Indonesia feels earthquake at 14:30 hrs on 11th April, 2012. Indonesia does have a series of fault lines that makes the vast island nation prone to volcanic and seismic activity.

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If not all, most of the officers who join the Indian Administrative Services, come with a thought to change. A Change that they feel is being alluded for generations in the Indian society. Only after joining the bureaucracy do they understand that it was else meant to be. Instead of them changing the society, in turn, they end up being changed, alas, for bad. Ones who still keep their hearts on their mind, suffer the agony of getting frustrated, transferred, shunted and have to go through all agonies, that they never would have imagined to go through.

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Conventional courses these days are eclipsed by introduction of vocational courses in state universities, but these courses without any faculty is worthless because same teachers have been engaged in teaching both the courses resulting in a  decline at both levels. I am not against these courses but separate faculty with the specialization would have been better option for students placement in those areas.

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"If there was an opening on moon Biharis will make their mark there too" was the statement of Bihar Chief Minister recently at a function.

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"United we stand, divided we fall", many of us probably would have been spoon-fed with these kind of sentences in our early school days. But have any of us experimented with these lines ever? Of course some of us have! But I am sure many of us will land up with an "umm…"

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Letters can be a great instrument to showcase the socio-political landscape of any society and culture and many people have used this as a great tool to express their feelings – both sorrow and happiness.

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I am sure I won't be too incorrect if I say that in today's political process within the country; it's the political party that plays a bigger role than the candidate himself. Most of the voters don't necessarily vote for an individual rather the banner under which he is fighting.

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"Aanchal mein hai doodh aur aankhon mein paani." I detest this quote now, although I must confess it was one of my favorite ones during school days, likely because it sounded "rich" from a literary perspective, and because I did not understand the meaning well. Regardless, my write up here is not about this quote. It is in some ways related and in other ways different from it.

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Humanity dug its own grave, the day it named its God. With this naming, like that of any human child, the God was restricted and confined to one religion; and in some cases to a book. These books in turn were hand-written by men themselves; although, several justifications have been given for the sources of the divine information, one cannot disapprove that men are prone to err and most importantly be biased.

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"Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country."

The quote above was said nearly 50 years ago in 1961 by former U.S. President John F. Kennedy during his inaugural speech when he was being sworn in as the next leader of the United States of America.

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Union Minister Jairam Ramesh speaks to his heart and he has mastered the art of calling spade a spade. He even invites some controversy unwillingly because of his nature. Recently, while addressing a gathering of bishops, fathers, catholic nuns in a golden jubilee celebration of Caritas India, an organization which claims to work for the rehabilitation of people affected from natural calamities.

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