Monday, 27 October 2014

Centre names 3 black money account holders in affidavit to SC: TV reports

NEW DELHI: The Union government has named three persons who are black money account holders in an affidavit to the Supreme Court, TV reports said.

According to television reports on Monday, the three persons named are Pradip Burman, director of the Burman Group, Pankaj Chimanlal Lodya, a Rajkot-based bullion trader and Radha S Timblo, a Goa-based miner and owner of Timblo Pvt Ltd.

Black Money

The television reports also indicated that four members of the Congress party, including a former minister of the previous UPA regime, are under investigation, and added that their names may be revealed after the probe is completed. Among the four Congress party members are two belonging to powerful political families in the state of Maharashtra, the television reports further stated.

Last week, it was revealed that the Centre was likely to tell the apex court the names of the people against whom strong evidence exists of stashing away black money in Swiss banks in a major step in its crackdown on India's parallel economy.

On Monday, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi is reported to have submitted a supplementary affidavit in the apex court detailing plans to submit the list of names in a sealed envelope.

The court is due to continue hearings on a petition on black money the following day.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government is moving fast to repatriate hundreds of billions of dollars in slush funds or black money stashed abroad, as part of a wider clampdown on corruption that he promised during his election campaign.

The government is building pressure particularly on Switzerland, seeking details of Indians who have parked unaccounted for money in Switzerland's highly secretive banks. It has quickly implemented a Supreme Court directive to set up a high-powered special investigation team, headed by retired judge M B Shah, to look into the issue.

While there are no official estimates, Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a Washington-based think-tank, has estimated that Indians had parked USD 462 billion in overseas tax havens between 1948 and 2008.

Black money arises mainly from incomes not disclosed to the government usually to avoid taxation, and, sometimes, because of its criminal links. About a third of India's black money transactions are believed to be in real estate, followed by manufacturing and shopping for gold and consumer goods.
Earlier, the BJP government had told the apex court that it could not disclose the names of those who have deposited money in banks abroad as it this would jeopardize tax agreements with nations providing those names to India.

There were murmurs of protest within the ruling BJP that not disclosing names would hurt the party's image after it had made bringing back black money, a key issue in a general election that it won by a landslide. The Centre's stand also drew a strong response from the Congress, which accused it of hypocrisy.

Turning the tables on the Congress, finance minister Arun Jaitley had recently said the disclosing of names of people holding black money accounts will embarrass the opposition party.

The Congress had hit back, daring the government to come out with complete information without indulging in "selective leaks" and pointing out that "the Congress is not going to be blackmailed under any such threat".

Thursday, 16 October 2014

SEO will not Die until Search Engines Exist

SEO will not die until search engines exist especially popular search engine like Google which keeps on changing its algorithm frequently. There may be good and bad times for the SEO people to apply their tactics on the websites which may give them positive or negative response depending on their way of using strategies.

SEO is not Dead

There are significant changes happening in the search engine algorithms in recent years which are aimed to produce quality results for the people who are looking for the best websites on the search engine results page.

SEO people must concentrate on the good SEO practices that actually work on search engines. ‘Content is King’ strategy is the best and working for all the websites which are using unique and useful content. Rather than saying SEO, we can say keyword stuffing is dead as many websites are penalized by Google which fill its pages with keywords that they target.

SEO is changed, its standards are alternated from time to time. Now it is not an old link building style, it has been substituted with other result oriented techniques. Search engines have a very good relation with the website that includes recent, suitable and trustworthy content which focused around the related topic and keyword of the business to help searchers to find your website.

Search Engine Optimizers Back in Action

Google Panda

Despite being tumbled, scared and shaken by most powerful search engine algorithms like Google’s Panda and Penguin from last one year, SEO world is back in action with good grip on the search engines. There were no expected results coming on, even people did not had any idea about what is happening in the background, how the search result rankings and SERPs are sorted in popular search engines. Many companies were looking for an alternative and many of them adopted to best of their knowledge.

There are rumors on the internet showing scary articles and infographic images which say about the death of SEO. Many bloggers wrote on a topic of ‘SEO is dead’, but the real thing is SEO is not dead and never it is. These articles are published to get publicity over the web. There is a lack of truth in those articles. People are reading, liking, sharing and commenting on those articles so they are spreading all over the web to get a lot of engagement from users.

Following statements are strong reasons which clarify the above topic

     • Search engines will display results based on words that we enter in the search box
     • And the resulted websites are sorted through an algorithm

Above two statements are good enough to say that websites still need search engine optimization to be visible on the internet. If websites won’t use good SEO strategies, they still have a chance to be penalized by major search engines such as Google. That means website should and must practice good SEO techniques to generate more business.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Groupon Joins Online Discounts Fight after Flipkart and Snapdeal

Online shopping platform Groupon has joined the bandwagon of large format e-tailers such as Flipkart, Snapdeal and Amazon to launch new offers ion a variety of products this festive season to maximize its sales. The online shopping site, which largely gets customers for its offerings in travel and food segments, has expanded its daily deal list to close 1500 offers with discounts ranging from 20-80%.

To be competitive and relevant during the festival season, when there is an onslaught of offers by other-etailers, Groupon has laid emphasis of four categories - electronics, home and kitchen, lifestyle, footwear and fashion. While the offers on electronics have been increased to 270, there are 220 offers in the home and kitchen segments while footwear, which is one the fastest moving segment on other platforms, the offers have been increased to 70 products like lotto, Adidas, Tortoise, Carlton on sale.

It's Flipkart vs Snapdeal vs Amazon and now, Groupon

According to a report in The Finantial Express, An official of the company said that Indian festival season is all about eating and shopping and Groupon accordingly is looking at bundling the two experiences for is customers with mouth watering offers. The last years popular steal deal that gave its buyers option to buy a bag with three hidden products may also make a come back while offerings on groceries, that give cash to buyers has also been started.

On mobile phones, one of the hottest selling products online this year, Groupon is offering discounts between 25-50% on some of the phone from Zync, Gionee, LG, Iphone and Micromax.  It has also enlarged its offering on fashion products having few exclusive deals with men and women fashion brands.

While the company has not set any target for sales this festive season, it is expecting that it would better than last year. The company is also banking on the buzz generated by e-tailers such as Flipkart to get enhanced sales on its own platform by promising a better experience for customers.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Spreading Ebola Virus Ringing Health Alarm in Spain

Health concerns ringing alarm across Spain and United States of America after a Spanish nurse was found positive for Ebola Virus disease. On Monday, Spain’s health minister said that a Spanish nurse is under surveillance after a Madrid hospital has tested positive for Ebola virus. This Spanish nurse was part of the medical team that treated priests Miguel Pajares, who died on Aug 12 and Manuel Garcia Viejo, who died on Sep 26 at the hospital Carlos III de Madrid.

After an emergency meeting held on Monday afternoon in Madrid, Health Minister of Spain, Ms Ana Mato said that the Ebola infection was confirmed by two separate tests. According a Spanish news paper, El pais, the woman checked herself on Monday morning in a hospital in Alcorcon, a city in southwest of Madrid, with a high fever. The woman is aged about 44 years and has no children is taken into quarantine. Health officials quoted that there other 30 people are currently going under medical checkup but nobody is confirmed positive except the woman.

Woman went on a vacation after Garcia Viejo’s death, but did not disclose the destination. She led a normal life in recent weeks and her only symptoms were a fever and fatigue, Antonio Alemany, Madrid director of primary health care, said in the news conference. He said, "We do not know yet what could have failed, we are investigating the mechanism of infection".

The World Health Organization confirmed there has not been a previous transmission outside West Africa in the current outbreak. WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told The Associated Press that so far there have only been confirmed cases in West Africa and the United States, and no known transmission outside West Africa. The organization is awaiting official notification of the case from Spanish authorities. The woman will be transferred for treatment to Madrid's Carlos III hospital, where she has been a nurse for 15 years.

The virus that causes Ebola spreads only through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person who is showing symptoms. Spanish authorities said they were investigating how the nurse became infected at a hospital with modern health care facilities and special equipment for handling cases of deadly viruses.

More than 370 health workers in West Africa have become infected in this outbreak, and more than half of those have died. Doctors and nurses there have worked under difficult conditions, treating patients in overflowing wards, sometimes without proper protection. But even under ideal conditions, experts warn that caring for Ebola patients always involves a risk.

Ebola screenings for airline passengers in US and Africa

President Obama said Monday the U.S. government would increase passenger screenings in the United States and Africa to detect the Ebola virus, even as he resisted calls to impose a ban on those traveling from the three countries most affected by the outbreak.

Neither the president nor White House officials elaborated on exactly what those new screenings would entail. At the moment, passengers leaving the three nations most affected by the virus — Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone — are screened for symptoms at the airport before departing.
“The ability of people who are infected who could carry that across borders is something that we have to take extremely seriously,” Obama said Monday afternoon after a meeting with top advisers to discuss Ebola.

About Ebola Virus

Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission. The first EVD outbreaks occurred in remote villages in Central Africa, near tropical rainforests, but the most recent outbreak in west Africa has involved major urban as well as rural areas.

The Ebola virus causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if untreated. Ebola virus disease (EVD) first appeared in 1976 in 2 simultaneous outbreaks, one in Nzara, Sudan, and the other in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo. The latter occurred in a village near the Ebola River, from which the disease takes its name.

There have been more cases and deaths in this outbreak than all others combined. It has also spread between countries starting in Guinea then spreading across land borders to Sierra Leone and Liberia, by air (1 traveller only) to Nigeria, and by land (1 traveller) to Senegal.

Ebola Transmission

It is thought that fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are natural Ebola virus hosts. Ebola is introduced into the human population through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals such as chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines found ill or dead or in the rainforest.

Ebola then spreads through human-to-human transmission via direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and with surfaces and materials (e.g. bedding, clothing) contaminated with these fluids.

Symptoms of Ebola Virus Disease

The incubation period, that is, the time interval from infection with the virus to onset of symptoms is 2 to 21 days. Humans are not infectious until they develop symptoms. First symptoms are the sudden onset of fever fatigue, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, symptoms of impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding (e.g. oozing from the gums, blood in the stools). Laboratory findings include low white blood cell and platelet counts and elevated liver enzymes.