Category Archive for 'India'

Adlabs Wins Chandigarh FM Frequencies @ Rs. 15 Crore!

Saturday, January 14th, 2006

Incredible as it sounds, Adlabs bid a whopping Rs. 15 crores for Chandigarh’s FM frequencies and they won. The company is backed by Anil ‘Reliance’ Ambani (he bought it last year). The second bid for Chandigarh was from Bhaskar Group (the publishers of Dainik Bhaskar) for Rs. 10 crores. Apparently Chandigarh got the highest bid […]

Passing The City Pass

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006

I don’t understand why only 256 passes have been issued under the City Pass scheme till now. At 300 bucks for a 4-wheeler, it’s pretty reasonable (that’s 60 parking entries – 2 a day on an average). If nothing else, it’s pretty convenient to carry the pass around rather than trying to find a non-paid […]

Coldest Night In A Decade

Sunday, January 8th, 2006

Yesterday night was recorded to be the coldest night in the last decade, with temperatures dropping by a whopping 5 degrees below normal to 1.8 degrees Celcius. Heck, Shimla was warmer at 4.4 degrees yesterday night! No wonder I was feeling slightly chilly.

Ericsson To Set Up 2 Units in India

Monday, October 24th, 2005

Ericsson is setting up a R&D unit & a global services delivery centre in India. Nice. I wonder if this means the mobile phones will be any cheaper. (pause) Naah, I didn’t think so either. WTH is a global services delivery centre?

Pakistan & India – Enemies Forever?

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005

Somebody speaks the truth aloud. Dr Farooq Hassan, the only lawyer to have served as advisor to four Prime Ministers of Pakistan and a leading jurist says: A military government can never solve the problems with India, including Kashmir. Because if they do it, the reason of their existence disappears. Pakistan has the fifth or […]

Angry Suspended Employee Sets Boss’ Car Afire

Sunday, October 23rd, 2005

This guy got so upset about his boss suspending him, he went to his Boss’ house in the early morning and set his car on fire!

Chandigarh, Panchkula, Mohali – The Tricity

Sunday, October 16th, 2005

Starting to blog about Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali and why I call them collectively as Tricity. Link to Metroblogging.

American Senator Lantos Beats Chest, Brain Rattles Down To Ankles

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

It would go lower if there was space or outright reject his physical self since he doesn’t seem to be using it in any case. “Abject Lesson” indeed! I am tempted to write to PMO to reject the resolution in IAEA irrespective of our independant analysis and take on the situation in Iran, just to […]

Pareto’s Rule & Indian DJs

Sunday, September 4th, 2005

Like many other things, the Pareto’s rule also applies to the Indian DJs: 80% of them have heard only 20% of the music they ought to have. I listen to a lot of music myself: bought, borrowed, gifted, and stolen. Perhaps because of this, and/or because I had the right friends, I was in contact […]

East India Company Nearly Dismantled Taj Mahal

Sunday, August 21st, 2005

When it comes to Taj Mahal, seems like not a year passes without a controversy of some sort. There was the Taj Corridor Project that most likely did some permanent damage to the monument. And now there is the Waqf Board trying to claim it as theirs. Of course, there are the descendants of Shahjahan […]

NASSCOM Cries ‘Entrapment’

Friday, August 19th, 2005

As the focus shifts to India further, expect more sting operations in India that try to spread the FUD on how insecure BPO outsourcing is, especially in India. NASSCOM calls it entrapment, I call it humbug.

Global War(m/n)ing

Monday, August 15th, 2005

Head over to the Global Warming: Early Warning Signs to read up on how terribly we are screwing up our planet. A look at the signs in India on the Asia page made me wonder if I’ll see a glacier-less himalayan range within my lifetime. Update: I came across a report in New Scientist about […]

India’s Top Spies

Monday, August 15th, 2005

Spies: From the celluloid British 007 to the ones in Discovery documentaries, I always wondered where all the good ones from my country were. But then, the good ones are talked about after they’re gone and done doing their deed. Learn more about the best Indian spies and their acts that made them so.

Independence Day

Monday, August 15th, 2005

1857: The struggle officially began. 1947: The struggle finally ended. Happy 59th Independence Day! The last 58 years of independence have been a crazy story of growth, progress, restraint and vision. From a British colony to a regional super-power, riding the IT and BPO boom, we have come a long way pretty fast and the […]

When Think-Tanks Lack Thinking

Wednesday, August 10th, 2005

Caught a story on Rediff about a new report by RAND titled “Exploring Religious Conflict” (PDF). It clubs RSS as a NRM (New Religious Movement). It goes to the extent of naming it in the same sentence mentioning al-Qaeda! NRMs can be found in Hinduism (the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, or RSS), Israel (Gush Emunim), Christianity […]

A Brief History of Indian IT Industry

Tuesday, July 5th, 2005

C|NET has a pretty nice brief history of Indian IT Industry. Makes for a good read. It’s part of their series on India’s IT industry. They got the Indian boundaries wrong on the map though (J&K is chopped off badly) making the re-publishing of this report with that map anywhere in India a criminal offence. […]

Getting ‘Rumpy-Pumpy’ In Indian BPOs

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

Read this hillarious story in The Register based on a revealing report about employees in Indian Call Centre getting ‘rumpy-pumpy’ within their BPO office spaces in The Times of India. Exquisite. 😀

Intel Agrees To Come To India

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

On May 3, I wrote about Indian IT minister’s planned visit to woo Intel to set up a factory in India. From the report on eWeek, looks like he succeeded! Intel Corp., the world’s largest computer-chip maker, plans to spend up to $400 million on a chip assembly and testing plant in India, Communications Minister […]

Young Indian Inventors

Monday, May 30th, 2005

Indian teenagers invent… Banana fibre construction material Wheelchairs that climb stairs Mobile phones that control home appliances Geometric equation that can improve “auto-focussing” in cameras … and represent India at International Exhibition for Young Inventors held in Malaysia with the latter being judged most outstanding individual invention. Kudos! [Via CNET]

Design of Moon Mission Spacecraft Complete

Friday, May 6th, 2005

I just posted about the successful launch of Cartosat-1. And according to PTI, ISRO Chairman, G Madhavan Nair also announced yesterday that the design of spacecraft for Indian moon mission titled Chandrayaan has been completed! Among other things of importance in his announcement is news of 34 metre antenna for the deep space tracking network. […]