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SCENARIO OF 2014 LS ELECTIONS
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 06:09

2014 GENERAL ELECTIONS PREDICTION

CONGRESS - 100 SEATS
BJP      - 125 SEATS

SP         - 30-40 SEATS
BSP        - 25-30SEATS
TMC        - 30-35 SEATS
YSR(C)     - 25-30 SEATS
JD(U)      - 15-20SEATS
LEFT FRONT - 20-25SEATS
NCP        - 5-7SEATS
BJD        - 15-18SEATS
AIADMK     - 25-30SEATS

Likely scenario:

Third Front (SP+TMC+YSR(C)+Left front+BJD+AIADMK) = 150-180

Congress & Allies + Third front --> 315

 
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INDIAN PM
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 06:07

INDIAN PM - FROM BEING A STATESMAN TO BEING REDUCED TO ASHES & BUTT OF JOKES

Shri manmohan Singh came into the spotlight as the Finance Minister during Narasimha Rao's PM-ship and master of India's reform movement.
He was and is still considered non-corrupt and clean politicians a rarity in Indian politics. The first 5 years of UPA1 was average but good compared with the second term which has been hit by scams and corruption issues where sky is the limit.

Today the Prime Minister is beliiteled and has become butt of Jokes like "MAUN MOHAN SINGH", PM WHO HARDLY SPEAKS, banners being put in places reading "KINDLY KEEP YOUR MOBILES IN MANMOHAN MODE" etc. etc. One question haunting every Indians mind is "is Manmohan really clean" as there is an old saying 'JO CHORI KARTA HAI WOH CHOR HAI AUR JO USKA SAATH DETA HAI WOH BHI CHOR HAI" aur utna hi gunehgaar hai jitna ek Chor hai.


If Manmohan is clean which we all believe then why does he let his reputation be sullied by all this - should he not leave the post and glide away into sunset with his wife and whatever little reputation he has intact unless the lure of office has hit him also.

Whatever India is passing through a very crucial phase and the next General Elections will throw up unknown names and leaders who will be ruling and creating further misery for India.

 
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SIMPLE THOUGHTS
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 09:12
I sat with my friend in a well-known coffee shop in a neighboring town of Venice, the city of lights and water.

As we enjoyed our coffee, a man entered and sat on an empty table beside us. He called the waiter and placed his order saying, ‘Two cups of coffee, one of them there on the wall.’

We heard this order with rather interest and observed that he was served with one cup of coffee but he paid for two. As soon as he left, the waiter pasted a piece of paper on the wall saying ‘A Cup of Coffee’.

While we were still there, two other men entered and ordered three cups of coffee, two on the table and one on the wall. They had two cups of coffee but paid for three and left. This time also, the waiter did the same; he pasted a piece of paper on the wall saying, ‘A Cup of Coffee’.

It seemed that this gesture was a norm at this place. However, it was something unique and perplexing for us. Since we had nothing to do with the matter, we finished our coffee, paid the bill and left.

After a few days, we again had a chance to go to this coffee shop.

While we were enjoying our coffee, a man entered. The way this man was dressed did not match the standard nor the atmosphere of this coffee shop. Poverty was evident from the looks on his face. As he seated himself, he looked at the wall and said, one cup of coffee from the wall.

The waiter served coffee to this man with the customary respect and dignity. The man had his coffee and left without paying.

We were amazed to watch all this when the waiter took off a piece of paper from the wall and threw it in the dust bin. Now it was no surprise for us – the matter was very clear. The great respect for the needy shown by the inhabitants of this town welled up our eyes with tears.

We humans have the capacity to be worse than animals (greedy) and better than animals (generous). The question is how greedy we are willing to be, how generous we are willing to be and most importantly how do we go for these. Coffee is not a need of our society neither a necessity of life for us. The point to note is that when we take pleasure in any blessing, maybe we also need to think about those people who appreciate that specific blessing as much as we do but they cannot afford to have it. Note the character of this waiter, who is playing a consistent and generous role to get the communication going between the affording and the needy with a smile on his face. Ponder upon this man in need….he enters the coffee shop without having to lower his self-esteem…he has no need to ask for a free cup of coffee…without asking or knowing about the one who is giving this cup of coffee to him…he only looked at the wall, placed an order for himself, enjoyed his coffee and left. When we analyze this story, along with the other characters, we need to remember the role played by the wall that reflects the generosity, care of the dwellers of this town and an innovative, transparent and effective way devised to serve the needy.

What is our, our organization and our city character about the same? Are we missing some thing obvious that is very easy to put in place or to do? (e.g. what about ongoing FitForLife initiative where a monetary pledge for the society is there and what all we need to do is just to take few steps to earn that for the needy? Are you not for it as yet? What is stopping you and why you only to go for that?)
Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,To all the people you can, As long as ever you can. ― Debbie Macombe
 
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SOLUTION FOR ROTI, BIJLI, PAANI
Wednesday, 12 December 2012 06:50

PRESS NOTE FOR ROTI BIJLI PAANI ANDOLAN

BIJLI ( Electricity)
Delhi has the following:
Distribution Companies (Discoms) – BSES Yamuna Power Limited, BSES Rajdhani Power Limited, Tata
Generation – Delhi Genco
Transmission – Delhi Transco

Consumption:
Peak Hour     3800-4200MW
Average    3100-3200MW
Shortage    800-1200MW

Power plants for Delhi:
NTPC Badarpur – 705MW
NTPC DAdri – 817MW
Reliance Dadri – 3000MW
IP Gas turbine – 270MW
Pragati 1 – 330MW
Pragati II – 1500MW
Pragati III – 750MW
Indira Gandhi STPP, Jhajjhar, Haryana – 750MW out of capapcity of 1500

Total earmarked capacity for Delhi is 5122MW and Reliance Dadri still unoperational.

Power from exchanges is available at Rs.3-5/unit and mostly at Rs.4/unit all inclusive  - so there is no need to buy power at Rs.6/unit – this was done basically to provide proof of higher cost and insist for revised tariff

There is no reason for shortage and tariff increase.

PANI (Water):

Per Capita Requirement is 51 Litres Per Person day
Delhi is supposed to meet its requirement from adjoining states

Major reason for water shortage is:
-      Most of the Water treatment plants in Delhi are non-functional
-      Yamuna is a hot bed of sewage and muck whereas should have been a source of water
-      Wrong policies imposed by Delhi Jal Board like Unequal distribution of water supply
-    All canals viz near Patpargunj etc are sewage outlets hence water cannot be stored
-    Low ground level water. No waste water management plan and plant are in place
-    Sewage plant does not function practically though on paper it is functional
-    No Rain water harvesting is not done
-    Wastage of water at DJB centres leading to private tankers having a field day
-    All natural water bodies (ponds) are not in existence
-    No Master plan has been adopted yet for effective water supply
-    Private bodies interest are in priority, commercialization of water

SOLUTION:
-    Water bodies to be revived
-    Sewage flow from colonies to be diverted from the water bodies, canals and Yamuna to the sewage treatment plant which should function round the clock
-    Rain water harvesting should be made compulsory for all construction
-    Stop wastage of water and regulate Delhi Jal Board to make it efficient
-    No Commercialization of water

LokSatta also wants that control of Delhi Water supply should be given back to all Municipal Corporations of Delhi, elected bodies of state.

ROTI


-    Delhi government should ensure extra release of grains, wheat in the open market to bring prices down
-    Due to bumper crops there is shortage of space at the godowns leading to grains getting spoiled – rather than letting it waste we should sell it in open market
-    Government should come down heavily on hoarders and black marketers
-    PDS has to be streamlined to give poor people proper food articles
-    Explore SAFAL route to increase penetration
-    DSIIDC etc. to get involved in selling food products
-    Shops and individuals selling adulterated food should be given harshest punishment acting as a strong deterrent for others

 
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SIMPLE THOUGHTS - CATCHING PIGS
Friday, 07 December 2012 05:24
CATCHING PIGS

There was a chemistry professor in a large college that had some exchange students in the class.
One day while the class was in the lab, the professor noticed one young man, an exchange student, who kept rubbing his back and stretching as if his back hurt. The professor asked the young man what was the matter. The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country's government and install a new communist regime.

In the midst of his story, he looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked: "Do you know how to catch wild pigs?" The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line. The young man said that it was no joke. "You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come every day to eat the free corn.
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"When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence.

"They get used to that and start to eat again. You continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side.
"The pigs, which are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat that free corn again. You then slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd. Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity."

The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening in India.

The government keeps pushing us toward Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such as supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tax exemptions, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare, medicine, drugs, etc. while we continually lose our freedoms, just a little at a time.

One should always remember two truths: "There is no such thing as a free lunch, and you can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper than you can do it yourself. "

If you see that all of this wonderful government "help" is a problem confronting the future of democracy in India, you might want to send this on to your friends. If you think the free ride is essential to your way of life, then you will probably delete this email. But, God help us all when the gate slams shut.!
Hence,

Quote for today:
"In India the problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living."

 
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