Monthly Archives: April 2011

India’s latest satellite starts beaming pictures

Chennai, April 28 IANS India’s latest advanced remote sensing satellite Resourcesat-2 launched last week beamed its first set of pictures Thursday.

Resourcesat-2, India's Remote sensing satellite

Resourcesat-2, Photo Courtesy: ISRO

In a statement, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said the three cameras of Resourcesat-2 were switched on and high quality images were received by the National Remote Sensing Centre’s Earth Station near Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh.

On April 20, an Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C16) precisely launched three satellites –

  • The 1,206 kg Resourcesat-2
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  • The 92 kg Youthsat for stellar and atmospheric studies
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  • 106 kg mini satellite X-SAT for imaging applications.

Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle

Photo: Courtesy ISRO

  • The X-Sat is there in the left with solar panel
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  • The ResourceSat is in the top, centre position
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  • The YouthSat is at the right in gold foil

Remote sensing satellites send back pictures and other data for use. India has the largest constellation of remote sensing satellites in the world providing imagery in a variety of spatial resolutions, from over a meter to 500 meters and is a major player in vending such data in the global market.

The data is used for several applications covering agriculture, water resources, urban development, mineral prospecting, environment, forestry, drought and flood forecasting, ocean resources and disaster management.

According to ISRO, Resourcesat-2 has multispectral cameras –

  • Advanced Wide-Field Sensor (AWiFS) with 56 meter spatial resolution
  • The Linear Imaging Self-Scanning Sensor (LISS-III) with 23.5 meter spatial resolution
  • LISS-IV Camera with 5.8 meter spatial resolution.

As planned by ISRO, the cameras were switched on during the satellite’s 115th orbit. The satellite pass covered a 3,000 km stretch of Indian landmass from Joshimut (in Uttarakhand) to Kannur (in Kerala).

According to ISRO, the data from Resourcesat-2 will be made available operationally to the users in few weeks time after due calibration and validation.

The satellite at the time of launch was said to have a life span of five years.

ISRO had earlier said the precise injection of Resourcesat-2 has saved around 20 kg of onboard fuel enhancing its life span.Smiley

Easter day recipes / Holiday recipes

 Easter Basket Cupcakes

Easter-Basket-cupcake Ingredients :

  • 1 dozen cupcakes
  • 1 bag jelly beans
  • 2 cups white icing
  • Sweetened coconut, colored with food coloring

Preparation:

  1. Frost the cupcakes with white icing.
  2. Bend a pipe cleaner or a piece of red licorice into an arch and push the ends into the sides of each cupcake.
  3. In a stainless steel bowl mix the shredded coconut and food coloring and shake it well.
  4. Place a pinch of shredded coconut on each iced cupcake.
  5. Then place three jelly beans on the “nest” of coconut.
  6. Tie a small ribbon bow on the pipe cleaner or licorice handle at a jaunty angle.
  7. Put one cupcake basket by each place setting at Easter brunch.

 Brunch Pizza

Ingredients :

  • 1 tube buttermilk biscuit dough
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tb chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1-1/2 cup of shredded part-skim mozzarella
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan (cheese)
  • Any toppings for decoration
Brunch Pizza

Preparation:

  1. Remove the dough from the tube and separate it into biscuits.
  2. Pull apart each biscuit to make it thinner.
  3. Place all the dough pieces on an ungreased cookie sheet and flatten them gently, gradually molding it to form a round shape.
  4. Bake at 350º for 8 minutes, then remove the crust from the oven and allow it to get cool.
  5. Mix together the oil, parsley, and garlic in a small bowl.
  6. Brush this mixture over the cooled crust.
  7. Cover the crust evenly with the mozzarella, then sprinkle a layer of Parmesan on top.
  8. Add toppings so that the pizza looks delicious.
  9. Return it to the oven until the cheese melts.
  10. Serve it warm.

 Easy Easter Pie

Easy Easter Pie Ingredients :

  • 20 chopped peanut butter cups
  • 1 large tub frozen non-dairy whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 gram cracker crust
  • 50 chocolate chips
  • Jelly beans, optional
  • Candy eggs, optional

Preparation:

  1. Microwave 50 Chocó chips in microwave safe bowl until it melts.
  2. Once it is melted, stir in 3 1/2 cups whipped topping until blended.
  3. Spread half of chocolate mixture into pie crust, sprinkle with peanut butter cup pieces.
  4. Top with remaining chocolate mixture.
  5. Refrigerate 3 hours or until set.
  6. Spread with remaining whipped topping just before serving.
  7. Garnish each serving with candy eggs and/or jelly beans.

Vishu – the new year festival

Today is Keralites important festival Vishu, let me tell you something about Vishu and the way we celebrated it in our house.

Vishu is a New Year festival celebrated all over in Kerala during the first month of Chingam, the harvest season in Kerala.

Vishukkani

The most important event Vishukkani is inseperable from Vishu, the first thing to be seen on the day of Vishu immediately after you wake up.

Vishu kani

Vishukkani consists of a formal procedure of arranging items like

  • raw rice
  • lemon
  • cucumber (should be in golden colour)
  • betel leaves
  • fruits you wish
  • coconut
  • val beans
  • konnapoo(konna flowers)
  • Metal mirror
  • coins, rupee notes
  • gold and Nilavillaku(lamp)

Some will keep all these in a uruli(vessel).It is a belief that an auspicious kani sight in the crack of dawn on the Vishu day would prove lucky for the entire year. Hence, Vishukkani is prepared with lot of care to make it the most pleasing and positive sight.

Kanikanal

Usually Vishukkani will be prepared on the night before Vishu. The elder woman in the house wakes up early and will lit the lamps by closing her eyes.

She opens her eyes to take a look at the golden scene that spreads in front by the reflection from the cucumber, gold ornaments, bronze mirror, kanikonna flower clusters and the image of Balagopala.

Kanikanal vishu-kani-kanal

After her Kanikanal gets over, she wakes up other family members one by one and guides them to the Pooja Room to see Kani.

The children are brought keeping their eyes covered by her loving hand or a cloth to prevent them from opening the eyes and see the mundane before seeing the divine.

If people have cattle, thodi(Garden) at home means they will take the Kani uruli finally around the house three times.

Vishu Kaineetam

The elder one in the family will give Kaineetam to the younger ones.

kaineetam kaineettam

The kaineetam consists of giving money along with betel leaves, Konna flowers, rice and gold where the rice, betel leaves, Konna flowers and gold are returned.

Vishu Saddhya

Saddhya(food) is a major part of all Kerala festivals. But for Vishu, Vishu Kanji and Thoran are more important. The Kanji is made of rice, coconut milk and spices.

All types of tastes should be prepared on that day. Many will prepare Veppampoo rasam(bitter), mango pachadi(sour), pradhaman(sweet), pappadam(salt).

If you desire to wish people in Malayalam spell it as “Yende hrudhayam neranja Vishu dhina aashamshagal”.

I wish you all a very Happy Vishu.Smiley

Short lives, big impressions

Everyone loves celebrities and of course everyone wants to be a celebrity. But unfortunately not every celebrity’s life is a celebrated one. Here we are going to see a list of some famous celebrities who passed away before their time.

Marilyn Monroe – Most Beautiful actress 

Marilyn Monroe  

One of the most beautiful actresses ever, Marilyn Monroe was born on june 1st of 1926 as Norma Jeane Mortenson, was an American actress, singer and model.The glitz and glamour was disastrously cut short when she was discovered dead in 5 August 1962.

While a lot of questions remain unanswered about her death, the world still mourns the stunning diva.

She was ranked as the sixth greatest female star of all time in 1999.

Bruce Lee – greatest martial artist ever

Bruce lee  

Bruce Lee was a Chinese American and Hong Kong actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, director, film producer, scriptwriter and founder of the Jeet Kune Do martial arts movement was born on 27 November 1940.Lee was very popular for his physical fitness and vigorous, dedicated fitness regimen to become as strong as he possibly could.

This great and a young talented man died on 20th July 1973 when he was 32 years old.

Indira Gandhi – world’s longest serving female Prime Minister

Indira Gandhi  

Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi, the third Prime Minister of the Republic of India for three consecutive terms from 1966 to 1977 and for a fourth term from 1980 until her assassination in 1984, a total of fifteen years.She remains the world’s longest serving female Prime Minister as of 2011.

She was also the only Indian Prime Minister to have declared an emergency in order to ‘rule by decree’ and the only Indian Prime Minister to have been imprisoned.

Rajiv Gandhi – youngest Prime Minister of India

Rajiv gandhi  

Rajiv Ratna Gandhi, the sixth Prime Minister of India was serving from October 1984 to December 1989.He took office after his mother Indira Gandhi’s assassination on October 31, 1984.

He himself was assassinated on May 21, 1991.

He was the youngest Prime Minister of India when he took office at the age of 40.

Benazir Bhutto – Pakistan’s only female Prime Minister

Benazir Bhutto  

Benazir Bhutto, the first Prime Minister to lead a muslim state from 1988–1990 and from 1993–1996.

She was Pakistan’s only female Prime Minister as of 2011.

She was the wife of current Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari.

On 27 December 2007, Bhutto was killed while leaving a campaign rally for the PPP at Liaquat National Bagh.

Shobha – fantastic actress with a beaming smile

actress shoba  

Shobha (23 September 1962 – 1 May 1980) was an Indian film actress.She won the National award for Best Actress for her role in the Tamil film Pasi at a young age of 18.

She started her career as a child artist in the film Udyogastha.

Her first film as a heroine was Utrada Raatri.

Shobha’s real name was “Mahalakshmi”.

Shobha committed suicide after shooting for the movie Pasi, directed by Balu Mahendra whom she was married to.

Divya Bharti – A Lost Angel

Divya bharti  

Lived up to 19, this alluring actress Divya Bharati died in 1993 after a fall from her 5th floor apartment.Her death still remains a mystery.

Though many in film circles believe it was a suicide after a fight with her husband Sajid Nadiadwalla, police could not come to any concrete conclusion.

The investigation into the circumstances of her death was closed in 1998.

Soundarya – a versatile actress and philanthropist

soundarya  

A versatile actress and philanthropist, Soundarya had acted in Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, many number of Telugu films and a Bollywood film before death rushed her away in an unfortunate plane crash happened in April 2004, when the four-seater plane Cessna 180 caught fire immediately after take-off.

She was on her way to Andhra Pradesh to campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Princess Diana – most photographed woman of her time

Princess diana  

Diana, Princess of Wales, the most beautiful princess ever.She also haves the credit of the most photographed woman of her time.

Diana’s life was a contrast to her astonishing beauty.

Diana was fatally injured in a car crash in Paris on 31 August 1997.

Princess lived up to 36.

Michael jackson – King of Pop

mj  

No need of any introduction for him, even a small child will know him very well without any introduction.

His talents were so great; his Moonwalk reached the top position on The New York Times best sellers’ list.

This king of pop expired on June 25, 2009.

After his death, Jackson became the best-selling artist of 2009 in United States.