- Today is International Day of Disabled Persons.
- Tirupur, Tamilnadu
- The knitwear capital of the country is carving a niche for itself in something else also. That is export of stone idols of gods and goddesses from the Hindu Pantheon to temples abroad.
- Md. Ali Alabbar
- Is the 46 year old businessman from
; Chairman of Emaar Properties, the world’s largest real estate company. Dubai
- His company is working on prestigious projects like the world’s tallest building – Burj Dubai and the world’s largest shopping mall.
- Bhimbetka caves
- Located about 50 kms from
, these caves are home to pre-historic art. The paintings found there in the caves are stated to be about 30,000 years old!!! Bhopal
- They were discovered in 1958 by V.S. Wakankar, an archaeologist.
- Higher education scene in
- I covered about higher education on two occasions earlier. Once on 30.10.2006 in Indian Current Affairs and twice (15.11.2006 & 30.11.2006) on Discover It blog. Now we have some more info coming our way:
- No more than 17 million students have received tertiary education in
, which has a population of about 1.21 bn. India
USwith about 30% of ’s population, has three times as many people, with tertiary education. India
- The enrolment ratio in tertiary education in
is around 9% compared to over 60% ratio in many developed countries. India
- More star wars
- We noted on 25.11.2006 about our efforts at playing the star wars in defence.
- Buoyed with the success of the tests that we discussed earlier, the defence establishment is planning to come with a new missile called PAD which can shoot down incoming warheads, much closer to the ground.
- Mr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat is the country’s top missile scientist. He is the chief controller of the country’s missile program.
- Microsoft’s challenges and business
- Zune is Microsoft’s answer to Apple’s iPod. This is expected to sell about 3 mln units in its first year.
Vista, the newest operating system from M$’s (M$ = Microsoft for the uninitiated) stable is expected to run on about 76 mln desktops by the end of 2007. Vistasales should bring in about $11.5 bn in profits to M$ in the current fiscal.
- Retail scene in
- FDI in retail (single branded products): Upto 51% is allowed with prior government approval as per the policy stated in Press Note 3 of 2006.
- Share of organized retail in
is about 3% of the close to $300 bn market. This is expected to grow to 10% by 2010. India
- Reliance Retail’s size of envisaged operations:
- 1 mln additional jobs to be created
- Various formats: High end luxury to grocery items
- Pan-India presence
- Over 100 mn sq ft of retail space in various formats
- Operations in close to 1000 towns
- Targeted topline (revenue from operations) Rs. 90,000 cr by 2010.
- Stephen Hawking’s utterances on colonizing other planets
- He is the renowned British cosmologist and the author of the best selling book “A Brief History of Time”.
- He says that man must colonize other planets. And that this would be possible by using ‘matter/antimatter annihilation’, which would help reaching velocities just below the speed of light for inter-stellar travel.
- He was conferred the world’s oldest award for scientific achievement – the Copley medal recently by the British Royal Society. Previous winners of this medal included Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein.