Today is Leap Day!!!

A leap year  is a year containing one or more extra days (or, in case of lunisolar calendars, an extra month) in order to keep the calendar year synchronised with the astronomical or seasonal year. For example, February would have 29 days in a leap year instead of the usual 28. Seasons and astronomical events do not repeat at an exact number of full days, so a calendar which had the same number of days in each year would over time drift with respect to the event it was supposed to track. By occasionally inserting an additional day or month into the year, the drift can be corrected. A year which is not a leap year is called a common year.

 February 29 is a date that occurs only every four years, and is called leap day. This day is added to the calendar in leap years as a corrective measure, because the earth does not orbit around the sun in precisely 365 days.

 Today is the day!!!

Indian Premier League

The Indian Premier League, created by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and sanctioned by the International Cricket Council, is a Twenty20 cricket competition.

The league is scheduled to start in April 2008 and will last for 44 days, involving 59 matches. The prize money for the league will be around Rs 13 crore (US $3million).

Each team will have a pool of 16 players, with a maximum of eight foreign players and a minimum of four under-22 players. Additionally, at least four players must be from the catchment area where the team is based.

The governing council consists of Chairman and Commissioner Lalit Modi, Sunil Gavaskar, MAK Pataudi and Ravi Shastri, Rajiv Shukla, Chirayu Amin, Inderjit Singh Bindra and Arun Jaitley.

Although it is going to be a franchise system, some foreign players have already been contracted by the BCCI to play in the IPL.

Each team will play the other 7 teams home and away, the top four teams at the end of the group stages will proceed through to the semi finals.

Indian real estate developer DLF Universal secured exclusive rights to the Indian Premier League title sponsorship worth INR 200 crore (over US$50 million) for five years.

Sports broadcaster Sony Max and sports rights company World Sport Group have jointly paid US$1.026bn for the rights to the Indian Premeir League (IPL) cricket championship.

The deal gives the partnership shared rights to the series for 10 years, and brings with it a change of direction for Sony Max parent Sony Entertainment Television (SET), which previously backed the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup.

The magnitude of the Indian Premier League was confirmed when the winning bidders for the eight franchises were announced on January 24, 2008. While the total base price for auction was US$400 million, the auction fetched US$723.59 million. The official list of franchise owners announced and the winning bids were as follows.

Franchise Owner(s) Price (USD)
Bangalore
Royal Challengers
Dr. Vijay Mallya / UB group $111.6 million
Chennai
Super Kings
India Cements / N Srinivasan $91 million
Delhi
DareDevils
GMR Holdings $84 million
Hyderabad Deccan Chronicle $107 million
Jaipur Emerging Media (Manoj Badale, Lachlan Murdoch, Suresh Chellaram) $67 million
Kolkata Shah Rukh Khan,Juhi Chawla Mehta and Jay Mehta $75.09 million
Mohali Preity Zinta, Ness Wadia , Karan Paul (Apeejay Surendera Group) and Mohit Burman (Dabur) $76 million
Mumbai Mukesh Ambani/ Reliance Industries Limited $111.9 million

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21st February: International Mother Language Day.

21 February was proclaimed the International Mother Language Day by UNESCO on 17 November 1999. Its observance was also formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution establishing 2008 as the International Year of Languages.

The International Mother Language Day is being observed every year in UNESCO’s Member States and at its Headquarters to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism

On that day of 21 February 1952, corresponding to 8 Falgun 1359 in the Bangla calendar, a number of students campaigning for the recognition of Bangla as one of the state languages of Pakistan were killed when police fired upon them. [2]

Mohammed Ali Jinnah(the Governor general of Pakistan) declared that the Urdu will be the only language for both west and east Pakistan at a public meeting on 1948, 21 March. The people of the East Pakistan (now Bangladesh, whose main language is Bengali) started to protest against this.

A student meeting on 21 February called for a province-wide strike. But the government invoked Section 144 on 20 February. The student community at a meeting on the morning of 21 February agreed to continue with their protest but not to break the law of Section 144. Even then the police opened fire and killed the students.

  • The Linguapax Prize is presented annually on International Mother Language Day.
  • UNESCO sets the theme for each International Mother Language Day and holds related events at its headquarters in Paris on or around 21 February each year.
  • In 2008, the International Year of Languages will be formally launched on International Mother Language Day

Video: Bangladesh Airlines crash in Dubai.

I found this video in YOUTUBE today so posted for you to share this.



Today is Valentine’s Day! (Feb 14)!

Every February, across the country, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine.

It is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine’s cards, presenting flowers, or offering confectionery. The holiday is named after two among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

Numerous early Christian martyrs were named Valentine. Until 1969, the Catholic Church formally recognized eleven Valentine’s Days. The Valentines honored on February 14 are:

  • Valentine of Rome (Valentinus presb. m. Romae): a priest in Rome who suffered martyrdom about AD 269 and was buried on the Via Flaminia. His relics are at the Church of Saint Praxed in Rome.[1] and at Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church in Dublin, Ireland.
  • Valentine of Terni (Valentinus ep. Interamnensis m. Romae): He became bishop of Interamna (modern Terni) about AD 197 and is said to have been killed during the persecution of Emperor Aurelian. He is also buried on the Via Flaminia, but in a different location than Valentine of Rome. His relics are at the Basilica of Saint Valentine in Terni (Basilica di San Valentino).

The Catholic Encyclopedia also speaks of a third saint named Valentine who was mentioned in early martyrologies under date of 14 February. He was martyred in Africa with a number of companions, but nothing more is known about him.

Some sources say the Valentine linked to romance is Valentine of Rome, others say Valentine of Terni. Some scholars (such as the Bollandists) have concluded that the two were originally the same person. In any case, no romantic elements are present in the original Early Medieval biographies of either of these martyrs.

An overview of attested traditions relevant to the holiday is presented below, with the legends about Valentine himself discussed in the end.

The evolving legend

The Early Medieval acta of either Saint Valentine were excerpted by Bede and briefly expounded in Legenda Aurea, According to that version, St Valentine was persecuted as a Christian and interrogated by Roman Emperor Claudius II in person. Claudius was impressed by Valentine and had a discussion with him, attempting to get him to convert to Roman paganism in order to save his life. Valentine refused and tried to convert Claudius to Christianity instead. Because of this, he was executed. Before his execution, he is reported to have performed a miracle by healing the blind daughter of his jailer.

Legenda Aurea still providing no connections whatsoever with sentimental love, appropriate lore has been embroidered in modern times to portray Valentine as a priest who refused an unattested law attributed to Roman Emperor Claudius II, allegedly ordering that young men remain single. The Emperor supposedly did this to grow his army, believing that married men did not make for good soldiers. The priest Valentine, however, secretly performed marriage ceremonies for young men. When Claudius found out about this, he had Valentine arrested and thrown in jail. In an embellishment to The Golden Legend, on the evening before Valentine was to be executed, he wrote the first “valentine” himself, addressed to a young girl variously identified as his beloved, as the jailer’s daughter whom he had befriended and healed, or both. It was a note that read “From your Valentine.”

In another apparently modern embellishment, while Valentine was imprisoned, people would leave him little notes, folded up and hidden in cracks in the rocks around his cell. He would find them and offer prayers for them.

Movie Review: Om Shanti Om.

Om Shanti Om is a 2007 Bollywood film directed and choreographed by Farah Khan. It stars Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles as the protagonists while Shreyas Talpade, Arjun Rampal, and Kirron Kher feature in supporting roles. Arjun Rampal is the antagonist in the movie. Nearly thirty stars from yesteryear and today are referred to or show up during the duration of the film, including twenty-eight of them (not including the stars of the film) in one song alone.

I think the story is weak. But acting was good. I liked Farah Khan Main Hoon Na a lot but I am really not very happy after watching this movie. Story is not good and realistic I think. But overall the movie is good.

Story

Movie starts with 70s era where Om(Shah Rukh Khan) is a juniour artiste who wants to make it big in Bollywood. And encouraging him are his friend Pappu (Shreyas Talpade) and his mother (Kirron Kher) who was also a juniour artiste. Om loves the superstar Shantipriya (Deepika Padukone) and is also able to be friends with her..But he is heart broken when he gets to know that Shanti is already married to a renowned producer Mehra (Arjun Rampal) who wants to keep their marriage under wraps as a married heroine is not accepted in tinsel town. But he burns her alive when he discovers Shanti is pregnant. Om is killed too while rescuing her.

Shah Rukh is reborn as Om (what a co incidence!) to a superstar and eventually becomes a superstar later-Om Kapoor a.k.a O.K. and as he gets all his memory back abruptly, he decides to take his revenge by killing Arjun Rampal..and in his search of finding a look alike of Deepika Padukone(Sandy), he actually finds a girl who looks exactly like her (can you beat that!!) And then starts the process of converting Sandy into Shantipriya, and as Rampal realises she is just a look alike, and Om’s plan fails, the ghost of Shanti comes and takes the revenge.

Cast

  • Shah Rukh Khan … Om Prakash Makhija aka Omy/Om Kapoor aka OK
  • Deepika Padukone … Shantipriya (Shanti)/Sandy (Sandhya)
  • Shreyas Talpade … Pappu Master
  • Kirron Kher … Bela Makhija
  • Arjun Rampal … Mukesh Mehra aka Mike
  • Javed Sheikh … Rajesh Kapoor
  • Bindu … Kamini
  • Yuvika Choudhary… Dolly
  • Shahwar Ali…Shawar

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Story of the inhuman kinds.

Mr. Qayyum Khan was an elected local government representative in Dhaka constituency surrounding the military base in Dhaka. A few politicians have been arrested during the first hours after the military takeover on 11 January 2007. Mr. Qayyum Khan was one of them. Since then for the last 13 months, the authorities have kept Mr Khan in custody without even any charges made, forget about conviction. Although highcourt ruled his detention illegal and he was forced to be released on 10th January 2008, he was immediately arrested at Jail Gate. No specific charges were not made this time also. After being detained in Jail for 13 months without any trial and charges, Mr. Qayyum Khan finally came out last night. As a dead body. Mr. Khan died under custody.

Read the full story from Rumi Ahmed’s Blog.