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Monday, January 31, 2005
 


Andrew tidily sums up Iraqi elections .

 
Results from Iraq

The results of the Iraqi elections are in:

Winners: Democracy, Hope, Iraqis and Bush's gamble (yes, it was one big gamble).
Losers: Terrorists, and, judging by this, some parts of the sour American Left. Of course, the latter being in this column is such a shame.

Sunday, January 30, 2005
 
Harry Potter and Sigmund Freud

With regard to my earlier post about Harry's dubious sexuality, David Adesnik, over at OxBlog sent me his, ahem, deeper observations, which I had missed. Thanks, David.

 
More good news for democracy....

This time, from Kashmir. The civic polls saw a high turnout. And the elections were peaceful. Here's to hoping that this roll continues.

 


A Victory for the World?

The Iraqi street seems to have risen to the occassion in a show of courage that is impressive, even staggering. Congratulations are due to them.

Now, it is the time for the leaders - Iraqi, American and others. The Bush administration is well known for its Attention Deficit Disorder. Let's pray now that they do not let Iraqis to their own devices and move to Iran.

It's crucial time now for America - a time when allies turn opponents. Till now, the short-term goals of America and the Shiites, especially Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, have matched. But now, we have reached the fork. Sistani does not want a Vilayat-e-faqi (Iranian style govt). But then, neither does he want a Jeffersonian democracy.

Kurds will try to make sure that the eventual constitution makes it easy for them to retake Kirkuk, something the Turks and Sunnis would not be happy to see happen. Already, the KDP and PKU contested on a combined slate in these elections - with a promise to "protect Kurdish interests."

The first constitution of the liberated Iraq was a liberal document - straight from a Democrat Presidential Platform. Question now is, where do the Iraqis go from here? It will take himalayan diplomatic effort to set them on the road to the kind of democracy America wants in the Middle East - as opposed to one like Pakistan, where the civil relations is a sad joke.

Question is, is Bush administration, especially Condi Rice, upto the task? Let's hope so - it's too important for the world that they succeed.

 
Not because he is.... you know....

Given the flak a poor little piece of Sponge is drawing from the wingnuts, it's quite reasonable that fans are scrambling to explain the single status of their superheroes.... I mean, come on... These guys are buff,wear such tight clothes, uh, rather, garish outfits.

Obviously, it's not going to be too long before the gaydar of the Focus on Family types turns on these guys.

Before that happens, out come the explanations for why the superheroes are all single, and childless.

I bet Batman fans will have a tougher job - what with that Robin and all. Tolkein fans better get ready to justify Sam. And J.K.Rowling better explain why Harry Potter goes walking with Ron, instead of dancing with Padma Patil at the Yule Ball, and why he has such problems connecting with the pretty Cho Chang.

(Hat tip for the link: David Adesnik over at OxBlog)

 
The Tragic consequences of a Wadrobe Malfunction...

The Onion reports. It's high time the Congress acted, and increased funding for NNBD research. :-)

Thursday, January 27, 2005
 
The End of Marriage

This is it... the conservatives had predicted this - the moment you induct homos in the institution of Marriage, you will end its special status in our society... Now, look at what a Democrat senator from MA is defending - bigamy!

Oh, wait, sorry... that was a Republican Senator from Utah.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005
 
And I thought the sovereignty babble was the worst...

"Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB/GYN's aren't able to practice their love with women all across the country."— Pres. Bush, Sept. 6, 2004, Poplar Bluff, Mo.

 
Why am I...

reminded of the Professor Umbridge character when I read about the new Education Secretary?

Go on, Ms.Spellings, I agree with you. After all, images of people with three eyes, three horns, a toad for a nose, devouring children for lunch is not something that should be shown to children - not, by far shot, by PBS!!

 
In the interest of fairness...

I know this is going to hurt my defense of evangelical missionaries' right to preach etc - but this is terrible.

It shows the moral bankruptcy of the missionaries involved - to try to "harvest" souls in such deep distress (which is arguably not spiritual) is akin to robbing a dead body (which is another travesty that is reportedly happening). It is appalling, and needs to be condemned by conscientious of all faiths.

 
If you want a laugh at the expense of a wingnut....

Well... they might call themselves morons.org, but the folks there are not really morons... at least, not as much as the wingnuts!



 
Fellow Menfolk, BEWARE!!!

Sunday, January 23, 2005
 
Justifying Thackeray

Readers of this blog know that I have long considered Bal Thackeray and his ilk to be a nuisance, at best, and a danger, to the Indian democratic setup. Meet the opposite - from the "rationalist" side. Karunanidhi has employed a most insulting tone in taunting the SP Premkumar, investigating the Kanchi Mutt case. He could have stopped by criticizing the SP for placing the documents at the feet of the deity to get "blessings."

But by going further, and talking about the "duty" of the Deity to stand witness, he has crossed a line. This is a man who shamelessly claims to be a rationalist, but would not come out without his yellow shawl. It cannot be a coincidence that he has worn yellow for more than ten years, now, can it be? Would not the allegation that he believes it to be auspicious be a better explanation? And, this is a man who partakes in the fast-breaking ceremony with Muslim leaders every single Ramadan.

Extremism and fanaticism are not a diseases that afflict organized religion alone. It could affect non-organized religions (again, look at Bal Thackeray, or some of the Buddhist monks of Sri Lanka), or atheism too. It is to be shunned and condemned, irrespective of what ideology it rides on, by the people who are truly liberal in their outlook.

Friday, January 21, 2005
 
Tuesday, March 29, 2005

That date is going to be real important for any one who is interested in Info Tech. Two cases are going to be argued in the Supreme Court Of The United States (SCOTUS):

1. MGM Studios v. Grokster will decide whether those who provide software enabling download of copyrighted music files (or movies) are liable for the copyright infringement. If the decision goes against Grokster, it might be the end of many P2P software. But it could be a very dangerous outcome.
Let us take, for example, an ISP. Technically, it is possible to exchange music over the internet. So, technically, the ISP enables a user to infringe copyrights. Does that mean that Time Warner can be hauled to court because some John Doe who subscribes to TW downloaded copyrighted music big time?

It would be stupid too. Essentially, it would mean that Europeans will keep writing P2P software, which I can always download... only Americans cannot.


2. The combined cases of National Cable Telecomm. Assoc. v. Brand X and FCC v. Brand X is on whether cable companies must open their broadband Internet access lines to all companies offering high-speed links to their customers. For example, I get my internet service from Earthlink. But the cable that carries my connection is Time Warner's. Can the Feds force TW to carry Earthlink customers too? Pragmatically, it would be good if the SCOTUS rules that TW should carry Earthlink customers too (hey, I benefit from it!!). But I am not sure of the legalities of the claims - not had too much time to read the briefs.

Thursday, January 20, 2005
 
LOL

The coolest T-Shirt I have seen (well... after one particular T that says "Michigan Sucks" on the front, and "Penn State Swallows" on the back ;) )





(Thanks, Kos, for the link)




Tuesday, January 18, 2005
 
For once....

There was this poll at the Indian Express site.

Do you think the Karnataka CM did the right thing by turning down appeals to ban American evangelist Benny Hinn's prayer programme?

For once, I was glad to see that the results reflected more than just a knee-jerk reaction. Here is the result, as it stands now: Yes-55.89 No-39.87 Can't Say-4.22

Banning a prayer programme like this, however much provocative it might be, would amount only to suppression... something we ought to be very, very careful about. To my great dismay, I have found, many times, that Indians demand a ban on this and that at the drop of a hat. We are getting better.


Monday, January 17, 2005
 
MSNBC - Tell That to Your Children

George Will tries to have it both ways here... a very good attempt, I would say. Let me summarize the whole article for you:
"The young of the day are used to a lifestyle full of choices, and are supportive of the Social Security reforms that would give them more choices. The old, on the other hand, are used to a much simpler, albeit restricted, lifestyle. Hence they oppose the reforms. The Democrats critically depend on the support of the youth. And it cannot be that the Dems will continue without causing harm to their popularity among the youth. They are doing so only to deny the President a victory."

The rest is all commentary.

Now, let's look at this argument. First, George Will wants us to believe that Republicans, and the President, want reform because they are pro-choice, and the Dems don't. What piffle! If the GOPers are such galant defenders of individual autonomy, and avalability of individual choice, I would like to see them show it when it comes to laws that try to dictate with whom, and how, I can sleep with tonight.

And then, there is this explanation for why the senior folks are opposing reform. Mr.Will would have us believe that they do so because they are not used to choice - not because they are getting shafted... oh, and the youth... they are not supporting it because it would mean they will not have to subsidize the retirees (after they subsidized those of their time).

Oh, Mr.Will, please explain this to me, like I am a 4 year old, If Dems are throwing themselves on a sword by alienating the 18-34 year olds, the GOP is not exactly ball dancing with the bigger chunk of the aged population, right?

Sunday, January 16, 2005
 
But they never learn

Hardly had I published the last comment, when I see this. Is there any sane visionary in the Indian Secularist camp (except Vajpayee, of course)?

 
Just what is the Raj Bhavan telling us?

Yesterday evening, newspapers reported that the Govt of Tamil Nadu the gloves were off the TN govt's fists - and that a communique from the Chief Minister had reached the Raj Bhavan (Governor's Office) stating that the TN Govt will be taking over the Kanchi Mutt. While the report did not come from the CM's office, Raj Bhavan did reportedly confirm it, and stated that the Governor would consult legal experts about it.

But now, both the Raj Bhavan and the CM's office are denying the reports. Why did the Raj Bhavan confirm the earlier report? What is the truth?

If Jayalalithaa govt takes over the Kanchi Mutt, it would amount to nothing less than suppression of religion. The already weak protection of religion in the Constitution of India (esp for the Hindus), will further be eroded, if not rendered meaningless, if it becomes an established precedent that the govt can take over, and run, religious institutions, even in cases of a smooth running Mutt.

Every one, including rationalists, should be worried about this. Remember, if you allow politics to mix with religion, you will also be mixing religion with politics. If the government start running mutts, how would anyone prevent Mutt controversies from becoming political issues? This sort of thing happened in the case of the Sivagiri Mutt in Kerala, where the Kerala government took over the Mutt, after a fight over the succession. And it led to whole lot of ugly politics, and communalization of the issue.

Remember - if BJP takes this issue in a big way, it has the potential of becoming TN's own version of the Idgah Maidan issue, which helped BJP get a foothold in Karnataka (Not that I would be glad if BJP becomes a force to reckon with in TN - just not that group of the BJP).

The Congress should smartly react now. If the Center acts decisively, and makes sure the Mutt is not harmed by Jayalalithaa, and that law really is allowed to rule, it could get a loads of support from many people who are currently supporting BJP.

There is another issue involved. There is one, and only one, possible reason why Jayalalithaa wants to take over the Mutt - its immensely ambitious projects. All those will become mired in corruption. Should we allow this? Decide.

 
Just what is the Raj Bhavan telling us?

Yesterday evening, newspapers reported that the Govt of Tamil Nadu the gloves were off the TN govt's fists - and that a communique from the Chief Minister had reached the Raj Bhavan (Governor's Office) stating that the TN Govt will be taking over the Kanchi Mutt. While the report did not come from the CM's office, Raj Bhavan did reportedly confirm it, and stated that the Governor would consult legal experts about it.

But now, both the Raj Bhavan and the CM's office are denying the reports. Why did the Raj Bhavan confirm the earlier report? What is the truth?

If Jayalalithaa govt takes over the Kanchi Mutt, it would amount to nothing less than suppression of religion. The already weak protection of religion in the Constitution of India (esp for the Hindus), will further be eroded, if not rendered meaningless, if it becomes an established precedent that the govt can take over, and run, religious institutions, even in cases of a smooth running Mutt.

Every one, including rationalists, should be worried about this. Remember, if you allow politics to mix with religion, you will also be mixing religion with politics. If the government start running mutts, how would anyone prevent Mutt controversies from becoming political issues? This sort of thing happened in the case of the Sivagiri Mutt in Kerala, where the Kerala government took over the Mutt, after a fight over the succession. And it led to whole lot of ugly politics, and communalization of the issue.

There is another issue involved. There is one, and only one, possible reason why Jayalalithaa wants to take over the Mutt - its immensely ambitious projects. All those will become mired in corruption. Should we allow this? Decide.

Friday, January 14, 2005
 
Only in India!

Sometimes I wonder if our freedom fighters frittered their lives away in vain. Surely this is not the kind of polity they imagined will take the country beyond independence and into a strong future.

Thursday, January 13, 2005
 
When Secular Netas besmirch secularism

The Center has now gone back on its approval of an IIIT in Kancheepuram. As an alumnus of an institution inspired by Sri Jayendrar (Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering), I am acutely aware of how much He interest he took in keeping the school one of the best in the state.

This IS the best way to secularism - when religious people acknowledge the importance of science, and technology, and promote them, rather than resisting them.

But now, with "secularists" in power, the plans for setting up InfoTech city and IIIT in Kancheepuram are being scuttled. It's sad.... and stupid.

 
Kanchi Case - Mutt Accounts Frozen

If we thought that the arrest of the Junior Seer just hours after the release of Sri. Jayendra Saraswati was outrageous, I can not find words to describe my feelings at the latest top stories - the 10 minute clip of the Police interrogation of the Senior Acharya leaked to the press and the more recent freezing of the Mutt's 183 bank accounts.

I believe the media must own some moral responsibility for broadcasting a video, that was given *anonymously*, about a sensitive issue such as the interrogation of the Swamigal. Media has shown crass disregard for the truth right from the beginning of this entire fiasco and now it has acted like Al-Jazeera telecasting anonymously dropped tapes of likes of bin Laden and his homies. When contacted, the police remained silent about the origins of the video. This is certainly not just "reporting the news"; our media knows nothing about just reporting the news without painting a populist version.

And to freeze the accounts of the mutt is a despicable act. Does the SIT even realize that it is putting thousands of people who rely on the Mutt's charitable works at risk by doing this? The next step I see coming is a caretaker official handpicked by Selvi who will release funds for these activities at his discretion (read Selvi's), which probably means the legal team for the Acharyas has to seek approval from this caretaker official to fund their own defense!

This development reminds me of the infamous and bloody Kristallnacht of the Nazi era. On that November night, hordes of Nazi hoodlums trashes Jewish places of worship and livelihood, killing Jews and people that "looked like Jews", thus creating what will go down in history as the Night of Broken Glass. The Nazis then decreed that not only are the Jews ineligible to claim insurance, but had to pay a collective fine of over 1 billion Reichmarks to the government for causing Kristallnacht!!!


Updated at 5:15 pm 2005/01/13:
A good piece by Mr. Gurumurthy, reporting the existence of one Justice Narasimha Reddy of the AP High Court. This is the first time I have come across this name in relation to the Kanchi case...wonder why? Read on.. S Gurumurthy: Will the `secular' media heed Justice Reddy's warning? - Newindpress.com

Wednesday, January 12, 2005
 
Hard Fact

Let's face it... this thing is monstrous. Now, I am not at all enthusiastic about governmental regulation of what ought and ought not be on market shelves (except stuff that might cause injury to any other than the consumers. I am, though, an advocate of corporate responsibility. And this reeks of a lack of that.

That aside, let's look at the map now. Not in Northeast, not west of the Rockies. Well, what does that leave us with? Oh, good ol' Jesusland!! But wait.... ain't those folks who believe in seven cardinal sins (of which, if I remember right, gluttony is one)? Or, has gluttony been conveniently replaced by sodomy?

Let's just face the hard reality - Red staters are hugely hypocritical - they would swallow all sorts of porn in their ads, love Desperate Housewives, while blame Hollywood for satiating their carnal appetite.

Oh, incidentally, may be that I am just more crooked than Seth, but I noticed what he had not. Look at the pics of the male and female versions of the Hardee's ads. What's different? That's right - the male version does not have the straws neatly stacked. Reminds you of something else. Hey, I am a blue stater at heart!

PS: If any word/phrase in this post (or its title) appears to you as having a double meaning, it is just a reflection of your perverse mind.

 
Tsunami

If you want to know what Tsunami does, check these NASA Pics out - the l7_aceh_29dec04_28.5m.jpg ">first was taken on December 13, 2004, and the second on December 29, 2004. See the diff?

And now, read this. I watched the docu itself yesterday. Their spooky music gave me some reason not to freak out. But, the facts are quite scary.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005
 
Liberals Chime in too

Some voices in the Social Left in India are raising up against the increasingly dubious (in my mind, there is no doubt anymore) arrest of Sri Jayendrar and Sri Vijayendrar. Prem Shankar Jha has written a column in The Outlook - a magazine known for its leftist leanings - warning that if it is personal vendetta, it is a purile, short-sighted action with very serious consequences. Money quote:
"While the case against Jayendra Saraswati is evaporating into smoke, evidence is accumulating of the way in which this has been turned into a political crusade to denigrate Brahminism by both the DMK and the AIDMK. This is the time bomb that I am staring at, petrified with fear as I write my column. To our politicians nothing is holy, but this is a Hindu country. Let no one ever forget that. If it turns out that the most revered icon of Hindu sanatana dharma has been shamed, humiliated, and persecuted without reasonable cause, we could see the beginning of a caste-cum-religious conflagration that may not be doused in our lifetimes."

Monday, January 10, 2005
 
This is Outrageous

Barely had the Seer of Kanchi Mutt been released on the orders of the Supreme Court, has the Tamil Nadu Police arrested the junior Pontiff. In the beginning, I was not willing to deny the allegations of the police. I treaded very carefully till date. But now, I am willing to say that there seems to be a sinister plot behind this entire episode. And it seems to me that people at the highest levels of the TN govt are involved - including Jayalalithaa.

It is quite some strange timing - why is it that the police suddenly decided to arrest Sri Vijayendrar just when Sri Jayendrar was being released? What prevented them from taking him into custody till now? What changed yesterday evening? Why did they cancel the interrogation of Sri Vijayendrar day before yesterday?

And why all this drama with gun-toting policemen entering the Mutt? Have we not had enough with such an incident in 1984 - one cynical, arrogan woman politico ordering cops (or army) into a sacred place, weapons and all? Why could they not have just asked Sri Vijayendrar to come out, and made the arrest sans all this drama?

Now, the bail has been obtained by Sri Jayendrar on the condition that he not visit the Mutt premises. Now, with Sri Vijayendrar in custody, all the worship that used to be performed by them will stop. This cannot but sadden the hearts of the devotees of the Mutt, and the temple.

My greatest worry is that the Government of Tamil Nadu should not use this as a pretext to take over the Mutt, or its subsidiaries. If that happens, it would be nothing less than persecution of a religious sect.

Hopefully, the Central Government, and the President are keeping a close watch on the situation. I am currently writing a plea to the President to make sure that the TN government does not try to violate the independence of the Mutt.

 
Congratulations

Mahmoud Abbas a.k.a Abu Mazen has won. Make no mistake... the peace process is not all day-light now. Abbas is known to be adamant about the Palestinian refugees' "right to return." This is an issue the Israelis cannot compromise on, and understandably so. But Abbas' election also makes it that much more difficult for those opposed to the emergence of a Palestinian state to continue blaming the Palestinians for failing to come up with a responsible leader.

It's also worth noting that the second place was won by Mustafa Barghouti, (not to be confused with terrorist leader Marwan Barghouti) a doctor, and a moderate. Together, the moderates won nearly 90% of the votes.

This is a golden opportunity for Israel and Palestine to solve their problems. But, unfortunately, in the world of politics, golden opportunities are usually frittered away. Here's to hope that this will not be one such time - too many lives are at stake.

Saturday, January 08, 2005
 
Secretary Condi Rice v Advisor Condi Rice

Fred Kaplan had written, a while back, that Condi, to be independent, has to choose some one other than John Bolton as her deputy. WaPo now reports that US Trade Representative Robert Zoellick is being tapped for that post. This will be the second time the neo-cons fail to get their candidate into an important post in Foggy Bottom. Earlier, Danielle Pletka, of the neo-con think tank American Enterprise Institute (AEI) had been tipped to be the assistant secretary in charge of the Near East - which would have put her on top of policies regarding a vast swath of the Muslim world - from Morocco to Iran, and Israel. That position has, to my knowledge, not been filled, with Rice resisting pressure to take in Pletka.

Now, this does not mean that Condi is going to be the new Powell. No. Condi has not been known for any strong ideological position. In fact, she was a specialist on Soviet Union, putting her squarely in the Kissingerite Realist camp. But in the last term, she apparently sided with the neo-cons more than with the realist Powell.

To understand this peculiar behavior, one must understand that the primary factor that commands Rice is loyalty to the President. Since Bush sided mostly with the neo-cons, she did so too. This is not to suggest she has no brains on her own (this insinuation has been made by more than a few liberals). But that is how she defined her role as a staff member in the White House.

However, in her new role as the Secretary, she is expected to give advice to the President, and, to an extent, shape the policy with her advice (while the ultimate decisions rest with the President himself). This shift in responsibilities might translate into changes in her position on crucial issues. Turf wars? Well... I doubt it.

Let's see....

Friday, January 07, 2005
 
Ramki,
The idea that the Tsunami hitting TN is divine revenge for the treatment meted out to the Sankaracarya is not unique. Mullas in the mideast have said it is punishment to the debauchery of Western and other infidel tourists in those beach resorts. And that it is divine condemnation of unauthorized festivals like Xmas and New Yrs. Priests in the US gloated over the deaths of nmerous Swede tourists, because recently Sweden had prosecuted a priest for speaking out against homosexuality. The list goes on.

Most pious people actually worship an extension of their false egos. This is the pride that follows piety. Abe Lincoln wrote to a friend: "Men are not flattered whe they are shown that God's plans may be different from their own."


 
Give so others may live again!
Okay... I agree with the first parts of this essay... but towards the end... May be, Rajiv is depressed by the immensity of this tragedy.

Look, I feel very strongly about the treatment meted out to Kanchi Acharya. But, to me, for someone to suggest that God would kill hundreds of thousands of people just to make the point that He is pissed off with Jayalalitha seems preposterous. If God were to do so, He must be cruel, or dumb, or both. And, He is a real bad shot - He wanted to get Tamil Nadu, but the quake hit near Sumatra!!

As a person who wants to love, and not just fear Him, such notions seriously irritate me.

And Rajiv does not stop with framing God in this massacre (that is what it would be if it was a created thing), but also obliquely implies that the Sankaracharya was also involved. Well, let me put it this way - here is where religion double-crosses the believers, and becomes blackmail with superstition. If Rajiv is right, the Sankaracharya is not responsible for just one death, but of hundreds of thousands. Really, does Rajiv want him to stand trial for that?

 
Alas! When will we learn! If we are not able to unite in the face of adversity, we definitely will not unite (or even see things differently) during normal times.

This is sad. When will every Indian understand the value of any life and look beyond caste?



Thursday, January 06, 2005
 
What File Extension are you?

Take Quiz Here.

I am a wildcard :-(. I am everything to everybody...

 
Petition Against Patent Laws Amendment

Wednesday, January 05, 2005
 
A Reason for Hope

Feeling pessimistic about the future of our species? Even misanthropic? Badly need a reason for hope? Then read this.

Saturday, January 01, 2005
 
Why weren't we warned

Two hours would have been plenty of time to warn, really. There was a report yesterday of how a gentleman working with Dr. MSS was in Singapore, heard the Tsunami warning and immediately called his village in Pondicherry. This call saved 3 villages from human tolls.

Is it possible that the Indian High Commission in Singapore/Embassy in Indonesia were lax in the interpretation and communication of the events. South Indian coasts are equipped with warning systems and have PA systems to announce sudden cyclones. So had the Embassies been proactive, the warnings could have easily been transmitted to the poor villagers and may be even to our Lankan neighbours.

Well, all said and done, this is indeed a disaster of mammoth proportions, spanning nations and I must admit that my eyes tear up each time I read more about this. I hope people find in their heart to donate, not just to India but if possible to Indonesia and Sri Lanka which are worse off than India in terms of damages and loss of life.

And I end this in with a tale of courage and presence of mind:

10-year old school girl saved many from tsunami

LONDON: A 10-year-old British schoolgirl saved the lives of hundreds of people in southern Asia by warning them a wall of water was about to strike, after learning about tsunamis in geography class, British media reported on Saturday.

Tilly, who has been renamed the "angel of the beach" by the top-selling tabloid The Sun , was holidaying with her family on the Thai island of Phuket when she suddenly grasped what was taking place and alerted her mother.

"Last term Mr Kearney taught us about earthquakes and how they can cause tsunamis," Tilly was quoted as saying by The Sun.

"I was on the beach and the water started to go funny. There were bubbles and the tide went out all of a sudden.

"I recognised what was happening and had a feeling there was going to be a tsunami. I told mummy."

Her intuition was enough to raise the alert and prompt the evacuation of Phuket's Maikhao beach and a neighbouring hotel before the water came crashing in, saving hundreds of people from death and injury.

According to The Sun , no one on Maikhao beach was seriously hurt by the tsunamis that have left more than 1,25,000 dead and millions homeless around the shores of the Indian Ocean.

The girl's geography teacher, Andrew Kearnay from Surrey in northern England, told the paper he had explained to his class that there was about 10 minutes from the moment the ocean draws out before the tsunami strikes.

 
Wishing One and All a Happy New Year

May this year be filled with peace, calm, prosperity and health for all the world.


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