Wednesday, September 07, 2005

06 Sept 1965: Indian Army invades W Pakistan / C-DIT releases free Malayalam software / America's shame: the aftermath of Katrina

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1965: Indian Army invades W Pakistan

Indian troops have invaded West Pakistan, crossing the border at three
points in an attack which appears to be aimed mainly at the city of Lahore.
Authorities in Delhi say their action was intended to prevent a direct
attack by Pakistani forces against India.
On 25 August, Pakistani soldiers launched a covert operation across the
ceasefire line, established in 1949 after the first Indo-Pakistani war, into
Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir.

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C-DIT releases free Malayalam software

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Centre for Development of Imaging Technology (C-DIT)
has released the free software version of the official Malayalam language
software it had developed for the Department of Official Language.
The software, which works on Linux platform, consists of six Malayalam fonts
in Unicode and a special editor. It can be downloaded free of charge from
the Web site, www.clickeralam.org.
A Windows version of the software is also available.
The software was developed under the joint auspices of the State Information
Technology Mission and the Centre for Linguistic Computing Kerala - a joint
venture of the C-DIT.
Free software can be used, copied, studied, modified and distributed. The
free software movement is initiative by programmers collaborating across
cyberspace.

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America's shame: the aftermath of Katrina

Arvind Sivaramakrishnan

A tale of systematic neglect, administrative incompetence, market-driven
environmental destruction, and desperate poverty is unfolding in Louisiana.

"AMERICA'S DIRTY secret." That is what a British TV news reporter, speaking
live from Louisiana, called the underclass of America's poor. A tale of
systematic neglect, administrative incompetence, market-driven environmental
destruction, and desperate poverty is unfolding in Louisiana. It is exposing
squalor that would shame a third-world country, as well as racial and
political divisions reminiscent of apartheid South Africa.

The facts themselves are grim enough. As if the rain brought by Hurricane
Katrina did not do enough, the dykes and levees built to keep the sea out of
the city of New Orleans collapsed for lengths of hundreds of metres. The
resultant flooding caused what may well amount to thousands of deaths,
untold billions of dollars worth of damage, and rendered the city
uninhabitable for what is now estimated to be another two years.

Minimal aid, in the form of basic food and water, is finally reaching those
who have survived. It is simply not known how many are still stranded in the
upper floors of their homes and apartment blocks, nor how many have
perished. Some experts have said the forensic task of identifying the dead
will be far harder than that which followed the terrorist attacks of
September 11, 2001, as the bodies in Louisiana are decomposing very quickly
in temperatures of 35 degrees Celsius. State officials say there is no
system for collecting and storing the bodies.

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