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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Watch Solar Eclipse Live

India will witness an annular solar eclipse on 15-Jan-2010.

The annularity of the eclipse starts in Africa and travels across the Indian Ocean, Maldieves, and most part of Southern India & Northern Srilanka.

The eclipse is best viewed from Dhanushkodi/Rameswaram in Tamilnadu

Here are links to NASA’s pages on the eclipse:

NASA’s page on 15th Jan 2010 eclipse

Interactive Map on the Eclipse path, with timings


Astro Enthusiasts in India are eagerly waiting for the Total Solar Eclipse that will occur on 22nd July 2009. This solar eclipse will start at 06:23 Hrs in the morning and ends at 07:30 Hrs. The total eclipse will occur at 6:26 and will last for 4 minutes.

Astronomers world over are gearing up to watch this celestial event, the black Sun over China on 22nd July 2009

This will be the last such total solar eclipse for all of us, as the next total solar eclipse will happen in the year 2114. So, all of us, the Amateur Astronomers, are praying for the rain gods to keep the sky clear for this last chance of viewing the Celestial Diamond Ring.

The National Astronomical Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences will broadcast from several locations along the path (from Wuhan to Shanghai) of eclipse.
Click here for details:

To watch this solar eclipse online, visit the following pages

Griffith Observatory will run a webcast of the Solar Eclipse. Click here for details:

Territorial Army

Recently, Malayalam superstar Mohan Lal joined the Indian Territorial Army. With this, he stands along with other celebrities like Nana Patekar and Kapil Dev who joined Indian TA in the recent past

The Territorial Army is a voluntary, part-time citizen’s Army. It is created to supplement and augment the resources of the regular Army during war-time.

Citizens who join the Territorial Army get a short period of rigorous training, which makes them reasonably competent soldiers. Subsequently, they join their units for two months every year for refresher training, to keep in touch with the art of soldiering.

The Indian Territorial Army is not a profession. It is an organization of volunteers, who are gainfully employed or self-employed. However, certain State Governments and Departments give incentives to their employees to encourage them to join the TA

More information on the TA, visit Indian Army's website at:

To join Indian Territorial Army as an Officer, click here:


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Thursday, July 16, 2009

TRP Scheme – Help in Filing Income Tax Returns

~ For TRPS Jobs, Read the last paragraph of this article ~

This is again the taxing time of the year. As I wrote earlier, there are many sites which help you file income tax returns.

Recently I came across a new initiative of Income Tax Department, which enhance the convenience of Tax Payers. It is called the Tax Return Preparer Scheme (TRPS). Under this scheme, Tax Payers can seek help from well trained Tax Return Preparer at a nominal fee.

Indian Income Tax Department in collaboration with NIIT and Taxmann started this initiative. Under this TRPS, Income Tax department trains unemployed and partially employed persons to assist small and medium taxpayers in preparing their returns of income has now entered its Second Phase. Currently, the service is planned to be extended to TDS returns and Service Tax returns

The Income Tax department claims that these well trained people will help tax payers at their preferred location, at a nominal fee.

So, if you want to use this service, here is how to locate your nearest Tax Return Preparer:
Dial All India Toll Free Number: 1-800-10-23738
Or visit the list of TRPs at

And, TRP is a good opportunity for unemployed people.
TRPs will receive 3% of the tax paid on the returns prepared & filed for every new assessee in the 1st year (subject to a maximum of Rs. 1000/-), 2% in the second year and 1% in the third year and Rs. 250 for the returns prepared & filed for the old assessees.

So, if you want to become a TRP, pl. visit this page for details:

Kolkata Bandh

For latest news on this, watch star ananda at:

Congress Party Workers across Kolkata took to streets in protest against the Wednesday's attack on their legislators.

Congress leader Manas Bhuniya alleged that, CPM supporters chased nine Congress legislators across slushy paddy fields for 3km and stoned some of them in Burdwan on Wednesday. The Congress MLAs suffered injuries in the attack.

While Left Front 'strongly condemned' the alleged attack, Trinamool's Mamata Banerjee has called for central intervention.

In retaliation to the attack on its leaders, congress workers disrupted the normal life in Kolkata today. They torched buses and halted rail & road traffic. Congress party workers torched a bus on Howrah Bridge. Road transport and railway services were badly hit. Agitators called for a 12 hour bangla bandh on Friday.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Mumbai Rains – Weather Forecast

Its been raining incessantly for the past 24 hours in Mumbai. Heavy showers on Monday evening has resulted in traffic jams across many junctions. Showers coupled with gusty winds has worsened the traffic in the city

While Mumbai is witnessing a delayed monsoon and a little less rain this year, the last few hours rain seems to have compensated for the delay. The Mithi river has reached the danger mark and a flood alert has been issued.

Local train traffic has been affected by the continuous down pour and water logging on the tracks on Tuesday. Trains are running late and there will be delays.

The local weather office forecasted heavy to very heavy rains with strong winds to continue for 2 days. Mumbaikars are advised to be cautious for the next two weeks, in light of the tide of the century expected on 24-Jul-09

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

CellOne Fancy Numbers Auction

Note: This information is for the auction to be held between 20-Aug-2010 and runs till 31-Aug-10. For latest info, visit bsnl site.

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) Andhra Pradesh Circle ( auctioning fancy numbers. Through this auction, BSNL plans to offer one lakh CellOne (post paid, pre paid) fancy (VIP) numbers.

The BSNL fancy number auction for AP circle will start on 20-Aug-2010 and runs till 31-Aug-2010. During these ten days, interested customers can search for their preferred numbers and buy the same in the auction online at

The webpage has a list of Available Fancy Numbers & the Bidding Procedure

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Kanaka Durga Temple Online at

Vijayawada’s famed Durga Temple goes online with the launch of website. The site provides all the details required for the devotees.

Vijayawada’s Durga temple, also known as Sri Durga MalleswaraSwamy temple, is situated on the top of mountain Indrakeeladri. There are many legends attributed to this place, dating back to the era of Maha Bharat. It is said that, Arjuna prayed for Lord Shiva on this mountain and got the “Pasupata” asthra (The weapon of Pasupati). Vijayawada thus got its name from Arjun (Vijay)

Also, legend has it that the ruler of this place was so great, that the goddess Durga got impressed and showered gold in his kingdom. Thus the goddess is worshiped as Kanaka Durga (Kanaka = Gold).

During Navratri days, the temple will be at its best as special rituals are performed. Sarannavaratri (The Navarathri of Sharad Ritu, also known as Dasara) celebrations are attended by millions of devotees every year. For details on the Dasara events and special rituals, visit the website

BSNL Live Tutor to deliver lessons online

India’s state owned telecom service provider, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL, introduced online education services. The program named, BSNL Live Tutor, gives the option of taking academic help for Primary, Secondary and Higher Secondary Education. Live Tutor also provides Yoga Lessons & Cookery Lessons.

BSNL Live Tutor was developed by BSNL & Smart Links. Live Tutor delivers lessons online, to users who can sit at their home and take the classes. What is more interesting is, users can select a tutor of their liking for the classes.

To avail the service, users have to register with Live Tutor at

This is how the BSNL Live tutor works:

i. Student dials a tutor or tutor dials the student on his/her video phone at the scheduled time

ii. The teacher and the student see each other and start interacting on the specified subject

iii. The teacher explains the lesson and the student listens

iv. The student highlights his/her problem areas.

v. At the end of the session, the teacher sums up Session Notes to help the student reinforce the learning and also to serve as a quick revision tool

vi. The whole session is recorded and can be played back by students who has Internet access

Here is what all does the user need to have at his end:

a. Unlimited BSNL Broadband connection

b. Video Phone / Smart Phone / PC with video stream capability

c. A headset and microphone if you want to avoid holding the handset

d. Sign Up for livetutor service

e. Student can procure his/her phone devices with sip protocol and H264 codec from market also

For more details on the program and the prices offered, visit Live Tutor’s website at

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Jobs - Clerks, Bank of India

Important Notice:
Recruitment of Clerks – Project 2009 - 1750 vacancies

Due to the non-availability of online application facility the applications will be accepted till 05-Jul-2009, with the following changes

Fees will be accepted at the Branches upto 02.07.2009 only.

The candidates, who have paid the fees, and could not apply online, can apply online upto 05.07.2009.

For those candidates, who are unable to apply online, a printed application is made available upto 05.07.2009. They can fill and submit the same in physical format to any branch of Bank of India on or before 06.07.2009 during office hours.


Bank of India announced Clerical Recruitment Project 2009. The last date for applying to these posts has been extended to 02-Jul-2009 as the Online application site had some technical issues and many candidates could not access it.

Total Posts
1750 posts in various states of India

Age (as on 30/4/08) : 18-28 years

Pay Scale : Rs. 4410 -13210/-

How to Apply:
Apply Online at IBPS website:

For more details:

Last Date To Apply: 02-Jul-2009

For Jobs, Register Online With Employment Exchange

Quick Link for online registration with Employment Exchanges in India

Indian Government has made Employment Exchanges Act, 1959 (Compulsory Notification of Vacancies) to help unemployed youth to secure jobs in their neighborhood. There are about a 1000 Employment Exchanges across the country. Day to day administration of the Employment Exchanges is with the State/UT Governments.

These Employment Exchanges set up National Employment Service. Through this, citizens can register their names in the Employment Exchange.

Till recently, the registration was done at the Employment Exchange. Now, there is a web interface available to register online with the Employment Exchanges.

Here is the link for online registration with Employment Exchanges in India

For Registration of a candidate’s name for Employment Assistance, kindly click on 'New Job Seeker' link (

It will take us to a page where Candidate has to select the State , District and Exchange of Place of Residence to get registered in that exchange

So, good luck with your job search!

State Bank of India Jobs - MMGS II Special Officers

State Bank of India announces Recruitment of Management Executives in MMGS – II. SBI is India’s largest public sector bank, with 11,655 domestic branches and operations in 32 countries.

The bank promises a job that offers exciting multi dimensional learning and challenging growth opportunities.

Number of Vacancies 500

For MMGS – II Management Executives Job:
Applicants should be aged below 30 years,

Should have
i) Post Graduate Degree / Diploma in Business Administration, Business Management, Finance, Marketing, International Business, Operations Management, Systems, HR or
ii) M.Com. or
iii) M.A. / M.Sc. in Economics or M.A. / M.Sc. in Statistics or
iv) C.A. / CWA / CFA / CS (Company Secretary)

With 55% in Graduate & Post Graduate Degrees and 60% in 10+2 exams

Salary Package
At present, initial monthly emoluments of Middle Management Grade Scale II Officers, including D.A., H.R.A. and C.C.A., are approximately Rs. 23,500/- at Metropolitan centres.

Compensation package includes benefits like Furnished Accommodation, Travel/Conveyance Allowances, Medical Reimbursements, Liberal Loan, Provident Fund, Gratuity etc.

The Cost to Bank for a MMGS-II officer is 6.85 Lakh

Selection Process
Selection will be based on a written test to be conducted on 13-Sep-2009

This test will consists of the following
i) Test of English
ii) Test of Data interpretation and analysis
iii) Test of reasoning
iv) Test of Financial Awareness & Marketing

Short listed candidates will be called for a Phase-2 Examination in Descriptive Test of English knowledge

Further shortlisted candidates will be called for a Group Discussion & Interview for final Selection.

How to Apply
Pay 250/- Application Fee and Apply Online at

Important Dates
10-Aug-09 Last Date to Apply