The best song of 50 Bands/Artists

  1. AC DC : Highway to hell
  2. Billy Joel: Piano man
  3. Black Sabbath : Paranoid
  4. Bob Dylan : Blowing in the wind
  5. Boston : More than a feeling
  6. Children of Bodom : Something wild
  7. Coldplay: Yellow
  8. Iron Maiden:Hallowed be thy name
  9. Def Leppard : Pour some sugar on me
  10. Eddie Vedder : Society
  11. Eric Clapton:Wonderful Tonight
  12. Eminem : Without me
  13. Guns and Roses:November Rain
  14. Hammerfall:Riders of the storm
  15. Jimi Hendrix: All along the watchtower
  16. Johnny Cash:Sunday morning coming down
  17. Linkin Park:Numb
  18. Megadeath:Addicted to Chaos
  19. Metallica: Turn the Page
  20. Michael Jackson:Earth Song
  21. Nickelback:Animals
  22. Nirvana : All apologies
  23. Opeth:Blackwater park
  24. Pink Floyd :Echoes
  25. Poets of Fall:Carnival of rust
  26. Porcupine Tree:Lazarus
  27. Queen:Bohemian Rhapsody
  28. Scorpions:Rock you like a hurricane
  29. The Beatles:Hey Jude
  30. The Doors:Roadhouse blues
  31. Led Zeppelin :Stairway to heaven
  32. The Police:Message in a bottle
  33. The Who :Baba oriley
  34. U2: With or without you
  35. Aerosmith: Dream on
  36. Fort minor : Remember the name
  37. Frank Sinatra : Strangers in the night
  38. Phish:Stash
  39. 50 Cent: In da club
  40. The Chemical brothers:Do it again
  41. Yves Lyrock:Rise up
  42. Sting:Desert Rose
  43. Savage Garden:Affirmation
  44. Apache Indian: Make way for the Indian
  45. Creed: My Sacrifice
  46. Ozzy Osbourne:Crazy Train
  47. System of a down: Chop suey
  48. INXS:Afterglow
  49. Eagles: Hotel California
  50. Pantera:Dimebag Darrel

So how many of these makes your list too?

Union Budget -2012-13

One of the biggest challenges of Democracy is a balance between populism and pragmatism.The burning example of the same is the Railway budget.Mr trivedi came up with a rational budget which would liberate the cash starved railways but the whole Mamta fiasco is what we can call a bane of Democracy.Same was the case with the FDI.So Pranab da had a huge burden,less by the mounting fiscal deficit and more by the reactions of the allies and the common man.Overall the budget can be classified as being neither populist nor reformist.

Before we start our discussion on the budget we need to take a holistic view of our situation.2011-2012 was not a dream year for most of the economies and India was no exception.China which has scripted a wonderful growth story faltered and the GDP prediction for them has touched a low of 7.5%.The Sovereign debt crisis in the Eurozone intensified,political turmoil in Middle East injected widespread uncertainty,crude oil prices rose,an earhtquake struck Japan and the overall gloom refused to lift.

The three most concerning issues for Indian economy is the high fiscal deficit,rising inflation and the poor performance of the manufacturing sector.According to Jan 9 2012 CIA World factbook the GDP composition by sector stands at Agriculture-19%,Industry-26.3% and Services at 54.7%.The mounting subsidy especially because of oil and fertilizers can take a toll if the Middle east crisis deepens.Inflation is largely structural, driven predominantly by agriculture supply constraints and global cost push.

India’s GDP is estimated to grow by 6.9% in 2011-12,after having grown at the rate of 8.4% in each of the two preceding years.The headline inflation remained high for most part of the year.It was only in Dec. 2011 that it moderated to 8.3% followed by 6.6% in January 2012.For most of the year we had to battle double digit inflation which resulted in the monetary and fiscal policy directed towards taming inflation.The repo rate and the reverse repo rate stand at 8.5% and 7.5%.The budget last year projected explicit subsidies at 1.6% of GDP,but the revised estimate is 2.4%.Exports grew by 23% to reach $243 billion,while imports at $391 billion saw a growth of 29%.

Key points of the budget :  

  • GDP growth in 12-13 is projected to be 7.6% and an inflation rate of 6.4% is assumed.
  • The budget pledged to cut fiscal deficit from 5.9% this year to 5.1% next year,but lacked any road map to show when and how in the coming years the subsidies on oli,fertilizer and food would be checked.
  • Increased the service and excise tax by 2% increasing the pressure on consumers.You will pay 2% higher service tax on your mobile bill,hotel stay, under construction house and many more and 12% service tax on AC train travel.
  • Taxpayers can save upto rs.2000 a month on income tax if the tax bracket is 20% or 30%.
  • The budget plans to cut the subsidy by 12%.
  • Education budget hiked 21.6% to 25,555 crore.
  • Agriculture will continue to be a priority for the government.The total plan outlay for the department of agriculture and cooperation is being increased by 18%.
  • Blow for automobile industry due to higher taxes on the sector.
  • Withdrawal of customs duty of 5% on LPG and coal to reduce energy costs.Boost for infra,powe gains the most with cuts in cost of fuel,equipment and capital.
Up– Cars,Cigrettes,CDs,VCDs,DVDs,Pan masala,gutka,ULIP premiums,Air,rail travel,iPads,Gadgets,Money changing services.
Down–  LED lamps,Branded readymade garments,gold coins ,intraocular lenses,stay at hotels,non-leather footwear.

Progress of education in India and Right to Education

Education has always been accorded an honored place in the Indian society. Education is one of those rights that enable the full realization of a person’s potential and inclusion in society by enabling citizenship and growth. Right from the freedom movement our national leaders had realized education as a powerful instrument of social, economic and political change. Since Independence we have made impressive progress in educating our children and RTE marks the epitome of government initiatives to make education for all possible.

We have come a long way in improving the literacy rates which was a meager 30% during Independence to 75% in 2011 and that too enormous progress in women education. The 2011 census conducted by  the government of India listed the official literacy rate for Jharkhand to be 67.63% (Male 78.5% and women 56.2%)The enrolment ratio which was a staggering 80% has almost reached 100% in 2011.The number of out of school children decreased from 25 million in 2003 to an estimated 8.1 million in 2009.But above these numbers is the fact that RTE has become a fundamental right and education has received the right impetus which it lacked in early post freedom years.

Notwithstanding our achievements in education we must not forget that we have still a long way to go and achieve our goals working under the frameworks of RTE.Over 80% of our population studies in government school and so makes the right implementation of RTE in government schools all the more important. The percentage of children studying in Government schools in Jharkhand is a little over 80%.Today the government is spending a meager 3% of the total resources on education.India currently has the highest number of illiterates than any other nation in the world. Only 15% of the Indian students make it to high school of which 7% make it to graduation. By the age of 10 there is almost 40% drop out in schools. In a recent survey almost 40000 teachers have not been trained. A Jagran report dated 16th Nov. 2011 presents a dismal performance of 93% of candidates failing to clear the test for primary teachers in Jharkhand.

RTE’s policy on safeguarding the education rights of minorities is worth mentioning in the context of Jharkhand where a good number of children come from the tribal background.RTE has also beautifully laid down the framework on teacher pupil ratio, teacher-classroom ratio, facilities to be provided in schools and many other parameters which provide a bench mark for government schools. The latest ASER report lays down the Right to Education indicators for Jharkhand. The result  shows some encouraging figures like over 87.5 % schools follow proper teacher to pupil ratio norms,82% of these have proper school buildings and in 76.4% schools the mid-day meal was served on the day of the visit. But there are few concerning figures which states that almost 50% of schools do not meet classroom to teacher norms,61% do not have separate toilet for girls and 49% schools do not have library facility.

This post is not an attempt to criticize the government and neither is it to speak against RTE.In fact I am sure that most people don’t know that primary education now is a fundamental right. I want to discuss few parameters under RTI and debate on the outcome of the same. But before we delve into the details of RTE it is of utmost importance to understand the history behind RTE.Shockingly it took 21 years for the act to be passed since its inception in 1988.The government’s half hearted attempts and consequent failures necessitated the Supreme court’s intervention to make education compulsory for every student up to the age of 14.This judgment then obliged the government to come up with RTE.

RTE guarantees free primary education for children from the age of 6-14.It also focuses on making schools available at every places at a convenient distance for children to come. One of the best provisions is that it takes care of the underprivileged children. Any child will admitted to a class as per his age and in case of lack of prerequisite knowledge the child will be given special care.It sets clear norms on teacher student ratio, infrastructural needs of a school and the role of the SMC’s.The act  talks of wholesome growth where every child is taught to identify with the society and there is no provision for tests or detaining students.

But the big question is that does this act guarantee quality education? The very base , the teachers are not well equipped to deliver quality. Not only is there lack of teachers but also thousands of these are untrained. There is no clear curriculum stated and there is no provision for growth measuring of the child. The  act clearly lacks a monitoring mechanism for the proper functioning of the government schools. I am only talking of the meaningful education aspect of RTE and a clear study of it brings out flaws in many other aspects too. I feel a conspiracy here where the government is just trying to make things look good on paper.

I have a particular liking for a restaurant in Kolkata. I am a very ordinary person and I go to ordinary places and it is here at a ordinary hotel I converse in English with the waiters and also the guard.A driver who can put in bits and pieces of English earns more than his English illiterate counterpart. Education opens up doors for livelihood and it is through livelihood that the economic conditions of the poor will improve. We have a big challenge in our hands and for that the government has to be more realistic in its approach. Enrolling 100% children has been at least achieved on paper but there is a daunting task of retaining them which is only possible by showing them a path and motivating them to a better future but above all taking responsibility that through the education the child earns a living in future.

Who is Anna Hazare ?

A sincere appeal to all followers and fellow bloggers , kindly copy paste this fact file on Anna Hazare and post it on ur blog. In a small way we can enlighten people and play our part to fight corruption.

1. Who is Anna Hazare?
An ex-army man. Fought 1965 Indo-Pak War

2. What’s so special about him?
He built a village Ralegaon Siddhi in Ahamad Nagar district, Maharashtra

3. So what?
This village is a self-sustained model village. Energy is produced in the village itself from solar power, biofuel and wind mills.
In 1975, it used to be a poverty clad village. Now it is one of the richest village in India. It has become a model for self-sustained, eco-friendly & harmonic village. 

4. Ok,…?
This guy, Anna Hazare was awarded Padma Bhushan and is a known figure for his social activities.

5. Really, what is he fighting for?
He is supporting a cause, the amendment of a law to curb corruption in India.

6. How that can be possible?
He is advocating for a Bil, The Lok Pal Bill (The Citizen Ombudsman Bill), that will form an autonomous authority who will make politicians (ministers), beurocrats (IAS/IPS) accountable for their deeds.

8. It’s an entirely new thing right..?
In 1972, the bill was proposed by then Law minister Mr. Shanti Bhushan. Since then it has been neglected by the politicians and some are trying to change the bill to suit thier theft (corruption).

7. Oh.. He is going on a hunger strike for that whole thing of passing a Bill ! How can that be possible in such a short span of time?
The first thing he is asking for is: the government should come forward and announce that the bill is going to be passed.
Next, they make a joint committee to DRAFT the LOK PAL BILL. 50% goverment participation and 50% public participation. Because you cant trust the government entirely for making such a bill which does not suit them.

8. Fine, What will happen when this bill is passed?
A LokPal will be appointed at the centre. He will have an autonomous charge, say like the Election Commission of India. In each and every state, Lokayukta will be appointed. The job is to bring all alleged party to trial in case of corruptions within 1 year. Within 2 years, the guilty will be punished. Not like, Bofors scam or Bhopal Gas Tragedy case, that has been going for last 25 years without any result.

9. Is he alone? Whoelse is there in the fight with Anna Hazare?
Baba Ramdev, Ex. IPS Kiran Bedi, Social Activist Swami Agnivesh, RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal and many more.
Prominent personalities like Aamir Khan is supporting his cause.

10. Ok, got it. What can I do?
At least we can spread the message. How?
Putting status message, links, video, changing profile pics.

At least we can support Anna Hazare and the cause for uprooting corruption from India. 
At least we can hope that his Hunger Strike does not go in vain.
At least we can pray for his good health.

Thanks,

Hyd Trip Day 2

Had made up my mind to walk a bit in the city and on the Necklace Road (Surrounding the Hussain Sagar Lake .) So woke up at 5 and walked around the neighborhood for two hours. The whole feeling is of a new place somewhere in Pakistan. The no of mosques outnumber the No of trees in the locality . The buses , streets and malls are flooded with Females in Burkhas.Every other shop is a Bakery or a butcher shop . The Architecture of this place is very simple, every building be it a hospital, court , station looks like a mosque.


HIGH COURT


OSMANIA HOSPITAL

After a heavy breakfast went out to see The Charminar. The monument was built by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in 1591 as a promise made to god to end the plague. The Masjid became famous due to the four huge minarets and so goes the name Charminar. The view of the city from here is great and also of the Mecca masjid near by .

The Charminar

The Golconda Fort was built by the Qutub king Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah Wali. The guide with me did not bulb much and much of his explanations were true the architecture. The most fascinationg thing about the place is that it proves the supermacy of our ancestors in architecture and engineering.The security of the King was full proof . It was so hot but the enthu of the guide made me cover the whole area.I advice if any one is visiting this place to go in the evening , as it will be more pleasure to watch .

GOLCONDA FORT

Graffiti

Really disgusting to see all these scribblings at all the historical Monuments , Toilets , Buses , Parks etc. ” So and so was here ” So what dude , if I come to your home should i write on the Wall. Here is one I found at Charminar in Hyderabad.

Orkut

Pained when you can’t right click on a photo in Orkut and can’t copy the same .

Crack : Drag the photo to your address bar and a new link opens which is the source code of the pic. Just right click now in the new link and copy the pic.

Chrstiano Ronaldo

From humble beginnings, Cristiano Ronaldo has become to be regarded by many as the best footballer in the world.

He was born Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro on February 5th, 1985. Cristiano was the youngest of four children. His mother Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro was a cook and his father José Dinis Aveiro, a gardener. The family lived in a dilapidated shack in the working class district of Funchal in Madeira. The name Ronaldo came about because the young boy’s father was a big fan of actor, later to be become President of the United States of America, Ronald Reagan.

As a boy Cristiano Ronaldo supported Benfica who were the arch-rivals of the team he later played for. He was absolutely obsessed with football and even played and practiced with fruit if there was no football available. He would sometimes lie about his homework just to play football a bit longer.

Ronaldo’s first club was an amateur side Andorinha. His father was kit man for the club. Ronaldo’s determination to succeed was such that he would sometimes burst into tears if he misplaced a pass or gave the ball away. However, his talent was immediately apparent, and two local professional clubs, CS Maritimo and CD Nacional were eager to sign the ten year old Ronaldo. He spent two years with Nacional helping them win the title in his second season. It was then that Sporting Lisbon offered the young Ronaldo a trial. This meant that the young footballer had to live away from his parents as he had to go and stay in Lisbon. However he wanted to experience better coaching and develop as a player with a bigger club.

Sporting Lisbon have some of the world’s best facilities for young players. Here Ronaldo thrived and managed to impress his fellow players with his skills. At the end of one game his teammates swarmed round to congratulate the talented player, such was his impact on the game. He was often teased because of his Madeiran accent, but it only served to make him stand up for himself. Jose Mourinho watched Ronaldo play for Sporting Lisbon’s youth team and was amazed at his skill, and speed and his technique.

It was here that he started to perfect his trademark ’stepover’ trick. In one season Ronaldo developed through the Under 16s, Under 17s, Under 18s, B-team and then first team, such was the speed that he was developing at. He scored three times in twenty five games during his first two seasons. However, his main chance came during a friendly against Manchester United. He terrorized United’s players down the wing to such an extent that at half time United’s players were asking Sir Alex Ferguson to sign him. This happened soon after and Cristiano Ronaldo was on a journey that would see him crowned FIFA 2008 World Player of the Year.

Finding Cube Root

Found a very interesting method to find cube roots may be this will be useful.
Memorize This:

With them you can find any two-digit cube root. For example, what’s the cube root of 12,167?

1. Express the number in six digits (012167). Take the first three digits (012) and compare them to the blue cubes above. Find the largest cube that’s less than your three-digit string, and write down its root. Here, 012 is between 8 and 27, so we write down 2.

2. Match the last digit of the number (7) to the last digit of a blue cube above (here, 27). Write down the root of that number (3).

That’s it. Put the two digits together (23) and that’s your root: 233 = 12,167.

This works for any perfect cube between 1,000 and 1 million.