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The 10 Best Books of 2012: NYT Picks

In Books, USA on திசெம்பர் 7, 2012 at 8:58 பிப

Thanks: NY Times

FICTION

BRING UP THE BODIES
By Hilary Mantel.
A John Macrae Book/ Henry Holt & Company, $28.

BUILDING STORIES
By Chris Ware.
Pantheon Books, $50.

A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING
By Dave Eggers.
McSweeney’s Books, $25.

NW
By Zadie Smith.
The Penguin Press, $26.95.

THE YELLOW BIRDS
By Kevin Powers.
Little, Brown & Company, $24.99.

NONFICTION

BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS
Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity.
By Katherine Boo.
Random House, $27.

FAR FROM THE TREE
Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity.
By Andrew Solomon.
Scribner, $37.50.

THE PASSAGE OF POWER
The Years of Lyndon Johnson.
By Robert A. Caro.
Alfred A. Knopf, $35.

THE PATRIARCH
The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy.
By David Nasaw.
The Penguin Press, $40.

WHY DOES THE WORLD EXIST?
An Existential Detective Story.
By Jim Holt.
Liveright Publishing/W. W. Norton & Company, $27.95.

Person of the Year: Top Choices from the Time.com Poll Results

In Lists, USA, World on திசெம்பர் 6, 2012 at 2:55 முப

Thanks: Time

  1. Kim Jong Un
  2. Undocumented Immigrants
  3. Mohamed Morsi
  4. Aung San Suu Kyi and Thein Sein
  5. Gabby Douglas
  6. Ai Weiwei
  7. Malala Yousafzai
  8. Sheldon Adelson
  9. Bashar Assad
  10. E.L. James
  11. The Mars Rover
  12. Psy
  13. Felix Baumgartner
  14. The Higgs Boson Particle
  15. Pussy Riot
  16. Sandra Fluke
  17. John Roberts
  18. Mo Farah
  19. Marissa Mayer
  20. Tim Cook
  21. Mario Draghi
  22. Xi Jinping
  23. Bo Xilai

Tamil Nadu: 2012 Year In Review: Top 10 News

In Politics, Tamilnadu on திசெம்பர் 3, 2012 at 8:38 பிப

1. As an NRI desi: Indian Foreigners vs Europe Locals

2. Crime and Punishment: People taking law in their own hands vs Turning blind eye to Law abusing Common Man

3. Influential Celebrity: Chinamyee, Karthi Chidambaram were in Social Media vs Karunanidhi enters Twitter and FB

4. Anti-Growth Lobbyists: Power cuts for citizens vs Koodankulam Nuclear Energy

5. Eternal Conservatives: Love Marriages vs Inter-caste Protection

6. Nature vs Man made: Cyclone Nilam and Thane vs Tamil Nadu Express Fire

7. Forces beyond us: God-men Nithyananda vs Foreign hand ISI in Tamil Nadu

8. Repeatability vs Consistency: Sivakasi Fire Accidents vs. Sri Lanka arresting TN Fishermen

9. Dengue Returns vs Former telecom Minister A Raja Returns

10. Ka series: Highly Expected and stayed in limelight but never came out – Kadal, Kochaidaiyaan, Kalaam, Kaveri

Top Searches from Yahoo! News: 2012 – Year in Review

In Internet, Life on திசெம்பர் 3, 2012 at 5:50 பிப

Thanks: 2012 Year in Review — Yahoo! News

#1 Elections

#2 iPhone 5

#3 Kim Kardashian

#4 Kate Upton

#5 Kate Middleton

#6 Whitney Houston

#7 Olympics

#8 Political Polls

#9 Lindsay Lohan

#10 Jennifer Lopez

Top countries with the most competitive educational systems: Best Schools and Colleges

In World on ஒக்ரோபர் 1, 2012 at 8:09 பிப

Source: Can U.S. Universities Stay on Top? – WSJ.com

Education Strength

The Boston Consulting Group’s new E4 index assigns points in four categories, each equally weighted in the final score. Of the 20 countries ranked, here are the top 10.

Country Total points Enrollment points Expenditure points Engineering grads points Elite university points
U.S. 237 25 73 48 91
U.K. 125 4 26 46 48
China 115 86 17 4 8
Germany 104 5 25 37 38
India 104 90 4 3 6
France 87 4 24 41 18
Canada 85 2 25 39 18
Japan 72 7 31 19 16
Brazil 38 17 16 2 3
Russia 32 9 10 10 3

Source: Boston Consulting Group analysis

Top 10 influential Indian tweeters: Politics, Cinema, MSM Media Stars

In Blogs, India, Internet, Movies, Politics on செப்ரெம்பர் 24, 2012 at 9:15 பிப

According to the Burson-Marsteller study, the ten most influential Twitter accounts in India are (alphabetically):

  1. Kiran Bedi – @thekiranbedi
  2. Anand Mahindra – @anandmahindra
  3. Narendra Modi – @narendramodi
  4. Derek O’Brien – @quizderek
  5. Vir Sanghvi – @virsanghvi
  6. Jonathan Shainin – @jonathanshainin
  7. Digvijaya Singh – @digvijaya_28
  8. Dr. Subramanian Swamy – @Swamy39
  9. Sushma Swaraj – @SushmaSwarajBJP
  10. Shashi Tharoor – @ShashiTharoor

According to the Pinstorm India Influencers list, the most influential Indians are celebrities.

  1. Priyanka Chopra with an aggregated score of 85
  2. Sashi Tharoor
  3. Amitabh Bachchan
  4. Ram Gopal Varma
  5. Hrithik Roshan
  6. Akshay Kumar
  7. Madhuri Dixit
  8. Kiran Bedi
  9. Shahrukh Khan
  10. Actor Siddarth

Indian firm Pinstorm runs a similar ranking system called the ‘India influencers list’ which averages a users Klout score and Peer Index score. Peer Index, is like Klout, a social media analytical tool that measures influence.

Paralympic Medal Standings | London 2012

In Sports, World on செப்ரெம்பர் 12, 2012 at 2:00 பிப

Rank by Gold Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 95 71 65 231
2 36 38 28 102
3 34 43 43 120
4 32 24 28 84
5 32 23 30 85
6 31 29 38 98
7 21 14 8 43
8 18 26 22 66
9 14 13 9 36
10 10 10 19 39
11 10 7 7 24
12 9 9 9 27
13 9 8 11 28
14 9 5 5 19
15 9 5 3 17
16 8 19 18 45
17 8 18 16 42
18 8 12 9 29
19 8 3 5 16
20 7 15 9 31
21 6 7 4 17
22 6 5 2 13
23 6 4 11 21
24 5 5 6 16
25 5 2 3 10
26 4 6 9 19
27 4 5 3 12
28 4 4 7 15
29 4 4 4 12
30 4 3 6 13
31 4 2 2 8
32 4 1 1 6
33 3 6 4 13
34 3 3 6 12
35 3 2 3 8
36 3 1 3 7
37 3 0 3 6
38 2 6 6 14
39 2 3 0 5
40 2 2 2 6
41 2 1 3 6
42 1 6 4 11
43 1 5 4 10
44 1 3 8 12
45 1 2 5 8
46 1 1 1 3
47 1 1 0 2
47 1 1 0 2
47 1 1 0 2
50 1 0 4 5
51 1 0 1 2

Best and Worst 10 countries: The Web Index

In Business, Technology, World on செப்ரெம்பர் 6, 2012 at 9:39 பிப

Thanks : http://thewebindex.org/data/all/webindex/

WEB INDEX TOP 10

  1. Sweden
  2. United States
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Canada
  5. Finland
  6. Switzerland
  7. New Zealand
  8. Australia
  9. Norway
  10. Ireland

WEB INDEX BOTTOM 10

  1. Nepal
  2. Cameroon
  3. Mali
  4. Bangladesh
  5. Namibia
  6. Ethiopia
  7. Benin
  8. Burkino Faso
  9. Zimbabwe
  10. Yemen

Till India

 

Rank Country Web Index Impact Economic Political Social Readiness Communications Institutional The Web Use Content
Rank Country Web Index Impact Economic Political Social Readiness Communications Institutional The Web Use Content
1 Sweden 100 100 89.36 100 98.5 96.76 97.11 93.61 82.02 78.67 73.66
2 United States of America 97.31 91.07 81.14 92.54 89.13 94.98 82.57 100 100 87.01 100
3 United Kingdom 93.83 87.86 88.28 78.85 86.42 94.07 92.33 92.51 94.69 80.25 97.24
4 Canada 93.42 90.64 84.56 75.94 100 84.17 81.03 84.57 92.22 83.39 88.61
5 Finland 91.88 86.44 79.3 87.29 83.26 95.78 90.65 96.17 88.53 89.27 74.32
6 Switzerland 90.49 83.55 98.36 70.84 72.82 94.85 96.94 90.83 92.18 97.3 72.26
7 New Zealand 89.15 83.66 68.16 82.0 91.05 90.66 78.74 95.85 89.07 77.1 89.64
8 Australia 88.44 83.91 69.6 81.77 90.61 88.12 82.35 89.75 87.08 75.39 87.65
9 Norway 87.76 83.59 77.79 72.14 90.95 93.43 94.83 89.99 80.26 80.28 68.25
10 Ireland 87.42 84.45 100 65.82 78.29 84.48 76.82 87.68 83.61 75.98 80.0
11 Singapore 86.14 77.92 69.69 95.33 62.06 93.55 99.42 87.3 90.99 77.87 92.6
12 Iceland 86.1 76.67 67.1 65.93 88.08 100 100 96.72 89.3 100 63.31
13 Korea, Republic of 81.06 82.38 71.94 85.82 80.61 78.06 85.44 72.55 65.56 59.29 63.29
14 France 78.93 78.82 78.88 75.13 74.4 73.95 80.35 69.49 70.67 62.93 69.29
15 Israel 78.53 77.15 77.24 80.17 66.85 77.34 76.53 77.03 71.27 65.31 67.72
16 Germany 74.87 67.23 72.36 54.3 68.58 81.01 85.63 76.9 83.09 81.05 73.03
17 Portugal 72.33 66.68 52.58 73.67 67.79 73.66 74.25 72.88 79.2 73.27 74.31
18 Spain 72.12 66.97 63.4 72.62 59.45 79.18 73.85 81.49 72.4 63.62 71.96
19 Chile 69.55 71.82 63.59 76.91 68.31 65.86 61.23 69.18 55.81 43.58 62.1
20 Japan 68.56 64.5 69.15 42.62 74.99 71.24 80.19 65.48 70.4 58.46 73.98
21 Qatar 60.75 62.43 69.15 41.27 70.67 64.16 70.66 60.7 46.06 52.37 32.24
22 Mexico 57.68 58.57 47.13 70.25 54.32 48.95 50.04 50.53 57.25 40.87 68.17
23 Italy 56.45 48.6 42.39 47.33 53.08 67.22 70.76 65.29 68.19 66.52 60.11
24 Brazil 56.3 57.96 56.23 48.21 64.41 56.62 58.01 57.18 46.01 36.37 50.86
25 Poland 54.84 46.01 50.99 37.55 47.1 66.04 65.74 66.64 70.02 63.22 67.64
26 Colombia 53.86 55.75 41.23 66.34 55.86 50.24 49.55 52.79 47.15 38.46 50.71
27 Turkey 53.7 54.46 45.98 51.05 62.01 55.23 57.54 55.36 46.25 39.12 48.14
28 Kazakhstan 53.46 51.36 45.23 51.7 53.82 44.99 54.88 41.5 64.16 54.83 65.7
29 China 51.72 55.04 53.27 32.27 73.98 45.55 58.0 40.39 43.34 33.67 48.67
30 Tunisia 50.68 54.06 46.62 49.31 61.92 45.5 56.75 41.1 41.61 31.44 47.8
31 Russian Federation 47.29 43.79 38.49 56.86 35.1 47.71 61.2 41.67 57.16 45.1 63.05
32 Philippines 46.81 48.37 48.98 33.56 58.95 48.26 47.41 51.12 39.39 34.64 39.61
33 India 46.58 51.08 62.19 41.06 46.99 44.14 44.58 46.64 33.0 19.88 44.05

Top 10 India Scams; Not Adjusted for Inflation

In Business, India, Politics on ஓகஸ்ட் 19, 2012 at 3:42 பிப

  1. Bofors – 89 Crores
  2. Hawala – 100 Crores
  3. IPL – 470 Crores
  4. Fodder – 900 Cr.
  5. Harshad Mehta – 4,000 Cr.
  6. Satyam – 14,000 Cr.
  7. Telgi – 20,000 Cr.
  8. CWG – 35,000 Cr.
  9. 2G – 176,000 Cr.
  10. Coal – 186,000 Cr.

10 Indian Films in Toronto Film Festival

In India, Movies, World on ஓகஸ்ட் 9, 2012 at 3:17 பிப

The Festival | tiff.net

Peddlers is a movie by debutant filmmaker Vasan Bala and it has Gulshan Devaiah, Kriti Malhotra and Nishikant Kamat in the lead roles.

Ishaqzaade is a romantic drama film written and directed by Habib Faisal

Miss Lovely is a drama directed by Ashim Ahluwalia.

Mumbai’s King is directed by Manjeet Singh and stars Rahul Bairagi, Arbaaz Khan and Tejas Parvatkar.

‘The Bright Day’ by Mohit Takalkar

‘Theseus’ Ship’ directed by Anand Gandhi

English Vinglish is an Indian drama film directed by debutant director Gauri Shinde and produced by R. Balki.

Shahid directed by Hansal Mehta

Gangs of Wasseypur is a crime movie co-written, produced and directed by Anurag Kashyap

Shanghai is a political thriller film directed by Dibakar Banerjee, starring Abhay Deol, Emraan Hashmi, Kalki Koechlin, Prosenjit Chatterjee.