Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Life is always tough for Korean students right from the start perhaps. A Korean student can never have the luxury of having some peaceful time without any pressure in any part of their educational life. It does not matter if you are studying at primary level or masters- you simply have to produce the results or good grades. Yes, good grade is the only thing that matters.
There are some good aspects of this pressure. Because of this pressure, students are forced to work hard and it has good effect in the economy. On the one hand, Korea’s export stats are impressive. It means more jobs and more jobs mean fewer unemployed youths.
Of course, any kind of pressure is bound to have some kind of negative consequences. In Korea, the pressure means that students are not happy. They are always dissatisfied. Also, too much pressure to get good grades can result in focusing on memorizing test answers rather than becoming creative.
Children are forced to go coaching centers after regular schools. It means that they have little time for sports and fun. That is surely not good. Well, you have to sacrifice some things in life to get some other things.
Monday, December 02, 2013
Black Friday is gone and we are passing Cyber Monday too. The bad news is that this time, American consumers spent less amount of money compared to last year. According to this BBC report:
US consumers spent around $1.7bn less over the holiday weekend, with the average shopper spending $407.02 from Thursday to Sunday.
That's down from $423.55 in 2012.
Retailers blamed stagnant wages and economic uncertainty for keeping wallets shut, as they slashed prices to lure reluctant shoppers.
In total, the National Retail Federation estimates that US shoppers spent around $57.4bn this year, down 2.7% from $59.1bn last year.
The good news is that the concept of Black Friday is spreading to foreign markets and foreign consumers are taking advantage of the online shopping spree that happens during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
On the other hand, things look positive and bright when it comes to Cyber Monday 2013. The headline of this Chicago Tribune news perhaps says it all:
The future of online shopping looks to be bright and US companies will get a lot of benefit because they are the early players. E-commerce is going to expand rapidly in Asia in the next few years just the way smartphone use is increasing. We will not get shocked if after one decade, there will be more sales in Asia rather than USA during Cyber Monday and Black Friday.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Ball tampering is not a new issue in the game of cricket. It is considered as the punishable crime. Recently,
South Africa cricket team has
been accused for ball tampering against Pakistan
on the third day of the second Test in .
They were penalized five runs because of their crime. Dubai
In television replays South African fielder, Faf Du Plessis, is found rubbing the ball on the zipper of his trouser pocket which has been regarded as an evidence of trying to tamper the ball. It is yet to determine what is going to happen on the fate of this accused player. His hearing will be declared when a hearing will take place after the end of the play.
If he found guilty then of ball tampering then he will be fined 50 to 100% of his match fees or he will be banned for one Test or two ODIs or two Twenty20s, whichever comes first.
According to International Cricket Council (ICC) rule 42.1 on tampering, the umpire not only changed the ball but also fined
team five runs as penalty for ball
tampering. It was confirmed by the ICC that due to ball tampering the accused
team was penalized and ball was changed after 30 overs without giving a first
warning. It indicates that ICC is certain of the identity of the ball-tampering
Ball tampering was found at the start of the 31st over of
’s innings when umpires Ian
Gould and Rod Tucker called South African captain Graeme Smith for a chat. The
fourth umpire, Shozab Raza, brought a box of balls onto the field and a new one
was selected for use. Pakistan
Pakistani all-rounder, Shahid Afridi, was the last player who was found guilty of ball tampering in 2010 and as a punishment, he was banned for two T20s.
Due to heavy rain, the second Test match between
finished without any result. On the fifth and final day, not a single ball was
bowled as the field was wet and unable to continue the game. New Zealand
After observing the ground, match officials decided to call off the final day at 2:08 pm local time. Due to heavy rain at overnight and persistent rain today, the ground was beyond playable.
In their second innings, the host nation could manage to score 269 runs for the loss of three wickets after the end of day four, putting 114 runs lead in front of
. New Zealand
Left-handed middle-order batsman Mominul Haque remained not out on 126 while all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan played a passionate innings of 32.
The touring team put
Bangladesh under pressure after scoring 437 runs
in their first innings, leaving
to trail 155 runs. Thanks to the third wicket partnership between Mominul and
Tamim Iqbal, the Bangladesh
cricket team could fulfill the deficit and raised the hope of ending the match
with a draw. Bangladesh
Mominul Haque was given “Player of the Match” and “Player of the Series” awards for his contribution in the series. He scored his career best 181 runs in the first innings of the first Test and his total score was 376 runs in the series.
It is really surprising to see that Bangladeshi players played well under pressure. This thing has disappointed
captain Brendon McCullum as they failed to win the series. New Zealand
The first Test match played in
also finished without any result. Chittagong
Now, the two teams will play three ODIs which will begin on October 29 at the Sher-e-Bangla and a Twenty20 match.
According to a survey conducted by Trust Research Advisory (TRA) in 16 cities, Bollywood superstar, Shah Rukh Khan, has been announced ‘
Most Attractive Personality’. To achieve that title, he had to compete with
other personalities chosen from different fields. India
TRA, a Comniscient Group company, in the survey report included around 25 people from different sectors- film, sports, politics, business and others. TRA conducted this survey based on “36 Trait Matrix” to decide the “brand attractiveness”.
It is really interesting to see that Shah Rukh Khan has topped the list defeating the likes of Salman Khan and megastar Amitabh Bachchan. Legendary Bollywood actor, Amitabh Bachchan, and cricketer, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, are ranked second and third position. Aamir Khan is in the fourth position.
It is really surprising to not see Salman Khan in the top five list of attractive personalities. He is ranked seventh. Actor Mithun Chakraborty is selected as the fifth most attractiver personality. Katrina Kaif is in the sixth spot followed by
maestro, Sachin Tendulkar, who is in the 8th position. India
Rabindranath Tagore, Swami Vivekananda, Virat Kohli, Saina Nehwal, Kapil Dev, Akshay Kumar, Sania Mirza, Madhuri Dixit, Sourav Ganguly, Sushmita Sen, Chris Gayle, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor, Anil Ambani, Karishma Kapoor, Lata Mangeshkar, Sunny Deol, Priyanka Chopra, Rekha, Hrithik Roshan, Ranbir Kapoor, Steve Jobs, Yuvraj Singh, Anil Kapoor and Medha Patkar are among others who made it in the list.
Monday, October 21, 2013
According to the third quarter sales report of the Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), Apple Inc is behind Samsung Electronics with 34 per cent share in the
market. Undoubtedly Samsung has taken the driving seat with 38 per cent market
share. This indicates that Samsung appears to have taken a bit of share from
Apple Inc in the U.S.
In October 2012, Apple became the market leader with the release of iPhone 5. CIRP also mentioned that Apple Inc may overtake Samsung in the
in the last quarter
of 2013 with the release of the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C. United States
In the last three surveys of CIRP, Apple Inc was the top smartphone maker. It is interesting to see that South Korea-based company Samsung has overtaken its rival without considering feature phone sales data.
Rivalry between Apple Inc and Samsung is known to all. Even Samsung has made themselves the strong competitor for Apple in smartphone and Tablet PC sectors. Now, this latest sales figures will add fuel to their competition.
Pakistani batsman, Younis Khan, has become surprised because of his not being included in the squad announced for the five-match ODI series against
. He has expressed his depression
for not being selected in the 50-over format of the game. South Africa
The 35-year-old player is permanent in Test squad but he is struggling hard to make his place in limited over cricket. He believes that he is fitter than he was at 24.
He is going through tough time of his career. His form is not consistent. Due to his lack of form, he was not selected in the last ODI series against
Younis Khan has so far played 253 ODIs and scored 7014 runs at an average of 31.88 including six centuries and 48 half-century.
In 2009, he announced his retirement from T20 format of cricket game after leading
Pakistan to victory at the Twenty20 World cup
organized in .
He also said if he thinks that it is time for taking retirement then he will
take retirement. England
Many new players have made their way to the national squad showing their performance. So, it has become difficult for him to make his place in the squad.
It seems that he does not bother about age. He also said that Imran Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq performed at their late 30s. Perhaps he is seeking inspiration looking at them.
Let’s see if he can extend his Test and ODI career.