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Thursday, December 1, 2022

very proud moment for the Nation - INDIA assumes Presidency of G20

 What a historic day for the Nation !  - 75 years after Independence, INDIA is shining, becoming a leader of the Globe under Shri Narendra Modiji.


In a historic moment today, India formally assumed the G20 Presidency, from Indonesia.  The G20, or Group of Twenty, is an intergovernmental forum of the world’s 20 major developed and developing economies, making it the premier forum for international economic cooperation. 

                 On the occasion, Prime Minister penned an article outlining India’s vision for the G20 Presidency. This was carried by publications across the world. In his article, the Prime Minister said that India looks forward to a Presidency of healing, harmony and hope. . A key element of India’s G20 Presidency will be taking the G20 closer to the public and making it truly a ‘People’s G20’. To realize this, Citizen engagement and large scale public participation through various Jan Bhagidari activities are planned throughout the year. 


The G20 or Group of Twenty is an intergovernmental forum comprising 19 countries and the European Union (EU). It works to address major issues related to the global economy, such as international financial stability, climate change mitigation, and sustainable development. The G20 is composed of most of the world's largest economies, including both industrialised and developing nations; it accounts for around 80% of gross world product (GWP), more than 60%  of international trade,  two-thirds of the global population, and 60% of the world's land area. The G20 was founded in 1999 in response to several world economic crises.  Since 2008, it has convened at least once a year, with summits involving each member's head of government or state, finance minister, or foreign minister, and other high-ranking officials; the EU is represented by the European Commission and the European Central Bank. 

As of 2022, there are 20 members in the group: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union. Guest invitees include, amongst others, Spain, the United Nations, the World Bank, the African Union and ASEAN. Representatives include, at the leaders' summits, the leaders of nineteen countries and of the European Union, and, at the ministerial-level meetings, the finance ministers and central bank governors of nineteen countries and of the European Union. 

It is a matter of real pride and happiness that today,  India commences its Group of 20 (G20) presidency. The previous 17 G20 presidencies delivered significant results for ensuring macroeconomic stability, rationalising international taxation and relieving the debt burden on countries, among many other outcomes. We will benefit from these achievements and build further on them, Shri Modiji said in his speech and added -: 

However, as India assumes this important mantle, I ask myself – can the G20 go further still? Can we catalyse a fundamental mindset shift to benefit humanity as a whole? I believe we can. Our mindsets are shaped by our circumstances. Through history, humanity lived in scarcity. We fought for limited resources because our survival depended on denying them to others. Confrontation and competition – between ideas, ideologies and identities – became the norm. Unfortunately, we remain trapped in the same zero-sum mindset today. We see it when countries fight over territory or resources. We see it when supplies of essential goods are weaponised. We see it when vaccines are hoarded by a few, even as billions remain vulnerable.


Several centrally-protected monuments, including UNESCO world heritage sites spread across the country, were lit up today marking the occasion of India becoming the President of G20. ,  ''The size of the logo projected on the monuments will depend on the nature and design of the site,'' the official said.   Among the sites   illuminated – there are -  Metcalfe Hall and Currency Building in Kolkata, Nalanda university ruins and ancient structures and other monuments at Rajgir in Bihar, Basilica of Bom Jesus and Church of Lady of Rosary in Goa,  and Sanchi Buddhist monuments and Gawlior Fort in Madhya Pradesh. 

A day to cherish and the moment of pride for the Nation.
With regards – S. Sampathkumar

Winston Churchill - Bengal famine ! - dog as mascot !!

Seventy-five years after the colonial retreat, India has improved. A new generation of Indians, more self-assured about our place in the world, are questioning why there isn't more widespread knowledge and condemnation of the many dark chapters of our colonial history, like the Bengal famine of 1943. ….  the disaster that unfolded in British-ruled Bengal   has largely been forgotten – as the World remembers its perpetrator’s birthday.

If your car is undriveable, we'll give you up to £100 for immediate travel expenses. Comprehensive cover only, onward travel to one UK destination, excludes glass only claims. Payment excludes weekends and bank holidays.   .. .. what ??  .. .. do you own a Motor vehicle and do you know that you must have a valid Certificate of Insurance covering the vehicle !? 

Diaries written by British officers responsible for India's administration show that for months Churchill's government turned down urgent pleas for the export of food to India, fearing it would reduce stockpiles in the UK and take ships away from the war effort. Churchill felt local politicians could do more to help the starving. The notes more importantly  reveal the British prime minister's attitude towards India. During one government discussion about famine relief, Secretary of State for India Leopold Amery recorded that Churchill suggested any aid sent would be insufficient because of "Indians breeding like rabbits". On February 13, 1943, Churchill wired the viceroy, Lord Linlithgow: “I have heard that Gandhi usually has glucose in his water when doing his various fasting antics. Would it be possible to verify this.”

The Bengal famine of 1943 was the only one in modern Indian history not to occur as a result of serious drought, according to a study that provides scientific backing for arguments that Churchill-era British policies were a significant factor contributing to the catastrophe.  Five of the famines were correlated with significant soil moisture deficits. An 11% deficit measured across much of north India in 1896-97, for example, coincided with food shortages across the country that killed an estimated 5 million people. However, the 1943 famine in Bengal, which killed up to 3 million people, was different, according to the researchers.  

The Bengal famine of 1943 is a dark chapter in the annals of Indiah history whence an estimated 2.1–3 million, out of a population of 60.3 million, died of starvation, malaria, or other diseases aggravated by malnutrition, population displacement, unsanitary conditions and lack of health care. Millions were impoverished as the crisis overwhelmed large segments of the economy and catastrophically disrupted the social fabric. Eventually, families disintegrated; men sold their small farms and left home to look for work or to join the British Indian Army, and women and children became homeless migrants, often travelling to Calcutta or other large cities in search of organised relief.  The financing of military escalation led to war-time inflation, as land was appropriated from thousands of peasants

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (30.11.1874 – 24.1.1965) was a British statesman, soldier, and writer who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom twice, from 1940 to 1945 during the Second World War, and again from 1951 to 1955. Apart from two years between 1922 and 1924, he was a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1900 to 1964 and represented a total of five constituencies. Ideologically an economic liberal and imperialist, he was for most of his career a member of the Conservative Party, which he led from 1940 to 1955. He was a member of the Liberal Party from 1904 to 1924.

                As First Lord of the Admiralty during the First World War, he oversaw the Gallipoli Campaign but, after it proved a disaster, he was demoted to Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. He resigned in November 1915 and joined the Royal Scots Fusiliers on the Western Front for six months. In 1917, he returned to government under David Lloyd George and served successively as Minister of Munitions, Secretary of State for War, Secretary of State for Air, and Secretary of State for the Colonies, overseeing the Anglo-Irish Treaty and British foreign policy in the Middle East.  Out of government during his so-called "wilderness years" in the 1930s, Churchill took the lead in calling for British rearmament to counter the growing threat of militarism in Nazi Germany. At the outbreak of the Second World War he was re-appointed First Lord of the Admiralty. In May 1940, he became Prime Minister, replacing Neville Chamberlain.  He lost the 1950 election, but was returned to office in 1951.   In declining health, Churchill resigned as Prime Minister in 1955, although he remained an MP until 1964. Upon his death in 1965, he was given a state funeral.

Certificate of Insurance is a summary document issued by Authorised Insurers containing details about the vehicle, policyholder and insurance policy itself. As per the rule 141 prescribed under The Motor Vehicles Act 1989, every insurance company should issue an Insurance Certificate to the policyholder along with other policy documents.  

 Last year, MailOnline reported about the car insurance certificate issued to Winston Churchill 90 years ago going  up for sale at £1,500. It gave him permission to drive his Wolseley Landaulette between January 1 and June 28 in 1931, when he was 56 – his 'wilderness years'. The one-page document, issued by the Alliance Assurance Company Ltd, was auctioned  by Henry Aldridge & Son in Devizes, Wiltshire. It records his car registration number YP 4107 but does not disclose the cost of his insurance.   In 1911 he purchased a Napier 15hp Landaulette in 'Marlborough blue' from a racing driver for £600 - £54,000 in today's money.

The photo of dog at the start is the symbol of Churchill Insurance,  a British insurance company based in Bromley, London. Founded in 1989,   the company has expanded to offer a range of general insurance products. Since February 2012, Churchill is part of the Direct Line Group; policies are underwritten by the parent United Kingdom Insurance Limited. Churchill is notable for its advertising that features a talking nodding dog mascot.

In 1994, it was decided that the company needed a mascot to represent the Churchill brand, and differentiate it from the former British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. A staff competition led to the adoption of a bulldog, a well known symbol of British identity. The first Churchill dog was a real bulldog called Lucas. The company first used a nodding dog in 1996. In the company's television advertising, the computer-animated Churchill dog was asked whether he could save people money on their insurance and he responded with his catchphrase: "Oh, yes!".  Churchill was once again redesigned in October 2019, where his long serving nodding dog design was changed, to a new, CGI version.

Interesting ! 

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

Cute Calf - Beauty is transient !!

செண்பகம் ஒரு பணக்கார பண்ணையார் வீட்டு பெண் - ஒரு பால்காரனை காதலிக்கும் படம் - 'எங்க ஊரு பாட்டுக்காரன்" - கங்கை அமரன் இயக்கத்தில், ராமராஜன் நடிப்பில், இளையராஜா இசையில் அனைவரையும் கவர்ந்த படம்.   செண்பகமே, செண்பகமே பட்டி தொட்டியெல்லாம் ஒலித்த ஓர் இனிமையான இசைஞானி பாடல்.   - : 

பேச்சி பேச்சி நீ பெருமை உள்ள பேச்சி

பேச்சி பேச்சி நீயும் அருமையான  பேச்சி

ஏழூரு சீமையிலும் உன் போல யாருமில்ல

எட்டாத ஊரில் எங்கும் உன் போல பேருமில்ல  !!

என்று மனசு ராமராஜனை போல துள்ளியது, அவளை கண்டவுடன்.


On any day, you would chance across so many cattle in Triplicane, more so in Singarachari Street  .. .. this calf was extraordinarily beautiful, making me fall head over heels attracted by the lil beauty of hazelnut brown and milk white mixed in unequal proportions ! 

Even as I was bowled over by the maiden, realized after a few seconds that not all ogling at her – life had not come to standstill, earth was still rotating and people walking not noticing her !!  

திருவள்ளுவர் - நிலையாமை என ஒரு அதிகாரம் வழங்கியுள்ளார்.  

நெருநல் உளனொருவன் இன்றில்லை என்னும்

பெருமை உடைத்திவ் வுலகு.  

நேற்று இருந்த ஒருவன், இன்று இல்லை என்னும் நிலையாமையாகிய பெருமையை உடையதுதான் இந்த உலகம் ஆகும்.  இதோ இங்கே நாலடியார் பாடல் ஒன்று :   

பனிபடு சோலைப் பயன்  மரமெல்லாம்

கனியுதிர்ந்து வீழ்ந்தற்றிளமை - நனிபெரிதும்

வேல்கண்ணள் என்றிவளை வெஃகன்மின் மற்றிவளும்

கோல்கண்ணளாகும் குனிந்து.  

இளமைப் பருவமானது, குளிர்ச்சி மிக்க சோலையில் உள்ள பயனைத் தரும் மரங்களெல்லாம், பழங்கள் உதிர்ந்து வீழ்ந்தாற்போல் ஆகும்! ஆதலால் இப்போது இப்பெண்ணை இளமை அழகுமிக்க, வேல் போன்ற கண்ணையுடையவள் என்று வியந்து, இவளிடம் மிகவும் ஆசை கொள்ளாதீர்! இந்த இளம் பெண்ணும் ஒரு காலத்தில் முதுகு வளைந்து கூனியாகி, கோலாகிய கண்ணையுடையவளாவாள்! (கனிகள் உதிர்ந்த மரம் விரும்பத் தகாததாகி விடும். அதுபோல இளமை கழிந்த உடலும் விரும்பத் தகாததாம். முதுமையில் பார்வை குறைவதால் கோலைத் தட்டி வழி கண்டு செல்வாள் என்பதை உணர்த்த 'கோல் கண்ணள்' என்றார்.)  

For sure many of us attended Seminars wanting to hear scholastic versions …. The topic may be Astrophysics, Anatomy or Economics !! - instead of listening to an erudite lecture on “Macroeconomic Variables”, many would wait to see how the Speaker arrives, the attire, the gadgets, the presentation, the diction and more are weighted amidst look at the noted professor’s simple clothes, dark skin and diminutive stature.      

"Beauty is transient and changes with time. I have always extended beyond a singular dimension. I haven't been just a model, actor or title winner. The course I charted out for my career made me multi-dimensional and gave me opportunities to represent India on many global platforms," Aishwarya Rai, winner of the Miss World 1994 pageant.  

A person’s age might be just a number, the first strand of grey hair, the first wrinkle, the first year of a new decade — all mark a new milestone in the journey of life. Whether we embrace it with fervor or disdain is up to us. The pro-aging or anti-anti-aging movement is  picking up in different parts of the world. Early millennials and baby boomers (people over the age of 45 years) are embracing natural beauty as time’s gift. The focus isn’t on anti-aging but aging with grace  taking care of one’s physical and mental health.  

People ascribing to the idea of transient beauty view physical beauty, like glowing skin, as a temporary form that fades over time.  They approach the topic of beauty from the perspective of lack — the mindset that beauty depletes with age.  People ascribing to the concept of timeless beauty believe that attitude and mindset ignite an inner glow that is immortal.  

Forget the above article – the calf did look exceptionally beautiful – appreciate and enjoy beauty.  

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

Monday, November 28, 2022

CSK Ruturaj Gaikwad's day out ! ... TN way out of QF

At Manchester in 1982, Sandip Patil hit Bob Willis for six fours (4440444, the third ball being a no ball) -  racing from 73 to 104 in nine balls. He was 129 not out when rain brought an early end to the match. Years later at the Oval Chris Gayle hit Matthew Hoggard for 6 fours in a single over in 2004; Ramnaresh Sarwan hit Munaf Patel at St Kitts in 2006 and Sanath Jayasuriya hitting James Anderson for 6 fours in an over at Kandy in 2007. – all these are Test records !! 

Not many would have followed Vijay Hazare Trophy – but all would be searching the score card of one of the QFs after that breath-taking performance of CSK star Ruturaj Gaikwad.


In the  4th quarter final at Nadiad, November 28, 2022, Saurashtra 293/8 beat Tamil Nadu 249 by 44 runs !!  - in the second QF Maharashtra 330/5 beat Uttar Pradesh by 58 runs !   A good century – 159 off 143 balls with 18 fours and 3 sixers by Aryan Juyal was eclipsed by Ruturaj Gaikwad’s 220 off 159 studded with mere 10 fours and 16 sixers !!  

Till our College days in Cricket Quiz, there would be one Q on Malcolm Nash whose moment of shame came on 31.8.1968 when Garfield Sobers captaining  Nottinghamshire hit the left arm spinner of  Glamorgan   Malcolm Nash to all parts of the ground for 6 sixers.  Ben Stokes escaped a similar fate – when Carlos Braithwaite looked on course to become the second West Indies international to hit six sixes in a row, in the T20 World Cup final in 2016, but his fourth  consecutive sixes off the first four balls of the final over clinched the title.  

Years later in Jan 1985, Ravi Shastri who was rather a docile player with leg side glance bringing him most runs, ran amok against Baroda’s left arm spinner Tilak Raj for 6 sixers – have not seen any video of that match.   In the WC 2007 at West Indies, which India and Pakistan would like to forget for obvious reasons, South Africas Herschelle Gibbes tore into  Daan van Bunge of the Netherlands hitting six sixes.  Perhaps the top most of them all came from Yuvi.  Yuvraj Singh brazen assault on Stuart Broad in T20I WC I 2007 -  Broad bowled the 19th over,  balls kept disappearing to stands.   

Read that Worcestershire’s Ross Whitely  carted Yorkshire Vikings spinner Karl Carver in a T20 Blast match at Headingley for 36 runs; Hazratullah Zazai  bludgeoned his way into the history books off the deliveries of the hapless Abdullah Mazari in Afghastan local match. Canterbury Kings batsman Leo Carter joined the party.  Famous big hitter from WI - Kieron Pollard hit Akila Dananjaya for 6 sixers after he  had taken a hat-trick in his previous over.  Thisara Perera hit 36 in a lankan match  

Today it is all about Ruturaj Gaikwad shattering List A Cricket record slamming 7 consecutive sixers off Uttar Pradesh bowler Shiva Singh  and finishing unbeaten on 220 off 159 balls.  Gaikwad's 43-run over also became the joint-most expensive over in the history of List A cricket, previously achieved by Northern Districts's Brett Hampton and Joe Carter in New Zealand's domestic 50-over game in 2018.  That time it was by 2 batsman and that over consisted of 2 no balls.  Today it was a solitary no balls and all the 7 were sent outside the fence  

With regards – S. Sampathkumar