Chennai Romeos

  • 04:37:45 pm on September 22, 2006 | 4

    Wow is all I can say when I look around the web. There is so much hapenning at a blindingly fast pace and there is only so much time one can spend on the web following them!

    The thing that strikes me as the coolest is how varied are the ways to disseminate information and connect to other people in the web! If you have heard about digg, slashdot, flickr, myspace, etc. you know what I am talking about. If you can’t wait to find out what they are, just google (it’s a transitive verb now) them or for the un-initiated, don’t worry, I’m going to bore you to death talking about them in the coming weeks!

    How about we talk about some of the some-new, some-not-so-new, some-you-better-know-this-by-now stuff?

    Here are some of the things that cross my mind that we can talk about here..

    • Mozilla Firefox/Opera – IE isn’t everything
    • RSS – I love the way you read!
    • Social networking – Feel the need to connect to people?
    • Web 2.0
    • AJAX – Techie talk
    • Google Galore
    • Web sites to stay informed
    • Personal PC – Stop paying for that anti-virus and everything else!
    • Blogging! – Who cares if we did it or not?
    • Firefox extensions – the best of the best!!

    I’m a firefox fan and you will know why in my next post!



  • karthik5686 9:29 am on October 3, 2006 | # | Reply

    India’s nominee Shashi Tharoor has pulled out of the race for the post of the next UN Secretary General.

    The decision came after the South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon emerged a clear winner in the fourth straw polls.

    “It is quite clear that from today’s straw poll that Minister Ban Ki-Moon is the candidate that the Security Council will recommend to the General Assembly,” said Chinese Ambassador to the UN Wang Guangya.

    Graceful exit

    With that statement outside the UN Security Council on Monday evening, Shashi Tharoor’s hopes to become the next UN Secretary General were dashed.

    “It is a great honour and a huge responsibility to be Secretary-General, and I wish Mr Ban every success in that task,” Shashi Tharoor said.

    “I entered the race because of my devotion to the United Nations, and for the same reason I will strongly support him as the next Secretary-General. The UN, and the world, has a stake in his success”.

    “I should like to express my gratitude to the Government of India for having nominated me as its official candidate,” Tharoor said.

    “Though I have never been an official of the government, I consider it a great honour to have been the bearer of India’s nomination, as well as of the hopes and aspirations of so many well-wishers in India and around the world,” he said.

    UN system

    Under the UN’s system for electing its secretary general, Monday’s coloured-card straw poll was considered the make or break moment.

    It was an overwhelming poll in favour of the South Korean Foreign Minister. 14 of the security council’s 15 members gave their encouragement for Mr Ban, and only 1 country abstained.

    Shashi Tharoor only managed 10 encouragements, and 3 against. but he most importantly received a discouragement from a permanent member, effectively a veto.

    Although its unclear who the veto came from for Mr Tharoor, sources in the UN have speculated it was from the US.

    Tension between the UN and the USA has been on the rise with major differences over the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the crisis in Lebanon recently, as well as the on going confrontation with Iran.

    The US, which had so far been silent on who it would support in the race for Secretary General, came out in open support of Ban after the final straw poll.

    “We have a lot of respect for Foreign Minister Ban. We know him well from his service in Washington and here in New York and think very highly of him professionally and personally,” said John Bolton, US Representative to the United Nations.

    Race for top job

    There were a total of six candidates in Monday’s poll. All apart from Ban received at least one discouragement from a permanent member of the Security Council.

    The Security Council is expected to move to a formal vote in Mr Ban’s favour next week. Kofi Annan, will complete his second five-year term at the end of the year and its widely considered Asia’s turn to hold the post of secretary general.

    Seven months of campaigning seem to have helped Ban Ki Moon. His popularity and key role in the six party talks on North Korea’s nuclear programme outweighed both Tharoor’s campaign as well as allegations that South Korea was buying influence on the UNSC.

    Now unless a new candidate enters the race this week, it is almost certain that Ban Ki Moon will be the next UN Secretary General.

  • sravi 12:44 pm on October 3, 2006 | # | Reply

    Hi, we should not expect our people to be UN SG b’se uncle sam is playing the dice and we are all moved.Thats what i told u guys that Indian wont be UN SG a month before itself.Uncle Sam wants to control over China and India so next option is S Korea, nothing to worry about!!!!!!!!!!.

    As long as US is having Arms export,Afgan war and Iraq war he will have the say.If there is no war also he will create it against Palestine, Iran and so , so bottom line is we all should depend upon Uncle Sam!!!!!

  • Ravi K 6:01 am on October 4, 2006 | # | Reply

    Aboslutely RIGHT daa BikeRavi..!!! Well said!!!

    Uncle Sam…the root cause for all these decisions!!!

    If Shashi had become the UN Sec General, he cannot make any decision without USA nodding to him!!! Even now, Kofi Annan is jus a silent spectator…..did he comment on Israel bombarding…?!??? whats he doing? Isnt he supposed to fight for PEACE and prevent WARS !??!?

  • Ravi K 6:01 am on October 4, 2006 | # | Reply

    Aboslutely RIGHT daa BikeRavi..!!! Well said!!!

    Uncle Sam…the root cause for all these decisions!!!

    Even if Shashi had become the UN Sec General, he wouldnt be able to make any decision without USA’s nod!!! Even now, Kofi Annan is jus a silent spectator…..did he comment on Israel bombarding…?!??? whats he doing? Isnt he supposed to fight for PEACE and prevent WARS !??!?

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