Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Maharashtra is supposed to be the country's highest producer of onions, about 31 lakh tonnes on an average. India is the second highest onion producing country after China and the biggest exporter of this essential commodity.
Monday, December 20, 2010
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A: No.The internal school assessment marksheet will be identical to that issued to a student who sat for the board exam
Q. If you opt out of the CBSE board exam,will you get your results at the same time as someone who sits for it?
Q. Who will assess the exam papers?
A: For those who appear for the board exam,60% of the assessment will be done by the school and 40% by external examiners.
For those who opt out of the board exam,the entire assessment will be undertaken by the school.
Q. Who sets the exam papers?
A: The board will set the papers for both students who appear for the board exams as well as those who dont.In both cases,this will account for 40% of the total assessment.
Q. If you choose to not sit for the board exam,will the marksheet that you receive be adequate while applying to another board?
A: Yes.You can apply to a junior college in Mumbai on the basis of your marks even if you do not sit for the board exam.
Q. If you are a Class X student at a particular CBSE school,are you guaranteed a seat in Class XI in the same school?
A. Yes (irrespective of whether or not you appear for the board exam)
Q. Are all CBSE schools in the country giving students the option of dropping the Class X board exam?
A. Only CBSE schools that run till Class XII are giving students the option of dropping out of the board exam.
Q. When is the last day to finalize your decision?
Well, the last date to make your decision has flown past, so either way, whether you are sitting for the boards or not, it doesn't matter. So, just relax, and study for the exams like any other exam, without any stress. That's the whole idea.
While this piece of news may come as a good news for some, most may still be skeptical about the results and the consequences, either way. Whether this system will really work, only time will tell. For example, "Jyotsna Wankhade whose son will be appearing for the board exam says: In Mumbai, there are many issues and prejudices when it comes to students from other boards.We dont want to give the government another reason to not accept our sons application."
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Sunday, December 19, 2010
Search Engine Optimization, SEO, is a subject which most website owners do not understand much of and hold in awe. Almost every business or professional service, needs to have a website these days. Since designing and developing a website is beyond the scope of the website owners and their IT department, if they have one, most people hire a professional company to design and develop the website, of course on payment. This is where the things get murky. The website developer will make your website but wants extra money for Search Engine Optimization.
Now, what use is a website of, if it is not optimized for search? Should you be paying for a product which does not meet your ultimate objective of being visible on the Internet? We have seen many websites, even those which are listed as recent works of the website developing companies, which are not optimised for search. When we were looking for a website developer for a client, we spoke to a couple of these people and asked them why the websites developed by them were not optimised for search. I got the answer that the website owners had not paid for SEO. Wow!
Now consider this, the developer wants extra money for doing basic things which are required to be done in accordance with the W3C, the World Wide Web Consortium guidelines. Let us take, for example, accessibility. It is required that web be made accessible to people with disabilities. One of the requirements is that all the images in websites be tagged with alt text, which will allow a vision impaired person using a screen reader to know what the image is. Search Engines also promote accessibility. But the website developer will not use alt text for the images unless you pay him for it. Search engines will accordingly penalise your website for having images without alt text.
This is ridiculous. First they charge you and do only half the job, and then, they charge you again for completing their original job. SEO as a service should start from the point of completion of development of a Search Engine friendly (optimised) Website and should mainly comprise of optimising the external factors which are used for ranking of web pages. Unfortunately the SEO companies as well as website developers are treating SEO as a completely separate business and are essentially looting customers.
Most of the things required for optimising a website are actually a part of the development process and if the website owners know what these things are, they can ensure that the coding is done accordingly. Therefore it is imperative that website owners know what SEO is and how they can demand for the basic elements to be incorporated in the website itself.
Our book, Search Engine Optimisation - A Handbook of Easy Tips, Tools & Techniques has been written with this in mind and covers the basic requirements of SEO for website and SEO for content. Website owners will find this book handy and will be able to cut costs in the website development process and also get better results for their money.
The Kindle version of the book is available at http://www.amazon.com/Search-Engine-Optimisation-ebook/dp/B004CJ816A
The paperback book is currently available at the publisher website at http://www.pustakmahal.com/book/book/bid,,7766A/isbn:9788122311525/index.html The book should be available in stores and other online book stores as well, in a few days time.