Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Can Anna again create ripples?

Anna Hazare surprised every one by calling off the fast on the day following Loksabha passed Lokpal bill. He also postponed his campaign to fill jails which was to begin from Friday. To support his call more than 1.35 lakh volunteers had got registered. 74-year-old activist gave no reason for the abrupt decisions.

MMRDA Ground on Second Day
The only guess can be poor public response to the three-day fast which he had began in MMRDA ground of Mumbai on Wednesday. On the second day the venue wore a deserted look with only security personnel, journalists and a handful of Team Anna activists in attendance. In other cities also like Delhi, Bangalore and Ahmedabad the craze was missing which was seen in August.

One of the reasons given is the extreme chilling weather and other is the year end vacations. Though both these factors have contributed but there are other factors as well. The biggest is lack of surprise element. This time schedule was pre-planned restricted for three days. In August it was for indefinite period. More over many are unable to understand when the government has tabled the bill then why team Anna is opposing it. “Lack of understanding between the demand and the bill passed. Media failed to educate people.”

Some of the allegations levelled against core team members – Kiran Bedi and Prashant Bhushan has also weakened their credibility. There have been news of cracks within the team and they were visible this time and resulted  in lack of co-ordination and participation by crowd puller celebrities. The efforts were not concentrated but were clearly disintegrated. A certain section of the media has remained engaged in establishing the links of Anna with RSS. If this link is proved, he becomes untouchable. Atleast all pseudo - secular personalities remained away.

Anna’s all hopes will now be on the Rajyasabha, where UPA has uncomfortable strength. But this is subject to Left and BJP joining hands. Left does so only as per their convenience and not under any ideology. This time around relations of TMC with Congress are strained so Left might move closure to Congress and change the game.

So, what can Anna do? Campaign against UPA in assembly elections. This is what he expressed in Mumbai after ending the fast. Hazare said,"I have no power, no money, yet people come. You will see at the time of elections how people rise to the occasion."

He said an atmosphere had been created in the entire country in favour of the proposed Jail Bharo campaign and added that the time will come after its fete in the upper house," What will happen in Rajya Sabha, we don't know. So, the time for it ( jail bharo) has not come."

Will his anti Congress campaign create any waves? Looks doubtful. He is against Congress but wants to maintain a distance with BJP so his team will not ask to vote for BJP. Samajvadi Party and BSP indirectly helped government by staging walk out. Left has no ground in the states going for the poll. So, the best strategy for Anna is to go in hibernation for some time.

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Historic Complaint Letter to Indian Railway

Second- Non TATA Chairman of Tata Group.

Some Facts about Anna Hazare and Lokpal

Governor card- played by Congress in Gujarat

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Both Anna and Rahul Gandhi Lost in number Game.

Losers of the Debate

A landmark bill for creation of Lokpal was passed by voice vote in  the Lok Sabha on 27th Dec. However, in the number game the government failed to get through its two constitution amendments. This included the government’s proposal to make Lokpal constitutional body as proposed by Rahul Gandhi in August.

The stretched hour debate which lasted for 10 long hours ended with the struggle of numbers for both sides of benches. Due to walk out staged by BSP, SP and RJD  a number of amendments moved by Opposition, including corporate, media and NGOs receiving donations, were defeated.

The behaviour and words of politicians never match. During debate SP, RJD and BSP charged government with tabling a weak bill and urged to withdraw. However, at the critical moment of division of votes moved out and helped the government to get the bill passed against the NDA allies only casting votes against the bill.
"We had demanded a strong lokpal. It is not strong. It is sarkari lokpal. There is no meaning to it. It was brought in a hurry and under Anna Hazare's pressure," SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav told reporters. But the silly excuse of not voting against the bill, "We don't want to support BJP."

BSP MPs walked out of the House in protest against the government's refusal to accept their demand of bringing the CBI under lokpal. Both SP and BSP want to keep the option open to form post poll alliance with congress in UP after march results.

Speakers of BJP and the leader of opposition in Loksabha SushmaSwaraj criticised the government for introducing the religion based reservation. She said it would "sow the seeds of second partition" She called the provision for religion-based reservation as  "patently unconstitutional".

The Leader of the Opposition also raised objections to several issues including creation of Lokayukta through the lokpal bill and the process of appointment and removal of the ombudsman and demanded inclusion of CBI under its ambit, saying she had moved amendments on these counts, but all of them got defeated on the floor.

Under the pressure of UPA constituents Trinamool and DMK, government had made amendments for setting up Lokayuktas through Lokpal. With the amendment  a notification would not be issue without the consent of state governments.

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Gujarat Board Exams of class X and XII

The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary education Board (GSHSEB) will begin from March 5, 2012. The Gujarat Common Entrance Test (GUJCET) for admission to professional courses  including medical, engineering and pharmacy will be held on April 5, 2012. The detailed programme including the time table of the exams will be declared next week.

This year 9.5 lakh students will appear in SSC exams while 3.25 lakh students will appear in the HSC exams.  The board exams will be completed by March 21, 2012.

From the current academic year semester system is adopted for the class XI (science) stream. The GSHSEB will conduct the second semester exams  of theirs from April 16, 2012. This is the first experiment.

The schools will be required to conduct the exams of two optional subjects of SSC and submit the marks obtained to the board. The schools will then schedule their final school exams in April. In February, the schools will organize the prelim exams.

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What after 12th General Stream.?

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Llaws of Gravity on Revolution.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Akshay Kumar wants to be brand ambassador of Gujarat

I want to follow Amitabh
At the time when lots of events are happening negative for Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, he has got a new fan in the form of bollywood actor Akshay Kumar. He expressed the desire to become a brand ambassador of the state at an inauguration function of the seven-day long sports event 'Khel Mahakumbh' in Vadodara.

He showered praise on Modi for including 60,000 differently-abled persons in the event being organised by the Gujarat government at M S University Pavilion ground. This is the second edition of the state level mega sports event which started last year. Mega status of participation mesmerised the action hero said, “"Never have I heard of such an initiative. I would love to be Gujarat's brand Ambassador if it was offered to me,"

He also suggested to introduce martial art training at school level. To this Narendra Modi responded positively saying, "Akshay Kumar has met me on several occasions in the past pleading for such training in Gujarat. Though I am aware of achievements of the actor, I will definitely look into his demand."
Create Sports Participants

Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan is the brand ambassador of Gujarat to promote tourism. He received lots of criticism from a section of media who is opposed to Modi on political ideology. Despite this opposition Amitabh did lots of ad campaign for Gujarat tourism last year.

In the current edition of 'Khel Mahakumbh' a record number of about 2.2 million players from across the state have got themselves registered for taking part in different categories of sports. Here participation is given more weight than winning the event. Abiding by this spirit last year 1.5 million players had taken part.

According to the organisers state government wants the youth to play and participate rather just watching games on TV. These events will bring in change and help in promoting sports in the new generation. Over 1,200 artists performed at the inauguration for a grand opening to the mega event on Monday evening .

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Ranji's bat stolen from Jamnagar Palace.

Compulsory English brought down Guj HSC Result

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Second Non Tata Chairman of Tata Group appointed

Cyrus Mistry, MD of Shapoorji Pallonji Group, will take over reins of $80 billion conglomerate Tata Group, from Ratan Tata in 2012. The board of directors of Tata Sons at its meeting on Nov 23, 2011 appointed him as the deputy chairman and sixth chairman in waiting.
Did Ratan Searched him
or Compromised?

With this the debate and speculations about the successor of Ratan Tata comes to an end. A committee of Five wise men was formed last year to suggest the man to lead the group. This was labelled as India's biggest CEO search ever.

Many names including Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo and Nandan Nilekani were floated, but Ratan Tata’s half brother Noel Tata was considered as most probable. One of the biggest argument was that in the history of Tata group the only non-Tata person to be chairman of the group was Nowroji Saklatvala, who served from 1932 to 1938. He was son of the sister of founder of the group - Jamshedji N. Tata.

Noel and Cyruss are brother in laws. Cyruss’s sister Aloo Mistry is married to Noel Tata.

Shapoorji Pallonji Group holds 18 per cent stake in Tata Sons, yet Cyruss was not considered a serious candidate in the background of Ratan Tata’s statement given to a business newspaper way back in 2005. Though later, in August 2006 Cyruss was appointed a director, the youngest on the board of Tata Group at the age of 38.

In response to a question who would take position of the construction magnet Pallonji Mistry's on the board. Ratan Tata had reacted sharply, "Mr Mistry has no right of nomination. If there were a member of the Mistry family that comes on the board, it would be to represent the shareholding - if we chose to make that happen. Mr Mistry himself came on the board, we recognised him as the largest shareholder (of Tata Sons)”.

Born on July 4, 1968, Cyruss Mistry graduated from the Imperial College, London with a BE in civil engineering. He also holds a masters degree in management from the London Business School, and is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

The task ahead for Cyruss would be very tough as expectations of the shareholders are high and during Ratan Tata’s twenty years the group has grown rapidly. It has grown more than 40 times since 1991. When Ratan Tata took over from JRD as the fifth Chairman of the group, the revenues were Rs 8,553 crore.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

"Gujarat Police Encounter was Fake", SIT told High Court

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Monday confirmed the findings of a judicial probe into the infamous Ishrat Jahan encounter case and called it fake. This is viewed as a jolt to the BJP government in Gujarat.

Human rights groups have repeatedly expressed concerns about these alleged "fake encounters"  and were continuously raising voice against the probe. After lots of criticism the way police handled the case Supreme Court appointed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate into the case. Former director of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) R K Raghavan was appointed its head. The members of SIT kept on changing for various reasons.

Ishrat's mother Shamima Kausar and Gopinath Pillai, father of Pranesh, had filed  a petition in Gujarat highcourt raising questions about the police version of the incident. The high court on 7th Oct  had asked the SIT to submit its report in Nov.
The three member SIT which submitted its report to the high court is  headed by Bihar cadre IPS Rajiv Ranjan Verma. The probe in the case was supervised directly by the high court.

According to SIT,Ishrat and Javed were killed along with two Pakistani nationals -- Amjad Ali and Jishan Johar Abdul Ghani -- both alleged LeT terrorists, on June 15, 2004. Whereas, the police version said, they were intercepted on the outskirts of Ahmedabad when they were about to enter the city in a blue Indica on a mission to eliminate chief minister Narendra Modi.

The SIT has also informed the court that Ishrat and three others were killed before the date of encounter on June 15, 2004. The SIT had informed the court in October that it wanted to conduct psycho-analysis test by the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) on some of the witnesses, who have turned hostile.  

Based on the SIT report the court has asked police to file a new FIR against the police officers involved. The NGOs and some of the politicians pitted against Narendra Modi have hailed the report and concluded it as a victory against the state government.

However, this is only the beginning of new chapter in the case. There are still many questions which remain unanswered. This includes central investigation agency’s own information claiming Ishrat Jahan to be a fidayeen of LeT. Pakistani American terrorist David Headley during interrogation by NIO last year, had said that Ishrat Jahan, the Mumbai girl who was killed along with three alleged terrorists in 2004 in a police encounter, was indeed a Lashkar-e-Taiba fidayeen.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Immigration Policy and Brain Drain benefited China and India

“Human resource is the main asset which builds the nations.” This basic law of economics is being unlearn  by the policy makers of US and UK  and their national economy is paying the price. Late Apple founder of Apple Steve Jobs believed so.

Steve Jobs
Early  this year during a dinner meeting with President Obama along with some other CEOs of leading IT firms Jobs expressed his views  and  told the President, “'You're headed for a one-term presidency.” Jobs was Obama supporter, but as a professional he was not happy with the policies adopted by the US government about immigration and work permits. Apple's founder said regulations had created too many burdens on the economy.
US economy is service based  so it needs more of the trained talents and not the protectionist policies. Jobs stressed the need for more trained engineers and suggested that any foreign students who earned an engineering degree in the U.S. should be given a visa to stay in the country.
By not allowing the foreigner engineers educated at top U.S. universities to work in US, the government is forcing the companies to outsource their work. Apple  employs 7,00,000 workers in China  and  fails to get 30,000 trained engineers in US because the policy  sends them home immediately after completion of education. Along with them goes the job.
The U.S. issues 140,000 green cards a year, which is not enough to meet demand of service industry. There is one  more tag to work-permit law which says that the residents of no country can get more than 7% of the permits. This restricts the numbers of  Chinese and Indian engineers who are better in learning and more in numbers at universities.
The result of current US immigration policy is making China and India economically stronger. This also gives  a message to Indian policy makers who are not liberal in granting Visa to Chinese skilled labourers  who work far more efficiently that their Indian counterparts. By allowing them to work in India we can improve the working standards and efficiency levels.
But the answer to this suggestion by Indian Policy makers will not be different than what Barak . Obama responded to Steve Jobs, “This would have to await broader immigration reform, which I can’t accomplish in current scenario.” Politicians are same everywhere.

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Monday, October 31, 2011


Passenger named  OkhilChandra Sen wrote a complaint letter  to  the SahibGanj Divisional railway office in 1909 which is now a treasure of IR. The   main content of this letter was :  

Customer Complaints were heard
by Indian Railways in British Raj
 "I am arrive by passenger train Ahmedpur station and my belly is too much swelling with jackfruit. I am therefore went to privy. Just I doing the nuisance that guard making whistle blow for train to go off and I am running with lotaah in one hand and dhoti in the next when I am fall over and expose all my shocking to man and female women on platform. I am got leaved at Ahmedpur station. This too much bad, if passengers go to make dung that dam guard not wait train five minutes for him. I am therefore pray your honour to make big fine on that guard for public sake. Otherwise I am making big report to papers."

This letter is on display at the Railway Museum in New Delhi and was also reproduced under the caption Travellers Tales in the Far Eastern Economic Review.

Can  you guess why this letter is of historic value?


Because It led to the introduction of TOILETS in trains in India.....!!!!

So please don't think any idea is stupid and discard it.  
Always Speak up. 
Who knows you can contribute in the development?

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Can Chelation Therapy avoid By Pass Surgery?

A few days back father in law of  Vipul Mody’s friend was admitted in a nursing home  at Kandivali, Mumbai due to severe chest pain fifteen days ago. The patient had suffered an attack in 1997 (thirteen years ago) and was undergoing normal treatment. The doctors  suggested for Angiography.
Blocked  Artery  - By Pass Surgery is one option

His Angiography was conducted  at Hinduja Hospital and the reports suggested that he has multiple blockages. The doctor told that he cannot undergo Angioplasty due to several  blockages but suggested 'By Pass Surgery'.  For that they were asked to wait for another two to three weeks as since the doctor suggested  that his heart is very weak. So the family members  brought him back to home.

The friends and relatives  kept on searching for the treatment and someone suggested to go for the  Chelation Therapy or Calation Therapy. They were told that in this therapy any patient who has to undergo by-pass surgery can be treated by giving medicated blood. Approximately 18 bottles of blood is required to be transfused.
The medicated blood cleans the system and removes all the blockages from the heart.The no. of bottles may increase depending upon the age factor and health of the patient. The cost of the blood per bottle would be appx. Rs.2,500/- ($ 55) The treatment takes of appx. 1 month. Total cost is less than $ 1,500. But is this really effective?

Chelation therapy is the administration of chelating agents to remove heavy metals from the body. For the most common forms of heavy metal intoxication involves lead, arsenic or mercury. The history of this therapy goes back to World War I  when it was used to counter side effects of poison gas. The first widely used chelating agent, the organic dithiol compound dimercaprol (also named British anti-lewisite or BAL), was used as an antidote to the arsenic-based poison gas, lewisite. BAL had severe side-effects.

Administering Medicine with Blood
After World War II, ethylene diaminetetra acetic acid (EDTA) was introduced as a lead chelating agent. Paints had high amount of lead and workers doing the paint work had poisonous effect of lead. Unlike BAL, it is a synthetic amino acid and contains no mercaptans. EDTA side effects were not considered as severe as BAL.
Some common chelating agents are EDTA, DMPS, TTFD  and DMSA. Calcium-disodium EDTA and DMSA are only approved for the removal of lead by the Food and Drug Administration while DMPS and TTFD are not approved by the FDA. These drugs bind to heavy metals in the body and prevent them from binding to other agents. They are then excreted from the body. The chelating process also removes vital nutrients such as vitamins C and E, therefore these must be supplemented

Some alternative medicine practitioners administer chelating agents, usually EDTA, to patients with atherosclerosis cardiovascular disease. The use of EDTA chelation therapy as a treatment for coronary artery disease has not been shown to be effective and is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Several possible mechanisms have been proposed, though none have been scientifically validated.
It found that very small trials and uncontrolled descriptive studies have reported benefits while larger controlled studies have found results no better than placebo.  The American Heart Association states that there is "no scientific evidence to demonstrate any benefit from this form of therapy".The Mayo Clinic states that 'chelation studies have found that chelation didn't work as a heart disease treatment.’

The insufficient data on both sides to favour and oppose  warrants that before taking this option it is advised that  doctor should be consulted in detail and be asked about the side effects and the success rates  of the patients they have treated.

There are only a few doctors in India giving this therapy and one of them is Dr.Dhananjay Shah at Malad (Mumbai) another at Karnataka. He has a list of patients who had to undergo by-pass from Lilavati, Hinduja and other major hospitals but after undergoing the above treatment they are absolutely fine and leading a normal life.

Details of doctors I have received from my friend. Before proceeding reconfirm with the doctors.
Dr.. Dhananjay Shah.
Hospital Tel:                0091-22-2889 2089  0091-22-2889 2089
    0091-22-2889 2089  0091-22-2889 2089..
Mob:  98194 39657  98194 39657.
Email: shahdhananjay@ rediffmail. com

Dr Hiten Shah
Integrative Cardiac -Vascular Clinic Heart Rehab Centre 230, Satyam
Mall, Ashirwad Poly Clinic, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad,, 380015, Gujarat, India
Tel :   +91 09998848590  +91 09998848590 ;  +91-9998848590;  +91 09998848590 or  9898077966
Fax: 07940067882

Tel:    + 91-22- 28773777; + 91-22-28773777 ; + 91-22-28773777 /  09869035111  09869035111
Treatments : Chelation Therapy

Dr Nirupa Mehta
Oxymed Hospital , 320/E; 9A Main, 40 Cross, 5 Block, Jayanagar,
Bangalore , 560041, Karnataka , India
Tel:  080-56533273  080-56533273;  9986162526  9986162526
Treatments : Chelation Therapy; Oxygen Therapy

Dr.B.Ayaz Akber
Oxymed Hospital No:6,First Main Road, Kasthurba Nagar, Adyar,Chennai -
600 020, 600020, Tamil Nadu (madras), India
Tel:  044-24452753  044-24452753
Treatments : Acupuncture; Chelation Therapy; Colonic Hydrotherapy, Colonic Irrigation
Lymph Drainage Therapy; Oxygen Therapy

Dr.Vidyut.K. Shroff
1-C, Mahavir, Lajpatrai Road , Vile Parle [W], Mumbai, 400056,
Maharashtra , India
Tel :     + 91-22-26133889  +91-22-26133889; +91-22-26133889 ;   + 91-22-26631157; +91-22-26631157;  +91-22-26631157  91-22-26631157
Treatments :   Chelation Therapy

Safe Health
6-3-1100/5, TVS Suzuki Lane , Raj Bhavan Road . Hyderabad , 500 082,
Andhra Pradesh , India
Tel:  040 2341 4418  040 2341 4418
Treatments :   Chelation Therapy

Dr. Rathna Alwa MD, M.R.C.P.
428, 9th. main road, HRBR layout, 1st. block, Kalyan Nagar,
Bangalore-560043, India .
Tel: 5455166 / 5454025
Treatments :  Acupuncture, Chelation Therapy

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Earthquake Safe Zones in India

Seismic Zoning Map of India Courtesy : Wikipedia
The earthquake which has hit the north eastern state of India – Sikkim falls in zone five like Kutchh of Gujarat which faced the tragedy of deadly calamity in 2001. Geographical statistics of India shows  that major portion of the country is vulnerable to earthquakes. Therefore, while designing big structures like bridges, dams, flyovers and chimneys special care needs to be followed by the engineers to avoid casualties.

Seismic zoning map of India assigns four levels of seismicity for the country. Seismicity is the relative frequency and distribution of earthquakes and depends on the turbulence beneath the earth crust. According to this map, Zone 5 expects the highest level of seismicity whereas Zone 2 is associated with the lowest level of seismicity.

Zone five is  referred to as the Very High Damage Risk Zone. The state of Kashmir, Punjab,the western and central Himalayas, the North-East Indian region and the Rann of Kutch fall in this zone.Next, to it is zone four, which  is called the High Damage Risk Zone. The Indo-Gangetic basin and the capital of the country (Delhi), Jammu and some portions of Bihar& Maharashtra fall in Zone 4.

Very little portion which is in zone one are  Jaipur, Raipur, Hydrabad  and Bangluru.  From Jaipur  to some portion of Madhya Pradesh is the safest area in India. But the capital of Madhya Pradesh is in zone two. The major portion of India is in zone three with moderate risk of quake. These mapping are not  static but keep on changing  after some span of time due to movements of the plates causing earth quake.

Who would apologise for 1969 and 1985 Gujarat Riots?

Shankar Sinh Vaghela
Have you forgotten your speeches of 85?
Congress leader Shankarsinh Vaghela, who is on a parallel fast to protest the Modi regime's 'corruption and wastefulness', once again demanded that Modi should resign on moral grounds for 2002 riots. Like him all the congress leaders and media channels have been raising this issue for past nine years ignoring the history of communal violence in the state during previous regimes.

It is surprising that news editors never recall the events of 1969 and 1985 when the communal riots were more gruesome than 2002. During 1985 to divert attention away from the anti-reservation stir the state was pushed to communal riots. A hindu family was burnt alive by the communal mob. How could that incident be forgotten when we talk of Gulbarg society?

Even the press was not spared in 1985, the offices of Gujarati daily “Gujarat Samachar” and “Indian Express” were attacked and put to fire. These newspapers were considered to be anti government by then Chief Minister Madhavsinh Solanki of congress.

The state was under curfew for more than six months. Dave Commission inquired into the incidents which took place during the course of anti-reservation agitation and also communal disturbances during February 1985 to July 1985. So, these events are on record and can be verified on the role of various parties and inaction of the then state government. The state government let the violence spread to entire state and called for the army on 16th April, 1985. Hundreds of people had lost their life before that.

The year 1969 is considered to be the worst year as far as communal violence in Gujarat is concerned. On September 18, 1969, a major communal riot broke out in Ahmedabad City and subsequently spread in the other districts of the State. Hon. Justice Jagmohan Reddy inquired into the violence which broke out during the said communal disturbances. The number of deaths as estimated were between 15,000 to 25,000. At that time, the Congress was in power Gandhian Hitendra Desai as the Chief Minister.

Since, 1924 onwards Ahmedabad, Godhra, Vadodara have been communally sensitive areas of state and thousands of people had lost their lives before 2002. It is only the last event which is recalled every time where the state went back to normalcy in less than a week. Barring the NGOs and like minded media channels people of the state have forgotten that the state ever had any communal tension. The communal harmony in state is far superior than it used to be in the past.

But, our reporter and editor friends have no time to read the history. It was same Mr Vaghela who wanted that Mr Solanki should be charge sheeted for communal violence in 1985. Why cannot he rewind his own memory? Leaders of 70s might not be around.

Ask, Gujarati people above 40 years of age who lived in the period from 1965 to 1992, the majority of them would want congress leaders to apologise for their inefficiencies in combating communal tension in the state.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Gujarat Lokayukta Justice Mehta

Newly appointed Lokayukta of Gujarat Justice R.A. Mehta was born on May 4, 1936. He started his career in the legal field by getting enrolled as an Advocate in 1962.

He practiced at Rajkot for one year, and then practiced in the High Court of Gujarat from 1963 onwards.

He worked as Additional Standing Counsel to the Central Government from 1974 to 1978, and again from October 1982.

He was appointed Additional Judge, Gujarat High Court in 1983 and confirmed as permanent Judge the next year. He remained as Acting Chief Justice from September 1995 to July 1996. He retired in 1998.

After his retirement Justice Mehta was occasionally seen with left-leaning NGOs mostly working on the subject of minority rights. He is believed to be a critic of the BJP. His political ideology is the main worry for the state government. 

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Indian Money in Swiss Accounts

Whole nation is happy with the resolution passed unanimous by the parliament on Saturday evening. Today, Anna Hazare broke his fast and indicated for some reforms on election. But he forgot to mention about the black money issue during this whole agitation. Recently wikileaks posted 22 names of Indians with amount in Swiss bank.

Late PM Rajiv Gandhi & Anna Hazare 
One Name is leaked with  Swiss A/c
Other is Silent on that Issue
These names include the biggies of Indian politics like Rajeev Gandhi, Laloo Prasad Yadav, Karunanidhi, Kalanidhi Maran and Paswan. In the accounts of of Rajeev Gandhi is a sum of Rs 1,98,000 Crore. Karuna Nidhi has 35,000 Cr whereas Laloo Prasad Yadav Sarath Pawar 29,800 Cr.and Rs 28,000 Cr respectively.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in an interview to Times Now had said in the month of April that the black money mainly comes from India. Assange had said the names of the Swiss bank account holders will be revealed. Assange in that interview pulled up the Indian government for not acting tough on tax evaders even when the out flow of black money was more than any other country.

Should I save my asset of
Rs 1,200 Cr or fight
against Black Money
After this revelation there were some discussion and yoga guru Baba Ramdev staged a huge dharna in Ramlila ground. After initial rounds of discussion the government cracked down on protestors with force on 5th June midnight and forcibly removed the yoga guru from Delhi to bring an end a high-profile hunger strike against black money. 

The black money issue has gone on back burner. Meanwhile, the central government has set up a multi-disciplinary committee with top officers to probe the issue of black money parked in foreign tax havens. But refused to make public names of the people who have stashed black money in foreign banks, saying it is not possible to disclose information received from foreign governments under Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement.

The Supreme Court had questioned the government's approach to the whole issue of black money. The apex court had asked the government to have "full-fledged" involvement in the disclosure of source of money stashed in foreign banks which may be terror money or money coming from drug peddling.

But the question is that after reading this list is there any possibility that the government would act or would it not give safe passage to clear and shift this money to some other place. There have been media reports that more than 50% money has already been withdrawn.

List  of  22 Names in circulation courtesy Wikileaks.
Will the Government act on it?

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Governor Card Played by Congress in Gujarat to appoint Lokayukta

Congress has smartly played the governer card now in Gujarat. Its Governor has appointed Retd Justice RA Mehta as Lokayukta of the state on Thursday night when BJP has announced full support to the the Anna Hazare’s agitation. She bypassed the state government in this whole process.
Dr Kamla Governor

After consulting legal experts under the pressure of opposition party Congress, the Governor Dr Kamla Beniwal invoked Rule 3 of the Lokayukta Act 1986 of Gujarat, without waiting for a recommendation from the state government. As per Rule 3, the name of Lokayukta has to be recommended by the Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court. The post was vacant since 2004. 
BJP’s own MLA from Mahuva Dr Kanubhai Kalasaria has been agitating against Nirma and Adani group companies, considered favourite of Modi government. He was to go on fast for the appointment of Lokayukta in the state.

This move of Governor has prompted the state government to seek legal redress in the matter. It has approached the high court, challenging Justice RA Mehta’s appointment as Lokayukta for which the Raj Bhawan issued notification on 25th evening. 

The court has refused to grant stay and asked the state government to verify whether the governor could be impleaded (sued) and posted it for further hearing on August 30. In media the governor’s action was defended and hailed by leader of opposition in assembly, Shaktisinh Gohil. 

He told media, “The name of Justice Mehta was suggested by Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court S.J. Mukhopadhaya to the state government, but it had not made the appointment till now,” and added, “The Gujarat government has no role to play in the appointment of Lokayukta.” 

Gohil said, stressing that in accordance with the Gujarat State Lokayukta Act, 1986, the state government had no role to play in the selection and appointment. "Governor has told us that non-appointment of Lokayukta for the last seven years, was a matter of grave concern as there was no authority to look into affairs of the government," he said. 

Though a pure political move, Modi is on weaker turf as he has been avoiding this matter for long. Last week a petition seeking the appointment of the Lokayukta in the state was filed in the Gujarat high court by Bhikhabhai Jethva, father of the late RTI activist Amit Jethva, who was murdered last year. As a damage control exercise the Modi government on the same day appointed a judicial commission to inquire into allegations of corruption and favours done by some departments to top industrial houses. 

Reacting to the governor’s move, Gujarat government spokesperson Jaynarayan Vyas said the move “was not in the spirit of the Constitution. The entire government has been bypassed in the matter”. 

Rebel BJP MLA Dr Kalasaria
The state government was thinking of introducing an ordinance, seeking amendment in the act. The Gujarat cabinet has also set up a five-member cabinet committee to study the lokpal legislation after it is passed by Parliament and amend the state lokayukta act in accordance with it. 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Why is Jan Lokpal better than CBI?

 One of the main arguments of Civil society to implement Jan Lokpal is  that the CBI under government is a toothless tiger.  Indian Booker prize-winning author Arundhati Roy and social activist  Aruna Roy may not agree with Arvind Kejriwal on this, but government’s own data  supports the need of independent monitoring body like Jan Lokpal. 

In as many as 279 cases CBI is waiting for the sanction to prosecute senior government officials in corruption cases. These requests are pending with different Central and state government departments, in some cases for years.

As mentioned and repeatedly explained by Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi, under the existing laws, the CBI is required to obtain sanction from a Central or state government department to prosecute a senior official.

If the top bosses want to save any corrupt official, they simply have to sit on the file and take no decision, the way  Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit  kept on hold the Parliament attack convict Afjal Guru’s file  despite the final verdict of Supreme Court.

The highest number of cases which CBI wants to prosecute are 33 against  officials in Assam ruled by Congress, while BJP coalition ruled Jharkhand  government is holding  request against 13 officials to be prosecuted.
Arjun Munda BJP has to come clean

The Chief Minister of Jharkhand  Arjun Munda claims that his government is taking all the necessary steps to make the bureaucracy accountable to the people and cleanse the system of "babudom and nepotism", the government will bring bills on Right to Services Act and Information Technology Act in the monsoon session  of the assembly which is scheduled to meet from August 26.  If he is so committed, why is he shying away to grant permission to CBI?

The urban development ministry is sitting on applications to prosecute 14 CPWD officials, while 17 requests relating to officials of different coalfields are also pending. The CBI sought sanction to prosecute six customs officials based in Visakhapatnam on a single day — March 8, 2011. The railway ministry is also yet to sanction action against five senior officials — pending since March 31.

In short,  each and every department and political party is alike on this matter. Next, question arises that, is CBI efficient to deal if the permission is granted?  This is also doubtful. In January this year a Delhi court  granted bail to former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) official Sanjay Mahendroo, who was arrested for his alleged involvement in the Queen's Baton Relay scam in London in 2009. The reason was that CBI had failed to file a charge sheet against him within the stipulated 60 days of his arrest.
Delhi CM  CWG & Afjal?

Other examples of CBI’s efficiency can be counted on  fodder scam of Bihar, Bofors case which took the sacrifice of Rajiv Gandhi government.  Most of the people have lost hopes from the existing system. That is the reason why  Major General (retd) S.C.N. Jatar, resigned from the  Aruna Roy’s outfit National Campaign for Peoples’ Right to Information (NCPRI) after she criticised Anna Hazare’s movement. 

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Pick Pocketers also active at Ramlila ground

Kiran Bedi
The pocket of former IPS officer and Civil Society activist Kiran Bedi was snatched  on Saturday at Ramlila ground.  A reporter from a  media Channel had complaint of losing the purse on Friday. Many Anna's supporters on camera reported about the loss of mobile phone, a clear evidence that the pick pocketers are equally active at the Ramlila ground and might be praying for even larger crowd to reach there.

Many supporters are  complaining  of pick-pocketers and molesters in the crowd, but Delhi  police finds it self  little unprepared to handle the situation. One reason is the large crowd  and the instructions from top to not to be harsh at this stage. The crime rate of Delhi, otherwise also indicates that the police here is trained to salute ministers and politicians and not to control criminals and curb the crime.

On Friday, while on the way from Tihar Jail to Ramlila ground Anna's chappals were also stolen from the Rajghat. These instances, though small are clearly indicating that criminals have no fear of law in the Capital City.

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Difference between Lokpal and Janlokpal Bills.

With so much debate going around on the Lokpal bills of government and civil society  which is being pushed by Anna Hazare and his team. Following are the points of difference between the two.

Existing System  of goverment is in black fonts and that of the civil society Jan Lokpal in Purple color

No politician or senior officer ever goes to jail despite huge evidence because Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) and CBI directly come under the government. Before starting investigation or initiating prosecution in any case, they have to take permission from the same bosses, against whom the case has to be investigated.

Lokpal at centre and Lokayukta at state level will be independent bodies. ACB and CBI will be merged into these bodies. They will have power to initiate investigations and prosecution against any officer or politician without needing anyone permission. Investigation should be completed within 1 year and trial to get over in next 1 year. Within two years, the corrupt should go to jail.

No corrupt officer is dismissed from the job because Central Vigilance Commission, which is supposed to dismiss corrupt officers, is only an advisory body. Whenever it advises government to dismiss any senior corrupt officer, its advice is never implemented.

Lokpal and Lokayukta will have complete powers to order dismissal of a corrupt officer. CVC and all departmental vigilance will be merged into Lokpal and state vigilance will be merged into Lokayukta.

No action is taken against corrupt judges because permission is required from the Chief Justice of India to even register an FIR against corrupt judges.

Lokpal & Lokayukta shall have powers to investigate and prosecute any judge without needing anyone permission.
Anna Hazare has raised high Hopes

Nowhere to go - People expose corruption but no action is taken on their complaints.

Lokpal & Lokayukta will have to enquire into and hear every complaint.

There is so much corruption within CBI and vigilance departments. Their functioning is so secret that it encourages corruption within these agencies.

All investigations in Lokpal & Lokayukta shall be transparent. After completion of investigation, all case records shall be open to public. Complaint against any staff of Lokpal & Lokayukta shall be enquired and punishment announced within two months.

Weak and corrupt people are appointed as heads of anti-corruption agencies.

Politicians will have absolutely no say in selections of Chairperson and members of Lokpal & Lokayukta. Selections will take place through a transparent and public participatory process.

Citizens face harassment in government offices. Sometimes they are forced to pay bribes. One can only complaint to senior officers. No action is taken on complaints because senior officers also get their cut.

Lokpal & Lokayukta will get public grievances resolved in time bound manner, impose a penalty of Rs 250 per day of delay to be deducted from the salary of guilty officer and award that amount as compensation to the aggrieved citizen. Nothing in law to recover ill gotten wealth. A corrupt person can come out of jail and enjoy that money.

Loss caused to the government due to corruption will be recovered from all accused.

Small punishment for corruption- Punishment for corruption is minimum 6 months and maximum 7 years.

Enhanced punishment - The punishment would be minimum 5 years and maximum of life imprisonment.

These difference look attractive to a common man but are difficult to execute. The first hurdle is the parliament. No bill can become law unless approved by the parliament. Majority of politicians are opposed to tightening their own rights.

Further, excecution would  involve wider section of police and judiciary where the amount of corruption is no lesser than politics.

Before the Lokpal revival of judiciary is required so that judgements are delivered in time. If that happens most of the problem would get solved.