Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

Dear Friends,

Here's a compilation of jokes etc,I saved over the year and thought it a good way to end the Year... with a laugh.
Wishing you a peaceful and healthy 2010.

Matt and Myrna

A 90-year-old man said to his doctor, "I've never felt better. I have an 18-year old bride who is pregnant with my child. What do you think about that?"

The doctor considered his question for a minute and then said, "I have an elderly friend who is a hunter and never misses a season. One day when he was going out in a bit of a hurry, he accidentally picked up his umbrella instead of his gun. When he got to the Creek, he saw a rabbit sitting beside the stream. He raised his umbrella and went, 'bang, bang' and the rabbit fell dead. What do you think of that?"

The 90-year-old said, "I'd say somebody else killed that rabbit."

The doctor replied, "My point exactly

Subject: You've got to love old men!

I was at the mall the other day eating at the food
court when I noticed an old man watching a teenager sitting
next to him. The teenager had spiked hair in all different
colours: green, red, orange, and blue. The old man kept
staring at him. The teenager would look and find the old
man staring everytime. When the teenager had enough,
he sarcastically asked, "What's the matter old man, never
done anything wild in your life?"

The old man did not bat an eye in his response. "Got drunk
once and had sex with a peacock. I was just wondering if
you were my son."


A Charlotte, NC lawyer purchased a box of very rare and expensive cigars, then insured them against fire, among other things. Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars and without yet having made even his first premium payment on the policy, the lawyer filed claim against the insurance company. In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were lost "in a series of small fires."
The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason that the man had consumed the cigars in the normal fashion. The lawyer sued... and WON!

(Stay with me.)
In delivering the ruling, the judge agreed with the insurance company that the claim was frivolous. The judge stated nevertheless, that the lawyer "held a policy from the company in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that it would insure them against fire, without defining what is considered to be unacceptable fire" and was obligated to pay the claim. Rather than endure lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid $15,000 to the lawyer for his loss of the rare cigars lost in the "fires."


After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested on 24 counts of ARSON!!! With his own insurance claim and testimony from the previous case being used against him, the lawyer was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property and was sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000 fine.

This is a true story and was the First Place winner in the recent Criminal Lawyers Award Contest

The sermon this morning: "Jesus Walks on the Water." The sermon tonight: "Searching for Jesus."
Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.
Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community.
Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.
Miss Charlene Mason sang "I will not come this way again," giving obvious pleasure to many in the congregation.
For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
Next Thursday there will be try outs for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall.
Music will follow.
At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be "What Is Hell?" Come early and listen to our choir practice.
Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.
Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.
The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.
Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow.
The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind.
They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.
This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.
The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.
Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM.
Please use the back door.
The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church.
Please use large double door at the side entrance.
Pastor Updyke unveiled the church's new tithing campaign slogan
last Sunday with the slogan: "I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours."

At the barbers...
A little girl goes to the barbershop with her father. She stands next to the barber chair, eating a cake while her dad gets a haircut.
The barber smiles at her and says, "Sweetheart, you're gonna get hair on your muffin."
"I know," she replies. "I'm gonna get tits too."

There was a farmer who sold a pound of butter to the baker. One day the baker decided to weigh the butter to see if he was getting a pound and he found that he was not. This angered him and he took the farmer to court.

The judge asked the farmer if he was using any measure. The farmer replied, your Honour, I am primitive. I don't have a proper measure, but I do have a scale. The judge asked "Then how do you weigh the butter?"
The farmer replied "Your Honour, long before the baker started buying butter from me, I have been buying a pound loaf of bread from him. Every day when the baker brings the bread, I put it on the scale and give him the same weight in butter. If anyone is to be blamed, it is the baker."

What is the moral of the story? We get back in life what we give to others.

Whenever you take an action, ask yourself this question - Am I giving fair value for the wages or money I hope to make ?

Honesty and dishonesty become a habit. Some people practice dishonesty and can lie with a straight face. Others lie so much that they don't even know what the truth is anymore. But who are they deceiving ? Themselves -- more than anyone else.

"Is yer Dad home?" the farmer asked.

"No sir, he ain't," the boy replied. "He went into town."

"Well," said the farmer, "is yer Mom here?"

"No, sir, she ain't here neither. She went into town with Dad."

"How about your brother, Howard? Is he here?"

"He went with Mom and Dad."

The farmer stood there for a few minutes, shifting from one foot to the other and mumbling to himself.

"Is there anything I can do fer ya?" the boy asked politely.
"I knows where all the tools are, if you want to borry one. Or maybe I could take a message fer Dad."

"Well," said the farmer uncomfortably, "I really wanted to talk to yer Dad. It's about your brother Howard getting my daughter, Pearly Mae, pregnant."

The boy considered for a moment. "You would have to talk to Pa about that", he finally conceded.
"If it helps you any, I know that Pa charges $50 for the bull and $25 for the hog, but I really don't know how much he gets fer Howard."

Jack wakes up with a huge hangover after attending his company's Christmas Party. Jack is not normally a drinker, but the drinks didn't taste like alcohol at all. He didn't even remember how he got home from the party.

As bad as he was feeling, he also wondered if he had done anything wrong due to his drunkenness. Jack had to force himself to open his eyes, and the first thing he sees is a couple of aspirins next to a glass of water on the side table. And, next to them, a single red rose!!
Jack sits up and sees his clothing in front of him, all clean and pressed. He looks around the room and sees that it is in perfect order, spotlessly clean. So is the rest of the house. He takes the aspirins, and cringes when he sees a huge black eye staring back at him in the bathroom mirror.

Then he notices a note hanging on the corner of the mirror written in red with little hearts on it and a kiss mark from his wife in lipstick:

"Darling, breakfast is on the stove, I left early to get groceries to make you your favourite dinner tonight. I love you, darling! Love, Jillian"

He stumbles to the kitchen and sure enough, there is hot breakfast, steaming hot coffee and the morning newspaper. His 16 year old son is also at the table, eating.
Jack asks, "Son...what happened last night?"

"Well, you came home after 3 A.M.., drunk and out of your mind You fell over the coffee table and broke it, and then you puked in the hallway, and you got that black eye when you ran into the door.

Confused, he asked his son, "So, why is everything in such perfect order and so clean? I have a rose, and breakfast is on the table waiting for me??"

His son replies, "Oh THAT... Mum had to drag you into the bedroom and when she tried to take your trousers and pants off, you screamed at her, "Leave me alone, I'm married!!"

Broken Coffee Table £239.99
Hot Breakfast £4.20
Two Aspirins 38p
Saying the right thing, at the right time:



Dear Abby:
A couple of women moved in across the hall from me.
One is a middle-aged gym teacher and the other is a
social worker in her mid twenties. These two women
go everywhere together and I've never seen a man go
into or leave their apartment. Do you think they could be

Dear Abby:
What can I do about all the Sex, Nudity, Foul Language
and Violence on my VCR?

Dear Abby:
I have a man I can't trust. He cheats so much, I'm not
even sure the baby I'm carrying is his.

Dear Abby:
I am a twenty-three year old liberated woman who has been
on the pill for two years. It's getting expensive and I
think my boyfriend should share half the cost, but I don't
know him well enough to discuss money with him.

Dear Abby:
I've suspected that my husband has been fooling around,
and when confronted with the evidence, he denied everything
and said it would never happen again.

Dear Abby:
Our son writes that he is taking Judo. Why would a boy
who was raised in a good Christian home turn against his own?

Dear Abby:
I joined the Navy to see the world. I 've seen it.
Now, how do I get out?

Dear Abby:
My forty-year-old son has been paying a psychiatrist
$150.00 an hour every week for two and a half years.
He must be crazy.

Dear Abby:
I was married to Paul for three months and I didn't
know he drank until one night he came home sober.

Dear Abby:
My mother is mean and short tempered. I think she is
going through mental pause.

Dear Abby:
You told some woman whose husband had lost all interest
in sex to send him to a doctor. Well, my husband lost all
interest in sex and he is adoctor. Now what do I do?

Just before the funeral services, the undertaker came up to the very elderly widow and asked, "How old was your husband?" "98," she replied. "Two years older than me." "So you're 96," the undertaker commented. She responded, "Hardly worth going home, is it?

Reporters interviewing a 104-year-old woman: "And what do you think is the best thing about being 104?" the reporter asked. She simply replied, "No peer pressure."

The nice thing about being senile is you can hide your own Easter eggs

I've had two bypass surgeries, a hip replacement, new knees Fought prostate cancer and diabetes. I'm half blind, can't hear anything quieter than a jet engine, take 40 different medications that make me dizzy, winded, and subject to blackouts. Have bouts with dementia. Have poor circulation; hardly feel my hands and feet anymore. Can't remember if I'm 85 or 92. Have lost all my friends. But, thank God, I still have my driver's license

I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor's permission to join a fitness club and start exercising. I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But, by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over.

An elderly woman decided to prepare her will and told her preacher she had two final requests. First, she wanted to be cremated, and second, she wanted her ashes scattered over Wal-Mart. "Wal-Mart?" the preacher exclaimed. "Why Wal-Mart?" "Then I'll be sure my daughters visit me twice a week "

My memory's not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory's not as sharp as it used to be.

Know how to prevent sagging? Just eat till the wrinkles fill out.

It's scary when you start making the same noises as your coffee maker.

These days about half the stuff in my shopping cart says,! "For fast relief."

Remember: You don't stop laughing because you grow old, You grow old because you stop laughing.

--- THE SENILITY PRAYER : Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

Husband and wife are lying quietly in bed reading when the wife looks over at him and asks the question:

WIFE: What would you do if I died? Would you get married again?
HUSBAND: Definitely not!

WIFE: Why not? Don't you like being married?
HUSBAND: Of course I do.

WIFE: Then why wouldn't you remarry?
HUSBAND: Okay, okay, I'd get married again.

WIFE: (with a hurt look) You would?
HUSBAND: (makes audible groan)

WIFE: Would you live in our house?
HUSBAND: Sure. It's a great house.

WIFE: Would you sleep with her in our bed?
HUSBAND: Where else would we sleep?

WIFE: Would you let her drive my car?
HUSBAND: Probably. It is almost new.

WIFE: Would you replace my pictures with hers?
HUSBAND: That would seem like the proper thing to do.

WIFE: Would you give her my jewellery?
HUSBAND: No. I'm sure she'd want her own.

WIFE: Would you take her golfing with you?
HUSBAND: Yes. Those are always good times.

WIFE: Would she use my clubs?
HUSBAND: No. She's left-handed.

WIFE: (silence)
HUSBAND: ... ... Shit.


What better way to close the year than this message that was sent to me today by my Niece,Lorraine.
Let's make,"TRUTH", "GOODNESS" and "USEFULNESS" our slogan for 2010

The Socrates Triple Filter Test

In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, "Do you know what I just heard about your friend?"

Hold on a minute," Socrates replied. "Before telling me anything, I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test."

"Triple filter?"

That's right," Socrates continued. "Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and filter what you're going to say. That's why I call it the triple filter test. The first filter is TRUTH. “Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”

"No," the man said, "actually I just heard about it and...."

All right," said Socrates. "So you don't really know if it's true or not. Now let's try the second filter, the filter of GOODNESS. “Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?”

"No, on the contrary..."

"So", Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad about my friend, but you're not certain it's true. You may still pass the test though, because there's one filter left: the filter of USEFULNESS. “Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?”

“No… not really…”

“Well,” concluded Socrates, "If what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor useful, why tell it to me at all?"

This is why Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem.
So, lets use this triple filter each time we hear loose talk about any of our near & dear ones (friends/relatives/colleagues). It will save us time and trouble.
Our love to all,
Matt and Myrna

All the above were sent by Sir, Mr. Lobo and Myrna.
I think there could be no better way to start the New Year!!
I would like to wish Sir and Myrna a very Happy New Year


Locking the Stable after the horses have bolted

Govt mulls making molestation non-bailable offence

PTI | New Delhi

Taking a lesson from the Ruchika case, the Government is considering making molestation a non-bailable, cognisable offence in which the accused can be arrested based on a complaint.

According to the draft of the proposed Sexual Crimes (Special Courts) Bill, 2010, the Law Ministry has proposed making molestation a cognisable, non-bailable offence.

So far, a person accused of molestation under Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code could be granted bail as the maximum punishment stipulated is less than three years.

"According to the preliminary draft, a person cannot be released on bail unless the public prosecutor is given a chance to oppose the bail plea.

In other words, a judge cannot deliver an ex parte judgement," a senior Law Ministry official told PTI.

He said the details are being worked out.

"We expect women organisations and other groups to provide more suggestions before the final draft is sent to the Home Ministry," he added.

Since creation of special courts would require amendments in the Code of Criminal Procedure, the matter comes under the Home Ministry.

Law Minister M Veerappa Moily had said that after going through the Ruchika case, he had decided to work on the new Bill which will help fast track disposing of cases of sexual crimes.

The Bill also proposes to set up TADA like fast track special courts to deal with such cases. These courts will have powers of a district court and hand down judgements within six months to one year.

The lighter punishment of six months in jail for molesting Ruchika and the immediate bail granted to former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore had created an uproar.

They say every cloud has a silver lining.
We must thank SPS Rathore, for shaking up a whole nation and the action which they are taking , although belated, is being taken now.
This should have been taken when the first rape occurred.

Day to day trial should take place not only in rape cases but also all the following cases: terrorism, murder, drug smuggling, adulteration of food and medicine, people bringing in counterfeit currency notes into the country.

Unless we expedite these cases and convict the persons within six months, they continue to take advantage of the loopholes in our penal system.

I fully subscribe to China's method of punishing culprits.
The drug smuggler Akmal Shaikh was executed for smuggling, in spite his being British.
I don't thing we would dare.
The only other country who I know would dare is Israel.
Once we start imposing the death penalty for the above crimes, they will automatically decrease.
Presently murderers get bail and then threaten the witnesses and delay their trial by every conceivable means.
Why would they be interested in fast justice?
They are already out on bail.
Just like Rathore.
All these 19 years he was out enjoying life will poor Ruchika's family was slogging it out when it should have been the other way round.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Youngest Surgeon in India

The genius of India!

A year ago a footage emerged from a remote village in India .

The video showed a young girl receiving surgery to separate her fingers,

which were badly burned and fused together. Why did this operation make headlines

around the world? The surgery was performed by a 7-year-old boy

named Akrit Jaswal.

Now 13 years old, Akrit has an IQ of 146 and is considered the smartest person

his age in India a country of more than a billion people. Before Akrit could even speak,

his parents say they knew he was special.

'He learned very fast,' says Raksha, Akrit's mother. 'After learning the alphabet,

we started to teach him joining of words, and he started writing as well.

He was two.'

At an age when most children are learning their ABCs, Akrit was reading

Shakespeare and assembling a library of medical textbooks. When he was 5 years old,

he enrolled in school. One year later, Akrit was teaching English and math classes.

Akrit developed a passion for science and anatomy at an early age.

Doctors at local hospitals took notice and started allowing him to observe surgeries

when he was 6 years old. Inspired by what he saw, Akrit read everything he could

on the topic. When an impoverished family heard about his amazing abilities,

they asked if he would operate on their daughter for free.

Her surgery was a success.

After the surgery, Akrit was hailed as a medical genius in India .

Neighbors and strangers flocked to him for advice and treatment.

At age 11, Akrit was admitted to Punjab University . He's the youngest student

ever to attend an Indian university. That same year, he was also invited to London's

famed Imperial College to exchange ideas with scientists on the

cutting edge of medical research.

Akrit says he has millions of medical ideas, but he's currently focused

on developing a cure for cancer. 'I've developed a concept called oral gene therapy

on the basis of my research and my theories,' he says. 'I'm quite dedicated

towards working on this mechanism.'

Growing up, Akrit says he used to see cancer patients lying on the side of the road

because they couldn't afford treatment or hospitals had no space for them..

Now, he wants to use his intellect to ease their suffering. '[I've been] going to

hospitals since the age of 6, so I have seen firsthand people suffering from pain,' he says.

'I get very sad, and so that's the main motive of my passion about medicine,

my passion about cancer.'

Currently, Akrit is working toward a bachelor's degrees in zoology, botany and chemistry.

Someday, he hopes to continue his studies at Harvard University .

This lad indeed has a gifted brain.... His parents used to sell portion of their

investments to purchase his Medicine related books that he wanted to study and

today he gets everything from people who really want him to ful fill his dreams....

Video of the surgery.

This has been sent by Desmond

Crossing Borders

Different countries have diffrent rules for crossing their borders.
Here are some rules sent by Desmond.
Shashi Tharoor is right.
Why should we be so strict with the Americans and Britsih when we are so lenient with our neighbours

Where to Cross The Border?

If You Cross The North Korean Border Illegally You Get 12 Years Hard Labour.

If You Cross The Iranian Border Illegally You Are Detained Indefinitely.

If You Cross The Afghan Border Illegally, You Get Shot.

If You Cross The Saudi Arabian Border Illegally You Will Be Jailed.

If You Cross The Chinese Border Illegally You May Never Be Heard Again.

If You Cross The Venezuelan Border Illegally You Will Be Branded A Spy And Your Fate Will Be Sealed.

If You Cross The Cuban Border Illegally You Will Be Thrown Into Political Prison To Rot.

If You Enter Britain Illegally You Will be Arrested, Prosecuted And Sent To Prison And Deported

And you just can't enter the US illegally

If You Are A Pakistani or a Bangladeshi And Illegally Cross The Indian Border You Get
- A Ration Card,
- Passport ( 1 or more)
- Haz Subsidy,
- A Drivers License,
- Voter Identity Card,
- Job Reservation,
- Special Privileges,
- Credit Cards,
-Subsidized Rent Or A Loan To Buy A House,
- Free Education,
- Free Health Care,
- A Lobbyist In New Delhi
- The right to talk about secularism, which was not heard of back home

And Ofcourse - Voting Rights

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Another DIG is a rapist

DIG raped Rajasthan woman 13 years ago, now absconding
PTI 29 December 2009, 08:17pm IST

JAIPUR: Close on the heels of Ruchika Girhotra's 19-year-old molestation case making waves, another episode in which a top cop allegedly raped a tribal woman 13 years ago but has not been brought to justice has surfaced in Rajasthan.

The victim, hailing from Rajasthan's Dausa district, who was allegedly abducted and raped by an IPS officer, today sat on a dharna here along with her family members and Independent MP Kirori Lal Meena after she was not allowed to meet Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot at his residence.

Around 50 people led by the MP are on the dharna at civil line railway crossing demanding justice for the victim.

"Gehlot had given us appointment for the morning, but the police officer on duty at the CM's residence denied us entry," the victim's husband Khyali Ram Meena told reporters here.

The woman was allegedly abducted and taken to Noida in Uttar Pradesh in January 1997 where she was allegedly raped by former Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Madhukar Tandon, then posted in police headquarters and is now said to be absconding.

State Home Minister Shanti Dhariwal said that the event took place some years ago and the government will find out why the official was not arrested and whether he is alive or dead. The government will go into the matter, he said.

Ruchika has opened the floodgates.
Previous rape victims of high ranking police officers are finally finding their voices seeing the reaction of the people.
Previously they had kept quiet our of fear or helplessness since they knew they would not get justice.
I hope Brinda Karat will also take up this case in parliament to give justice to this tribal woman. I hope Karat does not think since this is a tribal woman her case should be allowed to die down naturally.
I am happy to note that the government has instructed all police stations to accept FIRs.
From personal experience I know that the when the police accept an FIR, they treat you as if they are doing you a favour.
This is the feeling of all government employees.
They do not act as if they are there to help us, they act as if they are our masters.

Light at the end of the tunnel

Husband divorced, not books
- Barred from going to school, 16-year-old walks out of marriage

Murshidabad has divorced her husband because he would not let her go to school.

Sixteen-year-old Bula Khatoon had agreed to get married on the condition that her father would persuade the 24-year-old groom to let her study. He was not so persuaded and she walked out on him.

The Class X girl is back at Moregram High School again, dumping a life only of cooking and chores.

“When I found that my husband was only interested in letting me cook for the family and do the household chores, I revolted. I told him I always wanted to study and would not stop now because of marriage. I was under the impression that my husband had agreed. But he refused to allow me to study. So, I returned home,” said Bula.

In his eagerness to get her married, her father had not even raised her terms with her prospective in-laws.

Nizam Sheikh, a mason who had never been to school, said: “I had assured her that she could continue with her studies in the hope that I would be able to persuade my son-in-law about it.”

“I had also thought that maybe my daughter would give up her wish to study after marriage,” he added.

After her wedding before a qazi — a Muslim marriage registrar — on April 21, Bula had left for her in-laws’ at Nalhati in Birbhum, 20km away.

According to Muslim personal law, a girl can get married after 15.

The man Bula had married, Ejajul Sheikh, ran a mobile repairing shop. He had taken it for granted that she would busy herself in household work after the wedding.

“When I came home with my husband a week after our marriage, I told him I will not return before my Madhyamik exams (in February 2010). My husband wanted to take me back to his house. But I refused. My parents, my elder brother, sister and all our neighbours insisted that I return. But it was my determination to study that kept me back,” the teenager said.

As her husband and in-laws would not relent, Bula went through a mutual divorce in September.

The girl cleared her selection tests for the secondary exams earlier this month.

Bula is Nizam’s third child and already the most educated in the family. Her elder brother Taherul has studied up to Class V and elder sister Rezina till Class VIII. Her younger brothers Zahirul and Jaman are in Class IX and Class V.

Moregram High School headmaster, Ujjal Chowdhury, said Bula was a sincere student. “When she got married, we thought her fate would be the same as many of our students’. But we had a pleasant surprise when she started attending school again after about 10 days,” he said.

“We are trying to encourage her in her studies,” the teacher added.

Bula admitted it had not been easy for her.

Ejajul conceded that he had got married primarily because the family needed someone to cook and do the chores.

“I needed a homemaker, someone who would cook and look after the family as my mother had died about a year ago. But when I saw how resolute she was about her studies, I agreed to a mutual divorce,” he said.

The two of them went for divorce to the same qazi who had got them married five months before. Maulana Qazi Haibotullah said he had conducted at least 60 divorce cases over the years, but not one of them had been because the woman wanted to study.

Nizam said that when he got his daughter married, he had half a wish that her son-in-law would agree to let her study. Now that the marriage has been annulled, he promised he would encourage his daughter to keep studying.

It is truly encouraging to note the resolve of the young MUSLIM girl to study. What I like even more is that the groom has not raised any objection and agreed to divorce her (mutual consent) so that she can continue her studies.
If more people follow their example, there is some hope for Muslims.
Another point worth noting is that madrassas in Bihar have started imparting general education, including science and mathematics, not just the Koran.
Hindu students have started studying in the madrassa.

What's in a name?

All Mehboob Pathan (50) of Valak village on Surat’s outskirts wanted was a job in the city. Having a Muslim name, he felt, came in the way. So, to get himself a job in Surat’s diamond units, he passed himself off as Jayenti Bhatti, and managed to find work in two separate units in the Kapodara area.
Early this week, his “cover” was blown, after he was brutally killed over a monetary dispute. As the distraught family stepped forward to admit that Jayenti Bhatti was indeed Mehboob Pathan, they worried that having been cremated as a Hindu, the practising Muslim’s soul may not find peace.
In the ledgers of Surat’s diamond units, there are many leading a double life like Pathan. His son Mushtaq is registered as Mukesh and daughter Samina as Sharmila, and both are afraid of losing their jobs if the fact was known.
Diamond industry sources and workers say many Muslims assume Hindu names to find work in the city’s lucrative diamond business
Pathan’s story came to be known after his body was found in a farm at Antroli last Monday, with the head smashed in. The police registered a case and kept the unclaimed body in the Palsana Primary Health Centre mortuary till Thursday. Then they arranged to give Pathan alias Bhatti a Hindu funeral, with all the rites.
His family, who had been looking for Pathan, had filed a missing complaint. Then, seeing news stories in local newspapers about an unclaimed body, Mehboob’s brother-in-law Iqbal Pathan decided to check. By that time, Pathan had been cremated, but the brother-in-law identified him from a photo of the body.
The family says Pathan was a pious Muslim and the change of name was just so that he and his children could find and keep a job. “We are too poor to do anything, but how could the police dispose of his body the Hindu way?” asks son Mushtaq. “A genital examination would have shown he was a Muslim.”
Sub-Inspector of Kadodara police V R Malhotra said they had kept the body in the mortuary hoping someone would turn up. “We disposed it of according to Hindu rites not knowing he was a Muslim. The family turned up too late and we are now helpless.”
Kapodara police inspector S J Tirmizi, who is probing the murder, confirmed that Pathan had passed himself off as Bhatti for work. Manoj Rokad, who is the manager of the Varachha unit in which Pathan’s daughter Samina works as a diamond polisher, has reportedly confessed to the murder
According to the police, Rokad had become a family friend of the Pathans and knew their real identities. Two years ago, Pathan had reportedly loaned Rokad Rs 60,000 for an emergency, which he never returned. Pathan used to call Rokad repeatedly asking him to return the same, and the latter reportedly asked Pathan to meet him on December 20. They went to Antroli village, where Rokad allegedly killed Pathan with the help of two other diamond polishers, who have been identified as Chhanya Rathod and Sanjay.
While Rokad has been held, and has reportedly admitted that they beat Pathan to death, Rathod and Sanjay are on the run.

There is nothing wrong in changing names for the sake of our stomachs.
During the world war II many Jews changed their names and get-up just to escape the Nazis.
Headley changed his name so that he could plan the attacks on India without attracting notice on himself.
The majority of the persons who took part on the attacks on 9/21 in USA were clean shave to hide their identity.
Nearer home, many Sikhs shave off their beard and their cut their long hairs to escape the wrath of the Congress workers in the aftermath of Indira Gandhi's assassination.
During the independence riots many Hindus wore lungis and cut off their chotis and removed their sacred threads so that Muslims would not earmark them.
Even in the Ramayana, Ravana disguised himself as a Brahmin to kidnap Sitama.
How much better place the world would have been if we did not get bogged down in our religions and treated all human beings as our brothers and sister.
The problems occur when we impose our faith on others.

We Often Forget the Needy....

Thou shalt shoplift, priest tells congregation……..
U.K. clergyman advises poor people to target ‘large national businesses’

MSNBC, December’2009

LONDON - A British priest has advised people in "desperate situations" to shoplift from chain stores.
Reverend Tim Jones said society "leaves some people little option but crime," the BBC reported.
The Anglican clergyman made the controversial remarks while addressing the subject of how poverty-stricken people deal with the holiday season during his Sunday sermon
The Daily Mail newspaper reported that Jones said it "is permissible for those who are in desperate situations to take food that they might not starve."
"My advice, as a Christian priest, is to shoplift," he told parishioners in the northern England city of York.
"I do not offer such advice because I think that stealing is a good thing, or because I think it is harmless, for it is neither.
"I would ask that they do not steal from small family businesses, but from large national businesses, knowing that the costs are ultimately passed on to the rest of us in the form of higher prices."
'Indifference and contempt'
Jones, a father of two, said people who find themselves suddenly unemployed or released from prison are often treated with "indifference and contempt."
He suggested that shoplifting was preferable to prostitution, burglary or violent crime.
Jones said that those in dire straits "should not hurt anybody and cope as best they can".
"When we, as a society, let our most vulnerable people down so terribly badly, I would rather that people take an 80 pence ($1.28) can of ravioli rather than turn to some of the most appalling things," Jones told BBC Breakfast on Tuesday. "Burglary causes untold harm and damage to people in a way that taking a can of spaghetti rings from a supermarket doesn't.
"That's not to say that shoplifting is good. Shoplifting is a dreadful thing but sometimes that's all we leave people with."
'Storm of protest'
The remarks sparked a firestorm of protest, and a summons from Archdeacon of York Richard Seed, who said in a statement posted on his Web site Tuesday that the church rejects the view that shoplifting can be acceptable. "The Church of England does not advise anyone to shoplift, or break the law in any way," he said. Eleanor Course, a spokeswoman for Seed, said the Archdeacon wants to meet with Jones to discuss his sermon.
A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police described Jones' sermon as "highly irresponsible," while the British Retail Consortium also condemned the clergyman's views.
Jones told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he stands by his comments. He said he regretted only that most of the focus had been on his shoplifting comments rather than his other points. "The point I'm making is that when we shut down every socially acceptable avenue for people in need then the only avenue left is the socially unacceptable one," he said, adding that people are often released from prison without any means of support. "What I'm against is the way society has become ever more comfortable with the people at the very bottom, and blinded to their needs," he said.

Food for'll agree. Sadly, the same is true here in the USA.....a large and growing disconnect between those that have too much and a huge many that don't.......of course, our 'free markets' also dictate and direct the path to endless human greed!

Monday, December 28, 2009

We produce the highest milk in India

India set to retain top spot in milk production
Special Correspondent

AHMEDABAD: India is expected to maintain last year’s record of being the world’s largest milk producer, with an estimated 110 million tonnes in 2008-09.

The country achieved the distinction with the production of 104.8 million tonnes in the 2007-08, according to a spokesman of the National Dairy Development Board.

The spokesman said the world’s milk production was expected to be 688 million tonnes in 2008-09, a marginal 1.7 per cent increase over the previous year as against about four per cent increase achieved by India.

Within the country, farmers’ milk cooperatives showed a better performance. They procured about 9.2 million tonnes, an increase of 9.7 per cent over the previous year, handling over 14 per cent of the national marketable surplus. The cooperative sector covered about 21 per cent of the country’s villages and over 18 per cent of the total milk-producing households in rural areas.

The NDDB had prepared a Rs. 173 billion plan for the next 15 years to increase milk production with better productivity, substantially strengthening and expanding the infrastructure for procurement and human resources development. The NDDB had also set up a Centre for Analysis and Learning in Livestock and Food at Anand, in central Gujarat. It would provide reliable and efficient laboratory services for livestock, dairy and food sectors.

Its a pleasure to note that India is leading the world in production of milk.
But then how much does each Indian get out of the 110 million tons.
Our population is approximately 1200 million. So if this milk was distributed equally among our population, each person would get about 92 Kg of milk per year, i.e 250 ml per day.
However we know that 60 % of our population earn less than Rs 30 per day, so there is no question of their getting milk.
Hence 110 million tons are distributed between 480 million people.
So these people on an average get 600 ml of milk per day.
That figure looks much better.
Well done India.
Well done Congress and our leaders for giving us Independence and so much milk.

All terrorists can come and go as they please in Bengal

No security check for Dhaka-bound passengers

;Anindita Chowdhury
KOLKATA, 27 DEC: Passengers bound for Dhaka are subjected to no security check when they leave the Karunomoyee international bus terminus. Nor is their baggage checked.
While there have been alerts at regular intervals, the state administration continues to be lax.
The terminus in Salt Lake has no facilities for scanners or X-ray machines to check the luggage of the passengers.
The buses leave Karunamoyee at 7 a.m. and passengers report an hour earlier. While travel documents and tickets are checked, and bags tagged before passengers board the bus, the security check on passengers and luggage is done only when the bus reaches Petrapole close to the international border. There is a thorough check at the immigration centre just before the bus enters Bangladesh territory. However, the immigration centre is at a distance of 85 km from the terminus at Karunamoyee.
The West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation has drawn the attention of the police to this shortcoming requesting them to set up arrangements for a thorough check of luggage and the passengers at the international bus terminus itself as a safety measure in view of the terror attacks in Mumbai and other cities, and the security alerts issued from time to time by the Centre.
The state home secretary, Mr Ardhendu Sen said they would look into the request of the transport corporation, but noted that police escorts are provided with the bus.
The bus service between Kolkata and Dhaka was introduced way back in 1999 under a protocol agreement between the two countries.
While WBSTC operates two buses on three days a week, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, its counterpart in Bangladesh operates services on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. There is no service on Sundays.

In spite of the threats of terrorist attacks our Bengal government sleeps.
I don't understand how we could be so slack here.
As I said ealier, the Left front in Bengal has destroyed all discipline.
They have relieved themselves of all responsibilities.
This government should be dismissed as they cannot protect the country

Fleeced at Kolkata Airport

Airport nightmare: Rogues fleece fliers

Time: 3.50 pm. Location: Kolkata airport's domestic terminal. Relatives of arriving passengers waited anxiously outside the departure gate. A group of rough looking men hung around in the crowd, chatting loudly. All of them had key rings dangling from their fingers. A few minutes later, passengers from a SpiceJet flight from Guwahati start streaming out of the terminal pushing their baggage trolleys. In seconds, all hell breaks loose as the toughs swarmed the terminal porch.

One of them barked: "Kochi, start bargaining!" A lanky youth instantly accosted a passenger and grabbed his baggage trolley. Bending close to the startled passenger's ear, he shouted: "Do you need a cab?" The passenger refused and moved to the parking lot where he had a car waiting. Kochi caught the next passenger, and the next, and finally succeeded at the sixth attempt.

Grabbing a Sikh passenger's arm, he hustled him to the approach road. Within seconds, three other cronies surrounded the passenger. "Where will you go?" they asked. Trapped between the quartet, who looked like ruffians, the man turned pale. "Howrah." "Pay up Rs 450," came the demand. The passenger, realising it was way over the regular fair, feebly bargained.

Meanwhile, Kochi slipped away to corner another passenger. "Pappu, you look after him while I get another," he shouted and made off. He and two others managed to catch a couple who had landed on an Air India flight from Shillong. "We will go to Bhowanipore but won't pay more than Rs 150," said the smart lady passenger, taking the upper hand in the bargain before Kochi & Co could quote their rate.

One of the trio grabbed their baggage trolley and began walking. The couple thought they had struck a good deal when the shocker came. "Please pay only Rs 100 more," said Kochi. Infuriated, the lady passenger tried to wrest the baggage trolley back but he held on.

"Bappa, where do they want to go?" another crony joined in. An elderly person standing nearby watched the spectacle with mounting anger. "They are worse than the touts outside Eden Gardens," he grumbled.

Meanwhile a Jet Airways flight from Mumbai had arrived and Bappa found a prospective foreigner. His destination was Esplanade. Bappa quoted "only 1,000". The foreigner had obviously consulted a Lonely Planet guide and wasn't willing to pay more than Rs 500. Bappa continued to bargain. "Let's be reasonable. Pay Rs 650 and get going sir. But you will have to share the cab. Please wait," he rattled off without giving the passenger a chance to speak.
The foreigner meanwhile, kept a wary eye on the touts harassing the couple headed for Bhowanipore. Sensing that the men meant trouble, he grabbed his bag and walked off towards the air-conditioned luxury Volvo coach waiting. He forked out Rs 50 fare and boarded the bus.

Ruing the loss of a lucrative customer, Bappa remarked to others: "We must stop the Volvo buses from entering the airport."

All along, policemen and CISF jawans were present but turned a blind eye to the harassment. Confident that law would not interfere in their turf, Kochi, Pappu, Bappa and others got ready for the next set of flights to arrive.

The above has been posted just to warn people coming to Kolkata by Air.
Earlier, this used to happen only at Howrah station if your train arrived late at night.The police, the touts and the taxi driver connived to fleece you.
I was once a victim.
Now, I notice that the same has started occuring at the airport.
But then, what can you expect with 40 years of misrule of the left front.
And unfortunately don't expect things will improve after Mamta Banerjee comes to power.
The remedy is worse than the ailment.
Even God would not be able to save Bengal for God advises Karma (Work) to which we people of Bengal are allergic.

Tooth and Nail

Easy way out for tooth and nail

A toddler and an aged woman have got a new lease of life following a non-surgical procedure that extracted the foreign bodies they had unknowingly swallowed.

Sagnik Laha, 2, swallowed a 5cm-long iron nail he was playing with at his Chandernagore home on December 20. “My son got hold of the nail while carpenters were working in our house,” said father Sukanta, a trader.

“Suddenly we found the nail was gone. When we asked Sagnik he pointed at his throat,” recalled mother Saraswati.

An X-ray revealed that the nail was stuck in the small intestine.

“The nail was lodged in the third part of the duodenum, a curved area around the pancreas and in front of the aorta, the largest blood vessel of the body. Even a slight movement could have led to the puncture of the internal structures and bleeding,” said gastroenterologist Mahesh Goenka, who performed an endoscopy on the boy at Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Calcutta, to extract the nail.

“The endoscope was protected with a tube to ensure that the nail did not damage the intestinal walls while being taken out,” said Goenka, the director of the Institute of Gastroenterology at the hospital. The boy was released from the hospital a couple of days later.

Around the same time as Sagnik had swallowed the nail, a 77-year-old woman who refused to be named swallowed a denture. “She was suffering from abdominal pain. A colonoscopy was performed and the nail was taken out through the rectum. The procedure lasted 45 minutes,” said Goenka.

A doctor said that earlier such extraction would have been impossible without surgery.

The lower dentures are normally very unstable since they do not have the same area of support as the upper dentures.
Some years back one of my colleagues too had swallowed his dentures (two or three teeth) when he was drinking water. Fortunately the doctors could remove doctors without nay major damage.
I am sure the above procedures would be helpful for such accidents.
Science has been beneficial to mankind.
However, what happened before these procedures were developed?
I'll relate an incident which occurred in Burrabazar many years ago.

A servant in our neighbour's house had stolen a diamond nose pin.
The house lady guessed it and asked the servant but the servant cunningly swallowed the nose pin.
The house lady was very resourceful.
She made the servant eat raw bananas and locked him in a room for the whole night.
The next morning she made him relieve himself in the room itself on some newspapers.
Then she made him spread the faeces and lo and behold, the diamond nose pin was there.

You could try this procedure.
It is less expensive

Who will protect the Security Force

Guards go missing on danger tracks
The railway ministry seems more bothered about the safety of its security personnel than the lives of passengers.

People travelling by trains passing through a 43-km stretch between Jasidih in Jharkhand and Jhajha in Bihar are at the mercy of Maoists and criminals like those who shot Howrah resident Siuji Prasad Gupta on Friday night because none of these has guards on board.

Railway minister Mamata Banerjee has announced a Rs 350-crore integrated security scheme for “important stations” but no plan has been drawn up yet to protect passengers from robbers on moving trains.

Escorts, including Railway Protection Force and Government Railway Police, were withdrawn from trains passing through the area a year ago after Maoists started targeting them for arms and ammunition. The decision was jointly taken by the railways and the state governments of Bihar and Jharkhand.

“We couldn’t have allowed our personnel to become sitting ducks for Maoists attacking trains mainly to loot arms and ammunition,” a senior RPF official said on Sunday. “The spate of incidents last year proved that the Maoists target security personnel, not passengers,” he added.

But what about criminals who prey on passengers? “There’s a flip side to everything,” the official admitted.

Several north India-bound trains from Calcutta pass through that stretch, which comes under both Eastern and East Central Railway. The trains include the Rajdhani Express through Patna, which runs on Sundays, Poorva Express, Toofan Express, Danapur Express and Amritsar Mail, on which Gupta was shot.

Rattled by Friday night’s incident, the rail authorities have requested the Bihar and Jharkhand governments to “jointly deploy” escorts on trains passing through the stretch. “A joint security plan will be drawn up in a day or two,” said B. Mohan, the chief security commissioner of Eastern Railway.

Of the 227 long-distance and 1,600 local trains to and from the city, only 113 are manned by the RPF. The GRP provides personnel for a similar number of trains.

Most passengers are unaware about passing through a Maoist den without security, while those who do board a train with a prayer on their lips. “It is scary. The last time I was on the Amritsar Mail, I noticed that there were no guards on the train. When a team boarded the train at Jhajha, I asked them why they weren’t there when we were crossing the inter-state border. I was shocked to hear that they were not supposed to guard a train passing through a Maoist-infested area,” said Sanjib Mukherjee, a company executive who often travels to Patna.

It is indeed surprising.
The security forces cannot even protect themselves so how can they protect the travelling public.
Our politicians have destroyed all discipline so at the first sign of trouble these protectors run away.
We saw that happen during the attack on the American Consulate in Kolkata.
What are then they paid for?
The government neither gives them proper training nor arms.
Appointments are made on the basis of castes to fulfil quotas and payment made to the touts in between.
So we are seeing the result.
There will be many more 26/11 with the politician we have.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

DGP SPS Rathore - Contd

Shame and shun men like Rathore

Swapan Dasgupta

Retired Director-General of Police SPS Rathore must be ruing the day he smirked his way out of court after being convicted of molesting the 14-year-old Ruchika Girhotra, way back in August 1990. Rathore’s satisfaction stemmed from the fact that he had received a token six-month sentence and been fined a laughable amount. Out on bail and pending a decision on his appeal, the retired police chief of Haryana was confident that he would use the all-too-familiar judicial delays to see out his natural life without punishment.

Rathore’s calculations were justified. But the outward show of smug arrogance, captured vividly on TV, did him in. Ordinary people throughout the country were disgusted and repelled by Rathore’s lack of remorse and contrition and the body language of swagger that comes from wielding power. We have all witnessed this swagger in officials who jump queues, the upholder of justice whose minions turf reserved passengers out of their berths on trains and policemen who think that the law exists for private gratification. This week we even had the spectacle of a Raj Bhavan being turned into a venue of some spirited sexual Olympics because a Governor deemed it so.

The only difference is that Rathore took the headiness of power to stupendous heights-molesting an innocent teenager, harassing her family to force a withdrawal of charges, encouraging his colleagues to brutalise her brother and finally driving the victim to suicide. Rathore ruined the lives of the Girhotra family because they had the gumption to protest against his moral waywardness.

Yet, the point to note is that Rathore succeeded because he had the blessings of an Establishment that is so infatuated with power that it lost the ability to distinguish wrong from right. The complaint against Rathore was initially made on August 16, 1990; a departmental inquiry completed on September 3, 1990, held that prima facie there seemed a basis for proceeding against him; yet the FIR was filed in 1999, and that too following a CBI inquiry. In the intervening nine years, Rathore rose to the top police job in Haryana. He even came close to getting a medal for exemplary conduct.

The rise and rise of Rathore happened not because the blot on his character was unknown but because both the political and bureaucratic elite equated the molestation of a 14-year-old with a bit of harmless fun on the side. The sheer incongruity of a child molester turning into the custodian of law and order did not strike the Haryana elite. And that is a social commentary.

Was Rathore turfed out of his club (or at least advised to stay away) because he was a groper? Did he receive any fewer dinner invitations during his service? The social and political elite of Chandigarh should seriously introspect on their own culpability in furthering the tyranny of a pervert. Rathore’s smirk was not the bravado of a beleaguered pensioner; it also reflected social sanction.

What is particularly galling is that even the religiously-inclined authorities of Ruchika’s school had no qualms about facilitating shameful intimidation of the Girhotra family. Those who took vows in the name of god had the girl expelled from school on a technicality. They knew exactly what they were doing and they stand indicted in a court that is far superior to a mere court of law. Maybe, just maybe, the incident should propel the Church authorities to ask whether their institutions serve god or a perverted Caesar. Indeed, it is strange that the question hasn’t been asked so far.

The Girhotra family has been ruined and no amount of belated retribution can help them recover what they have lost. For the country, however, the onrush of indignation may yet serve a function.

There are many Rathores in the system who will wilfully subvert all institutions to get their own way. The bureaucracy has thrown up its rotten apples and even the judiciary has managed its share of the non-kosher. Of politicians, there are few expectations and the real novelty lies in the occasional appearance of decency. As for the media, the ‘paid news’ controversy has indicated that influential sections of the Fourth Estate are plain racketeers.

What can be done to deter the mushrooming of Rathores in both the Government and civil society? To suggest that everyone must follow a moral course is desirable but it is widely known that the ability to compromise (the Indian term is ‘adjustment’) and even look the other way pays handsome returns — far more than the pitfalls of becoming a ‘whistle-blower’. It may be far more effective to combine institutional vigilance with social sanction.

In village India, where there exists a mismatch between the cumbersome procedures of law and perceptions of what constitutes justice, it is common to use social ostracism as an effective punishment. The jajmani system does not operate in a market-driven economy but there is still merit in depriving tyrants and deviants of their proverbial hookah-pani. If Rathore hadn’t been indulged and protected by his brother officers in both the police and the civil bureaucracy, justice may have come far earlier. The identity of these individuals is known and, in any case, will not take too much prying to unearth. The media will be doing a social service if it publicises these names — Om Prakash Chautala and Bhajan Lal are the easy targets — and waits for public disgust to take root.

Will those who helped Rathore and nurtured his career be able to look their daughters and grand-daughters in the eye? Will they not be haunted by the face of Ruchika? Will they continue to live with the fiction that they had nothing to do with her death?

The above is from Swapan Dasgupta, who writes in "the Pioneer"

Now Sheila Dixit speaks against Biharis

Nitish, Sushil Modi flay Sheila Dikshit’s remarks

Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi on Saturday described the alleged anti-Bihari remarks of the Delhi chief minister Sheila Dixit as irreponsible and said it reflected her narrow-mindedness. Dikshit, it may be recalled, wants common economic zone to ease burden on Delhi.

Talking to reporters in Rajgir, where he is spending the last week of the year, Nitish said Sheila Dixit's statement holding Biharis responsible for the problems plaguing Delhi is an irresponsible act. “We condemn it”, he said.

He said that Delhi is the nation’s pride and it does not belong to somebody. All the citizens of the country have equal and full right on it.

Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, while talking to media in Patna, criticised her remarks and said it was not expected from a leader like her. Her statement was against the country’s unity and integrity, besides constitutional prestige, he alleged.

Wile I do not support this type of speeches by Sheila Dixit since it is against the federal structure of India, I cannot help but blame the Leaders of Bihar for bringing about this feeling among other state people.
Repeated misrule by various chief ministers ever since independence has brought about this state of affairs.
Although many of them were educated, they promoted caste politics, corruption and other negative tendencies which has brought about this. I am sorry to say but, even Jain Prakash Narain whom many people revere was not above this caste politics.
This slide continued right up to the time of Lalu Yadav, who was the worst.
Only after the coming of Nitish Kumar have things started improving. In the meantime while India moved forward, Bihar went backward. We can therefore safely say that Bihar is 120 years behind states like Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka.
Our own state Bengal started moving back after the left front came to power. Bengal you can say is 70 years behind the rest of India. But we are catching up with Bihar. While Bihar has started improving, Bengal is still going back.
Thus we see that, after Biharis, the Bengalis are the next largest group seeking employment outside their state.
Reactions against Bengalis have already started from Gujarat and the South.

However, what surprises me is Sheila Dixit has not said anything against the illegal Bangladeshis.
Again vote bank politics?

Third Secret of Fatima

Hello Radheshyam,
This is very Important to all.
Please enter this message to the Blog.


*You may be inspired by this message and perhaps inspire
others to change**

October 30, 2008 -
Sr. Lucia of Jesus and of the Immaculate Heart
Nationality: Portuguese
Born: 3-28-1907, Aljustrel, Portugal
Died: 2-13-2005
(aged 97)
Convent of Carmelitas
Coimbra, Portugal


Regardless of whatever Creed or Religion, it is better to be
prepared and be in good terms with GOD,...who created us;
for we never know when we will be leaving this world.....


The Church has given permission to reveal to the people
the last part of the message. The Blessed Virgin appeared
to three children in Fatima, Portugal, in 1917........ this
is a proven fact;one of these children was Lucia, (died 2-13-05)
She was a cloistered nun, and lived in a monastery in Portugal.
Lucia disclosed the message for the first time; to Pope Pius Xll
who, after reading , sealed it and stored it away without making
it public.
Later Pope John XXIII read it and, in the same manner as his
predecessor,he kept it out of the public eye because he knew
that once revealed; it would bring desperation and panic to mankind,

But now the time has come, and permission has been granted
from Pope John Paul II to reveal it to the children of God;
........ not to create panic, but to make God's people aware
of this important message and be prepared.
The Virgin told Lucia:
'Go, my child, and tell the world what will come to pass during
the 1950's - 2000's.
Men are not practicing the Commandments that God has given us.
Evil is governing the world and is harvesting hate and resentment
all over.
Men will fabricate mortal weapons that will destroy the world
in minutes!.... .. where half of the human race will be destroyed.
The war will begin against Rome, and there will be conflicts amongst
religious orders...... .....
God will allow all natural phenomena like smoke, hail, cold,
water, fire, floods, earthquakes, winds and inclement weather to slowly
batter the planet.

These happenings will come to pass before the year 2010.!!!!
"For those who don't/won't believe..... . . this is the time.....
Your beloved mother told you:-
..........those lacking charity towards others, in words &
deeds and those who do not love their neighbour like my beloved
Son has loved you all ....... cannot survive!
They will wish to have died.

God will punish severely those who do not believe in him,
those who despise him and those who did not have time for him."
'I call upon all of you to come to my son Jesus Christ.
God will help the world, but all of those who do not show
fidelity and loyalty will be destroyed!'
Father Agustin, who lives in Fatima, said that Pope Paul VI
gave him permission to visit Sister Lucia,a cloistered nun
(she did not leave the monastery nor was allowed to receive
any visitors).
Father Agustin said that she received him greatly overwhelmed
and told him:'Father, Our Lady is very sad
because nobody is interested in her prophecy of 1917,
though the righteous are walking through a narrow path, the
evil ones are walking through an ample road that is leading
them straight to their destruction! Believe me, Father,
the punishment will come very soon. 'Many souls will be
lost and many nations will disappear from the earth.
But, in the middle of all these, if men reflect, pray and practice
sincerity, good deeds, kindness and respect, the world can be
saved....... . .. However, if men persist with evil ways....greed,
hatred, selfish acts, rivalry, and rift, the world will be lost forever!.
The time has come for all to pass on the message of our Blessed Lady to
their families, friends, and to the entire world.
Continue praying, make penitence and sacrifices.
We are close to the last minute of the last day and the
catastrophes are near. Due to this, many that were
far from the Church will return to the open arms of the
Church of Jesus Christ.
The joining of the churches will result in one Holy Catholic
and Apostolic Church; ........England, Russia, China, Jews,
Buddhists,Muslims, Hindus,Protestants, etc..... All will return
believing and worshipping God our Creator, in his beloved Son
and in Blessed Mother Virgin Mary.'
Everywhere there will be 'Peace Talks', but punishment will come.

This war will destroy everything; darkness will fall over us
for 72 hours(3 days) and the one third of humanity that survives
this obscurity and sacrifice, will commence to live a new era;
they will be good people.

On a very cold night, 10 minutes before midnight, A GREAT QUAKE will
shake the earth for 8 hours.
This will be the third signal that God Is, who governs the earth.
The righteous and those who propagate the faith and the
message of the Lady of Fatima is :

WHAT TO DO??? : Bow your heads, kneel down and ask God for
forgiveness. Because, only what is good and is not under
the power of evil will survive the catastrophe.
In order for you to prepare and remain alive and safe,
I will give you the following signs:

The shake will be so violent that will move the earth
23 degrees and then it will return it to its normal position.
Then, total and absolute darkness will cover the entire planet....
All the evil spirits will be mingling around and free,
doing harm to all those souls that did not want to listen to
this message and those who did not want to repent.

To the faithful souls, remember to light the blessed candles,
prepare a sacred altar with a crucifix in order to communicate
with GOD and implore for His infinite mercy....
All will be dark; and IN THE SKY A GREAT MYSTIC CROSS
will appear to remind us the price that his beloved Son had
to pay for our redemption.. ...
In the house the only thing that can give light will be the
HOLY CANDLES... Once lit, nothing will put them off until
the three days of darkness are over.
Also, you should have holy water that should be
sprinkled abundantly on windows and doors.
The Lord will protect the property of the chosen ones....
Kneel down before the powerful cross of my beloved Son,
pray the Rosary and after each Hail Mary you must pray the following:

'Oh God forgive us our sins, preserve us from the fires
of hell, take all souls to heaven, especially those who
are in more need of thy mercy. Blessed Virgin Mary, protect us,
we love you, save us and save the world'.
Pray 5 Creeds and the Rosary which is the secret to my
immaculate Heart. All those who believe in my words go
and take the message to everyone,

Talk to all, now that there is time.
Those who keep quiet will be responsible for all those
souls who will perish in ignorance.
All those who pray humbly the rosary will have the protection
of heaven.
Those who are bound to die, I will help them die in peace,
and they will be holy when they enter the other world.
I wish all my children to attend mass every first Friday
and every first Saturday of each month; to confess and receive
Holy Communion; and in doing so, save the world from its
When the earth shakes no more, those who still do not believe
in our Lord will perish in a horrible way:-
The wind will bring gas and it will disperse it everywhere,
then the sun will rise.
Maybe you will survive this catastrophe.
Do not forget that God's punishment is holy and
HE PUNISHES THE SINNERS..... ......... ....
All this encompasses with the writings of the Holy
Scriptures.. ....
Read on the New Testament: Lucas 21
- 5:121, 12:19, 20:20,
29:33 Letters of St Paul 3 - 8 - 14 Isaiah 40, 1:5:9.
You must understand that God allows all this to happen.
The Pope and Bishops are now awaiting another message
that speaks about repentance and prayer.
Please remember that God's words are not a
threat, .......... but good news.....
Please reproduce these pages and send them to all you know so we all can
have the opportunity to repent and be saved.

We do not know if those receiving this message believe or not in
GOD,....but just think that, if you are receiving this message
it is for a good reason!!.. from God who created us and loves us so much!

Our Creator is giving us the chance to be saved, no matter
what religion or creed we may be. If you don't believe in this
message, at least send it to others, it costs you nothing.
To all those receiving it, they can have the opportunity to
judge and decide for themselves.
Remember, we can avoid a great deal of evil if we practice the
Commandments that Our Loving Father God gave us....
Just 10 simple ways, that if we all put into practice we can obtain God's pardon.


I do not believe in chain messages and normally do not forward the emails received on chain messages.
However, I do sometimes post them on our blog, especially if they come from dear friends, especially since quite a few of our readers are Christians.
Our readers are also aware of my views that no one religion leads to the path of God.
All religions are just different paths to reach HIM.
You may call Him what you wish.
Jesus Christ
Akaal Purush
Ishwar or Par Brahma or Om
As long as you follow what your conscience tells you is right and avoid anything which makes your conscience prick you, you are following Gods Will.
We should also realize that all of us are God's children, no matter which religion, caste, creed, race you belong to.
If all of us realized this and accepted it, all the problems in the world would be over.
Nobody should think his religion is superior and try to convert others.
Give him/her good education, teach them civics, good sanitation, healthy eating practises and national pride but let them die in the religion he was born unto.
Religion is just a bunch of rituals performed which we think will please God. They are handed down to us from generation to generation. These are the results of Geography, superstitions and the thoughts of philosophers.
We should therefore not get bogged down by fighting to prove that our religion is superior.

Shibu Soren - An Appeal from family of person he arranged murder

'Don't allow Soren to become Jharkhand CM'

As Shibu Soren hopes for yet another innings as Jharkhand chief minister, the family of his slain ex-secretary said on Saturday that the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha chief should not be allowed to take up the job as the appeal against his acquittal in the murder case was pending before the Supreme Court.

The family of Shashi Nath Jha, in whose murder Soren was acquitted by the Delhi high court, said their petition challenging the acquittal has been admitted by the apex court and appealed to political parties to prevent him from becoming the chief minister.

The family -- Jha's daughter Preeti and brother Vijay Nath Jha -- in a press conference in New Delhi also appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to intervene to expedite Jha's murder case and to deliver justice to them.

"We appeal to the prime minister to intervene to help us as we fight for justice in the face of threats," Preeti told journalists.

She said though the SC has set March 8, 2010, as the first date of hearing in the case, the delay in justice has enabled Soren to claim the chair of CM again.

"Our petition has been admitted by the apex court... but Soren's becoming CM again will reflect on the condition of our system. People will completely lose faith on our political system," said Jha's friend and co-petitioner Mukesh Baba.

"We appeal to all political parties, including the BJP, which have offered support to Soren's party, to refrain from helping him," he said.

Jha was allegedly abducted by Soren's close aides in 1994 after he came to know about the alleged deal between the Congress party and the JMM to save the then P V Narasimha Rao government in a no-confidence motion.

While Soren was convicted and sentenced to life by a lower court for murder, he was acquitted in August 2007 by the Delhi high court, which had earlier asked the Central Bureau of Investigation to take up the case.

Jha's family moved the Supreme Court in November 2007 against the high court verdict.

The court recently admitted the plea and set March 8, 2010, as the date of hearing after Soren failed to submit a reply to the court's notices, the petitioner said.

"If he becomes CM, our case might further be hampered. The authorities have not even acted on our demands to provide us security in the wake of threats," Baba said.

Preeti, a second year student of BCom in IP College in Delhi, claimed she and her family has been threatened continuously by people asking them to withdraw the case.

I had just commented in yesterdays mail regarding Shibu Soren becoming the Chief Minister with the help of the BJP.
I am happy to note that the family has appealed to the relevant authorities to prevent him becoming the Chief Minister.
Yes, the public should be proactive to prevent known corrupt politicians from assuming power.
The above has been taken from Rediffmail, Courtsey PTI

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Msgs from friends 50

Msg from N K Rai

Dear Radheshyam,
"Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year" I write this, we are on the second day of "Bandh" more day to go tomorrow. What is a successful "Bandh" ? Terrorize the general public, burn a few vehicles that defied the "order" and beat up security personnel on duty...deprive the daily wage earner of their meals.....this is Kathmandu today !


Dear NK

You have just started facing this problem with the coming of the Maoist.
We have been facing this problem in Bengal since 1967 when the CPM started gaining power here..
On an average, we have one bandh every two months either by the CPM left front or by Mamta Banerjee.
However, now that Mamta is expecting to become CM of Bengal, we expect she will behave more responsibly and there will be fewer bandhs from her side.


Msg from Sir, Mr. Lobo

Hari Om,Radheshyam,

I don't forward messages without cleaning them up first but I couldn't retain the graphic which is pertinent to the message . It will give you a good laugh.
You have had a full-on Year and hope that the New Year continues to reward you and the Family with Peace and Happiness.


Hari Om Sir,

It always brightens our day when we receive your message.
Thank you for your greeting card and the $ photo.
I showed The Greeting to Manju.
It has been a pleasant year and God has been kind to my family.
He has given us a granddaughter with whom I and Manju are kept busy.
I especially like to take her to the park and see her antics.
Yes, we should thank God for giving us grand children to make our lives so much more interesting and fulfilling.
On the 1st January Shalini will give us our second grand child and then we will really be kept busy.
I hope you, Myrna and children and grand children are all well there.
Manju, myself, Ajay and Shalini wish you all a Very Very Happy New year.

Hari Om


Msg from Willy Wu

To any of you who celebrate Christmas,
I like to wish you and your family a merry
To the others, I like to wish you a very
happy and prosperous new year.

Willy Wu.

Msg from Deepak Saraf

Warm regards,
Deepak Kumar Saraf & Family

Subject: Awesome Pictures!
The Last picture is my Favourite ... ... ...

... love God's sense of humour, too.

Sent by Myrna with following message

In this chaotic, consumer-driven, self-indulgent and war-torn world..............I hope we can learn something about HARMONY and PEACE from our beautiful animal friends.........and actually PUT IT INTO PRACTICE. How about starting today??

I wish you all a Warm and Fuzzy, Happy, Crazy, Caring and Sharing Christmas, this 2009...........and may 2010 be everything you want it to be.

Fond Regards


Ex DGP Rathore - Judges statement

Fix responsibility on all who shielded Rathore, says former HC judge
Maneesh Chhibber

Two former judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday said the six-month term awarded to former Haryana DGP S P S Rathore in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation-cum-suicide case was “insignificant” and the decision of the special CBI court would not send the right message.

One of the two judges even went to the extent of asking what action, if any, was initiated against the officers and politicians who didn’t allow even registration of a simple FIR for a long time and allowed Rathore to continue in office and get promotions despite facing such serious charges.

Their observation assumes significance as both dealt with the case when they were still judges of the High Court. Coming two days after another former judge, R L Anand, first told The Indian Express that justice had not been done in the case, the strong comments of the two judges — Justices N K Sodhi and N K Sud — only adds much-needed weight to the public clamour for stricter punishment for the former DGP.

The judges echo the voices of the masses.
Now let us see what the central government does.
They have also asked for action against the officers who connived with Rathore in harassing Ruchika's family and delayed investigation.
The politician always escapes.
I suppose no action will ever be taken of Chauthala and Bhajanlal for delaying the investigations
Somehow, it has always been the judiciary which has rescued the people from the torture of the politicians.

Friday, December 25, 2009

What is the Definition of BPL

How skewed is data on India's poverty?
Last updated on: December 21, 2009 12:44 IST

A contentious statement on Indian poverty, put out some years ago by Arjun Sengupta, said that 78 per cent of Indians lived on less than Rs 20 a day. That figure always looked problematic, but has become a favourite statistical weapon in the hands of the Left. So it is just as well that the Suresh Tendulkar report on poverty has effectively nailed that number.

The Tendulkar report says that 25.7 per cent of urban residents are below the new definition of the poverty line, because they spend less than Rs 578.80 per month.

That is Rs 19/day, close to the Sengupta benchmark. Given the urban-rural mix of 28:72, if the Sengupta claim of 78 per cent for the country as a whole (urban and rural) is correct, then 92 per cent of all rural residents would have to be consuming less than Rs 20/day.

Against this, the Tendulkar report says that 41.8 per cent of the rural population consumes less than Rs 447/month, or about Rs 15/day. If Dr Sengupta's figure is correct, then another 50 per cent of the rural population consumes between Rs 15 and Rs 20 per day.

The visual evidence and statistical probability tell us that this is improbable, if not impossible. But it is a safe bet that the Sengupta number will not die, because it is too convenient a figure for the poverty industry to give up.

There is also the important point that these numbers are based on National Sample Surveys, which (as Surjit Bhalla has argued) report consumption levels that are much lower than what National Accounts tell us. If this bias were to be corrected for, even Prof Tendulkar may have overestimated the poverty level, which he says envelops 37 per cent of the country as a whole.

The longer-term issue is whether we can arrive at better ways of looking at poverty - and there has to be more than one. India has traditionally looked at food intake as the single yardstick; the Tendulkar report now looks at affordability with regard to a bigger basket of goods, which is the right way to go-but it does not go far enough.

India looks at consumption by an individual, whereas the consuming unit is really the family - and a two-person family will not spend twice the money that a single person does, nor will a four-person family spend twice as much as a two-person family.

So, measuring individual-level consumption can be misleading. Some countries go further, looking at age groups and other demographic patterns, but at the moment it would be a huge advance for India if poverty estimates moved to the family as a unit.

Then there is the question of absolute and relative poverty. The US looks at both absolute poverty (actual income) and relative poverty (income level in relation to the median, meaning the 50th person in a ranking of 100 individuals). The European Union too looks at relative poverty - defined as being income that is 60 per cent lower than the median. Strictly speaking, this is a measure of inequality, but it is an important measure when assessing patterns of growth.

India's inequality level is usually said to be low, certainly much lower than China's - but the comparison is incorrect because India looks at consumption equality while most countries look at income. As Pranab Bardhan demonstrated in 'How unequal a country is India?', if you look at income inequality in both countries, India is now significantly more unequal than China. And when it comes to other inequalities (land holding, education, and opportunity in general), India is considerably worse off. Ditto with inter-generational movement.

Our economists are splitting hairs as to the percentage of people below poverty line.
To the poverty stricken family, percentages are unimportant.
One who doesn't get two square meals a day and has to sleep hungry with his wailing children, for him, 100% are below the poverty level.
Even if one person has to sleep hungry or has to beg for his food, it is a shame on India.
I don't care what is the American or European or Chinese definition of poverty and it makes no difference to the hungry person.
I agree some people make a business of beggary and maim and employ little boys and girls to beg for them.
Healthy young men pretend to be lame, or blind and play on your softer sentiments.
Then there are women who take on rent small children and beg on the streets. They usually sit outside temples and eating houses where the devotee is in a sentimental mood to gain his sympathy.
Once a person sees himself cheated by these fraudulent methods, he does not like to give alms.
It is better, if begging is banned.
Any beggar found on the street should be given to NGOs to provide them work. Any work, mannual, handicrafts etc according to their ability.
Industrial houses and philanthropic organisations could adopt these NGOs and provide them work, funds and also look after their performance.
It is better if the government reduces tax and allow these houses to give directly to the people instead of through the government. As it is only 10% of what the government sanction's goes to the targeted people.
We have a population of 120 crores.
Surely we can provide useful employment to these people to at least give them minimum necessities so that they do not have to beg on the streets.