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Culture Shapes the Environment June 02, 2015 19:07

My intnention is not to blame American Work Culture, but i just want to say " Don't get carried away with something, which is sheer robotic.  From a time, where the office is used to be the ‘home after home’ to the present days, where office has become Home itself – Americanism and its work culture has certainly taught us many more. Now in India, the new era employee is William Blake’s ‘School Boy’. The poem is good to read but hard to digest. Yes, if one loves to work under Centralized Air conditioner and want handsome salary, they need to work accordingly. Nobody denies that. But balancing personal and professional lives is equally important. Earn money, but not at the cost of relationships. We get the most use of today’s ever changing technology, which has erased all the distance barriers around the world. But at the same time, we make ourselves so busy (No, we addicted to being busy!). Scheduling the things till 2020 sounds so good now. Great! But are you spending the same day 365 times and calling it a year? Leading the same day routine for 60 years and calling it a life? If yes, then it’s time to rethink. Work is for Work and fun is for Fun. Don’t mix both In European nations, when workers go on holiday, they really go on holiday—they won’t answer work emails or make business calls. No colleague or manager would even think of sending an employee a late-night text (post office hours) relating to work, yet it happens all the time in America.

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Baahubali release date confirmed June 02, 2015 18:25

Yes, the release date of India’s prestigious flick is out now. But it should be noted that, it’s the date of Bollywood Baahubali, but not Tollywood one. Unlike Telugu, Bollywood would not play hide and seek with the release dates of the films. They will announce the date, two months prior to the film’s release. This logic is even followed with Rajamouli’s Baahubali too.  As it is known that, Baahubali is releasing in Bollywood too, and Karan Johar is the man behind it. Now it was heard that the latter convinced the director, to fix a date for releasing the film in Bollywood. As per the reports stated, Baahubali will be released on July 10th. But the thing is, no such date is announced for the Telugu version as of yet. It seems like, Rajamouli’s intention is to tease the audience with the release date and finally release it on the same day, that is on July 10th.        By Phani

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Facelift Safari Storm the trendiest SUV in the market June 02, 2015 18:18

Tata Motors has launched an updated version of sports utility vehicle (SUV) Safari Storme, with prices starting at Rs 9.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). "The new Safari Storme is based on Tata Motors Horizonext strategy, having evolved for a more engaging and connected drive, boasting added masculinity, with increased power," Tata Motors Senior Vice President, Passenger Vehicles Business Unit, Girish Wagh said. "As India's first SUV - Tata Safari has constantly evolved to cater to the varied requirements of the Indian car buyer, inspiring them to not only think big, but to also think adventure with their families. The new Safari Storme has a host of integrated connectivity features for a more complete vehicle experience, new design elements to the exteriors and the interiors, for added dynamism, boldness and aggression, along with a superior road presence," he added. The new Tata Safari Storme facelift trims, consist of LX, EX, VX and VZ 4×4, prices of which are Rs. 9,99,000, Rs. 11,60,499, Rs. 13,02,000 and Rs. 14,34,999 ex-Showroom, New Delhi respectively. It is available in five colours viz. Arctic Silver, Urban Bronze, Pearl White, Astern Black and Arctic White. Tata Safari Storme facelift is powered by an advanced 2.2L VARICOR engine, which puts out a power of 150 PS, which is up from 138 ps for the earlier Safari Storme and also claims a better low end torque which generates a torque of 320 nm and is mated to a 5-speed gearbox to provide a better and smoother drive. The Tata Safari Storme facelift has a fully integrated ConnectNext infotainment system which is powered by Harman. The infotainment system features an LCD screen, along with Bluetooth connectivity, iPod-in, USB-in and AUX-in and a CD and AM-FM player. It has six speakers and steering mounted controls. Key Features are listed below 1.    2.2 L VARICOR Engine with renewed power of 148bhp, improved Low End Torque and a 5-speed gearbox2.    New Integrated Infotainment System by Harman3.    Java Black interiors with Silver Accents4.    New Tata Signature Multi-Function Steering Wheel5.    Ultrasonic reverse parking sensors6.    New upper and lower front grill7.    4X4 with ESOF (Electronic Shift on-Fly), with a ground clearance of 200 mm8.    Dual air-conditioning, with built-in rear vents for all-round cooling9.    Airbags for the top end VX variants10.    ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) & EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution)11.    Projector headlamps with PES (Poly Ellipsoid System) Rings As per the revised vehicle design it gets a new upper and lower front look grill in Charcoal Grey and Ocean Grey (variant-wise), along with a new diamond motif with 'Storme' in black on the silver cladding of the vehicle's hood. The SUV's roof rails are also revised. Like the exterior, the interior changes are also made minimal with Java Black Colour theme, highlighted with silver accents on the dashboard and door handles. The seats look slightly different with contrast stitching. By Premji

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Affordable smartphones for common man from Intex June 02, 2015 18:15

Domestic mobile company Intex has launched 2 smartphones, which are affordable for the common man. Mobile business head, Intex Technologies, Sanja Kumar Kalirona said, "The dual announcement cements our purpose of creating the economically attractive and technically luring smartphones. These two new offerings are almost identical in nature and come with the Corning Gorilla glass and the stunning brush metal finish. These two new offerings are designed for the mass market and are a great package of features, design and the right pricing." These mobile devices are available in the colors Black, Silver and Champagne. The two new smartphones are from its Aqua series, Aqua 3G Pro and Aqua 3G Strong. The common features on these smartphones are a 4-inch WVGA screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, 1GHz processor, Android 4.4 KitKat OS, 2MP rear camera with LED flash, VGA front camera and pre-loaded apps such as Newshunt, opera Mini, Housing, AskMe etc. Aqua 3G Pro is priced at Rs 3,666 and Aqua 3G Strong is priced at Rs.3,333. Aqua 3G Pro is having 512MB RAM, 4GB internal memory, which is expandable up to 32GB via MicroSD card and a 1400 mAh battery. Connectivity options available are 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, and GPS. The Aqua 3G Strong has 256MB RAM, 512MB internal memory which is expandable upto 32GB via MicroSD card and a 1400 mAh battery. The connectivity options available are 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS. Domestic mobile manufacturing company Intex is able to understand the common man’s requirement and has intelligently introduced these two smartphones and priced it customer friendly. The smartphone market is upbeat and the supply is not meeting the demand in the lower end segment. Intex can easily become number one in this segment by introducing Aqua 3G pro and Aqua 3G strong. These phones will definitely give a very good competition for the players in the medium segment. By Premji

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Now BSNL customers can roam anywhere in India without charges June 02, 2015 18:07

BSNL will offer free national roaming for its prepaid and postpaid mobile connection from June 15, announced by Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. The Minister also instructed the state-run operator to improve the quality of services, especially in the border and extremist-affected areas, to become market leader and win back people's confidence. Ravi Shankar Prasad said that full mobile portability will be given from July, while announcing the achievements of his ministry as part of the program to mark the Narendra Modi government's first year in office. Subscribers of BSNL's pre-paid 2G and 3G services are offered get the unused mobile Internet data balance to be added to their plans when they go for next recharge. Due to the high demand for 3G services, BSNL is going to introduce new 3G mobile Internet plans at prices which will be the lowest in the industry. While more and more customer friendly initiatives are taken, the department should also take necessary action to change the mentality of the employees. This is very much required for the survival of the PSU, while private players offer excellent service and have customer friendly employees. This is a welcome step for the loss making public sector undertakings to win more customers and make it a profitable company. The government is also planning to set up 2,500 Wi-Fi spots this year alone. The government’s initiatives are seen as customer friendly. These initiatives will trigger the overall development of the country in a big way. Already BSNL has made night calling from landline to any phone from 9 PM to 7AM free. By Premji

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Revanth might not attend his daughter’s engagement! June 02, 2015 17:23

Revanth Reddy’s only daughter Nymisha Reddy is going to get engaged to a guy on June 11th. So, the TDP party members are expecting him to get bail to attend the occasion. Efforts for bail It is known that recently, Revanth Reddy has announced his daughter’s engagement, but unfortunately, just before few days of the occasion, he was jailed. However, the hearing on his bail petition would be on June 5th. If it turns positive, then Revanth would have an opportunity to take care of all the preparations of the engagement. Even the TDP party officials are making all efforts, to get Revanth out through the bail. TRS arrangements to target Revanth If this is the case with TDP party, on the other hand, the TRS officials are trying to give their best to create fresh problems to Revanth. Presently, a senior public prosecutor was appointed by the Telangana government, to argue in the Reddy’s bribery scam. It seems like, TRS government is taking it as a challenge to indulge Revanth in more cases, due to the grudge it developed for him during this one year basing many issues.  Revanth Reddy is the person, who is constantly targeting KCR and making hot comments on TRS government. In fact, in many public meetings throughout the year, there is not even a single meeting, where he concluded the speech without uttering and criticizing KCR.  KCR special concentration on Revanth! This might be the reason for Telangana Chief Minister to especially concentrate on this particular politician, be it a scheme of the oppositions or Revanth’s personal fate, he is currently behind the bars. TRS government is in a thought of utilizing this opportunity and target Revanth Reddy now.    Let’s see, if the so called fate, supports him to watch his only daughter’s engagement.      By Phani

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Infosys' Dress Code turns Casual June 02, 2015 16:41

While many Indian IT firms get along with the regular formal dress code all the four days a week, Infosys’ to be CEO - Vishal Sikka initiated a casual dress code for his employees. Vishal Sikka, who will take charge as CEO this August, seems to stay relevant to millennials, who are dominating the workforce in the present days.  The email added, "Each of you is empowered to make the right decision and dress in a way that will make Infosys proud." The $8.7-billion company has 1.7 lakh employees. Many Indian IT services firms still swear by formal attire at work given constant client interactions. But some are now trying to stay relevant to millennials who are beginning to dominate the workforce. Sikka who frequently sports in his own favorite attire of a black tee and jacket breaks away from the tradition of Infosys' senior management wearing monogrammed shirts. Kris Lakshmikanth, CEO of HR consultancy firm HeadHunters India, noted that the tech industry globally wears casual attire to work. "In Infosys's case, the company has broken some of its rules that was frozen in time which no longer resonate with its younger workforce," he said. Harish H V, partner in consultancy firm Grant Thornton, said, "Generally, the belief is that people feel intellectually stimulated if they don't wear formals to work. But it's a state of mind, and in many instances companies want to be seen as cool and in line with their peers."

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Katrina is a part of my family- Salman June 02, 2015 16:18

It seems like Salman is indulging some enthusiasm in him now, after getting out of the controversial issues. The actor was featured on the cover of the Hello magazine’s latest issue. The girl beside him is, our very own Sunil Shetty’s daughter Athiya Shetty.  There is a belief in Bollywood that, if the star kids are introduced by Salman, then the scope for the success of those kids career in the industry would be more. Athiya is about to make her debut in Bollywood and Salman is introducing her through the magazine itself. On the other side, the manly macho spoke about Katrina saying, “Katrina Kaif Kapoor…Kitna bada chance miss kiya Khan banne ka.”  The words meant that, Katrina has missed a chance of being ‘Khan’ and chose to be ‘Kapoor’. Speaking about his affection on Katrina, Salman said, “Katrina is a part of my family and I am always protective about her, so yes, that proximity, that friendship will always be there”. By the way, the Hello magazine is already out in the market. There are more interesting things to known about Salman and Katrina and about his court cases and upcoming movies. Then what are you waiting for, go grab a copy now. By Phani

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Son of Satyamurthy disappointed them June 02, 2015 15:31

Son of Satyamurthy. Though the film was opened to the mixed reviews, it still managed to cross the benchmark 50 days with 50 crores. But the thing is, though the film crossed 50 crores, still it could not create a smile on the face of the distributors, as the film was sold to 54 crores.  As per the reports, the total share collected by Satyamurthy is 51.6 crores. If the shares are to be bifurcated,  AP and Telangana: Rs.37.65 crores Karnataka: Rs.5.8 crores Kerala: Rs.1.15 crores Tamilnadu: Rs.63 lakhs Overseas: 51.6 crores When, the other miscellaneous places are also included, the total figure shows 51.6 crores.  But as the distributors bought the film for 54 crores, a few of them had to face losses.  Through satellite rights and other rights, producers are benefited with another 14 crores by the film. So finally, it is the distributors,  who is affected by the film, but not the producers.   By Phani  

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Secure these three types of health June 02, 2015 15:25

Health is wealth. Though the quote is old, it is always gold, that never gets affected by obsolescence. However great the technology gets updated, and whatever level, our life style upgrades, the quote always applies.  So, it is to be remembered that, health is the first thing, where he have to invest into. Health need not mean physical health always, but mental and social too. Physical health: Taking a proper diet and doing regular workouts is the best way to avoid hospitals. Mental health: Be it due to the work pressure, family problems and many other issues, the humans get into deep depression and tensions. This affects the mental state of a person. To avoid it, maintain a perfect balance between work and life. Social health: Interacting with the colleagues, maintaining a healthy relationship with the fellow human beings, would show a great impact on your personality. Because, it is to be remembered that, it is the happiness which has the ability to increase the life tenure.  By Phani  

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