Sunday, August 21, 2011

Lexus LF-A .......... 2


The Lexus LFA is a 2-seat exotic sports coupe produced by Lexus as a concept car, It is the second model in the F marque line of performance vehicles from Lexus, following the IS F. Three concept versions have been shown, each debuting at the North American International Auto Show with the LF-A designation as part of the LF Series concept line. The first LF-A concept premiered in 2005, followed in 2007 by a second LF-A with a more completely furnished interior and exterior. The third version of the LF-A, a roadster model, premiered in 2008. The production model, trademarked LFA, was shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2009. The production Lexus LFA features a new V10 engine and a carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) body. CFRP materials account for 65 percent of the LFA's body composition by mass.
Class:                          Sports car
Body style:                 2-door coup, 2-door roadster
Layout:                       Front-mid-engine, rear-mid-transaxle, rear-wheel drive
Engine:                       4.8 L 1LR-GUE V10
Transmission: 6-speed Automated Sequential Gearbox
Wheelbase:                102.6 in
Length:                       177.4 in
Width:             74.6 in
Height:                        48 in
Curb weight:               1,480–1,580 kg

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Must Read Books ........ 12

111.     Book Name: “Homkund”
Language: Marathi
Author: Subhash Bhende
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 348
Cost: 280 Rs.
Publisher: Majestic Prakashan
First Published in India: November 2007

112.      Book Name: “Garambicha Bapu”
Language: Marathi
Author: Shri. Na. Pendase
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 227
Publisher: Continental Prakashan
First Published: 1952

113.      Book Name: “The Middleman”
Original Title: Jana Aranya
Original Language: Bengali
Translated By: Arunava Sinha
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 192
Publisher: Penguin Books
First Edition: 2009

114.      Book Name: “The Final Question”
Original Title: Shesh Prashna
Original Language: Bengali
Translated By: The Department of English, Jadavpur University
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 339
Cost: 350/-
Publisher: Penguin Books
First Edition in Bengali: 1931

115.      Book Name: “Tarphula”
Author: Shankar Patil
Language: Marathi
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 289
Cost: 240 Rs.
Publisher: Mehta Publishing House
First Published: 1934

116.      Book Name: “Radheya”
Language: Marathi
Author: Ranjit Desai
Genre: Novel
Pages: 263
Cost: 120 Rs.
Publisher: Mehta Publishing House
First Published: 1973

117.      Book Name: “Kane And Abel”
Language: English
Author: Jeffrey Archer
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 477

118.      Book Name: “Purvrang”
Language: Marathi
Author: Pu. La. Deshpande
Genre: Travel Diaries
Pages: 287
Cost: 150 Rs.
Publisher: Shri Vidya Prakashan
First Published: 15th September 1963

119.      Book Name: “By The Prickling of My Thumbs”
Language: English
Author: Agaths Christie
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 224
Cost: 125 Rs.
Publisher: Harper Collins
First Published: 1968

120.            Book Name: “Shitu”
Language: Marathi
Author: Go. Ni. Dandekar
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 138
Cost:  Rs.80
Publisher: Mauj Prakashan Gruh
First Published: 1953

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Argentina ........ 1

Argentina is the second largest country in South America by land area, after Brazil. It is constituted as a federation of 23 provinces and an autonomous city, Buenos Aires. It is the eighth-largest country in the world by land area and the largest among Spanish-speaking nations. Argentina's continental area is between the Andes mountain range in the west and the Atlantic Ocean in the east. It borders Paraguay and Bolivia to the north, Brazil and Uruguay to the northeast, and Chile to the west and south. Argentine claims over Antarctica, as well as overlapping claims made by Chile and the United Kingdom, are suspended by the Antarctic Treaty of 1961. Argentina is Latin America's third-largest economy, with a high rating on the Human development index. Within Latin America, Argentina has the fifth highest nominal GDP per capita and the highest in purchasing power terms. Argentina is a founding member of the United Nations, Mercosur, the Union of South American Nations, the OEI, the World Bank Group and the World Trade Organization, and is one of the G-15 and G-20 major economies. Argentina is derived from the Latin argentum ("silver").
Cueva de las Manos, over 10,000 years old is among the oldest evidence of indigenous culture in the Americas. The earliest evidence of humans in Argentina dates from 11,000 BC and was found in Patagonia. European explorers arrived in 1516. Spain established the Viceroyalty of Peru in 1542, encompassing all its holdings in South America. Their first settlement in modern Argentina was the Fort of Sancti Spiritu established in 1527 next to the Paraná River. Buenos Aires, a permanent colony, was established in 1536 but was destroyed by natives. The city was established again in 1580 as part of the Governorate of the Río de la Plata. The area which encompassed much of the territory that would later become Argentina was largely a territory of Spanish immigrants and their descendants known as criollos, mestizos, native cultures, and descendants of African slaves. A third of Colonial-era settlers gathered in Buenos Aires and other cities, others lived on the pampas, as gauchos for example. Indigenous peoples inhabited much of the remainder and most of Patagonia and Gran Chaco remained under indigenous control.
Buenos Aires became the capital of the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata in 1776, which was created over some former territories of the Viceroyalty of Peru. The Río de la Plata area was forced to import goods overland via Lima after 1595, and a reliance on contraband emerged. After 1776, however, Buenos Aires flourished as a commercial hub. In 1806 and 1807 the city was the site of two ill-fated British invasions. The resistance was headed both times by the French Santiago de Liniers, who would become viceroy through popular support. The news of the overthrow of the Spanish King Ferdinand VII during the Peninsular War created great concern in the Viceroyalty. The May Revolution of 1810 took place in Buenos Aires, removing Viceroy Cisneros from government and replacing him by the Primera Junta.
During the following decade a war for independence ensued in the former Viceroyalty, its regions divided between patriots and royalists. While the cities of present-day Argentina would align with the independents after 1811, the other regions would follow differing paths: Paraguay seceded, declaring its independence from Spain 1811 and from Argentina in 1842. Upper Peru was disputed with the royalists from Peru until it declared independence as Bolivia in 1824. The eastern bank of the Uruguay river was invaded by the Brazilian-Portuguese Empire in 1817 and declared independence as Uruguay in 1828 after the Argentina-Brazil War. Internal conflicts would cause political instability within the patriots. In just four years the Primera Junta was replaced by the Junta Grande, the first and second triumvirates, and the first Supreme Director. In 1813 an Assembly convened to declare independence but it could not do so due to political disputes. A Civil War ensued between the provinces joined into the Federal League and the Supreme Directorship.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Group Insurance

Group insurance offers life insurance protection under group policies to various groups such as employers-employees, professionals, co-operatives, weaker sections of society. Group insurance plans have low premiums. Such plans are particularly beneficial to those for whom other regular policies are a costlier proposition. Group insurance plans extend cover to large segments of the population including those who cannot afford individual insurance. A number of group insurance schemes have been designed for various groups. These include employer-employee groups, associations of professionals like doctors, lawyers, chartered accountants etc.

Group insurance coverage is seen as a major perk for employees from their employers. The premium payments are usually deducted automatically from the pay itself. Some companies will absorb the entire cost of the policy as a benefit for employees. The main advantages of the group insurance schemes are low premium and simple insurability conditions. Premiums are based upon age combination of members, occupation and working conditions of the group.

A major feature of group insurance is that the premium cost on an individual basis may not be risk-based. Instead it is the same amount for all the insured persons in the group. Another distinctive feature is that under group insurance a person will normally remain covered as long as he or she continues to work for a certain employer and pays their insurance premiums. This is different from the individual insurance policy where the insurance company often has the right to reject the renewal of a person's policy, depending on his risk profile.


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