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2016 Local

Posted by emblica on December 31, 2016



  • 5 April –Bihar state imposed liquor ban.
  • 2016 Ujjain Simhastha Kumbha Fair organized between 22 April and 21 May. Nearly 75 million people visited the fair during this one-month period.
  • 10 April –Puttingal temple fire caused 107 deaths.






  • 2 October –2016 Baramulla attack
  • 13 October – BJP joined People’s Party of Arunachal-lead government in Arunachal Pradesh
  • 15 October – 24 died following stampede at religious meet in Varanasi.
  • 17 October – Fire in SUM Hospital in Bhubaneshwar. 22 died.
  • 24 October –Cyrus Mistry was sacked as the Chairman of the Tata Sons. Tata is one of Indian’s biggest conglomerate.
  • 27 October – Senari massacre case of Bihar: 15 convicted, 23 acquitted by court. 10 death sentence.
  • October – Bihar liquor ban: Supreme Court stays High Court order, liquor ban reimposed.
  • October –Samajwadi Party, ruling Uttar Pradesh, caught in family feud.



  • 05 December – Tamilnadu CM J Jayalalithaa who had been hospitalized for 72 days in Apollo Hospital was officially announced as dead after suffering Cardiac arrest.
  • 09 December –2013 Indian helicopter bribery scandal: arrests made including former Indian Air Force
  • 12 December –Cyclone Vardah makes landfall on Tamilnadu  18 died.
  • 14 December – The National Green Tribunal banned kite-flying with manja, a thread coated in a sticky paste of ground-up glass, following outcry over deaths and injury caused by it.
  • 15 December – Supreme Court bans sale of liquor on national and state highways due to large number of road accidents caused by drunks every year.

~ Content Courtesy – Wikipedia


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Busy Life!!

Posted by emblica on December 31, 2015

  • Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans. ~ John Lennon


  • Technology can be our best friend, and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives. It interrupts our own story, interrupts our ability to have a thought or a daydream, to imagine something wonderful, because we’re too busy bridging the walk from the cafeteria back to the office on the cell phone.    ~ Steven Spielberg


  • In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.  ~ Lee Iacocca


  • Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.                ~ Thomas A. Edison


  • Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others.                     ~ H. Jackson Brown


  • For everybody in their busy lives, you need to invest in sharpening your tools, and you need to invest in longevity.           ~ Ryan Holmes


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Events of 2014

Posted by emblica on December 27, 2014


  • 5 January – GSAT-14 launched from Sriharikota using GSLV-D5 launch vehicle.
  • 7 January – Prithvi II missile tested at Chandipur test range.
  • 20 January – India launches the Agni-IV



  • 27 March – India and the entire South-East Asia region was declared Polio-free by WHO.


  • 4 April – India’s second navigation satellite IRNSS-1B was successfully placed in orbit.
  • 7 April – Phase 1 of Indian general election was held in Assam and Tripura.
  • 9 April – Phase 2 of Indian general election was held in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland.
  • 10 April – Phase 3 of Indian general election was held in Andaman and Nicobar, Lakshadweep, Kerala, Haryana, Delhi, and Chandigarh.
  • 12 April – Phase 4 of Indian general election was held in Goa, Tripura, Assam and Sikkim.
  • 17 April – Phase 5 of Indian general election was held in West Bengal, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Odisha, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh.
  • 24 April – Phase 6 of Indian general election was held in Puducherry, Rajasthan, Maharastra, West Bengal, and Tamil Nadu.
  • 30 April – Phase 7 of Indian general election was held in Punjab, Gujarat, Daman and Diu, Jammu and Kashmir and Telangana.


  • 7 May – Phase 8 of Indian general election was held in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal.
  • 12 May – Phase 9 of Indian general election was held in Bihar, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. Indian General Elections were completed.
  • 16 May – Result of elections 2014 were declared. UPA was defeated, winning 61 seats compared to 218 in last elections, with a decrease of 167. NDA‘s seat count increased by 198 to 335 in this elections, compared to 137 in last elections.
  • 26 May – New Prime Minister Narendra Modi took oath as Prime Minister of India along with other ministers from his council of ministers. The swearing-in ceremony was noted by media for being the first ever swearing-in of an Indian Prime Minister to have been attended by the heads of all SAARC



  • 10 July – 2014 Union budget of India presented in the Parliament.
  • 30 July – A landslide destroyed 44 houses and buried nearly 200 persons in Malin village in Pune district of Maharashtra state. This was caused due to heavy rainfall and took place early in the morning when most of the people were asleep.



  • 4–10 September – 2014 Kashmir floods.
  • 5 September – India and Australia signed a deal under which Australia will supply Uranium to India for energy generation.
  • 24 September – India’s Mars Orbiter Mission of ISRO successfully entered Mars orbit.
  • 26 September – At least 85 people estimated dead as a result of flash floods and mudslides in North-East India following days of heavy rain.
  • 27 September: The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa, was convicted by a special court of acquiring disproportionate assets.
  • 30 September – NASA and ISRO signed an agreement to collaborate on an earth-observing satellite called NISAR and future Mars missions.



  • 12 November – Public sector bank employees carried out a day-long strike to demand a wage revision.
  • 25 November – Polling begins for Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand assembly elections.


  • 2-6 December – Public sector bank employees carried out a relay strike demanding higher wages. The bank employees did not report to work on 2 December in the south zone, followed by north, east and west zones on 3, 4 and 5 December.
  • 24 December – The Government Announcement came on the eve of Vajpayee’s 90th birthday and Malaviya’s 153rd birth anniversary – “Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Madan Mohan Malaviya will be conferred the nation’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna.”

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Remembering 2013

Posted by emblica on December 31, 2013

–          3 January – 7 January: 100th Indian Science Conference at Kolkata.

–          6 January: India–Pakistan border incidents begin.

–          14 January: Kumbh Mela began in Allahabad.

–          24 January:  David Headley (an American who admitted scouting targets for the 2008 Islamic militant raid on Mumbai)

sentenced to 35 years in prison.

–          29 January: Justice J.S.Verma panel submits report on rape laws.

–          9 February: Afzal Guru executed for 2001 parliament attack.

–          12 February: Indian helicopter bribery scandal came to light.

–          15 February: 2012 DA 14 asteroid passes by the Earth.

–          21 February: Terror attacks on Hyderabad (India) in Dilsukhnagar area.

–          26 February: Rail Budget 2013-14 Passed by Pawan Bansal.

–          28 February: 2013 Union budget of India presented by P. Chidambaram.

–          1 March: India passes law to stop sexual harassment at work.

–          10 March: Kumbh Mela ends.

–          15 March: Hizbul Mujahideen’s attacks on Central reserve police force at Bemina.

–          2 May:  India fumes after Sarabjit Singh dies in Pakistan.

–          6 May: After riding high, scandals bring the UPA to a new low.

–          6 May: China agrees retreat to de facto border in faceoff deal.

–          11 May: Pawan Bansal, Ashwani Kumar quit government.

–          17 May: Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt back in jail.

–          26 May: Suspected Maoists kill 19 in Congress convoy ambush.

–          4 June: Jiah Khan found dead at Mumbai home.

–          6 June: India asked to clear dues in $732 million helicopter deal.

–          10 June: Advani quits all party posts, reverses decision next day.

–          16 June: JD(U) splits away from NDA ahead of election.

–          3 July:  India launches huge cheap food scheme.

–          15 July:  Nearly 6,000 missing after floods in Uttarakhand.

–          17 July:  Mid-day school meal kills 25 children in Bihar.

–          30 July:  Congress agrees to create new Telangana state.

–          9 September:  Religious riots in Muzaffarnagar, parties trade blame.

–          13 September:  Sreesanth banned for life on spot-fixing charges.

–          13 September:  Delhi gang rape: four sentenced to death.

–          13 September:  Modi crowned as BJP’s prime ministerial candidate.

–          15 September:  India tests Agni-V missile with range as far as Beijing.

–          3 October:  Lalu Yadav jailed for five years in fodder scam.

–          14 October: Mass evacuation saved lives as Phailin made landfall.

–          5 November:  India blasts off in race to Mars with low-cost mission.

–          16 November: Sachin Tendulkar bids farewell with tears and cheers.

–          26 November: Parents handed life sentence for killing Aarushi.

–          8 December:  India finally fall in line to get Olympic ban overturned.

–          17 December:  Anger in India after U.S. arrest of diplomat in New York.

–          28 December:  Arvind Kejriwal was sworn in as the second-youngest Chief Minister of Delhi.

News Courtesy: Reuters and Wikipedia

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Trusting the Intuition

Posted by emblica on December 11, 2013

In day to day life, i always think logically and rationally whether this/that thing SHOULD be done or not. But when it comes taking critical decisions I always listen to my own intuition and yes, it saved me many times from disasters/wrong turns. In the past, whether it was a match or exam or job or buying new house or taking care of my daughter.. everywhere I trusted my inner voice to make the decisions. And I got wonderful results which everyone appreciates now. Hope, in future also, my instinct will guide me all the way. Amen!!

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. We will not solve the problems of the world from the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. More than anything else, this new century demands new thinking: We must change our materially based analyses of the world around us to include broader, more multidimensional perspectives.”
― Albert Einstein

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Darling Buds of May

Posted by emblica on December 8, 2012

ImageShall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed,
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course untrimmed:
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st,
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

For Aadya (Turning 6 months today)..

(Courtesy: Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18)

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Welcome Y2K12

Posted by emblica on December 31, 2011

Now, it’s the time to bid a fond farewell to 2011 and welcome 2012 energized with hope and tenacity!

The past year had been a smooth sailing… adding some more flavors to life, more adventurous trips (Amritsar and Jammu – Patni Top included), few more accolades (ACE-Q2, IP Cert), picking up few new skills (New Recipes and Game theory) and a wonderful family get-together.

Looking aside:

–          India won the ICC Cricket World Cup against Sri Lanka in Mumbai (2nd Apr)

–          Obama announces Osama’s kill (1st May)

–          Serial blasts in Mumbai (13th July)

–          An earthquake in Sikkim(18th Sep)

–          Bangalore’s Metro rail launched (20th Oct)

–          Greater Noida became the world’s newest Formula One destination (28th Oct)

–          Cyrus Mistry became the successor of Ratan Tata (23rd Nov)

–          Cyclone Thane hits Tamil Nadu and Puducherry (30th Dec)

–          The departed includes: Elizabeth Taylor, MF Husain, Shammi Kapoor, MK Pataudi, Dennis Ritchie, Steve Jobs, Jagjit Singh, Bhupen Hazarika and Dev Anand

–          Worth-watching movie- Aarakshan and Most Popular Music – Kolaveri..

Since the prospects for a Happy New Year begins with the basics, take care of your loved ones, personal responsibilities and constructive thoughts.

Happy New Year!

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Maple Leaf

Posted by emblica on March 5, 2011

If I were a leaf on a majestic tall tree,
And I had the choice, of which I could be,
I’d be a maple to turn orange yellow gold
When the cool autumn winds turned warm nights cold.

I’d want to be high as high could be,
So all of the world would be open to me.
I’d sway with the wind, spring, summer and fall
Up in the maple so big and so tall.

Then one moonlit night in October’s cold air,
A beautiful frost would come paint me with care.
All leaves would turn color, as God would have done
To give the world beauty for short days to come.

Then if I could choose on which day I would fall
I pick late October when winds came to call.
I’d choose Sunday morning so bright and sunny,
As sun through the leaves flowed golden as honey.

I’d pick the sweet moment, when the wind was just right
To let go of my limb and float nice and light
Drifting ever so calmly from the place of my birth,
Then gently lie down to my rest here on earth.


— Courtesy: Sharon P. Pinnick

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2010 in Flashback!

Posted by emblica on December 31, 2010

Hmmm.. Only few hours left and 2010 will come to an end. If I look back, it had been a wonderful year for us. Both Personal as well as professional life were completely in balance. Time flew like a jet plane.
Some of the expandable points (But won’t be expanded here):

Travels and Amusement: Goa and Essel World (Mom Dad on South India Trip these days).
Loss: GrandPa
Jubilant Moments: 1st B’Day of Ashit (My nephew), Technical Excellence award to Vini (Sis), New job for Mr. Hubby, My promotion and Certification.
Favorite Movies of the year: 3 Idiots, My Name is Khan and Inception.
Favorite Sporting Event: CWG-2010, New Delhi.

Less is Good!

Hope the New Year will Bring More Happiness to us and all  🙂

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Scientist vs. Engineer

Posted by emblica on January 30, 2010

Q. What are the fundamental differences between a scientist and an engineer?

 Possible answers are:

 A1. A scientist has more freedom to follow his/her curiosity and still call himself/herself a scientist. An engineer must work on a problem that society perceives as a problem.

Another big difference is that engineering is all about cost. A few people ask how much does it cost to solve the Human Genome problem and the answer does not affect their opinion of the quality of the scientific result.

In contrast if it costs $100 billion to build a bridge across a river, almost everyone would agree that this is a case of bad engineering. It would be much better for society to drive around to the next bridge or to take a ferry boat across, rather than build such an expensive design.

A2. A scientist is someone who specializes with scientific information and makes use of it to solve some problems, such as how the sun originated, how there is day and night, what makes flight to fly, what makes a computer to communicate with one another etc. An Engineer is someone who uses to fix some damaged things, to plan how to build/create a machine and how to make an aeroplane, train, ships etc.

A3. Scientists propose theories whereas engineers use their theories to do something in the welfare of the generation.

A4. The focus of an engineer is the application of scientific insight to solve a real-world problem. The focus of the scientist is understanding the world (in theory) and writing journal articles and getting tenure (in practice). Fortunately, often these disciplines cross- fertilize each other. For example, I think it is not an exaggeration to say that a lot of recent progress in the understanding of stochastic partial differential equations has been driven by financial engineering.

A5. Scientist is someone who discovers new, unknown, theoretical things. However, engineers convert these things into useful things that benefits mankind. Something that a scientist discovers is useless to human beings if there’s no engineer that can convert this ‘something’ into something of practical use. On the other hand, there will be nothing for engineers to build upon if there’s no scientist to discover things.

A6. A scientist seems to have a strange connection to the abstract and obscure nature of the universe, whereas an engineer has a direct connection to the practical nature of making things work for mankind. The scientist takes dreams and ideas and through experimental discoveries, correlates them with things in the real world, whereas engineers borrow these ideas and attempt to translate them into something practical that solve real world problems. The scientist is creative and original, the engineer innovative and knowledgeable.

A7. I feel science comes first then comes engineering. A scientist is the one who generates new ideas, so genius (genesis=generate), while engineer can mould those ideas in many fold for human benefits, so he is talented.

A8. Scientists are poets, Engineer’s are prosers.

A9. Scientists discover while Engineers invent.

A10. A scientist and an engineer work together. In a design for example, an engineer might want to determine the total loss on a cable span. He needs to know the resistivity of the cable material to calculate the loss. Material resistivities are researched by scientists. Scientists will determine the actual resistivity constant of a material through careful measurement in a controlled environment and with the use of specialized equipment. The scientist’s equipment on the other hand are designed and built by engineers. So it is a continuous exchange of knowledge from both of them for the benefit of who else, everyone.

A11. Scientist: He is the one who gives the scientific principles. Engineer : He is the one who makes use of the principles to implement/maintain or support systems which assist or are used by human beings.

Example:- Scientist: Every Action has an equal and opposite reaction. Engineer: I invented a Rocket using your principle.

A12. They say that the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. and both these occupations are interesting in their own sense, the scientist is about the why and engineer about the how of things.

Oh, it’s enough now!

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