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Monday, February 28, 2011

Mobile phones to cost more from April 1

Mobile handset prices will become more expensive as Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today announced one percent hike in the Central Excise duty for 130 items, including phones.
Come April 1 and central excise duty on mobile phones will be raised from the current four per cent to five per cent.
"The increase in central excise duty is detrimental as it will make mobile phones more expensive and provide impetus to the grey/un-branded market," Nokia India VP and MD D Shivakumar said.
According to business research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, the overall budget may be positive, but no tax incentives to the telecom industry remains an area of concern.
"The Budget 2011 covered too little on telecom, while this is one of the fastest growing sectors. (There were) no significant steps on the spectrum related issues," said the company Program Manager(ICT Practice - South Asia and Middle East) Parminder Kaur Saini.
Telecom equipment manufacturers, however, welcomed the Finance Minister''s proposal to extend concession on parts, components and accessories for manufacture of mobile phones for another year.
"The extension of special additional duty on components for mobile phones for another year is a welcome step. This will help mobile manufacturers sustain growth," Samsung India Electronics Mobile and IT Country Head Ranjit Yadav said.
"The budget provides stimulus for rural and inclusive growth. We welcome the government's commitment to reducing the digital divide by ensuring rural broadband connectivity in 2 years to all 2.5 lakh panchayats," he said.
Too increase the telecom connectivity in the country, Mukherjee had said that during the current year, 190 Institutes will be connected to National Knowledge Network. Since the core will be ready by March 2011, the connectivity to all 1,500 institutions will be provided by March 2012.
"The proposed National Knowledge Network linking 1,500 institutes by March 2012 as well as the increased focus on sectors such as health, education and banking is positive as these are some," Hughes Communications India President - Hughes Network Systems India Limited and Director Pranav Roach said.
With Finance Minister''s mentioning digitally connecting villages and institutes, Tulip Telecom CMD HS Bedi expects increase in demand for internet bandwidth and expects government to make available funds for laying out optical fibre network across the country.

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Budget Simplified or Highlights

The main impetus of the budget is to improve the growth rate and get it to 9 percent in the near term and to a double digit rate in the medium to longer term. The other two areas of focus are Infrastructure development especially in Rural India and Improving Governance by shoring up Systems and bringing stricter control on institutions.
Key points of the budget:
The government is very keen on ensuring that inflation is curbed and food security is ensured for all citizens.
Food items: Since inefficient distribution has been found to be the culprit for the sky rocketing of food prices, the FM has proposed to focus on reducing Production and Distributions bottlenecks. Food, vegetables, Meat etc will show an easing of prices in the medium term future.
Education: A higher allotment of funds in the form of over 24% hike as compared to last year for the Education Sector.
Income tax: More modernization of the taxation system is being mooted. A new form called "SUGAM" will make it easier for small tax payers to file their returns.
A miniscule hike of Rs 20000 in the exemption limit for tax payers has been introduced. The older citizens can feel happy as the FM has decrease the income tax "senior citizen" definition from age 65 to age 60 thus giving a big benefit to those born between 1946-1951. And for those who survive all the hardships of life and lvie to be over 80 they get a higher limit!!
Deduction of Rs 20000 for infrastructure bonds has been retained.
The direct taxes code which has been proposed to be implement from Aril 1, 2012. This has been in the offing for quite some time and is expected to make taxation simpler. The wait continues.
Direct transfer of Cash subsidy to be given to people below poverty line so that delivery of Kerosene, LPG and fertilizers happen in a more efficient and accountable manner
Selling off PSU's: Continuing the focus on divesting government stakes in Public Sector Undertakings the FM has proposed to look at raising Rs 40000 Crores from divestment in 11-12
Foreign Investment: The business environment is set to improve for Foreign companies as the government is looking at further liberalizing the FDI policy. More Foreign Direct Investment can only be good for the economy. Way to go...
Investment in infrastructure will go up since FII investment in corporate bonds has been raised. Better roads, Bridges are on their way.
Housing Loan: Loan limit has been enhanced to Rs 25 Lakh for housing under priority sector lending. Interest subsidy (subvention) of 1% on housing loan has been liberalized. People in the lower financial spectrum to get benefit from Mortgage Risk Guarantee Fund.
Agriculture: Higher allotment uinder Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana of Rs 7860 Crores could see more support for the agriculture sector. Special focus on Vegetables in the form of Rs 300 crore for Vegetable initiative. Agriculture credit too raised to Rs 475, 000/- crores. Happier farmers could mean lower prices for the common man. Focus on Cold Chains and Storage could also lead to efficiency and in return reduction in prices and better quality vegetables reaching our kitchens.
Infrastructure is King: Rs 214000 Crores has been allotted for infrastructure for 2011-12. An increase of over 23% over the last year. We can see better highways and transport systems in the near future which could lead to reduction in inflation in the longer term.
Bring the money back: As expected the FM has taken note of the hue and cry over Black Money. Many new initiatives have been mooted to bring back black money in circulation.
Air travel and Medical aid to cost more: Service tax on air travel has been hiked. Hospitals with over 25 beds will have to pay tax on all services. So those posh hospitals could be giving you higher bills in the coming year.
Bottom line: Overall a very low key budget that has not given great cheer to any particular sector except for Agriculture and Infrastructure. But to give credit to the FM, this focus on these two most critical sectors will only mean that in the longer term all of us get to benefit from better Food stability and Better infrastructure.


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Friday, February 25, 2011

Google Declares War on Content Farms


Google has announced a major algorithmic change to its search engine, subtle in nature and perhaps unnoticeable to many users, but one that should dramatically improve the quality of Google’s search results.
With this move, Google is targeting content farms – a common name for low quality sites whose main goal is to attract search traffic by piling up (mostly) useless content, usually by either producing large amounts of low-quality text or by copying it from websites with original content.
Google does not go into details of the change which should impact 11.8% of Google’s queries (currently only in the US, with plans to roll it out elsewhere over time), but it does say that it will affect the ranking of many sites on the web.

“This update is designed to reduce rankings for low-quality sites—sites which are low-value add for users, copy content from other websites or sites that are just not very useful. At the same time, it will provide better rankings for high-quality sites—sites with original content and information such as research, in-depth reports, thoughtful analysis and so on,” explain Googlers Amit Singhal and Matt Cutts in a blog post.
While the change will surely have many website owners up in arms, complaining that their website was unfairly ranked lower than before (we’re sure that in some cases they will be right), it’s a very welcome one.
The popularity of Google’s search engine is still second to none, but Google has been plagued by black hat SEO practices and content farms for a while now, with the complaints from users slowly mounting over time. If Google manages to put an end to content farms or at least significantly reduce their influence in search results, it will be an important step in regaining the trust of its millions of users.



Saturday, February 19, 2011

Attitude

When Snake is alive, Snake eats Ants.
When Snake is dead, Ants eat Snake.
Time can turn at any time.
Don't neglect anyone in your life.......

Never make the same mistake twice,
There are so many new ones,
Try a different one each day.

A good way to change someone's attitude is to change your own.
Because, the same sun that melts butter, also hardens clay!
Life is as we think, so think beautifully.

Life is just like a sea, we are moving without an end.
Nothing stays with us, what remain are just the memories of some
people who touched us as Waves.

Whenever you want to know how rich you are?
Never count your currency,
just try to Drop a Tear and count how many hands reach out to WIPE
that- that is true richness.

Heart tells the eyes: see less, because you see and I suffer lot.
Eyes replied, feel less because you feel and I cry a lot.

Never change your originality for the sake of others,
Because no one can play your role better than you.
So be yourself, because whatever you are, YOU are the best.

Baby mosquito came back after 1st time flying.
His dad asked him "How do you feel?"
He replied "It was wonderful, Everyone was clapping for me!"

Now that's Positive Attitude.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Cricket live online streaming from espnstar

Espnstar is offering free CWC live streaming online. If you are working and worrying about CWC matches ... here is the solution. Just hit espnstar.com/cwclive where you can watch worldcup matches online. Its live streaming. So sit back in Office just relax and open the website and enjoy the match and pray for India success.

CHAK DE INDIA ....

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Facebook Rolling Out Brand New Photos Interface

Facebook‘s all-new design for displaying photos now appears to be rolling out to quite a few users. It features larger images, a lightbox-type UI and other features that put Facebook in even more competition with Flickr on the casual and social photography front.


We got wind of these new Facebook Photos features some months ago around the end of September. And while some users have had this feature for a while, we were beginning to wonder why Facebook was delaying a general roll-out.

However, Facebook did confirm yesterday that the new photo viewer was on its way to all users soon; and tonight, we’re seeing this new interface from several accounts.


One major benefit, from Facebook’s perspective, is that users will be able to browse through many photos in the lightbox layer without disrupting the underlying page and “losing their place.” Other features include hi-res photos, photo-download links and bulk tagging options.

In fact, as we noted last fall, many of these feature upgrades strongly mirror recent changes to Flickr’s own UI during the summer of 2010.

Along with Tag Suggestions, a.k.a. nascent facial recognition technology, Facebook’s photo offering, which has long been a distinguishing factor of the social network, is remaining strong and competitive.

Check your Facebook account to see if you have the new interface; if you don’t have it tonight, expect it to come over the next couple weeks.

In the comments, let us know what you think of the new Facebook Photos. Are these improvements more welcome to you than other changes Facebook has made in the past?

Source: Mashable

New Interface for Facebook Pages

hmm ... I just saw changes in Facebook pages. Tabs from FB Pages disappeared and all tabs are moved to sidebar. But still suggest to friends option not showing up. Presently they are showing and asking us to check the new interface, but march 31 2011 all pages will get new interface. hmmm all the best guyz ...



Friday, February 11, 2011

HR Manager Wrote Love Letter to his GirlFriend !!!(Must Read)


Dearest Ms. Aarthi

Sub:- Offer of love!


I am very happy to inform you that I have fallen in Love with you since the 20th of October (Thursday). With reference to the meeting held between us on the 19th of Oct. at 1500hrs, I would like to present myself as a prospective lover. Our love affair would be on probation for a period of three months and depending on compatibility, would be made permanent.

Of course, upon completion of probation, there will be continuous on the job training and performance appraisal schemes leading up to promotion from lover to spouse. The expenses incurred for coffee and entertainment would initially be shared equally between us. Later, based on your performance, I might take! up a larger share of the expenses. However I am broadminded enough to be taken care of, on your expense account.

Request you to kindly respond within 30 days of receiving this letter, failing which, this offer would be cancelled without further notice and I shall be considering someone else. I would be happy, if you could forward this letter to your sister, if you do not wish to take up this offer.

Wish you all the best!

Thanking you in anticipation,

Yours sincerely,

HR Manager


Thomas Alva Edison 164th Birthday

Google Doodle pays tribute to Thomas Alva Edison on his 164th Birthday: Remembering one of the world’s most prolific inventors!






Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor, scientist, and businessman who developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park" (now Edison, New Jersey) by a newspaper reporter, he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large teamwork to the process of invention, and therefore is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.


Edison is considered one of the most prolific inventors in history, holding 1,093 US patents in his name, as well as many patents in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. He is credited with numerous inventions that contributed to mass communication and, in particular, telecommunications. These included a stock ticker, a mechanical vote recorder, a battery for an electric car, electrical power, recorded music and motion pictures. His advanced work in these fields was an outgrowth of his early career as a telegraph operator. Edison originated the concept and implementation of electric-power generation and distribution to homes, businesses, and factories – a crucial development in the modern industrialized world. His first power station was on Manhattan Island, New York.


Read more: en.wikipedia

Friday, February 4, 2011

Raja is not guilty - DMK

Are DMK guyz gone mad or they got blind as they cant see the truth. Common @$$holes open your eyes see the truth. Mr. Raja the scamfish got arrested by CBI as they caught him guilty. did you see the speech by Karunanidhi??? That moron is explaining it as a attack on SC's and ST's from OC's. From where this cast attack came in corruption? They just wanted to reduce damage done to their party after Raja got arrested. MR Karunanidhi Stop this stupid cast games and please please co-operate with CBI and bringout all the money. If you cant help please shut your bloody mouth.

And where is our PM gone?? Is he hidden somewhere??? Come out and speak Mr. Manmohan ji ... Oh you want Sonia ji permission rit .... Lolz .. you really a rocking PM we ever had. Go and take permission from Sonia and Rahul .... ITS A SHAME ON YOUR PART ... 

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Fusion the Next Gen computer processor from AMD

Global chip maker AMD launched a new chipset that offers high speed computing and better quality than its predecessors. New " Fusion " processors comes with a graphic card ( GPU ) and Microprocessor ( CPU ) on a single chip. It allows computer makers to develop new form factor for devices.



"AMD Fusion will eliminate the need for consumers to choose between power and performance... This will also allow our partners to offer exciting new form factors on a robust computing platform," AMD India Managing Director and Regional VP (Sales and Marketing) Ravi Swaminathan said.

Manufacturers like sony, hp, dell, lenovo, ausus are working hard to launch over 11 systems based on the new AMD fusion chipset. Till now no pricing details are available.

Get more information @ The Economics Times



Wednesday, February 2, 2011

LG’s First Tablet Is Coming to U.S. in March

LG will release its first tablet, dubbed the G-Slate, in the United States in March, the company announced.

Amplify’d from mashable.com
LG’s First Tablet Is Coming to U.S. in March
LG will release its first tablet, dubbed the G-Slate, in the United States in March, the company announced.

The G-Slate will be based on Honeycomb a.k.a. Android 3.0, a special branch of Android OS designed specifically for tablet computers.

It’ll have an 8.9-inch screen, a dual-core 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 CPU, 32 GB of internal memory, two cameras (5 megapixels on the back and 2 megapixels on the front), LED flash and HD (1080p) video as well as stereoscopic 3D recording capability.

The device will also have Wi-Fi and (on T-Mobile) HSPA+ connectivity, HDMI, a built-in gyroscope, accelerometer and adaptive lighting.

The precise release date and the pricing for the G-Slate have not yet been revealed, but we expect to hear more details at the Mobile World Congress, which is held February 14 to 17 in Barcelona.

See more at mashable.com
 

EX Telecom minister RAJA Arrested

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday arrested former telecoms minister Andimuthu Raja over an alleged telecoms scam linked to awarding mobile licences, in a move that could weaken the coalition government.

Amplify’d from www.moneycontrol.com

Raja arrest: What was CBI doing for five months?

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday arrested former telecoms minister Andimuthu Raja over an alleged telecoms scam linked to awarding mobile licences, in a move that could weaken the coalition government.
Raja's arrest comes months after the country’s apex court issued a notice on his alleged involvement in the 2G mobile spectrum scam and the opposition shut down parliament, demanding a joint inquiry into a government auditor's report that India potentially lost crores of rupees in revenue when ineligible firms were given lucrative telecoms licences cheaply in 2008.
Raja arrest: What was CBI doing for five months?

A timeline of events leading up to the arrest of A Raja

Supreme Court issues notice to then Telecom Minister A Raja and the Centre on alleged irregularities in allocation of the 2G spectrum and asks for response on a petition seeking the court to monitor an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into irregularities in sale of licenses.
The bench also issues notices to the CBI, Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax Department on the petition filed by the Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), an NGO, and others. The petitioners challenge the May 25 decision of the Delhi High Court dismissing its plea to monitor the CBI probe into the alleged role of the Union Communications Minister in the sale of 2G spectrum licences in 2008.
October 28, 2010: Raja refuses to resign from the Cabinet. Raja says he will not resign over the spectrum controversy as he followed his predecessors and decisions were taken in consultation with the Prime Minister and the approval of the Solicitor-General.
November 12, 2010: Opposition presses government to sack Raja. The Opposition parties, led by the Bharatiya Janata Party, demand the resignation of Raja, and say the "scam" should be investigated by a joint parliamentary committee. Raja, who belongs to the DMK party, an ally of the governing Congress party, says there is "no question" of his resigning.
November 13, 2010: CNN-IBN exposes CAG report on 2G scam. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had asked Telecom Minister A Raja to auction the 2G spectrum but the minister chose to ignore his advice. Raja has been claiming that the Prime Minister gave the go ahead to him. But documents with CNN-IBN nail another of Raja's lies. Three letters all exchanged on November 2, 2007 between the Prime Minister and Telecom Minister show just how concerned Singh was with Raja's actions.
November 13, 2010: Raja says former Telecom Secretary D S Mathur was part and parcel of all decisions on 2G spectrum allocation over which he is facing the heat from the opposition demanding his resignation. Mathur has claimed that he had recommended to Raja that spectrum be given through auction so that there can be transparency. Raja says suggestions on likely availability of spectrum were also useful in arriving at the cut-off date of September 25, 2007 for allocation of the airwaves. He does not, however, specify who made the suggestions.
Opposition stalls Parliament asking for a JPC probe in 2G scam
November 14, 2010: A Raja resigns from the Union Cabinet. Facing Opposition onslaught and after days of defiance, Raja finally submits his resignation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the 2G spectrum scandal. The 57-year-old lawyer-politician, who got the coveted portfolio after the exit of Dayanidhi Maran in 2007 and retained it after the May, 2009 elections, drove to Prime Minister's residence to hand in his resignation.
November 16, 2010: The CAG report on 2G spectrum scam tabled in Parliament even as the opposition continues to demand a Joint Parliamentary Committee to probe the accusations against former Telecom Minister A Raja. Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha is adjourned soon after the report is tabled. CAG report will be taken up by Public Accounts Committee headed by MM Joshi, which has members from other parties too.
December 2, 2010: Supreme Court comes down heavily on Raja for 'bypassing' and even 'overruling' Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's advice to defer the allocation of 2G spectrum by a few days. Apex court takes strong exception to the tone and tenor of Raja's letter to the prime minister, saying it amounted to showing 'disrespect' to the highest authority in the country.

December 7, 2010: CBI raids Raja and his aides. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) finds what it says were "incriminating documents" in raids on homes and offices of the former telecoms minister in connection with the country's biggest corruption scandal.

CBI agents search 14 locations across Delhi and Tamil Nadu. The Supreme Court criticises the CBI for not questioning Raja in its year-long investigation despite him being at the centre of the inquiry.
December 24, 25, 2010: CBI questions A Raja for eight hours at the CBI headquarters in Delhi in connection to the 2G spectrum scam. After the questioning was over, Raja said he cooperated fully with the CBI. The CBI is looking for the money trail of 2G funds and linking the evidence to companies owned by Raja and friends.
January 31, 2011: The CBI questions A Raja for the third time in connection with the funding and allegedly showing favours to some telecom companies in granting 2G spectrum between October 2007 and 2008. Raja is called to CBI office and quizzed for nearly nine hours.
The DMK MP is asked about his conversations with corporate lobbiyst Niira Radia and the reasons of advancing the cut-off date of allocation of the spectrum in 2007. Raja is confronted with some documents recovered by the agency.
February 2, 2011: CBI arrests Raja in 2G spectrum scam case. CBI also nabs his personal secretary RK Chandolia and former telecom secretary Siddharth Behuria. Raja is arrested under sections 120B, 13(2), 13(1D) of Prevention of Corruption Act on the charges of criminal misconduct, violation of policies and favouring some specific companies during the grant of 2G spectrum licences.
Read more at www.moneycontrol.com
 

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011