Saturday, 21 June 2014

ABUSING CORPORAL PUNISHMENT–TO FOLLOW

 

 

Find here below are more information to read on corporal punishment Awareness Campaign jointly established by Save the Children, UNICEF, CEAPA and CONCAPA  and two videos one on corporal punishment and other on sexual abuse of students. Furthermore I worked in a CBSE school and have given the URLs to CBSE’s stature on the use of corporal punishment in hope that the state government body if they happened to read my blog will take this as an opportunity to incorporate this into their system of education as well if not done earlier.

UNICEF AWARENESS VIDEO ON CORPORAL PUNISHMENT

 

CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AWARENESS VIDEO BY CHILDLINE

UNICEF CAMPAIGN ON BANNING CORPORAL PUNISHMENT

BANNING CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IN CBSE

AFFIRMATION OF BANNING OF CORPORAL PUNISHMENT

Thursday, 19 June 2014

ABUSING CORPORAL PUNISHMENT AS A TOOL TO POWER

 
      
              
I started my school days in a small factory school where teaching staff are appointed in a similar manner like many of the other management schools in Madurai. The only difference is that this school has a bigger space comparatively to other schools from the surrounding villages. Canning, undressing students and kneeling are some of the common forms of punishments that I have observed during my childhood days. My mother has been more of an activist in those days despite being a home maker who knows less of the world and people outside. I say this because she cared more for her children and her friends. I still remember three to four incidents during my childhood when my mother came forward and spoke rather questioned my teachers including the Principal. 
 
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Incident 1: When some of my neighbouring class boys shirts were removed as punishment and made to go to other classes, she objected.
 
Incident 2: My speed of delivery of words is much faster comparatively right from my childhood, however the case is much different now. One day this so happened that I finished my prayer after lunch before others and the teacher on rounds canned me and I had a mark on the back of my arms. The next day my mother came and fought with the teacher and after that told her that if she hits me for questioning her she will take things seriously. From that incident onwards I still remember the teacher always used point out, “If I hit your mother will take me to my higher authorities”. I think she was my Maths or Tamil Teacher.
 
Incident 3: Once my sister got canned very badly and all I remember is my mother talking to the teacher angrily for not understanding her problem and discussing with her of how to solve. After this incident my parents sent my sister to Kodaikanal where she stayed with my grandparents and continued her studies. This period of her life, to my knowledge was blissful, of course who will not love the beautiful landscape and a lovely pet dog and cat.
 
Incident 4: Once one of my very good playmate and classmate called Gayathri had high fever and her father I believe is a labourer or a technician. Her mother left her under our care, our group and asked us to take care of her. This so happened the Principal came for substitution and was checking our notebooks for handwriting to the best of my knowledge. Gayathri was not doing well and she had bad handwriting or incomplete work but the Principal got so wild and she started canning her. Immediately we all together told her that she had fever and she canned us as well which made her more aggressive and blindly canned her which caused lot of markings on her legs. After that she did not come to school the next day and we all told our parents of the incident. My mother questioned the Principal the next day for canning me for only conveying the information that she was not doing well. The day after that when Gayathri came back to school, my mother saw her condition and on seeing a few of my other classmates also started complaining to my mother. So she asked her parents to complain on the Principal to the management, but they were scared because of other higher authorities whose children were also studying there. The situation was entirely different in this case. So my mother took this as a personal concern and I along with her told my father. I do not remember following which my mother persuaded my father to chat with Gayathri’s father and he took a written statement from him and personally met the management and the Principal got suspended. She did come back to the school but we all forgot about her by then as is was a year later, but at that time she was reformed.
 
Incident 5: I was in Dindigul and had no idea of computers and never had seen one. Unfortunately, I happened to join my middle school a little later than others I was behind syllabus and missed out a few classes on binary calculations. So I failed in the test and my computer master canned me. This in fact developed an aversion towards the subject until I started enjoying using the technology for research and got admired by my research supervisors for learning to use softwares swiftly and ethically. My mother not only complained to the Principal and later got to know that the computer master was staying in a house which was under the supervision of my father and so my father also had a word with him.
 
What brought me all these memories back? The decision of mine to agree to work as an Academic Co-ordinator though attending the interview for a Principal since I believed that besides other reasons is also an opportunity to understand and gain more knowledge on Indian educational system at school level – primary, secondary and higher secondary. This so happened that the school where I agreed to work in Madurai had compartmentalization system of education. I wonder whether is this the real pathetic case of all the schools and the students in Madurai or not, I am not sure – for my nephew gave me a different opinion of the school where he studied earlier. I have very little idea of his current school as is not even a month since the year started.
 
Objection to implementation of corporal punishment, leave aside schools in Madurai, I got inspired through my mother from childhood because she always used to tell that women who hit other’s children are not good women and do not make a good mother (why my sister’s-in-laws used to bother my mother for sparing the rod for they do not know to discern between pampering, disciplining and use of corporal punishment). This is how I had been growing up and this so happened that I spent the last four years of my education is one of the best schools in South India at Chennai. I owe a lot to the nuns and other teacher who had put in lot of effort on me and made me a confident person and brought the innate personality to life. I still admire the leadership of the Principal of my school at that instance and only when I last visited my school before leaving to Australia, I got to know that might be the last visit to my school as on old student for most of the teachers were already retired and others were in the verge of retirement.
 
The person who got appointed along with me here in Madurai as Principal also bothered about canning when I was feeling they are better for I know that is much worse in some of the other schools, or maybe I did not get a chance to observe . But I only got to know that the teachers are encouraged by the attitude of some or rather I should mention it as most of the parents who come to teachers asking to can their children while I even had the experience of a parent telling me that they are using medication on their son for being naughty. Of course without a change in the attitude of the public this is not possible to ban and prevent the use of corporal punishment entirely while parents themselves question teachers for not using corporal punishment. This was at this juncture that I got appointed to Thiruppuvanam, Sivagangai as Academic Co-ordinator to a CBSE school that is to be established. Need not say accepting the mode of education by itself was a problem which I found on arrival for many parents used to keep complaining and have displeasure on the amount of time and effort that parents need to spend on their children unlike Matriculation/ State Board. It was at this juncture I found that many parents also used to complain and question the Principal of that school as well for implementing corporal punishment. Initially I observed that she used to implement only when teachers bring students stating that they were doing mischief. I do not know what happened or maybe because right from security to few attenders started comparing indirectly on how students get scared for making mistakes and immediately regret with no need to hit or scold them, if I happened to find out. In fact even after scolding they used to smile happily. This could also be one the reasons besides other personal contempt and displeasure or jealousy and me not agreeing to nod “yes” to say that a mobile phone that I got for myself for my birthday as gifted by someone else or might be because not being bothered about the story of an “alliance” that she made up and asking to fall in love and marry that “man” and much more than that. What ever be the reason the ploy was laid before – but the point here is that corporal punishment was used rather abused on small students below 10 years – to teach me to use corporal punishment; to hurt me since I cannot see others being hurt for innocence thinking that I will not ask and an idea for what reason I do not know that either to make me go meet men in uniform and/or human rights commission people. banningcorporalpunishment-page1
 
The point here that I want to convey on this blog is, despite as seen in the map of India, Tamil Nadu falling under the circle of banning of corporal punishment and the act against the physical and mental (and  I believe should be better framed as emotional) abuse leading to deterioration in mental health and physical well-being of the child has been incorporated into the Act to Right to Education Bill and UNICEF, India, one should be practical that corporal punishment cannot be banned completely without a change in attitude of the public (as parents), despite schools, management, principals/heads, in-charges and teachers get together and prove their ability in moulding students without implementing corporal punishment. Here I have incorporated what the media has published further on the decision issued by Ministry for Women and Child Development and this news not only from one single representation of media, but is a well cited article in detail that corporal punishment is punishable to imprisonment and penalisation with money. However what is pathetic in the country is that when corporal punishment has been abused to harass students and to pent out their emotional imbalance, I believe that a little more than penalisation and imprisonment is required.
 
Corporal Punishment Laws in India
 
People who are heading such institutions leaving aside their duties and responsibilities, showing negligence towards the responsibility of safety which is under the direct supervision of the head of the school and monitored by him/her and work towards their own selfish gratification, I believe they need a little more bitter treatment and lesson learnt for life. The case that I faced here is much more of irresponsibility and abusing students for selfish purpose and the acknowledgement of parents towards the misuse of children in helping to gain more power and maybe money as well, besides the personal harassment that I faced which I need not discuss here.
 
The consequence of abusing corporal punishment and mental, which I will call as emotional harassment in this context on students, could have more implications and stress on students for this instilled fear of sharing problems with someone whom they can rely on and doing things which they believe is wrong for no one will like to hurt someone whom they like. Besides when the government and activists are banning corporal punishment with common cause that this instills the spirit of learning to use violence, what will be the end result of abusing corporal punishment for no valid reason for cases similar to Gayathri?
 
I believe this needs no great psychology to understand that all students are not equal in learning to speak a foreign language and some depending on the environment and society they grow, may not be able to spell out clearly certain words, why my nephew at the age of 11 still cannot spell out certain big words clearly; not because he is a dull-head because he knows the usage of vocabulary but is not able to pronounce the word clearly like a grown up individual and is still a kid.
 
However taking things positively forward on my personal side since I had no trustworthy contact details or appointments to raise my concern, I believe in the interim I maybe spending time at home and not earning my daily bread, but in the process I gained knowledge which I would have gained even otherwise if required as a matter of job responsibility and also learnt more about the Indian system of education at the level of school.

Read the blog to follow for further readings.....

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Parakeets Versus Love Birds

 

PARAKEETS

gp parakketParakeets are also called the Australian Parrots belonging to broad-tailed parrots and they have been in existence on this earth for nearly 5 million years. Parakeets are usually 18cm long weighing 30 to 40 g. Usually the wild varieties are green in colour with a small change in colour at the back (mantle) and wings which are black edged in yellow. The actual colour or plumage of the parakeet comes into vicinity when they are old enough after 3-4 months of age. the parakeets have zygodactyl toes with olive grey beaks and bluish-grey legs. Generally parakeets are smaller in size than parrots but when bred in captivity they can become beautiful and grow bigger than normal size. Some of the other colours in captivity are white, blue and purple while blue, green, yellow and white is also available. They fluoresce in UV radiation especially during mating season and this is a characteristic feature that the opposite gender uses for selecting their choice of mate. The colour of the cere (the nostril region) is usually royal blue in males and is from pale-brown to white or brown in both the sexes. in juveniles this is pink in colour.

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Male Versus Female: Parakeet male birds coexist with mutual understanding but not female birds. However, when female birds are kept together they usually land up fighting. However, in pairs they are much happier and are easy to tame in contrast to other birds, including parrots. 322

Habitat and Nurturing Parakeets: Parakeets usually are seen in the wild as wanderers in open grasslands and woodlands. They usually live in flocks feeding on seeds, spinifex, grass weeds and wheat from the fields. They love to preen themselves which might become a habit in captivity. Parakeets are excellent and intelligent companions and in Indian mythology “Parrot” was considered to be the best friend of Goddess Meenakshi, Madurai, Tamil Nadu. 331

At home you can make your little greeny comfortable in a rectangular cage by spreading paper towels or tissue paper, but I would suggest from my personal experience newspaper or magazine paper for they have the habit of tearing them into pieces. Decorate and bring to life the cage with perches (my mom used pressure cooker gasket and CD to keep them engaged), water and food dishes, besides toys. Some of the suggested toys for parakeets are those with bells, trucks where they can perch and peck, spinning toys, toys that move with touch and toys made of paper and soft wood. The cage should be kept in a place which is least disturbed and from where they can enjoy soft music with you. This is difficult to have a parakeet with you for one need to really take care of them, but they get habituated to you changing water and food; and if you forget one day to fill their food day – not to worry they will come to the door to call you and ask for food.

The best food for parakeets are seeds and bird food; besides fresh vegetables like parsley leaves, mint, coriander leaves, kale, beets, peas, carrots, parsleys, cooked yams, sliced apples, mandarin oranges and citrus – all chopped into small slices using a food processor and dispersed into their little bowls. Food to avoid to be given to parakeets which otherwise will make them sick are: canned veggies, non-organic fruits or veggies, avocados, eggplant, rhubarb, potato and tomato leaves, bean plant leaves, apple seeds, alcohol, coffee and tea, chocolate, apricot, cherry, peach, pear and plum seeds, peanut and gravel.

334Time is the most important criteria that you can give your little ones so that they will feel at home and one among you. The best way to tame and pamper the little birds is to keep talking to them, feeling them, patting them and allowing them to climb over your fingers and peck. Once you tame one of the birds in the cage, the rest of them are automatically nudged by the rest of the birds to be pampered. They are better friends, intelligent observers and talk to you when you come back home. This is no scrap to do with God; just reverting the love and care that you give them.351

Parakeets should be allowed to fly within confined spaces to give them some exercise and keep them active and healthy. Weight loss and weight gain are two major problems of parakeets in confinement. Measuring them regularly is very important, and of course not all of us bother much but when enough exercise is given, this becomes unimportant. Parakeet shows signs of illness which could be observed from their droppings, vomiting and swooping down on the cage floor. they stop flying and prefer sitting, of course my nephew’s parakeet likes to perch on me and get pampered, which when it keeps pecking, which is not a sign of illness. One will notice fatigue in them.tamed parrots

Talking Parakeets: Parakeets learn to sing and make sounds like how we speak to them while pampering. This has got nothing to do with Amman or any other superstitious beliefs. They mimic people who spend and interact more with them. In fact, male parakeets are much easier to tame and quick to learn than female parakeets.

LOVE BIRDS

Love birds also belong to the family of parrots but are much more smaller than parakeets. Love birds are much more sociable and affectionate to the owners. These birds are native to African continent and Madagascar. These birds are so named because they prefer to have monogamous relationships and live in pairs for a long time. The pair likes to spend time together for hours and when the bonding breaks the lifetime of the birds decreases. Though found in pairs, pairs remain together in flocks.

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Species: There are 9 species in love birds. The common domestic love birds are peach-faced, fisher and masked. These birds usually weighs around 50-55 gm and live for nearly 8 to 10 years reaching a maximum of 15 years.

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Peach-faced love birds are the most popular ones and are highly tamed, independent and friendly birds owing to their remarkable intelligence. These are the most beautiful of the lot coming in vivid colours like light red-face, blue rumps, grey feet with a brightly coloured beak. The eyes have a white halo. Some of the variations of these birds include cream, orange faced, white faced blue, lutino,  blue pied dilute, cinnamon and fallow. colour

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Fischer’s love birds are one of the smallest birds with the most brilliant variations in colours. The face which is usually bright red in colour for the male bird in particular, which is somewhat orange tint in female and also dulls out as orange as it goes down from face to throat and while reaching the breast is yellowish-orange in colour and has a smart green body colour. These birds have blue rump and orange and black traces on their wings. While as usual the feet and legs are grey and the beak is red in colour. Other common colour variations in these birds will include black or dark eyed white colour bird, dilute blue and yellow, cinnamon, Lutino and albino.

madagascarBlack-masked love birds are the second most popular types of birds next to peach-faced. These birds are marketed for their wonderful brilliant colour contrasts like dark factor, blue, dilute and pied. these are one of the most noisiest birds that keeps chirping throughout the day, especially at high-pitch during dawn and dusk. black wingedgroup

Food: They eat grasses, fruits, vegetables and seeds. Black species of love birds are omnivores in a sense that they also feed on figs and small insects.

Love birds lay nearly 4 to 6 eggs and is the female which plays a major role in building and preparing the nest and hatching of eggs. peach faced

pair1Taming Love Birds: These gentle yet boisterous birds are often called “Pocket Parrots”. They are capable of mimicking human voices to a certain extent, especially of those who are closer to them, unfortunately are good as “talking parrots”. If you are looking for a bird to talk then these are not of your choice. However if you are looking for someone who will adore you like a dog or a cat and yet you can leave them inside your house for a holiday with a bowl full of seeds and water, then these are the best pets. However, your absence will make them aggressive, still you can pamper them back to normal by giving more time than usual. Sounds human indeed! One of the main problem in having these love birds is that they are much prone to feather picking if you leave them unnoticed. As these birds are quite used to chew the barks of woods in nature, this is advisable that you get them toys that are chewable especially those made of soft wood and of course, there is no better toy than their dropped feathers.

 

 

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Science and Cultural Talk on Tamil Nadu - My Career and Life



This is an exemplary presentation made by myself to my colleagues in Colmer’s laboratory of Ecophysiology in the School of Plant Biology, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, University of Western Australia on Culture of Tamil Nadu and Tamil People. Besides this was also an introductory talk of myself and my parents – of course, my dad as usual was always busy away over his phone when I was taking a photo of everyone who came to drop me in the airport. The little brat is my nephew peeping out of tears – who knows for what? He was so happy to send me off as he had the privilege to help me until clearance and enjoyed being the “centre of attraction”!
Well memories will remain forever – but is time to watch the presentation!

 
Tamil Nadu and People of Tamil Nadu–About Myself in Tamil Nadu

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

More about Viralimalai Peacock Sanctuary – Secrets Revealed

 

Peacock has been adorned the title as not only the National Bird of India in the year 1963, but also of Australia by a few Australians by “word of mouth”, as Australia have not adopted any National Bird until now. In India the most common peacock or peafowl which is usually spotted is the Blue Peafowl (Pavo cristatus).  This bird is also known as Indian Peafowl or Common Peafowl. Spectacularly stunning beauty abounds these birds and make them attractive giving a very pleasing personality.

Scientific Classification:

Scientific Name   Pavo cristatus

Kingdom : Animalia

Phylum   : Chordata

Class       :  Aves

Order     :  Galliformes

Family   : Phasianidae

Genus   :  Pavo

The blue peafowl has been part of Indian cultural and have its reference in the Hindu myhtology as vahan of Karthikeya, Goddess Saraswathi and Goddess Mahamayi. Peacock dance has been part of Indian folk dance of Tamil Nadu and Bharathanatiyam. Lord Krishna is always found to adron himself wiht a peacock feather as his head ornament. Besides dancing of peacock during monsoon and rain has been mentioned in Indian poetry and prose. This in fact instigated a scientific temper in one of my friend who tried showering peacock with hosepipe and wanted to know “WHY” peacock dances before rain or monsoon? What makes them to dance? While many studies points out as seasonal dance that happens to coincide with the weather which is time for mating and is a ritual dance before mating. However, the observations cited in prose and poetry by great poets and poetess and that of scientists still needs to be validated. Notwithstanding in Christianity Peacock stands symbol of eternal life and is compared in alchemy or in Harry Potter to the resurrection of the Phoenix.

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Authenticating the relationship and tradition of peacock dance to Barathanattiyam stands true is the Shanmuganathar temple on top of Viralimalai Sanctuary. Most of the inhabitants of the village can trace their descent from Isai-vellala (Melakarar) community. This temple belongs to the Chola dynasty and is still a prosperous village ever since 9th A.D. The hill is covered with non-thorny trees mainly Wrightia and is aslo the place for kuravars who display their classical Kuravanji dance every year on the hill top inside the temple court till 1993 the “kuravanji dance” in front of large crowds of people like nobles, officials and ordinary folks.

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The location of the Viralimalai Peacock Sanctuary as seen on the map.

Capture some of the scenes of of the Viralimalai sanctuary and the Temple of Lord Murugan.

 

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Talking more about the Indian Peafowl are its variation in colour dividing them into two subspecies – blue-green and green colored plumage. The peahen or the female has a mixture of brown, dull green and gray plumage.

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Bragg reflections explains the reason for the vibrant colour changes that one could observe over a distance of the change in colours which is not because of the presence of pigments in the feathers rather due to the presence of regular, periodic nanostructures of barbules which causes changes in colours. Other types of peacock that could be spotted sometimes are the white peacock, the black shoulder and the Palawan Pheasant.

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These peacocks which abode in the hills and in the sanctuary area nearby are omnivorous and eat most parts of plants, seeds, seed pods,petals, leaves and grass, insects and arthropods, reptiles and amphibians. They usually nest on the ground and rest on low tree branches , and if they are male peafowl will lie the beautiful tail touching the ground spreading like a curtain of colours.

One more variety or species of peacock that could be occasionally spotted in Viralimalai is the Palawan Pheasant, a species that belongs to the country of Philippines, Palawan Island which has a beautiful iridescent blue plumage and has been branded as Vulnerable by IUCN.

BirdLife International 2013. Polyplectron napoleonis. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 27 May 2014.

Below you will find snapshots of various peacocks species that could be spotted and identified in Viralimalai Sanctuary when you make your trip:

Above all, peacock happened to be the symbol of commercialisation for NBC used eleven-feathered peacock abstraction with a slogan of pride of success “We are proud as a peacock!” showcasing yellow, orange, red, purple, blue and green in the year 1986.

Besides Peacocks, other attractions that you could spot in the Viralimalai Sanctuary are gazelles, porcupines, panthers, sloth bears and hyenas with the best time to spot them is in the season of October and April.

What is more left to do with the sanctuary besides spotting them on the factory walls on the roadway is to the sanctuary is to spot other wildlife and birds that could your trip more fulfilling and enjoyable.

And what is left more is that I never had an opportunity until now to visit the sanctuary ever since it was established rather than only passing through it.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Ratan Naval Tata–A Business Icon



This is a presentation prepared in five days by a group of students of Alpha Arts and Science College with a staff guidance, who was also registered as a student for a one credit course on Creative Leadership conducted by the Concordia College, USA. Even though the presentation was originally done by a student the narration for this video was done by me instantaneously. The choice of the Business Leader for group discussion and the presentation at the end of the course was taken in consensus by all the student members of the group. The research on their choice of Business Leader was done by the students.

More than a Business Leader–Ratan Naval Tata

Sunday, 13 April 2014

The Peacock Sanctuary at Viralimalai

 

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When I was a kid my father’s parents used to live in Tiruchirappalli. He used to takes us for most of the holidays to their home. On the way to Trichy is Viralimalai where Lord Muruga abodes in the hilltop Shanmuganathar temple and his vehicle the Peacock flourishes on the richness of the mountain. With every trip I found as I grew up I found that the number of peacocks that I counted started going less. I was very sad and was wondering why on earth the authorities of that area are not taking any initiative to make this place “A Sanctuary for Peacocks”? While I was contemplating on this question, and do not know how well my peers at my college remember that we even used to discuss on these issues – for one reason losing the abode of our National Bird is losing the Pride of India.

Viralimalai Wildlife Park as is named now is a very popviraali malaiular destination and a popular Holy Place for Lord Muruga worshippers. This village is located 30 km away from Thiruchirappalli and 40 km away from Pudukottai. To know more on how and what is the best way to get to this place, look at the table below:

Air Rail Road

The nearest airport is at Tiruchirapalli (30-km)

Tiruchirapalli junction is a main junction on the southern railway. It connects Chennai, Chidambaram, Madurai, Tuticorin, Tirunelveli, Tenkasi, Kollam, Rameswaram, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Kochi , Kanyakumari and Mangalore. Pudukkottai is also well connected by rail with the important places within and beyond the state

There are regular buses from Tiruchirapalli and Madurai

If you are looking for a place where you can spot peacocks in their natural habitats, learn, understand and enjoy their way of living, then Viralimalai is the place that you have to visit with your camera. Viralimalai, besides being the shrine for Lord Muruga and abode for peacock, this is the place where one if chance permits can witness the tribal population called the “kurvanjis”. However, with modernisation and civilisation creeping into this society many of their cusotms and culture including costumes, festivals have dwindled to nothing.

Talking more about the peacocks making this hill as their native, one if lucky will get to see six species of peacocks from different parts of India and South East Asia. The most attractive of all the peacocks that one can witness and must see to mark their visit a memorable one is the most attractive species of all the peacocks with vibrant colours that one can hardly find at one place in this world is the Palawan Peacock Pheasant or “Tandikan”.

If you are interested to learn more about the different species of peacock before you make your visit and jabber about this to your friend accompanying you, then do read the next post that is to follow…..

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Know More About Ovarian Cancer


Ovaries are the female reproductive organs, which produces the eggs and any cancer that occurs in this region are called ovarian cancer. This is the fifth most common cancer found in women.

Cause: The cause for the occurrence of this cancer is still not elusive.

Risk Factors: The risk factors that has been identified to increase the chance of occurrence of ovarian cancer will include cancer in the family pedigree, age (if you are more than 55 years old) and never becoming pregnant.

Symptoms: The symptoms of ovarian cancer will include –

·         abdominal swelling,

·         pressure or pain in the uterine region or the lower tummy,

·         frequent urination, urinary urgency,

·         back pain,

·         leg pain,

·         unusual vaginal bleeding and

·         feeling of fullness in the tummy very quickly.

The point to be noted is that not that all of these symptoms indicate the presence of ovarian cancer and neither all of these symptoms are present in the case of an ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer could also be a silent killer with no symptoms.

Some of the other uncommon symptoms associated with ovarian cancer include digestive symptoms like constipation, increased gas, indigestion, lack of appetite, nausea and vomiting, weight gain or loss. One of the rarest symptoms that have been related to ovarian cancer is the excessive hair growth which is dark and coarse.

Signs and Tests:

The normal examination for ovarian cancer is hand examination observing for lumps in the abdominal and the pelvic regions. However, in advanced stages the ovarian cancer exhibits itself as swollen belly area with fluid accumulation, which is known as ascites.

Other tests that are to be performed if ovarian cancer is suspected includes

·         complete blood count and  blood chemistry

·         pregnancy test

·         CT and/ or MRI of the abdomen and pelvic region

·         Pelvic ultrasound

·         Pelvic laproscopy

·         Biopsy if unusual lumps are found – has to be tested whether it is benign or not.

Stages of Ovarian Cancer:

Stage I: One or both the ovaries are affected.  The surface of the ovaries maybe affected and fluid might be accumulated in the abdominal region.

Stage II: The spread of the cancer from one or both of the ovaries to other organs in the pelvic region. Fallopian tubes, uterus and other tissues in the pelvis and the abdomen might be affected with cancerous cells.

Stage III: Lymph nodes and regions outside the pelvic regions are affected.

Stage IV: This is the final stage of ovarian cancer spreading to the rest of the body.

Treatment:

1.      Surgery is the best option to treat any kind and stage of the ovarian cancer, especially at the early stages. This is the best option to remove any abnormal growth in the ovaries, even if identified as harmless. Surgery will involve the following techniques:

·         Removal of ovaries and fallopian tubes (depending on the type and the region of the ovary that is being affected

·         Partial or complete removal of the omentum, the fatty layer in the abdominal region

·         Removal of affected lymph nodes.

2.      Chemotherapy is one of the best treatments that could be deployed at the early stages of ovarian cancer and could be employed when the cancer recurs.

3.      Radiation therapy is rarely used for the treatment of ovarian cancer as this could damage the fertility of the tissue.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

6 Must have Web applications for SEO Professional:


Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is one of the booming online website based business that is used to bring the ranking of your website up during a keyword search in one or the other search engines, the most prominent one being the Google search engine! Let us explore some of the must have six web applications for pursuing a career as a SEO Professional!
  1. Sheer SEO:
This is an online SEO web application that automates the SEO efforts, which includes rank tracking and link building. Some of the benefits of using this SEO software will include bring under one roof all of your SEO needs like SERPs, Page Rank, Pages indexing, social bookmarking like in Facebook and Twitter, page by page analysis and many more.
  1. Basecamp:
This is one of the most reliable web based SEO application that sticks to their vision, mission and basics that makes to be simple to use. This has a highly flexible API system, which can be integrated into a number of systems, which comes handy when you are in need. Even though this helps in SEO, this is not a real SOE based web application but still helps to manage SEO based projects and is highly reliable and flexible.
  1. Zion Web Applications:
They are proficient SEO service providing company that specializes in natural search engine optimization and ranking services. They are useful for both offline and online SEO optimization. What is good about Zion web applications is that they guarantee you with solid results within few weeks of effective results following the efficient use of their service. Some of the SEO services that this web application is offering will include off page and on page SEO, content optimization, search engine submission, directory submission, classified posting, press release promotion, articles promotion, social media bookmarking, RSS feed promotion and Video promotion. If you are thinking of boosting your search engine ranking then Zion web application is the one that you are looking for.
  1. Best Rank Services:
They are located in San Deigo and offering their service all over the United States. As every client they work will have different search engine optimization marketing needs, they offer their services by developing a setoff unique models and provide their services within the scope of this models. These set of models are as follows: search and social optimization, website design and development, media buying, online video services, hosted software services, conversion and tracking services and affiliate program.
  1. Planet E-com Solutions:
These are a group of web based solutions that has their own technical team who work hard day and night for their clients to fulfill their marketing needs via helping them to get a better search engine ranking. They have a very good ethical and result oriented approach, offering the best and affordable SEO services with proper SEO strategy.
  1. JoomlaOSCommerce.com:
This is a very well established IT group of companies who are involved in search engine optimization and marketing for a number of years and extend their services in Bangladesh predominantly. They also offer professional SEO training. 

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Steve Jobs - The Legend in Apple's Growth Died This Wednesdat

Steve Jobs, the legend behind many of the innovation in the creation of Apple died yesterday, Wednesday after suffering from pancreatic cancer. Earlier in July he stepped down from being the CEO of Apple giving way to Tim Cook, his supporting CEO when he used to be on his long leave for pancreatic cancer treatment. With hopes of being cured he took up the job of being the Chairman of Apple. Unfortunately, however, the treatment failed and he died at the early age of 56 only. If there is something that he loved more than Apple, it was his family and his wife Laurene, whom he deserted at a very young age. May his soul REST IN PEACE as we pay our tributes for him! Good Bye STEVE!

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Tech News - Tamil Nadu engineering colleges ruined tech education, says IIT-K head | Techgig

A must read info for the outgoing and forthcoming generation of engineering students, and the passed out students can do nothing if there is going to be a revolution in the way engineering collegiate education is going to be imparted and there are going to be better engineers than you!
Tech News - Tamil Nadu engineering colleges ruined tech education, says IIT-K head | Techgig

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Should I Use A Windows Desktop?

Are you confused with the wide range of options available with Windows desktop or not? Then fear not, for you can find your self why you should opt-in for windows desktop, then go ahead click this link, read on and tell me how do you feel? Feel free to leave your comments!

Seven Reasons Why You Should Opt-in For Windows Desktop For Your Office

Sunday, 17 July 2011

New Enhanced Windows 7 Features

Popular must have Windows Desktop apps:
With the speed that Windows being revamped, you may think that getting familiarized with the way Windows Desktop works in quite a difficult task to accomplish. However, Windows has made things easier for us by introducing the concept of Desktop applications, which makes life much more simple. Some of the must have Desktop applications are discussed in this article, and you are welcome to leave your comments in the end!
  1. Shake:
Shake is part of the Aero experience that has been exclusively designed for Windows 7.  They are available with the following versions of Windows: Home, Premium, Ultimate, Enterprise and Professional. All you need to do for bringing the desired open windowpanes to the front is to click on the top of the pane using your mouse and shake the mouse a bit. There you go! You will find the rest of the Windowpanes get transparent, bringing forward the desired windowpane.


  1. Peek:
When you know what is shake, then you should also learn what peek is! This works like what they call a X-ray technology, that takes back behind all the open windows pane, so that you can view your desktop by passing through these translucent window panes. All you need to do is to point to the end of the taskbar, and you will find this automatically turning your windows translucent and reveal the hidden icons and other gadgets, but you may not be able to operate them.

  3. Snap:
This quick and easy to use operation makes reading, organizing and comparing the open windowpanes much easier. All you need to do is that you will be doing all these processes by simply dragging the Windowpanes.