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$32,000 too much to fondle bosom, rules court

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.


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

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


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

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.


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


The Hindu : Business / Netspeak : Google tools revisited

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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 ( 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 (, 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 (, 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 (

Google games

To equip its users with necessary skills/tools, Google itself features many tutorials and other information products. The Google Librarian Centre (, 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 ( is yet another resource worth a look (especially if you make web sites). Also, reading Google related blogs such as Webmaster Central ( 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 ( 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' ( 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:

In this context, you may also check out the fascinating development-statistics visualisation tool Google 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: com/

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-, GNUWIN- have already been featured in this column. TTS 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, (, 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 (, Yahoo Answers ( and Google Answers ( Live QnA ( 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.

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