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"Sir" Tendulkar

Rekha May 29, 2011

Just have look at the records held by Sachin Tendulkar. No wonder why British Prime Minister is suggesting him for the honor of Sir .........

New Records................
1. Highest Run scorer in the Test Cricket
2. First Cricketer to pass 12000 run in the Test Cricket

Records Held by Sachin Tendulkar
1. Highest Run scorer in the ODI
2. Most number of hundreds in the ODI 41
3. Most number of nineties in the ODI
4. Most number of man of the matches(56) in the ODI's
5. Most number of man of the series(14) in ODI's

Bypass surgery might be a history soon!

Senoreta May 27, 2011

In a ground breaking discovery that may eventually render bypass surgery history, researchers at Tel Aviv University have shown that an injected protein can regrow blood vessels in the human heart.

In heart disease, blood vessels are either clogged or die off, starving the heart of oxygen and leaving it highly susceptible to a cardiac attack. Dr. Britta Hardy of TAU's Sackler School of Medicine and her team of researchers have developed a protein-based injection that when delivered straight to muscles in the body, sparks the regrowth of tiny blood vessels.

The new vessels in the heart could give millions of people around the world a new lease on life. "The biotechnology behind our human-based protein therapy is very complicated, but the goal is simple and the solution is straightforward. We intend to inject our drug locally to heal any oxygen-starved tissue. So far in animal models, we''ve seen no side effects and no inflammation following our injection of the drug into the legs. The growth of new blood vessels happens within a few weeks, showing improved blood circulation," said Hardy.

Is this a taste of the future? Outsourcing goes full circle as India

Sunny May 25, 2011

Is this a taste of the future? Outsourcing goes full circle as Indian firms look to the U.S. for cheap labour. It's a frustration experienced by most people when they've made phone calls to large companies. An unfamiliar voice answers the phone in a call centre hundreds of miles away where cheap labour is commonplace.

But in a reversal of fortunes it now appears that large Indian companies are actually now themselves outsourcing - to U.S. shores.

Reversal of fortunes: Indian companies are now outsourcing their work to the U.S. where a struggling economy has caused lower wages

Large corporations that have boomed in India amid the country's nimble economy have been drawn to the U.S. where unemployment has soared. Struggling residents desperate for work are paid between $12 and $14 a hour to be stationed in tiny cubicles for long shifts of telesales work.

Things You Didn't Know About IKEA

vikas gupta May 25, 2011

IKEA is the world's largest furniture store. In fact, the company is so big, it is estimated that around 10% of all Europeans alive today were conceived on an IKEA bed. Despite its success though, the company still has quite a few dark secrets, as well as a number of interesting trivia bits. Whether you love the flat-pack manufacturer or hate it, these 10 facts about the company are certain to spark your interest in the things that happen behind the scenes of IKEA.

1. The Store Was Created By A Nazi Sympathizer. Founder Ingvar Kamprad founded IKEA in 1943. He was only seventeen at the time. At the same time, he was also directly involved with fund-raising and recruitment for the New Swedish Movement, a pro-fascist, anti-Semitist group that emphasized Swedish Nationalism. When the matter came out in 1994, Kamprad claimed it was the biggest mistake of his life. He apologized for his involvement with the group and wrote a letter to every Jewish employee on his staff to personally apologize for his actions. Even so, the issue caused a minor controversy when IKEA opened its first store in Israel. In the end, the country seemed to forgive him and IKEA is now one of only a handful of companies to have stores in both Israel and other Muslim Middle Eastern countries.

How Osama was found and killed

Shilpa May 25, 2011

When one of Osama bin Laden's most trusted aides picked up the phone last year, he unknowingly led U.S. pursuers to the
doorstep of his boss, the world's most wanted terrorist.

That phone call, recounted Monday by a U.S. official, ended a years-long search for bin Laden's personal courier, the key break in a worldwide manhunt. The courier, in turn, led U.S. intelligence to a walled compound in northeast Pakistan, where a team of Navy SEALs shot bin Laden to death.

The violent final minutes were the culmination of years of intelligence work. Inside the CIA team hunting bin Laden, it always
was clear that bin Laden's vulnerability was his couriers. He was too smart to let al-Qaida foot soldiers, or even his senior commanders, know his hideout. But if he wanted to get his messages out, somebody had to carry them, someone bin Laden trusted with his life.

Water hazard! $500 million floating golf course planned for Maldives

Vijaya May 24, 2011

a.. A $500 million floating golf complex development is planned for the Maldives
b.. The golf course will be laid out on three islands, connected by underwater tunnels
c.. The project plans to use an array of techniques to protect the environment
d.. Floating islands could be the future of the Maldives, with sea levels rising

You've just finished a round of golf on a floating course in the middle of the Indian Ocean. An underwater tunnel leads you to the clubhouse, where a glass elevator drops down to a main bar that doubles as a spectacular natural aquarium.

It might sound far-fetched, but a $500 million development in the Maldives is set to make the world's biggest water hazard a reality -- and at the same time offer a potential long-term solution to the threat of climate change in the area.

Designed by floating architecture specialists Dutch Docklands, the proposed site is just a five-minute speedboat ride from Maldives capital Male, and will offer 27 holes of golf, set upon three interlinked islands.

Iceland's volcanic ash could reach Scotland

Ragini Khanna May 24, 2011

Brace yourselves: Iceland's volcanic ash could reach Scotland in 48 HOURS and rest of UK by Thursday if eruption continues

a.. Keflavik airport was closed at 8.30am this morning
b.. Domestic flights cancelled and no flights can land or take off until further notice
c.. Ash and steam from Grimsvotn volcano hurled 12 miles into the air
d.. The volcano is Iceland's most active and has not erupted since 2004

Ash from Iceland's most active volcano could reach northern Scotland by Tuesday and the rest of the UK, France and Spain by Thursday, experts say.

The Grimsvotn volcano erupted late last night hurling steam and ash 12 miles into the sky forcing the country's main international airport to close.

Initial reports this morning suggested the ash cloud was heading to Greenland, but now scientists say it is on its way to Europe.

Top Most Expensive Mobile Phones

Vijaya May 23, 2011

11. Ulysse Nardin's The Chairman “ up to $49,500

Ulysse Nardin

The Chairman by Ulysse Nardin is the world's most expensive Android smartphone, and includes both a touch screen and a physical number pad. The Ulysse Nardin name is most often associated with luxury watches and that fact shows in the Chairman's sophisticated design. The volume controls look like watch buttons and the crown between them can actually be wound to generate power for the device. In fact, the phone features a kinetic rotor power system visible through the backplate.

10. Nokia 8800 Arte with pink diamonds - $134,000

How America Convinced the World to Wipe

Shilpa May 21, 2011

Toilet Paper: How America Convinced the World to Wipe

Since the dawn of time, people have found nifty ways to clean up after the bathroom act. The most common solution was simply to grab what was at hand: coconuts, shells, snow, moss, hay, leaves, grass, corncobs, sheep's wool-and, later, thanks to the printing press-newspapers, magazines, and pages of books. The ancient Greeks used clay and stone. The Romans, sponges and salt water. But the idea of a commercial product designed solely to wipe one's bum? That started about 150 years ago, right here in the U.S.A. In less than a century, Uncle Sam's marketing genius turned something disposable into something indispensable.

How Toilet Paper Got on a Roll

The Great Indian Banyan Tree

Sunny May 17, 2011

The Great Banyan is a banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis) located in Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden, Howrah, near Kolkata, India. It was the widest tree in the world in terms of the area of the canopy and is estimated to be about 200 to 250 years old.

Truth about THAR COAL RESERVES in Pakistan

vikas gupta May 17, 2011

If All The Oil Reserves of Saudia Arab & Iran Put Together These Are Approximately 375 Billion Barrels, But A Single Thar Coal Reserve Of Sindh is about 850 Trillion Cubic Feet, Which is More Than Oil Reserves Of Saudia & Iran. These reserves estimated at 850 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of gas, about 30 times higher than Pakistan 's proven gas reserves of 28 TCF.

Dr Murtaza Mughal president of Pakistan Economy Watch in a statement said that these reserves of coal worth USD 25 trillion can not only cater the electricity requirements of the country for next 100 years but also save almost four billion dollars in staggering oil import bill.

Just 2% usage of Thar Coal Can Produce 20,000 Mega Watts of Electricity for next 40Years ,without any single Second of Load Shedding. and if the whole reserves are utilized, then it could easily be imagined how much energy could be generated. The coal power generation would cost Pakistan PKR 5.67 per unit while power generated by Independent Power Projects cost PKR 9.27.

Can Any One Trust Pakistan HEREAFTER?

James May 17, 2011

CAN ANY ONE TRUST PAKISTAN HEREAFTER?

No

Without doubt, this month's earth-shaking event has been Osama bin Laden's execution in the Abbotabad compound where he had been living in hiding for some time past. Karan Thapar is an aggressive TV interviewer. He does a weekly feature DEVIL'S ADVOCATE on CNN-IBN. His last interview was with Gen.

Musharraf in which he squeezed out of the General a reluctant statement that if he had been in charge of Pakistan today, he would have apologized to the people for what had happened. But try as much as Thapar would, he could not make Musharraf go even an iota beyond admitting that for Pakistan the event was an embarrassment simply because it was due to failure of intelligence.

For the rest of the world, however, some facts seem evident.

US to pay Pak $300 million for fighting terrorists

Ragini Khanna May 14, 2011

Pakistan is likely to get $300 million from the United States for costs incurred in fighting militants, officials said on Thursday, at a time US legislators have been questioning aid to Pakistan after Osama bin Laden was found there.

The funds are part of a so-called Coalition Support Fund (CSF), a US programme to reimburse countries that have incurred costs supporting counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations.

"Pakistan should receive $300 million soon," said a Pakistani finance official who declined to be identified.

The United States has reimbursed Pakistan $7.4 billion under the CSF programme since 2001, when Pakistan joined the US-led campaign against militancy. Funds that come in through the CSF are not officially designated as US foreign aid.

Some US lawmakers have questioned whether Pakistan was serious about fighting militants after US special forces found and killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a Pakistani town near the capital on May 2.

Corrupt officials use various tactics to extract bribes

Sunny May 13, 2011

You may take the following action to counter those tactics.

(1) Indefinite Delay: They delay your work until you offer a bribe. Solution: Don't visit government offices. Follow up your pending work through letters. You may send letters by courier, registered post or speed post. [Local speed post costs only Rs 12/-. Local couriers are available at Rs 5/-]. You may also use RTI Act to know status of your work. In which case you need to spend another Rs 10/-.

(2) Demanding unnecessary papers:
Sometimes they demand unnecessary documentation, and hint that work can be done without those very papers if you pay a bribe. Solution: If they can offer to do your work without additional papers [with bribe], it means that those papers were definitely unnecessary. (i) Ask officials to demand those papers in writing, and record the conversation. (ii) Write a letter stating that you demanded these papers. Are they really mandatory as per law? You can also use the RTI Act here. (iii) Use the RTI Act to find out whether s/he demanded those papers from other applicants. (iv) Whatever paper s/he demands, send it by post. Never deliver anything without receipt. [Remember no officer will complete your work without the mandatory papers].

Long to reign over UK: Queen Elizabeth II - part 2

Sunny May 13, 2011

29 July 1981: Prince Charles kisses his wife Princess Diana on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their marriage

8 June 1982: The Queen rides Burmese, her favourite horse, during a visit by US President Ronald Reagan to Windsor Castle

4 August 1982: Diana, Princess of Wales, holds her son Prince William, while the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen and the Queen Mother look on at Buckingham Palace after Prince William's christening ceremony

4 December 1985: The Queen and then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher pose with former British premiers at a dinner at 10 Downing Street, to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the British prime minister's London residence. From left to right: James Callaghan; Lord Home; Margaret Thatcher; Earl of Stockton; Queen Elizabeth II; Baron Wilson; and Edward Heath.

23 July 1986: The newly-wed Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and his wife Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, wave to the crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, while Queen Elizabeth II and the Queen Mother look on

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