Thursday, April 9, 2009

NASA astronaut to send Twitter updates

NASA, which used Twitter to send updates about the Mars Phoenix Lander program, is turning to the micro-blogging service again.
The US space agency announced on Monday that astronaut Mike Massimino would be using Twitter to provide a behind-the-scenes look at his training for an upcoming space shuttle mission.
Massimino will be firing off 140-character-or-less messages at @Astro_Mike.
Massimino is to be a mission specialist and spacewalker during the space shuttle Atlantis mission due to launch on May 12 to service the Hubble Space Telescope.
NASA did not say whether the astronaut would be “tweeting” from space.
NASA’s Twitter feed on the Phoenix Lander program earned it praise and more than 38,000 people had signed up to receive “tweets” from Mars by the time the mission ended in November.

5,000 clash with police in China: Rights group

About 5,000 villagers clashed with police in eastern China after laying siege to a coal mine blamed for damaging local farmlands, a human rights group said on Thursday.

The villagers had "surrounded and attacked" the coal mine in a rural county of Anhui province on Tuesday, the Hong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said in a press release.

Police in Fengtai county confirmed the protest took place but said only about 1,000 people were involved and denied there was any clash with police.

"They wanted the coal mine to stop operating in the villages because the lands have sunk due to the mining," a police officer who refused to give his name said by phone.

"No conflict happened between police and the people."

However, the human rights group, quoting local authorities, said the crowds fought with police, smashed up a police car and injured the county's vice chief, Ma Shiping.

Residents say the Gubei coal mine has caused land subsidence that has affected 50,000 people in the area, with a total of 8,000 hectares (19,800 acres) suffering cave-ins, the rights group said.

It said more than 1,000 paramilitary police had been sent to the area to restore calm and that local officials were trying to resolve the dispute, but that 5,000 people were still at the mine on Thursday.

"Local leaders and the coal mine have been holding meetings to resolve the issues raised by villagers these days, but we need time," the police officer said.

He denied villagers were still gathered at the scene.

China sees tens of thousands of protests or outbursts of violence every year, often stemming from land disputes or dissatisfaction with local authorities.

China's rulers are particularly concerned about unrest in 2009, which will see a string of sensitive anniversaries including 20 years since the Tiananmen massacre and 60 years since the founding of the communist republic.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

BSF on high alert at western border

India's western border with Pakistan in Rajasthan is now a huge cause of concern for security agencies. In the past fortnight, four intrusion attempts have been foiled by the BSF and what has alarmed officials is that one intruder was caught with eight active mobile sim cards on him.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Who are the world's nuclear powers?

US President Barack Obama set out his vision for a world free of nuclear weapons on Sunday, vowing to involve all states with atomic weapons in the process of reducing arsenals. Here are details of official and unofficial nuclear powers and their arsenals:

Official Nuclear Powers:

United States: According to the counting rules in the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), as of January 2009, the United States had an estimated 5,200 nuclear warheads and 2,700 operationally deployed warheads (2,200 strategic and 500 nonstrategic warheads).

According to the May 2002 Treaty of Moscow (the Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty, or SORT) between the United States and the Russian Federation, both are required to reduce their nuclear arsenals to 1,700-2,200 operationally deployed warheads by 2012.

Russia: Under the provisions of the START I, the Russian nuclear arsenal has been reduced to approximately 4,138 strategic nuclear warheads, as of July 2008.

France: France has been a nuclear weapon state party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) since 1992. In 2008, French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced that the country would leave its submarine missile arsenal in place while cutting its stock of air-launched weapons by a third. As of Sept 2008, France had already pared down its arsenal to approximately 300 nuclear warheads.
Britain: The United Kingdom's current nuclear stockpile consists of fewer than 200 strategic and "sub-strategic" warheads on four Vanguard-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines.

China: China's nuclear weapons programme began in 1955 and culminated in a successful nuclear test in 1964. Since then, China has conducted 45 nuclear tests, including tests of thermonuclear weapons and a neutron bomb.

China is estimated to have about 400 strategic and tactical nuclear weapons, and stocks of fissile material sufficient to produce a much larger arsenal. It acceded to the NPT in 1992 as a nuclear weapon state.

Other "declared" Nuclear nations:

North Korea: North Korea has only undertaken one test of a nuclear device which took place in Oct. 2006 and occurred after Pyongyang withdrew from the NPT.

Six-Party Talks between North Korea, South Korea, Japan, China, Russia, and the United States began in 2003 to quell North Korea's nuclear ambitions but broke down in 2005.

Talks were resumed in 2007 and in June 2008 it presented a long-delayed list of its nuclear arms programmes. However North Korea said late last month it would restart its nuclear plant that makes arms-grade plutonium if the United Nations punished it for a satellite launch which took place on Sunday.

India: India has formally declared itself a nuclear weapon state. New Delhi is likely to have manufactured weapons grade plutonium for at least 100 warheads. A 2007 report from the International Panel on Fissile Materials estimated that 50-60 warheads had been assembled so far. Neither India or Pakistan are signatories to the NPT.

Pakistan: Pakistan is believed to have stockpiled approximately 580-800 kg of highly enriched uranium, sufficient amounts to build 30-50 fission bombs. According to the United States, China helped Pakistan by providing nuclear-related materials, scientific expertise, and technical assistance. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, estimated in 2007 that the Pakistani arsenal comprised about 60 warheads.

Other undeclared nations:

Israel: Israel is widely understood to possess a sizeable nuclear arsenal, but it maintains a policy of nuclear ambiguity.

Based on estimates of the plutonium production capacity of the Dimona reactor, Israel has approximately 100-200 advanced nuclear explosive devices. Officially, Israel has declared that it will not be the first to introduce nuclear weapons into the Middle East. Israel has not signed the NPT treaty.

Iran: Iran has been a non-nuclear weapon state party to the NPT since 1970, and has had a nuclear programme, ostensibly for peaceful purposes. However its nuclear programme has advanced significantly in the past decade with Iran's decision to enrich its own uranium.

Iran says it needs nuclear energy so that it can export more of its huge oil and gas reserves. Its refusal to halt nuclear work which can have both civilian and military purposes has drawn three rounds of limited U.N. sanctions since 2006.

Renault Yeni - A Competitor to TATA nano

Don't hurry for Nano; one more beautiful car is on its way to India ..!
This car will be launching in India in collaboration with Mahindra,
Which is another budget car to compete TATA and FIAT 500.
Take a complete overview of this amazing car comparing with Tata's NANO..

Make : TATA
Model: NANO
Apprx. CostRs. 1,34,000

Model: YENI...
Apprx. Cost: Rs. 1, 30, 000 ( AED 10,000/-) (US $2750)

Interior design in NANO ..small seating's comparing to the YENI..

Interior design in YENI ..Large seating's with extra space behind..

Concept In NANO :

Tata Motors has just unveiled its hotly anticipated ‘one-Lakh’ car at the New Delhi Auto Expo. Officially called the Nano, the new vehicle is also known as the ‘people’s car’, as it aims to get the upwardly mobile Indian market motoring for a starting price of 100,000 rupees ($2,500).

Available in either Standard (red) or Luxury (yellow) guise, the 624cc, rear-engined four-door Nano has been designed for a four person family and is claimed to have generous interior space despite its compact exterior dimensions - the car is just 3.1m long, 1.5m wide and stands 1.6m high. The mono-volume design, with wheels at the corners, enables this combination of space while facilitating maneuverability in crowded urban areas.

Aside from its low price, a strong selling point of the new Nano will also likely be the ability to personalize the vehicle, like the Mini and the Fiat 500. Buyers will be able to specify different scoop trim (situated ahead of the rear wheels), decals, seat covers and dash colors. It is expected to launch in India later this year.

Concept in YENI : The cheapest car available soon in India by the collaboration of RENAULT and Mahindra. The car will cost around Rs 1,30,000 which will compete TATA mini car and FIAT 500 . This car will be available soon in market at end of 2007 all these car s are in same segment and the price of these mini cars is really close to each other. These will effect the sale of bikes because these mini cars are much efficient and fuel effective and cost little more then a bike so every one would like to buy car rather than a bike, so these car will change the trend and every one will purchase these mini cars. This would also effect the mid range cars market.

These three companies are good at market and there will be very good competition after
releasing these car. Information for the car Mahindra - Renault Yeni will be available
on every showroom of Mahindra detail of this car. The car looks are futuristic design like
swift already in market. Mahindra-Renault also launched the Logan which is running at good
pace in market.

This segment is very tight there are many cars and big brand available like General Motors Lancer, Ford Fiesta, Swift Optra Magnum and much more. But in mini segment there is growth but yet it will boost sales record when these cars enter in market. These cars are affordable by price and running cost . Everyone wants to buy a car but price of car and running cost shatter their dreams but now dreams will come true for the middle class families. This new year will give you greatest gift of new Yeni car by the collaboration of RENAULT and Mahindra.

Journalist throws shoe at Indian Home Minister

FOOT IN MOUTH: A journalist hurled a shoe at P Chidambaram during minister
A Sikh journalist has thrown his shoe at Indian Home Minister, Mr Chidambaran. The incident happened during a press conference today when chidambaram was trying to answer a question raised by the journalist on the issue of Congress minister Jagdish Titler being given clrean hsit by CBI (Central Bureau Of Investigation). Unsatisfied by the home minsters reply to his question, the dianik Jagaran journalist threw a hoes at the home minister uttering the words, "I Protest".

The name of the journalist was Jarnail Singh. The journalist has been escorted out by the security guards. The incident happened in the congress headquarters, where a press conference was being held to give clarification on congress governments stand on terrorism.

The journalist later talking to NDTV india, said that he ws wrong in throwing his shoes. He said that he was carried away by emotions. But he said that we wouldn't apologies as he thought that the cause for which he stood for was valid and relevant.

Friday, April 3, 2009

4 die, up to 40 held hostage in Binghamton shootings

A lone gunman began shooting Friday in an immigration services building in Binghamton, New York, killing at least four people, a law enforcement source close to the situation said.
The source said more than a dozen were wounded.

The man began shooting in the American Civic Association, which helps immigrants and refugees, the source said.

The source said a citizenship test was being administered in the building, but it was not immediately clear whether the shooting occurred in the area where people were taking the test.

The source said there may be 20 to 40 people who have been taken hostage.

The local newspaper, the Press & Sun-Bulletin, said on its Web site that at least four people were shot and 41 people had been taken hostage.

It said sharpshooters from the city's SWAT team were poised outside the building.

Video from the scene showed a person on a stretcher being taken to an ambulance. Watch interactive view of shooting scene

The Press & Sun-Bulletin said about 10 people came out of the building shortly after noon. They emerged with their hands on their heads. The police searched some of them, the newspaper reported.

Around 12:40 p.m., another 10 -- clad in white sheets -- came out of the rear of the building, the newspaper said.

Frank Rozboril, a spokesman for Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital, which is in the city, said the hospital had one person who had been at the association in the emergency room. Rozboril said the patient, who arrived around 12:30 p.m., was being assessed.

FBI spokesman Richard Kolko said the FBI is sending hostage negotiators and an evidence response team to the scene. The agency has an office in Binghamton, and agents are being sent from offices in Albany and Syracuse as well.

The newspaper said the incident began around 10:30 a.m. ET. Nearby apartments were being evacuated and Binghamton High School is on lockdown, it said.

"Within minutes [the situation] turned into one just flooded with police," Bob Joseph, news director of WNBF Radio, told CNN.

The American Civic Association helps immigrants and refugees with a number of issues, including personal counseling, resettlement, citizenship and reunification, and provides interpreters and translators, according to a United Way of Broome County Web site, which is affiliated with the association.

Rashidun Haque, who owns a nearby convenience store, said police had him and his four customers stay inside and away from the windows.

"I'm really shaky because this kind of thing -- it's a small city, it's a beautiful city -- but nothing goes down serious like this," Haque said.

He said the Civic Association building is about a two-minute walk from downtown.

New York Gov. David Paterson issued a statement saying it was "a tragic day for New York." He said he had directed state police to assist the Binghamton Police Department. "I speak for all of New York when I offer my prayers for the victims and families of this tragedy," Paterson said.