Current Affairs Today - Current Affairs 2014

PM Modi’s Japan visit: Kyoto-Varanasi partnership agreement inked

India-JapanIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his maiden bilateral visit outside the Indian subcontinent to Japan, inked the cultural agreement of Varanasi-Kyoto which spotlights on how to preserve heritage while building Smart Cities.

PM Modi visited Kyoto the ‘smart city’ of Japan, to understand the experiment there bearing in mind that he intends to build 100 smart cities in India. Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, had been included in Modi’s schedule as it “dovetails into Modi’s emphasis on rejuvenation of cities while preserving their cultural heritage.”

‘Email’ invented by Indian-American V A Shiva Ayyadurai turns 32

ShivaOn August 30, 2014, email turned 32 years. The method of message transfer was invented by Indian American V.A.Shiva Ayyadurai when he was just 14 years. V A Shiva Ayyadurai was born to a Tamil Family in Bombay in 1963.

In 1978, Shiva Ayyadurai invented a computer programme, which he called “email,” that simulated all the functions of the interoffice mail system: Inbox, Outbox, Folders, Memo, Attachments, Address Book, etc. These features are now well-known parts of every email arrangement.

On August 30, 1982, the US government formally recognized Shiva Ayyadurai as the inventor of email by awarding him the first US Copyright for Email for his 1978 invention. At that time copyright was the only way to safeguard software inventions.

The Email wasn’t invented, with a huge research budget, in big institutions like the ARPANET, MIT, etc. Rather these organizations had believed it “impossible” to build such a system, considering it far too complex.

At the age of 14, Shiva Ayyadurai worked at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) as a research fellow, where Dr Leslie Michelson, then Director of the Laboratory Computer Network (LCN) at UMDNJ gave him a challenge: to transform the old system of paper-based mail communications used at UMDNJ to an electronic one.

Shiva Ayyadurai created a computer programme of over 50,000 lines of code, which electronically simulated all the qualities of the interoffice mail system.

The History of Email

1961 Tom Van Vleck - Message transaction multi-user. one computer
1969 Leonard Kleinrock - Message transaction, two computers
1971 Ray Tomlinson- Message transaction, multi-user, multi-computer
1973 Vlnton Cerf, Rort Kahn – TCP/IP
1973 Bobtca-Ethernet
1977 Dave Crock J. Vittal, K. Pogran, D.A. Henderson – RFC 733

1978 The Challenge
(V.A.) Shiva Ayyadurai is asked by Les Michelson to create the full-scale electronic version of the interoffice paper mail system in use at UMDNJ. Shiva creates first prototype. He calls it “email”

1979 Email System at UMDNJ
Email provides UMDNJ users Inbox? Outbox, Folders, the Memo (To, From, Sublact, Data Cc, Bcc), Attachments, etc., and processes such as Compose, Foard, Sort, and others with easy-to-use interface.

1980 Using Email
Email use grows at UMDNJ. More users, secretaries and doctors, across departments offices and groups are added on to the email system.

1981 Westinghouse Award
Warting house Award, also own as the “Baby Nobal’s” recognizes Email system for its original innovation.

1982 Copyright for Email
(V.A.) Shiva Ayyadurai receives US Copyright for “Email”. August 30, 1982: Registration TXU-11 1 -775

1985 Offline Email Readers
Development of offline readers allow email users to store email on their own personal computers. Read and compose replies without actually being connected to the network.

Steve Dorner develops Eudora. First commercial product to be widely used for reading and sending email on Local Area Networks (LAN).

1989 Compuserve & MCI Mail
Compuserve and MCI Mall become first formally sanctioned email carriers connected to the internet.

1991 Lotus Notes
Ray Ozzie and Mitch Kapor release major version of Lotus Notes (2.0)

1992 Microsoft Outook
Microsoft releases its answer to Lotus Notes. MS Outlook

1993 America Online (AOL)
AOL offers an easily accessible internet based email system

1995 EchoMail Launched
EchoMail, the first integrated Email Management system to help businesses handle increasing volumes of inbound EMAIL AT&T first customer.

1996 HoTMaiL
Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith launch HoTMail, soon becomes most used internet based email system

1997 Yahoo
Yahoo Mail offered as an alternative to HoTMaiL. It too provides web-based access through a browser.

1999 Blackberry
Blackberry makes accessing email via mobile phones more accessible. Mobile email is the new buzzword.

President George W. Bush signs into law penalties for unsolicited email.

2005 Email Address Verification
SPF released to validate email addresses to control SPAM. SPF release spawns other validation systems.

2007 Email at Google
Google launches Gmail on April Fool’s Day, after a prolonged four year Beta.

2009 iPhone 3G
iPhone and other mobile devices make email even more accessible.

2011 E-mail to Email
Associated Press Stylebook declares the use of email without hyphen “-”, as the standard
unaware of U.S. Copyright for “email”.

2012 Smithsonian Honors Email
Papers, computer code, and artifacts documenting the invention of email by VA Shiva Ayyadurai are accepted into the permanent archives of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

2013 Innovation Corps Launched
VA Shiva Ayyadurai and Dr. Leslie P. Michelson launch Innovation Corps to foster innovation for youth across the globe, in inner cities and villages, so more innovatiors such as email are possible.

‘Digital cloud’ for every Indian on anvil

PM Narendra Modi’s next giant drive to free up service delivery from the hold of the lower bureaucracy will be in the form of a ‘digital cloud’ for every Indian.

Now, Certificates issued by the Govt.: Education, residential, medical records, birth certificates, etc. will be saved in separate ‘digital lockers’ and a communication protocol will be established for Govt Departments to access them without actually having to see the hard copy.

The idea is very clear,  it is not desired that copies of certificates issued by the government itself to be carried everywhere by people to government offices for several services, e.g. if a student is applying for a government college and has studied in a government-aided school, his birth certificate, identity details and educational certificates, school-leaving details, et al should be available to Govt. institutes where he is applying. Likewise his medical records, etc.

Baba Kalyani re-nominated as Co-Chairman of Indo-Japan Business Leader’s Forum

Baba Kalyani has been re-nominated as the Co-Chairman of the India-Japan Business Leader’s Forum (IJBLF). The Ministry of Commerce and Industry appointed Kalyani as chairman of IJBLF. Kalyani is Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Forge Ltd.

The members of IJBLF are accompanying PM Narendra Modi on his maiden visit to Japan.

IJBLF is a forum to leverage the trade and investment between the two nations for greater co-operation between their businesses. At present, the forum has 15 members that include Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, Bharti Enterprises head Sunil Bharti Mittal, HDFC Chairman Deepak Parekh, Infosys S. Gopalakrishnan, TCS CEO N. Chandrasekaran and Godrej Group Chairman Adi Godrej. The forum continues to strengthen the business processes and discover newer opportunities for both nations.

Pakistan’s Army General intervenes to tackle political crisis

Pakistan Government has appointed its Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif as mediator to neutralize the ongoing political crisis in the country. The decision to seek COAS’ help was taken after both Imran Khan, chief of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Tahir-ul-Qadri, the chief of Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) refused to end their protests demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign.


The current political turbulence in Pakistan was caused after the former additional secretary Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Afzal Khan claimed that the general election in which Nawaz Sharif registered an overwhelming victory was rigged. The country is in turmoil owing to political impasse for two weeks. Anti-government protests have gripped the capital Islamabad.

Earlier, Pakistan’s military had chosen not to intervene in the political crisis. But now, with the direct involvement of the General, there are apprehensions that military could use this opportunity to exercise its influence over a democratically-elected civilian government.