Monday, 28 February 2011

India vs. England

Senior Citizen Age in India

Age for being classified as senior citizen cut to 60 years from 65 years
Hope this is uniformly followed by all Government departments, Post Office, Railways and Banks. In the Railway budget this limit for the women was reduced to 58. I wonder when will uniformity prevail?

Oscar Buzz

The morning hours were dominated by the Oscar buzz. Here's a look at the winners of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards:

1. Best Picture: 'The King's Speech'.
2. Best Actor: Colin Firth for 'The King's Speech'
3. Best Actress: Natalie Portman for 'Black Swan'
4. Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale for 'The Fighter'
5. Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo for 'The Fighter'
6. Best Director: Tom Hooper for 'The King's Speech'
7. Best Foreign Language Film: 'In a Better World' from Denmark. 8. Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin for 'The Social Network'
9. Best Original Screenplay: David Seidler 'The King's Speech'
10. Best Animated Feature Film: 'Toy Story 3'
11. Best Art Direction: 'Alice in Wonderland'
12. Best Cinematography: 'Inception'
13. Best Sound Mixing: 'Inception'
14. Best Sound Editing: 'Inception'
15. Best Original Score: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for 'The Social Network'
16. Best Original Song: Randy Newman "We Belong Together" from 'Toy Story 3'
17. Best Costume Design: 'Alice in Wonderland'
18. Best Documentary Feature: 'Inside Job'
19. Best Documentary (short subject): 'Strangers No More'
20. Best Film Editing: 'The Social Network'
21. Best Makeup: 'The Wolfman'
22. Best Animated Short Film: 'The Lost Thing'
23. Best Live Action Short Film: 'God of Love'
24. Best Visual Effects: 'Inception'

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Russian jailed for selling fighter jets for £3 - Telegraph

Russian jailed for selling fighter jets for £3

A Russian court on Friday jailed a former official for 11 years over the sale of four fighter jets for just £3 each.

A Russian court on Friday jailed a former official for 11 years over the sale of four fighter jets for just £3 each.
The four MiG-31 supersonic long-range fighter jets, known as Foxhounds, were sold for 153 roubles (£3.30) each Photo: AP

The military corruption scandal, that cost the government about $55 million, underscored endemic fraud in Russia's armed forces.

Andrei Silyakov, a former employee of the state Federal Reserve Agency, illegally included the warplanes on a list of state assets to be sold, the Nizhny Novgorod regional court said in a statement on its website.

The four MiG-31 supersonic long-range fighter jets, known as Foxhounds, were sold for 153 roubles (£3.30) each from state-owned Sokol aviation plant in Nizhny Novgorod, 400km (250 miles) east of Moscow.

Although the jets were sold stripped of engines and weapons, each was in fact worth about $4 million. The planes were appraised as scrap metal and sold to a shell company that had no authority to trade weapons or military hardware, the statement said.

Silyakov was also accused of embezzling 30,000 tons of oil and handed an 11-year jail sentence for fraud, costing the Russian state a total of almost $69 million, the court said.

A combination of lack of funding, negligence and corruption have damaged attempts to supplement and maintain the huge arms stockpiles Russia inherited at the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Corruption in the armed forces cost Russia 6.5 billion roubles ($222.8 million) worth of state funds in 2010, Russia's Chief Military Prosecutor Sergei Fridinsky said on Thursday.

Sokol is part of the state-owned United Aircraft Corporation.

BBC - Alison Mitchell: Crowd policing close-up

It's been an extraordinary couple of days since I arrived in Bangalore with the England team.

Thursday morning began with a pleasant interview with batsman Ravi Bopara in the serene garden of the opulent team hotel. Fifteen minutes later I was on the side of a clogged road outside the Chinaswammy Stadium, looking across six chaotic lanes of cars, tuk tuks, vans and buses, at an astonishing line of men all waiting to buy tickets to see India take on England in the World Cup.
 
I negotiated the traffic to cross the road and began speaking to the people in the queue, which snaked around the perimeter of the stadium. Some had been waiting in line since 4am; those nearer the front of the queue had pitched up the night before.


This was nothing new, as I've seen queues outside cricket grounds before in India that stretch as far as the eye can see, notably in Indore when England toured in 2008. I've even read newspaper reports of "lathi charges" but as a mere cricket reporter it was altogether different seeing it first hand.
 
The police presence got heavier the closer I got to the ticket booths, and they used their long bamboo sticks (lathi) to beat back anyone who fell out of line. Rumours were flying of serious injuries earlier in the day when the booths first opened at 830am, causing a crush as the fans surged forward.

As I watched, the queue swelled on the pavement and people were six or seven deep, jammed up against the concrete perimeter wall of the stadium, some falling off the pavement into the busy road.

It was a chaotic scene, with police wielding their sticks and laying several blows to keep the crowd under control, but they also seemed to be plucking people out of the line fairly indiscriminately to give them a whack.

Those people may have been queue-jumpers, it was impossible to know. However there was certainly more than one person who claimed he had queued diligently since the early hours, only to feel the force of a bamboo cane across his forearm and the chance of a ticket gone.
 
At a bizarre media conference on Friday morning, we heard from Bangalore's police commissioner, Shankar Bidri, who defended the actions of his force. Questions from English journalists about the aggressive tactics used were met with a degree of mirth from both the commissioner and many local journalists, as he explained that this is simply what happens in India.
 
"People were falling over each other and there was a likelihood of stampede, therefore our people intervened. This is nothing new," he said.

"The Indian situations and the Indian dimensions are very different. It's difficult for the people who have lived in Europe and in America to understand."

Cue sniggers from the floor, as well as from police officers flanking Mr Bidri at the top table.
 
Policing methods are one of the numerous cultural differences found in India, but the images that were played on TV in the UK and beyond were met with concern, and it was unnerving to be amongst it, even though I was aware that this sort of policing is standard across India.
 
The bigger story for the Indian newspapers is now the probability of tickets being sold on the black market due to demand far outstripping the supply of only 7,000 tickets made available at the Bangalore ticket booths. The commissioner robustly exclaimed that anyone caught at the gate with a fake or duplicate ticket would be sent to prison "for seven years!"
 
Policing at the stadium is being stepped up for the India-England game, but again, this is said to be nothing new, all normal procedure for a big India match. There will be 3,000 security personnel in total on match day: 2,000 policemen, 700 traffic officers and 300 men looking after the players' safety.
 
If you're coming to the game to support either country, the message is to get there early. Gates open at 1030am for England's most eagerly awaited match of the group stage.

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Friday, 25 February 2011

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and purpose. 

Lance Armstrong (1971 – ) 
American cyclist
7-time winner of the Tour de France
Cancer survivor 

Libya crisis wreaks havoc on oil prices - Rediff.com Business

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Oil prices hit two-and-a-half-year highs in Asian trade on Thursday as violence continued to wrack the Middle East and threatened to spread to other bigger oil producers in the region, but on Friday crude prices dipped a bit as fears over supply eased with oil cartel OPEC promising to boost output to make up for any production loss in revolt-hit Libya, analysts said.

Continuing political turmoil in Libya and the Middle East has led to investor worries over global economic recovery in view of rising crude oil prices, sending stock markets on a steep slide.

Let's all Eat Right Day is today.

 today is Let's All Eat Right Day? Celebrate the
birthday of nutritionist Adelle Davis who was famous for
advocating healthy eating, especially via her bestselling
book, "Let's Eat Right to Keep Fit."

Brands to Watch: LinkedIn, Ikea, Ford and more

Brands to Watch: LinkedIn, Ikea, Ford and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on February 24, 2011 06:00 PM

Brands to Watch

AIG swings to profit.

Boeing wins $35 billion contract to build US Air Force tankers.

Ford says it's well-positioned to meet gas price hikes, while F-150 recall reveals ongoing dispute with NHTSA.

Ikea is building a wind farm in Sweden.

LinkedIn is blocked in China.

New York and Shanghai auto shows overlap in a first.

Unilever tests Bru World Cafe coffee shop concept in India.

Personal tax: This is what the common man wants! - Rediff.com Business

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Enhancing the tax slab limit for individuals

An increase in the basic exemption limit to Rs 2 lakh (Rs 200,000) for individuals (below 65 years of age) vis-a-vis the current limit of Rs 1.60 lakh (Rs 160,000) would be a welcome change.

For senior citizens, the limit could be re-fixed at Rs 2.50 lakh (Rs 250,000), against the existing limit of Rs 2.40 lakh (Rs 240,000).

Currently, the highest tax bracket of 30 per cent is applicable to income above Rs 8 lakh (Rs 800,000) per year. This limit could be enhanced to Rs 10 lakh (Rs 1 million), thereby resulting in some savings and also aligning the slabs with the proposed Direct Taxes Code.

It is noteworthy that as India slowly, but steadily, progresses with the transition from a developing nation to a developed nation, it is imperative that the tax regimes are also in line with developed nations around the world.

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'Obama may have handed a bouncing cheque to India' - Rediff.com News

Ed Luce, Washington bureau chief of The Financial Times, has said that US President Barack Obama's endorsement of India's candidacy for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council was a "cheap price" he had to pay to appease New Delhi of its concerns over his administration's policy towards India.

Speaking at a panel discussion on "Unlocking the Full Potential of the US-India Relationship," organised by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Luce declared that Obama's visit to India in November was "an unexpectedly successful trip."

"The fact that India was so pleased to get America's endorsement of its aspirations to be a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and this could be a bouncing cheque as Strobe Talbott (former deputy secretary of state in the Clinton administration) put it, because Americans are in no position to guarantee this," he said.

How Mamata's agenda has ruined Railway's party - Rediff.com Business

Mamata ready with her Rail Budget.
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Sudheer Pal Singh in New Delhi

Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee, at the very outset of her Budget speech last year, had said she preferred "social responsibility" over "commercial viability" as a criterion for Railways' progress.

Exactly one year since then, it has become amply clear that she has lived up to her conviction.

While a host of pro-public announcements made by her in the last Railway Budget (2010-11) have been implemented, Indian Railways' finances have gone from bad to worse.

The announcements aimed at imparting a 'public face' to the Budget included no hike in passenger fares or freight tariffs, introduction of 54 trains, including the showcase Duronto service and the ladies special Matribhumi, and expansion of Kolkata Metro.

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Thursday, 24 February 2011

Cool Infographics - Blog - WHAT?!? The Hearing Loss infographic

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Bangalore match on 27th is not even listed ????Stadium Tickets- Cricket World Cup Tickets on KyaZoonga

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Ireland

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6 Sun
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India

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Ireland

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13 Sun
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Australia

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Kenya

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Canada

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Surprising to see that the Sunday match is not listed on the authorised online ticketing website. Have been tracking it for a fortnight now.

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