Friday, December 31, 2010

CYCLING: VICKY PENDLETON FEELS PRESSURE

SPRINT queen Vicky Pendleton says the huge pressure to shine in London 2012 is almost suffocating both her and the rest of the British cycling team.
A spectacular haul of cycling gold medals at the Beijing Olympics and world championships has sent expectations soaring for the home Games.
Pendleton chalked up yet another sprint first place at the recent track world championships in Copenhagen, adding a silver medal in the women’s keirin event. Pendleton, 29, is aiming for three golds in London and noticed the first rumblings of discontent in Denmark after Britain fell behind Australia in the overall table.
And with the entire team now marked men and women with rivals, Pendleton is increasingly aware of the difficulties of staying clear of the field. She said: “Everyone is feeling the pressure already that Britain is expecting great things from their team, and the cycling team specifically.
“I feel more pressure on me now than I ever have in succeeding in big competitions like the world champs and the Olympics.
“There are a few new challenges to deal with to stay there at the top.
“The standard is very high in terms of what is expected of us come 2012 because of what we have achieved in the recent past. You started to see it already in Copenhagen – we didn’t come away with all the gold medals we expected. There was some doom and gloom about the place.”
The pursuit of excellence continues. Complacency is the dirtiest of words in Pendleton’s camp – and sacrifice is the most commonplace.
“Becoming complacent would be the kiss of death,” she added.
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Germany History

Middle Ages
In the first centuries the Merovingian kings of Gaul conquered many German tribes, these Colonists of Gaul were also focused in change the religion. The missionary activity funded monasteries at Würzburg, Regensburg, Reichenau, and other places. Many years later, from 772 to 814, the king Charlemagne extended his empire into northern Italy and the territories of all west of Germany, including Saxons and Bavarians. When Charlemagne was confirmed as emperor of Rome, the “Holy Roma Empire” was established. The years passed and the empire was divided into several parts because of the many fights between Charlemagne’s grandchildren, this division gave place to the beginning of the Frankish Kingdom under the government of Duke Henry of Saxony. The time between 1096 and 1291 was the age of the crusades and knightly religious orders were established: The Templars, the Knights of St. John and the Teutonic Order, many towns, castles, bishops’ palaces and monasteries were founded in this age. But from 1300 The Empire started to lose territory on all its frontiers. In the 15th century the king Maximilian I tried to reform the Empire but it was frustrated by the continued territorial fragmentation of the Empire.

Germany Reformation
In the 16th century began the Germany reformation under the philosophy of Martin Luther and his “95 theses” against the abuse of indulgences to the church. Luther translated the Bible establishing the basis of modern German. By 1555 the era of religious tensions seemed to end with the Peace of Augsburg. In the 17th century the Thirty Year’s War devastated Germany, and the religious tensions continued, and the conflict was widened into a European War by the intervention of King Christian IV of Denmark, Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden and France under Cardinal Richelieu, the regent of the young Louis XIV. Germany became the main theatre of war and the scene of the final conflict between France and the Habsburgs for the predominance of Europe. The war resulted in large areas of Germany being laid waste, in a loss of something like a third of its population, and in a general impoverishment. Finally, the war ended with the Peace of Westphalia and the German territory was lost to France and Sweden; Netherlands also left the Holy Roman Empire. The Holy Roman Empire was formally dissolved on 6 August 1806 when the last Holy Roman Emperor Francis II resigned and the Confederation of the Rhine was established under Napoleon's protection. Later with the Wars of Liberation began the destruction of Napoleon’s army and Germany was liberated from French rule.

Germany Confederation
After the fall of Napoleon, European monarchs and statesmen convened in the Vienna in 1814 for the reorganization of European affairs. On the territory of the former "Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation", the German Confederation (Deutscher Bund) was founded, a loose union of 39 states (35 ruling princes and 4 free cities) under Austrian leadership, with a Federal Diet (Bundestag) meeting in Frankfurt am Main. In 1867 the German Confederation was dissolved. In its place the North German Confederation (German Norddeutscher Bund) was established, under the leadership of Prussia. Austria was excluded, and would remain outside German affairs for most of the remaining 19th and the 20th centuries. The North German Confederation was a transitory group that existed from 1867 to 1871, between the dissolution of the German Confederation and the founding of the German Empire, led by Otto Von Bismarck who was declared chancellor. With it, Prussia established control over the 22 states of northern Germany and, via the Zollverein, southern Germany.

German Empire
In 1871 The German Empire was funded with 25 states, three of which were Hanseatic free cities, and the Chancellor was Bismarck. It was dubbed the "Little German" solution, since Austria was not included. Bismarck's domestic policies as Chancellor of Germany were characterized by his fight against perceived enemies of the Protestant Prussian state. Other Bismarck's priority was to protect Germany's expanding power through a system of alliances and an attempt to contain crises until Germany was fully prepared to initiate them, then in 1879 Bismarck formed a Dual Alliance if Germany and Austria-Hungary, later Italy joined to the Dual Alliance to form a Triple Alliance against France colonial policy. In spite of Bismarck policies, the 29 year old Wilhelm II removed Bismarck of his chancellor position. In 1898 the Triple Alliance was dissolved by differences between Austria and Italy and Germany was increasingly isolated.

First World War
Imperialist power politics and the determined pursuit of national interests ultimately led to the outbreak in 1914 of the First World War, sparked by the assassination of the Austrian heir-apparent Franz Ferdinand and his wife. Germany fought on the side of Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire against Russia, France, Great Britain, Italy, Japan and several other smaller states. Fighting also spread to the Near East and the German colonies. The entry of the United States into the war in 1917 following Germany’s declaration of unrestricted submarine warfare marked a decisive turning-point against Germany. On November Kaiser Wilhelm II and all German ruling princes abdicated and the Social Democrat Philipp Scheidemann proclaimed a Republic who signed the end of the war at Compiègne. After First World War, Germany was obligated to cede many areas, allied troops occupied the left German Bank of the Rhine for a period of 5-15 years, and the German army was to be limited to 100,000 officers. Furthermore, Germany and its allies were to accept the sole responsibility of the war, and were to pay financial reparations for all loss and damage suffered by the Allies. The humiliating peace terms provoked bitter indignation throughout Germany, and seriously weakened the new democratic regime.

Weimar Republic
In 1919, under the Weimar constitution, Friedrich Ebert was named as the first German President, but the Weimar republic was not accepted by the National Socialist German Workers' Party and German Communist Party. In 1923 began other the problems when Germany defaulted on its reparation payments French and Belgian troops occupied the heavily industrialized Ruhr district. The German government encouraged the population to passive resistance and later the occupation became a loss-making deal for French government. As consequence of this, many lost all their fortune and they would become bitter enemies of the Weimar Republic. Fortunately, in 1928 Germany’s industrial production improved. At this time, Hitler made his first appearance with storm troopers in Munich and after the national elections in 1932, the new president Hindenburg appointed him Chancellor.

Nazi Revolution
With Hitler, the Communism was begun. He also formed a slim majority government and obtained the full legislative power with the Enabling Act of 1933, only the Social Democrats were against this act. The Enabling Act formed the basis for the dictatorship, dissolution of the trade unions and all political parties other than the Nazi party were suppressed. A centralized totalitarian state was established, no longer based on the liberal Weimar constitution. In 1938, Hitler entered into Austria and he was acclaimed, many Austrians voted for the annexation of their country to Germany.

Second World War
In 1939, after six years, The Nazi regime prepared the country for World War II. The Nazi leadership occupied countries through forced deportation and genocide, now knows as the Holocaust. By 1945, Germany and its partners (Italy and Japan) had been defeated, chiefly by the forces of the Soviet Union, the USA, Britain, and Canada. Many people had been killed between six million Jews and five million non-Jews, and much of Europe lay in ruins. World War II resulted in the destruction of Germany's political and economic infrastructure and led directly to its partition, considerable loss of territory, and historical legacy of guilt and shame. Germany was divided into four military occupation zones by the Allies; the three western zones would form the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) while part of the Soviet Zone became the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). The Germans were repatriated to the Eastern Europe (German exodus). In this process of expulsion, millions of Germans died.

After 1945
After war, Germany population lived on near starvation levels. In the early 1950s, West Germany eventually came to enjoy prolonged economic growth. The recovery occurred largely because of the previously forbidden currency reform of June 1948 and from 1949 on partly by U.S. assistance through Marshall Plan loans. Across the border, East Germany soon became the richest, most advanced country in the Warsaw Pact, but many of its citizens looked to the West for political freedoms and economic prosperity. In 1970, West Germany under Brandt's Ostpolitik was intent on holding to its concept of "two German states in one German nation." Relations improved, and in 1973, East Germany and West Germany were admitted to the United Nations. German reunification happened in 1990 when East German authorities suddenly allowed East German citizens to enter West Berlin and West Germany. Hundreds of thousands of people took advantage of the opportunity; new crossing points were opened in the Berlin Wall and along the border with West Germany.
New Germany, France and other European countries formed the European Union. After all, Germany became into a country of remarkable diversity, with cultural differences, although Germans will never forget the dark past.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Singapore Airport: Secret of Success


Other than buying chewing gum and a few more things that minister mentor Lee Kuan Yew would frown upon, there is little that those transiting through Singapore’s Changi airport cannot do. It has for years been a benchmark for airport excellence and passengers from all over the world know it for the calming little islands with orchids in the arrival hall, efficient baggage handling (bags are on the conveyor within 12 minutes of touchdown) and duty free shopping.

But Changi is not content. It is going all out to add more attractions: The newest terminal has spacious art deco styled powder rooms for women, and for those with time on their hands, a butterfly park and movie theatres. And adding a completely new dimension, the airport, will also offer an exclusive area for storing and trading gold, diamonds and high value art. In the process, Changi, or at least a part of it, will turn into Fort Knox.

The Freeport is a 25,000 square metre area with a containment perimeter of reinforced concrete walls and invisible laser beams to secure it. Since it is located on the runway with permanent air/land access, customers can be picked up straight from the plane and taken to exclusive viewing suites.

Changi’s latest addition is being built by Singapore Airport Freeport, a company co-founded by private investors from Singapore and Switzerland. “It will operate as a round-the-clock free trade zone that customers can use for tax-free storage and trading,” says Alain Vandenborre, vice-chairman of the company. Auction house Christie’s has taken up 40 percent of the space in the first phase; the rest is likely to be booked by art dealers, sovereign institutions, and companies active in the storage or trading of fine art and physical gold.

The Freeport is part of Changi’s attempts to increase activity that attracts more traffic into the airport. It has shielded airline users from increase in landing fees and offers incentives to those who bring in more traffic or use Singapore as a hub to link up with other carriers. Three Indian airlines — Jet Airways, Kingfisher and Air India (as well as its low cost subsidiary AI Express) — currently connect to Changi from about half a dozen points in India. These airlines have had to face huge increase in fees at airports back home over the past two years. As airline losses grew to $9 billion in 2009, most were grateful for any reductions that came their way.

Changi was able to freeze fees and offer airlines discounts on various airport services thanks to a revenue buffer created from non-aeronautical income (from shops, food and beverage sales, hotels and parking) — which was 55 percent of the total revenues earned in 2009. In the year ended March 31, 2009, the airport’s operations generated revenues of S$1.23 billion and a net surplus of S$284 million.

As traffic picks up, the discounts are slowly being scaled back for passenger carriers, though they are still in place for cargo airlines where recovery is much slower. Few airports in the region have been able to match this. Airports in India, for instance, have increased landing charges by about 10 percent during the period.

The ability to take the unconventional route to increasing traffic to the city-state, has put Changi in the lead as one of Asia’s biggest hubs. Thirty-seven million passengers used its three terminals in 2009, despite there being virtually no domestic flights in the single-city state. Contrast this with Mumbai airport that handled about 25 million passengers in the same period, counting both domestic and international flights.

Competition is stiff and every new scheme is directed at attracting more airlines. With a capacity of 70 million passengers, Changi is well-provided for growth, a trait not very evident at airports in India.
“The Bangalore international airport that opened in 2008 was saturated from day one. It was built for 11 million passengers, and traffic was already over 10 million the year it opened,” says D.P. Singh, general manager, corporate planning, at the Airport Authority of India.

At Changi they are already taking the next step. Last year the airport structure changed from a government to a corporate entity. The Temasek-led Changi Airport Group (CAG) is the new owner that bought the airport from the ministry of civil aviation. (Temasek owns and manages the Singapore government’s direct investments.) This has been followed by better salaries and hiring from the non-aviation sectors like retail. This will allow the airport to improve revenues, says a report by the Sydney-based think tank Centre for Asia-Pacific Aviation which closely monitors airlines and airports in the region.

One way that Changi manages to keep its edge is by providing for the entire spectrum of airline traffic. High-value passengers, whether they are flying by a commercial airline or a business jet, can pay about S$500 to be met at the aircraft and whisked away to JetQuay, a small exclusive terminal. The service is available for arrival and departure, and the JetQuay team helps with immigration and other travel formalities.

On the other end of the band is the budget terminal that caters to the no-frills customer. Though only 20 percent of Changi’s passengers use the terminal, it allows airlines to save on aerobridge and office rental charges. There are no aerobridges or escalators and passengers have to walk on the tarmac to reach the aircraft. They are charged S$15 for using the budget terminal as opposed to S$28 for the ones with frills. “Three airlines — Tiger, Sebu-Pacific and Firefly — operate from it, even as others like AirAsia and Jetstar choose to use the main terminals so that they can interline with carriers like Qantas,” says Ivan Tan, director communications, CAG.

One formal way devised to funnel the changes needed to keep ahead is the Changi Airport Growth initiative, launched this year. Yam Kum Weng, executive vice president, Air Hub Development, says incentive programmes and joint collaborations are tailored according to the airline’s business model and needs.

Yet competition is creeping up fast in the form of other very aggressive regional airports like Kuala Lumpur and others in the Middle East like Dubai and Doha. CAG will have to think on its feet to keep ahead. The most recent case of a tough fight over a customer was for Australian budget carrier Jetstar. The Aussie carrier  committed to make Changi its largest air hub in Asia. The choice was made over Kuala Lumpur airport, after much negotiation. Changi airport is the sixth largest in the world now, but keeping ahead in the future will not be easy.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

SNOOKER: LOYALTY ISSUE IS A MOUNTAIN FOR DEL HILL

SNOOKER coaching guru Del Hill is staying away from the first week of this year’s world championship – because four of his prodigies are playing against each other and he does not want divided loyalties.
This is typical of Hill, who is rated as the best coach in the game , having masterminded world titles with Ronnie O’Sullivan, Stephen Hendry, Peter Ebdon and Graeme Dott .
Hill operates from his snooker “farm” which is set in five acres of lush grounds that boast a large lake stocked with perch, carp and bream, where players can relax and fish after long spells of potting pressure.
He is also head of World Snooker’s elite coaching team, manager of England’s amateur squad and has still found time to answer business calls from Russia, Thailand, Jordan, Romania, Belgium, Malta, Ireland and the United Arab Emirates.
And if that is not enough, he also brokered a deal for Chelsea’s John Terry to buy The Crucible’s 2008 World Championship table – and arranged for technicians to set it up.
During his coaching career, Hill has found himself dashing from one dressing room to another before a major tournament to offer final words of advice to players squaring up to one another – something which, from a professional point of view, he finds rather embarrassing.
And that is why he will not be at The Crucible in Sheffield for the opening rounds of the tournament, which starts on Saturday, when Ebdon faces Dott and Michael Holt plays Joe Perry. Instead, Hill – 6ft 9ins and known as the Gentle Giant – will telephone each player with the words: “May the best man win. I’ll be watching you on TV – but if you’re in desperate trouble, then you’d better ring me.”
Hill recalled an incident in 2005 when Dott phoned him urgently before he played O’Sullivan in the world final, complaining that a problem had developed with his break-off shot.
“I dropped everything and rushed to Sheffield . We thought it had all been sorted out when Graeme went 5-0 in front – only for O’Sullivan to hit back and go on to win,” said Hill.

WAUGH SO SURE SKIPPER PONTING CAN BE THE BEST

HISTORY has always warned against displays of premature triumphalism, which is why Steve Waugh, a man who knows a little about these things, suggested that while Australia dominated much of the drawn first npower Test, there is still work left to do if the Ashes are to be retained.
But former Australian captain Waugh, the man who handed over control in early 2004, believes that while England’s tail proved too devilishly tricky to grab who came, saw and was conquered in 2005.

And Waugh says his time will come sooner or later. Ponting has taken time to mature into the role of skipper, but Waugh insists that there are two factors that have sharpened him from the rather blunt blade that failed to cut the mustard four years ago – namely fatherhood and then the moulding of his own side.

The birth of Waugh’s own daughter 13 years ago proved the catalyst that gave the former skipper the perspective needed to start improving as a captain.

“Becoming a parent was the key for me,” he said.

“It gave me the ability to stop thinking about cricket 24-7 and that’s important.

“It changes a lot of things in your life and maybe that was what changed Ricky’s captaincy, becoming a father.

“You see things from a different perspective. It’s not so much about yourself anymore. You have to look after your own family and your kids and you see things differently.”

A year after the birth of his first daughter, Waugh became involved with an orphanage in Calcutta called Udayan that helped girls with leprosy. And following the birth of Ponting’s fi rst daughter, Emmy Charlotte in July last year, Waugh detected a similar shift in Ponting’s focus. 

“It may be because it also coincided with the fact that he has had to build a team from some new guys.

“In some ways he has probably appreciated having some young guys in there who he can infl uence. It is easier when you have a team you  can mould, rather than experienced players.”

Waugh was not at Cardiff yesterday and instead was saddle sore having completed 40 miles on a bicycle supporting Daley Thompson’s Laureus knife crime initiative.

Like Ponting, Waugh endured a signifi cant amount of criticism during his fi ve-year stint as captain. He maintained it is something that goes with the territory.

“Everyone in a position of leadership is going to get criticism,” he said.

“People will always have opinions. But you just have to look in the mirror and work out whether you are doing the best job you could possibly be doing. Most importantly, you have to realise you are never going to please everyone.

“When you are fresh you take all the criticism home but the longer you play the easier it gets. As a young kid you take everything on board and you think the world is against you but, later on, while you are still under pressure, you have a better perspective.” 

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Golf Courses in germany

The very first steps
The biggest mistake by people wanting to start in golf is to rush out and buy a brand new set of shiny and expensive golf clubs. While they are nice to look at you should keep in mind that today's golf equipment comes in great varieties to cater for different golfing types and abilities. Since you're just starting out you do not know which set fits you best. Just imagine the envious looks you get at the driving range when you come with your $2000 set, and the subsequent laughter when you try and just 'hack away' - not worth the embarrassment! Once you spend a few hundred or even thousand $$ on a set that doesn't suit your style you're stuck with it or you have to sell it to somebody else at a loss.



GOLF COURSES IN GERMANY


Taking a Golf courses can be very expensive, time-consuming effort. And like any good or service that will cost money and require time, you should be careful before you buy. It's OK to shop around for a golf instructor, it's recommended in order to find the best fit. Here you can find some things to consider before you commit to golf lessons.

Know your Price Limit
Golf lessons are expensive. But some are more expensive than others. Generally, the more expensive instructors are the ones with more experience, more accolades and who are attached to a more upscale golf facility. But there are lots of teaching pros out there who are less expensive but still very good. Decide how much you are willing to spend before you start shopping, and stick to it.

Make Sure Your Goals and Commitment Match
A golf instructor can do wonders with your game, but he can't do it alone. To make golf lessons worthwhile, you must be able to follow up on them by continuing to work on the instructor's suggestions on your own time. The higher your goals, the more work will be required. Be realistic in your goals and make sure you can offer the commitment necessary to meet those goals.

Private Lessons vs. Golf Schools
Private lessons and Golf schools are the two typical ways to receive golf instruction. Both have strengths. Private lessons allow for follow-up visits over a period of time - a building block approach to learning golf. Schools offer an intensive amount of learning in a short time, but can also offer too much information and without follow-up. But private lessons can take months to complete.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous INDIA

Cyrus Poonawalla (24)
You could say the man hoards horses, but his real collection is a fleet of more than 25 cars kept in Pune. Poonawalla even built a prototype for a sports car during his college days. He’s carefully collected cars that range from custom-built limousines to Rolls Royces to six-door Mercedes. And the craze for cars runs in the blood. Nephew Yohan Poonawalla was the first owner of the Phantom Rolls Royce in India (for Rs 3.5 crore) in 2005.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous INDIA

Dilip Shanghvi (14)
He is almost fanatical in his devotion to the treadmill and never misses a chance to get on it. Shanghvi doesn’t ike parties; in fact he is a rare sighting even at pharmaceutical industry meetings. Instead, he is a homebody and is rarely seen outside the suburb of Andheri in Mumbai where he has a home and the factory. When he likes to take a break, it is usually at Kodaikanal or on the backwaters of Kerala.

Germany Recipes

Ingredients:
  • 1 large Potato, peeled and quartered
  • 2 large Carrots
  • 3 large Herring Fillets
  • 1 tbsp Freshly chopped Dill
  • 1 Small Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large hard boiled Eggs, finely chopped
  • 8 Cooked Beetroot
  • 4 tbsp Mayonnaise-type Salad Dressing
  • Black Pepper
  • Dill To Garnish
  • Lemon Wedges
  • Brown Bread
Preparation:

1. Place the potatoes in a large saucepan, cover with water, bring to the boil then cook for 15-20 minutes until just tender.

2. Meanwhile, cook carrots in salted water for 15 minutes until just tender.

3. Drain the cooked potatoes and carrots and allow to cool.

4. Grate or finely chop the cooled potato, place in a layer on serving platter and press down gently.

5. Chop the herring fillets and place in a layer on top of the potatoes but slightly smaller to start building mountain

6. Sprinkle with the chopped dill.

7. Continue building the mountain with a layer of onion, then eggs then grated carrots, in that order, pressing each layer down gently.

8. Finally, grate the beetroots and use to cover the whole mountain to form a red coat.

9. Spoon the mayonnaise dressing over top, cover loosely and refrigerate for 4-8 hours. The mayonnaise will go pink.

10. To serve - Season with black pepper, garnish with dill and lemon wedges and serve with brown bread.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Chicago is a city I've wanted to see for a long time

so when I got the opportunity to attend a conference there, I was excited. I tacked a couple of extra days on so that I would have a chance to see some of the city, and not just the inside of the hotel where the conference was. 

The conference was at a hotel near the airport. I arrived a full day before the concert so I could have a day exploring the city before the opening night of the conference. The next morning, after a big breakfast at my hotel, I took the L into the center of the city. Before reaching downtown, the line I was on goes underground, so I emerged from underground into a forest of skyscrapers. 

Chicago is known for it's incredible architecture, and rightly so. It was impressive. Once I got my bearings, I headed over to Millennium Park to see the Cloud Gate before heading into the Art Institute. On the way there, I saw some modern Chinese art installations. I swear the cold air made the colours brighter. 



As it turns out, admission to the Art Institute was free for the month of February, so I splurged on an audio guide. It was great to be able to learn more about specific pieces of artwork, and there are several different self-guided tours available too. I chose the director's tour, which takes you to some of the Institute's key pieces. It was great to see some iconic pieces of artwork, not just from the United States but from around the world. I was excited to see a few paintings by Monet, one of my favourite artists, but my favourite piece was one I'd never seen before, by a Chicago artist (Nightlife, by Archibald J. Motley Jr.). The Art Institute was a great place to get a taste of some of the architectural details I would later see as I spent the afternoon exploring downtown Chicago--along the river, on the streets, and up the Willis Tower. 

Sunset at Waras Hut, Km 6 on the trail up Mount Kinabalu

Sunset at Waras Hut, Km 6 on the trail up Mount Kinabalu
Waras Hut was my accommodation for the night on the trail up Mount Kinabalu, before attempting the summit. I reached Low's Peak at 5.45am the next morning. 


Sports Minister Gives away Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award to Saina Nehwal

Dr M.S. Gill, Union Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports gave away Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award for the year 2010 to Ms. Saina Nehwal at a simple ceremony here today.
Recognising Ms. Saina Nehwal’s outstanding performance in the badminton sport and the glory she brought to the country, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award for the year 2010 is conferred upon Ms. Nehwal. As she was in Paris taking part in World Championship when the National Sports Awards were conferred by the President of India on 29th August, 2010, she could not receive the Award on that occasion. In view of this, the Award was conferred on her today. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award . The award carries a medal, citation and cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh .
Saina Nehwal’s Achievements :
Ms. Saina Nehwal is among the outstanding Badminton players ranking 2nd in the World. She has won the Indonesia Super Series ,2010, Singapore Open super Series,2010 , Indian Open Grand Prix,2010 , Indonesia Super Series,2009, and Indian Open Grand Prix,2009 . She was Semi finalist in 2009 BWF World Championship and Semi finalist in ALL England Super Series ,2010 . She won gold medal in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games,2010 . She was awarded Arjuna Award in 2009.

Asian Games go beyond sports

On July 1, 2004, Guangzhou won the competition to host the 16th Asian Games. The port city of the ancient "Maritime Silk Road", will once be again entrusted with enhancing ties between China and other Asian nations.
In March 2009, a replica wooden sailing boat, the Cocachin, a symbol of the Guangzhou Asian Games "Maritime Silk Road" concept, set sail; nearly 30 countries and regions along its route welcomed this "ambassador of peace, friendship and Asian culture across the world".
Since their debut in 1951, the Asian Games have witnessed the unyielding desire of Asian people for harmony and cooperation.
They are a weathervane of peace in the region. The "blessing to Guangzhou Asian Games global relay", an Internet activity launched by NetEase, received positive responses from netizens of more than 100 Asian cities in Malaysia, Japan and other Asian nations and regions.
In an Asia inhabited by nearly two-thirds of the world population, the Asian Games have become Asia's largest sports gathering and a "symbol of unity" throughout the region, as Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, President of the Olympic Council of Asia, described them.
A look at some of the themes of previous Asian Games, from the "peace and friendship" of the 1962 Jakarta Asian Games to the "unity, friendship and progress" of the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing and "Asian harmony" at the 1994 Asian Games in Hiroshima, show that the host cities have repeatedly promoted a spirit of "harmony, friendship and cooperation".
In 1986, China sent its athletic delegation to the Republic of Korea (ROK) to attend the 10th Asian Games. The participation of the Chinese delegation helped the two Asian neighbors (which have not established diplomatic relations at the time) draw closer.
When athletes from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the ROK entered the stadium shoulder-to-shoulder at the 2000 Busan Asian Games, the audience enthusiastically responded.
It is clear that Asian countries and people firmly support the 16th Asian Games as a platform for unity and cooperation. More than 10,000 athletes from 45 countries and regions will compete in the Games and more than 4,000 officials will accompany them. Nearly 10,000 journalists are coming to Guangzhou to cover the Games.
The Chinese people are trying their best to present an Asian Games that reflects the concept of harmony, a green Earth and civilisation. Guangdong Province has built or renovated more than 70 stadiums. Efforts have been made to improve the air and water quality in Guangzhou, update its transportation system, improve the environment for its residents, and build barrier-free facilities. Nearly 600,000 volunteers will go all out to create a comfortable and safe environment for the audiences and athletes.
To meet the needs of Asian countries, the Guangzhou Games have added 14 non-Olympic sports including cricket, sports dance, dragon boat races and rollerskating. The Games organisers are also promoting exchanges of different Asian cultures.
There are many ethnic groups in Asia, the biggest and most populous continent in the world. There is still the need for people in different countries in Asia to better understand each other.
Sport has the power to change the world by dissolving conflicts and resolving disputes in a way that overcomes geological and language barriers. The Guangzhou Games will play an important role in promoting unity and friendship among Asian countries.

Buying Perfumes and Colognes Online

The use of perfumes has become common these days. Aromas have become style statements. Previously, it was not possible for the common persons to purchase them because of high costs. But now, you can afford to buy perfumes and colognes online. 

Due to online stores, now it has become much easier to get hold of perfumes and different colognes. You may go through some of the online outlets making available the fragrance items for you. Manyare offering attractive discounts on lots of products and services. When you think about getting fragrance items of your choice over the internet, avail of discounts and other money saving offers available and save your money.

You may explore the internet to look for new fragrances of colognes available at affordable rates. As there are fashion conscious people, so you will find new scents made available for the purchase of common men and women. You may find various types of organic as well as synthetic substances getting used for the purpose of making the best sorts of fragrances. You can consider buying items according to your choice and your affordability.

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Hard work `improves` taste of food

The harder we have to try to obtain something, the more we realise its worth. This applies even to food we normally find unappetising, a study shows. A Johns Hopkins University study suggests that hard work enhances our appreciation for something as uninspiring as low-fat, low calorie food.
For example, if we had to navigate an obstacle course to get to a plate of baby carrots, we might come to prefer those raw vegetables over the sweet Snickers bars or snacks, reports the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
`Basically, what we have shown is that if you have to expend more effort to get a certain food, not only will you value that food more, but it might even taste better to you,` explained Alexander Johnson, who led the study.
Johnson is an associate research scientist in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins.
`At present, we don`t know why effort seems to boost the taste of food, but we know that it does, and this effect lasts for at least 24 hours after the act of working hard to get the food,` said Johnson.
People who struggle to maintain a healthy weight could be conditioned to consume lower calorie foods, according to Johnson.
Johnson teamed up on the project with Michela Gallagher, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins.

Top tips to avoid snoring

It recommends working out whether snoring comes from the nose or throat, reports the Daily Express.
If you can make a snoring noise with your mouth open and closed, try this: stick your tongue out as far as it will go and grip it between your teeth.
Try to make a snoring noise. If it is reduced, you are probably a `tongue-base snorer`, meaning your tongue is vibrating and causing the problem. If you are a `nose snorer` you snore with a closed mouth, it says.
The Association lists their solutions as follows:
1. Sleep on your side
The theory is that when we lie on our backs the tongue and muscles in the throat collapse, constricting the airway and causing snoring.
2. Higher pillows
This aims to keep the airways open by supporting the neck so the throat is less constricted. It works fairly well until you fall asleep and slump down in the bed.
3. Breathe Right Nasal Strips
These are supposed to open your nostrils from the outside and they certainly do seem to do this. They can also provide temporary relief from nasal congestion and stuffiness caused by colds and allergies.
4. Snoreeze Oral Strips
These dissolving mint-flavoured strips target the main cause of snoring and are ideal if you tend to snore more when lying on your back. They contain a time-release formula, which coats the back of the throat throughout the night and reduces the vibrations of the soft tissues, helping to stop snoring.
5. Snoreeze Throat Spray
This lubricates and tones the soft tissues at the back of the throat that vibrate and make you snore.
6. Nozovent
This is a piece of flexible plastic which you push into your nostrils to make them wider and allow easier breathing. It looks like something from the Spanish Inquisition but users report good results.
7. SomnoGuard
This is a bit like the gumshield worn by a rugby player, but it is reported to produce good results. The idea is to bring your lower jaw and tongue forward, making more space for breathing. The drawback is that it takes sometime to get used to and is costly.
8. Rhynil Herbal Spray
The British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association says its herbal nasal spray shrinks the lining of the nostril, creating more space to breathe. It also tightens the tissue of the roof of the mouth, making it less likely to vibrate. It smells pleasant and a friend who tried it said it reduced snoring significantly.
9. Abstinence
You should cut down on cigarettes or, better still, give up completely. Also, try to have your last alcoholic drink at least four hours before you go to bed.

SCI to raise Rs.1,184 crore

The Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) is planning to raise Rs.1,184 crore through the follow-on public offer (FPO) that is opening for subscription on November 30.
The company has fixed a price band of Rs.135-140 a share. The FPO comprises a fresh issue of 4.23 crore equity shares and an ‘offer for sale' of a similar quantum of shares by the Government. The issue will close on December 2 for qualified institutional buyers (QIB) and December 3 for other bidders.
“The Government will get Rs.592 crore through 10 per cent divestment and the company will get Rs.592 crore through the issue of fresh shares, which will be used to fund its vessel acquisition plans,” Chairman and Managing Director of the company S. Hajara told reporters here. “We plan to acquire 62 vessels in the XI Plan. We have already ordered 32 vessels and will place orders for 30 more vessels by the end of March 2012,” Mr. Hajara said.
SCI has about 35 per cent share of Indian flagged tonnage as of June 30. It owned a fleet of 74 vessels of 5.11 million dead weight tonnage (dwt) as on September 30. The ships being acquired by SCI would be predominantly used for catering to import/export , he said.

Sensex rebounds with 268-point gain

Stock markets on Monday made a smart comeback with the Bombay Stock Exchange bellwether Sensex snapping four-day losing streak and ending with a gain of 268 points, on value buying in heavy weights like Reliance Industries and ICICI Bank.
The BSE 30-share benchmark index, Sensex, which plunged by over 4 per cent in the last four trading sessions primarily on the housing finance racket and negative global cues, started the week on a firm note and settled at 19405.10, reflecting a jump of 268.49 points or 1.4 per cent.
Witnessing a similar surge, the National Stock Exchange's wide-based Nifty finished the day with a gain of 1.36 per cent at 5830. Analysts attributed the market rebound to the emergence of bargain hunting following the steep fall in the Sensex in the last four trading sessions.
“Last week's weakness in the market gave an opportunity to buy frontline stocks at attractive valuations.
Besides, the concerns over 2G spectrum row and housing loan racket have been almost factored in by the market,” Networth Stock Broking Head of Institutional Business Prakash Diwan said.
Rally on the BSE was led by a handsome bounce back in Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Industries, which carries the maximum weight in the Sensex.
“Value buying by large institutional investors triggered the up-move in the stock,” Mr. Diwan said.
Of the 30 Sensex components, just seven ended on a weak note.
Rupee loses 9 paise
The rupee on Monday lost nine paise to close at 45.93/94 against the dollar due to month-end demand for the U.S. currency from importers. At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened higher at 45.80/81 in tune with a surge in stock markets. It had closed at 45.84/85 on Friday last.
Forex dealers said month-end dollar demand from importers, mainly oil refiners, put pressure on the rupee value though the stock markets were rising.
The rupee finally ended at 45.93/94.
Meanwhile, global crude oil was trading above $85 a barrel in London.

Foreign firms invited to revive closed urea units

Union Fertiliser Minister M. K. Alagiri on Monday invited global firms to invest in the revival of closed urea units.
“With increased availability of gas, the government is also considering revival of closed urea plants. We welcome participation of the fertilizer industry across the world in this respect,” Mr. Alagiri said at a fertilizer conference here.
Five units of Fertilizer Corporation of India (FCIL) and three units of Hindustan Fertilizer Corporation (HFCL) are closed, as of now.
The government had constituted an Empowered Committee of Secretaries (ECOS) to evaluate all investment options for revival of the closed units of FCIL/HFCL and to make suitable recommendations for consideration of the government.
A consortium of PSUs comprising GAIL India, Coal India and Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilisers (RCF) have expressed their intent to put up a fertilizer plant on coal-based technology at Talcher (unit of FCIL).
Similar proposal has also been received from Steel Authority of India Ltd. for revival of the Sindri unit and by Krishak Bharti Cooperative Ltd. (KRIBHCO) for revival of the Ramagundam unit.
Mr. Alagiri also said the domestic firms were being encouraged to enter into long-term joint venture cooperation with their foreign counterparts to make various fertilizers available to the farmers.
“For fertiliser security, we encourage and support the Indian fertilizer industry to acquire fertilizer assets abroad. We welcome initiatives in this regard,” Mr. Alagiri said.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

What is a reimbursement claim and what are the documents to be submitted in case of a reimbursement claim?

If you are admitted to a Non-network hospital you need to settle the hospital bills yourself and then submit the hospitalization documents along with the claim form for reimbursement of hospitalization expenses.
We would require the following documents for fast processing of your claim.
  • A photocopy of your previous policy details prior to taking your Health Guard policy from Bajaj Allianz (if applicable).
  • A photocopy of your present policy document with Bajaj Allianz.
  • First Prescription from the Doctor.
  • The Claim Form duly signed by the claimant or family member.
  • The Hospital Discharge Card
  • The Hospital Bill giving detailed break up of all expense heads mentioned in the bill.
    E.g. if Rs.1,000/- has been charged towards medicines in the bill, please ensure that the names of the medicines, the unit price and the quantity used are mentioned. Similarly e.g. If Rs.2,000/- has been charged towards Laboratory Investigations, please ensure that the names of the investigations, the number of times each investigation has been  performed and the rate is mentioned. In this way clear break ups have to be mentioned  for OT Charges, Doctor’s Consultation and Visit Charges, OT Consumables, Transfusions, Room Rent, etc…
  • The Money Receipt duly signed with a Revenue Stamp.
  • All Original Laboratory & Diagnostic Test Reports. E.g. X-Ray, E.C.G, USG, MRI Scan, Haemogram etc…(Please note that you do not have to enclose the films or plates, a printed report for each investigation is sufficient)
  • If you have purchased medicines in cash and if this has not been reflected in the hospital bill, please enclose a prescription from the doctor and the supporting medicine bill from the Chemist.
  • If you have paid cash for Diagnostic or Radiology tests and it has not been reflected in the hospital bill, please enclose a prescription from the doctor advising the tests, the actual test reports and the bill from the diagnostic centre for the tests.
  • In case of a Cataract Operation, Please enclose the IOL Sticker 
For Pre & Post Hospital Expenses:
For Pre & Post Hospitalisation expenses please provide the following documents:
  • Medicines: Please provide the doctor’s prescription advising medicines and the relevant chemist's bills.
  • Doctor’s Consultation Charges: Please provide the Doctor’s prescription and the doctor’s bill and receipt.
  • Diagnostic Tests: Please provide the Doctor’s prescription advising tests, the actual test reports and the bill and receipt from the diagnostic center.
Important: Please ensure that only original documents are enclosed, duplicates or Photocopies will not be entertained
Once you have collected all the above documents, please send them to the following address:
The Claims Manager,
Health Administration Team
Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company Ltd.
Ashoka Plaza, Ground Floor
Nagar Road
Pune - 411 006
Maharashtra
Phone: (020) 26500236 

What is a reimbursement claim and what are the documents to be submitted in case of a reimbursement claim?

If you are admitted to a Non-network hospital you need to settle the hospital bills yourself and then submit the hospitalization documents along with the claim form for reimbursement of hospitalization expenses.
We would require the following documents for fast processing of your claim.
  • A photocopy of your previous policy details prior to taking your Health Guard policy from Bajaj Allianz (if applicable).
  • A photocopy of your present policy document with Bajaj Allianz.
  • First Prescription from the Doctor.
  • The Claim Form duly signed by the claimant or family member.
  • The Hospital Discharge Card
  • The Hospital Bill giving detailed break up of all expense heads mentioned in the bill.
    E.g. if Rs.1,000/- has been charged towards medicines in the bill, please ensure that the names of the medicines, the unit price and the quantity used are mentioned. Similarly e.g. If Rs.2,000/- has been charged towards Laboratory Investigations, please ensure that the names of the investigations, the number of times each investigation has been  performed and the rate is mentioned. In this way clear break ups have to be mentioned  for OT Charges, Doctor’s Consultation and Visit Charges, OT Consumables, Transfusions, Room Rent, etc…
  • The Money Receipt duly signed with a Revenue Stamp.
  • All Original Laboratory & Diagnostic Test Reports. E.g. X-Ray, E.C.G, USG, MRI Scan, Haemogram etc…(Please note that you do not have to enclose the films or plates, a printed report for each investigation is sufficient)
  • If you have purchased medicines in cash and if this has not been reflected in the hospital bill, please enclose a prescription from the doctor and the supporting medicine bill from the Chemist.
  • If you have paid cash for Diagnostic or Radiology tests and it has not been reflected in the hospital bill, please enclose a prescription from the doctor advising the tests, the actual test reports and the bill from the diagnostic centre for the tests.
  • In case of a Cataract Operation, Please enclose the IOL Sticker 
For Pre & Post Hospital Expenses:
For Pre & Post Hospitalisation expenses please provide the following documents:
  • Medicines: Please provide the doctor’s prescription advising medicines and the relevant chemist's bills.
  • Doctor’s Consultation Charges: Please provide the Doctor’s prescription and the doctor’s bill and receipt.
  • Diagnostic Tests: Please provide the Doctor’s prescription advising tests, the actual test reports and the bill and receipt from the diagnostic center.
Important: Please ensure that only original documents are enclosed, duplicates or Photocopies will not be entertained
Once you have collected all the above documents, please send them to the following address:
The Claims Manager,
Health Administration Team
Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company Ltd.
Ashoka Plaza, Ground Floor
Nagar Road
Pune - 411 006
Maharashtra
Phone: (020) 26500236 

What is a reimbursement claim and what are the documents to be submitted in case of a reimbursement claim?

If you are admitted to a Non-network hospital you need to settle the hospital bills yourself and then submit the hospitalization documents along with the claim form for reimbursement of hospitalization expenses.
We would require the following documents for fast processing of your claim.
  • A photocopy of your previous policy details prior to taking your Health Guard policy from Bajaj Allianz (if applicable).
  • A photocopy of your present policy document with Bajaj Allianz.
  • First Prescription from the Doctor.
  • The Claim Form duly signed by the claimant or family member.
  • The Hospital Discharge Card
  • The Hospital Bill giving detailed break up of all expense heads mentioned in the bill.
    E.g. if Rs.1,000/- has been charged towards medicines in the bill, please ensure that the names of the medicines, the unit price and the quantity used are mentioned. Similarly e.g. If Rs.2,000/- has been charged towards Laboratory Investigations, please ensure that the names of the investigations, the number of times each investigation has been  performed and the rate is mentioned. In this way clear break ups have to be mentioned  for OT Charges, Doctor’s Consultation and Visit Charges, OT Consumables, Transfusions, Room Rent, etc…
  • The Money Receipt duly signed with a Revenue Stamp.
  • All Original Laboratory & Diagnostic Test Reports. E.g. X-Ray, E.C.G, USG, MRI Scan, Haemogram etc…(Please note that you do not have to enclose the films or plates, a printed report for each investigation is sufficient)
  • If you have purchased medicines in cash and if this has not been reflected in the hospital bill, please enclose a prescription from the doctor and the supporting medicine bill from the Chemist.
  • If you have paid cash for Diagnostic or Radiology tests and it has not been reflected in the hospital bill, please enclose a prescription from the doctor advising the tests, the actual test reports and the bill from the diagnostic centre for the tests.
  • In case of a Cataract Operation, Please enclose the IOL Sticker 
For Pre & Post Hospital Expenses:
For Pre & Post Hospitalisation expenses please provide the following documents:
  • Medicines: Please provide the doctor’s prescription advising medicines and the relevant chemist's bills.
  • Doctor’s Consultation Charges: Please provide the Doctor’s prescription and the doctor’s bill and receipt.
  • Diagnostic Tests: Please provide the Doctor’s prescription advising tests, the actual test reports and the bill and receipt from the diagnostic center.
Important: Please ensure that only original documents are enclosed, duplicates or Photocopies will not be entertained
Once you have collected all the above documents, please send them to the following address:
The Claims Manager,
Health Administration Team
Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company Ltd.
Ashoka Plaza, Ground Floor
Nagar Road
Pune - 411 006
Maharashtra
Phone: (020) 26500236