Orkut post lands IT proffesional in prison

An obscene message about Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi on Orkut has landed a Gurgaon youth in prison. The message was allegedly posted on a community called “I hate Sonia Gandhi.”

The probe began when a Pune Congress activist saw the message and notified the authorities, who in turn asked Google to provide them with the IP address of the person who posted the message. On receiving this information from Google the police found the ‘perpetrator’ –  22-year-old Rahul Krishnakumar Vaid.

Vaid worked for PC Solutions, an IT company in Gurgaon and was arrested from his home. He has been charged under Section 67 of the Information Technology Act 2000 and remanded to custody till the 21st of May.


Celebrations and runaway inflation

Puneet Rajhans : People break into intemperate celebrations now and then. To begin with, the frenzy is entirely uncalled for but for protagonists they never tire away from listing the occasions to hail the event. Celebrations begin on a note of conveying something. Be it the arrival of a leader – on turfs as varied as polity, cars, consumer durables, or an ascent of a new star in the untapped segment, the celebrations often go overboard, showing in effect the scourge of modern-day existence. Never does this thought pass through that a vast section of humanity still lives on the margins and what to talk of being part of celebrations, they can’t even afford to entertain this train of thought. In these uncertain times, as celebrations aren’t subdued, the untamed inflation makes the entire proceedings look more tumultuous. As the spectre of runaway inflation threatens to tear apart the dreams of a tribe that is adding up at any point of time, these pompous pourings look to be more than a malfunc!
tioning in society. Just as a celebration takes place at a modern-sized plaza/villa, there would be in the vicinity lurking the enduring image of countrymen lying motionless as food hasn’t reached them for days together. More appropriate reflection in a urban setting would be people galvanised in the art of dodging others to secure water and food – the melee around a water tanker or a food stall. Just the other day a senior government functionary literally read a riot act when he lampooned others for treating inflation as a prized treatise. Inflation is not an area of concern, he had the temerity to say, adding that not much feud should be allowed on this one. But the one which throws the budget for a toss, restrains most from taking a decision can’t be dismissed as purely esoteric. Huge and huge orders for armaments are being placed, more and more currency is being poured in to upgrade the security infrastructure of men and machines but when it comes to food security it is!
nothing short of a bolt from the blue when a report talks of a scarci
ty staring in your face. When food scarcity looks more probable, the other side of fence brings the level of greed in these torrid times. Admissions to different institutions bring this to the fore. To secure an admission in a prized school/private college or a neighbourhood one, loads of currency are pumped in. For those who can’t take this route, as they find the institution to be too demanding, the best course would be to settle for next one. But it isn’t that simple as it looks. The parent concerned, having stifled his chances in the first attempt, would try to have a go at it again. Once the institution learns that more and more are willing to shell out huge sums, this does not restrain them from playing hard. As this becomes more of a precedent, this realisation begins to dawn that sectors can be won via hard cash. Similar set of sentiments rule when a new set of vehicles hit the market or a new offering has a date with the customer. This greed can never be justified. !
So inflation or a tamed one, torrid times or less churning on surface, the reality would be elusive for those who go by the dictum of money power. Let sanity return to the proceedings.

This story has been contributed by Puneet Rajhans

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Star of month { March-2008 }

The star of the month for march 2008 goes to Dr. Manmohan Singh (Born on 26th september 1932)

Resume of Dr. Manmohan Singh – Prime Minister of India

He is considered one of the most qualified and influential figures in India’s recent history, mainly because of the economic reforms he had initiated in 1991 when he was Finance Minister under Prime Minister Narasimha Rao.

Read more about him on Wikipedia

Smoking lost in the war of egos

Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said public icons who passed off smoking on screens as ‘creative liberty’ should take a leaf out of the book of actors like Aamir Khan how to use the artistic tool.

“Look at Taare Zammen Pe”, he said, saying the film has helped in changing the mindset of thousands of teachers and parents in looking at the problem of dyslexia.

According to Ramadoss, increasing tobacco abuse by students was a growing matter of concern.The Indian component of the Global Youth Tobacco Survey indicated that nearly 10 per cent of Indian high school going students used tobacco products.

It just seems a war of egos now. The main cause of “No smoking” has been lost somewhere in the smoke.

Ramadoss had last month said Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan can learn a thing or two from superstar Rajinikant regarding smoking on screen. He had also said Khan should not have smoked in the stands while watching a cricket match in Mumbai.

Source: Yahoo.com

Indian Premier League : Facts and Figures

Indian Premier League logoWhat is IPL ?

The Indian Premier League, created by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and sanctioned by the International Cricket Council, is a Twenty20 cricket competition.

When will it begin ?

The league is scheduled to start in April 2008 and will last for 44 days, involving 59 matches.

Prize money
The prize money for the league will be around Rs 13 crore (US $3million).

Team Composition
Each team will have a pool of 16 players, with a maximum of eight foreign players and a minimum of four under-22 players. Additionally, at least four players must be from the catchment area where the team is based.

The governing council consists of Chairman and Commissioner Lalit Modi, Sunil Gavaskar, MAK Pataudi and Ravi Shastri, Rajiv Shukla, Chirayu Amin, Inderjit Singh Bindra and Arun Jaitley.
Television rights

On January 14th, 2008, it was announced that a consortium consisting of India’s Sony Television network and Singapore-based World Sports Group secured the rights of the Indian Premier League.The record deal has a duration of ten years at a cost of US$1.026 billion. As part of the deal, the consortium will pay the BCCI US$918 million for the telecast rights and US$108 million for the promotion of the tournament.

Franchises, owners and price

  • Bangalore Royal Challengers Vijay Mallya / UB group $111.6 million
  • Chennai Super Kings India Cements $91 million
  • Delhi DareDevils GMR group $84 million
  • Hyderabad Deccan Chronicle $107 million
  • Jaipur Emerging Media (Manoj Badale, Lachlan Murdoch, Suresh Chellaram and investors) $67 million
  • Kolkata Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment in partnership with Juhi Chawla and Jay Mehta $75.09 million
  • Mohali Preity Zinta, Ness Wadia (Bombay Dyeing), Karan Paul (Apeejay Surendera Group) and Dabur’s Mohit Burman $76 million
  • Mumbai Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Limited $111.9 million


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Top player purchase at the Great IPL auction

The Top 17 players who got the highest amount at the GREAT IPL auction

1. Mahendra Dhoni (India) $1.5m to Chennai

2. Andrew Symonds (Australia) $1.35m to Hyderabad

3. Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka) $975,000 to Mumbai

4. Ishant Sharma (India) $950,000 to Kolkata

5. Irfan Pathan (India) $925,000 to Mohali

6. Brett Lee (Australia) $900,000 to Mohali

6. Jacques Kallis (South Africa) $900,000 to Bangalore

8. RP Singh (India) $875,000 to Hyderabad

9. Harbhajan Singh (India) $850,000 to Mumbai

10. Chris Gayle (West Indies) $800,000 to Kolkata

10. Robin Uthappa (India) $800,000 to Mumbai

12. Rohit Sharma (India) $750,000 to Hyderabad

13. Gautam Gambhir (India) $725,000 to Delhi

14. Brendon McCullum (New Zealand) $700,000 to Kolkata

14. Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) $700,000 to Mohali

14. Adam Gilchrist (Australia) $700,000 to Hyderabad

17. Shahid Afridi (Pakistan) $675,000 to Hyderabad

17. Jacob Oram (New Zealand) $675,000 to Chennai

17. Albie Morkel (South Africa) $675,000 to Chennai

17. Mohammad Kaif (India) $675,000 to Jaipur

17. Manoj Tiwary (India) $675,000 to Delhi

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Sachin more popular than Yuvraj and Dhoni

Statistics for the last two months show that Sachin Tendulkar has been written about more number of times than Yuvraj singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whereas MSD(Mahendra Singh Dhoni) has been the least popular.