Right to High speed Internet


Access to broadband Internet is now a legal right in Finland and it is the first country in this world to have done this.

It means that the Finland telecome companies need to provide the 5 million(approx) finnish citizens with atleast a 1 Mbps Broadband Internet,starting in July 2010. However the Finnish government’s plan is to provide Finnish with 100Mbps broadband speed by 2015.

Earlier in June, France’s high court declared such access a human right. But Finland went a step further by legally mandating speed. According to Wikipedia, approximately 79 percent of the Finnish population use the Internet. Finland had around 1.52 million broadband Internet connections by the end of June 2007 or around 287 per 1,000 inhabitants.

Keep your tenses perfect

Micmanz Lanugage Improvement series

We all make mistakes, especially in English! Here are some commonly made mistakes — see if you can identify what’s wrong with these sentences…
I’m going walking about once a day.
I am living in Mumbai for seven days.
These are all mistakes which are made time and time again — mixing the tenses.
For example, if you ask someone “
How long have you been in Mumbai?” the answer should be —“I have been in Mumbai for seven daysorI have lived in Mumbai for seven days.
Take the first sentence: “I’m going walking about once a day.
This is incorrect because the tense used here is the present continuous. The correct usage would be… “I go walking about once a day.
The second sentence has one glaring mistake — the use of the present/past perfect tense: “I am living in Mumbai for seven days.The correct usage as mentioned above would beI’ve lived in Mumbai for seven days.
Perfect tenses, are the hardest ones to learn because it is difficult to make someone understand the difference between the present perfect “
I have done something” as opposed to the past “I did something.

Photo editing made easy thru’ PhotoSketch


Some Chinese students have come out with a new image manipulation program that has created curiosity among the Photoshop users. This new software named PhotoSketch has been developed by Chinese students Tao Chen, Ming-Ming Cheng, Ping Tan, Ariel Shamir, and Shi-Min Hu at Tsinghua University and the National University of Singapore. PhotoSketch has been described “mind-blowing” by technology website Mashable.

Although online image search generates many inappropriate results, our system is able to automatically select suitable photographs to generate a high quality composition, using a filtering scheme to exclude undesirable images,…..We also provide a novel image blending algorithm to allow seamless image composition. Each blending result is given a numeric score, allowing us to find an optimal combination of discovered images. Experimental results show the method is very successful. ” : PhotoSketch team.

Watch this video on PhotoSketch.

The week that could have been good, better, best (8-10-2009 to 11-10-2009)


  • Tamilnadu gets its third Nobel laureate

Dr. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan has proved how antibiotics cure various diseases by blocking functions of ribosomes in bacteria.

  • 11 run over  by trains in a single day

Eleven people died while crossing railway tracks on Tuesday 6-10-2009, under the Chennai division of the Southern Railway. Majority of the victims were talking on mobiles while crossing the railway tracks. The Chennai Beach- Tambaram line claims most of the lives because of the high frequency of trains and density of commuters. On an average 7-10 persons die everyday after being run over by trains in the city.

  • E-waste policy to roll out in November

The policy will standardize the process and formulate the guidelines for government departments on handling e-waste. Chennai ranks 4th among the 65 cities that generate more than 60% of the total e-waste generated in the country.
Major E-hubs in Chennai include :
Commercial areas: Ritchie street
Industrial Estates: Guindy Industrial Estate
Resale hubs: New Moore market, pudupet
Dismantling hubs: Pulianthope, mannadi

  • Kalanidhi Maran , Anil Ambani among top earners in India, says report

Sun TV network chief Kalanidhi Maran and Reliance communications boss Anil Ambani are among the 600 top-level executives who earned annual salaries of Rs.1 crore and above, estimated to be at least 250 times of the country’s per capita income.

  • Newborn slips through train toilet, survives

In Kolkata, a baby, born in a train toilet, slipped through the filthy discharge chute on to the tracks. The distraught mother flung herself from the speeding train in complete darkness to rescue her baby. They were both found a few minutes later, shaken but alive.