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Finally: INDIA Has ARRIVED November 20, 2010

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“As we look to India today the United States sees the opportunity to sell our exports in one of the fastest growing markets in the world. For America this is a jobs strategy,” said Barack Obama. It is a proud moment for all Indians that finally the most powerful country in the world USA is looking into INDIAN economy for improvement.

Barack Obama spent three days in India, the longest single foreign visit of his presidency so far. According to Obama’s schedule released by Whitehouse officials, he reached Mumbai on November 6 2010.

George. W. Bush was the last US President to visit India in 2006. And his visit took Indo-US relation to a new realm. He went more than the proverbial extra mile to sign the Indo -US Nuclear Deal which in a way ended the nuclear apartheid for India. But can the same be expected during Obama’s visit?

The political situation in America has changed a lot. Obama is going through all crests and troughs in his domestic political arena. He is preoccupied with domestic problems like global recession and unemployment which put American economy in deep pain. Obama is no more a carefree person when he visits India like Bush who had Nuclear Deal at the top of his agenda.

Day 1: A statement at Taj Hotel, to commemorate the Mumbai terrorist attacks. Visit to Gandhi Museum and later attend a business summit organized by U.S.-India Business Council.

Day 2: Spent time with local school students celebrating Diwali. He also addressed university students on the same day. Later he move to Delhi where his first event was visit to Humayun’s tomb. That night the President Obama and the First Lady had a private dinner with the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and his wife.

Day 3: Begins with wreath- laying at Mahatma Gandhi’s grave. Obama’s bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and his address to the joint session of Parliament were scheduled on the same day. Throughout the day the President met a number of Indian officials.

Barack Obama attempt to reach out to voters who deserted the Democrats in the midterm elections at the start of his longest foreign tour, announcing a $10bn (£6.18bn) trade deal with India that he said would pay for 54,000 US jobs. Demonstrating his attention to the sluggish US economy even while overseas, the president unveiled new export rules to make it easier for the US to trade with India.

 “As we look to India today the United States sees the opportunity to sell our exports in one of the fastest growing markets in the world. For America this is a jobs strategy,” the president said in a speech to the US-India Business Council.

The emphasis on job creation is a reminder that Obama cannot leave his domestic troubles behind him during the visit. The issue was the number one concern of voters in Tuesday’s disastrous midterms.

“There is no reason why India can’t be one of our top trading partners,” Obama said. The US would seek to relax controls on India’s purchase of “dual use” technologies that could be put to civilian or military ends.

The commercial deals he announced include the purchase of 33, 737s from Boeing by India’s SpiceJet Airlines, the Indian military’s plans to buy aircraft engines from General Electric, and preliminary agreement between Boeing and the Indian air force on the purchase of 10, C17 transport planes.

Most of the deals were already pending but the White House contends Obama’s visit to India helped seal them. Officials said the deals would support 53,670 US jobs but it was not clear how many, if any, new jobs would be created.

The president left Washington shortly after the government reported that the economy added 151,000 jobs in October. It was not sufficient to lower the 9.6% jobless rate and the president said it was not good enough.

The White House is going to great lengths to bring attention to the economic potential and shared democratic values that define its relationship with India and its 1.2bn people.

Obama addressed the business leaders shortly after arriving in Mumbai, where his first stop was at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel to commemorate the 2008 terror attacks that killed 166 people across the city.

Paying tribute to the victims, Obama said India and the US were united against terrorism. His intentions were clearly sending signals, by making Mumbai the first stop on his tour, which will take in India, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan, and by staying at the Taj. All 570 rooms have been booked, with an entire floor set aside for the president. The seafront outside the hotel has been a high security zone for several days.

“We’ll never forget,” said Obama. “The United States and India stand united.”

He spoke after meeting privately with relatives of those killed in the attack and also signed a memorial book, writing: “The United States stands in solidarity with all of Mumbai and all of India in working to eradicate the scourge of terrorism.”

Indian commentators quickly seized on the fact that the president did not mention Pakistan – the home of the 10 terrorists behind the attacks. India has raised concerns about the billions of dollars in military aid that the US is funnelling to India’s neighbour and arch-rival, a linchpin for Washington and its allies in the war in Afghanistan.

The Obamas visited a museum in a former home of Mahatma Gandhi. The president wrote in the guest book that Gandhi “is a hero not just to India but to the world”.

Michelle Obama played hopscotch, danced and sang with 33 disadvantaged children for an Indian charity at the University of Mumbai.

Pakistan Factor:-

Islamabad: US President Barack Obama’s visit to India dominated the front pages of Pakistani newspapers, with the media focusing on his efforts to drum up business and create new jobs for the American economy.

Pakistani TV news channels followed every move made by Obama and his wife Michelle, providing live coverage of his public speaking engagements, interactions with different segments of society and even his arrivals in Mumbai and New Delhi.

The dailies provided extensive coverage of various events that Obama or his wife participated though there were no editorials or articles analysing his comments.

Obama and his wife’s interactions with children in Mumbai, and footage of Michelle dancing with children from orphanages to the beat of a Bollywood tune, figured prominently in the news bulletins of most TV channels.

Obama’s function at Mumbai’s St Xavier’s College, where he urged India and Pakistan to work together to resolve their differences while pushing Islamabad to do more to tackle extremism. Obama had said India would benefit more than any other country from better ties with Pakistan.

“I am absolutely convinced that the country that has the biggest stake in Pakistan is India. If Pakistan is stable and prosperous, that’s best for India,” Obama said.

 “This visit has had no adverse effect on Pakistan. In fact, Obama has backed Pakistan’s position by calling on India to resume the dialogue between the two countries. He also made it clear that it was in India’s interest to have a strong, successful and stable Pakistan,” Sayed said. Obama had also sent out a good message by describing Islam as a religion of peace.

The political situation in America has changed a lot. Obama is going through all crests and troughs in his domestic political arena. He is preoccupied with domestic problems like global recession and unemployment which put American economy in deep pain. Obama is no more a carefree person when he visits India like Bush who had Nuclear Deal at the top of his agenda.

Obama right from the beginning focused his energy on Afghanistan conundrum, which is not complete without Pakistan. America is seeking and expecting great support from Pakistan in dealing with Taliban. And that remains the only reason why America still keeping a friendly face towards Pakistan even when Pakistan’s actions are sometimes against its word of promises.

How to deal with Pakistan is one thing that India is longing to discuss with America. India is looking for a significant role in Afghanistan. But Pakistan always wanted to hamstring India’s role in Afghanistan. Any Indian interference in Afghan makes Pakistan nervous.

Another major issue is outsourcing. Recently Indian IT companies in India were worried about Obama’s anti- outsourcing call. Obama said that his administration would offer tax benefits only to those firms which will create jobs in the country

Obama himself acknowledged India as a rising and responsible global power indispensable to a future American strategy. The Indian economy which recovered from the global recession is on the right track of growth to become the world’s third or fourth largest economy. America would like to see a strong business partner in India.

Besides India and America share many values such as democracy. As Ben Rhodes, the Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications pointed out, “The kind of relationship that we have as the world’s two largest democracies is relevant to our ability to have a deep, bilateral partnership, but also to work together in the region and around the world,”

Moreover America will be looking for a strong friend in Asia for maintaining the balance of power. America is not comfortable with the confrontational relationship with China. America sees a great friend in India to counter more assertive China.



Definitions of common Words November 10, 2010

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Atom Bomb: An invention made to end all inventions.

Boss: Someone who is early when you are late and late when you are early.

Cigarette: A pinch of tobacco rolled in paper with fire at one end & a fool on the other.

Classic: A book which people praises, but do not read.

College: A place where some pursue learning and others learn pursuing.

Committee: Individuals who can do nothing individually and sit to decide that nothing can be done together.

Compromise: The art of dividing a cake in such a way that everybody believes he got the biggest piece.

Conference: The confusion of one man multiplied by the number present.

Conference Room: A place where everybody talks, nobody listens & everybody disagrees later on.

Criminal: A guy no different from the rest… except that he got caught.

Dictionary: A place where divorce comes before marriage.

Diplomat: A person who tells you to go to hell in such a way that you actually looks forward to the trip.

Divorce: Future tense of marriage.

Doctor: A person who kills your ills by pills, and kills you with his bills.

Ecstasy: A feeling when you feel you are going to feel a feeling you have never felt before.

Etc.: A sign to make others believe that you know more than you actually do.

Experience: The name men give to their mistakes.

Father: A banker provided by nature.

Lecture: An art of transferring information from the notes of the lecturer to the notes of the students without passing through “the minds of either”.

Love affairs: Something like cricket where one-day internationals are more popular than a five-day test.

Marriage: It’s an agreement in which a man loses his bachelor degree and woman gains her master.

Miser: A person who lives poor so that he can die rich.

Office: A place where you can relax after your strenuous home life.

Optimist: A person who while falling from Eiffel tower says in midway “See I am not injured yet.”

Opportunist: A person who starts taking bath if he accidentally falls into a river.

Pessimist: A person who says that O is the last letter in ZERO, Instead of the first letter in word OPPORTUNITY.

Philosopher: A fool who torments himself during life, to be spoken of when dead.

Politician: One who shakes your hand before elections and your Confidence after.

Smile: A curve that can set a lot of things straight.

Tears: The hydraulic force by which masculine will-power is defeated by feminine waterpower.

Yawn: The only time some married men ever get to open their mouth.

Think You Are Clever? November 10, 2010

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Below are 4 questions. Answer them instantly. You can’t take your time. Answer them immediately. No pencil or paper! OK?

Let’s find out just how smart and clever you really are.

Ready? …


FIRST QUESTION: You are participating in a race. You overtake the second person. What position are you in?

ANSWER: If you answer that you are first, then you are absolutely wrong! If you overtake the second person and you take his place, you are second! Try not to screw up in the next question.

To answer the second question, don’t take as much
time as you took for the first question.

SECOND QUESTION: If you overtake the last person, then you are…?

ANSWER: If you answered that you are second to last, then you are wrong again. Tell me, how can you overtake the LAST person?!

THIRD QUESTION: Very tricky math! Note: This must be done in your head only. Do NOT use paper and pencil or a calculator. Try it.

Take 1000 and add 40 to it.
Now add another 1000.
Now add 30.
Add another 1000.
Now add 20.
Now add another 1000.
Now add 10.

What is the total?

ANSWER: Did you get 5000? The correct answer is actually 4100.

Don’t believe it? Check with your calculator! Today is definitely not your day. Maybe you will get the last question right?

LAST QUESTION: Mary’s father has five daughters: Nana, Nene, Nini, Nono. What is the name of the fifth daughter?

ANSWER: Nunu? Nana? Nene? NO NO! Of course not. The fifth daughter’s name is Mary.

Roti, Kapda, Makan Aur Mobile? or Mobile Mobile Aur Mobile? November 3, 2010

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Before it used to be “Roti, kapda, makaan” and now “mobile”, is the “Basic need.” In Independent INDIA? The Mumbai slum of Rafiq Nagar has no clean water, no rubbish vans pick up refuse along the rocky earth that serves as a road. There’s no power except from haphazard cables that are illegally strung overhead. Not forgetting there’s not a single toilet among the slum’s 10,000 people. Yet nearly every destitute family in this shantytown has a mobile phone, with some people owning three devices. What would be shocking is when US President Barack Obama visits India, he will find a country of perplexing disparities, where more people have mobiles than access to a toilet, according to the United Nations. Indian being a vast nation is a country buoyed by a vibrant business world of call centres and software developers, but hamstrung by corrupt government that has failed to deliver the barest of services. India’s estimated growth rate of 8.5 per cent per year is among the highest in the world, yet its roads are crumbling. The country offers cheap, world-class medical care to Western tourists at private hospitals, yet has some of the worst child mortality and maternal death rates outside sub-Saharan Africa. And while millions have benefited from India’s rise, many more remain in some of the worst poverty in the world. Mukesh Ambani, the world’s fourth-richest person, is just finishing off a new $1 billion skyscraper-house in Mumbai with 27 floors and 3 helipads, touted as the most expensive home on earth. Yet farmers still live in shacks of mud and cow dung. The mobile phone frenzy bridges all worlds. Mobiles are sold among the luxury stores in the soaring atriums of India’s new malls, and in the crowded markets of its working-class neighbourhoods. Bare shops in the slums sell pre-paid cards for as little as 10 Rs next to packets of chewing tobacco, while street hawkers peddle chargers for cars at traffic signals. There were more than 670 million mobile phone connections in India by the end of August, a number that has been growing by close to 20 million a month. Yet UN figures show that just 366 million Indians have access to a private toilet, leaving 665 million to defecate in the open. “At least tap water and sewage disposal – how can we talk about any development without these two fundamental things? How can we talk about development without health and education?” says Anita Patil-Deshmukhl, executive director of PUKAR, an organisation that conducts research in Mumbai slums. India’s leaders say they are sympathetic to the problem. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, an economist credited with spearheading India’s private sector by loosening regulation, talks about growth that benefits the masses of poor people as well as a burgeoning middle class of about 300 million. He describes a Maoist insurgency in the east, which feeds on the poor’s discontent, as the country’s biggest internal security threat. But the fact is that about 800 million Indians still live on less than $2 a day, even as Mumbai’s stock exchange enjoys near record highs.