Friday, November 20, 2009

Kashmir - A Paradise On Earth


I got a chance to visit Kashmir. Really I enjoyed the tour of Kashmir. House Boat, Dal Jheel, Mughal Garden. Everything was faboulus. We enjoyed the boating upto 11 pm of night. We enjoyed the shopping, drinks, bhutta etc over the water. Its really a like a heaven.

Kashmir is a Multi-facted diamond set like a Jewel on the map of India. Two Major Himalayan ranges, the great Himalayan and the Pir Panjal, Surround the valley from, north and south sides. The Mughal aptly called Kashmir ‘Paradise on Earth’ and traveled long distances to spend the summers in its cool envirous. Here they discovered the valley faced hill station and laid Srinagar famour Mughal Garden. They also patronized the development of art and craft and left behind a rich heritage of exquisite artisanship.

Kashmir is a land where many holiday ideas are realized, a gift of its spectaculars landscape and distinctive seasons. In winters when snow carpets the valley, you can go for skiing and sledge riding along the slops of Gulmarg or stay back in Srinagar and simply enjoy the bare snow. Covered landscape from the windows of a heated room. In spring and summer April-August the honey-dewed or chords, flowers carpeted meadows, slipping lakes and blue skills. Back on everyone to sample the many delights of the valley.

Kashmiri enchanting four seasons offer the true colour of the valley. Healthy fresh air, towering mountains. Lush green meadows, mystical blue green lakes, exquisite-food, fruit, handicraft and countless flora and famous.

So, this is Kashmiri, Kashmir her luminosity reveals herself to us. As we look from the sky as a multi coloured topestry spread out below us for today we arrive in Kashmir on the wings of a huge. Silver birds, as formerly did the Gods in their aerial chariots their fabled vimans.

Here we are then in this country of dreams and legends. The Happy valley an earthly or aerial paradise half way between heaven and earth on the road to the roof of the world, nestling in the north western folds of the Himalayas.

Kashmir is not a hill station but house of Hill-Stations in the south is Pahalgam. The valley of shepherds, in the north is Sanamarg, the Golden meadow and apart from this the city of Srinagar, the sun city and world famous Mughal Garden, fresh water lakes like Dal-Lake and Nagin Lake are within th reach of a comman Visitors.


The valley of Kashmir is about 130 km long and 140 km wide, its is watered by the Jehlum river, and its affluents which are joined together by a network of Lakes and Canals. Behind it to the north rises the mountains range of the Naga Parbat 8114 metres round which runs the Indus. Still Further lie the territories of Gilget, Baltistan and Ladakh, which are dominated by the magnificent Karakaram range of mountains, with the k2 8611 metres, one of the most imposing in the Himalayas forming a backdrop for its scenery on a titanic scale.

It would be difficult to imagine anything more wonderful than the profusion of flowers in Spring and Summer. A thousand species of flowers of Europe and elsewhere, amful of them everywhere you go. Fields of blue and white iris, lilac, false poppies, perfumed phase, Butter, Cups gentian and Campanula. White & Pink lotus and all the plants of the Himalayas, too numerous to describe. It is said about the one of the famous Mughal Emperor Jahagir, that at his deathbed, he was asked about his last wish. He said restlenly Kashmir. Kashmir and nothing else. Kashmir is also a famous place for adventures, lovers and trackers and Amarnath Pilgramage.

All the Mughal Emperor had great love for Kashmir and they laid down many Gardens and resorts and most famous is Shalimar Garden, the meadow of love. The heat of plain forced them to spend summer moth in the valley of Kashmir. Most important is the climate of Kashmir which attract visitors to come and rest there again and again.
The kashmiri people speak a comman language called ‘Kashmiri’ with slight variation in the dialect in various districts of the valley. In far-flung ares Gojri is the common langurage of Gujjars and Nomads. Urdu is widely spoken in most parts of the valley. English & Hindi is also spoken particularly at Tourists Places.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

How to say Happy Birthday?

Do u want to wish Happy Birthday to someone Special.
Choose the language in which you want to wish Happy Birthday.


How 2 say "Happy Birthday"
Afrikaans Veels geluk met jou verjaarsdag!
Albanian Urime ditelindjen!
Alsatian Gueter geburtsdaa!
Amharic Melkam lidet!
Arabic Eid milaad saeed! or Kul sana wa inta/i tayeb/a! (masculine/feminine )
Armenian Taredartzet shnorhavor! or Tsenund shnorhavor!
Assyrian Eida D'moladukh Hawee Brikha!
Austrian-Viennese Ois guade winsch i dia zum Gbuadsdog!
Aymara (Bolivia) Suma Urupnaya Cchuru Uromankja!
Azerbaijani Ad gununuz mubarek! -- for people older than you
Ad gunun mubarek! -- for people younger than you
Basque Zorionak!
Belauan-Micronesian Ungil el cherellem!
Bengali (Bangladesh/ India) Shuvo Jonmodin!
Bicol (Philippines) Maogmang Pagkamundag!
Bislama (Vanuatu) Hapi betde! or Yumi selebretem de blong bon blong yu!
Brazil ParabŽns a voc !
ParabŽns a voc ,
nesta data querida muitas felicidades e muitos anos de vida.
Breton Deiz-ha-bloaz laouen deoc'h!
Bulgarian Chestit Rojden Den!
Cambodian Som owie nek mein aryouk yrinyu!
Catalan Per molts anys! or Bon aniversari! or Moltes Felicitats!
Chamorro Biba Kumplianos!
Chinese-Cantonese Sun Yat Fai Lok!
Chinese Fuzhou San Ni Kuai Lo!
Chiness-Hakka Sang Ngit Fai Lok!
Chinese-Mandarin qu ni sheng er kuai le
Chinese-Shanghaiese San ruit kua lok!
Chinese-Tiociu Se Jit khuai lak!
Chronia Polla NA ZHSHS
Croatian Sretan Rodendan!
Czech Vsechno nejlepsi k Tvym narozeninam! !
Danish Tillykke med fodselsdagen!
Dutch-Antwerps Ne gelukkege verjoardach!
Dutch-Bilzers Ne geleukkege verjoardoag!
Dutch-Drents Fellisiteert!
Dutch-Flemish Gelukkige verjaardag! or Prettige verjaardag!
Dutch-Frisian Fan herte lokwinske!
Dutch-Limburgs Proficiat! or Perfisia!
Dutch-Spouwers Ne geleukkege verjeurdoag!
Dutch-Twents Gefeliciteard met oen'n verjoardag!
Dutch Hartelijk gefeliciteerd! or Van harte gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag!
English Happy Birthday!
Esperanto Felichan Naskightagon!
Estonian Palju onne sunnipaevaks!
Euskera Zorionak zure urtebetetze egunean!
Faroes ( Faroe island ) Tillukku vid fodingardegnum!
Farsi Tavalodet Mobarak!
Finnish Hyvaa syntymapaivaa!
French (Canada) Bonne Fete!
French Joyeux Anniversaire!
Frisian Lokkiche jierdei!
Gaelic (Irish) L‡ breithe mhaith agat!
Gaelic (Scottish) Co` latha breith sona dhuibh!
Galician (Spain) Ledicia no teu cumpreanos!
Georgian Gilotcav dabadebis dges!
German-Badisch Allis Guedi zu dim Fescht!
German-Bavarian Ois Guade zu Deim Geburdstog!
German-Berlinisch Allet Jute ooch zum Jeburtstach! or Ick wuensch da allet Jute zum Jeburtstach!
German-Bernese Es Muentschi zum Geburri!
German-Camelottisch Ewllews Gewtew zewm Gewbewrtstewg. Mew!
German-Frankonian Allmecht! Iich wuensch Dir aan guuadn Gebuardsdooch!
German-Lichtenstein Haerzliche Glueckwuensche zum Geburtstag!
German-Moselfraenki sch Haezzlische Glickwunsch zem Gebordsdach!
German-Plattdeutsch Ick wuensch Di allns Gode ton Geburtsdach!
German-Rhoihessisch Ich gratelier Dir aach zum Geburtstag!
German-Ruhr Allet Gute zum Gebuatstach!
German-Saarlaendisc h Alles Gudde for dei Gebordsdaach!
German-Saechsisch Herzlischen Gliggwunsch zum Geburdsdaach!
German-Schwaebisch Aelles Guade zom Gebordzdag!
German-Wienerisch Ois Guade zum Geburdsdog!
German Alles Gute zum Geburtstag!
Greek Eytyxismena Genethlia! or Chronia Pola!
Greenlandic Inuuinni pilluarit!
Gronings (Netherlands) Fielsteerd mit joen verjoardag!
Gujarati (India) Janma Divas Mubarak!
Gujrati (Pakistan) Saal Mubarak!
Guarani (Paraguay Indian)] Vy-Apave Nde Arambotyre!
Hawaiian Hau`oli la hanau!
Hebrew Yom Huledet Same'ach!
Hiligaynon (Philippines) Masadya gid nga adlaw sa imo pagkatawo!
Hindi (India) Janam Din ki badhai! or Janam Din ki shubkamnaayein!
Hungarian Boldog szuletesnapot! or Isten eltessen!
Icelandic Til hamingju med afmaelisdaginn!
Indonesian Selamat Ulang Tahun!
Irish-gaelic La-breithe mhaith agat! or Co` latha breith sona dhut! Or Breithla Shona Dhuit!
Italian Buon Compleanno!
Italian (Piedmont) Bun Cumpleani!
Italian (Romagna) At faz tent avguri ad bon cumplean!
Japanese Otanjou-bi Omedetou Gozaimasu!
Javaans-Indonesia Slamet Ulang Taunmoe!
Jerriais Bouon Anniversaithe!
Kannada (India) Huttida Habba Subashayagalu!
Kapangpangan (Philippines) Mayap a Kebaitan
Kashmiri (India) Voharvod Mubarak Chuy!
Kazakh (Kazakstan) Tughan kuninmen!
Klingon Quchjaj qoSlIj!
Korean Saeng il chuk ha ham ni da!
Kurdish Rojbun a te piroz be!
Kyrgyz Tulgan kunum menen!
Latin Fortuna dies natalis!
Latvian Daudz laimes dzimsanas diena!
Lithuanian Sveikinu su gimtadieniu! or Geriausi linkejimaigimtadien io progal
Luganda Nkwagaliza amazalibwa go amalungi!
Luxembourgeois Vill Gleck fir daei Geburtsdaag!
Macedonian Sreken roden den!
Malayalam (India) Pirannal Aasamsakal! or Janmadinasamsakal!
Malaysian Selamat Hari Jadi!
Maltese Nifrahlek ghal gheluq sninek!
Maori Kia huritau ki a koe!
Marathi (India) Wadhdiwasachya Shubhechha!
Mauritian Kreol mo swet u en bonlaniverser!
Mbula (Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea) Leleng ambai pa mbeng ku taipet i!
Mongolian Torson odriin mend hurgee!
Navajo bil hoozho bi'dizhchi-neeji' 'aneilkaah!
Niederdeutsch (North Germany) Ick gratuleer di scheun!
Nepali Janma dhin ko Subha kamana!
Norwegian Gratulerer med dagen!
Oriya (India) Janmadina Abhinandan!
Papiamento (lower Dutch Antilles) Masha Pabien I hopi aña mas!
Pashto (Afganistan) Padayish rawaz day unbaraksha!
Persian Tavalodet Mobarak!
Pinoy (Philippines) Maligayang kaarawan sa iyo!
Polish Wszystkiego Najlepszego! or Wszystkiego najlepszego zokazji urodzin!
wszystkiego najlepszego z okazji urodzin
Portuguese (Brazil) Parabens pelo seu aniversario! or Parabenspara voce! or Parabens e muitas felicidades!
Portuguese Feliz Aniversario! or Parabens!
Punjabi (Pakistan) Janam din diyan wadhayian!
Rajasthani (India) Janam ghaanth ri badhai, khoob jeeyo!
Romanian La Multi Ani!
Rosarino Basico (Argentina) Feneligiz Cunumplegeanagonos!
Russian S dniom razhdjenia! or Pazdravliayu s dniom razhdjenia!
Sami/Lappish Lihkos Riegadanbeaivvis!
Samoan Manuia lou aso fanau!
Sanskrit (India) Ravihi janmadinam aacharati!
Sardinian (Italy) Achent'annos! Achent'annos!
Schwyzerduetsch (Swiss German) Vill Glück zum Geburri!
Serbian Srecan Rodjendan!
Slovak Vsetko najlepsie k narodeninam!
Slovene Vse najboljse za rojstni dan!
Sotho Masego motsatsing la psalo!
Spanish Feliz Cumplea–os!
Sri Lankan Suba Upan dinayak vewa!
Sundanese Wilujeng Tepang Taun!
Surinamese Mi fresteri ju!
Swahili Hongera! or Heri ya Siku kuu!
Swedish Grattis pŒ fšdelsedagen
Syriac Tahnyotho or brigo!
Tagalog (Philippines) Maligayang Bati Sa Iyong Kaarawan!
Taiwanese San leaz quiet lo!
Tamil (India) Piranda naal vaazhthukkal!
Telugu (India) Janmadina subha kankshalu!
Telugu Puttina Roju Shubakanksalu!
Thai Suk San Wan Keut!
Tibetan Droonkher Tashi Delek!
Tulu(Karnataka - India) Putudina dina saukhya!
Turkish Dogum gunun kutlu olsun!
Ukrainian Mnohiya lita! or Z dnem narodjennia!
Urdu (Pakistan) Janam Din Mubarak
Urdu (Pakistan) Saalgirah Mubarak!
Vietnamese Chuc Mung Sinh Nhat!
Visayan (Philippines) Malipayong adlaw nga natawhan!
Welsh Penblwydd Hapus i Chi!
Xhosa (South Afican) Imini emandi kuwe!
Yiddish A Freilekhn Gebortstog!
Yoruba (Nigeria) Eku Ojobi!
Zulu (South Afican)
Ilanga elimndandi kuwe!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

A Nano bailout - The world's cheapest car races in to save one of the world's most luxuries marques

A cartoon of an executive telling his staff, "Due to corporate cutbacks, we'll all have to sacrifice. Which is why my company car will be a Mercedes, instead of the Jaguar I normally drive." This is a brand that traditionally orbits in a very high trajectory. Hence the irony of the Jaguar being saved by the world's cheapest car, the Nano.

Remember how the head of the Jaguar car dealers' association of the US, Ken Gorin, fretted when Tata Motors emerged as the front-runner to buy Jaguar Land Rover. "I don't believe the US public is ready for ownership out of India," he said, warning it would "throw a tremendous cast of doubt over the viability of the brand.

The reverse proved true: Jaguar Land Rover threw a financial shadow over the viability of Tata Motors. Wall Street's collapse wiped out Jaguar's principal clientele. It also halved the value of Tata Motors' shares, deep fixing hopes to sell new shares to pay for the new purchase. Jaguar was now a luxurious millstone around the Indian company's neck. The big drama has been whether Tata Motors could found money to pay a $ 2 billion bridge loan it had taken for the buyout that was due in june.

But riding to the rescue, with a price tag roughly a fiftieth of 'a Jaguar XK coupe, has come the Nano. While the final talk is still awaited, it is estimated that the Nano has received over' 100,000 bookings and the advance payments from Indian, buyers have filled Tata Motor's coffers with over $ 2 billion. The Jaguar danger is suddenly toothless.

Nano's biggest assist may come from its effect on Tata Motors' share price­ making it easier for the company to borrow.

The final twist to the tale is that the Jagur Land Rover has received a 340 million loan from the European Union to develop more fuel-efficient models. A Nano runs roughly three times further than its sister car on the same liter of petrol. As the World watch Institute has noted, the Nano is greener than the Prices hybrid.

Well, Jaguar still keeps a dis­tance from India. Its website has no mention of 'Tata'or'India'. Its saloons will probably never say 'Made in India'. But there's definitely case for them being engraved, in nanometer-high lettering, 'Saved in India.'

Monday, March 23, 2009

The solution that India and Pakistan almost had on a longstanding dispute

DESPITE opinions to the contrary, diplomacy does not always lead to conflict, and conflict isn't necessarily a continuation of diplomacy by other means. On the other hand, acts of violence -whether by state or non­ state actors - can put paid to years of calibrated and exhausting diplomatic efforts. The Mumbai attacks of November 26 appear to have claimed, among their many victims, a probable resolution of the Sir Creek maritime boundary dispute between India and Pakistan. Not only is the five-year-Iong composite dialogue between New Delhi and Islamabad in a freeze but the two states now look set to miss the May 13 deadline for submitting their mutually agreeable claims on continental shelves to the UN Convention.

Law of Seas

Sir Creek, a 96-km-long estuary in the Rann of Kutch, has been a matter of disagreement between India and Pakistan since the late '60s, with Pakistan claiming the whole of the creek and India asking for a maritime boundary midway through it, according to international maritime law applicable to all navigable waterways.

Pakistan, till recently, had refuted India's claims of navigability; but negotiations last year, as part of the composite dialogue process initiated in January 2004, had brought Pakistan round to India's perspective. The relative lack of politicization of Sir Creek meant that it stayed low on the public radar while making it a dispute easier to end.

Nevertheless, the region is rich in bio-diversity, in addition to oil and gas reserves, thereby raising the stakes. A failure to re­ solve the dispute means India and Pakistan will submit conflicting claims before the UNCLOS in May, and neither country would be able to use the resources in the area till further negotiations, not likely anytime soon, succeed.

The joint survey undertaken by the two countries to prepare a new map of the area, to replace old ones made obsolete by the creek changing course, has come to naught for the moment. Fixing the maritime boundary would have been the logical next step after ascertaining the land boundary, something the two sides had agreed upon. The setback is an instance of the bigger bilateral regression following the Mumbai attacks.


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Cricket Hijacked: The BCCI's high adventurism on taking the IPL overseas must be nipped

WHO will list the atrocities carried through in the Indian fan's? Let's ask Shashank Manohar, president of the BCCI and perpetrator of the latest outrage. In a statement on Sunday, he said that the IPL would be taken overseas. Cranking up the ego war with the government on the logistics of this IPL season, he apologized to the "people of India", but comforted himself by saying that at last they'd now be able to watch the tournament on television.

Really, Mr Manohar? Is this truly what's behind this effort to start a bidding war between England and South Africa to host the IPL? Because if it is the Indian fan's benefit that's on the agenda, the BCCI's latest announcement amounts to little less than the cricketing equivalent of high treason. It is nothing less than an attempt to abduct India's favorite sport.

The government was ill-advised to have initially given the impression that India could not stage an election and a sport tournament. But to its credit, it hastened to offer cooperation in reworking the IPL schedule. By then the BCCI's IPL czar, Lalit Modi, had made it a point of prestige, and heaven knows what else. Because every comment made by him since then - and we all know how much Modi likes to talk - has set new records for the crude­ness with which he has staked ownership of Indian cricket. Cricket administrators in India hold a copyright to a certain kind of arrogance. For them cricket has been a state within a state. But as long as the game has played on, they have been allowed to be. Now that they have gone one step too far, and challenged the legitimacy of the Indian state, the government must consider what the law is so that cricket can be retrieved from such thuggish adventurism.

Let's start at the basics. Cricket matters in India because the people take it seriously. The BCCI's clout accrues from this popular interest. And it was in the interest of the game that critics hushed reservations about some of the IPL’s suspect procedures. Its opaque decision-making, for instance, and turf wars with wannabe leagues. After all, domestic cricket would find new utterance with this league format. But now the IPL chooses to amplify that turf mentality by making it seem India is not safe for cricket as usual. That's certainly not the case in a country set to host the Common­ wealth Games and the cricket world cup. And that's certainly not fair to India's fans or its first-class cricketers. For starters, the government may ask Sharad Pawar, a key member of the Union cabinet and the cricket establishment, just what his views are and what he can do to retrieve the situation.


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WHO CAN deny the power of prayer?

Some of us pray only when we are in trouble. That means prayer is a sincere of great comfort and solace. It gives us a chance to be in commune with the Creator. Often, in adversary circumstances, nothing can give one greater strength than the feeling that God is with you, guiding your steps every moment.

One of the most important means for the treatment of psychological diseases, which often lead to organic diseases, is to improve the patient’s morale with prayers and spiritual talks. Let him be in touch, through prayers, with the Almighty for a source of end­ less fortitude and guidance.

Prayer does not simply mean the repetition of recital of certain words according to a fixed formula, with the expectation of a favorable response. He who prays in this manner does not really pray, and must not be disappointed if his prayers are not answered.

Prayer must be supported with sincere efforts, and we must remind ourselves that God helps those who help themselves. We have the words of wisdom from our saints that tell us, "do your job well, and leave the rest to Him." Prophet Muhammad had said this in a more beautiful and effective way: "Helpless is the one who allows himself what he likes, and then asks God for the fulfillment of his wishes.

Prayer molds your mind and purifies your soul, disciplines your life and enables you to per­ form what is noble. Its power has the strength to salvage the rejected and the dejected, and gives reason and hope to live life in a manner that is purposeful and caring. The basic purpose of life is to gain insight into the sufferings of others and to get them relieved of their pains. And ' prayer acts as an effective instrument in your struggle against pain and suffering.

One can say prayer is the best medicine for all ills ­ physical, mental and worldly.


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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Global Warming Warning for India

THE WORLD'S highest battle­ field has vanished by half, but not quite the way peaceniks would want it.

Geological field evidence has established for the first time that the original length of the 19,000 -feet high Siachen Glacier, in what is currently Indian territory, was 150 kilometres, an Indian researcher said. It is now down to 74 kilometres.

That melting process could touch the lives of millions across Pakistan, where much 'of the lifeline Indus River is fed by waters from the Nubra and Shyok rivers that originate from the Siachen and a tributary glacier called Rimo.

Melting of glaciers - slow­ moving rivers of ice - can cause flooding, landslides and lakes 'that can burst, like Tibet's Parchu Lake in June 2005.

"There is now evidence that global warming has caused the Siachen Glacier to recede by at least 76 kilometre - and this doesn't include its other tongues and territory in Pakistan," Dr. Rajeev Upadhay, of the geology department at Nainital's Kumaun University, told Hindustan Times.

Upadhyay, whose paper on his findings appeared last week in the journal Current & science, has studied the glacier since 1995.

Adding to the heat of the elections, this April would be the scorching sun. This year's warm winter allow rainfall in January and February have dried up many perennial water sources in the Himalayan region, affecting lifeline rivers like the Ganga, Yamuna and Sutlej. there now, but several thou­ sand Indian and Pakistan soldiers are deployed at Siachen, the site of one of the border disputes between the two countries.

More than 500 Indian soldiers have died, but mostly due to sunburns and frostbites in temperatures than plunge to ­ 40 degrees C.

Upadhyay shrugged off the view that military activity in the region has caused all the damage.

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Don't compare Kosmix to Google, just go Explore

KOSMIX, A well- financed Silicon Valley start-up, is often described on blogs and news sites as a search engine that may someday rival Google.

As flattering as that notion may sound, it rankles Venky Harinarayan and Anand Rajaraman, the co-founders of Kosmix. And that's not because other start-ups making similar assertions have fallen laughably short of the mark. It's because Kosmix is trying to do something quite different from traditional Web search. "Search does what it does well, very well," Harinarayan said. "I don't think we can ever compete with that." Kosmix, he said, is not about finding the best set of documents for a specific keyword or phrase. Instead, its goal is to 'Explore' and I'tell me more about something," he said.

Kosmix founders Harjnarayan and Rajaraman

For a key word or topic that a user enters, Kosmix gathers content from across the Web to build a multimedia encyclopredia entry on the fly.

Its home page offers a mix of news, entertainment and other content from the Web. But" it is on searches that Kosmix becomes interesting.

Type in "Kauai," for example, and Kosmix will return a fairly rich page that includes an entry from WikiTravel, a rant recommendations from The New York Times; photos and videos from services like Flicker: and YouTube; clips of local music; reviews of guide books, bed-and-breakfasts services; blogposts and more.

By scouring the Web, the company has built a huge taxonomy, a set of nearly five million categories on topics from people and locations to car models, music groups and types of cheese.

"With the explosion of information on the Web, it is very hard to have an editorial function with only humans," Harinarayan said. "We are giving you an automated editor for any topic."

Last week, Kosmix released a service that creates a news site and allows people to tailor it to their interests to a far greater degree than Google News or MyYahoo.



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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Debt-ridden couple in suicide pact, man dies

Dharamsala, March 6

A 25-YEAR-OLD man died while his wife was struggling for life after the couple allegedly consumed some poisonous substance on failing to repay Rs llakh he had borrowed for their marriage nine months ago.

While Partap of Bagerh village died on Thursday evening, the condition of his wife Anu, a six-month pregnant, was stated to be critical. Kangra SSP Dr Atul Fulzele said preliminary investigation indicates that Partap, a mason by profession, and his wife consumed pesticide kept in the house and left for a nearby forest. When Pratap's condition deteriorated he called up his family members from his mobile phone.

The villagers and his family members took the couple to a Jawalamukhi hospital, from where they were shifted to Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College and Hospital. The police today recorded the statements of relatives of the deceased.

In another incident, two women, who were related, consumed poison at Narwana village 10 km from here. Sunita (33) and her niece Shivani (28) who were living together, consumed some poisonous substance following an argument. Shivani died at Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College, while Sunita's condition was stated to be critical. A case has been registered.


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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Anti Immigrant Song

Slashing the number of H-IB visas will affect the US economy badly

As THE US Congress approved the $787 billion economic stimulus package initiated by President Barack Obama on Friday, proposals by Senators Bernie Sanders and Charles Grassley placed stricter limits on banks and other firms taking taxpayer bailouts that use the H-lB visa programme. In other words, that will prohibit companies that have received bailout funds from hiring and retaining skilled foreign-born workers. This measure will disproportionately affect US-based Indians on H1-B visas.

India remains the largest provider of skilled HI-B workers to American companies. It 'is also the largest provider of foreign graduate students to America's colleges, particularly in the crucial areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. However, the. Amendment in the new law may change things as India's economy continues to grow and Congressional support for employment-based immigration erodes. Many American companies are planning to expand hiring in locations such as Bangalore and Beijing. By resorting to protectionist and anti-immigrant actions, Congress will only accelerate the current economic contraction in the US.

Consider the following facts.
According to the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAB), the 12 largest recipients of bailout funds hired a negligible number of H1-B visa-holders in 2007. Bank of America employed 210,000 people in 2007 and received petitions for 66 new H-lB visa holders, representing 0.03 per cent of its workforce. Many of these H1-B employees are graduates of US universities, some have received scholarships to study in the US.

Forcing these brightest from a global workforce to leave the US not only disrupts the operations of companies where they are employed, but also forces these companies to grapple with critical skill shortages. Such anti- immigrant actions can sow fear, uncertainty and doubt among other highly skilled immigrants currently employed by healthy companies.

Highly skilled immigrants are not part of the problem but part of the solution to America's current economic woes. There are over 500,000 such legal immigrants stuck in backlogs in a multi-year waif for a green card. While these individuals remain in a bureaucratic limbo, they postpone decisions to purchase homes and consumer durables. This is a source of pent-up demand that the US desperately needs to tap ill a slowing economy.

Legal immigration of highly skilled individuals is not a zero-sum game. Many talented immigrants have started successful businesses that have employed scores of US-born citizens. Anurag Jain, a former H1-B visa-holder, has been legally residing in the US for the last 10 years. He recently launched a Seattle-based inter net company gigzee.com. "Our situation is very uncertain because of the current economic conditions. If my wife loses her job with Microsoft, gigzee.com will be forced to move over seas due to the delays in the processing of our green card applications. I am already thinking of expanding my company overseas instead of building up a stronger base in the Seattle area," says Jain.

There is a growing recognition in Congress that' something needs to be done to arrest the departure of such individuals who often take their innovations to other countries and then compete with the US. Unfortunately, attempts at reform have stalled as this issue is held hostage by those in the US Congress who need a bargaining chip for other issues.

US President Obama has stated that one of the primary goals of his administration is to create 3 mil lion jobs during its first term. His administration could use all the help that it can get from the US Congress. However, the Congress must resist the temptation to resort to nativist actions and show genuine leadership that this land of immigrants deserves.

It's not time to count the cost

EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES sometimes call for ordinary responses. The interim budget for 2009-10, by resisting the regulatory reflex to a rap­idly deteriorating external situation is the strongest signal yet that our economic managers think enough has already been done to insulate India. On current indications, the economy next year should not be too far off the 7.1 per cent growth rate it is slated to notch up in 2008-09. The fiscal deficit will, in the process, keep yawning - it will be a long climb back from the precipitous fall to 6 per cent in 2008-09. Pity our policy makers didn't fix the fisc when the go­ing was good; the economy's capacity to absorb more global shocks is shrinking with each percentage point rise in this statistic.

Having spent a fifth more than initially budgeted in 2008-09 - a year when taxes will fetch a tenth less than targeted - the UPA government's commitment to social sector spending is not in doubt. Neither is its calibrated response to the world­wide recession. Next year's spending on flagship social schemes and infrastructure, apiece, is Rs 30,000 crore higher. But tax revenues for 2009-10 are expected to stay below the budget estimates for 2008-09, reversing an established trend where the tax-to-GDP ratio has been rising for well over a decade.

The Rs 150,000 crorespurt in govern­ment spending in 2008-09 cannot be regarded as a one-off projections for 2009-10 establish that the trajectory has been moved upward. The virtue associated with profligacy will wash away once the economic crisis blows over, but the seduc­tions of a spend-and-borrow regime will be hard to cast off.

The irony of the last budget of the outgoing government is that it comes after the tide has turned. The 3 achievements the economy has notched up in each of the four preceding years is remarkable. It does the UPA credit for not succumbing to the temptation of fresh giveaways, particularly when. it would have conventional economic wisdom on its side.

The Vajpayee government handed over fairly healthy government books to Manmohan Singh. T'he next government's inheri­tance need not have a bigger hole than there is already. Con­tinuity in economic management despite a change of the political guard portends well for India.

Quota in liquor vend allowent

Excise policy: 4 pc VAT imposed, allotment through sealed bids.

Chandigarh, February 16 RESERVATION IN allotment of liquor vends, allotment by inviting vend-wise sealed bids and imposition of 4 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on wholesale licensee are some of the high lights of Haryana's Excise policy for 2009-10 announced today.

Announcing the policy in Vidhan Sabha, Excise and Taxation Minister Birender Singh said reservation in allotment of vends for Scheduled Castes and Backward Class (A) had been made to ensure their participation in the state's economic growth.

"The liquor trade has by and large remained a monopolistic enterprise. But now SCs and BCs can participate," he said at a press conference later. The policy was approved by the Cabinet earlier in the day.

Birender Singh said for the first time a reservation of 10 per cent has been made for SC members and 5 per cent for those of Backward Class (A) in allotment of country liquor and IMFL vends. The 15 per cent reservation would be district wise.

He announced single stage VAT of 4 per cent on liquor for wholesale licensees. The levy effected for the first time, will increase the cost of liquor, trade sources said.

He said the new policy was a major shift from previous policies as far as allotment of vends was concerned. For 2009-10, allotment would be done by inviting vend-wise sealed bids, like in Andhra Pradesh.

"The previous government used to auction vends and that system was followed by the present government for a year. Thereafter, it was changed to lottery system to put an end to the monopoly. The excise policy since 2006-07 has successfully achieved the path-breaking objective of breaking the cartels and unethical dominance of liquor mafia, broadbasing the trade by facilitating the entry of new players of even modest means, plugging the leakage, and optimization of revenue. The main purpose of bringing this policy is to assess the financial potential of each vend," he explained.

Singh said the new policy also has an enabling provision to renew licenses for 2010-11.
However, the criteria for renewal will be decided in next year's policy.

The Minister said 60 per cent of basic quota of country liquor will be distributed equally amongst all Haryana-based distilleries while 40 per cent shall be open quota.

For opening bars (L4 and LS), the licence fee has been fixed at Rs 6 lakh in Panchkula, Faridabad, Gurgaon and Yamunanagar and Rs 4lakh in the remaining districts.
For opening of pubs in Hisar, Panipat, Sonipat, Yamunanagar, Faridabad and Gurgaon districts, a licence fee of Rs 3 lakh would be charged but in other districts it would be Rs 2 lakh. The government has decided to stick with its 2008-09 policy decision pf pro viding licenses for 24X7 bars for four and five-star hotels.

Referring to the issue of payment to local bodies in lieu of taxes imposed by them, Birender Singh said as per the new policy panchayats would get Rs 2 per bottle, instead of Rs 1.50 earlier. Similarly, the Municipal Committees would get Rs 3 per bottle instead of Rs 2 earlier. The ratio of sharing the payment between Gram Panchayats, Panchayat Samitis and Zila Parishad would be 70:20:10. (Haryana Bureau)

RS 500-CR REVENUE INCREASE EXPECTED
Birender Singh said the government expects an increase of Rs 500 crore in Excise revenue i.e. about Rs 2,000 crore during 2009 10 through the new excise policy. He said this was despite the number of liquor vends having been reduced to 3,500 from 3,800 in the new policy.
Also, sale hours in rural areas have been reduced by one hour in summers (April to October) and two hours in winter (November to March).

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Hafed exports 240 MT of Basmati to UK

HARYANA COOPERATION Minister Harmohinder Singh Chatha today said Hafed recently exported 240-MT brown Basinati rice valuing Rs 1.55 crore to the United Kingdom. This was the second consignment ofHafed Basmati rice to the UK markets, he added. Prior to this, 240-MT Basmati rice valuing Rs 1.25 crore was export­ ed in December 2008.

Chatha said the Federation was now expecting to get regular orders of rice import from UK.

He said Hafed was also exporting Basmati rice to ~Australia since June 2007. Besides this, 550-MT Pusa Basmati rice was exported to Saudi Arabia during the current financial year.

To meet out the export demand and make its presence in the international market, Hafed has purchased sub­stantial quantity of Basmati paddy in the current year from the state mandis. To ensure genetic purity of the world famous Taraori Basmati, Hafed undertook contract farming of Basmati paddy in Karnal, Kurukshetra and Kaithal.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Managing Money

If you are thinking of changing your job, you need to do more than manage your new career-you need to take a few quick financial decisions.

Depending on what these are, you need to chalk out a financial strategy for yourself and your family;

You need to begin with tracking your expenses for a few months.

You may find that a new job and/or a bigger pay cheque can affect your spending.

Check out what your gross pay is as opposed to your net pay. Net pay is your take home after taxes, and your-spending pattern should be based on this as opposed to your gross pay.

When you change jobs, it is tempting to withdraw your provident fund. But remember, any benefits of letting that money compound tax deferred will vanish if you start at zero in your new job. Worse, you may be tempted to spend the money on things that are unnecessary.

Insurance options. Find out the type of insurance- cover being offered by the new employer.

How does it compare with what you already have?
Go ahead and strike the best deal money wise.

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What Motivates Managers?

Motivation is all about treating people with dignity

What is motivation?
Though there is no one definition of the word, it usually includes:

Desires, wants, wishes, aims, goals, needs, drives, motives and incentives.

Here are some strategies that operating managers can apply in order to create requisite 'desires' within their people to deliver their best to the organization.

Providing career growth, learning and development opportunities: What a present day knowledge worker needs is adequate opportunities to learn and grow so that he remains employable in the current competitive business environment.

Providing an exciting and challenging work environment: So that he can put all his existing skills to good use.

Appreciating good performance: A manager should feel that he is a part of the team and his contribution is being noticed.

Providing regular feedback: As Ken Blanchand, author of the One Minute Manager says, "Feedback is the breakfast of champions" i.e. they want to know how they are delivering. .

Soliciting, Employees, Opinions: In order to involve them in decisions that affects their jobs.

Opening channels of communication: Regular question and answer sessions, small group forums with the head of the organization and an open door policy are some ways that might encourage managers to speak up.

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Arson bid at gurdwara, PMU leader attacked

MISCREANTS SET off a fire at the Ghuggshor village gur­ dwara in Kartarpur late last night. A few carpets were burnt but the flames were doused in time. The Granth Sahib was placed a safe dis­ tance from the spot.

Pendu Mazdoor Union sec­ retary Kashmir Singh Ghuggshor, 30, and his elder brother Resham Singh, 33, who were among the villagers that gathered at the gurdwara after the management made an announcement at 7.30 a.m. today, bore the full force of the villagers' fury for suggesting that the matter be investigat­ ed in full before pinning the blame. A group from Basrampur and some locals had put the blame on Joginder Singh, 65, even as there was no evidence, said Pendu Mazdoor Union state president Tarsem Peter.

The villagers severely beat up the brothers, who were admitted to the civil hospital.

Kirti Kisan Union state president Hardev Singh Sandhu later condemned the act in a meeting, said Tarsem. . The PMU has demanded that
the culprits be arrested.

DSP (Rural-I) Navjot Singh said they had not received a written complaint. The mat­ ter would be investigated and action taken, he added. HTC


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India Proposed To Ban Nuclear Weapons

INDIA HAS proposed an interna­tional convention for "complete pro­hibition" of the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons to reduce dan­gers posed by the arsenal to human­ity. At an international security con­ference ,in Munich, National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan underlined that India has been, and still remains, a strong 'and unwa­vering advocate of global verifiable and non-discriminatory nuclear dis­ armament.

"Even today, India is perhaps the only nuclear weapons State to express its readiness to negotiate a Nuclear Weapons Convention lead­ing to global,non-discriminatory and verifiable elimination of nuclear weapons," he said on Friday while speaking on the topic Non­ Proliferation, Arms control and Future of Nuclear Weapons; Is Zero Possible?

Referring to the Action Plan pro­ posed by India at the UN General Assembly in 1988 for complete elim­ination of all nuclear weapons in stages by 2010, he said "by far the most comprehensive initiative" is relevant even today.

He made several proposals to reduce risks posed by atomic weapons, which include negotiating a Convention on the complete pro­hibition of the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons.

- Some means proposed by Narayanan to reduce risks by

atomic weapons:

• Negotiating a convention on the complete prohibition of use or threat of use of nuclear weapons

- Reaffirmation of unequivocal commitment by all nuclear weapon States t6 the complete elimination of nuclear weapons

- Reduction of salience of nuclear weapons in security doctrines -


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The protests and the support of Satyam Raju


HYDERABAD: Several people of B. Raju Ramalingan village called slogans in support of shame founder of Satyam Computer Services, while
angry investors wanted to see him behind bars: The scene was the Saturday before the house of the judge involved in Raju in custody for two weeks.

Absolute chaos reigned outside the residence of West Maredpally the judge is B. Raju and his brother Ramalingan B. Rama Raju to judicial custody for two weeks.

Both sympathizers Ramalingan Raju had since Bheemavaram in West Godavari district, to show solidarity with him. "We have come from Bheemavaram to show our support for Raju because he has done a lot for people in our villages," said Ramesh Verma, an agriculturist.

Some investors have shown their anger by fraud of Rs.70 million has admitted.

"Shame on you" was a poster for an activist animal rights near the main gate of judges Quarters in West Maredpally. "I can not as an investor, but as a man, here is this man (Raju Ramalingan) are sent to jail," he said.

"He brought many laurels for the state, including this (fraud)," he said sarcastically.

Since the camera people were employed in this man, a group began to raise slogans "We Raju.

"Everyone has forgotten the good work of Raju. How can we forget, 108 emergency services. The people in rural areas have benefited enormously from this," said Ms. Verma.

There was a little tension when a defender Raju media began to abuse the people. He said the media on Raju bubble, which is not proportionate. He had a heated discussion with some journalists and police in order to alleviate the situation.

Advocates say that fraud has been admitted Raju defended the company and not to exploit.

At this point, a shareholder intervention supported Raju. "Raju is a good man for you, but their actions have caused huge losses to me. I Rs.100000. Who will compensate me?" He asked.