Friday, July 31, 2009

A Movie to watch

This week Ananda vikedan, as always has something special, this week i have came across a short movie from the S.Ramakrishnan's Column "Serithu Velicham (A Small light)", his writing always special for me. This week edition, he has referred a short movie (very short movie-it runs 5 mins).

Monday, July 27, 2009

Hasta Siempre Commandante (always faithful) - By: Carlos Puebla


We learned to love you
from the heights of history
with the sun of your bravery
you laid siege to death

The deep (or beloved) transparency of your presence
became clear here
Commandante Che Guevara

Your glorious and strong hand
fires at history
when all of Santa Clara
awakens to see you

You come burning the winds
with spring suns
to plant the flag
with the light of your smile

Your revolutionary love
leads you to a new undertaking
where they are awaiting the firmness
of your liberating arm

We will carry on
as we did along with you
and with Fidel we say to you:
Until Always, Commandante!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Now India's turn................................


India reached a milestone on Sunday when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur launched the country's first indigenous nuclear-powered submarine 'INS Arihant' for sea trials.

Code-named Advanced Technology Vessel (ATV), the submarine christened 'INS Arihant' (destroyer of enemy) was launched for sea trials at the Matsya naval dockyard in Vishakapatnam. As India has declared "no first use" of nuclear weapons, the country's weapons system must survive a first strike for retaliation. Therefore, Arihant's primary weapon is stealth as it can lurk in ocean depths of half a kilometre or more and fire its missiles from under the sea. The 6000-tonne submarine is powered by an 85 megawatt capacity nuclear reactor and can acquire surface speeds of 22 to 28 kmph (12-15 knots) and submerged speed upto 44 kmph (24 knots). It will be carrying a crew of 95 men and will be armed with torpedoes and missiles including 12 ballistic missiles

The launch of the submarine is said to put India in the exclusive league of five other nations capable of designing and building their own nuclear submarines.

China was said to be the last country to join the league in 1971. While the conventional diesel-electric submarines have to go up the surface to charge the batteries, the nuclear submarine has underwater endurance and could also travel at double the speed of conventional submarines.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Expensive car in the world

The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 from Germany is the world’s fastest, most expensive, and most powerful car in the world. It can touch speeds of over 407.5 kmph and can go from 0 to 62 mph in 2.5 seconds.

Bugatti Veyron car is produced by Volkswagen Group subsidiary Bugatti Automobiles SAS and introduced in 2005.

The car’s wheelbase is 2710 mm and its overall length is 4462 mm. It is 1998 mm wide and 1206 mm in height. The car’s weight is about 1,890 kg. [Via]

The Bugatti Veyron supercar costs about $1.7 million (Rs 8.5 crore).

Bugatti veyron is the most expensive commercial car in the world. But the most expensive car (also bugatti) is the 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe, sold For: $8,700,000 in November 1987.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Technology changes never ends..........


Designer Jinsun Park from Korea has come out with a simple tool called Color Picker. Place the pen against an object and press the scan button, the color will be detected by the color sensor and the RGB cartridges in the pen will mixed the required inks to create the target color.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Longest 21st century solar eclipse


The solar eclipse of July 22, 2009 was the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting as much as 6 minutes and 39 seconds in some places. It caused tourist interest in eastern China, Nepal and India.

The eclipse was part of saros series 136, like the record-setting solar eclipse of July 11, 1991. The next event from this series will be on August 2, 2027. The exceptional duration was a result of the moon being near perigee, with the apparent diameter of the moon 8% larger than the sun (magnitude 1.080) and the Earth being near aphelion where the sun appeared slightly smaller.


This was the second in the series of three eclipses in a month, with the lunar eclipse on July 7 and the lunar eclipse on August 6.

This solar eclipse was the longest total solar eclipse to occur in the 21st century, and will not be surpassed in duration until June 13, 2132. Totality lasted for up to 6 minutes and 39 seconds, with the maximum eclipse occurring in the ocean at 02:35:21 UTC about 100 km south of the Bonin Islands, southeast of Japan.

The uninhabited North Iwo Jima island was the landmass with totality time closest to maximum, while the closest inhabited point was Akusekijima, where the eclipse lasted 6 minutes and 26 seconds.

Source: NASA - Total Solar Eclipse of 2009 July 22

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

First moon landing: Unknown facts

Ten things you may not know about the Apollo 11 mission of Lt Col Michael Collins, Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin which allowed man to walk on the Moon for the first time on July 20, 1969.

  • As the Eagle landing module was descending towards the Moon’s surface, Armstrong and Aldrin realised they had overshot the intended landing spot by miles and were heading for an area strewn with boulders. In manoeuvring to avoid hitting the rocks, they came to within a minute of running out of fuel for the descent and having to abort the mission.
  • After the Eagle landed, Aldrin, a Presbyterian, recited from the Bible and took wine and a small wafer from a home communion kit given to him by his pastor.
  • Neil Armstrong may have been the first man to walk on the Moon, but Buzz Aldrin was the first man to urinate there. While millions watched on live television, Aldrin relieved himself a tube fitted inside his space suit.
  • The astronauts had trouble planting the American flag in the Moon’s hard surface, worried it would fall over on live television. As they blasted off, Aldrin later recalled, the Stars and Stripes flag was knocked over in the blast from Eagle’s ascent engines.
  • The mineral, armalcolite, discovered during the first Moon landing and later found at various locations on Earth, was named after the three Apollo 11 astronauts, Neil ARMstrong, Buzz ALdrin and Michael COLlins.
  • When the astronauts took off their helmets after their moonwalk, they noticed a strong smell, which Armstrong described as “wet ashes in a fireplace” and Aldrin as “spent gunpowder”. It was the smell of moondust brought in on their boots.
  • After returning to the landing module, Aldrin accidentally broke the switch used to activate the ascent engines. After initial concern they managed to activate the switch using a ball-point pen.
    An estimated 600 million people watched the Apollo 11 landing live on television, a world record until 750 million people watched the wedding of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. (Source: Guinness World Records)
  • After returning to Earth the astronauts were put in quarantine for three weeks for fear they may have brought back unknown pathogens from the Moon.
  • The Apollo space programme cost was given as $25.4 billion, around $150 billion (£93bn) in today’s money.
  • One of President Nixon’s speechwriters had prepared an address entitled: “In Event of Moon Disaster”. It began: “Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay to rest in peace.” If the launch from the Moon had failed, Houston was to close down communications and leave Armstrong and Aldrin to their death.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Harry Mania

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson
Director: David Yates

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (sixth in this series) collected 4.7 million pounds on it's opening day, the highest ever in the history of UK.

The film could be the year's biggest money-maker, beating Megan Fox, Shia La Beouf starrer Transformers 2.

The film starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson which will released on Friday in India had the biggest ever opening in the history of UK.

Half-Blood Prince has Harry struggling to pry a critical memory loose from a new Hogwarts teacher who possesses key information in the coming showdown between the young hero and the evil Lord Voldemort.

The movie collected US$152,867,000 worldwide in 2 days.

The film has released with 350 prints in India across 450 cinema halls

Here are 10 trivia facts about the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie.

1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince planned to release in November 21, 2008 and moved to July of 2009.

2. Dame Maggie Smith (Professor Minerva McGonagall) completed filming this film while she was undergoing radio-therapy as treatment for breast cancer.

3. Hero Fiennes-Tiffin who plays Tom Riddle, 11, is the real life nephew of Ralph Fiennes who plays Lord Voldemort/Tom Riddle. Yates insisted Fiennes-Tiffin did not get the role simply because of his uncle, but did admit the resemblance was "a clincher".

4. Sir Michael Gambon, ( Dumbledore) became a father last month at 68 years of age.

5. Quidditch at Hogwarts is back in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince after being absent from the last two films.

6. Robert Knox, (Marcus Belby), was tragically stabbed to death soon after filming was finished. Some of the cast sported a white ribbon at the premier in his memory.

7. Jessie Cave, (Lavender Brown) beat more than 7,000 girls to win her first major film role.

8. After reading the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince script,Rowlings noticed a line where Dumbledore mentioned a girl that he had a crush on when younger. She then released the fact (to the filmmakers and the public) that Dumbledore was gay.

9. Naomi Watts was first cast to play Narcissa Malfoy but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.

10. Fifteen cast members have appeared in all of the Harry Potter films:
1. Daniel Radcliffe(Harry Potter)
2. Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley)
3. Emma Watson (Hermione Granger)
4. Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid)
5. Maggie Smitth, (McGonagall)
6. Devon Murray (Seamus)
7. Matthew Lewis (Neville)
8. Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy)
9. Oliver Phelps (George Weasley)
10. Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley)
11. James Phelps (Fred Weasley)
12. Alfred Enoch (Dean Thomas)
13. Jamie Waylett (Crabbe)
14. Joshua Herdman (Goyle)
15. Alan Rickman (Snape)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Indian Business in Hollywood

It was one of the largest deals in global cinema in recent years, Anil Ambani's Reliance Big Entertainment ( and Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg's Dream works ( on Wednesday announced US$825 million funding for their Los Angeles-based production house Dreamworks Studios.

According to the sources the movies produced by Dreamworks will be distributed by Walt Disney globally, while the exclusive rights for India will be with Reliance Big Entertainment .

"There is no scaling up or scaling down of investment. We will begin with $825 million and this is the largest in recent times," said the Mumbai-based industrialist, whose aides had earlier indicated an investment outlay of as much as $1.5 billion for Dreamworks.

Spielberg said he was looking forward to films produced by Dreamworks as also to visit India soon to meet with filmmakers, scriptwriters and actors to see how they can all collaborate. "We have a golden opportunity to have a better control over our product," he added.

Some of the films that will be produced first include 39 Clues, Cowboys and Aliens, Dinner For Schmucks, Motorcade and Hereafter in a mix of genres including thrillers, action, comedy and family drama.

Ambani also announced that his associate Amitabh Jhunjhunwala and Spielberg's partner for decades Stacey Snider, who has been associated with projects like Eric Brockovich, The Mummy and American Pie, would also serve on the Dreamworks board.

The Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group ranks among India's top three industrial houses with interests in areas including telecommunications, energy, finance, entertainment and infrastructure development.

The Anil group's entertainment business owns 428 cinema screens across India, the US, Malaysia and Mauritius, contributing 11 percent to the domesticindustry's box office collections and 35 percent from the Hindi movies screened in the US.

Its entertainment business has its presence across several platforms, including FM radio, music, sports, gaming, animation, Internet and mobile portals, direct-to-home TV, Internet TV and mobile TV.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sounds of Resistance and Freedom

You, as of now, are someone else!
Mahmoud Darwish

What makes a poem subversive? Expressing a common humanity? Refuting identities thrust at us? Turning the pen against injustices? Appreciating beauty in people? Confronting history? Telling stories of life as it is? Singing of sadness, regret and anger? Ironical, but the answer is yes.

Darwish was born in the village of al-Birwa in the Western Galilee. In a hard hitting poem, he describes the violence that Palestinians face on day to day basis. Its full force comes not from harsh angry words but soft, melancholy tones of lost relationships, death, dreams and colours.

1. Last Passage
"The Earth is closing on us
pushing us through the last passage
and we tear off our limbs to pass through.
The Earth is squeezing us.
I wish we were its wheat
so we could die and live again.
I wish the Earth was our mother
so she’d be kind to us.

I wish we were pictures on the rocks
for our dreams to carry as mirrors.
We saw the faces of those who will throw
our children out of the window of this last space.
Our star will hang up mirrors.
Where should we go after the last frontiers?
Where should the birds fly after the last sky?
Where should the plants sleep after the last breath of air?
We will write our names with scarlet steam.
We will cut off the hand of the song to be finished by our flesh.
We will die here, here in the last passage.
Here and here our blood will plant its olive tree."

2. They Would Love To See Me Dead

"They would love to see me dead, so they say: He belongs to us, he is ours.
For twenty years I have heard their footsteps on the walls of the night.
They open no door, yet here they are now. I see three of them:
A poet, a killer, and a reader of books.

Will you have some wine? I asked.
Yes, they answered.
When do you plan to shoot me? I asked.
Take it easy, they answered.

They lined up their glasses all in a row and started singing for the people.
I asked: When will you begin my assassination?
Already done, they said ... Why did you send your shoes on ahead to your soul?
So it can wander the face of the earth, I said.

The earth is wickedly dark, so why is your poem so white?
Because my heart is teeming with thirty seas, I answered.
They asked: Why do you love French wine?
Because I ought to love the most beautiful women, I answered.

They asked: How would you like your death?
Blue, like stars pouring from a window—would you like more wine?
Yes, we'll drink, they said.

Please take your time. I want you to kill me slowly so I can write my last
poem to my heart's wife. They laughed, and took from me
only the words dedicated to my heart's wife. "

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Project Natal


"This is a pivotal moment that will carry with it a wave of change, the ripples of which will reach far beyond video games"


Microsoft Corp offered a glimpse into a future where the Xbox 360 console is the centerpiece of any living room, and games, social interaction and communications are controlled with the wave of a hand.

The technology obviates the need for a controller or remote device to enable a player for instance to drive a car in a game, interact with a character on screen or show pictures and information to other Xbox 360 users over the Internet.

The device, which connects to the Xbox 360 game system, tracks players' voices and body movements and recognizes their faces. It includes a camera, a multi-array microphone and software. A video showed the potential in martial arts, racing, skateboarding and trivia games.

No release date or price were announced, it may hit the market in the end of this year, and believed to take Video Gaming to another level.....


Sunday, July 12, 2009


Windows 7 has become one of the hottest topic of discussion on web. It’s beta release is available for download too and Microsoft really believes that it is the best operating system ever developed. If downloaded, you might have seen the design and improved interference of Windows 7. Windows 7 beta has all the features and user interface improvements which were missing from the preview version distributed.
Let’s look at some of these features :

Touch Based interference support
If you have touch enabled hardware, you can access and control PC at your finger tips. The user interface enhancements such as support for Jump Lists – shortcuts to key functions in applications on the task bar – are also now present.

HomeGroup designed to search and share music, videos and other files stored anywhere on home network. It also supports Libraries to organize file collections regardless to their storage location.

Direct Access for business customers which enables mobile workers to securely connect to the corporate network without the need for a virtual private network. It locally caches content from remote file or web servers. Windows 7 is expected to be fully compatible with Windows Vista applications besides Low level tools like Antivirus program so it is highly advised for Business firms.

Windows Live with updated Messenger which includes Photo Gallery featuring better integration so that friends can get an update in Messenger when a user adds a new photo to their gallery. Messenger will integrate with Facebook RSS feeds within the next few months, enabling users to get updates from this source as well as already supported social networking services such as Twitter
Following are the links for fully functional Windows 7 OS for the period of 30 days/1month; To extend its validity or use it beyond this period, You will need an activation key which is bit difficult to get it.
So, Why go for leaked unreliable leaked torrents and links when you can get official download links on from Microsoft’s servers.


Basically, there are two different ranges, the full version to install on new computers and upgrade version where we already have Windows XP or Vista. Obviously, the upgrade will be cheaper, something that given the large amount of existing equipment, many can benefit.

Prices for this upgrade will be 119.99 dollars for Windows 7 Home Premium, 199.99 dollars for Windows 7 Professional and 219.99 dollars for Windows 7 Ultimate. For the full version, prices will be U.S. $ 199.99 Home Premium, from 299.99 dollars for the Professional and 319.99 dollars for the Ultimate. We still have to see how these prices get converted into Rupees INR.

Despite this, Microsoft will continue selling the upgrade version with the reduced price, but we must do to install it on a new computer, what it means to be backing up our data and applications, delete the contents of the disk and install on this.

Several manufacturers are starting to announce they will offer a free upgrade to Windows 7 on all computers purchased from now.

It's confirmed, MJ died of an overdose

The leaked toxicology report of Michael Jackson claims that the pop star had lethal levels of potent painkillers and drugs in his body at the time of his death, triggering suspicion that it may be a case of homicide.

Jackson was on a diet of deadly cocktail potent enough to have killed a normal person instantly but his body had developed a tolerance due to the longtime use of huge doses, the British newspaper Sun claimed quoting the findings of his preliminary toxicology reports

High levels of Demerol found in the leaked toxicology report submitted to the Los Angeles county coroner's office, the paper said.

Demerol drug (commonly known as Pethidine (INN) or meperidine (USAN), Demerol is indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe pain, and is delivered as its hydrochloride salt in tablets, as a syrup, or by intramuscular or intravenous injection. For much of the 20th century, Demerol was the opioid of choice for many physicians; in 1983 60% of doctors prescribed it for acute pain and 22% for chronic severe pain

Compared to morphine, Demerol was supposed to be safer and carry less risk of addiction, and to be superior in treating the pain associated with biliary spasm or renal colic due to its putative antispasmodic effects. In fact, Demerol is no more effective than morphine at treating biliary or renal pain, and its low potency, short duration of action, and unique toxicity (i.e., seizures, delirium, other neuropsychological effects) relative to other available opioid analgesics have seen it fall out of favor in recent years for all but a very few, very specific indications. Several countries, including Australia, have put strict limits on its use. Nevertheless, some physicians continue to use it as a first line strong opioid.

Effects of Demerol

Demerol is quickly hydrolysed in the liver to pethidinic acid and is also demethylated to norpethidine, which has half the analgesic activity of Demerol but a longer elimination half-life (8-12 hours); accumulating with regular administration, or in renal failure. Norpethidine is toxic and has convulsant and hallucinogenic effects. The toxic effects mediated by the metabolites cannot be countered with opioid receptor antagonists such as naloxone or naltrexone and are probably primarily due to norpethidine's anticholinergic activity probably due to its structural similarity to atropine though its pharmacology has not been thoroughly explored. The neurotoxicity of Demerol's metabolites is a unique feature of Demerol compared to other opioids. Demerol's metabolites are further conjugated with glucuronic acid and excreted into the urine.

Notable individuals
Well-known people who have been involved in hazardous use[nb 1] or harmful use[nb 2] of Demerol, or who have exhibited dependence[nb 3] on the drug, include:

  • David Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy. The cause of his death in 1984 was ruled a "multiple ingestion" of cocaine, Demerol and Mellaril
  • Tammy Wynette, singer. Wynette's daughter Jackie Daly alleged in a 2000 book that Wynette had been "hopelessly addicted" to Demerol, Dilaudid, Versed, and other painkillers prior to her death in 1998.
  • Michael Jackson, pop singer. Jackson's use of painkillers has been linked to the accidental burning of his scalp on set while filming a Pepsi commercial in 1984. He was treated for painkiller addiction at a rehabilitation clinic in 1993 and later famously referred to Demerol specifically in his track Morphine from the History album, released in 1995. Demerol was among several painkillers found in Jacksons rental house after his death in July of 2009.
  • Harold Shipman, "the killer doctor", was also addicted to Demerol.

Demerol RxList. Retrieved 19 Jun. 2006.
Babor T, et al., compilers (1994). Lexicon of alcohol and drug terms. Geneva: World Health Organization. ISBN 9241544686.

Sania Mirza engagement with Sohrab Mirza

Sania Mirza engagement with Sohrab Mirza took place on friday and Sania mirza engagement pics OR sania mirza engagement pictures are available now. Sania Mirza (22-year-old) was formally engaged to Hyderabadi businessman and his childhood friend Mohammed Sohrab Mirza on Friday at a by-invitation only function in a Hyderabad luxury hotel.

The celebrations were started with a ceremonial exchange of rings. Sania was dressed in a traditional emerald green and gold ghagra (designed by Shantanu & Nikhil).

The ceremony was attaneded by some of the close family friends from both sides that of Sania Mirza family and Sohrab Mirza family. Some of the well known business, entertainment and sports personalities have graced the ocassion.

Imran Mirza - Sania Mirza’s father was seen in a happy mood as despite the stalking incidents just two days before the engagement everything went perfectly at the Sania mirza engagement.

Saturday, July 11, 2009


Brain Damaging Habits

01. No Breakfast
People who do not take breakfast are going to have a lower blood sugar level.
This leads to an insufficient supply of nutrients to the brain causing brain degeneration.

02. Overeating
It causes hardening of the brain arteries, leading to a decrease in mental power.

03. Smoking
It causes multiple brain shrinkage and may lead to Alzheimer disease.

04. High Sugar consumption
Too much sugar will interrupt the absorption of proteins and nutrients causing malnutrition and may interfere with brain development.

05. Air Pollution
The brain is the largest oxygen consumer in our body. Inhaling polluted air decreases the supply of oxygen to the brain, bringing about a decrease in brain

06. Sleep Deprivation
Sleep allows our brain to rest. Long term deprivation from sleep will accelerate the death of brain cells.

07. Head covered while sleeping
Sleeping with the head covered, increases the concentration of carbon dioxide and decrease concentration of oxygen that may lead to brain damaging effects.

08. Working your brain during illness
Working hard or studying with sickness may lead to a decrease in effectiveness of the brain as well as damage the brain.

09. Lacking in stimulating thoughts
Thinking is the best way to train our brain, lacking in brain stimulation thoughts may cause brain shrinkage.

10. Talking Rarely
Intellectual conversations will promote the efficiency of the brain.

The main causes of liver damage are:

1. Sleeping too late and waking up too late are main cause.
2. Not urinating in the morning.
3. Too much eating.
4. Skipping breakfast.
5. Consuming too much medication.
6. Consuming too much preservatives, additives, food coloring , and artificial sweetener.
7. Consuming unhealthy cooking oil. As much as possible reduce cooking oil use when frying, which includes even the best cooking oils like olive oil.
Do not consume fried foods when you are tired, except if the body is very fit.
8. Consuming raw (overly done)

Foods also add to the burden of liver.
Veggies should be eaten raw or cooked 3-5 parts. Fried veggies should be finished in one sitting, do not store.

We should prevent this without necessarily spending more. We just have to adopt a good daily lifestyle and eating habits. Maintaining good eating habits and time condition are very important for our bodies to absorb and get rid of unnecessary chemicals according to "schedule."

Because :

Evening at 9 - 11 PM : is the time for eliminating unnecessary/ toxic chemicals (detoxification) from the antibody system (lymph nodes). This time duration should be spent by relaxing or listening to music. If during this time a housewife is still in an unrelaxed state such as washing the dishes or monitoring children doing their homework, this will have a negative impact on health.

Evening at 11pm - 1 am : is the detoxification process in the liver, and ideally should be done in a deep sleep state.

Early morning 1 - 3 am : detoxification process in the gall, also ideally done in a deep sleep state.

Early morning 3 - 5 am :
Detoxification in the lungs. Therefore there will sometimes be a severe cough for cough sufferers during this time. Since the detoxification process
Had reached the respiratory tract, there is no need to take cough medicine so as not to interfere with toxin removal process.

Morning 5 - 7am :
Detoxification in the colon, you should empty your bowel.

Morning 7 - 9 am : absorption of nutrients in the small intestine, you should be having breakfast at this time. Breakfast should be earlier, before 6:30 am, for those who are sick. Breakfast before 7:30 am is very beneficial to those wanting to stay fit. Those who always skip breakfast, they should change their habits, and it is still better to eat breakfast late until 9 - 10 am rather than no meal at all.

Sleeping so late and waking up too late will disrupt the process of removing unnecessary chemicals.. Aside from that, midnight to 4:00 am is the time when the bone marrow produces blood. Therefore, have a good sleep and don't sleep late.

Toll Free Numbers in India

Following are the important toll free numbers of India

Indian Airlines - 1800 180 1407
Jet Airways - 1800 22 5522
SpiceJet - 1800 180 3333
Air India -- 1800 22 7722
KingFisher - 1800 180 0101

ABN AMRO - 1800 11 2224
Canara Bank - 1800 44 6000
Citibank - 1800 44 2265
Corporatin Bank - 1800 443 555
Development Credit Bank - 1800 22 5769
HDFC Bank - 1800 227 227
ICICI Bank - 1800 333 499
ICICI Bank NRI - 1800 22 4848
IDBI Bank - 1800 11 6999
Indian Bank - 1800 425 1400
ING Vysya - 1800 44 9900
Kotak Mahindra Bank - 1800 22 6022
Lord Krishna Bank - 1800 11 2300
Punjab National Bank - 1800 122 222
State Bank of India - 1800 44 1955
Syndicate Bank - 1800 44 6655

Mahindra Scorpio - 1800 22 6006
Maruti - 1800 111 515
Tata Motors - 1800 22 5552
Windshield Experts - 1800 11 3636

Adrenalin - 1800 444 445
AMD - 1800 425 6664
Apple Computers - 1800 444 683
Canon - 1800 333 366
Cisco Systems - 1800 221 777
Compaq - HP - 1800 444 999
Data One Broadband - 1800 424 1800
Dell - 1800 444 026
Epson - 1800 44 0011
eSys - 3970 0011
Genesis Tally Academy - 1800 444 888
HCL - 1800 180 8080
IBM - 1800 443 333
Lexmark - 1800 22 4477
Marshal's Point - 1800 33 4488
Microsoft - 1800 111 100
Microsoft Virus Update - 1901 333 334
Seagate - 1800 180 1104
Symantec - 1800 44 5533
TVS Electronics - 1800 444 566
WeP Peripherals - 1800 44 6446
Wipro - 1800 333 312
xerox - 1800 180 1225
Zenith - 1800 222 004

Railways, Movers and packers
Indian Railway General Enquiry 131
Indian Railway Central Enquiry 131
Indian Railway Reservation 131
Indian Railway Railway Reservation Enquiry 1345,1335,1330
Indian Railway Centralised Railway Enquiry 1330/1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9
Couriers/Packers & Movers
ABT Courier - 1800 44 8585
AFL Wizz - 1800 22 9696
Agarwal Packers & Movers - 1800 11 4321
Associated Packers P Ltd - 1800 21 4560
DHL - 1800 111 345
FedEx - 1800 22 6161
Goel Packers & Movers - 1800 11 3456
UPS - 1800 22 7171

Home Appliances
Aiwa/Sony - 1800 11 1188
Anchor Switches - 1800 22 7979
Blue Star - 1800 22 2200
Bose Audio - 1800 11 2673
Bru Coffee Vending Machines - 1800 44 7171
Daikin Air Conditioners - 1800 444 222
DishTV - 1800 12 3474
Faber Chimneys - 1800 21 4595
Godrej - 1800 22 5511
Grundfos Pumps - 1800 33 4555
LG - 1901 180 9999
Philips - 1800 22 4422
Samsung - 1800 113 444
Sanyo - 1800 11 0101
Voltas - 1800 33 4546
WorldSpace Satellite Radio - 1800 44 5432

CAMS - 1800 44 2267
Chola Mutual Fund - 1800 22 2300
Easy IPO's - 3030 5757
Fidelity Investments - 1800 180 8000
Franklin Templeton Fund - 1800 425 4255
J M Morgan Stanley - 1800 22 0004
Kotak Mutual Fund - 1800 222 626
LIC Housing Finance - 1800 44 0005
SBI Mutual Fund - 1800 22 3040
Sharekhan - 1800 22 7500
Tata Mutual Fund - 1800 22 0101

Club Mahindra Holidays - 1800 33 4539
Cox & Kings - 1800 22 1235
God TV Tours - 1800 442 777
Kerala Tourism - 1800 444 747
Kumarakom Lake Resort - 1800 44 5030
Raj Travels & Tours - 1800 22 9900
Sita Tours - 1800 111 911
SOTC Tours - 1800 22 3344 Healthcare
Best on Health - 1800 11 8899
Dr Batras - 1800 11 6767
GlaxoSmithKline - 1800 22 8797
Johnson & Johnson - 1800 22 8111
Kaya Skin Clinic - 1800 22 5292
LifeCell - 1800 44 5323
Manmar Technologies - 1800 33 4420
Pfizer - 1800 442 442
Roche Accu-Chek - 1800 11 45 46
Rudraksha - 1800 21 4708
Varilux Lenses - 1800 44 8383
VLCC - 1800 33 1262

AMP Sanmar - 1800 44 2200
Aviva - 1800 33 2244
Bajaj Allianz - 1800 22 5858
Chola MS General Insurance - 1800 44 5544
HDFC Standard Life - 1800 227 227
LIC - 1800 33 4433
Max New York Life - 1800 33 5577
Royal Sundaram - 1800 33 8899
SBI Life Insurance - 1800 22 9090

Hotel Reservations
GRT Grand - 1800 44 5500
InterContinental Hotels Group - 1800 111 000
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Friday, July 10, 2009

First ATM and First Transaction in the world

"First ATM and First Transaction. " – "Barclays Bank"
JUNE 27 th , 1967

The world's first ATM cash dispenser was installed on June 27th 1967 at Barclay's Bank in Church Street , Enfield in England . It was opened by Reg Varney. (Actor)

Fans turn out to meet and see Reg Varney be the fist person to use an ATM.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Highlights of Union Budget 2009 - 2010

Here are highlights of Union Budget 2009 - 2010.
Our Finance Minister presented the 2009 - 2010 budget in the parliament.
The Budget was basically meant for Common man.
The stock markets reacted negatively due to budget and plunged 800 odd points.

To lead economy to high GDP growth rate of 9 per cent per annum at the earliest
To deepen and broaden the agenda for inclusive development to improve delivery mechanisms of the government.

Growth rate of Gross Domestic Product dipped from an average of over 9 per cent in the previous three fiscal years to 6.7 per cent during 2008-09.

Whole sale price index rose to nearly 13 per cent in August, 2008 and had an equally sharp fall to zero per cent in March, 2009.

The structure of India’s economy changed over the last ten years with contribution of the services sector to GDP at well over 50 per cent and share of merchandise trade doubling to 38.9 per cent of GDP in 2008-09.

Highlights of the Interim Budget 2009-10:

  1. The Gross Domestic Product increased by 7.5 per cent, 9.5 per cent, 9.7 percent and 9 per cent in the first four years from fiscal year 2004-05 to 2007-08 recording a sustained growth of over 9 per cent for three consecutive years for the first time. The growth drivers for the period were agriculture, services, manufacturing along with trade and construction.
  2. Fiscal deficit down from 4.5 per cent in 2003-04 to 2.7 per cent in 2007-08 and Revenue deficit from 3.6 per cent to 1.1 per cent in 2007-08
  3. The domestic investment rate as a proportion of GDP increased from 27.6 per cent in 2003-04 to 39 per cent in 2007-08. Gross Domestic savings rate shot up from 29.8 per cent to 37.7 per cent during this period.
  4. The Gross capital formation in agriculture as a proportion of agriculture GDP increased from 11.1 per cent in 2003-04 to 14.2 per cent in 2007-08.
  5. The tax to GDP ratio increased from 9.2 per cent in 2003-04 to 12.5 per cent in 2007-08
  6. Annual growth rate of agriculture rose to 3.7 per cent during 2003-04 to 2007-08. The foodgrain production recorded an increase of 10 million tonnes each year during this period and touched an all time high of 230 million tonnes in 2007-08
  7. While manufacturing sector recorded growth of 9.5 per cent per annum in the period 2004-05 to 2007-08, communication and construction sectors grew at the rate of 26 per cent and 13.5 per cent per annum, respectively
  8. Exports grew at an annual average growth rate of 26.4 per cent in US dollar terms in the period 2004-05 to 2007-08. Foreign trade increased from 23.7 per cent of GDP in 2003-04 to 35.5 per cent in 2007-08.Outlook For The Year 2008-09
  9. Despite the global financial crisis which began in 2007 impacting most emerging market economies, 7.1 per cent rate of GDP growth in the current year makes India the second fastest growing economy in the world.
  10. Fallout of global slowdown on Indian economy were countered with fiscal stimulus packages announced on December 7, 2008 and January 2, 2009 providing tax relief to boost demand and increasing expenditure on public projects.
  11. Government accorded approval to 37 infrastructure projects worth Rs 70,000 crore from August, 2008 to January, 2009 alone.
  12. Under PPP mode, 54 Central Sector infrastructure projects with a project cost of Rs 67,700 crore given in-principal or final approval and 23 projects amounting to Rs 27,900 crore approved for viability gap funding in 2008-09
  13. India Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd. (IIFCL) to refinance up to 60 per cent of commercial bank loans for PPP projects involving total investment of Rs 1,00,000 crore in infrastructure over the next eighteen months
  14. In addition to RBI taking number of monetary easing and liquidity enhancing measures such as reduction in cash reserve ratio, statutory liquidity ratio and key policy rates, Government has taken specific measures which include extension of export credit for labour intensive exports, improving pre and post shipment credit availability, additional allocations for refund of Terminal Excise Duty/CST and export incentive schemes besides removal of export duty and export ban on certain items. A Committee of Secretaries set up to address procedural problems faced by exporters
  15. Record US$ 32.4 billion FDI received in 2007-08 and notwithstanding financial uncertainty and slowdown, FDI inflows during April-November, 2008 were US$ 23.3 billion recording a growth of 45 per cent over the same period in 2007
  16. FRBM targets for the current year and for fiscal 2009-10 relaxed to provide much needed demand boost. However, medium term objective is to revert to fiscal consolidation at the earliest.

Initiatives and Achievement Agriculture
· Plan allocation for agriculture increased by 300 per cent from 2003-04 to 2008-09. Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna launched in 2007-08 with an outlay of Rs 25,000 crore to increase growth rate of agriculture and allied sector to 4 per cent per annum during Eleventh Plan period.
· Agriculture credit disbursement increased three times from Rs 87,000 crore in 2003-04 to about Rs 2,50,000 crore in 2007-08.
· To strengthen short-term cooperative credit structure, revival package in 25 states involving financial assistance of about Rs 13,500 crore is being implemented.
· Interest subvention to be continued in 2009-10 to ensure that farmers get short term crop loans upto Rs 3 lakh at 7 per cent per annum.
· The Agricultural Debt Waiver and Debt Relief Scheme, 2008 was implemented by June 30, 2008 as scheduled. Debt waiver/debt relief amounting to Rs 65,300 crore covers 3.6 crore farmers.
· Despite higher procurement cost and higher international prices during the last 5 years, the central issue prices under Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) maintained at July, 2000 level in case of Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) categories and at July, 2002 levels for Above Poverty Line (APL) category.
· Minimum Support Price (MSP) for common variety of paddy increased from Rs 550 per quintal in 2003-04 to Rs 900 per quintal for the crop year 2008-09. In case of wheat, increase was from Rs 630 per quintal in 2003-04 to Rs 1080 per quintal for the year 2009. Rural Development
· The corpus of Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) increased from Rs.5,500 crore in 2003-04 to Rs 14,000 crore for the year 2008-09. A separate window for rural roads created with a corpus of Rs 4,000 crore for each of the last three years.
· As against 60 lakh houses to be constructed under Indira Awaas Yojana by 2008-09, 60 lakh twelve thousand houses constructed between 2005-06 to December, 2008.
· Panchayat Empowerment and Accountability Scheme (PEAIS) proposed to be expanded.
· ‘Project Arrow’ to provide new technology enabled services through post offices to common man and support effective implementation of social sector schemes like NREGS, while promoting financial inclusion.Education
· Major initiatives including a new Centrally Sponsored Scheme launched to universalize education at secondary stage in the year 2008-09.
· Outlay on Higher Education increased 9 fold in the Eleventh Five Year Plan. Ordinance promulgated for establishing 15 Central Universities. In addition to 6 new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Orissa, Punjab and Gujrat which started functioning in 2008-09, two more IITs in Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh are expected to commence their academic session in 2009-10. 5 Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) announced earlier have become functional. 2 new schools of Planning and Architecture at Vijayawada and Bhopal have started functioning. Teaching is expected to commence from academic year 2009-10 in four out of six new Indian Institute of Management proposed for the Eleventh Plan in Haryana, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu.
· Due to revision in Educational Loan Scheme by the Government number of beneficiaries increased from 3.19 lakh to 14.09 lakh and amount of loan outstanding increased from Rs 4,500 crore as on March, 31, 2004 to Rs 24,260 crore as on September 30, 2008.
· 500 ITIs upgraded into centers of excellence. National Skill Development Corporation created in July, 2008 with initial corpus of Rs 1,000 crore.Social Sector
· Authorised capital of National Safai Karamchari Finance and Development Corporation (NSKFDC) is being raised from Rs 200 crore to Rs 300 crore.
· Scope of the pre-metric scholarship for children of those engaged in unclean occupations expanded and rates of scholarship doubled in 2008-09. Annual ad-hoc grant increased by about 50 per cent as compared to earlier rates.
· Rashtriya Mahila Kosh to be strengthened by enhancing its authorized capital.
· ‘Priyadarsini Project’ a rural women’s employment and livelihood programme will be implemented as pilot in the district of Madhubani and Sitamarhi in Bihar and Shravasti, Bahraich, Rai Bareli and Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh.
· 146 lakh persons benefited under Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme in the current financial year.
· Two new schemes ‘Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme’ to provide pension of Rs 200 to widows between age groups of 40-64 years and ‘Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme’ to provide pension for severely disabled persons.
· Widows in the age group of 18-40 years to be given priority in admission to ITIs, Women ITIs and National/Regional ITIs for women. Government to bear cost of their training and provide stipend of Rs 500 per month.
· 22 States and Union Territories initiated process to implement Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana for BPL familities in the unorganised sector and 60 lakh thirty two thousand persons covered for death and disability under ‘Aam Admni’ Bima Yojana (AABY). Public Sector Enterprises
· Turnover of Central Public Sector Enterprises increased from Rs 5,87,000 crore in 2003-04 to Rs 10,81,000 crore in 2007-08 and profits grew from Rs 53,000 crore to Rs 91,000 crore. While number of loss making enterprises came down from 73 in 2003-04 to 55 in 2007-08, number of profit making enterprises has gone up from 143 to 158 during the same period.
· Government approved implementation of Guidelines on Corporate Governance in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) in June, 2007.
· Corpus of National Investment Fund created out of disinvestment proceeds from Central PSUs stood at Rs 1,815 crore as on December 31, 2008.Financial Sector Reforms
· NPAs of Public Sector Banks declined from 7.8 per cent on March 31, 2004 to 2.3 per cent on March 31, 2008.
· As a result of initiating process of amalgamation and recapitalization of Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) with negative net worth, 196 RRBs merged into 85 RRBs. The Government has contributed Rs 652 crore for capitalization of RRBs upto December 31, 2008.
· Number of reforms undertaken in the last four years to deepen and widen the securities markets and strengthen the regulatory mechanisms for these markets.
· The Companies Bill, 2008, undertaking comprehensive revision of Companies Act, 1956 to enable adoption of internationally accepted best practices, has been introduced in the Parliament.Tax Effort
· Comprehensive reforms of tax system both direct and the indirect tax system have enabled the tax administration to enhance its functional efficiency and provide better tax payer services leading to increased compliance. Rates of Union Excise Duties and Service Tax rationalized for eventual shift to the Goods and Service Tax on 1st April, 2010.
· 109 marine vessels sanctioned for the Customs Department to prevent movements of contraband goods across the country’s sea borders.Administrative Reforms
· The enactment of the Right to Information Act at the Centre and in many States ushering in greater accountability of the public servants.
· Recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission approved by the Government has benefited over 45 lakh Central Government employees including Defence Forces and Para-Military forces and over 38 lakh pensioners.Revised Estimates
· The total expenditure at Rs 7,50,884 crore in B.E. 2008-09 revised to Rs 9,00,953 crore in R.E. 2008-09 showing an increase of Rs 1,50,069 crore.
· Plan Expenditure gone up from Rs 2,43,386 crore in B.E. 2008-09 to Rs 2,82,957 crore in R.E. 2008-09.
· Non-Plan expenditure increased by Rs 1,10,498 crore in R.E. 2008-09 over B.E. 2008-09.
· Revised Estimate 2008-09 for Non-Tax Revenues increased from Rs 95,785 crore in Budget Estimate 2008-09 to Rs 96,203 crore.
· Revised Estimates of gross tax collection projected at Rs 6,27,949 crore as against B.E. 2008-09 of Rs 6,87,715 crore, primarily due to pro-active fiscal measures initiated to counter the impact of global slowdown on the Indian economy.
· Revised Revenue deficit to be at Rs 2,41,273 crore (4.4 per cent of GDP) as against budgeted figure of Rs 55,184 crore (1 per cent of GDP).
· Fiscal deficit to go up from Rs 1,33,287 crore (2.5 per cent of GDP) in B.E. 2008-09 to Rs 3,26,515 crore (6 per cent of GDP).Budget Estimates
· Total expenditure for fiscal 2009-10 estimated at Rs 9,53,231 crore. Plan expenditure estimated at Rs 2,85,149 crore and Non-Plan expenditure at Rs 6,68,082 crore.
· Budgetary support in Plan B.E. 2009-10 in comparison to B.E. 2008-09 increased for Department of Rural Development, Department of Road Transport & Highways, Railways, Ministry of Power, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion and Department of Information Technology to meet the requirements of rural and infrastructure development along with higher allocation for Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and Ministry of Culture to ensure adequate resources for hosting of the Commonwealth Games. Allocations to flagship programme which directly impact ‘Aam Aadmi’ fully protected.
· Rs.30,100 crore allocated for National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme for the year 2009-10. In 2008-09 employment of 138.76 crore person days covering 3.51 crore household already generated.
· About 98 per cent habitations covered by primary schools under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. Allocation for this programme increased by 571 per cent between 2003-04 and 2008-09. Allocation of Rs 13,100 crore proposed for 2009-10.
· Rs 8,000 crore allocated for Mid-day Meals Scheme for the year 2009-10.
· Allocation of Rs 6,705 crore proposed for Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) for the year 2009-10. New WHO child growth standards adopted for monitoring growth of children under ICDS.
· 386 projects amounting to Rs 39,000 crore sanctioned till December 31, 2008 under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). Allocation of Rs.11,842 crore proposed for the year 2009-10.
· Rs.7,400 crore allocated for Rajiv Gandhi Rural Drinking Water Mission, Rs 1,200 crore for Rural Sanitation Programme, Rs 12,070 crore for National Rural Health Mission, Rs 40,900 crore allocated for Bharat Nirman for the year 2009-10.
· A provision of Rs 100 crore in the Annual Plan 2009-10 made for Unique Identification Authority of India.
· RIDF-XV proposed with a corpus of Rs 14,000 crore. Separate window for rural roads to continue with a corpus of Rs 4,000 crore.
· Interest subvention of 2 per cent on pre and post shipment credit for certain employment oriented sectors i.e. Textiles (including handlooms & handicrafts), Carpets, Leather, Gem & Jewellery, Marine products and SMEs extended beyond March 31, 2009 till September 30, 2009 involving an additional financial outgo of Rs.500 crore.
· Government to recapitalize the public sector banks over the next two years to enable them to maintain Capital to Risk Weighted Assets Ratio (CRAR) of 12 per cent.
· Allocation for Defence increased to Rs 1,41,703 crore which includes Rs 54,824 for Capital Expenditure.
· Major subsidies including food, fertilizer and petroleum estimated at Rs 95,579 crore.
· For the fiscal 2009-10, with Centre’s net tax revenue estimated at Rs 5,00,096 crore and Revenue expenditure at Rs 8,48,085 crore, revenue deficit is estimated at 4 per cent of GDP and fiscal deficit at 5.5 per cent of GDP. [Source : Rediff ]

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Michael Jackson Memorial Highlights

A collection of the best and most touching moments of the michael jackson memorial service.

This is a memorial we made in honor of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. The song is Heal the World, words and music by Michael Jackson. We love you Michael.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

மரம் - வைரமுத்து கவிதை


Michael Jackson's - Earth Song (My favourite)


Great Lyrics:

What about sunrise?
What about rain?
What about all the things,
That you said we were to gain?
What about killing fields?
Is there a time?
What about all the things,
That you said was yours and mine?

Did you ever stop to notice,
All the blood we've shed before?
Did you ever stop to notice,
The crying Earth the weeping shores?

Aah............... Oo...........
Aah............... Oo...........

What have we done to the world?
Look what we've done.
What about all the peace,
That you pledge your only son?
What about flowering fields?
Is there a time?
What about all the dreams,
That you said was yours and mine?

Did you ever stop to notice,
All the children dead from war?
Did you ever stop to notice,
The crying Earth the weeping shores?

Aah............... Oo...........
Aah............... Oo...........

I used to dream.
I used to glance beyond the stars.
Now I don't know where we are.
Although I know we've drifted far.

Aah............... Oo...........
Aah............... Oo...........
Aah............... Oo...........
Aah............... Oo...........

What about yesterday?
What about the seas?
The heavens are falling down.
I can't even breathe!
What about apathy?
I can feel its wounds.
What about nature's worth?
It's our planet's womb!

What about animals?
We've turned kingdoms to dust,
What about elephants?
Have we lost their trust?
What about crying whales?
Ravaging the seas.
What about forest trails?
Burnt despite our pleas!

What about the holy land?
Torn apart by creed.
What about the common man?
Can't we set him free?
What about children dying?
Can't you hear them cry?
Where did we go wrong?
Someone tell me why!

What about baby boy?
What about the days?
What about all their joy?
What about the man?
What about the crying man?
What about Abraham?
What about death again?
Do we give a damn?!


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