Showing posts with label News. Show all posts
Showing posts with label News. Show all posts

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The day our world changed


Today we observe the anniversary of our changed world. Anniversaries of such traumatic events can be very difficult for everyone, especially when we were directly impacted.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Tryst for Destiny


On this day, August 15th, India became an independent nation. Let us pay homage to those leaders who began the struggle for independence in 1857, fought for India's freedom and ultimately tasted victory in 1947.

With the clock striking the midnight hour on 14-15th August, 1947, India was 'to awake to freedom'. On that occasion, Jawaharlal Nehru gave the famous 'Tryst for Destiny' speech. He called upon the members to take a solemn pledge to serve India and her people. In an effort to look back, let's examine few items he addressed on that night:

Long years ago, we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. It is fitting that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity.

At the dawn of history India started on her unending quest, and trackless centuries are filled with her striving and the grandeur of her successes, and her failures. Through good and ill fortune alike she has never lost sight of that quest or forgotten the ideals which gave her strength. We end today a period of ill fortune and India discovers herself again. The achievement we celebrate today is but a step, an opening of opportunity, to the greater triumphs and achievements that await us. Are we brave enough and wise enough to grasp this opportunity and accept the challenge of the future ?

Freedom and power bring responsibility. The responsibility rests upon this Assembly, a sovereign body representing the sovereign people of India. Before the birth of freedom, we have endured all the pains of labor and our hearts are heavy with the memory of this sorrow. Some of those pains continue even now. Nevertheless, the past is over and it is the future that beckons to us now. That future is not one of ease or resting but of incessant striving so that we might fulfill the pledges we have so often taken and the One we shall take today. The service of India means the service of the millions who suffer. It means the ending of poverty and ignorance and disease and inequality of opportunity. The ambition of the greatest man of our generation has been to wipe every tear from every eye. That may be beyond us but as long as there are tears and suffering, so long our work will not be over.

And so we have to labor and to work and work hard to give reality to our dreams. Those dreams are for India, but they are also for the world, for all the nations and peoples are too closely knit together today for anyone of them to imagine that it can live apart.

Peace has been said to be indivisible; so is freedom, so is prosperity now, and so also is disaster in this one world that can no longer be split into isolated fragments. To the people of India, whose representatives we are, we appeal to join us' with faith and confidence in this great adventure. This is no time for petty and destructive criticism, no time for ill-will or blaming others. We have to build the noble mansion of free India where all her children may dwell.

Looking back into history, where does India stand today?




Sunday, July 13, 2014

Congrats Germany!


This weekend all over the world, one topic dominated our news including internet, TV, radio, newspapers and social networking sites - FIFA finals. It was shaping up to be the main conversation in cafes, bars, offices, and even churches.

Just like that Superbowl Sunday, living rooms across our nation once again transformed and become lively. Germany eventually lifted that world cup after a 24 year wait. They were able to defeat hometown Brazil, and finally Argentina en-route.

Now that FIFA is over, I can share this - guys and girls have different vision regarding the game. Majority of guys who watch the game stay glued in front of the TV, munching chicken (and sipping beer?) anticipating that next goal to happen any moment. Gals on the other hand, tend to be lot relaxed and this is their only chance to spot some athletic and physically fit guys, who possess the stamina to run long enough and not get tired.


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

US Job Market Rebounds


According to the monthly bulletin published by US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the US now has more jobs than ever, and the job market has rebound to the 2008 peak. 

Back in 2008, massive layoffs spiked and millions of people were out of work. 

Recently, jobs increased in the following areas: 
  • professional and business services, 
  • health care and social assistance, 
  • food services and drinking places, and 
  • transportation and warehousing. 

More jobs, the merrier.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

News about Archie


Dear readers, I'll be frank - I did not quite digest this piece of news when I read it. Am sure you will not either. If you're like me, and have read all those Archie comics while growing up, this is going to upset you. 

The creators of Archie today said that in July, Archie Andrews is going to die in a heroic way. 

We all know Archie Andrews as a high schooler. What happens when he becomes an adult and starts dealing with grownup issues? The series, "Life with Archie" is all about it. Each issue is split into two storylines - one telling a tale of Archie married to Veronica, while another tells about him ending up with Betty. Regardless of which storyline one follows, the final issue, however, will tell readers the same final fate of Archie. Issue # 36 to be released on July 16th has it all. 

How will Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and Reggie deal with this? How about the residents of Riverdale? These are the questions that pop into my mind. 

Below is the cover of issue #36. 

The following issue - #37 will end the series.

Tap here to read more.



Tuesday, February 18, 2014

“Bible-Minded” US Cities


Bible gateway crunched hits on their website for 2013 and published their results. It was based on maximum pageviews per household. Guess users from which city topped the list - Atlanta! 

American Bible Society chose to define “Bible-minded” as referring to someone who reads the Bible regularly and believes in the Bible’s accuracy. When Bible gateway ran their companion studies, they looked at the frequency of visits to online Bibles.

Below is the complete list 100 cities in the ABS/Barna survey from last year. Many of the changes are quite striking, especially near the top of the list; Washington, D.C., for example, jumped up 77 places, while Atlanta took the top spot. Tap here to read the complete news.

Now, that's an honor worth bragging. May Lord bless Atlanta.

CityBible Gateway RankABS/Barna RankDifference in Rank
Atlanta, GA129+28
Dallas / Fort Worth, TX222+20
Washington, DC / Hagerstown, MD380+77
Charlotte, NC46+2
Nashville, TN513+8
Raleigh / Durham / Fayetteville, NC627+21
Waco / Temple / Bryan, TX743+36
Chattanooga, TN81-7
San Antonio, TX934+25
Houston, TX1041+31
Norfolk / Portsmouth / Newport News, VA1131+20
Austin, TX1248+36
Honolulu, HI1378+65
Huntsville / Decatur, AL1412-2
Birmingham / Anniston / Tuscaloosa, AL152-13
Colorado Springs-Pueblo CO1656+40
Columbia, SC1724+7
Roanoke / Lynchburg, VA183-15
Tulsa, OK1932+13
Orlando / Daytona Beach / Melbourne, FL2065+45
Springfield, MO214-17
Kansas City, KS-MO2242+20
San Diego, CA2372+49
Grand Rapids / Kalamazoo / Battle Creek, MI2430+6
Greenville / Spartanburg / Anderson, SC / Asheville, NC258-17
Los Angeles, CA2673+47
Indianapolis, IN2728+1
Columbus, OH2847+19
Jackson, MS299-20
Jacksonville, FL3018-12
South Bend / Elkhart, IN3139+8
Greensboro / High Point / Winston-Salem, NC3220-12
Memphis, TN3326-7
Chicago, IL3474+40
Wichita / Huthinson, KS3515-20
Seattle / Tacoma, WA3671+35
Lexington, KY3714-23
Oklahoma City, OK3816-22
Baltimore, MD3968+29
Knoxville, TN4010-30
West Palm Beach / Fort Pierce, FL4159+18
Charleston, SC4238-4
Little Rock / Pine Bluff, AR438-35
San Francisco / Oakland / San Jose, CA4497+53
Dayton, OH4537-8
Richmond / Petersburg, VA4636-10
Miami / Ft. Lauderdale, FL4764+17
Harrisburg / Lancaster / Lebanon / York, PA4869+21
Mobile, AL / Pensacola / Ft. Walton, FL4923-26
Omaha, NE5055+5
Louisville, KY5117-34
Greenville / New Bern / Washington, NC5233-19
Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN5375+22
Detroit, MI5449-5
Portland, OR5561+6
Madison, WI5679+23
Baton Rouge, LA5725-32
Shreveport, LA585-53
Phoenix / Prescott, AZ5993+34
St. Louis, MO6058-2
Denver, CO6181+20
Des Moines / Ames, IA6253-9
Tampa / St. Petersburg / Sarasota, FL6363+0
Cincinnati, OH6445-19
Philadelphia, PA6557-8
Spokane, WA6654-12
Bakersfield, CA6721-46
Sacramento / Stockton / Modesto, CA6866-2
Champaign / Springfield / Decatur, IL6960-9
Cleveland / Akron / Canton, OH7050-20
Toledo, OH7188+17
Charleston / Huntington, WV7211-61
New Orleans, LA7335-38
New York, NY7489+15
Milwaukee, WI7576+1
Paducah, KY / Cape Girardeau, MO / Harrisburg, IL / Mt Vernon, IL7619-57
Tucson / Sierra Vista, AZ7782+5
Cedar Rapids / Waterloo, IA7896+18
Fresno / Visalia, CA7970-9
Flint / Saginaw / Bay City, MI8052-28
Harlingen / Weslaco / Brownsville / McAllen, TX8146-35
Boston, MA / Manchester, NH8298+16
Rochester, NY8383+0
Johnstown / Altoona, PA8440-44
Albuquerque / Santa Fe, NM8551-34
Pittsburgh, PA8667-19
Ft. Myers / Naples, FL8777-10
El Paso, TX / Las Cruces, NM8862-26
Davenport, IA / Rock Island / Moline, IL8944-45
Hartford / New Haven, CT9094+4
Green Bay / Appleton, WI9185-6
Syracuse, NY9286-6
Wilkes-Barre / Scranton, PA9384-9
Las Vegas, NV9490-4
Portland / Auburn, ME9591-4
Buffalo, NY9695-1
Albany / Schenectady / Troy, NY9799+2
Providence, RI / New Bedford, MA98100+2
Burlington, VT / Plattsburgh, NY9992-7
Salt Lake City, UT10087-13

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Polyamory - The New Love Lingo


Gay and Lesbian is a thing of the past, and is no longer considered "hip with style."

Polyamory, the new love lingo, means "many" or "several." It is the state of being in love or romantically involved with more than one person at the same time, with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved. "Poly" is the short & sweet name for polyamory.

Poly is neither classified as swinging or cheating, but involves multiple partners and has it's own multipartner language and terminology. These relationships contrast with casual, recreational sex and involve both sex and love.

A closely related term is "Nonmonogamy" which means having more than one spouse during a lifetime. Majority of Nonmonogamy cases are without the consent of all involved. Our culture does not encourage this practice or lifestyle due to concerns about exploiting women.

In case of poly, all those skills required to carry out a monogamous relationship are required, but the difference is that there are more people involved. To excel in a poly relationship, one has to be good - very good. Poly involves being brutally frank with the partner about what one is upto. It accounts for those partners having equal rights to explore others. Poly can be classified as a group marriage, where everyone considers married to each other. They typically do not mingle or engage in sexual relationships with anyone outside their "family" and do so only with the consent of other marital partners. The poly family lives together, sharing their lives and resources.

There are even dedicated support groups for those willing to try out poly concepts. Support comes in the form of sporadic poly potlucks, meetings, gatherings, get-togethers, hanging out, having fun, etc.

An article about a poly family here in Marietta, GA, appeared in CNN today. Click here to read the article titled, "When three isn't a crowd."


Poly can be classified as intense, intimate, and responsible living among those who have a common goal and vision. Rather than merely "meeting" with these "family members" under one roof during weekends, they made a bold move to live under the same roof to enjoy every moment of their remarkable life, utilizing effective time management techniques. Soon we should be seeing this concept "catching steam."

Biblically speaking, this concept is not something new. Folks in Old Testament days used to indulge in relationships even complex than this - read your Bible, and you'll find it in there.








Friday, June 14, 2013

Worst charities


Certain charities are run like businesses under cover. On paper, they are are non profit organizations - charitable, educational and nonprofit as defined under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Any donations made towards such organization is considered 'tax deductible' by uncle sam. Unfortunately, uncle sam cannot control where the actual money is going.

Reading an article on CNN, about the 'worst charities in America', it's interesting to learn that Almost 96 cents of every dollar raised by charities went towards solicitors. In the past 10 years, charities raised approximately $1.3 billion and about $1 billion of those funds were used towards it's 'management and solicitors'. Here are some interesting names:

Kids Wish Network (raised $127.8 million, paid $109.8 million to solicitors, and spent 2.5% of funds raised on direct cash aid);

Cancer Fund of America (raised $98 million, paid $80.4 million to solicitors, and spent 0.9% of funds raised on direct cash aid);

American Breast Cancer Foundation (raised $80.8 million, paid $59.8 million to solicitors, and spent 5.3% of funds raised on direct cash aid);

Breast Cancer Relief Foundation (raised $63.9 million, paid $44.8 million to solicitors, and spent 2.2% of funds raised on direct cash aid);

Children’s Cancer Fund of America (raised $37.5 million, paid $29.2 million to solicitors, and spent 5.3% of funds raised on direct cash aid).

Our churches are not far behind, where accounting is synonymous to muddy water. Bishops and priests notoriously rob God-fearing parishioners to facilitate their dream projects. Shamefully, modern church is an institution where God is not eligible to be around.


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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Indian Consulate in Atlanta

Here is a press release that just came out from the Consul General of India, Ajit Kumar.
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I have the honour to inform you that the new Consulate General of India in Atlanta will commence some consular services from 1st October, 2012. The official website of the Consulate is www.indianconsulateatlanta.org. Important information relating to it is enclosed for your kind information. We are still working on our website.

For further information, I also enclose the Press Release issued by the Embassy of India, Washington DC on the new consular jurisdictions of the Embassy and the Consulates in the USA from 1st October, 2012.

Warm regards and best wishes,

Ajit Kumar
Consul General of India
Atlanta
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

PASSPORT/CONSULAR SERVICES AT CONSULATE GENERAL OF INDIA, ATLANTA

The new Consulate General of India in Atlanta will be starting Passport and Miscellaneous Consular services with effect from October 1, 2012. Passport applications will be accepted at the Outsourcing Agency, VFS Services USA Inc., at its premises at India Passport Application Center - Atlanta, North Side Tower, Suite 120, 6065 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30328. Kindly Visit their website (http://www.vfsglobal.com/india/usa) or that of CGI, Atlanta (http://www.indianconsulateatlanta.org) for further information.

For Miscellaneous Consular services, applicants may visit the Consulate office at 5549, Glenridge Dr. NE, Atlanta, GA-30342 between 10 am and 12.30 pm. No prior appointment is required.

Following US States and Territories are included in the CGI, Atlanta jurisdiction (for Passports, Miscellaneous Services and consular outreach only)

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virgin Islands.

Applicants from the above states, who have so far been applying for passports and miscellaneous services at Consulate General of India, Houston, Consulate General of India, New York and Embassy of India, Washington, DC, may apply from October 1, 2012 to Consulate General of India, Atlanta (for miscellaneous services) and to VFS Services USA Inc., Atlanta (for passport services).

VISA / OCI / PIO AND RELATED SERVICES WILL NOT BE PROVIDED BY CGI, ATLANTA AS YET

At present, Consulate General of India, Atlanta is unable to offer Visa/OCI/PIO related services. These services will be taken up by the Consulate General of India, Atlanta at a later date. Until that time, these will be continued to be provided as per the existing jurisdiction by Consulate General of India, Houston, Consulate General of India, New York and Embassy of India, Washington, DC, respectively as given below:

Consulate General of India, Houston - Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi

Consulate General of India, New York - Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

Embassy of India, Washington DC - South Carolina, and Tennessee.

These services will continue to be provided by M/s Travisa Outsourcing Agency till further notification.


Friday, July 6, 2012

Internet threat on Monday

An internet virus is supposed to hit several million users on Monday. Check this out.


The website to check is:
http://www.dns-ok.us

Green background means you are Ok.
Red means danger.


Narrow escape

Who knows what could happen while we are on the road.  Watch this video and conclude what could happen to anyone.

Certainly, angels were watching over those in the cars - nobody was seriously hurt. 

Friday, June 1, 2012

Spelling bee

Snigdha Nandipati, 14, of San Diego, CA won the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night by spelling "guetapens," which means an ambush, snare or trap. Here is the complete story

Friday, January 20, 2012

Video - Hate Religion, Love Jesus.

Below is a youtube video posted on Jan 10th, where 22-year-old Jefferson Bethke is reciting a spoken word poem. In about 10 days, it has over 15 million hits and has travelled all over the web.

Bethke hates religion because it has it started so many wars. Instead, he says, Love Jesus.  He also wrote, "In the scriptures Jesus received the most opposition from the most religious people of his day."



It does not stop here.  Another youtube video has come up in response - Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus - The Muslim Version.



Confused? Don't be.

We are all supposed to be going towards God - regardless of which church we go to every Sunday, or which religious teaching we follow.  The way I look at it is - to go to India during summer holidays, we could be travelling in Emirates - via Dubai, Qatar Airways - via Doha, Kuwait Airways - via Kuwait, or even British Airways - via London.  Our ultimate destination is one and the same - regardless of the path or carrier we choose.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

English version of Wiki goes dark



Another reason to do your homework early.  If you are researching something using Wiki tomorrow in English, you'll not find any result. So will Reddit and Boing Boing.

On January 18, 2012, the Wikipedia community has chosen to blackout the English version of Wikipedia for 24 hours, in protest against proposed legislation in the United States — the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and PROTECTIP (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate.

Wiki officials say, "If passed, this legislation will harm the free and open Internet and bring about new tools for censorship of international websites inside the United States."

Click here to read more. Or never mind reading further - just stay focused on your homework and complete it at the earliest.



Credits: Wiki, ABC News

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Saudi plans world's tallest tower


This morning, I read in WSJ about an upcoming project - world's tallest building.

Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed bin Talal announced plans to build the world's tallest building in Jeddah less than two years after the Burj Khalifa opened in Dubai at a height that many thought wouldn't be surpassed for years.

The planned tower will soar to 3,281 feet (1,000 meters) and will include a hotel, luxury condominiums and offices. It would dwarf the Burj Khalifa, which is 2,717 feet (828 meters), and would also be the world's tallest man-made structure.

I liked the part were Antony wood made an honest statement.

"The world's tallest building has never been about making the maximum financial return," says Antony Wood, executive director of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. "It's about ego. It's about attention. It's about making a statement."


Click here to read the complete article.

Here is a comparison of other tall buildings.


Credits: WSJ

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Bomb scare

Today at 1:45 PM in the afternoon, there was a bomb scare at the lowest level of the building I am currently on (am on the 26th floor).  It seems bomb scare is quite common here.

And here is the news about it.

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Dan Nainan in Atlanta


Promo Clip from danfanclub on Vimeo.

Dan Nainan is performing tonight at the Gwinnett Center.  I had the opportunity to meet and speak with him couple of years ago. His Dad hails from Kerala, India, and mother is from Japan.  Dan used to work in the IT sector and is now devoting his time to comedy.  His current program at the Gwinnett Center today at 4:00 PM is to raise funds for a local church.

Dan recently presented at the democratic national convention, starred in few Hollywood movies and is also featured in the PC vs Mac advt.

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Black Friday experience

According to a CNN report on Black Friday:

People were standing in line for hours to get best deals and steals on Black Friday.  During their shopping frenzy, many got great deals from Best Buy, unloaded them into their cars and proceeded to the nearby mall.  A group of theives broke into these cars and stole these items (easily).  Some even towed away few cars.

Lesson learned: Beware of theives when you are at a shopping mall.  This could happen anyday (other than just Black Friday).

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Scary news

Just in time for Halloween, here is some truly scary news. Two candy recalls have been announced, so you’ll need to check the treats you’re giving out, and be sure to check your haul before you eat them.


Mega Pops Lollipops: Certain lots of Mega Pops lollipops are being recalled because the candy may contain "minute traces" of stainless steel, according to candy maker Colombina SA. The recalled lots of watermelon, cherry, orange and grape-flavored lollipops -- totaling about 90,000 bags -- were sold at Dollar General, Family Dollar, Variety and Fred's stores as well as through wholesalers.

Raisinets: Nestle is recalling some lots of Raisinets Fun Size Bags (10oz) which may contain undeclared peanuts after three complaints (although there is a warning on the bag that the products is made on equipment that also processes peanuts). People who are allergic to peanuts run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. The bags were sold in Target, Shop Rite and Don Quixote retail stores.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Next Bava Thirumeni


Our next Catholicate (Bava Thirumeni) has been named.

The current Catholicos Elect Metropolitan Paulose Mar Milithios is going to be our next Catholicos.  Our current Catholicos HH Baselios Marthoma Didymus I celebrated his 90th birthday, and serving in this role for the past 5 years.  He decided to step down and consecrate the Catholicos Elect.

Click here to read more about our next Bava.

Consecration details will soon be announced


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