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Childrens’ Day Book Exhibition

 

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Exhibition of Children’s books

Date: 19th Nov. to 25th Nov. 2008

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To be in good moral condition …

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To be in good moral condition requires at least as much training as to be in good physical condition. ~

Jawaharlal Nehru


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National Library Week 2008

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Planned to be celebrated from 24 to 31 Nov. 2008

Schedule

24/11/2008

  • Inaugural ceremony
  • Reading Competition

25/11/2008

  • Book exhibition
  • Spot poetry competition

26/11/2008

  • Meet the Author
  • Spot short story writing competition

27/11/2008

  • Recommend A Book to your friend competition
  • Book Review competition

28/11/2008

  • Book talk
  • Story telling competition

29/11/2008

  • Book Quiz

31/11/2008

  • Valedictory Function
  • Prize distribution to all winners of Reader’s Club and Library competitions held up to date

For more information

Visit the Library

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Look beyond IIMs

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This year about three lakh students would be taking the Common Admission Test (CAT). The total number of seats in all the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) combined hover around 1,600. So, what is in store for the rest of the management aspirants?

Other options

Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT): Test date-November 23. This institute conducts its own entrance test and has two campuses at New Delhi and Kolkata.

Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP): Test date-December 21. IBS Aptitude Test (IBSAT): Test date-December 21. This test is conducted by ICFAI, for its B-schools.

Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET): Test date-December 14. This examination is conducted jointly by the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS-2008): Test date-December 14. The examination is conducted by TISS for admission to its MBA programmes.

Xavier’s Admission Test (XAT): Test date-January 4, 2009. Considered next to CAT and a good score leads to admission in one of the best business schools in India like Xavier Labour Relations Institute, Jamshedpur.

Faculty of Management Studies (FMS): Test date-January 11, 2009. The test is exclusively conducted by Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi, for admission to its programmes.

One can always try the option of MAT (Management Aptitude Test) for admission into good local colleges.

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Discovery of India

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‘Gives an understanding of the glorious intellectual and spiritual tradition of (a) great country.’ — Albert Einstein

The Discovery of India (Hindi: भारत एक खोज) was written by India‘s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru during his imprisonment in 19421946 at Ahmednagar in the Ahmednagar Fort.

Nehru was jailed for his participation in the Quit India movement along with other Indian leaders, and he used this time to write down his thoughts and knowledge about India’s history. The book is widely regarded as a classic in India since its first publication in 1946, and provides a broad view of Indian history, philosophy and culture, as viewed from the eyes of a liberal Indian fighting for the independence of his country [1].

In this book Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru tries to study the history of India starting from the Indus Valley Civilization, and then covers the country’s history from the arrival of the Aryans to government under the British Empire. The effect of these various people on Indian culture and their incorporation into Indian society is examined.

This book also analyses in depth the philosophy of Indian life.

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How to use your laptop to locate an earthquake

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Sep 25th 2008
From The Economist print edition

Courtest: The Economist

IF YOU drop your laptop computer, a chip built into it will sense the acceleration and protect the delicate moving parts of its hard disk before it hits the ground. A group of researchers led by Jesse Lawrence of Stanford University are putting the same accelerometer chip to an intriguing new use: detecting earthquakes. They plan to create a network of volunteer laptops that can map out future quakes in far greater detail than traditional seismometers manage.

Seismometers are large, expensive beasts, costing $10,000 or more apiece. They are designed to be exquisitely sensitive to the sort of vibrations an earthquake produces, which means they can pick up tremors that began halfway around the world. By contrast, the accelerometer chips in laptops, which have evolved from those used to detect when a car is in a collision and thus trigger the release of the airbags, are rather crude devices. They are, however, ubiquitous. Almost all modern laptops have them and they are even finding their way into mobile phones. The iPhone, for example, uses such a chip to detect its orientation so that it can rotate its display and thus make it easily readable.

On its own, an accelerometer chip in a laptop is not very useful for earthquake-detection, as it cannot distinguish between a quake and all sorts of other vibrations—the user tapping away at the keyboard, for example. But if lots of these chips are connected to a central server via the internet, their responses can be compared. And if a large number in a particular place register a vibration at almost the same time, it is more likely to be an earthquake than a bunch of users all hitting their space bars. To exploit this group effect, Dr Lawrence’s Quake-Catcher Network (QCN) employs the same software that is used by the SETI@home project, which aggregates computing power from hundreds of thousands of volunteer computers around the world to analyse radio-telescope signals for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence.

Dr Lawrence and his colleagues have already demonstrated that the QCN works. It detected a quake near Reno, Nevada, in April, and one near Los Angeles in July. Merely detecting a quake, however, is not the point. Seismometers can do that. To be useful, the QCN needs to be able to do things that seismometers cannot.

One of those things is to measure the maximum amount of ground shaking. The sensitivity of seismometers means that strong signals would damage them if they were not designed to “clip” such signals when they exceed a certain threshold. The price paid is that information about strong, nearby earthquakes is lost. Laptop accelerometers are more robust. Though they cannot, if in America, tell you anything about an earthquake in China, they can sometimes do better than conventional kit when measuring local quakes.

The network’s second benefit is of sheer numbers. This should allow the construction of far more detailed maps of the up-and-down and side-to-side motions induced by earthquakes. These vary a lot from quake to quake, and that means the damage done by a quake of any given strength is also variable. A better understanding of how movement and damage relate might help both building design and town planning in earthquake zones.

Of course, for that to work, you have to know where each laptop was at the moment of the quake. Ideally, this information would come from a Global Positioning System device fitted within the laptop, but few computers have them at the moment. In their absence, information automatically supplied about the site of the nearest router (a network device that computers use to connect to the wider internet) gives a rough location. This is imperfect, but pooling the data from lots of laptops means that location errors can be detected statistically and erroneous data discarded.

If that can be done quickly enough, the QCN could bring a third—and most valuable—benefit: warning. The speed of internet communication, coupled with a scheme for uploading data from each computer at brief intervals, means that Dr Lawrence’s network could issue an earthquake warning within seconds. That is faster than traditional seismometer networks, which update less regularly, and, above all, is much faster than seismic waves travel. Warnings could thus be broadcast to places the earthquake waves had not yet reached, giving people vital time to find a place of refuge.

At the moment, the QCN has about 1,500 participating computers. But, as happened with SETI@home, the researchers expect numbers to grow once knowledge of the project spreads: qcn.stanford.edu, for those who want to join in the fun.

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National Education Day 2008

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November, 11, the birth day of eminent freedom fighter and educationalist Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad (also the first Education Minister of India), has been celebrated as the ” National Education Day”.

Exhibition of Books on Education

Date: 10-18 Nov., 2008

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New Books 10/11/2008

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New-books

Dated 10/11/2008

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Bookmark designing competition-Results

READER’S CLUB

BOOKMARK DESIGNING COMPETITION

01/11/2008

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RESULTS


SHIFT-I

S.No.

Group

Position

Name, Class & Div

1

VI-VIII

I Prathibha G , VIII C
2 II Aastha Rana, VII B
3 III Amritha G. VIII D
4 III Vinayan H, VII D
5

IX-XII

I Joy Sivakumar, X A
6 II Sachin R , X A
7 III Nithin T, X D
8 III Mithun Mohan, XI E
9 Consol. Salini Johnson, X A

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Michael Crichton

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John Michael Crichton, M.D. pronounced /ˈkraɪtən/ [1], (October 23, 1942 – November 4, 2008[2][3]) was an American author, film producer, film director, medical doctor, and television producer best known for his science fiction and techno-thriller novels, films, and television programs. His books have sold over 150 million copies worldwide. His works were usually based on the action genre and heavily feature technology.

Many of his future history novels have medical or scientific underpinnings, reflecting his medical training and science background. He was the author of The Andromeda Strain, Congo, Disclosure, Timeline, State of Fear, Prey, and Next. He was also the creator of ER, but most famous for being the author of Jurassic Park, and its sequel The Lost World, both adapted into high grossing films and leading to the very successful franchise.

Biography

Crichton was born in Chicago,[4] Illinois, to John Henderson Crichton and Zula Miller Crichton, and raised in Roslyn, Long Island, New York.[1] He has two sisters, Kimberly and Catherine, and a younger brother, Douglas.

He attended Harvard College as an undergraduate, graduating summa cum laude in 1964.[5] Crichton was also initiated into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. He went on to become the Henry Russell Shaw Traveling Fellow from 1964 to 1965 and Visiting Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom in 1965. He graduated from Harvard Medical School, obtaining an M.D. in 1969, and did post-doctoral fellowship study at the Jonas Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, from 1969 to 1970. In 1988, he was Visiting Writer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

While in medical school, he wrote novels under the pen names John Lange and Jeffery Hudson. A Case of Need, written under the latter pseudonym, won the 1969 Edgar Award for Best Novel. He also co-authored Dealing with his younger brother Douglas under the shared pen name Michael Douglas. The back cover of that book contains a picture of Michael and Douglas at a very young age taken by their mother.

His two pen names were both created to reflect his above-average height. According to his own words, he was about 2.06 meters (6 feet 9 inches) tall in 1997.[6] Lange is a familyname in Germany, meaning “tall one” and Sir Jeffrey Hudson was a famous 17th century dwarf in the court of Queen Consort Henrietta Maria of England.

Crichton has admitted to having once, during his undergraduate study, plagiarized a work by George Orwell and submitted it as his own. According to Crichton the paper was received by his professor with a mark of “B−”. Crichton has claimed that the plagiarism was not intended to defraud the school, but rather as an experiment. Crichton believed that the professor in question had been intentionally giving him abnormally low marks, and so as an experiment Crichton informed another professor of his idea and submitted Orwell’s paper as his own work.[7]

Crichton was married five times and divorced four times. He was married to Suzanna Childs, Joan Radam (1965–1970), Kathy St. Johns (1978–1980) and Anne-Marie Martin, the mother of his only child, daughter Taylor Anne. At the time of his passing, Crichton was married to Sherri Alexander.

Crichton died unexpectedly in Los Angeles on Tuesday, November 4, 2008, after a private battle against cancer, according to a statement released by his family.[2][8][9]

Books

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Crichton’s works are frequently cautionary in that his plots often portray scientific advancements going awry, commonly resulting in worst-case scenarios. A notable recurring theme in Crichton’s plots is the pathological failure of complex systems and their safeguards, whether biological (Jurassic Park), military/organizational (The Andromeda Strain) or cybernetic (Westworld). This theme of the inevitable breakdown of “perfect” systems and the failure of “fail-safe measures” can be seen strongly in the poster for Westworld (slogan: “Where nothing can possibly go worng ..” (sic) ) and in the discussion of chaos theory in Jurassic Park.

Contrary to certain perceptions, Crichton was not anti-technology. Although his works often portray scientists and engineers as arrogant and closed-minded to the potential threat a technology represents, there is always a well-educated author surrogate who states that failures are simply part of the scientific process and one should simply maintain a state of awareness and preparation for their inevitable occurrence.

The use of author surrogate was a feature of Crichton’s writings from the beginning of his career. In A Case of Need, one of his pseudonymous whodunit stories, Crichton used first-person narrative to portray the hero, a Bostonian pathologist, who is running against the clock to clear a friend’s name from medical malpractice in a girl’s death from a hack-job abortion.

Some of Crichton’s fiction uses a literary technique called false document. For example, Eaters of the Dead is a fabricated recreation of the Old English epic Beowulf in the form of a scholarly translation of Ahmad ibn Fadlan‘s 10th century manuscript. Other novels, such as The Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park, incorporate fictionalized scientific documents in the form of diagrams, computer output, DNA sequences, footnotes and bibliography. However, some of his novels actually include authentic published scientific works to illustrate his point, as can be seen in The Terminal Man and the more recent State of Fear.

Courtesy: Wikipedia

Crichton Movies


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Bookmark designing competition-entries

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Bookmark Designing Competition

1st November 2008

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To Sir, with love

To Sir, with love

Sivaraman (left) hands over a health card to a teacher

Sivaraman (left) hands over a health card to a teacher

When old schoolmates meet at an alumni meeting, they end up comparing their worth. But when the batch of 1977 of the Jawahar Higher Secondary School (JHSS), managed by the Neyveli Lignite Corporation, Tamil Nadu, formed a Yahoo group called Jawahar World Wide (JWW), to meet and chat online, something different happened—they ended up forming a philanthropic group.“One day while chatting, someone mentioned that the wife of our sports teacher Manickam was admitted to a hospital and we felt we could help,” says S. Sivaraman, director in a pharmaceutical company and the coordinator of JWW, whose members are now spread worldwide, including the UK, USA, Australia and Canada.

Donations poured in and the teacher’s wife recovered. “I never thought my boys will remember me 30 years later. Their contribution really helped my wife’s pelvic cyst operation,” says a grateful Manickam. This spurred the Jawaharites and they formed the JWW Trust to insure and help aging teachers. The Neyveli school, which has 15,000 students, employs a 500-strong staff, of whom nearly 10 retire every year.

Those who are not covered by the corporation’s group insurance get mediclaim benefits, with elderly teachers first in line. Some retired teachers looking after their ailing family members also receive Rs 1,000 every month. The alumni network has donated health insurance policies worth Rs 50,000 each to 175 teachers while the United India Insurance company has provided health cards.

The former students are now looking at ways to improve facilities in their former school. The trust has started equipping the school’s labs and libraries with high-tech instruments as well as medical and science books. Economically weaker students are entitled to free special coaching. The trust is also setting up a system in which students who finish their studies get career guidance and even employment facilities.

“When I joined Jawahar, I was not good at science but the way my teachers taught the subject made me take an active interest in science,” says A.N. Ravikumar, a nuclear researcher with a leading company in Canada. The teachers of JHSS did a good job and their students are paying them back. A perfect thanksgiving story indeed.

Courtesy;India Today

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R K Narayan Book Exhibition

Exhibition of Books

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R.K.Narayan

Date: 31Oct-07 Nov. 2008


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അക്കിത്തത്തിനു എഴുത്തച്ഛന്‍ പുരസ്കാരം


അക്കിത്തത്തിനു എഴുത്തച്ഛന്‍ പുരസ്കാരം

മഹാകവി അക്കിത്തത്തിന്റെ വീടായ ദേവായനവും ജന്മഗ്രാമമായ അമേറ്റിക്കരയും ശനിയാഴ്‌ച ആനന്ദത്തിന്റെ നെറുകയിലായിരുന്നു. നേരംപുലര്‍ന്നമുതല്‍ അക്കിത്തത്തിന്റെ വീട്ടിലെ ടെലിഫോണിന്‌ വിശ്രമമുണ്ടായില്ല. മഹാകവിക്ക്‌ ആശംസകളും ആയുരാരോഗ്യസൗഖ്യവും നേര്‍ന്നു കൊണ്ടുള്ള ഫോണ്‍വിളികളുടെ തിരക്കായിരുന്നു.


മലയാളംനല്‍കുന്ന പരമോന്നത ബഹുമതിയായ എഴുത്തച്ഛന്‍പുരസ്‌കാരം നേടിയ മഹാകവിയെ ജന്മഗ്രാമം ഒന്നടങ്കം അഭിനന്ദിച്ചു. അമ്പതാംപിറന്നാള്‍ ആഘോഷിച്ച ഇരുപതാംനൂറ്റാണ്ടിന്റെ ഇതിഹാസമുള്‍പ്പെടെ നിരവധി കവിതാസമാഹാരങ്ങള്‍ പ്രസിദ്ധീകരിച്ച അക്കിത്തം മലയാളത്തിലെ ഓരോ അക്ഷരസ്‌നേഹിയുടെയും ഹൃദയത്തില്‍ ആരാധിക്കപ്പെടുന്നുണ്ട്‌.

ഭാരതത്തിലെയും കേരളത്തിലെയും കവിതയുമായി ബന്ധപ്പെട്ട ഒട്ടുമിക്ക പുരസ്‌കാരങ്ങളും ഇതിനകം അക്കിത്തത്തെത്തേടി എത്തിയിട്ടുണ്ട്‌. ഗുരുവായൂരപ്പന്റെ അനുഗ്രഹമാണ്‌ ഈ ബഹുമതിക്ക്‌ പിന്നിലെന്നും അക്ഷരപിതാവിന്റെ അനുഗ്രഹം കൂടിയായി ഈ അവാര്‍ഡിനെ കാണുന്നുവെന്നും അക്കിത്തം പറഞ്ഞു.

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The Audacity of Hope

Obama’s Foursquare Politics, With a Dab of Dijon

Published: October 17, 2006

Courtesy: New York Times Book Reviews

Barack Obama, the junior senator from Illinois and the Democratic Party’s new rock star, is that rare politician who can actually write — and write movingly and genuinely about himself.

His 1995 memoir, “Dreams From My Father,” written before Mr. Obama entered politics, provided a revealing, introspective account of his efforts to trace his family’s tangled roots and his attempts to come to terms with his absent father, who left home when he was still a toddler. That book did an evocative job of conjuring the author’s multicultural childhood: his father was from Kenya, his mother was from Kansas, and the young Mr. Obama grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia.

And it was equally candid about his youthful struggles: pot, booze and “maybe a little blow,” he wrote, could “push questions of who I was out of my mind,” flatten “out the landscape of my heart, blur the edges of my memory.” Most memorably, the book gave the reader a heartfelt sense of what it was like to grow up in the 1960’s and 70’s, straddling America’s color lines: the sense of knowing two worlds and belonging to neither, the sense of having to forge an identity of his own.

Mr. Obama’s new book, “The Audacity of Hope” — the phrase comes from his 2004 Democratic Convention keynote address, which made him the party’s rising young hope — is much more of a political document. Portions of the volume read like outtakes from a stump speech, and the bulk of it is devoted to laying out Mr. Obama’s policy positions on a host of issues, from education to health care to the war in Iraq.

But while Mr. Obama occasionally slips into the flabby platitudes favored by politicians, enough of the narrative voice in this volume is recognizably similar to the one in “Dreams From My Father,” an elastic, personable voice that is capable of accommodating everything from dense discussions of foreign policy to streetwise reminiscences, incisive comments on constitutional law to New-Agey personal asides. The reader comes away with a feeling that Mr. Obama has not reinvented himself as he has moved from job to job (community organizer in Chicago, editor of The Harvard Law Review, professor of constitutional law, civil rights lawyer, state senator) but has instead internalized all those roles, embracing rather than shrugging off whatever contradictions they might have produced.

Reporters and politicians continually use the word authenticity to describe Mr. Obama, pointing to his ability to come across to voters as a regular person, not a prepackaged pol. And in these pages he often speaks to the reader as if he were an old friend from back in the day, salting policy recommendations with colorful asides about the absurdities of political life.

He recalls a meet-and-greet encounter at the White House with George W. Bush, who warmly shook his hand, then “turned to an aide nearby, who squirted a big dollop of hand sanitizer in the president’s hand.” (“Good stuff,” he quotes the president as saying, as he offered his guest some. “Keeps you from getting colds.”) And he recounts a trip he took through Illinois with an aide, who scolded him for asking for Dijon mustard at a T.G.I. Friday’s, worried the senator would come across as an elitist; the confused waitress, he adds, simply said: “We got Dijon if you want it.”

In his 2004 keynote address Mr. Obama spoke of the common ground Americans share: “There is not a Black America and White America and Latino America and Asian America — there’s the United States of America.” And the same message — rooted in his own youthful efforts to grapple with racial stereotypes, racial loyalty and class resentments — threads its way through the pages of this book. Despite the red state-blue state divide, despite racial, religious and economic divisions, Mr. Obama writes, “we are becoming more, not less, alike” beneath the surface: “Most Republican strongholds are 40 percent Democrat, and vice versa. The political labels of liberal and conservative rarely track people’s personal attributes.”

Mr. Obama eschews the Manichean language that has come to inform political discourse, and he rejects what he sees as the either-or formulations of his elders who came of age in the 60’s: “In the back-and-forth between Clinton and Gingrich, and in the elections of 2000 and 2004,” he writes, “I sometimes felt as if I were watching the psychodrama of the Baby Boom generation — a tale rooted in old grudges and revenge plots hatched on a handful of college campuses long ago — played out on the national stage. The victories that the 60’s generation brought about — the admission of minorities and women into full citizenship, the strengthening of individual liberties and the healthy willingness to question authority — have made America a far better place for all its citizens. But what has been lost in the process, and has yet to be replaced, are those shared assumptions — that quality of trust and fellow feeling — that bring us together as Americans.”

His thoughts on domestic and foreign policy try to hew to this consensus-building line. Some of his recommendations devolve into little more than fuzzy statements of the obvious: i.e., that America’s “addiction to oil” is affecting the economy and undermining national security, or that the education system needs to be revamped and improved. Others echo Bill Clinton’s “third way,” methodically triangulating between traditionally conservative and traditionally liberal ideas.

Mr. Obama writes that “conservatives — and Bill Clinton — were right about welfare as it was previously structured: By detaching income from work and by making no demands on welfare recipients other than a tolerance for intrusive bureaucracy and an assurance that no man lived in the same house as the mother of his children, the old A.F.D.C. program sapped people of their initiative and eroded their self respect.”

He uses the Bush administration’s tough language to talk about national security in the age of terrorism (“if we have to go it alone, the American people stand ready to pay any price and bear any burden to protect our country”) but adds, crucially, that “once we get beyond matters of self-defense,” he is “convinced that it will almost always be in our strategic interest to act multilaterally rather than unilaterally when we use force around the world.”

He assails President Bush for waging an unnecessary and misguided war in Iraq and for promoting an “Ownership Society” that “magnifies the uneven risks and rewards of today’s winner-take-all economy.” Yet he also takes the Democrats to task for becoming “the party of reaction”: “In reaction to a war that is ill-conceived, we appear suspicious of all military action. In reaction to those who proclaim the market can cure all ills, we resist efforts to use market principles to tackle pressing problems. In reaction to religious overreach, we equate tolerance with secularism and forfeit the moral language that would help infuse our policies with a larger meaning. We lose elections and hope for the courts to foil Republican plans. We lose the courts and wait for a White House scandal.”

This volume does not possess the searching candor of the author’s first book. But Mr. Obama strives in these pages to ground his policy thinking in simple common sense — be it “growing the size of our armed forces to maintain reasonable rotation schedules” or reining in spending and rethinking tax policy to bring down the nation’s huge deficit — while articulating these ideas in level-headed, nonpartisan prose. That, in itself, is something unusual, not only in these venomous pre-election days, but also in these increasingly polarized and polarizing times.

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Cyber Quiz

Questions

1. What is a ‘Botnet’ that is a big issue in cyber-security?

2. Name the site made by an Indian, Pratham Kumar, that helps consumers find out the general size of something based on its measurements.

3. Who developed Packet switching theory?

4. Expand the protocol UUCP.

5. In the mid-1980s, due to security concerns, the pioneering ARPANET was split into…?

6. Starting next year, transactions in what expensive, naturally produced substance will be banned on eBay?

7. Which Intel successor to Menlow has the Lincroft SoC, LangwellSouth Hub, PMIC and Evans Peak Networking?

8. Which visual search engine has the tagline ‘Find.Organize.Share’ on its Web site?

9. The two components of two factor authentication are…?

10. The HQ of what is located at 701 First Avenue, Sunnyvale, California?

Answers

1. It is a group of computers that are running a computer application controlled and manipulated by the software source or the owner.

2. Pective

3. Leonard Kleinrock at MIT in 1961.

4. Unix to Unix CoPy.

5. ARPANET and MILNET.

6. Ivory

7. Moorestown.

8. Searchme

9. Something you know and something you have.

10. Yahoo!

Courtesy: V.V. Ramanan, E-world,Business Line

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Quiz Time

QUESTIONS

1. Which festival is said to observe Rama’s return to Ayodhya and Krishna’s killing of Narakasura?

2. On which day are celebrations held to mark Uttarayana i.e. the transition of Sun into Capricorn on its celestial path?

3. Rongali, Kongali and Bhogali are three types of which Assamese festival?

4. On which day does the Durga Puja begin and when does it end?

5. Which spiritual leader and a religion founder’s birthday is observed on the full moon night in the month of Vaisakha?

6. At the end of October, Nanded will see the tercentenary celebrations of which two important events in the Sikh faith?

7. What celebrations mark the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting?

8. Why do married women observe “Karva Chauth”?

9. What is celebrated on the 15th day of the first month in the lunar year in the Chinese calendar?

10. In Kerala, which mythical king is said to visit his subjects on Thiruvonam day?

11. Which festival for brothers and sister traditionally falls on the on the second day after Diwali?

12. Whose idols are carried in ceremonial procession during the famous ‘Rath Yatra’ in Orissa.

13. What is ‘Navroze’?

14. Which incident from the Mahabharata forms the basis for the Tarnetar Fair in Gujarat?

15. Alanganallur in Tamil Nadu is the most famous town for what activity that takes place during Pongal?

Answers

1. Deepavali or Diwali;
2. Makara Sankranthi
3. Bihu;
4. It starts on ‘Maha shashti and ends on ‘Bijoya dashami’ of the Hindu month of Ashvin or Ashwayuja
5. Gautama Buddha;
6. The consecration of the Guru Granth Sahib as the eternal Guru (Gurta Gaddi) and the ‘Parlok gaman’ of Guru Gobind Singh;
7. Eid ul-Fitr or Id-ul-Fitr
8. To ensure wedded bliss and long life for their husbands and children;
9. ‘Lantern festival’;
10. Mahabali
11. Bhai-Dhuj;
12. Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra
13. It is the Parsi new year;
14. The marriage of Draupadi and Arjuna;
15. ‘Jallikattu’

Courtesy: V.V.Ramanan, Young World, The Hindu

Filed under: Young World Quiz,

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