Monday, December 17, 2012

Tips for driving to Bhutan

1 Make sure that the vehicle's papers(including PUC) are in order.

2 For immigration, there are two queues at the border town of Phuentsholing. Take the tourist line! The long one is for work permits.


3 The immigration process needs a couple of photos and an id proof and its copy. Takes around 1.5 hours to process. We used passport copies.

4 Bhutan time is 30 minutes ahead of IST. Most offices run from 9 to 4. Bear this in mind and start very early for immigration.

5 The road safety and transport authority issues permits for your vehicle based on your destination. This office closes at 3.30pm. If you miss it, you're stuck at the border.

6 Getting a new sim card is easy. Tashi and B mobile are the main vendors.

7 Indian rupee is welcome everywhere and fuel is cheaper than in India. There might be antifreeze in it though!

8 The roads are narrow and lovely and dangerous. Do not blow horn unless it is an emergency. No one uses horns in Bhutan. Or uses the wrong side.

9 Overtaking is another no no. Overtake only if the vehicle ahead moves to the shoulder and signals you. Makes sense in roads where a miss can land you in a two km free fall.

11 Stones, rocks, etc may fall on the road and your vehicle. Do not panic and swerve.

12 Parking charges are hefty in Thimphu. Starts from around 20 rupees.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tax benefits of Rajiv Gandhi Equity Saving Scheme


From the current financial year ending March 31, 2013, there is an opportunity to save up to 50% of the amount invested in notified equity schemes under newly inserted Section 80CCG. The income tax savings under this can be a maximum of INR 25,000.
The deduction under this section is available, if the following conditions are satisfied:
  • The Assessee is a resident individual
  • Gross total income does not exceed INR 10 lakhs
  • Is a new retail investor as specified in ”RGESS”
  • The stocks listed under the BSE 100 or CNX 100, or those specified public sector undertakings would be eligible under the scheme.  Follow-on Public Offers (FPOs) of the above companies would also be eligible under the Scheme. IPOs of PSUs, which are getting listed in the relevant financial year and whose annual turnover is not less than Rs.4,000 Crores for each of the immediate past three years, would also be eligible.
  • Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) and Mutual Funds (MFs) that have RGESS eligible securities as their underlying and are listed and traded in the stock exchanges and settled through a depository mechanism have also been brought under RGESS.
  • Investments are allowed to be made in installments in the year in which tax claims are made.
  • The total lock-in period for investments under the Scheme would be three years including an initial blanket lock-in period of one year, commencing from the date of last purchase of securities under RGESS.
  • After the first year, investors would be allowed to trade in the securities subject to fulfilling certain requirements as specified in the scheme.
  • The closing price as on the previous day of the date of trading will be considered for valuation of shares.
  • In case the investor fails to meet the conditions stipulated, the tax benefit will be withdrawn.
Here are some links that you can visit to familiarize yourself with this scheme.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

How to renew your passport without police verification ?

Three to Six months before expiry date of the Passport, Indian citizen can apply for its renewal. Make sure, your Passport is eligible or already entitle for ECR (Emigration Clearance Required) or ECNR (Emigration Clearance Not Required) status to get proper status.





Since, the passport validity has not expired, no police verification will be required. After the application is submitted, the passport will be delivered in 15-20 days.

Now, the passport application has to be submitted at the Passport Seva Kendra. For this, the applicant has to register himself on the passportindia.gov.in. Then, e-form has to be downloaded. After filling the details, upload the e-form and get an appointment. Reach at the scheduled date and time at the allocated PSK along with original and photocopy of to-be expired passport and address proof.

Once applied for Renewal of the Passport, it is based on your submission (Tatkaal or Normal) - it will be delivered. Tatkaal service takes maximum 7 days to delivery, whereas Normal service takes maximum 1 to 2 months for delivery.

How to get AADHAR or UID (Unique Identification Number) card?


How to get AADHAR card or UID card?


Long back, Government authority took survey on each area in India to get the residents detail in order to save their personal and confidential data to proceed for Aadhar cards next pace. It is possible for all the residents that they might have given their complete detail so far to relevant authority upon AADHAR survey taken during 2010-11.

After this process, if you would like to know how to get an Aadhar card for you right now, you have to approach nearest Aadhar card processing center where they distribute Aadhar card application form which you have to collect and fill it accordingly. Once you filled the Aadhar card application form, you have to submit application form along with relevant credential such as, Address proof and Identification proof to relevant authority to move further.

How to proceed for AADHAR card or UID card


To process Aadhar card, there might be a long queue in the center; you can go and process it during week-days to done it quickly, you will face problems in long queue if you go for its process on Weekends (Saturday and Sunday). Many citizens don't know how to proceed for AADHAR card even though there guideline and huge advertisement via newspaper, television and local area news etc.

You have nothing to worry on this process even if you have no basic ideas about Aadhar card procedure. You will get question yourself upon processing Aadhar card like what are the document we supposed to submit for Aadhar card at the center, when Aadhar card will dispatch to your resident at address given, who will contact us when Aadhar cards comes to our nearest Post office, what is the benefit of Aadhar cards etc. Once you approach the Aadhar center, they will verify your documents and then they will say you "Yes" or "No" for next pace. If everything is going well, then you have to get the right things done on its way.

AADHAR card or UID card Process


Aadhar card authority will cross check your document and they will let you know in case you miss some document or application detail. If everything is correct, then Aadhar card authority will let you know and go for the next step with your valid document and AADHAR application. Now, you have to proceed to next counter (or sometime they get the application only at the counter and possible that they might call you at your mobile number given after some days as an appointment to process it).

The next counter authority will let you sit in front of the computer system at their premises once cross checking your Aadhar application credentials. Authority will ask you to touch a small system for getting fingerprints, and they will let you know to see on a small device for eyes-scanning, once they are done, authority will then enter your name, address, contact number and other personal detail into their system, and they will let you cross check the detail entered and ask for missing in the system if any.

AADHAR card acknowledgment


Once the entire Aadhar card process is confirmed with you, the next question will be from authority is, whether you would like to open a saving bank account or associate an existing saving bank account with AADHAR card. It will happen before finishing the final touch process on Aadhar cards, after the confirmation on this, the authority will then take a print out and give you Aadhar card acknowledgement where you have to keep the receipt for its further claim.

Other than the queue, this process will take around 10 to 15 minutes, if there is long queue – then you have to spend almost a day to finish this process with authority. Once you get Aadhar card acknowledgement, you have to just wait for few months or maximum for three months to get your AADHAR original card from Government concern.

Aadhar card useful and advantage


Aadhar card will help you to keep as an Indian citizen card with its unique number; it will help you for various legal matters such as Address proof, identification proof, personal detail contents, authority relevance matter and other various identification proofs on any legal affairs. You will receive this card by registered post, you will receive a call (phone number given in application form) from nearest Post office where you have to get post office authority name to reach and contact for further claim on your Aadhar cards.

Once you received your Aadhar card from the post office authority, you may check it out and cut the below side of the Aadhar card where cutting mark mentioned, this card size is as same as normal identification card after cutting it but you will get this Aadhar card as a long size one. Upper portion of this card can keep aside for further and future reference required if any. Also, you may laminate Aadhar card if you would like to protect it from any damages in the future.

What is AADHAAR? AADHAAR or UID (Unique Identification Number), UID project renamed as AADHAAR

AADHAAR project helps Government and Resident of each state in India that could be obtained a 16 digit Unique Identification Number (UID) or AADHAAR by the citizen and proposed to get in November 2010 for its first phase; it is stands on the data collected during the continuing survey operations that could be completed by May 15 to July end, 2010 in India.

In this UID / AADHAAR operation in India, the first stage pictured house listing and housing survey during the 45 days to extended period operation in India. It may be achievable to issue UID / AADHAAR to citizens in six months after the first stage survey is completed. As per survey, information collected in the first round assessment will not only help in forming a precious database, but also the country's first ever national popular register (NPR).

The census data in India will be made available to Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) / AADHAAR after the first stage process in India is completed by September this year 2010. AADHAAR, which will be issued the UID to citizens and Registrar General and Census Commissioner have arrived at an understanding over distribution of the database.

From this project, every citizen of India will not only be identified by a separate number, but also his individual details will be filed in the NPR, sources said, adding that AADHAR has taken it up as a challenge to issue the Unique Identification Number to all citizens. The census may happen once in ten years, but the UID will be a continuous process and the information may go on changing.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

SERVICE TAX At Restaurants



Interesting.
I find restaurant bills often so confusing,
I just give up and pay the amount shown n the bottom line.

Perhaps we shouldn't.

Incidentally, I also resent the inclusion of Service Charges in
restaurant bills, because it assumes that I was satisfied with the
service. Just a matter of principle. Service Charge should be
something I leave behind at my personal discretion.
I recently demanded that the service charge be removed as the service was non-existent. After a
short - very short! - discussion, it was removed. About Service Tax..... Be aware


This happened at the restaurant.

Let me explain.

We had been to several restaurants recently. I observed that "service
tax" was being misused in the way it was being charged to customers.

Let me give an example.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Food and Beverage = Rs. 1000.00

Service Charges @ 10% = Rs. 100.00

Service Tax @ 4.94% = Rs. 54.34 (on F&B + Service Charges)

VAT @14.5% = Rs. 145.00

Total = Rs. 1299.34


As per the definition - "Service Tax can be charged ONLY for the
services provided to the customer".


Now, see what is happening here in the above example.


Service Tax should be charged only on the Service Charge amount i.e
Rs.100 ONLY, and NOT on the entire amount (1000+100).

In this example, the customer should be charged only Rs 4.94, whereas
he has been charged Rs. 49.00 extra.

Where does this money go?
Only the restaurant owner and the chartered accountants who work for them know.

· So, I have started asking them the questions - and am
surprised to see the reaction from famous restaurants. Either they
say: "Sir we cannot change the format of the bill - so , we will
recalculate and tell you the revised amount. You may pay only that."
OR

· "Sir, you do not need to pay the Service Tax amount itself"!!

I now have 3 to 4 restaurant bills, but for which I have paid only the
service tax on the service charge and NOT on the total amount.



Every bill MUST carry the TIN number and Service Tax Number, if they
charge it. So . . . , I ask for the Service tax number if it is not
available in the receipt that they provide.

As we cannot go to any government official and ask them to get this
right - because of our system.

Please remember - we cannot change any political leader - but we can
change ourselves.

If we change ourselves - things will change.

Please do share this with every one of your friends and known people.

Ask for the right tax calculation
and
Pay only the tax which is supposed to be paid.

Verify every bill and receipt that you make payment on.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy: new york webcam updates

Watch the sun rise over New York from this excellent web cam that is streaming photos every minute of the city skyline from the New York Times.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hurricane Sandy latest Updates from across the east coast

Maine

• Storm tide and surge: 1 to 2 feet of storm surge on top of tides.
Wind: 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. The strongest winds will occur Monday afternoon and evening.
• Rain: Widespread totals from 1 to 3 inches, with isolated amounts up to 5 inches
• Inland Flooding: Significant urban and small stream flooding is possible, which could linger into Tuesday.
• Power outages: Spotty power outages are possible as wind takes down branches and trees.

Massachusetts

• Storm tide and surge: Up to 4 feet of storm surge on top of tides, with a 10-20% chance of surge exceeding 5 feet.

Storm tide forecast for Buzzards Bay, MA is 7-8 feet.
Storm tide forecast for Woods Hole, MA is 6-7 feet.
Storm tide forecast for Nantucket, MA is 6-7 feet.

Wind: 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. The strongest winds will occur Monday afternoon and evening
• Rain: Widespread totals from 1.5 to 3 inches, with isolated amounts up to 5 inches
• Inland Flooding: Significant urban and small stream flooding is possible, which could linger into Tuesday.
• Power outages: Spotty power outages are possible as wind takes down branches and trees

Rhode Island

• Storm tide and surge: 4 to 5 feet of surge is possible on top of tides, with a 10-20% chance of surge exceeding 5 feet.

Storm tide forecast for Newport, RI is 8-9 feet.
Storm tide forecast for Providence, RI is 10-11 feet.
Storm tide forecast for Block Island, RI is 7-8 feet.

Wind: 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. The strongest winds will occur Monday afternoon and evening
• Rain: Widespread totals from 1.5 to 3 inches, with isolated amounts up to 5 inches
• Inland Flooding: Significant urban and small stream flooding is possible, which could linger into Tuesday.
• Power outages: Spotty power outages are possible as wind takes down branches and trees

Connecticut

• Storm tide and surge: 6 to 9 feet of surge is possible on top of tides, with a 60% chance of surge exceeding 5 feet west of Bridgeport. Surge will be worse as you move west along the Connecticut coastline.

Storm tide forecast for New London, CT is 8-9 feet.
Storm tide forecast for Bridgeport, CT is 14-15 feet.

Wind: 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. The strongest winds will occur Monday afternoon and evening
• Rain: Widespread totals from 1.5 to 3 inches, with isolated amounts up to 5 inches
• Inland Flooding: Significant urban and small stream flooding is possible, which could linger into Tuesday.
• Power outages: Power outages are possible as wind takes down branches and trees

New York

• Storm tide and surge:
Long Island Sound -- 6-7 feet on top of tide with a 50% chance of exceeding 7 feet. Storm tide forecast for Port Jefferson is 13-14 feet.
Manhattan -- 4-5 feet on top of tide with a 40% chance of exceeding 7 feet.
Staten Island -- 4-5 feet on top of tide with a 60% chance of exceeding 7 feet.

Storm tide forecast for Montauk, NY is 7-8 feet.
Storm tide forecast for Port Jefferson, NY is 13-14 feet.
Storm tide forecast for Kings Point, NY is 12-13 feet.
Storm tide forecast for The Battery, NY is 9-10 feet.
Storm tide forecast for Bergen Pt, NY is 10-11 feet.

Wind: Long duration, damaging winds expected. 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 80 mph. The strongest winds will occur Monday afternoon and night.
• Rain: Widespread totals from 2 to 4 inches, with isolated amounts up to 6 inches, especially in the higher elevations. 1 to 2 inches PER HOUR are expected where the heaviest rain bands set up.
• Inland Flooding: Widespread urban flooding is expected Monday and into Tuesday. Fast-responding streams are expected to flood, as well. The flooding will be exacerbated by blockages in storm drains as well as rising storm tide.
• Power outages: Power outages are possible, even likely, as wind takes down branches and trees.

Pennsylvania

• Storm tide and surge: 1 to 2 feet of surge is possible on top of tides, with a 30-40% chance of surge exceeding 3 feet.

Storm tide forecast for Philadelphia, PA is 8-9 feet.

Wind: 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 70 mph. The strongest winds will occur Monday afternoon and evening and into Tuesday. Wind speeds will increase closer to the coast.
• Rain: Widespread totals from 4 to 10 inches, with the highest amounts mainly from Philadelphia metro southward. Heavy rain is expected to begin Sunday night, with the heaviest occurring Monday night into Tuesday.
• Inland Flooding: Significant urban and small stream flooding is possible, which could linger into Tuesday. RIver flooding is possible.
• Power outages: Power outages are likely as wind takes down branches and trees.

New Jersey

• Storm tide and surge: 4 to 5 feet of surge is possible on top of tides, with a 30-50% chance of surge exceeding 7 feet. Surge will be worse as you move north along the New Jersey coastline.

Storm tide forecast for Sandy Hook, NJ is 10-11 feet.
Storm tide forecast for Atlantic City, NJ is 9-10 feet.
Storm tide forecast for Cape May, NJ is 9-10 feet.

Wind: 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 70 mph. The strongest winds will occur Monday afternoon and evening and into Tuesday. Wind speeds will increase closer to the coast.
• Rain: Widespread totals from 4 to 10 inches. Heavy rain is expected to begin Sunday night, with the heaviest occurring Monday night into Tuesday.
• Inland Flooding: Significant urban and small stream flooding is possible, which could linger into Tuesday. RIver flooding is possible.
• Power outages: Power outages are likely as wind takes down branches and trees.

Delaware

• Storm tide and surge: 4 to 5 feet of surge is possible on top of tides, with a 20% chance of surge exceeding 6 feet.

Storm tide forecast for Reedy Point, DE is 8-9 feet.
Storm tide forecast for Lewes, DE is 9-10 feet.

Wind: 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 70 mph. The strongest winds will occur Monday afternoon and evening and into Tuesday. Wind speeds will increase closer to the coast.
• Rain: Widespread totals from 4 to 10 inches. Heavy rain is expected to begin Sunday night, with the heaviest occurring Monday night into Tuesday.
• Inland Flooding: Significant urban and small stream flooding is possible, which could linger into Tuesday. RIver flooding is possible.
• Power outages: Power outages are likely as wind takes down branches and trees.

Maryland and Washington D.C.

• Storm tide and surge: 4 to 5 feet of surge is possible on top of tides on the ocean coast, with a 10-20% chance of surge exceeding 6 feet.
Wind: 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. The strongest winds will occur Monday afternoon and evening and into Tuesday. Wind speeds will increase closer to the coast, and will also be stronger along the ridges.
• Rain: Widespread totals from 3 to 6 inches, with locally higher amounts, especially in the D.C. metro. Heavy rain is expected to begin Sunday night, with the heaviest occurring Monday night into Tuesday.
• Inland Flooding: Moderate to major flooding is possible on the smaller creeks and streams. Flooding is also possible on the larger mainstream rivers beyond Tuesday.
• Power outages: Power outages are likely as wind takes down branches and trees.

Virginia

• Storm tide and surge: 2 to 4 feet of surge is possible on top of tides on the ocean coast.

Storm tide forecast for Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, VA is 6-7 feet.
Storm tide forecast for Wachapreague, VA is 7-8 feet.
Storm tide forecast for Kiptopeke Beach, VA is 6-7 feet.

Wind: 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. The strongest winds will occur Monday afternoon and evening and into Tuesday. Wind speeds will increase closer to the coast, and will also be stronger along the ridges.
• Rain: Widespread totals from 3 to 6 inches, with locally higher amounts, especially in the D.C. metro. Heavy rain is expected to begin Sunday night, with the heaviest occurring Monday night into Tuesday.
• Inland Flooding: Moderate to major flooding is possible on the smaller creeks and streams. Flooding is also possible on the larger mainstream rivers beyond Tuesday.
• Power outages: Power outages are likely as wind takes down branches and trees.

North Carolina

• Storm tide and surge: 2 to 4 feet of surge is possible on top of tides.

Storm tide forecast for Duck Pier, NC is 7-8 feet.

Wind: 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. The strongest winds will occur Monday afternoon and evening and into Tuesday. Wind speeds will increase closer to the coast, and will also be stronger along the ridges.
• Rain: An additional 1 to 3 inches possible overnight Sunday.
• Inland Flooding: Flood threat is tapering off as Sandy moves north.
• Power outages: Sporadic power outages are possible as wind breaks branches off trees.

Latest Hurricane Sandy’s Satellite Photos

If you had any doubts about the scale of frankenstorm Sandy, check out NASA's latest global Earth image to see its size compared to the entire planet.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

India's Experience with Globalistaion : The Promise belied

A great, but sobering, assessment by C.P.Chandrasekhar. It has always appeared to me that most companies are only interested in catering to the huge Indian market. It therefore becomes critical to keep a much closer eye on export/sales ratio of EACH industrial or commercial sector. The long term prospects of the IT sector to sustain such earnings can be questionable, as more competition arises from other countries and as the global economy slows down, or when there is no more additional outsourcing from other countries that are struggling with their own unemployment crisis.

Given the kind of infrastructure projects that have been pushed so far (highways, aviation, etc.), it seems clear that the elite running the country have made huge, ongoing imports inevitable. A different path of growth based on the somewhat quaint concepts of self sufficiency and long term sustainability by investing in rail network, renewable energy, modern public transport, etc. would have been better for all
Click on the link to read the article.
The Hindu : Business / Economy : Promise belied

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Motion Induced Blindness

In a motor accident, wherein a speeding car hits a slower moving vehicle coming from the side, the speeding car drivers often swear that they just didn’t see the vehicle coming from the left or right.

Well, they aren’t lying. They really don’t see the vehicle coming from the side, in spite... of broad daylight. This phenomenon on the car drivers’ part is known as “Motion Induced Blindness”. It is unbelievable but it is true, and it is definitely frightening. Armed forces pilots are taught about motion induced blindness during training, because it happens faster at high speeds; and to some extent it is applicable to car drivers also, especially the fast ones. So, if
you drive a car, please read this carefully.

Once airborne, pilots are taught to alternate their gaze between scanning the horizon and scanning their instrument panel, and never to fix their gaze for more than a couple of seconds on any single object. They are taught to continually keep their heads on a swivel and their eyes always moving. Because, if you fix your gaze on one object long enough while you yourself are in motion, your peripheral vision goes blind. That’s why it is called motion induced blindness. For fighter pilots, this is the only way to survive in air; not only during aerial combat, but from peacetime hazards like mid-air collisions as well.

Till about three decades ago, this “heads on swivel & eyes moving” technique was the only way to spot other aircraft in the skies around.

Now-a-days they have on-board radars, but the old technique still holds good.
Let me give you a small demonstration of motion induced blindness. This is the same demonstration that is used for trainee pilots in classrooms before they even go near an aircraft. Just click on the link below. You will see a revolving array of blue crosses on a black background. There is a flashing green dot in the center and three fixed yellow dots around it. If you fix your gaze on the green dot for more than a few seconds, the yellow dots will disappear at random…, either singly, or in pairs, or all three together. In reality, the yellow dots are always there. Just watch the yellow dots for some time to ensure that they don’t go anywhere!

http://www.msf-usa.org/motion.html

(You can alter the background color or the rpm of the array by clicking the appropriate buttons.

So, if you are driving at a high speed on a highway and if you fix your gaze on the road straight ahead, you will not see a car, a scooter, a buggy, a bicycle, a buffalo or even a human being approaching from the side. Now reverse the picture. If you are crossing a road on foot and you see a speeding car approaching…, there’s a 90% chance that the driver isn’t seeing you, because his/her peripheral vision may be blind! And you may be in that blind zone!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Now send your Grievance to the president

Click here to send your Grievance to the president 
Rashtrapati Bhavan : 03-08-12

The re-designed website of the President of India was launched at Rashtrapati Bhavan today.
 While the historical perspectives from the earlier websites have been retained, the re-designed website has some new features, which include direct connectivity from the website to social networking media of the President i.e. Facebook and You-Tube. These two features have been initiated after assumption of charge by the President Pranab Mukherjee. The new website also has a Video Gallery. Citizens can connect to the President directly by clicking the button 'Write to the President', which will take them directly to the helpline portal. Moreover, visuals have been conceptualized and made user friendly. 

Launching the website, Secretary to the President, Ms. Omita Paul expressed the hope that it would be a step forward to bring the President of India closer to the people. She also said that efforts would be made to ensure that the website is in line with the best global practices.

Click here to send your Grievance to the president 


A chat with Dr..Devi Shetty, Narayana Hrudayalaya(Heart Specialist)

   Dr.Devi Shetty, Hrudayalaya (Heart Specialist) Bangalore

A chat with Dr..Devi Shetty, Narayana Hrudayalaya(Heart Specialist) Bangalore was arranged by WIPRO for its employees The transcript of the chat is given below. Useful for everyone.

Q: What are the thumb rules for a layman to take care of his heart?

Ans:
1. Diet - Less of carbohydrate, more of protein, less oil
2. Exercise - Half an hour's walk, at least five days a week; avoid lifts and avoid sitting for a longtime
3. Quit smoking
4. Control weight
5. Control blood pressure and sugar

Q: Is eating fish good for the heart ?

Ans: Yes

Q
: It's still a grave shock to hear that some apparently healthy person
gets a cardiac arrest. How do we understand it in perspective?


Ans: This is called silent attack; that is why we recommend everyone past the age of 30 to undergo routine health checkups.


Q: Are heart diseases hereditary?

Ans: Yes


Q: What are the ways in which the heart is stressed? What practices do you suggest to de-stress?

Ans: Change your attitude towards life. Do not look for perfection in everything in life.


Q: Is walking better than jogging or is more intensive exercise required to keep a healthy heart?

Ans: Walking is better than jogging since jogging leads to early fatigue and injury to joints


Q: You have done so much for the poor and needy. What has inspired you to do so?

Ans:
Mother Theresa , who was my patient..

Q: Can people with low blood pressure suffer heart diseases?

Ans: Extremely rare.


Q: Does cholesterol accumulates right from an early age
(I'm currently only 22) or do you have to worry about it only after you are above 30 years of age?

Ans: Cholesterol accumulates
from childhood.
Q: How do irregular eating habits affect the heart ?

Ans: You tend to eat junk food when the habits are irregular and your body's enzyme release for digestion gets confused.


Q: How can I control cholesterol content without using medicines?

Ans: Control diet, walk and eat walnut.


Q: Which is the best and worst food for the heart?

Ans:
Fruits and vegetables are the best and the worst is oil.
Q: Which oil is better - groundnut, sunflower, olive?

Ans: All oils are bad .


Q: What is the routine checkup one should go through? Is there any specific test?

Ans: Routine blood test to ensure sugar, cholesterol is ok. Check BP, Treadmill test after an echo.

Q: What are the first aid steps to be taken on a heart attack?
Ans: Help the person into a sleeping position , place an aspirin tablet under the tongue with a sorbitrate tablet if available, and rush him to a coronary care unit since the maximum casualty takes place within the first hour..

Q: How do you differentiate between pain caused by a heart attack and that caused due to gastric trouble?
Ans: Extremely difficult without ECG.

Q: What is the main cause of a steep increase in heart problems amongst youngsters? I see people of about 30-40 yrs of age having heart attacks and serious heart problems.
Ans: Increased awareness has increased incidents. Also, sedentary lifestyles, smoking, junk food, lack of exercise in a country where people are genetically three times more vulnerable for heart attacks than Europeans and Americans.

Q: Is it possible for a person to have BP outside the normal range of 120/80 and yet be perfectly healthy?
Ans: Yes.

Q: Marriages within close relatives can lead to heart problems for the child. Is it true?
Ans : Yes, co-sanguinity leads to congenital abnormalities and you may not have a software engineer as a child

Q: Many of us have an irregular daily routine and many a times we have to stay late nights in office. Does this affect our heart ? What precautions would you recommend?
Ans : When you are young, nature protects you against all these irregularities. However, as you grow older, respect the biological clock.

Q: Will taking anti-hypertensive drugs cause some other complications (short / long term)?
Ans : Yes, most drugs have some side effects. However, modern anti-hypertensive drugs are extremely safe.

Q: Will consuming more coffee/tea lead to heart attacks?
Ans : No.

Q: Are asthma patients more prone to heart disease?
Ans : No.

Q: How would you define junk food?
Ans : Fried food like Kentucky , McDonalds , samosas, and even masala dosas.

Q: You mentioned that Indians are three times more vulnerable. What is the reason for this, as Europeans and Americans also eat a lot of junk food?
Ans: Every race is vulnerable to some disease and unfortunately, Indians are vulnerable for the most expensive disease.

Q: Does consuming bananas help reduce hypertension?
Ans : No.

Q: Can a person help himself during a heart attack (Because we see a lot of forwarded emails on this)?
Ans : Yes. Lie down comfortably and put an aspirin tablet of any description under the tongue and ask someone to take you to the nearest coronary care unit without any delay and do not wait for the ambulance since most of the time, the ambulance does not turn up.

Q: Do, in any way, low white blood cells and low hemoglobin count lead to heart problems?
Ans : No. But it is ideal to have normal hemoglobin level to increase your exercise capacity.

Q: Sometimes, due to the hectic schedule we are not able to exercise. So, does walking while doing daily chores at home or climbing the stairs in the house, work as a substitute for exercise?
Ans : Certainly. Avoid sitting continuously for more than half an hour and even the act of getting out of the chair and going to another chair and sitting helps a lot.

Q: Is there a relation between heart problems and blood sugar?
Ans: Yes. A strong relationship since diabetics are more vulnerable to heart attacks than non-diabetics.

Qn: What are the things one needs to take care of after a heart operation?

Ans : Diet, exercise, drugs on time , Control cho lesterol, BP, weight.

Q: Are people working on night shifts more vulnerable to heart disease when compared to day shift workers?
Ans : No.

Q: What are the modern anti-hypertensive drugs?
Ans : There are hundreds of drugs and your doctor will chose the right combination for your problem, but my suggestion is to avoid the drugs and go for natural ways of controlling blood pressure by walk, diet to
reduce weight and changing attitudes towards lifestyles.

Q: Does dispirin or similar headache pills increase the risk of heart attacks?
Ans : No.

Q: Why is the rate of heart attacks more in men than in women?
Ans : Nature protects women till the age of 45. (Present Global census show that the Percentage of heart disease in women has increased than in men )

Qn: How can one keep the heart in a good condition?
Ans : Eat a healthy diet, avoid junk food, exercise everyday, do not smoke and, go for health checkup s if you are past the age of 30 ( once in six months recommended) ....

 

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

INS ‘Baaz’ – Commissioned as the southernmost air station of the Indian armed forces.

The Naval Air Station at Campbell Bay on Great Nicobar Island, was today commissioned as Indian Naval Ship ‘Baaz’ by Admiral Nirmal Verma, Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and the Chief of the Naval Staff. INS Baaz is situated at a distance of about 300 nm from Port Blair and is the southernmost air station of the Indian armed forces.

Speaking on the occasion Admiral Nirmal Verma said that “the archipelago, separated as it is by more than 650 nm from our mainland, offers a vital geo-strategic advantage to India. Not only do they provide the Nation with a commanding presence in the Bay of Bengal, the Islands also serve as our window into East and South East Asia”. He added that “They also sit astride some of the busiest shipping lanes of the Indian Ocean, most carrying strategic cargo for East Asian economies”.

Bringing out that the Navy has been progressively increasing the number of warships based in the Andaman and Nicobar Command, Admiral Nirmal Verma said Port Blair will be home to amphibious platforms, Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels and Fast Attack Craft as the Navy’s robust acquisition plans progress”. Emphasizing upon the strategic location of INS Baaz Admiral Verma reminded those gathered that INS Baaz, overlooks the Strait of Malacca, while also dominating the 6 degree channel”.

INS Baaz is currently equipped to operate light to heavy aircraft capable of short field operations from the runway of about 3500 feet. The runway will be progressively lengthened to enable unrestricted operation of all category of aircraft including heavy aircraft. The base will also be bolstered with modern airfield instruments and navigation aids.

Congratulating the Commanding Officer, Commander SK Singh Deo, Admiral Verma acknowledged the contribution of the men in resolutely manning the remote island territories. Admiral Verma said “the work undertaken by each one of you, allows optimum exploitation of this strategic air station”. Talking about its Admiral Verma said “One of the primary functions of INS Baaz will be to provide information, based on ‘airborne’ maritime surveillance”. Admiral Verma added that airborne surveillance using aircraft and UAVs remains invaluable to building Maritime Domain Awareness.

The commissioning ceremony was attended by Lt Gen Naresh Marwah, (CINCAN) Commander-in-Chief Andaman and Nicobar Command and Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha, (CISC) Chief of Integrated Defense Staff to Chairman Chief of Staff Committee.

It may be recalled that the Government of India had recently sanctioned numerous steps to fortify infrastructure in the strategically located Andaman and Nicobar chain of Islands with forward operating bases in Kamorta (Nicobar Islands) and Diglipur (Andaman) as well.

Pivoted around the Andaman and Nicobar Command, headquartered at Port Blair, co-operative maritime engagement with South East Asian and East Asian countries is also being constantly enhanced through initiatives like the MILAN series of exercises, co-operative patrols with countries like Indonesia and Thailand and other Navy-to-Navy linkages with ASEAN countries as distant as Vietnam.

Due Date of E-Filing of Income Tax Returns for Assessment Year 2012-13 Extended up to 31st August, 2012

On consideration of the reports of disturbance of general life caused due to failure of power and further in consideration of the fact that the e-filing of returns for a specified category of individuals and HUF has been made mandatory, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), in exercise of powers conferred under section 119 of the Income Tax Act, 1961, has extended the ‘due date’ of filing of returns of income for the Assessment Year 2012-13 to 31st August 2012. This has been done in respect of assesses who are liable to file such returns by 31st July 2012 as per provisions of section 139 of Income Tax Act, 1961 .

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Pincodes Chennai

Area Name Pincode Area Name Pincode
Adambakkam 600 088 Nandanam 600 035
Adayar 600 020 Nanganallur 600 061
Alwarthirunagar 600 087 Nungambakkam 600 034
Ambattur 600 053 Old Pallavaram 600 117
Ambattur Ind. Estate 600 058 Padi 600 050
Aminjikarai 600 029 Pallavaram 600 043
Anakaputhur 600 070 Park Town 600 003
Anna Nagar 600 040 Parrys 600 001
Anna Nagar East 600 102 Pattabiram 600 072
Anna Nagar West Extn 600 101 Pazhavanthangal 600 114
Anna Road 600 002 Perambur 600 011
Arumbakkam 600 106 Perambur Barracks 600 012
Ashok Nagar 600 083 Perungudi 600 096
Avadi Camp H.O 600 054 Polichalur 600 074
Avadi I.A.F 600 055 Ponniamman Medu 600 110
Ayanavaram 600 023 Poonamallee 600 056
Ayyappanagar 600 111 Porur 600 116
Besant Nagar 600 090 Pozhai 600 066
Broadway 600 108 R.A. Puram 600 028
Chennai High Court Bldgs 600 104 Railway car shed complex 600 109
Chetpet 600 031 Raj Bhavan 600 022
Chitlapakkam 600 064 Red Hills 600 052
Choolai 600 112 Royapettah 600 014
Choolaimedu 600 094 Royapuram 600 013
Chrompet 600 044 Saidapet 600 015
CRP Camp Avadi 600 065 Saligramam 600 093
Egmore 600 008 Sathyamurthi Nagar 600 062
Ekkaduthangal 600 097 Selaiyur 600 073
Engineering College 600 025 Sheynoynagar 600 030
Ennore Thermal Station 600 057 Sholavaram 600 067
Flowers Road 600 084 Sidco Estate 600 098
Fort St. George 600 009 Sowcarpet 600 079
Gopalapuram 600 086 Srinivasa Nagar 600 063
Greames Road 600 006 St. Thomas Mount 600 016
Guindy 600 032 T.Nagar 600 017
ICF Colony 600 038 T.T.T.I.Tharamani 600 113
Indian Institute of Tech 600 036 Tambaram East 600 059
Jawahar Nagar 600 082 Tambaram H.O. 600 045
K K Nagar 600 078 Tambaram Sanatorium 600 047
Kamaraj Nagar 600 071 Tambarm IAF 600 046
Kilpauk 600 010 Teynampet 600 018
Kodambakkam 600 024 Thirumullaivoyal 600 062
Kodungaiyur 600 118 Tiruvanmiyur 600 041
Kolathur 600 099 Tiruverkadu 600 077
Korathur R.S. 600 076 Tiruvottiyur 600 019
Korattur 600 080 Tondiarpet 600 081
Kottur 600 085 Triplicane 600 005
Koyambedu 600 107 Vadapalani 600 026
Kunnathur 600 069 Vandalur 600 048
Madhavaram 600 060 Velacheri 600 042
Madhavaram Milk Colony 600 051 Vepery 600 007
Madipakkam 600 091 Villivakkam 600 049
Manali 600 068 Virugambakkam 600 092
Manali New Town 600 103 Vyasaarpadi 600 039
Meenambakkam 600 027 Washermanpet 600 021
Mylapore 600 004 West Mambalam 600 033

Sunday, June 10, 2012

PMO writes to Anna Hazare addressing the issues raised by him

Dear Shri Anna Hazare,


This refers to the letter dated 26.5.2012 addressed to the Prime Minister purported to have been signed by you and several others. I have been directed to make the following submissions to the issues raised:

The Government has tabled a strong Lokpal Bill in Parliament which has features that are more progressive than in any Bill tabled before. This Bill has been prepared after extensive discussions with you and your colleagues and all suggestions that were considered to be feasible have been incorporated. This Bill has been passed by the Lok Sabha. Government is of the opinion that Parliament has to take a final view on the Bill and the passage of the Bill should be a Parliament-led process. To this end, Government is open to suggestions from all parties. In fact, many suggestions have been accepted by the Government in the course of the discussions on the Bill and two all-party meetings have been held in an effort to build consensus. The Bill has now been referred to a Select Committee which will be open to receive and examine all relevant suggestions.

In addition to the Lokpal Bill, Government has taken a slew of measures, both legislative and executive, to curb and reduce corruption. The Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Persons Making the Disclosure Bill, the Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials and Officials of International Organisations Bill, the Citizens` Right to Grievance Redress Bill and the Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill have been brought forward. India has also ratified the United Nations Convention against Corruption. A comprehensive public procurement law has been approved by the Cabinet. The National Mission for Delivery of Justice and Legal Reforms has been set up.

A Group of Ministers set up by the Government to consider measures to tackle corruption has approved a large number of measures as given in the annexure. These are being implemented by the various Ministries and a monitoring mechanism has been set up to track progress.

To fight the menace of black money, the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act and amendment to the Prevention of Money Laundering Act have been passed. A special committee has been set up to examine measures to strengthen laws to curb black money generation. Independent agencies have been commissioned to assess the quantum of black money and make recommendations. New Income Tax Overseas Units have been set up and new Tax Information Exchange Agreements and Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements have been signed to contain generation and outflow of illicit funds.

Agencies like CBI, ED, CAG and CBDT continue to function independently as per their mandates. In fact, the term of this Government has been especially marked by zero interference in the functioning of these agencies. CAG has functioned in an unfettered way in conducting audit of various departments.

The Government continues to welcome suggestions from all segments of civil society, including the one represented by you, on measures to bring greater probity in governance and public life. The Government is committed to make all efforts to reduce corruption and bring in greater transparency. The Government is also determined to ensure that baseless and uninformed allegations made against public servants are not allowed to create fear that can lead to paralysis in decision-making and slow down growth and development.

We have noted from your letter that you have previously addressed communications to all the Ministers conveying the allegations made against them for their views.

As regards the allegations made against the Prime Minister, they seem to be based on a leaked draft of the CAG on coal block allocations and on media stories. You have provided no evidence to back up these allegations and you have yourself said that you are not making these allegations. All details of the policy and procedures followed for coal block allocations have been placed in the public domain by the Coal Ministry and can be seen by all by going to the link http://coal.nic.in/welcome.html. All decisions were taken in public interest on the basis of legal provisions and relevant policy in force.

The final report of the CAG has not yet been tabled in Parliament. When it is tabled, the Government will submit detailed responses before the Public Accounts Committee as per Constitutional procedure. It is also understood that the CVC, in exercise of the powers vested in it, has recently directed the CBI to carry out a Preliminary Enquiry on a complaint on coal block allocations filed by an Opposition MP and some others. CBI will carry out the enquiry fairly and independently. Your insinuations and allegations against the CBI are unwarranted and unjustified.

I must regret that your statement that "top most institutions of the country like the Supreme Court, High Court, CAG etc. have leveled these allegations [against the Ministers] from time to time", is not only vague but unacceptable.

The tone and tenor of your letter and the broad and sweeping nature of the statements made are also unacceptable.

Your demand for the constitution of a Special Investigation Team has been considered, as also the terms of reference suggested by you. Having regard to the fact that the existing legal and statutory framework has adequate and sufficient provisions for addressing the issues raised by you, your demand cannot be acceded to.

The allegation that an understanding has been reached by the Government with Shri Mulayam Singh to hush up ongoing CBI enquiries is baseless and untrue. It is unfair to the Government, Shri Mulayam Singh and the CBI and an insult to the judicial system.

As regards allegations leveled against what you have termed as `team Anna`, these too would be subject to due investigation by concerned agencies if and when reports are filed. There is no provision under law to subject anyone to twice the penalty allowed under the relevant law.

Finally, with regard to the special fast track courts suggested by you to deal with cases of allegedly tainted MPs, the matter has been considered but cannot be acceded to since Government and the judiciary both monitor the pendency of cases in various courts.





Annexure



Key measures approved by the GoM to tackle corruption

> Fast-tracking of all cases of public servants accused of corruption –

· Competent authority to take decision within 3 months on requests from investigating agencies for sanction of prosecution (orders issued since).

· Competent authority to decide within 3 months all requests for granting/denying permission under Section 6(a) of DSPE Act, 1946. The competent authority for officers of the level of JS and above in GoI will be the Minister-in-Charge. (orders issued since).

> Electoral Reforms –

· Ministry of Law & Justice directed to come up with specific proposals for initiating reforms expeditiously. (These are awaiting political consensus).

> Relinquishing discretionary powers enjoyed by Ministers at the Centre-

· DoPT directed to issue a general advisory to all Ministries/Depts. to carry out an exercise for putting in place regulatory parameters for exercise of discretionary powers and putting them in public domain. (instructions since issued by DoPT).

> Introduction of an open and competitive system of exploiting natural resources-

· Most of the recommendations of the Ashok Chawla Committee accepted. DEA directed to monitor the implementation of the same by the respective Ministries/Depts.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Chanakya's Chant

Chanakya's Chant is a racy and gripping account on Chanakya, one of the greatest political strategists India has seen. The story changes track as it narrates the tale of Gangasagar Mishra, the reincarnation of Chanakya, in parallel. Will he be the next kingmaker? 

Gangasagar Mishra, a denizen of a quaint old Indian town, is no ordinary man. Society sees him as a Brahmin teacher who can barely make ends meet, but he's the reincarnation of the man who brought the fragmented subcontinent together under a single empire – Chanakya. 

Chanakya's Chant by Ashwin Sanghi gives its readers a look into two parallel worlds that are tied together by the intelligence of the main protagonists. The first story is set in 340 BC, when a young Brahmin man, fueled by the death of his father, vows revenge against the king and overthrows his rule by bringing in Chandragupta Maurya, the first emperor of the Maurya Dynasty. 

The scene then shifts to modern day India, where Gangasagar Mishra leads his life as a nonentity – until he decides to groom an ambitious girl from Kanpur into India's prime minister. 

Will Chanakya's manipulative mechanisms change the face of the nation again? 

The book takes readers on a joyride through Chanakya's cold and calculating moves. 

Chanakya's Chant was very well received by critics and readers. Renowned bureaucrat and writer Shashi Tharoor released the book in Mumbai and termed it a gripping and delightful read. The book is a historical account, but features many colloquial terms too. 

About The Author
Ashwin Sanghi is one of the well known writers in the Indian literary scene, and an author of thriller fiction. 

He shot to fame through his first release, The Rozabal Line. His books are characterized by extensive research, and they're fast paced political or historical thrillers. 

Sanghi was born and brought up in Mumbai. He graduated from St. Xavier’s College in 1985 and later completed an MBA in Yale School of Management in 1993. He then joined his family business and continued to write fiction during his spare time.





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