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Google To Share ‘Election Results’ With ‘Live Counting Of Votes’

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With India gearing up for Counting Day on 16 May, Google is preparing to introduce new features to keep everyone updated on the latest news and poll results. New features include a live results map, live Counting Day YouTube newscasts, and much more. Voters will be able to access ‘live results’ at google.co.in/elections through a nation-wide view` of a live count allowing everyone to see how many votes each party and candidate has secured.

Here’s a look at some of the features that will go live on Counting Day:
The Live Results Map: will allow Internet users to view both nationwide party results and constituency level results across all 543 constituencies as soon as they are declared through the day.

Live Results Newscasts will enable Internet users to watch YouTube live streams from leading news channels.

Castrol India 1st Quarter Net Down 19%
Castrol India Limited announced its first quarter results for the period January–March 2014. The Profit After Tax was down by 19 per cent at Rs 100.2 crore as against Rs 124.3 crore during the same period in the previous year.

Ravi Kirpalani, Managing Director, Castrol India Limited, said: “The lower profits for the quarter are a reflection of the continued difficult external market environment largely in the Commercial Vehicle, Building & Construction and Industrial sectors. These lower Profits were a result of weak demand leading to lower volumes, significant rupee depreciation compared to the same period last year, hardening base oil prices and increased investment behind people and advertising costs. The adverse impact of the Rupee depreciation alone was Rs. 53 crores during the quarter under review. However, we continued to grow in the personal mobility segment, which includes two-wheeler as well as passenger car engine oils, and showed robust underlying growth.”

Logitech India, eSports Announce Free2Play#3 LAN Tournament
Logitech India and eSports Interactive Entertainment announced Logitech G – Free2Play #3 LAN gaming tournament to promote the culture of eSports in India. The event will be held in Bangalore starting 31 May till 2 June. The 3 day event will invite participation from gamers across India. The game titles for this season would be Counter-Strike:Global Offensive and Dota 2, popular among Indian gamers.

Online registration for the event has begun from 2 May on eSports Interactive Entertainment community forums and will continue till 30 May. Enthusiasts who wish to participate can register for free and stand a chance to win exciting cash prizes & Logitech G peripherals.

Participants will have the best gaming experience with the best Logitech G peripherals. Visitors can also avail exciting discounts on Logitech G peripherals at the event.

Ashok Jangra, Cluster Category Manager said, ‘It gives us an opportunity to reach out to the gaming enthusiasts and provide them a platform where they can come and experience the feel of our high- precision gaming portfolio. Logitech G is specifically engineered for people who prefer perfect gaming experience.’

Nikon Launches AF-S NIKKOR 400MM f/2.8E FL ED VR
Nikon India, 100 per cent subsidiary of Nikon Corporation Tokyo, has announced the release of the AF-S NIKKOR 400MM f/2.8E FL ED VR, a super-telephoto, fixed focal length (prime) lens with a focal length of 400mm and maximum aperture of f/2.8, and the AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III, a 1.4× teleconverter capable of rendering performance similar to a master lens at maximum aperture.

Hiroshi Takashina, Managing Director, Nikon India said, “Nikon has a legacy of designing lenses that combine AFS_400E_FL_ED_VR_cinnovative optics, precise autofocus accuracy and a lighter package to deliver exceptional photography experience. Achieving superior photographic detailing while capturing swift movements of athletes and wildlife animals is now made more effortless and perfect with the introduction of fluorite elements in both the lenses.”

The AF-S NIKKOR 400MM f/2.8E FL ED VR is a super-telephoto lens with fluorite lens elements, ED lens elements, and Nano Crystal Coat for superior optical performance. In addition to the fluorite lens elements, components made of magnesium alloy are fitted to the barrel to make the lens lighter. A tripod collar ring utilising bearings further ensures smooth transitioning between horizontal and vertical shooting, as well as greater durability.

Hiring Activity Sees Growth Of 7% In Apr Over March: Naukri Job Speak Index
The Naukri Job Speak Index for the month of April 2014 was at 1589 showing a 7 per cent increase in hiring activity when compared to March 2014. Yearly comparison shows a 14 per cent increase in hiring activity when compared to April 2013. Industry wise hiring sentiment was buoyant across all the major sectors. Telecom sector saw the index moving up by 19 per cent M-O-M. Among the top metros, Mumbai also saw growth with the index moving up by 10 per cent in April 2014 over March 2014.

An in depth analysis reveals that the  BPO and Pharma sector have done well with the index moving up by 14% and 11% in April’14 over March’14.  Banking& Financial sector and Auto have registered a spike with the index moving up 4% and 6% M-O-M respectively in the same period.  Sectors like Construction & Engineering and IT have seen growth with index going up by 4 per cent and 3 per cent M-O-M respectively.

In terms of decline, Oil & Gas is the only sector which has seen a downward trajectory with the Naukri Job Speak Index going down by 7 per cent in April over March.

The demand for professionals working in Banking & Insurance sector saw the maximum growth with the Naukri Job Speak Index moving up by 16 per cent in April over March. Professionals employed in BPO and HR/administration also saw growth with the index moving up by 14 per cent and 12 per cent M-O-M each respectively. Sales and Marketing professionals also saw a spurt with the Naukri Job Speak Index moving up by 9 per cent and 8 per cent M-O-M respectively. 

Professionals working in Project management and Maintenance saw a dip with the index moving down by 5 per cent and 4 per cent M-O-M each respectively.

Amongst cities, Delhi and Mumbai have taken the lead in April ’14 with highest and second highest growth in Naukri Job Speak Index.  Pune has seen growth with the Naukri Job Speak Index moving up by 8 per cent in April’14 over March’14.  Hyderabad and Kolkata have seen a slight growth with the Naukri Job Speak Index moving up by 3 per cent each M-O-M.

Cities like Bangalore and Chennai have seen no change in hiring in April’14 with the Naukri Job Speak Index showing no change in the previous month.