Saturday, December 13, 2008

India never learnt from past terror attacks

The lapses in handling the Mumbai terror attacks were similar to those of Kandahar plane hijacking and previous terror attacks but India has not learnt lessons for its previous mistakes in handling a crisis situation, thats really very sad for us Sad

For almost over sixty hours, Mumbai, the financial capital of India, witnessed a series of terrorist attacks, multiple hostage crisis, mindless killings, fierce gun battles and at the end, a disrupted life. The terrorists have struck major targets including luxury hotels and a Jewish Center frequented by Westerners and elite Indian only to be holed up later inside these buildings with innocent civilians as hostage. Their demand was the safe release of Mujahideen held in Indian prisons. Prior to this, they also have targeted at least seven more places and went on a killing spree on that fateful 26/11 Wednesday evening.

An unknown outfit, Deccan Mujahideen claimed responsibility for the attacks. However, for quite some time now, this name game has been a part of Pakistan based terror groups desperate attempt to give a homegrown Indian flavor to this ongoing Jihadi terrorism in the region.

Of course a collusive local hand is quite possible in this sort of terror operations, primarily for logistical support. Looking at the whole incident, it is beyond doubt that these highly trained terrorists have undergone specialised terror training at various camps located somewhere in Pakistan administered Kashmir or Karachi.

It doesn't take any great wisdom to believe that Pakistan based and Kashmir centric terror tanzeems are behind most of the terrorist acts perpetrated on Indian soil. Among them, Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Muhammad and Harkat-ul-Jihad Islami have been leading from the front in the so called Islamic Jihad against India. With strong Saudi Wahabi link and proximity to the notorious ISI, LeT's activities are not always clandestine in Pakistan. It operates openly with its so called political wing Jamat- ud- Dawa, nurturing dreams for a "God's government" on the lines of Sharia laws in Pakistan and elsewhere. It preaches Armed Jihad as shortest route to reach god and heaven. LeT is the one which has introduced such type of Fidayeen missions in Jammu and Kashmir and intermittently striking India's heartlands with its tactics of indiscriminate shooting and grenade attacks.

Its nothing but a massive intelligence failure of our country as Indian security agencies were caught napping again when metropolises like Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi, country's political and financial centres have always been an obvious target for terrorists who want to cripple the country from all possible fronts. Embarassed

Former Chief of Research and Analysis Wing B Raman said there was delay in commencing operations by NSG in Mumbai which were akin to what had happened during the Kandahar hijacking.

He said, "They (NSG) did not have the aircraft so they reached Mumbai late. The same thing happened in Kandahar where the response was also very late".

"The commando operations offer best results if taken within two hours of any seize operations NSG has the capability to move a contingent of commandos in minutes. Why that did not happen, I do not know," former Director General of NSG Ved Prakash Marwah said.

Besides delay, lack of coordination between various agencies was also glaring during the 60-hour anti-terror operation in Mumbai, according to experts.

"In Mumbai, nobody knew who is coordinating. There should be someone who should play the leadership role. Either in Mumbai or in Delhi. The person who gives orders to the Navy, Army, NSG, Police. That kind of leadership role was not there," Raman said.

Raman said such things were not happening for the first time. "Every time they are happeing, we are taken by surprise. But we did not have any inquiry. Whatever our mistakes were, we are not correcting them," said he.

At this hour of national crisis, many fear that it could escalate into an Indo-Pakistani crisis as blame game has already begun at the highest level. However, the Islamabad administration has quickly stepped up damage control exercise by promising support in the investigations.

And now the battle is over, the investigating agencies would piece things together to get a clear picture of what had happened and how to fight this menace again in future.

One thing is for sure that to outsmart terror groups, like LeT, it has to resort to proper investigations backed by human and technical intelligence.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Ongoing Slowdown Hits Yahoo! India too

1,500 Yahoo! employees about 10% of its workforce are likely to be laid off globally, to enable the company survive the deteriorating financial turmoil.

Lay-off notices have been issued to three per cent of its India workforce due to the ongoing slowdown.

Sources close to the company said, "As part of Yahoo!'s strategy to perform competitively in the current economic downturn in India, less than 3 per cent of the total Indian workforce has been impacted and they were notified today."

Yahoo! India has about 2,000 strong workforce in India and it is likely that a maximum of 40 people would be impacted by the decision, the sources said, and added that "a significant number of employees were affected due to poor performance and only a few of them due to the slowdown".

The Yahoo! notification, according to sources, read: "Yahoo! is grateful for the important contributions made by the employees affected by this reduction and that is why, consistent with our past practices, we are making every effort to support impacted employees with severance packages and outbound placement services."

Yahoo! has a R&D centre in Bangalore where a large number of its India employees are located. About 1,500 Yahoo! employees about 10 per cent of its workforce are likely to be laid off globally, to enable the company survive the deteriorating financial turmoil.

Chief Executive of Yahoo! Jerry Yang had said in November that he would leave the company, after facing strong criticism for his leadership.

Author : Samir Bhoir
Article Source : Ongoing Slowdown Hits Yahoo! India too

Saturday, November 29, 2008

I Hope and pray everyone is safe - Worst terrorist attack in Mumbai November 26

Hi Dear all,

As the inhuman activity takes place, ones again we Mumbaikars see a new face of terrorism. Innocent lives are victimized. My heart goes out to those families, who has lost their loved ones.

I hope and pray all you guys and your near and dear ones are well. Be Strong and Unite to curb Terrorism.

I salute all our soldiers and commandos

All indians salute you no matter hindus muslims sikhs or christians we are one and we all salute you to save all Indians from this nightmare. We all stand together in this hour of need and we are one single nation. We thank you with all our heart and soul for keeping us safe .

"Forgiving a terrorist is left to GOD.
But fixing their appointment with GOD is our responsibility"
--- Jai Hind

Thanks & Regards,

Mumbai November 26, 2008

Multiple sites in the Indian city of Mumbai Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Nariman House, Oberoi Hotel, CST station, Cafe Leopold, Cama Hospital were attacked with bombs and gunfire in a coordinated terror attack beginning on November 26, 2008. The attacks killed 179 people, including at least 22 foreigners, Over 300 injuries were reported.

How Taj looked before getting attacked by the Terrorists on 26/11/08

Taj on fire after the attack

The central dome of Taj burning.

Mumbai CST Train Station just after the attack.

The frustration of all

Religious hatred is driving people mad. The terrorists were driven by religious hatred. Gujarat was a case of religious hatred. Babri Masjid demolition was a case of religious hatred. Kandhmal in Orissa was a case of religious hatred.

Let us handle religious hatred first. Let us identify the sources and settle them first. So long we let this menace under the carpet, it will come back repeatedly. The will have to be shown in handling this problem.

This means handling SIMI, Bajrang Dal adequately. Placing RSS under complete check. But going by our national view no one can handle these problems without fear of a back lash. Add to this corruption at highest levels - it becomes the case of survival of the fittest. We know who is the fittest. Net result - the country and its people will continue to be victims of every type of violence. Be it domestic or international terrorism

Friday, October 24, 2008

Why Do People Come Into Your Life

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person. When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend and they are. They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn. They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it, it is real. But only for a season.!

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons, things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

Thank you for being a part of my life, whether you were a reason, a season or a lifetime.

Author : Samir Bhoir
Article Source : Why Do People Come Into Your Life

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Keep walking to press pressure points and keep body organs activated

The Organs of your body have their sensory touches at the bottom of your foot, if you massage these points you will find relief from aches and pains as you can see the heart is on the left foot.

Typically they are shown as points and arrows to show which organ it connects to.

It is indeed correct since the nerves connected to these organs terminate here.

This is covered in great details in Acupressure studies or textbooks.

God created our body so well that he thought of ! even this. He made us walk so that we will always be pressing these pressure points and thus keeping these organs activated at all times.

So, keep walking...

Historic Big Bang Experiment to Recapture Birth of Universe

European Organisation for Nuclear Research founded in 1954 better known by its French acronym CERN, located on the Franco-Swiss border, will do historic Big Bang experiment, an attempt to circulate a beam of particles around the 27 km-long underground tunnel that houses the Large Hadron Collider(LHC).

A $7.75 billion (Rs 31,000 crore) project to answer some of the biggest mysteries of the universe, Scientists are trying to recreate the condition just after the Big Bang to understand the creation and workings of universe.

According to the Big Bang theory, the explosion of an objest the size of a small coin occurred about 13 billion years ago and led to formation of stars, planets and life on Earth.

The LHC team now plans to send a full particle beam all the way around the collider pipe in one direction on September 10 as a prelude to sending beams in both directions and smashing them together later in the year, which whole world will be watching.

That collision, in which both particle clusters will be traveling at the speed of light, will be monitored on computers at CERN and laboratories around the world by scientists looking for, among other things, a particle that made life possible.

The elusive particle, which has been dubbed the "Higgs boson" after Scottish physicist Peter Higgs who first postulated nearly 50 years ago that it must exist, is thought to be the mysterious factor that holds matter together.

Recreating a "Big Bang," which most scientists believe is the only explanation of an expanding universe, ought to show how stars and planets came together out of the primeval chaos that followed, the CERN team believes.

Efforts to track it down in a predecessor to the LHC at CERN, and in another experiment in the United States, failed. But scientists are confident that the vast leap in technologies represented by the LHC will make the difference.

Higgs, a 79-year-old Edinburgh University professor who as an atheist angrily rejects the idea of calling the boson the "God particle" believes it will show up very quickly once the beams are colliding in the LHC.

"If it doesn't," he said during a visit to CERN earlier this year, "I shall be very, very puzzled."

The people behind the experiment have also been flooded by telephone calls from worried people who fear the experiments could trigger earthquakes and could cause mini black holes that would destroy the world.

According to the CERN, there is no basis for any concern about the safety of the LHC.

Some 2000 scientists from 155 institutes in 36 countries are worlking together to build the CMS particle detector.

A group of physicists turn on a machine that will recreate the birth of the universe, the Raniwala couple from Jaipur will be watching the experiment very closely. After all, this will be the largest experiment in human history. And Sudhir Raniwala and Rashmi Raniwala, associate professors of physics at Rajasthan University, are among the 30 odd physicists from India, who are part of this experiment.

CERN's 'Big Bang' Experiment at the atomic lab - Science & Technology Videos

Author : Samir Bhoir
Article Source : Historic Big Bang Experiment to Recapture Birth of Universe

Bad driving habits prompted government to hike fuel prices

Bad driving habits visible across some of India's urban roads are leading to a massive waste of fuel that could yet be averted through
better public education campaigns, energy and transport planning.

The cause which prompted government to hike fuel prices includes, delays in pushing alternative technologies to fossil fuels and low priority to public transport.

Fuel import bills that prompted the government to hike fuel prices
today government has raised the prices of petrol by about Rs 5, diesel by Rs 3 and LPG by Rs 50. India's fuel import bill for 121.672 million tonnes of crude oil, driven by rising oil prices, grew by 40 per cent to $68 billion in 2007-08.

But research indicates that enormous amount of fuel could be saved just by improving driving. One study has shown that engines left idling at traffic lights in New Delhi use up about Rs 995 crore worth of fuel.

In efforts to reduce dependence on oil, the ministry of petroleum had in April 2007 announced a plan to introduce a 5 per cent ethanol blended petrol, to be increased to 10 per cent this year.

The ministry of new and renewable energy had pencilled a hydrogen energy road map that envisages one million two-wheelers and three-wheelers running on hydrogen.

But, government officials admit, both appear to be moving slower than anticipated. "Both ethanol and sugar come from sugarcane. Any dramatic increase in ethanol is likely to affect sugar output," said a renewable energy expert.

Some experts are concerned that a massive bio-fuels effort may cause land to be diverted from food crops to fuel crops.

Energy experts also believe that policy initiatives that might help dramatically reduce fuel consumption in the transport sector have long been lacking in India.

Transport and energy experts have long been arguing for measures such as congestion taxes or fuel-efficiency linked fees that could drive consumers away from cars towards public transport.

Money from such charges from individual vehicles could be released to develop high quality public transport systems, But this is not happening in India, We're heading into a fuel crisis.

Microsoft new fight to topple Google with HP search deal

Microsoft's search engine, Windows Live Search, is to be offered as the default search tool on all new HP machines

Microsoft has announced a deal with Hewlett-Packard, the world's largest PC
manufacturer, that will significantly strengthen its fight to topple Google
as the leader in search.

The deal is Microsoft latest attempt to chip away at the dominance of search leader Google Inc. The agreement, which takes effect next January for new PCs in the United States and Canada, displaces a similar one HP has with Yahoo Inc.

Under the agreement, Microsoft's search engine will also be the default service on the Internet Explorer browser preloaded on new HP computers.

Microsoft did not disclose the terms of the agreement.

"This is the most significant distribution deal for Live Search that Microsoft has ever done," said Kevin Johnson, president of Microsoft's platform and services division.

Such agreements are grounded in the notion that many PC users will lack the know-how or desire to change their search settings.

Of course, even after the Microsoft agreement takes effect, lots of HP users will just conduct searches from the Google home page.

But to the extent people use built-in search fields, the HP-Microsoft deal raises some important questions, with broader implications: When their queries are directed to Live Search, how many HP users will be conscious of the fact that it's not Google? How many of those people will want to switch the default to Google? And how many of those will actually do it?
Day Dreaming

Author : Samir Bhoir
Article Source : Microsoft new fight to topple Google with HP search deal

The Untold Story Behind India's First Test Tube Baby

The Creator of the Indian's first test-tube baby, Dr. Subhash Mukhopadhyay, who got his dues 27 years after his death.

Dr. Subhash Mukhopadhyay created history when he became the first physician in India (and second in the world after British physicians Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards) to perform the In vitro fertilization resulting in a test tube baby "Durga" (Kanupriya Agarwal) on October 3, 1978.

Facing social bureaucratic negligence and insult instead of recognition from the West Bengal government and refusal of the Government of India to allow him to attend international conferences, he committed suicide in his Calcutta residence in 1981.

His feat has been given belated recognition as the Indian physician who in 1986 was "officially" regarded as being the first doctor to perform in-vitro fertilization in India.

In Getting Official Stamp : (from 1967 to 2008)

1967-1977 : Dr. Subhash Mukhopadhyay worked on methods of in-vitro Fertilisation (IVF) using innovative techniques.

1978, October : India's first test tube baby Durga (Kanupriya Agarwal) was born.

1978, December : An enquiry by the West Bengal govt denounced his claim.

1980 : Dr. Subhash Mukhopadhyay was denied passport to go to Kyoto to present his paper on IVF. He was then transfered to eye hospital, where he suffered a heart attack.

1981 : Dr. Subhash Mukhopadhyay Committed suicide on June 19.

1981 : His described methods of cryopreservation used in US by Howard Jones.

1996 : T.C. Anand Kumar, leader of the group which produced the first document test tube baby in country in Mumbai 1986, gains access to the notes of Dr. Subhash Mukhopadhyay.

1997 : T.C. Anand Kumar, takes a year to study them and writes first paper on Dr. Subhash Mukhopadhyay achivements.

2002 : Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) apoints a 12 member commitee to draft a bill on Assisted Reproductive Technique.

2003 : Commitee accepts Dr. Subhash Mukhopadhyay's claim and History is rewritten.

2004 : IVF specialist across the country challenge the document. A review follows among debates.

2005 : ICMR upholds the claim, honours India's first test tube baby Durga (Kanupriya Agarwal) in first public meeting in Bangalore.

April 2008 : Dr. Subhash Mukhopadhyay's achievement finds official stamp of approval.

Getting official stamp for Dr. Subhash Mukhopadhyay's made "Durga" (Kanupriya Agarwal) to reborn. She was brought to life by Dr Subhas Mukhopadhyay just 67 days after the world's first test-tube baby, Marie Louise Brown, was born.

"I certainly do not want to be a poster girl of the IVF industry, which undermined Dr Mukhopadhyay's achievement for 30 years," says Kanupriya, breaking her silence for the first time. "I am not a trophy but I am proud to be the living example of work of a genius."

Kanupriya says her parents suffered humiliation as she was growing up in Kolkata, her birthplace. But they never passed it on to her. "My parents did a wonderful job of keeping all the pressure away and helping me grow as a mature, reasonable individual," she says. "It was not easy for them, they were made to feel like accomplices of Dr Mukhopadhyay in his misdeed. There were insinuations of the worst kind"

An MBA from Symbiosis, Pune and working for a private firm, Kanupriya lives in Gurgaon. She says the recognition for Dr Mukhopadhyay came as a relief to her parents. Looking at the brighter side, she says: "I feel truth has prevailed."

Even though Dr Subhash Mukhopadhyay was belatedly honoured at a public meeting in Bangalore, it failed to bring any cheer to his wife. Namita Mukhopadhyay's has been paralysed and battling with ignominy and neglect ever since her husband committed suicide on June 19, 1981. Namita is confined to her bed now.

"We decided not to start a family as he (Subhas) wanted to complete his research. He was a very emotional person and dedicated himself to his work. But he never got any support either from the government or from his peers," says Namita.

Author : Samir Bhoir
Article Source : The Untold Story Behind India's First Test Tube Baby

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Is Mumbai City Safe for Women Today ?

Is this city safe for women? Probably, if you go by the statistics. On
the night of January 1, 2008, thousands of young women got into taxis,
their own cars, buses and trains and headed home. But they were all
looking around them with new eyes. In the old dispensation, a single
drunken man might have tried to paw a woman. She would have shouted at
him and other people would have come to her help. In the new order, the
mob forms quickly. Its hackles rise immediately.

The question Mumbai should be asking itself after we woke up to a second New Year on which women had been molested in public is: are all women now crossing into alien territory once they leave their family homes?

Mumbai, popular discourse assures us, is safe for women. This has been repeated again and again, at late-night parties as women prepare to go home alone, in offices after the take-out dinner has been eaten, at the recording studios and the call centres. This is repeated in salons where no one uses Indian perfumes and where the clothes are equally divided between ethnic chic and neo-Western designer wear. The men who reached for that woman, the men who tore off her dress and left her screaming in the street, had probably never heard about that. They do not own the city in the same way as the middle-classes do. They do not feel the same pride that the intelligentsia of the city feel in a city that can make space for a working woman or a partying woman coming home late in the night and alone. Perhaps this is because they have been shown that they do not belong.

A city is about managing contradictions. The only way to do this is by a series of subtle negotiations. A generation ago, for instance, young people were told that they should not eat in public because they did not know who had gone hungry that morning. You can argue that this was hypocrisy, a gauze bandage offered to the huge chancre of inequality and poverty. But it was also a gesture. And negotiations are often composed of gestures.

No one is arguing that the women should not have been intoxicated, if they were indeed intoxicated. No one is denying them the right to verbal retaliation or the right to wear whatever they wanted. There can be no sympathy for the men who acted in this gruesome manner. But this city is now composed of gruesome acts.

When Shamshad Khan, a performance poet from Britain, came to India last year, she was horrified at the poverty of the city. She had never travelled outside Britain before and Mumbai's complete self-assurance, its ability to contain vast swathes of marble-coated and chilly luxury and huge stretches of open-air public toilets, left her aghast. A small card placed on her bed, which explained that the hotel valued her sleep and so had provided four different kinds of pillows on her bed, struck her as some kind of horrible irony. Outside, on the road, men and women slept with their heads cushioned on cement blocks that served as road dividers.

Of course, living in a Third World city means that you cannot actually respond with sympathy or humanity each time you are confronted with someone crushed by the huge pyramid of social injustice on which we base our lives. As our air-conditioned cars take the roads that run through labour camps and slums, our axles hurt more than our consciences. The city's millionaires plan to build homes that are 60 floors high in a city where few young couples can even think of a single room as a starter home. The word 'crore' is bandied about thoughtlessly in a city where some salaries have just crossed the four-figure mark.

Lack of Social Mobility

Now consider the scene outside the Marriott, where it is possible to spend Rs 10,000 in a single night on a single bottle of alcohol. By its very nature, such a hotel must be exclusivist, seeking to keep out men such as those who molested the women at its gates. On this night of artificial cheer, a night on which everyone is expected to have something to do, or somewhere to go, these men were standing on the road and watching the rich slide by in cocoons of steel and glass and privilege.

And then they watched as women from another class, another level, women completely unavailable came out of the hotel. Their attack is no less heinous for all their lack of social mobility. But it arises out of a whole cluster of issues relating to their view of gender, their view of class, their view of privilege.

Today, Lakshmi Mittal believes that one needs to arrive at vanaprasthashrama before one gives in charity. Today, a certain class of young person is assured of a job and of a fairly decent salary as long as they know English and they take this for granted.

The call centre boom has lifted some boats. The entire northern suburb of Malad, for instance, has been revitalised and transformed into Back-end Bohemia. Young people return home late in the night and the neighbours no longer raise their eyebrows. They dig their daughter in the shoulder and ask why she hasn't applied for a call centre job where you get a fantastic salary if you manage to stick it out for a year.

Author : Samir Bhoir
Article Source : Is Mumbai City Safe for Women Today ?


John Kelai of Kenya, as expected, won the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon on 20.01.2008

Kelai finished in 2 hours, 12 minutes and 22 seconds, followed by Tariku Jufar of Ethiopia in 2:12:28 and Philemon Boit of Kenya in 2:12:35.

"I waited for the last mile and then gave it all. I knew if I maintained the same pace I would
succeed in winning. The wins in both the races was equally satisfying and I am really happy that I made it two in a row," said Kelai later.

Seboka set the record in the women's event in 2:30:03, ahead of Kenyans Irene Kemunto (2:32:51) and Margaret Karie Toroitich (2:33:56). Seboka has won three of the five Mumbai Marathons. Indian runners had a field day in the half marathon category with Surender Singh and Kavita Raut winning the 21-km race in the men's and women's category respectively.

Singh finished with a timing of 1:05:43:57 beating Finnish athlete Jutsi Utrianen who clocked 1:05:57:07 while Santosh Kumar came third with a timing of 1:06:16:05

In the women's category, Raut fought off some close competition from compatriot Preeja Sreedharan to bag the first place.

Raut timed 1:16:36:81 while Sreedharan clocked 1:16:38:07.

Indian Preeti Rao
finished third with a timing of 1:19:26:51.


Marathon Men (42 km):
1. John Kelai (Kenya) 2:12:22.21; 2. Tariku Jiffar (Ethiopia)
2:12:27.98; 3. Philemon Boit (Kenya) 2:12:34.57; 4. Ketema Amersisa
(Kenya) 2:13:36.29; 5. Elijah Nyambuti (Kenya) 2:14:27.94; 6. Enoch
Mitei (Kenya) 2:16:12.23; 7. Evans Ruto (Kenya) 2:17:05.66; 8. Maluni
Katio John (Kenya) 2:17:34.52; 9. Zak Kinhara (Kenya) 2:18:18.47; 10. R
S Yadav (India) 2:18:23.33.
Marathon Women (42 km):
1. Mulu Seboka (Ethiopia) 2:30:03.19; 2. Kemunto Mogaka Irene (Kenya)
2:32:50.91; 3. Margaret Karie Toroitich (Kenya) 2:33:55.69; 4.
Winifridah Kwamboka (Kenya) 2:37:34.12; 5. Haille Kebebush (Kenya)
2:37:35.28; 6. Zebenay Moges (Ethiopia) 2:37:35.92; 7. Nailya
Youlanonova (Russia) 2:37:38.32; 8. Letay Negash (Ethiopia) 2:39:52.13;
9/ Marashet Jimma 2:40:41.76; 10. Katerina Stetsenko (Ukraine)
Marathon India Men (42 km) (Top three): R S Yadav 2:18:23.33; Bining Lyngkhoi 2:24:49.27; Narender Singh 2:25:30.63.
Marathon India Women (42 km) (Top three): Pashotlemia Devi 3:02:28.06; Dhiraj Indresh 3:08:11.28; Bhagwati Bhagwati 3:15:58.45.
Half Marathon Men (21 km) (Top 7):
Surender Singh (India) 1:05:43.57; Jutsi Utrianen (Finland) 1:05:57.07;
Santosh Kumar (India) 1:06:16.05; Soji Matthew (India) 1:06:43.43;
Gurusewak Singh (India) 1:08:07.73; M D Yunus (India) 1:08:20.96;
Naresh Kumar (India) 1:09:13.75.
Half Marathon Women (21 km) (Top 7):
Kavita Raut (India) 1:16:36.81; Preeja Sreedharan (India) 1:16:38.07;
Preeti Rao (India) 1:19:26.51; Kamlesh Baghel (India) 1:23:40.33;
Vaishali Chatare (India) 1:23:46.02; Anuja Bijagare (India) 1:27:33.64;
Wiitich Karen (UK) 1:44:57.78.

Author : Samir Bhoir

India has 53 billionaires - Forbes list of world's billionaires

India has 53 billionaires
whose combined wealth accounts
$340.9 billion, according to the Forbes list of world's billionaires
released on 06.03.2008

China has a maximum 28 people
joining the ranks of those with at least one billion dollar, India has
managed to retain its position as Asia's biggest source of billionaires.

China has 42 billionaires second highest in Asia with a combined wealth of $95 billion.

India and China are followed by Hong Kong - 26, Japan - 24 and Australia -14 in terms of number of billionaires

Last year in 2007, India had overtaken Japan as the biggest Asian
nation in terms of number of billionaires. Japan has now slipped even
below China and Hong Kong this year.

India holds the honour of having the largest number of four billionaires in top ten list :

# Lakshmi Mittal (4th)

# Mukesh Ambani (5th)

# Anil Ambani (6th)

# KP Singh (8th).

There are two Americans in Top Ten Warren Buffet at the top and Bill Gates at third.

India still remains way below the US in terms of total number of such people, which has as many as 469 billionaires worth a total of $1.6 trillion.

As many as four Indians steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal, Mukesh Ambani, his estranged younger brother Anil Ambani and realty baron K P Singh have made it to top 10 positions, as against just one, Mittal, a year ago.

India has retained its position as the top source of billionaires in
Asia with total 53 people, who have a cumulative networth of 340.9
billion dollars on Forbes' 2008 World's Billionaires
list consisting of 1,125 people with a combined wealth of 4.4 trillion
dollars. A year ago, there were just 179 billionaires, Forbes said.

With a networth of 62 billion dollars, Buffett has topped the list,
followed by Carlos Slim Helu (60 billion dollars) and Bill Gates (58
billion dollars) on second and third positions.

These three are followed by three Indians -- Lakshmi Mittal (45 billion dollars), Mukesh (43 billion dollars) and Anil (42 billion dollars) on fourth, fifth and sixth ranks.

Besides, DLF's K P Singh (30 billion dollars) has been ranked, after Sweden's Ingvar Kamprad (31 billion dollars)

Other two in the top 10 are Russia's Oleg Deripaska Forbes said that Anil Ambani is
the biggest gainer with wealth soaring by 23.8 billion dollars since
the last list. He is only one billion dollars behind his brother Mukesh, who is the second biggest gainer with a rise of 22.9 billion dollars in his networth.

Lakshmi Mittal has gained 13 billion dollars from last year, pushing him one place higher to fourth rank this year.

Surefire ways to reduce the stress and stay happy while working in a BPO

Never before any sector in India witnessed such a growth, as did BPO in the last five years. BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) is the most publicized word in Indian industry today. If the current trend continues, BPO will rule the industry at least for the nest 15 years or so, although the BPO sector is booming, there have been some concerns over the level of stress the young employees are going through. It has been proved beyond doubt that BPO employees are the more stressed in the industry because of working in odd hours, loss of sleep, irregular eating habits and junk food. While it is always good to go for a BPO job, it is also necessary to cope with the increasing stress level with proper strategy. Below listed 5 surefire ways to reduce the stress and stay happy while working in a BPO.

1) Be sociable, interact more with your Colleagues

To cope with the high pressure of a BPO job, it is important to be more interactive. Don't remain calm and quiet, as it will have an adverse impact on your health in a stressful work environment. Crack jokes and have fun with your colleagues to make the atmosphere lighter. Make good friends, share your feelings and thoughts with them. It will ease the pressure on you to a great extent.

2) Spend more time with your friends and family when you get week-offs

Almost all BPOs offer two days week-off. Utilize your week-offs to the maximum level. Spend time with your family, friends and others. Go on lunch/dinner, movies or plan any other hangouts you wish. Visiting pubs, discos or restaurants in week-offs is also a great idea. It will keep your mind and spirit up.

3) Do work-out, visit Gym and Spa, do Yoga

Exercise is a must for BPO employee because of the amount of stress generated in their work place. Visit a nearby Gym at least thrice a week and burn your calories there. If don't get time, at least do some walk or jogging. Yoga is the best medicine, which will keep you healthy and fit. Also, visit a spa once/twice in a month to get some good massage. It will be relaxing and reliving for you. You can also go for Music Therapy if possible. Music Therapy is considered as an effective stress buster.

4) Attend Workshops, Camps in your spare time

Although BPO employees hardly get time to attend social events, let's believe the saying, "if there is a will, there is a way". Whenever you get a chance, attend the workshops organized by various companies and organizations. Also, don't miss attending special camps if they come your way. Such events work wonder in reducing the stress level and keep people fit.

5) Go for a Change of Job every six months

If you are working at an Advisor level, it is essential to change your process or job once in six months. Unless you see some growth in the existing company, go ahead and change your company every six months. Different process, different work environment and different set of colleagues will make your life easier, as it will reduce the monotony. Most BPOs do not allow a change in the process. So, it's better to leave them and join another. Since you have a job experience, you won't find to get a good job with a better pay package.

Author : Samir Bhoir
Article Source : Surefire ways to reduce the stress and stay happy while working in a BPO

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Drinking too much water can damage the kidney - Strange but True

According to a new scientific review published in the Journal of the American
Society of Nephrology
, drinking too much water can actually damage the

Liquid H2O is the sine qua non of life. Making up about 66 percent of the human body, water runs through the blood, inhabits the cells, and lurks in the spaces between. At every moment water escapes the body through sweat, urination, defecation or exhaled breath, among other routes. Replacing these lost stores is essential but re-hydration can be overdone. There is such a thing as a fatal water overdose.

a 28-year-old California woman died after competing in a radio station's on-air water-drinking contest. After downing some six liters of water in three hours in the "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" (Nintendo game console) contest, Jennifer Strange vomited, went home with a splitting headache, and died from so-called water intoxication.

Scientists say there is no proof for the urban myth that it is beneficial for the average healthy individual to drink a lot of water.

There is a long-held idea that drinking a lot of water helps clear the body of toxins, keep organs in tip-top shape and even helps keep weight off and improve skin tone, but scientists are skeptical.

As a kidney specialist, Dr. Stanley Goldfarb of the University of Pennsylvania is interested in how the kidney handles fluids, which prompted him and a colleague, Dr. Dan Negoianu, to review the scientific literature on the benefits of drinking water. In doing so, the researchers debunked four myths.

Research results suggest that contrary to popular belief, drinking a lot of water does not suppress appetite, flush toxins from the body, reduce headaches or improve the skin.

There are circumstances under which drinking a lot of water may even be unhealthy: "In long-distance runners, for example, more harm is done by over-drinking during races than by long distance runners who under-drink"

So friends, idea that drinking eight glasses of water a day is good for your health has been dismissed now

Rising inflation and price rise is the biggest failure of the UPA government so far

The UPA government is squarely responsible for the present state of affairs.

In the middle of last year, the government claimed that the price rise was seasonal. Later, the finance minister began putting out the argument that inflation is a natural consequence of rapid economic growth. In the recent period, the government and its economic advisors are pointing to ‘supply constraints’ as a main cause for inflation. Despite all these arguments, the government cannot escape the responsibility for its gross failure. The rising inflation and price rise is a direct result of the policies of the government. The argument that inflation is a consequence of rapid growth also does not stand scrutiny. The Chinese economy has been registering rapid growth for three decades. Inflation is currently below 2 per cent in China.

The wrong policies of the government and mismanagement has led to shortages of supply and price rise of many commodities. The world prices of sugar have fallen sharply. Yet, the retail price of sugar in India continues to climb. The fiasco of wheat imports last year underlined the failure to procure adequate amounts of wheat from farmers because private players are being allowed to corner stocks. Large-scale import of wheat last year did not check the rising price of wheat. The government has failed to deal with the basic causes for the overall slow down in agricultural production.

Minister of State for Planning V Narayanasamy :
The newly-appointed Minister of State for Planning V Narayanasamy expressed confidence that prices will come under control soon following the steps taken by the Centre to contain inflationary pressure. “Union government has done its job, and within some days price situation will be rectified", he said after assuming the charge of Minister of State in the Planning Commission.

I don't understand how he is so confident about that ??? . Shocked

He's statement shocked me.
Day Dreaming

Don't he know that rise in price has hit the homemaker's budget like never before. Even the middle class is feeling the pinch.

From 5.92 percent on February 21 to the current rate of 7 per cent, inflation has soared to a 39 month high, and people's grocery list is changing by the week, in direct proportion to the skyrocketing prices of essential commodities.

The international oil prices have come down substantially. After the token cut in Rs. 2 for petrol and Re. 1 for diesel in December 2006, the government has refused to restore the pre-June 2006 prices by making a further cut. Neither is the government prepared to do away with the advalorem duty structure on oil imports. The government shows no political will to crack down on hoarding.

The government has to revise its agricultural policies. Food security and strengthening of the public distribution system is linked to adequate production of food grains. Encouragement of incentives to switch from food grains to cash crops along with other reasons has led to a fall in production of food grains. The public distribution system has been systematically weakened in order to cut back on food subsidies. In the union budget last year, there was a cut of Rs. 3000 crores in the food subsidy. The government will have to take urgent steps to strengthen the public distribution system and expand its purview by including pulses and edible oils and other essential commodities.

Instead of taking these steps, the government announced in January cuts in import duties on cement, capital goods, project imports, metals and chemicals. This was a wrong step. Such drastic cuts in import duty on manufactured items will have an adverse impact on domestic producers leading to deflation and unemployment. Similar cuts in import duty on wheat and pulses did not succeed in bringing down inflation.

While the performance of the Manmohan Singh government in the power sector has been dismal just about 50 per cent of the targeted 41,000 Mw was added in the 10th Plan period, it can take credit for prying open the nuclear door for India.

Though there seem to be last minute hiccups in the India-US nuclear cooperation deal, which would give India access to US nuclear technology and fuel for the first time in 30 years, it clearly caps everything else that the government has managed in the energy sector.

There was the plan to set up the country's largest power plants the 4,000 Mw ultra mega power plants across nine cities in the country but only one at Mundra in Gujarat has managed to get off the ground so far. Critics say the government would have done better by focusing incentives on smaller-sized plants since "not many companies have the ability and willingness to invest Rs 16,000 crore (Rs 160 billion) or more required for each ultra mega project."

"Inflation not only reduces the level of business investment, but also the efficiency with which productive factors are put to use."

Now people knows that rising inflation and price rise is the biggest failure of the UPA government so far.
Author : Samir Bhoir
Article Source : Rising inflation and price rise is the biggest failure of the UPA government so far