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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Official Google Blog: Collect, share, and discover books - Sent Using Google Toolbar

Official Google Blog: Collect, share, and discover books


Collect, share, and discover books

9/06/2007 06:33:00 AM

Posted by Adam Mathes, Product Manager

Books often live a vibrant life offline, and through digitization Google Book Search tries to help them live an even more exciting life online through full text search. Today we're launching some new features that go beyond search so you can collect, share, and discover new books.

To start, you can create your own personal collection on Book Search, and use it to help find just the right book from your collection for any occasion. Other people can view your library, so you can share your collection
as Bethany has done. Or take a look at some other interesting collections.

Digitized text is useful beyond search, too. It enables us to infer connections between books through shared passages. For example, Sir Isaac Newton once said:
I know not what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to
have been only like a boy playing on the sea shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
This quote has resonated and been used in hundreds of books from the early 1800s to 2007. You can discover connections between books through quotations like this in a feature we call "Popular passages." Read more and dive into the meme pool.

We've also launched a way to let users, select, copy and embed segments of public domain books (like the Newton quote) in any web page. We hope to make it as easy to blog and quote from a book as it is from any web page. Like many innovations at Google, a stellar summer intern worked on this .

We hope these new features help you discover, collect, and share some of the great truths just waiting to be discovered (or maybe re-discovered) in the great ocean of books before us.

Friday, September 07, 2007

The Hindu : Front Page : “Farmer suicides the symptom” - Sent Using Google Toolbar

The Hindu : Front Page : "Farmer suicides the symptom"

"Farmer suicides the symptom"

Special Correspondent

It is better to be a poor person in Botswana than in India, says Sainath

— PHOTO: R.V. MOORTHY

A PErSPECTIVE: Rural Affairs Editor of The Hindu P. Sainath delivering a lecture on 'Farm Crisis: Why have over one lakh farmers killed themselves in the last decade' watched by Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee in New Delhi on Thursday.

NEW DELHI: The crisis in the farm sector is a national one and not restricted to some States. The suicides are just the symptom not the disease, said Magsaysay awardee and Rural Affairs Editor of The Hindu P. Sainath while deliverin g a lecture on 'Farm Crisis; Why have over one lakh farmers killed themselves in the last decade?' in Parliament House.

Reeling out chilling statistics which revealed how India remained a land of poverty amidst plenty, Mr. Sainath said India had the fourth highest number of dollar-billionaires in the world; behind only the United States, Germany and Russia. "But, we are 126th in human development. This means that it is better to be a poor person in Botswana or the occupied territories of Palestine, both of which show superior human development indicators than India."

Though India was an emerging tiger economy, life expectancy here was lower than in Bolivia — the poorest country of Latin America — Kazakhstan and Mongolia. India may have 100,000 dollar millionaires but 800 million in this country existed on less than Rs. 20 a day as per government data, he said, adding that "there is no such thing as Indian reality, there are Indian realities."

Another contrast he brought out pertained to foodgrains intake. The last 15 years – which saw unprecedented prosperity among the rich – witnessed a decline in foodgrains intake. Quoting from the atlas of food security of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, he said in 1997-2002, India added more newly hungry millions than the rest of the world taken together.

"Hunger grew at a time when it declined in Ethiopia. A new restaurant opens every day in some city of this country but the average rural family is consuming 100 kg less than it did 10-15 years ago because that is the food availability situation."

Mr. Sainath regretted the slow pace of tenancy reforms in the country. According to him, land reforms had been carried out properly by only a handful of States.

"It seems appalling to me that we can clear an SEZ in six months but we cannot do land reforms in 60 years across this country!"

He drew the attention of Parliamentarians to the growing expenditure on health as India now had the sixth most privatised health system in the world.

Another alarming phenomenon, he said, was the closure of as many as 3,500 banks in the rural areas — without which there would have been no Green Revolution in the first place — between 1993 and 2002. Ironically enough, while banks have systematically withdrawn from credit for the rural areas, they are increasingly wooing the upper middle classes.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Fwd: Opera legend Pavarotti dies



From: BBC Breaking News Alert
Date: Sep 6, 2007 8:53 AM
Subject: Opera legend Pavarotti dies
To: naamhs@gmail.com

Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti has died at the age of 71 after a battle with cancer, his manager says.

For more details: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news
 

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Re: Hide & 12

dear naeem

full text is available at

http://www.savefile.com/files/994920

Hyde act is available at

frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=109_cong_bills&docid=f:h5682enr.txt.pdf


On 9/2/07, MM Naeem <naeem_mm@yahoo.com> wrote:

Kindly send me the contract of Hide & 123, if it available with you;

regards,

The Hindu - Breaking News