Friday, November 25, 2005

Killed for doing his job, Manjunath

Lost in the din over the Bihar elections is the story of 27-year-old IIM graduate Manjunath Shanmugham killed for doing his duty. As a manager with the Indian Oil Corporation, he ordered the shutdown of an IOC petrol pump in Lakhimpur Kheriwhere he was postedfor allegedly selling adulterated fuel.
Over the past three months, Manjunath had shut down two IOC dealer petrol pumps in Lakhimpur for selling adulterated fuel.
&His friends and batchmates have sent several emails to The Indian Express drawing parallels with the murder of Satyendra Dubeythe IIT engineer and NHAI official who was killed in Gaya after he complained of corruption on the Golden Quadrilateral.
For a grieving father, thats little consolation.
Especially, when his son had told him about the risks, the mafia, and the father had advised him to let go of some things because he was all alone.
Having not heard from his son for three days, at around 9 pm last Saturday, the father, M Shanmughan, a design manager with BEML in Kolar Gold Fields, sent an SMS: How are you?
There was no reply.
For, that evening, Manjunath was beaten up and then riddled with at least six bullets. His body was found in the backseat of his own car. At the wheel, were two employees of the petrol pump, on their way to dispose of the body. Both were arrested on Saturday and the main accused, pump-owner Monu Mittal, was held today along with four others.
On Sunday, at a family function in Chennai, Shanmughan got a call saying his son had been shot.

Manjunath, an engineering graduate from JSS Engineering College, Mysore, and an MBA from IIM, Lucknow had ordered the sealing of the pump for selling adulterated fuel. But a month later, the pump started operating again, prompting him to conduct a surprise raid. It was during the raid that he was murdered, say UP police.
He was killed for doing his duty, said a tearful Shanmughan after the cremation. He told me many times that he was working in an area with many mafia gangs and that anything could happen to him. I never thought it could happen, he said, fighting to regain his composure. He used to tell me about the lack of proper controlling systems and official support when it came to stopping adulteration and booking wrongdoers in UP. He said it is a lawless world and for survival, one has to keep mum even if there are irregularities, said Shanmughan. He wanted the dealers to follow all norms. I used to tell him you are alone, dont get worked up, let some things go. He said he was responsible to his company and its sales... I told him to come back home. But he said he loved the challenge.
The family resides in Kolar, 90 km from Bangalore. He was the eldest of three children. He financed all his education himself through loans, said the distraught father.
Manjunaths death has shocked and outraged all those who knew him. He was such a free spirit. He had no enemies and yet he suffered such a heinous fate. Just because he was doing his duty, his IIM classmate Sunit Sapra wrote in an e-mail to The Indian Express. The case is no less than the killing of Satyendra Dubey. The criminals must be brought to justice and Manjus sacrifice must be given the respect it deserves, he wrote.
For Manjunaths professor at IIM-L, Debashis Chatterjee, its a personal loss. He was not our typical 8-point brilliant student... but he was a go-getter, very courageous and hardworking. He used to come to me at 4 am to study... we all will miss him, he said. Chatterjee plans to get in touch with as many alumni as possible to decide on a course of action. We shall not let him vanish quietly into the night, he said. Messages from his batchmates are pouring in.
He would always keep his mind on the silver lining of a dark cloud, always laughing and joking around. You fought the odds real hard. Goodbye Machan, wrote Karthik Parthasarathy, IIM-L Batch of 2003. He was the booming voice of 3.4, our campus band. He sang from the bottom of his heart, and with an infectious enthusiasm. One of those singers who made the listeners feel like singing along, or at least clap in tune. Bye Machan, wrote Gaurav Sabnis, IIM-L batch of 2003. Machan is what they used to call Manjunath, the singer from Karnataka. At Mysore, they had a singing contest where girls dropped flowers to vote for the best singer, it was my son who won, said Shanmughan, fighting his tears.

Courtsey :

I hate to say that we are living in such a world (or country) where these kind of incidents are happening again and again. Nobody fears law......
Wake up people.......... wake up. Nobody listening

Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Microsoft is moving towards better User Experience in its portal. I like the site. What about you. Google obviously lure people more than any other but soon i think MS is back. Dont forget Yahoo! it was yahoo who started personalized page concept with My Yahoo!
Microsoft also launched Windows Live a very nice personalized RSS aggregator or whatever you name it. I have it as my home page.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

How Microsoft Lost the API War
This is an intersting article I found while surfing the net. Joel Spolsky shared his experience and thought about Windows API and web. This is a must read article along with Raymond Chins’s Blog. He is a senior programmer at Microsoft. His blog mainly explaining history of Windows and his own experience in ensuring its backwards compatibility. You just can’t ignore to read it.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Dont Listen the Music CD on your PC. Sony might be watching you

The global music giant Sony BMG yesterday announced plans to recall millions of CD's by at least 20 artists - from the crooners Celine Dion and Neil Diamond to the country-rock act Van Zant - because they contain copy restriction software that poses risks to the computers of consumers.

So be careful when you listen to the songs on your PC. Some one might be waiting for you to play the CD and control your PC.

Read full story at :

GBPEC alumni site is up for Registration

Alumni site of GBPEC is updated to support the content managment system. Now you can register yourself and access the feature. Its powered by Mamboserver.
Site Development is still in progress so if you find any bug with the site please inform us at
So guys rush up. It is upto you GBPECian to make the word GBPEC alive.

Official website :
Alumni Site :
Forum :

Tuesday, November 15, 2005 is Up and running

GBPEC alumni site is up and running with Mambo server in it. More feature are ready to come. Check it out.

Monday, November 14, 2005

World Wide WEB turns 15 Today - Do you remember First Visit?

WWW has turns 15 today.
Some of the oldest post of the Internet you can find at
Grab the information from

Do you know who invented the internet. If you read angels and daemons(Dan Brown) definitely you would say CERN. :) Didnt u ?
Read the article from American heritage newspaper :

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Singularity New operating system from MS

Microsoft is working on its new operating system know as Singularity
It's independent of windows and has built from scratch.

Read the news at
Microsoft is investing heavily in its Microsoft research division. We might see something intersting in near future at our desktops or mobiles. Who knows !!

Monday, November 07, 2005

Google Reviews is open for review

Google Labs is at its pace. With the recent launch of Google Reviews it shows its innovativeness. Check it out.

Will MSN pay the users for using their search engine.....

In an exclusive interview to computing Bill gates indiacated that search engine might have to pay their customers for using their services. So is it we who will pay for the services or they ????

Cool. BillG seems to be going more user friendly.....

Full Interview with Bill Gates

PC Hardware design contest

Microsoft is sponsering a Hardware design contest. so if you want to change the way hardware looks Vote at

You should have a spiral shape PC at your desk now :)

Link :

Sponsered by Microsoft

Microsoft Antispyware -> Windows Defender

Microsoft Antispyware is now renamed to Windows Defender. Read more at

Also read

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Microsoft gone Live

Microsoft has gone Live with Live.Com.
Although it already has start.comI feel which is already same thing, but its great that MS finally coming in the open web market. :)


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