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TIMELINE OF MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGICAL DISCOVERIES-18

TIMELINE OF MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGICAL DISCOVERIES-18

1951 The computer UNIVAC 1 is developed
1951 Polypropylene is developed by Paul Hogan & Robert Banks of Phillips
1952 The first application of antiperspirant deodorant with a roll-on applicator
1953 Karl Ziegler discovers metallic catalysts which greatly improve the strength of polyethylene polymers
1954 Six percent efficiency silicon solar cells made at Bell Labs
1954 Charles Townes and Arthur Schawlow invent the MASER (microwave amplification by stimulated emission or radiation)
1955 Optical fibers are produced
1956 Liquid Paper™ is formulated by Bette Nesmith Graham
1957 Keller first characterizes a single crystal of polyethylene
1958 Bifocal contact lenses are produced
· · · January 29 at 9:53pm

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Facts of January

How does Your credit cards work?
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When you hand over your card to the cashier to pay for your purchases he takes it and swipes it in the merchant's point of sale (POS) system.

This system is connected to the merchant's bank via a communication link. This POS system helps in verifying your data by using an electronic verification system.

The details verified include the validity of your card and the availability of sufficient balance on your card to pay for the purchases. This data is available on the magnetic strip, present at the back of the card.
Once your details are transmitted to the merchant's bank, they are sent to your bank which then authorises the payment if all the details are in order. This authorisation is then sent to the merchant's bank, which then blocks the amount from your credit limit so as to reimburse it to the merchant later on.

The authorisation generates an approval code and is transmitted to the merchant. This code has to be keyed in by the cashier, after which two copies of charge slip is generated. This charge slip is your agreement to pay your issuing bank the amount of purchase. You then sign one copy of the charge slip and take the other one with you, along with your purchase.

Just like you, there are many others who use credit cards for their purchases. They also generate their own charge slips. All these charge slips are stored in batches and submitted by the merchant to his bank, at the end of the working day (in most cases).

When the merchant deposits these batches in his bank, they are sent by the merchant's bank for clearing and settlement through the credit card association. This association charges your purchase amount to your bank and pays the amount to the merchant's bank. The merchant's bank then reimburses this amount to the merchant.

Your bank now charges your purchase amount to your credit card account. On the specific date, your bank will generate an account statement, listing all the credit and debit transactions in your account. If the debits are higher than credits, you have to pay the difference to your bank.

You will also be given a due date, which is the last date by which you have to repay your bank. The failure to pay off this amount by due date will mean paying late fees as well as interest charges to the bank. These fees and charges can be very high, so be very careful.
· January 14 at 9:26am

If you look at the sun Right Now, you are technically looking back in time. It takes around eight minutes for light from the sun to reach Earth.

Therefore, the image of the sun in the sky outside your window at this moment is actually what the sun looked like about eight minutes ago.
· January 12 at 8:15am

Cockroaches can live for almost 30 days after their head has been cut off.

While it is more average for a cockroach to only live headless for 9 days or so, they can live for extremely long amounts of time. Cockroaches breathe through spiracles, which deliver air to each cell of the body through a set of tubes called tracheae. The brain does not control the breathing through the spiracles. So they don't need a head to breathe!

Also, the cockroach does not have blood pressure the way a mammal does, so cutting off the head does not lead to uncontrolled bleeding. What about food? They need much less food - single meal is enough to last them a whole month!
· January 11 at 9:31am

What is a Wi-Fi ??
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A wireless network uses radio waves, just like cell phones, televisions and radios do. In fact, communication across a wireless network is a lot like two-way radio communication. Here's what happens:

1. A computer's wireless adapter translates data into a radio signal and transmits it using an antenna.
2. A wireless router receives the signal and decodes it. The router sends the information to the Internet using a physical, wired Ethernet connection.
The process also works in reverse, with the router receiving information from the Internet, translating it into a radio signal and sending it to the computer's wireless adapter.

The radios used for WiFi communication are very similar to the radios used for walkie-talkies, cell phones and other devices. They can transmit and receive radio waves, and they can convert 1s and 0s into radio waves and convert the radio waves back into 1s and 0s.
· January 10 at 10:29am

The length of your Foot is the same as the length of Forearm (the bit between your elbow and the wrist). You can Measure them and check :)
· January 9 at 8:42am

There are actually 365.242199 days in a year. That’s why once in 4 years, we have a leap year – an extra day that makes up for the extra time in February.

But do You know why is this added up in February and not in any other 11 months ??
· January 8 at 9:49am

One part of Your brain is controlled by you - you ask your body and muscles to move and your senses to work. This part of your brain allows you to think, learn, feel, move, talk, see, hear - in fact do everything that makes you, YOU.

The other part of your brain works automatically to keep you alive by constantly making your heartbeat, your lungs breathe and by keeping your digestive system working. These are called involuntary actions - you do them automatically, without thinking.
· January 7 at 9:18am

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One tough Mother from Mexico

This is one tough mother: Ines Ramirez is the only woman known to have performed a successful Caesarean-section on herself! The sun had set hours ago. The nearest clinic was 80 km away over rough roads, and her husband, her only assistant during a half-dozen previous births, was drinking at a cantina. She had no phone and neither did the cantina....
So at midnight, after 12 hours of constant pain, the petite, 40-year-old mother of six sat down on a low wooden bench. She took several gulps from a bottle of rubbing alcohol, grabbed a 15-cm knife and began to cut.

By the light of a single dim bulb, Ramirez sawed through skin, fat and muscle before reaching inside her uterus and pulling out her baby boy. She says she cut his umbilical cord with a pair of scissors, then passed out. When she regained consciousness, she wrapped a sweater around her bleeding abdomen and asked her 6-year-old son, Benito, to run for help. Several hours later, the village health assistant, Leon Cruz, and a second health worker found Ramirez alert and lying beside her live baby. Cruz sewed her 17-cm incision up with a regular needle and thread. The two men lifted mother and child onto a thin straw mat, lugged them up horse paths to the town's only road, then drove them to the clinic over two hours away.

That was March 5, 2000. Now Ines Ramirez is recognized internationally as a modern miracle: She is believed to be the only woman known to have performed a successful Caesarean-section on herself.
· · · 29 Janury

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Foods of Prophet Muhammad (SAW):Vinegar


Vinegar: A food Prophet Muhammad (SAW) used to eat with olive oil.

Vinegar – Arabic name (khall)--The Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.s.) was reported to have once remarked that vinegar was the seasoning of all the prophets who came before him. Vinegar is both cold and hot, nearly balanced between the two. Mixed with rose water, it is an excellent remedy for toothache and headache. Vinegar dissolves phlegm. Another Hadith states that a house containing vinegar will never suffer from poverty.

Prophet Muhammad (saws) liked vinegar. Modern medicine also acknowledge
its anti-cough, anti-inflammation and digestive properties.

“A household which has vinegar will never suffer from poverty”.(Narrated by Umm, Tirmidhi, Baihaqi)

‘The best of condiments or condiment is vinegar’. Hadith condiment is any seasonings used to enhance the flavour of food; salt or pepper, spices for example.

The Prophet (s.a.w.s.) was reported to have once remarked that vinegar was the seasoning of all the prophets who came before him. Prophet Muhammad (saws) liked vinegar. Jabir narrated, "The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, took me one day with him to his house. He was served some bread. He asked: 'Is there any dip?' They replied 'No, only some vinegar.' He said, 'Vinegar is a good dip.' Jabir used to say, "I have loved vinegar since I heard it from Allah’s Prophet".Naf'a said, "I have loved vinegar since I heard it from Jabir ." [Muslim, Abu Dawud, Nasa’i].

Just in case your thinking Vinegar is a Halal and a loved Sunnah and was used by many prophets before.

Prophet Muhammad** said: “Vinegar is a comfort for man.” (Muslim)

Another well-known Hadith (sayings of Prophet Muhammad**) is: “God has put blessing in vinegar, for truly it was the seasoning used by the Prophets before me.”

And Bayhaqi has transmitted this Hadith: “A household which has vinegar will never suffer from poverty”.

In conclusion, vinegar has been consumed by Muslims for centuries, even during the time of Prophet Muhammad**. The product itself, as manufactured by the industry and commercially available, is halal

Types of Vinegar:

There are six type vinegar is used throughout the world.

Distilled White or Grain or Spirit Vinegar: It is produced from the natural fermentation of dilute alcohol to vinegar. The vinegar is filtered and contains Natural mellow aroma.

Apple Cider Vinegar: It is produced from unprocessed apple juice and vinegar retains its natural amber color and fruity flavor.

Corn (Maize) Sugar Vinegar: This type of vinegar is produced from corn sugar. Sugar is first converted to alcohol then alcohol is converted to acetic acid and water. It is also a amber color vinegar.

Malt Vinegar: Malt vinegar is produced from the fermentation of malt to alcohol and then it is converted to vinegar.

Wine Vinegar: Wine vinegar is produced from Burgandy wine and other wines.It retains a ruby color and wine like flavor. It is used in Oil-Vinegar Dressing and gourmet cooking and condiments.

Specialty Vinegar such as Balsamic Vinegar: Balsamic vinegar is produced in Modena Italy from white and sugary Trebbiano grapes with special labor intensive method to special flavor and aroma There is possibility of left over wine in this vinegar.

Islamic Status of Wine Vinegar:

The Shafi’is, Hanbalis and some of the Maalikis say that it is not permissible to deliberately change wine to vinegar because then it is not pure. The evidence (daleel) for this is the hadeeth of Anas ibn Maalik (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was asked whether wine could be changed to be used as vinegar. He said, ‘No.’” (Reported by Muslim)

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was asked about some orphans who had inherited some wine. He said, “Pour it away.” He was asked, “Could they not make it into vinegar?” He said, “No.” (Reported by Muslim).

Benefits of ACV - The term ACV = Apple Cider Vinegar

As soon as you take vinegar (or citric acid, as a powder), it starts to eliminate fatigue. You can notice this in only two hours. You can confirm this. If you look at your urine two hours after you take vinegar, and you will find it to be more clear. Or, if you are unwilling to look at it closely, examine it with a piece of pH test paper (litmus paper). Before you take vinegar, the pH test paper will show that your urine is acidic, due to fatigue-creating substances in your body.Two hours after you take vinegar, the test paper will show more alkaline. These results mean that the previous fatigue substances were decreased or removed by taking the vinegar.

The liver dissolves the poisonous matters which were made in our body, so we must always keep it working well. Meat, fish, eggs, coconut oil, greens, and other nourishing foods as well as vinegar act like medicines for the liver. Some Eastern medicines do believe that depression is the symptom of a "stagnant" ortired liver. If you believe in this philosophy, then apple cider vinegar would help to fight depression, since it is a great medium to help detoxify and clean the liver.

Over the centuries,oxymel– a combination of apple cider vinegar and honey – has been widely used to dissolve painful calcium deposits in the body, for arthritis-like pain sand for other health problems such as hay fever. "Vinegar performs the role of disinfectant for the intestines". Here is one recipe to make a detox tea with apple cider vinegar just add hot water to 2tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and sweeten it with maple syrup or organic honey. Making this simple apple cider vinegar liver detox recipe will take only a few minutes with results lasting three to seven days. A variation of the above apple cider vinegar liver detox recipe calls for a teaspoon each of apple cider vinegar and blackstrap molasses added to a glass of water or lemon water. Drink this mixture upon getting up in the morning. To soothe pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis by applying a pad soaked with vinegar and water to painful joints. Some people advise it to be used for gargle for the mouth and throat. It disinfects the inside of the mouth from germs. The usual dosage for gargle is to mix one to three teaspoons of cider vinegar in a glass of water, in morning and at night."

Arthritic pains: Many suffer from this disease in the west and it is caused by the gathering of metabolic toxic waste in the tissues. In this context, ACV speeds up metabolism and excretes the toxic wastes from the tissues.

Blood pressure: The potassium in ACV along with other substances makes the blood thinner and is helpful in controlling blood pressure.

Cholesterol control: Many heart attacks are caused by high fats and cholesterol in your blood. The fiber in ACV helps to absorb fats and cholesterol by expelling them from the body as waste materials.

Diabetes: The dietary fiber in ACV is also helpful in controlling glucose levels in the blood..

Strong Bones: Minerals like manganese, calcium, magnesium, silicon and iron develop bone mass and make them stronger.

Yeast Infections: ACV is also useful for yeast infections like Candida caused by the unbalance of acid levels in the body. Making a solution of ACV in warm water and douching can help with the symptoms.

Chest congestion: Apple cider vinegar is also useful in flu or chest congestion. Applying ACV with pepper on the chest can help relieve some of the congestion.

Sore Throat: If you have a sore throat, gargle with ACV mixed with water.

Digestion: In your digestive system hydrochloric acid and pepsin are two essential components that break down the food to be digested properly. The lack of these components can cause food poisoning. ACV has ability to enhance their functionality and help prevent food poisoning.

Nasal Congestions: Apple cider vinegar is sometimes helpful in nasal congestion. Vinegar is Useful in well functioning metabolism; Reducing cholesterol (the dangerous LDL cholesterol type); Regulating the water content in the cells and body; Reducing water retention in the body; Reducing excess sodium from the body; Helps with regulating blood pressure; Assists in preventing circulatory problems; Helps with diminishing premature calcification of the arteries; Helps increase concentration and memory; Assists in blood circulation, body temperature as well as vitality and energy. Vinegar is both cold and hot, nearly balancing between the two. Mixed it with rose water, it is an excellent remedy for toothache and headache. Vinegar dissolves phlegm. Modern medicine also acknowledge its anti-cough, anti-inflammation and digestive properties.

COOKING -- White distilled vinegar - Enjoying a salad with a tangy vinaigrette dressing is one of the most popular ways to use vinegar in the kitchen. But that’s just the beginning! Regular and flavored vinegars are versatile recipe ingredients that add flavor and distinction, and can also contribute to good health!
To make basic vinaigrette salad dressing use 1 part white distilled vinegar to 4 parts oil.

Make creamy vinaigrette by adding some plain or whipped cream to a mixture of 1 part white distilled vinegar to 3 parts oil.

Tenderize meat with white distilled vinegar. Use it in marinades or when slow cooking any tough, inexpensive cuts of meat.

When poaching eggs, add a little white distilled vinegar to the water. The whites stay better formed.

For extra tenderness with boiling ribs or stew meat add a tablespoon of white distilled vinegar.

To add a zesty new taste to fresh fruits such as pears, cantaloupe, honeydew, or others, add a splash of rice or balsamic vinegar. Serve immediately to prevent the fruit from becoming mushy.

Freshen wilted vegetables by soaking them in cold water containing a spoonful or two of white distilled vinegar.

When boiling or steaming cauliflower, beets or other vegetables, add a teaspoon or two of white distilled vinegar to the water to help them keep their color. This will also improve their taste, and reduce gassy elements. This also works when cooking beans and bean dishes.

Make pasta less sticky and reduce some of its starch. Add just a dash of white distilled vinegar to the water as it cooks.

Give some extra zest to your white sauce by adding 1/2 teaspoon of white distilled vinegar.

Try cider or malt white distilled vinegar instead of ketchup with french fries—that’s how the British like to eat them. Either one is also great on fish or any fried or broiled meat.

Remove kitchen odors that come from burnt pots or when cooking certain foods by boiling a small amount of water with 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar so that the steam circulates throughout the room.

Make onion odors disappear from your hands by rubbing with white distilled vinegar.

Add moistness and taste to any chocolate cake—homemade or from a box—with a spoonful of white distilled vinegar.

To keep frosting from sugaring add a drop of white distilled vinegar. It will also help keep white frosting white and shiny.

Make perfect, fluffy meringue by adding a teaspoon of white distilled vinegar for every 3 to 4 egg whites used.

Perk up any can of soup or sauce with a teaspoon of red or white wine vinegar.

Eliminate the greasy taste in food cooked in a deep fryer by adding a dash of white distilled vinegar.

If you’ve added too much salt to a recipe, add a spoonful of white distilled vinegar and sugar to try correcting the taste.

Keep molded gelatin desserts and salads from sagging or melting in the summer heat by adding a teaspoon of white distilled vinegar for each box of gelatin used.

When making tuna salad add a dash of any herb-flavored white distilled vinegar.

Turn out great rice by adding a teaspoon of white distilled vinegar to the boiling water.

To make the perfect picnic potato salad dressing combine 1 cup mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons white distilled vinegar, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Olives or pimentos covered with white distilled vinegar can be kept almost indefinitely if refrigerated.

To keep eggs from cracking when boiling add a tablespoon or two of white distilled vinegar to water.

HEALTH - White distilled vinegar is something good for you on the inside and the outside. The next time you’re not feeling well, consider taking a break from expensive over-the-counter products and try a home remedy that is made with vinegar.
Stop insect stings and bites from itching by dabbing them with a cotton ball saturated with undiluted white distilled vinegar.

Soothe sunburn with a spray of white distilled vinegar, repeating as often as you like. Ice-cold white distilled vinegar will feel even better, and may prevent blistering and peeling.

For cuts and scrapes, use white distilled vinegar as an antiseptic.

Get rid of foot odor by washing feet well with antiseptic soap daily, then soaking them in undiluted cider vinegar for 10 minutes or so. Remember that cotton socks aid odor control more effectively than wool ones.

Clean a hairbrush by soaking in a white distilled vinegar solution.

Tone facial skin with a solution of equal parts white distilled vinegar and water.

If commercial aftershaves cause rashes and itching, try using undiluted white distilled vinegar as an aftershave lotion.

Lighten body freckles (not facial freckles) by rubbing on full-strength white distilled vinegar.

Eliminate bad breath and whiten your teeth by brushing them once or twice a week with white distilled vinegar.

Make nail polish last longer. Wipe fingernails with cotton balls dipped in white distilled vinegar before putting on nail polish.

There is much more 1001 uses White Distilled vinegar .
· 29 January

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Narayanan Krishnan


Lets meet Mr. Narayanan Krishnan aged only 30 years is an Indian chef who turned into a social worker. He quit his career as a leading chef and began supplying meals to the homeless in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India, beginning in 2002 Krishnan was born in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. He was an award-winning chef with Taj Hotels, Bangalore and was short-listed for an elite job in Switzerland.

During a visit to his family, before heading to Europe, he said, "I saw a very old man, literally eating his own human waste out of hunger. I went to the nearby hotel and asked them what was available. They had idli, which I bought and gave to the old man. Believe me, I had never seen a person eating so fast, ever. As he ate the food, his eyes were filled with tears. Those were the tears of happiness

Krishnan founded his nonprofit Akshaya Trust in 2003, which helps to feed the homeless and mentally-disabled in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. He serves breakfast, lunch and dinner to 400 indigent and elderly people in Madurai.He also provides haircuts and shaves to give extra dignity to those he serves. He was selected as one of the Top 10 in "CNN heroes 2010" list.

a brief video about his good deeds

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=172422739465710
· January 28

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Offer Salah Regularly


THE SIX PUNISHMENTS OF LIFE:
1. Allah takes away blessings from his age (makes his life misfortunate)
2.Allah does not accept his plea (Dua's)
3.Allah erases the features of good people from his face.
4.He will be detested by all creatures on earth.
5.Allah does not award him for his good deeds. (No thawab)
6.He will not be included in th! e Dua's of good people.


THE THREE PUNISHMENTS WHILE DYING:
1. He dies humiliated.
2. He dies hungry.
3. He dies thirsty. Even if he drinks the water of all seas he will still be thirsty.

THE THREE PUNISHMENTS IN THE GRAVE:
1. Allah tightens his grave until his chest ribs come over each other.
2. Allah pours on him fire with embers.
3. Allah sets on him a snake called "the brave", "the bold" which hits Him
from morning until afternoon for leaving Fajr prayer, from the afternoon until Asr for
leaving Dhuhr prayer and so on. With each strike he sinks 70 yards under the ground.

THE THREE PUNISHMENTS ON THE DAY OF JUDGMENT:

1. Allah sends who would accompany him to hell pulling him on the face.
2. Allah gives him an angry look that makes the flesh of his face fall down.
3. Allah judges him strictly and orders him to be thrown in hell.
· Sunday 29 January

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TIMELINE OF MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGICAL DISCOVERIES-16

TIMELINE OF MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGICAL DISCOVERIES-16

1926 Waldo Semon at B.F. Goodrich invents plasticized PVC known as vinyl
1929 Polysulfide (Thiokol) rubber is synthesized
1929 Carothers (du Pont) synthesizes the first aliphatic polyesters, establishes the principles of step-growth polymerization, and develops nylon 6,6
1931 Julius Nieuwland develops the synthetic rubber called neoprene
1931 Poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA) is synthesized
1932 Hans von Ohain and Sir Frank Whittle file patents for the jet engine
1932 Cathode ray tubes (CRTs) are invented by Allen B. Du Mont
1933 Ernest Ruska discovers the electronmicroscope; magnification of 12,000 _
1933 Fawcett and Gibson develop polyethylene (LDPE)
1936 The first programmable computer, the Z1, is developed by Konrad Zuse
· · · January 25 at 10:31pm

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Quiz of january

Two of Nasir, Naseer and Nazir are fighting each other.

* The Shorter between Nasir and Naseer is the older of the two fighters
* The Younger between Naseer and Nazir is the Shorter of the two figthers
* The Taller between Nasir and Nazir is the Younger of the two fighters.

Can You tell me Who is Not fighting among these 3
· January 25 at 9:52am

Can You Name this Company (Let's see who cracks this first :)
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* This Company was founded in the month of February
* The main competitor for this company is an American Company
* This Company was Founded by more than 1 PersonPublish Post

* This Company is less than 22 years old
* It has offices in less than 22 countries
* This is a Private Company, so far
· January 23 at 8:07pm

Can You Name this Company (Let's see who cracks this first :)
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* This company is listed in 2 stock exchanges - One of them is NYSE
* Current Name of this company was actually derived from one of the Italic language
* Headquarter of this company is located in its country's capital city

* As of March 31, 2011, their Headcount is slightly more than 168,168
* This company is almost 66 years old
* There were 2 Founders for this Company
· January 13 at 9:51pm

Answer:
Sony - from Tauqeer Ahmed
Can You Name this Company (Let's see who cracks this first :)
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* 'Deloitte & Touche' had awarded this company in some category
* They developed something in 1988 for which it became very famous
* Name of the Founder and the company's name is not related

* This company is almost 40 years old
* They are present in less than 35 countries worldwide
* This company is listed in both NSE and BSE
· January 10 at 10:12pm

Answer:
HCL - from Tauqeer Ahmed
Can You Name this Company (Let's see who cracks this first :)
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* This is a major publicly traded company
* It was actually Founded by more than 1 Person
* This company is almost 50 years old

* It operates in more than 111 countries worldwide
* And has more than 33,333 employees working for it
* They Have a foundation which focuses on improving the lives of certain section of Human beings
· January 7 at 9:29pm

Answer:
Nike - from Abdul Mutalib
Can You Name this Company (Let's see who cracks this first :)
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* Current Name of this company is almost the name of its Founder
* This company ran a public competition to design a logo for it
* Its a public listed company
* This company is very much committed to harmony between Human & Earth

* This is not an American Company
* And not an IT Company also.
* And it is less than 100 years old
· January 6 at 9:14pm

Answer:
Toyota - from Fatima Batul

Can You Name this Company (Let's see who cracks this First :)
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* This is an IT Company
* This Company is less than 25 years old
* In 2010, this company acquired another company

* This is not an American Company, but have presence in USA
* Corporate Headquarter of this company is not in the capital city of its country
* Before this company was founded, Founder, Chairman & CEO of this company was a Director of some other company.
* Name of this company is not from the Founder's name
· January 3 at 9:46pm

Answer:
Polaris, patni computers - from Tauqeer Ahmed

Can You try this Now - This can be Very tricky so you may have to try it a few times.
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Hold your hands out in front of you and put your right arm over your left. Turn your hands so the palms are touching and let your fingers on your right hand slip between the fingers on your left and hold on tight. Without letting go twist your arms so your hands move down and towards your body. Keep moving them until they’re up in front of your chest. Now, get someone to point to a finger (without touching it) and see if you can move that finger.

What happens when they point to that finger and touch it? Can you move it then? Your eyes are seeing a picture of your hands clasped together and sending that image to your brain. But the fingers on your right hand now look like they’re the fingers on your left hand so your brain can get a bit confused. If your friend points to a finger on the left the brain thinks it must be a finger on your left hand and sends a message down your left arm - but really it should have sent the message down your right arm.
· January 6 at 10:38am

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Narayanaswamy


Let's meet Mr. Narayanaswamy...

First Rank in State in Secondary School Examination
First Rank in University in Plus Two
First Rank in IIT Entrance Examination
First Rank in All India IIT Computer Science
First Rank in IAS Entrance Examination
First Rank in IAS Training Institute

On passing out from IIT Chennai Mr. Narayanaswamy was offered scholarship by the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology , USA .. He who came from a middle class family believed that he had a moral obligation to give something in return for the lakhs of rupees the government spent on him as an IIT student.

So he decided to join IAS hoping he could do something for the people of this country.

After a decade of meritorious service in IAS, today, Narayanaswamy is being forced out of the IAS profession. Do you know why?

A real estate agent wanted to fill up a paddy field which is banned under law. An application came up before Narayanaswamy who was sub collector then, for an exemption from this rule for this plot of land. Upon visiting the site he found that the complaint from 60 poor families that they will face water logging due to the waste water from a nearby Government Medical College if this paddy field was filled up was correct. Narayanswamy came under intense political pressure but he did what was right - refused permission for filling up the paddy field. That was his first confrontation with politicians.

Soon after his marriage his father-in-law closed down a public road to build compound wall for his plot of land. People approached Narayanaswamy with complaint.

When talking with his own father-in-law did not help, he removed the obstructing wall with police help. The result, his marriage broke up.

As district Collector he raided the house of a liquor baron who had defaulted Rupees 11 crores payment to government and carried out revenue recovery. A Minister directly telephoned him and ordered to return the forfeited articles to the house of the liquor baron. Narayanswamy politely replied that it is difficult. The minister replied that Narayanaswamy will suffer.


In his district it was a practice to collect crores of rupees for earthen bunds meant for poor farmers, but which were never constructed. A bill for rupees 8 crores came up before Narayanaswamy. He inspected the bund. He found it very weak and said that he will pass the bill after the rainy season to ensure that the bund served the purpose. As expected the earthen bund was too weak to stand the rain and it disappeared in the rain. But he created a lot of enemies for saving 8 crores public money. The net result of all such unholy activities was that he was asked to go on leave by the government. Later such an illustrious officer was posted as "State Co-Ordinator, Quality Improvement Programme for Schools". This is what the politician will do to a honest officer with backbone - post him in the most powerless position to teach him a lesson. Since he found that nothing can be achieved for the people if he continued with the State Service he opted for central service. But that too was denied on some technical ground.

Mr. Narayanaswamy is on the verge of leaving IAS to go to Paris to take up a well paid United Nations assignment.... In today's India... when someone does good... he is either eradicated... stopped by some means or simply transferred...
· January 26

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