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31. August 2007

Wanna B Dad of 100 children by 2015 .

A one-legged father-of-78 is preparing for his next two marriages as he closes in on his target of having 100 children by 2015. UAE national Daad Mohammed Murad Abdul Rahman, 60, has already had 15 brides, though he divorces wives to make way for new ones in order to stay within the legal limit of four. His youngest child, Tariq, is 20 days old and his oldest, Ayoob, is 36. And he has more babies on the way from two of his three current wives.

 

Daad Mohammed lost a leg in a road accident and plans to have an artificial limb fitted in Jaipur in India – and while there he hopes to find one of his new brides. One more has already been lined up in Baluchistan, Pakistan.

 

“In 2015 I will be 68 years old and will have 100 children,” he said. “After that I will stop marrying. I have to have at least three more marriages to hit the century.Free Image Hosting

 

“Two of my wives are pregnant and they will give birth within two months.Tariq was delivered by my wife Mariam. He is healthy and happy and will have two more brothers or sisters soon. And I am also happy because Allah is giving me more children.” The retired truck-driver, policeman and soldier has two other babies – fourmonth-old Alma and eightmonth-old Sara.

 

Two other children, Adnan and Sulaiman, are under two years old. His wives and exwives include Bedouins from the UAE plus women from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran and Oman. They live in Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. Daad Mohammed, whose home is in Al Bustan, Ajman, spends time with each of them and has a family gettogether every Friday.

 

He is head of possibly the largest single UAE dynasty with 127 members, including 49 grandchildren, and has 15 houses. Two of his wives have died. Now he is going to have the same type of artificial limb – known as the Jaipur foot – that Indian dancer Sudha Chandran uses.

 

“After Ramadan, I will go to Jaipur to get an artificial leg and marry a beautiful Rajasthani girl,” he told Emirates Today. “I have had seven Indian brides.

 

“At present I use a crutch to move around. I am told that the Jaipur foot works better than other artificial limbs.” Daad Mohammed said he received generous support from the Ajman Gover nment, including houses and cash. He was paid a military pension of Dh24,000 a month by the Abu Dhabi Government.

 

“Even though my family is big, I don’t have any problem managing the budget,” he said. “If I buy fish for the entire family I have to spend a minimum of Dh500 per day. If the menu includes mutton at least Dh1,000 per day is required, and that’s just for the meat.” And despite having so many offspring he does not overlook the vital duty of any dad. He added: “I take care of their requirements – and pay pocket money to each and every child.”

04. July 2007

Eighty-five per cent of China’s 1.3 billion people share just 100 family names.

What do a former table tennis world champion, two Chinese national soccer team players, a celebrity musician, and the first woman scholar at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have in common with 99,995 other Chinese? They are all called Wang Tao, a name that according to a recent CAS report is shared by 100,000 people.


Already fighting a variety of resource shortages from oil to water, China is now gearing up to redress a scarcity of a different kind: that of surnames. The world’s most populous country is blessed with abundant human resources. Yet 85 per cent of China’s 1.3 billion people share just 100 family names so that there are over 93 million Wangs and 92 million Lis. To put these numbers in perspective, were all the Wangs in China to form an independent nation they would become the world’s 12th most populous country.

 

The resultant confusion over similar names has become such a problem that Beijing is currently mulling over a draft proposal put forward by the police that would legally allow parents to combine their surnames while naming their babies. According to China’s Public Security Bureau, the move would help create 1.28 million potential new surnames thus redressing to some extent the current deficit of appellations.

 

If the draft is approved, it would, for example, officially allow a father surnamed Zhang and a mother surnamed Liu to give their baby either Zhangliu or Liuzhang as a family name. Currently, surnames are passed down exclusively through the male line.

 

Surnames in China have roots that are deeply entwined with the nation’s cultural heritage, so much so that the word for the “common man” in Chinese is “laobaixing” which literally translates as the “old 100 names” and refers to the 100 names that comprise the overwhelming majority of Han Chinese family names.

 

Until a few decades ago, school children across China were taught to reel off the list of 100 surnames by rote. “Zhao, Qian, Sun, Li, Zhou, Wu, Zheng, Wang” the list begins, which when said aloud has a nursery-rhyme like lilt.

 

Du Peng of the People’s University’s Population and Development Research Centre explains that the ranking of the 100 names list can be traced back to the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127), which was founded by the Emperor Zhao Kuangyin. Hence the list leads with the name Zhao, despite Wangs, Lis, Chens, and several others being larger in terms of actual numbers.

 

Read more here

23. May 2007

World’s highest cellphone call made From Mount Everest Nepal

 British climber Rod Baber made a  mobile phone (apparently using a MOTORIZR Z8, not a satellite phone) call from the top of Mount Everest. In fact, he made the record breaking call twice: the first to a voice mail account, the other to his wife and children. He even sent a text message to Moto which read, “One small text for man, one giant leap for mobilekind – thanks Motorola.” . The Motorola sponsored “world record” was made possible by a Chinese mobile base station installed with a line of sight to the north ridge. Officially, the calls were made at 29,035 feet (about 8,848 meters) in temperatures of -22 degress fahrenheit (-30 degrees centigrade) — so cold that Rod had to tape the batteries to his body just to keep them active.

Mr Baber also did not have much time to make the call because those climbing Everest typically only stay at the summit for 15 minutes. Making such a call is dangerous as talking into the handset meant he had to remove his oxygen mask.

Mr Baber also claimed a separate record for sending the highest text message.

From base camp before making the attempt to reach the summit of Everest, Mr Baber said: “Everest symbolises the greatest challenge to any climber.” He added that making the call from the mountain was a “once in a lifetime” opportunity.

listen to the call here at BBC

22. May 2007

Prachanda gets Nepal govt. to Pay Rebel Soldiers NRS 3000 a month

Kathmandu: After weeks of a psychological war with the government, in which the verification of rebel soldiers by the UN was held hostage, Nepal’s Maoist guerrillas finally tasted victory on Monday with prime minister Girija Prasad Koirala and his cabinet agreeing to pay rebel soldiers an allowance of NRS 3,000 each per month.
   At the end of the cabinet meeting, information and communications minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara, who was promoted to government spokesman from being the Maoist spokesman last month, said the ruling alliance had agreed to pay the monthly allowance as well as build fortified shelters in the makeshift camps currently housing combatants of the People’s Liberation Army.
   With the decision, the stalled UN verification process will resume soon, Nand Kishore Pun aka Pasang, senior PLA leader, said.
   The government capitulation comes after Maoist supremo Prachanda threatened to start an indefinite strike from Monday if the government did not better the conditions in the 28 makeshift cantonments where about 31,000 PLA soldiers have been staying since the signing of a peace pact last year. In recent times, storms have blown off the plastic roofs of some camps, while others were said to be infested with snakes and stalked by diseases.
   The management of the camps has been a serious bone of contention between the Maoists and the government, which has already given the rebels over NRS 1 billion. To pressure the ruling alliance into doling out more, the combatants have stalled the UN efforts to verify the number of genuine soldiers since last month. Finally, the cabinet decided to wash its hands of a nonwin situation and hand over the management of the camps to the physical planning and infrastructure ministry headed by a Maoist leader, Hisila Yami.
   The government gesture however is being deeply resented by a group of people living in worse conditions than the Maoist guerrillas in the capital’s roads for nearly three months.
   These are members of the Nepal Maoist Victims’ Organisation, people who have had a husband, father or brother killed by the Maoists during their decade-old People’s War and their land and house captured by the rebels. Though the Maoists pledged to return all confiscated public property when they signed the peace pact, they have not done so.
   I was imprisoned by the Maoists five years ago, says Pampa Budathoki, 49, who comes from distant Ramechhap district, a Maoist stronghold. They accused me of spying, beat me up and gave me 24 hours to leave my village. Now they are getting NRS 4800 a month, inclusive of food allowances, while I don’t have 48 paise to my name.
   I have been trying to meet Prachanda. If I meet him, I am going to ask him, who deserves the allowances? The people who were maimed for life and left unable to fend for themselves or the people who caused their woes?
   Three years ago, the chief of the organisation, Ganesh Chiluwal, was shot dead in broad daylight by the Maoists while coming out of his office in one of the busiest areas of Kathmandu. His killers are yet to be brought to justice.
   At first, we were hopeful we would get justice, says Nur Prasad Adhikari, one of the spokesmen of the group. But now with the Maoists in the government, our hope has evaporated.
   While the government is building 105 fortified shelters for Maoist combatants in Morang and Ilam districts in eastern Nepal, on Thursday, baton-wielding policemen demolished the camp in the capital where the victims had been huddling for three months and forcibly took away their meagre possessions.

Via Times of India

17. May 2007

Nepal Launches 3G — Becomes the first to do so in South Asia

Nepal Telecom (NT), the state-run communication supplier, is launching Third Generation (3G) mobile services from Thursday. The service is being launched on the occasion of International Telecom Day. NT officials claim that Nepal is going to be the first country in the South Asia region where 3G mobile services will be launched.

According to NT director Buddhi Acharya, the SIM card for 3G service will cost 4,195 Nepali rupees (abut 64.5 U.S. dollars) and its charges will be similar to that of prepaid mobiles.

For the time being, the 3G services will be made available to area within the Ring Road in the capital city of Kathmandu.

Now Nepalese will be able to surf internet from their compatible Mobile handsets at more than a broadband speed of 384kbps

For a Mobile Freak like me This is a great news and i never expected that Nepal , a poor and small country of mine, will be the first to launch 3G service in south Asia. the mobile industry in Nepal started booming just a year ago and now with 3G available its having bright future ahead.

With introduction of 3G by Nepal Telecom its now possible for nepalese to make video calls. As compared to India , India being booming economy and being at top for Mobile penetration has not been able to launch 3G yet .

From official NTC ( Nepal Telecom ) site below are the tariffs

Note: Rs 65= 1 USD

Applicable Tariff for 3G Mobile Service:-

  • Total Cost – Rs 4195.00
  • Talk Time – Rs.3500.00
    (above rates are inclusive of applicable taxes)
  • Validity – 18 months
  • Video Call – Rs 10.00/ minute *
  • Data Service/ Video Streaming – Rs 0.02/ KB *
  • Recharge Procedure & Validity as Namaste Prepaid Mobile
  • Rates for Voice, SMS, VMS, CRBT, MMS and other voice related services will be applicable as Nepal Telecom prevailing Namaste Mobile tariff.* exclusive of applicable taxes

Seeing the above Tariff I can say that its amongst the Cheapest 3G provider worldwide.

Hats off to NTC ( Nepal Telecom )

08. May 2007

200 million Nokia 1100 sold…

 Nokia’s el cheapo 1100 handset has reportedly racked up “over 200 million sales” since it launched in 2003. You heard right, this low-end candybar has put the 100 million iPods, 50 million RAZRs, 10 million Chocolates, and 115 million PlayStation 2 consoles to shame in terms of sheer units moved. Interestingly enough, the design team that conjured up this cash cow originally dubbed it “Penny,” and the stripped down, dust-proof mobile purportedly entered the market at precisely the right time to catch the booming overseas growth as folks worldwide began snapping up their own cellphone. Of course, such a basic, uninspiring phone isn’t for everyone, but considering the 200 million strong that owned one sometime during their life, we’d say Nokia found a winner.

via Engadget

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