Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
- Increasing global financial regulation so that banks just do what they were meant to do: lend money and keep deposits, without turning to any financial hocus pocus.
- Increase by a substantial amount the emergency reserves of the IMF, which will have to bail out more countries as the crisis gets worse.
- Looking to create a more representative system of global governance, as this crisis has shown that creating groups of 'haves' and 'have-nots' will not solve anything.
- Working to reduce the global imbalance. The world cannot live off an American credit card: if a country exports some goods, it must import others instead of hoarding it away in wealth funds.
- Ensure, without a shade of a doubt, that protectionism will be avoided at all costs. Protectionism is the one thing that will complete the economic meltdown, it is a bane and it harms everyone. The developed countries must work to avoid it.
- As an added measure, the Summit could also try to develop a financial system that will promote green industries, as our environment is the next, and perhaps the last, bubble that will burst.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Babul Reddy Jr. College, SR Nagar, Hyderabad, Mar. 19: The last of the Intermediate exams, Chemistry Paper -2, ended on a poor note as most students complained that the paper was too difficult, a manifestation of the fact that the syllabus itself is too vast.
A number of questions took students by surprise. Q. 5 (Transition Elements) was outrageous: it is impossible for a student to remember the exact composition of an alloy, when they also have to learn a 600-page book. Similarly, Q. 6 (Polymers) and Q. 7 (Chemistry in Everyday Life) were too demanding. Their correction should be lenient. Q. 11 (Solutions) and Q. 13 (Electrochemistry) were simple, although the calculations involved were time-consuming. Q. 15 (Thermodynamics) was slightly ambiguous, as one cannot 'define' Hess' Law! Q. 17 (a) (Transition Elements) has a serious error: 'Co' was written as 'CO,' which changes the meaning of the question altogether.
Thankfully, Q. 19 (Chemical Equilibrium) was along expected lines, as was Q. 20 (b) (Group 17). However, Q. 21 (Organic Chemistry) took everyone by surprise, although it was simple enough. Lastly, Q. 18 (Biomolecules) was unexpected, though simple.
Overall, the paper was time-consuming and fairly difficult. This academic year, BIE revamped the syllabus and raw, sometimes wrong, data was copied from the Internet and students have been asked to learn all of it. Instead of raising the standard of its curriculum, BIE has made it a propaganda-machine for those who think that long answers mean correct answers. Hopefully, they will make amends in the near future.
Interestingly, Babul Reddy Jr. College seems to be hell-bent on flouting BIE norms, as for the second time in this series, there was only one invigilator in the room, as opposed to the mandated two. Also, loud music was playing throughout and the lack of lighting made it a matter of life and death to climb the staircase. I, for one, did not like the college at all, though some of the invigilators were friendly. All's well that ends well, I suppose. As of now, most students, even though they did badly today, are happy that their Intermediate course is over. This is a watershed event in any student's life.
Sri Chaitanya IIT Academy, SR Nagar, Hyderabad, Mar. 19: OTFS has learned that students of the IIT Campus will be writing IIT exams on Mar. 22 (1st Year), 26 (2nd Year), 30, May 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 (full syllabus). All other days are optional for attendance. Students who received their IIT Hall Tickets at home should contact the college and inform them of their Reg. No. and Centre.
Students of the AIEEE Campus will have classes from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM from Mar. 21 onwards. OTFS will be covering the final summer in Sri Chaitanya. (OTFS)
Barack Obama's successful online election campaign sent shockwaves through the democratic world. This was a new, radical way of attracting voters, young voters in particular. India, with a modest online population of 60-80 million, has also been caught by this digital tidal wave.
LK Advani's website - www.lkadvani.in - along with his blog, is already famous. Flash-based banners with 'Advani for PM' written over them have become commonplace on Indian partisan websites, and even some foreign websites (check out www.dawn.com). But if Advani and the BJP started it, other parties soon followed. The Congress' scion Rahul Gandhi has a page on Facebook, where he interacts with young (future) voters.
Now, the CPI(M) has also launched its own website, complete with audio and video recordings of its leaders' speeches and election manifestos of the current and previous campaigns, along with some other propaganda. ironically, the CPI(M) was the very party which opposed computerisation of Indian Industry in the first place! Hypocrisy? Absolutely, comrade.
Apart from party-based websites, individual representatives have their own sites as well. From D Purandeswari (incumbent Union Minister of State for Higher Education) to the AP CM's son, YS Jagan, all of them have websites, which give readers a look into their achievements and some of them even have interactive fora.
The 2009 General Elections will be remembered for many things and one of them will be the changing face of campaigning. A silent revolution, shall we say?
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Somnath Chatterjee receives the Opinions 24x7 Indian of the Year: Politician of the Year for setting an outstanding example of how the Speaker of the Lok Sabha should conduct himself. He comes from the Left, but in his five years as Speaker, he devoted himself to maintaining neutrality and conducting business in the house.
He always looked upon the Lok Sabha as the centre of gravity of Indian democracy. He revered it, worshipped it through work and tirelessly rebuked erring politicians. On more than one occasion, he raised his voice when ill-mannered politicians made a mockery of the house. His serious nature coupled with his humour made him the darling of the media.
But his real test came late last year, when the Left withdrew support to the UPA over the Indo-US Civilian Nuclear Agreement. At this point of time, Speaker Chatterjee was pressurized to quit his post. In daring defiance of the party, for which he was eventually expelled, he refused to politicise the Office of the Speaker. He conducted the 2008 Trust Vote with neutrality, allowing both the benches to speak. He even let some of the young and often-ignored representatives speak.Somnath Chatterjee's strong faith in Indian democracy and his ability to put duty above all else make him the recipient of this award.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
- The event coincides with the General Elections, and elections in one participating state (Andhra Pradesh), which means security agencies will have to be stretched beyond their limit.
- The recent attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, Pakistan, means that security needs to be enhanced like never before.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I am also echoing Mr. Sethuraman's open letter published in Downtown. I am narrating a small incident. It was 7.30 p.m. on March 2 when the red light was on in Kothaguda Junction. An auto came very fast from Hitec City side and without stopping before the stop line, hit a motorbike in the mid of the road near the traffic umbrella and sped away.Those who were waiting for the green signal were shocked and taken aback. This shows how much respect is given to the signals by people.What I am telling you is only a "tip of the iceberg."Traffic violations take place near the Whitefield/Botanical Garden signal at Kondapur. Most of the vehicles coming from Whitefield, Anjaiah Nagar and Gachibowli are coming in the wrong side. Really, it is a nightmare for pedestrians and senior citizens (I am 87 years) and school going children. It is shocking to see cars and two-wheelers coming in the wrong side during night time also and that too without giving horn. And without light also sometimes.I request the higher authorities to keep few traffic police in plain clothes in this area from morning to night for few days. Then they will know the real picture at the spot itself. Unless stringent action is taken against them by confiscating their licenses, they will not mend. This type of traffic violation is taking place in most of the places in Hyderabad.(Name withheld)
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
For his selfless commitment to the nation, dying a martyr and for his dedication towards justice in the face of all odds.
For their tireless march towards equality for the poorest of the poor and dedication to human rights and respectable work.
For supporting a banned terrorist organisation, the LTTE, and threatening to go to war against the Indian Union.
For upholding the dignity of the office of the Speaker of the Lok Sabha and putting the country ahead of his party.
For outstanding service to the nation as India's top diplomat.
For cementing a timeless relationship between the world's largest democracy and South Asia's newly-democratised country.
For using constitutional means to fight against unlawful trade barriers and being the most peaceful state in India.
For taking the war on terror head-on, and giving a sense of hope to the rest of the world.
For starting youth-centric shows that have become a rage around the world.
or unmatched coverage of 26/11 and the investigations that followed, and allowing opinions to freely flow in 'The Newshour Debate.'
For capturing the spirit of change that has swept India over the last decade and for changing the way music is understood by audiences.
For leaving audiences spellbound with an intense portrayal of ambition, defeat and resurrection.
For giving us a look into the lives of India's Jews in Mumbai and their hopes and desires for their children.
For its simple, blunt message, asking people to vote.
For introducing Indian audiences to International cinema and ending the 'English movie-Hindi movie' cliche.
For making the country proud for winning India her first individual Olympic Gold Medal
Or his book 'Imagining India,' which captures the power of entrepreneurial spirit in shaping a modern superpower.
For overtaking Citi's marketcap, embracing technology, exemplifying good financial management and leading Indian banks into the future.
For exploring the mysteries of mythology, understanding South America's oldest insurgency and standing up for the rights of whales.
The most-read post of 2008, it denounced Japanese whaling that is wiping out an entire species.
For denouncing the evil practice of Dowry and putting to shame those husbands who torture their wives for wealth.
For its popular political humour.