Thursday, July 31, 2014


How many folks do you know who say they don't want to drink anything before going to bed because they'll have to get up during the night.
Heart Attack and Water - I never knew all of this ! Interesting.......
Something else I didn't know ... I asked my Doctor why people need to urinate so much at night time. Answer from my Cardiac Doctor - Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc) seeks level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. This then ties in with the last statement!
I knew you need your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me. Correct time to drink water...
Very Important. From A Cardiac Specialist!
Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body
2 glasses of water after waking up - helps activate internal organs
1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion
1 glass of water before taking a bath - helps lower blood pressure
1 glass of water before going to bed - avoids stroke or heart attack
I can also add to this... My Physician told me that water at bed time will also help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse.
Mayo Clinic Aspirin Dr. Virend Somers, is a Cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic, who is lead author of the report in the July 29, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A.M. and noon. Having one during the night, when the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual happened. Somers and his colleagues have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnea is to blame.
1. If you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day, take it at night.
The reason: Aspirin has a 24-hour "half-life"; therefore, if most heart attacks happen in the wee hours of the morning, the Aspirin would be strongest in your system.
2. FYI, Aspirin lasts a really long time in your medicine chest, for years, (when it gets old, it smells like vinegar).
Please read on...
Something that we can do to help ourselves - nice to know. Bayer is making crystal aspirin to dissolve instantly on the tongue.
They work much faster than the tablets.
Why keep Aspirin by your bedside? It's about Heart Attacks.
There are other symptoms of a heart attack, besides the pain on the left arm. One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating; however, these symptoms may also occur less frequently.
Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack.
The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep did not wake up. However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep.
If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water.
Afterwards: - Call 911. - Phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by.- Say "heart attack!" - Say that you have taken 2 Aspirins.
Take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their arrival and ...DO NOT LIE DOWN!
A Cardiologist has stated that if each person after receiving this e-mail, sends it to 10 people, probably one life could be saved!
I have already shared this information. What about you?
Do forward this message. It may save lives!
"Life is a one time gift"
This was posted by Anjan Gupta of FB.
May have posted it earlier also but it is worth a repeat.

The Hedgehog story‏

Fable of the Hedgehog
It was the coldest winter ever. Many animals died because of the cold.
The Hedgehogs, realizing the situation, decided to group together to keep warm. This way they covered and protected themselves; but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions.
After a while, they decided to distance themselves one from the other and they began to die, alone and frozen. So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the Earth.
Wisely, they decided to go back to being together. They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close relationship with their companions in order to receive the heat that came from the others. This way they were able to survive.
The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people, but when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others and can admire the other person's good qualities.
The moral of the story is: 

Just learn to live with the Pricks in your life!

Sent by Arun Shroff

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

‘36 ex-ministers illegal occupants of govt bungalows’

Himanshi Dhawan | TNN 

New Delhi: Political leaders of different ideologies and hues whether S M Krishna, L K Advani, Sharad Yadav, Pawan Kumar Bansal or Dayanidhi Maran have one thing in common. They are all unauthorized occupants of ministerial bungalows, according to the urban development ministry. The data given by the ministry under the RTI shows that there are 36 former Union ministers who continue to squat on ministerial accommodation even after relinquishing office. 
    The information was given in response to an RTI filed by activist S C Agrawal. 

    Among those who have been listed as unauthorized occupants include Congress leaders like Mukul Wasnik, Ambika Soni, Ajay Maken, Subodh Kant Sahay, Saifuddin Soz, C P Joshi, Pawan Bansal, S M Krishna. BJP leaders including Advani, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, M Venkaiah Naidu, Ravi Shanakr Prasad, DMK’s Dayanidhi Maran, M K Alagiri and T R Baalu, RJD’s Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, Trinamool Congress’s Saugata Ray and C M Jatua. 
    Agrawal had sought information on which MPs contin
ued to occupy ministerial accommodation despite resign -ing from their position. In its response UD ministry’s directorate of estates said that the “primary responsibility for allotment of accommodation to the members of Parliament rests with the respective House committee (Lok Sabha/Rajya Sabha secretariat) concerned. As per the existing guidelines the former union ministers who continue to be sitting members of Parliament are allowed retention of their ministerial accommodation till they are allotted their entitled category of accommodation from the respective LS/RS House committee concerned.’’ 
    The department added that they had already asked both secretariats to allot ac
commodation according to their entitlement. Among the officials who have been put on the unauthorized list by the UD ministry include former NSA Vijaya Latha Reddy, BSF director-general U K Bansal and UPSC former member Prof Purushottam Agarwal.

The BJP thinks tomatoes are only for the rich.

The condemnable remarks by BJP national vice-president and its organisational incharge for Delhi, Mr Prabhat Jha, who said that only the rich eat Tomatoes and one should not worry about its prices, reflect a sick mindset of a leader of the ruling party drunk with the arrogance of power.

Mr Jha’s remarks are in striking similarity to the insensitive language used by Congress leaders when their UPA government was in power and indicate how cut off from reality leaders of those in power appear to be.

The Aam Aadmi Party questions the BJP’s silence on a remark of its senior national leader who considers eating Tomatoes as a parameter of prosperity ?

It is shameful that a national office-bearer of the ruling party has attempted a cheap poetic banter on an issue that is suffocating the aam aadmi.

Mr Prabhat Jha has insinuated that only the rich eat Tomatoes. It is only a half truth since it is the government run by his party, which has turned Tomatoes into a rare commodity since last two months.

In the past one month alone, Tomato prices have risen by over 200 per cent in many cities, with Delhi being one of the worst hit, where the prices have skyrocketed by nearly 250 per cent and a back-breaking 300 per cent in Mumbai.

Onion prices have risen by 50 to 70 per cent. There is no fall in production or arrivals in wholesale mandis but the prices are still rising. So Mr Jha is partially correct in saying that Tomatoes are unaffordable, but the big question is who is responsible for making it an eatable for a select few with high purchasing power ?

Delhi gets its Tomato produce from Himachal, Karnataka and Maharashtra. Each of these states have been badly hit by delayed rainfall and a large percentage of the crops have failed. There has also been a plant disease.

The government has not engaged the scientific agricultural community to combat these problems. The government has also not planned in advance for the delayed rainfall or undertaken any significant irrigation overhaul.

Finally, the produce from Karnataka has stopped coming to Delhi because Tomatoes are a perishable item and could not last a four day truck journey to Delhi. The limited supply is from Himachal and Maharashtra. This shows that the government has not thought about storage and transportation as an integral part of the agricultural supply chain.

Instead of tackling such serious issues, the BJP, in keeping with its new habit of arrogance, is indulging in insensitive and arrogant and off the cuff remarks.

The BJP government has miserably failed in curbing price rise and has done no planning to cater to the drought like situation, despite the fact that India has just suffered its driest June in 113 year

The BJP thinks that tomatoes are eaten only by the rich and hence they need not care what the people pay for them.

Truly Acche din have come

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

CAG punches holes in Modi's Gujarat model

Notwithstanding tall development and financial management claims of the state, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG)'s five audit reports on the last leg of Narendra Modi's rule as the Gujarat Chief Minister after a 12-year stint has fished out in all disputed transactions worth Rs.25,000 crore that points to fiscal profligacy and rising debt burden.
Among several other things, the CAG has questioned the Gujarat government's claim of Rs.5,570 crore revenue surplus during 2012-13 and described it as overstated. The CAG reports were tabled on the last day of the State's budget session in the assembly on Friday with the entire Opposition being suspended from the House before it staged a walkout.
The CAG report states: "The Gujarat government wrongly booked expenditure of Rs.881 crore on account of grant-in-aid and expenditure of Rs.202.27 crore on subsidy resulting in overstatement of revenue surplus to the tune of Rs.1088.57 crore". The report says that cheques worth Rs.2,667 crore were not encashed at all as on March 31, 2013 that led to overstatement of expenditure.
Mounting debt
Similarly, the auditing watchdog points out that the State's fiscal liability (or debt burden) which was around Rs.50,000 crore during the BJP- ruled Keshubhai Patel regime rose astronomically after the Narendra Modi government took charge.
"It rose to Rs.1.05 lakh crore in 2008- 2009 and is Rs.1.66 lakh crore in 2012- 13," according to the CAG. The auditor warns that increasing fiscal liabilities may lead to an unsustainable debt in the medium to long term. Coming down heavily on the State's management of its finances, the CAG has also brought to light irregularities in the form of non- or short levy, short realisation, underassessment of loss of revenue, incorrect computation, concealment and suppression of turnover worth Rs.5,411 crore over the last five years.
"Even after being pointed out, it (government) accepted only 2.93 per cent of the observation and made a recovery of only 0.17 per cent. Seven years after introduction of Value Added Tax (VAT) in 2006 some systems still remain to be finalised in the absence of which the input tax credit(ITC) availed by dealers of commodities cannot be authenticated," the CAG reports say. The arrears in collection of VAT, the report states, doubled from Rs.8,352 crore in 2007 to Rs.16,566 crore by the close of financial year 2012.
Notwithstanding allegations by the Gujarat's Modi government that the former Congress- led Union government had given a short- shrift to the state in issue of grants and other issues, the CAG has found that huge grants went simply unused. The central audit watchdog says that grants of over Rs.13,049 crore remained unutilised during financial years 1999- 2000 and 2011- 2012.
The state government's big claims of magical turnaround of public sector undertakings have also come under the scanner of the CAG that has pointed to losses of a whopping Rs.4,892 crore. " It was controllable," rues the CAG.
The reality check
CAG has questioned the Gujarat govt's claim of Rs.5,570 crore revenue surplus during 2012- 13 and described it as overstated
The Gujarat government wrongly booked expenditure of Rs.881 crore on account of grant- in- aid
The report says that cheques worth Rs.2,667 crore were not encashed at all as on March 31, 2013 that led to overstatement of expenditure
Gujarat's debt burden, which was around Rs.50,000 cr during the Keshubhai Patel regime, rose astronomically after the Modi took charge
Gujarat Maritime Board and Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam gave undue benefits to Reliance Petroleum worth Rs.649.29 crore & Essar Power of Rs.587.50 crore
So, actually, it was not Acche Din in Gujarat but cooked books, just like the Satyam Scam. Unfortunately while Raju went to jail, Modi became the Prime Minister.
Because Raju was a businessman and Modi a politician.
The sad part of Indian judicial system is that very few politicians are sent to jail when actually they are the originators of most scams.

Bengal Government to Appeal Against High Court Order on Trinamool Lawmaker Tapas Pal

West Bengal government today decided to appeal before a division bench of Calcutta High Court challenging a single bench order that directed registration of an FIR against Trinamool Congress MP Tapas Pal for his controversial comments against women and a CID probe into it.

"A decision has been taken to file an appeal," state Law Minister Chandrima Bhattacharya told PTI in Kolkata.
Pal, an actor-turned-MP, is also going to file an appeal against the order.

"We will also go for an appeal," Pal's counsel Rajdeep Majumdar said.

The appeals are likely to be filed and moved before a division bench tomorrow as Justice Dipankar Dutta had in his order yesterday directed that the FIR be lodged within 72 hours of the order being uploaded on the court's website.

Justice Dutta, passing his verdict on a petition seeking CID investigation into Pal's comments against women and other opposition party supporters at election rallies, had also made caustic observations about the state's law and order situation and the role of police.

He had directed that the high court would monitor the probe in view of West Bengal government's stand that the complaint did not disclose any cognisable offence and that the state tried to back the MP.

Justice Dutta in his order yesterday directed Inspector in-charge of Nakashipara police station in Nadia district to treat the July one complaint by petitioner Biplab Chowdhury, a resident of Pal's constituency Krishnagar in Nadia district, as an FIR.

The court also directed the state DGP to transfer the case to the DIG, CID, within 72 hours of the order being uploaded in the high court's website.

Justice Dutta directed the CID authorities to file a status report on progress of investigation on September one. 

Pal had in an open letter tendered unconditional apology to the media and the public at-large for his unsavoury comments.

This is the attitude of the government which increases the rape count in Bengal.
Instead of taking action as directed by the Court, it is again trying to circumvent it.
The High court Bench should dismiss the Bengal government's pleas.

Mani-Talk: Silence From Modi, Great Social Media Mogul

By Mani Shankar Aiyar
Eleven Shiv Sainiks go on the rampage in New Maharashtra Sadan, stuffing chapattis down the gullet of a Muslim canteen-wallah protesting that he is keeping the roza in the middle of Ramzan - and the Great Communicator keeps his mouth shut and his twitter on silent mode. An innocent Muslim techie in Maharashtra is murdered in Pune for the sin of wearing a skull-cap and growing a beard - and the Social Media Moghul has nothing, absolutely nothing to say on his Face-book - even in Hindi. 19 boys - all Muslims - are hauled up by the police in Kerala for a spoof on Modi, and Modi has nothing to say about Fundamental Freedoms. His supporters cover his tracks by saying that all three incidents took place in Congress-run states and the Prime Minister is only being discreet in the interests of "cooperative federalism." The same argument is trotted out for his silence over the outrageous remarks of Trinamool MP, Tapas Pal. There too the Government is not the BJP's. In which case, why has he spoken out only on the rapes and murders in Badayun, where the Samajwadi Party, not the BJP, is in power? Only because 'Maulana' Mulayam is a soft target? 

A minister in Modi's government is accused of rape - and with a mulishness more becoming of a worthier cause, the Prime Minister refuses to sack or even suspend the man. And even when a BJP member of the Telengana Assembly utters scandalous, defamatory remarks against a youth and women's icon like Sania Mirza, thundering is the silence from PMO. Is it only incidental that Sania is a Muslim - and does he share his MLA's view that she is to be deleted because she has had the temerity to marry a Pakistani? Is it no surprise then that the massacre of 700 Palestinians does not evoke even a simper of sympathy for the innocent victims? The same person who thundered from every election platform about the venality of the Congress, and furiously twittered away about this, now silences his mobile and locks up his lap-top? Is this because, as his defenders claim, he is suddenly overwhelmed by his official duties? Or is this the Silence of the Lambs?  

Much as he would like everyone to forget the past and move on to the future (as he pleaded in the Rajya Sabha in his reply to the debate on the Motion of Thanks), the past will not cease to haunt 7, Race Course Road until he owns up to his responsibility - at least his constructive responsibility - for the 2002 massacre. This is not a stick to beat him with but an empathetic reflection of the widows who still cry and the mothers who will never see their sons again, and the newly-married girl whose womb was sliced open and the foetus tossed into the sky. For any reconciliation to begin, there has to be humble acceptance of at least constructive responsibility, an expression of genuine compassion for all those who suffered and are still suffering, massive rehabilitation for those who lost their homes and livelihood, a reaching out to them, and retribution for those who caused and undertook the carnage. Begum Jaffri needs to be comforted for what her husband told her was the response when he called the Chief Minister - "What, they haven't got you yet?" Those are scars that will not heal merely by forgetting and asking others to forget. Forgiveness requires genuine repentance, not mocking the victims as puppy dogs.

Modi's apologists will, of course, point to his "exoneration" by the courts. He has not been exonerated. A local court has held that proceedings cannot go forward because the Special Investigation Team set up by the Supreme Court has said they have not been able to find any "prosecutable evidence" against him. They have not said there is no evidence against him; they have only said they have not been able to unearth any prosecutable evidence. 

The amicus curiae, on the other hand, has reported in a quite different vein to the same Supreme Court that appointed both him and the Special Investigating Team (SIT). He has held that there is damaging, even damning evidence of both omission and commission against Modi. There are two levels at which culpability might be established: one is the legal level; the other is the moral level. While at higher levels of the judiciary, a quite different verdict of legal responsibility might be returned, at the moral level, the argument is crystal clear: the dreadful pogrom occurred on his watch; ergo, some responsibility must attach to the chief minister. 

A moral man would unhesitatingly accept moral responsibility; a moral man would at least not appoint as minister one of his closest colleagues who has since been pronounced guilty and sentenced to a virtual life-time in prison. But Modi takes no responsibility, not even moral responsibility.  Indeed, for a month after the massacre began, he refused even to deal with relief and rehabilitation of the victims. It is only when he was almost bullied by the then PM that he began taking some desultory action. It is this dereliction of moral duty that has led to such a sharp division in Gujarati society that Muslim areas of cities like Ahmedabad and Vadodra are routinely referred to as "Pakistan". 

The communal divide has paid Modi huge electoral dividends, first in Gujarat, now in the country as a whole. But the nation has suffered. The suffering continues. That is the price that a want of morality in the leadership extracts.

SC collegium issue needs wider consultation process: Salman Khurshid

New Delhi, July 29 (ANI): Former Union Minister and Congress leader on Tuesday said that the ongoing issue raised by the central government over Supreme Court collegium needs a wider consultation process.
"I think the consultation process needs to be much wider. You have to first have a consultation among parties as differences on the judiciary amongst different political units are enormous. The government needs to talk to everybody on this matter," said Khurshid.
"Judges may not be the best people to consult but they are people you must consult. They are people who have worked on the idea of judiciary. We need to consult people who have worked in the Indian judicial system. Consultation is very important," he added.
The government has expressed the need to the method by which judges of the Supreme Court and High Court are selected.
This matter gained more importance after it was reported that Karnataka High Court judge K.L Manjunath had illegally bought a prime plot from a housing society in 2004 and also presided over cases involving the society.
The Supreme Court collegium had recommendation to elevate Manjunath as Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court but the NDA government had returned the collegium file, asking it to reconsider the elevation of KL Manjunath after these reports came into light.
However, Manjunath is being backed by the judges' collegium for a promotion despite the central government's opposition. (ANI)
All the political parties have suddenly ganged up against the judiciary and in the above case rightly so. If the judiciary wants to clear up the politics and but will not clear their own stables, they will face the people's ire. Physician, heal thyself.

Balance required for appointing judges: Jay Panda

New Delhi, July 29 (ANI): Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader Jay Panda said on Tuesday that the there needs to be a balance between the executive, legislature and the judiciary for the appointment of judges.
Panda told ANI, "In all democracies there is a balance between the executive, legislature and the judiciary for the appointment of judges. In India, the collegiums system was created to counter balance the complete dominance of the executive which had led to certain problems. But the present system is also leading to problems as lawyers and judges are themselves pointing out.
"So there has to be checks and balances to ensure that the people with the greatest integrity and legal acumen become our judges. It cannot be like only the judiciary will appoint the judges or only the executive or the legislature," he added.
In a judgment passed in 1993, a nine judge bench of the SC had established the primacy of the judiciary in the appointment of judges.
Under the collegium system, the government has no say in the appointment of judges, as the collegium is the final authority.
Retired Justice Markandey Katju had said earlier today that there should be a seven member national judicial commission including the senior most judges of the Supreme Court, the Law Minister and the Leader of the opposition in Lok Sabha, to appoint judges.
"They should hold a meeting and it should be televised so that all people in India can see it and there is total transparency. They should call the prospective candidate and ask him questions about his earlier functioning as a High Court judge and also his personal life, as is done in the United States," Katju had told ANI. (ANI)
I agree with Justice Markandey that we should follow the US system where important appointments are vetted by as done in the USA.
But then should we not do the same for our ministers?
Do you think people like Nitin Gadkari, Nihal Chand, Smriti Irani would pass muster? Why should only judges be quizzed?  Why not our MPs and MLAs? How can they become MPs and MLAs with serious charges against them and also be provided Z class security just because they are the PMs side kick?
Before our politicians point fingers at the judiciary, they should first set their own houses in order.
In the present case ,the collegium had taken correct decision. It was the executive who made them change it under the arm twisting of their southern ally.

Monday, July 28, 2014

India's Press Under Siege

When Indira Gandhi, India’s prime minister, declared a state of emergency on June 25, 1975, she immediately imposed strict censorship of the press. With defiant exceptions, much of the press caved in quickly to the new rules, prompting L.K. Advani, one of the founders of the Bharatiya Janata Party, who was jailed during the emergency, to comment later: “You were merely asked to bend, but you chose to crawl.”

Press censorship seems to be back with a vengeance in India, this time imposed not by direct government fiat but by powerful private owners and politicians. First, there were the phone calls recorded by tax investigators in 2009 between Niira Radia, a lobbyist for some of India’s most powerful corporations, and members of the media elite that revealed a dismayingly cozy relationship between the two. Last year, the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Information Technology issued its report on the scandal of “paid news,” in which political parties buy coverage.

More recently, media owners are bringing direct pressure on journalists to curb reporting or change editorial direction. Several prominent journalists have been pushed out of their jobs or have resigned in protest because they refused to go along. In October, Siddharth Varadarajan left The Hindu after the newspaper’s owner took over editorial direction. Hartosh Singh Bal was fired by Open magazine in November over the protests of his editor, Manu Joseph, who himself resigned in January.

The newspaper DNA pulled an article off its website this month by Rana Ayyub that was critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appointment of Amit Shah to head the Bharatiya Janata Party, citing the charges of murder, among other crimes, for which Mr. Shah is still technically on trial.

The world of Indian television was shaken by the resignations this month of Rajdeep Sardesai and Sagarika Ghose after their employer, TV18 Broadcast Ltd., was purchased in May by Reliance Industries Ltd., headed by India’s richest man, Mukesh Ambani. TV18 has partnerships with the global media operations CNN, CNBC, Viacom, A&E Networks and Forbes magazine.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is promising that it will release recommendations on regulating media cross-ownership next month. The aim should be to make ownership of media companies in India transparent to the public, which is not the case now.

In February, Reporters Without Borders ranked India as one of the most restrictive countries in the world for press freedom. India’s government has a responsibility to act to protect the free press before corporate consolidation and private censorship further erode citizens’ right to know.

I have said it earlier, that under Modi, it is going to be worse than under Hitler. Unfortunately, because of the misdeeds of the Congress party, the people were so fed-up that they have en masse voted for Modi. It has been a mistake. With people like Amit Shah helping him, the people will lose all their freedom.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

NRIs remain loyal to AAP, work to build party base

Mumbai: While the Lok Sabha elections may have left Aam Aadmi Party in political limbo, NRIs who sacrificed their jobs and dipped into their savings for AAP have not given up on it. Though many are back in the US cutting their losses, they are simultaneously working towards strengthening the party.
Deelip Mhaske, AAP's candidate from Jalna in Maharashtra's farm suicide belt, is the son of a Dalit farm labourer whose mother once worked as a rag-picker. Mhaske made it as an entrepreneur in America, only to give it all up last year to contest from his hometown on an AAP ticket. "I spent my life's savings on the elections. The results were disappointing," says Mhaske who is back in New York trying to revive his business.
"It was suicidal for AAP to contest on such a large scale without a base. All over the world social movements that grow into political parties do not expand so fast without strong institutions in place."
Though critical of AAP's election strategy, he has no intention of giving up on it as he says it is India's most credible political alternative. He is working on creating a database and raising funds for AAP. He is also working towards drawing independent poll candidates, Dalit leaders and trade unionists to AAP. Mhaske is no stranger to election campaigns, having worked on Obama's campaign.
Mhaske is not the only NRI building a cadre for AAP. After working off his debt in the US, a young management consultant from Chicago called Navendu Shirali hopes to return to his hometown, Goa, and work at the grassroots level to build a base for AAP. "The people of Goa voted for BJP to bring change to the state. It's been over two years since the party formed a government in Goa, and yet not a single person has been tried for the rampant corruption in mining and real estate," says Shirali.
He volunteered for the party during the Delhi assembly elections last year and the recent Lok Sabha campaign. He is set to take a break from work once again to support AAP during the upcoming Delhi elections. Over the past year, he stopped going out for movies or on vacations with his parents to save money, which he donated to AAP.
After 14 years in the US, Raghava Solipuram and his wife left America for Hyderabad in mid-2013 to work for AAP. Solipuram has also worked for the party in Delhi. "It was a very tough decision, especially since we had two children, both of whom were born in the US. They were put in boarding school when we moved to India," he said. After a one year break from work, he is back in Washington. He is now on the lookout for a job that will allow him time in India.
Between November 2013 and May 2014, Singapore-based former McKinsey Management Consultant and IIM Kolkatta alumnus Rajen Makhijiani spent 50% time in India, on social impact projects and campaigning for AAP.
He ran an anti-alcohol campaign exhorting people not to vote in exchange for alcohol or money. While he is a tad disappointed with the election results, he is buoyed by the fact that AAP won more votes in the Lok Sabha polls than it did in the Delhi Assembly elections last year. "Though 31% of the vote share went to the BJP, 69% did not. This 69% also needs a voice. Alternate politics is as relevant now as it was under Congress. The BJP has not offered any real alternative," says Makhijiani, who will now work on policy and fund-raising for AAP.

The above is from the Times of India. Not only NRIs but all those who have the good of India at heart will continue to support AAP.
It is the only party which can bring honesty in the working of the government.
All the others, just name them are all dishonest and made up of corrupt elements of society.
It is not that dishonest and corrupt persons have not tried to get into AAP to ride the wave.
The difference is:
If even one person is corrupt in a party and the party knowingly retains him/her, it is corrupt.
On the other hand, any dishonest, corrupt person is thrown out of AAP once it is discovered.
That is the difference between AAP and the other political parties.

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Ultimate in Mangoes - vA Seedless Mango

Indian scientists develop seedless mangoes : - Patna: First came seedless grapes. Now, Indian scientists have developed what could be the ultimate delicacy - a seedless mango which is finely textured and juicy, with a rich, sweet and distinctive flavour when mature. 

"We have developed a seedless mango variety from hybrids of mango varieties Ratna and Alphonso," V.B. Patel,chairman of the horticulture department at the Bihar Agriculture University(BAU) at Sabour in Bhagalpur district, told IANS. 

"We are happy and enthuastic as well as confident and hopeful of improving the seedless mango variety," Patel said.


"Few things I learnt after my husband's death:-

We always believe we will live forever. Bad things always happen to others.
  Only when things hit us bang on your head you realise... Life is so unpredictable....

My husband was an IT guy.
  AllTechnical. And  I am a chartered accountant. Awesome combination you may think.

Techie guy
, so everything is on his laptop.  His to do list. His e-bill and his bank statements in his email. He even maintained a folder which said IMPWDS wherein he stored all login id and passwords for all his online accounts.  And even his laptop had a password. Techie guy, so all the passwords were alpha-numeric with a special character not an easy one to crack. Office policy said passwords needed to be changed every 30 days.  So every time I accessed his laptop I would  realize  it's a new password again. I would simply opt for asking him 'What's the latest password? ' instead of taking the strain to memorize it.

You may think me being a Chartered Accountant would mean everything is documented and filed properly. Alas many of my chartered accountant friends would agree that the precision we follow with our office documents and papers do not flow in to day to day home life. At office you have be epitome of Reliability
 , Competence , Diligence etc.  but at home front there is always a tomorrow.

One fine morning my hubby expired in a bike accident on his way home from office. He was just 33.
  His laptop with all his data crashed.  Everything on his hard disk wiped off.  No folder of IMPWDS to refer back to.  His mobile with all the numbers on it was smashed.  But that was just the beginning. I realised I had lot to learn.

9 years married to one of the best human beings
, with no kids.  Just the two of us to fall back on. But now I stood all alone and lost.

Being chartered accountant helped in more ways than one
but it was not enough. I needed help.  His saving bank accounts, his salary bank accounts had no nominee.  On his insurance his mom was the nominee and it was almost 2 years back she had expired. But this was just a start. I didn't know the password to his email account where all his e-bill came. I didn't know which expenses he paid by standing instructions.

His office front too was not easy. His department had changed recently.
  I didn't know his reporting boss name to start with. When had he last claimed his shift allowance, his mobile reimbursement.

The house we bought with all the excitement on a loan
, we thought with our joint salary we could afford the EMI.  When the home loans guys suggested insurance on the loan we decided, instead of paying the premium: the difference in the EMI on account of the insurance could be used to  pay towards prepayment of the loan and get the tenure down.  We never thought,what we would do if we have to live on a single salary.  So now there was huge EMI to look into.

I realised I was in for a long haul.

Road accident case. So everywhere I needed a Death certificate, FIR report, Post Mortem report. For everything there were forms running into pages.
  Indemnity bondsNotary, Surety to stand up for you.  No objections certificates from your co-heirs.

I learnt other than your house, your land, 
your car, your bike are also your property.  So what if you are the joint owner of the flat.  You don't become the owner just because your hubby is no more. So what if your hubby expired in the bike accident and you are the nominee but if the bike is in a repairable conditionyou have to get the bike transferred in your name to claim the insurance.  And that was again not easy. The bike or car cannot be transferred in your name without going through a set of legal documents. Getting a Succession Certificate is another battle all together.

Then came the time you realise now you have to start changing all the bills, assets in your name.Your gas connection, electricity meter, your own house, your car, your investments and all sundries. And then change all the nominations where your own investments are concerned.
  And again a start of a new set of paperwork.

To say I was shaken.
 My whole life had just turned upside down was an understatement.  You realise you don't have time to mourn and grieve for the person with whom you spend the best years of your life. Because you are busy sorting all the paper work.

I realised then how much I took life for granted.
  I thought being a chartered accountant I am undergoing so many difficulties. What would have happened to someone who was house maker who wouldn't understand this legal hotchpotch.

A sweet friend then told me dear this was not an end.
  You have no kids.  Your assets will be for all who stand to claimafter my hubby's sudden death.  I realised it was time I took life more seriously. I now needed to make a Will. I would have laughed if a few months back if he had asked me to make one.  But now life had taken a twist.

Lessons learnt this hard way were meant to be shared.
  After all why should the people whom we love the most suffer after we are no more.  Sorting some paperwork before we go will at least ease some of their grief.

1. Check all your nominations...
It's a usual practice to put a name (i.e in the first place if you have mentioned it) and royally forget about it. Most of us have named our parent as a nominee for investments, bank accounts opened before marriage. We have not changed the same even years after they are no longer there with us. Even your salary account usually has no nomination.. Kindly check all your Nominations.
- Bank Accounts
- Fixed Deposits, NSC
- Bank Lockers
- Demat Accounts
- Insurance (Life, Bike or Car or Property)
- Investments
- PF Pension Forms

2. Passwords..
We have passwords for practically everything. Email accounts, Bank accounts, even for the laptop you use. What happens when your next in kin cannot access any of these simply because they do not know your password... Put it down on a paper.

3. Investments.
Every year for tax purpose we do investments. Do we maintain a excel sheet about it. If so is it on the same laptop of which the password you had not shared. Where are those physical investments hard copy.

4. Will.
Make a Will. I know you will smile even I would.
  Had I not gone through all what I did.  It would have made my life lot easier.  lot less paperwork.  I wouldn't had to provide an indemnity bond, get it notarised, ask surety to stand up, no objections certificates from others...

5. Liabilities.
When you take a loan say for your house or car.
  Check out on all the what ifs.  What if I am not there tomorrow.  What if I loose my job.  Will the EMI still be within my range.  If not get an insurance on the loan.  The people left behind will not have to worry on something as basic as their own house.

My battles have just begun...But let us at least try and make few changes so that our loved ones would not suffer after we go.
 We do not know what will happen in the future.  But as the Scout motto goes:  "Be prepared "


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Prashant Bhushan's Letter to Anil Ambani

Prashant Bhushan's response to legal notice sent by Anil Ambani. Prashant Bhushan had complained of a money laundering scam to the SIT on black money. Details of the complaint, the legal notice by Anil Ambani and Prashant Bhushan's response can be found on the article below.

Mr. Anil Ambani
Reliance ADA Group of Companies

Dear Mr. Ambani
You have sent a notice for defamation to Google on 21st July 2014 for allowing its blogging site to host a blog where someone has uploaded a copy of my complaint to the SIT against you. You have also addressed the notice to my junior advocate who had only sent the copy of the complaint to a few select persons on my instructions. It is strange that you have sent the notice to them and not to me who is the author of the complaint.
Let us start with the latest disclosures. When I found that your companies have received a huge some of money, running into $750 million, in violation of laws of the land, at the time when 2G scam took place, it was clear to me that this is a case of money laundering. Hence, I immediately sent a complaint to the SIT on black money constituted on the orders of the Supreme Court and also released it to select journalists so that the people of the country would also know the facts.
If you want to come clean, perhaps you can answer a few questions:
  1. Isn’t it true that Reliance was given permission for ‘dual technology’ telephony and awarded GSM spectrum by Mr. A Raja even before the said policy was announced, and hence the Supreme Court has ordered CBI investigation into this aspect?Isn’t it true that your company Reliance created an eligible company Swan Telecom with about Rs 1000 crore of your company’s money to grab telecom license and 2G spectrum against the Department of Telecommunication Rules, for which your company Reliance, its 3 executives, Swan Telecom, Balwa and Goenka have been chargesheeted by the CBI in the 2G cases?
  2. Isn’t it true that no cheque of above Rs 10 crore in your company can be signed anyone other than you or your wife?Isn’t it true that the CBI has been extremely kind to you and has not chargesheeted you for transactions that you authorized as CMD and were fully aware of, while the three executives of your company have been chargesheeted and spent several months in jail?
  3. Isn’t it true that you visited your executives in jail as a show of support to them and prosecution had to declare you a hostile witness?
  4. Isn’t it true that a your company M/s AAA & Sons Enterprises received a huge sum of $750 million from a company called EMITS Singapore in December 2007 in violation of Foreign Exchange Management Act which is around the time that 2G scam took place?
  5. Isn’t it true that the ED has found that entire amount received from this EMITS Singapore was not used for any project by AAA & Sons but only transferred through a layer of shell companies belonging to your group f companies? 
  6. Isn’t it obvious that this matter is crying out for a thorough and impartial investigation?

Apart from the 2G scam, you and your companies have been involved in the scams relating to Delhi electricity distribution, diversion of coal from Sasan coal block and violation of securities laws.

Delhi electricity
  1. Isn’t it true that Delhi Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee found that favours were shown to your company in privatization of electricity distribution in Delhi? 
  2. Isn’t it true that your company BSES was found guilty of fudging accounts and over invoicing by former DERC Chairperson to raise electricity prices in order to make illegal profits from supply of electricity?
  3. Isn’t it true that you and your companies BSES et al. are running scared of an independent audit by the CAG and are not cooperating with the CAG despite the Delhi HC asking you to do so?
Sasan coal block
  1. Isn’t it true that CAG has found that in complete violation of bidding conditions the Government allowed you to divert the coal from the coal block allotted for the Sasan UMPP? 
  2. Isn’t it true that the CAG has found that this diversion gave you a windfall profit and caused a loss to the Government of about Rs 29000 crores?
  3. Isn’t it true that the Supreme Court after an analysis of the Radia tapes has ordered a CBI investigation into the said diversion?
Violation of securities laws
  1. Isn’t it true that SEBI had initiated proceedings against you and your companies for multiple violations of SEBI Act and SEBI regulations, including those concerning fraudulent trade practices?
  2. Isn’t it true that after you moved SEBI for settlement of those charges, you were fined Rs 50 crores and barred from investing by SEBI for a certain period?

Mr. Ambani, would you like to come clean and answer the above questions, or would you like to hide behind legal notices to Google designed to scuttle the free exchange of information relating to the illegal activities done by you.
It is laughable that you are talking about your defamation and lowering of your reputation, when you and your companies have been involved in scam after scam of enormous proportions that any new revelation of wrongdoing by you or your companies does not come as a surprise.
Mr. Ambani, you are one of the richest persons in this country where majority of the population does not get to eat two square meals in a day. Does your greed for money know no end? Why do you have to indulge in illegal activities to make money when you can do good business without such activities?
Prashant Bhushan