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Google Explores Flu Trends

Each week, millions of users around the world search for online health information. Google had found close relationship between how many people search for flu-related topics and how many people actually have flu symptoms. Google Flu Trends uses aggregated Google search data to estimate flu activity in your state up to two weeks faster than traditional systems.

Google compared query counts with data from a surveillance system managed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and discovered that some search queries tend to be popular exactly when flu season is happening. 

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So why bother with estimates from aggregated search queries? It turns out that traditional flu surveillance systems take 1-2 weeks to collect and release surveillance data, but Google search queries can be automatically counted very quickly. By making our flu estimates available each day, Google Flu Trends may provide an early-warning system for outbreaks of influenza.

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Why Raj Thackeray Hates North Indians

Sudheera Kulkarni had written an open letter to Raj Thackeray in Lok Satta.  Here is a part of his response( Read the entire response here)

Gujaratis celebrate Garba in Maharashtra with a bang. We also enjoy it. Bengalis celebrate Navratri. We too participate in it. South Indians perform Ayyappa’s rituals and Marathis pray there. But chhatpooja is not just a religious festival. At least it is not celebrated as one in Mumbai. It is an akhada (wrestling ring) erected on Mumbai’s chest by Bihari leaders to show their strength. There lies the root of our opposition. Sudheendraji, are you aware of any widespread chhatpooja being celebrated by Biharis living in Mauritius, Dubai or any country close to the sea?

Seems like what is bothering Raj Thackeray is Chhath Pooja. Well Chhath is a festival dedicated to the Sun God, considered to be a means to thank the sun for bestowing the bounties of life in earth and fulfilling particular wishes.  This festival is also celebrated in the northeast region of India, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and some parts of Chhattisgarh. 

He and his party has done nothing but spread hatred , and divide this nation . He once said that “Hitler had everything. The one thing he did not have was the ambition to conquer the world,” Raj said, adding, “you can draw whatever conclusions you want from my remarks.”

He has criticized Amitabh Bachchan who is one of the most prominent figures in the history of Indian cinema of (listen to this) being  “more inclined” towards his native state than Maharashtra. Amitabh Bachchan is one person who has inspired people the way you may never understand. Mr Raj Thackeray I would like to ask what have you done for Maharashtra? Have you done anything for drought-hit Maharashtra farmers who are left to fend for themselves. How can people from Maharashtra trust you ,when you yourself wants to burn Maharashtra.

“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent” , probably true in the case of Raj Thackeray. Raj Thackeray has drawn a lot of attention over the past few days . Simply due to the stand taken by him and his party on the North Indians living in Mumbai and Maharashtra.  In fact Raj Thacekray has been a struggling politician and his party only won 7 seats in 2007 municipal elections.

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Raj Thackeray – King of Mumbai Or is he a Crackpot ?

 

 

He is a leader of a regional political party operating in Maharashtra, India. It was founded on the 9th of March 2006 in Mumbai after splitting of the parent party Shiv Sena. He and his party recently attacked north Indian aspirants for railway jobs demanding that only Maharashtrians be recruited to fill vacancies in Central and Western Railway. 

 

He dared Maharashtra government to arrest him and warned the state will have to “regret” the consequences in the event of that.” Arrest me and be ready to bear the consequences…. you will have to regret,” Thackeray, who was attending a ceremony at Bahadursheikh Naka in Chiplun, said. “If Raj is arrested, entire Maharashtra will be set on fire,” . 

 

 If Raj Thakre is Pro Mumbai then why the hell does he wants Maharashtra to burn? In a seperate incident  a school on Maharashtra Bhawan premises in kanpur  was on Monday vandalised by Dalit Panther activists who were protesting against attacks by Raj Thakeray-led MNS members. Will Raj Thackeray and his supporters help Maharashtrians if they are thrown out of other states? 

– I’m From Goa. And would like to say that if we go by Mr. Raj Thackeray’s logic then I guess we should be sending back truckloads of Maharashtra’s who come here in droves and thus depriving the Goan Youth the opportunities. 

– Shoot the bas****. The Government needs to show that it’s got a spine to protect the constitutional rights of every citizen. 

– Arrest and throw this guy in Kashmir Valley. Let this idiot and his followers fight for something which is good. 

– One guy challenging the entire police force of a state “arrest me if you can” is a shame on Maharashtra govt.

It is disturbing to see that employees of Jet Airways sought the help of the MNS when they were given the pink slip. It is as if they were contracting the mafia to serve their private needs.

The party has taken a cue from the Shiv Sena which built its political base in Maharashtra in the 1960s and 1970s by promoting an aggressive agenda . It worked then , but it won’t now.

MNS is noting but a threat to national unity.

Albert Einstein once said ” Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius-and a lot of courage-to move in the opposite direction.”  I hope our government makes the right move this time


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Money Never Sleeps Pal

The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed — for lack of a better word — is good.

Greed is right.

Greed works.

Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.

Greed, in all of its forms — greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge — has marked the upward surge of mankind.

And greed — you mark my words — will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA

That has become a mantra of sorts on Wall Street, thanks to Oliver Stone and Stanley Weiser. Twenty-one years ago, the two paired up to make the film Wall Street, starring Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen.

Now , 20th Century Fox is moving forward with a sequel (called Money Never Sleeps) to 1987’s Wall Street. The modern-day story will again center on Gordon Gekko, who has recently been sprung from prison and re-emerges into a much more tumultuous financial world than the one he once lorded over. The Bud Fox character, played by Charlie Sheen in the original, will not appear in the latest incarnation. 

Seems like it is the perfect time for sequel to movie Wall Street when the economy is in crisis and the markets are in freefall.

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Hire , Fire and then hire again – It happens only in India

On Thursday evening Jet airways chief announced that he would be hiring all those employees again , who were fired only two days ago by his management . 

Here is a time-line of the events:
1. Jet and Kingfsher two major Indian airlines request for $1 billion from the government as bailout package
2. The Indian Government is not interested in such a deal and the request is put on hold .
3. Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines agree on a wide-ranging working alliance to help them battle slowing growth and high fuel costs.
4. Jet  fires 800 and announces another 1100 could get fired.
5. Naresh Goyal (jet airways chairman) announces that all sacked employees would be re-instated. “I apologize for all the agony you went through,” he told a news conference in Mumbai, adding that he could not bear to “see tears in their eyes”.
Mr Praful Patel (Civil Aviation Minister) said on the same day that “The airlines have sought a bailout package worth Rs 4,750 crore($1 billion) to tide over the crisis spawned by fuel costs and poor load factor.”If tomorrow no plane flies on the Indian skies, who is there to answer. There is a bad patch in the industry and it needs to be resolved,” he said.
In the coming days people will get to know that a bailout deal has been agreed upon by the government. Can the government afford to be unpopular during election year? i do not think so

So who turns out to be a looser in this :

1. Indian TaxPayer (as 1$ billion of the tax payer money would be used to bailout these companies)
And the winners are
1. Kingfisher Airlines
2. 800 Jet Employees
3. Jet Airlines
4. and  MNS , whose leader threatened on Wednesday that he would not allow Jet flights to operate in Maharashtra if the sacked employees were not reinstated

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`Joe the Plumber,’ Obama Tax-Plan Critic, Owes Taxes

`Joe the plumber,” the Toledo, Ohio, man whose complaints about Barack Obama’s tax plan were highlighted by John McCain in the final presidential debate, owes the state of Ohio almost $1,200 in back income taxes.

According to records on file with the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas, the state filed a tax lien against Samuel J. Wurzelbacher for $1,182.98 on Jan. 26, 2007, that is still active.

Wurzelbacher was thrust into the national spotlight this week when he told Obama he worried that the Illinois senator’s proposals to roll back Bush administration tax breaks for Americans earning more than $250,000 would prevent him from buying a plumbing business that would earn between $250,000 and $280,000 a year.

McCain, an Arizona Republican senator, pointed to the exchange during the debate last night when he turned to the camera and said, “I will not stand for a tax increase on small-business income.” Directly criticizing Obama, he added, “what you want to do to `Joe the plumber’ and millions more like him is have their taxes increased and not be able to realize the American dream of owning their own business.”

Today, at a rally in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, McCain said “the real winner last night was `Joe the plumber.”’

On Oct. 12, as Obama was campaigning door-to-door in suburban Toledo, Wurzelbacher confronted the Democratic presidential nominee about his tax plan.

`American Dream’

“Do you believe in the American dream?” Wurzelbacher asked before asking about the tax increase. “I’m being taxed more and more for fulfilling the American dream.”

Wurzelbacher’s home telephone number is unlisted, and efforts to reach him by calling his neighbors and family were unsuccessful. Attempts to reach Wurzelbacher at the plumbing company where he works were also unsuccessful. The address on the lien and other records for him matched the address published by the Toledo Blade, which also noted the lien.

The state of Ohio places a lien on real property after several steps to try to collect a tax debt, according to John Kohlstrand, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Taxation who said he couldn’t discuss any specific case.

Delinquency Notice

If a delinquency notice goes unheeded, the Department of Taxation issues a billing notice, Kohlstrand said. If that is ignored, a more formal assessment notice is sent. Failing to appeal an assessment or losing an appeal puts the debt into the hands of the state attorney general for collection. The attorney general typically sends a collection notice and simultaneously files a lien.

“The taxpayers may not necessarily know about the lien,” Kohlstrand said, although they would receive other notices.

In Wurzelbacher’s case, the lien indicated that the notice was sent to a previous address in Toledo.

Ray Ann Estep, section chief for revenue-recovery services for the Ohio attorney general, said Wurzelbacher’s lien was filed six months after the Department of Taxation certified the debt for collection.

“Unfortunately, sometimes people don’t resolve their debts as quickly as we would like them to,” she said.

Obama’s Plan

In addition to tax credits and a proposal that would allow Wurzelbacher to avoid paying capital-gains taxes if he ever sold the business he wants to acquire for a profit, Obama has proposed allowing the top two tax rates of 33 percent and 35 percent to revert to what they were during the Clinton administration, or 36 percent and 39.6 percent, respectively.

In 2007, the 33 percent bracket kicked in for taxable income exceeding $195,851.

Under Obama’s proposal, Wurzelbacher would face about $900 more in taxes if he netted $280,000 of income from his new business and had to pay an extra 3 percentage points on the amount over $195,851, said Gerald Prante, a senior economist at the Tax Foundation, a Washington research group that is examining both candidates’ plans.

“His average tax burden, the final bill he pays to the IRS isn’t going to go up much if he’s just making $280,000 a year,” Prante said. He would face higher marginal tax costs to expand the business beyond that, he said.

Not Taxable Income

It’s far more likely that the $280,000 Wurzelbacher told Obama he’d earn would be in the form of gross receipts and not taxable income, said Steven Bankler, a certified public accountant in San Antonio, who counts plumbers and other trade professionals as his clients.

By the time Wurzelbacher took proper business deductions, Bankler said, he’d be left with between $150,000 and $200,000 in taxable income and wouldn’t be affected by Obama’s proposed increase in the top rates.

Wurzelbacher might eventually have to pay more employment taxes under Obama’s plan to impose a rate of between 2 percent and 4 percent on wages over $250,000, Bankler said, but Obama has said that change wouldn’t take effect for a decade

Source- Bloomberg

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Plumber makes $250,000 a year . Is that a joke?

Joe the plumber makes $250,000 a year whereas according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage for plumbers in the United States in 2007 was $47,350.

Why are these politicians calling him a plumber when in reality he is a businessman. I bet next they will next call Bill Gates an electrician.

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Scenes From India – Must See

Scenes from India

India is home to over 1.2 billion people of wildly varying religions, cultures and levels of wealth. Only 61 years since declaring its Independence from English rule, modern India is still defining itself, sometimes against the friction inside and outside of its borders. Recent newsworthy events in India include vast Monsoon flooding, conflicts in still-disputed Kashmir, and religious clashes between Hindus and Christians – and celebrations conducted by Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh and more. Though there’s no possible way for these images to be comprehensive, here are some recent photos of scenes in India. (34 photos total)

   

Devotees carry a statue of the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, for immersion in the sea, on the last day of “Ganesh Chaturthi”, in Mumbai September 14, 2008. Clay statues of Ganesh are made two to three months before this popular religious festival in India. The idols are taken through the streets in a procession accompanied with dancing and singing, to be immersed in a river symbolizing a ritual sendoff on his journey towards his home. (REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe)

 

   

A devotee watches an idol of the Hindu elephant god Ganesh, sinking, after it was immersed in the Sabarmati river on the last day of “Ganesh Chaturthi” in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, September 14, 2008. (REUTERS/Amit Dave) #

   

A rhinoceros which strayed in Kalcheni village, about 130 kilometers (81 miles) west of Gauhati, India, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008, hides from wildlife officials. More than 100 wildlife officials tracked the animal using its radio collar after it strayed from the Assam state’s Manas National Park on Sept. 1, but could not capture it until Sunday, fearing that if they tranquilized it in the marshy area it could drown. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath) #

   

An artisan gives finishing touches to an idol of the Hindu Goddess Durga at a workshop in the northeastern Indian city of Siliguri September 20, 2008. The idols will be used during the Durga Puja festival, a popular religious event for Hindu Bengalis. In Hindu mythology, Durga symbolises power and the triumph of good over evil. (REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri) #

   

People carry earthen water pots as they take part in a Jhulelal Chaliha procession in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad September 6, 2008. Thousands of people took part in the 40 day long fasting festival of the Sindhi community, Jhulelal Chaliha, that ended on Saturday with a colourful procession of earthen pots carried by male and female devotees on their heads. (REUTERS/Amit Dave) #

   

An Indian Border Security Force (BSF) soldier holds position inside a bulletproof vehicle during an encounter at Chinor village on the outskirts of Jammu August 27, 2008. Suspected Muslim militants who slipped across the border from Pakistan into Indian Kashmir killed at least two civilians and an army officer in the Hindu-majority region of Jammu earlier that day, police said. (REUTERS/Amit Gupta) #

   

Protestors challenge the police during a victory rally in Jammu, India, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008. Hindus on Sunday suspended their two-month-old protest over allotment of land to a Hindu trust to build facilities for pilgrims in the Indian portion of Kashmir, which had triggered some of the worst violence in the region in more than a decade, officials said. (AP Photo/Channi Anand) #

   

A policeman throws stones at protestors during a victory rally in Jammu, India, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008. (AP Photo/Channi Anand) #

   

Catholic nuns from the Missionaries of Charity order sing hymns for a special prayer during the eleventh anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata September 5, 2008. Mother Teresa was a Nobel Peace Prize-winning nun who died in 1997, and was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2003 at the Vatican. (REUTERS/Jayanta Shaw) #

   

A damaged church, seen in the village of Raikia, India, after it was allegedly stormed by Hindu fundamentalists, on August 31, 2008. Indian authorities insisted they had halted deadly clashes between Hindus and Christians in the east of the country that have exposed it to stinging criticism. At least 10 people have died and thousands have fled their homes as a result of the violence in the coastal state of Orissa, with the Catholic church accusing police of failing to protect defenceless priests and nuns. (DESHAKALYAN CHOWDHURY/AFP/Getty Images) #

   

A Theyyam dancer waits to perform during festivities marking the start of the annual harvest festival of “Onam” in the southern Indian city of Kochi September 2, 2008. The 10-day long festival is celebrated annually in India’s southern coastal state of Kerala to symbolise the return of King Mahabali to meet his beloved subjects. (REUTERS/Sivaram V) #

   

Monsoon rains have caused a great deal of flooding throughout low-lying regions of India. Here, villagers wade through a flooded road near Mithapur village, 67 km (42 miles) west of Ahmedabad, September 19, 2008. (REUTERS/Amit Dave) #

   

A man is airlifted onto an Indian Air Force helicopter at a flood-affected village in the eastern Indian state of Bihar September 3, 2008. The floods have forced more than three million people from their homes, destroyed 250,000 acres of farmland and killed over 150 people. (REUTERS/Indian Defence Ministry) #

   

A flood-affected man waits for food in a flood relief camp at Jankinagar village of Purniya district in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, September 6, 2008. Authorities battling a massive deluge in Bihar had issued public warnings of more floods to come and asked villagers not to return home from temporary shelters yet. (REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri) #

   

Refugees from flooded areas extend their hands to fetch food packets distributed by National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) personnel at Raghunathpur area, Madhepura district of India’s northeastern state of Bihar, on September 5, 2008. Rescue workers in flood-hit northern India have brought over 800,000 people to safety, but tens of thousands more were still believed to be trapped, officials said. (DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images) #

   

Workers arrange bottles of drinking water before an air-drop in flood-affected areas at Purniya air force station in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, September 3, 2008. (REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri) #

   

Muslim women react to the camera at a makeshift flood relief camp in Araria district town in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, September 7, 2008. (REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri) #

   

A Hindu woman has her hand painted with henna during the Teej festival in the northern Indian city of Allahabad September 2, 2008. Hindu women fast and pray for the good health and long life of their husbands during the Teej festival. (REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash) #

   

Forestry workers look on as a male Royal Bengal Tiger leaps off a boat into the water after being released back into the wild in The Chamta Forest District of The Sunderbans, in India, on September 4, 2008. The tiger was declared fit for release by veterinarians after it was recently rescued from a nearby village. (HO/AFP/Getty Images) #

   

A mask is shown being put on the back of honey collector Madhusudhan Mondal’s head, in Bali, a village in the Sundarbans, India, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008. The Sundarbans forest, a remote tangle of unforgiving islands dangling off the eastern edge of India, is home to perhaps the world’s largest population of tigers, prone to attacking humans, as well as 4 million people who are among the poorest in India. Locals believe that tigers do not attack humans from the front and wear masks on the back of their heads in the hope of warding them off. (AP Photo/Gautam Singh) #

   

The Satellite Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, India’s first moon mission craft is seen from behind glass at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) center in Bangalore on September 18, 2008. Chandrayaan-1, which has almost reached its final stages of preparation before its shipment to its launch centre at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SHAR), in Sriharikota.(DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images) #

   

A view of the illuminated Golden Temple, Sikhs holiest shrine, in Amritsar, India, Monday, Sept. 1, 2008. This year, Sikhs mark the 404th anniversary of the installation of the Guru Granth Sahib, the sacred book of the Sikhs. (AP Photo/Aman Sharma) #

   

Indian Hindu devotees pay their respects after pouring milk water onto an idol of Hindu God Lord Krishna at the Shivala temple in Amritsar, on August 24, 2008, on the occasion of the “Janmashtami” festival, which marks the birth of Lord Krishna. Devotional songs and dances mark the celebrations of the festival all over northern India. (NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images) #

   

Hindu devotees, try to form a human pyramid to break an earthen pot filled with honey, milk and curd, as part of festivities to celebrate Janmashthmi, or the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, in Mumbai, India, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade) #

   

Young Indian devotees of Hindu God Lord Krishna attempt to make a seven-tier human pyramid in the ‘dahi-handi’ (curd-pot) contest in Mumbai on August 24, 2008, as part of celebrations of “Janmashtami” which marks the birth of Hindu God Lord Krishna. Scores of Hindu devotees of Lord Krishna partake in the dahi-handi celebration during which a large earthenware pot is filled with milk, curds, butter, honey and fruits and suspended from a height of between 20 to 40 feet. Sporting young men and boys come forward to claim this prize by constructing a human pyramid till the pyramid is tall enough to enable the topmost person to reach the pot and claim the contents after breaking it. (PAL PILLAI/AFP/Getty Images) #

   

Engineers prepare to roll-out the Spark, one of General Motors Corp’s passenger vehicles, at the company’s new plant in Talegaon, about 160 km (99 miles) northeast of Mumbai September 2, 2008. General Motors Corp’s most important priority is to turn around its North American business and it will continue investments in emerging markets, its chief operating officer said on Tuesday. (REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe) #

   

A relative of a bomb blast victim sits next to their body at a cremation ground in New Delhi September 14, 2008. Police officers trawled slums and criminal hideouts in India’s capital on Sunday rounding up suspects after serial bombings in the city a day earlier killed at least 21 people and wounded nearly 100. At least five bombs exploded in quick succession in crowded markets and streets in the heart of New Delhi on Saturday night. (REUTERS/Adnan Abidi) #

   

A woman works in a rice paddy near Singur, about 50 km (31 miles) north of the eastern Indian city of Kolkata August 27, 2008. (REUTERS/Parth Sanyal) #

   

Activists of the People for Animals (PFA) an NGO hold two Dwarf tortoises, which were rescued from a resident in Guwahati on September 18, 2008. The pair were later released into the the Dighalipukhuri pond in Guwahati, the capital city of India’s northeastern state of Assam. (BIJU BORO/AFP/Getty Images) #

   

People fish for wood for domestic use at the Naraj barrage on the Kathjodi River in the eastern Indian state of Orissa, Friday, Sept. 19, 2008. The flood situation in Orissa worsened as the government launched a massive evacuation operation to shift the residents of low-lying areas to safer places, according to a news agency. (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout) #

   

Kashmiri Muslim protesters shout pro-freedom slogans during an anti-India protest in Srinagar September 19, 2008. Thousands of Muslims demonstrators shouting anti-India slogans took to streets in Kashmir’s main city on Friday and resumed protests against New Delhi’s rule in the disputed region. (REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli) #

   

A bull and other pedestrians walk past a computer supermarket in New Delhi September 19, 2008. (REUTERS/Desmond Boylan) #

   

Performers dressed as tigers take part in Pulikali, or tiger dance, during festivities in Trichur city, in the southern Indian state of Kerala, September 15, 2008. The ceremony was organised to mark the end of the annual harvest festival, “Onam”. (REUTERS/Sivaram V) #

   

A model presents a creation by Indian designer Anamika Khanna on the fourth day of the HDIL India Couture Week in Mumbai on September 19, 2008. India is hosting its first ever haute couture week showcasing over six days, 11 leading designers in a celebration of the country’s rich heritage in bespoke fashion. But unlike the bank-breaking, impossible-to-wear creations on show twice a year in Paris that are not even intended for the high street, Indian couturiers say they are offering wearable made-to-order clothes at a realistic price. (SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images) #

 

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Thank You Minister For Ruining Our Country

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT’s)  are a group of fourteen autonomous engineering and technology-oriented institutes of higher education established and declared as Institutes of National Importance by the Parliament of India. These are the same organizations which produce excellent engineers who are running the global business around the world. 

Recently TOI published a report which said that a score of 15% in mathematics was enough to make it to IIT-Kanpur. Also  In 2008, students could join IIT-Kharagpur despite scoring no more than 5% in physics.  Thanks to reservation system it looks like in the near future the same guy (who scored 6%) would be working on projects of national importance.

Reservations are intended to increase the social diversity in campuses and workplaces by lowering the entry criteria for certain identifiable groups that are grossly under-represented in proportion to their numbers in the general population. But at what cost?  

A nation’s level of competitiveness reflects the extent to which it is able to provide rising prosperity to its citizens. You provide prosperity by providing infrastructure, health care, effective mode of transport, quality roads, railroads, ports, and air transport. Reservation does not generate prosperity and will definitely affect India’s competitiveness.

Innovation , Institutions , Infrastructure , Health and primary education, Quality higher education and training are pillars based upon which a country’s global competitiveness Index(GCI) rank is evaluated . Indian currently ranks 50. By implementing the quota system I would be happy if India is able to retain that spot

 

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Smart move by Obama Campaign , Launches Iphone Application

Obama campaign launched a new iphone application called Obama 08 over the weekend. This is a real smart move considering there are around 4 million iphone users.

The free application is compatible with the iPhone and iPod touch. It will organize your contacts by key battleground states, and measures statistics to see how you are doing compared to other leading callers. It also provides you with information about the campaign via text messages and e-mail, offers coverage of national and local campaign news, helps you find local events, share the information by e-mail, and get maps and directions. You can also use the application to browse videos and photos from the campaign.

The Internet and technology is positioned to play a huge role in elections. Probably Mccain campaign does not get it.

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