Dev Anand inaugurates Indian film festival in Stockholm

Evergreen Dev Anand at "Filmhuset" in Stockholm(October 8,2007)

Evergreen Dev Anand felicitated in IFFI- Goa, 2008

Legeandary actor and evergreen hero of Bollywood, Shri Dev Anand was honoured at IFFI 2008 today for his contribution during his six decades in Indian cinema.

Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Digambar Kamat felicitated Shri Dev Anand with a shawl and a cheque of Rs. 51,000 at a function held at Kala Acadamy. Mr Jackie Shroff presented a citation to Dev Saab.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Dev Anand expressed his gratitude for the nationwide support during his long career in the film industry.

Chief Minister Shri Kamat unveiled the Desktop Calendar prepared by the ESG for the first time. Shri S. M. Khan, Director, DFF and Shri Manoj Shrivastav, CEO, ESG were also present on the occasion.

Barack Obama calls Prime Minister India condemns Mumbai terror attack

Barack Obama calls Prime Minister India condemns Mumbai terror attackU.S. President-elect Mr. Barack Obama called the Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh this morning Saturday, November 29, 2008 in connection with the Mumbai terror attacks. United States of America President-elect Mr. Barack Obama, expressed his deepest condolences on the tragedy. The latest news that Mumbai anti-terror operation is over Some Hours Back

Mumbai Attacks Draw Worldwide Condemnation

People around the world are expressing shock and revulsion at the deadly terrorist attacks in Mumbai. With world reaction, Tom Rivers in London has this report for VOA.
International condemnation of the terror attacks has been pouring in.

In Australia, the country's acting foreign minister described that attacks as indiscriminate and cowardly.

In Tokyo, the government expressed its anger at the death of a Japanese citizen and stressed the view that there can never by any justification for any act of terrorism.

In the U.S., President Bush offered his condolences to the Indian people.

President-elect Obama strongly condemned that attacks and he said, we stand with the people of India.

And in Pakistan, a government statement strongly condemned the violence and expressed deep sorrow over the loss of life.

In Britain, Prime Minister Gordon Brown spoke for many.
"I think I speak for the whole world - shocked and outrage at the tragic destruction of innocent lives," he said. "And I have already sent my sympathy and support to Prime Minister Singh of India and to say that we will do everything we can to help the Indian government."

As is the case with other countries, Mr. Brown says giving assistance to its nationals caught up in the tragedy is objective number one.

"Our first duty is towards British citizens who are caught up in this terror in Mumbai," he said. "The High Commissioner has come from Delhi to visit all those who are injured in hospitals. He is visiting them now. It is too early to give any numbers for the numbers of people who are injured. Our second responsibility is obviously to root out terrorism, to help the Indian government with their action and that is why at the same time as giving support to the Indian prime minister, we are sending police and emergency teams that are well versed in dealing with terrorism."

David Cameron, the leader of Britain's main opposition party says Britain is united with the people of India.

"These are absolutely horrific attacks and the pictures on our television screens are dreadful," Cameron said. "And our sympathy must be with victims, yes of course, but also our support for the Indian government at this time. And we must stand together with them, absolutely steadfast, saying these terrorists will never win."

Cameron says this attack will only serve to strengthen British-Indian ties.

England's national cricket team is currently touring India. Security arrangements are currently being reviewed that could impact upon further matches that are scheduled for next month.

First Person: India Attack Sends Global Message - Alistair Millar

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United States Offers Assistance, Condolences On Mumbai Terror Attacks

New Delhi, November 27, 2008 – Ambassador David C. Mulford today offered condolences and all possible assistance to the people of Mumbai and the government of India following the tragic terror attacks still ongoing in Mumbai.

“The United States Government is shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life caused by these vicious acts of terrorism. I extend sincere condolences to those injured by these criminal acts and to the families of the victims. The U.S. government has offered extensive assistance to deal with this ongoing crisis and stands ready to assist as the situation unfolds.”

Statement From Senator Norm Coleman On Mumbai Terror Attacks -
November 26th, 2008 - “I strongly condemn the attacks in Mumbai, and Laurie and I send our deepest condolences to all families who have lost loved ones. As the situation unfolds and we continue to get additional information, I would encourage anyone concerned about the safety of a U.S. family member to contact the State Department hotline at 1-888-407-4747.”

Multiple Extremist Attacks In Mumbai, India Kill Dozens, Injure Hundreds

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The news follows -
Wednesday, November 26, 2008 - Scores of people have been killed, and many more wounded, in what appear to have been coordinated attacks by gunmen wielding automatic weapons and hand grenades. The attacks began around 9:30 p.m. IST in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Police reports indicate at least 101 deaths and a further 287 injured. The fatalities include 12 Policemen, 9 terrorists and 6 foreign nationals. More conservative estimates place the death toll at 78 with over 200 injured. Among the dead is believed to be Anti Terrorist Squad chief Hemant Karkare.

According to television reports, a little-known group calling itself the Deccan Mujahideen has claimed responsibility. The name may refer to the Deccan Plateau, which makes up the majority of southern India.

Sites of the attacks have been listed as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station, a hospital, a police station and at least three hotels, including Oberoi Trident and Taj Mahal Palace & Tower. The Marriott Hotel in Juhu has been attacked with gunfire, but details are sketchy. A restaurant, Leopold Cafe on Colaba Causeway was also attacked. Other locations are the Cama Hospital.

The Taj Mahal and the Oberoi Trident hotels have been surrounded by Indian Rapid Action Force commandos. Gunmen are reported to be holding dozens of hostages, including foreigners, at those locations.

A fire is reported to be spreading through the Taj Mahal hotel. The cause is unknown.

There were hostages at Nariman House in Colaba. This situation has continued all night.

The government has already blamed the attacks on terrorist organizations sponsored by foreign powers.

A number of European Parliament Committee on International Trade delegates were staying in the Taj Mahal hotel when it was attacked. One British MEP, Syed Kamall, left the hotel shortly before the attack to go to a restaurant. Another British MEP, Sajjad Karim, was in the lobby when gunmen initially opened fire there, and was last heard of in hiding in the building; also in hiding was German MEP Erika Mann. Polish MEP Jan Masiel was thought to have been sleeping in his hotel room when the attacks occurred and has not been heard from since, and a Hungarian MEP's assistant was reported shot. Also reported as staying at the hotel, and possibly in danger, is Spanish MEP Ignasi Guardans Cambó. From Source

PM & VP Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Mumbai

PM India and Vice President India Strongly Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Mumbai

The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari has strongly condemned the heinous terrorist attacks that occurred overnight in various areas of Mumbai.

He expressed deep shock at the scale of the attacks in the heart of Mumbai city that have caused numerous fatalities and casualties among innocent people. He said that such terrorist acts are aimed at destabilizing the nation and urged all citizens to unite in this critical hour. He paid homage to the security officials who have laid their life in the line of duty and expressed deepest condolences to the families of those killed and injured in the attacks.

The Vice President reiterated the resolve of the Indian people to fight terrorism.

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has condemned the terrorist attack in Mumbai. He is monitoring the developments and he is in touch with the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. The Prime Minister has assured all assistance to the Chief Minister.

President of India Strongly Condemns Mumbai Terror Attacks

The President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil has strongly condemned the series of terror attacks in Mumbai which took place late last night.

The President of India has said, that such acts are highly condemnable and has urged the people in Mumbai to maintain calm and to cooperate with the authorities at this crucial moment. The President has said she is confident that the authorities will bring the situation under control.

Grenade and machine gun attacks in Mumbai, India - Breaking News

Scores of people have been killed and many more wounded in what appear to have been coordinated attacks by gunmen wielding automatic weapons and hand grenades. The attacks began around 9:30 p.m. IST in Mumbai, India.

Some unconfirmed reports say as many 80 people have been killed and 250 people injured.

Sites of the attacks have been listed as a railway station, a hospital, and multiple hotels. Reports from the Trident Hotel say that the gunmen were looking for foreigners and have take up to 15 hostages.

The government has already blamed the attacks on terrorist organizations sponsored by foreign powers. From Grenade and machine gun attacks in Mumbai, India Final news will follow soon

Dynamic ground water resources in India

Let me first show you a Groundwater Animation very beautyful song Groundhogs singing the Groundwater scenes. It covers history, use and dnagers to ground water. Video courtesy Ranamm

Now comes the news - Dynamic ground water resources in the country - India
The quantification of ground water resources is one of the major input in planning Ground Water Development and Management. At the same time it is one of the basic input for funding ground water developmental projects by financial institutions. The resource assessment and the categorisation of assessment units as per the stage of development forms a basis for implementing regulatory measures by Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA).

The dynamic ground water resources of the country is as follows: Total annual Replenishable Ground Water Resource - 433.02 bcm ; Annual Ground Water Draft – 230.62 bcm ; Ground Water Availability for Future Irrigation – 162.29 bcm ; and Projected demand for domestic and industrial uses up to 2025 – 29.17 bcm .

Various special studies have been carried out in different hydro geological conditions throughout the country in order to standardise methodology for computation of ground water resources. Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) undertook water balance studies in this regard between 1974 and 1985 through 3 domestic and 9 bilateral projects with assistance from UNDP, SIDA, UK and Canada. These projects covered both soft and hard rock formations in various places throughout the country.

Findings of these projects helped in better understanding of the ground water system and led to formulation of methodology for estimation of annually replenishable ground water resources. An expert group drawing members from CGWB, NABARD, State Ground Water Departments and academic institutions has standardised the methodology of estimation. This methodology is being modified at regular intervals. The previous methodology known as GEC’84 has been modified and a revised methodology known as GEC’97 is being followed for re-estimation of country’s replenishable of ground water resources.

Two types of ground water resources have been assessed and being updated periodically – Annually Rechargeable Ground Water Resource - this resource is computed jointly by CGWB and State Ground Water Departments; and Static Ground Water Resource- this source occurs below the dynamic resource and it has been evaluated on the basis of exploratory drillling of CGWB. Till now the static resource has been assessed to the depth of 400 metre in soft rock and 200 metre in hard rock.

Food Factory Of World Food Processing

Government of India is to set up ten mega food parks this year out of 30 such parks planned during the 11th plan. He said mega food parks scheme provides state of the art infrastructure in the country on a pre-identified cluster basis, ensures value addition of agricultural commodities including poultry meat, dairy, fisheries etc., establishing a sustainable raw material supply chain and fosters inter-agency linkages for pooling of the resources for activities complimentary to the food processing. The initiatives have already taken and built mechanism through which these opportunities can be utilized.

India to emerge as the food factory of the world Food Processing Sector new strength of Indian economy - Food Processing Sector is one of the top ten sectors attracting highest Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) equity inflows which has reached Rs.798 crores during the last 4½ years. Shri Subodh Kant Sahai, Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, India stated this while addressing the Economic Editors’ Conference in New Delhi. Focusing on the tremendous opportunities and scope for growth in food processing sector, the minister said, a vision 2015 has been developed with an appropriate strategy and implementable action plan. This will contribute to overall national growth by enhancing farmers income, generating employment opportunities and providing choice to consumers at affordable price. The vision envisages to increase the level of processing of perishables from 6% to 20%, value addition from 20% to 35% and share in global food trade from 1.5% to 3%. This will triple the growth of food industry and will place India as the food factory on the world map.

An apex world class National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTM) being set up by the Ministry at Kundli Sonepat will start functioning from the session 2009-10. This institute will create world-class manpower in food science and food industry management. The Ministry has also approached Human Resource Development Ministry to include subjects related to Food Processing Industry in the Syllabus from K.G to P.G level.

Replying to the questions from the media persons the minister said, the Food Processing Sector Industry is growing at the rate of 12% annually. The efforts of the ministry have resulted in reducing the loss to Rs. 50,000 crores this year as compared to Rs.58,000 crores last year on account of perished food due to non-processing . Initially, Ministry will set up Food Streets in nine prominent tourist cities such as Agra, Tirupati, Varanasi, Ajmer, Hyderabad etc. The Secretary, Shri Ashok Sinha and other senior officials from the ministry were also present at the conference.

Sanskrit Software Tools

Public Release Free Sanskrit Software Tools & Fonts CD
At Indoor Stadium, Tirupati On 25 November 2008
By Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha

The Sanskrit Tools, The precious jems and jewellary, of Dev Bhasha Sanskrit is available At:: Sanskrit - Technology Development For India Languages
Enjoy !

Well with the news I must show some special Samskrit Thing OK ! The Great Deva Premal and Miten - Gayatri Mantra is here to enjoy. The Gayatri Chant is very good piece of Sanskrit.

Fusion Carnatic Music

Karnataka Music - Fusion of Bhava, Raga and Lay भाव राग लय का फ्यूज़न
Purandaradasaru - Sri Purandara Dasa who "Karnataka Sangeetha Pitamaha" The Grandfather of Karnatic music Watch Video

"""Carnatic music (karnātic ) - The present form of Carnatic music is based on historical developments that can be traced to the 15th - 16th centuries AD and thereafter. From the ancient Sanskrit works available, and the several epigraphical inscriptional evidences, the history of classical musical traditions can be traced back to about 2500 years. Purandaradasa is credited with having founded today's Karnataka Music. He systematized the teaching method by framing a series of graded lessons such as swaravalis, janta swaras, alankaras, lakshana geetas, prabandhas, ugabhogas, thattu varase, geetha, sooladis and kritis. He introduced the Mayamalavagaula as the basic scale for music instruction. These are followed by teachers and students of Carnatic music even today. Another of his important contributions was the fusion of bhava, raga and laya in his compositions.

Purandara Dasa was the first composer that started commenting on the daily life of the people in compositions. He incorporated in his songs popular folk language and introduced folk ragas in the mainstream. The most important contribution he made was the fusion of bhava, raga and laya into organic units.

He also composed a large number of lakshya and lakshana geetas, many of which are sung to this day. His sooladis exhibit his mastery of the techniques of music, and are considered an authority for raga lakshana. Scholars attribute the standardization of varna mettus entirely to Purandaradasa.

Purandaradasa's era was probably the beginning of Carnatic music's movement towards krithi based classical music (one of its distinguishing characteristics compared to Hindustani). The peripatetic dasas who followed him are believed to have followed the systems he devised, as well as orally passing down his compositions.

Purandaradasa was a vaggeyakara(performer), a lakshanakara(musicologist) and the father of musical pedagogy. He is credited with having elevated Carnatic music from merely religious and devotional music into the realm of a performing art. For all these reasons and the enormous influence that he had on Carnatic music, musicologists call him the "Sangeeta Pitamaha" or the grandfather of Carnatic music.Some scholars believe that for Purandara Dasa giving it a strong foundation and a clear sense of direction we would not be having Karnataka Sangeetha today.

Carnatic music is completely melodic, with improvised variations. The main emphasis is on vocal music; most compositions are written to be sung, and even when played on instruments, they are meant to be performed in a singing style (known as gāyaki). Like Hindustani music, Carnatic music rests on two main elements: rāga, the modes or melodic formulæ, and tāḷa, the rhythmic cycles.

Popular Carnatic vocalists of today include Nithyashree Mahadevan, Sudha Ragunathan, P. Unni Krishnan, Aruna Sairam, Priya Sisters, S. Sowmya, Sanjay Subrahmanyan, Sreevalsan J. Menon, Bombay Jayashri Ramnath, Ranjani & Gayatri, Vijay Siva, O. S. Arun, O. S. Thyagarajan, T. M. Krishna, Malladi Brothers - Sriram Prasad & Ravikumar, Sriram Parasuram & Anuradha Parasuram, Sikkil C. Gurucharan, Vishakha Hari and S. Kasthurirangan.""" Quoted Text Matter From Carnatic music

Consumers Sick and Tired of Swimming in Chemical Soup

Karen Adler, Founder/CEO, Vitality Products, Inc.As consumer demand for non-toxic personal care products rises, large companies are rushing to revamp their product lines. But one small company has been on board for years leading the change.

Oregon City, OR (PRWEB) November 25, 2008 -- In May of this year, CVS, the nation's largest retail pharmacy chain responded to consumer pressure by agreeing to remove chemicals linked to adverse health outcomes from its house-branded products and promising to replace them with safer alternatives. The company will also require similar action by its manufacturing partners.

"As a mother and manufacturer of natural products, it's clear to me that consumers are fed up with personal care products that contain many undesirable chemical ingredients, says Karen Adler, founder and CEO of Vitality Products, Inc., a personal care products manufacturer. "And," says the mother of eleven, "Enough is enough! We need to make a conscious effort to reduce the amount of chemicals we and our families are exposed to on a daily basis."

Adler says Vitality Products, Inc. has been committed to giving consumers healthy choices with all of their products since 2003 and has only four words to say about other companies who are finally getting on the bandwagon. She emphatically states, "Better late than never!"

Adler, who coined the phrase, 'Chemical Overload', uses the term to describe what happens every morning before a person leaves the house. She says, "It begins in the shower with typical detergent based shampoos that are loaded with chemicals, then deodorants, tooth cleansers, cosmetic and skin care products, etc.. By the time a person walks out of the bathroom in the morning, they have doused themselves in dozens of chemicals, some of them harmful to the endocrine system."

Adler continues, "When it comes to our health, we have to be diligent. We find ourselves living in what I call the 'Chemical Generation', and a typical shampoo is a perfect example of that. Most people can't even read or pronounce the ingredients listed on their hair care bottles, and yet they scrub these chemicals into their scalp."

Adler remarks, "A recent study of adolescent exposures to cosmetic chemicals done by the Environmental Working Group showed that the average teen used 17 personal care products per day, which is 5 more than the average woman. And every teen in the study showed they had 16 chemicals from 4 chemical families in their blood and urine."

Adler's commitment to producing truly safe personal care products is evident in the products Vitality Products, Inc. is currently producing which includes oral care, hair care, skin care and a line of products that are completely free of any flavorings or scents, for those that are chemically sensitive. Adler concludes, "Our products drastically reduce the number of chemicals a person is exposed to every day."

IFFI Goa pays centenary tributes to Bimal Roy, Devika Rani and L.V. Prasad

IFFI Goa – 2008 pays tributes to Bimal Roy, Devika Rani and L. V. Prasad in a special section of ‘Centenary Tributes’. In total, eight movies are being screened in the Centenary Tributes section.

Retrospective of Bimal Roy opened with his classic ‘Do Bigha Zamin’ on the first day of the festival preceded by ‘Remembering Bimal Roy’, a non-feature film and Indian Panorama entry by his son Joy Bimal Roy. July 11, 2009 will mark the birth centenary of Bimal Roy, the legendary film maker who had ushered a new chapter in Indian cinema in terms of both, a deeply human content and a realistic style of film-making, with films like ‘Udayer Pathey’ and ‘Do Bigha Zamin’ says festival brochure of Indian Panorama. Apart from the above two movies the Retrospective curated by Ratnottama Sengupta includes ‘Bandini’, ‘Devdas’ and ‘Gautama the Budha’.

Devika Rani had been a dominant presence on the Indian film scenario in the early years of Indian cinema. She along with her husband Himansu Rai contributed significantly through collaboration on international projects and professionally run Bombay Talkies. In the festival, ‘Karma’ a 1933 classic produced by Himansu Rai and directed by J. L. Freerhunt and casting both Himansu and Devika is being screened as a tribute.

Akkineni Lakshmi Varaprasada Rao popularly known as L. V. Prasad was a Dada Saheb Phalke Award winner with a huge repertoire in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada. His ‘Dadi Maa’ and ‘Ek Duje Ke Liye’ are being featured as tribute to the doyen.

Micromax mobile

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Hindustan ki Awaz. Sing with Kailash Kher at Dehradun.

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Chalo Cinema

Let's Go Movie ! This week film to seen in India are a few ones given below. But you can have a good look about the movies by visiting the cinema websites link given.

KhallBalli claims fun unlimited with 32 brains Official Movie Website

Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! -- Official Movie Website Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!

Sorry Bhai! A fun holiday romance film
directed by Onir -- Official Movie Website Sorry Bhai!

Hindi Cinema

Bollywood (Hindi: बॉलीवूड, Urdu: بالی وڈ) is the informal term popularly used for the Mumbai-based Hindi-language film industry in India. The term is often incorrectly used to refer to the whole of Indian cinema; it is only a part of the Indian film industry. Bollywood is the largest film producer in India and one of the largest in the world.

The name is a portmanteau of Bombay (the former name for Mumbai) and Hollywood, the center of the American film industry. However, unlike Hollywood, Bollywood does not exist as a real physical place. Though some deplore the name, arguing that it makes the industry look like a poor cousin to Hollywood, it seems likely to persist and now has its own entry in the Oxford English Dictionary.

Bollywood is commonly referred to as Hindi cinema, even though "Hindustani", understood as the colloquial base common to both Hindi and Urdu, might be more accurate. There has been a growing presence of Indian English in dialogue and songs as well. It is not uncommon to see films that feature dialogue with English words and phrases, even whole sentences. There is a growing number of films made entirely in English. From Hindi Cinema or Bollywood

Obama Plan to Create 2.5 Million Jobs by 2011

President-elect Barack Obama is promoting his economic plan to create 2.5-million jobs in his first two years in office. Mr. Obama says the plan will put people to work rebuilding roads and bridges, modernizing schools and developing alternative energy sources. VOA's Kent Klein reports from Washington.- By Kent Klein, Washington 2 November 2008

President-elect Obama says the United States faces "an economic crisis of historic proportions," and more must be done to put people back to work. "I have already directed my economic team to come up with an economic recovery plan that will mean 2.5-million more jobs by January, 2011, a plan big enough to meet the challenges we face, that I intend to sign soon after taking office," he said.

In the weekly Democratic Party radio address, the president-elect, who takes office on January 20th, said he wants to get the plan through Congress quickly, to help get Americans working again. "We will put people back to work, rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges, modernizing schools that are failing our children, and building wind farms and solar panels, fuel-efficient cars and the alternative energy technologies that can free us from our dependence on foreign oil and keep our economy competitive in the years ahead," he said.

Mr. Obama admitted that there are no quick or easy solutions to the crisis, which he said has been years in the making, and that the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better. However, he said immediate action is needed, with support from Democrats and Republicans. "These are not just steps to pull ourselves out of this immediate crisis. These are the long-term investments in our economic future that have been ignored for far too long. And they represent an early down-payment on the type of reform my administration will bring to Washington," he said.

News reports on Friday said Mr. Obama would name New York Federal Reserve Bank President Timothy Geithner as his Treasury secretary. The New York financial markets soared afterward, with the Dow Jones industrial average gaining almost 500 points.

Economic help is urgently needed in the U.S. auto industry, where the three major automakers (General Motors, Ford and Chrysler) are all facing severe financial troubles. President George Bush recently signed a bill authorizing up to $25 billion in loans to help the three companies build more fuel-efficient vehicles. Several lawmakers proposed making that money available to keep the so-called "Big Three" in business if they restructure to become financially viable.

From the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Lima, Peru, Mr. Bush expressed disappointment Saturday that Congress adjourned without addressing the legislation. "My position is clear. If the automakers are willing to make the hard decisions needed to become viable, they should be able to receive the funds Congress already allotted to them for other purposes. This is a critical issue for our economy and our country. The American people expect their elected leaders to do what it takes to solve it," he said.

The chief executive officers of America's three major car companies came to Capitol Hill this past week, asking lawmakers for a financial rescue package. They faced a chilly reception after flying to Washington on corporate jets. Congress adjourned for the year without acting on any help for the auto industry, demanding that executives provide them with a plan of action in exchange for supporting any bailout. - VOA News

Telefonica Azul passed scoring gate of the second leg 22 November 2008 Update

Telefonica Azul team has passed through the scoring gate of the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, heading towards Kochi, India. The eight boat fleet is expected to reach the next port in early December.

Volvo Ocean Race 2008 - Telefonica Azul footage

The threat of piracy haynting the eight boat fleet on the 4,450-mile stretch from Cape Town, South Africa, to Kochi, India there were some damages to Puma and Green Dragon boats as you can watch in the video.

India The Big Picture Conference Inaugurated by Shri Anand Sharma

Shri Anand Sharma, the Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting and External Affairs has assured all help and assistance to boost media and entertainment industry in the country, which he described as not only entertaining but also educating in social life and employment generating. Shri Sharma was speaking at the inaugural function of the day long ‘India – The Big Picture’ Conference organized by the Confederation of Indian Industries in Panaji today. ‘New Dreams, New Directions’ was the theme of the Conference.

The Minister said that the country has bountiful creative and technological talent available, and can become hub for outsourcing as well as making and exporting original animation films to other parts of the world. He said, the Government has liberalized the policy with regard to foreign direct investment and expressed hope that the foreign companies will take the benefit of this in ever-greater numbers to usher in new models that will lead to greater cooperation and greater profitability. The initiatives taken in this direction has already started yielding results, he added.

The Minister also announced plans to set up a National Centre of Excellence for gaming, animation and visual effects and a Moving Image Museum at Mumbai. There are also plans for upgrading the Films and TV Institute of India, Pune and adding new streams of courses to meet the demand in new emerging areas, the Minister mentioned. The National Film Archives of India too is being upgraded for preserving classic films.

Shri Sharma described cinema industry as most powerful unifying bond amongst Indians, which he said also has the potential of bringing together various cultures and peoples of the world and can ultimately help development of tourism sector of the country. The Minister stressed on evolving plans for utilizing natural beauty of the country for promoting the country as shooting destination of the world.

The Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Digamber V. Kamat while speaking on the occasion said that the brand name of Goa for international film festivals is fast catching up and Government will leave no stone unturned to establish it further. He said that an ideal location for establishing world class infrastructure for shooting, where film people from all over the world can come is being identified in Goa. He dwelt at large upon Goa’s contribution to film industry in the country.

Earlier, Smt. Sushma Singh, Secretary (I&B), described the film industry as the fastest growing sector of Indian economy. Smt. Singh said that the Government has already formulated policy on IPTV and policy on Mobile TV is under active consideration of the Government. Government is keenly observing technological advancement in the entertainment sector and the policy on convergence and regulations aimed at developing new models of entertainment will also be formulated taking the industry in confidence. Third phase of FM radio is also on the cards, she said.

Shri J. P. Singh, Chief Secretary of Goa, and Shri P. F. XD’lima, Past chairman, CII Goa also spoke. Shri V.B. Pyarelal, Joint Secretary and Smt. Sangeeta Singh, Director Ministry of Information & Broadcasting also attended the Conference as panelists among others.

The Conference deliberated upon New Revenue Streams –Merchandising & Theatre Chains, New Media and developing New Markets. The Seminar was attended by film personalities in large number.

Political Advertisements on Radio allowed

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has amended the All India Radio Code allowing political advertisements. Accordingly, such advertisements will be allowed to be carried on All India Radio. This would include FM radio also since they too adhere to the AIR Code. Such advertisement shall be subject to pre-broadcast scrutiny by the Election Commission of India/authorities under the Election Commission of India during the period when model code of conduct is in operation.

Amitabh's Blog - Amitabh Bachchan blog @ Blog Adda

I saw the legendary Big B's Blog today ! I am not JOKING. Yes I am not joking, really I saw it for first time. I have heard it on TV, Electronic Media, read in print media and heard from people I meet, but actually in Internet saw it for first time.

It is day 204 and 204i. He congratulated on Gurupurab and specially stressed "Love and peace, togetherness and harmony, respect and dignity for all.
May the blessings of the Granth Saheb be upon all of us…"

He is telling he will start work tomorrow and has put some interview for our perusal. OUR means we the people we the media we the world I suppose.

What led to start this post is -
"“A beautiful relationship does not depend on how well we understand some one. It depends on how well we avoid the misunderstanding.”"

I simply started laughing , may be it fits in my life too much, may be on yours, or on so many persons. Any way the great blog of "a common man" very uncommon in his own life, uncommon in the achievements, personality and all that... Living Legend The Big B.

Sparking a Big Bang for the British Economy

Inaugural Big Bang Fair to celebrate UK science and engineering talent and inspire future generations - London - The science and engineering community, government departments and some of Britain's biggest companies today launch the first UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair, The Big Bang - the UK's biggest ever science event for students and teachers. An unprecedented coming together, The Big Bang will be 2009's focal point for science and engineering, showcasing the best the UK has to offer and inspiring future generations to get involved in a sector that is key to the UK economy.
Over three days at the QEII centre in London from the 4th - 6th March, nearly nine thousand young people, teachers and members of the public will witness the UK's biggest and boldest celebration of UK science and engineering. The Big Bang will demonstrate the excitement and opportunities of the sector, and encourage greater take-up of careers in science and engineering. It will feature compelling and engaging shows, workshops and presentations across the entire science and engineering spectrum; displays and demonstrations of leading-edge UK technology from sponsor companies including Shell and BAE Systems; and exhibition stands to showcase further inspirational projects.
One of the highlights of The Big Bang will be the newly established National Science Competition - the UK's most significant student competition to identify the first UK Young Scientist and UK Young Technologist of the Year. The competition is open to all 13-19 year olds including regional finalists from the BA (British Association for the Advancement of Science) CREST Awards, and Young Engineer for Britain Competition. A prestigious, celebrity-led awards ceremony will be the highlight of The Big Bang where the winners will be announced. Each winner will receive a personal cash prize of £5000, a once in a lifetime international science or technology trip, a trophy and opportunities to represent youth science at events across the UK and beyond over the following year.
Co-Patrons Sir Anthony Cleaver and Sir Tom McKillop recognised it as a watershed moment. Science and engineering contributes over 21% to the UK's GDP and The Big Bang demonstrates the importance of this sector to the economy both now and for the future. The turnover of the engineering and technology sector alone is over £800 billion.¹
Sir Anthony, who is also Chairman of The Engineering and Technology Board, said: "The UK economy needs a strong science and engineering sector if it is to break through recent difficulties and provide a strong basis for growth. In the global knowledge economy, those countries that have invested in science and engineering are doing well. The Big Bang will have a huge impact in attracting students from across the country to get involved in science and engineering and ensure our economic footing is strong for the future."
Science Minister, Lord Drayson, is fully supportive of The Big Bang: "Science and engineering offer some of the most fulfilling, well paid and interesting careers on the planet. I'm pleased The Big Bang gives young people a chance to explore the exciting opportunities on offer, and is a showcase for our brightest and best."
Dick Olver, Chairman of BAE Systems said: "Education projects are extremely important to the long-term sustainability of our business and our ability to recruit talented people. The Big Bang gives us a really exciting opportunity to work together and inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and technologists in the UK."
James Smith, Chairman of Shell UK, added: "Most children have a natural interest in science. We have to sustain that interest and encourage students to take up the great careers on offer in science and technology. Their future input and innovation is crucial in solving some of the world's biggest challenges - not least the challenge of secure and clean energy."
The Big Bang will be the event of the year in the science and engineering education calendar, with young people aspiring to take part. Through the range of exhibits, workshops and events at The Big Bang, young people will discover the huge range of opportunities that exist for those with science and engineering qualifications in the UK. (PRWEB) November 13, 2008

First National Education Day

Happy National Education Day ! Hindi Internet Existence extends warm congratulations on First National Education Day India. Today 11 November 2008 is the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and it is the First Indian National Education Day. Hope the day increases more awareness about education India.

Home Centre by Lifestyle in Hyderabad

Dubai based Landmark Group has opened its doors in Hyderabad by opening "Home Centre by Lifestyle", the one-stop home improvement store. Home Centre features a host of globally sourced products including furniture, home décor and soft furnishing, offering consumers a choice of categorized and coordinated shopping. The store’s USP is to provide a ‘touch and feel’ experience for shoppers who want to see how the products lend a sense character and uniqueness to their home.

Spread over an area of 35,000 sq. ft, Home Centre by Lifestyle is located at Oasis Centre, Greenlands, Begumpet. Home Centre helps bring out a person’s style statement and individuality with sophistication and ease. The overall mix of merchandise available at the store is a combination of classical, contemporary and traditional. There are ideas for every corner of the house - bedroom, dining room, living room, kid’s bedroom, small office, home office, terrace, garden and all nooks & crannies.

The furniture range includes a multitude of sofas, dining tables with safety tempered glass tops, crockery, bar cabinets and centre settees. There are soft furnishings, crockery, cutlery and kitchen utensils to bath products, wicker products, CD and magazine racks. Home Centre also has its own brand of towels, bed spreads, shower curtains, laundry hampers, utility brushes, iron boards, cutlery, glassware, sleek lamps, artificial flowers, ceramic vases and Crystal D’arques crystal ware from France.

Currently, the store wears a festive look with a variety of festive offerings that include ornate diyas, candles, colourful art decos and many more. As an inaugural offer, consumers will get 10% off on all furniture purchases.

Lifestyle launched its stand-alone home solutions store to pioneer the concept of ‘specialty retailing’ in India. The first Home Centre store was launched in Gurgaon and in a short span of three years the brand has expanded its reach to 5 other cities – Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Noida and Pune.

Rabi sowing India

In India Agriculturist have started Rabi Sowing in various areas of the country. The Statatics of Agriculture area covered in Rabi, from some states of India are given below:-
The major crop in Rabi is wheat and has been sown in 22.67 lakh hectare as compared to 21.01 lakh hectare during the corresponding period of last year 2007.
Major foodgrain crops, pulses and oilseeds have been grown in more area this year as compared to that in the last year.
The cropped areas this year and last year for major rabi crops are as follows:


This year's area [as on 6th November]

Last year's area [as on 6th November]













Total of coarse cereals









Total pulses



Rapeseed & mustard



Total oilseeds



Madagascar gang leads strong weekend box office

The talking critters from Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa devoured the competition at theaters over the weekend, taking in $63.5 million, according to studio estimates from box-office tracking firm Nielsen EDI. The debut was $10 million more than most analysts predicted and marked the sixth-largest animated debut and the biggest opening of the year...

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Did environmental disasters play role in Mayan decline?

Apocalypto fans might be forgiven for thinking the fabled collapse of the ancient Maya, the retreat of a civilization from pyramids and ceremonial centers across Central America from 800 to 1000 A.D., involved all sorts of cataclysmic events, war, famine and devastation.

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Use Twitter for your Business in Right Way

More and more Businesses are getting onto Twitter. Here are some tips to rub your Twitter followers the right way. Soon you’ll find out how loyal and supportive these people can be if only you took the time to get to know them.

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Sangeet Ratna – Bhimsen Joshi

It was Diwali once again at Pune’s ‘Kalashree’ in Navipeth with ‘rangolis’ and floral decorations adorning the road leading to the house. The rangolis were drawn early in the morning by a civil society organization Vidhayak and had inscriptions ‘mile sur hamara tumhara’.

This was the way the music lovers of Pune greeted living legend, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, when an announcement was made by the Rashtrapati Bhavan, about him being conferred the ‘Bharat Ratna’ - the country’s highest civilian honour.

Artificial Heart Real?

French researchers have developed a pioneering new artificial heart: the first heart patients may receive the experimental organ in just three years. "This attempt to permanently replace the physiological heart with a completely new artificial heart has been the Holy Grail of researchers."

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Outbreak of Mystery Virus MI College Closed

Shut it down. Wash it down. That is the order from Ottawa County health officials after more than 120 Hope College students became ill from a noro-like virus. Officials are awaiting tests to determine exactly what virus it is. Classes, sporting events, any gathering of people on the campus is prohibited.

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Best Performance in Exports

Defence Minister Shri AK Antony presented the Defence Minister's Awards for Excellence for the year 2006-07 to Bharat Electronics Ltd., Bangalore for Best Performance in Exports.

BEML are makers of earthmoving and other heavy industrial equipment, for the mining and civil engineering industries.

BEML Limited (formerly Bharat Earth Movers Limited) was established in May 1964 as a Public Sector Undertaking for manufacture of Rail Coaches & Spare Parts and Mining Equipment at its Bangalore Complex. The Company ha s partially disinvested and presently Government of India owns 54 percent of total equity and rest 46 percent is held by Public, Financial institutions, Foreign Institutional Investors, Banks and Employees.

During the financial year 2007-08, BEML achieved a sales turnover of INR 2713 crores and a pre tax profit of INR 348 crores. The export earnings touched INR 200.62 crores.

Major achievements of BEL during the year 2006-07 are – 81% of its turnover came from indigenously developed products; more than 25 new products introduced and supplied during the year; major new products supplied include Advanced Land Navigation System, Jammers (Safari), Hand Held UHF Radio VPS Mk III and Upgraded Electronic Voting Machines.

Secrets Of Great Sci-Fi Characters

Amazing stories need great characters. And when you're writing a story set in a futuristic or fantastical world, it's more important than ever for readers to be able to relate to your characters. It's also harder than ever, because your characters' lives and experiences will be totally different than your readers'.

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Lionsgate Cuts Staff Ahead of Earnings Report

Lionsgate is cutting 8% of its staff, which had grown from 350 to 550 over the past four years. In all, 41 positions are being eliminated, with 17 rank-and-file staffers being laid off. The cuts span all divisions and almost all are at the megaindie’s Santa Monica headquarters.

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Chandrayaan 1 in Lunar Orbit

Chandrayaan-1, India’s first unmanned spacecraft mission to moon, entered lunar orbit today (November 8, 2008). This is the first time that an Indian built spacecraft has broken away from the Earth’s gravitational field and reached the moon. This historic event occurred following the firing of Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft’s liquid engine at 16:51 IST for a duration of 817 seconds. The highly complex ‘lunar orbit insertion manouvre was performed from Chandrayaan-1 Spacecraft Control Centre of ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network at Banglore.

Indian Deep Space Network (IDSN) at Balalu supported the crucial task of transmitting commands and continuously monitoring this vital event with two dish antennas, one measuring 18 m and the other 32 m.

Chandrayaan-1’s liquid engine was fired when the spacecraft passed at a distance of about 500 km from the moon to reduce its velocity to enable lunar gravity to capture it into an orbit around the moon. The spacecraft is now orbiting the moon in an elliptical orbit that passes over the polar regions of the moon. The nearest point of this orbit (periselene) lies at a distance of about 504 km from the moon’s surface while the farthest point (aposelene) lies at about 7,502 km. Chandrayaan –1 takes about 11 hrs to go round the moon once in this orbit.

The performance of all the systems onboard Chandrayaan-1 is normal. In the coming days, the height of Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft’s orbit around the moon will be carefully reduced in steps to achieve a final polar orbit of about 100 km height from moon’s surface. Following this, the Moon Impact Probe (MIP) of the spacecraft will be released to hit the lunar surface. Later, the other scientific instruments will be turned on sequentially to the normal phase of the mission.

It may be recalled that Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft was launched on October 22, 2008 by PSLV-C11 from India’s spacecraft at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. As intended. PSLV placed the spacecraft in a highly oval shaped orbit with a perigee (nearest point to Earth) of 255 km and an apogee (farthest point to Earth) of 22,860 km. In the past two weeks, the liquid engine of Chandrayaan-1 has been successfully fired five times at opportune moments to increase the apogee height, first to 37,900 km, then to 74,715 km, later to 164,600 km, after that to 267,000 km and finally to 380,000 km, as planned. During this period, the terrain Mapping Camera (TMC), one of the eleven payloads (scientific instruments) of the spacecraft, was successfully operated twice to take the pictures, first of the Earth, and the moon.

With today’s successful manouvre, India becomes the fifth country to send a spacecraft to Moon. The other countries, which have sent spacecraft to Moon, are the United States, former Soviet Union, Japan and China. Besides, European Space Agency (ESA), a consortium of 17 countries, has also sent a spacecraft to moon.

West Bengal preservation of forest and wildlife

West Bengal has been awarded more than Rs 5.5 crore for preservation and protection of Forest and Wildlife in the state. This also includes Annual Plan of Operation for Sundarbans Tiger Reserve under the Project Tiger Scheme During the year 2007-08,.Financial assistance amounting to Rs.201.88 lakh has been provided for Sundarbans Tiger Reserve and Rs. 356.21 lakh has been provided for development of other National Parks and Sanctuaries in the state.

Sundarbans are a part of the world's largest delta formed by the rivers Ganga, Brahmaputra and Meghna. It is a stretch of impenetrable mangrove forest of great size and bio-diversity at the southern tip of West Bengal. A UNESCO World Heritage Site (awarded in ’97), Sundarbans is a vast area covering 4262 square kms in India , of which 2,125 sq km is occupied by dense mangrove forest across 56 islands and the balance is under saline water. It forms the largest Tiger Reserve and National Park in India.

Hip Hop - Get to Know: Jamie Jones

Her name is Jamie Jones; an R&B/ Pop/Rock songstress/songwriter, and a native of High Point, North Carolina, which also happens to be the hometown of Fantasia Barrino. Jamie is keeping busy, recently stepping in the studio with super producer Swizz Beatz to create her next single “Ayo.”

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Maths Solve Beatles "Hard Day’s Night" Chord Mystery

The most famous opening chord in rock & Roll:For 40 years nobody knew for sure what it was. Many guitar players have tried in vain to recreate the sound but usually fail miserably. Well, someone has figured it out - not a musician, but a Dalhousie mathematician.

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White House e-mail system attacked

It was revealed this week that the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and John McCain were hacked over the summer. Now, a report has surfaced that the White House has suffered multiple attacks in recent months as well.

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Excellence in Performance - Defence Minister's Awards

Defence Minister Shri AK Antony presented the Defence Minister's Awards for Excellence for the year 2006-07 to Bharat Electronics Ltd., Bangalore. Bharat Electronics Limited also known as BEL which was established by the Government of India under the Ministry of Defence at Bengaluru (Previous name Bangalore), India, in 1954 to meet the specialised electronic needs of the Indian defence services. It provides a widw range of services including software development, semiconductor device packing and quality assurance services. Manufacturers of defence and civil communication products.

Major achievements of BEL during the year 2006-07 are – 81% of its turnover came from indigenously developed products; more than 25 new products introduced and supplied during the year; major new products supplied include Advanced Land Navigation System, Jammers (Safari), Hand Held UHF Radio VPS Mk III and Upgraded Electronic Voting Machines.

Hindi Fusion

Hindi Fusion, What is Hindi Fusion? Hindi is a language, the national language of India also called Rajbhasha (in HIndi). OK ! Fusion is mixing in perfect harmony like two solids melted to liquid and then mixed to form one single element. So what is intended with Hindi Fusion? In this Global Era melting the boundaries of continents making the world a village, Global Village it is obvious fusing Hindi in different dimensions with global element is Hindi Fusion. The picture of Hindi Fusion is not available any where it has to be drawn on a blank canvas. OK ! Got it. Well let us explore what is currently in Hindi Fusion list.

Hindi Fusion Dance Video, the performers are, The Angels at some M-Nite 2008, if you know details please update me, an auditorium performance, The Angels also in different types of dresses, giving some fused shadow on white screen at back, really wonderful experience, one more thing music is a mix of Hindi and English.

Hindi Fusion Dance

Tamanna & group performing click on label below Hindi Fusion for more related video

Hindi Film Ghazal To Extinction

Ghazal in Hindi Cinema, Hindi Movie or Hindi Movie has reached almost extinction. Ghazal is very subtle form of poetry and may be this is the reason for avoiding it in hindi films. In India the ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali came to lime light through a Hindi Film and that was golden era for Ghazal in India. Very thought provoking and comprehensive article about hindi film ghazal by Rajiv Vijaykar in "Screen"...

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Barack Obama India Feels Victory of Marginalised

Barack Obama, India reaction is quite overwhelming as if he is attached with Indian minds too. ‘The recent US elections has not only been a historic win for the elected Afro-American President Mr. Barack Obama but also a win of marginalised section of the society’, said Smt.Meira Kumar, Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India.

Smt.Meira Kumar, a leader for marginalised and weaker section of society, was speaking while interacting with a group of 27 students under the civic action programme conducted by Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) in the north east. The education excursion is a step of ITBP to make the girl students from the border areas of Arunachal Pradesh familiar with the rest of the country and to make them feel an integral part of the country.

Hindi Golden Jubilee Year

The Golden Jubilee Year of the official language (Hindi) was the year 1999. A fortnight long celebrations were held which was inaugurated by then President Shri K.R. Narayanan on September 14,1999.

The closing ceremony for the fortnight long Golden Jubilee Celebrations was held on September 29,1999 wherein prizes were distributed for various competitions held during the fortnight for promotion of Hindi in the Government offices. As for Hindi essay competition, there will be separate prizes for Hindi speaking and non-Hindi speaking participants were given.

The Official Languages Wing of the Law Ministry is charged with responsibility of translating Constitution in Hindi and other official languages as also Central Acts, Rules and Regulations in Hindi and other official languages. It is also charged with preparation of Hindi version of all the Notes for the Cabinet and other policy making papers on behalf of the Government of India comprising all Ministries and Departments.

Hindi Sevi Samman Award

The list of 28 Hindi Sevi scholars for the year 2005 and 2006 are as follows-

Dr. R. Venkatkrishnan
Sh. K.M. Samuel
Sh. Furailaptam Gokulanand Sharma & Sh. H. Pehlira (joint)
Sh. Navneet R. Thakkar & Sh. Sutikshan Kumar Sharma ‘Anandam’ (joint)

For the year 2006
Prof. Sheikh Mohd. Ikbal
Dr. T.V. Kuttimany
Prof. Indernath Choudhury
Sh. Shashikant Raghunath Joshi & Sh. Vilas Sonu Suralkar (joint)

Sh. Bharat Dogra
Sh. Ramesh Upadhyay

For the year 2006
Sh. Sharad Dutt
Smt. Ramnika Gupta

ATMARAM PURASKAR For the year 2005
Sh. Devender Mewari
Dr. Mahendra Madhup

For the year 2006
Dr. Khadag Singh Waldiya
Smt. Rekha Agarwal & Sh. Pradeep Sharma (Joint)

Sh. Manzoor Ahtesham
Prof. Krishandutt Paliwal

For the year 2006
Prof. Kamla Prasad
Sh.Surajpal Chauhan

Sh. Bhagwan singh
Sh.Rameshchander Shah

For the year 2006
Dr. Sadhna Saxena
Prof. Shekhar Pathak

Dr. Indra Dasnayak

For the year 2006
Prof. Mariola Aufredi

Adventure tourism in Assam

Adventure tourism in Assam is great fun.The North-Eastern States have a tremendous scope for adventure tourism. Trekking and mountaineering are attraction for tourists from all over the country. It is safe everywhere.

Being the most peaceful region, the Barak Valley has a tremendous potential for tourism. A beautiful place, Haflong, once adored by Rabindranath Tagore. Barak Valley is situated in southern part of Assam. The notable city in Barak valley is Silchar. The Barak river is in the vally and it gave the name to vally.

Rehman Rahi

Rahman Rahi or Rehman Rahi(born March 6, 1925, Srinagar) is an Kashmiri poet, translator and critic. He was awarded the Indian Sahitya Akademi Award in 1961 for his poetry collection Nawroz-i-Saba, the Padma Shri in 2000, and India's highest literary award the Jnanpith Award (for the year 2004) in 2007. He is the first Kashmiri writer to be awarded the Jnanpith, India's highest literary award.

Rehman Rahi began his career as a clerk in the government and was associated with the Progressive Writers' Association, of which he became the General Secretary. He was later a sub-editor in the Urdu daily Khidmat. He did an MA in Persian (1952) and in English (1962) from Jammu and Kashmir University where he taught Persian.

He has long been an ardent advocate of the Kashmiri language. On getting the Jnanpith, he said, "I see the award as an honour for my poetry, and above all an honour for the language(KASHMIRI) in which it was composed and for the people who use this language."

Rahi's major published works include:

Sana-Wani Saaz (poems)
Sukhok Soda (poems)
Kalam-e-Rahi (poems)
Nawroz-i-Saba (poems)
Kahwat (literary criticism)
Kashir Shara Sombran
Azich Kashir Shayiri
Kashir Naghmati Shayiri
Baba Fareed (translation)
Saba Moallaqat
Farmove Zartushtan
Seyah Rudi Jerean Manz (collection of Kashmiri poetry)
Koesher Shyiree Te Waznuk Surati Hal (Kashmiri poetry and its parameters).

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Prime Minister presented Jnanpith Award to Rahman Rahi

The Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan presented the 40th Jnanpith Award to Shri Rahman Rahi in New Delhi in a graceful function. Dr Manmohan Singh said “I am very happy to be here in this very distinguished gathering for the presentation of the 40th Jnanpith Award to Shri Rahman Rahi.

He congratulated and felicitated Shri Rahi on being honoured with this very prestigious literary award. The prime minister of India recognised it as an acknowledgement of Shri Rahman Rahi’s immense contribution to the growth of Indian literature.

This is the first time that this recognition, Jnanpith Award has come to a literary personality in the Kashmiri language, which finds its earliest expression in the mystical work of Lalleshwari or Laldyad or Lal Ded almost 700 years ago.

Shri Rahman Rahi is a Kashmiri Poet and Kashmiri is an official language of Jammu and Kashmir state of India. Kashmiri also known as Koshur is one of the national languages of India.

Dream Spark India

‘Dreamspark’ Free Software Programme of the Microsoft for Indian Student Community is launched by Smt. D. Purandeswari.

‘DreamSpark’ is a new initiative targeted for the students community to empower them with the 21st century employability skill by providing with software design and development tools at no charge. The programme was originally directed at College students, but now it has been expanded to include High School students.

Smt. D. Purandeswari, Minister of State for Human Resource Development (Higher Education), has said that India has one additional reason for special importance to software companies like the Microsoft, which China does not have at present, and that is the largest pool of English speaking soft-ware professionals, with strong mathematical and logical skills in the country. Launching, along with Mr. Bill Gates, the ‘DreamSpark’ Free software programme of the Microsoft for the Indian Student community at IIT Delhi today, Smt. Purandeswari said that for the first time, Microsoft is giving its valuable software developer and design tools directly to students worldwide at no charge.

The DreamSpark program was announced by Mr. Bill Gates on February 18, 2008 during a speech at Stanford University. It is estimated that upto 35 million students will be able to access these software titles free of charge through this programme. Currently DreamSpark is planned to be launched in 11 countries and India is one among them.

The list of Software and design tools that is offered to the Students under the DreamSpark:
- Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition,
- Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition,
- XNA Game Studio 2.0, a 12-month free Academic membership in the XNA Creators Club,
- Expression Studio,
- SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition, and
- Windows Server Standard Edition.

Palin Didn't Know Africa Is A Continent

According to Fox News Chief White House Correspondent, there was great concern within the McCain campaign that Palin lacked "a degree of knowledgeability necessary to be a vice president, a heartbeat away from the presidency,".

What led to the statement is that because she didn't know which countries were in NAFTA, and she "didn't know that Africa was a continent."

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78 Million Watch Obama Win - TV View

D you know the US Election 2008 has created many history? This one is Television View. Hollywood Reporter/Neilsen just released the ratings from last night. Barack Obama's historic presidential election victory was viewed by an equally historic numbers of viewers: 78,583,000 watched coverage across 14 networks Tuesday evening.

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A blog which speaks of some speculation -
It’s all over the place, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates join hands for a 60 billion dollars (what ’s our GDP again?) charity giveaway. Phew! 60 freaking billion dollars. That’s roughly 400 rupees for every one on this planet. Now I have to wonder, would apna custom build Airbus jet buying, 27 storey mansion constructing, Formula 1 team buying billiona...

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Bill Gates met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh

Now a days Bill Gates is in India. The most importent meeting, in the series of Indian VIPs meeting, is with the Prime Minister Of India. Exact details of the meeting is not available.
Mr. Bill Gates met the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Wednesday, November 05, 2008. They discussed areas of support between the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The Foundation has been providing grants for public health activities, notably in the areas of HIV/AIDS prevention and communication.
Bill and Melinda Gates believe every life has equal value. In the banner of  Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation they are working in USA and all over world for the equality.

High Dynamic Range Imaging For Photographers

HDRI photography (high dynamic range photography) is a method by which the photographer produces an image that has more dynamic range than that which is possible with normal film or digital processes.

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