Saturday, June 9, 2012

Obesity, A Big Fat Problem For America s Future

OBESITY AND ITS ECONOMIC COST

7 Common Mistakes with Grilled Chicken


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by Hunter Lewis and Janet McCrackenBon Appétit 
Even though it's a cookout classic, chicken can be tough to get right on the grill. How do you know when it's done? When should you slather on sauce? What temperature should you cook it at? We consulted the good people of the BA Test Kitchen for solutions to the most common mistakes people make. Read on to crown yourself the king or queen of chicken on barbie.


Man Cured of AIDS I Feel Good


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The fact that Timothy Brown is a reasonably healthy 46-year-old is no small thing. Only a few years ago, he had AIDS.
“I feel good,” Brown told ABC News. “I haven’t had any major illnesses, just occasional colds like normal people.”
Brown is the only person in the world to be cured of AIDS, the result of a transplant of blood stem cells he received to treat leukemia.

Exciting Jobs in the Fastest Growing Industries


This decade's biggest business will take place on the Internet, in the yoga studio, or around the supermarket aisle. So says IBISWorld, the market research firm that releases an annual report of the fastest-growing industries, based on absolute revenue growth, established growth for the last 10 years, and expected performance for the next five years. The list of 10 industries serves as a good measure of our fiscal and social priorities. For example, several industries promote technological innovation, while others reflect our desire to take better care of ourselves as well as the environment. Here's a breakdown of the hottest industries to watch, plus a few suggestions in each field of related occupations with good job prospects.

LinkedIn and Last.fm, How to bounce back from a compromised password


Here's how to check if your account was breached, and what to do about it
No matter what way you look at it, it's been a rough week for online account security. First, LinkedIn revealed that a whopping 6.5 million account passwords were compromised by Russian hackers. Then, social music portal Last.fm put out a warning to its entire userbase that their accounts may, too, have been compromised. Overall, an estimated 30 million people have been affected by the unfortunate events.

Universe s 1st Objects After Big Bang Possibly Seen by NASA Telescope


New observations from a NASA space telescope have spotted what may be the very first objects created in the universe in unprecedented detail, scientists say.
The faint objects, imaged in infrared light by NASA's Spitzer space telescope, might be hugely massive stars or black holes, but are too distant to see individually.
The Big Bang is thought to have kick-started the universe about 13.7 billion years ago. At first, the universe was too hot and dense for particles to be stable, but then the first quarks formed, which then grouped together to make protons and neutrons, and eventually the first atoms were created. After about 500 million years, the first stars, galaxies and black holes began to take shape.

Hong Kong tops U.S. as most competitive nation


The United States is no longer the most competitive nation in the world, a title it once shared with this year's champion, Hong Kong. The U.S. slipped to second in this year's World Competitiveness rankings, compiled by the IMD World Competitiveness Center, giving sole bragging rights to Hong Kong.


Hong Kong

1. Hong Kong has been ranked the world's most competitive economy for the second consecutive year according to the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) World Competitiveness Yearbook 2012. 
"Hong Kong is highly competitive vis-Ã -vis most other economies in the world, especially in terms of government efficiency, business efficiency and macroeconomic performance.

Some Facebook Interns Are Earning dollar 6,000 a Month ,REPORT


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Willing to work for virtually free to land an internship at a prestigious company? You might not have to work for pennies if you go after a gig at Facebook.
According to career site Glassdoor.com, software engineer interns at Facebook can bring in up to $8,700 a month — the equivalent of what would be $104,400 a year. However, the site notes that the average salary for a software engineer intern is about $6,036 a month, a Glassdoor spokesperson told Mashable.

Facebook rolling out central location for apps


There's more to Facebook apps than ``Angry Birds'' and Pinterest, but many users wouldn't know that because there hasn't been a good, central way to find them. 

Facebook Inc. is trying to change that. On Thursday, Facebook is beginning to roll out its App Center to its nearly 1 billion users, so they can find games and other applications with social components more easily. 

The App Center, available on Facebook's website and on Apple and Android mobile devices, will recommend apps to users based on their interests, the types of apps their friends like, or the apps they have liked in the past. 

Dell launches Inspiron R series laptops


Computer manufacturer Dell has launched the latest version of its Inspiron R andInspiron R special edition laptops for the Indian market saying consumers want value for money and are not necessarily driven by low prices. 

The laptops powered by third generation Intel Core processors are priced in the range of Rs 39,990 - Rs 63,682. 

"Value for money is different from offering low cost products. Indian consumers do not necessarily go for cheap products," Mahesh Bhalla, executive director and general manager, consumer, Dell India, told reporters. 

Anonymous to protest internet censoring in 16 Indian cities, threaten to bring down government websites


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With a gimmick and a threat to overwhelm government web sites, internet activist groupAnonymous is promising to make Saturday a day of protest against stateimposed restrictions on cyber space.

Alongside online activism, Anonymous will come out from behind the safety of their computer screens and 'occupy' - still anonymous and behind Guy Fawkes masks - known landmarks across 16 Indian cities. To warn against censoring the internet, the group has threatened to bring down government websites on the same day.

Apple may block Samsung Galaxy SIII sales in US


 An Apple lawyer said the iPhoneand iPad maker may seek a legal order stopping the launch of Samsung Electronics's Galaxy S III phone in the United States later this month. 

At a hearing on Thursday in a San Jose,California federal court, Apple attorney Josh Krevitt said the company could file for a temporary restraining order against Samsung as early as Friday. 

"Once sales are made, the harm is irreparable," Krevitt said. 

8 Super Nutrients for Weight Loss


You already know that nutrients like fiber, protein, and monounsaturated fats are necessary to sustain long-term health. Now, our Diet Doctor, Mike Roussell, phD, outlines the best ways to add 8 of these super nutrients to your diet so that you can optimize your weight-loss progress.


8  Super Nutrients for Weight …

1. Monounsaturated fats: Replacing carbohydrates in your diet with monounsaturated fats will help you slim down by shuttling fat away from your midsection (See my Ask the Diet Doctor column on this topic for a more in-depth explanation).
Where to get it: Avocados, Macadamia nuts, and olive oil are great sources of monounsaturated fats. They also come packaged with great nutrients such as antioxidants (in olive oil), fiber (in avocado), and B-vitamins (in macadamia nuts).

Celebs who got married young


Miley Cyrus got engaged to actor Liam Hemsworth on Wednesday. Interestingly, she is only 19. If you thought she is too young to tie the knot, here's a look at celebrities who married young.


Married young

Late Divya Bharti was only 18 when she married producer Sajid Nadiadwala in 1992

Friday, June 8, 2012

Suspect terrorist strangulated in Pune s Yerwada Jail


Pune, June 8 (ANI): A prisoner in Pune, who allegedly helped with the terror attacks in Bangalore and Delhi, was strangled by fellow inmates at the Yerwada Jail here on Friday morning.
Qateel Siddiqui was arrested in November by the Delhi Police on charges of being a member of terror group Indian Mujahideen.
He was among a group of people arrested for links to an explosion outside Bangalore's Chinnaswamy stadium during a cricket match and another blast near Delhi's Jama Masjid in 2010
He was moved in May to Pune's Yerwada Jail by the Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad, which said that Siddiqui was allegedly involved with a failed attempt to plant a bomb at a Pune temple in February 2010, on the same day when a bomb exploded at the city's famous German bakery. 17 people were killed in that terror attack.
Siddique who was chargesheeted a fortnight back, was an associate of Yasin Bhatkal of the Indian Mujahideen.
An investigation into the incident has been ordered. (ANI)

Tough decisions only hope for AI,Time for Air India pilots to be laid off


By Sandeep Bamzai
Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh is Mr Indecision.
On Wednesday morning, he wanted to hire 100 pilots to fly Air India birds, he was even looking at hiring expat pilots for the job.
By late evening the same day, he was inviting the agitating pilots back, saying that there will be no victimisation. He told the pilots — Come back to work… Don’t alienate passengers… Come back in good faith. All this left me perplexed. Was it the minister’s indecisiveness or was I missing a trick here? For 31 days now, the Indian Pilots Guild has been holding the country and its people hostage. Their whims and fancies dictate when we can fly or not. Not only are they overpaid and how — at Rs 8 lakh per month plus $ 2000 as flying allowance for the commanders — but they are itinerant and shameless at another level.

Working from home, Here are the do s and don ts


Working from home might sound like a dream come true when you consider the prospect of having no commute, working in sweatpants, and doing laundry in the background. But it isn't easy; it takes discipline and structure, and it's not for everyone. If you're thinking of telecommuting, these 10 crucial steps will help keep you productive--and employed: By Alison Green | U.S.News & World Report LP


Commit to being disciplined

Spice Kings and Masala Queens

Indian cuisine is yet to hit the sweet spot in the fiercely competitive food markets in the United States and Canada, but Indians seem to have found greater success in talking about food to television audiences in both countries. The visibility of Indian faces on popular food shows has been growing in recent months.
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05: Padma Lakshmi enjoys her signature Nespresso Vanilla Coffee with Caramel Milk Froth in …Padma Lakshmi, 41, the Chennai-born model and cookbook author, has been a host of Top Chef USA on the cable channel Bravo for eight seasons. The reality programme featuring contests among chefs is the top ranked food show in the US, pulling in around two million viewers for every episode. Earlier this year, the partly Indian, Canadian model and actor Lisa Ray, 40, joined the programme's Canadian franchise, Top Chef Canada. There's no doubt both hosts are expected to push up the glamour quotient, but they are also foodies in their own right. Padma Lakshmi is the author of two cookbooks; Toronto-based Lisa proudly recalls how she learnt to make parathas and makki di roti in a village near Chandigarh while preparing for her role in Deepa Mehta's film Water.

When is the Right Time to Get Married


When is the right time to get married? Is there an ideal time? 
When should you move from dating to being husband and wife? Every relationship is different. Every couple has different dynamics. You should get married when YOU feel the time is right. Not the society, not your family, You. You should get married when:
You are totally, madly, completely, head-over-heels in love. Not one-sided, only when it is reciprocated. You feel she is The One. There is no one better than her for you. No one gets you like she does. You feel you’ve been in the dating circle long enough and if you let her go, you’d be the biggest idiot on earth.

Venues of Euro 2012


DESC: Euro 2012 will be the 14th European Championship for national football teams organised by UEFA. The final tournament will be hosted by Poland and Ukraine between 8 June and 1 July 2012. It is the first time that either nation has hosted the tournament.


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Arena Lviv [Lviv] Capacity: 34,915 Built: 2008–2011 Opened: October 29, 2011 Who plays there: FC Karpaty Lviv Stadium Fact: All seats are covered, while part of the roof assembly is transparent to provide sufficient sunlight for the turf. The stadium's parking is located underneath the arena which consists of three levels. Games to be played there: Three games in Group B: Germany vs Portugal on 9 June, Denmark vs Portugal on 13 June and Denmark vs Germany on 17 June. Where is Lviv?: The western Ukraine city is located on the edge of the Roztochia Upland, approximately 70 km from the Polish border and 160 km from the eastern Carpathian Mountains.

Kotagiri ,Where the Blue Mountains turn green


By Ramya Sriram
My first introduction to Kotagiri was through someone who had lived there and claimed that it was the prettiest place in the Nilgiris. Having visited Ooty and Coonoor earlier, I was surprised I hadn't heard of it. My interest was fuelled years later when I read an article about Longwood Shola, one of the few remaining shola forests in the Nilgiris, and saw that name again — Kotagiri. In the summer of 2011, I visited Longwood and explored this little-known town.

10 Simple Steps to a Healthier, Happier You

It sounds obvious. Drink more water, get more sleep, stop complaining, and your life will improve. But sometimes we need a little reminder that a few simple steps can make a huge different in our ultimate happiness and overall health.
We reached out to renowned life coach and nutritionist Ana Alexandre to find out 10 simple tips for a happier and healthier you!

1. Eliminate clutter
: Ever wonder why those people on Hoarders look so miserable? Climbing out from underneath piles of stuff can also mean emotional freedom from items that could be mentally weighing you down.
"Get rid of all the things you don't need or that are not good for you," Alexandre says. "Ditch clothes you never wear and create more space to see the clothes you do actually wear."
And from your closets to your kitchen, get rid of unhealthy foods too. "Clean out your cupboards, and get rid of all processed foods like those containing white flours, sugar, and unhealthy oils," Alexandre says.

Birthday boy Bhupathi lifts mixed doubles with Mirza


PARIS (Reuters) - Mahesh Bhupathi celebrated his 38th birthday in style as he and Sania Mirza captured their second mixed doubles title together after beating Klaudia Jans-Ignacik and Santiago Gozalez 7-6 6-1 in the French Open final on Thursday.
Mirza and Bhupathi fought back from a break down in the opening set to trounce the Polish-Mexican partnership after Jans-Ignaciksmacked a backhand wide on match point.

CBI summons BCCI chief in Jagan case


Hyderabad, June 8 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has summoned Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief and managing director of India Cements N. Srinivasan in connection with the corruption cases of YSR Congress Party leader YS Jaganmohan Reddy.
Srinivasan has been asked to appear before the investigating agency here next week to explain the investments his company made in Jagan's firms, CBI sources said. However, the date has been kept under wraps.

Karnataka gets Rs.5 trillion worth investment proposals


Bangalore, June 7 (IANS) About 600 global and Indian firms Thursday committed to invest a whopping Rs.5 trillion (Rs.5 lakh crore) in the state across 14 sectors on the first day of the second Global Investors Meet (GIM 2012) here.
"About 600 firms have signed agreements with our industry department to invest in the state over the next five years. More companies will sign Friday, which will exceed the target of Rs.6 trillion (Rs.6 lakh crore) we have set for this GIM," Industries Minister Murgesh Nirani told reporters.

Making the case for Gambhir



Now that Shah Rukh Khan and Mamata Bannerjee have milked more mileage from Kolkata Knight Riders’ IPL victory than an Oscar winner, Olympic gold medalist and World Cup champion combined, it may be time to look at the person who actually played an instrumental role in the win.

Is Microsoft about to acquire Nokia


Finnish telecom giant Nokia, considered among the most trusted brands in India, is going through a bad patch with its shares at an all-time low, triggering speculation that it may be acquired by Microsoft. 

Once the most valuable companies in Europe, the mobile telecom equipment firm has seen its share prices fall to 2.20 euros in recent days -- the lowest since the mid-1990s. 

The weekly Helsinki Times in its latest edition said the Nokia stocks were now below book value -- a situation described as "worth more dead than alive" rhetorically. 

Twitter makes more money through mobile ads than website, Dick Costolo, CEO


 Popular micro blogging site Twitterhas generated more revenue from advertisements on mobile than from its website in the last quarter, according to a report. 

The company's CEO, Dick Costolo, highlighted Twitter's progress in squeezing ad dollars out of the growing number of smartphone and tablet users worldwide. 

"We're borne of mobile," Costolo said during a conference hosted by The Economist Group in San Francisco. 

Samsung to build doller 1.9 bln logic chip line


Samsung Electronics Co(005930.KS), the world's No.2 chipmaker, said it will spend $1.9 billion to build a new logic chip line to make processors for mobile devices as demand grows for smartphones and tablets.
Samsung, which makes application processors for Apple's (AAPL.O) iPhone and iPad - which rival its own Galaxy and Note devices - said the new line will use 300 mm wafers and 20 nanometer and 14 nanometer processing technology.

LinkedIn, eHarmony suffer data breaches


Social networking site LinkedIn (LNKD.N) and online dating service eHarmony warned that some user passwords had been breached after security experts discovered scrambled files with passwords for millions of online accounts.
The two companies declined to say how many accounts had been breached when they disclosed the breaches in statements issued on Wednesday.
They only said they were conducting investigations.
The breaches are the latest in a string of high-profile attacks around the world that have put personal information of millions at risk. The release of information stolen from the intelligence analysis firm Stratfor in December included data belonging to former U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Reliance Industries finalising plans to roll out pan India internet services


 Reliance Industries, which has pan-India spectrum for broadband services, today said it is finalising plans to offer internet services in key areas ofeducationsecurityfinancial services andentertainment.

The company however, did not give a launch date of its much-anticipated service.

"We are currently finalising our plans to offer services on a nation-wide basis and will be happy to report our progress in the coming years," RIL Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani said while addressing the company shareholders.

The top 10 richest people on the planet


Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim retained his position atop Forbes magazine's annual list of the world's billionaires with an estimated worth of $69bn.


rich list

No.1: Carlos Slim Helu & family
$69bn
Age: 72
Industry/ Company: Telecom
Country: Mexico
Source: Forbes ‘The World’s Billionaire’s List, March 2012

Goldfinger Bindra gunning for London encore


EW DELHI (Reuters) - A chubby child in the mid 1990s, Abhinav Bindra began by shattering beer bottles on the lawn. Before too long he had graduated to smashing ampoules with pellets from the air gun his father had given him on his birthday.
A decade or so later in Beijing, the bespectacled shooter would shatter a myth and win independent India's first individual Olympic gold in the 10m air rifle event of the 2008 Games.
Part of the 11-member Indian shooting contingent bound for theLondon Games, the 29-year-old now shoulders the bulk of expectation from the world's second most populous nation.

Olympic Medal Mettle


In the build up to the 2012 Olympics in London all eyes are on the British athletes who are expected to excel in front of the excited home crowd. But who has the best chance of grabbing the top honours? Here are ten British sports superstars who will have their sights firmly set on gold in 2012.
Mo Farah — 5000m & 10000m
A slightly shaky build up to the Games shouldn't detract from the fact that Mo Farah is one of the best runners to have ever come out of Britain, which he proved to any doubters with a gold and silver at the 2011 World Championships. If he manages to pull off the performance of a lifetime and bag gold in both the 5000m and 10000m at the Olympics he will become the first Brit to ever secure this prestigious double.

10 ways to be a great parent

How to be a good parent: top 10 tipsOne of the nicest things about being a parent is that regardless of the circumstances of your own childhood, the moment you go from being ‘a girl or guy’ to being a parent, you suddenly ‘get it.’ That amazing feeling of exactly what it’s like to love something more than anything.
Here are Gurgles top ten tips on how to be a good parent…
1. Be involved in your child's life.
Being involved fully in your child’s life can be hard work, and more often than not means rethinking and rearranging your priorities. Lots of parents feel they don’t spend enough time with their children or that they have to sacrifice what they do for what the child wants. It’s important to get the balance right; if you work all week and can’t imagine a weekend looking after the children and need some ‘downtime’ yourself, make sure you make time for both. Take the children to the park, ice creams, read to them , spending quality time together but say ‘mummy/daddy needs an hour to catch up on emails/football etc’ to get the balance right.

Longest individual innings in ODIs


The most infamous ODI knock ever is Sunil Gavaskar's go-slow effort in the 1975 World Cup. That is the fourth longest innings played in ODIs, in terms of balls faced, but most of the others in the top-10 have made it because of the sheer size of the batsman's contribution to the team's cause.



Sunil Gavaskar (India): 36* in 174 balls(4x1) vs England at Lord's. Dennis Amiss' brilliant 147-ball 137 and contributions from Keith Fletcher and Chris Old saw England rack up an imposing 334 for 4 in the first match of the 1975 World Cup. The target was always beyond India, but for some inexplicable reason Sunil Gavaskar decided he would be better off getting some batting practice. Gavaskar didn't make any attempt at chasing down the target, even as his coach, spectators and the Indian dressing room were boiling over with frustration. In the end, England thumped India by a massive margin of 202 runs.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

9 tips for the perfect work,life balance


Many of us work too much, and it's hard to find the time for the after-hours activities we enjoy. Is it possible to balance the teeter totter of work and life? Maybe not, but here are nine tips to help you try: By Lindsay Olson | U.S.News & World Report LP


Be 100 percent where you are:

No: 1 Be 100 percent where you are: It's easy to keep thinking about that project you're working on long after you've left the office. And we're all guilty of sneaking out our phones to check work email during dinner. But by doing so, we let work take up more space than it should in our lives. Make an effort to leave work in the office, physically and mentally. Decide when you are shutting off and then actually do it.

Heal your home,Heal your home with Vaastu, Tips for a happy home

Tired of innumerable problems, which keep cropping up every now and then, to disrupt the routine and happiness in your home. Do you feel that there is a problem with your routine, your family or your home? Maybe, not!

Even when you feel that a problem may be arising from within, the source of problem may actually be outside your home and family. This is especially true, if you can see the recurrent problems, but really fail to pin-point a definite cause. 

Basic skincare routine we should all be following


Does your skin have a mind of it’s own? Does it behave well one day and look dull on another? Maybe you’re not following the basics steps of skin care. Read on to learn what you should be doing.
basic skin care routinebasic skin care routineWho doesn’t want healthy, glowing skin? While some people are blessed with flawless skin, most of us go to great lengths to try and get that natural glow. But before you go running to try some expensive new cream or revolutionary procedure, have you considered your basic skincare routine?

The most basic skincare routine

How I miss the long summers of childhood the ,remembered present


Ratnakar Tripathy recalls childhood summers spent in the hot plains of East Champaran, where sweetest memories are of the sourest pickles!

By Ratnakar Tripathy

As is usual with adult amnesia, after growing up I almost forgot about the joys of summer and could only think of them with a sense of impending third degree. Summer became the time for utter and unrelieved suffering. Now it occurs to me that despite having grown up in a hill station, quite absurdly it might seem, I spent most of my summers in the village in the hot plains of what is now East Champaran but used to be plain Champaran.  But as I scan through my adolescent and childhood memories, I do not detect a note of alarm or regret. All I remember is lot of highly involved and engaging fun. It was indeed a busy time spent almost entirely in the village orchards, markets and the fields.

Signs You Need More Sleep


If you have been having memory problems, loss of appetite and are perpetually feeling sick, those are the warning signs: You need more sleep!


Snooze was the best feature that was ever designed by the watch companies. We completely rely on them, don’t we? 
Those two minutes of extra sleep is just too comforting mentally. But what is the limit to snoozing? And does that really help? Do you wake up with a fresh mind? Or do you still doze off during a boring presentation? Is reaching office at 9.30AM one of the reasons why you hate your job? Have you ever wondered that this ‘sleeping at 2AM business’ has actually started to affect your performance at work? Read on as we tell you signs that you need to watch out for throughout the day to understand if your body needs more sleep:

No longing for lunchSleep deprivation can take a toll of your appetite. Once you mess up your body clock with irregular sleeping cycle, you tend to eat at random hours. Owing to all of this, your body is never hungry at the right time. You can either grain or lose a noticeable amount of weight because of this.
Constantly irritated
Is the noise from your co-worker’s keyboard enough for you to start hating him? A tiny thing that does not go your way just puts you off and ruins your day? Otherwise calm and quiet, you can become extremely restless and constantly worked up due to lack of sleep. And if not watched, you can put a lot of your good relationships in jeopardy. If these situations sound familiar to you, we suggest you meditate in the morning to stay calm and patient through the day.

Short attention span
Social media, smartphones, television and your superfast life has anyway affected your attention span. And sleeplessness simply adds up to this. There are chances that you keep forgetting your belongings like car keys, wallets or even try finding your glasses while they are actually right on your nose! Lack of sleep affects your concentration badly. So much so that you never forget to carry your notepad while in a meeting. This short term memory loss needs to be attended at an early stage before if starts to affect your functioning. Try feeding your brain with puzzles and number games. This will help clear your mental fatigue.

Sleep on the wheel
Drinking reduces your ability to concentrate and reduces your response rate, now you know why not to drink and drive! In exactly the same way, lack of sleep reduces the ability to respond spontaneously. After a hectic day at work with back to back meetings and over-exposure to the computer your eyes need adequate amount of sleep. So, if you find yourself holding on against falling asleep behind the wheel, it's time you attend to you body's dire need for sleep.

Subconscious sickness
Are you your doctor’s pet? Your immune system bails out on you if you don’t treat your body with a minimum seven hours of sleep? Because of this, you will always be prone to flu, headaches, nausea and body ache. So keep the intake of your power foods right and along with it get a good night of sleep.
Be honest with yourself and accept the fact that it is your extra work that is making you burn the midnight oil. Finish your work during your office hours and go home with a peaceful mind. Adequate amount of sleep is a key ingredient to keep your mind healthy. Bid adieu to all those midweek parties, keeping yourself fresh for working days and see how much more you will enjoy your weekends.

Hyundai Eon was the most online searched new car in 2011


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According to an offline study conducted by AC Nielsen on behalf of Google India, the top 10 most searched new car launches in 2011 were Hyundai Eon, Mahindra XUV 500, Honda Brio, Tata Manza, Maruti Kizashi, Toyota Liva, Hyundai Verna, Nissan Sunny, Skoda Rapid and Ford Fiesta respectively.
In terms of query volume growth, bigger and higher-end cars like SUVs emerged to be the fastest growing car segment with 83 per cent growth YoY, followed by premium cars (82 per cent), sedans (75 per cent), luxury cars (74 per cent) and finally hatchbacks (53 per cent).
The survey that was carried out at car showrooms in top 8 metros has revealed that one in two car buyers conducted research online before arriving at the dealership. The survey also revealed that of those who had researched their purchase online, over 50 per cent changed their choice of car brands after uncovering new information on the web.

Government websites to move to IPv6 by year end


The government today said it expects that by December this year all its websites will move to the latest format of Internet addressing system - IPv6. 

Every device on the computer network is assigned an internet protocol (IP) address, which is a numerical address that is its identity and forms the basis of Internet communication. 

At present, the websites run on IPv4. "IPv6 is designed to handle security issues better... Allgovernment websites will be IPv6-compatible by December this year. For the country as a whole, the roadmap for transitioning to IPv6 is by 2020," Telecom Secretary R Chandrashekhar told reporters here at the function marking World IPv6 Launch Day. Government websites to move to IPv6 by year end

Hackers shut down telecom operator Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited s website


 Hacking group Anonymous says it has attacked the website of a state-owned telecommunications provider in India for allegedly censoring content on the Internet. 

The corporate website of Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited, which caters to the major Indian cities of New Delhi and Mumbai, has been down for at least six hours Wednesday. 

A post on Anonymous India's blog says it attacked the site because the company had blocked several file sharing websites. 

Twitter unveils new bird trademark

Image Twitter unveiled a new "Twitterbird" Wednesday which will be the new trademark symbol for the fast-growing company. 

"Over the past six years, the world has become familiar with a little blue bird. The bird is everywhere, constantly associated with Twitter the service, and Twitter the company," said creative director Doug Bowman. 

"Starting today you'll begin to notice a simplified Twitter bird. From now on, this bird will be the universally recognizable symbol of Twitter... There's no longer a need for text, bubbled typefaces, or a lowercase 't' to represent Twitter." 

Napster founders reunite with social video service


Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning, the 'enfants terribles' whose Napster file-sharing technology helped dismantle the traditional music industry a decade ago, have joined forces again with a new service for friends to video chat on the Web.
The pair launched Airtime at a star-studded event that featured live appearances byHollywood actor Jim Carrey, talk show hostJimmy Fallon and TV star Joel McHale. There were also live video chats with rapper Snoop Dogg and actress Olivia Munn.
But the launch was not without its problems as the demo of the service ran into technical difficulties, as the stars milled around on stage.

9 star relationships that survived Bollywood


All the glitz and glamour in Bollywood comes with a price. There is tremendous pressure and numerous distractions and temptations. No wonder most relationships in Bollywood are short-lived. But there are a chosen few who have managed to defy this norm. Here’s the list of top 10 among them, in increasing order of years of togetherness:


star couples who survived Bollywood

Avantika & Imraan Khan (10 years) Although this couple got married only last year, they have been together since the past 10 years and deserve to be on the list for their sheer faithfulness towards each other. They have been together since a very young age and in spite of the industry they are in, have managed to keep their relationship alive and away from controversies. A young couple in today’s age showing such commitment is definitely ...

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