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1) - Delhi hit by diesel-free chaos - April 8, 2002: ...The Supreme Court says its decision to allow only CNG-run buses could inconvenience Delhi's commuters for a while, but in the long run it could save them from all sorts of health problems by giving them cleaner air...


2) BBC News | BUSINESS | Group hugs increase profits: Giving your colleagues a hug first thing in the morning really can boost profits, judging by the experiences of one company. Workers at Farrelly Facilities and Engineering begin and end the day with an embrace. It's produced a happier workforce. Since they started this routine, at the end of 1999, profits at the heating and air conditioning business have more than doubled. One of the directors, John Farrelly, told BBC News Online that none of the 50 workers was forced to cuddle.


3) Dawn of a new database: Oracle makes an OK database. Microsoft's SQL Server and IBM's DB2 aren't bad either. But as data gets collected over wireless and the demand for a warp-speed response increases, all of these well- established - dare I say, old-time - companies may soon get a rude awakening. You see, transactional databases are coming into their own. Think about it. In the old days, only employees had access to a company database, typically used to collect and analyze data and issue reports. Now, anybody with a cell phone can access a database, and it must respond to not hundreds but hundreds of thousands of users, says Paul Grabscheid, VP of strategic planning at InterSystems.


4) Lenasia's Black Hindu Priest Breaks Myths: He used to be a devout Christian until curiosity took him to a Hindu temple in Lenasia town, 25 miles south of this South African city. Four years later, Meshack Jantjies, 35, is South Africa's first black African Hindu priest. Not only does the deputy resident priest at the Siva Gnana Sabay temple have a large following, but with tremendous effort he is also mastering the Tamil language. Initially, Jantjies joined activities at the temple while working as a cleaner there. When his family joined him to live on the premises, he found more time to engage in deeper studies. "The resident priest then made me a tape which I listened to over and over. I learned to recite prayers from the "Thevaram" (collections of Tamil devotion songs) by doing that. I also joined the adult Tamil classes at the temple." Two years ago, Jantjies was appointed the deputy resident priest. He has been fully accepted by the devotees. "When I stand before the people here and lead the prayers, I feel that I am with my own family," said Jantjies. He goes to great pains to emphasize that he was not recruited or converted by anyone. "I was like a wild animal before joining the temple, and now I have found peace with myself. Jantjies now plans to make it his mission to break prevailing myths among other communities about worship at Hindu temples.


5) SAP has the last laugh - Tech News - As SAP, Europe's biggest software maker, marks its 30th anniversary this week, its combative chief executive has cause for a certain satisfaction. Throughout the rise of the New Economy bubble in late 1999 and 2000, CEO Hasso Plattner had to battle charges that SAP was a dinosaur left behind in the explosive growth of the Internet. The company, which Plattner created with four colleagues from IBM, had made its name with big corporate planning systems that were a byword for technical excellence and user unfriendliness, requiring armies of consultants and months of preparation to make them work.



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