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You may not be ready to spend a whooping US $1.8million to buy Gandhi’s belongings like Vijay Mallya.  However, if you feel good to have at least the glass fibre replicas of some of Gandhi’s belongings then contact National Gandhi Museum, the country’s largest repository of the original relics of the Father of the Nation. Checkout there price list by clicking here.

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After a lot of chaos, confusion and last minute drama over Gandhi’s belongings to be auctioned, Vijay Mallya bought the private collection of James Otis for USD 1.8 million(Rs 9.3 Crores) yesterday night in New York. However, Mallya gave up 2.1 million including the buyer’s premium. Click here to view some pictures of the auction from TOI. Indian government made some effort to have a direct deal with James Otis. James had put forward two conditions for this deal. Even if government of India fulfilled his conditions, he was in no postion to stop the auction based on the contract signed with the Antiquorum the auctioneers of Gandhi’s belongings.

The Indian government did their bit to stop the auction. Obviously, they failed to stop it. The reason is that the conditions put forward by James Otis were not easy to fulfill and Otis was by no means able to stop the auction according to the contract signed by him with Antiquorum.  Otis was quoted as saying that he would agree to hand over the items if the Indian government agreed to one of two demands: Increase budgetary allocation for the poor by reducing military expenditure or create an international travelling exhibit about Mahatma Gandhi that would reach 78 countries, one for each year of his life. However, India couldn’t agree to  fulfill his demands. Instead, India produced Mr. Gandhi’s will handwritten in Gujarati.

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Yes, Firefox latest update is not going to be it’s version 3.1. Generally a 0.1 version upgrade is released as a maintenance release. However, some additional features have been added to the update. Developers at Mozzilla have suggested to name this version to Firefox 3.5 to reflect the many important changes being incorporated in in this version. Check the Firefox developer meeting notes

What’s new in firefox 3.5?

  • Improved JavaScript engine
  • New privacy features
  • Improved tab handling
  • Enhanced web standards compatibility

Anyway, Firefox 3.1 is not dead. The next beta release is going to be Firefox 3.1beta3. There are questions being raised if this is just a game to delay the next release. It doesn’t matter with the numbering of the version to most of us. An upgrade with new features is always welcome. The quicker, the better.

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Windows Only: How would you feel you get a free professional software to grab both video and still screen captures? Extensoft Screen Capturer can do both with ease.

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45 seconds timerCount down timers are useful for various things. Eggtimer is a simple web  tool that lets you create an online timer. Eggtimer works by simply appending time in it’s URL http://e.ggtimer.com/ in plain English. For example, to have a

timexpiredThe timer starts when you load the URL in your browser and counts down, with an animated black and white border that slowly fills in as the time passes. It will also make a beep sound when the countdown is over so you can easily have the timer window running in the background while you continue to work on other tasks.

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FML or Fnck My Life is a place to share your real story or anecdote which put you in a embarassing situation or made you feel that your life is messed up. There are various anecdotes by the users. You can contribute too. However, I had a great time reading some of them. Some people were really in messed up situations but many others were in a funny situation. Check out the kids section and that will make you smile. Here’s the link http://fmylife.com. If you have a bad day. This could give your relief by letting you know that you are not alone. For me it’s a gr8 stress buster from now.

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OSCAR WINNERS

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1. Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire.

2. Best Actor: Sean Penn, Milk

3. Best Actress: Kate Winslet, The Reader.

4. Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

5. Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona;

6. Director: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire.

7. Foreign Film: Departures, Japan

8. Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire.

9. Original Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black, Milk.

10. Animated Feature Film: WALL-E.

11. Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

12. Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire

13. Sound Mixing: Slumdog Millionaire

14. Sound Editing: The Dark Knight

15. Original Score: Slumdog Millionaire, A.R. Rahman

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Here is a cool language translator which is really nice. You might have tried Google Translator or Yahoo Babel Fish, they stand nowhere when nicetranslator gives you a translation. It uses Google Translation API. It gives you better translation when compared to other services. Try it and you will agree with me.

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I have already discussed about Urge Me a email reminder which reminds you several times. However, there is another cool email reminder service ‘YourLi.st’. Email reminder services could handy to remember birthdays, meetings and  online events such as eBay auctions. You just have to provide the event, your email, and any text which would help you remember the event(this is optional). You cant hen select the dat from calendar and the time and your time zone. You can choose when a reminder should be sent to your email say 1 day before a event or 1 week before a event. Also, you can choose from a plain email of a fancy HTML formatted email or one optimized for your Blackberry.

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Google search URLs are pretty long and they sometmes break when being sent in IMs. Here’s a solution to shorten the Google search URLs. It’s easy to do. Just use keywords followed by http://gog.is/i.e. http://gog.is/( your keywords here). For example your are searching for ‘Hotel reviews’ use the URLs in the format http://gog.is/hotel+reviews or http://gog.is/hotel,reviews or http://gog.is/hotel/reviews/

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