Wednesday, December 31, 2008

HAPPY 2009

AS THIS YEAR DRAWS TO AN END, I WANT TO THANK ALL THE SPECIAL PEOPLE WHO TOUCHED MY LIFE WITH THEIR LOVE & CARE AND MADE MY LIFE MORE MEANINGFUL. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO MY LIFE. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO GIVE YOU ABUNDUNT HAPPINESS IN THE COMING NEW YEAR 2009 & ALLWAYS.
BEST WHISHES FOR 2009.....THANKS.


WE NEED CHANGE
CHANGE IS THE ONLY CONSTANT. I INVITE YOU, THE READER OF THIS BLOG TO TELL ME WHAT DIRECTION CHANGE SHOULD TAKE TO MAKE THIS WORLD BETTER AND PROSPEROUS IN 2009.....SHARE YOUR IDEAS WITH THIS WORLD....IT WILL BE PUT IN THIS BLOG. MAIL TO ME AT:
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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

INDIA IS A HOT R&D DESTINATION.
India emerges as the 2nd largest preferred destination for global R&D and innovation with US$12.9 billion of R&D investment bei ng poured in India by 184 top R&D companies globally, a recent study reveals.
Booz & Company’s fourth annual analysis of the world’s 1,000 largest publicly traded corporate research and development spenders found that companies making global R&D investments in India and China perform better because of the labour cost arbitrage and dominance of talent pools to undertake complex R&D projects.
The study analyses that a large English-speaking talent pool and fast growing auto, computing and electronics, and pharmaceutical markets are the key reasons for India emerging as an Innovation destination.
The study also states the fact that companies that invest more than 10 per cent of their total R&D spend in countries like China and India do better -- 25 per cent better on three-year sales growth, and as much as 67 per cent better on the three-year market cap growth.
“This is mainly because India and China have highly skilled engineers and labour that can be hired at cheaper costs. These skills are imperative for undertaking complex corporate R&D projects,” remarks Vikas Sehgal, Partner, Booz & Co.
The other key finding of the report are as follow:
Though companies headquartered in China and India contribute 1 per cent of the Global Innovation 1000’s total spending, they increased their R&D spending by more than 25 per cent in 2007, far outspacing the worldwide five-year CAGR of 5.6 per cent. * As per industry experts, India is poised to become the fifth largest auto market in the world as manufacturing and sale of cars is expected to increase in emerging markets like India and China.
India is the 3rd largest investment destination for Computing & Electronics (C&E): With investments worth US$6.8 billion in the C&E sector, India is the 3rd largest R&D destination behind China and UK. In addition global majors like HP spend 80 per cent of their R&D budgets in facilities like UK, India, Israel, Russia, China and Japan.
Here are the implications of R&D globalisation:
India and China are transforming the global economic landscape and are expected to contribute to 50 per cent of growth in world GDP. Both India and China are expected to become major players in several industries including automotive, commercial vehicles, aerospace, telecommunications, shipping, construction, etc.
Increased demand is creating a new R&D imperative for Indian based companies

PROCESSED FOOD MAY CAUSE LUNG CANCER.
Common food additives known as phosphates may help lung cancer tumors grow faster, at least in mice, South Korean researchers reported. Their tests in mice suggest the additives — found in many soft drinks, baked goods and processed meats and cheese — may also help tumors develop in the first place.
“Our study indicates that increased intake of inorganic phosphates strongly stimulates lung cancer development in mice,”
Myung-Haing Cho of Seoul National University, who led the research, said in a statement on Monday. A diet that is high in phosphates “significantly increased the lung surface tumor lesions as well as the size”, Cho’s team wrote in their study. Cho said the research suggests that cutting back on inorganic phosphates “may be critical for lung cancer treatment as well as prevention”. Phosphates are critical to human nutrition and can be used in compounds that enrich calcium and iron content and prevent food from drying out. But Cho said it is possible that some people get too much.
“In the 1990s, phosphorous-containing food additives contributed an estimated 470 mg per day to the average daily adult diet,” Cho said. Now, he said, people can get up to 1,000 mg a day.
Writing in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Cho and colleagues said they studied mice bred to develop lung cancer. For a month, half got diets equivalent to a human diet high in phosphates and the other half got a moderate dose.
The bred mice do not develop cancer in the same way as humans do and the researchers stressed their study does not show that the food additives contribute to cancer in people. Instead, it points to questions for human cancer researchers to study.
Lung cancer is by far the most common cancer killer around the world, killing 1.2 million people a year. Smoking is the most common cause but a majority of smokers do not develop lung cancer, so scientists are looking for other factors that may help tumours develop and spread.
Cho’s team found phosphate-rich diets affected the Akt gene, known to be involved in lung cancer, and suppressed another gene that can help slow cancer’s development.

PAKISTAN SAYS MUMBAI ATTACKERS COULD BE PAKISTANIS
After weeks of denial, Pakistan Tuesday said for the first time that the perpetrators of the Mumbai could be Pakistani nationals.
'Could be... could be - that's all I will say as of now, while the investigations are still being completed,' Pakistan's National Security Adviser Mahmud Ali Durrani told.
Durrani's comments are significant as Pakistan has officially denied any link with the Mumbai terror strikes and even refused to acknowledge the nationality of Muhammed Amir Ajmal alias Kasab, the lone attacker who was captured alive and is in the custody of the Mumbai police.
Pakistan persisted in its denial mode even after the Indian external affairs ministry forwarded a letter from Kasab to Pakistan's acting high commissioner in New Delhi Afrasiab, saying that he and other nine gunmen who attacked Mumbai were Pakistanis.
Pakistan also did not respond to Kasab's request for consular access.
'We have got that letter. I have seen that letter. We have been provided some intelligence information and based on these intelligence information we are working out,' Durrani said.
'There could be possible connection and we are looking at that... but we don't have proof,' he said.

Friday, December 26, 2008

2008 IS 10TH WARMEST YEAR.
The global mean temperature for 2008 has been calculated to be 14.3 degree Celsius,making it the 10th warmest year since 1850, when records started being kept.Global temperatures for 2000-2008, the first eight years of this millennium, are almost o.2 degree Celsius warmer than the average for the decade 1990-1999. The ten warmest years on record have occured since 1997, revealed climate scientists at met office's Hadley Centre and University of East Anglia.
The scientists at UK's national weather service and university of East Anglia's climatic research unit maintain the global climate record for the World meteorological Organization
Globally temperature was 0.31 degree Celsius above the 1961-1990 average. in the northern hemisphere, the mean temperature was 0.51 degree Celsius above aveage (eighth warmest onrecord) and in the southern hemisphere it was 0.11 degree Celsius above average (20th warmest).
The global mean temperature has slightly reduced compared to earlier years in this century partly because of the La Nina that developed in the Pacific Ocean during 2007, the scientists explained.La Nina events typically coincide with cooler global temperatures and 2008 is slightly cooler than the norm under current climate conditions. "The most important component of year-to-year variability in lobal average temperatures is the phase and amplitude of equatorial sea surface temperatures in the Pacific that lead to La Nina and El Nino events," Prof.Phil Jones of East Anglia University said.


COMPUTERS TO READ DREAMS
IT WAS FIRST TIME IN THE WORLD THAT IT WAS POSSIBLE TO VISUALISE WHAT PEOPLE SEE DIRECTLY FROM THE BRAIN ACTIVITY.
A Japanese research team earlier in this month said it had created a technology that could eventually display on a computer screen what people have in their minds, such as dreams.
Researchers at the ATR Computational Laboratories succeeded in processing and displaying images directly from the human brain, they said in a study unveiled ahead of publication in the US magazine Neuron.
While the team for now has managed to reproduce only simple images from the brain, they said the technology could eventually be used to figure out dreams and other secrets inside people's minds."It was the first time in the world that it was possible to visualize what people see directly from the brain activity," the pivate institute said in a statement.
"By applying this technology, it may become possible to record and reply subjective images that people perceive like dreams"When people look at an object, the eye's retina recognises an image that is converted in to electrical signals which go in to the brain's visual cortex.
The team,led by Chief researcher Yukiyasu Kamitani, succeeded in catching the signals and then reconstructing what people see.The team said that it first figured out people's individual brain patterns by showing them some 400 different still images.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE.


EUROPEAN UNION'S "BLUE CARD" IS ALL SET FOR APPROVAL.
A Blue Card that will make it easier for high-earning and skilled Indians to live and work in Europe is all set to be approved by leaders of European Countries.
The card -- a fast-track work visa -- was approved by ambassadors of the European Union's 27 member states in Brussels in October 2008, and is expected to be rubber-stamped by the continent's home ministers at a meeting in the Belgian capital around end of this year.
As the decisison was agreed at the ambassadors' level, it is not yet official but there is no need to foresee any further debates and decision by the EU ministers.
Major European countries are vying to attract the best talents from around the world, but have watered down original plans by insisting that it is up to national governments to decide how many migrants they will allow in and what qualifications they should have.
The Blue Card makes it easier for workers to bring their families to Europe but its validity of four years falls short of the original proposal -- a compromise owing to national sensitivities over immigration.
Moreover, the card will only be issued to people whose expected incomes would be atleast one-and-a-half times the national average.
THE BLUE CARD WAS DESIGNED TO BE ON PAR WITH GREEN CARD SYSTEM OF U.S.


DIESEL FROM FUNGUS
Scientists from U.S. have discovered a fungus which they claim can convert plant waste directly in to diesel -- a finding that could revolutionalize fuel production.
According to a report in the NEW SCIENTIST, the fungus makes diesel as a vapour, much easier than liquid fuel to extract, purify and store -- a method which can generate biofuel without sacrificing food production. "There is no other organisms on the planet that does this" said lead scientist Gary Strobel of the Montana State University in the U.S. In fact, the scientists identified the diesel vapours in Gilocaldium rosem, an endophyte -- a fungus that live in between plant cell.


WORLD'S LARGEST SANTA CLAUS
China's freezing northern city of Harbin is building the world's largest Santa Claus ice sculpture. The giant Father Christmas, 160 meters long and 24 meters high, centres on an enormous face of Father Christmas, complete with flowing beard and hat. Every year Harbin plays host to a world-renowned ice festival
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COFFEE GIVES BIGGER KICK
Men get a bigger kick from coffee than women, says a new research, which found that both the sexes get a jolt from the drink. The study, however, found that while decaf coffee perks up both of the sexes, it affects women more. Women also become more alert after taking the beverage, but less than men. The researchers say some of this effect might be psychological because decaffeinated coffee also worked to some extent.

Monday, December 22, 2008

RECESSION 2008 COULD TURN IN TO DEPRESSION 2009.
FIND AND WORKOUT ON WAYS TO SAVE YOURSELF HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS A MONTH.
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- We are a country of spenders who must learn the hard way to practice what our grandparents have always known: A penny saved is a penny earned.
Consider that about 43% of Americans spend more than they earn, according to estimates from the federal government, and the average household carries some $8,000 to $10,000 in credit-card debt.To make matters worse, the average American no longer saves money. That's tumbled from a 10.8% average savings rate in 1984 into negative territory today. It's no wonder that many of us have been living way above our means for some time.
But that is getting harder and harder to do. Available credit for people to finance their lifestyles has shrunk if not dried up altogether and many Americans are standing by in shock watching their mortgage payments surge while the value of their 401(k)s drop.
It's clear Americans need to start spending less and saving more. That may sound easier said than it's done. The key is to be aware of where your money is going and take steps to stop the leaks.


INTERNET ADDICTION DISORDER(IAD).....IS ALMOST A CLINICAL DISORDER.
ARE YOU CRAZY ABOUT SURFING THE NET? DO YOU FIND IT HARD TO STAY AWAY FROM CHECKING YOUR MAILS OR CHATTING WITH FRIENDS? THEN
IT IS TIME YOU READ THIS....
Internet Addiction Disorder(IAD) was at first dismissed as just another fancy term with no factual or medical basis. But like gambling,alcoholism and drug abuse, IAD is also well on its way to being formally reconized as a clinical disorder. The Internet is secretly spinning its deadly web around an alarming number of netizens. After getting hooked to the net, they find it difficult to break free.
Being recognized as a clinical disorder means that there is a proof that various neurotransmitters and other components are involved in instigating addiction. This means that we can no longer shrug off craving for the net as a mere pass time, Worldwide, IAD sufferers were found to engage in five main activities....gaming, pornography, virtual social networking, Internet shopping and cyber-surfing.
Most of those getting hooked on to the net are those with above normal IQs. Somewhere along the way, these people loose their rationale. And true enough, it is the techies and nerds who are most susceptible to addiction and alarmingly the major percentage of addicts are teenagers.
Over the last few years, several treatment and deaddiction centres have opened up around the world offering both psychological and psychiatric help. But it doesn't come easy or fast. Infact 80% of addicts can be cured only after three months. And it comes with withdrawal symptoms include extreme irritation, loss of appetite, becoming extremely unstable.
Websites are capitalizing on this and are coming out with the Internet Addiction Test(IAT) to determine the level of addiction.
"The internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life" said Andrew brown. This perfectly describes what the world is getting to at this point.......BUT IF EVERY ONE WHO USES INTERNET IS LITTLE BIT CAREFUL(RATIONALE) THE I.A.D CAN BE PREVENTED.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

TV CAN INSTIGATE VOILENCE....STUDY....WHAT IS YOUR OPINION?
ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY, MEDIA EXPOSURE CAN PUT TEENAGERS AT A GREATER RISK OF VOILENT BEHAVIOUR....MANY EXPERTS AND PARENTS AGREE WITH THE FINDINGS........WHAT ABOUT YOU? DO YOU ALSO AGREE?
The debate over media violence has always been haunted by one question, 'whether or not it actually leads to real-life violence'. A new study has revealed that voilent media exposure can put teenagers at a greater risk of voilent behaviour. The findings, reported in an online edition of the JOURNAL OF YOUTH and ADOLESENCE, also reveals that voilence-packed TV
shows,movies and video games can effect some children adversely leading to hurtful and volatile actions.
And, parents couldn't agree more. Many of them feel that the portrayal of voilence in news channels and news papers leaves their kids with unconstructive thoughts and voilent state of mind.
"My 13-year-old son is facinated by big toy guns and voilent video games. There is so much brutality and bloodshed shown on television and reported in newspapers and magazines that it leaves kids with depressed and negative bent of mind." said a housewife.
Parents also reveal that repeated exposure to television violence decreases their kids' emotional response painful situations.
"My daughter perceives voilence as a routine happening and is often not left startled or upset. After watching so much voilence in movies and television soaps, her attitude towards it has become less condemnatory and she doesn't stop her aggressive urges. we were told this by the counsellor in her school and we are now careful about what she sees on television"
said another parent.
so, does this mean that movies, media portrayals of voilence leads to negative acts at home?.....A medical officer says that kids get very aggressive when they watchmovies that are too voilent. At their age, it leaves a negative impact on their minds. When kids watch action or stunts, they are either scared, or fascinated and want to try them out. And since teenagers are more vulnerable, they unintentionally become easy targets.
COMMENT ON THIS.


GLOBAL DIRECTORY OF TERROR.
Marxist Islamic group called the Mujahedin-e-Khalq that was founded in 1060s. With over 3000 members, it was known for its bombings, foreign military-aided assults and its assasination attempts. Similarly the Basque Fatherland and Liberty(ETA) group based out of Spain and France and founded in 1959, targetted Spanish and French government interests and as well as
tourists. Established to create an independent Basque homeland, the group killed more than 850 people, injuring hundreds of others.
Then there was the Gama's al-Islamiyya group based in Egypt that was set up in 1973 and was alllegedly responsible for the 1993 World Trade Center bombings. The seventies also saw the emergence of the Al-Jihad that had outfits in Cairo, Egypt, Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the UK and Lebanon. It was responsible for the attacks on the Egyptian government as also the
assasination of President Anwar Sadat. Another terrorist outfit that emerged during 1976 was the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The most pwerful Tamil group in Sri Lanka that aims to create a Tamil State, its some 8,000 -- 10,000 members are responsible for assasinations including the attack on former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi. With a battery of suicide bombers, the group targets key political and military leaders. The Palestine Liberation Front -- that was also born in the seventies -- was known for its aerial attacks against Israel and its assult on the Italian Ship, the Achille Lauro.The eighties dawned with the Al-Qaeda that was based in Afghanistan until 2001. With terror cells in southeast Asia, the Middle East and now all over the world, this terrorist group saw Osama bin Laden come to the forefront with his desire to establish a worldwide pan-Islamic Caliphate. The group was responsible for numerous attacks including the bombings of US embassies and the USS Cole, the September 11, 2001 US attacks and so on.
1982 was the year that the Hezbollah came in to existance. Based in Lebanon with worldwide cells, this shiite group was responsible for several suicide bombings, rocket attacks against Israel and the hijacking of TWA flight in 1985. Three years later the Harakat--ul--Mujahidin was born in Pakistan. Allegedly linked to Al-Qaeda, its target has been Indian troops, Kashmiri civilians....it was also responsible for the hijacking of the Indian Airlines flight in 1999. Two years later in 1987 HAMAS came into being.
An Islamic Resistance Movement based in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Israel, the group has been responsible for large-scale suicide bombings and attacks against the Israel with a Palestinian Islamic state.In 1989, the emergence of a group called the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba saw its wreck devastation on Indian troops and civilians in Kashmir. Based in Pakistan, the group was also responsible for the attacks on the Indian Parliament and allegedly accountable
for the recent, dastardly Mumbai attacks. Its alleged political arm, the Jamaat-ud-Dawah has recently been banned.The Year 2000 saw the birth of yet another terror module called the Jaish-e-Mohammed. Based in Pakistan, this group was responsible for the murder of journalist Daniel Pearl and allegedly also had a hand in the attack on the Indian Parliament.
MANY ARE OF THE OPINION THAT BY THREATENING, KILLING AND BY TERRORISING THE PEOPLE, NOTHING CAN BE ACHIEVED.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

CANCER WILL BE TOP KILLER.
Cancer will overtake heart disease as the world's top killer by 2010, a trend that should more than double global cancer cases and deaths by 2030, according to international health experts.
Rising use of tobacco in developing countries is believed to be the primary reason for the shift, purticularly in China and India, where 40 per cent of the world's smokers now live.
Cancer diagnoses around the world have steadily been rising and are expected to hit 12 million this year. Global cancer deaths are expected to reach 7 million, according to the new report by World Health Organization.
An annual rise of one per cent in cases and deaths is expected -- with even larger increases in China, Russia and India. That means new cancer cases are likely to mushroom to 27 million annually by 2030, with deaths hitting 17 million. Underlying all this is an expected expansion of the world's population -- there will be more people around to get cancer. By 2030, there
could be 75 million people living with cancer around the world, a number that many health care systems are not equipped to handle.
"This is going to present an amazing problem at every level in every society world wide" said Mr. Peter Boyle, director of WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer.
THE ONLY SOLUTION TO THIS IS 'QUIT TOBACCO" OATH BY INDIVIDUAL AND "ANTI-TOBACCO" PROPAGANDA BY GOVERNMENTS.


GREENHOUSE EMISSIONS...SOME INTERESTING DETAILS.
Sweden does the maximum to tackle greenhouse emission while Saudi Arabia does the least, according to a barometer published on Wednesdy by watchdogs at the United Nations climate talks.
But the annual "Climate Change Performance Index" placed Sweden only fourth on its list. "Not a single country is to be judged as satisfactory with regard to protecting the climate." the NGos Germanwatch and Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe said.
No country has shown willingness "to engage themselves more strongly," to avoid dangerous climate change, the scientists explained. The groups catagorized dangerous climate change as an increase in temperature beyond 2 degree Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial levels.
Sweden's fourth place was followed by countries such as Germany, France, India, Brazil, Britain and Denmark. The bottom 10 were listed in decending order as Greece, Malaysia, Cyprus, Russia, Australia, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, the United States, Canada and Saudi Arabia.
AN IMMEDIATE REMEDIAL MEASURES HAS TO BE TAKEN BY INDIVIDUAL COUNTRIES TO ENSURE TO TACKLE GREENHOUSE EMISSION.


J.K.ROWLING.
J.K.Rowling's latest offering, THE TALES OF BEEDLE THE BARD, has broken all records to become the fastest selling book of 2008. The 109-page collection of short stories sold almost five times as many copies in its first few days after publication as its nearst rival GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2008.


UN BANS JAMAT-UD-DAWA...DECLARES IT A TERROR OUTFIT.
According to Agency report The United Nations Security Council has placed sanctions against Pakistan-based Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a front organization for Lashkar-e-Taiba, declaring it a terrorist organization.The Council panel has designated four men linked to the Mumbai attacks as terrorists subject to sanctions.
The four men are believed to hold leadership positions in the banned Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba that is accused of orchestrating last month's attacks that left over 180 dead in Mumbai. Designated as terrorists subject to UN sanctions were Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Lashkar's operations chief; Muhammad Saeed, the group's leader; Haji Muhammad Ashraf, its chief of finance; and Mahmoud Mohammad Ahmed Bahaziq, a financier with the group.
The Security Council's al-Qaida and Taliban sanctions committee added them to its list of terrorists subject to the assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo under a council resolution adopted this year.
Indian officials seemed satisfied with the impending ban on JUD by Pakistan.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

MIRACLE CURE FOR ALCOHOLISM
Finally, a French doctor claims to have discovered a "miracle" cure for alcoholism. According to the doctor, a cheap drug known as baclofen, which has long been known to cure muscle spasms, can ease and destroy an intolerable craving for alcohol in people who are addicted.
In fact, the drug is so effective that alcoholics can safely go back to social drinking without fear of renewed dependancy. The doctor's findings are to appear in an upcoming book, titled Le Dernier Verre (The last Glass). The doctor has said to the leading British Newspaper The Independent.However, medical establishment of the miracle drug has doubts.


UK ISPs CENSOR WIKIPEDIA.
Online encyclopaedia Wikipedia has been censored for the first time in Britain because of concerns over a "potentially illegal" image of a naked child.
Internet Watch Foundation, which is an independent self-regulatory body, had added details of a Wikipedia webpage, which had a photograph of contraversial album cover by German heavy metal band, The Scorpians, to a voluntary blcklist sent to around 95 per cent of British internet Service providers and online firms. The contraversial photograph was on the cover of the
German band's 1976 album called Virgin Killer. Internet Watch Foundation said: "A Wikipedia web page, was reported through the IWF's online reporting mechanism in December 2008. As with all child sexual abuse reports received by our Hotline analysts, the image was assessed by the UK sentencing guidelines council.The content was considered to be a potentially
illegl".


IF JESUS CHRIST BIRTH IS ON JUNE 17?
An Australian astronomer has claimed to have solved the mystery of the Bethlehem star, that suggests Jesus Christ was born on June 17, not December 25, which, if proven true, might change the date when Christmas is celebrated in the world.
According to bibilical mythology, the Bethlehem star was the guiding star that led the three wise men, or magi, to the birthplace of Jesus Christ. Now, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph, Dave Reneke, news editor of sky and space magazine and also an astronomer, has said that complex charting software has allowed astronomers to map the nighty sky as it
would have appeared more than 2,000 years ago and has revealed a spectacular astronomical event at the time of the birth of Christ.
"It's like a digital map where we can move forward in time as well as backwards" Reneke explained. Generally accepted research has placed the Nativity to somewhere between 3BC and 1AD. Using the Bible book of Mathew Reneke pinpointed the planetary conjunction to an exact date in 2BC.


FINANCIAL CRISIS HITS U.S. MEDIA.
The financial crisis in the United States has finally caught up with major media houses. The behemoth NEW YORK TIMES is planning to borrow about $225 million against firm's classy headquarters building in mid-Manhattan, to deal with a possible cash flow squeeze because of tighter credit and shrinking profits. Meanwhile, the TRIBUNE COMPANY, a media conglomerate that owns THE LOS ANGELS TIMES and CHICAGO TRIBUNE, may file for
bankruptcy as early as this week. There are also reports that McClatchy, the nation's third-largest newspaper chain, has decided to sell off its popular daily.THE MIAMI HERALD.THE NEW YORK TIMES has appointed estate firm Cushman & Wakefield to act as its agent to secure financing, either in the form of a mortgage or a sale-leaseback arrangement to tide over bad times.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

CANADA NEEDS SKILLED WORKFORCE FROM INDIA.
Here's good news for Engineers, technicians and other skilled workers waiting to work abroad. Canada is trying to attract young talent from India by relaxing norms for visas in this category, says a Canadian immigration expert.
There is an acute shortage of skilled workers in Canada and the situation will worsen in the next 5-10 years, unless the government makes an effort to attract talent from a young country like India. Hence the Candian government has made vital changes in its immigration policy and relaxed certain norms for a Canadian visa in the skilled worker cateory.
The Canadian government has issued a list of 38 high-demand occupational categories, including health, finance,engineers, heavy-duty mechanics, industrial technicians, food service managers and other skilled trades.


FEELING DOWN?....TAKE A WEB TEST.
Feeling down? Take an online test to find out whether your feelings will descend into full-blown depression in a year's time.Scientists at the University College London have developed a software which they claim could reveal one's risk of getting major depression, thereby helping doctors pinpoint patients in need of help.
In fact, they used 39 factors such as age,sex and socio-economic status to create an algorithim that can predict the risk of being diagnosed with a new depression within the next year, the NEW SCIENTIST reported.


PUPPET THERAPY FOR CHILDREN.
Puppetry is known to be an art from popular with both children as well as adults for the range of emotions they can convey. And now, the art is being put to use for therapeutic reasons. Puppetry workshops are said to help children become expressive and it also aids them in overcoming their phobias and even speech impediments. The concept or theme explored in any workshop is the driving force behind it. The story, the vocals, the emotions, everything has an impact on the final performance. The children can themselves use soft puppets, which make for a more interactive and fun experience. It has been found that it helps them come out of their shells in a significant way.The children get insantly hooked and their curiosity helps
increasing concentration.Because of his/her focus on the puppet, a stuttering child will forget his/her shortcoming and would try to talk normally.


ONLINE PRAYER GAINING POPULARITY.
Pray for my husbands severe illness, pray for me for my difficult exam, pray for my familybusiness....all these requests made online has been receivinglot of responses. There site exclusively for praying for others....most share a belief that if more people pray for somethng, it has better chance of happening.
The most common prayers are for physicl healing. The second most requested prayer is usually for inner peace,but,surprisingly, there has been a major uptick in the last few months in prayers about financial concern. the economy is clearly on the minds of users.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

PANEL WARNS BIOLOGICAL ATTACK BY TERRORISTS IN U.S. LIKELY BY 2013.
The United States can expect a terrorist attack using nuclear or more likely biological weapons before 2013, reports a bipartisan commission in a study being briefed Tuesday to Vice President-elect Joe Biden. It suggests the Obama administration bolster efforts to counter and prepare for germ warfare by terrorists.
"Our margin of safety is shrinking, not growing," states the report, obtained by The Associated Press. It is scheduled to be publicly released on Wednesday.
The commission is also encouraging the new White House to appoint one official on the National Security Council to exclusively coordinate U.S. intelligence and foreign policy on combating the spread of nuclear and biological weapons.
The report of the Commission on the Prevention of WMD Proliferation and Terrorism, led by former Sens. Bob Graham of Florida and Jim Talent of Missouri, acknowledges that terrorist groups still lack the needed scientific and technical ability to make weapons out of pathogens or nuclear bombs. But it warns that gap can be easily overcome, if terrorists find scientists
willing to share or sell their know-how.
"The United States should be less concerned that terrorists will become biologists and far more concerned that biologists will become terrorists," the report states.
The commission believes biological weapons are more likely to be obtained and used before nuclear or radioactive weapons because nuclear facilities are more carefully guarded. Civilian laboratories with potentially dangerous pathogens abound, however, and could easily be compromised.
"The biological threat is greater than the nuclear; the acquisition of deadly pathogens, and their weaponization and dissemination in aerosol form, would entail fewer technical hurdles than the theft or production of weapons-grade uranium or plutonium and its assembly into an improvised nuclear device," states the report.
THAILAND TOP COURT DISSOLVES RULING PARTY,BANS PM FROM POLITICS.
A court dissolved Thailand's top three ruling parties for electoral fraud Tuesday and
temporarily banned the prime minister from politics, bringing down a government that has faced months of strident protests seeking its ouster.
The Constitutional Court ruling set the stage for thousands of protesters to end their weeklong siege of the country's two main airports, but also raised fears of retaliatory violence by supporters of the government, which could sink the country deeper into crisis and cripple its economy.
Protest leaders said a decision on whether to end the airport protests — and allow hundreds of thousands of stranded travelers to leave the country — would be made later Tuesday.
The head of Thailand's airports says that Suvarnabhumi international airport will remain closed to passenger flights until at least Dec. 15 due to the disruption caused by anti-government protesters.
The court dissolved the parties "to set a political standard and an example," said Court President Chat Chalavorn. "Dishonest political parties undermine Thailand's democratic system."
INDIA DEMANDS HANDING OVER OF TERRORISTS.
Ratcheting up diplomatic pressure on Pakistan in the wake of the attacks on Mumbai, India has demanded that Islamabad hands over 20 most-wanted criminals and militants.
Among the most notorious are Dawood Ibrahim, a reputed gangster with suspected militant links; Maulana Masood Azhar, the head of feared militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad; and Hafiz Saeed, founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the group suspected of launching the Mumbai attacks.
IS 26 DEADLY DATE TO INDIA.
Is it just mere coincidence or have the biggest tragedies in India occurred on 26th of a Month?
January 26,2001.....Massive Earthquake in Kutch.

December 26,2004....Tsunami in Tamilnadu.

June 26,2005........Floods in Gujarat

July 26, 2008.......Serial bomb blasts in Ahmedabad.

November 26,2008....Terror attacks in Mumbai.
Whatever be the belief.....India should be cautious on Man made calamities & tragedies in and around 26th of every Month.