Archive for November, 2009

THE DRESS CODE

November 29th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Life   1 Comment »

 The way you dress indicates  in what profession you are  to a certain extent and  it reflects on your personality. Perceptions might vary and exceptions are always there. In India, it is trouser/shirt for the office goers and for household chores. For women, it is saree or suit,   for the both, working and non-working. For boys and girls, it is jeans tee-shirt/tunic and sneakers.

For leaders it is the payjama/kurta and a half jacket, all whites. Sometimes it is the traditional Dhoti/kurta and jacket. And this is their dress code for over half a century even while attending international conferences. (more…)

INDIA – SRILANKA – SECOND TEST

November 28th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

India’s biggest victory over Srilanka also gave them their 100th Test win at the Green Park stadium at Kanpur on Friday. They achieved this milestone after playing 432 test matches. Their tails are up and will take on Srilanka in the third and final test at Mumbai with courage and confidence. (more…)

MUMBAI CARNAGE – 26/11.

November 23rd, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in News, Political   No Comments »

IS INDIA PREPARED FOR ANOTHER ATTACK LIKE 26/11?

The ‘first anniversary’ of Mumbai carnage is within a couple of days.The city was held to ransom by ten terrorists who created havoc. It was initially thought that Mumbai Police would round up the attackers within a couple of hours. It was never expected that the 26/11 siege would last for 62 hours.

The terorists were armed to the teeth, had weaponry and stamina enhancing doses to last for four days. It was the National Security Guards, who were flown into Mumbai, who ensured that the situation could be brought under control at hotels Taj Mahal and Trident and the Nariman House. (more…)

AUSTALIAN GOVERNMENT WAKES UP

November 20th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in News   1 Comment »

Mr. Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia, had visited India last week and had discusions with Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh regarding the attacks on Indian students in Australia. Kevin Rudd assured that the attackers would be severely dealt with according to the law of the land and nobody would be spared.

The Ministry of External Affairs press notification released Rudd’s statement – “The attacks on foreign students studying in Australia ‘as our guests’ would not be tolerated, Rudd asserted, adding they would be dealt with by the full force of the Australian law enforcement and criminal justice systems”. (more…)

SACHIN TENDULKAR – A GLOBAL ICON

November 19th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   2 Comments »

TWENTY YEARS OF SERVICE TO INDIA

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Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar

With 45 centuries, 17,178 runs, 58 Man of the match awards, 14 Man of the Series awards, in his  436 ODIs, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is a global icon. In tests he has scored 42 centuries and 12,273 runs. The world records he holds in ODIs as well as Test Cricket, it seems now, are unsurpassable by anyone else. He is a God of Indian Cricket and his millions of fans  in India and across the globe, feel hurt when somebody says that he is a Marathi first and Indian later. Sachin had very rightly said that he is proud to be an Indian and this statement had no political overtures.

Why did someone leave the political pitch and come down  to the cricket pitch and bowl a bouncer to the best batsman in the world? Sachin, very aptly, hit the bouncer for a six over  square-leg boundry. (more…)

INDIA – SRI LANKA FIRST TEST

November 16th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   1 Comment »

India won the toss and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni opted to bat at the commencement of the first test match being played at Ahmedabad. But only after a half an hour into the proceedings, Indian players tails were no where to be seen – forget wagging. They were 32 for 4. Three wickets fell to the speedster Chanka Walegeda and all the three batsmen misjudged the in-swing deliveries and were clean bowled. The sound of the timber rattling time and again was nerve wrecking. At that moment it appeared that India had already lost the test match in the first hour itself. (more…)

AUSTRALIAN PM VISITS INDIA

November 15th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in News   No Comments »

RACIAL ATTACKS ON INDIAN STUDENTS DISCUSSED

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who is on a visit to India, on Thursday discussed with Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister the racial attacks on Indian nationals in his country.

Rudd assured the Prime Minister that his government was committed to stopping the attacks on Indian nationals in his country but authorities could not totally rule out such incidents in future. (more…)

AIRPORTS – WORST AND BEST

November 12th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in News   1 Comment »

An online survey had been conducted by sleepinginairports.com and Delhi has been voted as the worst airport in Asia. A worldwide survey conducted by another agency, Priority Pass, says London’s Heathrow Airport is the worst airport in the world. Charles de Gaulle Airport (Paris) has been voted as second worst, followed by Los Angeles, Frankfurt airport and Miami airports. Apart from infrastructure issues, proneness to accident is the main parameter on which these airports are ranked.

I had the opportunity to visit a few of the airports and the facts are brought out here for the benefit of travellers. (more…)

FOUR COLLEGES SHUT DOWN IN AUSTRALIA

November 7th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in News   5 Comments »

MORE COLLEGES TO CLOSE DUE TO IMMIGRATION  FRAUD

It has been reported by ABC TV news and Times TV news agencies that more than 2,700 international students  suffered another setback after the collapse of four private colleges in Australia on Friday, Nov 6.

Global Campus Management Group, which owns these  colleges in Sydney and Melbourne, was placed into voluntary administration on Thursday, Nov 5. About 2,700 International students were affected which includes students who were about to take their exams shortly. The students were mainly from India and other Asian countries.

India’s deputy high commissioner to Australia, V K Sharma, said an estimated 300 or so of the affected students were Indians and that the recent collapse of some colleges had led to a sharp fall in student arrivals from India. “There was also a lot of fraud going on in the system,” he added. (more…)