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.