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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Krishnan Nair's books find a place in EMS Library

Denounce the execution of Saddam Hussein

The hanging of Saddam Hussein will be condemned
by all those who believe
that an imperialist occupying power has no right to violate national sovereignty
and
dispense justice on those whom they have illegally overthrown.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

With Best Wishes

Wish you all the very best of the season.
May peace, happiness and prosperity prevail.
Thanks and best regards
Nam

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Fwd: THE ONLY MAN IN THE WORLD WHO HAS HIS HEART IN STOMACH

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Suresh Babu
Date: Dec 12, 2006 12:46 PM
Subject: THE ONLY MAN IN THE WORLD WHO HAS HIS HEART IN STOMACH
To: Nam Sahasra <naamhs@gmail.com>

Monday, December 11, 2006

vacancy !


300 apply for interim government jobs: Army

1845 FJT
Monday, December 11, 2006

Update: 6.45PM Fiji's military regime has revealed it received more than 300 applications from members of the public interested in ministerial positions in its interim administration.

This was revealed by head of the military government, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama.

The military regime sought applications in an advertisement in newspapers last week.

The advertisement sought applications from qualified members of the public who must be "of outstanding character with no criminal record".

Commodore Bainimarama said bankrupts would not be entertained and those who applied had to indicate the area in which they wish to serve and must have worked in an area of expertise for ten years or have a high level of tertiary qualification.

The deadline for applications is 4pm tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the military regime has described the refusal of the Great Council of Chiefs to meet as an obstacle in its plans.

But head of the military government, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, says its an obstacle that can be overcome.

Commodore Bainimarama told a press conference that the military would press on regardless.

His comments come as the GCC revealed earlier today that it would meet next week but declined to reveal its agenda.

The GCC is the only body under the Constitution that is allowed to choose Fijis President and Vice President.

Commodore Bainimarama said an should be in place soon to "carry forward the task of running the county in the direction that will bring about peace harmony and prosperity".

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Fwd: Delta Vs Breast feeding

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: V.C.Job
Date: Nov 25, 2006 10:13 AM
Subject: Delta Vs Breast feeding
To: Naam Dubai <naamhs@gmail.com>, Murali <murali@zajil.net>, murali
rifa <muraliravindran@hotmail.com>

"Doan, Lynn"wrote:
Subject: RE: Delta Vs Breast feeding
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2006 07:11:56 -0600
From: "Doan, Lynn"
To: "V.C.Job"

Thank you for your e-mail. I would be happy to pass this along to my
editor to be considered as a letter to the editor in the newspaper.

Let me know if you're interested,

Lynn

From: V.C.Job
Sent: Wed 11/22/2006 4:13 AM
To: Doan, Lynn
Subject: Delta Vs Breast feeding

L Doan,
I am surprised, outraged and horrified over reading about the mother
and father along with the infant being thrown out of a plane about to
take off for the mother breast feeding the child.
I have travelled half the world and had never come accross such
atrocity any where. If this happened in America, it has to hang its
head in shame. The president himself should appologize to the whole
world. How Delta formulates its policy as to what is right and what is
wrong. In America any one could make his or her on rule? I have seen
Saudi women who cover head to foot breast feed their infants exposing
themselves but still covering the rest of their body. On what grounds
the air line staff evoked the rule? Is it indecent exposure? Public
nuisance? Insanity? obsenity? I want to hear about it. If Delta says
the employee was new , what about the captain with out whose knowledge
the expulsion could not have taken place.
The whole episode is murkey and a sham on the american civilization.
You teach the world how to behave but utterly fail to behave
yourselves. Once I was travelling from Agra to Delhi by Indian air
lines and my next seat fellow was an American young man clad only in
tiny shots and a vest. I asked him do you think you are decently
dressed to travel in a passenger plane? his answer was what is wrong
with it? I have some clothes on me. I left him like that. But the
Indian air lines or the Indian people did not throw him out of the
plane.
The family deseved better treatment from Delta and the american people
need to learn many things from others.
best regards

V. C. Job ( Kuwait)

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

http://www.zamzar.com/

Zamzar - Free online file conversion - "Zamzar supports conversion
between a wide variety of different file formats. We're adding support
for new formats all the time - if there's a format that you'd like us
to support why not contact us and we'll do our best to add it."

Sunday, November 05, 2006

http://www.snapfiles.com/get/calendarmagic.html

Calendar Magic

feature packed calendar tool

Our Rating: 4 stars (Very Good)

Calendar Magic is a feature packed calendar tool that supports a variety of date calculations, specialized calendars, alarm reminders, as well as calculators, unit conversions and more. It also includes a pregnancy due date calculator, an option to look up the current time in various parts of the world, a global distance calculator and other mathematical toys. You can even generate a report that will provide you with interesting (calendar) details about your life and biorhythm. Other features include calendar comparison, time between dates, observed holidays, religious festivals, sun/moon data and more. Calendar Magic supports multiple languages and calendar systems and all results can be printed.

Pros: Tons of calendar tools and toys; printer friendly results

Cons: Interface not much to look at

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Email Etiquette / Sharing A Web Page In Internet Explorer / VS & Edasserry

Email Etiquette

by Chris Pirillo on October 20, 2006 at 11:07 pm · Comments

Email etiquette should still be alive and well. Let me share a few
pointers that you might care to pass along, privately, to those who
may not be aware of the unspoken rules. Unless everybody knows
everybody else in an email thread, it's always best to use the BCC
option. Believe me, every single email utility on the planet has a BCC
option. But wait, there's more you need to remember!

NEVER TYPE IN ALL CAPS. THAT'S LIKE SCREAMING. REALLY!
Be wary of any kind of attachment - even if it comes from someone you know.
If a file you wish to send is larger than 2MB, think twice before sending it.
HTML stationery is annoying; if you don't need to use it, don't.
As the comic above illustrates, use BCC instead of CC to keep other
email addresses private.
Don't delete relevant information when you reply to someone.
If you can't spell well, rememmber to run a spell check before sending.
Try to keep your messages as short as possible - you're not writing a novel.
Check Snopes before forwarding info that sounds too good to be true.
Never send emails when you're mad - wait until you calm down first. Trust me.
Triple-check that you're not sending a message to someone who shouldn't see it.
Remember that when you send something electronically, it has the
potential of "living" forever.
Before you forward an email joke, make sure it's funny first. Please?

***

Sharing A Web Page In Internet Explorer

Have you ever visited a Web site containing information that you would
love to share with a friend, your family, or your co-workers? In IE,
you can send the page or a link to the page via email to someone else.

Open the File menu, select Send, and click Page By E-mail or Link By
E-mail. IE will automatically launch the email program, such as
Outlook Express, it is configured to use. The email message you send
will contain the information you've chosen. All you need to do is
address the email and click the Send button.

***

Monday, September 25, 2006

Gmail - $32,000 too much to fondle bosom, rules court / India is the world's fastest wealth creator / Indian American scientist restoring 700-year-old

$32,000 too much to fondle bosom, rules court / India is the world's fastest wealth creator / Indian American scientist restoring 700-year-old sacred Hindu text / Engineering colleges allowed to fill 16,800 lapsed seats / Beautiful maths!
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$32,000 too much to fondle bosom, rules court

Reuters
Posted online: Saturday, September 23, 2006 at 1221 hours IST


Helsinki, September 23: A fee of 25,500 euros is way too much for a woman to
charge a man for fondling her bosom, a Finnish district court ruled.


A fee of 25,500 euros ($32,000) is way too much for a woman to charge a man
for fondling her bosom, a Finnish district court ruled.
The court jailed a couple in their twenties for more than a year for
charging a 74-year-old who suffers from dementia a total of 25,500 euros to
enjoy the woman's breasts on 10 occasions.
"Based on general life experience alone, it is indisputably clear that a
25,500 euro charge is disproportionate to the compensation in question,"
Judge Hasse Hakki, who heard the case, said on Friday.

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India is the world's fastest wealth creator
Kounteya Sinha
[ 22 Sep, 2006 2355hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

NEW DELHI: India has emerged as the world's fastest growing wealth creator,
thanks to a buoyant stock market and higher earnings.

More wealth also means more millionaires, whose number has grown over 15%
between 2000 and 2005, keeping pace with China. And the boom is set to
continue in the foreseeable future, with predictions that Indians will grow
richer at a rate faster than anybody else on the planet over the next few
years.

Boston Consulting Group's just released Global Wealth 2006 study shows that
during 2005, the high growth in India's (15.9% in local currency terms,
compared with China's 14.8%) assets under management (AUM) - comprising
cash, shares, assets in the country and overases and money market funds -
has helped raise the global bar and more than make up for the loss in AUM in
the United States, the world's wealthiest nation with $31 trillion.

The calculation excludes wealth attributed to investors' own businesses,
residences or luxury goods.

On the flip side, it is the super rich in India and China who have
benefitted more from the boom than their slightly less wealthy counterparts,
the report says.

The steady growth, estimated at nearly 16% in 2000-2005, has meant that
India's AUM has more than doubled from $268 billion to $559 billion, helping
it move up the ladder from the 27th place to number 19 during the five-year
period.

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Indian American scientist restoring 700-year-old sacred Hindu text
Friday September 22 2006 00:00 IST
IANS

WASHINGTON: An Indian American scientist is leading a project to digitally
restore a 700-year-old palm leaf manuscript containing the essence of Hindu
philosophy by using modern imaging technologies.

P.R. Mukund and Roger Easton, professors at Rochester Institute of
Technology, are working on the project to digitally preserve the original
Hindu writings, known as the Sarvamoola granthas attributed to scholar Shri
Madvacharya (1238-1317).

The collection of 36 works contains commentaries written in Sanskrit on
sacred Hindu scriptures and conveys the scholar's Dvaita philosophy of the
meaning of life and the role of God.

The document is difficult to handle and to read, the result of centuries of
inappropriate storage techniques, botched preservation efforts and
degradation due to improper handling.

Each leaf of the manuscript measures 26 inches long and two inches wide, and
is bound together with braided cord threaded through two holes. Heavy wooden
covers sandwich the 340 palm leaves, cracked and chipped at the edges. Time
and a misguided application of oil have aged the palm leaves dark brown,
obscuring the Sanskrit writings.

"It is literally crumbling to dust," says Mukund, the Gleason Professor of
Electrical Engineering at RIT.

According to Mukund, 15 percent of the manuscript is missing.

"The book will never be opened again unless there is a compelling reason to
do so," Mukund says. "Because every time they do, they lose some. After
this, there won't be a need to open the book."

Mukund first became involved with the project when his spiritual teacher in
India brought the problem to his attention and urged him to find a solution.

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Engineering colleges allowed to fill 16,800 lapsed seats
J. Venkatesan
Plus Two marks can be the basis for filling the seats, says Supreme Court

Colleges given one week time
Directions applicable for 2006-07

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday permitted private self-financing
engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu to fill 16,800 lapsed seats for 2006-2007
on the basis of higher secondary examination marks.
A Bench of Justice Y.K. Sabharwal, Justice C.K. Thakker and Justice P.K.
Balasubramanyan passed this order on an application filed by the Consortium
of Self-Financing Professional, Arts and Science Colleges in Tamil Nadu.
Appearing for the petitioner, senior counsel U.R. Lalit said over 16,800
seats remained vacant at the end of counselling and after two common
entrance tests, one conducted by the State and the other by the Consortium.
Counsel V.G. Pragasam appearing for Tamil Nadu submitted that the State
entered into an agreement with the colleges for admission in the ratio of
65:35 and permission for admission on the basis of higher secondary marks
could be granted if the colleges adhered to the agreement.
The petitioner submitted that 153 colleges were consortium members and so
far no student who had taken the CET held either by the State or the
consortium was available.
Fear of irreparable loss
It might be necessary to admit students on the basis of marks obtained in
the Plus Two examination conducted by the CBSE or State Boards.
It said if the lapsed seats remained vacant for four years it would cause
irreparable loss to the colleges.
The Bench said that it would be open to the State Government to send to the
colleges a list of candidates, who took the CET, conducted by the State or
the consortium, and had not got admission.
This exercise should be completed within a week and if the State Government
had fixed higher standards, they would have to be complied with before
granting admission.
All remaining vacant seats could be filled on the basis of marks obtained in
examination conducted by the CBSE or other Boards.
The directions would be applicable for 2006-2007, it said.
----

From: Narayanan
Date: 12 Sep 2006 19:48:13 -0000

Beautiful maths!

1 x 8 + 1 = 9
12 x 8 + 2 = 98
123 x 8 + 3 = 987
1234 x 8 + 4 = 9876
12345 x 8 + 5 = 98765
123456 x 8 + 6 = 987654
1234567 x 8 + 7 = 9876543
12345678 x 8 + 8 = 98765432
123456789 x 8 + 9 = 987654321

1 x 9 + 2 = 11
12 x 9 + 3 = 111
123 x 9 + 4 = 1111
1234 x 9 + 5 = 11111
12345 x 9 + 6 = 111111
123456 x 9 + 7 = 1111111
1234567 x 9 + 8 = 11111111
12345678 x 9 + 9 = 111111111
123456789 x 9 +10= 1111111111


9 x 9 + 7 = 88
98 x 9 + 6 = 888
987 x 9 + 5 = 8888
9876 x 9 + 4 = 88888
98765 x 9 + 3 = 888888
987654 x 9 + 2 = 8888888
9876543 x 9 + 1 = 88888888
98765432 x 9 + 0 = 888888888
Brilliant, isn't it?

And finally, take a look at this symmetry:

1 x 1 = 1
11 x 11 = 121
111 x 111 = 12321
1111 x 1111 = 1234321
11111 x 11111 = 123454321
111111 x 111111 = 12345654321
1111111 x 1111111 = 1234567654321
11111111 x 11111111 = 123456787654321



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The Hindu : Business / Netspeak : Google tools revisited

http://www.hindu.com/biz/2006/09/25/stories/2006092501081500.htm

Business
Published on Mondays


Google tools revisited


THIS WEEK NetSpeak takes a look at the latest tools/services related to Google.
Google has become such a great phenomenon of recent times that some people equate it to "all-knowing, all-seeing, everywhere at once'' deity (http://www.thechurchofgoogle.org/). Though ascribing Google the status of God may be a highly far-fetched idea, its potential in solving our problems is indisputable.

As noted earlier, besides the search service, Google features several on-line applications such as Google news, Google video, and so on. The Google News Archives (http://news.google.com/archivesearch), a recent addition to Google service pack, is gaining much attention from news analysts and researchers. The service helps you dig out several-years-old news stories from news sources such as BBC news, Time magazine and the like.

If you find any difficulty in remembering the multitude of Google services/search operators, services like Gseek (http://www.gseek.com/), created for helping you access various Google tools from a single interface may come in handy.
In this Net-ridden World, having appropriate searching skills (especially on a popular service like Google) is increasingly becoming essential. Though Google wields enormous popularity and almost all netizens use it daily, only a very few can use it efficiently. Some people take hours to spot a resource that can be unearthed in a couple of minutes (if right Google commands are used). This aspect of Google has already been featured in this column (http://www.hindu.com/biz/2004/08/23/stories/2004082300341500.htm).

Google games

To equip its users with necessary skills/tools, Google itself features many tutorials and other information products. The Google Librarian Centre (http://www.google.com/librariancenter/index.html), meant for helping Librarians exploit the Google services effectively, is one such tool worth exploring. Here, you can subscribe to the Google Librarian Newsletter that regularly updates on Google related tips/information.

Likewise, Google Webmasters Central (http://www.google.com/webmasters/) is yet another resource worth a look (especially if you make web sites). Also, reading Google related blogs such as Webmaster Central (http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/) could improve your Googling skills.

Now, to test your Google proficiency many services are available. These services (also known as Google games) are generally based on the reverse search concept, where you have to guess the key-word(s) for a given Google search output. One such game, which has gained much popularity of late, is Gwigle (http://gwigle.varten.net/). In this multi-level game, with each level, you will be presented with a Google 'results' page and you have to guess the search string by scrutinising it. By and large, the game is enjoyable and worth a shot for testing your Google skills, though some of the levels require extra skills (like maths). The game 'What did I search For' (http://www.gamesforthebrain. com/game/whatsearch/) is yet another one of this kind. For a comprehensive list of a variety of Google based games, check out: http://blog.outer-court .com/ archive/2006-08-13-n15. html.

Another Google related resource worth a visit is the freely downloadable book '55 ways to have fun with

Google' (http://www.55fun.com/). The book features different Google services, several tips/tricks and numerous Google based games.
This information packed book can either be downloaded from the site or read on-line at: http://www.googlified.com/55
fun.php.

In this context, you may also check out the fascinating development-statistics visualisation tool Google Gapminder (http://tools.google.com/gapminder/). For analysts/economists development indicators (like life expectancy, economic growth and child mortality) are valuable sets of information.

Combining different indicators on a graph and viewing the changes in them over time, for different countries, provides typical insights on the differential development process. Gapminder, the application developed for showing the development indicators (from World Bank) for all countries worldwide in a scatter plot, may come in handy for such purposes. Each bubble in the graph represents a country and the bubble's size represents the size of its population. The scatter plot comes with the default indicators on income and life expectancy.
By clicking on the name of an indicator you can choose another one from the menu that pops up. Using the time slider you can view the change over time. For further details of this application, go through the tutorial:http://tools.google. com/
gapminder/howto.html.

Free software on a wide range of subjects that include word processors, mathematics, science, statistics, econometrics, graphics and so on are available. Though the Net is abundant with free, open-source programs, meant for a variety of requirements, finding/downloading the right ones may be cumbersome. To ease your burden, many free software aggregators are in place. Such services collect the various free programs available across the Net, organise them into meaningful categories and make them downloadable from a single interface. Generally, these services keep a CD image of all the compiled programs for free download. Some such services (like the OpenCD- http://www.theopencd.org/, GNUWIN- http://gnuwin.epfl.ch/en/index.html) have already been featured in this column. TTS OSSWIN-CD (http://www.ttcsweb.org/osswin-cd/) is yet another one of this kind encountered by this author recently.

As mentioned in the past, a cheat sheet for a product/service lays out the summary of all the commands available with it on a single sheet or web page. Several on-line locations host cheat sheets on a variety of subjects.

The new cheat sheet hosting service, TechCheatsheets.com (http://techcheatsheets.com/), specifically meant for hosting cheat sheets pertaining to technology products/services, is one of its kind. This service with Web 2.0 features lists out the latest cheat sheets available on the Net.

We are familiar with several answer services such as Answerbag (http://www.answerbag.com/), Yahoo Answers (http://answers.yahoo.com/) and Google Answers (http://answers.google.com/answers/). Live QnA (http://qna.live.com/) is the Microsoft's answer to such services.

Here, besides browsing the questions (organised under different user generated tags) asked/answered already by other users, you can shoot your own question and get answers from the people.

J. MURALI
He can be contacted at: jmurali@gmail.com

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

And Malayalam Will Live Forever, or at least the debate on it !

----- Original Message -----
From: Sunil Kumar
Sent: Monday, August 28, 2006 12:45 PM
Subject: Malayalam digits

Hi,

Whatever you say, these original malayalam digits and alphabets are
encoded by UNICODE Consortiaum and then it will be available to all of
you, like english digits (in computer and related fileds) Whether you
use it or not, up to you. The facility is agreed and available in
unicode malayalam fonts.

Regards,

---

From: "Harris"
Subject: Re: SUCH STRONG SENTIMENTS ON malayalam digts
Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2006 16:37:58 +0300

How could one feel like throwing up? We know hieroglyphics (I am not
sure of the spelling) was used by the Egyptians, same way these funny
looking characters were used by Malayalis (only those who knew to read
& write); it is part of our history and should be preserved as
something that was in vogue long ago. No need to throw up; that is a
very violent reaction. Om Shanti, Shanti!

---

----- Original Message -----
From: "hari"
Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2006 11:27 AM
Subject: Re: Again on Malayalam

Dear Nam,

Teaching malayalam to our children is not adding any
value to their lifes. They should know only to
communicate in Malayalam that is much more than
enough.

If we give importance to Malayam, the coming
generation will face only problems to get job. This
trend is already there because 75% of malayalees who
studied in Malayalam medium in the last 20 years are
working as drivers/tea boys and others in less
salaried categories.

Now a days - professional college admission on merit
basis is secured by the students from the english
medium schools only.

Malayalam language, Government school (malayam medium
students) are reaching no where now a days.

the person who wrote this to you would have admitted
his kids in English medium even in a very high
standard school and he would tell us that he is
outside India, hence he is doing so.

This is all good only for talking:- Our children
should study only study in english medium and attain
the best result in life.

Best regars
Hari

---

----- Original Message -----

From: "Roshan"
Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2006 2:36 PM
Subject: Re: Again on Malayalam

malayalathil parayaan parayunnathu thanne ENGLISH ill
aanallo maashe

dayavaayi marupadi aykaathe erikaan sramikkuka, chumma
ezhuthiyathaanu.

oru malayaale

---

----- Original Message -----
From: Abdul Latheef
Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2006 9:21 AM
Subject: RE: Again on Malayalam

Jacob

You are correct, whenever we open Malayalam channel we have to suffer
such "Komalies". I think they are playing a big role to Mock
Malayalam.

Be proud with our mother tong and teach our kids and compel them to
use our language in our home.

Abdullatheef

---

----- Original Message -----
From: "Karunakaran"
Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2006 9:10 AM
Subject: RE: On Malayalam Again / Four Indians among Singapore's Richie Rich /

All,

One should be proud of saying that I am a Malayalee. However, one who is
qualified to say this should always be upholding the culture, identity,
root and history. What is wrong in making awareness of our past and
learning something out of it. As far as Malayalam digits are concerned,
it is not a decade old history. It was in existence 40 years back . It
was widely used in school text books and in print media.

Thanks

---

----- Original Message -----

From: prem
Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2006 7:01 PM
Subject: Re: Again on Malayalam

kollam resamulla marupadi....nammal malayaleegal inganaya, enthum
vilichu parayum pakshe nadappakkilla. english nodu ithra pucham
parayunn nammal pongacham parayan aadhyam upayogikunnathu english
thanne. ithu thanne nammude shapamum athe pole menmayum.

ennal nammukku eppolatheyum pole jada kanichu jeevikkam. mattullavare
kaliyakkiyum, anugarichum, sontham jeevitham namukku pazhakki kalayam.
nammude tv sponsered programms thanne ithinte nalloru udaharanamaanu.
sheri ennal veendum kaanam.

Prem

Monday, August 28, 2006

Again on Malayalam

From: Jacob Joseph
To: naamhs@gmail.com
Date: Aug 28, 2006 2:39 PM

I dont understand why everyone is so much hesitated to teach Malayalam
to the next generation. It is our culture, our identity and more over
without Malayalam, how can we known as Malayalees? Now a days it is
just a fashion to mix English with Malayalam while talking. It is
very sad to know many of us forgot several appropriate words in our
mother toungue.

Anyhow, wonderful. Let us keep on encouraging our friends to use
malayalam while talking to a Malayalee and pass it on the proper way
to the next generation.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

On Malayalam Again / Four Indians among Singapore's Richie Rich /

----- Original Message -----
From: Suresh Babu
To: Nam Sahasra
Sent: Monday, August 28, 2006 8:15 AM
Subject: SUCH STRONG SENTIMENTS ON malayalam digts

Nam

I feel we should not only learn the Malayalam digits, but promote it
in every possible forum.
It helps us retain our identity. . Secondly so far I have not heard
anything whereby humanity lost
something by learning some thing new !!!

Suresh

----- Original Message -----
From: jpnair
To: nam
Sent: Monday, August 28, 2006 8:32 AM
Subject: Re: SUCH STRONG SENTIMENTS ON malayalam digts

APPANU PRATAM ILLENGIL AYALVAASI APPAN.DEEPASTAMBHAM
MAHASHCHARYAM,NAMUKKUM KITTANAM PANAM.

JP

Thanks a ton for the compliment about Malayalam: " the language is all right."
In this Atham naal, those people in the Heaven, Thunjan, Kunjan,
Asaan, Vallathol,
Ponkunnam, Basheer,Thakazhi,Vyloppilly,Idassery,Changampuzha,Vayalar,Devarajan,OV
Vijayan,Ayyappa Panikker, and Prem Nazir Bhai will now be
happy....Because
if somebody comes after and say, "No, No...not only the digits, but
the languages also
be thrown away...who the devil wants these satans...this language...

God save, all of the above gentlemen are happy because now they are
saved and are
in Heavens. Those English,French,Spanish, German and other people are ignorant
for they had unnecessarly translated these satans' works...who wants
after all these
rubbish wastes....Onam, that we can have, because,we can sell it...All
saleable things
are good...

It is History, which can also be thrown away, that all those Lords
Sarvasree Al Buqerque
and Vasco-da-Gama had brought Royal Messages from Emperor Emmannuel of Portugal
to Samorin of Kozhikode and Maharaja of Cochin, for the reason that
those Messages
were in Arabic. One Mr. Mammaali was there with these Lords to
translate the Portuguese
Kings' Arabic letter to Malayali Rajahs. And it was Mr. Mammali who
had helped to show
routes to Kozhikode and Cochin. At first Marakkar family fled to
Kozhikode, fought there
with Gamaaeos, then all things happened.

Regards to the generosity of complimenting Malayalam, "It is all right"

The Qeustion to be never asked: "Am I alright?"
The Question to be always asked: "All of you what nonsense?

Sometimes we feel somebody give us a knife to kill ourselves. So that
we too can go
Heavens!

Goode bye...Sweet Dreams..

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Four Indians among Singapore's Richie Rich

NEW DELHI: Here's another example of the growing wealth among the
non-resident Indians. And no, these are not the already well known
names like Lakshmi Mittal, Swraj Paul and Indra Nooyi, but relatively
lesser known Indians who have struck gold in the eatern part of the
world.

Four NRIs — Murli Kewalram Chanrai, Mustaq Ahmad, Sudhir Gupta and
Kartar Singh Thakral — figure in the latest Forbes list of Singapore's
Top 40 Rich List.

The four Indian expats are collectively worth $1.54 billion, which
accounts for more than 5% of the combined net worth of $28 billion
accumulated by Singapore's 40 richest people.

Chanrai — ranked the richest Indian in Singapore — is the head of the
$3 billion Kewalram Chanrai Group, while Ahmad is the owner of the
hugely popular Mustafa Centre in Little India. Gupta, on the other
hand, is a tyre tycoon who made it big is Russia, while and Thakral is
into textiles and IT peripherals.

The 83-year-old Chanrai was placed seventh among the list of
Singapore's Riche Rich with a net worth of $880 million. His Kewalram
Chanrai Group is held privately by overseas Indian family trusts and
is part of the 150-year-old Chanrai empire.

From a humble beginning in trading business in India and Nigeria in
1860, the family business has grown into a conglomerate with business
spanning across textiles, commodities, international trade, IT and
real estate spanning over 45 countries.

Next in line is 47-year-old Sudhir Gupta, who has been ranked as
Singapore's 13th richest person with a net worth of $320 million.

Gupta, a Singapore citizen and a PhD in agricultural chemistry from
Russia, started with a tyre company in Moscow. After acquiring a Dutch
company, he formed Amtel-Vredestein, a tyre company which was listed
on London Stock Exchange last year.

Kartar Singh Thakral, who has been ranked 25th with a net worth of
$175 million, joined his family trading business in 1949.

His empire spans across various businesses, including the
Singapore-listed Thakral Corp, that distributes technology gears for
products like iPods in China and India. The Thakral Group made a
humble begining with 'Punjab Store' in Bangkok in 1905.

Mustaq Ahmad, who happens to be the last among the four Indians at the
27th position with a net worth of $165 million, is the owner of one of
Singapore's famous landmarks — the Mustafa Centre. Fifty five-year-old
Ahmad runs a bustling store in Singapore's Little India called Mustafa
Centre, which is stuffed with more than 150,000 items ranging from
beds to spices. The store was opened in 1971.

Fwd: SUCH STRONG SENTIMENTS ON malayalam digts

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: baby
Date: Aug 24, 2006 1:19 PM
Subject: Re: SUCH STRONG SENTIMENTS ON malayalam digts
To: nam < naamhs@gmail.com>

hi
it is absolutely essential that we learn our mother tongue and our customs. we should also learn Esperanto to communicate with other people whose language is different from our mother tongue. by this way, we will retain our identity and still part of the global village. we will need to learn only two languages to communicate with the whole world and the world will be a better place to live.
good luck.
baby


On 8/21/06, nam <naamhs@gmail.com> wrote:
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From: Job
Date: Aug 21, 2006 4:44 PM
Subject: Re: malayalam digts
To: nam < naamhs@gmail.com>

Nam,
Who the devil in this world wants these Malayalam digits. Malayalam
digits are an unwanted addition to the already confused world. None
should learn it or promote it. The language is alright , not the
digits. Even the Arabs are slowly realizing their folly and follow
normal digits. While they write text from right to left they are at a
loss as to how the digits are written.
One look at the malayalam digits, I left like throwing up. Please
prevent it from bing propagated.
Best regards
Job



===============

From: iqbal
To: nam < naamhs@gmail.com>
Date: Aug 19, 2006 2:03 PM
Subject: Re: malayalam digts

What changes and why?

It is a pity that Malayalis themselves are ignorant of their own
numerical system.
Some people will gaze at the calendar published by one well known Naturopathy
Centere. But they have done it for their commercial ends. Different matter.

When I was moving around as a rough or tough rebel, I used to write these
numerals. But nobody took it serious.

The solemn prayer is this Malayalam language be saved for it's existence
for reasons well known to the world because of Malayalis themselves.
We will speak aloud the Globalisation is taking it's lead to kill
languages of other
countries, and the regional or sublatern languages. It is true with
Tamil or Bengali
speaking people. But there is no scope of the onslaught of Globalisation on
Malayalam, because Malayalis themselves will take up the suicidor's role!

Iqbal

Monday, August 21, 2006

SUCH STRONG SENTIMENTS ON malayalam digts

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Job
Date: Aug 21, 2006 4:44 PM
Subject: Re: malayalam digts
To: nam <naamhs@gmail.com>

Nam,
Who the devil in this world wants these Malayalam digits. Malayalam
digits are an unwanted addition to the already confused world. None
should learn it or promote it. The language is alright , not the
digits. Even the Arabs are slowly realizing their folly and follow
normal digits. While they write text from right to left they are at a
loss as to how the digits are written.
One look at the malayalam digits, I left like throwing up. Please
prevent it from bing propagated.
Best regards
Job

===============

From: iqbal
To: nam <naamhs@gmail.com>
Date: Aug 19, 2006 2:03 PM
Subject: Re: malayalam digts

What changes and why?

It is a pity that Malayalis themselves are ignorant of their own
numerical system.
Some people will gaze at the calendar published by one well known Naturopathy
Centere. But they have done it for their commercial ends. Different matter.

When I was moving around as a rough or tough rebel, I used to write these
numerals. But nobody took it serious.

The solemn prayer is this Malayalam language be saved for it's existence
for reasons well known to the world because of Malayalis themselves.
We will speak aloud the Globalisation is taking it's lead to kill
languages of other
countries, and the regional or sublatern languages. It is true with
Tamil or Bengali
speaking people. But there is no scope of the onslaught of Globalisation on
Malayalam, because Malayalis themselves will take up the suicidor's role!

Iqbal

Saturday, August 19, 2006

malayalam digts

These are the current malayalam digts/numerals
These have undergone some changes in the recent past
Unicode developers are still discussing various options

Thursday, August 17, 2006

HAPPY MALAYALAM NEW YEAR

Malayalam era

Malayalam Era or Kollavarsham is a solar Sideral calendar used in the the state of Kerala in South India.

Origin

Almost all of the regions kerala used to the Kali yuga before the acceptance of Kollavarsham.

The start of the Malayalam Era has been attributed to many origins.

According to Tharisapalli plates the era was stated by Nestorian merchants who settled in KorukeNi kollam, near to the present Kollam. The other popular notion according to Hermann Gundert, it coordinated with consecration of a shiva temple during the reign of Udaya Marthanda Varma. Another theory is that Kollavarsham was started by the Saint Sankaracharya in 825 AD.


Calendar

The Malayalam year starts in the month of August,usually falling on the 16th or 17th of August.

Months in Malayalam Era Gregorian Calendar Tamil calendar Saka era Hijra Era
chingam August- september Aavani-Purattasi SRavaN- bhadrapada Rajab - Sha`ban
kanni September-October Purattasi-Aippasi Bhadrapada - aSvina Sha`ban - Ramadan
thulAm October-November Aippasi - Karthigai aSvina - Kartika Ramadan - Shawwal
vrushichikam November-December Karthigai - Margazhi Kartika - Agrahayana Shawwal - Dhu l-Qa`da
Dhanu December-January Margazhi - Thai Agrahayana - Pausa Dhu l-Qa`da - Dhu l-Hijja
makaram January-February Thai - Maasi Pausa - Magha Dhu l-Hijja - Muharram
kumBham February-March Maasi - Panguni Magha - Phalguna Muharram - Safar
mEnam March-April Panguni - Chithtrai Phalguna - chaitra Safar - Rabi`al-Awwal
mEdam April-May Chithtrai - Vaikasi Chaitra - VaiSakha Rabi`al-Awwal - Rabi`ath-Thani
Edavam May-June Vaikasi- Aani Vaisakha - JyaisTha Rabi`ath-Thani - Jumada l-Ula
midhunam June-July Aani - Aadi JyaisTha - AsaDa Jumada l-Ula - Jumada t-Tania
Karkidakam July-August Aadi - Aavani AsaDa - Sravana Jumada t-Tania - Rajab

Like the months above, there are 27 stars starting from Aswathi and ending in Revathi. The 365 days of the year is divided into a group of 14 days called Njattuvela, each one bearing the name of a star.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Boatman saves lives of 200 kids, gets killed / malayalee mobile / happy independence day / RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT, FULL TEXT

Boatman saves lives of 200 kids, gets killed

Khammam (AP): A boatman in Bhadrachalam division of the Godavari lost
his life when he got electrocuted after he saved 200 school children
and was on his way to rescue some more.

Edukondalu, the boatman, went to a school in his boat to rescue 200
children trapped in Sasi Vihar, a private school, due to flash floods.
He rescued all of them and as he went in search of other stranded
people, he came into contact with a live power cable and got
electrocuted. His body was found on Friday.

Edukondalu supported his aged parents, wife and two children and the
poor family is now shattered.

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RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT FULL TEXT IS AVAILABLE AT
http://righttoinformation.gov.in/

About Right to Information

When does it come into force?

Who is covered?
What does information mean?
What does Right to Information mean?

1.
When does it come into force?
It comes into force on the 12th October, 2005 (120th day of its
enactment on 15th June, 2005). Some provisions have come into force
with immediate effect viz. obligations of public authorities [S.4(1)],
designation of Public Information Officers and Assistant Public
Information Officers[S.5(1) and 5(2)], constitution of Central
Information Commission (S.12 and 13), constitution of State
Information Commission (S.15 and 16), non-applicability of the Act to
Intelligence and Security Organizations (S.24) and power to make rules
to carry out the provisions of the Act (S.27 and 28).

2.
Who is covered?
The Act extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and
Kashmir. [S.(12)]

3.
What does information mean?
Information means any material in any form including records,
documents, memos, e-mails, opinions, advices, press releases,
circulars, orders, logbooks, contracts, reports, papers, samples,
models, data material held in any electronic form and information
relating to any private body which can be accessed by a public
authority under any other law for the time being in force but does not
include "file notings". [S.2(f)].

4.
What does Right to Information mean?
It includes the right to -
inspect works, documents, records.
take notes, extracts or certified copies of documents or records.
take certified samples of material.
obtain information in form of printouts, diskettes, floppies, tapes,
video cassettes or in any other electronic mode or through
printouts.[S.2(j)]

Procedure for Request of Information

What is the Application Procedure for requesting information?
What is the time limit to get the information?
What is the fee?
What could be the ground for rejection?

1. What is the Application Procedure for requesting information?
Apply in writing or through electronic means in English or Hindi or
in the official language of the area, to the PIO, specifying the
particulars of the information sought for.
Reason for seeking information are not required to be given;
Pay fees as may be prescribed (if not belonging to the below poverty
line category).

2. What is the time limit to get the information?
30 days from the date of application
48 hours for information concerning the life or liberty of a person
5 days shall be added to the above response time, in case the
application for information is given to Assistant Public Information
Officer.
If the interests of a third party are involved then time limit will be
40 days (maximum period + time given to the party to make
representation).
Failure to provide information within the specified period is a deemed refusal.

3. What is the fee?
Application fees to be prescribed which must be reasonable.
If further fees are required, then the same must be intimated in
writing with calculation details of how the figure was arrived at;
Applicant can seek review of the decision on fees charged by the PIO
by applying to the appropriate Appellate Authority;
No fees will be charged from people living below the poverty line
Applicant must be provided information free of cost if the PIO fails
to comply with the prescribed time limit.

4. What could be the ground for rejection?
If it is covered by exemption from disclosure. (S.8)
If it infringes copyright of any person other than the State. (S.9)

Friday, August 11, 2006

http://www.petitiononline.com/98b66b23/petition.html

click on the following link
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View Current Signatures - Sign the Petition


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For an immediate and unconditional cease-fire



International appeal



Today, July 30th, another massacre was committed in Lebanon: More than

sixty civilians, among them 37 children, were killed by Israeli bombs

while they were sleeping in shelters in the village of Qana. They died

not very far away from the mass grave holding the bodies of 106

civilians burned by a previous Israeli attack in April 1996 inside a

shelter provided by a UN battalion



Reacting to this terrible news, the only sane decision that needs to

be made immediately is that of a ceasefire.



A ceasefire would allow for humanitarian relief to reach the innocent

victims, for the bodies to be buried instead of being eaten by the

dogs, and for all the underlying problems to be negotiated and

eventually solved. More victims can only produce more hatred.



In the last few days, Lebanon has been promised by the EU, the UK and

the US help in rebuilding its infrastructure and humanitarian aid to

assist the eight hundred thousand internally displaced persons and

"humanitarian corridors", but they stopped short of demanding a

ceasefire, which encouraged Israel to continue with its "mission" of

unilaterally enforcing the resolution to disarm Hezbollah. With that

same logic, Hezbollah could argue it has a mission to enforce the many

UN Security Council resolutions demanding Israel to withdraw from the

occupied Palestinian territories and to implement the right of return

of the Palestinian refugees.



On July 27, Israeli Justice Minister Haim Ramon said that Israel had

given civilians ample time to leave southern Lebanon. "All those now

in south Lebanon are terrorists who are related in some way to

Hezbollah," he said, according to the BBC. The same strategy is in

these days deployed in the Gaza Strip where the populations of

neighborhoods and refugee camps are asked to leave their homes. This

comes down to blatant collective punishment of entire populations.



The escalating violence in Lebanon can not be solved unilaterally with

self-proclaimed righteousness by any party. Peace is negotiated

between enemies, not with friends. And the first step to any

negotiation is a ceasefire. Or is it that every child has to die so

that they do not grow into "terrorists"?



A year ago, the UK Prime Minister championed the cause of including in

the UN mandate the "responsibility to protect populations from

genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity".

Yet the UN, the European Union, The United States and the United

Kingdom have failed in their responsibility to protect the Lebanese

and Palestinian children. Or even to clearly condemn the latest

Israeli criminal acts.



The international civil society and social movements are raising their

voice and mobilizing throughout the world not only to express their

indefectible solidarity with the Lebanese people, but also to build a

huge international barrier against the global war of re-colonization

of the world.

We are demanding

• An immediate and unconditional cease-fire, in Lebanon as well as in

the Palestinian Occupied Territories!

• The implementation of full sovereignty to Lebanon and the national

rights of the Palestinian people!

• No NATO forces on the Lebanese territory!

We support the call of the international solidarity delegation in

Lebanon for an international day of protest and solidarity on August

12th.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

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Monday, August 07, 2006

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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Friday, June 23, 2006

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Survey points to high mental illness incidence in Kerala / NRI account hacked: Rs 1.18 lakh missing


Survey points to high mental illness incidence in Kerala
Sangeeth Kurian
Findings of an NSSO survey on disabled persons in the country
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala has earned the dubious distinction of the State with the highest number of people with mental illness in the country.
The State is also way ahead of the national average in terms of the number of people with various kinds of disabilities such as mental retardation, hearing, speech impairment and loco motor disabilities.
The findings are the highlight of a survey on `Disabled Persons in India' conducted by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) after a gap of 11 years.
This is the first time the survey contains information on mentally challenged persons, those with mental illness and retardation, along with the findings on persons with physical disabilities.
It is estimated that there are 272 persons per one lakh population in the State suffering from mental illness, while the corresponding national average is 105. The State is followed by the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (211), Himachal Pradesh (195) and Lakshadweep (177).
- - -
NRI account hacked: Rs 1.18 lakh missing
PUNE: The Bund Garden police have registered a case of fraud, following a complaint from a US-based software professional, who said that unknown persons had broken into his ICICI Bank account and illegally transferred Rs 1,18,038, using the net banking facility.
Thirty-two-year-old Vikram Gaikwad, who works for Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in the US, is in the city while his father is undergoing treatment at a city hospital.
He originally hails from Khandala in Satara district. In his complaint to the police late on Thursday, Vikram said he first discovered that a sum of Rs 20,000 was missing when he checked his account using the net banking facility from a cyber café located at Gera Sterling Centre on North Main Road on May 24.
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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Somnath's poser to poll commission / Indian women deliver low weight babies: Study

Somnath's poser to poll commission
Neena Vyas
Should it not be more circumspect in dealing with another constitutional
authority?

Allegation by Trinamool Congress office-bearer "an insinuation"
EC has besmirched the reputation of MPs, Speaker by displaying their names
on the website: Chatterjee
Supreme Court ruled that SSDA was a statutory body

NEW DELHI: Should a constitutional authority like the Election Commission
besmirch the reputations of MPs, the Speaker and others on the basis of
unsubstantiated allegations and when no prima facie case has been made out?
Should it not have been more circumspect, especially when dealing with
another constitutional authority, the Speaker of the Lok Sabha?

At a press conference here on Wednesday, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee raised
these questions in connection with the Commission's action placing on its
website the names of all those against whom it had received complaints
related to the office-of-profit issue. Mr. Chatterjee's name has also been
on the website for some time.

"This is not the way to cast aspersions... it is nothing but insinuation,"
Mr. Chatterjee said referring to a complaint filed by a Trinamool Congress
office-bearer against him on March 8 just ahead of the Assembly polls.
Further, the Commission "permitted the insinuation to continue" by placing
his name on the website, thus creating the impression that the Speaker held
an office of profit and should be disqualified from being an MP and,
therefore, as Speaker.
Mr. Chatterjee challenged anyone to prove that the position he held as
Chairman of the Sriniketan Santiniketan Development Authority (SSDA) was an
office of profit. "The position carries no salary, no allowance, no car, no
house, not even a payment for attending meetings." He had not received a
single paisa for that office. And yet the insinuation was allowed to spread.

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Indian women deliver low weight babies: Study
Kanupriya Vashisht
Phoenix, May 25, 2006

Compared to the strapping Americans, Indians in America are considered small
and petite.
The trend continues even among babies born to second generation Indians.
Despite having fewer risk factors, US-born Indian women are more likely than
their Mexican-American counterparts to deliver low birth weight infants,
according to researchers at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and
Stanford's School of Medicine.
The finding confirms previous research that showed a similar pattern in more
recent immigrants, and suggests that physicians should consider their
patients' ethnic backgrounds when planning their care.

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Sunday, May 21, 2006

Pazhassi Raja Kerala Varma was one of our earliest freedom fighters. / Nepal to become secular state

Looking back
The royal `rebel' of Kottayam
SHREEKUMAR VARMA
Pazhassi Raja Kerala Varma was one of our earliest freedom fighters.

Tough opponent: Kerala Varma.
THE night of November 29, 1805 was surprisingly hot and humid in the jungles
beyond Wayanad. A small army of rebels from Malabar had crossed over to the
Mysore side and was holed up there, hiding from the British. None of them
could sleep properly and there was a sense of unease.
The next morning, their leader, Kerala Varma, was up early. It was an
important day for him, his mother's death anniversary. He bathed in the
Mavila Thodu, and finished his prayers. He discussed strategy with his men
for a while, and then they formed a protective circle around him as he sat
on the bank and the ceremonies began. Suddenly, in the middle of the
rituals, they found themselves surrounded by the English army under
Sub-Collector Thomas Harvey Baber.

http://www.hindu.com/mag/2006/05/21/stories/2006052100310400.htm

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Nepal to become secular state
May. 15, 2006 at 7:55AM
Nepal's prime minister announced Monday that the government would change
from a Hindu kingdom to a secular state, with equal rights for all.
Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala said Monday that the declaration,
to be proclaimed by the House of Representatives later, would protect the
rights of the nation's indigenous people and minorities.
Hundreds of indigenous people were protesting in front of the prime
minister's home to demand a secular state, the Himalayan Times reported. The
prime minister made his comments in response to their demands.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

the da vinci code


full text is available at

http://www.savefile.com/files/4275995

Innu' is 25 years old / MOST POPULAR SCREENSAVER IN THE U.S.

From: Haridas
Sent: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 1:35 PM
Subject: FW: Popular screensaver in U.S. (Drag the curser if want to rotate by u r self, as u want)

APPARENTLY THIS IS THE MOST POPULAR SCREENSAVER IN THE U.S.

(IF HE GETS STUCK, JUST MOVE HIM WITH YOUR CURSOR.)

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Innu' is 25 years old
Readers' support has been its working capital all these years

Inland magazines are like butterflies - pretty, small-sized and doomed to a
short life. But `Innu' (Today) published from Malappuram is different. It is
celebrating 25 years of eventful existence. Says its Editor Manambur Rajan
Babu: "This is a world record. To my knowledge, no inland magazine has
survived this long. Readers' support is the fuel that has kept `Innu' going
all these years.

`Innu' has no working capital, not even subscription rates. Anyone residing
in the country who sends postage stamps worth Rs.20 gets it free for one
year and for postage stamp worth Rs.150 you can get it if you are living
outside the country.

"The last 25 years have been tough," reminisces Mr. Rajan Babu. "But I
always have had the freedom to choose the right type of material for
publication without interference from market forces," he says.

http://www.hindu.com/2006/05/16/stories/2006051604320200.htm

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Sunday, May 14, 2006

104th Constitution Amendment Bill seeking reservation for Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribess (ST) and Other Backward Castes (OBC)

Parliament approves 104th Constitution Amendment Bill

New Delhi, Dec 22, 2005 (ANI): The Rajya Sabha on Thursday approved the 104th Constitution Amendment Bill seeking reservation for Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribess (ST) and Other Backward Castes (OBC) in non-minority unaided private educational institutions.

The Upper House passed the Bill almost unanimously with 172 voted in favour of it, while two members voted against it.

The Lok Sabha had already passed the Bill on Tuesday with 379 votes in favour and one vote against and one abstaining.

While piloting the bill Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh said the bill was aimed with providing greater access to higher education, including professional education, to a large number of students belonging to socially and educationally backward classes of citizens and SCs and STs.

The Bill was the outcome of an all-party meeting that had summoned last August to nullify certain disadvantages created by judgments of the courts.

It was aimed at amending Article 15 of the Constitution, which provided reservation of seats to Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), and Other Backward Classes (OBC) in admission to government-aided educational institutions only.

Singh said that Article 30(1) provided the right to all minorities to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice and it was essential that such rights were protected. That's why the institutions, declared by the state to be minority ones were omitted from the purview of the new provision.

Singh said that the clause would enable Parliament as well as State Legislatures to make appropriate laws for this purpose. (ANI)

Saturday, May 13, 2006

ahmadinejad ltr to bush

Letter From Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President Of Iran, To George BushBy Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Mr. George Bush, President of the United States of America,
For sometime now I have been thinking, how one can justify the undeniable contradictions that exist in the international arena -- which are being constantly debated, especially in political forums and amongst university students. Many questions remain unanswered. These have prompted me to discuss some of the contradictions and questions, in the hopes that it might bring about an opportunity to redress them.
Can one be a follower of Jesus Christ (PBUH), the great Messenger of God, feel obliged to respect human rights, present liberalism as a civilization model, announce one's opposition to the proliferation of nuclear weapons and WMDs, make War and Terror his slogan, and finally, work towards the establishment of a unified international community . . . . . . .

http://namhs.blogspot.com/2006/05/letter-from-mahmoud-ahmadinejad.html


Friday, May 12, 2006

CounterCurrents 12 0506

HelloKindly forward this newsletter to your friends and encourage them to join this mailing list. http://www.countercurrents.org/subscribe.htm In SolidarityBinuIran And US: Nuclear Standoff Or Realpolitik? By Ramzy Baroudhttp://www.countercurrents.org/iran-baroud120506.htmIran 2006 is certainly not Iraq of 1990-1991, or 2003. Some major changes to the political map of the Middle East have taken place and serious challenges are appearing day after day to the astonishment of the beleaguered U.S. government and its presidentLetter From Mahmoud AhmadinejadBy Mahmoud Ahmadinejad http://www.countercurrents.org/iran-nijad120506.htmPresident Of Iran, To George Bush Re-shuffling The Cards In Iraq By Ghali Hassanhttp://www.countercurrents.org/iraq-hassan120506.htmUnless the U.S. is forced to withdraw from Iraq immediately, no re-shuffling of the same cards will change the situation on the ground in Iraq. The only option remains for people around the world is to provide moral support for the Iraqi people Resistance to self-determination and national independenceComments On David Sirota's New Book:Hostile Takeover By Stephen Lendman http://www.countercurrents.org/lendman120506.htmI'd like to begin my commentary on David Sirota's important new book Hostile Takeover with my strong endorsement of his fine work. Everyone should read it to learn what's really going on around us that affects us all in the most important ways I know and which most people at best only vaguely understand on many if not most of the major issuesThe Royal Nepalese Army And The imperialist Agency In Nepal By Pratyush Chandrahttp://www.countercurrents.org/nepal-chandra120506.htmThe imperialist network fears that this rise of the red scourge in this supposed "backwater" of global capitalism will blow away the mirage of the new Asian "miracles" in the region, who have been long fishing their booty in these same "backwaters"What Mothers Really Want By Lucinda Marshallhttp://www.countercurrents.org/marshall120506.htmThe great thing about Motherâ?Ts Day is that for one day, everyone has to at least pretend to listen respectfully to what mothers have to say. So come on Moms, letâ?Ts not pass up 24 hours of precious soapbox time, we can talk about what we always talk about. ChildrenIsraelâ?Ts Road To â?~Convergenceâ?T Began With Rabin By Jonathan Cookhttp://www.countercurrents.org/cook120506.htmWith his coalition partners on board, Israelâ?Ts prime minister Ehud Olmert is plotting his next move: a partial withdrawal from the West Bank over the next few years which he and his government will declare as the end of the occupation and therefore also any legitimate grounds for Palestinian grievance.From hereon in, Israel will portray itself as the benevolent provider of a Palestinian state

Hello

Kindly forward this newsletter to your friends and encourage them to join
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Iran And US: Nuclear Standoff Or Realpolitik?
By Ramzy Baroud

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Iran 2006 is certainly not Iraq of 1990-1991, or 2003. Some major changes to
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Letter From Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President Of Iran, To George Bush
By Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
12 May, 2006 Le Monde
Mr. George Bush, President of the United States of America,
For sometime now I have been thinking, how one can justify the undeniable contradictions that exist in the international arena -- which are being constantly debated, especially in political forums and amongst university students. Many questions remain unanswered. These have prompted me to discuss some of the contradictions and questions, in the hopes that it might bring about an opportunity to redress them.
Can one be a follower of Jesus Christ (PBUH), the great Messenger of God, feel obliged to respect human rights, present liberalism as a civilization model, announce one's opposition to the proliferation of nuclear weapons and WMDs, make War and Terror his slogan, and finally, work towards the establishment of a unified international community – a community which Christ and the virtuous of the Earth will one day govern, but at the same time, have countries attacked; the lives, reputations and possessions of people destroyed and on the slight chance of the … of a … criminals in a village city, or convoy for example the entire village, city or convey set ablaze. Or because of the possibility of the existence of WMDs in one country, it is occupied, around one hundred thousand people killed, its water sources, agriculture and industry destroyed, close to 180,000 foreign troops put on the ground, sanctity of private homes of citizens broken, and the country pushed back perhaps fifty years. At what price? Hundreds of billions of dollars spent from the treasury of one country and certainly other countries and tens of thousands of young men and women – as occupation troops – put in harm's way, taken away from family and loved ones, their hands stained with the blood of others, subjected to so much psychological pressure that every day some commit suicide and those returning home suffer depression, become sickly, and grapple with all sorts of aliments; while some are killed and their bodies handed off to their families.
On the pretext of the existence of WMDs, this great tragedy came to engulf both the peoples of the occupied and the occupying country. Later it was revealed that no WMDs existed to begin with.
Of course Saddam was a murderous dictator. But the war was not waged to topple him, the announced goal of the war was to find and destroy weapons of mass destruction. He was toppled along the way towards another goal, nevertheless the people of the region are happy about it. I point out that throughout the many years of the … war on Iran Saddam was supported by the West.
Mr. President,You might know that I am a teacher. My students ask me how can theses actions be reconciled with the values outlined at the beginning of this letter and duty to the tradition of Jesus Christ (PBUH), the Messenger of peace and forgiveness.
There are prisoners in Guantanamo Bay that have not been tried, have no legal representation, cannot be seen by their families, and are obviously kept in a strange land outside their own country. There is no international monitoring of their conditions and fate. No one knows whether they are prisoners, POWs, accused, or criminals.
European investigators have confirmed the existence of secret prisons in Europe too. I could not correlate the abduction of a person and him or her being kept in secret prisons with the provisions of any judicial system. For that matter, I fail to understand how such actions correspond to the values outlined in the beginning of this letter, i.e. the teachings of Jesus Christ (PBUH), human rights, and liberal values.
Young people, university students, and ordinary people have many questions about the phenomenon of Israel. I am sure you are familiar with some of them.
Throughout history many countries have been occupied, but I think the establishment of a new country with a new people is a new phenomenon that is exclusive to our times.
Students are saying that sixty years ago such a country did not exist. They show old documents and globes and say try as we have, we have not been able to find a country named Israel.
I tell them to study the history of WWI and II. One of my students told me that during WWII, which more than tens of millions of people perished in, news about the war was quickly disseminated by the warring parties. Each touted their victories and the most recent battlefront defeat of the other party. After the war, they claimed that six million Jews had been killed. Six million people that were surely related to at least two million families.
Again let us assume that these events are true. Does that logically translate into the establishment of the state of Israel in the Middle East or support for such a state? How can this phenomenon be rationalized or explained?
Mr. President,I am sure you know how – and at what cost – Israel was established : Many thousands were killed in the process.
Millions of indigenous people were made refugees.
Hundred of thousands of hectares of farmland, olive plantations, towns, and villages were destroyed.
This tragedy is not exclusive to the time of establishment; unfortunately it has been ongoing for sixty years now.
A regime has been established which does not show mercy even to kids, destroys houses while the occupants are still in them, announces beforehand its list and plans to assassinate Palestinian figures and keeps thousands of Palestinians in prison. Such a phenomenon is unique – or at the very least extremely rare – in recent memory.
Another big question asked by people is why is this regime being supported? Is support for this regime in line with the teachings of Jesus Christ (PBUH) or Moses (PBUH) or liberal values? Or are we to understand that allowing the original inhabitants of these lands – inside and outside Palestine – whether they are Christian, Muslim, or Jew, to determine their fate, runs contrary to principles of democracy, human rights, and the teachings of prophets? If not, why is there so much opposition to a referendum?
The newly elected Palestinian administration recently took office. All independent observes have confirmed that this government represents the electorate. Unbelievingly, they have put the elected government under pressure and have advised it to recognise the Israeli regime, abandon the struggle and follow the programs of the previous government.
If the current Palestinian government had run on the above platform, would the Palestinian people have voted for it? Again, can such position taken in opposition to the Palestinian government be reconciled with the values outlined earlier? The people are also saying why are all UNSC resolutions in condemnation of Israel vetoed?
Mr. President,As you are well aware, I live amongst the people and am in constant contact with them --many people from around the Middle East manage to contact me as well. They dot not have faith in these dubious policies either. There is evidence that the people of the region are becoming increasingly angry with such policies.
It is not my intention to pose too many questions, but I need to refer to other points as well.
Why is it that any technological and scientific achievement reached in the Middle East regions is translated into and portrayed as a threat to the Zionist regime? Is not scientific R&D one of the basic rights of nations?
You are familiar with history. Aside from the Middle Ages, at what other point in history has scientific and technical progress been a crime? Can the possibility of scientific achievements being utilized for military purposes be reason enough to oppose science and technology altogether? If such a supposition is true, then all scientific disciplines, including physics, chemistry, mathematics, medicine, engineering, etc. must be opposed.
Lies were told in the Iraqi matter. What was the result? I have no doubt that telling lies is reprehensible in any culture, and you do not like to be lied to.
Mr. President,Don't Latin Americans have the right to ask why their elected governments are being opposed and coup leaders supported? Or why they must constantly be threatened and live in fear?
The people of Africa are hardworking, creative, and talented. They can play an important and valuable role in providing for the needs of humanity and contribute to its material and spiritual progress. Poverty and hardship in large parts of Africa are preventing this from happening. Don't they have the right to ask why their enormous wealth – including minerals – is being looted, despite the fact that they need it more than others?
Again, do such actions correspond to the teachings of Christ and the tenets of human rights?
The brave and faithful people of Iran too have many questions and grievances, including : the coup d'etat of 1953 and the subsequent toppling of the legal government of the day, opposition to the Islamic revolution, transformation of an Embassy into a headquarters supporting the activities of those opposing the Islamic Republic (many thousands of pages of documents corroborates this claim), support for Saddam in the war waged against Iran, the shooting down of the Iranian passenger plane, freezing the assets of the Iranian nation, increasing threats, anger, and displeasure vis-à-vis the scientific and nuclear progress of the Iranian nation (just when all Iranians are jubilant and collaborating their country's progress), and many other grievances that I will not refer to in this letter.
Mr. President,September Eleventh was a horrendous incident. The killing of innocents is deplorable and appalling in any part of the world. Our government immediately declared its disgust with the perpetrators and offered its condolences to the bereaved and expressed its sympathies.
All governments have a duty to protect the lives, property, and good standing of their citizens. Reportedly your government employs extensive security, protection, and intelligence systems – and even hunts its opponents abroad. September Eleventh was not a simple operation. Could it be planned and executed without coordination with intelligence and security services – or their extensive infiltration? Of course this is just an educated guess. Why have the various aspects of the attacks been kept secret? Why are we not told who botched their responsibilities? And, why aren't those responsible and the guilty parties identified and put on trial?
All governments have a duty to provide security and peace of mind for their citizens. For some years now, the people of your country and neighbors of world trouble spots do not have peace of mind. After 9/11, instead of healing and tending to the emotional wounds of the survivors and the American people – who had been immensely traumatized by the attacks – some Western media only intensified the climates of fear and insecurity, constantly talking about the possibility of new terror attacks and keeping the people in fear. Is that service to the American people? Is it possible to calculate the damages incurred from fear and panic?
American citizens lived in constant fear of fresh attacks that could come at any moment and in any place. They felt insecure in the streets, in their place of work, and at home. Who would be happy with this situation? Why was the media, instead of conveying a feeling of security and providing peace of mind, giving rise to a feeling of insecurity?
Some believe that the hype paved the way – and was the justification – for an attack on Afghanistan. Again I need to refer to the role of media. In media charters, correct dissemination of information and honest reporting of a story are established tenets. I express my deep regret about the disregard shown by certain Western media for these principles. The main pretext for an attack on Iraq was the existence of WMDs. This was repeated incessantly – for the public to, finally, believe – and the ground set for an attack on Iraq.
Will the truth not be lost in a contrived and deceptive climate? Again, if the truth is allowed to be lost, how can that be reconciled with the earlier mentioned values? Is the truth known to the Almighty lost as well?
Mr. President,In countries around the world, citizens provide for the expenses of governments so that their governments in turn are able to serve them.
The question here is what has the hundreds of billions of dollars, spent every year to pay for the Iraqi campaign, produced for your citizens?
As your Excellency is aware, in some states of your country, people are living in poverty. Many thousands are homeless and unemployment is a huge problem. Of course these problems exist – to a larger or lesser extent – in other countries as well. With these conditions in mind, can the gargantuan expenses of the campaign – paid from the public treasury – be explained and be consistent with the aforementioned principles?
What has been said are some of the grievances of the people around the world, in our region, and in your country. But my main contention – which I am hoping you will agree to some of it – is: those in power have specific time in office, and do not rule indefinitely, but their names will be recorded in history and will be constantly judged in the immediate and distant futures.
The people will scrutinize our presidencies.
Did we manage to bring peace, security, and prosperity for the people, or insecurity and unemployment? Did we intend to establish justice, or just support special interest groups, and by forcing many people to live in poverty and hardship, make a few people rich and powerful – thus trading the approval of the people and the Almighty with theirs? Did we defend the rights of the underprivileged or ignore them? Did we defend the rights of all people around the world or impose wars on them, interfere illegally in their affairs, establish hellish prisons and incarcerate some of them? Did we bring the world peace and security or raise the specter of intimidation and threats? Did we tell the truth to our nation and others around the world or present an inverted version of it? Were we on the side of the people or the occupiers and oppressors? Did our administration set out to promote rational behavior, logic, ethics, peace, fulfilling obligations, justice, service to the people, prosperity, progress, and respect for human dignity, or the force of guns. Intimidation, insecurity, disregard for the people, delaying the progress, and excellence of other nations, and trample on people's rights? And finally, they will judge us on whether we remained true to our oath of office – to serve the people, which is our main task, and the traditions of the prophets – or not?
Mr. President,How much longer can the world tolerate this situation? Where will this trend lead the world to? How long must the people of the world pay for the incorrect decisions of some rulers? How much longer will the specter of insecurity – raised from the stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction – hunt the people of the world? How much longer will the blood of the innocent men, women, and children be spilled on the streets, and people's houses destroyed over their heads? Are you pleased with the current condition of the world? Do you think present policies can continue?
If the billions of dollars spent on security, military campaigns, and troop movement were instead spent on investment and assistance for poor countries, promotion of health, combating different diseases, education and improvement of mental and physical fitness, assistance to the victims of natural disasters, creation of employment opportunities and production, development projects and poverty alleviation, establishment of peace, mediation between disputing states and distinguishing the flames of racial, ethnic, and other conflicts, were would the world be today? Would not your government and people be justifiably proud? Would not your administration's political and economic standing have been stronger? And I am most sorry to say, would there have been an ever increasing global hatred of the American governments?
Mr. President, it is not my intention to distress anyone.
If the prophets Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Ishmael, Joseph, or Jesus Christ (PBUH) were with us today, how would they have judged such behavior? Will we be given a role to play in the promised world, where justice will become universal and Jesus Christ (PBUH) will be present? Will they even accept us?
My basic question is this : Is there no better way to interact with the rest of the world? Today there are hundreds of millions of Christians, hundreds of millions of Moslems and millions of people who follow the teachings of Moses (PBUH). All divine religions share and respect on word and that is monotheism or belief in a single God and no other in the world.
The holy Koran stresses this common word and calls on an followers of divine religions and says: "[3.64] Say : O followers of the Book! Come to an equitable proposition between us and you that we shall not serve any but Allah and (that) we shall not associate aught. With Him and (that) some of us shall not take others for lords besides Allah, but if they turn back, then say : Bear witness that we are Muslims. (The Family of Imran)."
Mr. President,According to divine verses, we have all been called upon to worship one God and follow the teachings of divine prophets. To worship a God which is above all powers in the world and can do all He pleases. The Lord which knows that which is hidden and visible, the past and the future, knows what goes on in the Hearts of His servants and records their deeds. The Lord who is the possessor of the heavens and the earth and all universe is His court; planning for the universe is done by His hands, and gives His servants the glad tidings of mercy and forgiveness of sins. He is the companion of the oppressed and the enemy of oppressors. He is the Compassionate, the Merciful. He is the recourse of the faithful and guides them towards the light from darkness. He is witness to the actions of His servants, He calls on servants to be faithful and do good deeds, and asks them to stay on the path of righteousness and remain steadfast. He calls on servants to heed His prophets and He is a witness to their deeds. A bad ending belongs only to those who have chosen the life of this world and disobey Him and oppress His servants. And a good and eternal paradise belongs to those servants who fear His majesty and do not follow their lascivious selves.
We believe a return to the teachings of the divine prophets is the only road leading to salvations. I have been told that Your Excellency follows the teachings of Jesus (PBUH), and believes in the divine promise of the rule of the righteous on Earth.
We also believe that Jesus Christ (PBUH) was one of the great prophets of the Almighty. He has been repeatedly praised in the Koran. Jesus (PBUH) has been quoted in Koran as well; "[19,36] And surely Allah is my Lord and your Lord, therefore serves Him; this is the right path, Marium."
Service to and obedience of the Almighty is the credo of all divine messengers.
The God of all people in Europe, Asia, Africa, America, the Pacific, and the rest of the world is one. He is the Almighty who wants to guide and give dignity to all His servants. He has given greatness to Humans.
We again read in the Holy Book: the Almighty God sent His prophets with miracles and clear signs to guide the people and show them divine signs and purity them from sins and pollutions. And He sent the Book and the balance so that the people display justice and avoid the rebellious.
All of the above verses can be seen, one way or the other, in the Good Book as well.
Divine prophets have promised: the day will come when all humans will congregate before the court of the Almighty, so that their deeds are examined. The good will be directed towards Heaven and evildoers will meet divine retribution. I trust both of us believe in such a day, but it will not be easy to calculate the actions of rulers, because we must be answerable to our nations and all others whose lives have been directly or indirectly effected by our actions.
All prophets, speak of peace and tranquillity for man – based on monotheism, justice and respect for human dignity.
Do you not think that if all of us come to believe in and abide by these principles, that is, monotheism, worship of God, justice, respect for the dignity of man, and belief in the Last Day, we can overcome the present problems of the world – that are the result of disobedience to the Almighty and the teachings of prophets – and improve our performance?
Do you not think that belief in these principles promotes and guarantees peace, friendship and justice?
Do you not think that the aforementioned written or unwritten principles are universally respected?
Will you not accept this invitation? That is, a genuine return to the teachings of prophets, to monotheism and justice, to preserve human dignity and obedience to the Almighty and His prophets?
Mr. President, History tells us that repressive and cruel governments do not survive. God has entrusted the fate of man to them. The Almighty has not left the universe and humanity to their own devices. Many things have happened contrary to the wishes and plans of governments. These tell us that there is a higher power at work and all events are determined by Him.
Can one deny the signs of change in the world today? Is this situation of the world today comparable to that of ten years ago? Changes happen fast and come at a furious pace.
The people of the world are not happy with the status quo and pay little heed to the promises and comments made by a number of influential world leaders. Many people around the wolrd feel insecure and oppose the spreading of insecurity and war and do not approve of and accept dubious policies.
The people are protesting the increasing gap between the haves and the have-nots and the rich and poor countries.
The people are disgusted with increasing corruption.
The people of many countries are angry about the attacks on their cultural foundations and the disintegration of families. They are equally dismayed with the fading of care and compassion. The people of the world have no faith in international organizations, because their rights are not advocated by these organizations.
Liberalism and Western-style democracy have not been able to help realize the ideals of humanity. Today these two concepts have failed. Those with insight can already hear the sounds of the shattering and fall of the ideology and thoughts of the liberal democratic systems.
We increasingly see that people around the world are flocking towards a main focal point – that is the Almighty God. Undoubtedly through faith in God and the teachings of the prophets, the people will conquer their problems. My question for you is: do you not want to join them?
Mr. President,Whether we like it or not, the world is gravitating towards faith in the Almighty and justice and the will of God will prevail over all things.
Vasalam Ala Man Ataba'al hoda
Mahmood Ahmadi-Najad, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran
© 2006 LeMonde.fr

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