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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Preview: Sugar Bowl || Sugar Bowl: Va. Tech, Michigan covet BCS win !!!!!!!!!!!


WHATMichigan vs
Virginia Tech
New Orleans, LA
WHEN8:30 Eastern
January 3rd, 2012
THE LINEMichigan –3
WEATHERIt's a dome.
Yea, and it came to pass that a matured Michigan blogosphere had a month to survey an opponent for a BCS game, resulting in a flood of content that makes a preview superfluous. But lo, here it is anyway.

Run Offense vs Virginia Tech

SS/rover/CB/nickel Fuller is doing this at or near the LOS
VT's season is frustratingly devoid of opponents comparable to Michigan. Trying to draw connections between Georgia Tech's flexbone triple option and anything else is foolhardy; no one else on the schedule had a run game better than average.

Introducing Bajaj Auto’s Brand New…Car || Bajaj Auto unveils low-cost four-wheeler !!!

Rajiv Bajaj, managing director of Bajaj Auto, poses with the new RE60, the company's newly-launched ultra-low-cost car.Sajjad Hussain/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesRajiv Bajaj, managing director of Bajaj Auto, poses with the new RE60, the company’s newly-launched ultra-low-cost car.
India has a new ultra-cheap, small car.
Well, sort of.
The company that introduced it on Tuesday, Bajaj Auto, best known for making motorcycles and three-wheeled rickshaws, doesn’t even call its newest product, the RE60, a car, preferring the generic term “four wheeler.” Executives say they don’t plan to market it to average consumers.
Instead, they are aiming for drivers of rickshaws, which operate as short-distance taxis in India, by pitching them impressive new features like seat belts, doors and a hard top.
The RE60 was supposed to be more.
It was anticipated as Bajaj’s answer to the Tata Nano, which its maker Tata Motors introduced in 2009 and billed as a modern-day people’s car that would bring mobility to India’s masses at a price tag of $2,500. But one analyst described it as an “upgraded rickshaw” and said it would pose no challenge to the Nano, which itself has attracted only a fraction of the buyers once anticipated because of production delays and safety concerns.
“After seeing the RE60, you realize what a phenomenal achievement the Nano is,” said the analyst, Hormazd Sorabjee, editor of AutoCar India, a trade publication. “It is nowhere near a full-sized car which the Nano is. Clearly it’s just not got the sophistication of the Nano.”
But executives from Bajaj suggest that was essentially the point – to make the best vehicle possible and not stretch to produce an engineering marvel that might not work in real-life conditions.
“At Bajaj Auto, we believe the people of this planet deserve much better, much faster,” Rajiv Bajaj, the managing director of the company said in a statement, in what appeared to be a not-so-subtle dig at the Nano. “We, therefore, decided to focus our efforts on developing vehicles powered by engines using available natural resources and infrastructure.”
Fitted with a one-cylinder, 200cc engine, Bajaj said the RE60 would deliver 35 kilometers per liter, or 82 miles per gallon, and have a top speed of 70 kilometers per hour, or 43 miles per hour. Instead of rolling down, its windows will fold out. The company did not say how much the RE60 would sell for when it hits showrooms later this year. A rickshaw today costs about 120,000 rupees, or $2,200, Mr. Sorabjee said.
At a press conference in New Delhi ahead of the Delhi Auto Expo, the country’s biggest car show, Mr. Bajaj told reporters he was happy to sell the RE60 to consumers but his main target market was the rickshaw drivers, who earn about $100 a month driving people short distances.
The RE60 is the result of several years of work by the company, which had an agreement to make a small car for the French car company Renault and the Japanese automobile maker Nissan. Mr. Bajaj told reporters that those companies would get to see the car later this week at the Auto Expo and had the right to “walk away” if they did not like it.
In New Delhi, several rickshaw drivers expressed ambivalence about the RE60 on Tuesday afternoon, saying they did not see much benefit in upgrading to four wheels. Suran Singh, who has been driving a rickshaw for 26 of his 40 years, said doors and a hard top would help keep out the cold during the winter but would make him too hot in the scorching Delhi summers.
“This is better to drive in hot weather because it’s cloth,’’ he said, pointing to the top of his green and yellow rickshaw. “In Delhi, it gets hot in the summer and we’ll be sweating it out in a car.’’

Shah Rukh Khan in Hindi remake of Tamil film 'Ramana' || SRK to Play Lead in Hindi Remake of 'Ramana' !!!!!!!!

Mumbai: Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who at the moment is writing his next directorial venture and will start casting for it in a month's time, has bought the remake rights of the 2002 Tamil blockbuster Ramana, with a strong anti-corruption message. And apparently, SRK has already given a nod to play lead in the project.
Interestingly, word is that several prominent producers were vying for the Bollywood rights of the film, especially now when anti-corruption statements have acquired a profound relevance, thanks to Anna Hazare.
Says a close friend of Bhansali, "After acquiring the rights of the Telugu filmVikramarkurdu which he has remade as Rowdy Rathod with its original director Prabhu Deva helming the Hindi remake, Sanjay was not really open to another South remake.
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He did Rowdy... for the experience. But then someone recommended Ramana to him. When Sanjay saw the film, he was blown away. Made nine years ago, it is still as relevant. He had to acquire the remake rights and he had to get the director of the Tamil original to do it."
The film will be directed by A R Murugadoss, who is said to have already approached Shah Rukh Khan to play the lead. Murugadoss confirmed, "I will be directing the Hindi version of Ramana. Shah Rukh and I have talked about the film."
The original Ramana
Ramana featuring Vijaykanth in the lead and directed by the Ghajini maker Murugadoss was an all-time hit in Tamil. It was remade into Telugu with Chiranjeevi in the lead, and in Kannada as well.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Sreedharan quits; Mangu Singh new DMRC chief || DMRC likely to join as Kochi Metro consultant !!!!!!!!!!!

NewDelhi, Sunday, 01 January 2012: ‘Metro Man’ E Sreedharan handed over the baton to his colleague Mangu Singh after a momentous 16-year tenure as Managing Director of Delhi Metro during which he constructed and spread the network far and wide across the National Capital Region.
79-year-old Sreedharan, architect of the Konkan Railway project who joined the Delhi Metro in 1995, retired after 16 years of service in the Delhi Metro. His successor Singh has worked closely with him during the construction of the Metro network in the capital.

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