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Hindus rated “fairly warmly” in USA, survey reveals

Most religious groups in USA rate Hindus fairly warmly, according to “polling and analysis” posted by Washington DC headquartered Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact tank, on February 15.

Asked to rate a variety of groups on a “feeling thermometer” ranging from 0 to 100, Americans’ feelings toward Hindus have shifted from relatively neutral place of 50 in 2014 on the thermometer to somewhat warmer rating of 58.

Americans aged 18-29 put the Hindus at 64 on the thermometer, which is higher than Jews, Atheists, Evangelical Christians, Mainline Protestants, Muslims and Mormons. Jews gave Hindus a thermometer rating of 70, which is highest given to Hindus by any religious group.

Hindus were rated at 70 by those who had personal connections with someone in the Hindu community, as compared to 54 given by those who had no such connection.

But only 22% of Americans say they personally know a Hindu.

These were among the findings of a new Pew Research Center survey of 4,248 adults conducted between January nine to 23 on the Center’s nationally representative American Trends Panel.

Meanwhile Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, congratulating the American Hindu community on climbing higher on the warmth scale; urged them to continue with the traditional values of hard work, higher morals, stress on education, sanctity of marriage, etc.; amidst so many distractions.

Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, advised Hindus to focus on inner search, stay pure, explore the vast wisdom of scriptures, make spirituality more attractive to youth and children, stay away from the greed, and always keep God in the life.

There are about three million Hindus in USA.

Mr. K. T. Rama Rao Lays Foundation for BE’s Vaccine SEZ Plant

Hyderabad, India – February 6, 2017: Mr. K. T. Rama Rao, Honourable Minister for Industries & Commerce, IT, Municipal Administration & Urban Development, unveiled the foundation for a new vaccines plant being constructed by Biological E. Limited (BE) in the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Genome Valley in Kolthur Village, located on the outskirts of Hyderabad. The Minister was accompanied by Dr. Paul Stoffels, Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson (J&J), Ms. Mahima Datla, Managing Director, BE, Mr. Jayesh Ranjan, IT Secretary, Soumya Swaminathan, Director-general, Indian Council of Medical Research, and Mr. M. Sudheer Reddy, Medchal MLA, at the inaugural event of laying the foundation.

Addressing the gathering on this occasion, the Minister appreciated the expansion efforts of Biological E. Limited in being aligned with the State Government’s vision of industrial expansion, creation of employment and the commitment to make Hyderabad an industrial hub in India and thus realise the dream of the honourable Chief Minister, K. Chandrashekar Rao – the creation of Bangaru (/Golden) Telangana. He fondly recalled that BE, as one of the foremost Pharmaceutical & Biologics Companies in India, being based out of the State of Telangana, in addition to substantial exports of vaccines, contributes significantly to the Universal Immunization Programme launched by the Government of India.

Welcoming the gathering, Ms. Mahima Datla, Managing Director, BE, thanked the Honourable Minister and Dr. Stoffels, for laying the foundation for the new vaccines plant at the recently approved SEZ. The MD also appreciated the efforts of the Government of Telangana in general and Mr. K T Rama Rao in particular for helping the investors and entrepreneurs in setting up new ventures and industries and creating a conducive environment for smooth execution of business operations.

Elaborating further about the plant, Ms. Mahima said that BE is planning an initial investment of up to Rs.300 crore in this new plant, which would help the existing vaccines plant augment the production and manufacture new products that are in the pipeline. This investment is in line with and part of the already earmarked overall outlay of Rs.1000 crore in the Genome Valley across BE’s Vaccines & Pharma businesses that are underway. The construction of this new SEZ vaccines plant on about 29 acres of land would be completed by April 2018 and commercial production is expected to begin by December 2019. Ms. Mahima also said that by the time BE’s expansion initiatives in the Genome Valley are completed, an additional employment opportunity for around 1000 people would be generated.

About Biological E. Limited

Biological E. Limited (BE), founded in 1953, the first private sector biological products company in India and the first pharmaceutical company in South India. Originally incorporated as Biological Products Private Limited, BE is a globally recognized vaccine manufacturer and has supplied over two billion doses of vaccines till date all over the world.

BE supplies several essential and lifesaving Vaccines and Pharmaceuticals to UN Agencies viz. UNICEF, PAHO and several global markets, and in India to the National Immunization Programme, various State Governments, PSUs, Indian Armed Forces and the domestic retail market. With a mission to improve health & survival of people, BE serves by providing equitable access to quality vaccines and therapeutics. BE has a long and richly textured history of supporting public health programmes in India for over five decades. BE’s portfolio of WHO pre-qualified vaccines include the 5-in-1 Pentavalent and a Japanese Encephalitis vaccine and its future offerings promise to be even more exciting.

Reebok India Alleged Fraud Cost Euro 153 Million to Adidas

Reebok India alleged fraud last year has put 153 million euro dent on the balance sheet of German sportswear maker Adidas. In year 2012, Reebok India filed FIR against two top officials of the company.

The investigation is currently on and ex-Managing Director Subhinder Singh Prem and ex-COO Vishnu Bhagat are under investigation for their alleged involvement in the fraud.

Adidas Group changed top management this year by bringing Erick Haskell from China operations to lead Indian team. The company also offered voluntary retirement to 84 employees last year. The company has also reduced its store count in India to reduce costs.

Adidas CEO Herbert Hainer announced that 2012 was successful year for Adidas Group with the company managing to grow its overall sales by six percent. The company registered 14.9 billion Euro sales in 2012.

Indian Stock Market Gains; Ambit Capital Expects Sensex at 23000 in 12 Months

Ambit Capital has expressed bullish view about Indian stock market with 23000 as target for BSE Sensex in coming 12 months. Saurabh Mukherjea, Head Equities, Ambit Capital said during an interview to CNBC TV18 that he expects markets to move higher. The current results are an indication of bottoming out of the earnings for Indian majors. He expects Indian markets to outperform other emerging markets.

Indian stock market was trading higher on Monday. BSE Sensex was up by 92 points at 18774 and NSE Nifty was trading higher by 22 points at 12.02 PM IST.

Among majors gainers were TCS, ICICI Bank, Mahindra & Mahindra and NTPC. Bank of Baroda, Ambuja Cements, ITC and Jindal Steel were among major losers in today’s trading session.

TCS management has expressed satisfaction over the current market condition. The outlook for the upcoming quarters is positive and the stock has been performing well on the bourses.

If the government pushes forward with reforms agenda, the investment climate in India can improve. The country faced rating downgrade from major rating agencies including S&P. If the UPA government is successful in reducing the current account deficit, the markets may look up in medium term.

Congress Plays Cheap Political Trick with 9 LPG Cylinders in Congress Ruled States

Facing the pressure from opposition and UPA allies over the increase in diesel price, and FDI, Congress has played another card by increasing the number of subsidized LPG cylinders in a year from 6 to 9 in congress ruled states.

The decision comes after most political parties announced that 6 LPG cylinders per year are too low as common household consumption is more. Congress has directed the states where it has ruling to offer 3 additional cylinders at subsidy to consumers.

Mamata Banerjee has decided to withdraw support from UPA and their ministers will offer resignation on Friday. The Congress party leaders held meeting in New Delhi to discuss next course of action. The decision of Mamata Banerjee to quit the UPA government comes as her demands for rollback were not heard by Congress leadership.

Congress wants to push ahead with the reforms but its allies are not allowing it to move forward. Congress is also portraying itself as a victim to win public support, but with rising expenses, common man can not support the decisions of the government. Congress should have thought of other reforms, which could have allowed the government to reduce deficit rather than increasing diesel prices by Rs 5, which will surely impact budget of most of the people in the country.

Air India Strike Continues; DGCA Plans Strict Action

Air India pilots on strike might be in for a negative surprise as DGCA is considering cancellation of licenses. Many pilots have been issued show cause notice.

After the tough message sent across by aviation minister Ajit Singh, there are expectations that Air India pilots can return to work. The minister did not meet the pilot representatives and asked them to join their duties before any further talk.

Indian Pilots’ Guild has been derecognised by the Indian government and DGCA is considering tough action against office bearers of IPG.

Air India has been suffering massive losses in the past few quarters. After the government offered funds to keep the day-to-day business running at the national carrier, there has been pressure on Air India to register positive growth.

The aviation sector in India has been under pressure due to higher fuel costs. Vijay Mallya owned Kingfisher is private carrier facing trouble due to massive losses.

OnLive Launches iOS and Android Gaming Apps

There’s good news for all you gamers out there as the online gaming world will soon witness a whale of revolution. As per reports, OnLive is all in readiness to launch its ultra-innovative online gaming platform to Android and iOS devices with the release various new apps for both the said platforms.

The OnLive service is highly popular for providing console titles and for making them playable on the internet by the means of renting or buying various fascinating titles. It was zestfully launched in September all over the United Kingdom.

The new apps may well be epochal as they carry complete editions of games such as L. A. Noire and Assassins Creed Revelations to the iPad and iPhone. In addition, it is reported that the apps will even be supported by the majority of smartphones and Android tablets.

Due the preliminary phase of launch, 25 games, counting the aforementioned versions, have been modified for use on a wide variety of touchscreen gadgets.

In the meantime, the entire portfolio of 200 games will be modified so as to make them playable by the means of a fresh Universal OnLive Wireless Controller, which will be most probably pegged at around £39.99

All of the modified games will be supporting 3G and Wi-Fi, based on the internet speed.

Though the apps are freebies and anyone can download them with ease, members can even think about paying a monthly subscription fee for a variety of titles. Also, they can even buy passes for unlimited play and can even rent games for a number of days.

While expressing his opinion in this regard, the Founder and CEO of OnLive, Steve Perlman said: “Today marks a major milestone: OnLive is now delivering the latest, console-class, top-tier games – literally to your fingertips – on tablets and phones for instant, on-demand play anywhere, anytime”.

UK Can Expect Kindle Fire by January 2012

Not long ago, Amazon launched its entertainment-oriented, pocket-friendly Fire in US, and the device made a gigantic buzz that claimed it to be the first ever iPad rival in the tech town. No wonder it made people go crazy for getting their hands onto the lovely Kindly Fire, and the Fire caught more fire when CEO Jeff Bezos declared that the device would be pegged at $200 in comparison to Apple’s $500.

Despite all enticing statements, not many words were shared about the release dates of Kindle Fire outside the United States. The tablet is keen on providing downloads of apps, music as well as movies, and there’s no point giving a second thought to the fact that the United States is the focal point of all prime internet services provided by Amazon.

But now, it has been informed by reliable sources that the Kindle Fire will make it to the British market by January and therefore, waiting is perhaps the most advisable thing you can give to all the thrifty shoppers around you.

As per stats, Kindle Fire has been the best-selling product in United States for the last two months, and it is highly being anticipated by market experts and analysts that the Kindle Fire will soon inspire a tremble for the long-running dominance of iPad.

On the other hand, experts are of the view that though Apple’s iPad will retain its ascendancy in IT market during the next year, Kindle Fire is expected to swallow as much as 50% of sales of Android-based tablets.

Though there’s no information on what the price of Fire will be like in the United Kingdom, speculation are on a high that it will be affordable enough and maybe Amazon might sell it at a discount or loss of $3 per unit, in comparison to its price in the United States, since it is vitally a ‘shop front’ focused on digital selling of music, films, books and apps.

New Stem Cells Derived, the Ones With the ‘Best Quality’

It has been recently revealed that there has been the development of a new stem cell by the scientists. These stem cells are grown in the lab and are taken from the human embryos. They are apparently of the best quality so far and can help in further research, towards the end of the next year, and would also be able to be used in clinical trials in the time to come.

It has been revealed that the stem cell trials conducted in the past have used research grading of lower quality. These were actually manipulated to make it the ‘clinical grade’. This time however the grade of stem cells used is the best one and they are of the clinical quality and come right from the patients for trials. This is the reason they can do without conversions. These stem cells are also untouched by the animal bi -products that are usually used for the stimulation of growth by other research teams.

“The key here is that these are clinical grade lines, they have been set up from the beginning as lines that do not contain animal products and have not got animal products coming into contact with them”, revealed Professor Peter Braude, one of the leading authors of the team.

It was further revealed that though such researches may have been done in the past by private drug firms, this is the first time it has been conducted on such a large scale, for the aid of public health.

This research might surely benefit the field of regenerative medicine in many ways. It might surely help scientists in developing newer way of cure and treatment for patients in the future.

NASA Claims To Have Identified a New Planet, Kepler-22b

“This discovery shows that we Homo sapiens are straining our reach into the universe to find planets that remind us of home. We are almost there”, said an expert from the University of California, Geoff Marcy, in an email while briefing about the discovery of a latest planet that resembles earth. In addition, the expert has also tagged it as a phenomenal discovery up till now in history.

Further, the experts have notified that the newly identified planet that has reflected all feasible conditions to support life is located outside the solar system. According to astronomers, the planet is smack in the middle of the Goldilocks zone, a difficult location to be acknowledged easily, although, possessing feasible environmental for life conditions that are not cold or hot, extremely. Scientists have notified that it has 72 degrees temperature, identical to the surface of a shopping mall.

On Monday, the NASA officials have confirmed the discovery of new planet along with other discoveries such as Kepler telescope. The high potential telescope was launched during the planet-hunting mission, observed in 2009.

This is for the first time, when scientists have acknowledged any planet in the inhabitable zone for Kepler. The new planet is named as Kepler-22b and possess some similar features that of earth, although, circles a star identical to sun along with same distance, approximately. Besides environmental conditions, it is believed to have one year of 290 days, very close to the year of earth.

The Kepler Deputy Science Chief, Natalie Batalha, notified that the planet has also displayed some tough conditions such as its size and notified that it is approximately 2.4 times more as compared to the size of earth. Further, the expert has anticipated possibilities that it can support an environment like gas-and-liquid Neptune.