useful websites for kids

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The following slides are the ones displayed during the Vizuthugal interview session last week. Reproduced here for reference since it has many urls and was displayed briefly only.

Hope it helps parents to set some activities for their kids during school holidays.

There are many more websites for educational purposes, so do explore.

Still working on getting a copy of the interview session. Hope can put it on youtube soon.

 

Website for Kids - Slide1

Website for Kids – Slide1

 

Website for Kids - Slide2

Website for Kids – Slide2

 

Website for Kids - Slide3

Website for Kids – Slide3

 

Website for Kids - Slide4

Website for Kids – Slide4

 

 

Section 203A of the proposed amendment to Penal Code

/* October 22nd, 2013 by poobalan | View blog reactions 1 comment »
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This is info I found for existing Act 574 Penal Code (source: http://www.agc.gov.my/Akta/Vol.%2012/Act%20574.pdf) :

 

Giving false information respecting an offence committed

203. Whoever, knowing or having reason to believe that an offence has been committed, gives any information respecting that offence which he knows or believes to be false, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years or with fine or with both.

 

And this is the proposed amendment I found (source: http://www.labourlawbox.com/public/files/bills/pdf/2013/MY_FS_BIL_2013_09.pdf)

The Code is amended by inserting after section 203 the following section:
Disclosure of information
203a. (1) Whoever discloses any information or matter which has been obtained by him in the performance of his duties or the exercise of his functions under any written law
shall be punished with fine of not more than one million ringgit, or with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with both.
(2) Whoever has any information or matter which to his knowledge has been disclosed in contravention of subsection (1) who discloses that information or matter to any other person shall be punished with fine of not more than one million ringgit, or with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with both.”

 

There seems to be a whole lot of difference. The existing one talks about giving out information related to an offence that the person knows or believes to FALSE.  However the amendments in 203A doesn’t mention about anything on “knowing or believing offence being false”.

Or did I get the wrong Acts? Anyone can help?

Charity Dinner for SJKT Simpang Lima Multi Purpose Hall

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Yeah, I know its Deepavali season, but hey you can do your part , no matter how small it may be. You can help to spread the news, buy/sponsor a ticket, donate any amount – all towards helping this well-known school to build their hall. I’ve done my small part, and hope you can as well 🙂

Below is the email from Organising Chairman for your reference:

Please be informed that the PIBG and SDT will be organising the fund rasing dinner for the 5th time consecutively for a noble project as initially planned in 2012.
From the last year Fund Raising Dinner called “Namathu Palli, Namathu Kadamai- Back To Basic” which was held in September 2012, the PIBG had managed to collect and reserved about 50% of the fund required to build this fully covered multi purpose hall between Block A and Block B as it is in SJKT Sg.Lima.
As the Organising committee and PIBG are really focusing to make sure this project is some how must be completed soon, we had maintained the same objective for this year dinner as well which will be held as follows:-
Dinner Theme for this year : “Together We Shoulder The Destiny of Our Generation”
Date/Time : 10.11.2013 (Sunday) @ 7.01 pm –11.00 pm

Venue : Midlands Convention Centre, Shah Alam, Selangor DE

Apart from the normal table which cost RM1000/each (10pax = 1 table) this time around we are also offering the following tables for corporate bodies etc as follows:-
Platinum Table = RM 50,000 

Golden Table  = RM15,000 
Silver Table  = RM5,000
 
The above 3 tables are for us to approach Corporate companies and prominent businessman etc.

Further to this, please help us to seek potential contacts to seek sponsorship as above.

Payment by cash or cheque shall be addressed to “PIBG SJK(T) SIMPANG LIMA”. While for on-line direct cash transfers can be made to PIBG Account: Hong Leong Bank, Account Number 06700050907 under name of PIBG SJK(T) SIMPANG LIMA. We appreciate all recommended “contacts”, your contributions and support for our program.

We have attached official letter from our school with more school details and reply form for your perusal. We are looking forward to hear positive news from your end.

As a member of PIBG and also SDT family, we really seeking your help for this dinner by selling/buying tickets from the Organising Committee. The normal monthly SDT activities are involved by a small group of SDT members and as also there are another group of SDT members who cant attend these monthly activities. Another part of SDT members, continuously support the Fun Learning Program to cater the weaker students every Sunday (on rotation basis). And when comes to this one major project on an annual basis, each and every SDT members shall be part of a big SDT family to support and move forward to achieve our noble goal, overall. Thus, please liaise with me  for your support to the Organising Committee within your means.

 Looking forward some positive responce from you soon.
Namathu Palli, Namathu Kadamai
regards,
R K SUPPIAH
Organising Chairman  
Fund Raising Dinner 2013

sjkt simpang lima charity dinner banner

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SJKT Simpang Lima Charity Dinner 2013 Letter Page 1

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The letter above is also available in PDF format – SJKT Simpang Lima Charity Dinner 2013

 

My take on housing woes

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This is some sort of a record. My last posting was on 30th August! Plenty of things I want to write about, but lack time for proper research and writing. End up tweeting those issues I wanted to blog about.

Anyway, I was responding to a posting in FB which stated “So HK and singapore house prices to come down by 20%. Malaysia how?”  and thought why not collect those responses and blog it. Basically, what I think should be done to curb prices. Apologies for the informal language.

in my taman which is abt 13 yrs old, the new phase being constructed which is 2.5 storey is frm 800k to 2.2mil. The land was bought so long ago. Building material n construction quality is average even though this company is top 20 in malaysia. First phase years ago was 140k. So what justifies the price? Labor? Material? Advertising? Value added stuff?

Govt is being too soft. Should review pricing structure. If developers threaten no prob, can take over projects. Deny license for houses that are too big. Why need 24*80 3 storey house when most families are getting smaller? Just for once in a while relatives visit? 20*70 or 22*75 is ok already.

Labors are moved around from project to project as well. Cost is the spread among projects.

House price should be on land purchase price, not land current price.

Limit an individual to own 3 house max.

Foreigners limit to 10% of any house project and house price min 1mil.

House below 5 yrs not allowed to be sold unless owner pass away or migrate or ill etc.

Stop building houses in hard to reach places for low income group. They r the ones who need public transport. Let bungalows or high condo be built in outskirts.

Houses in city area must not be cost more than affordable monthly repayment amount of 1/3 of salary of average msian.

 

Yes, construction and housing is one of the backbone of country development. But if things that are being developed is of little benefit, then no point developing them. We can’t wait for the “trickle down” effect to benefit the rest.

DNA tests reveal interesting news on caste system

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To quote the important statements:

Their finding, recently published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, made waves when it was revealed that genetic mixing ended 1,900 years ago, around the same time the caste system was being codified in religious texts. The Manusmriti, which forbade intermarriage between castes, was written in the same period, give or take a century.

Thangaraj says the study shows only a correlation between the early caste system and the divergence of bloodlines, and whether one caused the other is a debate better left to historians. Nonetheless, it puts a stake in the ground, marking the moment when the belief that one should marry within one’s own group developed into an active practice.

He also doesn’t want the early signs of a caste system to overshadow another finding of his study — how completely the population mixed 2,000 years ago. He points to the Paliyar tribe in the foothills of southern India. Their villages are inaccessible by car, and outsiders cannot visit them without a government permit. “They’re still in the forest,” says Thangaraj, “but still they have some affinities with other groups. At some point in time, everybody was mixed.”

Regardless of the manusmriti, its interesting to note that genetic mixing was prevalent till 1,900 years ago in India, and it originates from two main bloodline groups: Africa and Eurasia. As mentioned, nearly every Indian can be traced to genetic mix of these two groups. Full article below.

 

India caste

Dr. Kumarasamy ThangarajKumarasamy Thangaraj takes a blood sample from an Andaman islander, as part of his research into the genetics of India’s castes

Kumarasamy Thangaraj traveled 840 miles (1,350 km) off of the eastern coast of India by plane, then ship, then six hours by car, then ship again to collect blood samples from an isolated tribe of hunter-gatherers on the Andaman Islands. Their blood, he explained through an interpreter, would help him understand a pivotal moment in India’s genetic history. The tribesmen had never heard of a gene before or an academic study for that matter, and the whole pitch struck them as an interesting diversion from their usual routine of spearfishing.

“They mostly laughed,” Thangaraj says, before they offered up their arms in exchange for food. A few needle pricks later, they returned to their boats to fling short wooden spears into the water with uncanny aim, while Thangaraj made the long journey home to Hyderabad. He deposited the latest samples into a blood bank, alongside another 32,000 samples from his countrymen.

The collective bloodlines at the Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology, India’s leading genetic-research institute, pose a unique riddle for researchers. On the one hand, geneticists can trace nearly all bloodlines back to two ancestral groups, one hailing from Africa, the other from Eurasia. These groups mingled, married and swapped genes. A mixture of their genetic material can be found in nearly every person on the subcontinent today.

But at some mysterious point in history, these braided bloodlines began to fray. The population divided along linguistic, religious and tribal lines, to the point where it separated into 4,635 distinct genetic groups. Europe and Asia look positively homogeneous in comparison, says Thangaraj. He and his collaborators at Harvard Medical School wanted to know when exactly the Indian melting pot stopped melting.

Their finding, recently published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, made waves when it was revealed that genetic mixing ended 1,900 years ago, around the same time the caste system was being codified in religious texts. The Manusmriti, which forbade intermarriage between castes, was written in the same period, give or take a century.

Thangaraj says the study shows only a correlation between the early caste system and the divergence of bloodlines, and whether one caused the other is a debate better left to historians. Nonetheless, it puts a stake in the ground, marking the moment when the belief that one should marry within one’s own group developed into an active practice.

He also doesn’t want the early signs of a caste system to overshadow another finding of his study — how completely the population mixed 2,000 years ago. He points to the Paliyar tribe in the foothills of southern India. Their villages are inaccessible by car, and outsiders cannot visit them without a government permit. “They’re still in the forest,” says Thangaraj, “but still they have some affinities with other groups. At some point in time, everybody was mixed.”

It’s a point that he stresses to anyone who wants to turn bloodlines into battle lines. On Aug. 15, on India’s independence day, a mob from the Rajput community in Biharattacked men, women and children in the Dalit community. They beat them with rods, killing one and injuring 54. “Look, we were all brothers and sisters 2,000 years back,” Thangaraj says of this sort of violence, “why are you fighting now?” Although he did observe one notable outlier from the extended family: the spear-wielding fishermen of the Andaman Islands have no trace of the genetic mix that pervades the mainland. Proof that the only the thing that really could have stopped India’s ancestral populations from mixing was an 840-mile schlep to a remote tropical island.

Read more: http://world.time.com/2013/08/27/what-dna-testing-reveals-about-indias-caste-system/#ixzz2dQiYOQ2x