Tuesday, Sep 02 2014
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Tuesday, Sep 02 2014
Gone are the days when ‘work' meant having to commute endlessly to an office far away from home. To the smart entrepreneurs of today, a home office is probably the best way to maintain an ideal work-life balance. Working from the comfort of one's home certainly yields better results, it is infinitely cheaper than renting a commercial space and more conducive to creative work. All these things factored in, the home office is becoming a more accepted concept across urban India today.   Your home office must have all the elements of a productive office, while having the charm of a family home. That being said, it also needs to be professional enough for you to be able to invite clients over to discuss business. A stylish home office therefore becomes a really smart investment for an entrepreneur, when they're starting out.   How do you create a stylish home office?There are a few things you need to keep in mind while creating a professional, yet stylish home office for yourself.   1) Choose the right colours: A small space can really be livened up with the right shade of paint, or accessories in a contrasting hue and tone. Always go with colours that complement your taste, and the space they are being used in. Avoid flamboyant, loud colours in your home office, go instead for understated, refined, lighter shades.   2) Let's talk furniture: Unlike the rest of your home, your office space needs to have a slightly more professional look to it. So obviously this space isn't going to have bean bags strewn on the floor. Think modular sofas in contemporary shades. Avoid any and all clunky items of furniture such as an elaborate desk with a chair.   3) Maximise ventilation: Ensure that your desks and chairs face the windows in such a way that they get ample sunlight. Natural light is ideal to work with, not to mention the massive savings on your light bills. Cheery, big windows also increase the positive vibrations in the space and make for a conducive working environment.   4) Use space wisely: Avoid large pieces of furniture like elaborate work desks and leather chairs, if your home office is small. Use a wall mounted foldable table with an ergonomic work chair instead. Utilise every inch of space that is available to you. Avoid clunky bookcases in your space, use funky wall mounted bookshelves instead.   5) Create a positive ambience: Not that you will ever wait for the right mood to strike you, but creating a positive work ambience will help soothe frayed nerves. Invest in a pair of portable speakers, that can be hooked up to your laptop and play soothing music. A little water feature will add a little bit of tranquility to your desk. Consult a Feng Shui or Vaastu website about the kind of plants that would add a calming feel to your workspace and invest in those. Simply anything to make your office more productive.   Maximise your home office space with these tips and enjoy the freedom and flexibility that the space provides. A home office can always be a stopgap between a job and your very first office space, and in the long run can be used by any member of your family as a workspace, ergo it is never a dead investment!   This article has been contributed by MakeMyHome.com. For more decor tips, visit their blog.   Image courtesy: ©Thinkstock photos/ Getty images   More On >> Home Decor
Tuesday, Sep 02 2014
A 24-year-old woman software engineer, who was apparently suffering from depression, allegedly committed suicide at her house, police said today. Deepa Radariya, originally from Mumbai and working at a software firm here for the last six months, yesterday hanged herself at her apartment in Ahinsa tower on MG Road, Tukoganj police station in-charge Dilip Singh Choudhary said. The woman used to live in the apartment along with her colleague Sneha, he said. Deepa used to get depressed even over small issues, the police officer said quoting her friend. She was not keeping well for the last three-four days. Sneha wanted to stay at home to take care of her, but Deepa forced her to attend office, he said. On Monday, when Sneha called Deepa from office, the latter did not respond. Later, Sneha reached home and when her friend did not open the door even after repeated knocking, she called the neighbours who broke open the door and found Deepa hanging, Choudhary said. The software professional was immediately rushed to hospital where she was declared dead, he said. A case has been registered and a detailed investigation was on, the police officer added.
Tuesday, Sep 02 2014
A plea against death sentence will now be heard by a three-judge bench in open court. Giving a fresh ray of hope for several death-row convicts, including 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case convict Yakub Abdul Razak Memon , the Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that their review petitions against the verdict upholding the death sentence will now be heard by a three-judge bench in open court. A Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice R M Lodha said that all the death row convicts, whose review petitions have already been rejected but their sentence has not been executed, may file fresh petitions for an open court hearing of their review pleas within a month and they will be heard for at least half-an-hour. However, in the cases, where the curative petition has already been decided, the death row convict will not have this opportunity to avail the same. The constitution bench verdict came on a batch of petitions seeking that their plea for the recall of verdict upholding their death sentence should be heard in the open court by a three judges bench. As of now the review plea of death row convicts were being considered by the judges in their chambers through circulation. By its order, the court decided a batch of petitions, filed by eight death-row convicts, including Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, convicted in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, and Red Fort Attack case convict Mohd Arif. While Arif’s curative petition has already been rejected, Memon has not exhausted this remedy. The court had in June stayed the execution of Memon, who is the brother of Ibrahim Memon, better known as Tiger Memon, the alleged mastermind and the prime accused who is absconding in the blast case. President Pranab Mukherjee had in April rejected the mercy petition of Memon and the decision was left to the Maharashtra government for fixing the execution date. Memon is lodged in the high-security ward of Nagpur jail. In March last year, the SC had confirmed the death sentence awarded to Memon, holding him guilty of being the “driving spirit” behind the blasts that killed 257 people, while commuting the death sentence awarded to 10 others to life imprisonment till their death. The court had said that Memon’s “commanding position and the crime of utmost gravity” warranted capital punishment. Memon then moved a clemency petition before the President in October last year. A chartered accountant by profession, Memon was arrested in 1994. Gangster Dawood Ibrahim is also an accused in the case. The government had recommended rejection of Memon’s mercy petition on the ground that it was an act of terrorism and did not qualify for pardon. While staying his execution, the court had tagged his plea with a petition by Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist Mohd Arif alias Ashfaq, who was convicted in the 2000 Red Fort attack case, in which three people, including two Army personnel, were killed. Ashfaq’s petition was referred to the Constitution bench to decide if the review of death penalty cases warranted open court hearings. Others whose appeals against execution of death penalty have been decided include three convicts in the 2000 Dharampuri bus burning incident, a former police constable held guilty in a grotesque rape and murder case, and two other convicts in murder cases. These cases were decided along with the appeal by three AIADMK workers involved in burning to death three college girls in Tamil Nadu in 2000 after J Jayalalithaa’s conviction in a corruption case. The SC had in 2011 stayed execution of capital punishment upheld by it for convicts C Muniappan, Ravindran and Nedunchezhian. It had also stayed the execution of death sentence of former police constable Umesh Reddy, alias B A Umesh, who was convicted of the gruesome rape and murder of a widow in Bangalore in 1998. Sentenced to death for kidnapping a seven-year-old boy and murdering the child after his ransom demand of five lakhs was not met in 2009, Sundarrajan’s plea was also adjudicated in this bunch of petitions. Sonu Sardar was sentenced to death for killing five members of a family in Chhattisgarh in 2004 and his mercy petition was rejected by the President in April. He had also moved the SC, seeking stay on his execution and the court heard his case too. All those whose curative petitions have not been dismisses may move the court again.
Tuesday, Sep 02 2014
The day-long hartal called by RSS in Kerala on Tuesday to protest murder of an activist in Kannur district disrupted normal life across the state. Initial reports said buses, taxis and auto rickshaws kept off the roads and shops remained closed all over the state. The state government has declared a holiday for educational institutions, including professional colleges and universities postponed examinations scheduled for the day. Barring stray incidents of stone-pelting at buses no major violence had been reported from anywhere, police said. Manoj (42), a district office-bearer of RSS was hacked to death by a gang that attacked him in politically-volatile Kathirur in Kannur district in north Kerala on Monday. Two others were injured, one of them seriously, in the attack. Country-made bombs were hurled at the car in which Manoj and his companions were travelling and the attackers then hacked him to death. RSS-BJP leaders alleged that the CPI(M) was behind the killing and gave a call for a dawn-to-dusk hartal in the state on Tuesday. Four persons, stated to be CPI(M) workers, have been taken into custody for questioning in connection with the incident, police said. BJP President Amit Shah, who was in the state on Monday, condemned the killing at a convention of party workers. The party has pledged support to the hartal. The area, which was witness to violence involving RSS and CPI(M) workers in the past, had remained largely calm in the last few years. But tension resurfaced with BJP and CPI(M) poaching workers from each side in recent times.
Tuesday, Sep 02 2014
India trails China with 12 companies on the list, the same number as last year. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), HCL Technologies and HDFC Bank are among the 50 best public companies in Asia-Pacific according to a compilation by Forbes, which ranked India second behind China as home to the “world’s next growth engines”. The Forbes 2014 ‘honour roll of the Fabulous 50′ lists best of Asia-Pacific’s biggest publicly traded companies. China has 16 companies on the list, more than any other country, a distinction it has enjoyed for the last three years. However, the number of Chinese companies on the list has gone down from 20 last year on the back of slow economic growth in the country. India trails China with 12 companies on the list, the same number as last year. The Indian companies on the list are Asian Paints, Axis Bank, HCL Technologies, HDFC Bank, Lupin, Mahindra and Mahindra, Mothersome Sumi Systems, Sun Pharma, TCS, Tata Motors, Tech Mahindra and Titan. HDFC Bank, India’s second-largest private sector bank, has made the list eight times, more than any other company since Forbes started the compilation in 2005. TCS makes it to the list for the seventh time while Tech Mahindra, the country’s fifth-largest IT player, debuts on the list after net profits soared 112 per cent to touch USD 500 million. Indian conglomerate ITC failed to make it to the list this year. Forbes said TCS, India’s largest IT company, boasts a market cap of USD 71.25 billion, bigger than the country’s next 3 IT outfits combined. “Long dependent on the US market, (TCS) may soon generate more than half its revenue outside the US,” the publication said. South Korea has six companies on the list, followed by Hong Kong with three and two each from Japan, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Technology companies dominated the list with nine representatives. The consumer durables industry has the second most members with seven companies, including four motor vehicle giants from China and India, as the rise of Asia’s middle class continues to drive demand. Three oil and gas companies make it into the rank, up from only one firm from last year. The list is chosen from a pool of 1,300 companies in the region that have at least USD three billion in market cap or  annual revenue. Forbes took into account performance measures and outlook and did not include companies that carried a lot of debt or were more than 50 per cent state-owned.
Tuesday, Sep 02 2014
The Belarussian was pushed by Krunic and had to bring out her A game to beat the Serb. (Source: AP) Twice Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka overcame an inspired challenge from qualifier Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 4-6 6-4 6-4 on Monday to advance to the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open. Azarenka, who began the year as world number two and slipped to a 16th seed after dealing with foot and knee injuries, took a 3-0 lead in the first set before the 21-year-old Serb, ranked 145th, roared back and claimed the set. Krunic, on course to graduate college with an economics degree this year, continued to press the Belarussian, coaxing 40 unforced errors in the two-hour 19-minute match but in the end Azarenka’s power and experience proved the difference. It ended an enthralling run by the diminutive Serb, who won three qualifying matches, beat 27th-seeded American Madison Keys in the second round and third-seeded Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in the third round. Azarenka, the U.S. Open runner-up to Serena Williams the last two years who withdrew from seven tournaments this year due to injuries, will play Russian 17th seed Ekaterina Makarova, a 7-6 6-4 winner over a heat-stricken Eugenie Bouchard of Canada. “Aleksandra played some amazing tennis. She has a great future,” Azarenka told the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd. “I think it’s never easy to play someone you don’t know. I just tried to stay positive and fight.”
Tuesday, Sep 02 2014
Cipla on Monday launched an anti-asthma inhaler in Germany and Sweden that is generic version of GSK’s Advair
Tuesday, Sep 02 2014
In morning trade, Sensex hit an all-time high of 26,952.88, while Nifty hit a lifetime high of 8,055.15
Tuesday, Sep 02 2014
The web page has logged 45,000 likes. From bringing Lord Ganpati’s idols home, decorating a nicely scrubbed area to place the idol, preparing modaks and dressing in one’s best to perform aarti, to bidding adieu (visarjan), households and Ganesh mandals are sharing all this on the web. A website http://www.ganpatimandal.com designed by engineering students and illustrated by a fine arts student, is offering households and mandals more web presence of the festivities. Supported by OMCV, an IT company, the website reaches out to five lakh people on social media and has logged 45,000 likes. At least 5,000 households and mandals have registered with the website. “We have enquiries from London while one person from Bahrain has registered,” says Rahul Pawar, COO of OMCV. “In just 20 days, we came up with this unique way of connecting people spiritually,” says 20-year-old Pradnyesh Molak, an engineering student with G H Raisoni College of Engineering. Molak and his friend Amol Shinde from the same college and Samruddhi Kadulkar, a fine arts student of Abhinav Arts College, had come up with the idea to connect people via the social media. “There are so many people who cannot go to Mumbai to see Lalbaugcha Raja and Mumbai’s Raja-Ganesh Galli. By getting these mandals on our website, citizens can get a dekko of events and other celebrations. In Pune too, some famous Ganesh mandals have registered,” Molak said. Actor Nana Patekar is featured on the website.  Setting up a web page usually costs Rs 1,500. The students are offering households five pages for Rs 201, and to Ganesh mandals for Rs 1,001. To see to it that there is no unwanted content, a special advisory committee checks the website, the OMCV COO said. Their teams are visiting households that have requested camerapersons and content writers to note festivities for the web page. “We got several requests from Pimple Gurav in Pune and Wadala in Mumbai,” says Molak. A competition for Rate and Vote the best Ganpati has been organised. There are plans to book idols online next year.
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