http://www.instablogs.com/ Mexico’s hopes in President Obama Mexico has great hope in President-elect Barack Obama. We have hopes of not only renewing, but strengthening the neighboring relationship between us. There are three main areas that are need of desperate solutions and bilateral efforts: Drug trafficking, economy, and immigration. We are hoping for more active involvement in our war on drugs: assisting Border States and combating gun smuggling from the United States to Mexico. As for economy, we hope to continue NAFTA and work jointly in other aspects such as energy and oil. We hope a fair solution for the Mexican immigrants who reside in the United States and seek defining laws in which to regulate safe, fair, and legal migration opportunities. Tags: President Barack Obama, Mexico drug cartel, drug trafficking, immigration, President Felipe Calderon, Mexico, Instablogs New Zealand Crime Tax New Zealand’s government today announced the introduction of the crime tax a $50 fine on every person convicted of crime that will be used for victim support. Victim maintenance is a surprised move but the opposition party called it a pure piece of political theatre that would do little for victims. Justice Spokesperson Annette king also said that the scale will be expensive and bureaucratic. Maori party leader Tariana Turia also said that under the plan low-level offenders might end up subsidizing the fund for serious offenders which would be rather unfair. Tags: crime tax, victim, New Zealand, Instablogs Female Sexual exploitation in Kenya Kenyan men’s lack of shame has hit a new low with reports that they are sexually molesting females within the safe confines of HIV testing and counseling cubicles. An extreme case involves rape of a woman client at a VCT centre. Cases abound of female counselors being pinned to walls or subjected to indecent exposure by male clients. According to a VCT Director, sexual molestation of females is not restricted to VCTs alone but is widespread in the health care delivery system especially among ENT surgeons, gynaecologists and clinical officers. An abstract by Oxford university press says that while abuse occurs from client to counselor, from counselor to client and from counselor to counselor, in all cases the person suffering abuse was female. This is the third major scientific study this decade to blame Kenyan men for wholesome violence against women. Tags: HIV AIDS, VCT centre, sexual exploitation, female molestation, violence against women, Kenya, Instablogs
http://www.popcorns.org/ 10 Best Hollywood Adaptations, Pages to Posters SPOILER WARNING: Forrest Gump ( 1994):Robert Zemeckis Tom Hanks The color purple (1985) Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress , Best Supporting Actress, Alice Walker pultizer winning book Gone with the wind (1939) Rhet Butler Scarlet O Hara The English Patient (1996) Fight Club ( 1999) The Godfather (1972) Mario Puzo's Don Vito Corleone, Marlin Brando, Al Pacino Schindler's List ( 1993) Oskar Schindler To kill a mockingbird ( 1962) One Flew over the cuckoos nest (1975): Nurse Ratched A clockwork orange ( 1971)Stanley Kubrick
http://www.instablogs.com/ India hands terror evidence to Pakistan The second dossier from India to Pakistan which is likely it hand DNA sample of lone arrested terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab for verification by Pakistani authorities is a welcome move. Other than the fact that it will enable Pakistani authorities to match the sample with his father and establish his Pakistani identity the DNA sample is also accepted as evidence in the court of law. In fact the government should hand over the DNA samples of other nine terrorists too whose names and addresses are available with the authorities. Let the whole world know how they transmit terrorism to the world. V. Prabhakaran's bunker busted Sri Lankan army's latest feat of busting bunker belonging to the LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran has added another feather in the former's cap. He may have escaped meeting a brutal end at the hands of the army but then at least Sri Lankans may seek contentment in the fact that the rebel leader faces the biggest challenge of his life. Prabhakaran is a ruthless killer, outlawed around the world as a terrorist kingpin and wanted on charges of mass murder; the international community must help Sri Lanka in bringing this culprit to justice. Legalize Drugs Concerns about the bloody drug war being fought just across the Mexican border led to a short-lived resolution in El Paso Texas asking the federal government to consider legalizing drugs. Mayor John Cook vetoed the resolution hours after it was unanimously approved by the City Council. The nonbinding resolution suggested that legalizing drugs in the United States could help curb a volatile and bloody drug war that killed more than 1,600 in Ciudad Juarez, across the Rio Grande from El Paso, in 2008. Facebook solves burglary The latest incident involving the capture of a burglar by simply displaying the CCTV footage and pictures of him on the Face book shows that the new media has definitely come off age. Who could have imagined that the social networking sites could play such a useful role in catching the anti social elements? However this isn't the first time that Face book, the world's largest online social network has been used to crackdown on criminals. The episode will definitely help in containing crimes that are committed with impunity since most offenders got the opportunity to move out scot-free even in the absence of adequate means. http://www.instablogs.com/
It isn’t a story about Steve Jobs which you have by now read in uncountable magazines, but it is the story which is available and not read. So we thought let’s give it the video format.. so that at last on can see it ;-) The story has covered following topics.. Childhood and College. Reeds College, India, hare ram hare Krishna temple, LSD . Apple , Wozniak, John Sculley, Boardroom coup, NeXT, Lucas, Pixar, CEO Gil Amelio, Newton, Cyberdog, and OpenDoc, Duaghter, sterile, paternity, Mirror, John Wiley & Sons, Dell , Artist Ship… and a lot more.
http://www.instablogs.com/ For much of the world Bush administration has been a scourge and the election of Barack Obama is seen as welcome respite from it. His leadership immediately following the September 11th attacks, especially with regard to Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, seemed to promise great things. Those great things, however, never materialized. The Iraq war, Hurricane Katrina debacle, US recession and the resultant global economic recession along with a history of disregard for civil liberties and international law coupled with the recent shoe throwing incident has virtually destroyed his legacy. Expectations are high from the new President Obama to clean up the mess and heal an already tattered reputation. http://www.instablogs.com/
http://www.instablogs.com/ Nepali Journalist murdered Number of impunity and terrorism attacks is being high in Nepal. Terai, the southern part of Nepal, near to India has become cancer of the country. This week, Uma Singh, a female radio journalist working in Janakpur, prominent religious place of Nepal was murdered by unknown forces using weapons. It is still not clear who killed the journalist, who was in her mid-20s but her father and brother were abducted and killed by Maoists two years ago. She had spoken about the difficulties of working in south-east Nepal, where armed groups have recently mushroomed. Ms. Singh is the first women journalist who was murdered. Previously, more than two dozen male journalists were killed by different forces. Insecurity for journalists is being raised in Nepal whereas many journalists get threatened by different forces regarding the news and views. Co founder of los Zetas arrested Mexico has captured one of the founders of the “zetas” Gulf cartel's brutal squad of hit men that is behind much of the country's bloodshed. Miguel Angel Soto Parra, arrested on Wednesday in Mexico City, is a former police officer who was one of the earliest members of the Zetas, a group of hit men made up largely of army deserters. The Gulf cartel, which relies on the Zetas to settle scores with rival gangs, is one of Mexico's top smuggling groups, running Colombian cocaine into Texas via the border cities of Matamoros, Reynosa and Nuevo Laredo. The Ugandan Rebel The Ugandan rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army, LRA, has slaughtered at least 537 people and kidnapped another 408 in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo since September. Troops from DR Congo, Uganda and South Sudan have conducted joint operations against the LRA since December, but the military action has provoked further retaliatory raids by the rebels against the local civilian population. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Says over 100,000 people have also been forced to flee the violence to hide in the bush especially the region neighbouring South Sudan and Uganda. An estimated 37,000 people have fled from Faradje, a town which borders Sudan, including over 10,000 children. Sightings of LRA rebels are "causing panic and new displacement" throughout the region. Slumdog millionaire bags Golden Globe R Rahman winning the Golden Globe for his musical score was India’s moment under the sun. Despite the film, Slumdog Millionaire, having a British tag, the honours brought glory to Indian cinema, music and literature in one stroke. Rahman’s soundtrack has a typical desi flavour and the film’s story was inspired by Indian life in the slums and originally told by Vikas Swarup through his thoroughly entertaining book Q&A. But now Danny Boyle, who has won the Golden Globe by directing an essentially Indian project, has shown the world how effectively an Indian theme can be turned into a world-class film. Rahman has definitely made the country and the place where he honed his music skills, Chennai, proud through his soundtrack. Indeed, India has a large talent pool that waits to the tapped. Not just musicians but in other fields, too, with the potential to make movies that can make the world sit up and watch. http://www.instablogs.com/
http://www.instablogs.com/ Satyam board reconstituted This is a vital stabilizing development for Satyam and it marks the beginning of a new chapter in the company's history. The reconstitution of the board will help ensure business continuity, build confidence and protect the interest of all stakeholders – employees, customers and investors. The decision to appoint HDFC Chairman Deepak Parekh, the former Nasscom President Kiran Karnik and the former SEBI member C. Achutan as a three-member board will restore confidence of global investors in India Inc. especially after this unprecedented financial fraud in India's corporate history. Having taken charge of the troubled company, the government's priority should be to ensure that the Satyam board immediately arranges financing to ensure that salaries and payrolls of the 50,000 plus employees are met without disruption. Mexican drug cartels reach Europe Violent Mexican cartels that have killed thousands in a drug war at home this year are increasingly smuggling drugs to Europe by way of Africa. A 15-month international drug sweep called "Project Reckoning" captured 500 Gulf cartel collaborators in the United States, Mexico and Italy. Given the pressure from the Calderon government, we are seeing some of the Mexican groups seeking alliances with Europeans. According to the United Nations, The poor and weak states of West Africa make an ideal base of operations for international drug traffickers. Interpol says Mexican drug cartels could be using Africa's Atlantic seaboard for transport or storage purposes. Pakistan sectarian violence It is more than ten years now that Hangu has been suffering from continual eruption of sectarian violence. Hundreds of people have been killed and injured from both sides Shia and Sunni during these clashes. Nauroz is celebrated on 21st March and Ashura that is observed on 10th of Muharram are particularly sensitive at these times in this regard. The main reason behind the recurrence of sectarian violence is the lack of negotiations for long term peace in the area military curfew is imposed each time violence erupts but soon after that tragedy people and the government forgets about improving the ties between the Shias and Sunnis communities. The fresh outbreak of sectarian violence reminds us of the need for honest and effective reconciliation between Shia and Sunni sect especially in such times when terrorist elements are there to take advantage of such tensions for their malign designs. Starvation grips northern Kenya Nearly two million Kenyans face imminent starvation following crop failure in parts of Eastern and Rift Valley provinces. In Eastern, maize and bean crops have withered due to a long dry spell, while in Rift Valley Province, the shortage has been attributed to the delayed effects of the post election violence, which caused delays in planting last year. About a quarter of the six million people in the region have been affected causing the demand for relief food to shoot up. Residents have been left with no option and are living on porridge and wild tubers after herdsmen migrated with their animals in search of pastures and water near the Uganda border. The government's recently launched subsidized maize flour has not yet reached most parts of the country heavily facing food shortage hence worsening the situation. Food prices continue to rise across the country and worse are expected since rift valley province the country's bread basket will not be able to produce enough to feed the nation since farmers in the region were heavily affected during the poll violence early last year. http://www.instablogs.com/
After Obama taking oath of the oval office, and George Bush leaving of White house cartoonist from all over the world haev gone in depression. They feel they are destroyed, and will lose their jobs as they will be no more able to get the ideas for their cartoons. there will be severe recession of teh ideas for cartoons.
http://www.instablogs.com/ Satyam fraud One feels terribly ashamed of Mr. Ramalinga Raju, for the amount of damage he has done to the Indian IT industry is simply un-imaginable. Astonishingly the news broke out this morning but Mr. Raju and his CFO’s are not behind the bars. In fact, the company which audited their accounts all these years plus the chartered accountants should be banned from their profession. My heart goes out to the employees of the company but didn’t they act stupid by believing in sales which they knew never existed. Anyways the cat is out of the basket and those who have invested their hard earned money in big names with huge assets and apparent profits should begin exercising caution. Sectarian riots on Muharram, Pakistan The 9th and 10th day of Muharram are sensitive days of the Islamic month of Muharram in Pakistan especially in the NWFP province where a number of districts are prone to sectarian violence. The north western district of Hangu is particularly infamous for sectarian riots. Violence has broken out in the town more than a dozen times since 1998. This year the government has prepared a special security plan to prevent any sectarian outbreak in the town as well as curbing the threat of terrorists who are believed to have plans for using the sectarian tensions as a precursor for their own malign designs. Army and frontier constabulary have deployed security teams at all the strategically important spots in and around town. A strict curfew has been enforced in Hangu since last evening January 6 in order to prevent the vulnerable exposure of any religious procession. The curfew will hold till the 10th of Muharram which falls on the 9th of January. Hundreds of people have fled to neighboring town and cities in order avoid any emergency in the city of Hangu. Fashion and Michelle Obama Michelle Obama it seems is the right person to rejuvenate the US fashion industry. She could potentially do what Jackie Kennedy did; bring about a new awareness and a fresh outlook. During the election campaign she signaled an interest both in looking stylish and also in advancing the cause of American fashion and those who design and make it. She wore off-the-rack stuff from J. Crew and, at times controversially, designs by fashion darlings like Isabel Toledo, Thakoon Panichgul and Narciso Rodriguez. She brought to the campaign a sophisticated approach to high-low dressing, a determination to adapt designers’ work to suit her self — adding jewelry or sweaters or wearing flat shoes with sheaths or even altering dressmaking details. That’s how Michelle Obama is, a woman without any pretence and a working mother with kids who knows the big designer names but also shops at J. Crew and the Gap. http://www.instablogs.com/
http://www.instablogs.com/ LTTE crushed Mr. Rajapaksa’s tough line on the Tamils, conduct of the war and this unparalleled victory has made him extremely popular in Sri Lanka. He can take satisfaction from the army’s successes, which appear to have rectified years of incompetent campaigning against the Tigers, including many spectacular reversals. The victory comes after two and a half years of offensive much criticized abroad. The world may hold us responsible for human rights abuse and hundreds of disappearances but it should not forget that it is our sovereign right to protect our territorial integrity. This victory would at least ensure that the majority live in an environment of peace and security. Kenyan Media The Kenyan media now faces suppression after president Kibaki signed a law meant to gag press freedom. The media has mourned, the whole country has protested but president Kibaki is not moved. Even after immense petitions from all corners, not to append his signature to the newly amended Communication Act (2008), the head of state went ahead and signed the now destructive law. The law advocates for the closure of radio and TV stations that are seen to be critical of the government. "The president’s move has caused confusion in the coalition government forcing the Prime minister’s party to issue new threats over the running of government matters, saying the party could demand fresh agreement with the coalition partner. The cracks in the coalition arose from President Kibaki decision to sign into law the Bill seeking to control broadcasting content which the prime minister says were done without consultations. Veil made compulsory in Pakistan University The decision to impose veils while also denying any external pressure sounds disappointing because it violates basic human rights especially the rights of women. It becomes even more when done in the name Islam since takes pride in advocating basic human rights. Imposing veils on women is an open instance of policing male chauvinism and dictatorship against the opposite gender. We are going to expect such a decree from fundamentalist element but not at all from a government university. This alarming rule is also a sign of the increasing influence of fundamentalism that is hostile to women and treats them as object of male desire. Hopefully such injustice will not spread to other educational institutes of higher learning in the country. King Abdullah of Jordan organizes blood donation camp His Majesty King Abdullah of Jordan started a blood donation camp last week in order to support Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. This is the least contribution we can make for our brothers in Gaza King Abdullah stated. Adding that Jordanians feel that the ongoing ordeal of Palestinians people to who we are the closest nation. The campaign prepared three major branches in the city to receive donors in the city of Amman as well as four locations in other Jordanian cities. The professional associations’ council estimated that more than 700 Jordanians went to the various locations in Amman everyday to donate blood. Jordan’s Hashemite organization society said that meanwhile more than 68 trucks were sent to Gaza with food, medical supplies and blood units. http://www.instablogs.com/