17 March 2012

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Sachin Tendulkar finally hits 100th international century

Posted: 16 Mar 2012 05:18 AM PDT

Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, treated like God by his fans, ended the long and tiring wait for his 100th international century on Friday at Dhaka’s Shere Bangla National Stadium.

Tendulkar, the leading run scorer in the history of both Test and one-day cricket, achieved the most-coveted ton by taking a single off Shakib Al Hasan against Bangladesh in Asia Cup. Tendulkar’s century came off 138 balls and was studded with 10 fours and a six.

The master blaster’s 99th century had come against South Africa on March 12, 2011, at Nagpur during the World Cup. Friday’s century was Tendulkar’s 49th in one-dayers; he has 51 Test centuries.

Tendulkar, who was left stranded on 99 international hundreds for a year and four days, played Test series against England, the West Indies and Australia. He also featured in the recently concluded triseries in Australia but his bid to become the first batsman to score 100 international hundreds remained unfulfilled, although he came close on a few occasions.

Tendulkar has defied age and injury at every stage of his career. Whenever injuries threatened to stall his career, he pushed his body to the limit, and sometimes even beyond. Even the most threatening of all his injuries – the painful tennis elbow (in 2004) – couldn’t break him. He cried out in agony, waited with hope for almost a year, tackled it with determination and ultimately conquered it like only he can.

In February 2010, Tendulkar became the first in world cricket to score a double hundred in one-day internationals, while in December 2010 he became the first to score 50 Test tons, both landmarks achieved against the best pace attack in world cricket – South Africa.

Wisden, regarded as the bible of cricket, named Tendulkar as the leading cricketer in the world for the year 2010.

In 2007, Wisden had identified Tendulkar as the player to have won such an award for 1998 – had it been instituted then.

Tendulkar, who realised his long-cherished dream when India won the World Cup in April 2011, was also named in Wisden’s 2009 Test XI, at his accustomed number four position.

His passion for the game not only keeps him going, but also gives him the opportunity to reinvent himself. Each time he goes out on to the field he seems to be raising the bar for himself.

4 Best Android 4G Tablets

Posted: 16 Mar 2012 12:31 AM PDT

Tablets has become an integral part of our day-to-day life and also the best alternatives for desktops and laptops. With the launch of Apple's new iPad with Retinal Display and  LTE network support, the market has started buzzing more about 4G network enabled tablets. Other than Apple there are a few Android entrants in this 4G spectrum which are quite competitive with the new iPad and can be a good choice if you don't want to burn your pocket for Retina Display.

1. Sony Tablet P

Sony has tried something entirely different by making an innovative foldable design which fits your pocket. The tablet has dual-screen which can be folded; the screens can also be used for two separate functions.

The tablet is powered by dual-core 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, GeForce graphic processor, 1 GB of RAM and runs on Android 3.2 Honeycomb operating system. It has 5.5 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen with features like multi-touch input method and three-axis gyro sensor. It also has 5.0 MP rear camera, 0.3 MP front facing camera; featuring digital zoom, touch focus, image stabilization, geo-tagging, face and smile detection and the tablet also come with a set of per-installed exclusive Sony apps, music and PlayStation archive games. This tablet is available in India for Rs.36990 as 3G+Wi-Fi model and $549.99 for 4G with AT&T Wireless in U.S.


2. Motorola Droid XyBoard 8.2 and 10.1

Both the XyBoatds are thin, stylish and light weight tablets with a bright screen. Both tablets are packed with 1.2 GHz dual-core processors, 1GB of RAM, and runs on Android 3.2 Honeycomb operating system.

The tablets have 5 MP rear facing camera, 1.3 MP front facing camera; features LED flash, autofocus and digital zoom. These tablets come in three models; 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB variant and costs Rs.28277, Rs.33625 and Rs.38971 respectively for 10.1 inch model. A 16 GB 8.1 inch Xyboard is available for Rs.22935, while a 32GB version will cost Rs.28277 and there is no 64GB version in India. In U.S. these two tablets are available included two-year Verizon Wireless data contract. The 10.1 inch 16 GB and 32 GB models cost $529 and $629.99 respectively, while 8.2 inch 16 and 32 GB models are available for $399 and $499 respectively.


3. Huawei MediaPad

Huawei MediaPad was the first 7 inch tablet running on Android 3.2 Honeycomb operating system. The MediaPad is powered by Qualcomm dual core 1.2 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM.

The tablet comes with 5 MP rear facing camera and 1.3 MP front facing camera; capable of recoding HD videos, 16 GB internal memory and can be expandable up to 32 GB with microSD card. The MediaPad is available in India for Rs.25000 and for $429.99 by T-Mobile network with two year contract.


4. Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1

Impressive looking Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 tablets are company's first 4G. These tablets run on Android 3.2 Honeycomb operating system and house 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 3.0 MP rear facing camera and 2.0 front facing camera.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 furnishes better graphics and gaming experiences to the users, these tablets are also equipped with gyroscope and accelerometer sensors. The tablets feature stereo speakers and full HD 1080p playback at 30 frames per second, which can also be played on a big screen TV with the help of HDMI out port. These are priced between Rs.32000 to Rs.42000. The Galaxy Tab 10.1, 32 GB model is available in U.S. for $699.99 on Verizon Wireless and the Galaxy Tab 8.9, 16 GB model is available for $499.99 on AT&T Wireless.

Buying Smartphone? 8 Things to Check

Posted: 16 Mar 2012 12:01 AM PDT

In India smartphones are available in every price point and with lots of features which put you more in confusion than clarity as every manufacturer offers you with something new and unique. To choose the best smartphone to cater your needs and within your budget can be a bit trying task. All those high-end features in these smartphones will be trading-off some or the other functionality which is important for you. So here are some helpful tips to consider while you are out there in the market clutter to buy one.

1. Operating System

Operating system is the main feature which you should see while buying a smartphone. It may be Apple's iOS, BlackBerry's BB OS, Google's Android OS, Nokia's Symbian OS or Microsoft's Windows Phone OS.

Well with so many operating systems it true that you surely be in confusion. Most of the smartphones have Google's Android OS and rest others are just stick to their own produces OS like Apple's iOS, Nokia's Symbian and BlackBerry's BB. It is always recommended to buy a device with a latest upgraded operating system. To tell you the facts, Google's Android 4.0 is the latest in the market, iOS 5 is the recent one from Apple, Nokia is not that much into Symbian now as it is more into Windows Phone OS(mostly 7.5-Mango) and in case on Blackberry BB7 is new.


2. Apps'

Just owing the smartphone doesn't make sense. Your smartphone can do a lot more than your imagination with the help of app store. The Apple AppStore is the biggest of all with more than 5 lakhs app for iPhone including iPod touch and iPad. The Android App Market holds the second place with more than 4 lakhs app for Android smartphones and tablets.

This huge app stores lets you download apps for social networking, productivity, games and for lot of stuffs. These stores contain both paid and free apps. It is recommended to go for the Android apps; not like we are very fond for Androids, juts because studies say Android apps are more stable than iOS apps.


3. Email

You becomes smarter with your smartphone, more email are likely to go from your smartphone than text messages. All Android smartphones are integrated with Gmail services as Android a Google product. Your Gmail account will be synchronized with your smartphone in real-time. Well the Apple also supports Gmail, POP3, IMAP accounts, Yahoo mail and Microsoft Exchange connectivity.

If you are a person who prefers to send emails or if you are in a business you have to update every single minute via email then the BlackBerry smartphone are best suits for you. BlackBerry smartphones are most appropriate for emails communication for both business and personal.


4. Keyboard

This choice really depends on you whether you want to buy a smartphone with keyboard, without keyboard or a combination of both. Majority of Samsung smartphones are touchscreen and BlackBerry rules with the combination of keyboard and touchscreen.

If you are a heavy text user then BlackBerry and Nokia is the best for you as these smartphone makers offers full QWERTY keypad and as well as touchscreen in the same device.


5. Hardware Specs and Storage

800 GHz processor and 290 MB of RAM would be good enough to perform well for a decent smartphone. But for better graphics and games you have to step-up for higher power and storage.

For storage every normal smartphones can be expandable up to 32 GB using microSD memory card, but you should see the internal memory too. It will be better to purchase a smartphone which has a good built-in memory; we recommend at least 4 GB to 8 GB of internal storage for smartphone.


6. Camera

Having a camera in your smartphone never lets you click all your loving moments in life. Make sure to check the camera quality while buying smartphone. Normally 2 MP to 8 MP is available in most of the smartphones right now in the market.

It is good if you go for higher one but it sucks battery life and the processor will also constantly become weaker to perform. It is recommended to buy a smartphone with 3 MP to 5 MP camera, If you are more obsessed photography let smartphone do its job and buy a good compact camera for taking pictures.


7. Battery

All those high-end features are good for nothing with your dies of often; therefore battery life is one major thing which we all look out for. Measuring battery life is not so easy, if you want a faster processor, a better brighter display and so on then you have to compromise with the battery life a bit. Normally most of the smartphones are capable of working up to one day. Increase in battery life depends on how you use it; you can switch off the Wi-Fi when it is not in use and reduce the display brightness to boost its juice a bit.


8. Price

It depends on your limit, how much you would like to spend on smartphone? It is good not to burn your pocket by spending more than Rs.25000 for a smartphone. Go for the smartphone which performs well, fulfills your needs and is affordable.

12 Years of Govt. Service, Dy Collector worth Rs 118 Crore

Posted: 15 Mar 2012 11:51 PM PDT

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Wednesday claimed to have unearthed assets worth over Rs 118 crore allegedly belonging to a Deputy Collector posted in Raigad district of Maharashtra, adjacent to Mumbai.

The raids, which began late last night, were carried out simultaneously at 26 different premises belonging to Nitish Janardhan Thakur and continued all through the day, ACB officials said in a release.

He and his family mainly own properties at Alibag, Belcade, Kolgaon, Gotheghar, Chikhali, (all villages in Alibag tehsil), Kandivali, Borivali, Gorai, Vile Parle, Andheri and Ghatkopar (all Mumbai suburbs), and Murud, valued collectively at 118.39 crore, ACB said. A senior ACB official said he also owns a Land Rover, Mercedes and Honda CRV.

The other objects that were recovered include three watches worth Rs 20 lakh, two diamond bracelets worth Rs 6 lakh, three music systems worth Rs 7 lakhs, an imported 74-inch LED TV worth Rs 22 lakh, six crystal busts worth Rs 18 lakh, 11 pairs of imported shoes worth Rs 35,000 each, a jacuzzi worth Rs 9 lakh, and 100 tolas of gold.

Thakur, his wife Meenal, mother Chhaya, and brother Nilesh have been arrested and offences have been registered under Prevention of Corruption Act as well as IPC at the Alibag police station.

He has not been produced before the court yet. The 36-year-old official was posted as Deputy Collector from 1988-2010, and was suspended following charges of corruption two years ago, the release added.

Nitesh in 2008 went on a sick leave without intimating his superiors and allegedly started “settling realty disputes”. Nonetheless, Nitesh filed a writ petition in the HC alleging that ACB officials were harassing him. He claimed that in 2000, one Ramesh Gharat, on account of a row concerning distribution of ancestral property, filed a complaint with the ACB.


The drama occurred for nearly three hours during which the ACB team called up the Vile Parle police for help. Later, officials had to break open the main door of Nitesh’s flat; a fabricator was also requisitioned to sever iron grilles of his house. Nitesh was also arrested by the crime branch a year ago for threatening a builder over a financial dispute.

The most remarkable discovery was that details of a company called Acecard Infrasol Pvt Ltd, in which Thakur has an 80 percent stake, with his mother and brother holding the remaining 20 percent.

Investigators believe that Thakur accumulated his wealth by misusing his position as a deputy collector with state revenue department.

According to documents with ACB, the company had started with a capital of Rs 10 lakh in 2008, but within a few months it had opened fixed deposits worth Rs 30 crore in two separate banks.

The company then in less than two years had its bank account showing that it earned Rs 57 crore. Investigators also found fixed deposits worth Rs 11 crore in the name of another one of his firms, Siddhivinayak Enterprises.

(With inputs from PTI)

Youngest Self-Made Billionaire in the World

Posted: 15 Mar 2012 11:38 PM PDT


'Necessity is the Mother of Invention' indeed in Sara Blakely's case. Her never-ending strive to overcome a common problem faced by women has landed her in the youngest billionaires' club. Blakely has gone from a rookie to the youngest self-made woman billionaire of the world. Forbes has poured out an immersing article about a woman who has overcome personal tragedies, fears and innumerable rejections to prove that 'When There's a Will, There's a Way!'

Sara Blakely, 41, is currently the 'Youngest Self-made Woman Billionaire of the World,' according to Forbes. She belongs to a niche club, where only a few other women have made their way in, like – Oprah Winfrey and Meg Whitman. Blakely's net asset stands at $1 billion as of March, 2012. She is the beloved inventor of a much-needed and thought after product of Spanx. Spanx is a kind of slimming inner, which smoothens outs bumps, unlike a typical inner. The best part of Spanx is that it sits comfortably on the skin and does not slip or bunch and cause embarrassment, unlike other inner garments.

What makes Blakely an exceptional woman is her die-hard attitude and personal achievements. She still regards her husband, Jesse Itzler, as one of her greatest strengths and support throughout her business endeavor. He was rock-steady during her hard business times. In this cut-throat world of advertisements, where ads rule the media, Blakely has transformed Spanx from an investment of $5,000 to a billion dollar enterprise without spending a dime on ads. What is more surprising is that the company is entirely debt free. Moreover, she also owns 100 percent of her brain-child, as CEO of Spanx, Laurie Ann Goldman.


Blakely had to battle 3 phobias in order to champion her product. Her phobias are among the most common ones but tend to leave people petrified. She is afraid of heights, flying and of course the most dreaded one – public speaking or stage-fright. She listens to a Mark Knopfler song, 'What It Is' on her i-pod to calm her nerves. As for stage fright, she even ended up throwing up a couple of times in backstage. She jokingly says, "I learned why they call it the greenroom."

Tackling the first 2 phobias was easy but even lion-hearted people start quivering at the very mention of speaking before an audience. So, public speaking was not something Blakely could run away from that easily. As she had to be her own model to display the effectiveness of her product, she could not shy away from people. Her cool and composed demeanor has come from years of practicing. A camera or people shy woman would not have been able to achieve what Blakely has earned in her life. Talking about women's inners is hard enough. Imagine wearing them before thousands to convince them of the effectiveness of her product. This brave woman has battled all this to make Spanx a hot favourite among women across the globe.


Like most entrepreneurs, Blakely got the idea for Spanx through her personal experience. Spanx has turned out to be among the best women's product in the world because a woman thought of it and tested it – on herself. As a woman, Blakely knows how female bodies function and what exactly is needed to tackle the problem areas. Testing Spanx on herself has resulted in this fabulous product.

After working for widely diverse companies, like – Clearwater Beach Hilton and Disney World, Blakely landed up in Danka, a Florida-based office supply firm. She had to sell around $20,000 worth of fax-machines. The high-spirited, appealing and verbose Sara was so good at her work that she became Danka's national sales trainer at the age of 25. As she had to run around and back forth carrying heavy fax-machines in Florida weather, Blakely was getting sick of her outdated inner. She had been thinking of wearing a pair of cream slacks but her inner would show through her heels. She even cut off the heels to hide behind the slacks but "But they rolled up my legs all night. I remember thinking, 'I've got to figure out how to make this.' I'd never worked in fashion or retail. I just needed an undergarment that didn't exist."


This is when Sara got the idea of such an inner that would solve the problem of not only rolling up but also of bunching and folding. It was 'eureka' moment for Blakely and the hunt for the perfect inner was on. She started her scrupulous search for the best and most comfortable fabric and also digging up hosiery patent histories for 2 long years. All this while she continued working at Danka and had to hide her revolutionary idea. After numerous rejections, a phone call from a hosiery factory in Asheboro, North Carolina, shone a ray of hope for Sara. The manager of the firm said that his daughters were interested in the product and the rest is history.

As she had only 5 grand to support her endeavor, Blakely needed to save as much money as she could. Blakely saved $3,000 worth of legal fees by researching patents from a Barnes & Noble textbook. The genesis of the name of 'Spanx' is an interesting one too. After a streak of bad names, she came up with the name of 'Spanks.' The letter 'x' later replaced the last 2 letters of the product name. Blakely decided upon this name as "It made people laugh. No one ever forgot it."


The next phase involved pitching before the company interested in Spanx – Neiman Marcus. The then President of the company, Karen Katz, fondly remembers Blakely's pitch and "Sara's effort was to solve an age-old problem for women in a modern way" and that the company was "smitten from the beginning" by her product. As Sara could not afford ads for Spanx, she hounded almost all possible journalists from magazines and sales associates to market her product. She also did not seek a separate section for her inners but asked them to be placed along with women's clothing and shoes.

Sara also sent samples of Spanx to Andre Walker, Oprah Winfrey's stylist. Oprah immediately fell in love with Spanx and called it 'her favorite product of the year' on her 'Favourite Things Show.' Harpo Productions also asked for a website to be made for Spanx as customer orders would flood in after the show aired. So, Blakely had to run a "considerable web business for $18 a month." This is when she officially resigned from Danka and Spanx went on to garner $4 million in its first year of launch.

Then for 2 years, Blakely did local news appearances and in-store demos to promote Spanx. Things slowed down then a bit but an article by Forbes turned the tables around.  A 2001 Forbes article called Sara an "accidental entrepreneur," which again shot her to fame. She got another chance to go forth with a publicity stunt for Spanx. She was cast on 'Rebel Billionaire,' a reality show by Richard Branson. This show was aired by Fox in the year 2004. Branson quotes, "Sara was the runner-up overall." He further says, "The only reason I didn't give her the top prize was because she was already successful. She didn't need a leg up." And after this, there was no turning back.


Presently, Blakely wishes to expand Spanx into other nations. Goldman is planning to increase their sales in international markets twofold, which currently provides 15 percent of the revenues. The company is also planning to go for an IPO to get the required funds, though the firm can raise capital on its own. Apart from easing women's lives, Blakely has a charitable side too. Blakely and Spanx have donated $17.5 million in charity to organizations, which support college scholarships for women and girls in South Africa.

A successful businesswoman, a loving mom and a good wife; Blakely has achieved it all. Apart from having a fighting spirit, she possesses a kind heart too. All budding women entrepreneurs should take a leaf from Blakely for she truly has achieved the unachievable.