'. Talks of elections everywhere but India

This magazine is highly biased though they have good data. Their definition of terrorist is someone who kills whites. Now we know that killing Jews is not enough - the oaks did kill Jews.

Clearly the execution had political motives in India, as the congress eyes modi's rise with concern, and want to do everything in its power to prevent him from winning Gujarat and then possibly 2014.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/banyan/2012/11/death-penalty-south-asia?fsrc=nlw|newe|11-21-2012|4215509|35215652|

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Scary thing about #kasab: 1000s of similar brainwashed #future #terrorists born daily @ #birth #rate of 4+ per #pak woman

There is more where he came from. These expendable cannon fodder losers have no education, no prospects, no future. Nothing but blind hatred. These are perfect human bombs as they have nothing to live for. So they try for 'savage, spectacular suicides' [via Stanislav Lem]

Villages Suffer City’s Waste

Erosion of Kannada and the current garbage situation - two things I find quite alarming in Bangalore on this trip.
Bengaluru generates 3,000-4,000 tonnes of solid waste daily. The toxicity created by tonnes of garbage in the landfills has contaminated groundwater, impacted agricultural produce, given rise to unknown diseases and even caused deaths in the 15 to 20 villages that surround each dump.
DownToEarth: War over waste

Poodle Singh Spared From Sleepless Nights

The hanging was kept so secret that home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said that even Prime Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi didn't know about Kasab hanging, according to TV reports. 
ToI: Kasab executed in great secrecy, Shinde says even Manmohan, Sonia didn't know

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

stanford: Amitav Ghosh- "China and the Making of Modern India, " December 3 at CEMEX

hard to believe china had *any* impact on india in those days. but i am sure bengali lefties will find *something*

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STANFORD HUMANITIES CENTER EVENT 
Raymond F. West Memorial Lecture

Amitav Ghosh: "China and the Making of Modern India: A Story of Fantasy, Abuse, and Recovered Memory" 
Monday December 03, 2012 | 06:00 -07:30 PM | Cemex Auditorium, Zambrano Hall- 641 Knight Way, Stanford CA

The opium trade had momentous consequences for Chinese history in the 18th and 19th centuries. Amitav Ghosh will speak about the lesser-known impact that this trade had on arts, crafts, tastes and styles in India, the world's leading opium-producing country under the British Raj.

Please note the talk is free and open to the public.

We hope you and your students will be able to join us!

All best,

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HP's autonomy buy. who ever heard of BRITISH SOFTWARE? brits do good media, that's it

and even that is in question now with the bbc's troubles.

but, but.. they have to do something with those plummy accents. 

so they shill for the chinese these days. 

certainly, britain is not a hotbed of software. hp was dumb to make this purchase.

mass murderer duch, of toul sleng prison/school (i've seen it) has converted to -- guess whch -- religion, from communism

was leo apotheker HP's nehru? he sure damaged them esp w 'autonomy' deal. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324352004578130712448913412.html?mod=WSJ_Tech_INTL_LSMODULE

how blind faith makes men monsters: comrade duch of cambodia. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324307204578127303285179928.html?mod=opinion_newsreel

Inspiration: Great people and things of #Tamil Nadu

although i am not a tamil (name notwithstanding) i stand in awe of old tamil civilization. and emphatically not in awe of recent 'dravidian' nonsense.

my favorites -- manikyavachakar and the chidambaram temple; and the grand anicut (truly an engineering and management marvel)

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Informative blurbs with pictures about the great people and things of Tamil Nadu

http://rsschennai.blogspot.in/2012/11/greatness-about-tamilnadu.html

Terrorist Kasab executed, big blow to NAC | naah, i think it's a blow to #namo. what isn't?

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Big blow to NAC, especially Aruna Roy as terrorist Kasab is executed.

http://news.sky.com/story/1014271/mumbai-terrorist-mohammed-kasab-is-executed

-a

san jose mercury news on india's muzzling of the internet. katju talked about fascism, so blame him, not me

QUOTED

“We are living in a democracy, not a fascist dictatorship.”

— Markandey Katju, former Supreme Court judge in India, in a letter to the Maharashtra chief minister protesting the arrest of two women over a Facebookposting and “Like.” A 21-year-old college student reportedly posted a criticism of a big funeral and “bandh” (strike) to mourn the death over the weekend of Bal Thackeray, founder of the right-wing party Shiv Sena. The strike effectively shut down the city of Mumbai. Her friend “Liked” the post. Both were arrested, detained, then released on bail. The arrest is the latest example of India’s hard line against online comments about police and other officials. In one instance, somebody who complained on Facebook about how little police were doing to find her stolen car was arrested, according to the Christian Science Monitor. Earlier this summer amid deadly violence over online hate speech, Indian authorities asked American companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft to take down content, including fake images of Muslims. (See Quoted: on panic in India and the role of the Internet.)

DNA says kasab executed. Gujarat election special? Prepare for riots

Birthday Candles

In our culture, it is considered inauspicious if the lamp lit during special events goes out in between. But these days, we celebrate birthdays by cutting the cake, after blowing off the candles. Hindus should move away from this practice of blowing off candles. The candle could be kept separately and allowed to burn while the cake is cut.
Sharing something that I received by email

Bangladesh | shukho ronjan Bali. Hmmm Bad name. No wonder he disappeared and his brother was murdered in 1971

Ever murkier

WHAT explains the apparent abduction of a defence witness, just before he was to testify at Bangladesh’s International War Crimes Tribunal in Dhaka? Shukho Ranjon Bali was bundled away at the very gates of the tribunal, a domestic court that is charged with bringing to justice some...

http://www.economist.com/blogs/banyan/2012/11/bangladesh

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The Hidden 80%

This Autonomy poster seems rather ironic in retrospect, considering the software company is alleged to have duped HP out of billions via bad accounting.

HP Says It Was Misled Into Overpaying For Autonomy | overpaid $5 billion for British software co. British. Software. Bwahahaha

India to stay low growth in next couple years. Thanks to leadership gap

MORGAN STANLEY: Here's What The Global Economy Will Do In 2013

http://www.businessinsider.com/morgan-stanley-2013-global-gdp-outlook-2012-11

Monday, November 19, 2012

Arabs need to keep Palestinians wretched like congress needs to keep Indians poor: excuse to hate Israel vs excuse to loot

Relieved that is settled. #Godman assures us #savita murder doctor's fault, not church's

Gurcharan das exposes the illiberalism at the core of India's ruling caste of dynasts and bureaucrats

The Economist | Modern India: Liberal worries http://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21565916-india-open-tolerant-cou... via @theeconomist

Bangalore Nov 25: SEMINAR ON India - China Relations

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From: "Vaidyanathan R"
Date: Nov 19, 2012 6:38 PM
Subject: FW: SEMINAR ON India - China Relations
To: "Vaidyanathan R"

Mass Mail – Apologies to those who are not interested—

 

R.Vaidyanathan

 

_______________________________________

R.VAIDYANATHAN                                                         

PROFESSOR OF FINANCE                                             

INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT  

BANNERGHATTA ROAD

BANGALORE

INDIA_560076

 

From: Mythic Society [mailto:themythicsociety@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, November 19, 2012 4:54 PM
To: Vaidyanathan R
Subject: SEMINAR ON India - China Relations

 

Namaste,

The Mythic Society

Nrupatunga Road, Bengaluru - 560 001

 

SEMINAR ON India - China Relations

25th November 2012, Sunday10 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

Inaguration: Sri C. T. Ravi,

Hon'ble Minister for Higher Education, Govt of Karnataka

 

President: Dr. M.K.L.N. Sastry,

Former principal, U.V.C.E., Bangalore

 

Session – 1

Dr. Claude Arpi

Historian, Journalist, Tibetologist

India - China Relations

Present and Future Challenges

 

Session – 2

Maj. Gen. M. M. Belliappa,

(Rtd), AVSM, VSM

  Beyond 1962 War India’s

  Geo - Strategic Concerns

 

 

 

Chair Sri V. Nagaraj, Hon. Secretary, the Mythic Society

 

Venue: The Mythic Society, Bengaluru

 

You are cordially invited

 

 Dr. M.K.L.N. Sastry                                                    Sri V. Nagaraj

President                                                                        Hon. Secretary

THE MYTHIC SOCIETY

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