24 November 2007

world aids day and aids awareness

World AIDS Day is on December 1 st and lot of AIDS awareness needed especially in the youth community.

A poster from Youth AIDS giving a clear message how to get AIDS and how will end up with your life once you get AIDS.

20 'ways' to get AIDS and 14 steps before going to RIP

* Every day, 14,000 people contract HIV

* 40.3 million people now live with HIV

* AIDS kills one child every minute

Beware of AIDS and spread awareness to your community.

Mr. CONDOM King -details here - We need these kind of people to make a good awareness to our community especially in India. There will be different awareness activities in all over India especially in Bangalore about AIDS

National Geographic World Premiere of the YouthAIDS India Documentary is on 1st December 2007 and its details follows.

'In March 2007, YouthAIDS Global Ambassador, acclaimed actress and philanthropist, Ashley Judd teamed up with Bollywood stars Sushmita Sen, Akshay Kumar and Shah Rukh Khan to explore how HIV travels from high-risk groups to the general population and why young women are increasingly at risk for infection. On this collaborative tour, the team visited brothels and slums in Mumbai to truck stops in Jaipur to the affluent communities of Delhi. National Geographic Channel will host the world premiere of the film that documents the journey, "India's Hidden Plague." The film will premiere in the US on Friday, November 30 at 10 PM ET/PT on the National Geographic Channel and air internationally on December 1.'

India's Secret Plague (AIDS) program schedule (repeat) @ NGC

1 December 2007, 9:30 pm (Saturday)
2 December 2007, 11.30 am (Sunday)
7 December 2007, 1.00 pm (Friday)
9 December 2007, 8.00 pm (Sunday)
10 December 2007, 11.00 am (Monday)
15 December 2007, 10.00 am (Saturday)
16 December 2007, 2.00 am (Saturday)

Don't forget to watch this.


23 November 2007

Fastest growing Indian Companies

Thirteen Indian companies are among a list of Asia's 100 fastest-growing small and mid-size companies

Asia's Hot Growth Companies - prepared by US financial magazine BusinessWeek.

Taiwan has a credit of 24 companies and with 18 firms from Japan comes in Second place.
Third place credit is with India of 13 compaines

The fastest growing company in Asia is Hong Kong-based Ajisen Holdings followed by Raffles Education of Singapore.

An Exclusive showroom of Titan(Top 100 list) name board is cleaning
@ New BEL Road Bangalore on 23 - November 2007

List of Indian Companies in Asia's 100 fastest-growing companies

Lakshmi Machine Works (17)
Kirloskar Brothers (18)
Godrej Consumer Products (23)
Marico (40)
Colgate-Palmolive India (45)
Hexaware Technologies (53)
GlaxoSmithkline Pharmaceuticals (60)
Panacea Biotec (68)
Bajaj Hindustan (72)
Motherson Sumi Systems (79)
Cummins India (83)
I-flex Solutions (93)
Titan Industries (98)

22 November 2007

Buy Nothing Day

November 24th of every year is the International Buy Nothing Day. No need to confuse about this day. Just simple - Spend a day with out spending !!

Everything we buy has an impact on our planet. Buy Nothing Day highlights the environmental and ethical consequences of consumerism.

Buy Nothing Day in India is not at all famous. In Bangalore what I noticed that if the shop is not having a reduction sale, no body will peep into that shop. So some shops will increase the price o and put some kind of special offers for their stuff and people are happy to buy things from there.

Buy Nothing Day is an informal day of protest against consumerism. This is the day you can challenge yourself and stop shopping.

'Shoppers Stop Shopping day' !!!

14 November 2007

World Toilet Day in India

World Toilet Day

Most important subjects of public health is toilet sanitation so World Toilet Day has its own importance

Some facts about World Toilet Day

* World Toilet Day is on November 19
* Seventh World Toilet Summit hosted in India (Delhi) on the October 2007
* 44 Countries participated in this summit.
* One third of worlds population around the world still not have a hygienic toilet.More than half of them live in India or China.
* United Nations plans to provide toilets for half of them by 2015
* First World Toilet summit held in Singapore (2001)
* An Indian delegate on the first summit proposed the World Toilet Day Concept.
* A habit for some people is to read the news paper / books in the toilet and gives the reason that that is best place where you get a peace of mind.

At least you go to the toilet on November 19th of every year, remember that this is the day for Toilet !!!

More Details at www.worldtoilet.org

Slangs used for Toilet
* bathroom
* toilet
* vomit
* urination
* defecation
* flatulence

Depends on the region toilets are known in different names

* Comfort station
* Rest room
* Wash room
* The Gents
* The Ladies
* Water Closet
* Family restroom

What toilets are known in your region ?

12 November 2007

Mobile Number Portability in India

Thanks to the Department of Telecommunications India to introducing the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) in India.

What is Mobile Number Potability ?

Mobile Number Portability lets you retain your existing mobile phone number when you switch from other mobile service provider to another.

Benifits from MNP

* Freedom to shift from one mobile provider to another with out lossing your mobile number
* Expect better serice from each provider else the customer will move to a better one
* Lower call traif rate due to compitence in the market

This will mostly helpful who have circulated their numbers for business purposes on promotional material etc
Definitely it will not be a free service and the investment cost will pass to the customer.

In the beginning MNP will be available in main metro cities of India - Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai

Mobile no change be available in the next year (2008)

Wondering why Phone Number Potability is not applicable to the land line numbers too ?!?!?

10 November 2007

World Diabetes Day in Bangalore

More than 240 million people worldwide are living with diabetes. Within 20 years, this number is expected to grow to 380 million. We are responsible to aware the community about this global epidemic and the World Diabetes Day comes on November 14 of every year. This year (2007) is the first United Nations observed World Diabetes Day.

World Diabetics Day Activities in Bangalore:

* World Diabetics Day in Bangalore officaly inagrauted at Cubbon Park at Bangalore on November 14 2007 at 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM. Remember that India is the number one hub for the diabetics and don't forget to attend this event.

* Following this event there will be a free diabetes check up and consultation for every one. Apart from this check up 20 mobile vans with one doctor and two nurses will cover the entire Bangalore for a long three months and conduct free check ups for the Diabetics

Campaign going on for World Diabetes Day on 10th November 2007 around 6:00 PM
at Forum Mall Bangalore

* 246 Step Walk - Any walks held on or around World Diabetes Day symbolically recognize the 246 million people estimated to be living with diabetes worldwide.

Diabetes Helpline in Bangalore is : 9440041066
(Toll Free for BSNL subscribers only. Others may SMS Changing diabetes' to same number

World Diabetes Day Logo

The blue circle signifies unity means the unity of the global diabetes community in response to the diabetes pandemic. The campain for World Diabetes Day is "Unite for Diabetes". The offical web site is www.worlddiabetesday.org

Be a part of this World Diabetics Campaign.

What is Diabetes?

"A disease in which the body does not properly control the amount of sugar in the blood. As a result, the level of sugar in the blood is too high. This disease occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin or does not use it properly."

08 November 2007

Divali / Deepavali celebrations in India

Divali / Deepavali is a famous festival in all over India and all age groups actively participate in it. People express their happiness by lighting lamps in front of every homes, decorating the houses, bursting firecrackers and have a feast with the dear and near ones with exchanging gifts.

This year Divali is on November 8, 9, 10

Divali can compare to the Chinese new year or the Christmas celebrations.

Festival of Lights : Divali / Deepavali

Fire Crackers on Divali : celebrations at a Bangalore home

Divali shopping : Shops are ready on Divali Time with decorations and above a couple going for shopping Spar Hypermarket Bangalore with traditional dress.

Divali Sweets serve smiles to everybody : Exchanging sweets is a tradition

New Dress materials on Divali Time is a must for all most of the people : Display at Forum Shopping Mall at Housr Road, Bangalore, India.

See History of Divali at Wiki

Happy Divali / Deepavali !!!

05 November 2007

What is Bangalore ?

What is Bangalore ?

* Bangalore is Garden City of India
* Bangalore is known as Pub City in India
* Bangalore is known as Silicon valley in India
* Bangalore is known as Rock Capital of India
* Bangalore is famous for the best weather in India
* ----Anything missed out, just put a comment and will update it here ----

What is Bangalored ?

The US slang term 'Bangalored' refers to workers laid off because their jobs have moved to India. The word is derived from Bangalore in India, which was one of the first places to outsource centers for Western economies.

A Techie wearing 'What is Bangalore' T Shirt

About Bangalore

* Bangalore is one of the popular metros which is located in South India.
* Bangalore is the capital of Karnataka State in India

Related reading:

Bangalore: The best place to live in India

Interesting facts about India


02 November 2007

Cisco Telepresence Telepathy

Do you remember the Jedi council meeting in Star Wars: Episode-III, where some like Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda were seated alongside beameddown images. I am not remembering this scene because I didn't watch the movie!!!

John Chambers - Cisco Boss had a 'telepathy' with his guys from San Jose, California, to Bangalore and standing next to Chambers in front of the press. The technology involves high definition video projection systems and will save lot of time by reducing the travel and by reducing travel, it can reduce world’s carbon footprint.

Cisco Telepresence Video - just for fun

"How much does the Cisco TelePresence product cost? What other possible expenses are associated with the system?

Marthin De Beer: The Cisco TelePresence 3000 costs approximately $300,000 for each installation, or room, while the Cisco TelePresence 1000 runs about $80,000 per room. If you are a large organization with an up-to-date Cisco-powered network and a Unified Communications (IP phone) system, you will likely have very few additional costs. To optimize the performance, management and functionality of the Cisco TelePresence system, it requires the Cisco Unified CallManager 5.0, which is the call routing system for our IP phone system and provides the call management for the telepresence communications. Also, each plasma screen requires between 2 and 4 megabits per second (Mbps) of bandwidth. Installation will be managed by 22 of our Cisco partners, and we are conducting rigorous certification of global service providers to support connections for Cisco TelePresence communications." :

Taken from cisco news room

01 November 2007

Kannada Rajyotsava

Kannada Rajyotsava Day 2007

Its the day for the celebration in Karnataka for officially forming the state on November 1 1973 and it is called Kannada Rajyotsava or Karnataka Rajyotsava. This is celebrated all over the Karnataka, especially in Bangalore Metro.Half Yellow and Half Red flags flying all over the places in Buses, Auto Rickshaws, Two wheelers, Shops etc. In the morning there were processions from different areas all over the city and its pretty interesting to watch this.

Auto Rickshaws hosted the Yellow and Red Flag

Some people misunderstood Kannada Rajyotsava and gives the meaning as "birth of a state". (Given in Wikipedia) I don't think this is the right meaning. Rajya + Utsava is Rajyotsava. Rajya means Country/State and Utsava means Celebrations. So Kannada Rajyotsava means Kannada/Karnataka " Kannada State Celebrates its birthday"

Kannada Rajyotsava 2007 venu at Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bangalore

This celebration spanned all over November and most of the activities will have a Kannada Touch and its pretty interested to know the Kannada culture and definitely try more and more Kannada food like 'BusyBadaBath' ( I think this the way to pronounce it, i think the word is a mix of Engilsh and Hindi : 'BusyBadaBath' is a hot food which is made with Rice, it add 'some kind of sambar' in it and the food is spicy and hot)

About the Half Yellow and Half Red flags used in Karnataka:
No Indian state is allowed to have a separate flag as per the constitution of India and the tricolor is the flag for all the states in India. I think the Kannada Flag used as unofficial and I am pretty much intersted to know the significance of its colors.

Happy Kannada Rajyotsava 2007 !!!
Happy Karnataka Rajyotsava 2007 !!!

Bottom Line : The neighboring Satae Kerala's Birth is on the same day(November 1) and they are 'celebrating' by a full day bandh announced by a political party!!!

Related Reading

Interesting facts about Bangalore
Festival in Tavarekere Bangalore