Jayalalithaa’s cabinet to have 33 ministers

1. J.Jayalalithaa — Chief Minister, Public,Indian Administrative Service, Indian Police Service, Indian Forest Service, General Administration, District Revenue Officers, Prevention of Corruption, Police, Home

(2) O.Panneerselvam — Finance

(3) K.A.Sengottaiyan — Agriculture

(4) Natham R.Viswanathan — Electricity, Prohibition and Excise

(5) K.P.Munisamy — Municipal Administration, Rural Development

(6) C.Shanmugavelu — Industries

(7) R.Vaithilingam — Housing and Urban Development

(8) S.S.Krishnamoorthy — Food
9. 9) C.Karuppasamy — Animal Husbandary

(10) P.Palaniappan — Higher Education

(11) C.Ve.Shanmugam — School Education

(12) Sellur K.Raju — Cooperation

(13) K.T.Pachamal — Forests

(14) Edappadi K.Palanisamy — Highways and Minor Ports

(15) S.P.Shanmuganathan — HR & CE

(16) K.V.Ramalingam — Public Works

(17) S.P.Velumani — Special Programme Implementation

(18) T.K.M.Chinnayya — Backward Classes

(19) M.C.Sampath — Rural Industries

(20) P.Thangamani — Revenue

(21) G.Senthamizhan — Information

(22) S.Gokula Indira — Commerical Taxes and Registration

(23) Selvi Ramajayam — Social Welfare

(24) B.V.Ramanaa — Handlooms and Textiles

(25) R.B.Udhayakumar — Information and Technology

(26) N.Subramanian — Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare

(27) V.Senthil Balaji — Transport

(28) N.Mariyam Pichai — Environment

(29) K.A.Jayapal — Fisheries

(30) E.Subaya — Law, Courts and Prisons

(31) Budhichandhiran — Tourism

(32) S.T.Chellapandian — Labour

(33) Dr.V.S.Vijay — Health

(34) N.R.Sivapathi — Sports and Youth Welfare.

India releases list of most 50 ‘most wanted fugitives’ in Pakistan

Dawood IbrahimTurning more heat on Pakistan, India today released a list of 50 “most wanted fugitives”, including underworld don Dawood Ibrahim , 26/11 mastermind and LeT founder Hafiz Saeed and dreaded terrorist Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi , hiding in that country.

Hafiz Saeed, who is involved in Mumbai terror attack and various other attacks in India, tops the list which also includes Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar , the principal accused in the 2001 Parliament attack after his release in exchange of hostages in the Khandhar hijack episode in 1999.

The government’s action comes in the midst of acute discomfort for Pakistan which has been tying itself in knots over the charge of sheltering al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, who was killed in a unilateral US special forces action in Abbottabad.

The list includes names of al Qaeda operative Illyas Kashmiri, who is accused of transnational crime and conspiracy to commit various terrorist acts in India, close associates of Dawood, Memon Ibrahim alias Tiger Memon, Shaikh Shakeel alias Chhota Shakeel, Memon Ayub Abdul Razak, Anis Ibrahim Kaskar Shaikh, Anwar Ahmed Haji Jamal and Mohammed Ahmed Dosa, all involved in the 1993 serial bombing in Mumbai.

Chief of Hizbul Mujahideen Sayeed Salauddin, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front founder Amanullah Khan, Punjab terrorists Lakhbir Singh, Paramjit Singh Panjwar, Ranjit Singh alias Neeta and Wadhawa Singh were also named as most wanted fugitives.

Names of Mumbai terror attack case accused Sajid Majid, Major Iqbal, Major Sameer Ali, Sayed Abdul Rehman alias Pasha and Abu Hamza were included in the list of fugitives.

Key Dawood gang members Javed Patel, Slaim Abdul Gani Gazi, Riyaz Abu Bakar Khatri, Munaf Abdul Majid Halari, Mohammad Tainur, Khan Bashir Ahmed Ainul Haq Khan, Yakub Khan, Mohammad Shafi Memon, Irfan Ahmed Gulzar, Feroz Abdul Rashid Khan, Ishaq Atta Husain alias Ali Moosa, Sagir Sabir Ali Shaikh, Aftab Batki find mention in the list of India’s most wanted fugitives.

Rashid Abdullah alias Abu Rehan, involved in 2008 Bangalore blasts, LeT commander Cheema Azam, Syed Zabiuddin Jabi, who was involved in 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case, Indian Airlines IC 814 hijacking case accused Ibrahim Athar, Azhar Yusuf, Mistri Zahur Ibrahim alias Bhola, Sayeed Shahid Akhtar, Shakir Mohammad alias Ram Gopal Verma, Abdul Rauf are also included in the list.

Sufiyan Mufti, prime accused in the Gujarat Home Minister Haren Pandya muder case, three accused in the 2003 explosion in Mumbai’s Mulund railway station – Nachan Akmal, Khan Wazhul Kamar and Chaneparambil Mohammed Bashir -, Yaqoob Khan Pathan, involved in recruitment of Indian boys for terrorist activities and Amir Khan, who was involved in transnational crime, also included in the list.

Superstar Rajinikanth bares ballot, votes for ‘2 leaves

CHENNAI: ASuperstar Rajinikanth bares ballot, votes for '2 leaves'ctor Rajinikanth cast his vote on Wednesday just like many other voters in Chennai. But there was a difference. While others went behind the makeshift ply-board screen to exercise their franchise in privacy, the actor was caught in the act of pushing the button against the two-leaves’ symbol on the electronic voting machine by the flashing cameras.

Mobbed by the huge gathering of media representatives at the polling booth in Stella Maris college, which falls within the Thousand Lights constituency, a smiling Rajinikanth, unaware of the mischievous visuals and the controversy brewing over his secret ballot being bared, said, “The price rise is an issue and we want a stable government. This election is crucial and very tough.” However, after the initial enthusiasm, a couple of television channels that began to telecast the visuals showing Rajinikanth pressing the button hastily pulled back the visuals after a warning by the chief electoral officer Praveen Kumar. “Telecasting such visuals is a crime. Both the videographer and the broadcaster will be punished,” the officer told TOI.

Sources said the actor, who had a date with the DMK chief M Karunanidhi in the evening to watch a film, informed Kalaignar’s close aides that the channels had insisted on him repeating the act of pressing a button and his finger had strayed to the two-leaves’ symbol representing the AIADMK candidate B Valarmathi in a symbolic gesture. The DMK leadership seems to have accepted the explanation as Karunanidhi watched the film Ponnar Shankar’, scripted by him, with Rajnikanth at the Prasad preview theatre in the evening.

In the run up to the elections, many politicians, including the deputy chief minister and Kolathur candidate MK Stalin, had called on Rajinikanth to seek his support for the elections. Interestingly, in the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, the actor came out of a polling booth of the central Madras constituency happily showing two fingers in a sign of peace, a symbolic indication of which party he had voted for.

Later in a conversation with TOI, Rajinikanth was non committal about taking the political plunge. “Politics, I don’t know. Let’s see, God only knows,” he replied to a query. Speaking at length on the corruption issue, he said he would like to join the Anna Hazare movement. “I will join Anna Hazare in his fight against corruption, which is a major issue in the country now. We should tackle it in a big way,” he said.

source:toi

BMW to start Motorcycle sales in India

BMW has announces the sale of its select R and K series motorbikes as well as the Superbike S 1000 RR in India. The R series motorbike on offer is the legendary endure bike BMW R1200GS, which has a worldwide reputation of being one of the most exclusive motorbike in its genre with its distinctive boxer engine in exacting.

General Director BMW Motored, explanation on the opening of BMW’s Motorbikes in India- “The BMW Group has already established itself very successfully in India with a local BMW automobile production and a sales network for BMW Group automobiles. Now the market for premium motorbikes is opening to develop, too. We are sure our motorbikes will swiftly grow to be established in timely preparation for the increasing market.”

BMW cars have resulted in its increasing numbers on Indian roads, and now it is time for the German auto maker’s legendary endurance Motorbikes to foray into the Indian motorbikes market.

An Indian Competitor to the iPad

Indians now don’t have to wait for the iPad to be  launched in India. Founders of Hyderabad based startup Notion Ink, Rohan Sharavan and Rohit Rathi have come up with a tablet PC called Adam, which is being billed as iPad Killer.

After an initial prototype of Adam was showcased at CES, the tablet is scheduled for a Sunday showcase at MWC, Barcelona. But was first previewed at Hyderabad’s BVRIT Innovation Centre, where Notion Ink is based.

Design of the Adam Tablet, as Markarand Deshpande (an alumnus and visiting faculty at National Institute of Design) says, has been inspired by a spiral-bound notebook. As a designer for Adam, Makrand says that they did not simply give in to the current trends in design of the touchscreen devices, that are more concentrated on making extensive use of the features of OS, while keeping the external design minimalistic. Rather, they had an extensive design survey and analysis to identify many more  ‘happening’ trends.

That resulted in Adam havinga swivel camera, a feature that makes it unique from other other tablet devices.

As Makrand says,

“You can record lectures while simultaneously taking notes on it.”

On the specs front, Adam seems to to justify its billing as an iPad Killer.

  • OS : Android 2.1 (Chromium and Ubuntu support coming soon)
  • Processor : nVidia’s Tegra 2 dual core ARM Cortex A9. This gives Adam full HD support (1080p as against iPad’s 720p)
  • Display : Two different versions here : One with a 10-inch transreflective Pixel Qi screen (assures better visibility under direct sunlight) and one with a standard LCD display.
  • Flash Support : Yes!! It runs Flash 10.1
  • Connectivity : 3 USB Ports, an HDMI port and an expandable SD Card Slot. (iPad has no USB support)
  • 3G Support : yeah!! But sadly, not for the Indian version of the Adam, as the government here is still going at a snail’s pace to roll out 3G Spectrum.
  • Battery Life: Tegra 2 Chip and Pixel Qi screen means that Adam has a battery life (and performance) twice than that of iPad.

The makers of Adam say the US market will provide them a huge opportunity, because of the users’ general high awareness of the technology. Adam will first be launched in the US around June/July. No word on pricing though.

Adam certainly has a lot of potential. It can sure give a lot of sleepless nights to guys at Cupertino. We wish the makers all the luck for their product. And We cant wait to get our hands on it. Stay tuned to OnlyGizmos for more details of an Indian Launch.

IITians launch home learning device for students

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HYDERABAD: Hyderabad-based Edutor Technologies launched Edutor Advantage e40, India’s first hand-held home learning device for school students.

After a six-month pilot project, the firm, floated by a group of young IITians, launched the device designed for Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) students from class 3 to class 10.

The touchscreen device is preloaded with a student’s class-specific, curriculum-aligned content.

Advantage e40’s highly intuitive and interactive touch-screen interface and multi-media content ensures children are fully engaged, grasp concepts and remember them far more effectively, said a company official.

The device also offers self-assessment with its practice tests and questions for every topic. Advantage e40 is aligned with CBSE’s new Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) initiative.

The device also features extra-curricular activities like basics of cricket, yoga, karate, spoken English content and Wikipedia topics.

Ram Gollamudi, CEO of Edutor Technologies, told reporters that the firm planned to sell 30,000 to 40,000 devices in the next 18 months.

“Edutor Advantage is designed to give Indian students a measurable home learning advantage. Advantage e40 user interface is very intuitive and easy to use for children of all ages,” said Ram, an electronics engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology ( IIT)-Madras.

“Research shows that when multiple senses such as sight, sound and touch are used simultaneously to learn, there is a significant boost in understanding and memory. Our device is based on the multi-sensory learning principle,” said Ram, who spent the last 15 years in the US, working in tech firms.

Priced at Rs.5,845 with four percent taxes, Edutor Advantage is available in leading bookstores. One-year content in the form of a chip is available at Rs.1,635.

To start with, Edutor Technologies has rolled out its product in Hyderabad and other parts of Andhra Pradesh. It plans to extend its reach to other southern states before targeting the market in north India.

As the country has 75,000 CBSE schools, Edutor is targeting a huge market. Ram pointed out that Hyderabad alone has 200,000 CBSE students.

The President of India DR. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam's Speech

The President of India DR. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam’s Speech in
Hyderabad .

Why is the media here so negative?
Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognize our own strengths,
our achievements? We are such a great nation. We have so many
amazing success
stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why?
We are the first in milk production.
We are number one in Remote sensing satellites.
We are the second largest producer of wheat.
We are the second largest producer of rice.
Look at Dr. Sudarshan, he has transferred the tribal village into a
self-sustaining, self-driving unit. There are millions of such
achievements
but our media is only obsessed in the bad news and failures and
disasters. I was in Tel Aviv once and I was reading the Israeli
newspaper. It was the
day after a lot of attacks and bombardments and deaths had taken
place. The Hamas had struck. But the front page of the newspaper had
the picture of a
Jewish gentleman who in five years had transformed his desert into
an orchid and a granary.
It was this inspiring picture that everyone woke up to. The gory
details of killings, bombardments, deaths, were inside in the
newspaper, buried among
other news.

In India we only read about death, sickness, terrorism, crime. Why
are we so NEGATIVE? Another question: Why are we, as a nation so
obsessed with
foreign things? We want foreign T. Vs, we want foreign shirts. We
want foreign technology.

Why this obsession with everything imported. Do we not realize that
self-respect comes with self-reliance? I was in Hyderabad giving
this
lecture, when a 14 year old girl asked me for my autograph. I asked
her what her goal in life is. She replied: I want to live in a
developed India.
For her, you and I will have to build this developed India. You must
proclaim. India is not an under-developed nation; it is a highly
developed
nation. Do you have 10 minutes? Allow me to come back with a
vengeance.

Got 10 minutes for your country? If yes, then read; otherwise,
choice is yours.
YOU say that our government is inefficient.
YOU say that our laws are too old.
YOU say that the municipality does not pick up the garbage.
YOU say that the phones don’t work, the railways are a joke,
The airline is the worst in the world, mails never reach their
destination.
YOU say that our country has been fed to the dogs and is the
absolute pits.

YOU say, say and say. What do YOU do about it?
Take a person on his way to Singapore . Give him a name – YOURS.
Give him a face – YOURS. YOU walk out of the airport and you are at
your International
best. In Singapore you don’t throw cigarette butts on the roads or
eat in the stores. YOU are as proud of their Underground links as
they are. You
pay $5 (approx. Rs. 60) to drive through Orchard Road (equivalent of
Mahim Causeway or Pedder Road) between 5 PM and 8 PM. YOU come back
to the
parking lot to punch your parking ticket if you have over stayed in
a restaurant or a shopping mall irrespective of your status
identity… In
Singapore you don’t say anything, DO YOU? YOU wouldn’t dare to eat
in public during Ramadan, in Dubai. YOU would not dare to go out
without your
head covered in Jeddah. YOU would not dare to buy an employee of the
telephone exchange in London at 10 pounds ( Rs.650) a month to, ‘see
to it
that my STD and ISD calls are billed to someone else.’YOU would not
dare to speed beyond 55 mph (88 km/h) in Washington and then tell
the traffic cop,
‘Jaanta hai main kaun hoon (Do you know who I am?). I am so and so’s
son.
Take your two bucks and get lost.’ YOU wouldn’t chuck an empty
coconut shell anywhere other than the garbage pail on the beaches in
Australia and
New Zealand .
Why don’t YOU spit Paan on the streets of Tokyo ? Why don’t YOU use
examination jockeys or buy fake certificates in Boston??? We are
still
talking of the same YOU. YOU who can respect and conform to a
foreign system in other countries but cannot in your own. You who
will throw papers
and cigarettes on the road the moment you touch Indian ground. If
you can be an involved and appreciative citizen in an alien country,
why cannot you
be the same here in India?

Once in an interview, the famous Ex-municipal commissioner of
Bombay, Mr. Tinaikar, had a point to make. ‘Rich people’s dogs are
walked on the
streets to leave their affluent droppings all over the place,’ he
said. ‘And then the same people turn around to criticize and blame
the
authorities for inefficiency and dirty pavements. What do they
expect the officers to do? Go down with a broom every time their dog
feels the
pressure in his bowels?
In America every dog owner has to clean up after his pet has done
the job. Same in Japan . Will the Indian citizen do that here?’ He’s
right. We go to
the polls to choose a government and after that forfeit all
responsibility. We sit back wanting to be pampered and expect the
government to do
everything for us whilst our contribution is totally negative. We
expect the government to clean up but we are not going to stop
chucking garbage
all over the place nor are we going to stop to pick a up a stray
piece of paper and throw it in the bin. We expect the railways to
provide clean
bathrooms but we are not going to learn the proper use of bathrooms.

We want Indian Airlines and Air India to provide the best of food
and toiletries but we are not going to stop pilfering at the least
opportunity.
This applies even to the staff who is known not to pass on the
service to the public. When it comes to burning social issues like
those related to
women, dowry, girl child! and others, we make loud drawing room
protestations and continue to do the reverse at home. Our
excuse? ‘It’s the
whole system which has to change, how will it matter if I alone
forego my sons’ rights to a dowry.’ So who’s going to change the
system?
What does a system consist of ? Very conveniently for us it consists
of our neighbours, other households, other cities, other communities
and the
government. But definitely not me and YOU. When it comes to us
actually making a positive contribution to the system we lock
ourselves along with
our families into a safe cocoon and look into the distance at
countries far away and wait for a Mr.Clean to come along & work
miracles for us with a
majestic sweep of his hand or we leave the country and run away.
Like lazy cowards hounded by our fears we run to America to bask in
their glory and praise their system. When New York becomes insecure
we run to
England. When England experiences unemployment, we take the next
flight out to the Gulf. When the Gulf is war struck, we demand to be
rescued and
brought home by the Indian government. Everybody is out to abuse and
rape the country. Nobody thinks of feeding the system. Our
conscience is
mortgaged to money.

Dear Indians, The article is highly thought inductive, calls for a
great deal of introspection and pricks one’s conscience too…. I am
echoing J.
F. Kennedy’s words to his fellow Americans to relate to Indians…..

‘ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR INDIA
AND DO WHAT HAS TO BE DONE TO MAKE INDIA
WHAT AMERICA AND OTHER WESTERN COUNTRIES ARE TODAY’

Lets do what India needs from us.

Forward this mail to each Indian for a change instead of sending
some Jokes or non-sense
junk mails.

Thank you,

Dr. Abdul Kalaam
(PRESIDENT OF INDIA)