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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Sahara group lines up Rs 32,400 cr investment; 56k new jobs

Sahara group, whose legal battle with Sebi continues in Supreme Court over refund of over Rs 20,000 crore to investors, has made a surprise announcement of plans being afoot to hire over 56,000 new employees this year along with investments to the tune of nearly Rs 32,400 crore. In three-page newspaper advertisements, the group has invited applications for senior positions across business verticals within and outside country and said that these more than 56,000 new jobs need to be filled by the end of 2014. At the same time, it has also claimed that the group, which calls itself Sahara India Parivar, is "committed to creating four lakh salaried positions in next three years". 

The businesses for which job applications have been invited include FMCG & retail, dairy, poultry, luxury real estate and lifestyle, food factory, low-cost housing, CSR, education and even cruises (Sahara Water Homes). Besides job details, the group also disclosed specific investment targets for at least four business verticals and these investments total to an amount of Rs 32,394 crore. For its 'Luxury Retail: Sahara Global Mastercraft Ltd' business, the group said that an investment of Rs 1,400 crore would be made over five years, while Rs 5,172 crore would be invested in Food & Beverages and Entertainment: QSR (Quick Service Restaurants). Its 'International Business: Macedonia (Europe)' business is expected to see an investment of Rs 13,922 crore in dairy project and Rs 9,600 crore in hospitality project. 

Further, healthcare would seen an investment of Rs 2,300 crore for 5-7 years, according to the public notice. The group also claimed a huge asset base with a market value of "Rs 1,52,518 crore" and a land bank of 36,631 acres. This massive recruitment drive comes at a time when the group is caught in a legal battle with Sebi, which had charged it of raising over Rs 24,000 crore through various "illegalities" in issuance of certain bonds through two firms. These two firms -- Sahara India Real Estate Corp Ltd (SIREC) and Sahara India Housing Investment Corp Ltd (SHIC)-- were asked to refund the money to investors, while the Supreme Court also asked the group to comply with Sebi orders. Sahara group later deposited Rs 5,120 crore with Sebi and claimed that it was way above the outstanding amount due to be returned to investors as more than Rs 20,000 crore were already refunded directly. The Supreme Court has refused to allow Sahara Group chief Subrata Roy to leave the country till the companies provide details of refunding Rs 20,000 crore to investors. The apex court last week asked the group to furnish all the documents to reveal the source of Rs 22,885 crore which it claims to have refunded to the investors. Besides, the group was directed to place all documents including the bank statements sought by Sebi before February 11 when the court would take up the case for further hearings.

Read more at: http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/sahara-group-linesrs-32400-cr-investment-56k-new-jobs_1036258.html?utm_source=ref_article

Monday, July 1, 2013

Now, a camera that ‘clicks’ smells

LONDON: What if you could recapture the aroma of that freshly baked birthday cake, or the whiff of your lover's shampoo? It may be possible with this new camera! Researchers in the UK have developed a camera that can capture the scent of your memories, recording smells instead of images.


The gadget, called Madeleine, is the invention of designer Amy Radcliffe at Central Saint Martins, who set out to bring a more meaningful sensory dimension to storing our favourite memories, the Guardian reported.

"The sense of smell has a direct link to emotional memory . It is the sense we react to most instinctively, and the furthest away from being stored or replicated digitally," Radcliffe told the newspaper.

In order to use the camera, a person needs to place a funnel attached to the camera over the object or environment they wish to capture. Then a pump sucks the air across an odour trap made of Tenax — a porous polymer resin which adsorbs the particles that make up the smell.

The working prototype can take anything from a few minutes to capture the ravishing scent of fresh strawberries , to around 24 hours to store the more subtle aroma of an atmosphere. 
"It's like a huge electric nose. It processes the particles and produces a graph-like formula that makes up the smell. From this formula you can artificially recreate the precise odour," she said.  Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com                            

Thursday, December 15, 2011

iPhone Programming Path Made Easy

Hey Guys! Are you interested to learn In this section we focus on important things useful in iPhone Application development. Most of the developers build views through programming. The brief approach is shared here and the detailed discussion with examples will be provided in the next Article. Programming quickly and worried about time and efforts? Here is good picture and short path to initiate iPhone development. Insight /Outlines briefly: One should know the 8 base elements before start doing iPhone programming. The eight base elements indicate the programmer about the things involved and also a big picture on efforts. However everything made easy and clear to you and help you quickly give you a thumbnail view of the big picture. 

1. Platform – Mac OS 2. Processor – 64 bit 3. Compiler – GCC 4. Application Framework – IOS SDK from Apple 5. Target Devices – iPhone, iPod and iPad 6. Language – Object C 7. GUI API – Cocoa 8. IDE – XCode GUI Anatomy briefly: Here is no confusion; the anatomy is simple layout of a native iPhone screen (view). However we see so many other layouts created by different developer groups using web (HTML5 and CSS) and native (Cocoa Touch) which are creative hybrid interfaces. See below the core native view. Learning scope briefly: Step 1: Registering as iPhone developer. Registration is simple first activity to access free resources from Apple Developer site (http://developer.apple.com/). Download IOS SDK from http://developer.apple.com/iphone/. Step 2: Installing of IOS SDK. Installation of IOS SDK is to create development environment. The development environment consists XCode IDE, iPhone development Framework and other tools. Step 3: Joining Developer Program Joining Developer Program is to get access to Apples extended developer facilities to sign and distribute applications. Step4: Building simple App Once the developer environment is ready, it is right time to test the developer environment with a sample application. Follow the below steps to run a simple application. 1. Open XCode (double click on Macintosh HD Developer  Applications  XCode). 2. Create New Project (File  New Project). Select “Application” from “iPhone OS” category and “View-based Application” for template. 3. Name the project as “Hello World”. 4. The finished Project contains folders like “Classes”, “Other Sources”, “Resources”, “Frameworks” and “Products”. Note: Don’t worry about folder names, we will discuss in the later Articles. The Project sub-folders vary from IOS SDK version and Project options. Please don’t select “Story Board” option in case if you setup latest IOS SDK 5 environment. 5. Double click to open “HelloWorldViewController.xib” from “Resources” folder of the Project. 6. It opens the View in Interface Builder where User Controls. 7. Add Label control to the View (drag a Label control to View) and add “Hello, world” to it. Now save and execute. 8. Hello World Application is ready and opened in iPhone Simulator. iPhone Programming Approach briefly: In this section we focus on important things useful in iPhone Application development. Most of the developers build views through programming. The brief approach is shared here and the detailed discussion with examples will be provided in the next Article. 
1. Tools (XCode, Interface Builder and Instruments) XCode is to manage Project and its files. Interface Builder is to design GUI/View using standard UI Controls available in Library. 
2. Language (Object C and Cocoa Touch) Programming languages are based C. Discuss more about Object Programming and Cocoa Touch library in future Articles. 
3. Design (iPhone Human Interface Guidelines) Design involves creative GUI using Cocoa Touch and Object C. Apple provided more detailed information in its best practices document “iPhone Human Interface Guidelines”. 
4. Processes (Testing, Provisioning and Distribution) 

Note: Along with the above four pillars of iPhone programming, we also discuss on the important other pieces like XCode Project Types, View Controllers, Interface Builder, Instruments, Core Data, SQLite, Core Animation, Debugging, Provisioning, Distribution, Auto Release Pools, etc. About the Author: Subramanyam Somayajulu is an Mobile team project manager of iPhone Software Development expert Etisbew Technology Group. Etisbew has an impressive track record and expertise in the latest Information Technology, Website Redesign, Custom Application Development, ColdFusion, iphone, Blackberry, Android, Dotnet, Php and Java.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Agni-IV nuclear capable missile successfully test fired

Making a quantum jump in its missile programme, India has successfully test-fired a highly advanced nuclear capable Agni-4 long range ballistic missile with a strike range of 3,000 km from an island off Odisha coast.

The missile is one of its kind of world class providing many new technologies for the first time and its range can be boosted up to 3500 km, Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) spokesman Ravi Kumar Gupta said.

Agni-4 missile system has opened a new era in the class of long range missile having capability to carry strategic warheads for the forces and has provided a 'fantastic deterrence' to the country, he said.

The missile was launched from a Road Mobile System at 0900 hours on Tuesday from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Wheelers Island, defence sources said adding it paved the way for early test launch of Agni-5.

"The trial was fully successful. All mission objectives were fully met. All the systems functioned perfectly till the end encountering the re-entry temperatures of more than 3000 degree C," Gupta said.

Agni-4 missile, hitherto known as Agni-II Prime, had a text book trajectory and reached a height of about 900 km and reached the pre-designated target in the international waters of Bay of Bengal, a DRDO scientist said.

It is lighter in weight and has two stages of solid propulsion and a payload with re-entry heat shield. The composite rocket motor was used for the first time and gave excellent performance.

It is 20 metres long with launch weight of 17 tonne. It can carry one tonne pay-load.

 "While the Agni-II missile has a strike range of 2000 km and Agni-III can hit a target at a distance of up to 3500 km, this new Agni-IV missile would bridge the gap," defence sources said.


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Govt to unveil National Telecom Policy in January, 2012

The much-awaited National Telecom Policy-2011, will be unveiled in January next year, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said on Friday.

The policy was earlier expected to be unveiled by December this year, but delays in receiving recommendations have pushed the date to next year.
"The (draft) policy I have already announced as I had committed. Industry wants some more time to respond, we will give them time. All what will happen is finalisation of the policy will happen in January instead of December," Sibal said in New Delhi at an event.
He added that Trai's recommendations on the National Telecom Policy have just come in and the Department of Telecom is looking into the same.
"The Trai recommendations have just come, we will consider them, call Telecom Commission (meet)... move to Cabinet," Sibal said.
Sibal said the media is confusing between Trai's recommendations and the Telecom Policy.
"People must understand the difference between policy and Trai's recommendation. The Trai recommendations deal with the nitty-gritty of mergers and acquisition and all the other specific issues which never go in to policy," Sibal said.
The draft of the National Telecom Policy, 2011, was announced by Sibal in early October with a major thrust on transparency, an improved investment climate and promotion of consumer interest.
Under the draft plan, the Telecom Ministry is also looking to facilitate nation-wide free roaming, frame an exit policy for operators to surrender licences, give a push to indigenous manufacturing and promote an eco-system for development of a self-dependent telecom industry.