Archives for August 2005

GENI – the next generation Internet

URL Link: The NSF’s Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) has christened its new initiative GENI—short for Global Environment for Networking Investigations. And like the uncorked magician whose name it shares, the transformation could be eye-opening. The group intends to look at all sides of the network. In their words, “The GENI Research Program will build on many years of … [Read more...]

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Premji's five mantras to transform India

News Source: NewInd PressNews Highlight: Wipro Chairman Azim Premji on Tuesday said India needs to focus on five priority areas to achieve “social transformation”, a situation that ensures individual well-being, plugs resource wastage and helps develop the economy. Delivering the JRD Tata Memorial Lecture on invitation by industry body Assocham, Premji mooted a five-fold path that emphasises primary education and heathcare, and overhauls laws related to land, power and water … [Read more...]

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India: Who Wants To Build Some Roads?

URL Link: Build Some Roads? To remake its creaky infrastructure, India is banking on public-private partnerships When the skies opened up on July 26, dumping more than three feet of water on Bombay and the surrounding area, the creaking infrastructure of India's financial center collapsed under the strain. The aging suburban train service froze, the airport halted flights, and waterlogged roads forced … [Read more...]

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BBC targets music downloads in Internet strategy

News Source: ReutersNews Highlight: The BBC wants to be a major player in the digital media world and is considering partnerships with private businesses to sell music downloads, Director-General Mark Thompson said on Saturday. The publicly-funded broadcaster is testing software called MyBBCPlayer to let users download its TV and radio programing, and plans to use its powerful presence to take its place among Internet media giants like Google (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) and Yahoo … [Read more...]

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SC criticises Govt over reservation issue in private colleges

News Source: Hindustan TimesNews Highlight: The Supreme Court on Tuesday severely criticised the Centre for being extremely critical of the recent seven-judge Bench judgment declaring that there should be no reservation or state quota in private unaided professional colleges."Why are we told time and again by the Government that it is not taking a confrontationist attitude? Who is taking a confrontationist attitude?" a three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice RC Lahoti asked … [Read more...]

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Anger, Despair over the Burqa call in India

News Source: Times of IndiaNews Highlight: The Darul Uloom Deoband's fatwa which calls for making purdah mandatory for women contesting elections, has come in for sharp criticism, especially from women politicians. Scores of Muslim women corporators, social activists and educationists are shocked at the Islamic seminary's anti-women, patriarchal and biased opinion which may hamper Muslim women's participation in politics. Darul Uloom, in its latest fatwa on Wednesday, said that … [Read more...]

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India surrounded by 'failed states'

News Source: Times of IndiaNews Highlight: Wednesday's terror attacks in Bangladesh only reinforce one fact: India is ringed with failed states. A recent study by Foreign Policy, journal of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Fund for Peace ranked 60 states in the world that are in danger of going over the edge -- apart from Sri Lanka, every one of India's neighbours is a failed or failing state. Bangladesh is in a critical state at 17th place, while Pakistan is … [Read more...]

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India gears up for the Moon Mission 'Chandrayaan'

News Source: SIFYNews Highlight: India is gearing up for its planned Moon mission 'Chandrayaan' two years from now, with top scientists from the country gathering in Hyderabad to discuss the design system of the 32-metre diameter deep space network ground station antenna for the mission. "This antenna will serve as an important component system of the ground support and is currently being finalised at a meeting organised by ECIL and ISRO and top scientists from the field of space … [Read more...]

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