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Replying to the motion of Thanks to President’s Address in the 2015 Budget Session, PM Narendra Modi termed NREGA or MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Gurantee Act) as one of the biggest failures of the previous Congress Government. Patting himself on the back for having the political understanding or Political Wisdom, Mr. Modi revealed to the Nation that he has no plans to stop NREGA. As, as per Mr. Modi, NREGA is the monument of Congress’s dismal performance in the last 60 years. A showing, where Congress has to make people fill ditches even in 2005.

No surprise, Mr. Modi’s Government has no plans to end MNREGA. Just as BJP Government, after forming Government with PDP in J&K, has no plans to abolish Article 370. The party now sees Article 370 as something necessary to make a connect with the J&K. 

No surprise, Mr. Modi sees MNREGA as an utter failure. It’s all in the perspective. Those who have a view that every river bank must be turned into a river front, so that it appeals to the eye of the rich, will see non-cemented pond or canal in a village as a failure.

That apart, Mr. Modi will see a pond or canal thus created, as No Asset Creation. Which is not true as Well. One, as even science doesn’t advise every surface to get cemented. Two, even when one tries, it’s not possible.

PM Modi’s Address in Lok Sabha trivialized a very important Act. It showed least respect for the poor as the speech made a mockery of the poor in the country. It misinformed the country by telling that MNREGA is meant for Asset Creation. Which it’s not.

NREGA is a way to give employment to a person who has no employment and skills to get employed. It’s a practical approach to feed the poor and help him feed his family and fulfill their bare needs. If schemes like NREGA are scrapped off, believing in Mr. Modi’ lofty idea of skill development, then many people will remain hungry and deprived. After all even skill development takes time and resources to give the results. That apart, how many skilled people industry can absorb? And that too at what wages?

It’s one thing to get employed; it’s entirely another get a wage which allows to live with dignity.

An unskilled person can get the satisfaction from digging pits. Can the same be said for someone who’s educated and sees himself as skilled?

In short, what will be the use of such employment where educated and skilled young men and women are hired by industries through a manpower contractor, that too on shameful wages!

It’s hard to believe that “Make in India” will employ every farmer displaced from his land and every Indian made skilled.

Unfortunately PM Modi’s Lok Sabha Address lacked content and appeared to be following the proverb: When Nothing defends you, then Aggression is the Best Defense.

But this is understandable. After all BJP has much to Answer on Land Acquisition Act, inflation etc. Anna’s movement has proved that no one’s buying Modi Government’s defense that: Our Land Acquisition Bill is better than Rahul Gandhi’s. People have started demanding answers from the Modi Government : Tell us how Your Bill is Better? People Ask.

Last Date to apply online for Rajasthan PSC Medical Faculty posts of Assistant Professors, Senior Demonstrators and Biochemists: March 18

Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC), Ajmer, Rajasthan — invites online applications from interested and eligible candidates rpsc biochemist medical faculty postsfor the post of Assistant Professors, Senior Demonstrators and Biochemists in Medical Education Department of Rajasthan Government. Below are the key details of RPSC Medical faculty,demonstrators recruitment :

Assistant Professor : 142 posts in various medical disciplines
Senior Demonstrator : 349 posts (Pathology-234, Biochemistry-115)
Biochemist : 26 posts

How to Apply : Apply Online at RPSC website on or before 18/03/2015 12.00 midnight.

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A Lesson Rahul Gandhi can learn from Indira Gandhi

With budget session on, Rahul Gandhi’s absence from the Indian Political scene is a sad event. He might have taken the break, so as to think deeply on the recent political debacles; but still, this is not how Leaders conduct themselves. They remain there, where the Action is. Actually he’s not helping his party and its voters, by taking such ill timed breaks.

He must have taken some cues from his Grandmother, former PM Indira Gandhi. It was Indira Gandhi’s resolve to regain her party’s lost political Ground; which brought Congress back to power in January 1980. This was quite surprising going by the enormity of anti-Congress wave just three years back.

No one is expecting that sort of miracle from Rahul Gandhi. The times have changed a lot. What used to apply then, can’t be replicated now. But some tenets of leadership are Universal. They apply to all the times. One of these is: A Leader faces the attack first. After all it is he/she who leads the pack.

Why does Rahul Gandhi need some peace to introspect? That too when political action is at its height! Events such as the Budget Session, debates on crucial bills are a fuel for a politician. Simply because they give him/her the opportunity to speak. Here, speaking doesn’t mean the act of oratory. Here, speaking simply means making a connect with the people. A connect which tells the people, there’s someone who cares for them.

Book Review | Foodie Kunal Vijayakar’s Debut Book

Out of all the food show hosts, who combine food with travel, Kunal Vijayakar is the most credible one. Simply because he’s the only food show host, who takes munching beyond acting. He actually eats the kunal Vijayakar Debut Bookfood. A virtue much praised by anyone who sees self as a foodie. Only a foodie knows it takes real talent to stuff one’s mouth with big morsels.

For all his fans out there, Kunal Vijayakar’s ( the host of the TV show The Foodie) debut book ‘Made in India‘ has hit the market.

The Book

The foreword of book is written by Cyrus Broacha. It’s Witty. Not a surprise, going by Broacha’s reputation of behaving like a man after a couple of shots. A witty foreword for Vijayakar’s book is also apt,as the author is the producer and actor of Cyrus Broacha hosted , Indian Satirical Show, the Week that Wasn’t.

The recipes shared in the book are quite common, and can be cooked easily at home. Yes, you don’t need skills of a chef.

Vijayakar’s tilt towards non-vegetarian food continues in the book as well. There’s much focus given to non vegetarian food— egg, chicken, fish, mutton, beef.

The book shares 60 recipes, and photographs. The idea is to show the reader the diversity of food in India; and the fact that he has traversed the lengths and breadths of India in search of food. A lot of photographs show Kunal eating at different dhabas and restaurants. Now, got why you need to be a Kunal Vijayakar fan and a real foodie to appreciate the work :) .

My Opinion: If you’re a Foodie and a Vijayakar fan, you will love the book.

In the very beginning, let I clear that Indians are not that concerned about Peanut Allergy. Why? as Indians seldom think about it. It’s simply out of our information radar.

The allergy to peanuts or peanut allergy in children is more common in Developed Countries, where 1 to 3 percent of children are allergic to peanuts (in Hindi Moongfali). Here in India, children are introduced to peanuts right from the day the infant starts taking solid food. We even encourage the child to chew it, right from the day he/she starts showing four teeth. Most Indians are not that afraid of the choking hazard, which is quite understandable as well.

Not digressing from the topic too much, a new perennial Study conducted by the researchers at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, finds that contrary to previous advice, feeding foods containing peanuts to babies before 11 months of age may help prevent allergies.

That’s Introducing Infants to Peanuts, Lowers risk of Allergies. [Infant is typically applied to young children between the ages of 1 month and 12 months; however, definitions may vary between birth and 1 year of age, or even between birth and 2 years of age.]

The Peanut Allergy Study

640 children, aged 4 months to 11 months, who were considered at high risk of becoming allergic to peanuts either because of a pre-existing egg allergy or eczema, which can be linked to peanut allergy; were divided into Two groups. One group was fed with foods containing Peanut puree. The other group was not fed peanuts in any form until they turned five.

The study found that by age five, 1 in a 100 children who was fed peanuts developed a peanut allergy, compared to approximately 20 in a 100 in the group that avoided peanuts entirely.

This made the researchers conclude that the best way to lower the risk of allergies is to introduce infants to peanuts.

Some experts are seeing the findings as pointing to a possible earlier introduction of food to decrease body’s allergic reaction to those foods.

The findings are published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

[DISCLAIMER : The information shared in the article is for Information Purposes Only. Consult a Qualified Doctor before acting on any information shared in the Article.]

Last Date to Apply for Income Tax Posts for Sports Persons in Income Tax Department, Tamil Nadu | April 06

Income Tax Office, Aayakar Bhawan, 121, M G Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai – 600034, Tamilnadu, India — Government of India / Income Tax Department — has released the income tax postsrecruitment advertisement for Meritorious Sports persons to join the Income Tax Department, Chennai. Applications are thus invited by Income Tax Office, Cehnnai from meritorious Sports persons in different games/ sports under Sports Quota. The posts for Sprotspersons are for the posts of Income Tax Inspectors, Tax Assistants and MUlti Tasking Staff.

Below are the key details of Income Tax Posts for Sports Persons :

Income-tax Inspectors : 07 posts, Pay Scale : Rs. 9300 -34800 Grade Pay Rs.4600
Tax Assistants : 20 posts, Pay Scale : Rs.5200 – 20200 Grade Pay Rs. 2400
Multi Tasking Staff : 10 posts, Pay Scale : Rs. 5200 – 20200 Grade Pay Rs.1800
Age : 18-25 years.

How to Apply : Duly filled applications in the prescribed format must be sent to Additional Commissioner of Income-tax (H.Qrs)(Admn-cum-Vig), Aayakar Bhawan, 121, M G Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai – 600034, Tamilnadu, India. on or before 06/04/2015.

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The result of the last IGNOU TEE was declared a few days ago. This doesn’t mean you will necessarily see the result of all the papers, you appeared in the last TEE, simultaneously (or all at once).

The IGNOU TEE Result declIGNOU Resultaration Notification, simply means that from the day onward IGNOU will start declaring the results for its various programmes and Courses. It means that from the day onward, you can expect your Grade card to start showing TEE marks.

It’s perfectly Alright, if you see the result of some of the papers declared and some not.

It’s also perfectly alright, if you see your Grade card not showing the result of any paper, even when IGNOU results are Declared.

Remember, IGNOU doesn’t declare the result of all programmes and Courses; and all papers which you appeared in at the same time.

 

 

5 Confusions Regarding IGNOU Assignments

Most IGNOU learners see IGNOU Assignment submission and IGNOU Term End Examinations, as connected. But they are Not.

Apart from one connection: That one has to submit assignment first in order to appear in the respective subject’s TEE; there are NO other connections.

Confusions Regarding IGNOU Assignments1) IGNOU Assignments and IGNOU Examination Form are broadly unconnected:

That’s you can choose to submit the IGNOU assignments for all the subjects; and not appear in the TEEs of the respective subjects even once. But since, registration for a paper is valid only for 2 years or 4 semesters, hence it’s Good to keep clearing the TEEs as well. Else one has to re-register for the paper which remains Incomplete (Not passed).

 2) IGNOU Assignments once submitted and Completed (passed or cleared) are valid for the entire IGNOU programme:

This applies to the Maximum Duration to complete the Programme as well. For instance for IGNOU MBA, it’s 8 years.

Thus even if someone fails a paper or re-registers for a paper; he/she simply has to reappear in the TEE (if he has already passed the Assignment). That’s there’s no need to resubmit the ignou assignment for the said paper.

3) Irrespective of the time you plan to appear in TEE, you have to submit ONLY the latest IGNOU Assignments:

That’s if you plan to submit assignment in January-June 2015 Semester , then you have to create assignments freshly uploaded at the IGNOU website for the said semester. You can’t submit some previous assignment which you write, but had not submitted at that time.

NOTE: That’s why it’s always advised to submit prepared assignments at the Study Centre or Regional Centre, irrespective of whether you plan to appear in the upcoming TEE or not. Why? Simply because, submitting the assignment doesn’t imply you will appear in the same TEE. You MAY OR MAY NOT do so.

4) The Late fee is NOT for Late Submission of Assignments : Actually there’s NO Fee at all to submit the ignou Assignments.

The fee and Late Fee are for the submission of Examination Form. If you submit your Examination form after the Last Date then you will have to pay the Late Fee in addition to the examination fee for each paper.

The Last date to submit TEE examination form for IGNOU Term End Examinations WITHOUT LATE FEE is March 31st for June TEE and September 30th for December TEE.

Hence , if you don’t want to submit late fee, then either submit the assignment and examination form before or on March 31st or September 30.

If you submit assignments meant for Jan-Jun and Jul-Dec Semesters after March 31st or September 30 respectively; but DO NOT want to pay the Late Fee for Examination form submission, then you have to appear in said papers in the next or future TEEs. And that’s Acceptable to IGNOU.

5) Assignments once submitted and passed (Complete Status) are valid for Entire IGNOU Programme, but one has to Pass a paper in 2 years from the date of Registration:

If someone fails to Complete or Pass a paper in 2 years or 4 semesters; then he has to re-register. This means the cost of that paper doubling. Apart from economic burden, THERE ARE NO OTHER EFFECTS of Re-registration.

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Alright you don’t agree.

You think, this doesn’t happen. The moment people see you climbing the success ladder, they drag you down.

In real World , you may be as correct as I’m.

You’re correct as people by nature are ambitious and resources are scarce; hence seeing someone achieve something can result in some jealously.

I’m also correct, as when I heard the above quote (From some US Billionaire, made in 1960s) : I succeeded as People Wanted me To; I gave it a thought.

 You Succeed as People Want you to

In 13 steps to Good Luck, Ashwin Sanghi says that one of the steps towards a Bloody Good Luck are Opportunities. According to him, to become lucky, one must keep getting good opportunities. Most of which come from PEOPLE.

Think over it : Don’t opportunities come from the People?

That’s why if we assume in our minds that people don’t want to see me succeed, then we are closing most of the Opportunities in our lives.

To conclude, see the lives of people who succeeded in their Mission, Career or Business. They managed to achieve that as people wanted them to succeed.

Take for instance Mahatma Gandhi. He succeeded in his protests as people following him wanted him to succeed.

Dhirubhai Ambani or Subrata Roy Sahara, succeeded as their investors wanted them to succeed.

Even a guy working in a office and getting a raise or a promotion, manages to do so, as people linked to him/her at the workplace, wanted him to succeed. If that may not be the case, then no industry or business can survive even one single day.

If you still disagree, then try planting a new Thought and remove the Old one.

Say to Self: I Succeed as People Want me to

And in no time you will see opportunities and Happiness flowing your way. This will also bring about another monumental change: You will transform into a very Helpful Individual.

Opportunities is a Two way channel: You act as an opportunity receiver and sender, all the time.

An Activity: Think of three people outside your family, who you are linked to as a friend, colleague, subordinate, Boss or in any other way. But ensure that the connection must not be of public nature (such as one that with a political party or a politician, unless you see real opportunities coming your way):

1) Who you really want to see Succeed.

2) Who want you to Succeed.

Write down the names of these people in a notebook. If you don’t find these six people, then you first need to convince yourself that: People Do want to See you Succeed.

Book Review Take Me Home by Dorothy Garlock : Good Ol’ Romance; a tale of Forbidden Love.

A love triangle set in a small town in America, World War II in the backdrop, a forbidden romance between a German prisoner of war and a native American girl – Dorothy Garlock’s ‘Take Me Home’ has every hallmark of a romantic beach read. The plot is rich with interesting and relatable characters. The prologue itself is so beautifully written that one instantly falls in love with her writing style.

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The story is set in 1945, Wisconsin and portrays the life of the common Americans as they try to make ends meet while contributing for the war effort. Olivia Marsten is a conventional young girl living in a small town called ‘Miller’s Creek’. She is completely taken aback when her childhood friend, Billy Tate, proposes marriage right when he is about to leave to serve in the Navy. Unable to break his best friend’s heart before he goes off to war, she says yes even though she doesn’t have any romantic feelings for him.

Peter is a German prisoner of war who loathes the Nazis but was forced to serve in the war out of fear for his mother’s life. His father was an American who fought in WW I and stayed back after the war to settle in Germany. Peter escapes owing to a train wreck and winds up in Wisconsin.

On his way to turn himself in, he bumps into Olivia and they both instantly fall in love with each other. In their first meeting itself he ends up saving her life and is grievously injured in the road accident. He ends up staying at Olivia’s place to recover from his injuries. Wanting to see things through with Olivia, the escaped prisoner postpones his plans to turn himself in and keeps his identity a secret.

A large part of the story revolves around Olivia’s dilemma over the two men in her life. There’s also a vicious villain in the story, ‘Otto’, the man who escaped with Peter and has a personal vendetta against every ‘Amerikaner”.

MERITS

Garlock’s writing style is a huge plus. One can surely relate to the characters, particularly John and Ruth. There a lot of plot twists, specially in the second half of the novel which keep you on your toes and leave your night lamps burning way into the night. The lovemaking scenes are tender and handled very tastefully.

DEMERITS

There are, however, a few let downs. At many points in the novel the story appears contrived. For example, it is hard to swallow that no one is uncomfortable by the abrupt inclusion of a complete stranger into their lives; and it is almost preposterous that Peter speaks perfect English and has no German accent at all. Also, I feel there wasn’t enough time for Olivia and Peter’s romance to develop. I find it juvenile that they just meet and fall “deeply in love” at the first sight. Moreover, I was irked by Olivia’s dilemma that drags on a tad longer than I would have preferred. One simply doesn’t go on kissing strangers when one is promised to another man. She’s the only character I couldn’t relate to.

VERDICT

All in all, if you can allow yourself to be loose with logic at certain places, this is a good book to curl up with over the weekend. The description of American life during the war era will capture your interest, the romantic descriptions will leave your toes tingling, the plot twists at some instances will definitely cause you goose bumps and with the happy ending in the epilogue you will close the book grinning.

Recommended as a one-time read!
Rating: 3.5/5