India develops Cryogenic Engine

In a significant boost to India’s space programme, scientists have successfully developed an indigenous cryogenic engine, which can power heavy communication satellites into orbit.

This was a technology which United States refused to transfer to us. We may have been delayed, but we have now mastered the technology

(link via sameer)

Bombay blast

I was scanning the blogs from Bombay to see if there is anymore
information about the bomb blasts. Most of them have the same info as
the newspapers. Some even have ignored it. This is the third bomb that
has exploded in recent times.

Easy Guru has some
thoughts on the bomb blasts 10 years back. I was there too. I had just
moved to Bombay, a month back and what a shock it was for me. But
Bombay is an amazing city. The next working day, the stock exchange,
which was bombed, started functioning.

Update: B Raman on Lessons from the Mumbai blasts

Links: How safe?

Blogging in Anna Univ Curriculum

Found this interesting bit in this news from The Hindu Newspaper

Anna University, which is the first university to recognize and include blogging in its curriculum will have a national level panel discussion on blogging…..

This is very nice to read.

(link via kiruba, who does not provide permlinks, see mar 12th blog)

More developments in Malaysia

After Indian IT professionals were mistreated in Malaysia by Malaysian police, here are some actions by the Indian Govt.

  • Outraged over the ill-treatment of 270 Indian IT professionals in Malaysia, New Delhi has decided to re-examine some of the decisions pending under its civil aviation bilateral treaty with Kuala Lumpur.
    The first casualty could well be the extension of landing facility to Malaysian Airlines at Kolkata and the seat-sharing arrangement with Air India.

  • As 32 Indian IT professionals prepared to leave Malaysia Friday after a humiliating week- -end police detention, New Delhi was considering issuing a travel advisory to its citizens planning to visit the country.

This is the first time I am seeing the Indian Govt. standing up for its citizens in crisis.

Related Links: Furious, Delhi may clip Malaysian wings|Indians get ready to leave, India may issue Travel Advisory

blog mela – mar 19th

the next blog mela showcasing the best of indian blogs will be hosted
here on mar 19th. so please send in your nominations (you can nominate
your own blogs) to jk at sulekha dot com. also make an announcement on your blog.

we also need a volunteer to host the blog mela on mar 26th.

Daddy, why can't we go to Kashmir?

And the world seems to behave as if nothing has happened. 400,000+ people have been ethnically cleansed from their places of birth. 700,000+ people have been made homeless. A whole community has been forced to live like refugees in their own country. And when this community asks for its rightful rights, nobody cares. I guess, in the bigger scheme of things, 700,000 people in a world population of more than 6 billion people does not deserve enough attention.

The reason why this incident is not mentioned anywhere is because these refugees are Hindus who have been ethnically cleansed by Pakistani Islamic Terrorists. When about 1000 muslims were butchered in Gujarat the so called secularists and communists in India went around the world creating an impression as if India kills minorities. When it comes to the issue of Kashmiri Hindus, none of these secularists have anything to say.

Speaking in Sanskrit

The professor is one of the many residents in Ganoda village who are confident that they can carry on an entire conversation in Sanskrit without a problem. The grocery shop owner claims he can rattle off shlokas in Sanskrit while in the adjoining utensil store, the owner informs that he helps his children with their language homework.

When Israel became a nation, they revived their language Hebrew. When India became a nation, we killed Sanskrit.

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