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Monday, August 11, 2003

Animated Hanuman

CHILDREN thirsting for an Indian taste to animated superhero action can look forward to seeing Hanuman beat up the bad guys on television soon. Toonz Animation, based at the Technopark campus in this Kerala capital, says it has begun pre-production work on 13 half-hour episodes of a series on the Hindu monkey God that would be aired on Cartoon Network next year. Toonz creative director Atul Rao, an American citizen of Indian origin who has previously worked with Warner Brothers and Walt Disney, is leading the team working on the new serial. Toonz earlier production, "The Adventures of Tenali Raman" is already being aired on Cartoon Network.

Website traces immigration

Who opened the first Indian restaurant in Britain? It was Dean Mahomet, a resident of Patna, who moved to England in 1784. Born in 1759, Dean joined the East Indian Company and rose to the rank of Subedar. He is also credited with having introduced the art of champi, or shampooing, in England. This is one of the several interesting nuggets of information about migration to Britain from South Asia compiled on a Website that went online last week — www.movinghere.org.uk. The 2.65-million-pound Website has been funded by the national lottery money and hosts a unique collection of documents, photographs and papers charting the history of Britain’s migrant population. The online site details migration of four distinct peoples: Jewish, Caribbean, Irish and South Asian. It also enables descendants of early migrants to trace their family history.

Net tracks down truant officer

A senior government official who apparently failed to resume work after going on long leave in Orissa has been traced in the USA, thanks to the Internet. The Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer who was posted in the fishery and animal husbandry department had applied for six years’ leave in 1996. When he did not turn up after his leave expired in 2002, the government made several efforts to trace him, but to no avail, said a source. The source said because of the Internet the officer has been located. The state government has come to know that the official now resides in the USA with his family. It is sending him a notice both at his home address in India and at what is believed to be his current residence in the USA.

Keep Microsoft, Intel out

Three chipmakers and the world’s largest mobile phone group teamed up in an apparent bid to prevent Microsoft and Intel from dominating mobile devices as they do personal computers. STMicroelectronics and Texas Instruments said they had formed an alliance to spur development of a wider range of wireless features and to guard against any one industry player dominating the latest generation of phones. The companies said they would be joined in the alliance by Nokia, manufacturer of more than one-third of the mobile phones sold worldwide, and ARM, a designer of core processor chips used in most wireless phones. The move by the four established players in the global mobile phone industry appears geared to deflect challenges from Microsoft and Intel, two computer industry heavyweights, which are aiming to win a larger share of mobile phone markets.