Dec 17, 2016

#DeMonetisation, boon or bane?, India's media, political class clueless

DeMonetisation continues to be in the news all across India. People loosing control at banks reported at BulandShahar in UP and Rourkee.

With Govt incentivising people for using digital mode, change is yet to be seen on the streets.

Political parties are not outrightly opposing the Govt.'s move sensing the people's mood against corruption in the nation. But voicing concerns the way currency has been withdrawn.

The real fact is, no one knows what will be the outcome of the overall process of De Monetisation.

Even the main opposition party Congress has refrained from opposing the Govt's move out rightly in fact is protesting the way it is being implemented.

Given the amount or reports coming from every corner of the nation about how the black money has been converted, people of the nation have their fingers crossed.

Govt is daily monitoring the situation very closely and taking every step it needs to ease the situation.

With pressure mounting on the Govt from cashless or money less people, Govt machinery is working to see things fall into place as quickly as possible. 

Earlier when PM Modi asked for 50 days that is till 30 December, people were tightlipped.

But now Govt slowly accepting the fact that lot of fraud by banks and officials at India's premier bank RBI has left Govt in tight situation, Govt now says by January 2017 situation will be eased.

It is a fact that India's black money holders so to say who had cash unaccounted were able to convert the currency with connivance of banks, hospitals, jewellers, currency exchange agents and real estate players.

Given the fact that wide scale fraud happening, Govt's machinery is stretched to limits in detecting fraud.

India is unprepared to streamline millions of poor people who don't have bank accounts to adopt digital banking. Govt is trying to include all the groups so that they are e banking enabled as soon as possible.

Given the atmosphere in the nation media outlets are just reporting raids and new currency hauls made by IT department. No one has any clue where the country is heading.

Whether the Govt's move will help the nation or not, all the political parties are playing it safe in rejecting the Govt's move outrightly. 

In this mood of uncertainty only time will tell whether DeMonetisation has helped India's most needy people or just ended up filling the coffers of everyone else like all the time.



Dec 6, 2016

International Flights, Trains cancelled due to heavy fog in Delhi

7 International flights and 4 national flights cancelled, 28 flights delayed.

Several long distance trains have been either cancelled or delayed due to the foggy conditions affecting the national capital. 81 trains running behind schedule.

Situation arises in the winter season in and around the capital due to foggy conditions often affected by pollution too.


Tourists stuck at Havelock being helped by Indian Navy ships

The regular ferries that used to transport passengers have not plied since past 24 years due to storm and that is the reason why the the tourists are stranded at Havelock in Andaman Nicobar Islands.

It is a popular beach resort, heavy rains have been hitting the islands due to the cyclonic storm.

There is a well marked cyclonic storm system in Bay of Bengal and under the influence of which there are heavy rains in the Islands. 

Navy Ships sailed at 4.00 am in the morning according to TV media reports. If any important news will be updated. Pretty hopeful the rescue will be totally successful. There is no need to worry about. 

Rescued tourists will be stationed at Port Blair at Andaman Islands


Jul 10, 2016

Milos Raonic needs something special to stop Murray from Wimbledon 2016 title

Todays match between Milos Raonic and Andy Murray is likely to be a tough match as both players have shown tremendous character to reach the finals at the 2016 edition of Men's Singles finals, the most coveted Tennis trophy in the career of any Tennis player in the world.

Given that Milos Raonic is playing is first grand slam final could make him to give his best, I think it will be close match.

Andy Murray on the other hand has grown in experience over the years and is in tremendous form and if at all he wins the title, then it will show, how he has matured over the years.

Speaking about Murray's game at this stage of career, it has grown tremendously over the years, he is serving big, making it count when it matters, and winning the break points consistently.

Raonic need to be wary as Murray won't let him breathe easy and has an impeccable style of play, he is never out of the game till the last point.

Murray has improved his accuracy in his shots, they are more penetrating the court and has wide reach of the court. So, something special is needed 



Jan 3, 2016

6.7 magnitude Earthquake hits India North-East

Earthquake measuring 6.7 magnitude has hit Noth-East region on Monday according to various news reports.

Earthquake Measuring 6.7 Magnitude Strikes Northeast India: US Geological Survey 

The tremors could be felt in many North Eastern states including Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal and some parts of Odisha and neighbouring country Bangladesh.

Quake occured at a depth of 17 Kms below the surface of the earth and lasted for approximately 1 minute.

Complete details about the extent of damage and other details are not clear yet.


Dec 20, 2015

Earthquake of 3.1 magnitude reportedly hit New Port Beach

Quake with a magnitude of 3.1 has reportedly hit the New Port Beach area Sunday afternoon. It was followed by an aftershock of a lesser intensity of 2.2 in Richter scale.

Hundreds of people felt about the quake and exchanged Twitter messages online about it.

USGS Website for Earthquake Monitoring the Status for New Port Beach Earthquake 


Dec 16, 2015

China is buying fresh bottled air, where fresh air has become luxury

A Canadian man who jokingly thought of selling bottled air for Chinese residents battling pollution, fog and smog has turned his idea into a successful business venture.

Vitality air co-founder Moses Lam first thought it was simply a joke and then he tried to sell some bottles on e-bay, and there it is.

The first bottle went under $1 and then next sold for $160 he says. He soon realised there was market for fresh air and soon began hand bottling fresh air in Canada's rocky mountains. Bottles are left for 10 hours in pristine environment and demand was so high that he couldn't keep up.

There are customers to be found all across the globe, but China is the best selling market. Other place that have market for bottled air is India, Middle East, and other countries.

Recently Beijing's pollution levels rose alarmingly making the country's authorities to sound an alarm of the highest level. Making it mandatory for many of the factories to shut down, schools closed, invoking other widespread measures.

Along with China, India too home to top 15 polluted cities in the world. That reason made a court in India to note that, it is like living in a gas chamber.

Since then the Government is on the move and formulating a series of measures to curb pollution in the national capital of Delhi and other cities as well.

As recently as yesterday the Supreme Court of India banned the registrations of high end SUVs of 2000 cc volume engine capacity till March 31 of next year, also the court has doubled green cess and barred the entry of  Trucks which are not destined for Delhi and just use it as a Transit hub.

Canadian company selling clean air to China, says sales are booming -CNN 


Dec 15, 2015

SC introduces series of measures to curb pollution in Delhi

Supreme Court of India has banned registration of  diesel vehicles over 2000 CC till March 31 2016. The ban applies to NCR regions which include Noida, Gurgaon, Fareedabad, Ghaziabad.

All the trucks whose destination is not Delhi cannot enter the city precincts.  SC has directed Euro 4 Norms must be implemented in the national capital region.

Green taxes are expected to be doubled. 

All the taxis to be run on CNG and should convert to CNG by 31st of March.

SC asks both Centre and State governments to work together to curb pollution and related matters.

Tax increased from 700 to 1400, has put restrictions on burning of garbage openly.

Decision of Supreme Court of India was in response to a petition filed in the Court on the plying of diesel vehicles in the capital city of India.

This judgement could give directions to other cities who are also affected by pollution.


Sabhi ki nigahen Uchhtam nyaaya aalaya par kaar baan ko lekar

Sabhi ki nigahen Ucchhtam nyayaalaya par hain, ki kya ucchtam nyaayaalaya SUVs aur anya diesel waahano par ban laga dega. 

Yeh faisla isliye aur bhi zaroori ho jaayega ki is faislay ka asay bhaarat kay anya shahron par bhi padh sakta hai jo ki pradooshan se joojh rahay hain.


Pune and Rajkot look hot overnight after successful IPL 2016 bidding

Pune and Rajkot have gone hot overnight after successful bidding for top players in the IPL auction for 2016. 

Both the teams have reported spend 39 crores and 27 crores are remaining. 

All the players who were available after relegation of Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings are high performers. Any side having them will be a big big bonus. 

Other teams in the fray will be keeping a close watch on the developments, because they know the quality of the players in the new sides that they have to face now.