Thursday, November 30, 2006


Chinese 'gifts' worry India
Ramananda Sengupta
November 29, 2006 12:56 IST

A senior Indian intelligence official has expressed concern over what he described as the "dramatic increase" in Chinese attempts to woo Indian politicians and business leaders with gifts, some of them "phenomenally lavish."
Reacting to a story in Businessworld magazine, which refers to Chinese attempts to buy influence in India, the Indian official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said while this is nothing new, what is of concern is the sudden and dramatic increase in the number of "influential Indians" being tapped by the Chinese.
The recipients of these gifts "spanned the political spectrum", the official said, expressing his "serious worry over this alarming trend, which has increased in leaps and bounds over the past three or four years."
Indian intelligence agencies, however, could do nothing much beyond "keeping an eye on the recipients" and bringing this to the attention of the Prime Minister's Office and the National Security Council, since there were "major political implications," the official said.


In the midst of great joy do not promise anyone anything. In the midst of great anger do not answer anyone's letter. Chinese Proverb


kaash koi mere liye b fariyad kare,

k wo ladki ek pal k liye mujhe yaad kare,

barbaad kar di jiske liye maine zindagi apni,

wo b mere liye apna ik pal barbaad kare, ...

I'm an idealist!

I'm an idealist. I don't know where I'm going but I'm on the way.

-Carl Sandburg

Wednesday, November 29, 2006


Judge the nature of your listeners and speak accordingly.
There is nothing more virtuous or valuable than this.



It refers to unnecessary media-hype of the alleged ‘kiss’ between two prominent ladies namely Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje and industrialist Kiran Majumdar Shaw. Even Congress party in state-opposition has tried to gain political mileage by over-reacting on the episode out of proportion. It was simply a show of affection between two ladies which should and cannot be taken as vulgar, obscene or indecent.


Tuesday, November 28, 2006


kitna haseen chaand ka chehra hai,

us ke shabaab ka rang gehra hai,

khuda ko yakeen na tha wafa par,

is liye to chaand par hazaro sitaro ka pehra hai.


Q: Do you know, who never gets blame?

A: The one who does nothing.

(Perhaps, a Greek saying!)


PM asks Soren to resign

New Delhi, Nov. 28 (PTI): Taking a serious note of a Delhi court holding Union Coal Minister Shibu Soren guilty of conspiring to kidnap and murder his private secretary 12 years back, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today asked him to resign.

"The Prime Minister has sought Shibu Soren's resignation," Prime Minister's Media Adviser Sanjaya Baru said here.



Nothing can be a big shame for Indian democracy than the bitter fact that a person held guilty for murder was decorating post of a Union Cabinet Minister for so long after his repeated resignations and re-induction by virtue of his political-blackmailing. What more, responsible allies of Shibu Soren in Congress party are still trying to shadow down his crime by commenting that the verdict may be reversed in higher courts!

It is clear that politics in India has been criminalised and also criminals have become politicians. Unfortunately criminals are present in almost every political party and no political party is capable of surviving without these. This is why no one in Indian democracy is sincere to reform the system to eliminate criminal forces from Indian politics.


1775 Kucha Lattushah

Dariba DELHI 110006 (India)


Snow Days

A heavy snowstorm closed the schools in one town. When the children returned to school a few days later, one grade school teacher asked her students whether they had used the time away from school constructively.

"I sure did, teacher," one little girl replied. "I just prayed for more snow."


Raat is qadar haseen nahi thi

tumse milne se pehle,

ye bahaar kidhar thi

tumse milne se pehle,

tumse milke jaane kya kya jaana,

zindagi itni khoobsurat nahi thi

tumse milne se pehle. ...


BJP strikes at 'Islamisation of politics'

Press Trust of India

New Delhi, November 28: In unmistakable signals of the BJP playing its Hindutva card, senior party leader Kalyan Singh said 'Islamisation of politics' would be the party's key plank in the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.

Buoyed by the party's success in the recent civic elections in the state, the BJP is now eyeing the number one slot in the Assembly polls in the state that once swept the saffron party to centrestage over the Ayodhya issue.

Elaborating on 'Islamisation of politics', the Hindutva hardliner said in an interview that political parties were going in for 'minority appeasement' through moves like reservation for Muslims and granting a minority status to the Aligarh Muslim University.

He also voiced suspicion that the delay in execution of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal could be because of the upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh.

"This is nothing but Islamisation of politics," he said, adding that terrorism and threats to internal security were also plank on which the party would go to the people.

Rejecting possibilities of extending support to the BSP in forming the next government, he said his party had a bitter experience of sharing power in the state. And this time, he claimed, the BJP would be able to win a full majority.

"We have thrice carried the palanquin of Mayawati and now there is pain in our shoulders. It was a very painful experience. We do not want to repeat it," the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, who is leading the saffron campaign in the crucial polls, said.

Sunday, November 26, 2006


1.Bangalore has the impeccable record of highest growth within a span of 20 Years

2. Bangalore has highest number of pubs in Asia.

3. Bangalore has highest number of cigarette smokers in India.

4. Bangalore has the highest number of software companies in India-212, followed by Hyderabad - 108, Pune - 97. Hence called the Silicon Valley of India

5. Bangalore has 21 engineering colleges, which is highest in the world in a given city. Bangalore University has 57 Engineering colleges affiliated to it, which is highest in the world.

6. Bangalore is the only city in the world to have commercial and defense Airport operating from the same strip.

7. Bangalore has highest number of public sectors and government Organizations in India.

8. Bangalore university has highest number of students going abroad for higher studies taking the first place from IIT-Kanpur.

9. Bangalore has only 48% of local population (i.e.Kannadigas) .Hence a true cosmopolitan with around 25% Tamilians, 14% Telugites, 10% Keralites, 8% Europeans, and 6% a mixture of all races.

10. Bangalore police has the reputation of being second best in India after Delhi.

11. Bangalore has the highest density of traffic in India.

12. Bangalore has the highest number of 2-wheelers in the world.

13. Bangalore is considered the fashion capital of east comparable to Paris

15. Bangalore has produced the maximum international sportsmen in India for all sports ahead of even Mumbai & Delhi.

16. Bangalore has produced the maximum number of scientists considered for Nobel Prize nominations.

17. Bangalore has produced the highest number of professionals in USA almost 60% of the Indian population abroad is from Bangalore (except Gulf).

18. Bangalore is famous for THREE: Software Professionals, Girls and Dogs.

19. Bangalore is famous for its dog bites, an average of 12 people are bitten by stray dogs per MINUTE somewhere in Bangalore!!!

20. It has maxium number of jankis too !!!!!

Chillax to max...


chand par aapka naam likhne ko dil chahata han,

chand par aapka naam likhne ko dil chahata han,

par kya karein

kambakht ye khayal subah-subah aata hai......














If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.
Booker T. Washington

Today's Inspirational Story

Why I Love Being Married
Beliefnet members share their stories of spiritual connection, love, and marriage.

When Beliefnet member Sbeatty started a discussion board asking others to share "the good things marriage can offer," a lively and inspiring conversation began, attracting newlyweds and "old marrieds" alike. What follows is a selection of comments from that discussion. Click here to contribute your own story or thought.

Not convinced? Check in with our members who prefer the single life.

I appreciate waking up and having someone call me beautiful.

I appreciate that I have a partner that I can lean on when I am hurting or scared.

I appreciate that I have someone to tell my most intimate secrets to without judgment.

I appreciate the little jokes throughout the day that brighten my mood.

I appreciate having someone to share the challenges life can bring raising children.

I appreciate the father he is to my children.

I appreciate that he always makes sure we have everything we need and a little more.

I appreciate that he is still by my side loving me even though I tried to destroy that love because I thought I was not worthy.

I appreciate the strength and comfort he brings me.

I appreciate he chose me to share his life with.

I appreciate that I have been given the chance to recognize what I really have instead of concentrating on what I didn't have.

The more I think about why I love him, the more satisfied I feel in my relationship. I think it's because when I'm feeling grateful, I treat him with love and compassion, which makes him feel better about himself and leads him to treat me with love and compassion. In the end, we both win!

Being happy within ourselves is nice, but sharing that happiness is wonderful. I think that is one of the perks about marriage--being able to share yourself the good and the bad with someone.

I consider myself very lucky that for 30 years I've been married to my best friend and soul mate. To this day I still look forward to coming home to my Lady, my Wife. We can still make each other laugh. I'm the first to say that without my Wife in my life, I would be lost. Yes, we've had problems. We even have had to seek counseling. But we both were determined that we would make our life together work. We made a commitment to each other when we first were married that divorce was out of the question. Were there times when either of us thought that maybe a divorce would be best? Of course. I don't think that anyone who's been married for years hasn't thought that. But the beauty of marriage is that there's always a way to make your commitment and love for each other help you to work out problems together. All I know is that I'm very lucky to have my best friend & soul mate to share my life with.

Knowing that someone's always on my side.

Holding each other up during the difficult times in the marriage, such as job loss, illness, any number of things that have happened over the 45 years we have been together. Whatever happened, we just put our heads together and figured out what to do to make things better. We never blamed each other for our problems.

I've only been married a little over 3 months but there is a lot I appreciate already. I love that no matter what I have someone on my side, that even when I'm having a horrible day I have someone that knows how to make me smile, the way my husband tries to do chores around the house, and how he always lets me have the TV remote at night.
I am blessed.

Having the same set of memories.

Someone who gets my sense of humor.

Being able to argue knowing that we will still be together.

Having someone to share the everyday burdens of life.

It's a lot of work, and I'm grateful for that. The memories, the fun. In 18 years we've argued, fought, yelled, but I honestly can't think of one time I've ever regretted or doubted getting married.

I appreciate the fact that I have someone that loves me for me not what I can do for them, I appreciate the fact that he lifts me up spiritually, mentally in always possible, I appreciate the fact that when I was a lush he showed me to the Lord so that I could get on the right path, I appreciate the fact that he shared his life and children with me, I appreciate the fact that he turned rags into riches but not money wise faith wise he let me know that with him and God in my life all things are possible, I appreciate the fact that we get up and have wonderful conversations about the Lord, I appreciate the fact that I can trust him with my health, & life. I appreciate the fact that even though I make mistakes he strengthens me so that it won't happen again. I appreciate the fact that he pushes me to be all I can be for my family and my God.

My husband and I have a covenant marriage and it has really strengthened the bond between us. I am so very blessed to have this wonderful man in my life. He is so kind, gentle and loving. Our marriage is so strong and is only getting stronger.

I love having someone who "gets" me. He may not always understand me, but he gets me and he is there for me. Together we have and will continue to weather psycho ex's, crazy families, and flaky friends. We found our soul mates in each other and it is like a fairy tale. We are so much in love.

Saturday, November 25, 2006


Smart homes a reality in S Korea

By Dan Simmons
Reporter, BBC Click Online

More than 100 homes offering smart technology have just been built in South Korea and another 30,000 are planned.

Mi Yung Kim and her 10-month-old son Jae Won recently moved into their new smart flat. From the outside, their building looks like just another apartment block, but these new homes in Seoul were built with technology in mind.

The control panel on the wall maps out the apartment so Mi Yung can choose which devices to control.

The air quality here is important to mother and child and so she pops on the air purifying unit, which could be anywhere in the home, because it gets its instructions from the plug socket.

Each flat makes use of the electricity cables to transfer data as well as power.

Each appliance has to be compatible with a system called HomeNet, one of a number of competing systems on offer in South Korea. The choice of service also limits what devices Koreans can buy to hook into the system as each appliance needs to be compatible.

The panel also keeps track of Mi Yung's electricity consumption, pays her power bills, and holds video messages - either sent to it over the net, or from neighbours.


The home's TV is also linked up to the system, so it can tell you when your washing machine has finished, or if someone visits you can decide whether to let them in or not; pretending you are not around has never been so easy.

From outside the apartments you can access the system remotely, and even check who has been trying to get in while you were away.

Local electronics giant LG is behind this project, and says it already has construction deals to deliver around 30,000 similar homes each year from 2008.

Futuristic vision

It is a concept that is now a reality, but the next house we saw was a mock up of what things could be like.

In South Korea's vision of the home of the future we will all wear mini-PCs on our wrists, which turns things on or off, opens doors, and tracks the wearer's position in the house at all times.

Here, everything is voice activated, and the fridge can provide you with recipes which use the ingredients inside, and let you know if your food is out of date.

It relies on the food packaging containing radio tags, or RFID labels, which can be read by the fridge each time it passes through the door.

But will the food industry or consumers be prepared to pay more for this? And what about food that does not come in lots of packaging?

In the bedroom your wardrobe mirror can tell you your schedule for the day, help you select your clothes - if all your clothes have washable radio tags compatible with the system - and keep you up to date with the weather and traffic.

When it is time to go, the house of the future will shut itself off.

While there are some nice ideas here from South Koreas top tech firms, it may be a while before any of the technologies on show find their way into our homes of the present.


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> >>presentation "Life is beautiful." If you receive it DO NOT OPEN THE
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> >>this file, a message will appear on your screen saying: "It is too
> >>late now; your life is no longer beautiful."
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> >>Subsequently you will LOSE EVERYTHING IN YOUR PC and the person who
> >>sent it to you will gain access to your name, e-mail and password.
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> >>This is a new virus which started to circulate on Saturday
> >>afternoon. AOL has already confirmed the severity, and the
> >>antivirus software's are not capable of destroying it. The virus
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Friday, November 24, 2006


Punjabi 'belly twins' rock Hollywood
Rohit Mullick
[ 23 Nov, 2006 2330hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

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The identical sisters have been voted Hollywood's sexiest twins. (TOI)

CHANDIGARH: The Belly Twins, saadi Punjabi girls whose real names are Neena and Veena (they don’t want to reveal their surnames) are on a roll these days — they are rocking Hollywood.

The identical sisters — voted America's sexiest twins — already have a long list of admirers and a celebrity fan list that's as long as the distance from Patiala to Pennsylvania.

Their song and dance routine has hypnotised the West, enough to have the likes of Jenna Elfman and Steven Tyler, legendary frontman of Aerosmith, and current Latino flavour Ricky Martin rooting for the kudis , who have featured in the videos of these stars and performed in hundreds of international shows.

In fact, so pervasive has been their influence on contemporary dance forms that they are credited with popularising and bringing into the mainstream belly dancing in America. Those in entertainment circles say Britney Spears and Shakira, too, haven't remained unaffected by what Neena and Veena dish out. How could they? Some of the 12 fitness videos they have starred in have had long runs on Billboard Top Ten charts, selling over 4 million copies worldwide.

Now considered to be a part of the Hollywood A-list, it hasn't been an easy ride for the girls, though. "In the entertainment field, it's not easy to be a working performer for anyone, especially Indian women. Thousands of people come to Hollywood every week to become a star," Veena told TOI in an e-mail.

"Neena and I have been very lucky to constantly get work as actors, singers, voice-over artists and, of course, dancers. It was a very hard climb for us in the beginning."

Raised in Sacramento's Punjabi community, the road to fame has got the twins to where very few Indians, leave alone Punjabis, have reached. Today, the sisters own a production company in which different projects, including films, television and commercial, are produced.

They are also branching into the animation business. "We will have a television show ready by next year," says Neena even as she describes her performances abroad as "Bollywood extravaganza with a Las Vegas twist". Asked how they got hooked to belly dancing, hooking large hordes of the glitterati in the process, they say,"We started belly dancing as an exercise, when everyone said it would not work (as money spinning showbiz item). But today belly dancing is a multi-million dollar industry." That they have incorporated "Indian influences" in their dance has only added to the exotic element of the twin package.

They say it's obvious as they have grown up listening to "Bollywood music" and dancing to various Hindi and Punjabi numbers. The sisters, who have choreographed in a number of Hindi movies and done a theatre show called 'Hooray for Bollywood', insist they'd love to work in Hindi movies.

Punjab, however, is never far from their hearts. "Even though we were born and raised in California, we always think of India as home and maintain our faith in Sikhism," Neena says, as Veena adds,"Chandigarh is one of our favourite places. We have relatives in Punjab whom we visit every year."

safer landing

Indian engineer invents device for safer landings

Friday, 24 November , 2006, 15:00

New Delhi: An Indian aeronautical engineer has invented a device that accurately measures the distance between an aircraft and the runway in adverse weather conditions, thus enabling pilots to make safer landings.

The instrument, built by Joseph Pichamuthu who was formerly with the National Aerospace Laboratories, helps a pilot make a safe landing even when the aircraft is directly facing the sun.

"As the visual range is not uniform when a pilot begins to make a landing while directly facing the sun, at times he suddenly sees the runway in front of him," Pichamuthu said.

Existing instruments use manual assessment of the meteorological optical range (MOR) to deduce the distance between the aircraft and the runway.

Pichamuthu's device incorporates the effects of anisotropic atmospheric brightness to quantify the reduction in visibilty of objects viewed in directions of high brightness.

"Minor modifications to existing instruments at airports would enable them to register true values of MOR and the runway visual range in a direction relevant to the pilot," he told PTI here.


I used to believe in reincarnation, but that was long ago, in another life. Dave Schinbeckler.



Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in Delhi deserves appreciation for timely completion of its extended metro-rail service up to Pragati Maidaan well in time to be utilised for large number of visitors from different parts of country visiting India International Trade Fair (IITF) started from 14th November, that too with extended timing beyond normal schedule of finish at 10 pm to co-op with the heavy rush at the fair.

Considering vast popularity and utility of metro-rail in Delhi, DMRC should permanently extend timings of metro-service till midnight. Such a move will save huge quantity of fuel burnt by people in enjoying their evenings because major spots for spending evenings like Rajiv Chowk (Connaught Place) and India Gate are covered by metro-rail. It will also be of big help for rail-passengers using day-time trains which generally terminate at Delhi Main and New Delhi Railway Stations (both covered by metro-rail) only after 10 pm.


Thursday, November 23, 2006


The one who thinks himself equal or inferior or superior to others is, by that very reason, involved in argument. But such thoughts as equal, inferior, and superior are not there in the one who is not moved by such measurements.

Why should a wise person argue with another, saying: "This is a truth" and "This is a lie"? If such a one never entertains a thought about equal, inferior, or superior, with whom is he going to argue?

The sage who has freed himself from dependence on others and from dependence on words and is no longer attached to knowledge does not risk the smothering of truth by engaging in disputes with people.

-Sutta Nipata


Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Sri Sathya Sai Baba has been identified as the Purna (Poorna: complete or full) Avatar of our age. There have only been two previous Purna Avatars: Rama (about 11,000 years ago) and Krishna (about 5,000 years ago). Never before, has God appeared in man to such a powerful extent as in Sai Baba of Puttaparthi, Andra Pradesh, India. Only a Purna Avatar has the full complement of sixteen (16) characteristics:

5 - senses like the animals and human beings

4 - attributes of mind, reason, emotion and ego like the rest of mankind

1 - the power to create (Srsti)

1 - the power to foster, guard and protect (Sthithi - sustainer)

1 - the power to destroy (Laya)

1 - the power to make things disappear (Thirodhana)

1 - grace (Anugraha), which may be of two kinds: grace for the deserving and grace conferred regardless of the recipient's deserving, like a bolt from the blue

1 - ever-present where His Name (Nama) is uttered (Omnipresent)

1 - ever-present where His Form (Rupa) is recognized (omniscient)

You can read more about 'Sathya Sai's Sixteen Divine Attracting Powers' written by Chandikota V. Subba Rao of Prashanti Nilayam ('Abode of Peace', Baba's home in India) by going outside this site to .

Intuitive people recognize Sri Sathya Sai Baba through their own inner experiences without having to be in his physical presence. Those who can see auras or have a heightened awareness of energy, know Him when they connect to His Form (physical body). Others know Him through the Divinity in His Teachings. For the masses, we depend on people we see as wiser than ourselves. Throughout history, many sages have predicted the coming of this Avatar and given hints to how one could distinguish him.

Nostradamus predicted:

He, who has been awaited for such a long time will never appear in Europe - he will appear in Asia

The triplicity of waters (India is surrounded one 3 sides by seas) will give birth to a Man who will choose Thursday as His Holy day. His voice, reign & power will rise across land and sea, amidst storms in the East

Prophet Mohammed predicted:

Among the various prophecies in ancient scriptures of the world, and those by sages and seers contained in palm-leaf volumes carefully preserved by Sanskrit scholars, and of which photographs have been seen giving details of the advent of the Sai Avatar in the 20th century (the Shuka palm-leaf manuscript, thought to be approximately 5,000 years old, even gives the date, month and day of the birth, as well as the stars at the time, and the name of Sai), none appears to be so amazingly detailed as the prophecy by the prophet Mohammed. He detailed that the 'Master of the World', the 'GreatTeacher that was promised' could be recognized by many characteristics.

No other prophet of God who had ever come to this world had come with the powers with which He will come

His hair will be profuse

His forehead will be large and con-cave

His nose will be small, with a slight bump at the bridge

His front teeth will be spaced apart

He will have a mole on his cheek

He will not have a beard, but will be clean-shaven

His clothing will be like a flame

He will wear two robes (one is an under-robe/ dhoti)

The color of His face will be some-times like copper, sometimes yellow like gold, some-times very dark, and sometimes shining like the moon

His body will be small in size, but his stomach will tend to be large

His legs will be like those of a young girl

All the teachings of all the religions of the world will be in His heart from birth

All the science and knowledge of the world from the beginning of time will be in His head

All things which you will ask from God, He (the Master of the world) will give to you

All the treasures of the world are under His feet

He will give gifts that are light in weight

His devotees will collect under a great tree - the huge banyan tree

Many of them will have a spot on their foreheads (vibhutti)

He will go around among devotees and touch their heads with His hands

Every eye who sees Him will be happy, not only humans, but disembodied souls

His devotees will crane their necks to see Him

He will live 95 years on earth (Sai Baba says He will retain this body until the 96th year.

Indians very logically call the actual day of birth the first birthday.

In the last years of His life, He will be 'King of the whole world', but at that time, only two-thirds of the people of the world will believe in Him

Muslims will only recognize Him 9 years before His passing from the world (A.D.2012)

He will live on a hill and his house will be square

He will make the world light and full of peace

So as not to be deceived, you should know that the Master of the World will bring things out of His body, through his mouth

Hindu texts predicted:

From five scriptures of the Hindu text, Agasthyanadi, Brughumnadi, Sukhanadi, Brahmanadi and the Mahabarata:

In Kali-yuga (current period of time), in South India, an Avatar with full characteristics would descend to Earth (November 23, 1926).

This particular Avatar shall cure all diseases with the power of Sankalpa (Will) faster than lightening. He will heal people and free them from disease.

He will also establish many educational institutions.

He will leave his parents and will promote spiritual progress in the World

He will always be in a state of Eternal Happiness and Bliss

His name will be Truth (Sathya)

He will be the ultimate power, come down to the Earth for deliverance of mankind

This Avatar shall establish & spread eternal happiness by propagating :Sathya (truth), Dharma (right action), Santhi (peace), Prema (love) & Ahimsa (non-violence).

His abode will be called 'Prashanthi Nilayam'.

He would be happy serving humanity

In the life of this Avatar, Thursday will be a very holy day.

He will keep calling himself a human living in Puttaparthi, hiding his god-hood in the veil of maya (illusion), pretending to be an ordinary mortal.

He will have the name of Sathya Sai. His name is Sathyanarayana.

He will be a Shiva-Shakti Avatar.

His Avatar will follow Shirdi-Sai Avatar. His previous form will be Shirdi Sai

In a place called Prasanthi Nilayam the world will witness God in human form

He shall draw onto himself all people from every religion. There shall dawn a day when all shall have faith in Him

He shall have the power of creating anything by mere sankalpa (will). He shall also materialize things from His hands.

To enjoy good health, one should have water, food and air free from pollution. Now all these three are polluted. Apart from these, man's mind is also polluted. To purify the mind, one should nurture noble and sacred thoughts of service to others. One who does not hurt anybody and has feelings of love and compassion to fellow beings is the greatest of men. That is why sageVyaasa gave the essence of the Eighteen Puraanas he composed in the aphorism: "Help ever, hurt never." - BABA <<...>>

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1. Who's Happy, Who's Not?

LONDON, ENGLAND, November 21, 2006: Young people in developing nations are at least twice as likely to feel happy about their lives than their counterparts in the developed ones, says a global survey by MTV Networks International. Indians are the happiest overall, while Japanese are the most miserable. The survey covered more than 5,400 young people in 14 countries, and only 43 per cent of the world's 16- to 34-year-olds said they were happy with their lives. MTVNI said this figure was dragged down by young people in the rich countries, including those in Britain and the United States, where fewer than 30 per cent of young people said they were happy. Only eight per cent in Japan said they were happy. The reasons for unhappiness across the developed world included a lack of optimism, concerns over jobs and pressure to succeed. In developing countries, the majority of people in the same age group expected their lives to be more enjoyable in the future. "The happier young people of the developing world are also the most religious," the survey said.
2. Indian Boy Wins Children's World Peace Prize

NEW DELHI, INDIA, November 20, 2006: A 14-year-old Indian boy, Om Prakash, has been awarded the International Children's Peace Prize for leading a campaign against child labor and child slavery. Om was forced to work as a farm laborer for three years. After he was rescued, Om set up a network that aims to give all children a birth certificate as a way of helping to protect them from exploitation. Om was awarded the $100,000 prize organized by a Netherlands-based group at a ceremony in The Hague. After he was rescued, Om campaigned for free education in his native Rajasthan. He then helped to set up a network of what are known as "child friendly villages." "This is our right - that (adults) have to listen. This is children's rights. And if they are not abiding with that right, we will work harder to make them hear," he says.


To handle yourself, use your head.

To handle others, use your heart.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Nov 23 06


Russian fires off space golf shot
Tyurin has only played golf twice before
The tee-off in space
A Russian cosmonaut has made golfing history by firing a tee shot from a precarious perch outside the International Space Station (ISS).

Flight engineer Mikhail Tyurin stood on a ladder by the docking port and hit a light-weight ball using a gold-plated six-iron club.

A Canadian golf club maker has paid the Russian space agency an undisclosed sum for the stunt.

Experts disagree on how far the ball will travel in space.

The sponsor, Element 21 Golf, says it will fly for three years, while the US space agency (Nasa) says it will more probably fall into the Earth's atmosphere and burn up within three days.

Although a likely record breaker in terms of distance, it is not the first golf stroke in space.

US astronaut Alan Sheppard took a shot while on the surface of the Moon as commander of Apollo 14 in 1971.

'Excellent shot'

Mr Tyurin's tee-time was delayed for nearly two hours by a kink in the cooling line to his spacesuit. He then spent 16 minutes setting up the shot.

I've been practising... I think I'm in good enough shape
Mikhail Tyurin

The cosmonaut, who has only played golf twice in his life, tapped the ball using only one arm due to the confines of the bulky space suit.

"OK, there it goes," said Mr Tyurin. "It went pretty far. It was an excellent shot."

Station commander Michael Lopez-Alegria, who is accompanying Mr Tyurin, set up a camera to film the shot for a forthcoming television commercial.

The stunt is one of several that the Russian space agency has permitted as a way of raising money.

Pizza Hut has been allowed to put its logo on a rocket and paying tourists have been brought to the station.

The plan was stalled for months while Nasa - barred by US law from raising private funding - made sure the ball would not come back and hit the station.

But Nasa flight director Holly Ridings said it was safe. "There is absolutely no re-contact issue with the space station," she said.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006


Muslims display Lord Ganesh in bath & toilet latches!

Posted on 21 November, 2006
Staunch Hindus stop denigration

(Height of anti-Hindu attitude of malicious Muslims! Rude Muslims do not spare even one opportunity of hurting Hindu�s religious sentiments. Had there been Prophet Mohammed�s picture instead of Lord Ganesh�s, there would be mass scale violence against it in the entire city. - Editor)

Kolhapur: The most beloved deity of Hindus, Lord Ganesh�s pictures were displayed on latches of bathrooms & toilets of a Muslim Hostel situated at Dasara chowk. On receiving this information, staunch Hindus acted immediately and met the concerned head of the hostel. They demanded that the latches having Lord Ganesh�s picture be immediately removed.

The said hostel consists of 6 toilets and 3 bathrooms. The latches of toilet doors have an inverted picture of Lord Ganesh, i.e. with his feet on top and head below and those of the bathroom doors have a regular picture of Lord Ganesh. The concerned Muslim head of the hostel, on being approached, bluntly rejected the charges saying �I do not know who fixed the latches.�

At this time, Hindus complained to the Muslim leader saying, �You are deliberately doing such acts to denigrate deities!� Later, the said latches having Lord Ganesh�s picture were removed in the presence of the police. Members present at the venue include VHP District Minister Shri. Shrikant Potnis, Bajrang Dal District President Shri. Sanjay Saadvilkar, Shri. Balasaheb Suryavanshi, Anna Potdar, Ranjit Ayarekar, Mahesh Ursaal, Sachin Pokale, Sagar Ghatge, Sandip Laad, Karveer Taluka Chief of Shivsena Shri. Raju Yadav, members of the HJS Shri. Madhukar Nazare and Shri. Shivanand Swami.

(Congratulations to the staunch Hindus of Kolhapur for having acted promptly for curbing denigration of Lord Ganesh! O Hindus, develop this type of a proactive attitude within yourselves!

Do Muslims consider Hindus to be fools? They are falsely rejecting real charges for having denigrated Lord Ganesh. Muslims dare to commit such evil acts because of the impotent attitude of Hindus. O Hindus, it�s time to rekindle �Hinduteja� akin to that of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, or else we shall lose our identity! - Editor)


4. Peace Deal Ends Nepal's Civil War

KATHMANDU, NEPAL, November 21, 2006 (HPI note: This accord between the communist rebels and the government of Nepal is historic. The consequences for religion in Nepal have yet to unfold.):

The government of Nepal and Maoist guerrillas have signed a historic peace accord, declaring a formal end to a 10-year rebel insurgency. Under the deal, the rebels will join a transitional government and their weapons will be under UN monitoring. Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and Maoist rebel leader Prachanda signed the deal in Kathmandu. "This ends the more than one decade of civil war in the country," Prachanda said after the deal was signed. The country's multi-party government and the Maoist rebels have been observing a ceasefire for more than six months since they coordinated mass protests that forced King Gyanendra to restore parliament and end direct rule.

"This moment marks the end of the 238-year-old feudal system," 52-year-old Prach anda declared. "Our party will work with new responsibility and new vigor to make a new Nepal." Mr. Koirala was equally ecstatic. "The agreement has ended the politics of killings, violence and terror and started the politics of cooperation," he said. "I would like to thank Prachanda as well for finding a peaceful solution. Nepal has entered into a new era and it has opened the door for peace. "Now we need to meet together in cooperation and understanding to make sure this agreement is fully implemented," the 85-year-old PM said.


No God--No Peace.

Know God--Know Peace.

Nov 22 06


Government’s proposal to make it compulsory to register an urban residential-property only in joint names is a step in right direction aimed to make wives joint owners with their husbands in such purchases. Even in 21st advanced century, married women in India are treated as ‘outsiders’ in their in-laws’ houses. This psyche can and should be changed by amending rules for automatic rights of wives in husbands’ residential and ancestral properties instantly on their marriages. It will be in interest of a married family too because then it will be impossible for a husband to mortgage or sell the property for his personal evils without consent of his wife. However in case of death of the married women, their rights in properties from the husbands’ sides should be for their children only, and not for any person on their parental sides.

\NOV 22 06


TODAY'S TMJ4 went to an expert, registered dietician Kelly Welsh, for the top five foods.
5. Tofu
"Soy contains two compounds that are beneficial in the fight against cancer," Welsh said. Those compounds prevent breast and prostate cancers. And if you don't like tofu there are other ways outside of traditional tofu to get soy nourishment: Soy nuts, soy-based veggie-shredded cheese, soy crumbles and soy burgers such as Boca Burgers.
4. Tomatoes
"Tomatoes are rich in a substance called lycopene," Welsh said. "Lycopene acts as a very powerful anti-oxidant, and it protects us from many different types of cancers." The body absorbs lycopene best when it's mixed with fat - olive oil in spagetti sauce, cheese on pizza. Men who eat 10 or more servings of tomato products a day cut their prostate cancer risk nearly in half.
3. Green Tea
"Green tea is actually very high in catechins, which again, act as potent anti-oxidants in the body," Welsh said. Studies show drinking green tea regularly lowers the risk of bladder, colon and even lung cancer. And it doesn't matter if you drink it hot or cold.
2. Berries

They contain a compound that stops the growth of cells linked to leukemia.
1. Broccoli
Mom was right apparently. "Broccoli and all the foods in the cruciferous vegetable category," Welsh said. "Broccoli and all the other foods contain a very, very high amount of phytochemicals." Those chemicals are cancer killers. They stop carcinogens from damaging cells. Chewing releases the chemicals, so don't overcook.
"The more you cook it, the more nutrients you actually lose," Welsh said. "The more raw the better."
Welsh said it's never too late to start eating cancer fighting foods. Their compounds don't just fend off, but can actually repair cell damage.


Today's Quote

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.

-Chinese Proverb

Nov 22 06

Tuesday, November 21, 2006


For quite some time I have been wondering why civil servants, particularly those in the Foreign Service, become increasingly uninteresting and dull. They have no small talk, no spicy gossip, and no bawdy jokes; little wit or humour. It does not happen to men in the Defence Services or to their wives; they continue to be full of vim and vigour and make lively companions.

I have come to the conclusion that over the years, civil servants are trained to speak in measured tones; restrict their vocabulary to avoid frivolous remarks which might be misconstrued. The more straight-laced they are, the better. In due course of time they become hijras. That is unfair to hijras, who at least have their own style of clapping their hands, making lewd gestures, singing in unmelodious voices and gyrating. Civil servants can’t do any of these. Their role models are spokesmen of the Ministry of External Affairs: Dead pan faces, no smiles or frowns, no raising or lowering of voices, simply reading out carefully worded statements of policy, answering questions in the same tone and manner, while they say: “Thank you ladies and gentlemen.” They are not fit to be invited to mehfils where the cup goes round as Urdu couplets are recited and anecdotes with double meaning recounted.

I have known quite a few performers at mehfils. They happened to be all women of which only one survives. On top of my list was Dharma Kumar, wife of Lovraj Kumar, Secretary of the Petroleum Ministry. She had a vitriolic sense of humour that could tear the reputation of anyone she did not like to shreds. But she giggled and laughed while she talked, which took away some of the fun of listening to her. And she wanted to be the sole performer. If anyone else came out with a wittier anecdote, she could take offence and turn nasty. One by one, her admirers dropped her. The second was Sheila Dhar, the singer of classical Hindustani music and wife of professor PN Dhar, one time personal secretary to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. She was a great mimic and could imitate people’s voices from Indira Gandhi to her chaprasis and sweepers. She was great company. Now there is Ira Pande who is in charge of publications of the India International Centre. I have met her only twice. She did an excellent biography of her mother Shivani. At our second meeting, she recounted her experience of being interviewed by a panel of selectors for her present job. It had me in splits of laughter as I happened to know some of them. Ira is married to a senior civil servant and is the mother of three children. I often wonder how they get along.

Monday, November 20, 2006


Today's Quote

Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

-Dale Carnegie

Sunday, November 19, 2006


Lalu's horse now in rival party MLA's hands

Patna: Railway Minister Lalu Prasad's prized possession — a horse which responds only to English commands — finally found a new master on Sunday.

'Pawan,' who was on display for the last three days at one of Asia's biggest cattle fairs in Bihar's Sonepur, on Sunday finally landed at JD (U) MLA Anant Singh's stable after a detour — first going to a farmer who bought it for Rs 1.1 lakh and then to the MLA for Rs 1.11 lakh.

Though a price tag of Rs 1,51,000 was fixed for Pawan, farmer Baleshwar Rai bought the horse at a lower price. Rai lives at Bidupur in the Raghoupur constituency of former chief minister Rabri Devi — a factor which worked in favour of his lower bid.

The JD (U) MLA from Mokama in rural Patna, Anant Singh, who had earlier unsuccessfully tried to purchase the horse from Baleshwar Rai, got it later for Rs 1.11 lakh.

"Rs1.11 lakh is a small price for this horse. It caught my attention and I could have bought it even at Rs 50 lakh," the MLA, known for his strongarm ways, told reporters after alighting from the horse at his spacious bungalow in Patna.

Pawan, who, his trainer claims, can race against a Bolero on a smooth road, can follow only English commands like "Stand Up," "Sit Down" and "Go Faster," which put off most bidders at the auction.


Once a man has committed a sin once and then a second [appears to him that it] is permitted.

- Babylonian Talmud, Yoma 86b

stealing and making a habit of it

Once a man has committed a sin once and then a second [appears to him that it] is permitted.

- Babylonian Talmud, Yoma 86b


Ghosts scare off villagers

Hyderabad, Nov. 18: Majority of the 200 families living in the tiny village of Gosuvaripalle in Anantapur district have abandoned it after being haunted by ill-luck, diseases and “wandering ghosts”. Only about 10 Dalit families now remain in the village near Tadipatri town. Villagers say their bad luck started after they moved to pucca dwellings between two hillocks called Bhogasamudram kondalu in 1993. The shadow of the hillocks fell on their houses and their lives became miserable. “We had no problems when we were living in thatched houses within the Bhogasamduram gram panchayat,” said Mr Naganna, an elder.

Soon after they started living in the pucca houses, the villagers started contracting strange fevers and mysterious diseases. “Doctors could not cure us and the talisman tied on the hands of people by a sorcerer mysteriously fell to the ground,” said Mr Naganna. There were tales of the ghost of a woman haunting the streets of the village at night. There were knockings at doors in midnight and pelting of stones.

After consulting several priests, the villagers came to the conclusion that all this harrowing experiences were because of the inauspicious shadows of the hillocks falling on their houses. The families then shifted the entire village to another spot nearby which was away from the dreaded shadows. There was peace for a few years, but soon the villagers started experiencing a repeat of the earlier incidents. “The new colony also was also found to be imperfect in terms of Vaastu,” said Mr Peddanna, who is still staying in the village.

“The nightmarish experiences continued.” Harrowed families then started migrating to different places, deserting their houses and fields. Many moved to towns such as Tadipatri, Guntakal and Hindupur and are living there. “There were 200 families with a total population of 1,500 in the village earlier,” said Mr Peddanna. “Now there are only 10 families in a Dalit colony. They work as labourers and sell firewood.” The dwellings are silent, roads are empty, schools are closed and borewells have dried up. Ironically, Goosuvaripalle really resembles a haunted village now.


Payback: SBI starts ‘hall of shame’

Chennai, Nov. 18: The State Bank of India, grappling with a balance sheet marred by mounting bad debts, has launched a controversial initiative to force borrowers to pay up: it is publishing their photographs and addresses in newspapers in eye-catching advertisements that brand them “dishonest”.

The bank has chosen to head the large advertisements printed in popular Tamil dailies with the words “Naanayam thavariya kadanthaarargal”, meaning dishonest. The announcements carry photographs of the defaulters along with their home and office addresses as well as the details of the money borrowed and outstanding loans.

The long list of defaulters includes a senior orthopaedic surgeon in a city government hospital, a college administrator, businessmen, and several middle-level officers of the state and Central governments. A lady assistant in the state commercial tax department featured in the photo gallery for a measly Rs 17,516 outstanding from the Rs 60,000 she had borrowed from SBI’s Saligramam branch in Chennai.

Such stunning condemnation in the mass media has predictably caused uproar, with several customers blaming the bank for sullying their public image “just for some paltry sums outstanding, though the millionaire borrowers are being treated with kid gloves”. Some have gone to court seeking damages for “lost reputation”.

“I am shattered by this advertisement carrying my photograph,” said Ms Menaka Sigamani, headmistress of a Chennai Corporation school. “How could they publicly insult me in this fashion, branding me as naanayam thavariya kadanthaarar when I had promised to pay up? They let go of millionaires defaulting in repaying crores of rupees, but humiliate small people like me. This is unfair. Besides, they have charged me huge amounts as interest and penal interest.


Senate bill creates tough barriers

New Delhi, Nov. 18: The passage of the enabling bill by the US Senate to give effect to the controversial nuclear deal can only put the Indian government in an excruciating dilemma. Far from removing any of the objections spelled out by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Parliament, the senators have added two more grating conditions on India, including a bar on building strategic fuel reserves that knocks the bottom out of the Prime Minister’s stated rationale for wanting to import power reactors perpetually dependent on imported fuel.

But even without the new additions, India’s objections as delineated by the Prime Minister on August 17, 2006 remain above the red line he drew. And to make matters worse, a lot of what India finds disagreeable is common to the rival bills passed by the House and Senate. Underscoring the government’s quandary is the fact that the final bill to emerge from a joint Senate-House conference is unlikely to meet India’s bottom-line as spelled out by the Prime Minister in Parliament, under pressure from the Left and the Opposition.

The joint conference will be held to reconcile differences in the two bills, not to eliminate the common elements contained in them. Several of the conditionalities India finds odious, being common to both the bills, will thus survive the reconciliation process. Yet the US legislative and executive effort seems to be to reap the benefits from the deal while putting the onus on India for its eventual failure or non-implementation.

That is why the Senate paid no heed to New Delhi’s stated concerns that the proposed legislation is loaded with unacceptable conditionalities. US big-business lobbying has already commenced to use the deal’s “progress” to win billions of dollars worth of Indian arms contracts — a quid pro quo that New Delhi had promised in mid-2005.

The latest Obama Amendment to the Senate Bill stops India from accumulating fuel for imported reactors, negating the Prime Minister’s solemn commitment to secure for India an “uninterrupted supply of fuel” and the “right to build up strategic reserves of nuclear fuel over the lifetime of India’s reactors.” Such a right is necessary in order to avoid a repeat of the Tarapur-like situation when Washington cut off all fuel supply in 1979 to the US-built plant near Mumbai in response to India’s 1974 nuclear test.

But the Obama Amendment — inserted in the bill’s Title I — limits fuel supply to an imported reactor’s operating needs, as opposed to prospective needs in the form of a lifespan reserve. It states: “It is the policy of the United States that any nuclear power reactor fuel reserve provided to the government of India for use in safeguarded civilian nuclear facilities should be commensurate with reasonable reactor operating requirements.”

The Senate bill already carries another clause stipulating a halt to all fuel supply and nuclear cooperation in the event India tested a nuclear device. That clause remains despite the Prime Minister’s assertion that “there is no question of India being bound by a law passed by a foreign legislature”. In justifying his decision to buy high-priced reactors dependent on low-enriched uranium fuel from outside despite the bitter Tarapur experience, the Prime Minister had touted what he called America’s “important assurance” to permit India to stockpile fuel for the imported reactors’ lifespan.

In addition to the Obama Amendment, the Senate has inserted a new precondition through the Harkin Amendment stipulating a prior presidential certification that “India is fully and actively participating in US and international efforts to dissuade, sanction, and contain Iran for its nuclear programme consistent with United Nations Security Council resolutions”. This goes beyond the UN mandate because no resolution has been passed till date to either “sanction” or “contain” Iran.

Having made the deal the centrepiece of his foreign policy, the Prime Minister is now likely to get a final version that not only breaches the terms of the July 18, 2005 accord, but also falls short of the benchmarks he articulated in Parliament three months ago. Yet, after the vast political capital he has invested, he seems loath to give up on the deal.

In recognition of the dilemma he faces, the Prime Minister has reacted very cautiously, pointing out the simple truth: “We still have a long way to go before nuclear cooperation between India and the United States becomes a living reality.” Few in his own party had been willing to support his exuberance over the deal.

The Prime Minister’s caution also flows from Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s unambiguous stance. “Nothing will be accepted which is outside the July 18 agreement between the two countries,” she declared. “We seriously hope that once it’s reconciled that all elements in it that are not acceptable will be eliminated. Only then will we welcome it.”

The reality, however, is that since it was unveiled 17 months ago, the deal has been mangled beyond recognition. Yet the yardstick by which the final US bill will be measured by the government is not the principles enshrined in the original July 2005 accord but India’s operational requirements.

These requirements, in the words of the Prime Minister in Parliament, include the following:

* The “full” lifting of US civil nuclear export controls against India. This means the “removal of restrictions on all aspects of cooperation and technology transfers pertaining to civil nuclear energy ranging from nuclear fuel, nuclear reactors, to reprocessing spent fuel”. Lest this bottomline not be understood, it was further clarified: “We will not agree to any dilution that would prevent us from securing the benefits of full civil nuclear cooperation as amplified above.”

Legally, what is on offer to India, however, is restricted civil trade subject to tight congressional oversight. Also, the proposed legislation does not allow the transfer of enrichment, reprocessing and heavy-water technologies and items, or even allow India to reprocess, with its own technology, the spent fuel from imported reactors.

* “We will accept only IAEA safeguards on the nuclear facilities, in a phased manner ... only when all nuclear restrictions on India have been lifted.”

Under both the Senate and House versions of the enabling bill, however, such international inspections are to predate, not follow, the lifting of several, but not all, civil nuclear restrictions against India. But in parallel to the IAEA inspections, the US is to set up its own end-use verification system in India.

* The deal should not be conditioned on India securing an annual US presidential certification that it is in full compliance with its non-proliferation and other commitments, because that would have the effect “to diminish a permanent waiver authority into an annual one.” Moreover, such annual certification “would introduce an element of uncertainty regarding future cooperation” and this provision thus would be “unacceptable”.

The Senate, like the House before, chose to simply to ignore that protestation. There are also other objectionable conditionalities in both the Senate and House Bills, like getting India to formally bind itself to the rules of the Missile Technology Control Regime and participate in the controversial Proliferation Security Initiative. Both the bills decree that the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group carve out an exception for India only “by consensus”, thereby arming adversarial China with leverage on the deal’s future.


Pyaar me...
Dhoka mila jab pyar mein,

Zindagi me udasi chha gaayi,

socha tha chodd denge iss raah ko,

kambakt mohalle me dusri aa gayi… ...


For Future:

Teacher asks children, what do u wish 2 do in future?
Ahmed : I want 2 b a pilot.
James : I want 2 b a doctor.
Deepa: I want 2 b a good mother.
Asif : I want 2 help Deepa .

Exams are like GIRL FRIENDS;
1,Too Many Questions.
2,Difficult to Understand.
3,More Explanation is Needed.
4,Result is always FAIL!

A man is dying of Cancer.
His son asked him, "Dad, why do u keep telling people u're dying of
Answer: "So when I'm dead no one will dare touch ur mom

Sardar sent a SMS to his pregnant wife. Two seconds later a report came
to his phone and he started dancing. The report said, "DELIVERED".

Three Feelings:

What's the difference between stress, tension and panic?
Stress is when wife is pregnant, Tension is when girlfriend is pregnant,
and Panic is when both are pregnant.
The Equation:
7 Glance = 1 Smile
7 Smile = 1 Meeting
7 Meeting = 1 Kiss
7 Kisses = 1 Proposal
7 Proposal = 1 Marriage -
And that 1 Bloody marriage has 777777777777 problems.
So beware of glance!

Sardar enters shop & shouts, "Where's my free gift
with this oil?" Shopkeeper: "ISke Saath koi gift
nahin hai bhaisaab" Sard : "Oye ispe likha hai



Sardars went into a pub and after ordering two beers
took some sandwiches out of their pockets and
started to eat them. "You can't eat your own
sandwiches in here," complained the pub-owner. So
the two sardars swapped (exchanged) their
A sardar was very fond of sensational and detective
novels, but he always started reading from the
middle. A friend of his asked why he did so?"
It'z doubly interesting", said the Sardar. "TO start
from the middle keeps one curious not only about its
conclusion but also about its beginning.
Once a Sardarji was going to his office. On the
way he slipped on a banana peel and was badly hurt.
Next day , on his way to the office, he noticed a
banana peel and Later after two days, he noticed
two banana peels and exclaimed" ari sala, aaj to
choice hai"!!!!!!
A Sardar, his wife with son and daugher went to a
party he introduced his family to his friends
saying.." I am Sardar.. and this is Sardarnee
...this is my kid and that is my kidney...!!"
American says " US mein shaadi E-mail se hoti hai.."
Sardarji " India me to.. shaadi Fe-mail se hoti
Q. What do you call a fat lady waiting for a bus?

A. Moti-vating..!!!
Nurse - "Mubarak ho.. Sardarji.. aap papa ban
gaye.." Sardarji - " Meri wife ko nahi bolna..
main use surprise doonga..!"
Dr Chopra psychotherapist wanted 'Sign board' to be
pained in front of his clinic but our Sardar painter
painted "Dr Chorpa Psycho The Rapist"
What is the difference between WATCH & WIFE
......... Ek bigadti hai to bandh ho jati
hai...... Doosari bigadati hai to "SHUROO' ho jati
Ek sardar apne bete se bola : Bevakuf, kaisa machis
leke aaya hai, ek bhi tili nahin jalti.

Beta : Kya baat karte ho papa, sab tili test
karke laya hu.
Man runs home yelling "Pack your bags honey. I just
won the 10 Million lotto. Wife : Do I pack for the
beach or mountains ? Man : Who cares ? Just pack
and get lost !
Doctor to Sardaar : App ka aur aapki biwi ka blood
group ek hi hai? Sardaar : Hoga, Jarur hoga; 25
saalse mera khoon jo pee rahi hai....
Koun si devi ka kounsa prasad India mein famous hai

Rabridevi ka laloo prasad
A two seater plane crashed in a graveyard in Punjab

Local sardars have so far found 500 bodies and are
still.....digging for more.
Sardar found answer to most difficult question
question ever What comes first - the chicken or
the egg ?

Oye yaar, jiska order pahele dooge, wo ayega !!!


I am a Brahmachari: Kalam

November 16, 2006 16:05 IST

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"I am innocent. I am a Brahmachari," was President A P J Abdul Kalam's reply when he was asked a question on Thursday about people becoming corrupt mainly for the sake of their children and grandchildren.

Kalam was participating in a question-answer session with senior police officials who had gathered to attend a conference on countering corruption organised by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

Additional Director General of Police Ashok Bhan, who heads Jammu and Kashmir's Anti-Corruption Wing, asked the 75-year-old President about his views on the notion that people became corrupt because they wanted to create more assets for their children and grandchildren.

"I am innocent. I am a Brahmachari and hence this does not apply to me at least," Kalam said, as the audience at Vigyan Bhavan burst into peals of laughter.

He added that corruption linked to the creation of assets depended on the conscience of an individual.

Kalam also pointed out that children could play a pivitol role in creating a corruption-free society.

He recalled an incident when a child had asked him how children could play a role in preventing corruption. He said he asked all children to boldly tell their parents, if they indulged in corruption, that they were not doing the right thing that was taught by them and in schools.

"Most of the children spontaneously responded positively and the confidence comes from them as they have love as a tool," Kalam said.


India plans social security pact with US

Suman Guha Mozumder in New York | November 18, 2006 12:15 IST

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Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi said in New York on Friday that New Delhi is trying to negotiate for an agreement with the Bush Administration under which temporary Indian workers in the US would not have to pay social security taxes.

Talking to a small group of Indian journalists Ravi said during the visit of Belgium prime minister Guy Verhofstadt to India earlier this month an agreement, called social security agreement, was signed with Belgian Foreign Minister under which Indians who would work there for less than five years would have the option of paying their social security taxes in India rather than in Belgium.

'We are also negotiating with the United States for a similar kind of agreement,' Ravi said in response to a question. He said such agreements would also be signed with other European Union countries as well following conclusion of negotiations.

For hundreds of thousands of Indian H1B workers in the US, the mandatory payment of social security tax has been an issue since workers who go back to India after six years of temporary employment in the US either voluntarily or due to lack of sponsorship for permanent residency cannot claim the money they had paid from their earnings. For the permanent residents and citizens, social security acts something like a social insurance program at old age.

Since the 1970s, the United States Social Security Administration has a law in place known as "Totalization Agreements" with about 20 countries. Under the rule H-1B workers are exempted from paying Social Security taxes in the US and can have their deductions sent to their home countries.

These countries include Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, South Korea, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Neither India nor China, the two countries accounting for the more than half of the all H-1B workers in the US are not included in the list evidently because these countries have no social security systems.

Ravi, however, did not explain as to how India, which does not have a social security system, would negotiate with the US for a similar exemption for Indian workers.

The minister was in New York ahead of the 5th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas to urge NRIs for greater involvement in the country's development by way of making investments in various projects and fields that are open for investments.

'Indian Americans have one of the highest incomes among all the ethnic groups in this country and they can participate in their motherland's development more substantially if they want to. I am here to encourage them to do that,' he said.

Ravi, who addressed a number of community meetings in New York, is going to California to attend the annual meeting of the National Federation of Indian Association, an umbrella organization of Indian organizations in the US.
During this year's PBD, he said, the Indian government would provide a platform for NRIS to discuss and learn about various projects offered by the states in India. 'We would have a chief ministers forum this time in Delhi where the states would showcase the opportunities for investments in their states and would have an interaction with NRIs,' he said. The forum, he said, would be inaugurated by Congress Party president Sonia Gandhi.

Saturday, November 18, 2006


Penance is that goodness which refrains from killing.
Perfection is that goodness which refuses to tell others' faults.

Humility is the strength of the strong and the weapon
With which the wise conquer their foes.

-Tirukkural 99:984-985


Ta-sui was asked, "Buddha's truth is everywhere; so where do you teach your students to plant their feet?"

He replied, "The vast ocean lets fish leap freely; the endless sky lets birds fly freely."


Remember the virtues you lack and the faults you have;

forget the good you did and the wrong you received.


Can someone from this august body of thinkers and intelligentsia list how many and which policy decisions in the name of 'secularism' have been made and implemented by the Congress-led UPA Govt. at the Center and by the puppet Congress govt.s in various States which are not discriminatory against and detrimental to the interests of 80+% Hindu citizens of the country? Why do the Hindus continue to suffer such regular assaults on their basic rights as citizens and on their human dignity at the hands of the President, the Prime Minister, their own State CM's and the Congress Party? In any other democratic country worth its name, these rascals would have long ago been hooted (or even booted) out of power by the revolting electorate. What is the price Hindus are willing to pay for sham secularism? It is indeed very deplorable that the bombshell interview given by Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Lt Gen SK Sinha to Indian Express on 22 Jun 2006 did not raise the hackles of fair minded Indian intelligentsia! It is very apparent that Mufti Mohammed Syed as the former Chief Minister of the Government of Jammu & Kashmir, backed by an Islam-embracing and Hindu-hating Congress party, was not only most unenthusiastic about Amarnath pilgrimage which is one of the most sacred places of worship for the Hindus all over the world, but also deliberately installed every possible hurdle in the conduct of the yatra. This is an affront to the dignity of Hindus as a whole. It is a calculated assault on Hindu culture, Hindu society, Hindu civilization and Sanatana Dharma. This very serious matter of vicious violation of Human Rights has been inexplicably ignored by the media, the Central government and Human rights activists! We have to only contrast this with the unbridled enthusiasm exhibited by the Central government for Haj pilgrimage.
The pseudo-secularists belonging to the PDP party of Mufti Mohammed Syed and the Congress party and several other political outfits in Jammu and Kashmir have been very vociferous in their criticism of Lt Gen Sinha for having displayed outstanding leadership qualities of courage, fidelity and vigilance in dealing with the sensitive issues relating to the Amarnath pilgrimage during last three years. He is the chairman of the Amarnath Shrine Board, not of his own volition, but on account of an Act passed by the Jammu and Kashmir State Legislature in 2001 which made the Governor, the Chairman of that body. Soon after his appointment when he started doing his work earnestly without fear or favour, he incurred the displeasure of the Mufti Mohammed Syed government. The then Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Syed, for whom Buta Singh as Governor was an exemplary role model, wanted Lt Gen Sinha to function as an 'yes man' without any mind or will of his own. Lt Gen Sinha, one of the most outstanding officers of the Indian Army after independence, did not oblige him!
Recently I was reading an excellent research article written by my friend Brigadier VRP Sarathy, VSM (Retd). Most of what I have to say in this article is based upon the incisive analysis given by him in that article. The following solid facts relating to the negative and anti-Hindu attitude of the Jammu and Kashmir government at that time emerge from the interview given by Lt Gen Sinha.
1) To quote the words of Lt Gen Sinha '2003-04 were years of controversy. We were not even allowed to put up pre-fab structures in yatra areas. It was only after the Centre's intervention and the resignation (threat) of the four Ministers that the yatra could be held! I sent two letters to Chief Minister (Mufti Sayeed) in November 2003 and February 2004, urging him to let the yatra go on normally. The letters were not even acknowledged.
These charges by an upright Governor of General Sinha's established stature, clearly point the fact of deliberate sabotage of the yatra buy an unhelpful government headed by Mufti Mohammed Syed. I cannot help drawing the inference that Mufti Mohammed Syed's contempt extended not only to Lt Gen Sinha but also to the Indian President and the Indian Constitution.
(2) The State government came out with a revolutionary solution for pollution control by proposing the construction of an insufficient number of unhygienic deep trench latrines for lakhs of pilgrims! Instead of dealing with this problem as a local environmental issue, the State Pollution Control Board expressed concerns over the impact on the fragile environment of Pahalgam and Sonamarg, and strangely enough suggested restriction in the number of pilgrims, instead of finding appropriate solutions to the problems of community and social hygiene with focus on the protection of the environment!
(3) In 2004, when Governor wanted to set up pre-fab structures the State government did not allow building them on the flimsy ground that the land did not belong to Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB). This was indeed an invalid excuse since the deep trench latrines too were established on the State land and pre-fab latrines were only a replacement on the same land with latest technology! It was only after the change of Government in Jammu and Kashmir with the induction of Gulam Nabi Azad as Chief Minister, that the State Pollution Control Board gave permission and accordingly 1,500 toilets have been built, one in every two kilometers, on the treks.
(4) In 2005, Lt Gen Sinha's decision to increase Amarnath yatra's duration to two months to meet the increased influx of pilgrims was vehemently opposed by the Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Syed on 'security grounds!' contradicting his own claims elsewhere of vastly improved security for increased tourism to fetch revenue for his none-too benevolent administration. Despite security agencies including Army and his own State security confirming that security for two months was not a problem, the then Chief Minsiter was adamant and his decision had to be overturned by the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir which granted permission for extending the duration of Amarnath yatra to two months.
(5) Access to or use of government buildings and shamefully, even the pre-fab latrines, en-route Amarnath Shrine was denied by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir to all the Hindu kafirs. This was again set right by a judicial decision given by the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir.
(6) Governor's suggestion on starting pilgrimage (in 2005) before 6 July was again opposed by the Chief Minister! At every step the Amarnath yatra was obstructed deliberately by an unsympathetic government and anti-Hindu Chief Minister.
(7) The UPA Government reportedly imposed 10.2 per cent service tax on Kailash Manasarover pilgrims!
Let me now compare the acts of gracelessness of Jammu and Kashmir government in regard to Amarnath yatra with the hypersensitivity symbolized by acts of grace shown by governments, both at the Centre and in the States, to devout Muslims going on Haj pilgrimage.
(a) UPA Government has increased the number of Haj pilgrims from 72,000 to 1, 47,000 and is enhancing it by a further 10,000 after talks recently held by Minister of State for external affairs E Ahmed with Saudi Haj minister Fouad Al-Farsy!
(b) Air travel for Haj was always subsidized by 62.5 per cent, (with pilgrim paying only Rs. 12,000 out of about Rs 32,000) costing the exchequer about Rs 240 Crores annually.
(c) NDA government's ruling about admissibility of subsidy only once per person in his life time and disallowing the concession to Income Tax payers were reversed by the UPA government!
(d) Out of 82,000 Haj pilgrims (earlier) 56,000 were to be flown only on Saudi Airlines, a huge drain of foreign exchange to a foreign company! It is not clear as to what mandatory number is to be flown by Saudi Airlines now, with huge increased drain of foreign exchange, as the original number of pilgrims has increased considerably! Unfortunately, no one in Indian politics will dare dispute the fact that this grace shown towards Saudi Airlines is non-communal, secular, cosmopolitan, global and of course patriotic, at any rate totally non-communal, secular and non-saffronized!
The issues raised by Governor Sinha relating to the Amarnath pilgrimage are far too serious and affect the religious sensibilities of the minority Hindu community in Jammu and Kashmir which is the only Muslim majority State in India! If expenditure for all Haj activities of Muslims in majority can be borne by this State, then Mufti's refusal to give his concurrence for increasing the Amarnath pilgrim strength, refusal of State land and other impediments caused for the Amarnath yatra are all deliberate attempts at the sabotage of the yatra for which Mufti and his government should be held responsible. It is a blatant act of religious discrimination against the Hindus of India as a whole.
May I appeal to the President of India to take up the matter by joining hands with the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir to protect the historic and time-defying rights of Hindu pilgrims going to Amarnath for their annual pilgrimage without any let or hindrance by the small and petty men in the Jammu and Kashmir government? After all it is a pilgrimage within our own country unlike Haj pilgrimage involving huge government expenditure year after year to an alien country for all the non-Muslims of India in absolute majority.
We can vaccinate ourselves against small pox but there is no vaccination against 'small minds'! It is not, therefore, surprising that Mufti Mohammed Syed used the brief authority of his transient office to put all kinds of obstacles on the path of smooth conduct of the Amarnath yatra.


CHENNAI, INDIA, November 17, 2006: The Madras High Court has ruled that a Dalit born to Hindu parents, who had converted to Christianity, will be entitled to quota benefits provided to the scheduled castes upon reconversion to Hinduism. A division bench allowed a petition by R. Shankar, who challenged the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission's rejection of his application to the post of civil judge under the SC quota. Shankar's ancestors were Hindu Adi Dravidas who had converted to Christianity. But he had reconverted to Hinduism. His conversion was recognized by people belonging to the community. However, Shankar's claim that he had the right to enjoy the benefits of other SC candidates and that he was eligible for the post of civil judge under the SC quota had been rejected by the TNPSC.

Friday, November 17, 2006


Who says only men and women are fond of chewing pan? In Morbi, the erstwhile princely state 60 km from Rajkot in Gujarat, even a cow is addicted to the betel leaf. She visits a particular paan shop at least five times a day, just like any other paan aficionado, and satisfies her urge for the betel leaf spiked with various masalas.
“A particular cow has been unfailingly visiting my shop half-a-dozen times a day for the last three years. She approaches me only when there’re just a few or no customers. She almost mechanically lifts her mouth and I put a specially prepared masala paan into it. She never stays after eating the paan. I’ve named her Gauri,” says Jagdish Jawahar Sindhi, who owns a paan shop in Gandhi Chowk in Morbi.
Sidhi says one day he summoned the cow and put a paan into its mouth, just for fun. “She seemed to like it as she instantly chewed it. She returned after about an hour or so and directly approached me as if demanding a paan. I readily obliged. Since then this has become a routine for both of us. In fact, I tend to be anxious if she doesn’t turn up,” he says. “I’m very religious and consider the cow a holy creature. I’ve been doing brisk business in recent times and I’ve no doubt that the blessings of this paan-eating cow must have been one of the factors.”
Sindhi has never given a tobacco paan to this cow; not even out of curiosity to see its effect on her. He says he isn’t sure whether Gauri goes to any other shop for paan.



Jet gets nod for flights to USAdd to Clippings
[ 17 Nov, 2006 0107hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]
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NEW DELHI: After 18 months of waiting on the tarmac, Naresh Goyal's Jet Airways on Thursday finally got America's green signal for mounting flights between India and US. The US department of transportation (DoT) has granted Jet the economic authority to begin scheduled flights to US.

With this approval in place, US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) will conduct a formal audit of Jet's pilots and crew, following which the airline can cruise into the American skies, sources said. Besides, Jet will now have to work on getting the operational details like aircraft and flight schedules approved before its debut in the American skies.

"The DoT has given the economic authority to Jet Airways. This means that airline has been cleared to fly to the US after it works out the operational details like flight timings, schedules, slots and other issues," a US Embassy spokesperson said. The official also termed it the "first tangible benefit" emerging out of the Open Sky agreement between India and US. A Jet Airways spokesperson said: "We haven't received any formal intimation about the clearance." However, sources pointed out that Jet will now be able to mount flights to US from the summer of 2007.

Jet has already sought slots to operate flights on the Mumbai-Brussels-New York and Mumbai-Shanghai-San Francisco routes from the second half of 2007. The DoT approval removes a major stumbling block for Jet, which had initially proposed to start flights to US in the summer of 2005.

The plans were grounded after an American namesake, Jet Airways Inc, alleged that Jet had connections with the underworld and al-Qaida. But the DoT approval now means that all charges against the airline have been dropped, enabling Jet to start flights to US.

These flights would be operated by new aircraft that Jet will start inducting from early 2007. Jet Airways had last year signed $2.5-billion purchase agreements with Airbus and Boeing for 10 A330-200s and 10 Boeing 777-300ER jets. The deliveries for these aircraft are slated to begin in the first quarter of 2007.

The approval comes just days after aviation minister Praful Patel stated that the clearances were being unnecessarily delayed.

He said Jet has been security cleared by India and has been designated as an international carrier.


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He gave Rs.10/- and took the ticket and said April fool. I have pass.
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Sardar joined new job. 1st day he worked till late evening on the
Boss was happy and asked what you did till evening.
Sardar : Keyboard alphabets were not in order, so I made it alright.
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On a romantic day sardar's girlfriend asks him. Darling on our
engagement day will you give me a ring.
Sardar : Ya sure, from landline or mobile.
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Doctor to patient : You will die within 2 hours. Do you want to see any one
before you die?
Patient : Yes. A good doctor.
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2 sardars were fixing a bomb in a car.
Sardar 1 : What would you do if the bomb explodes while fixing.
sardar 2 : Dont worry, I have one more.
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Sardar was busy removing a wheel from
his auto. A man asks sardar why
are you removing a wheel from your auto.
sardar : Cant you read the board. Parking is only for 2 wheeler.
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Sardar : What is the name of your car ?
Lady : I forgot the name, but is starts with "T".
Sardar : Oye Kamaal ki gaadi hai, Tea se start hoti hai. Hamaara gaadi
petrol se start hoti hai.
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Boss : Where were you born ?
sardar : Punjab .
Boss : which part ?
sardar : Kya which part ? Whole body born in punjab.
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How will you destroy a submarine full of sardars ?
Simple. Just knock the door and they will open it.