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Saunti

BY – RAM SARUP BATISH (email – rambatish ((at)) gmail (.) com )

It is a historic village also known as “Singhan Di Saunti”. Singhs had erected a fort like structure (Burj) on the east side of the village. When Singhs fell out with the Raja, he attacked with a canon (Top) in the south of the village and demolished the Burj. The land where Morcha was set up is still called Morche Wali. Some shells were lately recovered from this place. The gate of the Burj that was an opening to the village was damaged during the heavy downpour of 2011. The damaged structure still exists.

According to Pandit Gurdial Singh Ji (an SGPC member), Guru Nanak Dev Ji visited Saunti and stayed for 15 days under a Flahi tree in a cremation ground. There is also a Flahi tree in the cremation ground reserved for Schedule Castes in the south of the village.

There is a historical Gurdwara called Gurdwara Sri Guru Hargobind Sahib in the east of the village. It marks the site were during a hunting excursion a dog belonging to Guru Hargobind Sahib killed a wild boar and then died of wounds.

During 1950s it was an enclosed village with three gates. Western gate (also known as Pucca Darwaja) is constructed of Sirhandi bricks, it had a big wooden door. This was majestically built as the revenue officials or wazirs would enter the village from this gate. Recently, one devotee Sardar Sardara Singh sold his land and constructed a Gurdwara on the first floor.

The eastern gate was known as “Kaccha Darwaja”. Only one arch of this was left that also disappeared slowly. North gate is the smallest one and thus called “Darwajdi”. The first floor of this gate is used for Islamic studies for the Muslim children of the village.

The adjoining city of Amloh was constructed by the Raja of Nabha as a planned city in 1963 The fort was constructed at a high ground and a road led to a beautiful, spacious garden. On one side of the road was Kotwali (Police Station) and on the other side was located a Serai. This road was crossed by Main Bazaar and a Darwaja was constructed at the south end of the bazaar. On the north side was located a Gurdawara, Ram Lila ground and two water tanks (Talab), one for men and other for women. Unfortunately, this city has busted on the seams and all planning has been done away with. The main gate is demolished, garden has given way to expansion of the Govt. School. Serai is used as Municipal Office.

G.T. Road (Sher Shah Suri Marg) is just 5km away. It connected Delhi with Lahore, Texila, Khyber Pass and Kashmir. Armies, Royals, traversed on this road. Sirhind, 10 km away, was only second in importance to Lahore during the Mughal era. There is an Aam-Khas Bag. Khas Bag was for Royals and Aam Bag was for ordinary visitors.

There were many wars fought for Sirhind that spilled over to the surrounding areas. Saunti has a fair share of Samadhis of Shahids. Once a war was fought at Gobindgarh and it spilled over to Saunti. Lala Khan, the Mughal General, was killed at Saunti. The Sikh martyrs were cremated at the old Gurdwara and Muslim warriors were buried in a sand dune at the site of present day Sangam Petrol pump. When the sand from this dune was used for construction in Gobindgarh, many skeletons were found underneath.

Basic needs of the people were met locally. Main profession was agriculture. Women’s occupation were ginning, spinning and weaving carpets. They used tools like Belana, Charkha, Dhunki and weaving adda. Kohlu (Bullock driven expeller) was used for extracting oil. Besides hand-driven Chakki, Khras (Ox driven grinding mill) was used for grinding wheat and producing flour (atta).

For transportation, Gadda (Ox-driven wooden cart) was used. The design was similar to the cart used by Alexander the Great, that cut the knot at Gordian. Now tractor trollies have replaced it. Sathh, a small ground outside the village, was quite an important place. It was used for playing, Feind-khundi (modern-day hockey), Kabaddi, Teej celebrations and gathering animals before taking them out for grazing.

Most of the houses were made of mud bricks. The outer walls were protected by gara, a mixture of mud and toori. Inner walls were white washed with Pandoo and floors were protected with Pilli Mitti (Yellow Soil).

Ram Lila was a major source of entertainment. Dhadies used to have Akharas for singing kissa of love and valour. Nachaar dancing and singing was quite common. Nachhar is a man dressed in woman’s cloths. During dancing, another man will hold a bottle-wick-lamp near his face. Also, at night, Gaun used to take place. It was singing of episodes of Valour and Love using harmonium and tabla. Lajja Ram from Haryana was quite famous. Women used to perform Gidha at the drop of a hat. Jago was performed at marriages.

The landmarks include a Dera, now Durga Mandir. A mosque is built at the site of Ghujha Peer. Also, there are two Dharamshalas. Three main water bodies – Shahidan Wala Toba, Dhaab and a Talab – all are extinct now.

Now the village has entered a modern era with mechanical farming, poultry, cold storages, steel rolling mills and Desh Bhagat University and many colleges dotting the village.

MAGIC WATER: Recently, thousands of people have started visiting a hand pump to drink the magic water that they believe can cure all ailments, however researchers have failed to find out any special mineral in it that can do so. It is located near the tri-junction of canals.

MAP OF SAUNTI

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Google Defines Site Quality

According to the latest post Google Webmaster Central, Google has asked webmasters to answer the following questions to know if their site is of “quality”

The questions:

  1. Would you trust the information presented in this article?
  2. Is this article written by an expert or enthusiast who knows the topic well, or is it more shallow in nature?
  3. Does the site have duplicate, overlapping, or redundant articles on the same or similar topics with slightly different keyword variations?
  4. Would you be comfortable giving your credit card information to this site?
  5. Does this article have spelling, stylistic, or factual errors?
  6. Are the topics driven by genuine interests of readers of the site, or does the site generate content by attempting to guess what might rank well in search engines?
  7. Does the article provide original content or information, original reporting, original research, or original analysis?
  8. Does the page provide substantial value when compared to other pages in search results?
  9. How much quality control is done on content?
  10. Does the article describe both sides of a story?
  11. Is the site a recognized authority on its topic?
  12. Is the content mass-produced by or outsourced to a large number of creators, or spread across a large network of sites, so that individual pages or sites don’t get as much attention or care?
  13. Was the article edited well, or does it appear sloppy or hastily produced?
  14. For a health related query, would you trust information from this site?
  15. Would you recognize this site as an authoritative source when mentioned by name?
  16. Does this article provide a complete or comprehensive description of the topic?
  17. Does this article contain insightful analysis or interesting information that is beyond obvious?
  18. Is this the sort of page you’d want to bookmark, share with a friend, or recommend?
  19. Does this article have an excessive amount of ads that distract from or interfere with the main content?
  20. Would you expect to see this article in a printed magazine, encyclopedia or book?
  21. Are the articles short, unsubstantial, or otherwise lacking in helpful specifics?
  22. Are the pages produced with great care and attention to detail vs. less attention to detail?
  23. Would users complain when they see pages from this site?

Here is the Detailed Google Webmaster Central Blog Post This would surely help webmasters to work around websites that can be useful for users and can get high up in ranks.

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India – Still The Unexplored Internet Market

Dawn of the internet era has opened up astonishing fresh opportunities. Impossible is not a word any longer! India also has conjoined the bandwagon and the figures say it all. It needs to be mentioned that India has anywhere from 50 million to 65 million active internet users that accounts for approximately 5 % of our total population. This statistics was taken in account for the year 2010 and the experts believe that these numbers would increase upto 171.2 million users by the year 2014. So, you can very well imagine the reach of Internet Marketing in India! The Internet Marketing in India has a bright future and will shell out large benefits to all the online merchandisers.

Internet, one of the prominent realizations for human race has plainly altered the intact face of a lot of things. Communicating, researching, pulling out info is simple, apt and speedy, when it’s the internet one is talking about. Therefore, merchandising on the internet or more incisively Internet Marketing has come forth as an expedient tool to captivate the vision of many online enterprises. Yielding all a fast, straight forward, commodious option of locating the best services and products while sitting down at anyplace, the Internet Marketing services if utilized competently can surely assist everyone in reaping benefits and enjoying paybacks that are much profound than one expects.

Now that we have come to terms with the enormous reach of Internet Marketing in India, we certainly have to comprehend that marketing through the internet can be a completely different ball game. As a matter of fact, it is a powerful combination of technology and marketing acumen. The vast Indian market is altering rapidly. Internet access is mainstreaming amongst experts and the rate of change continues to be great with digital channels invariably developing in bulk and potency. More individuals spend large time online in India every year, and the websites they use represent an ever-growing part in their lives. Bright vendors maintain the top of the scale by altering their business strategies with time and guaranteeing their marketing techniques to be of top notch quality.

Internet Marketing – Walking Towards Wealth.

The significance of Internet Marketing is essentially staggering. It’s not something that people can afford to disregard anymore, whether be it a small scale business proprietor or a big traditional-style organization. Every day that you are not bringing up the company profile on the internet and acquiring new prospects – corresponds to BIG money in lost revenue.

India is coming forth as a major power in the field of Internet Marketing. Like many countries, India too is growing as a powerful contender in the global market. This vogue has resulted in increment in popularity and genesis of many Internet Marketing enterprises in India. Equipped with the recent tools, schemes and programs that can assist any online business become a acknowledged organization; Internet Marketing in India is now taking the toll of the global market. The Indian specialists possess the ability, experience, expertise to present the best in Internet Marketing services to not only the local clients but even those from abroad.

Internet Marketing – a boom for your business:

Internet Marketing is a fantastic tool that is required for the development and success and even endurance of your business. Assisting you to shape to your thoughts in reality, the Internet Marketing companies can easily be your escort to assist you to sail comfortably and handily through the immense and competitory business world of today.

Thus, assistance in acquiring a potent online presence for your business is sufficient to bring that success and credit factor to the same.

The technology for online marketing is always developing with better tools and strategies getting added to render beneficial results. The web marketing companies in India are now getting equipped with the recent technologies and the finest of brains that unitedly facilitate your business attain new heights.

Indian Online Businesses are doing really well in terms of reach and brand value. Indian websites like Nauri.com, snapdeal.com, SoSasta.com, and fashionandyou.com have witnessed major web traffic growth over some period of time. These websites are worldwide acclaimed and have broken into the top rankings of Alexa and other ranking websites.

Naukri.com is a job portal running in India and was established by Sanjeev Bikhchandani in March 1997. Info Edge Ltd. (NSE: NAUKRI) is the biggest and quickest developing Internet company in India. Info Edge holds an unequalled reputation for emergence and excellence. Info Edge elevated Rs. 1,703 million by mode of an IPO in November 2006. The company engages about 1200 people and functions through 48 offices in 31 cities in India and an abroad office at Dubai serving the Middle East market. Naukri.com has a huge database of 19 million job searchers developing at the rate of 15,000 resumes each day, and has 120 million page views per month.

Snapdeal.com has extended that pace and broken into the top 100 for India according to Alexa Rankings. Just nine months since it started its operations, this is a substantial milestone for SnapDeal which reportedly saves its customers a total of upto Rs. 3 crores till date. Via its several day to day deals, it provides savings as high as 65-70 % at salons, movie halls, spa’s, electronic stores and other places.

SoSasta.com (taken over by Groupon) is ranked # 21,789 in the world as per Alexa traffic rankings. It’s approximated net worth grounded on the advertising revenue is approximately $ 226,800. Sosasta.com incurs 50,484 page views each day and yields about $ 151 daily in ad revenue. Sosasta.com has recently exhibited a 96.34 % growth in the traffic ranking.

Fashionandyou.com is India’s major members-only luxury private shopping club. It is coming up in the Indian market at a much faster rate. It allows the people to purchase designer and casual clothings at a much discounted rates.

As India opens up to more and more web access to its citizens, there is going to be an inflow of new internet users who will affect consumer interests and the world wide fiscal landscape. It has been proposed that nations like India could affect this landscape phenomenally in the following few years as its citizens turn to more sophisticated technology and understand its commercial rewards.

Future tendencies of Internet Marketing are targeting towards a hike in worldwide awareness within India due to TV, radio and other conventional kinds of communication. India is now evolving general access online for its mass population. They would also employ new marketing experts who can facilitate them defeat the language barriers via production of marketing strategies that will be accepted by western online users. The future tendencies of Internet Marketing will be affected all over the world by these new Indian enterprisers.

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Google recently deployed its latest algorithm intended to reduce the rankings of so called “Content Farms” — websites that contain or focus on low-quality content, built merely to pick up Google rankings and drive advertizing. In large number of cases, this algorithm has performed its task and Google searches are now cleaner than before.

Change in Google’s recent algorithm has affected nearly 12 % of total queries carried out in Google. This implies that a lot of websites, whether big and small, are taking a look at their web analytics reports and witnessing that the traffic graphs are going downwards and to the right consequently. It can be hard to conceive tactically and accurately in such a situation and your first responses may result in terror and wrath.

Apprehensive, but if you wish to regenerate your website’s traffic, you require actionable measures for evaluation and modification. Even if it is genuinely the case that you were unfairly struck as a consequence of collateral damage, you like to pass your limited time and resources on techniques that are inclined to fetch your traffic back. Keep reading for more strategical things you can perform now, and practices you might like to avoid.

Google has altered its algorithm to an extent that websites liable for raising keyword focused articles in vast volumes have witnessed their rankings vanish overnight. The ‘farmer’ name was minted by Danny Sullivan, though internally it was cognized as the ‘Panda Update’.

Like any Google update there has been a good number of hand wringing and arguments in the market. But most of the arguments have neglected the main point. If you or your customers were being out-ranked by a content farm, you experienced grave problems. An even more significant issue is the possible inference in these alterations. If these pages have lost their power to rank, they have mislaid their power to pass a respectable amount of link equity.

The primary thing to notice is that Farmer has been charged as a conscious effort to wheedle out what Google reckons to be low quality content farm websites. This is the region where you stumble upon affiliates and site-owners trailing the long tail with very finite articles or pages either directly on their own website, or on a third party website like Squidoo, Buzzle, Ezinearticles and so on.

The biggest losers here are distinctly two very specific websites ezinearticles.com and Hubpages.com. On the other hand, www.2knowmyself. com which seems to be piled to the gills with long tail articles is not stirred at all, and neither is iVillage.

What Specifications Could Have Resulted In Lost Rankings?

  1. It appeared that websites whose pages had fewer and or far lower intrusive blocks of advertisements on them tended to be in the achiever bucket, while those with progressively intrusive advertising were likely to be found in the loser grouping.
  2. Similarly, websites whose UI design would probably be depicted as more advanced, superior quality, heedful and “attractive” were achievers vs. the “ugly” websites that tended to be in the loser bucket.
  3. When it came to user-generated-content (UGC) websites, those which tended to pull in “thin” contributions (like Hubpages, EzineArticles, or Buzzle) suffered, while those with productive, often more reliable, non-paid, and not-intended to build SEO value or links (like DailyMotion, Etsy, Facebook , LinkedIn) gained.
  4. In the “rich content” sphere, pages with less usable and easily-consumable content (like AllBusiness, FindArticles) tended to suffer as compared to the content-rich websites like LOC. gov, and HuffingtonPost that gained heavily.

Primarily based on these, we have some suppositions about what signs Google may have used in this update:

User usage data - Signs like time-on-site, click-through-rate and “success” of the search visit (based on other usage data).

Quality raters – A machine-learning type algorithm which takes into account the quality rating given by the people or the quality raters may be an unsafe method to construct algorithms. This is so because no human can actually say why a site is grading higher vs. lower or what the elements are – they might be derived functions of very weird data points rather than interpretable mechanisms.

Content analysis – Topic modeling algorithms, those that compute or score readability, singularity/robustness analysis and in many cases even visual “attractiveness” of content display could be utilized.

How Does It Affect You?

With this new Google update, it is the right time to re-work the SEO strategy altogether. In case you opt for methods to trick the search engines into ranking you better; you might pay a big price for this. If you are indulging in techniques to drive up the ranking artificially, Google would not tolerate this anymore.

If your business largely depends on the Internet, then you just can’t afford to do this sort of stuff. It might incur immense monetary losses to the companies that are involved in the same.

What Should You Focus On?

With this strategy of Google, it has helped the people in the right direction. We can now expect higher quality search results. The part of being “High-Quality” is beneficial for the users now. If the users think that your website is of High-Quality, then you would become more relevant. Thus, this would finally increase your Google rankings.

Considering all these elements into account, the response is wearyingly familiar. Establish trust in your website. Engage with your clients directly either on your website through good content by going out onto the internet and witness the complaints and enquiries about your merchandises.

Try and create a great website with original and informative content as far as possible. To escape from this issue, focus on making a good user experience rather than laying stress on quick and filthy short-term techniques.

What To Do If You Are Hit By The Farmer Update Unfairly?

If you feel that you are a unjustified victim of this Google Update, then you can tweet at Google’s spam captain Matt Cutts, as the Cult Of Mac did. But, Google was very sure that this is not what assisted the Cult Of Mac nor can it be something meant to assist particular websites separately, because they are not doing alterations like that. The whole system is created to work automatically and no manual favors or alterations are done.

If your website has been affected by this Algorithm change, bear in mind that this modification was not a manual activity and does not aim finite websites. Google cannot thence manually restore a website’s rankings. This alteration is dependent directly on algorithmic signs.

Now it’s time to have a glance at your analytics data:

  1. What is the bounce rate of the website from search? Do searchers click through from the search results and stick to the site or do they bounce back and click on some different result?
  2. If the bounce rate is higher, you need to analyze whether is it high for all the queries or only for few topics?
  3. Do the pages searchers distinctly respond the searcher’s queries?
  4. What pages on the website have external links? Do big sections of the website do not have external links at all? What can you do to make the website content more interesting and worthful or elevate consciousness that it lives?
  5. Is the content on the website unique or is it syndicated from some other place? If it’s not unique, what value do the pages append further than the genuine source?

The positive mindset is that as you make alterations to your website to get back the rankings, the website will turn more worthful to your audiences and it will become more enlisted. So invariably seek to be with unique content and relevant backlinks.

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The amount of commodities sold on the internet has been progressively growing each year as the Internet increments both popularity and familiarity. In a survey, it has been shown that a lot of people buy goods and services online just because of their lower costs. A broad range of products has also made it comfortable for the purchasers to do a comparison between them. Such facility is also an income yielding chance that is usually dependent upon the usage of interactive technology through the Internet.

Business companies in India face a hard time in shelling out lots of money for promoting their business. Due to the advent of the Internet, several businesses can effortlessly advertize their products and services by using Internet marketing and search engine optimization and thus saving their loads of money. Any Indian online business should firstly make their official website portraying the products or services traded by the company. Building up a website with proper layout and design involves some efforts.

Many individuals use the Internet to purchase their things easily. Now-a-days when people require any specific products or services, they commonly search the web to find the same. If any business has a strong online presence by doing accurate SEO only then that company is in a beneficial position of making more business than others.

The Internet is a gripping tool for marketing your business locally. Many websites, inclusive of Google and Yahoo, cater to localized businesses and render local maps and business info directly within the keyword searches. This following list covers 10 substantive strategies for promoting your businesses online.

  1. Present Your Business To Local Search - Google, Yahoo, Bing and lots of other platforms extend a completely free service that permits you to include your business to localized searches. You will require filling out your business info and then validating your business using a personal identification number that is delivered to your business address. Bing even enables you to use an Arial map to pinpoint your accurate location. After your business is verified you will crop up in the local searches. You may also desire to submit your website to WhereInCity, JustDial or Sulekha etc. Ensure that you accurately categorize your listing and include as much info as possible, as this may impact how well you rank in the localized search results. Based on the site, it will be possible to list a website, e-mail info, business description, business address, and even payment methods accepted.
  2. Carry Out a Localized Pay Per Click Campaign on Google Adwords – Adwords enable you to rank an advertisement instantly within search engine results pages for a finite group of keywords. Although a majority of these keywords have received worldwide searches, Adwords assists you to localize your campaign by just presenting your ad within a particular geographic region. It’s possible to restrict your ad campaign to a finite state, city, or metropolitan area so as to target only local business. Based on the keyword, you may still be contending with national advertisers, but you are able to exclusively target the market that you presently serve.
  3. Optimize Your Website With Local Keywords – If your website is aiming local traffic solely, ensure that you include local keywords to your webpage. For example, if your website focuses primarily on India, make it a point to include the keywords “India”, “Indian Company” and “Indian”. This will present your page with a chance to pop up on searches for “Your industry” + “India”.
  4. Use Yahoo Site Explorer to Check Out Likely New Local Links - After you have analyzed your competition, plug their websites into the Yahoo Site Explorer and check out who is connecting to your competition. This is a fantastic method to determine new websites that could possibly link to your website as well.
  5. Publicize on Local Media Sites - Check out with your local news and magazine web sites and view what rates are available for an online advertisement. Often these advertisements can be purchased at comparatively cheap rates and can force local traffic to your landing page.
  6. Make Use Of Twitter and Facebook- Specific businesses have acquired quite a following on Twitter and have been capable of driving business everyday using Twitter updates. For instance, a Delhi based Event Management Company utilizes Twitter to inform its followers of their day to day location updates for their various events. Followers can check Twitter everyday to determine if the event is being hosted in their area. You can also make usage of Facebook Pages to promote your businesses online.
  7. Lookup Your Own Keywords and Scrutinize Your Competition – Research what the localized competition is for your specific keywords. Is your industry competitive? Create a list of all of the contenders that crop up on the first page of Google rankings for the keywords that you are targeting on.
  8. Take Benefit Out Of Local Classified Listings - Although you can not include a direct link, you will be able to promote for finite products or services and get feedback via phone or email. Local Classified Listings acquires good traffic and many of the listings are completely free so it does not hurt to put a listing and magnify your local exposure.
  9. Get Your Business Classified On Various Community Websites – Local websites like chamber of commerce not merely provide you with an opportunity for advertising your website locally, but often render a chance to grab a credible link that profits your ranking in search engines. Likewise look at local trade organizations or local business directories where you could list your business and include your website’s link.
  10. Ask Your Current Clients To Provide You With Reviews - Client testimonials is a really powerful factor in winning over new clients to employ you or purchase your products. Ask your present clients if they could offer a testimonial that you would be able to post on your website. Also, clients can review your business on particular local sites including Google Places. These reviews can be a significant factor in how well you rank on the local search listings.

In India Internet based companies and businesses are bound to do excellent in times to come. The great Internet fever has already started in India and many businesses like Shaadi.com, Naukri.com, 99Acres, SnapDeal.com, FashionandYou.com etc are already leading the race.

Let me know if you are looking for tips and consultations on how to promote your online business specifically for Indian market. At JAGInfotech.com we just specialize in that.

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It sounds tragic but by the year 2110, it is likely that facebook will have 400 million profiles of dead people. With current number of profiles crossing above 400 million and with an assumption of human age to be below 100 years, it is very much possible to have 400 million profiles of people who have died by then. The same figure will keep on increasing as the time will pass and it could be possible that by year 2210, the number of profiles of dead people will be far more than people who will be alive and using facebook.

It becomes a social responsibility of social networking sites like Facebook to come up with a solution to deal with such scenario. Sooner or later Facebook and other networking sites will have to find a appropriate solution for the same. Currently facebook gives an option of “Memorized Account” for profiles of departed friends. A user (alive) can mark another friends (deceased) profile as “Memorized” after providing certain information to establish true identity between them. Certain evidence like obituary news etc can also be asked for to prove the death of profile member.  The profiles that are marked “Memorized” will only be viewed by members who are listed in current friend’s list and they will be able to leave comments on the wall. No doubt this is a well thought of and a good way to pay respect to the departed soul.

The irony is that by 2110 all the friends of the departed profile member will also be not alive and any access to such profiles will be completely gone. Won’t it be good if such “Memorized” profiles are available only for viewing purpose for everyone? I am sure if I was born in 2210, I would have liked to see the “Original” profile of Micheal Jackson, how his life was shaped up and who were his friends etc etc. Of course a separate option to search will have to be given to include “Memorized” profiles in search results.

Maybe with passage of time social networking sites will come up with even more thoughtful solution to deal with the issue.

I know the topic is bit awkward. Do feel free to let me know what your thoughts on the same.

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Global Players Eye Share In Indian Online Market

India with a population of more than 1000 million is one of the hottest hub for global online players. With rapid rise in number of internet users and growing infrastructure, India has shown tremendous potential in being one of the most favored location for global online players.

Talking about online companies and their presence in Indian Market, besides local companies like Naukri.com, Rediff.com, CricInfo.com, Shaadi.com,  global companies like Google, Facebook, Yahoo are exploring and trying to capture the online space.

Why India? Well, the answer is the pretty simple. In year 2009, India was at par with US’s number of internet users with figure around 60 million. The figure of 60 million was for around 50% of US population where as 60 million amounts to just 6 % of Indian population. This shows what  potential is in store from Indian markets and global online companies know it pretty well. Besides the number of internet users, favorable government policies, professional work culture and availability of high skilled manpower adds to India being a potential hub for global companies. Another factor is the increase in spending capacity of average Indian which makes Indian market even more lucrative.

In coming time, we will be witnessing aggressive branding and exploration of marketing partners by global players for India.

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PlanMixer.com has been finally launched. The amazing Plan Sharing network not only allow users to post their plans, but also automatically matches users with his/her friends having similar plans. With this feature friends can get together, make a common plan … have fun. Besides letting user know, which all friends have similar plans, user can MIX other friend’s plan (users with different plans can group together and eventually is they want can be a part of the same plan). Users can also send plan invite to friends. You can even share your plans on Twitter and Facebook.

To best of my knowledge, such Plan sharing features was never thought of. Plan Mixer is going up in number of users pretty fast. Besides sharing plans, you can search for people and friends based on what car/ bike that he/she drives. (i would rather find this feature helpful for girls/guys to find a date).

Plan Mixer also allows users to view friend’s profile updates like change in location, phone number, email, etc etc. You can also view latest plans of friends, comment on their plans, view your friend’s old plans, send messages, upload photos and lots more…

You can invite your friends from Twitter, Facebook, Gmail, AOL, Outlook, Hotmail, Yahoo and can manage your privacy/ email preferences through settings.

Plan Mixer is one of its kind “Plan Sharing” social network developed solely to enable users share their plans, find friends with similar plans and find new friends…

SO.. What are you waiting for… Log In, share your plans, find friends and have fun!!

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In one of the strangest moves by PayPal, one of the leading online money transfer company, funds TO and FROM India have been stopped. According to post appeared on TechCrunch, PayPal is RESOLVING the issue and till the time issue is resolved, personal or even business accounts cannot receive or send funds from/to anywhere. We do understand there can be some glitch in online system but Why payments already in account are being reversed back to sender? This is a serious business issue specially for companies/ individuals who accept payments from across the globe in lieu of services/ products. Reversal of charges has put many companies in very uncomfortable position. Taking an example of Online Florist – being Valentine season around,  online flower and gifts companies must be getting orders from across globe. Now with orders placed  or some even executed and with PayPal reversing the charges, what surety  does the merchant have to get the payment. Shoppers may not pay up again and this comes out as serious business loss for online companies.

Now what can trigger such a move by PayPal.

  1. Technical Glitch: Well, reversal of charges doesn’t look like a technical glitch.
  2. Issues With Govt/ Regulating agencies: Well, that can also be a case but it should affect a whole financial year or it would have been in news.
  3. Payment Fraud: Could be possible there has been a payment fraud and PayPal is trying to resume things as they were few days back.

Added On 7th Feb 2010…

PayPal is having major issue with accounts, Yesterday I tried to take out funds from my PayPal account (They gave a Rate of 45.06 INR per USD). They reversed another payment from my account to a client and reversed the withdraw @ 48.12 INR per USD. Which means for every 100$ I requested to withdraw, they not only did not transfer the amount to my business account but also reversed the withdrawal that I requested back to my PayPal account to give me 93$ (approx). Strangely they took off 7 $ per 100$ I requested for transfer.

I had a word on PayPal’s customer care, they were clueless about what is happening in India but assured me they will revert back the difference arising from $ conversion. Well, That is a relief, but the bigger question is still there, how long will it take for them to resolve this whole issue of not accepting the payment !!

The good thing is that you can get your payment to business accounts if your client send you money after selecting “Goods” and filling in a “shipping address”. But in most of the cases like online shopping, it still is a serious issue.

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Nexus One: Google Aims To Capture Mobile Ads

Nexus One Smartphone launched by Google is a direct competition to Apple’s Iphone 3GS. Google’s venture in to Android Technology and then coming up with Nexus One is an effort to monopolize mobile ads market. As the number of active smartphone users is cropping up, it is of strategic importance for the leader in web advertising to capture the mobile ads market.With aggressive marketing and constant updation of technology, no doubt with passage of time Google will eat up substantial smart phone market.

Teaming up with HTC to come up with Nexus One, Google not only aims at providing the best to users but also want to penetrate the mobile market as soon as possible. The desperation is obvious, Time is money and timing is everything. People are using handhelds and smartphones to browse net, get information real time and even to place orders. Smartphones can be conveniently used at almost any location and are pretty easy to carry.

One of the biggest advantage for Google would be capturing Local Business Advertizements. With acquisitions and mergers happening, there is aggressive competition on Local Business Ads front too, primarily people use SmartPhones to find about Local Businesses and yes ofcourse, for FaceBook, Twitter and other networking portals.

It would be interesting to see if at this junction, Apple launches a Ad network something like Google AdWords specifically for mobile users. This would definitely steam up the things.

Nexus One will be a serious competition to IPhone 3GS and no doubt in times to come the best technology, best features, reliability, cost and ease of use will win.

Do let me know your thoughts on the same @ vishalbatish {at} gmail.com.

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