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Quake hits Indonesia’s West Papua, four dead

A series of quakes off the northern coast of West Papua, Indonesia, early on Sunday killed four people, injured several others, and flattened several buildings, officials and local television said.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said a magnitude 7.6 quake occurred some 150 km northeast of Manokwari in the Indonesian half of the island of New Guinea, at a depth of 35 km. An official at Indonesia’s meteorology agency said there were several quakes in the area during the night.

“Hotel Mutiara and tens of houses are flattened to the ground,” Pitsau Amafnini, an eyewitness, told Reuters.

Rescue teams were still looking for people trapped under buildings, while hundreds of people had gathered at a football stadium seeking medical aid for minor injuries, Elshinta radio reported.

However, an important BP-led liquefied natural gas (LNG) project close to the area was not affected, a BP spokesman told Reuters.

Manokwari, with a population of about 161,000, is in a remote, sparsely-populated part of Papua which attracts tourists thanks to its diving sites, wildlife, including birds of paradise, and spectacular scenery.

Predominantly Christian Papua, which occupies the western half of New Guinea island, has fewer than 3 million inhabitants out of Indonesia’s total population of 226 million.

Several different tribes, some animist, live in this part of Indonesia, which was under Dutch rule until 1963 and which, despite its vast natural resources, tropical forests, and mineral wealth, remains one of the poorest and least developed parts of the country.

The quake triggered a small tsunami that hit the Japanese coast but there was no damage, Japan’s Meteorological Agency said. The Indonesian authorities also issued a tsunami warning for Papua, but lifted it shortly afterwards.

INTENSE SEISMIC ACTIVITY

Indonesia is located in an area of intense seismic activity and frequently experiences quakes and tsunami warnings. A 9.15 magnitude earthquake on Dec. 26, 2004 triggered a massive tsunami, killing about 230,000 people in Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and other countries around the Indian ocean.

Priyadi Kardono, spokesman for the disaster management centre, said that the health ministry had confirmed four deaths from the quakes. Metro TV reported that six people had been hospitalised.

Kardono said buildings had been damaged and power supplies cut in the area. Hotel Mutiara in Manokwari was damaged, with one of the three buildings in the complex flattened, he said.

The BP-led Tangguh LNG project is near the area affected by the quakes.

“There is no significant impact, only a crack in the office building. The work continues,” BP spokesman Nico Kanter said, adding that employees at the Tangguh operations had felt the tremblors.

BP’s Tangguh project includes an operating site in Bintuni Bay, which is about 100 km south of Manokwari, as well as offices in Babo, Sorong, Manokwari, Bintuni and Fak Fak, according to its website.

A spokesman for Australian disaster relief agency Emergency Management Australia told Reuters that the quakes were felt in Papua New Guinea, and in the northern Australian city of Darwin, but there were as yet no reports of major damage or injuries.

PNG generally calls on Australia for help when major natural disasters occur.

“It was certainly felt but as far as we understand there is no report of damage or injury or people hurt. That is our information so far,” the spokesman said.

January 4, 2009 Posted by | news | , , , , | Leave a comment

NBA’s Lakers stand firm in economic stand

LAKERS

So far, so good for the high-flying Los Angeles Lakers, whose impressive on-court form this season has been matched by their robust resistance to the global financial crisis.

Although the U.S. recession has forced the National Basketball Association and the National Football League to cut jobs and Major League Baseball to freeze budgets, the Lakers have been remarkably unaffected.

While their players have again set the standard in the Western Conference with a stirring win-loss record of 25-5, Lakers’ home attendances and the number of season ticket holders for 2008-09 have held firm.

“As of this point, we have not been adversely affected but we feel fortunate that this is the case,” John Black, vice president of public relations for the Lakers, told Reuters.

“If the current economic climate continues to worsen, at some point we would imagine it will impact us in some way, as it is doing or will do with most every other business in the country.

“We have been very fortunate and have sold out each of our 17 home games so far this season. And our season ticket renewal rate for the current season was 99 percent, which we are also very pleased with.”

Although the NBA slashed 80 jobs from its U.S. workforce in October because of the financial downturn, Black does not expect the Lakers to follow suit.

“We have not laid off any staff, nor do we have any plans to do so,” he said.

Asked whether the economic crisis might change the way in which the Lakers coaching staff would be able to work with their players, Black replied: “Finances and economics would not impact the relationships between coaches and players.”

GLITZY LAKERS

Ranked by Forbes magazine as the second most valuable team in the NBA behind the New York Knicks, the glitzy Lakers have long been regarded as recession-proof.

Home games at the Staples Canter in downtown Los Angeles are regularly watched by Hollywood actors such as Jack Nicholson, Denzel Washington and Cameron Diaz and rising prices do not appear to be too much of an issue for Lakers stalwarts.

“I don’t know if we would use the term ‘recession-proof’ in describing our franchise,” Black said.

“We certainly do not take for granted the tremendous support we have received, and are continuing to receive, from our loyal fans and corporate partners.”

Lakers fan Bryan Gore, a 45-year-old business consultant who lives in Orange County, does not expect to cut back on the number of games he watches because of the recession.”It isn’t really going to affect me,” he told Reuters. “I’m not a season ticket holder and I usually get tickets from friends or business contacts.

“I’m prepared to pay a couple of hundred dollars per ticket and once in a while I don’t mind paying a bit more to get a good seat or get into a big game.

“In LA, I think only big ticket numbers are really going to affect people,” Gore added. “All these people at Staples Center are long-time fans, and there is a fair amount of disposable income that’s still left around here.”

Led by league MVP Kobe Bryant, the Lakers return to action on Friday when they host the Utah Jazz for their first game of 2009. Once again, the Staples Center is certain to be packed.

January 4, 2009 Posted by | news | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Colorado school chief gets Senate seat

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Michael Bennet, head of the Denver public school system, was named to replace Sen. Ken Salazar, the Colorado Democrat who is leaving the Senate to become secretary of the interior in the Obama administration, Colorado’s governor said on Saturday.

Bennet, 44, a lawyer who has served as superintendent of Denver’s schools since 2005, will serve the remaining two years of Salazar’s term, Colorado’s Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter said in a statement on his web site.

President-elect Barack Obama in a statement hailed Bennet as “one of the nation’s leading education reformers” and said he would bring fresh ideas to Washington.

In 2010, Bennet and anyone else interested in holding the seat would have to run for a full, six-year term.

January 4, 2009 Posted by | global, news | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lakshmi Rai dating M.S.Dhoni

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Pics of lakshmi rai with  MSD  click here

The famous south Indian actress confessed that her relation with MSD ios jus friendship.She even said that due to the test match played in Chennai more hype  was created.Last week she was having a dinner date with Dhoni.

December 18, 2008 Posted by | news | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

India aims for manned Space Mission

Manned Space Mission

India is aiming to send a manned mission into the space after the success of its first unmanned mission to the moon, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairmain G. Madhavan Nair said on Sunday.
“The (manned) moon mission is a tough task and to achieve that our first task is to send an Indian astronaut on a manned mission to space, who will orbit the earth and return. For this, the sanction of the government has to come. We plan to achieve this by 2015,” Nair said at a reception accorded to him during his first visit to his home town since the successful launch of the Chandrayaan-1.

“The next moon mission by the US and China is fixed for 2020 and our target is that we also should be ready by then,” Nair added.”To achieve that, the space mission would provide the necessary boost. Another thing that is being planned is Aditya, a mission to study the solar system from the earth’s orbit,” said Nair.

November 24, 2008 Posted by | news | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Airman’s wife raped at Army Hospital near Chandigarh

An airman’s wife was raped at the Command Hospital Chandimandir Cantonment of Army’s Western Command near Chandigarh on Friday.

A case was registered on Saturday.
Panchkula Suprintendent of Police Sandeep Khirwar confirmed that a criminal case has been registered.
“Criminal case under Sections 376, 506, 294, 354 of IPC has been registered against the accused. She has been medically examined. But no one has been named so far. Army has given positive response and helped with investigation,” Sandeep Khirwar said.”Preliminary tests have been done and the tests by forensic labs are still to come in,” he added.The victim, who had gone for physiotherapy, was allegedly dragged to an empty room near the Neurological Ward and raped by the duo.The lady reportedly told police that a third person was filming the entire incident. After raping the woman, all the three threatened her and asked her not to disclose the incident else they would circulate the video clip.Police sources, however, say that they have not arrested the accused as all are from the armed forced and police will have to liaison with the defence authorities.Army officials have extended support to the police saying they will cooperate in the investigations.The medical examination of the victim has been done and the report is awaited.

November 24, 2008 Posted by | news | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Beauty turned into Beast

Beauty queen of Meerut shocked everyone by killing her parents.She was staying away from them,she was undergoing studies at Delhi with her friend in an appartment.She came to meerut just to collect her marksheets.When asked about this she confessed about the killings.She did so because their parents didnt care about her and she became frustrated.The small town in Uttar Pradesh is shocked by this incident….

October 24, 2008 Posted by | news | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Richest Persons in India

Though the world is suffering from recession these rich people seem to be richer with Mukesh Ambani topping the list.here are some of the richest persons released by fobes magazine….

Richest Indians

October 21, 2008 Posted by | news | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Making of Orkut

founder

A guy lost his girlfriend in a train accident….

but the gal’s name nowhere appeared in the dead list.

This guy grew up n became IT technical architect in his late 20?s, achievement in itself!!

He hired developers from the whole globe and plan to make a software where he could search for his gf through the web..

Things went as planned…

n he found her, after losing millions of dollars and 3 long years!!

It was time to shut down the search operation, when the CEO of Google had a
word with this guy n took over this application,

This Software made a whopping 1 billion dollars profit in its first year,

which we today know as ORKUT.

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The guy’s name is ORKUT BUYUKKOTEN Yes its named after him only. Today he is paid a hefty sum by Google for the things we do like scrapping. He is expected to b the richest person by 2009..

ORKUT BUYUKKOTEN today has 13 assistants to monitor his scrapbook & 8 to

monitor his friends-list. He gets around 20,000 friend-requests a day & about 85,000 scraps!!!

Some other Cool Facts about this guy:

0rkut.com Founder, Richest Man by 2009

* He gets $12 from Google when every person registers to this website.

* He also gets $10 when you add somebody as a friend.

* He gets $8 when your friend’s friend adds you as a friend & gets $6 if

anybody adds you as friend in the resulting chain.

* He gets $5 when you scrap somebody & $4 when somebody scraps you.

* He also gets $200 for each photograph you upload on Orkut.

* He gets $2.5 when you add your friend in the crush-list or in the hot-list.

* He gets $2 when you become somebody’s fan.

* He gets $1.5 when somebody else becomes your fan.

* He even gets $1 every time you logout of Orkut.

* He gets $0.5 every time you just change your profile-photograph.

* He also gets $0.5 every time you read your friend’s scrap-book & $0.5 every time
you view your friend’s friend-list.

October 16, 2008 Posted by | news | , , , | Leave a comment