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Saturday, December 19, 2009

How to Relax During Christmas; Christmas- a New Way of Relaxation; New Year-a New Way of Relaxation

Want to stay away from the maddening parties during Christmas and New Year? Want to relax a bit after a long and strainous year? Orange Phone Company is providing a new service to help its users relax this Christmas and New Year. The 'Relaxation line' allows users to listen to the soothing sound of the sea. All you have to do is to dial a standard rate number and choose from one of five ambient sound effects available. The sounds include a woodland forest, waves lapping on a beach, the "traditional hubbub of an English village green", a crackling log fire, and birdsong. The sounds have been recorded at Brighton Beach, Brighton Nature Reserve, Open House and Canterbury Aviary. The new concept was built on studies conducted by behavioural therapists. Recent studies show that listening to recorded sounds of the ocean for just 12 minutes can lower both the pulse and blood pressure the Telegraph quoted Professor Richard Schoch, cultural historian and author of the book 'The Secrets of Happiness', as saying. He also said that we know certain sounds make us feel calmer because they slow down the body's stress response."Orange offers the service free to its customers, but standard network charges are applied to other users. (ANI)

My Name is Khan; Shah Rukh Kajol and Karan Johar in My Name is Khan

Karan Johar, Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol's association is a phenomenon in bollywood film industry. Whenever three of them came together, they created only magic and shattered the box office records with films like KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI and KABHI KHUSHI KABHIE GHAM. And now the threesome are returning after a long gap with MY NAME IS KHAN. But unlike candy floss romances, this time around Karan Johar's MY NAME IS KHAN deals with much more serious issues. So, does that mean romance takes a backstage in this Shah Rukh-Kajol starrer? Karan reacts at once: No and adds:Though it deals with an intricate and interesting subject matter, but My Name Is Khan is an out and out love story. There is a very special lovestory integrated which entirely forms the backbone of the movie. But it won't be a prototype formula love story, one used to see. As a matter of fact, there is no romantic songs like 'Tum Paas Aaye...', No romantic moments between Shah Rukh-Kajol, etc. Actually the treatment of the film is not like it's been in DILWAALE DULHANIYA LE JAYENGE or KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI or KABHI KHUSHI KABHIE GHAM. Here the characters are absolutely different, the environment is different, the message is different. Characters Rizwan and Mandira's lovestory is very emotional and heartrending. Its being said that MY NAME IS KHAN is about the aftermath faced by 9/11 attacks, but Karan denies its connection to 9/11. This film is not about terrorism or 9/11 issue or any anti social activity. Basically this film is about relationships between people within an area or locality or a city or country. It is not inspired by any activity or action which took place. It's about the emotional reality, beyond time, which may happen before or after the act. The film which talks about relationships is weaved under the aspects of Western culture, Islam, Neurotypical personality, Asparagus syndrome.
The film is also gaining enough publicity because of its unusual title, seemingly a self esteemed title. To which SRK retorts saying: Well it was not done purposefully. It is pertinent to the film and thats why we have chosen the name. The film has already created some hype and lets see if the movie can live up the expections!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Tata Nano Achieves New Height, Tata Nano Gaining Popularity in Western Countries

The Tata Nano, supposed to be the world's most affordable car, will be on exhibition at prestigious Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York's from Feb 18 through April 25 2010. A bright, sunshine yellow Nano, built by Indian auto major company- Tata Motors, will be on display in Cooper-Hewitt's Great Hall, along with diagrams and a short film describing its concept, development and production. The name 'Nano' connotes high technology, small size and low price and Tata Motors is currently developing versions of the Nano for European and American markets as well. This ultra-cheap compact car contributes to the world of affordable motoring, and like its predecessors, Henry Ford's Model T, the Volkswagen Beetle, Citroen 2CV and the original Fiat 500, the Tata Nano continues the tradition of inexpensive cars made in large numbers.The Tata Nano introduces more families in India to the new world of affordable and safer mobility, and its really a new beginning for them . 'We're eager to display the Tata Nano at the museum, where many visitors will see it for the first time.': the Museum Authority Said. Unveiled last year in India, the Tata Nano is targeted to families who had not previously been able to afford a car. Billed as 'the people's car,' the base model starts at $2,200 in India and can accommodate up to five adults. Conceived by Ratan Tata, chairman of the Tata Group, the Tata Nano is intended as an all-weather form of personal transportation that provides a safer and cleaner alternative to the two-wheelers that are pervasive in India, where often entire families ride clinging to a motorbike or a scooter. The Nano offers a high fuel efficiency of 50 miles per gallon, making it more fuel efficient and less polluting than all other cars on the road today in India, the Tata Motor Co. demanded.. Designed by a team of 500 Indian engineers, the 35-horsepower, four-door vehicle has been pared down to the essentials: It is about10 feet long, weighs approximately 1,300 pounds, has an all-sheet-metal body, a rear two-cylinder engine, small tubeless tires, a reinforced passenger compartment, crumple zones, seat belts and achieves a top speed of 104 km. per hour. To allay concerns about safety, the car passed a roll-over test and offset impact, which are not regulated in India. Its barebones design, as of now, does not include more costly features such as power steering, air bags, antilock brakes or an exterior left passenger-side mirror, which are not mandatory in India, the company said. Well , its the idea to have the middle class people their own car maks nano novel!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Global Warming- Celebrities Contribution

Everybody is concerned regarding Global Warming and its impending dangers. An international conference at Copenhagen is going on( Dec 7-18). The celebraties are doing their art as well:
* Backstreet Boys performed at Copenhagen 0n December 7th as a part of " Play to stop: Europe for Climate" campaign calling on European Leaders to reach an agreement in Copenhagen in the fight against climate change.
* Salma Hayek toasted Hollywood's commitment to the environment at the Global Green Pre-Oscar Party.
* Orlando Bloom promoting the campaign " Global Warming is not cool, but stopping it is"
* Leonardo DeCaprio - producer and narrator of "The 11th Hour": a documentary concerning environmental crisis.
* Gisele Bundchen , the supermodel is the Goodwill Ambassador for United Nations Environmental Programme(UNEP). The goal is to raise awareness among people.
* Cindy Crawford, Penelope Cruz, Josh Harnett and Pierce Brosnan- are all doing their part to do something to save the environment. Lets hope for the best!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

India is The No 1 Cricket Team in World

Australia dominated the world cricket for an entire decade and it is great to have now a cluster of sides eying for the number one spot. India snatched the top status away from South Africa this week, and it will only serve to make Graeme Smith's side even more determined in the upcoming Test series against England. Right now, we have India, South Africa, Australia, Sri Lanka and England all battling hard to establish themselves as the world's best - that's a very healthy state for cricket to be in. All it will take is for one of those five sides to have a powerful run of form through three or four Test series, and each are capable of doing so. In the case of India, still the question is whether they are capable of performing away from home on a regular basis, and that could be where South Africa sneak ahead. It is pretty ironic that India have risen to the top in a format which some people have accused them of neglecting, but it just goes to show that Test cricket is still in rude health and means a lot to sub-continental sides A quirk in the international schedule could see India lose their crown relatively quickly because they are due to play only two Test matches over the next 11 months. MS Dhoni has thoroughly impressed everyone in the way that he has led his side, and his positive attitude is clearly rubbing off on the rest of his players - you need a captain who energises the team and does not drain them. Dhoni is a firecracker of a player and his team obviously respect him immensely. India will end 2009 as the number one Test side in the world and they deserve to hold that status because of their incredible depth of batting and collection of match-winning bowlers. Test cricket is creating a huge amount of interest now as that group of sides battles it out at the top of the rankings, and those who doubt the importance of the longer format need only look at India's superb series with Sri Lanka. Its reall good news for test cricket in India!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Quotes, Famous Christmas Quotes

This is time for another Christmas which is coming soon. What's better sharing some famous quotes to your friends? Here I have collected some wonderful Christmas quotes for your entertainment, check out these quotes, let's enjoy.

Charles Dickens
'I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.'

Roy L. Smith
'He who has no Christmas in his heart will never find Christmas under a tree.'

'I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, goodwill to men!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Global Warming and Its Danger, Copenhagen Conference on Global Warming

Representatives of 192 countries will meet in one of the most widely anticipated international conferences in Copenhagen, which starts on 7th december. They will meet to try and bring out an agreement that, many hope, will save the planet from the dangers of global warming and climate change. With the world attention focused on Copenhagen, here is what one should know.
Why we should be scared of global warming?
The average temperature on earth has been rising rapidly. And this is the result of growing concentrations of 'greenhouse gases' that are emitted whenever any fuel is burnt to produce energy. If something is not done immediately to stop the increase in the concentrations of these gases, there will be catastrophic consequences in the next few decades. Glaciers will melt, sea levels will rise, low-lying areas will be submerged, crops will be damaged, extreme weather events like cyclones and storms will become more frequent. In short, the world will become a difficult place to live in and millions of people may lose their lives.
What's the solution?
Since the problem has been caused by excess GHGs, the solution is to reduce the emission of GHGs. Simple, isn't it?
Not quite. Industries have to operate, vehicles have to run and people have to use appliances. Developing countries like India need more and more energy to power their industries and increase other economic activities. Developed countries might not need to increase their energy consumption now but their current consumption is already very high. It's a vicious cycle. Development needs more industries and machines, but these lead to increased emissions.
Is there any other way to escape?
A middle path has to be found so that emissions can be reduced but not at the cost of development. Excess consumption and wastage of energy has to be prevented. More efficient technologies have to be found. If possible, ways have to be devised to absorb GHGs so that they don't accumulate in the atmosphere. Nature offers such a solution in trees, which absorb carbon dioxide and are therefore very good carbon sinks and are good for reducing GHG concentrations.
So what will the Copenhagen meet do about the problem?
It is expected to come up with an agreement that will make it legally binding for rich and developed countries to reduce their GHG emissions by specific amounts by a certain date, possibly 2020. In fact, such an international agreement already exists. It is called the Kyoto Protocol (1997) that makes it mandatory for a group of rich countries to reduce their collective emissions by 5.2 per cent from their 1990 levels by 2012. The Copenhagen meet is expected to fix bigger targets on these countries for a period beyond 2012 and till 2020.
Why should the rich pay more?
Well, it's only fair since they created the problem in the first place. More than 80 per cent of the accumulated GHGs in atmosphere have been emitted by these countries since they were the first ones to industrialise. They continue to emit more: a handful of about 30 rich countries account for nearly half the global emissions. Their average per capita emission is more than twice the world average and at least ten times more than that of India. A lot of it results from wasteful and luxurious consumption of energy.
But that doesn't mean the rest can just sit back and do nothing, does it?
According to the Bali Action Plan(Dec 2007), every country needs to take steps to reduce its energy consumption. But unlike rich countries, they do not have to affix targets and the reduction targets are not legally binding. This has been done so that the developing countries don't find themselves constrained in their effort to increase economic activity and reduce poverty. Development and poverty reduction have been recognized as the primary and overriding concern for these countries and that includes India.
Does everyone agree on such an arrangement?
In principle, yes, but there are sharp differences over the details. Rich countries, for example, want big, emerging economies like India and China to also take some sort of targeted reductions in their rapidly growing emissions. Developing countries, on the other hand, are demanding more ambitious emission cuts from the rich countries. They are also asking for transfer of technology and money to cope with the effects of a problem that is essentially the making of rich countries.
Will the Copenhagen meet result in a deal?
The chances of a comprehensive agreement in accordance with the Bali roadmap look remote. But all the major emitters are expected to list their offers to reduce their emissions. A political declaration is also likely to come out, stating the intent and commitment to quick action.
India and climate change:
* India is the fifth largest emitter of greenhouse gases, behind China, the United States, the European Union and Russia.
* Its annual carbon dioxide emission is in the range of 1.2 to 1.4 billion tonnes. Its annual greenhouse gas emission (CO2 plus five other gases, including methane) is in the range of 1.6 to 1.8 billion tonnes.
* India's per capita emission is about 1.2 tonnes per year. That's about one fourth of the global average, about one-tenth of the emissions of developed countries and about one-third of China's.
* Between 1990 and 2004, India's carbon dioxide emissions grew by about 7 per cent a year on an average.
India's traditional argument:
* Development and poverty reduction is its primary and over-riding priority even as it shares responsibility for contributing to global efforts to contain temperature rise and climate change. It is, therefore, in no position to cap or reduce its emissions, though it is working towards slowing the growth of its emissions.
* Reducing greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation) is the sole responsibility of Annex-I countries (developed nations), as the Kyoto Protocol says. India will take mitigation efforts only if the developed world supports it with technology transfer and finance.
* India has already come up with a National Action Plan on Climate Change in line with its responsibility under the Bali roadmap. Several other steps, including a new building code, fuel efficiency standards and massive afforestation, have also been initiated. However, these domestic actions are not open to international scrutiny.
* Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has given an assurance that even as its total emissions grow, India will never allow its per capita emissions to rise above the average per capita emissions of the developed world.
* 20-25 per cent cuts in carbon intensity by 2020 over 2005 levels: this was announced last Thursday by Prime Minister Dr. Monmohon Singh as a "non-binding" domestic target.
* India also agreed to tell the world about the amount of emission reductions that its domestic actions were likely to lead to by a certain year. It was not prepared to do so earlier. These numbers, however, cannot be treated as internationally binding targets.
* Two degree statement in Italy: At the Major Economies Forum earlier this year, India signed on a declaration that called on all the signatories to work towards limiting the global rise in temperatures to within 2 degrees centigrade from the pre-industrial levels. This created a controversy because some interpreted the declaration as indirectly imposing emission cuts on India. But the MEF declaration is not a legally binding document.
* India has also offered to report its emission status to the international community more frequently than it is required to do under law. This will allow the world to track the results of India's domestic actions.

Chaina has also declared to reduce the carbon density 40-45% by the year 2020. So the ball is really rolling . Lets hope something dramatic will happen, good thoughts prevail and the world will be rescued from oblivion!

Monday, December 7, 2009

A.R. Rahman Nominated for Grammy 2010, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Nominated for Gmammy 2010

A.R. Rahman nominated for Grammy Award 2010 along with sarod meastro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. Rahman is nominated for 2 categories. 1. Rahman's contribution 'Jai Ho' from the film Slumdog Milionaire which won the oscar fo best song. 2. Best Compilation Sound Track Album for motion picture, tv or other visual media. Ustad Amjad Ali Khan is nominated in Best Traditional World Music Album categori for his album'Ancient Sounds' with Iraqi Soloist Rahim Alhaj. Singer Beyonce Knowles is leading the list with 10 nominations followed by Taylor Swift with 8 nominations. Popular singer Kayne West is next in the list and he is nominated for 6 categories! We are all waiting for another Jai Ho!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Twitter- The Word That Rocks The World, Twitter Tops Among The Words Used in 2009

Twitter, the popular phenomenon of social networking, has been named the top English word this year in a survey by ANI. Texas-based Global Language Monitor put together a list of the top words and phrases and found that this was more popular than Obama and H1N1, commonly known as the "swine flu". Wrapping up the top five words were 'stimulus' and 'vampire', reports the Telegraph. Founder Paul Payack said that in a year dominated by world-shaking political events, a pandemic, the after effects of a financial tsunami and the death of a revered pop icon, the word Twitter stands above all the other words. Twitter represents a new form of social interaction, where all communication is reduced to 140 characters. Being limited to strict formats did wonders for the sonnet and haiku.

The top 15 words were:

1. Twitter

2. Obama

3. H1N1

4. Stimulus

5. Vampire

6. 2.0 - as in suffix attached to the next generation

7. Deficit

8. Hadron

9. Healthcare






15.Cartel (ANI)