Thailand Flood 2013

Yet another flood in Thailand. The 2011 flood in this South East nation was a huge disaster that affected the countries economy very badly. The heavy rain fall this year has resulted rivers overflowing and reservoirs reaching their maximum capacity. The 2013 flood in Thailand already taken 30 lives.Thailand 2013
The provinces of Prachinburi, Prachantakham and Kanchanaburi are the most affected with Prachinburi being the worst hit. Most of the villages and inundated. Even the industrial estate are flooded.

5th October, 2013: The Paska Jolasid dam reached its maximum capacity and residents near the dam are warned against potential flood. With more water expected to reach the Paska Jolasid dam from Lopburi dam, the water lever at Paska Jolasid is expected to rise up to 1 meter. If this happens Ayutthaya province is going to be flooded.
Meanwhile the authorities are ruling out any possibility of the capital Bangkok getting flooded in 2013. The old airport at Don Meuang was heavily flooded in 2011. According to Bangkok post report, the Airport ready for floods with a 13km long flood wall and 12 water pumping stations.

Russia says: Assad agrees to step down

Russian envoy to France says Syrian President Al Assad expressed his agreeableness to resign, however Syrian authorities denied.

Alexander Orlov, Russian ambassador stated that Assad expressed his desire to resign accepting an international declaration in Geneva for democratic transition in Syria.

Syrian  information minister denied what Orlov claimed and clarified that there was no truth in Russian envoy’s  statement.

Orlov also stated that Syrian president has realized that he could not stay in power for long. Opponents of Al Assad and their supporters had waged revolt against him since the beginning of Arab Spring. Russia had opposed a UN resolution asking for complying sanction against Syria in case Assad disagrees to step down.

ex-secretary says war against Iraq America’s ‘biggest mistake’

Madeleine Albright, ex-US secretary of State stated that it was country’s biggest mistake to wage war against Iraq.

She further said that the United States attacked on Afghanistan following 9/11 attack to fight terrorism but the war against Iraq has proven a wrong decision for which the country paid a lot.

Albright served this post under Bill Clinton’s regime. She expressed her views over global community’s responsibilities in situation of people in any country being denied rights.

ex-Secretary expressed her views while talking to recipients of Young India fellowship in the capital. Albright also talked about the scope of Republicans in the 2012 US presidential elections. She said she would work to re-elect President Obama.

Albright also shared her experiences and aspirations with people. She obtained her PhD from Columbia University and became the first woman to become US secretary of state.

Albright said she never had a fixed plan to get the post she had and advised fellows to be flexible in their career objectives.

Former secretary also praised number of women fellows present in the function and called all of them to become responsible workers for their respective fields.

Microsoft hands over Windows Phone 8 to top mobile firms

Microsoft gears up top mobile companies for its newly launched product . Nokia, HTC, Samsung and Huawei grab the chance to manufacture Windows Phone 8 for Microsoft. However, any specification about the new devices has yet not been revealed.

Microsoft has also stated that the new smartphones will be supported by a dual core processor Qualcomm.

The top mobile companies HTC and Huawei have already confirmed working on Microsoft’s new devices. Huawei will launch “Ascend” on Windows Phone 8 by the end of this year. Huawei is expected to launch the new product across U.S, China and Europe whereas rest three companies HTC, Samsung and Nokia have not revealed any detail on their plans with Microsoft’s new device.

Microsoft exhibited Windows Phone 8 software under preview on Thursday. The company made it clear however that the existing Windows Phone device owners will not be benefited with the new product though they may get an updated version WP 7.8 if desired.

Taliban insurgents attack kills 17 Afghans

Around 17 people were killed in Kabul on Friday by the Taliban insurgents, revealed Afghan officials.

The Taliban fought against Afghan security forces for a continuous 12 hours while they kept hostage the guests of  a hotel near Kabul. The entire episode ended by midday following the last and fifth attacker killed by the security forces. The incident mars image of Afghan government showing its failure to curb militancy even in close proximity of capital city of Kabul.

Police official Mohammad Ayub Salangi started that five armed Taliban attackers entered Spuzhmail Hotel by midnight Thursday. NATO helicopters soon started hovering over the hotel.

Four of the hotel guests jumped off the two-story  building into the Qurgha Lake adjacent to hotel to hide from the attackers.

The Talibans attacked the hotel as the foreigner staying here drank alcohol and did other activities that were banned by Islam, claimed Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujhahid.

Afghanistan witnessed violent attacks this week with bombings on US forces and Afghan officials prior to the attack on hotel. Despite international support and NATO interventions Afghan administration has yet not been able to eliminate Taliban insurgency.

Microsoft Surface

Microsoft unveils Surface tablets powered by Windows 8 operating system. Yesterday we posted about the possible lauch of Microsoft tablet. Here are some pictures from the official surface website.

Microsoft Surface Tablet Pics

Surface Tablet Windows 8
The first thing you will notice is the Touch Cover of surface tablet which acts as keyboard and trackpad. This keyboard which comes in different colors is just 0.12inch (3mm) thick.
Microsoft Surface Tablet
Image courtesy: Surface.com

Many of those who own iPad buy expensive cover to protect their favorite gadget from getting scratches. Microsoft found an opportunity here to add a built-in protective cover which will also work as keypad and track-pad. Business customers who are serious about working on tablet would love this feature.

Microsoft Surface Video

The official videos is posted on Youtube. You can watch the surface tablet video by clciking on the play button below.

The gadget have built-in kickstands with which you can easily place the tablet upright. The display screen measures 10.6 inch (26.9cm) and the surface tablet comes in magnesium cases.

Surface Models
According to the official website surface tablet will be available in two variations.

The Pro version will have Windows 8 Pro operating system equipped with 42-w-h power.
Memory: Select between 64 GB and 128 GB
Dimensions: 10.6″ display, 13.5mm Thick and weight 903 g
Connectivity Options: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
Key Hardware Features: Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block

The light version has similar features except that it is powered with Windows RT operating system and weighs less.
Memory: Select between 32 GB and 64 GB
Dimensions:
Display: 10.6” HD, Thickness: 9.3 mm, Weight: 676 g
Battery: 31.5 W-h
Connection Options: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
Other Features: Office Home & Student 2013 RT, Touch Cover, Type Cover

Voyager At The Edge of Solar System

Voyager, the deep space explorer spacecraft has reached at the edge of the solar system. According to NASA the Voyager 1 reached at a region in space where the intensity of charged particles from beyond our solar system has remarkably increased. Scientists says that these charged particles that Voyager 1 came across are from stars outside of our solar system that have exploded in the galaxy.
Voyager 1 and Voyage 2 are the most distant man-made object in space. These space crafts were launched into the deep space in 1997.
Voyager 1 NASA
*Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

From January 2009 to January 2012, there had been a gradual increase of about 25 percent in the amount of galactic cosmic rays Voyager was encountering. When the Voyagers launched in 1977, the space age was all of 20 years old. Many of us on the team dreamed of reaching interstellar space, but we really had no way of knowing how long a journey it would be — or if these two vehicles that we invested so much time and energy in would operate long enough to reach it.
Ed Stone, Voyager project scientist at the California Institute of Technology

Plane Crash Nigeria

Lagos NigeriaLagos, Nigeria: According to associate press, 153 people are feared dead in a plane crash near Nigerian city of Lagos. The Dana Air flight which was carrying around 150 passengers taken off from the airport and was bound for Abuja, the capital of Nigeria crashed on to a building killing all the people on board.

Authorities are enquiring the cause of the accident. At the cash site the reporters could see a military helicopter flying overhead to monitor the situation and Two firetrucks and about 50 rescue personnel were at the site about an hour after the plane went down.

UN severely condemns massacre in syria

The killing of 108 civilians in Syria has led to outcries all over the world followed by criticism from UN Security Council. The casualties also include many children and both the government and the rebellions fighting against the autocratic regime of President Bashar al-Assad are blaming each other for the incident.

The massacre brings a havoc to the global community showing direct evidence of failure of the United nations to curb massacre in Syria despite formally declaring ceasefire a few months back.

While all the Western powers and the Arab League blamed Assad’s government for the incident, the later vehemently rejected it.

THe massacre took place at Houla Village near Homs and included many attacks by government artillery and tank shellings according to sources.

UN Chief Herve Ladsous stated that the organization believed that such attack on civilians needed to be stopped applying international laws.

Russia and China who did not favor UN security Council’s resolutions to take strong actions against Assad’s regime also called for a deeper assessment of the massacre by the global organization.

However, the two countries did not consider the incident was directly related to Syrian security forces’ attack against civilians.

Though UN Chief Bank Moon stated in a letter that an examination of dead bodies confirmed that the attacks were organized by government artillery and tanks as rebels did not possess any of them.

Syrian regime attack civilans despite nominal ceasefire

Heavy clashes between Syrian security forces and activists fighting against President Assad’s regime have killed 23 soldiers in Rastan.

A UK-based activist group called as Syrian Observatory for Human Rights revealed that many activists and soldiers were wounded in Homs Province.

The group also reported that security forces have lost three of their troop carriers during the clash.

However, the report of deaths and destruction of troop carriers were not confirmed yet by the Syrian government.

This attack defies the expectation of international community after UN had called for a ceasefire which was to be implemented a month back.

On Sunday, 30 people including many civilians lost their lives. Yet, the reports could not be confirmed owing to severe restrictions imposed on media by the Syrian security forces.
UN sources reported that they have deployed 189 observers in Syria under the six-point peace plan initiated by Kofi Annan, UN-Arab League envoy.

According to UN estimates more than 9,000 Syrians have died so far opposing the Pr-Assad regime since March 2011. There was a massive bomb attack in Damascus by radical Islamist group on Saturday.