Thursday, December 22, 2011

Moments of 2011

Iconic Moments of 2011 (India and the world)

Japan's killer tsunami, Sikkim's devastating quake, the Occupy Wall Street movement, and Anna Hazare's hunger-strike were some of the many significant moments of 2011. Here they are in pictures:

On March 11, Japan was hit by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded. The magnitude-9.0 quake spawned a deadly tsunami that slammed into the small island nation, leaving a huge swath of devastation in its wake.

Gary Kirsten ended his term as India's coach on a high, guiding India to a historic World Cup triumph, said it was an honour to coach Team India.

Śri Sathya Sai Baba  born as Sathyanarayana Raju (23 November 1926 – 24 April 2011) was an Indian spiritual figure, mystic, philanthropist, and educator. He claimed to be the reincarnation of Sai Baba of Shirdi, a spiritual saint and miracle worker who died in 1918 and whose teachings were an eclectic blend of Hindu and Muslim beliefs, The materializations of vibhuti (holy ash) and other small objects such as rings, necklaces and watches by Sathya Sai Baba were a source of both fame and controversy; devotees considered them signs of divinity, while skeptics viewed them as simple conjuring tricks.[13] Photos of him are displayed in millions of homes and on the dashboards of cars, and lockets bearing his photo are worn by many as a symbol of good fortune. passed away on 24 April 2011

Anna Hazare's crusade against corruption has grabbed headlines all over and inspired the common Indian to demand for a Jan Lokpal Bill that would hold politicians accountable for their actions.

US President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and several other government officials gathered to monitor the raid that killed the world's most wanted man, Osama bin Laden.

Nargis, a girl born in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, was welcomed as the world's seven billionth baby -- an honour she shares with a girl child born in the Philippines and a boy in Russia.

Steve Jobs, the Apple founder and former CEO who invented and masterfully marketed ever-sleeker gadgets that transformed everyday technology, passed away.

The last convoy of US soldiers pulled out of Iraq, ending nearly nine years of war that cost almost 4,500 American and tens of thousands of Iraqi lives, and left a country grappling with political uncertainty.

Muammar Gaddafi, who ruled Libya with an iron fist for over 40 years, was killed after being on the run for two months by National Transitional Council fighters.

The success of the Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit helped soothe the bitter memories of a messy and shambolic Commonwealth Games.

The 34-year-old regime of the Left front finally crumbled to a feisty Mamata Banerjee, making her the first woman chief minister of West Bengal when her party won the assembly elections this year.

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Member of Parliament Kanimozhi, was sent to Tihar  Jail in May this year for her alleged role in the 2G spectrum scam.

Tennis star Novak Djokovic, celebrated his Wimbledon victory by eating a piece of grass, said that will taste the grass every year he wins.

Dev Anand, the 'Evergreen Romantic Superstar' of Indian cinema, has passed away in London following a cardiac arrest.

During the election campaign, she foretold that the AIADMK with her allies would win over 185 seats in the Tamil Nadu assembly and how correct she was. After two consecutive defeats in the Tamil Nadu elections, Jayalalithaa made a spectacular comeback winning 199 of the state's 234 assembly seats.

"Everybody was expecting me to score a double hundred and I think I lived (up to the) expectation," a visibly tired Sehwag said at the innings break.

The day - Wednesday - and the site - Delhi High Court - were chosen purposefully by the bombers for maximum casualties. It is the day of the week that is fixed for filing public interest litigations, and Gate No. 5 is the place where the litigants crowd to enter the court premises.

Rioting and looting spread across London as hooded youths set buildings and cars ablaze, smashed shop windows and hurled bottles and stones at police in a third night of violence in Britain's worst unrest in decades.

Serial blasts struck Mumbai, less than three years after the 26/11 terrorist attacks of 2008. The three blasts targeted Zaveri Bazaar, Opera House and the Kabutarkhana area of Dadar West, killing at least 17 people and injuring 131 others.

Over 90 patients in Kolkata's well known AMRI hospital were killed along with three staffers when a blaze started in the basement of the annexe building and toxic fumes quickly spread to the other floors, trapping hundreds of people.

Shammi Kapoor, known for his flamboyant style and energetic dance moves that charmed movie-goers of all generations, passed away after a prolonged illness.

The entire world watched their wedding live, and then it was time for the Prince to kiss his beautiful bride. He kissed not once, but twice! This one beats even the fairytales.

Many have been intrigued by the Occupy Wall Street movement against financial inequality that started in a New York park and expanded across America from Tampa, Florida, to Portland, Oregon, and from Los Angeles to Chicago.

India's cricket legend Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, who personified style on and off the cricket field, passed away after battling a lung infection for about a month.

Streets around the square which hosted Egypt's historic uprising are spattered with the blood of protesters now demanding an end to the army rule that replaced Mubarak.

Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling said the loss from devastating earthquake in Sikkim is estimated to be around Rs 1 lakh crore.

The man whose Rath first drove a party with just two seats in Parliament straight onto the national stage, clearly believes the yatra is still a journey to political advantage.

"I AM DADA to the cutest baby girl," Amitabh Bachchan announced on Twitter.

Over 50,000 troops and about 500 main battle tanks like T-90s, T-72s and the indigenous Arjun, as also infantry combat vehicles, participated in the exercise codenamed 'Sudarshan Shakti', which also featured fighter jets, transport and helicopters of the Indian Air Force.

While Vancouver city was burning following the riots post their team Canucks' disgraceful defeat in Stanley Cup, a young couple - Scott Jones and his girlfriend Alex Thomas were snapped kissing amidst the commotion.

A leopard strayed into Prakash Nagar village in West Bengal and mauled several people, including three guards, before being caught by forest officials.

 The world has lost computer pioneer. Dennis Ritchie, the computer scientist who invented the C programming language and co-developed the Unix operating system, has died at the age of 70.

Bhupen Hazarika (1926 – 2011) was an Indian lyricist, musician, singer, poet and film-maker from Assam. His songs, written and sung mainly in the Assamese language by himself. He died of multi-organ failure on 5 November 2011. His body lay in state at the Judges Fields in Guwahati and cremated on 9 November 2011 near the Brahmaputra river in a plot of land donated by Gauhati University. His funeral was attended by an estimated half a million people.

 Jagjit Singh born Jagmohan Singh; (8 February 1941 – 10 October 2011) was a prominent Indian Ghazal singer, composer, music director, activist and entrepreneur.[2] Known as "The Ghazal King" Jagjit Singh died on 10 October 2011.

This year's Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded jointly to three women - Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian Leymah Gbowee and Tawakul Karman of Yemen.
They were recognised for their "non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work"

Monday, December 19, 2011

Aakash tablet

Aakash Tablet

Important Updates

Order your Aakash tablet now, and pre-book your Ubislate7 (the upgraded version of Aakash) today! Aakash tablet can be ordered now (cash on delivery) and the delivery will be done in a week’s time.

Specifications Aakash UbiSlate 7 (The upgraded version of Aakash)
Availability NOW! Late January
Pricing Rs.2,500 Rs.2,999
Microprocessor Arm11 – 366Mhz Cortex A8 – 700 Mhz
Battery 2100 mAh 3200 mAh
OS Android 2.2 Android 2.3
Network WiFi WiFi & GPRS (SIM & Phone functionality)
But you can always Pre-Book your UbiSlate7 by clicking on the Pre-Book Button

About Ubislate 7

The much awaited India’s ultra low cost Aakash tablet is finally here and is creating ripples all around. Datawind launched Ubislate7 in India, and the student version is named as the Aakash tablet. It offers a web delivery platform that enables quality and interactive knowledge over the internet.

The CEO of DataWind, Mr. Suneet Singh Tuli says ‘This is a made-in-India product. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to do this.’ He adds, ‘The final goal is to either provide the same features at a lower cost or provide better functionality and features at the same cost.’

The team of engineers at Datawind has come up with the upgraded version of the Aakash tablet. This upgraded version of Aakash is called Ubislate 7.

Ubislate 7 will be commercially available everywhere and to everyone. This next generation of Aakash is loaded with better features and specifications, and any person can buy it.

The Telecom and Education Minister, Kapil Sibbal, said at the launch of Aakash, "The rich have access to the digital world, the poor and ordinary have been excluded. Aakash will end that digital divide."

There is definitely no other touch pad tablet or computing device anywhere near the price of Aakash tablet or Ubislate 7. It is a new generation device which comes with attractive features. This is the world’s cheapest tablet pc. This tab is made for the requirement of the users and especially for student needs.


Add Ons

The tablet has a lot of accessory options as well. Car chargers and external antennas can be attached to it. A keyboard case can also be used. It has 2 USB ports and can also be used as a phone. The commercial version will also have an option of 3G. External 3G dongle is also supported.


  • Processor: Connexant with Graphics accelerator & HD Video processor
  • Memory : 256MB RAM / Storage (Internal): 2GB Flash
  • Storage (External): 2GB to 32GB Supported
  • Peripherals: 2 Standard USB port
  • Audio out: 3.5mm jack / Audio in: 3.5mm jack
  • Display and Resolution: 7 display with 800x480 pixel resolution
  • OS: Android 2.2
  • Document Rendering
  • Supported Document formats: DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, ODT, ODP
  • PDF viewer, Text editor
  • Multimedia and Image Display
  • Image viewer supported formats: PNG, JPG, BMP and GIF
  • Supported audio formats: MP3, AAC, AC3, WAV, WMA
  • Supported video formats: MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, FLV
  • Communication and Internet
  • Web browser - Standards Compliance: xHTML 1.1 compliant, JavaScript 1.8 compliant
  • Separate application for online YouTube video
  • Safety and other standards compliance
  • CE certification / RoHS certification

Press Release

Aakash tablet fuels global interests!

World leaders showing interest in Aakash Tablet!

The advantages of Aakash tablet!

Aakash tablet grabbing eyeballs!

This gives me hope. A nice read!

Aakash tablet to hit the US market soon!

Low cost and high quality is what Aakash promises

In India, Internet access for poorer students with low-cost tablet is now a reality!

Why should you buy Aakash tablet and not others. Read some interesting facts here

Reach the Sky with Affordable Technology

NDTV covers Aakash tablet

Aakash tablet covered in News9

World's cheapest tablet is here!

India's low cost tablet unveiled. Minds across the world get ignited with this launch of an unbelievable product

Suneet Singh Tuli talks about Aakash tablet on Bloomberg TV

Aakash Tablet generates a lot of enthusiasm in the US

Aakash Tablet- An Unbelievable Device

Top 10 reasons why Aakash outshines its rivals

How the world's cheapest tablet was born

Government plans to further bring down the cost of Aakash tablet

Aakash Tablet's Features
  • Aakash tablet comes loaded with a lot of features and supports up to 150,000 apps.
  • Aakash tablet comes at an unbeatable price of Rs. 2,999 only.
  • Aakash tablet is perfect for anytime anywhere web access.
  • The internet can be accessed at a monthly charge of Rs. 98 only. Fast web access is possible though Datawind's patented acceleration technology.
  • One can also connect to social networking sites like Facebook, twitter etc. through Aakash Tablet. It offers a lot of multimedia options with high definition quality videos.
  • Watching movies and listening to songs also becomes easy through Aaksh Tablet. Not only can it be used to play games, Aakash Tablet can also be used to make notes and presentations.
  • It has a full-sized USB port and Micro-SD slot which can be used to expand the memory up to 32 GB.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Property burst

Property bubble burst soon?

Property prices across India witnessed an unprecedented surge in the recent past. Take the case of Mumbai for example. Property prices in this metro city have increased by about 10 times in the last decade. High property prices, rising interest rates and uncertainty in the job market have kept the genuine buyers at bay. With demand tapering off due to the falling affordability factor, home sales across cities have witnessed a massive fall. It may be noted that sale of residential apartments have fallen in the range of 18-28% across major metros.

While the situation in the mid-income segment is not as grim, property registrations in the high end segment have virtually come to a standstill. Developers, lured by high margins from the luxury segment launched a number of projects during the boom period. But now these very developers have either slowed down their projects or have exited them as demand dynamics have turned sharply.

However, surprisingly what is interesting to note is that apart from the luxury segment volumes in the mid-tier segment have also been impacted. Volumes in cities like Ahmedabad, Pune and Hyderabad have registered a significant fall. Slump in the mid-tier segment is an important indication that the affordability factor has reached its peak and a correction is just around the corner. While price correction is already evident in the Mumbai market, the extent is not that huge. However, we believe that this is just the beginning. Since demand in metros is driven by investment too, the current downturn signifies that the buying interest may not resume anytime soon.

However, with the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) numbers registering a decline in October (first time in two years) the RBI may be prompted to ease its tight monetary policy stance, sooner than expected. This may provide a much needed fillip to the interest rate sensitive real estate sector. Nonetheless, it may be noted that apart from interest rates it is the irrational pricing that has impacted the volumes.

However, with home sales reporting a drop across regions (demand declining) prices may correct in the near term. Considering the tight liquidity position of many developers, we believe that correction is around the corner. Lowering prices is only way out of the current debt trap for leveraged developers. Price correction will ensure that the debt repayment cycle of the developers is not prolonged further. Thus, it will bring in a win-win situation for both buyers and real estate players.

By Equitymaster – India's leading 'independent' equity research initiative. Trusted by over a million members all over the world, Equitymaster is known for its well-researched, unbiased and honest opinions on the Indian stock markets.

Thursday, December 15, 2011



"தோற்றவர்களும் என்னை பாராட்டினர்!'

தமிழகத்தில் பைக் ரேசில் பங்கேற்ற முதல் பெண் சித்ரா ப்ரியா:  சின்ன வயதிலேயே ஸ்கூட்டியில் வேகமாக போவேன். அண்ணன்கள் என் வேகத்தைப் பார்த்து, அறிவுரை கூறுவர். அதன் பின், நான் காட்டிய நிதானம், அவர்களுக்கு தைரியம் கொடுத்திருக்க வேண்டும். என் பெற்றோரும் என்னை புரிந்து கொண்டு எனக்கு பைக் வாங்கிக் கொடுத்தனர். 

             பெங்களூரில் நடந்த டிராக் ரேசில் பங்கேற்றேன். அதில் முதலிடத்தில் வந்தேன். முதல் போட்டியிலேயே ஜெயித்ததில் ஒரு நம்பிக்கை வந்தது. கடந்த 2005ல், ஸ்ரீபெரும்புதூரில் நடந்த ஒரு போட்டியில் பங்கேற்றேன். அதில் நான் மட்டும் தான் பெண். அந்தப் போட்டியில் பங்கேற்றவர்கள் என்னை ஏளனமாகப் பார்த்தனர். ஆனால், அதில் நான் தான் ஜெயித்தேன். தோற்றவர்கள் கூட என்னை பாராட்டினர். 

             இந்திய அளவில் சிறந்த பைக் ரேசர்களுக்கான, "டாப் 6' அட்டணையில் எனக்கு இடம் கிடைத்துள்ளது. இதில் இடம் பெறுவது சாதாரண விஷயமல்ல; இதற்கான தேர்வில் முதலில் எட்டு போடணும். அதாவது, மிகக் குறுகலான பெட்டியில், எட்டு போட்டு காட்டணும்; பின், மரக்கட்டைகளில் பைக் ஓட்டணும். கடைசியாக, இந்தியாவில் பைக் ரேஸ் பிரியர்கள் ஓட்டு போட்டுத் தேர்ந்தெடுப்பர். 

               இந்த ஆண்டு, 20 ஆயிரம் பேர் விண்ணப்பித்திருந்தனர். அதில் தேர்வான ஆறு பேரில், தென்னிந்தியாவிலிருந்து தேர்வானது நான் மட்டும் தான்; அதில் ஒரே பெண்ணும் நான் தான். பைக் ரேசில் பங்கேற்கும் பெண்கள் கடுமையாக பயிற்சி செய்ய வேண்டும். அப்போது தான் ஆண்களுக்கு நிகராக ரேசில் பயணிக்க முடியும். "நம்மால் முடியும்' என்று நினைக்க வேண்டும். குறைந்தபட்சம் இரண்டு பைக் வைத்திருக்க வேண்டும். ஆண்டிற்கு ஆறு லட்சம் ரூபாய் வரை செலவாகும். ஸ்பான்சர் ஷிப் கிடைத்தால் தான் சமாளிக்க முடியும். வட இந்தியாவை ஒப்பிடும் போது, தென்னிந்தியாவில் எங்களுக்கு ஸ்பான்சர் கிடைப்பது சிரமம் தான்!

நன்றி : dinamalar

Saturday, December 3, 2011

அதிக கவனம் தேவை

வினை தேடி வருதுடா சாமி...

பெங்களூர்ல நடந்ததுதான்....

new assembly building

Tamil Nadu new assembly(athukkuthan kattunanga) building - 702cr

Manipur new assembly building -140cr

இதுக்குமேலா நான் என்ன சொல்ல....