Disturbing news from Mumbai.. Tune into Twitter

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Forget CNN, which so far has few details of the ongoing attacks in Mumbai, India that have left at least 80 dead (Update: they’re starting to catch up now). People are giving first hand reports of what they’re seeing directly on Twitter. Flickr is another important information resources – images are here.

Twitter isn’t the place for solid facts yet – the situation is way too disorganized. But it’s where the news is breaking. GroundReport is doing a good job of aggregating citizen reports. Both Wikipedia and Mahalo have constantly updated pages with known facts.

via TechCrunch

Lalu pleases the common man with his Rail Budget

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Rail minister Lalu Prasad Yadav surprised everyone by announcing that Railways has made a jaw dropping profit of 25,000 crore this year!
He announced the range of new trains, promised new ones for Amravati too, thanks to Pratibha Patil.
One thing which caught my attention is inclusion of TV, Internet in the trains apart from ‘smart cards’ and an info board.

Here are the highlights of the Rail Budget 2008-09.
‘ चक दे रेल्वे ’

Sanju Baba sentenced..

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Sanjay Dutt was moved to Pune’s Yerwada Jail Last night.
Friends said there was a huge crowd to catch a glimpse of the actor.
Sanju baba has been always my favorite actor and it was really sad to hear about his 6 year sentence. Earlier I though its very harsh but then realized that he must be treated as a criminal. He must not get the celebrity treatment.
I still wonder how come he dared to carry AK-47 assuming nobody will check him. I don’t know if he has victimized but if not ‘Bhai’ will surely do something. ‘Bhai’ must be watching the show from wherever he is and Sanju baba will be out of bars within no time just like Monica Bedi.
Nobody knows the reality as whatever perception we have has been made by the Media.

But one thing is sure, Sanju Baba’s life is a perfect recipe for a bollywood flick. All I can say now is, "Ek kahani khatam to duji shuru ho gayi mamu.."

‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin killed while filming

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Steve Irwin, the man who is always seen with snakes and crocodiles on Discovery channel is dead.
Its been said that he was stung through the chest by a stringray while diving off Port  Douglas.
While watching him on Discovery, we often used say that this guy will die someday, but we never knew that he would really die in this fashion. He was really an icon for wildlife lovers.

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Union Budget 2006

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Finance Minister is presenting Union Budget 2006 today.
Here are the highlights as on 1.00 pm

  • 12 textile industry parks to be set up
  • An allocation of Rs 189 crore provided for this
  • A National Jute Board to be set up
  • Like woolmark, there will be a handloom mark to certify quality
  • A window to be created for equity participation and viability gap funding for the growth of sunrise IT sector
  • Tax rationalisation for jewellary and gems import
  • Food Processing Sector to be a priority sector for bank credit
  • 15 tourist areas to be developed
  • Services sector put on par with manufacturing sector
  • SMEs in service sector to get the status of SSI in manufacturing sector
  • Rs 1500 cr allocation to boost telephone connectivity
  • Plan allocation for shipping up 37 pc
  • Bill on cellular telephony in rural areas soon
  • 40,000 more villages to be electrified under Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidhyutikaran Yojana
  • 82 power projects are in various stages of implementation in the country to overcome power shortage
  • Work on to identify a deep draft port in West Bengal
  • To promote India as a semi-conductor hub
  • Introduction of a comprehensive bill on insurance in 2007
  • Biotechnology will be the big focus in FY 06-07
  • 180 items to be de-reserved from SSI list
  • Thrust industries: textile and food processing
  • Rs 97 crore for upgrading IITs
  • FII investment limit in stock markets will be raised from $1.75 billion to $2 billion
  • National e-governnace plan to be approved shortly
  • Telephone connection on demand in rural areas in three years
  • Raise in the aggregate investment of overseas investors from $1billion to $1 billion
  • An investment protection fund under the aegis of SEBI would be set up
  • Rs 100 crore special grant for Punjab Agricultural University
  • Food fertilizer and petroleum industries to be under subsidies
  • Defence budget raised to Rs 89,000 crore in 2006-07 from Rs 83,000 crore last year
  • Rs 37,458 crore would be capital expenditure in defence

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    Talking about New Vista for the Outsourcing Market

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    New Vista for the Outsourcing Market

    The Wall St. Journal just ran a really sad story. The writer apparently interviewed a number of US computer science students who…outsource their homework. Yeah, that’s right. They used a site called Rent A Coder, which matches Indian programmers up with US-based projects on a bidding basis.
     
    Do a search on this site with the keyword ‘homework’ and you get over 1000 hits. Not huge, but certainly worthy of being called a trend.
     
    Wonder if those expenses are covered by student loans?
    And what are these kids going to do after they graduate? Outsource their individual work assignments?
     
    (via Slashdot)

    ‘Raj’-Karan

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    In marathi, RajKaran means politics.
    And Mr. Raj Thacheray is living truely to its meaning.
    According to a breaking news, over 2500 Shiv sainiks have resigned from Shiv Sena to join Raj Thackeray’s new party. And that not over, 3500 more workers are expected to join him shortly.
    Thats what i call politics.. Divide and rule.

    Balasaheb Thacheray was quit unafraid when Rane left Shiv Sena, same when Raj followed.
    Narayan Rane surprised him by winning with comfortable margin and Raj is all set to shatter the roofs of ‘Matoshri’.
    Seems like a movie script..
    Ramu, are you listening ??

     

    Nach Baliye was entertaining.

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    Finally ‘Nach Baliye’ ended.
    I hardly follow any show these days. I’ve not watched more that two-three episodes of Indian Idol, Fame Gurukul or even KBC.
    But Nach Baliye was interesting.
    I liked the concept and the way they promoted it.

    Marathi superstar Sachin and Tu-Tu Mai-Mai fame Supriya was among the favorites from start of the show. Saroj khan, Farahan Akhtar and sexy Malaika Arora were the judges.
    And as any other reality show, this show also had lot of drama, rona-dhona and plenty of nach-gaana.

    And the final show surprisingly lasted for more that 3 long hours!
    There were not less than 15 something performances. But were all great.
    The show was really well organized.
    It made me n my room parteners glued till late night.

    Sachin and Supriya are a charismatic couple. There on-screen chemistry is just fab.
    Though Sachin’s steps remind me of old Marathi movies, he was entertaining.

    And yes, his hairs are not original 🙂
     
    The show is hit and much much better than pathetic Kam Ya Jyada (presented by even more pathetic Manoj Vajpayee), Deal Ya No Deal and other boring game shows.

    But we when were switching between channels during breaks, all we wanted to watch was F.R.I.E.N.D.S!
    It a laugh riot.
    Still i prefer CNBC and NDTV Profit rather than watching other dumb serials.

    Time to break the fast..

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    Messsage from Dean – IIT Madras

    Dear Friends,

    Here is a personal experience, as well as a moment of national pride, which I want to share with you. Hope you find it worth the time you put in reading it :

    "In the middle of 1965 India-Pakistan war, US govt – then a close friend of Pakistan – threatened India with stopping food-aid (remember "PL-480"?). For a food deficient India this threat was serious and humiliating. So much so that in the middle of war, Prime Minister (Late) Lal Bahadur Shastri went to Ram Leela Grounds in Delhi and appealed to each Indian to observe one-meal-fast every week to answer the American threat. As a school boy, I joined those millions who responded to Shastri ji’s call. I continued the fast even when the war was over and India became self sufficient in food. Hurt deep by the national humiliation suffered at the hands of the US govt, I had vowed to stop my weekly fast only when India starts giving aid to USA.

    It took just 40 years. Last week THE day arrived. When Indian ambassador in Washington DC handed over a cheque of US$ 50 million to the US govt, two plane loads of food, medical aid and other relief materials were waiting to fly to the USA. Time to break the fast? With no bad feeling about the USA, and good wishes for the Katrina victims, this humble Indian feels proud of the distance India has covered in 40 years. Let’s celebrate a New India!"

    – Vijay Kranti.

    Dean – IIT Madras

    Hurricane katrina Vs Rain in Mumbai

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    Check this out…

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    inches of rain/ water in new orleans due to hurricane katrina… 18

    inches of rain/ water in mumbai (July 27th)…. 37.1

     

    population of new orleans… 484,674

    population of mumbai…. 12,622,500

     

    deaths in new orleans within 48 hours of katrina…100

    deaths in mumbai within 48hours of rain.. 37

     

    number of people to be evacuated in new orleans… entire city..woh ho

    number of people evacuated in mumbai…10,000

     

    Cases of shooting and violence in new orleans…Countless

    Cases of shooting and violence in mumbai.. NONE

     

    Time taken for US army to reach new orleans… 48hours

    Time taken for Indian army and navy to reach mumbai…12hours

     

    AID accepted by US… 1b $ from 95 nations!
    AID accepted by India.. None

     

    status 48hours later…new orleans is still waiting for relief, army and electricty

    status 48hours later..mumbai is back on its feet and is business is as usual

     

    USA…world’s most developed nation

    India…third world country..

     

    oops…did i get the last fact wrong???

    Well Done Mumbaikars(Indians)