Tuesday, January 29, 2008
When god created the world and assigned the jobs to people they say next to him were the people who cured others.
That is the doctors.
The word doctor has a profound impact on our psych,as we have seen the man in white treat and cure our loved ones.
My association with pharma industry for almost a decade had taught me few things which when exposed will be a big news and can feed a lot of sting operations!
The organized pharma sector lures and corrupts the all ready corrupted medical practitioners who have sold there soul .The entire industry runs on ROI (return on investment).
The cartels are so obnoxious that hardcore people will be shocked to know the deeds of some doctors and institutes.
What takes the cake is the blatant missuses and disrespect of law right under the nose of Ambumani ramadoss,When he is busy taking a political fight with the AIIMS director and preaching film stars to stop smoking,people are butchered and there body parts sold in the market to the highest payers.
To rub salt to his bruised repute the butcher doctor of Gurgaon didn't had a proper degree?
He is said to have done more than 500 kidney transplants.!! Mind you the transplant is not a small operations and needs its own para phernelia and has well described rule and ethics body?
How this group of doctors could carry on so many clandestine surgeries and lure poor for organ trade?What were the local police doing all these years,i fail to understand that the intelligence at the local level is so poor that these things cant be noticed??
As for the culprit who had taken the Hippocratic oath of serving the humanity,only four letter words come to my mind.
If that one mad doctor was blinded by the wealth and quick money what were his family members doing didn't they knew his source of outrageous income?
What were the tax authorities doing?
They are very prompt in finding the source of income of a salaried class who with difficulty runs his family,but when it comes to the super rich there seems to be a different rule?
Will the hoopla and the breaking news go away with time, till the next big news is unearthed??Please wake up and see whats happening around??
Monday, January 28, 2008
Father Christmas usually arrives in December, but it's been a windfall January for the BCCI. Two deals, one for television rights and the other for eight city-specific franchise teams, have fetched the Indian Premier League (IPL) close to $ 1.75 billion.
Of course, that figure is not as dazzling as it looks. Part of the TV rights money will go to the eight teams and so the franchise bids need to be discounted to that extent. That aside, these are ten-year agreements: it's not as if the IPL - or its promoter, the BCCI - is about to encash one mega cheque.
Even so, the bid winners could just have hit the jackpot. Mukesh Ambani has agreed to commit Rs 441 crore to an idea, a Mumbai-based team that will take part in a midsummer Twenty20 league. Tomorrow, or three or five years down the line, he could be controlling India's biggest sporting club, located in India's business capital, for as little as Rs 40 crore a year. He could use the players he signs - Sachin Tendulkar, of course, since the big Indian stars are promised to their "home" clubs, and even international names such as Shane Warne - to promote Reliance Industries' business interests, make Vimal the official kit supplier, make Reliance Retail the team's sole memorabilia seller, set up theme-based restaurants. Once the business model is established, Ambani - or for that matter Vijay Mallya's UB Group, which has won the rights for Bangalore, or GMR Holdings, the Delhi franchisee - could sell stakes to foreign investors, invite private equity, plan an IPO and tap the stock market.
As an investment banker from New York who showed interest in the IPL model and compared it to the business of American football pointed out: "Even when a team is not doing well, there is a certain cachet attached to owning a sports club. It's high profile and there'll always be a market for it. The supply is limited, so the demand will never go away." There may be a point there. English football is an example: even as careful a businessman as Lakshmi Mittal has bought himself a 20% stake in Queen's Park Rangers, hardly a top-class team.
Essentially, the IPL bid winners have on their hands an eight-team monopoly. Even if the league is expanded to other cities later, there is going to be no second Mumbai or Delhi or Hyderabad franchise.
Three things emerge from the January 24 auction. First, not one of the winners is a fly-by-night operator. They are all established business houses (Reliance, India Cements) or have access to cash on the basis of personal earnings and credit-worthiness (Shahrukh Khan).
Perhaps the luck of the draw has favoured the Mohali winners, a consortium of Preity Zinta and the scions of the Bombay Dyeing, Dabur and Apeejay families. They have picked up north India's emerging economic hub for Rs 300 crore. After all, the Mohali franchise also means access to Chandigarh's business and cricket potential. Insiders in the cricket industry say it will be easier to build loyalties, stage events and create a buzz around a city team in smaller urban centres like Jaipur and Chandigarh/Mohali than in Delhi or Mumbai. "In the larger metros, there's too much happening," says one sports-television executive. "Also, the urban sprawl is huge. Smaller cities may have fewer distractions."
Second, cricket fans and BCCI critics - for decades the two terms have been synonymous - have long bemoaned the fact that the Indian cricket board is not a professional body, that it doesn't have a paid CEO, a proper communications/media manager, a cutting-edge website. As it happens, the IPL clubs should fulfill these aspirations. Ambani and Mallya and Shahrukh Khan and Ness Wadia and the others would want a return on investment. They would be looking to set up separate companies - Reliance Mumbai Warriors Ltd or Kolkata Tigers Ltd, to pluck names out of the air - and hire professional managers, a qualified CEO, infotech specialists, to exploit the revenue possibilities online, marketing teams to expand the ambit of the franchise.
Zinta may be her team's face and mascot, but the nitty gritty of the franchise is going to be looked after by the men in suits. They will negotiate "official t-shirt sponsor" deals, manage customer/client or member/fan relations, and in general enhance the value of the franchise. They will be cold-blooded professionals, not honorary BCCI folk on a busman's holiday from politics.
Three, expect a tussle between the local cricket associations and the new IPL clubs. While the cricket market is going to expand, there's little doubt that Twenty20, played in the evening and under floodlights, is a hotter property than the Ranji Trophy. If the Red Chillies franchise does well in Kolkata, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) may be financially hurt.
No one looks forward to being a poor cousin. Teething troubles are already apparent, say BCCI sources. In the first season, aside from showpiece foreign stars, the bulk of the franchise teams is going be made up of cricketers already under contract with the local BCCI affiliate, the state/city cricket association. Further, infrastructure will have to be borrowed or hired.
Who will take precedence: Red Chillies or CAB, Reliance or Mumbai Cricket Association, GMR Holdings or the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association? In theory it should be a seamless partnership. In reality there is bound to be a turf war. The new avatar of Indian cricket has arrived while the previous one still walks the earth. Is there space for both?
Thursday, January 24, 2008
After prolonged suspense, BCCI vice-president and chairman of the IPL Governing Council Lalit Modi disclosed the names of the winning bidders, who shelled out staggering amounts to be owner of the city-based teams.
Reliance Industries chief Mukesh Ambani pipped Vijay Mallya to win the bid for the Mumbai team for $111.9 million.
The liquor baron, however, won the bid for the Bangalore team for $111.6 million.
Actor Shah Rukh Khan, joining hands with Juhi Chawla and Jay Mehta, won the bid for the Kolkata team for $75.09 million.
Fellow actor Preity Zinta and her boy friend Ness Wadia won the bid for the Mohali team for $76 million.
Among others, GMR Holdings won the bid for the Delhi team ($84 million), India Cements bagged the Chennai team ($91 million), Deccan Chronicle bid successfully for the Hyderabad ($107.01 million) outfit and Emerging Media won the bid for the Jaipur team for $67 million.
The bids of the ICICI, Sahara and Futures Group were disqualified, Modi said.
"We can say that all the hard work fructified and the IPL is here to stay," Modi said.
Asked if Shah Rukh was bidding just to use cricket as a means to promote his films, Modi said, "Shah Rukh loves cricket and that's why he invested his money. It has got nothing to do with film promotion. We have heard similar complaint in the past but the board never endorsed those views," he said.
He also dismissed suggestions that there was a conflict of interests in Indian Cement, which has BCCI treasurer N Srinivasan as a shareholder, becoming a team owner.
"Mr Srinivasan is just a stakeholder there and he is not the owner. So there is no such conflicts of interests," he said.
Modi admitted some of the contracted international players would skip the Twenty20 tournament which begins on April 18 owing to national commitments but said the pool was big enough.
"A team needs only four players from abroad and we already have a huge number of them contracted with us. You will have enough of them from the day one," he said.
In all, 59 matches would be played over 44 days with ICC umpires officiating the games, which would be broadcast live on SET Max , Modi said. "We already have 80 contracted players and their auction would start soon," Modi said.
Each franchise would consult with the IPL Governing Council before naming the teams and discussing revenue sharing, he said.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
While the structures made of tin and tarpaulin sheets with wooden sheds do not exactly grace the suburban skyline, some are high enough to block the view of more prominent pucca highrises in the backdrop.
Garibnagar, a slum colony of 300 people, is illegally located on a water pipeline inside railway property. Ahmed Khan, a slum dweller, said several among these structures house zari and sari units. And there are several residential ones too, said Khan (not his real name).
These structures came up after the railways and BMC demolished slums in the area in 2002. “Initially, there was a ground floor with a temporary structure on top. But it has gone up to four or five storeys in the past five years.
“The police and civic officials choose to ignore the matter because they have been bribed,” he said. Several such houses built at a few thousand have been rented out for Rs5,000 to Rs10,000 a month. People living in adjacent Behrampada are building slumrises in the hope that it would multiply their claim for rehabilitation houses when the area is developed.
Politicians and developers are eyeing the 66,000sqm plot. Local Congress MLA JC Chandurkar has even demanded a floor space index of four for the region’s development.
The proposed transformation is, however, stuck in a dispute between the collector and railways over the land’s ownership. Till date only one SRA project by Shapoorji Palonji and Dilip Thakkar Associates has taken off.Local Samajwadi corporator Shaikh Shabbir Hussain blamed the police and BMC for the rise in such slumrises. “We have made several complaints but no concrete action has been taken,” he said.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Twelve-year-old Sunita Biswakarma has been listening to the roar of aeroplanes and watching the big birds coming in to land for as long as she can remember.
She and her family live in a tiny 100 sq ft concrete home in a thriving slum next door to a runway of the busy international airport in India's financial capital, Mumbai.
Azadnagar shantytown is a thicket of homes, some of which are half-a-century old, in narrow lanes. Small factories employing many dwellers dot its fringes.
For decades, people flying into the city have gaped out of their windows watching their planes almost skimming over the dense patchwork of slums when coming into land.
Saurabh Khedekar, a frequent air-traveller to Mumbai, says the landing still gives him the jitters.
"If your flight is landing during the day, sometimes you feel the plane is going to land on the shanties and not on the runway. It doesn't look safe for anybody," he says.
Now the government is moving to clear the 200 acres of encroached land on which the slums sit and share a boundary with the 2000-acre international airport.
'No cause for alarm'
Sunita's mother, Geeta, keeps the home fires burning with her elder daughter, Gudiya, by weaving beads for artificial jewellery. She says some of her neighbours have left already.
"There have been talks about shifting us for a long time and the lanes next to ours have been vacated," she says.
They fear the disruption to their work, the problems with moving far from the markets where they sell their goods and the distances their children will have to travel to school.
The authorities say there is no cause for alarm.
"The slum dwellers will be resettled. These structures are on the airport land and very close to the runway," says Manish Kalghatgi, spokesperson for the Mumbai International Airport Limited which is revamping the airport.
Azadnagar residents do not want to leave their homes despite listening to deafening roar of planes and living perilously close to the runway all their lives.
Even when Mumbai was flooded during monsoon rains three years ago and the airport runway went under water, slum dwellers did not leave.
Aamina Mohammad Una Sheikh says the floods did not scare her. But the sight of neighbours quietly taking up resettlement offers and moving out make her nervous.
"If people go away what will we do here? Ours is the only house with residents remaining in this lane. Now I don't feel like staying here. Even if the new houses are far, it is better go than be alone here," she says.
Most of the residents, she says, are being moved to the outer city limits.
"In Azadnagar, people of all communities and religions have coexisted for decades. They are in the centre of the city and have set their lives. We understand the need for airport land but we are sure that all these people can be resettled on the same land in high rises," he says.
"It will be sad if they are pushed to the outer city limits simply because slums do not look good."
Back at the slum, Sunita is hardly aware of the controversy swirling around their home - and life goes on as usual.
After returning from school, she cruises Azadnagar's congested lanes with her friends and swaps stories. Her sister weaves beads and her mother waits for father to return from work.
"I can hardly understand why my mother is so worried these days," she says.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
The crowd was awe struck so were the media person and the trade world,such was the pull generated by the trade show that it was stampede at the tata motors stall.
Behind all this hoopla and the lime light are some very determined and professionals media managers and the trade show exibit companies.
The entire process of conceptualizations to the eye catching materials are all designed and supplied by the Trade show exibit companies.The trade shows provide a well defined and focussed media for all the parties to meet and exchange the expertise and the know how.
The details to perfection is so much so that even the table cloths had Tata Nano and tata motors printed on it.Even the Toyota motors stall had the table covers styled to the brand needs.The danglers and the dazzling lights were so well coordinated that those who visited the stalls are all ready promising to visit next year!!!
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Most believe Nano’s price is very attractive and affordable. People who own entry-level cars are now thinking of going in for either one Nano — in view of its fuel efficiency — or maybe two, which will cost the same as their existing car. So, there would be one car for the head of the family and another for the family.
Take the case of Sudarshana Sarkar. The school teacher has already enquired about Nano at a city-based Tata dealer. “I particularly liked the yellow Nano. It has a style of its own. It’s affordable and looks quite comfortable. It’s good for a small family. I am keen to know when bookings will kick off,” she said.
Tata dealers are flooded with queries from prospective buyers. “Nano will be a runaway hit. People, mainly the middle-class, are anxiously waiting for it. After it was unveiled on Thursday, we have started receiving thousands of calls from potential buyers,” said Binod Agarwal of Lexus Motors. Not surprising, considering the country’s middle-class numbers several million.
Small car owners are upbeat too. “It’s not a bad option to have a Nano for the family. After all, Ratan Tata did assert the car meets all safety standards. So my children can go to school and my wife for her shopping in Nano,” said small-time businessman Apurv Shah.
Prodyut Mitra, an employee with United Bank of India, seconded the emotion: “I commute by a motorcycle and am keen to buy a Nano. I hope banks will come up with soft financing options for the car.”
Sahana Ganguly, a home maker, is, however, more cautious. “It’s an affordable car, no doubt. But I would rather wait a year before buying it, just to see what the experience is like,” she said. It’s a different matter though that after a year, the car’s price may be revised, if the company wants to mark it to the market vis-a-vis raw material input prices.
The car’s nano space requirement for parking is believed to be yet another purchase point trigger. “Three Nanos can easily fit into the space occupied by two Ambassadors,” an auto analyst quipped.
“Two Nanos can be effortlessly parked in a typical Scorpio parking slot. So, in metros, where parking is a huge problem, Nano could be a hit,” he added.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata on Thursday unveiled the Tata Nano at the 9th Auto Expo in New Delhi.
Details of the People's Car:
Ratan Tata, while unveiling the nano, said: "The car will meet all current safety norms and all emission criteria. The pollution it will cause will be lower than 2-wheelers."
The car, Tata said, is smaller than a Maruti [Get Quote], but has 21 per cent more volume or space inside than the 800. He said that the dealer price of the car will be Rs 1 lakh, plus value-added tax (VAT) plus transport charges.
The car will have a 624-cc petrol engine generating 33 bhp of power. It will sport a 30-litre fuel tank and 4-speed manual gearshift. The car will come with air conditioning, but will have no power steering. It will have front disk and rear drum brakes. The company claims mileage of 23 km per litre.
The car's dashboard features just a speedometer, fuel gauge, and oil light. The car does not have reclining seats or radio. The shock absorbers are basic.Nano, the world's cheapest car, costs almost half of the cheapest car currently available anywhere in the world.
''Since, a promise is a promise the standard dealer version will cost Rs 1 lakh,'' said Tata Sons chairman Ratan Tata.
He informed that the car is 8 per cent smaller bumper to bumper, than the Maruti800 but at the same time 21 per cent larger in its interiors and can sit up to four people.
Dispelling myths that the car was not safe enough Tata said, 'The car has passed the full-frontal crash and the side impact crash''. He also side stepped emission concerns and said the car will meet Euro IV norms.
While critics had been sceptical throughout about the car meeting safety and emission norms, coming as it is at that price, Tata said he was happy to announce that Nano meets all norms as would a modern car.
The car is eight per cent shorter than Maruti 800 on bumper to bumper length, but is 21 per cent more spacious, claimed Tata.
Alluding to fears expressed by environmentalist R K Pachauri and green activist Sunita Narain that the car at that price would add more vehicles on the road leading to higher vehicular pollution, Tata said the 624 cc, 33 HP petrol engine meets Bharat Stage-III emission norms and can also meet the Euro 4 norms.
"Pachauri will not have a nightmare and Sunita Narain can also sleep," he quipped, while recalling that some people had suggested that the car should be called 'Pachauri' and some others said that it should be named 'Mamta' � probably referring to the position TMC leader Mamta Banerjee had taken against the setting up of the small-car project at Singur in West Bengal.
Commenting on the safety standard, he said the car has gone through a full frontal crash test as per norms.
The Nano will come in three variants -- standard and two deluxe models with AC. The standard car would be available for Rs 1 lakh (ex-showroom), while VAT and transportation costs are extra.
The Nano is expected to be commerically launched in the second half of 2008. News reports say that Tata Motors [Get Quote] hopes to sell 500,000 units of the car, almost four times the number of Indicas it sells. Tata plans to focus on a market segment hitherto untapped.
Not since the launch of the Maruti 800 in 1983 has any car gripped the imagination of a nation and indeed car manufacturers the world over so intensely. If commercially successful, the Tata Nano can alter the passenger car market in India, and perhaps the world, beyond description.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
He is the new Boy Wonder and the B-crowd can’t wait to cash in on Darsheel Safary’s newfound popularity.
There is a film offer from Vidhu Vinod Chopra, a television show, and a high-end fashion brand that wants little Darsheel to endorse its soon-to-be-launched kidswear. Putting it in Darsheel’s own words, “Main toh hero ban gaya!”
But, for the little hero, studies come first. “Immediately after finishing shooting for Aamir Khan’s latest film, I got back to studies. And, I would like to keep it like that. I don’t want to take up acting full time for now.
I’m not signing anything as I would like to finish my studies. Even Aamir uncle told me that if I want to make it big in the industry, I should make a comeback when I’ve finished my studies. I have big plans in life and I want to make lots of money to look after my family. If my parents are cool with my career in acting, I’ll be game, too, but otherwise it is a big no!” Darsheel’s mother Sheetal has said, “His father and I are complete outsiders in the industry. We will contact Aamir Khan Productions before taking any call about Darsheel’s career in films. Darsheel’s busy preparing for his exams at present.”
But, Darsheel is clear about one thing: He has won the race. “I have left kids my age behind. Even those who are older to me have been left behind. Peeche rah gaye. Of course, I feel proud of myself. Look, there are three kinds of kids — the first kind is the category that likes me and applauds my work, the second group tells me, ‘Achcha, don’t fly in the sky!’ and the third type discusses the money that I can earn through films. I like only the first category!”
Darsheel has learned a new quality recently and that isn perfectionism. says the child prodigy, “Though I didn’t have many weaknesses, I wasn’t perfect. However, after working with Aamir uncle my prepositions err... punctuations have improved. I don’t forget my commas and full stops now. Earlier, I wrote my name without a full stop, but now things have changed,” says Darsheel, adding, “I didn’t even recognise Aamir uncle before I met him. The first day I met him, he said, ‘Hi, I’m Aamir’ and that’s when I got to know that he is Aamir Khan. Though I like him, I didn’t like his habit of smoking, but I never told him that. I thought I has better mind my own business.”
Well, words of wisdom indeed. Darsheel, sure is learning fast.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Aamir Khan’s directorial debut Taare Zameen Par has been appreciated by one and all and no wonder Aamir is on top of the world. The good times continue for this wonderful actor – director as news comes that his film has now been declared tax-free in Mumbai for a period of six months. The film, currently running in its second week, had earlier got a tax- exemption in the capital and now this surely comes as even more good news for all those associated with the film. Here’s wishing that the film continues its victory march, even in the weeks to come.