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Venus is too hot and Mars is freezing cold. Earth is just right. Have you ever wondered why? 

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In the 2010 World Cup, two games involving England and Mexico reopened the debate about introducing goal-line technology to assist match officials. Namely, when England's goal clearly crossed the line and Argentina's goal against Mexico was off-side, further questions have now been raised.  

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Current digital trends in the music industry could be everything from the way we record the song to the media which we put the song on to and even the way we promote the music.   

Home studio demos have come to be simple affairs with the emergence of digital recording. Anyone with decent musical capabilities and a quiet space can make a presentable home demo.  

The Anatomy of the Net: How Does the Internet Work? 

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The Smartphone is the current big thing in the mobile arena.  

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We have been hearing much about Solar Flares in the past 1 year and their projected impact, but many have come and gone but none disrupted our lives so far as predicted.    

ASIA 

Business

HSBC is closing its consumer banking unit in Japan after 4 yrs as part of a Global Restructuring Plan.  Indian Call Centers were used in debt collection fraud committed in California, making around  $5 Mn from the fraud. World Bank cuts down its forecasts for global growth and warns that Euro problems will threaten emerging economies like Mexico and India.

Politics 

Seven people have been killed in clashes between security forces and protestors over burning the Quran at a NATO base.  Mandarin is increasingly becoming a growing language in south-east Asia.  Nagoya Mayor denies Nanking Massacre leading to row between Chinese Nanjing and Japanese Nagoya regions.  Nepalese serving minister for communications has been jailed to 18 months in prison on charges of corruption.  Hardliners rally against U.S. intervention in Pakistan.  Foreign reporters warned in China after European journalists were attacked while they were covering land rights protests.  Despite warnings from North Korea, South Korea holds military drills near disputed borders.  Italy moves Kerala state HC against detention of Italy Marines accused of shooting down Indian Fishermen. Asian Age Editor has been charged with journalist Jyotirmoy Dey’s murder. Aung San Suu Kyi will participate for the first time in an election.  This comes after 20 yrs of house arrest.  She has registered for election for a parliament seat in Burma.  Kim Jong-nam, brother of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un and currently in exile in China predicts that the current regime may not last longer since the military has become very powerful beyond control.  Pakistan Supreme Court has held the Prime Minister in contempt for not acting on graft charges against the President.  Several million Chinese closely followed elections in Taiwan which reelected President Ma, signaling that Chinese citizens seek democratic benefits.  A UN Report states that Opium production in Afghanistan has increased after current government took over.  Ruling Congress government does not give permission for Salman Rushdie’s trip to India, not to hurt Muslim votes in the 5 states going to election.  Indian Government has given its sanction for courts to launch criminal proceedings on sites like facebook, google, etc.,  Indian government is allowing 49% FDI into India’s Aviation Sector.  Royal United Services Institute says that China has improved its military capabilities to take on the U.S. might in the Pacific. USA agrees to release high ranking Taliban leaders held at Guantanamo bay in reaction to Taliban’s peace overtures.  Aung San Suu Kyi hopes to see democracy arrive in Burma during her lifetime.  Maldives closes down all spas and health centers after a Islamist group accused them of being prostitution centers.  China starts 24 hrs US channel to spread awareness of Chinese Culture abroad.  President HU accused western forces of trying to divide India through western culture infusion.   China could have one third of its population above 60 by 2050.  Sr. healthcare is still a growing field for China.  Developed countries are erecting trade barriers to protect their frail economies from dumping and to promote domestic manufacturing. 

Technology 

China aims to have top bio scientists by 2020.  Only 25% of Chinese studying abroad return home.  China detected 320,000 instances of harmful alien species that would attack crops.  India is working on a $15Bn Nano City with the first occupant to come in by March.

 

EUROPE 

Politics 

A briefcase containing details of a UK-French Drone Project went missing in Paris.  The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has urged Germany to end castrating sexual offenders.  UK turns to be more religious than most thought and reflecting in all aspects of living in UK.  The European Commission has started legal cases against Hungary for stifling independence of key organizations through new laws.  President Orban’s spokesperson called the charges as lies and slander.  Non Arctic Countries like India, China, Brazil, Japan, etc., are seeking place as “Observers” on the Arctic Council.  Top Gear defends its program on India in response to Indian High commission calling its show “offensive” and reflects lack of cultural sensitivity. The European debt still a crisis. No clear end game. Many political and economic factors maintain uncertainty.  Belarus makes it mandatory for shopping sites to use .by domain, restricts internet access.  UK decides to do away with “sister cities” concepts in a bid to restrict unnecessary travel.

Business 

Fitch cuts Greece rating after it accepted the conditions set for the $130 Bn bailout. Microsoft files suit with EU saying that Motorola Mobility is blocking sales of its software, Windows PC’s and their XBOX Console.

 

AMERICA 

Business 

A Bank of America Survey revealed that since people are living longer, the social security age rise.  More than 40% of people above age 55 is either searching for employment or are working.  A Whistleblower from Citigroup said that Citigroup not only cheated FHFA, but also defrauded Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by selling them insurance for defective mortgages.  Foreclosures in America have risen 8% nationally when compared to December but still are down when compared to last year.  Latest unemployment numbers now at 8.2% after over 240,000 new jobs were created in January. Wall Street DJI soars.  IPO’s might be good for the founders, investors and early employees, but maintaining motivation and expectation after the IPO remains harder and companies are punished for missing expectations.  Amazon profit falls and it warns of similar trends in near future, despite a rise in revenue in Q4 upto 35% over previous year. Local government debt has attracted many investors after Fed announced that overnight rates are to remain near zero till 2014.  Federal Budget deficit is expected to cross $1 Trillion in 2012 repeating the trend of previous 3 years.  Ipad has the largest acceptance in Corporate Businesses compared to any other technology tool since Microsoft and Intel domination of the Office Technology Industry. Chinese state run energy trader faces sanctions from USA over its dealings with Iran.  Obama seeks to consolidate several wings related to Trade under one umbrella and overhaul the Commerce department, projecting $3 Bn in savings. Auto Plants in USA are running in full capacity, even doing three shifts. Auto companies have positive outlook for 2012 and 2013. Irish startup uses salt and water to cleanup factory instead of chemicals using Russian technique of electrochemical activation. The biggest retailer of consumer electronics, Best Buy is looking for leveraged buyout. Online retailers and discount stores offer cheaper rates than Best Buy.  Demand for new cars led to 7 months of straight rises till dec.2011 thus increasing profits overall in 2011 for Car Manufacturers.  Sites like Napkins labs convert facebook followers into focus groups which reduces product development time. 

Politics 

The Obama Administration proposes to reduce corporate tax rate to 28% from current 35%. Rick Santorum attacks Obama’s environmental policy because he limited energy production. Jobless claims fall to 348000 according to Department of Labor Data. Unemployment numbers inching downward help the Obama campaign on the economic front  The Auto Industry bailout might help Obama win the re-election considering that GOP politicians had opposed the move then.  Mitt Romney wins the GOP Florida and Nevada primaries increasing hopes of his becoming the presidential nominee from GOP.  The Fed Regional Vice Presidents in response to FOIA act revealed their assets.  Some of them own huge farmland while others own shares of companies. Case/Shiller Indexes show that the housing market might recover Increasing population of pythons in the Everglades is reducing native mammal population.  Police arrested 400 people in Oakland.  Organizers are struggling to get bail funds to get them released. Obama delivers a strong State Of The Union Address. Uses US military effectiveness as model for Congress to follow. A smoke bomb was hurled over the fence of White House after hundreds of “Occupy Wall Street” protestors left.  The U.S. Supreme court supported earlier rulings on government organizations and schools starting sessions with prayers.  Wikipedia, Google and several other sites are protesting against the proposed US Govt Acts, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA).    Latest Washington Post/ABC News public opinion poll says that 84% of American citizens do not agree with the way Congress is performing its job.  Fed Officials are continuously monitoring the economy and are very much open to further stimulus if needed. U.S. government will be reducing its troop strength to cope up with the $250 Bn budget cuts over the next 10 years.  Obama bypasses congress makes Richard Cordray head of CFPB making recess appointment.  Newt Gingrich continues campaign competing with Mitt Romney and Ron Paul for the Republican nomination for president.  Mitt Romney’s Mormon Faith becomes a point of discussion in Republican politics.  Washington Governor supports gay marriages, leading the way for Washington to become the 7th state in USA to legalize gay marriages.  Compared to Western Europe, economic upward mobility is tougher in United States. 

Education 

The U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing a case which will bring to focus the usage of Race in University Admissions.  Many American Muslim Families are turning to home schooling. Obama administration has doubled the number of fruits and vegetables in school lunches and initiated changes long due.  Many colleges have fudged or twisted their internal processes to gain/retain ranking in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. Dulles based Echo360 equips 500 college clients in 29 countries with lecture capturing technology.  Close to $65 Mn was spent by schools in North America in 2011. A study by Swedish scientist showed that most American children born into the bottom fifth of income remained in same state even after becoming adults, primarily because of weak parental educational background.  Idaho teachers resist online push in education saying that no studies have proven the benefits of online studies.  USA today survey reveals that women are dropping out of workforce to pursue more education in colleges. 

Entertainment 

Recently released Zuckerberg IM’s by Business Insider reveal that he wanted to sell Facebook idea to fund his file sharing idea. Music Industry rebounds in USA with album sales increasing to 330 mn Units. 

Sports 

FedEx has extended its sponsorship of the FedEx Golf Cup and has kept a $10 Mn prize for the champion.  An  Avalanche caused deaths of 3 expert skiers in a skiing resort in Cascade Mountains in Washington State. NY Giants win Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. Eli Manning was spectacular. Obama honors “St. Louis Cardinals” team and calls them the “the greatest comeback team in the history of baseball.” Ice Hockey Enforcers who do most of the Brawling in the game are the subject of a new Film titled Goon.  SEC dominate college football, which won several consecutive titles and nearly 84% of its season non conference games. 

Health 

Journal of the American Medical Association states that women have higher death risk from chest pain than men.  CDC study finds that Raw Milk causes more food borne illnesses compared to pasteurized milk.  Scientists are demonstrating that Sleep can be done in periods and doesn’t need to be a continued 8 hr block as is traditionally believed. University of California researchers show that words can be reconstructed from brain wave patterns which are deduced from electrical signals emanating from the brain.  New Studies by Cochrane Collaboration question the efficacy of Tamiflu’s medication.  Researchers say that Roche had not provided them complete data despite requests.   Researchers at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst found that Sleeping after a traumatic incident actually locks in the event and memories.  Obesity rates in USA have hit a plateau after doubling over the previous decades.  FDA has restricted usage of cephalosporins in livestock citing bacterial infections which are not treatable. 

Technology 

USA will double the current wireless spectrum since the demand for wireless data traffic is huge and the government wants to speed wireless communication. Apple’s Siri works great for normal accents, but it has problem recognizing voice of deep accented people. Amazon profit falls and it warns of similar trends in near future, despite a rise in revenue in Q4 upto 35% over previous year. Google introduces new privacy policy Yahoo co-founder  Jerry Yang  resigns.  Carol Bartz might take his place. Roku Streaming stick will enable flat panel TV’s to use connectivity to bring more video to TV’s.

 

LATIN AMERICA 

Politics 

The Drug war in Mexico is increasingly becoming violent and is resembling Colombia yrs back  OECD says that Chile is the most prepared of all countries to weather global crisis in 2012, but still needs to do a lot more to eradicate social inequalities. Floods ravage south brazil forcing evacuations of thousands from their homes.  Mexican drug lord Arellano Felix pleads guilty in USA, faces up to 25 yrs in prison.

 

AFRICA 

Politics 

Yemen’s government tries to delay transition of power from President Saleh citing that February elections might be hard to conduct since law and order has been deteriorating in the country.  Failure of Aid Agencies to respond in time caused nearly 50000-100000 deaths in East Africa Famine in 2011.  South Africa exports record amounts of corn resulting in depletion of domestic supplies.  America monitoring China’s growing influence in Africa starts promoting democracy in Togo.  NASA Scientists and others confirm that rocks from MARS fell over Morocco in July 2011. Explosions rock northeastern Nigerian areas after a ultimatum issued by Islamist group to Christians to leave the area expired.  Libya’s transitional government is concerned that if militias are not brought into control, the country may witness a civil war.  Lebanese MP seeks answers from parliament against hostile CIA activities in Lebanon.  Despite having abundant natural resources, Congo people remain hungry for two days a week.  Congo govt. has totally neglected agriculture instead focusing on extraction of minerals, leading to imports of expensive “food donated by foreign donors”. Egyptians vote in the third and final round of polls, in aN election where the powerful Muslim Brotherhood is expected to prevail.

 

MIDDLE EAST  

Politics 

Top Iranian Nuclear Scientist killed in bomb attack.  Iran accuses USA and Israel agents.  Qatar favors sending Arab troops to Syria to stop Syria’s crackdown on protestors. US asks President Saleh to step down after transitioning power and conveys that they have not rejected President Saleh’s U.S. Visa  Bomb blasts kill 66 people in Shia areas in Iraq. 

Business 

Iran’s government has issued orders to ban sales of Barbie Dolls in stores, citing threat from western culture to its Islamic Values.  USA pays for patrolling the Hormuz Straits and this allows other importing countries like China to not pay for it and import Oil at cheaper prices.  Saudi Arabia will invest $200 Bn to explore oil and build refineries in China and Indonesia over the next 10 years.  Bilateral trade with China crosses $58 Bn from Jan-Nov.2011.  Attack by Israel on Iran’s “nuclear” targets might trigger the Third World War. Iran- USA tensions rise to high decibels and drive US crude higher after Iraq threatened usage of military force against patrolling war ships in the Gulf.  European Union, currently accounting for 17% of Iran’s exports, plans to ban purchase of Iran oil in support of U.S. Sanctions.  War against Iran by USA and Israel will result in Hezbollah-Israel conflict which both parties do not seek.  Hence USA and Israel seem to be involved in covert activities reflected in explosions near Iran’s nuclear sites.    Saudi Arabia introduces law mandating  employment of women only in lingerie shops.

 

The Indian Government has given permission to courts to pursue criminal charges against Social Networking sites like Facebook, Google, etc., for refusing to filter their content and fomenting religious hatred by linking to hate sites.  

A Leading company executive said that we are going to witness more change in the next 10 years than what we have witnessed in the last 50 years. 

The primary change is the connected consumer, be it through a smartphone or through a wireless broadband or a Bluetooth device in a telematics device in a car.  The term has been used often but very few yet realize the real change that the Connected Consumer can bring to existing business models of various industries, from banking to healthcare.

Governments across the globe are investing in Intelligent Transportation Systems which will derive more data to pass onto consumers. 

The connected consumer on the social network is making traditional survey a passing reality.  It is much easier to do surveys on social networks today than normal door to door survey. 

So the way of doing business definitely has changed and all technology is focused into leveraging this connectivity to transition to a NEW ORDER and adoptable new Business Models. 

Technology innovations in the coming years will be more focused on how to leverage the connectivity of the consumer.  With 4G guaranteeing speeds of 20 MB, the internet of all things becomes a reality. 

It is just not the wireless monitors worn on the body, it is embedded telematics in the car in systems like Ford Sync, which provide voice controlled options to send messages, make calls and several other voice operated commands, powered by Nuance Communications. 

Services like Onstar, Toyota Entune, Ford Sync are revolutionizing the industry by making the mobile consumer more connected with the environment.  Location based services are offering you location based deals and services. 

This brings into picture a whole class of applications that can be leveraged.  No wonder most of these companies are projecting 10-20 times exponential growth in their revenues.

It is just not the mobile consumer, but the normal consumer has many more choices and options to handle business than earlier.  Speed and connectivity are blurring the lines for many industries already.

 Companies ranging from Google to Microsoft are entering the automotive applications areas whereas carriers are not behind. They apart from carrying the entire connected traffic are offering their own services to leverage telematics growth. 

Smartphones today have a 35% penetration rate in USA but will slowly move to 100%. 

In BRIC countries, penetration rates have risen from single digits to double digits in just under a year and are speedily moving up.  CAGR for penetration is very high in these countries. Anyone who fails to understand this change will likely be left behind.

Space Colonies, Helium-3, and China. This is Not Science Fiction.  

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ASIA

Politics 

NATO attack kills 24 pakistani soldiers; Nation boils and anger and retaliates by closing border crossings.  State run Chinese Newspaper accuses USA and NATO of having violated International law by the killings of Pakistani soldiers.  India opposition is up in arms over UPA govt’s decision to open up retail.  USA has been carefully taking steps to contain China’s claims over the South China Sea by having many countries oppose its claims at the East Asia Summit.  Taliban men are being provided Amnesty and $150 USD/month and even allowed to keep their weapons to themselves.  Prime Minister John Key wins a second term in office.

 General

 130% growth in profits of Cement Industry led to a 57.5% growth in China’s building industry in the 9 months ended Sept.2011 over the same period in 2010.  9.7% of Chinese suffer from diabetes, out of which only 35% have normal blood sugar levels.  Traditional Chinese Medicine provided new herbal remedy for aplastic anemia.  NATO says that the transition schedule to pull out of Afghanistan by 2014 is firmly “on track”; Afghanistan to take over control of half the nation over the coming months.  Per IMF Classification, China still is a developing economy only.  Thai floods cover half the country, increasing the country’ climate risk.  Floods are a regularly occurring phenomenon in Thailand every year.

 Technology

China has the fastest train in the world, running at a speed of 380 Km/hr.

 

EUROPE 

Politics 

Various political factions in Belgium have agreed on deal to reduce the budget deficit of the country.  Xiao Baiyou, a businessman from Hongkong has become the “Wolf Dad” after he shared that he used chicken feather dusters to punish his 3 children to get into Peking University.  Putin received unanimous nomination for the country’s president post by United Russia.

General

 Iceland rejected the proposal of Chinese Billionaire Huang Nubo to purchase 300 sq.kms land in Iceland  BRICS countries oppose foreign interference in Middle East internal affairs and stressed that BRICS countries need to play a bigger role in Middle East transition.  Turkey has increased internet censorship and has so far blocked 20000 sites.

  

USA 

Business

 Since 1932, Stock Markets never had as worse a thanksgiving week as this year.  Black Friday had consumers spending $11.4 Bn despite the macro economy pointing to 9% unemployment.   ETF Holdings of Gold reach 2350 metric tons with current value being $128 Bn.

General

$350 Bn Municipal bonds  maturing in the next 12 months will be sold in 2012.

Education 

Traditional Blocks make a comeback in Child Education with more schools setting up block centers.  Blocks to overcome the deficit of motor skills that come through more test passing focused preschools and children watching TV screens.  Chicago Public Schools close down 50 underperforming schools and will close more to give way to the public private partnered charter schools. 41% of Mexicans in age group 16 to 19 drop out of school in New York City.  They cite lack of legal status being an impediment since they cannot apply for scholarships.  40% of Students in America studying Engineering and Science Majors drop out saying that it is too hard. 

Entertainment

 Theater owners and newspapers were under pressure to resist “Citizen Kane” during its release.

Sports

LSU and Alabama lead the Bowl Championship Series.

 Health

 California State cracks down on Medical Marijuana, primarily dispensaries authorized by the state.  Harvard researchers find bisphenol-A, or BPA in Canned food, which has been linked to cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

 Politics

 Ron Paul draws more money from Federal Workers despite his plans to cut $1 Tr in spending if elected to office.  USA imposes sanctions on Iran’s banks and warned financial institutions not to do business with Iran’s oil industry.

 Technology

NASA has launched unmanned Atlas 5 rocket to search for habitation in Mars.

  

LATIN AMERICA 

General

Venezuela receives the first batch of gold bars after Venezuela ordered repatriation of 85% of its gold reserves held in London. 10000 people  dressed up as “Living Dead”  Zombies secured for Mexico City a entry in the Guinness Book of World Records in Mexico City, beating the 4093 Asbury park Zombie walk in US in 2010.  Brazil prepares for the 2014 World Cup despite being behind schedule and internal strives

 

MIDDLE EAST 

Politics

 Arab league decide to punish Syria by launching economic sanctions.  Iran has expelled the British Ambassador in protest against Western world’s proposed sanctions against its banks and oil industry.  Unrest in Bahrain affected 97% of businesses.  Nearly 85% of local businesses have reported losses.  Blast at Iran facility devastating and kills founder of the nuclear missile program in Iran.  Iran downplays the damage.  20% Israelis have concerns regarding food security, placing them below the poverty line. 

 

AFRICA 

Politics

 Police and protestors have clashed in Cairo with protests against military continuing.  King Supported Polls have Islamist parties dominating the poll results in Egypt..  A nationwide syndicate of Zimbabwe women that was kidnapping men and raping them goes on trial in the country.

BIA/Kelsey Forecasts U.S. Social Local Advertising Revenues to Reach $2.3 Billion in 2015. The firm's first forecast of geotargeted social media reveals steady rise over the next five years as local targeting capabilities improve.  

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Schoolwires is launching Nimbus, a safe social learning environment that is designed to foster student engagement so that districts can extend participatory learning in and beyond the traditional classroom in support of student success and 21st century learning skills.    

Edwin Hubble was a famous astronomer in the 1920's. Hubble was famous for looking beyond our galaxy discovering that the universe was much more vast than people thought.  

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Samuel Huntington's clash of civilizations predicted tensions in countries within and inter-regional because of the clash between ideology and cultural identity. 

More than 700 higher education institutions leverage the social, mobile and open capabilities of the cloud to attract, engage and retain students.   

ASIA

Business

Putin says that China-Russia Ties are very strong than any time in the past and targeting bilateral trade of $200 billion in 2020.     Chinese PM expresses concern on rising trade protectionism saying that it is hurting global recovery.     China to invest $1Bn in a private equity fund backed by Kremlin Indian Online Art Auction House, SaffronArt grosses $14 Million in Indian Art Sales in last fortnight with Tyeb Mehta going under the hammer for a record $1.6 Mn. Japan's car industry fully recovers 6 months after Tsunami. Indian Infrastructure Billionaire GVK to buy 79% in Australian Coal Mines in a $1 Bn+ deal. Qantas Strike affects 6100 passengers and disrupts 27 flights schedule. China and India manufacture 80% of global drug ingredients and account for most of the global trade in pharma. China shuts down solar power plant after villagers accuse plant of cancer causing pollution. With targets of 1 billion member’s connectivity, India needs to spend billions of dollars in broadband connectivity. China's overseas investments rose to $68.8 Bn in 2010, with focus on business services, banking, mining and manufacturing.

Politics

China's Urban cities getting choked to upward migration from inland.  City Infrastructure not able to support growing migrant population. Northern Phillippines gets ravaged by back to back typhoons killing 55 so far. US Strike kills media chief of Yemeni branch of al Qaeda. Chinese celebrate  seven day long National Day Holiday. Foreign Embassies register on Chinese Micro Blog, Weibo and post regularly in Chinese language. China says that Social Networks can cause abuse by fraudsters and can cause negative impact on real life.    India test fires indigenously built nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Agni-II ballistic missile. South Korea cracks down on after school private tutoring academies and imposes curfew on them. The Haqqani network currently being accused of killing Burhanuddin Rabbani denies the charge and their involvment in the murder.      Thousands take to the roads to demand closures of all nuclear plants in Japan.   A 6.9 scale earthquake shakes North East India, Nepal, and Tibet Yemeni govt crackdown on protestors, kill 25 amidst escalating protests. Jute usage increases again, encouraging farmers in Bangladesh to go back to their traditional crop.         Afghan Army tries to counter Taliban propaganda that army people are fake muslims by building mosques, billboards with koran verses, etc., Pakistan claims to have arrested three top Al-Qaeda leaders in Quetta with CIA'S help. Qatar people are demanding democratic reforms and end to the Emir's dictatorship. Emir survives assassination attempt. Driven by public spending on infrastructure, South Korean economy grows more than estimated.  South korea mulling over whether to increase interest rates or not.         China State Council notes in a recently released white paper that china never seeks hegemony and stresses on Peace.  Wikileaks states that the count of Muslims in India is around 160-180000, higher than official estimate and that most of the Muslims live in dire conditions.

Health

Taiwanese researchers find relationship between Schizophrenia and epilepsy  South Korea will renew its efforts in stem cell research, five years after the cloning scandal.

Education

China's students excel in OECD's PISA Tests. Shanghai stands first for reading, math and science.

 

EUROPE

Business

Greece approves spending cuts to avail Euro Loan and passes Austerity measures widely opposed by general public.  Govt needs to reduce govt employee burden by 30000 by either retiring them or reducing their pay.                 London's Posh Area Real Estates witnesses constant rising prices despite recession. Prices have risen 37.2% compared to March 2009. International Labor Organization warns that millions might face unemployment in 2012 and sharp shortage of jobs. S&P cuts Italy's rating to a citing weakening economy UBS admits loss of $2 Bn due to rogue trader activity inside the bank Drop in exports lead to decline in factory orders for Germany. Business Confidence falls to new lows in August. World Bank President Robert Zoellick cautions of emerging dangerous period and asks european leaders to take the right decisions.     Swiss National Bank acts to restrain rising franc by enforcing minimum rate through purchase of foreign currencies.              

 Politics

European Union trying to bring in the former republics of Yugoslavia into its membership. Britain set to remove gender in passports following examples set by Sweden, EU and even United States, allowing for gender freedom. Poland's Balanced Foreign Policy helps President Tusk to become first ruling party in Poland to win consecutively.         7.2 earthquake hits Turkey - over 450+ dead. Dmitry Medvedev announces that he will not run for second term because he believes that Vladimir Putin is both more popular and more authoritative.  Amanda Knox and ex-boyfriend prepare to flew back to USA after being cleared of Murder Charges of Briton Meredith Kercher in Perugia in 2007.         Russia and China veto a European-backed U.N.Security Council resolution which intended to impose sanctions against Syria if it did not halt crackdown against its civilians using military. Spanish model gets sexual assault case against Saudi prince reopened; alleges that Spain’s justice system did not handle the case properly earlier.             Romania signs agreement with USA allowing missile defense system to be deployed in Romania. Ireland facing huge debts also has trouble emanating from its conflict with the Church over church's property.   Government's 40 bn Euro Austerity package invites strikes and protests from citizens. Berlusconi's popularity falls to new lows.   Justice department blames broken penal system for london riots, citing evidence that 70% of those involved in riots had caution or crime conviction.

 Health

2000 Bulgarians March in an Anti-Roma rally accusing the community of organized crime and corruption. Turkish Doctors find new gene, which is responsible for night blindness WHO targets "Lifesyle" diseases, which are causing 36 million deaths annually? Chinese, Canadian and UK research groups determine the structure of the NDM-1 enzyme, which can break antibiotics.      Damaged Blood vessels in brain linked to signs of old age.

 

AMERICA

Business

Large companies are working with smalls startups to leverage expertise that is not available within the company like Pepsi. Wall Street Executives not confident of the future, blame government interference, global uncertainty and lack of global stability; Feel that there may be no exit this time. America's top Brand Nike seeks to double revenue from China from present $2 bn by 2015. U.S. Court rules that Samsung has infringed Apple's patents but Apple needs to prove the validity of those patents. The Fed said that they will further ease the monetary policy if the weakness in economy persists for some more time. Businesses Charge extra income from travelers through additional services and fees. Economic Cycle Research Institute opined that U.S. is headed into deep recession. Institute for Supply Management’ non-manufacturing index falls to its lowest level since Jan 2010, indicating that the service industry is growing at the slowest pace in August. The Fed said that they will further ease the monetary policy if the weakness in economy persists for some more time. Businesses Charge extra income from travelers through additional services and fees. Economic Cycle Research Institute opined that U.S. is headed into deep recession. Moodys says that outlook for state and local governments remains negative New Oil Fields will place the Americas at the top of list of Oil producers in the near future. Bridgestone agrees to pay $28 million for bribing Latin American Officials Tyco plans to break itself up into 3 publicly traded companies Federal Regulators sued 17 financial institutions, blaming them for pushing mortgage securities to investors without checking their quality. Owning a place in Miami becomes status symbol for Russians, who along with Chinese, Indonesians, and Koreans are propping up the luxury housing market in New York, Southern California, and Miami. Campaigns to “Buy American" evolves into movement with Americans feeling that buying American goods even at higher prices is "Investing" in America.  Teen unemployment average stands at 25.4% with black teen’s unemployment at 46.5%.  Teens affected by their jobs being taken over by more automation and laid off workers.    

 Education

Research from Univ.of California sheds light on our current understanding of Bullying. Research shows that bullying children cannot be expected to work it out. They need to be guided to change. Hispanic School Children in USA behind others in education nationwide. Issues raises concern with their projected population to be 29% of total population by 2050.             Reports reveal that mixing low achieving students improve faster in mixed classrooms with high achieving students but high achieving students find performance declining by 6% post mixing such segments. Obama government asks schools and colleges to take complaints of "sexual assault" more seriously.   

 Entrepreneurship

1 Million Self employed people no longer in business after lack of customers and fewer opportunities forced them out of business.          

Health

Doctor’s advice to set media limits for children under 2 since it decreases the amount of time spent with a parent and learning from interaction with real people. Statistics show that a child spends 50 mts less time interacting with a parent for every hour in front of a screen. Prosecutors wrapping up Micheal Jackson Case, claim that attending doctor's negligence was the cause for death. Certain Gene variant causing blood clots and inflammation reduces chances of survival. Unhealthy lifestyles are causing strokes in children and young adults. 60000 people at risk from dust inhalation of the world trade center dust.  18000 people suffering from dust linked illnesses.     Cities are relaxing regulations and rules to allow urban farms to flourish     

 Politics

Federal Court stops immigration checks at schools in Alabama. Treasury reports $1.3 Tr Deficity for the fiscal year ended on Sept.30,2011. Hillary Clinton says that Asia is critical to America's future as is as an engaged America to Asia’s future. Next decade focus to strengthen alliances. USA faces protests against wall streets in major metros. 700 people arrested in connection with the protests.   Senate blocks President Obama's $447 billion jobs bill; President blames republicans for blocking measures which were earlier supported by them. Senate passes bill that would pressure china to increase the value of Yuan despite lawmakers warning that it would result in a trade war. American Drone Attack kills American born Al Qaeda Cleric and Editor of Al Qaeda's magazine. Supreme Court returns to bench facing several civilian cases; Considerable number of criminal cases might shift attention towards overhaul of system. 10 Years of cooperation with the U.S. on post 911 war efforts in Afghanistan have increased resistance to the Americans within the country. Politicians of both parties look to renew/sustain tax breaks for their support groups/industries instead of raising them. Southern Politics is still driven by the division of race.  Vote bank politics becoming a necessity. Social Networks led campaign "Occupy Wall Street" had hundreds of demonstrators on the roads in Wall Street. Canada fortifies military presence in the Arctic pursuing its "Northern" strategy. Obama plan proposes $1.5 trillion in tax increases over the next decade, primarily targeting the wealthy. Both parties agree on Job creation being top priority but differ on Approach.  Democrats want to spend more on public works while republicans want removal of labor and envt.regulations to create jobs. Obama government keen to push tax cuts for middle classes in America to boost economy.    Texas Fire loss estimates at $5.2 Bn.  Suffering from Draught already, fires compound woes for Texas citizens.     Obama Approval ratings drop to record low, as people get more pessimistic about the direction of the economy.

 Sports

U.S. clinches gold medal in the gymnastics world championships defeating russia and china. Tiger Woods drops out of Top 50 Global Golf Players after being in the ranking for 778 weeks, out of which 623 weeks were being Number 1. Univ of Alabama Research shows that sports fixation can spoil relationships and quality of life. Pepsi signs sponsorship agreement with NFL, to invest $2.3 Bn through 2022.

 Technology

Google axes "google buzz" in current drive to consolidate social media properties and focus on Google+          Demand for new iPhone high as potential buyers line up outside shops to purchase the phone. Apple losing market share in India to Noki and RIM who sell more devices in Inia, Coalition calls for tax breaks on $1 Trillion of offshore profits; Coalition includes Google, Cisco and Apple.     BookSellers are spurning DC Comics due to its granting exclusive rights to Amazon for its Kindle Fire Tablet. Facebook faces class action suit for tracking visitors even after they logged out. Yahoo fires CEO after business struggles to improve.          Smartphones and Cloud Computing diminish PC's role. Amazon expects to sell 4-5 million tablets taking on Android. Kids getting addicted to social networks and mobile applications increases threats of privacy invasion and getting exposed to inappropriate content and advertising.  Online Gossip forums are causing relationship breaks and unsubstantiated character assassinations.  

Entertainment

Islam based Comic Characters and Superheroes make debut in New York Film Festival. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is launching a media campaign to increase awareness among general public about the Mormons.

 

LATIN AMERICA

Politics

UN will withdraw 3000 troops from its peacekeeping force in Haiti. Russia cautious over Chavez's health. Planning Urgent measures in reaction to reports that Pres. Chavez might be on his final journey. Colombia thanks U.S. for passing the free trade agreement which has been long delayed. Storms and Floods hit Central America leaving 40 dead. Argentina re-elects her president Brazil starts countdown for 2014 World Cup. Brazilian scientists find 3700-mile underground river under the Amazon river, name it Hamza after the head of the research team.        Haitian Citizens demand withdrawal of UN peacekeeping force.     Chile mourns for 21 killed in Air Crash; search for bodies ongoing. Two people face 30 years in prison after spreading false twitter rumors of gunmen attacking schools.  Ensuing panic caused many accidents.           Mexican President vows to continue crackdown on drug cartels to the very last day of his term in office.  US blacklists Belize and El Salvador as drug cartels use them as transit routes for drug smuggling.         

 AFRICA

 Politics

South Africa's refusal to allow visa to Dalai Lama criticized globally, forcing govt to say that it did not bow to pressure. Anarchy in Nigerian Village. 19 killed in possible reprisal attack. French Woman kidnapped from Kenya and taken to Somalia in a repeat incident of similar event last month.     600 Tunisians deported back to home from Italy after attempting to illegally migrate. Child Sacrifices increase in places near Uganda's capital Kampala, with motive of increasing wealth. Obama dispatches 100 troops to Uganda to quell rebellion. Militants linked to Al Qaeda kill 70 people in Somalia raising concerns that they still remain a force to reckon with.             Egypt's military council announces date of parliamentary elections; elections to start on Nov.21 Madagascar's ex leader will return after political agreement will allow elections within a year Sudan bans pro and southern Sudan affiliated political parties Gaddafi Loyalists flee to Niger in convoy of Armoured vehicles. Egyptian Government searches for Mubarak Assets globally and tries to freeze and recover them.          Robert Mugabe preaches peace ahead of elections.   The West might invade Syria under the pretext of ensuring that chemical weapons in Syria should not fall in appropriate hands.     

 

MIDDLE EAST

Politics

A report from Geopolicity says that the Arab Spring Upheaval might have cost the region $50 Bn. Egypt, Syria and Libya paid the highest price for it. Israel plans New Jerusalem settlement of 2600 housing units, causing uproar from Palestinians who want an halt on all such programs till peace talks are resumed. UN says that around 3000 people might have been killed in the ongoing protests against Syrian president that are continuing for the past 7 months Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei  brushed aside U.S. Allegations calling them "meaningless"          Treasury freezes Iranian Airline Mahan Air's U.S. Assets and will bar U.S. Firms from doing business with it. Mahan Air is alleged to have flown the people who are being charged with conspiring to kill the Saudi Ambassador. The Prisoner exchange with Palestine has raised the profile of Hamas and made it difficult for Israel to respond to victim's families in Israel. Hillary Clinton Tours Tripoli offering full support to the transitional government. Gadhafi dead in Lybia from gun shot wounds Air Strikes by Yemeni warplanes kill 30 soldiers.     U.S. puts pressure on swing states to resist supporting the Palestine Bid. US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warns Israel that it stands the risk of being isolated in the Middle East and that it should restore good relations with Egypt and Turkey. Tensions between Israel and Egypt, also between Israel and Turkey cause concern in the U.S. State of Qatar wants to buy stake in EADS from Daimler Iran's 1000-watt Russian built nuclear plant, Bushehr has been connected to the National Grid. 20 protestors die in government crackdown.  International pressure to end violence grows. Turkey is suspending all defense ties with Israel and plans to take Israel to UN Court.  Turkey already has expelled Israel's ambassador.    Media reports around 400,000 people taking to the streets protesting against rising cost of living in Israel.

Gloomier than Bernanke’s grim forecast for the economy and the prognosis that the U.S. is close to faltering was the news of Steve Jobs Demise.  

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