Downtrend continues, seasonal bounce in March:
-Sales registrations for the month of March for Mumbai are down 30% y-o-y, although on a higher base of last year. However, numbers for the month of March are 24% higher than the lows witnessed in February 2011, and 15% higher than January 2011 numbers.
- The strong momentum we have been witnessing in lease volumes has continued into March as well. Lease volumes are at a new high, recording 9,603 this month. This month’s record volumes reiterate that continued stress on affordability is causing a deferral of purchases.
- Also, a visit to the recent MCHI exhibition points towards a subdued response from the customers to the high prices on offer. Contrary to expectations, prices for projects nearing completion have increased by 5- 10% since the last exhibition (from Oct 2010). A reduction in prices has not been seen even in projects that are 3-4 years away from completion.
- Overall the sales trend, as seen from the 3‐month moving average sales registrations, continues to remain down. Suburb sales have fallen 34% y-o-y for the month of March, although, on a higher base of last year. On the other hand, this month, city sales have fallen 5% y-o-y. Overall, both city and suburb sales witness an 11% and 16% seasonal bounce from their January lows.
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Saturday, 30 April 2011
Nath has this one-liner and it goes like this: "It's about asking the right questions and giving the right advice, and not necessarily about how many CEOs you know personally."
His CEO clients at Apollo Tyres or Hero Group or at Aircel will vouch for that. They know if an M&A deal doesn't fructify, it won't stop Nikhil in advising them on capital raising or a debt restructuring.
More and more skilled people from countries like India and China are increasingly returning home from the US, which has led to an 'entrepreneurship boom' in the two Asian countries, a new report said on Thursday.
The report, The Grass is Indeed Greener in India and China for Returnee Entrepreneurs of the Kauffman Foundation in association with the Duke University, University of California-Berkeley and the Harvard University, said the current trend has come as a 'major loss' to the United States.
What was once a 'brain drain' that advantaged the US economy now is reversed, to the long-term benefit of India and China, the report, which is based on a survey of skilled 153 Indian and 111 Chinese workers in the US who returned home, said.
Nearly half said they wanted to start companies back home.
Toaster design hasn’t evolved much in the last fifty or so years, but a new innovation in toasting technology might just rock your bread-loving world. Meet the Roastie, part of the next generation of toasters.
The Roastie’s futuristic hamster ball-shape ensures even toasting that you can see in action. Mateusz Główka designed the revamped kitchen gadget that sadly remains in a concept stage.
Are some names more successful than others? Is your name influencing your career (as David Brooks suggests, noting that Dennis is more likely to become a dentist and Lawrence a lawyer)? Or are both your career and choice of name influenced by factors like personality and values?
Any attempt to explore these questions would need some cold, hard data. LinkedIn is the perfect place to start: you can find 100 million professionals, their first names and their corresponding career histories (or, as our data science team calls it, a fun project waiting to happen). I took advantage of one of our InDays to examine the correlations between people’s first names and their career choices. We’d like to share our findings with you in an infographic designed by Anita Lillie:
Short Names, Long Names and the Gender Divide
We started by contrasting CEOs across the globe with the average LinkedIn professional to find the top names that are over-represented among CEOs. At first glance, the top CEO names are a reflection of the CEO demographics. Looking more closely, however, we observe a different trend: over-indexed CEO names tend to be either short or shortened versions of popular first names. Onomastics specialist Dr. Frank Nuessel suggests that shortened versions of given names are often used to denote a sense of friendliness and openness. Female CEOs, on the other hand, use their full name to project a more professional image.
Short, four-letter names are even more popular in sales (Chip, Trey) but not in engineering (Rajesh) or the restaurant industry, where the top over-represented names are Thierry, Philippe and Laurent.
Monosyllabic CEO names are also not necessarily popular in all countries – here are the top over-represented CEO names across the globe:
Whether you are officer Rodney, coach Matt, or Dennis the dentist – your LinkedIn profile is a reflection of your professional identity, so it’s important to keep it up to date.
Friday, 29 April 2011
Dr Hu Shisheng, deputy director of the Institute of South and South Asian Studies in the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, is a renowned Chinese expert, who is often quoted by the Indian media and strategic analysts on Sino-Indian relations.
Hu was recently in India to participate in the CICIR-IDSA dialogue. In a free and frank discussion with Rup Narayan Das, senior fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, shares some of his ideas and thoughts on Sino-Indian relations.
You have been observing Sino-Indian relations for all these years. In your view, what are the prospects of Sino-Indian relations?
Due to the fact that Sino-Indian relations are extremely important for both countries not only to seek their strategic rising into global powers but also to maintain their sustainable people-centric development, Sino-Indian relations will, in a long run, be stable.
It doesn't means that there will be no hiccups, but generally speaking, cooperation will prevail against conflicts, even competition will be mainly carried out in line with international rules.
Kung Fu flight attendant
Apr 21st 2011, 11:32 by A.B.
NEXT time you travel with Hong Kong Airlines, you might want to think a little harder about behaving loutishly. The carrier's cabin crew have been given compulsory training in wing chun, a form of kung fu that is ideal for close-quarter combat.
A spokeswoman for the airline told the Sunday Morning Post about a recent in-flight application of the new skills:
One of the passengers was sick but he was probably drunk and felt unwell. The crew member attended to him and she realised her fitness was helping her, especially because the guy was quite heavy.
Normally, a female cabin crew can't handle a fat guy, especially if he's drunk, but because of the training, she can handle it quite easily.
The Guardian offers some pictures of the kind of moves the wing-chun-trained cabin crew could be using at 36,000 feet. And here's Bruce Lee offering his version, minus the flight attendant's uniform. (Hat tip)
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India has shortlisted European defence firms Dassault and Eurofighter for the $11 billion fighter jet contract.
Eurofighter is built by a consortium of four countries -- UK, Italy, Spain and Germany -- whereas the Rafale is a French aircraft developed by Dassault Aviation.
Along with these two fighters, four other aircraft -- the American F-16 and F/A-18, Russian MiG 35 and Swedish Saab Gripen-- vied with each other in the five-year long tender for the much awaited deal. The Indian Air Force(IAS) had tested the six Defence majors in the fray on 643 parameters and marked them on the basis of their performance in the Field Evaluation Trials (FET).
Which of the two aircraft will India chose? Let's take a closer look at the two aircraft.
That the Obama administration, business and industry are deeply disappointed over being rejected for the multi-billion 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft deal is a no-brainer. It is palpable.
But there was also seething anger among the senior administration officials -- at State, Commerce and the Pentagon -- and representatives of business and industry that New Delhi's decision was wholly political and much of the finger-pointing was at Defence Minister A K Antony and the Defence Research and Development Organisation.
However, none of the administration officials, business and industry representatives, including those at Boeing and Lockheed that rediff.com spoke too were willing to go on record with their disappointment and angst, and noted that beyond the notification that they had received from the Indian authorities, they were still "in a fact-gathering mode right now'.
So What? After the Aeroshow in Bangalore, the F series Jets have been 'Bangalored' that's all !
Infotech czar Azim Premji on Thursday expressed concern over various scandals that have surfaced in the country during the last one year and said good leadership in politics, bureaucracy, business and society would help end corruption in India.
"In the last one year we witnessed the 2G telecom scandal, CWG and medical recruitment scandals. We need to put an end to it by leadership in society, politics, bureaucracy, and equally important, leadership in commerce and industry," he said.
Premji, chairman of Wipro, also flayed Indian media for focussing only on 'headlines' rather than the issue, compared to the United States media, which he said gives a comprehensive report on a particular matter
Worth a reading.
Goldstriker iPhone is encrusted with 271 grams of 22 carat pure solid gold. More than 200 diamonds have been added to the mobile phone.
Apple logo on the back features 53 gems and home button is covered with a single 7.1 carat diamond.
iPhone 3GS Supreme is also decorated in a chest carved from granite and Kashmir gold along with a lining made from top Nubuck grain leather.
Stuart Hughes is the designer of this world's most expensive mobile phone.
Thursday, 28 April 2011
He said the management had "adopted this tactic earlier too in the case of two major unions - Air Corporation Employees Union and the All India Aircraft Engineers Association."
The management had violated the memorandum of settlement signed in November 2009 on implementing the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations, the ICPA president alleged.
The union also demanded CBI probe into cancellation and withdrawal of profitable routes and bilateral rights "given away" to either private airlines or foreign carriers, probe of aircraft acquisition orders of 111 new planes between erstwhile Indian Airlines and Air India.
Why did you come in late on Tuesday? Did you really need an hour and a half for lunch on Wednesday? Why wasn't that report done by Thursday? For most of us, justifying our schedules is an expected part of the job.
But what employee hasn't looked at the closed door of the corner office and wondered what the boss is doing all day. For all of the minute-to-minute monitoring of employee performance from the time of Henry Ford onward, it's amazing how little any of us really know about how CEOs of major companies spend their time.
"Fundamentally, it's because no one knows what a CEO should do," says Harvard Business School professor Raffaella Sadun. "Most of the time it's difficult to codify the qualities of a good manager.""We went in with the curiosity of trying to understand the life of a CEO"
Despite that difficulty, however, it's self-evident that the way a CEO chooses to spend his or her time has much more of an effect on a company's success or failure than if a middle manager spends a half hour more at lunch. With that in mind, Sadun and three colleagues-Oriana Bandiera and Andrea Prat of the London School of Economics and Luigi Guiso of the European University Institute—set out to get to the bottom of CEO time management by following nearly 100 top managers in Italy, as reported in a recent paper with the deceptively simple title, What Do CEOs Do?
"We had no way of knowing what we were going to find," says Sadun. "We went in with the curiosity of trying to understand the life of a CEO."
But what they did discover should help CEOs learn to be more effective with their time, and provide boards with a new tool to help assess the effectiveness of their chief executives.
Under a microscope
Of course, it's not so easy to codify all of the many actions a CEO could take during the course of a day—attending meetings, reviewing a marketing campaign, schmoozing clients on the golf course. So Sadun and her colleagues instead divided up activities with a much simpler measure of looking at the people with whom a CEO spent time.
After all, the boss is in a unique position within a firm not only to spend time with employees, but also with the outside world, making connections and gathering information. However, not all of the time the boss spends with outsiders might help the firm, especially if a CEO's and a company's interests are not aligned.
"CEOs should be working with both constituencies, insiders and outsiders," says Sadun. "However, if there are governance issues, there might be the possibility that the CEO is in the outside world more for his or her personal benefit than for the benefit of the firm."
In order to test whether this was true, the researchers enlisted 94 CEOs of major Italian corporations who agreed to put their lives under the microscope for a period of a week at a time. The CEO's personal assistant was asked to record every activity the boss engaged in that lasted at least 15 minutes.
Tabulating the data, the researchers discovered that the vast majority of a CEO's time, some 85 percent, was spent working with other people through meetings, phone calls, and public appearances, while only 15 percent was spent working alone. Of the time spent with others, chief execs spent on average 42 percent with only "insiders" (employees or directors of the CEO's firm); 25 percent with insiders and outsiders together; and 16 percent with only outsiders. (Exact numbers varied dramatically among the sample, with some CEOs spending more than 20 hours a week outside the office, while others spent almost none.)
Next, the researchers crunched a number of factors measuring company performance—for example, profits per employee—in order to see which CEOs were more productively using their time.
Better on the inside
Their first finding, which might seem unsurprising, was that the top managers who spent more time at work were more productive than those who spent less time at work. In fact, Sadun and company found, for every 1 percent increase in hours worked, there was a 2.14 percent increase in productivity. "That's never been shown before, so that was reassuring," Sadun says.
Likewise, time spent with insiders was strongly correlated with productivity increases. For every 1 percent gain in time spent with at least one insider, productivity advanced 1.23 percent. Less reassuring, however, was that the time CEOs spent with outsiders had no measurable correlation with firm performance."It's a way to monitor where the efforts of the CEO are going"
In a final measure of CEO's performance, the researchers rated firms based on the quality of governance, measuring a variety of factors such as the size of the board, the presence of at least one woman on the board, ownership, whether the company was based in another country, and if so, the general level of governance in that country. Again they found a clear correlation: in companies with stronger governance, CEOs spent more time with insiders and less time with outsiders, and at the same time were more productive.
"There are some industries where a CEO really needs to be outside, so we don't need to be proscriptive, but if you were taking these results literally it would tell you that since a CEO's time is constrained, he should be mindful of the time spent with his own employees," says Sadun.
In extrapolating from the data, Sadun cautions the sample size used in the study was relatively small (though exponentially bigger than any past research on the topic), and that the results of the study (especially when it comes to the link between CEO time use and firm performance) should for the moment be interpreted as suggestive correlations rather than firm causality statements. Even so, encouraged by the results of the initial study, the group is planning to continue along this line of research by expanding the data collection in other countries (India, China, and the US) in order to increase the sample as well as to take cultural differences into account.
Sadun says that the group has received nothing but positive feedback from the anonymous CEOs who participated in the study. In keeping with the adage that "it's lonely at the top," many of the managers studied had little idea of how they could make their time more productive. Sadun hopes that the information will be equally helpful for boards in evaluating the performance of their CEOs.
"It's a way to monitor where the efforts of the CEO are going, and to get them understanding that perhaps spending too much time on the outside might not be as beneficial as they might think," she says.
If nothing else, next time employees ask the question "What is the boss doing with all of his time?" at least they'll have an answe
Ever wonder what goes on in the executive suite? A new study cracks open the door to the corner office and examines how CEOs spend their time. In survey of 94 major Italian companies, researchers from Harvard Business School, the London School of Economics, and the European Insitute asked personal assistants to log every activity that took 15 minutes or more. They found that of the top executives’ collective time:
- About 85 percent was spent with other people—in meetings, phone calls, and public appearances.
- 15 percent was spent working alone.
- Of the time spent with other people, 42 percent was spent internally; 16 percent was spent externally; and 42 percent was spent with a mix of interal and external people.
And the clincher? Managers who spent more time working were more productive than those who spent less time.
Full story at Harvard Business School.
Before you shake your head disbelievingly at the prompt response, listen to this official of the ministry of road transport and highways, who refused to be named: "Our minister's focus is on transparency in project award and execution. He has also decided to put NHAI on Facebook to address complaints."
Giving the highways authority a slot on the information superhighway is not where it ends.
C P Joshi, who moved from the rural development ministry to take charge of the transport ministry in the Cabinet reshuffle on January 19, is living up to his long-standing reputation as being meticulous, thorough and transparent.
In the process, he is allowing room for comparisons - in the ministry and outside - with his predecessor Kamal Nath, generally considered a man of the world, who was comfortable in the global arena, as underlined in his earlier role as the trade minister.
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
Workshop on Road Safety Inaugurated
Monday, 25 April 2011
Sunday, 24 April 2011
Spiritual leader Sathya Sai Baba, who was hospitalized on March 28 following problems related to heart and respiration, passed away on Sunday morning.
According to sources, Sai Baba breathed his last at 6.25am on Sunday.
Preparations for last rites are under way. Four lakh devotees from India and abroad are expected to arrive.
For the first time since Baba was admitted to Sathya Sai Baba super speciality on March 27, the doctors did not issue a morning bulletin on Sunday.
Sathya Sai Central Trust, which runs social service activities in India and abroad, is to hold a media conference at 11 am.
In the Saturday evening bulletin, the doctors had termed Baba's condition as very critical.
Fearing the worst, hundreds of devotees in the town broke down as their hopes for recovery of the 85-year-old spiritual guru appeared to be fading.
Major industries minister Geeta Reddy and senior government officials rushed to the hospital on Sunday morning and were holding meeting with doctors and trust officials before making an announcement.
The state government has gone on high alert.
More than 6,000 policemen were rushed to the town for deployment and to make arrangements for the visits of VIPs.
Saturday, 23 April 2011
See how your picks for the most influential people in the world rated among TIME readers. Though official voting for inclusion on the TIME 100 list has now closed (with Rain as the 2011 readers' choice), users can continue to vote for their favorites until the final list, selected by our editors, is revealed on Thursday, April 21stTo see the poll results, click here.
The 2011 TIME 100 PollThis table lists the poll results as voted on by Time.com users. To sort the data, click on any of the column headers.
Rank Name Influential Not
Total Votes 1 Rain 492634 36983 529617 2 Jay Chou 274970 40683 315653 3 Susan Boyle 240759 8377 249136 4 Mahinda Rajapaksa 194482 44430 238912 5 Cheng Yen 105226 7108 112334 6 Beyoncé 73604 9739 83343 7 Chris Colfer 54526 9633 64159 8 Christopher Hitchens 41371 3418 44789 9 Bradley Manning 38182 1760 39942 10 Glenn Beck 59499 23104 82603 11 Tawakul Karman 42576 7752 50328 12 Lady Gaga 38597 8807 47404 13 Julian Assange 28680 2913 31593 14 Ron Paul 21860 2600 24460 15 Aamir Khan 20985 1943 22928 16 Fukushima Power Plant Workers 24789 5781 30570 17 Mohamed Bouazizi 18587 1186 19773 18 Han Han 18076 2093 20169 19 Wisconsin's 'Fab 14' State Senators 21472 6016 27488 20 Rihanna 18837 5212 24049 21 Dan Savage and Terry Miller 16021 2918 18939 22 Mohamed Elbaradei 11806 1529 13335 23 Alan Mulally 11239 1287 12526 24 Sarah Palin 12882 4150 17032 25 Gabrielle Giffords 11577 3777 15354 26 Wael Ghonim 10437 2821 13258 27 Mara Brock Akil 8746 1349 10095 28 Hu Jintao 8424 1175 9599 29 Mark Zuckerberg 10064 2875 12939 30 Ray Kurzweil 6972 1281 8253 31 Al-Jazeera 7264 2164 9428 32 Michelle Obama 11374 6354 17728 33 Michelle Rhee 6571 1969 8540 34 Betty White 6063 1991 8054 35 Andy Cohen 5312 1329 6641 36 Marc LaForce 4400 947 5347 37 Steve Jobs 4141 703 4844 38 Aung San Suu Kyi 3605 251 3856 39 Craig J. Venter and Daniel Gibson 4209 879 5088 40 Chilean Miners 4999 1703 6702 41 Stephen Hawking 3649 484 4133 42 Warren Buffett 3662 528 4190 43 Cory Booker 4195 1204 5399 44 Hillary Clinton 4695 1735 6430 45 Michele Bachmann 7884 5006 12890 46 Barack Obama 6627 3790 10417 47 Elizabeth Warren 6768 4248 11016 48 Katy Perry 4908 2674 7582 49 Ryan Schreiber 3071 873 3944 50 Christian Bale 4303 2181 6484 51 Lee Unkrich 2944 846 3790 52 Johnny Depp 3065 1025 4090 53 Mark Bittman 3237 1282 4519 54 Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert 5562 3702 9264 55 Conan O'Brien 2755 926 3681 56 Florence and the Machine 3092 1353 4445 57 Geoffrey Canada 2102 397 2499 58 Paul Ryan 2768 1096 3864 59 Carrie Fisher 2600 1014 3614 60 Marco Rubio 2382 864 3246 61 George Clooney 2517 1031 3548 62 Mitt Romney 3431 2013 5444 63 Rafael Nadal 2328 922 3250 64 Anna Bligh 2114 759 2873 65 Salvatore Giunta 1615 266 1881 66 Colin Firth 1954 613 2567 67 Chris Christie 2482 1166 3648 68 Andy Carvin 1971 742 2713 69 David Petraeus 1859 658 2517 70 Jeff Bridges 2252 1052 3304 71 Clinton Cragg 1644 454 2098 72 Vladimir Putin 1641 475 2116 73 Scott Brown 2507 1357 3864 74 Kamala Harris 1824 684 2508 75 Robert Gates 1496 361 1857 76 Marisol Valles Garcia 1356 249 1605 77 Lionel Messi 2136 1068 3204 78 Dick Costolo 1846 786 2632 79 Roger Ebert 1567 512 2079 80 Benjamin Netanyahu 1690 656 2346 81 Charles Ferguson 1375 362 1737 82 Cecile Richards 6272 5262 11534 83 Trey Parker and Matt Stone 1575 629 2204 84 Oprah 2389 1451 3840 85 Sandra Bullock 2281 1381 3662 86 Derrick Rossi 1791 896 2687 87 Matt Damon 1944 1060 3004 88 Jamie Oliver 1412 609 2021 89 David Drummond 1555 766 2321 90 Yukio Edano 1101 336 1437 91 Siddhartha Mukherjee 1181 417 1598 92 James Franco 1683 944 2627 93 Li Chengpeng 1625 888 2513 94 Mumford & Sons 1820 1097 2917 95 René Redzepi 1865 1145 3010 96 Natalie Portman 3053 2346 5399 97 V.S. Ramachandran 1369 676 2045 98 Christopher Nolan 1217 568 1785 99 Ricky Gervais 1386 749 2135 100 Christine Loh and Joanne Ooi 1231 617 1848 101 Roy Choi 1441 837 2278 102 Sonia Gandhi 1244 673 1917 103 Levon Helm 1118 561 1679 104 Reed Hastings 875 318 1193 105 John Boehner 2790 2266 5056 106 Daniel Hernandez 1131 659 1790 107 Dmitri Medvedev 1189 722 1911 108 Prince William and Kate Middleton 2840 2387 5227 109 David Karp 1130 712 1842 110 Davis Guggenheim 743 359 1102 111 Sam Kass 971 611 1582 112 Nikki Haley 1000 641 1641 113 Roger Ailes 1635 1340 2975 114 Rob Bell 1860 1636 3496 115 Ahmad Shuja Pasha 783 563 1346 116 Seiko Noda 550 349 899 117 Terry Gou 547 386 933 118 Lisa Jackson 742 597 1339 119 David Brooks 1061 932 1993 120 Amy Poehler 1209 1081 2290 121 Malcolm Gladwell 490 366 856 122 Margaret Hamburg 528 408 936 123 Sofia Vergara 760 652 1412 124 Neil Young 1050 974 2024 125 Naoto Kan 565 507 1072 126 Lara Logan 1010 963 1973 127 Jack White 943 899 1842 128 Charles and David Koch 1112 1073 2185 129 Mukesh Ambani 468 465 933 130 David Cameron 939 950 1889 131 Alex Kipman 397 408 805 132 Cristoph Schönborn 701 722 1423 133 Tavi Gevinson 592 625 1217 134 The Gregory Brothers 521 564 1085 135 Hassan Nasrallah 683 728 1411 136 Lisa Stone 444 509 953 137 Jon Huntsman Jr. 596 668 1264 138 Aaron Sorkin 542 616 1158 139 Mark Wahlberg 532 647 1179 140 Isabel Wilkerson 450 565 1015 141 Joe Biden 2517 2635 5152 142 Andrew Mason 772 891 1663 143 Michael Tilson Thomas 290 417 707 144 Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt 1188 1334 2522 145 Nathan Myhrvold 671 822 1493 146 Jon Hamm 419 575 994 147 Jonathan Franzen 331 496 827 148 Alex Ferguson 507 676 1183 149 Javier Bardem 411 587 998 150 Peter Vesterbacka 272 459 731 151 Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy 320 539 859 152 Jennifer Lopez 2239 2469 4708 153 Louis C.K. 646 894 1540 154 Roger Goodell 318 574 892 155 Clay Shirky 198 473 671 156 Cee Lo Green 609 909 1518 157 Kathleen Sebelius 707 1012 1719 158 Nick Denton 303 623 926 159 Sarah Burton 565 893 1458 160 Hamid Karzai 429 757 1186 161 Tilda Swinton 311 668 979 162 Hung Huang 327 706 1033 163 Téa Obreht 227 620 847 164 Jennifer Egan 187 585 772 165 Mia Wasikowska 221 621 842 166 Justin Bieber 5447 5853 11300 167 Arianna Huffington 1878 2285 4163 168 Than Shwe 158 566 724 169 Frank Darabont 288 716 1004 170 Marine Le Pen 696 1152 1848 171 Brian Roberts 434 925 1359 172 Michael Fassbender 225 717 942 173 Feisal Abdul Rauf 921 1466 2387 174 Jamie Dimon 2244 2793 5037 175 Muqtada al-Sadr 1039 1603 2642 176 Jay-Z 1103 1702 2805 177 Sepp Blatter 564 1229 1793 178 Aaron Rodgers 740 1464 2204 179 Bob Dudley 490 1361 1851 180 Jenna Lyons 253 1150 1403 181 Bruno Mars 911 1842 2753 182 Michael Vick 414 1375 1789 183 Grant Achatz 875 1870 2745 184 Annette Bening 708 1765 2473 185 Russell Brand 936 2021 2957 186 Aziz Ansari 1010 2130 3140 187 Silvio Berlusconi 463 1600 2063 188 Newt Gingrich 2133 3555 5688 189 Dilma Rousseff 1072 2514 3586 190 Liu Xiaobo 3608 5143 8751 191 Willow Smith 436 2048 2484 192 Lady Antebellum 884 2626 3510 193 Ai Weiwei 9260 11104 20364 194 Scott Walker 10396 12306 22702 195 Rooney Mara 180 2232 2412 196 Gwyneth Paltrow 1429 3580 5009 197 Zach Galifianakis 4913 7988 12901 198 Chelsea Handler 2672 7709 10381 199 Charlie Sheen 4331 10420 14751 200 Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi 777 6944 7721 201 Kim Kardashian 877 7134 8011 202 Amy Chua 3404 11533 14937 203 Kanye West 7630 37539 45169
India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who inspired the country to its first World Cup title in 28 years, found himself ranked above global football icon Lionel Messi and US President Barack Obama in the Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people in the world for the year 2010.
Time's description of the player from Ranchi, penned by eminent author Chetan Bhagat, describes Dhoni as someone who is now universally acknowledged as India's best cricket captain ever.
"It is good feeling," admitted Dhoni, ahead of Chennai Super Kings' match against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede stadium on Friday.
"But I have to try and see if it is true or not, and then prove if I deserve it or not," he added.
Friday, 22 April 2011
The United States will give Pakistan 85 small “Raven” unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), a U.S. military official said April 21, Reuters reported. The official declined to state the cost or model of the aircraft.
We received news of the trucker strike in the Waigaoqiao zone in Shanghai on the morning of April 20. This is just the latest in large-scale protests in Shanghai that further illustrates rising social unrest.
The protests the morning of April 20 were in one of Shanghai’s busiest container ports and they were the result of rising fuel prices and low wages. In 2008, we saw similar strikes over fuel prices as taxi drivers took to the streets across China, highlighting how inflation can easily translate into social issues. These protests come a week after residents gathered in the Sonjiang district in Shanghai on April 13 in protest of cheng guan officials, also known as urban management officials, were said to have beaten a pedestrian in a traffic dispute and Shanghai is also the area where we saw the largest gathering during the Jasmine Movement on February 27.
Shanghai is one of China’s most international cities but, despite its foreign exposure, the government has clamped down on local media reports of the protests, where there have been rumors of several deaths. While all these issues were sparked by different grievances, combined they show the desire of people to take these issues to the street. Ultimately the biggest fear of the Chinese Communist Party is that these issues can collide, leading to ever bigger demonstrations that could be both harder to contain and control.
(Brainz) -- When you really think about it, most of the things we love most about the modern world have been given to us by engineers. Cars, computers, and even awesomely unstable-looking treehouses have all been achievements of that singular science known as engineering. Some feats of engineering, however, though no less ubiquitous than the others, are overlooked because of their serene simplicity and unassuming demeanor. Toilet paper is one of these inventions. Perfectly suited to its one and only task, toilet paper is the unsung hero of daily living. Unfortunately, the brilliant engineers who came up with toilet paper left one problem unsolved: the problem of orientation. Should the loose end go over the roll, so that it's easy to see and grab? Or should it go under, for a more zen-like appearance? There has yet to be a conclusive answer, but the debate has been one of the most captivating mankind has ever known. If you're still on the fence, check out this infographic by Engineering Degree, which analyzes each position from a scientific perspective.
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Thank you Vonda Mullins for sending the email "Dear Jay, My name is Vonda and I help promote content throughout the web. While searching for a few resources, I found your site and thought your readers would enjoy this humorous infographic! Over or Under? Toilet paper orientation is an endless debate, but this witty infographic takes a stab at providing some insight: Brainz.org/news/over-or-under-great-toilet-paper-debate/5659/ I hope your readers enjoy this as much as we do! If you have any feedback or questions regarding more graphics, please feel free to contact me. =) Thanks, Vonda Mullins Vonda.Mullins@gmail.com (815) 619-9076 Follow me on Twitter! @Vondamullins"
It is funny indeed !
It also raises questions about the number of trees which are cut to make the Toilet Paper and whether the proponents of Green Revolution and speakers of the Global Warming are also concerned about this?
Thursday, 21 April 2011
There is a growing feeling in the people that our laws, systems and procedures are not effective in dealing with corruption," he said addressing IAS, IFS, IPS and other senior bureaucrats.
Without mincing words, he said, "We must recognize that there is little public tolerance now for the prevailing state of affairs. People expect swift and exemplary action and rightly so."
Singh, who was inaugurating the Civil Services Day, recalled his earlier statement that corruption is an impediment to faster growth and hurts the poor the most.
"It is a challenge that we must tackle boldly and we stand committed to doing so".
Outlining a multi-pronged approach, the Prime Minister said that the government's aim was to strengthen the legislative framework, revamp administrative practices and procedures and fast track a systemic response to fight corruption.
A Group of Ministers is looking into the legal and administrative measures and he expected its recommendations to be available soon, he said.
"A committee of Ministers and representatives of civil society is at work to finalize the draft of a Lokpal Bill, which we hope to be able to introduce during the monsoon session of Parliament," he said.
Observing that two bills relating to judicial accountability and protection of whistle blowers have already been introduced in Parliament, Singh said that the government would soon ratify the United Nations Convention on Corruption.
"We are committed to bringing more transparency in public procurement and to ensuring that disinvestment of public utilities and allocation of public resources are done in a manner that best safeguards the interests of the asset-owning public," the Prime Minister said.
Singh said he expected the civil servants to be honest and fearless in advising the political leadership.
The spontaneous support of the people of Malkangiri, when the Collector of the district was kidnapped by left-wing extremists, "is a pointer to the extent of goodwill that well meaning civil servants can achieve", he said.
"Disapproval and even ostracization by peers and colleagues can be a powerful deterrent for those who tend to stray from the path of rectitude", he said.
The race to the bottom
Apr 19th 2011, 10:35 by Schumpeter
IN MY day people who wanted an easy time at university studied geography or land management. Now, in the United States at least, the soft-option of choice is business studies. Business students of various sorts are the most numerous group on American campuses, accounting for 20%, or more than 325,000, of all bachelor degrees. They are also, according to a long article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, by far the idlest and most ignorant.
Business majors spend less time preparing for class than do students in any other broad field: less than 11 hours a week in the case of more than half of them. Not coincidentally, they also register the smallest gains in test scores in their first two years in college. One student, with a respectable 3.3 grade-point average, describes his typical day: "I just play sports, maybe go to the gym. Eat. Probably drink a little bit. Just kind of goof around all day."
What accounts for this educational wasteland? To some extent it is a matter of self-selection. Many people choose business studies precisely because they don't have a lot going on upstairs. And they prefer to spend their time networking and looking for jobs rather than, say, grappling with Schumpeter's ideas about business cycles. But universities also bear some of the blame. Many universities have treated business studies as a cash cow: there is lots of demand, business students do not require expensive laboratories, and business academics can supplement their incomes with outside consultancy. Business studies is also a mish-mash of subjects, many of them soft and ill-defined, like leadership and business ethics. It is notable that students who focus on “hard” subjects, such as finance, put in much more work than those who study “leadership” and the like.
Students also complain about the quality of teaching. Why pay attention in class when all the instructor is doing is regurgitating chunks of a textbook? And why bother stretching yourself intellectually when the university does not seem to know what you are supposed to be studying (is business studies a branch of economics or psychology, international relations or history?)
Whatever the explanation, the dismal state of business education is beginning to register in popular culture, and presumably reduce the job prospects of the people who study it. In “Futurama”, Gunther decides to give up studying science, which is too demanding, and reconcile himself to a future as a moderately successful monkey who wears a suit to work. He enrolls in business school.
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