At least 38 people were killed in five states, but a 2-year-old girl was somehow found alive and alone in a field near her Indiana home. Her family did not survive. A couple that fled their home for the safety of a restaurant basement made it, even after the storms threw a school bus into their makeshift shelter.
Saturday was a day filled with such stories, told as emergency officials trudged with search dogs past knocked-down cellphone towers and ruined homes looking for survivors in rural Kentucky and Indiana, marking searched roads and homes with orange paint. President Barack Obama offered federal assistance, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich declared an emergency Saturday.
The worst damage appeared centred in the small towns of southern Indiana and eastern Kentucky's Appalachian foothills. No building was untouched and few were recognizable in West Liberty, Ky., about 90 miles from Lexington, where two white police cruisers were picked up and tossed into City Hall.
"We stood in the parking lot and watched it coming," said David Ison, who raced into a bank vault with nine others to seek safety. "By the time it hit, it was like a whiteout."
In East Bernstadt, two hours to the southwest, Carol Rhodes clutched four VHS tapes she'd found in debris of her former home as she sobbed under a bright sun Saturday.
"It was like whoo, that was it," said Rhodes, 63, who took refuge with four family members in a basement bedroom that she had just refinished for a grandchild.
"Honey, I felt the wind and I said, 'Oh my God,' and then it (the house) was gone. I looked up and I could see the sky."
The spate of storms was the second in little more than 48 hours, after an earlier round killed 13 people in the Midwest and South, and the latest in a string of severe-weather episodes that have ravaged the American heartland in the past year.
Friday's violent storms touched down in at least a dozen states from Georgia to Illinois, killing 19 people in Kentucky, 14 in Indiana, three in Ohio, and one each in Alabama and Georgia.
The National Weather Service said the four twisters to hit Kentucky were the worst in the region in 24 years. In Indiana, an EF-4 tornado - the second-highest on the Fujita scale that measures tornadic force - packing 175 mph winds hit the town of Henryville, and stayed on the ground for more than 50 miles.
The storms scarred the landscape over hundreds of miles, leaving behind a trail of shredded sheet metal, insulation, gutted churches, crunched-up cars and even a fire hydrant.
The trailer that was once the home of Viva Johnson's mother was sitting in a graveyard on Saturday, covering the dead alongside downed trees and other debris. "You can't even tell where the headstones are," said Johnson, who lives in Pulaski County, Ky.
In Indiana, a toddler was found alone in a field near her family's home after a tornado hit in New Pekin. Authorities learned Saturday she is the sole survivor of her immediate family, said Cis Gruebbel, a spokeswoman for Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, Ky.
The girl's mother, father, 2-month-old sister and 3-year-old brother all died Friday, Gruebbel said. She is in critical condition with extended family members at the hospital, and authorities are still trying to figure out how she ended up in the field.
"She is in extremely critical condition," Jack Brough, the girl's grandfather, told The Courier-Journal of Louisville. "She's had a lot of injuries to her head. The doctors told us that the next 24-48 hours are very critical."
About 20 miles east, a twister demolished Henryville, Ind., the birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken founder "Colonel" Harland Sanders. The second story of the elementary school was torn off, one of the city's three schools lost to weather; the punishing winds blew out the windows and gutted the Henryville Community Presbyterian Church.
A school secretary said a bus left the city's high school Friday afternoon with 11 children, but the driver turned back after realizing they were driving straight into the storm. The children hid under tables and desks at the school nurse's station when the tornado hit; none were hurt, but the building is a total loss.
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NASA loses command codes to control space station
Raavanan' in Austrian Film Museum
Actress Asin Loves Adventure Sports
Asin is presently involved in the Shooting of the Bollywood film 'Bol Bachchan'. The filming of this movie, by Rohit Shetty is on in Panchgani. In between, Asin got a day off. During that break, she wanted to try Adventure Sports.
Close sources to the Actress Asin say that, "Very few people know that Asin is a fan of adventure sports and loves trying out new stuff all the time. So, when she found out about the paragliding facility in Panchgani, she immediately made a plan to try it out.
Asin does not stop with Adventure Sports like Paragliding alone. She rents Cycle in the evenings after the Shooting is over, and goes on cycling on a unique trail, which is made especially for cyclists. The Sources adds that, "Asin tries that, she does not miss out on her cycling as it's an easy form of exercise,
Applications are invited from Teachers with B.Sc/M.Sc with or without
B.Ed as well as from individuals who have B.Sc/M.Sc qualification and
interested in science education
In special cases, teachers working in the vicinity of Bangalore may be
allowed to the PGDSE programme and in such cases, the course duration
will be four semesters with a stipend of Rs 6,000/- per month
The application form may be downloaded from
or can be obtained by writing to the Assistant Coordinator, Academic,
JNCASR, Jakkur, Bangalore-560064
Boarding and lodging will be available
The programme is for two semesters beginning 1st August, 2012
A stipend of Rs 10,000/- per month will be paid to those selected for
Last date for receipt of completed application form 05th March, 2012
Osmania University Regular Degree Exams Schedule for 2012
1) Last date for the payment of examination fee without late fee: 22-12-2011.
2) Last date for payment of examination fee with a late fee of Rs. 100: 29-12-2011
OU website http://osmania.ac.in/.
Awesome iPad 3 concept. This iPad 3 video contains advanced CG iPad 3 features on a new iPad design. A huge step up from iPad 1 features or iPad 2 features.
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Oscar 2012: Winners
Achievement in Cinematography: Robert Richardson for Hugo
After Kingfisher Airlines, now India's largest private carrier Jet Airways is in need of money. Sources say Jet Airways has asked lenders for additional working capital loans of $ 200 million.
The company also needs funds as it expanded its operations by 18 per cent this year.
Jet Airways now requires funds for expansion of domestic operations and fleet expansion.
Jet Airways already has a debt burden of Rs 14,000 crore.
"I can suddenly access YouTube! No need to breach the firewall!" Weibo user Arvin Xie posted on Tuesday. Weibo is a microblogging platform, similar to Twitter, that allows users to post short messages and follow other users. Internet users including students on university campuses reported that they were able to access YouTube, Facebook and Twitter on their mobile phones and desktops in the afternoon and evening on Monday and Tuesday.
"I used Facebook for the first time yesterday," Zhang Wenjin, 23, a student at Shanghai's prestigious Jiao Tong University told Reuters on Tuesday. "I went on and took a look. I'm sure there were suddenly a lot of people who signed up on Facebook yesterday," Zhang said, adding that she had also signed up for an account.
It is unclear what caused the crack in China's Great Firewall, as the blocking of websites and censoring of search results for politically sensitive terms is known, or how widespread it was.
On Wednesday, access to Facebook, YouTube and Twitter was again blocked. Some users in China pay for a virtual private network (VPN) to bypass the blocking of websites and censoring of searches. Over the weekend, Chinese users also gained access to Google Inc's social networking site, Google+ and flooded U.S. President Barack Obama's page on the site with calls for greater freedom in the world's most populous country.
Google+ is currently blocked through regular desktop access but its mobile application, which let users in China access the site, has become accessible recently. China, with more than 500 million Internet users, is the world's largest and most vibrant Internet community.
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Tata Teleservices Ltd on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court seeking review of its judgement cancelling its licences for the 2G spectrum in three circles which were allotted during the tenure of former telecom minister A Raja.
The review petition comes nearly a month after the apex court on February 2 had cancelled 122 2G licences granted to nine telecom companies including Tata Teleservices Ltd, based on the first-come-first served policy for 22 circles.
The company earlier contended that it had applied for these licences more than 18 months before the 2008 licensing process began.
The court had directed that the licences for the radio waves have to be sold through auction.
A bench of justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly (now retired) had also imposed a heavy cost of Rs. 5 crore on Tata Teleservices Ltd, Etisalat DB Telecom Pvt Ltd (Swan Telecom Ltd) and Unitech Wireless Group.
The court had held that the companies were benefited by a "wholly arbitrary and unconstitutional" action of award of licenses to them and for off-loading their stakes for billions of rupees in the name of fresh infusion of equity or transfer of equity.
Tata Teleservices Ltd was granted licences for three circles in Assam, North East and Jammu and Kashmir.
The apex court had said the allocation of of the 2G spectrum under Raja was "wholly arbitrary, capricious and contrary to public interest apart from being violative of the doctrine of equality" to "favour some companies at the cost of the public exchequer".
Earlier, both Videocon and Idea Cellular had filed clarificatory petitions in the Supreme Court asking whether the 2 February ruling would apply to them.
The test "beta" version of the revamped system was introduced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the planet's largest cell phone trade show, and borrows some of the look of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 software for Windows 8.
Windows 8 doesn't have the traditional "Start" menu, and applications are spread across a mosaic of tiles in a design Microsoft calls "Metro" - seen as an attempt by the company as a scramble to preserve its market share. And executives said it powers up on PCs in eight seconds, much faster than the previous version.
The tiles, which resemble road signs, can be navigated with a finger swipe on the screen or with a keyboard and mouse. But those testing out the new operating system won't be able to try out the finger swiping unless they already have systems enabled for touch use, and the system isn't expected to make its official debut until September or October.
Microsoft executives in Barcelona showed off how users can use their fingertips to swipe in and out of applications, and tilt upright computer screens to a flat position so they can be used as two-person gaming boards or big drawing tablets. A slim laptop had a hinge allowing it to be turned inside out so it could be used as a tablet instead.
"It's beautiful, it's modern, it's fast, it's fluid," said Steven Sinofsky, president of Microsoft's Windows division. "Windows 8 is a generational change in the windows operating system."
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India trounced France 8-1 in the final on Sunday to seal a place in the upcoming London Olympics after having missed the Beijing Games four years ago.
And it prompted Sahara, the official sponsor of the national game, to reward the players and team officials for their feat.
While mid-fielder Sardar Singh, who won the player of the tournament award, and ace drag flicker Sandeep Singh, who scored five goals including a hat-trick in the final, will be given a sum of Rs. 11 lakh each, the rest of the team members will receive an amount of Rs. 5 lakh each, Sahara said in a statement.
The support staff will also get an incentive of Rs. 1 lakh each, the release stated.
"We are very proud that India performed so well in this tournament. Hockey is our national game and we are proud of being associated with it," said Managing Worker and Chairman of Sahara India Pariwar, Subrata Roy.
"This reward is a small token of appreciation from us to encourage the sportsmen and the support staff to achieve greater success and bring laurels to our beloved nation through our national sport," he added.
Earlier, the state governments of Madhya Pradesh and Haryana, apart from Hockey India and the Lalit group of hotels, had announced a huge cash awards for the victotious team.
Sahara had recently renewed its sponsorship deal with Hockey India for a period of five years at a 170 per cent increase over the past contract period.
Virat Kohli, who powered India to a miraculous win last night against Sri Lanka, has been named the vice-captain in the absence of Sehwag.
The selection committee of the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) - Kris Srikkanth, Mohinder Amarnath, Narendra Hirwani, Surendra Bhave and Raja Venkat - met in Mumbai this morning to pick the squad for the tournament that begins in Dhaka, Bangladesh from March 12.
Srikkanth, chairman of selectors, clarified that no player has been dropped and the three players have rested due to injuries. Sehwag, who looked off-colour during the Australian tour, managed to score just 65 runs in 5 matches at an average of 13.
Tendulkar, who made 143 runs in seven matches Down Under, has been under tremendous pressure to take a decision on his one-day career. But the master batsman is all set to board a plane to Bangladesh. The tournament will be keenly watched as India will play old foe Pakistan, apart from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Yusuf Pathan, marked his return to competitive cricket with a 78-ball 114 to steer Baroda to a 52-run win over Saurashtra in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, has also been picked in the squad.
The selectors have retained Ravindra Jadeja as well as Rohit Sharma. Fast bowler Ashok Dinda has also got an ODI call.
Team India squad for Asia Cup: M S Dhoni (Capt), Virat Kohli (V Capt), Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Rahul Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Manoj Tiwary, Irfan Pathan, Ashok Dinda.
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Djokovic, the world's No. 1 men's player, will play with fellow Serb Viktor Troicki when the doubles draw begins March 11 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. They reached the quarterfinals last year.
Nadal, No. 2 in the world, plans to play with Marc Lopez. They won the 2010 title and lost in the semifinals last year. Murray, No. 4 in the world, will team up with his brother, Jamie, after reaching the quarterfinals last year.
Other top-10 singles players who will compete in doubles include No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and No. 8 Mardy Fish, who will play with fellow American Andy Roddick. The draw includes the top-ranked team of brothers, Bob and Mike Bryan.
The tournament featuring men's and women's players runs from March 5-18.
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South Korea progress in World Cup qualifying
South Korea saw off Kuwait with two second-half goals on Wednesday to book their place in the final group round of Asian qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Andhra University has announced much awaited PG Notification,
AUCET-2012 aimed at admission to Post Graduate courses in AU
Visakhapatnam and BR Ambedkar University, Srikakulam. Andhra
University is the organizing university to conduct PG Entrance Tests
for both of these institutions. Admission to AU affiliated colleges
will be through AUCET 2012 ranks only. The University earlier
conducted the entrance test named as AUPGRCET. This year Adikavi
Nannaya University has been excluded from AUCET. AUCET 2012 results
will be announced in May 2012 and counseling will start during June -
July of the same year. Only AU and BRAU are participating in
admissions through AUCET 2012:
Courses Offered: M.A. (All Disciplines), M.Sc. (All Disciplines),
M.Com., MHRM and Five Year Integrated Courses. Admission to B.Ed. and
M.Ed Special Education also will be through AUCET. AU has several
M.Sc. courses in Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences.
Complete list of courses may be available at
Application Procedure: Interested candidates can get applications from
'The Convener, AUCET 2012, Directorate of Admissions, Andhra
University, Visakhapatnam.' Eligibility is pass in concerned Bachelor
Degree. Applicants who are appearing for final year exams of their
graduation also can apply for AUCET 2012.
1. Sale of application forms : From 29-02-2012
2. Last date for the receipt of completed applications: 30-03-2012
3. Last date with a fine of Rs.500 : 11-04-2012
4. Last date with a fine of Rs.1,000 : 18-04-2012
5. AUCET 2012 Entrance Tests (Tentative) : From 26-04-2012
6. AUCET 2012 Results: May 2012 (Tentative)
7. AUCET 2012 Counseling: June - July 2012 (Tentative)
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Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Kakinada (JNTUK) has
announced admission notification 2012 for Full time and External Ph.D.
Programmes starting from the academic year 2012-13. The Research
Programmes are offered in the disciplines of Engineering, Sciences and
Management at JNTUK, Kakinada. Candidates should have Post Graduate
Degree in the concerned subject with minimum 60 percent marks. SC and
ST candidates need at least 55 percent marks in PG degree. Following
are available disciplines, applications and selection procedure:
Selection of the candidates will be based on the performance in
written test and interview. Written test will be held by the JNTU
Kakinada in the prescribed syllabi. The complete syllabus for the test
is available on the website. Candidates should collect hall tickets
from the Office of the Director, Admissions, JNTUK, Kakinada. Hall
tickets will not be sent to the candidates.
Candidates who have qualified in the examinations like UGC / CSIR /
NET / SLET will be exempted from appearing the written test.
Candidates with M Phil degree also will be exempted from appearing
written test. But all the candidates should attend the interview. Here
are details of subjects offered in Ph.D. Programmes:
1) English / Economics / Commerce
3) Civil Engineering
6) Electrical and Electronics Engineering
7) Electronics and Communication Engineering
8) Computer Science (Inter disciplinary)
9) Computer Science and Engineering
10) Mechanical Engineering
Application forms and other details of admissions 2012-13 can be
downloaded from JNTU Kakinada website at www.jntuk.edu.in .
Application fee is Rs. 1000 (Rs. 500 for SC and ST candidates). This
should be paid in the form of DD drawn in favour of 'The Registrar,
JNT University, Kakinada' and payable at Kakinada. Fee should be paid
from 27-2-2012 and not earlier than that. Completed application forms
along with relevant copies of certificates should be sent to "The
Director, Admissions, JNTUK, Kakinada - 533003. Last date for the
receipt of applications is 24-03-2012.
for recruitment of for following posts :
Sr. Gen. Manager (O&M) : 01 post
Sr. Gen. Manager (EPC) : 01 post
Project Controller : 01 post
Manager (Technical) : 01 post
Sr. GM (Finance) : 01 post
AGM (Accounts) : 01 post
DGM (SCM) : 01 post
Associate Company Secretary : 01 post
Asst. Manager (Operation) : 07 posts
Sr. Asst. Manager : 01 post
Asst. Manager : 01 post
Asst. Manager (CHP): 01 post
Dy. Manager : 01 post
Sr. Asst. Manager : 01 post
Manager (IT) : 01 post
Sr. Asst. Manager (IT) : 01 post
Sr. Asst. Manager (Geologist) : 01 post
Asst. Manager (Mining) : 01 post
Dy. Manager (CSR/R&R) : 01 post
Asst. Manager (CSR/R&R) : 01 post
Asst. Manager (Admin) : 01 post
Asst. Manager (HR) : 03 posts
Asst. Manager (Finance) : 04 posts
How to Apply : Apply Online at OPGC website up to 09/03/2012 only.
Please visit http://opgc.co.in/careers/default.asp for details and
Online submission of application.
Nokia gave few details of the specs, but said that it would run a 1.3 GHz single-core processor along with 512 MB of RAM. The 808 PureView will also sport 16GB of on-board memory that is expandable using a microSD card.
The winning feature of the phone happens to be a 41-megapixel sensor that has been developed after years of research. Nokia says they managed to do so using an interpolation technique that packs 5 pixels into 1.
The availability of the 808 PureView in India is not yet known.
February 2012 chosen for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award
2011. InterGlobe Enterprises is a travelling company which has in its
fold India's largest low-cost carrier Indigo Airlines.
Rahul Bhatia has been chosen for this award along with seven other
successful entrepreneurs from different categories. Bhatia has been
nominated for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2011
for successfully leading the Indigo Airlines to the top of the despite
all the adversaries that the Indian aviation industry is facing.
Jury panel awarded, Chairman of HDFC Deepak Parekh with the Lifetime
Achievement Award given his unparalleled contribution to the emergence
of financial services and policy making in India.
Over 300 nominations were received for the Entrepreneur of the Year
2011 and the winners were selected by a jury panel led by R C
Bhargava, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki Limited. Chanda Kochhar of ICICI
Bank, Dalip Pathakof Warburg Pincus International, G.V. Prasad of Dr.
Reddy's Laboratories, Sanjay Nayar of KKR (India); Sunil Kant Munjal
of Hero Corporate Service and S Ramadorai of Tata Consultancy Services
were also the part of the jury panel.
The Ernst & Young awards, which have accomplished its 13 years in
2012, is a premier business award. It is also the only global award
programme which recognizes entrepreneurs across the industry.