According to state media sources, Iran tested nine of its long and medium range missiles in July which are capable of reaching bases in Israel and the US. These activities aggravated the prevailing tension between Iran and Israel over the former's nuclear program which, according to sources in Tehran, is not for developing weapons but for electricity. The US has condemned Iran for its latest weapons-testing. Following Iran's testing of missiles, the French energy giant Total has pulled out of its earlier plans of a gas deal with Iran, claiming the investment to be risky. The firm had planned to develop gas fields in the south of the country earlier. This will be a major blow to Iran's energy industry.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
France has taken over the presidency of the European Union for the six months starting July 2008. French President Nicholas Sarkozy has plans to address issues concerning the Lisbon treaty and in this context, the president visited Dublin to hear Irish voters' pleas. France would also focus on issues concerning immigration, environment, agriculture and defense. The EU also played hast to a summit with the Mediterranean rim nations; The Union for Mediterranean nations was launched leaders of 43 nations and topping their priority list is the end of the Middle East conflict at Paris. At the summit, the French president welcomed the decisions of Israeli PM Ehud Olmert and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to seriously work towards achieving peace in the region. The EU according to recent reports has decided to withdraw aid to Bulgaria amounting to almost $1 billion in funds as the Bulgarian government has failed to take required action against corruption and the rising figures in organized crime in the country.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
IBM has come forward with its Drona Partner Programme- an initiative aiming at providing better collaboration between academia and industry. Under the programme Independent Software Vendors(ISV's) would thus help enhance the employability of students, According to Anil Menon of IBM India, IT jobs in present times require more than just string technical abilities; students would need to have industry and business knowledge along with good interpersonal and effective communication skills. According to sources, by 2012 the need for skilled IT experts would increase to 1.5 million especially in India, China and South East Asia.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
India bagged three medals at Beijing making it the largest haul of medals for India at a single Olympics. Abhinav Bindra won gold in the 10m air rifle event while Vijender Kumar and Sushil Kumar won bronze medals in Boxing (Middleweight category) and Wrestling (66 Kg) respectively. Bindra's gold medal was India's first ever individual gold medal at an Olympics.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
It was thought the Xperia might have a competitor in the Nokia 5800, called 'Tube' in tech circles; but then, Nokia announced another that might be just right for the race: the Nokia N97, christened the world's most advanced mobile computer.' The N97 combines a large 3.5-inch touch screen, like that of the iPhone and a full slide out QWERTY keypad like the X1 and the Google Android G1. But, unlike the iPhone, the N97 will play Flash too. Storage-wise, the N97 fares well too. The phone comes with 32 GB of on-board memory, twice that of the iPhone. It's also dubbed the most powerful 'multi-sensory device:' like most N-series phones, it boasts a five-mega pixel camera, 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS and it all in. The surprise comes in the huge 48GB memory space (with micro SD card), a step above the N96.Price: Rs. 34,000 approx, Due out 2009