Sunday, November 29, 2009


  1. July 16, 1945, a couple of months after Nazi Germany surrendered, the first atomic device (called “The Gadget”) was hauled up a hundred feet above the ground on a steel tower, 230 miles south of Los Alamos, in the New Mexico desert (the Trinity test). As the announcer shouted “Now”, a blinding white flash illuminated the still-dark skies, a light so intense that resident of a distant neighbouring community would swear that the sun rose twice that day.
  2. Many foreign philosophers have fallen in love with Bhagavad Gita from time to time. Way back in 1785, Charles Wilkins published an English translation of the Bhagavad Gita. It was praised by Wilhelm Von Humboldt as “the most beautiful, perhaps the only true philosophical song existing in any known tongue.” Christopher Isherwood and TS Elliot too have appreciated this book.
  3.  Charles Wilkins (1749-1836) was an Orientalist, founder member of the Asiatic Society in Kolkata and the inventor of modern Bangla and Persian printing typefaces. Charles Wilkins joined the East India Company in 1770 as a writer. He is the first Britishman to develop interest in Orientalism and learn Sanskrit thoroughly.
  4. China has blamed New Delhi for trying to provoke Beijing by orchestrating Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama's controversial visit to Arunachal Pradesh, India has rubbished the allegation.
  5.  Arunachal Pradesh has attained statehood on 20th February, 1987. But 20 years has not been enough for the state to leave its mark in the national business scenario.
  6.  SENET is an intranet project launched by the Office of the Development Commissioner (MSME ) in April 1997 and is a small enterprise information resource center network. ( Small enterprise mans small-scale industries and small-scale services and business activities). SENET Objectives are: To Create - an electronic intranet for small enterprises - databases for small enterprise To Provide - technical know-how and package assistance to small information servers - Training 
  7. 1914 - In the East, the Russians surprised the German General Staff by mobilizing faster than the Germans anticipated, and invaded East Prussia with two massive armies. Only the diversion of troops scheduled for the Western Front halted the Russian offensive. General Paul von Hindenburg and his adjutant, General Erich von Ludendorff, won a stunning victory over the Russians at the Battle of Tannenburg in August 1914. This ended the Russian threat to East Prussia .
  8. 1812 - the Battle of Borodino Russian: Borodinskaja bitva, French: Bataille de la Moskowa, fought on September 7, 1812, was the largest and bloodiest single-day action of the Napoleonic Wars the village of Borodino, west of the town of Mozhaysk, and eventually captured the main positions on the battlefield, but it failed to destroy the Russian army.
  9. As part of an effort to improve environmental quality and to increase environmental awareness among industries and consumers, the Indian Parliament initiated a voluntary ecolabeling program known as the Ecomark in February 1991. The Ecomark is a government operated seal-of-approval program for enviromentally-preferable consumer products. The Ministry of Environment of Forests (MoEF), with the technical advice of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), manages the program.
  10. Ecomark, `the greening of consumer choice', was launched by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MEF) in 1992. The matka (earthen pot) was to be the symbol of choice for eco-friendly every-day products. Seven futile years later, there is not a single genuine ecolabel on the retail.

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