Monthly Archives: July 2009

Total Solar Eclipse In India

Total eclipses are caused when the moon moves directly between the sun and the earth, covering it completely to cast a shadow on earth.

Today Millions of People turned their eyes skyward to see the total solar eclipse, which dawn suddenly turned to darkness across the continent in the longest total solar eclipse this century will see.

Millions of others, fearing a bad omen, shuttered themselves indoors. Chinese launched fireworks and danced in Shanghai. And in India, a woman was crushed as thousands of viewers crowded the banks of the Ganges for a glimpse. Cloudy skies and rain damped the show in many areas, but villagers in the town of Varanasi, on the banks of the Ganges in India, got one of the best views. Thousands of Hindus took to the waters to cleanse their sins. The eclipse was seen there for 3 minutes and 48 seconds. Clouds obscured the sun when the eclipse began. But they parted in several Indian cities minutes before the total eclipse took place at 6:24 a.m. (0054 GMT; 8:54 p.m. EDT).

Starting off in India just after dawn, the eclipse was visible across a wide swath of Asia before moving over southern Japan and then off into the Pacific Ocean. In some parts of Asia, it lasted as long as 6 minutes and 39 seconds.

This total solar eclipse is the longest since July 11, 1991, when a total eclipse lasting 6 minutes, 53 seconds was visible from Hawaii to South America. There will not be a longer eclipse than Wednesday’s until 2132.

India’s population is expected to reach massive 1.53 billion by 2050

According to a report by the National Commission on Population India’s population is expected to reach 1.19 billion by 2011, 1.27 billion by 2016, 1.34 billion by 2021 and 1.4 billion by 2026. India’s population will rise to a massive 1.53 billion by 2050, overtaking China and making the country the world’s most populous nation.

Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha India is estimated to increase its population by 18 million every year. The minister said the Family Welfare Programme in India is voluntary in nature, which enables a couple to adopt the family planning methods best suited to them according to their choice without any compulsion

Actor Aamir and Hillary Clinton discussing about Education

Bollywood star Aamir Khan said that here on Saturday as he, along with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the 140-year-old St. Xavier’s College here for an interactive session with its students and academics.

Aamir elaborated that we as a country should give importance to teaching as a profession. Unfortunately we don’t because there are more lucrative career options like medicine and engineering that parents want theirs kids to opt for.

Today, students are mostly focusing on memorizing their subjects because they have to face questions like Did you come first? How much did you score in mathematics?

Aamir Khan pointed out. I would like to hear teachers telling students: ‘Hey, your friend is weak in this subject, would you help him? This will incorporate the feeling of sharing and caring among students and will help in making them good individuals. We should teach our kids to be caring.

Hillary Clinton explained Competition is part of a human’s genes. I believe working in collaborations and corporations would help children to do well in life.

Khan also emphasized on the fact that today’s education system hardly encourages children to ask questions. Teaching should be a high paying job so that youngsters should aim at becoming teachers. I would like to see that one day in India, teaching is the most highly paid job.

Hillary Clinton said Aamir has come up with some excellent points to tell us what all is required to make education important. We have the best of educational institutes in our country but they are not for everyone. Part of our challenge is to provide education to those who don’t get it easily.

Anil Ambani signs $825 million deal with Spielberg

Anil Ambani-promoted Reliance Big Entertainment (RBE) has finally signed its much-hyped 50:50 joint venture with Hollywood’s iconic director Steven Spielberg’s Los Angeles-based production house DreamWorks Studios to produce six films per year. This is the most high-profile deals in global cinema.

Anil Ambani and Spielberg said the movies (produced by DreamWorks) would be globally distributed by Walt Disney, while the exclusive rights for India, including DTH, DVD and theatre rights, would rest with Reliance Big Entertainment.

Spielberg said he was looking forward to visiting India to meet filmmakers. This venture with Reliance opens a new door to our future. Their visionary step has given us a new set of dreams to work toward.
DreamWorks Studios will get an initial funding of $825 million and the first production would start this year for release in 2010. Of the $825 million, $325 million will be equity infused by Anil Ambani as his personal investment, $150 million will come from The Walt Disney Company as a distribution advance, and the rest will be funded by JP Morgan via debt.

Total Solar Eclipse On 22nd July 2009

The solar eclipse on Wednesday, 22 July 2009 , will be a total eclipse of the Sun. This is visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses half of Earth. This solar eclipse is the longest total solar eclipse that will occur in the twenty-first century, and will not be surpassed in duration until June 13, 2132. Totality will last for up to 6 minutes and 39 seconds, with the maximum eclipse occurring in the ocean at 02:35:21 UTC about 100 km south of the Bonin Islands, southeast of Japan. The North Iwo Jima island is the landmass with totality time closest to maximum

The path of the Moon’s umbral shadow begins in India and crosses through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and China. After leaving mainland Asia, the path crosses Japan’s Ryukyu Islands and curves southeast through the Pacific Ocean where the maximum duration of totality reaches 6 min 39 s.

A partial eclipse is seen within the much broader path of the Moon’s penumbral shadow, which includes most of eastern Asia, Indonesia, and the Pacific Ocean.

At approximately 6:23 a.m., the central path of the eclipse will touch the Earth at sunrise at a point in the Gulf of Khmbhat in the Arabian Sea near the southern coast of Gujarat. At this time, the path of totality will be about 200 km wide and the duration of totality at the central line will be about three minute 30 seconds. The eclipse ends at 10:42 a.m. when Moon’s shadow finally leaves the Earth at local sunset at a point in the South Pacific Ocean.

Millions of fans across the world given their final farewell to Michael Jackson

More than 1.6 million people gathered for Michael Jackson’s memorial. It is almost two weeks after the death of the iconic singer Michael Jackson, Millions of fans across the world have given their final farewells to the King of Pop.

The lavish memorial service for Michael Jackson concluded with the simple, heartbreaking remarks of his 11-year-old daughter Paris.

“I just wanted to say, ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine, and I just wanted to say I love him so much,”.

Paris’ appearance was the most moving moment of the more than two hour service, which featured performances and eulogies by some of the world’s biggest stars.

Approximately 19,500 people attended the memorial service in downtown Los Angeles. The final tribute of the ceremony, a rendition of “We Are The World,” which Jackson co-wrote with Lionel Richie, brought all of the day’s performer’s together. The Jackson family, as well as Michael’s three children, went on stage to sing.

Now This is it, time to say goodbye to the King of Pop himself, the one and only Michael Jackson. We will miss you Michael, you are always in our heart. But you went out like you lived, with a lot of fanfare and style.