31 March 2012

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Aviation may be down, but training institutes still fly high

Posted: 30 Mar 2012 08:13 PM PDT

Some airline companies may be struggling to keep themselves afloat, but business for the aviation training industry is brisk, barring some exceptions.

An instance is Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher Academy. His aviation business is hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons, but students from the aviation academy are in demand. "Our academy is doing much better than our aviation business. World over, bulk carriers like Emirates, Qatar, Etihad are all growing and recruiting. Besides, many cabin crew members have resigned from India, as international players offer a better salary. Once we train students, it is not mandatory for them to join Kingfisher. So, there is continuous demand for air hostesses," said a senior official from the Kingfisher Airhostess Academy.

Industry sources say the Kingfisher Academy has shut shop at various centres but the latter denied this.

For some others, things have not been that rosy. The Air Hostess Academy, for instance, shut shop in 2009-10 and has had several complaints filed against it for failing to refund student fees. Flying Cats, another institute, recently shut down; a 'Fashionista School of Fashion Technology' is now available on the earlier contact number of Flying Cats.

In-house Training is another flying school whose present whereabouts are not known. Though their website still exists, the contact numbers on it could not be reached. A few numbers dialled by Business Standard at some centres said the institute had shut down.

Issues
"Cabin crew academies are not regulated in India and therein lies the basic problem. Unlike Pilot Training Academies, the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) does not regulate air hostess academies, so anyone with available infrastructure can open one. Therefore there could be dozens of fly-by-night operators in large and small cities, without anyone having a finger on the actual number," says Rajan Mehra, co-founder and executive director of Asia Pacific Academy.

The boom in the airline business in 2006-2009 led to a huge requirement of cabin crew for airlines. Sector experts say many saw this as an opportunity to make big money. "Neither were these academies equipped to handle so many students, nor were a majority of these students the cabin crew material. They were all promised lucrative jobs in airlines. But after the course, most students were without jobs," added Mehra.

India has over half a dozen branded aviation training institutes. Most of these offer a one-year diploma after the higher secondary (+2) examination, which prepares the candidates (age between 17 and 24 years) to join cabin crew of airlines. Most academies charge Rs 1.5-1.75 lakh for a year's course and Rs 70-75,000 for a six-month course. Fly-by-night operators sometimes charge much less to build up volumes, say experts.

Air hostess training requires specialised courses in grooming, etiquette, communication skills, aviation, safety and handling emergency situations. Hence an academy requires highly qualified instructors, with experience gained from roles in aviation and hospitality. Most academies, however, cut costs by hiring inexperienced faculty, lacking qualifications or expertise to be able to teach and guide students, according to industry players.

The anchored ones
But some like Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess Training, Aptech Aviation and Hospitality Academy, and Universal Training Academy are going great guns.

Frankfinn has set up around 200 centres, with more in the offing. Samir Walia, its president, marketing, says the institute got jobs for at least 5,000 students in the past year.

Universal Aviation Academy, based in Chennai, has had a fairly good placement season. Sarita Singh, placement in-charge, said demand for ground staff at airlines had not diminished.The institute offers 70-75 per cent placements every year.

At Kompass Aviation, though there was a standstill in placements three months earlier, the situation is back on track, says Amrutha Lily Jathanna, senior HR professional at the institute looking after these. The institute offers 85 per cent placement and Jathanna expects the situation to bounce back after April. Cabin crew placements are doing better than others at the institute.

Industry insiders say institutes which had only concentrated on air hostess training had to face the brunt of a hiring crisis and eventually shut down.

"The big players have an array of courses that help them overcome aviation crises, as a slowdown is witnessed in cabin crew recuitment and not ground staff hiring and similar areas," said a placement official of an aviation institute.

Head-hunters say the aviation sector may be going through a rough patch, but it's too early to panic. "Every sector has its business cycle of ups and down. The sector is not hiring rapidly. But in the next three to four months, we expect the situation to stabilise," said E Balaji, MD & CEO, Ma Foi Randstad.

Aptech Aviation and Hospitality Academy, earlier known as Avalon Academy, says the aviation industry's situation has not impacted it.

"At our institute, we are also seeing smaller private airports sending their employees for skill training. Further, we are focusing on airport managment and ground handling, apart from courses for air hostess training. This makes us well diversified," said Shrutidhar Paliwal, vice-president (corporate communications and media relations).

He said Air India Singapore Airport Terminal Services had recruited from them this year. The institute has a placement record of 85-90 per cent and has both national and international airlines coming for placements.


Extract Gold from you Discarded Mobiles

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 11:19 PM PDT

Beijing: Believe it or not, 1,500 kg of gold, one million kg of copper and 30,000 kg of silver can be extracted from the 100 million discarded mobile phones in China.
People’s Daily reported on Thursday that about 400 million mobile phones were discarded each year, China accounting for nearly 100 million.
According to the daily, a mobile phone has various precious materials including 0.01 percent of gold, 20-25 percent of copper and 40-50 percent of recycling plastic.
A study shows that 150 grams of gold, 100 kg of copper and 3 kg of silver can be extracted from one tonne of discarded mobile phones.
Under current situation, 100 million discarded cell phones in China weigh 10,000 tonnes.
And this would fetch a bonanza of 1,500 kg of gold, the daily said.
Source: IANS


Buffet’s 10 Tips to Get Rich

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 10:52 PM PDT

Warren Buffet is the richest man in the world, with an estimated wealth of $62 billion. He is eminently regarded as one of the most successful investors in the world and is called a 'Legendary Investor'.

 
When he began buying stocks in Berkshire Hathaway in 1962, one share cost him around $7.50 dollar. But today the entire scenario is changed and at 81, Buffet is Berkshire's Chairman and CEO and one share of the company's class 'A' stock worth is close to $119,000. He credits his amazing success to several key strategies. Here are some of Buffett’s money-making secrets and tips for you to get rich -

 

1. Reinvest Your Profits

 
When you first make profit in the stock market, you may be tempted to spend more in order to gain more. But he says, "Don’t." Instead, he suggests reinvesting the profits. Buffett learnt this lesson much early. In his high school, he and a mate bought a pinball machine to pun in a barbershop. With the money they earned, they bought more machines. When the friends sold the scheme, Buffett used the proceeds to buy stocks so that he could start another small business with the profit. By 26, he’d accumulated $174,000. Even a small sum can turn into great wealth, if it is wisely invested.

 

2. Be Willing To Be Different

 
Don’t let your decisions be based entirely upon what everyone says or does. When Buffett began handling money in 1956 with $100,000, he started with a handful of investors. Back then he was dubbed an oddball. He worked in Omaha, not Wall Street, and he refused to inform his parents where he was investing their money. People foresaw it as a failure but after 14 years, when he closed his partnership; it was worth more than $100 million. Instead of following the crowd, he went out of the box and looked for underrated investments and ended up vastly beating the market average every single year. To Buffett, what everybody is doing is doing is the average. He says 'to be above average, you need to measure yourself' which he calls as 'Inner Scorecard', that is 'judging yourself by your own standards and not the world’s.'

 

3. Never Suck Your Thumb

 
When you need to make money investing or money making decision, gather all information regarding it in advance and solicit a friend or relative to make sure that you stick to your self decided deadline. Buffett prides himself on swiftly making up his mind, taking a decision and executing it. He calls any unnecessary sitting and thinking as "thumb sucking." Whenever people offered him a business or an investment, he on spot answer was always, "I won’t talk unless they bring me a price."

 

4. Spell Out the Deal Before You Start

 
Your bargaining power is always at its greatest before you begin a job. This is a time when you have something good to offer to the other party. Buffett learnt this lesson the hard way as a kid, when his grandfather Ernest hired him to dig out the family grocery store after a blizzard. The boys spent five hours scooping until he could barely straighten his frozen hands. Afterward, his grandfather gave him less than 90 cents. Warren Buffett was shocked to see that he performed such backbreaking work only to earn pennies per hour. Always nail down the particulars of a deal in advance even the deal is with your friends and relatives.

 

5. Watch Small Expenses

 
Warren Buffett invests in businesses which are run by managers who are obsessed even over the tiniest of cost. He once acquired a company whose owner counted the sheets in rolls of 500-sheet toilet paper to see if he was being cheated and Buffet really appreciated this. He also admired a friend who painted only the road facing side of his office building. Exercising alertness over every expense can make your profits and your paycheck.

 

6. Limit What You Borrow

 
Living mostly on credit cards and loans will not make you rich. Buffett has never borrowed a noteworthy amount, not even to invest or mortgage. He has gotten a number of heart rendering letters from people who thought their borrowing was manageable but became overwhelmed by debt. His advice: "Negotiate with creditors to pay what you can. Then, when you’re debt-free, work on saving some money that you can use to invest," as quoted on his official website.

 

7. Be Persistent

 
With obstinacy and resourcefulness, you can even win against a well established competitor. In 1983, Warren Buffett acquired the Nebraska Furniture Mart as he liked the way its founder, Rose Blumkin, did business. She was a Russian immigrant, who built the mart from a pawnshop into the largest furniture store in North America. Her strategy was to undersell the rich ones and she was a merciless delegate who was very good in negotiation. To Warren Buffett, Rose personified the unwavering courage that makes a winner out of an underdog.

 

8. Know When to Quit

 
Once, when Warren Buffett was in his teens, went to the racetrack. He gambled on a race and lost. To get back with his funds, he bet on another race. He lost again which actually left him with nothing. He felt sick and wasted nearly a week’s earnings. But Buffett learnt from this and never repeated any such mistakes. He says, "Know when to walk away from a loss, and don’t let anxiety fool you into trying again."

 

9. Assess the Risk

 
In 1995, an employer of Warren Buffett’s son, Howie, was accused by the FBI for price-fixing. Warren Buffett advised Howie to imagine the worst and best case scenarios if he stayed with his company. His son quickly realized the risks of staying in the company anymore and he quit the very next day. Hew says asking yourself "and then what?" can help you much more and will let you see all the possible consequences when you’re struggling hard to make a decision.

 

10. Know What Success Really Means

 
Despite his wealth, Warren Buffett does not measure success as per the number of dollars. In 2006, he vowed to give almost of his fortune to charities, primarily to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He's adamant about not funding monuments to himself. He doesn't want any Warren Buffett buildings or halls. He says, "I know people who have a lot of money and they get testimonial dinners and hospital wings named after them. But the truth is that nobody in the world loves them. When you get to my age, you’ll measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you actually do love you. That’s the ultimate test of how you’ve lived your life," as quoted in his official website.


5 Things You Did Not Know about Google

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 10:21 PM PDT

Information today has become as available as the internet, literally; but where would the world be without the revolutionary invention that made this happen? Nobody (except maybe Google) knows.

 
And since Google makes it its business to know all about everybody, have you ever wondered how much you know about the world's most popular search engine? (If you haven't, now is probably a good time to start).

 
Marissa Mayer, the vice president of local, maps, and localization at Google, has been on Google's team from the second year after the search engine launched. Being on the team for so long has let her see Google's growth first-hand, and in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, she listed out five things you probably didn't know about the search engine.

 
Here are the five so-far-unknown insider anecdotes about Google:

 

1. Why so much of Googe's homepage is white:

 
Google’s dependence on white space on its homepage was one that arose purely out of necessity, and not because it wanted to be minimalist in design. According to Mayer, Sergey Brin, Google co-founder explained "We don't have a webmaster and I don't do HTML."

 

2. How Google’s AdSense happened:

 
Mayer, in the interview, said she almost killed the idea of targeting ads based on users' e-mails, because she (at first) thought the idea was "creepy". However, a colleague working an all-nighter overlooked her dismissal of the idea, and thus started ads-in-e-mail.

 
Today, Google's AdSense is a multi-billion dollar business.

 

3. How much would it take to occupy some white space?

 
According to Google's calculation, an ad on its home page would cost at least $10 million, if not more, apparently.

 
If only the space were for sale! (But then again, the only white space humankind knows on the internet would be cluttered with stuff we see everywhere else).

 

4. Why did the Google homepage have a copyright symbol on it?

 
Talking about the white space on Google—the page had the copyright symbol installed after initial test users did nothing but stare at the home page, "waiting for the rest of it to load," Mayer said. It's not necessary, but the symbol served as a sign that the minimal page had finished loading and was ready for a search entry.

 

5. And about acquiring things…

 
Mayer once had an extreme fascination for Motorola's circa-1996 StarTAC mobile phone; she even bought used models of the phone on e-Bay to try and build up a collection.
But any resemblance to the incident, whether from fiction or real-life (read "Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility”) is like when you happen to hoard a product and then come to a point years later where you buy the company that makes said product— it'spurely coincidental.


30 March 2012

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RIM Cuts BlackBerry Prices by 26 percent to Boost Sales

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 12:06 AM PDT

BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion today slashed prices of its handsets by up to 26 per cent as it looks to grab a bigger share of the smartphone market in India.

The reduction in prices of handsets comes after the the Canadian company cut prices of its tablet PC PlayBook in December last year.

“RIM as a brand has moved from just an enterprise device to as a more consumer device. Be it our services or the product, we have seen a strong uptake by the youth and therefore, to get the devices into more hands, we are cutting the prices,” RIM India Managing Director Sunil Dutt told PTI.

The move will help us tap a wider base of the large market that India is, he added.

While the price of entry-level model — Curve 8520 — has been reduced by over 18 per cent to Rs 8,999 from Rs 10,990, the price of Torch 9860 has been reduced by over 26 per cent per cent to Rs 21,990 from Rs 29,990 earlier.

The retail price of Curve 9380 and Curve 9360 has been reduced to Rs 16,990 and Rs 18,990, respectively.

The handsets were earlier available for Rs 20,990 (Curve 9380) and Rs 19,990 (Curve 9360).

“These four handsets comprise a bulk of sales in the country, it is 60 per cent of the business from India,” Dutt said.

According to a CyberMedia study, smartphone shipments touched 11.2 million units in calendar year 2011, recording a year-on-year growth of 87 per cent.

While Nokia was the leader in the smartphones segment with 38 per cent share, Samsung followed with 28 per cent share in CY 2011. RIM stood at third place with a 15 per cent share.

Dutt said the company aims to further enhance its presence and leverage the demand for its products.

“The focus is not just on reducing prices, but we want to address a larger number of people and give them the overall experience of BlackBerry. We will continue to focus on bringing locally relevant products, services and applications to Indian consumers,” he said.

In December last year, RIM had slashed the price of its PlayBook by more than half to Rs 24,490 for the 64GB version under an offer from the original price Rs 37,990. This was further reduced to Rs 19,990 earlier this month.

A report released by Cybermedia Research indicates 21 per cent market share for BlackBerry PlayBook in India, he added.

The price of the 16GB version was however raised marginally to Rs 13,990 from Rs 13,490 (available under the offer). The device was originally launched at Rs 27,990.
Source: PTI


29 March 2012

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Soviet Satellite to Fall to Earth

Posted: 28 Mar 2012 04:31 AM PDT

Soviet satellite on earth

Meteor-1, the Soviet Union’s first fully operational weather satellite, will Monday night re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere after more than four decades in orbit, the web site of the US Strategic Command said.

The Meteor satellite series was developed in the Soviet Union during the sixties. On March 26, 1969, a Vostok rocket launched Meteor-1, the very first version of the Soviet Meteor satellite network, into orbit. The satellite terminated operations in July 1970, according to NASA information.

The spacecraft is expected to begin falling at 3:13 a.m. Moscow time March 27 with debris estimated to fall into the Indian Ocean south of Sri Lanka, the US Strategic Command said.

Weighing between 1,200 and 1,400 kg, the spacecraft was originally placed in orbit at an altitude of 650 km, the Space Safety magazine said. Two solar panels were automatically oriented toward the sun to provide the spacecraft with the maximum amount of solar power.

Meteor-1 provided near-global observations of the earth’s weather systems, cloud cover, ice and snow fields, and reflected and emitted radiation from the dayside and nightside of the earth-atmosphere system for operational use by the Soviet meteorological service.

Some of the processed data and TV pictures from the satellite were distributed to meteorological centers around the world.
Source: IANS


Top 7 Fake Smartphones in India

Posted: 28 Mar 2012 12:23 AM PDT

When tech-giants like Apple and Samsung are fighting with each other to grab a bigger pie in this booming mobile market, there is a whole new set of  villains (mainly Chinese) who are cloning the high-end smartphones. These cheap fake phones are obviously very inferior to the original ones, but they are they are still selling out in this price-sensitive market.

 
Samsung Galaxy SII vs. HDC A9100:

 

Samsung Galaxy SII, one of the most popular Android smartphone has one local enemy named HDC A9100 which costs less than half of Galaxy SII. Samsung Galaxy SII costs around Rs 30,000 and HDC A9100 comes for only Rs 13,000.

 
HDC A9100 is a Chinese dual-SIM phone which has a 4.3-inch capacitive screen, dual camera, is powered by dual-core MT6573 processor, runs on Android 2.3 and has access to Google's Android market. This cloned phone is available online shopping site Alibaba.com.

 
How to Identify: At the first glance HDC A9100 looking exactly same as Galaxy SII, but this cloned phone comes with a HDC logo at the back therefore you can easily identify it.

 

Apple iPhone vs. Vox ePhone:

 

Apple's iPhone is a work of art in the smartphone category and a copy of it can just look alike, it can never give the feel of having an original iPhone. The dupe of iPhone – the Vox ePhone- costs only Rs 3,000 which is quite okay to fool your friends for a while, the original iPhone has starting price of Rs 34,000.

 
Vox ePhone is a dual-SIM phone which comes with 3.0 inches Full Touch Screen display, dual camera, 3.5mm Audio output and supports Memory Card upto 16GB, Bluetooth A2DP, JAVA, Games and Applications, Flight Mode, GPRS, WAP Enable. This phone is available at naaptol.com.

 
How to Identify: Vox ePhone looks like iPhone from all the angles, but comes with a Vox logo at the back.

 

Nokia E7 vs. Vox IE7:

 

Vox IE7, the fake of Nokia E7 has the same good looks of the original. Vox IE7 costs Rs 4,000 while the Nokia E7 costs around Rs 28,000.

 
Vox IE7 is a dual-SIM phone 3 inch Touch Screen Slider mobile with full QWERTY key-pad. It comes with dual camera, MP3/MP4 player, FM radio, 16GB external memory with its SD Card, Java, MSN, E-mail, Real-player and supports Bluetooth, GPRS & Mobile Internet. This phone is available at naaptol.com.

 
How to Identify: Vox IE7 has a Vox logo above the screen.

 

Nokia N97 vs. Cesim N97 Mini:

 

The fate of the original Nokia N97 was not that glorious as it got discontinued due to less market acceptance and various other reasons, but the clone of this phone – the CESIM N97 Mini- is still alive with a price tag of Rs 5,000, the original used to cost Rs 29,000.

 
Cesim N97 Mini supports dual-SIM and sports dual camera, 3.2 inch touch screen, FM Radio, JAVA 2.0, MP3,MP4, E-book reader. It also supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for connectivity and is available at Alibaba.com.

 
How to Identify: Cesim N97 doesn't have a Nokia logo anywhere.

 

HTC touch vs. Santek SSG730:

 

The fake of HTC touch, Santek SSG730 costs around Rs 4,000, while the original HTC touch costs Rs 12,000.

 
The Santek SSG730 is a Windows Mobile 5 phone which comes with 2.8-inch LCD touchscreen, a 2 Megapixel camera, support for GPS, Bluetooth, optional WiFi, microSD card slot and also has a fingerprint reader for security.

 
How to Identify: The cloned one does not have a HTC logo anywhere.

 

Nokia N95 vs. Nokla N 95:

 

The Chinese maker of the clone of Nokia N95 has made is so cunningly that it's quite difficult to identify the duplicate, the fake one has a 'L' in place of 'I' which is quite unnoticeable  . Even though Nokia N95 is no more available in the market, but you can owe a Nokla N95 for Rs 4,000.

 
Nokla N 95 comes with a 2.6-inch screen, 2.0 megapixel camera and is quite distinguishable which its keys with backlist display.

 
How to Identify: 'L' sits in the place of 'I', its Nokla not Nokia.


Super-Rich Spiritual Gurus of India

Posted: 27 Mar 2012 11:23 PM PDT

 

 

In today's profane world the Indian gurus or in other words "miracle workers"  who are often referred as "godmen," have more of a celebrity image with their savvy, powerful figures who control vast business empires and own enormous wealth they also dabble in politics and manipulate the media.

 
These modern day Gurus are not only renowned but they also possess a lot of wealth through NGO and private funds. Some prominent ones who have passed away cannot be missed, like Sathya Sai Baba who died recently could count more followers than any other Indian guru, and the financial worth of his spiritual empire is several times bigger. Sai Baba reportedly had wealth of over more than Rs 40,000 crore.

 
Here are 5 super-rich Indian gurus who own vast business empire.

 
Baba Ramdev

 

'Yoga Guru' Baba Ramdev gained popularity through ventures in yoga, alternative medicine and agriculture, as well as his advocacy on Indian political issues. His life is no less than a typical bollywood movie. He was born in a poor farmer’s family in Haryana and until 15 years back Ramdev was a struggling man who was often seen on the streets of Haridwar, peddling his bicycle as he went to temples and people’s homes to teach them yajnas. Later through his knowledge of yoga asanas Baba Ramdev went on to build an enviable Rs 1,100 crore empire.

 
He was also among the first to raise the issue of black money publicly in 2008 and before the assembly elections of 2009 it was during this time he officially announced his wealth of Rs 1,100 crore but according to tehelka.com t is said he controls over Rs 11,000 crore

 
Wealthy Assests: Patanjali Yogpeeth and Divya Yogi Mandir trusts and other branches, Patanjali Ayurved College, Patanjali Chikitsalaya, Yog Gram, Goshala, Patanjali Food And Herbal Park, etc.  His empire today consists of over three dozen companies.

 

Mata Amritanandamayi

 

Sudhamani Idamannel, also known as Mata Amritanandamayi Devi and Amma (“Mother”), the Hindu spiritual leader and teacher, who is revered as a saint by her followers. Amritanandamayi spontaneously embraces people to comfort them in their sorrow and therefore is also referred to as “The Hugging Saint.” She has hugged close to 30 million people to date, she is widely respected for her humanitarian activities and is probably by far the richest godwoman in the country.

 
Main Source of Income: Amrita Viswa Vidyapeetham colleges, Amrita Institute of Medical Science (Kochi), Amrita Schools, TV channel. Amrita Schools are located across Kerala where students are charged the same fee as topnotch private schools. Adding to it are the contributions from her millions of Indian and foreign devotees.

 
Even by modest estimates, the Amritanandamayi Trust, which presides over, is said to have assets worth over Rs 1,500 crore. Today, her ashram at her native Vallikavu, a small island off Kollam, is a posh five-storey building.

 

Sri Sri Ravishankar

 

Sri Sri Ravishankar is a renowned spiritual leader, known worldwide. He is the founder of the very famous Art of Living foundation that has an estimated 300 million followers in 151 countries who donate millions to this foundation. He was born in Tamil Nadu and took up Vedic studies when he was just six years old and by the age of 17, he had completed studies in Vedic literature and science according to indiatoday.in

 
Main Source of Income: Art of Living Centre (Bangalore), Sri Sri Shankar Vidya Mandir Trust, PU College (Bangalore), Sri Sri Centre for Media Studies (Bangalore), Sri Sri University, Art of Living Health & Educational Trust (US), etc.

 
It is estimated that, he has built an empire with that has total turnover of approximately Rs 1,000 crore that includes his Art of Living (AOL) institutes, pharmacy and health centres, and a hill 40 km from Bangalore on lease from the Karnataka government for 99 years.

 

Asaram Bapu

 

Sant Shri Asharam Ji Bapu is endearingly known as Bapu among all the godmen and self proclaimed saints mentioned above Asaram Bapu is one of the most controversial. He is accused of land grabbing in Gujarat and various other cities and is busy settling the string of cases charged against him. There have also been rumors of “sinister activities” at his ashrams, after four children were found dead at his ashrams a couple of months ago and though it turned out that a student had killed them, it was bad publicity for the Godman nonetheless.

 
His most popular and well established asharam Motera in  Ahmedabad, is also said to be built on land acquired illegally. The trust headed by the controversial godman owns more than 350 ashrams in the country and abroad, besides 17,000 Bal Sanskar Kendras.

 
Asaram Bapu's trust is said to have turnover Rs 350 crore according to official announcement (figures may vary) which includes the multicrore controversial ashram in Delhi's Ridge area.

 

Gurmeet Ram Rahim

 

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insaan is the current leader of an organization called Dera Sacha Sauda. Since becoming the head of this sect, he has often been involved in controversy, even having criminal cases filed against him. The Dera Sacha Sauda was established by Shah Mastana Ji from Baluchistan in 1948, as a centre for spiritual learning.

 
Assets: Over 700 acres of agriculture land in Sirsa, a 175- bed hospital in Ganganagar, Rajasthan, gas stations, market complexes and over 250 ashrams across the globe. Although his income isn't revealed officially but he considered to be one among the richest gurus
 
Ram Rahim the Dera chief is accused of murder, rape and sexual harassment The most damaging allegation as yet on Baba Ram Rahim is of a female follower’s letter anonymously sent to Prime Minister, President which claimed that Baba Ram Rahim had allegedly raped her and at least 50 more female followers in the Dera Sacha Sauda premises. This Baba is currently out on bail, he is being investigated by the CBI and trial is on before a special CBI court at Ambala.


Top 5 Indians in Hollywood

Posted: 27 Mar 2012 11:00 PM PDT

Indians have conquered heights in diverse fields such as politics, corporate world and academics in US and across the globe. But there are few Indian actors and directors working in Hollywood who have excelled in the field with their prowess and have taken the global movie market by storm. Let us have a look at some of the well-known and talented Indians who have made it big in Hollywood-
Manoj Shyamalan

Manoj Shyamalan, professionally known as M.Night Shyamalan is one of the most successful Indian-born American director, screen writer and producer. His 'Sixth Sense', a psychological thriller movie made him one of the most sought after directors in Hollywood, for which he was even nominated for the Oscars. He is known for directing movies with contemporary mystic plots and ending it with an ironic wound, leaving the viewers to spin around by the end of the movie. Apart from being a well-renowned and talented director and screen writer, Shyamalan has proved his acting skills with his performance in his own movies such as Praying with Anger, Lady in the Water, Unbreakable and Signs.
Shyamalan who was born to a Malayali father and Tamil mother was raised in Pennsylvia and he started to view film making with great passion when he was just eight. The Government of India honoured him with the prestigious Padma Shri in the year 2008.

 

Kal Penn

Kalpen Suresh Modi, popular as Kal Penn is a Hollywood film and TV actor, who has also worked under the Obama administration, achieving greater political heights. He made his debut in 'Express: Aisle to Glory' in 1998 and is best known for his acting in the Harold and Kumar film series. His character Gogol in the movie 'The Namesake', directed by Mira Nair touched the hearts of millions of film lovers and so did his performance in movies like American Desi, A Lot like love, Epic movie and Superman returns.
While at school Kal felt unhappy to see the ridiculous Indian stereotypes carried in some of the Hollywood movies such as Indian Jones and the Temple of Doom, which created a determination in him to work against this trend in future.
Kal attended The Fine and Performing Arts Academy at Howell High School and later on majored in film and sociology from the University of California at Los Angeles. He was born to Guajarati immigrants.

 

A.R .Rahman

The 'Mozart of Indian Cinema', A.R.Rahman is a music composer, record producer, musician and singer; a name even small kids are familiar with. One of the highest paid music composers in India, Rahman has also established his footprint in Hollywood with his beautiful and splendid compositions in movies such as Shekhar Kapur's 'Elizabeth: The Second Age', 'Inside Man', 'Lord of War', 'The Accidental Husband', etc. He became the first Asian to win Golden Globe and two Oscar Awards for his mind-blowing scores in 'Slumdog Millionaire'.
The Indian DJ's in New York and London had forecasted long back that this humble man will be receiving overwhelming response and appreciation once he enters Hollywood.
Rahman, who started playing musical instruments at the age of 11, began his film career in 1992 and has now risen as the 'man who redefined contemporary Indian music'. He holds a graduation in Western Classical music from Trinity College of Music.

 

Deepa Mehta

Deepa Mehta is an Indian-born Canadian film director and screenwriter who is famous for her works which mainly explores the cultural taboos and traditions that exists in India. Her Elements Trilogy-Fire, Earth and Water made her one of the most promising and acclaimed film makers and helped her to achieve several prestigious honors like Genie Awards and Lifetime Achievement award by Loyola Marymount University. Her movie 'water', which revolves around the lives of widows at an ashram in Varanasi released in the year 2005 won numerous awards and was nominated for the Oscars as well.
Mehta who holds a degree in philosophy from Delhi University started making short documentaries after completing her course and came up with her debut 'Sam and Me' in the year 1991.

 

Dev Patel

Dev Patel is a British actor of Indian origin who was widely accepted by the movie world for his brilliant performance in Danny Boyle's Slum Dog Millionaire released in the year 2008.His character Jamal Malik helped him to triumph in film career, which also resulted in Dev being honoured with awards such as Critics Choice Award , Screen Actors Guild Award, British Independent Film Award, National Board of Review (NBR) Award, Chicago Film Critics Association Award, and two Black Reel Awards for Best Actor and Best Breakthrough Performance. The actor who began his career in 2006 proved himself by his splendid debut  in the role of Anwar Kharral in Skins, a British drama series.