Monday, July 28, 2008

Keep Bangalore Safe

Play a role to keep Bangalore Safe

You can alert the Bangalore police and play a part in keeping the city safe like many citizens have done in the past few days. They passed the information on to the police and averted serious damage that could have resulted from the bombs that were planted in crowded areas of Bangalore. The Bangalore Police requests citizens to continue to be vigilant and take initiative to support the police through information about any suspicious objects.

The Commissioner of Police advises citizens to be alert and inform the Police Control Room (100) regarding any suspicious objects left behind unattended at any public place. Further, information can be shared via SMS to 94806 90069 and/or email to
Visit the Karnataka State Police Website -

Citizens make sure to pass on this info to your contacts. Let's together play a role with Bangalore Traffic Police to keep Bangalore safe.

Noticed Suspected Objects?
What to do? and
What not to do?

Friday, July 25, 2008

Serial Blasts in Bangalore, one killed

BLAST In Bangalore

Locations: Near Mallya hospital, Raja Ram Mohan Roy circle, Adugodi, Madiwala check-post, Sarjapur, Nayandahalli

*** Not to be panic, Authorities are on full swing and City under control. ***
Don't leave your office in a hurry... wait and watch then leave ***
*** Manage yourself to get through the traffic - use alternate routes ***


Police have reported three blasts near Madiwala, Nayandahalli (on Mysore road), and Adugodi area in the city. Police suspect one death in incidents and they are investigating. The blasts are low intensity and suspected to have been caused by gelatine sticks.

The City is peaceful, traffic is normal and there is no sense of panic in city.

Source: HR-Cisco

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

IRCTC E-Ticket: Master Passenger Change info

How to change Master Passenger Name of E-Ticket in IRCTC (Indian Railways)

4. E-Tickets
For booking of e-tickets the user has to give the photo identity card details of any one of the passengers in the transaction. This will require entering the identity particulars of one of the passengers, who will have to carry same ID card in original while traveling.

The following photo identity cards are considered valid:

Foreign Tourists and NRIs have to give the Passport ID detail of any one of the passenger in the transaction and have to carry the same ID in original while traveling during journey.
For E-ticket - The user can take a printout of the Electronic Registration Slip (ERS) and perform the journey, duly carrying the authorized Original Identity Card details of which were given at the time of booking.
For e-reservations-the ticket can be booked up to the chart preparation time for the train.
E-tickets: E-tickets (Reservations) can be cancelled only through Internet till Chart preparation of the train and cancellation is not allowed at face-to-face Railway Counters. If the user wishes to cancel his E-ticket, he can do so till the time of chart preparation for the train (which is normally 4 to 6 hours before the scheduled departure of the train from the train originating station. (For trains starting up to 12 noon the chart preparation is usually done on the previous night). He can log on to and go to Booked Tickets link and select the ticket to be fully or partly cancelled and can initiate the c ancellation by selecting the passengers to be cancelled.In case of partial cancellation where the 'Master Passenger' is desired to be cancelled, any passenger in the same ticket can be opted as 'MasterPassenger' by the user and the identity details of the new master passenger are required to be filled in. There after the photo identity card of new master passenger is to be carried during journey. Cancellation would be confirmed online and the refund would be credited back to the account used for booking as for normal Internet tickets. If there is any partial cancellation of ticket please ensure that the modified ticket (Electronic Reservation Slip) is printed separately.
In case the passenger travelling against e-Ticket is not carrying the printed copy of the "Electronic Reservation Slip" during his/her journey, a nominal charge of Rs.50/- is chargeable by the TTE/ Conductor Guard in the train against an excess fare ticket.
For any claims on E-tickets after the preparation of Reservation charts, the user has to send an email from the email ID mentioned in his profile at the earliest possible time to giving full details of the ticket and stating the claim, which would then be processed by IRCTC with the Railway administration offline and refunds as sanctioned by the Railway administration would be credited back to the user's account.

Source: IRCTC

88888 LIGHTS OUT - Global Warming

Come, lets' combat Global warming
Turn your lights out for '8' minutes at '8' pm on the '8'th day of the '8'th month (August) of the '8'th year (2008).

Source: 88888 -

Monday, July 14, 2008

Google Code Jam 2008

Until Google Code Jam 08 Starts!

Programming whiz? Up for a challenge? Join the fun.

About Code Jam.

Do you enjoy solving tough problems and grappling with technical challenges? Then enter Google Code Jam!

Google Code Jam is a coding competition in which professional and student programmers are asked to solve complex algorithmic challenges in a limited amount of time. The contest is all-inclusive: Google Code Jam lets you program in the coding language and development environment of your choice.

Google Code Jam begins in July and continues in August, when you will compete in online rounds against contestants from around the world. The Top 500 participants will advance to onsite competitions at a local Google office to compete against those in their region (Asia Pacific; Europe, Middle East and Africa; and the Americas). The Top 100 will participate in the final round at the Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California on Friday, November 14.

Don't be left out! Make sure to register between June 17 and July 17, and show your coding creativity in Google Code Jam.

Key Dates.

Jun 17Registration Begins
Jul 1624 hr Qualification Round Begins
Jul 17Registration Deadline
Jul 1724 hr Qualification Round Ends
Jul 25Online Round 1: Sub-Rounds Begin
Jul 31Online Round 1: Sub-Rounds End
Aug 2Online Round 2
Aug 9Online Round 3
Sep 22Onsite Locals - Asia Pacific
Sep 29Onsite Locals - Americas
Oct 6Onsite Locals - Europe, Middle East, Africa
Nov 14Onsite Finals

View Schedule details


Make sure you know the competition format and rules, so you won't need to worry about them when you're competing against programmers from around the world.

View Contest Rules

Prize Overview.

The top 100 finalists will divide over $80,000 in prize money:

1st Place$10,000
2nd Place$5000
3rd Place$2500
4th – 10th Place$1500
11th – 30th Place$1000
31st – 50th Place$750
51st – 75th Place$500
76th – 100th Place$250

View prize details

Friday, July 11, 2008

Will this control the Inflation???

A man eats two eggs each morning for breakfast. When he goes to the Kirana store he pays Rs. 12 a dozen. Since a dozen eggs won't last a week he normally buys two dozens at a time. One day while buying eggs he notices that the price has risen to Rs. 16. The next time he buys groceries, eggs are Rs. 22 a dozen.

When asked to explain the price of eggs the store owner says, "The price has gone up and I have to raise my price accordingly". This store buys 100 dozen eggs a day. He checked around for a better price and all the distributors have raised their prices. The distributors have begun to buy from the huge egg farms. The small egg farms have been driven out of business. The huge egg farms sell 100,000 dozen eggs a day to distributors. With no competition, they can set the price as they see fit. The distributors then have to raise their prices to the grocery stores. And on and on and on.

As the man kept buying eggs the price kept going up. He saw the big egg trucks delivering 100 dozen eggs each day. Nothing changed there. He checked out the huge egg farms and found they were selling 100,000 dozen eggs to the distributors daily. Nothing had changed but the price of eggs.

Then week before Diwali the price of eggs shot up to Rs. 40 a dozen. Again he asked the grocery owner why and was told, "Cakes and baking for the holiday". The huge egg farmers know there will be a lot of baking going on and more eggs will be used. Hence, the price of eggs goes up. Expect the same thing at Christmas and other times when family cooking, baking, etc. happen.

This pattern continues until the price of eggs is Rs. 60 a dozen. The man says, " There must be something we can do about the price of eggs".

He starts talking to all the people in his town and they decide to stop buying eggs. This didn't work because everyone needed eggs.

Finally, the man suggested only buying what you need. He ate 2 eggs a day. On the way home from work he would stop at the grocery and buy two eggs. Everyone in town started buying 2 or 3 eggs a day.

The grocery store owner began complaining that he had too many eggs in his cooler. He told the distributor that he didn't need any eggs.

Maybe wouldn't need any all week.

The distributor had eggs piling up at his warehouse. He told the huge egg farms that he didn't have any room for eggs would not need any for at least two weeks.

At the egg farm, the chickens just kept on laying eggs. To relieve the pressure, the huge egg farm told the distributor that they could buy the eggs at a lower price.

The distributor said, " I don't have the room for the %$&^*&% eggs even if they were free". The distributor told the grocery store owner that he would lower the price of the eggs if the store would start buying again.

The grocery store owner said, "I don't have room for more eggs. The customers are only buying 2 or 3 eggs at a time. Now if you were to drop the price of eggs back down to the original price, the customers would start buying by the dozen again".

The distributors sent that proposal to the huge egg farmers but the egg farmers liked the price they were getting for their eggs but, those chickens just kept on laying. Finally, the egg farmers lowered the price of their eggs. But only a few paisa.

The customers still bought 2 or 3 eggs at a time. They said, "when the price of eggs gets down to where it was before, we will start buying by the dozen."

Slowly the price of eggs started dropping. The distributors had to slash their prices to make room for the eggs coming from the egg farmers.

The egg farmers cut their prices because the distributors wouldn't buy at a higher price than they were selling eggs for. Anyway, they had full warehouses and wouldn't need eggs for quite a while.

And those chickens kept on laying.

Eventually, the egg farmers cut their prices because they were throwing away eggs they couldn't sell.

The distributors started buying again because the eggs were priced to where the stores could afford to sell them at the lower price.

And the customers starting buying by the dozen again.

Now, transpose this analogy to the gasoline industry.

What if everyone only bought Rs 200.00 worth of Petrol each time they pulled to the pump? The dealer's tanks would stay semi full all the time. The dealers wouldn't have room for the gas coming from the huge tanks. The tank farms wouldn't have room for the petrol coming from the refining plants. And the refining plants wouldn't have room for the oil being off loaded from the huge tankers coming from the oil fiends.

Just Rs 200.00 each time you buy gas. Don't fill up the tank of your car. Don't drive to places where you can walk. Don't drive to places where you are just driving because you have a vehicle to spare. You may have to stop for gas twice a week, but the price should come down.

Think about it.

Also, don't buy anything else at the fuel station; don't give them any more of your hard earned money than what you spend on gas, until the prices come down..."

...just think of this concept for a while.

(Source: from a forwarded email)

Monday, July 07, 2008

Air Car - Green Car

Air Car- Green Car - True Eco Friendly Cars.
Air car - that runs on air and will be available in India soon.

Car Picture: (Source & Courtesy:

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Tata Motors has signed an agreement with Moteur Development International of France to develop a car that runs on compressed air, thus making it very economical to run and be almost totally pollution free.

Although there is no official word on when the car will be commercially manufactured for India, reports say that it will be sooner than later.

The car -- MiniCAT -- could cost around Rs 350,000 in India and would have a range of around 300 km between refuels. The cost of a refill would be about Rs 90.

Watch this Video:

* Wikipedia *

A Compressed air car is an alternative fuel car that uses a motor powered by compressed air. This can also be combined (as in a hybrid electric vehicle) with gasoline/diesel/ethanol or electric plant and regenerative braking.

Air Car Website:

Some more research are going on...

What are the other alternate cars can come... to replace fossil fuel. Search here...
- Solar Car
- Electric Car
- Water Car - H2O to HHO
- and many more...

Source: Internet, Wikipedia, Rediff,,
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