Landslide in Uganda (March 2010)

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Heavy rain on 1st March triggered the massive landslide in district of Bududa in eastern Uganda, resulting in death of about 100 people.

Facebook privacy controversy

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Facebook

There are several complaint over the privacy issue with Facebook account. Facebook had moved all its users to the new version of the Facebook in september 2008. In October news feed section was redesigned to help users to get knowledge about friends. But, there was no control on the type of news displayed over the page. Facebook introducec new privacy policy in November 2009 which was highly criticized.  It makes the public visibility of many information which can be private previously. Facebook reconsider some points and finally provides a option to hide friends lists but still many other information was out of control. One of the major problem was sharing private information for marketing/advertising purposes. In may 2010 more control over the display of friend list was introduced. Still people are concerned about the misuse of their private data.

Gyaneshwari Express derails

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Gyaneshwari express derailment

13 coaches of Mumbai-bound Gyaneshwari Express derailed while running between Khemasoli and Sardiya stations (West Bengal’s West Midnapore district) , about 135 km from Kolkata on 28th May 2010 (Friday). Five of these coaches were also hit by a speeding goods train. At least 71 passengers were killed and 200 injured. The reason for derailment are not clear but two possibilities are expected; first, bomb blast by Naxals and second, an act of sabotage by removal of fish plates. Indian Railway announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the next of kin of each of the dead and Rs 1 lakh for the injured. The Prime Minister announced Rs 2 lakh to the next of the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured. The West Bengal police have said that Maoist-backed organization People’s Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) has claimed responsibility for the Gyaneshwari Express accident.

“Super 30” hattrick in IIT-JEE (quality education for poor students)

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All 30 students of Super 30, a free coaching centre in Bihar, have cracked the highly competitive Indian Institute of Technology-Joint Entrance Examination (IIT-JEE) for the third consecutive year. Anand Kumar, the institute’s director-cum-founder, happily announced that hard work, proper guidance and supervision are the secrets of our success. This Institute was build in 2003 when 18 students cleared IIT-JEE exam. This was followed by 22 and 26 students in 2004 and 2005. For next two year, 2007 and 2008, 28 students made it through IIT-JEE. Since 2008 the success rate is 100 %. Institute helps poor students to crack tough IIT-JEE entrance examination. Support to run Institute come from revenue generated from Ramanujam School of Mathematics. Super 30 was started by Anand and Bihar’s Additional Director General of Police Abhyanand. Abhyanand dissociated himself from institute two years ago. Institute was listed in the “Best of Asia 2010” category by Time Magazine. The success story of Super 30 was also telecast by the Discovery Channel last year.

The Moral Values Of Abstinence Before Marriage

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An educational video was produced by Crawley Films (1958) on this topic which is available under Creative Commons license: Public Domain.
Brief:Today, the issue of abstinence from sexual behaviors before marriage is most often discussed within the context of sex education in the public schools. And the ensuing debate over the most effective and appropriate method of sex education for students is a logical by-product of an ever-increasing sexualized society. Fundamentally, abstinence is viewed as refraining from sexual activity, but it would be better understood in the larger context of God’s plan for relationships and intimacy. As Christians, the concept of reserving sex for marriage is a part of God’s original plan. In fact, it was an integral product of creation. Indeed, during creation, the gift of sex was among those things God declared to be “very good.” In the beginning, God created man and woman, ordained marriage and gave sex, both as a gift and a responsibility, to mankind. Notice that sex more correctly identified as one’s sexuality was given to all mankind and not just married couples. The act itself is confined to marriage. Only then, when done according to God’s plan, can sex be physically enjoyed to its fullest extent, emotionally satisfying, psychologically fulfilling and spiritually meaningful. Read more »

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