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Monday, February 28, 2011

Rahman loses Oscar for 127 Hours_2011

Indian music maestro A R Rahman lost the Oscar for best original score to composer duo Trent Rezmor and Atticus Ross who won it for The Social Networkat the 83rd Annual Academy Awards here.

Rahman is also nominated in the best song category with Dido and Rolo Armstrong, who have penned the lyrics of If I Rise.

Earlier this year, the 45-year-old had also lost the Golden Globe award as well as British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award for best original music in 127 Hours.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Railway Budget 2011-12 highlights

Here are the highlights of the Railway Budget 2011-12, presented by Railways Minister Mamata bannerjee in Parliament today.

•    New trains: 9 Duronto trains; 15 suburban trains in Kolkata; 3 Shatabdi trains; 56 express trains

•    Railways to do away with all unmanned crossings in Fiscal Year 2012

•    E-booking of tickets to become cheaper; AC Rs. 10; Non-AC: Rs. 5

•    Railways to install anti-collision devices in eight railway zones

•    Rail Yatri Sewa - Assistance for senior citizens at major stations

•    Multi-purpose Go India smart card started as a pilot project

•    16,000 ex-servicemen to be given Railway jobs

•    Work on Western freight corridor to start soon

•    Metro coach factory to be set up near Singur

•    Attempt to combine social and economic concerns

•    All India security helpline started

•    Year 2011-12 - Green Year

•    Imphal connected to railway network

•    Appeal to everybody to stop Rail Roko agitations

•    Railways going through a financially difficult phase:  Mamata

•    Earnings to exceed Rs. 1 lakh crore

•    Railways to raise Rs. 10,000 crore via bonds

•    34 new Metro services for Kolkata

•    2 additional services on Delhi-Ghaziabad sections

•    New suburban services in Mumbai, Hyderabad-Secunderabad

•    Mumbai EMU services  augmented to 12 bogies from 9 bogies

•    Increasing frequency of Duronto trains

•    New train to mark birth centenary of Swami Vikenanda - Vivek Express

•    Kavi Guru Express to mark Rabindranath Tagore's birth centenary

•    10,000 shelters for homeless who live near rail tracks
No hike in passenger fare and freight rates. 
Nine additional services for Chennai suburban service.  
New Duronto trains to be introduced on Allahabad-Mumbai, Pune-Ahmedabad, Sealdah-Puri, Madurai-Chennai,
 Chennai- Thiruvananthapuram and Mumbai Central-New Delhi routes. 
Double-decker air-conditioned trains to run Jaipur-Delhi and Ahmedabad-Mumbai routes.  
Railways to intoduce 56 new trains in financial year 2012.  
3 new Shatabdis to be intoduced.  
New Durontos announced. 
Journalists to get 50% concession in tickets twice per year. 
Railway earnings set to exceed the Rs one lakh crore mark.
Suburban rail network of Hyderabad to be strengthened. 
Kolkata Metro to expand network to suburbs with 32 new services. 
Frequency of 17 trains to be increased. 
Sixth Pay Commission added Rs 73,000 cr to railway expenses in last financial year.
'Go India' smart card ticket project to be launched this year.
Booking charges will be cheaper with a charge of only Rs 10 for AC classes and Rs 5 for others. 
New AC class to be introduced. 
Railways to induct 16,000 ex-servicemen.  
12,000 acres dedicated to freight corridor. 
2011 will be year of Green Railways.  
Railways to spend over Rs 9,000 crores on new lines. 
Rail accident rate declines from 0.29 per cent last year to 0.17 per cent now. 
Anti-collision devices to be commissioned in three railway zones including South and South Central soon. 
States showing good performance in rail movement to be provided with two new trains and two new projects, says Banerjee.
Railways to set up 442 new stations by March 2012.  
Budget for railways pegged at Rs 57,630 cr.  
Safety will be our first priority, says Mamata. 
Railway network to be extended by 700 kilometres.  
Railways to spend over Rs 13,000 cr on rolling stock. 
All unmanned level crossing up to 3000 to be eliminated. 
Railways have received 85 proposals under PPP model.
Centre for Excellence in Software by CRIS.  
Track-making industry to be set up in Uluberia in West Bengal. 
700 MW gas based power plant to be set up at Thakurli in Maharashtra. 
Rail industrial park in Nandigram.  
Railways to raise Rs 11,000 cr through tax-free bonds.
Rail based industries to be set up as part ofVision 2020. 
Manipur to be connected to rail network.  
Diesel locomotive proposed in Manipur.  
Bridge factory to be set up in J&K. 
Metro coach factories in Singur and Kolkata. 
New coach factory will be set at Palakkad in Kerala. 
First coach from new coach factory in Rae Bareli to be produced within three months. 
Good work for railways should be appreciated, says Mamata.
We are aiming for a sustainable railways with focus on social responsibility.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

new iPad 2 in March images

Tech giant Apple is set to unveil a new version of its hugely successful iPad in March. The iPad 2 will be thinner than its predecessor and feature an improved display.
Analysts expect the new version will have a front-facing camera and Facetime video chat support, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
It will be powered by one of Qualcomm's multimode chips and will run on both GSM and CDMA-based networks around the world.
New Apple iPad coming this March
Apple said it had sold nearly 15 million iPads, since it went on sale last spring.
This is a very big deal, although Apple will be facing increased competition with the launch of a passel of tablets coming from numerous manufacturers, most of which are using the Honeycomb version of Google's Android mobile operating system, the Journal said.
The launch will take place March 2 in San Francisco, the scene of many such Apple events, it said citing sources.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

PM announced JPC on 2G spectrum scam

 Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced the formation of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to investigate the multi-crore 2G spectrum scam while addressing the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. Bowing to sustained pressure applied by the Opposition parties led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the 2G scam issue, Singh made the announcement for setting up the JPC so that the crucial Budget Session is not disrupted.
"The winter session was lost and the country cannot afford to lose another session. Our Government is committed to root out corruption. The Government is fully cooperating with the investigations into the 2G scam. The Government also agrees to setting up of JPC," said Singh while admitting that Government failed to convince the Opposition otherwise.
"The Government agreed for a JPC as the country can ill afford disruption of the crucial Budget Session," he added.
Requesting Speaker Meira Kumar to proceed with the formation of the JPC, the Prime Minister said that a formal motion will be moved soon. However, the terms of reference of the JPC are yet to be decided. The motion for the formation of the JPC will be moved in the Lok Sabha on February 24 by Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal.
Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj thanked the Prime Minister for announcing the formation of a JPC to investigate the 2G spectrum scam and called it a victory of democracy.
"I thank the Prime Minister and welcome the JPC. This is victory of democracy. This is not a victory of the Opposition or the defeat of the Government," Sushma said.
However, the terms of reference of the JPC are yet to be decided. The motion for the formation of the JPC will be moved in the Lok Sabha on February 24.
Congress sources say the JPC should also investigate the telecom policy and licences issued during the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government. They claim that most of Opposition parties barring the BJP are in favour of this proposal.

Giving in to the opposition pressure, the government on Tuesday announced the setting up of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe alleged irregularities into the allotment of 2G spectrum.
On the second day of the budget session, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asked Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar to start the process to establish the panel - a common demand of opposition parties.
'The government agrees to setting up of a JPC,' Manmohan Singh told the Lok Sabha, announcing the panel to investigate the alleged irregularities in the allocation of 2G spectrum to telecom firms by former communications minister A. Raja who is now in CBI custody. 
The prime minister said the winter session was lost due to protests by the opposition and the country couldn't afford to lose another parliament session. The issue had caused a long parliament logjam, washing away the entire winter session last December.
'Our government is committed to root out corruption. The government is fully cooperating with the investigations into the 2G scam,' Manmohan Singh said.
He referred to the investigation by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) under supervision of the Supreme Court, parliament's Public Accounts Committee, and report of independent inquiry committee.
'Our government believed that as all effective steps are being taken we might have been able to persuade opposition to drop the demand for a JPC. We could not succeed in spite of sincere efforts,' admitted Manmohan Singh, adding, 'It is in this special circumstance, that our government agrees to setting up of JPC.'
He said that as a 'functioning democracy', India must strive to resolve differences in spirit of accommodation, not confrontation.

'I am therefore requesting the honourable speaker to proceed with the formation of JPC. The formal motion will be moved soon,' said Manmohan Singh.

The significant announcement comes as the opposition led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had put tremendous pressure on the government to get the scam investigated by parliament. The panel has the powers to even call for questioning cabinet ministers and the prime minister.
Manmohan Singh said that the process to form the panel would be started soon.
Sources said the follow-up action on the prime minister's announcement would be made in coming days. They said a formal motion for setting up the JPC would be moved by Communications Minister Kapil Sibal after the prime minister replies to the discussion on the motion of thanks to President Pratibha Patil's Monday address to a joint sitting of parliament.

Once the motion gets a go ahead from the Lok Sabha, it will be referred to the Rajya Sabha for approval.

The BJP and other opposition parties welcomed the decision. Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj thanked the prime minister and called it a 'victory of democracy'.

'This is not the victory of ruling or opposition benches. This is the victory of democracy,' said Swaraj.
'It is the beauty of Indian democracy that even in the difficult circumstances, we sit down and find the way. 

This time, it took some more time.
'I would like to tell parliamentarians, let's drop the victory celebrations. We will start proceedings,' she said.
Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Gurudas Dasgupta also welcomed the decision, saying the government had only done its duty. 'It's good that good sense has prevailed upon the government. It is the PM's responsibility to see that parliament functions.' 
The government now hopes that the budget session will be peaceful and productive as no significant business was conducted during the winter session because of the opposition's disruption of proceedings over the JPC demand.
Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur, who represents the Congress in the Lok Sabha, said: 'The government now hopes that the parliament will function smoothly. It is a significant decision and the Congress welcomes it.' 

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Google vs Microsoft in new era business

When a recruiter pitched Dave Girouard a job at Google Inc seven years ago to sell technology to other companies, he had the same question many are asking today.
"Why does Google have an enterprise business? Are they serious about that?" recalls Girouard of one of the world's largest consumer Internet companies.
In a company where advertising accounted for 96 per cent of 2010 revenue, Girouard's role selling Web-based email and productivity software seems out-of-place - even as his team has swelled to more than 1,000 employees.
Google keeps sights on Microsoft in new era
Google's enterprise business positions it to tap into a lucrative market long dominated by Microsoft Corp and represents one way to diversify revenue. But with the giant Internet search company facing a big threat from Facebook in social networking and from Apple Inc in the mobile market, some question whether Google's battle with Microsoft for business customers is yesterday's war.
That point will be particularly poignant as co-founder Larry Page prepares to take the CEO reins from Eric Schmidt, a former chief of Novell, in April. While Schmidt's business experience and perspective were shaped at a time when Microsoft was the technology industry's dominant power, it is not clear whether Page shares the same worldview.
"It's hard to see Larry focusing more on it (the enterprise business) than Eric did," said BGC analyst Colin Gillis.
Google's commitment to the enterprise business will not waver, Girouard said in an interview at the company's headquarters last month. Page, he noted, has been involved and supportive of the enterprise business from Day One.
"We are building out a team that's headed towards building a business of billions of dollars," he said. "And Larry is a smart, competitive guy; he knows it's a giant, giant market opportunity."
Google, which generated roughly $29 billion in total revenue last year, does not break out financial details for its enterprise business, though it has said in the past that the business is profitable and generates hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenue.
Girouard, who is the president of Google's enterprise business, said the group's revenue growth rate has accelerated every quarter for the past two years. Revenue is now growing faster than any other cloud-computing company, he said, including Salesforce.com , which grew 30 per cent year-on-year in its fiscal third quarter.
Yun Kim, an analyst with Gleacher & Co, said investors are currently paying more attention to display advertising and mobile advertising than they are to the enterprise business as Google's next big growth opportunities.
But he said the enterprise group allows Google to leverage its extensive network computing infrastructure and to cross-sell to many of the same small and medium-sized businesses that are already Google's advertising customers.
The use of so-called cloud-based email by corporations is still in early stages, said Tom Austin, an analyst at research firm Gartner. But he expects that 10 per cent of companies with 500 people or more will have stopped maintaining their own email infrastructures and switched to Web-based email by the end of next year, or early 2013.
"At that point we expect the market to tip and the growth to accelerate significantly," said Austin, noting that the competition between Google and Microsoft in the online email market is closer than he had initially expected.
Social business
As it fights with Microsoft to win business customers, Google has snapped up technology and entrepreneurs.
Shan Sinha, who co-founded DocVerse, a start-up company that Google acquired last March, was recently tapped to oversee the broader set of messaging products in the enterprise business.
Weaving social networking features typically associated with consumer products into Google's enterprise software is a top priority for the business this year.
"You're going to see it in our messaging apps, you're going to see it in our address book, you're going to see it in the Docs apps. You're going to see more social technologies make their way through all of our applications," he said.
Google is also hoping its forthcoming Chrome operating system, intended for a new generation of Web-centric PCs, will complement the enterprise products and make an attractive package for corporate customers.
One of earliest enterprise group employees, Rajen Sheth, recently began a new role working with the Chrome team to build a version of the product specially designed for businesses.
"It's kind of natural extension of a lot of what we've done with Google apps," he said of Chrome.
Some critics have said that the success of Google's two-year-old Android operating system - used in smartphones and tablet PCs - defeats the need for a separate Chrome operating system.
But Sheth said that Chrome will fill an important need for businesses with workers who don't need full-fledged PCs, which are more expensive and cost more to maintain.
"There's a lot of pent-up demand for this within businesses - to really replace desktops and replace laptops," he said.

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