As per the current broadband definition of 256 kbps, India has around seven million broadband users. Knowledge Commission Chairman Sam Pitroda has set an ambitious target of 100 million subscribers in the next three years. He believes that free accessibility of course material on the Internet is needed for taking education to the masses through the Internet.
The necessary infrastructure, fibre optics network and political will is in place, as are competing service providers.
The only things missing are electricity, school buildings and even teachers, in many rural areas. Knowing how the government works, it is likely that broadband will reach these schools before any of these do!
Googling has revealed that “city like structures” were first discovered in 2000 at a depth of 40 meters off the coast of Gujarat. Dredging in 2001 brought up a 9,500 years old block of wood, 5,000 years older than the Indus Valley civilisation. Subsequently, pottery pieces dated by various Institutions between 13000 ± 1950 and 31270 ± 2050 years old were also discovered.
Some believe that the artifcats found and structures seen under the sea are natural, and that this talk of such an old civilisation is nonsense. NIOT's chief geologist Badrinarayan Badrinarayan, however, argues that this indeed was the cradle of ancient civilisation.
Graham Hancock agrees. His documentary is available on You Tube.
MERC the tariff-regulating body, formed to regulate prices charged by these companies, is playing into their hands, while the poor consumers become poorer. Power distribution companies jack up power prices at will – notwithstanding demonstrations of the local Senas.
I learn that production of electricity was the single-most contributor of pollution, which threatens to destroy our planet. Why not we all join the salvo on these errant companies, while also saving our planet? Use CFL bulbs, switch off TV- no standby mode, use star-rated electronic appliances. Say no to decorative lights in festivities, escalators in malls, neon signs. Save Electricity!
Prisoners can be released on remission after serving five years of their sentence.
The Andhra Pradesh Government had previously released prisoners on remission in 2004.
One of them was Mujeeb Ahmed, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1994 and released on special remission in 2004, notwithstanding the protests of the Police force.
Mujeeb went underground, becoming an active member of the Hizbul-Mujahideen and ISI.
He was arrested again in December 2005.
On Friday, Mujib Ahmed was convicted by a Hyderabad court, on the charges of of sedition and collecting arms to wage war against the country, and sentenced to life imprisonment.
In India that means five years, right?
The tree, which is native to South Africa, has a life-span of 2,500-3,000 years, with the oldest one being about 6,000 years old. It grows to a height of 70 feet and has a hollow tree-trunk with a diameter of 35 feet. Every part of the tree has medicinal properties. Its fruit has six times more Vitamin C than oranges and twice as much calcium as cow's milk.
In Delhi only three Kalpvrikshas exist. 1,000 saplings are being procured and will be planted across the city shortly.
My hunch is that they will be planted in or close to bungalows of politicians. They need them the most!
Picture: The bas-relief from Angkor Wat,Cambodia, shows Vishnu in the centre, his turtle avatar Kurma below, asuras and devas to left and right. Source: Wikipedia
It looks like Mohan Bhagwat has broken the free fall of the BJP. The RSS parachute has opened just in time. Advani, who met Bhagwat today, is likely to step down. Rajnath Singh will also go.
There is speculation that the third man in the centre of the storm, Arun Jaitley, will take over as party President. If that happens, nothing will have changed. Remember the way he publicly sulked during the election campaign and went missing for about 10 days? Not only did that hurt the BJP but also showed him, its master strategist, in very poor light.
For the BJP to get out of this vortex of groupism and selfishness, it is vital that a visibly honest leader, not tainted by it in any manner, takes over the reigns of the party, to purge and rebuild it.
All efforts to make Borah come out of his self imposed confinement have failed.He survives on food his kin pass to him through a window. His neighbours say he was in his senses till a couple of years back
While this is an extreme case, there is certainly a lesson in it for parents who unknowingly traumatise their children in varying degrees by piling on more pressure than they are wired to handle.
I am sure there are many Borahs out there who have gone “indoors” mentally.
But that was clearly small change. A couple of days back, the Congress government in Maharashtra announced that it would build a Rs 350 crore Shivaji memorial, which will have his statue in bronze, one kilometer off the Mumbai coast.
Mayawati says the Noida dalit memorial will be better than the Delhi Akshardham Temple that is already being called the Eighth Wonder by some. Chavan says Shivaji's statue will be taller than the Statue of Liberty.
Will some BJP CM announce a memorial higher than the Eiffel Tower next?
The Congress says Advani conned the country. Really, can anyone forget such an important decision made under such trying circumstances?
This is not all. Karan Thapar says that Advani had given his OK for the Nuclear Deal to the PM in person, but later backed out, manifestly to bring the government down and become PM in 2008. Remember those wads of notes in Parliament?
It is too late to quit with grace, but quit Advani must. For the sake of not just the BJP but the whole country.
A few months back, NTDV, manifestly in a fit of mindless arrogance, started a program called “The buck stops here”. Barkha Dutt, who anchored the program, says on Twitter that she is getting ready for its Second Season. How can any TV channel abrogate for itself the ultimate responsibility and accountability that the phrase suggests?
I have a suggestion.
Considering the brilliance with which Prannoy Roy has used NDTV to enrich himself, NDTV should start a show called “The bucks stop here”!
Power shortages cost India Rs 100,000 crores annually - enough to generate additional 25,000 MW, 20% of current generation. Indians spend Rs 30,000 crores to maintain and operate power back ups - equivalent of another 8,000 MW. Out of the installed capacity of 1,51,073 MW, only 96,000 MW is available for consumption, due to power theft and transmission losses.
Opportunity cost of shortage is Rs 2,89,000 crores, 6% of GDP. Enough to raise existing capacity by 50%. The only guys happy are power back up equipment manufacturers.
A telling picture of how myopic our babus and netas have been. Remember the time when one got a telephone after 10 years and had to book a Bajaj scooter?
Two years ago, when the old boys of the school met their teacher and found that he was surviving on a Rs 9,000 monthly pension, burdened by debts incurred for the marriage of his two daughters, they were shocked. About 250 of them, police officers, doctors, engineers among them, decided to gift him a Guru Niwas. A Coimbatore industrialist also gave Rs 1.35 lakhs.
The two storey Rs 10 lakh house will be handed over to him on September 8. The octogenarian has been moved by the gesture. So are we.
Americans are “becoming more like Hindus” . In support of this view, Lisa Miller, in a Newsweek article, cites some startling statistics: 65% Americans believe that “many religions lead to eternal life”, 24% call themselves “spiritual, not religious”, 24% believe in reincarnation and “more than a third now choose cremation”.
This change directly flows from the almost unfettered freedom to question, without any fear, the reduction of the limitless dimensions of God into a book or two, with competing claims that that is all that there is to Him.
Buddha once told his followers that they should not believe the word of any holy man or book, even of Buddha himself. He asked them to walk their own paths and find the answers themselves.
2500 years later, America seems to be taking that walk.
If India implements a similar stimulus package, there will be a rigged lottery for allotting vouchers, with the “lucky” allottees paying a significant premium to get them. Dealers will not be reimbursed for 10 months, and only after paying “processing charges”!
In a way, the Indian system is better. In the US, it is only the buyers, dealers and manufacturers who are benefiting. In India, many more “stakeholders” will. That's democracy.
Sagarika Ghose tweets on Twitter: “200 govt schemes named after Rajiv Gandhi alone, 400 named after Gandhi Nehru family! We should be Gandhistan”. I think Congressmen should have a common surname: Gandhidass. No caste identification, only two classes: royalty and “dasses” (servants), the latter distinguishable from you-know-who-what by the prefix “d”, and happily saying “I'm lovin' it”.
But the defence cake goes to Prannoy Roy for his "hands on" knowledge of how open Indians, the ones who belong to Bharat, really are. As per him, a psychiatrist once told him that a patient of his refused to answer his questions and kept looking back towards his relatives who were beyond hearing range. The moment the psychiatrist called them in, the boy started speaking freely about everything including sex! "That is how open Indian society is."
Wannna talk sex with someone? Call the folks!
Know any such Indians?
Since the party has expelled him and Modi has banned his book, family war has broken out, Congress watching in glee, Nehru out of picture, book forgotten – higher sales than gas masks notwithstanding!
Advani's Kandahar lie has been exposed, his association with the cash-for-vote drama in Parliament highlighted, Vajpayee's anguish over Gujarat 2002 revealed, and the BJP called narrow minded, limited and nervous. And Jaswant is not done yet.
The Congress doesn't need to do anything to win an election; the BJP will do enough to lose it!
Pir Sanghvi: What's the point of electing a President called Hussein if officers think Khan is a terrorist name?
Ambika Koini: We'll do to Bill what the Americans have done to Shahrukh
Barkha Futt: Shahrukh's was revolting religious profiling. Muslim name equals Suspicion
Aam Aadmi: Al Gore was also held for questioning. What's the big deal?
Pir Sanghvi: @aamaadmi That is because his name sounds Muslim, like Al Jazeera, Al Qaida, Al Pacino.
Barkha Futt: Obama should invite SRK for a "beer summit"
Ambika Koini: When Obama comes to India, we will not name a platter after him in Bukhara. Can't do more, can we?