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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

TECH-A-BREAK 2008 programme Details

The following are the detailed programme of Tech-A-Break 2008






Rally followed by DJ

22nd Tue

Light Music Duets

Old is Gold / Rock Concert

23rd Wed

Solo Song Classical

Save Planet Earth


Solo Song Western

Techie Superstar singer

25th Fri

Quiz / Buzz

Group Dance Competition

26th Sat


Prize Distribution with mega show

Rules and Regulations for the contests:


  1. The themes for the Rally will be “SEASONS” and “HALLOWEEN”.
  2. The Teams may use either of the above or a combination of the two themes for their presentation.
  3. The Teams will have to assemble at specified points where the judges will visit to make their judgment.
  4. The teams will then move in procession to the main gate where the flame of Tech-A-Break 2008 will be lit.
  5. An open air disco will follow into the night where the techies can let their hair loose and dance the night away.


  1. There will be solo song contests in 2 categories, namely Classical and Western.
  2. No Tracks can be used for the same.
  3. For the Classical song, a shrudi box can be used.
  4. A Time limit of 5 minutes will be awarded for the classical round.
  5. For the Western round, the first stanza of the song and chorus will be judged and then the contestants will be short listed to perform in the final round.
  6. 5 entries per company.


  1. This year the light music contest will be a duet contest.
  2. It is not necessary that the duo have to be 1 male and female. 2 male or 2 female may participate as a team but the song needs to be a duet.
  3. The number of entries per company will be limited to 3 teams per company.
  4. Tracks (minus / Karaoke) may be used for this contest.


  1. This is a group Song Contest with a difference.
  2. The group song will be sung to the accompaniment of a Visual Karaoke Track.
  3. The group needs to put in the following elements into their performance and marks will be allotted in the following categories.
  • Singing - Pitching, Synchronization, Harmonization
  • Performance – Choreography, Audience interaction, Body Language
  • MC – To announce and bring their team onto the Stage – 2 mints
  • Entry and Exit of the Team
  • Who’s gonna be the Techie Team Superstar??? Overall Presentation.
  • The team: - Min 4 to Max 12 Participants per Team.
  • One Team per Company
  • Time Limit – 10 minutes.


  1. Time Limit – 15 minutes
  2. One Team per company consisting of Minimum 4 to Maximum 12 participants to form the team.
  3. Each Team gets to present the theme – SAVE PLANET EARTH using their imagination.
  4. It can be presented in any way – using music, dance, skit, video clips, mimes, and combinations of these, props, fashion shows or anything one can think of.


  1. 2 members per team. For the prelims, there is no restriction no: of entries per company can send in.
  2. There will be a preliminary round to select 4 teams to the finals.
  3. Only one top scoring team per company will make it to the finals. In the event of more than one team qualifying for the finals, the teams are free to interchange their team mates as they wish or send any team that qualifies to the finals to represent their company.
  4. The quiz will be a general quiz.


  1. Time Limit – 15 minutes
  2. One Team per company consisting of Minimum 4 to Maximum 12 participants to form the team.
  3. There will be only one common category for the contest.
  4. The teams can do a medley of dances, fusion or any category of dance in the time limit specified.
  5. Teams will be judged on Costume, Presentation, Choreography, Synchronization, Variation of Steps used, theme presentation and audience interaction.


  1. There will be 4 team based fun sports games.
  2. 1 team per company.
  3. 10 participants per team.
  4. The details of the Sports will be sent to you within the next few days.


  1. The last date for entries for the various contests will be Saturday, the 12th of April.
  2. Kindly send in your entries both as a mail to , and also submit a hard copy of the same at the Tech-A-Break 2008 desk at Park Centre.
  3. Kindly stick to the deadline as we need to make arrangements for the same and make any changes if necessary (If we can accommodate more entries, we will be in a position to tell you by April 15th).
  4. The entry form is attached. Kindly fill in the form and mail and submit the hard copy as mentioned above.


For the Solo Items the points for the Tech-A-Break 2008 Company of the year will be as follows:

1st Place 5 points

2nd Place 3 points

3rd Place 1 point

For the Sports, Quiz and Group Contests the points will be as follows:

1st Place 10 points

2nd Place 7 points

3rd Place 5 points

Click Here to download the Entry Form

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

A new political war looms over technopark

Close on the heels of the tall talk by the CPM leaders about the drastic changes in the industrial environment in the State and the significant growth anticipated in the IT sector, the State IT Department and the IT companies at Technopark here are fast moving on a collision course.

According to sources, the CEOs in the Technopark here have been sharing a general feeling that they are no more welcome to the State Government.

Unlike in the past, Technopark authorities and the companies housed at the Park now find no way to settle the differences between them. Neither are the Park Centre authorities and the IT Department able to take up the issue in the right forum, nor have the companies an idea about whom to consult to settle the issues that warrant political will and policy intervention.

The collapsing relations between the IT companies on side and the State IT Department and the Park Centre on the other were in evidence at the recently-held KeralaIT.Com. Majority of the companies at the Park opted to keep out of the unprofessionally-organised IT exhibition.

Adding insult to injury, the IT Department and the Technopark authorities have declined to pay back the advance given by three companies in the Park for rented space in the newly-built block - ‘Thejaswini’. The three companies (two of them are the leading companies in their respective domains and had set up their facilities during the initial days of the Park) had paid three months’ rent in advance to the Park Centre.

However, owing to various reasons, these companies decided not to occupy the built up space allotted to them in Tejaswini. The Park Centre authorities, after consulting the IT Department, informed the companies that the advance given by them could not be refunded. There is no change in their stand, even after the Technopark authorities rented out the same space to some other companies.

Meanwhile, another vexed issue regarding the payment of building tax of Technopark buildings to the Corporation is yet to be sorted out. As a result of the efforts taken by a CPM councillor in the City Corporation, the Technopark authorities were asked to pay the building tax arrears since 2000. Under some false notion, the Technopark authorities were not paying building tax. However, when the Corporation sent notice, the IT Department instructed the Park Centre authorities to pay the arrears on their own and collect the same from the companies later.

Following the instruction, Technopark paid around Rs 1.75 crore to the Corporation. But when the Park Centre wanted the companies to pay the building tax arrears, the companies responded in the negative. According to them, the building tax payment is the responsibility of the lessor and lessee need not bother about the same. The Park Centre should have incorporated the building tax in the rent, they said.

According to sources, the Infopark in Kochi has been collecting the building tax from the companies by incorporating the same in the rent.

Without exploring the possibility for an amicable settlement of the issue, the IT Department decided to go by the legal advice. As per the legal advice, Technopark can claim the building tax arrears from the companies. Though the term Building Tax was not written explicitly in the lease agreement, the companies can be made liable for the same.

Moving a step ahead, the IT Department has now told the companies that if they did not pay the building tax arrears, disciplinary steps would be initiated against the companies and their lease wouldn’t be extended.

Though the companies had approached Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan, the result was a routine reply along the lines of ‘the matter will be looked into.’

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Monday, March 31, 2008

Metrosexuality & dating in Technopark

Instant food, instant messenger and now it is instant s-e-x!! weekends and posh Caf├ęs in the city are buzzing with budding aspirants and veterans as well. This is how it goes. Come Friday and he local guy techies of Technopark clamor to be back to their native places……. What else can the she techies go about having on Saturdays and Sundays??? Paid companions are no longer new to the city. Guys are at your service, just that she needs to sponsor them!!!!! This is how it goes…. ‘Ready to serve’ guys are out there at vantage points in the city. Are they gigolos? Common……. They are paid companions.. how dare you disgrace them???? The techie gals earning a handsome take home can take home these guys waiting for their turns. It is good fun. She gets a break…… and lavishes on him costly gifts or an awesome dinner. He happy!!!! She happy!!!!! And the proverbial moral police in town goes groaning…….hah hah…

The trend it seems stands institutionalized. Non keralite gals too should have some fun during weekends…….technoparkLive will soon publish the shocking news and real stories behind it !

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