Mitians flying to SA

MIT adds one more feather to its cap . Most of you must have heard or seen about BAJA . Read on to know the complete thing . Two of my friends ( Abhishek , Abhinav ) are in the team of BAJA Manipal .

BAJA logo

Their Tagline :

BAJA MANIPAL – The official team representing MIT , Manipal at Mini BAJA  Competition

organised by SAE( Soceity of Automotive Engineers )to be held in South Africa in

October 2009 in Pretoria University , Pretoria .


As mentioned above , they are the official team representing MIT . Many prestigious colleges like the IIT’s and DCE have their own teams .Last year , Formula Manipal represented MIT at FSAE , Italy where they finished 27th.

BAJA Competition is basically a platform where teams have race their ATV’s ( All Terrain Vehicles ) .

Their sponsors range from Pepe Jeans , Snack Shack , Riverdale , Dollops , BIG 92.7 FM to various MIT Alumni .

The shipping cost to SA is borne by MultiLine Circuits and ALF Engineering Pvt Ltd is providing the technical support .

The whole ATV is being currently built at Nasik , Maharashtra . The ATV will be brought to MIT before being shipped to SA .

MIT has once again proved that its “the” best in Mechanical Engineering


The advertising industry has seen a huge increase over the past few years . One can watch more and more ads on TV’s , newspapers and magazines .

Companies are ready to shell out 1 crore for few seconds telecast of their product .Imagine what difference could 1 crore make if used for social purposes . Nowadays , cricketers earn more money from advertising rather than from their contract . Recently , Harbhajan sold his name for money . Very soon , we would see Bhajji da Dhaba , Harbhajan T-shirts and what not .

IPL shifted to South Africa which meant loss in revenue for BCCI . But, it devised a new method , ads for 7 minutes after every 10 overs . Advertisement is a huge industry .I could speak on and on on advertising but I am sure nobody would read it (lol.) .

I found these advertisements on the net , really awesome , it shows the talent behind it . This was the main reason for writing this post but I couldn’t stop myself from writing a small piece on Advertising .



Think before you SPIT

Ever imagined what it takes to clean up a gutkha and paan spit trails !!

A paan costs Rs 5 only but cleaning up the spit trails on the trains of Indian Railways costs the exchequer Rs 1.44 crore .Where do you think the 1.44 crore comes from ?? Right from your pockets . Not only this , 24 man hours are also wasted .Paan and gutkha stains are highly corrosive so they cause damage to trains. They are semi-permanent and cannot be removed by simple washing. For each train, two litres of a special graffiti-removing detergent must be used along with 10 litres of non-caustic detergent. “To clean a single rake, we spend 24 man hours and detergents worth Rs 2,200,” revealed chief PRO for CR, SC Mudgerikar.

Imagine how cheaper would have been the train tickets of this money could be saved .

Well , Indian railways could learn from BMC .

How the BMC tackles the issue

BMC has launched a ‘clean-up’ campaign under which a special squad was created to deal with the menace of spitting and littering. The squad charges offenders Rs 200 if found spitting, littering or urinating in public places. From 2007, the BMC has fined over one lakh offenders and collected fines amounting to Rs 4.27 crore .

Indian railways also laws to fine people but it is very time consuming as the offender has to be taken to the court and tried there .

The problem of littering and spitting is not only with the Indian Railways but it is everywhere in India .

I am sure most of the readers are highly educated people , so I request all my readers to please avoid littering and spitting and stop others too from spitting and littering public places .

Imagine how wonderful it would be to travel in a train with no spit trails !!!!


Well , do you like a coin rather than a note ?
I prefer coins . I know they are heavy but they dont get damaged easily .
Now , The Indian Government has decided to come out with a TEN RUPEE COIN .

RBI is ready to issue a bimetallic 10 rupee coin.

The look: The obverse side has the lion capitol with numeral 10 and year of manufacture. On reverse side, a double line cross with a dot in each pellet of cross and denomination written in Hindi and English around. This design has been prepaed by National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad with the theme of Unity in Diversity. The outer side metal is Nickel-Bronze and the inner side metal is Ferrous Steel. The weight of the coin would be 8 grams and the diameter would be 28 mm.

The coins worth 70 million have already been minted till August 2008 so that means 7 million coins !!! . I wonder whats taking so much time to realease them .

CDMA, GSM Mobile Phones to Have 11 Digit Numbers

DoT ( Department of Telecom) is currently thinking to make all GSM and CDMA mobile phone numbers to 11 digits instead of the present 10 .Most probably 9 will be prefixed to all existing numbers .

Apparently, the approximate base limit of 10 digit numbers is 450 million subscribers( all nerds can calculate the permutation ), which is likely to get exhausted as soon as by early next year.
According to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), India’s total wireless subscribers (GSM, CDMA & WLL(F)) base was recorded to be 375.74 million at the end of February 2009.

Only , two countries UK and China currently have a 11 digit number . We would be the third country . (A great achievement )

In 2003 , DoT had said that the changeover from 10 digits to 11 digits would likely be not required for another 30 more years . ( A few minor calculations what else can one say )

If implemented , we would have lots of work to do . (Editing all contacts , remembering an extra digit etc )