Archive for July 24th, 2008

The two wheelers have played a pivotal role in the surging growth of the Indian automobile industry . Over the years the domestic sale of various brands of two wheelers have grown in large numbers. Even, in exports, the two wheelers have been able to maximize the profit margin of various two wheeler manufacturers . There are mainly three models of two wheelers namely, scooters, motorcycles and mopeds . In recent years, the two wheeler industry has witnessed a sea change.

During the yesteryears the scooters used to have about 50% of the market share and the rest were divided between the motorcycles and mopeds. But now the trend indicates that people are preferring motorcycles more than the scooters. At present there is a huge demand for the motorcycle models in India .

There are a number of two wheeler companies in India that produce vehicles of extremely high standard. Some of the leading two wheeler manufacturers in India are Bajaj Auto,TVS Motor, Kinetic Motor, Suzuki Motor Corporation, Royal Enfield Motors India, Hero Honda Motors, Yamaha Motor India, LML India and Monto Motors . Many of two wheelers manufactured by these companies are exported to countries in South East Asia, Africa and South America.

Motorcycles are usually priced higher than that of the scooters and mopeds. They are even equipped with more features for faster travel. Based upon the engine displacements and power capacity motorcycles are further classified as: road bikes, trail bikes, racing bikes and touring bikes . Most of the motorcycles in India come with engine capacity of about 100 cc to 250 cc. The engine capacity of scooters usually vary between 100 cc to 150 cc. Mopeds have small engine capacity ranging between 50cc to 100 cc. Most of the automobile companies in this segment are always coming up with newer variants of different models of two wheelers. To be in the long run these companies are even adding more number of features to these vehicles. Bike models become popular when they are as good in appearance as in the performance. Two wheeler bike models in India also get popular when they are in good price range along with other attractive features.

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Sri Lanka overcame the shaky start on the first day and resumed normal service, accumulating runs on the placid SSC pitch, and capitalised on reprieves to move into a position of strength. Mahela Jayawardene looked set from the moment his innings began shortly before stumps last evening and, by tea, he had scored a classy 105 and threatened to punish India severely for the opportunities they failed to take.

It was Jayawardene’s ninth century at the SSC and he now shares the world record for most hundreds at a single venue with Don Bradman who made nine at the MCG. Jayawardene’s has played his club cricket at the SSC and has scored over a quarter of his Test runs here: 2167 runs, another world record at a specific venue, in 20 Tests at an average of 83.34.

Jayawardene’s century today was preceded by Malinda Warnapura’s second hundred in his fifth Test. His was a more controlled performance: he was sure against the semi-new ball and his confidence grew as the ball got older.

Sri Lanka added 220 runs in two sessions today for the loss of only Warnapura. Their batsmen were rarely troubled and 55 turned out to be their lucky number. In the sixth over of the day, Zaheer Khan had Warnapura, on 55 at the time, caught and bowled off a marginal no-ball. His foot landed on the line and then just slid over. Jayawardene was also on 55 when a slider from Anil Kumble found the bottom edge. Dinesh Karthik, perhaps unsighted by the bat, couldn’t hold on to the catch. On 93, Jayawardene was beaten comprehensively – a rare event given his form – by a legbreak from Kumble which might have taken a faint edge. Karthik once again couldn’t gather it, and ended the debate right there.

Apart from those three chances, India’s bowlers did not have much going for them. Two boundaries in the fifth over of the day summed up the medium-pacers’ predicament. Jayawardene moved on to front foot against Ishant Sharma; the bowler consciously shortened the length but Jayawardene had enough time to transfer the weight on to the back foot and cut in front of point. He played an identical shot the next ball and the message was clear: economy might be the best form of attack once the ball lost its shine for the pitch absorbed the pace and offered only slow movement.

After Sri Lanka had scored 38 in the first six overs – Jayawardene contributing 23 -Kumble, the pick of the bowlers, brought himself on to replace Ishant. He conceded only 12 runs off his first 10 overs and India began to exercise some control over the run-flow. By tea, Kumble had bowled 22 overs for 47 runs and should have had Jayawardene at least once.

India’s only wicket came in the post-lunch session when Harbhajan, from round the wicket, made Warnapura play at an offbreak and got the edge through to Rahul Dravid. Thilan Samaraweera nearly played on against Harbhajan early in his innings but he settled down and unobtrusively reached a half-century just before the tea break.

Zaheer came for a testing spell in the middle session, getting reverse swing from round the wicket. His stock ball remained the one headed for the pads but he got the odd one to swing away. He even managed to beat Jayawardene with the away-going delivery. By tea, India’s medium-pacers had bowled 43 overs between them and that could be the reason that Kumble didn’t take the new ball.


Pakistan’s chances of hosting the Champions Trophy in September have been pegged at “50-50” by an official who attended the ICC’s security briefing in Dubai on Sunday. The meeting was attended by board officials of the eight participating countries, broadcast executives, and players’ association representatives.

The ICC board will now take a final decision over the next 72 hours after its members discuss the issue over the phone, the official said. The ICC board, while taking a final decision, will also consider a report on Sunday’s security briefing.

“The briefing was detailed and comprehensive and it looks 50-50 at the moment for Pakistan,” the official told Cricinfo. “The players of four countries, Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa, have expressed some reservations over the security climate in Pakistan, and I would expect their boards to back them.”

Reports in British newspapers suggest that the ECB has already told its players that it cannot guarantee their safety in the light of recent bombings in Karachi and Islamabad.

Asked whether Sunday’s meeting discussed alternate venues for the tournament, the official said, “That topic was not touched upon at all in this meeting. That is for the ICC board to discuss.” South Africa has been projected as the possible alternate host, in case the ICC board decides against Pakistan, after Sri Lanka, the original stand-by venue, was found to have significant security concerns of its own.

The ICC said in an official statement that “until or unless the board decides otherwise, the tournament will proceed in Pakistan.” Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive, later told reporters that Sri Lanka remains the alternate venue.

Lorgat said that the briefing by the ICC’s security consultants stressed “great satisfaction” at the security measures in place during the Asia Cup but added: “If it was up to the player representatives, they would prefer not to be in Pakistan. They have concerns because no guarantee on safety and security can be given by the PCB, the ICC or the security consultants. We can do everything in our power to secure and safeguard officials, but we can never issue guarantees.”

The ICC statement said, “While there was recognition the PCB had gone to great lengths to provide a high level of security during the Asia Cup and would do so again during the ICC Champions Trophy, concerns were expressed about the potential for threats beyond the PCB’s control.”

One compromise being touted is to move matches away from Karachi, considered the most risky destination, to Lahore and Rawalpindi.


Burj Dubai

Posted on: July 24, 2008

Soon to be the world’s tallest building, the Burj Dubai is now over 130 stories tall. Here’s a long exposure from my friend’s balcony in a nearby residential tower.
Projected to be world’s tallest building and world’s tallest free-standing structure on completion in late 2008 or 2009. As of July 2007, the Burj Dubai – still under construction – became the tallest building in the world.

“SOM announced today that the construction of the Burj Dubai has reached the 150th floor level at 1,821 feet (555 meters), surpassing the height of the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada, which was previously the world’s tallest free-standing structure at 1,815 feet (553 meters). The CN Tower is a communications tower and was completed in 1976.”

Building Details
Area 3.7 million square feet (344,000 square meters)
Stories 162
Height 808 meters (2,651 feet) to spire; 630 meters (2,067 feet) to top of roof; 624 meters (2,047 feet) to top floor.
Program Mixed-use skyscraper including hotel, apartments, commercial offices.

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