Tuesday, August 29, 2006



 

Iran challenged UN security council

Iran refused to shut down its nuclear program. Iranian President said that no one could prevent his country from having a peaceful nuclear program. He challenged US president Mr. George Bush for a live debate on world issues. He said that Iran is developing nuclear program for generating electricity. Whereas according to US and European nations, Iran is developing nuclear bombs that could be very dangerous for stability in Middle East and rest of world. Iranian president has again shown his disliking for Israel by saying that the Zionist regime has deprived the Palestinian nation and other nations of the region of a single day of peace. But he also added that Iran should not be seen as threat to anyone including Israel.

Thursday, August 24, 2006



 

Solar Sytem has now 8 planets

Our solar system has only 8 planets from now onwards according to the new definition of a planet. Pluto is no longer considered as a Planet. Now we have only eight classic planets that are named as following:

Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune

Pluto is classified under new category of planet called as dwarf planets. "Pluto is dead" according to an astronomer. Billions of textbooks related to astronomy and geography will be required to be revised. According to the scientists and astronomers Pluto was too small for its own gravity to pull its orbit into a nearly spherical shape. Also the orbit of Pluto is erratic and overlaps with that of Neptune.

New definition of planet is as following:

"A planet is a celestial body that is in orbit around the Sun, has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it attains a nearly sphere shape and has cleared the neighborhood around its orbit."

The asteroid Ceres & an icy celestial body slightly larger than Pluto, called as UB313, nicknamed Xena will join Pluto as dwarf planets.

Monday, August 21, 2006



 

Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan passed away

Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan has passed away in wee hours today due to cardiac arrest. He was 91 year old. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour in 2001. Ustad Bismillah khan was not well from past few days and was admitted to Heritage hospital in Varanasi. Indian government has declared one day national mourning. He was all time greatest musician of shehnai. His death is loss of not only India but whole of the world as his death is an iron blow to the music, to the art.

Ustad means both ‘teacher’ and ‘master’. He was the only one to be credited for the recognization of shehnai as classical musical instrument. He is the only one to come in mind when you talk about shehnai. His forefathers were court musicians in the princely state of Dumraon in Bihar. Bismilliah khan sahib came into fame in 1937 when he spell bounded everybody at all india music conference. Than on the eve of first republic day of India, he played raag kafi at red fort and won the heart of every Indian.

Friday, August 18, 2006



 

UN needs more troops in Lebanon from European countries

UN is pressing for more troops from European countries for peacekeeping in Lebanon. France has accepted to send 200 additional troops and is expected to send more than 200 troops. Germany has shown its inability to send troops for peacekeeping, as they fear conflict with Israeli soldiers. Finland will be sending somewhere around 250 troops in November. Even Italy has confirmed some troops but exact count is known.

Two Asia countries Indonesia & Malaysia has offered 1000 troops each. But this proposal is not acceptable to Israel. According to Israel, Both Indonesia & Malaysia haven’t recognized Israel as a sovereign state.

 

Murray lost to Roddick

Andy Roddick, stylish Tennis player from USA known for his bullet like serve and Wimbledon final defeats to Roger Fedrer, end Murray’s dream run. Andy Murry created waves across the globe by defeating Roger Fedrer earlier this week. Murry has grueling victories over British player Tim Henman, Swiss player Roger Federer and Robby Ginepri this week. Murry wasn’t able to convert his chances against Roddick and lost to him 6-3, 6-4. Both of them have played three matches against each other. Murray won previous two encounters in straight sets

Thursday, August 17, 2006



 

Fun filled but accurate and informative world map selling in thousands in Germany

You must be amazed to know that an interactive, colourfull world map is widely popular in Germany and almost 50,000 copies of the world map has been already sold out. The map is quite interesting and informative and describes the flora, fauna, culture, historical significance, political atmosphere, rivers, landmarks, mountains and national flag with the help of signs, images and text. So you can see and read about pyramids of Egypt, Great Wall of China, Taj Mahal of India, Statue of Liberty of USA, London Bridge and many more. Get your copy now and decirate your child's room with it. I am sure he/she will love it.

 

Row over Pluto

Pluto is going to remain as planet but would fall in a sub category called as plutons. You might ask what are Plutons? Well plutons are celestial objects that complete one revolution of sun in more than 200 years. Xena and Ceres will also be placed under this sub category of plutons. I must tell you that our moon is bigger than Pluto and Pluto has approximately 1 % mass of our earth. Pluto and its satellite, or we can say as its moon, Charon have often been considered a binary planet because they are more nearly equal in size than any other planet/moon combination in the Solar System. Pluto has two small moons too. One more question arises, how we can say that Xena is larger than Pluto? Well there are two astronomical terms, magnitude and albedo, on the basis of which it is considered that Xena is larger than Pluto. I will define both of them for you:

Albedo is a ratio of scattered to incident electromagnetic radiation power. It do not have any unit. It is a unit less measure of a surface or body's reflectivity.

Apparent magnitude is a measure of apparent brightness of the celestial body to any observer on earth.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006



 

Fedrer's winning streak ends

Well, it was to come one day. Roger fedrer has lost in North America. A 55-match winning streak in North America ended yesterday when teenager Andy Murray of Britain defeated the legend, the king, in its comfort zone. Fedrer is possibly one of the greatest tennis player of all times (But i still finds Pete Sampras better than him). It was Federer’s earliest tournament exit in lasty 2 years. Andy Murray never believed that he can defeat fedex. He became only the second player to defeat Federer in 2006 - after French Open champion Rafael Nadal who has beaten him on four occasions - as he marched into the third round of the Cincinnati Masters.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006



 

War Economics - Israel Lebanon conflict

The Lebanon -Israel conflict has cost Lebanon of at least three billion dollars in lost infrastructure. The cost of the war on Israel’s economy is estimated at nearly 5.7 billion dollars according to Yediot Aharonot daily. But according to the finance minister of Israel, the war has so far cost Israel around NIS 23 billion which includes defense establishment cost of NIS 7 billion. War will have its own effects too as production could go down to 1.5 percent. And there will be expenses on the medical treatment and reestablishment of the civilians affected by the Hezollah's Katyusha rockets.

Its well-known fact that a war can take you a decade back in the growth prospects but still sometimes it’s the only option.

 

Planet - Define it

Soon we may have 12 planets instead of nine in our solar system. Along with this we may have a new, generalized definition of Planet. In a conference in Paris last month of astronomers, historians and scientific writer, it was decided that a planet is an object, which orbits around the star (Sun in our case) so large that its own gravity pulls in its rough edges, producing a near-perfect sphere. So if this definition is agreed upon, we may have 12 planets in our solar system and Xena being one of them. All those irregular asteroids and comets are excluded from being defined as planets. Astronomers from around the world are scheduled to vote on the new definition on August 24 at the IAU's meeting in Prague. So soon we may be telling our children (not in my case, as i am just 22) about our solar system consists of 12 planets namely mercury, Venus, earth, mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Xena and two more.

Sunday, August 13, 2006



 

Astronouts confused over the defination of Planet

Astronauts around the world are confused over the definition of planet. And the bone of contention seems to be Pluto, ninth planet of our solar system. Hubble space telescope has recently detected a new object in space, which is around 70 miles longer than Pluto. This is farthest object detected in our solar system so far. As it is larger than Pluto, should it be termed as a planet? It has been named Xena. Perfectionists or more specifically purists have different point of view. According to them there are only eight planets, Pluto and Xena being bogus.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006



 

Israel - Lebanon conflict

Israel and Lebanon conflict do not seems to be ending soon. Infact Lebanon has offered its troops to disarm hizbollah men, but they want ceasefire first. But Israel do not want to leave a void and want to completely eliminate hizbollah so that it could not attack Israeli cities in future. Infact a ceasefire agreement drafted by UN is alredy rejected by Lebanon and Arab countries describing it Pro Israel. Israel is not accepting Lebanon's offer as Lebanon wasn't able to uproot Hezbollah previously.

Friday, August 04, 2006



 

GPS + Digital camera + World map

Now you can see on map where you have been shooting your favourite shots. This has came into effect with the simultaneous use of several products. First you can shoot any picture at any part of the world using a sony camcoder or sony digital camera. Than the location will be measured with the help of a small Global Positioning System. Both the information are transferred to your PC and SONY's GPS tracker software will synchronize the required latitude and longitudes. And then using google sitemaps you can see where you have been shoting. You can use google world map for that purpose.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006



 

Lebanon backfired : Fired 200 rockets on Israel

In what could be said as biggest attack on Israel in this Israel- Lebanon war, Hezbollah fired some 213 rockets on Israel. Meanwhile troops of Israel are engaged in fierce ground battle along the border. Israeli commandoes raided some 60 miles into Lebanon in the middle of the night to demonstrate there penetration power.

 

Korea wants Google maps to correct up

Google has used Japanese language to refer some places on Korea maps. And according to National Geographic Information Institute , the new map will be centered on Koream penisula as against the western europe. Earlier there was problem on refering east sea as sea of Japan by google, which was later corrected. They also said that a wall sized world map (Korea centric) is under designing and will be completed by the end of year.

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