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IBM to help create ‘Little Africa’ in Gujarat

Good morning friends.  I am glad to know that IBM will facilitate in the creation of “Little Africa” in the city of Gujarat.  This means a lot to youth as there will be an employment opportunities.  So it will be a good  information to many especially to Gujarat people 

In a bid to provide employment to youth of the African-origin Sidi community settled in Saurashtra, Gujarat government has planned to create a ‘Little Africa’ on the fringes of Gir forest by developing a theme-based resort. 

The resort to be developed on 25 acres of land would be promoted by global giant IBM. The tribal development department of the state government has entered into a tie-up with IBM India for the project.

“The Rs 10-crore project, excluding the cost of land, would be fully funded by the Gujarat government. IBM will provide expertise to select a private partner to run the resort. It will also provide consultancy to market this ‘Little Africa’ across the world to lure maximum tourists,” said Per Yorgansen, project manager, IBM Denmark, who is in Ahmedabad for IBM’s Corporate Service Corps (CSC) program.

Pallavi Shukla, senior consultant to the state government for the project, said that development work would start by March 2010 and the resort would be functional in three years.

“Around 200 Sidi youth will get direct employment. Besides, there would be plenty of indirect employment opportunities as a ‘gram haat’ to display Sidi handicraft will be set up. Every evening there would be cultural events featuring Sidi ‘Dhamal’ dance troupe, which is very popular,” said Shukla.

The resort would be a replica of a typical Sidi village. Even interiors of all the 30 rooms would have an African touch. A museum would display various facets of Sidi life in and around Gir, especially their interface with the Asiatic Lions.

The Sidi community came to India from East Africa as slaves around 500 years ago. Their population is currently 10,000 in Gujarat, concentrated mainly on the periphery of the Gir forest in Junagadh district.   The Times of India


Countdown begins for solar eclipse on July 22

Good morning friends.  For those who will first time see the eclipse,  you have to begin the countdown.  It will be seen on the 22nd of July.  So for those who never seen any solar eclipse yet this is the time for you to experience that.  It’s amazing.  You may just think really God is wonderful.  He created all this kind.  So be there to watch the solar eclipse.  It will be an experience. 

Get ready for the most-awaited total solar eclipse on July 22. The eclipse marks the celebration of International Year of Astronomyglobally. The Gujarat Council of Science City on Sunday kicked off a month-long Countdown Awareness Programme for safe observation of solar eclipse in the city.

As part of the programme, a workshop at GSC was organised on Sunday to orient amateur astronomers, science communicators and youth on the upcoming Total Solar Eclipse (TSE) to be seen on July 22. The total solar eclipse will last nearly four minutes in India and the sun will not be visible at all.

During the workshop, Vishnu Reddy of astronomy faculty at University of North Dakota, US, said, “The sky has no limit and boundaries. Anyone with strong interest and right type of training can explore the night sky and observe many fascinating asteroids, comets and novas.”

“The geographical situation of India on the globe makes it an ideal place to explore astronomy and space,” added Reddy. GSC has planned a series of activities to popularise the solar eclipse. The visitors to Science City will be oriented with the eclipse observation activity through workshops, interactive sessions with scientists, radio talks and hands-on activities to ensure that those interested can have a safe viewing of the rare celestial event.

On preparation for the eclipse day, senior scientist, GSC, Narottam Sahoo said, “We are spreading the science about solar eclipses to eradicate so called superstitions related to them prevailing in the society in our month-long programme.”

The TSE on July 22 will be the longest one that will occur in the 21st century and will not be surpassed in duration for the next 123 years. Honorary scientist with Indian National Science Academy Prof Narendra Bhandari at Science City said every solar eclipse has been different and provides a variety of scientific stuff for study and future exploration.

Solar eclipse is a natural phenomenon and has some effect on birds, animals, plants, humans and the entire environment. Students should take up some scientific studies and spread the science of eclipse in the society, added Bhandari. – The Times of India

Now, English to reach remotest Guj

Good morning friends.  English language is a universal language.  It is very important that we all should learn this language to communicate with the majority.  I’m glad to tell you that English now will reach to remotest Gujarat.  We all know that many will benefit on this English language. With reference to The Times of India  English teaching will be taught  to some isolated area in Gujarat.


While the Samajwadi Party has vowed to work against use of English in education in its manifesto, the Gujarat government has decided to go in just the opposite direction — ensure that the language is taught in the remotest corners of the state.


A new scheme will be launched to teach English to standard VIII students in 164 schools in Gujarat’s eastern tribal belt. To benefit some 8,000 tribal children, this will include 120 tribal ashram shalas as well. Gujarat already has Society for Creation of Opportunity through Proficiency in English (SCOPE) to teach the language to urban youth.

Thanks to satellite technology, the best teachers of English will reach out to the children.

“Ashram shalas are equipped with televisions and computers. The best teachers from Ahmedabad and Vadodara will be hired to give tutorials sitting in a studio at Bharkarachaya Institute for Space Application and Geoinformatics (BISAG) in Gandhinagar.”  

Teaching will start from the next academic year, but the government is gearing up now. Teachers from the tribals schools will be called to Gandhinagar for orientation courses.

They will have to remain present in the room while the tutorials are being telecast. The plan is to turn the teachers into local resource persons who will ensure that the children take interest.

Ahmedabad-based NGO Unnati-Organisation for Development Education, has been hired to do the job. Unnati director Binoy Acharya told TOI that the distance learning model was chosen because it is “difficult to take good English teachers to tribal areas”. “This is a pilot project, which will later be extended to all tribal schools. There will be around 35 sessions, each lasting one-and-a-half hours, with on-line facility for local teachers to interact with the tutor in BISAG.”

If the experiment is successful, the government plans to extend it to mathematics and science and then to other standards as well. As for English, the children will be given elementary knowledge, which will be followed up by monthly and quarterly tests.

“Answer books will be dispatched to Gandhinagar for regular checking in order to know the progress of each child and also whether distance learning in English can be extended to other subjects.”

A special performance by specially-abled

Good morning friends.  When I heard news about specially-abled children, I feel the admiration with my heart.  The government should focused on that kind of children. 

They might give Bollywood dancing sensations a run for their money! Shaking a leg to salsa, jive and hip hop fused with Bollywood numbers, a group of specially-abled children stunned the audience at Tagore Hall on Sunday.

These special children were performing at the celebration of 25 years of Madhurya Bhuvan a centre in Bapunagar which helps specially abled children and youth in Ahmedabad. Laxmi Patel, one of the special children was delighted after being applauded by a huge audience.

Sister Elsa Rodriguez of the Sisters of Charity of St Anne started the first centre in Ahmedabad. On the occasion,  “It was heartening to see the children performing on their own. They are not any lesser than any one else. There is a growing awareness among parents and society for these children.”

The centre has 85 girls and boys from diverse backgrounds in Ahmedabad while at another centre in Kadi, it houses 55 special youth.

Suman Lata Goyal, mother of a 20-year-old specially-abled Nikita says, “The children are trained to develop skills that will help them to stand on their own in society. My daughter used to be aggressive but now, she is calm and is learning things well.”

Sister Ramila Isudas of the centre says, “These children are taught, to look after themselves, read, write, draw, paint. They are also given pre-vocational training. They are encouraged to be involved in extra-curricular activities like games, song, dance and drama and they also celebrate all festivals.”

Photo courtesy:   timesofindia

Amdavadi youths rally for peace

Good morning friends.  After my morning walk I took a few minute rest before doing my another work.  While  resting I  read some news in The Times of India and I agree with this peace rally they are doing, if it will be the positive result of making our country peaceful.  Terrorize free from those who do not know the importance of each life. 

A group of young, bright and angry denizens gathered close to the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) campus on Thursday evening for a protest against the terror strikes across the country. 

It was a people’s initiative which drew a crowd of around 300 people to light candles and sign a petition against the failure of the government to keep India safe.

Kevin Menon, an event manager who was one of the organizers of the protest, said, “It was not a just a peace march to remember our soldiers who lost their lives in the terror attack of Mumbai but was about terror strikes that have ravaged our country in the last one year. This is to ask the government and our politicians to own up for what they have done and all that they have not done. Why are we paying taxes, which are increased every year, if we are not even safe in our own houses?”

Savera Mehta, one of the participants at the protest march, said, “There is so much anger here and youth want to make their contribution in whichever way possible. There was slogan shouting and people came in with placards and posters. We spoke on the attacks and ended the protest singing the national anthem.”