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Reading Competition: Results

 

Reading Competition

 

28/11/2008

(SHIFT-I)

 

No. of participants: 55

 

S.No.

Group

Position

Name, Class & Div.

  1.  

VI-VIII

I

Aiswarya,  VIII C

  1.  

II

Pheba,  VI C

  1.  

III

Sabari Venu, VII A

  1.  

III

Bhavapriya,  VIII C

  1.  

IX-XII

I

Gokul R. Pillai, IX B

  1.  

II

Aparna R, IX B

  1.  

II

Abhed Kiran, XI A

  1.  

III

Aarsha, IX B

Judges

  • Mrs. Lily Luke, TGT, Eng
  • Mrs. L.Jayalekshmi, TGT, Eng
  • Mr. Rajan K, TGT, Eng
  • Mrs. Anila Mathews, Life Skill Tr.
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Answers of High Scoring Students of 2008 Examination

Class X

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Class XII

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President 2.0

 

Obama harnessed the grass-roots power of the Web to get elected. How will he use that power now?

By Daniel Lyons and Daniel Stone | NEWSWEEK

Published Nov 22, 2008

From the magazine issue dated Dec 1, 2008

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Major politician who really “gets” the Internet. Sure, Howard Dean used the Web to raise money. But Obama used it to build an army. And now, that army of digital kids expects to stick around and help him govern. Crowd-sourced online brainstorming sessions? Web sites where regular folks hash out policy ideas and vote yea or nay online? A new government computer infrastructure that lets people get a look into the workings of Washington, including where the money flows and how decisions get made? Yes to all those and more. “This was not just an election—this was a social movement,” says Don Tapscott, author of “Grown Up Digital,” which chronicles the lives of 20-somethings raised on computers and the Web. “I’m convinced,” Tapscott says, “that we’re in the early days of fundamental change in the nature of democracy itself.”

Call it Government 2.0. Instead of a one-way system in which government hands down laws and provides services to citizens, why not use the Internet to let citizens, corporations and civil organizations work together with elected officials to develop solutions? That kind of open-source collaboration is second nature to the Net-gen kids who supported Obama and to technologists from Silicon Valley who are advising him. “An open system means more voices; more voices mean more discussion, which leads to a better decision,” Google CEO and Obama adviser Eric Schmidt told a roomful of policy thinkers in Washington last week, gathered for a discussion on the role technology will play in government. “A community will always make a better decision than an individual.”

Obama’s transition team is already building an organization to carry on the Internet efforts begun during the campaign. On the stump, Obama laid out plans for a technology czar in his administration—a senior-level, or even cabinet-level, post that he promised would make his White House transparent and ultra-efficient. Obama has talked about streaming portions of cabinet meetings live on the Internet in order to reach more people, and not long after his election he gave one of his first “radio” addresses in video form on YouTube. He’s also asked that candidates for jobs in his administration submit their information online, so more than just Washington insiders would be considered.

“New media will be at the center of the action, helping the entire executive branch run faster,” says Thomas Gensemer, managing partner of Blue State Digital, the Washington, D.C., tech strategy firm that built the Obama campaign’s social networking site, my.BarackObama.com. Gensemer expects the fired-up Obama army to stay committed to the cause. “If anything, with Obama now in office, they’ll want to participate more, not less, and take part in the governing process,” he says. (That’s not the case for some of the young turks who helped Obama build his Web campaign. Joe Rospars, who ran Obama’s Internet team, is returning to Blue State Digital, which he cofounded in 2004. Other top staff expressed privately that the bigger opportunities and money will be found in dotcom, not dotgov.)

Continuing the Internet efforts of the campaign raises some tricky legal questions. One challenge is figuring out how to keep using the personal data gathered from more than 10 million supporters during the campaign. Federal election rules prohibit President Obama from interacting with supporters in the same way as Candidate Obama did. When he becomes everybody’s president, the law says he can’t communicate only with the people who voted for him. Like his recent predecessors, he’ll have to use the WhiteHouse.gov Web site to make sure everyone’s included. Transition officials are looking for ways to sidestep the rules. One maneuver they’re considering involves setting up a nonprofit organization that would purchase the Obama supporter lists (names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses) from the campaign, says Steve Hildebrand, former deputy manager of the campaign. The nonprofit would serve as a conduit, letting the administration maintain indirect contact with supporters. The nonprofit, likely to be set up as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, could encourage supporters to push legislators on policy issues by, say, flooding a Senate office with phone calls and e-mails, or arranging demonstrations via Facebook to push for universal health care.

Federal disclosure laws could further limit Obama’s participation in all this new Internet activity. Statutes say that any official correspondence from the president becomes property of the office, not the man in it. The rules were drafted at a time when the president’s sole communication was on paper, and there wasn’t that much of it. But now, with things like e-mail and instant messaging, the most mundane messages from or to Obama would become government property, and much of it would eventually be accessible to the public under the Freedom of Information Act. For this reason, Obama earlier this month started to wean himself from his BlackBerry. If he wanted to, he could choose to keep it. But if he did, he’d have to acknowledge that a historian decades from now could study just how much time the president spent bantering with pals or gushing about the White Sox. “He’ll be restricted by how much information about him will become public property,” says Lawrence Lessig, founder of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford. “This is an area where the statutes are far out of date for the current technology.” Security officials also worry about Obama using the device for official business, fearing a hacker could gain access to internal deliberations.

 

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Cyber time

V. V. Ramanan

G.P. Sampath Kumar

All about cold.

Questions

1. Which alliance, made up of 34 firms, was established on November 5, 2007?

2. What did Bruce Bastian and Alan Ashton found?

3. A teenager called Lucas Cruikshank has created a series on YouTube which has amassed the most subscribers (more than 6,45,000). Name the series.

4. Which famous studio is likely to be the first major movie studio to post full-length feature films on YouTube?

5. On November 11, Google unveiled a new site to track the progress of which common ailment?

6. What is the new ad platform that You- Tube is rolling out called?

7. Why was McColo Corp in the news recently?

8. Which is the first ancient city to be incorporated into Google Earth with a satellite perspective in 3D simulation?

9. What is Mozilla’s “user interface project that aims to mash up user-controlled shortcuts with information from the Web” called?

10. What is `Fennec’?

Answers

1. Open Handset Alliance.

2. WordPerfect.

3. Fred

4. MGM

5. Common cold and the flu’s trends.

6. Sponsored Videos.

7. Responsible for coordinating the sending of roughly 75 per cent of all spam each day, it was taken down after being identified by the computer security community and a Washington Post report.

8. Rome

9. Ubiquity

10. The codename of the effort to build a mobile version of Firefox.

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Quiz corner

V.V.Ramanan, the Hindu

 

1. Which metal is named after the Greek word for colour?

2. What type of creature is a caiman?

3. Which singer’s latest album is called ‘Hard Candy’?

4. How many faces between two regular tetrahedrons?

Photo:R.V.Moorthy

All blue : Shane Warne.

5. What phenomenon is described as “a random movement of microscopic particles suspended in liquids or gases resulting from the impact of molecules of the surrounding medium”?

6. In botany, an organism that can live only in the presence of oxygen is called…?

7. In mythology, which sage was also called Kaushika?

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Master blaster: Sachin Tendulkar.

8. Complete the Mughal emperor’s name Nasiruddin Mohammed _____?

9. Sachin Tendulkar has scored more than 2500 ODI runs against Australia and which other country?

10. For which work was India’s Amitav Ghosh nominated to this year’s Booker Prize?

11. Sir Yehudi Menuhin was a legend in playing which instrument?

Photo: V.V. Krishnan

Nominated : Ghosh’s new book.

12. Midtown is the city protected by which colourful comic character?

13. What did the naval vessel HMS Hermes become in 1986?

14. Which political party with a very popular leader has the Lantern as its symbol?

15. If Shane Warne bowled a ‘bosie’, he was bowling a…?

 

Answers

1. Chromium; 2. Crocodile; 3. Madonna; 4. Eight; 5. Brownian Motion; 6. Aerobe; 7. Vishwamitra; 8. Humayun; 9. Sri Lanka; 10. Sea of Poppies; 11. Violin; 12. Spiderman; 13. INS Viraat; 14. Rashtriya Janata Dal; 15. Googly

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Imagining India: Ideas for the New Century

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By

Nandan Nilekani

Reviewed by

Vir Sanghvi

Courtesy:

Hindustan Times

November 22, 2008

First Published: 23:05 IST(22/11/2008)

Last Updated: 00:09 IST(23/11/2008)

 

Over a year ago, at lunch in New York, Nandan Nilekani told me about his book. The idea of the book, he said, was ideas. If that sounded circular or complicated, it wasn’t. Nandan’s contention was that nations, societies and civilizations are shaped by ideas. And yet despite the  fact that India itself is an idea, Indians  are strangely reluctant to delve too  deeply into the realm of ideas.

I provided a knee-jerk response: had Nandan been influenced by the success of The World Is Flat, the Thomas Friedman bestseller which took a cheerful look at globalisation and became, in itself, a global success story? The book had emerged out of a conversation with Nandan (“the world is flat,” is his term) and contained many of his ideas.

Certainly, an Indian World Is Flat would work.  The market is full of what we could call ‘high concept’ books in which the author takes a single idea (such as “the internet allows as greater access to products desired by a minority” or “intuitive judgments are the best ones”) and turns it into a book, padding the pages with travelogues, anecdotes, gee-whiz! statistics and simplified versions of other people’s theories or research.

But the more I spoke to Nandan, the clearer it became that what he had in mind was far more ambitious than a high concept bestseller. His model was less The World Is Flat and more Ramachandra Guha’s masterly history  of modern India. (And, in fact, Nandan thanks Guha in his acknowledgments  as his ‘mentor’….. who stayed the course with me  and was extraordinarily helpful…..”) But while that book concentrated on events, Nandan wanted to approach India through ideas.

A year later, when the first draft was ready he sent it to me (full disclosure: he has been my friend for nearly three decades which is why this does not pretend to be an objective review written by a disinterested critic) and I was staggered by the scope, range and ambition that the book displayed.

The first part looks at traditional ideas and how they’ve changed over the years. From worrying about our population, we’ve now gone to praising it as our human capital. And we’ve changed our minds about economic regulation too.

The second part examines ideas that are in the  throes  of change. For instance, we’ve accepted now that all that stuff about ‘the real India is the India of the villages’ is an incomplete vision. So, slowly but surely, we are coming to terms with urbanisation.

The third part deals with the clash of ideas — to use Nandan’s words, “between people who see reforms as empowering and those who see them as exclusionary”.

And the final section deals with the ideas that will shape our future: on health, energy, the environment etc.

In the book’s 500-odd pages, Nandan deals with these issues in a manner that’s neither condescending or  simplistic. There are no profiles and travelogues here. There are previous few anecdotes and only the odd jokes. This is  not designed to be some mass-market bestseller, read by purchase managers on plane journeys when  they want to trade up from John Grisham. This is a big, serious and important book, one that requires  attention and concentration while reading and one where the research (much of it by Devi Yesodharan) shows up on every page. 

And yet, I think it will be a bestseller. I’m not a fan of the book’s packaging (it is hideous; a complete  aesthetic nightmare)  but I can see why Penguin have put a soulfull  picture of Nandan on the front cover: every intelligent young Indian has respect for his enormous achievements. I can also see why there’s a very long quote from Thomas Friedman on the back cover too — everybody who bought the World Is Flat will want to buy this book. (Though the quote only tells half the story. Yes Nandan is a ‘great explainer’ but his real strength is as an original thinker.)

But I don’t think the commercial considerations worry Nandan. Much has been made of the advance that Penguin paid him: the highest-ever paid for a non-fiction book. But frankly, such is his personal wealth that Nandan could probably buy Penguin India before breakfast and not notice.

I think he will be happy when the book becomes a bestseller  because it will reach thousands  of people.  But   his real concern is not with sales  figures, it is with the ideas in the book. He wants them to provoke debate, to set off storms and to make us rethink some of our beliefs. As he says in his introduction “I hope this book is read by my peers, by people in business, media and the government — even if they only brandish it above their heads while loudly refuting my arguments. I would welcome the debate.”

That sentiment  is somehow typical of Nandan — and perhaps of the company he helped found. I find it interesting that his boss Narayana Murthy never wanted to be known  as a corporate titan who created one of India’s best companies. Rather, he wanted to be known for his views on Indian society and how we should live our lives.

So it is with Nandan. Though he describes himself as a ‘stunted IIT nerd’,  he has rarely made much of Infosys’ success. His real passion lies in the world of ideas. He once  told me (in an interview for the HT) that the biggest  thrill for him was not when his company declared record profits but when his ideas entered the public domain  and spurred discussion and debates.

I don’t think it is a coincidence that his wife Rohini and he give away so much of their money each year. When the time comes to assess Nandan Nilekani’s legacy, it’s not the billions he wants us to count — it is his contribution to the world of ideas that matters.

And judging by this book, it is a contribution that will be remembered.

 

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Library Bulletin Vol1, Issue 1, Nov.2008, released

Dr. Usha Rani, Education Officer, KVS (RO), Chennai Region, released the first issue of the Library Bulletin on 26th Nov., 2008 by accepting it from the Principal  Dr. Cicy Roy Mathew.

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Question Bank Class VIII Science, HOTS Class X, Maths

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Gyanpeth Awards 2005, 2006

 

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Kunwar Narayan(Hindi), 2005

(b. 1927) –— Kunwar Narayan was born in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh. He received a Master’s degree in English literature from Lucknow University. He is a businessman by profession. He has served as Vice-chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Academy in 1976-79 and as a member of the editorial board of Naya Pratik ( The New Symbol), a monthly magazine edited by S. H. Vatsyayan, during 1975-78. Among his important works are Chakravyooh (Poetry), Teesra Saptak (Poetry), Parivesh Hum Tum (Poetry), Koi Doosra Naheen (Poetry), Atmajayee (Epic), Akaron Ke Aas-Paas (Short Stories) and Aaj Aur Aaj Se Pehley (Criticism). Among the honours he has received are Hindustani Academy Award, Prem Chand Award, Tulsi Award, Vyas Samman, Kumarn Asan Award and Sahitya Akademi Award (1995). Address : S-371,Greater Kailash, New Delhi 110 048.

In the early 1950s, shortly after Independence, the nai kavita (new poetry) movement in Hindi brought together the prayogvad (modernist experimentalism) and the pragativad (political progressivism) that had emerged in the preceding two decades. Among the younger progressives and experimentalists who established their reputations in the new poetic movement were Kunwar Narayan and Kedarnath Singh. Kunwar Narayan was born in Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh, in 1927, and received a Master’s degree in English literature from Lucknow University. He is a businessman by profession and lives in Lucknow. His short stories are collected in Akaron ke ass pass (In the Vicinity of Shapes; 1971) and among his volumes of poetry are Atmajayi (Self-Conquerer; 1965) and Apne samane (Before Us; 1979). He has served as vice-chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Academy (the state academy of music and the performing arts) in 1976-79 and as a member of the editorial board of Naya Pratik (The New Symbol), a monthly magazine edited by S. H. Vatsyayan, during 1975-78. His honors include the Hindustani Academy award for poetry in 1971 and the Uttar Pradesh government’s Premchand Puraskar for fiction in 1972-73. Since the 1960s, Hindi readers have regarded Narayan as one of the more difficult contemporary experimental poets in the language, concerned with a wide range of historical, political, cultural, and psychological issues.

 

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Satya Vrat Shastri (Sanskrit), 2006

(or Satyavrat Shastri) is a Sanskrit scholar. He is an honorary professor at the Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was the Head of the Department of Sanskrit and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Delhi, where he was the Pandit Manmohan Nath Dar Professor of Sanskrit [1970-1995]. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Sanskrit from the Punjab University, and his Ph.D from the Banaras Hindu University.[1]

Satya Vrat Shastri was also the Vice-Chancellor of Shri Jagannath Sanskrit University, Puri, Orissa, and a visiting professor at the Chulalongkorn and Silpakorn Universities in Bangkok, the Northeast Buddhist University, Nongkhai, Thailand, the University of Tubingen, Tübingen, Germany, the Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium, and the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He also taught Sanskrit to Thailand‘s Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn [1977-1979]. [2] [3] [4]

Satya Vrat Shastri has written several poetic works in Sanskrit. His current research projects are the Sanskrit inscriptions and Hindu temples in Thailand, Kalidasa Studies, a critical edition of the Yogavasishtha, the Sanskritic vocabulary of South East Asia, and the Rama story in South East Asia.

  • Brhattaram Bharatam ( A Kavya in Sanskrit ) Sarasvati Susama, Journal of the Sampurnanand Sanskrit University, Varanasi, Vol. XII, No. 1, Samvat 2014

  • Sribodhisattvacaritam (A Kavya in Sanskrit), First Ed. Self Publication, Delhi, Samvat 2017 (A.D. 1960) pages iv+ 120, Second Ed. Meharchand Lacchmandas, Delhi 1974,

  • Srigurugovindasimhacaritam (A Kavya in Sanskrit) (With a Foreword by Dr. V.Raghavan), First Ed. Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, Patiala, 1967, Second Ed. Sahitya Bhandar, Meerut, 1984,

  • Sarmanyadesah Sutaram Vibhati (A Kavya in Sanskrit), Akhil Bharatiya Sanskrit Parishad, Lucknow, 1976

  • Indira Gandhi-caritam (A Kavya in Sansktir), Bharatiya Vidya Prakashan, Delhi, 1976,

  • Thaidesavilasam (A Kavya in Sanskrit) (With a Foreword by Prof. Visudh Busyakul), Easten Book Linkers, Delhi 1979

  • Sriramakirtimahakavyam (A Kavya in Sanskrit) ( with a foreword by Her Royal Highness Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, the Princess of Thailand), Moolamall Sachdev and Amarnath Sachdeva Foundations, Bangkok, First Ed. 1990 , Second Ed. 1991, Third Ed. 1995.

  • Patrakavyam (A Kavya in Sanskrit), Eastern Book Linkers, Delhi 1994

  • New Experiments in Kalidasa (Plays), Eastern Book Linkers, Delhi 1994

Author website

Raveendra Kelkar (Konkani), 2006

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Reading This Will Change Your Brain

A leading neuroscientist says processing digital information can rewire your circuits. But is it evolution?

Is technology changing our brains? A new study by UCLA neuroscientist Gary Small adds to a growing body of research that says it is. And according to Small’s new book, “iBRAIN: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind,” a dramatic shift in how we gather information and communicate with one another has touched off an era of rapid evolution that may ultimately change the human brain as we know it. “Perhaps not since early man first discovered how to use a tool has the human brain been affected so quickly and so dramatically,” he writes. “As the brain evolves and shifts its focus towards new technological skills, it drifts away from fundamental social skills.”

The impact of technology on our circuitry should not come as a surprise. The brain’s plasticity—it’s ability to change in response to different stimuli—is well known. Professional musicians have more gray matter in brain regions responsible for planning finger movements. And athletes’ brains are bulkier in areas that control hand-eye coordination. That’s because the more time you devote to a specific activity, the stronger the neural pathways responsible for executing that activity become. So it makes sense that people who process a constant stream of digital information would have more neurons dedicated to filtering that information. Still, that’s not the same thing as evolution.

To see how the Internet might be rewiring us, Small and colleagues monitored the brains of 24 adults as they performed a simulated Web search, and again as they read a page of text. During the Web search, those who reported using the Internet regularly in their everyday lives showed twice as much signaling in brain regions responsible for decision-making and complex reasoning, compared with those who had limited Internet exposure. The findings, to be published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, suggest that Internet use enhances the brain’s capacity to be stimulated, and that Internet reading activates more brain regions than printed words. The research adds to previous studies that have shown that the tech-savvy among us possess greater working memory (meaning they can store and retrieve more bits of information in the short term), are more adept at perceptual learning (that is, adjusting their perception of the world in response to changing information), and have better motor skills.

Small says these differences are likely to be even more profound across generations, because younger people are exposed to more technology from an earlier age than older people. He refers to this as the brain gap. On one side, what he calls digital natives—those who have never known a world without e-mail and text messaging—use their superior cognitive abilities to make snap decisions and juggle multiple sources of sensory input. On the other side, digital immigrants—those who witnessed the advent of modern technology long after their brains had been hardwired—are better at reading facial expressions than they are at navigating cyberspace. “The typical immigrant’s brain was trained in completely different ways of socializing and learning, taking things step-by-step and addressing one task at a time,” he says. “Immigrants learn more methodically and tend to execute tasks more precisely.”

But whether natural selection will favor one skill set over the other remains to be seen. For starters, there’s no reason to believe the two behaviors are mutually exclusive. In fact, a 2005 Kaiser study found that young people who spent the most time engaged with high-technology also spent the most time interacting face-to-face, with friends and family. And as Small himself points out, digital natives and digital immigrants can direct their own neural circuitry—reaping the cognitive benefits of modern technology while preserving traditional social skills—simply by making time for both.

In the meantime, modern technology, and the skills it fosters, is evolving even faster than we are. There’s no telling whether future iterations of computer games, online communities and the like will require more or less of the traditional social skills and learning strategies that we’ve spent so many eons cultivating. “Too many people write about this as if kids are in one country and adults are in another,” says James Gee, a linguistics professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. What the future brain will look like is still anybody’s guess.

© 2008

Courtesy: http://www.Newsweek.com

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