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  Your DTH vendor will sell insurance, too
Posted by: Sathish - 03-21-2009, 07:38 AM - Forum: General Indian DTH News - No Replies

Mumbai: Don't be surprised if a man walks into to fix a direct-to-home (DTH) broadcast connection for your television set and hands over an insurance product brochure.

With the bancassurance channel drying up as public sector banks launch their own insurance companies, life insurers are using subsidiary sales channels to distribute their products.

Bharti AXA Life Insurance and Reliance Life Insurance Company are in talks with their group DTH arms, Airtel Digital TV and Big TV, respectively, to cross-sell insurance products. Both are already utilising the existing telecom networks, by deploying agents or employees at the franchisees, and intend to expand the reach further.

Nitish Asthana, senior vice-president - direct distribution & telecassurance at Bharti AXA Life Insurance, says, "We are exploring a combination with the Airtel Digital TV. It could be simple lead generation or empanelment of Digital TV as an agent. Wherever there is an opportunity to distribute, we are using the network."

Currently, Bharti AXA Life is distributing through Airtel and Bharti Teletech, which manufactures and distributes the Beetel brand of phones. "We are tapping walk-in customers at 500 of the Airtel relationships centres or franchisees out of 600 total relationship centres present in 65-70 cities. On an average, there are 200 customers, who walk into a relationship centre each day. What is attractive for us is the face-to-face situation.

Asked whether the Big TV venture would be utilised to cross-sell, P Nandagopal, chief executive officer of Reliance Life Insurance, says, "We will be happy to have leads. These are ideas. We are discussing with them."

Other group ventures such as Big Flicks, which offers DVDs, may also be used. "For promotion purposes, we will cross-sell through the group channels, where a customer base of more than 50 million is available. When it comes to the DVDs, the buyers are usually young, who start their journey and may need insurance," Nandagopal says.

Those who do not have their own group networks in non-financial areas are looking at other tie-ups.

Tarun Chugh, chief - alternate channels, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, says, "For the health segment we are planning tie-ups with companies who are into distribution of health related items. We are discussing with pharmacy chains."

Sales figures are also being pushed by other financial services, where the core product is not attractive due to the market slowdown. Chugh says equity broking houses are showing more interest in cross-selling life insurance.

"We have tie-ups with ICICI Direct, India Infoline, Sharekhan, etc. Initially, sales through equity broking were less than 2-3% of the sales via bancassurance, but now contribute 7-10% that of the bancassurance sales. Equity houses have strong relationships with customers and they are leveraging on the relationships," Chugh adds.

Most insurers would be developing simpler product variants to be sold at such partnership networks wherein the sales process is short and can be completed in a single meeting.

"Even through bancassurance, we have realised that success levels are higher if the customer is convinced in the very first meeting. Currently the entire range of insurance products is sold at the franchisees. But we are developing simple over the counter products in both life and health protection exclusive for the Airtel channel to avoid the long-winding sales process," says Asthana of Bharti AXA.

Reliance Life Insurance too would create products to make the group distribution channel effective. This may be because of the low sales seen at these existing wide group networks.

"Our employees are stationed at the Reliance Web Worlds. The percentage of sales generation is small right now, approximately 2%," says Nandagopal. For Airtel, only 12-15% is contributed by the telecassurance channel from the 90 million strong Airtel customer base."

But for some players, the over-the-counter product range already exists and is contributing significantly to the total sales. Take for instance Future Generali Life Insurance, which is selling simple insurance product range at Future group malls.

Jayant Khosla, managing director and chief executive officer of Future Generali India Life Insurance, says the slowdown hasn't had an impact on sales.

"The footfalls at malls have only increased. We have been selling more policies as well. Though the exact figures would be out by March 31, 2009, we sell approximately 25% of our total policies via mallassurance. We continue to use the mallasssurance channel to sell."

Surprisingly, no other company is tapping the flows at malls. "I haven't heard of any other player selling it through the mall. So far we have no competition," says Khosla.

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  Leaked! Ash-Abhi's Ravana story?
Posted by: Sathish - 03-20-2009, 10:39 PM - Forum: Entertainment - No Replies

If my trusted aides are to be believed, the much guarded plot of Mani Ratnam's Abhishek – Aishwarya starrer bilingual Ravana is doing the rounds already!

The story of the film goes like this: Abhishek Bachchan's sister gets publicly humiliated by the character played by South star Vikram.

An angry Abhishek seeks revenge and storms into Vikram’s house. But he doesn't find him there. Wanting to teach him a lesson, Abhishek kidnaps Vikram's wife played by Aishwarya Rai.

Chased by the police, Abhishek hides in the nearby jungle. And guess what? Both of Abhi-Ash end up falling in love.

What follows next forms the rest of the film. Ravana is supposedly a modern day take on the Ramayana with Abhishek playing the title role. But it's Abhi-Ash's love affair that brings in the twist in the tale. Mani's wife Suhasini makes her Bollywood debut with Ravana.

According to grapevine Govinda's character is a take on Hanuman from Ramayana who aides Vikram to reach Abhishek.

Ravi Kissen plays Abhishek's trusted aide while Nikhil Dwivedi plays a cop. The film in its Tamil version will be called Ashokavanam with Prithviraj Sukumar playing Abhishek's role.

Actress-dancer Shobana has done the choreography.

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  IPL seeking bulletproof buses, cars for players
Posted by: Sathish - 03-20-2009, 08:47 PM - Forum: Sports Zone - No Replies

THE Indian Premier League is shopping for bulletproof buses and cars in a bid to protect its star players, according to reports in India.

The Times of India said a South African private security firm hired by the multi-million-dollar Twenty20 league had approached a local firm to buy 16 special buses and 64 armoured SUVs - worth roughly $US3.1 million ($4.5m).

The scramble for additional protection comes in the wake of the deadly attack against the Sri Lankan team in Pakistan on March 3.

But the newspaper pointed out that with demand high from Indian politicians campaigning for general elections starting next month, the IPL might be unable to buy shielded vehicles at such short notice.

The report comes as the IPL remains embroiled in a row with the Indian government over security. Less than a month before the scheduled opening on April 10, the home ministry has still not cleared the tournament because it clashes with parliamentary elections.

The IPL is due to run to May 24, while the elections take place across the country from April 16 to May 16. The government wants the 59-match schedule to be adjusted so that states hosting games do not have to pull out security forces on election duty to guard the tournament.

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Tongue Download Serial Songs from here
Posted by: Tamilan - 03-20-2009, 05:25 PM - Forum: Entertainment - Replies (19)

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  Negotiations betwen IPL and Sony fail
Posted by: Sathish - 03-20-2009, 03:48 PM - Forum: Sports Zone - No Replies

Talks between the IPL and Sony, aimed at reaching an out-of-court settlement after the league terminated its contract with Sony last week, have failed. The matter is currently being heard by Bombay High Court but it is likely the BCCI's Twenty20 league will have a new broadcaster from this season.

Lalit Modi, the IPL chairman, told Cricinfo the talks failed because Multi Screen Media Pvt Ltd (MSM), which holds the IPL contract under the Sony umbrella, wanted a non-terminable contract, which the BCCI/IPL refused to provide. "We had agreed on various commercial terms but if we agree to a non-terminable contract we cannot terminate the arrangement even in case of a serious breach," Modi said. "No one can accept that." Rohit Gupta, president of network sales at Multi Screen Media Pvt Ltd, refused to comment on the development.

Apparently, MSM was prepared to compensate the IPL for further violations of contract, if any, but the league did not agree.

Sony had leased the IPL's subcontinent broadcast rights last year from WSG (India), who had won an original ten-year bid for US $1.02 billion. But the IPL terminated Sony's contract on Saturday night after claiming the broadcaster had repeatedly violated the integrity of telecast by prematurely cutting to breaks and inserting commercials during a live match, replays and other on-field action. Early on Sunday morning, the league signed a fresh telecast contract with WSG (Mauritius) even as Sony appealed against the termination order to Bombay High Court which issued a freeze on any such arrangement till the dispute was resolved. The court will determine if the IPL's decision to terminate Sony's contract is legitimate.

However, the BCCI/IPL continues to maintain that the new deal with WSG-Mauritius is still valid as it was signed before they received the freeze order issued by the court.

The IPL's relationship with Sony had turned rocky last month after the IPL lost out on a US $31.16 million deal because of a dispute between Sony and Big TV, a direct-to-home provider. Ties between the two dipped further after the subsequent resignation of Kunal Dasgupta, the then Sony CEO, who was known to be close to Lalit Modi, the IPL chairman.

Sony is also understood to have been keen on renegotiating the financial terms of its contract with the IPL and had concerns about the tournament's revised dates and some of the venues that were being considered.

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Question DW TV Or DW TV ASIEN ? ? ?
Posted by: Arjun - 03-20-2009, 01:36 PM - Forum: DD Direct Plus (DD Free Dish) - Replies (2)

DW TV ASIEN in the Place of DW TV in Dd Direct + Dth Service is this Channels Same or different??? :thinking::whistle:

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  Download Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) RTW for Vista SP1 and XP SP3
Posted by: Sathish - 03-20-2009, 01:30 PM - Forum: Technology & Web Services - No Replies

Forget about Internet Explorer 7. The wait is finally over. Microsoft has wrapped up the final version of Internet Explorer 8 and made the bits available for download. That's right, the gold bits of Internet Explorer 8 are now up for grabs, as the links for the RTW (release to web) variant of the browser went live just ahead of the deadline announced initially, namely noon EDT on March 19. At the time of this article, Microsoft had yet to announce the official launch of Internet Explorer 8 RTW via its official channels.

“With the Internet Explorer 8 platform, Microsoft creates opportunities for Web sites to engage customers in new ways and drive not only more traffic, but also more value in the online experience,” said Dean Hachamovitch, general manager of the Internet Explorer team at Microsoft.

UPDATE: The official download links for IE8 gold are now up and running. Internet Explorer 8 is designed to integrate with Windows XP (including SP2 and SP3), Windows Vista RTM and SP1 as well as Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2003. The first wave of IE7's successor will be served in the following languages today: Arabic, Chinese (Traditional, Simplified and Hong Kong), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal), Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish. Microsoft has not disclosed its plans for additional releases of Internet Explorer 8.

Earlier today reports emerged indicating that the final build number of Internet Explorer 8 was 8.00.6001.18702. This is indeed correct as the screenshots included with this article prove. Moreover, the full version number of IE8 RTW is 8.00.6001.18702 (longhorn_ie8_rtm (wmbla) .090308-0339.

In a first phase, Microsoft will make IE8 RTW exclusively available for download. Moving forward, the Redmond company will offer the browser through Windows Update. The last phase in the IE8 delivery process involves serving the browser through Automatic Updates. In the final wave, all IE6 and IE7 users running an IE8-supported platform with AU enabled will have Internet Explorer 8 automatically downloaded and installed on their machines.

Internet Explorer 8 RTW is not available for Windows 7, as the next iteration of the Windows client and server operating systems comes with its own flavor of the browser.

Internet Explorer 8 8.0.6001.18702 Final: Free Download

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  Absolute Linux 12.2.2 Was Released
Posted by: Sathish - 03-20-2009, 01:02 PM - Forum: Technology & Web Services - No Replies

The installation now uses the ext4 filesystem

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Paul Sherman, the creator of Absolute Linux, a Slackware-based Linux distribution, has announced yesterday, March 19th, the release of Absolute Linux 12.2.2. Among others things, changes were made to the Linux kernel that is now at version and to the installation that now uses ext4 as the default filesystem. Ext3 and ReiserFS are of course still available for those who don't yet trust the hype surrounding ext4.

"The kernel, for now, is the Slackware hugesmp, so it is Slackware "stock" Waiting feedback if users like this or would rather get specific configuration tweaked. The large number of changes along with imminent bump in Xorg led me to go with the flow for now in order to expedite and allow easier input from Slack-compatible repositories." said Paul Sherman, in the official release announcement.

A large number of applications and libraries were updated too and the rc.inet1.conf will now automatically reset at boot if users switch from netcofig/manual network setup to wicd.

Absolute Linux 12.2 features:

· Linux kernel
· The latest Mozilla Firefox 3.0.7 Web Browser
· Abiword 2.6.6
· Deluge 1.1.3 BitTorrent client
· Flash Player
· The Gnu Image Manipulation Program 2.6.5
· Mplayer 0.9.1
· Gtk-recordMyDesktop
· IceWM 1.2.35

About Absolute Linux

Absolute Linux aims to be a desktop that doesn't get in your way. Using the IceWM window manager and integrating some of the best lightweight applications, users get a full desktop experience even on low-end machines. Useful configuration and maintenance scripts with intuitive graphical frontends are also available for still-learning Absolute users.

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  Seven-time champion Michael Schumacher astonished by F1 changes
Posted by: Sathish - 03-20-2009, 12:14 PM - Forum: Sports Zone - No Replies

MADRID — Seven-time champion Michael Schumacher was "astonished" by Formula One's decision to alter the way the world championship is decided on the eve of the new season.

The former Ferrari driver said Thursday on his website that the championship was wide open with many "question marks before the first races." The season begins on March 29 at the Australian Grand Prix.

"But this is what makes the whole thing so attractive, isn't it? I doubt the same goes for the new rules given out on such a late moment prior to the season - something which to me is really, well, astonishing," Schumacher wrote.

Governing body FIA decided Tuesday that the championship will be given to the driver with the most victories rather than the most accumulated points.

"I cannot imagine those changes to help F1, especially regarding the new system to find the champion," Schumacher said. "I cannot see how it makes sense to eventually have a world champion who has less points than the driver coming in second, even if I also think it is a good move to try and make wins count for more."

Schumacher's former teammate Felipe Massa would have won last year's title instead of McLaren's Lewis Hamilton with the new rules. In all, seven championships would have been altered.

F1 teams had wanted to change the scoring system to better reflect the value of a victory, awarding 12 points for a win rather than 10. F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone initially pushed for a medals tally before having his revised proposal accepted on Tuesday. Points will still be awarded and will be used as a championship tiebreaker if several drivers have the same number of wins.

"I think it's really absurd and dangerous to create a situation like this one week before the start of the season," Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo said from the sidelines of a meeting with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. "It's very negative for the credibility (of the sport).

"The teams have already started reducing costs by 50 per cent. It's important to create a calmer climate and avoid continuous rule changes that create uncomfortable situations and worries."

FIA also passed a voluntary budget cap that could handicap the bigger teams and quell F1's status as an innovative sport.

"In general we should also make sure that F1 remains the top series of motorsport, displaying its competition also on the highest technology level," Schumacher said.

The 40-year-old Schumacher, who still works with Ferrari, believes Renault, Toyota, Williams and Brawn GP will contend with the Italians for this year's title.

"McLaren at the moment looks pretty bad," he said of Ferrari's traditional rival.

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  The Force India F1 VJM02 is Glorious!
Posted by: Sathish - 03-20-2009, 12:14 PM - Forum: Sports Zone - No Replies

The VJM02 marks a complete change in design philosophy, not only due to the major regulation changes. Thanks to a new partnership with Mercedes as agreed in November 2008, Force India says goodbye to Ferrari as an engine supplier and instead will have the complete drivetrain delivered by McLaren and Mercedes - including engines, gearboxes, hydraulics and KERS.

The team has also changed internally. After Mike Gascoyne left the team for being too imposing, design director Mark Smith has taken up more responsibility. Mark re-joined Force India in November 2007 to lead design and production of the VJM02. Mark has taken responsibility for the day to day running of the Design Office and Research and Development. He was assisted by technical director James Key and a small team spear-headed by 2009 project leader Ian Hall.

The new team immediately faced a stiff challenge to get the car ready in time. Most of the development was condensed into 5 months, resulting in not taking part of most winter tests due to still being in the development phase. Mark Smith explained on 1 March at the launch: "When we confirmed the partnership on 10 November 2008 we had to adapt our plans fairly significantly. It's not just a case of getting the new parts and installing them; when we changed the gearbox, it had slightly different suspension mountings and when we changed the rear suspension there was a necessary change on the front."

"Normally you would have started in August, so we have had to compress everything into five months. Everyone has really worked hard to make it work and we've got a potentially better package, so the change has been a positive rather than a negative."

The eventual car, despite its short development cycle, displayed several interesting bits during the first tests. The sidepods were shaped as tightly as possible, while most other teams tried to make the surface as smooth as they could. Just as with McLaren, the exhausts are located fairly backwards and point straight to the rear wing end plates. Having them located a bit higher above the sidepod surface immediately resolved the heat problems that several other teams had trouble coping with.

The front of the car draws immediate attention because of its high nose, in fact it's the highest of the 2009 field, yet it follows a trend to move away from the low noses that were developed in the years before. Also because of the higher nose cone, the front suspension has been redesigned with the steering arm not aligning the upper wishbone. The team is not the only one to have taken that route as it allows for the suspension and steering components to be located a bit lower inside the nose.

All in all, the new car was introduced with high aims. Team principal Vijay Mallya declared at the first test that there would have to be regular points finishes.

The VJM02 made its the track debut on 1 March at Jerez and despite some small problems ran reliably during its first public test.

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