India must be part of UNSC!

We all know that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is one of the principal organs of the United Nations and is charged with the maintenance of international peace and security. Its powers, outlined in the United Nations Charter, include the establishment of peacekeeping operations, the establishment of international sanctions, and the authorization of military action. Its powers are exercised through United Nations Security Council Resolutions.

In 2010, India will stand for election to one of the 10 non-permanent seats of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). In all likelihood, India will be elected for the stipulated period of two years partly because the other contender is Kazakhstan, and partly because of India’s own national and international credentials.

As the world’s largest democracy, the second most populous and, perhaps, the most diverse nation, the third largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity and consistently the fourth largest troop and police contributor to UN peacekeeping missions, India clearly would meet almost any criteria to be a member of UNSC.

But now asks ... Why India has not been considered earlier? Do we need certain ex-president of the United States of America to back us? Why is that the Government of India not able to push for the same? Are we always sleeping and wait for things to happen or till the storm reaches our doorsteps? If China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States make it to the permanent 5 of the UNSC, where India lacks? I really don't know and I guess the Indian Government is also unaware of the same!

Well, having said so, I really hope that India makes it to the UNSC in 2010. If not, what the ....?

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Storm surge
A wave breaks over Kalk Bay harbor wall in False Bay, Cape Town, South Africa, on Oct. 26. A cut-off low-pressure system and gale-force winds coupled with big swell created a powerful storm surge in the bay.

I am back!

My last post here was on October 10th morning and the same day I heard one of the worst news I have ever heard. My mother suffered a heart attack on October 10th and I had to rush to Nasik, my home town in Maharashtra state. This is the very reason I have been away for a while but now my mother is home and recuperating well.

It’s been a tough time for me and my family. I learned a lot of things about the so called ‘Noble profession’ i.e. Doctor’s profession during these times of crisis.

Some of the things I learned are so disturbing that I can’t even share in public forums. If I do, you might lose your faith on doctors in this country so its better I keep those with me. But in plain words, the noble profession is no more ‘noble’ … Sad but true!

It was just ‘cause of my very close school friends, who are also doctors (Dr.Rahul Bhosale, Dr.Shantaram Thakare) that I came to know about things which a layman can never come to know. These guys are genuine professionals and are doing a great job for mankind in my home town Nasik in Maharashtra state. I wish that India gets some more doctors like these two guys.

Apart from these two guys, all my school friends – Dhananjay Mahale, Vijay Patil, Deepak Patil, Hemant Gharate, Yoesh Sonawane, Rajesh Gadhave, Sachin Ghule, Sudarshan Sangle, Parshuram Pawar – stood by me like a rock in Nasik and I am grateful to these guys.

Here are a few snaps of all of us when we went for an outing after everything went well with my mother's health.

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Fiery discontent

Supporters of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya use flaming tires on Oct. 7 to block an entrance to Autonomous National University in Tegucigalpa.

My wish for my birthday

As I turn a year younger today, I have some things on my mind. These are some of my wishes, which I believe will come true one day. Am not sure if these will come true in my lifetime ...

I dream of a day when->

1. There will be no hungry children on the streets.
2. There won't be division of people by their religion.
3. Politicians in India will retire by the age of 58.
4. Farmers will rule the financials of the country.
5. Justice in the court of law will be equal for everyone.

Last but not the least, all my above dreams will come true -:)

So as you read this post today, I'll start preparing for my evening celebrations. It's my life and I'll make sure that I enjoy every moment of it!

Want to host Olympics?

Celebrations have erupted in a volcano of music, dance and partying in Brazil as Rio was declared the hosts of the 2016 Olympic Games!

Well New Delhi is also hosting a gala event in 2010 - 'The Common Wealth Games'. Now when I look into the newspaper these days, there is at least one news related to the 2010 games in New Delhi. It's about either the delay in preparations or Government of Delhi saying "We are on time!". Either way, we will have to wait until 3rd Oct 2010 to see the real thing.

Now let's talk about Rio's bid for 2016. Well, we know that Brazil is not a developed country and that it has it's own challenges. But when I looked at the way they have presented themselves for the 2016 bid, I was impressed. It's not possible to beat Obama's candidate (read Chicago City) that easily, is it? But Rio has done it. I request the Government of India Olympic Committee to visit the link below to read about the executive paper prepared by the Rio 2016 committee.

Click here to check out Rio's Candidature.

And yes, if Delhi wants 2020, they be prepared from October 4th 2009. After all, it's my birthday tomorrow -:)

Cheers to Rio's spirit!!!

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In protest

A Tibetan exile resident in India is detained by police at a protest outside the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi, India, on Oct. 1.

Tibetans across the world were protesting the 60th anniversary of Communist rule in China.

R U ready for the 'Wave'?

Finally it's here!!!

Yes! Wave is now Live. Though you might not be the lucky one who has reveived an invitation to be a part of this 'Wave', I am going to throw some light on what the 'Wave' really is!

Google Wave is an online tool for real-time communication and collaboration. A wave can be both a conversation and a document where people can discuss and work together using richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.

The Google Wave interface is divided essentially into four boxes: Navigation, Contacts, Inbox, and your current Wave. The below screen is from the wave portal.

Wave is loaded with a list of great features and to name a few, I'll go through some of these below:-

Real-time: In most instances, you can see what someone else is typing, character-by-character.

Embeddability: Waves can be embedded on any blog or website.

Applications and Extensions: Just like a Facebook application or an iGoogle gadget, developers can build their own apps within waves. They can be anything from bots to complex real-time games.

Wiki functionality: Anything written within a Google Wave can be edited by anyone else, because all conversations within the platform are shared. Thus, you can correct information, append information, or add your own commentary within a developing conversation.

Open source: The Google Wave code will be open source, to foster innovation and adoption amongst developers.

Playback: You can playback any part of the wave to see what was said.

Natural language: Google Wave can autocorrect your spelling, even going as far as knowing the difference between similar words, like “been” and “bean.” It can also auto-translate on-the-fly.

Drag-and-drop file sharing: No attachments; just drag your file and drop it inside Google Wave and everyone will have access.

With features like this, your home page now on will not be just but for sure!

Link to wave here

Looking for a Wave invite? Visit this link

The feature of Social Media is bright as ever and with things like this coming to serve you, am sure you'r gonna be hooked to Social Web forever!