Wednesday, March 26, 2008

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Ford sells Jaguar/Land Rover to Tata

Homegrown auto major Tata Motors has clinched the Jaguar and Land Rover (JLR) deal estimated to be valued between $2-2.5 billion.

According to sources close to the development, the deal was signed last evening and is estimated to have cost the Tatas between $2-2.5 billion.

When contacted a Tata Motors spokesperson said the company would make an announcement at an "appropriate time". Ford on the other hand has been insisting that they would make public the deal only after it has informed its employees.

The sources said the formal announcement of the deal is likely to be made at 5.30 pm IST.

The deal has taken almost nine months to finalise as both Ford and Tata and their financiers sought to iron out issues seen as crucial to the future of the two British marques. It is expected to cover long-term supply of engines to both brands from Ford.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Most TB cases found in India

Three million people develop tuberculosis in the Southeast Asian region every year, India reporting 22 per cent of these, and over half a million die of the disease, says the latest World Health Organisation (WHO) report released on Monday.

The 11 countries of the region which account for 25 per cent of the world's population carry more than one-third of the global burden of tuberculosis, the report said.

India and China record the highest number of TB cases globally, it said and added that, besides India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand are part of the high burden countries.

Of the 22 countries that record TB, these five countries together have over two million cases or 95 per cent of all cases globally.

The 11 countries included in the report are India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Timor-Leste, and North Korea.

Releasing the report on World TB Day, Samlee Plianbangchang, WHO's regional director for the Southeast Asia region, said there should be a “concerted action globally, nationally and locally” to contain TB.

“There is emerging evidence of a reversal in the burden of TB in this region,” he added.

“The impact of TB is reducing and it is remarkable to note that there are TB driven programmes in this region that have been instrumental in bringing down the number,” said Jai P. Narain, WHO's director for communicable diseases.

He said India and Indonesia alone contribute 40 per cent of the total cases reported in the region. India's share is 22 per cent.

“The region, with 4.97 million TB cases, carries over one-third of the global burden of TB," said the Tuberculosis in the Southeast Asia region 2008 report.

“Most cases occur in the age group of 15-54 years, with males being disproportionately affected in the region,” the report said.

Though deaths due to TB have declined after introduction of DOTS (Directly Observed Treatment, Short course) in the region, the disease still claims more than 500,000 lives each year, it said.

The report said an overall case detection rate of 68 per cent was achieved in 2006 in the region, close to the global target of 70 per cent.

It said that all member countries are in the process of implementing the new Stop TB strategy through their multi-year national TB control plans.

But it said that establishing an adequate network of quality assured laboratories for performing drug susceptibility testing (DST) remains a main challenge for the region.

“Interventions for the management of MDR-TB (multi-drug resistant TB) cases under the national programmes have been developed and implemented by Bangladesh, India, Myanmar and Nepal,” the report said.

It underlines that over the next 10 years the countries in the region should teat and cure 25 million TB patients, including those with HIV co-infection and drug-resistant TB.

“Save at least five million people from dying from TB and prevent at least one million cases of multi-drug-resistant TB," the report emphasised.

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8 Signs You Masturbate Too Much

Most of us won’t admit to it, but we all do it, even you. Come on, you know what I’m talking about–blog masturbation. You really shouldn’t, as it can cause numerous psychological symptoms such as low self-esteem, obsessive-compulsive disorder and panic attacks. Here is how you know when you’ve gone too far, so that you can keep from going blind.
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1. You are becoming obsessive.

You check your page stats not only every day, but several times a day. If the stats are lower one day than they were the day before, you cry. You may already be using that auto-erotic blog toy called Google Analytics and looking at who’s watching you. You are so, so nasty.

2. You’re giving yourself LOTS of love.

You just adore that new header you spent all that time jacking around with. Isn’t it slick? Oooh, nice header. Okay, click on out of your own page already and check out someone else for a change. And link to others at least as often as you link to yourself.

3. Your work is beginning to suffer.

You’re hitting Technorati more often than you are responding to your boss’s emails. Technorati has your number. How low can you go? Jeez, you’re going to get a crick in your neck if you keep doing that.

4. You are starting to become numb.

Your blog no longer looks juicy. You are ready to call it quits, because you have only had five new visitors during the last hour. Fortunately, there’s an off button. Press it gently. There you go. Doesn’t that feel better?

5. You are getting sore.

If you are going to stay on MyBlogLog all day long, then get yourself an ergonomic chair. And a nice soft keyboard pad. Don’t get chafed from all that clicking.

6. You’re starting to get red.

Your eyes that is. What did you think I was talking about?? Hit the brightness button on your monitor and turn it down a tad. Or up. Up and down. Whatever.

7. You take your laptop into the bathroom at work.

You’ve gone too far, really.

8. Your personal relationships are beginning to suffer.

You have been writing posts five times a day for weeks. Your hands are tired. Your SO no longer remembers what you look like.
So now you know if you have a problem. If so, please get help before you go insane or grow hair in places that don’t have follicles. I recommend going cold turkey and shutting down your blog if this is happening to you. Then I can have all of the traffic to myself and have some peace….ahhhh.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

India ranks 10th in domestic car sales

India is ranked 10th in the world with respect to domestic car sales in the year 2007, according to a report published on Tuesday by an international Automobile Manufacturers Association.

According to the report, global car sales crossed the 70 million mark for the first time ever last year, and the U.S topped the list with sales of 16.46 million cars. But the U.S share of the global car market has fallen from 29.1% in 2002 to 22.9% last year.

The second to sixth places for 2007 remained the same as in 2006: China ranked second (8.792 million), followed by Japan (5.354 million), Germany (3.483 million), the UK (2.8 million) and Italy (2.741 million).

India was one among the 3 emerging markets that rose one notch from the 2006 rankings. The total domestic sales in India for the year 2007 was 1.99 million cars. Besides India, Russia climbed to seventh position with 2.644 million domestic sales, and Brazil climbed to ninth spot (2.463 million).

A total of 71.82 million cars were sold worldwide in 2007, up 4.5% from the previous year.

In the recent years, India has emerged as one of the major bases for manufacturing small passenger cars. At present the Indian automotive industry boasts of being the 3rd largest manufacturer of small cars.

According to the international car statistics almost 70% of the cars sold in the country come under the segment of small cars. A number of car manufacturers like Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors, Hyundai, Honda, Ford, Hindustan Motors, Fiat, General Motors etc offer various new model of cars now and then.

It is expected that the various automobile manufacturers will be investing about $ 5 billion in India, between 2005-2010.

World Bank rates India as top receiver of remittances in 07

India is the top receiver of remittances from abroad in 2007, followed by China and Mexico, according to the World Bank's Migration and Remittances Fact book 2008, released here Wednesday.

The top five recipients of migrant remittances in 2007 were India ($27 billion), China ($25.7 billion), Mexico ($25 billion), the Philippines ($17 billion) and France ($12.5 billion), according to the fact book.

For 2007, recorded remittances flows worldwide were estimated at $318 billion, of which $240 billion went to developing countries. These flows do not include informal channels, which would significantly enlarge the volume of remittances if they were recorded.

"In many developing countries, remittances provide a life line for the poor," said Dilip Ratha, a senior economist, and author of the fact book with Zhimei Xu.

"They are often an essential source of foreign exchange and a stabilizing force for the economy in turbulent times."

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

33 of Life’s Most Powerful Lessons

Below are 33 of the most powerful lessons in life. I encourage you to share yours with me by leaving a comment below. =)

  1. Often those who aren’t the easiest to love are the ones who need it the most.
  2. Seeing children play can make even the bluest day brighter.
  3. Money is not the root of all evil, fear is.
  4. The secret to happiness is the acceptance of yourself.
  5. Happiness is not based on external status, it is an internal state.
  6. Money can’t make me happy, but self-sufficiency gives me the freedom to share myself creatively, without worrying about how I’m going to pay the bills.
  7. Every man has a right to choose his own destiny.
  8. The path is the way.
  9. Coming is going, going is coming.
  10. The hardest is found in the easiest.
  11. Heaven and hell exist here and now, within your own mind.
  12. Life is the largest stage.
  13. Music is one of the most supreme expressions of life. It is art in it’s most transitory form. It is gone within an instant, and therefore, extremely precious.
  14. Follow your gut, you’ll thank yourself later.
  15. Remember what your mother taught you, it came from the most sacred place of love that exists.
  16. Never let an argument last, never hold a grudge, it will make your heart heavy.
  17. Forgive those that have yet to do you wrong, and you won’t have to worry about it should the time come.
  18. Be grateful for this moment, it is all there is.
  19. The source of most of your frustrations and anxiety are the result of living in the future, or the past.
  20. Spend time alone with yourself every day.
  21. Always go with yourself, never against yourself.
  22. You have to be your own best friend.
  23. If you don’t like what someone else says to you, you can walk away. But if you don’t like what you say to yourself, you can’t walk away. Therefore, if you’re going to be with yourself all the time, you might as well be nice to yourself.
  24. The truth shall indeed set you free.
  25. Lies only exist if we believe in them.
  26. Even the most fundamental beliefs about reality are not true in themselves. Our thinking makes them true in our experience.
  27. Your thoughts create reality.
  28. The biggest lie is the lie of your imperfection.
  29. Being kind is more important than being right.
  30. Your heart is your best compass.
  31. Cherish those that you love, you never know if you’ll see them again.
  32. Your beliefs are a filter for your reality.
  33. Love is the supreme expression of life, it is the essence and ground of all creation.

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University from Wardha to offer MBA course in Hindi

A university in Wardha in Maharashtra will soon be starting an MBA course. While looking at the increasing demand for MBA graduates, this comes as no news.

The only difference here would be the medium of instruction and the course content — it would all be in Hindi. It is probably the first of its kind, designed for students who wish to opt for a Hindi MBA.

The Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya in Wardha will be offering the course from the next academic year starting from July 2008. As the vice-chancellor G Gopinathan says, “It is a commercial language now, why miss it?” University authorities believe that management and technology cannot be restricted to a particular language.

Gopinathan said, “It is the bazaar and business language and it needs to be experimented. Though we have not devised the entire curriculum in Hindi, we will do it as soon as the course starts. We did not wish to delay the launch because of the nitty-gritty.”

Currently, the university will use translated versions of books written by different authors in English. The board of studies’ committee from the university has already had several meetings to discuss various topics that have to be incorporated.

The MBA (Hindi) will be offered in rural, tourism and finance managements to begin with and later offer other specialised courses. The university is planning to release the advertisements by the end of this month.

A university in Hyderabad had earlier offered the course in Urdu (just the medium of instruction) and surprisingly managed to get 100 per cent placements for their MBA graduates, said the vice-chancellor.

DNA spoke to a couple of corporates to check out the placement value of Hindi MBA graduates. Kishore Biyani, the MD of Pantaloon Retail, said, “It is always good to learn in your basic language. The understanding of concepts will be better. If the curriculum is in par with the MBA (English), then we will not have a problem in recruiting such candidates.”

Charudatta Deshpande, head of corporate communications, ICICI, said, “There is no sacrosanct policy on knowing English in the finance industry. The person has to deal with numbers. If the concepts are clear, we will not have a problem in recruiting. In fact, it will be an added advantage for us to recruit front office candidates with an MBA in the local language.”

Transferring money to parents' account? 5 tips

Many young professionals move to cities in search of jobs, leaving parents in their hometown. Once they find a job they usually send a part of their earnings home to help their parents. Outlook Money takes a look at the options one has to send money home and the costs involved. While the channels of sending money home remain the same - banks and post offices - the modes of transfer have increased over the years.

In parents' account
Thanks to core banking you can now deposit the money in your parent's account from the city where you are based. Braja Sundar Rath, 34, a Hyderabad-based IT professional, sends money to his parents in Gunupur, Rayagada district, Orissa. Earlier he used to send money through a demand draft (DD).

"Using a DD had its own problems," says Rath.

When the bank branch where his parents have their account got connected to the core banking facility (it allows you to operate your account and use other banking facilities from any branch of the same bank irrespective of the location of your account), he started depositing money in their account directly.

"The money gets credited to the account immediately and at zero cost," says Rath.

Open a joint account
The problem comes when branches don't have the core banking facility. In such a case you can either open a new account for your parents in a branch that has the facility, or you can open a joint account with one of your parents and give them a debit card to operate it.

You should, however, remember that with a new account the quarterly average balance has to be maintained. In private sector banks this amount can be as high as Rs 10,000. For public sector banks it is around Rs 1,000.

A little help from friends
If you feel that the cost of maintaining a quarterly average balance is too high or if your parents don't want to operate a new account or the process of depositing money is too time consuming, then you can deposit the money in a friend's account who is based in your hometown.

Alwin Horo, 24, an ITeS professional based in the NCR, tried depositing the money in his parents' account, in Ranchi, from Gurgaon. "I stood in the queue for more than two hours. When my turn came I was told that the time for depositing money in outstation accounts was over," says Horo.

Luckily for Horo he has a Ranchi-based friend who's bank account is connected through core banking. Now, Horo deposits around Rs 6,000 a month in his friend's account for his parents. But do keep in mind that this may increase the friend's tax liability.

Transfer online
Online transfers save you the time and effort of visiting a bank branch to deposit money. At present, around 80 financial institutions offer this facility in India. To transfer funds online, you will need to opt for the net banking facility and register yourself for the third-party funds transfer facility.

Through this facility funds can be transferred instantly. The only condition is that the actual time taken to credit the account depends on the time taken by the payee's bank to process the payment.

Further, you can transfer funds from your account to any other branch that offers the facility. Also, any transfer request made on a non-working day also gets presented to the Reserve Bank of India the very next working day. The best part, however, is that this facility is offered free of cost.

Demand draft
This was the good old way of sending money home. This option will still hold good if the branch with which your parents bank is not covered by core banking and you aren't as lucky as Horo. But there are certain disadvantages of going the DD way.

First is the cost. For example, you will have to pay up to Rs 60 to get a DD made of up to Rs 5,000. Some banks do not charge for this facility if you have an account with them.

Second, you have to send the DD through courier or speed post, which is added cost. Also, once the draft is submitted it takes a minimum of three working days for the funds to be transferred. On top of all this you will lose time standing in queues to get the draft made.

Many banks have a dial-a-draft facility where you can call the bank and they will deliver the draft to you after which you can send it to your parents. This option is more expensive than others and you have to use your credit card to avail this facility.

Instant money order
If you don't have the time to get a DD made or to deposit money in your parents' bank account, do an instant money order (iMO). With iMOs, you can transfer funds instantly to more than 600 post offices across India. You can find the list of the post offices covered at India Post's website

You can transfer Rs 1,000-50,000 from a designated iMO post office. The charges depend on the amount to be transferred. For example, transferring up to Rs 5,000 costs Rs 150 and Rs 300 for amounts between Rs 45,001 and Rs 50,000.

To transfer money you have to fill a "To Remit Payment" (TRP-1) form and submit it with the money. You will get a printed receipt with a computer generated confidential 16-digit iMO number.

Give this number to your parents. Your parents have to give this number at any designated iMO post office counter, fill up and submit a "To Make Payment" (TMP-1) form along with an identification proof.

Payments below Rs 20,000 will be made in cash, and others by cheque. Your parents can also receive the payment in their post office savings account in the same iMO office.

Making the money reach your home
ModeTime taken 1Cost

Demand draft

5-10 days

Depends on the value of the DD 2

Deposit in parent's account




7-10 days

Transaction fee of 1% of
the draft amount 3

Electronic transfer



Instant money order


Rs 150 - 300



Min. quarterly balance to be
maintained in the new account

1 Time taken for parents to receive the money
2 For example, to make a draft of up to Rs 5,000, charges could be up to Rs 60
3 The amount of the draft will be billed in the monthly credit card statement. Interest charges will also be levied from the date of transaction to the date of repayment

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New Marriage law for Muslim women in India

The All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board has released the "Shariat Nikahnama" that they claim would give equal rights to both Muslim men and women.

If the board has its way, a Muslim woman would be entitled to seek divorce if her husband was found having illicit relationship with another woman.

The board has also rejected any divorce done through SMS, e-mail, phone as video conferencing, besides rejecting divorce done on provocation.

A Muslim woman can seek divorce if she is forced by her husband to indulge in unnatural sex. She can also seek divorce if her husband contracts AIDS.

"We have framed the new nikahnama strictly in accordance with the tenets of Islam, which clearly prohibit any kind of harassment or oppression of a married woman by her husband," said AIMWPLB president Shaista Amber.

Shaista Amber added that at the shariat also entitles a woman to take separation even when the husband refuses to grant a divorce.

"Besides extra-marital relationship, these include absence of physical relationship between the husband and wife for more than a year, abandonment of the wife for more than four years, failure of the husband to look after the wife and family or any kind of ill-treatment or torture," said the model nikahnama.

The new nikahnama has 17-point guidelines for marriage under the Shariat for bride and groom, while eight points on the divorce process.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Pakistan to get its first woman speaker

Fahmida Mirza is all set to become the first woman speaker of Pakistan's National Assembly.

The Pakistan People's Party on Tuesday nominated 51-year-old Mirza, a medical graduate, and Faisal Karim Kundi as its candidates for the posts of speaker and deputy speaker respectively of the Lower House of Parliament.

The two candidates are expected to win as the Pakistan People's Party and its allies -- Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Awami National Party and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam -- have a majority in the National Assembly.

If she is elected, Mirza will be the first woman speaker of Pakistan.

The deadline for the filing of nomination papers for the two posts ended at noon on Tuesday.

Polling for the posts will be held through secret ballot at 11 am on Wednesday and the new speaker will take charge as custodian of the House the same day.

The nominations were made by PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari very late on Monday night following weeks of consultations with the party's MPs and its allies.

Mirza comes from a political family of Sindh province. She is the wife of Zulfiqar Mirza, a member of the Sindh provincial assembly and a close aide of Zardari.

She won in the February 18 polls from the coastal district of Badin.

Kundi, who was elected to the National Assembly for the first time, is a youngster who was personally groomed by slain PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto [Images].

He defeated Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal secretary general Maulana Fazlur Rehman in the polls in the latter's traditional stronghold of Dera Ismail Khan.

The PPP, which emerged as the largest group with 120 seats in the 342-member House, is set to form government with its coalition partners. According to an agreement signed by the PPP and PML-N, the candidates for prime minister, speaker and deputy speaker will be from the PPP.

But the PPP has not yet resolved its differences over the nomination of a candidate for premiership.

PPP vice chairman Makhdoom Amin Fahim, a front-runner for the premiership, was sidelined by Zardari following reports that he had secretly met President Pervez Musharraf [Images] and members of the military establishment.

A majority of MPs have suggested that Zardari should become prime minister after contesting by-elections.

After meeting Zardari late on Monday night, Fahim said he too had proposed that PPP co-chairman should become prime minister.

There was no word from the party on Zardari's reaction to Fahim's proposal.

Senior PPP leader Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah has said that the nominee for premiership will be announced by March 20.

"The future prime minister will be announced by March 20. There are four to five candidates for the top slot and the final decision will be taken after consulting our coalition partners," he said.

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7 Tips zur Anmache

1. Wie komm’ ich nur an ihn ran?

7 Tips zur “Anmache” - und dir fallen bestimmt noch mehr ein:

1. Lächle, zwinkre, lache ihm zu - Augenkontakt bringt's!

2. Geh mit ihm Eis essen.

3. Organisier 'ne Fete, lad ihn ein, oder nimm ihn zu einer mit.

4. Zeig ihm auf jeden Fall, dass du dich freust, wenn er auf dich zukommt - nicht übertreiben, aber deutlich.

5. Sag ihm, dass du mit ihm tanzen gehen möchtest.

6. Lass dir was einfallen: Mach Ballons an sein Fahrrad, oder schick ihm 'ne Rose, ohne dass er genau weiß, wo's herkommt - ahnen reicht.

Es gibt viele verschiedene Möglichkeiten, Kontakt aufzunehmen. Jede hat ihre eigene Art, sonst wäre es ja auch langweilig.

Mädchen sind oft zurückhaltender als Jungen. Wartest du auch lieber, dass er auf dich zukommt? So kann man sich zwar keinen Korb holen, aber:

Was ist, wenn du wartest und wartest und wartest...., bis die Chance vielleicht vertan ist? Wenn du es schaffst, von dir aus auf einen Jungen zuzugehen, hast du den großen Vorteil, dass du dir aussuchen kannst, wen du kennenlernen möchtest, und es kann schön sein, aktiv was dafür zu tun. Ob ein Junge das nicht auch mal gut findet, "angemacht" zu werden und nicht immer der Aktive sein zu müssen?! Natürlich gibt's Zeiten, da hat man keinen Bock, aktiv zu sein und findet Warten einfach angenehmer.

Übrigens: Vielen Menschen fällt es nicht ganz leicht, Kontakt zu machen, denn es spielt die Angst mit, abgelehnt zu werden. Gerade von denen, die uns besonders wichtig sind.

2. Wie komm' ich nur an sie ran?

Stell dir vor, du siehst sie (zum ersten Mal oder vielleicht ständig in deiner Klasse, im Bus, beim Sport oder sonst wo). Dein Herz fängt an zu klopfen, die Hände werden feucht, du hast natürlich gerade mal wieder nicht die beste Meinung von deiner eigenen Erscheinung, überlegst dir wilde Einleitungen, um sie anzusprechen.

Bemerkt sie dich überhaupt??!

"Hey, du?" klingt nicht gerade originell. Aber was sonst? Während du dir all das überlegst und versuchst, noch möglichst cool zu gucken, redet sie längst höchst interessiert mit einem anderen ...

Von Jungen erwarten die meisten Mädchen immer noch, dass sie den ersten Schritt tun. Das ist wahnsinnig schwierig, denn es besteht ja das Risiko, abgewiesen zu werden und sich zu blamieren. So eine Ablehnung tut weh und drängt nicht gerade nach Wiederholung. Wenn du Angst hast rot zu werden, dann ist es eben so! Du wirst sehen, Mut zu mehr Gefühl und Offenheit führen auch zum Erfolg.

Überleg dir, was zu dir passt. Was bist du für ein Typ? Eher ein Draufgänger oder eher ein Zurückhaltender? Du kannst in verschiedene Rollen schlüpfen und mal ausprobieren, was du besonders gut kannst. Warum sollte man den anderen Menschen nicht zeigen, dass man sie gerne kennenlernen möchte. Denk mal daran, wie gut es dir tut, so etwas zu hören!!

Es hilft wenig, irgendwas nachzuspielen, was du im Kino gesehen hast und was gar nicht zu dir passt. Menschen sind verschieden: Was zu dem einen gut passt, ist für den anderen noch lange nichts.

Wenn Mädchen den ersten Schritt tun, wollen sie selber aussuchen, statt ausgesucht zu werden. Sie sind aktiv. Für Jungen ist das ungewöhnlich, aber doch meist irgendwie toll und entlastend: Echt stark!

Aber wo kann man überhaupt jemanden treffen? In der Klasse sind Mädchen und Jungen zwar gemeinsam, die jeweiligen Freizeitaktivitäten laufen jedoch meistens getrennt ab. Die meisten Mädchen sind den Jungen in ihrer Entwicklung um etwa zwei Jahre voraus und finden etwas ältere Jungen interessanter.

Gut für Kontakte sind gemeinsam organisierte Feten. Ihr könnt für schummrige Beleuchtung und Super-Musik sorgen, Körperkontakt ergibt sich beim Tanzen!

Auch in Jugendgruppen kann man Leute kennenlernen. So mancher geht zum Beispiel zu den Pfadfindern, um eine Freundin oder einen Freund zu finden! Man hat gemeinsame Interessen, Diskussionen, oder auch etwas vorzubereiten und zu organisieren. Hör dich doch mal in Deinem Ort um. Es gibt mit Sicherheit irgendeine Gruppe, in der du mitmachen kannst!


"Wer wagt, kann verlieren....

...oder gewinnen, und dann kann es ganz toll sein..."

Monday, March 17, 2008

Cities to Host Half of Humans by End of 2008

Cities to Host Half of Humans by End of 2008

Cities to Host Half of Humans by End of 2008

The Japanese capital is the world's largest and most densely populated city
Cities to Host Half of Humans by End of 2008

In many wealthy Western nations, like the United States, up to 70 percent of people live in metropolitan areas
Cities to Host Half of Humans by End of 2008

Beijing, China

China is the world's most populous nation and is currently experiencing a rapid social transition.
Cities to Host Half of Humans by End of 2008

Shanghai, China

Farmland has been swallowed by skyscrapers and ribbons of freeway unravel across the horizon as Shanghai's frenzied building boom continues
Cities to Host Half of Humans by End of 2008

New Delhi, India

In New Delhi, one of two Indian megacities, 95 percent of the metropolis has no system of formal garbage collection and relies instead on ragpickers
Cities to Host Half of Humans by End of 2008

Mumbai (Bombay), India

Dharavi is a one-square-mile (three-square-kilometer) slum in the heart of bustling Mumbai, India's other megacity
Cities to Host Half of Humans by End of 2008

Cairo, Egypt

People have lived in Cairo for some 6,000 years, but explosive growth is relatively modern
Cities to Host Half of Humans by End of 2008

Lagos, Nigeria

The city's population is expected to reach 18 million in the next two years

Indian students spend $13 bn on education abroad: ASSOCHAM

NEW DELHI: Industry body ASSOCHAM on Monday said over $13 billion is spent every year by about 450,000 Indian students on higher education abroad as they are not accommodated by domestic institutions.
Over 90 per cent of students appearing for IIT and IIM entrance examinations are rejected due to capacity constraints, of which the top 40 per cent pay to get admission abroad.

"Over 150,000 students every year go overseas for university education, which costs India a foreign exchange outflow of $10 billion. This amount is sufficient to build more IIMs and IITs," it said.

The primary reason for a large number of Indian students seeking professional education abroad is lack of capacity in Indian institutions. The trend can be reversed by opening series of quality institutes with public-private partnership by completely deregulating higher education, ASSOCHAM President Venugopal Dhoot said in a statement.
Higher education in India is subsidised as an IIT student pays an average 120 dollar monthly fee, while students opting for education in institutions in Australia, Canada, Singapore, the US and UK shell out 1,500-5,000 dollars as fees every month.

Deregulation of higher education in the country will result in creating annual revenues of $50-100 billion, besides providing 10-20 million additional jobs in the field of education alone, the chamber said. India has only 27,000 foreign students, as compared to four lakh in Australia.

ASSOCHAM further said vocational education in India is a meagre five per cent of its total employed workforce of 459.10 million as against 95 per cent in South Korea, 80 per cent in Japan and 70 per cent in Germany.

Netherlands Bans Sex with Animals

The ban was two years in the making, but the Dutch parliament has finally decided to outlaw bestiality and animal pornography.

A still of a man hugging a horse taken from the film "Zoo," a documentary about beastiality, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film.

A still of a man hugging a horse taken from the film "Zoo," a documentary about beastiality, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film.

The Dutch parliament voted unanimously Thursday to ban sex with animals and pornography depicting bestiality. Anyone breaking the law now risks being sent to jail for up to six months. Until now, Dutch law had only forbidden bestiality in cases where animal suffering was involved.

By passing the ban, the Netherlands joins the ranks of 80 countries where animal pornography is explicity forbidden, Harm Evert Waalkens, the member of parliament who proposed the law, told the Associated Press. "The Netherlands has been a magnet for perversities -- and we want to stop that," Waalkens said, adding that pornographers had lobbied fiercely against a ban.

The Party for the Animals, however, which has two members of parliament, wanted the ban to be more wide-ranging. The party's Esther Ouwehand called for the castration of pigs and the artifical insemination of cows to also be outlawed, too.,1518,541437,00.html

India to be among top 5 markets: Coke

Betting big on India's potential to emerge as its top five markets in the world, Cola giant Coca Cola on Monday committed to more 'incremental' investment on top of Rs 1,000 crore (Rs 10 billion), it is pumping in the next three years.

"We are bullish on India. It is a matter of stimulation... as the growth comes, you have to put in incremental investments," E Neville Isdell Chairman and CEO of US-based multinational Coke told PTI.

"We are investing $ 250 million (Rs 1,000 crore)... this will not be the last. More investments will come," Isdell, who is visiting India as part of pushing business in tandem with a pleasure trip, said.

Dubbing Coca Cola (India) as a 'profitable' venture that is adding to the balance sheet of the global giant, the CEO said, "We have arrived in India. But we have not arrived to the level where we want to."

"It is a question of long-term commitment. India figures in the global growth strategy of Coke. We are going to make it among the top 10 countries for Coke and then later among the top five," he said, but did not give any time frame on whether the first milestone would be achieved in five years or less.

Stating that India is currently at number 17 in the list of countries where Coke is present, Isdell said the country had emerged among the best markets for the company during the year 2007.

Recounting the tough time Coke faced in India owing to the pesticide controversy, Isdell said the company had learnt its lesson from the fact that despite it not doing anything wrong, the perception was contrary.

"...It (pesticide) was not correct. But the perception took the form of reality and it was our credibility that took us out of it. We are doing well but we have to align with the society," he said.

Asked about the acceptability of Coke in India and if it was getting hurt by a spate of controversies ranging from pesticide to water depletion being caused by the cola giant, Coke's worldwide CEO said, "We re-entered India in 1993 and had not become integral part of the society (at that time)."

Listing out various corporate social responsibilities activities initiated by it since then as part of making itself more acceptable in India, Isdell said that though Coke was water-neutral and ground water usage was 'zero degree', the company was taking a series of measures including providing rain harvesting and other water-related facilities.

Having visited one such facility in Gujarat on Sunday where Coca Cola (India) has created a big over-head water tank for the villagers, Isdell said the resistance that it faced was 'nothing new' in India.

The company had faced major problems in France and Japan in fifties and both the countries are now major markets for Coke.

Isdell, who is likely to meet Finance Minister P Chidambaram during his visit, said the company was not affected by the appreciation of rupee. "We are a local brand, not importer," he said but listed inflation, which is ruling over five per cent now as an area of concern but the government is addressing the issue.

Asked about the impact of the financial crisis and recessionary pressures in the US, Isdell said "we will be affected but not as much as others. We are better placed than any other company."

"80 per cent of our business comes from non-US countries. We have been named among the top 10 US brands in 2007," he said adding the company's growth would be global, even as there could be some impact in Mexico.

Listing India as a major growth story for the MNC, the company said that Coca Cola (India) had posted profits for the last six straight quarters and the outlook is also good.

Although he declined to give financial details of Indian operations, Isdell said he is quite enthusiastic about the prospects and said the strategy would include introducing more products in the domestic market.

India was also being assessed as a hub for global sourcing for one or two items for the worldwide operations but parried the queries on details. So much so, that he demonstrated his confidence about the success here saying "our race to make India among top 10 markets is on."

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Now add friends from Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail and more in Orkut

Orkut just added another feature to make it more famous. Now they are allowing you to add friends from your yahoo, hotmail and AOL in the orkut. All you need is to select the email provider, give username password there which you use in it and voila, you can invite / add friends from other service provider also.
friend from aol yahoo and more in orkut So Enjoy for one more reason to be on orkut.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Bollywood's Sexiest Scenes

's hottest ever scenes. As always, well done!

Here's your steamy top ten:

1. Anil Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia in Jaanbaaz

Well, these two were certainly not looking for a needle in that haystack! Anil and Dimple got it on with extreme, primal passion in a scene that remains a Bollywood inspiration. Wow.

2. Mallika Sherawat and Emraan Hashmi in Murder

Bollywood's hottest siren and the liplock-addicted lad fogged up the camera lens with their on-screen antics in this film, set to Kunal Ganjawalla's distinctively sung Bheege Hont Tere.

3. Vinod Khanna and Madhuri Dixit in Dayavan

Dixit was barely 20 when this film came out in 1988, and while it was many years before her bosom-heaving dhak-dhak days, the actress was sizzling in intimate scenes with Khanna, 18 years her senior.

4. Anil Kapoor and Sridevi in Mr India

Sridevi was at her absolute sexiest as Shekhar Kapur sensually shot the Kaante nahin kat te song in the superhero film, a song where Sri virtually makes love to the camera. Incredible stuff.

5. Tanushree Dutta and Emraan Hashmi in Aashiq Banaya Aapne

The film -- and the actress -- might have been completely forgettable, but this duo pushed the limits of censorship with a body-baring song that showed Bollywood was growing up to sex at its most realistic.

6. Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia in Saagar

Arguably a film best known for Dimple briefly showing off her assets, she and longtime on-screen lover Rishi had quite a bit of fun with a few raunchy scenes.

7. Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai in Dhoom:2

It was a liplock that, despite the controversy it kicked up, was pretty tame. Yet Sanjay Gadhvi's rain-framed kiss was memorable for a million reasons -- including scandalous rumours about Ash, then engaged to now husband Abhishek Bachchan.

8. Akshay Kumar and Mamta Kulkarni in Sabse Bada Khiladi

A forgettable actress who gained notoriety by posing topless for a magazine cover, Kulkarni never shied away from the heat. In this film she was particularly well complimented by the always-amorous Akshay.

9. Shilpa Shetty and Shah Rukh Khan in Baazigar

Neither star was as big -- or were half as attractive -- as they are today, but that Aye Mere Humsafar song set temperatures rising with Shetty draped over Khan, cleavage almost constantly on display.

10. Rekha and Akshay Kumar in Khiladiyon Ka Khiladi

While Akshay had both the lissome Raveena Tandon -- and fights with wrestling star The Undertaker -- to look forward to in this enjoyable ego-trip film, things really got hot with Madame Re as the duo mudwrestled with extreme abandon. Whoa.