Skip to main content

Notable Thoughts : India Advances and Politics Around Small States


India set to launch a reusable spacecraft
India is surging ahead literally out of this world as Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) begins work on a wholly indigenous effort to build a space shuttle that will carry Indians into the space like US space shuttle, Columbia. India is planning to launch a reusable spacecraft for the first time in 2010 and to send a mission to Mars as early as 2012. India has been successfully developing space program in recent years and regularly launching satellites using booster rockets. But with a little cooperation with either USA or Russia, India will be able to cut the huge costs and share technology to build its own shuttle. India has agreements with both and could get help from either or both countries. URL: India set to launch a reusable spacecraft

India's Infosys to acquire UK's Axon for $753 million
'The board of directors of the company has approved the proposed scheme of arrangement to acquire Axon Global Plc,'' the company said in a filing with the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE). The deal is expected to be completed by November 2008. The acquisition would ''accelerate the achievement of some of Infosys' current strategic corporate objectives, including the continued expansion consulting capabilities," the company said in a press release. ''Infosys Technologies Limited is pleased to announce that it has agreed terms for a recommended cash offer for a leading UK-based SAP consulting company, Axon Group plc, in a deal valued at £407.1 million ($753.1 million),'' the release said, adding, ''The transfer of ownership to Infosys is expected to be completed by November 2008, subject to the scheme of arrangement becoming effective.''

Google workshop on Social Web and Cloud Computing in New Delhi
Google is organising a workshop in Delhi on the Social Web & Cloud Computing. Its a day long event (September 5th) and on the agenda are discussions & presentations about Open Social & Google App Engine. The presenters will be developers/evangelists from Google and even a session by Impetus about OpenSocial integration with open source technologies. The details are here. Its a free event, but you should sign up here at the earliest (limited seats on a FCFS basis).

Politics : National Federation of Small States, Small is Beautiful? or Everybody Wants Power !!
A political pressure group has been formed to influence Delhi and energize Small state movements, as they believe 'Small is better' for effective management and development. Representatives of the National Federation of Small States met here on Thursday and decided to form a coordination committee and create a “pressure group” in Delhi as part of their efforts to step up movements for new States. The decision was taken at a colloquium on separate Statehood movements in Telangana, Vidharbha, Haritha Pradesh, Purvanchal, Ladakh, Bodoland and Gorkhaland. The leaders also decided to set up an office of the Federation at New Delhi, T. Devender Goud, president of Nava Telangana Praja Party said. The Hindu : Andhra Pradesh / Hyderabad News : Effort to raise movements for formation of new States Key reason, we believe, there are so many movements for seperate states is NOT efficient and fair administration or development. There is a truth in efficiency being small, but that is not the true intent of any of these leaders. The true intent is 'there are more people who want power.' By dividing into as many as possible, a lot more leaders get to be at the helm of affairs.

Popular posts from this blog

You Are What You Think People Think About You

There are about 6.7 Billion people in this world that we know of.  Whether you believe in ‘Creation’ or ‘Evolution’, this human race started with a tiny number. It is quite amazing to see how fast it multiplies. What is more amazing is that every single individual in that 6 billion crowd is born ‘unique’.  Quite literally, you are born to be one in a billion, whether you believe it or not. “ This was the Introduction to my latest and last speech in Toast Masters club, ‘One in a Billion’ as part of International Speech contest. 
As much as I believe that each one of us can be that 'one in a billion' personality, I admit the reality as I perceive it and some times feel alone in that belief.
A famous quote says 'You are what you think'. It is also true that 'you are what you think people think about you'. If you think people think you are smart, then you act smart and become smart. If you think people think you are dumb, you will become dumb even if you are not, a…

Cooking looks like an unforgiving art

When you are writing software, you always get a second chance. In fact, lots of chances to get it correct. You have compiler warnings, failed test cases and some times crashes alert you that something is not right and will give you a chance to correct. And you get literally unlimited chances to apply those corrections. 
Well, cooking looks to be totally unforgiving in this respect and on any given day, you may get just one chance to get it right. If you fail, you fail. Try again right away if you have patience of starting it all over. Or start over some time later or next day. But not much of a second chance to correct a mistake. 
More ruthless, when it comes to salt. If you put just a little more, even a tiny little more, it never hesitate to show what it got. Totally ruthless. End result will be a failed dish that no one will be able (and/or happy) to eat. And most dishes, you may not be able to add something little more to offset it.

Little trick I learned the hard way, start on …

Did NDTV Just Twisted Words?

I have recently spotted quite a few places where NDTV title doesn’t exactly say the same as the details in the article says. Lost in translation? or just plain twisting for journalistic sensationalism?Title says “'AAP doesn't treat women as humans,' says founder member Madhu Bhaduri as she quits”, but the quote in details says, slightly differently: “In this party, women are not considered humans” (see the text highlighted).Source : NDTV.comYou may say, they effectually mean the same thing. Is it? Even if they mean the same,  Why not use the same exact phrase in both places?