Sunday, December 31, 2006
Dr. KALAM became the 11th PRESIDENT of INDIA on 25th JULY 2002. A Muslim PRESIDENT nominated by BJP ; this was perfect epitome of secularism in INDIA . This and many such events have proved time and again the secular nature of this country.
This is the most brief introduction about our beloved president - Dr. A.P.J. ABDUL KALAM, I will continue with this series in my next blog.
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
|WHAT IS RIGHT TO INFORMATION ACT? |
It came 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 , designation of Public Information Officers and Assistant Public Information Officers , constitution of Central Information Commission , constitution of State Information Commission , non-applicability of the Act to Intelligence and Security Organizations and power to make rules to carry out the provisions of the Act.
|JURISDICTION AREA : |
|The Act extends to the whole of India except the State of Jammu and Kashmir. |
|WHAT IS INFORMATION ? |
|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".|
|What does Right to Information mean?|
|It includes the right to - |
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Girls Are Considered a Burden in Sections of Indian Society
Dec. 15, 2006 — Ten million girls have been killed by their parents in India in the past 20 years, either before they were born or immediately after, a government minister said on Thursday, describing it as a "national crisis".
A UNICEF report released this week said 7,000 fewer girls are born in the country every day than the global average would suggest, largely because female foetuses are aborted after sex determination tests but also through murder of new borns.
"It's shocking figures and we are in a national crisis if you ask me," Minister for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury told Reuters.
Girls are seen as liabilities by many Indians, especially because of the banned but rampant practice of dowry, where the bride's parents pay cash and goods to the groom's family.
Men are also seen as bread-winners while social prejudices deny women opportunities for education and jobs.
"Today, we have the odd distinction of having lost 10 million girl children in the past 20 years," Chowdhury told a seminar in Delhi University.
"Who has killed these girl children? Their own parents." In some states, the minister said, newborn girls have been killed by pouring sand or tobacco juice into their nostrils.
"The minute the child is born and she opens her mouth to cry, they put sand into her mouth and her nostrils so she chokes and dies," Chowdhury said, referring to cases in the western desert state of Rajasthan.
"They bury infants into pots alive and bury the pots. They put tobacco into her mouth. They hang them upside down like a bunch of flowers to dry," she said.
"We have more passion for tigers of this country. We have people fighting for stray dogs on the road. But you have a whole society that ruthlessly hunts down girl children."
According to the 2001 census, the national sex ratio was 933 girls to 1,000 boys, while in the worst-affected northern state of Punjab, it was 798 girls to 1,000 boys.
The ratio has fallen since 1991, due to the availability of ultrasound sex-determination tests.
Although these are illegal they are still widely available and often lead to abortion of girl foetuses.
Chowdhury said the fall in the number of females had cost one percent of India's GDP and created shortages of girls in some states like Haryana, where in one case four brothers had to marry one woman.
Economic empowerment of women was key to change, she said. "Even today when you go to a temple, you are blessed with 'May you have many sons'," she said.
"The minute you empower them to earn more or equal (to men), social prejudices vanish."
The practice of killing the girl child is more prevalent among the educated, including in upmarket districts of New Delhi, making it more challenging for the government, the minister said.
"How do we tell educated people that you must not do it? And these are people who would visit all the female deities and pray for strength but don't hesitate to kill a girl child," she said.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
1. India never invaded any country in her last 1000 years of history.
2. India invented the Number system. Zero was invented by Aryabhatta.
3. The world's first University was established in Takshila in 700BC. More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects.. The University of Nalanda built in the 4th century BC was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education.
4. According to the Forbes magazine, Sanskrit is the most suitable language for computer software.
5. Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to humans.
6. Although western media may portray modern images of India as poverty stricken and underdeveloped country and political corruption, India was once the richest empire on earth.
7. The art of navigation was born in the river Sindh 5000 years ago. The very word "Navigation" is derived from the Sanskrit word NAVGATIH.
8. The value of pi was first calculated by Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is now known as the Pythagorean Theorem. British scholars have last year (1999) officially published that Budhayan's works dates to the 6th Century which is long before the European mathematicians.
9. Algebra, trigonometry and calculus came from India . Quadratic equations were by Sridharacharya in the 11th Century; the largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used were 106 whereas Indians used numbers as big as 10 53.
10.. According to the Gemological Institute of America, up until 1896, India was the only source of diamonds to the world.
11. USA based IEEE has proved what has been a century-old suspicion amongst academics that the pioneer of wireless communication was Professor Jagdeesh Bose and not Marconi.
12. The earliest reservoir and dam for irrigation was built in Saurashtra.
13. Chess was invented in India .
14.. Sushruta is the father of surgery. 2600 years ago he and health scientists of his time conducted surgeries like cesarean section, cataract, fractures and urinary stones. Usage of anaesthesia was well known in ancient India .
15. When many cultures in the world were only nomadic forest dwellers over 5000 years ago, Indians established Harappan culture in Sindhu Valley ( Indus Valley Civilisation).
16. The place value system, the decimal system was developed in India in 100 BC.
Friday, December 01, 2006
How can MAHARASHTRIANS who are supposed to be one of the most civilised population in the country behave so irresponsibly. More than 4 people have lost their lives i
This is definitely not a good sign and we must try to avoid such incidences in future . Or we should be prepared for losing all the possible opportunities of development. I don't want to say that such incidences should be altogether neglected but we should understand the motive of these antisocial elements to spread a feeling of insecurity between the INDIANS amongst themselves. We should show some prudence and understand the motive of antisocial elements . Rioting and arson like yesterday only show that we have become intolerant and indirectly serving the purpose of these antisocial elements.
It is very disheartening to see DECCAN QUEEN be torched irresponsibly. I pray to god that such incidences are not repeated in future.