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March 31, 2011

ICC World Cup 2011: FINAL ODI MATCH : INDIA Vs SRI LANKA : April 2nd 2011: Mumbai, INDIA

 
Yes its confirmed now, India has defeated Pakistan is the most deadliest clash 
ever in the world cup semi finals 2011. India has won the match by 29 runs.




India will take on Sri Lanka in the grand finals if ICC cricket world cup on 


April 2nd 2011 at Mumbai stadium. Sri Lanka is already through to the finals.

With the help of Sachin Tendulkar 85 runs and Raina fireworks at end of the India’s innings, India gave a average target of 261 runs. Thanks to the good work of Indian bowlers who made India victorious at the end.
Sri Lanka has already defeated Team New Zealand in the first semifinals and are through for the grand finale game against Team india which has won its biggest game in cricket world cup 2011.
Thus India legacy continues of winning in world cup against Pakistan. India has defeated Pakistan by a margin of 29 runs. But in the end, it was again Misbah Ul Haq who was seeming a hindrance in India’s victory.
From Pakistan, Misbah was the highest scorer who score 56 runs and got caught at the second last ball of match and thus India made their way to grand finals. SO catch the action of India vs Sri lanka finals 2011 on April 2nd.

March 29, 2011

Telugu Names of Relations and Family Members

 


LIST OF TELUGU NAMES OF RELATIONS AND FAMILY MEMBERS FROM ENGLISH

Here is a list of Telugu names of relations and family members from English. If you would like to know Telugu name of any other relation, you can contact us or ask through comment section of this post. We will love to hear from you if you would like to provide you feedback in making these tutorials more interesting or better.

Telugu Names of Relations


Mother     తల్లి
Fatherతండ్రి
Grand Motherఅవ్వ
Grand Fatherతాత
Sonకుమారుడు
Elder Sisterఅక్క
Younger Sisterచెల్లెలు
Elder Brotherఅన్న
Younger Brotherతమ్మడు
Uncleమేనమామ
Auntమేనత్త
Wifeభార్య
Husbandభర్త
Daughter-in-lawకోడలు
Son-in-lawఅల్లుడు
Mother-in-lawఅత్త
Father-in-lawమామ

World's first artificial leaf developed

 



Scientists have created the world’s first practical artificial leaf that can turn sunlight and water into energy, which they claim could pave the way for a cheaper source of power in developing countries like India. The innovation has been made by the team led by Daniel Nocera at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The artificial leaf which performs activity resembling photosynthesis and produces energy is regarded as a successful alternative form of energy for the future. The so called artificial leaf is a small visiting card size solar cell which uses solar energy to generate electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen.

                  Though in laboratory, an artificial leaf prototype could operate continuously for at least 45 hours without a drop in activity, the scientists say that they will next try to boost both efficiency and lifespan of their photosynthetic material.
                  The device bears no resemblance to Mother Nature's counterparts on oaks, maples and other green plants, which scientists have used as the model for their efforts to develop this new genre of solar cells. About the shape of a poker card but thinner, the device is fashioned from silicon, electronics and catalysts, substances that accelerate chemical reactions that otherwise would not occur, or would run slowly. Placed in a single gallon of water in a bright sunlight, the device could produce enough electricity to supply a house in a developing country with electricity for a day, Nocera said. It does so by splitting water into its two components, hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen and oxygen gases would be stored in a fuel cell, which uses those two materials to produce electricity, located either on top of the house or beside it.

                 Glad news for India is that Tata has already signed the team for developing a mini-power plant based on his technology.

Mobile Service Provider Survey 2010

 


Satisfaction with Mobile Service Provider

Unlike handsets and mobile apps, the number of mobile service providers is very few and can be counted on your finger tips. Amongst them, Airtel seems to have the highest current ownership, with 38% of our respondents saying that they were using its services. Vodafone was at number two, with 25% users, followed by MTNL/BSNL at 12%. The pattern is more or less similar as compared to last year. 

Here again, about 77% of the respondents were mostly or completely satisfied with their current mobile service provider. But this satisfaction doesn't necessarily mean that people are not open to changing their service provider. In fact, we found that a majority (77%) of the people have been using their mobile service provider for several years. The one thing that prevents most people form changing is that they would have to change their mobile number, and then share it with all their contacts again. So when asked whether they wo
uld like to retain their mobile number, but change their service provider, only 37% didn't want to do either. 32% wanted to change to a different mobile service provider while retaining their mobile number, but didn't want to pay anything for the change. Another 18% were even willing to pay to change their service provider, and retain their current mobile number. So number portability should definitely cause a reshuffling in mobile service providers. How effective it would actually be remains to be seen.


March 24, 2011

New 3D Battery: Recharge you laptop, mobile phone in 1 minute

 

The big problem with nowadays’ batteries is that they charge and discharge slowly. They can be made to charge and discharge faster at the price of their shortened lifetime, but that’s not a solution at all. Supercapacitors may offer fast charge/discharge rates, but their capacity is just not very high. A hybrid of these two would be perfect.A team of scientists at University of Illinois has invented a new type of battery which can cut down charging time. 

Professor Paul Braun and his team has made this historic invention based on Nano technology and the details has been made available at 20 March, 2011, issue of the Nature Nanotechnology journal. 

Paul Braun, from the University of Illinois, has developed a three-dimensional cathode that may just be the solution for fast-charging batteries. “This system that we have gives you capacitor-like power with battery-like energy,” said Braun, a professor of materials science and engineering. “Most capacitors store very little energy. They can release it very fast, but they can’t hold much. Most batteries store a reasonably large amount of energy, but they can’t provide or receive energy rapidly. This does both.”
The new battery can charge an electric car in five minutes, a laptop in two minutes, and mobile phone less than a minute.

The battery will wrap a thin film int a three-dimensional structure which will increase surface area and increase the energy storage capacity as compared to conventional re-charging batteries. 

The battery will last for the same length of time as a traditional battery, but charging time will be reduced by 10 to 100 times, the paper said.

March 13, 2011

Supermoon may cause natural disasters next week

 
On March 19th 2011, the moon will make its closest approach to Earth in almost 20 years, possibly triggering earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and other disasters.
The phenomenon, called lunar perigee or Supermoon, happens when the moon reaches its absolute closest point to Earth. On March 19, the natural satellite will be only 221,567 miles away from our planet.
There were Supermoons in 1955, 1974, 1992 and 2005, and these years had their share of extreme weather conditions, too. Although there are scientific laws that say the moon affects the Earth, it's still ambiguous whether the lunar perigee and natural disasters is coincidence or not.
British freelance weatherman John Kettley was quoted as saying "A moon can't cause a geological event like an earthquake, but it will cause a difference to the tide. If that combines with certain weather conditions, then that could cause a few problems for coastal areas."
While hoping for a non-disastrous ‘moon giant’, point your eyes and camera lenses toward the night sky on 19th. If the sky is clear, you’re gonna get an exceptional celestial treat.


Nice story !

 

This is such a nice story! Please take some time to read it :) ...

What would you do?....you make the choice. Don't look for a punch line, there isn't one. Read it anyway. My question is: Would you have made the same choice?

At a fund-raising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended.. After extolling the school and its staff, he offered a question:

'When not interfered with, by outside influences; everything nature does, is done with perfection.

Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do.

Where is the natural order of things in my son?'

The audience was stilled by the query.

The father continued. 'I believe that when a child like Shay, who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.'

Then he told the following story:


Shay and I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, 'Do you think they'll let me play?' I knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a father I also understood that if my son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.

I approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, 'We're losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning.'

Shay struggled over to the team's bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt. I watched with a small tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy at my son being accepted.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still behind by three.

In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the stands.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again..

Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.


At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game?

Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.

However, as Shay stepped up to the

plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay's life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact.

The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed.

The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay.

As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.

The game would now be over.

The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman.

Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.

Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman's head, out of reach of all team mates.

Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, 'Shay, run to first!

Run to first!'

Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base.

He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.

Everyone yelled, 'Run to second, run to second!'

Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base.

B y the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball . the smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team.

He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher's intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman's head.

Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home.

All were screaming, 'Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay'

Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, 'Run to third!

Shay, run to third!'

As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, 'Shay, run home! Run home!'

Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team

'That day', said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, 'the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world'.

Shay didn't make it to another summer. He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making me so happy, and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!


AND NOW A LITTLE FOOT NOTE TO THIS STORY:

We all send thousands of jokes through the e-mail without a second thought, but when it comes to sending messages about life choices, people hesitate.

The crude, vulgar, and often obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion about decency is too often suppressed in our schools and workplaces.

If you're thinking about forwarding this message, chances are that you're probably sorting out the people in your address book who aren't the 'appropriate' ones to receive this type of message Well, the person who sent you this believes that we all can make a difference.

We all have thousands of opportunities every single day to help realize the 'natural order of things.'

So many seemingly trivial interactions between two people present us with a choice:

Do we pass along a little spark of love and humanity or do we pass up those opportunities and leave the world a little bit colder in the process?

A wise man once said every society is judged by how it treats it's least fortunate amongst them.

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Pixolu: Search for Similar Images Using an Image

 


In case you are confused after reading the title, that is what exactly Pixolu does. It’s an image search engine which lets you go deeper into the mechanism of image search and lets you find more relevant images using the image results it displays the first time you search. It uses Google, Flickr and Yahoo as the underlying image search engines.
search images with an image

How it works
  • Enter your search query and select the number of images you want to be displayed using the slider.
  • Drag and drop the pictures you like into the right box.
  • Hit the next button to get better images.




On the right hand side it also displays the url, size and the source of the image.


Keep in mnd, Pixolu is still in beta state and sometimes might have problems and not work as expected.


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March 6, 2011

Help ALL Serve ALL ... Valuable Information

 


1. If you see children begging anywhere in TAMILNADU, please contact: "
RED
 SOCIETY" at 9940217816. They will help the children for their studies.

2. Where you can search for any BLOOD GROUP you will get thousand's of donor address. 
www.friendstosupport.org

3. Engineering Students can register in www.campuscouncil.com to attend Off Campus for 40 Companies.

4. Free Education and Free hostel for Handicapped/Physically challenged children. Contact:- 9842062501 & 9894067506.

5. If anyone met with fire accident or people born with problems in their ear, nose and mouth can get free PLASTIC SURGERY done by Kodaikanal PASAM Hospital . From 23rd March to 4th April by German
Doctors. Everything is free. Contact : 045420-240668,245732

6. If you find any important documents like Driving license, Ration card, Passport, Bank Pass Book, etc., missed by someone, simply put them into any near by Post Boxes. They will automatically reach the owner and Fine will be collected from them.

7. By the next 10 months, our earth will become 4 degrees hotter than what it is now. Our Himalayan glaciers are melting at rapid rate. So let all of us lend our hands to fight GLOBAL WARMING.
-Plant more Trees.
-Don't waste Water & Electricity.
-Don't use or burn Plastics

8. It costs 38 Trillion dollars to create OXYGEN for 6 months for all Human beings on earth.
"TREES DO IT FOR FREE" "Respect them and Save them"



Kindly, share this valuable information wherever possible.

March 5, 2011

Give yourself an ‘A’ today

Change your outlook


SOMETHING a seemingly ordinary event can hold valuable life lessons for us all. Like it happened at a lunch I had with a friend some years ago. As I recall it, the food was good, and the conversation delightful. But what made the lunch unforgettable was something else altogether.
As we entered the restaurant and sat down at our table, my host reached for his wallet. He pulled out a hundred rupee note and handed it to the waiter – who accepted it with a big smile. Now it wasn’t the size of the tip that surprised me.
It was the timing. For the first time, I saw someone tipping for service even before we had ordered our meal. Needless to say, we got treated like royalty that afternoon. The service was quick, the waiter seemed to be hovering around us, and the huge smile never left his face. And as we walked out after an enjoyable meal, I was left wondering: Why don’t we all tip before a meal?
If you think about it, maybe there’s a lesson in that for all of us that goes beyond tipping. Rewarding other people – and yourself - in advance can indeed make a difference. A big difference.
So what really happened at the restaurant that day? By paying the tip upfront, my friend was telling the waiter, “I know you’ll do a terrific job of looking after us!” And the waiter was probably telling himself “Wow! He trusts me to look after him well. I must do all I can to live up to his expectations.” And throughout the afternoon, we expected great service – and got it!
Unfortunately, most of us are brought up on a diet of conditional love and recognition. ‘If you come first in class then you’ll get a wrist watch.’ Since only one kid can come first, that leaves the rest of us feeling inferior, unsure about ourselves. And yes, having no idea what time it is! Now imagine what might have happened if your father gave you a watch at the start of the term – and said he knew you were a bright kid – and expected you to do well.
You would walk around knowing that someone really smart (your father!) thinks you are bright. And you’d do all you could to live up to his expectations. Would that ensure you come first in class? No, not quite. But would it make you do your best and perform to your potential? You bet! And that’s really what life is all about.
There’s a prestigious college of music in the UK that attracts the brightest talents from all over the world. The teachers faced a problem: although the students were all extremely gifted, several of them were becoming nervous after entering college. The students were anxious: Will I finish at the bottom of my class? Am I good enough? And the creative spark required for their musical talent to flower often went missing.
So here’s what the college did. Every student was told upfront that he or she would get an ‘A’ at the end of the year. What the students had to do was write a letter – dated the following year – explaining why they had ‘earned’ the A grade. What they had learnt, what they had achieved, and how they had become better people. And bingo! Soon after, the students were going through college with less stress – and becoming far better musicians. They were living up to their A grades!
Here’s a good exercise to try: Award yourself ‘employee of the year’ or ‘student of the year’ today. Write down what the company CEO or college Principal would be saying about you at the end of the year. All the great things he’d be saying about you. Do that. And you’ll soon find yourself doing the things you’ve written down! Rest assured, you’ll have a terrific year!
Musicians and waiters – and you and I - we are all just the same. Tip upfront. Give yourself an 'A' today. And let the magic begin!

How love keeps you healthy


It doesn't just make you feel good, it boosts immunity, fights disease and lowers stress. Soak it in and stay well.…


Get in the mood
A fulfilling relationship with your partner helps you overcome your daily challenges-a difficult boss, rush hour traffic, rising prices and random rudeness from strangers-and multiplies your joys. You have something (or someone) to fall back on every day (thank God!). You are calmer and securer. How could that not be good for you? But it's not just that feeling of high, or the sense of security that makes love so wonderful.

There's emerging evidence about the physical benefits of love too: sex, kinship and caring all improve heart health, boost immunity, lower stress and give that wow glow to your skin! In fact, it may not be long before doctors prescribe steamy sex, romantic getaways and compassionate communication in addition to a healthy diet, exercise and sleep. Sounds good? Explore love with your partner to bring on happiness and cash in on the health gains.


Love protects your heart
A 2007 study from the University of Pittsburgh found that women who are in good marriages or relationships have a much lower risk of heart disease than those in high-stress ones. "This is possibly because being in a loving relationship reduces stress, which is a major risk factor for heart disease," explains Dr Anil Mishra,medmedical director and senior consultant interventional cardiologist at Kolkata's BM Birla Heart Research Centre.

It's equally beneficial for men: men who have sex twice or more a week are up to 45% less likely to have a heart attack and stroke than those who have sex once a month or less, according to several studies.
Relationship must reads: 5 Tips to Feel Closer to Her
It keeps you disease-proof
Studies have shown that lovemaking increases the levels of immunoglobulin A, an antibody that is the body's first line of defence in fighting bugs that cause diseases and infections. This gives your immunity an overall boost helping you keep diseases at bay.

One of the most concrete pieces of evidence comes from a study by Carl J Charnetski, PhD, a professor of psychology at Wilkes University and co-author of Feeling Good Is Good for You. He measured the immune function of 112 college students, many of whom were in close, loving relationships.

He found that those who had sex with their partner once or twice a week had higher amounts of immunoglobulin A than those who had sex less than once a week or not at all. Charnetski was, however, surprised to discover that the immune systems of those who had sex three or more times a week werecomparable to the no-sex group. According to Charnetski, the possible explanation for this was that "couples who have sex just once a week are simply in healthier, more secure relationships and have nothing to prove."
It helps you fight cortisol
"Research on the neurobiology of love has shown its impact on several hormones and neuro-transmitters," says Prevention advisor Dr Prabha S Chandra, professor of psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru. Romantic love, triggers the release of several neuro-transmitters such as dopamine, neuro-hormones like oxytocin and neuro-peptides like endorphin, that have an overall bearing on stress and well-being.

"These happy chemicals have a positive effect on your cerebral (and physical) ambience and seem to dispel disease-and-stress-inducing negative chemicals," explains Dr Jitendra Nagpal, senior consultant psychiatrist, Vidyasagar Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (VIMHANS) and MoolchandMedcity, New Delhi. The release of oxytocin, for example, evokes feelings of contentment, calmness and a sense of security focussed around your partner. Combined, all of these help to reduce stress.

Sex, experts emphasise, is only one aspect of love, important, but not as powerful as the real magic in relationships-bonding. That sense of being united, even when bad times strike, is what Brian Baker, a psychiatrist at the University of Toronto, calls cohesion. And Baker's research has found that cohesion is crucial to both health and happiness (more than a good sex life!).

In one study, he tracked 229 adults under job strain. Though they had higher BP to begin with, spouses in pleasurable marriages actually helped to lower systolic BP by 2.5 mm/Hg over a 12-month period.

He also found that happy couples seem to know almost instinctively that doing things together and spending more time with each other adds to their happiness (see Work Out Together and Come Closer). It's not that sex didn't matter to these couples. "It's one component of satisfaction, but at the end of the day it was their emotional collaboration that kept the marriage strong," Baker adds.

It keeps you fit
Sex is a fantastic workout! Says Dr Sudhakar Krishnamurtiandrologist, micro-surgeon, sexual medicine expert, and founder of Andromeda Andrology Centre, Hyderabad, "A vigorous round of sex can burn mega calories!" Studies say it can vary from 85 to 200 calories depending on the intensity and duration.

This is the equivalent of walking between half an hour to an hour on the treadmill. "If it's vigorous, the pulse rate rises to about 150, which is equivalent to an athlete's pulse rate at maximum effort. Plus, the sexual act builds the muscles of the pelvis, buttocks, thighs, arms, neck and the thorax," says Krishnamurti.

Mumbai-based Reebok master trainer Vinata Shetty explains that the pelvic floor muscles that you build through sex not only prevent conditions like urinary continence but also lead to improved core strength.

It makes your skin glow
Sex increases blood circulation which pumps oxygen into your skin, making it glow. "Also, when you are happy (and love does makes you happy, right?), your endocrine system (that regulates your hormones) functions properly, creating a good oestrogen-progesteron balance that has a good effect on your skin," explains Mumbai-based dermatologist Dr Aparna Santhanam.

Get in the mood for love, people. Getting healthy will never be so much fun!

20 money-saving tips for students

 

If you are a college student, cashlessness is a perpetual state of existence. Short on funds and craving for pleasurable pursuits, you have two options. Resign to your impoverished status, or go through the 20 pointers we have compiled for you. These will not only help you save and manage your money better, but also tell you how to make some on your own. Go on, read them-and have 20 times more fun.
MANAGING YOUR MONEY
1. Make A Monthly Budget: This doesn't have to be a complicated number-crunching exercise. A simple Excel sheet or the planner in your mobile will suffice. The idea is to keep track of your monthly expenses and plug any unnecessary spending. Start by listing your fixed expenditure like transportation cost, food, etc, and keep aside money for these. The balance can then be used for discretionary expenses like shopping, gifting or partying.
2. Plan Your Purchases: Has the Rs 1,000 spent on a dress for freshers' night left you broke? Simple mathematics and a bit of planning could have helped you avoid the situation. Cutting down your expenses by Rs 250 every month would have saved you Rs 1,000 in just four months and made the dress affordable. Planning ahead is an easy way to prevent bankruptcy.
3. Fund For Emergencies Or Opportunities: "Since students don't have a steady source of income, it is a must to have a fund for situations that might require some quick cash," says financial adviser Rohit Sarin. Rather than borrowing from friends, making small adjustments, such as skipping a movie at the multiplex or ordering pizzas less often, can help you prepare for both opportunities and crises.
4. Select A Good Savings Account: Rather than going for a regular bank deposit, look at products specifically designed for students. Apart from the zero-balance facility and regular freebies, students' savings accounts have other benefits which make them better than a no-frills account. For instance, free demand drafts for paying examination fee or buying application forms are offered to student account holders of Punjab National Bank, Corporation Bank and State Bank of India. Punjab National Bank also provides an overdraft facility, Maharashtra Bank offers free assistance in sending applications to universities abroad and you can get concessional educational loans if your account is with Vijaya Bank.
5. Avoid Debt: If you have to swipe, use a debit card. "Unlike credit cards, there is no interest or late-payment charge in the case of a debit card, so there is no danger of stacking up a debt. It will also help instill financial discipline if you spend only what you have," says Sarin.
6. Prepay Mobile Expenses: Choose a prepaid plan to avoid ugly surprises at the end of each month. You can also customise to make the plan cheaper. So if your calls don't last more than a few seconds, get a pay-per-second plan, or if you are an SMS addict, add a message card to make them free.
7. Use Free ATMs: After the first five transactions in a month, you are charged Rs 20 per cash withdrawal if you are operating an ATM outside your bank's network. So, regular withdrawals from ATMs outside the surcharge-free network can be expensive. Avoid them.
8. Insurance? Not Required: Since students don't have any earning to protect or dependants to take care of, they don't need any cover, says Sarin. Also, in case of a medical emergency, you have your dependent card to fall back upon. An insurance policy is useless, unless you have a loan to return.
MAXIMISING YOUR MONEY
1. Patience Pays: Even if you are dying to buy the new Android phone, waiting for a few months will be a good idea. Gadgets' prices tend to fall as soon as there is a successor in the market. So, postponing your purchase for the same model by a month or two can get you a price cut.
2. Swap 'n' Save: Haven't you always exchanged your books and CDs with friends and cousins? Now you can do the same online to get a wider choice and save as well. Websites such as bookchums.com, swapadda.com and booksvilla.com can help you search for a person to exchange your belongings with.
3. Search For Online Bargains: Before you go for a movie or lunch with friends the next time, do not forget to surf the Internet. Discount sites are mushrooming by the day, with some offering as much as 95% off on a variety of products and services. You can get huge bargains at restaurants, on multiplex movie tickets, apparel, gyms, spas and a lot more.
4. Go Shopping With A List: Did you go to buy a lip balm and returned with a bagful of cosmetics? An excellent way to control impulsive buying is to make a list before heading towards the market. Though the shelves are filled with temptations, pledge to stick to your requirements, and you will have more money at the end of the month.
5. Contribute To Save: Buying books often burns a hole in your pocket. Instead, ask your friends to chip in and buy them together. The unit cost will reduce and you can take turns to make notes. Once you get the degree, they can be sold and the money can be divided equally among the group members. This can be done for other things, such DVDs and computer games, as well.
6. Party At Home: Rather than spending thousands of rupees in a restaurant, take permission from your parents to organise a barbeque party in your backyard. If this sounds like a lot of work, just spruce up your room and order some good food to have fun at half rate.
7. Head Outdoors: Rather than confining yourself to expensive man-made options, occasionally opt for outdoor experiences. There's a lot to choose from. You can go picnicking, camping or bicycling with friends. Spending time with nature is both fun and frugal.
8. Inexpensive Entertainment: The city's community centres offer several quality entertainment options which are also extremely inexpensive. You can opt for musical performances, film festivals, art exhibits, theatre productions, dance recitals, sporting events and much more. Check out the local newspapers to keep track of such events.
9. Free Facilities: In all likelihood, there are several free services, such as the Internet, gym, dance classes, photography clubs and free training for various courses, that your educational institute offers. Utilise these in-house facilities to save money.
MAKING MONEY
1. Tap Your Hobbies: As a college student, baking was a hobby for Sonal Khurana, till her friends suggested that she turn it into a side business. The 22-year-old began by putting up stalls in college fests and taking orders from classmates. Last year, she managed a profit of Rs 1.62 lakh and has recently turned it into a full-time profession. Hers is not the only money-making skill that you can tap. Arpita Kala, a 21-year-old print media student, customises shoes and charges Rs 450 per order. You could even form your own music band, or go for the more common pursuits like blogging and photography. The bottom line? If you have talent, turn it into a trade.
2. Part-Time Positions: Get a part-time job to supplement your pocket money. There are various profiles, such as content writers, BPO executives, transcriptionists, to choose from. You could also opt for unusual roles like a city tour guide or recruitment agent. Then there are the home-based online jobs, but you need to be careful before applying as many are scams. Job search sites like searchmycapus.com and firstnaukri.com, which are specifically designed for college students, can be helpful. You can also seek advice from your college placement cell.
3. Opportunities In College: Being a part af cultural societies and participating in competitions that offer cash prizes can fetch you a few bucks. In addition, find out about the scholarships offered by your institution and the criteria to avail of them. And if any of your professors is involved in research work, enquire if they need assistance with their surveys or other errands.

March 3, 2011

Air staff claim aliens spoke to them

 
Man who spoke to aliens


London, Mar 2 (ANI): Air traffic controllers in Siberia claim to have been buzzed by a high-speed UFO with a female sounding alien speaking to them in an unintelligible cat-like language.
The object had suddenly burst onto flight monitors over the remote Russian diamond capital of Yakutsk, and it was shown flying at a speed of slightly over 6000 mph, and rapidly changing direction.
The UFO was logged at a height of 64, 895 feet above sea level and appeared to interfere with aviation frequencies.
A YouTube footage showed an air traffic controller trying to make contact with the UFO, while a radar showed the UFO moving rapidly through the skies surrounded by planes that were travelling at a much slower pace.
"I kept hearing some female voice, as if a woman was saying mioaw-mioaw all the time," the Daily Mail quoted the air traffic controller as telling the pilot of a passing Aeroflot flight.
The air traffic control monitor automatically designated the UFO as "00000" because it did not have a flight number.
At one point the UFO is shown moving away from Yakutsk at great speed before turning and heading back towards the city. (ANI)

Earth could be 'unrecognizable' by 2050, experts say

 
The earth could become "unrecognizable" by 2050, if a growing affluent global population keeps consuming more resources, researchers warned at a major US science conference.


Earth 'unrecognizable' by 2050

"By 2050 we will not have a planet left that is recognizable" if the global population continues to increase, said Jason Clay of the World Wildlife Fund Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The United Nations has predicted the global population will reach seven billion this year, and climb to nine billion by 2050, "with almost all of the growth occurring in poor countries, particularly Africaand South Asia," said John Bongaarts of the non-profit Population Council.

Meanwhile, as income is expected to rise over the next 40 years -- tripling globally and quintupling in developing nations, people tend to consume more meat, eggs or dairy products, which would cost more grains to produce, adding more strain to global food supplies.

"We want to minimize population growth, and the only viable way to do that is through more effective family planning," said John Casterline, director of the Initiative in Population Research at Ohio State University.

It takes around seven pounds (3.4 kilograms) of grain to produce a pound of meat, and around three to four pounds of grain to produce a pound of cheese or eggs, AFP reported.

"More people, more money, more consumption, but the same planet," Jason Clay told AFP, urging scientists and governments to start making changes now to how food is produced.

Population experts called for more funding for family planning programs to help control the growth in the number of humans, especially in developing nations.

Money matters: Indian women are better

 

       Indian women are money wise

Indian women have better financial literacy levels than their counterparts in China and Japan but are still placed at the bottom half in a ranking of 14 countries, an index survey has said.
Thai women topped the financial literacy index with score of 73.9, according to a Mastercard''s Financial Literacy Index released today.
The most populous markets in the world- India (61.4) and China (60.1) reflected a lower Financial Literacy score among women and are ranked at 11th and 12th position respectively, it said.
In India, women as a whole scored the best in financial planning (67.6), followed by basic money management (58.8) and investment (58.9).
"Chinese and Indian women are particularly weak in basic money management (54.4 and 58.8) and are near the bottom of the ranking for that component in Asia Pacific," the survey noted.
In the overall financial literacy rankings, India and China have scored over developed countries like Japan and Korea.
Among the 24 markets surveyed it noted that women across Asia Pacific are financially savvy "to some extent", in particular among the over-30 years
married and working group.
Their level can be raised further, especially among the younger generation, the survey noted.
The index is based on a survey of consumers across Asia Pacific Middle East Africa (APMEA) and comprises of three major components--basic money management, financial planning and investment.
Thailand is followed by New Zealand (71.3) and Australia (70.2). Also noteworthy were Vietnamese women, who took fourth place, with an overall Index score of 70.1 and Singapore cornered the fifth spot with a score of 69.4.
"While it is encouraging to see that women across Asia Pacific have some basic degree of financial literacy, it is also apparent that there is still work to be done to improve levels across the board," Tan Vice President (Communications) Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa at MasterCard Worldwide.
At the sixth place was Taiwan (68.7) followed by Philippines (68.2), Hong Kong (68), Indonesia (66.5) and Malaysia (66).