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15th August 1947 was the day India got its independence from the Britishers. The whole India is celebrating the independence they got  years ago. But are we really happy and content with what India is. Here i (Shashank Agarwal) dedicate a post to the country i was born in - "INDIA".


India was the world's most rich and diverse country once. We got the most amazing palaces, food, musicians, painters, jewelery and much more. Banaras (Varanasi) is the oldest (3500 yrs old) city still alive in the world. The biggest one stone structure Rock Cut Temples. The list of Indian wonders is endless.

Some great facts from - a blog about India
Lagadha wrote the first astronomical text in 1300 BC. Baudhayana (800 BC) gave the 'Pythagoras theorem' centuries before the Greek. Panini (400 century BC) has been called the greatest genius who ever lived: his grammar of the Sanskrit language is exhaustive and yet it uses only 4,000 computer program-like rules. Pingala (400 BC) invented the binary number system (counting by 0s and 1s) that, 2,500 years later, turned out to be basic to computer operations.

The astronomers Aryabhata and Bhaskara may be familiar to some from the eponymous spacecrafts of the Indian Space Organization. Aryabhata (500 AD) took the earth to spin on its axis and he described the planet periods with reference to the sun. He also took the solar system to be several hundred million miles across. In all of these things he was ahead of the rest of the world by more than a thousand years. Bhaskara (12th century) was a brilliant mathematician.

The last two names belong to the amazing Kerala school of mathematics and astronomy. Mâdhava (c 1340-1425) and Nîlakantha (c 1444-1545), who made fundamental contributions to power series, calculus and astronomy, are amongst the greatest scientists who have ever lived. Their invention of calculus came two hundred years before Newton and Leibnitz.

Three British historians have recently suggested that Kerala mathematics may have provided key ideas for the scientific revolution in Europe. The need for clocks to keep accurate time on ships became of critical importance after the colonisation of America. There were significant financial rewards for new navigation techniques. These historians argue that information was sought from India due to the prestige of the eleventh century Arabic translations of Indian navigational methods. They suggest that Jesuit missionaries were the intermediaries in the diffusion of Kerala mathematical ideas into Europe.

The main problem with India is we are forgetting our roots, our thousands of years of tradition. China is much more prosperous because they understood that foreigners can bring no good to anyone. China never allowed any trading with not these Britishers until recently.

Here is a small list of India’s stats and figures compared to the rest of the world. Source- Socyberty

The following figures and facts are what I would term as India’s contributions towards the modern world. Many of these facts were attained from various websites such as Nation master, Wikipedia, Encyclopedia, India’s Tourism Ministry and other major sources. See the below figures as what India has compared to the rest of the world in Ranking. The facts are ordered by ranks for your viewing pleasure. All credits go towards their respective sources and towards me and my websites apmastersite.com and 4awindow.com Thank You

The World’s youngest population (under 25) resides in India (1 out of 10 people in India are under 25).

Largest Banana Production in the world.

The largest amount of Acquitted in the world.

Largest police force in the world.

Largest rate of murders per 1000 persons in the world.

The Largest Democracy in the world.

The largest Voter Registration numbers in the world.

The largest share of all the poor people in the world (41%)

Largest number of films produced and the largest Cinema attendance.

The largest number of independent newspaper in circulation and the most read newspapers in the world.

The largest army with regards to the number of Army Personnel.

The country with largest population in 2015.

The Largest non-Islamic and non-Arabic nation with the most amount of Muslim population

Largest contributor of United Nations peacekeepers (55,000 Indian personnel serving in thirty-five nations for peacekeeping)

The Largest percentage of victories in wars (83% victory rate).

The largest film and movie ticket sales

The largest rate of films produced per year

The largest Railroad system in the world

The Most busiest rail system networks in the world transporting 16 Million passengers and over 2 million tons of cargo daily.

The Largest Consumer and Producer of Sugar

The Largest Peninsula in the world

The most effective herbal and traditional medicinal treatment in the world (Ayurvedic, Soukya, Rajah, Homio, and other herbal treatments).

The most populous Democracy in the world.

The only nation that is a “Sub-Continent”

The only nation with the most amount of religions being founded (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism).

The home to four major religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism).

The country with the most official languages (more than 22 official languages).

The only nation to be called the “Crown Jewel” of the British Empire.

The only semi-independent founding member nation of the Non-Aligned Movement and the United Nations (as part of British India).

The only nation, despite sanctions and criticism, that consistently refused to sign the CTBT and the NPT

In July 2008 The Washington Post reported that nearly a fourth of the 540 Indian Parliament members faced criminal charges, "including human trafficking, immigration rackets, embezzlement, rape and even murder". At state level, things are often worse. In Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2002, candidates with criminal records won the majority of seats.

A 2005 study done by Transparency International (TI) in India found that more than 50% of the people had firsthand experience of paying bribe or peddling influence to get a job done in a public office.Taxes and bribes are common between state borders; Transparency International estimates that truckers pay annually $5 billion in bribes.


Officials often steal state property. In Bihar, more than 80% of the subsidized food aid to poor is stolen.

Top 10 political disgraces Source-IndiaToday

1. The Emergency, June 1975-March 1977: It effectively bestowed on Indira Gandhi the power to rule by decree, suspending elections as well as civil liberties, such as the right to free press.
2. Operation Bluestar, June 1984: It was a political disaster and an unprecedented act in Indian history. Its aftermath and the increased tensions led to assaults on the Sikh community in India.
3 The Bofors scandal, 1987-1996: One of the biggest political scams in the country till date, involving Rs 64 crore. It was responsible for Rajiv Gandhi’s defeat in the November 1989 general elections.
4. Demolition of Babri Masjid, December 1992: The date has remained etched as a blot in Indian history.The mosque was destroyed by 15,000 strong Hindu extremists as BJP leaders watched.
5. The JMM Bribery Case, July 1993: The democratic values of the country were put to shame when the then PM P.V. Narasimha Rao was accused of bribing members of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha to vote in his favour in the confidence motion.
6. Fodder Scam, January 1996: The scam involved millions of dollars in alleged fraudulent reimbursements from the treasury of Bihar for fodder, medicines and husbandry supplies for non-existent livestock. It forced Lalu Prasad Yadav, the then CM of the state, to resign.
7. The IC-814 Hijacking, December 1999: IC-814 was hijacked by terrorists and taken to Kandahar. The government was forced to release dreaded terrorists for the passengers.
8. The Arms Bribery Scandal, March 2001: India’s coalition government began to fall apart when video tapes of highly-placed officials taking bribes in arms deals were released in 2001, forcing the then BJP president Bangaru Laxman to resign.
9. Gujarat riots, February-March 2002: The riots were horrific blotches of communal hatred in the country’s secular history.Despite the killings of 254 Hindus and 790 Muslims, the state government chose to sit in a cushy corner, doing nothing to stop the wave of hatred.
10. The vote of no confidence, July 2008:  Parliament was adjourned after BJPmembers waved around wads of money, claiming they were offered cash in return for their support.

Initiatives to Fight Corruption

Computerization

  • Bhoomi is a project jointly funded by the Government of India and the Government of Karnataka to digitize the paper land records and create a software mechanism to control changes to the land registry in Karnataka. The project was designed to eliminate the long-standing problem of inefficiency and corruption.
  • Introduction of smart cards for vehicle registration and drivers licenses by Karnataka Regional Transport Organization.
  • Enforcement automation of traffic violations by Bangalore Traffic Police .

Whistleblowers

Whistleblowers play a major role in the fight against corruption. India currently does not have a law to protect whistleblowers, which was highlighted by the assassination of Satyendra Dubey.

Creation of Anti-Corruption lopice and Courts

The India corruption police worked in bribes. Some have called for the Central Government to create an anti-theft law enforcement agency that investigates and prosecutes corruption at all levels of government, including state and local level. Special courts that are more efficient than the traditional Indian courts with traveling judges and law enforcement agents are being proposed. The proposal has not yet been acted upon by the Indian government. Certain states such as Andhra Pradesh (Andhra Pradesh Anti-corruption bureau) and Karnataka (Lokayukta have similar agencies and courts . The creation of a central agency with specialized courts with broad powers, however, is likely to have greater impact in curbing corruption at all levels[opinion][citation needed].

Private sector initiatives

Several new initiatives have come up in the private sector to raise awareness about Corruption related issues and to build anti-corruption platforms. http://5thpillar.org is one such organization that is promoting the use of Zero Rupee Notes to fight corruption by shaming the officials who ask for bribe. Another popular initiative Jaago Re!One Billion Votes from Tata Tea has now changed its focus from voter registration to fighting corruption . nobribe.org is another platform for corruption free India and advocates the use of direct and regular measurement of corruption to force the hands of the leadership into dealing with corruption related issues.

Right To Information Act


The Right to Information Act (2005) and equivalent acts in the states, that require government officials to furnish information requested by citizens or face punitive action, computerization of services and various central and state government acts that established vigilance commissions have considerably reduced corruption or at least have opened up avenues to redress grievances. The 2006 report by Transparency International puts India at the 70th place and states that significant improvements were made by India in reducing corruption.




India is free Indians have their freedom-

Kalmadi uses CWG money wherever he want coz he is free,
Naxalites kill innocent poeple coz they are also free,
Politicians wasting precious house time in useless issues because they are also free,
Police free to receive bribes coz they are free,
Yellow Brigade (VHP) killing people in Gujrat coz they are free,
Doctors free to ask any fee in the name of treatment coz they are also free,
UP CM Mayawati free to spend crores on useless parks and stutues of herself coz she is also free,
......................................the list goes on and on.................
Coz everyone's free to do whatever they want to......

We need to act................
Please leave comments.................

Stephen William Hawking was born on 8 January 1942 (300 years after the death of Galileo) in Oxford, England. His parents' house was in north London, but during the second world war, Oxford was considered a safer place to have babies. When he was eight, his family moved to St. Albans, a town about 20 miles north of London. At the age of eleven, Stephen went to St. Albans School and then on to University College, Oxford; his father's old college. Stephen wanted to study Mathematics, although his father would have preferred medicine. Mathematics was not available at University College, so he pursued Physics instead. After three years and not very much work, he was awarded a first class honours degree in Natural Science.

Stephen then went on to Cambridge to do research in Cosmology, there being no one working in that area in Oxford at the time. His supervisor was Denis Sciama, although he had hoped to get Fred Hoyle who was working in Cambridge. After gaining his Ph.D. he became first a Research Fellow and later on a Professorial Fellow at Gonville and Caius College. After leaving the Institute of Astronomy in 1973, Stephen came to the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and since 1979, has held the post of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics. The chair was founded in 1663 with money left in the will of the Reverend Henry Lucas who had been the Member of Parliament for the University. It was first held by Isaac Barrow and then in 1669 by Isaac Newton.

Stephen Hawking has worked on the basic laws which govern the universe. With Roger Penrose he showed that Einstein's General Theory of Relativity implied space and time would have a beginning in the Big Bang and an end in black holes. These results indicated that it was necessary to unify General Relativity with Quantum Theory, the other great Scientific development of the first half of the 20th Century. One consequence of such a unification that he discovered was that black holes should not be completely black, but rather should emit radiation and eventually evaporate and disappear. Another conjecture is that the universe has no edge or boundary in imaginary time. This would imply that the way the universe began was completely determined by the laws of science.

His many publications include The Large Scale Structure of Spacetime with G F R Ellis, General Relativity: An Einstein Centenary Survey, with W Israel, and 300 Years of Gravity, with W Israel. Stephen Hawking has three popular books published; his best seller A Brief History of Time, Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays, and most recently in 2001, The Universe in a Nutshell. There are .pdf and .ps versions of his full publication list.

Professor Hawking has twelve honorary degrees. He was awarded the CBE in 1982, and was made a Companion of Honour in 1989. He is the recipient of many awards, medals and prizes, is a Fellow of The Royal Society and a Member of the US National Academy of Sciences.

Stephen Hawking continues to combine family life (he has three children and one grandchild), and his research into theoretical physics together with an extensive programme of travel and public lectures.

Read more about him at here.

According to Mashable Twitter is launching a new type of Tweet Button. The one which would show the no of tweets the link would have been tweeted. There are many similar twitter buttons on the internet, it would be interesting to learn what's new in this one.

There are three versions of the button (110×20, 55×20, 55×63) with five different settings for customization.





Twitter could be directly competing with Tweetmeme, but Mashable think it’s unlikely that Twitter would just spring this product on the world without talking to Tweetmeme first. We believe it’s likely the two companies have a deal, but don’t know what it would look like as of yet.

We have reached out to Twitter for comment. In the meantime though, we have included the documents and the code for embedding Tweet Buttons below. We’ll update this post with more details as the story develops.
Source- http://mashable.com/2010/08/10/twitter-official-share-buttons/

Google confirmed that the company will announce a new Android feature tomorrow, August 12, at an event at its company headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

This is a "small event" that will result in a Google blog post, according to a Google spokesperson, so it's unlikely to be a major announcement like Android 3.0 "Gingerbread." We're more likely to see a new Android feature or application, such as Google Maps Navigation or Google Goggles.
As Android 2.2 is currently rolling out to phones such as the Sprint EVO and Motorola Droid, we may get an update on that progress. Google may also take time to explain their controversial net-neutrality pact with Verizon, where the company abandoned the idea of net neutrality over wireless networks.
PCMag.com will be on the scene and provide a full report.

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