GPS Navigation in India

Hi, yesterday I searched for GPS softwares for my Nokia 5800, I came across many providers. Here is a list of GPS providers for indian cities.

Among these solution I liked Google Latitude most. Google Latitude is free and have good coverage in India. I am using this for Chandigarh. It has My Location, Driving direction support for Chandigarh.

You can download it from here :

The best feature of latitude is, track your friend’s locaiton on web (iGoogle). You can select your friends to view your current location. This application automatically activate backgroung services which update your location automatically on server.


Although this has serious privacy issue, but you can always control this feature in privacy  setting. You can turn it on / off, block friend to watch your location etc.


This application is very useful to parents. They can get current location of there children. Overall this is very good and free solution available. This application is available for varity of phones.

Top of all this provide GPS service for non GPS handset also. You wonder how? Checkout this video from google.

Its worth to try it out.





  • fever, which is usually high, but unlike seasonal flu, is sometimes absent
  • cough
  • runny nose or stuffy nose
  • sore throat
  • body aches
  • headache
  • chills
  • fatigue or tiredness, which can be extreme
  • diarrhea and vomiting, sometimes, but more commonly seen than with seasonal flu.

Signs of a more serious swine flu infection might include pneumonia and respiratory failure


City Hospital Address Contact
Chennai King Institute of Preventive Medicine (24/7 Service) Guindy, Chennai – 32 (044) 22501520, 22501521 & 22501522
Communicable Diseases Hospital Thondiarpet, Chennai (044) 25912686/87/88, 9444459543
Government General Hospital Opp. Central Railway Station, Chennai – 03 (044) 25305000, 25305723, 25305721, 25330300
Pune Naidu Hospital Nr Le’Meridian, Raja Bahadur Mill, GPO, Pune – 01 (020) 26058243
National Institute of Virology 20A Ambedkar Road , Pune – 11 (020) 26006290
Kolkata ID Hospital 57,Beliaghata, Beliaghata Road , Kolkata – 10‎ (033) 23701252
Coimbatore Government General Hospital Near Railway Station,
Trichy Road, Coimbatore – 18
(0422) 2301393, 2301394, 2301395, 2301396
Hyderabad Govt. General and Chest Diseases Hospital , Erragadda, Hyderabad (040) 23814939
Mumbai Kasturba Gandhi Hospital Arthur Road, N M Joshi Marg, Jacob Circle , Mumbai – 11 (022) 23083901, 23092458, 23004512
Sir J J Hospital J J Marg, Byculla, Mumbai – 08 (022) 23735555, 23739031, 23760943, 23768400 / 23731144 / 5555 / 23701393 / 1366
Haffkine Institute Acharya Donde Marg, Parel, Mumbai – 12 (022) 24160947, 24160961, 24160962
Kochi Government Medical College Gandhi Nagar P O, Kottayam – 08 (0481) 2597311,2597312
Government Medical College Vandanam P O, Allapuzha – 05 (0477) 2282015
Taluk Hospital Railway Station Road , Alwaye, Ernakulam (0484) 2624040  Sathyajit – 09847840051
Taluk Hospital Perumbavoor PO , Ernakulam 542 (0484) 2523138  Vipin – 09447305200
Gurgaon &
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Ansari Nagar, Aurobindo Marg Ring Road , New Delhi – 29 (011) 26594404, 26861698 Prof. R C Deka – 9868397464
National Institute for Communicable Diseases 22, Sham Nath Marg,
New Delhi – 54
(011) 23971272/060/344/524/449/326
Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital Kharak Singh Marg,
New Delhi – 01
(011) 23741640, 23741649, 23741639
Dr. N K Chaturvedi
Vallabhai Patel Chest Institute University Enclave, New Delhi- 07 (011) 27667102, 27667441, 27667667, 27666182
Bangalore Victoria Hospital K R Market, Kalasipalayam, Bangalore – 02 (080) 26703294  Dr. Gangadhar – 94480-49863
SDS Tuberculosis & Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases Hosur Road, Hombegowda Nagar, Bangalore – 29 (080) 26631923  Dr. Shivaraj – 99801-48780


Installing a minimal Debian system


I am making this post for users with limited computer resources/old machines. Users with newer and faster machines may also try this if they want their completely customized operating system.

I must also clarify that I personally don’t like bloatwares like Windows Vista etc.

Take my example, when I first installed Ubuntu on my desktop, I had a complete GNOME desktop with many applications pre-installed which I had no use for! So, I started uninstalling that bloat from my system to make my OS slim so that it can run properly on my good ol’ pentium 4 1.7 Ghz machine.

However, uninstalling those extra useless apps didn’t help me much. My Linux system was still bloated and running slower than Windows XP.

Right then, I researched over internet and found a solution to my problem.

What is needed:

  • An internet connection (for downloading packages)
  • Atleast 2GiB of HDDSpace
  • Some spare time
  • And obviously you 😉

Get the netinst disk image from the link according to your system architecture. If not sure, then go with the i386 image. Now burn the image to a CDROM and boot your system with it. Continue with the installation and select all options that apply to you and keep an eye out for a dialog box asking about using a network mirror. When this screen comes up, choose No. Choose to install GRUB and let the install finish.

Now, when your computer restarts, choose debian and boot into it. When you get to the login prompt, login as root.

We need to modify the repositories list for your system.



nano /etc/apt/sources.list

And put this into the file:


deb lenny main contrib non-free

Make sure to comment out the CD-ROM repository entry by putting a number sign (#) in front of it, like this:


# deb cdrom:…

Later, if you want to add an official debian installation disk (or if you don’t want to use internet for packages), just insert the disk in drive and type:

apt-cdrom -f -add

Save it (Ctrl+O) and exit (Ctrl+X) and type in:

aptitude update

This will update the repositories list. Once you it’s done, we’re going to install the base core files needed to run a visual desktop environment, or just the desktop. As an example, we’ll use GNOME, so type in:


aptitude install xorg gnome-core gdm

This will setup the XOrg server, GNOME core files and the GNOME Display Manager onto your machine. If you want KDE, type:


aptitude install xorg kde-core kdm

Now, for the Display Manager (login manager), you can use a very limited, simplistic one. Instead of gdm/kdm, use slim.

After all that is done, reboot and let it start up. You’re set! Now you can install a File Manager, Web Browser, Music player, etc of your choice.
For even more lighter system, LXDE can also be tried. And if you want an extreme lightweight system, do not install any desktop environment. Instead just install a windowmanager like fluxbox/openbox etc.

Linux Foundation Launches Credit Card.

Hey my favorite  The Linux Foundation come up with Credit Cards. There is another way to support Linux apart form coding and testing. You can buy apply for these cards from here. Now probably you will ask why you should buy this. This is the answer.

  • 0% Introductory APR on purchases and balance transfers for 6 months. After this period, a low variable APR will apply.
  • Earn bonus points for FREE airline tickets, merchandise, cash-back and more at participating merchants.
  • $50 donation by the bank when you first use the card plus ongoing contributions.
  • No annual fee and no additional cost to you.
  • Enhanced Visa Platinum benefits, including 24/7 Emergency Customer Service and 100% Fraud Protection, Purchase security, Warranty Manager and much more.

Linux foundation claims that the money earned through these cars will go directly to community events. The Linux foundation made a deal with CardPartner and will launch these card through UMB Bank. The organisation will receive $50 for each Credit card and of course some percentage of purchase.

So if you want to finentially support linux you can buy a card. I am going to apply 😉


Nokia 5800 Firmware Update v.30 Finally Arrives In India

Hi, the most awaited nokia 5800 v30 update is available in India. You can download and enjoy. I updated my mobile yesterday and did noticed few minor changes. This does not include much features as we were expecting. But few noticeable features are

1. Fast Browsing

2. Noticeable navigation speed enhancement.

3. Little bit better music quality.

4. Camera improved.