Sunday, September 30, 2007

Ad-age

Two of the best ads I've come across recently:

MIND AND BODY, HEART AND SOUL
(Starring Jackie Chan)
A promotional for the 2008 Beijing Olympics - of which Visa is a Global Partner - the ad has a wonderful catch line and a lyrical beauty to it. It amalgamates the feeling of the Olympics: fun, competition and honour. With Jackie Chan doing the moves, all I can say about this one is 'charge it!'
Watch the ad on YouTube

THE BOOK OF SOLOMON
The ad will give you the feeling of watching a promotional of The Mummy, leaving no stone unturned in fooling the viewer. The ad is complete with a hunk running around Northern Africa, his sexy young love (kidnapped apparently by the protectors of the book) and a storyline that could convince even the most experienced archaeologist. But then, just as the stars are about to enter the Library of Alexandria to find the book, a little girl comes out. And a heavenly voice declares, "Google Search now on Airtel Live. Searching is now so easy!"

Saturday, September 29, 2007

History meets History

Sunita Williams and India's first astronaut, Rakesh Sharma, Hyderabad

Sunita Williams says that she would like to be a part of India's Moon Project. let's hope she can get such an opportunity!

From the Hindu

'I Wanted to Enjoy My Life'

SPECIAL


Mrs. Uma, Counselor

She comes to JIIT4 everyday. She takes pleasure in chatting with students. And she's the only one who'll tell you to stop studying so much. That's Mrs. Uma for you! OTFS asked her how exactly she landed up in Sri Chaitanya. Here's what she had to say:

[She verified that she held no degree in psychology and counseling]
I am actually a Junior Scientist. I did my graduation in microbiology. But I had had enough with studies! I wanted to enjoy my life! So I joined Sri Chaitanya.

I taught for a few years, but it was very stressful. I didn't like shouting at students all the time. So i decided to become a counselor for the IIT Academy. I enjoy my work.

Why Sri Chaitanya?
Oh, well, I was actually a student of Sri Chaitanya myself! Yes, I passed my Inter 2nd Year from SC in 1995.

(OTFS)

Welcome the Fone



Hutch is now Vodafone. The British telecoms giant now officially starts business in India. Be prepared for some really innovative technology!

Story from NDTV Profit

NDTV Launches MetroNation New Delhi

NDTV MetroNation (New Delhi)


NDTV has made history again. It has launched India's first 24-hour Local English News Channel for New Delhi and National capital Region (NCR). The channel will cover four broad genres, including News and Current Affairs, Lifestyle, Entertainment and Youth.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Dr. Pannoy Roy, Chairman, NDTV Ltd., said that MetroNation was a long-time dream for NDTV, and they were just waiting for the right time.

The MetroNation series of channels from NDTV will soon spread to other cities as NDTV continues its big expansion plans. MetroNation is the fifth Channel that the company airs in India, after NDTV 24x7, NDTV इंडिया, NDTV Profit and NDTV Good Times, which was recently launched.

The next channel that the company plans to launch is the general entertainment channel NDTV Imagine. The company jointly runs Astro Awani in Indonesia and Astro Awani in Malaysia. It also airs NDTV Arabia in the UAE.

More on NDTV MetroNation
From WebIndia123

And We're Back!

WEEK 17


Sri Chaitanya IIT Academy, SR Nagar, Hyderabad, Sep. 29: OTFS had to take a break for a bit, but we're back now! the college this week was marked with the third IPE Examination giving students a serious headache. Unlike the last ones, this one also included two language papers of one and a half hours each. Students struggled to meet the tough timings so that they could study. An average performance is expected as per the Instant Survey conducted by OTFS.

On Saturday, many students came to college just before the exam began. They had been studying at home. No action has been taken against them.

Mrs. Jhansi flexed her muscles as well. It has been learned that she forced two students of JIIT4, who were not devoting any of their time to studies, to shift to the regular batch. The RB (jokingly called the roads and buildings batch) is considered the least important of all the batches in all of Sri Chaitanya.

And finally, the week saw the end of Mr. Sanjay Singh's time with the first years. After completing the molecular orbital concept for JIIT1 on Sunday and Monday, he made way for Mr. Veeranjaneelu to teach the students. Girls in particular have given negative feedback on him. Also, 23 students of JIIT1 attended the Special Sunday class conducted tom compensate the holiday on Tuesday (Ganesh Immersion).

Next week will have no exams, although a retest for any who missed an exam next week would be held on Monday. The week after that will carry the IIT Unit Test-6. (OTFS)

Monday, September 24, 2007

SC Slaps YSR?

The Supreme Court has allowed a petition against the AP High Court's refusal to stay 4% Reservation for backward Muslims. Obviously, the Supreme Court is not blind towards divide-and-rule politics. Whether it is tied by law of truth is left to be seen.

Story from NDTV.com

History Repeats Itself

INDIA WIN ICC WORLD TWENTY20

It was in 1983 when Kapil Dev brought home the world. And now, history has repeated it self. India beat Pakistan by 5 runs to become the first World Twenty20 Champions.

The match began with Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Jharkhand) elected to bat. The batting was not exceptional, though Gautam Gambhir scored an excellent 75. Umar Gul of Pakistan bowled superbly, although he did receive a warning from the umpire not to resort to bouncers. Yorkers, of course, flowed freely.

When Pakistan began its innings, i was almost sure they were going to win. Although they had lost a wicket in less than one over, they played brilliantly at the end. But eventually, their simmering run rate dwindled, and India looked to be on top again. But then the most damaging thing happened: Misbah-ul-Haq of Pakistan scored four sixes in a row, even skipping a single to maintain the momentum. And with another four a little later, Pakistan needed 5 runs to win from 4 balls. Was this the death knell for India? I certainly thought so.

But the the most shocking, the most unexpected thing happened. It took the world by surprise, and people will continue to debate on it for generations to come. Pakistan lost its last and final wicket in a most unexpected manner. Misbah tried for a four by hitting the ball over the wicketkeeper's head. He however, miscalculated and the ball went flying into Sreesanth's hands, thus closing the greatest match of the year.

The T20 World Cup 2007, in terms of interest and appeal, beat its 50-over counterpart of the same year by a mile. We have seen new rules being introduced (free hits and bowl outs for example), new records being set, and the discovery of India's Captain GenNext. And of course, history repeats itself.

More details from NDTV Circket

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Giribabu Returns!


WEEK 16

Sri Chaitanya IIT Academy, SR Nagar, Hyderabad, Sep. 20: Mr. Giribabu was welcomed back by students of both JIIT1 and SIIT1 with a standing ovation. All the students were happy at having gotten rid of former Maths 1B teacher Mr. Alok Sinha, who has henceforth been shifted to Kukatpally. Mr. Giribabu was welcomed back with a standing ovation in JIIT1.

Today's language exam was canceled. Students were seen busy preparing for next week's IPE Exam.

Also, OTFS has learned that many students have complained to the VP about Physics lecturer Mr. Ravi Kumar. Taking cognizance of repeatedly poor marks in Physics by JIIT1 students, she asked some of the influential students if it would be better if he were replaced. All the students said it was not necessary. Results in the upcoming exams are thus, crucial.

Lastly, Mr. Jhansi has also confirmed once again that once Chemical Bonding was complete. Mr. Sanjay Singh would n longer teach JIIT1. When asked, Mr. Singh said that he had no idea. He advised students not to have any affection with him, but just know him as a chemistry lecturer. (OTFS)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Newsreel

WEEK 16
SEPTEMBER 19, 2007

OTFS Newsreel: First time on Opinions 24x7!
Quick Take on Today's Top Story

JIIT1 Wins and Loses

WEEK 16



Sri Chaitanya IIT Academy, SR Nagar, Hyderabad, Sep. 19: JIIT1 decided to talk tough. And tough negotiations get good results... almost.

JIIT1 faced a similar situation today, when a consortium of boys and girls approached Mrs. Jhansi to submit an ultimatum demanding the removal of Mr. Alok Sinha and Mrs. Sunita: two lecturers the class has been complaining against or several weeks now. Mrs. Jhansi slipped a surprise onto the students by informing them that their former Maths lecturer Mr. Giribabu would be reinstated soon. Furthermore, it has been learned that the college is negotiating with former Chemistry lecturer Mr. Venugopal to return after he had resigned after securing a government job.

All seemed well until the final but of information came out: Mr. Sanjay Singh, voted by 90% of the class as the best teacher they had, would be removed so that he could concentrate on the Second Year and the Long-Term batch. Mr. Veeranjaneelu, JIIT2, would be appointed in his place.

This has come as a Catch-22 situation top the students. The class seems unable to decide if the loss is worth the gain. Perhaps time would tell, said one student. (OTFS)

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Revelations

WEEK 16 DAY 2


Sri Chaitanya IIT Academy, SR Nagar, Hyderabad, Sep. 18: Mrs. Jhansi did NOT take her ire out on students, much to their shock. The reason it seems, is because many students (if not all) had performed very badly. OTFS has received reports that students of JIIT3 and 4 have even touched a net negative mark. ironically, most of them say it was because of the subjective nature of coordinate geometry, while the rest say the culprit was, as usual, Physics.

On that note, the counselor Mrs. Uma held a counseling session for JIIT1, wherein after filing in their personal reports for the second time this year, students were given an opportunity to express their grievances in a free and semi-confidential manner.

Highlights:
  1. Students unanimously request removal of Mr. Alok Sinha, who they accuse of skipping theorems, difficult problems and forcing students to solve problems my subjective methods, thus causing unimaginable difficulty in ab objective exam.
  2. Some students complain that the study hours were a sheer waste of time, since they are unable to concentrate in college. Mrs. Uma reveals that the period running up to December is quite tense and difficult, as the lecturers are in a mad rush to complete the IPE Syllabus. From January onwards more holidays would be given.
  3. Students request for more holidays. Proposal rejected.
  4. Students complain that the prime cause of poor marks was sheer burnout. The college has been conducting non-stop major exams for several weeks now, and two IIT Exams in a row were the final nail on the coffin. Students also request that the syllabus be kept realistic as having an exam covering 20-25 chapters every week was too much of a strain.
Mrs. Uma said that she would take these matters into consideration.
OTFS has also learned that next week's Physics IPE Paper would be prepared my Mr. Ravi Kumar, who takes Track 2 for JIIT1 and 2.

Students are requested to pay the IPE First Year Exam fee of Rs. 280 by the 24th of this month.

Finally, JIIT1, who received their results of an English exam conducted a few weeks, has deiced to appeal against the correction on Thursday to English HOD Mrs. Latika. Apparently, the examiner marked those answers wrong, which Mrs. Latika had herself given in the class after the exam. About two marks hang here. (OTFS)

Monday, September 17, 2007

My SMS is for him

Amit Paul, Finalist, Indian Idol 3


No regional bias here, this businessman from Shillong is truly a deserving candidate as the next star of India.

More from NDTV Music

Although Prashant Tamang, an IPS Officer from Darjeeling, is also talented, Amit wins by sheer talent. And, as some of my friends have pointed out, looks.

Watch out for the results on Saturday, September 23 on Sony at 9:00 PM. Till then, watch this space.

This Man will Sink us

Karunanidhi, DMK Supremo


His heart is black as stone
His mind as narrow as a knife
His politics as dirty as the home of a dung beetle.
His totalitarianism rivals that of Hitler
His dream of an empire that of the British.
His religious bias irks the crusades
His minority appeasement creates borders.
And as Ram was a demon and Sita a prostitute
As his evil mouth dares to utter
One ship must fall.
Be it India, or the political curry that is
Tamil Nadu.
Or at least 69% of it.

Anti-Alok Slogans Pick Up

WEEK 16


Sri Chaitanya IIT Academy, SR Nagar, Hyderabad, Sep. 17: Today's AIEEE exam - conducted exclusively for the SR Nagar campus - turned out to be a major setback for students of JIIT1. Most students had first attempted mathematics before going on to Physics. But this move had turned out to be costly, as Mr. Alok Sinha, Maths 1B lecturer, had taught the students only subjective questions and they were oblivious to the many shortcuts available for solving complex questions. Thus, although Physics was fairly easy, students were not ale to do well since their poor show in 1B snowballed into Physics due to a sheer lack of time.

In the last hour, some marks (provisional) started trickling in.These are yet to be verified. Abhirup of JIIT1 topped with 215, far below Mrs. Jhansi's benchmark of 300 of 360. Aditya, Namrata, Divya, Mounik and Sushobhan followed suit. Pranay - whose marks have been slipping of late - got 10th rank.

A discussion between some boys and girls of JIIT1 concluded that it was imperative that some action be taken against Mr. Sinha as his subjective-attitude was harming them in objective tests. Mr. Sinha insists that IIT will restore subjective exams in a few years, not caring for the Supreme Court directive against the same. This, students feel, is turning out to be a costly misnomer.

Since nobody had come even near the benchmark of 300, the reaction from Mrs. Jhansi is expected to be interesting. Most students are expected to protest the 1B Paper and the subjective-style of teaching by Mr. Alok.

The Instant Survey reveals that this paper was tough, except Chemistry, which was quite easy. Maths 1B in particular was difficult. The highest mark in JIIT3 is expected to be around 150.

An IPE exam including two language papers is scheduled to be held next week. (OTFS)

Friday, September 14, 2007

A Historical Correction

George W Bush, president of the United States of America


Bush has finally done something good: he has decided to order a troop reduction in Iraq. Although Iraq is far from stable and hardly democratic, a troop reduction is definitely the order of the day. Perhaps this could save him from leaving his post as the worst US President in history... second place isn't too bad, after all.

Read full story from NDTV.com

Closed and Unclosed

WEEK 15 DAY 5


Sri Chaitanya IIT Academy, SR Nagar, Hyderabad, Sep. 14: The college was full of wild rumours about the timings today, with some claiming that it would end at 2:30 PM. The main cause of these rumours is the fact that tomorrow being Ganesh Chaturthi, the roads were completely clogged up with traffic and the buses would find it very difficult to drop students.

Mrs. Jhansi, Vice Principal, tried to negotiate with the management to let students go home early, but she was denied. Still, many students claimed that the college would be closed at 3:00, then 4:00 and finally, as a sort of compromise, the students were allowed to go home at 5:00 instead of the normal 6:00. This applied to all students.

Also, the VP used the first period to counsel students of JIIT1. She advised them on how they should prepare for the oncoming AIEEE and EAMCET exams. She also set a target of 400+ in IIT and 300+ in AIEEE for some students.

In JIIT1, the girls joined hands to stall the last and most miserable period - that of Mr. Alok Sinha's - for some time. At the end however, he spoke to the librarian, who scolded the class and thus, classes went on as usual.

The general mood was joyous, as many students looked forward to the extended weekend. Furthermore, it has been learned that Monday's AIEEE and and Tuesday's EAMCET exams would only be for the Juniors of the IIT Campus of SR Nagar. Thus, these exams would be conducted only for a handful of students, while the rest of the state has canceled the exams to let students enjoy the festive season. Most students have condemned this technique adopted by this campus of holding exams right after major festivals, thus restricting the students' celebration. As usual, the college does not care. (OTFS)

Thursday, September 13, 2007

WARNING

Pakistan is reportedly shipping in fake currency to destabilize the blooming Indian economy.

Story from NDTV.com

make sure to check for the security tag and watermark on each note. This is your way to fight terrorism. In case you find fake currency, don't keep quiet. Tell the police: the RBI will be forever grateful.

Jews are People too

I have never understood why people hate Jews. Muslims and Christians, who all believe the holocaust happened (except Iran), seem think that Jews don't deserve their 'forgiveness.' What they have done to gain their wrath I do not know.

Rabbi Kalman Packouz tries to explain this unnatural hate people seem to have. (Original Page)

It has been said that the history of almost all of the Jewish holidays can be summed up succinctly: "They wanted to kill us; we won. Let's eat." Why has anti-Semitism been so pervasive in so many countries, in so many time periods and for so many reasons? (One begins to wonder. Perhaps there is something wrong with the Jews and Judaism? After all, there is an old Yiddish saying -- "If one person calls you a donkey, ignore him; if two people call you a donkey, buy a saddle.")

Between the years 250 CE and 1948 CE - a period of 1,700 years - Jews have experienced more than eighty expulsions from various countries in Europe - an average of nearly one expulsion every twenty-one years. Jews were expelled from England, France, Austria, Germany, Lithuania, Spain, Portugal, Bohemia, Moravia and seventy-one other countries.

Historians have classified six explanations as to why people hate the Jews:

  1. Economic -- "We hate Jews because they possess too much wealth and power."
  2. Chosen People -- "We hate Jews because they arrogantly claim that they are the chosen people."
  3. Scapegoat -- "Jews are a convenient group to single out and blame for our troubles."
  4. Deicide -- "We hate Jews because they killed Jesus."
  5. Outsiders, -- "We hate Jews because they are different than us." (The dislike of the unlike.)
  6. Racial Theory -- "We hate Jews because they are an inferior race."


As we examine the explanations,
we must ask -- Are they the causes for anti-Semitism or excuses for Anti-Semitism? The difference? If one takes away the cause, then anti-Semitism should no longer exist. If one can show a contradiction to the explanation, it demonstrates that the "cause" is not a reason, it is just an excuse. Let's look at some contradictions:

  1. Economic -- The Jews of 17th- 20th century Poland and Russia were dirt poor, had no influence and yet they were hated.
  2. Chosen People -- a) In the late 19th century, the Jews of Germany denied "Choseness." And then they worked on assimilation. Yet, the holocaust started there. b) Christians and Moslems profess to being the "Chosen people," yet, the world and the anti-Semites tolerate them.
  3. Scapegoat -- Any group must already be hated to be an effective scapegoat. The Scapegoat Theory does not then cause anti-Semitism. Rather, anti-Semitism is what makes the Jews a convenient scapegoat target. Hitler's ranting and ravings would not be taken seriously if he said, "It's the bicycle riders and the midgets who are destroying our society."
  4. Deicide -- a) the Christian Bible says the Romans killed Jesus, though Jews are mentioned as accomplices (claims that Jews killed Jesus came several hundred years later). How come the accomplices are persecuted and there isn't an anti-Roman movement through history? b) Jesus himself said, "Forgive them [i.e., the Jews], for they know not what they do." The Second Vatican Council in 1963 officially exonerated the Jews as the killers of Jesus. Neither statement of Christian belief lessened anti-Semitism.
  5. Outsiders -- With the Enlightenment in the late 18th century, many Jews rushed to assimilate. Anti-Semitism should have stopped. Instead, for example, with the Nazis came the cry, in essence: "We hate you, not because you're different, but because you're trying to become like us! We cannot allow you to infect the Aryan race with your inferior genes."
  6. Racial Theory -- The overriding problem with this theory is that it is self-contradictory: Jews are not a race. Anyone can become a Jew - and members of every race, creed and color in the world have done so at one time or another.


Every other hated group is hated for a relatively defined reason.
We Jews, however, are hated in paradoxes: Jews are hated for being a lazy and inferior race - but also for dominating the economy and taking over the world. We are hated for stubbornly maintaining our separateness - and, when we do assimilate - for posing a threat to racial purity through intermarriages. We are seen as pacifists and as warmongers; as capitalist exploiters and as revolutionary communists; possessed of a Chosen-People mentality, as well as of an inferiority complex. It seems that we just can't win.

Now we know what are NOT the reasons for anti-Semitism.

When Hitler was surrounded by Soviet forces at the fag end of World War 2, he ordered his generals to kill more Jews. This, he said, was the 'final solution to the Jewish problem.' And unless Hitler was a noble man (which he wasn't), we shouldn't fall prey to illogical hatred. Jews are our friends. Religion does not determine a person in a civilised society.

India recognises Israel
. And I am proud of it.

WE THANK RABBI KALMAN FOR HIS EXPLANATION.

Meeting Closes College at 5

WEEK 15 DAY 4


Sri Chaitanya IIT Academy, SR Nagar, Hyderabad, Sep. 13: Instead of closing at 6:00 PM as usual, the college closed at 5:00 PM today on account of a high-level meeting of all lecturers from Sri Chaitanya, Hyderabad. All students gladly walked out of the college.

Mrs. Jhansi, Vice Principal, currently infected with conjunctivitis, took leave of her post for today, leaving counselor Mrs. Uma and librarian Mrs. Yashoda in-charge.

A language test was held today in English, but many students seemed to be unaware that the exam would take place. A fair amount of cheating was observed.

Tomorrow is the last day of the working week on account of Ganesh Chaturthi on Saturday. Also, some students of JIIT1 have raised objections that October 2, Gandhi Jayanti, has not been declared a holiday on the official list even though it is a compulsory national holiday. (OTFS)

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

And Fundamentalism Conquers Democracy

Map of Jammu and Kashmir

While the media creates a ruckus on an Allahabad High Court judge's statement on the Gita, let's also take a look at how secularism has fallen in Jammu and Kashmir thanks to the Shariat Bill having been passed.

Likita Finds herself in the Line of Fire


WEEK 15

Sri Chaitanya IIT Academy, SR nagar, Hyderabad, Sep. 12: JIIT1 student Likita, accused of having manipulated her answer sheet, was today thrashed by the VP. However, no conclusive evidence has been found to confirm whether she performed such an act. She vehemently claims that she did not.

Many students in the class support her cause, for they say that she is one of the most hardworking if not brightest students in the class. Mr. Sanjay Singh, Chemistry Lecturer and Second Year Course Coordinator, told her that if she truly did not do it, she should not worry as her hard work would always benefit her. He also went on to condemn students who resorted to such malpractices.

OTFS has condemned the VP's act, as every citizen is innocent until proven guilty. Likita's marks have not been restored and she has not been given her rightful place as the top ranker.

In Other News...
  1. Mrs. Sunita has called the students of JIIT4 half-an-hour early tomorrow to complete pending syllabus. Several students threaten to bunk college over the move.
  2. College ends is a wet downpour as Hyderabad registers a long spell of rain. Many students forced to go home amidst mud, water and a lot of traffic.
  3. In JIIT1, Mr. Alok Sinha claims to have completed the remainder of the IPE section of 2D geometry, setting a new record. Students say he skipped significant parts of the book.
  4. JUST IN Vice Principal Mrs. Jhansi said to have been infected with conjunctivitis, which has been spreading around the city for some time now.
Saturday is expected to be a holiday on account of Ganesh Chaturthi.

The Second Year ICON Star Batch is reported to have less than ten girls, an all-time low. (OTFS)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Provisional IIT Marks Released


WEEK 15

Sri Chaitanya IIT Academy, SR Nagar, Hyderabad, Sep. 11: The provisional marks of yesterday's IIT Unit Test-4 were released. A strong scent of something having gone amok could be felt, as students who hardly ever made it into the top 20 in JIIT1 climbed all the way to the top 5.

The first victim of this debate has been Likita of JIIT1, whose marks were deleted on account of the fact that she had scored an unimaginable 81 of 81 in both papers of chemistry and well above 60 in both papers of Physics. Her total touched 387 of 483, with the Hyderabad highest being lower at 382 (Divya Ravi of the same class).

However, some students felt that she should have been treated an innocent until proven guilty. She was absent today.

The key has however, not been changed. It has been learned that 24 marks are to be awarded by default to all students in Physics Paper 2 and around 10-15 more in Physics Paper 1. Maths Paper 2 too has some changes of that nature.

VP Mrs. Jhansi was unavailable for comment today as she was out for a meeting of directors, where she is expected to bring up the issue of Mr. Alok Sinha and Mrs. Sunita on behalf of JIIT1.

The college saw a general volatility in trends, with some students gaining low marks vis-a-vis the last exam, some remaining nearly unchanged and many actually doing better. Detailed analysis of the marks is expected tomorrow. (OTFS)

Monday, September 10, 2007

A Look to Buy For!

BSE Broadcast, showing NDTV Profit, live at the Bombay Stock Exchange


Indeed, when a company knows its business, the world looks up and takes note. The NSE-TV18 Media Center might have lots of ribbons and decorations, but its only for the expert investor.

This new system was unveiled on December 15, 2006, when Dr Prannoy Roy, the Managing Director of New Delhi Television (NDTV) Ltd, struck the BSE's opening bell. Mr Damodaran, the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), said that the ticker would provide information and analysis of the financial world.

BSE Broadcast aims at bringing the writing on the wall to the man on the street. And if its the latest business news, its NDTV Profit!

Taiwan Should be Free


The People's Republic of China has begun to think that it own East Asia (and to some some extent South East and South Asia, although the latter brings in some stiff competition from India). For decades China has claimed its rights over Taiwan: a small but highly developed Island-Nation in the Pacific.

China - on the basis of its 'One China' policy - is out to strip a nation of democracy, a free press and a voice of its own. Only the United States has been able to stop it... for now.

Now, as the 'officially' named Republic of China (Taiwan) applies for membership to the UN for the umpteenth time, it is sure to fail. Although reports suggest that for only the second time in all these decades (the last being in 2006), the nation will apply with its true name - Taiwan - it would only worsen conditions. You see, China has a veto in the Security Council, which approves all new members.

Calling itself the republic of Taiwan would inflame China, but the latter would be in no mood for war with the US-ally, as it would raise concerns over its breathtaking economic development. Add to that the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and China is sure to avoid all out confrontation. But as the Chinese Politburo says, if a kick comes to a blow, there's only one answer.

When the UNSC seat was transferred from Taipei to Beijing, a great wrong was done. Although the nuclear bomb was blown tested in Taiwan, China got the credit for it, and the Taiwanese ceased to exist: all consequences of the ruthless 'One China' policy. Perhaps one day - when the UN would be more democratic than dictatorial - a whole generation of Taiwanese would gain there nationality back.

Till then, Taiwan will remain in the bracket of the People's Republic, both in name and existence.

Further Reading
NDTV.com - Full Story
Taiwan's Nuclear Bomb?
'One China' Policy

IIT Exam Ends


WEEK 15 DAY 1

Sri Chaitanya IIT Academy, SR Nagar, Hyderabad, Sep. 10: The Fourth IIT Unit Test ended today with mixed reactions. In its first-of-its-kind Instant Survey, OTFS found that most students could not solve physics. Many landed up with a net negative mark and an even greater number failed o qualify. Increasingly, Physics is becoming a highly challenging subject.

Chemistry went well for almost all students surveyed. Many expect a mark grater than 70 of 81 in both papers. Maths 1A was somewhat difficult, but Maths 1B was extremely easy, according to collected data.

Some more controversy was raked up in JIIT1, as Maths 1B lecturer Mr. Alok Sinha told students that a particular answer had to "be guessed, as it is not possible to solve the entire paper." The students submitted a complain to troubled VP Mrs. Jhansi, who got fed up and gave the City Coordinator's Number to the students, telling them to call up and take some action.

Since the exam didn't go well for most students, some fireworks can be expected tomorrow, when the results come out. OTFS has also received reports that some students might have leaked the key again.

College starts tomorrow at 8:00 AM, half-an-hour before usual. (OTFS)

Saturday, September 8, 2007

VP Takes U-Turn

WEEK 14


Sri Chaitanya IIT Academy, SR Nagar, Hyderabad, Sep. 8: Vice Principal Mrs. Jhansi has taken a complete U-turn in her policy towards the demands of JIIT1. While she originally refused to even investigate claims by the class that their Chemistry teacher Mrs. Sunita and their new Maths teacher Mr. Alok Sinha were not teaching properly, she stunned the class today by offering to substitute Mr. Sinha with Mr. Swamynath (a long-standing demand of the boys) and investigate claims of inefficiency by Mrs. Sunita.

Many say that this move came after most students scored bad marks in their tracks in Monday's IIT Unit Test-3.

The IIT Unit Test-4 will be conducted on Monday and next Saturday will be a holiday for Ganesh Chaturthi. This week's AIEEE and EAMCET tests were canceled and both question papers were given to students for practice. (OTFS)

You are Selected


That's what met my eyes when i entered my roll number on the results page.

Sushobhan Sen
National Talent Search Scholarship Awardee

And none of this would have come true... without Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's. Thank you.

Coming up on 11/9/2007 (Tuesday)
THE NTSE STORY: AN OTFS EXCLUSIVE

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Copy Cats Never Win: Sri Chaitanya

WEEK 14


Sri Chaitanya IIT Academy, SR Nagar, Hyderabad, Sep. 5: The results of Monday's overdue IIT Test-3 left most students stunned. The highest mark went to Deepak of JIIT3. Or so we thought.

Reports from JIIT1 claimed that the key of that test had been leaked a full week back. Since there was absolutely no alteration to the order of the questions and Paper 1 was held before Paper 2 as usual, some 13 students of JIIT3 just by-hearted the correct answers in order and filled their OMR sheets in record time.

The mistake came when these students actually filled all the correct answers. Since there was no change in only the Physics key, these students scored a full 81 in both papers in Physics, which led to the suspicion that something was fishy. Mrs. Jhansi, on investigating, found that these students had indeed cheated.

She beat up the students with a ruler in front of their class and declared their marks null and void. This act has been recorded in their permanent record and they have been marked absent for the exam. Mrs. Jhansi has warned of dire consequences if such an act is ever repeated.

"Students should write exams for the sake of understanding where they stand among others, not to advertise themselves," said Mr. Vara Prasad, Maths Lecturer.

With these marks having been disqualified, Divya Ravi, JIIT1 stands on top with 361 of 483. She is followed in JIIT1 by Mohit Agarwal, Abhiroop, Sushobhan and Namrata in that order. All key changes are reported to have been made. JIIT4 has not yet received their marks.

The overall mark has fallen versus last time, but this is attributed to the fact that this paper was much closer to the IIT standard that previous ones.

College was closed at 4:10 PM itself in celebration of Teacher's Day. OTFS wishes its teachers a happy Teacher's Day.

An AIEEE Exam is expected to be conducted on Friday, and the syllabus for a cumulative IIT Unit Test-4 (covering all concepts from day one) is scheduled for Monday. The syllabus has been given. (OTFS)

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Blogpost No. 100!!


Opinions 24x7 (later nicknamed OTFS) began operations in February 2007. Our first post was a simple introduction to our goals: to bring an opinion out of the box.

We started off our series with a post on Minority Appeasement in India. Then we moved into a more enticing genre: movie reviews. In February, we did our first movie review: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, followed by an event-review of The Class 10 Farewell. Also in that month, we added a 'story' label and put up our first ever original work of fiction: Suicide Point.

March and April were both exciting as well as slow. We unveiled are best post to-date: 'Who Wants to be the Headboy?' as an advisory to future prefects in Bhavan's. And in April we reviewed what was, in my opinion, the best movie yet: Lemony Snicket's A Series of unfortunate Events. That month, we also added Kali Kishore's blog as our first ever featured blogger.

May included a book review as well as a research paper into the pros and cons of euthanasia. We also mourned the victims of the Hyderabad Blasts, and honoured some of the world's best-known media faces.

But it was from June when we started full-scale operations. we launched our first ever series NDTV20 to commemorate twenty years of NDTV. We wrote a comical poem on Ekta Kapoor shenanigans and then launched Sri Chaitanya 24x7: our two-year series covering the happenings in Sri Chaitanya IIT Academy, Hyderabad. We also went on to add another series to our kitty: 8210, an autobiographical account of yours truly. New installments of the same are pending.

In July, we unveiled out first Life law: The Law of Spending Pressure. More reports in the SC 24x7 series and a quizzer from Harry Potter 7 saw the end of a 28-post long month. We also took the courtesy of wishing India's First Woman President Pratibha Patil good luck for her tenure.

August saw an accelerated growth rate with 32 posts! We gave out more awards as part of our NDTV20 series, mourned the death of the journalistic excellence of Dow Jones (courtesy Rupert Murdoch), composed a useful poem for your girlfriend and honoured Mahatma Gandhi. Phew! If that wasn't enough, we kept up our updates in the SC 24x7 series, mourned the death of Adnan Patrawala, blasted a survey on Indian Schools, assessed the functioning of SSC Schools and to top it all off, celebrated India's First Lifestyle Channel: NDTV Good Times!

The highlight of September was our second story entitled My Past at IIT, and of course, out 100th blog post!!!

On the gadgets side, OTFS hasn't changed much on the overall template (blue still remains our best colour), but we have made occasional changes to our side-panel. We started off with a survey tool from echonet and a newsreel. But we soon realised that we were leaving a lot of the panel empty. So we added a rating scheme, a quote, I POWER BLOGGER and a list of other blogs (sadly, only two remain active in that list now). To remind plagiarists to stay away, we added a protective tag from Copyscape. Later on, we realised that the panel had become quite bulky. So we decided to remove the newsreel first, and a month later we got rid of the survey tool. In their place we added a Hit Counter. From June 9, 2007 onwards, we have had a whopping 1500+ hits! Lastly, we realised that the blog was not interactive enough. So we added a RATE THIS BLOG tool to the side-panel and tweaked our template so that each post contained a rating tool at the end.

Add two or three YouTube videos to that, and we've got OTFS!

But this isn't the end of it. On the contrary, its just the beginning. Our next goal is 500 posts, which would make us one of the largest amateur blogs here. And its all thanks to our 1500+ hits... its you, the readers, who keep us going. We hope to bring you a lot more.

AN Opinion... always leads to another!

My Past at IIT

The Indian Institute of Technology: a dream for many, a nightmare for others. That’s how I would describe my preparation for the Joint Entrance Examination.

My name is Muhammad Tarikh Ali. And I have only one ambition: to get into an IIT. Why? I don’t know. Perhaps it’s because of the excellent jobs that all IITians get. Perhaps it’s because of the fame and glamour associated with the institute. Or perhaps it’s just because that’s what everybody does.

And so after ten years of studying with Vidya Vardhan IIT Foundation Centre in Parle, Mumbai in tandem with my school studies, I joined what people called an ‘all-in-one coaching institute.’ They had different names in different states of the Indian Union; ‘centres’ in Kolkata, ‘junior colleges’ in Andhra Pradesh and simply ‘preparatory classes’ in Delhi. But they all had the same USP: study +2 and train for IITJEE all at the same time. The advantage was of course, that you saved a year of training for IITJEE after 12th. The disadvantage: no recreation, no sports, no holidays, no celebrations, no rights, no freedom… no humanity.

But of course, I didn’t know all that. Professional training that guaranteed me a seat in the greatest educational institute of our time? Wow! Superb! What could be wrong in that?

I had a tough time adjusting to the new study-oriented environment. I was a sports freak: basketball was my passion, and tennis was something I could win blind-folded and handcuffed. In my time as the sports star of my school, I had become famous for my talents. Famous among the teachers, the students… and the girls.

It was in one such inter-school basketball tournament that I bumped into Priya: a simple but cheerful schoolmate who had come along to cheer the Mumbai High Basketeers. The moment we won, she was the first to run up to me and ask for an autograph. Many followed, but she ran the fastest… her jet-black hair waving furiously in the wind. It was something different… she wasn’t like the hundreds of fans I had seen before.

So we met up later. She told me that she had been a big fan of my ‘extraordinary talents’ (as she described my passion for sports). I admit, I had never met her before and hence, knew nothing about her. But she told me that we did share one thing: our desire to get into an IIT. I was thrilled! Finally, someone who could understand me for my goals and dreams: she was the girl I had been waiting for.

So we started going out, and before we knew it, we were madly in love. But of course, the Indian family was still very conservative. Moreover, she was a Hindu, and I a Muslim. People frowned at such inter-faith infatuations. But we didn’t care: love, after all, knew no boundaries.
And thus, after 10th, both of us joined the same coaching institute. We were in the same class, and although we made it a point not to sit and cuddle next to each other, we would talk whenever we could. Our understanding for each other grew as we finished our first year.

But then studies began to take precedence. Both of us agreed that we should slow down a bit and take a more serious stance on out desires to get into an IIT. We didn’t split. Oh no, we could never think of something like that! But we just condensed the time we spent with each other.

I had left all my passions: sports, Sachin Tendulkar, and the stock market. I could think of nothing but those three letters: I-I-T. And so I studied hard. But I couldn’t leave Priya: she was as much a part of my life as I was.

And then came that fateful day of the Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (IITJEE). We entered the hall together (thankfully, our roll numbers turned out to be nearly consecutive) and wished each other good luck before we sat down and opened our papers.

Two months later, our results came out. Both of us had the same two words on our results: NOT QUALIFIED. I was heart-broken. How could this be? I had studied so hard, I had forfeited everything… how?

Priya took it a lot better than me. Both of us had qualified in AIEEE (the entrance exam conducted by CBSE) and she said that we could join an NIT. But I couldn’t take it: and NIT? Humph! That was like a public toilet in comparison to an IIT. She of course, disagreed with me. According to her, even NITs were reputed institutions and had a good scope for job placements. But I would hear none of it!

And then we had out greatest fight ever. I had made up my mind to spend another year in preparing for IITJEE (this would be my second and last opportunity), whereas she said that she did not want to be a burden on her parents and would much rather finish her studies and get a good job in an MNC.

And so we broke apart. What two years at an inhumane coaching centre could not do, a single paper with ‘IIT’ embossed on it had done.

And so I got about regrouping my life. I joined a ‘long-term IIT course’ and for the next one year, I neither opened my room door nor did I get in touch with any of my old friends. Priya had called up a few times. But I never took her calls. I was angry with her for distracting me from my dreams. I knew what I had to do now: study, and get a seat in an IIT.

And I did it! After spending one year of my life just studying and gaining weight, I managed to get into IIT Chennai. And there was no looking back after that… my life’s goal had been met.

I worked hard in IIT and secured top marks. A leading Multi-National Company hired me in my second year itself. I was promised s starting salary of Rs. 30,000 with an annual increment. Could life have gotten better?

And thus it went on for another six years. I had become successful: a well-paid employee at a reputed company. I owned a car and a flat in an upmarket area of the economic capital. I was the envy of all my cousins. Many-a-times, my younger nephews would ask me how I prepared for IITJEE, and I would tell them with great pride how my grit and determination to succeed had showed me the way.

And then one day, while buying vegetables at the local Fresh store, I bumped into Ajay, my old friend from school. He and I had been inseparable back then: we’d always be found either bunking (or flirting) in the canteen, else shooting hoops on the ground. But we had taken different paths after school: he had wanted to take up a career as a Chartered Accountant.

Meeting him was like quenching my long thirst for reminisces from my past. He invited me to his house for lunch, promising to introduce me to his wife. He had another reason to be overjoyed: he was soon to become a father. His joy seemed to permeate within me, and I had forgotten that in all my years of trying to become successful, I had never found true love.

That afternoon I went to Ajay’s house. It wasn’t very big and was located in the suburbs. Indeed, the neighbours didn’t look very friendly either. It sort of reminded me of my middle-class origins.

And then she opened the door. My first impression was that I was having a dream – or perhaps a nightmare. There, within the threshold of Ajay’s house, stood, clad in a simple salwaar kameez, Priya. Her face had changed over the years. Her features had become harder, more pronounced. But all that just added to her beauty.

Before she could say a word, Ajay came and welcomed me in. As we sat sipping some tea after lunch, he told me how they had met.

“After she passed out from NIT and me from Gokuldas College of Accountancy, we met by accident in a crowded local train. We exchanged e-mail IDs and phone numbers, and soon fell in love and got married.

“It’s been a year since we got married, and now we’re soon going to have a little bindle of joy in our lives.” He said the last sentence with a beaming smile at his… wife.

I looked up at her eyes. She looked back. There was a sort of hatred in them for me. Or perhaps it was the hatred I felt for what I had done. Those bygone years came back to my mind. Those teenage years when we would spend hours on Marine Drive holding hands and staring into the infinite sea.

She asked me if I wanted some biscuits with my tea. I accepted. She walked away to fetch some, just as I had walked away into my future.

THIS STORY IS PURELY A WORK OF FICTION.

Monday, September 3, 2007

India FY08 Q1 Economic Data


(As declared by the Reserve bank of India)
All figures compared Year-on-year (YoY)


First Quarter GDP Growth Rate: 9.3% vs. 9.6%

1,054 companies had sanctioned projects in the pipeline totaling Rs 2,83,400 crore in 2006-07, more than double the Rs 1,31,299 crore in 2005-06 reflecting buoyant economic conditions.

RBI Forecast for GDP Growth Rate for FY08: 8.5%

Agriculture Growth: 3.8% vs. 2.8%

Manufacturing Growth: 11.9% vs. 12.3%

Construction Growth: 10.7% vs. 10.5%

Mining Growth: 3.2% vs. 3.7%

Major worries: US Subprime Markets, Higher Interest Rates, Inflation (currently at 3.95%)

Analysts remain unconcerned about the marginal slowdown, as it stems for a large base-effect.

Exam Ends, Holiday Declared

WEEK 14


Sri Chaitanya IIT Campus, SR Nagar, Hyderabd, Sep. 3: The IIT Unit Test-3 ended today with a mixed reaction. Although most students said that Paper 1 was very easy, Paper 2 was unanimously declared to be the most difficult paper.

"The questions given in Kinematics are much too long and complicated for this stage," said Mr. Ravi Kumar, Physics Lecturer.

Most students also felt that the paper on coordinate geometry was too complicated and was a mix-n-match between a chapter in the syllabus (Change of Axes) and one out of it (Straight Lines). Moreover, it was unanimously declared by students that the paper was too long and difficult for a three-hour exam.

Chemistry, however, was considered moderately easy by all students.

This paper has come to Hyderabad Campuses one week late, on account of last Monday's holiday for the blast victims. The all-AP highest in this paper is 400 out of 482, down from last time.

Mrs. Jhansi, VP, has told OTFS that an AIEEE or EAMCET (not both) exam would be conducted sometime next week, although no specific date was mentioned. Friday seems the most likely date. Whichever of the tow exams is not conducted would be given as an assignment. Next Monday would bring with it IIT Unit Test-4. Shuffling should take place somewhere in October or November, OTFS has learned.

The college has declared tomorrow, September 4, a holiday on account of Janmashtami. (OTFS)

OTFS wishes its readers a happy Janmashtami.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

NDTV Goes Global

Good Times

NDTV Group is set to bring four channels on air in September. The package includes NDTV Lifestyle's Good Times, a news cum infotainment channel in Kuala Lumpur for joint venture partner Astro, a channel for the Middle East, and Metronation.

"We are launching a channel in Kuala Lumpur on 4 September for Astro, while NDTV Good Times will be up on September 7," said Narayan Rao, Group CEO, NDTV.

NDTV has come together with the Kingfisher brand (Kingfisher has the tagline 'King of good times') in a first of its kind media alliance for the promotion of the channel.

"NDTV Good Times will leverage the NDTV Group's proven programming and broadcasting skills in partnership with the lifestyle appeal of the Kingfisher brand. The strength of the Kingfisher brand combined with NDTV's depth will give our new lifestyle channel a distinct edge," said Dr Prannoy Roy, Chairman, NDTV.

Added UB Group Chairman Vijay Mallya, "The Kingfisher brand has come to epitomise a lifestyle that encompasses some of the finest things in life and is synonymous with delivering a premium experience. The NDTV Good Times channel would leverage the editorial credibility of the NDTV group and the strong lifestyle appeal of the Kingfisher brand and icon. The shared values of both the brands are highly complementary."

The lifestyle channel will be free-to-air. "The channel will target a largely cosmopolitan, socially upbeat audience and the programming includes a wide range of aspirational lifestyle programming on health, fashion, food, pets, travel and luxury," said Smeeta Chakrabarti, CEO, NDTV Lifestyle.

When asked over the necessity of a dedicated channel in this genre in India, she replied, "India is young and increasingly affluent. With money to spend on living better - on leisure, travel, eating out and dressing stylishly - on having a good time! Yet strangely enough there is no Indian lifestyle channel. This channel has all the answers to your questions from food to fitness, travel, leisure, gadgets and from marriage to parenthood."

The cotent creation is majorly in house and 40 per cent of the content has been outsourced to production houses like Contiloe Films, Miditech and Camera Art, amongst others.

"We'll be going on air with five to six hours of fresh content daily, which also includes a reality show The Great Indian Love Challenge," said Shibani Sharma, Creative Head, NDTV Lifestyle.

The channel has roped in experts in various fields like tech guru Rajiv Makhni, cocktail queen Shatbhi Basu, actor cum director Rajat Kapoor, Manju Malhi, spa queen Devika Anand and NDTV's own 'Chhupa Rustam' anchor Arun Thapar.

Courtesy NDTV.com

Week Ends in Turmoil

WEEK 13: DAY 6


Sri Chaitanya IIT Campus, SR Nagar, Hyderabad, Sep. 1: The week ended with an incomplete war between students of JITI1 and the Vice Principal over the issue of errant chemistry lecturer Mrs. Sunita. Mrs. Jhansi is now making a scapegoat out of Md Saif-ud-din, who accompanied the consortium of students who submitted the letter requesting for Mrs. Sunita's removal.

She had warned him yesterday that if he failed to obtain high marks in Monday's IIT Unit Test-3, he would be forced to stay back in college till 6:00 PM. Sources also tell us that she blames him for creating this uprising against Mrs. Sunita, whom she claims to be a 'very good teacher.' She had shouted at him, told him never to ask any doubt again but just by-heart the textbooks, and also threatened to remove him from the college if he dared to complain on any teacher again. Saif however, enjoys the support of the toppers of the campus as well as the lecturers, so it is expected that they would shield her.

With the IIT Unit text re-scheduled to Monday, the City Coordinator of the ICON Programme visited the college and told them that he would make regular calls. Students were in a frenzy to clear last-minute doubts especially in Physics and Chemistry. This exam in particular seems to have raised the adrenalin of all the students like never before.

With Mrs. Jhansi refusing to remove Mrs. Sunita from JIIT1, only time will tell what the consequences will be. However, if it helps, students said that her teaching had improved today.

OTFS has learned that all other classes support JIIT1's stand. (OTFS)