Friday, May 22, 2015

Two headed snakes?

What are the best Achievements by BJP after forming the Government?
Then: Modi government plans 660 Centres for women violence
Now: Modi govt to build just 36 of the 660 promised rape crisis

Then: Aadhaar not approved by Parliament, says BJP
Nandan Nilekani's Aadhaar project a political gimmick with
no vision Not afraid of Nilekani Aadhaar a national threat:
BJP's Ananth Kumar ‘Will Scrap Aadhaar, Revive National
Population Registry’
Now: PM Modi sees advantage for BJP government from UID
scheme. Modi govt to give legal backing to Aadhaar -

Then: Ceasefire violations should not be politicised, says PM Modi
Now: Opinion: Where's The Pakistan Tough Talk Now, Modiji?
Narendra Modi on Twitter
Congress targets PM over his ceasefire violations remarks
Then: Full statehood for Delhi is top BJP priority | The Asian Age
BJP demands full statehood for Delhi, Congress sees politics
Dikshit failed to get full statehood for Delhi: Harsh Vardhan
BJP releases 'Delhi-specific' manifesto ahead of Lok Sabha polls
Now: Modi may not grant Delhi full statehood
Then: Pics: Land Acquisition Bill passed; gets majority support from BJP
No ordinance to amend land acquisition law, law min Gowda says
Sushma Swaraj's pro-farmer stand on Land Acquisition Bill
Now: Govt approves ordinance to ease Land Acquisition Act for reforms
Stringent Land Acq. law to be amended without Opposition’s support
Then: Will Modi's 'swacch bharat' spell acche din for Indian hygiene?
Cabinet approves 5-year-long 'Swachh Bharat' mission
Now: Modi has just washed his hands off Swacch Bharat in budget
Modi's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is nothing but a UPA scheme
2007: We will re-negotiate nuclear deal: BJP
2014: Ahead of Modi’s US trip, IAEA pact ratified .
AEA to get more access to India’s nuclear programme.
Then: 1962 Indo-China war secret report 'blames' Nehru;
BJP demands the document be made public
Now: In U-turn, Modi govt rules out release of Henderson Brooks report
Jaitley Wanted China War Report Declassified, Changes Opinion
Then: No talks till Dawood and Saeed are handed over, demands BJP
Now : Pakistan PM to attend inauguration of India's Narendra Modi
Then: BJP warns against removal of AFSPA - The Times of India
Now: After Article 370, BJP does a U-turn on AFSPA in J&K
Then: BJP wanted files on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose made public
Now: U-turn: BJP govt won't make Netaji files public
BJP following Congress path in suppressing facts on Netaji
Then: BJP to oppose land boundary agreement with Bangladesh
Now: PM Narendra Modi endorses UPA’s land swap deal with Bangladesh
Then: BJP against hiking FDI cap to 49 per cent in insurance sector
Now: Determined BJP seeks to table insurance, GST Bills
Insurance bill: The reasons behind BJP's puzzling about-turn
Then: Congress opposed to being covered by RTI; BJP sees no wrong
Now: BJP reverses stand on bringing parties under RTI
Then: Uma Bharti promises clean Ganga in 3 years
Now: Cleaning Ganga will take 18 yrs massive investment, Centre tells SC
Then: BJP, Left hit out at interim budget
Now: Jaitley's maiden budget is like Chidambaram's with a saffron lipstick
BJP at pains to explain why Budget is not an extension of UPA's
Then: We'll bring back black money in 150 days: BJP president
Will bring back black money in 100 days: BJP chief Rajnath Singh
Now: Never talked about bringing black money in 100 days: Govt
Black money: Back to square one, list same as last June, says SIT
BJP falling into black money ditch: SIT report will embarrass Modi
Black money case: Most accounts cleared or closed
Have BJP's white lies on black money been nailed?
Then: Nirmala says no to FDI in multi-brand retail
BJP not to support more FDI in insurance, pension sectors
Now: Govt departs from BJP to let FDI stay in multi-brand retail
Modi signals BJP rethink on multi-brand retail FDI
BJP may consider higher FDI in insurance, but not in retail
BJP not against FDI in pension, insurance, wants to see fine print
'Guj will be among the 1st to implement FDI in retail' - Opinion
BJP To Welcome FDI In Defence
How vibrant is the Gujarat growth story?
Gujarat, the gateway to India: fact or farce?
Vibrant Gujarat Global Investor Summit
Then: Narendra Modi opposes GST
Now: Modi’s GST U-turn set to make India single market for first time
Then: BJP not in favour of privatisation of railways: Rajnath Singh
Now: Govt outlines areas open for FDI in railways
Then: PM Modi Hints at Private Involvement to Modernise Railway Stations
Now: PM Narendra Modi rules out privatisation of Railways
Then: Raise I-T slab to Rs 5 lakh, demands Arun Jaitley
Now: Tax Exemption Limit Raised to Rs 2.5 Lakh
Then: BJP dubs loan waiver as fraudulent propaganda by UPA
Now: Chandrababu Naidu to waive off farm loans totalling Rs 54,000 crore
Then: BJP calls for direct transfer of subsidies
Now: Modi's Jan Dhan Yojana a free loan Mela without cash transfers
Jan Dhan Yojana has all the characteristics of bad old loan melas
Then: BJP hails PM Modi's Jan Dhan Yojana
Now: NDA copying UPA's financial inclusion plan: Congress
It's an UPA scheme: Congress on Jan Dhan Yojna's launch today
Then: Train fare hike unacceptable, says BJP
DMK opposes railway fare hike, BJP wants rollback
Now: BJP defends railway fare hike, puts blame on UPA
Then: We condemn the decision to deregulate diesel prices, says BJP
Now: Govt raises diesel price, puts limit on LPG subsidy
BJP allies want diesel subsidy to continue
Then: People won't spare congress for fixing LPG cap:BJP
LPG cylinder cap will be increased to 24 if BJP voted to power
Now: Eye trained on deficit, FinMin pushes for lowering LPG cap
Raising LPG cap was UPA mistake, oil minister to tell Modi govt
Center to deregulate diesel prices, reduce LPG cap
Then: BJP slams price hike of non subsidized LPG cylinders
LPG cylinder price hiked, cylinder to now cost Rs.921
LPG price hike: BJP slams govt, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi
Now: LPG price hiked by Rs 16.50 per cylinder
LPG price hike to affect only 1% of consumers: Government
Non-subsidised LPG price hiked by Rs 16.50 per cylinder on
Then: Government's 'pink revolution' destroying cattle, says Modi
Now: ABP investigation: Modi govt’s biggest U-turn on ‘Pink Revolution
Then: Haryana: bjp's manifesto released, promise 24 hrs electricity supply
Haryana polls: BJP promises to develop the state capital
Now: Can't assure 24x7 power in this term: CM - The Times of India
Then: Irony: Rape accused PJ Kurien heads for global meet on women
Now: Sexual assault case:No question of minister's resignation, BJP says
Then: BJP attacks Robert Vadra over ‘inappropriate’ behaviour
Now: Robert Vadra continue to enjoy security check exemptions at airports
Then: BJP looking for clean candidates
BJP wants Chidambaram, Sibal dropped
Now: Half of Modi's new ministers face criminal cases, majority crorepatis
Then: BJP accuses Trinamool of using Saradha money to fund terror
Now: Govt contradicts Amit Shah's claim Saradha money used for terror
Then: BJP to strengthen institutions like CVC, CAG
BJP vows to oppose any government attempt to dilute CAG authority
Now: BJP pulls up Narayanasamy for questioning CAG's mandate
Then: Judges' verdicts are influenced by post-retirement jobs: Arun Jaitley
Now: Former Chief Justice P Sathasivam Appointed Governor of Kerala
Then: Immediately withdraw railway freight hike before budget: CM to PM
Now: Govt hikes railway fares by 14.2%,freight charges increased by 6.5%
Then: Lashing out at Cong Modi says under UPA, Governors were unilaterally dismissed in 2004
Now: Modi raj marks the end of road for Congress governors, Governors in the firing line
Then: Goa minister says centres to be set up to 'cure' LGBT youths
Now: Goa minister takes U-turn after facing flak for LGBT remarks
Then: Congress undermining CAG authority on coalgate, BJP tells Pranab
BJP accuses Govt of flouting rules amd for attacking national auditor
Now: Stop sensationalising reports, Arun Jaitley tells CAG, after BJP milked 2G spectrum allocation, coal scam figures
Then: Modi sarkar breaks from UPA, to rethink Section 66A
Section 66A: Nightmare for citizens who dare to dissent
Now: Modi government does flip-flop: this time it defends net censorship
Internet needs stricter curbs than print, TV: Centre to SC
U-turn as Government Prepares to Defend Controversial IT Rule
Then: Declaration of assets of the Ministers of the UPA Union Cabinet
Now: PMO under Modi blocks access to information on ministers’ assets
Then: BJP accuses UPA Govt. of providing shelter to the corrupt
Govt protecting 'corrupt' ministers: Advani
Now: Coal ordinance by BJP gives blanket protection to ministers
Then: Congress draws criticism from BJP as Khemka transferred again
BJP, IAC demand probe into Ashok Khemka's transfer
Now: Ashok Khemka transfer: Bharatiya Janata Party justifies action
BJP downplays Khemka’s transfer
Haryana CM Khattar defends Ashok Khemka's transfer
Ashok Khemka, whistleblower IAS officer, transferred again

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Division bench presiding by Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court passed an unequivocal judgment on 5th May, 2015 declaring that WBMC must act in accordance to the order from Medical Council of India (MCI) for suspension of medical registrations of 8 negligent doctors who snatched away four precious lives in hospitals across West Bengal. After the victims’ families came to PBT seeking help in finding justice, they were guided to move MCI under sections 8.7 or 8.8 of “Code of Ethics & Regulations, 2002″ since the devious state medical council was working only to shield the guilty doctors. But even after MCI held the doctors guilty for medical negligence and directed WBMC to suspend their medical licenses for a period between 1 and 5 years vide a final order last January, WBMC, which is under control of doctors belonging to the Trinomul-Congress party, continued their deep slumber and took no action for suspension of licenses of the 8 doctors who also moved Calcutta High Court seeking to quash the MCI order.

As mentioned above, division bench of Calcutta High Court dismissed the doctors’ petition and directed WBMC to take necessary action for suspension of registrations of the negligent doctors as ordered by the MCI. The deliberate inaction by WBMC to suspend the licenses of all 8 errant physicians not only violates the specific order of the High Court, it also encourages negligent practice of medicine by doctors across West Bengal. PBT president, Dr. Kunal Saha, has submitted an urgent appeal with WBMC today urging them for immediate suspension of licenses of all 8 doctors. Dr. Saha has also issued a stern warning to WBMC Registrar, Mr. D.K. Ghosh, that unless they take action for suspension of medical registrations of all the delinquent doctors within two weeks, PBT may move the court seeking “contempt of court” action against the devious WBMC members (see PBT’s appeal below).

Sunday, May 17, 2015

A plant in your garden that eats mosquitoes?

, TNN | May 14, 2015, 12.00AM IST
Having a moneyplant or a cactus in your verandah is so predictable. More and more Mumbaikars are waking up to a more exciting — if bizarre — gardening option. Welcome to the world of carnivorous plants, which you've probably read about in school. Now, nurseries in the city are selling them by the dozen to enthusiastic gardeners. They need little care, have to be watered from time to time and can catch their own prey for food. So, how's that for a hassle-free pet?

Non-boring plants:
City-based MBA student Riddhi Purohit was never much into plants that her mother keeps. When she travels, Riddhi has to look after them. It's a chore she used to hate till her mother finally got a pitcher plant. "I have kept it in my living room, and my cousins and friends spend hours looking at the plant devouring mosquitoes. It's a lot of fun!" she exclaims.

Shaan Lalwani, who breeds and sells these plants out of his nursery, says he has seen a spurt in the number of people looking for these exotic plants. "I've been keeping these plants for years. But in the past few years, because of social media platforms, a lot of young people are being drawn into gardening. And they want cool plants like the Venus flytrap, pitcher plant and Dutchman's pipe that look cool. And for a beginner, what could be better than a plant that you can see catching its prey?" continued on page

They prefer a humid environment, hence an indoor space with shade and mild sunlight is ideal

Hunting mechanism: They secrete mucus on their leaves and trap small insects

Cost: `800 to `1,500

Pitcher Plant
Hardy plants, they need to be watered regularly and kept out of very harsh sunlight

Hunting mechanism: They have a trapping mechanism with which they lure insects inside the pitcher, which contains digestive enzymes to consume the prey

Cost: `800 to `1,500

Venus Flytrap
Care: Minimum. Just place it in a tray of water and water it additionally every day.

Hunting mechanism: Whenever a fly triggers the tiny hairs, the wide fleshy leaves snap shut, trapping the fly.

Cost: `800 to `1,500

Another reason for the popularity of these plants is the fact that they tend to attract bugs and mosquitoes and as result, keep your home naturally pest-free. Dr Rushabh Parikh, who owns six of these plants, remembers that he first got one out of curiosity — he had read about these plants in his biology class. "I never thought I could get one of these, but when I was buying some plants and inquired at the nursery about interesting plants, they offered me the beautiful Venus flytrap and pitcher plant," he says about the plants that now adorn his window sill.

Caring for carnivorous plants is easy. Eshan Bhardwaj, who runs a nursery and sends plants by mail order, says these are robust plants and even when he sends them via mail to customers in different cities, they last for at least five days. Lalwani feels the same. "While these plants may seem delicate, all they need is adequate water and light, and they will thrive." He cites the example of the Dutchman's pipe. "If you have a bungalow, you can just plant them around the lawns and walls. They will climb like a vine and reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home."

Care: Needs a humid environment as it is found in coastal regions.

Hunting mechanism: It has a translucent overleaf and the edge of the pitcher produces nectar to lure prey. It also has fine hairs that form the trap for the insect.

Cost: `800 to `1,500

Dutchman's Pipe

Care: They are a vine and require minimal care.

Hunting mechanism:

Its huge flowers resemble pitcher plants and attract prey that it uses to pollinate and prey on.

Cost: `800 to `1,500

The above is from "The Times of India"

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Retired Person's Perspective

1. I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people.  I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem work itself out.

2. I changed my car horn to gunshot sounds.  People move out of the way much faster now.

3. You can tell a lot about a woman's mood just by her hands.  If they are holding a gun, she's probably pissed.

4. Gone are the days when girls cooked like their mothers.  Now they drink like their fathers.

5. You know that tingly little feeling you get when you really like someone you've just met?  That's common sense leaving your body.

6. I don't like making plans for the day.  Because then the word "premeditated" gets thrown around in the courtroom.

7. I didn't make it to the gym today. That makes 1,500 days in a row.

8. I decided to change calling the bathroom the John and renamed it the Jim.  I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.

9. Dear paranoid people who check behind shower curtains for murderers.  If you find one, what's your plan?

10. Everyone has a right to be stupid.  Politicians just abuse the privilege.

 "Guess I'm just getting old and cranky"

"Old age is no place for sissies." ~ Bette Davis

Sent by Prakash Bhartia

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Jayalalithaa DA Case Verdict: Indian Judiciary At Its Lowest Ebb

In the recent past PM  claimed that there was not even a single allegation of corruption against his government in the last one year tenure of the  led government at the Centre. It may be recalled that  rode to power highlighting corruption in the UPA government’s 10 year stint under former prime minister Manmohan Singh. But the irony now is that two big cases – that of  superstar  and AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa – have come to haunt the NDA government’s tall claims. This put a veritable question mark on the Modi government and the judicial system of the country. Some sort of explanation is required to justify the verdicts.
The rot in the judicial system peeved CPM Kerala state leader M V Jayarajan so much that he dared to call the judges of Kerala ‘idiots’. The court took note of it and serious action followed in regard to the outburst. MV Jayarajan was handed a 30-day imprisonment sentence.
The case is quite interesting. HC judgement was against the hartal and protest meeting terming it an anti social and anti india campaign. If an individual or a group of individuals protest at any corner of the city, how can a judge term it as anti social or anti India campaign? The  it appears is going on the same lines as  in the country and the bureaucracy, raising questions on its integrity.
Former chief justice VN Khare has stated that more than 15% of judges are corrupt. After reprieve for , followed by acquittal of Jayalalitha in the disproportionate assets case, the system is set to face the repercussions as voices have begun echoing on social media attacking the judicial system in India. The court was unable to see what was common knowledge. If the property and farm house in Secunderabad, a tea garden in Nilgiri, huge amount of jewellery and assets in Tamil Nadu were not enough to implicate Jayalalithaa, then one fails to fathom what possibly could.
Hereon, every judgement is going to be watched closely. The judgement day for the judges who are supposed to uphold the values of the constitution of the nation is imminent.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

How Salman Khan Hit And Run Case Ruined Bodyguard Ravindra Patil’s Life

Ravindra Patil, a young boy from Satara district joined the Mumbai Police as a constable and later trained as a commando to join the Special Operations Squad (SOS) which has a primary duty of guarding VIPs. He was later assigned as ’s unarmed bodyguard after the actor complained to Mumbai Police about threats from the underworld.
A Mumbai court has sentenced  to 5 years in prison in the infamous hit-and-run case. It was in 2002 that the incident happened and Patil, as a law abiding policeman, stood as prime witness of the incident stating that it was in fact  who was driving when the accident occurred.
Life of Ravindra Patil after giving his testimony
After giving his statement that  was under the influence of alcohol and he (Salman) was behind the wheel at the time of the incident, it was claimed that Patil received a lot of pressure to withdraw his statement.
Patil was later locked in Arthur road jail because he failed to appear for five consecutive court dates. He lost his job as policeman and was kept in jail with hardened criminals for his absence from the court. He was reportedly ill-treated and tortured inside the jail.
After five years in 2007, he was found on the streets of Mumbai as a beggar, and was suffering from TB for over 2 years. During the hard time of Patil, police, media and family had forgotten him.
He passed away on October 4, 2007 of TB. Shockingly, his family had already cut him out of their life and they didn’t even claim or collect his body. It was around his death that  actor  started his “Being Human” initiative. Being Human was founded on July 28, 2007 for helping the cause of healthcare and education.
Patil, who was with  on the night of the accident where one man was killed and four other injured, had maintained till his death, that the actor was behind the wheel.
What happened at that night? (according to the statement of Ravindra Patil)
Ravindra Patil said the court, “It was 9:30 pm on September 27, 2002, the accused and Kamal Khan came out of a room at their residence and told me they were going to Rain Bar, Juhu. The accused had a Toyota Land Cruiser car with the registration number MH 01 DA 32. The accused was driving the car.”
“They asked me to wait outside, while the accused and Kamal went inside the hotel. The bodyguard of Sohail Khan also met me there. After a few hours, the accused and Kamal came out. The accused sat in the driver’s seat and I was sitting next to him. Kamal was sitting in the rear,” he had said.
Witness inside the Rain Bar
Moloy Baug, a bartender said the actor’s group had ordered liquor. Rizwan Rakhanngi, manager, said he saw Khan hold a glass full with a colourless liquid like water.
After Salman stepped out of Rain Bar
Patil said  came out of Rain Bar at 2.15 am and they went to JW Marriott, where he was made to wait outside again. Patil then warned accused Salman to drive slow when Salman was driving at a speed of 90-100 km/hr.
 “They came out at 2.15am. When the accused sat behind the wheel, I asked him whether he would be driving the car. He ignored me. The accused was driving the car at a speed of 90-100 km/hour. Before reaching the Hill Road junction, I told the accused to slow down as a right turn was coming up. He ignored me again. The accused lost control of the car while taking a turn and drove right on to the footpath,” Patil had said.
Accident site
After a while, the car crashed into American Express bakery and broke its shutter. “There was a lot of shouting and people had gathered around us. I showed my identity card and told the crowd I was a policeman, which pacified them. The accused and Kamal ran away from the spot. I went to the car to check and saw that one person was seriously injured. There were four others who were stuck under the car,” Patil told the court.
After the incident and as the accused  and Kamal fled away from the spot leaving the injured victims crying under his car wheel, it was Patil who called the Police Control Room for help and then lodged a complaint with Bandra Police.
“The incident took place because the car was in speed and the accused, in a drunken state, could not control the car while taking the turn,” he had said in the court.
May 6, 2015
 superstar  was sentenced to five years in jail in the infamous 2002 hit-and-run case.
The above is from The Tehelka, Daily
By: Shovon Chowdhury
What are the lessons we learn from the Salman Khan case? One thing we don’t learn is how they got the case postponed from 2003 to 2013. This is a massive media failure. This information would have been very useful, but no one is telling us.

The Indian Penal Code is full of sections, and all of us are in constant danger of breaking the law. Very often, these things happen inadvertently. Sentiments get hurt. Curfews get violated. You insult Marathi cuisine. They find beef in your tiffin carrier. Your scooter breaks down and you obstruct a VIP. Not that you would be riding a scooter (you read ET).

The point is, there are so many pitfalls, legally speaking. It’s only a matter of time before pretty much all of us get arrested. This was the original intention of the Indian Penal Code of 1861: to ensure long-lasting suppression of the natives, after their unfortunate and rebellious behaviour in 1857. Through our behaviour, we established an indisputable fact. Each and every one of us has criminal tendencies. We need strong laws, and lots of them.

When they do come to take you away, you will curse the media for their inefficiency. “How did Salman do it?” you will wonder, “And how come ET never told me anything, even though I spend my hard-earned money on them on a daily basis?”

We never learnt from this case who convinced Salman’s driver to commit perjury. And since no one is investigating this, we never will. We will never learn the circumstances behind the mysterious death of a witness. This is because it was God’s will. When it’s time for a witness to go, he just has to go.
The risks of being human: The late Ravindra Patil, Khan’s police bodyguard
In this case, the witness, Constable Ravindra Patil, went slowly. First he was listed as ‘missing’. Then he was listed as ‘absconding’. After this’ he was put in jail, sacked and reduced to begging on the streets. Throughout, he refused to change his statement.

Eventually, he died of what appears to have been starvation. Or tuberculosis, depending on your source of news, not to mention opinions. His last words were, reportedly, “I want to meet the police commissioner once.” Why would he want to do this? This is yet another mystery to which we will never know the answer.

We also never learnt who was responsible for all the files mysteriously disappearing from the police station. This is because the culprits were possibly policemen, who are too busy investigating us to investigate themselves, and no one else is allowed to investigate them.
Even when they do, their strike rate is poor. Delhi Police has been investigating itself for corruption, for example. On the basis of calls to a helpline in the last four months, seven cases have been filed, at an average rate of 1.75 policemen per month. From this, we can conclude that such an investigation is not really required.

We did learn how much money was riding on Salman Khan, though. It was somewhere between .`200 crore and .`600 crore. Thinking that he might be going to jail, well-muscled middle-aged men across the country felt the sharp pang of hope, and started practising their dance moves.
But while we do not want to jeopardise the income of hardworking dance instructors, they should probably give up. That money will keep riding on him until the case reaches the Supreme Court, in another couple of decades. By which time, he would have finally turned 50.
Meanwhile, we have learnt that the possibility that you may have run over five people is good for your career. We have loved this man, despite the blood on his wheels, and the unpleasant fate of Constable Ravindra Patil. His colleagues loved him too, which is why so many of them have blamed the poor people for sleeping on the road, instead of in penthouses, like normal people.

But the main thing we don’t know is the identity of the victims. Their pictures were not tweeted. We did not light candles. No human interest stories were done on TV. Maybe Salman was right, in the end. There’s one simple thing we need to do, one giant step for mankind, one ring to rule us all. We need to learn about being human.

The above was published in ET