Saturday, 30 April 2011

Downtrend continues for Mumbai real estate

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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The Secret Journal of Rakesh Jhunjhunwala: The Indian Political Alphabet Chart

The Indian Political Alphabet Chart

Check out the super-mega-awesome Alphabet Chart being taught at the National Corruption Institute Of India(NCII). I am so happy that Kids are getting the education they need. 


India's 4 hottest investment bankers - Business

Making the right moves.
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"When I moved back, I lacked India experience, but I had worked in different geographies, cultures and in different situations across Asia, which helped me deliver quality advice to my clients in India. And, you will be surprised when you realise the common threads in these markets."

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.

today is Bicycle Around the World Day

Did you know...

... that today is Bicycle Around the World Day? In 1884,
Thomas Stevens started a bicycle trip around the world. The
trip took him over two years and nine months to complete!


Today's Inspirational Quote:

"Integrity is the essence of everything successful."

-- Richard Buckminster Fuller

150,000 entrepreneurs in US have returned to India!

An American flag is unfurled in the outfield before the start of Game 3 of Major League Baseball's ALCS playoff series between the Cleveland Indians and the Boston Red Sox in Cleveland.
Lalit K Jha in Washington

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.

Be Born Again- Dr Kim's Lift Door - ReflectionOf.Me

Be Born Again- Dr Kim's Lift Door


With the claim "Be born again", plastic surgeon Dr. Kim made a divine, yet exaggerated, ambient media using the "Creation of Adam" by Michaelangelo to communicate is office in that particular building.

Toaster: The next generation - Holy Kaw!

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.

Top CEO Names across the globe: Brad, Bland or Brand? «

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.

Ministry-wise PIB releases

Friday, 29 April 2011

'China, India don't have guts to resolve issues' - News

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao talks to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

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.

Hong Kong Airlines: Kung Fu flight attendant | The Economist

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)

today is the birthday of Roget's Thesaurus

Did you know...

... that today is the birthday of Roget's Thesaurus? In 1852,
Peter Roget published the first edition of his thesaurus.
Trivia fans: Roget's general inquisitiveness and his Victorian
faith in social and personal improvement led him to publish
learned articles on sewer sanitation, magnetism, bees,
geology, and how the knight might be moved to every square on
the chessboard.


Today's Inspirational Quote:

"It's better to be an optimist who is sometimes wrong than a
pessimist who is always right."

-- Unknown

3 Tips for Surviving Difficult Conversations

3 Tips for Surviving 
Difficult Conversations
No one is immune to workplace tensions: It is inevitable that you will have some trying conversations with colleagues or clients. Here are three ways to reach a productive outcome, no matter how tough things get:
  1. Keep it civil. Don't turn the conversation into a combat with a winner and a loser. Everyone looks bad when the discussion turns toxic.
  2. Don't rehearse. When you know things are going to be tough, it's tempting to practice what you're going to say ahead of time. But this is a conversation — not a performance. Instead, know where you stand but be open enough to listen and react.
  3. Resist making assumptions. You don't have access to anyone's intentions but your own. Don't assume that you know where your counterpart is coming from or how she views the problem. Instead, ask for her perspective.
Harvard Business Review Slideshow   Today's Management Tip was adapted from "Difficult Conversations: Nine Common Mistakes" by Holly Weeks.
See the slideshow and join the discussion »

IAF Fighter jet deal: It's Rafale vs Typhoon - News

(Above) French Rafale (Below) Eurofighter

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.

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US enraged over India shooting down F-16, F-18

Aziz Haniffa in Washington, DC

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 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 !

Premji on how corruption in India could be ended - Business

Wipro chairman Azim Premji.

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.

World's most expensive mobile phones - Business

Goldstriker iPhone 3GS Supreme costs $3.2 million.
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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

Talks fail! Air India pilots' strike still on - Business

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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.

What CEOs Do, and How They Can Do it Better — HBS Working Knowledge

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

How CEOs spend their time - Holy Kaw!


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.

today is Interspecies Online Chat Day

Did you know...

... that today is Interspecies Online Chat Day? In 1998, Koko
the Gorilla participated in the first interspecies online chat
via America Online. At the time Koko understood and used over
1000 words of sign language, and understood over 2000 words of
spoken English. As many as 20,000 people logged on to chat
with Koko during this historic event.


Today's Inspirational Quote:

"The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you,
whose presence calls forth your best."

-- Epictetus

Indian highways: What is the future? - Business

CP Joshi
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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.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

today is National Sense of Smell Day

Did you know...

... that today is National Sense of Smell Day? Use your sense
of smell today to smell something delicious, erotic, strange,
and/or new!


Today's Inspirational Quote:

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can
start today and make a new ending."

-- Maria Robinson

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Road Traffic Injuries Globally Claim 5 Million lives Every Year

Workshop on Road Safety Inaugurated
The Union Health Secretary Shri K. Chandramouli today inaugurated a two-day Workshop with stakeholders for developing a Decade Action Plan on Road Safety 2011-2020, at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The Secretary said that fatal road accidents as also non-fatal but debilitating injuries, caused due to road accidents, lead to no less morbidity, hampering economic development. Secretary said it is only logical thus to avoid loss of life as per a strategic action plan.

The Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family welfare, Government of India has organized the two-day Inter-ministerial Workshop with the objective to discuss the WHO draft Action Plan for Decade of Road Safety 2011-20. Representatives from Ministry of Road Transport, Ministry of Home Affairs, National Highway Authority of India as also experts from WHO, IIT, Central Road Research Institute, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers are participating in the workshop. 

The Director General Health Services Dr. R.K. Srivastava informed that the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has been implementing a project for Upgradation & Strengthening of Emergency Trauma Care facility in State Government Hospitals located on National Highways under the scheme “Assistance for Capacity Building” with a view to provide immediate treatment to the victims of road traffic injury. The scheme, with a total outlay of Rs. 732.75 crores for developing a network of 140 trauma care centres along the Golden Quadrilateral (covering 5,846 kms connecting Delhi-Kolkata-Chennai-Mumbai-Delhi, North-South & East-West Corridors covering 7,716 kms connecting Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Silchar to Porbandhar respectively of the National Highways) during the 11th five year plan period has been underway. So far, 113 trauma care centres have been provided financial assistance in 15 states which are at various stages of progress. Another 160 Trauma care centres are proposed to be added to the existing network of trauma care centres during the 12th five year plan. 

According to WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety, over 50 million are injured on the world’s road every year and as many as five million deaths happen due to road accidents. Road accident deaths at a global level were ranked ninth as a cause of disability adjusted years of life lost in 2004 and is expected to be ranked fifth by the year 2030. In India more than half of the road accidents victims are in the age group of 25-65 years, the key wage earning and child raising age group. 

Officially proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in March 2010, a Decade of Action Plan for Road Safety 2011-2020 provides the framework to countries and communities to increase action to save lives on the world’s roads. The global launch of the Decade is planned for May, 2011. 

Ministry-wise PIB releases

Monday, 25 April 2011

today is the Seeing Eye Dog's Birthday

Did you know...

... that today is the Seeing Eye Dog's Birthday? The first
seeing eye dog, Buddy, was given to his owner, Morris Frank,
in 1928. Buddy helped Mr. Frank fight for the rights of people
with special challenges, including the right to bring service
animals into restaurants, onto airplanes, and other places
where pets are not typically allowed.


Today's Inspirational Quote:

"Everyone has special talents, and it is our duty to find ours
and use them well."

-- John Templeton

Ministry-wise PIB releases

Sunday, 24 April 2011

today is Teenage Bill of Rights Day

Did you know...

... that today is Teenage Bill of Rights Day? In 1999, 70,000
teenagers gathered together in the Silverdome at Pontiac,
Michigan, to sign the Acquire the Fire Teenage Bill of Rights.
These rights include: 1. We will live with honor. 2. We will
be honest and tell the truth. 3. We will take responsibility
for our actions. Share this with a special teenager in your


Today's Inspirational Quote:

"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm
and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can
have if only we seek them with our eyes open."

-- Jawaharlal Nehru

Spiritual leader Sathya Sai Baba passes away - The Times of India

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.

Press Information Bureau English Releases

Check out this website I found at

Ministry-wise PIB releases

Saturday, 23 April 2011

today is the birthday of New Coke

Did you know...

... that today is the birthday of New Coke? In 1985, Coca-Cola
announced it was changing the secret formula for Coke and
creating a New Coke. The American public's reaction to the
change was poor, and Coca-Cola executives announced the return
of the original formula on July 10, less than three months
after New Coke's introduction.


Today's Inspirational Quote:

"If it's sanity you're after, there's no recipe like

-- Henry Rutherford Elliot

The 2011 TIME 100 Poll Results - The 2011 TIME 100 Poll - TIME

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 21st

Rank Name Influential Not
Total Votes
2Jay Chou27497040683315653
3Susan Boyle2407598377249136
4Mahinda Rajapaksa19448244430238912
5Cheng Yen1052267108112334
7Chris Colfer54526963364159
8Christopher Hitchens41371341844789
9Bradley Manning38182176039942
10Glenn Beck594992310482603
11Tawakul Karman42576775250328
12Lady Gaga38597880747404
13Julian Assange28680291331593
14Ron Paul21860260024460
15Aamir Khan20985194322928
16Fukushima Power Plant Workers24789578130570
17Mohamed Bouazizi18587118619773
18Han Han18076209320169
19Wisconsin's 'Fab 14' State Senators21472601627488
21Dan Savage and Terry Miller16021291818939
22Mohamed Elbaradei11806152913335
23Alan Mulally11239128712526
24Sarah Palin12882415017032
25Gabrielle Giffords11577377715354
26Wael Ghonim10437282113258
27Mara Brock Akil8746134910095
28Hu Jintao842411759599
29Mark Zuckerberg10064287512939
30Ray Kurzweil697212818253
32Michelle Obama11374635417728
33Michelle Rhee657119698540
34Betty White606319918054
35Andy Cohen531213296641
36Marc LaForce44009475347
37Steve Jobs41417034844
38Aung San Suu Kyi36052513856
39Craig J. Venter and Daniel Gibson42098795088
40Chilean Miners499917036702
41Stephen Hawking36494844133
42Warren Buffett36625284190
43Cory Booker419512045399
44Hillary Clinton469517356430
45Michele Bachmann7884500612890
46Barack Obama6627379010417
47Elizabeth Warren6768424811016
48Katy Perry490826747582
49Ryan Schreiber30718733944
50Christian Bale430321816484
51Lee Unkrich29448463790
52Johnny Depp306510254090
53Mark Bittman323712824519
54Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert556237029264
55Conan O'Brien27559263681
56Florence and the Machine309213534445
57Geoffrey Canada21023972499
58Paul Ryan276810963864
59Carrie Fisher260010143614
60Marco Rubio23828643246
61George Clooney251710313548
62Mitt Romney343120135444
63Rafael Nadal23289223250
64Anna Bligh21147592873
65Salvatore Giunta16152661881
66Colin Firth19546132567
67Chris Christie248211663648
68Andy Carvin19717422713
69David Petraeus18596582517
70Jeff Bridges225210523304
71Clinton Cragg16444542098
72Vladimir Putin16414752116
73Scott Brown250713573864
74Kamala Harris18246842508
75Robert Gates14963611857
76Marisol Valles Garcia13562491605
77Lionel Messi213610683204
78Dick Costolo18467862632
79Roger Ebert15675122079
80Benjamin Netanyahu16906562346
81Charles Ferguson13753621737
82Cecile Richards6272526211534
83Trey Parker and Matt Stone15756292204
85Sandra Bullock228113813662
86Derrick Rossi17918962687
87Matt Damon194410603004
88Jamie Oliver14126092021
89David Drummond15557662321
90Yukio Edano11013361437
91Siddhartha Mukherjee11814171598
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93Li Chengpeng16258882513
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101Roy Choi14418372278
102Sonia Gandhi12446731917
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105John Boehner279022665056
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108Prince William and Kate Middleton284023875227
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115Ahmad Shuja Pasha7835631346
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Dhoni in Time's 100 most influential list - Rediff Sports

MS Dhoni
Bikash Mohapatra

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.

- World Cup 2011 coverage

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

Ministry-wise PIB releases

9 Deadly words used by a woman


All Gents must get familiar with this lingo :).

Men also have their own between the lines lingo.

today is Bicycle Around the World Day

Did you know...

... that today is Bicycle Around the World Day? In 1884,
Thomas Stevens started a bicycle trip around the world. The
trip took him over two years and nine months to complete!


Today's Inspirational Quote:

"The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is, that
one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a
strong won't."

-- Henry Ward Beecher

Pakistan: U.S. Will Provide 85 Mini-UAVs | STRATFOR

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.

Dispatch: Truckers Strike in Shanghai | STRATFOR

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.

Ministry-wise PIB releases

Over or Under? The Great Toilet Paper Debate

(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.

Click for Full-Size Image:


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: 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 (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

PM unveils a series of steps to tackle corruption

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.

Business education: The race to the bottom | The Economist

Business education

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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