- Soviet Satellite to Fall to Earth
- Top 7 Fake Smartphones in India
- Super-Rich Spiritual Gurus of India
- Top 5 Indians in Hollywood
Posted: 28 Mar 2012 04:31 AM PDT
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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