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Devotee donates Rs111 crore to Tirumala shrine

first_imgTirupati: A devotee, hailing from Hyderabad, on Thursday made an offering of `1.11 crore to the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala, near here, with a request to use the fund for the temple-run pilgrim free meal trust.The devotee Yugameti Rami Reddy with his family, after offering worship at the shrine, handed over a demand draft for `1.11 crore to the chairman of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Board Y V Subba Reddy, the official said. The devotee requested the TTD chairman to use the donation for the TTD-run Sri Venkateswara Annaprasadam Trust, he said.last_img
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After Zero failure Shah Rukh Khan gone on sabbatical

first_imgShah Rukh Khan as Bauua Singh in ZeroTwitterFor the past four years, Shah Rukh Khan has really been struggling to live up to his ‘King of Bollywood’ tag. The burden of back-to-back failures seems to have been crushing the superstar’s confidence with each passing day and it is quite evident from his current choices as well. Even the projects that he had immense faith in had turned out to be a dud at the box office and it looks like the wounded superstar has gone on sabbatical from movies.According to Bollywood Hungama, “Shah Rukh Khan is flooded with a lot of scripts but is taking his time to decide what project to embark on and is not in the mood to work on anything related to acting anytime soon.”After Zero failure, Shah Rukh Khan was so shaken up that he walked out of Rakesh Sharma biopic titled Saare Jahan Se Achha due to the space angle. The film’s writer Anjum Rajabali had said that SRK didn’t walk out of the project but because he was too shocked by the failure of Zero.Till now, Shah Rukh Khan hasn’t announced his new film yet. However, it was reported that he has partnered his production company Red Chillies Entertainment with Netflix to create not one or two but three web projects.Meanwhile, the box office success of Badla starring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu has brought some respite to Shah Rukh Khan who had produced it. The movie has been well received by both critics and audience alike and the positive word of mouth has reflected on its overall film collection.It remains to be seen if SRK would be able to bounce back again in the mad race of box office and score a much-awaited hit to his name to break the jinx.last_img read more

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Making metals speak poetry

first_imgA group of sculptors came together to form Calcutta Sculptor Group – they were Shankar Ghosh, Prabir K Roy, Pravat Majhi, Tapas Sarkar, Kinkar Saha, Saurabh Mazumdar, Subrata Paul, Somnath Chakraborty and Subrata Biswas are the members of the group.They travel all over India and exhibit regularly. Defying the fact that art is for investment, these artists believe that art is all about sublimating human emotions and thinking. Having a beautiful work of art shows how the collector of that work has elevated his fine feelings and thinking from the mundane objectivity. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Touching moments of love, intimacy, celebration and worship are the major themes that these artists recreate in their sculptures. In some of the works, one could see the artists again and again celebrating the mother and child relationship in various figurative and abstract modes. Ganesha is another interesting theme that most of these artists handle. Lord Ganesha’s unique sculptural form excites these artists in various ways. Man and woman in a loving embrace, a kiss, women waiting for their lovers and above all the sensual and sensuous female forms become themes for these artists to work on their imaginations and later convert them into small and affordable bronze sculptures. They also handle social themes like, labour of workers, education and unity. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWe are not idealists but our idea is to get one sculpture in every household in India, the group tends to say. The artists in this group feel that these are aesthetical products with all the qualities and characteristics of art and traditional crafts. Hence, any art lover could feel affinity for these sculptures. These are a collector’s joy and a permanent source of inspiration. As affordable they are, these works could be acquired for keepsake, gifting and even as souvenirs. Art Konsult’s aim is to promote these sculptures along with the modern contemporary art.WHEN: 15 to 31st December, 11 AM to 7 PMWHERE: Art Konsult, F-209, Lado Sarailast_img read more

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Creating an Employee IM Policy

first_img Register Now » Create an IM content policy. Because of their informality and immediacy, IM conversations can come back to haunt you. One hastily dispatched message–a sexist joke, for instance–could have unfortunate legal consequences down the road. And yet, only about one-third of companies train employees how to use electronic communications properly, according to ePolicyInstitute.com, an online resource for avoiding risks associated with IM and e-mail.A written policy clearly outlining content not allowed in instant messages (or e-mail, for that matter) will help limit your business’s exposure to IM’s risks. Your written IM content policy should forbid the following: profanity; confidential business or personal information; offensive jokes; and potentially slanderous or unflattering comments about customers, business associates and other employees. Stay up-to-date. With IM security threats on the rise, you should regularly review your IM security, as well as content policy and best practices, and revise them accordingly. If you don’t have the expertise in-house to keep your IM communications sufficiently protected, consider hiring a network security consultant or managed service provider. Your network vendor or reseller can also provide resources to help your business take advantage of IM securely and cost-effectively. Decide whether or not to allow IM. Instant messaging can keep your business connected with customers, partners and suppliers in ways not otherwise possible. For an overview of IM’s benefits, see last month’s column, “Should Your Business Use Instant Messaging?.”IM may also expose your network to viruses, hacker attacks, spyware and other security breaches. Instant messages can be used as evidence against your business in legal proceedings, and personal use of IM at work can be a frequent productivity drain.The first step is to decide whether to even allow employees to use IM on your network. (Instant messaging can be blocked with firewall rules and other network security measures.) Keep in mind, however, that the benefits of instant messaging for small business are significant, and its risks can be greatly minimized. Define penalties for IM content breaches. Rules are only as good as their enforcement, and IM content policies are no exception. Make it clear what the penalties are for disobeying IM policy and, when necessary, enforce them. Having employees sign a copy of your IM policy will help minimize misunderstandings. With proper use on a secure network, instant messaging can keep you in closer touch with your customers, partners and suppliers–and that’s good for business. 5 min read A few years ago, a technology startup’s CEO was mortified to discover that thousands of his confidential instant messages had been posted on the internet. His messages were an enormous embarrassment for his company and its business partners, and the CEO even received death threats.Though IM has many advantages, its growing use in the workplace can expose small businesses to a host of security, legal and other risks. To help protect your business, it’s advisable to draw up and implement an IM best practices policy. Here are some tips to get you started. December 12, 2005 Archive IM logs. As with e-mail, IM sessions should be archived to protect your business in the event of a lawsuit or other dispute. Add extra storage to your network for IM archiving if necessary, and make sure IM logs and messages are regularly backed up. Storing back ups offsite is always prudent, as it helps protect the data against fire, theft, viruses and other risks. Standardize one IM service. There are a variety of IM services available. Most are closed services that don’t allow users to send messages to users of other IM services.To streamline IM management, decide on one service for your employees and standardize it for your best customers and business partners to use.Make sure IM sessions are protected. Some IM services offer encryption and security standards, such as Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), to protect messages. Nonetheless, it’s essential to protect all your small business’s electronic communications with a firewall, which defends against unauthorized computer access, as well as anti-virus and anti-spyware solutions. Another option is a virtual private network (VPN), which enables remote and mobile workers to access your network over a secure connection. For more about basic network security, see “Is Your Biz Safe From Internet Security Threats?.”Educate employees about the risks. If your business uses IM, make sure all employees are aware of the risks. Ideally, create a written list of IM’s risks in specific but not-too-technical detail and make sure each employee has a copy. The list of risks can be incorporated into an overall IM/e-mail content policy, described below. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Consider limiting IM. Because viruses and other security risks can be passed along in instant messages, advise employees against corresponding via IM with anyone they don’t know. Under no circumstances should an unknown file attached to an IM be opened. Also, set a policy for personal IM use by either forbidding it altogether or restricting it to lunchtime and other break periods.last_img read more

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Google Has Plans for New and Revamped StreamingMusic Services

first_img Listen Now How Success Happens Google Inc is planning new and revamped streaming-music services in coming weeks, searching for a way to stand out in an increasingly crowded field of rivals from Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc to Spotify.Nailing music is one way for Google to raise chances of continued success as people spend more time on mobile devices.Google’s YouTube service has become a low-profile titan in streaming through the popularity of music videos. Currently, videos must be chosen one track at a time. YouTube in coming weeks will launch new subscription and ad-supported YouTube music services able to play several tracks in a row, a person familiar with the plans said.Google had been expected to launch the YouTube services by the end of summer and had offered few details.Also coming soon: an update of Google’s existing $10-a-month All Access subscription-music streaming service. The new version will incorporate technology acquired by Google with the purchase of Songza, a service known for its ability to recommend music, Jamie Rosenberg, Google’s Vice President of Digital Content, said in an interview.The variety of approaches risks confusing consumers, said Alex Luke, a venture capitalist at The Valley Fund, who has worked as an executive at music label EMI Music and was the director of music programming at Apple until 2011.He argued that the winners in digital music would offer radio-style programs, downloads and let listeners put together their own playlists. (For a graphic of music sales, click here)“The marketplace hasn’t found itself yet and you’re going to continue to see the big players like Apple and Google experiment,” Luke said. “The thing that Google and YouTube both have in their favor is these huge, active user bases.”The latest music push comes 16 months after Google launched its All Access subscription service. Industry observers say All Access has struggled to stand out and set Google into a markedly different business than the free, ad-supported services that have long underpinned its success.Google’s All Access subscription music service likely draws between 500,000 and a few million users, said Mark Mulligan of research and consulting firm Midia Research. That puts it in the same ranks as rivals Rhapsody and Deezer, but behind Spotify, which has more than 10 million paying subscribers.Apple has a Beats subscription streaming service, acquired with the Beats headphone line in May, and it has free iTunes radio, which analysts say has not been a breakout success. E-commerce giant Amazon launched its music service in June, providing streaming of a limited catalog of music to members of its $99-a-year Prime service.The U.S. music market is worth $7 billion but royalty and marketing expenditures mean most streaming music businesses currently lose money, according to estimates from Brian Zisk, executive producer of the SF MusicTech Summit.Mulligan described Google’s music service in a “holding pattern”, arguing that Google should be at least as big as Spotify given Google’s resources and existing user base.Google’s Rosenberg acknowledged the service is not the market leader, but said Google was encouraged by what he called a “very healthy” portion of consumers who subscribed after a free one-month trial.He saw no need to cut the $10 monthly subscription price.“Is the bigger upside getting more people to try these services, or is the bigger upside dropping the price by a dollar or two?” he asked. “Right now we’re focused on creating broad awareness that the service exists.” All Access is now available in 43 countries, he said.To stand out, Google envisions a service “that extends seamlessly to your wearable device or to your car,” and that’s intelligent enough to play “the right music for the right moment,” Rosenberg says.Marc Ruxin, the Chief Operating Officer of Rdio, a competing, privately-held streaming service, said Google wanted to use music to keep its main service, search, top of mind.“Google like any Internet company is in a war for attention, so they want as much user time on a daily basis that they can get,” he said.(Reporting by Alexei Oreskovic; Editing by Sarah McBride and Peter Henderson) 4 min read Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. This story originally appeared on Reuters September 30, 2014last_img read more

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