Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
India's 60th Republic Day celebrations began here this morning with Defense Minister A.K.
Antony paying homage to the heroes at the India Gate war memorial. Antony was standing in for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is recuperating from heart surgery. This is the first time that a prime minister has been forced to skip a Republic Day parade, according to the Indo-Asian News Service.
India President Pratibha Patil saluted the marching contingents, accompanied by visiting Kazakhsthan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, the chief guest on the occasion.
Patil conferred 11 posthumous Ashok Chakras, the nation's highest gallantry award in peacetime, on security personnel who died fighting terrorists in India controlled Kashmir district, Mumbai and New Delhi.
The parade began with a contingent of the 61st Cavalry. Overhead, four Mi-17 helicopters of the Indian Air Force in a formation, showered rose petals on the hundreds of spectators.
Following them were contingents of the three armed forces and the paramilitary forces.
The Republic Day of India is a national holiday of India to mark the adoption of the Constitution of India and the transition of India from a British dominion to a republic on Jan. 26, 1950.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Las Vegas, Sunday 25 January 2009: Miss Indiana, 22-year-old Katie Stam has been crowned winner of Miss America 2009. This year it is the adorable Katie Stam. The stunning Midwestern girl is Miss Indiana as well and now she has triumphed over the other 51 beauty queens vying for the title to land at the top of the heap and Katie Stam is now wearing the crown. The prize for the brunette beauty is $50,000 scholarship before embarking on a year of travel and public appearances.
The 22-year-old University of Indianapolis student became the first Miss America winner from the Hoosier State. She drew loud applause for her rendition of "Via Dolorosa" during the talent portion of the beauty pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
Stam, who won a $50,000 scholarship, hopes to obtain a bachelor's degree in communications with a goal of becoming a television news anchor. She interned at WTHR in 2007 and began competing in pageants at age 15.
Stam said she had one semester left in school - but didn't know when she would finish - and already was graduating debt free without the $50,000 prize. Stam said she might use the money for graduate school.
"I've been looking forward to coming to Miss America my entire life. I always knew watching the Miss America program that the contestants are just going to be so amazing," Stam told Eyewitness News in an interview earlier this week.
Other girls in the top five were: first runner-up Miss Georgia Chasity Hardman, second runner-up Miss Iowa Olivia Myers, third runner-up Miss New York Leigh-Taylor Smith, and fourth runner-up Miss Florida Sierra Minott.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
The Vatican City is launching its own you tube channel it was formally announced the channel on Friday. This is seen as step to reach the youth of today. The Vatican wants to engage more with the digital generation. This would also help in controlling pope’s online image. This attempt to reach the people wherever they are was approved by the pope himself. This move is widely been appreciated and applauded. The Vatican plans to update this site daily. The pope was found to have quoted that these new technologies and social networking sites as a gift. He indicated that these sites are very popular among the today’s youth; cater to the fundamental desire of the people to communicate. He also stated that these social networking sites could foster friendships and understanding. He also warned that these sites could isolate people and marginalize and others. He was also against the obsessive virtual socializing which can isolate from real interaction. He also urged the produces that the content respects human dignity. This site will be available in Italian, German, English and Spanish.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Emaar Properties plans to build one of the largest fountains in the world as the centrepiece of its Downtown Burj Dubai project.The fountains, which has yet to be named, will be capable of shooting water over 150 metres into the air - the height of a 50-storey building - and stretch over 275 metres - the length of two football fields
The $218 million project will be 25 percent larger than the iconic fountains at the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas
Like the Fountains of Bellagio, Emaar's fountains will include an integral light and sound show and is expected to become one of Dubai's major tourist attractions, drawing over 10 million visitors per year.
The fountains will shoot 22,000 gallons of water in the air at any given moment and feature over 6,600 lights and 50 colour projectors.
The fountains have yet to be named and a cash prize of $27,225 has been assigned to the winner of a competition to name the water featureThe structure is scheduled to be operational by 2009.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
1. Pongal Paanai (clay-pot) is decorated around its neck with mango leaves.
2. Boil water & milk (without the rice) in the clay-pot.
3. When the milk spills over add rice to the clay-pot.
4. Once the rice is cooked, add chakkarai (sugar) or Jaggery (grated), honey, raisins & cashews.
5. Few pods of Cardamom enhance the flavor of pongal.
6. Once the mixture is ready for serving set up the pongal on plates.
After a few minutes of meditation or prayer to the Sun God, Pongal is served.
Pongal is one of the most popular harvest festival of South India, mainly Tamil Nadu. Pongal falls in the mid-January every year and marks the auspicious beginning of Uttarayan - Sun's journey Northwards. Pongal festival lasts for four days. Celebrations include drawing of Kolam (Rangoli), swinging & cooking of delicious Pongal.
Names of the four-day-long celebrations of Pongal festival.
Pongal has its unique regional significance. The festival of Pongal is celebrated all over India on the same day, but has different names in each region.
Tamil Nadu - 'Pongal'
Karnataka - 'Sankranti'
Andhra Pradesh - 'Sankranti'
Kerala - 'Makar Sankranti'
Maharashtra - 'Makar Sankranti'
Gujarat - 'Makar Sankranti'
Uttar Pradesh - 'Makar Sankranti'
Pongal in Tamil means "boiling over or spill over". The act of boiling over of milk in the clay pot is considered to denote future prosperity for the family.
On January 2008, the Tamilnadu Government anounced that Pongal will be celebrated as 'Tamil New Year' from 2009.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Best Picture - Drama
'Slumdog Millionaire' – Winner
Best DirectorDanny Boyle - Winner
Mickey Rourke - Winner
Best Actress - Drama
Kate Winslet – Winner
Best Picture - Musical/Comedy'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' - Winner
Best Actor - Musical/ComedyColin Farrell - Winner
Best Actress - Musical/ComedySally Hawkins - Winner
'Happy Go Lucky'
Best Supporting ActorHeath Ledger - Winner
'The Dark Knight'
Best Supporting ActressKate Winslet - Winner
Best Animated Feature Film'Wall-E' – Winner
Best Foreign Language Film
'Waltz with Bashir' (Israel) – Winner
Best ScreenplaySimon Beaufoy - Winner
Best Original ScoreA.R.Rahman - Winner
Best Original Song'The Wrestler' - Winner