Friday, April 8, 2011

Who is this Anna Hazare? And what is this 'Jan Lok Pal' Bill?

1. Who is Anna Hazare?

Kisan Bapat Baburao Hazare (known as Anna Hazare) is Ex-Army man. Fought 1965 Indo-Pak War

2. What's so special about him?

He built a village Ralegaon Siddhi in Ahamad Nagar district, Maharashtra

3. So what?

This village is a self-sustained model village. Energy is produced in the village itself from solar power, biofuel and wind mills. In 1975, it used to be a poverty clad village. Now it is one of the richest village in India. It has become a model for self-sustained, eco-friendly & harmonic village.

4. Ok,...?

This guy, Anna Hazare was awarded Padma Bhushan and is a known figure for his social activities.

5. Really, what is he fighting for?

He is supporting a cause, the amendment of a law to curb corruption in India.

6. How that can be possible?

He is advocating for a Bil, The Lok Pal Bill (The Citizen Ombudsman Bill), that will form an autonomous authority who will make politicians (ministers), beurocrats (IAS/IPS) accountable for their deeds.

8. It's an entirely new thing right..?

In 1972, the bill was proposed by then Law minister Mr. Shanti Bhushan. Since then it has been neglected by the politicians and some are trying to change the bill to suit thier theft (corruption).

7. Oh.. He is going on a hunger strike for that whole thing of passing a Bill ! How can that be possible in such a short span of time?

The first thing he is asking for is: the government should come forward and announce that the bill is going to be passed.

Next, they make a joint committee to DRAFT the LOK PAL BILL. 50% goverment participation and 50% public participation. Because you cant trust the government entirely for making such a bill which does not suit them.

8. Fine, What will happen when this bill is passed?

A LokPal will be appointed at the centre. He will have an autonomous charge, say like the Election Commission of India. In each and every state, Lokayukta will be appointed. The job is to bring all alleged party to trial in case of corruptions within 1 year. Within 2 years, the guilty will be punished. Not like, Bofors scam or Bhopal Gas Tragedy case, that has been going for last 25 years without any result.

9. Is he alone? Whoelse is there in the fight with Anna Hazare?

Baba Ramdev, Ex. IPS Kiran Bedi, Social Activist Swami Agnivesh, RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal and many more.

Prominent personalities like Aamir Khan is supporting his cause.

10. Ok, got it. What can I do?

At least we can spread the message. How?

Putting status message, links, video, changing profile pics.

Read More about Anna Hazare. And visit his official website.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Apple iTunes App Stores hit 10 Billion download mark

'Ten Billion' app downloads...Yes it Apple iTunes store touched the '10 billion' download mark today.

Apple thanked all its customers and winner is yet to be officially announced.

10 Billion App countdown promotion started on 6th Jan 2011 and ended today. One lucky winner is going to receive an iTunes gift card worth $10,000.

Please visit Apple website to know who the lucky winner is.

Note: Will update this post, with the winner name, once Apple officially announces the winner.

Update: Apple announced winner today, it is Mr.Gail Davis of Orpington, Kent, in the UK.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Finally Indian Mobile User got his Independence - Mobile Number Portability

After long late of three years, finally today (20th Jan 2011)it became reality. Now you can keep your mobile number and move on, if your service provider is not capable enough.

Mobile Number Portability (MNP) allows a mobile user to transfer his services from one service provider to the other, keeping his current number.

Things you should know about Mobile Number Portability:

  • Your new service provider will charge you a minimal charge of Rs 19/-
  • It takes seven working days (Fifteen days in J&K , North-east).
  • Mobile user can stay with same technology, GSM/CDMA. Also change to CDMA or vice versa.
  • Mobile user can be either post-paid & prepaid.
  • Mobile user can’t change circles. Andhra Pradesh mobile number cannot be transfered to Tamil Nadu or Karnataka.
  • There is a lock-in period for three months. Mobile user cannot change his service provider, within first three months of transfer.

Now, how to transfer your mobile number?

Get the Unique Porting Code:

  • Send an SMS to 1900, following text PORT .
  • You’ll receive an eight-digit alphanumeric code, with an expiry date for it. That is your Unique Porting Code (UPC).

Contact your new service provider:

  • Now contact the service provider you plan to transfer your number with unique code.
  • Carry all required documents, Address & ID proof/ photograph/ application form with unique code & mobile number.
  • Complete this process within the expiry date that came with unique code

What Operator will do:

  • Operator will submit your request to Mobile Portability Clearing House which is indeed controlled by TRAI.
  • Clearing house will get your number deactivated from your current provider and activate the new one.
  • You’ll then get SMS from new provider with the date & time when phone will go through a 'No-Service' period.
  • Phone will be out of use for couple of hours between 12 pm and 5 am, on the date mentioned by your new service provider.

Apple iPad 2 to be launched on 1st Feb 2011 - Fact or Rumor

Last week, Digg Founder, Kevin Rose blogged that iPad 2 is going to hit the stores on 1st Feb 2011. He also updated that, iPad 2 doesn't have 'Retina Display'.

Here is the word-to-word copy from his blog.

Rumor: iPad 2 is coming soon!

This was posted to my newsletter this morning:
From: Kevin Rose (Foundation Newsletter) 
I have it on good authority that Apple will be announcing the iPad 2 in the next "3-4 weeks", possibly Tuesday February 1st. The iPad 2 will feature a retina display and front/back cameras.

If you're thinking of buying an iPad, hold off for now.

UPDATE: Spoke w/another source, the display has a "higher dpi", but not technically a retina display. This seems odd to me, we'll have to wait and see..

Apple iPad

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Angry Birds are coming to Television screen

They are coming...the birds are coming...Pigs be beware...

Latest Buzz is, Angry Birds cartoon series is soon going to hit your television screens. According British Media Site (C21Media), Rovio Mobile is planning to create a digital content for TV or Internet.

Company CEO, Mikael Hed, has a long time vision, to expand 'Angry Birds' brand image from a social game to Hollywood Movie. He envisioned a feature film in the stop-motion animation style. Hed acknowledges that such a film would be years away.

The game's official website offers plush versions of the birds and pigs for sale, along with T-shirts featuring the game's logo and characters.

Angry Birds is the number one paid app in Apple App store. It is available for download for all platforms and on all app stores in market today. Mattel is planning to distribute an Angry Birds board game, titled "Angry Birds: Knock on Wood", beginning in May 2011.

Watch here a 'Cinematic Trailer' released by Rovio Mobile 3rd Feb 2010 on YouTube.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Tim Cook takes over, as Apple CEO Steve Jobs goes on medical leave.

Steve Jobs, demi-God of technology and innovation,  is going on medical leave, as per the media advisory released by Apple on 17th January 2011.

Mr.Jobs sent a email memo to all Apple employees. Board of directors approved his leave. Mr.Tim cook, current Apple COO, will step-up as acting CEO and look after day-to-day duties.

Steve Jobs at one of the Apple Conferences
Things are unclear, what exact health problems, Mr.Jobs is having right now. In past, Jan 2009,  Jobs took a six month leave culminating in a liver transplant at Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in Tennessee. And before, in 2004, he had Pancreatic Cancer, which he survived.

I pray to God for speedy recovery of Steve.

Apple Media Advisory - Released 17th Jan 2011

Update: Steve Jobs announcement affected Apple's shares. It went down by 7.5% in German markets.
US markets are closed today for holiday, Martin Luther King Day and will resume tomorrow (Tuesday, 18th Jan 2011).  

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Today's #1 Free App in App Store – Bubble Ball, a fun filled puzzle game - 16th Jan' 2011

Bubble Ball, a fun and challenging physics puzzle game. It stood as the number one app in the top 25 free list, in the App Store.

According to Nay Games, the game developer, it has gotten 1,571,213 downloads as of 14th Jan’11, on iTunes App Store. This is the first game launched by Nay Games, and many are yet to come.

The Android version of the game is also available for download.

How to Play:

Game finishes once the ball reaches the flag. Blocks, of different shapes and sizes, are available for you to accomplish this task. You can drag and drop the blocks and place them for the smooth movement of the ball.
Tap the blocks to change the orientation (either vertical or horizontal).

My Take on it:

  • Easy to understand and play the game.
  • Decent look & feel.
  • Has 21 level, goes from easy to pretty tough and really tough levels.



Here is the ‘how to’ video of the game

I played till level 6. Its pretty cool game. Give it a try.

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