Is weight loss on your menu?

Body weight is an important characteristic, an alteration in which has profound impact on the human body. When any vital human aspect like weight can impress body periodically it is natural that its growth and decay require our ultra care.

Nothing fishy in having fish as your number one dietary supplement!

Nothing fishy in having fish as your number one dietary supplement!

Balancing act of acquired and required energy levels together with the amount of calories burned, has become a perennial problem for many and in most cases, the biggest evil is ignorance or lack of assessment in identifying the root cause for over -weight and under -weight. Anyone can achieve the balance in weight with a little knowledge of physiology coupled with determined efforts to strike a chord.

The word ‘Weight Loss’ has become a global buzzword in today’s marketing world, chief thanks to the increased intake of processed food augmented enough by insufficient physical activity and researchers across the globe are out to show how inadvertently the excess weight carries forward itself with hidden health hazards, which eventually brings a grinding halt to one’s life. While no one can rule out efficacy the processed food has brought in for ultra high quality the present generation is enjoying, the sweet corner has been found to be missing the other side of the coin, the imbalance in calorie supply.

We shall now head to the best ways to achieve weight loss and they are easier to follow. Your BMI (Body Mass Index) should let you know where you exactly stand in obesity table.

1. Proper sleep: Make it a habit to sleep for 6 – 8 hours a day at scheduled time. Look at your sleep chart and modify it as medical scientists appear to have established a connection between untimely sleep and abnormal weight gain due to discrepancies in leptin and ghrelin, which are responsible for suppressing and stimulating hunger.

2. Exercise: Take the help of simple yogic postures. They will apply more pressure on abdomen resulting in a better digestive tract. Exercise in any form will help to reduce excess fat and tone your body to perfection.

3. Right food: Eat lively food. Yes, there are foods that die quickly and lose vitamins, minerals essential for routine activities and which increase unnecessary cholesterol. Try to take boiled vegetables, fruit salads in excess which will improve resistance to diseases. Avoid taking crispy-chocolate cookies and high end milk products during snack.

.. to be continued

Pleasure of reading, that’s costly dude!

Book for social change, "Kanyasulkam", for spreading awareness on forms of exploitation of the societal elite explained in a humourous way. The original play written by Gurajada Apparao took the period of colonial rule in the backward North Coastal Andhra.

Book for social change, “Kanyasulkam”, for spreading awareness on forms of exploitation of the societal elite explained in a humourous way. The original play written by Gurajada Apparao takes readers to the period of colonial rule in the backward North Coastal Andhra districts Visakhapatnam interiors and Vizianagaram urban.

Not just content of books, but book titles like "Poor but Spirited in Karimnagar invigorate passion for buying qualitative views

Not just content of books, but book titles like “Poor but Spirited in Karimnagar invigorate passion for buying qualitative views

Why a printed book, and not a Portable Document Format (PDF) of the same personal (or official) perspectives you wanted to have a look at? All of us must have perambulated a library during under graduation days; a book stall at least once in a month during classes 11 and 12; a journal stand by the roadside skipping our untrustworthy random commitments to meet up with friends for a bash, to give ourselves a toast of austere expression; the incredible joyous find, after watching over suited headline of a new arrival amongst those in line, following with an impromptu pick up, slowly turning first few pages without doing any harm whatsoever to its cover page, letting nostrils feel of fresh print, going by the author’s deftness and contradicting him soon after, giving him applause for he strictly followed our lofty view, talking him down for he carried point of view we wouldn’t like to grasp, is what one should not miss, for it carries our continual thinking experience. While thinking and acting are entirely different in real world, as they should be, it is the mode and age of thinking that sets the tone for any initiative. And this is why lover of any noble pursuit, even that much facilitates a gradual alteration of stances for learning of one living person, appears to have his favourite book ahead of computers and fancy gadgets.

Books of interest displayed Visaalaandhra Books in Hyderabad

Books of interest displayed at Visaalaandhra Books in Hyderabad

If the 29th state of Indian Parliamentary democracy becomes a reality, which place would suit for Capital City of Andhra?

Nellore-Tirumala via Gudur

Nellore-Tirumala via Gudur

Here’s a bite of criticism on design of capital of Andhra Pradesh (published by C. Ramachandraiah, CESS, who had M.Sc. from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, and Ph.D. from JNU, New Delhi, in Geography, in the commentary division of Economic and Political Weekly) with most pointers indicating impracticality insofar as appearance of Amaravati, the name assigned to administrative-to-be in an area of not less than a space of Hyderabad Metro Development Authority, is concerned, alongside exaggerated assumptions on population influx and employment generation. Adding to this alleged misplaced calculation is the proxy approximation of expanding Vijayawada Police Commissionerate into the largest police jurisdiction of the country, perhaps matching up Delhi Commissioner ambit, according to local daily Eenadu. As a matter of fact, the incumbent of Vijayawada Police Commissioner Office remained an officer of rank of Deputy Inspector General (DIG) and that of Visakhapatnam Police Commissioner Office  an officer of rank of Inspector General (IG) till 2nd of June, 2014, when AP and Telangana were formed officially. Additional Source: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/eye-on-capital-loss-in-vision/article7119521.ece (Eye on Capital, Loss in vision)

10, September 2014. The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Nara Chandrababu Naidu announced his government’s decision to set up administrative and political capital in a range of 100 kilo meters from Vijayawada, the second biggest city in truncated Andhra Pradesh, after deliberations within the Telugu Desam Party elite membership and after gazing public mood which was in favour of decentralization in core areas of development and prosperity. Mr. Naidu also announced many sops for Visakhapatnam city and the two other districts in north coastal areas, besides some developmental plans for Rayalaseema region in which the treasury bench didn’t seem to have engaged its think tank for long term. Information Technology signature tower on the lines of one in Hyderabad, Electronic mega cluster on the lines of one in Bengaluru, and small and medium scale industries on the lines of Mumbai – all in Visakhapatnam area, also featured in Mr. Naidu’s speech in the assembly session.

CRDA under N. Srikanth, IAS, has been functioning in tandem with aspirations of Mr. Naidu and his council of ministers to build a world class capital city that could perhaps match ambience of Singapore and European cities as the state government has sent strong signals indicating its commitment to preserve green world where rich flora and agricultural fields have made the delta region the rice bowl of India. It remains to be seen if the master plan gets under way within the stipulated deadline when Mr. Narendra Modi and few important dignitaries might be present for the implementation work.

October 22, 2015 has been set the date for launching capital building project which would see participation of higher echelons of union government and head of Singapore. Further details regarding exactness of master plan and work would be published here during Vijaya Dasami.

Future Group's location of its Central shopping mall on the Jagadamba lane raised eye brows of many when the group started its second mall in the year 2011, in the undivided Andhra Pradesh. Mukta Arts too set up its second cinema screen (after Hyderabad) in the mall after its success in eight cities across India starting from Ahmedabad.

Future Group’s location of its Central shopping mall on the Jagadamba lane in Visakhapatnam raised eye brows of many when the group started its second mall in the year 2011, in the undivided Andhra Pradesh. Mukta Arts too set up its second cinema screen (after Hyderabad) in the mall after its successful business venture in eight cities across India starting from Ahmedabad.

The major transport corridor Vijayawada Railway Station would have been obvious choice for locating Railway Zone headquarters, but the state government wants it in Visakhapatnam to pacify the region which lost capital to Guntur owing to central location on the banks of River Krishna.

The major transport corridor Vijayawada Railway Station would have been obvious choice for locating Railway Zone headquarters, but the state government wants it in Visakhapatnam to pacify the region which lost capital to Guntur owing to its central location on the banks of River Krishna, and the uproar from Rayalaseema which is about 12 hours of road journey from port city.

Might of middle class in urban areas indicate extent of seriousness in entertainment. Daspalla Chitralaya, PVP in Vijayawada, and Rajadhani in Dilsukhnagar have been considered as the best for movie.

Might of middle class in urban areas indicate extent of seriousness in entertainment. Daspalla Chitralaya, PVP in Vijayawada, and Rajadhani in Dilsukhnagar have been considered as the best for movie.

07, December 2013. A committee will be set up to examine ideal location for capital city of Andhra Pradesh and will submit its findings within forty five days of Andhra Pradesh State Reorganization Bill 2013 to be introduced in Parliament of India shortly. As things stand, we have been getting reports that Vizag is the Vizag Railway Stationfront runner, and Vijayawada and Guntur lobby is doing intense lobbying to get their proximity notified as soon as possible. Vijayawada and Guntur combination for the capital city appears theoretically sound and ideal due to its central location; Visakhapatnam appears the most suitable location for the notification by the capital identification committee as the port city scores huge in vital parameters like investment potential ranking, number of central government agencies including the BARC, RINL-VSP, East Coast Railway’s earnings, and an international airport and IT and Pharma industry and most importantly cosmopolitan culture.

01, August 2013.

This has been a problem for Telugu speaking mass, as is highlighted by The Hindu today (01, August 2013), as they have to identify a location first that has better physical infrastructure, better rail, road, air connectivity to major metros such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, and emerging and established cities like Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Pune, Jaipur, and North-East state capitals. This is the first thing to accomplish. Second thing would be to locate suitable government waste land for major constructions, like, Legislative Assembly, Raj Bhavan, Secretariat, Police Headquarters, Human Rights Commission, VIP guest houses, top civil servants’ official residences, dedicated communication wing for intelligence department, official press clubs, besides many national and international institutes of excellence like IISc, IIM, Stock Exchange, CSIR units, and Special Purpose Vehicle projects like Information Technology hub with best bandwidth allocation and industry-specific requirements.

The third is much difficult as more number of enthusiasts all across coastal district centres are turning up, for hosting capital city. There are so many names doing rounds as the jerk-like shock meted out to both regions is something no one would want to forget. They moved from Madras to Kurnool before setting out to Hyderabad in 1956 to build a capital city which looks very fine today. Exactly. The new place  for power centre is to be accepted by every stake holder – political class, business class, intelligentsia, academia, and agricultural fraternity as this is rice bowl of India.

What’s so good about being in Hyderabad?

Converging Point of Hyderabad, Khairatabad junction, leads to Raj Bhavan, Prasad's IMAX theatre, People's Plaza, NIMS road, Legislative Assembly, is also famous for tall Ganesh idol every year for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations

Converging Point to Hyderabad’s localities, Khairatabad junction, which leads to Begumpet via Raj Bhavan, Prasad’s IMAX theatre, People’s Plaza, NIMS road, Legislative Assembly, is also famous for tall Ganesh idol every year for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations

Hyderabad Central on the NIMS road, is a major business huddle and is close to Banjara Hills, the political hub and sophisticated town with high Gujarati population

Hyderabad Central on the NIMS road, is a major business huddle and is close to Banjara Hills, the political hub and sophisticated town with high Gujarati population

Snarl at traffic junctions and sophisticated roadways have something to offer for a common observer - where and when to make move, forward, backward, standstill, support, and enjoy the ride. Crossing a road is a practical teaching session for many of us. Almost all of us learn a lesson or two every now and then regarding people and paths! Here, Maddilapalem junction with Andhra University College of Engineering on one side and Shoppers Stop on another side is one of the key junctions that leads to Visakhapatnam Port Kalavani Stadium.

Snarl at traffic junctions and sophisticated roadways have something to offer for a common observer – where and when to make move, forward, backward, standstill, support, and enjoy the ride. Crossing a road is a practical teaching session for many of us. Almost all of us learn a lesson or two every now and then regarding people and paths! Here, Maddilapalem junction with Andhra University College of Engineering on one side and Shoppers Stop on V.I.P. road on another side is one of the key junctions that leads to Visakhapatnam Port Kalavani Stadium, Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (DRDO unit under Ministry of Defence), Murali Nagar, Industrial Estate, and N.A.D. (Naval Armament Depot) junction on the National Highway 5.

All the regions have invested their part in building Hyderabad. Land of Telangana has been operated well by successive Governments of India, whether in accommodating large number of central institutions of excellence, scientific organizations like National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA) or by gifting world class metro rail, jewel-like outer ring road (ORR), and express way to country’s first ever green field international airport. Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC) and Marri Channa Reddy Human Resources Development (MCRHRD) institute for personnel speak for high volumes of infrastructure created by governments, while State governments have done their best, and still are doing to give best possible face-lift to Hyderabad.

One of the bustling junctions in Hyderabad, Maitrivanam, is home for numerous software training centres

One of the bustling junctions of Brand Hyderabad, Maitrivanam, which leads to new generation townships of SR Nagar and Kukatpally, both hosting Andhra population to a large extent, is home to numerous software training centres

Assembly junction, surrounded by Lal Bahadur Stadium, Ravindra Bharati, Traffic Police HQ, Telugu Vishwa Vidyaalayam, leads to Nampally Railway Station

Assembly junction, surrounded by Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium (Flood Light towers are in the picture), Ravindra Bharati, Traffic Police HQ, Telugu Vishwa Vidyaalayam, leads to Nampally Railway Station

Lakdikapul junction, which hosts iconic Telephone Bhavan, boasts of Hyderabad's modernity

Lakdikapul junction, which hosts iconic Telephone Bhavan, boasts of Hyderabad’s modernity

Somjiguda Press Club road, nearby Khairatabad junction, hosts Telugu major daily Eenadu headquarters, besides owning key portfolio offices such as RTA Commissioner Office.

Somjiguda Press Club road, nearby Khairatabad junction, hosts Telugu major daily Eenadu headquarters, besides owning key portfolio offices such as RTA Commissioner Office.

Past chief ministers Chandrababu Naidu and late YS Rajasekhara Reddy laid foundations to today’s outward Hyderabad, with differences in contribution percentage.

A hoarding in Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station (MGBS) Hyderabad reflects the amount of hard work and public exchequer being spent on physical infrastructue

A hoarding in Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station (MGBS) Hyderabad reflects the amount of hard work and public exchequer being spent on physical infrastructue

Asia’s best film shooting spot Ramoji Film City and one of the best cricket stadiums available in India are also contributions from the private businessmen concerned. After this, now, they should look for another location that would not give them hostile environment just in a manner they have been subjected for more than a decade or so.

Let’s take a look at major contenders for capital city of Andhra Pradesh which is now only of two regions of contrasting genres – Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra Pradesh. From various sources available and after many discussions with natives of urban Andhra, we see severe competition between Vijayawada-Guntur Rajahmundry-Eluru-Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam, chief thanks to politicians of Vijayawada and  large presence of PSUs and strategic defence locality of GoI; if these are not worked out, Nellore-Tirupati and Prakasam district could emerge front runners.

Visakhapatnam under VUDA (Vizag Urban Development Authority and GVMC) 

GVMC in corporate style!

Possible capital city’s urban headquarters, GVMC frontal view in corporate style; city has to gear itself to meet with rapid expansion plans of a new capital city in case it is offered the crown. Only drawback of the city is its exterior location which in the end may not be costly.

City’s silver linings are …

  • Visakhapatnam Steel Plant with a dedicated suburban township,
  • To-be-functional Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) under the aegis of DAE, which is three times the size of Trombay, Mumbai,
  • Grooming International Airport, possibly with green field standards
  • An old university (Andhra University College of Engineering is rated on a par with Indian Institute of Technology by expert committee), and chapters of IETE and Institution of Engineers (IE, Kolkata),
  • Naval Science and Technological Laboratory, a DRDO laboratory
  • YSR ACA-VDCA International cricket stadium, to be proposed by BCCI as a Test Match venue,
  • Nation’s fifth biggest port in cargo handling, private port at Gangavaram, and the flagship Eastern Naval Command (ENC) headquarters,
  • Vizag-Bheemunipatnam beach corridor,
  • IT SEZ at Duvvada with ultra-modern amenities for STPI (taken up)

Visakhapatnam has emerged as prime location for businesses, chief thanks to the presence of only natural port in India, pretty good infrastructure with road, rail, air inter connectivity with major cities in India, cosmopolitan culture, emerging IT hub with established offices of IBM, Satyam, Wipro, and other corporate heavy weights already in line to set up service sector shops in the on going Information Technology Investment Region (ITIR) on the outskirts. Land is available across Anakapalle-Vizag-Vizianagaram highway lines, at relatively lower prices compared to Vijayawada and Guntur corridor, and the same has been reported in news recently.

Marks and Ranks.. truth is education is about them. R.I.P. Plato’s work on education!

A keen follower of trends in current academic scenario has some point here .. 

OBTAINING MARKS or RANKS (RUN SETTERS) Part I

I would be busy with books for Services!

I would be busy with books for Services!

I personally thank you for showing interest to view this blog…(which is one among millions! One among very few TO ponder though!!!) I had had many and many discussions, with most of them failing to make a conclusion or should we go further, produced NOT even a single fruit. And when I had at times decided to go for the kill on parallels they’d left the ‘scene of original debate’ and showed ZERO-RESILIENCE with a sharp U-TURN which had initiated the presentation of this e-version on how education is being gambled! 

Well, I do not wish to collide with toppers in this section, but collude with those who wish to encourage competitive excellence rather than an ON(E)-DAY glitterance after being termed as a ‘Run-getter’( can’t align Tendulkar in this phrase ) upon scoring 550s, 550+ etc,.at 10th Standard and 900-950s, 900-950+, at Intermediate or +2 . And I take the advantage provided by BITSAT, annually conducted by BITS after it went through a thorough analysis of “why students with those TOPPER tags can’t (rather aren’t performing) perform ‘at least’ academic rituals, if not getting 8 / + CG per semester?” Getting a mere 6 / 7 CG doesn’t suit their marks’ bandwidth @ Inter/ +2!

Study, silly boy!

Study, silly boy!

This’s an important point to be noted down. And see the difference…Students who notched better positions OR missed by a whisker @IIT-JEE and AIEEE dominated the proceedings at BITSAT, Didn’t they? Then Marks are for what? …. Only to rank ourselves with our sheer mediocrity (rather by eminent institutions which thoroughly screen and admit suitable students) on par with ‘Hard laborers’ who churn out mid-night oil to crack one of the best in the business, the IITs, probably NITs, and BITS-like institutes(acknowledged all across Asia and even by professors of acclaim in this planet) ; and when it comes to our state business (State entrances) probably CBIT, M S RAMAIAH (Bangalore) across Southern corridor, and institutes of repute across India like DCE, NSIT of UOD, Delhi. Marks determine the candidate’s suitability (rather efficiency or brilliance coupled with exceptional zeal) to compete with the dynamics of already proven LAWS/ EQUATIONS provided in quality-packed, thought-provoking TEXTS. Marks do not certify a student’s originality and logical skills. This’s my concluding remark. 

Children should be allowed to spend time on imagining theirs

Children should be allowed to spend time on imagining theirs

And it’s not all over if you don’t get entry into IIMs/IITs/NITs….They give you insights into how practical you should be in acads., NOT in life (?!!!)….for I have seen many people with attitudinal malaise, this cannot be countered because those ‘big guns’ don’t lend ears to these remarks….Yup! For attaining glory there are numerous careers…You have some 3 to 4 decades (STILL!) of valuable time and space to use and render service to the society you are taking breath in……at least to your native land or in the long run to your own ‘soul’! 

 IT ALL DEPENDS ON HOW WE LOOK AT THINGS….Wait, meanwhile, MHRD decided to count marks secured at Plus Two for reckoning at JEE. Only for this purpose, they created a separate stream called “JEE-Advanced”.

NOTE: All Topper tags aren’t flawed geniuses; ONLY thing is that they need that extraaa mental toughness to compete nationally and a way to think laterally. 

A Cup for cricketing world … 2011. Pre-tournament analysis

Sharing old document on World Cup cricket 2011…

Cricket World Cup 2011

It is less than a year from now for the toss to go up at Sher-e-Bangla stadium to decide which team bats first in the 10th cricket world cup. The mega event returns to the subcontinent once again. The cricket world cup 2011, jointly organized by the boards of India, Srilanka, and Bangladesh, is set to electrify lovers of cricket with no single team emerging as the clear favorite and given the track record of the previous world cups, it’s premature to arrive at a team at this point. ODI Cricket world cup (CWC) is still the hottest prize despite the T20 format making inroads into what was once a mere game now turned into a religious festival often teased by political interests.

Globalization of the game appears to have discounted originality of the game but spectators have their own reasons to cheer about! Sticking to basics, discipline, thinking, nerves of steel, and a slice of luck are what any team needs to outsmart better teams at crucial stages.

No ‘Supers’! Skippers, relax a bit…..

The game’s governing council introduced the concept of ‘super 6’ and ‘super 8’ in 1999, 2003 and 2007 to see that teams and captains think a lot before employing a tactic. The result of 1999 world cup semifinal thriller between Australia and South Africa held in Edgbaston was a result of a thinking captain who never gave up. Field restrictions adopted by the ICC aimed at improving balance between the two teams. Power plays continued to be in the game while the super sub moved away from the scene.

The format during Feb-Mar 2011 world cup is pretty much similar to the one we had in 1996 where two teams of the same group played each other once before going to the quarterfinal stage. ICC decides to increase the number of sides from the 2007 edition besides retaining all the Test playing nations.

ICC has to take a considerable time before settling down to the implementation of the Power Plays (PP). Both teams have an initial 10 over period, termination of whose period would mean that each team has one PP of a maximum 5 over period to choose in the remaining 40 over period. During power play the fielding side has to deploy 3 men outside 30 yard circle and two men in close catching positions (Initial PP allows only two outside 30 yard circle).

World Cup in India after 15 years…..

The Wills World Cup 1996 held in the subcontinent is considered as the trendsetter because it opened flood gates for sponsors to dictate the game much like an Oxford Economics professor did to the Indian economy way back in 1991. Jagmohan Dalmiya, president of the PILCOM was a proud mascot when he successfully organized the opening ceremony of the world cup that accounted for almost Rs. 4 cr at Eden Gardens. The 1992 limited over international (LOI) world cup in Australasia introduced multi colored clothing and matches under lights. The Australian and the UK boards ruled the ICC efficiently until then but not like the Indian board which considered commercial progress as the game’s success!

It’s been a success story since then. The way the event is conducted has witnessed many changes. Corporate brand ambassadors, top industrial guns competing to sponsor grounds, clothes, event promotion, media cooperation, to name a few, witnessed rapid strides. Individuals, teams, winners, records, and green turfs made way to players off the ground, organizers, and sponsors. Commentary boxes, media boxes, match presentations, Live telecast hogged the limelight.

The 2011 ODI World Cup edition in the sub continent attracted many corporate houses as the event was awarded to Asia’s power house after the voting for host ended in South Asian Test playing nations’ favor.

Infrastructure gets boost…..

The grounds which are going to host World Cup matches are surely lagging behind their European and Australasian counterparts. Match environment at MCG, SCG, Lords, Oval or Basin reserve would be different when compared to the ones at Eden Gardens, Chepauk, or even much talked about the final venue Wankhede. Pavilions, Official complex, Media box, permanent stands, drinking water facilities, ultra modern light towers, recreational facilities, and many more issues are the ones where the boards appear to have concentrated hard this time around. This is really a good time for the ground managements to think about creating world class facilities. Of the five regarded as top class venues-PCA-Mohali, VCA-Nagpur, Eden Gardens-Calcutta, Rajiv Gandhi International cricket stadium-Hyderabad, Dr. YSR ACA-VDCA Stadium-Vizag; the final two are stripped from the itinerary. Sri Lankan board made several efforts to get their venues a well deserved facelift while Bangladesh too did their best.

Security concerns…..

And it is not that “All is Well” with this World Cup. This part of the region is facing stiff challenge from perpetrators. This is why the cricket control has taken enormous care in ensuring the safety of the visiting teams and officials. Many of us are already aware of the fact that ICC has to painfully remove Pakistan, another nation which won the cup in 1992 in Australia, from hosting the carnival in 2011. There are certain issues still remaining which need sensitive and sensible care by the governments of India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and see that dastardly attacks on the lines of Lahore attack on Sri Lankan players do not trigger turmoil in the cricket fraternity.

And with few months of exciting cricket left in India and in Australia, West Indies, Sri Lanka, and in other venues, it’s anybody’s guess and game in March 2011. Cricket lovers, enjoy the passion! This could well be Tendulkar’s final participation in the cricket world cup. The “most worshipped player in the world of cricket” might just tear apart the opposition. This is also Muttiah Muralidharan’s last attendance at the world cup.

Any predictions? MS, Punter, or Sangakkara to lift the World Cup at Wankhade on 2, April 2011!

ICC Champions Trophy 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009. CT 2013. ICC, please think it over.

Update June 24, 2015. 

Champions Trophy has been retained for the reasons best known to the ICC. The success of the last edition seems to have had positive impact on the decision makers of game, and with England and Wales Cricket Board preparing itself to organize the big ticket edition the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019 after CT 2017 cricket’s passionate lovers can really expect fireworks as one fondly remembers the resurgence of a tiring Australian side on the back of game changing performances from Steve Waugh and Shane Warne in the super sixes and semi final. 

2004 Champions Trophy had produced classic thrillers as a stubborn Pakistani side surpassed a gutsy special from Dravid-Agarkar and a fiery first spell from Irfan Pathan. Edgbaston in Birmingham had lived up to its reputation of being one of game’s thriller producers after The Gabba and the WACA in Australia, and Chepauk in Madras. For the most part in the final, England looked like it would have the crown 12 years after its major title clash appearance at the MCG in 1992 when Wasim Akram took the game away from them. But West Indies thought otherwise with a calypso to stun the world! 

June 19, 2013

This is the most exciting cricketing venue ever. This is England and Wales. With England lying in the north temperate zone and westerlies being a major factor in consistent rainfall, the tracks here help bowlers who can swing. Adding to this is if the moisture goes off, batsmen need to contend bounce from genuine faster bowlers. The temperatures here are just around 20-25 degree Celsius. This is why sub continental teams face opposition not just from the opponent but from the fickle minded climate as well. Greener surfaces that encourage swing, aided by humid conditions, sometimes by cool breeze, like in Birmingham, are ideal conditions for testing a batsman’s back foot and stroke making ability. In the latter part of Summer, one eventually feels the surfaces are long separated brothers of Indian surfaces with added dust. This makes it ideal for practicing reverse swing, the art best known to Pakistani medium pacers like Imran Khan, Aquib Javed, Ata-Ur-Rehman, and Wasim Akram, as reverse swing operates exceedingly well with the help of humidity. Battle between ball and bat, ball and pad, pad and bat keeps a keen cricket lover on his toes here as the wickets are conducive to genuine swingers.  ICC champions Trophy 2013 in England and Wales is the last edition. For the first time in 2004, England hosted the event, touted as fiddler to regular One-Day World Cup held after every four years.

 

Optional Subjects will stay with Civils Main Written for 2013. 2075 Marks in place of 2300! Keep a copy of Syllabus with you!

Here are the excerpts of the Civils Changes notified by the Commission for Main Written 2013.

It is advised to be wary of the incorporated new elements in the examination syllabus. KEEP A COPY OF THE ENTIRE NOTIFICATION PRINT OUT with you until the Mains dates are over.

Scheme and subjects for the Preliminary and Main Examinations

A. Preliminary Examination

The Examination shall comprise two compulsory papers of 200 marks each.

NOTE (i) Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions).

(ii) The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English. However, questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level will be tested through passages from English Language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.

(iii) Details of the syllabi are indicated in Part A of Section III.

(iv) Each paper will be of two hours duration. Blind candidates will however; be allowed an extra time of twenty minutes at each paper.

B. Main Examination

The written examination will consist of the following papers:

Paper-I

Section 1 Essay 200 Marks

Section 2 English Comprehension

& English Précis 100 Marks (REMOVED later and replaced with old pattern paper)

(Of Matriculation/ Xth standard level)

Paper-II

General Studies–I 250Marks

(Indian Heritage and Culture,

History and Geography of the World and Society)

Paper-III

General Studies –II 250 Marks

(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)

Paper-IV

General Studies –III

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250 Marks

(Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)

Paper-V

General Studies –IV 250 Marks

(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)

Paper-VI

Optional Subject – Paper 1 250 Marks

Paper-VII

Optional Subject – Paper 2 250 Marks

Sub Total (Written test) 1800 Marks

Personality Test 275 Marks.

Grand Total 2075 Marks

{Candidates may choose any optional subject from amongst the list of subjects given in para 2 below (Group 1). However, a candidate can opt for the literatures of a language, indicated in Group-2 below para 2, as an optional subject, only if the candidate has graduated in the literature of that particular language as the main subject}.

NOTE:

(i) Marks obtained by the candidates for all papers (Paper I-VII) will be counted for merit ranking. However, the Commission will have the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all papers of the examination.

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Civils Preliminary on 26 May, 2013. New Civils Mains pattern to concentrate on General Studies!

28, February 2013. Much awaited changes seem to have finally arrived at the centre stage with the UPSC finally getting the break through in fast forwarding Mains pattern like never before. UPSC sources say, local daily Sakshi claims, the nod for proposed changes has been given by the Prime Minister himself.

THE NEWS IS FINALLY OUT HERE …Civils Preliminary on 26 May, 2013.

UPSC notifies changes in the IFoS Preliminary. Merges it with CSAT. Exam date on 26 May

UPSC notifies changes in the IFoS Preliminary. Merges it with CSAT. Exam date on 26 May

Arun S . Nigavekar Committee was appointed to examine the Mains examination pattern and with it scope for sweeping changes proposed by YK Alagh Committee (refer Frontline Dec 17-30, 2005) and was asked to submit its report last year itself. Though it’s a bit early to comment on that “change”, we have some inputs from dailies Sakshi and Deccan Chronicle here in Hyderabad.

1. General Studies

Current GS Content and Total Marks (600) Forthcoming GS Total Marks (1000)
Paper I History+Geography+Culture+Miscellaneous 300 Marks Paper II History + Geography+ Current Events 250 Marks
Paper II Economy, International Affairs, Aptitude 300 Marks Paper III Political Science 250 Marks
Paper IV Economy + Science and Technology 250 Marks
Paper V Social Justice +Law+ Constitutionality 250 Marks

2. Optional Subjects

Current format – TWO subjects of candidate’s choice with two papers of 300 marks each – 1200 Marks

Forthcming – Only ONE optional Subject with two papers Paper VI and paper VII of 250 marks each500 Marks

 

3. Language Paper – English and any regional Language paper clubbed250 marks

(Note: The old paper is here to stay at least this Mains)

4. Essay removed

(Essay retained)

5. No changes in Personality Test

It is to be noted that UPSC is yet to release the new format on its site. We’ll have to see for the final changes.

Words in parenthesis reflect some changes after the GOI succumbed to furore by MPs.

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