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Know the Details of ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy

January 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Now that the Cricket fever is spread across different countries who are getting ready for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 hosted by India, Srilanka and Bangladesh its time to know about the cricket world cup trophy in details.

The New world cup trophy was designed in 1999 Cricket world cup by the team of crown jewelers in London. Two months of hard work from Garrard and Co resulted in a beautiful and shining cricket world cup. The First country to win this trophy is Australia.

 International Cricket Council Aka ICC keeps this trophy in their Dubai Office. The Original trophy has the names of the winning team inscribed on its base. A replica of this Trophy is presented to the winning team with out the inscriptions of the previous winners. This Trophy remains with the winning team permanently.

 Architecture of the Trophy:-

Height: 60cm

Weight: 11Kg approx

Materials Used: Silver and gild

Significance of the Trophy:-

The Trophy Carries a Golden Globe which represents a cricket ball is supported by 3 silver columns. The Columns are shaped in the form of stumps and bails. These three silver columns represent the three fundamental aspects of cricket i.e. Batting, Bowling and Fielding. This trophy is congruent which means it can be easily recognizable from different angles.

All the Best to Indian team for this world cup. Hope they win this trophy and bring pride to our country.

Change Mobile Service Provider Without Changing Number

January 20, 2011 2 comments

Change Your Mobile Service Provider with out actually changing your Mobile Number. Yes, The Much awaited Mobile Number Portability is now live in India. This will help consumers to switch to their service providers conveniently. Now you can decide which service provider you need without going through the pain of changing the mobile number.

This will surely help consumers to opt for better service and call rates. Mobile service providers will now have to make their service better to retain their customers. This will result in significant reduction of call rates. Now talk more on your phone and forget about your bills by choosing the best service provider.

This change in service provider works only in your network circle/region which means you can’t have the same number change to a different service provider in a different network circle/region. Once you apply for Change in service provider it will take 7 working days for the changes to take effect.

This service has been extended for the consumers who are using GSM/CDMA and also Postpaid and Prepaid users. You can switch between any technology and vice versa at your convenience. This is one of the most wanted services to the consumers. Once you switched to a mobile service provider you have to be with the service provider for minimum of 3 months before changing to a different service provider.

How to Switch Service Provider:

Send PORT xxxxxxxxxx (10 digit mobile number) to 1900.

  1. You will get a message with 8 digit alpha numeric code. This is a unique porting code for your request. This message also has an expiry date.
  2. Go to your New Service Provider with this unique code and all the documents like ID/Address Proofs and photos. Fill the application form with the mobile number and unique code. This process has to be completed within the expiry date which you received as a message with the unique code.
  3. New Service Operator will submit this application to the concerned authority for deactivating the number with the existing service provider and activate the same number with the new service provider.
  4. The New Service Provider will send a Message to you mentioning the Time and Date when your number will be switching to the new service provider. Your Number will not be in use for some time during 12pm and 5am.
  5. The Whole process will cost you 19Rs which is collected from the new service provider.

Now enjoy your Mobile Number with your new service provider

Fake currency Notes from ATMs

January 10, 2011 3 comments

I got a 1000Rs currency note from my friend which she withdraw from an ATM. I went to shopping to purchase some medicines and after purchasing I had to give the note to the biller for the payment. I was shocked with the response the biller gave me. She told the 1000rs currency note which I gave was a fake note. I had some knowledge on identifying fake notes as per notice/instructions displayed in ATM’s. I checked the note very closely and for me it looked like original note. I again told to the biller to please cross check if this note is original.

Immediately she opened a paper which had some series numbers of currency notes with denominations 500rs and 1000rs. She explained me that 1000rs note with series numbers 2AQ is a fake note as per the instructions issued from RBI and local banks. She also told me about other series numbers of the fake currency notes.

Well I was really surprised that I was holding a fake currency note. I did not know what to do with that note. Well just to confirm I went to an ATM near by and checked the notice board on how to identify the fake notes. Below is the summary to spot on.

“The best identifier is the silver bromide thread that runs vertically through the note. Most fake currency notes have either silver color painted as the thread or are hazy along that vertical. A real note has a prominent thread with raised ‘RBI’ markings made on it in English and Hindi. Also, in a real note, the color of the thread shifts from green to blue when viewed from different angles.

Watermarks of 500, 1000, Mahatma Gandhi, the Ashoka Pillar or the RBI that appear in the plain oval on the left side of a note are prominent with clear lines in an original note and may be distorted or hazy in a fake. Most notes will have a raised shape such as a circle and diamond to the left of the watermark. This can be felt by hand and is used by the visually impaired to identify the amount.”

After reading this instructions I again cross checked the note which I had but still it looked like original. Oh my god this was a serious issue. I did some research over net and found out that there are huge numbers of fake notes under circulation. Below is the series numbers which is said as fake. (Please read the disclaimer again…)

For 1000rs: 2AQ, 7AB, 7AC, 8AC, 9AB, 9AA 9BV, 2AU, 7DN, 7CN, 9AT

For 500rs: 0E P ,6AB ,6CW ,6BC,6AV,6AC,7CA,7DD ,8BP ,8BS ,8PQ ,8DC ,8BB 8DP, 8BF ,8CS ,8DD ,9BK ,9AN,9AR ,9PN ,9CN, 9OS

Well people we have to be careful next time we deal with 500rs and 1000rs notes. These notes can also come from ATM’s which is of main concern. We need to report to the bank immediately.

Disclaimer: The Below information is provided based on my personal experience and also based on information collected over internet which is freely available. I am not responsible for this information in any way. Intention of this article is to create awareness among readers and doesn’t constitute any advice to readers.