India developing unmanned helicopter

April 3, 2008

India and Israel have begun joint development of an unmanned helicopter capable of operating in severe weather conditions, local media has reported.

The chopper will have an automated takeoff and landing systems for use on unprepared fields on land and from aircraft carriers at sea.

Being developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and Israel Aerospace Industries’ unmanned air vehicle division, Malat, the helicopter will also have a dual automated sophisticated operating systems for enhanced safety, business daily ‘Globes’ reported.

The helicopter was unveiled at an air show in India last month, it said.

Its main advantage over unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) is its ability to takeoff from and land anywhere, including from ships, the report added.

This news was brought to me by NDTV 24×7. This channel is excellent for NRIs who want to stay abreast of latest happenings in India. This channel is available in the US through DirecTV.


IIT car to participate in Formula SAE

April 2, 2008

After Vijay Mallya brought Formula One car racing to India, it is the turn of students of IIT Powai to unveil a home-grown racing car.

The car will be participating in the esteemed Formula SAE in Michigan, USA in May this year.

The competition will see 120 teams from across the world, making it one of the biggest international engineering design and manufacturing events.

The Formula SAE is a university level competition event for engineering and design. It also serves as a breeding ground for future car engineers and designers.

I saw this news on NDTV 24×7. The channel is available in the US through DirecTV.

Kaif to replace injured Tendulkar

March 31, 2008

Sachin Tendulkar has been ruled out of the second cricket Test against South Africa in Ahmedabad starting April 3, and Mohammad Kaif has been named as his replacement.

Sachin Tendulkar re-aggravated his right groin injury when he was fielding on the fourth day of the first Test and his playing the second match is doubtful

The selection committee has decided to replace Tendulkar with Mohammad Kaif for the second Test.


Kaif, who got the nod for his excellent performance in the domestic circuit this season, is returning to the side after a gap of almost two years. His last Test was against West Indies at Kingston in June 2006.

I watched this news on NDTV 24×7. It is an excellent news channel for NRIs since it provides the most comprehensive news related to India. DirecTV makes it possible to access this channel in the US.

Sehwag is back

March 28, 2008

Sehwag finished unbeaten on 309 as India reached 468 for one in reply to South Africa’s first innings 540 all out at the close of third days play on Friday.

Virender Sehwag posted his second successive Test century on Friday as India’s opening pair made a strong reply against South Africa in the opening Test cricket match.

India was responding to South Africa’s first innings score of 540 that surpassed its previous highest total on Indian soil, 510-9 at Kanpur in 2004.

This is the highest of three opening century partnerships between Sehwag and Jaffer, surpassing their 159-run stand against the West Indies at Gros Islet two years ago.

I got this latest updated about cricket on NDTV 24×7. It is an excellent news channel for NRIs since it provides the most comprehensive news related to India. DirecTV makes it possible to access this channel in the US.

India 82-0 at stumps on day 2

March 27, 2008

I wasn’t able to watch the match due to my busy schedule but saw the post day-2 analysis on NDTV 24×7. I personally like the way the news channel presents the coverage – very crisp. The channel is available in the US only through DirecTV amongst other Indian channels.

South Africa fear their own in India

March 25, 2008

The test match between India & South Africa is beginning tomorrow. I won’t get the time to watch the match but I will definitely watch the pre & post-match analysis on NDTV 24×7.

I saw the coverage on NDTV 24×7 about the South African Indian coach & the physical trainer.

Former Proteas batsman Gary Kirsten, who opened the batting with Smith for 20 Tests before retiring in 2004, starts his two-year stint as India’s chief coach battling his fellow countrymen.

India’s support staff also includes another South African, Paddy Upton, who worked as physical trainer and mental conditioning expert with the Proteas till 1998 before being coaxed by Kirsten to join him in India.
The channel is available in the US through DirecTV. I will keep updating as the test series progresses on NDTV 24×7.

India still has chances to host WC: FIH

March 24, 2008

India’s unprecedented failure to make it to the Olympics might have raised hue and cry, but the International Hockey Federation has assured the debacle would not affect their chances of hosting the 2010 World Cup.

Though the entire country sunk into depression after India, for the first time in 80 years, failed to book a berth in the Beijing Olympics, FIH-appointed Project Director of ‘Promoting Indian Hockey,’ Bob Davidzon said the defeat in Chile provided a chance to rebuild the game in the country.


Davidzon also assured that India’s failure to reach the Beijing Olympics would not make them ineligible to host the prestigious World Cup in two year’s time.

It’s a relief that after the Hockey team’s early exit in the Olympics,  India still has a chance to host the 2010 world cup. This piece of good news was brought to me by NDTV 24×7. You too can know all about India through NDTV 24×7. What’s more, it’s available in US through DirecTV.

Disney’s movie ‘Cheetah Girl One World’ being filmed in India

March 20, 2008

One of the best known movie production houses, Disney, is now looking to tell a story from India to the world. The first movie from Disney is being shot at Udaipur, and the production team believes that it could set a new trend when it is released in August.

“The Cheetah Girls One World,” – that promises to be the most extravagant Disney Channel Original Movie yet, is being shot in Udaipur. The movie is part of the hugely successful franchise, “The Cheetah Girls”.

The movie is a music and dance-driven adventure that premieres in August across the world and yes its set right in Udaipur.

Movies are big business not wanting to play second fiddle to Hollywood anymore, the Indian Film Industry is making big budget movies, with bigger global premiers, in the hope of even Bigger returns.

I saw the news on NDTV 24×7. According to me NDTV 24×7 is a must for all the Indians living in the US as it covers India-centric news extensively. The news channel is available in the US only through DirecTV, one of the best Satellite TV service provider.

Charlesworth to meet IHF chief Gill

March 17, 2008

India failed to qualify for the Olympics for the first time since the game was introduced in 1928, after going down to Great Britain in the Chile qualifiers. Australian legend Ric Charlesworth on Monday landed in New Delhi to meet the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) chief KPS Gill & the Sports Ministry.

Meanwhile, the venue of the meeting — Gill’s residence — has become a subject of controversy with a few affiliated units stating that the discussion should be held at a venue where members can express their views freely.

I am tracking the news on NDTV 24×7. The early exit of the national sport has dispirited me.

Hockey greats hurt by Gill’s remarks

March 14, 2008

Former hockey players on Friday lambasted KPS Gill for terming the greats of the game as “professional mourners” and said the IHF chief should own up his own failures instead of making such “stupid” statements.

After India’s failure to qualify for the Olympics for the first time ever, former Olympians and greats of the game had criticised Gill and held his “autocratic ways of functioning” as the reason behind the country’s flop show.

India has won 8 Gold medals in the Olympics and this year’s early exit  is a national shame. The embarrassment was evident while the disheartened players were receiving medals of participation. Blame it on the popularity of cricket or less funds for Hockey, a loss is a loss.There is no way I would watch the Hockey matches in the US, so I switched on my TV, surfed for NDTV 24×7 and was expecting the news of India’s qualifying. But India lost. I couldn’t believe it. The national sport of India is not able to make it to the qualifiers.

There are still a few Indian athletes  competing. NDTV 24×7 is now weighing the odds for other participants. The news channel is available in the US only through DirecTV. This is the only way I can stay abreast of India-centric news despite being in a different continent.