Happy New Year

There have been many time in 2009
when I may disturbed you
troubled u
irritated u
bugged u
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today I just want to tell you
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I plan to continue it in 2010.

May the God gives You
12 Month of Happiness,
52 Weeks of Fun,
365 Days Success,
8760 Hours Good Health,
52600 Minutes Good Luck,
3153600 Seconds of Joy

Thank you very much  and

Happy New Year 2010

Change in Market Timing

Please note that with effect from Monday, January 4, 2010, trading in
the Equity and Equity Derivatives segments on both the exchanges, the
BSE as well as the NSE, will commence from 9.00 a.m. onwards, instead
of the present timing of 9.55 am onwards.

Consequently, the continuous trading session in both segments (Equity
and Equity Derivatives) will be from 9.00 a.m. to 3.30 pm on all
business days. There will be no change in timings of any other session
in both the segments. It is also clarified that the Block Deal window
timings in the Equity Segment of the exchange will be from 9.00 a.m.
to 9.35 a.m. There is no change in the timings of closing session,
Auction market.

Google Map India Improved

Have you ever been lost? Perhaps you missed a turn because a street sign was poorly labeled, hard to see in the dark, or just not where it should have been? These are problems we've all faced, but they're especially complicated in India, where street names are not commonly known and the typical wayfinding strategy is to ask someone on the street. Without road names, it's difficult to produce a set of directions that makes sense. Just take a look at this screenshot of Google Maps directions in India in 2008 and you'll get the picture:


To solve this problem, this week we launched an improvement to Google Maps India that describes routes in terms of easy-to-follow landmarks and businesses that are visible along the way. We gathered feedback from users around the world to spark this improvement to our technology, and we thought we'd give you a glimpse at our thinking behind this launch.

We knew from previous studies in several countries that most people rely on landmarks — visual cues along the way — for successful navigation. But we needed to understand how people use those visual cues, and what makes a good landmark, in order to make our instructions more human and improve route descriptions. To get answers to these questions, we ran a user research study that focused specifically on how people give and get directions. We called businesses and asked how to get to their store; we recruited people to keep track of directions they gave or received and later interviewed them about their experiences; we asked people to draw us diagrams of routes to places unfamiliar to us; we even followed people around as they tried to find their way.

We found that using landmarks in directions helps for two simple reasons: they are easier to see than street signs and they are easier to remember than street names. Spotting a pink building on a corner or remembering to turn after a gas station is much easier than trying to recall an unfamiliar street name. Sometimes there are simply too many signs to look at, and the street sign drowns in the visual noise. A good landmark always stands out.

We also discovered that there are three situations in which people resort to landmarks.

The first is when people need to orient themselves — for instance, they just exited a subway station and are not sure which way to go. Google Maps would say: "Head southeast for 0.2 miles." A person would say: "Start walking away from the McDonald's."

The second situation is when people use a landmark to describe a turn: "Turn right after the Starbucks."

The third use, however, is the most interesting. We discovered that often people simply want to confirm that they are still on the right track and haven't missed their turn.

Giving people this sense of confidence while they explore an unfamiliar territory became one of the goals of our redesign. Over the course of several months, the team brainstormed various ways of presenting the information contained in Google Maps in a way that would be useful for people. We then settled on a design that added some landmarks to describe the turns and confirm the route.


The next step was to put this design to a test with drivers in Bangalore, India. The results were eye-opening. While we were on the right track with introducing landmarks, we still relied on street names too heavily. Drivers wanted more confirmation. They wanted to compare what they saw on Google Maps with what they saw from the driver's seat, every step of the way.

We added more landmarks along routes and reduced the visual prominence of street names, and the result was our final design:


Now Google Maps India gives you directions like a local would. Happy wayfinding!

This post is written by R.John Christy for www.investchips.com.

Access your Credit Information Report (CIR) directly from CIBIL for Rs.142

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You can now access your Credit Information Report (CIR) directly from CIBIL. As you may be aware, your CIBIL CIR is a factual record of your credit payment history compiled from information received from credit grantors. The purpose is to help credit grantors make informed lending decisions - quickly and objectively, and enable faster processing of your credit applications to help provide you speedier access to credit at better terms.

You can request for a copy of your CIBIL CIR in three quick steps through Email, Mail or Fax:

Email: myreport@cibil.com

  • 1. Email the CIR Request Form duly filled in
  • 2. Mail self attested hardcopies of your latest Identity Proof1and      Address Proof2 documents and Fees3 to P.O.BOX 17, Millennium      Business Park, Navi Mumbai- 400710
  • 3. Once CIBIL receives the documents and Fees3, your request will be      processed and copy of your CIR will be dispatched to you.

 

Letter: Address*

  • 1. Write to CIBIL with the CIR Request Form duly filled in
  • 2. Also mail self attested hardcopies of your Identity Proof1 and latest     Address Proof2 documents and Fees3 to P.O.BOX 17, Millennium     Business Park, Navi Mumbai- 400710
  • 3. Once CIBIL receives the documents and Fees3, your request will be      processed and copy of your CIR will be dispatched to you.

 

Fax: 022-40789007

  • 1. Fax CIBIL the CIR Request Form duly filled in
  • 2. Mail self attested hardcopies of your Identity Proof1 and latest      Address Proof2 documents and Fees3 to P.O.Box 17, Millennium      Business Park, Navi Mumbai 400710
  • 3. Once CIBIL receives the documents and Fees3, your request will be      processed and a copy of your CIR will be dispatched to you.

1. Valid Identity Proof: PAN Card/ Passport/ Voters ID (Mail self attested hard copy of any one of      these Identity Proofs)

2. Valid Address Proof: Bank Account Statement/ Electricity Bill/ Telephone bill (Mail self      attested hard copy of any one of these Address Proofs)

3. Payment terms: Demand Draft (DD) of Rs 142/- (inclusive of all taxes and express delivery      charge) , in favour of Credit Information Bureau (India) Limited payable at Mumbai
     Please note that the fee once paid is non-refundable.

Download Request Form

CIBIL has no authorised agents. Please do not contact anyone other than CIBIL in order to gain access to a copy of your Credit Information Report.

Your CIBIL CIR will be presented to you in a simple and easy to understand format. However, on receiving your CIBIL CIR, if you require any explanation/clarification, you can email us at consumerqueries@cibil.com.

CIBIL is always at your service to assist you.

* Credit Information Bureau (India) Limited
P.O Box 17,
Millennium Business Park,
Navi Mumbai- 400710

All your correspondence to CIBIL must be sent through Indian Post only

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NSE & BSE to open trading at 9am from 4 Jan,2010 not on Dec, 18

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Based on the feedback received from different sections of India’s investment community, the country’s two main exchanges—BSE and NSE—have jointly agreed on Thursday to open the bourses for trading from 9am with effect from 4 January 2010.

The BSE in a statement said, “… it has been jointly decided by BSE and NSE that the revision of market open timing to 9 am shall be effective from January 4, 2010. In the interim, the current market open timing of 9:55 am shall continue.”

On Wednesday, the exchanges said the market would open at 9 am effective 18 December, an advancement of nearly an hour. The market closing time would continue to remain unchanged at 3:30 pm.

In October, market regulator Sebi allowed stock exchanges to fix trading timings between 9am and 5 pm.

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NSE to open at 9am from Friday, BSE to follow

he National Stock Exchange (NSE) on Wednesday evening announced it would pre-pone the market opening to 9am from Friday, from 9.52 earlier. Market closing, however, would remain the same — 3.30pm — the NSE said. Minutes after the NSE announcement, the BSE — not to be left behind — too said it would open the markets at 9am.

Source : NSE & BSE Press Releases




One button to merge all duplicate contacts in Gmail


Managing a big address book can be a challenge, so it's no surprise that the top request for Google contacts is a fast, easy way to merge duplicate contacts. You've been able to merge contacts one-by-one for a while, but now we've added a single button that merges all your duplicate contacts at once. To clean up your contact list in one fell swoop, just click the "Find duplicates" button in the contact manager, review the merge suggestions (and uncheck any suggestions you don't want merged), and hit the "Merge" button.


If you've been considering getting all your contacts into Gmail or syncing your Gmail contacts to your phone, now's the time to do it. As we've written about previously, you can sync your contacts to a wide variety of devices (including Android, iPhone, Blackberry, SyncML, etc). So if you were dreading spending hours getting your contacts in order, now you can do it with a couple clicks.



This post is written by R.John Christy for www.investchips.com.

Google way to get your web business ready for the holidays

1. Update your wishlist:
Use the Search-based Keyword Tool to find keywords that you never thought of incorporating into your campaign for the holidays. (Here is a how-to guide for how best to use the tool: Monetize The Long Tail of Search).

2. Know what's hot this season:
Research on Insights for Search to see what the “Rising Searches” are and understand how people are searching for your brand (and your competitors!).

3. Read the wish lists:
Who could be looking for you? Type your website URL into Google Ad Planner to see who is looking for your site, broken down by demographic categories like age and gender.

4. Follow the reindeer:
Where else are they going? Use Ad Planner to find other websites that share the same demographics as yours. Putting display ads on that site might be a great way for you to target that audience!

5. Build new toys:
Create new AdWords campaigns for your holiday lines and products. Incorporate new keywords and keep in mind the trends you found on Insights for Search.

6. Train the elves:
Test your AdWords campaigns by introducing new holiday promotions. Then, test your promotions — a promotion for "30% off" might resonate better with your customers than "Buy One Get One Free."

7. Check your list twice:
Use Google Analytics to better understand where your traffic is coming from during the holiday season. Find out who's coming to your website, when they're coming and where they're coming from.

8. Map out the route:
How long are people staying on your website? Use Google Analytics to understand your purchasing cycle. Which pages have the highest bounce rate? And which pages are people leaving the quickest?

9. Test run on the sleigh:
Run experiments using Website Optimizer on the landing pages you have linked from your ads. Make sure the images are in the right place and that they're not a distraction for your customer. Play around with the size of the image and the image type.

10. Does the chimney work?:
Test different versions of your purchase page to find out what works best. Change the "purchase" button on your webpage. Pick different colors — bright versus dark colors — and vary the button sizes. Try out different text on your button. See which of these variations lead to the most clicks to conversions.



This post is written by R.John Christy for www.investchips.com.

Special report on commodity market by Nirmal Bang

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Nirmal Bang has recently came out with a exhaustive research report on Indian Commodity market.  You can access the report here. Those interested in trading in commodity market may found the report very useful.

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Cox&Kings : What Investchips advised is again proved to be correct

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Stock market some times behave like a mad man. Some good companies are punished for no reason. Some unworthy companies may give windfall gains due to manipulation. But these are for only short term. In the long run, market always reward real winners. Identifying and staying with these gems would definitely give windfall returns to the portfolio.

Cox&Kings is one of the gems. When Cox&Kings came out with IPO, we wrote   on 18.11.2009 “Comparing it’s position in the industry  and compelling valuation make us to recommend this IPO. Invest at CutOFF”.  On 08.12.2009, we came out with a list of stocks that worth investing. We included Cox&Kings in that list even before listing. See the first day performance.

Cox & Kings raised 6.10 billion rupees ($131 million) through its IPO. Its shares opened at 304.10 rupees--7.8% below its 330 rupees issue price--but staged a smart come back. Shares in the travel company finally closed at 426.05 rupees and over 16.95 million shares changed hands on the Bombay Stock Exchange.

We expect that the stock would double in the next two years. Hold.

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ICICI Fellows : Professional leadership programme

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ICICI Foundation says that If you are an achiever and want to do something that will change the world around you, this programme is for you. It also claims that it is not just a training programme, this is a transformative experience. Focusing on personal coaching, mentorship, experiential modules, hands-on training, in addition to management training; this pioneering programme provides you with information, knowledge & more importantly - an insight into social dynamics.

Age & Qualification
If you are an achiever between 21 to 28 years of age and a graduate as on 1st July, 2010, you are eligible to apply.

Support Provided

A fixed monthly stipend of Rs. 12,000/- (during your tenure with the NGO)

Travel reimbursement by Tier III AC in train or equivalent.(programme related & further to approvals)

A medical insurance of Rs 1 Lakh per year.

Personalised coaching and mentorship provided to you through your entire tenure.

To maximise this personal transformative journey, iVolunteer will also facilitate analysing and managing your progress and areas of opportunity.

Post Fellowship Support: The alumni support services available for ICICI Fellows on successful completion of the programme will include career counselling, professional networking and tie ups with organisations seeking leadership talent.

Selection Process

ICICI Fellows is an exclusive programme targetted at the top youth talent in the country. All applicants for the programme will undergo a stringent selection process aimed to select the most talented young graduates with consistent past performance record, displaying leadership potential and a passion for India.
The selection process comprises :

 

Online Application: All candidates need to complete the Online Application Form on this website. The last date for applying is 30th January, 2010.

Preliminary Screening & Tele-interviews: Preliminary screening will be conducted based upon the information submitted in the application. Shortlisted candidates will be scheduled for a telephonic interview.

Assessment Days: Candidates finally shortlisted will need to attend an assessment day. The assessment day will be one whole day of activities, wherein the candidates will be assessed on their aptitude, leadership skills, commitment to the programme, ability to undergo the intensive modules and inclination towards nation-building. The assessment days focus closely on each candidate while subjecting them to a mix of individual and group activities under close observation of a group of trained and accomplished assessors.

The select few who emerge successful at the end of the selection process will be ready for the rigorous 2-year journey.

For more information, Please click here

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Stocks for 2010 and Beyond

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Here is a list of stocks that you  can consider for long-term investment.

  1. 3i Infotech
  2. ACC
  3. Amara Raja Batteries
  4. Apollo Hospitals
  5. Asian Paints
  6. Balrampur Chini
  7. Bhariti Airtel
  8. Biocon
  9. Cairn
  10. Cipla
  11. Colgate- palmolive
  12. Cox & Kings
  13. Dabur
  14. Engineers India
  15. Exide Ind
  16. GAIL
  17. GMR Infra
  18. Gujarat NRE
  19. Hotel Leela
  20. HUL
  21. India Cements
  22. Indian Hotels
  23. ITC
  24. JAIN Irrigations
  25. Marico
  26. Max India
  27. Nestle
  28. Polaris Software
  29. Rolta India
  30. Sintex Indus
  31. SRF
  32. SUN TV
  33. Suzlon Energy
  34. TATA Steel
  35. TATA Tea
  36. Zydus Wellness

As I am not personally inclined to invest in Reliance Group, I have avoided both the Reliance Group. If ethics is not a problem for you, you can consider, Reliance Ind and Reliance Communi for your investments.

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Sharekhan’s Dec 09 Value Guide Released

2009-07-21 thru 07-29 India Business Trip 27

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Sharekhan’s monthly news letter Value Guide with latest stocks recommendations is released to its customers.

    • Aditya Birla Nuvo: Price target revised to Rs925
    • Balrampur Chini Mills: Strong numbers in the offing
    • BASF India: Price target revised to Rs390
    • Bharat Electronics: Put on Hold
    • Corporation Bank: Price target revised to Rs514
    • Dhampur Sugar Mills: Results in line with expectations
    • Genus Power Infrastructures: Suspend coverage
    • Godrej Consumer Products: Upgraded to Buy
    • Hindustan Unilever: Put on Hold
    • ICICI Bank: Upgraded to Buy
    • Indian Hotels Company: Revival in occupancies augurs well
    • Infosys Technologies: Infosys BPO to acquire McCamish 
    • ISMT: Margins below expectations
    • Orbit Corporation: Put on Hold
    • Orchid Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals: Put on Hold
    • Patels Airtemp India: Better operating performance boosts profits
    • Reliance Industries: Price target revised to Rs2,250
    • Selan Exploration Technology: Price target revised to Rs360
    • State Bank of India: Results largely inline; negative surprise on asset quality
    • Subros: Q2 performance better than expected
    • Sun Pharmaceutical Industries: Price target revised to Rs1,491
    • Torrent Pharmaceuticals: Price target revised to Rs420
    • Tourism Finance Corporation of India: Price target revised to Rs28
    • UltraTech Cement: UltraTech-Samruddhi merger; swap ratio 4:7

For full report, Please click here.

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CONTINGENCY PLANNING




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This is the first step in risk management and also the first step in building a sound financial plan for any individual. Once a person’s risks are covered, he can safely plan for his goals. If risks are not covered and he plans for his goals of life right away, then all of his savings accumulated to meet the goals will get wiped out if any untoward incident occurs.


What is contingency planning? How to go about it?


Contingency planning can well be termed as saving for a rainy day. It is planning for any emergency that might be lurking round the corner. A contingency fund or emergency fund has to be prepared to meet any emergency. Predicting how much would be enough for such situations is always difficult.


How to calculate a contingency plan?


Each one of us prepares a monthly budget wherein we list the items and the expenses against them. From the list of expenses, a person needs to distinguish them as mandatory expenses and voluntary expenses. Mandatory expenses are those that are supposed to be met ‘come what may’. EMIs, insurance premium, grocery and utility bills, etc fall under this category. Voluntary expenses are those which can be avoided during bad times. Going on a vacation, eating out or going for movies fall in this category.

Begin by preparing a cash flow statement. List all the  mandatory expenses. Break down mandatory expenses further into fixed mandatory expenses like loan EMIs, insurance premium, rent, etc and variable mandatory expenses like grocery expenses, transportation expenses, electricity bills, phone bills, etc. These are expenses which vary from month to month.
From the exemplary table, the yearly expenditure comes to Rs 3,53,072. Hence, the monthly expenditure equals Rs 29,423. The contingency or emergency fund should consist of amount equal to three months of a person’s mandatory expenses. Hence the amount a person needs to keep aside is Rs 88,269 (Rs 29,423*3).


Why consider three months?


Research has shown that generally three months are enough for an individual to come out of any catastrophe. If a person is retired then he needs to keep aside at least six months of mandatory expenses. So the above figure will come to Rs 1,76,538 (Rs 29,423*6). This amount definitely seems difficult to keep as contingency. This fund can be raised slowly. The fund should be bifurcated in the following manner: Cash In Hand: The amount to be set aside in cash is called as cash in hand. From the above example, the person should keep aside Rs 15,000 as cash in hand. Savings Account: A part of the fund should be kept in a savings account and should be easily accessible through an ATM. From the above example, Rs 20,000 should be
available in a person’s savings account at all time. Liquid Fund/ Bank Fixed Deposit: The balance amount in this case which is Rs 53,269 can either be invested in liquid funds or in a bank fixed deposit. Since a person can also earn returns, it will be safe and easily redeemable. If saving this amount seems difficult, begin by keeping aside small amounts every month. The above amount is for an emergency and not for daily needs. As and when one withdraws the amount from this fund, he must remember to replenish the fund.

INSURANCE PLANNING
Once the first step of contingency planning is covered, move on to the second step - insurance planning. It is the second step of a sound financial plan and risk management. Insurance is planning for any untoward incidents in an individual’s life. Remember to have a life insurance cover for the earning member of the family and a health insurance cover for every member of the family. Once the above two are in place, the risk is covered. A person cannot predict when a crisis might strike but he can at least prepare himself for such unforeseen events.

Thanks to Nirmal Bang Beyond the Market

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How to find IMEI number of your China mobile is authentic ?




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The IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number is on all GSM and UMTS mobile phones. But your China mobile may bear no IMEI or fake IMEI number. To check the originality of your IMEI number, first you need to find the IMEI number. Indian Government is planning to ban these type of mobiles.

Steps for finding IMEI number

  1. Ensure your phone is powered on.
  2. Return to the "idle" screen, or your "desktop". If you were in the middle of a call, end it, and clear any numbers you pressed while making that call.
  3. Press the following keys one by one: * # 0 6 #
  4. As you press on the last #, a number will appear with the title, IMEI number, or similar.

How to check authenticity of your IMEI Number?

Visit this link http://www.numberingplans.com/?page=analysis&sub=imeinr and you can check the information about your your IMEI number.

Through SMS

To verify the IMEI number one can send a message “IMEI to 53232
For eg, IMEI 351869910223340 to 53232
Message displayed for correct IMEI – Success!!
Message displayed for incorrect IMEI – Alert!!! Invalid IMEI

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“TATA FELLOWS” to study abroad for VETERINARY, AGRICULTURE AND ALLIED FIELD students

Research and Study

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Why Study Abroad?
Dr.MM Dwyer and CK Peters in their article “The Benefits of Study abroad” have confirmed significant gains that quantifiable in percent terms.
Personal Growth
Increased self-confidence
Served as a catalyst for increased maturity
Has had a lasting impact on world view
Academic Commitment
Enhanced interest in academic study
Influenced subsequent educational experiences
Reinforced commitment to foreign language study
Intercultural Development
Helped me better understand my own cultural values and biases
Influenced me to seek out a greater diversity of friends
Continues to influence interactions with people from different cultures
Career development
Acquired skill sets that influenced career path
Ignited an interest in a career direction pursued after the experience
Source: www.transitionsabroad.com


Fact


2009 CGS International Graduate Admissions Survey, Phase III: Final Applications and Initial Offers of Admission consisted of all 504 U.S. colleges and universities survey results reveal that offers of admission to prospective graduate students from India fell 14% in 2009, following a 2% decline in 2008, and increases of 9% in 2007 and 26% in 2006 but offers of admission to prospective students from China continued to increase in 2009, with a 17% gain; this is the fourth consecutive year of double-digit growth.
Interpretation
Indian students are finding it difficult to get admitted in US colleges
Significant budgetary shortfall for US universities
Lack of Focused preparation towards US colleges
Lack of Availability of Scholarships
Lack of Guidance for the students
What we are offering?
A prestigious graduate scholarship namely “TATA FELLOWS” to study abroad for VETERINARY, AGRICULTURE AND ALLIED FIELD students. For Details contact me.
sureshd@sathguru.com

 

Source : Email received from my friend Dr.D. Suresh

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Send attachments while offline : Gmai Lab

One of the most requested features for Offline Gmail has been the ability to include attachments in messages composed while offline. Starting today, attachments work just the way you would expect them to whether you are online or offline (with the exception that when you're offline you won't be able to include inline images). Just add the attachment and send your message.

If you have Offline Gmail enabled, you'll notice that all your mail now goes through the outbox, regardless of whether you're online or offline. This allows Gmail to capture all attachments, even if you suddenly get disconnected from network. If you're online, your mail will quickly be sent along to its destination.

If you haven't tried offline access yet, visit the Labs tab and follow these instructions to get started:
  1. Select Enable next to Offline Gmail.
  2. Click Save Changes.
  3. After your browser reloads, you'll see a new "Offline" link in the upper righthand corner of the Gmail page, next to your username. Click this link to start the offline set up process and download Gears if you don't already have it.



This post is written by R.John Christy for www.investchips.com.

Max India , Target Rs.295 : Sharekhan




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Max India
Cluster: Emerging Star
Recommendation: Buy
Price target: Rs295
Current market price: Rs212
Value Maximiser

Key points

  • A unique investment proposition: Max India is a unique investment opportunity providing direct exposure to two sunrise industries of insurance and healthcare services. Max New York Life (MNYL), its life insurance subsidiary, is among the leading private sector players, has gained the critical mass and enjoy some of the best operating parameters.

  • Insurance?the key value contributor: MNYL, a 74:26 JV between Max India and New York Life, is the seventh largest insurance player with a market share of 5.2% and an extremely healthy NBAP margin of 21% (in FY2009). It is differentiated from its peers by its focus on traditional products, relatively low dependence on ULIPs, a highly productive agency network and high persistency rates. In our SOTP valuation of Max India, MNYL contributes Rs263 a share based on the appraisal value method.

  • Healthcare?aggressive expansion plans: Max Healthcare has presence across the healthcare delivery value chain, addressing the primary, secondary and tertiary care needs of patients. The company plans to increase its capacity to around 1,800 beds by 2011. We value the healthcare business of Max India based on the EV/EBITDA method and the business contributes Rs20 a share to our SOTP valuation.

  • Other business?aids cash flow: Max India also has a biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) facility running at full capacity of 29,000TPA. It is in the process of expanding its production capacity for BOPP films to 49,000TPA by the end of the next financial year. The specialty product business contributes Rs12 a share to our SOTP valuation, based on the price-to-sales ratio valuation method.

  • Valuation?price target of Rs295: Apart from the above mentioned business, the company is looking at investing and building other businesses, including clinical research and general insurance, that would add to its valuations in the coming years. Moreover, the possible hike in the foreign direct investment (FDI) limit for the insurance companies and the expected public offerings by the private insurance players are two likely triggers for the re-rating of the stock. We initiate coverage on Max India with a Buy rating and a price target of Rs295.

For Full Report, Please Click here

Source : Sharekhan Research Report

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Online complaint lodging facility from Tamil Nadu Police




Internet - Good Or Bad?

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Crimes are increasing day by day. Cyber crimes are also increasing with the advancement of new age technologies. For easy and convenient lodging of complaints, Tamil Nadu Police has designed a website. To lodge a complaint, Please Click here.    Women can also lodge cyber crimes through phone by calling 1091 ( Chennai).

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Exit Telecom Stocks

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We once again reiterate that the investors should exit from Indian Telecom stocks. To quote from our post  published on 05.10.2009  ( Very next day Telecom stocks started tumbling)

“First time in the history of Indian Telecom sector, ARU (Average Revenue per User) falls below Rs.200. Voice services are no longer remunerative. Number portability would put more pressure on profitability on existing players. 3G services may not see the day light in the near future. Raja may not be the King in this time. TRAI may advice all the players to offer “ per second billing” to it’s customers. This alone shave 20% of voice call profitability. This time lobbying may not help one or two companies alone or rescue laggards.

We advice long-term investors  to exit Indian Telecom stocks including Bharathi and RCOM. Difficult times ahead.”

Number portability would be come in to force  from January 2010 and the cost to the subscriber is only Rs.19. We expect lot of churning in the highly lucrative “Post Paid” segment. This would again put huge pressure on margins. Already “roaming charges” started to tumble. There are news that TRAI is going to regulate “SMS” charges. Telecom companies are literally cheating customers and deriving super-normal profit that too with out paying any licence fees. This would soon going to end. If BSNL goes ahead with 30paisa/video (3G calls) calls, Telcom operator may not get windfall profits from 3G also. Next few years would be very difficult even for cash positive Bharati. Damage is already done. Exit all Telecom stocks. Bargain hunting in the Telecom space may be injurious to your wealth.

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Buy Cipla and Vijaya Bank

Vijaya Bank

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BUY Cipla Ltd

Start Price: 322.55  |  Target: 345.00  |  Last Trade: 322.50  

BUY Vijaya Bank

Start Price: 55.00  |  Target: 59.00  |  Last Trade: 54.95  |

Above are my latest stock recommendations published in Stockezy. They are delivery picks valid for one month.

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Google Apps highlights – 11/20/2009

Official Google Blog: Google Apps highlights – 11/20/2009

Green Robot icon in Gmail Labs
The green, orange and red chat bubbles in Gmail signal if your contacts are online, idle or unavailable, but as more people sign in from mobile devices, it's becoming harder to tell when someone is actually online at a computer or just connected with their phone. The Green Robot feature in Gmail Labs helps you spot when you might want to tailor your exchanges with more succinct messages for people who are signed in with Android-powered devices. Look for the green beaker icon at the top of Gmail to enable Green Robot and other Labs features.


Site templates
On Tuesday we launched templates for Google Sites. The templates gallery is filled with useful example sites ranging from wedding websites to corporate intranets, which you can copy and customize so they're just right. This lets you create a useful, visually appealing collaborative workspace in seconds. And if you have a great site other people would find useful, you can submit it to the gallery. If your business uses Google Sites, templates you submit stay private within your company.

More overflow storage for less
If you're using Google Apps to store photos and manage large volumes of personal email, you'll be happy to hear we're now offering more extra storage for less. Our new overflow storage plans start at $5 per year for 20 GB. For the most avid shutterbugs, the 16 TB plan is enough space for roughly 8 million high resolution pictures!


Improvements to Sync for Outlook
Last week, we released an update to Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook, our tool that lets companies stop running Microsoft Exchange while still letting some employees use the familiar Outlook interface. Now, employees can sync multiple calendars between Outlook and Google Apps, and look up free/busy information from Exchange for co-workers who haven't migrated to Google Apps yet.

Google Apps Premier Edition innovation – Year in review
Businesses using Google Apps not only save money compared to running their own email systems, but also their employees get access to innovation at a much faster pace than with conventional business technologies. We've launched over 100 improvements to Google Apps in the last year, and on Thursday I hosted a webcast to recap noteworthy recent updates for businesses, including push email, contacts and calendar support for BlackBerry, iPhone, Windows Mobile and Android, Sync for Microsoft Outlook, offline access and more. If you missed the webcast, you can watch it on YouTube.


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Perfios : Feature Update

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We covered highly useful online Personal Finance Manager Perfios, here and here. Recently this service adds following new features.

  • Now support auto-update for Citibank DMAT, DBS Cholamandalam Securities, Karvy Equities, Bank of Baroda, Punjab National Bank and HDFC Mutual Fund.
  • Now you can automatically add your online SBI PPF accounts under Savings Banks.
  • The community section of the application has been discontinued as they intend to roll out an improved version in a forthcoming release.
  • IMPORTANT Change: You do not have to enter your MF/Equity holdings anymore. Perfios derives your holdings automatically from transactions. However when your transactions are not in order, your holdings may not show up accurately. Click on "Check Transaction" in the respective transaction view to see the errors. Fix them and your holdings are automatically fixed. In case you do not have any transactions, manually enter holdings and they will remain intact.
    What you can expect in upcoming releases:
    1. WAP/Mobile support to access Perfios service.
    2. Group Support – Want to provide a read-only view to your spouse or your chartered accountant? This is the feature that will help you do it.
    3. SMS alerts.
    4. Intelligence – Perfios will automatically try to make sense of your assets and liabilities and provide you with insightful and “actionable” information nuggets.

    Source : Their service update email

  • Note : Perfios team also launched MyClients – A product specifically developed to help wealth managers manage their clients’ portfolios better.

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    How to invest in Mutual Funds online with out any charges?

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    SEBI has banned entry load in Mutual Funds. Media reports suggested that Mutual Fund Advisers and intermediaries are unwilling to serve new customers in the post “No Entry Load” scenario.  Even reputed online brokerages like Religare started to charge the online MF transactions. In this changed situation this post attempts to explain some free and convenient options to invest in various Mutual Funds.

    How to choose best Mutual Fund Schemes?

    Previously you might have relied on the “MF Agent” turned Advisors who have huge conflict of interest. Naturally he advice you New Fund Offers and the schemes that pay higher commission to him irrespective of your need. In this internet era, you can find reliable advices in some reputed sites like value research online. You can also consult print magazines like Outlook Money, The Hindu Business Line, etc.,  We recommend that you can consult all the above three to make sensible investment decisions.

    How to invest online?

    Almost all the online stock brokers offering facilities to invest online after initial one time registration and paper work. The chosen intermediary should be large, reputed, offer online fund transfer facility from number of banks, tie-up with large number of fund houses, research facility and allow investment with out any extra charges.

    We choose following two online brokers which satisfy all the above conditions.

    1 India Infoline

    2 Sharekhan 

    Sharekhan even allows you online SIP facility.

    Readers can add their ideas in the comments section.

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    MSOffice 2010 Beta released as Free download

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    Microsoft today released it’s Beta version of office suite.

    Here’s what you need to have*:
    • Internet access (to download Office Professional Plus 2010 Beta and get updates)
    • A PC with these minimum recommended specifications:
      • 500 MHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor or higher
      • 256 MB of system memory or more
      • 3 GB of available disk space
      • 1024x768 or higher resolution monitor
      • DVD-R/W Drive
    • Supported Operating Systems:
      • Windows XP with Service Pack (SP) 3 (32-bit)
      • Windows Vista with SP1 (32-bit or 64-bit)
      • Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-bit or 64-bit)
      • Windows Server 2008 with SP2 (32-bit or 64-bit)
      • Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit)

    *Please note these specifications could change.

    Get the download

    After registering, you will be able to select the version (we recommend 32-bit which runs great on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows) and your software language. Downloading the Office Professional Plus 2010 Beta could take an hour or more. The exact time will depend on your provider, bandwidth, and traffic. The good news is that once you start the download, you won't have to answer any more questions – you can walk away while it finishes. If your download gets interrupted, it will restart where it left off.

    Once the download is complete, launch the downloaded file and follow the set up instructions.

    You can download the software from here

    It may take upto 1 hour to download approx.700MB file. It may take another 30mins to install.

    Please note that Google calendar sync in not working with Outlook2010 Beta.

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    Watch out for the banking, pharma and tyre sectors : Nirmal Bang

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    Investors should use this opportunity to watch out for the banking, pharma and tyre sectors as they look attractive. Stocks that look good for investment and which can be bought at the current prices and on declines are State Bank Of India (SBI) (LTP: Rs 2,204), Torrent Power Ltd (LTP: Rs 339), Gujarat State Petronet Ltd (GSPL) (LTP: Rs 89), Bharat Electronics Ltd (LTP: Rs 1,608), Dr Reddys Laboratories Ltd (LTP: Rs 1,067) Aurobindo Pharma Ltd (LTP: Rs 818) Lakshmi Machine Works Ltd (LMW) (LTP: Rs 1,406), JK Tyre & Industries Ltd (LTP: Rs 161) and Apollo Tyres Ltd (LTP: Rs 54).

    For full report, Please click here.

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    Yahoo does it again : Shutting down Yahoo Go!

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    Yahoo systematically shutting down it’s services. The list includes Geocities, Briefcase and 360. The latest causality.  Yahoo Go! It’s mobile application.

    Dear Yahoo! Go user,

    Yahoo! Go will be discontinued on January 12, 2010, at 12:00 a.m. PST, so that we may focus on simplifying and enhancing your future mobile Web experiences. After this date, you will no longer be able to use Yahoo! Go 2.0 or 3.0 from your mobile phone.

    We encourage you to visit the new mobile homepage from your mobile browser to access an even richer, more personalized Yahoo! experience.

    We appreciate your support and thank you for using Yahoo! Mobile services.

    For more information and customer support, please visit the help center from your PC.

    The Yahoo! Mobile team

    One day they may close Yahoo Mail and merge it with Windows Live Mail.

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    Cox & Kings IPO : Invest at Cut Off

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    Issue details
    Issue opens : November 18, 2009
    Issue closes : November 20, 2009
    Issue size : Rs584.5 crore to Rs610.4 crore
    Offer size : 1.85 crore shares, forming29.4% of post-issue shares
    Face value : Rs10
    Price band : Rs316-330 per share

    Cox and Kings Ltd (CKIL) is coming out with the public issue of 1.85 crore shares. Of the total issue, the offer for the sale of shares by the existing stakeholders (including Lehman Brothers Opportunity, Deutsche Securities Mauritius and Merrill Lynch Capital Markets Espana, SA, SV) constitutes around 30 lakh shares. The remaining fresh issue of 1.55 crore shares would help the company to raise Rs488.2 crore to Rs510 crore (at the lower and the upper end of the price band respectively).

    At the lower end and at the upper end of the price band CKIL is discounting its trailing 12-month earnings per share (EPS; based on pre-IPO equity capital) estimate by ~17.1x and ~17.9x respectively compared with 48.5x for its closest Indian peer, Thomas Cook (India).

    Comparing it’s position in the industry  and compelling valuation make us to recommend this IPO. Invest at CutOFF.

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    Google Ad Planner Publisher Center: Google way to reach advertisers 

    Inside AdSense: Google Ad Planner Publisher Center: Take advantage of new ways to reach advertisers

    Any publisher can use the Publisher Center, but the user interface is currently only available in English.

    Claim your subdomains
    You can now claim subdomains, such as myblog.blogspot.com, in Google Ad Planner. Your site's subdomains can also appear in Google Ad Planner to give advertisers a more detailed view of your site for their media planning. Learn how to claim your sites in Google Ad Planner.

    Share more Google Analytics metrics
    With expanded the type of Google Analytics data you can share with Google Ad Planner,You can opt-in your page views, unique visitors (cookies), total visits, average visits per visitor, and average time on site, which ensures potential advertisers see the most accurate information for your site. Learn how to share your Google Analytics data.

    Delegate site ownership
    Managing your website profile in Ad Planner has just gotten easier. You can now invite additional users to edit and maintain your Google Ad Planner site profile.

    Display an Ad Planner badge
    Highlight your Google Ad Planner profile by displaying our new badge on your site. Advertisers who click your badge will be brought directly to your Google Ad Planner site profile, where they'll find your traffic, demographics, and advertising information.

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    TypePad Micro – Free Social Micro Blogging Platform

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    As part of our ongoing rollout of the NEW TypePad Typepad has pleased to announce  new social blogging features and the launch of TypePad Micro: a completely free level of TypePad focused on easy sharing of text, photos, and videos.

    A new form of blogging is emerging — somewhere between the status updates of Facebook and Twitter and the full-length posts of classic blogs — focused on being easy, fun, and connected. Think of this middle category as a bridge between blogs and social networks, tapping into the connectedness of networks with the freedom, control, and independence of blogs.

    To create your Free A/c, Please Click here.

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