Archive for the ‘Information’ Category
Posted in In My Opinion, Information, News and Views, Observation, tagged Abortions, Daughters, Feticide, Ifanticide, India, Male Child, News, Save Girl Child, Sex Ratio, Son Preference on 3 April 2008 | 9 Comments »
Son preference in India is a well documented fact and its implications on skewed sex ratios, female feticide and high child morality rates is no news either. For over a century India has shown marked gap in the number is boys vs girls born each year. With technological advancement this gap is only increasing.
Indians worship the goddesses in temples but kill their daughters at home. Preference for boys over girls is driven by these factors:
- Sons are expected to provide emotional and social care to parents especially in their old age as well as are responsible for their lineage while daughters will go away to other families. It appears sons compensate for the lack of social security in India.
- Only if the son light the funeral pyre can the parents ascend to heaven.
- Sons add to family wealth and property, whereas daughters will drain that in the form of dowry for marriage.
- Sons will protect the parents whereas daughters have to be protected. (more…)
Posted in Education, Information, Interesting, News and Views, Observation, Tech News, tagged Evaluseserve, Indian Economy, News, NRIs, Reverse Brain Drain, Technology, US Economy on 31 March 2008 | 3 Comments »
India has initiated reverse brain drain. Realizing how many scientists, doctors, engineers and other professionals they loose every year, Indian government is taking steps to lure them back to the country.
The scheme for NRIs, though still in infancy, has already netted at least 40 PHDs and MTechs working in academics or industry in countries like US, UK, Japan and Sweden.
“We are intensifying the drive. In 2007 alone, we received 150 applications from NRI scientists and engineers and finally picked up 22. The number of applicants is increasing, with the majority coming from US,” a top Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) scientist said.
Posted in From Headlines, Information, Interesting, Movies, Sports, TV, tagged Animation, Comic, Davis Cup, Jai Natarajan, Leander Paes, Leander Sport Private Limited, News, Sports, Superhero, Tennis, The Magic Racquet on 31 March 2008 | 1 Comment »
Leander Paes, who has saved India from several Davis Cup disasters and a medal hope at the Beijing Olympic Games in August, is going to play a miracle man who helps school kids in cartoon television series called The Magic Racquet.
Not much has been disclosed about the story line. Paes will play roughly his own age and will sport tennis gear. The story will revolve around a school with three to five central characters between the age group of 6 to 10. There are also plans to include other sporting stars as guests in a few episodes since the objective is to promote sports in general.
Posted in Education, From Headlines, General, Information, Interesting, News and Views, Tech News, tagged Apache Hadoop, Cloud Computing, Computational Research Laboratories, CRL, Google, Hadoop Summit, Indian, News, Pune, Rattan Tata, Ron Brachman, Supercomputers, TATA, Tata Sons, Technology, USA, Yahoo on 24 March 2008 | 4 Comments »
Yahoo has struck an agreement with Computational Research Laboratories, a unit of Tata Sons Ltd., to pursue research on “cloud computing” technologies. Yahoo said the project with the laboratory in Pune would use the world’s fourth-fastest supercomputer and Apache Hadoop, a framework for creating software that can handle large amounts of data using several computers. (more…)
Posted in Cultural, General, Information, News and Views, Observation, Stories and Experiences, tagged Babies Outsourced, Commercial, Culture, Family, Health, India, Infertility, Made In India, Medical Tourism, News, Observations, Outsourcing, Pregnancy, Society, Surrogacy, Surrogate, Surrogate Mother, Technology, Trans-ethnic on 12 March 2008 | 18 Comments »
In India, there is a new IT industry: the new Infant Trading. After the adults, it is now the babies turn to be outsourced. Reproductive Outsourcing is catching on. The industry is valued at more than $450 millions, and the number of cases of surrogacy has doubled over the past three years. Commercial surrogacy has been legal in India since 2002. India is emerging as a leader making it into what can be called a viable industry rather than a rare fertility treatment. It has gained popularity for same reasons as outsourcing in other industries: a wide labor pool working for relatively low rates. In India womb is the new Web.
Posted in From Headlines, Indian Economy, Information, News and Views, tagged Billionaires, Forbes List 2008, Indian Billionaires, Indian Economy, News, World's Richest Men on 5 March 2008 | 3 Comments »
Forbes magazine just released its list of billionaires for 2008. Everyone is surprised by the news that Bill Gates is no longer the richest man: it is now Warren Buffett. Bill Gates has dropped to number three. Should we feel sorry for him? But what surprised me it that they are the only two Americans on top ten. Whereas there are four Indians on the top ten list:
- Lakshmi Mittal (ranks forth with $45)
- Mukesh Ambani (ranks fifth with $43 B)
- Anil Ambani (ranks sixth with $42 B)
- K.P. Singh (ranks eighth with $30 B)
Posted in From Headlines, Humor, Indian Railways, Information, News and Views, tagged Budget, Chak de, Humor, Indian Economy, Indian Railways, Lallu Prasad Yadav, News, Union Minister on 26 February 2008 | 2 Comments »
Lallu Prasad Yadav picked a bollywood theme of his fifth Railway Budget. Chak de Railways, he exclaimed. In his presentation of the Union Railway Budget, he recited:
Sab kah rahe hain humne gazab kaam kiya hai,
Karoron ka munafa har ek shaam diya hai,
Phal salon yeh ab dega, paudha jo lagaya hai,
Sewa ka, samarpan ka, har farz nibhaya hai.
Posted in Cultural, In My Experience, Indian Economy, Musing, News and Views, Observation, tagged Capitalism, Capitalistic Democracy, Consumerism, Indian Economy, Proverty on 14 February 2008 | 8 Comments »
There are two kinds of books: one with fresh smell of ink and the other with musty smell of memory. While growing up the fresh smell was rare: once at the beginning of the school year and at the annual book fair. Most of the story books were either borrowed from friends or loaned from local library. Things have changed so much now. You get to browse book at the store without getting even a single poke by the store keeper. These days smell of fresh ink is everywhere. There are many new experiences, books, and authors.