Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Spread it like fire; Our Nation needs us... Please Contribute... This is not just a forward, it’s the future ! of our Nation.

 “दर्द होता रहा छटपटाते रहे, आईने॒से सदा चोट खाते रहे, वो वतन बेचकर मुस्कुराते रहे
हम वतन के लिए॒सिर कटाते रहे

280 लाख करोड़ का सवाल है ...भारतीय गरीब है लेकिन भारत देश कभी गरीब नहीं रहा"* ये कहना है स्विस बैंक के डाइरेक्टर का. स्विस बà! ��ंक के डाइरेक्टर ने यह भी कहा है कि भारत का लगभग 280 लाख करोड़ रुपये उनके स्विस बैंक में जमा है. ये रकम इतनी है कि भारत का आने वाले 30 सालों का बजट बिना टैक्स के बनाया जा सकता है.
या यूँ कहें कि 60 करोड़ रोजगार के अवसर दिए जा सकते है. या यूँ भी कह सकते है कि भारत के किसी भी गाँव से दिल्ली तक 4 लेन रोड बनाया जा सकता है.

ऐसा भी कह सकते है कि 500 से ज्यादा सामाजिक प्रोजेक्ट पूर्ण किये जा सकते है. ये रकम इतनी ज्यादा है कि अगर हर भारतीय को 2000 रुपये हर महीने भी दिए जाये तो 60 साल तक ख़त्म ना हो. यानी भारत को किसी वर्ल्ड बैंक से लोन लेने कि कोई जरुरत नहीं है. जरा सोचिये ... हमारे भ्रष्ट राजनेताओं और नोकरशाहों ने कैसे देश को लूटा है और ये लूट का सिलसिला अभी तक 2011 तक जारी है.
इस सिलसिले को अब रोकना बहुत ज्यादा जरूरी हो गया है. अंग्रेजो ने हमारे भारत पर करीब 200 सालो तक राज करके करीब 1 लाख करोड़ रुपये लूटा.
मगर आजादी के केवल 64 सालों में हमारे Hkz’Vkpkfj;ksa
 ने 280 लाख करोड़ लूटा है. एक तरफ 200 साल में 1 लाख करोड़ है और दूसरी तरफ केवल 64 सालों में 280 लाख करोड़ है. यानि हर साल लगभग 4.37 लाख करोड़, या हर महीने करीब 36 हजार करोड़ भारतीय मुद्रा स्विस बैंक में इन भ्रष्ट लोगों द्वारा जमा करवाई गई है.

भारत को किसी वर्ल्ड बैंक के लोन की कोई दरकार नहीं है. सोचो की कितना पैसा हमारे भ्रष्ट राजनेताओं और उच्च अधिकारीयों ने ब्लाक करके रखा हुआ है.

हमे भ्रस्ट राजनेताओं और भ्रष्ट अधिकारीयों के खिलाफ जाने का पूर्ण अधिकार है.हाल ही में हुवे घोटालों का आप सभी को पता ही है - CWG घोटाला, २ जी स्पेक्ट्रुम घोटाला , आदर्श होउसिंग घोटाला ... और ना जाने कौन कौन से घोटाले अभी उजागर होने वाले है ........
Summary of All scams of India : Rs. 910603234300000/-

See how Lokpal Bill can curb the politicians, Circulate it to create awareness
      Existing System
System Proposed by civil society
No politician or senior officer ever goes to jail despite huge evidence because Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) and CBI directly come under the government. Before starting investigation or initiating prosecution in any case, they have to take permission from t! he same bosses, against whom the case has to be investigated.
Lokpal at centre and Lokayukta at state level will be independent bodies. ACB and CBI will be merged into these bodies. They will have power to initiate investigations and prosecution against any officer or politician without needing anyone’s permission. Investigation should be completed within 1 year and trial to get over in next 1 year. Within two years, the corrupt should go to jail.
No corrupt officer is dismissed from the job because Central Vigilance Commission, which is supposed to dismiss corrupt officers, is only an advisory body. Whenever it advises government to dismiss any senior corrupt officer, its advice is never implemented.
Lokpal and Lokayukta will have complete powers to order dismissal of a corrupt officer. CVC and all departmental vigilance will be merged into Lokpal and state vigilance will be merged into Lokayukta.
No action is taken against corrupt judges because permission is required from the Chief Justice of India to even register an FIR against corrupt judges.
Lokpal & Lokayukta shall have powers to investigate and prosecute any judge without needing anyone’s permission.
Nowhere to go - People expose corruption but no action is taken on their complaints.
Lokpal & Lokayukta will have to enquire into and hear every complaint.
There is so much corruption within CBI and vigilance departments. Their functioning is so secret that it encourages corruption within these agencies.  
All investigations in Lokpal & Lokayukta shall be transparent. After completion of investigation, all case records shall be open to public.  Complaint against any staff of Lokpal & Lokayukta shall be enquired and punishment a! nnounced within two months.
Weak and corrupt people are appointed as heads of anti-corruption agencies.
Politicians will have absolutely no say in selections of Chairperson and members of Lokpal & Lokayukta. Selections will take place through a transparent and public participatory process.
Citizens face harassment in government offices. Sometimes they are forced to pay bribes. One can only complaint to senior officers. No action is taken on complaints because senior officers also get their cut.
Lokpal & Lokayukta will get public grievances resolved in time bound manner, impose a penalty of Rs 250 per day of delay to be deducted from the salary of guilty officer and award that amount as compensation to the aggrieved citizen.
Nothing in law to recover ill gotten wealth. A corrupt person can come out of jail and enjoy that money.
Loss caused to the government due to corruption will be recovered from all accused.
Small punishment for corruption- Punishment for corruption is minimum 6 months and maxi! mum 7 years.
Enhanced punishment - The punishment would be minimum 5 years and maximum of life imprisonment.
Dear All,
Please go through the details carefully & try to be part of this mission against corruption.
Things to know about Anna Hazare and Lok pal Bill-:
  1.Who is Anna Hazare?                                                                            
  An ex-army man(Unmarried). Fought 1965 Indo-Pak War.                                                      
  2.What's so special about him?                                                                   
  He built a village Ralegaon Siddhi in Ahamad Nagar district, Maharashtra                         
  3.This village is a self-sustained model village. Energy is produced i! n the village itself from  
  solar power, biofuel and wind mills. In 1975, it used to be a poverty clad village. Now it is one
  of the richest village in India. It has become a model for self-sustained, eco-friendly &        
  harmonic village.                                                                                 
  4.This guy, Anna Hazare was awarded Padma Bhushan and is a known figure for his social           
  5.He is supporting a cause, the amendment of a law to curb corruption in India.                  
  6. How that can be possible?                                                                     
  He is advocating for a Bill, The Lok Pal Bill (The Citizen Ombudsman Bill), that will form an    
  autonomous authority who will make politicians (ministers), bureaucrats (IAS/IPS) accountable for
  their deeds.                                                                                     
 7. It's an entirely new thing right..?                                                            
  In 1972, the bill was proposed by then Law minister Mr. Shanti Bhushan. Since then it has been   
  neglected by the politicians and some are trying to change the bill to suit their theft          
8. Oh.. He is going on a hunger strike for that whole thing of passing a Bill ! How can that be  
  possible in such a short span of time?                                                            
  The first thing he is asking for is: the govt should come forward and announce that the bill is  
  going to be passed.                                                                              
  Next, they make a joint committee to DRAFT the LOK PAL BILL. 50% government participation and 50%
  public participation. Bcoz u can't trust the govt entirely for making such a bill which does not    
  suit them.                                                                                        
9.What will happen when this bill is passed?                                                     
&nbsp! ; A LokPal will be appointed at the centre. He will have an autonomous charge, say like the Election
  Commission of India. In each and every state, Lokayukta will be appointed. The job is to bring all 
  alleged party to trial in case of corruptions within 1 year. Within 2 years, the guilty will be  
Pass! this on n show ur support..                                                                 
Spread it like   fire;
Our Nation needs us... Please Contribute...
This is not just a forward, it’s the future ! of our Nation.
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"Together we can & we will make the Difference …!”

Monday, August 29, 2011

Bollywood congratulates Anna Hazare on his victory!

Although half-way through till Anna Hazare gets the bill passed, the nation is already celebrating the first step towards the victory where government has succumbed to Anna’s demands. While big names like Aamir Khan, Raju Hirani and Anupam Kher chose to be in person to support Anna, others have conveyed their wishes and gratitude to the modern day Gandhi through micro-blogging sites. Here we go.
Abhishek Bachchan: One man unites an entire nation. Peacefully #salute (sic).
Shabana Azmi: To a new beginning. Let's applaud Anna for leading the people of India into a nonviolent show of strength. I'm proud to be an Indian. Jai Ho (sic).
Anupam Kher: THANK YOU ANNA. THANK YOU #Jan Lokpal TEAM. And biggest THANKS to the PEOPLE of our Great Country for their COURAGE and BELIEF. JAI HO :) (sic).
R Madhavan: Hail Anna, I am elated but cautious. Premature celebrations may cloud the actual situation and we must soldier on till the bill is passed (sic).
Ranvir Shorey: We're happy today 'cause We cleaned up a little. But it's one big mess.Promise me election time will be as interesting. Dear Obama, We can too (sic).
Hrithik Roshan:"Apmaan sehne ki shakti asli shakti hai ! Aap mein kitni shakti hai?"- by Anna hazare. My respect and congratulations to d people of india (sic).
Riteish Deshmukh: ANNA stands tall today- PEOPLE stand tall today- INDIA stands tall today- a day to remember (sic).
Mahesh Bhatt: Congrats to Anna. The Govt did not have the moral courage to lock horns with his movement because their hands were stained with blood. Anna and all those who stood by him have a right to feel triumphant. The fight will now have to be fought and won in the real world not in tv (sic).
Farhan Akhtar: First step taken in the right direction. My heart is full of gratitude for Anna. It is a victory of the people and for the democratic process (sic).
Lara Dutta Bhupathi: Anna's fight is inin every home. This will impact every1 of us for years to come! In my life I hope I'm able 2 keep this alive in my small way (sic).
On that note, we at Dailybhaskar too, congratulate Anna for his endeavours in striving to make India a corruption-free nation.

Neha Verma: The inhuman face of the Indore triple murder

Indore: The cold-bloodedness of Neha Verma, the alleged mastermind in the Indore triple murder case, has emerged in her confession to the Indore crime branch. Neha told the cops that while the women were being ruthlessly slaughtered by her partners-in-crime Rahul and Manoj, she was busy gathering the loot.
According to the police, Neha gave the statement to shift the limelight to the two men by saying that she did not kill Ashlesha Deshpande (24), Rohini Phadke (70) and Megha Deshpande (42 and she only robbed the house.
She stole two mobile phones and ATM cards, and after the women were lying dead in a pool of blood, she took off their jewellery.
Read: Few hours before Neha was giving an exam!
But her merciless and ruthless act of accumulating the loot when the three women were being brutally killed is bound to shock one and all.
A day after their arrests, the three accused were presented before the court on Thursday where they were sent to the police custody till June 30.

Three cheers to people's power

Bangalore: As Anna Hazare sipped tender coconut water at 10am on Sunday at Ramlila Maidan in distant New Delhi, Freedom Park erupted in joy. Hundreds of anti-corruption activists cheered, shouted slogans, waved the tricolour and clicked away their mobile cameras to savour their moment of triumph.

Oscar-winning Jai Ho song reverberated in the park. Nadageete and Jana Gana Mana rent the air. IAC volunteers, students and citizen groups took out a victory rally from Freedom Park. The rally went straight up to KR Circle, and Nrupatunga Road and returned to Freedom Park again. Bikers waving the tricolour and hailing Vande Mataram too were part of the rally.
Former Lokayukta justice Santosh N Hegde, who led the charge from Bangalore, dedicated the victory to Hazare. "It was Anna's call which brought people here. He moved even those who had never ever stood up against any wrongdoing. Anna's struggle not only exposed the electrical representatives but also changed their behaviour. But this is a battle half won."
Justice Hegde also thanked the 39 India Against Corruption (IAC) activists who broke their fast on Sunday. He also had a word of praise for the media, which, he said, had been steadfast in its support to the agitation. Capt GR Gopinath, Ashwin Mahesh and Prithvi Reddy shared the dais with justice Hegde.
Aviation entrepreneur Capt Gopinath, founder of Air Deccan, said, "We should show grace and magnanimity in this victory; this is the victory of democracy and non-violence. For the first time, the MPs came out to listen to their people after winning elections which had never happened during 65 years of independence." On allegations that Anna had put the gun of non-violence to the head of the government, he said: "It has always been a people's movement. This is for a public cause and not to benefit a single person out here."
It was one great achievement for all those 39 people who were still fasting. "Mother India has given us all our lifetime, but this was one chance for us to give her back something that was her right and something she needed. I have lost only about 7 kgs of weight which I will regain. But the country has won a great battle today, which means more to me," said Harish Narasimhamurthy, resident of Sunkadakatte, who was one of the 39 people who ended their fast. Harish quit his job in Modicare for what he said was India's second freedom struggle. "I do not regret it at all. I can get any other job," he said.
Naveen Kumar, a resident of Chitradurga, had come down all the way to Freedom Park to celebrate the victory of the anti-corruption movement.
Social activist Prema Thallapaka, a resident of Richmond Town, was seen distributing chocolates in the park. Asked if it was for Anna's triumph, Prema said it was a day of double cheer for her as her birthday too fell on Sunday.
Prithvi Reddy, IAC volunteer, said, "This movement has achieved two big results — Anna has created an awakening and responsible citizenry in the country. People joined hands without sharing any differences and the victory has been achieved without a single act of violence. Secondly, for the first time in the Indian history, Anna made the elected representatives listen to people."
Reddy said that politicians are now aware that every move of theirs is watched by people, who are not afraid of raising their voice now.
Rajeev Chandrashekhar, member of the Rajya Sabha, congratulated Anna Hazare in a message. "Anna has led us to a new India. His victory represents not just a victory of people's power over entrenched political class — today also represents the victory of idealism over the power clique. I salute the Bangaloreans who protested at Freedom Park. These people have made history and by taking part in this historic movement have become a part of history."

Specially designed textbooks for first year engg students

Pune: In a bid to increase student engagement, Pearson Education India (PEI) has tailored and customised six books for first year engineering syllabus of the University of Pune (UoP) and institutes affiliated to it. The books were launched at a seminar held on August 27, at hotel Le Meridien in Pune.
Speaking on the occasion, chief marketing officer of PEI, Anish Srikrishna said, "This is our second attempt at tailoring the content to the specific requirements of a university. We offered our custom publishing solutions for the first time to Gujarat Technical University (GTU)."
He said that in Maharashtra, PEI plans to customise college textbooks for seven universities, starting with the UoP. Bombay University and Marathwada University are among the other universities from the state.
The day-long seminar started with eminent academicians, including Aruna Katara, president and dean, International Institute of Information Technology; Brig (retd) Swapan Lahiri, director, Army Institute of Technology; Tejinder Paul Singh, director, Symbiosis Institute of Technology and SY Prabhu, academic dean, Vishwakarma Institute of Technology; addressing critical issues in the area of engineering education. The seminar also featured a panel discussion, chaired and moderated by Anil Sahasrabuddhe, director, College of Engineering Pune (CoEP), highlighting the role of study material in engineering education.
Keeping in mind the evolving needs of the students and faculties, Srikrishna said, "The books cover essential subjects of the first year, created as per the needs expressed by faculty members and feedback received from students. The books fully cover the UoP syllabus, structuring the contents as per the topics."
The engineering textbooks explain concepts with the help of numerous examples, and also highlight important topics from exam point of view.
Every chapter begins with a summary. The six books which will be available in the market are Applied Science - I, Engineering Mathematics - I, Fundamentals of Programming Languages, Engineering Graphics - I, Basic Electrical Engineering and Basic Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Revamping the engineering education system, Katara said, "We need to design undergraduate engineering programmes in local language and ITI courses must be converted into degree programmes, to give them recognition."
The synergy of industry and academia is essential for engineering education, to bring in real-time internship.
Referring to improving employability and recruitments, Lahiri pointed the need to bridge the gap in industry exposure.
"There is no inspiration for engineering students to study further. After graduation, hardly 8% do masters and only 2% go for doctorate," he said.

Indore surrogacy ads impregnate world wide web

Indore: Surrogacy in Indore has gone global with the Internet. The internet has seen a sudden spurt of advertisements offering wombs for hire in Indore.
Not only are surrogate mothers placing ads on their own on the net, the web is full also of sites that promise to help childless couples rent a womb in Indore.
For instance, a website hosted out of India (surrogacyfinder.com) offers the services of city women Anjali, 24, Shashakti, 28, Sarika, 28, and Pratibha, 37,   as surrogate mothers to couples all across the world.
Individual ads are posted mainly on websites that accept free ads. Women who want to let out their services leave their name, age and contact details on these sites for couples.
In all the cases, rates are negotiated only after a personal meeting or through a trusted intermediary.
Surrogacy has been a common phenomenon in urban India for the past few years. But most of the prospective mothers would earlier solicit clients only through families, relatives and Indian agencies. But in Indore the trend has become global.
So, why has Indore suddenly emerged as a centre of surrogacy on the global network?
The biggest reason is Indore’s emergence as a premier destination in the country for infertility treatment.
“Indore is among the leading centres of such treatment in India. The first clinic in the city was opened way back in 1976, when even the procedure was alien to most of the practitioners,” said Dr Dhiraj Gada, president of All India Association of Infertility Doctors.
“The early start gave a boost to the treatment in the city and it grew with the increasing number of experts and facilities”, said Dr Asha Baxi, who is running Disha Fertility Centre in the city since year 1998.
Not only the early start but the availability of a wide range of facilities coupled with cheap rates has added to the number of patients visiting the city. Patients from over the country and even abroad are visiting the city to avail the treatments.  “I treat around 8-10 non residential Indians every year,” added Bakxi.
There are more than a dozen clinics having renowned experts offering their services in Indore.
President of All India Association of infertility doctors, Dr Dhiraj Gada who is also credited with having the first infertility clinic in the city in the year 1976 said, “The affable nature of the people is also making the city a hub of infertility treatment.”
Since a lot of people come to the city for treatment, there is a huge demand for surrogate mothers.
DNA responded to an ad by a woman called Aarti Patel, 24, whose local contact was a resident of Rajwada, Indore.
The contact said his ‘sister-in-law’ is currently in Gujarat. But she would come to Indore if the couple wanted to negotiate a deal with her. Patel said his relative, mother of a child, is in dire need of money. When asked about the charges he did not comment.
A doctor requesting anonymity said, “The charges against surrogate mothers vary from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 8 lakh depending upon the patients as well as the surrogate mother.”

Thursday, August 25, 2011

No comment on Anna Hazare's Lokpal battle, says Dhoni

London: The Indian cricket team has been dragged into the Anna Hazare movement, wittingly or unwittingly.
On Tuesday, they came close to a group of people who held a demonstration outside the Indian High Commission here expressing solidarity with the movement led by Hazare in India. The Indian players went into the high commission office when the demonstration was on. Read: MS Dhoni's elder brother bats for Anna Hazare
Skipper MS Dhoni refused to comment on the movement stating that he would rather stick to the game.
On Thursday, the group plans to hold a rally outside the Oval Cricket Ground, the venue of the fourth Test between India and England.

Sri Lanka lifts state of emergency after 30 years

Colombo: Sri Lanka today announced the lifting of the state of emergency imposed nearly 30 years ago to confront the threat from the Tamil Tigers.
The announcement was made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Parliament saying, "I am satisfied that the state of emergency is no longer required. So we will not extend it".
Rajapaksa said, "Today I propose to this assembly the withdrawal of the emergency laws to enable the country to conduct its affairs through its normal laws and in a democractic manner".
The island nation has been under a state of emergency since 1983, when the LTTE under its late commander Velupillai Prabhakaran was posing a threat to the country's government and forces.
The announcement of the withdrawal of the draconian laws came as Colombo is facing intense international pressure to end the arbitrary laws with human rights group accusing authorities of misusing it to crack down on dissent.
The Parliament extended the state of emergency every month and the practise was continued despite the end of the war in 2009.
Rajapaksa said there had been not a single act of terrorism in the island since the war with the LTTE ended in May 2009.
Emergency regulations allowed the security forces to detain a person whom they "believe may commit offences," for up to one year as a preventive measure.
The laws were first introduced in 1971 after an insurrection by the Marxists to topple the then government, but was abolished in 1977.
In 1983, the regulations came to be re-imposed with the stepping up of the separatist campaign by the LTTE.
In 1994, the regulations were limited to the north and eastern districts where the LTTE were running their parallel administration.
The whole country was put under the regulations in 1995 when the LTTE resumed its hostilities after a brief period of talks with the government.
With the government entering the Norwegian backed peace talks with the LTTE, the state of emergency was lifted in 2002 only to be re-imposed in August 2005 when the LTTE carried out the murder of the foreign minister Lakshman Kadirgamar.
The Rajapaksa government in May this year relaxed some of the provisions where the period of detention was reduced to three months.

Team Anna: Lesser-known names behind the anti-corruption crusade

New Delhi: Team Anna's Jan Lokpal Bill is now a household name in India, thanks to the massive support that has erupted in their genuine anti-corruption move. Corruption has united the country, it's evident. Urban middle class is on roads in Anna's support and virtual world too is abuzz with Anna Hazare. Supporters are twitting, sharing links on facebook and other social networking sites, with the sole aim to polularize the movement.

To promote this movement, a team of 12 dedicated individuals have been giving support from behind the scene, who are from different walks of life. The team includes lawyers, media professionals, IT professionals and social activists.

Here's a brief description of a few of those individuals:

Shivendra Singh Chauhan

Shivendra Singh Chauhan works as a journalist with Navbharat Times. To work full time for the cause, he is on leave without pay from his organization.

Four months into his leave, Chauhan's wife gave birth to a baby boy and in the four days she was in hospital, he could only visit her for two hours. "Yes, she was furious, but that is how it is," shrugs Chauhan.

Chauhan is in charge of Facebook and Twitter updates for India Against Corruption. The facebook page, www.facebook.com/Indiacor has 2.5 lakh fan.

Ankit Lal

"Who are you, the people, to ask us, the rulers, how we should govern?"

This, Lal feels, is the motto of the government and says it angers him to his core. The 26-year-old software engineer has been associated with the movement since Anna Hazare's fast at Jantar Mantar in April'11.

He is in-charge of the movement's official e-mail (indiaagainstcorruption.2010@gmail.com). On an average, this e-mail address receives 400-500 mails on any given day.

Rishikesh Kumar

Kejriwal's popular "Joke-pal Bill" comment was Rishikesh Kumar's accidental discovery. He is a practicing lawyer in Delhi High Court.

"I was sending out messages about the Jan Lokpal Bill. My cell phone's auto-correct, however, spelt it as Jokepal Bill," he giggles.

Ever since he got his law degree from the faculty of law in Delhi University in 2009, Kumar has been associated with Arvind Kejriwal's group, Public Cause Research Foundation.

Ashim Jain

Ashim Jain left his system designer job in Bengaluru to associate with Anna’s movement.
He is also responsible for the India Against Corruption's new IVR system (phone number 9212123212) in Arvind Kejriwal's voice.

Jain is also in charge of building the new website for the IAC. "Since the traffic on the existing site has become almost unmanageable, the IAC needs a new, improved site." Jain says.

So angry is Jain over corruption that in Bengaluru last year, he had wired two hidden video-cameras and two audio recorders to assist the police in exposing a corrupt senior government officer.

"I had done that with the Lokayukta. He was demanding Rs 32,000 in bribes to put a few hundred rupees worth of revenue stamps on court documents," says Jain with a smile.

He is also a member of the Indian Community Activists Network, through which he met Kejriwal.

Govt has agreed to Anna Hazare's three demands: Vilasrao Deshmukh

New Delhi: A solution to the Lokpal standoff appeared near with the government having agreed to accept the three contentious demands of Team Anna. Science and Technology Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh said on Thursday: "The government has agreed to all three sticking points."
Deshmukh, one of the mediators between the government and Team Anna, said this to reporters at Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar's Iftar party in the evening.
Deshmukh also said the government would circulate the draft Lokpal bill to the states.
"It would be their (states) decision to adopt it," he said, adding that the government had also agreed to include the lower bureaucracy under the Lokpal.
Deshmukh, a former Maharashtra chief minister, said the citizen's charter, which requires every public authority to publish citizen's charters listing its commitments to citizens, is already in the bill.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday made a passionate appeal to Hazare to end his fast. But the 74-year-old campaigner has refused to end his fast until the three key demands are met.
Deshmukh had met Hazare in the afternoon and then appraised the prime minister about Team Anna's demands.
Read:Vilasrao plays messenger
Anna Hazare, spearheading an anti-corruption campaign, has said he would end his fast only after the government includes the lower bureaucracy within the ambit of the Lokpal bill, appoints Lokayuktas in each state to be under the Lokpal and forulates a citizen's charter for government offices.
His fast entered day 10 on Thursday.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Gupt Navaratri: Tantra way to get rich

'Gupt Navratri' is considered the best time for tantra. According to Tantra Shastra, tantra kriya done during this time yields best results.
If you wish to get rich then it is the best time. Here is a kriya that can help you get rich, if done properly.
On Friday (July 8), sit on a yellow asan facing north direction after 10pm. Light 9 diyas using oil in front of you. These diyas should keep burning till the kriya finishes. Keep a shrimantra on the pile of rice in front of diya. Offer kumkum, flowers, incense sticks and diya. Take a plate and make a swastik on it. Worship it.
Place the shri yantra in your puja room and immerse the rest of the thing in the river.
Try this and watch your wealth double. 

Palm reading: Is your luck line bringing you bad luck?

Many people work very hard, but their luck never improves. They suffer throughout their life and are always surrounded by financial problems.
According to palmistry, your luck line decides your financial state. People who have a long and clear luck line never suffer from financial problems. They enjoy all luxuries of life and never have any problems of shortage of money.
If a person has zig zag luck line then he always has monetary problems. If a person has broken luck line or other lines intersect luck line then that person has a very bad luck. Spot on the luck line indicates that the person will remain poor throughout his/her life.
Even having an abnormally broad luck line indicates bad luck. People like this suffer due to lack of money.

Palm readings: Find out about your married life

The area below the little finger on your palm is the called the 'budh parvat' and the lines below the little finger are known as marriage lines. Too many lines on budh parvat does not indicate the number of times one would marry.
The marriage line is the clearest line while the rest of the lines indicate the number of affairs that person will have in the lifetime.
The study of marriage line along with the head line and the surya line can tell you how your married life will be.
If you have regular conflict with your partner and you want to know if this would continue even after the marriage then look at you surya rekha and your head line. If the surya rekha, originating from the head line, is broken at places then you will have to put extra effort to understand and trust your life partner or else there are high chances of someone's interference troubling your married life. 
 Apart from this, if a thin line from the 'surya parvat' cuts the heart line, the head line and the life line then it indicates that your life partner will prove to be a hurdle in your progress in life.
These lines can also tell you if your life partner will stay with you throughout or will he/she desert you. 

Try these and get rid of all your illness

There are certain diseases that can make the life of a man hell. Even medicines fail to cure him. These diseases can be the result of unfavourable planetary positions.
Here are some tips that can help you get rid of these problems.
1. Skin problems: take a red sandalwood mala and chant the following mantra 108 times.
'Om hrim ghrini sury adityay namah' 
2. Epilepsy: Wear a 'surya yantra' and chant the surya mantra daily.
3. Epilepsy: Make a hole in nutmeg and wear it using a red thread.
4. Paralysis: Chant ‘mangal mantra’ while worshiping ‘mangal yantra’ everyday. Take a quadrilateral piece of brass and immerse it in water after keeping it over the paralyzed part of the body.
5. Migrane pain: Chant 'budh mantra' before the 'budh yantra' everyday. Feed green grass to cow on every Wednesday.
6. Thyroid problem: 'Guru yantra' can help you get rid of this problem.
7. Piles: Chant ‘guru mantra’ in front of ‘guru yantra’. Take a white paper and make a ‘guru yantra’ on it. Tie this paper around your belly button.

Diseases dragging you down? Fight them the Vaastu way

In today's fast paced and competitive life, people don't have time for themselves. Unhealthy eating habits and lifestyle leads to many diseases. Nowadays, the people are so weak that they don’t even recover fast if they fall ill.   
Here is a vaastu solution that will provide relief to the patient and help him/her recover quickly.
Take a bowl of water and mix saffron in it. Keep this bowl in the patient’s room. This simple solution will help you recover quickly.
This will also help ward off the negative energy and increase positive in the patient’s room. This positive energy will help the patient fight the disease.

'Stanley Kubrick, not Apple, made first iPad'

Sydney: Hollywood filmmaker Stanley Kubrick designed the first ever iPad, and not Apple Inc, says rival company Samsung in a bizarre patent suit that cites the director's "2001: A Space Odyssey" as evidence, according to a media report.
The two companies are "suing each other all over the world" for patent infringement, after Apple accused Samsung of "blatant copying" of its products, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Apple won a temporary injunction against Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe. In Australia, it forced Samsung to agree not to sell the device until it can satisfy Apple that it does not infringe on its iPad patents.
A patent case against the Galaxy Tab is also running in the US and Samsung has filed its reasons as to why Apple should not be granted an injunction.
One of Samsung's exhibits was a still image and a YouTube clip taken from Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film "2001: A Space Odyssey". The clip shows two astronauts eating while at the same time using what appear to be personal tablet computers, the report said.
Samsung says this was an example of "prior art" for the general design of the iPad.
It also cited a scene from the 1970s British TV series "The Tomorrow People", which appears to depict a tablet computer.
Consultant and blogger Florian Mueller, who first uncovered the Kubrick reference, said it would be "amazing" if the court agreed with Samsung.
Mark Summerfield, a senior associate with a Melbourne intellectual property law firm, believes Samsung "may have a case".
"Generally science fiction is not legitimate prior art to a utility patent, because it does not inform the public how to make the fictional apparatus," said Summerfield.
But there was no reason why science fiction could not be "invalidating prior art" to a registered design, he said.
"For example, if I were to copy the Star Trek communicator as a novelty mobile phone, I would have no right to claim a monopoly in that design. I did not devise it myself," he said. "I think that Samsung probably has a viable defence here."
(Image: Youtube)

लैपटॉप में सिम कार्ड, मिलेगा हाई स्पीड इंटरनेट का मजा!

अब तक आप केवल मोबाइल फोन में ही सिम कार्ड का इस्तेमाल करते रहे हैं। लेकिन आने वाले दिनों में आप लैपटॉप में भी इसका इस्तेमाल कर सकेंगे। दरअसल भारत में मोबाइल सर्विस देने वाली कंपनी एयरसेल जल्दी ही अपने सिम कार्ड को लैपटॉप तक पहुंचाने वाली है।

भारत में पहली बार पॉकेट इंटरनेट सर्विस उपलब्ध कराने वाली यह कंपनी अब कुछ लैपटॉप और टेबलेट कंप्यूटर बनाने वाली कंपनियों से इस सिलसिले में बातचीत कर रही है। एयरसेल इन कंपनियों से इस बात का आग्रह कर रही है कि वे लैपटॉप और टेबलेट में सिम कार्ड लगाने की सुविधा उपलब्ध करवाएं।

दरअसल एयरसेल चाहती है की उसके 3जी सिम कार्ड के जरिए लैपटॉप में आसानी से इंटरनेट सेवा उपलब्ध करवाई जा सके। इस सिलसिले में एयरसेल के चीफ ऑपरेटिंग ऑफिसर, गुरदीप सिंह ने बताया, ‘इस सिलसिले में हम कुछ कंपनियों से बातचीत कर रहे हैं। हमें उम्मीद है कि हम जल्दी ही यह सर्विस शुरू कर देंगे।’

आपको बता दें कि इस कंपनी को भारत में कुल 13 सर्किलों में 3जी सेवा के लिए लाइसेंस हासिल हुआ है। ज्यादातर शहरों में एयरसेल के 3जी सर्विस की शुरूआत हो चुकी है। और कंपनी का कहना है कि बचे हुए शहरों में भी इस सर्विस को आने वाले दो हफ्तों में शुरू कर दिया जाएगा।

…तो बंद हो जाएंगे आईडिया ग्राहकों के मोबाइल फोन!

अगर आपके पास भी आइडिया का मोबाइल कनेक्शन है तो यह खबर सीधे तौर पर आपसे जुड़ी हुई है। दरअसल खबर है कि दूरसंचार मंत्रालय पांच राज्यों में आइडिया सेल्यूलर और स्पाइस के लाइसेंस रद्द कर सकता है। यह कदम निर्धारित समय सीमा के भीतर सेवाएं नहीं शुरू कर पाने के चलते उठाया जा सकता है।

दूरसंचार नियामक ट्राई ने दूरसंचार विभाग (डॉट) को कर्नाटक और पंजाब सर्कल में आइडिया के लाइसेंस और महाराष्ट्र, हरियाणा और आंध्र प्रदेश में स्पाइस के लाइसेंस रद्द करने की सिफारिश की है।

डिपार्टमेंट ऑफ टेलीकॉम यानी डॉट का कहना है कि ट्राई की सिफारिशों के मुताबिक, सेवा शुरू करने की शर्तों के संबंध में टेलीकॉम कंपनियों की ओर से लाइसेंस नियमों का उल्लंघन किया गया। आपको यह भी बता दें कि साल 2008 में आइडिया ने स्पाइस का अधिग्रहण कर लिया, लेकिन अब इस विलय को लेकर डॉट की मंजूरी नहीं मिली है।

इस खबर के बाद सोमवार को आईडिया सेलुलर के शेयर बीएसई में 4% गिर गए और 63 रुपए पर पहुंच गए। एनएसई में यह गिरावट 4.10% रही।

इस कंपनी की रोजाना कमाई 36 करोड़, खर्चा 57 करोड़ का

अगर किसी कंपनी की रोजाना की कमाई से ज्यादा, उसके खर्चे हो जाएं तो ऐसी कंपनी का क्या हस्र हो सकता है यह आप आसानी से अंदाजा लगा सकता हैं। कुछ ऐसा ही हो रहा है भारत की सरकारी एयरलाइन कंपनी एयरइंडिया के साथ। यह कंपनी रोजाना 36 करोड़ रुपए की कमाई कर रही है। लेकिन इसके ऑपरेशन्स पर रोज का खर्च करीब 57 करोड़ रुपए बैठता है। यही वजह है कि तमाम सरकारी कोशिशों के बावजूद कंपनी की माली हालत सुधर नहीं रही है।

फिलहाल इस कंपनी के सामने सबसे बड़ी समस्या तेल कंपनियों को विमान ईंधन के लिए बकाया राशि चुकाने को लेकर है। मौजूदा समय में तेल कंपनियों के कुल 1900 करोड़ रुपए बकाया हैं।

आपको बता दें कि हाल ही में सरकार ने एयरइंडिया के लिए 1200 करोड़ रुपए की सहायता राशि की थी। लेकिन यह रकम भी इसे नुकसान से उबार पाने में नाकाफी साबित हुई।

अगर ऐसा हो जाए तो दिल्ली में मिलेगा 23.37 रुपए पेट्रोल

नई दिल्लीः यकीन मानिए भारत में पेट्रोल काफी महंगा है और दुनिया के ज्यादातर देशों में भारत से सस्ता पेट्रोल मिलता है।

हालत यह है कि अमेरिका और यहां तक कि पड़ोसी देश पाकिस्तान में भारत से सस्ता पेट्रोल मिलता है। यह जानकारी पेट्रोलियम और प्राकृतिक गैस राज्य मंत्री आरपीएन सिंह ने संसद में दी।

उन्होंने कहा कि दिल्ली में पेट्रोल प्रति लीटर 63.70 रुपए है जबकि अमेरिका में यह 42.82 रुपए प्रति लीटर है। पाकिस्तान में पेट्रोल 41.81 रुपए प्रति लाटर है जबकि पड़ोसी देशों बांगलादेश और नेपाल में यह क्रमशः 63.24 रुपए प्रति लीटर और 44.80 रुपए प्रति लीटर है।

लेकिन लोगों को यह जानकर संतोष होगा कि दिल्ली में पेट्रोल फ्रांस और जर्मनी से सस्ता है। इंग्लैंड में भी पेट्रोल दिल्ली से महंगा है। वहां 96.79 रुपए प्रति लीटर पेट्रोल बिकता है।

भारत में पेट्रोल टैक्सों के कारण महंगा है। अगर सारे टैक्स हटा दिए जाएं तो दिल्ली में पेट्रोल 23.37 रुपए प्रति लीटर होता।

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

10,000 years ago, it was a man eat dog world

London: Man's best friend - the dog - was surprisingly bred for meals some 10,000 years ago.
While this may not shock people in Korea where dog meat is a delicacy, scientists found a bone fragment from what they are calling the earliest confirmed domesticated canine in the Americas.
From this, they have concluded that the animals were bred to be eaten as well as to serve as hunting dogs and even pets. However, it remains unknown whether the dogs were eaten out of necessity, the American Journal of Physical Anthropology reports.
Samuel Belknap III, University of Maine graduate student, came across the fragment while analysing a dried-out sample of human waste unearthed in south-west Texas in the 1970s, the Daily Mail reports.
A carbon-dating test put the age of the bone at 9,400 years, and a DNA analysis confirmed it came from a dog, not a wolf, coyote or fox, Belknap said.
The fragment was found deep inside a pile of human excrement and was the characteristic orange-brown colour that bone turns when it has passed through the digestive tract.
It provides the earliest direct evidence that dogs - besides being there for company, security and hunting - were eaten by humans and may even have been bred as a food source, he said.
Belknap wasn't researching dogs when he found the bone. Rather, he was looking into the diet and nutrition of the people who lived in the Lower Pecos region of Texas between 1,000 and 10,000 years ago.
"It just so happens (that) this person who lived 9,400 years ago was eating dog," he said.

How did life come on Earth?

London: Many experts believe that biological raw materials were carried to our planet as lumps of asteroid rock. The molecular structure of amino acids - the building blocks of proteins and living organisms - does provide a clue.
The molecules come in two mirror-image varieties, the left and right-handed. But only left-handed amino acids are found in nature.
Recently, NASA scientists reported finding the amino acid isovaline in samples of meteorites that came from asteroids, the Daily Mail reports. Most of it was in the left-handed form, suggesting that left-handed life may have had a kick-start in space, according to a NASA statement.
Now the same scientists have discovered left-handed isovaline in a much wider variety of carbon-rich asteroids.
NASA's Daniel Glavin said: "This tells us our initial discovery wasn't a fluke, that there really was something going on in the asteroids where these meteorites came from that favours the creation of left-handed amino acids."
The scientists believe that early in its history, the Earth was bombarded with meteorites containing left-handed amino acids. The bias towards left-handedness would have continued as the material was incorporated into emerging life.
Evidence suggests that the presence of liquid water amplifies levels of left-handed isovaline (L-isovaline) in asteroids.

Aliens exist among us, says NASA

London: NASA has made a stunning claim of an "astrobiology finding" that could suggest alien life exists - even on Earth.
The discovery could prove the theory of 'shadow' creatures which exist here in hostile environments previously thought uninhabitable.
The 'life as we don't know it' could even survive on hostile planets and develop into intelligent creatures such as humans if and when conditions improve.
Researchers will unveil the discovery of a microbe that can live in an environment previously thought too poisonous for any life-form, reports the Telegraph.
The bacteria has been found at the bottom of Mono Lake in California's Yosemite National Park which is rich in arsenic - usually poisonous to life.
Somehow the creature uses the arsenic as a way of surviving and this ability raises the prospect that similar life could exist on other planets which do not have our benevolent atmosphere.
Lewis Dartnell, astrobiologist at the Centre for Planetary Sciences in London, said: "If these organisms use arsenic in their metabolism, it demonstrates that there are other forms of life than only those we knew of. They're aliens, but aliens that share the same home as us."
The space agency will announce the full extent of the findings at a press conference titled "astrobiology finding which will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life".
Scientists have also estimated that life of some kind exists on hundred billion trillion Earth-like planets in space.
Phot courtesy: Screen grab of X-Files

Now watch licensed movies on Yahoo!

Mumbai: It is said that over 30 million internet users download and watch 1.7 billion videos every month across India and to tap that online portal Yahoo! has launched Movieplex, which will bring thousands of licensed Bollywood movies to the users. It'll also promote a piracy-free quality entertainment space.
Movieplex is a video space where users can enjoy licensed full-length movies for free. The portal has collaborated with production houses for the same and are offering movies like "Rock On", "Rann", and "Dil To Baccha Hai Ji".
According to a report by market research leader ComScore, the Indian audience is currently spending over 9.1 billion minutes watching online videos each month with entertainment as the leading category in online video content consumption ahead of news and sports content.
Arun Tadanki, managing director, Yahoo!, feels Movieplex would be successful in providing guilt-free entertainment to the consumers.
"Over 30 million internet users consume 1.7 billion videos every month across India. With the increasing demand for online video, both consumers and content providers are looking for a trusted destination where quality content can be consumed in a piracy-free environment at their leisure," he said.
"Movieplex is an example of how Yahoo! connects people to what matters to them the most and Indian movie lovers now have the best full-length movies available to them at their convenience," he added.
One can log onto www.movies.yahoo.in/movieplex to watch the movies without any commercial break!

Tax planning is as important as tax saving

It’s that time of the year when you should begin your tax-planning exercise. Towards this end, this week’s article reiterates our annual tax-planning tips.
Most taxpayers tend to defer their tax-saving investments till March and then rush into putting their money into something with the sole objective of saving tax for the year.
As long as investing in the chosen instrument results in getting the tax deduction, their immediate purpose is solved. The instrument of choice is more often than not something recommended by a colleague or promoted heavily in the media.
And if you are senior management or a businessman, then you have already been anointed a high net worth individual (HNI) and assigned a ‘relationship manager’ whose sole purpose in life is to force-feed you the latest flavours of the season. As a result, while you end up saving on tax, there isn’t any tax-planning.
Take for example Section 80C of the Income Tax Act, which is anyway the only meaningful deduction left. Under this section, as most of you would know, any investment up to Rs 1 lakh made in certain specified instruments can be reduced from your taxable income.
There is a long list of eligible investments including an employee’s provident fund contribution, tuition fees paid for children, principal portion of housing loan installments, investments made in Public Provident Fund (PPF), equity linked savings scheme (ELSS), National Savings Certificates (NSC), Senior Citizen Savings Scheme, Post Office term deposits, life insurance premiums paid, etc.
If you think about it, these are the very investments that one makes anyway and therefore are no different than one’s regular investments. All you need to ensure is that these are integrated into the larger picture in line with one’s risk profile and financial goals.
So how should an investor choose from amongst the various choices available? Here’s what you should do.
Using Sec 80C optimally
First take into account the mandatory payments such as provident fund, housing loan EMIs and tuition fees if applicable. Reduce the total amount spent from the Rs 1 lakh limit. Distribute the balance in a combination of ELSS and PPF.
If you are relatively young and just starting out, put 70% into ELSS and 30% into PPF. As you advance, lower the ELSS and increase the PPF, eventually reaching a 30% ELSS and 70% PPF combination.
Why PPF? Well, PPF is the best fixed income investment that you can make. An annual contribution of Rs 70,000 will get you around Rs 32 lakh in 20 years. Look at it as a fund for the education needs of your children. If your children don’t need it, get your spouse to invest too and you would have a retirement fund ready.
An ELSS is nothing but an equity mutual fund that offers a tax deduction. On account of the tax deduction, there is a lock-in of three years on the investment. This lock-in enables the fund manager to take long-term calls on the market, which is essential for any equity investment.
ELSS investments are the most preferable way to build long-term wealth. However, this investment comes along with the inherent risk of the stock market. Hence the suggestion that the proportion of ELSS in your total tax-saving investment should come down as age advances and the risk taking ability declines.

Recycling old investments
Take the case of one of my friends, Amit, who is into web design. Amit’s lament was that he had over Rs 5 lakh in receivables but customers in general were holding out for longer credit periods.
Since our income-tax laws tax income on accrual and not on receipt, this means he has to pay the tax on the Rs 5 lakh not yet received. He was having difficulty in arranging funds required to pay his employees for the month, so to keep anything aside for tax-saving was a long shot.
In such cases, one can use another tax-planning tool. We call it recycling. Amit can simply withdraw an earlier investment (say from ELSS or PPF) and redeposit the money, even in the very same instrument. He will get the tax deduction for no additional outlay —- in other words, his savings remain the same, but without investing a rupee, he can avail of the 31% tax-saving.

Last but not the least
As mentioned earlier, your tax-saving investments are no different than your regular investments. Consequently, the basic principles of investing remain the same for both sets of investments.
Therefore, next year, instead of waiting till the fag end, start by investing in tax-saving avenues in the very beginning of the financial year, even on the 1st of April. Doing so has a two fold advantage.
First, these investments would earn a return from the beginning of the financial year (April-March). Secondly, it obviates a situation where you may end up simply not having the lump sum required at one go for 100% tax-saving.
Realise that there is no compulsion to make tax-saving investments towards the end of the year. A more efficient strategy is to invest throughout the year in a staggered manner such that by the time the year comes to an end; full advantage of the tax-saving opportunity is taken. And don’t worry about how much or how little you save each month. As Benjamin Franklin has so succinctly put it, “A penny saved is a dollar earned!”

This parrot from London chatters in Urdu

London: A parrot in Britain has learnt to speak in English and Urdu as well after the bird's owner trained him to utter Islamic phrases.
Two-year-old African grey Mittu can say the traditional Muslim greeting 'Asalaam Alaykum' and speak other religious passages meaning in the name of Allah, as well as the more customary "who's a pretty boy?", Daily Mail reported.
According to Mittu's owner Ghaffar Ahmed, his beloved bird can say "come here", "hello, how are you?" in Urdu along with other religious words.
"He (the parrot) speaks Urdu and English. I don't know how many bilingual birds there are in the Britain but there can't be many," says Ahmed, 36.
"My in-laws live in Bradford and a family, who they know, were looking to re-home the parrot as he was becoming too much of a handful.
"They wanted him to go to a home that spoke the same language, so we said we'd have him on board and ever since then he has become part of the family.
"He says a few words including 'Asalaam Alaykum', 'Bismillah', which means - in the name of Allah - and 'Shabaash' - which means well done," he said.
Ahmed tells Mitto likes making all sorts of noises, as this bilingual bird can bark like a dog and make the noise of the refrigerator alarm!
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British who became dad at the age of 13 marries son's mother

London: A 22-year-old man in Britain who became a dad when he was just 13 years old has finally tied the knot with the mum, a media report said.
Michael Fernandes, now 22, and Cheryl Holden, 24, proved wrong all doubters who said that the relationship would not last.
They married in Manchester, with first son Liam, eight, the best man and second son Bryan, three, a pageboy. Third son Archie, who is one, was also taken along.
Landscape gardener Michael had proposed to Cheryl in 2009 but the hard-up pair could not afford to marry until they won a competition to pay for it and take along 40 guests.

Was it murder? Was it suicide?

Jabalpur: The students and the staff of the medical college were in for a shock on Sunday when they saw a monkey hanging from the ceiling here on Sunday.

According to anti-poaching incharge, R K Kumhare, they got the information about a monkey hanging from the ceiling in one of the halls on the third floor of the medical information.

He said that when they reached spot they saw a monkey hanging from the ceiling and atleast 4-5 monkeys surrounded him as if mourning his death. 

What made the matters worse was that when they tried to remove the monkey and take him away, the other monkey got aggressive and did not let the officers take the dead monkey. The team had a hard time removing the dead monkey from the campus. 

It is rumoured that some monkeys attacked this monkey and later hanged him.   

UFO seen at China airport

Beijing: Air traffic at an airport in China was restricted for about an hour after a UFO was spotted over it, media reports said on Thursday.
The UFO was seen over the runway at Chongqing Municipality's Jiangbei International Airport, following which flights were disrupted, Shanghai Daily reported.
Air traffic was restricted for about an hour from 12.30 p.m. The restriction was lifted after the UFO left, the news daily said.
Authorities in Chongqing have not offered an explanation for the unusual phenomenon.
Airport officials, however, were of the opinion that it could be a sky lantern or a large balloon. A sky lantern is used by Chinese when they pray for good luck.

NRIs in LA march for Anna Hazare's cause

Mumbai: Carrying Indian flags, posters and banners with anti-corruption messages, several hundred non-resident Indians (NRIs) in Los Angeles held a rally to express solidarity with Anna Hazare's movement in their homeland.
According to one of the organisers, Bhairavi Doshi, who is from Mumbai and has been settled there for nearly two decades, the rally was held on Sunday.
"Indians settled or working in the US are supporting this fight against corruption in India. We wanted to let people in India know that we are with you and we will do everything to support you guys. Be strong, we are getting closer and closer to winning this battle," Bhairavi told IANS in an e-mail.
"The participants raised slogans supporting Hazare, who has become a much-admired figure among Indians here," said another participant, Amit Sonpal, who is originally from south Gujarat.
Sonpal said Hazare's crusade against corruption had generated tremendous interest among Indians in the US.
"We are keenly watching the movement on internet, Twitter, as well as through some international television channels beamed from India," he said.
The duo said over the next few days, they plan to hold similar rallies in other parts of the US West coast to drum up support for Hazare's cause.
Hazare has been fasting since Aug 16 for a strong anti-corruption bill and his protest site now is the sprawling Ramlila Maidan in the heart of Delhi.

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