Monday, June 30, 2008

Google learns to crawl Flash

Google blog reports Google has been developing a new algorithm for indexing textual content in Flash files of all kinds, from Flash menus, buttons and banners, to self-contained Flash websites. Recently, we've improved the performance of this Flash indexing algorithm by integrating Adobe's Flash Player technology.

In the past, web designers faced challenges if they chose to develop a site in Flash because the content they included was not indexable by search engines. They needed to make extra effort to ensure that their content was also presented in another way that search engines could find.

Now that we've launched our Flash indexing algorithm, web designers can expect improved visibility of their published Flash content, and you can expect to see better search results and snippets. There's more info on the Webmaster Central blog about the Searchable SWF integration.

Cavalcade Adsense ad for "typically young men"

Google Content Network will soon launch, debuting with short webisodes of a show called “Cavalcade” developed by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane

The web sites where Cavalcade will be shown are being selected by Google’s existing contextual algorithms. That means that Google will be able to display the show only to those likely to be interested – in Cavalcade’s case “typically young men” according to the Times.

The potential for this type of system is pretty massive because everyone wins. Publishers serve something way more interesting than a typical banner or text ad, advertisers get to reach their target audience with video, and Google gets more data based on how the shows perform on different web sites. Also, video ads traditionally have much higher CPMs than text or display ads, meaning it’s potentially a lot more money that can be pumped through the AdSense ecosystem if the format proves successful
As for Cavalcade, the show will have 50 different two-minute episodes. Presumably, short enough so people will watch the whole thing, but long enough to squeeze in a few ads. It will certainly be an interesting experiment to watch

Sunday, June 29, 2008

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Does adding Google Search box to blog help adsense publisher.

These days every one using any browser have Google toolbar. Firefox has Google search box on its navigation bar. You don't actually have to visit Google search pages for searching for any information.

So if add Google search box in you site or blog is it of any use? It will only occupy your site's real estate. No one will search using it except if your site provides tips, etc. and the user wants to search your site.

I have added search box yesterday,but no search has been conducted using it and so obviously no ad click.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Is it only me or ODI cricket really sucks

Asia cup is on and most of urban India is interested in Euro !!!!!

Grant Wahl Euro 2008 prediction

"Germany knows how to convert set-pieces. How many times have we seen the Germans be outplayed on the field, only to win the game on a ruthlessly converted set-piece goal? It happened again in the quarterfinals against Portugal, and this Spanish team reminds me a lot of its Iberian counterpart. Marchena and Puyol are not nearly as tall as Germany's Miroslav Klose, Schweinsteiger and Christoph Metzelder, and the goals that Spain has allowed in this tournament have come on balls in the air. Spain may outplay the Germans, but they will not out-set-piece them."

Around 300,000 wikipedia pages don't meet it's quality standards

Wikipedia is great. But if you use Google you will be able to find out that around 300,000 pages have this tag "This article may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia's quality standards." ie. these pages are not of much use.

Wikipedia can tackle this issue only by paying writers. But, in order, to do so they will have to sell advertising apace to generate revenues. Advertising is unmentionable in Wikipedia, so it will be long before these pages are fixed.

Scan any suspicious file online for virus

Suppose your antivirus apps detects virus in a file ,but you are not sure about it then there are various sites which will help you verify.

All you have to do is to upload the file to these sites and they will scan it using different antivirus scanners and give the results of each.

But remember these services are by no means 100% safe. If these scanner says 'OK', it does not necessarily mean the file is clean. There could be a whole new virus on the loose. NEVER EVER rely on one single product only even though it utilizes several products like A-Squared,avast,AVG Anti Virus,Avira,AntiVir,BitDefender,Kaspersky,Panda and many more.

These Antivirus sites include jotti , virustotal , scanner.

If you know any more site please tell me via comments.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Metacafe launches wikicafe

Metacafe has announced the beta release of Wikicafe! Wikicafe is a new feature that brings the idea of community collaboration to life. It allows Metacafe users to edit, add, and even translate video details such as titles, tags, and descriptions – right there on the video page. It’s easy, and better yet, changes show up on Metacafe instantly for 30 million users to see. See a video with a typo in its description? Know the soundtrack to the video you just saw? Want to translate the title into French? These changes are easy to make.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

A look at Euro 2008 super semi-finalists

Germany: German assistant coach Hans Dieter Flick summed up his team nicely by saying they were “a real tournament team”; however they did leave more to be desired with some of their performances in the group stage, where they lost to Croatia and scraped past Austria. They booked a quarter-final date with Portugal courtesy of wins over Poland and Austria, the first time since 1996 that the Germans have managed to survive the group stages in European competition. That year they went on to lift the trophy. The quarter-final itself was a straightforward affair with the Germans playing an attacking game with their two star wingers Bastian Schweinsteiger and Luckaz Podolski. Inspirational captain Michel Ballack also showed his class in a more attacking role as he scored the crucial goal in a 3-2 win.

This will be Germany’s sixth semi-final in European competition and so far their record is impressive, winning four out of five. Their only loss came on home soil in 1988. The Germans have been involved in six penalty shootouts across past competitions and have won five of them; their only defeat was in 1976.

The Germans have no players suspended, and three players are expected to return from injury. These include influential midfielder Torsten Frings who should play despite a fractured rib and defender Martin Jansen who overcame a shoulder injury. The Germans will field a full strength squad, and they also have history on their side. They are favorites to progress to the final on June 29.

Turkey: The Turks have been the undisputed comeback kings of the tournament. They were not expected to go past the group stages after having been drawn with the likes of Portugal and the Czech Republic. But they came from behind to win against Switzerland and the Czechs and ensured their passage to the quarter-finals, where they met the Croats. During the course of the game the Croatians huffed and puffed, eventually scoring in the 119th minute, but even then German striker Semih Senturk found a way through. The ensuing penalty shootout, the first-ever for the Turkish side, saw them win 3-1 with replacement 35-year old keeper Rustu Recber producing a fine save.

Turkey have only ever played in one semi-final, in the 2002 FIFA World Cup against Brazil, which they lost 1-0. Key players include Nihat Kahveci, Arda Turan and Semih Senturk, all of whom have been influential in their victories so far.

They do however have a lot of injury and suspension worries. Midfielders Arda Turan, Tucay Sanli and defender Emre Asik are suspended while Nihat Kahveci is injured. Brazil-born Midfielder Mehmet Aurelio will also return for the game. In their absence it can only be said that their coach Fatih Tehrim will attempt to unite the team and hope their determination will see them through.

Russia: Russia’s 4-1 mauling at the hands of Spain in their opening game of the tournament seems to have been forgotten, and why not, with the kind of slick passing football they have displayed? It is no surprise that they have gone so far in the competition. In the final two group games they defeated defending champions Greece and Sweden to book a meeting with tournament high-fliers the Netherlands. They pressed forward continuously and frustrated the Dutch strike force with some determined performances, eventually winning 3-1 in extra time.

Russia’s tournament came alive when midfielder Andrei Arshavin overcame injury in time for the final group match against Sweden. He brought added freshness and creativity to the Russian midfield which left many top sides defeated. His close control, passing, penetrative running and an ability to spot and deliver the perfect pass have been key factors in his team’s journey to the semi-finals. Performances from striker Pavlyuchenko and midfielder Torbinski have also proved vital. Torbinski and defender Kolodin will however miss the game against Spain through suspension, picking up yellow cards in the last game.

This is Russia’s first appearance in a major semi-final as an independent nation. In the days of the USSR, they were champions in 1980 and runners-up in 1964, 1972 and 1988.

Spain: For once, Spain have lived up to their pre-tournament ‘favourite’ tag. They are the only remaining team in the tournament with a 100 percent unbeaten record. They went through the group stage with convincing victories, and found themselves rewarded with a quarter-final meeting with world champions Italy. In a game in which both teams had world-class goalkeepers, it was fitting that they were the ones who eventually settled the affair, with Spanish keeper Iker Casillas saving twice from the penalty spot. In doing so the Spanish have broken their June 22 jinx – they have previously lost quarter-final penalty shootouts to Belgium, England and South Korea on the same date in the past.

Spain have twice reached the European Championship semi-finals, where they have a perfect record. They have only once gone on to win the tournament, however, in 1968. They have been involved in six penalty shootouts, of which they have won three. Spain’s most potent player is striker David Villa who is also the top scorer in the tournament. Apart from scoring goals he has provided a number of assists, free kicks and penalties. Other star players include the midfield trio of Cesc Fabregas, Marcos Senna and Xavi Hernandez. They have no suspension or injury worries for the game, on top of which defender Carlos Puyol and winger David Silva have been declared fit to play.

On paper there is a good chance we may get to see a dream Germany-Spain final but with the presence of Turkey and Russia who have shown determination and class throughout the tournament there is no telling who will play in Vienna on June 29.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Promise of the Lord

यदा यदा हि धर्मस्य ग्लानिर्भवति भारत ।
अभ्युत्थानमधर्मस्य तदात्मानं सृजाम्यहम् ॥४-७॥

परित्राणाय साधूनां विनाशाय च दुष्कृताम् ।
धर्मसंस्थापनार्थाय सम्भवामि युगे युगे ॥४-८॥
yada yada hi dharmasya
glanir bhavati bharata
abhyutthanam adharmasya
tadatmanam srjamy aham

"Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, O descendant of Bharata, and a predominant rise of irreligion—at that time I descend Myself."

paritranaya sadhunam
vinasaya ca duskritam
sambhavami yuge yuge

"To deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to reestablish the principles of religion, I Myself appear, millennium after millennium."

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Mozilla's servers are down !!!!

Mozilla as finally released Firefox 3 at some US time. I have been visiting mozilla's website yesterday but there was no link about the download. Today it is 18th in India and now wen I am trying to download, it seems that their servers are down. So much for the world record.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Please do not forget about the download day

Tomorrow is the big download day for Mozilla Firefox 3. Mozilla is aiming to enter Guiness world book of records as the most downloaded software in 24 hours. Make sure you help the achieve that. I have tried the beta versions and the work great. Most of your favourite add-ons will be compatible with it.

Why you should download it?

More Secure

* One-click site info: Click the site favicon in the location bar to see who owns the site and to check if your connection is protected from eavesdropping. Identity verification is prominently displayed and easier to understand. When a site uses Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificates, the site favicon button will turn green and show the name of the company you're connected to.
* Malware Protection: malware protection warns users when they arrive at sites which are known to install viruses, spyware, trojans or other malware.
* New Web Forgery Protection page: the content of pages suspected as web forgeries is no longer shown. (Try it here!) * New SSL error pages: clearer and stricter error pages are used when Firefox encounters an invalid SSL certificate.
* Add-ons and Plugin version check: Firefox now automatically checks add-on and plugin versions and will disable older, insecure versions.
* Secure add-on updates: to improve add-on update security, add-ons that provide updates in an insecure manner will be disabled.
* Anti-virus integration: Firefox will inform anti-virus software when downloading executables.
* Vista Parental Controls: Firefox now respects the Vista system-wide parental control setting for disabling file downloads.
* Effective top-level domain (eTLD) service better restricts cookies and other restricted content to a single domain.
* Better protection against cross-site JSON data leaks.

Easier to Use

* Easier password management: an information bar replaces the old password dialog so you can now save passwords after a successful login.
* Simplified add-on installation: the add-ons whitelist has been removed making it possible to install extensions from third-party sites in fewer clicks.
* New Download Manager: the revised download manager makes it much easier to locate downloaded files, and you can see and search on the name of the website where a file came from. Your active downloads and time remaining are always shown in the status bar as your files download.
* Resumable downloading: users can now resume downloads after restarting the browser or resetting your network connection.
* Full page zoom: from the View menu and via keyboard shortcuts, the new zooming feature lets you zoom in and out of entire pages, scaling the layout, text and images, or optionally only the text size. Your settings will be remembered whenever you return to the site.
* Podcasts and Videocasts can be associated with your media playback tools.
* Tab scrolling and quickmenu: tabs are easier to locate with the new tab scrolling and tab quickmenu.
* Save what you were doing: Firefox will prompt users to save tabs on exit.
* Optimized Open in Tabs behavior: opening a folder of bookmarks in tabs now appends the new tabs rather than overwriting.
* Location and Search bar size can now be customized with a simple resizer item.
* Text selection improvements: multiple text selections can be made with Ctrl/Cmd; double-click drag selects in "word-by-word" mode; triple-clicking selects a paragraph.
* Find toolbar: the Find toolbar now opens with the current selection.
* Plugin management: users can disable individual plugins in the Add-on Manager.
* Integration with Windows: Firefox now has improved Windows icons, and uses native user interface widgets in the browser and in web forms.
* Integration with the Mac: the new Firefox theme makes toolbars, icons, and other user interface elements look like a native OS X application. Firefox also uses OS X widgets and supports Growl for notifications of completed downloads and available updates. A combined back and forward control make it even easier to move between web pages.
* Integration with Linux: Firefox's default icons, buttons, and menu styles now use the native GTK theme.

More Personal

* Star button: quickly add bookmarks from the location bar with a single click; a second click lets you file and tag them.
* Tags: associate keywords with your bookmarks to sort them by topic.
* Location bar & auto-complete: type in all or part of the title, tag or address of a page to see a list of matches from your history and bookmarks; a new display makes it easier to scan through the matching results and find that page you're looking for. Results are returned according to their frecency (a combination of frequency and recency of visits to that page) ensuring that you're seeing the most relevant matches. An adaptive learning algorithm further tunes the results to your patterns!
* Smart Bookmarks Folder: quickly access your recently bookmarked and tagged pages, as well as your more frequently visited pages with the new smart bookmarks folder on your bookmark toolbar.
* Places Organizer: view, organize and search through all of your bookmarks, tags, and browsing history with multiple views and smart folders to store your frequent searches. Create and restore full backups whenever you want.
* Web-based protocol handlers: web applications, such as your favorite webmail provider, can now be used instead of desktop applications for handling mailto: links from other sites. Similar support is available for other protocols (Web applications will have to first enable this by registering as handlers with Firefox).
* Download & Install Add-ons: the Add-ons Manager (Tools > Add-ons) can now be used to download and install a Firefox customization from the thousands of Add-ons available from our community add-ons website. When you first open the Add-ons Manager, a list of recommended Add-ons is shown.
* Easy to use Download Actions: a new Applications preferences pane provides a better UI for configuring handlers for various file types and protocol schemes.

Improved Performance

* Speed: improvements to our JavaScript engine as well as profile guided optimizations have resulted in continued improvements in performance. Compared to Firefox 2, web applications like Google Mail and Zoho Office run twice as fast in Firefox 3, and the popular SunSpider test from Apple shows improvements over previous releases.
* Memory usage: Several new technologies work together to reduce the amount of memory used by Firefox 3 over a web browsing session. Memory cycles are broken and collected by an automated cycle collector, a new memory allocator reduces fragmentation, hundreds of leaks have been fixed, and caching strategies have been tuned.
* Reliability: A user's bookmarks, history, cookies, and preferences are now stored in a transactionally secure database format which will prevent data loss even if their system crashes

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Da Vinci Code style controversy surrounding Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal (also "the Taj") is considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Turkish, Indian, and Islamic architectural styles. In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was cited as "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage."

The well known love story: The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum located in Agra, India, that was built under Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
Soon after the Taj Mahal's completion, Shah Jahan was deposed by his son Aurangzeb and put under house arrest at nearby Agra Fort. Upon Shah Jahan's death, Aurangzeb buried him in the Taj Mahal next to his wife.

The Controversy: Taj Mahal was never built by Shah Jahan. Some say the Taj Mahal pre-dates Shah Jahan by several centuries and was originally built as a Hindu or Vedic temple/palace complex. Shah Jahan merely acquired it from its previous owner, the Hindu King Jai Singh.

It is because of the manipulation of history by invaders that the true greatness of India and Vedic culture has been stifled or hidden. And it is time that people everywhere realize how numerous lies and false propaganda have been passed around as if it were the truth in regard to India and its past, as well as its art, archeology, and the wonder of its culture. India and its Vedic society was one of the preeminent civilizations of the world.
There are several photographic evidences.

This is the Dhatura flower essential for Hindu Shiva worship. The flower is depicted in the shape of the sacred, esoteric Hindu incantation 'OM.' Embossed designs of this blooming 'OM' are drawn over the exterior of the octagonal central sanctorum of Shiva where now a fake grave in Mumtaz's has been planted. While perambulating around the central chamber one may see such 'OM' designs.
These corridors at the approach of the Taj Mahal are typically Hindu. They may be seen in any ancient Hindu capital. Note the two octagonal tower cupolas at the right and left top. Only Hindus have special names for the eight directions and celestial guards assigned to each. Any octagonal feature in historic buildings should convince the visitor of their Hindu origin. Guards, palanquin bearers and other attendants resided in hundreds of rooms along numerous such corridors when the Taj Mahal was a Hindu temple palace. Thus the Taj was more magnificent and majestic before it was reduced to a sombre Islamic cemetery.
For more photographic evidence visit Taj a Vedic Temple Photographic Evidence.

The controversy Gathered steam after Independence when story was challenged by Professor P.N. Oak, author of Taj Mahal: The True Story, who believes that the whole world has been duped. He claims that the Taj Mahal is not Queen Mumtaz Mahal's tomb, but an ancient Hindu temple palace of Lord Shiva (then known as Tejo Mahalaya), worshipped by the Rajputs of Agra city.

In the course of his research, Oak discovered that the Shiva temple palace had been usurped by Shah Jahan from then Maharaja of Jaipur, Jai Singh. Shah Jahan then remodelled the palace into his wife's memorial. In his own court chronicle, Badshahnama, Shah Jahan admits that an exceptionally beautiful grand mansion in Agra was taken from Jai Singh for Mumtaz's burial. The ex-Maharaja of Jaipur is said to retain in his secret collection two orders from Shah Jahan for the surrender of the Taj building.

The use of captured temples and mansions as a burial place for dead courtiers and royalty was a common practice among Muslim rulers. For example, Hamayun, Akbar, Etmud-ud-Daula and Safdarjung are all buried in such mansions.

Oak's inquiries begin with the name Taj Mahal. He says this term does not occur in any Moghul court papers or chronicles, even after Shah Jahan's time. The term 'Mahal' has never been used for a building in any of the Muslim countries, from Afghanistan to Algeria.

'The usual explanation that the term Taj Mahal derives from Mumtaz Mahal is illogical in at least two respects. Firstly, her name was never Mumtaz Mahal but Mumtaz-ul-Zamani,' he writes. 'Secondly, one cannot omit the first three letters from a woman's name to derive the remainder as the name for the building.'

Taj Mahal is, he claims, a corrupt version of Tejo-mahalaya, or the Shiva's Palace. Oak also says that the love story of Mumtaz and Shah Jahan is a fairy tale created by court sycophants, blundering historians and sloppy archaeologists. Not a single royal chronicle of Shah Jahan's time corroborates the love story.

Furthermore, Oak cites several documents suggesting that the Taj Mahal predates Shah Jahan's era:


Professor Marvin Miller of New York took samples from the riverside doorway of the Taj. Carbon dating tests revealed that the door was 300 years older than Shah Jahan.

European traveller Johan Albert Mandelslo, who visited Agra in 1638 (only seven years after Mumtaz's death), describes the life of the city in his memoirs, but makes no reference to the Taj Mahal being built.

The writings of Peter Mundy, an English visitor to Agra within a year of Mumtaz's death, also suggest that the Taj was a noteworthy building long well before Shah Jahan's time.

Oak also points out a number of design and architectural inconsistencies that support the belief that the Taj Mahal is a typical Hindu temple rather than a mausoleum.

Many rooms in the Taj Mahal have remained sealed since Shah Jahan's time, and are still inaccessible to the public. Oak asserts they contain a headless statue of Shiva and other objects commonly used for worship rituals in Hindu temples.

Fearing political backlash, Indira Gandhi's government tried to have Oak's book withdrawn from the bookstores, and threatened the Indian publisher of the first edition with dire consequences.

The only way to really validate or discredit Oak's research is to open the sealed rooms of the Taj Mahal, and allow international experts to investigate.
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Friday, June 13, 2008

More stars in english premier league

There is going to be cluster of stars in English Premier League. Look at the list. I hope Fifa's 6+5 policy is implemented.

The Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo will be offered a staggering pay package by Real Madrid of £9.5m a year after tax - £182,000 a week, making him the world's best-paid footballer by far. Manchester United have been reported as willing to pay him £150,000 a week and may need to up their offer to keep hold of their star player. (Daily Telegraph: 13/6/08)

The Fifa World Player of the Year Kaka is thought to be at the top of Luiz Felipe Scolari's wishlist for Chelsea, with the Brazilian playmaker expected to cost the London club £60m. The 26-year-old has been a long-term target for the Stamford Bridge club and it's believed Scolari, the former Brazil coach, could lure his one-time charge. (Guardian: 13/6/08)

Having been told by club boss Roman Abramovich that money is no object, Scolari is linked to an audacious bid for Liverpool's Spanish striker Fernando Torres. The 24-year-old, who scored 33 goals for the Anfield side, is happy at his current club but Chelsea will hope to exploit tensions between the two American owners of their rivals. (Times: 13/6/08)

The German international striker has admitted he is interested in leaving Munich. Man City are prepared to pay £20m for the 23-year-old. (The Times: 12/6/08)

Liverpool will have to offer at least £18m in cash for Aston Villa's England midfielder Gareth Barry. After lower offers of £10m-and-players, £12m and £15m were all rejected by the Midlands club. Barry's agent has confirmed that his client wanted Champions League football next season, which appears to leave Villa seeking the best deal possible. (The Sun : 12/6/08)

Anton Ferdinand, brother of England captain Rio and former U-21 international, is being tracked by Tottenham Hotspur. The 22-year-old came through the same West Ham academy as his brother and spent five years at the club. His London switch is expected to cost Spurs £6m. (Times: 11/6/08)

Barcelona's teenage sensation Giovani Dos Santos has signed for Spurs for £4.7m rising to a potential £8.6m depending on appearances and subject to the player agreeing terms with the north London club. The Mexican international will link up with fellow new signing Luka Modric in what could be a formidable attacking line-up for Spurs. (Guardian: 11/6/08)

Cardiff City's £5m-rated wunderkind Aaron Ramsey, dubbed the 'new Ryan Giggs', is believed to have chosen Arsenal over Manchester United and Everton, the three clubs pursuing him, after he and his family were flown to Switzerland for a meeting with Arsene Wenger. The Arsenal boss reassured the Welsh international that he would be allowed to develop his talents at Arsenal and would not be sent out on loan, possibly back to his old club. (Guardian: 10/6/08)

The first clash between Chelsea and their former manager Jose Mourinho is looming, and will take place over Barcelona attacker Samuel Eto'o. Mourinho wants to sign the 27-year-old for Inter Milan, and is more than happy to derail the Londoners' £22m bid for the Cameroon striker. (Sun: 10/6/08)

The unlikely spectacle of Ronaldinho in a sky blue Man City shirt seemed closer as Barcelona accepted City's offer of £13m and granted the Eastlands side permission to speak with the former World Footballer of the Year. The 28-year-old is reported to have told friends in Brazil that he is moving to the Premier League side. (Times: 9/6/08)

Barcelona's Portuguese midfielder Deco looks set to move to Chelsea in a tranfers that could set off a domino chain of related deals. The 30-year-old, who was born in Brazil, could move for £15m, and may signal that his national team coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari, may be on his way to Stamford Bridge after the Euro 2008 tournament. (Daily Mail: 9/6/08)

It doesn't quite rival Man City's bid for Ronaldinho, but Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp would have pulled off quite a coup should he manage to lure Patrick Vieira to Fratton Park. The Inter Milan midfielder could reunite with his ex-Arsenal teammates Sol Campbell, Lauren and Nwankwo Kanu in a £4m transfer that would see the 31-year-old offered £100,000 a week wages. (Daily Telegraph: 9/6/08)

Icelandic hitman Eidur Gudjohnsen has been told that he can leave Barcelona, causing a scramble among Premier League teams eager to sign the former Chelsea striker. Newcastle and West Ham have inquired after the 29-year-old, who will cost around £4m. The Hammers bid for the player last year but the Spanish giants wouldn't sell then. (Sun: 6/6/08)

Liverpool will shortly sign the Italian left-back Andrea Dossena from Udinese for a fee thought to be around £7m. The Merseysiders gave the defender, who has one national cap, a medical on Wednesday and will pay £1m less than the Series A club originally demanded. (Times: 5/6/08)

With Mark Hughes departed as manager, Blackburn Rovers face a fight to keep hold of their goal sensation Roque Santa Cruz. Manchester City, Hughes' new club, are obvious favourites to sign the 26-year-old, who scored 23 goals last season, but their city rivals United are also in the market for the Paraguayian attacker, according to the player. (Sky Sports: 5/6/08)

Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan could swoop for the Argentinian attacker Aimar after his club put him on the market with a £6.5m price tag. Zaragoza were relegated from La Liga this season and have to cut their wages bill. (Daily Mirror: 3/6/08)

Yet another Eastlands target, Brazilian striker Jo is expected to sign for Manchester City later this week in a deal that could come in at close to £20m. The 21-year-old has a solitary cap for his country and would be the club's record signing. (Guardian: 3/6/08)

North London rivals Arsenal and Spurs are both on the trail of Wolves' highly rated young goalkeeper Hennessey. Arsene Wenger is believed to be ready to pay £3m for the 22-year-old Welsh international whose heroics against Holland recently impressed. (Daily Mirror: 3/6/08)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Minister arrested for being part of a crowd which killed a cop

Sacked Uttar Pradesh Minister Jamuna Nishad was today arrested by the police two days after he was charged with murder of a constable during a violent clash involving his supporters at a Maharajganj police station. Nishad was arrested while he was on his way to Chief Minister Mayawati's residence to attend a meeting.

Nishad, who was sacked by Mayawati on Sunday, was named in an FIR in connection with the killing of the constable, who was killed during alleged firing by his supporters at Kotwali police station in Maharajganj.

Nishad had denied his presence during the violence at the police station and also the charge that the shot was fired from his red-beaconed car.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Jessica Alba wearing a Saree

Isn't she looking damn hot.

Friday, June 6, 2008

The all time Highest viewed video-evolution of dance

87,583,452 views at the time of publishing. Great video

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Final four cities in race to host 2016 Summer Olympics

Chicago was among the four cities picked as finalists Wednesday for the 2016 Summer Olympics, setting the stage for a high-profile bidding contest between candidates from the United States, Europe and Asia.

Also making the IOC shortlist were Madrid, Spain; Tokyo, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Eliminated from the race were Doha, Qatar; Prague, Czech Republic, and Baku, Azerbaijan.

The final field was selected by the International Olympic Committee executive board.

The big four -- Chicago, Madrid, Tokyo and Rio -- all had been virtually assured of advancing to the final stage. The main issue had been whether Doha also would make the cut.

The finalists now advance to a 16-month race that will culminate on Oct. 2, 2009, with a secret ballot by the full IOC at its session in Copenhagen, Denmark.

An IOC evaluation report assessing the technical merits of each bid ranked Tokyo with the top overall marks, followed closely by Madrid. Chicago and Doha were tied for third, with Rio fourth. Prague and Baku were sixth and seventh.