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1- Apart from BSNL and MTNL, M/s Tata, Reliance Communication Ltd., Telewings, Sistema has made calls to Nepal for 3 days as local calls.
2- Airtel has made calls to Nepal free for 48 hours from 0000 Hrs of today.
3- Idea has made calls to Nepal @one rupee per minute from Rs 12/- per minute.
4- Vodafone has now also decided to make calls to Nepal@ Re1/- per minute till 2400 hrs of tomorrow. Implementation underway, likely to be completed in 3 Hours.
5- No damage to International links of various operators and working satisfactorily.
6- Idea has noticed 40% increase in traffic while Airtel and Reliance has experienced 50% increase in traffic yesterday. MTNL has also reported 50% increase in traffic. Vodafone traffic increase is 300%.
7- Traffic management is being put in place to cater additional traffic.
8- Network of M/s UTL a joint venture of MTNL is operational satisfactory.
Colorful bindis are being handed out to tribal women in India by a philanthropic organization. When worn on the forehead, each dot delivers a daily dose of 100-150 micrograms of iodine (chemical symbol: I) which is absorbed by the skin. At least 70 million Indians suffer from iodine deficiency disorders. Sure, oral supplements or iodized salts are more efficient, but the tribal women won't take them. The bindis are a socially more acceptable, and creative, approach to dietary compliance!
Bad Air: Iodine deficiencies were described by ancient Roman writers and medieval travelers, who would encounter entire villages in the Alps or southern Europe struck by cretinism. Thought to be due to "bad air" or "stagnant water" in the mountains, we now know that dwarfism, deformed bones and intellectual disability are due to lack of iodine-rich thyroid hormone. Goiter belts characterized the more mildly afflicted inland regions of Europe and N. America, where populations were marked by enlarged thyroids and grossly swollen throats. Along the coast, however, wave action disperses natural iodine salts from sea water into the air, from where it enters our ecosystem. No wonder, sea air was recommended for recuperating invalids.
The Rise and Fall of I: After the discovery of iodine in 1811, Lugol's solution (mostly potassium iodide, or KI) became the universal panacea of western medicine. Medical students were advised:
If ye don’t know where, what, and why
Prescribe ye then K and I
But too much of a good thing led to the discovery that excess iodine actually blocked thyroid hormone production (known as Wolff-Chaikoff effect). Today, the Reference Daily Intake or RDI has decreased from 1 gram, to 150 micrograms, which many practitioners believe is too little. Proponents of iodine therapy point out the benefits in preventing breast cancer, skin disorders and more. For a fascinating history of the controversies and facts see the article in the reference.
Video: Jeevan Bindi- The Life Saving Dot (1 min long)
Photo: Subir Basak
- Cadence Design SystemsLead Design Engineer, 2013 - present
- Tata Elxsi Limited, BangaloreSenior Specialist (Audio DSP), 2008 - 2013Technically leading an ODC team working for a fabless semiconductor company developing voice and audio processors. Different responsibilities in this project included: - Working for product deployment by supporting various customers in resolving issues in the custom RTOS. - Implementation and optimization of Voice DSP algorithms (Matlab code) on target DSP platform (Xtensa TIE). - Development of Matlab based tool for configuration of DSP algorithms running on target platform. Worked as a project leader for various Audio DSP projects for major telecom and chip manufacturing clients. This involved initial design, timeline scheduling, technical mentoring of team members, and tracking the progress of individual tasks. Projects involved design, development and optimization of below mentioned pre-/post-processing voice/audio DSP algorithms and some algorithms from R&D divisions of clients on target DSP platforms. I was also involved as a consulting member in the design of other projects where audio DSP support was required. I have experience in managing a team of up to 10 engineers in achieving the optimum results of implementation of the audio algorithm on target platform. Audio enhancement related projects involved following algorithms: - Parametric & Graphical Equalizers - Acoustic Echo Cancellation - Special cases of FFT algorithms - Sampling Rate Converter - Automatic Gain Control - Noise Reduction I have also worked on development of PC based GUI tool for configuration of Audio algorithm running on the target platform.
- Centillium India Pvt. Ltd., BangaloreSenior Design Engineer, 2003 - 2008In Centillium, I played various roles. I was responsible for design, development, feature enhancement, customer support, as well as testing of various ADSL/ADSL2/ADSL2+ physical layer. In the order from latest to oldest following were my responsibilities at Centillium - I was responsible for all the activities including re-designing, implementing and supporting all G.994.1 (handshake procedure for xDSL communications) related activities. - Before taking up the G.994.1 activity, I worked as a customer support engineer and was responsible for handling all types of issues in the xDSL product line to one specific customer. - In Centillium I was responsible for designing and performing all the initial testing of all the features supported in the xDSL product before the solution went for final Quality testing.
- Conquest Integrated Technologies (India) Pvt. Ltd., PuneDSP Engineer, 2000 - 2003In Conquest I was a team member working on the implementation and optimization of ITU-T speech coding standard G.723.1 and G.729 on Motorola 56300 and Cradle UMS platforms. Also during this period I worked for one year in Centillium as a contractor for its xDSL product line.
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