- Did Albert Einstein starve his Wife for Sex ?
- 5 year Old returns back after spending Jail Term in Bangladesh
- India launches website to track Mobile Consumer Complaints
- Indian Shooting Team denied entry in London Hotel
- Sale of Gandhi’s Charkha grows by 300 percent
- Bihar Lawyers to go on Strike on May 2
- Now a Mango named after UP CM Akhilesh
- Kerala Tourism wins best advertisement award in Prague
- Prince Andrew to arrive India today for Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
- US Sikhs launch a mobile app to report Racial Profiling
Posted: 30 Apr 2012 09:01 AM PDT
While the world knows Albert Einstein for his theory of general relativity which effected a revolution in physics, a book has revealed the genius expected his wife to abide by a cruel list of rules which included sex ban.
Einstein barred Mileva Maric from sitting with him or going out together – and even ordered to “stop talking to me if I request it”, The Sun reported.
He made clear that sex was a no-no saying: “You will not expect intimacy from me.”
The list revealed in Einstein: His Life and Universe states that he insisted she tidied his study, did his laundry and gave him “three meals regularly”.
These were his conditions for them to stay together for the sake of sons Hans and Eduard as their 11-year marriage foundered in 1914.
Within months, his fed-up Serbian missus, 39, fled Berlin with the kids for Zurich and had a breakdown. They divorced in 1919.
Einstein, famed for his E=MC2 theory, later wed cousin Elsa and died in 1955, aged 76.
Posted: 30 Apr 2012 08:29 AM PDT
A 5 year old Indian Kid has returned back after spending jail term in Bangladesh. Ariful Sheikh today returned home in Murshidabad district after spending a year in a Bangladesh jail along with his grandparents after being sentenced to two months in prison for trespassing.
Ariful and his grandparent–Hashimuddin Sheikh (48) and Mafroza Khatun (40)–reached Gede border checkpoint in Nadia district by road through western Chuadanga frontier in Bangladesh at 11.30 am, Murshidabad police said. Setting foot on Indian soil, Sheikh, a farmer, said, “it feels good to be returning home after such a long time”.
Ariful’s parents said they were happy to be finally reunited with their son. “I am very happy and I thank everyone for their help and support,” his mother said. Asked where was he for the past one year, Ariful promptly said, “jailkhana”(jail), and when further asked in which country he replied, “Bangladesh”.
Ariful had accompanied his grandparents to the neighbouring country in April last year to visit an ailing relative there. The three were arrested while returning from Bangladesh on April 15, 2011 after they were found travelling without proper travel documents, police said. The family hails from Gajadhar Para near Baharampur. They were sentenced to a two-month jail term by a judicial magistrate court in Kushthia in Bangladesh and fined Taka 500 (about Rs 300).
Although their term ended in June last, they had been languishing in Kushtia jail even after their prison term was over and an order to be repatriated to India.
Deputy Commissioner or Administrative Chief of western Kushtia district, Banamali Bhoumik, told in Dhaka on phone that the district administration arranged a special car for the three to be taken to neighbouring Chuadanga, amid an opposition enforced nationwide daylong shutdown.
They crossed the Darshana border with the help of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and their Indian counterparts Border Security Force (BSF). Later, the BSF handed them over to Murshidabad police, BSF sources said
Posted: 30 Apr 2012 07:34 AM PDT
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Monday launched a portal to help subscribers lodge service complaints and track their redressal.
Called the Telecom Consumers Complaint Monitoring System (TCCMS), the portal tccms.gov.in would help consumers locate various contact details, including consumer care and general information numbers of the complaint centre and appellate authority of their service provider.
The portal would also help the consumers access the website of their service provider’s complaint monitoring portal to track the current status of their complaints or appeals lodged with their service provider complaint centre or appellate authority, TRAI said in a statement.
And it would help TRAI in monitoring the status of redressal of complaints of consumers with the service providers.
Posted: 30 Apr 2012 06:52 AM PDT
London: In a shocking incident, the Indian shooting contingent, which is currently in London for the ISSF World Cup, was denied entry into a hotel here on Saturday night that left the players without any accommodation, CNN IBN reported
The hotel authorities asked the rifle and pistol team, which included India’s Olympic shooters, to leave despite a confirmed room booking. The team members have said that later the money paid for the rooms was refunded.
The shooting federation NRAI subsequently got the Indian High Commission here involved, and a new hotel was found late at night. The NRAI is lodging a diplomatic protest along with writing a strong complaint to the Organising Committe, the International Olympic Committee and the Indian Olympic Association.
Posted: 30 Apr 2012 05:43 AM PDT
Mahatma Gandhi’s eternal companion Charkha has touched new levels of popularity among his followers as the sale of the hand spinning wheel has tripled in the last year from the Sabarmati Ashram here.
The Father of the Nation used charkha as a tool to promote economic self-sufficiency during the British rule and bring awareness about his `swadeshi’ movement.
Charkhas are available in three different sizes and priced at Rs 100, Rs 200 and Rs 300 apiece, Secretary of the Sabarmati Ashram Amrut Modi said. “In FY 2010-11, the sale of charkhas was to the tune of Rs 3 lakh, which surged to Rs 9 lakh in 2011-12. I have not seen the sale go up in this manner in my entire life,” he said. “The reason for increase in the sale of charkhas, as I can see, is that Mahatma Gandhi’s following has increased world-wide.
His message of non-violence and truth have become more relevant in these disturbing times.” “What we have done over the last few years is that we demonstrate, to the visitors coming to the Ashram, how hand spun thread is formed by spinning the charkha.”
Gandhian Kishorebhai Gohil holds charkha sessions at the Hriday Kunj, the place where Gandhiji stayed in the ashram, for visitors, he said. “Gohil explains how thread is spun from cotton. Visitors are allowed to try their hands on charkha and many of them find the whole experience amazing,” Modi added.
Gandhi used to daily spin charkha in morning and evening at the ashram, produce khadi from it and wore cloths made from them to promote self-reliance.
Posted: 30 Apr 2012 04:39 AM PDT
Lawyers in Bihar will abstain from judicial work on May 2 to protest against the arrest of one their colleagues in Samastipur district on April 19.
Bihar State Bar Council (BSBC) today said counsels throughout the state will abstain from judicial work on May 2 to protest against the arrest of lawyer Anil Kumar Singh by the authorities in Samastipur district.
The lawyers will also press for transfer of the District Magistrate (DM) and the Deputy Development Commissioner (DDC) by holding them responsible for harassment and wrongful arrest of their colleague, BSBC’s Officiating Secretary Ashok Kumar said in a statement.
Singh was arrested for receiving a fee of Rs 30 for drafting a petition, which the DDC considered as bribe. It was also decided at the meeting that the lawyers will abstain from judicial work in Samastipur district till the DM and the DDC were transferred out of the district, Kumar said.
The lawyers also demanded a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for “victimising” Singh, Kumar said. It was also decided that a 11-member team of the BSBC will soon visit Samastipur to inquire into the matter and will submit a report to the apex body for further action.
Posted: 30 Apr 2012 03:36 AM PDT
The famous Dussheri belt of Uttar Pradesh has a new offering this summer Akhilesh Aam, a new variety of mango named after the state’s youngest Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
Grafting expert and Padamshree horticulturist Haji Kaleemullah Khan, who had earlier launched mangoes in the name of cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, Bollywood actress Aishwarya and Congress president Sonia Gandhi has come up with ‘Akhilesh aam’ this season.
Khan said he has given this name “as the tree which bears the fruit has just entered its fifth year and no tree bears fruit in such a tender age. “As the young tree has fruit, which is of good quality I decided to name it after our CM Akhilesh”, Khan said.
About the mango, Khan said that it is reddish in colour and would be known for its sweetness. It would also have a thin peel and seed. “The mango, which is yet to ripen, will weigh about one kg. I will present it to the CM once it is ready”, Khan said.
The horticulturist, who is based in the mango-belt of Malihabad, is known for growing unique variety of fruits especially mangoes. Last year, Khan had grafted new variety of mango and named it as ‘Sonia aam’ and in May 2010, the 70-year-old man came with a ‘Sachin aam’.
Kaleemullah won the Padmashree for growing more than 300 varieties of mangoes of different shapes and sizes on a tree. The tree is about 100 years old and he started working on it in 1987 to develop the craft of growing different varieties on one tree.
Posted: 30 Apr 2012 02:28 AM PDT
The Kerala Tourism advertisement campaign ‘Your Moment is Waiting’ has won the bronze medal at the prestigious Prague International Advertising Festival (PIAF) in the category of ‘state as an advertiser.’
Other winners at the third edition of PIAF, which was held in Prague April 25-26, included German car manufacturer Volkswagen, consumer goods major Uniliver and American confectionary conglomerate Kraft Foods, according to information available here.
Kerala Tourism had also won three gold medals at the Pacific Asia Travel Association international awards held recently.
“This is an unprecedented honour for us. It is a recognition of the hard work put in by the Kerala Tourism in managing the brand Kerala and devising effective marketing strategies,” said Kerala Tourism Minister A.P. Anil Kumar.
PIAF is an exclusive event in the global advertising calendar. the other big names, which shared the podium with Kerala Tourism included, McDonald’s Germany, Sony Pictures, Heineken and Lego.
Posted: 30 Apr 2012 01:58 AM PDT
He will travel to Kohima to visit the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, the first-ever by a member of British royalty to the historic site.
In Kolkata, he will visit a child-care home and vocational education centre run by the Women’s Interlink Foundation.
Moving south to Chennai, he will visit the Officers’ Training Avademy, lay a wreath at the Madras War Grave and join a special Thanksgiving and Commemoration Service at St. Mary’s Church in Fort St. George.
He will then go to Bangalore to visit the Infosys and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.
Prince Andrew will visit Mumbai on Wednesday and meet corporate head honchos demonstrating the importance of the Britain attaches to its relationship with India.
He will visit the Western Naval Command in south Mumbai and the elite Dhirubhai Ambani International School in suburban Bandra-Kurla Complex.
“The scope of the visit underlines the depth and breadth of the cooperation between our two countries. It will incorporate a wide range of themes, from inclusive development and defence ties to the growing business relationship,” the official said.
Posted: 30 Apr 2012 01:31 AM PDT
The Sikh Coalition, a US based community group, has launched FlyRights, an innovative mobile application that allows users to report instances of airport profiling in real time.
Reports filed through the FlyRights app will be considered official, actionable complaints by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the group said.
“FlyRights creates a novel marriage between technology and civil rights activism. It is the first and only mobile application created to combat racial profiling at airports,” the coalition said.
The application becomes available for download April 30 in the Apple App Store and the Android market.
Asking its supporters to download FlyRights on their phones and start filing reports of unfair treatment at airports, the group said: “Policy will not change unless you make your voice heard.”
“This application is easy to use and will ensure that your voice will officially be heard by the TSA and DHS,” it added.
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