The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009 – Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Thomas A. Steitz, and Ada E. Yonath

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2009 jointly to Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, United Kingdom Thomas A. Steitz, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA Ada E. Yonath, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel “for studies of the structure and function of …

A Simple Strategy For Cracking UPSC, IAS Preliminary Examination

(This post was written way back in 2009 and may not be relevant to present UPSC pattern – but it will be soon updated to suit 2014 prelims ) Preliminary examination is intended to eliminate non serious candidates and provide an opportunity for the serious students to compete in the main examinations. Most of the aspirants …

List of Jnanpith Award Winners – India’s Highest Literary Award

Year Name Language 1965 G Sankara KurupOtakkuzhal                                      Malayalam 1966 Tarashankar Bandopadhyaya Bengali 1967 Kuppali Venkatappagowda Puttappa (Kuvempu) Sri Ramayana Darshanam               Kannada 1967 Umashankar Joshi Gujarati 1968 Sumitranandan PantCOMPLETE COLLECTION      …

Text of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Speech in the Parliament Reiterating India’s Stance Taken During NAM Summit at Sharm-Al-Sheikh in Delinking Talks From Terrorism While Dealing With Pakistan

Madam Speaker, As I have said many times before, we cannot wish away the fact that Pakistan is our neighbour. We should be good neighbours. If we live in peace, as good neighbours do, both of us can focus our energies on the many problems – our abject poverty that confront millions and millions of …

Kalam Effect

By Vinay:   After the serial ‘salaam’ing of Mr. kalam for being silent on the issue of getting frisked and the serial slamming of the Continental Airlines for frisking him, it seems many netas are still not satisfied. One young neta from Orissa has come up with a solution; that not 31 but only 3+1 …

Milestones in India’s Space Programme

1962 Indian  National  Committee for Space Research (INCOSPAR) formed by the Department of Atomic Energy  and work on establishing  Thumba Equatorial Rocket  Launching Station (TERLS) started. 1963 First sounding rocket launched from TERLS (November 21, 1963). 1965 Space Science & Technology Centre (SSTC) established in Thumba. 1967 Satellite Telecommunication Earth Station set up at Ahmedabad. …

Martin Luther King Speech ‘I Have a Dream’ – Address at March on Washington August 28, 1963. Washington, D.C.

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. [Applause] Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of …

Full text of the Speech Delivered by Barack Obama in Denver

To Chairman Dean and my great friend Dick Durbin; and to all my fellow citizens of this great nation; With profound gratitude and great humility, I accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States. Let me express my thanks to the historic slate of candidates who accompanied me on this journey, and especially …

GITANJALI

GITANJALI “Song Offerings” Rabindranath Tagore —————————————— Mind Without Fear Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high; Where knowledge is free; Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls; Where words come out from the depth of truth; Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards …

Famous Speech by John F. Kennedy on Urgent National Needs Delivered on May 25, 1961

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, my copartners in Government, gentlemen-and ladies: The Constitution imposes upon me the obligation to “from time to time give to the Congress information of the State of the Union.” While this has traditionally been interpreted as an annual affair, this tradition has been broken in extraordinary times. These are extraordinary …

QUOTES ON INDIA

§                     So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked. – Mark Twain (American writer) §                     We owe a lot to the Indians, who …