HIV Patients Have A Ray Of Hope Now

In a welcome news for HIV patients, Canadian and American researchers have found new ways to increase effectiveness of the current drugs to fight the deadly disease.
Currently, HIV/AIDS patients are treated with highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART) that involves at least three active anti-retroviral medications. The HAART ‘cocktail’ suppresses viral replication in the blood.
Although HAART delays the progression of AIDS and prolongs life, it does not lead to cure of the disease.
But now researchers from Montreal University, McGill University, and the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute of Florida (VGTI) have published a new study that may lead to an expansion of the role of the current drug arsenal used to fight HIV.
The joint study, published in the journal Nature Medicine, shows how the pivotal role of two molecules, PD-1 and IL-10, can influence the function of CD4/T-helper cells and alter their ability to fight HIV “, a statement by Montreal University said on Monday.
“Our findings show that the membrane protein PD-1 is up-regulated during HIV infection by the release of bacterial products from the gut and this subsequently increases the production of a cell derived factor, IL-10 that paralyses the immune system,” lead author Rafick-Pierre Sekaly has been quoted as saying.
“We are the first to show that these two molecules work together to shut down the function of CD4 T-cells in HIV patients. This in turn, may lead to paralysis of the immune system and an accelerated disease progression.Our results suggest that it is important to block both IL-10 and PD-1 interactions to restore the immune response during HIV infection,” said Sekaly.
“We believe that immunotherapies that target PD-1 and IL-10 should be part of the arsenal used to restore immune function in HIV-infected subjects,” he added.

Nithyananda Was Only Receiving Offerings From Devotee Ranjitha?

Actress Ranjitha who was caught on video indulging in sexual activities with the spiritual guru Nithyananda has finally spoken up and justified her acts saying she was just giving her “offerings” to the Godman.

She said that she has known Swamiji was quite some time and she is extremely grateful to him for curing her of her prolonged wheezing trouble in just a day. She said that she often fed him food and massaged his body. She said she did all this as a true devotee. She also admitted that she used to stay in his room until late in the night and that it was with the knowledge of the ashram inmates.

The actress said, “Media unnecessarily blew the issue. I know Swamiji for past few years and my association with him is transparent. As a true devotee I offered my service like feeding food and massaging him regularly in his personal room. I used to stay with him during late hours but the inmates of the ashram also know this…”

Ranjitha, however, was very careful with her words and not even once did she talk about the ‘sex issue’. She carefully evaded the topic and neither accepted nor denied her sexual acts in the video, but she strongly denied the accusation that she is trying to cash on the sex video shot by Nithyananda’s onetime associate Lenin Karuppan. She said, “I know my Swamiji.. He is a great Athma and will come as a pure Athma soon….”

Shah Rukh Khan’s Surprises With His ‘Smack That’ Party

Shah Rukh Khan’s Surprises With His ‘Smack That’ Party

Shah Rukh Khan

The International R&B singer Akon and Shah Rukh Khan’s professional affair is quite well known to the public. But King Khan will take this relation to a personal affair by making him to do a famous song number in his private party took visitors with surprise.
The invitees of Khan’s party was all very much overjoyed and equaly surprised when Akon moved the Khan’s party crowd to his toe tapping popular number of his ‘Smack That’.
Excited international singer noted that it is on Khan’s personal request he had come to perform, Akon further added, “Shah Rukh has requested me to sing ‘Smack That’ at the party.”
This grand party was arranged in advance of the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches, overjoyed Khan added, “My kids love him, I love him. I want you all to give him the biggest welcome into the country that anyone has ever had.”
Hopes are much on the hook that  Akon might do the vocal for one sensational number in Shah Rukh’s upcoming action flick ‘RA 1’.
Favorite friend of Khan, Juhi Chawala appeared quite unaware of the popular singer and stated, “Actually I will be seeing him for the first time, performing live. I haven’t listened to his song before. I have come as a guest in this party, so I really don’t know what exactly has been planned for tonight. It will be a surprise for me as well.”

It seems after ‘My Name Is Khan’s worldwide success has made Khan to choose international flavor for his private events

Indian Firms Face Huge Threats From Cyber Attacks

In today’s phase of IT scenario what hampers the enterprisers are not the constant threat of terrorist attack nor any natural calamity but more of cyber attack according to the study of global security solutions provider Symantec.

Due to tough cyber attack, the Indian enterprises suffered an average revenue loss of Rs.5.8 million in 2009 according to the reports of  ‘On the State of Enterprise Security’ revealed.

Cyber attacks are posing a greater threat than terrorist attack according to Symantec India managing director Vishal Dhupar who stated, “Security has become a main concern to Indian enterprises as cyber attacks are posing a greater threat than terrorism, natural disasters and conventional crimes.”

This malicious activity of the IT underworld is to steal sensitive information, confidential data and proprietary material for monetary gain. Mavin hackers can gain access to the IT infrastructure of enterprises, spanning servers, storage and multiple devices through the internet and browsers.

About 66 percent of the surveyed Indian enterprises faced cyber attacks from external and internal sources in the last year according to the study report, eventually causing loss of confidential data and productivity.

Another factor impacting enterprise security spanning networks, endpoints, web and data protection is understaffing.

The main cause of this hackers powerful impact in the IT scene is due to understaffing, Dhupar on referring to the findings of the study stated, “Securing enterprises and protecting information are more challenging due to understaffing, new IT initiatives and compliance issues. A security blueprint that protects infrastructure as well as information, enforces IT policies and manages systems efficiently can increase the competitive edge of businesses in an information-driven world.”

Managing business risk emanating from use of IT will be a key focus area in 2010 for over 80 percent of enterprises.

Each attack mounted financial impact on enterprises, Dhupar further revealed,  “Each cyber attack mounted had a financial impact on enterprises, besides loss of customer trust and damage to reputation. About 90 percent enterprises face a cost to prevent such attacks and to comply with regulations, as financial loss in productivity was on average Rs.8.4 million in 2009.”

What is basically most important in the preparation against more attacks from the hackers is to develop and enforce IT policies as well as to automate their compliance processes according to the study report.

According to an analyzer on study report about risk factor, sighted, “Enterprises need to develop and enforce IT policies and automate their compliance processes. By prioritising risks and defining policies that span across all locations, customers can identify threats and remediate incidents as they occur or anticipate them before they happen.”

Ponting completes 8000 runs as captain

Hamilton: RT Ponting became the first captain in the history of one day games to completed 8000 runs as captain.

At the start of the third one day game of the Chappell-Hadlee series at Hamilton on 09.03.10, Ponting had an aggregate of 7976 runs as captain and required 24 more runs to aggregate 8000 runs. At the end of this game, his aggregate stood at 8045 runs.

He reached the milestone when on 24 during the course of his knock of 69 in the third one day game at Hamilton on 09.03.10.

His 24th run came of the fourth delivery of 22nd over of New Zealand’s innings when he drove DL Vettori uppishly to long on.

Ponting’s 8000 runs came in his 212th match as captain, 203 innings. He has scored 21 hundreds and 49 half centuries as captain.

Swamis and Scandals

Swami Paramhansa Nityanand: The founder of the Nityanand mission, which claims to have 1,000 branches across 33 countries, has been untraceable since certain Tamil TV channels recently aired a video which allegedly shows him in a compromising position with a Tamil actress. Nityanand, who has ashrams in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Puducherry, hails from Tamil Nadu and has a sprawling ashram in Bidadi, 30 km from Bangalore. He claims to lead a worldwide movement for meditation and peace. Lenin Karuppan, a former disciple, has said that he shot the video to expose the swami. Lenin has alleged that his life has been under threat from the swami, adding that he also suspected foul play behind the death of a woman inmate a year ago. In the complaint filed with Chennai City Police Commissioner T Rajendran, Lenin, who claimed to be an inmate of the ashram in Bangalore since 2006, said the swami used to lure young women devotees claiming that he was the reincarnation of Lord Krishna.

Anup Kumar Sahay: A self-proclaimed godman in Ghaziabad, he was booked on Sunday for abducting his cousin. According to a complaint filed by Subha Srivastava, mother of the victim, the accused along with his brother Ashok Kumar Sahay abducted her daughter Priyanka Srivastava on February 15. The self-proclaimed godman has been booked under sections 363, 313 and 366 of the IPC which pertain to kidnapping and forcing a woman to undergo abortion without her will.

Kripaluji Maharaj: Ram Kripal Tripathi aka Kripaluji Maharaj, at whose ashram near Pratapgarh in UP 63 people died in a stampede last week, was charged with kidnapping and rape in two cases in Nagpur in 1991. He was acquitted after the witnesses turned hostile. He was arrested in 2007 after a Guyanese woman in South Trinidad filed a rape case against him.

Sant Swami Bhimanand Ji Maharaj Chitrakoot Wale: Shiv Murti Dwivedi alias Sant Swami Bhimanand Ji Maharaj Chitrakoot Wale (39), a self-styled godman, was arrested by the Delhi Police last month on charges of operating a high-profile sex racket involving former airhostesses and students.

Asaram Bapu: Two minor boys of the Asaram Ashram-run gurukul in Ahmedabad were found dead in the Sabarmati riverbed two days after they mysteriously went missing from the gurukul in February 2008. The police booked Asaram Bapu in a criminal case pertaining to attempt to murder last year in December on the basis of a complaint filed by Raju Chandak, a former disciple of Asaram. Chandak was shot at by two persons on December 5 and he sustained injuries on his chest and shoulders. Chandak alleged that he was targeted at the behest of Asaram, as he had testified before the D K Trivedi Commission probing into the death of the two boys.

Jayendra Saraswati: The influential Kanchi math Shankaracharya was arrested by the Tamil Nadu Police in Mehboobnagar in Andhra Pradesh in November 2004 in connection with the murder of a former accountant of the math.

Santosh Madhavan: The temple priest-turned-astrologer wanted by the Interpol – was arrested in Alappuzha in May 2008. Apart from a Rs 50 lakh fraud case that has a Dubai-based businesswoman as the complainant, Madhavan, who had turned himself into Swami Amritachaitanya presiding over a posh ashram and flaunting high connections in the state’s political circle and the bureaucracy, was also charged with raping a 15-year-old girl repeatedly.

Premananda: Also known as Trichy Sai Baba, he was awarded life imprisonment in 1994 for two terms on the charges of multiple criminal offences including rape and murder. Premananda, who reportedly had powerful supporters in the AIADMK, had not only raped many of the inmates of his ashram at Trichy but also carried out crude medical terminations of some of the consequent pregnancies with the help of a couple of associates. He was also charged with the murder of an engineer who had opposed the nefarious activities at the ashram.

-indianexpress

Four in five people feel Internet access should be ‘a fundamental right’

 London, March 8 (ANI): Almost four in five people feel that access to the World Wide Web is a fundamental right, according to a survey.

The poll for the BBC World Service, which quizzed more than 27,000 adults across 26 countries, found that 87 per cent of browsers believed Internet access should be the “fundamental right of all people”.

The survey also found significant number of supporters in favour of net access on both sides of the virtual divide, with those in South Korea forming the majority (96 per cent) in supporting the idea, the BBC reported.

Nearly three-quarters of respondents in Japan, Mexico and Russia confessed they could not deal without the virtual world.

The dangers of the online world, such as fraud, the ease of access to violent and explicit content and privacy worries, were amongst the most concerning aspects for those questioned.

A majority of users in Japan, South Korea and Germany also said they were afraid to express their opinions safely online, while those in Nigeria, India and Ghana were much more confident about speaking out

-ANI

Sonia Gandhi, Nooyi in Asia’s 8 top power women

Washington, March 8 (IANS) Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Pepsico’s India-born CEO Indra Nooyi and ICICI Bank chief Chanda Kochhar figure in CNN’s list of eight of Asia’s top power women.

Taking a ‘look at the key women who are shaping Asia’s political and economic landscape’ on the occasion of 100th International Women’s Day, the CNN’s list is headed by China’s ‘Paper Queen’ Zhang Yin.

Indra Nooyi, in the second place, ‘lords over some 185,000 corporate minions in close to 200 countries’, notes CNN. ‘Nooyi’s hard-as-nails leadership and her sense of fun (one-time lead guitarist in an all-girls rock band still performs regularly at corporate functions) has earned her spots on many ‘best leader’ lists in the US,’ it adds.

‘Converted Indian Sonia Gandhi’s story reads like a soap opera,’ says CNN of the third-placed Italy born president of the Indian National Congress and chairperson of ruling United Progressive Alliance.

‘Born Edvige Antonia Albina Maino in Italy, she met future husband and Indian political aristocrat Rajiv Gandhi at Cambridge and tied the knot four years later. Rajiv became India’s prime minister but was assassinated in 1991.

‘Years later (Sonia) Gandhi entered politics as a primary member of the Congress before rising through the ranks to become party leader in 1998.

‘Under her leadership, the Congress become the Lok Sabha’s single largest political party.’

Fifth placed ‘Chandra Kochhar is no stranger to ‘key women’ lists,’ notes CNN. The head of ICICI Bank — India’s second largest bank — has frequently been named in Fortune’s ‘Most Powerful Women in Business’ list. Last year she figured among Forbes’ ‘World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’.

‘Little wonder, considering how the mother of two is responsible for some 15 million customers in India, which makes up a third of India’s retail lending,’ it says.

Others on the list are Ho Ching (4), wife of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and CEO of Singapore’s government-owned investment company Temasek, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (6), Hyun Jeong-eun (7), chairwoman of massive South Korean conglomerate Hyundai, and Indonesia’s Finance Minister Sri Indrawati (8).

IPL Cricketers To Wear Eco-Friendly Sportswear

One of the biggest sporting extravaganzas in the country Indian Premier League (IPL) plans for an environment friendly cricket with the players donning eco-friendly sportswear. The well-known hosiery industry of Ludhiana is all set to help the organisers with its ‘green kits’.

IPL team owners like Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, the Ambani’s have given contracts for the eco-friendly sportswear for their players and it is being expected that fans would love to buy them as souvenirs.

The manufacturers are trying ko keep carbon footprint low for the sportswear. Carbon footprint is the measure of the ‘environment-killer’ carbon dioxide (CO2) released in any activity by way of energy consumed to produce goods or carry out any work.

The specially designed “carbon neutraliser” clothing curtails the vital count at every stage of production — from raw materials to packaging. The average of 6-8 kg CO2 is released in garment manufacture which will come down to 3.5 –4.5 kg per ‘dri-fit garment’ being produced.

About 16 lakh such kits will be produced by different units. Reebok has given the contract to Ankita Impex .Owner Arun Dhand says, “We imported special raw materials, including polyester, which is sourced from recycling. Its carbon credentials have been scientifically established.”

Reebok has received the contract for sportswear from Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers, Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab. Global brand, Adidas will provide outfits to  Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils .Adidas has given the contract to two other City-based firms — Knitwell Apparels and Ankita Impex’s sister concern run by Dhand’s son Anuj.

The green kits with unique feature of small carbon footprint have many other qualities. The kits are 16 per cent lighter than the ones used in IPL I and II.The new kits will be more comfortable as they have been designed to keep the wearer dry and cool. The fabric facilitates faster evaporation of sweat. The laser-cut holes enhance ‘breathability’ of the garment.

This is for the second time local units have received contracts for fabricating sportswear for the IPL. One of the factory workers Jugraj said, “It was a proud moment when I saw team owner Vijay Mallaya wearing the shirt tailored by me. This time, I’ve asked to be again put on the unit stitching for Royal Challengers.”

Terror Alert For Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore: Govt

Government alerted Kolkata, Mumbai and Bangalore governments on Monday about possible terror attacks post confession of Salman Ahmed, an Indian Mujahideen suspect.

This terror alert came after the arrest of an Indian Mujahideen terrorist, Salman Ahmed who is a suspect for terror attacks in Ahmedabad, Varanasi and Gorakhpur. Salman confessed that Indian Mujahideen is running a project called ‘Karachi Project’ under which it has Karachi, Kathmandu, Dubai bases.

He also confessed that ISI, Pakistan has inflicted this project to train provoked Indians against Indian targets. Indian security forces also arrested couple of IM terrorists from Uttar Pradesh who came from Bangladesh.

Salman was on the wanted list for a long time for involvement in serial bombings.  He confessed that Karachi Project was planning serial bombings in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. He also said that foreigners were on the target list.

A home ministry official said, “We are not taking any chances on whatever information we have received. So, we have alerted the concerned state governments to take all necessary security measures immediately.”

Salman also received the training by ISI in Karachi and confessed about the details. Another IM activist of the Karachi Project, Khawaja Amjad who is from Hyderabad provided similar information to police  telling that ISI- Lashkar were pressurizing Karachi IM chiefs to conduct terror attacks in India.

Dhoni Gives Clean Chit To Security Measures For IPL III

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Monday gave a clean chit to the security measures for the third edition of Indian Premier League. Dhoni who spearheads the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL extravaganza starting on March 12 said,”The security is just perfect and I feel players shouldn’t be worried about their safety in India.”

Dhoni, who is currently in Chennai  for a weeklong training camp with the Super Kings, specified that it was responsibility of  all franchise owners to ensure  security measures for players’ protection.

The skipper’s statement also comes as an assurance in the wake of concern raised by foreign IPL players following Pune terror bombing last month.

Assessing the Super Kings team, Dhoni was optimistic of winning the trophy after near-misses in the previous two editions when the Chennai side finished runners-up in the inaugural season (2008) and were semi-finalists last year when the tournament was held in South Africa.

Dhoni said that their winning chances rely on their strong batting order headed by the likes of Australian stars Matthew Hayden and Michael Hussey besides new South African recruit Justin Kemp and the likes of Suresh Raina.

Dhoni welcomed the rule of limiting the number of foreign players to four in the playing eleven. He said, “After all, this (the IPL) is an Indian competition and the focus should be on Indian players. The restriction on the foreign players is just perfect.”

Women’s Quota Bill Row: Rajya Sabha Chairman Suspends 7 MPs

Ejaz Ali, Subhash Yadav, Sabir Ali, Nand Kishore Yadav, Kamal Akhtar, Amir Alam Khan and Veerpal Singh Yadav belonging to SP, RJD and LJP were suspended today by Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari today on grounds of unruly behaviour as they tried to disrupt the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha.

The members of Parliament had started shouting slogans within minutes of commencement of the session. The house has been adjourned till 2p.m today.

The house had assembled to discuss the Women’s Quota Bill which could not be discussed yesterday due to unruly MPs protesting against the bill and disrupting the proceedings of the house continuously. The Parliament was adjourned five times yesterday due to disruption of proceedings.                                                                                                                                           Early today Sharad Yadav, Lalu Prasad and Mulayam Singh Yadav had a meeting with the PM as they were the key protestors against the bill. The trio had a meeting with the PM even yesterday but it was inconclusive.

Nithyananda Sex Tape May Or May Not Be Real: Says Ashram

A few days back, a tape showing Nithyananda indulging in sexual activities with actress Ranjitha was released. The tape caused outrage among the public.

Nithyananda’s ashram’s authorities who had earlier dismissed the possibility of the sex tape being real are now saying that the tape may or may not be real. The Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam authorities said that they can neither confirm nor deny the authenticity of the tape.

International co-ordinator and spokesperson, Swami Nitya Sachithananda, Sri Nitya Gnanananda Mahacharya, and Nitya Prananda said that the accused spiritual guru will talk to his devotees through a website in four or five days.

While the ashram authorities say that whether or not the man in the tape was Nithyananda cannot be concluded they still feel that there is a shade of conspiracy in the whole issue. An ashram spokesman said, “We are contemplating legal action against those responsible for tarnishing the image of Swami Nithyananda and the ashram.”

Swami Nitya Sachithananda even dismissed a number of allegations slapped against Nithyananda and his ashram in the media after the sex scandal came to light.Reports of rape and sexual abuse had surfaced after the ashram got entangled with the sex tape fiasco. Sachithananda, however, dismissed these allegations and also rubbished reports of human right violations and land disputes between the ashram authorities and the Maran family.

Death of a Canadian devotee in the ashram also sparked accusations of foul play by ashram authorities. Authorities, however, clarified that the Canadian, Melvin Boyd Diamond, had a history of health problems and a post mortem report could be submitted by the Ashram if required.

Delhi Best City To Live In India

According to the Liveability Index 2010 by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Institute for Competitiveness (IFC), Delhi topped as the best Indian city to live in.

Mumbai comes second according to the reports. The Liveability Index 2010 reports are based on study conducted on a list of 37 cities in India. Some of the parameters involved in the study are socio-cultural environment, education, living standard, recreational possibilities, safety and medical standards.

Delhi topped the safety and economic environment and education parameters and is placed second in the socio-cultural political environment and housing options. Delhi fared bad in medical standards and was placed in 17th position.

The report said, “In overall quality of life, Delhi outscores on Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune and Gurgaon, which take up respective ranks second to ninth.”

The report said, “The quality of life experienced by the citizens living in a city is tied to their ability to access infrastructure, food, clean air, affordable housing, meaningful employment and green space and perks.”

Faridabad, Ludhiana, Lucknow, Patna, Visakhapatnam and Jamshedpur are the cities which have been ranked last.

Mumbai topped the demographic, socio-cultural politico environment parameters and natural-built environment.

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Railway Recruitment Boards
(Govt. of India, Ministry of Railways)

Centralises Employment Notice No. 02/2010

Applications are invited in the prescribed format as enclosed ( on a good quality A-4 size bond paper of 80 GSM using one side only) from eligible Indian Nationals for the following posts of Non Technical Popular Category(Graduate).

Commercial
apprentice at pay band of Rs. 9300-34800 + GP Rs. 4200, age 18-33 years in the following RRBs:
Ahmedabad: 02 Posts
Ajmer: 12 Posts
Allahabad: 08 Posts
Bilaspur: 19 Posts
Chandigarh: 11 Posts
Gorakhpur: 14 Posts
Jammu-Srinagar: 20 Posts
Kolkata: 26 Posts
Malda: 03 Posts
Mumbai: 79 Posts
Muzaffarpur: 46 Posts
Patna: 101 Posts
Ranchi: 32 Posts
Secunderabad: 17 Posts

Traffic apprentice at pay band of Rs. 9300-34800 + GP Rs. 4200, age 18-33 years in the following RRBs:

Ajmer: 08 Posts
Allahabad: 11 Posts
Bangalore: 03 Posts
Bhopal: 10 Posts
Bilaspur: 11 Posts
Chandigarh: 67 Posts
Kolkata: 06 Posts
Malda: 08 Posts
Mumbai: 139 Posts
Muzaffarpur: 42 Posts
Patna: 62 Posts
Ranchi: 18 Posts

Enquiry-Cum-Reservation Clerk at pay band of Rs. 5200-20200 + GP Rs. 2800, age 18-33 years in the following RRBs:
Ajmer: 08 Posts
Allahabad: 09 Posts
Bangalore: 02 Posts
Bhopal: 02 Posts
Bhubaneswar: 09 Posts
Bilaspur: 06 Posts
Chennai: 51 Posts
Jammu-Srinagar: 09 Posts
Mumbai: 10 Posts
Muzaffarpur: 18 Posts
Patna: 12 Posts
Ranchi: 01 Post
Secunderabad: 02 Posts
Thiruvananthapuram: 08 Posts

Goods Guard at pay band of Rs. 5200-20200 + GP Rs. 2800, age 18-33 years in the following RRBs:
Ajmer: 80 Posts
Allahabad: 48 Posts
Bangalore: 38 Posts
Bhopal: 26 Posts
Bhubaneswar: 49 Posts
Bilaspur: 81 Posts
Chandigarh: 15 Posts
Chennai: 43 Posts
Jammu-Srinagar: 10 Posts
Kolkata: 335 Posts
Mumbai: 168 Posts
Ranchi: 353 Posts
Secunderabad: 117 Posts
Thiruvananthapuram: 39 Posts

Junior Accounts Assistant-Cum-Typist at pay band of Rs. 5200-20200 + GP Rs. 2800, age 18-33 years in the following RRBs:
Ahmedabad: 53 Posts
Ajmer: 21 Posts
Allahabad: 69 Posts
Bangalore: 04 Posts
Bhubaneswar: 66 Posts
Chennai: 13 Posts
Mumbai: 174 Posts
Patna: 48 Posts

Sr. Clerk-Cum-Typist at pay band of Rs. 5200-20200 + GP Rs. 2800, age 18-33 years in the following RRBs:
Ahmedabad: 29 Posts
Ajmer: 13 Posts
Allahabad: 01 Post
Bangalore: 19 Posts
Bhubaneswar: 06 Posts
Bilaspur: 52 Posts
Jammu-Srinagar: 10 Posts
Muzaffarpur: 06 Posts
Patna: 28 Posts
Ranchi: 36 Posts
Secunderabad: 18 Posts
Thiruvananthapuram: 20 Posts

 

 

Age Limit : The lower and upper age limit indicated will be reckoned as on 01.07.2010. The upper age limit is relaxable as under subject to submission of requisite certificate.
1. By 5 years for SC/ST candidates.

2.02 By 3 years for OBC candidates.

3. For Ex-Servicemen, up to the extent of service rendered in defence plus 3 years provided they have put in more than 6 months service after attestation. For Ex-serviceman applying for theApprentice categories of posts i.e. Traffic Apprentice and Commercial Apprentice the upper age limit is 40 yeas inclusive of all other relaxation in age limit.

4. By 5 years to candidates who have ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from 01.01.1980 to 31.12.1989.

5. By 10 years for Physically Handicapped candidates (15 years for SCs/STs and 13 years for OBCs).

6. For the serving Group ‘C’ and Group ‘D’ Railway Staff and casual labours/substitutes, the relaxation in upper age limits will be up to 40 years for Unreserved candidates, 45 years for SC/ST candidates and 43 years for OBC candidates, provided they have put in a minimum of 3 years service (continuous or in broken spells). For those working in Quasi-Administrative offices of theRailway organization such as Railway Canteens, Co-operative Societies and Institutes, the relaxation in upper age limits will be up to the length of service rendered subject to maximum 5 years.

7. Upper age limit in case of widows, divorced women and women judicially separated from the husband but not remarried shall be relaxed up to 35 years for Unreserved, 38 for OBC and 40 years for SC/ST candidates.

8. No age relaxation is allowed to SC/ST/OBC candidates applying against unreserved vacancies.

Examination Fees :

1. No examination fee for SC/ST/Ex-Servicemen /Physically Handicapped /Women/Minorities /Economically Backward classes candidates having annual family income less than Rs 50,000/-

2. For Unreserved Male/OBC Male candidates examination fee of Rs 60/- for each application. Candidates should send separate application for each group as mentioned in para 1.05 above with separate IPO/DD as exam. fee.

3. The examination fee is non-refundable. It should be paid in the form of a crossed Demand Draft valid for a period of six months to be drawn at the main branch of any of the Nationalized Banks, or in the form of Crossed Indian Postal Order drawn in favour of ‘Assistant Secretary or Secretary or Member Secretary or Chairman, Railway Recruitment Board’ of concerned RRB as mentioned in the para 15 given below. The Bank Drafts/Indian Postal Orders should be payable at the place where theRailway Recruitment Board is situated. The Indian Postal Order/Bank Drafts should not be obtained earlier to the date of issue of this Employment Notice or after the closing date of receipt of application.

4. The candidates should write the Employment Notice No., Name of the post/s applied for, Category Number of the post/s and their name and postal address on the reverse side of the Bank Draft/Front side at the space provided in the IndianPostal Order.

5. Remittance of examination fee in any other form except Bank Draft/Indian Postal Order will not be accepted.

6. The particulars of Bank Draft/Indian Postal Order submitted as examination fee should also be indicated at the prescribed place in the application form. (Item No. 5 of information sheet)

7. An application not accompanied with Bank Draft/Indian Postal Order of requisite amount wherever required towards examination fee will be summarily rejected.

8. Minorities mean Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Zorastrians (Parsis). For claiming waiver of examination fee., Minorities candidates should furnish ’self declaration’ as mentioned in annexure-08 along withapplication form . At the time of document verification such candidates claiming waiver of examination fee will be required to furnish ‘minority community declaration’ affidavit on non-judicial stamp paper that he/she belongs to any of the above minority community. If the affidavit is not produced during document verification, the candidature will be rejected.

9. Economically backward classes mean the candidates whose annual family income is less than Rs 50,000/-. They have to submit income certificate at the time of applying in the prescribed format as shown in the annexure -7 and on the letter head of the issuing authority as mentioned in annexure-7

How to Apply :
1. The application format as per Annexure 1 & 2 should be filled up by the candidate in his/her own handwriting, with blue or black ball point pen (not in pencil, fountain pen or gel pen) dated and signed. Only international numerical i.e. 1,2, 3 etc. should be used. Theapplication form should be filled up in English or in Hindi only, strictly observing all the instructions given in this Employment Notice. The candidates should affix his/her normal signature in English or in Hindi in the application form. Applications signed in capital letters/spaced out letters will be treated as invalid.

2. The candidate’s Name, Address with Pin Code, Date of Birth, Father’s Name and nearest Railway Station should be written legibly in English in bold capital letters, even if the candidate fills up the application form in Hindi.

3. Photographs: One recent (not earlier than three months from the date of application) colour passport size photograph with clear front view of the candidate without cap and sunglasses should be pasted on theapplication form in the space provided. Xerox copy of photographs is not permitted. The candidates should sign in the space provided in the box below the photograph. One identical extra colour passport size photograph should be enclosed with the application, indicating candidate’s name and category number on the reverse of the photograph. Candidates may note that the RRB may reject at any stage for pasting old/unclear photograph on the application or for any significant variations between photograph pasted in the application and the actual physical appearance of the candidate.

4. In item No.9 of application form, the candidates should indicate any clear visible marks of identification on their body like a mole on the nose, cut-mark on the forehead in the left side or a scar mark below the left arm, etc. The application form of the candidate is liable to be rejected if he/she does not indicate clear identification marks or identification mark column not filled up.

5. The candidate should copy the paragraph at item No. 13 of the information sheet in English/Hindi in their own running handwriting (not in capital/spaced out letters), otherwise their applications will be rejected.

6. The candidate should put their Left Hand Thumb impression at the designated places in the Application Form and in the Information Sheet. The Thumb impressions must be clear and complete. Ridges of the Thumb impressions must be clearly visible.

7. Applications which are illegible, incomplete, unsigned, signed in capital letters, not in prescribed format, without photo of candidate, not having IPO/DD or having IPO/DD purchased before date of issue of and after closing date of Employment Notice are liable to be rejected.

8. The envelope containing the application should be clearly super-scribed “Application for the Post/s of ______________________Category No/s.__________ Employment Notice No 02/2010 & Community (SC/ST/OBC/PWD/Ex-SM)”. If the post/s and category number/s is/ are not indicated on the top of the envelope containing application, the same will not be entertained.

Last Date to Apply : 17.03.2010 (01.04.2010 for candidates from remote areas)

Vacancy Details : http://www.rrbajmer.org/rrb_employment.html

 

 

82nd Academy Award:Kavi An Indian Boy Missed Out

The Danish’s entry ‘The New Tenants’ by Gregg Helvey had made an Oscar nomination for the Best Short Film category, got recognized with an award eventually but the expectation that was much upon Indian talent Kavi who plays a slave boy missed out in the race.

‘The New Tenants’, is a twenty one minutes long Danish live action short film which defeated other competitors like ‘The Door’, ‘Instead of Abracadabra’ and ‘Miracle Fish’ to clinch the Oscar award which was presented by actresses Carey Mulligan and Zoe Saldana at the grand event.

It is quite an impactful film, the Assistant Director Vikas Chandra stated, “We wanted to have a lasting impact on the audience, and so we worked hard on deciding on the minute details like the colour tones of the film.”

This film is more creatively satisfying according to Vikas and highlighted, “Greg did not seem like an outsider. He had a vision about the film. But initially it was rather hard to come to one creative plain but as things progressed, it started to become more creatively satisfying.”

Thanking God for making things possible at this year’s Oscar, producer Harish Amin stated, “I really want to thank God and all our supporters for being there for us. The Oscars are such that our film is now recognized on the international platform and the intention is not to win but to make the people aware of the social conditions that are generally not highlighted.”

According to him Greg is also contriving to make a feature length film based on this in the future, Vikas revealed, “Kavi had a narrow budget. Greg and Harish had got hard cash, but it was never enough. There were a lot of favors called in and a lot of phone calls were made. We had help from the local village who supplied us with small things. We had very little money to give to the actors, but we promised them a platform and recognition which was validated when we took the cast to Delhi last year and so little by little things fell into place.”

Hope after this year’s success ‘The New Tenants’ team can look forward to mark in better in the Oscar history.

(JOBS) RRB Centralised Employment Notice No. 2/2010 | 2010

 

RAILWAY RECRUITMENT BOARDS
(Govt. of India, Ministry of Railways)
Web: http://www.rrbthiruvananthapuram.net

 CENTRALISED EMPLOYMENT NOTICE No.02/2010

Applications are invited in the prescribed format as enclosed ( on a good quality A-4 size bond paper of 80 GSM using one side only) from eligible Indian Nationals for the following posts of Non Technical Popular Category (Graduate).
 

  • Commercial apprentice at pay band of Rs. 9300-34800 + GP Rs. 4200, age 18-33 years in the following RRBs:
    • Ahmedabad: 02 Posts
    • Ajmer: 12 Posts
    • Allahabad: 08 Posts
    • Bilaspur: 19 Posts
    • Chandigarh: 11 Posts
    • Gorakhpur: 14 Posts
    • Jammu-Srinagar: 20 Posts
    • Kolkata: 26 Posts
    • Malda: 03 Posts
    • Mumbai: 79 Posts
    • Muzaffarpur: 46 Posts
    • Patna: 101 Posts
    • Ranchi: 32 Posts
    • Secunderabad: 17 Posts
  • Traffic apprentice at pay band of Rs. 9300-34800 + GP Rs. 4200, age 18-33 years in the following RRBs:
    • Ajmer: 08 Posts
    • Allahabad: 11 Posts
    • Bangalore: 03 Posts
    • Bhopal: 10 Posts
    • Bilaspur: 11 Posts
    • Chandigarh: 67 Posts
    • Kolkata: 06 Posts
    • Malda: 08 Posts
    • Mumbai: 139 Posts
    • Muzaffarpur: 42 Posts
    • Patna: 62 Posts
    • Ranchi: 18 Posts
  • Enquiry-Cum-Reservation Clerk at pay band of Rs. 5200-20200 + GP Rs. 2800, age 18-33 years in the following RRBs:
    • Ajmer: 08 Posts
    • Allahabad: 09 Posts
    • Bangalore: 02 Posts
    • Bhopal: 02 Posts
    • Bhubaneswar: 09 Posts
    • Bilaspur: 06 Posts
    • Chennai: 51 Posts
    • Jammu-Srinagar: 09 Posts
    • Mumbai: 10 Posts
    • Muzaffarpur: 18 Posts
    • Patna: 12 Posts
    • Ranchi: 01 Post
    • Secunderabad: 02 Posts
    • Thiruvananthapuram: 08 Posts
  • Goods Guard at pay band of Rs. 5200-20200 + GP Rs. 2800, age 18-33 years in the following RRBs:
    • Ajmer: 80 Posts
    • Allahabad: 48 Posts
    • Bangalore: 38 Posts
    • Bhopal: 26 Posts
    • Bhubaneswar: 49 Posts
    • Bilaspur: 81 Posts
    • Chandigarh: 15 Posts
    • Chennai: 43 Posts
    • Jammu-Srinagar: 10 Posts
    • Kolkata: 335 Posts
    • Mumbai: 168 Posts
    • Ranchi: 353 Posts
    • Secunderabad: 117 Posts
    • Thiruvananthapuram: 39 Posts
  • Junior Accounts Assistant-Cum-Typist at pay band of Rs. 5200-20200 + GP Rs. 2800, age 18-33 years in the following RRBs:
    • Ahmedabad: 53 Posts
    • Ajmer: 21 Posts
    • Allahabad: 69 Posts
    • Bangalore: 04 Posts
    • Bhubaneswar: 66 Posts
    • Chennai: 13 Posts
    • Mumbai: 174 Posts
    • Patna: 48 Posts
  • Sr. Clerk-Cum-Typist at pay band of Rs. 5200-20200 + GP Rs. 2800, age 18-33 years in the following RRBs:
    • Ahmedabad: 29 Posts
    • Ajmer: 13 Posts
    • Allahabad: 01 Post
    • Bangalore: 19 Posts
    • Bhubaneswar: 06 Posts
    • Bilaspur: 52 Posts
    • Jammu-Srinagar: 10 Posts
    • Muzaffarpur: 06 Posts
    • Patna: 28 Posts
    • Ranchi: 36 Posts
    • Secunderabad: 18 Posts
    • Thiruvananthapuram: 20 Posts
       
  • Last Date: 17.03.2010 (01.04.2010 for candidates from remote areas)

 

(Exam) RRB Secunderabad Recruitment Procedure, Pattern And Exam Syllabus

RRB Secunderabad Recruitment Procedure, Pattern And Exam Syllabus

RECRUITMENT PROCEDURE
1. All selections made by the Railway Recruitment Boards are purely based on merit position obtained by the candidates in the written examinations subject to reservations for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes. Viva-voce tests (interviews) have been done away except in the four categories indicated in para 5 below.

2. All written examinations are of multiple choice objective type.There will be negative marking, 1/3 mark will be deducted for every wrong answser.

3. The syllabus for the written examinations is generally commensurate with the qualifications prescribed for the post.

4. The questions will be in General Knowledge/General Intelligence and Reasoning and Analytical abilities and in the technical/professional subjects wherever technical/professional qualifications are prescribed. In addition in certain categories like Clerks, Probationary Station Masters, Commercial/Traffic Apprentices/Junior Accounts Assistants etc., questions in English/Hindi language can also be asked.

5. The type of selections for some of the categories is given below. The list is illustrative and not exhaustive.

1. Safety category posts like Probationary Assistant Station Masters, Assistant Loco Pilot etc. Single Stage written Examination followed by Aptitude test. Candidates have to qualify in both the tests.
2. Non Technical Popular Categories like Clerks, Traffic and Commercial Apprentices, Enquiry-cum-Reservation Clerks, Junior Accounts Assistants etc. Two Stage written examination. Final selection will be based on the merit position Obtaining in the second stage examination. Candidates competing for clerical categories have to pass a qualifying typewriting examination in Hindi or English.
3. Technical categories like Section Engineers, Junior Engineers, Technicians, Para-medical categories etc. Single stage written examination.
4. Raj Bhasha Assistants Single stage written examination followed by qualifying translation test.
5. Junior Stenographers Single stage written examination followed by shorthand test
6. Teachers, Law Assistants, Physiotherapists and Telephone Operators Single stage written examination followed by interview

Note: Even in categories where selection is through a single stage examination, the Railway Recruitment Board can prescribe a second stage examination depending upon the number of candidates, administrative exigencies etc. In such cases final selection will be on the basis of the merit position of the second stage examination.

After the final results are announced, the selected candidates have to report to the office of the Railway Recruitment Board on a nominated day for verification of their original certificates. If they are unable to attend the verification on the nominated day, they are given a second opportunity. If a candidate does not attend the verification even on the second occasion, his candidature is cancelled.

Candidature of candidates who cannot produce the necessary documentary proof in support of the minimum educational/technical qualifications, age, community etc. is also cancelled.

A final panel containing the list of selected candidates is thereafter prepared. The names in this panel are recommended to the South Central or East Coast Railway for appointment.

DO’s

1. Apply only in response to specific Employment Notifications.
2. Apply only in A4 size bond paper (80 gsm)
3. Fill up the application only in your own handwriting.
4. Check up the eligibility conditions before applying,
5. Ensure that community certificates (wherever applicable) are in the prescribed format.
6. Ensure that the application is filled up properly in all aspects. Pay special attention to the following facts.
1. Pasting of recent, clear and black and white photograph
2. Affixing signatures at appropriate places.
3. Filling up the column for identification marks.
4. Reproduction of sample paragraph in the space provided in the application.
5. Fixing a clear left hand thumb impression in the spaced provided for.
6. Attaching necessary enclosures.
7. Watch out for dates of examination and publication of results on the website and also in the ‘Employment News’.
8. Report to the examinations/interviews/verification of documents at the specified time on specified dates.
9. Maintain discipline in the examination halls and in the office of the Railway Recruitment Board.
10. Report to Railway Vigilance any cheating, false promises, demand of bribes for providing employment or influencing the Railway Recruitment Board.
11. We care – always contact Railway Recruitment Board, Secunderabad for specific enquiries about your status of application, written examination results etc. Please see ‘contact us’ for RRB address and telephones.

DON’TS

1. DO NOT BELIEVE any false promises made by unscrupulous elements promising jobs in the railways or to help in the recruitments.
2. DO NOT SUBMIT more than one application for the same post. This will result in your application getting rejected.
3. DO NOT INDULGE in impersonation. If proved you will be debarred for life for appearing in any examination conducted by the Railway Recruitment Boards.
4. DO NOT TRY to forge certificates or submit false/fake certificates or documents.
5. DO NOT LEAVE your original certificates with the Railway Recruitment Board
6. DO NOT ENCLOSE original applications with the applications.
7. DO NOT ENCLOSE with the application copies of certificates not required.
8. DO NOT CARRY cell phones (even in the switched off mode) into the examination hall.
9. DO NOT MISUSE the facility of free travel authority, wherever provided.
10. DO NOT BRING political pressure or influence from any other quarters.

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Show of women power in a bid to enter Guinness

 

POWERFUL EXPRESSION :Over 10000 women draw on a 5 – kilometre long cloth with fabric pen on International Women’s Day in Coimbatore on Monday.

With the celebration of International Women’s Day becoming a fad today, organisations and institutions are coming up with many innovative ways to celebrate it.

The celebration at Avinashilingam University for Women was unique in that it was also an attempt to enter it into the Guinness Book of World Records. Organised by the Pidilite Industries Limited, in collaboration with the university, the “Largest Painting by Numbers” involved the efforts of 10,000 women in filling up a five-km long cloth banner with drawings and writings.

The organisers had planned the event in such a manner that women and girls could find an expression for their creativity as well as their sentiments on womanhood. The theme of the work was to be based on woman – how she was perceived, as an epitome of greatness or an object of ridicule.

The morning saw many women, mostly college students, walk in with enthusiasm braving the intense heat. There were also children and aged women who had come to express their solidarity. What was heart warming was not only the response, but also the content that one got to read on the banner.

The organisers got more entries than they expected – a total of 10,458 women had recorded their thoughts on the cloth banner. There were interesting two-liners, poems, messages to favourite women, sketches, paintings or a simple “Happy Women’s Day” on the banner. The bid was to break the existing record of 967 persons writing on a 2.6 km-long cloth banner.

With regard to the content, almost all were positive sentiments. They had extolled women as a symbol of success. Be it in the role of a daughter, a wife, a sister, a mother, a professional, she was shown as a victor and not as somebody who was the victim. Even if this was slightly removed from reality, participants chose to give credit to the roles they played in their every day life.

J.M. Jose, Zonal Sales Manager of Pidilite, said the event was their way of giving an opportunity to women to express their sentiments about the realities they faced. The company had conducted similar events for school children in Salem.

Saroja Prabhakaran, Vice-Chancellor of the university, said: “Besides the 6,000 and odd students and teachers of the university the public have shown good response towards this unique effort.” Mona Raju Vipani, Guinness Record Holder for mehendi application, and R. Ramesh, Notary Public, were the judges for the event. Mayor R. Venkatachalam inaugurated the event. T.K. Shanmuganandam, Chancellor of the university, and D. Shanmugapriya, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Vigilance and Anti-Corruption, were also present.

India among global top 10 in industrial production

UNIDO estimates that the U.S., China and Japan jointly account for 50 per cent of the world’s manufacturing output

India has emerged as one of the world’s top ten countries in industrial production, according to UNIDO’s (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation) ‘Yearbook of Industrial Statistics 2010′. In 2009, India overtook Canada, Brazil and Mexico and moved up to the ninth position, three places up from the 12th position it held in 2008.

The top ten in 2009 were: the U.S., China, Japan, Germany, the Republic of Korea, France, Italy, the U.K., India and Brazil. As per the yearbook, the sectors in which India figures among the global top ten are textiles; leather, leather products and footwear; coke, refined petroleum products, nuclear fuel; chemicals and chemical products; basic metals; electrical machinery and apparatus; and other transport equipment, other than motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers. Despite the global financial crisis, India maintained its industrial growth and overtook its major competitors in the developing world as a consequence. Alongside, however, the country’s manufacturing value added (MVA) per capita at $283 is still way below that of Brazil ($631) and Mexico ($1,093).

According to the yearbook released last week, China is now the world’s second largest producer of manufactured goods. “With this development, China unseats Japan and is (only) trailing behind the U.S.,” it said. UNIDO estimates that the top three countries — the U.S., China and Japan — jointly account for 50 per cent of the world’s manufacturing output.

However, despite China’s lead in the absolute amount of production, the report suggests that Japan is still the most industrialised country globally in terms of MVA per capita. Japan’s MVA per capita for 2008 was almost $9,000 as compared to about $700 for China. The report also suggests that the effect of the recent global meltdown on industrial growth was severe for industrialised countries, but relatively mild for the developing countries

According to UNIDO, its yearbook of industrial statistics is the only international publication providing economists, planners, policymakers and business people with worldwide statistics on current performance and trends in the manufacturing sector.