Wednesday, October 22, 2008

India Gains on China in Asia's Space Race

By Madhur Singh / New Delhi

Asia's space race just got a whole lot tighter: India's successful launch on Wednesday of its first moon mission, the unmanned Chandrayaan-I, marked a dramatic step forward in its race with China to put a man on the moon. China had stolen a march in 2003 by becoming only the third nation to fly a man into space (after the U.S. and the old Soviet Union), but when, ten days from now, Chandrayaan-I drops a probe bearing India's flag onto the moon, India will become only the fourth country to plant its colors on the lunar landscape — after the Americans, the Russians, and Japan. The mood in the control room was of jubilation as stern-faced scientists relaxed and broke into applause when all the separation processes were completed smoothly. With space capability deemed to translate into greater technological standing and strategic clout, the moon mission has been a giant ego-boost for India. "It is a proud moment for us," Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal said after the countdown began on Monday.

Some have questioned the logic of a country still so deeply mired in poverty spending $80m on a scientific pursuit akin to reinventing the wheel. Dr K. Kasturirangan, who was chairperson of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) when the Chandrayaan-I project was announced, has no patience for this argument: "It is not a question of whether we can afford it," he says, "it's whether we can afford to ignore it." He points out that $80 million is a relatively low budget for a space mission. "And the returns, in terms of the science... the technology, inspiration, stature, prospects for international cooperation... are immense." For one, it will help India cement its position in the commercial satellite launch sector, and it will give the ISRO valuable experience in building hi-tech spacecraft, improved rocketry and more advanced remote navigation technology — all of which could be put to many uses. In addition, the probe will spend the next two years mapping the entire lunar surface for minerals, including Helium-3 which is sought for nuclear fusion research, to which India could lay claim in future. India's scientific community also hopes such prestigious projects will help them compete with the better-paying private sector to attract more scientists to the country's space program.

ISRO programs have, until recently, focused mainly on the country's development needs, launching satellites for landscape and resource mapping, weather forecasting, communications and educational broadcasts. In recent years, though, it has been trying to win a larger share of the international commercial launch industry, launching satellites for Canada, South Korea, Israel and other countries. But Chandrayaan-I takes India's space program to a new frontier. "This is really a gear shift in a sense," says Subhadra Menon, whose book Destination Moon chronicles the history of the lunar mission. "Chandrayaan-I is a purely scientific, exploratory mission."

And then, of course, there's the strategic dimension, with Japan, South Korea and, especially, China heating up the Asian space race. China, long viewed as India's most important strategic competitor, caused a storm last year when it shot down one of its defunct satellites, sparking fears of an arms race in space. In October last year, China launched its first mission to orbit the moon. China's exploits are definitely a factor in India's space efforts, says Swapna Kona Nayudu, associate fellow at New Delhi-based Centre for Land Warfare Studies. "We're neighbors, rising Asian giants and suspicious of each other," he adds. Now, the two nations will now compete to land a man on the moon — both have announced plans to do it by around 2020.

Meanwhile, back on Earth, India's ruling Congress party is hoping that the surge of techno-nationalism spurred Chandrayaan-I and, before it, the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal, will boost its prospects in next year's elections. The government has recently approved Chandrayaan-II, a much more ambitious mission to send a lander/rover to the moon by 2012. ISRO has also announced that it aims to send robotic missions to other planets and asteroids. "What is the purpose of 8% [economic] growth if we can't make the spending necessary to sustain this growth," says Kasturirangan, pointing out that like nuclear technology, space capability for a lunar mission is one of the indices of high-technology development that a developing country like India must acquire not only assert its stature but also to power its own growth. "The 21st century will be the century of planetary exploration. If India wants to be taken seriously among the leading space players, it must first get the right credentials." But later this week, when newspaper headlines return to high inflation and a slowing economy, even the most moonstruck of Indian voters will forget the excitement of Chandrayaan-I. Then, only astrologers will see the moon as having any bearing on how Indians will vote early next year.

Thursday, October 2, 2008


Ang Tayabas ay ipinangalan sa lugar na may “Bayabas” (Guava Tree). Isang araw, may katangitanging magasawa ang dumaan sa lugar na walang kahit ano mang pahintulot, at sa kadahilanang malayo pa ang kanilang pupuntahan , napagdesisyunannilang tumigil muna sa paglalakbay at humanap ng makakain. Noon ay panahon na namumunga ang bayabas, at ang asawang lalaki, ay inisip na ang prutas ay maaaring makain, kumuha siya ng ilan at binigyan ang kanyang asawa. Isang lalaki na katutubo ng lugar ang naparaan sa mag asawa, nagtanong ang mag asawa sa lalaki kung ano ang pangalan ng prutas na kanilang kinakain. At sumagot ang lalaki “Bayabas”, ang pandinig naman ng magasawa na sinabi ng lalaki ay “Tayabas”. Nang marating nila ang kanilang destinasyon, ipinagkalat nila ang pagkakatuklas nila sa prutas at inimbitahan nila ang kanilang mga kaibigan na pumunta sa lugar na iyon at kumuha ng prutas. Samantala, habang lumilipas ang taon, ang bayabas ay nauubos nasa lugar na iyon, dahil na din sa dami ng puno ng niyog na sumasakop sa buong lupain.

Ang pagkakatatag ng Tayabas ay noong 1578 nang dumating ang mga Franciscano, nagustuhan nila ang klima ditto at ang pagtanggap sa kanila ng mamamayan ng lugar, nagdisisyon silang magtayo ditto ng kapilya. Ayon sa nakatala, ang unang pamahalaan ng bayan ay naitatag noong 1620 ni Don Lucas bilang unang tagapamahala. Taong 1651, dahil na din sa mayaman nitong lugar at mataas na kita ng negosyo at kalakal, ang munisipalidad ng Tayabas ay ginawa bilang kabisera ng Probinsya ng Tayabas (ngayon ay Lalawigan ng Quezon).

Maari din bisitahin ang opisyal na website ng Tayabas City just click here>>.

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Ang Lungsod ng Tayabas ay isang “Second Class City” na matatagpuan sa Lalawigan ng Quezon, Philippines. Ito ang dating Kabisera ng lalawigan. Ayon sa sensus ng taong 2000, ito ay may populasyong 70, 985 tao sa 15, 155 kabahayan. Kilala ang Tayabas sa lambanog (coconut wine) at matatamis na pagkain.

Noong Marso 18, 2007, sa ilalim ng Republic Act No. 9398, isang batas na inililipat ang Munisipalidad ng Tayabas sa Lalawigan ng Quezon bilang isang siudad na tinawag na Lungsod ng Tayabas, sa Tulong ng noon ay Congressman at ngayon Gobernador ng Lalawigan ng Quezon Gov. Rafael P. Nantes ito ay naisabatas.

Ika- 14 ng Hulyo taong 2007, ang munisipyo ay natanggap ang plebisito na nagpapatibay sa paglilipat ng Munisipalidad ng Tayabas, Quezon sa pagiging lungsod nito.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Wall Street in there “Great Depression”

In most places in 1929 and ending at different times in the 1930s or early 1940s for different countries is the START of The Great Depression, it was a worldwide economic downturn. It was known as the largest and most important economic depression in modern history. Great Depression originated in the United States; historians most often use as a starting date the stock market crash on October 29, 1929, known as Black Tuesday. The end of the depression in the U.S. is associated with the onset of the war economy of World War II, beginning around 1939.

And suddenly this past few days the market stability is now going down and sufficiently originated again in the United State in the fall of one of the most powerful company in US. And unwontedly these all affects the world wide economy. The stock Market around the globe are fall of about hundred percent and evenly Japan.

What can we do? Is the Great Depression ones again strike in the second time around? If it will happen again what shall we do?

Monday, September 22, 2008

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