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NASA is looking a little long in the tooth compared to the European Space Agency. Monday, NASA will launch a long-awaited repair mission to install improved instruments on the Hubble Space Telescope, originally launched in 1990.

Thursday, the Europeans will launch two much more advanced telescopes (right) that can see photons, even those reaching back to the Big Bang. Hubble sees visual light. The Europeans' one-up-manship comes as the White House announced a major review of NASA operations, to be completed by August, that threatens serious changes in the way NASA does business.

The big story with NASA, Harwood reported, is that the White House projected budget for 2010 released last week shows a $3.1 billion cut in NASA's exploration activities. "If the three-plus billion dollars in the out years, if that cut stands, then there's no moon by 2020 and maybe none at all," an senior space manager at NASA told Harwood.

Meanwhile, the Europeans are launching on Thursday Herschel, an infrared telescope with the largest mirror ever launched into space (11.5 feet across), and Planck, which will study the cosmic background radiation of the universe, the Miami Herald reports.

Infrared is important because light from the oldest objects are stretched out to the red end of the spectrum. The U.S.'s best effort at infrared is the Spitzer Space Telescope, launched five years ago with a measly 2.8 feet mirror.

courtesy : ZD Net
NEW DELHI: South Korean mobile phone manufacturer, LG Mobile's assessment is that India can overtake China and become its largest market in terms of size and demand for handsets in the near future. In the background of a sharp economic slowdown in the US and Europe, the company has identified India as a strategic market for investment for its GSM and IT verticals, its managing director Moon B Shin said during an interaction with ET.

How important is India for LG, especially with demand in developed countries such as the US slowing down? What are your plans for India in the current fiscal?

India is an important market for us due to the opportunities it presents. We have plans to launch more than 32 new models here, of which six will be touch phones, while many other models will be 3G-enabled and some of these will also be entry level phones.

At present, we have about three touch phones and six 3G-enabled handsets already in the market and we plan to have about 10 models each in both these segments by the year-end. We are betting big on the touch screen segment and we are targeting sales of up to six lakh units and a 10% market share in this space alone within the next six months.

What will be your investments in India this fiscal?

We will double our investment this year and the company as a whole will spend about Rs 400 crore on advertising this year. Additionally, we will invest Rs 200 crore in R&D to study market dynamics and consumer behaviour here. We are looking at increasing our headcount in our sales vertical to enhance our presence.

How many of the products you sell here are made here? How have your sales been so far?

Currently, we manufacture mobile phones at two units located in Pune and Greater Noida and these plants have a production capacity of three million units per year. About 70% of the production is exported while the rest is for domestic consumption. We sold about 2.4 million GSM handsets in India last year and we expect a 50% increase in sales this year. Our institutional sales account for just 10% our total mobile sales.

Currently the Indian mobile handset market is dominated by some of your competitors. How are you looking at improving your brand visibility here?

LG is rapidly gaining market share in the GSM market, despite being a late entrant. We are already the fifth-largest player in the segment. I believe our distribution line was poor earlier, but now we are reworking our strategy here.

Based on the analysis of our marketing team, we are deploying 1,000 additional shop sales executives and we will be launching about 1,000 additional shop-in-shop formats in rural and tier II cities. On the organised retail front, the overall channel coverage is at 42%.

courtesy : The Economic Times.
CHENNAI: When Netscape launched its Internet browser, nobody anticipated the kind of changes Internet would bring about in human behaviour and the interface with the external world. The much talked about "cloud computing" promises to change the way Information Technology people look at delivering IT and the way business people look at IT.

Consumers using the Internet are not aware of the location of the server or the delivery of information/service to them or the route taken by the data to travel. As technologies developed, vendors have started offering the entire range of services required by an organisation over the Internet safely and securely. This in a way refers to cloud computing.

In cloud computing, the user need not own the technology platform, technology infrastructure or required software. They become available like power at the press of a switch. In a way, much of capital expenses (hardware, infrastructure cost, etc) is converted into revenue expenses with cloud computing.

Today, IT vendors such as Sun, IBM, HP, Microsoft and Google swear by the cloud computing architecture. They say it will bring a new level of efficiency and economy to deliver IT resources on demand. In the process, it opens up new business models and market opportunities.

"If you want to slash your IT spending, maximise the flexibility of your systems, and be able to run your business from almost anywhere, then it's time to jump on the hot new IT trends: cloud computing, and software-as-a-service (SaaS). You are probably already using some SaaS tools such as Gmail, Hotmail and YouTube, which are all free examples of SaaS delivered via the cloud," says an IT analyst.

"The pay-per-use" model of cloud computing allows maximum IT efficiency with minimum cost. However, the real benefit comes from business agility to exploit opportunities leading to maximum returns. The recent emergence of massive network bandwidth and virtualisation technologies has enabled this transformation.

Cloud computing does not imply that one discards the entire existing infrastructure and embraces the cloud. One can complement the existing infrastructure with required parts from the cloud. "Actually, an IT organisation can increase hardware utilisation rates dramatically and to scale up to massive capacities in an instant -- without constantly having to invest in new infrastructure, train new personnel or license new software. It also creates new opportunities to build a better breed of network services, in less time, at a lower cost," says S. Madhavan, founder of GQuotient.

Services for all
The common perception of state-of-the-art IT infrastructure is the cost and that only big players can afford it. But cloud computing makes services available to all irrespective of size. "While big businesses are leading the way in the use of cloud and SaaS tools, experts argue, the benefits are probably the biggest for small and medium-sized companies which often cannot afford to hire IT staff to build, manage and maintain their systems. Under the cloud computing model, these functions are effectively outsourced."

The pay-as-you-go model behind cloud computing and SaaS allows smaller companies to increase (or decrease) their IT investment in systems as their firms grow. In the current economic development, SMEs will be attracted towards cloud computing, SaaS and virtualisation. These models can help smaller businesses deliver new products and services quicker and at a lower cost, says a recent report by consulting group BroadGroup.

The SaaS model is gaining a lot of traction in the business world, with most large software vendors and application service providers, including HP, IBM, Microsoft and Salesforce.com, now offering business applications such as customer relationship management (CRM), databases, knowledge management and web development software as web-based utilities.

Analyst Gartner estimates that typically organisations have a project savings of 25-40 per cent by deploying SaaS-based CRM applications. SaaS is particularly attractive to the SME sector because it removes the high entry costs associated with some business applications.

But who owns the "cloud"? What is the security? What is the percentage of external and internal cloud one should own? These are the some of the commonly asked questions. In the current trend, SUN, IBM, HP, SAS and others have started outsourcing cloud computing. They have started setting up cloud computing facilities to provide on-demand services.

With IT budgets under pressure, the corporates could use cloud computing selectively, and some of the challenges like security will be resolved as this industry matures.

courtesy : The Hindu
Samsung expands its "A touch for every lifestyle" strategy with the new Samsung Star S5230 and the Samsung Preston S5600 which have been launched recently. These phones join the popular line of touchscreen cellphones. These phones are 2.5G and 3G respectively and both of them utilize Samsung's TouchWiz GUI. The S5230 sports a 3-inch WQVGA display whereas the S5600 sports a 2.8-inch QVGA panel. They both brag of compact design and intuitive usability.

The Samsung Star S5230 measures a mere 11.9mm in thickness. It has a 3.2 megapixel camera for crystal clear pictures. It is capable of recording QVGA resolution videos at up to 15 fps. It has an internal storage of 50Mb which can be further expanded to 8GB via a memory card slot. There exists an accelerometer to flip between portrait and landscape orientations. The presence of an on-screen QWERTY keyboard aids texting and emailing. Additionally, there is handwriting recognition for ease-of-use. The "Photo Contact" option allows users to call a contact by simply touching an appointed image.

It also supports multi-format and DNSe to make it user-friendly and for better audio quality. Through Shazam's "Find Music" service the phone features music recognition. Browsing the Internet is easy with the accelerometer sensor for auto-rotation. In addition, the product arrives in several colors including Soft pink and Snow white.

There isn't any information available about the pricing when it launches in Europe, Middle East Africa, South East Asia, South West Asia and Latin America from April 2009. However it is expected that the pricing will be reasonable considering the fact that high-speed data connection is not available. To add on to their pride, two million handsets have already been pre-ordered according to Samsung.

The Samsung Preston S5600 shares many similar features with the Samsung Star S5230 such as camera, accelerometer and PMP functionality. However it has added benefits like 7.2Mbps HSDPA connectivity and 80MB of standard memory (again with an 8GB-capable card slot). Favorite applications can be accessed with ease, thanks to the mobile widgets that can be placed on the screen for one-click access. It features music recognition using Shazam's "Find Music" service and Multi-codec support including H.263, MPEG4, and WMV. Samsung Preston will be available in an assortment of colors including Sweet pink, Snow white, and Charcoal grey colors.

It will be available in Europe and Asia from May. Again, there has been no mention about the pricing.

"Samsung Star and Samsung Preston are significant additions to our full-touch screen mobile portfolio, featuring all the essential functions in one single device," commented JK Shin, executive vice president and head of Mobile Communications division at 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.

In keeping with the product launching, Samsung will conduct a range of marketing activities. The 'Samsung Mobile Live' venture, the company's "experiential marketing" program will be held at popular areas in countries witnessing major launches from June. Consumers will get the opportunity to touch and learn about the newest features of Samsung's full touch products at this event; minus the pressure of a sales pitch. The core message of 'Get in Touch' will be put across in a compelling way throughout the duration of the program to strengthen its dominance in full touch products.

People from Eastern Europe, Latin America, Middle East Africa, South East Asia and South West Asia will get to view a new television commercial for Samsung Star from end of May.

courtesy : Mobiletor.com
BANGALORE: Diversified U.S. engineering company Honeywell International said it remained committed to India as a manufacturing, engineering and R&D location even as President Obama proposed reductions in tax benefits to U.S. companies investing in subsidiaries outside the country.

Speaking at the inauguration of Honeywell's new $50 million R&D and engineering facility in Bangalore, Chairman and CEO Dave Cote said India was an integral part of the company's global growth strategy. The company would continue to grow and build capabilities in India.

"I get worried when I hear about protectionism. It is certainly worrisome and harmful," said Mr. Cote. "It would cause people to believe in things that would be harmful in the long run. I am a big fan of creating jobs everywhere," he added.

Mr. Cote said anything that prevented globalisation would be harmful to standards of living around the world, even in the country that initiated it.

Honeywell expects sales of about $600 million in 2009 from India, which is slightly higher than what it earned in 2008. China and India would grow at double the pace than in the developed economies, he said, terming the two economies as bright spots in the world.

For the first quarter of 2009, the company reported a drop in profit and cut full year earnings forecast on the back of slower sales in its key business divisions comprising aerospace, automation and control solutions, transportation systems and speciality materials.

In India, Honeywell expects business to grow in all the four divisions. The company is collaborating with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) to produce TPE331 aircraft engines in India, as well as pursuing a programme to re-engine the Indian Air Force's strike aircraft with its F125IN turbofan engines. At present, Honeywell has 10,000 employees in India, compared with 1,000 in 2002. It has five manufacturing facilities in the country.

The new 6.90 lakh sq. ft. facility, the largest in the company, can accommodate 3,000 people, and it would move in people from its temporary locations in Bangalore, it said.

Mr. Cote said a majority of U.S. companies was saying that the recently proposed measures were bad not only for the U.S. economy but also for the global economy.

courtesy : The Hindu.
HYDERABAD: The State government cracked the whip on Saturday suspending two high ranking officials of the water board and transferring the Chief General Manager even as it sounded an alert over the outbreak of cholera in the State capital asking the health machinery to initiate precautionary steps to contain the spread of disease.

An alarmed district machinery swung into action and rushed several teams to Bholakpur, the epicentre of the cholera outbreak, to raid eateries and the bone factories in the locality and sealed them on charges of being run in totally unhygienic conditions.

Meanwhile, the inflow of patients into hospitals ebbed with Gandhi Hospital admitting 20 patients and the Fever Hospital seven patients only. Some of those already admitted were discharged as their condition improved. No deaths were reported on Saturday.

Health Secretary L.V. Subramaniam who rushed to Fever Hospital and Gandhi Hospital sought to assure that the situation was well under control.

Meanwhile, Ms. Neetu Prasad, Additional Commissioner of GHMC, who inquired into the Bholakpur water contamination episode, submitted her report to the government, based on which water board General Manager Praveen Kumar and Deputy General Manager Rajasekhara Reddy were suspended. The board's CGM P. Manohar Babu was transferred.

Ms. Prasad squarely blamed the water board officials for their 'negligence and indifference' and observed that there was no sincere effort to find a solution to the choking of drains and contaminated water being supplied despite several complaints lodged by residents of Bholakpur.

Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy who is away in Kadapa reviewed the situation and ordered the suspensions based on the GHMC official's report.

Finance Minister K. Rosaiah told reporters that12 samples out of 40 collected at Fever Hospital tested positive for cholera.

courtesy : The Hindu.
Dell's new Inspiron 535 and Inspiron 545 slim and mini-towers expand the design and personalization possibilities for consumers, transforming from the "built- for-me" model, into "made-for-me", as claimed by the press release. Available in eight vibrant colors, these desktops debut today in India and are available for purchase through Dell's website, www.dell.co.in.

Configuration options are wide, with CPUs ranging from the new Pentium to quad cores being offered. Upto 8 GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, ATI video cards on select configurations are other options.

The color options are Piano Black, Pure White, True Blue, Formula Red, Tangerine Orange, Spring Green, Plum Purple and Flamingo Pink. The press release further claimed Dell is the only major consumer desktop manufacturer to offer color options for the entire front of the machine. The pricing starts from Rs. 25,400.

courtesy : PC World
இந்தியா உள்ளிட்ட வெளிநாடுகளில் தகவல் தொழில்நுட்ப மென்பொருள் தொடர்பான பணிகள் மற்றும் பி.பி.ஓ பணிகளை அளிக்கும் அமெரிக்க நிறுவனங்களுக்கான வரிச்சலுகை ரத்து செய்யப்படும் என்ற ஒபாமாவின் அறிவிப்பால் இந்திய ஐ.டி. துறைக்கு பாதிப்பில்லை என்று இன்ஃபோசிஸ் நாராயணமூர்த்தி தெரிவித்துள்ளார்.

இந்தியா உள்ளிட்ட வெளிநாடுகளில் தகவல் தொழில்நுட்ப மென்பொருள் தொடர்பான பணிகள் மற்றும் பி.பி.ஓ பணிகளை அளிக்கும் அமெரிக்க நிறுவனங்களுக்கான வரிச்சலுகை ரத்து செய்யப்படும் என்ற ஒபாமாவின் புதிய முடிவால் இந்தியாவில் குறிப்பாக பெங்களூருவில் ஐ.டி நிறுவனங்கள் பெரிதும் பாதிக்கப்படலாம் எனறு கூறப்பட்டது.

இந்நிலையில், பெங்களூருவில் இன்று ஜனாதிபை பிரதிபா பாட்டீல், இன்ஃபோசிஸ் நாராயணமூர்த்தியுடன் இணைந்து கலந்துரையாடல் நிகழ்ச்சி ஒன்றில் பங்கேற்றார்.

அப்போது, ஒபாமாவின் முடிவால் இந்தியாவில் எத்தகைய பாதிப்புகள் உருவாகும் என்பது குறித்து அறிந்து கொள்வதில் பிரதிபா பாட்டீல் தீவிர ஆர்வம் காட்டினார்.

மேலும் ஒபாமாவின் புதிய அறிவிப்பால், இந்தியாவில் தகவல் தொழில்நுட்பத் துறை பாதிக்கப்படும் என்ற தமது கவலையையும் அவர் வெளியிட்டார்.

ஆனால், இதற்குப் பதிலளிக்கும் வகையில் பேசிய இன்ஃபோசிஸ் நாராயணமூர்த்தி, ஒபாமாவின் முடிவால் இந்தியாவில் ஐ.டி. துறை பெரிய அளவில் பாதிக்கப்படாது என்று கூறினார்.

வெளிநாடுகளில் ஐ.டி தொடர்பான பணிகளை வழங்குவதால் கிடைக்கும் லாபத்தை அமெரிக்காவில் முதலீடு செய்யாத நிறுவனங்களுக்கு வரிச்சலுகையை திரும்பப் பெறுவது என்ற கருத்தை வரி சீர்திருத்தம் தொடர்பான கூட்டத்தில் பேசுகையில் ஒபாமா கூறியிருந்தார்.

அதுபற்றி குறிப்பிட்ட நாராயணமூர்த்தி, அது வெறும் யோசனைதானே தவிர சட்டம் அல்ல என்றும், ஒபாமாவின் முடிவை நடைமுறைப்படுத்த இன்னும் காலம் உள்ளது என்றும் கூறினார்.

அப்படியே நடைமுறைப்படுத்தினாலும், இந்திய தகவல் தொழில்நுட்ப வர்த்தகத்தில் ஒபாமாவின் நடவடிக்கை பெரிய தாக்கத்தை ஏற்படுத்தாது என்றும் அவர் குறிப்பிட்டார்.

courtesy : Yahoo News
பச்சைப் பட்டு உடுத்தி ஆயிரம் பொன் சப்பரத்தில், குதிரை வாகனத்தில் வைகை ஆற்றில் இறங்கி க‌ள்ளழக‌ர் அருள் பாலித்தார். அ‌ப்போது ப‌க்த‌ர்க‌ள் த‌ண்‌ணீ‌ர் ‌பீ‌ய்‌ச்‌சியடி‌த்து த‌ரிசன‌ம் செ‌ய்தன‌ர்.

மதுரை ‌மீனா‌ட்‌சி அ‌ம்ம‌ன் கோ‌‌யி‌‌ல் ‌சி‌த்‌திரை‌ ‌திரு‌விழா கட‌ந்த மா‌த‌ம் 26 ம் தே‌தி கொடியே‌ற்ற‌த்துட‌ன் தொட‌ங்‌கியது. ப‌ட்டா‌பிஷேக‌ம், ‌மீனா‌ட்‌சி சு‌ந்தரே‌ஷ்வர‌ர் ‌திரு‌க்க‌ல்யாண‌த்து‌க்கு ‌பிறகு மே 7‌ஆ‌ம் த‌ே‌தி அழக‌ர் கோ‌‌‌யி‌லி‌ல் இரு‌ந்து க‌ள்ளழக‌ர் மதுரை நோ‌க்‌கி புற‌ப்ப‌ட்டா‌ர்.

‌பி‌ன்ன‌ர் த‌ங்க கு‌திரை‌யி‌ல் ஒ‌வ்வொரு ம‌ண்டக படிவ‌ங்க‌ளிலு‌ம் செ‌ன்று வ‌ந்தா‌ர்.இத‌ற்‌கிடையே அழகரை வரவே‌ற்க வெ‌ள்‌ளி கு‌திரை‌‌யி‌ல் ‌வீரராகவ பெருமா‌ள் இ‌ன்று காலை 6.50 ம‌‌ணி‌க்கு ஆ‌ற்று‌க்கு வ‌ந்தா‌ர்.

கோவிந்தா, கோ‌வி‌ந்தா எ‌ன்ற முழக்கம் விண்ணைத் தொட மக்களின் ஆரவார கோஷங்களுக்கு மத்தியில், காலை 7.10 மணிக்கு ப‌ச்சை‌ப் ப‌ட்டு உடு‌த்‌தி கள்ளழகர் வைகை ஆற்றில் இறங்கினார். ஆற்றில் இறங்கியதும் அழகர் மீது தண்ணீரைப் பீய்ச்சியடித்து அவரை ப‌க்த‌ர்க‌ள் வணங்கினர்.

பின்னர் அங்கிருந்து புறப்பட்டு மதியம் 11 மணிக்கு ராமராயர் மண்டபத்தில் நடக்கும் அங்கப்பிரதட்சணம் நிகழ்ச்சியில் பங்கேற்கிறார். தொடர்ந்து வண்டியூர் செல்லும் கள்ளழகர் அங்குள்ள வீரராகவ பெருமாள் கோவிலில் இரவு 11 மணிக்கு எழுந்தருளி பக்தர்களுக்கு காட்சி அளிக்கிறார்.

நாளை மண்டூக முனிவருக்கு சாப விமோசனம் அளிக்கிறார். 11 ம் தேதி இரவு பூப்பல்லக்கு நிகழ்ச்சி நடைபெறுகிறது. 12 ம் தேதி கள்ளழகர் மீண்டும் அழகர் கோ‌யிலுக்கு புறப்படுகிறார்.

courtesy : Yahoo News.
மும்பையில் கடந்த ஆண்டு நடத்தப்பட்டது போன்று மேலும் ஒரு தாக்குதலை ஜிஹாதிகள் நடத்தும் ஆபத்து உள்ளது என்று அமெரிக்க உளவு அமைப்புகளின் கொள்கை வகுப்பு ஆலோசகர் புரூஸ் ஓ ரீடல் கூறியுள்ளார்.

ஜிஹாதிகள் பாகிஸ்தான் நாட்டை தங்களின் கைக்குள் கொண்டு வர தீவிரமாக முயன்று வருகின்றனர்.அதற்காக அவர்கள் இந்தியாவிற்கும் பாகிஸ்தானிற்கும் இடையே மோதல் ரீதியிலான தொடர்ந்த ஒரு பதற்றமான நிலையை உருவாக்க திட்டமிடுகின்றனர்.

அவ்வாறு ஒரு மோதல் ரீதியான பதற்றம் நிலவினால் மட்டுமே பாகிஸ்தான் படைபலத்தில் 80 விழுக்காட்டினர் இந்திய-பாகிஸ்தான் எல்லைப் பகுதியிலேயே இருக்கும் நிலை நீடிக்கும், அப்படியான ஒரு சூழலில் மட்டுமே தங்களின் ஆதிக்கத்தை நாட்டிற்குள் நிலைப்படுத்திக் கொள்ள முடியும் என்று ஜிஹாதிகள் நினைக்கின்றனர் என்று கூறியுள்ளார் புரூஸ் ஓ ரீடல்.

அமெரிக்க அயலுறவு பேரவை இதழின் ஆசிரியர் பெர்னார்ட் குவர்ட்ஸ்மேனிற்கு அளித்த நேர்காணில் இவ்வாறு கூறியுள்ள புரூஸ் ஓ ரீடல், அமெரிக்க உளவு அமைப்பின் (சிஐஏ) தெற்காசிய மண்டலத்திற்கான அலுவலராக இருந்து ஓய்வு பெற்றவர். தற்பொழுது அமெரிக்க உள், அயல் உளவு அமைப்புகளின் ஒங்கிணைப்பு சிறப்புக் குழுவின் கொள்கை வகுப்பு ஆலோசகராக உள்ளார்.

பாகிஸ்தானிலிருந்து சதி திட்டம் தீட்டப்பட்டு இந்தியாவின் மீது பல தாக்குதல்கள் நடத்தப்பட்டுள்ளன. 1999 ம் ஆண்டு இந்தியன் ஏர்லைன்ஸ் விமானம் கடத்தல், 2001 ம் ஆண்டு இந்தியாவின் நாடாளுமன்றத்தின் மீது நடந்த தாக்குதல், தற்பொழுது மும்பையின் மீது நடத்தப்பட்ட தாக்குதல் ஆகிய அனைத்தும் இதற்கு உதாரணங்களாகும்.

இத்தனைத் தாக்குதல்கள் நடந்த பிறகும் இந்தியா தொடர்ந்து பாகிஸ்தானுக்கு சமாதான கரம் நீட்டி வருகிறது.ஏனென்றால் லேசான ராணுவ நடவடிக்கை கூட ஒரு முழு அளவிலான போருக்கு வித்திட்டுவிடும் என்பதால் அது கட்டுப்பாடு காத்து வருகிறது என்று புரூஸ் கூறியுள்ளார்.

இந்தியா கடைபிடித்துவரும் பொறுமையும், கட்டுபாடும் எவ்வளவு காலத்திற்கு நீடிக்கும் என்று கேட்டதற்கு, அதுதான் ஜிஹாதிகள் (புனிதப் போராளிகள்) விரும்புவது, இரு நாடுகளுக்கும் இடையில் பதற்றமான சூழல் தொடர்ந்து நிலவினால்தான், தங்களை வளர்த்துக் கொள்ள அது உதவும் என்று அவர்கள் கருதுகின்றனர் என்று பதிலளித்துள்ளார்.

ஜிஹாதி நாடாக மாறும் அபாயம்

இன்றைய நிலையில் இஸ்லாமிய அடிப்படைவாத தீவிரவாத குழுக்களின் சங்கமமாக பாகிஸ்தான் மாறிவருகிறது. பாகிஸ்தானின் பழங்குடியினர் பகுதியில் மட்டுமின்றி, பஞ்சாப், கராச்சி போன்ற பகுதிகளில் அவர்களின் ஆதிக்கம் அதிகரித்து வருகிறது. இந்த வளர்ச்சி பாகிஸ்தான் எனும் நாட்டின் அடிப்படையையே பாதித்துவிடும் அபாயம் உருவாகிவருகிறது. அப்படி ஒரு நிலை ஏற்பட்டால் அது அமெரிக்க உள்ளிட்ட அனைத்து நாடுகளுக்கும் மிகப் பெரிய அச்சுறுத்தலாக ஆகிவிடும் என்று புரூஸ் ஓ ரீடல் கூறியுள்ளார்.

இது உடனடியாக நடந்துவிடும் என்று கூறமுடியாது, ஆனால் அப்படிப்பட்ட சாத்தியம் குறுகிய எதிர்காலத்தில் நிகழலாம் என்று கூறியுள்ள புரூஸ், பாகிஸ்தானிலும் ஆஃப்கானிஸ்தானிலும் நிலவும் சூழல் ஆபத்தானதாக உள்ளது என்று கூறியுள்ளார்.

courtesy : Yahoo News.
NEW DELHI: Come September, cellphone users in some parts of the country, including the four metros Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, will have the facility to switch operators even while retaining their existing number.

The Department of Telecom (DoT) has issued a notification in this regard saying, "Mobile Number Portability is to be implemented in Delhi, Mumbai, Maharashtra and Gujarat Service areas of Zone I and Kolkata, Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Andhra and Karnataka of Zone 2 within six months of award of licence by September 20, 2009, and in the rest of the country by March 20, 2010".

Syniverse Technologies (Zone 1) and MNP Interconnection (Zoin 2) are the two companies who have been licenced by the DoT to carry out the MNP exercise.

The DoT further said TRAI will decide on all kinds of tariffs related to MNP like the transaction fee to be charged from the customer for seeking change of number.

But sources said number portability charges are likely to be below Rs 300 and it will take maximum two days to change the service provider.

TRAI is learnt to be keen to keep the cost at a reasonable level so as not to discourage subscribers willing to change their service provider and at the same time make it a viable business model for the service providers.

courtesy : Times of India.
BANGALORE: With the moon mission Chandrayaan 1 accomplished, the next venture will be sending a space vehicle to Mars, ISRO Chairman G. Madhavan Nair said here on Saturday. The plan is to make this possible by 2013 or a few years later.

Speaking after being felicitated at the eighth anniversary of the CII Institute of Quality, he said the cost factor had to be considered in planning space missions. "Right now, per kg of payload costs $15,000 to $20,000, and we are trying to bring it down to $1,000. Much of it can come from more indigenisation and through being able to reuse the different stages of the rocket taking a vehicle to space," Mr. Nair said.

While ISRO would get Rs. 30,000 crore from the Government during the 11th Plan, resources had to be used with care.

More research and development for localisation was necessary, he said, adding that "90 per cent of our technology now is home-grown".

Also felicitated was S. Viji, Managing Director, Brakes India Ltd. and trustee of the Kuruvila Jacob Memorial Educational Trust. Named after the former headmaster of Madras Christian College School, the trust selects schools to help them implement quality control measures for "excellence in education".

Tata Steel Managing Director B. Muthuraman, who was felicitated, explained how quality control in steel plants had helped lower the cost of production and made the final product more competitive.

Delivering the annual day lecture, Rajiv Gandhi, Chief General Manager (Production), Maruti Suzuki Ltd., said the automotive sector accounted for 3.5 per cent of the GDP and contributed 17 per cent of total taxes collected by the Government.

"Despite the economic slowdown and an uncertain market and volatility in input prices, Maruti could do better than most others in the sector because of consistent quality in our products," he said.

Institute of Quality Chairman K.N. Shenoy said there were several examples of global excellence achieved by Indian corporates.

courtesy : The Hindu.
CHENNAI: The new digital display time boards put up at several bus stands in the city by Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) have not yet become popular with passengers.

The boards which show the arrival time, fleet number and destination of the buses have been placed at around 51 bus stands, mostly on Anna Salai and Kamarajar Salai. More such display boards will be put up at other bus stands, say MTC sources.

The time of arrival of the 600 MTC buses installed with the Global Positioning System (GPS) can be known through display boards. Services on routes PP19, 21H, 21G, 19G are among the 39 routes where this technology is used.

At the Broadway bus stand, the digital display time board, fitted near the time-keeper's office, is too small to be noticed from a distance. Many passengers at the stand appear to be unaware of its presence. D.Balaji, employed in a private firm in Esplanade, said he usually enquired with the conductor about the departure time of the next bus instead of looking up the board.

Senior MTC officials said if a bus was crowded, the passenger had the advantage of checking the time board to see when the next service was due, so that they could get a seat in it. They say the GPS facility has helped them discipline drivers by monitoring their starting time and time of journey.

"Complaints of buses starting late have come down in vehicles having the GPS facility," said a senior MTC official.

However, several passengers feel the GPS facility would be useful only if they were extended to all the 3,000 buses of MTC.

"There is no point in having the facility in a select few bus stands and for a select few buses," said R.Devika, a college student who takes the bus on 21G route from Queen Mary's College stop.

Senior MTC officials said they did not have sufficient funds to extend the display board facility to all the bus stands and provide GPS facility in all buses.

Also, at bus stands where different buses halt at different points, passengers feel confused about when and where to board the particular bus. At the Ambattur industrial estate bus stand, for instance, passengers have to rush from one end of the bus stand to the other looking for a particular bus they want to travel in.

All India Rail and Bus Passengers Association president T.Ravikumar said the MTC must ensure that basic information such as bus numbers and their point of stopping are clearly displayed at bus stands as part of its modernisation process.

courtesy : The Hindu.
CHENNAI: BSNL Chennai Telephones has announced the launch of BlackBerry services for its GSM post-paid mobile users.

A Chennai Telephones press release said the service would be available as BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) for individuals and BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) for corporate clients.

BIS offers push mail technology to send or receive mails, access to WAP, WML and HTML sites, chat facility through Yahoo Messenger and Google Talk, access to social utility sites and high speed transfer rates of data/audio/video.

The package falls under three plans with a monthly rent of Rs. 299, Rs. 499 and Rs. 999. BES has access to enterprise and corporate mail, calendar, contacts, tasks and notes and instant messaging web based and enterprise applications.

The monthly rentals are Rs. 425, Rs. 625 and Rs. 875. Customers can contact the toll free line 1503 to register a request. Customer service executive will visit the user at a convenient place and time and book the connection. At present the BSNL is offering BlackBerry 8700g and the Curve versions that are 2G enabled and the 3G enabled BlackBerry Bold 9000 Smartphone.

The handsets will be available at the CSC at RK Nagar from May 11.

courtesy : The Hindu.
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