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Thursday, November 29, 2007
Sri Chaitanya IIT Academy, SR Nagar, Hyderabad, Nov. 29: Mrs. Jhansi took aim at JIIT1 (ISB) today for their performance in the just-concluded IIT Unit Test 7. This time, the results were exceptionally bad, with most of the classing not having qualified in Chemistry Track-2 (Organic Chemistry). She seemed to have taken an exceptionally tough stance, due to the fact that the coordinator has been continuously grilling her on the issue, Mr. Nandagopal told the disturbed students.
The requisite key changes were made in a new fashion: instead of adding bonus marks, questions were deleted and the maximum mark was reduced by over ten marks. However, this led to a fall in the marks of many students and a gain in some. The final ranks in JIIT1 are as follows:
- Divya Ravi
- B Abhiroop
- Mohit Agarwal
- Sushobhan Sen
She lamented on the fact that parents were against students staying back from 5:00 PM to 6:00 Pm, which in her opinion, is some magic key to success!
Nikhila and Naushiba of JIIT1 have asked the VP to transfer them to JIIT2. This is the first case this year of voluntarily dropping to another section.
Language Exam Held
As the IPE 2008 exams come closer, the college conducted a Second Language Exam today. The Instant Poll rated it as moderately easy.
Deepak, formerly of JIIT1 and now in JIIT2, has told OTFS that he was not moved to JIIT2 due to bad marks (as we had earlier reported) but because of the deadlock over disciplined between him and Mr. Giribabu. The lecturer had demanded that either Deepak be removed or he be removed, Deepak told us. OTFS regrets the misinformation.
Mrs. Jhansi gave seven students from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Public school, Jubilee Hills to attend the annual school Sports Day on Dec. 1, as long as they attended the morning's classes. A consortium led by Sushobhan and followed by Deepak, Abhidarshan, Sujith, Divya Ravi, Prerna and Divya Deepankar made the official request.
Interestingly, she seemed to be fully aware of the event (although she wrongly termed it as Annual Day), and permission was granted in less than one minute, perhaps even setting a new record! This is attributed to her friendship with a (former) teacher of the school, whom this blog would not like to name.
Chinmaya Vidyalaya will be hosting its Sports Day on Dec. 15 and the students of the school have taken cognizance of the fact that they too would be required to take permission from the VP. (OTFS)
OTFS will bring you an exclusive review of the 2007-08 Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Public School [Vidyashram] Sports Day on Dec. 1!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
The story of a little boy and his fictitious pet tiger, his cruel babysitter Rosalyn, his thoroughly average parents and the the wonders of an infinite imagination... Bill Watterson makes every strip wroth reading!
Bill Watterson: An Interview
Request: If anybody has a Calvin and Hobbes widget out there, do tell us!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sri Chaitanya IIT Academy, SR Nagar, Hyderabad, Nov. 26: The seventh IIT Unit Test concluded today with JIIT1 (ISB) having received a separate question paper. The code this time was a little star printed at the top of each page. The Instant Poll revealed that this was by far the most difficult paper ever. Mr. Vara Prasad, who has been perpetually expressing his displeasure at the paper standard, said he was satisfied with this one.
JIIT1 (ISB) - the only class that had to write this paper - rated both papers as difficult. Many students do not expect to qualify on the basis of the theoretical Trackwise cut-off of 30 marks. However, most are expected to qualify in the overall cut-off.
Physics Track-1 was rated by far the most difficult paper yet, followed by Maths. The average marks in both the maths papers is less that 40/81.
As the results came in, students realised the full-blown effects of an IIT-standard paper. Divya Ravi topped with 328, followed by Abhiroop (326), Sushobhan (306) and Mohit (304). Nobody else scored above the crucial 300 mark. However, key changes and bonuses - especially in Organic Chemistry - were not accounted for. The net mark is expected to rise.
Mrs. Jhansi continued to terrorise JIIT1. Deepak, whose score is extremely low, was dropped to JIIT2, making him the fourth victim of this moving-class policy (although Victim 3 Sandeep has returned after showing a good performance in IPE during his week in JIIT4).
The college also held an IPE Exam for mathematics today on the same syllabus as yesterday's exam. The paper was rated very easy on the Instant Poll. All classes wrote this paper.
Mr. Sarfaraz has told OTFS that both the ISB and the non-ISB papers in Organic Chemistry were too lengthy.
The syllabus for Monday's AIEEE and Tuesday's EAMCET exams will be the same as the IIT Exam. The syllabus for Thursday's Language 2 exam was also released. Interestingly, the CBSE-SSC divide became more pronounced in organic Chemistry, as the average mark for SSC students there was close to 40, while that for CBSE students was over 50. The difference in Class 10 syllabus is cited as the reason by the JIIT1 think-tank.
Last week, Mr. Giribabu returned from his pilgrimage to the Ayyappa Temple. Mr. Shyam has gone on leave due to a viral fever and is being substituted temporarily by Mr. Dutta, but JIIT1 claims that he is unable to teach effectively and a lot of marks are at stake. Mr. Shyam will however, return.
JUST IN| IPE Dates Announced
The Board of Intermediate Education released the schedule for the 2008 Intermediate Public Examination. The following is the schedule for First Years:
Timings: 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM at respective centres (English medium)
March 5, 2008: Second Language
March 8, 2008: English
March 11, 2008: Maths 1A
March 13, 2008: Maths 1B
March 15, 2008: Physics
March 18, 2008: Chemistry
(Source: Eenadu, November 27, 2007 issue)
Projects for Environmental Education are to be submitted by Dec. 31, and classes for it would be on Feb. 1. Contact college management/senior students for more. It is hereby notified that 25% of marks from Group Subjects (non-languages) would be included for EAMCET from the academic year 2007-09 onwards.
The BIE Website might help you further. (OTFS)
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Genre: Real Time Strategy
Developer: Ensemble Studios
AOE Civilization: European Conquerers
Expansions: The War Chiefs and The Asian Dynasties
USA Release Date: October 18, 2005
Microsoft's Age of Empires series of games has captured the imaginations of millions. The simple and comfortable pace of the game coupled with its engrossing storyline and state-of-the-art graphics (courtesy its new Physics Engine) make this version particularly unforgettable.
The entire game is divided into three acts. Act I (which I'm currently playing) allows the user to dawn the role of Morgan - an English Hero - and fend off and eventually race the Ottomans. For those unsure about how to work the improved game environment, the game offers two tutorials: a Learning Guide that assigns you simple tasks, and Play a Game, that creates a small, realistic but simple version of an actual game.
Act I: Blood focuses on training the player for harder scenarios. It teaches the player how to use resources wisely, how to gather more resources and how to fight on land and water. From fighting Ottomans with an unending supply of army men to stealing maps from a hot female pirate, the game allows the user to travel at their own pace.
The new graphics are great. Of course, you would need an excellent graphics card: an Intel will simply not do. We recommend nVidia. A new Physics engine allows you to actually burst holes through enemy ships, as well as break little chips off of buildings (instead of just seeing smoke come from them). The high seas get even higher, and waves really do look like waves. In addition, you can now see a faint outline of your settler even if he's hiding behind a bush (instead of having to comb the map wondering where your workers have gone to!)
The music is OK, although it could have been a lot better. As for the price... well, since when does Microsoft charge you for just the game?
An engrossing game with a host of new features, AOE 3 promises to keep you on your toes! Now, let me get back on mine...
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Well….my friend Sushobhan has suggested that I write a movie review on the recently released and arguably the most awaited film of the year ‘Om Shanti Om’. And I thought "why not?"
Getting to the topic... ‘Om Shanti Om’ is, to some extent , Karz 2007, in style! It has everything…stars, glamour (and how!), cool quotient…(31 stars on screen!) and of course the famous brand name of Shahrukh Khan, and Deepika Padukone who’s already the next big thing in tinsel town, as the lead couple. And not to forget…the tag line ‘A Farah Khan film’ (she could even go running around saying Main Hoon Na!)
It’s a decent, high budget flick with Farah Khan showing Shahrukh like never before…he’s literally had a makeover at 40; he’s much younger and sizzles onscreen! As for the story, it's one about how a junior artist (Shahrukh- Om Prakash) loves and adores a big star in the 70’s (Deepika aka Shanti Priya ) and then dies trying to save her from the wrath of her husband, played by Arjun Rampal (fair enough), but even she dies (big surprise!). The second half deals about how he is reborn as Om Kapoor, son of yesteryear hero Rajesh Kapoor, and makes Arjun Rampal suffer for killing the actress 30 years ago, although the film now possesses a stylish look (he is aware of his previous birth, in your face Ekta Kapoor!) The plot and the plan are well pictured and shot in beautiful sets. The film also has good performances from Kirron Kher and Shreyas Talpade.
A musical lover is offered a feast with all the songs topping the charts, especially dard-e-disco where Shahrukh Khan shows off his now very-popular 6 pack abs! And the title track is not to be missed, with almost everybody who’s somebody in Bollywood showing up…hats off to Farah for that! The story is medium paced and has healthy comedy (with stars again!)…the movie is worth watching for its glamour, oomph and for Shahrukh , of course!
Well, frankly speaking, it's working because of him!
Its pretty natural for the viewers to expect a lot from this film, as it was highly publicized and one which people longed to see…but I’m afraid the film disappoints to some extent…there is lack of logic in the story…reincarnation is something you can't expect the audience to believe in today, not the mention the stale storyline. It's not the usual Shahrukh Khan movie types…a cute love story, some fighting in the middle and how our hero wins the lady love in the end…. it's not even something like ‘Don’…heroism at its peak! But yet…Om Shanti Om is one film which serves the ultimate purpose of cinema…to entertain (ala RK Narayan?) It is entertaining from top to bottom: six pack abs that I just gaped at (lols :-)), the super cool Shahrukh , the pretty Deepika doing her bit well (it's her debut) and, for all you action lovers out there, there’s a bit of that too. To sum it all up… Om Shanti Om… is a 100% commercial flick that has all the elements for everyone: romance, action, suspense, comedy: the works!
A must watch for all those who love Shahrukh and for the others….well….it's the best thing available out there in this boring wintry season!
(Vennela has written movie reviews for the student edition of the Times of India and has also been a major contributor to various cultural activities. She also won the Top Speaker Award at the mock-UNGA held at DAV Public School in November 2007 on the occasion of UN Week. OTFS would like to thank her for her contribution.)
OTFS would gladly accept all constructive comments. However, if you would like to share your thoughts with Vennela directly, you can scrap her on Orkut.
This is Blogpost 200!
Sri Chaitanya IIT Academy, SR Nagar, Hyderabad, Nov. 20: JIIT1 erupted into a storm today as nearly 40 marks were missed by students owing to a faulty key. According to them eight marks each in Maths and Chemistry and over thirty two marks in Physics were up for grabs!
However, as per the initial and faulty key, Abhiroop topped the campus with 243. This was a weekend test. Moreover, Mrs. Jhansi has not thrown students into lower classes but rather chose to condemn them for poor marks (although nobody seems to be sure what her definition of poor marks is).
A consortium from JIIT1 informed her of the key changes and asked her to urgently take cognizance of them.
The syllabus for next week's IIT Unit Test-7 was released today.
PTA Meeting Canceled
It has now been confirmed that the PTA meeting for the IIT Campus has been canceled. Counselor Mrs. Uma called up select parents to inform them of the development and to assess the performance of their ward, OTFS has exclusively learned.
The college declared tomorrow a holiday on account of an All-AP bandh called by the Telugu Desam. Mrs. Jhansi was quick to show her anger at JIIT1 and mockingly joked that JIIT1 should not be happy about holidays. However, nobody took her seriously. (OTFS)
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sri Chaitanya IIT Academy, SR Nagar, Hyderabad, Nov. 19: The crucial AIEEE Weekend test was concluded today. The Instant Poll revealed that the Physics section was easy. The reason for this, according to Mr. Nanda Gopal, is the fact that the paper setter was told strictly to make a paper of the AIEEE Standard, as some of the previous problems were IIT Level problems. However, he also added that this paper was a bit lower that the AIEEE Standard.
The maths paper was voted generally difficult, while the Chemistry section was placed at tough to average.
A storm seems to be brewing up in JIIT1, as the class seems to be fed up with their chemistry lecturer - Mr. Veeranjaneelu's - continued failure to solve sums on the board and clear doubts.
Whether Mrs. Jhansi will continue her shifting-spree and kick the laggards of JIIT1 out, is yet to be seen. Interestingly, the Physics key was not published. (OTFS)
Coming Soon on OTFS:
Game Review: Age of Empires III
Thursday, November 15, 2007
6 MONTHS COMPLETED!
Sri Chaitanya IIT Academy, SR Nagar, Hyderabad, Nov. 15: Mrs. Jhansi continued her martial law in JIIT1 when she threw two students into JIIT4. Both these students had scored a single digit number in Physics.
She also gave a last warning to students who had scored anywhere between 80 and 90%.
She also told a few students that she would be making similar deletions after every test. However, students have said that although bad marks did deserve a reprimand - especially bad marks in IPE - throwing students staright to JIIT4 after they had worked hard to enter JIIT1 was downright despicable.
Mr. Veeranjaneelu, Chemistry Lecturer for First Year Students, has said that we would be absent tomorrow and assigned a lot a homework.
The Second Language exam was successfully completed today. All the papers were extremely easy. (OTFS)
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
6 MONTHS COMPLETED!
HAPPY CHILDREN'S DAY!
Sri Chaitanya IIT Academy, SR Nagar, Hyderabad, Nov. 14: As results of Monday's contracted IPE Exam came in, Mrs. Jhansi, VP, decided to show her true mettle. Sudhir of JIIT1 (ISB), who scored an extremely low mark of just 19 of 50 in maths, was shifted to JIIT4 with immediate effect, generating ripples of fear throughout the class.
The cut-off was placed at 15 of 20 for both chemistry and physics and at 40 of 50 for maths. The minimum overall cut-off - yes, a cut-off in a subjective exam - was at 90% of the maximum mark i.e., 81 of 90 or 243/270, as the marks would be tripled.
With this knowledge, students made a beeline to the JLs to have their marks adjusted so that they would enter the sphere of safety, as it became apparent that the VP was serious this time.
United we Stand
In addition to the students, the JLs (class in-charges) too were under tremendous pressure. They had received explicit orders to correct the papers strictly. However, this protocol was broken once it was apparent what the VP's intentions were. Marks were freely dispensed after that so that a majority of the students would be safe.
Three cheers for the JLs!
A list has been prepared for each class, wherein the roll numbers of those who have not qualified in each subject have been underlined. This is being called the 'list of doom' as it is those students who have not qualified who would face the VP's wrath.
In addition, in JIIT1, four names have been assigned a star. Sources have told OTFS that these students were to be shifted to JIIT4, or were in imminent danger of being shifted to JIIT4. All four of them scored a single-digit mark in Physics. One of these students is Sudheer of JIIT1, who was transfered immediately because of poor performance in all three subjects.
Saif Storms Out
In other news, there was another spat between the VP and Saif of JIIT2. A source tells OTFS:
"Saif had gone to Mr. Nanda Gopal to ask for some marks in his IPE Physics Paper. Mrs. Jhansi came in just then and, knowing that Mr. Nanda Gopal was quite liberal with marks, interfered and told Saif that he had no right to demand a change in marks. Saif got angry and told her that the JL had not corrected his paper properly. In anger, she tore his answer sheet, upon which she and Saif had a heated argument. The end results was that Saif picked up his belongings and stormed out of the IIT Academy."
OTFS would like to add that contrary to rumours in JIIT1, Saif has not (yet) been transferred to the AIEEE Campus. (OTFS and sources)
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
6 MONTHS COMPLETED!
Sri Chaitanya IIT Academy, SR Nagar, Hyderabad, Nov. 13: Mrs. Jhansi went back to her old self and cracked the whip on JIIT1 (ISB) (again!). She told them that the qualifying mark was at 15 of 20 for Physics and Chemistry and 45 of 50 for Mathematics. Overall, a students was expected to get nothing below 75 of 90. This actually seems reasonable for an exam as rudimentary as IPE.
However, she has warned of 'dire consequences' to those who fail to cross this mark. This did manage to bring fear to the hearts of many students.
In the last few minutes of college, OTFS learned JIIT1's marks in chemistry. Less than ten students earned a full 20 in spite of chemistry being rated the easiest of the three papers. The lowest was at 11, with three people having scored that mark. The marks for Physics and Chemistry have not been revealed yet.
Meanwhile, the counselor Mrs. Uma reigned terror upon JIIT4. She conducted another one of her infamous 'counseling sessions' and ended up shouting at the whole class and punishing ten students!
The syllabus for Thursday's Language Exam (Sasnkrit/French/Arabic) was released today. (OTFS)
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sri Chaitanya IIT Academy, SR Nagar, Hyderabad, Nov. 12: The contracted IPE Examination for the First Years ended today with most students having done very well. Therw was however, a major confusion as a section of the students did not know that Elasticity was included in the Physics syllabus. However, since the chapter had been part of last week's IIT Exam, it wasn't much of a burden.
The syllabus for next week's AIEEE Exam was released today. It will not be a cumulative exam. (OTFS)
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
WEEK ENDED NOV. 9
The following companies are listed on the NYSE and headquartered in India:
(American Depository Receipts)
|TTM (TATA MOTORS INC)|
VSL (Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd.)
MTE (Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd.)
RDY (Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd.)
HDB (HDFC Bank Ltd.)
IBN (ICICI Bank Ltd.)
SAY (Satyam Computer Services Ltd.)
WIT (Wipro Ltd.)
SLT (Sterlite Industries India Ltd.)
Companies on NASDAQ:
SIFY (Sify Technologies Ltd.)
INFY (Infosys Technologies Ltd.)
REDF (Rediff.com India Ltd.)
Data courtesy Google Finance and CNBC
Bush lends firm support to Mushy
By MAUREEN DOWD
WASHINGTON -- President Bush came to the steps of the Capitol Tuesday for a second Inaugural do-over. Here is the text of his revised speech:
On this day, when we celebrate the durable wisdom of our Constitution, we must remember: Constitutions don't work for everyone. It's not a one-size-fits-all type deal.
We are led, by recent events and common sense, to one conclusion: The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the repression of liberty in other lands.
Once I thought my daddy was a wimp for cuddlin' up real close with dictators, tradin' stability for freedom. But now I gotta admit, that's a darn fair trade. As I told Mushy last night on that cool, high-tech videophone I got in the Sit Room, the best hope for expanding peace is expanding dictators.
In America's ideal of freedom, we are ennobled by a heart for the weak. But we must also have a heart for the strongmen.
Sometimes when the soul of a nation speaks, we must listen. But if that soul is housed in a bunch of trial lawyers wearing identical dark suits and calling my man Mushy a "dog," I say, bring on the batons. Police tear-gassing lawyers is really just a foreign version of tort reform, which I support.
Those lawyers should be in jail. Mushy told me they were reckonin' to represent Osama when General-General catches him. Which will be any day now. He's a man of his word.
I don't blame Mushy for dissolving that disloyal Supreme Court. When I needed to subvert the democratic process during the 2000 recount, my Supreme Court was totally supportive.
House arrest for that fired chief justice sounds very relaxin', especially if he's got a feather pillow.
I think Mushy should put Benazir Bhutto under house arrest in Karachi. They call her "a kleptocrat in a Hermes scarf." I call her a chaos magnet.
She's slippery. One minute she's overlooking Mushy's flaws, the next she's appalled by them. I'm not even sure what nickname to use. Her friends called her Pinky at Harvard and Bibi later. I think I like Pinky.
From the day of our foundin', we have proclaimed the imperative of self-government, because no one is fit to be a master, and no one deserves to be a slave.
But I looked into Mushy's eyes and saw a master, a man committed to helping us fight terror. And sometimes we must fight terror with tyranny. He promised me he'd be a more low-key autocrat, stop wearing that scary uniform -- at least when he's playing tennis.
From now on, it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of tyrannical movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending democracy in our world so liberty can thrive.
We will persistently clarify the moral choice before every ruler and nation: Choose oppression, which can work, as we see with our Arab allies, or freedom, which -- OK, I admit it this once -- we can't make work in Iraq.
America's influence is not unlimited. And unfortunately for the oppressed, Mushy's open defiance is helping to further undermine America's influence. But we will use what influence we have left to pretend that jailed dissidents prefer their chains and that human beings aspire to live at the mercy of bullies.
I'm gonna have to sweet-talk Laura on coming around on Burma. I might even have to kiss her hand, like Sarko.
Condi was very worried about Mushy suspending the constitution, but Vice says constitutions are for sissies. He doesn't see anything wrong with Mushy's press blackout. He thinks we can learn a few lessons from him.
Vice says if we had someone decisive like Mushy in Iraq instead of those floppy Iranian puppets we put in power, we'd be a lot better off.
All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: the United States will ignore your oppression and excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will not stand with you.
The leaders of governments with long habits of control need to know: To serve your people you must learn to mistrust them. Stop your journey of progress and justice, and America will not only walk at your side, we'll give you billions of dollars and lots of big-ticket stuff, like F-16s -- no strings attached. And we'll take you at your word that you have no intention of using them against India.
In the long run, there is justice without freedom, and there can be human rights once the human rights activists have been thrown in the pokey.
Three years ago, I believed that the most important question history would ask us was: Did our generation advance the cause of freedom?
But now I am older and wiser. I know that the most important question history will ask us is: What's a little martial law between friends?
Sri Chaitanya IIT Academy, SR Nagar, Hyderabad, Nov. 10: The entire college recorded the lowest attendance of the year today, owing to the fact that yesterday was Diwali and most students burst crackers late into the night. In the IIT Campus, JIIT1 recorded an abysmally low attendance of 29 out of 53. The highest attendance came in at around 60% in JIIT3. Sr ICON and Sr ISB clocked a large attendance since both had an exam today, but even they had above-average absentees.
Mrs. Latika, English HOD, told OTFS that in the AIEEE Campus, where the average size of each class is 60 students, the merger of two classes yielded just 20 students, while in the BiPC campus, a class had just five students in it!
In spite of this lack of attendance, the college did not terminate classes. Most of the classes were declared study hours as it was impossible ton allow so many students to skip so many concepts.
As a last-ditch effort, the IIT Campus was let off at 4:30 PM. The First Years will have a short IPE Exam on Monday.
In Sr ISB, the air conditioning had been turned on for a few minuted before college was dismissed!
Reporting from SR Nagar and Ameerpet:
The roads were completely deserted today as office-goers skipped this one day of work to take and extended weekend. For the first time in a long time, traffic flowed through the Ameerpet Crossroads freely. The roads in front of all shops were covered with paper from crackers.
Reliance Fresh, Ameerpet is celebrating its first anniversary and it giving away items at unbeatable prices as well as dishing out exclusive schemes to woo customers. Hurry! (OTFS)
OTFS has no dealing with Reliance Fresh. The above snippet is designed for the purpose of information only.