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Cisco announced the second generation of its Integrated Services Router, the ISR G2, a borderless networks architecture or a branch office platform optimized for video and virtualized services.

The Cisco ISR G2 helps businesses and service providers simplify and scale delivery of on-demand, networked business services like video and collaborative applications at branch offices.

It combines Cisco's routing, switching, wireless, and security technologies into a more tightly integrated networking infrastructure that allows businesses to embrace the growing use of video, collaborative applications, and other networked services and deliver them across their enterprises.

The Cisco ISR G2 portfolio is built on the company's 25-year routing heritage. It offers as much as five times the performance of its predecessor, the Cisco ISR, the industry's most widely deployed router with more than 7 million units sold since its introduction in 2004.

Business video: With business video adoption expected to climb to 77.6 percent by 2012 (Cisco VNI Research), and with video proven to play a key role in enabling business innovation and better customer service, the video-ready architecture and new video digital signal processors in the ISR G2 will be key to delivering medianet capabilities essential to the borderless networks experience.

Service virtualization with an "on-demand" service delivery: Borderless Networks solutions decouple hardware and software so that virtual services can be remotely deployed and managed. The ISR G2 implements this with the innovative Services-Ready Engine, which lets businesses dynamically deploy services in branches without costly onsite support. The ISR G2 Services Module comes with up to 1 terabyte of on-board storage, which is useful for video surveillance deployments, and supports up to seven times the performance of previous network modules.

Operational savings: The Borderless Networks architecture delivers Cisco EnergyWise across multiple platforms to enable organizations to better manage their power consumption and costs through increased visibility and policy-based controls. ISR G2 extends this capability to the branch office with a new family of integrated EnergyWise compliant switch modules and slot-based power control.

The borderless experience: The Borderless Networks architecture breaks down boundaries between location, device, and application. As applications and services are increasingly offered and consumed from beyond the enterprise perimeter, a new approach will be required. The ISR G2 enables sophisticated premise-based services while extending mobility, security, and performance to users, no matter where the user or application is located.
IT services firm HCL Technologies Ltd said on Wednesday it has tied up with Microsoft to provide retail banking solution to help banks in the Asia-Pacific.

The product will help address sales, marketing and services needs in retail banking, it said in a statement to the Bombay Stock Exchange.

At 10.24 a.m., HCL shares were up 4.13 percent at 323.1 rupees each in a flat Mumbai market.
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HELSINKI, FINLAND: Top mobile phone maker Nokia Oyj on Friday announced changes to the management of its struggling phone businesses, a day after posting its worst-ever quarterly results.

Nokia said Rick Simonson, the company's chief financial officer since 2004, would head its new Mobile Phones unit, which would focus on cheaper models, starting in November, and global head of sales Timo Ihamuotila, who joined Nokia in 1993, would take over as CFO.

A Nokia spokesman said that Jo Harlow would move from global marketing to run its Smartphone business -- its other new phone entity in the Devices and Services group -- and John Martin from rival Apple would step in as head of Nokia's Mobile Computers business starting November.

"Mobile Phones remains the powerhouse of Nokia's business. It requires a steady hand on the tiller combined with operational excellence to ensure it remains a lean, mean phone-making-machine," said Ben Wood, analyst at CCS Insight, but added Smartphones was the firm's biggest challenge.

Nokia said that in his new role, Simonson would manage the portfolio of Series 30 and 40 devices, and head strategic sourcing of Devices.

"Rick Simonson's deep knowledge of the business and its financials will be valuable for the significant part Mobile Phones plays in Nokia's business," Nokia Chief Executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo said in a statement.

Nokia reported its weakest ever quarterly result on Thursday, with a net loss of 913 million euros ($1.36 billion) compared with a 1.06 billion profit the previous year.

It lost share in the high end of the cellphone market to rivals Apple and RIM and was hurt by a large writedown in its struggling networks unit.

"To split its mobile phone business seems like a good idea, with development in smartphones taking place at such a fast pace," said OP Pohjola analyst Hannu Rauhala.

"In Mobile Phones it's more about cost efficiency, sourcing and negotiating the best deals, so in that sense Simonson is a good a candidate as anyone."

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Apple Inc is once again expected to top Wall Street's estimates when it unveils quarterly earnings next week, but it may have to beat by a lot to drive an already lofty share price higher.

The maker of the Mac, iPhone and iPod is on a roll: CEO Steve Jobs is back at the helm, its stock has more than doubled this year to within spitting distance of a record high, and it has smashed profit expectations two years running.

Now, analysts say one potential speed bump this quarter is the iPhone. Sales of the device that competes with Research in Motion's BlackBerry and Palm's Pre may look weaker in comparison to strong numbers a year ago, and may not be enough to satisfy the voracious hopes of some investors.

"The driver is if the iPhone keeps selling well," said Hudson Square Research analyst Daniel Ernst. He also noted that Mac sales, the largest single chunk of Apple's revenue, should be impressive.

"Mac is a huge part of the company and I think it's going to get better next year, so while there may be some risk in the iPhone sales for the quarter, people will take some solace in that the Mac sales are pretty strong."

Investors have grown accustomed to Apple crushing Wall Street estimates, so there are strong expectations for the company's fiscal fourth-quarter, which ended September. Nearly 20 analysts have lifted price targets since September.

"Expectations for Q4 are high going into FY Q4, and we would not be looking to make a big bet on the quarter," Sanford Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi wrote in a recent research note, adding that Apple may not deliver a "blow-out" iPhone number.

Simply exceeding average expectations isn't guaranteed to please investors. IBM surpassed Wall Street forecasts for revenue and earnings slightly and raised its full-year outlook, but its shares slid 5 per cent on Friday. On the other hand, Google's shares rose 4 per cent after it beat by a wide margin.

Apple has bested consensus Wall Street EPS estimates in every quarter for the past two years, and beat on revenue every quarter save one.

That's why Apple detractors are tough to find, and many analysts argue the stock still has room to run. The company has handily outperformed competitors despite an economic downturn that was supposed to hurt sales of its expensive products, and unlike others it has not slashed costs to protect its bottom line.

With Jobs back in the driver's seat following half a year of medical leave -- during which time his lieutenants carried on -- thits stock is now nearing it all-time high of $202.96. But Apple's shares now trade at 32 times forward earnings, versus RIM's 16 times.

"People are expecting a beat, EPS numbers have climbed up over the last couple weeks," said Oppenheimer & Co analyst Yair Reiner. But for the top-line, "it depends on what happens with the iPhone."

Room to move

The company moved 6.9 million iPhones in the year-ago quarter, so it will be a tough comparison. Wall Street expects around 7.5 million units this quarter although some estimates are well below that.

In September, Apple reported sales of more than 30 million iPhones to date, which some analysts say translated into about 3.5 million so far for the quarter, meaning the company would have to pick up the pace to best the total from a year ago.

It launched its latest iPhone in June and sales have impressed, even as the company expands into new markets such as China. But some analysts say the company has had a hard time meeting demand in foreign locales.

Analysts are forecasting a net profit rise of 15 per cent, and sales to increase 17 per cent. They see a profit of $1.42 a share on $9.2 billion revenue, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Its gross margin is expected to hit 35.5 per cent.

Wall Street is expecting Mac sales of around 2.8 million units on good back-to-school sales, implying growth of around 7 per cent. But despite a recent refresh, analysts expect iPod units to fall 5 per cent-to-10 per cent from a year ago.

According to estimates by industry tracker IDC, Apple's U.S. shipments surged 11.8 per cent in the quarter, far outpacing the overall market.

Though Apple's stock is often volatile around its earnings, few people are betting against it. Short interest stands at under 2 per cent, compared with 32 per cent for Palm.

Analysts believe Apple shares can move higher in coming months. And a new product -- in the form of a rumored tablet device -- looms on the horizon.

One wrinkle is recently approved accounting rule changes that would allow Apple to record much more revenue from iPhones when they are sold, rather than over time.

Apple, which supported the rule change, will not say when it would move to adopt the new standard, but many analysts expect it to see the change take effect from the December quarter, its first of fiscal 2010.

Still, it has been reporting non-GAAP results to provide a better picture of sales and profit, and analysts say investors have already been valuing the company by that metric.

Shares of Cupertino, California-based Apple fell 1.3 per cent to close at $188.05 on Nasdaq, in line with the market's decline.
SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Google Inc's growth machine is back in gear. The world's No. 1 search engine not only posted higher-than-expected third-quarter profits and revenues, but also said it was looking for major acquisitions and could buy a large company "maybe every year or two."

"We're open for business in making strategic acquisitions, both large and small," Google CEO Eric Schmidt told analysts on a conference call.

Google executives said large advertisers were more eager to spend on search ads in the third quarter and consumers shopped more online, helping the Internet company notch its strongest quarter-on-quarter revenue growth since 2007's final quarter, underscoring improving economic conditions.

Shares of Google, which have surged more than 80 per cent since mid-March, rose 3.2 per cent to $547.00 following the earnings report, after closing down 1 per cent at $529.91 on Nasdaq on Thursday.

"It's a reflection of the fact that there's a lot more economic activity going on on the Internet," said Sanford Bernstein analyst Jeff Lindsay.

Google was widely expected to be one of the biggest, early beneficiaries of an economic recovery, thanks to its dominance of the online search market, whose growth has slowed as recession-hit companies cut back on advertising spending.

It said both the amount of money that advertisers pay for the text ads that appear alongside search results as well as the number of clicks on those ads by Web surfers increased quarter-over-quarter.

Google also made headway in some of its other business initiatives, although they have yet to pay off the way its search advertising business has.

Finance Chief Patrick Pichette said the company was monetizing more than 1 billion video views a week on YouTube, the popular video site that Google bought for $1.65 billion in 2006. He reiterated comments made last quarter that YouTube was on track to become profitable in the "not too distant future."

And executives said searches on mobile devices, like smartphones, increased 30 per cent quarter over quarter, though they declined to offer details about how mobile ad rates compared with rates for ads in the standard search engine.

Eye on costs

Google's results come as Microsoft steps up efforts to challenge Google's search dominance with a revamped search engine, dubbed Bing, and a recently announced search deal with Yahoo that has yet to close.

But Brigantine Advisors analyst Colin Gillis said Google's third-quarter results showed that Google - whose share of the U.S. search market is about 65 per cent, according to comScore - was not under any immediate threat. Yahoo is a distant second with an 18.8 per cent market share.

"Google has no competition. Yahoo is withering on the vine and Bing is too tiny now," said Colin Gillis, senior analyst at Brigantine Advisors.

Google's net revenue in the third quarter - excluding traffic acquisition costs, or the money that Google shares with partners - rose 8.5 per cent from a year earlier to $4.38 billion, beating the $4.24 billion expected by analysts.

Net revenue also grew quarter-on-quarter for the first time this year, after being roughly flat in the second quarter and falling for the first time ever in the first quarter.

Net income was $1.64 billion, or $5.13 a share, compared with $1.29 billion, or $4.06 per share, a year earlier, thanks in part to ongoing cost controls at the Mountain View, California company.

Excluding special items, profit per share was $5.89, beating the $5.42 expected by analysts, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

But some analysts sounded a note of caution about Google's spending going forward.

"The only thing making investors cautious is that Schmidt mentioned investing heavily on our future," said RBC Capital Markets analyst Ross Sandler.

Schmidt had told Reuters in September that Google expects to buy one small company a month as it starts up its dealmaking machine again after a breather during the worst period of the financial crisis.

He said on Thursday that any large deals would need to have a significant strategic rationale, such as accelerating revenue or providing access to a "major, major" pool of customers that Google cannot currently reach.

Besides acquisitions, Google plans to step up hiring of engineers and salespeople as well as invest in new projects as its business improves and worries about the economy recede.

"We are short key technology talent to achieve some of these broader initiatives," Schmidt said.
NEW YORK, USA: IBM raised its full-year outlook and reported higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday as its growing focus on higher-margin software and services helped it cope with weak technology spending.

International Business Machines Corp still failed to satisfy investors, whose expectations had risen along with a 24 per cent rise in the shares over the past three months. A drop in service contract numbers, an indication of future sales, also worried Wall Street.

"I think people had expected a bigger upside," said Kim Caughey, an analyst with Fort Pitt Capital. "If you are someone who follows technology closely, the third quarter isn't a strong quarter -- so that they beat at all, I'm happy."

Indeed, IBM reported third-quarter net profit rose to $3.2 billion, or $2.40 a share, from $2.8 billion, or $2.04 a share, a year earlier. Analysts on average expected a profit of $2.38 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Revenue fell 7 per cent from a year earlier to $23.6 billion, but it rose 1 per cent from the previous quarter and was better than Wall Street's forecast of $23.4 billion.

IBM forecast a return to revenue growth in the fourth quarter and said it was ahead of pace to achieve its target earnings of $10 to $11 per share in 2010.

Total gross profit margin rose to 45.1 per cent from 43.3 per cent a year earlier.

One concern

One concern among investors was that service contract signings fell 7 per cent $11.8 billion. Such signings are an indicator of long-term sales.

Despite that decline, Frost & Sullivan analyst Ronald Gruia said, IBM's results were positive and investors were likely taking profits.

"Sometimes there are ups and downs," he said. "I think it's mostly 'sell on the news'-type stuff."

For its part, IBM said the decline in services reflected a weak business environment, but conditions were stabilizing, particularly in credit markets.

"What we see more broadly I think is some stabilization in the economic environment," Chief Financial Officer Mark Loughridge told analysts on a conference call.

"You remember last time at this point in time, we were talking about -- questions like, do you have commercial paper or do you have a financing business? We are certainly through those kinds of questions."

IBM has managed to escape the worst of the tech downturn of the past year by shifting more of its sales from servers to software and services in outsourcing, automation and technology support -- areas that have remained relatively strong as companies seek ways to cut costs.

"Corporate spending is very much starting to show some rebound," said Keith Wirtz, president and chief investment officer at Fifth Third Asset Management.

"As we look at the tech space, we think the general tone in this reporting cycle and for the next several quarters will be better than expected."

IBM shares, which had risen on hopes of a recovery in technology spending, fell 3.88 per cent to $123.01 in extended trading after closing at $127.98 on the New York Stock Exchange.

That was in contrast to a 3.1 per cent gain in the shares of Google Inc, which also announced better-than-expected third quarter profit and revenue on Thursday.
NEW YORK, USA: Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it has recovered most of the data feared lost by users of its Sidekick mobile phone, following a Microsoft server computer failure.

Data such as contacts, photos and calendar entries saved on the phones and remotely at Microsoft's servers was originally thought to be destroyed, according to T-Mobile USA, a unit of Deutsche Telekom, the U.S. carrier for the handset.

"We are pleased to report that we have recovered most, if not all, customer data for those Sidekick customers whose data was affected by the recent outage," Microsoft executive Roz Ho said in a statement.

Microsoft plans to begin restoring users' personal data "as soon as possible," the company said, adding it now thinks that only a minority of Sidekick users were hit by the data loss.

The problem was caused by a server failure that hurt Microsoft's main and backup databases supporting Sidekick.

The glitch hit as technology companies are increasingly looking to convince customers to use remote storage services to back up their data, and at a time when Microsoft is fighting to gain ground in the market for smartphones.
SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Amazon.com Inc said on Thursday it was launching same-day delivery service in seven cities as the online retailer looks to win sales from last-minute shoppers this holiday season.

Amazon said "Local Express Delivery" will offer customers same-day delivery in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, Las Vegas, Seattle and Washington, D.C. for $5.99.

That price applies only to Amazon Prime members, who pay a $79 yearly fee for free shipping from the online site. For a non-Prime customer, the price could be as high as $18.99 to ship a computer or a piece of luggage, for example.

The service will be extended to Chicago, Indianapolis and Phoenix in the coming months, Amazon said. It will be a permanent service from the retailer that will continue after the holidays.

"If a customer needs a last-minute present for a birthday or wants a copy of their book club book before the weekend starts, they can order from Amazon instead of the hassle of a last-minute trip to the mall," Girish Lakshman, Amazon's vice president of transportation, said in a statement.

The company will use the courier services Dynamex Inc and A1 for its same-day needs, Amazon said.

Ed Weller, an analyst with ThinkEquity, said the new service "removes yet another barrier to closing the sale" for Amazon, which has outpaced rivals in the difficult spending environment.

"It will surely contribute something incremental to sales, especially around holidays," wrote Weller in a note, adding that the $5.99 price for Amazon Prime members seems intended to drive membership to that yearly service.

Amazon is also expanding its Saturday delivery options. Items ordered before the cut-off time on Thursday using two-day shipping will be delivered on Saturday instead of Monday. Amazon Prime members will pay $6.99 for the service, with an additional cost for non-Prime members.

The Seattle-based online retailer reports third-quarter results next week.

Shares of the company were down 1.6 percent at $95.90 in early afternoon trading.

PALO ALTO, USA: Facebook's chief operating officer said the social networking company was targeting a bigger ad market than the search ad market that has made Google Inc rich.

Sheryl Sandberg also told a group of high-tech specialists on Thursday that revenues were growing so fast at privately held Facebook that it turned cash positive recently, instead of in 2010 as predicted earlier this year.

A member of the board told Reuters the company was on target to bring in revenue of $500 million this year. Sandberg gave no numbers that would update that figure.

Sandberg, who has long fought the perception Facebook lacked a revenue model, laid out a gameplan to turn the company into a cash machine by describing how the company aimed to bring in revenues from novel ads aimed at its 300 million users.

She sai advertising was a "funnel" that starts at the top by engaging many people and creating demand, then getting to the bottom where a select group bought a product.

Google does a better job than any other company in advertising to people who are at the bottom of the funnel and know what they want, and are searching to buy it, she said hours after Google reported third quarter net revenue of $4.38 billion, beating analysts expectations.

"If you look at global ad spend its about a $640 billion annual business ... It's 10 percent demand fulfilment," which is what Google's search ads do, she said.

"Where we are playing in the ad market is in that demand generation, which is the top 90 percent of the funnel."

Sandberg said Facebook has been shifting to an approach similar to Google's, in which the style of the ad resembled the style of its searches.

One success story she cited involved Starbucks Corp, which posted a video that created complaints. In response, Starbucks altered the video and won kudos from Facebook members. She said the message was, "Thanks so much ... isn't it great to have a company that listens."
BANGALORE, INDIA: With the acquisition of Laser Soft, Polaris Software Lab Limited is aggressively eyeing at fulfilling its core banking portfolio, competing with established players like Infosys (Finacle) and I-flex(Flexcube). It expects to grab more market share in the Indian and emerging market.

Speaking to CIOL, R Srikanth, executive vice president and chief financial officer said, "Our products like the Global Universal Banking (GUB) covers the western world and global banks. We have been in strong position in terms of modular banking, but were lagging in core banking."

LaserSoft, he added, is doing extremely well in the domestic/ Indian market.

"Like, the entire core-banking of Corporation Bank runs on Laser Soft platform, also the Catholic Syrian Bank. Laser Soft products will compliment our products and not only help us enhance the core-banking portfolio, but also help establish strong foothold in the domestic market, which we can take to other emerging markets as well."

Taking about the present market he elaborated, "We would now compete directly with two companies in India with respect to core banking installation, like Infosys (Finacle) and I-flex (Flexcube). Therefore in terms of market positing, we would be counted among top three companies with equally smart solutions."

Furthermore, the company would now be very competitive from technology and also the pricing aspect, he said.

Resonating the vision, Srikanth added that the acquisition is in line with its stated Polaris 3.0 vision of achieving market leadership in financial technology through focus on account expansion and intellect expansion. This might also come through other strategic acquisition as well, based on the market trends and growth prospects.

The entire process of integration is expected to take 14-15 months, meanwhile LaserSoft will continue as an independent firm.

Post the integration, B. Suresh Kamath, present CMD of LaserSoft will be roped in the management level, where he would be handling the core-banking responsibility with major focus on the LaserSoft portfolio.

The Chennai-based financial technology company has announced to acquire 100 per cent of Laser Soft Infosystems Ltd in an all cash deal for about Rs. 52 crores ($11 million).

Laser Soft was established in 1986 with specializing in serving the unique needs of India and emerging markets.

The company has proven solutions in core banking, trade finance, treasury, cash management, mutual funds and loans serving over 50 customers including leading banks such as Corporation Bank, State Bank of India, ICICI Bank, Mashreq bank, Catholic Syrian Bank, Andhra Bank, EXIM Bank of Tanzania and KEP Trust, Kosovo.

The solutions are benchmarked and recognized for sites having more than 20 million accounts, winning Best Technology Awards consistently for its ability to deliver high-performance banking at the lowest total cost of ownership.

"Together we will bring a robust and complementary solution-set that is uniquely suitable for emerging markets and will support our market proliferation plan," Srikanth is confident.
Bajaj Auto's Kawasaki Kracker is a gem of a machine which is sure to write another glorious chapter in the firm's sporty motorcycling theme says Adil Jal Darukhanawala after a quick spin on the baby Ninja

The wait just got over! For bikers who aspired for top notch contemporary motorcycles without having to shell out in excess of a million rupees, rejoice! The spanking new Kawasaki Ninja 250 is here and is just what the doctor ordered! Before we get down to what all is on offer, here's something for you all to salivate on before we hit the road big time:

- A twin-cylinder liquid cooled & fuel injected motor

- 4-valves per cylinder actuated by twin overhead camshafts

- 33PS at 11,000rpm

- 22Nm at 8200rpm

- A six-speed gearbox

- 172kg all up kerb weight

- Tubeless tyres

- Disc brakes front & rear

- Kawasaki patented Uni-Trak rear suspension

What is surely of the essence is that we finally have a motorcycle which has the right bits on it, looks like Kawasaki's litre-class superbikes, goes like stink, handles like a dream and best of all doesn't blow a hole in the wallet! You can have your Yamaha R1s and Honda Fireblades (damn fine machines these, but you'll get four plus Ninjas for the price of one of these hyperbikes!) but when it comes to corner carving on our roads and also doing the high speed hustle, the Ninja 250 has the beatings of all the big bikes in our biking eco-system. And best of all, with this attribute comes yet another trait, the Ninja 250 is an all round everyday bike with great ergonomics that allows you to play street scratcher, high speed commuter and MotoGP pilot all rolled into one with aplomb!
Cars and Bikes / Chevrolet Cruze: First Drive
Oct 15, 2009, 12:46 PM
Just one look at the Cruze and you will be taken in by its good looks, taunt stance and size. The large rakish headlights, wide grill and sculpted bumper give the car a menacingly handsome fascia. GM is definitely taking styling very seriously and considering the fact that the Cruze is set to have a global presence, this fact is all the more important for the first step towards acceptance is that customers worldwide should admire the way the car looks.

With such focus on style, GM didn't just stop at the front. When viewed from the side, the sporty overtone carries over for the car has a nicely curved roofline that merges well with the rather steeply raked rear windscreen. It's a rather European look and feel that this car possesses, except from the rear. The rear of the Cruze screams 'Honda Civic'. Literally, the rear lights just look like inverted Civic lights a fact that was confirmed by onlookers who asked me if I happen to be driving the new Civic. Of course they were completely oblivious to the bow-tie on the rear, but it does prove my point.

Nevertheless, the Cruze oozes with style and complimenting the entire package are the nice large 16 inch alloys wrapped in tubeless 205/60 JK Vectra rubber. To sum the exterior styling, I would say the Cruze is a combination of American Muscle Car and European Sedan with a dash of Japanese essence thrown in! What you get is a marriage of parts that work to give you a stunning car that would even look good in racing stripes.

Getting into the Cruze is also an experience for you don't need the keys to open the door! That's right, the Cruze comes with sensors on the door, so just as long as you have the keys in your pocket the door will pop right open when you pull on the handle. While on the subject of doors, it is rather simple to lock as well, for all you have to do is give the handle a gentle pull and the doors will lock. Anyways, back to the interiors of the car.

Once inside you will notice the sporty-muscle tone carried over here as well. It's a bit too much plastic at parts and the fit and finish could have been better but the overall look is rather striking for you almost feel as though you are in a cockpit. The large steering wheel with cruise control and stereo controls has a nice feel to it, the dials boast of a three-pod look that might have come straight out of a classic Chevy car-chrome and all! The center console however had me thinking 'Transformers'. Starting from the LED display to the controls of the in dash stereo and CD player down to the controls for the A/C and climate control and flanked by the center two A/C vents on the dash, the entire look was rather like the Transformers logo- a good thing considering the fact that GM is the official provider of cars for the Transformers movie franchise!

GM could have really done wonders with the interiors for they are well designed, its just that they are poorly put together at places. Apart from the plastic cubby holes in the doors the one little box on top of the dashboard spoils the party for it just doesn't sit right and has gaping gaps when shut. Another element that caught my eye as tacky was the sunglass holder. Placed uniquely towards the right side of the driver's head, the quality of the holder was really sub standard.

In terms of space, the Cruze is rather decent and offers ample room for the front passengers. Rear passengers also get enough leg room however head room is at a premium thanks to the steeply raked rear glass and downward flowing roofline.

A neat yet rather awesome surprise is thrown at you when you want to get the car moving. There is no key hole for the ignition! Instead you get a rather neat start/stop button towards the left of the steering column on the dash. A gentle push of the button, provided you have the clutch pressed and the 2.0 VCDi Diesel engine roars to life. Alright, you really can't hear it roar thanks to all the insulation, but the car does come to life. The instrument cluster takes on a neat blue glow which fits in well with the sporty tone and as you notch it into first gear to drive away you finally realize why this car is called the Cruze!

Sleekly styled, very well built and turned out with a poise and presence which is right up there, the new multi-faceted Indigo Manza is sure to stir up the hornet's nest which is the present day C-segment says Adil Jal Darukhanawala after an exclusive first drive

If ever one needs reminding as to how effectively Tata Motors has progressed as a car maker, one only needs to sense, see and experience its newest products. From the time the Indica Vista appeared on our roads, the going seems to have changed completely. The ground-breaking Nano seemed to indicate a whole new paradigm shift for the automotive world but Tata Motors didn't seem eager to step off the throttle pedal. And while a few yet seem to look at the Indian firm somewhat disparagingly, it is this determined drive which is so very indicative of an automobile firm eager to stand up and be counted in its peer group.

The latest Indigo Manza sedan is yet more proof of the above. And lest someone suggest that it is but an Indica Vista with a boot, it would be doing India's largest indigenous car maker and its latest product a huge disservice. The Indigo Manza is an all new sedan which like its Indo-Italian stablemate - the Fiat Linea, oozes grace and elegance and doesn't look at all as if the boot has been grafted on in a tacky manner.

If anything, the Indigo Manza (Manza supposedly means a little steer or a beautiful girl, chose what you want to believe), comes across as probably one of the best looking cars in a segment full of high profile machines strong on style and turnout. The Fiat Linea we have already mentioned but in the C-segment the Manza has also to battle the likes of the Honda City, the Ford Fiesta, the Hyundai Verna, the Chevy Aveo and the Suzuki Swift D?Zire and in the battle for making the best first impression, the Tata product does have its nose ahead.

Design and Style

It isn't hard to realize this when you take in the Manza's profile, the crisp clean lines running front to rear and with proportions of bonnet and boot strikingly elegant, the Indigo Manza is more of a handsome Indian hunk as compared to the chic Latino flair embodied by the Fiat Linea. Both these cars are built on the very same assembly line at Fiat India's modern Ranjangaon facility (the duo share many aggregates and also reside in the same segment), so it isn't hard to see what rubs off on each other. The Indigo Manza's front end has a more pronounced assertion about it with a slightly more detailed grille (than on the Indica Vista) coupled to triple-barreled head lights on either side. The large air intake on the wrap around bumper is separated from the top part by a nifty chrome strip which works brilliantly with the same sort of separator strips on the sides and on the rear bumper as well.
The crisp character streak just below the Manza's belt line seems to hold every thing in lithe tenuous action and the sculpting around the A and C-pillars indicates a fresh characterful approach to the overall package. There is nothing tacky about the rear end of the car and the overall design is harmonious rather than contrived as in the case of many others who have grown into full blown saloons from the large hatchback originals. The Manza's 2520mm wheelbase and its large 15-inch tyres help its stance and turnout. Credit Tata Motors' European Technical Centre then, for the Manza's clean yet pleasing design, making it seem ample yet agile rather than huge and unwieldy, both when stationary and also on the move.

Ride quality and handling

Power, torque, driveability and fuel efficiency are nothing if they are not matched by good dynamic ability and here as well the Indigo Manza makes the smiles stay plastered on the driver's face. It is no rabble rouser or a sports car but is a rapid all round family car with good ride quality backed up with easy neutral manners and good road holding and precise well weighted steering. Of course when on full song, the 200Nm of torque being fed through the two front wheels shod with 185/60 R15 tubeless radials is a tad too much and while the car yet handles brilliantly - credit this to optimum wheelbase to track ratio and also the weight distribution, I am sure that the car on 195/55 R15 tyres would have been even better while going on to 205s would have been the best. The Indigo Manza has phenomenal body control and even though its does tend to roll when hurled into corners at speed, the occupants do stay unruffled for the most part.

The steering is brilliant but we would have liked it to be a tad quicker. However as a plush upmarket saloon, the steering is eminently liveable but what is truly awesome is the poise of the car under braking. The Manza always gripped and came to a halt in a straight line whenever the anchors were thrown at speed and this is a mighty confidence-inspiring aspect of the overall drive experience. For the first time on a Tata Motors product for the domestic market, we find air bags and ABS as standard fitment on the Manza, two very welcome details which would be appreciated by many.
Jokes & Funny Images / International airline
Oct 15, 2009, 12:37 PM
Acronyms for International Airlines


ALITALIA = Always Late In The Air, Late In Arrival

ALITALIA = Arrived Late In Turin, And Luggage In Australia


BOAC = Better on a camel Belgium

SABENA = Such A Bloody Experience Never Again


PIA = Please, Inform Allah


JAT = Joke About Time

Pacific Western Airlines

PWA = Pray While Aloft

PWA = Please Wait Awhile Airlines

Trans World Airlines = Teeney Weeny Airlines.
Jokes & Funny Images / Airplane maintenance
Oct 15, 2009, 12:36 PM
"Squawks" are problem listings that pilots generally leave for maintenance crews to fix before the next flight. Here are some squawks submitted by US Air Force pilots and the replies from the maintenance crews.

(P) = Problem (S) = Solution

(P) Left inside main tire almost needs replacement

(S) Almost replaced left inside main tire

(P) Test flight OK, except autoland very rough

(S) Autoland not installed on this aircraft

(P) #2 Propeller seeping prop fluid

(S) #2 Propeller seepage normal - #1 #3 and #4 propellers lack normal seepage

(P) Something loose in cockpit

(S) Something tightened in cockpit

(P) Evidence of leak on right main landing gear

(S) Evidence removed

(P) DME volume unbelievably loud

(S) Volume set to more believable level

(P) Dead bugs on windshield

(S) Live bugs on order

(P) Autopilot in altitude hold mode produces a 200 fpm descent

(S) Cannot reproduce problem on ground

(P) IFF inoperative

(S) IFF always inoperative in OFF mode (IFF-Identification Friend or Foe)

(P) Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick

(S) That's what they're there for

(P) Number three engine missing

(S) Engine found on right wing after brief search

(P) Aircraft handles funny

(S) Aircraft warned to straighten up, "fly right" and be serious

(P) Target Radar hums

(S) Reprogrammed Target Radar with the lyrics
Jokes & Funny Images / Teaching the child
Oct 15, 2009, 12:36 PM
As a crowded airliner is about to take off, the peace is shattered by a 5-year-old boy who picks that moment to throw a wild temper tantrum. No matter what his frustrated, embarrassed mother does to try to calm him down, the boy continues to scream furiously and kick the seats around him.

Suddenly, from the rear of the plane, an elderly man in the uniform of an Air Force General is seen slowly walking forward up the aisle. Stopping the flustered mother with an upraised hand, the white-haired, courtly, soft-spoken General leans down and, motioning toward his chest, whispers something into the boy's ear.

Instantly, the boy calms down, gently takes his mother's hand, and quietly fastens his seat belt. All the other passengers burst into spontaneous applause.

As the General slowly makes his way back to his seat, one of the cabin attendants touches his sleeve. "Excuse me, General," she asks quietly, "but could I ask you what magic words you used on that little boy?"

The old man smiles serenely and gently confides, "I showed him my pilot's wings, service stars, and battle ribbons, and explained that they entitle me to throw one passenger out the plane door on any flight I choose."
Jokes & Funny Images / Training the blonde
Oct 15, 2009, 12:35 PM
An airline captain was breaking in a very pretty new blonde stewardess. The route they were flying had a stay-over in another city, so upon their arrival, the captain showed the stewardess the best place for airline personnel to eat, shop and stay overnight.

The next morning as the pilot was preparing the crew for the day's route, he noticed the new stewardess was missing. He knew which room she was in at the hotel and called her up wondering what happened to her. She answered the phone, sobbing, and said she couldn't get out of her room.

"You can't get out of your room?" the captain asked, "Why not?"

The stewardess replied, "There are only three doors in here, "she cried," one is the bathroom, one is the closet, and one has a sign on it that says 'Do Not Disturb'!"
Jokes & Funny Images / A no-frills airline
Oct 15, 2009, 12:34 PM
You'll Know It's a No-Frills Airline If:

   1. They don't sell tickets, they sell chances.

   2. All the insurance machines in the terminal are sold out.

   3. Before the flight, the passengers get together and elect a pilot.

   4. If you kiss the wing for luck before boarding, it kisses you back.

   5. You cannot board the plane unless you have the exact change.

   6. Before you took off, the stewardess tells you to fasten your Velcro.

   7. The Captain asks all the passengers to chip in a little for gas.

   8. When they pull the steps away, the plane starts rocking.

   9. The Captain yells at the ground crew to get the cows off the runway.

  10. You ask the Captain how often their planes crash and he sez, "Just once."

  11. No movie. Don't need one.

  12. Your life keeps flashing before your eyes.

  13. You see a man with a gun, but he's demanding to be let off the plane.

  14. All the planes have both a bathroom and a chapel.
Jokes & Funny Images / A Skydiving lesson
Oct 15, 2009, 12:34 PM
All of these pilot and aviation jokes get me to thinking about my first skydiving instructor. During class he would always take the time to answer any of our stupid first-timer questions.

One guy asked, "If our chute doesn't open, and the reserve doesn't open, how long do we have until we hit the ground?"

Our jump master looked at him and in perfect deadpan and answered, "The rest of your life."
Jokes & Funny Images / Blonde goes flying
Oct 15, 2009, 12:33 PM
A blonde went to a flight school insisting that she wanted to learn to fly. As all the planes were currently in use, the owner agreed to instruct her by radio on how to pilot the solo helicopter. He took her out, showed her how to start it and gave her the basics, and sent her on her way.

After she climbed 1000 feet, she radioed in. "I'm doing great! I love it! The view is so beautiful, and I'm starting to get the hang of this."

After 2000 feet, she radioed again, saying how easy it was to fly. The instructor watched her climb over 3000 feet, and was beginning to worry that she hadn't radioed in.

A few minutes later, he watched in horror as she crashed about half a mile away. He ran over and pulled her from the wreckage.

When he asked what happened, she said, "I don't know! Everything was going fine, but as I got higher, I was starting to get cold. I can barely remember anything after I turned off the big fan!"
Jokes & Funny Images / Dream flying planes
Oct 15, 2009, 12:32 PM
Sue and Bob, a pair of tight wads, lived in the mid west, and had been married years.

Bob had always want to go flying. The desire deepen each time a barn stormer flew into town to offer rides.

Bob would ask, and Sue would say, "No way, ten dollars is ten dollars."

The years went pay, and Bob figured he didn't have much longer, so he got Sue out to the show, explaining, it's free to watch, let's at least watch.

And once he got there the feeling become real strong. Sue and Bob started an arguement.

The Pilot, between flights, overheard, listened to they problem, and said, "I'll tell you what, I'll take you up flying, and if you don't say a word the ride is on me, but if you back one sound, you pay ten dollars.

So off they flew. The Pilot doing as many rolls, and dives as he could.

Heading to the ground as fast as the plane could go, and pulling out of the dive at just the very last second. Not a word. Finally he admited defeat and went back the air port.

"I'm surprised, why didn't you say anything?"

"Well I almost said something when Sue fell out, but ten dollars is ten dollars."
Jokes & Funny Images / Story of my friend
Oct 15, 2009, 12:32 PM
I have a friend who is a pilot on a 747.

I said "Hi Jack."

He shot me.
Jokes & Funny Images / Scary organization
Oct 15, 2009, 12:31 PM
The most dangerous organization in America today is:

a) The KKK

b) The American Nazi Party

c) The Delta Frequent Flyer Club
Jokes & Funny Images / An emergency landing
Oct 15, 2009, 12:31 PM
According to "The Australian," an airliner recently encountered severe vibration in flight.

The captain decided to make an emergency landing, and switched on the seat belt sign.

The vibration stopped immediately.

A passenger emerged from a lavatory and explained that he had been jogging in place inside.
A military cargo plane, flying over a populated area, suddenly loses power and starts to nose down. The pilot tries to pull up, but with all their cargo, the plane is too heavy. So he yells to the soldiers in back to throw things out to make the plane lighter. They throw out a pistol. "Throw out more!" shouts the pilot. So they throw out a rifle. "More!" he cries again. They heave out a missile, and the pilot regains control.

He pulls out of the dive and lands safely at an airport. They get into a jeep and drive off. Pretty soon they meet a boy on the side of the road who's crying. They ask him why he's crying and he says "A pistol hit me on the head!"

They drive more and meet another boy who's crying even harder. Again they ask why and the boy says, "A rifle hit me on the head!"

They apologize and keep driving. They meet a boy on the sidewalk who's laughing hysterically. They ask him, "Kid, what's so funny?" The boy replies, "I sneezed and a house blew up!"
It seems the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has a unique device for testing the strength of windshields on airplanes. The device is a gun that launches a dead chicken at a plane's windshield at approximately the speed the plane flies.

The theory is that if the windshield doesn't crack from the carcass impact, it'll survive a real collision with a bird during flight. It seems the British were very interested in this and wanted to test a windshield on a brand new, speedy locomotive they're developing.

They borrowed the FAA's chicken launcher, loaded the chicken and fired. The ballistic chicken shattered the windshield, went through the engineer's chair, broke an instrument panel and embedded itself in the back wall of the engine cab. The British were stunned and asked the FAA to recheck the test to see if everything was done correctly.

The FAA reviewed the test thoroughly and had one recommendation: "Use a thawed chicken."
A blonde gets on an airplane and sits down in the first class section of the plane. The stewardess rushes over to her and tells her she must move to coach because she doesn't have a first class ticket. The blonde replies, "I'm blonde, I'm smart, I have a good job, and I'm staying in first class until we reach Jamaica."

The disgusted stewardess gets the head stewardess who asks the blonde to leave. The blonde yet again repeats "I'm blonde, I'm smart, I have a good job and I'm staying in first class until we reach Jamaica." The head stewardesses doesn't even know what to do at this point because they still have to get the rest of the passengers seated to take off; the blode is causing a problem with boarding now, so the stewardess gets the copilot.

The copilot goes up to the blonde and whispers in her ear. She immediately gets up and goes to her seat in the coach section. The head stewardess asks the copilot in amazement what he said to get her to move to her correct seat. The copilot replies, "I told her the front half of the airplane wasn't going to Jamaica."
1. BadAir: When you just can't wait for the world to come to you.

2. BadAir: We're Amtrak with wings.

3. Join our frequent near-miss program.

4. On flights, every section is a smoking section.

5. Ask about our out-of-court settlements.

6. Our staff has had lots of experience counseling next-of-kin.

7. Are our jet engines too noisy? Don't worry. We'll turn them off.

8. Complimentary champagne during free-fall.

9. Enjoy the in-flight movie in the plane next to you.

10. The kids will love our inflatable slides.

11. If you think it's so easy, get your own plane!

12. Which will fall faster, our stock price or our planes?

13. Our pilots are all terminally ill and have nothing to lose.

14. BadAir: We may be landing on your street.

15. BadAir: Terrorists are afraid to fly with us.

16. Bring a bathing suit.

17. Some airlines are content to fly thousands of feet over landmarks. We try to get as close as possible for the best view.

18. That guy who crashed into the White House was one of our best pilots.

19. Fly BadAir and enjoy a free two-week hospital stay on us.

20. BadAir: A real man lands where he wants to.
On reaching his plane seat a man is surprised to see a parrot strapped in next to him. He asks the stewardess for a coffee where upon the parrot squawks "And get me a whisky you cow!" The stewardess, flustered, brings back a whisky for the parrot and forgets the coffee.

When this omission is pointed out to her the parrot drains its glass and bawls "And get me another whisky you idiot". Quite upset, the girl comes back shaking with another whisky but still no coffee.

Unaccustomed to such slackness the man tries the parrot's approach "I've asked you twice for a coffee, go and get it now or I'll kick you".

The next moment, both he and the parrot have been wrenched up and thrown out of the emergency exit by two burly stewards. Plunging downwards the parrot turns to him and says "For someone who can't fly, you complain too much!"
Patron: Waiter!

Waiter: Hi, my name is Bill, and I'll be your Support Waiter. What seems to be the problem?

Patron: There's a fly in my soup!

Waiter: Try again, maybe the fly won't be there this time.

Patron: No, it's still there.

Waiter: Maybe it's the way you're using the soup; try eating it with a fork instead.

Patron: Even when I use the fork, the fly is still there.

Waiter: Maybe the soup is incompatible with the bowl; what kind of bowl are you using?

Patron: A SOUP bowl!

Waiter: Hmmm, that should work. Maybe it's a configuration problem; how was the bowl set up?

Patron: You brought it to me on a saucer; what has that to do with the fly in my soup?!

Waiter: Can you remember everything you did before you noticed the fly in your soup?

Patron: I sat down and ordered the Soup of the Day!

Waiter: Have you considered upgrading to the latest Soup of the Day?

Patron: You have more than one Soup of the Day each day?

Waiter: Yes, the Soup of the Day is changed every hour.

Patron: Well, what is the Soup of the Day now?

Waiter: The current Soup of the Day is tomato.

Patron: Fine. Bring me the tomato soup, and the check. I'm running late now.

[Waiter leaves and returns with another bowl of soup and the check]

Waiter: Here you are, Sir. The soup and your check.

Patron: This is potato soup.

Waiter: Yes, the tomato soup wasn't ready yet.

Patron: Well, I'm so hungry now, I'll eat anything.

[The waiter leaves.]

Patron: Waiter! There's a gnat in my soup!

The check:
Soup of the Day . . . . . . . . . . $5.00
Upgrade to newer Soup of the Day. . $2.50
Access to support . . . . . . . . . $1.00
Jokes & Funny Images / Application rejections
Oct 15, 2009, 12:26 PM
Baxter Conners
Vice President
Company 203
203 Wall St.
New York, NY 10015

Dear Mr. Conners,

Thank you for your letter of February 17th. After careful consideration I regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me employment with your bank.

This year I have been particularly fortunate in receiving an unusually large number of rejection letters. With such a varied and promising field of candidates it is impossible for me to accept all refusals.

Despite Company 203's outstanding qualifications and previous experience in rejecting applicants, I find that your rejection does not meet my needs at this time. Therefore I will initiate employment with your firm immediately following graduation. I look forward to seeing you then.

Jokes & Funny Images / Fun with telemarketers
Oct 15, 2009, 12:25 PM

What to say to a telemarketer! One of the things that has always bugged me (and I'm sure it has most of you, too) is to sit down to dinner only to be interrupted by a phone call from a telemarketer. I decided, on one such occasion, to try to be as irritating to them as they were to me. The call was from AT&T, and it went something like this:

Me: Hello

AT&T: Hello, this is AT&T....

Me: Is this AT&T?

AT&T: Yes, this is AT&T....

Me: This is AT&T?

AT&T: Yes. This is AT&T....

Me: Is this AT&T?

AT&T: YES! This is AT&T. May I speak to Mr. Salem please?

Me: May I ask who is calling?

AT&T: This is AT&T.

Me: OK, hold on.

At this point, I put the phone down for a solid 5 minutes thinking that, surely, this person would have hung up the phone. I ate my salad. Much to my surprise, when I picked up the receiver, she was still waiting.

Me: Hello?

AT&T: Is this Mr. Salem?

Me: May I ask who is calling please?

AT&T: Yes, this is AT&T....

Me: Is this AT&T?

AT&T: Yes, this is AT&T....

Me: This is AT&T?

AT&T: Yes, is this Mr. Salem?

Me: Yes, is this AT&T?

AT&T: Yes, sir.

Me: The phone company?

AT&T: Yes, sir.

Me: I thought you said this was AT&T.

AT&T: Yes, sir, we are a phone company.

Me: I already have a phone.

AT&T: We aren't selling phones today, Mr. Salem.

Me: Well, whatever it is, I'm really not interested, but thanks for calling.

When you are not interested in something, I don't think you can express yourself any plainer than by saying "I'm really not interested", but this lady was persistent.

AT&T: Mr. Salem, we would like to offer you 10 cents a minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Now, I am sure she meant she was offering a "rate" of 10 cents a minute, but she at no time used the word "rate". I could clearly see that it was time to whip out the trusty old calculator and do a little ciphering.

Me: Now, that's 10 cents a minute 24 hours a day? AT&T: (getting a little excited at this point by my interest) Yes, sir, that's right! 24 hours a day!

Me: 7 days a week?

AT&T: That's right.

Me: 365 days a year?

AT&T: Yes, sir.

Me: I am definitely interested in that! Wow!! That's amazing!! AT&T: We think so!

Me: That's quite a sum of money!

AT&T: Yes, sir, it's amazing how it adds up.

Me: OK, so will you send me checks weekly, monthly or just one big one at the end of the year for the full $52,560? If you send an annual heck, can I get a

cash advance?

AT&T: Excuse me?

Me: You know, the 10 cents a minute.

AT&T: What are you talking about?

Me: You said you'd give me 10 cents a minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. That comes to $144 per day, $1,008 per week and $52,560 per year. I'm just interested in knowing how you will be making payment.

AT&T: Oh no, sir, I didn't mean we'd be paying you. You pay us 10 cents a minute.

Me: Wait a minute here! Didn't you say you'd give me 10 cents a minute? Are you sure this is AT&T?

AT&T: Well, yes, this is AT&T, sir, but....

Me: But nothing! How do you figure that by saying that you'll give me 10 cents a minute that I'll give you 10 cents a minute? Is this some kind of suliminal telemarketing scheme? I've read about things like this in the Enquirer, you know. Don't use your alien brainwashing techniques on me.

AT&T: No, sir, we are offering 10 cents a minute for....

Me: THERE YOU GO AGAIN! Can I speak to a supervisor please?!? AT&T: Sir, I don't think that is necessary.

Me: Sure! You say that now! What happens later? AT&T: What?

Me: I insist on speaking to a supervisor! AT&T: Yes, Mr. Salem. Please hold.

So, now AT&T has me on hold, and my supper is getting cold. I begin to eat while I'm waiting for a supervisor. After a wait of a few minutes and while I have a mouth full of food.......

Supervisor: Mr. Salem?

Me: Yeth?

Supervisor: I understand you are not quite understanding our 10 cents a minute program.

Me: Id thish Ath Teeth & Teeth? (Is this AT&T)

Supervisor: Yes, sir, it sure is.

I had to swallow before I choked on my food. It was all I could do to suppress my laughter, and I had to be careful not to produce a snort.

Me: No, actually I was just waiting for someone to get back to me so that I could sign up for the plan.

Supervisor: OK, no problem, I'll transfer you back to the person who was helping you.

Me: Thank you.

I was on hold once again and managed a few more mouthfuls. I needed to end this conversation. Suddenly, there was an aggravated but polite voice at the other end of the phone.

AT&T: Hello, Mr. Salem. I understand that you are interested in signing up for our plan?

Me: Do you have that friends and family thing because you can never have enough friends and I'm an only child and I'd really like to have a little brother.........

AT&T: (click)

Note From Me: When I get a call from a telemarketer I prefer to give them options. I simply tell them Steve is not here right now but would they prefer to speak to Slob Boy, Gutter Boy, BrainDead Man ..... Click............

Or My Other Favorite... Are you single? Click............
Jokes & Funny Images / Unique job interviews
Oct 15, 2009, 12:25 PM
Job Interview Quotations

Vice Presidents and personnel directors of the one hundred largest corporations were asked to describe their most unusual experience interviewing prospective employees.

A job applicant challenged the interviewer to an arm wrestle.

Interviewee wore a Walkman, explaining that she could listen to the interviewer and the music at the same time.

Candidate fell and broke arm during interview.

Candidate announced she hadn't had lunch and proceeded to eat a hamburger and french fies in the interviewers office.

Candidate explained that her long-term goals was to replace the interviewer.

Candidate said he never finished high school because he was kidnapped and kept in a closet in Mexico.

Balding Candidate excused himself and returned to the office a few minutes later wearing a headpiece.

Applicant said if he was hired he would demonstrate his loyalty by having the corporate logo tattooed on his forearm.

Applicant interrupted interview to phone her therapist for advice on how to answer specific interview questions.

Candidate brought large dog to interview.

Applicant refused to sit down and insisted on being interviewed standing up.

Candidate dozed off during interview.

The employers were also asked to list the "most unusual" questions that have been asked by job candidates.

"What is it that you people do at this company?"

"What is the company motto?"

"Why aren't you in a more interesting business?"

"What are the zodiac signs of all the board members?"

"Why do you want references?"

"Do I have to dress for the next interview?"

"I know this is off the subject, but will you marry me?"

"Will the company move my rock collection from California to Maryland?"

"Will the company pay to relocate my horse?"

"Does your health insurance cover pets?"

"Would it be a problem if I'm angry most of the time?"

"Does your company have a policy regarding concealed weapons?"

"Do you think the company would be willing to lower my pay?"

"Why am I here?"

Also included are a number of unusual statement made by candidates during the interview process.

I have no difficulty in starting or holding my bowel movement.

At times I have the strong urge to do something harmful or shocking.

I feel uneasy indoors.

Sometimes I feel like smashing things.

Women should not be allowed to drink in cocktail bars.

I think that Lincoln was greater than Washington.

I get excited very easily.

I am fascinated by fire.

I like tall women.

People are always watching me.

If I get too much change in a store, I always give it back.

I must admit that I am a pretty fair talker.

I never get hungry.

I know who is responsible for most of my troubles

If the pay was right, I'd travel with the carnival.

I would have been more successful if nobody would have snitched on me.

I think I'm going to throw-up.
Jokes & Funny Images / Mistakes on a resume
Oct 15, 2009, 12:24 PM
These are from actual resumes:

"Personal: I'm married with 9 children. I don't require prescription drugs.

"I am extremely loyal to my present firm, so please don't let them know of my immediate availability."

"Qualifications: I am a man filled with passion and integrity, and I can act on short notice. I'm a class act and do not come cheap."

"I intentionally omitted my salary history. I've made money and lost money. I've been rich and I've been poor. I prefer being rich."

"Note: Please don't misconstrue my 14 jobs as 'job-hopping'. I have never quit a job."

"Number of dependents: 40."

"Marital Status: Often. Children: Various."


"Here are my qualifications for you to overlook."


"Responsibility makes me nervous."

"They insisted that all employees get to work by 8:45 every morning. Couldn't work under those conditions."


"Was met with a string of broken promises and lies, as well as cockroaches."

"I was working for my mom until she decided to move."

"The company made me a scapegoat - just like my three previous employers."


"While I am open to the initial nature of an assignment, I am decidedly disposed that it be so oriented as to at least partially incorporate the experience enjoyed heretofore and that it be configured so as to ultimately lead to the application of more rarefied facets of financial management as the major sphere of responsibility."

"I was proud to win the Gregg Typting Award."


"Please call me after 5:30 because I am self-employed and my employer does not know I am looking for another job."

"My goal is to be a meteorologist. But since I have no training in meteorology, I suppose I should try stock brokerage."

"I procrastinate - especially when the task is unpleasant."


"Minor allergies to house cats and Mongolian sheep."


"Donating blood. 14 gallons so far."


"Education: College, August 1880-May 1984."

"Work Experience: Dealing with customers' conflicts that arouse."

"Develop and recommend an annual operating expense fudget."

"I'm a rabid typist."

"Instrumental in ruining entire operation for a Midwest chain operation."
Ranking of Indian Universities for their research output and quality using a new performance index.

This is the title of a commentary posted in the journal named "Current Science".
The paper has listed the top 25 universities based on different index keeping the number of publications, and the impact factor of publications in which the papers are published as their main criteria.

Of the top 25 universities, 4 universities from Tamil Nadu are listed.
The list tops with university of Hyderabad.

When the Universities from Tamil Nadu are considered,

University of Madras at 6th place

Anna University at 10th place

Annamalai University at 11th place

CMC,Vellore at 14th place

Madurai Kamaraj University at 18th place

For details and confirmation, click this link:www.ias.ac.in/currsci/sep252009/751.pdf
Issue of Application for convocation commenced in Annamalai Univesity.
The Last Date of submission of Application is 30th september 2009.
The fees for convocation is Rs.400.
It can be paid either in ICICI bank/university cash counter in Annamalai Nagar or by Demand Draft towards the following address:

The Registrar,
Annamalai University,
Annamalai Nagar,

1) Photocopy of Provisional Certificate
2) Stamp size photo to be pasted in the application form
3) Stamp for Rs.6 (To be pasted in the acknowledgement card)


Pay the fees
Take the receipt to K section
Get Application form along with (acknowledgement card,address slip) from K section
Fill the application and other sheets.
attach the photocopy of Provisional Certificate with it.
drop them in the box present in near shastri hall in admini.


General Certifications and Focused Certifications

The first step in general Cisco Career Certifications begins either with CCENT as an interim step to Associate level, or directly with CCNA for network operations or CCDA for network design. Think of the Associate level as the foundation level of networking certification.
General Certifications: Three Levels of Certification

    * Associate: The first step in Cisco networking begins at the Associate level, which also includes CCENT, an interim step to Associates for those with little job experience. Think of the Associate level as the foundation level of networking certification.
    * Professional. The Professional level is the advanced level of certification.
    * Expert. The CCIE and CCDE are the highest level of achievements for network or design professionals, certifying an individual as an expert.

General Certifications: Seven Different Paths

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Focused Certifications:Specialist

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கரீபிய கடலின் செல்லப்பிள்ளையாக கருதப்படும் பறவை மீன்கள், மன்னார் வளைகுடா பகுதியிலும் அதிகரித்து வருகின்றன.மன்னார் வளைகுடாவில் உள்ள உயிரினங்கள், உலக அரங்கில் பிரசித்தி பெற்றவை என்பதற்கு எடுத்துக்காட்டுதான், பறவை மீன்கள்.

தாவி பறக்கும் தன்மை கொண்ட இவை, இறகுகளை போன்ற செதில்களை கொண்டுள்ளன. நண்டு, சிங்கி, இறால்மீன் உட்பட, கடல் வாழ் உயிரினங்களை உண்டு வாழும் இந்த மீன்களுக்கு, அரிய வகை உயிரினங்களை அழிப்பதிலும் அதிக பங்கு உண்டு . முட்டையிட்டு இனப்பெருக்கம் செய்யும் தன்மை கொண்ட இவை, 30 செ.மீ., வரை நீளமான உருவ அமைப்பை கொண்டுள்ளது. இவை ஆழமான பகுதிகளிலேயே உலா வரும். மணிக்கு, 15 முதல் 20 மைல் தூரம் நீந்தி செல்வது இதன் தனிச்சிறப்பு. தேவைப்படும் போது பறந்து செல்லும் தன்மை உடையவை.மற்ற கடல் பகுதிகளில் பெரும்பாலும் இவை காணப்படுவதில்லை. மேற்கு இந்திய தீவு பகுதிகளில், கரீபிய கடலில் இவை அதிகளவில் காணப்படுகின்றன. அடுத்ததாக, மன்னார் வளைகுடாவில் காணப்படுகின்றன. மீனவர்கள் வலைகளில் சிக்காத, இந்த அரிய வகை மீனை பார்ப்பதே அரிது.
உடுமலை அருகே, சிகரெட் கடன் தராததால் மின் கம்பத்தில் ஏறிய போதை ஆசாமி, தற்கொலை செய்து கொள்வதாக மிரட்டியதால் பரபரப்பு ஏற்பட்டது. முக்கால் மணி நேர போராட்டத்திற்கு பின், போலீசார் அவரை மீட்டனர்.

திருப்பூர் மாவட்டம், உடுமலை அருகேயுள்ள கணியூரைச் சேர்ந்தவர் குமார் (32). அங்குள்ள பிரியாணிக் கடையில் வேலை பார்த்து வருகிறார். நேற்று பகல் 1 மணிக்கு, குடி மற்றும் கஞ்சா போதையில் தள்ளாடியபடியே சென்றவர், சினிமா தியேட்டர் வீதியில் உள்ள பெட்டிக்கடையில், கடனுக்கு சிகரெட் கேட்டுள்ளார். கடைக்கார பெண்மணி கடன் தராததால் ஆத்திரமடைந்த குமார், "எனக்கே கடன் இல்லையா... தற்கொலை செய்து கொள்கிறேன்' என கூறியபடியே அருகிலிருந்த மின் கம்பத்தில் "மள மள'வென ஏறினார். இதை பார்த்த பொதுமக்கள் இறங்குமாறு கூறியும், இறங்க மறுத்து மேலும் மின் கம்பத்தின் உச்சிக்கே ஏறினார். மின் கம்பத்தின் உச்சியில் ஒன்றைக்காலில் நின்றும், மின் கம்பிகளில் நடந்தும், திடீரென கீழே விழுந்து கம்பிகளை பிடித்து தொங்கியும், போதையில் ஆபத்து அறியாமல் "ஆடி' வந்தார்.

இச்சம்பவத்தை கேள்விப்பட்ட நூற்றுக்கணக்கான பொதுமக்கள் அங்கு கூடி, வேடிக்கை பார்த்தனர். கணியூர் பகுதிகளில் தினமும் 12 மணி முதல் 2 மணி வரை மின் சப்ளை நிறுத்தப்படுகிறது.போதை ஆசாமி மின் கம்பத்தில் ஏறிய சமயம் மின் தடை நேரமாததால் மின் விபத்திலிருந்து தப்பினார். தொடர்ந்து, மின் சப்ளை வழங்க வேண்டாம் என மின் வாரிய அதிகாரிகளுக்கு தகவல் கொடுக்கப்பட்டு, அப்பகுதி முழுவதும் மின் சப்ளை நிறுத்தி வைக்கப்பட்டது.

இது குறித்து மடத்துக்குளம் போலீசாருக்கு பொதுமக்கள் தகவல் கொடுத்தனர். சம்பவ இடத்திற்கு வந்த போலீசார், அவரை இறங்குமாறு கூறினர். இறங்க மறுத்ததோடு, போலீசாரிடம், "என்னை அடித்து, துன்புறுத்தி ஜெயிலில் அடைத்தவர்கள் நீங்கள்' என கடும் வார்த்தைகளால் திட்டியதோடு, எச்சிலையும் துப்பினார். ஒரு கட்டத்தில் தொங்கியபடியே மின் கம்பிகளை பல்லால் கடித்து, துண்டித்தார். இதனால், போலீசாரும், பொதுமக்களும் செய்வது அறியாமல் திகைத்தனர்.இதை தொடர்ந்து, தீயணைப்பு துறைக்கு போலீசார் தகவல் கொடுத்தனர். பொதுமக்களில் சிலர் கம்பத்தில் ஏறி மீட்க முயற்சித்தனர்.

அவர்களையும் திட்டியதோடு, கம்பிகளிலேயே இங்கும், அங்கும் ஓடினார். போதையில் மின் கம்பத்தில் தள்ளாடியபடியே எந்நேரமும் விழும் நிலையில் "விளையாடி' வந்ததால், அங்கிருந்த சிலர் தார்பாயை விரித்து பிடித்துக் கொண்டனர். முக்கால் மணி நேர போராட்டத்திற்கு பிறகு போதை ஆசாமி தார்பாய் மீது விழுந்தார். இதனால், சிறு காயமும் இல்லாமல் தப்பினார்.மின் கம்பத்தில் போதை ஆசாமி ஏறி, தற்கொலை மிரட்டல் விடுத்ததால் கணியூர் பகுதியில் பரபரப்பு ஏற்பட்டது.
"மதுரை மீனாட்சி அம்மன் கோவிலில் விரைவில் ஒலி - ஒளி காட்சி அமைக்கும் முயற்சிகள் எடுக்கப்படும்,'' என மத்திய அமைச்சர் மு.க.அழகிரி குறிப்பிட்டார்.

புதுப்பிக்கப்பட்ட மதுரை திருமலை நாயக்கர் மகாலில் ஒலி - ஒளி காட்சியை துவக்கி வைத்து அவர் பேசியதாவது: மதுரையில் பேலஸ் ரோட்டின் பெயரை, மன்னர் திருமலை நாயக்கர் மகால் ரோடு என மாற்றம் செய்ய கோரிக்கை வைக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. கோரிக்கைகளை தி.மு.க., ஆட்சியை தவிர வேறு எவராலும் நிறைவேற்ற முடியாது. தாஜ்மகாலை விட திருமலை நாயக்கர் மகால் உயர்வானது. திருமலை நாயக்கர் மகால் தூண்களில் எழுதாமலும், பராமரிக்கவும் பொதுமக்கள் ஒத்துழைப்பு தரவேண்டும்.மக்கள் எப்போதும் "டிவி' முன் பொழுதை போக்குகின்றனர். இது போன்ற ஒலி - ஒளி காட்சிகள் இனி பொழுது போக்க பயனுள்ளதாக இருக்கும். மதுரை மீனாட்சி அம்மன் கோவிலில் ஒலி - ஒளி காட்சி ஆரம்பித்தால் நன்றாக இருக்கும் என்றால், அதை நிச்சயம் நிறைவேற்ற முயற்சிகள் எடுக்கப்படும். அழகர்கோயிலிலும் பலத்தரப்பட்ட நிகழ்ச்சிகள் நடத்தப்படும், என்றார்.

அமைச்சர் சுரேஷ்ராஜன் பேசுகையில், "" திருமலை நாயக்கர் மகாலுக்கு கடந்த ஆண்டு 3.76 லட்சம் உள்நாட்டு மற்றும் 30 ஆயிரம் வெளிநாட்டு சுற்றுலாப் பயணிகள் வந்துள்ளனர். மகால் ஒலி - ஒளி காட்சிக்கு வரும் பள்ளி, கல்லூரி மாணவர்களுக்கு கட்டணச் சலுகை அளிக்க முடிவு செய்யப்பட்டுள்ளது'' என்றார்.

அமைச்சர் தங்கம் தென்னரசு பேசுகையில், "" தமிழ் மொழி வளர்ச்சியை ஆவணப்படுத்தும் முயற்சியாக பிராமி, வட்டெழுத்து, கிரந்தம் ஆகிய படிநிலைக் கல்வெட்டுகளின் கண்காட்சி இங்கு புதிதாக அமைக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. தமிழகத்தில் தஞ்சை, திருமலை நாயக்கர் அரண்மனைகளை பாதுகாக்க வேண்டும், என்றார்.அமைச்சர் தமிழரசி, கலெக்டர் மதிவாணன், தொல்லியல் துறை முதன்மை செயலர் ஸ்ரீதர், மேயர் தேன்மொழி, துணை மேயர் மன்னன், எம்.எல்.ஏ.,க்கள் மூர்த்தி, ராஜேந்திரன், லதா அதியமான் பங்கேற்றனர்.

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கடலூர் மாவட்டம் திட்டக்குடி அருகே, நூறு நாள் வேலை உறுதியளிப்பு திட்டத்தில் வேலை செய்த பெண்கள் அருள் வாக்கு கூறிய சம்பவம், பெரும் பரபரப்பை ஏற்படுத்தியுள்ளது.

கடலூர் மாவட்டம் திட்டக்குடி அடுத்த இடைச்செருவாய் கிராமத்தில், வெலிங்டன் நீர் தேக்கத்தில் உள்ள நல்லதங்காள் குளத்தை, வேலை உறுதியளிப்பு திட்டத்தின் கீழ் சீரமைக்கும் பணி, நான்கு நாளாக நடந்து வருகிறது. இப்பணியில் 50 பேர் ஈடுபட்டுள்ளனர்.கடந்த மூன்று நாளாக காலை 11.30 மணி முதல் மதியம் 1.30 மணி வரையிலும் சந்தன மழை பெய்வதாகவும், பணியாளர்கள் கொண்டு வரும் குடை, பாத்திரங்களில் சந்தன மழை பெய்ததற்கான அறிகுறிகளாக மஞ்சள் நிறத்தில் புள்ளிகள் உள்ளதாகவும் காண்பித்தனர். தவிர, சந்தன வாசனை வருவதாக பணியாளர்கள் கூறுகின்றனர்.

நேற்று காலை குளம் சீரமைப்பு பணியில் ஈடுபட்டிருந்த மங்காயி, காசியம்மாள், சின்னப்பிள்ளை, வசந்தா உள்ளிட்ட 15 பெண்கள் திடீரென சாமி வந்து ஆடினர். அவர்களிடம் பக்தர்கள் குறி கேட்டதற்கு, நல்லதங்காள் சாமியும் அதன் வகையறாவான இடும்பன், கருப்பன், காசிமுனி, மருதையன், நொண்டி கருப்பு மற்றும் ஏழு சப்த கன்னிகள் வந்துள்ளதாகவும் கூறினர்.இந்த குளத்திற்கு பின்னால், 500 மீட்டர் தொலைவில் நல்லதங்காள் கோவிலும், எதிரில் இரண்டு கி.மீ., தூரத்தில் கொரக்கை கிராமத்தில் சாத்தப்பா சாமி கோவில் உள்ளது. இந்த கோவில்களுக்கு சென்று வரும் வழியில் குளம் வெட்டியுள்ளதால், சாமிகளின் வீதியுலாவிற்கு இடையூறாக இருப்பதாகவும், உடனடியாக குளக்கரையின் மண் மேட்டை நீக்க வேண்டும் என்றனர்.

அதன்படியே குளக்கரையை வெட்டி, இரண்டு கோவிலுக்கும் சென்று வர வழி ஏற்படுத்தி, மூன்று ஆலமரக் கன்றுகளை நட்டு பூஜை செய்து வழிபட்டனர். மேலும், வேம்பு, வன்னி, அத்தி மரங்களை நட முடிவு செய்துள்ளனர். சாமி வந்து ஆடிய பெண்களிடம் சிலர், தங்களது குறைகளைக் கூறி பரிகாரம் கேட்டனர். சிலர் இன்றே மழை வர வேண்டும் என கோரிக்கை விடுத்தனர்.வேலை உறுதியளிப்பு திட்டப் பணியில் ஈடுபட்டிருந்த பெண்கள் சாமி வந்து அருள் வாக்கு கூறிய சம்பவம், திட்டக்குடி பகுதி மக்களிடையே பெரும் பரபரப்பை ஏற்படுத்தியுள்ளது.
"நாட்டின் பாதுகாப்புக்கு, ஊழல் நடவடிக்கைகள் பெரும் அச்சுறுத்தலாக உள்ளன. ஊழல் அதிகாரிகளின் சொத்துக்களைப் பறிமுதல் செய்ய, சட்ட விதிகளை உருவாக்க வேண்டும்' என, சுப்ரீம் கோர்ட் தலைமை நீதிபதி கே.ஜி.பாலகிருஷ்ணன் தெரிவித்துள்ளார்.

டில்லியில் நடந்த ஊழலுக்கு எதிரான கருத்தரங்கில், சுப்ரீம் கோர்ட் தலைமை நீதிபதி கே.ஜி.பாலகிருஷ்ணன் பேசியதாவது: நாடு முழுவதும், ஊழல் பெரிய பிரச்னையாக உள்ளது. நாட்டின் பாதுகாப்புக்கு மிகப் பெரிய அச்சுறுத்தலாக ஊழல் நடவடிக்கைகள் உள்ளன. ஊழலை முற்றிலும் ஒழிக்கும் வகையில், நீதிபதிகள், வக்கீல்கள், விசாரணை அதிகாரிகள் மற்றும் விஞ்ஞானிகளை கொண்ட ஒரு குழுவை உருவாக்க வேண்டும். கண்காணிப்பு முறையில் உள்ள குறைபாடுகள், அரசு ஊழியர்கள் லஞ்சம் பெறுவதற்கு ஊக்கம் அளிப்பதாக உள்ளன. லஞ்சம் கேட்பதும், லஞ்சம் பெறுவதும் வழக்கமான நிகழ்வாகி விட்டது. இதை, அடிப்படை மனித உரிமை மீறலாக கருத வேண்டும்.

ஊழல் ஒழிப்பு சட்டத்தின் கீழ் தண்டனை பெற்ற அரசு அதிகாரிகள், சட்ட விரோதமாக குவித்து வைத்துள்ள சொத்துக்களை பறிமுதல் செய்யும் வகையில் விதிமுறைகள் கொண்டு வரப்பட வேண்டும். ஊழல் வழக்குகளில் சாட்சிகளின் எண்ணிக்கை அதிகமாக உள்ளன. அளவுக்கு அதிகமான சாட்சிகளை கையாளுவதால், இந்த வழக்குகளில் தீர்ப்பு வெளியாவதற்கு மிகவும் தாமதம் ஏற்படுகிறது. ஊழல் தொடர்பாக மட்டும் 9,000 வழக்குகள் பல்வேறு கோர்ட்டுகளில் நிலுவையில் உள்ளன. வழக்குகளை விரைந்து முடிப்பதற்கு தேவையான நடவடிக்கைகளை மேற்கொள்ள வேண்டும். இதில், தாமதம் ஏற்பட்டால், விசாரணையின் தீவிரம் குறைந்து விடும். ஏராளமான சாட்சிகளிடம் விசாரிப்பதற்கு பதிலாக வலுவான ஒரேயொரு சாட்சியிடம் மட்டும் விசாரணை நடத்தும் வகையில் மாற்றங்கள் ஏற்பட வேண்டும்.

ஊழல் வழக்குகளில் அரசு அதிகாரிகளுக்கு எதிராக விசாரணை நடத்துவதற்கு, நிர்வாகத்தினரிடமிருந்து முறையான அனுமதி பெற வேண்டும் என, விதிமுறைகள் உள்ளன. உயர் அதிகாரிகள் இதற்கான அனுமதியை தர மறுக்கின்றனர். மேலும் சிலர், அனுமதி கொடுப்பதற்கு தாமதம் செய்கின்றனர். ஒரு நபருக்கு எதிராக ஊழல் விசாரணையை துவங்குவதற்கு போதிய சாட்சியங்கள் இருந்தாலும், அதற்கு முறையான ஒப்புதல் கிடைப்பதில் பல்வேறு சிரமங்கள் உள்ளன. ஊழல் வழக்குகளை விரைந்து முடிக்கும் வகையில், நாடு முழுவதும் 71 புதிய சி.பி.ஐ., கோர்ட்டுகள், நவீன வசதிகளுடன் அமைக்கப்பட உள்ளன. இவ்வாறு தலைமை நீதிபதி கே.ஜி.பாலகிருஷ்ணன் பேசினார்.
10 new applications have been added to App Catalog today and one of them allows access to the popular Google Voice service, thatīs now available for BlackBerry and Android. The app is called gDial Pro and existed as an unofficial version until earlier today. Now it can be officially downloaded from App Catalog and comes with all necessary features, including dialing. Itīs interesting to know that all Google Voice apps were recently removed from Appleīs App Store, but Palmīs policy seems to be different, despite the fact they also rejected a multimedia player app not a long time ago.
Pictures of a new Samsung device for Vodafone have appeared; the device runs on Vodafone's Linux Mobile OS and might be the Samsung Riedel, a device that recently received Wi-Fi certification. The unit is in a nice looking brushed steel case with a bright OLED display that gives out haptic feedback when touched and the handset is expected to sport an 8MP camera. Talk is that the phone will launch along with the "Vodafone People" service which is supposed to integrate customers with the social networking sites. BGR says they have heard that a "Special Event" is coming for the carrier on September 24th at which time we might learn a lot more about this device and the new service that will go along with it.
According to Motorola UK's own web site, the new social networking monster introduced yesterday-the Motorola DEXT-will be launched in the UK by Orange in early October. Pre-orders will begin for the device starting on September 22nd. Pricing has not been disclosed. The U.S. version of the handset, called the CLIQ, is heading to T-Mobile and is expected to launch sometime in the fourth quarter.
Motorola has just announced its first Android phone (initially running v1.5), the Motorola CLIQ for T-Mobile. What's wonderful about it, however, is that it will be powered by Motorola's personalized Android interface, called MOTOBLUR. So, what makes MOTOBLUR special? It is going to sync almost every way of communication you may think of - email, social networks, contacts, photos and serve it directly at the homescreen of your device.

It seems most of the action will be accessed through highly-functional widgets, like the Social status widget that will grant you some good possibility to communicate on a more global level, say, you can update your status from here, and this update will be applied to all your social network accounts. Of course, you can choose to update only individual networks. Other such widget will be the Happenings widget - allowing you to track updates from all your contacts and easily reply to each one. The Messages widget will act similarly to the Social status widget, but will instead provide you with access to all your messages in an aggregated view.

Oh, did we forget to mention the online wipe function, letting you protect your personal data, in case your handset has been stolen? This kind of functionality seems to be getting pretty popular right now. The good news is your important data like contacts, messages and even the places of your widgets will be kept on a secure server, so you'll be able to easily restore your stuff once you get your phone back.

So, what will the Motorola CLIQ actually look like, in terms of hardware? Seems like the manufacturer has taken care to include nowadays must-haves for a smartphone like Wi-Fi, 3G, 3.5mm jack and even a 5-megapixel autofocus camera, capable of capturing videos at 24 fps. The display will be 3.1-inch with 320x480 pixels resolution. Fortunately, the side-sliding CLIQ will also be distributed globally, going by the name of Motorola DEXT for carriers like Orange, Telefonica and America Movil. The phone should be available in time for the holidays! What's even better, Moto's CEO, Dr. Sanjay K. Jha, said they will be announcing a second phone a bit later in the year that will be available in time for the holiday season as well! Check out the demo video below, showing off some of MOTOBLUR's key features.
India 156 for 4 (Tendulkar 46, Raina 45*) beat New Zealand 155 (Nehra 3-24, Yuvraj 3-31) by six wickets

India stumbled in pursuit of 156 under lights but MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina kept cool heads to steer them to a six-wicket win with 57 deliveries to spare and with it move to No. 1 in the ICC's ODI rankings. New Zealand, after opting to bat, made a complete mess of things and ended up with 155, a total that briefly challenged India but eventually proved to be inadequate. With this loss, New Zealand crashed out of the tournament.

Inspired by their two most experienced bowlers, New Zealand refused to surrender without a scrap but their spirited effort on the field wasn't enough to defend a modest target. Dinesh Karthik was removed early in the piece to bring Rahul Dravid to the crease but his comeback was a labored 45-ball 14, after which Sachin Tendulkar fell for 46. Raina joined Dhoni and finished off the chase with a calculated 72-run partnership.

Dravid endured a few testing moments as he adjusted himself to this format. Shane Bond was particularly quick and nasty in a hostile first spell, which included a fiery maiden sixth over, and repetitively tested Dravid with the short deliveries. Dravid negated Bond's aggression with customary grit only to be trapped lbw by Jacob Oram.

Tendulkar came out full of intent and treated the sparse crowd to some stunning shots. He repeatedly whipped Mills across the line, deft of wrists, for boundaries and welcomed Ian Butler into the attack with a fierce cut behind point and the shot of the day - a stylish whip off the back foot to a ball that pitched back of a length. Daniel Vettori was hammered off the back foot as Tendulkar closed in on fifty, but a clever change of pace had him lobbing the simplest of chances to cover. The bowler, the batsman and the catcher couldn't believe it.

Sixteen minutes later Yuvraj Singh moped off after he was beaten in flight to pop a catch when attempting to play another slog-sweep for four off Vettori. Raina eased the nerves a pinch by swinging Vettori for six and following up with three past midwicket, and continued to play with a perfect blend of aggression and smartness. His back-foot play was especially pleasing - he rocked back to pull anything even slightly off line - and backed himself to swing deliveries that had a bit of air. Dhoni was his composed self and put his head down to indulge in some good old-fashioned ones and twos. He helped steer the chase with a dependable innings, one devoid of any risks.

A cursory look at the New Zealand card would suggest an ordeal against pace on a juiced-up track in Australia or England, but the truth was they struggled against a tidy fast-bowling attack and failed to cope with Yuvraj. Having lost the toss, India turned in a committed display in the field to take to pieces a line-up woefully short on inspiration and effort. Once they had New Zealand at 19 for 3 they provided few escapes routes, and that was the deciding factor in the result.

India, led initially by Ashish Nehra before Yuvraj continued the carnage, were on top from the time the first wicket fell. Nehra set the tone for India's domination with a lovely new-ball burst, in which he passed 100 ODI wickets. With his second ball, he beat Jesse Ryder's loose shot across the line to hit him in front of leg stump and then removed Brendon McCullum with one that straightened and rapped the pads in front of middle.

Having watched an edge from Ross Taylor sneak through between slip and keeper, RP Singh held back the length and got Taylor nicking to Dhoni for 11. New Zealand's worries against left-handers - Thilan Thushara has been a handful all tour - continued with a poor display. Such was their discomfiture against the left-arm variety that Yuvraj's gentle slow turners soon looked like missiles.

Puttering along to 22 from 41 balls, helping put on 32 with Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill fell in Yuvraj's first over. Barely settling in to see what Yuvraj could offer, or if the pitch would assist turn, Guptill stabbed at one and Dravid, at first slip, reminded all of his class as a catcher with his 194th pouch.

Elliott, who looked the only one capable of batting till the 45th over and beyond, was then incorrectly given out for 22 by Kumar Dharmasena down the leg side. Replays showed the ball brushed only his pads as he attempted to tickle it fine. New Zealand had reason to feel aggrieved, but their efforts at the start had been unforgivable. The rest of the New Zealand line-up made fleeting appearances and there was little let-up for them as Dhoni rotated his bowlers, with the top four providing the dividends. New Zealand will need to improve considerably if they are to live up to their No. 4 ranking and challenge teams in the Champions Trophy.
தமிழகத்தில், சமச்சீர் கல்வி பாடத் திட்டத்தை அமல்படுத்த அரசு தீவிரமாய் களமிறங்கி விட்டது. புதிய பாடத் திட்டம் தயாரிக்கும் பணியைத் துவக்க ஆசிரியர்கள் நியமனம், மிக விரைவில் நடைபெற உள்ளது. டிசம்பரில், பாடத் திட்டத் தயாரிப்பு முடிந்து, ஜனவரியில் அச்சிடும் பணியே துவங்கி விடும் என்று, தமிழக பள்ளிக் கல்வி அமைச்சர் தங்கம் தென்னரசு தெரிவித்தார்.

மூன்று ஆண்டுகளாக விவாத நிலையிலேயே இருந்து வந்த சமச்சீர் கல்வித் திட்டம், அடுத்த கல்வியாண்டில் அமலாக உள்ளது. "முதற்கட்டமாக, ஒன்று மற்றும் ஆறாம் வகுப்பிற்கு பொது பாடத் திட்டம்அமல்படுத்தப்படும்; அதைத் தொடர்ந்து பிற வகுப்புகளுக்கும் அமல்படுத்தப்படும்' என, கடந்த மாதம் 26ம் தேதி முதல்வர் கருணாநிதி அறிவித்தார். முதல்வரின் அறிவிப்பைத் தொடர்ந்து, சமச்சீர் கல்வித் திட்டத்தை அமல்படுத்துவதற்கான பணிகள் விறுவிறுப்பாகத் துவங்கியுள்ளன. பொது பாடத் திட்டங்களை உருவாக்குவது தொடர்பாகவும், அதற்கான வல்லுனர் குழுக்களை அமைப்பது தொடர்பாகவும் விவாதிக்க, அமைச்சர் தங்கம் தென்னரசு தலைமையில் நேற்று தலைமைச் செயலகத்தில் ஆலோசனைக் கூட்டம் நடந்தது. இதில், மாநில திட்டக்குழு துணைத் தலைவர் நாகநாதன், பள்ளிக் கல்வித் துறைச் செயலர் குற்றாலிங்கம், அனைவருக்கும் கல்வித் திட்ட ஆலோசகர் விஜயகுமார் மற்றும் கல்வித் துறையைச் சேர்ந்த இயக்குனர்கள், இணை இயக்குனர்கள் கலந்து கொண்டனர்.

கூட்டத்திற்குப் பின், நிருபர்களிடம் அமைச்சர் கூறியதாவது: ஒன்று மற்றும் ஆறாம் வகுப்பிற்கு அடுத்த கல்வியாண்டில் பொது பாடத் திட்டம் அமல்படுத்தப்பட உள்ளதால், பாடத் திட்டங்களை தயார் செய்வதற்கு, ஒவ்வொரு நிலையிலும் கால வரையறை நிர்ணயம் செய்யப்பட்டுள்ளது. பாடத் திட்ட தயாரிப்பு குழுக்களை ஒருங்கிணைத்து, அனைத்து பணிகளையும் மேற்பார்வை செய்யும் பொறுப்பு, ஆசிரியர் கல்வி ஆராய்ச்சி மற்றும் பயிற்சித் துறை இயக்குனரிடம் ஒப்படைக்கப் பட்டுள்ளது. வரைவு பாடத் திட்டம் தயாரிக்கும் பணி உடனடியாக துவங்கி, அக்டோபர் மாதத்தில் முடிவடையும். அதை, அனைத்து பள்ளிகளுக்கும் அனுப்பி, ஆசிரியர்கள் மற்றும் கல்வியாளர்களிடம் கருத்துக்களைக் கேட்டு, அக்டோபர் மாத இறுதிக்குள் பாடத் திட்டம் இறுதி செய்யப்படும்.

நவம்பர், டிசம்பர் மாதங்களில் பாடப் புத்தகங்கள் எழுதும் பணி நடக்கும். டிசம்பர் இறுதிக்குள் இந்தப் பணிகளை முடித்ததும், ஜனவரி முதல் வாரத்தில் பாடப் புத்தகங்களை அச்சிடுவதற்கான பணியை, தமிழ்நாட்டுப் பாடநூல் கழகம் துவக்கும். 2010 ஜூன் முதல் வாரத்தில் பள்ளிகள் துவங்கியதும், மாநிலத்தில் உள்ள அனைத்து பள்ளிகளுக்கும், ஒன்று மற்றும் ஆறாம் வகுப்பு பொது பாடப் புத்தகங்கள் வினியோகிக்கப்படும். இந்தப் பணிகள் நடக்கும்போதே, அதற்கு அடுத்த கல்வியாண்டில் அமல்படுத்தப்பட உள்ள பிற வகுப்புகளுக்கான பாடப் புத்தகங்கள் தயாரிக்கும் பணியும் நடைபெறும். பாடப் புத்தகங்களைத் தயாரிக்கும் பணிக்காக, விரைவில் பாடவாரியாக வல்லுனர் குழுக்கள் அமைக்கப்படும். இவ்வாறு அமைச்சர் கூறினார்.

பின்னர், நிருபர்களின் கேள்விகளுக்கு அவர் அளித்த பதில்:

சி.பி.எஸ்.இ., பாடத் திட்டத்திற்கு நிகராக, சமச்சீர் கல்வி பாடத் திட்டம் இருக்குமா?
சி.பி.எஸ்.இ., பாடத் திட்டத்தைப் போலவே கொண்டு வர வேண்டும் என்பது அவசியமில்லை. மாநிலத்தில் உள்ள நான்கு போர்டுகளையும் இணைக்கும் போது, அனைத்து தரப்பு மாணவர்களுக்கும் பொதுவானதாக, தரமானதாக இருக்கும் வகையில் பாடத் திட்டம் உருவாக்கப்படும்.

புத்தக தயாரிப்பு பணியில், தனியார் பள்ளி ஆசிரியர்களும் இடம் பெறுவார்களா?
நான்கு போர்டுகளில் பணிபுரியும் அனுபவம் வாய்ந்த ஆசிரியர்கள் அனைவரும் ஈடுபடுத்தப்படுவர். 500 ஆசிரியர்களை இந்தப் பணியில் ஈடுபடுத்த திட்டமிட்டுள்ளோம்.

புதிய பாடத் திட்டம், மெட்ரிக் பாடத் திட்ட அளவில் இருக்குமா அல்லது குறையுமா? மெட்ரிக் பாடத் திட்ட தர அளவிற்கு, பிற போர்டுகளின் பாடத் திட்டத்தின் தரம் உயர்த்தப்படுமா?

இதை, பாட வல்லுனர்கள் குழு முடிவு செய்யும்.

மொத்த பாடங்களின் எண்ணிக்கை எப்படி அமையும்?
அதையும், வல்லுனர்கள் குழு தான் முடிவு செய்யும். இவ்வாறு அமைச்சர் தெரிவித்தார்.
மத்திய அரசின் சொத்துக் குறியீட்டு எண், 632 ஆக உயர்ந்துள்ளது. இதன் மூலம், நடப்பு ஆண்டில் பணவீக்கம் மேலும் அதிகரிக்கும் என்பதை மத்திய அரசு வெளிப்படுத்தியுள்ளதாக  பொருளாதார நிபுணர்கள் தெரிவித்துள்ளனர். இந்திய வருமானவரிச் சட்டப்படி ஒரு சொத்தை 36 மாதத்திற்கு மேல் ஒருவர் வைத்திருந்தால், அது நீண்டகால சொத்தாகக் கருதப்படுகிறது. இந்த சொத்தை விற்கும்போது கிடைக்கும் லாபத்தை கணக்கிட, ஆண்டுதோறும் மத்திய அரசு, சொத்து குறியீட்டு எண்ணை வெளியிட்டு வருகிறது. 1993ம் ஆண்டு முதல் இந்த முறையை மத்திய நிதி அமைச்சகம் அமல்படுத்தி வருகிறது.

ஒருவர் குறிப்பிட்ட ஒரு சொத்தை வாங்கினால் அதன் மதிப்பு, பணவீக்கம் காரணமாக ஆண்டுதோறும் அதிகரிக்கும். அந்த பலனை கொடுத்து, அதற்கு மேற்பட்ட லாபத்திற்கு மட்டும் வருமான வரி விதிக்க இந்த சொத்து குறியீட்டு எண் உதவியாக உள்ளது. இந்த சொத்துக் குறியீட்டு எண் பொருளாதார நிலையையும் வெளிப்படுத்துவதாக இருந்து வருகிறது. 2007-08ம் ஆண்டில் 551ஆக இருந்த சொத்து குறியீட்டு எண் 2008-09ல் 582ஆக உயர்ந்தது. நடப்பு ஆண்டு ஏப்ரல் முதல் தேதியிலிருந்து அடுத்த ஆண்டு மார்ச் மாதம் வரை சொத்து குறியீட்டு எண் 632 என மத்திய அரசு அறிவித்துள்ளது. இதன் மூலம், நடப்பு ஆண்டில் பணவீக்கம் அதிகரிக்க வாய்ப்புள்ளதை மத்திய அரசு வெளிப்படுத்தியுள்ளதாக பொருளாதார நிபுணர்கள் தெரிவித்துள்ளனர்.
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