We are the Champions

Yahooooooo……..   England, South Africa, Australia and now Pakistan in the Final. Yes, we beat every top team en route to win the World Cup.  We deserve this. Enjoyyyy. Am gonna hit the gym tonight to let off the steam 😉 Whoopieeeee.

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Guess who was in the stands? – Shah Rukh Khan himself

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The Indian captain (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) with the trophy

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All pictures courtesy: Cricinfo

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Who will be the Twenty20 World Champion?

Will Dhoni and his boys do what a collective dream team of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid could never deliver in a lifetime?

Will Dhoni be the next captain after the ‘magnificient’ Kapil Dev to ever win any form of a World Cup Cricket tournament for India? Or will the situation go to the head and India flatter to deceive, as always? Will the millions of audience worldwide be treated to a mind blowing, pulsating, edge of the seat thriller? Well, lets leave that to time.

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Rival captains Shoaib Malik of Pakistan and Mahendra Singh Dhoni of India pose with the ICC World Twenty20 trophy. In the background is a statue of Nelson Mandela.

Its exactly at times like these that i miss being back at home in India with hot cups of steaming tea, pakoras (the greatest cricket maniac ever, my mom) and a cracker match on the telly. Meanwhile, India takes on Pakistan today for what is being billed as the ‘mother of all battles‘ to decide the winner of the Twenty-20 World Cup at Johannesburg, South Africa.

May God bless all the weak hearted cricket maniacs.

Above picture courtesy: Cricinfo

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PSLV rocket to place Israeli spy satellite in space

An Indian rocket may lift an Israeli spy satellite into orbit within days in the second deal to grab a share of the $2.5 billion global launch market, officials and reports said on Thursday. The Jerusalem Post said on Thursday that the launch of the 300 kg Tecsar, Israel’s most advanced satellite, could take place by the end of the week.

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India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle is to take the device into space. The launch “will take place when Israel wants it,” said K.R. Sridhara Murthi, head of Antrix Corp., the marketing arm of the Bangalore-based Indian Space Research Organisation.

Mr Murthi declined to give further details on the mission including a time-frame for the launch, beyond saying it will happen sometime this year. Lior Weintraub, spokesman for the Israeli embassy in New Delhi, declined to comment.

The satellite has a camera that can take pictures of small targets under cloudy and foggy conditions, the Jerusalem Post said. Israel took the decision to launch it from India three years ago. It contracted India because Israel lacks a vehicle capable of boosting the satellite into a polar orbit, said B.K. Pandey, a defence affairs analyst.

India also charges much less than space agencies in the West, Mr Pandey said. “The (launch vehicle) also has a very respectable record of success,” Mr Pandey said of the Indian rocket, which has 11 flights to its credit.

News courtesy: Deccan Chronicle Picture courtesy: Wikipedia

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Now, Harvard Business School comes to Hyderabad

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The Indian School of Business (ISB), has some new competition right in its backyard. The Harvard Business School (HBS), will kick off its first executive education programme in India early next year. The first-of-its-kind five-day programme on Building a Global Enterprise in India will cost Rs 1.8 lakh per participant.

This is perhaps the first time that HBS is kicking off academic programmes in the country after nurturing IIM Ahmedabad way back in 1961-67. The reputed B-school set up in Mumbai its India research centre in 2005 after it began developing India focused cases about a decade earlier.

The new programme, slated to be held in February 2008 at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre, a stone’s throw from the ISB campus, will replicate the world-renowned HBS learning experience. It will provide participants the opportunity to meet and discuss business issues with a diverse and dynamic group of C-suite peers from India and around the world.

ISB leverages its academic alliances with The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the London Business School, which has contributed extensively in developing the executive programmes for it.

For more information on the course, click here .Read rest of the article here

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Himalayan Warrior: India – UK Wargames

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Himalayan Warrior: Elite Indian, British Soldiers To Hold High Altitude Exercises Near Chinese Border

Himalayan Warrior, a joint UK-India exercise comprising specialist high altitude training, will be held in the Ladakh region from 17 September to 11 October including a period of acclimatisation. This is a unique opportunity to share best practice between elite soldiers of both British and Indian Armed Forces.

This specialist environmental training is the culmination of three years interaction between the Royal Marine (RM) mountain leaders and the Indian Army High Altitude Warfare School. Emphasis will be given to survival and basic infantry skills in order to improve their ability to operate above 5000 metres. The RM welcome the opportunity to train alongside the Indian Army in one of the most challenging environments in the world that will test their specialist high altitude and mountain leadership skills.

The RM are the amphibious infantry of the UK and, along with the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary form the Naval Service. They are also the U K’s amphibious force and specialists in mountain and Arctic warfare. A core component of the country’s Rapid Deployment Force, the Corps is able to operate independently in all types of terrain and is highly-trained as a commando force designed to be able to quickly deploy and fight in any terrain in the world.

The Indian airborne forces who are taking part in this Exercise ‘HIMALAYAN WARRIOR’, are especially trained high altitude warfare troops capable of operating independently in varied snow-bound mountainous regions. They are well equipped and experienced for conduct of all types of operations in all environments.

Above news and picture courtesy: India Defence.

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Pakistan's merry-go-round politics

Which of the two is funnier? Take your time, there is no hurry, for the competition is keen. If one of the gems is priceless, then the second can only be called invaluable. Ladies first, so let us quote Pakistan’s Prime Minister-in-Waiting Ms Benazir Bhutto. She called her rival Nawaz Sharif’s attempt to return to Pakistan to contest elections, “a mockery of democracy”.

If this statement encouraged a belly laugh, as it should, then how do we react to the claim by Pakistan’s Prime Minister-in-Exitmode Shaukat Aziz? The dapper Mr Aziz had this to say about Nawaz Sharif’s brief stay at Islamabad airport, before he was deported to the ever-accommodating Saudi Arabia: “The government did not force Nawaz Sharif to return to Saudi Arabia. We did not force him. I have been told that he was given two options, either go to prison or proceed to Saudi Arabia.”

MJ Akbar’s analysis of the funny Pakistani merry-go-round politics. Read the full article here.

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Pankaj Advani wins the World Billiards Championship

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India has made a clean sweep at the World Billiards Championships, which were held in Singapore for the first time. It was an all-Indian final at both the point and time format, played over 10 days at the Orchid Country Club. In the time format finals, India’s Pankaj Advani was up against his coutryman Dhruv Sitwala.

22-year-old Advani was the defending champ in the event. And he showed his class, beating the older Sitwala over the six hours, with a score of 1946 points, against his opponent’s 1488.

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