Wednesday, March 9, 2011

SIX-YEAR hunger strike

Indian girl on SIX-YEAR hunger strike to protest Indian Army atrocities in Manipur.

Sharmila Chanu has been imprisoned for 'attempted suicide' once. Survived through forced nasal feeding. Was a Nobel Peace Prize 2005 nominee.

Sept, 2010 : The Hindu -- Irom Sharmila awarded Tagore peace prize

And older articles -

Oct, 2006 -- The "Iron Lady in Manipuri": Indian Girl On Six-Year Hunger Strike Protests Against Indian Army Atrocities

Oct, 2006 -- Woman protesting army powers reaches Capital

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Court upholds Yunus’ dismissal from Grameen Bank

Bonded labour in India

Just wanted to share a few links -
A broad look at Labour in India, as well as a closer look at how generations pay off debt through slavery.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

NASA's space shuttle Discovery takes last flight (photos)

[From the site:]
This week's launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery's Mission STS-133 will mark the end of an era for NASA.

Since its inaugural launch on August 30, 1984 (Mission STS-41-D), Discovery has spent more than 322 days in space, completing 5,247 orbits around the Earth, delivering dozens of astronauts into the cosmos, and playing host to hundreds of research projects.

And some amazing pics at this link.


At levels I, at least, cannot comprehend. Two links -

Hasan Ali Khan, worth $ 8 billion

"What the hell is going on in our country?" asks Supreme Court

Good question.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

harmful medicines

Came across this list of medicines which contain banned ingredients. They were banned because of side-effects, some of which are really harmful. If anyone has anything on these, do post in the comments below.

cold and cough. Reason for ban : stroke.
Brand name : Vicks Action-500
This is a pain-killer. Reason for ban: Bone marrow depression.
Brand name: Novalgin
Acidity, constipation. Reason for ban : irregular heartbeat
Brand name : Ciza, Syspride
Anti-depressant. Reason for ban : Irregular heartbeat.
Brand name : Droperol
Antidiarrhoeal. Reason for ban : Cancer.
Brand name : Furoxone, Lomofen
Painkiller, fever. Reason for ban : Liver failure.
Brand name : Nise, Nimulid
Antibacterial cream. Reason for ban : Cancer.
Brand name : Furacin
Laxative. Reason for ban : Cancer.
Brand name : Agarol
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. Reason for ban : Bone marrow depression.
Brand name : Sioril
Anti-worms. Reason for ban : Nerve damage.
Brand name : Piperazine
Anti-diarrhoeal. Reason for ban : Damage to sight.
Brand name: Enteroquinol

Monday, July 26, 2010

How Famous Companies were Named

A very interesting post, mirrored from somewhere else. Enjoy!

The word was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book Gulliver's Travels. It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance and action and is barely human. Yahoo! founders Jerry Yang and David Filo selected the name because they considered themselves yahoos.

Sun Microsystems
Founded by four Stanford University buddies, Sun is the acronym for Stanford University Network.

From the Latin word 'sonus' meaning sound, and 'sonny' a slang used by Americans to refer to a bright youngster.

Red Hat
Company founder Marc Ewing was given the Cornell lacrosse team cap (with red and white stripes) while at college by his grandfather. He lost it and had to search for it desperately. The manual of the beta version of Red Hat Linux had an appeal to readers to return his Red Hat if found by anyone!

Larry Ellison and Bob Oats were working on a consulting project for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The code name for the project was called Oracle (the CIA saw this as the system to give answers to all questions or something such).

Founder Paul Galvin came up with this name when his company started manufacturing radios for cars. The popular radio company at the time was called Victrola.

It was coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to MICROcomputer SOFTware. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the '-' was removed later on.

Mitch Kapor got the name for his company from the lotus position or 'padmasana.' Kapor used to be a teacher of Transcendental Meditation of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Bob Noyce and Gordon Moore wanted to name their new company ' Moore Noyce' but that was already trademarked by a hotel chain, so they had to settle for an acronym of INTegrated ELectronics.

Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett.

Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing email via the web from a computer anywhere in the world. When Sabeer Bhatia came up with the business plan for the mail service, he tried all kinds of names ending in 'mail' and finally settled for Hotmail as it included the letters "html" - the programming language used to write web pages. It was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective upper casings.

The name started as a jockey boast about the amount of information the search-engine would be able to search. It was originally named 'Googol', a word for the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros. After founders - Stanford graduate students Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project to an angel investor, they received a cheque made out to 'Google'.

The name is not an acronym but an abbreviation of San Francisco . The company's logo reflects its San Francisco name heritage. It represents a stylized Golden Gate Bridge .

Apple Computers
Favourite fruit of founder Steve Jobs. He was three months late in filing a name for the business, and he threatened to call his company Apple Computers if the other colleagues didn't suggest a better name by 5 o'clock.

The name came from the river Adobe Creek that ran behind the house of founder John Warnock .


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