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Bharath Electronics Ltd (

Electronics and Computer Science Engineers

Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) requires Electronics and Computer Science Engineers for its Kotdwara Uttarakhand Unit on contract basis,

Walk-in Interview on 28.03.2010 (SUNDAY) between 0900 Hrs to 1400 Hrs

No of Posts : 12 Nos.(08-Electronics and 04- Computer science)

Qualification : First class B.E./B.Tech degree in Electronics /Electronics & Communication /Computer science from a recognize University/Institute approved by AICTE /Technical Board.

Maximum Age Limit : 28 years as on date of Advertisement. Relaxation to reserved categories will be as per Govt. guidelines.

Emoluments : All inclusive consolidated remuneration of Rs.12000/- to Rs.16000/- per month based on experience.

Mode of Selection : Interested candidates may report for personal interview to Manager (HR&A), Bharat Electronics Ltd., Kotdwara – 246149 (Distt: Pauri Garhwal), Uttarakhand on 28.03.2010 (SUNDAY) between 0900 Hrs to 1400 Hrs along with their Bio Data duly supported by copies of original certificates regarding qualifications and one recent passport size photograph. No TA/DA is admissible for attending the interview. On selection, candidate may have to join within a week time.
Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) (

Apprentice Development Officers (ADO) Recruitment Year : 2009-10

Online Applications are invited from eligible candidates who must be Indian Citizens for selection and appointment for 5578 posts of Apprentice Development Officers (ADO) in the jurisdiction of following 8 Zonal and various Divisional Offices in its:

1. Central Zonal Office, Bhopal : 415 posts in 9 Divisional Offices

2. South Central Zonal Office, Hyderabad : 685 posts in 17 Divisional Offices

3. North Central Zonal Office - Kanpur : 718 posts in 12 Divisional Offices

4. East Central Zonal Office,Patna : 614 posts in 9 Divisional Offices

5. Southern Zonal Office, Chennai : 634 posts in 11 Divisional Offices

6. Western Zonal Office, Mumbai : 1072 posts in 18 Divisional Offices

7. Eastern Zonal Office,Kolkata : 713 posts in 11 Divisional Offices

8. North Zonal Office, Delhi : 727 posts in 14 Divisional Offices

Pay Scale : Rs. 7440-18560/- Stipend of Rs.1242 per month during training period.

Qualification : Bachelor's Degree of a University in India established under a statute or a foreign university approved for the purpose or the Fellowship of Insurance Institute of India, Mumbai. Preference may be given to those applicants who possess Masters Degree in Business Administration in Marketing or Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing from a University in India established under Statute or by an Institute approved by AICTE or a recognized Institution.

Age : 21-30 years as on 01/03/2010. Relaxation in age as per rules.

Selection Procedure : Selection will be made on the basis of a written test on Sunday, 13/06/2010 followed by an Interview of candidates who qualify in the written test which will be of objective type, multiple choice of two hours duration comprising of the following two papers: 1. Test of Reasoning and Numerical Ability. 2. General Knowledge, Current Affairs and English Language with Special emphasis on Grammar and Vocabulary.

Application Fee : Rs. 300/- (No fee for SC/ST) by Fees Payment Challan only at any LIC Office. The receipt should be kept with yourself and should be produced at the time of written test.

Procedure to Apply :

Apply Online at LIC website only from 17/03/2010 to 17/04/2010 only.
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) (

Applications are invited from Indian Citizens and certain other categories of persons for appointments to the following posts. The details of the posts are as follows :

* Research Officers in Grade B for Department of Statistics and Information Management : 10 posts (UR-5, SC-3, OBC-2),

Age : 21-30 years,

Qualification : (i) A Master's Degree in Statistics/ Mathematical Statistics/ Mathematical Economics/ Econometrics with a minimum of 55% marks or equivalent grade OR (ii) Master's Degree in Mathematics with a minimum of 55% marks or an equivalent grade and one year post graduate diploma in Statistics or related subjects from an institute of repute or (iii) M.Stat. Degree of Indian Statistical Institute with a minimum of 55% marks.

Pay Scale : Rs.13700-24400/-.

Procedure to Apply :

Applications in the prescribed format should be sent to the General Manager, RBI Services Board, Post Bag No.4618, Mumbai Central Post Office, Mumbai-400008 by ordinary post on or before 29/03/2010.
Bank of Baroda (BOB) (

Bank of Baroda (BoB), India's International Bank, looking for –2000 young, qualified and active minds to be partners in the transformation programme of the Bank in as Clerical cadre :

Clerks: 2000 posts

Pay Scale : Pay Scale : Rs.4410-13210/-,

Age : 18-28 years,

Qualification : A 10 + 2 / Intermediate / HSC pass with 60% marks (55% for SC/ST/PWD & XSM OR A Degree with minimum of 50% marks (45% for SC/ST/PWD &; XSM)

Application Fee : Rs. 200/- (Rs. 50/- for SC/ST/ PWD candidates on postage charges only) in any nearest Bank of Baroda Branch with the Fee payment Challan duly filled in and pay, in Cash, the appropriate Application Fee in Account No.29040200000169 with Bandra Kurla Complex Branch in favour of "Bank of Baroda Recruitment of Clerical Staff Project 2010". Obtain the Counterfoil (Applicant's Copy) of the Fee Payment Challan duly received by the Bank with (a) Branch Name & Code Number, (b) Transaction ID, c) Date of Deposit & amount filled by the Branch Official.

Procedure to Apply :Eligible candidates are advised to apply 'ONLINE' only at Bank of Baroda website.
Chat Box / 30 Second speech
Mar 12, 2010, 11:02 AM
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The controversial yet historic Women's Reservation Bill, ensuring 33% reservation to women in Parliament and state legislative bodies, has been put to vote in the Rajya Sabha. The SP, RJD and LJP MPs, opposing the bill, were marshaled out of the Rajya Sabha.

After frenzied opposition and repeated disruptions, the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday evening finally debated the historic women's reservation bill in the run up to a vote on the legislation.

Opening the debate was Jaitley, who said his party "unequivocally" supported the women's bill but added that the privilege of supporting it had been diluted by "some of the most shameful incidents in India's parliamentary history". He also reminded that during the BJP government the bill was brought two times in the parliament and both the times it was turned down and not supported by the opposition parties including Congress party, but BJP being a responsible party of the country will always support this bill for the walfare of women in the society.He also stated that even if BJP could brought such a bill for the country congress will oppose but BJP is more responsible.

The leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha, who spoke after the constitution amendment bill was put to vote by Chairman Hamid Ansari, said he had a feeling of being a party to history in the making when he came to the house.

Karat, a vocal supporter of the bill, said women's reservation in parliament and state legislatures would change the "culture of the country because women today are still caught in a culture prison. In the name of tradition, stereotypes are imposed and we have to fight these every day".

These stereotypes will also be broken by the bill, said Karat, who believes the entry of a larger number of women in legislatures would make for "more sensitive politics".

"The women's reservation bill will ensure that women of Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Other Backward Classes, poor women and Muslim women would benefit from it," Karat said, addressing concerns that the bill would benefit only some sections.

Congress leader and spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan also refuted critics demanding a special quota for Dalit women, saying Dalits and tribals would continue to get reservation under the bill.

A triumphant Natarajan said no other party "had the courage to deliver the promise (of reservation for women) to the people of India". She said Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had not lagged behind in supporting measures for women's empowerment.

However, Bahujan Samaj Party's Satish Mishra said his party would not be able to support the proposed legislation in the current form. He wanted the prime minister to reserve 50 percent of all seats in legislatures for women in line with their population ratio.

Shivanand Tiwari of the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) created a minor stir in the house by speaking in favour of the bill, which has been opposed vocally by a section of his colleagues led by party president Sharad Yadav.

The AIADMK's V. Maitreyan pointed out that the bill was a great tribute to the Indian housewife who he said had proved to be better financial managers of the household "than all the finance ministers of India".

Earlier, cracking the whip on disruptive MPs, Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, Hamid Ansari, suspended the seven MPs for the remaining part of the Budget session for their unruly behaviour in the House over the Bill.

The suspended members are Subhash Yadav (RJD), Sabir Ali (LJP), Veerpal Singh Yadav, Nand Kishore Yadav, Amir Alam Khan and Kamal Akhtar (all SP), and Ejaz Ali (unattached), who had yesterday tried to attack the Chairman and created unprecedented pandemonium in the Upper House.

They had indulged in unruly scenes as soon as Law Minister Veerappa Moily moved the Constitution (108th Amendment) Bill that provides for 33 per cent reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies.
Huawei Technologies

Job Description

Fresher - Students from 2009/ 2010 BE/ B.Tech/ ME/ M.Tech (ECE/ CSE/ IT/ EEE) / MCA batches with aggregate of 70% and above throughout their academic career.

This is for serious candidates who are interested in project internship & for pursuing their career with Huawei.
Walk-in Interview on 28th (Sunday) February, 2010.

Experience: 0 Years
Location: Bengaluru/ Bangalore
Education: BE/ B.Tech/ ME/ M.Tech (CSE/ ECE/ IT/ EEE)/ MCA

Walk-in Interview on 28th (Sunday) February, 2010.

Time : 9:00am, 11:00am & 2:00pm

Venue :-
Huawei Technologies India Pvt Ltd,
Solitaire Building, Ground Floor,
Amar Jyothi Layout,Domlur,
Beside Hero Honda Showroom (Next to DELL Embassy golf links – Koramangala Intermediate ring road)
Bangalore – 560071
POWERGRID  Corporation

Reservation Reservation to Persons with Disabilities

73 Executive Trainee (Electrical)

HH- Hearing Handicapped, OH- Orthopedic Handicapped, OL- One Leg, PD- Partially Deaf,
VH = Visually Handicapped.

Persons suffering from not less than 40% of the relevant disability shall only be eligible for the benefit of
Age limit 28 years as on 25.02.2010

Post Qualification

73 Executive Trainee (Electrical)

Full time B.E / B.Tech / B.Sc (Engg.) / BE (Power Engg.) / AMIE in Electrical Discipline from recognized University/Institute with a minimum 65% marks.

Final Year / Semester students who expect their results by 31.07.2010 can also apply, provided they have obtained 65% marks in
engineering discipline in aggregate of all semesters/years up to prefinal examination.

Candidates with AMIE qualification may apply only if they have cleared both Section A and B with not less than 65% marks.

Electrical Discipline includes the following nomenclature: Electrical, Electrical & Electronics.
Punjab National Bank (PNB) (

Punjab National Bank (PNB), a leading public sector bank invites application from Indian citizens for the 1255 posts of Officer cadre and clerical Cadre:

Important Dates:
Opening Date for Online Registration : 25/01/2010

Closing Date for Online Registration : 18/02/2010

Date of Written Examination for The Post of Clerk: 04/04/2010

Posts & Vacancies:
Clerks : 1246 posts (Clerical Grade Rs.4410-12310) in various states, Age: 20-25 years as on 01/01/2010

Officer (Civil Engineer) : 04 posts (JMG Sclae-I Rs.10000-19920), Age: 30 yearss as on 01/01/2010.

Officer (Electrical Engineer) : 03 posts (JMG Sclae-I Rs.10000-19920) Age: 30 years as on 01/01/2010.

Officer (Architect) : 02 posts (JMG Sclae-I Rs.10000-19920) Age: 30 years as on 01/01/2010.

Relaxation in Age : SC/ST- 5 years, OBC-3 years, Kashmir migrant -5 years, PH - 10 years and officers from rural bank-5 years

Application Fee: General & OBC - Rs.400/- (Rs.50/- for SC/ST/PC/EXsm candidates) for Officers and Rs.300/- (Rs.50/- for SC/ST/PC/EXsm candidates) for the posts of Clerk. The application fee must be paid in cash, separately for each post at any branch of Punjab National Bank in the prescribed Cash voucher from.

Procedure to Apply :
For all the posts, apply Online at PNB Website for all posts from 25/01/2010 to 18/02/2010 and Candidates should keep a printout of the completed application.

The original Cash Voucher and Call Letter is to be surrendered at the Examination Hall. An Information Handout will be sent to the candidates along with the call letter for written test.

South Indian Bank invites application from Indian Nationals for the post of Cost Accountant

Cost Accountants : 25 posts in Assistant Manger Grade Scale-I,

Age : 28 years

Qualification : ICWA with graduation in any discipline. Candidates who have appeared for the final exam during December 2009 are also eligible to apply.

Application Fee : Rs.250/- (Rs.50/- for SC/ST) to be paid along with application by means of Demand Draft (Crossed A/C Payee) favoring The South Indian Bank Ltd., payable at Trissur, Kerala State

Procedure to Apply :
Application in prescribed format in an superscribed envelope should be send to The Deputy General Manager, Personnel Department, South Indian Bank Limited, SIB, House, Mission Quarters, Thrissur - 680001 on or before 27/02/2010.
Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) (

IOB invites Online application from Indian Citizen for the posts of Manager - Information Technology (IT) :

Manager (Information Technology - IT) : 25 posts (UR-14, SC-3, ST-2, OBC-6) in MMGS-II scale Rs.13820-19920,

Age : 21-30 years,

Qualification : B.Tech Degree (Computer Science/ Information Technology/ Electronics & Communication/Computer Technology/ Tele-communication Engineering) / B.E Degree (Computer Science/Information Technology/ Electronics & Communication/ Computer Technology/ Tele-communication Engineering) / MCA

Application Fee : Rs.400/- (no fee from SC/ST/PWD candidates) in the form of Bank DD/ Pay Order payable at Chennai in favour of "Indian Overseas Bank Recruitment Project - 2010"

Procedure to Apply :
Apply Online at IOB web site and send system generated printout with requisite fee to :
Indian Overseas Bank, Recruitment Project -2010, Post Bag No 5203, Anna Road Head Post Office, Chennai - 600002, Tamil Nadu

Important Dates :
Opening Date for Online application : 03/02/2010

Closing date for online application : 02/03/2010

Last date for receipt of system generated printout : 10/03/2010
Punjab National Bank  (

Punjab National Bank (PNB), a leading public sector bank invites application from Indian citizens for the 1255 posts of Officer cadre and clerical Cadre:

Important Dates:

Opening Date for Online Registration : 25/01/2010

Closing Date for Online Registration : 18/02/2010

Date of Written Examination for The Post of Clerk: 04/04/2010

Posts & Vacancies:
Clerks : 1246 posts (Clerical Grade Rs.4410-12310) in various states, Age: 20-25 years as on 01/01/2010

Officer (Civil Engineer) : 04 posts (JMG Sclae-I Rs.10000-19920), Age: 30 yearss as on 01/01/2010.

Officer (Electrical Engineer) : 03 posts (JMG Sclae-I Rs.10000-19920) Age: 30 years as on 01/01/2010.

Officer (Architect) : 02 posts (JMG Sclae-I Rs.10000-19920) Age: 30 years as on 01/01/2010.

Relaxation in Age : SC/ST- 5 years, OBC-3 years, Kashmir migrant -5 years, PH - 10 years and officers from rural bank-5 years

Application Fee: General & OBC - Rs.400/- (Rs.50/- for SC/ST/PC/EXsm candidates) for Officers and Rs.300/- (Rs.50/- for SC/ST/PC/EXsm candidates) for the posts of Clerk. The application fee must be paid in cash, separately for each post at any branch of Punjab National Bank in the prescribed Cash voucher from.

Procedure to Apply :
For all the posts, apply Online at PNB Website for all posts from 25/01/2010 to 18/02/2010 and Candidates should keep a printout of the completed application.

The original Cash Voucher and Call Letter is to be surrendered at the Examination Hall. An Information Handout will be sent to the candidates along with the call letter for written test.
State Bank of India (

Central Recruitment & Promotion Department (CRPD)

Advertisement No. CRPD/PO-PO(RB)/2009-10/07

Online applications are invited from eligible Indian Citizens for appointment as Probationary Officers (PO) (JMG-I) and Probationary Officers (Rural Business) State Bank of India (SBI).

Date of Written Examination : 11/04/2010

Receipt of Online Applications : 01/02/2010 to 02/03/2010

Probationary Officer (PO) : 2500 posts (SC-345,ST-372, OBC-621,UR-1162) (PH-136), in various 6 SBI Group Associate Banks,

Qualification : 60% (55% for SC/ST/PWD) aggregate marks in class XII or Diploma course after 10th standard AND 55% (50%) aggregate marks in Graduation irrespective of Pass Course or Honours Course,
Age : 21-30 years as on 28/02/2010. Relaxation as per rules.,
Pay Scale : Rs.10000-18240

Probationary Officer (Rural Business) : 2000 posts (SC-300,ST-150, OBC-540,UR-1010) (PH-60), in various 6 SBI Group Associate Banks,

Qualification : Same as above,
Age : 21-30 years as on 28/02/2010. Relaxation as per rules.,
Pay Scale : Rs.10000-18240/-

Application Fee : Rs.500/- (Rs.50/- for SC/ST/PWD). Candidates are required to go to any CBS Branch of State Bank of India and pay the amount of prescribes fees and get receipt from the branch.

Procedure to Apply : Apply Online at SBI web site from 01/02/2010 to 02/03/2010.
Jokes & Funny Images / Team Spirit
Jan 07, 2010, 05:44 PM
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CHENNAI: CPP Assistance Services (CPP) has entered into a partnership with Axis Bank. Through this association, Axis Bank cardholders can now avail

themselves of CPP's card protection plan product, a comprehensive service enabling cardholders to protect themselves in the event of card loss or theft

and resultant fraud and distress.
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BANGALORE: Intel Corporation's researchers demonstrated here on Wednesday an experimental, 48-core Intel processor, named 'single chip cloud computer'. Intel claimed this futuristic chip could have about 10-20 times the processing engines than its own currently marketed processors.

Intel Labs here, Germany and the U.S., collaborated in designing the processor. Intel plans to build 100 or more experimental chips to be used by industrial and academic research collaborators with the aim of developing compatible new software applications and programming models.

Vasantha Erraguntala, Senior Engineering Manager, Intel Labs India, Bangalore, said the single chip computer was designed as a concept for parallel software research. An example could be laptops with processing capability with 'vision' in the same way the human eye sees.

Cloud data centres with thousands of computers, now connected by a physical cable network, could be integrated into a silicon, the size of a postage stamp, reducing the numbers of computers needed.
After a long dry spell, seems the hiring days are here again. Close on the heels of Wipro announcing its plans to hire 5,000
in the coming months, comes a similar announcement from its rival Infosys Technologies.

The Bangalore-based Infosys Technologies plans to hire 13,000 freshers in the coming fiscal (2010-11), according to a news report in WallStreet Journal.

The report quotes the company's senior vice president and group head, human resources, saying that the company will close with 18,000 freshers and 3,500 laterals this fiscal year.

Recently, Infosys announced plans to double its US headcount. India's second-largest software exporter by revenue plans to hire 1,000 employees in the US.

Earlier, Wipro Technologies said that it will hire 5,000 people in the next couple of months and is looking at a fresh recruitment strategy of taking in graduates from non-engineering institutes.

Source: infotech
CHENNAI: HCL Technologies Ltd, an IT services provider, has entered into a multi-million pound sterling five-year technology infrastructure management and transformation engagement with News International, a U.K. subsidiary of News Corporation, a leading diversified global media company. News International produces some of the U.K.'s most widely read newspapers, including The Times, The Sun, The Sunday Times and News of the

HCL will be responsible for managing News International's data centre and network environments along with strategically transforming them.

HCL works with over 40 leading media and entertainment companies worldwide, including four of the top five publishing companies.
Oracle Corporation is the world's leading supplier of software for information management and the world's second largest independent software company.

ORACLE Corporation offers its Databases, Tools and Application products, along with related consulting, education and support services, in more than 60 countries around the world.

Designation MCA, BE/BTech 2009 Freshers

Job Description

2009 Graduates with a minimum aggregate of 70% or 7 CGPA from a reputed Institution

· BE/B. Tech (Computer Engineering/ E &C /EE / Instrumentation)


Desired Profile

1. Global Data Center Operations provides 24 x 7 support

2. DBA Support

3. 24×7 Network/Security Support Analysts

4. GIT TACOPS Crisis Response Center

5. Business Operations

Education UG - B.Tech/B.E. - Any Specialization
PG - M.Sc - Any Specialization,MCA - Computers
Location Bengaluru/Bangalore
CHENNAI: Cognizant has opened an expanded delivery centre in Toronto. The centre will continue to serve a growing roster of the

U.S. and Canadian clients, as well as the Canadian subsidiaries of global clients that seek the resource flexibility and time zone

advantages of near-shoring.
CHENNAI: Global IT services provider HCL Technologies has entered into a SAP implementation engagement with Sahara Petroleum

Services Company which has operations in the Middle East and North Africa region. Significant benefits are expected through

integration of business processes, standardised systems, processes and controls for the petroleum service company
Come January'10 and all mobile phone users will have 11-digit mobile numbers instead of their 10-digit numbers currently.

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has amended the National Numbering Plan 2003 for migration to an 11-digit numbering plan in mobile services by prefixing the number '9' to the existing two-digit PLMN Access Code.

A PLMN is identified by the Mobile Country Code (MCC) and the Mobile Network Code (MNC). Every service provider has its own PLMN, which interconnects with other PLMNs and public switched telephone networks (PSTNs) for telephone communications, or with internet service providers for data and internet access.

The proposed migration from the existing 10-digit number to an 11-digit numbering plan is likely to be implemented from January 1, 2010, according to an internal DoT note.

A new numbering plan was required because India's mobile subscriber base has grown at a faster pace than expected. The numbering plan that is applicable now was formulated in 2003 on a forecast of 50 per cent teledensity by 2030.

This allowed for 750 million telephone connections, comprising an anticipated 300 million basic and 450 million cellular mobile connections.

With India adding over 10-14 million mobile subscribers each month, the wireless subscriber base has already crossed 500 million, a year ahead of the target. Therefore, DoT has to re-examine plans to accommodate more subscribers.

This is not the first time phone numbers will be modified. A few years ago, the government had prefixed the number '2' to all BSNL and MTNL fixed-line phones across the country to accommodate more connections.
HYDERABAD: Mahindra Satyam has announced Malaysia as the kick-off point for its international expansion by setting up global solution centre operations on a 15-acre campus in Cyberjaya, a prominent information and communication technology (ICT) corridor.

In a release, the company's Senior Vice-President, Asia Pacific, Rohit Gandhi, said the new state-of-the-art facility had 18 configurable offshore development centre blocks, a 1,100-seat development block and a data centre to host 1,100 servers.

It will serve as Mahindra Satyam's largest technology development and delivery facility outside India.

He said the development, coming in just five months after Tech Mahindra took over Satyam Computer Services, demonstrated the company's commitment to Malaysia's strategic role in Mahindra Satyam's global growth plans.
CHENNAI: SBI Card has introduced a new payment option that will allow customers make payments using the SBI debit card.

According to a release, customers can log in PayNet on the SBI card website and pay online using the SBI ATM-cum-debit card.
MADURAI: The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has devised a plan to start Entrepreneurship Development Cells in around 200 engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu with an aim to develop entrepreneurship culture among students.

This project, which was formulated by the university at national level, will be launched in phases from January, K. Panneerselvam, Regional Director, IGNOU Regional Centre, Chennai, said.

Stating that IGNOU will offer a similar support for arts and science colleges also if they come forward, Dr. Panneerselvam said that four national level consultative meetings were conducted so far to discuss the modalities of starting Entrepreneurship Development Cells in colleges. The university is also simultaneously focusing on popularising its six-month course — Certificate in Entrepreneurship — at the student level which is offered in English medium through distance education mode with a nominal fee of around Rs. 1,000. According to M. Shanmugham, IGNOU Regional Director in Madurai, the exclusive course in entrepreneurship was originally conceived in Madurai and it will be implemented in collaboration with various organisations including the Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (Tamil Nadu) here.
The world's largest handset maker Nokia unveiled its first high-end phone running on Linux software. The Finnish firm has dabbled with Linux since 2005 using it in 'Internet tablets', sleek phone-like devices used to access the Web that have failed to gain mass-market appeal in part due to their lack of a cellular radio.

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The new N900 model, with cellular connection, touch screen and slide-out keyboard, will retail for around 500 euros ($712), excluding subsidies and taxes.

Nokia's workhorse Symbian operating system controls half of the smart phone market volume, more than its rivals Apple, Research in Motion and Google put together.

Symbian not in jeopardy

Nokia said Linux would work well in parallel with Symbian in its high-end product range. 'This is in no way putting Symbian in jeopardy,' Anssi Vanjoki, head of sales at Nokia, told media.

Main platform

'Open source Symbian is going to be our main platform, and we are expending and growing it the best we can, both in terms of functionality as well as distribution ... populating more and more of our product line with Symbian,' he said. The new model will use ARM's Cortex-A8 processor.

Using Intel processors

'If you look at the energy management properties we have in ARM, at least today, they are clearly better, miles and miles better, than what we have in Intel architecture,' Vanjoki said, adding the company would not count out using Intel processors in the same product range later.

Open source OS

Linux is the most popular type of free, or so-called open source, computer operating system available to the public. It competes directly with Microsoft Corp, which charges for its Windows software and opposes freely sharing its code.
Capgemini is looking for fresh software support executives

Experience:0 - 1 Years
Location:Mumbai, Mumbai Suburbs
Compensation:Rupees 1,25,000 - 2,25,000
Education:UG - B.Sc - Computers, Electronics,BCA - Computers
PG - Any PG Course - Any Specialization

Job Description

Capgemini is looking for software support executives, to work on 24/7 envinronment supporting large multi platform software application.

Job involves monitoring and maintaining software applciation.

Interested in programming and good communication skills is mandatory.

Experience in a BPO is an added advantage.

Desired Candidate Profile

Education : BCA,BSc(IT/Cs) -2008/2009 Batch Passed out

Percentage : 60% Aggregate .

Exp : 0-1yr

work location : Mumbai
MUMBAI: Infosys Technologies on Thursday said its subsidiary Infosys BPO would acquire U.S.-based insurance business process solutions provider

McCamish Systems for an initial payment of $38 million (about Rs. 176.60 crore). Infosys BPO has signed a definitive agreement to acquire all the

outstanding interests of McCamish Systems LLC. "The upfront consideration for the deal is $38 million, with up to an additional $20 million payable

to the sellers if McCamish Systems achieves certain financial targets in the future," the company added.
Bharat Electronics Limited, Bangalore Complex, is conducting "Walk-in-Interview" for GRADUATE APPRENTICES – ENGG (GAPP ENGG.) for the period of 1 year under Apprentice Act.

General Conditions / Instructions:

• Qualifying Marks: For General/OBC Candidates – First Class and Pass Class
for SC / ST / PHP.

• Employees Children should compulsorily produce the MEDICAL IDENTITY
CARD issued by the company at the time of interview.
• Age limit: 25 years for General and OBC candidates and 30 years for
• Candidates who have passed their examination on or after 01.01.2007 only will
be considered.
• No TA/DA will be paid to the candidates to attend the interview.
• Candidate should produce Original Certificates i.e., Degree Certificates or
Provisional Degree certificate, SSLC marks card,.
• SC/ST/PHP certificates (if any) along with Xerox copies for verification.

The final result and induction schedule of the selected candidates will be announced through BEL website ( only.
The candidates who fulfill the above conditions only need to appear for the interview.
Canvassing in any form will result in disqualification.

Indian national only need to appear

Engineering Disciplines

Electronics & Commn.
Electronics & Telecomm.
Industrial Production.
Computer Science
Electrical & Electronics
Environmental Engg.

Date of Interview & Time ,Venue
21st November 2009
8:30 A.M.
Centre For Learning & Development,
Bharat Electronics Ltd,
Jalahalli Post,
Bangalore-560 013.
Google / The Google Story
Nov 11, 2009, 10:12 AM
Kingston Technology Europe announced the launch of the world's first 256GB USB flash drive, the DataTraveler 300.

The company had earlier released the DataTraveler 200, a 128 GB USB flash drive.

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"The DataTraveler 300 will enable users to carry huge volumes of data with them everywhere they go up to 365 CDs for example," said Kirsty Miller, product marketing manager consumer, Kingston Technology Europe.

The USB flash drive is available only in 256GB.

It is built to order only; customers who wish to purchase the drive can place an order with resellers and e-tailers.


1. Capacity: 256 GB
2. Speed: Data transfer rates of up to 20 MB/sec read and 10 MB/sec write
3. Includes Password Traveler security software for Windows
4. Does not require administrator rights to access the privacy zone
5. Dimensions: 2.78" x 0.67" x 0.87" (70.68 mm x 16.90 mm x 21.99 mm)
6. Operating temperature: 0 to 60 degree Celsius
7. Storage temperature: -20 to 85 degree Celsius
8. Enhanced for Windows ReadyBoost on Vista-based systems
MEXICO: Infosys Technologies opened its second Latin American Development centre in Monterrey, Mexico, offering global, near-shore and Latin

American clients a full range of information technology services including business and IT consulting, business process outsourcing, packaged

solutions implementation and infrastructure management.
Bank of india (BOI) (

Bank of india (BoI), India's International Bank, looking for –1083 General Banking Officers in the Scae-I, II & III :

1. General Banking Officer (Probationary Officers) (JMG-I) : 460 posts, Pay Scale : Rs.10000-18240/-, Age : 21-30 years

2. General Banking Officers (JMG-II) : 386 posts, Pay Scale : Rs.13820-19920/-, Age : 21-33 years

3. General Banking Officer (JMG-III) : 237 posts, Pay Scale : Rs.18240-22280/-, Age : 24-35 years

Application Fee : The application fees Rs.400/- (No fee for SC/ ST/ PWD/ Ex-SM candidates) to be paid in any Bank of India branch with the help of payment challan only. Please take Transaction no. after payment.

Procedure to Apply :
Eligible candidates are advised to apply 'ONLINE' at the Bank of India Website only.

Please keep the printout of the submitted application form to be shown at the time of interview.

Important Dates:
1. Date for Online Registration : 11/11/2009 to 30/11/2009
2. Date of Written Test : 24/01/2010
Google / Know what Google knows about you
Nov 09, 2009, 12:27 PM
Google has opened a window for users to see what records the Internet giant keeps regarding their activities at YouTube, Gmail, Reader and other accounts.

Dashboard summarizes data kept about use of more than 20 of the California-based firm's services, according to a blog post by Google engineer Alma Whitten, product manager Yariv Adan, and vice president Marissa Mayer.

"The Dashboard summarizes data for each product that you use and provides you direct links to control your personal settings," the message said.

"The scale and level of detail of the Dashboard is unprecedented, and we're delighted to be the first Internet company to offer this and we hope it will become the standard."

Only information shared with Google while logged into accounts at its Web properties is included in Dashboard summaries.

People can change settings or delete data, which is viewable by account owners online at

"We are very aware of the trust that you have placed in us, and our responsibility to protect your privacy and data," Adan, Mayer, and Whitten said.

Dashboard does not include information Google records without identifying accounts of users. Data kept independent of accounts includes "server logs" with details of searches, Web browser types and computer IP addresses.

Also separated from accounts is information from snippets of code called "cookies" and search activity data used to target advertising, according to Google.

Source: topmasala
Infosys Technologies Ltd reported a slight decrease in second quarter profit and raised its revenue and earnings forecasts -- a signal that the worst may be over for India's software services industry which has been hit hard by the global downturn.

Though the company beat analysts expectations in Q2, lately there has been some concerns regarding its performance. According to some analyst reports, Indian's IT's bellwether is likely to face increasing pressure on its operating margin due to several external and internal factors.

Here's looking into Infosys' nine `troubles'.
Honeywell Technology Solutions (

Fresher Off-Campus : BE / B.Tech : On 6 November 2009

Company Name: Honeywell Technology Solutions

Date :
• 6th of November 2009 - Written Test (From 11 AM onwards)
• 7th of November 2009 - Technical / HR Interview (From 9 AM onwards)
• 8th of November 2009 - Technical / HR Interview (From 9 AM onwards)


Batch: 2009 Batch


1. Students with an aggregate of 70% and above with no standing arrears.
2. 2009 Engineering students from disciplines of CS / IT / ECE / EEE / EIE only may apply.
3. Post interview selected candidates will need to undergo training at Madurai and subsequently based on their performance will be absorbed at HTS Madurai.
4. Candidates who already attend the written test and interview for Engineering Trainees and Project Trainees not eligible

Vivekananda College of Engineering for Women
Elayampalayam Post,
Tiruchengodu Taluk
Namakkal Dist
Tamilnadu - 637 205

Registration Timings: On 6 November 2009 : 09.00 AM to 10.30 AM

Selection Process: Written Test & Interview

NOTE: Please ask the candidates to carry below along with them:

1. Hard copy of their marks sheet.
2. College ID card.
3. Latest CV, along with a copy of this email.
4. The written test will be for duration of 1 hrs & 40 mins (Objective Questions – 1.40 hrs).
5. Candidates who do not arrive on time for the written test shall not be entertained.
6. Please bring writing pad for the written test.
Ever wondered who will rule the enterprises of tomorrow? Who will be the men to guide the new economic order globally? Fortune magazine has come out with a list of Business's hottest rising stars.

According to the magazine, these young innovators, value creators, and agents of change will dictate the world economy in the years to come. Here we bring to you the technology CEOs for Tomorrow from the list.

Topping the list of hottest rising stars are Google duo Sergey Brin and Larry Page both aged 36. According to the report, both are worth $14 billion each.

The report notes that despite challenges like antitrust investigations, growing concern over privacy and copyright issues and a fall in ad revenue due to tough economic climate, Google continues its rapid strides in newer areas like mobile devices and software applications. The company has an estimated market value of $174 billion.

Brin, the president and head of Google's technology division, started Google along with Page in 1998 out of a friend's garage. Moscow-born Brin received a Bachelor of Science degree with honours in mathematics and computer sciences from the University of Maryland. Brin continues to share responsibility for day-to-day operations along with Page and Schmidt.

Larry Page is Google's founding CEO and grew the company to be the behemoth it is today. In 2001, he moved into his role as president, products. Son of a computer science professor at Michigan State University, Page's love for computers began at age six. He earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering from the University of Michigan.
Yahoo Inc said it has fixed various shortcomings that have plagued the Internet company in recent years and touted its large online audience and ties to advertisers as keys to its comeback.

During a presentation to analysts on Wednesday, Chief Executive Carol Bartz said Yahoo had left many people confused about its purpose in recent years and disappointed by its lackluster financial performance.

"Along the way, here we are a 14-year-old Internet company that somehow got boring," said Bartz, who said the company's 6 percent operating margins were "pathetic" and "unacceptable."

"Today is the beginning of a journey back to respect," Bartz said.

Yahoo executives said the company would invest in editorial staff to produce more original features and tweak its online products to keep users on the site longer and boost advertising revenue.

Since Yahoo revamped its homepage in July, page views have increased 9 percent while time spent on the site has increased 20 percent, according to Tapan Bhat, senior vice president for integrated consumer experience. Click-throughs on the main ad on the front page have increased 10 percent, he said.

Since Bartz took over as CEO in January, the company cut 5 percent of its staff and has shed several businesses.

In July, Yahoo announced a 10-year deal to let Microsoft Corp provide search technology, a partnership designed to save costs and mount a more effective challenge to Google Inc, the world's No.1 search engine.

Shares of Yahoo were down 55 cents at $16.14 in midday trade.

Source: economictimes
Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson Wednesday launched three new smartphones in the Indian market, priced between Rs.16,950 and

The phones, "Satio", "Aino" and "Yari", will set the trend for the new age smart phones, said Anil Sethi, president of Sony Ericsson Mobile India.

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He said the company would focus on the smartphone category for the next two-three years to boost sales.

Built on Sony Ericsson's strengths in music, imaging, gaming, applications and content services, the new phones bring alive entertainment on the go for consumers, the company said.

The Satio, priced at Rs.35,950, comes with a 3.5-inch screen and offers a 16:9 widescreen format with 12.1 megapixel camera.

The Aino offers services to access content stored on a PlayStation 3 from anywhere in the world through a Wi-Fi connection.

It also gives remote play access to videos, television shows and photos. The mobile has an eight megapixel camera and is priced at Rs.28,950.

Yari debuts Gesture gaming that enables users to make the moves in front of the screen and play games without even touching the phone. The Phone comes with a five megapixel camera and is priced at Rs.16,950.

source: Economictimes
IT Market Updates / HCL Tech to hike salaries
Oct 28, 2009, 06:21 PM
IT services provider HCL Technologies will increase the salaries of their employees by 0-10 per cent from October 1, which will result IT in a drop in its gross margin by 130 basis points.

"We have decided to increase the wages of the employees effective from October 1, 2009 by 0-10 per cent and this will result in our gross margin dropping by 130 basis points for the next two quarters," HCL Tech CEO Vineet Nayar told reporters here after announcing the first quarter results.

At the end of September 30, HCL Tech's total employee strength stood at 54,443. The company added 665 professionals in the IT services segment during the period.

Further, the company is looking at acquisitions aggressively to 'fill in the gap' in its service areas and offerings.

For the first quarter ended September 30, HCL Technologies today reported 18.50 per cent growth in its net profit at Rs 300.75 crore.

Shares of HCL Tech were trading at Rs 317.80, down 0.56 per cent in afternoon trade on the BSE.

Source: economictimes
The result of the Graduate Engineer JTOs Examination 2008 held by BSNL on 21th June 2009 has been declared.

Successful candidates may please note that further communication regarding appointment formalities etc. would be sent to them by the office of the respective Chief General Managers where they had applied for the examination. This would take about a month's time. In case no intimation is received within a month, they are advised to approach the respective BSNL Circle Offices.

Link to JTO Results:

Congratulations to all the successful candidates who have been selected as JTO in BSNL.
Seoul: The internet is about to get more accessible for millions worldwide with the imminent approval of a new multilingual address system that uses Asian and Arabic scripts, aglobal regulator said on Monday.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) said it would declare an end to the exclusive use of Latin characters for website addresses on Friday — the final day of its six-day conference in Seoul.
"This is the biggest change to the internet since it was invented 40 years ago", Peter Thrush, chairman of the ICANN board in charge of reviewing the change, said. Thrush said he expected ICANN's full board to grant approval on Friday — a day after the 40th anniversary of the internet's birth at the University of California, Los Angeles.
When the change comes into force, it will be possible to use characters from other languages — such as Chinese, Arabic, Korean and Japanese — for a full internet address, instead of just part of the address as now. ICANN president Rod Beckstrom said internet addresses would no longer use limited "Generic Top-Level Domains" such as .com or .org, and instead use more flexible "Internationalised Domain Names" such as .post or .bank.
Beckstrom said the change would also allow internet users to type fewer keystrokes to access a website which will "give companies a quicker way to get directly to their customers".

Source: timesofindia
Intel alongwith HCL Infosystems unveiled WiMAX-enabled nettops and laptops in India

The world's largest chip maker Intel, along with HCL Infosystems, on Tuesday announced the launch of the first of WiMAX-enabled laptops and nettops in the country with the latter considered to be small form of laptops consuming less power and mainly used for internet access.

The products will be commercially available within three months.

Sourtce: Telecomtiger
Idea Cellular extended its presence to 20 circles in the country with the launch of services in Kolkata and West Bengal.

Idea plans to gradually scale its cell sites in the region from 1,150 to 2,800 eventually covering over 8,200 towns and villages by the end of the fiscal. The launch phase covers 8 major districts, namely Hooghly, Burdwan, Murshidabad, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, Nadia, Bankura and Purulia, to be expanded to cover 22 districts of West Bengal & Sikkim, before the end of current financial year.

Speaking at the launch, Mr. Ambrish Jain, Director - Operations, IDEA Cellular Ltd. said, "The launch of our services in Kolkata & West Bengal marks near completion of our mission to become a pan-India operator by 2010. IDEA is the fastest growing mobile operator in India, and I am confident that our high quality network and services will enhance mobile experience for subscribers in the 'City of Joy', and the rest of the state."

WB including Kolkata has a population of 97 million with WB having 24% mobile penetration rate and Kolkata having 73 %.

Idea plans to launch its services in the remaining circles of Assam and North East soon.

Capgemini Recruiting Java/.Net/Oracle Trained Freshers

Bengaluru/Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad / Secunderabad, Mumbai
Rupees 2,75,000


UG - B.Tech/B.E. - Any Specialization

PG - M.Tech - Any Specialization,MCA - Computers

Job Description

Capgemini is looking for Fresh BE/MCA s who have undergone training in Java/.net/Oracle,to work
on some of the best software applications development or maintenance projects.

Will undergo rigorous on the job training on latest cutting edge technologies.
Desired Candidate Profile

Fresh BE/ MCA graduates trained in Java/.net or Oracle. Should have excellent academic record , analytical skills and communciation skills.

should be willing to relcoate and work in any of the below locations as per company's requirements.

Positions are open in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore

Company Profile

Capgemini is one of the top IT consulting companies in the world. With a global strength of more than 85,000 professionals and operations in more than 34 countries, we are preferred employer of IT talent across the globe. We have currently more than 25000 professionals employed with us in India, and we plan to grow to 40000 employees by year 2011. We have offices in Mumbai,Pune, Hyderabad,Kolkata,Chennai and Bangalore

Contact Details

Company Name:Capgemini


Executive Name:sumanth

RMZ Ecospace Outer Ring Road
BANGALORE,Karnataka,India 560037


Source: 4futureengineers
The absence of the blu-ray drive in Xbox 360 is one of the major factors differentiating it from Sony PlayStation 3 gaming console. In an interview with Gizmodo, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer spilled beans on the same stating Xbox 360 owners would be availed Blu-ray drives as an accessory for the system

Sony PlayStation 3 scores over Microsoft's Xbox 360 with built-in Blu-ray, Bluetooth and WiFi support. Xbox 360 owners need to purchase accessories separately to get those features.

It's quite possibile that Microsoft is thinking of including Blu-ray as an internal or external drive. With no particular time period specified, it's likely that Xbox 360 might get external Blu-ray drive as an accessory.

Before Blu-ray won over HD DVD, Microsoft used to sell external HD DVD drive as an accessory. But once HD DVD eloped, Microsoft has been pondering over bringing HD content some way or the other on Xbox 360. But as the company is planning 1080p instant-on HD streaming, Blu-ray drives for the console might be eminent to stay in competition.

Source: techtree
IT company Mahindra Satyam  said it has secured contracts worth Rs 38 crore (3 crore UAE dirhams) in the middle east and north america region (MENA) in the second quarter of FY 2009-10.

The new agreements pertain to deliveries of SAP, Oracle and Business Intelligence Solutions, it said.

The company is also strengthening its resources to leverage the growing demand wihthin the government, banking, telecon and real estate sectors in the MENA region.

Source: Business Standard
CHENNAI: Reliance Mobile has introduced call manager service on its GSM network on supporting handsets. This service enables Reliance mobile

subscribers a wide range of call completion service. Offered through a server-less client protocol, it allows customers to respond to incoming calls

with pre-recorded voice messages.
Coimbatore: Aircel has launched 'Unlimited Dialer Tune Cards'in physical sachet format – Rs.7 for a sachet of 7 days – where in consumers can

change songs unlimited at no extra cost. Cards are available for Rs. 31, valid up to 31days and for Rs. 240, with a validity of 1 year. These cards

are available for both prepaid and postpaid users.
CHENNAI: The Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing (IIITD&M), which has been functioning for two years in a make-shift place within IIT Madras, will soon get a new campus, said Information Technology Minister Poongothai Aladi Aruna.

The Minister, who visited the IIT-Madras campus on Wednesday, told The Hindu that the foundation stone for the new campus on 100 acres in Melakottaiyur village on the Vandalur-Kelambakkam Road would soon be laid in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister M. K. Stalin and Union Minister for Human Resource and Development Kapil Sibal.

The construction would take about two years from then on.

The IIITD&M offers courses in Computer Engineering, Electronics D&M and Mechanical D&M.

The institution currently has student strength of 155. There are plans to raise the strength to 1,200 within the next 10 years.

According to Dr. Ananth, there was a space crunch on the campus and a dedicated campus for the Design Institute was an urgent need.

There are three other IIITD&Ms in the country. They are in Gwalior, Allahabad and Jabalpur.
Fresher Jobs / GOOGLE INDIA Campus Drive
Oct 21, 2009, 10:29 AM
Freshers : Pool Campus Placement Drive @ VJIT (Vidya Jyothi Institute of Technology) (

GOOGLE - Hyderabad, India

Salary: Rs. 1.30 to 1.50 Lakhs per Annum.

Eligibility Criteria:

• 2009 & 2008 PASSOUTS ONLY
• BE / B.Tech - EEE / Mechanical / ECE / CSE / IT
B.Sc - Computers & Electronics

Desired Skills:

• Should have excellent communication skills (Written & Oral)
• Should have knowledge in Computer operating skills
• Should have knowledge in typing skills and HTML
• Marks 50% and above
• Exposure to GIS systems and Problem Solving analysis

Interview Rounds: Examination Rounds and Interview pattern:

• Phase I: Group Discussion

• Phase 2: Written test for 50 marks (20 Maths, 20 GK, 10 Geography)

• Phase 3: Personal Interview.

Note: All the above 3 phases will be conducted at College.

• Phase 4: Client Round at Google Office.

Job Details:

• Candidates who are selected will be provided transport facility, Lunch and medical insurance in the company.
• Timings of Work: 9.00 AM to 6.00 PM
• No shift Basis.

Documents to be carried for interview:
1. Latest Resume – 2 Copies
2. Recent Colour Passport Size Photographs - 2

Walk-In Date: 23 October 2009 (Friday) at 9:00 AM

Walk-In Timings: 9:00 AM is Reporting Time (Please be on time)

Vidya Jyothi Institute of Technology,
Himayathnagar Village, Moinabad Mandal,
Chaitanya Bharathi Post, Chilkur Road,
Andhra Pradesh
India-500 075
Industrial Development Bnk of India (IDBI Bank) (

Online submission of application : Between 20/10/2009 and 26/10/2009 for the posts of Executives and Assistant Manager and between 20/10/2009 and 23/01/2010 for the posts of Manager and Assistant General Manager

IDBI Bank, a new generation fully computerised banking company having majority share holding by Government of India, invites application for following posts :

* Executive (On contract basis) : 300 posts, Qualification : Graduate in any discipline, Age : 25 years

* Assistant Manager Gr. A : 850 posts, Qualification : Graduate with 60% in any discipline, Age : 28 years

* Manager Gr. B : 370 posts, Qualification : Graduate from a recognised university and preference to CA/ ICWA/ CFA/ MBA/ CAIIB, Age : 32 years, Experience : 3 years experience in Bank/ Insurance/ Mutual Fund etc.

* Assistant General Manager Gr. C : 400 posts, Qualification : Graduate from a recognised university and preference to CA/ ICWA/ CFA/ MBA/ CAIIB, , Age : 37 years. Relaxation is age as per Govt. rules., Experience : 5 years in Banking, Insurance/ Non Banking Finance company, Mutual Fund etc.

Reservation as per Govt. rules.

Selection by Group Discussion (GD) followed by Personal Interview (PI).

Procedure to Apply :
Apply Online between the date prescribed above. The print out of the system generated application along with the documents/ certificates and fee should be sent by Ordinary post only in a closed envelope superscribed as "APPLICATION FOR THE POST OF ............. " to the desired postal box address.
CHENNAI: Tata Indicom has launched a special offer 'Twin Treat' which provides customers a combination of two bundled handsets with

consecutive mobile numbers and calling between both the numbers at just 50 paise per call for one year. Customers can also choose between two

handsets, Huawei 2607 at Rs. 1,999 and Huawei 2806 at Rs. 2,399. The offer is applicable across all the circles
Barack Obama, the US President would celebrate Diwali along with other members of the community at the White House next week.

"At the East Room ceremony, the President will observe Diwali, or the 'Festival of Lights,' a holiday celebrated across faiths," announced the White House.

Obama on Wednesday, Oct14, would sign an Executive Order restoring the White House Advisory Commission and the Inter agency Working Group to address the issues of Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

For first time, Diwali, the festival of lights would be celebrated in the East Room of the White House with Obama himself present to grace the occasion.

Source: oneindia
Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) ( )

Oriental Bank of India (OBC), a leading public sector bank invites Online applications from Indian citizens for 313 posts of Probationary Officers.

* Probationary Officers (JMGS-I) : 313 posts

Pay Scale : Rs.10000-18240/-,
Age : 21-30 years,
Qualification : Minimum 60% marks for Science graduates (55 % for SC/ST/PWD) & 55% for graduates in other streams (50% for SC/ST/PWD) in aggregate. Candidates with additional qualifications as MBA, CA, CFA , MCA etc. shall be preferred.

The basic knowledge in operating computer systems in Windows mode, knowledge of MS-Word/Office, Spread Sheets like MS-Excel and Internet & Email familiarity is an essential qualification.

Selection Procedure: The selection will be on the basis of written test on 13/12/2009 and interview. All eligible candidates will be called for a written examination which will be both Objective and Descriptive in nature.

Application Fee : Rs.400/- (Rs.50/- for SC/ST/PH Candidates) may be paid at any of the Core Banking Solution (CBS) Branches of the Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) only in Current A/c No.00071131002409 from 01/10/2009 to 31/10/2009.

Procedure to Apply :

Apply online.
Online application will be open from 01/10/2009 to 31/10/2009 at OBC's website
Indian Bank (

Indian Bank invites Online applications from Indian Citizens for the posts of Specialist and Probationary Officer :

Fresher Positions:

* Probationary Officers (PO) : 118 posts in Gr.I, Age : 21-30 years as on 01/07/09

Application Fee : Rs.400/-(Rs.50/- for SC/ST/PH/Ex.SM candidates) to be paid in any branch of Indian Bank only by cash by challans only which can be downloaded from the website.

Procedure to Apply :

Application should be submitted only Online at the Indian Bank website between 16/10/2009 and 16/11/2009 .

Important Dates :

1. Opening date for Online Registration - 16th October 2009
2. Opening date for Payment of fees at branches- 16th October 2009
3. Closing date for Online Registration - 16th November 2009
4. Date of Written-Test - 3rd January 2010 (for Specialist Officers including Rural Marketing Officers)
5. Date of Written-Test (for Probationary Officers) - 17th January 2010
Union Bank of India ( )

Union Bank of India, a Leading Listed Public Sector Bank with Head Office in Mumbai and all India representation, invites applications for recruitment to the posts in Clerical Cadre

* Clerk-cum-Cashier : 1040 posts in various states,

Age (As on 30/09/2009) : 18 - 28 years,

Pay Scale : Rs.4410 – Rs.13210/-,

Qualification : A Pass Class Degree from a UCG recognised reputed University or (b) A First Class Pass (60% marks in the aggregate) in the Higher Secondary School (HSC) Examination or Standard XII under the 10+2+3 pattern or Standard XI under the 11+3 pattern or Intermediate Examination or Pre-University (PUC) Examination from a recognised Educational Board (b) Computer Awareness and Office Automation Course (Computer Basics, DOS, Office, Internet & E-Mail) from a Computer Training Institute of a duration of minimum 60 hours. The requirement of having completed the Computer Awareness & Automation Course will be waived in case of those Graduates having Computer Awareness & Knowledge as part of the curriculum at the Degree level

Fee : Rs.300/- (No fee for SC/ST/PH candidates) to be deposited in any Union Bank of India branch in India in cash by with the Application Fee Challan

Procedure to Apply :

Apply Online at Union Bank of India website between 01/10/2009 and 31/10/2009.
After registration, take a printout of the registration slip and keep it safe with yourself and do not send any copy or form to bank.

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A UPC-A barcode symbol.

What is bar code? It is method of automatic identification and data collection. The first patent for a bar code type product (US Patent #2,612,994) was issued to inventors Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver on October 7, 1952. The Woodland and Silver bar code can be described as a "bull's eye" symbol, made up of a series of concentric circles.

Examine the 1958 patent drawing to the left that depicts the Woodland's and Silver's bar code label and the 1958 patent drawing below right of the inventors' bar code scanner technology. The photo below left is an example of today's U.P.C. bar code on a product package.

In 1948, Bernard Silver was a graduate student at Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia. A local food chain store owner had made an inquiry to the Drexel Institute asking about research into a method of automatically reading product information during checkout. Bernard Silver joined together with fellow graduate student Norman Joseph Woodland to work on a solution.

Woodland's first idea was to use ultraviolet light sensitive ink. The team built a working prototype but decided that the system was too unstable and expensive. They went back to the drawing board.

On October 20, 1949, Woodland and Silver filed their patent application for the "Classifying Apparatus and Method", describing their invention as "article classification...through the medium of identifying patterns".

Bar code was first used commercially in 1966, however, it was soon realized that there would have to be some sort of industry standard set. By 1970, the Universal Grocery Products Identification Code or UGPIC was written by a company called Logicon Inc. The first company to produce bar code equipment for retail trade use (using UGPIC) was the American company Monarch Marking in 1970, and for industrial use, the British company Plessey Telecommunications was also first in 1970. UGPIC evolved into the U.P.C. symbol set or Universal Product Code, which is still used in the United States. George J. Laurer is considered the inventor of U.P.C. or Uniform Product Code, which was invented in 1973.

In June of 1974, the first U.P.C. scanner was installed at a Marsh's supermarket in Troy, Ohio. The first product to have a bar code included was a packet of Wrigley's Gum.
Samsung has unveiled two cameras that feature the world's first dual LCD screens, one in the front and one in the back.

Samsung also unveiled cameras that feature three built-in radios: GPS, Bluetooth 2.0 and Wi-Fi. Most smartphones already come with these features, but this is the first standalone point-and-shoot camera to feature all three.

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First up is the 12.2 megapixel Samsung TL 225. It features a 3.5-inch touch LCD screen in the back and a 1.5-inch LCD in front. Users simply tap the front LCD to turn it on and off.

The primary use for the front LCD is for users who like to take pictures of themselves with friends by holding the camera out in front of them. In this scenario, the LCD screen helps users frame the shot, and face detection boxes pop up so you know if you're in focus.
Samsung added two other functions to the front LCD. When the timer is active, the front LCD displays numbers that count down so subjects can anticipate when the camera will fire. A cartoon animation of clowns can also be played on the LCD in order to get babies to smile for the camera.
The 3.5-inch touch LCD screen on the back of the TL 225 is also unique since it is very high-resolution and offers haptic feedback. When you touch a virtual button on the camera's rear LCD, it gently shakes to confirm you pressed it. LCD screens on most compact cameras contain 230,000 dots - the more dots, the more detail. The TL 225's back LCD screen contains 1,152,000 dots so images should look very sharp.

The Samsung TL 225 will retail for $349. A less expensive model, the Samsung TL 220 will also be available for $299. It will have the 1.5-inch front LCD, but the back LCD will be a smaller, 3-inch haptic touch LCD with 230,000 dots. Both will be available in September.

Last up is the Samsung CL 65, which will contain three different radios: Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi and GPS. The GPS radio will be used to "geotag" photos so they have city, state, and country information attached to them. The Bluetooth radio can be used to send photos from the camera to other Bluetooth-equipped devices like cell phones, printers, and computers.

The Wi-Fi radio will let the camera jump onto any Wi-Fi network to transfer photos to devices on the network. The camera's Wi-Fi also supports the new-ish DLNA networking protocol, which attempts to simplify network sharing of pictures, video and music.
Infosys Technologies, the second largest software company in the country, is opening a delivery centre in Brazil as part of its policy to focus on emerging geographies, including Latin America. The centre will initially have 50-100 people, mostly those hired locally, and will be operational "any time now," according to S Gopalakrishnan, CEO of the Bangalore-headquartered company.

Brazil holds an important place in Infosys' overall strategy for the Americas. The company has bagged a few anchor customers in the country who are primarily asking for local delivery capabilities. Though the local IT outsourcing market in Brazil is comparatively slow, sectors like energy and utilities, financial services, retail and manufacturing promise a lot of opportunities for the Indian IT outsourcing services providers.

Gopalakrishnan said that the company had been consciously looking at expanding its presence in the emerging markets including West Asia, India, South and Latin America. This is the reason why the company has not slowed its investments even during the slowdown.

Infosys already has a development centre in Mexico which employs about 250 people.

Source: bpowatchindia
State-owned PSU, BSNL and HCL Infosystems announced a collaboration to jointly work towards the National Broadband Penetration Program (NBPP) initiative which aims to accelerate PC & broadband penetration in rural India.

The project aims to make PC terminals more affordable. Furthermore, USOF will be utilised to provide a subsidy of Rs 4,500 per broadband connection.

For end-users the scheme will be available for upfront payment of Rs. 2,250/- and Rs 300 monthly rental for the PC as well as Rs 99 or Rs 150 per month rental for the broadband plan chosen. The speeds on offer will be 512 kbps.

HCL Touch will provide assistance to the initiative through its IT service and support network spanning across 4000 towns, 14 remote support centers, 505 service offices, 390 ware houses and 150 repair centres.

Source: telecomtiger
Bill Gates organized an enormous session to recruit a new Chairman for Microsoft Europe. 5000 candidates assembled in a large room. One candidate is Arun an Indian guy.

Bill Gates thanked all the candidates for coming and asking those who do not know JAVA program to leave. 2000 people leave the room. Arun says to himself, 'I do not know JAVA but I have nothing to lose if I stay. I'll give it a try'

Bill Gates asked the candidates who never had experience of managing more than 100 people to leave.

2000 people leave the room. Arun says to himself ' I never managed anybody by myself but I have nothing to lose if I stay. What can happen to me?' So he stays.

Then Bill Gates asked candidates who do not have management diplomas to leave. 500 people leave the room. Arun says to himself, 'I left school at 15 but what have I got to lose?' So he stays in the room.

Lastly, Bill Gates asked the candidates who do not speak Serbo - Croat to leave. 498 people leave the room. Arun says to himself, 'I do not speak one word of Serbo - Croat but what do I have to lose?' So he stays and finds himself with one other candidate.

Everyone else has gone.

Bill Gates joined them and said 'Apparently you are the only two candidates who speak Serbo - Croat, so I'd now like to hear you have a conversation together in that language.'

Calmly, Arun turns to the other candidate and says 'yeppadi irukeenga'

The other candidate answers 'Nalla irukenpaa'
The index finger portion of the glove hosts the said tactile sensor. Skim it over the Braille surface and it sends a feed to the main device housed on

the back of the glove. Over here the feeds are interpreted and beamed to the headphone via Bluetooth as voice data.

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Tata Communications and F-Secure extended their business partnership to offer online back-up services to Tata Communications broadband subscribers.

The subscribers will not have to install any additional device for the service. The back-up is stored in a secured environment in Tata Comm's data centres.

Service providers are more and more being held responsible to offer their customers a positive Internet experience. By combining our Internet security package with the news backup services we would  be able to offer maximum safety to our customer for both data and computer.

Source: telecomtiger
Press office of the company High Tech Computer (HTC) has officially announced the launch of the smartphone HTC Touch2 (T3333) with a full touch screen control, which is one of the first products of this kind, using as an operating system platform for new Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional. In terms of functionality debutant refers to the apparatus of the middle class and, if it is relatively inexpensive, may well be a massive decision. The device is made in the form of an elegant design monoblock without alphanumeric keyboard and is equipped with a proprietary user interface TouchFLO.

Product specifications

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Ability to work in networks WCDMA / HSPA (900/2100 MHz) and GSM / GPRS / EDGE (850/900/1800/ 1900 MHz);

Processor Qualcomm MSM7225 CPU running at 528 MHz;

512 MB of ROM memory and 256 MB of memory RAM;
Slot for removable storage standard microSD;

2.8-inch touch screen TFT-display with QVGA-resolution;

Integrated GPS-receiver;

Modules Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (A2DP) and Wi-Fi 802.11b / g; 3.5-mm jack for connecting the headphone jack and HTC ExtUSB;

Mounted 3.2-megapixel digital camera;

Built-in media player, which operates the formats AAC / AAC + / eAAC + / AMR-NB/QCP/MP3/ WMA/WAV/MIDI/ M4A and WMV/ASF/MP4/ 3GP/3G2/M4V/ AVI;

Lithium-Ion Battery 1100 mAh, a charge which is enough for 370 (WCDMA) / 440 (GSM) minutes of continuous negotiations, or 500 (WCDMA) / 370 (GSM) hours of autonomous operation in standby mode;

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Chat Box / Great Indian management
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Both teams work really hard to get into shape.. but japanese won by  1 miles

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Mood in the Indian team was bad.. team of analyst was formed  to analayse the situation and the solution

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Quinnox Consultancy Services recruits Trainee - 2009 Passout   

Job Description

Incumbent would be trained on required technology & will be part of projects with Quinnox.

Desired Candidate Profile

• Candidates with engineering degree (B.E. /B.Tech.) in Computer Science/ Information Technology Should only apply.

• 2009 Pass out candidates with 55% & above marks will only be considered for the role.

• Good written and oral communication skills.

• Strong understanding of working both independently and in a team-oriented collaborative environment.

• Excellent Interpersonal and communication skills.

• Must be comfortable learning and using new technologies.

• Self motivated

• Strong Logical & problem solving skills

Company Name:Quinnox Consultancy Services

Sun Direct Pvt. Ltd. which is expanding its foothold across the country today claimed to have reached a subscriber base of four million for its DTH services within two years of launching its services.

The company attributed the success to its value for money offers, right regional content mix, deep distribution across the country and offering flexi-content pricing.

Commenting on this landmark achievement, Mr. Tony D'Silva, Chief Operating Officer, Sun Direct said "From the beginning we had clear plans on the value we will offer to our customers; our Think Regional: Go National strategy helped shape our approach in different markets.

Source: telecomtiger
South Korea's LG Electronics has expanded its smartphone portfolio with the launch of a new high-end 3G smartphone- GM730, in close collaboration with Qualcomm.

Built on Qualcomm's Mobile Station Modem (MSM) 7201A chipset, LG GM730 leverages on Windows Mobile's OS, and boasts of a 3D S class user interface, and a touch screen portfolio to ensure two step easy e-mail setup, said the company.

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With this launch, LG aims to increase its foothold in the country's smartphone market as it eyes a 20 percent of the market shares of touch screen mobile segment, added Mr. Arora.

The handset will be priced at Rs 24,000.

Source: telecomtiger
Finding immense potential in government projects, leading IT company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is aiming 10 per cent of its total revenue from these projects in the next three years, besides adding 25,000 employees this year.

TCS last year recorded total revenue of $6 billion and it expects to increase it to $10 billion in the next few years. Out of the total revenue, the domestic market has a share of 70 per cent and the rest comes from the global markets, he said.

TCS would also hire 25,000 more people this year to support its ongoing and upcoming projects. "We have an employee strength of 145,000 people and we want to add 25,000 more people this year," he said.

In the domestic market, the company was developing a Rs 1,000-crore 'Passport Seva Project' to provide speedy passport delivery services.

TCS is also looking to tap opportunities to be offered by Unique Identification Database (UID), headed by Infosys former Co-Chairman Nandan Nilekan. "We would like to avail opportunities to be thrown by UID projects, although they are still in early stages," he said.

TCS is also keen to engage in e-panchayat projects, which are expected to be rolled out by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj.
Fresher Jobs / BHEL - Freshers Requirement
Sep 01, 2009, 10:30 AM
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited

Engineer Trainee - 600 Posts

Qualification : B.E/ B.Tech in Mechanical /Electrical/ Electronics with 65% marks
Age as on 1-08-2009 : 27 years for Graduates ( Candidates born before 01-August-1982 are not eligible to apply). 29 years for Post Graduates (Full Time) of Engg. or Business
Admn/ Mgmt. ( Candidates born before 01-August-1980 are not Eligible to apply).

Supervisor Trainee - 600 Posts

Qualification : Diploma in Mechanical /Electrical/ Electronics with 65% marks
Age as on 1-08-2009 : 27 years (Candidates born before 01-August-1982 are not eligible to apply).

Training, Emoluments
Engineer Trainee :

The Selected Candidates will be placed on training for one year. During training, basic pay of Rs.10750/- in the scale of pay of Rs.10750-430-16750/- will be paid. After successful completion of training, the trainees will be absorbed as Engineer in the scale of pay of Rs.11225-450-17525/- with a basic pay of Rs.11225/-

Supervisor Trainee :

The Selected Candidates will be placed on training for one year. During training, basic pay of Rs.5600/- in the scale of pay of Rs.5600-150-8600/- will be paid. After successful completion of training, the trainees will be absorbed as Assistant Engineer

Procedure to Apply :

All eligible candidates are required to fill in the ONLINE application
form and submit the same Download the Triplicate SBI Challan copy . and fill the required details. After filling the details in the above challan, it has to be deposited with the fee of Rs. 400/ (For General Candidates / OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) and for Supervisor Trainees Rs300/( For General Candidates / OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) at any of the SBI branches all over the country. and - SC/ST and Physically challenged candidates are exempted from payment of fee . One Copy of acknowledgement slip may be retained by the Candidate. Another copy of Acknowledgement Slip, duly signed by the applicant and with his/her recent photograph pasted on the slip along with BHEL Challan copy Category certificates, if applicable may be sent to the following address: Sr. DGM (HR) Engineer Trainee Recruitment Cell HRM Department, Building 24 BHEL, Tiruchirappalli-620014 . The candidate should necessarily super scribe the Envelope containing the above documents, position applied i.e. 'Engineer Trainee' OR ' Supervisor Trainee' and the discipline applied for e.g. 'Mechanical' .

For Supervisor Trainee may sent to the following address DGM (HR) Supervisor Trainee Recruitment Cell HRM Department, Building 24 BHEL, Tiruchirappalli-620014

Important Dates

Commencement of on-line submission of applications : 31st August, 2009.
Closing of on-line submission of Applications : 21st September, 2009.
Last date of receipt of Ack. Slips at BHEL : 28th September, 2009.
Nokia announced the launch of two new touch-screen mobile devices — Nokia 5230 and Nokia 5530 XpressMusic — which are aimed at consumers who appreciate easy usage with the 'touch' interface and music lovers.

Nokia 5230, which features an easy to use music player with 33 hours of playback time, is priced at Rs. 10,500. It features a 'Media Bar' with quick access to your favourite media and applications, such as music, photos and YouTube or Ovi Share. It also comes with 2.0 megapixel camera and 3.2 inch wide screen.

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On the other hand, Nokia 5530 XpressMusic, priced at Rs.13,999, is a music and entertainment device with a complete touch interface. It has a 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, while the home screen features one touch shortcuts to content and popular social networks, like Facebook and MySpace. It is an excellent music player with 27 hours of playback time, excellent audio quality and a 4 GB memory card for storing music and other media. Both handsets would be available in early 2010.

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IT major Cognizant announced operational expansion of its Phoenix delivery center and that it has added BPO services to an existing portfolio of application development, application maintenance, testing, and related services.

Cognizant's Phoenix BPO center will initially provide claim processing services for one of the largest healthcare plans in the US, it said in a statement.

The company also said it expects to hire over 100 full-time professionals in the next 12 months, drawing talent from the local market and academic community.

As a result, Cognizant's overall presence at Phoenix will grow to about 400 full-time employees, it added.

Phoenix is one of Cognizant's six delivery centers in the US. Besides Phoenix, the company delivers BPO services from local, regional and global centers in the US, Eastern Europe, India, and China.
TIRUCHI: With a view to providing degree and diploma courses in engineering to ambitious students, the Indira Gandhi National Open University - School of Engineering and Technology (IGNOU-SET) has set up its centre in Tiruchi district.

The vertically integrated engineering programme - a joint venture by the IGNOU and Sri Angala Parameswari Educational Trust (SAPET), a national co-ordinator for this IGNOU-SAPET project - provides Diploma in Engineering and B.Tech in Engineering courses such as civil, mechanical, electronics and communication engineering, electrical, electronics engineering and computer science engineering.

Students with a pass in SSLC, ITI certificate-holders, Plus Two vocational stream students, polytechnic diploma-holders, science graduates and graduates in computer science or information technology and Bachelor in Computer Application can join these courses. The Samboorna Institute of Engineering and Technology will be an academic partner for the course.

Inaugurating the IGNOU-SAPET centre by issuing the application forms to the candidates, the Executive Director of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, A. V. Krishnan, commended the multiple-entry level and multiple exit level components of the course.
Chat Box / World's Beautiful currencies
Aug 20, 2009, 10:52 AM

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Switzerland (Francs)

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Comoros (Comorian Franc)

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Cook Islands (Cook Island Dollars)

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Faroe Islands (Kronurs)

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The French Pacific Territories (Franc)

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Hong Kong (Hong Kong Dollars)

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Iceland (Kronurs)

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The Maldives (Rufiyaa)

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New Zealand (New Zealand Dollars)

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Sao Tome & Principe (Dobras) 
Jokes & Funny Images / IT Twins
Aug 20, 2009, 10:31 AM
Someone in the IT industry gave birth to twins.

Guess what they named them?

Scroll down for the Answer....













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Google Earth's got some competition now — from the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), unveiled its beta version of Bhuvan (meaning earth in Sanskrit).

A web-based tool like Google Earth, Bhuvan promises to give better 3-D satellite imagery of India than is currently being offered by the US-based

software giant plus a host of India-specific features like weather information and even administrative boundaries of all states and districts. The application can be downloaded from .

The tool would offer pictures of the globe, just like Google Earth, and navigable in the same way but currently has the best resolutions over the Indian sub-continent.

It allows users to fly from space to street level, grab, spin and zoom down to any place. It also provides tools for measuring, drawing, saving, printing and visualising thematic information.

Keeping in mind that its users will be mostly in India to begin with, Bhuvan is designed to be as "bandwidth-friendly" as possible and can run even on slow internet connections. However, as of now, it does not allow users to add their own data, like photographs or text, on to the images.

The beta version was released by Minister of State for Science and Technology Prithviraj Chavan at a function organised by the Astronautical Society of India.

ISRO promises to add many more value-added functions and facilities including interactive systems to make it more user-friendly and effective information portal.

After the success of its moon mission, ISRO has set its sights on Mars. Today, it announced plans of sending a orbiter mission to Mars sometime after 2013.

ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair told reporters that feasibility studies for Mars mission had been completed and the scientific team was now evaluating the mission objectives and scientific proposals. He said the government had already sanctioned an initial amount of Rs 10 crore for the project.
With global economy still showing few signs of a firm recovery, it's a tough going for companies. Though some surveys suggest that the worst is over, the recovery outlook is still hazy.

However, despite the adverse climate, there are companies which continue to grow. Defying the economic downturn, these companies not only managed to hold forte, but posted impressive revenue and profit growth.

Fortune magazine recently announced its annual list of 100 Fastest-growing companies globally. The list has as many as 25 technology companies. We bring to you top ten from the list.
COIMBATORE: Triumphant Institute of Management Education  will conduct a free model clerical test for those preparing for the clerical examination of the State Bank of India.

According to a release from TIME, the examinations are scheduled to be held on November 8 and 15.

The free model test would be held on August 23 at Stanes Higher Secondary School at 2.30 p.m. A free seminar on "Preparation Strategy for Bank Examinations" will be held prior to the test.

Those topping the test would be given scholarships up to 100 per cent to undertake coaching at the institute.

For details contact 0422-6573299 / 4214547.
MANGALORE: Corporation Bank has launched MoneyGram, an international money transfer service, in association with UAE Exchange and Financial Services Ltd. which is a member of the UAE Exchange group that facilitates global money transfers in India.

The facility has been launched at 300 branches of the bank in the first phase, according a press release issued here. At present, the Corporation Bank has a tie-up with 10 exchange houses in West Asia for speed remittances and drawing DD. With tie-up with MoneyGram, non-resident Indians can now send funds to people in India in 10 minutes, the release said. It said the remitter has to visit any of the agents of MoneyGram, fill-in the remittance form and tender the equivalent foreign exchange inclusive of charges to the agent.

The receiver in India gets an 8-digit reference number in particular.

The receiver could approach the designated Corporation Bank with a photo identification proof, the release said.
Chat Box / How To Prevent Swine Flu Infection
Aug 09, 2009, 11:12 AM

Always cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing; ideally use something disposable like a tissue. Avoid touching your face, nose or mouth too frequently with your hands since swine flu appears to be transmitted through respiratory droplets in the same fashion as the common cold.


Wash your hands frequently with soap and water since swine flu like other viruses can be contracted by touching objects contaminated by the virus. It's unsure how long the swine flu virus can survive on surrounding surfaces.


Though alcohol based hand sanitizers don't routinely kill viruses they probably do offer some limited protection in preventing swine flu infections.


If swine flu infections have been medically confirmed in your area consider avoiding large public gatherings. Individuals can be contagious with the swine flu virus for several day before demonstrating any signs or symptoms of infection. Be particularly careful about indoor gatherings where air circulates poorly.


If you're really paranoid and don't mind looking odd then consider wearing a respiratory mask. This barrier method does offer some basic protection against infection though not all masks are created equally. Higher quality masks capable of filtering out some respiratory infections are more expensive.


If you start feeling ill with cold or flu-like symptoms do not go to work. Stay home and begin the usual home remedies for colds and flu. Contact your health care provider, local health department or hospital emergency room if your symptoms worsen or fail to improve for information about where to go to be screened for possible swine flu infection.
VIJAYAWADA: Bajaj Auto launched its new 100 cc motorcycle 'Discover DTS-Si' in the city market on Friday.

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Speaking to reporters later, Mr. Swamy revealed the features of the new motorcycle. "It has an electric start for quick and hassle-free starting. Nitrox suspension given highest level of comfort even on rough roads and the longest wheelbase is meant for extra comfort to the rider," he said, adding that the five-speed gear box was the first of its kind in the segment and the maintenance-free battery with charge indicator would reduce the burden of battery maintenance.
COIMBATORE: The results of supplementary examinations for undergraduate and postgraduate courses of Bharathiar University will be published on

August 8. According to Controller of Examinations, the results would also be hosted on websites and
HYDERABAD: CMC, a Tata enterprise, in association with Sakshi newspaper is conducting a scholarship test for degree and post-graduate students on August 9 at five centres in the city.

According to a press release here on Thursday, students who qualify in the test would be given scholarships to pursue hardware and networking, financial accounting and programming courses at the CMC.

The candidates would also be eligible for gifts such as laptops and mobile phones. "Interested students can walk into their nearest CMC centre for registration", the release said.
CHENNAI: has launched a salary tool, Naukri Paycheck. The tool offers broad-based information on compensation across sectors, cities

and experience levels based on a database of over ten million profiles. It allows users to benchmark salary for any specified criteria.
MUMBAI: Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Ltd (TTML) on Thursday launched its GSM services under the Tata DoCoMo brand in Maharashtra. TTML is a subsidiary of Tata Teleservices Ltd. (TTSL) in which Japan's NTT DoCoMo has a 26 per cent stake.

TTML has spent over Rs. 1,000 crore on its 3G-ready GSM network and has GSM spectrum for 18 out of the country's 22 telecom circles. It is awaiting spectrum for Assam, the northeast, West Bengal and Delhi circles.

Tata DoCoMo announced a range of products and innovative tariff options and introduced the 'Pay-per-use' advantage which allows the consumer to pay only for the seconds utilised.

As an introductory offer, across Mumbai and Maharashtra, Tata DoCoMo is offering a Lifetime plan at one paise per second for calls across India. Consumers can also avail themselves of 'Pay-for-three and get 100 SMS free' offer every day. For the first time, international calling is also available on a per-second billing model. A variety of post-paid plans designed for a range of consumer requirements are also available.
CHENNAI: IBM and Tally Solutions has announced a first-time agreement to deliver Tally's ERP 9 Gold and IBM's smart business platform. According

to a release, IBM will deliver this solution complete with all necessary hardware, software and services, while Tally will facilitate customisation and

extensions on the platform.
CHENNAI: HCL Technologies-BPO Services, one of the ITeS service providers, is planning to set up a training institute. The institute is likely to come up in Chennai, in a year's time. It will create a pool of quality resources, which will be useful for HCL itself, said A. P. Rao, Senior Vice-President (Human Resources).

Due to downturn, most of the professionally qualified graduates have got into BPO services. In order to retain the existing talent, HCL has created an innovative method to increase the quality of working condition, by launching a new programme "Aspire". Under the programme, the company will offer training to those BPO employees who are qualified professionals.

The training programme is jointly conducted by NIIT. So far the company had moved 400 employees after taking the test from BPO services to IT services. He said this programme was launched last year. This year, so far over 500 BPO employees were getting trained. These employees would start opting for such training after six months of joining the organisation. Though the training was imparted at the HCL organisation, the company charges nearly Rs. 50,000 as course fee. However, he said the company would pay back the course fees in two years.

He said because of the downturn, it had become necessary for any organisation to improve efficiency through innovative ideas and most of the organisations were focussing on reducing the attrition rate and quality of working conditions. He said there was 40 per cent attrition rate in a call centre and nil in data processing back office operation centres.

Mr. Rao said the existing head count in HCL BPO services was 10,000 and it hoped to grow by 25 per cent in the current year.
The past few months saw global economic recession wiping out jobs and even companies. Salary cuts, salary freeze and pink slips seem to have become a norm across a number of sectors worldwide. Tech sector has not been immune to it either. Almost all IT companies across the world downsized their employee count and froze pay hikes.

However, it continued to be a party for top men at most tech companies who attracted very lucrative perks. From company jets to personal security to club memberships, CEOs at world's top technology firms raked in high perks even at the time when their companies sounded slowdown alert alarms.

CIO magazine recently came out with a list of 'CEOs Still Getting Big Perks Despite Pay Backlash.' It includes some famous names, and some not so familiar in this part of the globe. But one thing binds them all: high perks in recessionary times. Here's a look at how much perks these top execs got.
Central Recruitment & Promotion Department (CRPD) Corporate Centre, Mumbai

Advertisement No. CRPD/CR/2009-10/04

Central Recruitment & Promotion Department, State Bank of India, Corporate Centre, Mumbai invites Online applications from Indian citizens for appointment of 11000 Clerical Cadre posts in State Bank of India between 01/08/2009 and 15/09/2009.

* Clerical Cadre : 11000 posts (UR-5612,SC-1750, ST-1082, OBC-2556) in various states in India (see detailed advt. for state wise vacancies) ,

Pay Scale : Rs.4410-13210/-,

Qualification : Minimum 12th Standard (10+2) or equivalent qualification thereof with a minimum of 60% marks (55% for SC/ST/PWD/XS) OR A degree from a recognised university (graduation level) with a minimum of 40% marks (35% for SC/ST/PWD/XS). Matriculate Ex-Servicemen, who have obtained the Indian Army Special Certificate of Education or corresponding certificate in the Navy or the Air Force, who have put in not less than 15 years of service in Armed Forces of the Union are also eligible for the post. Should be able to write and speak English fluently. must be fluent in speaking and writing the Regional Language of the state from which they are selected. Knowledge of other Indian language will be an added qualification.,

Age : 18-28 years as on 01/10/2009. Age relaxation as per Govt. rules.

Selection Procedure : Final selection will be made on the basis of performance in the written test and interview taken together.

Application Fee : Rs. 250/- (for SC/ST/PWD/XS Rs.50/- only) to be deposited in any branch of SBI by a prescribed deposit slip and get receipt. Details of the payment should be entered in online application form.

Procedure to Apply :
Apply Online at SBI website
between 01/08/2009 and 15/09/2009.

Important Dates :
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2. Last date of Online submission of Application : 15/09/2009
3. Date of Written Examination : 08/11/09 and 15/11/2009
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The first phase of the new campus of the Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management-Kerala (IIITMK) at the Technopark will be completed by 2011.

The approximately 3,500 sq m building will have state-of-the-art computer labs, classrooms, library and conference halls.

According to a press note issued by the institute, it will also offer programmes in Computer Science, Ecological Informatics, e-governance, and other domain-specific programmes.

Since 2001, IIITMK has been promoting a Web-based e-learning education system and Technology Enhanced Learning and Teaching (TELT).

Recently, the institute launched a one-year full-time Post Graduate Diploma in eGovernance (PGDeG) in association with the Institute of Management in Government (IMG) to produce trained professionals to implement and manage e-governance projects in a disciplined manner.

There are 45 seats for the programme of which 15 are reserved for officials of the State government.
SALEM: Periyar University will publish the results of the examinations held during April/May 2009 for the postgraduate arts and science
courses on August 4.

Students can access the results through and

They can also apply for revaluation, re-totalling and for obtaining the photocopy of answer scripts. The fee for revaluation is Rs. 250, for re-totalling Rs. 200 and to obtain the photocopy of the answer script Rs. 250.

The application forms along with prescribed fee should be sent to the office of the controller of examinations through the principal of the respective colleges within 10 days from the date of publication of results.
KARAIKUDI: Results of UG, PG and M. Phil courses [BBA-Corporate Secretaryship (regular & lateral), BBA (regular & lateral), MS Education Management, MA History, MCA (regular & lateral), B Sc Computer Science (regular & lateral), B.Sc IT (regular & lateral), B. Lit., BA History, MA- PM&IR, M Sc Mathematics, M. Sc Computer Science, BA-Public Administration (Overseas), M. Phil Mathematics of the Distance Education Examinations of Alagappa University, Karaikudi, held in May 2009 have been published and hosted in the university web site ( in).

V. Manickavasgam, Controller of Examinations, said students were informed to apply for revaluation of answer scripts (Except M. Phil programmes) in the format, which could be downloaded form the web site.

The filled-in applications along with a DD for Rs.400 should reach the Controller of Examinations within 15 days from the date of publication of results.
Time magazine recently came out with a list of Top 10 Crooked CEOs, and the list has as many as 5 CEOs from the technology world, that is 50% of

the list. Here's over to the `Tech Crooks' list.

Ramalinga Raju, Chairman, Satyam

He's not there in the Time's Crooked CEO list. But few (if any), will disagree that Ramalinga Raju is a sureshot in Crooked CEO's list.

In a shocking revelation, Chairman of India's fourth-largest IT company Satyam Computers, Ramalinga Raju, stepped down following financial wrong-doings to the tune of thousands of crores of rupees. Raju founded Satyam in 1987.

The confessions shocked India Inc and sent stock markets' into a tizzy. The revelations eroded Satyam 80% of its market cap in a single day.

Only in October 2008, Raju told PTI that Satyam had a cash pile of Rs 4,000 crore and could leverage it to muster another Rs 15,000-20,000 crore to aggressively pursue acquisitions -- his cherubic innocence hiding the mess his company was in.

The balance sheet as of September 30 carries "inflated (non-existent) cash and bank balances of Rs 5,040 crore (as against Rs 5,361 crore reflected in the books)," the Harvard Business School alumnus told in a letter to employees on January 7.

While he is credited with designing simple, yet effective models to create value, these models did not always work for Raju, the reason why he went about designing an elaborate plan to make up for the lack of real assets with fictitious ones.

The former entrepreneur icon's plans started falling apart when he tried to acquire two companies promoted by his family for $1.6 billion. Investors' dissent forced him to go back on the deal and then there was no way forward or sideways -- so he called quits.

To perpetrate the fraud, the accused also created an identity and code that not only bypassed all other accounting systems, but also managed to hide the fraudulent invoices from other departments.
Chat Box / World's biggest engine
Aug 03, 2009, 10:12 AM
The Wartsila-Sulzer RTA96-C

Maximum power: 108,920 hp at 102 rpm

Maximum torque: 5,608,312 lb/ft at 102rpm

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The Wartsila-Sulzer RTA96-C turbocharged two-stroke diesel engine is the most powerful and most efficient prime-mover in the world today. The Aioi Works of Japan 's Diesel United, Ltd built the first engines and is where some of these pictures were taken. It is available in 6 through 14 cylinder versions, all are inline engines. These engines were designed primarily for very large container ships. Ship owners like a single engine/single propeller design and the new generation of larger container ships needed a bigger engine to propel them. The cylinder bore is just under 38" and the stroke is just over 98". Each cylinder displaces 111,143 cubic inches (1820 liters) and produces 7780 horsepower. Total displacement comes out to 1,556,002 cubic inches (25,480 liters) for the fourteen cylinder version.

Some facts on the 14 cylinder version:

Total engine weight:

2300 tons (The crankshaft alone weighs 300 tons.)

Length: 89 feet

Height: 44 feet

Maximum power: 108,920 hp at 102 rpm

Maximum torque: 5,608,312 lb/ft at 102rpm

Fuel consumption at maximum power is 0.278 lbs per hp per hour (Brake Specific Fuel Consumption). Fuel consumption at maximum economy is 0.260 lbs/hp/hour. At maximum economy the engine exceeds 50% thermal efficiency. That is, more than 50% of the energy in the fuel in converted to motion..

For comparison, most automotive and small aircraft engines have BSFC figures in the 0.40-0.60 lbs/hp/hr range and 25-30% thermal efficiency range.

Even at its most efficient power setting, the big 14 consumes 1,660 gallons of heavy fuel oil per hour..

A cross section of the RTA96C:

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Chat Box / Making Symbols with a Keyboard
Aug 03, 2009, 09:57 AM
All you need to do is Hold down your "ALT" key and press another key on the keyboard to create a symbol. Here is a list of some you can make.

Try out..

      Alt + 0153..... ™... trademark symbol
      Alt + 0169.... ©.... copyright symbol
      Alt + 0174..... ®... .registered trademark symbol
      Alt + 0176 ...°....... .degree symbol
      Alt + 0177 ...± ... .plus-or-minus sign
      Alt + 0182 ...¶....... paragraph mark
      Alt + 0190 ...¾...... fraction, three-fourths
      Alt + 0215 .... ×..... multiplication sign
      Alt + 0162... ¢...... the cent sign
      Alt + 0161..... ¡...... upside down exclamation point
      Alt + 0191..... ¿..... upside down question mark
      Alt + 1.......... ☺... smiley fsce
      Alt + 2 ......... ☻... black smiley face
      Alt + 15........ ☼... sun
      Alt + 12........ ♀.... female sign
      Alt + 11....... ♂.... male sign
      Alt + 6......... �� ..... spade sign
      Alt + 5.......... ♣.... Club symbol
      Alt + 3.......... ♥.... Heart
      Alt + 4.......... ♦..... Diamond
      Alt + 13........ ♪..... eighth note
      Alt + 14........ ♫.... beamed eighth note
      Alt + 8721.... ∑.... N-ary summation (auto sum)
      Alt + 251...... √..... square root check mark
      Alt + 8236..... ∞.... infinity
      Alt + 24........ ↑..... up arrow
      Alt + 25........ ↓..... down arrow
      Alt + 26........ →... right pointing arrow
      Alt + 27........ ←... left arrow
      Alt + 18........ ↕..... up/down arrow
      Alt + 29........ ↔... left right arrow
KOCHI: General Motors India has launched an LPG version of Chevrolet Spark in Kochi.

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The engine can run on petrol in the absence of LPG. Ankush Arora, vice-president (Marketing , Sales and After sales), said the car with the factory

fitted LPG kit was being offered with three year or 1,00,000 km warranty.
MADURAI: Indira Gandhi National Open University has extended up to August 17 admission to all courses except those which have entrance test, interview and face-to-face interaction, according to a release from M. Shanmugham, Regional Director of its Madurai Regional Centre.

Those interested can submit the filled-in applications at the IGNOU Regional Centre office at Pasumalai here.

More details can be had from or on phone: 0452-2380387.
IT major, Infosys Technologies Limited plans to go to campus recruitment across the country next year.

Chief Executive Officer and Managing director, Infosys technologies Limited, S Gopalakrishnan told reporters on the sidelines of a CII meeting that companies which skipped campus recruitment following global economic downturn this year, are looking at training about 18,000 of their employees under the extended mode till January 2010.

The recruitment and expansion would begin early next year, he said hoping that economy will revive in second quarter of the fiscal. Economic meltdown affected the growth rate of leading IT companies including Infosys, he said.

Gopalakrishnan expected better performance of IT companies including Infosys in the first quarter results. He said the IT and ITES industry would continue to grow despite the economic slowdown and its growth rate is expected to pick up by mid next year.

Gopalakrishnan said that his company has no immediate plans to expand activities in two tier cities in Andhra Pradesh.

Infosys work for the second campus at the SEZ has already begun and is expected to be complete by next year as the campus with over 10,000 employees in Hitech city was inadequate, he said.

source: indiatimes
THANJAVUR: India will emerge as the manufacturing hub of the world in the years to come, said N. Ravichandran, Chief Executive Officer, Lucas TVS, here on Thursday.

Launching an M. Tech course in Advanced Manufacturing to be offered jointly by Shanhmugha Arts Science Technology and Research Academy (SASTRA) University and Lucas TVS, Mr. Ravichandran said this was why major automobile manufacturers such as Ford and Hyundai were setting up base in India. In the field of information technology and electronics too many foreign companies were focussing on India.

Now it had entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with SASTRA University to offer a postgraduate course. The aim was to come up with good manufacturing engineers. The course would incorporate world-class good practices with emphasis on total quality management.

While educational institutions provided knowledge, the industry provided skills and attitude. Educational institutions provided unlimited knowledge within a limited time. Institutions were created with the purpose of helping people for generations. Though Japan's population was only 12 crore and its area was 170th that of India, the Japanese dominated the world in industry because of their attitude.
Apple's App Store seems to be rocking. The company recently claimed that users of iPhone and iPod Touch media player have downloaded more than 1.5 billion programmes from the company's online store.

Little wonder, considering the blistering pace at which the App Store is growing. The store presently boasts of more than 65,000 free and paid programmes, up from approximately 500 when the site was introduced a year ago.

However, the store, which invites apps from third-party developers, has its fair share of controversial apps. While some third-party apps have drawn ire for hurting religious sentiments, others have been called politically derogatory.
COIMBATORE: Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, a pharmaceutical company, will conduct a campus interview at Karpagam University on July 27 for candidates of the 2009 batch.

According to a university release, candidates should be chemistry graduates or any graduate with chemistry as an ancillary subject or a B.Tech. in chemical engineering.

They should have passed without any arrear in Std. X, Plus-Two and graduation and should have an aggregate of more than 60 per cent.

Candidates will have to undergo a written test that will assess the technical skills and aptitude and also a personal interview. Those interested can contact Karpagam University, Pollachi Main Road, Eachanari Post, Coimbatore – 641021; or call 0422-2611082 / 2611828. They can also visit the

Fresher Jobs / Campus interview in TNAU
Jul 23, 2009, 10:07 AM
Coimbatore: The Directorate of Students Welfare of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) will conduct a campus interview on July 24 in order to provide jobs for the fresh, under-employed and unemployed graduates of the TNAU and its constituent colleges.

According to a university release, more than 10 companies, including agro-based units, NGOs and Government agencies, will participate.

These organisations are expected to recruit around 120 graduates in the disciplines of agriculture, horticulture, agricultural engineering, home science and forestry.

About 150 students who are completing their studies at the UG, PG and Ph.D. levels from 10 constituent colleges of TNAU are expected to benefit from this event.
Colleges in India / M.Phil/PhD test
Jul 20, 2009, 10:20 AM
KOCHI: The test for admission to M.Phil/PhD in the Physics Department of Cusat would be held on Wednesday and Thursday at 10 am. For details,

call 2577404.
NELLORE: The management of Vikrama Simhapuri University (VSU) in association with the National Institute for Micro, Small and Medium Entreprises (Ni-MSME) will introduce a nine-month post-graduate diploma course in entrepreneurship and small and medium enterprises (SME) development.

The university will launch the new course from the next academic year for graduates, engineering and other students who want to acquire knowledge in SME development.

Already, VSU offers MBA course and the new course will help the graduates and engineering students to acquire knowledge in entrepreneurship development.

Classes will be conducted in the evening for the convenience of employees and the MSME will provide necessary support for running the course.

The university will soon enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MSME, Hyderabad, for preparing curriculum for the new course, said the Vice-Chancellor.

MSME will provide training for students in selecting the project, entrepreneurship development, marketing and other aspects and arrange faculty for conducting classes.

The university will offer some core subjects, advised by MSME, in third and fourth semesters in PG courses and the students can choose the subjects of their choice and complete along with the regular courses.
COIMBATORE: Gateforum will organise an all-India free scholarship test for aspirants of the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) on July 19 in 35 cities across the country.

New pattern

According to a release, the test will be conducted in the new pattern of GATE introduced in 2009.

Students will be tested in disciplines of computer science and information technology, electronics and communication engineering, electrical engineering, instrumentation engineering, mechanical engineering and civil engineering.

The test will enable candidates to evaluate their performance in comparison with those in 35 cities. The test results will be published along with section-wise comparative analysis.

The all-India rank and percentile score will be available on the website

Based on the performance in the test, candidates will be given scholarships for any of the Gateforum packages. More than 600 scholarships are available.

In Coimbatore, the test will be held at PSG Sarvajana Higher Secondary School, Avanashi Road, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For details, contact 0422-6451644 or 9787641107 or visit the website.
MADURAI: Reliance Communications, an Anil Ambani group company, will be launching its post-paid GSM services here on Thursday. Madurai will become the third city in Tamil Nadu after Chennai and Coimbatore to have full fledged services launched.

In an interview to The Hindu here on Wednesday, Ajay Awasthi, chief executive officer of Tamil Nadu Circle, said that the thrust of services would be on offering a 'congestion-free' network and innovative products to customers.

First-time users are expected to make up 40 per cent. Market studies were commissioned for the purpose and based on the reports, these plans had been developed. Prior to the launch of full-fledged services, test services were run in many cities.

Offering extensive network coverage was also a priority for the company.

It was working towards offering seamless coverage on major rail and road routes through dedicated mobile towers.

After the Madurai launch, full-fledged services would be launched immediately in many towns, where at present test services were being offered.

Mr. Awasti said that now Reliance Communications had a presence in both mobile technologies of GSM and CDMA thereby offering customers more choice.
MADURAI: The number of engineering colleges in the State will cross the 400-mark shortly as more institutions are cleared by the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

"Currently, there are 375 engineering colleges and the new colleges are being included for the engineering admission counselling. We expect the number to cross 400 by the time the counselling gets over," P. Mannar Jawahar, Vice-Chancellor, Anna University, Chennai, said here on Wednesday.

He was making a brief presentation on the overall engineering admission scene at the 'Mission 10X Certification Ceremony of Wipro' for the faculty members of various engineering colleges, held at the Raja College of Engineering. The intake of first-year students for the current year would be 1.6 lakh, taking into account the new colleges also, he said.

According to him, the university has been working with Wipro to ensure capacity building for engineering college faculty members through the 'Mission 10X Certification' programme.

"There are 27,000 faculty members working in engineering colleges. The training sessions conducted under Mission 10X are practical and purpose-oriented as it develops the teaching methodology in classrooms," Dr. Jawahar said.

S. Nagarjuna, Head, Mission 10X Programme, said the aim was to impart effective teaching skills among engineering faculty members. "Only if the teachers are effective they can turn out employable students. Ours is an activity-based teaching module to empower teachers with good teaching skills," he saidpointed out. So far, the training had benefited 4,000 faculty members of 350 engineering colleges in 10 States including Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and Orissa.

Certificates were distributed to the faculty members of four engineering colleges in Madurai who participated in the workshop.

G. Nagarajan, chairman, Raja College of Engineering and Technology, and V.C. Ravichandran, Director, Centre for University-Industry Collaboration, Anna University, Chennai, were among those present at the function.
The founder of the world's largest software company Microsoft Bill Gates is often looked upon for his vision. But then they also say, there's really nothing like perfection. So, all our venerable tech czar's forecasts too have not been flawless.

Many of the technology prophecies of the man who is often credited for ushering in the third wave of computing -- mainframe era, minicomputer era to personal computing era -- did miss the mark.

Here's looking into where all Gates went 'wrong'.
Over the years, India has emerged as the R&D hub of IT companies globally. There is no technology giant that does not have a R&D centre in the country. These R&D centres tap into the country's vast pool of skilled manpower and help their parent companies to churn out world class products and technologies.

Over the years, India has taken several giant steps in becoming the hub for innovation. IT MNCs are increasingly delegating projects of strategic importance to their development centres in India. India's stature as R&D hub is further established by the fact that many of these global leaders have set up their largest R&D centres outside their country of origin in India.

However, India's R&D success story is not a recent phenomena. The success trail goes more than 20 years back to early eighties. Here's looking into India's evolution as a sought-after R&D destination for global IT giants.
Google / 6 reasons why Google OS may not work
Jul 10, 2009, 09:58 AM
Putting rest to all speculations, Google announced this week that it is developing a new operating system for personal computers, Google Chrome OS. With Chrome OS, Google launches a direct attack on Microsoft Corp's golden goose -- its long-dominant Windows franchise.

The new operating system will be based on Google's 9-month-old Web browser, Chrome. Google intends to rely on help from the community of open-source programmers to develop Chrome operating system. Taking a minimalist view, Google argues that operating software only needs to do what can't be done externally on the web. It is promising that users will be able to fire up their computers and get on the web in a few seconds.

The rivals have spent years attacking each other, but with Chrome OS, Google makes it entry into Microsoft's core territory, its lair. So, is it time for Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer to get worried? Not really, feel many analysts. Here's why.
PALAKKAD: The Palakkad Management Association (PMA) has said that a study centre of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will start functioning here with the MBA batch commencing from August 2009.

The eligibility for admission to the programme, which is recognised all over India, is graduation with 50 per cent marks in aggregate (for reserved category, 45 per cent). Candidates who have work experience will need less percentage of mark depending on the number of years of experience, the PMA release said.

For the batch commencing in August 2009 the last date for receiving application for the entrance test is July 14, 2009. For those selected from the entrance test, contact classes will be held in the Palakkad study centre on Sundays and holidays. IGNOU will provide printed study material in each subject.

Application form can be downloaded from and the filled in application should be forwarded with a demand draft for Rs.500 drawn in favour of IGNOU, payable at Delhi.

For more information the PMA office may be contacted on telephone No. 0491 – 2572935.
Bangalore-based GATEFORUM, an institute preparing engineering students for GATE examination, will conduct a scholarship test for those who

passed engineering or are in the final year in Guntur on July 19, according to forum director K. Dhanunjaya Rao.

The test would be held atGautham Junior College. For details, contact 0863-2237519, 9394836395 or log onto
Google / Inside Google's new OS
Jul 09, 2009, 09:19 AM
Google Microsoft rivalry has just got fiercer. Search giant Google is once again ready to take on Microsoft with its new operating system. The company announced Google Chrome OS on its blog this week, saying that the lower-end PCs called Netbooks from unnamed manufacturers will include it in the second half of 2010.

A high-stakes duel between the two technology powerhouses has been steadily escalating in recent years as Google's dominance of the Internet's lucrative search market has given it the means to threaten Microsoft in ways that few other companies can.

Google already has rankled Microsoft by luring away some of its top employees and developing an online suite of computer programmes that provide an alternative to Microsoft's top-selling word processing, spreadsheet and calendar applications. With Chrome OS, Google attempts to wrest away Microsoft Corp's long-running control over people's desktop.

Here's looking further what is Google's OS all about.
Past few months have seen IT industry go through a rough patch. An industry which was used to heady 20 per cent plus growth had to suddenly deal with salary cuts, hiring freeze and pink slips due to turmoil in its biggest market and the industry vertical.

But all dark clouds have a silver lining. And so do these. In the midst of these trying times, one can seek hope in the aggressive expansion plans that many IT companies are busy chalking out. In fact, recent months have seen a number of IT and telecom companies announce setting up of new centres. And with them will come new jobs.

These announcements also indicate that the worst may well be behind the IT companies, and a revival is slowly and steadily setting in. Here's a look at the companies that have announced new centres in India in the past few months.
ARCHOS, French consumer Electronics Company has unveiled its next-generation PC tablet, called as ARCHOS 9 PCtablet. The new device features a complete removal of the keyboard and relying exclusively on a tactile interface.

It will be available with the next iteration of the Windows client that is Windows 7. The tablet will be offered initially with Windows Vista in September 2009 and only subsequently with Windows 7.

The ARCHOS 9 PCtablet features a built-in virtual keyboard, but at 9 inches, the touch screen might just prove insufficient to accommodate the virtual keyboard, a few IM windows and the user's fingers.

The other ARCHOS 9 features the new Z515 Intel processor, Microsoft Windows 7 Operating system (in future) and an integrated multimedia platform that uses Wi-Fi 802.11b/g connection and Bluetooth 2.1.

Additional software includes Microsoft Office, Web TV & Radio, video conference, antivirus, parental control, photos and movies edition applications and more.

Source: itvoir
For the E71 and E66, the upgrade brings in updates to Mail for Exchange software and email wizard

That Nokia Software Updater software installed on your computer might be the most  used software right now, thanks to Nokia who has decided to roll out updates for quite a few of their handsets.

Thats correct. After the firmware update for the N97 arrived, its now turn of the E-Series device to get the update treatment. So, we have the E71, E66 and the E51 getting brand new updates. For the E71 and E66, the upgrade to version 300.21.012 brings in updates to Mail for Exchange software and email wizard. It also adds Internet Radio some widgets. There is said to be a marginal performance improvement as well.

As for the E51, the firmware version has graduated to version 400.34.011. It brings with it "improvements and increased stability in Mail for Exchange and SMS reception" as Nokia puts it. The update is available for select regions only and it might take a while for users from all regions to get the notification.

Source: techtree
Mobile handset retail player, UniverCell launched its flagship stores 'UniverCell Live' across seven locations in the state of AP.

The stores will serve as a medium for users to have a first-hand experience of the products offered by the retail chain.

UniverCell has divided the stores into having different zones such as Listen (radio), Shoot (camera phones), Play (gaming and video phones) and

NEW DELHI: Indira Gandhi National Open University has extended the last date for submission of application forms for post-graduate diploma in analytical chemistry programme to July 30.

The eligibility condition is also revised as Science graduates (B.Sc., B. Pharma and Chemical Engineering) with Chemistry as one of the subjects can apply.
DHARWAD: Karnatak University, Dharwad, will conduct special examinations for students of B.A., B.Sc., B.Com. and B.S.W. courses, who have

failed in the fifth semester, from July 15. The timetable has been sent to the affiliated colleges. Students may contact the principals of their

respective colleges for further details.
VISAKHAPATNAM: A new business school set up in MVP Colony has launched various business management courses from this academic year.

Apex Business School dean and secretary K. Madhavi Latha, who worked in IIAM, told reporters on Sunday that employability of the students was their main motto. She said they had already tied up with some banks, commercial institutes and corporates for placement of their students.

In addition to two-year MBA and one-year PG Diploma in Business Management, the school offers fulltime courses with dual and super-specialisation in marketing, HR, finance, retail management and financial services and diploma in retail, banking, financial markets, corporate social responsibility and customer relation management. She said the MBA and PGDBA certificates were awarded by Punjab Technical University and all other certificates were awarded by Apex.
COIMBATORE: Counselling for admission to MBA course of Bharathiar University will be held at the university on July 15 and 17.

According to a release from the university, the counselling would be held based on the rank position in the TANCET 2009.

For clarifications and details, candidates can contact the Director, Bharathiar School of Management and Entrepreneur Development, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore. They can call 0422-2428274 / 2428275 or visit the website.
The past few decades has seen many viruses wreck havoc on computers. Over the years these deadly programmes have been gaining in sophistication and constantly changing their complexion and mode of transfer.

Despite a slew of security tools for all possible touch points in our computer systems and networks the virus and other malware menace continues unabated. Here we bring to you the biggest virus attacks of all time.
CHENNAI: SBI Life Insurance has introduced unit linked insurance Plan, SBI Life Maha Anand. With premium starting from Rs. 500 a month, the

product has been designed to cater to investment and protection needs of the middle and low-income segments. The product is exempted from

medical-examination. It offers five times the value of annual premium. It offers flexibility to partially withdraw money.
CHENNAI: Virgin Mobile entered the data devices segment with the launch of vLink. According to a release, the sleek white coloured device, priced

at Rs. 2,100 offers dual purpose of CDMA USB modem 1GB data storage. It offers unlimited data plan of Rs. 801 and provides a speed of up to 153

CHENNAI: Oracle India and HP have introduced Oracle accelerate solution, a bundled offer, for HP ProLiant servers. With this enterprise resource

planning (ERP) solution, organisations can improve their performances with consistent financial and operational information.
MUMBAI: Reliance Big TV today on Thursday its new interactive feature, iStock, the country's first portfolio tracking application through its DTH platform. The application is launched in association with Reliance Money which created a unique iStock zone on Reliance Big TV's DTH platform.

The zone will not only provide information on Indian and international indices, currencies, commodities, stocks and stock market news, but also provide Reliance Big TV customers with value added services including a personal portfolio management tracker.

Speaking at a press conference here, Reliance Communications President Mahesh Prasad said, "we would like for people to be able to trade from their living rooms. However, that will happen provided the regulatory body or the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) allows trading on the DTH platform. This will be followed by a chat facility and then allowing people to address customers. But, that will take time."

The iStock feature is part of Reliance Big TV's increasing focus to build its DTH VAS portfolio. The company plans to drive growth and broaden its customer base by a focussed approach on providing unique and benchmarking value added services.

The company's subscriber base uses its various interactive features like iGames, iCooking, iNews, iAstro and iSports.
MYSORE: Bucking the recessionary trend and going against the general freeze on recruitments, software company Marlabs India is planning to expand its global operations and strengthen its office in Mysore.

The company, which has 130 engineers and other staff in the city, will recruit 400 engineers of whom nearly 160 will be located in the city.

Marlabs India is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marlabs Inc., U.S.Vignesh Hebbar, associate vice-president, Marlabs India, said that the company's Mysore office would be strengthened substantially during the next two quarters as the company planned to recruit 400 professionals.

He said that the company, which registered a turnover of $100 million last fiscal, was optimistic of touching $125 million during the current fiscal and was in constant requirement of new talent as more projects were being off-shored to India.

The thrust of Marlabs India is on local recruitment which has helped the company reduce its attrition rate from the industry average of nearly 9 to 12 per cent to less than 3 per cent.

This was attributed to the prevailing work culture in tier II cities such as Mysore where there are fewer distractions and the per capita production was higher, he said.
Fresher Jobs / Recruitment drive
Jul 03, 2009, 10:09 AM
ELURU: India Infosys, an IT company, will hold a campus interviews at Sir. C.R. Reddy Engineering College here on July 3. All the candidates who

completed their under graduation and post graduation in any discipline are eligible for attending the interview. The candidates are requested to get

more details by dialing 9490744828.
CHENNAI: Vel Tech Dr. RR & Dr. SR Technical University has signed an academic and research agreement with the Mexico-based Centre for Research and Advanced Studies of I.P.N, otherwise called CINVESTAV.

Vel Tech's Vice-Chancellor Mahalakshmi Rangarajan K and Pro-Chancellor Sakunthala Rangarajan signed the memorandum of understanding on Thursday with CINVESTAV's general director Jose Pablo Rene Asomosa Y Palacio and international relations coordinator Velumani Subramaniam.

CINVESTAV has 28 research departments and offers 52 postgraduate programmes, of which 22 are at an international level. The MoU is intended to facilitate research collaborations between the two institutes, with the main thrust ideas including sustainable energy, micro systems and nanotechnology, biotechnology and biomedical engineering and electrical engineering.

Through this MoU, CINVESTAV is offering scholarships to Vel Tech's Masters students to carry out their projects there.

Vel Tech students will have preference for admission to various programmes at CINVESTAV at the Masters and doctoral levels.

It is also proposed to create a common fund between CINVESTAV and Vel Tech to motivate the exchange of professors and students, which will facilitate joint submission of project proposals to various international funding agencies.
Colleges in India / MKU Results
Jul 03, 2009, 09:47 AM
The results of April semester examinations of Madurai Kamaraj University for B.Sc., BBA, M.A. in History, Tamil and English courses, have been published.

Students can access their results through web sites -,, and -, a press release from S. Shanmugiah, Controller of Examinations, MKU, here on Wednesday said.

Those who wish to apply for revaluation can download the application form through the website- and remit the prescribed fee along with application at the office of the Controller of Examinations on or before July 15, he said.
COIMBATORE: Park College of Engineering and Tekhnology will organise a recruitment drive in association with Sutherland Global Services on July 4 and 5.


According to a release, graduates, postgraduates, three-year diploma holders who have passed out this year, having or not having work experience are eligible to attend.

Candidates should be willing to work in night shifts and work in Chennai / Visakhapatnam / Kochi.

Transport will be available at the Karumathampatti junction from 9 a.m. The drive will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For details, call 0421-2334899 / 2335342 / 2334786.
Past few months have been a tough and trying time across industries. Salary cuts, salary freeze and pink slips seem to have become a norm across a number of sectors. It has been no different among Indian IT companies. As a result, most Desi IT companies have as a result effected a downsizing in employee count.

Though these were termed performance-related, salary freeze too have been announced by almost all.

However, recession seems to have had little impact on the salaries of most of the key senior personnel at these IT companies in fiscal 2008-09.

Look how fat got fatter. Here's looking into the salary hikes of Indian IT's top execs during last fiscal.
The browser battle has just got hotter. A new version of the Internet browser Firefox has been released, offering users more speed and privacy and greater compliance with new Internet video standards.

The release of Firefox 3.5 came as the open source browser is proving an increasingly formidable challenger to Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8. In June, Firefox has a 22.5 percent market share according to web metrics company Net Applications, behind Internet Explorer's 65.5 percent. Though Internet Explorer's share has been declining for some time, the slide has accelerated over the last year since Firefox released version 3.0.

Here's looking into the eight new features in Firefox 3.5
Nokia India today announced the availability of its highly anticipated smartphone, Nokia N97 across retail outlets in the country .

The company has tied up with HDFC and Citibank to offer 3 month EMI option at 0% interest rate, the offer being limited to select outlets in metros and in select cities and towns.

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As announced earlier, Vodafone customers buying N97 will be offered free data plan for three months. Additionally, Vodafone subscribers also stand to win exclusive access to 'The Groove' lifestyle widget.

The device will also have Ovi Store on board offering users a rich bouquet of VAS.

The company is betting big on the handset and is aggressively marketing the model.

Source: telecomtiger
Sun Direct announced enhancing of its channel offerings with the addition of two new Hindi channels apart from providing more options of packages to choose from to subscribers.

Marathi Top Up comes accompanied with ETv Marathi & Zee Marathi, Gujarati Top up with ETv Gujarati while Hindi Movie Top Up will come along with Zee Cinema at no extra cost.

The new Hindi channels on offer are Sahara One and Sahara Filmy.

Tony D'Silva, COO, Sun Direct said, "We believe in providing maximum entertainment to our customers by providing more value and variety. We have a vast audience across the country and to cater to their requirements we are happy to announce 2 new channels and free top up packs which will provide the customers with more entertainment options and will enable better television viewing. The customers can now enjoy value added services in Sun Direct platform.

The new schemes will be on offer from July 1st, 2009.

Source: telecomtiger
NEW DELHI: Chinese computer manufacturer Lenovo on Tuesday launched seven new personal computers, including one in all-in-one category, and announced plans to introduce 50 new products this year to strengthen its product portfolio.

Priced between Rs. 22,500 and Rs. 1.04 lakh, the new product line-up caters to a broad segment of consumers — from Lenovo C300, the ultra-sleek, affordable, all-in-one PC, to the trendy, thin and light Lenovo IdeaPad U350, Y450 and Y550 notebooks that are loaded with new features, to the competitively priced Lenovo G Series notebooks for value conscious consumers.
MADURAI: The Madurai Kamaraj University in association with Nivetha Software Services and Consultants, Chennai, is conducting campus recruitment drive in the university campus on July 3 and 4.

It is open for students of both undergraduate and postgraduate courses of MKU and its affiliated colleges, according to a press release from I. Singaram, varsity Registrar, here on Tuesday.

Recruitment would be made for the post of 'Support Engineer (BPO)' at Chennai and three companies- Infosys Technologies BPO Limited, Bangalore, Standard Chartered Bank, Bangalore/Chennai, and India Infoline- are participating. Candidates with any degree who passed out from 2002 to 2009 batches and possessing good communication skills could attend the recruitment drive. The participating candidates would have to register with three sets of bio-data, three passport size photographs and photocopies of mark sheets.

While the selected candidates would be offered appointment letters on the same day, the salary offered would be in the range of Rs.10,000 to Rs.15,000 per month, Dr. Singaram said.

More details could be had from P. Gunasekaran, Special Officer or from A. Ponnusamy, Grievance Cell Officer, MKU, on phone number: 0452-2458235.
MADURAI: Free coaching will be provided here to candidates appearing for State Eligibility Test (SET) for lectureship to be conducted by the Bharathiar University on August 16.

The free coaching will be given by the Madurai Kamaraj, Manonmaniam Sundaranar, Mother Teresa and Alagappa University Teachers' Association (MUTA) for 21 days.

Coaching classes will be conducted in the evening times, according to a press release from S. Vivekanandan, MUTA general Secretary.

Teachers working in self-financing colleges will be given preference in the admission for free coaching classes, he said.

Study material will be provided at a minimum cost of Rs.400.

Interested candidates can contact the MUTA office here at Kakka Thoppu Street. telephone: 0452 2341272.
CHENNAI: A one-day workshop for final-year MBBS students to give them better exposure to clinical material will be organised here on July 12 at the Public Health Centre, West Mambalam.

Around 30 interesting cases covering Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Radiology, Anaesthesiology and Dermatology will be examined and professors and assistant professors will explain methodology.


Registration for the programme, being organised by R. Chandrasekaran, Emeritus Professor, Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University, will begin on July 1. Only 50 students will be accepted.

The decision of Sivaranga Charities, under whose auspices the event is being conducted, will be final.

For details, call Dr. Chandrasekaran on 9841030040.
Spice Mobiles announced the launch of a new dual mode supporting live GSM and CDMA connections simultaneously and which comes preloaded with host of VAS applications including from Nimbuzz, Reuters, Mitr, Opera Mini to name a few.

Branded as Spice D-1111, the model is priced at Rs 18,499/- and is based on the Windows Mobile 6.0 platform. Other features include a 2 mega pixel camera, Bluetooth, expandable memory upto 2 GB and a touch panel.

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It is also equipped with email2SMS enterprise application allowing users to read email through the SMS channel instead of GPRS connection.

CHENNAI: Life Insurance Corporation of India has launched joint life market-linked plan, Jeevan Saathi Plus. The proposer under the plan is called

Principle Life Assured (PLA) and the other Spouse Life Assured (SLA). PLA may pay premium regularly at yearly, half-yearly, quarterly or monthly

intervals says a release.
KOLKATA: Allahabad Bank has decided to cut its benchmark prime lending rate (BPLR) by 25 basis points from 12.25 per cent to 12 per cent with

effect from July 1. The reduction in BPLR has been announced having regard to the declining trend in interest rates, current market scenario and

other relevant factors and will be applicable to all existing and future floating rate loans and advances linked to BPLR.
Colleges in India / MBA applications
Jun 30, 2009, 10:08 AM
TIRUCHI: Anna University - Tiruchi has announced that applications are being issued at the main campus for admission to M.B.A (Finance, HR,

Marketing, Systems, Operations - Regular) / M.C.A (Regular & Evening) / M.E (Evening) programmes for the academic year 2009 – 2010. The last

date for issue of applications has been extended upto July 7following the declaration of TANCET 2009 results.
CHENNAI: Counselling for seats under the government quota for the B.Ed course conducted by the Directorate of Teacher Education Research and Training will begin under the single-window system from July 2 in Tiruchi, according to a press release from the Directorate.

It will be held in different centres for different groups. Selected candidates were being sent letters with details of counselling, the release stated.

So far, 21,595 letters have been sent.

For the selected candidates, details of the counselling, including the time, location and date, would be on the Directorate's website, the release stated.
Battling a paucity of new contracts in its core western market, the country's information technology industry is turning its gaze inwards. While there is a slump in demand from cash-strapped global customers for new technology services, the home market is increasingly looking good for Indian IT players, with contract sizes matching the ones available overseas.

The habitual growth monster is eyeing government's Rs 40,000-crore technology spend to cope with the downturn. Also, post-elections, with a stable government at the centre, conditions seem ripe for e-governance projects to take off at both the central and state levels.

The government departments plan to spend big monies in their so-called `mission mode projects', as the centre and state governments embrace e-governance and look to digitise everything -- from land records to tax filing. In fact, companies such as TCS, HCL and Wipro have won significant government business in recent months.

Here's looking into the growing domestic pie of Indian IT companies.
Colleges in India / IGNOU launches new course
Jun 29, 2009, 10:10 AM
NEW DELHI: The School of Gender and Development Studies at Indira Gandhi National Open University here will launch a Master's programme in

gender and development studies in face-to-face lecture mode (classroom teaching) beginning July. According to School director Savita Singh, the

Master's degree can be completed in a minimum of two years and a maximum of five years. Students will also have the option of earning a

post-graduate diploma after successful completion of the first year course.
Colleges in India / IETE courses
Jun 29, 2009, 10:08 AM
BANGALORE: The Institute of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering (IETE), Bangalore Centre, is conducting short-term courses on

embedded systems, automotive embedded system, mobile communication and software quality assurance. The classes will be held on Sundays

from July 5 on the institute premises in Ganganagar extension. Details can be had on Ph: 23331133 or 23337231.
CHENNAI: The counselling for admission to B.V.Sc and Animal Husbandry (AH) under academic and vocation stream for 2009-2010 will be held at the Madras Veterinary College, Vepery, on July 13.

The counselling for B.F.Sc (academic and vocational stream), B.Tech (Food Processing Technology) and special category for all courses will be conducted on July 14, says a release from the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University.

Details of the rank list, category, cut-off marks and eligibility can be ascertained from the university website

Those who have the required cut-off marks and are eligible as per the rank list, but have not received intimation letters can also attend the counselling.

The total number of seats available for B.V.Sc and A.H (academic) is 166, for B.V.Sc and A.H (vocational) is 11, B.F.Sc (academic) is 25, B.F.Sc (vocational) is 2 and B.Tech (FPT) is 16.
Microsoft's Natal, Sony's Wand, Paul Mc Cartney and Ringo Starr - this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo had video game consoles and celebrities hogging most of the limelight. Now that the event is over, it's time to draw attention to the real crowdpullers.

Gamers often moan that the gaming industry is very risk averse, preferring to stick to big name titles and safe sequels. This year's E3 pulls no surprises, dispensing innovation in small, incremental doses.

All the games mentioned below have big studio backing, franchised characters and rehashed game play. However, that doesn't mean we aren't eagerly waiting to spend hours playing them.

A round-up of the biggest, most eagerly awaited video game titles to watch out for in the coming year
BANGALORE: South Indian Bank has terminated its bankassurance arrangement with ICICI Prudential. Speaking to The Hindu, V. A. Joseph,

Managing Director and CEO of the bank, said the bank had opted for a partnership with Life Insurance Corporation of India for selling life insurance

products. Mr. Joseph was speaking in Bangalore at the launch of the Mahila Savings Bank account scheme in Karnataka on Friday. The scheme is

meant exclusively for women.
CHENNAI: CBaySystems launched of CBayLeap, an online educational platform to address the training needs of its increasing workforce. This tool

will assist in campus recruitments, training and development of medical transcription professionals and provide interactive training experience for

new employees, says a release.
SURAJPUR: Yamaha Motors has launched racing kit parts for its customers. According to a release, the kit parts are developed by Yamaha

Engineering Corporation and Daytona in Japan. The kit parts include high lift cams, full exhaust system, special alloy sprockets, adjustable back

steps and braking parts, says a release.
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The public sector Overseas Development and Employment Promotion Consultants (ODEPC) Ltd. is gearing up for a major recruitment drive targeting medical professionals and paramedical staff for appointment in State-run healthcare institutions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The organisation has invited applications from persons for appointment to the posts of consultants and specialists, resident doctors, nurses, prosthodontic technicians, assistant dentists, physiotherapy technicians, OT technicians, X-Ray technicians, respiratory technicians, nursing specialists, laboratory technicians and assistant pharmacists.
Manipal: Executive Director of Syndicate Bank V.K. Nagar said on Friday that the bank plans to start nearly 100 new branches in the country in this fiscal.

Speaking to presspersons on the occasion of the 10th Annual General Meeting of the bank, Mr. Nagar said that the bank planned to expand its ATM base.

It was likely to start 200 to 300 ATMs this year. It would give priority to starting off-site ATMs (that is ATMs away from the branches). The global business of the bank was expected to be Rs. 2,24,000 crore in 2009-10, a growth of 20 per cent.

The bank would be recruiting 1,300 officers and 500 clerks.

These appointments would include both general and special categories. To a question, he said that global recession had not affected the banking sector because of the steps taken.


He said that the Board of Directors had proposed, subject to the approval of the Union Government, a final dividend of 15 per cent for the year ended March 31, 2009. This was in addition to the interim dividend of 15 per cent.

The bank's main focus in this year would be on increasing the share of low-cost deposits in the resource mix, to improve asset quality and to step up profitability.
Twitter has taken the online world by a storm. There are few online creatures who haven't heard about Twitter. The popular microblogging site has been around for long, but a real spurt in traffic has come in recent months. Today, just about everybody has a twitter account irrespective of whether he tweets or not.

Its popularity has even led to companies like Facebook and Twitter feeling threatened. Often dismissed as a nerd's threat until now, Twitter is fast becoming mainstream, has already spawned its own lexicon and seems it is here to stay. Here is an A to Z guide of all that you ever wanted to know about Twitter, but didn't know who to ask.
According to the latest new, Infosys's co-founder, Nandan Nilekani is stepping down as co-chairman and member of the board at Infosys.

He would soon take charge as the chairperson of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) in the rank of a Cabinet Minister after being invited by Mr. Manmohan Singh.

According to the company, the board of directors had accepted Nilekani's resignation which will be effective from July 9.

Before this, Nilekani has worked as chief operating officer, CEO and MD and as the co-chairman of the board. He has served as a director on the company's board since its inception in 1981.

He founded Infosys along with NR Narayanmurthy and six others in 1981. Between March 2002 and June 2007, he served as the company's CEO and MD. Thereafter, he was re-designated as the co-chairman.

source: itvoir
The HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web has a 4.33-inch touch screen for navigating to sites. Besides printing, the HP printer also faxes, copies, and scans documents.

For some this could be just another strategy for HP to go fully armed on its consumer printing business.

Whats more; you could use a Bluetooth for printing directly from cameras like devices.

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Besides we have vendors building an entire spectrum around future applications like we have the most popular marketing cue from Apple and here we have HP launching application programming to download future applications.

It is still to be decided how user friendly the product would be but it sure has what we call a first movers adavantage and would bring in some kind of revolution on how the entire concept on printing is conceived.
However, HP has build a smart interface with the printer's software. Easy one touch wireless software would again bring in a paradigm shift on how people intend to use future applications.

So next time when we log on a website, we can directly print a manual or air tickets.

source: itvoir
IBM aka big blue has announced the availability of a new service, Virtual Collaboration for Lotus Sametime.

The new service, also called as "Sametime 3D," allows Lotus Sametime users to set up and use virtual meeting spaces securely behind-the-firewall with avatars.

IBM Lotus Sametime is a client-server application and middleware platform that provides real-time, unified communications and collaboration for enterprises.

According to the company, Virtual Collaboration for Lotus Sametime is part of IBM's ongoing work to redefine the nature of on-line meetings. For plug-ins, Lotus Sametime 8.0.1 or later is required to use, however, there is also Web-interface available.

The company also said, by next week it will introduce LotusLive Connections, a hosted version of its social software, including instant messaging, file sharing and activities.

Also, IBM is working with Vivox to provide unique, optional and integrated voice capabilities using VoIP. For the testing of the service, more than 2,500 IBM employees have voluntarily registered since February, as part of the IBM Technology Adoption Program.

source: itvoir
RCom announced launch of 'Yuva Pack' offering 100 minutes of STD valid for 30 days and 100 SMS everyday for 30 days priced at Rs .201 and mainly targeted towards the student community in Karnataka.

It also offers Rs 20 talk time. New subscribers can avail the service with Rs 49 entry level plan.

Call tariffs will be 30 paise/min for intra Reliance local calls, 60 paise for local calls to other networks and Re.1/min for STD calls. Night calling to Reliance numbers will be charged at 5 paise/min. The tariffs will be valid for 30 days from availing the offer.

The offer will be available till June 30, 2009.

Last few months have been one of the toughest for most CEOs across industry verticals. The global economic onslaught of the past year has left few companies untouched.

The economic turbulence made many a CEOs worried about their companies being able to stay afloat through the recession, leave alone make profit. However, there are also CEOs who helped their companies not only stand tall during these times but also thrive.

Forbes magazine recently came out with a list of 25 such Top Gun CEOs. The report is based on the findings of Brendan Wood International, an advisory agency. The study ranks the top 25 CEOs for 2009 based on their ability to make smart acquisitions, make themselves visible and expand the company's value propositions, among other things.

About 317 companies were reviewed by 2,500 asset managers to determine the 'Top Guns' CEOs. Here's bringing you the Top Gun tech CEOs from the list.
Colleges in India / Results today
Jun 26, 2009, 09:44 AM
Coimbatore: The results of April\May 2009 UG examinations (AI Course) of Bharathiar university candidates of affiliated colleges will be published at

10 a.m. on June 26. The results are hosted in the following websites: and Candidates can access their results

and marks in the above websites by giving their Register Number.
CHENNAI: The Medical Education Department has postponed publication of merit/rank list for MBBS/BDS course for 2009-2010 to June 29.

The deferment is in view of the conditions of the Higher Speciality Entrance Examination scheduled on June 28. However, the first phase of counselling for MBBS/BDS courses will be held on July 6 as scheduled, a press note stated.
Google / Google Services disrupt in China
Jun 25, 2009, 05:31 PM
According to the latest reports, web users in China were unable to access the number one search engine i.e., Google Inc's main website or its Chinese service and the company said that it was investigating the matter.

The recent outage came after the China Internet Illegal Information Reporting Center had accused Google for providing links to vulgar and obscene sites.

According to the California based company, it would do more to stop users in China from accessing the aforesaid sites.

The outage began late Wednesday and affected Google's main site, its - email service and its China-based site, Next day, all three were accessible in Beijing, but users in two other cities said they could not open Google's main site or Gmail.

The Chinese agency that looks the Internet related matters, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, did not respond to the requests for any comment on the matter.

The communist government has the world's most extensive Web monitoring and filtering system, and it regularly blocks access to foreign Web sites.

source: itvoir
Windows / Linux / Windows command line
Jun 25, 2009, 02:12 PM
ADDUSERS Add or list users to/from a CSV file
ARP Address Resolution Protocol
ASSOC Change file extension associations
ASSOCIAT One step file association
AT Schedule a command to run at a later time
ATTRIB Change file attributes

BOOTCFG Edit Windows boot settings
BROWSTAT Get domain, browser and PDC

CACLS Change file permissions
CALL Call one batch program from another
CD Change Directory - move to a specific Folder
CHANGE Change Terminal Server Session properties
CHKDSK Check Disk - check and repair disk problems
CHKNTFS Check the NTFS file system
CHOICE Accept keyboard input to a batch file
CIPHER Encrypt or Decrypt files/folders
CleanMgr Automated cleanup of Temp files, recycle bin
CLEARMEM Clear memory leaks
CLIP Copy STDIN to the Windows clipboard.
CLS Clear the screen
CLUSTER Windows Clustering
CMD Start a new CMD shell
COLOR Change colors of the CMD window
COMP Compare the contents of two files or sets of files
COMPACT Compress files or folders on an NTFS partition
COMPRESS Compress individual files on an NTFS partition
CON2PRT Connect or disconnect a Printer
CONVERT Convert a FAT drive to NTFS.
COPY Copy one or more files to another location
CSVDE Import or Export Active Directory data

DATE Display or set the date
Dcomcnfg DCOM Configuration Utility
DEFRAG Defragment hard drive
DEL Delete one or more files
DELPROF Delete NT user profiles
DELTREE Delete a folder and all subfolders
DevCon Device Manager Command Line Utility
DIR Display a list of files and folders
DIRUSE Display disk usage
DISKCOMP Compare the contents of two floppy disks
DISKCOPY Copy the contents of one floppy disk to another
DNSSTAT DNS Statistics
DOSKEY Edit command line, recall commands, and create macros
DSADD Add user (computer, group..) to active directory
DSQUERY List items in active directory
DSMOD Modify user (computer, group..) in active directory

ECHO Display message on screen
ENDLOCAL End localisation of environment changes in a batch file
ERASE Delete one or more files
EXIT Quit the CMD shell
EXPAND Uncompress files
EXTRACT Uncompress CAB files

FC Compare two files
FDISK Disk Format and partition
FIND Search for a text string in a file
FINDSTR Search for strings in files
FOR Conditionally perform a command several times
FORFILES Batch process multiple files
FORMAT Format a disk
FREEDISK Check free disk space (in bytes)
FSUTIL File and Volume utilities
FTP File Transfer Protocol
FTYPE Display or modify file types used in file extension associations

GLOBAL Display membership of global groups
GOTO Direct a batch program to jump to a labelled line

HELP Online Help
Security Hotfix Checker

IF Conditionally perform a command
IFMEMBER Is the current user in an NT Workgroup

KILL Remove a program from memory
Toshiba had showed Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipset pepped TG01 smartphone at the Windows Mobile 6.1 launch in London in February. Now, the same 9.9mm slim Toshiba TG01 smartphone has been launched as DoCoMo T-01A for the Japanese market. No word on its pricing is available as yet.

NTT DoCoMo's T-01A is the first commercially available product based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon System-on-Chip chipset. It's the same chipset that Qualcomm boasted of running at 1GHz at low power and offered instant switch-on. DoCoMo's T-01A is 9.9 mm slim and has 4.1-inch (800x480) resistive touchscreen display.

Toshiba's custom built graphical user interface will be masking Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional operating system. For network connectivity options, T-01A supports 3G HSPA 7.2Mbps along with support for Wi-Fi, GPS and Assisted-GPS.

Source: techtree
The iPhone-Dev team has finally brought iPhone 3G carrier unlock through software project method dubbed Ultrasn0w. The aim of Ultrasn0w is to unlock single carrier bound iPhone 3G models and make it usable to any mobile carrier. The iPhone-Dev team today announced the availability of Ultrasn0w thorough Cydia or Icy repositories which are available after jailbreaking the iPhone 3G.

The iPhone 3G owners had to wait long for software unlock since the model had different baseband processor. The iPhone-Dev team finally succeeded in finding a hole in the software and thereby came up with Ultrasn0w method for unlocking iPhone 3G phones running on iPhone OS 3.0 software update.

The iPhone-Dev Team blogpost mentions seven logical steps to get the Ultrasn0w running on iPhone 3G devices with 3.0 software update. First, users got upgrade their phone to iPhone
OS 3.0, then download Redsn0w (windows or mac) or Pwnage Tool (Mac only) to jailbreak their iPhone 3G.

Jailbreak process installs Cydia and Icy - freeware package managers on the iPhone 3G and NOT to be confused as jailbroken App Store. Next, users have to access Cydia or Icy and add repository link to Sources and then search for 'Ultrasn0w'. Once found, install Ultrasn0w and then reboot iPhone 3G to find your phone as carrier unlocked.

Source: techtree
Netgear, a provider of networking solutions, has launched the RangeMax Wireless-N Router, the WNR3500. The WNR3500 allows users surf, email, stream HD video, play on-line game and make Internet phone calls concurrently. As per the company, the Wireless-N technology and Gigabit Ethernet port delivers exceptional range and enhanced wired network connections.

Additionally, users can connect up to four other wired devices by using the built-in 4-port switch. The Push 'N' Connect feature allows wireless connection to new devices easily, and provides advanced wireless security encryption for your data. Moreover, the WNR3500 is compatible with 802.11n, 802.11b and 802.11g standards.

The RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Router supports 5 GHz Wireless-N, avoiding interference from household appliances, cordless phones, Bluetooth devices, and even other neighboring Wi-Fi networks, Netgear added.

Backed with a life time warranty, Netgear WNR3500 is available for Rs. 7,500.

Source: techtree
Aircel has launched a new prepaid voucher in Kerala priced at Rs. 150 and is now offering Aircel calls within Kerala for free and calls to other networks within Kerala for 50 paise.

The voucher has 30 days validity.

Prior to this, Aircel had launched another special-value voucher for its Kerala subscribers - the '40 paise Kerala mobile calling voucher.' This special-value voucher is designed for customers who make more local calls.

The voucher allows subscribers to make calls for 40 paisa per minute.

According to Aircel, this is the lowest offered local call rates in the State. The benefit is available with the Rs.39 special-value voucher.

This offer comes in addition to the Rs. 99 prepaid scheme for Aircel customer that offers lifetime validity with call rates 40 paisa per minute.

source: techtree
Fujitsu will charge for Windows 7 upgrade vouchers when it begins offering them shortly to people that buy a PC ahead of the operating system's Oct. 22 launch.

Many PC vendors will offer the vouchers, in the hope that customers won't put off planned PC purchases until Windows 7 ships. A similar program was offered for Windows Vista, while Apple has also offered free OS upgrades to some of its customers.

Fujitsu said it will launch its program before the end of June, probably this Friday. Microsoft has scheduled a news conference in Tokyo on that day.

The company is one of Japan's biggest PC vendors and also has a sizable business in Europe. Several other PC makers around the world have also confirmed they will take part in the voucher program, including Hewlett-Packard and Taiwan's Acer, Asustek Computer, Gigabyte Technology, Micro-Star International (MSI), and Shuttle.

The companies are levying a charge on users because they have to pay Microsoft to include upgrade coupons with PCs. The coupons will cost the PC makers between US$9 and $15 to include with PCs although end-users will likely be charged a higher price, one Taiwanese company said.

The PC industry needs all the help it can get right now.

Global PC shipments dropped by a record amount in the first quarter of this year. Total shipments were 66.5 million units, down 8.1 percent on the same period in 2008, said iSuppli last week. The fall was entirely in the desktop segment, which saw shipments drop 23 percent versus a 10 percent increase in the laptop segment.

source: pcworld
Google has enhanced its search engine's capacity to index Adobe's Flash files, which are very popular on the Web but tricky for search engine spiders.

Google's search engine can now index external content that a Flash file loads, such as text, HTML, XML or Flash content itself, the company said Friday.

The Google search engine will also tie the indexed Flash file to this externally loaded content and the documents from where it comes, Google said.

Friday's announcement is the latest in Google's multiyear effort to improve its indexing of Flash files and specifically builds on the announcement in June of last year that Google had developed a new algorithm for indexing textual content in Flash files.

At the time, Adobe also announced it was providing optimized Flash Player technology to Google and Yahoo to help with their ongoing efforts to better index Flash files.

Improvements to index Flash by Google, Yahoo and others benefit not only the search engines and their end users but also webmasters and designers, who have struggled to have the Flash portions of their sites indexed and made searchable.

source: pcworld
Aircel is involved in talks with Quippo Telecom Infrastructure to sell its 12,000 telecom tower infrastructure and has appointed Nomura & Rothschild as its financial advisors for the proposed deal, reports the Economic Times.

As per the report, Aircel's telecom tower infrastructure is valued at $ 1.5 billion at Rs 60 lakh per tower.

The development is believed to be in its early stage with other players also likely to throw in their hat in the ring.

source: telecomtiger
According to the latest reports, iPhone fans are experiencing difficulties while trying to activate the newly released iPhone 3G S, as the company is struggling to handle the demand from hundreds of thousands of users.

A message may be flashed on some iPhone 3G S customers, which reads your activation requires additional time to complete or due to the current volumes, it may take up to 48 hours to resolve your issue.

Apple has not responded to press inquiries regarding the delays and it's unclear how many customers are affecting from the issue. Similar issue appears with Apple, when iPhone 3G was released last year as the company's servers could not cope with the demand.

The company did take multiple steps to try to prevent activation issues and took a staggered approach, releasing the 3.0 software a few days before the new hardware was released. Perhaps, Apple also took steps with its server architecture to handle the demand as well.

Source: itvoir
Oracle, the leading middleware provider has decided to kill the Virtual Iron business and keep only the technology. Virtual Iron is a virtualization services firm that Oracle purchased to be more competitive in current scenario.

The middleware provider acquired the Virtual Iron just last month and the plans to dump the acquisition are coming as a shock to market. The situation is bit surprising for the customers in the mean time as they will be deprived of Virtual Iron solutions and products. The proposed action convyes that Oracle resists the customers buying from small companies.

The company has announced its plans to suspend development of existing Virtual Iron products and delivery of orders to new customers. Also, new licenses will not be sold to anyone including existing customers after the end of this month. 

Virtual Iron Software provides proprietary software for virtualization and management of a virtual infrastructure. It is one of the first companies to offer virtualization software to fully support Intel VT and AMD-V hardware-assisted virtualization.

Source: itvoir
IBM aka big blue has announced its latest version of Lotus Symphony, a productivity suite designed as an alternative to Microsoft's Office, a new solution designed to help business customers reduce their costs.

According to the company, customers could save hundreds of dollars on each of their Microsoft Office licenses by free downloading the new Lotus Symphony version 1.3. The Lotus Symphony also support the user's current Microsoft Office 2007 documents, which can be accessed through IBM's ODF-based solution.

According to the Armonk, New York-based Company, the new solution could translate into millions of dollars in savings at many large enterprises looking for a way to reduce costs during the recession.

The latest version of the Lotus Symphony has some new features, including the possibility for users to drag-and-drop plug-ins and the suite also adds support for Microsoft's Office 2007 file formats and provides animation for presentations that can interoperate with Microsoft's PowerPoint presentations.

Source: itvoir
The software giant Microsoft has fired a fresh salvo in its war with search giant Google. The company's revamped search engine called Bing aims to do to Google Search, what Google's Chrome aimed to do to Microsoft's Internet Explorer: weaken the dominance.

At stake for both the technology giants is the growing web advertising pie. Incidentally, this is not Microsoft's first attempt to thwart Google's Internet dominance. In the past too, the company has made many not-so-successful attempts to shake Google's Internet hegemony.

However, Bing shows promise feels analysts. The search engine traffic figures for the first few weeks too are positive. Here we present to you how the two stand vis-a-vis each other in features, appearance and many other counts.

LG Electronics has introduced the first LTE USB modem in the world, but 4G / LTE networks will become commercially available only next year. The new modem has been unveiled during the ComunicAsia 2009 expo.

According to the company, the new device is reported to be capable of offering data transfer speeds of up to 100 Mbps while using a mobile network, which means, it can offer much higher speeds when compared to the 3G ones that are available at the moment.

The first steps towards the deployment of the next-generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology have been already made, and while a lot of carriers already announced plans to roll out networks based on the 4G standard.

At present, there are no details on when the newly demonstrated LG USB modem based on the LTE technology will become available for purchase on the market, but it would depend on the deployment of the first LTE networks.

Indian IT and ITeS industry is expected to slow down at its growth rate for the current year due to the widespread global economic crunch.

The Indian IT and ITeS industry is expected to meet only 10.8 per cent growth in 2009, which is the lowest in last five years. However, on the brighter side , the ITeS industry is expected to mark a growth rate of 13.9 per cent to touch revenue of $110 billion by 2013.

The facts and figures are supported by report from the research and survey firm IDC. The reports by the firm indicate that crunch will affect the Indian economy but still expected to grow at a CAGR of 11.4 per cent by 2013.

The Indian IT and IT-enabled services (ITeS) revenue is speculated to touch about Rs 2,06,398 crore by 2013 from Rs 99,254 crore in 2008, growing at a CAGR of Rs 15.8 per cent.

source: itvoir
Aircel launched a new prepaid voucher in Kerala priced at Rs 150 and offering Aircel calls within Kerala for free and calls to other

networks within Kerala for 50 paise.

The voucher has a 30 days validity.

Source: telecomtiger
Huawei Technologies announced the availability of a new universal service router at the CommunicAsia in Singapore.

The NetEngine V6 400G-platform router promises to provide a capacity of 400 gigabits per slot (Gbps) and is fully compatible with all existing NE40E router linecards, claims Huawei. Huawei further claims that it is designed to handle the continuously increasing data traffic particularly the high-definition video streams in the ultra-high speed broadband era.

One the power consumption aspect, the company claims that the new product consumes 10 % les power as compared to competing products available in market.

Source: telecomtiger
Consumers are struggling to find an easy way to get files like photographs out of their phones to share with friends and family. Microsoft Corp's MyPhone service seems to solve the mobile industry's eternal challenge: how to make a wireless service easy to use. It may not have as much storage or as many features as the equivalent from Nokia but an early version of the service is easier to use.

Sales of cameraphones have already passed those of digital cameras, and last year alone some 700 million cameraphones were sold. But sharing the pictures requires cables (or shaky wireless connections), time and nerves.

Microsoft's MyPhone is the solution at least for users of Windows phones. It is a simple back-up service, still in limited testing, that uploads pictures and any other data from a phone to a Microsoft data center via the Internet.

It is perhaps the time of the year when all cellphone makers are upgrading to the next level in touchscreen smartphone battle.

Just as Apple lifts the curtain off its upgraded, next-generation iconic device, Nokia has a ready touchcreen rival to take it on. Not far is the Korean giant Samsung, which already boasts of many new high-end smartphones in its kitty. And the latest to join them is US-based Palm which recently showed its strong iPhone contender. Not to be left behind is HTC which has launched its upgraded Touch Diamond 2.

All the companies are aiming to grab the growing touchscreen mobile marketshare, the segment created by Apple iPhone, which boasts of high-end multimedia features.

Here's a compare meter that evaluates iPhone 3G S, Samsung Pixon, Nokia N97, Palm Pre, HTC Touch Diamond 2 and LG Arena on various yardsticks.
The global downturn has witnessed many a causalities in terms of jobs. In fact very few (if any), companies have remained unscathed from layoffs in the past few months. Along with raining pinkslips, the economic turmoil also saw technology companies pulling plug on many of their services. Launched with lot of fanfare and noise, these services were given a silent burial.

With cost cutting being the slowdown survival mantra, scissors running across the companies ran in many cases also ran on products and services. Google, Microsoft, Nokia and many other technology giants killed services which once mirrored their growing ambitions and empire.

Here are some of the technology services and products that became a victim of the ongoing recession.
Past few months have seen IT industry go through a rough patch. An industry which was used to heady 20 per cent plus growth had to suddenly deal with salary cuts, hiring freeze and pink slips due to turmoil in its biggest market and the industry vertical.

But all dark clouds have a silver lining. And so do these. In the midst of these trying times, one can seek hope in the aggressive expansion plans that many IT companies are busy chalking out. In fact, recent months have seen a number of IT and telecom companies announce setting up of new centres. And with them will come new jobs.

These announcements also indicate that the worst may well be behind the IT companies, and a revival is slowly and steadily setting in. Here's a look at the companies that have announced new centres in India in the past few months.
Worldwide IT services revenue totalled $806 billion in 2008, an 8.2 per cent increase from 2007 revenue of $745 billion, according to Gartner Inc.

Thanks to six to eight months of `business as usual' in 2008 and then approximately four months encountering the beginning of the global economic downturn, the IT industry could manage a decent growth.

So, who were the vendors who led the growth chart globally in terms of revenue and marketshare.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) asked mobile service provider, Vodafone to immediately pull out its promotion of the ongoing T 20 World Campaign.

The promotion wherein the operator uses ICC's logo to promote its streaming services as well as ball by ball updates may imply to the end-user that Vodafone has an official association with ICC which is not the case, complained ICC.

It has threatened Vodafone with legal action if the campaign is not stopped immediately.

Source: telecomtiger
BELLARY: Wipro BPO, Mumbai, in association with the local Veerashaiva College, will be organising a job fest on June 18 at the open hall of the Indira Gandhi National Open University.

All sixth semester students and also those who have completed their degree between the age group of 18 to 45 are eligible to participate in the job fest to get placements at the BPOs run by Wipro in various cities in the country.

Praveen Kamat, associate vice-president Wipro (southern region), told presspersons that the company planned to recruit around 12,000 to 15,000 youths during the current year. Last year, the company recruited 17,500 youths.
NEW DELHI: Japanese car major Honda on Wednesday launched its premium hatchback Jazz in India, loaded with the latest safety, comfort and luxury features.

Priced between Rs. 6.98 lakh and Rs. 7.33 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), Jazz comes in three variants and is equipped with Euro-IV compatible 1.2 litre petrol engine, giving mileage of 16.1 km a litre (under test conditions).

"Specially designed for the Indian market, the newly-developed four-cylinder i-VTEC engine features 'programmed fuel injection' that delivers the maximum output of 90 PS (power). Jazz is available in five-speed manual transmission with gear ratios optimised for a sporty driving experience, while ensuring good fuel economy," Honda Siel Cars India (HSCI) President and CEO Masahiro Takedagawa said here after unveiling the hatchback.

Jazz, which has 77 per cent localisation of contents, would initially be produced at the HSCI's Greater Noida facility and later shifted to its under-construction plant at Tapukara in Rajasthan where it plans to invest Rs. 1,000-crore.

Stating that Jazz would create an all-new segment in the India car market, Mr. Takedagawa said it would not affect the sales of its popular sedan City.
Great Place To Work Institute, the US-based institute that ranks Best Workplaces globally, has been around in India for six years. However, this is the first time that this study is being done in the middle of a global economic downturn of such magnitude. Last year, when the study was done, one was talking about hyper growth and multiplying job offers, as salaries zoomed and attrition surged, staff retention and engagement was the biggest worry for CEOs.

Since then Business World has changed significantly. The last one year globally, and past 6-9 months, have been unprecedented trying for the companies across the globe. The period has been no less stressful for IT companies. The sector's biggest market US and biggest vertical BFSI have been the biggest causality of the economic downturn.

However, the sector despite a few blips continues to shine. The industry has as many as five companies in the top 10 Great Place to Work list and as many as 18 in the top 50, more than any other sector.
Thiruvananthapuram: The results of the examination for admission to engineering/ medical degree courses in Kerala will be published on June 15.

pressnote quoting the Commissioner for Entrance Examinations here on Tuesday said the results would be announced by Education Minister M.A.

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South Korean tech giant LG launched its newest full function-laden high end multimedia phone, called LG KM900 Arena in India.

Known to be the world's first mobile phone with a Dolby Mobile surround sound, the mobile phone features a large 3.0 inch WVGA display screen.

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Capable of supporting WiFi and 3G HSFPA, the Arena has an internal memory of 8GB that can be expanded to 32 GB.

Other features include 5 megapixel camera and an inbuilt FM radio.

Available in two colors, black and silver titanium, the LG Arena will come with a price tag of approximately Rs 35,000.

Source: telecomtiger
Bharti Airtel's DTH services arm, Airtel digital TV has tied up with ESPN to offer sports-based interactive services, iSports.

Subscribers of digital TV will now be shown two windows on their display screen, the first window showing the live match while the second window showing match highlights.

Subscribers will also have an option to have on-demand info on player, team stats, tour calendar, results of past games and facts on cricket.

Big TV has also tied up with ESPN to offer services on similar lines
According to the latest updates, Firefox 3.5's release date is still uncertain as more delays have pushed even the Release Candidate version beyond its initial schedule. Also, an unplanned interim version has released, called as "Firefox 3.5 Preview" and marked as Beta 99, to act as a stepping stone between Firefox 3.5 Beta 4 and the Firefox 3.5 R.C. coming later this month.

Earlier, Firefox 3.5 was planned as a small update and named 3.1, but as the numbers of features and changes began to swell the developers decided to update the version number and mark it as an important update.

Now the developers of the upcoming version Mozilla are announcing a program called "Firefox 3.5 for 35 days" in which many of the changes will be detailed on the Mozilla site.

The upcoming release of Firefox 3.5 includes new privacy features, improvements in interactive performance and a new JavaScript engine that will improve the experience for users using script-heavy web sites.

Source: itvoir
The third-generation iPhone is here! As widely being speculated in the media over the last few days, Apple lifted the curtains over its new version of iPhone, called iPhone 3G S.

iPhone 3G S claims to be much faster than its previous versions and packs some 100 new features. Apple's vice president, marketing, Phil Schiller made the announcements at the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco (And yes, contrary to wide speculations, Apple's renowned chief executive, Steve Jobs, did not appear).

Phone 3G S goes on sale from June 19 in the US. The phone reportedly will see its India launch in August 2009. With the new device Apple aims to take on the newly-launched iPhone rivals galore.
Microsoft last week unveiled its revamped search engine Bing. The Bing unveiling can surely be termed as one of the biggest Microsoft launches of the recent times considering the huge stakes it has in the company's success.

The software giant who rules on 90% computers worldwide occupies a lowly third position in the global search marketshare. With Internet gaining importance in the technology landscape, it has become critical for Microsoft to come out with a formidable player which can challenge Google's growing dominance in the space.
Google / What’s new in Google Chrome
Jun 08, 2009, 09:38 AM
Few months back Google released a new version of its Chrome Web browser as the search giant continues its efforts to get a foothold in a market dominated by Microsoft Corp's Internet Explorer.

Chrome 2.0 released in March represented the first major update for the browser since Google entered the browser business in September last year.
Microsoft has admitted publicly that it did a poor job of making people aware of the features in its old search engine. With the rollout of Bing, it's becoming crystal clear just how unfamiliar people were with Live Search.

Features that had long existed in Live Search are suddenly getting noticed and being branded as "new." Here are five examples.
Pitched as a Personal Computer, N97 was unveiled in India by Nokia on Thursday. Described as the first real path-breaking smartphone by the company, N97 will be launched nationwide within two weeks at a likely price of around Rs 34,000.

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Nokia N97 is the first device from the stable of Finnish handset giant to have Ovi Store pre-installed. Also, it is the second touchscreen device from the company. Nokia unveiled its first touch handset, the 5800 XpressMusic, in early October 2008, more than a year after the iPhone debuted.
The study, The Web's Most Dangerous Search Terms, finds that these terms differ across the globe, while in US the most dangerous search terms include word unscrambler, free music downloads and MySpace. In France, they include poker, solitaire, deezer and billiards. Bebo, friv, hot UK deals and YouTube are the most dangerous search terms of UK.
State-run PSU, MTNL launched a new prepaid scheme for its 3G services wherein subscribers will be offered lifetime validity for Rs 300.

Subscribers will be offered local video calls at Rs 1.8/minute and data download at Rs 3/MB. Additionally top-up coupons offering free data downloads and free video calling will also be made available.

Company''s CMD, R S P Sinha said that MTNL has managed to rope in 400 subscribers for 3G services with an ultimate aim to have 200,000-300,000 subscribers within the first year of operations.

Acer, the Taiwanese laptops and PCs vendor has added a professional netbook to its popular Aspire range.
The new laptop announced by the vendor is Acer Aspire One Pro 531.

The new laptop announced promises 7.5 hours battery life. The company has combined mobility with connectivity targeting professional users and the netbook weighs around 1kgs.

The keyboard is 89 per cent full size, the netbook brings 802.11b/g  Wi-Fi, Ethernet and options of Bluetooth and 3G integration. Also, integrated is webcam for video conferencing with 10.1" screen. The netbook comes with a choice of N270 or N280 Atom processors.

The Aspire One Pro 531 comes with a 3-cell battery, 1GB RAM and a 250GB hard drive, runs on XP will cost £349 plus VAT. Also, comes with optional 64GB SSD.

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CHENNAI: HDFC Standard Life has launched unit linked wealth multiplier suitable for high networth individuals with limited premium paying term of

three years for a fixed tenure of 10 years. According to a release, the fund provides an opportunity for policyholders to multiply wealth for

long-term by paying premium for a limited period, supported by a balanced mix of investment options.
IBM announced on Monday that it will design and build two green data centres for Sistema Shyam Teleservices'' MTS in India. One data centre will be set-up in Gurgaon to serve as disaster recovery site and the other at Chennai as the main data centre.

IBM claims that the new data centres will help MTS achieve 20 percent power savings.

Additionally, IBM will also set-up a network operations centre to enable MTS monitor and manage the applications and network.
COIMBATORE: "There is a good response for conventional arts, science and commerce programmes this year. The takers for Information Technology programmes are not so good. Hence, colleges have asked for additional sections for the popular courses. Since it is a reasonable request, the university will consider it. It will be taken up for discussion at the Syndicate meeting to be held soon," Vice-Chancellor of Bharathiar University G. Thiruvasagam said here recently.

Even if it were to be conceded, only those colleges with good infrastructure and efficient faculty would be given the additional sections, he added.

The Vice-Chancellor said the Standing Committee for Academic Affairs had decided on certain new courses that would be offered in relevant areas. "For example, undergraduate courses in apparel fashion design, apparel merchandising, garment production and processes, etc., and postgraduate courses in textiles and clothing, costume design and fashion, would be offered to colleges located in and around Tirupur". Most of the conventional courses would be offered in association with some application oriented specialisation.
IT and BPO services provider Patni Computer Systems today opened its new EMEA headquarters, based at Heathrow in London. This investment is focused at driving growth for outsourced IT and BPO services in the European and the Middle East markets.

The new headquarters will be a home to the company's UK employees and support Patni's centres across Europe and the Middle East, including Germany, Finland, Sweden and The Netherlands. The Patni Building is spread over nearly 14,000 sq ft and hosts a dedicated delivery centre together with business development and administrative functions.

Source: bpowatchindia
Mindtree plans to address the lucrative healthcare market for technology solutions with its newly-developed telemedicine boxes, as the
company seeks to sustain its growth at a time when the market for software services is seeing lower demand.

It has already designed a prototype of the telemedicine box, and is currently in talks with several equipment manufacturers, including Sanmina-SCI and Flextronics, for launching them in the market this year.

Source: economictimes
Reliance Mobile launched a new FRC priced at Rs 101 for its GSM subscribers in Karnataka with the scheme offering core talktime of Rs 75 in addition to 100 local SMS. The scheme comes with a validity of 30 days.

The scheme also offers night calling to RCom GSM as well as CDMA connections at 5 paise per minute.

The company said that the new scheme is part of its ongoing customer experience programme.  It will be available till June end.

Source: telecomtiger
RCom's DTH subsidiary, Big TV announced the availability of 10 new channels including  2 new international channels from today.

The 10 new channels include Korea's KBS (international offering) and WB the latest, English entertainment channel from the broadcasting major, Turner International India Pvt. Ltd. in association with their sister company Warner Bros. The rest of the 8 channels include leading regional channels in India; DD Podhigai (Tamil), NE TV (Telugu), India Vision (Malayalam), Star Jalsa (Bangla), Star Pravah (Marathi), Mahua (Bhojpuri), DD Kashmir (Urdu / Kashmiri), &  TV99 (Rajasthani).

The new channels will be available across various subscription packs.
The reports from the leading IT outsourcing giant, Infosys indicates that Indian IT economy cannot rebound until 2010.

According to the statements from CEO S. Gopalakrishnan, of  Infosys that no one is going to spend anything until the middle of 2010.

Infosys is predicting its first drop in annual revenue due to slump in market and 90 percent drop in its sales from North American and European clients.

Revenue in the year ending March 31 will fall at least 3.1 percent to $4.52 billion.

Infosys Technologies Limited is a multinational information technology services company headquartered in Bangalore, India and it is one of India's largest IT companies with 104,850 professionals (including subsidiaries) as of Mar 31, 2009.

Source: itvoir
KOZHIKODE: The Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode (IIM-K), will engage support staff on consolidated remunerations. Graduates with at

least a year's experience in modern computerised offices may apply if well versed in computer operations and other office functions. Those

interested may attend a walk-in interview at 10 a.m. on Friday on the institute's campus at Kunnamangalam, near here, a press release said.
COIMBATORE: SAP software will be introduced in some undergraduate programmes. It will be part of the main syllabus and will be offered as a separate paper.

To begin with, B. Com., BBM, M. Com. and MBA courses would be included in this programme. Every year, more courses would be brought into the fold, the Vice-Chancellor said.

The software would be sold by the university to the colleges that wished to offer the programme in their commerce courses.

Once the college procured the software, the representatives from the company would go to the respective colleges and train two teachers interested in learning the software. The training would be for one month.

The teachers would then take classes for the students. It would involve theory as well as practical classes that would be for 60 hours.

Students would have the subject for a semester at the end of which they would have to write the university examination like for any other normal paper. Another separate examination would have to be written for SAP certification.
Feel USB drives are a boon, allowing you to carry almost your entire data with you anywhere anytime. How about an OS too that can be carried anywhere and anytime. In these days when portable is the word, how about trying some Portable OSes.

Driven by community efforts most of the portable OSes are free and offer a host of applications and programmes. Low on calories (aka MB), these portable OSes can be booted from a live CD, DVD or an USB drive.

Here are some of the popular portable OSes for you to choose from and get going.
Nokia's much-anticipated online software and content store, Ovi, is finally live. Nokia's answer to Apple App Store, Ovi can access more devices than its rivals and will utilise social networking and location-based information to suggest relevant mobile content.

Recently, Canada's Research in Motion (RIM), too opened its online store, BlackBerry App World offering a variety of free and paid applications. Others hotting up the online application space include Microsoft's Windows Mobile Marketplace and Google Android Marketplace.

Here's a 360 degree view of the Nokia Ovi Store, its pluses, minuses and much more.
Indian outsourcer Wipro Ltd said that its operations were expanding fast in the Middle East, which it sees as a main growth area.

The Middle East's share of Wipro's total sales is 6 per cent, said Premji, adding that this was set to increase in the future. He did not give figures.

Areas of growth in the Middle East include telecoms and the banking and government sectors, Premji said. Wipro is not looking at any acquisitions, he said.

New York-listed Wipro offers IT solutions such as system integration, software application and back-office services.

source: indiatimes
CHENNAI: Wipro Infotech has launched enterprise data centres. This new initiative provides end-to-end data centre lifecycle management

services to enterprise customers. The first data centre at Mysore is sold out while the commissioning of the data centre in Greater Noida is likely to

be started soon. The third data centre in Pune is being commissioned to accommodate more customers.
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Chat Box / Happy Mr. Job Hopper
May 27, 2009, 09:34 AM
Some, rather most organizations reject his CV today because he has changed jobs frequently (10 in 14 years). My friend, the job hopper (referred here as Mr. JH), does not mind it¦. well he does not need to mind it at all. Having worked full-time with 10 employer companies in just 14 years gives Mr. JH the relaxing edge that most of the company loyal employees are struggling for today. Today, Mr. JH too is laid off like some other 14-15 year experienced guys  the difference being the latter have just worked in 2-3 organizations in the same number of years. Here are the excerpts of an interview with Mr. JH:

Q: Why have you changed 10 jobs in 14 years?
A: To get financially sound and stable before getting laid off the second time.

Q: So you knew you would be laid off in the year 2009?
A: Well I was laid off first in the year 2002 due to the first global economic slowdown. I had not got a full-time job before January 2003 when the economy started looking up; so I had struggled for almost a year without job and with compromises.

Q: Which number of job was that?
A: That was my third job.

Q: So from Jan 2003 to Jan 2009, in 6 years, you have changed 8 jobs to make the count as 10 jobs in 14 years?
A: I had no other option. In my first 8 years of professional life, I had worked only for 2 organizations thinking that jobs are deserved after lot of hard work and one should stay with an employer company to justify the saying employer loyalty. But I was an idiot.

Q: Why do you say so?
A: My salary in the first 8 years went up only marginally. I could not save enough and also, I had thought that I had a permanent job, so I need not worry about what will I do if I lose my job. I could never imagine losing a job because of economic slowdown and not because of my performance. That was January 2002.

Q: Can you brief on what happened between January 2003 and 2009.
A: Well, I had learnt my lessons of being company loyal and not money earning and saving loyal. But then you can save enough only when you earn enough. So I shifted my loyalty towards money making and saving  I changed 8 jobs in 6 years assuring all my interviewers about my stability.

Q: So you lied to your interviewers; you had already planned to change the job for which you were being interviewed on a particular day?
A: Yes, you can change jobs only when the market is up and companies are hiring. You tell me  can I get a job now because of the slowdown? No. So one should change jobs for higher salaries only when the market is up because that is the only time when companies hire and can afford the expected salaries.

Q: What have you gained by doing such things?
A: Thats the question I was waiting for. In Jan 2003, I had a fixed salary (without variables) of say Rs. X p.a. In January 2009, my salary was 8X. So assuming my salary was Rs.3 lakh p.a. in Jan 2003, my last drawn salary in Jan 2009 was Rs.24 lakh p.a. (without variable). I never bothered about variable as I had no intention to stay for 1 year and go through the appraisal process to wait for the company to give me a hike.

Q: So you decided on your own hike?
A: Yes, in 2003, I could see the slowdown coming again in future like it had happened in 2001-02. Though I was not sure by when the next slowdown would come, I was pretty sure I wanted a debt-free life before being laid off again. So I planned my hike targets on a yearly basis without waiting for the year to complete.

Q: So are you debt-free now?
A: Yes, I earned so much by virtue of job changes for money and spent so little that today I have a loan free 2 BR flat (1200 sq. feet) plus a loan free big car without bothering about any EMIs. I am laid off too but I do not complain at all. If I have laid off companies for money, it is OK if a company lays me off because of lack of money.

Q: Who is complaining?
A: All those guys who are not getting a job to pay their EMIs off are complaining. They had made fun of me saying I am a job hopper and do not have any company loyalty. Now I ask them what they gained by their company loyalty; they too are laid off like me and pass comments to me â why will you bother about us, you are already debt-free. They were still in the bracket of 12-14 lakh p.a. when they were laid off.

Q: What is your advice to professionals?
A: Like Narayan Murthy had said  love your job and not your company because you never know when your company will stop loving you. In the same lines, love yourself and your family needs more than the company needs. Companies can keep coming and going; family will always remain the same. Make money for yourself first and simultaneously make money for the company, not the other way around.

Q: What is your biggest pain point with companies?
A: When a company does well, its CEO etc will address the entire company saying, well done guys, it is YOUR company, keep up the hard work, I am with you. But when the slowdown happens and the company does not do so well, the same CEO etc will say, It is MY company and to save the company, I have to take tough decisions including asking people to go. So think about your financial stability first; when you get laid off, your kids will complain to you and not your boss.
The ICFAI National College will conduct a job fair for graduates in association with Reliance HR Services on May 27 to select personnel for business development positions in Reliance Money, a capital group company.

Candidates with or without experience can attend the selection process comprising group discussion and personal interview. Vacancies for business development positions exist in Madurai, Dindigul, Sivakasi, Sivaganga and Tirunelveli. Selected candidates will get spot offers. Interested persons can participate in the job fair to be held at ICFAI National College, Raja Muthiah Mandram, Dr. Thangaraj Road, K. K. Nagar, Madurai from 10 a.m. on May 27. More details can be had from 98426 85547 or 99421 19302.
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According to the latest reports, Sony Ericsson, Japan-based mobile phones manufacturer has stated that the company is preparing for a near launch of an Android mobile phone, and that the operating system on the device will be the yet unannounced Android 2.0.

The number one search engine, Google has not stated anything official on the upcoming Android 2.0 firmware for mobile phones, which is codenamed Donut, yet the software solution has been spotted with the new user interface that would come with the HTC Hero, and which is called Rosie.

At present, the only thing that seems to be known about the upcoming iteration of the platform is that it would include a wider range of multimedia features than the previously available versions.

By the next week, the Sony Ericsson mobile phone, 12.1-megapixel Idou will be available with the Symbian OS.

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Microsoft has released publicly the Windows Server 20008 R2 RC. The RC is available to masses for download.

The publicly available RC brings some new features that were missing in beta. Features such as WOW64 are now standard, standardized Windows Deployment Services, DirectAccess Diagnostics, Windows PowerShell and Live Migration services amongst others.

The 2.86GB ISO is available through Microsoft's own download site and includes install options for all four versions of Windows Server 2008 (Enterprise, Datacentre, Web and Standard).

Reportedly, the release date of Windows Server 2008 R2 is about the end of this year. Microsoft has lowered the OS footprint to less than 128MB which, is a drastic change and a drop from the profile of the Windows Server 2003.

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Indian IT industry is going through one of its most challenging times. The industry which is credited of bringing India on the forefront of the global map is struggling with economic turmoil in its biggest market.

However, despite tough times and global economic uncertainty the industry is managing to show growth. Though the days of heady growth seem past (at least at present), the fact that global Fortune 500 companies still trust Indian IT for their technology needs shows the prowess of Indian IT.

Here's looking into all that makes for India's IT Inc.
Jokes & Funny Images / Joke
May 25, 2009, 12:28 PM
A young boy enters a barber shop and the barber whispers to his customer, 'This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch while I prove it to you.'

The barber puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters in the other, then calls the boy over and asks, 'Which do you want, son?' The boy takes the quarters and leaves. 'What did I tell you?' said the barber. 'That kid never learns!'

Later, when the customer leaves, he sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream store. 'Hey, son! May I ask you a question? Why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?'

The boy licked his cone and replied, 'Because the day I take the dollar, the game's over!'
NEW DELHI: Indira Gandhi National Open University will offer 308 programmes from the July and January sessions. Most programmes are

need-based and are aimed at building up capacities of people for improving their employability.

The university has also been empowered by Parliament to implement the National Skills Commission goals, targeting the youths in the grassroots

and below-poverty-line families. IGNOU is also implements National Knowledge Commission's goals.
Chat Box / How To Reduce Chicken Pox Scars
May 25, 2009, 10:37 AM
Chicken pox is a diseases caused by varicella-zoster virus, which affects a person only once in a lifetime.

Following are the ways to remove chicken pox scars

Natural Treatment For Chicken Pox Scars

      One of the best home remedies for chicken pox scars will comprise of sandalwood oil. Right from the time the scars appear, start applying sandalwood oil on them, on a daily basis. Continue with the application till the time the dry skin falls off.
      Yet another oil that proves effective in removing chicken pox scars is Vitamin E oil. Apart from aiding the healing process, it also helps nourish the skin. You will have to apply Vitamin E oil on the scars, at least twice in a day, till the scars have faded away.
      Applying pure honey will also help you get rid of the scars that have resulted from chicken pox. In this context, you will need to apply honey all over the affected area. Not only would it help remove the scars, but also invigorate your skin.
      Your diet plays an important role in making sure that chicken pox does not end up leaving scars on your body. So, make sure you eat lots of vegetables, like spinach, green cabbage, tomatoes, green turnips and broccoli, apart from liver, lean meats and all kinds of dairy products.
      If you want to get rod of chicken pox scars, start making use of fresh lemon, on a daily basis. Cut a fresh lemon and rub its inner side all over the affected area. With time, it will help remove the dead skin and with it, the scars as well, leaving your skin clear and glowing.
      Another natural treatment will comprise of getting the ripe black seeds of Gulbaaz plant. Remove their white portion and mix it with water, forming a paste. Apply the paste on the affected areas and let it dry well. Wash off with water and pat dry. Do this on a daily basis.
      Garlic comprises of yet another item that can help in reducing the chicken pox scars. Peel the garlic pods and crush them slightly. Now, rub them all over the affected area. Leave for 1-2 minutes and rinse off. Do this treatment on a daily basis.
      Other natural treatments for chicken pox scars comprise of Black Abil powder and Aloe Vera gel. Applying them on the affected area, on a daily basis, will help in the removal of scars. You can also make use of cod liver oil, for the purpose. 
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May 25, 2009, 10:33 AM
BANGALORE: Interviews for recruitment to 79+1 (BL) posts of lecturer in Mechanical Engineering and 78 posts of lecturer in Civil Engineering at

Government Polytechnic will be held from May 25 to June 2 between 10.30 a.m. and 3 p.m., the KPSC has said in a release.
Colleges in India / CET results today
May 25, 2009, 10:28 AM
BANGALORE: The results of the Common Entrance Test (CET) will be declared across the 227 examination centres across the State after 1 p.m.

However, the results will be available on the Internet by noon while Minister for Higher Education Aravind Limbavalli will release the results at 11

a.m. on the KEA premises, a press release said. S.G. Hegde, Commissioner of Department of Pre-University Education and Special Officer of CET,

on Sunday said that revaluation and counselling would go according to schedule as announced on the website.
Colleges in India / DIETCET conducted
May 25, 2009, 10:26 AM
ELURU: The District Institute of Education and Training Common Entrance Test was conducted in the city and at various centres in the district on Sunday.

Some 1,700 students were seeking admission in teacher training in government-owned DIET College at Dubacharla and in the other private colleges.

Joint Collector T.K. Sridevi accompanied by District Education Officer P. Srinivas monitored the conduct of the test. Some 600 seats were available in all DIET colleges put together.
Results of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) , which was conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), for B.Tech. and other courses offered

at different IITs, Institute of Technology, Varanasi and other universities, will be declared on Monday.
MADURAI: Counselling for B.Ed. admissions through the distance education mode in Madurai Kamaraj University will be held for three days from May 25.

The Directorate of Distance Education, MKU, is organising counselling on the varsity campus on May 25, 26 and 27 to select about 500 candidates for admission to B.Ed. course, according to S. Vadivelu, Director of Distance Education.

On Saturday, the university had sent intimation letters to candidates who were selected for counselling after holding an entrance test. Dr. Vadivelu said that 3,010 candidates had written the B. Ed. entrance test and the names of those selected for the counselling were posted on website
COIMBATORE: The issuance of applications and spot-admissions for various courses under the Directorate of Distance Education (DDE) of the Madurai Kamaraj University for the calendar year 2009 has been extended to May 30.


According to a release from the Co-ordinator of the admission centre of the university, undergraduate and post-graduate degree and diploma courses, certificate programmes, MBA and MCA are being offered .

Those interested can collect the study material on admission at C.S.I. Primary School, Variety Hall Road.
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Pentax introduces K-7 digiyal SLR camera for high profile photography. Its design looks top class with the cheap price. It has new features which

is not available in the previous versions of pentax. It has a rugged body design  HD Movie Capture, unique-to- Pentax camera

controls and 14.6 megapixel CMOS sensor rebuilt from the ground up.

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K-7 supports all Pentax lenses and is claimed to comprise of an array of exclusive features which makes it a good photography tool.

HP has launched its slim and stylish HP Pavilion p600 desktop PC in India. This latest desktop PC by HP is claimed to be a style statement. The striking beauty is sure to draw attention.

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The desktop sports an elegant look with its smooth contours, broad surfaces, sensuous black finish and dazzling chrome accents.

The device is powered with

  * Intel Core2 Duo processor and boasts of a

  * Backlit OSD monitor with aqua-white LED indication

  * EasyClip.

Source: techgadgets
Apacer has launched its new flash drive called Handy steno AH325. This device features a contemporary architecture style called Zen. The environment friendly design of this device displays an engraved design on the drive's black surface. Its front side adorns comes embedded with an Apacer logo in a brush finish. It represents simplicity and style at the same time.

The four screws imprinted on corners portray the endurance and robustness of the drive. This retractable drive is an answer to the common problem of loosing USB covers. Users can simply slide out the connector to access their data.

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It is available in the range of 2 to 3GB. This USB drive has a compact and easy-to-hold shape.

Microsoft Corp, supposedly will turn up with a new version for its internet search engine, codenamed "Kuma. "

Kuma is expected to be launched by next week.

Kumo is still not final and many changes are lined up for further improvements. Among the expected enhancements is the inclusion of semantic

search technology.

Still Microsoft is lagging behind google and yahoo in tems of internet searches. Inorder to catch that market they are trying to launch with more

updations in the future.

Source: itvoir

AMD, the chip giant will make the competition tougher for its cut throat rival, Intel by introducing its notebook platform Tigris.

The platform is speculated to arrive at Computex 2009, which will held from June 1 to June 6, as cited by related sources.

Tigris, is pegged as the successor to Puma and is based on a 45nm dual-core Caspian CPU, an RS880M series of chipsets and either a 55nm or 40nm M9X GPU. The platform will slot in next to AMD's Yukon and Congo platforms, both of which are aimed at the smaller 13-inch and below notebook market.

Incidentally, AMD can also be tapped for opening a bit on some other emerging platforms that it will bring to masses in 2010.

The new platforms are also believed to be based on 45nm quad-core Champlain processors,and it is  paired up with SB8xxM series chipsets.

It has sporting USB 3.0 connectivity, DDR3 memory.

Source: itvoir
Mozilla Inc has revealed alpha version of its mobile Firefox for Microsoft Windows mobile platform.

The Firefox mobile browser named "Fennec" has already been released as a beta for Nokia 810, Internet tablet. The browser supposedly will support features of the PC version, including the Awesome Bar, strong JavaScript support, and the ability to add extensions.

The users will be fed with regular add ons to improvise on functionality of the browser. , The open source community has also given liberty to the developers to create programs like an ad blocker for the mobile browser.

The Fennec browser is expected to be launched by the end of the year for Windows Mobile and Symbian Smartphones. It would not initially be available for Android, BlackBerry, or the iPhone because some technical issues.

Fennec has a competition with browsers like Apple's mobile Safari, Opera.

Source: itvoir
F-Secure has launched the beta version of F-Secure Mac Protection, which protects against malware with minimal impact on the performance of the Macintosh.

The solution includes a real-time Anti-Virus engine that scans files when accessed, stopping malicious content from being executed, as well as an easy to use intuitive user interface.

In recent times, there has been a larger number of malware attacks on Macs.

Users need to provide administartive password for the installation of software.

Source: techtree
Sony Ericsson is preparing to launch Android 2.0 OS based phones soon.

Recently, Android 2.0 firmware was leaked on the web along with new 'Rosie' interface for HTC phones. And explained that the Android 2.0 will have more multimedia support that the previous Android OS.

Sony Ericsson announced its Symbian based 12.1 megapixel Idou phone under Entertainment Unlimited, its new consumer proposition at the Mobile World Congress 2009 back in February.

Still there is no official announcement regarding the launch of Android 2.0 OS based phones.

Source: techtree
KOZHIKODE: IBM Career Education in IBM Software (CEIS) programme has been included in the curriculum of computer courses in Indian Institute of Hardware Technology (IIHT), Bangalore.

The main objective of the programm is to develop the IT Skills set in order to build successful careers in the IT industry.

B.Tech. and diploma holders can apply for the course, which is offered at the IIHT Kozhikode centre.

For more details, contact, Amit Choudary, Branch Head, Kozhikode: 9995884422.
Fresher Jobs / Multi-industry job fair
May 22, 2009, 11:00 AM
A two-day multi-industry job fair is being organised by Osmania University in collaboration with Globas Corporate Services on Saturday and Sunday

at College of Arts and Social Sciences in the university campus. More than 30 companies such as WIPRO, HCL, Reliance, India Infoline etc. will take

HYDERABAD: The National Institute of Technology – Warangal (NIT-W) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with two Finnish universities  University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology.

Under this MoU Students of NIT has the opportunity to attend courses of Finnish universities for a duration of six months.

Teachers' exchange also will take place as part of the collaboration.

The NIT is likely to introduce credit transfer system which will be beneficial to students.
The all India entrance examination for admission into U.G. and P.G. programme under Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) has been

postponed. The exam for entry into undergraduate programme scheduled for May 19 will now be held on May 23, at College of Home Science,

Saifabad. The entrance exam for P.G. programme will now be held on May 24 from 10 am onwards, at College of Agriculture, Rajendranagar. For

details call 24530177.
Tuticorin: A three–day entrepreneurial skill training on bankable project report preparation on ornamental fish breeding, integrated fish farming, value added fisheries products preparation and lobster fatting was conducted on Thursday in Sethukuvaithan village of Tuticorin district.

The programme commenced under the project on establishment of Fisheries Rural Bioresources Complex for the women self help group of SC/ST inhabited villages of the district.

The programme was funded by Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi.

Its a good innovative to encourage younger generation  to become a entrepreneur.
CHENNAI: Results of the SSLC, Metric, Anglo Indian and OSLC public examinations will be announced at 9 a.m. on May 23. Students can obtain details of marks from their schools.

The results will also be available on the following websites:,,,,,

Phone numbers are, Airtel landline 1250108, BSNL landline 1250108, BSNL mobile 1250108, Reliance CDMA 5550008. For BSNL sms 57777 (TN10<ROLL NO>).

For BSNL Tamil Nadu circle SMS SSC *** 53344 or MAT *** 53344 or ANG *** 53344 followed by registration number. For AIRCEL SMS 57799, AIRTEL 53030, 543217, Reliance 53030, 53030303, 53030101 and TATA 12971.
CHENNAI: M.G.R. Government Film and Television Institute on Thursday announced June 1 as the last day for accepting filled-in applications for five

diploma courses for academic year 2009-2010.

Application forms can be obtained from the institute or downloaded from website.
COIMBATORE: The results of the B.Ed. entrance examination, for the distance education programme, of the Bharathiar University will be published

on May 22. Nearly 500 candidates have been selected on the basis of entrance examination marks and community reservation.

The list of selected candidates will be available on the university website on May 22.

Candidates will also be intimated by post.
Google / 8 new features in Gmail
May 22, 2009, 09:19 AM
Google may have disappointed some of its users lately with frequent outages, however, the company is all set to please them with a slew of new features. The company recently added eight new features in Gmail.

Presently, a third in global email marketshare, Gmail is striving hard to increase its turf. So here's looking into all the new features that Gmail has added in the recent past in its endeavour to climb up the ranking ladder.
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Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, India's biggest IT outsourcer, is seeing stability in its key financial services sector and expects
demand to pick-up this financial year provided economic conditions do not deteriorate.

The firm, which provides services such as consulting, system integration and runs call centres, counts Citigroup, General Electric, Lloyds TSB Group, General Motors and insurer AXA SA among its clients.

An army of low-cost English-speaking engineers has driven an outsourcing boom in India, but turmoil in global markets and a recession in the United States, which accounts for more than half the sector's revenue, have halted the scorching pace of growth.

Tata Consultancy, part of the Tata Group that spans services, commodities and auto businesses, posted a 4.6 percent rise in Jan-March net profit and said its overseas clients were demanding fee cuts in a tough environment.

Source: economictimes
Hewlett Packard launched the HP Deskjet F735 All-in-One printer .   

Its easy to use and it gives 600 pages of black text and 250 pages of colour graphics from just one set of ultra-low-cost cartridges.

In the press release announcing the product, HP said "To enjoy low operating costs throughout the lifespan of their printer, customers need to pay marginally more for their hardware upfront. Our findings show that micro-business customers that print more than 60 pages per month (or 2 pages per day) on average are especially suited for the product to enjoy savings from the ultra-low operating costs."

Some product highlights include:

    * Quick print and copy speeds 

    * High-quality scanning

    * Standalone copying 

    * Ink-level gauge

    * One-touch print-cancel button

The printer is available at a price of Rs 8,179/-.

Source: pcworld
Kingston today announced the addition of 8GB microSD High-Capacity (SDHC) and 16GB microSD High-Capacity (SDHC) Flash memory cards to its mobile memory storage line.

The new Kingston microSDHC 8GB and 16GB cards are priced at Rs. 1,699 and Rs. 4,499 respectively. Although the microSDHC format is identical in physical size to the original microSD card, microSDHC is compatible with microSDHC host devices only.

Its not compatible with standard microSD-enabled devices or readers.

Source: pcworld
The Conficker worm is still infecting systems at a brisk rate and continues to snag computers in Fortune 1000 companies, according to security researchers.

The worm is infecting about 50,000 new PCs each day, according to researchers at Symantec, who reported Wednesday that the U.S., Brazil and India have been hit the hardest..

Conficker starts its attack last year, taking advantage of flaws in microsoft OS. its now considered as a world's Biggest botnet network.

The Working Group has set up so-called sinkhole servers that can communicate with infected machines. It has spotted infections within many Fortune 1000 companies, Wesson said. "Everybody got hit," he said. "Even Microsoft still has infections."

Some worried that an April 1 change in the way Conficker received updates could mark the beginning of a new round of Internet attacks, but in reality the Conficker network has been only lightly used, security experts say.

Source: pcworld
Google / Google Celebrates Missing Link
May 21, 2009, 02:05 PM
Google doesn't usually like missing links, but it has made an honourable exception with its latest Google Doodle.

Google has honoured the discovery of what could be the missing link between apes and humans with a new Google Doodle, following similar new Google logos for special events such as the Queen's visit to Google HQ.

'Google Doodles' on the internet giant's search engine homepage change occasionally to mark holidays, birthdays of famous people, and major events, such as the Olympics.

Wikipedia states that the first Google Doodle was designed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin to notify users of their absence in case the servers crashed.

"Subsequent Google Doodles were designed by an outside contractor, until Larry and Sergey asked then-intern Dennis Hwang to design a logo for Bastille Day in 2000. Hwang has been designing the Google Doodles ever since.

"Clicking on a Google Doodle links to a string of Google search results about the topic.

"Google doodles have been produced for the birthdays of several noted artists and scientists, including Andy Warhol, Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Louis Braille, Percival Lowell, Edvard Munch, Béla Bartók among others.

The celebration of historical events is another common topic of Google Doodles including a Lego brick design in celebration of the interlocking Lego block's 50th anniversary.

Source: pcworld
Google / Gmail translation tool goes live
May 21, 2009, 02:02 PM
Here is the latest update from google.

Gmail users can now automatically translate messages they receive into 41 languages.

The new feature is available to individual Gmail users, as well as to people who use it as part of the Apps collaboration and communication suite for organisations.

The availability of automatic translation within Gmail is expected to simplify communications among people who speak different languages by letting them compose messages in their native tongue.

In the Apps context, the feature should make it easier for organisations that do business in different countries to communicate internally with their employees and externally with partners and customers.

Google acknowledges that its machine translation technology isn't perfect, but maintains that, even if mistakes creep into the text, recipients should be able, at the least, to get the gist of a message.

Source: pcworld

Nokia has launched three new handsets namely Nokia 2730 classic, Nokia 2720 fold and Nokia 7020 that claim to bring the Internet to your fingertips. These three handsets are Internet enabled and work with the help of Nokia's market services like Nokia Life Tools and Ovi Mail.

Nokia Life Tools service allows users to find information, access learning opportunities and also ensures entertainment. The Ovi Mail is a service that provides digital identity for many people.

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The Nokia 2730 classic is said to be cheap with good access to the internet. Its a Compact phone with a mirror-effect design.

Source: techgadgets
BenQ has gone out of its way to start this week with the launch of two new cameras called C1020 and C1220, reports Slashgear. These cameras are not much different from the latest cameras in the market but do claim to give users an upper hand over the others.

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Both these cameras offer users a 16:9 aspect ratio for the video recording mode.


* 10 megapixel camera

* 2.5 inch LCD screen

* 720 x 400 resolution for the video mode and 3X optical zoom.

Source: techgadgets

Asus has introduced the latest laptop k401N-A1. The company seems to be in full swing to reach at its targeted audiences with a range of laptops. The latest offering is the Asus K40IN-A1 that expands the company's K Series of laptops that was seen at CeBIT in March. According to Engadget, it is expected to release in the U.S. markets.

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Featuring a 14-inch screen, it apparently offers a LED-backlit display with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels and an aspect ratio of 16:9.

It also has Intel's Core 2 Duo T6400 CPU that runs at 2GHz.

Source: techgadgets

Buffalo has announced a new high performance Nfiniti Wireless-N High Power router & Access Point WZR-HP-G300NH. Targeted at the price-conscious consumers, the Nfiniti wireless-N High Power Router and Access Point is a high quality alternative for the other expensive options. Buffalo's WZR-HP-G300NH is priced at Rs. 9,300 and will be available from June onwards in India.

The Nfiniti WZR-HP-G300NH promises greater wireless connectivity coverage with support for 802.11b, g and n Draft 2.0 specifications boosting speeds up to 300Mbps. Perfect for streaming multimedia content, the Gigabit Ethernet support on all ports that eases simultaneous downloads from multiple PCs.

Data access was made easy and it also has adjustable flip antennas. It is compatible with Vista and NT 2000.

Source: techtree
After releasing the iPhone version of Google Sync, the company has now released its beta version for Series 60 3rd edition devices.

Google Sync will enable you to sync your Google contacts and Google calendars with your phone. What this means for end users is that your calendar and contacts information will be simultaneously "updated" as soon as you make any changes in either of the sources. That is, if you made a new entry in your phone contacts list, the change would be reflected on your Google account, on the web, within minutes.

For exchange application  to work, we need to install Latest version of Nokia mail

To download the application, go to from your phone.

Source: techtree
KOCHI: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has announced the results of the National Defence Academy and the Naval Academy Exam (II) 2008 on the basis of the results of the written examination held in August last year and the interviews held by the Services Selection Board of the Defence Ministry. The results of the medical examination of the candidates have not been taken into account in preparing the merit list.

The candidature of all the candidates is provisional, a press release here said. Candidates may obtain any information or clarification during working hours in person or over telephone on 011 23385271/23381125/23098543.

The results are available on the Press Information Bureau web site
Hyderabad: Nalsar University of Law and Institute of Applied Aviation Management, Calicut are jointly launching a Post-Graduate diploma course in

Aviation Law and Air Transport Management on Thursday.

The course will have regular classes coupled with web learning spread over two semesters. The regular classes will be held at selected centres from

Thursday to Sunday every alternate month.
Colleges in India / DIET CET on May 24
May 21, 2009, 11:34 AM
HYDERABAD: The DIET CET - 2009 for admission into D.Ed. course in government DIETs and private elementary teacher training institutions in the

State is scheduled to be held on May 24 from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. in all district headquarters. Hall-tickets have been despatched. They can also

be downloaded from:,,
COIMBATORE: The annual / semester examinations for all undergraduate / post-graduate, B. Ed., M. Ed., MBA, MCA, post-graduate diploma, diploma and MoU courses offered under the School of Distance Education of the Bharathiar University will commence on May 30.

According to a release from the Controller of Examinations the examinations have been scheduled in the forenoon and afternoon. Time table, instruction to the candidates and venue of the examination centres can be downloaded from the university website

Hall tickets can be obtained from the Chief Superintendent of the respective examination centre three day prior to the commencement of the examination on showing proof of identity issued by the Director, School of Distance Education, Bharathiar University, the release said.
CHENNAI: The University of Madras will introduce five-year integrated masters programme in four disciplines from this academic year.

The university was offering the courses to allow students to complete post-graduation without having to seek admission after undergraduate courses.

A few colleges in the city and universities in other parts of the country had integrated courses in other disciplines, Dr.Ramachandran said.

The PG courses offered by the university would have multi-exit options.

In these five-year integrated programmes, students would get certificates based on the number of years completed.

While those who had completed one year of the course could obtain a certificate and diploma at the end of two years, students who finished three years would get a degree certificate and a post graduate diploma certificate after four years, he said.

The application forms are being distributed.

The last date for submission of filled-in applications is June 5. With an aim to provide quality education at low cost, the university has fixed the annual fee as Rs.4,500 for these courses.

However, only 20 students would be accommodated in each of these courses.

The university would also introduce two new post graduate courses in M.Sc. (Ocean Science and Technology) and M.Sc. (Environmental Science) this year.
Fresher Jobs / Job fair on May 23
May 21, 2009, 10:50 AM
Tirupur: As a curtain raiser to the job fair to be organised by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in Tirupur on May 23 and 24, a participant's meet was held here on Wednesday. Minister for Highways M.P.Swaminathan said that 92 employers had so far confirmed their participation in the mega event.

The two-day event will be held at Nanjappa Corporation Higher Secondary school from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Huawei has won a contract from Italy's Retelit to render WiMAX 802.16e network, across north and central parts of the country where they own a BWA 3.5 Ghz frequency licence.

According to the deal, Huawei will provide an end-to-end WiMAX 802.16e mobile solution including Base Station, Access Service Network (ASN) Gateway, Hybrid TDM-IP Microwave equipment and Network Management Systems.

As of now, Huawei has deployed the first batches of its WiMAX terminals, which are already put to use in the areas where the network has been activated.

Financial details were not disclosed.

Source: telecomtiger

SatNav Technologies announced a tie-up with Taiwan''s HTC wherein HTC handheld terminals will come incorporated with SatGuide GPS

negation solution. The contract extends SatNav's penetration in the mobile phone market as the company has similar arrangements with Asus,

i-mate, HP.

Source: telecomtiger
Yahoo India announced the appointment of Arun Tadanki as the new Managing Director of the company.

In his new role, Arun will be responsible for strengthening Yahoo''s position in the Indian market and also to oversee the company's business in the Indian subcontinent, Middle East and Africa.

He will be based out of New Delhi and will report to Keith Nilsson, Sr.VP Emerging markets.

Arun joins Yahoo from where he was the President Asia-Pacific & Middle East. He is an IIT-IIM pass out.

Source: telecomtiger
Vodafone Essar announced the availability of its new South West STD pack offering economical STD tariffs for its prepaid subscribers in Karnataka.

The new offer priced at Rs. 14 offers STD calls to Kerala, AP, TN, Goa and Maharashtra.

excluding Mumbai for Re.1 per minute. The pack comes with 30 days validity.
Nortel has announced the availability of Virtual Services Platform (VSP) 9000, a next generation enterprise solution, devised for mission-critical core networks and data centers.

Developed with the aim of rendering a future-proof, ultra-reliable network that provides agile, virtual network services, the VSP 9000 helps companies realize the benefits of emerging virtualization technologies that require unparalleled reliability and flexibility, while providing over twice the performance compared to the primary competition.

Amid the economic downturn, the platform helps companies cut on the highly valuable capital and operating expenses, and provides a more energy efficient network solution that can deliver further savings from lower power usage, says the company.

HCL Technologies announced bagging an IT outsourcing contract from MTV Networks which will require the firm to develop online media platform for the popular entertainment channel.

The contract covers leading brands of the network such as VH1, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon apart from MTV.

HCL said that a offshore development centre in Chennai will support the activities and processes for the deal while and the user interface design will be supported by the company''s Noida centre.

Wipro Chairman Azim Premji termed the fiscal year 2008-09 one of the toughest.

According to a filing by the technology major with the US Securities & Exchange Commission, the company's senior management saw a healthy jump in commissions and incentives received.

Here's looking into the pay packets of Wipro's senior management for the 2008-09 fiscal.
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RIM BlackBerry Storm 2 will hit Verizon Wireless in June. With this announcement June seems to be packed enough for launch of Smartphones.

The device was confirmed back in May but till now only speculations are made related to launch date, yet no conformations are released till date. All that has been updated is Storm can hit as early as June. The Storm 2 is expected to feature Wi-Fi and SurePress touch screen.

It is also speculated that company may also skip directly to BlackBerry OS 5.0 instead of supporting OS 4.7.

Smartphone segment is really getting crowded and carriers are fighting to snatch a pie of this profitable market. Verizon, however, has little success garnering mass adoption for any other touchscreen phone it sells. It is in close competition with AT&T. Verizon has seen a decline in its customers and many of them moving  to AT&T for iPhone.

Source: itvoir
HTC's latest handset, Touch Pro 2 is expected to reach masses on June 12.

The Touch Pro 2 features a full QWERTY keyboard and the popular TouchFLO user interface for $ 806.7.

The phone will come unlocked. The phone is only with Vodafone operator and the same is currently offering it for business customers. The service provider has yet to announce the release date for the Smartphone.

HTC has also kept mum on the details of when the phone will be available on other operators.

HTC Touch Pro 2 is pegged as a rise of HTC mobile innovation with 3.6-inch touchscreen, a 3.2MP camera and the QWERTY keyboard. Also, the phone possess tilting screen like Nokia N97.

The company has successfully switched from Android base handsets initially to consumer mobiles from more business oriented models.

Still they are tight lipped about the price and its release date.

Source: itvoir
Sony has announced to launch" its security cameras in late 2009. These cameras will be "High definition" "pan-tilt -zoom IP network security.  The new SNC-RH124 and SNC-RH164 models will come up with10x optical zoom resulting in increased clarity and visibility as well as the ability to pan 360 degrees while capturing and streaming HD video are using the H.264 video compression technology at up to 30 frames per second.

New H.264 technology also has transmission and storage of digital video using less bandwidth than previous video compression solutions.

The HD PTZ cameras are designed to help the industry transit from standard-definition to high-definition operations. The ability to transmit HD video using advanced video compression signals.

Its very flexible and can be used in various industries and applications.

Source: itvoir
Reliance Communications (RCom) launched new calling cards enabling its subscribers in Kerala to make calls to Singapore and Malaysia.

The cards are priced at Rs 449 and calls will be charged Rs 3.50 per minute. The cards will offer talk time worth Rs 407.

Source: telecomtiger
Hewlett-Packard, US computer giant has reported a 17-per cent fall in quarterly net profit and also plans to cut about two per cent of its workforce, or 6,400 workers, over the next year.

According to the company, the net profit fell to $1.7 billion, or 86 cents per share, in the second quarter of its fiscal year from $2.1 billion, or 87 cents per share, a year ago, that in the line as analysts expect. Also, the company said revenue was down three per cent in the quarter which ended on April 30 to $27.4 billion.

The services business of the company notched up an operating profit of $1.17 billion in the quarter due to its purchase last year of EDS. While, the revenue from the enterprise storage and servers division has fell 28 per cent to $3.5 billion while software revenue declined 15 per cent to $880 million.

HP sales and revenue saw a greater fall during current year. Operating profit for the division fell to $374 million from $544 million a year ago.

Source: itvoir

The Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK) has received the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) nod to launch its first and country's lightest nano satellite, Jugnu, by this December.

The nod came after a second design review was presented by the IIT-K authorities. The satellite will be launched in the polar orbit from Sriharikota.

A team of 12 professors and 40 IIT-K students led by professor and mechanical engineering department head, Nalinaksh S Vyas, have been working on the project since last December.

A technical team of Isro led by D Madhav Murthy, director (small satellite), said they had informed Isro authorities about the details related to the release of Jugnu by mother satellite in polar orbit, and also provided the details regarding the satellite antenna set up in the institute premises.

Weighing 3.5 kg, Jugnu would be 34 cm long and 10 cm wide. It would be equipped with micro imaging and micro electronic system, and transit images to base station at the IITK campus.

The high-resolution pictures and data obtained will be used for various applications such as drought monitoring, wasteland management, urban planning and flood-risk management.

Now a days many institutes are encouraged to launch the satellite.

Source: businessstandard
Global majors like Microsoft, Yahoo and Google may have decided to trim their workforce worldwide to cope with the economic turmoil, but these entities do have openings in India.

Interestingly, the companies are cutting jobs in India too, even as they have hiring plans in the country. For instance, software giant Microsoft recently said it would create employment opportunities in tune with the growth of the Indian economy.

Few months ago, search engine giant Google unveiled plans of trimming as many as 200 jobs in sales and marketing operations worldwide. Nonetheless, the firm is hiring for about 20 positions in engineering operations, finance and software engineering, among others.

Internet entity Yahoo too would be slashing its employee strength as part of its efforts to bring down costs. At the same time, the company has over 100 vacancies in India, according to its website.

Its a good thing that IT giants are hiring in India.

Source: economictimes
NEW DELHI: St. Stephen's College here will start selling its application forms and college prospectus for under-graduate courses for the upcoming academic year from May 25. The forms will be available at the college from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. They can also be downloaded from , and sent by post to the college.

The deadline for submission of forms is 1 p.m. on June 15. Interview lists will be displayed on the college notice board and the website on June 18. Interviews will be conducted between June 20 and July 2," said Nandita Narain, tutor for admissions.
NEW DELHI: The Institute of Hardware Technology, which provides hardware and networking training, launched its new centre in neighbouring Ghaziabad on Tuesday.

The Director of the Institute, Umesh Choudhary, said it would offer many courses to meet the hardware training and soft skills development needs of students. Hardware and networking courses like diploma in computer hardware and networking, chip level and mobile repairing will be offered to students.
KOCHI: National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) here will offer Postgraduate Degree and Diploma courses from the academic year 2009-10.

The executive council of the university that met on May 15 accepted the proposal for starting two-year LL. M. programmes in International Trade Law and Constitutional and Administrative Law and postgraduate diploma in Medical Law and Ethics, said a release issued by the Registrar of the university.

The intake for the LL.M. programmes will be six seats each.

The university will admit 50 students for the diploma programme. Admission to the courses will be based on marks in the qualifying examination and the entrance test to be conducted by the university.

The performance in the interview will also be taken in to account before publishing the final merit list.

The postgraduate diploma course will be offered under the continuing education programme of the university for doctors, hospital administrators, nurses, lawyers, judges, law teachers, researchers, and other stakeholders in the health care sector.
Kozhikode: The Department of Electronics Accreditation of Computer Courses (DOEACC) Centre, Kozhikode, is inducting apprentices in different categories.

Following are the vacancies. 1) technician apprentice (Computer Engineering,) 2) technician apprentice (commercial practice), 3) graduate apprentice (Electronics and computer engineering) 4) graduate apprentice (Library science). Details on selection criteria are available on the website

Interested candidates in the first two categories may appear for a walk-in-interview on May 25 and the last two on May 26, with original certificates and documents in support of their age and a detailed bio data, at the DOEACC Centre, NIT Campus Post, Kozhikode — 673 601. Ph: 0495 2287266.
Thiruvananthapuram: Students of the Mohandas College of Engineering and Technology here have developed the working model of a short-range wireless power transmission system that could be used to charge electrical equipment from a remote source.

P. Arun, A.R. Azeem, K. Indrajith, Maneesh Manohar and Sanal Rajendran, final-year students of the Electrical and Electronics branch, developed the model as part of their project work.

The system uses a magnetic field instead of radiation for power transmission.

The model works on the principle of resonant electromagnetic induction.

The power sources and capture devices used in resonant electromagnetic induction systems are specially designed magnetic resonators which transfer power. These source and device designs and the electronic systems that control them support efficient energy transfer over a distance.

The design developed by the students consists of two copper coils, each a self-resonant system. One of the coils, attached to the power source, is the transmission unit. Instead of irradiating the environment with electromagnetic waves, it fills the space around it with a non-radiating magnetic field oscillating at a certain frequency.

Leaf insects or walkingleaves from the family Phylliidae are some of the best examples of leaf mimics.

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One of the pioneering engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu is situated on the Tirunelveli - Tutcorin highway just 18 km away from Tirunelveli city. The college is spread over 60 acers of lush greenery and the buildings of the college are aesthetically designed to suit the climatic conditions of the locality. The labs are designed as per the norms of AICTE and ANNA University .

WI -FI enabled campus and updated digital library are a few unique features of this college.  The college also focuses not only on education but also physical fitness.

The aeronautical engineering under graduates are trained in designing , building and testing aircraft and areo space vehicles .For this purpose, the college has an ultra modern lab and two air crafts namely cessna and fokker F-42.

The departments of computer science, IT, Mechanical, Electronics and communication engineering and Electrical and Electronics engineering have the highest quality staff and students engaged in leading edge research, teaching and learning. Moreover all departments are interlinked to facilitate comprehensive learning.
Cape Institute of Technology is venturing to fulfill the requirements of a professional in moulding the individual by training in ethical, moral values and technical skills.

The thirst of modern youth in India, especially in Tamil Nadu, for studies with job opportunities is best quenched by the Cape Institute of Technology, (CIT). This was established in the year 2001 at Levengipuram, 15 Kms from Kanyakumari and 19 Kms from Nagercoil, under the patronage of Sri Vinayaka Educational Trust, under the Chairmanship of Er. I. Krishnapillai with the sole aim of catering to the needs of the rural youth. Cape Institute of Technology is recognized as one of the quality Institutions by ISO:9001-2000 and is approved by the AICTE, New Delhi.

The astounding results from inception convey the quality of education offered here.

Recently, CIT bagged the championship in the 'empower IT 2008' organized by Elcot & Nascom in which 72 colleges participated with students numbering 8320; out of which the contestants were 2500. Cape came out with top honours.

In all these years, various IT companies have selected a good number of our students for placements with lucrative salary.

In the current academic year 45 students have been selected for placement.
MYSORE: The transfer process of school teachers for 2009-10 has commenced. The transfer application of primary school teachers will be received

on May 25 by the Assistant Community Education Officer concerned and that of high school teachers will be received by the headmaster and

vice-principal concerned. The list of vacant posts to be filled will be published on May 20. The headmasters and assistant community education

officers will submit the applications to the Block Education Officer concerned on May 28. The BEOs will scrutinise and record these applications from

May 28 to 30. Divisional-level counselling for transfer will be held on June 20 for primary school teachers and on June 22 for high school teachers,

according to a notification issued by the Commissioner of Public Instruction.
10 & 12th - TamilNadu / CBSE results today
May 20, 2009, 09:54 AM
Bangalore: The results of the 12th standard examination conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Examination will be announced on

Wednesday. The results of only Chennai region will be declared, officials of CBSE said. The results will available online from 10 a.m. To access the

results, visit or
Holy Cross College (Autonomous), Nagercoil established in 1965, is the first Women's College in Kanyakumari District, administered by the congregation of the Sisters of the Cross, Madurai Province.

It is the first in Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, third in Tamil Nadu and thirteenth in the country to get accredited by NAAC at the 4 star levels in February 1999 & reaccredited at the B++ level on May 20, 2005.

The college has been conferred with the status of autonomy by UGC, New Delhi from the academic year 2007-2008 and has introduced the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) for UG and PG degree Courses to make the Courses multidisciplinary in approach.

New courses started in this current academic year (2009-2010) are M.Phil. in Physics and Zoology. The college has introduced Manonmaniam Sundaranar University satellite centre courses in MBA and B.A. English with Computer Application. Moreover the departments of English Literature and Plant Biology and Plant Biotechnology have been recognized as research centers.

For further details on admission kindly contact college office phone 04652-261473.
India has a long coastline of about 8000 kms, crowned with ecosystems such as marine, coastal, estuarine etc., and the unique productive habitats like coral reefs, seagrassess and mangroves etc. Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli approved Suganthi Devadsaon Marine Research Institute (SDMRI), Tuticorin ( as its Satellite Centre to run the M.Sc. Course in "Marine Science and Ocean Management" and three M.Phil courses in Marine Microbiology, Coastal Aquaculture and Marine Science & Ocean Management. SDMRI is recognized by University Grants Commission and is involved in multi disciplinary research activities related to the said academic programmes.

SDMRI also offers Ph.D. programme in Marine Biology. Application forms with course details can be obtained from the Director, Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute, 44-Beach Road, Tuticorin – 628 001, Tamil Nadu.
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A duck with its ducklings at the Karanji Lake Nature Park in Mysore.
BANGALORE: The State Government will issue an order in a few days to grant crop loans at the interest rate of 3 per cent by nationalised banks to farmers from June 1.

Addressing presspersons here on Tuesday, Minister for Cooperation Laxman Savadi said the nationalised banks would disburse crop loans up to Rs. 50,000 at the interest rate of 3 per cent to farmers from June 1. Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa in the State budget for 2009-10 announced this measure for the benefit of farmers.

The center has ordered banks to grant crop loans for the farmers

The cooperatives had disbursed Rs. 3,290.3 crore in 2008-09 for 13,17,983 farmers in the State.
Movies & Commercials / Film festival
May 20, 2009, 09:41 AM
PANAJI: The State-owned Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), in association with the Consulate General of Portugal, Goa and Instituto Camões,

Portugal, will organise a Portuguese Film Festival here from May 22 to 24.
Yahoo plans to show fewer links to other Web sites as it strives to provide more immediate gratification in its Internet search
results and lure traffic from the market leader, Google.

The upcoming changes previewed Tuesday are part of Yahoo's two-year effort to better understand its users' intentions so the first page of its search results contains all the vital information sought in a query.

Depending how current tests go, some search results later this year may feature nothing but images of landmarks or video, if Yahoo's technology believes that is what's most likely to satisfy an individual user.

Yahoo is doing these updates due to tough competition from google.

Source: economictimes
The past few quarter have been trying for IT companies. With IT chieftains like Wipro CEO Azim Premji terming financial year 2008-09 worst-ever.

The year seems to be worst for IT companies on hiring front too. Other than pinkslips, previous quarters also saw a plunge in hiring at all IT companies. In fact, the last quarter ended March 2009 saw most tech companies either reporting a decline in total number of employees or retaining the same number. Not even five IT companies reported a marginal increase in their total headcount during the quarter.

Mozilla Inc has revealed alpha version of its mobile Firefox for Microsoft Windows mobile platform.

The Firefox mobile browser named "Fennec" has already been released as a beta for Nokia 810, Internet tablet. The browser supposedly will support features of the PC version, including the Awesome Bar, strong JavaScript support, and the ability to add extensions.

The users will be fed with regular add ons to improvise on functionality of the browser. , The open source community has also given liberty to the developers to create programs like an ad blocker for the mobile browser.

Launch of this Browsers is expected by the year end.

Fennec will made entry into crowded battlezone along with browsers like Apple's mobile Safari, Opera.

Source: itvoir
Acer Inc, Taiwan-based international computer company has announced the availability of its next generation of Aspire One Netbooks. The first model a new, bigger 11.6-inch, called as Aspire One AO751h; also a 10.1-inch system, the Aspire One AOD250.

Acer Aspire One AO751h-1192: $379.99
•    Intel Atom Processor Z520 (1.22GHz, 490MHz FSB, 512KB L2 Cache)
•    Genuine Microsoft Windows XP Home
•    11.6-inch WXGA 16:9 ratio Acer CrystalBrite High Definition LED back-lit TFT LCD (1364 x 768 resolution)
•    Mobile Intel US15W Express Chipset
•    1024MB DDR2 533 MHz SDRAM Single Channel Memory
•    Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
•    160GB SATA 5400RPM Hard Drive
•    Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader and Dedicated SD Card
•    Acer InviLink 802.11b/g Wi-Fi
•    Acer Crystal Eye Web Camera
•    Three USB 2.0 Ports

Source: itvoir
CHENNAI: Steel Authority of India has signed a memorandum of understanding with Siemens to impart technical training to SAIL employees for two

years. According to a release, the training will be carried out mostly at the respective shopfloors, while some courses will be held at the Siemens

NOIDA: HCL Technologies has built a hosted SAP infrastructure for Misys, an integrated solution provider for banking, treasury and capital markets.

The SAP certified platform will deliver predictable and standardised SAP performance for Misys' end-users across America, Europe and Asia.
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Institute of Civil Services Examination Training Society under the aegis of the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe Department has invited applications from candidates belonging to Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes and other communities for admission to free coaching classes for the Civil Services Examination (preliminary and mains) to be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission in 2010.

Eligible Scheduled Caste candidates from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh can also apply. Candidates will take an entrance test in General Studies on the model of the UPSC preliminary examination for admission. Students who qualify in the written test will be called for an interview. Thirty candidates will be given admission. Out of the 30 seats, 60 per cent is reserved for Scheduled Castes, 30 per cent for Scheduled Tribes and 10 per cent for other castes. Ten per cent of Scheduled Caste seats are reserved for candidates from other States

Applications can also be downloaded from the web site
MANGALORE: Mangalore University plans to introduce two new postgraduate courses, one each in science and commerce streams, from this year.

In addition, it proposes to introduce an undergraduate course at its University College here next year.

The university launched a four-year postgraduate summer course in physical education at Mangalagangotri here on Thursday last.

Colleges in India / AUCET 2009 commences
May 19, 2009, 10:28 AM
VISAKHAPATNAM: Andhra University Common Entrance Test  2009 for admission into various post-graduate and diploma courses commenced here on Monday and different centres like Guntur, Vijayawada, Kakinada, Rajahmundry, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, etc.

On the first day tests for admission into microbiology, botany, zoology, economics, politics and public administration, commerce, geology, electronics and M.Ed. were conducted at all centres. Tests for twinning programme B. Engg. MS in applied chemistry and geology, five-year integrated MS programme in civil, mechanical, electrical and electronics, computer science and IT, software engineering along with MS double-degree programmes in telecommunication systems and digital signal processing were held only in Visakhapatnam centres.
SALEM: The Vinayaka Missions University (VMU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Royal College of Medicine Perak, a part of University Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to offer a new medical degree programme.

A delegation led by Chairman, PCM Sdn Bhd, Zamani Mohd Noor visited the VMU. The MoU was signed at the function held on the VMU premises here recently. VMU Chancellor A. Shanmugasundaram presided over the function.

The Government of Malaysia would select the students based on merit for admissions to the programme.

CHENNAI: Nehru Children's Cultural Association will conduct a course to coach students of classes 11 and 12 for the entrance examination of Indian Institute of Technology.

The course which will commence June 14, will be held on all Saturdays and Sundays.

The timing of the course will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and on Sundays it will be held from 9.30 a.m. to 1.45 p.m. The venue is P.S. Higher Secondary School, R.K. Mutt Road, Mylapore.

For details contact: 24453014, 9444416484.
The new government at the centre has come as a ray of hope for the Indian IT sector. The industry, battling recession and protectionism in its biggest market, is hoping for a renewed thrust towards the sector by a stronger, reform-oriented government.

The software services and outsourcing industry expects the UPA government to increase spending on IT initiatives, education and infrastructure.

Here are the eight things that Indian IT Inc wants from the new government at the centre.
Kindly cast your vote and express ur views
A recent study by business intelligence and research provider ValueNotes, suggests that the e-learning outsourcing business in India is likely to grow at a rate of 15% annually for the next three years to touch $ 603 million by the end of 2012.

Last year, the revenues from the e-learning offshoring industry in the country stood at approximately $ 341 million.

This industry will suffer due to economic recession but its likely to grow after 6-8 Quarters.

Source: bpowatchindia
Tech Mahindra is reportedly in the process of acquiring 50,000 square feet (sqft) of prime floor space at DLF Towers in Kolkata to house a a brand new 1000-seater BPO unit.

A senior Tech Mahindra executive said that the company plans to acquire about 50,000 sqft of floor space at DLF Towers on long-term lease in two stage, a report in the Economic Times states.

The company plans to start its Kolkata BPO unit in the Rajarhat IT zone by mid-July as a 500-seater facility that will be scaled up to a 1000-seater facility in another nine months.

At present, Tech Mahindra runs four national BPO units in Noida, Chennai, Gurgaon and Pune as well as two offshore centres in Belfast and Newcastle.

It has Some 4000 Employees and planned to hire 1000 techies for its Kolkata centre.

Source: bpowatchindia
CHENNAI: International recognition for Tamil films is nothing new.

This time around, the 12th Shanghai International Film Festival to be held in mid-June will be special for Kollywood, as it has a strong Tamil connection.

Two Tamil films, one, a box office hit and the other, a yet to be released flick, will be part of the competition category at the Festival that will be held in China.

Oscar-winning director of 'Slumdog Millionaire' Danny Boyle will head the jury, according to sources.

'13B', a bi-lingual movie starring Madhavan, shown as 'Yaavarum Nalam' in Tamil, has been selected to be screened as a competition entry at the Festival.

The supernatural thriller, which was received well in both languages, competes in International Panorama category.

It attracted the audiences with its off-beat plot and was also critically acclaimed for its creative picturisation and edge-of-the-seat direction.
"International recognition incredible"

'Achamundu Achamundu,' which saw its audio release recently, also shares the stage with 'Yaavarum...'

Also a thriller, the movie, starring Prasanna and Sneha, tells the story of a newly-wed IT professional in U.S. who finds himself trapped in a tricky situation.

Its a good thing for the Tamil Film industry
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There  has been a variations in notebooks from different  companies

The one that we are reviewing today is a 10-inch netbook from Wipro called e.go. Let's find out if it stands out from the crowd.


    * Wipro e.go

    * Charging Cable & Adaptor

    * Software CD

    * Manual
Fujitsu has taken crown off from Intel for new supercomputer processor.

The leading laptop maker has managed to launch eight core VIIIfx Venus CPU that can be clocked at 128 billion computations per second.  Fujitsu has raised bar for Intel and has just wiped off all old records.
Intel held the old record by a factor of 2.5.

The new processor announced by Fujitsu is smaller and energy efficient than its predecessors. The company has used smaller core components for making it energy efficient. The 128-gigaflops chip is based on 45nm circuitry, compared to Intel's 90nm processes on the Itanium 2 chips that held the record earlier.

Still the full details hasn't released by Fujistu

Source: itvoir
It was in updates some days back that Nokia, the Finnish manufacturer will soon bring Nokia N97 NAM to markets.

They are planned to ship it on June 2nd, 2009.

The phone will support  tri-band 3G (850/1900/2100MHz). The phone sports a single core ARM11 processor running at 434MHz, which can boost battery life. The N97 supports charging via micro-USB, which 5800 does not support. The phone is pitched as a premiere device for year 2009 by the manufacturer.  Despite of the so called availability dates, only cursory data is leaked as for specifications.

The release date has been announced for US availability but dates for other parts are yet to be announced.

The Nokia N97 NAM is expected to retail for around $600 even if the suggested price is $699.

Source: itvoir
The last two betas of Firefox 3.5, Mozilla Corp. is now on track to deliver the first release candidate early next month after lots of problems.

The Firefox 3.5 Release Candidate is declared suitable for final release, Mozilla may still make its self-set deadline before the end of the first half of the year.

About a month ago, Mozilla released the fourth, and final, beta of the browser. At the time, the company was still citing a final release before the end of June.

Last year, when Mozilla was making its final push on Firefox 3.0, it used a pair of release candidates, the last of which was issued June 4. It launched the final version two weeks later, on June 17.

Firefox has been used by vast number of users.

The current test version can be downloaded from Mozilla website.

Source: itvoir
China's third major telecom operator- China Unicom has commenced the trial run of its WCDMA network starting with over 55 cities, which will eventually expand to 284 cities by September and a full commercial launch will take place by the year end.

Chairman Chang Xiaobing, of China Unicom (Hong Kong) had earlier said that he expects the company's 3G services to ring in profit in 2010 but cautioned of a drop in profit margin owing to the growing competition.

Late last year, the Chinese government said that it expects the three mobile networks of the country to spend US$41 billion together on their 3G networks, with at least $29 billion being spent within the next twelve months.

China Unicom anticipates its capital expenditure to top $8.8 billion during 2009, with a further $5.8 billion to be spent in 2010.

The company has announced its future course of actions regarding expansion.

Source: telecomtiger
Samsung's first Google Android-based smartphone has inched closer towards its launch with a nod of approval from the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) on Saturday.

Dubbed the Samsung i7500, the handset is a 3.2-inch AMOLED touch screen with a 5.0 megapixel camera.

Other features include Wi-Fi, GPS, and 8GB internal memory with a miroSDHC card that is expandable up to 32GB.

The i7500, a T-Mobile exclusive phone that has quadband GSM/EDGE/HSDPA 7.2Mbps, was specifically tailored for the T-Mobile 3G network.

Still they are tight lipped abt the pricing..

The Samsung i7500 was first unveiled last month but no additional features for the phone have been announced.

Source: telecomtiger
UK telecom group Vodafone will reportedly speed up the cost cutting program that the company is currently undertaking.

With the uncertain economic conditions, the group is expected to announce that it will not offer positive revenue guidance anymore.

The ongoing cost cutting program is targeted to bring down its cost by £1 billion.

According to market analysts, Vodafone is expected to report revenue of £40.9 billion for 2008-09, up 15.2 percent on 2007-08, primarily because of the strength of the Euro currency against Sterling.

It seems vodafone also need to bow down under economic crisis.

Source: telecomtiger
Apacer, a company know for memory modules and digital storage, today launched its AL350 Digital Media Player.

It can play videos stored on any USB device on a television.

It has a USB port to which storage devices containing media files can be connected, and, it has audio video outputs to connect to a TV. A

Apacer has priced the product at Rs. 4500/-


    * Storage Media: USB HDD/ USB Flash Drive (Minimum 512MB or larger)

    * (USB card readers are not supported)

    * File System:  NTFS / FAT32 (Minimum Allocated Unit Size 4096 bytes)

    * INTERFACE: USB 2.0  USB type A connector x 1

    * AUDIO/VIDEO INTERFACE: Composite video and stereo audio out jack x 1 (diameter: Ø3.5, composite cable included),

    * Analog Component video jack (Y/Pb/Pr) x 1 (diameter: Ø3.5, component video cable included), HDMI connector.

    * Digital Coaxial S/PDIF Output Connector.

    * Media Type:  MPEG-1, MPEG-2, xvid, JPEG, MP3, WAV

    * File Extension: dat, mpg, mpe, mpeg, vob, m2p, avi, xvid, jpg, jpe, jpeg, mp3, wav, DVD Folder, DVD Menu/Audio/Subtitle/Angle Selection, xvid

    * Subtitle Format: IDX / SUB, SRT, ASS, SSA, SUB (type II), SMI, PSB

    * MAX. RESOLUTION: Video: 720 x 576, JPEG (baseline): 5120 x 3840 pixels, MP3:  320kbps, IDX/SUB  480i / 576i / 480p / 576p

    * VIDEO OUTPUT: TV Standard  NTSC / PAL, Screen Ratio  4:3 / 16:9

    * Component:  NTSC-480i/480p / PAL-576i/576p / 720p(50/60Hz) (upscaling)/ 1080i(50/60Hz) (upscaling)

    * HDMI: 720p(50/60Hz) (upscaling)/ 1080i(50/60Hz) (upscaling)

    * Input  AC 100~240V 50/60Hz, Output  DC 5V, 2A

    * Dimensions  130(W) x 24(H) x 84(D) mm, Weight  124g 

Source: pcworld
Genius has rolled out its latest presenter—Genus Media Pointer. The new product features 2.4GHz wireless technology, time management and media mode functions and has a 15-meter range.  Its anti–interference function lets users move around the presentation arena without losing control over the presentation.

A built-in LCD timer with a beep alerts when 30 seconds are left and also when the time is up. It shows battery life. Its presentation and media modes include the following functions: Laser Pointer, Volume up/down, Next/Previous track, Fast Backward / forward, Play/Pause, Page up/down, ESC, and F5 are all in the hand to control.

It acts as a remote control and easy to use.

Genius Media Pointer is available in India through the company's authorized partners at Rs 2475/- and it has a one year warranty

Source: pcworld
Mozilla Labs is challenging web designers to help it find a more innovative way to represent browser tabs.

The Mozilla Labs Design Challenge: Summer 09 aims to find a better way to create, navigate and manage multiple websites within the same browser instance, according to a website about the contest.

Mozilla, which came up with the concept of tabs in its Firefox browser as a way to manage browsing multiple web pages at the same time, said that tabs worked well when people were only using them to look at about 10 websites simultaneously. But now, when as many as 20 or more 'parallel sessions' on the web are common, tab technology isn't holding up.

Designers can participate in the challenge by submitting a design mockup - "anything from a napkin drawing, to a wireframe, to a polished graphic" - and a video also explaining how the technology works, according to the site.

The winners of the challenge - both a 'Best in Class' and 'People's Choice' award - could show up in future versions of Mozilla's Firefox browser.

The submission deadline for mockups and videos is June 21, and Mozilla will disclose the winners of the awards on July 8.

Mozilla hosted its first design challenge in January. The contest is part of a Concept Series the company unveiled last year to help get developers and designers involved in creating new browser and user-interface technology.

Source: pcworld
The leader of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers, Velupillai Prabhakaran, was shot dead on Monday while trying to flee advancing troops, defence officials said.

Prabhakaran was in a small convoy of a van and ambulance along with several close aides which tried to drive out of the battle zone, but was attacked and killed, the senior defence ministry official said.

Troops also found the bodies of Prabhakaran's 24-year-old son Charles Anthony, the group's political wing leader B. Nadesan, and the head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Peace Secretariat, S Pulideevan.

Also reportedly found dead were the LTTE's police chief Ilango, its eastern leader, S Ramesh, and deputy intelligence chief Kapil Amman.

Source: economictimes
Toyota Motor Corp has received more than 80,000 pre-sale orders for the new Prius in Japan, Executive Vice President Akio Toyoda said on
Monday, unveiling the third-generation model.

Toyota, the world's biggest automaker, said it was targeting monthly sales of 10,000 units in Japan.

The car, which will start at 2.05 million yen ($21,620), will be sold alongside the entry-level grade of the second-generation Prius, which will cost 1.89 million yen, equal to Honda Motor Co's new Insight hybrid.

source: economictimes
Each employee at IT bellwether Infosys Technologies is worth as much as Rs 97 lakh, mainly based on the potential value of his/her future earnings.

The IT major's total value of human resources, which includes both software professionals and support staff, is pegged at Rs 1,02,133 crore for the fiscal ended March 2009.

According to the company's annual report, the human resources' value of Rs 1,02,133 crore during fiscal 2009 was for 1,04,850 employees during the same period.

On average, the same translates into a value of about Rs 97 lakh for each employee.

For the fiscal ended March 2009, Infosys had posted a 28.5 per cent growth in consolidated net profit at Rs 5,988 crore and a 30 per cent growth in total income to Rs 21,693 crore as compared to the year-ago period.

Source: economictimes
New Delhi: The summer kept up its hot spell on the National Capital on Sunday with the mercury continuing above the 40-degree mark, making

residents of the city sweat it out. The maximum temperature was recorded at 42.4 degrees Celsius, over a degree more than yesterday's 40.6, and

one degree above the normal for this point of season, the Met Department said. The minimum was recorded at 29.3 degrees, two degrees above

normal, it said.  Yesterday, the minimum temperature was recorded at 28.1 degrees. The weatherman has predicted a mainly clear sky with

possibility of dust storms in some areas in the next 24 hours. With global Warming on the rise , temperature is expected to rise further more in the

MADURAI: Around 35 B. Ed. colleges are set to be opened in the State this academic year following the permission given by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE).

The new B. Ed. colleges, which will be affiliated to the Tamil Nadu Teachers' Education University, Chennai, are coming up in various districts including Madurai, Coimbatore, Theni, Sivaganga, Virudhunagar and Kanyakumari.

Thats a good news to many B.Ed Aspirants.
Thanjavur: The Shanmugha Arts Science Technology and Research Academy (SASTRA University), here, has signed a memorandum of

understanding (MoU) with University of Missouri in the USA facilitating exchange of students, faculty and joint-research in various disciplines of

engineering & sciences.  Students of Sastra will be benefited by this MOU.
CHENNAI: The Kanyakumari Lok Sabha constituency has created history by electing a candidate of a regional party for the first time.

DMK's Helen Davidson has won the election, defeating former Union Minister and BJP candidate Pon Radhakrishnan by a margin of 65,687 votes.

Ms. Helen Davidson is the only woman canditate elected from tamil nadu Constituency
Researchers are developing a simple test that will tell natural honey from the adulterated or impure versions being increasingly foisted on consumers.

Bernard Herbreteau and colleagues point out that the high price of honey and its limited supply has led some beekeepers and food processors to fraudulently make and sell impure honey doped with inexpensive sweeteners, such as corn syrup.

These knock-offs are almost physically and chemically indistinguishable from the real thing. Scientists need a better way to identify adulterated honey, the researchers say.

To test their method, the scientists obtained three different varieties of pure honey from a single beekeeper and then prepared adulterated samples of the honeys by adding one percent corn syrup, said a release of the American Chemical Society.

This technique purely distinguise Fake honey from real honey. 
Colleges in India / BU to host symposium
May 18, 2009, 09:46 AM
COIMBATORE: The School of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering of Bharathiar University will organise the third "National Symposium on Frontiers in Biotechnology" from July 22 to 24 on the university premises.

According to a release, academicians, scientists, research scholars, postgraduate students and faculty from universities, research institutes and colleges can participate. Original contributions of on-going or completed unpublished research work are invited.

For details and registration, contact S.R. Prabagaran, Organising Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, on 98650-76485 or visit
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Windows / Linux / User's guide to Windows 7
May 16, 2009, 06:26 PM
Microsoft Corp recently released a near-final version of its next operating system Windows 7. The company also confirmed that the new operating system will be released by Christmas (the software giant had previously announced that the new software would not be ready until 2010).

Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) adds a few new features that didn't exist in the January beta, including something called Windows XP Mode. The RC also adds a way for people to access music and other media files stored on their home PC over the Internet from other Windows 7 machines. Windows 7 RC is available for free download for next 13 months (starting May 5).

Here's answering all key questions that you as a user need to know about the Windows 7 RC: where to download it from, any risks involved, key features, system requirements and more.
Mitsubishi has announced their latest creation in the form of LVP-XD95ST DLP projector, reports Slashgear. This projector will be made available at a 'supposedly' affordable price.

The projector is said to display 60-inch images with a resolution of 1024 x 786. Weighing about 1.6kg, the device reportedly has a 1.1m throw distance, thanks to its super-short focus lens.

This compact device measures only 190mm x 205mm x 76mm. This Mitsubishi projector features a contrast ratio of 2000:1. It is capable of providing 2200 lumens of brightness.

Source: techgadgets
Launches 3G services in Mumbai under the brand Jadoo.

Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) has pulled out from acquiring a majority stake in Sri Lankan telecom major Suntel, citing legal issues and high liabilities. The Indian company was looking at acquiring a 50 per cent stake and had quoted around $180 million (Rs 900 crore) for doing so.

"We have decided not to go ahead with our plans to acquire Suntel, as there are a lot of issues. We have also intimated our decision to that company's officials," MTNL Chairman and Managing Director RSP Sinha told Business Standard.

MTNL Director (Finance) Anita Soni said: "The company (Suntel) has a lot of uncertainties, including several court cases and financial liabilities. We were not sure which way the company was going, and being a public sector unit (PSU), we could not afford to run into legal issues".

The Indian telecom service provider, now also listed on the New York Stock Exchange, had put in a bid to acquire the Colombo-based company, offering fixed-line services, in September 2007.

MTNL was accorded a preferred bidder status in March 2008 and was believed to be the highest bidder, quoting around $180 million.

Nordic telecom company TeliaSonera has a 55 per cent in Suntel, while Sri Lanka's Metrocorp, National Development Bank of Sri Lanka, Townsend of Hong Kong and International Finance Corporation hold the remaining stake.

Meanwhile, MTNL has launched 3G services in Mumbai under the brand Jadoo, making it the first operator to launch the service in the circle. The services would be commercially available from June 1. Global network major Alcatel-Lucent has begun rolling out the network for the company.

The company is also considering demerger of its infrastructure into a separate company.

Source: businessstandard
Andhra Bank, which has crossed a business volume of Rs 1,00.000 crore in India by the end of March this year, has set up five new zonal offices in Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Chandigarh for the smooth functioning of the bank in these regions.

The bank has set up the zonal offices at Berhampur (Orissa), Ongole, Nizamabad and Mehabubnagar (Andhra Pradesh) and Chandigarh. All these new zonal offices have started functioning recently.

Andhra Bank has a total of 110 branches in Orissa and earlier all these branches were put under the administrative control of the regional office in Bhubaneswar.

However, the newly formed Berhampur zonal office of the bank will now look after the administration of 40 branches in south Orissa and also 32 branches of the bank in Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh.

"The Berhampur zonal office will not only look after the administrative affairs of the bank but also help the customers to redress their problems.

It will have total of 72 branches under its control whose combined business volume stood at Rs 1,850 crore by the end of 2008-09," said T Venkaiah, the newly appointed zonal manager of the bank.

He was speaking at the customers meet organised here on the occasion of the opening of the new zonal office.

Andhra Bank has the lead bank responsibility for Ganjam and Gajapati districts in south Orissa and Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh.

"All the 1,400-odd branches of the Hyderabad-based bank are covered under the Core Banking Solutions (CBS). Mobile alert facilities are also being provided to the customers and the bank is mulling various attractive savings and insurance-based saving products for its customers", added Venkaiah.

"The bank is the pioneer in providing insurance-linked policies including Abhaya Jeevan, Abhaya Gold and Abhaya Savings accounts as well as the ICD account (Insurance for Current Account).

The bank also issues instant debit cards which could be operated through ATMs of any other bank", he claimed.

Andhra Bank has a separate wing known as Financial Services Centre (FSC) at Berhampur which takes care of all the marketing activities of the bank.

The FSC is engaged in activities like selling of mutual funds, LIC policies and collection of direct taxes.

Source: businessstandard
Following the lead of State Bank of India, private sector lender ICICI Bank and public sector lender IDBI Bank have cut deposit rates across various maturities by 25-50 basis points and 50-100 basis points, respectively.

For ICICI Bank, the revised deposit rates will take effect from May 11.

The lender's 7 to 14 days deposit will now earn interest at the rate of 3.25 per cent whereas the 270 days to one year scheme will carry an interest of 6.75 per cent. The 990 days to 3 years deposit will earn an interest of 8.0 per cent.

ICICI Bank had last cut its deposit as well as lending rates by 25-50 bps on April 21 just hours after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced a 25 bps cut in the policy rates. The bank has been trying to reduce its dependence on costly wholesale deposits and rely more on cheaper retail deposits. In 2008-09, the share of current accounts and savings accounts (CASA) increased to 28.7 per cent from 26.1 per cent at the end of the previous financial year. Its average cost of funds reduced from 7.5 per cent to 7 per cent at the end of March, 2009.

SBI has cut deposit rates thrice since the beginning of the current financial year and has hinted at further room for reduction in deposit rates.

For Mumbai-based IDBI Bank the revision in rates is steep (100 bps) at the short end (up to six month maturity) while it is 50 bps for long term deposits. The new rates will be effective from May 21, 2009.

"There is more than adequate liquidity in the system while the credit off-take is not much." Banks are seating on pile of resources and we are using this opportunity to reduce cost of funds through deposit rate reduction, a senior IDBI Bank official said.

This is the second revision in interest rate by Mumbai-based public sector bank in this financial year. It had reduced term deposit rates by 25-50 basis points from May 04.

Source: Businessstandard
Sony Corp, the electronic giant has announced that its new Alpha 230, 330, and 380 DSLRs will be scheduled for the launch on 19th of May.

Earlier the company had announced its first annual loss in last fourteen years and also calls for closure of 8 factories in this year.

The specifications for the new variants are-

Alpha 230: $738
•    APS-C CCD with 10.2 million pixels with BIONZ image processor
•    Anti-dust system
•    2.7-inch LCD (230,000 pixels)
•    9 point autofocus with crosshair
•    Dynamic Range Optimization for the brightness setting and adjustment of motifs with backlight
•    Viewfinder with 95% field coverage
•    Weight (without battery): 450 g

Alpha 330: $870
•    APS-C CCD with 10.2 million pixels
•    BIONZ image processor
•    Anti-dust system
•    Tilt 2.7-inch LCD (230,000 pixels)
•    Quick AF Live View: quick auto focus and a live preview on the LCD display
•    9-point autofocus with crosshair
•    Dynamic Range Optimization for the brightness setting and adjustment of motifs with backlight
•    Viewfinder with 95% field coverage
•    Weight (without battery): 490 g

Alpha 380: $1074
•    APS-C CCD with 14.2 million pixels
•    BIONZ image processor
•    Anti-dust system
•    Tilt 2.7-inch LCD (230,000 pixels)
•    Quick AF Live View: quick auto focus and a live preview on the LCD display
•    9-point autofocus with crosshair
•    Dynamic Range Optimization for the brightness setting and adjustment of motifs with backlight
•    Viewfinder with 95% field coverage
•    Weight (without battery): 490 g

Source: itvoir
AMD and Microsoft have teamed up to bring future low level virtualization technologies. The two companies are teaming to co-develop the future low-level virtualization technologies.

The companies are working towards the improvement of the performance of virtualized Windows applications.

Supposedly, the software giant has plan to make some input into the development of AMD's upcoming "Istanbul" processor, which is due to ship in June. Istanbul, a six-core processor, is said to provide native virtualization performance with better memory and I/O performance than earlier chips. The processor uses Rapid Virtualization Indexing (RVI) technology for memory management.

Both the companies are said to be working very closely on this platform as AMD developed RVI, to manage memory for hypervisors at the hardware level which could prove supportive for Microsoft Windows Server for Hyper-V. 

The two giants started working together back in 2005, even before AMD announced "Pacifica", which was the code name for the virtualization extensions.

The software giant had also shown its commitments to this collaboration and had brought Microsoft Windows Server 2008, as the first operating system to have default support for AMD PowerNow, a system for advanced server power management.

source: itvoir
Tata Indicom Broadband from Tata Communications has launched its One World, One Account service which allows all Tata Indicom Broadband customers to access high speed Internet roaming at over 160 countries using their same account.

The service will also allows the customer to use various different forms of Internet access like broadband, Wi-Fi, Dial-up and other services like gaming, movies, music, anti-virus, etc. on a single account.

The convenience of a single bill and access through multiple technologies helps give a seamless experience to users. This package also comes with various bundled services targeted at the home and small business user.

People are now habitual to using mobile phones on roaming and Internet roaming is the next step in customer convenience and productivity enhancement for businesses. The launch of One World One Account is aimed at such customers and will empower our customers to make the very best use of the Internet. It is a proud moment for the Indian Internet industry that such a unique innovation has got delivered.

The access to global Internet roaming has been facilitated by an in-house platform development by Tata Communications and its membership of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), the global association of telecommunication services providers that offer Wi-Fi services.

The membership facilitates inter connect agreements between the alliance members and has enabled global Internet roaming for Tata Indicom Broadband customers at over 1,00,000 hotspots across the world. This is backed up by Tata Communications Broadband coverage using Wimax, DSL and Fibre to the Building technologies as well as over 600 Wi-Fi hotspots that are already available in India.

source: itvoir
Nokia and Intel have launched a joint project called oFono which aims to build an open source telephony framework for the Linux platform.

Both firms are the most prominent companies in the mobile Linux platform space. Nokia is the driving force behind the Linux-based Maemo platform, which is used on the company's Internet Tablet devices. Similarly, Intel has created the Moblin Linux platform, which is designed for Atom-based netbooks and MIDs. The two OS are very similar in design and use similar underlying technologies.

According to various experts, the collaborative project is advantageous because it will increase interoperability and could make it possible for third-party developers to build dialers and other similar applications that are compatible with both platforms.

According to an announcement, available on the new oFono website, the code is available from a git repository and is distributed under the terms of version 2 of the GNU's General Public License (GPLv2). Both companies hope to attract additional participants to join in and contribute to the development effort.

Source: itvoir
Google has revealed re-routed traffic is to blame for an outage that left its main search engine and news functions unavailable to millions of users yesterday.

The company reported that the outage, which started just before 3pm, caused about 14 percent of Google users to face slow service or interruptions. The problem also affected Gmail, Google Apps and Google Reader.

"We've been working hard to make our services ultrafast and 'always on', so it's especially embarrassing when a glitch like this one happens," said Urs Hoelzle, Google senior vice president of Operations in a blog.

"We're very sorry that it happened, and you can be sure that we'll be working even harder to make sure that a similar problem won't happen again."

Hoelzle explained that the system error directed some of their web traffic through Asia, creating the hangups and interruptions.

"Imagine if you were trying to fly from New York to San Francisco, but your plane was routed through an airport in Asia," he said.

"And a bunch of other planes were sent that way too, so your flight was backed up and your journey took much longer than expected. That's basically what happened to some of our users today."

"Outages like this are highly publicised today, users are vocal and the news spreads like wildfire," said Dan Olds, an analyst with the Gabriel Consulting Group.

"It will have an impact on Google, as it makes their services look less than reliable. While the problem was very short-lived, just a few hours in most cases, the hue and cry from users and the tech media echo chamber make it sound like it was much worse."

Caroline Dangson, an analyst for IDC, said today's outage made her glad she's not dependent on Google Apps for her work.

source: pcworld
Adobe has patched a zero-day vulnerability in its popular Adobe Reader software, marking the second time in three months that it delivered an update on the same day Microsoft issued its monthly fixes.

But while Microsoft's PowerPoint patch received lots of attention, the Adobe update should be at the top of people's to-do list, a security expert said.

"Adobe's is more important than Microsoft's," said Wolfgang Kandek, chief technology officer at Qualys. "Even though Microsoft's had more visibility, if you have to choose between the two, you should patch Adobe. [Reader] is pretty much everywhere, attackers are increasing exploiting it and [PDF] is a widely-used corporate format."

The Reader vulnerability has been patched for all platforms in the free Reader 8 and 9, as well as in the corresponding versions of Adobe Acrobat, the for-pay PDF creation and editing application, the company said.

Adobe's security advisory did not spell out the nature of the vulnerability, but earlier the company's security team had recommended that users disable JavaScript, indicating that the flaw was another bug in those applications' implementation of the scripting language.

Lack of detail is nothing new for Adobe's advisories; in March, when it patched another JavaScript bug in the same software, it also refused to provide anything more than general information because, while it had issued some updates, it had not managed to patch every version.

This week, Adobe updated Reader and Acrobat 9 to version 9.1.1, Reader and Acrobat 8 to version 8.1.5, and Reader and Acrobat 7 to version 7.1.2. But just as Microsoft did with its PowerPoint patch, Adobe stiffed Mac users. "Adobe expects to make available Adobe Reader 7 and Acrobat 7 updates for Macintosh before the end of June," the company said.

Adobe has staged updates in the past; in March the company said that waiting until all patches were ready for the February bug "just didn't make sense."

According to data from Finnish security company F-Secure, patching PDF bugs is critically important. So far this year, of the 663 targeted attacks F-Secure's uncovered - targeted meaning attacks aimed at specific organisations or companies, or even individuals - nearly half of them have relied on exploits of Adobe Reader vulnerabilities.

In the first four months of 2009, 48.9% of all targeted attacks involved a malicious PDF file attached to a legitimate-looking email, said F-Secure, a dramatic change from 2008, when PDFs made up just 28.6% of target attacks. Previously, exploits of bugs in Microsoft Office's applications - Word, Excel and PowerPoint - made up the bulk of attacks.

Source: pcworld
Google hopes to steal webmail users from Microsoft and Yahoo with a new tool that's designed to make migrating from Yahoo Mail and Hotmail to Gmail more straightforward.

Available now to new Gmail users, and coming to all users of Google's webmail service over the next few weeks, the Import feature simply requires users to enter login details for their Yahoo, Hotmail or AOL accounts.

They can then choose to transfer their contacts and/or mail across to Gmail, and also have their messages forwarded from their old account for 30 days.

Current Gmail users will know it's available to them when they see the Accounts and Import tab - formerly just called Accounts - under Settings. The service is not available to businesses and schools using Google Apps, however.

Source: pcworld
Infosys Technologies, India's second largest software firm, has bagged the prestigious eBiz project of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DPIP) under the Union Commerce and Industry Ministry.

Highly-placed sources said Infosys has won the six-year contract, following a competitive bidding process that saw participation by TCS, HCL and Wipro, among others.

On being asked, Binod H R, Head of India Business for Infosys Technologies, said: "The project is still not signed and the information is not publicly available. Only after the contract is signed, will we be able to give all information."

It is understood that after the technical bids for the project were opened in December 2008, Infosys was shortlisted for the project, as were TCS and HCL.

However, both TCS and HCL were disqualified in the final round, as they could not meet certain specific criteria, paving the way for Infosys, which is trying to play a bigger role in the domestic market for e-governance. Presently, TCS is the biggest player in the e-governance sector in India, deriving a little less than 10 per cent of its total revenue from here.

It is understood that as a part of the project, Infosys would develop an eBiz portal which will work as a one-stop shop to provide efficient services to investors, businesses and industries. Among others, the portal will facilitate in registration, filing of forms, returns, payments, request for permissions' approvals, licences, seeking information and records and tracking of services provided by the projects.

The entire process in which applicants have to get their requests (applications) processed through various departments physically will now be done through this portal, for a fee.

For example, if a company is looking for a pollution certificate, instead of approaching the various departments involved -- environment, forest, commerce or industry, etc -- it would apply online through the eBiz portal. which will process the request, connecting all the stakeholders involved in the back-end, thus providing hassle-free service.

It is understood that while the project does not promise a fixed return to the vendor (Infosys), for every transaction done using the portal, a certain amount will go to the company.

Already five state governments – Delhi, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu have agreed to participate.

Infosys was not so active in the domestic market until last year, when it announced the formation of a separate business unit to focus on only the domestic market.

So far, it has signed just one e-governance deal, a multi-year contract from the income tax department for establishing back office hubs across four states. In the private sector, the company has about six customers, including Pune-based Thermax. India contributes around 1.3 per cent of Infosys' total revenues.

The larger part of Infosys' revenue in India comes from its banking product, Finacle.

Source: businessstandard
New Delhi-headquartered IT services provider HCL Technologies plans to cancel hedging contracts worth $600 million (around Rs 2,970 crore), as the rupee continues to remain at Rs 49-50 levels. These hedges, analysts opine, would be taken at a rate of around Rs 41.

Analysts estimate the cancellations of these hedges will result in a loss of Rs 400 crore to Rs 500 crore, which the company will have to show in its profit and loss (P&L) statement when declaring its results over the next few quarters. Dividend payout could be affected, too, since the company's cash reserve would be affected.

Analysts said the $2 billion HCL Technologies was known for hedging heavily. The company had reported a forex loss of Rs 125.50 crore for the quarter ended March 31, 2009. The company has $1.08 billion worth of hedges on its books as on March 31, 2009.

Analysts said the company had factored in a loss of over Rs 1,000 crore for the forex hedges of $1 billion. "Cash losses will occur on the day of cancellation," added an analyst of a broking firm.

Analysts are divided over the company's decision to cancel its hedging positions. "It's a one-time act that the company is taking to clean up the balance sheet. After this, the numbers can focus on its operations rather than get impacted by currency fluctuations. Of course, this will impact the company's surplus cash reserve as well, as in the next few quarters the dividend payout might get negatively impacted," said an analyst.

HCL Technologies, according to the ICICI Securities report, will debit the loss on the likely cancellation of contracts in respective quarters of maturity versus the earlier policy of booking losses in the quarter of cancellation ($31 million loss on cancellation of $540 million hedges in Q4FY08). "We believe the new policy is fair and in accordance with the US GAAP, and reduces earnings volatility," the report adds.

The cash outflow related to cancellation will also be accounted for in respective quarters of maturity as per the contract clause with the bank.

Source: businessstandard
Samsung expanded its Indian portfolio of laptops with the announcement of four new N Series laptops and three new R Series notebooks.

The four new N Series models available are the N110, NC 20, N120 and N 310. Except for the NC 20, all the other N Series use Intel's low cost Atom processor. The NC 20 uses a VIA Nano processor. All the three notebooks come with a 1 GB of RAM, 160 GB hard drive and a 1.3 megapixel webcam. While the price of the NC 310 hasn't been declared we have details about the other three. Amongst the other three N Series laptops, the N110 is the cheapest, which is priced at Rs. 25,252. The N120 is slightly up the ladder at Rs. 26,327 while the NC20 will cost you Rs. 30,089.

Coming to the R Series now, the new products here are the R522, R470 and the R518. All devices feature 2 GB RAM, a 1.3 megapixel webcam and a 1 year international warranty.

The R522 comes with a 15.6-inch display and boasts of touchpad lighting as well. The laptop is water resistant and spill proof - capable of handling minor water damage. Apart from four USB ports, the R522 also has a separate combo port that supports both USB and eSATA connections. The R522 comes in two versions with each of them priced at Rs. 37,399 and Rs. 41,914 respectively.

Coming to the R470, this one features a smaller screen as compared to the R522. The number of USB ports has been reduced to two. This one however comes with Nvidia GeForce G105M graphics card. The R470 is priced at Rs. 48,364. Lastly, we have the R518 that comes in the standard 15.6 inch form factor and sports a similar spill resistant keyboard as the R522. This one would set you back by Rs. 33,637.

source: techtree
CHENNAI: Results of the SRM Engineering Entrance Exam (SRMEEE), conducted on May 3, 2009, have been declared.

P.Athindran from Tamil Nadu has securing the first rank. The second rank went to S.Narayan from Gujarat. Chillera Venkata Manoj from Andhra Pradesh bagged the third spot.

These three students, along with the next 17 in the ranking list, will be offered the University's Founders Scholarships, which provide free education, including waiver of tuition, hostel, mess and transport fees, and additional stipend of Rs.1,000 every month.

This Founders Scholarship is also offered to the top 100 students from the CBSE or State Board examinations from any State and the top five students from any district in Tamil Nadu. For students who scored above 90 per cent in CBSE or above 95 per cent in State Board examinations, and are also ranked among the top 8,000 in SRMEEE, a scholarship covering up to 50 per cent of the tuition fee will be given in the branch they are eligible for at the time of counselling.

For more details, log on to or contact the Dean, Admissions at 044-2755715, 27453433 or at 9940036019.
Planning to buy a laptop, but not sure if to spare the cash in the present uncertain economic scenario? Here's how to have a laptop without taxing your pocket.

Welcome to the emerging breed of laptops, called Netbooks, these mini-laptops offer slimmer looks, smart functionalities and carry a small price tag. The category initially lead by Taiwan-based Asus, today has been joined by all PC majors including Acer, Dell and HP.

Also, called Internet books, they are ideal devices for Web browsing, emailing, chatting, designing and gaming. Here are some recent NetBooks launches to guide your decision.
Some entrepreneurs preserve their first office or store. Reminiscent of their past, these inspire them for the rest of their lives.

They say in business there's hardly any room for emotions. Cold business logic often dictates where or how a business must go. But ask successful entrepreneurs about their very first venture, and chances are you'll be suprised how emotions take over as they travel back into time to relive their early starting up days.
Indian IT companies have found a silver lining in the midst of the global economic turmoil. The number of clients that are outsourcing their technological requirements has seen an increase in the past few months. This comes on the back of the companies' need to curb costs and yet remain competitive with their global peers.

Those adopting the outsourcing practice are a handful of small companies located in the US and also some based in continental Europe. These companies, which earlier preferred only local IT vendors are now shifting their IT needs to Indian players like Wipro, Cognizant, Mindtree, Syntel and WNS.

"Mid-scale companies with revenues below $5 billion are now outsourcing as most have realised that Indian IT service providers can offer a larger services portfolio at an affordable cost," said Ernst & Young Partner (technology practice) Milan Sheth. These companies mainly outsource maintenance work and a little bit of application development with these contracts being of a 3-5 year duration.

Due to their competitive pricing, mid-sized IT and ITES companies tend to be major beneficiaries. Mumbai-based BPO WNS recently bagged a five year finance and accounting deal from a large entertainment company in the US. In the last two quarters, WNS has got at least four contracts from first time outsourcers in the BPO space.

Mid-sized IT firm Mindtree too has seen more deals coming from the first time outsourcers in the US and Europe despite a financial turmoil in these regions. It has signed four such deals in the banking, manufacturing, travel and transport and telecom segments. "We have seen a fairly good traction across the US and Europe. The companies start by outsourcing work related to payroll and insurance claims. Most of these are fixed priced contracts," said Mindtree VP (application maintenance services) Ramesh Arun.

source: economictimes
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Around nine lakh bank employees will go on strike from June 12 in support of their demand for wage revision.     

The United Forum of Bank Employees Union (UFBU) has taken this decision of going on strike after failure of talks with the Indian Banks Association (IBA) on May 11, C H Venkatachalam, convenor of UFBU said.     

The IBA wanted to attach some precondition before conceding their demands of wage revision which was unacceptable to UFBU, he said.     

"The IBAs offer of 15 per cent hike in the salary attaching it with pre-condition of pension scheme is not acceptable to the UFBU," Venkatachalam said.     

"During meeting with the IBA on May 11, we informed it that the UFBU is ready to discuss the issue with an open mind upon receiving the IBAs proposed new pension scheme and that this should not be made a pre-condition for finalising," he said.     

MP Gurudas Dasgupta and Tapan Sen, Secretary, CITU had also extended their support to the demands of the UFBU.

Source: businessstandard
The Indian Institute of Materials Management (IIMM) in conjunction with Supply Chain Management Institute (SMI), Germany has launched a certification program for executives working in BPO companies in India. The program is focused at preparing Indians to manage global supply chains.

The certificate program will initially be offered to BPO companies and their employees and will be extended to individuals including supply chain managers in India by the next year.

The program is focused at three main areas in BPO firms - Marketing/Sales, Production/Operations and HR. The idea is to attract and retain people by showing growth paths.

"For the BPO company, the focus of the program will be on quality and competence while for its employees, there will be 10 criteria including procurement/SCM skills, social skills, inter-cultural skills, business development skills and customer surprising skills," said Dr Holger Schober, Director Executive Education, SMI Germany.

Source: bpowatchindia
Mumbaikars rejoice! MTNL is finally bringing 3G services to Mumbai on June 1.

After six months of the capital Delhi getting to use 3G services, the commercial capital of the country, Mumbai, will be 3G ready as MTNL rolls out its services beginning next month.

The 3G services, bundled under the Jadoo brand will enable users to experience high speed internet right on their mobile phones. Users will be able to watch live TV, make video calls, play games and download music - all data intensive applications. Calls made to SIP will be cheaper as well.

Source: techtree
HP has announced battery replacement program to recall about 70, 000 notebook batteries sensing fire hazard.

In collaboration with US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, HP has recalled 70,000 Lithium-Ion batteries of the HP-branded and Compaq notebooks following two incidents in which overheated batteries caused damaged to property.

All HP notebooks sold in US between August 2007 and March 2008 from as well as are eligible for battery pack replacement program. These notebook models fall in price range of $500 (Rs. 25,000 approx.) and $3,000 (Rs. 1,50,000 approx)

The last battery pack replacement program was announced on October 30, 2008.

Source: techtree
Google / Google Fails Again!
May 15, 2009, 04:51 PM
For the second time in as many weeks, Google gave its dedicated set of users a scare with most of its services going down and remaining unusable for close to two hours. YouTube, Gmail, Google Analytics, Google Maps, Google Docs, AdSense and Blogger users were the most affected by the outage this time.

Outages are common, they just happen. It's quite normal for websites, services and networks to fail --occasionally. However, if the company happens to be Google, which incidentally handles close to 5% of all Internet content, we're talking of BIG issues! And going by the recent trends there has been a steady increase in the number of outages - with the last one being reported just a week ago!

Pictures as they say, speak a thousand words. So check below the visual cue of what actually happened when Google went bonkers -- for two hours. The graph shows the average traffic across the major ISP's in the US. Look at that steep valley (which denotes a steep traffic dip) between the 11:10 AM and 12:50 PM mark. This is at around the same time when Google services started acting up.

This time around, as soon as the first news of the services being down spread, IRC channels talked about DDoS scares, Twitter users started speculations of a worm on the prowl while some others blamed an ISP for all the troubles. After all the rumors and speculations, the news was confirmed. Google was down after all. Then the news spread. Fast. But no one knew what had caused this one. As always, people waited for an official explanation from Google (in typical Google Style) - and boy, they did not disappoint!

A few hours later, a senior official from the company, Urs Hoelzle, clarified in a blog post, the reason for the disruption. The latest downtime was blamed on a "routing error" that caused all Google traffic from the US being routed via Asia, (most of which was thankfully sleeping) resulting in a virtual traffic Jam. And you know what happens when you're stuck in a traffic jam. You slow down.

The glitch that caused the outages was termed "embarrassing". The blog post ends with a promise ensuring that a problem like this will never happen again. We believe you Google. This time we really do!

Source: techtree
Google Inc is lifting restrictions on the use of trademarked terms in its US online advertising system, a move that could increase
friction between the Internet giant and brand owners.

The new policy will allow businesses to place trademarked terms directly in the copy of text advertisements that run in the US starting next month, the company announced in a blog post on Thursday. The move, which Google said will improve the quality of its advertisements, comes as advertisers have begun bidding less money for the individual search terms that their ads appear alongside and as Google's revenue growth slows in the dismal economic climate.

Until now, Google has forbidden companies from placing trademarked terms in their advertising copy unless they owned the trademark or had explicit permission from the trademark owners. That policy was the equivalent of a supermarket promotion in a Sunday newspaper that only listed generic products like "discount cola" instead of the actual products for sale, Google said in its blog post on Thursday.

The new policy will allow resellers and informational Web sites
to use trademarked terms in their copy in certain situations without seeking permission from the trademark owners. The move represents the second recent loosening of Google's policies on trademark use. Earlier this month, Google said it would allow companies in 190 countries outside the US to bid on trademarked keywords that act as the triggers for their own advertisements. Google is also facing new legal challenges from trademark owners.

On Monday, Firepond, a Texas software company, filed a trademark infringement suit against Google seeking class action status for all Texas trademark owners. Brand owners have historically had serious concerns about Google's policy with regards to trademarks, said Eric Goldman, Associate Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law. Google's latest policy change is "kind of like pouring gasoline on the fire," he said. The change may help consumers better understand sponsored search results, by allowing the advertiser to reference trademarks in their marketing pitches, Goldman said.

But he predicted that the change could spark more legal challenges. Google Senior Trademark Counsel Terri Chen acknowledged some people might be unhappy with the change, but she said she believed the ads would be well-received overall. Chen said the policy was well-established legal principle in the US. Google is changing the policy now, she said, because it was more comfortable it had a process in place to monitor situations that don't comply with the new policy.

source: Economictimes
Essar Group's back office arm Aegis Ltd has agreed to buy Australian business process outsourcing firm UCMS Group Ltd in a cash deal
worth about A$54 million, the firms said in a statement on Friday.

Aegis, through affiliate firm Aegis BPO Services Australia Pty Ltd, will pay UCMS stockholders A$0.98 per share, a 133 percent premium over Thursday's closing price of A$0.42 per share, they added in the joint statement.

"Australia and New Zealand logically become a part of our growth strategy and offer an opportunity for Aegis to expand its footprint in this geography," said Aparup Sengupta, global chief executive officer and managing director of Aegis. The transaction is expected to close in in the third quarter and is subject to approvals from shareholders and the Supreme Court of Victoria and other customary closing conditions, they added.

With this acquisition, Aegis will have operations in India, Philippines, the United States, Costa Rica, Kenya and Australia. Last year, Aegis acquired outsourcing firm PeopleSupport Inc.

source: economictimes
Verizon Communications, the broadband and telecommunications giant has announced that it has struck a deal to sell off its rural residential access line business in 14 states to Frontier Communications, which already owns rural lines in 11 of those states.

According to the company, by shedding these access lines, encashes the company on assets that do not align with its core businesses of wireless, broadband and global IP services.

In the deal, which is of about $8.6 billion consists of $3.33 billion cash to Verizon combined with $5.25 billion in stock by Frontier Communications. The companies say they will close the deal in 12 months.

After this deal, Frontier will wind up with a total of 7 million access lines in 27 states, a dramatic increase over its current 2.3 million lines in 24 states. Also, Frontier says it plans to boost its broadband infrastructure to its customers, but as most of its business is in residential services, therefore it plans to develop bundled services for small businesses and improve its long distance offerings.

Source: itvoir
According to the latest updates, Sony Ericsson has announced a partnership with Zeemote for the launch of a console-style mobile gaming experience.

The Sony Ericsson W705 will come around with a Zeemote JS1 Bluetooth Mobile Gaming Controller, which also includes the Fast & Furious Zeemote Ready game.

The companies also announced that its new device would come with the game controller exclusively on T-Mobile. They also added that the new device will comes in a compact form factor, is comfortable for use, and offers a responsive thumb-stick and four action buttons, being able to deliver a truly fun mobile gaming experience.

The Sony Ericsson W705 Walkman features a 2.4-inch display, auto rotate functionality, a memory card slot which support up to 16GB, a 3.2-megapixel photo snapper with video recording, allowing users to easily share images or videos on their favorite social networking site thanks to the included 3G or Wi-Fi connectivity options.

Source: itvoir
Samsung, Digital technology leader strengthened its Mini Notebook and Notebook range in the Indian market by announcing the launch of 4 new, stylish and lightweight models of Mini Notebooks under its N series and 3 new , advanced R series of Notebooks in the Indian market. With the launch of its new models, Samsung has emerged as a full range player with a comprehensive lineup of Mini notebooks, targeting both the home user as well as the enterprise segment.

Samsung has come up with N series "N110, NC 20, N120, and N 310" mini notebooks. Designed for optimum mobility, N110's enhanced battery-powered performance of up to 9.5 hours with a long-life 6 cell battery, lightweight design and range of practical features, including a large keyboard, mean you can now do so much more when you're on the go. Despite sporting a 10.1" widescreen display, the N110 weighs just 1.26 kg "including a long-life 6 cell battery".

This N110 also features a large keyboard with ergonomic design.  Its optimized 17.7mm key spacing, which is 93% of the desktop keyboard's, provide a more pleasurable and productive experience while it's sleek and slim line form ensures maximum portability. It is priced at Rs.25252/-

Source: itvoir
Microsoft's Surface, which is a product that has not been developed for consumers, yet it seems that the company is determined to make some of the Surface applications, including the upcoming Windows 7 for PCs, as well as future iterations of its Windows Mobile platform.

As the Redmond based company already announced the availability of Microsoft Surface SP 1, in which it includes the supports for multi-touch functionality and gestures. Also, there are a lot of impressive things that have been added to the product's interface, which has been nicknamed "No touch left behind."

According to experts, the development team is working on the creation of consistent gestures and they might become available in the future not only on Surface, but on Windows or on Windows Mobile as well.

At present, Windows Mobile handsets featuring touch-screen capabilities will only offer support for single-figure gestures. But, future mobile phones that will include capacitive screens should be able to change that.

Source: itvoir
According to the latest statement from IBM, the chip maker who has reiterated his outlook for 2010 earnings, saying that the company's focus on high-margin software and its geographic diversity would help buffer the impact of a slower economy.

Also, International Business Machines Corp is targeting earnings of $10 to $11 per share in 2010 and it has forecast earnings of "at least $9.20" per share in 2009.

In the recent trends, the company has shifted its focus to software and services from the commoditized hardware. This step means that it can rely on a steadier stream of revenue, rather than more volatile equipment sales.

The Q1 revenue of the Big Blue fell 11 percent from a year earlier, but cost cuts helped limit the fall in net profit. IBM last month failed to clinch a deal for Sun Micro, which agreed to be bought by Oracle Corp instead for more than $7 billion.

Source: itvoir
Nokia Beta Labs has announced the release of a new app, comes in Lite form for their Nokia Image Exchange application that would work on Series 40-powered feature phones, extending the availability of the application from the S60 handsets on which it was initially released.

The new application for Series 40-powered feature phones helps the users for uploading and sharing their photos with friends or family, and allowing them to receive images that have been shared by others.

Also, the software itself includes logins to various social networks and photo sharing communities, and also enabling users to create a new account directly from the mobile client.

According to the Nokia Labs, the Nokia Image Exchange Lite does not work only as an image sharing tool; it can also be used to as backup software for one's photos. The company added, users who have been already using the Nokia Image Exchange on an S60 device have now the possibility to add more friends to their list, as they would not have to limit it only to those who have a similar device.

source: itvoir
Transcend's all-in-one USB card reader P8 is now available in baby blue and pearly pink colors, in India. This compact (77.7mm x 46mm x 15.8mm) card reader sports a streamlined design with rounded edges. The color schemes embellish the design and provide better personalization options to reflect individuality and personal taste of the users. This easily portable card has clearly stated slots to prevent confusion and greater time consumption.

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P8 is packed with photo recovery software to refurbish lost or damaged files such as documents, spreadsheets, music and videos.

Source: techgadgets
The European Commission found Intel guilty of antitrust violations in the CPU market and fined it a record $1.44 billion. Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said that the antitrust action is primarily designed to protect consumers. "Intel has harmed millions of EU consumers," she said, adding that the large fine meted out should "therefore come as no surprise".

The Commission investigation centered around charges that Intel illegally gave rebates to computer manufacturers in return for them buying the bulk of their x86 microprocessors from Intel. The company was also accused of paying computer makers to cancel or delay the launch of machines using chips made by rival, AMD, and of selling its chips for server computers at below cost to large customers such as governments and universities.

The main antitrust abuses involved paying rebates to system manufacturers and to Europe's largest IT retailer, Media Markt, in order to shut out Intel's closest rival, AMD. Although the rebates resulted in a reduction in retail prices, Kroes said that the harm to consumers stems from their not getting the choice of computers that they would have if AMD wasn't suppressed.

The $1.44 billion fine is the largest antitrust penalty the Commission has ever levied against a single company. The fine dwarfs that against Microsoft which was fined $723 million for abusing its dominant position in the software market, plus an additional $1.3 billion for failing to respect the antitrust ruling.

Europe isn't the only region where Intel has run into trouble with antitrust authorities. In 2005 the company settled with Japan's competition office. Last year it was fined nearly $20 million in South Korea. Meanwhile, the company is under investigation in the U.S. by the Federal Trade Commission.

Intel Corporation's CEO Paul Otellini argued that the EC "ignored or disregarded" evidence "refuting" its judgment. "There were a number of documents from OEMs or between Intel and OEMs that refute what was claimed here," said Otellini during a hastily called teleconference with the news media after the EC's massive fine was announced this morning.

Not surprisingly AMD was in agreement with the European Commission's ruling. "After an exhaustive investigation, the EU came to one conclusion - Intel broke the law and consumers were hurt," said Tom McCoy, AMD executive vice president for legal affairs.  "With this ruling, the industry will benefit from an end to Intel's monopoly-inflated pricing and European consumers will enjoy greater choice, value and innovation."

Source: pcworld
MSI yesterday introduced two new slim, light laptops designed to take on Apple's MacBook Air. The 14in X-Slim X400 and the 15in X-Slim X600 are set to launch later this year.

The 14in X-Slim X400 weighs only 1.5kg with battery included, the 15in X-Slim X600 2.1kg. Both laptops are less than an inch thick, have 16:9 aspect LED screens and Blu-ray Disc support. The 15in X600 has a separate GPU, but don't expect it to be a gaming machine.

All the MSI X-Slim laptops will run Windows Vista and come with 2GB RAM.

The two new MSI laptops follow the established 13in MSI X-Slim X340, a slim laptop with an Intel Core 2 Solo ULV Processor that weighs less than 1.3kg with a 4-cell battery.

The smaller X320 and the X340 laptops share the same, slim chassis, ranging in thickness from 6.6mm to 19.8mm. For added battery life MSI's X-Slim range offers an optional 8-cell battery for the X340 and X400, and an optional 9-cell battery for the larger X600.

The X320 has a 250GB hard disk drive, an Intel Atom processor running at 1.6GHz. The X340 has a 320GB hard drive and an Intel Centrino CULV SU3500 1.4GHz processor, as well as an HDMI port.

The MSI X-Slim X320 will start at £659(Rs. 49,500), the X340 £859(Rs. 65,000). An optional extra is the £199(Rs.15,000) external Blu-ray optical drive.

Source: pcworld
Zotac today released its first premium power-efficient all-in-one platform – the Zotac Ion. According to a press release, the platform sports a mini-ITX form-factor, is powered by the new Nvidia Ion graphics processor and 16 stream processors. It also has integrated single and dual-core Intel Atom processors, viz. the N230 and the N330 respectively.

The release claims that the integrated 802.11n wireless networking on Atom N330 equipped Ion  motherboards allow network connectivity at speeds up to 144 Mbps for high-speed wireless file transfers and high-definition video streaming. It also features an onboard DC/DC power supply that delivers greater power efficiency than standard AC/DC power supplies.

The release quotes Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International,"Achieving greater power efficiency while maintaining competitive performance was previously a hard feat to achieve. With the new Zotac Ion platforms, we're able to deliver competitive performance with unmatched power."

source: pcworld
Vodafone has revealed its customers will be able to send texts and picture messages as well as make phone calls from abroad for the same price as in the UK throughout this summer.

From June 1 until the end of August, pay as you go (PAYG) and contract customers who have a 'Vodafone Passport' will have their data-roaming charges abolished when they text or call from abroad. Monthly customers who have a minute or text allowance will be allowed to use these when they make calls or texts from outside the UK.

"With our Vodafone Passport promotion you can sit on the beach with your phone switched on knowing you can take and make a call just as you would if you were in your back garden," says Ian Shepherd, consumer director for Vodafone UK.

PAYG customers should text 'Passport' to 97888, while those on a contract should send the same text to 2345. Alternatively customers can register online.

The mobile network also revealed it was reducing the price of international calls for customers on its Simply tariff to as little as 5p per minute to both landlines and mobile number.

source: pcworld
Alcatel-Lucent said that it will deploy GSM network for Unitech Wireless in the circles of Kerala and Orissa.

Huawei is the other partner for Unitech in the network rollout process. 

source: telecomtiger
NEW DELHI: The Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore Alumni Association will hold its annual alumni get-together, "Anusmaran-2009", between

May 16 and 23 in 11 cities worldwide.

The event will be held in Delhi on May 17 at India Habitat Centre. More information is available at
Pushed by high termination charges, Airtel and Idea have increased international subscriber dialling (ISD) charges for calls to various countries, reports a UTVi exclusive. The hike is as high as five times for certain countries. The call charges for Europe and US have been altered marginally.

On the contrary, as Techtree reported, following the new TRAI regulations announced in April 2009 that announced the reduction in termination charges for incoming international calls, it was expected that the tariff for outgoing international calls would be reduced.

Telecom industry officials say international players have increased termination charges significantly over the past few months, whcih has pushed them to hike charges.

source: techtree
Those of you who never gave up on the MTNL services in Mumbai will finally have an option to opt for the much-yearned-for 3G services in the city. Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) in association with Alcatel-Lucent is going to officially announce the roll-out of 3G services in Mumbai tomorrow, May 15.

While the fate of the 3G spectrum auction hangs in the air, state-owned telecom service operators MTNL and BSNL have had the privilege to offer 3G services in various parts of the country.

Even though Mumbai was promised 3G services way back for a New Year launch, MTNL cast its spell of Jadoo on Delhi first in December 2008. Followed by the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) launching 3G services in Agra, Dehradun, Jammu, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Lucknow, Shimla, Patna, Ranchi, Haldia, and Durgapur.

Late, but nevertheless, here's what you as a 3G services subscriber could expect from MTNL - mobile data transfer speeds of 2 mbps from the present 144 kbps, video screening of calls, video on demand, mobile surveillance, live TV, movie downloads, and more as and when MTNL supports it.

source: techtree
GUNTUR: Tata AIG Life Insurance Company Limited on Thursday announced that it was associating with APOnline ( to enable it to offer insurance-related services to its customers in the State. The portal would provide collection of premium amounts in relation to life insurance policies issued by the Tata AIG Life Insurance to its customers in Andhra Pradesh.

It would also undertake collection of payments made by the customers and remitting the same to Tata AIG Life Insurance within 24 hours of its collection through its franchisees located all over the State. The APOnline provides various government-to-citizen services through multiple delivery channels like citizen online services and kiosks.

Currently, it has a network of more than 1,200 centres across the State, providing 20 to 25 citizen services.

In a release here, Tata AIG Life Insurance Company Limited managing director Trevor Bull said they had always endeavoured to provide unique value-added services to the customers.

"Our tie-up with APOnline gives us an opportunity to serve our customers in Andhra Pradesh better by providing them easy access to transactional and interactive and informative services. We will strive to enhance our product and service offerings to ensure that our customers benefit from our innovative solutions," he observed.
Indian lawyers at SDD Global Solutions based in Mysore have scored their own Hollywood triumph. The lawyers, from Mysore, did this with their legal research, and by drafting motion papers, to defeat a Los Angeles libel case against HBO's 'Da Ali G Show', starring actor Sacha Baron Cohen.

This case is said to be historic, and not only because it is one of the first "libel-in-fiction" cases in the television context but also because it is the first high-profile, US media litigation in which the legal research and first drafts of the motion papers for the defence were completed entirely offshore, by Indian attorneys at a legal process outsourcing (LPO) firm.

The team was led by Padmavathi Shantamurthy, a team of lawyers bill out at between $30 and $90 an hour. This is much lower than that charged by US law firms that would have had to do research locally.

LPOs like SDD Global, Atlas Legal Research, Lexadigm and others, have drafted a brief for many a US litigation. In this case, though, it resulted in a decision protecting comedy writers, comedians, and their producers and broadcasters. The lawyers at SDD Global drafted, and are credited by name in the summary judgement brief for dismissal of Doe vs. HBO — the lawsuit filed by a woman who once knew comedian Sacha Baron Cohen and claimed that Cohen, while playing the role of the TV character, 'Ali G', libeled her by name during a spoof interview with historian Gore Vidal.

Suing under the legal pseudonym, 'Jane Doe', the plaintiff claimed Cohen, as 'Ali G', falsely claimed to have had sexual relations with her. In the brief drafted in India, the defence argued: "No reasonable person could have believed the statements, given they were made by what the plaintiff now admits is a 'fictional character', in the context of a series of absurd and unbelievable jokes, in what she admits is a 'comedy', where the actor never steps out of his fictional role. This is confirmed by the fact the plaintiff has no evidence anyone believed any statement, much less the statement at the core of the lawsuit, namely, the plaintiff had sex with a fictional character. As a matter of California and US constitutional law, such statements are not actionable."

Source: Business Standard
Indian IT companies have found a silver lining in the midst of the global economic turmoil. The number of clients that are outsourcing
their technological requirements has seen an increase in the past few months. This comes on the back of the companies' need to curb costs and yet remain competitive with their global peers.

Those adopting the outsourcing practice are a handful of small companies located in the US and also some based in continental Europe. These companies, which earlier preferred only local IT vendors are now shifting their IT needs to Indian players like Wipro, Cognizant, Mindtree, Syntel and WNS.

"Mid-scale companies with revenues below $5 billion are now outsourcing as most have realised that Indian IT service providers can offer a larger services portfolio at an affordable cost," said Ernst & Young Partner (technology practice) Milan Sheth. These companies mainly outsource maintenance work and a little bit of application development with these contracts being of a 3-5 year duration.

Due to their competitive pricing, mid-sized IT and ITES companies tend to be major beneficiaries. Mumbai-based BPO WNS recently bagged a five year finance and accounting deal from a large entertainment company in the US. In the last two quarters, WNS has got at least four contracts from first time outsourcers in the BPO space.

Mid-sized IT firm Mindtree too has seen more deals coming from the first time outsourcers in the US and Europe despite a financial turmoil in these regions. It has signed four such deals in the banking, manufacturing, travel and transport and telecom segments. "We have seen a fairly good traction across the US and Europe. The companies start by outsourcing work related to payroll and insurance claims. Most of these are fixed priced contracts," said Mindtree VP (application maintenance services) Ramesh Arun.

Most projects start off on a small scale and are gradually extended. "Maintenance projects are typically 2-3 years in duration with a contract value of $3-$5 million. Development projects are usually 6-12 months long and $1-$2 million in size," said Syntel CEO Keshav Murugesh. The KPO relationships are longer (5-7 years) with contract values varying based on the number of processes and transaction volumes.

source: economictimes
Technical problems at Google are preventing an unknown number of people from using its Internet search engine, e-mail
and other services.

In a Thursday post on its Web site, the Mountain View-based company reports that a ``small subset of users'' hasn't been able to get into their e-mail accounts. Without elaborating, Google says the e-mail trouble might be affecting other services as well.

Multiple messages posted on Twitter, a popular information-sharing forum, indicate that people all over the world are having trouble with the Google search engine
and e-mail. But other Twitter users say their Google services have been running smoothly.

Google says the company is working to fix the problems.

Source: economictimes
Nike says it will cut about 1,750 jobs worldwide. That represents 5 per cent of the global work force at the shoe and apparel company.

About 500 of the jobs lost will be at Nike's world headquarters in Oregon.

The company had announced in February that it is realigning its business and would cut jobs. Like many companies, Nike Inc has seen demand for its products slow as the global economic meltdown hurt consumer spending.

The company plans to complete the reductions in the coming weeks.

Source: economictimes
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Samsung today expanded its laptop and mini laptop (netbook) range in the Indian market with the launch of four new, stylish and lightweight models of Mini Notebooks under its N series and 3 new advanced R series of laptops. The netbooks include N110, NC 20, N120, and N310 models. Samsung claims a battery life of 9.5 hours with the N110 using a long life 6-cell battery. It is a 10.1 inch widescreen based model and weighs 1.26kg, according to the company. Its keyboard is 93% the size of a regular desktop's.  The N120 also delivers a significantly longer battery-powered performance of up to 10.5 hours* with a long-life 6 cell battery. Using its integrated SRS 2.1ch system, featuring 2 x 1.5 Watt stereo speakers with a dedicated sub-woofer. It also features a larger touchpad and a full-size 12" notebook style keyboard.

The NC130 is claimed to be one of the thinnest in its class. It comes with a sleek and seamless design and scratch-proof flat screen and a stylish pebble design and a notebook PC style keyboard, which, like the NC110 is almost as large as a desktop keyboard.

source: pcworld
Samsung has announced a 32GB NAND memory card, the highest-density embedded memory card to date and one that offers twice the capacity of previous cards.

Samsung's 32GB moviNAND card is the first embedded memory card to use 32Gbit chips based on 30-nanometre lithography technology. Current moviNAND cards use 16Gbit chips based on 40nm-class technology.

Each 32GB moviNAND device incorporates eight Samsung 30nm-class 32Gb NAND chips, a multimedia card (MMC) controller and firmware. Samsung's 30nm moviNAND card is also available in 16GB, 8GB and 4GB capacities.

Due to an explosion in the amount of personal data stored on mobile devices, the use of higher-capacity memory cards is expected to grow exponentially in the next four years. Research firm iSupply expects an eight-fold growth in 32GB and larger memory cards by 2013.

About 120 million 16Gbit NAND-based cards have shipped to date, about 13 percent of global memory card shipments. By 2013, 950 million cards are expected to have shipped, making up 72 percent of the total world shipments, according to iSupply.

The new cards are aimed at high-end phones, music players and other mobile consumer electronics. Samsung said the higher-capacity cards offer better performance for processing and storing large amounts of multimedia content such as videos, video games and TV broadcasts.

Samsung's proprietary moviNAND chip uses a high-speed interface jointly developed by JEDEC and MMCA (MultiMediaCard Association) and the eMMCv4.3 specification that includes a power-on feature that reduces boot-up time and a sleep command to cut power consumption.

source: pcworld
Clearwire Corporation, the wireless broadband Internet service provider has announced a partnership with Cisco, aimed at the enhancement and expansion of CLEAR 4G mobile WiMAX services in the United States.

Now after the agreement, Cisco will become Clearwire's national Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) infrastructure provider, while Cisco stated that it has planned to come up with new mobile WiMAX devices that would work on the CLEAR 4G mobile network.

The new service will aimed at consumer, small office or home office markets, as well as at the small- and medium-sized business segments. The new service is expected to become available in major metropolitan areas in the US, as part of the network build-out plan with Cisco.

According to the company, the open all-IP network will be complemented with spectrum holdings and will deliver the necessary network capacity for providing next-generation broadband access. Clearwire's mobile WiMAX services are expected to be extended in more than 80 markets in the country by the end of next year.

Clearwire posted a loss of $71.1 million, or 38 cents a share, compared with a loss of $76.4 million, or 41 cents, from a year ago. Sales rose 21% to $62.1 million.

source: itvoir
Pune-based Bajaj Auto today said it has received patent for its invention -- multi-spring vehicle shock absorber -- used in its
motorcycles, with which it hopes to counter cheap Chinese copycats.

The Indian Patent Office has granted the company its "SNS" invention with patent no. 234044 on May 1, 2009, the company said in a statement.

"Essentially, this invention comprises use of at least two spring elements disposed in parallel arrangement over a damper body in a vehicle shock absorber to share vehicle/ rider load and provide superior riding comfort compared to conventional single spring shock absorbers," Bajaj Auto Vice-President Business Development S Ravikumar said.

Bajaj Auto has applied for patent in several countries for this unique technology and is taking necessary steps to counter the menace of Chinese manufacturers unscrupulously marketing cheap copies of the technology in Nigeria (as "NeXus" brand motorcycle) and in Kenya and Uganda (as "Nebula" brand motorcycle), the statement added.

This technology was first introduced on Bajaj CT 100 in July 2005 and subsequently in other models such as Discover, XCD, Platina, and Boxer-S. Until March 31, 2009, Bajaj has manufactured and sold over five million motorcycles with this technology in India and foreign markets, it said.

The patent application was filed on June 10, 2005 and it expires on June 9, 2025.

source: economictimes
IT Market Updates / Seagate to cut 1100 jobs
May 14, 2009, 02:15 PM
Seagate Technology said that it plans to cut about 1,100 jobs from its workforce in a move the computer storage maker expects will red
uce costs by about $125 million a year.

The job-cutting move, which affects about 2.5 percent of Seagate's workforce, is aimed at helping the company stay on track toward being cash-flow and earnings positive within its fiscal year 2010. It builds on a 10-percent reduction in jobs announced in January.

As a result of the new plan, Seagate, which competes with storage company Western Digital Corp, expects to take restructuring charges of about $72 million, primarily in the quarter ending in June.

Analysts said Seagate needs to make additional cost cuts like this, which may help it address debt obligations.

"The move will help the company avoid tripping its net leverage ratio debt covenant that was already renegotiated earlier this year," said JP Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz, in a note to clients. "Seagate shares still face hurdles that could test investors' resolve in the slower summer months."

Seagate has been no stranger to restructuring in recent months as it deals with slow sales in the personal computer industry, which most others has seen demand shrink during the global economic downturn.

Back in December it said it would halt some operations during the holiday season and cut some 5 percent of its workforce. About one month ago, on the same day that it reported disappointing quarterly gross margins, it eliminated its dividend.

The elimination of the quarterly dividend is expected to trim costs by about $60 million annually, the company said.

In January it replaced Chief Executive Bill Watkins, and Chief Operating Officer David Wickersham resigned. Chairman Stephen Luczo, who relinquished the CEO role to Watkins in 2004, has returned to the position.

source: indiatimes
Software exporter Wipro said its unit Infocrossing has bagged a 34-million-dollar four-year contract from US-based manufacturer and m
arketer of petroleum and petrochemical products Sunoco.

The contract is the extension of 13-year relationship Sunoco have with Infocrossing. Infocrossing has provided managed infrastructure outsourcing services to Sunoco since 1996, the company said in a release.

Peter Whatnell, CIO at Sunoco said, "It (contract) is aligned with our IT roadmap and is consistent with the intent of our IT outsourcing strategy to continue working jointly with Infocrossing to manage our mainframe, UNIX and Windows environments as well as take advantage of their shared infrastructure services such as their storage arrays."

Infocrossing provides comprehensive IT management solutions for large and mid-size enterprises.

source: indiatimes
IBM Corp is again backing its forecast for profit of $9.20 per share this year.

The Armonk, New York-based technology company is standing by its bullish forecast because it says it's making better profit margins in its services and software divisions as it continues to cut costs aggressively, offsetting weakening sales.

The forecast is surprisingly high and shows IBM's confidence in its ability to wring out more profits even in tough times.

IBM's chief financial officer, Mark Loughridge, reiterated the guidance at an investor meeting in New York, where Chief Executive Sam Palmisano also made a rare public appearance.

Analysts on average are predicting 2009 profit of $9.11 per share, according to a poll by Thomson Reuters. In the latest quarter, IBM's profit dipped slightly to $2.3 billion, while sales fell 11 percent to $21.7 billion.

source: indiatimes
Google has announced it will launch real-time language translation in Gmail this week.

During a keynote address at the CeBit conference and exhibition in Sydney Tuesday, Google's product management director Matthew Glotzbach made the announcement, saying the integration should be available by tomorrow.

The new Gmail capability allows users to translate a foreign language e-mail in their inbox with one click.

Google has previously hinted at a translation service for Gmail.

Speaking about the benefits of cloud computing to the enterprise, Glotzbach touted the additional capabilities of cloud systems.

Source: pcworld
Sony has finally unleashed its latest addition to the X-Series Walkman. The OLED Walkman was first displayed at CES.

At CES display, it was mentioned that phone will support noise cancellation technique, and the OLED touchscreen display. The specification seemed quite interesting at that time.

This time, Sony has really worked in looks and the design is slim and pocketable. The most prominent feature of course for the phone is its OLED display. Due to its OLED display, the phone supports nine hours of video battery life, three hours more than the iPod Touch.

The market watchers are pegging it as head turner for iPod users. For music lovers, it offers Slacker Radio which allows users to select up to three stations and at one go hundreds of songs can be pushed to device.

The device has a built-in Wi-Fi. Sony's X-Series Walkman are available in 16 and 32 GB models costing $299 and $399 respectively.

The phone is expected to debut in mid-June.

source: itvoir
Sprint Networks has confirmed its plans to launch a new mobile 3G wireless device in June.

The new device is namely, Novatel Wireless MiFi 2200. The device will allows users to connect to the Internet by bridging various WiFi-enabled units, including laptops and MP3 players.

MiFi 2200 can be wirelessly connected to your laptop, MP3 player and gaming device to the Internet all at once. With this, users can connect one mobile broadband device, the MiFi 2200 to connect multiple personal devices or multiple users.

The MiFi weighs 2.05 oz and measures 3.5 x 2.32 x 0.35 inches. The unit supports wireless connection of up to five devices simultaneously, while a built-in battery provides up to four hours of runtime - or 40 hours of standby on a single charge.

The MiFi 2200 is expected to retail at $100.00 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a two-year service agreement.

source: itvoir
Servicing telecom companies forms a sizeable chunk of the domestic BPO market and of this three key players -- Tata Teleservices , Vodafone and Idea Cellular -- are in the process of finalizing multi-year BPO contracts of around Rs 500 crore in the next couple of months.

The telcos are also expected to consolidate the BPO work among fewer vendors, which means the winners will get a larger pie of the contract according to a report in the Economic Times.

Tata Teleservices and Idea are already believed to have send out floated requests for proposal (RFPs). The outsourcing contracts this time round are expected to be a mix of inbound and outbound services, including customer retention, cross-selling and payment follow-up.

The contracts are expected to require 500-1 ,000 seats each and have been estimated to be in the range of Rs 150-180 crores per teleco. The paper quoted an industry expert stating that with the existing telcos either expanding into new circles (Idea) or launching new services (GSM launch by Tata Tele), customer support requirements are growing and telecom companies are also looking at fewer vendors to ensure greater quality control.

The new BPO deals will mean a new opportunity for BPO firms such as Aegis, Serco (formerly InfoVision), MphasiS and Spanco. Most of these firms already cater to multiple telecom operators. For instance, Aegis provides customer support services to four leading telcos — Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and Tata Teleservices.

According to research by ValueNotes, outsourcing of services in the telecom sector is expected to grow to Rs 2,770 crore by FY12 from Rs 720 crore in FY08.

source: bpowatchindia
In another affirmation of its growing clout in the domestic market, Wipro Infotech, the India and Middle East information technology services business of Wipro Ltd, has clinched an IT outsourcing deal from Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) by piping its large Indian rivals.

The contract, which involves upgrade of LIC's front-end IT application programmes (FEAP) to make these accessible through the web, is said to be worth about Rs 200 crore, and will be done over five years, a highly-placed source told Business Standard. By making applications accessible through the web, LIC expects to reduce the load on its servers and improve the processing time.

Sources said LIC expected to drastically reduce the cost of running the applications by making processing happen on the desktop.

It is understood that most large Indian IT outsourcing companies, including TCS, Infosys and L&T Infotech, had competed for the contract. It was considered prestigious, not because of its size but because it involved a prestigious public sector organisation like LIC.

Anand Sankaran, head of the India and Middle East business of Wipro, said, "Discussions are still under way and therefore it won't be possible for me to firmly comment on this."

Analysts say the recent deals that Wipro has won, coupled with the strong pipeline the company has in the domestic market, is expected to make it the second largest player in the domestic market after IBM, which earns over $2 billion revenue from India. Sources in Wipro say that if one discounts IBM's product revenues in India, the gap between it and Wipro's services business in India is only about 10 per cent.

LIC is an existing customer of Wipro, which has implemented all the entire data warehousing for the insurance major. In the financial services sector in India, HDFC Bank and Dena Bank are two large customers.

Wipro has become aggressive in the domestic market as deal flows from the US and Europe have waned during the past two quarters in the wake of the global financial meltdown. Last quarter, Wipro won a six-and-a-half year mega outsourcing e-governance deal from Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), beating TCS and Infosys. The deal, valued at Rs 1,182 crore, involves modernisation and automation of the entire healthcare benefits administration set-up of ESIC.

Recently, the company bagged a nine-year contract from telecom services provider Unitech Wireless to set up and manage the company's entire IT applications. The deal, said to be worth over Rs 2,200 crore, is the largest-ever win by the company in the Indian market. It is also understood to be in the race for a large outsourcing deal from Swan Telecom.

The price quoted by Wipro in most of the recent bids is said to be below industry standards. For instance, the company's quote of Rs 1,182 crore for the ESIC bid was much lower than TCS' Rs 1,530 crore and Infosys' Rs 1,791 crore.

Source: Business Standard
The Silverlight is flooding the Web in a dazzling new hue. Buffer-free streaming and deep zoom — so far on the wishlist of every Internet surfer—have arrived with Microsoft Silverlight, an Adobe Flash-like browser plug-in used to develop animation, video and interactive content for the Web.

With the new technology, rich Internet applications (RIAs) are now a reality: a 24-sq km large image can be zoomed into down to the pixel level and can be rotated up-right or left-right to see a three-dimensional view.

The software also offers endless capabilities for enterprise applications. For instance, workboxes can be dropped and dragged and tabs can be rearranged to organise a worksheet. An image can be turned upside down or rotated by clicking on Perspective 3d feature. Some of the world's most popular Websites have migrated to the Silverlight technology: Tata Nano, US president Barack Obama's official election site, Beijing Olympics live and Bollywood movie sites like Drona.

For instance, uses Silverlight to embed the entire Milky Way galaxy inside a computer screen with the help of Nasa. So, to view what's happening on Accor and its adjacent star Mizor, use Silverlight to zoom in.

Interestingly, in ancient times, Roman army used Accor and Mizor's identification as a test to select archers. Only those who could point to the smaller Mizor, adjacent to Accor, qualified.

The IPL Website,, uses Silverlight 2.0, which breaks the videos in chunks of 2 seconds (4 kb) each. The Webcast on the site is deferred live by 4-5 minutes from Set Max TV channel. When it is downloaded, only small chunks get streamed to minimise buffering as opposed to large packets — which lead to endless waits on

On the other hand, Silverlight 3.0, launched after IPLT20 season started on April 19, eliminates buffering.
Interestingly, a lot of work on Silverlight for mobile phones project is being done by a Microsoft team in Hyderabad. Silverlight for mobile will be compatible with Nokia Symbian and Windows Mobile operating systems.

Silverlight 3.0 is set to provide tough competition to Adobe Flash and Sun JavaFx, generating multiple sources of revenues. However, with all RIA plug-ins such as Flash, JavaFx and Silverlight freely downloadable, where is the revenue model?

Thanks to this technology, a home page with over 10,000 pictures will load faster than a normal site would. This is how it works: Silverlight cuts the images into 1/nth size and takes this as a reference point to project a small icon on the PC screen.

The home page of, for instance, has over 878 pictures, grossing 2.5 GB. To view a complete image, one can keep zooming down to the pixel level. According to Microsoft, over 25% of the world's Internet population has downloaded Silverlight.

source: economictimes
Fujitsu Limited has developed the world's fastest central processing unit, often called the computer's brain, becoming the first Japanese
company in 10 years to claim the top spot.

The new CPU, called Venus, runs 2.5 times faster than its rival Intel Corp.'s product that has taken the lead in speed, according to the officials. In 1999, Fujitsu developed the fastest CPU at the time.

Fujitsu's new CPU may be installed in a next-generation supercomputer which is planned to begin operation at Riken, a science and technology institute in Japan, from next fiscal year, company officials said yesterday.

The product may be utilized in areas such as development of new drugs, which require massive data processing, they said.

source: economictimes
NEW DELHI: Seeking to widen the gap with its competitors in the LCD market, Sony India has drawn up plans to become the number one seller during 2009-10 with an innovative line-up and continued focus on brand enhancement earmarking nearly Rs. 60 crore for promotional activities. The company has also decided to phase out the cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions.

Sony India on Wednesday launched its new range of 14 new Bravia LCDs with the world's two firsts (world's slimmest and world's only motion flow 200HZ) to its credit. Sony has introduced new models in S, V, W and Z series with beautiful lines outside and powerful technologies inside.

"We are not only focussing at enhanced display performance but even attaining the ultimate feel experience for our consumers. What you see and hear is what you experience via Bravia," Masaru Tamagawa, Managing Director, Sony India, said at the launch of the new series at a function here. "Innovation, creativity and technology come into play in the creation of these LCD TVs, bringing unprecedented level of realism and stunning clarity to the movies, both visually and aurally," he added. The company had already stopped production of CRT TVs and is in the process of exhausting the stock with dealers.

"Last Diwali, we took the decision to stop production of CRT TVs and now, as Sony is focussing more on LCD screens, it will soon completely exit the CRT segment," Mr. Tamagawa told reporters.

The company is targeting a sales volume of 4.5 lakh units in the current fiscal, an increase of more than 60 per cent as compared to 2.80 lakh units in the last fiscal.

"LCDs accounted for 21 per cent of our television sales in 2008-09, and it is expected that in the current fiscal it would account for 57 per cent of our total sales in India," he said.
CHENNAI: Bajaj Auto has introduced an exciting new 2009 Pulsar 150 DTS-i and 180 DTS-i with sportier styling in the premium segment. The Pulsar

180 DTS-i now comes with a more powerful engine and a 5-speed toe-gear shifter. Bajaj Pulsar 150 DTS-i comes with an all black engine and alloy

wheels and attractive tank spoilers. The new 2009 Pulsar range series 150 DTS-i is priced around Rs 59,000 and 180 DTS-i Rs. 63.000 ex showroom.
BANGALORE: Network security provider Fortinet of the U.S., specialising in unified threat management (UTM), launched here its FortiOS 4.0

operating system. Four of its features include application control, data leakage protection, WAN optimisation and SSL traffic inspection, Vishak

Raman, Country Sales Manager, said. Vice-President, Sales, Patrice Perche, said revenue grew by 36 per cent to $212 million in 2008 and billings

were up 30 per cent year-on-year
PALAKKAD: The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has given sanction to the Gandhi Seva Sadan Charitable Trust to start a community college at Pathiripala, near here, during this academic year.

Community college is a new alternative system of education aimed at empowering the disadvantaged and underprivileged through skill-based education.

A.K.K. Nair, A.P. Jayaraman and M. Geetha Nayar, Board of Governors of Sadanam Community College, told mediapersons here on Wednesday that Sadanam was the first educational institution to be accorded sanction to start a community college in the country.

It is an innovative educational alternative that is rooted in the community, providing holistic education and eligibility for employment to the disadvantaged, they said.

Community colleges generally have a two-year curriculum after Plus Two, leading to Associate degree. The IGNOU will grant admission to the third-year B.A, B.Com, BSW and BTW programmes after successful completion of two-year of the Associate degree.

Sadanam College will offer Associate degree in accounting, secretarial practice, office management, information technology and agriculture, they said.
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The country's largest lender, State Bank of India, on Tuesday cut deposit rates across various maturities by up to 50 basis points,
prompting many analysts to suggest it was only a matter of time before the bank revises its lending rates.

The bank had last cut its Benchmark Prime Lending Rate (BPLR) — a rate used by Bankers for pricing corporate and retail loans — in January this year. Bankers say SBI has the highest cost of funds among large banks and the third cut in a single month for deposit rates should enable it to pare this cost.

Over the past fiscal, the bank had aggressively offered above-market deposit rates to customers. Having mobilised the funds, the bank was aggressive while lending in the March 2009 quarter, as witnessed by the expansion of its loan book by 30% over this period. This was much higher than the industry growth rate of a little over 17%.

Analysts say the bank now seems to have realised that the higher cost of deposits was eroding its margins, the difference between deposit and lending rates. The net interest margin of the bank fell below 3% in the March quarter for the first time in the financial year. NII was flat for the March quarter against 35.3% in the December quarter. The bank now seems set to reverse the trend.

SBI had a dominant 16% domestic market share in loans as of March 31, 2009, as the bank took advantage of liquidity pressures faced by smaller public-sector and private banks.

"Looking ahead, we expect SBI's overall profitability to decline from current levels, mainly due to higher provisioning costs, as a result of deteriorating asset quality and the compulsion to raise its provisioning levels to industry standards," said Shankar Narayanaswamy, head of Credit Analysis at StanChart, Singapore.

source: economictimes
Colleges in India / Integrated PG degree
May 14, 2009, 09:37 AM
COIMBATORE: The Department of History of Bharathidasan University, Tiruchi, is offering a five-year integrated Master of Arts in history.

According to a university release, the course will include Indian history and public administration (syllabus relevant to Civil Service examination).

Allied subjects will include epigraphy, numismatics, archaeology, archives keeping, principles and methods of museology and quantitative history.

The course will also include basic computer applications, translation, Tamil typing, journalism, travel and tourism management and training for historical research.

Those who complete the course can be employed in the Indian Civil Service, as translators, museum curators, archive keepers, archaeologists, tourist operators, etc.

For further details please contact 0431-2407042 / 94431-91277 or visit
Microsoft Corp said that hackers are seeking to attack users of its PowerPoint presentation software for Windows PCs and released patches to protect them against the threat.

The world's No. 1 software maker said that a version of PowerPoint for Apple Inc's Mac computers is also vulnerable, though it has yet to find any evidence that hackers are actively seeking to exploit it.

Microsoft defined the threat as "critical" -- the most severe on the scale by which it ranks vulnerabilities to its software.

Hackers are seeking to exploit the vulnerability in PowerPoint by persuading the intended victim to open a tainted PowerPoint file -- that they either download from a Website or receive in an email, according to Symantec Corp, the world's top maker of security software.

"At that point, the attacker would then have complete control over everything the user's account has permission to do on the system," said Alfred Huger, a senior researcher with Symantec.

Huger said that Symantec has so far only observed a limited number of hacker attempts to exploit the vulnerability in PowerPoint.

Microsoft did not release a patch for Mac computers, though company spokesman Christopher Budd said that one is in development.

source: indiatimes
Apple Inc has introduced a new version of its iPod Shuffle music player. The new player is half the size of the previous model and holds twice as many songs, seeking to lure buyers as spending on technology slows amid the recession.

Looking into all that's new in the third-generation iPod Shuffle.
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Vodafone, the leading wireless carrier has reported to plan on launching a mobile application portal that would allow its subscribers to access a wide range of games, as well as news and travel applications for their devices, while also being able to purchase said software solutions.

The mobile network operator is yet another industry player that intends to launch its own application store, a move started by Apple with its iPhone App Store. It was soon followed by companies like Google, RIM, Samsung, Microsoft or Nokia, which already launched or plan on launching in the near future their own software portals for mobile phone users.

According to the company, content partners and developers would be able to reach millions of customers by only creating Web applications once.

Also, the company has announced that developers could charge for their applications directly through its billing system, while the revenues would be shared between them and the operator.

source: itvoir
A new phone has hit the UK market that lets customers avail various multimedia, internet and entertainment features in an elegant design.

T-Mobile has announced the expansion of its MDA catalog with the latest touchscreen smartphone, named as the MDA Compact V.

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Also known as the HTC Touch Diamond 2, it is designed on the basis of the success of T-Mobile's MDA Compact IV. Based on Mobile Broadband, it claims to be the first T-Mobile device to reveal internet on a phone with widgets to easily select favorite websites such as eBay, BBC News and Twitter.

source: techgadgets
Sprint's rumored Samsung Lucello phone now has a new identity. The phone will now be called Samsung M550 Exclaim and is said to start shipping by June 7, reports SlashGear. Well, it's around the supposedly release date of the highly anticipated Palm-Pre.

Apparently, the phone mainly focuses on Google searches and social networking sites. The menu of the phone is said to offer instant access to sites like Facebook, MySpace and more. It is said to support EVDO Rev 0 telecommunication standards.

This dual-keypad phone features both numeric as well as QWERTY keyboard for messaging. The phone comes integrated with 2 MP camera along with Bluetooth connectivity.

source: techgadgets
The resources have spotted a new upcoming BlackBerry device in wild. The phone is codenamed "Onyx".

The upcoming device "Onyx" is a 3G-enabled GSM BlackBerry, which is more or less like Bold in design.

When its rumors were spotted earlier, it was expected to destined for AT&T. But the latest updates indicate that phone will be made available to users via T-Mobile services.

Some other sources are codenaming it as "Driftwood" instead of "Onyx". The specifications for the phone are:

    * AWS 1700MHz + 2100MHz UMTS/HSDPA
    * Optical Trackpad
    * 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera
    * GPS
    * Wi-Fi
    * QWERTY keyboard
    * Optical trackpad
    * 480×360 screen
    * Carbon fiber-esque back battery cover (the whole back is a carbon fiber pattern apparently)
    * Design much alike to 8900

The phone is expected to get going for not more than $199 on a 2-year contract by September. This will be T-Mobile's first 3G BlackBerry device. As per the latest sources, the device will launch as part of the 96XX-series.

Source: itvoir
Samsung along with Canada carrier Bell Mobility officially launches the Samsung Vice sliding 3G QWERTY phone.

The new phone features a 2.2-inch color display, a 2 Megapixel camera and a sliding Full QWERTY keyboard along with standard number keys. The Samsung VICE's slide out QWERTY keyboard makes typing those messages a breeze.

It comes with built-in GPS and Bluetooth 2.0, integrated media player, access to services like Full Track Music, Live TV and GPS Nav.  and offers a microSDHC card slot for expansion up to 8 gigabytes. The phone also supports tri-band GSM network and a 3.5mm headset jack.

The new device comes equipped with Bell's distinctive user interface with one-click access to social networking sites.

Bell Canada is selling the Samsung Vice at $49.95 with a 3-year contract or $249.95 without a contract. The Samsung VICE is available in blue with silver or white with red.

source: itvoir
According to the latest news, Nokia, the largest mobile manufacturer will announce the updated model of its already hit XpressMusic 5800.

The new device called as XpressMusic 5900 said to feature a slightly larger 3.5-inch display, a five megapixel camera, and more or less the same build of S60 5th edition, all in a slightly thinner case.

Also, the new device features 3.5mm headphone jack. The other features, price and availability are not disclosed by the company.

Earlier in March, there was report of Nokia 5900XM models but now the official website of the news coming out. The Nokia 5900 XpressMusic will be a lot thinner than the 5800 Xpressmusic and will also come in white color.

Compared to the 5800, the updated handsets will said to have more high-end look and expected that its camera should be 5 million pixels.

Source: itvoir
According to the latest news, Sony Ericsson, the JV between the Japanese consumer electronics company Sony Corporation and the Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson may come up with PlayStation branded phone.

Also, the company would make the PSP phone compatible with all the games for the PlayStation, while also offering mobile versions of the titles for download. Further the device should look attractive enough, with touchscreen capabilities and a slim form factor, so that a PlayStation mobile, building on the Walkman and Cybershot phones, could happen.

According to various experts, in case the Japanese-Swedish joint venture is serious about providing such a handset to the market, it will have great success among users, and the company could go up to the top in no time.

The company's president Hideki Komiyama does not say clearly that such a PlayStation-branded phone would be in the works. But, the mobile phone maker will consider this as an option to return to profitability after some huge losses that has reported during the last few quarters.

source: itvoir
Final verdict is expected to come on Intel's anti-competitive lawsuit. It is expected that chipzila can be made to pay heavily on this verdict which could be the highest ever paid.

The decision by European competition authorities was sent to national bodies in April and will be presented to the Commission in this week, cite reports. As contemplated, the court has found Intel guilty of anticompetitive behavior.

It is widely expected that Commission can fine Intel up to ten per cent of its annual turnover, which would mean a $3.8bn penalty. This fine will beat the €1.35bn fine, the previous largest, which Microsoft agreed to pay.

The suit was pending since 2000 when AMD made its complaint. Intel is accused of offering OEMs and retailers rebates and marketing funds conditionally they do not carry products using chips from rival AMD.

Further to that, the chip leader can be hit with behavioral orders to work on the way it offers marketing funds and rebates to partners.

source: itvoir
HCL Infosystems announced a new partnership with Microsoft whereby HCL will be Microsoft's voice solutions partner for OCS R2.

Microsoft Unified Communication Technologies leverage the power of software to deliver complete communications like Messaging, Voice and Video across applications.

Unified Communications solution by Microsoft claim to allow users applications such as  telephone calls and conferencing along with regular computer usage like documents, spreadsheets, instant messaging and emails.

Following the tie up, HCL customers will be able to make use services such as E-mail messaging, Unified Messaging of Voice Instant Messaging and Presence, Conferencing (Audio &Video), Live meeting, Seamless Federation and Collaboration with Partners and customers, Voice Integration with PBX &IP-PBX systems.

Commenting on the collaboration, George Paul, Executive Vice president, HCL Infosystems Ltd said, "We are pleased to be selected as a certified partner to support Microsoft's Unified Communications technology. We have a long standing relationship with Microsoft and we believe that this recognition will make voice solutions a smoother experience."

Furthering the comment, Sanjay Manchanda, Director-Microsoft Business Division, Microsoft India, added, "Unified Communications is gaining crucial significance in the current economic scenario... Partners with strong UC competency are key to a successful deployment, and with the completion of Microsoft Voice Certification HCL is positioned to help customers get the full value of Microsoft's software powered VoIP, and end –to-end Unified Communications solution."

source: telecomtiger
Reliance Mobile announced that it will show Live matches of the forthcoming ICC World T20 Tournament to mobile subscribers. The announcement was made coinciding with the unveiling ceremony of the trophy.

The matches will be shown live on its R-World VAS platform. Subscribers will also have the option to have match scores and expert commentary on matches as caller-tune.

Sanjay Behl, Group Head, Branding & Marketing, Reliance Communications said, "As the designated Global Partner for all ICC events till 2015, Reliance Mobile is privileged to be associated with this exciting tournament. The association has given us an opportunity to offer our customers special access to ICC World T20 led cricket content through our R-World VAS deck. We are initiating various consumer-friendly  promotions and initiatives  for our customers based on the exciting world of ICC World T20 cricket."

The company will also launch the ''Cricket Dhanadhan' subscription offer providing score as well as news updates through the SMS channel.

source: telecomtiger
Mozilla's developers have announced plans to add application multithreading to Firefox over the next two years, a feature already partially enabled in its main rivals, IE8 and Google Chrome.

As well as allowing the software to take advantage of multicore microprocessors to boost responsiveness, the enhancement would also improve browser stability, the company said in a news blog on the subject.

The unnamed project will happen in several phases, with the phase one 'bootstrap' due to complete by the middle of this July. Further phases will add and debug more complex elements of the new browser, with phase two due to complete by November.

No timescale is given for the phases beyond that point in time, which suggests that multithreading Firefox could turn out to be a project that takes well in 2010 to even near completion.

The goal is to end up with a browser capable of running each tab as an independent process, which would stop a hang in one from crashing the whole program, as would currently be the case. "Security sandboxing will be covered in a later phase," notes the blog.

Other uncertainties include whether Mozilla will start using the open source networking stack taken from Chromium -- also used by Google's Chrome browser -- in place of Mozilla's own Necko.

"There have been mutterings about taking the chromium network stack wholesale (replacing necko, basically). This may or may not be the fastest path to success: it really depends on how hard it is to map the APIs together and how much we're willing to change callers versus re-implementing the XPCOM API on top of the chromium stack....needs discussion and a decision within a month or so. If we take chromium networking, we should probably do it on Mozilla-central in parallel with phase I, says a wry note by the project developers.

Mozilla's problem is that its main rivals Internet Explorer 8, and Google's Chrome, are ahead of it in the multithreading stakes, both of which implemented tab threading. As some developers have pointed out, this architecture can, in certain circumstances, be less efficient when working on less capable processors. Quad core processors, for instance, will be the exception rather than the rule for at least another year.

source: pcworld
BANGALORE: A five-member delegation from the city of Nantong in China was here on Monday to woo Indian IT and BPO companies to establish partnerships with Chinese companies to jointly reach out to markets in East Asia.

Chen Xiao Dong, Vice Secretary and Vice Director, Nantong Economic and Technological Development Area (NETDA), said Nantong's "highly skilled labour force" could enable Indian IT and BPO companies to service markets in Japan, Korea and in the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) region.

Mr. Chen said the lower tax rates on companies operating in NETDA and the financial support provided by the Chinese Government were major incentives to encourage offshoring from Nantong. He said large multinational companies preferred "not to put all their eggs in one basket." They would rather "diversify their offshoring locations to minimise risks", he added.

Mr. Chen said major Japanese corporations had already established their bases in Nantong and invested about $5-6 billion in facilities there. Referring to the difficulty that Indian IT and BPO companies faced in addressing the Japanese market because of "cultural constraints", Mr. Chen said Indian and Chinese companies could jointly service the outsourcing business that lay untapped.

He pointed out that revenues from Japan constituted only about six per cent of the Indian IT and BPO companies.

The delegation's visit to India is being coordinated by Beijing-based India-China Economic and Cultural Council (ICEC) and the Federation of Indian Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (FISME).

Anil Bhardwaj, Secretary-General, FISME, said the sever recession in the advanced economies required Indian companies to adopt a "look east policy" because the East Asian economies were relatively better off in these times. He pointed out that the impending accession of India to the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement gave the partnership with China added relevance.
BANGALORE: Hitachi Data Systems has announced a partnership with Wipro Infotech, provider of IT services. This alliance will help enterprise

customers across verticals avail a wide range of services, consultations and next generation storage solutions, a release said.
CHENNAI: Deutsche Bank and Matarix Cellular India have launched Deutsche Bank Matrix credit card. The Deutsche Bank Matrix card will be

available in a platinum variant and will come with a Matrix gift voucher of up to Rs. 10,000 along with all the power-packed platinum card features.
BANGALORE: Cisco has appointed B. Raghavendran as vice-president, channel operations and commercial strategy, Cisco India & SAARC. Mr.

Raghavendran will also focus on reinforcing Cisco's presence in the commercial segment. Mr. Raghavendran will succeed R. Dhamodaran, says a

NEW DELHI: Journalism and Mass Communication seem to be the two most sought after subjects at Delhi University, with a large number of students calling up the admission helpline wanting to know details of these programmes.

While Hindi and English journalism are taught at a few colleges, only Indraprastha College for Women offers a degree course in Mass Media and Mass Communication.

"There have been numerous queries from students inquiring about Journalism and the Mass Media course. They want to know all about the entrance examination and how to apply for these courses," said Ravneet Kaur, a student counsellor manning the helpline. She added: "Last year, most of the callers wanted to know about the B.A. (Honours) Business Economics (BBE) course. This course is still in demand, but the queries are much more in number for Journalism and Mass Communication."

DU had launched its admission helpline to inform students about the various undergraduate courses and the sale of admission forms last Monday.

So far, over 4,000 calls have been received by the student counsellors on the helpline for North Campus (27662507 and 27662508) as well as South Campus (24119832 and 24114634), said Deputy Dean of Students' Welfare Gurpreet Singh Tuteja.

The helpline is being manned by a team of over 20 student counsellors assisted by some faculty members.

The office of the Dean of the Students' Welfare has also received over 100 e-mails inquiring about information related to the admission procedure. The counsellors are also getting several calls from outside Delhi and even out of the country, from both students and parents alike.

"The most commonly asked questions are on the best college, and best course in Delhi University. We tell the callers that no matter which college they study at, they will ultimately get the degree from the University only. We try to make them understand that they should prefer the course over the college," said Ravneet.

Apart from information on the vocational courses and the School of Open Learning, students are inquiring about admission to English (Honours).

Last year, the University had decided that its constituent colleges would admit students to this course on the basis of their school-leaving marks.

However, the authorities have evolved a Common Aptitude Test for English (CATE) for this year.
HUBLI: ACC Cement grinding unit at Pune and Kudatini Cement Works at Bellary will be conducting a campus interview at the Government ITI at

Vidyanagar in Hubli on May 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Candidates in the age group of 18 to 21 who have passed ITI in electrician and fitter trades in

first class are eligible to attend the interview.
BANGALORE: Bangalore University has invited applications from eligible candidates for admission to the first semester of the five-year LL.B.

degree course at University Law College, Jnana Bharati campus, Bangalore, for the academic year 2009-10. Candidates seeking admission under

payment seats should submit separate applications. Forms will be issued from May 20, and the last date for receipt of applications is June 13. The

list of candidates provisionally selected will be announced on June 22. Applications should be sent to the Principal, University Law College, Jnana

Bharati campus, Bangalore University, Bangalore 560056.
VISAKHAPATNAM: Campus recruitments will be held at Balla Institute of Technology and Management (BITM) from May 17 to May 31 for its students. During the last session, companies like TVS Motors (Chennai), Convergys (Bangalore), Ing Vysya Bank, HDFC Standard Life, Birla Sun Life Insurance, MaFoi, Genpact, Bajaj-Allianz, Reliance Life Insurance, Bajaj Capital, Samsung and SBI Life had conducted interviews.

BITM has a well furnished premise with a strong team of administrative staff and faculty, according to placement coordinator, BITM, Sudha Singh.

The institute has 160 students hailing from different parts of the country.
VIJAYAWADA: Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences on Monday announced that the second phase of counselling for admissions into post-graduate

medical degree/diploma courses for the vacancies that arose after the first phase of counselling would be held on May 18, 19 and 20. The third and

final phase of counselling after the second phase of counselling, would be held on May 26 and 27. The vacancies available will be displayed on
Srikakulam: The concept of E-Techno Schools launched by Narayana education group is to make the basic foundation strong so that the students will be able to effectively face the competition successfully when it comes to gaining admission in career-oriented professional courses like IIT, stated V.Venkatadri Naidu, zonal in-charge, Narayana education group.

Addressing a press conference at his chambers here on Monday in connection with the launching of E-Techno School in the district, Mr. Naidu stated that Srikakulam is one of the 10 centres in the State where E-Techno Schools had been launched in the new academic year 2009-10. Overwhelming response had been received from the parents and all the seats have been filled up well in advance, Mr. Naidu stated.

The concept of school had been devised integrating all the syllabus of ICSE, CBSE and NCERT etc.

This was to ensure that the students did not miss the best of all the courses. Asked if the number of subjects have been increased as a result of the integration of the courses, Mr. Naidu replied that the exercise did not burden the students by way of increasing the number of subjects but only boosted the quality of the syllabus.

Unlike in metro cities classes will be conducted in non-air-conditioned rooms. He said that the measure was aimed at lessening financial burden to the middle class students in the town.

The Zonal in-charge of the group stated that video-conferencing integrating students of other techno schools of the group was being done to increase interaction among the students and to give more exposure to the students.

The techno schools start from 6th standard onwards.

The group is organizing an awareness meeting on May 20 at 5pm at the local Bapujee Kala Mandir for the students and parents of the tenth class passed students for educating them on the career prospects and the course they have to take. Narayana group vice-chairman P.V.R.K.Murthy will be counselling students.
KADAPA: United Forum of Bank Unions have called for a nation-wide bank strike on June 12 following failure of talks held between Indian Banks Association and bank unions, Bank Employees Coordination Committee on Monday, district convenor K. Muralikrishna and CITU district president A. Raghunatha Reddy said.

Bank employees should be prepared to go on strike for two more days if the government failed to respond to a day-long strike, they said in a statement here.
Mock DSC exam on May 17

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh Teachers' Federation will be conducting a mock DSC exam for aspiring teachers on May 17. Interested

candidates may register for the same by calling 9010224996, 9490010661 or 040-23232616.
HYDERABAD: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has planned three launches this year—two by Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and one by Geosynchronous Launch Vehicle (GSLV), ISRO chairman G. Madhavan Nair said here on Monday.

At a press conference on the sidelines of a function at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Mr. Nair said the PSLV would launch Oceansat.

The satellite would carry sophisticated equipment which would help in meteorological studies and provide data that would be useful to fishermen. It would be put in orbit in the next two months. The GSLV, with indigenous cryogenic system, would be launched in August-September.

He said ISRO would also launch around six foreign satellites in the near future and agreements in this regard were on the anvil. So far it has launched 16 foreign small and micro satellites.

Asked about the manpower requirement of the space programme, Mr. Nair stated that ISRO was recruiting 300 personnel for which a record one lakh applications were received.

Later, delivering the A.V. Rama Rao Technology Award Lecture on 'Advances in space materials', he said ISRO's focus was on developing indigenous material for the space programme. Nanotechnology and nano materials have a big role to play in future programmes. However, there was a shortage of personnel and laboratories working in those areas.

Referring to the Chandrayaan I, he said the major objective of the project has been completed and a large amount of data collected. "We hope to get some exciting results," Dr. Nair quipped. The organisation was concentrating on two major areas--low-cost access to space and reusable launch vehicles.

He received the A.V. Rama Rao Technology Award instituted by IICT in collaboration with AVRA Laboratories Pvt Ltd, Hyderabad, in honour of Dr. A.V. Rama Rao, a former IICT director and CMD of AVRA Lab. It comprised a cheque for Rs.1 lakh and a silver memento.

The award was presented to mark the National Technology Day celebrations at IICT.
Reliance Mobile's special offer

Reliance Mobile announced a special offer, STV 39, which will enable subscribers in Andhra Pradesh to call any local or STD number at 50 paise a

minute. STV 39 will be available as a promotional offer till June 30.
The Department of Special Education of Thakur Hari Prasad Institute of Research and Rehabilitation for the Mentally Handicapped has announced

admission into its M.Ed. Special Education (MR) programme. The application should reach by May 15, a release said. Entrance test for the course will

be held on June 1. For details log on or call 040-24045454/6733.
Coimbatore: Chandrakanth Reddy of Andhra Pradesh has secured the first rank in the Amrita Entrance Examination-Engineering 2009. According to

a release from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University, 30,000 candidates across the country took the examination in 110 centres and it is meant

to fill up the engineering seats in the three campuses of the Amrita University – at Amriptapuri, Bangalore and Coimbatore.

The results and the rank list of the examination have been posted on the net – and the counselling will start on May 29.
A function as part of the International Nurses Day will be organised at Sankara Nethralaya, 18, College Road, Nungambakkam, at 2 p.m.
Colleges in India / Job-oriented courses
May 12, 2009, 09:17 AM
CHENNAI: Deepigha Institute of Management and Technology, Vadapalani, will be offering job-oriented courses for Plus-Two students free of cost.

The courses include C, C++, communicative English, tourism management, Linux system administration and maintenance and network and security

infrastructure. For details, call 65141144 or 9841271133.
Relationship management firm, Convergys and speciality coffee retailer, Starbucks have renewed their contract for Convergys' relationship management solutions for a further two years to enhance its facilities support operations. The financials of the
deal were not disclosed.

Starbucks's 2008 revenues stood at over $10 billion and it is one of the most well known brands in the market. Despite the solid internal customer service support it had in place, when its recent growth outstripped its internal contact center's ability to provide cost-effective and efficient facilities support to its stores in North America, Starbucks turned to Convergys to meet this need.

Convergys and Starbucks developed a facilities support tool to track equipment in company-owned facility, follow repair orders, and support invoicing from approximately 1,300 service providers. The companies also collaborated on the development of specialized training to help Convergys agents provide contact center services for facilities support. Convergys agents assist Starbucks retail employees in complex troubleshooting and equipment repair and identifying appropriate service vendors, issuing repair orders, and tracking repair work.

"Transferring an essential management function like contact center services for facilities support to Convergys was a first for Starbucks," said Badger Godwin, vice president, Store Development – Global Real Estate & Facilities for Starbucks. "We have worked together on agent training, scaling to meet our growth, and the creation of software tools to drive cost savings and improve the efficiency of our facilities support operation."

Jim Boyce, Convergys President, Global Business Units said: "Thanks to the training we provide, our dedicated workers answer internal calls and handle complex situations, helping our clients lower their costs and improve the efficiency of their contact center operations. We are looking forward to helping Starbucks achieve even more success in the future."

source: bpowatchindia
NASDAQ listed IT services provider Cognizant has signed a global strategic partnership with Temenos, a Swiss banking software company, to enhance service and delivery capabilities for Temenos' core banking product T24.

Typically, implementing a banking software solution involves an IT and business consultant who work with the client on system integration and management. Temenos, whose core competency lies in banking software development, will be able to offer implementation services to its global clients, who would otherwise employ an IT consultant for the purpose. Cognizant and Temenos will work together
on projects, but the latter will maintain the content and IP.

The company, which has doubled in size over the past four years, expects to improve margins and cash generation, through this. "For every $1 of licence revenue there are $5-6 of services revenue, of which $1-2 are directly related to T24," Temenos global partners director Mike Head told ET through an e-mail interview. "We expect the focus of our services organisation to change as we start to invest more in training and certification, local developments and subject matter experts."

As part of the partnership agreement, Cognizant, which is already engaged in a number of T24 implementations, would train some of its associates to deliver the same over a three-year period.

"This partnership marks a significant change in our approach to working with global systems integrators to deliver T24," said Temenos CEO Andreas Andreades. "As we continue to experience growth in our licence sales, despite the difficult economic environment, and traction within the Tier 1 banks for packaged core banking software, we need to be able to ramp up our services capability faster than we have been able to do until now."

Of the top four IT companies, while Infosys and TCS have developed their own banking solutions- Finacle and BaNCS, Wipro and Cognizant have opted to partner with banking solutions providers such as Misys and Temenos to target this space. It will also help Cognizant expand in the European region and Middle East region.

Cognizant got 44.4% of its Q1 revenues from the banking and financial services sector. "The primary impact will be on our ability to scale services and deliver capabilities for T24 much faster, ability to offer a solution for clients with partners and an increase in capacity to engage with Tier-I banks. It will help us grow faster while improving margins and cash flow," Mr Head said. He added that it did not mean however, that the company was exiting its services business.

source: economictimes
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Leading telecom operator Bharti Airtel on Monday announced the launch of two new entry packages for Digital TV, its direct-to-home
(DTH) service.

The packages, priced at Rs.1,850 and Rs.2,000, offer a three-month free subscription to various bouquets of channels and interactive services.

While the Rs.1,850 package gives three months free subscription for ESPN sports channel and a new value pack of 77 channels and five interactive services.

The Rs.2,000 pack allows subscribers to view 121 channels and nine interactive services.

Customers who opt for either offer have the option of changing their pack choices after the free preview period of three months. Both offers are valid from May 1, and are available across the country.

source: economictimes
Forthcoming Bollywood movies like 'Kambakkht Ishq', 'Aladin', 'Kites' and 'What's your Rashee' are among the prominent ones to be
showcased at the Cannes Film Market when the prestigious film festival gets under way from May 13.

Eros is promoting Sajid Nadiadwala's 'Kambakkht Ishq', Amitabh Bachchan starrer 'Aladin' and Saif Ali Khan's first home production 'Love Aajkal'.

All three films are Eros co-productions and the company is distributing them worldwide.

Kareena Kapoor and Akshay Kumar along with a host of Hollywood stars like Sylvester Stallone, Brandon Routh, Denise Richards are are starring in 'Kambakkht Ishq'.

UTV Motion Pictures will unveil its slate for 2009-10 to international distributors. 'What's Your Rashee' directed by Ashutosh Gowariker with Priyanka Chopra and Harman Baweja in lead roles is a romantic comedy.

Kaminey' directed by Vishal Bharadwaj starring Priyanka Chopra and Shahid Kapur, 'Rajneeti' directed by Prakash Jha, Dharma Productions', Ayan Mukherjee's 'Wake up Sid' starring Ranbir Kapoor and Konkana Sen Sharma and Rensil D'Silva's untitled venture with Kareena and Saif will be showcased at the Film Market.

source: economictimes
Soma Networks, a US-based provider of mobile Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) products and services, plans to launch compact WiMAX-enabled devices in India within six months. It will co-market the product along with telecom service provider state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL).

BSNL partnered Soma to deploy WiMAX service in the three lucrative circles of Gujarat, Maharashtra (including Goa) and Andhra Pradesh. According to terms of the operating partnership between the two companies, Soma invested in the network roll out, and manages the service on behalf of BSNL.

However, the company has been mired in controversy ever since this exclusive contract with BSNL since the deal was done without floating expressions of interest (EOIs). "We have not flouted any norms and have complied with all regulatory requirements. We introduced this technology in India and put in three years of effort and investment and now when it is time for us to get our returns it is being opposed, " Pathak said.

In February this year, Soma and BSNL had launched their WiMAX services in Ahmedabad, Gujarat and has acquired around 1,000 customers in the enterprise segment. Pathak said, "We have very select retail reach at present but with our launch in only one city we have about 1,000 customers from the enterprise segment."

source: businessstandard
The country's largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI), will be increasing headcount in its R&D division to 1,000 by the end of March 2010, as the firm gears up to meet parent Suzuki Motor Corp's aim of making the Indian subsidiary global hub for small car development.     

"Currently, our R&D strength is 720 people and it will be increased to 1,000 by March, 2010. We are now looking out for more experienced people," MSI Managing Executive Officer (Engineering) I V Rao said here.     

Suzuki Motor Corp (SMC) has already said India would be the global small car development hub outside Japan for other markets, he added.     

MSI's R&D centre is being developed to be at par with SMC's facility in Japan. It will also have crash test centre.     

Rao also said MSI is working on all its models, including M800, to meet Bharat Stage-IV emission norms.     

"From an engineering point of view, M800 and Omni will qualify for BS-IV norms. If these two were to be phased out, it will be a marketing decision," Rao said, adding the upgraded M800 would be costlier from the existing model by only "a couple of thousands".     

MSI Chairman R C Bhargava had said in April that M800 and Omni would be phased out gradually once BS-IV emission norms would be applied in the country

The company would launch the country's first BS-IV emission norms compliant car  Ritz on May 15 in both petrol and diesel variants.

source: businessstandard
Software service provider Polaris Software today said it has joined hands with Vietnam-based Saigon Hanoi Bank for offering Intellect 10.0 Universal Banking platform.     

With this association, Polaris would deploy a complete universal banking system comprising of core, lending, trade, treasury and Portal functionalities of Intellect 10.0 at Saigon Hanoi Bank, Polaris said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).     

"Global Universal Banking — Intellect 10.0 platform is an 'industrial strength' banking platform encapsulating two decades of learning and working with the leaders in the Banking and Financial Services industry.     

"It has unmatched inter-operability and can easily integrate with the existing eco-system of products, applications and infrastructure. Intellect 10.0 offers the best price-to-performance proposition to banks and financial institutions," Polaris Software Chairman and CEO Arun Jain said.     

"Several factors make Intellect 10.0 a compelling technology investment for SHB.  The solution is Vietnam market ready and can service customers across retail, SME, commercial and corporate segments. We believe implementation of Intellect 10.0 will enhance our global competitiveness", SHB Chairman Do Quang Hien said.     

Polaris Software already inked a similar deal with Vietnam's state-owned bank Mekong Housing Bank for offering Intellect 787 Global Banking platform in 2007.     

Shares of the company were trading at Rs 74.30 down by 1.00 per cent in the BSE.

source: businessstandard
The different constituents of the city-based KIIT University have achieved record placements this year despite the prevailing economic recession which had dampened the job market scenario in the country.

The campus placements organised at the different constituents of the KIIT University this year including School of Technology, School of Rural Management School of Rural Management School of Computer Application and School of Biotechnology were beyond expectations, said a KIIT release.

The School of Technology has recorded 92 per cent placement, with 345 students bagging offer letters from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) alone. The remaining eight per cent students of this school opted out of the campus placement process as they chose higher studies.

The highest package of Rs. 6.5 lakh per annum was offered by Tata Steel, while the average salary was Rs. 4.2 lakh per annum. Even the School of Computer Applications recorded 80 per cent placement, despite the fact that the IT sector was one of the worst hit by the ongoing global economic meltdown.

The School of Management also scripted a 100 per cent record with 40 companies, including HDFC Bank, TCS, HCL, Axis Bank, SIDBI and Nestle participating in the on-campus placement exercise. The average pay offered was Rs 4.5 lakh per annum.

The School of Biotechnology and the School of Rural Management also attracted overwhelming response in this year's placements. 16 reputed companies including Intas Biopharmaceuticals, ILS, Excel Life Sciences, Cryo-Save and Mahyco visited the campus of the School of Biotechnology. 20 companies visited the School of Rural Management.

source: businessstandard
Dell Inc, the number two PC manufacturer has launched a new 20-inch HDMI monitor called as Dell's ST2010.

This new entry-level monitor speaks the new design language of Dell's XPS and Studio rigs and sports a five millisecond response time. It comes packed with HDMI and VGA inputs with specs that include a 1600 x 900 (that's a 16:9 aspect) pixel resolution, audio in/out connector, 1000:1 contrast and 250 nits of brightness with a 160-degree viewing angle.

With its slim bezel and cool design with easily adjustable stand tilts the display 4°forward and 21°back for maximum viewing comfort, the Dell ST2010 is easy on the eyes in more ways.

With great looks, it's thoughtfully designed and energy efficient. It meets tough new Energy Star rules and has 2 lamp direct backlight system for as much as 25% energy savings compared to similar monitors using 4 lamps.

The Dell ST2010 flat panel monitor is backed by a Dell 1-Year Limited Hardware Warranty and 1-Year Advance Exchange (AE) Service for the cost of HK$1,098 (tax inclusive).

source: itvoir
Recently it was in reports that Verizon, the leading carrier will soon offer Netbooks at its network.  The recent updates cite that Verizon is all set with its first netbook offering and will start rolling it by May 17th.

Verizon will begin with HP Mini 1151NR as its first netbook offering. The updates were scooped in February and model was expected in March, however, now the carrier is ready with the launch date.

The company has not mouthed pricing yet but is expected to come somewhere for $199 with a 2-year contract after MIR. With monthly fees included, the deal will end up spending somewhere between $960 and $1,440 over 2-year contract period for data access.

But, of course alternatives are available to this also. Users can opt for a comparable netbook with an integrated data card or a comparable data-less netbook and a USB modem/data card off contract, and then paying  $40 or $60 every month for data.

source: itvoir
Samsung has introduced its new Star and Star 3G full touch screen phones in the Indian market.

Samsung S series are significant additions to the full-touch screen mobile featuring all the essential functions in one single device and also deliver various full touch products for every consumer lifestyle at affordable price.

Samsung Star (S5233) the latest multimedia features in a slim and compact body that measures a mere 11.9mm. Also equipped with a 7.63 cm WQVGA full-touch screen and Touch Wiz User Interface with Mobile Widgets. Using "Photo Contact," by this user can call a contact by simply touching an appointed image. S5233 comes with a Stylus for the convenience of consumers and also boasts various multimedia features including a 3.2 mega-pixel camera with smile recognition capability. It supports multi-format playback and DNSe for ease of use and better sound quality.

Star comes with a unique Gesture Control feature that allows the user to unlock the Touch screen or run an application just by giving a gesture command. In addition, the user can also customize various applications like C- Call, M – Music, I – Internet etc. The phone also features music recognition using Shazam's "Find Music" service. 

Samsung Star supports 50MB Internal memory, expandable up to 8GB. Users can enjoy full Internet browsing with an accelerometer sensor for auto-rotation. For convenience, the phone supports a virtual QWERTY keyboard for messaging and handwriting features. The star (S5233) priced Rs.11, 100.

Samsung Star 3G (S5603) 3G attracts style-conscious with its slim and compact design. It also support full Internet browsing with an accelerometer sensor for auto-rotation also gives users exciting mobile Internet experiences.

Samsung Star 3G, as the name suggests, is a 3G enabled phone. Features are QVGA full-touch screen, TouchWiz User Interface and "Gesture Control", designed to customize and personalize phone. Star 3G comes with a 3.2 mega-pixel camera with Power LED Flash. The memory (80MB Internal memory, expandable up to 8GB) ensures ample storage space for multimedia content. Samsung Star (S5603) priced at Rs.14499.

Source: itvoir
Google is preparing to launch a mobile phone application called Star Droid that can help amateur astronomers identify stars and

According to a report in the Telegraph, the search engine software will use GPS technology to compare the position of the phone user with existing maps of space, attaching name tags to the stars and planets that can be seen through the phone's viewfinder.
The California-based Internet company already offers a Google Sky facility that gives online browsers a map of space similar to its Google Earth and Google Street View services.

The application could reignite interest in planets and constellations that has been dampened by light pollution from street lamps that make the night sky hard to observe.

Google, which charges advertisers in its UK sites through a subsidiary based in Ireland saving it 100 million pounds a year in corporation tax, has not confirmed a launch date for 'Star Droid'.

"There are lots of great applications being produced all the time so you will just have to watch this space," a spokeswoman said.

According to Carolin Crawford, of Cambridge University's institute of astronomy, "This innovation sounds like it could be really useful to help people learn what they are looking at. It will be interesting to see how much the camera on the phones will be able to pick up."

source: economictimes
The India Innovation Fund, the incubation fund floated by apex IT body Nasscom and ICICI Knowledge Park, will now be operational in
June though with a much truncated size of Rs 40-45 crore. The original plan was to kickstart the fund with a corpus of Rs 100 crore raised from Indian corporates to support innovative start-ups.

While ruling out any direct impact of the slowdown, Nasscom vice-president Rajdeep Sahrawat said, "We are bullish of touching Rs 100 crore in 12 months." For starters, the fund is registered with SEBI and it will be headed by Ganapathy Subramaniam, formerly with Jumpstart Ventures.

The fund, to be located in lifesciences hub Hyderabad, will invest in game-changing innovations in areas like medical devices, automotive technology, intelligent transport solutions, biotech and mass market ICT applications. The fund is eyeing investments of around Rs 7-8 crore each in 12 to 14 start-ups.

With this kind of size, it will be looking at enterprises that can be created with small capital and those that fit an interesting niche. Besides, the fund is looking at small doses of capital that will make these start-ups 'large VC' ready. Some of the early investors in the fund include TCS, Airtel, department of science and technology and ICICI Knowledge Park Trust. "We are seeing a lot of interest from MNC and lifescience trusts for co-investments," Mr Sahrawat said.

Explaining the investment rationale, he said, "Innovation will be the DNA of this fund and that is non-negotiable. We will look at early stage start-ups that will bring IP to the table."

According to VC industry trackers, funding is a challenge for early-stage firms particularly in the innovative space.

In India, many of these VCs have morphed into larger level, leaving a gap in early stage funding. For instance, Helion started as a $40-million fund but it raised over $200 million in the second round and was pushed to the growth stage.

Besides, bulk of VC investments in the last couple of years have been India consumption story driven. So, VCs have invested in retail, restaurants, consumer internet space and so on. "There is a huge demand in hi-tech sectors that need to be serviced," said a tracker.

source: economictimes
At a time when customers are spending lower on software services, IBM plans to gain more revenues from its product Tivoli, which helps
companies such as DLF and Ranbaxy manage and integrate their information technology assets, and reduce their operational costs by up to 40%.

"We want to be technology partner with the government in creating the infrastructure that will support the healthcare, defence and BFSI," said Joao P Perez, vice-president worldwide sales for Tivoli Software.

The market opportunity for the software, servers, technologies and services to manage the world's converged IT and physical infrastructure will be $122 billion by 2012, according to research firm IDC. "We have outsourced our entire management infrastructure to IBM, and it is helping us to reduce our operational costs," said Upal Chakraborty, CIO of DLF.

source: economictimes
The Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, began the admission process for its 12 undergraduate programmes on May 9.

According to a release from K. Vanangamudi, Dean (Agriculture), applications are being issued at the university and its constituent colleges in Coimbatore, Madurai, Tiruchi, Killikulam, Periyakulam, Kumulur and Mettupalayam. The Urban Horticulture Dev elopment Centre, Chennai, and affiliated colleges located in Pollachi, Elambalur and Kalavai, will also issue the forms.

The B. Sc. Agriculture programme will be offered at Coimbatore, Madurai, Killikulam and Tiruchi. B. Sc. Horticulture will be offered at Periyakulam, B. Sc. Forestry at Mettupalayam, and B. Sc. Home Science at Madurai. The B. Tech. programmes in Horticulture, Food Processing, Energy and Environmental Engineering, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics and Agricultural Information Technology will be offered at Coimbatore.

B.S. in Agribusiness Management will also be offered at Coimbatore, while B. Tech. in Agricultural Engineering will be offered at Kumulur.

The eligibility is Plus-Two with physics, chemistry, mathematics and botany / zoology. The electives can be one of the following: computer science, zoology, statistics, microbiology, biochemistry, home science, nursing or nutritional dietetics.

Minimum qualifying mark for open competition is 55 per cent, for BC and BC Muslim it is 50 per cent, and 45 per cent for MBC and Denotified communities. A pass in Plus-Two is sufficient for SC / ST candidates.

Applications can be obtained from the Dean (Agriculture) and Chairman Admissions, TNAU, Coimbatore - 641003, or from any of the constituent colleges, either in person or by post. Applications can be obtained by paying Rs. 600 by cash or demand draft drawn in favour of 'The Dean (Agriculture) and Chairman Admissions, Agricultural College and Research Institute, TNAU'.

They can also be downloaded from the university website Sale of applications will be on for a month.
PUDUCHERRY: The Pondicherry University has plans to introduce new courses including M.Sc in Food Technology and M.A. in Disaster Management from the next academic year.

According to a press release, a meeting was convened on May 6 by the deans of various schools of the university to take stock of the recent developments and discuss future plans. Vice-Chancellor of the university J.A.K. Tareen chaired the session.

He said that 10 university departments – philosophy, history, tourism management, commerce, earth sciences, mathematics, ecology, physics, bio-technology and French – have been selected for grant under special assistance programme of the University Grants Commission (UGC).

He stressed the need to create an ambience for growth and development of the university to reach the goal of becoming a world-class university. It was in this direction that the institution was in the process of improving infrastructure, starting new courses, recruiting new faculty and launching more than 12 journals, the release said.

The Madanjeet Singh Institute of South Asian Regional Cooperation would be established at the university this year. Funded by the South Asia Foundation, the institute would be a hub for activities of South Asian Regional Cooperation.

There were plans to build a Silver Jubilee Auditorium with a capacity of 2,500 and an art gallery showcasing Dravidian culture and artefacts. Apart from this, a children's section and a section for visually challenged students would be set up at the library. The institution was constructing five more new hostels, the release said.

Director for Culture and Cultural Relations A. Balasubramanian said that more than 12 journals would be started this year. An Educational Multimedia Research Centre would be set up and would consist of video conferencing facility to reach the university's centres at Karaikal and Port Blair.

There was an increase in the sale of applications for various courses at the university from 12,000 last year to more than 25,000 this year. This included 18,000 online applicants, Registrar of the University S. Loganathan said.
KOZHIKODE: Bhaba Atomic Research Centre Board of Research in Nuclear Science (BRNS)

convener P.P. Chandrachoodan will inaugurate a national workshop on 'Unconventional electronics and photonics' on the National Institute of Technology, Calicut (NIT-C), campus, near here, on Monday.

The two-week workshop, being organised by the Unconventional Electronics and Photonics Laboratory of the NIT-C, is aimed at providing an insight into the applications of unconventional electronics and photonics to members of the faculty of engineering colleges.

The idea is to empower them to take up research and development work in this area, an NIT-C press release issued here said.

A. Ajayaghosh, a Scientist with the National Institute of Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST), will deliver the key note address.
HASSAN: Deputy Director for Pre-University Education Dorai Swamy has announced the fee structure for first and second year PU courses and warned education institutions that collecting excess fee may invite disciplinary action including de-recognition.

The fee structure for government PU colleges for 2009-10 is as follows: for first year general category students it is Rs. 630 for Arts/ Commerce stream and Rs. 910 for Science stream (for girls it is Rs. 95 for Arts/ Commerce/ Science.) For second year general category students it is Rs. 810 for Arts/ Commerce and Rs. 1,060 for Science (for girls it is Rs. 80 for Arts/ Commerce/ Science).

For BCM students, the fee for first year is Rs. 380 for Arts/ Commerce and Rs. 410 for Science.

The fee for second year is Rs. 330 for Arts/ Commerce/ Science. For SC students, the fee is Rs. 95 for first year and Rs. 100 for the second year course.

In private grant-in-aid colleges, the fee for first year general category students is Rs. 980 for Arts/ Commerce and Rs. 1,210 for Science. For second year students, it is Rs. 1,110 for Arts/ Commerce and Rs. 1,360 for Science.

For BCM students, the fee for first year is Rs. 380 for Arts/ Commerce and Rs. 410 for Science. For second course, the fee is Rs. 330 for Arts/ Commerce/ Science.

Mr. Dorai Swamy has appeal to parents not to pay excess fee and if any college authorities demand excess fee the issue should be brought to his notice. For complaints, call Ph.: 9449653469 or 08172-260274.
BANGALORE: Bangalore University has invited applications from Pre-University qualified students for its five-year integrated M.Sc in Biological

Sciences for the academic year 2009-10. The course will centre on the interaction between various biological sub-disciplines and the employment of

a multi-pronged approach to living organisms and solve biological problems through modern means. Those interested may send their applications to

H.P. Puttaraju, Co-ordinator- IBS, School of Natural Sciences, Bangalore University. Call 080-22961923 or 9945366688 or visit University website for details.
NELLORE: Officials of Acharya NG Ranga Agriculture University (ANGRAU) will introduce three PG courses in College of Agriculture Engineering at Bapatla in Guntur district and three other agricultural colleges in the State, said the university Vice-Chancellor P. Raghava Reddy.

ANGRAU will introduce Food Processing and Technology, Farm Machinery and Soil and Water Management in the engineering college and post-graduate courses would be introduced in Aswaraopet and two other agricultural colleges.

From this year, the university is planning to launch Master of Agriculture Business Management (MABM) in Bapatla.

The university is proposing to start a Agro Forestry College in the state, said the Vice-Chancellor.

The university is taking steps to set up digital libraries in all colleges.
HYDERABAD: The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is establishing three new institutes on biotechnology, biotic stress and abiotic stress to face the emerging challenges. The institutes would be given deemed university status.

This was stated here on Sunday by ICAR Director-General Mangala Rai while inaugurating the three-day 44th All-India Rice Research Group Meetings, organised by the Directorate of Rice Research, Rajendranagar, near here. Two committees have been constituted to identify the location of the institutes.

He said the setting up of the institutes is in line with the ICAR thinking to gear up to challenges of meeting the need for qualified human resources for taking up advanced agricultural research. To meet this increasing need, the council plans to introduce fellowships for post-graduate and Ph.D students, from both developed and developing countries. Dr. Rai disclosed that the new generation rice, 'Golden Rice', would be available for farmers in the country in three years. S. P. Tiwari, ICAR Deputy Director-General, who presided, observed that the launch of many research projects in consortium mode by the council would contribute to new knowledge and breakthroughs in production. About 600 scientists from India and abroad are attending the meeting. It will discuss various aspects of rice production technology. The sessions would focus on issues like crop improvement/management/protection and technology transfer. It would chalk out the road map for research in 2009-10. P. Raghava Reddy, Vice-Chancellor, ANGRAU, G. Lakshmi Kantha Reddy, Director of Research, ANGRAU, B.C. Viraktamath, PD, Directorate of Rice Research, were among the speakers.
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Mahatma Gandhi Law College is offering free LAWCET coaching from May 11 on the college premises, according to a press note. More details can be

had on 9247857365/040-24033335.
CHENNAI: The Srinivasa Ramanujan Academy has constituted a panel to visit schools, observe class instructions, examine lesson plans, teaching

aids and interact with teachers to select a teacher for the 'Ramanujan Best Teacher Award 2009'. A release said schools could recommend a trained

graduate or post graduate teacher with three years' experience in teaching mathematics, a release said.

For further details, call: 24983072.
COIMBATORE: The Centre for Agricultural and Rural Development Studies of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) will establish Market

Intelligence Centres in State Agricultural Universities in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab, Rajasthan,

Haryana and Uttarkhand.
Expressing concerns over the possible measures by foreign countries, especially the US, to restrict off-shoring and movement of work visa-holders, Indian IT bellwether Infosys has said that such steps could adversely impact the company's business.

The Obama administration has restricted the hiring of H-1B visa-holders by companies bailed out by the Federal government and recently announced a plan to end tax incentives for American entities generating jobs overseas.

Both moves are expected to impact the Indian IT sector, whose major chunk of revenues come from the US.

Infosys has said that in the prevailing economic environment, there could be a change in the existing laws or the enactment of new legislation, restricting "offshore outsourcing" or imposing restrictions on the deployment of work visa holders at client locations.

Such actions "may adversely impact our ability to do business in the jurisdictions in which we operate, especially with governmental entities", the IT firm said in its annual filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Nearly 60 per cent of Indian IT-Business Process Outsourcing industry caters to the US companies, according to latest figures. India's BPO industry employs over 17 lakh professionals.

Every year, a major chunk of the Indian professionals receive H-1B visas, which is basically a working visa for highly skilled people. In the previous fiscal year, nearly 8,200 Infosys employees held H-1B visas.

Moreover, Infosys has pointed out the possibility of private sector companies working with these governmental entities, being restricted from outsourcing projects which are related to government contracts. These firms could even face "disincentives if they outsource certain operations", the filing noted.

Many foreign governments mainly in the US and the UK have pumped in billions of dollars into companies battered by the financial turmoil. In return, these administrations have snapped up significant stakes in those bailed out firms.

"Equity investments by governmental entities in, or governmental financial aid to, our clients may involve restrictions on the ability of such clients to outsource offshore or otherwise restrict offshore IT vendors from utilizing the services of work visa-holders at client locations," Infosys said.

Infosys has expressed concern that restriction on deployment of trained people at client locations could require the company to seek local talent. In such a case, the "local resources may only be available at higher wages", it said.

Source: Business Standard
They may not be as big as their global peers in terms of revenue and profits, but Indian companies are top of the lot in terms of their reputation, as per a study that has ranked Tatas as more reputed than the likes of Google, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, GE and Walt Disney.

Firefox mobile, the mobile version for browser that is speculated to hit market anytime this year will supposedly support Auto Log in module.

Mozilla Inc, the maker of Firefox web browser has announced that it will bring the mobile version of its very famous browser to grab a pie of the upcoming Smartphone segment. This is speculated that mobile version of the Firefox will bring desktop browsing to the mobile scene. This is the most awaited mobile browser in the market.

Reportedly, aside from the already known features such as Geolocation and gesture browsing, the Firefox

Mobile will be getting automatic website login as well, via Weave sync. It will handle OpenID, along with the normal username/password login method.

source: itvoir
With their candid depiction of waste in glamorous city of Cannes, students from India beat others from across the world to win the
prestigious world photography awards.

A three-member team from Delhi's Jamia Milia University trumped teams from six continents on the spot photography contest which aimed at highlighting global environmental issues.

"Finding wealth and glamour in Cannes is like a cakewalk but it was very difficult to find waste in the city," says Farhat Bashir Khan, who led the team to produce two award wining photos titled "Cry of the big Cat" and "Midas Touch."

Out of participation from students of 60 of the world's top universities, six teams comprising 12 students and six tutors from Belgium, South Africa, Australia, North America and Mexico were shortlisted and flown to Cannes to participate in the week long World Photography Awards, beginning April 14.

source: economictimes
You thought action games are a male forte? All those adrenalin pumping action games have male protagonists? Time you meet these hot action babes.

Lara Croft, Tomb Raider

Lara croft is a female Indiana Jones with Daisy Duke shorts, a tight tank top shirt and two pistols. The buxom adventurer has become a cultural icon, appearing in more than 10 games, two feature films and several comic books and novels.

Lara Croft also plays a protagonist in the Eidos Interactive's Tomb Raider video game series. In 2006, Lara was honoured with a star on the Walk of Game and was awarded a Guinness World Record recognising her as the "most successful human video game heroine."

In 2001, Lara was brought to life by actress Angelina Jolie for the film Tomb Raider.
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The Tata Group, State Bank of India (SBI) and Infosys Technologies are among 17 Indian firms that figure among the top 50 in a list
of the world's 200 most reputable companies.

With a pulse score of 80.89 on a scale of 0-100, the US-based Reputation Institute ranked the Tata Group 11th above global giants like Google, Microsoft, General electric, Toyota, Coca-Cola, Intel and Unilever.

Italy-based chocolate producer Ferrero was ranked as the most reputable company on the planet right now. With its pulse score moving from 83.52 last year up to 85.17, Ferrero came up from fourth place last year to first, more than a full point ahead of second ranked IKEA.

The Reputation Institute's global pulse of 600 companies is a measure of corporate reputation calculated by averaging perceptions of four indicators - trust, esteem, admiration and good feeling - obtained from a representative sample of at least 100 respondents in the companies' home countries.

SBI, India's largest bank, is ranked 29th with a score of 78.11. India's second largest software exporter Infosys is at 39th, with a pulse score of 77.45.

Larsen & Toubro comes next at 47th position with a pulse score of 76.58, while India's largest carmaker Maruti Suzki has been ranked 49th with a pulse score of of 76.26.

Other Indian firms in the top 200 are: Hindustan Unilever (69 - 74.99); ITC Ltd (95 - 73.50); Canara Bank (102- 73.34); Hindustan Petroleum (111 - 73.08); Indian Oil (112 - 73.01); Wipro (116 - 72.77); Mahindra & Mahindra (137 - 71.61); Bharti Airtel (163 - 70.32); Bank of Baroda(174 -- 69.81); Bharat Petroleum(175 - 69.79) and Punjab National Bank (177- 69.67.)

Johnson & Johnson, which placed first in the US for reputation, lands third globally. Kraft Foods places eighth, making the US one of only two countries with two businesses in the global top 10. Brazil is the other. Its Petrobras and Sadia landed fourth and fifth respectively.

Brazil had the second highest percentage of its participating companies ranked above the global average at 76 percent, while 62 percent of American companies received pulse scores above the average.

source: indiatimes
Nintendo has owned the portable video-game market - first with the Game Boy, now with the DS - for so long that most of us gave up hope of ever seeing a viable competitor. But it's become impossible to ignore the new kid on the block: Apple's iPhone, whose game library has quickly overwhelmed Nintendo's.

There are now more than 9,000 iPhone games available at Apple's App Store. The quality varies widely, and the market is so flooded that it's hard to sort the good from the bad. But since the prices are low, you can buy 10 or so games for the price of one Nintendo cartridge. None of them will have the depth of, say, Rockstar's "Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars," but they may be better suited for on-the-go action.

Here are some hot new additions.
NEW DELHI: Popular social networking site Facebook has launched an Indian interface that will help members in the region connect with peers in
six different languages.

Members can now opt for any of the six languages through option tabs on the homepage. As of now Facebook does not allow transliteration or copying of English script into any another in online chats or messages.

With the new feature, the fast-growing site with an active user base of over 200 million, expects to capture a burgeoning and tech-savvy Indian market.

In addition to the six languages, more than 40 translations are available on the site.

Most of India's young population are active users of social networking sites like Orkut and Facebook and often promote social causes through them.

source: economictimes
Fujitsu, the renowned name in laptop making has unveiled the Fujitsu M2010 10-inch netbook powered with the Intel Atom N270 and N280 processor options running at 1.6GHz, 512 L2 cache with 1GB RAM. The shipping will start in June.

The new announced netbook will support 160GB hard drive. The netbook measures 25.8 by 18.9 cm and weighs slightly above 1kg.  The Fujitsu M2010 comes with four stylish colors - Diamond Black, Fiery Red, Ivory White and Salsa Purple.

The Fujitsu M2010 has a 10.1-inch WSVGA screen with back-light LED Glare technology and boosts Intel 945 GSE Chipset with1GB RAM of DDR2 and 533MHz. Also, support built-in Bluetooth v2.1 for file transferring, a built-in 1.3 megapixel webcam and a full suite of business tools.

source: itvoir
ASUSTeK Computer Incorporated (ASUS), Taiwan based PC maker has announced that it will launch ASUS Eee PC T91, the first touchscreen convertible netbook in either late May or early June, with a price tag of £449.

The Eee PC T91 features an 8.9-inch touchscreen while the T101H has 10-inch display. Like most of ASUS' Eee PC netbooks, the T91 is based on the highly successful Atom processor lineup, which enables the machine to offer a small and lightweight form factor with delivering the necessary performance for the basic computing experience.

T91 boasts a touch-sensitive display with a rotating hinge that transforms the netbook into a tablet PC, one of the smallest and slimmest in its class. The system is said to measure 225 x 164 x 25.2-28.4mm and weigh less than 1kg.

source: itvoir
Corel Corp, the Corel Draw maker and the leading software developer has announced to axe around eight percent of their total workforce.

The eight percent cut means the company will hand over pink slips to almost 80 employees globally, and cuts at Ottawa headquarters will constitute the major chunk of these layoffs. Due to  these imminent cuts, the company will bear around US$1.4-million restructuring charge in the second quarter. Acknowledging the persistent effects of economic downturn, Corel is adapting the measures to restructure the expense structure proactively.

The company is strategizing to monitor the cost structure closely and is gearing up on its ability to compete and win in a challenging environment.

Earlier this month also, Corel announced that it will imply 10% pay cuts to its senior executives and will take five days of unpaid leaves in response to dipping  revenues.

Revenues in the three months ended Feb. 28 fell to US$56.2 million, a decrease of 14 per cent over revenues of $65.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2008.

Net loss in the first quarter of fiscal 2009, reported was US$1.5 million.

The company expects to reduce costs by $2 million through the salary rollbacks and unpaid time off.

source: itvoir
Edimax releases its latest Hi-Gain compact Wireless-N WiFi USB networking adapter, named the EW-7711USn, for the Indian internet-savvy consumers. It carries attributes such as a removable high gain 3dBi antenna for easy antenna upgrading, 802.11b/g technology and data rate up to 150Mbps.

According to the press release, the peripheral supports an array of Hi-Gain indoor antennas as well as outdoor antennas and even claims to boost the wireless connection by 600%.

source: techgadgets
Microsoft, the software kingpin has announced its plans to patch a hole in its PowerPoint presentation program.

The announcement was made at advanced bulletin, which is always issued at first Thursday of the month. No details have been leaked as of now for Patch Tuesday release, except for a severity rating of "critical," the company's highest level. With no details on as what vulnerabilities will be fixed, related sources are just making it wild guesses.

The company has issued  warnings last month stating indicating the limited and targeted attacks that attempt to use this vulnerability.  The attacks require prospective marks to download and open booby-trapped PowerPoint documents.

Some security firms have reported multiple attacks in the field using the PowerPoint exploit to install Trojans onto vulnerable systems. Incidentally, the company has issued eight bulletins, but none was meant for the actively-exploited PowerPoint bug.

source: itvoir
There are many people in this world who don't like changes. But there is a possibility of a change in perception. The new product in the offering has completely altered the conventional shape and design of existing devices. If you are curious to know the product, then read on.

Brando unveils a new USB drive, dubbed the EagleTec USB Nano, for consumers who wish to own a minuscule sized pen drive with a fairly large storage space. As the name suggests, the storage device is imaginably small and possesses a different shape as compared to the usual ones.

At dimensions of 19 x 15 x 6mm and 3g of weight, the tiny gadget comes in two storage configurations of 4 GB and 8 GB.

source: techgadgets
Hyundai Motors India Ltd (HMIL), the country's second-largest car maker, said it was planning to shift the production of its premium hatchback i20 model for the export market from Chennai to Europe, following recent labour troubles that caused overseas sales to fall behind target.

The i20 is expected to account for 40 per cent of the Korean company's exports for 2009-10. The company had earmarked 80 per cent or 120,000 units a year of the 150,000 i20s produced in India for the European market. Last financial year, the car maker exported 253,354 units (of all cars, including the i20) from India, about half its annual production.

Industry analysts, however, view the move as a means of pressuring the Tamil Nadu government to take tougher measures against labour, following a 17-day strike at the factory which ended on Thursday.

"The labour cost is ¤23 a day compared to ¤3 per day in India, so there is no question of the company shifting production and making the car at the same cost as India," said the executive of an automobile company that has dealings with Korean companies.

Troubles had erupted after the company management declined to recognise the registered union and dismissed 65 people, suspended 34 and transferred several others for enrolling in the union. The union had also raised issues on Hyundai hiring contract manufacturers for direct manufacturing and denying leave benefits to workers.

The strike was called off after the management agreed to answer about 45 demands from workers, and not take action against them when they return to work. It also agreed not to come to any wage settlement agreement with the working committee till May 20.

The strike saw production drop 5 per cent and senior executives said the company met only 85 per cent of its export target.

The i20, which is positioned as a premium car in the Indian market (priced at Rs 4.8 lakh), is considered an entry-level car in Europe.

Recently, most European governments agreed to offer special exchange bonuses to buyers of new cars. As a result, Hyundai saw exports grow more than 75 per cent in the last financial year.

source: businessstandard
Firefox, the world's second most used browser, by the looks of it will soon receive an update that will add multi-process support.

By multi-process support we re talking about the similar feature seen in Google Chrome and IE8 that runs multiple, separate processes for each tab, which allows the browser to function without issues even when one tab has stopped responding or has crashed. This method of splitting processes increases stability and offers performance improvements as well.

As for why the speculation regarding multiprocessor support arose, that is because of a recent project that the Mozilla has initiated. The project is being co-coordinated by Benjamin Smedberg, who is a long time supporter of Mozilla. While little is known abut the project itself, we have a roadmap which suggests that we should be seeing a simple implementation of this in action by July this year.

That being the first phase, there will be three other phases post this, which will deal with the interactions between process types. The third phase will comprehensively test APIs for extensibility, accessibility, and performance. The fourth phase will deal with the final implementation and sandboxing.

Looking at how things are moving now, it would be at least an year from now when we would see a final release version of Firefox with multi process support.

Source: techtree
CHENNAI: UCO Bank has The Bank has posted a net profit of Rs. 557.72 crore for the year ended March 31, 2009 as compared to Rs. 412.16 crore

in the previous year. Total Income has increased to Rs. 9,141.28 crore from Rs. 7,280.69 crore. The bank has recommended a dividend of Re. 1

per equity share of Rs. 10 each.
HYDERABAD: Andhra Bank's net profit touched Rs. 201.21 crore recording an increase of 61.94 per cent in the fourth quarter ended March 31 2009.

R. S. Reddy, Chairman and Managing Director, told reporters here that the total income grew by 36.1 per cent to Rs. 1,827 crore from Rs. 1,342

crore last year. Total business surpassed the Rs. 1 lakh crore-mark and reached Rs. 1.03 lakh crore with a growth of 23.6 per cent. The net profit

improved to Rs. 653 crore as at the end of March this year compared to Rs. 575 crore last year. The bank has recommended a dividend of Rs. 4.50

per share of Rs. 10 each for 2008-09.
New Delhi: The brief respite from the scorching heat ended on Friday for the residents of the National Capital as the mercury climbed above the 40-degree mark again.

The maximum temperature was recorded at 40.3 degrees Celsius, almost two degrees higher than Thursday's maximum, while the minimum was 23.2 degrees Celsius.

The temperature is expected to rise further.
NEW DELHI: The Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India (ICWAI) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), US, to facilitate mutual recognition and cooperation and develop the profession of management accountancy for the benefit of their members and students.

The MoU will enable recognition of the professional qualifications of the respective institutes. A member of ICWAI can now get enrolled as a member of IMA-US and vice versa. However, an IMA member enrolling as a member of ICWAI will not be allowed to hold a certificate of practice to undertake any statutory work in India.

According to ICWAI president Kunal Banerjee, "The MoU will bring mutual recognition and global cooperation between members of ICWAI and IMA. Both institutions have agreed to assist and cooperate in conducting joint research, development of management accounting guidelines and standards as well as hold joint seminars, conferences and activities beneficial to both institutions, their members and students."

"ICWAI will enhance its global presence through this MoU and members of both the Institutes will benefit immensely from recognition of both certifications. The MoU will also help in applied research in areas of specific interest related to management accounting," he added.

IMA Senior Vice-President of Certification Dennis Whitney said: "This agreement will help IMA further its global presence. ICWAI-certified professionals will now be able to enjoy global recognition."
KATTAPPANA: Congress leader V. M. Sudheeran on Friday said that the LDF government was destroying the public educational system of the State.

He was inaugurating the Kerala Aided Primary Teachers Union (KAPTU) State leadership camp at Erattayar near here. About 300 representatives

are participating in the three-day camp.
Bangalore: The results of the second year Pre-University Course examination will be announced at 3.30 p.m. on Saturday. About 6.2 lakh students wrote the examination held from March 13 to 26 in 856 centres across the State.

This year saw a rise of nearly 50,000 students compared to last year with nearly 3.28 lakh from the Kannada medium.

The answer scripts were evaluated in Bangalore, Mysore, Belgaum, Davangere and Mangalore, and evaluators had to take time off to attend for election duty also.

S.G. Hedge, Commissioner, Department of Pre-University Education, said that for the first time, the results would be available at all BangaloreOne centres in the city and Nemmadi Kendras across the State. To help students, the department has brought in transparency in the examination system.

If the marks obtained by students are not up to their expectation, they may obtain a photocopy of their answer script, which will be delivered to their homes. The students may get it reviewed by subject experts. If it is found that the evaluation was not proper, students may apply for re-evaluation. An expert committee of three lecturers will do re-evaluation and award marks.

The department will conduct supplementary examination in June to ensure that they are allowed to continue their higher education in the same academic year.
HYDERABAD: The first edition of the Hindu Education Plus International Education Fair will be held at Taj Deccan Hotel, Banjara Hills on May 11 and 12 bringing a host of universities from several countries for direct interaction with the students here. The fair would be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the both days and entry is free.

Representatives from sought-after institutions from countries like the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, Germany, Canada, Russia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Dubai and the Philippines will be present at the fair.

The education fair aims to serve as a one-stop destination for information on possible courses that could be pursued abroad, covering several disciplines, including engineering, management, medicine, information technology, fine arts, aviation and hospitality.

Information on visa procedures, career guidance by industry professionals, interaction with former students, counselling and education loan options will be a part of the event.

Besides the opportunity to interact with the counsellors of various institutions, students will have the chance to participate in seminars and interactive sessions to be held at the venue.

The seminar sessions will include: Counselling on US Education (11 a.m. to 12 noon) by United States Educational Foundation in India; Counselling on UK Education (12 noon to 1 p.m.) by British Council; Education in Germany (2.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.) by DAAD; Counselling on Education Australia (3.30 p.m. to 4.25 p.m.) by IDP Australia and Counselling on Singapore Education (4.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.) by Singapore Education Board.
SALEM: The Department of Posts has made the e-Post service available at all the post offices in Salem West Division.

Any message in any language can be sent to any part of the country in an A4 format at the charge of Rs. 10.

People can use the facility to greet the candidates in advance and after the elections, a press release from Superintendent of Post Offices M. Sri Rangan said.

More information can be obtained from the Office of the Superintendent of Post offices (2447463, 2448014), Public Relations Inspector (94428-62406) and Marketing executives (94435-68949 and 94861-61261) at the nearby post offices.
MADURAI: The State Bank of India opened its first biometric ATM in Madurai Cluster and the fourth in Chennai Circle at Melur on Thursday.

The ATM will allow withdrawal of money in fixed denominations using one's fingerprints.
Wipro, which has already bagged two large IT outsourcing contracts from telcos, is among the shortlisted contenders for another large
outsourcing deal, this time from Swan Telecom. The other vendors that have made it to the shortlist include IBM and Tech Mahindra. UAE-based operator Etisalat owns 45% stake in Swan Telecom.

If Wipro wins this deal, the IT major would have won as many large outsourcing deals from telcos as IBM. Earlier this week, Wipro announced a nine-year deal with Unitech Wireless estimated at Rs 2,500 crore. In January 2008, it bagged a $600-million deal from Aircel Cellular. This deal is expected to be as large as the Unitech Wireless contract, said industry sources.

IBM has large outsourcing contracts from Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular. Till the Aircel deal, it had a dream run, bagging all the large deals from telecos.

Close to seven vendors had bid for the Swan Telecom contract, but about four of them could be in the final shortlist, said an industry expert, who did not wish to be named.

He said operators may prefer outsourcing to a player other than IBM for competitive reasons.

"Wipro could be a favourite to win because IBM already has three large operators with it. So, new operators may prefer not to go with it. Tech Mahindra's niche focus may work against it in such contracts because the operators want vendors with a broad area of expertise," the expert said. Compared to Wipro, Tech Mahindra is also a relatively new entrant into the domestic market.

Swan and other new operators are negotiating their IT contracts ahead of their equipment orders. In a response to a query on the company's IT outsourcing plans, a Swan Telecom spokesperson said: "We are currently in the preparatory stages and will announce our plans for the Indian market at the appropriate time."

In a response to an e-mail from ET, Wipro said: "Wipro does not comment on speculations and as a policy, we do not comment on specific clients or business." New entrants like Unitech, Swan, Datacom and Loop are liable to pay penalty if they don't launch services even after 52 weeks of spectrum allotment. Beyond 52 weeks, there is a grace period of three weeks.

"We evaluated Wipro on all parameters — financial and commercial — and found the company extremely competitive. Also, being new in the (telecom) vertical, they brought a lot of freshness in approach and innovative ideas. We went about it objectively and Wipro had the team and infrastructure to support the project," Aircel COO Gurdeep Singh had told ET about why the company decided to outsource to Wipro.

source: economictimes
NEW DELHI: Hinduja Group flagship firm Ashok Leyland on Friday reported a 69.33 per cent decline in commercial vehicles sales in April at 1,750
units compared to 5,705 units sold in the same month last year.

Domestic sales for the month stood at 1,615 units against 5,549 units in corresponding month last year, down by 70.90 per cent, the company said in a statement.

Exports during the month fell by 13.46 per cent to 135 units from 156 units in the same period last year.

The company reported a decline of about 72.40 per cent in total domestic sales of medium and heavy commercial vehicles at 1,591 units compared to 5,503 units in the same month last year.

Domestic light commercial vehicle sales fell by 47.83 per cent to 24 units in April from 46 units in the corresponding period last year, while exports of LCVs for the month of April 2009 was nil compared to seven units in the same period last year.

source: Economictimes
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Samsung extends its full-touchscreen mobile phone series with the latest launch of Samsung Star S5230 and Samsung Preston S5600 in the global market. Both the handsets are user friendly with compact designs and several multimedia features.

"Samsung Star and Samsung Preston are significant additions to our full-touch screen mobile portfolio, featuring all the essential functions in one single device," said JK Shin, Executive Vice President and Head, Mobile Communications division, Samsung Electronics. "I am pretty confident that the products will be one of our historical best selling mobiles. Focusing on our consumer-oriented strategy, Samsung will deliver various full touch products for every lifestyle," he added.

Source: techgadgets
In an effort to promote in the wireless industry, global communications solution provider, Qualcomm''s subsidiary, Qualcomm Ventures announced a new initiative named QPrize competition with an aim to identify and support companies as well as entrepreneurs. The competition is open to the regions of North America, Europe, China and India and promises to provide more than $ 550,000 in funds.

The competition is open till July 31, 2009 and players from Consumer/enterprise applications and services, Communication devices, Semiconductor and component technologies, Mobile platforms, Digital media and content, Healthcare technologies and services and CleanTech areas of business can participate in the competition.

"Many of tomorrow's great technology innovations are being developed by small companies, entrepreneurs and university students," said Nagraj Kashyap, vice president of Qualcomm Ventures.  "This competition is designed to provide initial financial support to help bring their ideas into the market."

"Qualcomm continues to make R&D investments in India and, through Qualcomm Ventures, provides early-stage funding to innovative Indian start-ups in the wireless space," said Kanwalinder Singh, senior vice president of Qualcomm and president of Qualcomm India and South Asia.  "QPrize is an additional initiative to identify and strengthen novel business ideas while in the concept stage.  We look forward to spirited participation from Indian entrepreneurs and hope to move their ideas towards commercial reality by extending initial mentoring and financial support."

source: telecomtiger
Intel Nehalem architecture based Intel Core i7 940 processor will be phased out later this year. Ironically, Intel Core i7 940 was one of the first processors based on Nehalem architecture launched in November 2008. Consumers can confirm their Core i7 940 orders till Sept. 4 this year and after that it would be officially unavailable.

The quad-core 2.93GHz Intel Core i7 940 would be the first Nehalem processor to be phased out. Intel cites in a statement, "market demand for the same has moved to other products. Following the Core i7 940, Intel will next discontinue production of high-end quad-core 3.2GHz Intel Core i7 965 Extreme Edition.

It's hardly been a year since Intel launched it's Core i7 CPU but after Intel demonstrated 32nm Westmere chips in mid-February, this shift from Nehalem architecture to 32nm Westmere was obvious.

As per the Tick in Intel's Tick Tock Model, the 32nm process technology based processors will hit the production floors this year and will be publicly available in first half of 2010.

However, it's surprising that Intel still continues to sell cheaper quad-core 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 920 CPU, may be due to the price factor. Also, Intel is expected to roll out a high-end 3.33GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 975 Extreme Edition hopefully by the end of this month.

Intel is on tarck according to it's roadmap, the 32nm Westmere chips was planned for this year. However, Nehalem chips will be available (read shipped) throughout 2009.

source: techtree
Nokia, the Finnish mobile phone maker has announced that it is ready to launch an online store for mobile application called Ovi Store later this month. According to the reports, the Nokia store will debut with a catalog of 20,000 items whereas in comparison, Apple and RIM launched their stores with a few hundred apps.

According to the company, the Ovi Store would not have user-generated content. For creating applications, all developers must register with Nokia. Nokia will reject objectionable content like gambling applications and pornography, but would not block services that compete with its own products, the company added.

Users can access the store in two different ways. Either the service comes pre-loaded on the new handsets of Nokia or the consumers who own recent Nokia phones will also be able to download the store from the Web onto their handsets.

The Ovi Store was announced on August 29th 2007 and the public beta was released on August 28th, 2008.

source: itvoir