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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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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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Hit by recession? Thinking of what to gift your love this valentine? Well, Valentine’s Day is all about love but not expensive gifts. Today let your valentine know that you love him/her the most. Use your imagination, you know what your love likes or dislikes, be creative  give something beyond imagination(a perfect surprise) and I promise you will make a perfect gift for your love. Valentine gifts start from a simple card,rose to a chartered flight to a (private) island (or anything very expensive). However, what  you should keep in mind is how are you to going to remember this wonderful day throughout your life. The best way to do so is follow some simple steps to impress your love this Valentine.

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Last weekend I was in pune. I just came to Hyderabad this morning. Guess who’s in town today? Richard Matthew Stallman. He’s the founder of Free Software Foundation. He made some strong points during his talk at Hari Hara Kala Bhavan in Secunderabad. I was onw of the lucky guys who could go and attend his talk. Here, I present some quotes by RMS in a not so brief interpretation of his talk. The quoted texts are taken directly from his speech.

At the beginning of his talk RMS pointed out that when one thinks of using a program one is not encouraged to ask questions about ethical issues. There are many different and deeper issues when using a program apart from it’s convenience, reliability and cost. He insisted that the free software community is concerned about such deeper issues. “It’s free in the sense of freedom. We are not talking about price. Price is not the issue. The issue is whether the program respects user’s freedom and community.”

“Non-free software keeps the users divided and helpless,  divided because they are forbidden to share it and helpless because they don’t have the source code so they can’t change it, they can’t even check what it’s really doing to them.” It is essential to mention specific freedom with a program.

“A program is free for you – the user, if you have four essential freedoms:

Freedom 0 is the freedom to run the program as you wish

Freedom 1 is the freedom to study the source code of the program and then change it to make the program do what you wish.

Freedom 2 is the freedom to help your neighbour. That’s the freedom to make exact copies and distribute them to others when you wish.

Freedom 3 is the freedom to contribute to your community. That’s the freedom to make copies of your modified versions and distribute them to others when you wish.”

A program that provides the above freedoms is considered a free program. It’s not about the price. There are unethical programs which have good features as a bait to take away the freedom of a user.

Freedom 2 is essential as it allows you to share your program with a friend. If you have a proprietary program and your friend wants to have it from you, you are in a dilemma. You can brake the law and pass on a copy of the program and you cannot say no to a friend who’s is good citizen of your community. “If you give a copy to your friend, what will she have? She will have an unauthorized copy of the proprietary program. Something pretty bad, almost as bad as the authorized copy.”What should you do. “You should make sure that you don’t fall into such a dilemma. I know of two ways. One is don’t have any friends.” This divides you from your friends. “The other method is reject proprietary program.” If you don’t have the program you can’t fall into the dilemma. “That’s my solution. That’s how I avoid the dilemma. I reject proprietary software.”

Note: This post is not complete. It will be updated soon.

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Ranikhet is a city in the state of Uttarakhand, forming a part of the Almora District. Ranikhet was discovered and built entirely by the British in 1869, Ranikhet is 1,830 meters above sea level. Priyanka Chopra, the charming Bollywood actress and her father Dr. Ashok Chopra left Ranikhet this morning at around 10:00 am. Well Priyanka and her father with her bodygaurds stayed in Ranikhet for about three days. They stayed in the Army Guest House in Ranikhet as Dr. Ashok Chopra is a retired Army officer.

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Even though World Teacher’s Day is marked on October 5th, many countries have chosen various other days to celebrate Teacher’s Day. In India Teacher’s Day is celebrated as the birthday of Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, our second President after Independence, on Septemper 5th.

India has been celebrating Teacher’s Day on 5th of September since 1962. 5th of September is the birthday of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakhrishnan, a philosopher and a teacher par excellence. Some of his students and friends approached him and requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday. In reply, Dr, Radhakrishnan said, “instead of celebrating my birthday separately, it would be my proud privilege if September 5th is observed as Teacher’s day”. The request showed Dr.Radhakrishnan’s love for the teaching profession. From then onwards, his birthday is observed as Teacher’s Day in India. All this lead to Teachers Day origin in India.

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Happy Ganesha Chaturthi(गणेश चतुर्थी) to all of you out there. This Hindu festival is celebrated with devotion towards Lord Ganesha. Ganesha Chaturthi also called Vinayaka Chaturthi(Chavithi), it is celebrated as Lord Ganesha’s birthday. I don’t really need to explain anything about this festival as it is celebrated all over India with great joy.

Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated all over India, it is most elaborated in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. In Hyderabad, Khairatabad Vinayaka idol is the greatest attraction. visit their official site Ganapathi Deva. Also in Maharashtra then Pen village is very famous for making of Ganesha idols out of clay.

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Yes, Abhinav Bindra is not the only one who’s brought a gold to India. In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Sunita Lamba won a gold at the games. Sunita is a fine art artist from Delhi, she won the gold medal for her sculpture. Sunita has sent her sculpture, ‘Spirit of Unity’, for the Olympic Fine Arts 2008, an exhibition put up by the organising committee at Beijing, and it was seleced, for display, from among 10,000 entries for the final 110.

The exhibition was inaugurated by the chairman of the International Olympic Committee on August 11and on the very same day they announced the gold medal for Sunita. She was also given an Olympic torch besides the certificate of winning the gold medal. Her gold medal will be presented to her after the 40-day exihibition gets over. The exhibition will run for a few months in different areas of China itself and after that it will move to countries across the world.

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I got up a little late today (It’s a holiday dude). Switched on the idiot box and enjoyed music on MTV. The ticker running at the bottom had a question – “How would you celebrate Independence Day?” It also adviced not be on couch and watch the idiot box but celebrate Independence Day. So, here I have the same question how would you celebrate Independence Day? Well what’s the best way to do it? We all have different opinion. My opinion learn something new about your country. India has a great history. Of course we had a part of it in our curriculum during school but not everything. So, go and explore India.

I belong to a family closely associated with the Indian Army. So, I would share with you something regarding the biggest Indian Army Regiment – ‘The Kumaon Regiment’. Kumaon Regiment is one of the crack troops of the Indian Army. It has received 2 Param Vir Chakras, 3 Ashok Chakras, 10 Maha Vir Chakras, 6 Kirti Chakras, 2 Uttam Yudh Seva Medals, 78 Vir Chakras, 1 Vir Chakra & Bar and 23 Shaurya Chakras, apart from numerous other honors and awards. Major Somnath Sharma, 4th Kumaon, was the first recipient of the Param Vir Chakra (Posthumous), for the Regiment in October 1947. He was also the first individual, from the three Services, to receive the Param Vir Chakra – India’s highest award for gallantry.

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India has always been a cricket loving country. Now, with Aabhinav Bindra’s Gold will it’s eye turn on the Olympics? May be or may be not. India lost the Cricket Test series to Sri Lanka, this frustrated the cricket fans but Abhinav’s Gold in the Olympics cheered up everyone. So, did we ever give so much attention to Olympics. Indeed we were interested in the Olympics but may be not heartily. Was it just another sport event for us? Did we neglect it so much that even we couldn’t qualify for our national game? May be may be not. But something really did go wrong. Remember Abhinav speaking to the media, one line every Indian shouts out now and then, “yeah, the system needs to change”.

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