Monday, August 20, 2007

Sign this online petition to Stop the bias against Bihar and Biharis

Dear Friends,
Here we are in 2007, having just celebrated our Nation's 60th birthday, in this new era marching ahead with great hope and conviction to take our country to new heights. We are talking about world being flat and information being power, we are talking about tele density and broadband penetration but alas we still come across horrific incidents where people are being killed for just being Bihari. By destiny they were born as Bihari and that become the cause of their gruesome killing.

The recent gruesome of killing of Biharis in Assam by ULFA militants is yet
another incident which shows the kind of bias which exits in our Country
against Bihar and Biharis. So how do we react to this as a Bihari and citizens of this country?

How do we express our anguish and pain when our fellow country men are being
killed for being Bihari ? Following the great tradition of this great country we humbly submit our petition http://www.petitiononline.com/1bihar/petition.html ,

Please spare a moment for the cause of the bereaved soul and lodge your protest against this incident in strongest possible word. Let's hope and pray that incidents like these are never repeated and also express our solidarity with the family members of the bereaved ones.

Our Friend Ajit Chouhan has started this petition drive http://www.petitiononline.com/1bihar/petition.html to ensure that we raise
our voice against this act of cowardice.

I'll request you all to sign and send this link http://www.petitiononline.com/1bihar/petition.html to
all your friends and relatives and request them to sign this petition, let's try and ensure that each Bihari put his protest against this heinous act.


http://www.petitiononline.com/1bihar/petition.html


Thanks,

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

India is Asia's top spot for billionaires

From being one of the world's poorest economies six decades ago to becoming a "top spot" today, India has come a long way, Forbes says in a special report even as it lists more billionaires in India worth $191 billion than in any other Asian nation.

"India's top ten, worth $112 billion, account for two-thirds of that wealth," it says in the report 'India at 60'.

"India's rising fortunes are underscored by the increasing prosperity of its wealthiest citizens," it adds, as it lists 36 billionaires in the country.

"India was one of the world's poorest economies when it won its independence from Britain in 1947. Incredibly, 60 years later, the country's emerging economic clout has made it Asia's top spot for billionaires."

This year, for the first time in two decades of wealth tracking, Forbes counted more Indians than Japanese billionaires. Three Indians made it to the list of top 20 of the world's richest and only the US had more billionaires than India.

"We have made decent progress in several areas during the last 60 years. We have produced world-class scientists, engineers, journalists, soldiers, bureaucrats, politicians and doctors," says N R Narayana Murthy, the co-founder of one of India's best known software companies and among those in the rich list.

"There is an equally convincing set of data to show that we have a long way to go in certain other areas. A whopping 350 million are illiterate, 260 million people are still below the poverty line, 150 million people lack access to drinking water; 750 million people lack decent sanitation," he adds.

Veteran investment banker Nimesh Kampani, chairperson of the JM Financial Group and until recently, Morgan Stanley's Indian partner, predicts 100 billionaires by 2009 representing diverse fields. "There's lots more that lies beneath."

According to Forbes, it was a vastly different story in 1987 when the magazine began tracking fortunes around the world - that year the only Indian on the list was the Birla family with a net worth of close to $2 billion.

It was only in 1994 when Dhirubhai Ambani of Reliance Industries made his debut with his petrochemicals fortune. His empire has now been split between his two sons, Mukesh and Anil.

Today, London-based Lakshmi N Mittal is the richest Indian worth $25 billion, followed by Mukesh and Anil, who unseated Wipro group's chairman Azim Premji, who had been India's richest resident for several years.

"India was a relatively sleepy place for the world's wealthiest until three years ago. With just nine billionaires in 2004, none ranked higher than 58," says the magazine.

"That's when wealth began taking off, with the fast-rising stock market and booming real estate sector bringing prosperity as never before," it says, adding the sensitive index of the Bombay Stock Exchange soared from soared from 6,000 points to more than 15,000 points recently.


Forbes says many tycoons have been in the news lately for negotiating big deals. Venugopal Dhoot is set to acquire Daewoo Electronics for $700 million.

Commodities magnate Kumar Mangalam Birla paid $1 billion to buy the Tata Group's stake in their telecom joint venture Idea. Banker Uday Kotak bought out Goldman Sach's stake in his bank's investment banking and brokerage arms.


This apart, there were five newcomers in the latest Forbes list, including Kalanidhi Maran, who runs regional broadcaster Sun TV, and Ramesh Chandra, who made a fortune building middle-class housing.

Others are and Jignesh Shah, who set up India's largest commodities exchange, tractor tycoon Keshub Mahindra and Infosys Technologies co-founder K Dinesh, who returned to the list after having previously slipped off.

Yet, there were also some dropouts, including India's richest self-made woman, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw of Biocon and Anurag Dikshit, who saw the stock of his net gaming outfit, PartyGaming, tank over regulatory issues.

The Forbes special report also has other articles like "Indian Students Flock To The US", "The Indian Media Mela", "Do You Have A 'Chindia' Strategy", "India at 60" by Amartya Sen, "Hottest Wedding Spots In India" and "World's Cheapest Car

Monday, August 13, 2007

Bihar Flood Relief- Contribute your 2 cents

One BIHAR Team launched a comnined effort with the help of several Bihari organisation to help the flood victims in Northern Bihar. Here are the details and for more please visit http://www.biharfloodrelief.blogspot.com/

What is our focus? How can I help?



The focus is on providing chlorine and halogen tablets to prevent any epidemic breakout due to contaminated water. Your donations are required for buying these medicines. You can also help us in purchasing these medicines by providing contacts.

How these medicines will be purchased?



We plan to buy these medicines in Mumbai and courier it to Chandan in Patna at the earliest. If you can help us buy these medicines in a better way (Better rates, Local contacts in Patna etc) do contact us at 0-9323473603/ rajiv.vidyarthy@gmail.com/ tanyaprasad@hotmail.com


How these medicines will be distributed?



These medicines will be delivered to Chandan Singh, who is part of One Bihar Team (http://1bihar.blogspot.com/). Chandan will take care of its further distribution. Distribution will be through some of the good NGOs working in the relief operations.


People behind this initiative



This is an initiative driven by people from multiple bihar based yahoogroups. We have executed similar projects in past through these yahoogroups. Some of the projects that we have executed in past can be found at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Bihari/files/ and http://1bihar.blogspot.com/


Some of the people behind this initiative are



Atul Kumar (IIM Ahmedabad, AVP, Genpact, USA),


Rajiv Vidyarthy (IIT Delhi, IIM Lucknow, Mumbai),


Chandan Singh (Executive Director, GreenPower),


Tanya Prasad (Mumbai),


Saroj Kumar (Project Manager, based in USA),


Samir Kumar (Research Student in Australia),


Ajit Chouhan (Business Partner, Infosys)


Naveen Sharma (IIT Kgp, Program Manager, Cisco),


TV Sinha (XLRI, Sr VP, Polaris),


Mayank Krishna (Marketing Manager, Pidilite)


.. there are many more names .. You can find more details about these people on www.Orkut.com


Transparency



Your donations will be acknowledged and account statements will be published regularly at the following link, you can track the development by visiting this link.


Donations collected and purchases done till now are displayed here (This document is updated every few hours),


http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pgN0IIAemFfn9L2EVRpLIEw



Please provide us some time to include your donations in this list.



How to transfer?


Online –


Transfer your donations to ICICI bank account # 002001019947 (Rajiv Vidyarthy, Powai Branch, Mumbai). Please mention your name in the comments (will help us track) and send an email with the transfer details to Rajiv.vidyarthy@gmail.com, we will send you a confirmation for the same.


Through ICICI bank branches – Go to any ICICI bank and deposit your donations in account number, 002001019947. call Rajiv@9323473603 and inform about the donation.


We can arrange to collect cash/cheque/other bank transfers, call up Rajiv@9323473603 to coordinate.

Donors in US - Transfer your donations to Saroj Kumar's (ex-moderator Bihari Group) BoA account, send him an email with your transfer details at sarojbihar@yahoo.co.in


First Name : Saroj
Last Name : Kumar
A/c #: 18299 40027
zip: 94555
Routing no: 121000358
Bank of America

Saturday, August 11, 2007

another first - India's first spot exchange in Bihar to trade maize

Leading commodity bourse NCDEX will launch the country's first spot exchange in Bihar by the end of next month with trading in maize contracts.

"We plan to launch NCDEX Spot Exchange in Bihar by September-end," National Commodity and Derivative Exchange chief strategist Narender Gupta said.

The NCDEX-promoted spot exchange would initially allow trading in maize -- a major crop in Bihar. It would later expand to other crops, he said.

Gupta said NCDEX would also launch spot exchanges in other states. "We hope to launch spot exchange in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Rajasthan soon," he said.

Separately, NCDEX's rival Multi-Commodity Exchange (MCX) has promoted National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL) and sought permission from Gujarat government to launch its electronic spot market in the state.

Since agriculture is a state subject, an electronic spot exchange cannot be launched at the national level. For any spot exchange to get a presence in all states, it has to ask permission from each states separately, an analyst said.

Explaining the functioning of the spot exchange, Gupta said though sellers would be from Bihar, buyers could be from anywhere in the country. Traders functioning in futures market can also buy from the spot market.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Most viewed video on the net: The Battle of Kruger

An amateur video of a tussle between a pride of lions, a herd of buffalo and two crocodiles is slowly climbing the charts on youtube.com, the popular video hosting website.


The video, which was shot in September 2004 at a watering hole in the Kruger National Park in South Africa, has been seen over 9,336,173 times.


The Battle of Kruger, as it's popularly called, has drama, suspense, action and good old family values. Little wonder then, that it's such a smash hit.