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Shamila Janakiraman

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Growing Profile of Cosmetics Industry in Asia-Pacific

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Every one of us has used some form of cosmetic at some point in our lives. Even talcum powder, lip balm, hair oil and shampoo fall under this category. Any product used for cleansing or for making a person more attractive by changing his or her appearance is called a cosmetic.

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New Technology Behind Early Disaster Warning Systems

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

The March 11th Earth- quake and Tsunami in Japan unleashed unes- timable damage to the hu- man psyche with the death and destruction it left along its path.

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Stem Cell Research in Asia: Successes and Issues

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Stem cells are specialized cells found in certain parts of the body such as the umbilical cord, bone marrow, embryo and teeth, that can develop into any other cell in the body.

Stem cell research is unveiling a new era in medical technology to enhance healing of the human body. Stem cell biology can help treat tissue/organ injuries, cardiovascular disease, neurological disease, musculoskeletal disease, diabetes and hematopoietic disorders and more recently in cosmetology. With further advancements in technology of this research field, a lung malfunction, an atrophied heart muscle, or kidney problem can be treated successfully.

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Smart Grid: A Green Solution for a Better Tomorrow

Monday, May 30th, 2011

In this age of digital control over everything from entertainment to utilities, the Smart Grid has gained immense popularity in many countries in the West.

It helps control appliances at the consumer point, thus saving energy and increasing reliability while being cost effective. The smart grid enables digital communication between suppliers of electricity and consumers. Yet it is nothing but an electricity network working on digital technology.

Designomics: The Futuristic Business Tool

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Most products and services follow stipulated rules of design, whether making a box for biscuits or a container for body lotion.

In the former case, the shape and sturdiness of a box matters as it has to transport the contents without breakage while at the same time ensuring the freshness and crispiness of the biscuits. In the latter case, the shape and size of a pump design are needed along with aesthetic attractiveness to promote the product. If aesthetics is combined with economics, then we arrive at ‘designomics’. Simply put, designomics combines design and economics, and the continuing development of this ‘field’ has the potential to contribute to substantial further global economic growth and prosperity.

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ICE Age: The Frozen Food Industry

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Food is a basic necessity of life and it is the endeavour of most governments in the world to make it their top priority to feed every mouth in their land.

But with short supplies in some regions, this is not an easy task. Resources are often unevenly distributed, with some food products available in abundance in some countries and not so in others. Seasonal variations also affect the availability of certain fruits and vegetables.

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Hi-Tech Adds Glitz and Glamour to Movie Production

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Movies have been a part of popular culture for more than 100 years. Essentially, the movie is a photographic medium which utilizes electronic and computer technologies to the fullest extent possible.

Movies are visions of culture or of place or community aside from being a popular entertainment/art form and a major industry in almost any country. They also serve as a powerful communication medium to highlight the plight of weaker sections of society, and as an eye opener for those behind the velvet curtains to the realities of life. Language is no longer a barrier across cultures, as most movies come with sub-titles or are dubbed to regional languages. Thus even an Indian movie can become famous in Japan.

Growth of Home Automation Industry in Asia-Pacific

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Almost anyone might wish to have a home like that of Harry Potter’s friend Ron, in the Potter mega-movie where everything from cooking to cleaning to washing is done by magic.

Yet in present times, we may be able to settle for a fully automated home. People need not worry about wasting power, switching on lights, audio systems or controlling the temperature. Such is the power of home automation techniques now available far and wide.

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Aero India 2011: A Grandiose Show of Air Power

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

In a country where cricket is religion, the only thing that could divert attention away from it would be a bigger event.

Forget attracting crowds away from the television when a live or even old match is telecast. Yet this event in question brought admirers when a cricket match was happening in the same city.


Pharmacology - Study of Drug Efficacy and Reaction

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

What is pharmacology and who is a pharmacologist? According to K K Pillai, head professor at the Department of Pharmacology, Jamia Hamdard, India, everyone is a pharmacologist in some way.

A person who advises a salt water gargle for curing a sore throat is one, as salt water is a solution of sodium chloride which serves as an antiseptic to cure throat infection.


Resurgence of the Indian Textile Industry

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

The textile industry in India was in a highly developed state as proved by the discovery of spindles and a piece of cotton cloth from Harappan excavations dating back five thousand years.

Voice2Korea International Calling Service Launched in the US

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Downplay, Inc. launches Voice2Korea in the United Sates, its first international calling service available for most SMS-enabled cellular phones. The international calling service for Korean American mobile phone users in the United States will be easier to make calls to Korea than calling cards or internet telephone service applications or VoIP apps.


Business Intelligence Scenario in Asia-Pacific

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

“Knowledge itself is power,” said Francis Bacon centuries ago.

Data which is disparate in nature can be grouped according to certain criteria giving rise to useful information. Insights can be derived from this information and used for various purposes resulting in knowledge.

Knowledge about business conditions that help arrive at better business decisions is called Business Intelligence (BI), which is actually a decision support system.


Indian Space Odyssey – Trials and Successes

Monday, March 21st, 2011

From the launch of Aryabhata, the satellite to the Chandrayan Moon, India has come a very long way in its space saga. Aryabhata, the father of Indian astronomy, gave to the world knowledge about heavenly motions, rotation of the Earth, eclipses, the value of Pi, heliocentrism and other mathematical results several centuries ago.

It is no wonder that India named her first satellite, a lunar crater and a research institute for astronomy, astrophysics and atmospheric sciences and a bacteria discovered by the Indian Space Research Organization scientists after Aryabhata.


India and China – Trade and Technology Cooperation

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

If anybody had doubts regarding where the Indo-Chinese relations were heading, they need to read the report on the size of the delegation which accompanied the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on his visit to India. The number kept swelling and many called it the Red Army.


India-Taiwan Trade and Technology Collaboration

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The India-Taiwan relationship will benefit a lot with direct flights between the two countries, believes Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre Representative, Wenchyi Ong.

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Data Mining and Data Warehousing - Strategic Decision Support System

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

The burgeoning amounts of data generated by ATMs, RFID tags, point-of-sale systems and various reservation systems have to be stored and organized properly to access, analyze and derive business insights to make optimized business decisions.

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Impact of Radio Frequency Identification Technology in Asia-Pacific Region

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

We are in the threshold of change. Never has any generation in the past witnessed so many changes as we are seeing today.

Experimentation, innovation and technology are leaping forward at break neck speed and it all needs to be supported by information technology so that enterprise business processes and enterprise interaction with partners and customers is enhanced.


AeroIndia 2011 to Highlight Global Cooperation in Aerospace Technologies

Monday, January 31st, 2011

 Next month will witness a grand event in Bengaluru. Organized by the Ministry of Defense, AeroIndia 2011 a biennial Air Show is scheduled to take place from the 9th to 13th of February 2011. Aero India is Asia’s premier show held every two years at the Yelahanka Air Force Station in Bengaluru, India.


Mahindra & Mahindra Acquires 70 Percent Stake of S. Korean Automaker SsangYong

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Indian company Mahindra & Mahindra, a maker of utility vehicles and tractors, inked a definitive agreement to buy a 70 percent stake of the ailing South Korean automobile company, SsangYong Motor Company (SYMC), for $463 million or 2,100 crore rupees.


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