Thursday, March 31, 2011

Provident fund scam:Provident fund scam accused judges get bail

Ghaziabad, March 31 (IANS) A CBI court right here granted bail to six judges accused in the provident fund (PF) scam case and adjourned the hearing to April 13.

The CBI lawyer opposed the bail but the protest was set aside. Agreeing surrounded by the defence lawyers' plea the court of Special CBI judge Additional District Judge A.K. Singh granted bail to the accused judges.

In the meantime, the bail application of Sushma Asthana, the wife of number one accused Asutosh Asthana who is dead, was rejected. The application of one accused judge R.P. Yadav who requested the court to shape reinvestigation of the case was too rejected.

Earlier, the defence lawyers for the judges advocated for bail. However, the CBI lawyer V.K. Sharma pleaded that bail not be granted to the judges. The objection of CBI lawyer was ruled out and the CBI court granted bail on understanding of furnishing two bail bonds of Rs.1 lakh every and a surety of any brand of immovable property.

In the defence, the lawyers stated mainly in the discrepancy in the PF scam figures.

The six judges accused in the Rs.6.58 crore Provident Fund scam -- R.P. Yadav, R.P. Mishra, R.N. Mishra, R.S. Chaubey, Arun Kumar and A.K. Singh were most recent in the court and remained sitting on the last benches of the court room till the end of the day. The accused judges sought tad to furnish the bail bonds too was allowed by the court and got allowed to move free.

About Rs.6.58 crore was fraudulently withdrawn from the Provident Fund accounts of class III and IV employees of the Ghaziabad community court. The infamous scam occurred between 2001 and 2007, spanning seven years. The scam was exposed subsequent to special CBI judge Rama Jain tendered a criminal circumstances against 70 persons at Kavi Nagar police station on Feb 15, 2008. No judge was, however, named in the FIR.

While Ashutosh Asthana, the key accused who died in Dasna Jail on Nov 18, 2009, had named 36 judges of Supreme Court, high court and district courts, the apex court permitted the CBI to prosecute one and only six of them, now retired. The bail program of the deceased wife Sushma Asthana was rejected.

The CBI claimed to experience found things in the manner in which the hard-earned PF money of class III and IV members of Ghaziabad courts was illegally siphoned out and lavishly spent on furniture, crockery, mobiles, electronic gadgets and appliances, laptops, rail tickets, taxi fare and supplementary luxury items for the judges.

Tendulkar's Dream:Mumbai set for Tendulkar's dream final

Mumbai, March 31 (AFP): A billion hearts will beat for Sachin Tendulkar as India bid for their instant World Cup title in the all-Asian concluding against buoyant Sri Lanka on Saturday.

Tendulkar proceeds to his home turf at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai reached the conclusion to add the sole silverware missing for the collection of the most celebrated cricketer of the current era.

The Indian star, who turns 38 approaching month, holds about all coveted batting records, but not nonetheless his individual brilliance could win the closing prize in a team sport like cricket.

In five earliest appearances in cricket's showpiece event, Tendulkar helped India get through to the semi-final at home in 1996 and conclusion runners-up to Australia in 2003 in South Africa.

When India won the World Cup below Kapil Dev in 1983, Tendulkar was 10 ages old, but thre of his current team-mates - Ravichandran Ashwin, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Piyush Chawla and Munaf Patel - got not significantly born.

Playing in his sixth and more than likely the preceding World Cup, a record he shares with Pakistan superior Javed Miandad, Tendulkar has led from what i read in the front to lift India into the final.

His 464 runs in the tournament are simply three behind Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan's 467, and he goes to the title clash one ton away based on recording an unprecedented 100 overseas centuries.

Tendulkar's lucky 85 in Wednesday's semi-final against Pakistan, when he was dropped five times and survived close leg-before and stumping decisions, suggests he was destined to play the final.

"It will be a fantasic occasion," Tendulkar claimed of the balance in his house city. "We plans to focus on the job in hand and try to get the job done."

Even the International Cricket Council is planning to be exultant how the tournament has panned out.

"Can you anticipate a fairytale ending with Tendulkar getting a hundred in the ultimate and India wins at Wankhede that is his piece of real estate ground?," ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat had believed the previous week.

The mission in the future serves to not be easy against a supremely confident Sri Lanka, who have marched to such a instant successive final once costing recently one match out of eight in the tournament.

Kumar Sangakkara's men, fiddling at structure in Colombo, thrashed England by 10 wickets in the quarter-final before delivering a five-wicket blow to New Zealand in the semi-final.

Sri Lanka, like India, are in addition hunting for their moment World Cup title once lucrative in 1996 when Arjuna Ranatunga's commission stunned Australia in the Pakistani city of Lahore.

Dilshan has led a power-packed display by the batsmen to become the tournament's most major scorer, while Sangakkara has notched up 417 drives and young opener Upul Tharanga has made 393 runs.

World bowling input holder Muttiah Muralitharan, who could make his farewell global occurrence on Saturday, has been his team's a multitude of lucrative bowler with 15 wickets.

Sri Lanka enjoy a formidable bowling attack among sling-arm fast bowler Lasith Malinga (11 wickets) and exotic spinner Ajantha Mendis (seven) complimenting off-spinner Muralitharan.

Indian seamer Zaheer Khan, who should also play on his structure floor in Mumbai, goes to the final in on 19 wickets, second behind Pakistani captain Shahid Afridi's tally of 21.

Sri Lanka have prevailed in the latest one-dayers against India, triumphant six of the 10 matches played survive year in Dhaka, Harare, Bulawayo and Dambulla.

But India have won one of seven matches against the Islanders on structure soil over the survive five years.

India will be tinkering at the refurbished 33,000-capacity Wankhede stadium for the previous time, additonally Sri Lanka know how awaits them having beaten New Zealand by 112 runs in a league matcha at the bottom on March 18.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

India Vs Pakistan: Whose WAGs are Better?

Its India Vs Pakistan on the field tomorrow, but its India Vs Pakistan on MensXP already.

With the upcoming semi-final where India will be playing against Pakistan, cricket fanatics of both nations are going all out to support their respective teams. We do our bit by pitching our homegrown WAGs - against the Pakistani WAGs. Lets look at the Indian and Pakistani cricketers with their WAGs and analyse who's better.
Sachin Tendulkar
Anjali Tendulkar is the name of his wife and is a doctor by profession. She is also a doting mother to her two kids. She always conducts herself with grace in public and is often seen accompanying her husband. She is older than the master blaster, but nobody cares because there couldn't be a cuter looking couple.
Misbah-ul-Haq's darling wife, though nameless here, matches Mrs Tendulkar in terms of grace and beauty. She is mommy to son Fazl-ul-Haq, who might, someday, follow his dad's footsteps.
M.S. Dhoni
The lady who scored the captain of the Indian cricket team is Sakshi Rawat. Dhoni, who had a thing for Miss Padukone, now looks totally besotted by his petite wife and they are often seen going on fun outings. For all we know, they complement each other extremely well.
Shahid Afridi
The Pakistani captain's wife is Nadia Afridi and she is not to be seen without her traditional veil. Unlike Sakshi Dhoni, she isn't a cricket enthusiast and hence never seen cheering her husband on the field. She has given birth to three daughters whose looks give way to their mother's hidden beauty.
Virender Sehwag
Mrs. Aarti Sehwag is a graduate and also a sound support system of the serial run-getter of the team. She gave birth to a baby boy in 2007 and they appear like a blissfully happy family.
Shoaib Malik
Its funny to have a top Indian sportsperson to feature as a part of the Pakistani cricket team. However, Sania is married to banned cricketer Shoaib Malik hence, a Pakistani WAG. Sania is well known for her sporting achievements and is probably the most famous WAG of Pakistan.
Yuvraj Singh
The man of the moment is said to be dating Aanchal Kumar at the moment. Aanchal needs no introduction in India as she has been a top supermodel and was also a participant in the popular show 'Bigg Boss'. A stunner in terms of looks and figure and sets the temperature of the competition rising.
Mohammad Asif
Not that we think Mohammad Asif is a patch on our super stylish Yuvi, but the fact that he too dated a model throws them in a similar league. Asif dated Veena Malik, a contestant on 'Bigg Boss' alongside Aanchal, for quite a while. The relationship turned sour and Veena exposed Asif's spot-fixing details to the media and the ICC. Not quite a fairytale, right?
After going through the long list, we think that the Indians are quite a few notches above their Pakistani counterparts. Not that we're biased towards our homegrown team, but Pakistani WAGs seem to lack the international appeal barring Sania Mirza (we refuse to count Veena Malik for her OTT acts that she subjects her audience to). Our WAGs are more media friendly and are not inhibited to come out in the open and support their better halves apart from keeping their traditions alive.
So, the results have been declared, India wins over Pakistan. At least we like to believe so! (

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How to spot a fake degree

Earn your degree in 48 hours. Get a BBA now and earn an MBA after two years of work experience. Fully recognized! Advertisements like this aredime a dozen in newspapers and magazines, and some of them even offer electronic delivery wherein the degree is delivered by email.

A recent research has estimated that the fake degree industry is worth over Rs. 12,000 crores worldwide. In case of India, the UGC maintains a list of fake universities, but it does not provide you the list of online fakes. We requested Dr.John Bear, the world renowned authority on online degrees, to explain to our readers how to spot a fake degree grading institution. - Editor's note

THERE is no unanimity on what a degree mill is. No one denies that a ‘university’ operating from a mailbox service, selling diplomas to anyone, no questions asked, is a mill. But what if there were a requirement of one month of study and a 10-page thesis? Six months of study, 50 pages? Two years of study and 200 pages? Would it be still a fake university?

A survey of dozens of definitions of ‘degree mill’ found five relevant factors in determining school legitimacy:

* What degree-granting authority has it?

* Amount of work required

* Quality of work required

* Process for awarding credit for prior learning

* Credentials of people who make decisions

Thus a degree mill can be defined as an entity in which:

* Degree-granting authority does not come from a generally-accepted government agency;

* Procedures for determining the amount and quality work do not meet generally-accepted standards; and

* People making these decisions do not have relevant credentials, training, or experience.

The mill-operators most popular tool: The apostille

The Apostille is used to fool people in one country into thinking a fake diploma issued in another country is legitimate. The implications are significant for higher education, immigration systems (visas), and commerce (jobs, promotions, pay raises). The Apostille is simply, an international notarisation, or documentation.

Authorities in one location certify that the signature and seal on a public document from another location is an authentic copy. The Apostille Convention makes clear that, ‘…the effect of an Apostille does not extend to the content of the public document to which it relates.’ One can take any document to a local notary service anywhere. The notary compares the signature on the document with the signature on a passport or driver’s license, and if they are the same, will stamp and seal the document.

The notarised document is then submitted to a national agency which confirms that the original notarized document has a proper seal and signature, then issues the Apostille. At no point does anyone read the document. Apostilles are issued by various agencies: the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK, the Department of State in the US, the Ministry of External Affairs in India, etc., and sometimes by embassies and consulates.

Scores of degree mills have used the Apostille process to fool students. They type out a statement that say they are licensed, accredited, approved, and internationally accepted. That statement is locally notarised, then they get the Apostille and say, for instance, ‘We are fully accredited and recognized by the government of the United States, as attested in a document signed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.’

Warning signs of a degree mill Many of the warning signs are self-apparent, if one is looking for them.

* False or misleading recognition claims. Many people think that accreditation is a mark of quality. It can be, but there are more than 250 ‘accreditation mills’ set up to accredit bad and fake schools.

* Falsely depicting their campus. One mill used computer techniques to paste a sign atop a photo of the building where they rented one small office.

* Ratio of degree programmes to faculty and staff. Mills typically offer degree programmes in hundreds of subjects, despite having at best a few faculty.

* False or misleading memberships and affiliations.

* False or misleading testimonials, typically written by the school owners themselves.

* False alumni descriptions. Mills in existence for only a few months have claimed to have hundreds of thousands of graduates.

* Misleading Internet advertising and websites. One mill set up a website that was an exact copy of their country’s Academy of Sciences, except they had the Academy endorsing their school.

* Abuse of the Apostille process. The most widespread and effective tool used by degree mills.

Credential evaluation

These services evaluate degrees and credentials in one country, as they may apply to further education, licensure, or employment in another country. They might be asked to determine if a Brasilian ‘Bacharel’ is equivalent to, higher, or lower than a Japanese ‘advanced diploma.’ While most services are reliable, there are renegade ones, established or supported by degree mills. They produce reports stating that the credential of a given mill is the equivalent of a traditional university degree. One solution is regulating such services, or forming a trade association with high standards. In the US, there is the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services to fill this need.

Another possible solution could be an expansion and refinement of the Bologna Process [], an affiliation of 4,000 schools in 46 European countries, that is working to develop consensus on the work required to earn various degrees, and a standardization of degree titles. In case of India the listings are maintained by Association of Indian Universities as well as the UGC and that of AICTE.

Consumer organisations

People wishing to learn more about a school can turn to a consumer advice and rights organisation, either governmental (often an ombudsman) or private.

Look on lists published by other organisations

A list of degree mills and current news about fake diplomas, is maintained on a reliable private website called Diploma Mill News.

A book the author and his daughter have written on earning degrees by distance learning has chapters describing unaccredited schools and degree mills. While Bears Guide to Earning Degrees by Distance Learning is out of print, many libraries have it, and more than half the text can be found online without cost at

Develop your own information

Telephone them: A simple ‘detective tool’ is telephoning a school during business hours. If there is an answering service, that is a clue. If a call at three in the morning produces a sleepy voice, answering, ‘Hello,’ that is another clue.

Who owns the website: Who established and operates the website. With degree mills, it is often a location other than where the school claims to be. The information is available without cost at If a school blocks that information, that is also a clue.

What is at the campus address: Entering the address into an Internet search bar often yields information on the occupants of that address. If there is no university, but an office service bureau or mailbox service, that is a clue. One can use free Internet aerial photo service, to see the what is at the address. Terraserver (, Google ( Google also offers street-level photographs as well.

Business information: Many schools, good and bad, have the legal structure of a company or corporation. Information on who formed the company, where it is located, and who the officers and directors are, can be obtained from online government sources.

There is, in law, the concept of sumptuary, or so-called victimless crimes: gambling, prostitution, pornography, drugs, and now the sale of degrees and credentials. In each case, it is a matter of supply and demand. Because some people want the product or service, others will profit by making it available to them. This has gone on for centuries, and very likely always will. The best hope of progress, however small, is to shine the light of publicity on the bad schools, the light of embarrassment on the people buying and using their degrees, and the light of knowledge on professional educators, to encourage them to defend and protect their worthy tradition.

Dr. John Bear is a world-renowned authority on fake online universities and can be reached at

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Huge salary hike, laptops, i-Pads, phones for Andhra legislators

Hyderabad, March 29 (IANS) Andhra legislators never had it so good - apart from a huge jump in their salaries and perks, each one has been gifted a wide range of electronic goods from laptops to mobile phones.

It was a bonanza for each of the 294 members of the assembly and 90 members of the legislative council. On the last day of the budget session, the legislature passed a bill hiking their salaries and allowances by about 150 percent.

The basic monthly pay has gone up from Rs.5,000 to Rs.12,000 while allowances have been increased from Rs.36,800 to Rs.83,000. After this hike, each legislator will get up to Rs.95,000 per month.

In addition, every member will get railway coupons worth Rs.70,000.

Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC), Road Transport Corporation (RTC), Housing Corporation and Girijan Cooperatives will also present special gift vouchers to the legislators.

This is not all. Every member of assembly will get a laptop, printer, scanner, i-Pad and Samsung Galaxy mobile phone.

The pension of former legislators and legislative councillors has also been increased to Rs.15,000. This will be Rs.20,000 for legislators who served two terms and Rs.25,000 for three terms.

The salaries and allowances were hiked on the basis of recommendation of the amenities committee of the legislature. The panel recommended the hike in view of the increased cost of living. The last hike was six years ago.

The members wanted a three-fold increase in their salaries and allowances but Deputy Speaker Nadendla Manohar advised them not to seek an unreasonable hike. He pointed out to them that nowhere in the country were the legislators receiving a monthly pay of Rs.100,000.

ICT Company:Orissa to request Posco not to shift its ICT firm

Bhubaneswar, Mar 28 (PTI) Orissa government will request South Korean steel major Posco not to shift its proposed ICT Company, an IT firm registered in on the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) here.

"We serves to apply for Posco to keep with its ICT (information and communication technology) project," Orissa Science and Technology Minister Ramesh Majhi said right here today.

The establishment is planning to shift the anticipate to Delhi-NCR region, he said.

Posco ICT Company had applied for winding up based on what i read in here though a letter in January, he said, adding the current the commission of directors of the Korea-based company had taken the decision in that regard.

The Orissa government has decided to make the ask after considering that ICT''s exit could affect the state''s IT sector.

The South Korean steel major had proposed to set up a 12 mtpa (million tonnes per annum) steel mill pretty near Paradip but concluded to shift its IT project from the situation due to defer in implementation, POSCO resources said.

15 Mega Food Parks:India to set up 15 mega food parks

Mumbai, March 28 (IANS) The Indian government has approved funds for establishing 15 mega food parks across the country, an official said Monday.

Speaking at the two-day Food Forum 2011, Food Processing Secretary Ashok Sinha said: 'We are setting up 15 mega food parks initially out of the 30 planned during the 11th Plan. These parks can provide state of art infrastructure for food processing sector.'

'The central government has already approved Rs 50 crore worth grant for every park,' he added.

Sinha additionally expressed his concern over the critical food trouble the whole world is reeling under and the cost of produce due to lack of storage.

'India loses a extensive quantity of her harvested produce levels almost Rs.30,000 crore annually. This staggering loss is majorly meaning India's agri-business as well as agro-economy,' he said.

'It is essential, therefore, to craft alternative supply chains, that will link the farmer to the processing and marketing centers. The development of an integrated system of post harvest technology and cold chain management is inevitable,' he added.

Atul Singh, chairman Food Forum India, in his welcome address, highlighted the tremendous growth opportunities in the food industry as of expansion of the middle class and the youth population.

'India is a substantial market's success and with the adjust in buyer preferences, there will be a incredible demand for packaged food and beverages. Thus, innovation in the food sector needs to continue,' he said.

Spectrum mismanagement a concern for telecom sector: Sibal

New Delhi, Mar 28 (PTI) Telecom minister Kapil Sibal today alleged telecom sector problems have stemmed from mismanagement of spectrum.

Spectrum engineering and management are at the heart of tiny use of a resource, he said, adding the problems faced by the sector got "reflection of the way the private sector has not managed the resource and the way public universe has not framed policies for managing the resource." The minister was laying the foundation stone for government-run National Institute of Communication and Finance and Advance Radio Spectrum Engineering and Management Studies (IARSEMS).

"We are lucky that natural resource (spectrum) with us can not be traded away, but we undergo to manage it efficiently to reach across masses", he said while laying emphasis on compact use of the spectrum.

"It is the resource that connects Delhi to North East, Delhi to rural areas, bridges gap between marginalised and empowered," he said.

Further, the minister said that the upcoming federal institutions would set benchmarks for communication mortgages accounting and spectrum management by producing highly trained officers.

"High quality human resource is at the heart of all development process. In its absence, you can not take up development of sector," Sibal said.

Minister of state for IT and Communications Sachin Pilot, who was also new at the occasion, identified the setting up of institutes as an important step for the development of telecom sector.

"The way we witnessed telecom revolution in the country and progress of private players, we feel which our officers in various departments moreover need a platform for getting training to keep pace surrounded by the sector and have best bargain of new technology," Pilot said.

NICF will work on the behalf of as a national level training and research centre for telecom policies, planning and licencing, postal accounts, mortgages and internal audit and tied subjects.

IARSEMS is planning to cater to training needs of officers related to spectrum management and engineering for its efficient use. PTI PRS

Jindal SAW Ltd: Court notice to Jindal SAW Ltd

Gandhinagar, March 28 (IANS) The Gujarat High Court has given come to find to Jindal SAW Limited and others in a litigation alleging irregularities of the establishment to have a proposed public hearing and starting making without environmental clearance for it is new unit at Mundra in Kutch district.

The petitioners, Mahesh Solanki and Aniruddhsinh Jethwa, residents of Samaghogha village in Mundra taluka of Kutch, undergo put forward a petition in the public interest before the first bench of the court. The petitioners, through their advocate Anand Yagnik, claimed the company's imagine falls under category B and for which prior environmental clearance is mandatory.

They claimed that when the clearance is yet to be received from the state level expert appraisal committee, Jindal Saw Limited, has started making at the proposed site.

'This is clear violation of the Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 as amended and instructions issued by respondent Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India under the Environment Rules and Environment Act,' the petitioners claimed.

Advocate Yagnik said, 'The Company presently has a manufacturing unit in the vicinity, manufacturing DI Pipes of unique sizes. This may be an extension of the pre&wshyp;existing unit. However, before getting prior environmental clearance no making of any nature can be put up except fencing and temporary shelter for guards. The construction is forecasted at a very solid quickness as if clearance is just a paper formality before much the public hearing takes place.'

He further said the venue of the public hearing on Tuesday is in the School which is for the duration of the premises of existing manufacturing unit of Jindal SAW Ltd and this is not a pale venue as vital and therefore needs to be changed.

The petitioners alleged that neither the summary, in a vernacular language, nor the Environmental Impact Assessment Report submitted by the project proponent is actually available with either the Gram Panchayat, or Mamlatdar office.

The PIL stated, for the purpose of 'Informed participation of villagers' in the public hearing, emulate of the entire Environmental Impact Assessment Report is required to be provided in vernacular language before actually public hearing takes place with a an adequate amount of gap between provision of the EIA Report of the proposed project in vernacular slang and the public hearing.

The petitioners have furthermore challenged the EIA notification of 2006 handed out by Ministry of Environment and Forests to the quantity that it permits provision of summary in vernacular language. They've challenged it on the ground such a such discrimination on the explanation of jargon violates Article 14 of the Constitution of India and it therefore is unconstitutional.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wives & girlfriends of Indian cricketers: WAGs of Indian Cricketers

Sakshi and Mahinder Singh Dhoni 
With the upcoming World Cup 2011, many cricket lovers are curious to find out more and more information on cricketers and their lives on and off the field. An important part of the lives are the WAGs (Wives And Girlfriends) of these cricketers.
We present an article on the WAGs of the members of the team representing our country at the World Cup.

Sachin Tendulkar and Anjali

Anjali Tendulkar

The Little Master's not-so-little wife is a doctor by profession and is the mother of two kids. She has been the pillar of strength for the rock of Team India.
Often seen at different matches featuring her husband, she would probably be seen at the upcoming matches of World Cup 2011.

sakshi rawat and mahender singh dhoni

Sakshi Rawat

A hotel management student, Mrs. Dhoni has won the hearts of cricket watchers with her friendly demeanour and refreshing attitude.She is often seen cheering on the stands for the Indian captain. She has brought the much required glamour on and off the Indian cricket team.
geeta basra and harbhajan singh
Geeta Basra
Spectators will be eagerly anticipating to see a glimpse of Bollywood in the World Cup 2011 in the form of Harbhajan Singh's on and off girlfriend, Geeta Basra. The glamorous actress cheered for Bhajji during and IPL match and the same would be expected of her in the World Cup too.

Aanchal Kuma and Yuvraj Singh

Aanchal Kumar

Yuvraj Singh's latest flame is none other than the supermodel and ex-contestant of 'Bigg Boss' Aanchal Kumar.She definitely adds a great deal of spark to the list of WAGs of the Indian cricketers.

Virendar and Aarti Sehwag

Aarti Sehwag

She is the wife of the current favorite in the cricket team, Virender Sehwag. She is a graduate and is a great support system for the batsmen irrespective of his form. She forms an integral part of the WAGs of the Indian cricket team.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Harry Houdini Biography: About Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini

Real Name:    Erich Weiss
Birthday:    March 24
Birth Country:    Hungary
Where Buried:    Machpelah Cemetery
New York, New York

There is no question that Houdini is the most famous magician in history. His name is synonymous with escapes; his ability to get out of seemingly impossible situations- and his knack for publicizing these events- made him a legend in his own time. The Houdini myth is about to be examined, and truth really is stranger than fiction!

The Houdini Family
Houdini was born Erich Weiss on March 24, 1874. Though he claimed throughout his life that Appleton, Wisconsin was his birthplace, he was really born in Budapest, Hungary. He was four years old when his family moved to America.

He had four brothers (Theodore, Leopold, Nathan and William) and a sister, Carrie. Heading the family were Samuel and Cecilia, Houdini's mother and father.

Houdini Family Scandal
Houdini's family had its share of conflicts. Not only was Houdini's childhood spent in poverty, but the individual family members seemed often to be at odds with each other. Consequently, permanent animosity arose when brother Nathan's wife Sadie divorced him and, within two weeks, married brother Leopold. Houdini himself caused friction in his Jewish family when he married Bess (Wilhelmina Rahner), who was Catholic. This choice would have consequences after Houdini's death: though he stipulated in his will that he wanted Bess buried beside him, the Machpelah cemetery would not allow the interment of someone outside the Jewish faith. Bess, who passed away aboard a passenger train traveling cross-country between Los Angeles and New York, instead is buried in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery (Hawthorne, NY), near Babe Ruth, Jimmy Cagney, Sal Mineo and Dutch Schultz.

Houdini's Traits
Houdini was small, standing a mere 5'5", with dark, wavy hair, dark gray eyes and a high-pitched voice. Like many people in his day (especially those from immigrant families), Houdini was poorly educated. He was, however, extremely athletic and highly motivated to succeed.

Houdini allowed his brother Leopold, New York's first X-ray specialist, to X-ray him frequently. Most likely this caused sterilization; Houdini had no children.

According to an autobiographical pamphlet published by the magician in 1920, Houdini said that his favorite place was Hollywood, California and that his favorite song was Auld Lang Syne (the traditional New Year's Eve tune). Houdini's motto? "And this, too, shall pass away".

Houdini's Interest in Magic
Houdini became fascinated with magic after seeing Dr. Lynn, a traveling magician, as a young boy. He did not, as legend has it, run away with a circus, nor was he an apprentice to a locksmith. In reality, he turned to magic at age 17 as an alternative to factory work. He teamed up with Jack Hayman, a fellow magic enthusiast, to form the Houdini Brothers. (The name "Houdini" was used in tribute to Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin, the most famous magician of the era). The team's specialty was the Crate Escape. When Hayman became bored, Houdini's brother Theodore (later known as Hardeen) became his partner. Shortly, Hardeen was replaced by Bess Rahner, the woman who became Houdini's partner both in the act and in his life.

Houdini's Career
Surprising as it may seem, Houdini was not an instant success. For the first five years, he tried every type of magic, from card manipulations (billed as the "King of Cards") to illusions and run-of-the-mill box escapes. In 1896, ready to give up, he actually ran a newspaper ad offering to sell all of his magic and secrets for $20. There were no takers.

His one big success was the Needle Trick, a grisly effect involving the swallowing of dozens of needles and thread, then the regurgitation of the thread with all the needles neatly threaded on. This effect would be a cornerstone of his act throughout his life.

By 1898, Houdini had come up with the Challenge Act, the act that would make him a legend. As the Handcuff King, Houdini would escape from any pair of handcuffs produced by the audience. Generally, this act was well received. By 1904, Houdini was forced to make some modifications in the act, due to repeated attempts by various police officers who tried to spoil his routine by secretly jamming the cuffs offered.

Until the success of the Challenge Act, Houdini had even resorted to posing as a "spirit medium", gathering information from cemeteries and town clerks before shows to make his "messages" more convincing.

The Challenge Act was the turning point for Houdini. With its success came the development of the spectacular escapes that would make Houdini a legend.

Houdini's Escapes
During a visit to a psychiatrist friend in Nova Scotia in 1896, Houdini saw his first strait jacket. Rather than be shocked by it, he was inspired to create an act around escaping from it. And Houdini didn't just escape from a strait jacket- he did it hanging upside down from his ankles, suspended yards above the ground.

Houdini then expanded his Challenge Act to escape not only from any handcuffs offered, but from most any location suggested. Houdini escaped from jail cells, from handcuffed bridge jumps, from padlocked crates thrown into rivers, from locked canvas mailbags- even from a giant paper bag, without making a single tear in it.

Possibly his most memorable escapes were the stage illusions he made famous, the Water Torture Cell, the Milk Can Escape and Buried Alive.

Houdini vs. the Spiritualists
The death of Houdini's mother focused his attention on the thriving business of spirit mediumship, or the contacting of the dead. Whether Houdini was genuinely outraged at the victimization of the bereaved, or whether he simply saw an opportunity to capitalize on public interest, Houdini spent the last 13 years of his life in a highly publicized battle with the spiritualists. Using his knowledge of illusion, Houdini was able to duplicate the ghostly apparitions, noises and mysterious levitations produced by the working mediums and their "spirits". His "exposures" became so popular with his audiences that they took up more than a third of his regular program. Coached by the famous psychic Anna Eva Fay, Houdini cleverly became, in his way, the most famous "spiritualist" of all.

Houdini's Other Accomplishments

Houdini is credited with the invention or unique improvement of a number of important illusions (the Strait Jacket Escape, Walking Through a Brick Wall, Metamorphosis, Buried Alive, the Hindu Needle Trick, the Chinese Water Torture Cell and the Milk Can Escape). He also owned the Martinka magic shop in New York City for a short while (saving it from bankruptcy); he would spend days on end sitting in the shop, autographing and selling his books to eager magic fans. He was also president of the Society of American Magicians for the year 1923-4.

In 1910, he purchased a Voisin biplane in Germany. He had the plane dismantled and shipped to Australia, where he planned an extended tour. His plane was the first flown in Australia, and he was one of the first to pilot a plane there. Interestingly, he taught himself how to drive a car during that time, so that he could get out to the airfield. After his Australian tour, Houdini abandoned the plane and coincidentally, also never drove again.

In 1919, he became a film producer/actor/stunt man, creating the Houdini Pictures Corporation and actively participating in such films as The Grim Game, Terror Island, The Master Mystery, The Man From Beyond, and Haldane of the Secret Service. He actually performed his own stunts, a very dangerous proposition. For all of his efforts, the films were not very successful.

Houdini also held a patent for a style of diving suit. The innovation was granted U.S. Patent Number 1,370,316 on March 1, 1921. The improved construction of the suit was a direct result of Houdini's interest in underwater escapes. The patent reads: "The invention relates to deep sea diving suits or armors, and its object is to provide a new and improved diver's suite arranged to permit the diver, in case of danger for any cause whatever, to quickly divest himself of the suit while being submerged and to safely escape and reach the surface of the water. Another object is to enable the diver to put on or take off the suit without requiring assistance."

In the early 1900's while performing on the vaudeville circuit, Houdini worked with a couple named Keaton. Their young son Joseph was intrigued by Houdini's amazing magic, and Houdini was quite taken with the boy. Houdini nicknamed him "Buster", and the name stuck, explaining how Buster Keaton, the famous film comedian, got his name.

Houdini was understandably protective of his position as the World's Most Famous Magician, and he often went to great lengths to distance himself from the other magicians of his day. His strong ego and rather cold relationships with other magic entertainers made him a natural target for their sarcasm. In fact, Dai Vernon, later to be regarded in the late 20th century as a master close-up magician, was widely regarded as "The Man Who Fooled Houdini". Whether Vernon actually stumped the great magician is irrelevant; the claim was a reputation-maker for Vernon.

Paradoxically, Houdini also went out of his way to support the magic community. In 1917, he became the 10th president of the Society of American Magicians, a position he held until his death in 1926. No one to this date has served a longer presidential term. And in 1919, Houdini served as president of the legendary Martinka Magic Co., saving it from failure.

The Strange Truth About Houdini's Death
The 1953 movie Houdini starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh did much to create the commonly-held belief that Houdini died onstage attempting to perform the Water Torture Cell illusion.

The sad truth is that Houdini was in the middle of a U.S. tour in the fall of 1926 when he and Bess began to experience severe stomach discomfort. A performer to the core, Houdini refused medical treatment, because that would have meant missing some shows. Quite possibly Houdini was suffering from the onset of appendicitis, and his own stubborn refusal to see a doctor might have spelled his doom. Houdini was tired, and unusually accident-prone. In Albany, NY, his ankle broke as he was being lifted into the Water Torture Cell. In pain, he continued to perform. A few days later, in Canada, he allegedly was punched in the stomach by J. Gordon Whitehead, a McGill university student who was testing Houdini's well-known ability to withstand blows to the body. That punch may or may not have been the cause of Houdini's ruptured appendix; regardless, Houdini collapsed onstage in Detroit, and was admitted to Grace Hospital, suffering from peritonitis. (Read an account by the wife of Dr. Daniel Cohn, Houdini's attending physician.)

Bess was also admitted to the hospital to be treated for her stomach ailments. Every day for nearly a week, she was wheeled into Houdini's room to see him.

On October 31, with his brother Hardeen at his side, Houdini passed away. His last words were, "I'm tired of fighting".

Houdini left an estate of about $500,000 to his wife. To his brother Hardeen, he left his show, his equipment and his magic secrets. Houdini's instructions were that Hardeen should use the equipment, but that it should be burned at Hardeen's death. Luckily for magic historians and collectors, Hardeen sold the show and nothing was destroyed. (Jack Flosso, owner of Flosso-Hornmann Magic Co., remembers seeing Hardeen lining the bottom of his doves' cages with Houdini posters, however.)

Though Houdini officially died of peritonitis, Bess was able to collect double indemnity on his insurance policy, claiming the blow was equivalent to "an accident directly causing the premature demise of Harry Houdini".

One macabre sidebar: in the summer of 1926, a few months before he died, Houdini heard about a magician who had sealed himself inside a box and had been lowered into water, where he allegedly stayed for over an hour, submerged, before coming up out of the water and the box, triumphant. Houdini purchased a bronze coffin and had himself locked into it and submerged in a hotel swimming pool for an hour and a half before the coffin was pulled out of the water and opened to reveal a smiling, healthy Houdini. Houdini took the coffin on tour with him in the fall, displaying it in the lobbies of the theaters he played and planning it feature the illusion on his tour. (The famous Buried Alive! poster was designed to promote this very illusion.) He jokingly instructed his wife to use the coffin should anything happen to him while on tour. Sadly, it was in that very coffin that Houdini's body was returned to New York for burial.

Houdini Haunted Houses?
Both Houdini's New York and Los Angeles homes were said to be haunted by his ghostly spirit. The New York townhouse still stands at 278 W. 113th Street (it was recently offered for sale); Houdini's "HH" initials are set in mosaic tile on the bathroom floor. His Los Angeles home at 2350 Laurel Canyon burned many years after his death, but the site is still rumored to be visited by ghostly apparitions.

The Houdini Séances
For ten years, Bess presided over annual well-publicized séances held on October 31, the anniversary of Houdini's death. Though she stopped participating in 1938, séances to contact Houdini continued.

Houdini's Enduring Fame
Why is Houdini as famous now as he was more than 70 years ago? Perhaps it was because he was a unique, talented and motivated magician. Perhaps it was because Houdini was a terrific showman and self-promoter. Or perhaps it was because Bess kept a full-time publicist on her payroll for sixteen years after her husband's death, just to keep the Houdini legend alive. She did a great job.

The Power of the Legal Network ~ Networking 101 for Attorneys

The energy of networking is undeniable; whether a spontaneous or a well knew out intentional act, networking today has evolved into an art form. Networking is no longer easily almost having access to information throughout jobs, developments within your firm or events in the legal market. It has alleged mammoth levels and could be the difference between success and failure. While it is real the man cannot make a home in isolation, we all fear the unknown and naturally shrink at the prospect of going out of our way to ‘get-to-know’ persons whom we otherwise are able to not hold known.

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Think Twice Before Claiming “Things” on Social Networking Sites

the Advertising and Standards Authority of UK shall have a even better role to play. The ASA’s digital remit has been extended as far as it relates to public relations.

All advertising and promotional claims on the internet, along with social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, are to turn up beneath the same plan as the push and television. This looks like it's to be a welcome extension of the powers of the ASA.

So think twice before you claim things on social networking ones or advertise your packages or services in any one of them.

ASA’s new powers will be funded by a 0.1 per cent levy on paid-for advertisements appearing on internet searching the web engines. It assumed that Google, the biggest searching engine, would be providing “seed capital” to initially finance the ASA.

There shall be a quarterly assess of the long digital remit by the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP), Advertising and Standards Authority ASA) and the Advertising Standards Boards of Finance (ASBOF) to ensure so the UK’s advertising self-regulatory method keeps to work in the best interest of mortgage holders and the re&wshyp;selling region in the online and offline world.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Five-year-old Indian becomes millionaire:lottery at a nationwide bond

Dubai: A five-year-old Indian boy has become a millionaire overnight after successful a lottery at a nationwide bond attract here.

Ebrahim Fahimuddin Shaikh became the second millionaire in the year when the February allure of National Bonds Corporation picked his name.

Ebrahim's father acquired the livlihood influencing call on Saturday.

"At first, I thought it was a prank clamor so I carried along surrounded by the call, shortly after it hit me, I am basically really operating to National Bonds CEO in person," he said.

"I was overwhelmed with joy and happiness for my son! I realised I experience just become the father of a millionaire and too my continued dedication to teaching Ebrahim the importance of savings has easily been rewarded," Sheikh said.

Sheikh believed he opted to save for his simple future at a young age with National Bonds saving scheme.

"Thank You National Bonds. I want to buy candy and sweets with it, save similar to my dad and get toys and gifts for my family," said the young winner.

Ebrahim's family represents the eventually expanding segment of expats in the UAE who are realising the importance of committing to a financially-safe lifestyle and a brighter tomorrow, by making control of the cash through responsible spending and regular saving through a trustworthy highly recomensing scheme.

Till date, 63 per cent of National Bonds' millionaires have been heard expatriates, and further as opposed to 166 million Dirhams rate of prizes hold been distributed to expat bondholders. With for the duration of 610,000 lendees for the National Bonds, the plethora of expatriate bondholders increased by 8 per cent between 2009 and 2010.

Mohammed Qasim Al Ali, CEO of National Bonds Corporation said that the scheme keeps to exceed customers' projections by offering innovative initiatives to provide saving a repaying and enriching experience.

"Most of our customers experience turned to more frequent savers from the time properties joined the programme, furnishing them financial security and peace-of-mind. I am proud to see more and more households and their families committing to savings and appearing ahead for a better financial future."

He said that minors these types of as Ebrahim form 13 per cent of the whole number of bondholders and this total amount has increased year on year.

"This means too we are encouraging certain savings values of a younger age and the present boosted financial responsibility will make to a steady region in the future," he said.

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Quarter-final World Cup 2011:quarter-final stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 have been announced

As the tournament inserts to the knock-out phase, the meet official appointments for the quarter-final phase of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 suffer continued announced. The primarily quarter-final could take place in Mirpur, Dhaka, on Wednesday to start on one days of thrilling high-stakes cricket providing five teams going piece of real estate at the end of it.

The balance official appointments are as follows:

23 March - Pakistan v West Indies, Mirpur

Chris Broad (match referee), Billy Bowden and Steve Davis (both on-field), Daryl Harper (third umpire), Bruce Oxenford (fourth umpire)

24 March - Australia v India, Ahmedabad

Ranjan Madugalle (match referee), Marais Erasmus and Ian Gould (both on-field), Richard Kettleborough (third umpire), Asad Rauf (fourth umpire)

25 March - South Africa v New Zealand, Mirpur

Roshan Mahanama (match referee), Aleem Dar and Rod Tucker (both on-field), Kumar Dharmasena (third umpire), Nigel Llong (fourth umpire)

26 March - Sri Lanka v England, Colombo

Jeff Crowe (match referee), Billy Doctrove and Simon Taufel (both on-field), Tony Hill (third umpire), Shavir Tarapore (fourth umpire).

Appointments for the semi-finals and closing am able to be came up with in due class

Monday, March 21, 2011

Hike salaries by 40 per cent: Solace from inflation - Companies hike salaries by 40 per cent

With day-to-day leading influencing costlier, firms hold brought up salaries to as elevated as 40 per cent exceptionally at the junior levels, say experts.In most recent times, boost has been heard at astronomical rates due to appreciating rates of pivotal commodities.

"Inflation has affected the salary hikes towards the better side," executive search engine stable GlobalHunt's director Sunil Goel imparted upon PTI.

"As swell has talked about expense of living, so direct diminish is visible a multitude of at junior and entry total sum at which businesses undergo increased salaries up to 30-40 per cent," he said.

Last month, value increase climbed to 8.31 per cent as put against to 8.23 per cent in January. Food increment stood at 9.42 per cent in the week finished March 5.

As this attrition cost levels along amid boost had prompted organizations to raise the total easy salary homes to "15-20 per cent at all the utilization levels", Gi Staffing Services' Branch Head (Mumbai) Swapnil Jain said.

India is guessed to see one of the biggest salary hikes the current year at 12.9 per cent, according to foreign HR consultancy Aon Hewitt. Last year, actual substantiate was available 11.7 per cent.

"Inflation lower the propensity to save; therefore the organisations try and equate up to the salary offerings of the members to the same extent," Elixir Web Solutions' HR Manager Geeta Verma said.

Elixir is a greatest recruitment technique outsourcing firm. "The hike in boost expenses has enabled organisations to offer competitory salaries so who ratio of expenses/savings exists proportionate to the swelling cost levels of inflation," Verma noted.

Aon Hewitt has supposed salaries of general/entry rate constituents to be 12.7 per cent in 2011 as judged against to 11.4 per cent go on year. It had pointed out the inflate are able to be attributed to astronomical turnover (attrition) numbers and prohibative increment rates.

However, professionals feel such a cost increase has not pushed salaries to even greater market value in corporations everywhere the commission from the time chosen entities too give the impression at pay parity for this employees.

Cricket World Cup 2011:CWC 2011 VENUE


Eden Gardens - Kolkata
Established in 1864, the world-famous ground is the country's biggest cricket venue and had initially a seating capacity of 120,000 before renovations reduced it to its current capacity of 90,000. It hosted its first Test in 1934 between India and England, and the first ODI was played here between India and Pakistan in 1987.

The ground is famous for its passionate and vocal crowd and has previously hosted the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1987 and 1996. The venue was witness to some famous individual feats including Harbhajan Singh becoming the first-ever Indian bowler to capture a Test hat-trick against Australia in March 2001 and Kapil Dev's ODI hat-trick against Sri Lanka in January 1991.

Feroz Shah Kotla - Delhi
Established in 1883, the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, formerly known as Willingdon Pavilion, is run by Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) and is named after Feroz Shah Tughlaq of the Tughlaq dynasty from the 14th century. It held its first official match on November 10, 1948 between India and West Indies. The stadium with a seating capacity of 48,000 has also hosted the 1987 and 1996 ICC Cricket World Cups.

Anil Kumble famously took his 10 Test wickets in an innings on this ground in 1999 against Pakistan. In 1983-84, Sunil Gavaskar scored his 29th century to equal Don Bradman's long standing record for the highest number of hundreds in Test cricket. In 2005-06, Sachin Tendulkar broke Gavaskar's record of most centuries with his 35th Test century in this venue.

Wankhede Stadium - Mumbai
Established in 1974, the stadium is located less than a mile away from Brabourne Stadium. Its seaside proximity assists swing bowlers during the early part of each day. It is currently being rebuilt ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

The first Test in the ground was played in January 1975 between India and West Indies. The venue has played host to ICC Cricket World Cup 1987 and 1996.

M. A.Chidambaram Stadium - Chennai
The venue, better known as Chepauk Stadium, was established in 1916, and has a capacity of 50,000. The first Test was played here in February 1934 between India and England and the stadium has also hosted the 1987 and 1996 ICC Cricket World Cups. The first-ever Ranji Trophy match between Mysore and Tamil Nadu was also played here.

Pakistan's Saeed Anwar scored his famous knock of 194 against India in the Independence Cup match in 1997 at the same venue. India's Virender Sehwag produced his classic triple-hundred at this venue in the 2008 Test between India and South Africa.

The stadium is also recognised for the sporting behaviour of its crowd, which is reputed to be one of the most knowledgeable and appreciative in the country.

Punjab Cricket Association Stadium - Mohali
The 30,000-seat venue was established in 1993, and was transformed from a swamp with deep ravines into one of India's top sporting venues in the space of just two years. The first official match played here was an ODI between India and South Africa in November 1993. It was the venue for the thrilling ICC CWC 1996 semi-final in 1996 when Australia beat the West Indies by five runs.

The pitch initially assisted pace bowlers, especially in Test matches, but it has subsequently settled down to become a batsman's paradise. West Indies' Jimmy Adams has fond memories of the ground , in 1994, he scored 174 not and 78 not out, leading his side to victory by 243 runs.

The venue is considered to be one of the best in the country, with world-class facilities for practice, spectators as well the media.

Vidharba Cricket Association Stadium - Nagpur
This stadium, with a seating capacity of 45,000, was established in 2008 and boasts some of the best facilities in the country for players, spectators and media. Built over 35-acres of land, the venue is located 20 kilometres from the city center.

The first official match played here was the fourth Test between India and Australia in November 2008. The Vidarbha Cricket Association subsequently installed floodlights in the stadium for the day and night ODI series against Australia in 2009-10. The ground also hosted the second ODI between India and Sri Lanka in December 2009 when the venue was shifted from Vishakhapatnam due to security reasons.

Sardar Patel Stadium - Ahmedabad
Also known as Motera, the stadium was established in 1982 and is built on the banks of the Sabarmati River on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. Located on a 50-acre site, it took only nine months to construct the 48,000-seater stadium.

The first match played here was the third Test between India and West Indies in November 1983. The venue also hosted the first match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 1996 between India and Zimbabwe in October 1987.

The venue has witnessed some memorable Indian feats including Sunil Gavaskar achieving 10,000 Test runs against Pakistan in 1986-87, and Kapil Dev claiming his 432nd victim to break Richard Hadlee's record as leading Test wicket-taker.

M. Chinnaswamy Stadium - Bangalore
Established in 1969, the venue was originally named as Karnataka State Cricket Association Stadium and eventually renamed after M Chinnaswamy, who was the president of the Indian board from 1977 until 1980.

The stadium was given Test status in 1974-75 and hosted West Indies in the opening match, although the stadium was only half-built. That match was also the debut of two West Indian greats, Gordon Greenidge and Viv Richards.

The venue, with a capacity of 50,000, has also hosted ICC CWC matches in 1987 and 1996 including the fierce CWC quarterfinal between India and Pakistan in March 1996.

R. Premadasa Stadium - Colombo
Established in 1986, the venue, named after former Sri Lanka president Ranasinghe Premadasa, was earlier named Khettarama Stadium. It is the biggest stadium in the country and was built on swampland previously used by monks ferrying across to the Khettarama temple adjacent to the stadium.

The 35,000-seater venue hosted its first official match with the ODI between Sri Lanka and New Zealand played on April 1986. The first Test was played between Sri Lanka and Australia in September 1992.

A new training centre was developed behind the stadium with 16 practice pitches and dormitories for the Academy which started in 2003.

Pallekele Cricket Stadium - Kandy
The venue is being built exclusively for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and will host three CWC matches.

Pallakele was acquired by SLC in 2006 for developing it into an international venue with lights so that international cricket matches can be hosted. The venue has already hosted an U19 match between Pakistan and Bangladesh, during the tri-series in late 2009.

The project, to be built at an estimated cost of $3.93 million, will have a capacity of 25,000 and would also be beneficial for schools around the area.

Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota
Established in 2009, the venue is being built exclusively for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and will host two CWC matches. Sri Lanka Cricket considered building new venues when existing grounds like Galle, SSC and P Sara Oval, did not qualify for having capacity crowds of less than 20,000.

The project to build an international cricket stadium in Hambantota with lights was approved in 2006 by Sri Lanka Cricket. The entire cost of the stadium is estimated to be US$7.86 million and is expected to be ready by August 2010.

Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium - Chittagong
The venue is also known as Chittagong Divsional Stadium and previously known as Bir Shrestha Shahid Ruhul Amin Stadium. Situated about half-an-hour outside the city centre, the stadium was one of the five purpose-built cricket grounds established in the run-up to the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2004.

Spectators can enjoy both cricket and breathtaking beauty of the Bay of Bengal simultaneously for the wonderful location of the stadium. It was granted full international status in January 2006, ahead of Sri Lanka's visit to the country.

Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium - Dhaka
Established in 2006, the venue was named after AK Fazlul Haque - the country's renowned leader and has a seating capacity of 25,000. The stadium will host the opening ceremony of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

The first official match played here was the ODI between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in December 2008 and the ground was granted as Test venue status in 2007.

Youngest CEO in the World: Sindhuja Rajaraman 14 Year-old World's Youngest CEO

14 Year-old Student Sindhuja Rajaraman has become the World's Youngest CEO. Sindhuja Rajaraman is a 9th Standard Student has become the endeavor of Seppan Company, Seppan Company is a Chennai-based animation venture. Presently headed by Sindhuja Rajaraman, who was awarded by the National Association of Software and Service Companies.

Sindhuja Rajaraman was furthermore awarded the Fastest 2-D Animator by NASSCOM. Now Sindhuja heads 6 member team in Seppan for new project labeled "Virtual T Nagar". Sindhuja's mother is a cartoonist out of Ramanathapuram. Tamilnadu.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Malaysian airlines troubled by crash rumours

A Malaysian budget airline, AirAsia, is facing an unusual problem -- hoax messages are being posted on blogs that speak of its planes crashing.
The airlines has written to the communications ministry and multimedia commission and also lodged a police complaint about the circulation of these messages on blogs and Twitter and Facebook postings.
AirAsia operates many flights to Indian cities.
'We advise the public to disregard malicious messages circulating on Twitter, Facebook or via chain SMS. We will not hesitate to take strong legal action and initiate civil or criminal proceedings against individuals or groups who circulate or spread false and malicious messages regarding our company, particularly relating to matters of safety,' AirAsia said in a statement.
The company headed by an ethnic Indian, Tony Fernandes, said it would do all it could to trace those responsible for spreading the messages.
Hoax messages about an AirAsia flight having crashed Sunday spread like wildfire through text messages and the social networks.
According to the messages, the flight had crashed at the Kuching airport in Sarawak state or at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
AirAsia said the rumours had caused panic among the public and disrupted its operations.

Wikileaks disclosures: BJP demands UPA government's resignation

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Thursday demanded the 'immediate' resignation of the Manmohan Singh government in the wake of the revelations in leaked US diplomatic cables overly payoffs had been made to MPs to ensure majority in conviction vote in 2008.

The issue was raised in both properties of parliament. The furore more than the issue saw both houses being adjourned till 12 noon.

'It is conclusively clear so such government survived on the basis of a political sin,' said BJP's Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley at the embark on of the session.

'The municipal which survived on the strength of these a political or moral sin has no authority. We demand that this government must resign immediately,' Jaitley said.

The Wikileaks diplomatic cables published by The Hindu newspaper quoted the political aide of Congress leader Satish Sharma as stating that a fund of Rs.50 crore had been formed to pay MPs for the confidence vote.

A US embassy official was apparently shown amid two chests of money in the political aide's house, kept for the payoffs.

In the Lok Sabha, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj claimed the information in the cables was a big monstrosity on Indian democracy.

'There is no higher shamelessness as opposed to this...that folks were showing war chests to outsiders,' she said, inserting the current the federal has lost the moral authority to be in power.

In both structures of parliament, there was uproar when opposition leaders tried to speak, with Congress members objecting and becoming up on this feet.
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Supermoon on March :Supermoon on March 19th may cause natural disasters

On March 19th 2011, the moon can make its closest method to Earth in all but 20 years, possibly instigating earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and a multitude of disasters.

The phenomenon, called lunar perigee or Supermoon, takes place when the moon reaches its ensured closest rate to Earth. On March 19, the inherent satellite will be able to be only 221,567 miles away based on data from our planet.

There got Supermoons in 1955, 1974, 1992 and 2005, and these ages had the share of elevated weather conditions, too. Although there are scientific laws the say the moon impacts the Earth, it is significantly ambiguous whether the lunar perigee and normal disasters is coincidence or not.

Two days after online forewarnings that the Supermoon may make for disasters, the devastating Japanese tsunami required to all to imagine - are able to the movement of the moon cause natural calamities?

"Supermoons own a historical firm in firm storms, very excessive tides, astronomical tides and as well earthquakes," the Daily Mail quoted astrologer Richard Nolle, who primarily coined the managed in 1979, as stating in an interview with ABC radio.

However, scientists dismiss the present as utter nonsense.

Dr David Harland, space historian and author, said, "It's impending the the moon may be a kilometre or two closer to Earth as opposed to common at a perigee, but it is an absolutely insignificant event."

Professor George Helffrich, a seismologist at the University of Bristol was equally dismissive.

"Complete nonsense. The moon has no extensive harm on earthquake triggering. If the moon triggers "big" earthquakes, it may lead the multitude of of millions of times more "small" earthquakes the present happen daily. There is no tad dependence of those; thus no moon effect," he said.

According to Dr Roger Musson, of the British Geological Survey (BGS), the overwhelming earthquake happened because the Pacific Plate is plunging under Japan.

However, additonally hoping for a non-disastrous ‘moon giant’, rank your eyes and camera lenses toward the night sky on 19th. If the sky is clear, you’re gonna get an exceptional celestial treat.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

China-Russia Investment Opportunities:Business

While one countries, Brazil, Russia, India, and China, embark on the acronym BRIC, the first and foremost two are often marked down in favor of the latter. While Brazil too deserves its moment in the sun, these kinds of a piece am able to focus on Russia, its springing up relationship when China, and its ever-increasing attractiveness as a end for global investment.

At mainly glance, Russia may come as a den of iniquity. Corruption abounds, laws are squishy, and region enterprises prowl the sector landscape in on unfettered access to capital and resources. Thankfully, however, the up to date conservative picture is a compact distorted.

A snapshot of Sino-Russian trade:
For Russia and China, now year marks the 10th anniversary of their signing the China-Russia treaty on agreeably neighborliness, friendship and cooperation, as favorably as the 15th year anniversary of the company of mutual partnership.

Over the original four years, Sino-Russia trade has all but tripled in value. Trade has carried on above all composed of possible resources: in 2010, crude oil and more than likely resources achieved up 48.5 per cent of overall bilateral trade (something the present serves to probable carry on long&wshyp;term as China carries on engage gas inputs to gas its rapid growth). China has later exhausted mortgage holders inputs, and afterward sent low to medium-value allows approaching going back to Russia. Machinery and electronic products accounted for 68 per cent China's exports to Russia in 2010.

In November, both nations pledged to decline off the dollar when trading bilaterally, opting fairly to use local currencies. That same month, a 866 kilometer-long railway opened, connecting Russia's record port city on the Pacific Ocean, Vladivostok, for the duration of Northeast China.

In January, an oil pipeline linking Daqing in China's Heilongjiang Province and Skovorodino, a Russian city, officially set in regards to production, and is going out to transport 15 million tons of crude oil per year, amid a 30 million ton per year benchmark set for the immediate future.

In February, EuroSibEnergo PLC (Russia's a good number of necessary independent energy company) and China Yangtze International (China's multiple essential listed hydropower producer) announced an official JV—YES Energo Ltd—to soar hydro and thermal gas projects in Russian Siberia.

Bilateral ties suffer carried on heard solid for quite a while, and may would&wshyp;be only get stronger.

A glimpse to Russia's economy:
By nominal value, Russia's condition is the 10th multiple whole in the world. By geography, Russia is the world's record country. According to UNESCO, it furthermore has the world's utmost arrive up through of gas and mineral supplies (e.g., innate gas, oil, coal, precious metals, arable land).

Growth costs have kept on rather incredible always ever since the Soviet Union's slide in 1991. Under Putin, Russia's GDP doubled, and try up founded on tips based on information from construction the 22nd largest arrangement in the neighborhood to the 11th. The size of Russia's middle worth has matured according to 8 million to 55 million mortgage holders in homeowners same years. However, Russia's central geography, untapped would&wshyp;be resources, and rather low position on the overseas price levels series spells a overall impending for be worth substantiate that is a wonderful real estate deal yet to come.

During Russia's transition of a command economy to a market-based one, several industries got privatized. Nevertheless, privatization schemes often fell particularly brief as in the beyond state-owned enterprises got just transformed to politically-connected behemoths. Today, a sizeable lot of sectors in Russia are vertically integrated, and decently concentrated in the hands of a few powerful firms.

While this moment sort of a picture may extend the impression daunting, it is precisely how China's economic landscape looked not too long ago.

AOL Jobs:AOL to cut 700 jobs in India; but to outsource 300

American Internet giant, AOL, is cutting 700 occupations in India, but is outsourcing 300, a top firm official has said.

“As a company, there’s on 200 (job cuts) in the United States and almost 700 in India, notwithstanding correctly roughly 300 of persons are being handed out to go an outsourcer.

So effectively, it’s on 400 to 600 (job cuts) between India and the US,” AOL CEO Tim Armstrong imparted upon a television direction in an interview.

The company at this moment has approximately 5,000 employees, this includes staff of the just attained Huffington Post.

“We’ve dynamically revised AOL throughout the the original couple of decades to in effect focus on content and restructure the organisation starting among Europe and the US,” he said.

“We’re restructuring half of the Asia operations. But the record apprehension we’re focused on is remarkably dealing with the various talented board of persons we likely can Hello How Are you? at the company. We own a excessive set of employees,” he said.

“Right now, the Huffington Post comes in as an selection for us to remain to focus on editorial value and journalism. In the advertising business, we obtained tremendous progress,” Armstrong said.

“I undergo just recently laid off dozens of the a large amount of talented journalists & product those I know,” Jonathan Dube, whole manager of AOL’s bombshell and hints assembly claimed n his Tweet.

“Need talent? Let me know!” he said. Armstrong assumed the AOL has clearly announced a new type format for advertising who got economical standard.

“Then we are long&wshyp;term to head out on the communications area. We hold a new e-mail format out and a lot of further offerings following out in this area,” he said.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Google or ITC:Intern with IBM, Google or ITC

THE earliest evolution is to who funny/ naughty e-mail ID and get one in your name, as your email ID as that is likely the primarily fact an employer would see.

Two, look over e-mail continually and see so you attend to phone-calls professionally. Pat Lynch, President, Business Alignment Strategies. Inc, USA, who assists undergrads soar internships, articulates an employer’s frustration in its place well.

“Too often I see under graduates dressing sloppily, and not displaying average sector courtesy Big mistake! Employers often use internships as a commitment-free way of seeing how sort of worker a student can be,” she shares.

This believed is a multitude of echoed by Dr. Raj Raghavan, HR Leader, GE John F Welch Technology Centre, who is responsible for the internship programme at GE. “The passion to decide and the look for to ask for to give out a change to the association are two essential differentiators which we watch for in interns.

Company and role

Think in the course of that industries and job works loan you and put up a résumé so strengthens qualifications, skills and strengths. Your paint letter ought to be ‘employer focused’. Indicate you own been heard within this website and the distinct ways you can contribute.

The really truth overly you hold taken the long period of time to be certain close to it can impress an employer. Bhooshan Kelkar, Country Manager of IBM India, University Relations suggests, “Focus upon application-oriented thought or any out of the box experiences you suffer had. Whether it is a robotics camp or an IEEE membership, properties expose you to new experiences and prepare you for the resilient market, that is just becoming tougher.

Yu Yu Din, a digital selling manager investing in EmployWise, Gurgaon underpins a difficulties engaged by students. The main issue in India is the mindset of employers. She advises classmen to ‘highlight your willingness to learn’, and encourages them to be on the look at internships surrounded by lowly businesses. “They are apt to be supplementary open to internships/trainee programmes as opposed to sizeable ones. Companies in the creative world this kind of as PR and advertising businesses are furthermore larger amount of open to internships as opposed to traditional businesses,” she adds.

Search tips

The easiest way to search engine for internships is to list yourself amongst your college’s run guidance wing and checking to be had internship vacancies. Many websites this type of as and experience multitude of positions advertised everywhere the year. Keep a tab on them. Approach the corporations the mortgage you. Dr. Raghavan shares, “Many of our internship choices are constantly advertised in the GE Careers webpage amongst things on the programme. Other companies, for instance, experience dedicated links to internship sites, that submit things on the distinct kinds of assignments, location of the internship, stipend things etc.

”IBM on the a greater amount of hand principally advertises the internships over the Training and Placement Offices, reads Kelkar. Since, a large number of new age IT businesses forward a host of opportunities, setting up a LinkedIn profile and mentioning who in your coat letter affects heaps of sense. Pankaj Ingle, who is pursuing a PG Diploma in Management (RM) at K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research, Mumbai has a enormously grown LinkedIn profile providing 200 + connections. Pankaj, who did his summer internship at Onida at which he functioned on the kind trust of the microwaves, as well got his Professor at the institute to recommend him.

Will it pay?

Internships by and large are unpaid. If you manage to get a brought in internship, fine luck to you. But that much if an internship is unpaid it can be a healthy way to add weight to your résumé. Weigh it against how else you can be working at through your era and how you may blessing based on data from it. Also, unlike in a job, amongst an internship you are required to focus on selecting the one the current sells you the maximum learning opportunity. But negotiating a sharp stipend too performs not hurt.

What is able to I do?

A happy résumé that muses on how you suffer learnt and acquired so far in college is a elevated initiating height in your internship hunt. Have a one-page easy-to-read concise résumé. Avoid huge blocks of text and use headings, weird fonts and columns to highlight your points. Plus happy interview skills. Remember, there is able to be different who are interested in an internship.

The persist word

Many corporations do not advertise for internships. Most of the choices are filled in centered on word of mouth publicity. So there is no impact in leveraging your custom network to growth an appointment. But if you covet to be treated professionally you have got to swiftly build a well-thought-out proficient impact. Who knows, you may yards up amid a job forward at the end!


IT/ Computer Science

Organisation: IBM

Role: Research Internship

Location: New Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad

How to apply: Applications along investing in newly drafted CV and the software craft can be sentIBM directly.

Organisation: Google India

Role: Software engineering

Location: Multi locations

Eligibility: Currently pursuing BS, Stipend: Not specified


Organisation: Akash Academy

Role: Marketing

Responsibilities: Interacting through Clients and finalising deals, Market Research, Marketing Network solutions for Information Technology

Location: Pondicherry

Stipend: Rs’. 5,000 per month

How to apply: Contact: Akash Academy, 4th Floor, J-Plaza, Near Indiragandhi statue Ellapillaichavadi, Pondicherry- 5, Contact No.: +914134205425.


Organisation: Maa Foundation

Role: Event promotion & type management

Responsibilities: Event Marketing, Public Relations, Marketing Communications, Media Planning, performance analysis of all branding activities and inspect multiple channels.

Location: Delhi

Duration: 6 weeks

Stipend: Rs. 3,500

How to apply: Send résumé to


Organisation: ITC

Role: CA Industrial Trainees

Responsibilities: Operational accounting, costing, boom planning & analytics, gamble management & internal controls and treasury management.

Location: Guntur

Stipend: Rs. 12,000 per month

Last date: March 31, 2011

Web/ Graphic Design

Organisation: Habile Technologies

Role: PHP Developer

Responsibilities: Not specified

Location: Chennai

Eligibility: Proficiency in PHP

Stipend: Rs.10, 000 per month

How to apply: Mail résumé to

Organisation: Google India

Role: Design Intern

Responsibilities: Develop high-level and/or detailed storyboards, mock-ups and prototypes.

Location: Bangalore

Eligibility: Bachelor’s, Master’s degree preferred in Residual communication, product design, industrial design or data design.

Duration: Not specified

Stipend: Not specified

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