Monthly Archives: November 2008

After Mumbai Terror Attacks what should India do?

This was the question I asked my facebook friends. 

Gautam is wondering what the top 3 things India should do to make itself secure. Any ideas?

Some responses I recieved were:

compulsory military training of one year between 10th and 11th grade!!

issue a readiness guideline for its citizens

deploy forces at all the borders, the coastlines are scarily porous!
cutout useless corrupt administrative staff, hike police and security agency salaries instead.
and compulsory military time before anyone can get a party ticket.

throw all the looser politicians out.

1) Change of leadership ) Change of leadership 3) Change of leadership

1. Put international pressure on Pakistan to eliminate any terror groups operating on their soil ..if they cant we can help them
2.Increase the budget for Security forces which should be able to fund the following..a crack team of NSG should be available in evry state capital with a readily available aircraft with a response time of 15 mins..as well as increase payscales hire more ..seal sea and territorial boundaries
3.Let the paramilitary and internal security agencies have greater access to intelligence from the US and Pakistan(They will have to).More imprtantly Have one agency( like NSG and not ATS..RAF etc) report into the President like the Defence Forces free from political interference (…no home ministry)

What do you think?

Social Media: Blogs, Twitter and Mumbai Terror Attacks

It’s been a tough 48 hours so far. 36 hours for me so far, as I only got to see the news on my mobile phone via twitter (and Facebook status messages)

Apparently I was not the only one.

The worldwide news establishment which was hungry for the news (presumably because of foreign hostages in Taj, Oberoi and Nariman Chabad house) and having no local presence in India and finally found Twitter posts on Mumbai and the blasts. They came to know of the initiatives like Mumbai help by Dina and others 

Soon Twitter and Blogs became the next story after the hostages and terror attacks themselves.

Here are some I came across:

PC World: In Mumbai Bloggers and Twitter (sic) offer help to relatives

CNN: How Social Media reacted to Mumbai

Reuters: Blogs Feed Information Frenzy

Sky News: Bloggers in Shock At Mumbai Terror 

ZDNet: Knowledge is Power

ABC News: Social Media a Lifeline, Also Threat?

Telegraph UK: Mumbai Attacks: A defining moment for Citizen Journalism

Indiatimes: Twitter Arises from Mumbai Ashes

CNET: The Information Flow from Mumbai

Mourning for Mumbai’s peace

Too shocked to blog anything today. Ever since I saw the news about the Terror attacks in Mumbai, I haven’t had the sense or the inclination to blog.

Here’s a list of my Tweets about the terror attack in Mumbai throughout the day.

Feedburner Account to move to Google Account

Yep, it’s finally happening. Got an email from Feedburner to say:

Were contacting you to let you know that well be migrating your FeedBurner account to your Google Account on 12/5/2008 . 

Please rest assured, this change wont disrupt your current feeds service. As part of this migration, all of your existing FeedBurner feeds will automatically redirect to Google feeds. You wont lose any of your current subscribers in the process nor will this affect any email subscriptions.

 All of your feeds will be moved to your new account and an initial batch of your most recent 30 days traffic stats will also be added. Your entire history, should it go beyond 30 days, will be added at a future date.

 Once a part of the new Google FeedBurner systems, youll immediately be able to take advantage of our AdSense for feeds product. AdSense for feeds helps you monetize your feeds by delivering ads that are relevant to your content and your readers. Once migrated, you can start using AdSense by following these directions: https://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?answer=99647 .

Please note that this migration process is required for all publishers.

Downturn Effects: Somali Pirates to Acquire Citigroup

Another hilarious email doing the rounds!

Somali Pirates in Discussions to Acquire Citigroup

By Andreas Hippin

 November 20 (Bloom berg) — The Somali pirates, renegade Somalis known for hijacking ships for ransom in the Gulf of Aden, are negotiating a purchase of Citigroup. 

  The pirates would buy Citigroup with new debt and their existing cash stockpiles, earned most recently from hijacking numerous ships, including most recently a $200 million Saudi Arabian oil tanker. The Somali pirates are offering up to $0.10 per share for Citigroup, pirate spokesman Sugule Ali said earlier today. The negotiations have entered the final stage, Ali said.

 “You may not like our price, but we are not in the business of paying for things. Be happy we are in the mood to offer the shareholders anything,” said Ali.

 The pirates will finance part of the purchase by selling new Pirate Ransom Backed Securities. The PRBS’s are backed by the cash flows from future ransom payments from hijackings in the Gulf of Aden . Moody’s and S&P have already issued their top investment grade ratings for the PRBS’s.

Head pirate, Ubu Kalid Shandu, said: “We need a bank so that we have a place to keep all of our ransom money. Thankfully, the dislocations in the capital markets has allowed us to purchase Citigroup at an attractive valuation and to take advantage of TARP capital to grow the business even faster.”

 Shandu added, “We don’t call ourselves pirates. We are coastguards and this will just allow us to guard our coasts better.”

 CITI IN TALKS WITH SOMALI PIRATES FOR POSSIBLE CAPITAL INFUSION

 *WILL REQUIRE ALL CITI EMPLOYEES TO WEAR PATCH OVER ONE EYE

 *SOMALIAN PIRATES APPLY TO BECOME BANK TO ACCESS TARP

 *PAULSON: TARP PIRATE EQUITY IS AN `INVESTMENT,’ WILL PAY OFF

 *KASHKARI SAYS `SOMALI PIRATES ARE ‘FUNDAMENTALLY SOUND’ ‘

 *Moody’s upgrade Somali Pirates to AAA

 *HUD SAYS SOMALI DHOW FORECLOSURE PROGRAM HAD `VERY LOW’ PARTICPATION                                               

 *SOMALI PIRATES IN DISCUSSION TO ACQUIRE CITIBANK            

 *FED OFFICIALS: AGGRESSIVE EASING WOULD CUT SOMALI PIRATE RISK

 * FED AGREED OCT. 29 TO TAKE `WHATEVER STEPS’ NEEDED FOR SOMALI PIRATES