Etisalat auction: How much for 050-7777777 VIP number?


Properties, cars and vanity number plates have been auctioned before in the UAE, but now its VIP mobile numbers.

Etisalat, a telecommunication services and technology company, has put 70 numbers on the Emirates Auction website with only seven of them (050-7777777, 050-7777770, etc) listed in the diamond plus category.

“The prices may be disclosed a week before the auction on our website and if not then it will be revealed only at the venue,” a call center executive of Emirates Auction.

“You will have to bring a signed cheque and hand it over to the person at the auction. If you bid and win, you will have to put the amount on the cheque handed over.”
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The auction will be held on March 8 at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi and Armani Hotel, Dubai.

Etisalat has said that part of the auction revenue will be used to support Khalifa Foundation programmes, while another part will be used to support Etisalat’s CSR projects.

The auction is part of the company’s continuous efforts to support social responsibility programmes and was announced during the signing of an agreement with the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation and Emirates Auction at Etisalat’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi.

According to Emirates Auction website, there are seven diamond plus numbers, 25 diamond numbers, 18 platinum numbers and 20 gold numbers.

The above categories include different packages, with the buyer of the Diamond Plus number getting 22,500 local minutes per month for 2 years, 2,250 international minutes per month for 2 years, 100GB data per month for 2 years, 22,500 local SMS per month for 2 years, 300 incoming roaming minutes per month for 2 years, the latest smartphone and a dedicated customer care.

The package for Diamond numbers includes 7,500 local minutes per month for 2 years, 750 international minutes per month for 2 years, 20GB data per month for 2 years, 7,500 local SMS per month for 2 years, 100 incoming roaming minutes per month for 2 years, a smartphone and a dedicated customer care.

Buyers of Platinum number will get 2,500 local minutes per month for 2 years, 100 international minutes per month for 2 years, 10GB Data per month for 2 years and 2,500 Local SMS per month for 2 years, a smartphone and a dedicated customer care, while Gold number buyers get 850 local minutes per month for 2 years, 50 international minutes per month for 2 years, 5GB data per month for 2 years and 850 local SMS per month for 2 years, a smartphone and a dedicated customer care.

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Indian Dignitaries Who Once Tasted Humiliation in the US


The most recent spat of a deputy consul general at the Indian Consulate in New York, Devyani Khobragade over a visa fraud has once again highlighted how Indians are battered in the foreign country in spite of holding a high official post. Here are the noted personalities who were detained or underwent a pat-down search while passing through or during their stay in United States, reports Yahoo India.

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APJ Abdul Kalam, the 11th president of India and the first scientist to hold the post was also once targeted during his visit to the U.S. There, he was twice frisked at New York’s JFK Airport with U.S. security officials even taking his jacket and shoes to check for explosives and also by staff of Continental Airlines at New Delhi airport. This was one such incident that left India fuming. Later, a written apology to Kalam and the Indian government was sent by the U.S. stating, “Appropriate procedure for expedited screening of dignitaries had not been followed”.

George Fernandes

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George Fernandes, former Defence Minister has claimed that he was strip searched twice at Dulles Airport in the U.S. Capital area, during an official visit as a defense minister to Washington in early 2002 and again while en route to Brazil in mid-2003. Later, the then United States Deputy Secretary of State, Richard Armitage, personally apologized to Fernandes over the incident.
“Just as we were saying good-bye to Fernandes, a member of our delegation innocently asked him when he would next be coming to Washington. His demeanor abruptly changed. It was as though he was glad to have an excuse to tell us how he really felt about our country,” recalls Richard.

Meera Shankar


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Meera Shankar, the Indian ambassador to the U.S. between 2009 and 2011, was subjected to a pat-down search in December 2010 by security personnel at Mississippi, Jackson-Evers International airport though she was travelling on a diplomatic passport. The reason behind the security search was nothing but wearing traditional attire—sari. The hands-on search also embarrassed the university officials who invited Meera Shankar to give a speech for an international studies program at Mississippi State University.

Shah Rukh Khan

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The king Khan of Bollywood, who arrived in the U.S. to visit the Yale University, was detained for over two hours at a New York airport in 2009 and 2012. Shah Rukh Khan was accompanied by Nita Ambani when they arrived in a private plane at the New York’s White Plain airport. Media sources stated that while everybody else was cleared by the immigration immediately, Khan was stopped for over two hours before being cleared by the immigration officials. On another incident, he was detained at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey when he had gone to promote his movie ‘My Name is Khan’, which ironically was about racial profiling of Muslims in the U.S. “Nothing seemed to convince the immigration officer, even when other officers (who recognized me) vouched for me. I feel angry and humiliated,” Shahrukh said afterwards.

Praful Patel

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Former union minister Praful Patel, who was in Chicago for attending an official engagement was detained at the O’Hare airport in Chicago in September 2010. He was held for questioning as his name and date of birth matched with those of a man on America’s watch list. Despite telling the immigration authorities that he was a minister in the Indian government, they kept asking him why he was visiting the U.S. and whether he had stayed in the country earlier.

Azam Khan

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Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister and senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan has alleged that he was insulted at the Boston airport in April 2013. Khan, who was accompanying state Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for a Harvard University event in the U.S., was detained briefly for questioning. Khan also alleged that officials at the Boston Airport not just frisked him but also misbehaved with him.

Hardeep Puri

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Hardeep Puri, India’s former UN envoy was detained for more than 30 minutes in a holding room at Houston Airport after refusing to remove his turban in December 2010. Puri refused to do the same as Sikh men are expected to keep their heads covered in public at all times. It is even forbidden to touch the head dress in public as it symbolizes self-respect, honour and piety.

Irfan Khan

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Irrfan Khan, a noted Indian actor who worked in Oscar-winning films like ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, ‘Life of Pi’ and ‘Spider-Man’, was also detained twice at the U.S. airports at Los Angeles airport in 2008 and at New York airport in 2009. Irrfan said,  “It’s humiliating. They don’t even disclose the reason,” reports PTI. “The policemen with big guns just take you to a room and ask you to sit. They don’t allow you to speak to anybody, nor use cellphones. And after long waits, they come and simply say ‘Go, please go’, he added.

Neil Nitin Mukesh

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Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh was detained at an airport in the U.S. for over an hour because the immigration officials refused to believe that he is an Indian. Neil said that the incident happened when he arrived in New York to shoot for Kabir Khan’s film ‘New York’ which has a backdrop of 9/11 terror attacks, reports PTI.

Laws needed to give lokpal teeth


“This is not about one Bill; this is about the framework and we would like to deliver that framework to the country.” Rahul Gandhi said so, in a rare intervention in LS before the Lokpal Bill’s passage. It was an appeal to the 15th LS that, besides Lokpal, it should “consider and enact all six pending anti-corruption Bills before its term expires”.

He proposed that the winter session be extended “to complete our unfinished work in our fight against corruption”. Law minister Kapil Sibal made a similar request in RS, “Let’s try and work extra hours to bring these Bills to the House and to have them passed.” Though the House has been adjourned indefinitely, the proposal of reconvening it merits serious consideration, as demanded by Aruna Roy on behalf of civil society — more so because there is apparently a political consensus in favour of these legislations.

Since the term of the 15th LS has been marred by scams, there cannot be a more fitting way of signing off than carrying out this “unfinished work” to complement the Lokpal legislation. Consider the difference each of these Bills could make once passed.

Right of Citizens for Time Bound Delivery of Goods and Services and Redressal of their Grievances Bill, 2011: As Arun Jaitley pointed out in RS, Parliament was obliged to pass this Bill to honour its 2011commitment before Anna Hazare broke his fast. One of the three clauses of the Sense of the House resolution passed then was a promise to enact a citizen’s charter for every public authority. This Bill subsequently introduced seeks to create a mechanism under which the charter will detail goods and services to be provided and their delivery timelines.

The proposed mechanism will have to redress within 30 days grievances related to the charter, functioning of the public authority and violations of a law or policy. It provides for the appointment of central and state public grievance redressal commissions, which will fine errant officers up to Rs 50,000. While Lokpal will deal with corruption, this Bill is about grievances like potholed roads or failure to supply ration cards.

Whistleblowers Protection Bill, 2011: The government came up with this Bill to strengthen safeguards for whistleblowers. It widened the whistleblower definition to include not just a conscientious public servant exposing corruption but also “any other person” including NGOs so that even RTI activists get similar protection. Disclosures of whistleblowers could be about an act of corruption, misuse of power or any criminal offence by public servants.

Under this, whistleblower can make his disclosure in confidence to the central or state vigilance commission. Anyone disclosing the complainant’s identity will be penalized. It imposes a penalty on whistleblowers if they knowingly make false complaints.

Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill 2010: This lays down enforceable standards of conduct for SC and HC judges. Sixteen of the 18 enumerated standards are derived from SC’s code of conduct for judges and requires judges to declare their and their kin’s assets and liabilities. Given the need to maintain judicial independence, it creates three mechanisms to deal with complaints on grounds of misbehaviour or incapacity. Once a complaint is filed, the proposed Judicial Oversight Committee will serve as first check. It will be a five-member body comprising two serving judges, a retired judge, attorney general and an eminent person. In keeping with the practice in countries like UK and US, this panel will allow non-judicial members to evaluate complaints.

If the complaint is in order, the oversight committee will forward it to the Scrutiny Panel comprising judicial members. Two of the three members will be judges sitting in the same court as the judge against whom there is a complaint. If the scrutiny committee is convinced of the complaint’s truthfulness, it will be referred to the Investigation Committee, which will have civil court powers. Penalties that may arise from this network of committees could range from an advisory to public censure of a sitting judge. This may also lead to a recommendation to the President for a judge’s removal.

Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill 2013: After the coal scam, the government came up with a radical proposal scrapping the notion of punishing somebody for corruption even when there is no quid pro quo or bribery. The proposed amendment seeks to delete the clause in the corruption law against “misuse of official position to extend undue favours”. This will ensure that a public servant isn’t booked for a judgment error on his part unless there’s evidence of graft.

This introduces the need for sanction to prosecute retired bureaucrats, joint secretary and above and strengthens the investigating agency’s power to go after bribe givers.

The Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials Bill: It penalizes Indian companies and individuals bribing foreign state or international agency officials.

Public Procurement Bill: It seeks to ensure transparency in procurement by the Central government and its entities. It exempts procurements for disaster management or strategic purposes, and those below Rs 50 lakh. It sets open competitive bidding as preferred procurement method and mandates publication of all information on a portal.

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Most Followed Trending Topics On Twitter in 2013


From breaking the news of a royal baby to a presidential election or the retirement of the cricketing legend, twitter continued to be the platform for mass interaction. So, let’s have a look at some of the most tweeted topics in 2013 that rocked the internet world.

Presidential inauguration, United States

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The United States ushered in a second term for Barack Obama this year. Many people recorded the event by collecting social media and updates from around the Web, especially from twitter. The White House story drew heavily from the official presidential social media accounts, and continued with the updates even after the day of the actual event. There were around 1.1 million inauguration-related tweets during the ceremony. First Lady, Michelle Obama too tweeted: “Honored and blessed to be joining so many of my fellow Americans gathered to watch the Inauguration.” With over 34.7 million followers, U.S. President Barack Obama is the most followed head of state in Twitter.

Sachin Tendulkar Retirement

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As cricketing legend, Sachin Tendulkar, played his 200th and final Test, tributes poured in on twitter in honor of the Master Blaster. From cricketers to politicians to celebrities from all walks of life, all took to twitter to express their feelings and to pay their tribute. In tribute to Sachin, BCCI ran a campaign in twitter called #ThankYouSachin, which generated over 3 million tweets. #ThankYouSachin was used not only by common Twitter users but also by celebrities like Mahendra Singh Dhoni. As Sachin acknowledged the campaign, he wrote on Twitter page, “I am really touched with #ThankYouSachin messages. Your support all these years have inspired me to give my best,” reports TOI. The tweet was retweeted over 16,000. This makes it the most tweeted news in India, reveals Twitter. “I am really touched with #ThankYouSachin messages. Your support all these years have inspired me to give my best,” tweets Sachin.

Death of Nelson Mandela

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After the former South African president—Nelson Mandela’s death, Twitter spiked at 95,000 tweets per minute  and has been flooded with tweets that are  tributes to this great legend. Madiba, also became a trending topic on Twitter with public figures, including former president Bill Clinton, tweeting affectionately about the leader. Over six million tweets were recorded and even the funeral ceremony generated around 328 000 tweets.

Election of Pope Francis

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The election of Pope Francis does clock in as one of the biggest Twitter event of all time in the tweets per minute range. He is the most influential world leader on Twitter, with the highest number of re-tweets worldwide. Pope, with 7.2 million followers is also the second most-followed leader of the world, after U.S. President Barack Obama. The new Pope’s papal inauguration generated more than 130,000 tweets per minute at its peak. Cardinal of Buenos Aires Jorge Mario Bergoglio‘s election dominated online discussion to such a degree that it became the subject of eight of the top 10 trending topics at one point, says Twitter.

The Birth of Royal Baby, UK

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The news of the new born Prince of Cambridge earlier this year, brought Twitter close to meltdown as millions from around the world shared their excitement and offered congratulations. Incredible 487million Twitter users have posted about the Duchess of Cambridge going into labour even before the baby’s birth was announced. A spark of conversation came in the minutes following the initial announcement, with over 25,300 tweets per minute. According to Twitter, the highest volumes of tweets came from the UK, the United States, Canada, France and Italy. It was thought to be one of the busiest days the social network has ever experienced.

Government Shutdown, United States

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The government of U.S. when shutdown for 16 days after Congress failed to enact legislation appropriating funds for fiscal year 2014. Regular government operations resumed after an interim appropriations bill was signed into law. During that period, millions of tweets have been generated all over the world. Social media like twitter served as a megaphone for dozens of politicians airing their opinions to masses.

India’s Mars Mission

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With India’s mars mission successfully launched, it became the first Asian country and fourth nation in the world to leap into the interplanetary space with its Rs.450-crore exploratory mission to Mars, about 400-million km from earth. Even this event took lots of netizens to voice their opinion in the social media especially in twitter. Here are some of the tweets- “Actually that’s how I celebrate #Diwali. By firing small rockets like #Mangalyaan. #MissionMars #MarsMission #IndiaMarsMission #lol.” “Its incredible that @ISRO_India managed to put together #IndiaMarsMission is just 15 months!”

The Boston Marathon Bombings

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Twitter have brought the best and worst scene of the Boston Marathon Bombings that took place in April at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Gossip and poorly reported news spread like wildfire over social networks, creating some confusion regarding the identities of the suspected bombers. But Twitter also provided a way for people to spread accurate news, and more importantly, come together in grief and support. There were more than 27 million tweets sent related to the Boston Marathon Bombings.

India’s Air Force modernization plan #IAF #BRAHMOS #MIG


The Indian Air Force is aiming to become the premier Air Force of the world. Currently, the IAF is making use of improved technology and is aiming to improve it further.

       The plans for upgrade on technology and equipment can be seen under the following fields:

1. Fighter aircraft:

  • IAF plans to phase out the aged fleet of MiG 21s. All variants will be phased out by 2014, except the Bison variant, which will see last of service in 2019.
  • IAF is upgrading the its fleet of Dassault Mirage 2000 to the the Mirage 2000-5 Mk-2 variants.
  • The pride of the IAF, 40 Sukhoi Su-30 MKIs will be upgraded for carrying and delivering the BrahMos-II nuclear capable missiles.

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  • LCA(Light Combat Aircraft) Tejas, manufactured by HAL, would hopefully be inducted in IAF by2014. It has currently been granted operational clearance. LCA is a single seater multi-role aircraft. It’s operational capabilities were displayed in the IAF firepower display, Iron Fist-2013.

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  • The MMRCA( Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft) deal was bagged by Dassault Rafael. This is an advanced 4.5 gen aircraft. Running computer simulation battles with the F-22 Raptor, it was able to hold its own.

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  • India and Russia are, currently, working on a “50-50 partnership, involving sharing of technology and intellectual property” to jointly develop the Sukhoi-HAL FGFA( Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft). This aircraft would be a more advanced version of the PAK T-50 stealth fighter recently developed by Russia.
  • India is also developing an indigenous 5th Generation fighter aircraft AMCA( Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft), whose first flight deadline has been set as 2015 and would be inducted by 2020.

 

         2. Transport Aircraft

    • The current heavy lift aircraft of the IAF, Ilyushin Il-76, is nearing the end of service. It would be replaced by Boeing C-17 Globemaster aircraft, the first of which was delivered in September 2013.
    • In addition, IAF has inducted 6 C-130J Super Hercules. This aircraft has proven its worth by landing at the Advanced Landing Ground at Daulat Beg Oldi sector.

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    3. Airborne Surveilance and Warning Aircraft

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    4. Trainer Aircraft

    • The Kiran Mk II AJTs( Advanced Jet Trainers) were phased out by the IAF and were replaced by the BAE Hawks to fit into the AJT role. (The Surya Kiran aerobatics team of the IAF was also disbanded and on a personal note, I think Hawks should replace the Kirans to form an aerobatics team)

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    • HAL Sitara are ordered to act as IJTs( intermediate Jet Trainer Aircraft)
    • Swiss made Pilatus PC-7 aircraft have been chosen to fill up the role of BJT( Basic Jet Trainer) after the fleet of HAL Deepak was grounded after a crash.

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    5. Helicopters

    • The prime attack helicopter helicopter of IAF, Mil Mi-35 will be replaced by Boeing AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter.
    • The LCH( Light Combat Helicopter) developed by HAL would be inducted hopefully by early 2014.
    • Another attach helicopter, HAL Rudra is in production phase and will see service soon.

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    • VIP Transport helicopters, Augusta Westland AW 101 were supposed to be purchased but unfortunately this plan has been stalled indefinitely.

    6. Unmanned Aerial Combat and Reconnaissance Vehicles

    • DRDO is developing a stealth combat unmanned drone AURA. This project is secret, though the basic design of the drone is known to be somewhat similar to Northrop Grumann B-2 Spirit. Its first flight date is in 2015.

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    7. Missile Systems

    • Air launched version of BrahMos has been developed and Sukhoi Su-30 MKIs will serve as launching platform.
    • Nuclear capable cruise missiles, Nirbhay, with a range of 1000 km, effective low altitude flight features to evade enemy radar systems and the ability to loiter en route the target, is in developmental phase by the DRDO.

India’s Great Online Shopping Festival Is Back! #GOSF


Google, yet again launches its most anticipated ‘India’s Great Online Shopping Festival’ (GOSF) commencing on the 11th to the 13th of December this year. GOSF is a festival for online shoppers in India stretching out for three days inspired by a similar online consumer activity which is promoted by retailers in the US by giving good discounts to customers called the ‘Cyber Monday’, reports watblog.

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Last year, Google had conducted a similar activity which created a lot of buzz in the online shopping sector, bringing together almost all e-commerce companies together in India.  It has been continuously innovating in India to make internet accessible to all and to get all shoppers under one single roof. 
It is reported that, last year GOSF saw a massive user-engagement which had directly increased the sales and traffic of all major e-commerce portals which had associated with it. Contradicting to that, few users and certain publications have reported discrepancies such as discounts amounts not being significant, boring items and overcharging.
This year, Google announced that Intel, Airtel and PayTM will be its preferred partners and that it has lots of new e-commerce startups lined up with massive offers. Though Google is cutting the cheese in the internet sector with ideas like never before, it would only be admirable if it doesn’t repeat the performance it showcased like last year.

Traditional Homemade Anti-Aging Medicines That Work aging #Fashion #Beauty #Ayurveda


        

Here are the top natural anti-aging medicines:

 

1. Honeyhoney1

Honey is nature’s best moisturizer and we all know that to keep wrinkles at bay, our skin needs to be properly moisturized at all times. Apply honey on your face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes to hydrate your skin and get rid of fine lines.

2. Almond, rosewood and sandalwood oilsalmond-oil

A mixture of these three oils can do wonders for your skin! Apply the mixture onto your skin and gently massage and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Regular use will get rid of wrinkles, fine lines as well as crow’s feet!

 

3. Almond and milkalmond-milk

You can make a face pack by soaking almonds overnight, grinding it and mixing it with milk. Apply the pack on your face and leave it for 20 minutes before rinsing it off. You will see a visible difference in your skin.

 

4. Lemon juicelemon-juice

This is a great natural remedy if you want to lighten your skin and get rid of age spots and other blemishes. 

5. Mashed strawberries
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Strawberries are yummy and full of anti-oxidants which are useful to keep aging at bay! Now you can apply mashed strawberries on your face and see age spots and fine lines disappear when you rinse the pack off.

 

6. ShilajitShilajit

This is a magical Ayurvedic medicine that is used for curing different ailments. It is also known for its wondrous anti-aging properties. It is a sticky substance that is blackish-brown in color found in rock formations in the Himalayas. It is sold in capsule form and regular use will definitely keep you younger-looking.

 

7. Rasayana
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This is another wonderful Ayurvedic medicine that is used to rejuvenate not only our skin but also the mind and body. It is a mixture of as many as 40 different herbs and minerals that takes weeks to prepare and complete.

 

8. Chyawanprash
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Chyawanprash is a part of the Ayurvedic Rasayanas. It is a mixture of herbs, minerals and fruits that help keep the body and mind rejuvenated. If you are looking for a potent anti-aging medicine that has added health benefits, this is the one for you!

 

9. Ashwaganda

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In the Ayurvedic stream, Ashwaganda is one of the most powerful Rasayana remedies and is often used on its own for rejuvenation. It is often called the Indian ginseng due to its magical rejuvenating powers.

 

10. Amla oilamla-oil-benefits-for-hair

This is probably one of the most commonly used fruits in Ayurvedic and other natural remedies. It is used for hair care and when used for skin care, it can give you many benefits including wrinkle-free and supple skin.

To keep your skin, body and mind rejuvenated, there is no better way than going natural and using safe, chemical-free medicines to give you the youthful skin you desire!

 

Tata Teleservices To Offer Free Voice Minutes For Viewing Mobile Ads


In a bid tap into the growing mobile advertisement market, Tata Teleservices will soon start offering subscribers free voice minutes for viewing ads on their handsets before making calls.
It has tied-up with a few companies to show their ads, a move that will add to Tata Tele revenues. The company will launch the service in partnership with mAdcall, a sister concern of Astute systems.
‘GET’, a mobile advertising application will be available on the GSM as well as CDMA networks (Docomo and Indicom brands) and is compatible with Android, Java, Symbian and Blackberry. The application can also be accessed over Wi-Fi and Tata Docomo Internet.

Tata Tele has over 63 million subscribers across India.
The application enables video advertising on mobile and users can choose when or where they want to view a video commercial on their phone.

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A company official said: “Users will be offered free voice minute, per advertisement viewed on their Docomo data enabled handset, for both pre-and post-pay customers.”
He added mobile users opting for the service will not be charged for data while using Tata Docomo Internet.
The advertisement will play on the handset without buffering on 2G, 3G or CDMA network.
“Users will be instantly rewarded with one minute of local or national talk-time for each advertisement viewed,” the official said.

It is the first operator to launch this application on GSM and CDMA technology in India, he added.
According to a recent report by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB International on digital advertising, 105 crore were spent on mobile ads in 2011-12.
The report said the number of active mobile Internet users had reached 48 million by March 2012 and as a result, advertisements placed on mobile phones and tablets are increasingly becoming commonplace.

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The company is of the view that the application will benefit advertisers as they will get accuracy in data, as to who watched the video and when.
“The mobile users are not offered any ads if they are trying to make emergency calls, given the nature of the call being made. Also no ads are offered while making calls to toll free numbers, international calls or while in roaming in off-network locations,” the official said.

Bangalore Tops The List Of India’s Most Corrupt Cities: Study


The IT capital of India, Bangalore, tops the list of the most corrupt cities in the country, followed by another southern state, Chennai, according to an anti corruption website ipaidbribe.com. This anti-corruption site has been set up by Bangalore-based NGO Janaagraha, reports Christin Mathew Philip of TOI.

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The website reveals that more than 22,000 people “confessed” of having paid bribe in some way or the other. Bangaloreans have paid 16 crore as bribe followed by Chennaiites with 7 crore, Mumbai- 6.97 crore, Delhi 4.4 crore, Hyderabad 2.9 crore, Kolkata 1.6 crore and Kochi 56, 101.

As stated by Joylita Saldanha, product manager of Janaagraha, Bangalore tops the corruption index mainly due to better knowledge about the organization and the website. He further exclaimed “There is also a good response from Chennai for the website. Most people are using the website to vent their anger at the system,” reports TOI.

“We get an average of 12,000 visits a day from across 544 cities in India. More than 20 ‘bribe experiences’ are reported on a daily basis from all parts of India. The amount varies from 4 lakh (for a seat in a medical college) to 20 (to be let off for a traffic offence),” Saldanha added.

The campaign is an initiative by Janaagraha with an aim to uncover the “market price of corruption” and help people to express their views about a leap in the current system, give them a platform to share their experiences related to bribe and people even ‘confess’ to have bribed someone.

Fitness Secrets of the Little Master #ThankYouSachin


14th  of November 2013 and Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar took his final bow and ascend to ‘cricket heaven’ to shine even brighter than he did when he walked amongst mere mortals. The God metaphor perhaps comes closest to describing the ‘Maelstrom’ who bats at No 4. The Nemesis of every fast bowler…the run machine…the master blaster…little master et al. 

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When it comes to sheer stickability nobody can surpass ‘Amcha Sachin’, for truly- over two decades he has been a permanent fixture in the Indian cricket team which in itself is a feat beyond compare. Fellow players may have come and gone, the game may have changed form and gotten more demanding but nothing ever changed about the ever dependable ‘Amcha Sachin’.  

He has applied himself to his life i.e. cricket and enjoyed it in all its forms whether displaying legendary batting prowess & technique to create colossal records, being the master strategist to even playing mentor to a young Indian team. The genius of Tendulkar knows no parallel and I suspect can have none either.

Can his record of 200 tests and 51 Test centuries and others be beaten? Perhaps! Records after all are meant to be broken. Sooner or later someone probably might get lucky enough. However, can that person surpass Sachin’s other achievements? Can he carry off with ease the weight of the aspirations of a billion Indians the way Sachin has done since the tender age of 16? Can he create records in all forms of the game- test, one day and T20?

Can this pretender to the throne actually be the choked feeling in a hundred million throats as he walks in to bat? Can he make millions of mothers & grannies who despite not understanding a thing about cricket pray feverishly for this little giant to do well, to score those centuries and bail India out? Can he disrupt train schedules when batting at 99? If anyone can surpass that then only can he claim to have beaten the God who bats at no 4 and wears the NO.10 Indian Blue! 

One can’t really help wonder as to what it is that makes this little man a giant. What secret diet or exercise regimen does he follow that has seen him through 23 years of grueling cricket? What is that X factor that makes Sachin the maximum run getter and an absolute lightening streak on the field? Pure luck or happenstance, lucky breaks, a good teacher, an early start what? Or could it after all have something to do with the 3Ds of success? DISCIPLINE DETERMINATION AND DEVOTION. Words that are mere words for most but a way of life for the rare few!

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It’s not that Sachin hasn’t had his share of injuries after all if you have been playing cricket since your school days and for over two decades facing some of the meanest pace attack plus running about on the field you are bound to take some battering. However Sachin Tendulkar despite a tennis elbow condition, pulled hamstring and countless injuries has still emerged fit and can give any youngster an absolute RUN for the money.

There is even a photo gallery dedicated to Sachin’s injuries. So for a chronological run down on his injuries you can refer to http://indiatoday.intoday.in/gallery/sachin-tendulkars-injuries/1/5450.html.

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So what does Sachin eat?

It is quite disappointing to know that there isn’t a Sachin Tendulkar secret diet. Or if it were a secret diet he obviously isn’t telling. A self confessed foodie Sachin loves food especially lobsters and Mangoes. He eats a bit of everything when off the field and during cricketing season he is on his prescribed diet of 40% carbohydrate, 30% fat and 30% protein. Could that be responsible for his quick running between the wickets we wonder. 

Diet during Matches
His diet intake consists of 40% carbohydrate, 30% fat and 30% protein. 

  • Breakfast – Big bowl of porridge + 200ml milk + water with a tsp of sucrose and raisins if desired and 250ml fresh fruit juiceTea/coffee 
  • After workout – 25g whey protein power 
  • Snack – Sandwich with part of grilled fish or low fat soft cheese with fruits 
  • Lunch – 3 chapattis + olive oil based spread with fish or cereal, 100g mixed raisin & nut, freshly prepared salad, 1 bowl Low fat yoghurt 
  • Cricket training – Large amount of water with electrolyte 
  • After training – Protein shake, 100g mixed raisin and nuts, fresh fruits
  • Dinner – Similar to lunch     

Dedication and devotion are simply not possible without concentration and well what one can say about that. Imagine the roar and din of the spectators especially when you are batting on enemy turf. The ability to fade out external noises and simply concentrate on the ball which comes down at you at a speed of 155 Km/h must take some ability. That’s what adds to the mystique of Tendulkar – The ability to concentrate.  Must be something in that ‘walk down the pitch and tap the bat ritual’ which he is seen to do often in between deliveries.   

As though enough hasn’t been said about Sachin’s qualities another one comes up and that is his pain threshold according to Dr SN Omkar, who was the Indian team’s yoga instructor in the early 2000s. Sachin took to Yoga quite naturally and that helped him in every aspect of the game right from enduring and healing injuries to enhancing his natural stroke play and above all the ability to have phenomenal concentration.  Sachin also undertook training with Yoga Guru BKS Iyengar after he suffered from a pulled hamstring and has over the years attended several yoga sessions to get his battle ravaged body back in shape.

Ultimately there must be some X factor at work that goes beyond all normal human qualities. Some call it the hand of destiny or luck. Imagine how easily one could get swayed by all the fame and adulation that has come Sachin Tendulkar’s way. A lesser mortal could have gone completely berserk by a fraction of the attention that Sachin has today. What keeps him grounded and sensible? Mediation is something Sachin does regularly and according to him that is what keeps him grounded and modest enough to take his ‘God Status’ with ease.  So that’s one more point in the making of a legend – Physical fitness , diet, right exercise, meditation for mental equilibrium and of course the external factors of a supportive and closely knit family .  

So essentially to become Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar one must have all those factors like physical prowess, mental strength & disposition, opportunity and the ability to encash on it , attitude, fighting spirit, determination, devotion, discipline, ability to concentrate and learn, adaptability, self esteem, the blessings and encouragement of family and a teacher who helps bring out the best in you…  ALL THESE …..COINCIDING AT THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME!  To draw a parallel isn’t that just like how life happened on earth? A series of JUST RIGHT factors that came together at the right time to make life possible on earth? Just the way it uncannily makes Gods of cricket possible, that only once in a lifetime phenomenon called SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR, the God, who according to Amul will make India “Retire Hurt” on the 14th of November 2013.