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If you’re in a habit of folding your bed every morning, then a recent study wants you not to do that. Bed sheets and bed quilts (in Hindi Razai) when folded, become favourable for the growth of dust mites (microscopic organisms). These dust mites are responsible for morning sneezes and clogged nostrils. The disarrayed unkempt bed in a bachelor’s den is best for the health.
The researchers advise us to keep the bed as if it was in disarray. One thing they encourage is turning the quit in the morning , bottom face up.
It’s always advisable to put the quilts and mattress in the Sun, once in a few days.
The Dhanteras discounts from 16 to 56 percent will be offered at Amazon.in from 7 am , 21 October 2014. Similar Dhanteras discount festival is being organised by snapdeal.
Don’t know of you, but I find Amazon listings expensive. That apart, let’s hope Amazon has adequate products to justify its promotion of Amazon Dhanteras Dhamaka Sale.
7 Secrets of the Goddess (English) 1st Edition (Paperback) Price: Rs. 270
I passed by the book with the book cover on the left, many times. I treated the book as some book on 7 ways to worship Mother Goddess. Today, I took extra effort to read the author’s name in fine print. What? Is it Devdutt Pattanaik book!
Seeing a Calendar like Goddess on Devdutt Pattanaik book cover is unusual, as this MBBS Doctor-turned-Mythologist-turned-Management Guru, who teaches young India in MNCs management lessons through mythological stories, has a habit of self illustrating his books in his signature style.
That said, a Devdutt Pattanaik book is must buy for any Pattanaik fan. That’s why I bought one.
What the new Pattanaik book is all about? It’s again looking into Indian mythology for answers to questions like :
Why does Goddess Lakshmi massages Vishnu’s feet? Is this male domination?
Why does Goddess Kali stand on Shiva’s chest? Is this female domination?
Shiva is half a woman. Is this gender equality?
Why then is Shakti never half a man?
if you have read Devdutt Pattanaik’s previous books, then you would know what they are all about. Those who are new to Pattanaik, must see his books as a probe into Hindu mythology. The objective is to get answers about the life, society, business ethics and beliefs of the times the mythologies were created in.
The 7 Secrets of the Goddess , is the fourth title in the bestselling 7 Secrets series focuses on the Goddess and is said to be the author’s attempt to investigate stories, symbols and rituals of Hindu mythology to unravel the gender relationships they portray. Devdutt Pattanaik is a celebrated mythologist who had also donned the role of CBO (Chief Belief Officer) of the Kishore Biyani led Future Group (Big Bazaar). His Business Sutras on CNBC Awaz were quite popular, where among other things, he explains as to why Ram’s insistence on his word can’t help one succeed during Mahabharata.That’s why the hero of Mahabharata, Krishna, doesn’t shy away from using deceptive tactics.
The Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), IISCO Steel Plant, Burnpur – 713325, Burdwan District, West Bengal, a Government of India Enterprise, invites online applications for the following executive & non-executive posts for its integrated steel plant at Burnpur in West Bengal . Below are the key details of SAIL Burnpur Executive, non-executive posts :
Specialists/ Medical Officers : 13 posts
Para-Medical Staff : 37 posts
Attendant-cum-Technician (Boiler Operation) : 03 posts
Operator-cum-Technician (Boiler Operation) : 03 posts
Attendant-cum-Technician (Trainee) – Dumper Operator : 06 posts
How To Apply: An application fee of Rs.250/- for the posts of Operator cum Technician and Rs.150/- for the posts of Attendant cum Technician Trainee (Rs. 50/- for SC/ST/PWD candidates) to be paid in State Bank of India through a payment challan.
Apply Online at SAIL website from 10/10/2014 to 03/11/2014 only.
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Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC), 15, Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg, Patna-800001 , on behalf of Education Department, Govt. of Bihar invites applications in the prescribed proforma for the appointment to the Posts of Assistant Professors. Below are the Key recruitment details of Bihar PSC Assistant Professor posts for different subjects under different Universities and its constituent Colleges in the State of Bihar :
3364 posts in various subjects
Age Limit : 23-55 years
As recommended by the University Grants Commission from time to time and accepted by the Government of Bihar.
How to Apply : Apply in the prescribed format and send it on or before 20/11/2014 to Controller of Examination, Bihar Public Service Commission, 15, Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg, Belly Road, Patna – 800001 (Bihar) by Registered/ Speed post only.
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In the marketing build up for his book, Ex CAG Vinod Rai kept estimating Former PM Manmohan Singh as a man of integrity, but a weak a Prime Minister. Both the things can’t be true at the same time. If Manmohan Singh is the man of integrity then he can’t be weak; if he’s weak then he can’t be the man of integrity. Only ex Comptroller and Auditor General knows how this dichotomy can co-exist. That apart, he kept attacking the UPA 2 Government on 2G. Something which gave him the tag of a feisty crusader against the excesses of elected governments, or more aptly of UPA 2. A tag which may not be quite true.
Why? As on reading his book Just Not An Accountant: The Diary of the Nation’s Conscience Keeper , one realises that he failed to notice or willingly ignored some basic facts of modern business, tendering and federal democratic state.
Vinod Rai’s entire argument that the ex PM failed to prevent the 2G scam, is based on the premise that ministers and politicians under him allotted 2G spectrum at throwaway prices to unworthy companies (new companies) in return of kickbacks. The presence of kickbacks may not be wrong, but what is wrong is the definition of unworthy companies. Since Telecom is a new sector in India, except for Airtel , every other company are bound to be new to this sector. They may be big business houses, but they are unlikely to have experience in Telecom. That apart, a small license buyer selling its license to a bigger player, is a usual practice in business. This is how markets achieve oligopoly (a couple of big players in the market). Ask yourself, how many telecom players India has at present.
What CAG presented to the parliament was presumptive loss to the Government by the allocation of spectrum at below the presumptive right price. This presumptive loss theory can itself be debated as India has one of the lowest call rates in the World. The Government may have cut on its own revenue from spectrum sale, so that the benefits can be passed on to the citizens, by way of cheaper telecom services. The day the allocation was cancelled, the call rates started increasing as well.
Regarding coal allocation, one of the biggest things Vinod Rai ignored in his book, is: The Coal reserves are with the States. If the Chief Minister of that state opposes coal auction (the states with most coal reserves have BJP Governments as well), then how can a PM press on allocation. In a federal country like India, a PM who puts pressure, can be blamed as one disrespecting federalism and can easily be called autocratic.
Reading Vinod Rai’s book, one thing comes to mind. In a World of blabbermouths, a less speaking man such as Manmohan Singh is at a big disadvantage. Such a man can be an easy target. But it’s Manmohan Singh’s internal strength which allowed him to ignore attacks such as being called ‘impotent’, ‘weak sardar’ etc. He’s a strong man.
Vinod Rai’s book is selling like hot cakes, but to me it’s not a great book. The reasons I already mentioned above. In a recent book signing event, when asked for his thoughts on former PM Dr Manmohan Singh’s plan to pen his memoirs, Rai reminded the audience about all the letters he had addressed to Manmohan Singh asking for an explanation for the 2G scam. This proves, he worked more than an auditor and saw numbers under some tainted vision.
In the same event, when a questioner asked if a well-known business family was indeed ruling the country, as was often speculated in public, he replied, “I haven’t audited the said business group, so I wouldn’t know if they had set aside funds for governing the country.” This is how an auditor must work. Must limit himself to numbers, and leave speculation to others.
Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO), IFFCO Sadan, C-1, Distt.Centre, Saket Place, New Delhi-110017, invites applications from interested and eligible candidates for the recruitment to the Agriculture Graduate Trainee (AGT) / Accounts Assistant / Accountants posts for IFFCO’s Field Offices located in various States. Below are the key details of IFFCO Agriculture Graduate Trainees, Accountants recruitment :
Qualification : B.Sc.(Agriculture) / M.Sc. (Agriculture), Age : 28 years as on 01/10/2014, Stipend : Rs. 28000/- p.m. and the AGTs will be absorbed in the regular Pay Scale of Rs. 15000 – 26250.
Qualification : CA (Inter)/ICMA (Inter) after B.Com, 3 years experience, Age : 30 years as on 01/10/2014, Pay Scale : Rs. 14500-25500 / 16000-28000
How to Apply : Apply online at IFFCO website from 16/10/2014 to 31/10/2014 only.
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During the Lok Sabha Elections 2014 campaigning and before, Narendra Modi and his party kept promising the people of India of bringing back the black money within 100 days of its rule. At some places, Modi even claimed 30 days. Its fringe organizations and sympathizers kept circulating the fake lists containing the names of the Black money holders in Swiss banks, claimed to be released by the Switzerland Government.
Now, more than 100 days after forming the Government, the Modi government has told the Supreme Court that it cannot disclose the names of people having black money stashed abroad. It is not saying so on the basis of hundreds of fake lists that circulated on online social media (as the Switzerland Government never handed over such lists to India). The new Government is saying so because there’s no treaty between the Switzerland Government and India regarding the disclosure of Black money in Swiss banks. The Modi Government Attorney has given the same reason, the UPA Government gave during its tenure: The names cannot be made public as it violates the double taxation avoidance agreement.
The government says that the names can only be shared with concerned agencies.
Petitioner and senior lawyer and former BJP leader Ram Jethmalani has accused the Narendra Modi government of trying to protect people with black money. The apex court has agreed to hear the government’s plea on October 28.
The BJP Government’s U-turn or literally disowning what it said only three months ago is not surprising. As any Black money stashed in Swiss banks belongs to rich and powerful people. The rich and powerful can belong to any political party. That apart, you can’t tell a bank to disclose the amount of money belonging to any particular person. If you can’t compel a bank in India to disclose the money a person has in his Indian bank account; how on earth you can compel a foreign bank do the same. The banks the world over work on the same secrecy clause.
BJP can never bring back the black money from Swiss banks. The substantial portion of this black money belongs to rich people and businesses. The corporates, who are often accused of laundering black money abroad. The same group which funds both BJP and Congress. Actually what Congress kept saying all this while regarding Black money in foreign banks was the fact. The BJP told a big lie during last two years. Yesterday, what its lawyer said in the Court is the Truth.
Even when we believe Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s argument that the Swiss banks have promised to consider disclosure if the Indian Government does investigation, even then the black money exposed will be a small portion of what is believed to be stashed in Swiss banks. Under this light, BJP’s earlier claims of bringing back the entire black money are proved as a lie.
Who’s accountable ?
Black money stashed abroad was one of the top poll issues taken up by the BJP during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. To assist BJP, fringe groups spread all sort of propaganda towards, during and in the aftermath of the Lok Sabha Elections. All this makes it hard for the people to make the BJP Government accountable. For instance, one of these Hindutva fringe groups will beat young people on Valentine’s Day, and the BJP which is the main player of Hindutva politics goes scot-free. In simple BJP may keep benefiting from the acts of its fringe groups, and still disown them.
A Lack of accountability is not going to help the citizens. After all the entire edifice of democracy is based on accountability.
On the question of Black money itself, the BJP spokespersons and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley are blaming Congress of inking the double taxation avoidance agreement. The fact of the matter is, it’s the BJP which promised the Nation to bring back the black money. Firstly, the party must not have made that promise if it later had to blame the Congress. Secondly, the double taxation avoidance agreement with Switzerland is not something which is made to protect anyone. In a free World, where companies are multinational , the double taxation avoidance agreement is a norm rather than an exception. If BJP can support Vodafone on the irrationality of retrospective taxation, then it must also support every individual’s right of safeguard against double tax (paying tax on the same money, twice).
The BJP spokespersons and leaders are trying to make the double taxation avoidance agreement a villain, when it has nothing to do with bringing back the black money.
Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha (RSV), Tirupati – 517507, Andhra Pradesh, India, invites applications for teaching posts of professor, associate professor and assistant professor. Below are the key details of Sanskrit teaching posts in Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha :
Professor : 03 posts, Pay Scale : Rs.37400-67000 AGP Rs.10000/-
Associate Professor : 02 posts, Pay Scale : Rs.37400-67000 AGP Rs.9000/-
Assistant Professor : 05 posts, Pay Scale : Rs.15600-39100 AGP Rs.6000/-
How To Apply: An application fee of Rs.300/- (Rs.150/- for SC/ST candidates and no fees for PWD candidates) to be paid through a Demand Draft drawn in favour of Registrar, Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Tirupati.
Duly filled applications must be sent on or before 26/12/2013 31/10/2014.
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