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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

25 aol 2005 / An Indian mathematician makes an astounding advance in number theory / Flats for Sale in Sharjah, from 165,000 /

Going beyond Fermat's last theorem
T. Jayaraman
An Indian mathematician makes an astounding advance in number theory

Prof. Chandrashekhar Khare in Mumbai. - Photo: Paul Noronha
MUMBAI: An Indian mathematician, Chandrashekhar Khare, is poised to make a
significant breakthrough in the field of number theory: with his solution of
part of a major outstanding problem in algebraic number theory.
In a paper posted on the Mathematics Arxiv on the web in April 2005 and
subsequently sent for publication to a leading mathematics journal, the
37-year-old mathematician based at the University of Utah has proved what is
known to specialists in the field as the `level-1 case of the Serre
conjecture.' In earlier work done with the French mathematician, J.P.
Wintenberger, in December 2004, Dr. Khare outlined a two-part general
strategy to prove the Serre conjecture fully. The present result is a first
key step.
According to Professor Dipendra Prasad of the Department of Mathematics at
the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, the result is
"one of the outstanding results in recent times in this field." He added
that before the joint work of last year and Dr. Khare's current result, "it
was unclear to the experts in the field that the conjecture would become a
theorem in the near future." Before he moved to the United States in 2004 to
take up a position on the University of Utah faculty as Associate Professor,
Dr. Khare was on the TIFR faculty for nearly a decade.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Fw: FW: Hi

 
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Hi
You know how to shift Taj Mahal from Agra to Pune? Please check the
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Monday, April 25, 2005

Vacancies in Saudi Arabia

Required for a reputed international consultancy:

1. Architectural Inspectors for Riyadh

2. Structural Engineers / Inspectors for Riyadh

3. Civil Engineer for Riyadh

4. Senior Structural Engineer for Jeddah

5. Structural Engineer / Inspector for Jeddah

Interested may fax (no. 419 1134) or email : varghese@burohappold.com their
CVs.

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Sunday, April 24, 2005

24 Apl 2005 _ Do we finally have a people's PC_ _ Expatriates Can Apply for Citizenship_VACANCY- where are we??

From: Varghese Yohannan
Date: Apr 24, 2005 10:06 AM
Subject: WANTED SECRETARY
To: naamhs@gmail.com

Dear Nam,

Would you please announce the following through your network (as a matter of
urgency):

"Urgently required an experienced and smart secretary to work with a British
boss for a prestigious organization in Riyadh. Interested may contact
Mr. Varghese Yohannan, Tel: 050 296 84 34 or 419 0221"

Regards

Varghese

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Do we finally have a people's PC?
Anand Parthasarathy

BREACHING THE BARRIER: The Xenitis Apna PC...a quick seller

BANGALORE: Eastern India is not generally perceived as the hotbed of
Information Technology innovation; yet recent weeks have seen a
Kolkata-based company fan out to virtually the whole country, selling what
is possibly the first workable personal computer for the home, priced below
the hitherto unbreachable `Lakshman Rekha' of Rs.10,000.

Xenitis, started by a group of young professionals in Kolkata set up its own
PC unit in 2004 and since then its budget PC brand ``Aamar PC'' (``Our PC''
in Bengali) has been a quick seller on its home turf. This has encouraged
them to go national - and in recent months, the company has embarked on an
aggressive road show in other parts of the country: with cannily renamed
brands: ``Apna PC'' in the North, ``Amchi PC'' in Maharashtra and - as of
last week - ``Namma PC'' in the South.

The key selling pitch remains the same: a workable home PC below Rs. 10,000.
For this price Xenitis provides a machine fuelled by a Cyrix 1 gigahertz
chip, with 128 MB of main memory; a 30 gigabyte hard disk drive; a 52x CD
drive, a floppy drive and a 15 inch colour monitor.

The software is RedHat's Enterprise 3 professional version of Linux, which
comes on 9 CDs that include the ``Open Office'' suite, database, e-mail
tools and a browser. It is a reasonable configuration for any one who
wants an affordable entry into the PC world - but a modem card that would
cost only a couple of hundred rupees more is a curious omission. Buyers
would need to install this before they can exploit the browser and e-mail
tools.

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Expatriates Can Apply for Citizenship From May 23
P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News

JEDDAH, 24 April 2005 - The much-awaited executive bylaw of the new
Naturalization Law is out and qualified expatriates can apply for Saudi
citizenship from May 23. Application forms will be available at the Civil
Affairs Department from next Saturday.

"The new bylaw came into effect on Friday, when it was published in the
official gazette," Nasser Al-Hanaya, undersecretary at the Interior Ministry
for civil affairs said.

He said some articles of the existing naturalization law were amended to
meet job work requirements and realize the interests of the Kingdom and its
citizens, adding that professionals like doctors and engineers would be
given preference.

Many of the Kingdom's six million expatriate workers have been waiting for
the 35-article bylaw since the Cabinet approved the newly amended
Naturalization Law, hoping that it would realize their dream to become
Saudi.

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Sponsors must pay medical bills of staff

By Shireena Al Nowais, Staff Reporter

Abu Dhabi: Sponsors who fail to pay the medical bills of their employees
will be prosecuted, a health official said yesterday.

Hassan Al Keim, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Health, told reporters
that employers who refuse to pay the medical bills of their staff will face
legal action.

His comments followed the recent cabinet decision to start charging patients
for surgical procedures in all government hospitals in Dubai and the
Northern Emirates from May 1.

Al Keim said the new fees were enforced to help reduce the load on
government hospitals.

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WHERE WE ARE ??????!!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

20 apl 2005 / Membership can be restricted to a religion' / The world's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics have a new Pope /

Membership can be restricted to a religion'
Legal Correspondent

Cooperative society not a State: Supreme Court
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a.. Plea filed by Zoroastrian society
a.. Cautious approach needed
a.. Does not fall under Article 12
a.. Membership not fundamental right
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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has held that a co-operative society can
restrict its membership to a class of persons or to a community or religion
and that such restriction is not violative of the provisions of the
Constitution. The court said that in secular India it might be somewhat
retrograde to conceive of co-operative societies confined to a group of
members or followers of a particular religion, a particular mode of life or
a particular persuasion.

A Bench, comprising Justice B.N. Agrawal and Justice P.K. Balasubramanyan,
pointed out that the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution were
normally enforced against State action or action by other authorities who
might come within the purview of Article 12 (State) of the Constitution.

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VATICAN CITY: The world's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics have a new Pope,
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, who will be known as Benedict XVI.

Cardinal Ratzinger, 78, known for his conservative views, who was Dean of
the College of Cardinals and one of the closest collaborators of the late
John Paul II, was chosen as the world's 265th Pope by his peers on Tuesday.
Cardinal Ratzinger was the only cardinal not appointed by Pope John Paul II.

In the first words he spoke to the crowds in St Peter's square, the new Pope
paid homage to his predecessor. "Dear brothers and sisters, after the great
Pope John Paul II the cardinals have elected me, a simple and humble
labourer in the vineyard of the Lord," he said.

Conservative views

The new Pope is known for his uncompromising views on church doctrine and
his election will come as a disappointment to those who have been placing
the accent on greater devolution of authority and collegiality within the
church. Cardinal Ratzinger, considered a great theologian who is greatly
respected for his learning, intelligence and integrity, may not find favour
amongst those hoping for reform and decentralisation within the Church.

He has in fact, as part of the Roman Curia, been responsible for some of the
most hard-line doctrinal positions the church has taken on subjects as
diverse as contraception, celibacy, the marriage of priests, euthanasia,
abortion and other thorny issues that have tended to divide the church.

He has rejected the ordination of women and marriage for priests, and also
opposes homosexuality and communism, and he has never been afraid of
upsetting political sensibilities.

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Monday, April 18, 2005

chat abbreviations & their meanings

Abbreviation Meanings
AAP Always a pleasure
AAR At any rate
AAS Alive and smiling
ADN Any day now
AEAP As early as possible
AFAIK As far as I know
AFK Away from keyboard
AKA Also known as
AISB As it should be
AOTA All of the above
ASAP As soon as possible
A/S/L Age/sex/location
AT At your terminal
ATM At the moment
AYEC At your earliest convenience
B/F Boyfriend
B4 Before
B4N Bye for now
BAK Back at keyboard
BAU Business as usual
BBIAF Be back in a few
BBIAM Be back in a minute
BBL Be back later
BBS Be back soon
BC Because
BCNU Be seein' you
BF Best friend
BFN Bye for now
BLNT Better luck next time
BM&Y Between me and you
BOL Best of luck
BRB Be right back
BRT Be right there
BTA But then again
BTDT Been there, done that
BTW By the way
CMIIW Correct me if I'm wrong
CMON Come on
COB Close of business
CU See you
CUA See you around
CUL See you later
CUL8R See you later
CWYL Chat with you later
CYA See ya
CYO See you online
D/L Download
DEGT Don't even go there
DIKU Do I know you?
DQMOT Don't quote me on this
DTS Don't think so
EBKAC Error between keyboard and chair
EMA E-mail address
EOD End of day
EOM End of message
F2F Face to face
FBM Fine by me
FISH First in, still here
FOMCL Falling off my chair laughing
FITB Fill in the blank
FRT For real though
FWIW For what it's worth
FYEO For your eyes only
FYI For your information
G/F Girlfriend
G2G Got to go
G2R Got to run
GA Go ahead
GAL Get a life
GB Goodbye
GBU God bless you
GFI Go for it
GG Gotta Go or Good Game
GIAR Give it a rest
GIGO Garbage in, garbage out
GL Good luck
GL/HF Good luck, have fun
GLNG Good luck next game
GMTA Great minds think alike
GOI Get over it
GOL Giggling out loud
GR8 Great
GR&D Grinning, running and ducking
GTG Got to go
GTRM Going to read mail
HAGN Have a good night
HAGO Have a good one
HAND Have a nice day
HF Have fun
HHIS Head hanging in shame
HOAS Hold on a second
HRU How are you?
HTH Hope this helps
IAC In any case
IANAL I am not a lawyer
IB I'm back
IC I see
ICBW It could be worse
IDK I don't know
IDTS I don't think so
IG2R I got to run
IIRC If I remember correctly
ILBL8 I'll be late
ILU I love you
ILY I love you
IM Instant message
IMHO In my humble opinion
IMNSHO In my not so humble opinion
IMO In my opinion
INAL I'm not a lawyer
IOW In other words
IRL In real life
IRMC I rest my case
IUSS If you say so
IYKWIM If you know what I mean
IYO In your opinion
IYSS If you say so
JAC Just a sec
JIK Just in case
JJA Just joking around
JK Just kidding
JMO Just my opinion
JP Just playing
KISS Keep it simple, stupid
KIT Keep in touch
KOTC Kiss on the cheek
KNIM Know what I mean?
Abbreviation Meaning
L8R Later
LD Later, dude / Long distance
LMAO Laughing my a** off
LOL Laughing out loud
LTM Laugh to myself
LTNS Long time no see
LYLAS Love you like a sis
M8 Mate
MorF Male or female?
MoS Mother over shoulder
MUSM Miss you so much
MYOB Mind your own business
n00b Newbie
NBD No big deal
NFM None for me / Not for me
NIMBY Not in my back yard
NLT No later than
NM Nothing much / Never mind
NMH Not much here
NOYB None of your business
NP No problem
NRN No response/reply necessary
NW No way
OIC Oh, I see
OMG Oh my God
OMW On my way
OO Over and out
OOH Out of here
OOTD One of these days
OP On phone
OTB Off to bed
OTL Out to lunch
OTOH On the other hand
OTTOMH Off the top of my head
OTW Off to work
PDQ Pretty darn quick
PLMK Please let me know
PLZ Please
PMFI Pardon me for interrupting
PMFJI Pardon me for jumping in
POAHF Put on a happy face
POS Parent over shoulder
PPL People
PRW People/parents are watching
PTL Praise the Lord
PXT Please explain that
PU That stinks!
QIK Quick
RL Real life
RME Rolling my eyes
ROTFL Rolling on the floor laughing
RSN Real soon now
RTFM Read the f***ing manual
SICNR Sorry, I could not resist
SIG2R Sorry, I got to run
SLAP Sounds like a plan
SMHID Scratching my head in disbelief
SIS Snickering in silence
SOMY Sick of me yet?
SOTMG Short of time, must go
SPK Speak
SPST Same place, same time
SRY Sorry
SS So sorry
SSDD Same stuff, different day
SSINF So stupid it's not funny
STR8 Straight
STW Search the Web
SUITM See you in the morning
SUL See you later
SUP What's up?
SYL See you later
TA Thanks a lot
TAFN That's all for now
TAM Tomorrow a.m.
TBD To be determined
TBH To be honest
TC Take care
TGIF Thank God it's Friday
THX Thanks
TIA Thanks in advance
TIAD Tomorrow is another day
TLK2UL8R Talk to you later
TMI Too much information
TMWFI Take my word for it
TNSTAAFL There's no such thing as a free lunch
TPM Tomorrow p.m.
TPTB The powers that be
TSTB The sooner, the better
TTFN Ta ta for now
TTTT These things take time
TTYL Talk to you later
TTYS Talk to you soon
TU Thank you
TY Thank you
TYT Take your time
TYVM Thank you very much
UGTBK You've got to be kidding
UKTR You know that's right
UL Upload
UR Your / You're
UV Unpleasant visual
UW You're welcome
WAM Wait a minute
WAN2TLK Want to talk
WAYF Where are you from?
W/B Write back
WB Welcome back
WIIFM What's in it for me?
WK Week
WKD Weekend
WOMBAT Waste of money, brains and time
WRUD What are you doing?
WTF What the f*ck
WTG Way to go
WTH What the heck?
WU? What's up?
WUCIWUG What you see is what you get
WUF? Where are you from?
WWJD What would Jesus do?
WWYC Write when you can
WYLEI When you least expect it
WYSIWYG What you see is what you get
YBS You'll be sorry
YGBKM You gotta be kidding me
YMMV Your mileage may vary
YW You're welcome

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18 April 2005 / 1955: Albert Einstein dies / Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton may have suffered from a type of autism / FM radio on comeback trail?

ON THIS DAY in history

1955: Albert Einstein dies
Albert Einstein has died in hospital in Princeton, New Jersey, aged 76.
The eminent scientist and originator of the theory of relativity was
admitted to hospital three days ago with an internal complaint.
In recent years Dr Einstein had lived a secluded life although he was still
a member of staff at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton
University.
In a statement issued following the scientist's death, US President Dwight
Eisenhower said: "No other man contributed so much to the vast expansion of
the 20th century knowledge.
"Yet no other man was more modest in the possession of the power that is
knowledge, more sure that power without wisdom is deadly.
"To all who live in the nuclear age, Albert Einstein exemplified the mighty
creative ability of the individual in a free society."
Einstein and Newton 'had autism'

Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton may have suffered from a type of autism,
according to experts.
Einstein was a notoriously confusing lecturer
Researchers at Cambridge and Oxford universities believe both scientists
displayed signs of Asperger's Syndrome.
Many people with Asperger's are often regarded as being eccentric. They
sometimes lack social skills, are obsessed with complex topics and can have
problems communicating.
This latest research suggests that Einstein, who is credited with developing
the theory of relativity, and Newton, who discovered the laws of gravity,
had these traits to varying degrees.
According to the researchers, Einstein showed signs of Asperger's from a
young age.

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FM radio on comeback trail?

THE HUMBLE FM radio seems set to make a comeback in India, despite all the
noise generated by the latest technology in the Indian entertainment
industry like digital technology and multimedia.

Reeling under a license fee regime, radio stations such as Radio City
Lucknow, Radio Mirchi Pune and Win 94.6 Mumbai closed down in 2004 due to
mounting losses. Out of the 40 cities that bid in May 2000, a total of 21
stations in 12 cities remain and all of them are in the red, according to a
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) study on the Indian entertainment industry.

Figures released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)
indicate that FM radio suffered a loss of Rs. 122 crores in 2003-04 against
a loss of Rs. 118 crores in the previous year.

However, that could all change in the near future. International players too
have evinced keen interest in the FM radio industry with the Richard
Branson-owned Virgin Group having signed a memorandum of understanding with
Hindustan Times, although the industry feels that the foreign direct
investment (FDI) limit of 20 per cent will not have any immediate bearing on
the industry.

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Sunday, April 17, 2005

17 apl 2005 / NRIs send over $23 bn, beat IT revenues!

NRIs send over $23 bn, beat IT revenues!

Press Trust of India


Washington, April 16: Indian workers' remittances to the country from abroad
have soared considerably over the years to touch $23 billion in 2004,
according to World Bank statistics.

According the latest Global Development Finance report prepared by the World
Bank, India received $17.4 billion in 2003 from the workers living and
working in other countries.

The latest figures place India much ahead of China and other developing
countries like Mexico and Brazil.

At the exchange rate that prevailed in 2003, the inward remittances amounted
to about Rs 84,000 crore, which was more than double the amount that
government collected as income tax during the financial year.

The actual remittances may be much higher as flows through informal
channels, such as hawala, are not captured in the official statistics but
are believed to be quite large, the report points out.

At the same time the large communities of working and investing Indians in
the GCC generate substantial transfers of wealth to India. According to
incomplete IMF statistics, workers' remittances from the GCC states are
currently at least US$ 18 billion per year. If a complete accounting could
be made, the total would probably exceed US$ 30 billion per year. It would
be a reasonable assumption that Indians account for about a quarter of all
remittances - say US$ 7 billion to 8 billion per year.

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THIS DAY  in history
 
1961: Exiles invade Cuba at Bay of Pigs
Reports from Cuba say the island has been invaded by counter-revolutionary forces trying to overthrow the country's leader, Fidel Castro.
The only news coming out of Cuba is broadcast by the government-run radio station. All other communications with the island have been cut.
THe first landing is reported to have taken place in the early hours of this morning.
Broadcasts from Cuban government radio appealing for medical help indicate that the raiders have successfully penetrated 25 miles (40km) inland.
They appear to have come ashore on an area of the coast known as the Bahía de Cochinos, or Bay of Pigs, south-east of the capital, Havana.
There is no indication as to the size of the invasion force, but Dr Castro, in a speech on Cuban government radio, said they are supported by aircraft and warships.
 
Fidel Castro himself led the counter-attack against the Bay of Pigs landings

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

HAPPY VISHU [Vishu Falls on the first day of Malayalam month Medam (April), which is the astronomical New Year Day when the sun crosses the equator]

 

google in malayalam

 
google is trying to do it in malayalam also.
 
 

12 apl 2005 / Court admits plea on casting `negative vote' / World-class shipbuilding hub for Kochi / Tonesex: mobile interrupts coitus

Court admits plea on casting `negative vote'
By Our Legal Correspondent

NEW DELHI, APRIL 11. The Supreme Court today admitted a petition seeking a
right for the voter to cast a "negative vote" in an election by pressing the
"none of the candidates" option in the electronic voting machine.
A Bench, comprising the Chief Justice, R.C. Lahoti, and Justice G.P. Mathur,
admitted the petition from the People's Union for Civil Liberties seeking
such a right and posted the case for final hearing after the summer
vacation.
Counsel for the Election Commission, S. Murlidhar, produced documents to
show how this negative option was prevalent in other countries and in what
manner the system was working there.
The Attorney General, Milon Banerjee, said he would produce some more
materials on this issue. Senior counsel for the PUCL, Rajinder Sachar,
wanted the matter to be heard expeditiously.
The Bench posted the case for hearing after summer vacation.

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World-class shipbuilding hub for Kochi
By Our Staff Reporter

KOCHI, APRIL 11. The Shipping Ministry has proposed the setting up of two
shipbuilding hubs, including a Rs. 2,100-crore world-class facility in Kochi
contiguous with the special economic zone proposed on land owned by Cochin
Port Trust.
The Union Minister for Shipping, T.R. Baalu, told a press conference here on
Monday that the Hindustan Shipyard in Visakapattinam and the Cochin Shipyard
had been asked to prepare plans to expand their current facilities and to
set up green field building facilities.
The Kochi facility is expected to come up on the land owned by Cochin Port
Trust and possibly within the proposed special economic zone, said Mr.
Baalu. He was in Kochi to perform the steel cutting for India's first
indigenous aircraft carrier for the Indian Navy at CSL.
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Tonesex: mobile interrupts coitus
It's the ringtone of dread. Coitus interruptus has found it's way onto the
cellphone.

A recent global survey has found that nearly 20% of cell phone users have
interrupted their sex act to answer their phones. Does it mean that users
are ready to throw away their phones to save their sex life? Not if you go
by the response of 52% of those surveyed who say that they use the hand-held
device to flirt.

The survey - 'Wireless Works: Exploring New brand Connections' - was
conducted by BBDO and Proximity, both subsidiaries of the Omnicom Group.

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Thursday, April 07, 2005

08 apl 2005 / WHO worried about India's maternal mortality rates / Coca-Cola firm gets nod for drawing groundwater

WHO worried about India's maternal mortality rates

New Delhi, April 8. (PTI): India has been placed among the countries which
are "slow progressors" in terms of improvements in mother and child health
in a new WHO global report which says that globally one woman dies every
minute due to complications during pregnancy or childbirth.

The 'World Health Report 2005 - Make Every Mother and Child Count', which
had a global launch here, says that 10.6 million children die in a year
before their fifth birthday globally while about 530,000 women die during
pregnancy or childbirth.

"More than 50 per cent of all child deaths occur in just six countries -
India, Pakistan China, Congo, Ethiopia, and Nigeria," it says.

Later, addressing a joint press conference with several other officials,
WHO's Deputy Regional Director Poonam Khetrapal Singh said India was among
51 countries which had shown slow progress in maternal and child health.

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Coca-Cola firm gets nod for drawing groundwater

By Our Staff Reporter

KOCHI, APRIL 7. A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court today held that
the Coca-Cola company will be entitled to draw 5 lakh litres of groundwater
a day from its plant at Plachimada in Palakkad without any right for
accumulation in case of non-use.

The Bench comprising Justice M. Ramachandran and Justice K.P. Balachandran
made it clear that the restrictions imposed for the company's consumption
would not be applicable when water is drawn for additional requirements such
as supply of water to people in the area. The court directed that the
company should involve in community development projects such as healthcare
and supply of water for people in the area.

The court was of the view that since the general public was apprehensive
about water shortage, it became an essential duty of the company. Water
supply should be undertaken before June 30.

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Saturday, April 02, 2005

02 apl 05 / Let's build the world's largest free trade area, Beijing to New Delhi / Gmail doubles email space to 2 GB / SAVARKAR'S MERCY PETITION


Let's build the world's largest free trade area, Beijing to New Delhi
Wen visit: 'Create synergy between world factory & office'

PRANAB DHAL SAMANTA

NEW DELHI, APRIL 1: Exploring ways to raise the level of India-China
relationship during the visit of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao next week, China
has proposed to develop a free trade-area between the two countries. If this
comes through, Chinese Ambassador Sun Yuxi said, it will be largest
free-trade area in the world.

The proposal is among the 30-odd documents under discussion between various
ministries on both sides as diplomats work overtime to set it all up for
Jiabao and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take it forward. But the FTA is
one proposal that, Sun believes, could do wonders in taking forward the idea
of combining economic forces between the two most populous countries of the
world.

''China has a large manufacturing base. I believe it is the world's factory.
And India with its development in software and other areas, I feel, is the
world's office. What I am suggesting is to bring together the factory and
the office,'' said Sun at a media interaction ahead of Wen's visit.
With a trade that exceeds $13 billion-an increase of 79.1 per cent
registered in 2004 alone-there is a promise that future holds for both
countries. It is this dynamic that has made both countries to work towards a
settlement of the historical boundary question.
Yuxi said there were no immediate solutions in the offing, but there could
be an agreement reached on some ''political parameters'' and ''guiding
principles'' this visit. This will be finalised by Special Representatives M
K Narayanan and Dai Bingguo who will meet ''before or during'' the visit.
Foreign secretary Shyam Saran and Chinese Vice-Minister Wu Dawei recently
concluded a meeting of the joint working group on the boundary issue at
Beijing, where it was agreed that the Special Representatives would meet
soon for this purpose.

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Gmail doubles email space to 2 GB

SAN JOSE: A year after unveiling a free e-mail service with a full gigabyte
of storage, Google is doubling the capacity of each account and plans to
keep bumping up the limit in the future.

Once the upgrade takes effect on Friday, Gmail users will be able to store
up to 2 gigabytes of e-mail and attachments for each account. Even more
capacity will be made available after that as it becomes feasible, the
company said.

"Our goal is to make sure storage is no longer an issue for Web mail users,"
said Marissa Mayer, Google's director of consumer Web products.

The announcement was made on the first anniversary of the Internet search
engine's launch of Gmail, which surprised many users with its generous
storage allotment and prompted rivals Yahoo and Microsoft to boost the
capacity of their own free Web mail services.

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SAVARKAR'S MERCY PETITION
http://www.flonnet.com/fl2207/stories/20050408001903700.htm
A.G. NOORANI

THOUGH every record leap to light, he never shall be shamed, goes an old
saying. In V.D. Savarkar's case, every record disclosed exposes his deceit,
venom and addiction to murder. He died in 1966. The next year, Gopal Godse,
brother of Gandhi's assassin, Nathuram, and his co-conspirator, revealed in
his book Gandhi Hatya Ani Mee ("Gandhi's murder and I") the close
relationship between Savarkar and Nathuram which both were at pains to
conceal at the Gandhi murder trial. Savarkar was acquitted by the Sessions
Judge, though the approver Badge's evidence was found to be completely
reliable, only because the law required independent corroboration. That came
in 1970 in the report of Gandhi's assassination by Justice J. L. Kapur, a
former Judge of the Supreme Court. He found a "conspiracy to murder by
Savarkar and his group". Savarkar's bodyguard, Appa Ramachandra Kasar, and
his secretary, Gajanan Vishnu Damle, did not testify in court. They spilled
the beans before Justice Kapur only after Savarkar's death. He had, besides,
a mass of other evidence which was not available to the court.

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