- Cricket Stars tweet their joy on anniversary of World Cup victory
- Kingfisher to pay its Employees all overdues by April
- Indian Railway TTEs to carry Palmtops in place of Charts
- Aakash 2 Tab to hit market in May
- Actor Daniel Craig to inaugurate London Olympics
- India marks entry into World Cycling Championship
- 1989 movie to be released in 2012
- IIM Indore will setup International Center at Abu Dhabi
- Indian art auctioned at record 302500 dollars
Posted: 02 Apr 2012 05:19 AM PDT
Indian Cricket Stars tweeted their joys after celebrating the first anniversary of the majestic vistory in 2011 Cricket World Cup.
Sachin Tendulkar, for whom winning the World Cup was a childhood dream, can’t believe that the 12 months passed away since Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Indian team lifted the coveted trophy for the second time, breaking a 28-year-long wait.
“Time flies but memories last forever. What a day it was!!! 02-04-2011,” Tendulkar tweeted.
After India beat Sri Lanka in the World Cup final April 2, 2011 at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, the team dedicated the win to Tendulkar. For the first time the world witnessed the softer side of the batting maestro, who failed to control his tears while taking the victory lap with his children.
Indian opening Virender Sehwag also thanked wished his teammates and support staff and also thanked the fans.
“Can’t believe its been a year since we were crowned the World Champs! Everyone contributed to the dream spcly the supporting fans! Thank you,” he tweeted.
“A big hug to each and every team member including the support staff. A special thanks to the BCCI for being sensitive to our needs and providing us whatever we requested,” he tweeted.
Suresh Raina recalls “that moment of euphoria.”
“Its a year already & the disbelief continues. The most special date of my life. That moment of euphoria Of madness. Of lifelong inspiration,” he tweeted.
Posted: 02 Apr 2012 05:12 AM PDT
Kingfisher Boss Vijay Mallya has wrote its employees that all their over dues would be paid in April.
“All junior staff will be paid before Easter, April 4. All pilots and engineers will be paid April 9 and 10,” he wrote. “My focus now is to start paying your seriously overdue salaries.”
Mallya assured his employees that he would be available at all major stations from this week to address the staff’s concerns.
“Despite all my other commitments to UB (United Breweries) companies, I am personally passionate about and committed to your airline.”
The letter stated that the company can now pay the overdue salaries as its bank accounts have been un-frozen following payments worth Rs.44 crore to the income tax department and Rs.20 crore as service tax.
On March 27, the airline suspended operations to several cities and asked its staff to stay home till it managed fresh funding.
The airline claimed that it had started the summer schedule with about 120 daily flights and 20 dedicated aircraft.
The airline’s international operations have been suspended after the International Air Transport Association (IATA) barred the carrier from its inter-airline clearing house and billing and settlement plan accounts due to non-payment of dues.
The move is akin to the Reserve Bank of India removing a commercial bank from its currency clearing system.
Currently, Kingfisher has a debt of Rs.7,057.08 crore. Its net loss widened to Rs.444.27 crore for the quarter ended Dec 31, 2011 from Rs.253.69 crore in the October-December quarter in the last fiscal.
The company’s scrip at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) touched a new low in the intra-day trade at Rs.15 and was trading at Rs.15.50, down 6.34 percent around 1.15 p.m.
Posted: 02 Apr 2012 04:14 AM PDT
Indian Railways TTEs will soon carry Palmtops with them in place of long Reservation Charts. A pilot project was launched in Shatabdi trains and upon success, Railway plans to introduce this scheme in all express trains.
It would reflect the status of available seats on a train across the railway network, which could be booked by any passenger willing to board it in at the next station.
The system developed by Centre for Railway Information System and to work in tandem with SIMRAN (which tracks real time movement of trains), will help railways earn extra revenues, claim officials.
Sources at Baroda House, the headquarters of Northern Railway, claim the process will stop the TTEs from charging arbitrarily for short distance bookings.
Posted: 02 Apr 2012 03:59 AM PDT
Aakash 2, the upgraded version of Aakash tabs would hit the market in May 2012. It was announced by HRD Minister Kapil Sibal
The minister, who also holds the education portfolio, had earlier said that two state-owned technology companies had been roped in to manufacture the upgraded version.
He had then admitted that there were problems with Datawind, the original developer of the tablet.
Datawind has come under criticism for missing delivery deadlines and for failing to provide a proper customer service platform.
The government was also unhappy after various faults were detected in the tablet, and officials had indicated that the government may not extend the contract for manufacture of more tablets to Datawind.
“Now it is at testing stage. There is no commercial production of Aakash. We ultimately want to give out a product which is a quality product and therefore we are going through different versions of Aakash.
“Aakash 2 will also go through tests. Only when we feel that quality is clear, and that children will accept then only we will commercialize it,” he said.
Posted: 02 Apr 2012 03:10 AM PDT
James Bond aka Daniel Craig will inaugurate the 2012 Olympics to be held at London. He was invited by British Queen Elizabeth to inaugurate the month long extravaganza starting in October this year.
The highly anticipated sporting event is set to be introduced by a short film titled “The Arrival” starring Craig, who has been appointed to open the ceremony, reports the sun.co.uk.
Her Majesty will reportedly do a cameo in the film.
Oscar winner Danny Boyle is serving as creative director of the opening ceremony and will work behind the scenes to ensure that the film remains unforgettable.
Posted: 02 Apr 2012 02:05 AM PDT
After 1 years of Winning World cup Cricket for the second time, India has marked entry in to the World Cycling Championship for the first time.
The trio of Bikram Singh from BSNL, Amrit Singh from Railways and Amarjit Singh of Punjab qualified for the event, to be held in Melbourne April 4-8.
The three riders achieved the feat despite getting no financial help from the union sports ministry.
Twenty-four countries out of 147 had made the cut for the Championships after battling it out in the continental qualification. The event is also a qualifier for the London Olympics.
Meanwhile, India will host 2013 Asian Championships for track and road events.
Posted: 02 Apr 2012 12:58 AM PDT
In 1989 a movie titled Visions of Ecatasy considered so shocking blasphemous and that it was banned even before its release in Britain. After 23 years, the same film would be released in original after the ban has been withheld.
The movie is about St. Teresa of Avila, a 16th century Spanish nun and mystic who had visions of Christ, which lasted almost uninterrupted for two years.
The 18-minute film is an interpretation of these visions and includes sexual scenes involving St. Teresa and another woman, who represents her psyche.
The scenes are interlaced with shots of the nun lying on Christ, who is still nailed to the cross, and caressing him.
The film was inspired by a statue by 17th century sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini titled St. Teresa in Ecstasy, which is located in Rome.
But the film will now be released after the British Board of Film Classification overturned its original decision.
Posted: 01 Apr 2012 11:56 PM PDT
IIM Indore will setup its overseas Center at Abu Dhabi. It will be country’s first IIM to setup its center on the foreign soil.
A high level faculty team has submitted a report for opening up a study campus there, chairman of IIM L N Jhunjhunwala said at the convocation ceremony yesterday.
He also informed that efforts were under way to get a deemed university status for the IIM.
Director of the IIM Dr N Ravichandran said the institute has grown 10-fold in the last 13 years with number of students going up from 45 to 450.
Meanwhile, IIM sources said that barring two, all those who passed out got placement in the range of Rs 15 lakh to Rs 38 lakh
Posted: 01 Apr 2012 10:51 PM PDT
A painting by an Indian artist was auctioned last month at a record price of 302,500 dollars at Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Art auction
This portrait of the imposing figure of Rawat Gokal Das celebrating ‘holi’ with his consorts (fl. 1761-1814) was consigned by a collector who bought the piece two decades ago for a modest $125, according to New York auction house Bonhams.
Dated 1808 and measuring 16 x 22 inches this work is a rare representation of Bagta’s larger scale depiction.
Bagta was featured in the landmark exhibition which opened at the Museum Rietberg, Zurich, and was on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York’s ‘Wonder of the Age, Master Painters of India, 1100-1900′ exhibition until recently.
“It was truly incredible to witness the sale of this work come to fruition. Bringing in a lot of this calibre has proven to be not only a highlight of my career but also a highlight for Bonhams and for this 2012 Asia Week,” said Edward Wilkinson, Bonhams department specialist.
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