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Monday 22 December 2014
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No Way To Travel
Most schools and colleges are closed for Christmas and New Year and people have already chalked out elaborate plans to make the most of the holidays. Trains, buses and flights to Kerala, Mumbai, Kolkata, Patna and Chennai have registered the maximum number of bookings. However, a number of travellers have been facing a lot of problems as seats on buses and trains have been booked well in advance. Those lining up at the last minute to book tickets have been forced to look for alternate...
Christmas At 'clusters'
Christmas is almost here  and that brings back a bouquet of memories for me. Right through my growing-up years, Christmas was a fun-filled affair at my  grandmother Lurtha Williams’ old bungalow on Mission Road, which we called ‘Clusters’. It was funny how the name ‘Clusters’ came about. Since it was a cluster of houses in one compound — one main house with four to five houses at the back — my grandfather came up with that name. I lived in...
Fun On The Run
Colourful scenes and activities enriched the ‘SBI Bengaluru Midnight Marathon 2014’, organised by Rotary Bangalore IT Corridor, at the KTPO, Whitefield on Saturday. The eighth edition of the Marathon attracted professional runners, international athletes, supporters, corporate and NGOs. Apart from the various races, there was also much entertainment including dance, music, DJ, rock bands and a flea market. The presence of the Santa Claus added excitement to the festive season.
More Than Just Bread And Butter
Like many others, Sanjana Dilip has a number of quirky, radiant and colourful items in her house. However, what sets these items apart is the fact they are made out of stale bread! The 23-year-old makes funky items like fridge magnets, photo frames, mugs, pen holders, jars, hair bands and pendants out of stale bread. In fact, her love for art led her to start ‘Pink Feather’ in 2012. Though all her products are eco-friendly and handmade, they are also non-perishable.She...
A Picturesque View
Ever thought what you could do with an old glass bottle or a plain wooden coaster? Add a splash of paint and stick some pieces of cloth and these will look as good as new. Lakshmi Prakash, a media professional, has made many beautiful pieces of art like this during her free time. However, this unusual hobby of hers is not as easy as it sounds. One look at her works and you would realise that it is a meticulous and time-consuming affair indeed.Hailing from Chikmagalur, Lakshmi...
Economy & Business

Analytics Outsourcing: Does The Emperor Have A Clue?
In 2001, the entire Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) industry in India had only 9,000 professionals  who generated approximately $260 million in revenues; however, this industry had already grown to approximately 75,000 professionals by 2007. The Indian KPO sector barely grew during the great recession of 2008-09 but it is likely to have 166,000 professionals by the end of 2014 generating annual revenue of approximately $6.21 billion. So, overall, during 2001-2014, this sector has...
Companies Act: Wrinkles Remain To Be Ironed Out
Within nine months of operationalising most provisions of the Companies Act 2013, the Lok Sabha last week approved the first amendment to this Act primarily with the intent of improving the ease of doing business in India. This amendment was moved taking into account the pressing issues and key challenges raised by corporates as well as professionals from their experience in implementing the Act. While these amendments were necessary, there wasn’t a realistic expectation that the...
Pushing Boundaries In A Digital Way
Xerox India, maker of printing equipment for office and graphic communication applications, is now reinventing itself as a services-led technology company. In an interaction with N V Vijayakumar, Xerox India Executive Director (Technology & Channels and International Distributor Operations) Balaji Rajagopalan said the company has over 30 per cent share in the digital printing products market in the country. He expressed the company’s desire to give end-to-end solutions in the...
Investments To Face Rough Ride With Uber Ban
A ban on online taxi services in India, following the arrest in New Delhi of an Uber driver accused of rape, has brought uncertainty to the millions of dollars of international investment pumped into Uber's Web-based Indian rivals Ola and TaxiForSure.Ola raised $210 million in October from a group led by Japan's SoftBank Corp. TaxiForSure attracted $30 million in August from backers including US private equity firm Accel Partners, known for investing early in Facebook Inc.But concern about...
Exorcising The Promoter Fever Will Not Hurt
Facing up to the past is the best insurance for the future as some realise. The latest round of promoter share sales at Infosys left the markets in disarray with $2 billion being knocked off the market capitalisation of the once hallowed bellwether. Promoters diluting their shares in small, meaningful doses has been happening at the company for quite a while, though the latest round has been noticeable for its timing. A non-promoter CEO has taken charge for the first time, the stock has seen...
Art Review

Music And Dance Reviews
Bhagavathar’s compositions Hari Keshanallur Muthaiah Bhagavathar (1877-1945) is one among the important composers of the post-trinity period. He was honoured by many Maharajas including the Mysore Maharaja and has also received a doctorate from the Travancore University. Maharaja Krishnaraja Wodeyar has conferred the “Gayaka Shikhamani” title on Bhagavathar. He has also authored a few books and has composed a number of compositions in several languages including Kannada,...
Cyber Space

Food &Amp; Drink App
The holiday cooking season is here, and if you happen to use a Windows 8.1 laptop or tablet, the MSN Food & Drink app serves as a recipe database, meal planner, shopping-list generator and cooking tutor. The app is free from the online Windows Store if it is not already installed on your system.For those who like to cook with the computer in the kitchen, the app features hundreds of recipes in easy-to-read type arranged on step-by-step screens that can be advanced by tapping arrow keys in...
A Level Playing Field For Retailers
Thanks to its ugly spat with book publishers, Amazon has lately been cast as the abominable boogeyman of commerce.As hundreds of authors took up arms against the giant, The New Republic declared in a cover article this fall that “Amazon Must Be Stopped,” insisting that the company’s unbounded retail ambitions would end up “cannibalizing the economy.”But there’s another theory about Amazon’s future, one for which evidence began to mount this year:...
Q &Amp; A
Q: The Purchased link on the iTunes Store screen lists everything I’ve bought there, including some items I’d rather not have shown on a shared computer. Is there a way to remove selected titles from the list?Apple allows you to “hide” music, books, videos, apps and other content you previously purchased from the company’s various online stores. To remove these items from view, you need to log into your Apple account through the iTunes program on your Windows PC...
Games Consoles Using More Power Than Ever
With guns, grenades and other weapons, US Special Forces will slug it out against the Federation in ever more households on Christmas, as new video game consoles fire up Call of Duty: Ghosts, a recent version of the popular game.The mayhem will be fictional but the electricity needed to run the consoles, engineers point out, will be real and greater than ever, according to the engineers at the Electric Power Research Institute, a nonprofit utility consortium based in Palo Alto,...
Bringing Cheer This Season With Apps
With the right apps, your smartphone can get a little merrier and can even help you plan for the holidays.Among the thousands of holiday apps, Santify stands out for its entertainment. It is one of many photo booth apps that take selfie photos and transform them to look more seasonal. Santify does an amazingly good job of turning your selfie into a Santa-like face. It can also create an animated video that can be shared through services like Twitter.When you open Santify, it shows your...
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Christmas celebrations

Christmas celebrations

Migratory birds

Migratory birds

Prayers in Allahabad

Prayers in Allahabad

Hand In Hand

Hand In Hand

Bengaluru Midnight Marathon

Bengaluru Midnight Marathon

The Final Battle: ISL

The Final Battle: ISL

Captain's Spirit

Captain's Spirit

Fan's Rejoice

Fan's Rejoice

Atletico de Kolkata players celebrate with Trophy

Atletico de Kolkata players celebrate with Trophy

Atletico De Kolkata wins ISL

Atletico De Kolkata wins ISL

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