Thursday, April 30, 2009
1955 Imperial Bank of India nationalized
1904 Ice cream cone makes its debut
1808 1st practical typewriter finished by Italian Pellegrini Turri
1789 George Washington inaugurated as 1st president of US
1772 John Clais patents 1st scale
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Photo Speaks - Abu Dhabi Bus & Police ads for Traffic Safety
Moving slowly through the city traffic is the most difficult part during the morning session of our daily working life. And if it stops completely due to a wrong parking by someone, what will be your mood? Especially in this part of the world, where most of the banks and government offices close at 2:00 pm and if one has to run between various points for multiple tasks, he will definitely be thinking, God, are you seeing all these, we have to reach at x,y and z destinations before they close. Summer is here and the temperature is rising and the tempers of the drivers will also follow suite. However, this particular advertisement on an Abu Dhabi Bus by Abu Dhabi Police convinced my belief that the authorities are aware of the wrong parking situations happening at many parts of the city. Thank you sirs, for highlighting this problem for the attention of the general public, who are of course aware of it, but helpless with the lack of parking areas at prominent spots. May be this is an indication of stringent actions going to be enforced in future for offenders who double park and block the traffic.
Solution upfront is to start using Abu Dhabi Bus… The new ones are coming soon. Why not? Enjoy the view around from a different seat and different height.
1991 Croatia declares independence
1957 1st military nuclear power plant dedicated, Fort Belvoir Va
1930 Telephone connection England-Australia goes into service
1922 1st official International Weightlifting Federation Champ (Tallinn, Estonia)
1886 1st public Dutch electricity opens
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I would like to state that I have nothing much to claim in my life. How ever I am glad that I could assist the needy when ever and wherever possible.
My Motto(s): What ever you are, wherever you are, who ever you are you should always behave according to the character and or the situation.
You should understand the nature of the person to whom you are dealing without egoistic mentality and without forgetting that our original nature should be love.
The following stanza will give us an indication on how to deal in each situation:
“DAKSHINYAM SWAJANE, DAYA PARIJANE,
SHADYAM SADA DURJANE,
PREETHI : SADHU JANE, NAYO NRIPAJANE,
SHOURYAM SATRUJANE, KSHAMA GURUJANE,
YE CHAIVAM PURUSHAH: KALA SUKUSHALA,
The above sloka in sanskrit tells us:
We should have benevolence towards our kindred, compassion and pity towards our servants, wickedness towards the wicked, love towards the suave, virtuous with the royal people, tolerance towards the scholars, intimacy towards the wife.
Mr. K. Madhavan Nair (K M Nair or Nair uncle as he is lovingly called by many) is a B.Com (Honours) graduate from Bombay University and Associate Member of British Association of Hospitality Accountants (ABHA). With 18 years of employment and experience of working in Bombay (1960-1978) moved to UAE and feel this country as his home away from home. After retiring from the position as Area Financial Controller, Rotana Hotels, he is continuing as Financial Controller, Abu Dhabi Trade Centre, Abu Dhabi Mall.
1937 1st animated cartoon electric sign displayed (New York City)
1937 1st commercial flight across Pacific, Pan Am
1935 Moscow underground opens (81 km long)
1910 1st night air flight (Claude Grahame-White, England)
1855 1st veterinary college in U.S. incorporated in Boston
Monday, April 27, 2009
1989 Mandatory seatbelt law goes into effect in Italy
1961 Sierra Leone declares independence from U.K.
1960 1st atomic powered electric-drive submarine launched, the Tullibee
1946 1st radar installation aboard a coml ship installed
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Motto(s): Right from my younger age, I have always believed that our purpose in life is not just looking for happiness but something beyond that. The below mentioned saying was told to me by my Father when I was about 7 years of age and has since then stuck in my mind like a Psalm from the Bible or a verse from the Gita.
“I cannot believe that the purpose of life is just to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, and to be compassionate. It is, above all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all....”
My Father has been a guiding force for me in my life and it was he who has taught me to approach/face life with compassion, courage and integrity. It is these qualities that have taken me this far in my life.
I sincerely believe that in order to be at peace with one self, we should treat people we come across with respect and compassion.
I also strongly believe in empowering my staff and believing in their abilities and capabilities.
I am able to understand and accept people for what they are and treat them with compassion and respect.
Sridhar’s, i.e. Usha Sridhar and Dr. Sridhar lived and worked in the UAE for about 16 years and recently shifted back there base to Chennai, from where they belong. She works now as the Administration Head of the IT Division of UAE Exchange in Chennai. Dr. Sridhar works as Consultant Diabetologist and Endocrinologist for MIOT hospitals in Chennai.
1929 1st non-stop England to India flight lands
1906 1st motion pictures shown in Hawaii
1755 1st Russian university opens (Moscow)
1721 Smallpox vaccination 1st administrated
1564 William Shakespeare baptized
Saturday, April 25, 2009
1957 1st experimental sodium nuclear reactor operated
1938 1st use of seeing eye dog
1901 New York becomes 1st state requiring auto license plates ($1 fee)
Friday, April 24, 2009
1929 1st non-stop England to India flight takes-off
1921 1st municipal elections for men and women in Belgium
1897 1st reporter, William Price (Washington Star), assigned to White House
1888 Eastman Kodak forms
1865 Fire alarm and police telegraph system put into operation in San Francisco
Thursday, April 23, 2009
1985 Coca-Cola announced it is changing its secret flavor formula
1972 Apollo 16 astronauts explores Moon surface
1968 1st decimal coins issued in Britain (5 and 10 pence)
1965 Launch of 1st Soviet communications satellite
1962 1st U.S. satellite to reach the moon launched
1959 1st heliport in Britain opens in London
1878 1st Dutch test drive of steam tram
1851 Canada issues its 1st postage stamps
1348 1st English order of knighthood founded (Order of Garter)
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
My Motto(s): I had many mottos and huge, larger than life, ambitions in childhood which kept me moving and progressing towards the next stage in life, but as I read more, as I learned more....as I saw life more...I realized that at the end of each day all that I wanted was to retire to bed as a good human being who could receive and accept rather than take, who could empathise rather than sympathise, who could feel rather than see, who could live rather than merely exist !
What keeps me going: My ability to learn from every experience in life. Be it good or bad , I attempt to learn something! The realisation that life has a lesson to impart keeps me going. And definitely the positive vibrations associated that reaches me in different forms.
Sreebala Sreenivas worked as an IT Assistant with Union Properties, Dubai. Currently pursuing Post Graduation in MA Public Administration, she has won several prizes at school, college, intercollegiate level for light music, western music, English drama, skit, debate and speech ! She enjoys reading books on self enhancement, philosophy, also fiction. Sreebala lives in Dubai with her husband Srinivas Mohan. According to her, Srinivas , is a completely dedicated , hardworking Architect, a very understanding and unconditional husband . They have a 5 yr old son, Shantanu, who compells both of them for constant updates on General Knowledge! As the only child of her parents, she always turned to them for support and guidance which they provided abundantly. She consider it as the greatest blessing to have been brought up in a house where there was only positivity, love and happiness!
Welcome to read the 16th issue of No News. In the olden days, it was a tradition for elders to sit with children and tell them stories. Mostly this happened in the evening and a group of 7 to 8 children gather around to listen a story, a short one with a moral ending. In those days, it was the natural formative way to groom the children to a responsible citizen. As we progressed and as the combined families shrunk to single family and single child, this tradition had a slow death. The busy schedule of both working parents and limited opportunities to interact with relatives and friends killed the age old tradition of story telling. Children, where do they go and what do they do to pick up precious pearls of wisdom?. TV cartoons or serials?. The importance of school libraries and regular reading lessons gets prominence at this stage. More libraries and reading opportunities should be made available for our children. A point to ponder.
It is not easy to preach and not at all easy to practise what we preach. I myself had a good experience two days ago. As a strong advocate and follower of traffic and safety rules, I try and make sure to follow the rules. They say, there is always a secret eye watching you and this happened after I parked my car in front of a road side villa. After finishing my work, I was taking my car and there comes a hand stopping me. A traffic warden walked from nowhere and handed over to me a parking violation ticket. He continued, Sir, you have parked in front of a no parking zone!. I looked around and could not locate any no-parking signs. Enquiring a little more about the locality I discovered that previous day, many drivers double parked in that area and created traffic obstructions for the residents and their complaints caused this decision of reinforcing an old no-parking situation in that area. I drove away accepting it as a good source of permanent reminder to stay away from future violations.
Participating recently in a photography competition by Malayala Manorama newspaper gave me an opportunity to experience the intensity associated with all those children taking part in various reality shows and events. Apart from having talent, they and their entire team should have the motivation to sustain their interest and efforts during the period they compete. To generate continuous interest amongst the audience is not an easy task. It is at this challenging time that innovative and inventive creative qualities within a person blossoms. This automatically becomes a grooming ground of future real time man management for the child. A look at the leading participants of any of the major competition will give you an idea about them and their academic skills and added value of extra-curricular talent.
Incidentally, this also brought in front of me another startling factor from a series of music reality shows concluded recently. As many as 5 children belonging to a small community – warrier’s - came to the finals of various regional singing reality shows. Arun Gopan, Mridula V R, Durga Warrier, Parvathy and Rashmi Vijayan. It is nice to see parents promoting children and their talent to blossom along with their academic progress. A new set of real life winners are being groomed and let out to the society to rule the future world of talent. How important is the role of parents here in the success achieved by each one of them? I really applaud them for supporting their children to come out and perform to their best.
On a similar platform, I look at the opportunities available to our children and those left un-explored by them. In our specific case, www.talentshare.blogspot.com initiative gives children the perfect platform to expand their non-performing talent. With a small effort of sending a creative work by email in jpg form, a child’s expressive thoughts gets into a history of his/her life. Imagine the feeling he/she gets after sending it across to his favourite uncle or grand parents across the world. Regular participation in it provides a self progress report for the growth of their creative career as they could analyse by themselves the creative efforts before, now and after. Please do not miss this opportunity to groom your child to participate in future at bigger venues whenever it is made available.
Higher education options for children are getting competitive than ever. The current economic scenario world-wide have reprioritised the demand in the field of education. Interests in arts, economics and language have gained back prominence. Specific job oriented courses have come up and even professional courses have direct admission facilities for students to join them straight from their high school. www.cbseplus.blogspot.com is dedicated to bring out the best support role for students. Several links with the objective of giving maximum guidance to children have been included in it. Parents, teachers and students are kindly requested to utilise this site to the maximum benefit they could reap from it. Nothing comes easy and free. Here, all the above are free for use. May be that is the reason it does not get the right value expected out of it. This is why each time a parent support his child to participate in the Talent Share objective gets rewarded. Because, without their support, children will never be able to participate in it.
With immense honour, I include a part of the answer provided to the media by H.H.Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Ministre of UAE. On asked about how he juggles his political and non-political roles and what he does for fun, he answered: “The day has 24 hours or 1,440 minutes, or 86,400 seconds. For me, this is sufficient time for work, hobbies and sports. It works if you respect time and you know how to organize your schedule. Whoever enjoys his work, it seems that you add five days to your week. I enjoy my work, which is my existence in my life: the service of my homeland and my people. My joy increases when I see the progress and prosperity of my homeland and my people. I do not work alone, I have a team whom I lead and encourage and on whom I rely. Within each human being there is an inexhaustible source of potential, but there is no human being with unlimited capacity. What is important is to know your capacities - and how you should use them. For fun, I spend my time with my family at the beach or in the desert. I love to read. I ride horses. My love for horses is indescribably enormous; it is part of my soul and history.
True words of wisdom from a leader who utilise each minute of his life for himself, his family and the society. Reflection of a true warrior. As do all the others who devote time for their children, family and society. What more one need? See the whole picture, enjoy it’s complete beauty and give your best positive efforts to your life and society around.
God Bless and have a great week ahead.
22042009 / e-mail: email@example.com
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
“Love and help everyone as much as you can, especially the needy and struggling people.
Be happy and positive always.
Remember past, live today happily and create tomorrow”
Mr. Shaji V. K., works as Senior Office Administrator (Chief Executive Officer’s Office) in one of the world’s leading Gas Processing Company, Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Ltd. [GASCO Abu Dhabi ]. He is Graduate in English Literature, with Technical Diploma in Computer Software Engineering and currently continuing his studies in Tourism. He lives in Abu Dhabi with his wife Sabitha and children Swathi and Shreyas.
1940 1st electron microscope demonstrated (RCA), Philadelphia, Pa
1926 1st check sent by radio facsimile transmission across Atlantic
1879 1st mobile home (horse drawn) used in a journey from London and Cyprus
1841 1st detective story (Poe's "Murders in Rue Morgue") published
Sunday, April 19, 2009
My Motto: Don’t Compare Your Life with Others, or Always compare your life with the People who living hardly. “Live today like you want tomorrow to be” .
What keeps me going – We are quite uncertain about the next moment. Still hoping for a better tomorrow.
V. K. Basheer, a M.Com with PG Diploma in computer applications works as Accounts Supervisor with Faysal M. Qahtani Sons Co. Saudi Arabia for the past
9 Years. Prior to this, he has work experience in Sharjah & Qatar. Mr. Basheer’s loving family includes his wife Thaneera, and two daughters Fatima (Nichu – 1year old) and Neema (Allu – 7 years).
1972 Bangladesh becomes a member of British Commonwealth
1971 Sierra Leone becomes a republic (National Day)
1971 U.S.S.R. Salyut 1 launched; 1st manned lab in orbit
1965 1st all news radio station (WINS 1010 AM in New York City) begins operating
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
1989 Zimbabwe gains independence
1980 Zimbabwe (formerly Southern Rhodesia) declares independence from UK
1950 1st transatlantic jet passenger trip
1853 1st train in Asia (Bombay to Tanna, 36 km)
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Motto(s) in life which keeps me going:
1. An attempt can be a failure. But there should never be failure of attempt.
Something as close to me as my skin and I try to propagate this positive element to everyone whom I meet. You may not have the strength to move the mountain, but definitely you can take the few steps to reach near it.
2. Success is not measured by what you have but what you give.
The more you give the more richer you are, whether it is money, love or knowledge.
3. Keep your No till the last moment.
Once you shut the door, you do not have any options or better alternatives.
Mr. R.Vijayan - a Mechanical Engineer by profession takes care of the After Sale Service & Customer Relations at INMA- (Construction and industrial equipment Distributors) Dubai, for the past fifteen years. Prior to his arrival in the gulf, Mr. Vijayan looked after Sales & Service of Material Handling Equipment at Godrej, Chennai and Mumbai for twelve years.
He has varied interests in literature, music (of any kind), cricket, tennis, movies and anything that touches our heart or opens up a different thought process. He is a big time admirer and supporter of creative talent, believer of positive attitude and quality in every walk of life.
Mr. Vijayan, wife Ragini and their daughter Rashmi live in Sharjah and lead a normal, happy life filled with music and good friends.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
What keeps me going - My family and friends and a sense of responsibility towards them.
Mr. Nagesh Srinivasan works as a Deputy Finance Manager for a steel company, ADPICO based in Abu Dhabi. He is an MCOM, ACA, ACS, MBA and still continuing with his studies.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
1941 1st helicopter flight of 1 hr duration, Stratford, Connecticut
1923 Insulin becomes generally available for diabetics
1912 Titanic sinks at 2:27 AM off Newfoundland as band plays on
1896 1st Olympic games close at Athens, Greece
1877 1st telephone installed: Boston-Somerville, Massachusetts
1817 1st American school for the deaf opens in Hartford, Connecticut
1793 Bank of England hands out 1st 5 pound note
Don’t try to make everybody happy. Try to make 10 people happy and they will in turn try to make another 10 happy and the chain will progress.
Late Kusamma Shambu Shetty is mother of Padmashri Dr. B. R. Shetty. These words of wisdom from his mother happened to be the keys of his success before he left India for Abu Dhabi seeking a prospective life and career abroad.
Excerpts from a speech by Mr. Binay Shetty and Padmashri Dr. B. R. Shetty.
With this post, I begin a new chapter. A daily inspirational quote or brief interview with those who work hard and achieve success in life. Bookmark and enjoy reading and appreciate to get your comments as this section of my blog progress.
Monday, April 13, 2009
1961 1st live television broadcast from Soviet Union
1923 Etienne Oehmichen sets helicopter distance record of 358 meters
1828 1st edition of Noah Webster's dictionary published
1792 France declares war on Austria, starting French Revolutionary Wars
1611 Word "telescope" is 1st used (Prince Federico Cesi)
1984 India beat Pak by 58 runs to win 1st Asia Cricket Cup in Sharjah
1960 France becomes 4th nuclear nation exploding an A-Bomb in Sahara
1796 1st elephant arrives in U.S. from India
1933 1st flight over Mount Everest by Lord Clydesdale
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Welcome to read the 15th issue of No News. I had an opportunity to attend an international conference a few days ago. It became another opportunity to meet two remarkable personalities.
Immediately after the lunch on day one was a presentation by the CEO of a company based in Washington. We all know it is very tough to get attention of the delegates during the session after lunch. His profile was very impressive as his personality. We noticed in the beginning itself that he was stammering and it was difficulty to speak at a stretch. It did not bother him at all. He took control of the situation and in few minutes gained momentum to give an Xxtra-ordinary presentation. Whenever he was feeling he will get stuck he diverted the attention of the audience by showing the details on the slide and then regained his momentum and continued from thereon. Next was the turn of a physically challenged expert with several Doctorates in her name. It took several minutes for her to reach the podium with the help of her electronic walker. All those limbs with limited movements were not a hindrance at all for her presentation style or content.
It created plenty of thoughts in my mind looking at them and the techniques they employed to reach their destinations till this time. Both were highly placed and if ever they had held themselves to their challenges?. They would not have moved an inch ahead in their life.
I have written here before also. English is not my mother tongue. I try using it in simpler ways to convey messages and thoughts passing by. Several progressive things evolved out during this journey of communication. Some of them have been significant from my point of view and wishfully list them here. They include the quality initiatives and numerous suggestions and write ups generated to create awareness on safety. The effort is a continuous socially conscious process and there are some other ongoing issues for which I am trying my best efforts.
One of them is to reduce the disparity of the salary structure of the school teachers and administrative staff with other government service employees within the country. Teaching is a noble profession and I feel there is lot more to be done in this country for the welfare of teachers and schools. Comprehensive insurance coverage to private and public school staff is one such item submitted and followed up with various TQM bodies of the government.
Another interesting request is to provide free utility services to educational institutions. This includes Water and Electricity and telecommunication services. I feel this will aid the schools and universities in the country to reduce the cost of education and therefore attract more students from abroad and also retain those existing here. There are some other items like introducing a bus stop near to the Bird market and ISCC Abu Dhabi for the convenience of general public visiting these places.
Last but not the least of the items on these suggestive communication is to restore the volcano fountain in to the scheme of developments of the new look Abu Dhabi.
Padmashri Dr. B. R. Shetty was given a felicitation by all the major associations and community groups to honour him for the highest civilian award by India Government. During the function his son Mr. Binay Shetty was asked to say a few words about his father. He quoted his grandmother’s advise to his father. Don’t try to make everybody happy. Try to make 10 people happy and they will in turn try to make another 10 happy and the chain will progress. Padmashri Dr. B. R. Shetty has his own inimitable style of speaking. He speaks from his heart. He pointed out the visit to his mother’s tomb immediately after receiving the honour. It was an act done to dedicate the laurels to her and also to remind himself that blessings from the family and loved ones is the most important thing in life.
Almost the end of this write-up and did you notice a difference?. I have deliberately avoided usage of commas till now. Just tried how much additional effort is required to avoid the usage of commas as Colin Randall said in his write up for THE NATIONAL about the use and misuse of it. The world of communication is changing and it is not an easy task to follow traditional ways as the exchange of communication is getting shorter and shorter. Let us try to do our best efforts for the benefit of our society with the blessings of our parents, teachers and family. As Mrs. Sarah Belhasa rightly said in her interview with Wknd “You don’t need to see the entire staircase to know where it goes. Just take the first step. It will lead somewhere..”
God Bless and have a great week ahead.
02042009 / e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Felicitation ceremony at the National Theatre Abu Dhabi
Felicitation at the National Theatre Abu Dhabi
Padmashri. Dr. B. R. Shetty.
Cultural programmes by children.
Speech by H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research, UAE
Speech by Mr. Binay Shetty.
Speech by Padmashri. Dr. B. R. Shetty.
Speech by Padmashri. Dr. B. R. Shetty.
A felicitation ceremony was held yesterday, 4th April 2009 at the National Theatre Abu Dhabi in honour of Padmashri Dr. B. R. Shetty. The function was jointly organised by Presidents and Managing Committees of India Social & Cultural Centre, Abu Dhabi Malayalee Samajam, Kerala Social Centre, Indian Islamic Centre & Indian Ladies Association. Apart from the above large organisations, almost 100 other smaller clubs, forums and public groups joined together to congratulate Padmashri Dr. B R Shetty for getting the highest civilian award from the Indian Government.
The highight of the evening was the graceful presence of H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research, UAE, who was present almost the entire function and also talked in length about the visionary in Dr. B. R. Shetty, his association with him, and the journey till now and forward.
Enjoy viewing few photos of the function and parts of the speech by H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Padmashri Dr. B. R. Shetty and his son Mr. Binay Shetty.
An icing on the cake was provided by children from various organisation by presenting cultural programmes of national interest.
05 04 2009