Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Admit I am wrong

Never be ashamed to admit you are in the wrong—it's just another way to say you are wiser today than yesterday. Jonathan Swift Today, notice how often you can be wiser than you were the moment before!

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Sixty Seconds

For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness. Ralph Waldo Emerson Today, practice dropping upset, turning the attention away from the conditioned conversation in the head and to the happiness of here.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

It's never too late

It's never too late to do nothing. Zen saying Today, spend at least a little time doing nothing but being.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Like Dislike

There's nothing in this world I dislike. Zen Master Rinzai Today, notice how liking and disliking destroys the ability to enjoy.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Welcome, Prof. Jay! | LinkedIn

Sit still

All the troubles of humanity come from not knowing how to sit still. Blaise Pascal Today, sit down, sit still, and appreciate the person willing to sit still with life as it is.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Life as play

One must let the play happen to one; one must let the mind loose to respond as it will, to receive impressions, to sense rather than know, to gather rather than immediately understand. Edward Albee You were most likely taught as a child to try to understand and make sense of experience so that you could feel safe and in control. Today, see life as a play and simply “gather rather than immediately understand.”

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Letting Go !

Do you think I know what I'm doing? That for one breath or half-breath I belong to myself? As much as a pen knows what it's writing, or the ball can guess where it's going next. Jelaluddin Rumi Today, practice letting go and letting life live you.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Secret Gate

Today's Inspirational Quote: "Still round the corner there may wait, a new road or a secret gate." -- J. R. R. Tolkien

United Parcel Service and TNT Express Receive Statement of Objections | Business Wire

ATLANTA & HOOFDDORP, Netherlands--(BUSINESS WIRE)--United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE: UPS) and TNT Express N.V. (NYSE Euronext: TNTE) confirmed today they have received a Statement of Objections (SO) from the European Commission (EC). The SO addresses the competitive effects of the intended merger on the international express small package market in Europe. The competitive effects will be further defined as the process continues.

The SO is a normal step in a second phase merger procedure. It is a confidential document that sets out a provisional position of the Commission and does not prejudge the final outcome of the case. UPS and TNT Express will respond to the EC within a couple of weeks, and intend to preserve the confidentiality of the document and discussions in line with common practice.

UPS and TNT Express believe competition in Europe continues to be significant, coming from multiple players who offer similar services. The combined company will help create a more efficient logistics market, thereby improving the competitiveness of Europe and the solutions offered to businesses and consumers. Those benefits include future improvements to e-commerce to help achieve the EU objective of a Digital Single Market. In addition, customers and consumers will benefit from a broader portfolio of services and better global access, along with lower supply-chain costs overall and improved service levels in terms of timing and reliability.

UPS and TNT Express have worked closely with the European Commission during this process, and look forward to continuing open and constructive discussions as we work to complete the transaction in early 2013.

About UPS

United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight, the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to manage the world of business more efficiently. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at UPS.com and its corporate blog can be found at blog.UPS.com. To receive UPS news direct, visit pressroom.UPS.com/RSS.

About TNT Express

TNT Express (NYSE Euronext: TNTE) is one of the world’s largest express delivery companies. On a daily basis, TNT Express delivers close to 1 million consignments ranging from documents and parcels to palletized freight. The company operates road and air transportation networks in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas. TNT Express had revenues of €7.25 billion in 2011.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release may include “forward-looking statements” and language indicating trends, such as “anticipated” and “expected.” Although UPS and TNT Express believe that the assumptions upon which their respective financial information and their respective forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, they can give no assurance that these assumptions will prove to be correct. Neither UPS nor TNT Express, nor any of their advisors accepts any responsibility for any financial information contained in this press release relating to the business or operations or results or financial condition of the other or their respective groups.

This is a joint press release by United Parcel Service, Inc. and TNT Express N.V. pursuant to the provisions of Article 5:25i paragraph 2 of the Dutch Act on Financial Supervision (Wet op het Financieel Toezicht) and Article 4 paragraph 3, of the Decree on public offers Wft (Besluit Openbare Biedingen Wft, the Decree) in connection with the recommended public Offer by United Parcel Service, Inc. for all the issued and outstanding ordinary shares and all American depositary shares representing ordinary shares in the capital of TNT Express N.V. This announcement does not constitute an Offer, or any solicitation of any Offer, to buy or subscribe for any securities in TNT Express N.V. The Offer is made only by means of the Offer Memorandum. This announcement is not for release, publication or distribution, in whole or in part, in or into directly or indirectly Canada or Japan. Terms not defined in this press release will have the meaning as set forth in the Offer Memorandum.

United Parcel Service and TNT Express Receive Statement of Objections | Benzinga

ATLANTA & HOOFDDORP, Netherlands--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE: UPS [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]) and TNT Express N.V. (NYSE Euronext: TNTE) confirmed today they have received a Statement of Objections (SO) from the European Commission (EC). The SO addresses the competitive effects of the intended merger on the international express small package market in Europe. The competitive effects will be further defined as the process continues.

The SO is a normal step in a second phase merger procedure. It is a confidential document that sets out a provisional position of the Commission and does not prejudge the final outcome of the case. UPS and TNT Express will respond to the EC within a couple of weeks, and intend to preserve the confidentiality of the document and discussions in line with common practice.

UPS and TNT Express believe competition in Europe continues to be significant, coming from multiple players who offer similar services. The combined company will help create a more efficient logistics market, thereby improving the competitiveness of Europe and the solutions offered to businesses and consumers. Those benefits include future improvements to e-commerce to help achieve the EU objective of a Digital Single Market. In addition, customers and consumers will benefit from a broader portfolio of services and better global access, along with lower supply-chain costs overall and improved service levels in terms of timing and reliability.

UPS and TNT Express have worked closely with the European Commission during this process, and look forward to continuing open and constructive discussions as we work to complete the transaction in early 2013.

About UPS

United Parcel Service (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight, the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to manage the world of business more efficiently. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at UPS.com and its corporate blog can be found at blog.UPS.com. To receive UPS news direct, visit pressroom.UPS.com/RSS.

About TNT Express

TNT Express (NYSE Euronext: TNTE) is one of the world's largest express delivery companies. On a daily basis, TNT Express delivers close to 1 million consignments ranging from documents and parcels to palletized freight. The company operates road and air transportation networks in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas. TNT Express had revenues of €7.25 billion in 2011.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release may include “forward-looking statements” and language indicating trends, such as “anticipated” and “expected.” Although UPS and TNT Express believe that the assumptions upon which their respective financial information and their respective forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, they can give no assurance that these assumptions will prove to be correct. Neither UPS nor TNT Express, nor any of their advisors accepts any responsibility for any financial information contained in this press release relating to the business or operations or results or financial condition of the other or their respective groups.

This is a joint press release by United Parcel Service, Inc. and TNT Express N.V. pursuant to the provisions of Article 5:25i paragraph 2 of the Dutch Act on Financial Supervision (Wet op het Financieel Toezicht) and Article 4 paragraph 3, of the Decree on public offers Wft (Besluit Openbare Biedingen Wft, the Decree) in connection with the recommended public Offer by United Parcel Service, Inc. for all the issued and outstanding ordinary shares and all American depositary shares representing ordinary shares in the capital of TNT Express N.V. This announcement does not constitute an Offer, or any solicitation of any Offer, to buy or subscribe for any securities in TNT Express N.V. The Offer is made only by means of the Offer Memorandum. This announcement is not for release, publication or distribution, in whole or in part, in or into directly or indirectly Canada or Japan. Terms not defined in this press release will have the meaning as set forth in the Offer Memorandum.

UPS
Malcolm Berkley (Public Relations)
+1 404 828 3159
or
Anton Van der Lande (Europe)
+32 475 279 712
or
Andy Dolny (Investor Relations)
+1 404 828 8901
or
Maitland (UK)
Neil Bennett, David Sturken
+44 207 379 5151
or
SPJ (The Netherlands)
Kees Jongsma, Wim Moerkerk
+31 20 647 8181
or
TNT Express
Ernst Moeksis (External Communications)
+31 (0) 6 51 189 384
Andrew Beh (Investor Relations)
+31 (0) 88 393 9500

UPS, TNT Express Get Statement of Objection from European Commission | Fox Business

Ministry-wise PIB releases

 

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Ministry-wise PIB releases

What is now

And if there is not any such thing as a long time, nor the rest of your lives, nor from now on, but there is only now, why then now is the thing to praise and I am very happy with it. Ernest Hemingway Today, find some moments to be happy with what is now.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Here Now This

The moment is the sole reality. Karl Jaspers

Today, let go the distraction long enough to sense reality—here, now, this.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

When the Stars are Dead !

A billion stars go spinning through the night, blazing high above your head.

But IN you is the presence that will be, when the stars are dead. Rainer Maria Rilke

Today, take some “time-out” to be with that presence.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Veils

When you eventually see through the veils to how things really are, you will keep saying again and again, "This is certainly not like we thought it was." Jalaluddin Rumi Today, allow some gaps in the thinking so you can see through the veils.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Drop the chatter

Those who seek the easy way do not seek the true way. Dogen Life is hard and then you realize it isn’t.

Today, drop the chatter, take a breath, and enjoy the ease.

Friday, 12 October 2012

"I Work Better Under Pressure!"

Quick Tip: Listen First 

 

 

In his wonderfully insightful leadership book, What Got You Here Won't Get You There, Marshall Goldsmith identifies common behaviors we should forgo. Rather than undertake new personal initiatives, make sweeping changes, and resolve to be better, he suggests we simply stop doing certain things. He describes 20 behaviors altogether that, if we just stop doing them, we can take ourselves to the next level.

 

One is a simple communication habit we can all recognize and stop--that is, beginning our responses to others with the words "no," "but," or "however." Why? Because doing so is a way of thinly disguised way of telling the other person, "You are wrong."  

 

No matter how nicely, no matter how sweet your tone, no matter how much humor you include, the message is the same. Starting with "no," "but," or "however" is a lead-in that means "you are wrong." 

 

We've all done it, and we've all had it done to us. It goes like this:

 

"Your document is too long. No one will read it."

 "But there's so much to say. I can't possibly shorten it."

 

Meaning: You are wrong; my document isn't too long.

 

"Your product is difficult to use."

 "No, it's just that it's complex because it performs so many functions."

 

Meaning: You are wrong. My product isn't difficult to use.

 

"Your team was late completing their work."

 "However, what they did was pretty good." 

 

Meaning: You are wrong to condemn my team for being late, considering.  (Note: "That's true, however..." is just as bad.)

 

You get the idea.

 

What should you say instead of "but," "no," and "however"?  Say "thank you."  In other words, instead of always defending your ideas and challenging others, simply take in what others say.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Have you got Trust Cloud?

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THIS is it!

Nirvana is right here, before our eyes. Zen Master Hakuin There is no tomorrow, no alternative reality, nothing to look forward to. This is it. This, here, now, is nirvana.

Today, take a deep breath and let yourself enjoy this.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Little voice

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away. Philip K. Dick Today, spend a little time with that which does not need to be maintained. Hint: Notice that the voices in your head need constant attention in order to appear real.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Policy Advocacy

Ministry of Corporate Affairs - Voluntary Guidelines for Companies for providing general information on their websites (Posted On: 08 Oct 2012)


Voluntary Guidelines for Companies for providing general information on their websites about the company to promote good corporate governance and to enhance investors’ awareness

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The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has been continuously taking various steps towards promoting good corporate governance, investor education and protection & advocacy for adoption of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by companies for inclusive growth of the Corporate Sector. The Ministry received a number of suggestions from the corporate and investors during the “India Corporate and Investor Meet” held in February 2012 in Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi and  Mumbai for empowerment of investors.

2.         In the light of suggestions received by the Ministry, it is advised that a company having paid up capital of not less than Rs. 10 crores or having more than 100 members may maintain a functional web-site containing the following basic information about the company as at the close of the previous year stating the date thereof within three months in order to boost investor confidence and to foster economic growth of the country:

i.                                 General information about the company and details of the company’s business including risks & concerns, industry scenario, brand information, how long in the market and core competence and market share in company’s products/services.

ii.                               Details of the Board of Directors, names & addresses of Directors, details of promoters of the company and their shareholding, Code of conduct for board members & senior management of the company, remuneration of Managing/Wholetime Directors, if any, No. & dates of Board meetings & AGMs held in last three years and attendance of each director at the meetings.

iii.                             Brief description of the Audit Committee, its reference, composition and the meetings & attendance during last three years.

iv.                             Financial information about the company: Important financial information/ratios, such as total paid up capital, equity/preferential share, capital, nominal value of shares, total turnover, profit after tax, EPS, P/E ratio and total amount spent on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) & its percentage of profits after tax. Comparison of important ratios with industry including EPS, P/E ratio and dividend.

v.                               If there is any subsidiary company, details thereof stating the name of the company, percentage of share holding, total paid up capital, turnover, profit after tax of the subsidiary during last three years 

vi.                             Information about shares issued during last five years, including share price, if listed, shareholding pattern, details of the Registrar & Transfer agents, dates of book closures, date of dividend payment for the previous year,  name, designation & contact number of  compliance officer and information about  company’s IPO/FPO including withdrawn, if any.

vii.                           Investor’s information like composition of Shareholders Committee/Investors Grievances Committee and its reference, details of shareholder’s complaints during the last three years – received, resolved and pending - and press release, if any for investors/shareholders, auditor’s qualification if any, penalty imposed by any Govt. agency / court, complaints about insider trading transaction in the last three years.

viii.                         Particulars of shares of the company acquired/sold by the Directors and their relatives during last three years.

ix.                            Investor’s complaint mechanism -   Under investor’s section of website, the company should also have facility for lodging online investor complaint & its follow up till resolution.

x.                              Details of related parties and transactions with them for the last three years and details of the compliance of mandatory requirements.

xi.                            Company’s initiatives towards corporate social responsibilities and environment protection with the details of initiative taken and expenditure incurred by the company during the last three years.

xii.                          Details about important pending litigations likely to affect the financial position and the working results of the company

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Indian Air Force :: Close Air Support in the 1962 War

Higher truth

The higher the truth, the simpler it is. Abraham Isaac Kook Today, consider what high truths you are missing because they are so simple.

Truth

The higher the truth, the simpler it is. Abraham Isaac Kook

Today, consider what high truths you are missing because they are so simple.

Saturday, 6 October 2012

SFP Self Fulfilling Prophecies

Of all the self-fulfilling prophecies in our culture, the assumption that aging means decline and poor health is probably the deadliest. Marilyn Ferguson Today, question at least one such deadly self-fulfilling assumption.

Friday, 5 October 2012

India: In search of a dream | The Economist

The next crisis: Sponging boomers | The Economist

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I am a baby boomer too.

Wonder collapses

People go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering. Saint Augustin

Notice today how wonder collapses under the weight of meaning.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Ego

To feel life is meaningless unless “I” can be permanent is like having desperately fallen in love with an inch. Alan Watts Today, notice what silliness and suffering result from believing oneself to be an ego that wants to be the most important thing in life.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Bamboozled

One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. Carl Sagan Conditioned people are terrified of being brainwashed, but that’s because conditioning IS the brainwashing, and it doesn’t want competition. Today, watch the thoughts that come through, the incessant conversation in the mind, and consider that it is a pre-programmed tape-loop. 276

Carmel's neck

Why is camel's Neck Crooked? Akbar was very impressed with Birbal's wit and wisdom. So one day Akbar promised him for many gifts. But it so happened that several days passed, but there was no sign of gift. Birbal was very disappointed. He didn't know what to do? One day when Akbar was taking a stroll at the bank of Yamunaa with his dear minister Birbal, he happened to notice a camel. He asked Birbal, "Tell me Birbal, why the camel's neck is crooked." Birbal thought this is good time, so he thought for a moment and spoke, "Your Majesty, it might be possible that the camel has forgotten to honor his promise made to somebody that is why his neck is crooked. Scriptures mention that whoever will forget their promises will have crooked neck. So this might seem the reason of his crooked neck." Akbar soon realized that he promised to give some gifts to Birbal, but has not yet done so. As soon as they arrived at the palace, the King gave him his reward. So Birbal was so wise that he got what he wanted without asking for it

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Being Here

Only barbarians are not curious about where they come from, how they came to be where they are, where they appear to be going, whether they wish to go there, and if so, why, and if not, why not. Isaiah Berlin

Today, spend a little time just being here. Let the thinking mind go and be a barbarian!

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