- Anonymous leads Nationwide Protest against Internet Censorship Today
- Asian Heart Institute Mumbai declared Safest Heart Hospital in World
- Jairam Ramesh spends 18 hours on Toilet everyday
- ICC names Malinga as brand ambassador of ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2012
- IIT Kanpur dissociates itself from IITJEE
- Amarnath Yatra in trouble due to massive Snow Falls
- New Coal Blocks in Jharkhand to be auctioned by August.
- Two Bengal Professors issued Show Cause Notice for Anti-Government remarks
- Indian Foreign Exchange Reserves at an all Time low of $285 Billions
- M F Hussain Remembered on his First Death Anniversary
Posted: 08 Jun 2012 02:38 PM PDT
There would be protests across in all major cities viz, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Indore, Hyderabad, Calicut, Nagpur, Pune, Ahmedabad, and Jaipur starting from 4PM to 6 PM, according to its Facebook Page.
The demonstrations and protests would be entirely peaceful and non-violent in nature demanding an immediate full stop on any practices hunting Internet Freedom in India.
If you Wish to join this Movement, you can get the direction and location of Protests in your city at Anonymous’s Facebook Page.
According to Anonymous, Government has enacted laws that gives it a free pass to censor our Facebook posts, listen to every Skype conversation we have, monitor our tweets or blogs or access private photographs and documents we store online, or track our location using our mobile phones or surveil all of your online activity.
The Government is also in process of building The Great Indian Firewall on the pattern of China.
The recent attack on the Freedom of Speech and Expression by the Information Technology (intermediary rules) 2011 rules, which requires that intermediaries such as website host, including social netwoking sites and search engines do not host, display, share or publish information deemed as objectionable on re eiving a complaint by aggreived person, the intermediary site is liable to act within 36 hours and removed the content without prior notice.
The action of the government in taking away the citizen’s legitimate freedom of speech and expression using digital censorship is illegal and contradicts the freedom guarenteed by constitution of India. We are organising a Peaceful protest to express our opposition to such dictatorial rules.
This type of protests is uncommon in India, where there is no Leader. Anonymous People have decided the protests on the web through Social Media and Emails. All Participants would be wearing a mask with no Identity Document with himself.
The group is also targeting various Government Websites with DDoS attacks. DDoS attacks are considered as the cyber equivalent to non-violent protests in which a particular Websites is so overloaded that it fails to serve users and goes down. In the past Anonymous has targeted websites of CBI, CERT, IT Ministry, Reliance, PVR Cinemas etc.
On Various Websites associated with Anonymous, it says, We will not tolerate any more injustice. We will not use violence, we will not break any laws, but we will retaliate. We will protest. We are Anonymous.We do not forgive the denial of basic human rights. We do not forget those who assist the oppressed.
Further there is a warning to Government, To the tyrannical government of India … Expect us.
Posted: 08 Jun 2012 02:00 PM PDT
Asian Heart Institute Mumbai has been declared as the Safest Cardiac Hospital in the World by International Cardiac Benchmarking survey. The Hospital has lowest Mortality Rate in the World.
AHI’s vice chairman and managing director Ramakant Panda said the hospital was accorded the honour among 15 hospitals in eight countries that participated in the International Cardiac Benchmarking survey conducted by the Joint Commission International (JCI).
“This included data analysis of more than 6000 cardiac surgeries between October 2009-March 2011,” Panda told IANS here.
The 15 JCI accredited hospitals had to provide data captured on a daily basis on the surgeries conducted and reported, set parameters to measure the quality of care provided and cooperate with verification visits by principals, said Panda, who performed heart surgery on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh nearly three years ago.
“After the detailed three-year study, AHI has ranked No.1 in terms of ‘lowest complication rates’ and ‘highest survival rates’ as per the JCI survey,” he said.
Panda said AHI performed the maximum number of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), or bypass surgeries among all the surgeries performed in the 15 hospitals surveyed.
AHI also ranked higher in terms of repeat bypass surgeries compared to the ICSB benchmarks and more valve surgeries on women by the same comparison, he said.
AHI also led in terms of number of aortic valve replacements, valvle surgeries on patients who had previous cardiac surgery, CABG plus valve surgeries on patients in the plus-65 age group, with the lowest complication rates.
Even the number of patients requiring blood transfusion was much lesser and mortality rates much lower than the benchmarks.
Panda said that AHI has consistently ranked lower on mortality rate than the United States Society of Thoracic Surgeons average of 2.7.
“Our mortality rates, including non-cardiac deaths has been 0.4 percent for the last nine years over 1,500 surgeries per annum on patients from 38 countries,” he said.
Posted: 08 Jun 2012 01:00 PM PDT
Union Minister for Rural Development, Jairam Ramesh spends 18 hours on Toliets Daily. “Believe me that out of the 24 hours, I spent 18 hours on toilet (issue) itself,” he said at a function in New Delhi.
“I believe the biggest issues in front of us are malnutrition and toilets, these are the two faces of one coin… I have MNREGA, PMGSY, drinking water etc under me but I spend maximum time on toilet only,” said Ramesh, who holds the portfolios of rural development and drinking water and sanitation, in what apparently was his take on the toilet controversy for which the plan panel has drawn flak.
He insisted that the government was “not at all insensitive” and it is committed and duty bound to work on the issue. He lamented that even after six decades after independence, around 7.5 lakh families are involved in manual scavenging as per the 2011 census. “After the figures we get from various states, I was under the impression that manual scavenging in the states have been abolished.
“But when I went through the detailed report of Census, the figures are surprising and astonishing. Even today many people don’t realise and don’t believe that this Census is correct,” he said.
Posted: 08 Jun 2012 12:03 PM PDT
International Cricket Council (ICC) has chosen Star Sri Lankan Pacer Lasith Malinga as brand Ambassador for ICC World Twenty20 2012 to be held in Sri Lanka.
ICC World Twenty20 2012 will be the fourth ICC T20 World Cup and would be held between September 18 and October 7, 2012. This will be the first World Twenty20 tournament held in an Asian country, the last three being held in South Africa, England and the West Indies respectively.
Malinga, who plays for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL), was selected as the event ambassador in recognition of his skills as a role model both on and off the field of play.
The cricketing icon is renowned and admired for his unique cricketing style and vibrancy and is one of the world’s best Twenty20 players.
Haroon Lorgat, ICC chief executive, commenting on the event’s new ambassador, said: “It is wonderful to have Lasith Malinga as the tournament ambassador for the ICC World Twenty20 to be held in Sri Lanka. Lasith is a special player and one of the most recognisable cricketers in the world.”
“Whenever he runs in to bowl with his distinctive action, there is a thrill in the game. I am sure he will add to the buzz that has already surfaced and crowds will flock to see players like Lasith represent their country in the ICC World Twenty20.”
Malinga will be the ‘face’ of the World Cup T20 Sri Lanka 2012 advertising campaign in the host nation and will promote the event globally.
The Sri Lankan pacer commenting on his new role said, “I am honoured to play a part in the first ICC World Twenty20 tournament to be hosted in Asia. As an ambassador, I hope to take the T20 message to all communities and passionate fans across the world.”
“I sincerely thank the ICC for giving Sri Lanka the opportunity to host an event of this magnitude and I invite all cricket fans to show their support and unite in the spirit of the game.”
2012 ICC World Twenty20 will have four groups of three in a preliminary round. India and England are in the same group and will be joined by the runner up of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier; Afghanistan. The Champions of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier; Ireland are in a group with West Indies and Australia. Sri Lanka, South Africa and Zimbabwe, and Pakistan, New Zealand and Bangladesh are the other two groups.
Posted: 08 Jun 2012 11:33 AM PDT
IIT Kanpur has resolved to hold its separate Entrance Examination for its Undergraduate Courses starting from 2013. This resolution was passed by the 210-member senate of IIT-Kanpur
“The recent IIT Council proposal on admissions to IITs is academically and methodically unsound and in violation of the Institutes of Technology Act (1961) and IIT Kanpur Ordinances (Ordinance 3.2 (Admissions),” said the resolution.
“In view of the Senate resolution adopted in its 2011-12/9th meeting held on April 10, 2012, invoking Ordinance 3.2, the Senate resolves that IIT Kanpur will conduct the entrance examination for admissions to its undergraduate programmes in 2013.”
It authorised its chairman to constitute a committee with the help of the dean of academic affairs for conducting “JEE 2013 by IIT Kanpur”.
IIT Kanpur had raised a voice of dissent earlier as well at the meeting of the HRD ministry when the new pattern of exam was decided upon.
According to those present at the meeting, except IIT-Delhi and IIT-Madras, none of the IITs agreed with the new format.
The professors, alumni and those close to the IITs fear the new format will “dilute” the IITs.
IITs have been holding a joint entrance exam. However, the new format combines it with the entrance exam for the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs). It also includes a weightage of percentage from Class 12 board exams for entrance into IITs.
Posted: 08 Jun 2012 10:59 AM PDT
Amarnath Yatra is in trouble due to massive Snow Falls. The track clearance operation to the Amarnath cave shrine is facing problems due to fresh snowfall along the 37-km route in south Kashmir.
“The special review meeting was convened after receipt of reports from SASB and district administration officers about the difficulties being faced due to intermittent rains and continuous bad weather encountered in the last few days in the entire yatra area”, an SASB statement said.
It said the board officials expressed concern over the pace of work on the ground because of the repeated and prolonged interruptions due to frequent spells of heavy rains and fresh snow.
“On the Chandanwari-Mahagunas Top and the Panjtarni axis of the yatra track, there is snow accumulation of 18 feet at 15, 16 and 17 km. Fresh snowfall on June 6 and 7 has adversely affected work in the yatra area,” it added.
The meeting also took note of the meteorological department report which has forecast rain and thunder showers in the area between June 9 and 13.
“Recognising the prevailing weather and the forecast for the coming days, the governor directed that urgent necessary steps be taken to hasten the work progress by extending the working shifts, to ensure that track clearance and other yatra related arrangement targets are achieved by the envisaged dates,” the statement said.
Posted: 08 Jun 2012 09:42 AM PDT
The Auctioning of new Coal Blocks would be started by August according to the Union Coal Ministry. This was revealed by Minister Prakash Jaiswal.
He denied that there was any scam in allocation of coal blocks.
“There is no scam in allocation of the coal blocks. The coal blocks were allocated since 1993 considering the need of the country for thermal power sectors”.
“The CIL (Coal India Limited) could not meet the requirements of the thermal power plants and this is the reason coal blocks were allocated,” Jaiswal said.
He said: “A total of 220 coal blocks were allocated since 1993. The allocation of 27 coal blocks was cancelled. Of the rest 193 coal blocks, 100 were allocated to private sectors and 93 to PSUs. Only 29 of the 193 allocated coal blocks are operating.”
The coal minister said 35 coal blocks were also allocated during the tenure of the National Democratic Alliance government.
He also denied the role of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in allocation of the coal blocks.
To a query, he said coal mafia were outsourcing coal and it was the duty of the state governments to curb illegal mining.
Posted: 08 Jun 2012 09:20 AM PDT
Is the Freedom of Expression lost in West Bengal?? The State Government is acting like a dictator curbing any voice raised against it. The Arrest of Prof. Ambikesh Mohapatra,the alleged controversy on TV after calling School Children Maoists, the arrest of Prof. Partha Sarathi Roy for participating in an anti-eviction rally, has been black spots for the so-called democracy in West Bengal.
Now, another issue has come up when two professors in two government colleges of West Bengal have been issued show cause notices by the higher education department and asked to explain their “anti-state government comments” on television programmes.
Both are often invited by Bengali news channels to take part in panel discussions.
The notices were sent on the basis of a complaint made by a former teacher May 25 that they were making anti-government comments on television shows.
Explaining the step, Higher Education Minister Bratya Basu said the teachers had merely been asked whether they had taken prior permission before airing their views to the media.
“The post of a teacher in a government college is a cadre post. There is a distinction between them and academicians in universities and government-aided colleges,” the minister said here.
“I don’t know the contents of the complaint. We just want to know whether they are following the rules or not,” he added.
However, both Sarakar and Sen said they had not just been asked about taking prior permission but to give proper explanation of their views expressed on television programmes.
“I received the notice along with a copy of the complaint Thursday. The complainant has alleged that by making politically-motivated comments, I’m vitiating the academic atmosphere,” said Debasish Sarkar, who is also the general secretary of West Bengal Government College Teachers’ Association.
“The complaint also seeks to know if I earn any money by participating in the discussions. In the notice, I have been asked to explain my position regarding the complaint within 15 days.”
Terming the move as unexpected, Shampa Sen said: “In the notice, I have been asked to explain my position as regards to a complaint where it has been stated that I have made anti-government comments.”
Dubbing the incident as unfortunate, educationist Sunando Sanyal said: “With each passing day, the growing intolerance of the government is becoming evident”.
Posted: 08 Jun 2012 08:29 AM PDT
India’s foreign exchange reserves plunged by $2.40 billion to $285.85 billion for the week ended June 1, apparently due to the central bank selling dollars to defend the rupee, Reserve Bank of India data showed Friday.
This is the fifth weekly drop in the forex reserves kitty. The reserves had declined by $1.74 billion and $1.80 billion respectively in the previous two weeks.
The Reserve Bank of India is believed to have sold dollars during these weeks to curb the slide in the rupee’s value.
The partially convertible rupee slumped to a record low of 56.52 against a US dollar on May 31. It has weakened sharply in the last two months due to increased demands from oil importers and outflow of money by the foreign institutional investors as poor GDP growth data dampened sentiments in the Indian markets.
Foreign currency assets, the biggest component of the forex reserves kitty, dropped by $1.31 billion to $253.09 billion during the week ended June 1, according to the Reserve Bank of India’s weekly statistical supplement.
The RBI did not provide any reasons for the change in foreign currency assets.
It said the assets expressed in US dollar terms included the effect of appreciation or depreciation of non-US currencies such as the pound sterling, euro and yen held in reserve.
However, market experts said the RBI had sold dollars from the reserves to curb the slide in the value of rupee.
The value of gold reserves declined by $1.03 billion to $25.58 billion during the week under review.
All components of the foreign exchange reserve registered a drop during the week. The value of special drawing rights (SDRs) dropped by $34.2 million to $4.34 billion and India’s reserves with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) fell by $22.3 million to $2.83 billion.
Posted: 08 Jun 2012 07:32 AM PDT
Close friends, fans and fellow artists will remember Maqbool Fida Husain, one of India’s greatest contemporary artists, on his first death anniversary June 9 with a commemorative programme, “Remembering Husain”, at the India International Centre (IIC) in the capital.
The artist died in exile in London. He was 96.
The tribute will bring to light another lesser known art of Husain – calligraphy – that he had mastered. While painting mythological compositions from the epics Ramayana and the Mahabharata at the home of art connoisseur Badrivishal Pitti in Hyderabad, he penned his thoughts and all that he felt in an elaborate painted calligraphic diary which he named, “Harf va Naksh”.
“It was published by Pitti in Hyderabad. Times were different and it was not meant for mass production. Somehow, we rediscovered it. It is an important discovery because it is another aspect of Husain,” artist Manish Pushkale, who spotted the book in writer Krishna Baldev Vaid’s collection, told IANS.
Vaid owned the book for 40 years.
Artist Krishen Khanna, who was a member of the Progressive Artists’ Group in Mumbai that Husain was associated with briefly – will read excerpts from the book in English, Vaid in Urdu and art critic Prayag Shukla in Hindi at the memorial service.
The service will be hosted by the Raza Foundation, a non-profit arts and culture promotion body, set up by the oldest of the surviving progressive artists, S.H. Raza.
Historians say Husain learnt the art of calligraphy early in life and practised the “Kulfic Khat”, a form of stylised calligraphy with its geometric form. He learnt to write poetry in a madrassa in Baroda, where he stayed with his uncle. Poetry stayed with him all through his life.
The book contains jottings in English, Urdu and Hindi calligraphy and drawings.
The Safdar Hashmi Memorial Trust (SAHMAT), a progressive cultural organisation in the capital which was working with the artist to preserve his legacy, is planning a “mount a street van exhibition of reproductions of Husain’s work, along with the lanterns and umbrellas – Husian’s aesthetic icons”, said Ram Rahman, a senior functionary of the organisation.
“SAHMAT had made several lanterns and umbrellas last year as Husain souvenirs. The mobile exhibition would be like a bioscope complete with Husain’s films, but on a large scale,” Rahman told IANS.
The Tao Art Gallery in Mumbai will open a tribute exhibition, “Imagining A Legend”, June 9 exhibiting photographs of Husain shot by leading lensmen of his time.
The exhibition has been curated by Nitayee Shinde and Fazwan Husain.
“It feels pretty much the same as it felt a year ago. There is a sense of regret that he had to live outside the country, died outside and was buried outside India,” Rahman said remembering his old friend at whose home Rahman was a frequent visitor.
Husain’s family will also remember the “patriarch” with a private memorial ceremony.
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