Friday, 3 October 2014

India wins 57 medals at the Asian Games 2014

India brought the curtains down on their campaign in the 17th Asian Games, maintaining their domination of kabaddi with two gold medals as the country rose a rung to eighth in the overall standings.
The two gold medals provided the final flourish for India at the Games, which can be considered a disappointment for the country given that the overall medal count went down in this edition.
Although the women's team won their match against Iran quite comfortably, it was not a cakewalk for the men's team which literally overcame a scare before notching up their seventh successive gold medal in the event.

With two gold medals coming, India were placed eighth on the table with a total haul of 57 medals -- 11 gold, nine silver and 37 bronze. China continued to be at the top with an impressive haul of 329 (145-103-81) followed by hosts South Korea 222 (75-70-77) and Japan 190 (46-72-72).

 The medal collection was well below India's expectation as they had managed a haul of 65 -- 14 gold, 17 silver and 34 bronze -- in the previous edition of the Games in Guangzhou.

With no Indian participation on the last day of competitions tomorrow, the country's overall standing can change depending on others' performance.

On Friday, staging a fantastic second-half recovery, Indian men surged to gold by defeating Iran 27-25 in a thrilling final at the Songdo University Gymnasium.

India thus completed a golden double on the kabaddi mat for the second successive edition after the women defeated the same nation 31-21 in their final held earlier in the day.
The country thus boosted its overall gold tally to 11 on the final day of competitions here.
But it was touch and go for the Indian men, who have won the gold medal with ease on the six previous occasions since kabaddi was introduced in the 1990 Games at Beijing. They played catch-up with Iran for most part of the game before drawing level with the last seven minutes of the 40-minute match left. .

The winners were trailing by a big margin of 13-21 at half time and a huge upset was on the cards before the defending champions pulled it around in the second half with some aggressive raiding and smart catching.
Captain Rakesh Kumar played with a bandaged head after getting injured by a rival defender's knee during his raid in the second half.
Rakesh said at half time, the strategy chalked out was to pack off Iran quickly for a 'lona' -- with only four players of the rivals left as compared to their own five -- at that stage and come back into the game.

India started on the wrong foot against the super-fit Iranians who looked like men possessed as they raided with gusto and defended with zeal to jump to a 17-7 lead before the Indians, who even conceded a 'lona' (after being all out), knew what happened.
Experienced raider Jasvir Singh appeared to be a bit overconfident and paid the penalty for that as he was packed off when raiding thrice in the initial stages.
It was left to India's most experienced player Anup Kumar to pull in three points with a good raid and narrow the lead.
With five minutes left for the end of the opening half, India trailed 11-18 which became 13-21 before the first half ended.
The crucial turnaround happened soon after the start of the second half when India secured a 'lona' and then caught up with their rivals at 21-all.

They, however, slipped down to 21-24 before staging another recovery to catch up at 24-all when seven minutes were left.
Anup raided to secure a valuable point to help India lead 25-24, the first time they had done in the entire match.
They added one more when Iranian's fast raider Meraj Sheykh was caught and though Anup failed in his next raid, Meraj was again caught just as the clock ticked to full time with India ahead by two points.
Earlier, Indian women too staged a strong second half performance to get the better of a fighting Iran 31-21 to retain the gold.
The Indian women led 15-11 at the halfway stage of the 30-minute final but then put up a determined show in the second half to maintain their supremacy for the second edition running, having clinched gold when the event made its debut four years ago in Guangzhou.
They, in fact, had only a two-point lead at 12-10 soon after securing the first of their two lonas (all outs) in the gold medal contest against the fitter-looking Iranian women who played with head scarves and leggings.
Abhilasha Mhatre then effected a crucial raid to not only get back two points for her side but also revive two players who had been packed off by Iran's aggressive raider Khalaj Ghazal.

Thereafter, India took firm control from the first five minutes of the second half following a strong raid by Abhilasha Mhatre to take a 19-15 lead.
They got another timely lona in the seventh minute to lead 25-16 and there ended Iran's hopes though they tried to stage a fight back towards the end.
Iranian women were in tears after the loss, having come here with a mission to dethrone India for the gold medal. The team even had a computer software engineer and a doctorate in agriculture in its ranks.
There was, however, no cheer for India's taekwondo players at the Asian Games with Shaloo Raikwar and Margarette Maria losing their respective quarterfinal bouts.
Shaloo lost her 73kg quarterfinal bout to Alfahad Abrar of Kuwait. Both the players finished 3-3 after the regulation four rounds but Abrar was declared 'Winner on Superiority' as the Indian had conceded two penalty points against her rival's one.
Later, Maria lost 1-15 to China's Li Donghua in the 73kg quarterfinal.
In volleyball,
India prevailed over Qatar 3-2 in a hard-fought contest to finish fifth in the men's volleyball competition.
In men's 5th-6th place classification match at the Songnim Gymnasium here, the Indians rallied to beat the Qataris 25-21 20-25 25-22 20-25 15-10 in a keenly contested match, which lasted an hour and 47 minutes.


Thursday, 2 October 2014

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan-Six quotes of Modi on his clean India campaign

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched the nationwide Swachh Bharat Abhiyan that aims to clean up the country in the next five years. He has also nominated nine people to carry forward the campaign.

 Here are the six big quotes of Modi on his clean India campaign
1. "India can do it. People of India can do it."

 2. "Is cleaning only the responsibility of the karamcharis? Do citizens have no role in this? We have to change this mindset."
3. "I have invited 9 people and asked them to come to public places and work towards a clean India. I ask them to invite 9 more people too."

4. "We reached Mars. No PM or Minister went. It was the people who did it, our scientists who did it. So can't we create a Clean India?"
5. "If this is evaluated by a photo-opportunity, then we would be doing a disservice to the nation. We all must come together and do this (clean India) wherever we are."

6. "This is not about Modi... Modi is only one of its 1.2 billion people... This is a people's task."

Friday, 4 July 2014

India’s fastest train completes successful trial-run

The distance between Delhi and Agra, the city of Taj Mahal, was completed by the train, travelling at 160kmph, in just 90 minutes, cutting the journey time by 30 minutes

 you can travel to Agra, the city of Taj Mahal, by train in just 90 minutes, cutting the journey time by 30 minutes at least.
This has been made possible as the railways today successfully conducted the trial run of the country's fastest train that moves at a speed of 160 kms per hour.

Its commercial operation is expected to begin in November, railway officials said.
So far, Delhi-Bhopal Shatabdi was the fastest train with a speed of 150 kmph.

 The trial run of the 'semi high-speed train' was conducted this morning on a 10-coach train. It left New Delhi station at 11.15 am and reached Agra about 99 minutes later.
However, from Nizamuddin station, where it will actually originate during commercial operations, the train took 90 minutes, Deputy Regional Manager (DRM) Delhi Division Anurag Sachan said.

The time taken currently by the Shatabdi train between Delhi and Agra takes 120 minutes.
A journey by road via the Yamuna expressway takes two hours between Delhi and Agra.

 After the Delhi-Agra service, Railways are expected to run similar high speed trains on Delhi-Kanpur and Delhi-Chandigarh sections.
"The trial run was conducted successfully and we hope to start commercial service by November," said Sachan who was involved in the exercise today.

There are about 16 speed restriction areas and curves on the Delhi-Agra route which had been upgraded to improve the speed.
The train would come as a boon for tourists visiting Taj Mahal as the travel time between Delhi and Agra will come down by half-an-hour from the current level.
The public transporter is using its own resources to make operational the semi-high speed train -- the first of its kind in the railways.
It is estimated that a cost of Rs 15 crore would be incurred to make the track ready for the semi-high speed train, said a senior Railway Ministry official involved with the project.
There will be fencing for a stretch of 27-km along the track between Delhi and Agra to prevent obstruction and ensure speed.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

2014 FIFA World cup Brazil

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is the 20th FIFA World Cup, a tournament for the men's football world championship, which is currently taking place in Brazil.

It began on 12 June, with a group stage, and is scheduled to conclude on 13 July with the final.It is the second time that Brazil has hosted the competition, the first being in 1950. Brazil was elected unchallenged as host nation in 2007 after the international football federation, FIFA, decreed that the tournament would be staged in South America for the first time since 1978 in Argentina, and the fifth time overall.
The national teams of 31 countries advanced through qualification competitions that began in June 2011 to participate with the host nation Brazil in the final tournament. A total of 64 matches are being played in 12 cities across Brazil in either new or redeveloped stadiums. For the first time at a World Cup finals, match officials are using goal-line technology, as well as vanishing foam for free kicks.
All world champion teams since the first World Cup in 1930 – Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Germany (who won three times as West Germany), Italy, Spain and Uruguay – qualified for this competition. Spain were the title holders, having defeated the Netherlands 1–0 in the 2010 final to win their first World Cup, but they were eliminated at the group stage after losses in the first two matches against the Netherlands and Chile. All seven previous World Cup tournaments staged in the Americas (four in South America and three in North America) were won by South American teams.

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is an association governed by Swiss law founded in 1904 and based in Zurich. It has 209 member associations and its goal, enshrined in its Statutes, is the constant improvement of football. FIFA employs some 310 people from over 35 nations and is composed of a Congress (legislative body), Executive Committee (executive body), General Secretariat (administrative body) and committees (assisting the Executive Committee).

Saina Nehwal wins Australian Open Super Series title

Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal beat Spain’s Carolina Marin on Sunday in the final to win the USD 750,000 Star Australian Super Series. Now Nehwal has become the first non-Chinese shuttler to win a women`s singles Super Series title in 2014.
Saina beat the Spanish opponent in straight sets 21-18, 21-11 within 43-minutes to win her second title of the season after winning the India Open Grand Prix Gold earlier this year.
Indian Olympic bronze medallist dominated the proceedings from the beginning and used her smashes and net play with good effect during the match to win the summit clash.
The sixth seeded Indian, reached the final of the tournament after beating the world number two Chinese player, Shixian Wang, in the semi-finals in a three set thriller 21-19, 16-21, 21-15. Saina looked so excited after beating the Chinese that she even tweeted after the match: “Beat world number 2 Wang Shixian in a tough 3 game match.”
Last year was probably Saina’s worst season after breaking into the top ten. But the way she performed against one of the top Chinese players in the semis proved that she is now fully fit and is eyeing to win some big titles now.
This win will certainly give the top ranked Indian shuttler the much needed confidence for the forthcoming international tournaments line-up for the year, especially the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Top 100 Engineering colleges in India-Times Group Engineering Institute Survey


 Engineering Institute Survey
Times Group partnered with i3 Research Consultants to conduct its first Engineering College 2014 survey to determine the top engineering colleges in India.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Diamond quadrilateral of bullet trains ,534-km long Mumbai-Ahmedabad stretch is likely to be the first high-speed rail corridor and is expected to have trains running at speed of up to 350 km per hour.

Modi for first high-speed train by 2017
The Government is keen on running India’s first high-speed train (HST) between Ahmedabad and Mumbai. Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants the train to be running by the end of 2017, said sources in the Railway Ministry. Much ground work had already been done for this section with the submission of a pre-feasibility report, which has estimated the cost of a 543-km-long new track at Rs. 70,000 crores.
 This HST will be part of Mr. Modi’s vision of a diamond quadrilateral of bullet trains between major metros.
The first high-speed rail corridor is likely to be funded through soft loans from key international funding agencies such as Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and World Bank. The government prefers soft loans to private funding under the public-private partnership model due to high-risk and uncertainty over profits involved in the project, which might deter private players from participating.
According to senior Railway officials, these funding agencies have also expressed interest to finance the first high-speed rail corridor. The 534-km long Mumbai-Ahmedabad stretch is likely to be the first high-speed rail corridor and is expected to have trains running at speed of up to 350 km per hour. JICA is undertaking a feasibility study of the corridor project.
The vast pool of research and knowledge available on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad corridor (earlier a RITES study was also conducted for the corridor) and the high gross domestic product of Maharashtra and Gujarat, which can offer traffic with higher spending capacity make the corridor a preferred option.
Senior Railway officials involved with the project said the government thinks that it was not feasible to explore PPP for the first high-speed rail project. "We do not think that private parties will be interested. This is the first project with high risks and first of its kind in the country. The first project has to be done by the government. Once it is successful, private players will be interested for the other projects," said a senior Railway official on condition of anonymity. The estimated project cost is about Rs 54,000 crore with per km cost of Rs 100 crore.
JICA already has investments in key projects like for the Western arm of the Dedicated Freight Corridor Project and has also funded the Delhi Metro. Senior JICA officials said the agency was interested to fund the high-speed rail projects in India.We are keen to fund the first high-speed rail project and the feasibility study for Mumbai-Ahmedabad should be completed by middle of the next year. The cost, funding and viability aspects of the project are under examination,? said a senior JICA official who did not want to be named.
JICA is exploring the option to fund the project under Special Terms of Economic Partnership (STEP) loan; a similar loan model is used for the DFCC project. Under this option, a soft loan is availed at cheap rates for a period of about 40 years with a moratorium of ten years. The contractor for the project needs to be a Japanese company in a joint venture with the Indian counterpart.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

BlackBerry Z3

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has confirmed that BlackBerry Z3, the company's new budget device is coming to India next week. Chen confirmed the same during the company's quarterly conference call.

 The development was first reported by Crackberry.
The confirmation comes ahead of BlackBerry's launch event in New Delhi, scheduled for June 25, where it is expected to announce the Z3.
The company's invite to the press features a message that says, "The smartphone for today's India is here - Join us to witness the unveiling of the next generation BlackBerry 10 smartphone."
The invite hints at a phone that will appeal to the price sensitive India market. BlackBerry had launched the Z3 in Indonesia, last month at IDR 2,199,000 (approximately Rs 11,000) so it is expected that the company may launch the phone at an aggressive price in India.
 Among the first devices made by Foxconn for the company, BlackBerry Z3 sports a 5-inch qHD(540x960p) display. It is powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8230) dual-core processor and 1.5GB RAM. The phone runs BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1, the latest iteration of the OS.
The phone sports a 5MP rear camera and a 1.1MP front-facing camera. The smartphone comes with 8GB storage and a microSD card slot that supports cards up to 32GB. It has a 2500mAh battery, which the company claims, offers up to 15.5 hours talk time and up to 16.2 days of standby time. In terms of connectivity options, the phone offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, and GPS

Indian rail passenger fares will increase by 14.2 percent and freight rates by 6.5 percent from June 25

The government on Friday pushed through a steep hike in rail passenger and freight fares, the first dose of the "bitter medicine" Prime Minister Narendra Modi has warned is needed to revive the economy.
India's railway network is one of the world's largest, but years of low investment and populist policies to subsidise fares at affordable levels have crimped growth in new lines and hindered private investment.
From June 25, rail passenger fares will increase by 14.2 percent and freight rates by 6.5 percent, the railways ministry said in a statement. The last fare hike was in October 2013.
To meet all the necessary expenditure, I was forced to implement the order," Railway Minister Sadananda Gowda told reporters after announcing the increase.
Indian trains are among the world's cheapest. A ticket on an overnight sleeper train running the roughly 1,400 kilometres between New Delhi and Kolkata, for example, can cost as little as 520 rupees ($8.65).
Many Indians see the railways, which transport an estimated 25 million people each day, as a service for the "common man". Many riders are poorer Indians who have missed out on the fruits of two decades of surging growth that enabled millions of their compatriots to buy cars or travel by air for the first time.
The previous government deferred a plan to increase fares in May, leaving the decision to Modi's new administration.
Modi prepared the ground last weekend in comments to workers of his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party. He asked them to back the steps he planned to restore the health of Asia's third-largest economy, which has suffered its longest slowdown since the country embarked on free market reforms in 1991. 

Friday, 13 June 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony

A simple and brief opening ceremony was held on the dawn of the 2014 FIFA World Cup at Brazil's Arena Corinthians stadium on Thursday.
The inauguration of the global football celebration contained connotations to the country's rainforest environment along with their national passion for both samba and football.
Popstar Jennifer Lopez, rapper Pitbull and Brazilian songstress Claudia Leitte performed the official World Cup song "We Are One (Ole Ola)" to the delight of the over 60,000 adoring spectators.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

UPSC Civil Services Exam 2013 results declared: Jaipur's Gaurav Agrawal top.Delhi holds 2nd, 3rd position

Jaipur's Gaurav Agrawal has got the first rank in the exam with  Economics as his optional subject.
He holds Bachelor of Technology (Computer Science) degree from  Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow.This was his second attempt.

 Delhi-based Munish Sharma and Rachit Raj have got second and third positions respectively.

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on Thursday announced results for the Civil Service Examination 2013. As many as 1,122 candidates have been recommended for appointment  in Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service  (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and other central services on merit basis, said a release issued by the Ministry of Personnel.

There are 15 males and 10 females in top 25 positions. While 517 candidates have cleared the examination in the general category, 326 belong to Other Backward Classes (OBC), 187 Scheduled Caste (SC) and 92 to Scheduled Tribe (ST) categories.

 The maximum (710) number of candidates has been selected for Central Services Group 'A' and the rest (156) to Group 'B' Services.

For the first time in four years, a male candidate has topped the prestigious Civil Services Examinations. Women had bagged the top slots in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Civil Services Examinations.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Tamil nadu Plus two(+2) results today

The close to eight lakh class XII State board students who are expecting their results on Friday can get them through designated websites, SMS and their schools.
According to a press release from the directorate of government examinations, results can be accessed at,, and Those using smartphones can access their results at
Students can also get the results through SMS. They will have to type TNBOARD <space> <registration no>, <DOB in DD/MM/YYYY> to 092822 32585. The SMS facility will be available only after 10 a.m. on Friday. The release said that students can also get their results for free at their respective schools, the national informatics centres at the collectorates in all districts, and at all central and branch libraries.
According to a press release, private candidates’ marksheets will be available at their respective exam centres on Friday, and hence will not be made available online.
BSNL subscribers can get the results through SMS after registering their register numbers. According to a press release, class XII students can register by sending ‘HSC<space> “Registration number” to 53576. The release said that an acknowledgement message would be sent when the student is registered. While registration will be free, Rs. 3 will be charged for receiving the result, the release added.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

World Maths Day/Pi Day -March 14

World Maths Day (World Math Day ) is an online international mathematics competition, powered by educational resource provider 3P Learning (the same organisation behind the school resources Mathletics, Spellodrome and IntoScience). Smaller elements of the wider Mathletics program effectively power the World Maths Day event.
The first World Maths Day was held on March 14 2007 (Pi Day), and has been held on the 1st Wednesday in March in subsequent years. Despite these origins, the phrases "World Maths Day" and "World Math Day" are trademarks and not to be confused with other competitions such as the International Mathematical Olympiad or days such as Pi Day. In 2010, World Maths Day created a Guinness World Record for the Largest Online Maths Competition.
In 2011, the team behind the competition added a second event World Spelling Day - and officially rebranded as the World Education Games. In 2012, a third event was added - World Science Day. The World Maths Day and World Education Games games are now sponsored by Samsung, and supported by UNICEF as global charity partner.

Pi Day is an annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant π (pi). Pi Day is observed on March 14 (or 3/14 in the U.S. month/day date format), since 3, 1, and 4 are the three most significant digits of π in the decimal form. In 2009, the United States House of Representatives supported the designation of Pi Day.In the year 2015, Pi Day will have special significance on 3/14/15 at 9:26:53 a.m. and p.m., with the date and time representing the first 10 digits of pi.
Pi Approximation Day is observed on July 22 (or 22/7 in the day/month date format), since the fraction 22⁄7 is a common approximation of π.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

University exams in Tamil Nadu rescheduled to avoid clash with Lok Shabha polls

Tamil Nadu universities have to postpone or prepone exams following the announcement of Lok Shabha election dates.
Anna University has preponed its exams, with eighth semester exams for BE/BTech earlied scheduled to start on April 14 will now start a week earlier on April 14 and end before the polls start. More than 525 self-financing colleges under Anna University running the courses have to reschedule their exams.
SRM University had to postpone a hotel management examination scheduled on April 24 to the following Sunday. "We have several outstation students. We realised that we may have to change the exam dates once the election date is announced. We've informed the students in advance so they can plan their travel accordingly," university controller of exams S Ponnusamy said.
The University of Madras has scheduled no exam between April 22 to 25. The university decided to announce the exam dates after the election dates were announced. "We drafted the timetable. We held a meeting on Saturday to discuss minor changes to be made to ensure that there are no exams from April 22 to 25. We will make the changes and announce the exam dates on Monday," said university public relations officer P.V. Ramalingam.
No just university exams, boards exams are also affected because of the Lok Shabha polls. CBSE  has been forced to postpone some board exams including Urdu, sociology, philosophy and agriculture that fall on April 9, 10, 12 and 17 to April 25, 21, 19 and 22 respectively to avoid a clash with the elections in other states. In Tamil Nadu however, there are no changes, as the boards end before April 24. The state board exams for Classes 10 and 12 too need no changes.

Academic year at the schools in the state have to end on April 22 to class poll dates as schools are the biggest polling booths. However, officials said that there was no direction regarding this from the state till Saturday evening. "Usually police take over the campus 24 hours before the polling date. They complete the arrangements within the time given," said B. Purushothaman, senior principal and correspondent of Everwin Group of Schools. The school is the largest polling centre in Kolathur constituency, and is expected to have 17 polling booths.