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His art is extremley unique and very amazing. This guy makes
his paintings on the footpaths and pavements but when you
look at them from a certain angle, they appear to be 3D !!!
And in some cases they are just lifelike!

I strongly feel that everybody should know about such an
amazing artist and get a chance to praise his unique art!

Here is the first one – Check it out!

Looks like someone put a 3D globe in the middle of
the road ! But this is actually painted on the road
in such a strerched manner that when viewed from
this angle, It look 3D!

Look at the same painting from a different angle –

Now can you see the trick ???

Now here is an ultra cool one –

Would you believe that this sony laptop is
actually drawn on the pavement !!

Very Impressive, Isn’t it?

Here is one I found on the web –

Now if this was not at all computer edited,
and made totally by the artist, This artist is
worshipable man!

Here is one Awesome Art –

Check out the water closely !!!
This Artist is just amazing !

Check this one out –

Look at the virtual depth he creates on the ground !!!

Check out the next one –


A really Big box of crayons !


A whole city under the pavement !!


A whole city under the pavement !!


Enjoy !!!

Artist Julian Beever ! –

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Comparison – Maruti-800 and Tata-NANO

All those predictions of suped-up rickshaws appear to have been confounded by Mr Tata (does anyone else think he looks like Harrison Ford?) and his team of engineers.

The Nano is a natty little beauty of a car and – packed as it is with 34 patented technologies – shows that the age-old complaint that India can’t do original R&D is fast becoming out-dated.

I don’t however recommend Westerners rush out and try and import a Nano. It’s a brilliant concept for India, but I suspect, like the super-cheap computers aimed at the developing world, might be rather frustratingly low-spec for the West.

The car, which has a 624CC engine, reminded me of a dreadful experience I had in France when driving to see my sister-in-law who lives in Chirac country.

My wife and I decided to save a few quid by flying to a fairly distant provincial airport served by Ryanair and then driving the 100 miles or so the Coreze.

In the spirit of economy we also hired the cheapest car available, a Renault “Twingo” which, as the name rather suggests, was basically a hair-dryer attached to four wheels.

I’m amazed they certified this thing for the autoroute. Even a three-degree incline required third gear and maximum revs just to make it to the top.

And being over-taken by thundering lorries required iron-willed tenacity just to stay on the road. We arrived exhausted about three hours behind our friends in the VW Golf.

I don’t have the Twingo’s specs to hand, but I imagine compared the Nano – 0-60 in 21 seconds – it’s a Ferrari.

Pace all the Twingo-owners out there – though I can’t imagine there are too many of those – but that car really sucked.

News form Business Daily from THE HINDU group

The big suspense surrounding the Rs 1-lakh car is over now, but like Mr Ratan Tata said at the launch today, the job for Tata Motors is going to be equally tough getting the Nano on the road and to keep his promise of delivering an affordable small car for the masses.

Tata Motors has big plans for its ultra-low cost super mini and has drawn up an aggressive roadmap for the introduction of the car’s many versions. The final production prototypes that were displayed today are just some of the variants that are eventually planned for the car.

Speaking to Business Line at the Tata Pavilion after the unveiling ceremony, Mr Ratan Tata, Chairman of the Tata Group and Tata Motors, said that the company is exploring the possibility of equipping the Nano with both a diesel engine and a potential hybrid version.

Tata Motors has introduced the Nano with a petrol engine and a manual gearbox now. Mr Tata had mentioned last year that the car will be launched with a CVT (automatic) transmission.

Talking about the changes that have taken place in the car, Mr Tata said that the automatic gearbox could not be developed and tested to the satisfaction of Tata engineers and so the car has initially been launched with a manual gearbox. However, he mentioned that the CVT is also being considered and would eventually be introduced.

Other proposals
He also mentioned that two other proposals that Tata Motors was planning to incorporate at the initial stages of the project are still being considered such as the use of industrial adhesives to glue together pre-painted panels, instead of the traditional welding of metal body panels and the possibility of satellite assemblers for the car.

Overseas markets
Talking about the possibility of manufacturing a car like the Nano in other markets, Mr Tata said that the largest element of cost in the car is materials and that India is not necessarily the cheapest place for materials due to the high taxation and tariff structure. “Energy and materials are not cheap, but we have cheap labour and low cost engineering skills that enable the inputs to be offset a bit making us very viable,” he said.

We can look to manufacture this car in countries where material and energy costs are low and hope to achieve a similar price target, Mr Tata said. He added that the company will look to leveraging its partnership with Fiat Auto for sourcing technology and engineering skills.

Thai project
Tata Motors is said to be considering the manufacture of a mini car like the Nano for the market in Thailand, where the company’s manufacturing operations is said to be working on certain specifications that are required by the Thai Government. However, Tata Motor’s officials said that the Thai project would be different from the Indian low-cost car project


The World’s 10 Most Polluted Cities

From lead in the soil to toxins in the water and radioactive fallout in the air, The Blacksmith Institute has created a list of the world’s worst ecological disaster areas

  1. Linfen, China
  2. Tianying, China
  3. Sukinda, India
  4. Vapi, India
  5. La Oroya, Peru
  6. Dzerzhinsk, Russia
  7. Norilsk, Russia
  8. Chernobyl, Ukraine
  9. Sumgayit, Azerbaijan
  10. Kabwe, Zambia

Linfen, China
Number of people potentially affected: 3,000,000
Type of pollutant: Coal and particulates
Source of pollution: Automobile and industrial emissions

This soot-blackened city in China’s inland Shanxi province makes Dickensian London look as pristine as a nature park. Shanxi is the heart of China’s coal belt, and the hills around Linfen are dotted with mines, legal and illegal, and the air is filled with burning coal. Don’t bother hanging your laundry — it’ll turn black before it dries. China’s State Environmental Protection Agency says that Linfen has the worst air in the country, which is saying something, considering that the World Bank has reported that 16 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are Chinese. One Linfen native summed up the city’s plight to a TIME reporter last year: “This place of ours is no good.”

Tianying, China
Number of people potentially affected: 140,000
Type of pollutant: Lead and other heavy metals
Source of pollution: Mining and processing

An industrial city — though China doesn’t really have any other kind —in the country’s northeastern rust belt, Tianying accounts for over half of China’s lead production. Thanks to poor technology and worse regulation, much of that toxic metal ends up in Tianying’s soil and water, and then in the bloodstream of its children, where it can cause lowered IQ. Wheat has been found to contain lead levels up to 24 times Chinese standards, which are even more stringent that U.S. restrictions on lead. “China has a commitment to environmental protection, but it also has a commitment to industry,” says Fuller. “It’s a constant push that’s mostly won by industry.”

Sukinda, India
Number of people potentially affected: 2,600,000
Type of pollutant: Hexavalent chromium and other metals
Source of pollution: Chromite mines and processing

If you watched Erin Brockovich, then you know what hexavalent chromium is: a nasty heavy metal used for stainless steel production and leather tanning that is carcinogenic if inhaled or ingested. In Sukinda, which contains one of the largest open cast chromite ore mines in the world, 60% of the drinking water contains hexavalent chromium at levels more than double international standards. An Indian health group estimated that 84.75% of deaths in the mining areas — where regulations are nonexistent —are due to chromite-related diseases. There has been virtually no attempt to clean up the contamination.

Vapi, India
Number of people potentially affected: 71,000
Type of pollutant: Chemicals and heavy metals
Source of pollution: Industrial estates

If India’s environment is on the whole healthier than its giant neighbor China’s, that’s because India is developing much more slowly. But that’s changing, starting in towns like Vapi, which sits at the southern end of a 400-km-long belt of industrial estates. For the citizens of Vapi, the cost of growth has been severe: levels of mercury in the city’s groundwater are reportedly 96 times higher than WHO safety levels, and heavy metals are present in the air and the local produce. “It’s just a disaster,” says Fuller.

La Oroya, Peru
Number of people potentially affected: 35,000
Type of pollutant: Lead, copper, zinc and sulfur dioxide
Source of pollution: Heavy metal mining and processing

Lead is the contaminant that shows up most frequently on Blacksmith’s list because the toll it takes on children can be so devastating. In La Oroya, a mining town in the Peruvian Andes, 99% of children have blood levels that exceed acceptable limits, thanks to an American-owned smelter that has been polluting the city since 1922. The average lead level, according to a 1999 survey, was triple the WHO limit. Even after active emissions from the smelter are reduced, the expended lead will remain in La Oroya’s soil for centuries — and there’s currently no plan to clean it up.

Dzerzhinsk, Russia
Number of people potentially affected: 300,000
Type of pollutant: Chemicals and toxic byproducts, including sarin and VX gas
Source of pollution: Cold War-era chemical weapons manufacturing

The legacy of Cold War weapons programs has left environmental blackspots throughout the former Soviet Union, but Dzerzhinsk is by far the worst. The city’s own environmental agency estimates that almost 300,000 tons of chemical waste — including some of the most dangerous neurotoxins known to man — were improperly dumped in Dzerzhinsk between 1930 and 1998. Parts of the city’s water are infected with dioxins and phenol at levels that are reportedly 17 million times the safe limit. The Guinness Book of World Records named Dzerzhinsk the most chemically polluted city on Earth, and in 2003 its death rate exceeded its birth rate by 260%.

Norilsk, Russia
Number of people potentially affected: 134,000
Type of pollutant: Air pollution — particulates, sulfur dioxide, heavy metals, phenols
Source of pollution: Major nickel and metal mining and processing

Norilsk was founded in 1935 as a Siberian slave labor camp, and life there has pretty much gone downhill since. Home to the world’s largest heavy metal smelting complex, more than 4 million tons of cadmium, copper, lead, nickel, arsenic, selenium and zinc are released into the air every year. Air samples exceed the maximum allowance for both copper and nickel, and mortality from respiratory diseases is much higher than in Russia as a whole. “Within 30 miles (48 km) of the nickel smelter there’s not a single living tree,” says Fuller. “It’s just a wasteland.”

Chernobyl, Ukraine
Number of people potentially affected: Initially estimated at 5.5 million, currently disputed
Type of pollutant: Radiation
Source of pollution: Nuclear meltdown

When Chernobyl melted down on Apr. 26, 1986, the ruined plant released 100 times more radiation into the air than the fallout from the nuclear bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Today the 19-mi (30-km) exclusion zone around the plant remains uninhabitable, and between 1992 and 2002 more than 4,000 cases of thyroid cancer cases were diagnosed among Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian children living in the fallout zone. “It’s the largest industrial accident in the world,” says Fuller. “It’ll be contaminated for tens of thousands of years.” Fortunately, work is being done to prevent further radiation spill from the ruined sarcophagus of the nuclear plant.

Sumgayit, Azerbaijan
Number of people potentially affected: 275,000
Type of pollutant: Organic chemicals, oil and heavy metals
Source of pollution: Petrochemical and industrial complexes

Another legacy of the Soviet Union’s utter disregard for the environment — Stalin once boasted that he could correct nature’s mistakes —Sumgayit’s many factories, while they were operational, released as much as 120,000 tons of harmful emissions, including mercury, into the air every year. Most of the factories have been shut down, but the pollutants remain — and no one is stepping up to take responsibility for them. “It’s a huge, abandoned industrial wasteland,” says Fuller.

Kabwe, Zambia
Number of people potentially affected: 255,000
Type of pollutant: Lead and cadmium
Source of pollution: Lead mining and processing

When rich deposits of lead were discovered near Kabwe in 1902, Zambia was a British colony called Northern Rhodesia, and little concern was given for the impact that the toxic metal might have on native Zambians. Sadly, there’s been almost no improvement in the decades since, and though the mines and smelter are no longer operating, lead levels in Kabwe are astronomical. On average, lead concentrations in children are five to 10 times the permissible U.S. Environmental Protection Agency levels, and can even be high enough to kill. “We did blood tests on some of these kids, and they literally broke our machines,” says Fuller. “There is a long, nasty history here.” But there’s also a bit of hope: the World Bank has recently allocated $40 million for a clean-up project.


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March 10, 2008

This is the Beijing Capital International Airport. It is the world’s largest airport building and the centerpiece of China’s multi-billion-dollar infrastructure boom and provides a glimpse into China’s vision of 21st-century air travel.The futuristic airport has been built in preparation for the millions who are likely to visit China for the Olympic Games and to meet the country’s booming air traffic.
The roof of the swanky new terminal looks like a dragon from the air with its wing spread running 3.25 km. The giant dragon-shaped terminal is 100 hectares in size: that is as big as 170 soccer fields.

This makes the airport larger than the Pentagon and almost 20 per cent bigger than all five terminals of London’s Heathrow put together.

The terminal has walls of glass. The skylights of the terminal building are designed to look like scales on a dragon’s back and to let natural light into the building. The dragon is considered a sign of strength and luck in China.
Almost 50,000 workers toiled round the clock in 8-hour shifts and built the colossal $3.75-billion terminal in only four years. China wanted the airport to be ready before August 8, when the Beijing Olympic Games begin.

However, the construction of the airport involved the demolition of thousands of houses that rendered more than 10,000 Chinese peasants homeless. China’s autocratic Communist regime could thus manage to do something that democratic governments — like India’s — can hardly ever match.
The airport was designed by British architect Norman Foster, who has also designed Hong Kong’s famous Chep Lap Kok airport.
British firm Arup, which has provided engineering and architectural design services for the Hyderabad International Airport, built the airport.
The new terminal will have a capacity of 75 million passengers a year. It features an extremely high-tech passenger baggage system — on 50 km of conveyor belts — that can handle 19,800 bags per hour.
The size of the new Beijing airport can be gauged from the fact that it boasts of 64 restaurants, 80 retail stores, 175 escalators, 173 lifts, 437 travelators or moving footpaths, and 300 check-in counters.
The terminal has a 3-km long concourse, divided into three sections and connected by a shuttle train. The airport’s shuttle train service can ferry passengers around the mammoth airport.

According to Norman Foster, the airport’s architect, the airport is ‘so big that under a certain amount of light you can’t see one end of the building from the other.’
Apart from the shuttle, a high-speed commuter train (subway as also elevated) service will carry passengers between the airport and Beijing in 15 minutes. Two Airport Lines, scheduled to open before July, on elevated lines connect the airport with the transport hub of Dongzhimen. The Olympic branch line has four stations, each with a theme.
The airport’s runway is capable of handling the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380.

The airport building has integrated environmental control systems to minimise energy consumption and carbon emissions, report say.
The airlines that will use airport initially include Air China, Sichuan Airlines, Shandong Airlines, Hong Kong’s Dragonair, Singapore Airlines, British Airways, Lufthansa, Air Canada, Qatar Airways, Qantas Airways, El Al Israel Airlines, Emirates and other Star Alliance members.


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sQuba, world’s first swimming car!

sQuba, world’s first swimming car!

March 12, 2008

Three decades ago James Bond (then enacted by British star Roger Moore) wowed the world with a car that could ‘fly’ under water in the movie The Spy Who Loved Me. Only, it was animation and not an actual scene.But Frank M Rinderknecht, the 52-year-old automobile visionary and boss of Swiss automaker Rinspeed, has turned a dream into reality with his ‘sQuba.’

Rinspeed sQuba is the most exciting thing at this year’s Geneva Motor Show and is creating many a ripple.

sQuba is the world’s first real submersible car that can ‘move like a fish underwater’.

It can dive up to 32.8 feet (10 mt) below the surface of the water and can move at a sedate 1.8 miles per hour.

The sQuba has an open cockpit for ‘safety reasons’ (so that people can get out easily anytime in case of an emergency). The occupants of the car have to breathe compressed air through built-in scuba masks.

sQuba is an electric car that uses rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and 3 electric motors for propulsion. It is a zero-emission car as documented by the rotating license plate in the rear. It produces no exhaust emissions.

The ‘sQuba’s’ filling station is the water reservoir.? It is no surprise that the vehicle features powerful yet energy-saving LED lighting technology.

The first car that could drive underwater was Quandt’s Amphibicar, built in 1968. Only 3,878 were produced but many are still being driven on roads.

Then Gibbs Technologies came up with Gibbs Aquada in 2004 which Virgin boss Richard Branson used to break the speed record for crossing the English Channel.

However, the sQuba seems to be the most exciting of them all.

To drive on the roads, the sQuba ‘relies on a stainless coil-over suspension from KW automotive and large Pirelli tires mounted on custom-made forged light-weight wheels from AEZ with 17- and 18-inch diameters.’

Technical data

Measurements
Length —– 3’785 mm
Width —– 1”940 mm
Height —– 1’117 mm
Wheelbase —– 2?300 mm
Track front —– 1?470 mm
Track rear —– 1?520 mm
Ground clearance —– 130 mm
Empty weight —– approx. 920kg
Performances
Top speed —– > 120 km/h
Acceleration 0-80 km/h —– 7.1 sec
Water speed —– > 6 km/h
Propulsion
Power train —– Rear wheel drive
Gearbox —– R – N – F
Suspension
Chassis —– Steel
Body panels —– Carbon Nano Tubes
Seating capacity —– 2
Front suspension —– Double wishbone
Rear suspension —– Double wishbone
Dampers/springs —– KW automotive
Steering —– Rack & pinion


India’s highest paid CEOs

March 26, 2008

Last year, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ruffled quite a few feathers when he commented on soaring executive salaries and said the rich must give back to the society and not show off wealth.Some in corporate India took umbrage to those remarks and justified their salaries. The jury is still out on whether huge CEO compensation leads to better company performance.

However, in private sector companies in India, CEO compensation is impressively high. By contrast, public sector bosses get a pittance: in some cases, not even one per cent of what the top private sector CEOs get.

So who are India’s highest paid CEOs? Here’s a list. . .

Mukesh Ambani

No prizes for guessing who the highest earning CEO in India is. When it comes to earning money, Mukesh Ambani is way ahead of not only his younger brother Anil, but the top brasses of entire India Inc.

With a package of Rs 24.51 crore (Rs 245.10 million), Mukesh takes home over ten times the annual remuneration of his brother Anil — with whom he parted ways over two years ago.

In the last fiscal ended March 2007, Mukesh Ambani took home a total Rs 24.51 crore as chairman and managing director of RIL — which is the highest among more than 10,000 top executives and directors at about 1,200 companies that have disclosed so far their annual remuneration figures for the year.

When the brothers were together, they got a package of Rs 21.9 crore (Rs 219 million) each at Reliance Industries in the financial year 2004-05, according to information available in the company’s annual report.
Kalanidhi Maran & Kavery Kalanidhi

Sun TV chairman and managing director Kalanidhi Maran and joint managing director Kavery Kalanidhi, whose annual remuneration stood at Rs 23.26 crore (Rs 232.6 million) each in 2006-07.

Sunil Bharti Mittal

Bharti Airtel’s chairman and managing director Sunil Bharti Mittal ranks fourth with an annual pay packet of close to Rs 15 crore (Rs 150 million).

K Anji Reddy

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories executive chairman K Anji Reddy is the fifth highest paid executive in India with an annual compensation package of Rs 14.4 crore (Rs 144 million).

Brijmohan Lal Munjal & Pawan Munjal

Hero Honda’s chairman Brijmohan Lal Munjal and the company’s managing director and chief executive Pawan Munjal are ranked sixth and seventh with annual salaries of Rs 13.99 crore (Rs 139.9 million) and Rs 13.88 crore (Rs 138.8 million) each.

Naveen Jindal

Jindal Steel’s executive vice chairman and managing director Naveen Jindal is in the eighth spot with an annual salary of Rs 13.5 crore (Rs 135 million), followed by Hero Honda’s joint managing director Toshiaki Nakagawa (Rs 13.44 crore or Rs 134.4 million), and JSW Steel vice chairman Sajjan Jindal (Rs 13.24 crore or Rs 132.4 million) to complete the list of the top ten highest paid Indian CEOs.

A M Naik

A M Naik, MD & CEO, Larsen and Toubro, has an annual pay packet of Rs 5.85 crore (Rs 58.5 million).

Anil Ambani

Anil Ambani does not even figure in the top-100 list with a total remuneration of about Rs 2.42 crore (Rs 24.2 million) from three of his group companies — Reliance Energy, Reliance Communications and Reliance Natural Resources Ltd.

Anil’s package as REL chairman was Rs 2.34 crore (Rs 23.4 million), while as RComm and RNRL chairman he got Rs 4.8 lakh (Rs 480,000) and Rs 3.2 lakh (Rs 320,000), respectively.

Azim Premji

The remuneration of as many as 15 executives stood at more than Rs 10 crore (Rs 100 million). These included Cadila Health chairman and managing director Pankaj R Patel (Rs 12.43 crore or Rs 124.3 million); Dr Reddy’s managing director and chief operating officer Satish Reddy (Rs 10.87 crore or Rs 108.7 million); Dr Reddy’s chief executive officer G V Prasad (Rs 10.87 crore) ; Mercator Lines chairman and managing director Harish Kumar Mittal (Rs 10.07 crore or Rs 100.7 million); and Mercator Lines joint managing director Atul J Agarwal (Rs 10.07 crore).

Other CEOs who draw hefty sums include Rajiv Bajaj, managing director, Bajaj Auto, gets Rs 2.08 crore (Rs 20.8 million); B Muthuraman, managing director, Tata Steel has a compensation package of Rs 2.20 crore (Rs 22 million); K V Kamath, managing director and chief executive, ICICI Bank, gets Rs 2.48 crore (Rs 24.8 million); Aditya Puri, managing director, HDFC Bank, gets Rs 1.28 crore (Rs 12.8 million); Malvinder Singh, chief executive, Ranbaxy gets Rs 2.62 crore (Rs 26.2 million); and Azim Premji, chairman and managing director, Wipro, draws Rs 2.53 crore (Rs 25.3 million) as salary.

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