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Fixtures for 2011 Cricket world Cup.

Group A: Australia (holders), Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Canada, Kenya.
Group B: India, South Africa, England, West Indies, Bangladesh, Ireland, Netherlands.

Fixtures:February 17: Opening ceremony, Dhaka
February 19: India vs Bangladesh, Dhaka
February 20: New Zealand vs Kenya, Chennai
Sri Lanka vs Canada, Hambantota
February 21: Australia vs Zimbabwe, Ahmedabad
February 22: England vs Netherlands, Nagpur
February 23: Pakistan vs Kenya, Hambantota
February 24: South Africa vs West Indies, New Delhi
February 25: Australia vs New Zealand, Nagpur
Bangladesh vs Ireland, Dhaka
February 26: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, Colombo
February 27: India vs England, Kolkata
February 28: West Indies vs Netherlands, New Delhi
Zimbabwe vs Canada, Nagpur
March 1: Sri Lanka vs Kenya, Colombo
March 2: England vs Ireland, Bangalore
March 3: South Africa vs Netherlands, Mohali
Pakistan vs Canada, Colombo
March 4: New Zealand vs Zimbabwe, Ahmedabad
Bangladesh vs West Indies, Dhaka
March 5 : Sri Lanka vs Australia, Colombo
March 6: India vs Ireland, Bangalore
England vs South Africa, Chennai
March 7: Kenya vs Canada, New Delhi
March 8: Pakistan vs New Zealand, Pallekele
March 9: India vs Netherlands, New Delhi
March 10: Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe, Pallekele
March 11: West Indies vs Ireland, Mohali
Bangladesh vs England, Chittagong
March 12: India vs South Africa, Nagpur
March 13: New Zealand vs Canada, Mumbai
Australia vs Kenya, Bangalore
March 14: Pakistan vs Zimbabwe, Pallekele
Bangladesh vs Netherlands, Chittagong
March 15: South Africa vs Ireland, Kolkata
March 16: Australia vs Canada, Bangalore
March 17: England vs West Indies, Chennai
March 18: Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, Mumbai
Ireland vs Netherlands, Kolkata
March 19: Australia vs Pakistan, Colombo
Bangladesh vs South Africa, Dhaka
March 20: Zimbabwe vs Kenya, Kolkata
India vs West Indies, ChennaiMarch 23: First quarter-final, Dhaka
March 24: Second quarter-final, Colombo
March 25: Third quarter-final, Dhaka
March 26: Fourth quarter-final, Ahmedabad

March 29: First semi-final, Colombo
March 30: Second semi-final, Mohali

April 2: Final, Mumbai

Venues:

India (29 matches) – Mumbai, Mohali, Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi.
Sri Lanka (12 matches) – Colombo, Hambantota, Pallekele
Bangladesh (8 matches) – Dhaka, Chittagong

Courtesy on TOI

Bangalore: Google is more attractive employer than Microsoft according to the first global index of employer attractiveness by Universum. Google tops the list of Global Top 50 Business and the Global Top 50 Engineering employer. As compared to Google, Microsoft is on the third position on the Global Top 50 Business for attractive employers, after Google and PricewaterhouseCoopers, and on the second spot in Global Top 50 Engineering employers.

Universum’s global index of employer attractiveness is designed to assess the world’s most powerful employer brands. Google is, by far, the ideal company to work for according to 120,000 students from top academic institutions worldwide. The positions occupied by the Google and Microsoft are clear indications of their success related to talent attraction and retention.

“These companies in the Top 50 really work with employer branding strategically. The Big Four, for example, are all in the top 10 business ranking, as they have employer branding as part of their business strategy. Many associate their corporate brands to people. This is normal for the service industry, but it’s a new approach for other companies. These companies are in the Top 50 because they are focused, consistent and differentiate themselves in their communication.” said Michal Kalinowski, CEO of Universum to Softpedia.

Students from U.S, Japan, China, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Russia, Spain, Canada, and India have helped define the world’s top 50 most attractive employers, Universum explained. In this regard, the list with the best employers to work for emphasizes the globalization of the talent market. Google, Microsoft and IBM are, in this context, attractive employers because students are aiming for an international career with multinational companies capable of offering secure employment.

But what can be other reasons to be attracted more towards Google. Here are few good reason: The campus in Mountain View strictly follows the company’s Founders, Sergei Brin and Larry Page, orders that food (it’s free) should not be away more than 150 feet from the employees. So, Google runs 11 free gourmet cafeterias and scores of snack rooms, which contain cereals, candy, nuts, yogurt, carrots, fresh fruit and other snacks, and dozens of drinks, including soda and make-your-own cappuccino.

If an employee wants to buy a hybrid car, Google pays up $5,000 to the employee for environmentally friendly effort. If employee has a baby, Google pays $500 to buy baby stuff. Drop off laundry and get it dry cleaned for free. Get onsite free massage and haircut, and an oil change or wash for your car. Work is such a cosy place that it’s difficult for Google employees to leave office.

Courtesy Silicon India

Orlando (Florida): The analysts at the Gartner Symposium have stated that the corporate computing departments should not block social networking and such security must not completely lock down communications with the outside world. The analysts told the attendees that even if the IT authorities want to shut down such activity, they cannot, reports CNET.

“Banning access to from the corporate network is futile. The world we live in is digitally enabled and socially connected,” said Carol Rozwell, Vice President, Gartner.

Gartner’s advice reflects the transformation of the IT world as the internet is spreading through everybody’s life. The event has concerned itself with matters such as justifying the expense of a new enterprise resource management computing system, and the broadening show reflects the growing scope of work that IT managers face.

Peter Sondergaard, Senior Vice President, Research at Gartner opined that the companies must acknowledge that everything is not under control of their own top-down administration.

“We’re moving from control to greater autonomy,” said Sondergaard. The managers also must find an appropriate place on the spectrums of in here versus out there and owned versus shared.

Carol argued that humans are social creatures and that there lies more to employee relations than a paycheck for work. “While a job may be regarded as an economic transaction, the human brain thinks of the workplace as a social system. Social networking can make employees feel valued, a part of a community, and earn the respect of peers,” said Carol.

The employees should get used to a greater corporate presence in their social networking lives. These social networking sites can reveal previously unknown influence and performance in employees for the companies, and they should tell employees that corporate conduct rules apply online also.

“We can’t stop social networking, but harnessing the passion of employees and educating them about the responsibilities is essential,” said Carol.

Another Gartner Vice President Paul Proctor argued that computing security is also changing. The IT security staff should think carefully before exercising a reflex to prevent employees from communicating with Facebook’s e-mail or Skype’s internet telephony.

The companies should rationally evaluate the services like Gmail and decide whether the potential cost savings might well be worth the risks taken. Also, evaluating such services will be a big step for the IT departments habitual of being able to rule their own domain.

“You cannot protect yourself from everything. You must learn to balance risk and performance. The cloud and software as a service have appeal, but they introduce a huge shift in how technology is managed and controlled,” said Proctor.

The software for intrusion detection, antivirus, and firewall protection is still essential, opined Proctor. But he also said that there are limits to what is practical. “Do not try to shut down the two way flow of information, because you cannot stop it. Transparency is in,” said Proctor.

Courtesy Silicon India

LEBANON, OHIO—Apollo 11 mission commander and famed astronaut Neil Armstrong shocked reporters at a press conference Monday, announcing he had been convinced that his historic first step on the moon was part of an elaborate hoax orchestrated by the United States government.

According to Armstrong, he was forced to reconsider every single detail of the monumental journey after watching a few persuasive YouTube videos, and reading several blog posts on conspiracy theorist Ralph Coleman’s website, OmissionControl.org.

“It only took a few hastily written paragraphs published by this passionate denier of mankind’s so-called ‘greatest technological achievement’ for me to realize I had been living a lie, ” said a visibly emotional Armstrong, addressing reporters at his home. “It has become painfully clear to me that on July 20, 1969, the Lunar Module under the control of my crew did not in fact travel 250,000 miles over eight days, touch down on the moon, and perform various experiments, ushering in a new era for humanity. Instead, the entire thing was filmed on a soundstage, most likely in New Mexico.”

“This is the only logical interpretation of the numerous inconsistencies in the grainy, 40-year-old footage,” Armstrong added.

Although Armstrong said he “could have sworn” he felt the effects of zero gravity while soaring out of the Earth’s atmosphere and through space, he now believed his memory must be flawed. He also admitted feeling “ashamed” that he had failed to notice the rippling of the American flag he and Buzz Aldrin planted on the surface, blaming his lack of awareness on the bulkiness of the spacesuit and his excitement about traveling to the “moon.”

“That rippling is not possible in the vacuum of space,” Armstrong said. “It must have been the wind from an air-conditioning duct that I didn’t recognize because you can’t hear a damn thing inside those helmets.”

“This is all just common sense, people,” he added. “It’s the moon. You can’t land on the moon.”

In a symbolic display of his newfound skepticism, Armstrong then grabbed a collection of moon rocks he had kept as souvenirs and dramatically dumped them into a trash can.

One of the main arguments posited on Coleman’s website—that America could not, in 1969, have realistically possessed the technological capabilities needed to put a man on the moon—was reportedly one of the first things to cause the legendary astronaut a pang of doubt. Despite having spent thousands of hours training for the historic mission under the guidance of the world’s top scientists, technicians, and pilots, Armstrong said he knew the conspiracy theories were true after learning that website author Coleman was “quite the engineering buff.”

“Yes, at the time I thought those thousands of NASA employees were working round the clock for the same incredible goal, but if anyone would know what was really going on, it would be Ralph Coleman,” Armstrong said of the 31-year-old part-time librarian’s assistant. “He knows a lot more about faked moon landings than I ever could. He’s been researching the subject on the Internet for years.”

“Literally years,” he added.

Addressing another inconsistency brought to light by OmissionControl, Armstrong explained he was probably so focused on piloting the lunar module that he failed to notice that one of the moon rocks visible in footage of the landing appears to have the letter ‘C’ stamped on it. An emotional Armstrong said that the only possible explanation for this detail was that the rock actually came from NASA’s prop department.

“They forgot to turn it over,” Armstrong said, removing his eyeglasses to wipe away tears. “Those lying bastards at NASA went through all the trouble to fake the moon landing, but they forgot to turn over one little prop rock. And now the whole damn thing’s blowing up in their faces.”

Courtesy The Onion

Bangalore, June 1 (PTI) Software major Infosys today said the economy will recover by the end of the year or early next year going by clients’ feedback suggesting that the worst is behind them. “When we talk to clients, they say that it looked like the worst for them is behind and they might have hit the bottom,” Infosys Technologies Limited CEO and MD Kris Gopalakrishnan told reporters here today on the sidelines of a function here.

After hitting the bottom, “Recovery probably will happen by the end of the year or early next year,” he said. However, he cautioned that the effects of recovery would not be immediately felt by the IT industry.

” (The) IT industry was lagging behind. We saw the downturn hit us slightly later.

Recovery will also see a slight lag. Companies will begin spending only when they are comfortable that recovery has taken place,” he said.

The recovery for the IT sector could lag by a quarter behind than overall recovery, he opined. However, he cautioned that “there is still uncertainty” and the question of certain events impacting could not be ruled out.

Citing the example of General Motors plunging into bankruptcy, he said its possible implications on the automotive sector, manufacturing sector, impact on overall economy should be kept in mind, considering such events could impact recovery.

Courtesy yahoo.com

Toronto: The next decade belongs to Indian and Chinese consumers, forecasts a new economic outlook report. Further, the US will see the return of inflation and stocks and resource prices will boom as Asian consumers splurge in the next decade, says the new economic outlook report by Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) here Monday.

Calling the next decade ‘the teenage years,’ the report said that like teenagers, financial markets and the economy would be moody and unpredictable initially, but then grow and mature.

CIBC chief economist and report co-author Avery Shenfeld said: “The US, and perhaps to a lesser extent, Canada, will become a bit more China-like in the teen years. We will see more of a contribution from exports and related capital spending, and less from housing or consumption.”

Shenfeld expected greater consumer spending in regions, particularly China and oil-exporting countries, which ran “outsized savings rates over the past decade.”

A fall in the savings rate in the developing world could add far more to global consumption spending than will be lost in the adjustment to a higher savings rate in the US, and the developed world, the economist said.

The key driver in this, he said, will be a drop in the value of the over-inflated US dollar.

Expecting the US greenback to fall by 20 per cent, the Canadian economist said a weaker dollar will help unlock wallets overseas.

“Stronger currencies in East Asia and, if there is an un-pegging as we expect, in the Persian Gulf oil economies, will be one step towards improving the real purchasing power of consumers in these regions,” he said.

“Moreover, the longer countries like China and India see improving economic conditions, the more households will be confident that their newfound wealth is not h ephemeral, allowing them to reduce precautionary savings,” the Toronto banker added.

For the US, he said, a weaker dollar will be the key to promoting both exports and capital spending at home, by making “Made in America” less of a cost disadvantage.

Ruling out tax hikes in the US to be the solution to the growing government debt, he said, “Letting inflation run at five per cent for a few years in the early part of the decade would go a long way to digging the US out of its debt mountain.

“Higher inflation would help stabilize or even boost house prices, key to allowing a return to positive home equity for those with mortgages that now threaten to exceed the house price.”

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Just having all the important qualities required to succeed as a day trader won’t help; proper selection of stocks for day trading is equally important. Generally day traders fail because they don’t select a proper stock for day trading.

Certain rules that can help you in selection of stock for day trading are discussed here. These rules can be digested quickly to help you avoid the biggest pitfalls in trading. These rules include:

  • Trade liquid stocks
  • Avoid unpredictable (chaotic) stocks
  • Trade stocks with good correlation
  • Move with the trend
  • Research

1. Trade liquid stocks

It is often said that liquidity is like oxygen to traders; without it, they are dead. Thus liquidity is the first and most important rule while selecting a stock for day trading.

A liquid stock is one, which has a high average trading volumes, so that it can be bought or sold in sufficient quantities without causing much impact on the prices.

It is advisable to day trade strictly in liquid shares less liquid stocks helps a trader buy or sell large quantities of shares without any problem of there being no buyers or sellers. While it could be argued that illiquid volatility also creates opportunity through rapid price change, statistics prove that volatile shares move the most in the least amount of time. Therefore, most opportunity dissipates while downside risk looms.

However, this is not a hard and fast rule, as the amount of liquidity depends on the quality of your trade.

Suppose you buy few shares, say 50 to 100 shares, then shares with average trading volume of 50,000 to 75, 000 will suffice, whereas if you buy few hundred or thousand shares then you need a stock with average trading volume of few lakh shares.

Some of the examples most liquid stocks include Reliance Industries [Get Quote], SBI [Get Quote], Infosys [Get Quote], ONGC [Get Quote] etc.

2. Avoid unpredictable (chaotic) stocks

Generally it is seen that stocks that are trading with low average daily volumes or stocks where some big news is soon expected, tend to trade in a highly unpredictable manner. Sometimes even after an important announcement — which may be either good or bad (like big order, good results, bad results, plant shutdown etc) — the stock may trade in a chaotic manner. So it is advisable to avoid such chaotic stocks.

Some of the mid caps, and most of the small caps especially those in S, T and Z group are chaotic stocks; better not to trade them from intraday point of view. They also have very low volume thereby increasing their unpredictability.

3. Trade stocks with good correlation

It is advisable to trade in stocks that have more in correlation with major indices and sectors. That is if the index or a sector moves up the stocks belonging to that index or sector also moves up and vice versa.

Stocks that track and trade in correlation with the group (sector) to which they belong are more readable & reliable, so that if any good/bad news comes in, affecting the sector as a whole, then you can depend on the stock to move in the manner as the overall sector is expected to move.

For instance, if the Indian rupee strengthens against the US dollar then all IT companies depending on US markets get adversely affected.

A stronger rupee means these IT companies will earn less from their exports. Conversely rupee weakening against the dollar leads to increase in their export earnings.

4. Move with the trend

It is always easier to swim along the river rather than across it. Always remember this thing while day trading.

If we are in a secular bull run, then it is advisable to find stocks (sectors) that are going to rise, rather than finding stocks (sectors) that are going to fall.

Similarly if we are in a bearish phase, then it is advisable to find stocks (sectors) that are going to fall, rather than finding stocks (sectors) that are likely to move up.

5. Research

Quality research is the key to success. However, it is generally observed that day traders hardly do any research.

First, identify an index (like the BSE Sensex or the NSE Nifty) that fits your style of trading and then identify sectors within this index that appeal to your interest. Next step is to create a significant list of stocks within each such sector. Note that stocks in the sector need to be leader of that sector, and should be most tradable.

Daily analyse these stocks technically to decide whether they will move up or down the next day. You also need to find out a particular stock’s key levels of support and resistance. Is the stock overbought or oversold? Has volume been showing any significant changes?

Also study the fundamentals of the companies and try to know when they declare their quarterly results. Studying how a particular stock moves on the day before the result, when the result is announced and after the result helps a day trader understand how the market reacts to results.

original on rediff