29 March 2012

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Soviet Satellite to Fall to Earth

Posted: 28 Mar 2012 04:31 AM PDT

Soviet satellite on earth

Meteor-1, the Soviet Union’s first fully operational weather satellite, will Monday night re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere after more than four decades in orbit, the web site of the US Strategic Command said.

The Meteor satellite series was developed in the Soviet Union during the sixties. On March 26, 1969, a Vostok rocket launched Meteor-1, the very first version of the Soviet Meteor satellite network, into orbit. The satellite terminated operations in July 1970, according to NASA information.

The spacecraft is expected to begin falling at 3:13 a.m. Moscow time March 27 with debris estimated to fall into the Indian Ocean south of Sri Lanka, the US Strategic Command said.

Weighing between 1,200 and 1,400 kg, the spacecraft was originally placed in orbit at an altitude of 650 km, the Space Safety magazine said. Two solar panels were automatically oriented toward the sun to provide the spacecraft with the maximum amount of solar power.

Meteor-1 provided near-global observations of the earth’s weather systems, cloud cover, ice and snow fields, and reflected and emitted radiation from the dayside and nightside of the earth-atmosphere system for operational use by the Soviet meteorological service.

Some of the processed data and TV pictures from the satellite were distributed to meteorological centers around the world.
Source: IANS

Top 7 Fake Smartphones in India

Posted: 28 Mar 2012 12:23 AM PDT

When tech-giants like Apple and Samsung are fighting with each other to grab a bigger pie in this booming mobile market, there is a whole new set of  villains (mainly Chinese) who are cloning the high-end smartphones. These cheap fake phones are obviously very inferior to the original ones, but they are they are still selling out in this price-sensitive market.

Samsung Galaxy SII vs. HDC A9100:


Samsung Galaxy SII, one of the most popular Android smartphone has one local enemy named HDC A9100 which costs less than half of Galaxy SII. Samsung Galaxy SII costs around Rs 30,000 and HDC A9100 comes for only Rs 13,000.

HDC A9100 is a Chinese dual-SIM phone which has a 4.3-inch capacitive screen, dual camera, is powered by dual-core MT6573 processor, runs on Android 2.3 and has access to Google's Android market. This cloned phone is available online shopping site Alibaba.com.

How to Identify: At the first glance HDC A9100 looking exactly same as Galaxy SII, but this cloned phone comes with a HDC logo at the back therefore you can easily identify it.


Apple iPhone vs. Vox ePhone:


Apple's iPhone is a work of art in the smartphone category and a copy of it can just look alike, it can never give the feel of having an original iPhone. The dupe of iPhone – the Vox ePhone- costs only Rs 3,000 which is quite okay to fool your friends for a while, the original iPhone has starting price of Rs 34,000.

Vox ePhone is a dual-SIM phone which comes with 3.0 inches Full Touch Screen display, dual camera, 3.5mm Audio output and supports Memory Card upto 16GB, Bluetooth A2DP, JAVA, Games and Applications, Flight Mode, GPRS, WAP Enable. This phone is available at naaptol.com.

How to Identify: Vox ePhone looks like iPhone from all the angles, but comes with a Vox logo at the back.


Nokia E7 vs. Vox IE7:


Vox IE7, the fake of Nokia E7 has the same good looks of the original. Vox IE7 costs Rs 4,000 while the Nokia E7 costs around Rs 28,000.

Vox IE7 is a dual-SIM phone 3 inch Touch Screen Slider mobile with full QWERTY key-pad. It comes with dual camera, MP3/MP4 player, FM radio, 16GB external memory with its SD Card, Java, MSN, E-mail, Real-player and supports Bluetooth, GPRS & Mobile Internet. This phone is available at naaptol.com.

How to Identify: Vox IE7 has a Vox logo above the screen.


Nokia N97 vs. Cesim N97 Mini:


The fate of the original Nokia N97 was not that glorious as it got discontinued due to less market acceptance and various other reasons, but the clone of this phone – the CESIM N97 Mini- is still alive with a price tag of Rs 5,000, the original used to cost Rs 29,000.

Cesim N97 Mini supports dual-SIM and sports dual camera, 3.2 inch touch screen, FM Radio, JAVA 2.0, MP3,MP4, E-book reader. It also supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for connectivity and is available at Alibaba.com.

How to Identify: Cesim N97 doesn't have a Nokia logo anywhere.


HTC touch vs. Santek SSG730:


The fake of HTC touch, Santek SSG730 costs around Rs 4,000, while the original HTC touch costs Rs 12,000.

The Santek SSG730 is a Windows Mobile 5 phone which comes with 2.8-inch LCD touchscreen, a 2 Megapixel camera, support for GPS, Bluetooth, optional WiFi, microSD card slot and also has a fingerprint reader for security.

How to Identify: The cloned one does not have a HTC logo anywhere.


Nokia N95 vs. Nokla N 95:


The Chinese maker of the clone of Nokia N95 has made is so cunningly that it's quite difficult to identify the duplicate, the fake one has a 'L' in place of 'I' which is quite unnoticeable  . Even though Nokia N95 is no more available in the market, but you can owe a Nokla N95 for Rs 4,000.

Nokla N 95 comes with a 2.6-inch screen, 2.0 megapixel camera and is quite distinguishable which its keys with backlist display.

How to Identify: 'L' sits in the place of 'I', its Nokla not Nokia.

Super-Rich Spiritual Gurus of India

Posted: 27 Mar 2012 11:23 PM PDT



In today's profane world the Indian gurus or in other words "miracle workers"  who are often referred as "godmen," have more of a celebrity image with their savvy, powerful figures who control vast business empires and own enormous wealth they also dabble in politics and manipulate the media.

These modern day Gurus are not only renowned but they also possess a lot of wealth through NGO and private funds. Some prominent ones who have passed away cannot be missed, like Sathya Sai Baba who died recently could count more followers than any other Indian guru, and the financial worth of his spiritual empire is several times bigger. Sai Baba reportedly had wealth of over more than Rs 40,000 crore.

Here are 5 super-rich Indian gurus who own vast business empire.

Baba Ramdev


'Yoga Guru' Baba Ramdev gained popularity through ventures in yoga, alternative medicine and agriculture, as well as his advocacy on Indian political issues. His life is no less than a typical bollywood movie. He was born in a poor farmer’s family in Haryana and until 15 years back Ramdev was a struggling man who was often seen on the streets of Haridwar, peddling his bicycle as he went to temples and people’s homes to teach them yajnas. Later through his knowledge of yoga asanas Baba Ramdev went on to build an enviable Rs 1,100 crore empire.

He was also among the first to raise the issue of black money publicly in 2008 and before the assembly elections of 2009 it was during this time he officially announced his wealth of Rs 1,100 crore but according to tehelka.com t is said he controls over Rs 11,000 crore

Wealthy Assests: Patanjali Yogpeeth and Divya Yogi Mandir trusts and other branches, Patanjali Ayurved College, Patanjali Chikitsalaya, Yog Gram, Goshala, Patanjali Food And Herbal Park, etc.  His empire today consists of over three dozen companies.


Mata Amritanandamayi


Sudhamani Idamannel, also known as Mata Amritanandamayi Devi and Amma (“Mother”), the Hindu spiritual leader and teacher, who is revered as a saint by her followers. Amritanandamayi spontaneously embraces people to comfort them in their sorrow and therefore is also referred to as “The Hugging Saint.” She has hugged close to 30 million people to date, she is widely respected for her humanitarian activities and is probably by far the richest godwoman in the country.

Main Source of Income: Amrita Viswa Vidyapeetham colleges, Amrita Institute of Medical Science (Kochi), Amrita Schools, TV channel. Amrita Schools are located across Kerala where students are charged the same fee as topnotch private schools. Adding to it are the contributions from her millions of Indian and foreign devotees.

Even by modest estimates, the Amritanandamayi Trust, which presides over, is said to have assets worth over Rs 1,500 crore. Today, her ashram at her native Vallikavu, a small island off Kollam, is a posh five-storey building.


Sri Sri Ravishankar


Sri Sri Ravishankar is a renowned spiritual leader, known worldwide. He is the founder of the very famous Art of Living foundation that has an estimated 300 million followers in 151 countries who donate millions to this foundation. He was born in Tamil Nadu and took up Vedic studies when he was just six years old and by the age of 17, he had completed studies in Vedic literature and science according to indiatoday.in

Main Source of Income: Art of Living Centre (Bangalore), Sri Sri Shankar Vidya Mandir Trust, PU College (Bangalore), Sri Sri Centre for Media Studies (Bangalore), Sri Sri University, Art of Living Health & Educational Trust (US), etc.

It is estimated that, he has built an empire with that has total turnover of approximately Rs 1,000 crore that includes his Art of Living (AOL) institutes, pharmacy and health centres, and a hill 40 km from Bangalore on lease from the Karnataka government for 99 years.


Asaram Bapu


Sant Shri Asharam Ji Bapu is endearingly known as Bapu among all the godmen and self proclaimed saints mentioned above Asaram Bapu is one of the most controversial. He is accused of land grabbing in Gujarat and various other cities and is busy settling the string of cases charged against him. There have also been rumors of “sinister activities” at his ashrams, after four children were found dead at his ashrams a couple of months ago and though it turned out that a student had killed them, it was bad publicity for the Godman nonetheless.

His most popular and well established asharam Motera in  Ahmedabad, is also said to be built on land acquired illegally. The trust headed by the controversial godman owns more than 350 ashrams in the country and abroad, besides 17,000 Bal Sanskar Kendras.

Asaram Bapu's trust is said to have turnover Rs 350 crore according to official announcement (figures may vary) which includes the multicrore controversial ashram in Delhi's Ridge area.


Gurmeet Ram Rahim


Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insaan is the current leader of an organization called Dera Sacha Sauda. Since becoming the head of this sect, he has often been involved in controversy, even having criminal cases filed against him. The Dera Sacha Sauda was established by Shah Mastana Ji from Baluchistan in 1948, as a centre for spiritual learning.

Assets: Over 700 acres of agriculture land in Sirsa, a 175- bed hospital in Ganganagar, Rajasthan, gas stations, market complexes and over 250 ashrams across the globe. Although his income isn't revealed officially but he considered to be one among the richest gurus
Ram Rahim the Dera chief is accused of murder, rape and sexual harassment The most damaging allegation as yet on Baba Ram Rahim is of a female follower’s letter anonymously sent to Prime Minister, President which claimed that Baba Ram Rahim had allegedly raped her and at least 50 more female followers in the Dera Sacha Sauda premises. This Baba is currently out on bail, he is being investigated by the CBI and trial is on before a special CBI court at Ambala.

Top 5 Indians in Hollywood

Posted: 27 Mar 2012 11:00 PM PDT

Indians have conquered heights in diverse fields such as politics, corporate world and academics in US and across the globe. But there are few Indian actors and directors working in Hollywood who have excelled in the field with their prowess and have taken the global movie market by storm. Let us have a look at some of the well-known and talented Indians who have made it big in Hollywood-
Manoj Shyamalan

Manoj Shyamalan, professionally known as M.Night Shyamalan is one of the most successful Indian-born American director, screen writer and producer. His 'Sixth Sense', a psychological thriller movie made him one of the most sought after directors in Hollywood, for which he was even nominated for the Oscars. He is known for directing movies with contemporary mystic plots and ending it with an ironic wound, leaving the viewers to spin around by the end of the movie. Apart from being a well-renowned and talented director and screen writer, Shyamalan has proved his acting skills with his performance in his own movies such as Praying with Anger, Lady in the Water, Unbreakable and Signs.
Shyamalan who was born to a Malayali father and Tamil mother was raised in Pennsylvia and he started to view film making with great passion when he was just eight. The Government of India honoured him with the prestigious Padma Shri in the year 2008.


Kal Penn

Kalpen Suresh Modi, popular as Kal Penn is a Hollywood film and TV actor, who has also worked under the Obama administration, achieving greater political heights. He made his debut in 'Express: Aisle to Glory' in 1998 and is best known for his acting in the Harold and Kumar film series. His character Gogol in the movie 'The Namesake', directed by Mira Nair touched the hearts of millions of film lovers and so did his performance in movies like American Desi, A Lot like love, Epic movie and Superman returns.
While at school Kal felt unhappy to see the ridiculous Indian stereotypes carried in some of the Hollywood movies such as Indian Jones and the Temple of Doom, which created a determination in him to work against this trend in future.
Kal attended The Fine and Performing Arts Academy at Howell High School and later on majored in film and sociology from the University of California at Los Angeles. He was born to Guajarati immigrants.


A.R .Rahman

The 'Mozart of Indian Cinema', A.R.Rahman is a music composer, record producer, musician and singer; a name even small kids are familiar with. One of the highest paid music composers in India, Rahman has also established his footprint in Hollywood with his beautiful and splendid compositions in movies such as Shekhar Kapur's 'Elizabeth: The Second Age', 'Inside Man', 'Lord of War', 'The Accidental Husband', etc. He became the first Asian to win Golden Globe and two Oscar Awards for his mind-blowing scores in 'Slumdog Millionaire'.
The Indian DJ's in New York and London had forecasted long back that this humble man will be receiving overwhelming response and appreciation once he enters Hollywood.
Rahman, who started playing musical instruments at the age of 11, began his film career in 1992 and has now risen as the 'man who redefined contemporary Indian music'. He holds a graduation in Western Classical music from Trinity College of Music.


Deepa Mehta

Deepa Mehta is an Indian-born Canadian film director and screenwriter who is famous for her works which mainly explores the cultural taboos and traditions that exists in India. Her Elements Trilogy-Fire, Earth and Water made her one of the most promising and acclaimed film makers and helped her to achieve several prestigious honors like Genie Awards and Lifetime Achievement award by Loyola Marymount University. Her movie 'water', which revolves around the lives of widows at an ashram in Varanasi released in the year 2005 won numerous awards and was nominated for the Oscars as well.
Mehta who holds a degree in philosophy from Delhi University started making short documentaries after completing her course and came up with her debut 'Sam and Me' in the year 1991.


Dev Patel

Dev Patel is a British actor of Indian origin who was widely accepted by the movie world for his brilliant performance in Danny Boyle's Slum Dog Millionaire released in the year 2008.His character Jamal Malik helped him to triumph in film career, which also resulted in Dev being honoured with awards such as Critics Choice Award , Screen Actors Guild Award, British Independent Film Award, National Board of Review (NBR) Award, Chicago Film Critics Association Award, and two Black Reel Awards for Best Actor and Best Breakthrough Performance. The actor who began his career in 2006 proved himself by his splendid debut  in the role of Anwar Kharral in Skins, a British drama series.