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Monday, January 18, 2010

Edition 7: News

The launch of India's next moon mission, Chandrayaan-II, will be in the first quarter of 2013 as per schedule, its project head said here
on Sunday.
The project is shaping up as per schedule, Mylswamy Annadurai, project director, Chandrayaan-I and II of the Indian Space Research Organization, told reporters.
Chandrayaan II, the second lunar mission, a four-year project under Indo-Russian collaboration, is being executed by ISRO after the success of Chandrayaan I.
The designs of the rover and orbiter for the mission have been finalized and the fabrication will begin shortly. Chandrayaan-II, also an unmanned mission, will land on the lunar surface and make chemical, mineralogical and photo-geologic mapping of the moon to confirm Chandrayaan-I's findings.
Unlike the first lunar mission, Chandrayaan-II will not have 11 payloads, but fewer instruments, Annadurai said. It will also investigate the presence of water.

Dubai is set to open the world's tallest building amid tight security , celebrating the tower as a bold feat on the world stage despite the city state's shaky financial footing.
But the final height of the Burj Dubai Arabic for Dubai Tower remained a closely guarded secret on the eve of its opening. At more than 2,625 feet (800 meters), it long ago vanquished its nearest rival, the Taipei 101 in Taiwan. Architects who have worked on the building have hinted that Burj Dubai could break the 2,700-ft mark.
The Burj's record-seeking developers didn't stop there. The building boasts the most stories and highest occupied floor of any building in the world, and ranks as the world's tallest structure, beating out a television mast in North Dakota. Its observation deck on floor 124 also sets a record.
The Burj's developer, Emaar Properties, kept pushing the design higher even after construction began.
The 169-floor building passes through different climatic zones as the temperature at the top is up to 10°C cooler than that at the bottom.
Dubai's ruler will open the tapering metal-and-glass spire on Monday, with a combination of fireworks, light beams, choreographed water displays, and sound effects describing the evolution of the world's most iconic new building.
The building has, however, received flak from various sectors. Human rights groups and workers' organizations say the tower has been built using “slave labor”, the Sunday Times said, adding that construction workers, mainly from India and Pakistan, toiled round the clock for just $5 a day.

The new year is going to bring a lot of cheer for the country's seasoned IT professionals. Leading IT companies like Tata Consultancy
Services (TCS), Wipro, Infosys, Mahindra Satyam and Cognizant have once again started recruitment in the middle and senior level, which were largely on hold since the recession.
The companies are now under-taking such senior-level hiring to bid for big-ticket IT deals which are now opening up in the West. It is usually from January onwards that clients prepare their IT budgets and invite bids. Headhunters estimate that some 3,000 senior professionals have been hired by the Indian IT sector in the October-December 2009 quarter.
Mahindra Satyam, for instance, has roped in a battery of senior professionals to rebuild the company and bid for large deals. It has roped in Vijay Anand Vaderu from Wipro to head strategy, Sudhir Nair from Infosys to drive infrastructure management division, Bobby Gupta from IBM to head sales in Australia and Ram Ramchandran from HCL to head Asean region. A couple of senior people will soon join the US operations.
Patni Computer Systems has recently appointed Naresh L Lakhanpal from Deloitte & Touche to head its American operations, V Mathivanan from Singapore Network Services as president of its Asia-Pacific operations, and Vijay Mehra, who was the global CIO at Essar Group, as executive VP.
The signs are encouraging since October last year, after more than three quarters of complete freeze in lateral hiring by the IT firms

India will be keen to extend their impressive run in a triangular series starting in Dhaka on Monday and boost their hopes of becoming the top-ranked side in One-day cricket.
They have won six of their last seven bilateral One-day series under Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and a title-triumph here against a new-look Sri Lanka and a resurgent Bangladesh will help them narrow the gap against leaders Australia.
Dhoni's men are currently the top-ranked team in Test cricket and number two behind the Aussies in One-Day Internationals. And although they cannot overtake the Australians in this series, India are hoping to close in on their rivals.
"We have been playing very tough and good cricket for the last two years. So, hopefully we will do well in 2010. It's important for the team to play well consistently. We hope to do well and win the series here." Said Virendar Sehwag, Vice captain of India
India will be without batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar, who has been rested for the one-dayers, but they still have depth in batting to give a good account of themselves.
India, who beat Sri Lanka in both Test and One-day series at home recently, have explosive batsmen in Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh and Dhoni to dominate any attack.
Sehwag said Sri Lanka were a tough side to beat despite missing veterans Muttiah Muralitharan, Mahela Jayawardene and Sanath Jayasuriya.
Opener Jayasuriya, the world's second-highest scorer with 13,428 One-day runs, was dropped, while spinner Muralitharan and batsman Jayawardene have yet to recover from injuries picked up during the India tour.
"I think Sri Lanka still are a good side and Bangladesh can also beat any team. We are not taking them lightly," said Sehwag.
Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons said his side could make it to the final despite missing skipper Mashrafe Mortaza and key seamer Nazmul Hossain due to injuries. Top all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will lead the team, while Shahadat Hossain replaces Nazmal.
"Sri Lanka have brought a team below their best. They have left a few top players behind. We'll be competitive against them and can push them hard. Hopefully, we'll beat them," he said.
He added that Bangladesh were now a better batting side and would also be "competitive" against favourites India. The series will be a real test for Bangladesh, who will be keen to build on their One-day successes last year.

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