The audacious (brown) Professor

Once upon a time there was a famous (black) Professor who spoke about the audacity of hope and reclaiming of the american dream. Now it is the turn of another (brown) Prof to demonstrate the audacity of grand larceny and (false) claiming of american dollars. A good man gone bad due to greed. No leniency will be shown (40 years in prison) as the authorities want to make an example out of this case (as they should).
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An
Indian-American professor has been convicted by a federal grand jury of
defrauding the US government and students of $700,000 in research
grants.


Manoj Jha, a full-time professor at the Morgan State
University in Baltimore, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison
for each of four counts of wire fraud, and for one count each of mail
fraud and falsification of records; and 10 years in prison for theft of
government property.

Jha,
46, has been found guilty of fraudulently obtaining $200,000 in grant
funds from NSF’s Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programme to
fund a highway project, and attempting to obtain another $500,000 via
the same project.

Federal prosecutors alleged Jha converted the
funds to his personal use; Jha made payments on his mortgage and
personal credit card and authorised approximately $11,000 in salary
payments to his wife, who performed no NSF-related work.

According to Justice Department, Jha incorporated Amar Transportation
Research and Consulting Inc (ATRC), and was its president and only
director. Trial evidence showed that Jha submitted funding proposals on behalf of ATRC to the STTR.

The stated purpose of Jha’s proposed project was to enhance current
models used by highway planners to optimise horizontal and vertical
highway routes, and ultimately, to commercialise the result
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The anti anti-rape backlash

The patriarchy has been badly embarrassed by the atrocities committed on Indian women. It was a question of something must be done to wake up a society deep in slumber and sick up to the neck. The anti-rape ordinance that has been passed and may be considered a harsh response to a deadly virus that was sweeping through communities. Another thing good happened, women were no longer willing to take things lying down.

The two most vile cases have been fast-tracked (along with others) and now we have a number of “boys” sentenced to death. While in the Nirbhaya case (Delhi) boys were hindus, in the Shakti Mills case (Mumbai) boys were muslims.

Now the backlash has started and the politicians are finding a way to exploit anxieties about boys getting harsh punishment because of bad behavior. With Mullah Mulayam it is another way to win the hearts of muslim families (as if muslims dont care about what happens to girls). 
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Samajwadi Party leader Abu Azmi has said that any woman who has sex outside marriage should be hanged, including rape victims. According to a report published in Mid-Day,
Azmi said, “Rape is punishable by hanging in Islam. But here, nothing
happens to women, only to men. Even the woman is guilty.”


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The
Samajwadi Party leader further added, “In India, if you have sex with a
person with consent, it’s fine. But if that same person complains, it’s a
problem. Nowadays, we see a lot of such cases. Girls complain when
someone touches them, and even when someone doesn’t touch them. It
becomes a problem then, and the man’s honour is ruined in this. If rape
happens with or without consent, it should be punished as prescribed in
Islam.”

When asked for a solution to the problem of rapes, Azmi
had this to say: “Solution is this: any woman if, whether married or
unmarried, goes along with a man, with or without her consent, should be
hanged. Both should be hanged. It shouldn’t be allowed even if a woman
goes by consent.” 
Samjawadi
Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday opposed the new anti-rape
law and said that his party would change the law that entails death for
rape.

Addressing a rally in Moradabad, Mulayam said, “rape accused should not be hanged. Men make mistakes.”

The SP chief further said he will support provision for legal action against those who misuse the rape act.

Citing the recent example of a court sentencing three men found guilty
of gang-raping two women in the abandoned Shakti Mills in Mumbai last
year, he said there was a need to change the new rape law which provides
for death sentence to repeat rape offenders.

“Efforts will be
made to change such a law, so that those misusing it are punished. Those
filing false reports will also be taken to task,” he said.

Mulayam said boys and girls fall in love but due to differences they
fall apart later on. “When their friendship ends, the girl complains she
has been raped,” he said, stressing the need for changes in the
anti-rape law. ………. 

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1 Bil fighters for Mother India

Big language (English) has the biggest base in India (books, newspapers,…), and now Facebook will be joining the party as well, as the user count crosses 100 mil (currently at par with the USA) with a goal of reaching 1 Billion.

And for now at least, the Hindu Great Man (HGM) is the second most liked politician on the planet (only Barrack Hussein Obama comes out ahead) and has hundred times the followers than what the Young Prince can claim.

Prima facie this appears to be a pure and simple conspiracy by the capitalist pigs and it will be good to hear from Arundhati Roy as to how the evil americans are enabling the spread of (hindutva inspired) fascism in India (see below).

The scale of the Indian elections is also an enormous opportunity for Facebook, which recently announced
its ambitions to reach 1 billion users in India. Already, India is the
only country aside from the United States where Facebook’s consumer base
exceeds 100 million, and it’s certainly the only country in the world
where Facebook can hope to corral 1 billion new users.


“Of the 800+ million people eligible to vote in India, 170 million of
them are on the Internet and well over half of Internet users in India
are using Facebook,” Facebook spokesperson Andrew Stone told BuzzFeed in
an email. “In fact, you may have seen that just this morning we made
the announcement about having reached 100 million active Facebook users in India.”

In early March when the elections were first announced, Facebook India launched an election tracker that tracks mentions of the leading candidates and parties, ranking them from most mentioned to least. This is modeled after a similar app Facebook launched in the United States during the 2012 presidential elections.

As of Wednesday, the top of the Facebook India
homepage now features an “I’m a Voter” button, which will remain
visible for the duration of the Indian elections. Clicking it allows
users to share with all of their friends that they voted. The visibility
of this button is contingent on voting eligibility; it is only visible
to Facebook users over the age of 18, and only on days when voting is
taking place in the region they are in.

The idea is to drive Indians to the polling stations. A UC San Diego study
during the 2012 U.S. presidential elections found that social
pressures, specifically on social networks and specifically from close
connections, are a major influence on whether individuals vote or not.
Although 4% of Facebook users who clicked the “I voted” button on
Facebook admitted to not actually having voted, rates of voting were
highest among those who had seen a message seeing that their friends had
voted — particularly close friends.

In an election already historic for its scale, this Facebook
initiative might — this is the hope — increase voter turnout by acting
as a multiplier.


Narendra Modi, one of of India’s two front-running prime ministerial candidates, has more than 12 million likes on his Facebook page
(having gained 48,555 in the last day alone, at the time of writing).
Among global politicians’ Facebook popularity, that number ranks him
second only to President Barack Obama. In the last week, Facebook pages
for Indian politicians and parties have garnered likes faster than any
other political pages worldwide.


Even at a rudimentary glance, Facebook’s electoral data illustrates
that Modi is more talked about than his primary challenger Rahul Gandhi
among India’s Facebook users, i.e., among India’s educated youth.
The data also suggests Modi’s fan base extends far beyond the more
conservative and older demographic that he has conventionally been
associated with.

Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi has less than a 100th of Modi’s Facebook
following, and doesn’t even exist on Twitter. (Modi has more than 3.5
million Twitter followers.)


Only about an eighth of eligible Indian voters are on Facebook — a figure the company is aiming to change — and only 74% of India is even literate. Harbath said Facebook is not discouraged by that fact. “Conversations
aren’t restricted to Facebook. People might be conversing with
candidates or political parties on Facebook, but they are continuing
those conversations in their communities, with their friends and
neighbors … It ends up being a lot of conversations on the ground.” And
of course, some of those conversations may translate into new users.

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Mobile dating

How life changes in the 21st century. Spy a nice looking stranger in a bar and kick-start the dating game. This is the ultimate in instant gratification. 

The only question is: should there be a ping locator for the diamond on the finger (it is best rejected as an oppressive symbol of patriarchy, also it costs too much).

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A startup called Mingleton is introducing a new mobile dating application that
uses iBeacon technology to help you connect only with people you can
see around you, or, as one of the founders puts it, it’s like Tinder
“for the people in your immediate vicinity.” The app doesn’t actually
require venues to have iBeacon or Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) devices
installed in order for this to work, to be clear, but rather leverages
Core Bluetooth and Core Location technology in the iPhone itself to help
its users find one another out the real world.



The idea of tapping into BLE flips the idea of mobile dating apps on
its head. Instead of seeing someone’s picture in the app before trying
to find them in the room (damn those group photo shots!), you’re more
likely to see them in the flesh first, and then you turn to the app to find their profile and indicate your interest.

Mingleton actually started out as a side project created by 24-year
old Harvard grads, Obi Ekekezie and Joel Ayala.
Ekekezie was pre-med at
Harvard, but went to work in management consulting with Bain &
Company in San Francisco after graduation, before returning to interview
for medical school and pursue his longtime interest in programming.
Ayala’s background is in finance, and he’s worked at Goldman Sachs and
Citigroup in the past, and is now doing corporate strategy and finance
in the ad tech space.

Asked to explain how the technology works in more detail, Ekekezie
said users would sign up with Facebook before being assigned a unique
beacon configuration. “When another user detects your beacon configuration and then taps
‘See Who’s Nearby’ to see who it is, he or she pings our server to
figure out who you are and if you’re relevant to him or her based on
both of your stated preferences – for now just gender and age range,” he
says. In other words, Mingleton is still showing relevant users based
on Facebook data, at least for now. If a potential match, the app then
allows the user to view your mutual friends and the hashtags on their
profile.

“From there, he or she can decide whether to ask you to mingle,”
says Ekekezie. “If and only if you both express interest in mingling, we
let you both know.”



Mingleton is a free download here on iTunes.
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(Surya Devi lied) Mohd Bin Qasim died

Fairy tales from 712 AD….and good raw material for Hindus and Muslims to squabble over in 2112 AD.

The linked article is however accurate in pointing out that the condition of the sub-alterns remained unchanged following conversion, it was primarily a numbers game (and still is). When it comes to burials the ghost of the caste(s) speaks with one voice- Hindu, Muslim, Sikh etc.

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Chachnama, a Sindhi book published by the Sindhi Adabi Board
in 2008, speaks of Muhammad bin Qasim’s demise on page 242 to 243. I
will try to summarise it for you.

After Raja Dahar was killed, two
of his daughters were made captive, whom Muhammad Bin Qasim sent to the
capital Damascus. After a few days, the Caliph of the Muslims called
the two young women to his court. The name of the elder daughter of Raja
Dahar was Suryadevi, while the younger one’s name was Pirmaldevi.


Caliph
Waleed Bin Abdul Malik fell for Suryadevi’s extraordinary beauty. He
ordered for her younger sister to be taken away. The Caliph then began
to take liberties with Suryadevi, pulling her to himself.

It is
written that Suryadevi sprang up and said: “May the king live long: I, a
humble slave, am not fit for your Majesty’s bedroom, because Muhammad
Bin Qasim kept both of us sisters with him for three days, and then sent
us to the caliphate. Perhaps your custom is such, but this kind of
disgrace should not be permitted by kings.”

Hearing this, the Caliph’s blood boiled as heat from anger and desire both compounded within him.
Blinded
in the thirst of Suryadevi’s nearness and jealousy of Bin Qasim who had
robbed him of the purity he would otherwise have had, the Caliph [sic]
immediately sent for pen, ink and paper, and with his own hands wrote an
order, directing that, “Muhammad (Bin) Qasim should, wherever he may
be, put himself in raw leather and come back to the chief seat of the
caliphate.”

Muhammad Bin Qasim received the Caliph’s orders in the
city of Udhapur. He directed his own men to wrap him in raw leather and
lock him in a trunk before taking him to Damascus.

En route to
the capital, Muhammad Bin Qasim, conqueror to some, predator to others,
breathed his last and his soul departed to meet with the Creator in
whose name he claimed to crusade in Sindh.

When the trunk carrying
Muhammad Bin Qasim’s corpse wrapped in raw leather reached the Caliph’s
court, the Caliph called upon Dahar’s daughters, asking them to bear
witness to the spectacle of obedience of his men for the Caliph.

One
of Dahar’s daughter’s then spoke in return and said: “The fact is that
Muhammad Qasim was like a brother or a son to us; he never touched us,
your slaves, and our chastity was safe with him. But in as much as he
brought ruin on the king of Hind and Sind, desolated the kingdom of our
fathers and grandfathers, and degraded us from princely rank to slavery,
we have, with the intention of revenge and of bringing ruin and
degradation to him in return, misrepresented the matter and spoken a
false thing to your majesty against him.”

The author of the Chachnama
then writes that had Muhammad Bin Qasim not lost his senses in the
passion of obedience, he could have made the whole journey normally,
while wrapping himself in raw leather and locking himself in a trunk
only when a part of the journey remained to be covered.

He could have then proven himself innocent in the Caliph’s court and saved himself from such a fate.
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A new capital for Hindu-stan

If our leaders had any sense they would re-locate the capital from Delhi to Nagpur. This is the famous city of Oranges, and it has a zero mile marker indicating the centre-point of India. For now it is the capital of Vidarbha (and winter capital of Maharashtra) and a fully cosmopolitan city (more North Indian flavor than Marathi). 

Nagpur is well connected to rest of India and is closer to most of
India than Delhi. Most important, it is proximate to the Adivasi/Maoist
belt. The capital re-location would ensure that the heartlands (which
presently suffer from sever neglect) get a bit more TLC.

Nagpur
is also the home of the RSS and knowledgeable observers of India know
of this and are looking ahead (see below). If the BJP comes to power it
can shake things up by moving house. If nothing else the people of the
Deccan Plateau (South-Central and Southern India) would welcome such a
move and may even develop a soft corner for a (primarily) Hindi-belt
party. This fellow feeling would be critical for BJP to nurture and
develop in order to challenge Congress in those impregnable southern
forts.

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British
high commissioner Sir James David Bevan today visited Nagpur to witness
the polling process in Naxal-hit Vidarbha region during the first phase
of Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra. 

“I am here to observe
the wonderful experience of polling in the world’s largest democracy and
enjoying it,” the senior diplomat told PTI, adding Britain is also
keenly following Indian elections.

On why he chose to come to
Nagpur when he lived in Delhi, where seven LS seats went to polls on
Thursday, James said he wanted to visit other places in the country to
keenly watch the democratic process.

James arrived here this
morning from Delhi and drove straight to the residence of former BJP
national president Nitin Gadkari who is contesting his first Lok Sabha
election this time from here. He spent nearly half-an-hour with the 56-year-old stalwart at ‘Gadkariwada’ in Mahal. Later, James visited some of the polling booths. Gadkari, accompanied
by his wife Kanchan and the family, cast his vote in Town Hall polling
centre amid media glare.

Ten Lok Sabha constituencies in Vidarbha where polling is underway
since 7 AM are Nagpur, Ramtek, Bhandara-Gondia, Gadchiroli,
Chandrapur,Akola, Amravati, Buldana, Wardha and Yavatmal-Washim.


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MH-370 signals (1300 sq km wide, 6.5 km deep)

The hunt for the black box recorder goes on, now concentrated on a Los Angeles size area in the Indian Ocean.

It is one level of miracle to pin-point the pings (which are due to be switched off any time now, there is a grace period of about 10 days) and quite another (impossible) challenge to retrieve the recorder from extreme depths (worst case scenario: it is in a trench 5800m deep).
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An
Australian aircraft picked up a new underwater signal on Thursday while
searching the same part of the Indian Ocean where earlier sounds were
detected that were consistent with an aircraft’s black boxes.


If confirmed, this would be the fifth underwater signal detected in the
hunt for Flight 370, which vanished on March 8 while flying from Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing, with 239 people aboard.

On
Tuesday, the Australian vessel Ocean Shield picked up two underwater
sounds, and an analysis of two other sounds detected in the same general
area on Saturday showed they were consistent with a plane’s flight
recorders, or “black boxes.”

 

The Australian navy has been
dropping buoys from a P-3 Orion to better pinpoint the location of the
sounds detected by the Ocean Shield.

 
Royal Australian navy
commodore Peter Leavy said each buoy is dangling a hydrophone listening
device about 300 meters (1,000 feet) below the surface. Each buoy
transmits its data via radio back to the plane.

 
The underwater
search zone is currently a 1,300 square kilometre (500 square mile)
patch of the ocean floor, and narrowing the area as small as possible is
crucial before an unmanned submarine can be sent to create a sonar map
of a potential debris field on the seabed.

 
The Bluefin 21 sub
takes six times longer to cover the same area as the pinger locator
being towed by the Ocean Shield, and it would take the vehicle about six
weeks to two months to canvass the underwater search zone, which is
about the size of Los Angeles. That’s why the acoustic equipment is
still being used to hone in on a more precise location, US navy Capt.
Mark Matthews said.

 
The search for floating debris on the ocean
surface was narrowed on Thursday to its smallest size yet — 57,900
square kilometers (22,300 square miles), or about one-quarter the size
it was a few days ago. Fourteen planes and 13 ships were looking for
floating debris, about 2,300 kilometers (1,400 miles) northwest of
Perth.

 
A “large number of objects” were spotted on Wednesday,
but the few that had been retrieved by search vessels were not believed
to be related to the missing plane, the search coordination centre said.


The
locator beacons on the black boxes holding the flight data and cockpit
voice recorders have a battery life of about a month, and Tuesday marked
one month since Flight 370 disappeared. The plane veered off-course for
an unknown reason, so the data on the black boxes are essential to
finding the plane and solving the mystery. Investigators suspect it went
down in the southern Indian Ocean based on a flight path calculated
from its contacts with a communications satellite and analysis of its
speed and when it would have run out of fuel.

 
An Australian
government briefing document circulated among international agencies
involved in the search on Thursday said it was likely that the acoustic
pingers would continue to transmit at decreasing strength for up to 10
more days, depending on conditions.

 
Once there is no hope left of the Ocean Shield’s equipment picking up any more sounds, the Bluefin sub will be deployed. Complicating matters, however, is the depth of the seafloor in the
search area. The pings detected earlier are emanating from 4,500 meters
below the surface — which is the deepest the Bluefin can dive.


Williams said colleagues at the Woods Hole
Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts had autonomous and remotely
operated underwater vehicles that will dive to 11 kilometers (36,100
feet), although they might not be equipped for such a search.

 
Underwater vessels rated to 6,500 meters (21,300 feet) could search the
sea bed of more than 90 percent of the world’s oceans, Williams said.
“There’s not that much of it deeper than six and a half kilometers,” he said.
 
Williams said it was unlikely that the wreck had fallen into the narrow
Diamantina trench, which is about 5,800 meters (19,000 feet) deep,
since sounds emanating from that depth would probably not have been
detected by the pinger locator.


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Sir Jaguar

The honor is well deserved for a man who has helped save precious manufacturing jobs in the UK. A Persian doing business in India by making cars in the UK and selling them in China. Bravo!!!

The
Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday conferred the rank of Knight Commander
(KBE) on former chairman of the Tata group Ratan Tata.  The KBE is one of the highest honours given by the queen to civilians.

Ratan Tata was given the honour for his “services to UK/India relations, inward investment to the UK and philanthropy”.


The Tata group is highly popular in UK.
Iconic British car brands Jaguar and Land Rover became part of the Tata
group in 2008. The company employs over 16,000 people at its
manufacturing facilities in the UK, including 3,500 engineers at its two
product development centres. 
  

 Tata’s association with UK academia also dates back to the
establishment of the Sir Ratan Tata Department at the London School of
Economics. Subsequently called the Department of Social
Sciences, it was set up to research the causes of poverty. Its first
lecturer, Clement Attlee, went on to become the British prime minister
who gave India its independence and also set up the British National
Health Service
Tata has maintained close links with the London
School of Economics through a research collaboration with the Tata
Institute of Social Sciences.

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Colbert is the new Letterman

A nice (well deserved) promotion but Colbert may have to tone down his lefty edginess and become more fair and balanced in order to appeal to a broader audience. We wish him good luck on his new gig!!!
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CBS said on Thursday that Stephen Colbert will become the host of ‘The Late Show’ when David Letterman retires next year Colbert, who hosts “The Colbert Report” on the cable channel Comedy
Central, signed a five-year agreement with the network, CBS’ CEO Les
Moonves said in a statement.

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21st century amrit (elixir of life)

Extend your life by 10% (while getting rid of arthritis). If the claims hold true then Glucosamine would become a household name similar to Prozac and Ritalin. Even the good doctor who ran the studies is taking the pill himself. So go ahead, be happy and take a daily table-spoon. You will thank us later (when you are attending the first birthday of your great grand-daughter).

New use: Glucosamine is normally used to treat arthritis

Finally, we would also like to fart in the general direction of Chinese millionaires who are destroying all flora and fauna with the motivation to extend their lives (and length of their Johnsons). Invest in medical science and keep your grubby mittens off the rhino and the tigers.
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Dr
Ristow, of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, is one
of many scientists around the world hunting for an anti-ageing pill or
potion.



Dr
Ristow first showed that giving worms glucosamine extended lifespan by 5
per cent. He then gave the supplement to ageing mice in addition to
their usual diet. These animals lived 10 per cent longer than a second group which ate normally, the journal Nature Communications reported.

The
supplement, which can be bought in health food shops – in the form of a
powder or more expensive capsules – also appeared to ward off diabetes.
It is thought it lengthens life by switching the body’s energy  supply
from sugary carbohydrates to fat  and protein. Low-carbohydrate diets are known to have benefits to health including lowering weight, blood pressure and harmful blood fats.

In
two large-scale human studies, people who took glucosamine lived longer
than others – but Dr Ristow said more research is needed to prove its
effectiveness. He added: ‘This may be considered a valid option, and yes, I have started taking glucosamine myself.

‘There is no definite proof of the effectiveness of glucosamine in humans. 

‘But
the chances are good – and since unlike most other potentially
lifespan-extending drugs there are no known relevant side-effects of
glucosamine supplementation, I would tend to recommend this supplement.’

Dr Ristow advised people
should take a daily tablespoon of glucosamine powder, mixed in water, or
alternatively, 3g to 5g a day in capsule form.

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