WORLD HIGH-TECH FORUM
LONDON FOCUSES ON INDIA
With high level speakers including specialists from Microsoft, British Telecom, Tata, Rolls Royce and a special guest presentation by Dr. Lawrence Roberts, one of the key founders of today's Internet, the focus was very much on digital communications. Talks explained where we are now and what the future may hold. It was intimated that some cyber technologies may enable us to work "virtually" with colleagues on the other side of the world and that this may even present taxation problems when determining where workers "actually were" if appearing to a colleague in a virtual format when "working" side-by-side in cyber space.
Prof. Ramachandran of the University of Madras explained that while India is playing a major role in both producing and supporting Internet systems it is currently suffering from a shortage of suitable graduates to fill posts and this is due to a further shortage of qualified lecturers able to train to a high enough level. Rupees not proving to be an attractive currency to attract overseas educators.
It was also suggested by N Ram, Editor in Chief of "The Hindu" Newspaper, that the future of traditional newspapers around the World is threatened by constantly falling sales due to the easy availability of information on the net and that the Press must not "dumb down" but instead maintain standards in order to retain market share.
NAWAB MOHAMMED ABDUL ALI
PRINCE OF ARCOT
SPEAKS OUT AGAINST TERRORISM
After a prestigious awards ceremony and dinner at the Science Museum in London prior to the High Tech Conference, guest keynote speaker, the Prince of Arcot, gave a rousing speech on the importance of global community and a united fight against terrorism. He spoke of how it was also important to remember that Muslims were a peaceful law abiding people and how the masses should not be judged by the acts of the very few.
Trevor Krueger speaks to the Prince of Arcot. Watch out for an interview soon in Taste of Asia
The Prince's speech was almost spoiled by an unnamed woman dressed like "Heidi" or a "Swiss Milkmaid" confronting him afterwards and insisting that he must speak out in support of Islam and denounce those who would preach untruths. Strange, as the rest of us had just heard him do that very thing with an eloquent presentation. Proof, if it were needed, that crazy people come in all guises.
Prof. S. Ramachandran
Vice Chancellor University of Madras
Trevor Krueger and
Dr. Muhammad Farmer
Chair - World Hi-Tech Forum &
Founder: British Institute of Technology
BIG GUNS HEAD DRIVE TO ENCOURAGE TOURISM
Tourism is serious business and Indonesia wants more. So October will see a number of events taking place in London to spread the word and encourage an interest through an introduction to food and culture. Events open with the introduction of a tasty menu prepared by top TV Chef William Wongso for The Park at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge. Above he shares candid conversation with fellow Chef, broadcaster and authoress Sri Owen who recently launched her 15th publication on Indonesian food and culture.
With over 17,500 islands to explore Indonesia has a wealth of adventure on offer and is promoting this through its "Beyond Bali" campaign. Picture taken after William Wongso's excellent lecture at Asia House.
The Manadarin Oriental - Hyde Park
Featuring the Wiliam Wongso Menu until 19th October
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Hari Raya Open House enjoyed by all at
Jom Makan Restaurant - Trafalgar Square
If a picture speaks a thousand words - empty plates speak volumes about the great Malaysian food laid on by Zain Azral Azhar Simin, Director of Jom Makan in the centre of London. The Open House hospitality that celebrates Hari Raya set-out a great atmosphere for a happy event. When usually meeting in restaurants for business, it was great to just enjoy the moment. My family, Cameron, Amie and Ashley certainly did! Thank you Jom Makan for a lovely afternoon!
Zain offers no apology for my extended girth after a great meal at Jom Makan.
Ganesha - Lord of Success watches over a great atmosphere in Trafalgar Square's joyful Diwali Celebrations
Nelson was almost rocking on his column as the show below him sent echoes of great music all around the square to the peaceful masses enjoying the occasion. With every vantage point filled by people, the giant screens were vital to allow even those right at the back to get a good view. A dry and comfortable autumnal afternoon made the event even more pleasurable for crowd and performers alike. Of course none of that had anything to do with luck... it was all thanks to the great Lord Ganesha who stood proudly at the side of the stage and ensured all went well. It certainly pays to have friends in high places... and I don't mean Nelson!
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