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Australia can play a major role in India's energy sector: Shinde

Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Monday said that Australia can play a major role in the energy sector of India, which is growing at a rapid pace with huge opportunities for investments and technology.
"The two countries can work together in the areas of development of the use of Brown Coal (Lignite), energy efficiency, efficiency improvements of coal based power plants, hydro power development, power generation technology research and development of smart Grid in India," said Shinde, while speaking at the first Australia-India Energy and Minerals Forum here.
The Power Minister indicated cooperation with Australia in developing gas based power plants in India since Australia has huge reserves of gas.
"The Indian companies are interested in procurement of coal and liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Australia," said Shinde addressing a distinguished gathering of policy makers, business leaders and other stakeholders in the energy and mineral sector.
Expressing hopes that these investments would grow further, Shinde said: "The companies are beginning to invest in each other's country. The five action plans that were signed in November 2008 with Ministries of Power, Coal, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Mines, New and Renewable Energy are the buildings blocks to build on and to take forward the bilateral engagement in the energy sector."
The Power Minister said despite the global downturn, India managed to achieve one of the highest growth rates in the world.
"In spite of all odds, the Indian economy exhibited significant resilience in 2009-10 and closed the year with a respectable growth rate of 7.4 percent. India's capacity to withstand the global shock better than many other emerging market economies was assisted largely by the sound macro-economic and financial sector policy environment," said Shinde.
Referring to the National Action Plan on Climate Change, Shinde said that the Ministry of Power is deeply involved with the National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency, one of the eight missions under the Plan. (ANI)
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Yuvraj dropped for disciplinary reasons?

Yuvraj Singh has been dropped from the squad for the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka, and from what sources in the Board have indicated to us, it is quite clear that Yuvraj is not just paying the price for his poor form of late, but also for his lack of discipline and fitness. 

Yuvraj was clicked dancing on the eve of the selection meeting for the Asia Cup and, the picture shows best show how bad his timing has been lately.

So is Yuvi just unapologetic about living life in the fast lane or do cricket administrators have a serious point? They believe that the one time ODI vice captain of the team has lost all focus.

Not to mention form, Yuvi has no half-century in 14 IPL games and 5 T20 games but he's been dropped far more for disciplinary reasons.

"This is the best possible side...I'm not going to speak about any individual player," Srikkanth, Chairman of Selection Committee, said.

"A lot of stress was given on the fitness of a player. Fitness and fielding are very important. We have gone through the record of last one year and did a detailed analysis. It was a lovely discussion with the captain. This is the best possible squad and I think the captain is also convinced," Srikkanth added.

India has dropped to 3rd in the ODI rankings after the early exit of the 2nd string team from the tri series in Harare. That coupled with the disaster in the T20 world cup has put the selectors under considerable pressure.

The selectors though have resisted the urge to make wholesale changes. Saurabh Tiwary best known to be a Dhoni lookalike in more ways than one gets his first call up. Tiwary was a find for Mumbai Indians during the IPL.

Tiwary's Mumabi Captain Sachin Tendulkar has however opted out of the Asia cup, saying he would like to spend some time with his family before a very hectic cricket season.

By dropping Yuvraj Singh from the Asia Cup team, the selectors have sent a very strong message to the youngsters - mend your ways or be prepared to sit out. Perhaps this will give Yuvraj some time for introspection and to get his act together for the upcoming series and most importantly for 2011 World Cup.

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Azad cautions new medical board against corruption

Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has directed the new board of governors, which has taken over the functioning of the Medical Council of India (MCI), to ensure transparency in the process of granting recognition to medical colleges.
"The decisions to be taken by the board of governors should be free, fair and without fear," Azad wrote in a letter addressed to governing body head and eminent gastroenterologist S K Sarin on June 2, officials sources said on Monday.
Last week, Azad wrote to the heads of medical colleges all over the country warning them of stringent action on being found involved in corrupt practices and entertaining middlemen or touts.
In his letter to the board of governors, Azad also cautioned the members against touts who were using the name of the board as well as the ministry, bringing bad name to them, the sources said.
"There are a large number of touts in the field of medical education who are being used by the managements of some interested institutions to get clearances for their colleges by illegal means. These touts collect money from interested institutions in the name of the government, office bearers and the members of the Medical Council of India, thereby bringing bad name to both the government and the Medical Council of India," Azad wrote in the letter.
"I would like you to caution the members of the newly constituted board of governors that they have to be vigilant and keep their eyes open since their every step is being watched by the entire country with high expectations," he added.
The six-member board of governors replaced the MCI in May after it was suspended following the resignation of its president Ketan Desai. Desai was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for allegedly accepting Rs two crore as bribe for granting recognition to a medical college in Punjab though it did not meet the standards.
Extending full support to the board, Azad reassured them of full autonomy in their decision.
"The ministry will be more than happy to provide all necessary support and assistance to the council as and when required. I would also like to make it clear that I have instructed the officials of the ministry not to interfere in the functioning of the board of governors," the minister wrote.
The board is empowered to grant permission for establishment of new medical colleges, opening new or higher courses of study and increase the admission capacity in any course of study.
Other members of the board are Ranjit Roy Chowdhary, Gautam Sen, Devi Shetty, R.L. Salhan and Sita Naik.
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Top IT security certifications that can give you a hike

Bangalore: IT security has been one area that has been relatively resilient even during the recent economic crisis, a research for the first three months of 2010 by Foote Partners noted a jump in pay for professionals working in the IT security business. After speaking to analysts, researchers and representatives from, eWEEK compiled the hottest security certifications job hunters currently need.

Application security

Certifications having to do with application security are also very popular. ISC2's Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP) certification can help. Other popular certifications are GIAC Secure Software Programmer - Java (GSSP-JAVA) and GIAC Secure Software Programmer - .NET (GSSP-NET).

Auditing prowess

Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) has emerged as another hot button security certification of late, according to Foote Partners. Candidates for a CISA certification must pass a test, adhere to the Information Systems Audit and Control Association's Code of Professional Ethics, provide proof of a minimum of five years of professional IS auditing, control, or security work and follow a program of continuing professional education.

Management calls

Increasingly, the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification has become important, as has Certified Information Security Manager (CISM). CISSP is governed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2).

Penetration testing

The Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) provided by the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a good start for pen testers, as is GIAC's Certified Intrusion Analyst certification, according to

Wireless security in demand

The Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP) is a wireless LAN certification for the Certified Wireless Network Professional program.

Windows security

GIAC Certified Windows Security Administrator (GCWN) also went up in market value during the first three months of this year, according to Foote Partners.

CheckPoint check list

Foote Partners also found certain CheckPoint certifications rose significantly between January and April, in particular CheckPoint Certified Security Administrator and CheckPoint Certified Security Expert.

Forensics specialists

Forensics has been a growth area as well. CyberSecurity Forensic Analyst and the EC-Council/Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) certifications have seen market value increases in the past year, though the market value of CHFI did not grow in the first three months of the year, according to Foote Partners.
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Students develop device to guide blind around obstacles

 Washington: Engineering students Elad Kuperberg and Einav Tasa of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel have developed an optical radar system that can help blind people move around obstacles.

The radar system incorporates a computer, two video cameras and a scanning light source to warn the blind of obstacles with audible alerts. "This optical radar device is not only user friendly, but unlike the other solutions it allows the blind to have the use of both of their hands," said Professor Shlomi Arnon, who guided the students in their project.

The system detects obstacles - even those overhead - by scanning the depth of its surroundings, taken from two different angles - similar to that of the human eye. The device was shown for the first time last week as part of the annual conference of projects in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
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Aliens exist on Saturn's moon: NASA

London: Scientists at U.S. space agency NASA have found vital clues that primitive aliens could be living on Titan, one of Saturn's biggest moons.

On the basis of chemical composition found on Titan's surface, the experts believe that life forms have been breathing in the planet's atmosphere and also feeding on its surface's fuel.

The research based on the analysis of data sent from NASA's Cassini probe has been detailed in two separate studies.

The first paper, in the journal Icarus, shows that hydrogen gas flowing throughout the planet's atmosphere disappeared at the surface. This suggested that alien forms could breathe.

The second paper, in the Journal of Geophysical Research, concluded that there was lack of chemical on the surface as it had been possibly consumed by the living aliens, The Telegraph reported.

"We suggested hydrogen consumption because it's the obvious gas for life to consume on Titan, similar to the way we consume oxygen on Earth," said Chris McKay, astrobiologist at NASA Ames Research Centre, at Moffett Field, California, who led the research.

"If these signs do turn out to be a sign of life, it would be doubly exciting because it would represent a second form of life independent from water-based life on Earth".

Professor John Zarnecki, of the Open University, said: "We believe the chemistry is there for life to form. It just needs heat and warmth to kick-start the process.

"In four billion years' time, when the Sun swells into a red giant, it could be paradise on Titan."

They warned, however, that there could be other explanations for the findings. But taken together, they two indicate two important conditions necessary for methane-based life to exist.
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