Govt okays further revision in pay for PSU officers
New Delhi, Mar 30 (PTI) About four lakh officers of central public sector enterprises will benefit from a government decision today giving them a further increase in salary and allowances, over and above the hikes announced last year.The decision to improve the salary structure of officers at board level and below, along with supervisory staff, was taken at the Cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.The improved pay packages will also include increase in house rent allowance and retirement benefits.The decisions are based on the recommendations of the committee of ministers headed by Home Minister P Chidambaram, which went into the revised salary and allowances notified earlier in November last year by the government.PSU officers, particularly in the oil sector, forced the government to revisit their revised pay scales when they went on strike in January this year.Briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting, Chidambaram said the revision in the pay structure would vary from company to company. PTI RR RKL PC UB 03301336 DELHI

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How to Download Telugu movie Songs for free?  

Here you are. Some links for you

Poosindi Poosindi: Download
Aakasha Jolalu : Download
Prema Intha Goppadhani : Download
Chinni Padaala: Download
All Songs In Single File : Download

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How to pay MCD property tax online?  

Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Assessment & Collection Department property tax .
You can pay your tax
by visiting e website
or by Itz cash cards or by cheque or bank draft at branches of Axis Bank
For online payment click

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Oil PSU gets a hike of 9% only  

New Delhi: More than 3 lakh employees of Central public sector enterprises will have something to cheer about before the elections as the UPA Government plans to consider on Monday a further increase in their emoluments — a 9.4% hike in their basic salary. The Election Commission, sources said, has given its go-ahead today.

The Cabinet is expected to take up the recommendations of a Group of Ministers to merge Dearness Allowance (DA) with the basic salary with DA being calculated at 78.2% of basic salary instead of 68.8% as per a Department of Public Enterprises notification on November 26, 2008.
The new pay will continue to be effective from January 1, 2007.

“We informed the EC that there was a financial implication. We have been advised that we could take it up for Cabinet approval but not publicise the approval,” a DPE source said.

The Cabinet will also be asked to approve the GOM’s recommendation allowing the issue of perks such as House Rent Allowance from November 26, 2008, instead of the day each ministry issues the new pay scales through a Presidential directive.

The other concession is that 30 per cent of basic pay and Dearness Allowance will be allowed towards superannuation benefits instead of just 30 percent of basic pay as announced in the DPE notification.

The new scales will be applicable to 1.2 lakh non-unionized supervisory staff and 2.58 lakh board-level officers in 216 operational CPSEs.


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How to Book IOC Indane LPG gas cylinder ?  

There are 3 ways


Call 1260 from MTNL or

011 25611260 , 011 2561 1031 from any other mobile or landline number.

Voice recorder will ask your distributors phone number and your consumer no.

For example for Rama Indane , their telephone no is 2437126.

When I used this number along with the std code of 0129 -it was not accepted. However when I put only the number like 2431726 everything went through OK.

2. SMS

write IOC(SPACE)phone number of distributor with std code(space)your consumer no. and send to 56789 for vodafone, 56465 for airtel, 52626 for others.

3 website

and register and then you can book.

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MTS - Russian mobile service launched in TamilNadu  

MTS - A new mobile service provider launched in TamilNadu

Shyam Telelink has brought the globally renowned Russian brand MTS to India.

MTS is currently present in Rajasthan and will soon be launched in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand.

There are many Offers which are available at the site MTSIndia

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Oil Price prediction for rest of 2009  

Oil prices to average $50 for rest of 2009

Political and Business Daily, New Delhi, March 26, 2009Dubai:

Oil prices are expected to average $50 per barrel for the remainder of the year based on Dated Brent as the benchmark, a Centre for Global Energy Studies (CGES) report has said.The reference case forecast takes into account the dire state of the world economy and expects global demand to fall by 900,000 barrels per day (bpd) in 2009. It also does not foresee any further compliance by OPEC countries with the quota reductions announced last December.Dated Brent was expected to have average $45 per, barrel in the first quarter, rising to $50.4 per barrel in the second and $51.8 -per barrel in the, third, then up to $53.4 per barrel in the last three months of this year."With demand set to fall dramatically, it is what happens to supply that will determine the price of oil," CGES said in its monthly, oil report.The report assumed that OPEC will keep its output relatively constant through the first quarter before leaking oil as prices marginally rise.But if OPEC fully complied with "the quotas, the report suggested that oil prices would rise much more rapidly throughout 2009, reaching an average of $74.3 per barrel in the final quarter, leaving an average of $57.4 per barrel for the year.

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Where to buy Tata NANO forms in Sikkim, Andaman and Nibobar islands and West Bengal  

State Bank of India (SBI) has identified 133 branches in the Bengal circle, comprising, Sikkim, Andaman and Nibobar islands and West Bengal, for sale of application forms to book the Tata Motors Rs 1 lakh car, the Nano.

The bank had recently entered into an agreement with Tata Motors for bookings the car through SBI branch network.

The facility will be available in nearly 30 branches of SBI in Kolkata, including the regional head office of the bank on Strand Road.

This apart, all the district headquarters will have at least one branch for purchasing the Nano booking form.

In Andaman, the bookings will take place through a branch in Port Blair. In Sikkim, five branches have been selected for the purpose.

According to the agreement between Tata Motors and SBI, the filled up application forms with booking amount will be collected through more than 1350 SBI branches in more than 850 cities.

The refund of the booking amount will also take place in SBI.
The sale of application forms and acceptance of booking amount at SBI branches will be between
April 9th to April 25, 2009.

Buyers could either pay the entire booking amount by themselves or seek financing from SBI. SBI had an agreement with Tata Motors for a loan product as well.

The SBI booking loan product will enable applicants for booking a Tata Nano by financing 100 per cent booking amount at down payment amount starting from Rs 2,999 onwards. Nano car loans had a maximum tenure of seven years.

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How to Download telugu panchangam 2009  

The soft copy of the Virodhinama Telugu Panchangam 2009 – 2010

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Know your culture: ugadi and gudi padwa  

Ugadi (Kannada: ಯುಗಾದಿ, Telugu: ఉగాది from yuga+aadi, yuga is era, aadi means start. the start of an era) is the new year's day for the people of the Deccan region of India. While the people of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh use the term Ugadi for this festival, the people of Maharashtra term the same festival, observed on the same day, Gudi Padwa. Sindhis, people from Sindh, celebrate the same day as their New Year day Cheti Chand.

Ugadi is celebrated on a different day every year because the Hindu calendar is a lunisolar calendar. The Saka calendar begins with the month of Chaitra (March/April) and Ugadi marks the first day of the new year.

Gudhi Padwa (Devnagari: गुढीपाडवा) is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month, and is celebrated as New Year's Day by Maharashtrians and Hindu Konkanis ( called as Samvatsar ( Sausar ) Padvo or Yugadi by Konkanis ). It is the same day on which great king Shalivahana defeated Sakas in battle.
This is also first day of Marathi Calendar. This festival is supposed to mark the beginning of Vasant (spring). According to the Gregorian calendar this would fall sometime at the end of March and the beginning of April. According to the Brahma Purana, this is the day on which Brahma created the world after the deluge and time began to tick from this day forth. This is one of the 3 and a half days in the Indian Lunar calendar called "Sade-Teen Muhurt", whose every moment is considered auspicious in general to start a new activity.
While the people of Maharashtra use the term Gudhi Padwa for this festival and the Konkanis use Sanvsar Padvo (sanvsar derived from samvatsar meaning year) the people of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka term the same festival, observed on the same day, Ugadi. The Sindhi festival of Cheti Chand is celebrated same day

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Tata NANO vs Renault YENI  

What you will buy? Tata Nano or Yeni?

Mahindra Renault Yeni is being launched in India.

Some websites say the cost is. Rs 1, 30,000 only

I do not know whether it is true or false. But one thing is sure it is a competitor to TATA NANO.

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Road trials of hydrogen blended CNG vehicles  

SIAM to start road trials of hydrogen blended CNG vehicles in 2 months

The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers Association will start pilot tests of hydrogen blended compressed natural gas fuel vehicles in one to two months.Tata Motors, Mahindra, Ashok Leyland, Bajaj and Eicher commercial vehicles will be tested on the Delhi-Faridabad road across a stretch of 50,000 km. IndianOil has set up a hydrogen station to conduct the trial tests."Our pilot project with IndianOil to test hydrogen blend CNG vehicles is on track.

We expect the trials to begin in a month or two," Mr. Dilip Chenoy, Director-General, SIAM, said on the sidelines of a natural gas vehicles event here.Trying combinationsSIAM has completed the initial trials on Ashok Leyland, Mahindra and Bajaj commercial vehicles, to run on a hydrogen blended CNG fuel. The industry association indicated that in one or two months, it was likely to finish the initial trials of varying blends of hydrogen and CNG even for Tata Motor's light commercial vehicle and Eicher.In the first phase, SIAM has tested the feasibility of hydrogen with CNG from 5 per cent to 30 per cent. Based on the pilot trials that will begin shortly, auto companies will recommend the uniform standard that can be implemented for blending hydrogen."After the pilot tests on road, we will be able to know the level of hydrogen that can be blended on all vehicles to give optimum performance," said a senior official at SIAM who heads technical policy issues.There are around 7 lakh vehicles that run on CNG and 400 retail outlets to cater to them. The Chairman of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board, Mr. L. Mansingh, said there will be 84 geographical areas with CNG outlets by 2011."Of this, the number of cities where the availability of CNG would be increased will touch 64. In the remaining 22 cities it will be operational. By 2013, the coverage of cities under CNG will go up to 125 cities and by 2018, we expect the number to double."

By Priyanka Vyas, Business Line, New Delhi, March 25, 2009

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Steps to Book your Nano online  

Book online:

1.The cost of the Online Form is Rs. 200/-. Fill out the application form online and proceed to make an online payment.

2.Your application will then be directed to a third party payment gateway site

3.You will then submit your payment through net banking.

4.The amount to be paid is the Cost of Application Form plus the Booking Amount.

5. The site will confirm your payment by generating a transaction ID.

6.You will be then guided back to the Tata Nano website where a Unique Identification Number (UIN) will be generated.

7. you can take a print of receipt

8. an email is sent to you with the receipt Filling of Application form

For details check these sites

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Pray for P R Dasmunshi's recovery  

I was anxious to know the condition of Mr P R Dasmunshi in hospital.
After googling I found this news which I am putting for your information.

When contacted, Deepa said her husband had fallen ill on October 12 last year and had been admitted to AIIMS. “After he was shifted to Apollo and his condition stabilised somewhat, no more bulletins were published,” she said.
Elaborating on Priya’s present condition, she said: “He has been out of the ventilator for quite some time. His capacity to digest cooked food has improved, but he can neither speak nor recognise anyone. His treatment is progressing and the doctors attending on him are hopeful of his full recovery.”

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Maruti Ritz (Spash)- 4 things you wanted to know about  

1. Maruti could be launching its Ritz(Splash) in the second week of May. Swati Khandelwal reports.

2.The Ritz has already been showcased in the Auto Expo and this car was expected to launch sometime in the coming fiscal. Sources say that the exact date would be around May 13-14 that is the second week of May.

3.Why is Maruti betting big on Ritz?

Ritz will mount a 1.2 litre petrol engine.

4.The price of this car is expected to be around the Rs 4 – 5.5 lakhs range and this car will be positioned above Wagon R and closer to Swift.

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How to book IOC LPG cylinder Indane by SMS if you are a Vodafone subscriber?  

For Vodafone clients

Just write an SMS

Like for example IOC 01122332233 129
(This is an imaginary no dont try this)

and send it to 56789

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tata nano online booking  

Tata Motors’ has entered into an exclusive tie-up with State Bank of India to manage the booking process.

There is a 15-day window for booking the Nano, from April 9 to 25.

The application forms will be sold at Rs 300 apiece at over 30,000 locations and in about 1,000 cities through Tata Motors dealerships, SBI branches, other preferred financiers as well as outlets of Westside, Croma, the ‘World of Titan’ and Tata Indicom exclusive stores.

Customers can pay the entire booking amount themselves or seek appropriate financing.

Tata Motors has entered into agreements with 15 preferred financiers for the Nano booking loan product.

“The booking product offered by these banks will enable a Tata Nano to be booked by paying an amount starting Rs 2,999 only.

Their chosen financier will directly submit their application forms to the State Bank of India on their behalf,” said a company statement.

Those who choose to cough up the entire amount can submit their application forms to the 1,350 notified SBI branches, Tata Motors dealerships, Westside and Croma outlets.

Online bookings
In addition, the company offers an option to submit bookings online at Within 60 days of the closure of bookings, Tata Motors will process and announce the allotments of 1,00,000 cars in the first phase of deliveries through a computerised random selection procedure.

These allotments will be price-protected for the launch prices till delivery of the cars but the booking amounts will not bear any interest for customers.

Deliveries of the car will begin in July.
Applicants have the option to retain their booking deposit, even if they do not get allotment in the first phase. Those who choose this option will be eligible for interest on their deposit, effective from the date of allotment of the second phase, at 8 per cent for the retention period between one and two years and 8.75 per cent for over two years.

Allotment of retainees will be simultaneously communicated along with the allotment of the first 1,00,000 cars.
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To cash in on the huge interest Nano has already generated, Tata Motors has charted out an innovative marketing strategy that involves unconventional practices in booking, financing, merchandising and advertising.Merchandising

The company is ready with a range of merchandise including Nano phone, Nano watch, T-shirts which will be available at dealerships and Croma and Westside outlets.

On the advertisement strategy, Mr Rajiv Dube, President, Passenger Cars, said print advertisements will kick off on Tuesday while a lot of publicity would be generated through the Internet. “We will be relying more on innovative methods like word-of-mouth publicity,” he added.


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Spammers use Satyam name to earn money  

I was shocked today to receive a mail today from the wife of Satyam's founder Ramalinga Raju.
So it is interesting to note that Spammers are using a new name to dupe Indians.

Read below
Monday, 23 March, 2009 5:29 PM
"Radha Ramalinga" Add sender to Contacts

My name is Radha Ramalinga,I am the wife of Rama Ramalinga,the younger brother of Byrraju Ramalinga Raju,former chairman,founder and owner of Satyam Computers.I do have a proposal for you,which would be of immense financial benefits to you and I.My husband and his brother are currently in big trouble in India,I need your assistance to help me move some funds from Holland to India or anywhere where it would at least be of some help to our family.I would give you more details of this proposal if you show yourself willing to take on it,I assure you that you would most certainly be compensated but please I would kindly request you to keep this matter confidential.I am currently here in the UK where it is a bit safe for me and my kids.You can reach me on my personal email id which is radharamalinga@ymail.comYours sincerely,R.Ramalinga

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Tata’s Nano launch  

NEW DELHI - Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata is all set to launch the world’s cheapest car
, Nano, on Monday.
Described as ‘people’s car’ by Ratan Tata, customers can expect to own a car at a price between Rs. 1.20 lakh and Rs. 1.30 lakh, depending on the version of Nano.
The Nano would come in three versions-standard and two deluxe models with air conditioning.
After the launch in Mumbai, Nano would be displayed at the company’s dealerships from the first week of April, while the bookings would start from the following week.
The booking amount is fixed at Rs. 70,000.

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sbi helpline in Delhi NCR  

DELHIStates of Delhi, Rajasthan,Uttaranchal & part of Haryana U.P.Districts of Agra, Aligarh, Etah, Ferozabad, Hathras, Baghpat, Mahamayanagar, Mainpuri, Mathura, Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Saharanpur, Ghaziabad, Bulandshahr, Gautam Budh Ngr.Haryana Districts of Faridabad, Gurgaon and Sonepat. Uttarakhand All DistrictsGeneral ManagerState Bank of India,Local Head Office ,11, Sansad Marg,New Delhi-110 001.E-mail: free: 1800-11-4545Grievance Cell Tel no. (011)23361631,23345756 & 23361070Fax no. (011) 23345757

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Mahasweta Devi this years Booker contender  

LONDON - Veteran Bengali writer Mahasweta Devi and Britain-based Indian-origin author Sir Vidya Naipaul were Wednesday named in the long list of the 60,000 pound third Man Booker International prize.They were among 14 authors from 12 countries - seven them writers in translation - who have been named in the judge’s list of contenders.Mahasweta Devi, who is based in Santiniketan in West Bengal, is among India’s foremost writers and a well-known activist for the rights of indigenous peoples. She writes in Bengali.The 14 authors on the list are: Peter Carey (Australia), Evan S. Connell (USA), Mahasweta Devi (India), E.L. Doctorow (USA), James Kelman (UK), Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru), Arnost Lustig (Czechoslovakia), Alice Munro (Canada), V.S. Naipaul (Trinidad/India), Joyce Carol Oates (USA), Antonio Tabucchi (Italy), Ngugi Wa Thiong’O (Kenya), and Dubravka Ugresic (Croatia), Ludmila Ulitskaya (Russia).The judging panel for the Man Booker International Prize 2009 is: Jane Smiley, writer; Amit Chaudhuri, writer, academic and musician; and writer, film script writer and essayist, Andrey Kurkov.Smiley said, ‘We’ve all read books by authors we had never heard of before and they have turned out to be some of the best books we’ve ever read. I am thrilled with the list we have come up with. It makes me wonder who else is out there untranslated into English.’Source

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Credut Card from LIC  

Things you wanted to know about Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) launching its credit card.

1. Launch date - by March-end

2. LIC has tied-up with Karnataka-based Corporation Bank for its white-labelled credit cards.
3. The bank will be the card issuer.

Source Financial Express

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dot tel domain - the biggest innovation since dot com  

It is an appropriate neutral platform to provide an individual/business with the ability to store and publicize existing ways that people could get in touch with them.

It is a platform that is completely under the control of the .tel owner who then has the ability to publish his or her contact information easily and simply and with a frequency of their own choice, not at the whim of a service provider. This information can then be globally accessible by anyone at any time over any device in real-time.

By registering your .tel you're effectively staking your claim to your place in the cloud that is completely under your control, for as long as you want it to be. And the independence stretches to the communications channels that you want to publish under your .tel domain.

In India, domain name registrars like Net4India and Directi are inviting applications for registering the .tel domain, which is available for about Rs 3,000 for three years with a processing fee of Rs. 13,500. The processing fee goes to World Intellectual Property Organization. The individual registrations will open on March 24, which will be available for Rs. 999 for a year

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Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) , Delhi Fashion Week (DFW)  

Things to know about fashion weeks in India now.

Organised by the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), the 12th edition of WIFW will be held during March 18-23 at Eros Intercontinental hotel.

Fashion Foundation of India's second DFW showing is scheduled for March 19-24 at the swish Emporio mall.

Unlike last year, when WIFW attracted a whopping 160 buyers, the presence of both domestic and international buyers this time around is predicted to be lower.

Compared to last year's spring-summer edition when it had 10 commercial partners and 79 designers, WIFW has managed to attract three new partners and established designers like Anamika Khanna, Raghavendra Rathore, Rocky S, Manish Malhotra, Priyadarshani Rao, Puja Nayyar and many more.

Both the events will also have additional Main Show Areas (MSAs).

While WIFW will have a third MSA at the pool side, DFW will have a second one inside the Emporio mall for select audiences.

"The third ramp is named the 'Talent Pool' where young designers will each showcase 10 garments. We've created a special ramp over the pool for this.

According to DFW head Sumeet Nair, the second MSA will be for 'Salon Shows'.
"Some designers expressed the desire to showcase an edited version comprising 20-30 garments of their pret (ready-to-wear) collection to only buyers and editors and therefore we decided to do salon shows. These shows will be in keeping with the international format of the event," Nair explained.

A normal fashion show can include up to 80 garments.

As in the past, the Bollywood quotient is expected to be high at both the events, with WIFW keeping its cards close to its chest, saying only that the celebrity factor could be evident at the shows of Mumbai-based designers Rocky S, Manish Malhotra and Shane and Falguni Peacock.
Though Sethi declined to reveal names, he said: "Fashion and glamour go hand in hand; so just wait and watch".

AS for DFW, there is talk of Bollywood beauties Deepika Padukone, Shilpa Shetty and Katrina Kaif sashaying down the ramp for designer Tarun Tahiliani.
This year, flower retail chain Ferns'N'Petals has been roped in as the decor and infrastructure partner for DFW.
As for WIFW, other than the title sponsor Wills Lifestyle, the other brands associated with the event this time around as associated sponsors are Fiama Di Wills, Hewlett Packard, Chivas, Audi, Elle, NDTV Good Times, Big FM, Intercontinental Eros, Yahoo, Kingfisher, Power Plate and FedEx.
Source Hindustan times

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Different models, features and specifications of Tata NAno  

The much awaited Tata Nano will be launched on the 23rd of March, 2009. Tata Nano will come in a total of three variants: Base, mid level CX and top end LX. The car meets all the safety criteria as per Indian standards and will be able to seat 4 people comfortably.
Engine Technical Specifications:
Rear Mounted All Aluminium MPFI
EMS(Electronic Engine Management System): 32 Bit Microprocessor with “blink code mechanism” for easy repairs
Displacement: 624CC, Petrol with Single Balancer Shaft
Drivetrain: Rear mounted engine, rear wheel drive
No. of Cylinders: In-line 2 Cylinders
Valve Gear: 2 Valves per cylinder, 4 valves in Total
Maximum Power: 35 bhp @ 5500 rpm
Maximum Torque: 4.8 kgm @ 3000 rpm
Compression Ratio: 9.7:1
Power to weight ratio: 58.3 bhp/tonne
Standard Tubeless Tyres
Fuel cut-off in case of collision.
Fuel Cut-off @ 5600 rpm in any gear or @ 105 kph
0-60 kph - 8 Seconds (Est.)
Top Speed: 105 (Limited)
Gearbox: Cable Operated, 4 Forward Gears, 1 Reverse, All forward gears synchronised
Gear Ratios:
1st: 3.45 (Recommended Shift @ upto 10 kmph)
2nd: 1.95 (Recommended Shift between 20-30 kmph)
3rd: 1.26 (Recommended Shift between 30-50 kmph)
4th: 0.838 (Recommended Shift between 50-70 kmph)
Reverse: 3.08
Front: Independent McPherson Struts shock absorbers
Rear: Semi Trailing Arm. coil spring with gas filled shock absorbers
Front: 180mm Drums
Rear: 180 mm Drums
Wheels and Tyres
Wheel Size: 12″ inch
Front Tyre Size: 135/70 R12 Tubeless
Rear Tyre Size: 155/65 T12 Tubeless
Spare Tyre Size: 135/70 R12
Recommended Tyre Pressure: 26 PSi (Front), 28 PSi (Rear)
Dimensions and Weight
Length: 3099 mm
Width: 1495 mm
Height: 1620 mm
Wheelbase: 2230 mm
Ground Clearance: 180 mm
Kerb Weight: 600 Kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: 15 Litres
Fuel Consumption: 23.6 Kmpl (Est.)
Battery: Semi Sealed placed under the Driver Seat
Boot Capacity: 80 Litres, 500 Litres (with rear seats folded)
Nano Base:
Seat Belts: ELR Front, Static Rear
Engine opening through rear bumper
Speedometer and Odometer
High mounted Rear Stop lamp
Centrally placed exhaust
Only Driver seat adjust-sliding and reclining
Fixed front passenger seat
Folding Rear Seats
2-Spoke Steering wheel
Grey bumpers and interiors
Driver side Outside rear view mirror
Tata Nano CX (Along with the features of Base Nano Adds the following)
HVAC (Air conditioner with heater)
Tinted Glasses
Driver and Co-driver seats with slide and recline adjust
2 tone grey interiors and seats
Optional Metallic paint.
Tata Nano LX (Along with the features of Base CX Adds the following)
Front Power windows
Central Locking
Front and Rear fog lamps
3-Spoke Steering wheel
Moulded door trim with fabric inserts
Floor console with glass holder
Anti-Glare inside rear view mirror
Sunvisors on both sides
18 Months or 24,000 kms whichever is earlier
Service Intervals
Ist Free Service: 1000 kms or 1 month whichever is earlier
2nd Free Service: 5000 kms or 6 month whichever is earlier
3rd Free Service: 10000 kms or 12 months whichever is earlier
Every subsequent service after 10,000 kms
Color Choices
Nano Base: Bright Red, Ivory White, Summer Blue
Nano CX: Bright Red, Ivory White, Summer Blue, Champagne Gold, Lunar Silver
Nano LX: Champagne Gold, Lunar Silver, Sunshine Silver
Booking Date: 2nd Week of April, Forms will be available 7 Days before the booking date is announced, available only for 14 Days.
Forms Availability: State Bank Of India (Selected Branches), Westside and Croma Stores, 400 Tata Dealers all over the country
Cost of forms: Rs 200-300 (One form per customer)
Booking Amount: 70% of the price
Allotment: Random number lottery

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Hyper Speech Transfer Protocol (HSTP)-talk to the web and create voice sites using mobile phones  

the Indian research arms of the US-based IT giant IBM has developed a technology that will allow users to talk to the web and create voice sites using mobile phones.

"People will talk to the web and the web will respond. The research technology is analogous to the internet. Unlike personal computers it will work on mobile phones where people can simply create their voice sites," IBM India Research Laboratory Associate Director Manish Gupta told PTI.

For this technology, IBM has developed a new protocol -- Hyper Speech Transfer Protocol (HSTP) -- which is similar to the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP).

" India now has over 360 million cell phone subscribers. Last month we added 15 million," he said pointing out that the research technology targets ordinary mobile phone users, all of whom may not be literate.

The spoken web is a network of voice sites or interconnected voice and the response the company got in some pilot projects in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat and the kind of innovations that people came up with were just mind-boggling, Mr. Gupta said.

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Places to book Tata Nano  

8 things you wanted to know about Tata Nano

1. Where do you get Application forms for booking of Tata Nano?

1. Tata Motors dealerships
2. State Bank of India (SBI) branches,
3. Westside, Croma stores

2. What will be the cost of application

Rs 300

3. When booking is expected to start ?

from March 23, 2009 onwards

4. Who will accept the booking?

State Bank of India (SBI).

5. How many days the Forms will be available
14 days, reports

6. Which other bank will deal Nano booking

Punjab National Bank, Bank of India, Union Bank of India and Bank of Baroda

7. What is the expected waiting time?
3 to 4 months

8. How many cars will be manufactured per month?
Source: MSN
around 3000 units

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Kosmix- the ultimate search engine?  

Kosmix is a guide to the Web. The site ( lets users explore the Web by topic, presenting a dashboard of relevent videos, photos, news, commentary, opinion, communities and links to related topics. Kosmix’s categorization engine organizes the Internet into magazine-style topic pages, enabling people to navigate the Web even if they don’t know exactly what they’re looking for.
Headquartered in Mountain View, California, Kosmix was founded in 2005 by Venky Harinarayan and Anand Rajaraman. Harinarayan and Rajaraman were co-founders of Junglee, the first shopping search engine which was acquired by in 1998. They later created’s Mechanical Turk.
Kosmix is funded by Accel Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Dag Ventures and Jeff Bezos’ personal investment company, Bezos Expeditions.
Kosmix began as a vertical search engine, initially introducing health site as a proof-of-concept for the Kosmix approach to Web navigation. RightHealth is now the #2 health site on the Web, according to Hitwise. In June 2008, Kosmix expanded its focus from vertical to a complete horizontal play.

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Koi Aane Ko Hai [2nd Episode] - 14th March 2009 Watch Online  

Dont miss Koi Aane Ko Hai.

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Are you missing Koi Aane Ko Hai?  

Koi Aane Ko Hai is a horror show that airs on Colors TV and it started on March 13, 2009 and is produced by Balaji Telefilms

Koi Aane Ko Hai is the first of it’s kind show on COLORS, introducing the genre of horror. This unique concept will be a mini-series, with each story showcasing a spine chilling tale of real life supernatural occurrences around the country. The show will cover the entire realm of the supernatural – ghosts, ghouls, goblins, zombies, and haunted houses. These are stories which are believable yet unbelievable.

Click Here for a promo of the show.

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Nokia 6300 - the best selling mobile  

I have purchased Nokia 6300 mobile in November 2008.

Since then I am bery happy with the metallic look, features and everything else with this mobile except perhaps the battery life.

When I choose it I did not know that it is the top selling mobile from the Nokia brands.

Now writes that it occupies third place among the top ten brands of not only Nokia but all other brands taken together.

No1 is Samsung SGH-i900

No 2-HTC Touch HD

No 3-Nokia 6300

Read below from this site -features of Nokia 6300

Nokia 6300Needless to say the Nokia 6300 has, it may be a list of Nokia products at the longest mobile phone. Its Simple and practical sense of the metal will never become obsolete. Nokia 6300 launched an all-metal texture using the cell phone, personalized design to allow a lot of catching him.At design, 6300 using all-metal plate texture straight airframe design, displayed with its distinguished atmosphere, measurements of the airframe size 106.4×43.6×13.1mm, mobile phone weight is only 91 grams, take in hand Lane looks very simple and fashion.Settings on the screen, the phone equipped with a 16.7 million color TFT screen material, screen size of 2.0 inches, showing the effect of very fine and clear, while it builts a two million-pixel camera to support the 8x digital zoom, can take maximum resolution of 1200 × 1600 pixels photos, and supports night mode and brightness adjustment, at the same time there is sound support for shooting video.In other properties, the Nokia 6300 supports the current mainstream audio files ringtones settings, audio output is also very satisfactory, at the same time it also has built-in MP3 player can support MP3, MP4, AAC, AAC +, eAAC +, H.263, H.264 and other music file formats playback, In addition, it has S40 software with the operating platform, built airframe 7M memory, and can be carried out through the memory card expansion, the biggest can be expanded to 2G, data transmission, the It provides a Bluetooth and data cable two way data transfer, Bluetooth is the first use of the Bluetooth specification version 2.0, support for enhanced data rate (including the SIM card access mode, headset mode and hands-free mode) and stereo headphones.

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How to Download Challan ITNS 283 FBT ?  

You can Download Challan ITNS 283 FBT Challan(Fringe Benefit Tax) here

Download Link 1 (Income Tax India website)

or here

Download Link 2 (Chartered Accountant Club India)

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giovanni schiaparelli google logo  

Google is celebrating March 14, 2009e as a Giovanni Schiaparelli Day.

The New Google Holiday Logo of Giovanni Schiaparelli can be seen when you do google search today.

Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli (March 14, 1835 – July 4, 1910) was an Italian astronomer and science historian. He studied at the University of Turin and Berlin Observatory and worked for over forty years at Brera Observatory.
He was also a senator of the Kingdom of Italy, a member of the Accademia dei Lincei, the Accademia delle Scienze di Torino and the Regio Istituto Lombardo, and is particularly known for his studies of Mars.

Google has created eight logo including this one in 2009, the occasions include, the New year, Valentines day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Charles Darwin's Birthday etc.

Click here to view all Google Holiday Logos.

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ViziSense MediaMix: India's First Online Media Planning Tool  

Komli Media (, India's leading digital advertising and technology company, today announced the beta launch of ViziSense MediaMix (, India's first online media planning tool that helps media planners and marketers identify the optimal mix of websites to attract the relevant target audience for online campaigns.
ViziSense MediaMix has been developed with the aim of delivering accurate and reliable India-specific Web statistics for media planners, media buyers, and marketers. The easy-to-use MediaMix user interface can filter through thousands of websites and identify those that a selected target audience is most likely to visit.

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Gulal- Top Movie Review  



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Cast: Kay Kay, Raja Singh Chaudhary, Abhimanyu Singh, Aditya Srivastava, Piyush Mishra, Deepak Dobriyal, Ayesha Mohan, Jesse Randhawa, Mahie Gill
Director: Anurag Kashyap
The leitmotif that runs through Anurag Kashyap's latest film is red—the colour of revolution, and passion; of love and bloody betrayal. 'Gulal' tells the story of an India struggling to come to terms with its contemporary identity and complicated histories. And Kashyap nearly pulls it off.
It comes from a director who main-lines anger and this is his angriest film. It's also his most ambitious film, and the combination is potent enough to give us a film which spills over with compelling characters (some of whom you've never met in Hindi cinema), superb set-pieces, stirring lyrics, and terrific acting. But somewhere along the way, the director gets into montage mode, juggling with too many issues and too many people
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New Zealand vs India 5th ODI LIVE SCORES  

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Where can you Download FBT Challan ITNS 283  

Download Challan ITNS 283 FBT Challan(Fringe Benefit Tax)
Download Link 1 (Income Tax India website)
Download Link 2 (Chartered Accountant Club India)

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Little Zizou movie review  

Little Zizou is a f film in Hindi, Gujarati, and English, written and directed by Sooni Taraporevala .
Little Zizou is a fast-paced, exuberant, yet poignant comedy about how two battling Mumbai families finally come to terms. Xerxes, 'Little Zizou' as he's known, is an eleven year old soccer-mad Parsi boy whose fervent wish is that his idol, the world famous Algerian-origin French soccer/football player Zinedine Zidane visit Mumbai. His older brother Ataxerxes, or Art, is a talented artist whose wild fantasies come to life in surprising ways. Their father Khodaiji is a self-proclaimed protector-of-the-faith who thrives on the attentions (and donations) of hopeful believers.
Art burns with unrequited love for the daughter of Khodaiji's arch rival, Pressvala, a free thinking newspaper publisher. And to the extreme displeasure of their other daughter, Xerxes adores the maternal Mrs Pressvala. But the real fireworks begin when Pressvala writes a scathing critique of Khodaiji and public reaction is widespread. As the two households fight, life becomes complicated.
Sooni Taraporevala is an award-winning screenwriter (The Namesake (film), Salaam Bombay!, Mississippi Masala), professional photographer (PARSIS: the Zoroastrians of India - a Photographic Journey), and debuting director..


  • Boman Irani ... Boman Pressvala
  • Sohrab Ardeshir ... Cyrus II Khodaiji
  • Imaad Shah ... Artaxerxes Khodaiji
  • Shernaz Patel ... Miss Patel
  • Zenobia Shroff ... Roxanne Pressvala
  • Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal ... Majestic Grandmother
  • Kunal Vijaykar ... Kunal
  • Tknow Francorsi ... Tito Fellini
  • Kurush Deboo ... Kurush Chief Disciple
  • Kamal Sidhu ... Alka Mehta
  • Dilshad Patel ... Zenobia Pressvala
  • Jahan Battivala ... Xerxes Khodaiji
  • Iyanah Battivala ... Liana Pressvala
  • John Abraham ... Arjun (Special Appearance) [4] [5]

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ROPA 2009 west bengal pay commission  

The result of Fifth Pay Commission is published in the Official Gazette vide Notification No. 1690-F,-the 23rd February, 2009.

The notification can be downloaded from the link below :
West Bengal Services, (Revision of Pay and Allowance) Rules, 2009

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One dangarous internet job you should never accept  

Here is an email I receievd asking me to accept the job of a money agent using my bank account.
This is one dangarous internet job you should never accept. ANd it is illegal too.

Read below carefully and if you receive such mails never ever reply

Dear Sir/Madam,We are pleased to inform you about the job Vacancy we have presently. You have been offered the opportunity to work part-time or Full time in your area as our Area Manager/Payment Manager. We are willing to offer payments ranging from $2,000 - $4,000 per month depending on your level of education, work experience and how hard working you are. If you are interested in taking this job offer. Our company is presently in search of trustworthy representatives that will aid as a link between us and our customers where they are in the world. We have lots of customers in Europe generally,USA,Canada and some few countries in Asia as well.

REQUIREMENTS TO WORK WITH US ARE;- Must be +18 and above- Have a Bank account acceptable to our company to enable you receive your Monthly Salary and Payments for Textile Products sold to our Customers successfully - OR -- Be available to receive check send to your home address.

This is the most interesting part.


Our payments will be issued out in your name as we would inform our Clients to do that.You will be required to notify us at least 14 days early, if eventually you want to discontinue working with us, so as to terminate all payments that have been approved to be sent to you, in order to avoid any conflicts.

BENEFIT IS AS FOLLOWS:-* The average monthly income is between $2,00 and $4000 as stated above* No form of investments from you* This job takes only 1-3 hours per day* You do not pay any form of taxes* Club membership at BA Airline

Please contact Mr. by replying to this mail,so that he can give you brief details on what next to do. Awaiting your urgent response to this Job opportunity and please send your Resume in your reply. Have a nice day.Sincerely,

AddThis Social Bookmark Button Directorate of Estates -know your allotment  

Directorate of Estates is an attached office of the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India.

It is responsible for the administration and management of the office buildings for the various organisations of the Government of India as well as residential accommodation for the Government employees in the metropolitan cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and five other cities namely Shimla, Chandigarh, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and Nagpur.

The Central Government Estates in the remaining cities and towns are managed by the Central Public Works Department (CPWD).

In order to facilitate the visitors, Directorate of Estates has also opened a modern computerised Information and Facilitation Centre at Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi.

For more information click below

Ministry of Urban Development CPWD C P W D Sewa G o I Directory

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Rubber rates through SMS  

The Rubber Board has introduced the latest technology to know National and International rates of Natural Rubber through SMS from anywhere in India.

To know the international and national rates customers had to send the following codes GONRINT and GONR IND respectively to 53636 (Five Three Six Three Six).

The code for monthly average rate is: GONRMAV and the code for weekly average is: GONrWAV

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Raj TV to launch music, news channels for Kannada  

The Rs.586-million (Rs.58.6-crore) Raj Television Network - the second largest Tamil satellite television company - is foraying into the Kannada language market with a music and a news channel.

'The Kannada music channel will go on air next month while the Kannada news channel will be launched in April,' Raj TV programme director M. Ravindran told IANS.

The Raj Musix Kannada will be the company's second music channel after its Tamil music channel launched last year. The company had announced plans to launch similar channels in Malayalam and Telugu.

It will also be the third Kannada music channel after SS Music and U2 from the Sun TV Network.
According to Ravindran, the Kannada music and news channels are expected to break even in three years.

Last year, the company had announced a Rs.40-million (Rs.4-crore) investment for the four music channels, and hopes to earn Rs.5 million per month as advertisement revenues.
Speaking about plans surrounding the Telugu news channel, Ravindran said: 'The Telugu news channel market is currently cluttered with nearly 10 channels. Our plans will be finalised some time next fiscal.'

He also said Raj TV's Telugu entertainment channel, Vissa, will be re-launched with new programmes and game shows.

Though the Tamil satellite channel market is buzzing with the launch of two comedy channels (Adithya from Sun TV and Siripolli from Kalaignar TV), Ravindran ruled out any such plans from Raj TV.

'The Sun TV and the Kalaignar TV group have the advantage of owning a cable distribution network. A competing channel will be slotted in the non-prime band,' he explained.
In fact, this is a problem being faced by all the four channels under the Raj TV banner.
Raj TV is expected to close the current financial year with near flat topline growth while its bottomline might go down a bit as compared to the previous year owing to the increased costs.


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Reliance NetConnect Broadband too good to be true  

The Reliance NetConnect Broadband+ Evdo (3G) is surely a blessing for those looking for a high speed internet service on the go!

Great features of Reliance NetConnect Broadband

Features of Reliance Netconnect Broadband+ include:

Wireless Broadband for Laptops & Desktops
20 times faster with speed upto 3.1 Mpbs
Simply Plug & Play
Fastest uploads at a speed upto 1.8Mbps
Seamless network across 20,000 towns and 4.5 lac villages
The wireless coverage area of the Reliance NetConnect Broadband+ card includes 35 cities across India. Apart from that they promise to offer you 3100 kbps downlink speed and 1800kbps uplink speed, which means Reliance Broadband+ Evdo offers you 3.1Mbps download speed.
The coverage area in the 35 cities is just excellent almost every location in each city is covered.

This network coverage information for Reliance Evdo Card can be downloaded from here.

As promotional offer Reliance NetConnect are offering Wireless Broadband FREE as a promotional offer.

You pay Rs.3500/- to get USB Modem and along with that you get unlimited broadband access for 2month worth Rs.3500/- FREE!


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Citimobile launched by Citibank  

Citibank announced the launch of Citi Mobile, its mobile banking solution that combines the consumer need for convenient, on-the-go banking with advanced mobile technology that is compatible with popular mobile devices across most GSM operators.

Through Citi Mobile, customers can check account balances, send money, issue drafts, pay bills, make credit card payments, register for services like e-Statements, request for a cheque book, stop payments and much more.

Citi Mobile can be quickly downloaded onto a mobile phone, making mobile banking for Citibank customers as fast and effortless as banking online. The requirements for accessing Citi Mobile are a Citibank Banking/Credit Card account, an active Internet PIN, a mobile number that is registered with the bank, and a Java-enabled mobile phone with a GPRS connection.

Customers can SMS MBANK followed by the last 4 digits of their Debit/Credit Card number to 52484. An SMS response will be delivered to the customer’s mobile phone indicating the URL for Citi Mobile. This URL can be used to download Citi Mobile onto the mobile phone. On Citi Mobile, all customer interaction is https secure and encrypted using 128-bit SSL; further, no customer data is stored on the mobile phone, making this one of the most secure access channels.


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Solutions to all NCERT questions for Maths and Science from  

The team at meritnation has over 100 years of cumulative experience in the education sector.

They have worked extensively in the area of content development and curriculum design for students.

In you will find:
Solutions to all NCERT questions for Maths and Science from Class VI to Class X. (XI & XII will be added in a matter of days.)
Animations and videos to understand the concepts behind the solutions.
Interactive puzzles (based on individual chapters) to explore and learn the concepts which are difficult to learn otherwise.
Carefully designed practice tests as a run up to the ultimate test; and reports giving a detailed feedback.
Revision notes for a complete but handy and quick recap before the exams.

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Lenovo launch vernacular computing initiative 'Matrubhasha'  

Lenovo India today announced the launch of ''Matrubhasha', a vernacular computing initiative in 12 Indian languages that empowers school children to gain computer proficiency through their mother tongue without depending on English.

The company would donate 150 H series desktops, pre-installed with Kannada computing software developed by LooKeys to government schools libraries in and around the city which were run by Akshara Foundation.

Lenovo India Vice President Ramaprasad Lakshminarayanan said the project was a grassroot level initiative to help children gain computer literacy without depending on English as a medium. ''We hope this advantage exposes the children to opportunities that would have otherwise been restricted to English-aware children only,'' he said.

He said the LooKeys-enabled Lenovo PCs offer computing programmes in 12 Indian languages-- Hindi, English, Bengali, Urdu, Kannada, Tamil, Gujarati, Marathi, Telugu, Malayalam, Konkani and Punjabi.

The children could also use applications like chat, word processing, PowerPoint, e-mails and browse the Web by using the language of their choice as the medium.

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no re-charge for YSR promotion  

An SMS for `promotion of YSR Foundation’ is doing rounds on mobile phones in the city.

The SMS, which claims to be seeking promotion of the website,, wants the recipient of the message to forward it to 16 friends with the promise that he or she would get a recharge of Rs 221.55. At the end of the message, there is an affirmation that it has worked with `me’ (the one who forwards the message) and ``why don’t you do that?’’ Heightening the credibility levels, the SMS claims that the offer is from YS Jagan.

But those who trusted the contents of the message and forwarded it to 16 friends ended up with depletion of money in their accounts for the SMSes sent and in spite of waiting for hours and days, there was no re-charge of their accoutns as promised.

Imli Nichet, a student from Nagaland, who has nothing to do with the ongoing election campaign, has forwarded the message religiously only to find that he was befooled. ``I got it from lot of friends and they too don’t know the origin of the string of messages,’’ he said.

When many of them got in touch with their respective network’s customer care, they simply sported their ignorance about the message and even added that they were not responsible for whatever loss incurred by the customer. And the best, or worst, part is yet to come. Finally when one tries to log into the website, they would only find that the portal does not exist.

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IDBI Bank recruiting 2,000 personnel  

Hyderabad, March 11 IDBI Bank Ltd will be recruiting 2,000 personnel in the supervisory cadre over the next six months to support its expansion programme.

“We have got licence from Reserve Bank of India to open 200 branches. The recruitment programme is aimed at securing the manpower to do so,” Mr Yogesh Agarwal, Chairman and Managing Director, IDBI Bank Ltd, told newspersons here on Wednesday.

At present, the bank has 500 branches.

IDBI is likely to raise capital to support the expansion. “We are talking to the Government on this issue,” he said.

The Capital to Risk-weighted Assets Ratio (CRAR) of the bank is now at 12 per cent.


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Google voice- features you wanted to know  

Google has released a preview of Google Voice, an application that helps better manage voice communications.

Google Voice will be available initially to existing users of GrandCentral, a service google acquired in July of 2007.

The new application improves the way we use phone. Y

We can get transcripts of our voicemail and archive and search all of the SMS text messages we send and receive.

We can also use the service to make low-priced international calls and easily access Goog-411 directory assistance.Google Voice is currently open only for GrandCentral users .

Google number - One number for all your calls and SMS

Call screening - Announce and screen callers

Listen in - Listen before taking a call

Block calls - Keep unwanted callers at bay

SMS - Send, receive, and store SMS

Place calls - Call US numbers for free

Taking calls - Answer on any of your phones

Phone routing - Phones ring based on who calls

Forwarding phones - Add phones and decide which ring All you wanted to know about Google voiceGoogle voicemail - Voicemail as easy as email, with transcripts

Voicemail transcripts - Read what your voicemail says

Listen to voicemail - Check online or from your phone

Notifications - Receive voicemails via email or SMS

Personalize greeting - Vary greetings by caller

Share voicemail - Forward or download voicemails Voice features - More cool things you can do with Google Voice

Conference calling - Join people into a single call
Call record - Record calls and store them online

Call switch - Switch phones during a call

Mobile site - View your inbox from your mobile

GOOG-411 - Check directory assistance

Manage groups - Set preferences by group

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Applications are invited upto 5.45 p.m on 31-03-2009 for direct recruitment to the vacancies in the following posts (Examination / Service Code. 054) for the year 2008-2009 in the Office of theTamil Nadu Public Service Commission.

IMPORTANT DATES:-A Date of Notification 27-02-2009 -B Last date for receipt of applications 31-03-2009 5.45.

Filled in applications must be sent to the Controller of Examinations,Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission, Omanthoorar Government Estate, AnnaSalai, Chennai – 600 002 by Registered Post / Speed Post well in advance so asto reach the Commission’s Office before 5.45 p.m. on 31-03-2009.for more details

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MP Govt. RELEASED 6TH Pay Commission Orders  

The Madhya Pradesh Govt. has issued Notifications regarding implementing of new pay scales in the state.

The Govt. orders may be downloaded HERE.

NotificationOrdersFixation Table

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, in an official communication, said the benefit of the Pay Commission's recommendations will be payable to state government employees with effect from January 1, 2006 to February 28, 2009.However, benefits from September 1, 2008 to February 28 this year will be paid along with the salary payable on April -

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Live score, Streaming video Ind vs NZ 4th ODI Hamilton  

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Earth Hour 2009 -turn off lights for one hour to save our earth  

Things you wanted to know about earth hour.

Earth Hour is an annual international event created by the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature/World Wildlife Fund), held on the last Saturday of March, that asks households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights and electrical appliances for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change. It was pioneered by WWF Australia and the Sydney Morning Herald in 2007 and achieved worldwide participation in 2008.

Earth Hour will next take place on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 8:30 pm, local time.

Currently, 80 countries and 750 cities are 'committed to Earth Hour 2009', a huge increase from people participating in 35 countries for Earth Hour 2008. 1 billion 'votes' is the stated aim for Earth Hour 2009.

Earth Hour 2008 was a major success, celebrated on all seven continents. Iconic landmarks all around the world turned off their non-essential lighting for Earth Hour which included the Empire State Building (New York City), Sears Tower (Chicago), Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco), Bank of America Plaza (Atlanta), Sydney Opera House (Sydney, Australia), Wat Arun Buddhist Temple (Bangkok, Thailand), the Colosseum (Rome, Italy), Royal Castle (Stockholm, Sweden), London's City Hall (England), Space Needle (Seattle), and the CN Tower (Toronto, Canada).

Google's homepage went "dark" on the day Earth Hour took place.

According to a Zogby International online survey 36 million people participated in Earth Hour 2008, with an estimated 50 million doing the same around the world.

The survey also showed there was a 4 percentage point increase in awareness of environmental issues such as climate change, directly after the event.

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Team Bangalore Seven new faces for Royal Challengers in IPL 2009  

Former India bowler Tinu Yohannan and Uttar Pradesh pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar are all set for their Indian Premier League (IPL) with Team Bangalore .

Besides the Kerala pacer and the UP lad, the new faces likely to make it to Vijay Mallya's team are Karnataka teenager Manish Pandey and Goa all-rounder Saurabh Bandekar.

The quartet will join Gaurav Dhiman, who moved from Team Mumbai along with Robin Uthappa (the latter was a swap for pacer Zaheer Khan).

Team Bangalore has also signed Team Rajasthan pacer Pankaj Singh, taking the total number of new signings for the season to seven. With the team management entitled to honour their contractual obligations, a point that coach Ray Jennings stressed upon the other day, most of the players from the Karnataka pool who represented the side last time around are set for a second appearance in the T20 league.

Kevin Pietersen is likely to captain Bangalore Royal Challengers for the first three weeks of this IPL season for which he is available. Pietersen will then hand over the leadership to Rahul Dravid or Mark Boucher, a team source said

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Tata Nano bookings will start from March 23  

Tata Motors has advanced the booking date of Nano, touted as the world's cheapest car, in India by three weeks to coincide with its commercial launch on March 23 in the home country.
"The bookings will start from March 23 and delivery will start from the first week of April," a senior Tata Motors official said at the Geneva Motor Show that opened here on Tuesday.
On February 26, Tata Motors, India's largest auto maker, had said Nano would be launched on March 23, while bookings would start from the second week of April.
When asked about media reports that the first lot of the car would be reserved only for celebrities and VIPs, the official said: "No, the car is not scheduled to be delivered only to the celebrities."

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How to Keep your bank account safe from spammers?  

Today I have received a mail from my bank about how to keep my bank account safe from spammers. I thought this may be useful for you for whatever bank you are a customer of.

Falling prey to fraudsters online is common these days. This message fro is to inform and educate you on precautions you must take to ensure that you are not a victim of these fraudsters. .

Please carefully read through and adopt these safe banking practices.

Be careful when responding to emails:

You may get messages that seem like they are coming from your Bank seeking confidential information. This activity is commonly known as ‘phishing’. Through such messages, you may be directed to websites appearing to be genuine, and asked to key-in your confidential information. Beware of such messages.
Please always bear in mind that:

Generally your Bank will never ask for any confidential information such as password, customer ID and so on over an email.
· A phishing email will normally have a tone of urgency – like “Your account will be temporarily suspended” and therefore please “Login to keep your account active.”
Please remember the bank will NEVER send such emails to its customers.
· If you are doubtful about the credibility of the email, please DO NOT click on any link provided in the email. This may trigger malicious codes being installed on your PC.
· Before you share any information on a website in response to an email, always assure that the URL shown in the email matches the URL of the bank website. If it does not, you have valid reason to suspect there’s something fishy.
· Check for the security pad lock icon at the bottom right side of the webpage, when you are connected to the NetBanking site.

Ensure your Personal Computer is protected:

Fraudsters send genuine-looking emails that contain viruses and Trojans (A Trojan refers to a program that appears to be safe, but hidden inside, is usually something harmful, probably a virus). These viruses / Trojans, install a malicious code on your PC without your knowledge. They extract your confidential information that fraudsters use to access your bank account.

Here are a few important action points that you should bear in mind:

· Keep your PC updated with the latest anti-virus / anti-spyware software
· Install a personal firewall on your PC to protect your account
· Keep your PC updated with the latest security patches and, most importantly,
· Do not click on links or open attachments in unknown or unsolicited (spam) emails

DO NOT transfer funds to OR share your account details with, unknown / non-validated sources:

Many phishing fraudsters are located overseas. They need a Money Mule to route the money into their country of origin. A Money Mule is someone who receives the illegal funds into his account, withdraws it and sends it to the fraudster after keeping his commission. This may be easy money, but is illegal. Such requests could come to you through emails, advertisements on genuine recruitment web sites, instant messaging / SMS, and advertisements in newspapers and even on social networking websites.

Follow these Dos and Don’ts:

· Do not be conned by emails offering you a chance to make ‘easy money’’, especially if it is coming from overseas
· Check out the company making you a job offer if any fund transfer to them is involved. Check their contact details to find out if they are genuine
· NEVER share your bank details
· Beware of ads / notices seeking ‘UK Representatives’ or ‘Agents’ to act on their behalf for a period of time
· Should you get any suspicious email, IMMEDIATELY forward it to bank.
CAUTION: Remember, if you agree to participate in any such money transfer schemes for a commission, you are performing an ACT that is ILLEGAL.

Be aware, practice safe computing rules and protect your money.

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16 Things you wanted to know about Commonwealth Games  

1. What is the origin of Commonwealth Games ?

In the year 1928, Melville Marks (Bobby) Robinson of Canada was asked to organize the first British Empire Games which were held in Hamilton, Ontario in 1930.

2. When did the Commonwealth Games start ?

The similar initial event was known as the British Empire Games, it was held in 1930. Later it was known as British Empire and Commonwealth Games in 1954, then British Commonwealth Games in 1970 and changed to the current name Commonwealth Games in the year 1978.

3. What is Commonwaelth Games, how can you define it ?

The Commonwealth Games is an event full of multi-sports and is held every four years involving the best athletes of the Commonwealth of Nations. I

4. Name six teams which have attended every Commonwealth Games ?

The six teams which have attended every Commonwealth Games are: New Zealand, Australia, England, Canada, Scotland and Wales.

5. When & where were the four British Empire Games, held ?

1930 British Empire Games - Ontario, Canada 1934 British Empire Games - London, England 1938 British Empire Games - Sydney, Australia 1950 British Empire Games - Auckland, New Zealand

6.How many Countries & Athletes participated in the first British Empire Games ?

Eleven Countries took part in the first British Empire Games held in 1930, in which a total of 400 sportsperson participated.

7.When & where were the four British Empire and Commonwealth Games, held ?

1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games - Vancouver, Canada 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games - Wales 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games - Perth, Australia 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games - Jamaica

8.When & where were the two British Commonwealth Games, held ?

1970 British Commonwealth Games - Edinburgh, Scotland 1974 British Commonwealth Games - Christchurch, New Zealand

9.When & where were the previous Commonwealth Games, held ?

1978 Commonwealth Games - Edmonton, Canada 1982 Commonwealth Games - Brisbane, Australia 1986 Commonwealth Games - Edinburgh, Scotland 1990 Commonwealth Games - Auckland, New Zealand 1994 Commonwealth Games - Victoria, Canada 1998 Commonwealth Games - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2002 Commonwealth Games - Manchester, England 2006 Commonwealth Games - Melbourne, Australia

10.When & where will be the next Commonwealth Games, held ?

2010 Commonwealth Games - Delhi, India

11. What are the main sports included in the Commonwealth Games ?

The Main Sports included in the Commonwealth Games are:Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Cycling, Gymnastics, Field hockey, Lawn bowls, Netball, Rugby sevens, Shooting, Squash, Table tennis, Triathlon & Weightlifting

12.After how many years, are the Commonwealth Games conducted ?

Since 1930, the Games have been conducted every four years except for 1942 and 1946, due to World War II.

13.What is the Queen's Baton Relay ?

The Queen is the Chief or Head of the Commonwealth and patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation; the Queen's Baton Relay is one of the important & interesting custom of the Commonwealth Games. It indicates an invitation to the Commonwealth athletes to come together & celebrate the Games. Also, it includes the Queen's message to be read at the opening ceremony of the Games.Commonwealth nations include some of the largest populations on earth - such as India, with a population of 1.01 billion - and some of the world's smallest populations such as St Helena, a 308 sq km Island in the Atlantic, with a population of 7000.

14.Which are the Participant Nations of the Commonwealth Games ?

Participating nations:AfricaBotswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, The Gambia, Uganda, ZambiaAmericasBelize, Bermuda, Canada, Falkland Islands, Guyana, St HelenaAsiaBangladesh, Brunei, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri LankaCaribbeanAnguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos IslandsEuropeEngland, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Malta, Northern Ireland, Scotland, WalesOceaniaAustralia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

15.Who is the Oldest Gold Medalist of Australia ?Australia's oldest gold medalist is Dorothy Roache, who was 61 years and 10 months when she won a gold medal in the Women's Four Lawn Bowls in Auckland (New Zealand) in 1990.

16.Who is the Youngest Gold Medalist of the Australia ?The youngest Gold Medalist of Australia is Jenny Turrell, who was 13 years and eight months when she won the 400m freestyle in Christchurch (New Zealand) in 1974.

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Gandhi Memorabilia are back to India  

After much confusion and considerable last-minute drama, five of Mahatma Gandhi's personal items, including his iconic wire-rim eye-glasses, were auctioned off tonight in New York for $1.8 million (Rs 9.3 crore).

The buyer was liquor baron and Kingfisher Airlines chairman Mr Vijay Mallya. The auction went off despite the owner of the memorabilia, Mr James Otis, saying he had decided not to sell the items in the light of the controversy it had generated. “I never intended to create the controversy that this has created. I have decided not to sell Gandhi's items and I will request Antiquorum to call off the auction,” Mr Otis had told a Press conference tonight in New York, less than an hour before the items were due to go on the block.

The personal items auctioned were Gandhi's metal-rimmed glasses, pocket watch, a pair of sandals and a plate and bowl. The collection had a reserve price of between $20,000 and $30,000. The prized memorabilia is expected to return to the country soon as the auctioneers, Antiquorum Auctioneers, hand over the articles to Mr Mallya within two weeks. Earlier today, the Indian government had rejected the conditions set by Mr James Otis to call off the sale, including that India shift priorities from military spending to healthcare, especially for the poor, but vowed to do “whatever it takes” to reclaim the memorabilia.

The minister of state for external affairs Mr Anand Sharma said the conditions infringed on the country's sovereignty. “The government of India, representing the sovereign people of this republic, cannot enter into agreements where it involves specific areas of allocation of resources,” Mr Sharma said.

Tourism minister Ms Ambika Soni said “I have the Prime Minister's instructions that we would not like to have these items be auctioned from one party to another, the bottom-line is to procure the memorabilia.” “We will offer whatever it takes to make sure these things come back to Gandhi's motherland,” said Ms Soni, adding, “We will enter the auction if required as a last resort” to bring back the items.

On Tuesday the New Delhi High Court issued an injunction against the auction or sale of Gandhi’s belongings in question.

Mr Otis had been demanding that India raise its spending on the poor from 1 percent of its GDP to 5 percent. He said his proposed deal to stop the action would have required India to substantially increase the proportion of the government budget spent on health care for the poor during the next decade.

Also, India would promote events in 78 countries "to promote Gandhian non-violent resistance" and "encourage the study of Gandhian nonviolence." India had sought the help of the US State Department to thwart the sale.

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holi SMS , holi cards, holi wishes, holi greetings, holi messages  

40 top favourite Holi SMS Photo Sukamto

  1. Chadenge jab pyare rang, ek meri dosti ka rang bhi chadhana.Lagne lagenge tumhe suhane sare rang,Aur meri dosti ka rang chamkega hurdum tumhare sang.Bolo sarararara….Wish you a very mastiful and colourful Happy Holi!

  2. Gul ne gulshan se gulfam bheja hai,Sitaro ne aasman se salaam bheja hai,Mubaraq ho aapko holi ka tyohar,Humne dil se yeh paigam bheja hai.

  3. Rangon se bhi rangeen zindagi hai humari, rangeeli rahe yeh bandagi hai humari,kabhi na bigde ye pyar ki rangoli, aye mere yaar aisi HAPPY HOLI.

  4. Lal, gulabi, neela, pila hathon me liya samet,Holi ke din rangenge sajni, kar ke meethi bhent.

  5. Saade rang ko galti se aap naa kora samjho,Isi mey samaaye indradhanushi saaton rang,Jo dikhe aapko zindagi saadagi bhari kisi ki,To aap yun samjho satrangi hai duniya usiki,Holi aayi satrangi rango ki bouchar laayi,Dher saari mithai aur mitha mitha pyar laayi,Aap ki zindagi ho mithe pyar aur khusiyon se bhari,Jisme samaaye saaton rang yahi shubhkamna hai hamaari.

  6. Pichkari ki dhar, gular ki bauchar, apno ka pyar, yahi hai HOLI ka tyohar. Wishing you and your family a very hapy and colourful HOLI.

  7. Aapne dil ka haal batana chod diya, humne bhi gehrai mein jaana chod diya. HOLI se pehle hi aapne nahana chod diya?

  8. Rango mein ghuli ladki kya laal gulabi hai,Jo dekhta hai kehta hai kya maal gulabi hai,Pichle baras tune jo bhigoya tha holi mein,Ab tak nishani ka woh rumaal gulabi hai

  9. Makki ki Roti, Nimbu ka Aachar,Suraj Ki Kirne, Khushiyo ki Bahar,Chand Ki Chandi, Apno ka Pyar,Mubarak Ho Aapko, HOLI ka Tyohar

  10. Rango Ke Tyohar Me Sabhi Rango Ki Ho Bharmar,Dher Saari Khushiyo Se Bhara Ho Aapka Sansar,Yahi Dua hai Bhagwan Se Hamari Har bar,
    Holi Mubarak!

  11. Khaa key gujiya, pee key bhaang, laaga k thora thora sa rang, baaja ke dholak aur mridang, khele holi hum tere sang.HOLI MUBARAK

  12. Holi par sabhi ko sabhi rango se milkar ek rang, apko mile jo apki khusiyon ko rangin bana de.Happy Holi

  13. Rang udaye Pichkari rang se rang jaye duniya sari holi ke rangaapke jeevan ko rang de ye shubha kaana hai hamari.HAPPY HOLI

  14. Rango mein ghuli ladki kya laal gulabi hai,
    Jo dekhta hai kehta hai kya maal gulabi hai,
    Pichle baras tune jo bhigoya tha holi mein,
    Ab tak nishani ka woh rumaal gulabi hai

  15. Aapne dil ka haal batana chod diya, humne bhi gehrai mein jaana chod diya. HOLI se pehle hi aapne nahana chod diya?

  16. Saade rang ko galti se aap naa kora samjho,Isi mey samaaye indradhanushi saaton rang,Jo dikhe aapko zindagi saadagi bhari kisi ki,To aap yun samjho satrangi hai duniya usiki, Holi aayi satrangi rango ki bouchar laayi,Dher saari mithai aur mitha mitha pyar laayi,Aap ki zindagi ho mithe pyar aur khusiyon se bhari,Jisme samaaye saaton rang yahi shubhkamna hai hamaari.

  17. Lal, gulabi, neela, pila hathon me liya samet,Holi ke din rangenge sajni, kar ke meethi bhent.

  18. Pichkari ki Dhar,Gulal ki bauchar,Apno ka pyar,Yahi hai yaaron holi ka tyohar.Happy Holi!!!!

  19. Rangon se bhi rangeen zindagi hai humari, rangeeli rahe yeh bandagi hai humari,kabhi na bigde ye pyar ki rangoli, aye mere yaar aisi HAPPY HOLI.

  20. Gul ne gulshan se gulfam bheja hai, Sitaro ne aasman se salaam bheja hai,Mubaraq ho aapko holi ka tyohar,Humne dil se yeh paigam bheja hai.
    Rango ke tyohar mein sabhi rango ki ho bharmar,Dher saari khushiyon se bhara ho aapka sansar,Yahi dua hai bhagwan se hamari har bar,Holi Mubarak ho mere yaar!

  21. Khaa key gujiya, pee key bhaang, laaga ke thoda thoda sa rang, baja ke dholak aur mridang, khele holi hum tere sang.Holi Mubarak!Rango mein ghuli ladki kya laal gulabi haiJo dekhta hai kehta hai kya maal gulabi haiPichle baras tune jo bhigoya tha holi meinAb tak nishani ka woh rumaal gulabi hai.

  22. Chadenge jab pyare rang, ek meri dosti ka rang bhi chadhana.Lagne lagenge tumhe suhane sare rang, Aur meri dosti ka rang chamkega hurdum tumhare sang. Bolo sarararara....Wish you a very mastiful and colourful Happy Holi!

  23. Apun wishing you a wonderful,Super-duper,Zabardast,Xtra-badhiya,Xtra special,Ekdum mast and dhinchak,Bole to ekdum jhakaas“Happy Holi”.

  24. Me ja ja jovu hu,Mane tharo chahero dikhto hai,Ii thaaro kusur nathi,Salo sab chahero aaj rangeelo hai,Holi Mubarak!
    Aapne dil ka haal batana chod diya, humne bhi gehrai mein jaana chod diya. Holi se pehle hi aapne nahana chod diya?

  25. Rang barse bhige chunar wali, rang barse o rang barse bhige chunar wali..rang barse, are rang barse bhige chunar! Ab ghar jao nahi to jukham lag jayega.

  26. Dipped in hues of love and trust has come the festival of Holi. Happy Holi!!

  27. Bright colors, water balloons, lavish gujiyas and melodious songs are the ingredients of perfect Holi. Wish you a very happy and wonderful Holi.
    May God gift you all the colors of life, colors of joy, colors of happiness, colors of friendship, colors of love and all other colors you want to paint in your life. Happy Holi.

  28. If wishes come in rainbow colors then I would send the brightest one to say Happy Holi.

  29. A true and caring relation doesn't have to speak loud, a soft sms is just enough to express the heartiest feelings. Enjoy the festival of Holi with lot of fun.

  30. Best wishes to you for a Holi filled with sweet moments and memories to cherish for long.Happy Holi!

    Sunhari Dhup Barsat ke Bad thodi Si Hashi Har Bat ke Bad Usi Tarah Ho Mubarak App Ko Ye Nayi Subah Kal rat Ke Bad Happy Holi.

  31. May god gift u all the colors of life, colors of joy, colors of happiness, colors of friendship, colors of luv n all other colors u want to paint in ur life. Happy Holi.

  32. Har rang aap pe barse,
    Har koi apse Holi khelne ko tarse;
    Rang de aapko sab itna,
    Ki aap rang chhudane ko tarse.
    Wishing U a very
    Happy N Colorfull Holi!

  33. Gul ne gulshan se gulfam bheja hai,
    Sitaro ne aasman se salaam bheja hai,
    Mubaraq ho aapko holi ka tyohar,
    Humne dil se yeh paigam bheja hai.

  34. Me ja ja jovu hu,
    Mane tharo chahero dikhto hai,
    Ii thaaro kusur nathi,
    Salo sab chahero aaj rangeelo hai,
    Holi Mubarak!

  35. May God gift you all the colors of life,colors of joy, colors of happiness,colors of friendship, colors of loveand all other colors you want to paint in your life.Happy Holi.

  36. Rango Ke Tyohar Me Sabhi Rango Ki Ho Bharmar,Dher Saari Khushiyo Se Bhara Ho Aapka Sansar,Yahi Dua hai Bhagwan Se Hamari Har bar,Holi Mubarak!

  37. Best wishes to you for a Holi filled with sweet moments and memories to cherish for long.
    Happy Holi!

  38. Holi ki aisi saam, liya prabhu ka naam,Mhare piya ne pila dayi mohe bhaangMhare ko ab koun bachay haye…Mhare piya holi khelan aye,holi khelan aye!!

  39. Here I send you Rainbow message…Dipped Colors of Joy and happiness,Those will make your life even more colourful..Happy Holi!!

  40. Rango tum, rangu mein,Rangde sara ye jahaan,Bass hassen aur gale lagen,Aur bhulen dhusmani ka nishaan !Holi Mubarak Ho !

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Election commission announced loksahba poll dates  

10(Ten) Things you wanted to know about the next general election.

1. The Election Commission on Tuesday announced five-phase polls for the general elections scheduled betweeen 16 April and 13 May.

2. 124 constituencies will go to the polls in the first phase on April 16. 141 constituencies will vote in the second phase on April 23. 107 constituencies will vote in the third phase on April 30.85 constituencies will vote in the fourth phase on May 7.

3. 86 constituencies will vote in the fifth phase on May 13.

4. The counting of votes will be on May 16.

5. There will be 5 phases of polls in Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh , 4 phases of polls in Bihar, 3 phases of polls in Maharashtra and West Bengal, 2 phases of polls in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Jharkhand, Manipur and Punjab.All remaining states and union territories will have single phase polls.

6. 84 constituencies have been reserved for scheduled caste candidates

7. The commision also said that 40 lakh civil staff and 21 lakh paramilitary forces will be requisitioned to conduct the polls.

8. The model code of conduct has been imposed with immediate effect.

9. The assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim and Orissa will be held along with the general elections. This is the first elections to be held after the delimitation of constituencies has been done. 499 of the existing 543 constituencies have been newly delimited.

10. Photo electoral rolls have been made compulsary in these polls. The forthcoming polls will have 8,28,408 polling stations which will require 11 lakh electoronic voting machines.


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How to identify a spam mail?  

There are very simple ways to identify a spam mail.

The first advice is do not, do not reply to a spam mail .

The spammers keep many footprints and give aways to identify them.

Here is a mail I got in my inbox today..

Read below the mail. And then my analysis of the mail.

Start of the spam mail

Good Day,
Sunday, 1 March, 2009 8:41 AM
"usman mallam"

Good Day,We wish to inform you that we received notification last week from the Security and Deposit Companies Association regarding the deposit made by your deceased relative since the past Four years ago before his death.We have waited for a claim application on this deposit all these while but all to no avail, then I decided to contact you and inform you of this development. Our Country constitution stipulates that any deposit without claims for Five years will be considered abandoned and moved to the Reserve as unclaimed under the Security Deposit Law.I am letting you know this because I was very close with your deceased relative who made this deposit and I am aware that it's value according to our record is US$6.2 Million Dollars. It's content is classified as private family belongings. This is a futune I know you can not allow to be confiscated.I will try to find out more if you permit me and hope for a good reward for this information and making sure you get your inheritance deposit instead of allowing it go to the Reserve where I will not benefit from. Be also informed that you have full right for the claim as a relative under our country constitution.Keep my contact with you private as I will face serious penalty under our company rules and regulation.Meanwhile, get back to me urgently on this my private email address: ( before it is too late to apply for the claim.I will give you my telephone number when I hear from you.Waiting for your reply through this e-mail: mallamusman2009@yahoo.comThank you,Mr.Mallam UsmanPrinciple Officer.
End of spam mails.

My observations.
1. The mail is sent from an id which is Checoslovakia based site but the name sugegsts that he is not from that country. Usman is a muslim name.

2. The mail starts with a good day to me but it is sent to multiple recipients. He even does not know my name but tells me that my relative has left money for me.

3. The spammer wants that I reply to not the mail id he has sent the mailfrom but to a different mail id , in this case This is suspicious because he is using the CZ mail id for sending spam mails to thousands and thousands of people and the working mail id is yahoo id which he will use for getting money from me and then close it and vanish.

Now the question is how this people assume that people will fall in their trap. The point is these spammers send spam mails to thousand and if 1% people response and 0.01% people fall prey to their methods they will earn money .
SO my suggestion is never ever reply to spammers. Identify the sender before you reply, if you have to.

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