The ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 logo was launched in Mumbai in July 2009:
In a shocking report from Hitwise, it is now clear that Facebook was the most visited site on the internet in the US for 2010, beating Google out of its crown. In 2010, Facebook accumulated some 8.93% of site visits online, while Google secured just 7.19%. However, YouTube took in 3.52%, and so if you combine Google properties they are in aggregate more popular than Facebook.
Facebook took third place in 2009, making its sharp rise to the top a surprise. Perhaps it was expected to edge up one spot this year, but to take first place is a move that few anticipated.
Here is the top visited sites according to Hitwise for both 2009 and 2010.
"De Ghumaa Ke "
Dubai: There will be a touch of Bollywood in next year`s cricket World Cup in the sub-continent with the celebrated Indian musical trio of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy composing the event`s official theme song titled `De Ghumaa Ke` with versions in Hindi, Bangla and Sinhalese.
All three versions will feature in the build-up to and during the tournament that will run from February 19 to April 2 in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
The three are one of the most popular and critically acclaimed music directors of Bollywood.
Some of their famous works includes scores for movies such as Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Bunty Aur Babli (2005), Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006), Don - The Chase Begins Again (2006), Taare Zameen Par (2007), Rock on!! (2008), Wake Up Sid (2009), My Name is Khan (2010) and Housefull (2010).
"`De Ghumaa Ke` is a passionate expression that creatively captures the fierce sense of competition and the desire to win. It literally means Hit It Hard. This local cricket euphemism is every fan`s wish and every cricketer`s intention. It encapsulates all that it takes to win a match," the ICC said in a statement.
The song will be released on December 31 via various radio networks in India.
Drop that shovel into the furrowed ground and gaze upon the magic that Mozilla has wrought. Concept designer Billy May, working through Mozilla’s “Open Web Concept Phone” project, has gathered community feedback and followed up on some rather mundane visions for the mobile future with this little beauty, the Mozilla Seabird. The completely fictional device has a disturbing initial resemblance to a BlackBerry Storm, but as the video unfolds the functionality is really what sells this thing. The big innovation is the use of dual pico projectors on the side of the handset, which can provide different functionality based on the phone’s orientation: flat on a table they pump out the two halves of a QWERTY keyboard, up on a dock they offer the dual purpose of a large viewing screen above and a seamless projected keyboard below. Other features, like the pop-out wireless pointer /Bluetooth headset are slightly less realistic but no less charming. Now, before you get too excited, you should know that Mozilla has no plans to build this or any phone, they’re just messing around with some fancy 3D software and the bright imagination of their community of users.
Dexter, the world's smallest cow.
Puggy, owner of the world's longest canine tongue.
And Mehmet Ozyrek, the man with the record for the world's longest nose.
These are some of the entries in 2011 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.
The book sells more than three million copies a year and its popularity is hardly waning, says editor-in-chief Craig Glenday.
[Craig Glenday, Editor-In-Chief]:
"We get more record claims in our office now than we've ever done in our 55-year history, there's so much interest around the world, everyone's desperate to get their name in the biggest selling book in the world I guess."
Others who have managed to lay claim to a page?
The owners of the world's largest Smurf and Mickey Mouse collections.
A Canadian with the world's longest beard.
More creatures like Fluffy, the world's largest snake, measuring in at nearly 24 feet.
And, at the same Colorado zoo, the world's oldest known living gorilla who is due to turn 55 in December.
If you judge people, you have no time to love them
- Mother Teresa
Hundreds of devotees gathered in West Bengal to celebrate Mother Teresa’s 100th birthday....
A special Mass was held at the cathedral ahead of her birthday, which falls on Wednesday.
Albanian born Mother Teresa made Kolkata her home and dedicated her life to the service of poor and destitute children.Her wisdom and nobility spread far and wide and was adopted by many.
Who doesn't love a good ghost story? We have all listened to them spellbound — during the ubiquitous load-shedding or on train journeys after which any trip down the dark corridor to the toilet became impossibility. But paradoxically, the more terrified we are, the better the story.
But what happens when terror meets travel? We're talking about a visit to a ghost town that is one of India's spookiest places. At the edge of the Sariska forest in Rajasthan lies the town of Bhangarh whose haunted status is attracting scores of tourists these days. Definitely day, mind you, since the town is out of bounds after dark. A signboard displayed prominently by the ASI warns visitors: "Entering the borders of Bhangarh after sunset is strictly prohibited".
Such is the town's reputation that even the Archeological Survey of India doesn't have an office here though government rules state that every historical site must have an office of the ASI. The nearest one is a kilometre away — enough distance between officials and the spooks.
The haunted ruins of Bhangarh are now expected to be a big tourist draw during the Commonwealth Games. The Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC)
has included Bhangarh in a tour package especially designed for the games. "We chose this ‘ghost city' to boost tourism to the area," says Manjit Singh, chairman and MD, RTDC. But he smiles and adds, "We, of course, don't promise any paranormal activity."
So how did the ghosts get here? The story goes that this sixteenth century town, 80 km from Alwar in eastern Rajasthan, was home to a tantrik (a magician well-versed in the occult) named Singhia. The tantrik fell desperately in love with the kingdom's beautiful princess, Rani Ratnawati. Knowing that he would never be allowed to go near her, Singhia decided to use his dark powers to seduce her. He spotted the princess's maid buying oil and cast a spell on the oil. If the spell worked, on touching the oil, the princes would surrender herself to him.
Within a radius of 3 kilometres, on the banks of the river Yamuna, rises the crescent-like Agra Fort. Designed and built by Akbar in 1565 A.D., the fort is surrounded by a 70 foot high wall. It houses the beautiful Pearl Mosque and numerous palaces including the Jahangiri Mahal, Diwan-i-khas, Diwan-i-Am and Moti Masjid. The fort has four gates and is enclosed by a double barricaded wall of red sand stone. Many buildings were constructed within the fort of which very few remain till date. One of the most significant ones is the multistoreyed Jahangiri Mahal built by Akbar for his wife Jodha Bai.
The ace car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki has unveiled its latest A-Star Automatic in India that boasts off with modern 4-Speed Automatic transmission. Maruti A-Star utilizes slot shift mechanism for its transmission with 6 modes P, R, N, D, 3, 2 and L. It has ARAI rated fuel efficiency of 17 kmpl.
Maruti A Star automatic comes in the VXi trim including power windows, CD/MP3 player as standard apart from the Automatic and height adjustable driver seat. It features small footprint along with light control and power steering that makes it the best choice for women.
A-Star Automatic is available at the cost of Rs.4.34 Lakhs.