Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Vow !!!!!!!!!! Great Olympics in 2016 ..........What a striking image this will be..........!!!!!!!!!!

What a striking image this will be. Anyone going to Brazil for the Olympics in 2016? Really fantastic architecture…......

Olympic Tower 2016...... For Rio de Janeiro

This vertical structure will be placed in Cotonduba Island. It will be both a observation Tower, and a welcome sign for the visitors arriving by air and by Sea at Rio de Janeiro, where the Olympic Games 2016 will take place.

The project is from Zurique, and utilizes solar energy during the day with its solo Power panels, to pump the sea water as seen in the model. The movement of the water will be also utilized to turn the turbines and produce the power to work the system at night time.

In the Solo City Tower is the CafĂ©, Amphitheatre, Auditorium, Shops etc. Electronic lifts will take the visitors to the top, Where the view will be fantastic, and bungee jumping will have a special platform.

Monday, August 30, 2010

THE SEED....Really Good Story...!!!!!!!!!!!!

THE SEED.......Nice Story ....

                         A successful business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose A successor to take over the business. Instead of choosing one of his Directors or his children, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together. ‘It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO,’ he said. ‘I Have decided to choose one of you.’

The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued. ‘I am going To give each one of you a seed today - a very special seed. I want you To plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with What you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge The plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO.’

One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received A seed. He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story. She helped him get A pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed. Every day, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown.
After About three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about Their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow.. Jim kept Checking his seed, but nothing ever grew…….

Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing. By now, Others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn’t have a plant and He felt like a failure. Six months went by - still nothing in Jim’s pot. He just knew he had Killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had Nothing. Jim didn’t say anything to his colleagues, however.. He just Kept watering and fertilizing the soil - he so wanted the seed to grow.

A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company Brought their plants to the CEO for inspection. Jim told his wife that He wasn’t going to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be honest About what happened. Jim felt sick at his stomach. It was going to be the most embarrassing Moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right. He took his empty pot to the board room.. When Jim arrived, he was amazed At the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They were Beautiful—in all shapes and sizes. Jim put his empty pot on the floor And many of his colleagues laughed. A few felt sorry for him!
When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young Executives. Jim just tried to hide in the back. ‘My, what great plants, trees, and flowers you have grown,’ said the CEO. ‘Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!’ All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his Empty pot.
He ordered the financial director to bring him to the front. Jim was terrified. He thought, ‘The CEO knows I’m a failure! Maybe he Will have me fired!’ When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his Seed. Jim told him the story. The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim.

He looked at Jim, and Then announced to the young executives, ‘Here is your next Chief Executive! His name is Jim!’ Jim couldn’t believe it. Jim couldn’t even grow his seed. How could he Be the new CEO the others said?

Then the CEO said, ‘One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a Seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me Today. But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead - it was not Possible for them to grow. All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. ‘When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another Seed for the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the Courage and Honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one Who will be the new Chief Executive!’

Moral:- (As you Sow, you shall Reap)

If you plant honesty, you will reap trust.

If you plant goodness, you will reap friends.

If you plant humility, you will reap greatness.

If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment.

If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective.

If you plant hard work, you will reap success.

If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation.

So, be careful what you plant now; it will determine what you will reap later.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The untold story --- MBA an IIM-Kozhikode, India

IIM-Kozhikode director takes you into a world of no baths, no breakfasts, no time

The IIMs produce roughly 5% of the MBA population in the country. They selected the students through the Combined Admissions Test (CAT) examination. "For every 100 students who take the CAT exam, only one makes it to one of the IIMs". The CAT-scanned boys and girls represent a selection of excellence that is unparalleled in the world.

The popularity of the MBA programme comes from a very stiff entry barrier and multiple exit options in the form of job opportunities. This is unlike university courses where the entry barrier is not that high and job options are much less.

It is only natural, then, that recruiters in industry pay a lot of attention to the students and consider them fit for well-paid jobs. Where else would recruiters find such tried and tested students with a very high degree of general intelligence?

Having started on a note of optimism:

Director wish to share with you the untold story of what actually happens once the students get into the MBA programme. The views expressed here do not pertain to IIMs in particular, but to most good MBA schools in general.

Getting admission to the MBA programme is only part of the story. Being selected is just one function of student’s test-taking ability. It may not have much to do with student’s managerial ability. Student’s success in the jobs they’ll get, it’ll depend not just on the student’s quantitative and verbal skills that had helped you successfully crack the CAT.

The challenges on the job will demand a lot more:

Social skills, ethical behaviour, capacity for on-the job-learning, emotional maturity and leadership.

Here, I attempt to highlight some of these:

The learning curve:

From the day one of joining the programme, they have to move steeply up the learning curve. They are accelerated learning has to accommodate reading upto 200 pages of printed matter a day.

The readings will include case studies, books and newspapers for general awareness. They will be tested for their ability of not just learning by rote, but also learning from the experience of practising mangers and some wise professors.

Time & self-management:

They have to complete at least 36 courses of 30 contact hours each in two years. Time passes by like a rocket and if you are not self-organised, they may feel like an astronaut who has just missed the spacecraft! Everything here may seem to be at an accelerated pace than their "previous life". Some B-schools insist on a minimum percentage of class attendance.

Multi-dimensional character:

If we are a potential Nobel laureate and a social entrepreneur like Muhammud Yunus, we will not be a complete misfit in the MBA course. We have had people who have owned their own football clubs and scripted promos for Bollywood after passing out from IIMs.
They are dedicated to one mission only-maximise profit.

If we want to change the system being part of the system, we are welcome to IIM Kozhikode. Here our encouragement not exclusive mercenaries, but inclusive excellence. We are privileged here to create socially sensitive citizens who would someday lead India in their chosen paths of excellence.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Good quotes.....Really Nice...!!!!!!!!

Life is beautiful....Have a pleasant and peaceful life!

Feel like reading these once more, right?

Star Spouses....Really nice........!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Star Spouses in India.....most famous personalities...........!!!!!!!!!!!!!

First Indian to Get an Oscar.............AR Rahman.... the great musician...in Tamil, Hindi and English.....

The phrase “Behind every successful Man is a Woman” works the other way around as well. Many spouses of stars don’t often get their share of the limelight. But they must be pretty special for a lot of reasons – it can't be easy dealing with the good and the bad that comes with the high profile lives of their significant others! That's why they decided to put together a gallery in tribute to the not-so-well-known ‘pillars of strength’ to our stars.
Saira Banu and AR Rahman

The hugely talented and multi-award winning musician got married to a Chennai-based businesman's daughter on March 12, 1995. Today Saira Banu and ARR are parents to three children - Khadijah, Rahima, and Aameen.
The interview was taken just before the 2009 Academy Awards, Rahman revealed that it was his wife's dream for him to win an Oscar. Fortunately for her and the entire nation, the dream did come true and AR Rahman is today counted amongst the most influential people in the world.

Anjali Mehta & Sachin Tendulkar

She was the daughter of industrialist Anand Mehta and a pediatrician to boot. She met her famous sports star husband at the airport and didn't recognize him as she had no interest in cricket. After a five-year long courtship the couple married and are parents to two good looking kids.

Natasha Madhvani & Fardeen Khan

Natasha Madhvani is the daughter of the beloved Bollywood star Mumtaz and millionaire Mayur Madhvani. It probably came as no surprise that she married into Bollywood then. Fardeen and Natasha were childhood friends. She was brought up with strict Indian values according to her mother who confided that she never let her sleep over at friends' places. Her mother-in-law is also very fond of her as she admitted, "I was overjoyed when I heard it was my favourite baby girl," on hearing of her son's commitment.

Karisma Kapoor & Sunjay Kapur

Sunjay is a "NRI CEO of Sixt India" had one failed marriage behind him and Karisma one failed engagement. When they decided to get married, it was another case of childhood friends tying the knot. One daughter and a blown-up public spat later, the couple are still very much together and expecting their second child.

Yukta Mookhey & Prince Tuli

Prince Tuli is one of the directors of the famous Tuli business empire that runs hotels, malls, logistics and construction equipment. They met at a dinner party and got married a year or so later. They now have a son.
Nandita Das & Subodh Maskara

Maskara is an environmental entrepreneur and he was introduced to his present wife by Milind Soman and Shahana Goswami. It was instant love for both.

Friday, August 27, 2010

WHO Deserves MORE................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How come our cricketers like Tendulkar; Dravid & Ganguly get so much attention, unlike the real heroes below, only our Media is to be blamed for all the Hype
WHO Deserves MORE?

The India cricket team bus. & DON'T MISS the VIJAY RATH

Now lets have a look at the luxury our commandos had after their 60 hr sleepless battle!!!
The Black Cat (NSG) commando bus after operation at TAJ .


What a shame and disgrace to every citizen of India that the elite NSG. Force was transported into ordinary BEST buses, whereas our cricketers are transported into state of the art luxury buses, these Jawans lay down their lives to protect every Indian and these cricketers get paid even if they lose a match, we worship these cricketers and forget the martyrdom of these brave Jawans.

The Jawans should be paid the salaries of the cricketers and the cricketers should be paid the salaries of the Jawans.

Huh... This is .... our India ....Jai Hind.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Asia’s tops lure FII inflows in India

Asia’s tops lure FII inflows in India

Mumbai: Even so, most FIIs sound cautious on India outlook, talk of moderate returns.

India has emerged as the star performer in terms of attracting foreign inflows into the domestic equity market. In the past month, the net inflow into India has been significantly higher than the whole of Asia put together. This despite the fact that the undertone of most recent reports by leading foreign institutional investors (FIIs) has been cautious.

According to data collated from Bloomberg, India registered net inflows of $2.07 billion (Rs 9,700 crore) last month. This is much higher than the net inflow of $1.35 billion into the rest of Asia. Japan is the only other leading Asian economy that witnessed significant inflows, of $1.27 billion. The FII inflow data related to China.

Some of the other Asian economies that reported net inflows in the past month include Indonesia ($269 million), the Philippines ($172 million) and Thailand ($390.7 million). Vietnam and Pakistan registered marginal inflows. South Korea and Taiwan reported net outflows of $294 million and $519 million, respectively.

In India, the past seven days alone saw $952.5 million (Rs 4,450 crore) coming in. Incidentally, the Indian benchmark indices touched a new 30-month high late last week. The inflows came in the backdrop of market analysts terming the recent surge as a "liquidity-driven rally".

In the latest India strategy report released on Tuesday, Morgan Stanley has noted that valuation and return on equity (RoE) need to be "watched closely".

"For now, we do not believe that long-term returns from Indian equities are likely to move significantly from the recent trends (the trailing 10-year CAGR in returns is 14 per cent in rupee terms)," it explains.

According to Morgan Stanley, there have been several examples in history when "high growth has not translated into robust equity returns". It, however, adds that India scores well on valuations and the ability of companies to translate macro growth into earnings. "Valuations in India are offering equity investors an acceptable level of equity-risk premium," it said.

It, however, adds a word of caution: "It is important for such flows to sustain, since there is always a risk of short-term money flowing out in the event of risk aversion coming back into the system. In the past, very high flows have indicated modest returns for the market over the next 12 months," says its latest India Strategy report.

While it is concerned on the valuation front, it feels the Indian market still has upside potential. Macquarie's one-year forward Sensex target is 19,500.

Economic impact for visa fee hike: India to US

Economic impact for visa fee hike: India to US

New Delhi: The hike in the US visa fee for foreign skilled workers could impact the wide-ranging bilateral economic relationship with India, parliament was informed Thursday.

"The government has expressed its strong concerns at the legislation, stating that such steps by the US government adversely affect the Indian software industry's interest in the USA and impact the broader bilateral economic relationship," External Affairs Minister Mr. S.M. Krishna told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply.

He admitted that while the provision is not country-specific, it would suspiciously "affect Indian software companies adversely as a large number of H1B and L visas are availed by them".

US President Mr. Barack Obama 13 Aug 2010 signed the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill, which will raise funds for border security by increasing the visa fees for foreign workers under H1B and L category.

Mr. Krishna said that even while the legislation was under process, the Indian embassy in Washington had taken up the matter with the US administration and key lawmakers. It was also discussed by the Commerce and Industry Minister Mr. Anand Sharma with his US counterpart, as well as by the Foreign Secretary Mr. Nirupama Rao with the US ambassador, Mr. Timothy Roemer.

"It has been conveyed that the legislation would primarily impact companies of Indian origin and is seen as a discriminatory and protectionist measure," said Mr. Krishna.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

World record traffic jam in China

In it for the long haul: China's 100-km traffic jam could last weeks

Believe it or not: A traffic jam that's entered 10th day! Stretches 100km; may take as long as mid-Sept to clear

Beijing: China has just been declared the world's second biggest economy, world's first in populations and now it has a monster traffic jam to match.
Triggered by road construction, the snarl-up began 10 days ago and was 100 kilometers (60 miles) long at one point. Reaching almost to the outskirts of Beijing, traffic still creeps along in fits and starts, and the crisis could last for another three weeks, authorities say.

In the worst-hit stretches of the road in northern China, drivers pass the time sitting in the shade of their immobilized trucks, playing cards, sleeping on the asphalt or bargaining with price-gouging food vendors. Many of the trucks that carry fruit and vegetables are unrefrigerated, and the cargoes are assumed to be rotting.

On Sunday, the eighth day of the near-standstill, trucks moved just over a kilometer (less than a mile) on the worst section, said Zhang Minghai, a traffic director in Zhangjiakou, a city about 150 kilometers (90 miles) northwest of Beijing. China Central Television reported Tuesday that some vehicles had been stuck for five days.

No portable toilets were set up along the highway, leaving only two apparent options -- hike to a service area or into the fields.

But there were no reports of violent road rage, and the main complaint heard from drivers was about villagers on bicycles making a killing selling boxed lunches, bottled water to drink and heated water for noodles.