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Thursday, March 26, 2009

A Message...Sure to be followed in the current situations

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I love being Mukesh's wife: Nita Ambani

 

Source : DNA

 

Mumbai: It's almost four when we approach Sea Wind, the Ambani family's residence, amidst heavy security, which includes a sniffer dog. Understandable post the Mumbai terror attacks last November, and given the family's status.

Nita Ambani strolls in 10 minutes later. Dressed in jeans and an emerald green top, the educationist/philanthropist is now even slimmer than when we met her last. Pleasantries over, we are informed she has to rush off for a meeting in an hour. So, we get right down to it....

What's the best thing about being Mrs Nita Ambani? Without a pause, she says, "I love being Mukesh's wife!" The warmth with which she talks about one of India's most powerful men is unmistakable. "He is my soul mate; I love being the mother of his kids, and playing every role that I have to being his wife."

In December, she and Mukesh complete 25 years of being together. Ask her, in this age of affairs and divorces, how the two have managed to keep it together and she reveals, "First and foremost, we are great friends. Both of us have very different operating styles, but we value each other's opinions. We are willing to listen to each other, which I think is very important in a relationship."

Mukesh, she says, enjoys watching her perform bharatnatyam. "He loved my performance at my mum-in-law's (Kokilaben Ambani) birthday recently. I like to do things that he likes. He likes Indian art and culture, and I make it a point to take interest in those things," she adds.

And while we assume there will be big celebrations, given it is their silver anniversary, Nita says, "We'll probably go off to the jungles and relax there."

Even their three kids -- Akash, Eisha and Anant -- love wildlife, and in fact they have more than 100 stray dogs at their Jamnagar property and a few pets (including two snakes!) at this home in Cuffe Parade.

"All our vacations arespent in the jungles, roughing it out. We have the best time of our lives there," she says.

Sunday is family time at the Ambani home, which includes an elaborate Gujarati meal, a walk at the US club in the evening with dogs in tow and, as Nita puts it, "lots and lots of homework with the kids."

A trip to Mysore Café at Matunga is also often on the cards. "It's a treat for Mukesh and the kids to go there. You know, Mukesh is one of their oldest customers...he used to go there since his chemical engineering days in the '80s. They have a picture of him on their menu, and the children get most thrilled seeing that!" she smiles.

And while lots could be written about her accomplishments, Nita says she would like to be remembered as "a good mom first, and then a good human being who tried to make a difference."

 

Sent wrong email? No sweat, just recall

 

 

 Now, recall is possible. And you've got to thank Gmail for that.
Sending an email with a bunch of expletives may be your online equivalent of exploding in a fit of rage. Or absentmindedly sending spicy gossip about a person to that very person. The after-effects often have to be dealt with later, causing enough embarrassment to make you cringe a long time.

Giving an email a second read can avoid many such goof-ups. Google's Gmail now gives users an "Undo Send" feature for exactly such situations. Introduced in Google's email programme, this feature holds a message for five seconds before sending it. Gmail's sent mail confirmation message now includes an "Undo" link. Clicking it will return a message to its draft form.

The feature does not allow users to recall a message that has already been sent. "It holds the message for five seconds so you have a chance to hit the panic button," Google said in its blog post on Thursday announcing the feature.

Last year, Google introduced a feature, "Mail Goggles", designed to prevent users from sending drunken emails by forcing users to solve five simple math problems in less than a minute.

 

 

Monday, March 23, 2009

Just wanted to share it with everyone :)

 

 

Quite a feet!

 

A disability is never a handicap. There is always a way out,” says 15-year-old Nadeem Shaikh as he flips the pages of his drawing book. 

Born without hands Nadeem, an SSC student, wrote all his papers using only his feet. Though he could have asked for a writer, Nadeem chose to answer his papers on his own and expects to score over 60 per cent.

Nadeem, a student of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Hindi school, Worli carries his notes and reference books to school in a bag slung across his chest. But unlike other students, he sits on the bench and writes his exam with his right toes.

The Worli resident manages everything — from writing, to holding up books and even eating and combing his hair — using only his feet. “I never thought that I lacked anything, or was inferior to others.

I cannot wear clothes on my own, but can do everything else using my feet. I didn’t ask for a writer for my exams as I wanted to learn to write on my own. I love making portraits and sketches. And I wish to become a famous artist when I grow up,” he said.

“Nadeem is usually engrossed in making portraits and sketches. He is a very supportive and understanding boy. 

He was born without hands, but has never complained about anything. He has made his disability his strength and we are proud of him,” said Noorjahaan, his mother.

 

An authority at Nadeem’s school said, “He moved to our school two years ago from Agripada’s SEC Day Handicap School. Since we had heard about such a case for the first time, we were sceptical about admitting him to the same class as others his age. But after assessing his reading and writing skills for two days we decided to admit him. He is a very talented boy.”

 

 

Friday, March 20, 2009

'123456' is world's worst password used on the Internet

 

 '123456' is the most common password used by people on the Internet.

Obscenities, names of fast cars and even ncc1701 - the ship number for Star Trek's Starship Enterprise, have made it to the list of top 500 worst passwords of all time.

Compiled by Whatsmypass.com, the list features passwords most commonly used by Internet users.

And topping the list of the most common password is 123456, followed by "password" in second place.

Other popular password choices were first names, repeated letters and numbers, pop-culture references.

Even batman, bond007 and cocacola made it to the list, reports the Courier Mail.

The website said that almost one out of nine people use at least one of the passwords mentioned on the list, and one out of every 50 people use one from the top 20.

In fact, a study commissioned by digital communications agency @www found that an average adult had as many as 15 passwords to remember.

But 61 per cent of people used the same passwords for as many different accounts as possible in order to make life easier. 

 

Train availability calendar..really amazing!

 

 

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Online Crosswords

 

 

 

 

 

No points for guessing what a site is about when it’s called www.onlinecrosswords.net. Still, the streamlined interface is worthy of note.

 

Divided into simple tabs, it’s self-explanatory: ‘Play’ lets you solve free puzzles; ‘Stuck?’ offers a few clues; and ‘Solutions’ will answer what stumped you.

 

And yes, there are even options to print the crosswords and create your own, using templates. All in all, a great resource for those who love their word games.

Gods Pharmacy


It's been said that God first separated the salt water from the fresh, made dry land, planted a garden, made animals and  fish...  All before making a human.

 

He made and  provided what we'd need before we were born.  These  are best & more powerful when eaten raw.  

 

We're such slow  learners...  God left us a great clue as to what foods  help what part of our  body!

 


God's Pharmacy!  Amazing!

 


A  sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The  pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye... And YES, science now shows carrots  greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the  eyes. 
A  Tomato has four chambers and is red. The  heart has four chambers and is red. All of the research  shows tomatoes  are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart  and blood food. 
Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound  heart and blood vitalizing food. 
A  Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums.  Even the wrinkles or folds on  the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen  neuron-transmitters for brain function. 
Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys. 
Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and many more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don't have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak.  These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body. 
Avocadoes,  Eggplant and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female - they look just like these organs. Today's research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this?  It takes exactly nine (9) months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them). 
Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow.  Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm as well to overcome male sterility. 
Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics. 
Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries   
Oranges, Grapefruits, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts. 
Onions look like the body's cells. Today's research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes. A working companion, Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Smart investors switch to long-dated Nifty options


With profits becoming tougher to generate, savvy investors are increasingly switching to more cost-efficient trading strategies to bet on 
Indian equities. 

Over the past few months, these investors, mostly foreign investment banks, have been using trading combinations of long-dated Nifty options to achieve this objective. 

The steady rise in activity in long-dated options (option contracts which expire many months from now) over the past few months can be attributed to increased use of these strategies, broadly referred to as synthetic forwards, said market participants. 

"Bulk of the activity in long-dated options of late are for synthetic forwards...its use for volume trades are much lesser," said Ashish Maheshwari, derivatives head at Antique Stockbroking. 

A synthetic forward is a combination of long and short positions involving financial instruments, having a similar risk-reward profile as another instrument. 

Through long-dated options, these investors aim to replicate the exposure of index futures by creating positions in call and put options of identical strikes and expiries. So, if an investor wants to imitate the exposure of long Nifty futures, he would buy a long-dated Nifty call and sell a long-dated Nifty put with similar features. 

Conversely, he would sell a long-dated Nifty call and buy a long-dated Nifty put, if he wants to mimic short Nifty futures. 

Analysts said the synthetic forward positions through options have the characteristics of Nifty futures with longer expiry, which is not available as a product. 

In these trades, the investor is using the money that he has received as premium from selling options to finance buying the options, as part of the trading strategy. 

A key advantage that the investor gains from such trades in long-dated options is that he saves on costs such as rollover and brokerage, which he would otherwise incur in options that expire within every three months. 

Market players said the pricing of these strategies are mostly negotiated between parties involved, with premiums demanded for long-dated options being relatively steep. 

"The cost-effectiveness depends on to what extent can the parties negotiate because buying of long-dated options do not come cheap," said Dolat Capital V-P (derivatives) Vijay Kanchan. 

The total number of contracts traded in long-dated options over the last four months to February has trebled. In February, the total number of contracts was 90,531, against 77,692 in January, 56,260 in December and 30,929 in November.



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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

How Infosys is cutting costs

Source Rediff.com

Grappling with falling sales and a dropping bottom line, companies have had no alternate but to put cost-cutting measures in place.

Here are some of the measures that one of India's most valued, and most respected companies, Infosys Technologies, has implemented.


Save $10 - It is asking all its employees to go in for a one-time cost savings of $10 each. This initiative is expected to help the company, which has over 100,000 people on its rolls, log in a cost saving of $1 million (around Rs 5 crore).

An internal mail from the company's CEO and MD S (Kris) Gopalakrishnan to the employees said, 'If each one of us is able to identify a savings of even $10 -- not just per day or per month -- but $10 as a one-time effort from each one of us, that would translate to a saving of close to $1,000,000. I urge each one of you as a key stakeholder of the company's success.


Log in on time - It recently announced an initiative as per which if an employee reaches office before 8 am throughout a month, he will get a cash award of about Rs 500.


The move is aimed at increased utilisation of its transport services and to beat the traffic, which will result in higher productivity for the company. The company operates several buses to transport its employees. This is to make sure that the buses are full. 

Discretionary spend slowdown - Discretionary expenses have been drastically reduced across the company. The Infosys senior management and board members have already offered to cut down their discretionary spends.


Travel economy - Infosys has asked its staff to travel on an economy-class ticket if the flying time is less than four hours.

Chief mentor Narayan Murthy recently flew to Sri Lanka, and he flew economy.


Variable pay cut - It is looking at slashing the variable pay component of its employees' salaries.


Time for a sabbatical? - Employees have been issued letters stating they could opt for a one-year sabbatical to engage themselves in philanthropic activities. They would continue to draw 50 per cent of their salary during the period.


Smaller pay hike - Employees may get pay hikes below 10 per cent this year


Ideas, anyone? - Infosys has set up a portal where employees can submit ideas that could range from ensuring all computers and lights are switched off at the end of the day to bigger business ideas which could be incubated.

So far the company has apparently received over 1000 such ideas which it is in the process of evaluating.




 

Monday, March 16, 2009

6 yr-old Indian-American boy's IQ


An Indian-American boy has an IQ greater than that of Albert Einstein at the tender age of six.

Pranav Veera has an IQ of 176, while Einstein's IQ was believed to be about 160.

The little boy can recite the names of the U.S. presidents in the order they served in office, and is able to say the alphabet backward.

Given a date back to 2000, Pranav can even tell which day of the week that was.

He is highly competitive at playing Wii video games, and likes to play outside.

Pranav's parents have revealed that he seemed unusually intelligent while playing with alphabet sets, when the boy was just four-and-a-half years old.

He could even recall which letters were certain colours, they say.

"That kind of puzzled us. You have to have not a normal memorization, but some other means of recall," the Chicago Sun-Times quoted his father Prasad Veera as saying.

The little boy's mother, Suchitra Veera, has revealed that he presently loves all kinds of alphabets.

"He loves to collect them, like different colors, different sizes, different materials," she said.

Pranav's parents decided to have his IQ tested at Powers Educational Services in Hyde Park three months ago

"I said, 'Let's try it out, because he seems to do a lot of stuff kind of not quite normal for his age. He tested 176," his father said.

Pranav's teacher Marci Taylor, at McCormick Elementary in the Milford School District, calls him "an amazing child".

"He knows so much, yet he's probably more excited about learning than any child I've ever seen. He shakes with excitement," she said.

What she finds impressive about Pranav is the fact that he knows so many incredible things at the age of 6.

"He loves to go play at recess and climb on the monkey bars," Taylor said.

When asked what he wants to be when he grows up, Pranav says: "An astronaut."

Markets today...


Indian markets are likely to open firm on the back of positive global cues & on the back of very strong closing witnessed on Friday which saw indices bouncing by nearly 5%, a biggest rise in last three months.

 

Wall Street rallied at the end of a choppy session Friday as investors pushed the stock market's gains to four days in a row - its best stretch since late November. While the four-day advance is a confidence-booster, investors will be tested next week to see if they can extend the rally. Next week also brings reports on manufacturing, housing, wholesale and consumer inflation that could really test Wall Street. On Friday Both Dow Jones Industrial Average & Nasdaq gained 0.8% & 0.4% respectively.

 

Asian markets are also trading higher at this point in time with Hang Seng & Nikkei up 2.0% & 2.4% respectively. Indian ADR's were largely up with Tata Communications being the biggest gainer up by 9%. Financial stocks continued to rally upwards with both ICICI Bank & HDFC Bank registering gains of 3.7% & 6% respectively. Tech ADR's however were bit subdued with the exception of Wipro which was up 2.8% while Satyam & Infosys ended the day marginally lower. Sterlite & Tata Motors were also up by 3.8% & 2.3% respectively.

Friday, March 13, 2009

HiTask


HiTask is a simple and FREE web-based task management application suitable for keeping personal to-do lists, and managing your team or project.

Perfect for organizing your life and work

HiTask allows you to plan your day in the easiest and most effective way. It is simple to use, and it looks great – you'll find it hard to tear yourself away from your cool new to-do list! 
With HiTask you can create and manage your to-do lists at the click of a button, and sort and arrange them with your mouse. You can even organize your tasks into projects and group them with tags. 
Get your friends together on the HiTask and you will be able to assign tasks to your team-mates just by dragging and dropping tasks onto their names. 
Free up thinking space for important things and let HiTask take care of the rest!

Anil Ambani lost most, Bloomberg gained most


One in every 18 richest people in the Forbes list of world's billionaires witnessed their fortunes increase with New York City's mayor Michael Bloomberg emerging as the biggest gainer.

In the global list of 793 richest people, 44 billionaires added to their net worth. Moreover, there are 38 new billionaires in the list, even as there was steep decline in stocks and real estate prices last year.

"While 83 per cent of the world's 793 billionaires saw their fortunes decline, 44 managed to increase their net worth. . . Mostly by cashing out in the nick of time, making contrarian bets or catering to budget-conscious consumers," the magazine said.

Forbes said that Anil Ambani's fortune dropped by $32 billion as shares in Reliance Communications fell by two-thirds.

The list of world's billionaires released by American magazine Forbeshas thrown out some interesting set of facts and figures. Here are some of them:

  • $2 trillion (Rs 10,000,000 crore) is the total loss for all the billionaires in the world in a year's time.
  • The world is now left with 793 billionaires, down from 1,125 billionaires a year ago.
  • The number of billionaires in the world has declined for the first time since 2003.
  • The average wealth of billionaires is down to $3 billion, from about $3.9 billion a year ago.
  • Presence of Indians, both resident and non-resident, is down to 25 from 53 last year.
  • The new richest person in the world, Bill Gates, has a net worth of $40 billion, down from Warren Buffett's $62 billion a year ago.
  • The richest Indian in the world, Mukesh Ambani, has a fortune of $19.5 billion, down from last year's topper Lakshmi Mittal's $45 billion.
  • There are four Indians -- Anil Ambani, Lakshmi Mittal, K P Singh and Mukesh Ambani -- in the 10 biggest losers from across the world. These are the same four Indians who figured among the world's 10 richest persons last year.
  • Anil Ambani, the biggest gainer of last year, is now the biggest loser.
  • Michael Bloomberg, the New York City Mayor, is the biggest gainer with his wealth rising by $4.5 billion to $16 billion.
  • There are only 44 billionaires in the world who saw their fortunes soar higher over the past year, while 656 of them took a hit on their net worth.
  • The losers predominantly comprise those making a fortune out of finance or investments, while the gainers are those catering to budget-conscious consumers, predicting the crash or cashing out in the nick of time.
  • 38 new members have joined the world billionaire club, while three former billionaires have made a return.
  • Only nine of the new billionaires inherited all or part of their fortunes; rest made it on their own.
  • New York has taken over from Moscow as the billionaire capital of the world, 12 months after it lost the crown to the Russian city. New York is now home to 55 billionaires, down from 71 last year, while Moscow's tally has dropped from 74 to 27.
  • Americans now account for 44 per cent of the total billionaire wealth and 45 per cent of their total number.
  • Out of the 50 richest persons in the world, only two reside in India.
  • There are 73 women among the world's billionaires, down from 99 a year ago.

  • The collective net worth of the world's richest people stood at $2.4 trillion, a decline of $2 trillion from a year ago.

    Bloomberg has emerged as the biggest gainer, adding $4.5 billion to his net worth. The 67-year-old mayor with fortunes to the tune of $16 billion is ranked 17th.

    "The year's biggest gainer is New York City's mayor, whose net worth climbed 28 per cent in the past 12 months because of a revaluation of his financial data outfit, Bloomberg LP," the report added.

    Meanwhile, the magazine said 38 new billionaires from 11 countries were added to the list. Out of them, only nine inherited all or part of their fortunes.

    "It's been a dismal year for the world's wealthiest. Offering a glimmer of hope: 38 new billionaires from 11 countries who were added to the list despite massive declines in stocks, real estate prices and currency devaluations against the US dollar.

    "Only nine of the new billionaires inherited all or part of their fortunes. The rest made their own luck in businesses ranging from hospitals to fertiliser to illegal drugs," it said.

    On the other hand, American fund manager George Soros has also seen his net worth increase by $2 billion. Ranked 29th, he has a wealth of $11 billion.

    The magazine said that Soros steered his $20 billion Quantum Endowment into 'positive territory' last year with bearish bets.

    Others who added to their net worth include Japan's Tadashi Yanai and family who added $2.4 billion to their fortunes. With a net worth of $6 billion, they are ranked at the 76th spot.

    Forbes noted that among the more notable new billionaires are Mexican Joaquin Guzman Loera, one of the biggest suppliers of cocaine to the US and Wang Chuanfu of China, whose BYD Co began selling electric cars in December.

    Thursday, March 12, 2009

    My Most Fav Pics....



    Me and my family last year had been to the most beautiful hill station for mumbai people i.e. Mahabaleshwar

    This pic was clicked while sunset on Table Land...do leave your comments if you liked them.....

    Industrial growth again turns negative in Jan


    Industrial production declined by 0.5 per cent in January 2009, the contraction being for the second month in a row, in spite of stimulus packages announced by the government to ward off the impact of global recession.

    Industrial output grew by 6.2 per cent in the same month a year ago.

    This is the third time in this fiscal that industrial growth has turned negative.

    The slide in industrial production was led by manufacturing, which fell by 0.8 per cent, followed by mining output, which declined by 0.4 per cent.

    However, electricity generation was up 1.8 per cent in January.

    For the first 10 months of this fiscal, industrial growth stood at 3 per cent, which might make the official projection of overall economic growth of 7.1 per cent for 2008-09 quite difficult.

    The official projection pegged industrial growth to be 4.8 per cent for 2008-09.

    Fun Science Facts You Didn't Know...

    Did you know that there are 206 bones in the adult human body and there are 300 in children (as they grow some of the bones fuse together).

    Flea's can jump 130 times higher than their own height. In human terms this is equal to a 6ft. person jumping 780 ft. into the air.

    The most dangerous animal in the world is the common housefly. Because of their habits of visiting animal waste, they transmit more diseases than any other animal.

    Snakes are true carnivorous because they eat nothing but other animals. They do not eat any type of plant material.

    The world's largest amphibian is the giant salamander. It can grow up to 5 ft. in length.

    The smallest bone in the human body is the stapes or stirrup bone located in the middle ear. It is approximately .11 inches (.28 cm) long.

    There are no poisonous snakes in Maine.

    The largest man-made lake in the U.S. is Lake Mead, created by Hoover Dam.

    The human eye blinks an average of 4,200,000 times a year.

    The longest living cells in the body are brain cells which can live an entire lifetime.

    Knowledge is growing so fast that ninety per cent of what we will know in fifty years time, will be discovered in those fifty years.

    When glass breaks, the cracks move at speeds of up to 3,000 miles per hour.

    By raising your legs slowly and laying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand.

    One Year Index Performance - All BSE


    From March 08 to March 09

    Now, Bharti Retail to shut stores


    Source - Moneycontrol

    It is not just Subhiksha or Reliance Retail; even Sunil Mittal's Bharti Retail is feeling the pinch. In spite of a slow, staggered launch, the company will also down the shutters on some of its stores. CNBC-TV18's Shereen Bhan reports on the details.

    The retail blues have not spared even a relatively new entrant like Bharti Retail, which has been very cautious in its expansion strategy. The company will shut down four-five stores of the 28 it launched as they are not turning in the desired results.

    "All of us have to go through that. Pantaloon closed its stores, Reliance closed its stores, we are going to close stores despite having 28. The more you have the bigger the problem you have obviously," Mittal says. While some analysts have found fault with the rapid expansion of Reliance Retail, Bharti Enterprises chairman and managing director Sunil Mittal credits Reliance Retail with creating an entire ecosystem around the retail industry.

    Mittal also made it clear the retail business is no child's play. That may well be the reason for Bharti experimenting with its store rollout strategy. "We were very clear that there will be a struggle and we have a struggle. You do these experimentations in a controlled environment. So, we are only in Punjab, a bit in Haryana and that is it. The fact is if we would have opened 500 stores, we would have had to shut half the stores. That would have been very expensive," he says.

    Mittal pointed out that Bharti Retail has tested the market through a mix of stores in different sizes. The response has revealed that Bharti store margins are 40-50% better than competition on a per-square-foot basis. "The feedback is we are 40-50% better than competition per square foot," Mittal adds.

    Given the slowdown, Bharti Retail continues to adopt a cautious strategy. It is looking to opening a 30,000 square-foot store and is about to complete setting up a big cash-and-carry store in Punjab. "We are looking at opening a few more medium stores, which are 30,000 square feet and expanding our small stores into other markets in Punjab and Haryana. We are waiting for our big cash and carry, which will imminently open up in the next few months, which will be the first best price store coming up in Punjab. So, all this will give us a way to move forward," Mittal says.

    So while expansion is on the cards, Mittal's bet on playing slow and steady may give him an edge in a sector hit by the slowdown.

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    This is a nice EMI Calculator link, try it...  http://business.rediff.com/money/rediff-emi-calculator.htm

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    Wednesday, March 11, 2009

    Women Do It All

    The oldest woman here had fought for India's freedom. And the youngest well, girl, was barely five! 


    Twenty-one women from different walks of life were felicitated for their professional achievements on International Women's day, and Jai Shri Krishna's little Radha Vriti Vaghani was one of them. There were other young achievers felicitated too — budding theatre actress Shazahn Padamsee, who thanked her parents for making her the person she is and Raju Srivastav's daughter Antara Srivastav (who sure seems to be going her father's creative way!). Advocate Rohini Salian, actress Mugdha Godse and fitness expert Leena Mogre were among the other power women saluted. 

    Late Vijay Salaskar's wife Smita Salaskar gave a thought-provoking powerful speech; Dr Sonali Lokhande spoke about attending to the 26/11 victims at the 
    hospital that fateful night; Ramaben Shah was acknowledged for her unique talent of hand-moulding Ganesha idols blind-folded, and Manju Yagnik for her skills in corporate governance. 

    Entrepreneurs Kanchan Adhikari and Preeti Mehta, artist Vipta Kapadia, corporator Kokilaben Parmar and educationist Sangeeta Kamat were also felicitated. Viveck Shettyy anchored the afternoon while an all-woman 
    band entertained the guests during lunch. Womanhood, Jai Ho!


    Oldest Ice Mummy

    www.icemanphotoscan.eu

    Scientists have scanned high-resolution 3-D images of the oldest ice mummy, Oetzi – one of the scientific world's greatest treasures. What's more, these images have been put up online for the public to get a glimpse of the 5,000-year old man, whose frozen body was discovered in a glacier in the Alps in 1991. The researchers took over 1,50,000 images from 12 different angles of the extraordinarily well-preserved body. Presented in an interface like Google Earth, users can zoom in to details such as Oetzi's 57 tattoos, see the whole body in 3-D, and even choose to view it in ultraviolet light. This one has to be seen to be believed, folks!

    Human Body Facts..

  •  The average human brain has about 100 billion nerve cells.

  •  Nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 170 miles (274 km) per hour.

  •  The thyroid cartilage is more commonly known as the adams apple.

  •  The only jointless bone in your body is the hyoid bone in your throat

  •  It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

  •  Your stomach needs to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it would digest itself.

  •  It takes the interaction of 72 different muscles to produce human speech.

  •  The average life of a taste bud is 10 days.

  •  The average cough comes out of your mouth at 60 miles (96.5 km) per hour.

  •  Relative to size, the strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

  •  Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.

  •  When you sneeze, all your bodily functions stop even your heart.

  •  Babies are born without knee caps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2-6 years of age.

  •  Children grow faster in the springtime.

  •  It takes the stomach an hour to break down cow milk.
  • Did You Know Facts - Money

    The word millionaire was first used by Benjamin Disraeli in his 1826 novel Vivian Grey.

    If you stack one million US$1 bills, it would be 110m (361 ft) high and weight exactly 1 ton.

    TIP is the acronym for "To Insure Promptness."

    One million dollars' worth of once-cent coins (100 million coins) weigh 246 tons.

    Excessive use of credit is cited as a major cause of non-business bankruptcy, second only to unemployment.

    Statistics show that people with high, medium and low income groups spend about the same amount onChristmas gifts.

    If Los Angeles County was a country, it would be the 19th largest economy in the world.

    In 1990, the word "recession" appeared in 1,583 articles in The Wall Street Journal.

    There are more than 7 million millionaires in the world.

    80% of millionaires drive second-hand cars.


    24 Indians make it to 'World's Richest' club

    WASHINGTON: Two dozen Indians made it to the Forbes list of "World's Richest" with four of them among the top 10, as Warren Buffett dethroned Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who held the top slot for 13 straight years. 

    Steel czar Lakshmi Mittal, heading the world's largest steelmaker ArcelorMittal, is in the fourth place with a personal fortune of $45 billion. A long-time resident of London, he is also Europe's richest resident, notes the US business magazine.

    Next comes Mukesh Ambani, "Asia's richest resident, who heads petrochemicals giant Reliance Industries, India's most valuable company by market cap" with $43 billion.

    The year's biggest gainer, Anil Ambani, is in the sixth place with a fortune of $42 billion. He is up $23.8 billion in the past year, and is closing the gap with his estranged brother Mukesh.

    K P Singh, now the world's richest real estate baron after listing his real estate development company DLF in 2007, takes the eighth place in the list with $30 billion.

    Declaring Buffett as the richest man on the planet, Forbes said: "Riding the surging price of Berkshire Hathaway stock, America's most beloved investor has seen his fortune swell to an estimated $62 billion, up $10 billion from a year ago."

    That massive pile of scratch puts him ahead of Gates, who is now worth $58 billion and is ranked third in the world after Mexican telecom tycoon Carlos Slim HelĂș with an estimated net worth of $60 billion.

    The other 20 Indians in the billionaires list are Shashi and Ravi Ruia (43), Azim Premji (60), Sunil Mittal and family (64), Kumar Birla (76), Ramesh Chandra (86), Gautam Adani (91), Savitri Jindal and family (110), Anil Agarwal (164), Adi Godrej and family (178), G.M. Rao (198), Indu Jain (236), Dilip Shanghvi (260), Jaiprakash Gaur (277), Shiv Nadar (277), Uday Kotak (288), Cyrus Poonawalla (307), Anand Jain (327), Chandru Raheja (368), Tulsi Tanti (368) and Rakesh Wadhawan and family (428).

    The Forbes list also mentions two Indians, Gautam Adani ($9.3 billion) and Sameer Gehlaut ($1.2 billion), as "notable billionaires".

    "Adani is a college dropout who spurned his father's textile trading business to seek his own fortune... Today he is Asia's richest newcomer thanks to two big public holdings, Adani Enterprises, and Mundra Port, one of India's first private-sector ports," it says.

    "India's youngest self-made billionaire, Gehlaut" is an engineer from the elite Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He started online brokerage Indiabulls with two college friends in 1999. He still heads the company and is its largest shareholder.

    A few young tycoons were able to make money this past year in the face of financial turmoil, Forbes said. Among them Indian pharmaceutical kings Malvinder and Shivinder Singh added $100 million to their combined net worth.