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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Joseph Murray, the Kidney transplant pioneer died

Dr. Joseph E. Murray, who performed the world’s first successful kidney transplant died  at the age of 93. He had won a Nobel Prize for his pioneering work. Murray shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1990 with Dr. E. Donnall Thomas, who won for his work in bone marrow transplants.

In the early 1950s, there had never been a successful human organ transplant. Murray and his associates at Boston’s Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, now Brigham and Women’s Hospital, developed new surgical techniques, gaining knowledge by successfully transplanting kidneys on dogs. In December 1954, they found the right patients, 23-year-old Richard Herrick, who had end-stage kidney failure, and his identical twin, Ronald Herrick.
Because of their identical genetic background, they did not face the biggest problem with transplant patients, the immune system’s rejection of foreign tissue.
After the operation, Richard had a functioning kidney transplanted from Ronald. Richard lived another eight years.
Dr. Joseph E. Murray (at center facing camera), is seen performing the first successful organ transplant
at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston on Dec. 23, 1954.
Murray performed more transplants on identical twins over the next few years and tried kidney transplants on other relatives, including fraternal twins, learning more about how to suppress the immune system’s rejection of foreign tissue. In 1962, Murray and his team successfully completed the first organ transplant from an unrelated donor. The 23-year-old patient, Mel Doucette, received a kidney from a man who had died.
Dr. Joseph E. Murray and his wife, Bobby.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Internet in Space!

Now onwards Internet can be used from the space to control machines on earth! The European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA jointly conducted an experiment in that direction, recently. An interplanetary internet has been used by Sunita Williams, the astronaut at the International Space Station (ISS) to send commands to control a rover in Germany. The new technology named Disruption-Tolerant Networking (DTN) protocol, could be a future way to communicate with astronauts on other planets like Mars!
The work on the DTN was first proposed a decade ago by Vint Cerf - one of the creators of the internet on Earth.The technology was first tested in November 2008, when Nasa successfully transmitted images to and from a spacecraft 20 million miles away with a communications system based on the net.
The experiment demonstrated that it is possible to send commands to a surface robot from an orbiting spacecraft and receive images and data back from the robot.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Chinese writer Mo Yan has been named the winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in literature.
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The Swedish Academy praised MO Yan as one "who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary".
Mo is described as "one of the most famous, oft-banned and widely pirated of all Chinese writers". He is known in the West for two of his novels which were the basis of the film Red Sorghum. He has been referred to as the Chinese answer to Franz Kafka or Joseph Heller.
Mo Yan was born in the Northeast Gaomi Township in Shandong province to a family of farmers on born February 17, 1955. He left school during the Cultural Revolution to work in a factory that produced oil. He joined the People's Liberation Army at age twenty, and began writing while he was still a soldier, in 1981. Three years later, he was given a teaching position at the Department of Literature in the Army's Cultural Academy.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2012 to two Americans

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2012 is awarded to two Americans, Robert J. Lefkowitz and Brian K. Kobilka, "for studies of G-protein–coupled receptors".
Robert J. Lefkowitz

Brian K. Kobilka

Our body is a fine-tuned system of interactions between billions of cells. Each cell has tiny receptors that enable it to sense its environment, so it can adapt to new situtations. Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka are awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize for groundbreaking discoveries that reveal the inner workings of an important family of such receptors: G-protein–coupled receptors.
The academy said it was long a mystery how cells interact with their environment and adapt to new situations, such as when adrenaline increases blood pressure and makes the heart beat faster.
Scientists suspected that cell surfaces had some type of receptor for hormones.
Lefkowitz managed to unveil receptors including the receptor for adrenaline, using radioactivity  and started to understand how it works.
Kobilka's work helped researchers realize that there is a whole family of receptors that look alike — a family that is now called G-protein-coupled receptors.
About half of all medications act on these receptors, so learning about them will help scientists to come up with better drugs.
Lefkowitz, 69, is an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and professor at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. Kobilka, 57, is a professor at Stanford University School of Medicine in California.

Dr. Lefkowitz was born on April 15, 1943 in New York City. He graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1966 with an M.D. Degree.  he served as a Clinical and Research Associate at the National Institutes of Health from 1968 to 1970. From 1970 to 1973 he was at the Harvard University affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, where he completed his medical residency and research and clinical training in cardiovascular disease. Upon completing this training in 1973, he was appointed Associate Professor of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at the Duke University Medical Center. In 1977 he was promoted to Professor of Medicine and in 1982 to James B. Duke Professor of Medicine at Duke University. He is also Professor of Biochemistry.

Brian Kent Kobilka Brian is from central Minnesota. He is a professor in the departments of Molecular and Cellular Physiology and Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine in the United States. He is also the co-founder of ConfometRx, a biotechnology company focusing on G-protein coupled receptors. He was named a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2011. Kobilka is best known for his research on the structure and activity of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs); in particular, work from Kobilka's laboratory determined the molecular structure of the beta-2 adrenergic receptor. His GPCR structure work was named "runner-up" for the 2007 "Breakthrough of the Year" award from Science.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Nissan Unveiled Driver less Car!

The Japanese car maker, Nissan, has unveiled an all electric concept car recently which is bale to drive and park by itself. The advanced functions on the car are controlled from a smartphone. When the driver gets to his destination, rather than look for a parking spot the driver can tap a “park in” button on his smartphone car app and leave the rest up to the car.

In automatic driving mode, the first thing the car needs is an accurate map of its surroundings. That’s fed over an LTE data link that the car relies upon for all its communications.  Then the car pulls in images from four high-definition cameras placed around its body and attempts to recognize its location. This is a more accurate method than using GPS.
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It may be commercially available in 2015. Google is perhaps best known for the technology. It has started testing a self-driving car system since last year.

SpaceX Dragon launches first commercial flight

The history of space travel has got a new glittering episode to its store! The first commercial cargo flight has launched successfully to the International Space Station (ISS). The reusable unmanned freighter, Dragon, was lifted into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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The flight that carried 905 kg of cargo is the first of the twelve contracted flights that Dragon is scheduled to make to the station. The Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX), which builds and operates the Dragon and the Falcon 9 booster, has contracted with NASA for such cargo transportation to the ISS. It is the first of at least 12 SpaceX missions to the ISS as part of the contract.

It was Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), who is on board the ISS, captured Dragon using one of the station's robotic arms and guided it to a docking port to unload cargo. The mission, officially known as CRS-1, is not the first visit made by Dragon to the ISS. Last May, a Dragon freighter made its first docking with the station, but that was part of a test to determine if the Dragon could be used as a cargo carrier.

Dragon is a free-flying, reusable spacecraft that stands 4.4 m (14.4 ft) tall and is 3.66 m (12 ft) in diameter. Weighing 6,000 (13,228 lbs) at launch, it consists of a pressurized capsule and an unpressurized trunk that houses the craft’s solar power array. Now Dragon returns by parachute for a water recovery before refurbishment and reuse. But SpaceX have plans to upgrade it in the near future to make powered landings and eventually carry a crew.

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2012

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2012 was awarded jointly to Frenchman Serge Haroche and American David J. Wineland "for ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems". These two work in the field of quantum optics, which deals with the interaction between light and matter.
Serge Haroche
David J. Wineland

Haroche and Wineland, both 68, are awarded for inventing and developing methods for observing tiny quantum particles without destroying them. The discovery may pave way to building a new type of super fast computer based on quantum physics.

Serge Haroche was born on11 September 1944 in Casablanca, Morocco. Since 2001, Haroche has been a Professor at the College de France and holds the Chair of Quantum Physics. Haroche is member of the French Physical Society, the European Physical society and a fellow and member of the American Physical Society. He is the uncle of French singer–songwriter and actor Raphael Haroche.

David Jeffrey Wineland was born on February 24, 1944. He is a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physics laboratory in Boulder. Wineland is a fellow of the American Physical society, the American Optical society, and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1992.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Britain's Sir John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka of Japan win Nobel Prize for medicine

Britain's Sir John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka of Japan have won the 2012 Nobel Prize for medicine.

The duo had been awarded for their research in nuclear reprogramming, a process that instructs adult cells to form early stem cells which can then be used to form any tissue type.
The prize committee at Stockholm's Karolinska Institute said Monday that the two researchers won the award "for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent."
The committee says the discovery have "revolutionised our understanding of how cells and organisms develop."

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Malayalam actor Thilakan Passed Away

Veteran Malayalam actor Thilakan passed away following a cardiac arrest, at 3 am on 24th September 2012. He was 74. Thilakan was admitted due to serious illness since August 23.

He had played various roles in about 300 films in different langauges. He is survived by two sons and two daughters. Thilakan had been struggling ever since he was admitted on August 23. He also suffered from an attack of pneumonia.
Thilakan made his debut in cinema in 1972 with ‘Periyar’. But it was with K.G. George’s Kolangal (1981) that he truly rose to fame. From the beginning of his film career to the recent ‘Ustad Hotel’ Surendranath Thilakan remained an actor beyond comparison. Actually his passion for acting began while he was still at school. The acting career was started in the 1950s in popular dramas.
Many awards and recognitions were won by him. He won the Best Supporting Actor award for his role in ‘Rithubhedam’ in the year 1988. Thilakan's performance in ‘Perumthachan’ fetched him the Best Actor award by the Kerala State govt. in 1990. In 1994, he once again won the State Best Actor award for his movies ‘Gamanam’ and ‘Santhanagopalam’. He won Special Jury Award for his performance in ‘Ekantham’ in 2007. Thilakan was awarded the Padma Shri in 2009 for his contributions towards arts.
Thilakan was born at Ayroor, now in Pathanamthitta district, on July 15, 1938.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Beelzebufo, the Largest Frog!

A team of researchers in Madagascar has made a discovery recently. What they found was the fossil of the largest frog that ever lived in the world. The frog named Beelzebufo, or ‘devil’s frog’ is thought to grew upto 16 inches long and weighed 4.5 kilograms!

The name “Beelzebufo” comes from the Greek word for devil (Beelzebub) and the Latin word for toad (bufo). The frog huge had a protective shield, an extremely wide mouth and powerful jaws. These features made Beelzebufo capable of killing lizards and other small animals. By comparison, the largest living frog today is the goliath frog of West Africa, which can be 12.5 inches long and weigh about 3.2 kilograms.

The Indian Connection of Curiosity!

As the culmination of one of the most exciting space missions ever witnessed by the world, the Mars Rover, Curiosity, landed on the Martian surface on Sunday, 6th August, 2012. The landing was after a journey of more than eight months across more than 567 million km of space since the space craft was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida by NASA on November 26, 2011. It will be there on the Mar’s surface for about two-year term seeking evidence for life on the Red Planet. The $2.5 billion Curiosity project, formally called the Mars Science Laboratory, is NASA's first astrobiology mission since the 1970s-era Viking probes.
NASA described the feat as perhaps the most complex achieved in robotic spaceflight. Moments later the descend, Curiosity beamed back its first three images from the Martian surface, one of them showing a wheel of the vehicle.
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Curiosity, the car-sized nuclear-powered, mobile scientific laboratory, is about twice as long and five times as heavy as the Spirit and Opportunity Mars exploration rovers, and carries over ten times the mass of scientific instruments. The MSL spacecraft that transported it to Mars successfully carried out a more accurate landing than previous rovers, within a landing ellipse of 7 by 20 km in the Aeolis Palus region of Gale Crater in Mars' southern hemisphere. This location is near the mountain Aeolis Mons. The Rover is designed to explore for at least 687 Earth days (1 Martian year) over a range of 5 by 20 km.
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Ravi Prakash is a NASA rock scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory who has helped in the process of entry, descent, and landing of NASA’s rover ‘Curiosity’. Prakash, who joined NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in the year 2005 has been working at the Mars Science Laboratory ever since.
Prakash holds a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.S. in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Sengupta is an aerospace engineer and a member of the entry, descent, and landing (EDL) sequence team of the project. Sengupta is the person who tested a parachute, an important mission element which will decide the destiny of the U.S. spacecraft. The parachute will open up and slow down the spacecraft from supersonic to subsonic speeds, reports G.S. Mudur of Yahoo. Sengupta holds a PhD in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California.

Amitabh Ghosh, an IITian from Kharagpur was a key member of the team who identified the landing site for ‘curiosity’, the Gale crater location. Ghosh also played a prominent role in various other missions by NASA such as Mars Pathfinder Mission and MER (Mars Exploration Rover) mission. He was the only Asian in the Pathfinder mission by NASA. Amitabh Ghosh has been honoured with NASA Mars Pathfinder Achievement Award in the year 1997 and the NASA Mars Exploration Rover Achievement Award in 2004, for his marvelous contributions.

Super Trees of Singapore

Singapore is again getting ready to make the world wonder. The new attraction to their already long list of things to see is the Bay South Garden located in the city's Marina Bay. This is the part of an eco-park which spreads about 250-acre (the size of 190 football fields)!  This is named Gardens by the Bay. 
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A series of the 18 gigantic super-trees that were inspired by the tallest and most dominant rainforest trees are here to attract the visitors. These trees, of 80-164 feet height made from metal, are as eco-friendly as natural trees. Their large canopies collect rain water and also absorb heat and provide shade, helping the over 200,000 species of flowers and ferns planted around and below them, flourish. Their built-in photovoltaic solar cells capture the sun's energy and provide enough green energy to power the park lights and water pumps.

These giant trees are also linked together to form a 420-foot long skywalk, enabling visitors to stroll around and enjoy the view from the top. There is a restaurant on the top as well!
This horticultural attraction, one of the largest of its kind in the world,  opened to the public on Friday, June 29, offering a unique fusion of nature and technology.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

James Cameron, the first person to visit the Mariana Trench's Challenger Deep, Alone!

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James Cameron, the well-known film director, created history by diving deep to the deepest point of the earth all alone! He became the first person to make a solo visit to the Mariana Trench's Challenger Deep in the western Pacific on March 26 at 7:52am local time. Cameron described his record-breaking dive as "going to another planet".

The nearly 10.9km (7-mile) dive was made possible by the Deepsea Challenger, a specially-designed submersible. It was a long, thin vehicle, which Cameron calls a "vertical torpedo". It was specially built to withstand the immense pressure at the ocean floor. It took over two hours to reach the bottom.
When he finally reached bottom, he sent the anxious crew on the support vessel Mermaid Sapphire the welcome message: "All systems OK."
He spent nearly six hours in the trench. He'll also be able to use the sub's manipulator arm to gather samples for the eager scientists waiting up above. Cameron found no large creatures there - only small shrimp-like animals that were an inch in length.

The craft, which weighs 11 tonnes and is more than 7m long, was built after researches for about seven years in secret. The tiny compartment in which Cameron sat in is made from thick steel, which is able to resist the 1,000 atmospheres of pressure he experienced at full ocean depth. The rest of the vertical column is made from a material called syntactic foam - a solid made of hollow "microballoons" - giving it enough buoyancy to float back up. The sub has so many lights with Cameron was able to see and shoot the proceeding there under. It also has robotic arms, allowing him to collect samples of rocks and soils from the ocean depth. He also intends to release a documentary.

This is only the second manned expedition to the ocean's deepest depths - the first took place in 1960 when US Navy Lt Don Walsh and Swiss oceanographer Jacques Piccard spent about 20 minutes on the ocean floor in a bathyscaphe called the Trieste. Lt Walsh, who is now in his 80s, joined Mr Cameron and his team of engineers out at sea for the dive.
Lt. Don Walsh(bottom)
and Jacques Piccard (center)
in the bathyscaphe Trieste

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Dadasaheb Phalke award for Soumitra Chatterjee

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Eminent actor Soumitra Chatterjee had been selected for the Dadasahaeb Phalke Award.
Mr. Chatterjee, the Bengali iconic actor, made his debut in 1959 acting with Satyajit Ray in Apur Sansar. Later he went on to become a central actor in Ray's team, in classic movies like "Sonar Kella", "Charulata", and "Ghare Baire".. He has also worked with several other well-known directors. Some of his other famous movies are "Jhinder Bandi", "Koni", "Kaapurush", "Akash Kusum", "Aranyer Din Ratri", "Joy Baba Felunath", "Teen Bhubaner Pare", "Ganashatru" and "Sakah Prashakha
He said the award, whose recipients have been “deserving persons,” “vindicates the faith that my countrymen have placed in me.”

PHALKE Award Winners

Shyam Benegal - Director                    2006
Adoor Gopalakrishnan - Director                    2005
Mrinal Sen - Director                    2004
Dev Anand- Actor, Director, Producer                    2003
Yash Chopra - Director, Producer                    2002
Asha Bhosle - Singer                    2001
Hrishikesh Mukherjee - Director                    2000
B.R. Chopra - Director, Producer                   1999
Pradeep - Lyricist, Poet                   1998
Sivaji Ganesan - Actor                   1997
Dr. Raj Kumar - Actor, Singer, Producer                   1996
Dilip Kumar - Actor                           1995
Majrooh Sultanpuri - Lyricist                   1994
Bhupen Hazarika - Composer, Singer, Producer   1993
Bhalji Pendharkar - Producer, Director   1992
A. Nageshwar Rao- Actor                   1991
Lata Mangeshkar - Singer, Producer                           1990
Ashok Kumar - Actor, Singer                   1989
Raj Kapoor - Actor, Director                   1988
B. Nagi Reddi -  Producer                   1987
V.Shantaram - Director, producer, actor                   1986
Satyajit Ray - Director, Producer                   1985
Durga Khote - Actress                   1984
L.V. Prasad - Actor, Director, Producer                   1983
Naushad- Composer                   1982
Jairaj - Actor, Director, Producer                   1981
Sohrab Modi - Actor, Director, Producer                   1980
R.C. Boral - Composer                   1979
Nitin Bose - Cinematographer, Director,  Producer    1978
Kanan Devi - Actress, Singer, Producer                   1977
Dhiren Ganguly - Actor, Director, Producer           1976
B.N. Reddi - Director, Producer                   1975
Sulochana- Actress                           1974
Pankaj Mallick - Singer, Actor, Composer           1973
Prithviarj Kapoor - Actor, Director, Producer           1972
B.N. Sircar - Producer                   1971
Devika Rani - Actress                   1970

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Wait Ended. Sachin hit 100th 100

Sachin during the match against Bangladesh
The wait ended!!! Sachin Tendulkar Scored his hundredth international century. He achieved this in the One dayer against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup chapmionship held at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium Mirpur, Bangladesh.
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This is Sachin’s 49th century in One Day Cricket. He has scored 51 centuries in Test Cricket as well.
A year has past when Sachin scored the last century.  At last the Master blaster ended the fans wait for his 100th 100. Great Sachin, great...

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Virat Kohli, the New Star of World Cricket

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Virat Kohli, the ‘furious young man’ of Indian cricket has been showing his mettle to be become the real best. Hitherto he has been considred the future star of Indian cricket, but now he has come forward with a blast to claim the throne of today’s promise.
Examine the statistics at the Australian tour of India. Virat is at the top in batting average. Besides this he was on the forefornt of one or two who strechted their chest and faced the fiercing challenge of the firy pace of the Aussies.

He has been continuing his form in the Asia Cup also. When scored a hundred against Sri Lanka, Virat became the fastest-ever to score ten hundreds! He needed only 83 One dayers to reach this. Remember even the great Tendulkar took 134 games to complete ten hundreds, Vivian Richards took 133 matches, Brian Lara took 109, and Ricky Ponting took 150 matches to get 10 tons. He is already the fastest Indian, and fourth fastest batsman to score 3,000 runs, in just 75 ODIs. He also became the only Indian to score back-to-back hundreds on two occasions. In 2010-11, he scored successive centuries against Australia and New Zealand, at Visakhapatanam & Guwahati respectively.
Virat now averages a century in every 8.3 ODIs which is the fastest by any batsman in the world! In One Days he has attained an average of 48.82 as well.

It is undoutedly a positive gusture to the Indian cricket. Dravid has retired, Sachin is declining in form, Yuvraj is out with illness...all unpleasant happenings. Team India need some iconic players to catch up...and here is Kohli, the real antibiotic for all disturbing developments.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Tata Megapixel, Car with 900 km Mileage!!!

Tata Motors comes again to shock the world!
This Indian automotive company which is the makers of the world’s cheapest car, ‘Nano’, recently unveiled another masterpiece, named ‘Megapixel’ at the Geneva Motor Show.

Megapixel, according to the makers, is a RE-EV, ie, Range Extended Electric Vehicle. This indicates that this one is an electric car. The most important news is that the Tata Megapixel, the hybrid electric vehicle, is capable of covering whooping 900 kilometers on single fuel tank! This also reduces carbon emissions to just 22 grams/km

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The Megapixel uses lithium-iron phosphate batteries that can be charged through an induction plate fitted to any parking space or garage. So, rather than plugging into a wall outlet, the car can be parked over the top of the charging station and charging begins automatically. The car's, which has four motors, maximum speed is 68.4mph and its total range is 900 km (559 miles). Megapixel has four sliding doors as well. The front doors slide forward and the rear doors slide back, giving completely pillar-less access to the interior.

It has a stunning turning radius of just 2.8 meters (9.2 ft)! An ideal city car for global urban environments.
The Megapixel was developed by Tata's design centres in India, the UK and Italy. Now the Indians have something to boast off. Tata, who is based in India, is the world's largest automakers. But just think the fact that India's vehicle ownership ratios are currently the same as America's were in 1912!!!
And...finally...don’t get too much excited, this car may never hit the roads and may remain a ‘concept’ at least for the next few years?!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Amartya Sen Received the US Humanities Award

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Amartya Sen, the Indian economist and 1998 Nobel Prize winner in economics, has been awarded the prestigious National Medals of Arts and Humanities Award by United States President Barack Obama at a glittering function in White House, Washington.
"Sen is being awarded the 2011 National Humanities Medal for his insights into the causes of poverty, famine, and injustice. By applying philosophical thinking to questions of policy, he has changed how standards of living are measured and increased our understanding of how to fight hunger," said the citation.
The 2011 National Medal of Arts were also awarded to Will Barnet, Rita Dove, Al Pacino, Emily Rauh Pulitzer, Martin Puryear, Mel Tillis, United Service Organisation and Andre Watts.
And the 2011 National Humanities Medal were given to Kwame Anthony Appiah, John Ashbery, Robert Darnton, Andrew Delbanco, National History Day, Charles Rosen sand Teofilo Ruiz, besides Sen.

Prof Sen, currently a professor of economics and philosophy at Harvard University, is the first Asian to win the Nobel Prize in Economics. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1998 for his contribution towards understanding the underlying causes of famine. He is also the recipient of India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna as well. Prof Sen has written or edited more than 30 books on economics and philosophy.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Yuvraj...Word became Reality?!

Sometimes we may find situations in our life when ‘words become flesh’...! Like is the case of the Indian cricket superstar Yuvraj Singh.

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We all know that this most famous showman and the most eligible bachelor is now playing one of his toughest innings...the inning for his health and life! He was diagnosed with cancer in his lung. Is it a mere coincidence that he did an advertisement for an insurance company stating that ‘all was well till the bat was doing well...but when the runs stopped coming, there was no guarantees...’!!! It is a truth that he did this ad much before he was diagnosed with the scary disease.
Then...oh, is the word became flesh? Anyways the ad is being repeated these days and is getting more publicity to the insurance company.

Stop...bad words...omens...let’s talk positively. Yuvraj is a fighter, no doubt. He cannot give up so easily. Let’s rewind...The Natwest series against England. India was going down in a decisive match. But Yuvraj was there to take up the challenge and brought India to an unbelievable victory alongwith Kaif. What about the first World cup 20-20? What about the World Cup 2011? It was Yuvi who exploded with the bat and stormed with the ball in adverse situations to lead India to victory. Yuvi did all these feats when he was not expected to do them, that is important. Those was all times when he had been criticised of bad form, inconsistencies and irresponsibilities. But he did show what he was...and what he could...
We all are once again expecting that from him. The cricket lovers are all pouring their prayers and best wishes on him. Even the gods cannot resist to hear. There are many whose stories are there to inspire him like the current Australian captain Michael Clarke who was diagnosed with skin cancer which he overcame, Dave Callaghan, the South African cricketer who fought cancer, came back to play international cricket and the world famous cyclist Lance Armstrong who went through chemotherapy and rehabilitation and then went on to win the Tour de France.
Yuvi during Chemo therapy

He has lot more to do to Indian cricket. He has to go miles to before sleep, as human being and a youth, play many roles to his family his country and to himself as well. He should be there to entertain everybody with the kind batting extravaganza that he is famous for.

India Pak brotherhood on Operation Table!

Who said India and Pakistan are rivals? I think the rivalry only lies in the hearts of the politicians who always try to fish in troubled waters. Actually there is only friedship and love among the people...because Indians and Pakistanis are brothers!

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There are many such accounts that can be pointed out as examples of this feeling. To this list here is another one, a true brotherhood story.
In this incident a group of Indian doctors and their Pakistani counterparts are the protagonists. The Indian doctors and Pakistani doctors jointly perform a complicated liver transplant operation for the first time in Pakistan. The living donor liver transplantation (LDLT), which is so complicated, was performed at Lahore`s Shiekh Zayed Hospital on 10th February 2011 by this team.
LDLTs are "highly sensitive and complicated" surgical procedures as two lives - the donor and recipient are at risk.
The joint operations were done by Indian surgeon Subash Gupta, a senior transplant doctor of Apollo Hospital, Delhi, and three of his colleagues and the three-member Pakistani team of Tariq Bangash, Khawar Shahzad and Umer Ali. The first liver transplant was performed on Khanum Maula and the liver was donated by his close relative Irshad Bibi. The second surgery was conducted on 45-year-old Abida Parveen and the liver was donated by her 19-year-old son. It took 12 long hours!
I, personally want to hear this kind of positive news from either side of the border, and not about inflitration, scolding series by leaders, rivalry in sporting fields and the like. Let us live with absolute peace and harmony and that may not lead the innocent citizens ‘rest in peace’.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Jerry Yang...Out ...from Yahoo!!!

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Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang has left the company after 17 years of strong bond. It was Yang, now 43, who co-founded Yahoo in 1995 while at Stanford University with fellow graduate student David Filo. He had been on Yahoo's board since the company's inception and served as the CEO from June 2007 to January 2009. He is now giving up his honorary title "Chief Yahoo," as well.

Yang’s resignation came shortly after the appointment of Scott Thompson, who was previously president at PayPal, as Yahoo’s new CEO. Yang is leaving following disturbances in the company regarding his series of wrong decisions and moves including handling of acquisition talks with Microsoft and the company’s lackluster performance, reports say. It was Yang who turned down a chance to sell Yahoo to Microsoft for $47.5 billion, in May 2008. Now, with the tarnished image, the company costs only below $20 billion!

But personaly Yang is now worth about $1.1 billion, according to Forbes magazine's latest estimates. He don’t have to worry at all, so to say!!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Tamil Nadu plans to make chess compulsory in schools

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Chess, the game which brought India many laureals in the sports world, is becoming a topic of study in schools. Tamil Nadu has adopted Gujarat's strategy of introducing chess in all schools as a compulsory item. This aims to improve the cognitive skills of students. This is known to be launched in government and aided schools next academic year onwards.

The inspiration was the "chess in schools" programme run by the World Chess Federation, whose president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov had met Tamil Nadu Chief minister Jayalalithaa earlier in the year.
Chess is a proven practice in improving concentration and brain skills like analysing and sysnthesising capacities.

Who kows another Viswanathan Anand will emerge through this. Afterall Tamil Nadu is the home state of the chess maestro Anand.

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