29 February 2008

! LuV ReM!XX

REMIXZZ is all about....

A remix or is an alternative version of a song, different from the original version. A remixer uses audio mixing to compose an alternate master recording of a song, adding or subtracting elements, or simply changing the equalization, dynamics, pitch, tempo, playing time, or almost any other aspect of the various musical components. Some remixes involve substantial changes to the arrangement of a recorded work, but many are subtle, such as creating a "vocal up" version of an album cut that emphasizes the lead singer's voice. A song may be remixed to give a song that was not popular a second chance at radio and club play, or to alter a song to suit a specific music genreradio format. Remixes should not be confused with edits, which usually involve shortening a final stereo master for marketing purposes.

Roots of the remix

Since the beginnings of recorded sound in the late 19th century, certain people have enjoyed the ability to rearrange the normal listening experience with technology. With the advent of easily editable magnetic tape in the 1940s and 1950s, such alterations became more common. In those decades the experimental genre of musique concrète used tape loops of music and environmental sounds to create sound compositions that were the forerunners of electronic music. Less artistically lofty edits produced medleys or novelty recordings of various types.

Modern remixing had its roots in the dance hall culture of late-1960s/early-1970s Jamaica. The fluid evolution of music that encompassed ska, rocksteady, reggae and dub was embraced by local mixing wizards who deconstructed and rebuilt tracks to suit the tastes of their audience. Producers and engineers like Ruddy Redwood, King Tubby and Lee "Scratch" Perry popularized stripped-down instrumental mixes (which they called "versions") of reggae tunes. At first they simply dropped the vocal tracks, but soon more sophisticated effects were created, dropping separate instrumental tracks in and out of the mix, isolating and repeating hooks, and adding various effects like echo, reverberation and delay.

At the same time, DJs in early discotheques were performing similar tricks with disco songs (using loops and tape edits) to get dancers on the floor and keep them there. One noteworthy figure was Tom Moulton who invented the dance remix as we now know it. Though not a DJ (a popular misconception), Mr. Moulton had begun his career by making a home-made mix tape for a Fire Island dance club in the late 1960s. His tapes eventually became popular and he came to the attention of the music industry in New York City. At first Mr. Moulton was simply called upon to improve the aesthetics of dance-oriented recordings before release ("I didn't do the remix, I did the mix"—Tom Moulton). Eventually, he moved from being a "fix it" man on pop records to specializing in remixes for the dance floor. Along the way, he invented the breakdown section and the 12-inch single vinyl format. Walter Gibbons provided the dance version of the first commercial 12-inch single ("Ten Percent", by Double Exposure). Contrary to popular belief, Gibbons did not mix the record. In fact his version was a skillful re-edit of the original mix (paving the way for later editing greats such as John Morales and The Latin Rascals). Moulton, Gibbons and their contemporaries (Jim Burgess, Tee Scott, and later Larry Levan and Shep Pettibone) at Salsoul Records would prove to be the most influential group of remixers for the disco era. The Salsoul catalog is seen (especially in Great Britain and Europe) as being the "canon" for the disco mixer's art form. Pettibone is among a very small number of remixers whose work would successfully transition from the Disco era to the House era (he is certainly the most high profile remixer to do so). His contemporaries included Arthur Baker and Francois Kevorkian.

Contemporaneously to disco, in the mid-1970s, the Jamaican and Bronx remix cultures met, energizing both. Key figures included DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash. Cutting (alternating between duplicate copies of the same record) and scratching (manually moving the vinyl record beneath the turntable needle) became part of the culture, creating what Slate magazine called "real-time, live-action collage". One of the first mainstream successes of this style of remix was the 1983 track "Rockit" by Herbie Hancock, as remixed by Grand Mixer D.ST. Malcolm McLaren and the creative team behind ZTT Records would feature the "cut up" style of hip hop on such records as "Duck Rock

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23 February 2008

Blogger Templates

You might have come across a lot of Sites which provide Blogger templates and I don't claim ours is any special but over the months we have come across many new cool and colorful blogger templates but we found some or other problems with some of those templates and hence we decided that we are gonna publish the same templates but with many new features!

We have included many Blog hacks and tricks to make the templates interesting and good to look at. We tried to integrate the Blogging tricks to the templates so that you needn't run around chasing them.

Some of the features included are the digg button, post comment in the same page(wordpress format), addthis options, Rate my post , Social-bookmarking icons after each post , Blog archive calender, Label Cloud , technorati links , and other cool stuff for your blogs.

Do check them out ! Its just the beginning and we assure you that theres a lot coming up. They have been Categorized under 2 column n 3 Column. Do leave us a comment so that we can improve. Thanx n Happy Blogging :)

2 Column Blogger Templates

Blogy Decorative by Blog and Web.com and has been edited by Youngistan. Sleek and simple design, the color also blends nicely. Download Details Preview

3 column Blogger Templates

Cool denim Jeans Template by Infocreek . We edited it include so many new features. Very well crafted design - gives the impression that your desktop is covered by a torn jeans cloth ( an excellent background for comment body too). Download Details Preview

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22 February 2008

Link Exchange

If you want your link to appear here then please leave a message and add us up on your blog roll!!

All you need to do is send me an email or contact me or leave a comment including your details n we shall follow up :-

1. Leave your name n Blog name along with the URL of course
2.You may either shout the same at our shout box which can be found in the right most column n we'll catch up with you.

Remember: You must include your URL and Title you want to appear and make sure you link my Site first to make things more easier.

The Link Exchange(U link, I link)

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Your Online Guide

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Some Simple Solutions

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Our Other Blogs

Trance n Tech
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Blogging Resources

Here are the Links to various sites of Blogging Resources, All the Useful websites including Directories, Promotion ,Submission , Tips , Templates etc etc.....

The Blogging Resources

Over the course of my blogging i came across thousands and thousands of blogging resources found on internet which enhance your blogging experience. Some create an overwhelming experience and some might be frustrating if you don't get them right. Here i list out some of the best blogging resources that i use on a regular basis. These are helpful to any individual or corporation looking to get into blogging and wanting to know more about it.

Note: The Resources mentioned below are mainly aimed at .blogspot domain. If they are found useful on any other domain then it's well and good.

Articles on Blogging

These blogs are forums are must-reads for every aspiring blogger, so take some time to browse through the archives and read some threads to make sure that you’ve got all the knowledge about your field and your blog:

An introduction to reading and writing a Weblog
Problogger - the no.1 site about blogging
Tips for New bloggers -
A dummies guide, blog tips, tricks, help for all new bloggers on Web templates, designs, layout, JavaScript, HTML codes, monetize Blogger blogs.
Daily Blog Tips - Focusing on blog promotion, monetization and optimization
21 Surefire Tips for a Successful Blog Launch
How to skyrocket your blog from 0 to 1000 daily readers by yarostarak
10 Techniques to Get More Comments on Your Blog
Blog Herald - Premium source of blog and blogging related news for bloggers
10 Sure-Fire Headline Formulas That Work - So, you're seeing too many of those "how to" and list headlines, and want to try a few different angles? Let's move beyond those common headline formulas you see over and over, and add some new blood to your attention-grabbing arsenal.


If you want to be a proper blogger, you’ve gotta communicate with your fans. Instant Messaging and Email are the quickest and easiest ways to do so and i think you know about those hell lot of Social Networking and Instant Messaging services, no need to mention about them here. But i got to mention the best one i.e.., Twitter - Social networking and microblogging service utilising instant messaging, SMS or a web interface primarily for the bloggers.


To be the best, you’ve got to overcome the rest, so find out what your competitors are doing, and beat their blogs at their own game:

Whois - Domain and registration name lookup
- Keyword selector and traffic analysis tool
Google Bid Analysis
- Keyword Bid Tool in conjunction with Adwords
- Keyword research tool from $35/month
Firefox Search Status Extension
- see how any and every website is performing
SEO for Firefox
- Useful research and data, with loads of other tools


One of the most important things about a blog is the way it looks and also the way it caters to the needs of the user. Standing out from the crowd is very important in this growing blogosphere. Take a look at these tools to help you and your blog look fine:

btemplates - beautifully categorized and adapted from wordpress
eblogtemplates - World's Largest Free High Quality Blog Template Site. Download free WordPress themes and free Blogger templates. Blog tips, tricks, hacks, and more.
gosublogger - a blog that creates free blogger xml templates new blogger xml templates,blogger widgets,make money blogging,blogging tips.
zonacerebral - this blog is written in Spanish (Translate this page)
pyzam - excellent layouts
jackbook - Blogger Templates, Blogger Hacks, Blogger Tips, Make Money Online, Make Money Blogging, Make Money Tricks, Everything To Make Blogging Fun!
bloggerbuster - amanda farzani writes some 'always useful' stuff here.
smashingmagazine - is a weblog dedicated to web-developers and designers.
blogskins - Free skins for Blogger and Movable Type. Search interface for finding appropriate themes.
Weblog Usability - Top 10 blog design mistakes.
Blog Tutorial - Tips for blog templates & blog design in Photoshop.
FamFamFam - Sets of icons available for use free of charge
Adobe Illustrator - Leading vector-graphics software
Filezilla - Fast and reliable FTP client
psd2html - Online conversion service - does what it says on the tin!


Track your blog’s every move with these statistics packages so you know what you’re doing right and what you should be spending some more time on:

AWStats - Free log analyser, normally already in your Hosting Cpanel
- Free yet reliable web tracker and hit counter
- Free basic counter and site statistics tracker
Google Analytics
- Trendy interface with detailed site statistics, integratable with Adwords campaigns
- Manage and track RSS Feed Readership
- Extensible website analytics program, all on 1 page!
- Search engine traffic analysis and statistics tool

Creating Posts

Your articles are the things that will matter the most above all else. So take the time to spell-check and to make sure that they look presentable:

ScribeFire - full-featured blog editor that integrates with your browser
Spellbound Spell Checker
- Firefox extension that enables spell-checking
- Time tracking
Ta-Da Lists
- Simple list making and tracking
- Free offline weblog client for creating and publishing posts

Monetization and Advertising

Whether you want to or don’t, blogs can be a fantastic way to make a bit of dosh, so check out the following ways you can earn yourself some cash online:

Google Adsense and Adwords - Contextual advertising solution and make money through Pay-Per-Clicking
- Webmasters can buy and sell text ads based on their site’s topic area
Yahoo Publishers Network
- Contextual advertising with PPC online revenue stream
Text Link Ads
- Sell static HTML links on your blog sidebar and post for $$/month
- In-Text Advertising on Cost-Per-Click basis
- CPC Revenue due to displaying of related products
- Image and Text Ads for set prices per month
Amazon Associates
- Link to Amazon products and earn a commission from 10% per product
Commission Junction
- An online advertising and internet marketing company that specializes in performance-based affiliate programs
- Review products/websites and receive a flat-fee. Reviews must be nonbiased and stated as sponsored
- Sell links in your RSS Feed for set price per month

Submit Your blog to Blog Directories and Search engines

You can have the best blog in the world, but if no one knows about it what's the point of even blogging. Here are some marketing techniques and blog directories that you can use to help increase your blogs popularity:

21 Tactics to Increase Blog Traffic

After having published a Blog or website, the first thing to do is to make sure that the information relating to the site is available on the internet. Web Directories, Blog Directories and Search Engines are the internet Yellow Pages. Although the major Search Engines will crawl your website even without any action on your part, it will be much faster if you could proactively provide them your site information. Tips-For-New-Bloggers had written articles on how and where to submit the blog information so as to have your site fully indexed and appear in many places on the internet.
Read these guides and follow the steps outlined:-

Submit Blogger Sitemap to Google Webmaster
Submit Blogger Sitemap to Yahoo!
Submit Blogger Sitemap to MSN and Ask.com
Submit Blog to Search Engines
Submit Blog to Blog Directories
Submit RSS Feeds and Pings
Blog Traffic Exchange

Must Visit : Search Engine Optimizer from New Delhi, INDIA


When it comes down to the crunch, you’ve gotta be the best. So find out if you are with the following ranking tools:

Technorati - The Internet Search Engine for blogs, provides popularity and authority ranks
- Directory of the Best Blog sites
- Traffic rankings and graphs (sometimes can be inaccurate)
Live PageRank
- Displays current Pagerank Value in Google index


In order to build a solid readership, you’re gonna have to do some reading yourself. Using a feedreader can cut down on the time you spend going from site to site, and you can have one place where all the latest articles will appear


Fianlly, if you are looking to learn more about blogging and prefer reading a book or two, here are some books to consider reading.

The Corporate Blogging - A book that discusses everything you need to know to get it right.
Naked Conversations - How blogs are changing the way businesses talk with customers.
The Rough Guide to Blogging
No One Cares What You Had for Lunch: 100 Ideas for Your Blog
Blogging for Business - Everything you need to know and why you should care.

The Best Sites to look upto for Information

It is always good to end the article with a best conclusion and i can do this by pooling the top notch sites in their respective categories. These websites are particularly outstanding and i find them very much useful in day-to-day life. Large stocks of info, stressing on clarity the user needs, presentation, flexibility are the features that made them immensely popular. Here they go:-

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Announcing the Downloads Section at Youngistan. Its the place where you can find latest Bollywood and Tollywood releases along with some new Remixes as well as cool Albums. We try to include Wallpapers and also some Essential Softwares in days to come. We also try to Redirect you to some of the Best Download sites in the Business!! Head to the Download Section and find more....

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21 February 2008

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20 February 2008


MTV Roadies is an extremely popular reality television show aired on MTV India. It is currently in its fifth season. The show was created by Raghu Ram(Man Behind roadies in the image to right). The maximum prize for winning the show is Rs 500,000

Idea of the Show

MTV Hero Honda Roadies is a reality TV show aired on MTV. The inventor and the creator of the show is Raghu Ram (Executive Producer of MTV Roadies/judge). The main idea of the show is to test the creativity and the attitude of the person, who has got the survival instincts. Who can play his/her game in his/her own way.

Selection Procedure

Auditions are held in various major cities in India. People who show up for the audition are first separated by a group discussion. People who pass the group discussion are personally interviewed by one or more judges. This audition is deliberately acrimonious to test the participant's attitude. In the first two seasons 7 Roadies were selected. Since then, this number has been increased to 13. There is no limit as to how many times a person can audition. Currently season 5.0 is running and this time they have gone far i.e. "The game goes International". It will cover India, Thailand and then last Malaysia. The Auditions for this season has just been done by the panel of judges. 1. Raghu Ram who is the creator and the inventor of the show and 2. Nikhil Chinappa who is the VJ at MTV.


Selected Roadies are given Hero Honda Karizma bikes to travel all over India on a pre-decided route. Season Five is the first time the game goes international.It will cover three countries which are India,Thailand and Malaysia. Roadies are given tasks at every destination. They are either Money or Immunity tasks. Roadies earn a particular amount of money on completion of a Money task. However,if they lose, this amount is deducted from the maximum prize. An Immunity task could be team based or individual where Roadies have to perform certain tasks to be immune from the next vote-out. A vote-out takes place each week where all the Roadies have to vote out one of the non-immune Roadies, thus eliminating him / her. The last Roadie standing is declared winner and takes away the grand prize.


The following are the winners of the telecasted seasons-

Season 1 There was no official winner this season as the point was to finish the journey alone. Rannvijay from this season went on to be a VJ with MTV

Season 2 Ayushman Khuranna from Chandigarh

Season 3 Parul Shahi from Delhi

Season 4 Anthony Yeh from Kolkata.

MTV Roadies - Recap of Season 4

Over the last few years, Indian television has witnessed the phenomena which has already made half of Americans dumb - Reality TV. Numerous ideas were presented and quite a few made it to the little screen. There are ones that sank without a trace and then ones that really becaome popular. MTV Roadies is one of those popular ones and was recently back in its season 4, with new and young faces, bubbling with energy and vigour & rearing to go for an India tour on their KARIZMAS’.

Hrithik Roshan with Roadies:

The original 13 roadies were selected through auditions conducted in some major cities of India by a panel of 3 judges which included VJ Nikhil Chinappa(in the image to left). The show tests the mental and the physical strengths and weaknesses of the contenders by subjecting them to deliberate tasks and competitiveness and hence lure them towards trying to collect more money as their prize. Shocks, surprises, fun, friendships, fear, bitching, backbiting, anxieties, etc all become the show and forms quite an adventurous and interesting reality watch, especially for the younger audience.

This season the tasks got increasingly interesting. There was Kalarippayattu - an ancient form of martial art, and the roadies have to use sword, shield, hair, bad breath against the masters. Sometimes they are racing in Keralite snake-boats, while at other times they are trying to be archers.

Hosted by VJ Rannvijay who was a former Roadie, and with a tag line "Jo Kameena wahi Sikandar", this show has a few other attractions too. Gulshan Grover made constant appearances as “Bad Man”, making life on the show more tough for the bunch of enthusiasts. Well known Item girl, Rakhi Sawant was also there for one of the episodes, trying her best to make the Roadies shake a leg.

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The first of the AFI 100 Years... series of cinematic milestones, AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies from a poll of more than 1,500 artists and leaders in the is a list of the 100 best American movies, as determined by the American Film Institutefilm industry. The list was unveiled in 1998
These 4 movies are selected as top four on the list.

Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane
is a 1941 classic American dramatic film, the first feature film directed by Orson Welles who also co-authored the screenplay. It was released by RKO Pictures. The story - often considered to be a veiled portrayal of the life of William Randolph Hearst - traces the life and career of Charles Foster Kane, a man whose career in the publishing world is born of idealistic social service, but gradually evolves into a ruthless pursuit of power. Narrated principally through flashbacks, the story is revealed through the research of a newspaper reporter seeking to solve the mystery of the newspaper magnate's dying word, "Rosebud".

Citizen Kane is often cited as being one of the most innovative works in the history of film. In 1997, the American Film Institute placed it at number one in its list of the 100 greatest U.S. movies of all time. In a recent poll of film critics and directors conducted by the British Film Institute, Citizen Kane was ranked the number one best film of all time by both groups.

Watch this small clip on Citizen Kane:


city of (1942) is an Oscar-winning romance film set in the Vichy-controlled MoroccanCasablanca during World War II. The film was directed by Michael Curtiz and stars Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine and Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa Lund. It focuses on Rick's conflict between, in the words of one character, love and virtue: he must choose between his love for Ilsa and doing the right thing, helping her and her Resistance leader husband escape from Casablanca to continue his fight against the Nazis.

The characters, quotations, and music have become iconic, and Casablanca has grown in popularity as time has gone by. It now consistently ranks near the top of lists of the greatest films of all time.

Watch this small clip on Casablanca:

The Godfather

The Godfather is an Academy Award-winning 1972 crime film based on the novel of the same name by Mario Puzo and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, with a screenplay by Puzo, Coppola, and an uncredited Robert Towne[1]. The film stars Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton and James Caan. The story spans ten years from 1945 to 1955 and chronicles the Corleone crime family.

The Godfather
along with the other films in the trilogy, had a strong impact on the public at large. Don Vito's line, "
I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse" was voted as the second most memorable line in cinema history in a 2005 poll, called AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes by the American Film Institute.

Two sequels followed The Godfather, The Godfather Part II in 1974 and The Godfather Part III in 1990.

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Gone With The Wind

Gone with the Wind is a 1939 film adapted from Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel of the same name and directed by Victor Fleming. The epic film which was set in the American South in and around the time of the Civil War, starred Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, Leslie Howard and Olivia de Havilland. It told a story of the Civil War and its aftermath from a white Southern point of view.

It was awarded eight Academy Awards, a record that would stand for years. It has been named by the American Film Institute as number four among the top 100 American films of all time. It has sold more tickets than any other film in history. It is considered as the prototype of a Hollywood blockbuster. Today it is considered one of the most popular and greatest films of all time, and one of the most enduring symbols of the golden age of Hollywood.

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IPL:Billion Dollar Baby

What is the Indian Premier League?
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a franchise-based Twenty20 competition organised by the BCCI, and it has official sanction since it has the backing of the ICC. It features the world's best cricketers playing - their affiliation decided by open auction - for eight city-based franchises, owned by a host of businessmen and celebrity consortiums. The inaugural edition of the tournament will run from April 18 to June 1.

What are the logistics of the IPL?
The tournament will begin on April 18, when Bangalore take on Kolkata at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. The tournament will feature 59 matches in total, the teams playing each other on a home-and-away basis. Click here for the full list of fixtures:


Why is the IPL generating such a buzz?
Two main reasons why. One the football-club concept of the IPL, which is unlike anything cricket has known. The best players from across the world playing not according to nationality but according to market forces. Second, the sheer financial scale of the IPL is unprecedented at this level of cricket. The BCCI has already made close to US$ 1.75 billion solely from the sale of TV rights ($908 million), promotion ($108 million) and franchises (approximately $700 million). Players are expected to earn close to US$1 million for a three-year contract. It's an entire cricket economy out there.

Who are the top cricketers involved?
There are 77 names in the fray, the top current players: Dhoni, Ponting, Gilchrist, Shoaib Akhtar, Jayawardene, Jayasuriya, Yuvraj, Hayden...The notable absentees are from England, because the IPL will clash with their domestic season, and Australia's Michael Clarke, who opted to focus on his regular cricket.

Who are the franchise owners - celebrities and others?

  • Mukesh ambani, the Reliance Industries chairman, acquired the Mumbai franchise for $111.9 million over a 10-year period;
  • Beer and airline baron Vijay Mallya, who also owns a Formula 1 team, won the Bangalore franchise for $111.6 million;
  • Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment won the Kolkata franchise for $75 million;
  • The biggest surprise was the Chandigarh franchise, which went to Preity Zinta, another Bollywood star, and Ness Wadia, together with two other industrialists, for $75 million.
  • Deccan chronicle won the Hyderabad franchise
  • Emerging Media (Manoj Badale, Lachlan Murdoch, Suresh Chellaram and investors) won the Jaipur franchise
  • GMR group won the Delhi franchise
  • India cements won the Chennai franchise
The winning team will get richer by $3 million if they win the first edition of the tournament.

How are the players paired with teams?
The BCCI will conduct a player auction on February 20, in which the respective franchises can bid for a maximum of eight international players from pool of 89 players who have been contracted to the board. But Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, and Yuvraj Singh are not up for auction as they have been given 'iconic' status by the BCCI - which means that they have to represent the city in which they are based. Another exception to the bidding process is with regard to the Australian players - a clause in the rules of Cricket Australia has meant that each team can select a maximum of two Australians.

Whose idea is the IPL?
The IPL is the brainchild of Lalit Modi, the vice-president of the BCCI, and is modeled along the lines of club football in Europe, specifically the English Premier League. Though there is a school of thought that the idea came about in the 1990s, the announcement that such a tournament would happen, and which it would be a precursor to Twenty20 Champions League, cricket's version of the European Champions League, came only after Subhash Chandra, the owner of Zee Televison said, in April last year, that he was intending to start an unofficial league called the Indian Cricket League, fuelling speculation that is was a reactive idea rather than a proactive one.

Who owns the IPL TV rights?

Sony Entertainment, a division of Japan’s Sony Corp, and the Asia-based World Sports Group (WSG) won the broadcast rights for ten years, worth more than a whopping US $1 billion. TV rights are worth $918 million, with $100 million set aside for promotion.

How different are the IPL and ICL to each other?
The IPL is an official sanctioned Twenty20 tournament, and unlike the ICL, which is not recognised by any of the national boards or the ICC, it will have a better status, international reach, players, and the requisite infrastructure by default. Since the IPL is sanctioned by the ICC, players don't have the danger of bringing their international/first-class careers to a halt - as is the case with the ICL - whose players have been banned by the various boards. Another major difference is with regard to franchises - the ownership of the team rests with the individual owners and not one single entity.

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2008 Summer Olympics:Games of the XXIX Olympiad

The adrenaline punching 2008 Summer Olympics known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, will be celebrated from August 8, 2008 to August 24, 2008, with the opening ceremony commencing at 08:08:08 pm CST (12:08:08 UTC) at the Beijing National Stadium in Beijing, People's Republic of China.

Logo and mascot(s)

The official logo of the games, titled "Dancing Beijing," features a stylized calligraphic character jīng ( meaning capital), referencing the host city. The mascots of Beijing 2008 are the five Fuwa, each representing one color of the Olympic rings.The Fuwa consist of five members that incorporate fish, giant panda, fire, Tibetan antelope, and swallow designs.


Beijing national stadium,
Beijing National Indoor Stadium,
Beijing National Aquatics Centre,
Olympic Green Convention Centre,
Olympic Green,
and Beijing Wukesong Culture & Sports Center

The five venues outside Beijing will be located in Qingdao, Hong Kong, Tianjin, Shanghai, and Qinhuangdao.

For images of these venues visit:

This is a map of the Olympic venues in Beijing. Several expressways encircle the center of the city, providing for quick transportation around the city and between venues.


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The following are the sports to be contested at the games. The Olympic sport of aquatics has been split into its constituent disciplines of diving, swimming, synchronized swimming, and water polo. The number of events to be contested in each sport is indicated in parentheses.
  • Archery (4)
  • Athletics (47)
  • Badminton (5)
  • Baseball (1)
  • Basketball (2)
  • Boxing (11)
  • Canoeing (16)
  • Cycling (18)
  • Diving (8)
  • Equestrian (6)
  • Fencing (10)
  • Field Hockey (2)
  • Football/Soccer (2)
  • Gymnastics (18)
  • Handball (2)
  • Judo (14)
  • Modern pentathlon (2)
  • Rowing (14)
  • Sailing (11)
  • Shooting (15)
  • Softball (1)
  • Swimming (34)
  • Synchronized swimming (2)
  • Table tennis (4)
  • Taekwondo (8)
  • Tennis (4)
  • Triathlon (2)
  • Volleyball (4)
  • Water polo (2)
  • Weightlifting (15)
  • Wrestling (18)

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