Egypt’s Revolution, Gandhi and Facebook

Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), political and ...

Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)

The Egypt’s revolution shows how a non-violent protest fueled by virtual online communities such as twitter and Facebook can empower the powerless to unite and become a formidable force against a powerful dictatorial regime. Mahatma Gandhi over six decades back used the same non-violence  to unite what is today’s world’s biggest and most successful democracy to freedom. Sunil Khilani on mint writes

An American named Gene Sharp—a guru among non-violent activists, and a lifelong scholar of Gandhi and the Indian freedom movement— was a major source of tactical instruction to Egyptian protesters on how unarmed citizens can take on repressive dictatorships.

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A Raja sent to Tihar Jail in 2G scam

 

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2G Scam India Telecom Update:

  • Former Telecom Minister A Raja has been sent to Delhi’s Tihar Jail till March 3.
  • A Raja will be in judicial custody till March 3 2011 (next 14 days)
  • Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested A Raja on February 2 in connection with 2G spectrum scam.
  • CBI told the court today that Raja was not cooperating with the investigators and so it needed more time to question him.
  • A Raja, the alleged mastermind of the 2G scam, has been accused of selling spectrum at throwaway prices to companies in 2008 when they applied for mobile network licences.
  • On 16th Feb 2011, CBI questioned Raja and Reliance Communication’s Anil Ambani together for an hour.
  • Ambani was reportedly questioned in connection with his company Reliance Communications being looked at as a beneficiary of 2G spectrum licence.
  • The investigating agency is questioning all telecom players that got licences.
  • The key issue the agency wanted to ask Anil Ambani was about Reliance Communications’ investment in Swan Telecom.
  • The CBI also wanted to check if Reliance met all the eligibility norms or if they were favoured by then Telecom Minister A Raja.
  • The promoter of Swan Telecom, Shahid Balwa, was arrested by the CBI last week and has also been questioned.
  • The CBI has accused the A. Raja also the DMK leader of criminal conspiracy.

The Charges by CBI

  • It says that in 2008, when the government was allocating 2G spectrum for mobile phone networks, Raja twisted the rules to benefit a few companies – especially Swan and Unitech.
  • The licences for 2G spectrum were not auctioned as many say they should have been.
  • Raja chose to follow a First-Come-First-Served policy which was set by his predecessors.
  • CBI’s case is based on his office advancing the deadline for payments and informing only some of the players.
  • Companies like Swan and Unitech seemed to have been tipped off to this, because despite the cut-off date being brought forward, they had their payments ready.
  • After winning their licences, Swan and Unitech sold equity to foreign companies much before they began the rollout of their services.
  • The giant profits they made seemed to underscore the point that spectrum had been sold far too cheaply by the government.
  • Swan paid Rs. 1,537 crore and sold 45% stake to Etisalat for a profit of Rs. 4, 730 crore.
  • Unitech paid Rs. 1,661 crore for its licence, and sold 60% stake to Telenor for Rs. 6,200 crore.
  • Together, these two players cost the government Rs. 7, 195 crore, according to the CBI.
  • But both Swan and Unitech have denied these allegations.

NDTV Report: 2G spectrum scam: Former Telecom Minister A Raja sent to Tihar Jail.

Bhopal Gas Tragedy – Disturbing Facts

Disturbing Facts

During the night of December 2–3, 1984, large amounts of water entered tank 610, containing 42 tons of methyl isocyanate. The resulting exothermic reaction increased the temperature inside the tank to over 200 °C (392 °F), raising the pressure to a level the tank was not designed to withstand. This forced the emergency venting of pressure from the MIC holding tank, releasing a large volume of toxic gases into the atmosphere. The gases flooded the city of Bhopal, causing great panic as people woke up with a burning sensation in their lungs. Thousands died immediately from the effects of the gas and many were trampled in the panic.

During the night of December 2–3, 1984, large amounts of water entered tank 610, containing 42 tons of methyl isocyanate. The resulting exothermic reaction increased the temperature inside the tank to over 200 °C (392 °F), raising the pressure to a level the tank was not designed to withstand. This forced the emergency venting of pressure from the MIC holding tank, releasing a large volume of toxic gases into the atmosphere. The gases flooded the city of Bhopal, causing great panic as people woke up with a burning sensation in their lungs. Thousands died immediately from the effects of the gas and many were trampled in the panic.

On 7 June 2010 seven former employees of the Union Carbide subsidiary, all Indian nationals and many in their 70s, were convicted of causing death by negligence and each sentenced to two years imprisonment and fined Rs.1 lakh (US$2,124; €1,776). All were released on bail shortly after the verdict.

The Chairman and CEO of Union Carbide, Warren Anderson, had been arrested and released on bail by the Madhya Pradesh Police in Bhopal on December 7, 1984. The arrest, which took place at the airport, assured Anderson would meet no harm by the Bhopal community. Anderson was taken to Union Carbide’s house after which he was released six hours later on $2,100 bail and flown out on a government plane.
  • Medical staff were unprepared for the thousands of casualties.
  • Doctors and hospitals were not informed of proper treatment methods for MIC gas inhalation. They were told to simply give cough medicine and eye drops to their patients.
  • The gases immediately caused visible damage to the trees. Within a few days, all the leaves fell off.
  • 2,000 bloated animal carcasses had to be disposed of.
  • “Operation Faith”: On December 16, the tanks 611 and 619 were emptied of the remaining MIC. This led to a second mass evacuation from Bhopal.
  • Complaints of a lack of information or misinformation were widespread. The Bhopal plant medical doctor did not have proper information about the properties of the gases. An Indian Government spokesman said that “Carbide is more interested in getting information from us than in helping our relief work.”
  • As of 2008, UCC had not released information about the possible composition of the cloud.
  • Formal statements were issued that air, water, vegetation and foodstuffs were safe within the city. At the same time, people were informed that poultry was unaffected, but were warned not to consume fish.

The best way to celebrate

The best way is to give a call. It makes it personal without the baggage of visiting them in the choking traffic. SMS destroys the personal aspect of festival and celebration. I did not celebrate Lohri, but this was one of my most fulfilling celebration till date since I called up my family and friends and they were overjoyed. More so since they weren’t expecting it. Although visiting and celebrating with them would have meant a lot more, a call did make up. Now thats what I call consumer Delight (within budgets). I feel Consumer delight in personal relationships goes a long way in strengthening bonds and build long lasting value adding relationships.

Below is what India was searching most on Lohri and Pongal (Coutesy: Google trends).

Better give a call than search the web for the best sms or scrap. And now its damn cheap. Just 1 paisa a second.

Delhi Election Results 2008

Shocked! Zor ka jhatka Zor se lagaa.

As if someone came from behind and burned their hopes of a victory in Delhi. Delhi’s election result has shocked me after congress getting a clear majority is all set for a third tenure, with the old lady Sheila Dixit, ready for a hatrick tenure. The mock polls held at my website and my prediction has actually gone thoroughly wrong.

Sheila Dixit smiling, BJP will have to rethink its strategy

Sheila Dixit smiling, BJP will have to rethink its strategy

Tata Nano heads Gujarat

Nano moves to Gujarat

Tata Nano’s mother plant will finally move out to Sanand in Gujarat.

The Modi government has handed over 1050 acres of land to Tata Motors and according to the press conference. The land will be sold at the market price. Read More >>

Delhi Blasts : The complete story

The 2008 Delhi bombings were a series of five synchronized bomb blasts that took place within a span of few minutes on September 13, 2008 at various locations in Delhi, India. The first bomb exploded at 6:10 pm IST (1240 UTC), and four other blasts followed in succession,1 with at least 30 people killed and over 100 injured.

Three bomb attacks had already occurred the same year in India. The first of these was on 13 May in Jaipur. The series of nine blasts over a span of 15 minutes claimed 63 lives, and injured 216. The second series of nine bomb blasts took place on 25 July in Bangalore, and claimed 2 lives, while injuring 20.5 The next day, on 26 July in Ahmedabad, a spurt of 21 blasts killed 56 people and injured over 200. Read more>>