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Sri Tallapaka Annamacharya or Annamacharya -an ardent devotee of Lord Venkateshwara, was a prolific composer in the 15th century. He was a great Telugu composer who composed over 30,000 compositions, 12,000 survive. Annamacharya widely regarded as the Pada-kavita Pitaamaha (grand old man of song-writing) of the Telugu language.

The keertanas of Annamacharya have strongly influenced the structure of Carnatic music which are still popular among Carnatic music concert artists. Sri Annamacharya is remembered for his saintly life, and is honoured as a great Bhakta/devotee of Bhagwaan Govinda by devotees and saintly singers.

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Happy New Year 2011

Hi Friends,

When the midnight bell rings tonight…

Let it signify new and better things for you,

let it signify a realization of all things you wish for,

Let it signify a year of courage and believes,

Wishing you a very…very…very Happy and Prosperous 2011


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India’s Nicole Faria has made India proud by winning the 2010 Miss Earth crown. The 10th edition of the Miss Earth beauty pageant was held in Vinpearl Land, Nha Trang, Vietnam on December 4, 2010.

Miss Puerto Rico Yeidy Bosquez was announced Miss Earth Fire and Miss Ecuador Jennifer Pazmino won the Miss Earth Air title. Miss Thailand Watsaporn Wattanakoon grabbed the Miss Earth Water crown.

Nicole also won the 2010 Miss Earth Talent Competition.

Nicole Faria

Talking about Nicole, Miss India World 2010, Manasvi Mamgai said, “I feel very happy for her. This is the only title India has won this year, so it’s great. Nicole has got the looks, so we all had expectations that she would win.”

Nicole said, “I want to make friends and enjoy my time in Vietnam. It’s not about winning or losing, but how you play the game.” She has played her game right indeed!

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Sunita Williams, a world reputed Indian-American astronaut has plans to travel to space for the second time in June 2012. This Gujarati origin forty four years lady was born in Euclid, Ohio. Sunita-Williams will be accompanied by flight engineers Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko. NASA declared that Sunita would turn out to be the commander of the ISS in October, 2012. Chosen by NASA in the year 1998, June, Sunita Williams served as a flight engineer overseas the International space station. She introduced with the crew of STS-116 on 9th December, 2006, docking with the station on 11th December, 2006. Being a member of the Expedition-14 crew Williams made a world record for females with four spacewalks totaling twenty nine hours and seventeen minutes of EVA. Astronaut Peggy Whitson broke the record in the year 2008 with her five spacewalks.

Sunita Williams erases the previous record by Shannon Lucid, and set up a new record for females of 195 days in space.

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Thousands of Hindu holy men, some naked and smeared with ash, took dips in the chilly waters of the Ganges river while surrounded by cheering, dancing supporters, on one of the most auspicious days of a festival expected to attract more than 10 million people

Naga Sadhus (naked holy men) march in a religious procession after taking a dip in the Ganges

The Kumbh Mela, touted as the largest religious gathering in the world, is celebrated every three years, rotating among four Indian cities; this time it is in the northern town of Haridwar on the banks of the Ganges

Disciples bathe their Guru on the first Shahi Snan, or royal bath

For Hindu devotees, the three-month Kumbh Mela offers the chance to wash away their sins with a ritual bath in the holy waters of the Ganges

Meanwhile in Kathmandu, Nepal a Sadhu attends Maha Shivaratri at Pashupatinath temple. More than 200,000 Hindu devotees gathered to celebrate the birthday of Lord Shiva. Pashupatinath temple is listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites list

Pashupatinath temple is the biggest Hindu temple of Lord Shiva in the world and is located on the banks of the Bagmati river in the eastern part of Kathmandu

Many Hindu devotees and Sadhus travel all the way from India to pay respect to Lord Pashupatinath during the Maha Shivaratri festival which falls on February 12

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Noted social networking site Facebook is becoming a problem for employers at offices in India, as employees have started spending so much time on the social networking site that it is beginning to affect productivity, a new survey has revealed.

The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Assocham) have found in their survey that office staff on average spends an hour a day on sites like Facebook, resulting in a loss of productivity measuring 12.5 per cent.

The study noted: “Close to 12.5 per cent of productivity of human resource in corporate sector is misappropriated each day since a vast majority of them while away their time accessing social networking sites during the office hours.”

Seemingly, the workers use Orkut, Facebook, Myspace and Linkedin for “romancing”. As a matter of fact, [the] growing use of browsing sites can be dangerous for overall productivity and IT companies have already installed software to restrict its use,” the BBC News quoted Assocham secretary general DS Rawat as saying.

As part of the study, a total of 4,000 employees between the ages of 21 and 60 from different cities in India including Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Surat, Mumbai (Bombay), Pune, Chandigarh, Lucknow and Kanpur, were questioned.

It was observed that nearly half of office employees accessed Facebook during work time. Moreover, four in every 10 workers built their entire Orkut or Facebook profile at office. Also, 83 percent of the employees think there is no harm surfing at work during office hours.

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Barack Obama holding a butterfly

US President Barack Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, but that is not the only honour that has been bestowed on him.  In the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, a statue of him as a 10 year old has been unveiled in a park.

The American president spent four years of his childhood in Indonesia with his American mother and Indonesian stepfather.

The two metre bronze statue shows President Obama as a 10-year-old child. Wearing a pair of shorts and a t-shirt, it bears a striking resemblance to the American president as a boy.

That is because the statue was modeled on old photos of Barack Obama when he used to live in Indonesia.

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