NEW DELHI,09/08/18: The government had an easy victory in the election for the post of the Rajya Sabha deputy chairman, as the opposition came up short in a contest that was seen as a test for its unity in the run-up to the 2019 national election. The government had 125 votes against opposition's 105 in a house with a majority mark of 119. In the gripping build-up over the last few days, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah worked the phones and won over fence-sitters like Naveen Patnaik.
The opposition votes fell below the expected 110 as five lawmakers - two from the DMK and one from Trinamool Congress - and the YSR Congress stayed out.
Notably yesterday late evening Odisha Chief Minister announced his support to NDA Govt to scribes after arriving at Bhubaneswar from his Mumbai trip.
Over the last two days, BJP chief Amit Shah had also diligently worked the phones, managing to get the support of miffed allies Akali Dal and Shiv Sena, who initially decided to abstain.
Bhubaneswar 9th August: A black bordered Mourning Cover on M. Karunanidhi was issued by the Mourning Cover Society of India at Bhubaneswar today. The Day of Death Mourning Cover was made on the evening of the 7th August after the announcement of Kalaignar’s death and posted the same day. It was cancelled on the next day at the Philatelic Bureau at the Bhubaneswar G.P.O and later delivered by the Sahid Nagar post office. The cover was affixed with the recently issued stamp of Biju Patnaik. Both Karunanidhi and Biju Babu had a very close and special relation.
Mourning covers are black-edged posted letters used in most countries, especially during the 19th and early 20th centuries, as harbingers of death and messengers of grief. Mourning covers and stationery are easily identified by their black borders. These death related letters and covers are characterized by a mourning mark, almost always black, and have been carried in the public mail system of at least 250 different countries.
Mourning covers are issued on the death of statesmen, leaders and famous personalities. Very few are issued, and the covers are collected by philatelists. The Mourning Cover issued on Mahatma Gandhi after his death recently sold for Rs 6 lakhs.
Anil Dhir, the founder Secretary of the Society, said that earlier covers have been issued on Biju Patnaik, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Khushwant Singh and even Saddam Hussein. Dhir has a collection of 5000 different mourning covers from 180 countries spanning a period of two hundred years. Out of the five hundred covers issued, three hundred covers have been sent to Tamil Nadu for the philatelists there.
AIADMK government in TN follows Congress in allotting memorial-site for opposition-leader KarunanidhiWednesday, 08 August 2018 04:23 Written by odishabarta
New Delhi,07/08/18:It refers to AIADMK government in Tamilnadu following footsteps of Congress during its regime at the centre by declining to allow burial and building memorial for the veteran opposition leader Karunanidhi at prime location at Marina Beach. Same tactics was always adopted by Congress during its long regime at the centre when it always provided prime location and huge area for cremation and building samadhis along Mahatma Gandhi Marg adjoining big area next to Rajghat. Non-Congress leaders were cremated with samadhis built on side-road of Rajghat where no visitor ever visits. Even such a unique honour was given to Sanjay Gandhi, family-member of Nehru-Gandhi family who never held any legislative post entitled for such privileged honour.
It was nice of Atal Bihari Vajpayee government at the centre that it made a full-stop on further creation of samadhis and converting government-bungalows in memorials through a cabinet-note of the year 2000. It is yet to be seen if present central government follows the said cabinet-decision in future on death of some prominent leader of the ruling party at the centre. It is significant that all political parties have deliberately closed eyes on unauthorised encroachment of public-park in creating samadhi of former Delhi Chief Minister Sahib Singh Verma after his illegal cremation there on verbal directions of the then Delhi government.
2000-decision of Union Cabinet should be followed in states too to avoid controversies like has happened in cremation and building memorial for Karunanidhi when the matter reached to Madras High Court in unprecedented night-hours. Supreme Court should sue-motto order to ban building samadhis and memorials at government-land and public-expense both by central and all state-governments.
New Delhi,07/08/18:In present era of heavy competition in car-market, it is quite likely that manufacturers and dealers of new cars might not be having much profit on sale of new cars. But extra-ordinary heavy prices of car-spares provides heavy profit to car-manufacturers for which they monopolies. Such higher retail price of car-spares provides them enough room to pass on heavy commission on car-spares to car-dealers which are also service-dealers. This is the reason that car-dealers offer heavy discounts of upto 50-percent on labor-charges. Study can prove that a new car assembled from new spare parts purchased at maximum-retail-price will cost much-much higher than the price of new car purchased from car-dealer at ex-showroom price.
National Anti-Profiteering Committee under Department of Revenue of Central Government should look into the matter, and ensure that car-manufacturers may lower prices of car-spares with some reasonable margin only. The Committee should also take up matter of having uniform specifications for essential items like battery, tyres and similar other items for all car-manufacturers to largely reduce inventory with dealers. Bulk production in same sizes and specifications will further bring down cost of such items due to mass-production of items under same size and specification by merging some nearing sizes and specifications. Such guidelines though also mentioned in auto-policy of Union government, are never followed in actual practice.
Too many variants of any car-model confuse customers. There may be just two variants apart from the third with automatic gears, one basic Lx for economy customers and the other Vx with all company-fitted extra accessories and luxuries for affording customers. There is no sense in having too many confusing variants like Lx, Lxi, Vx, Vxi for same model. India being biggest consumer-market amongst nations with free economy, it has certainly power to dictate its consumer-friendly terms for global market-leaders collaborating car-manufacture in India.
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Wrong to encourage digital-payment through RuPay and BHIM platforms now by 20-percent rebate in GST with capping of rupees 100Monday, 06 August 2018 02:57 Written by odishabarta
New Delhi,06/08/18:The Goods and Services Tax -GST Council on 05.08.2018 cleared a pilot project to offer digital incentives, in the form of cashback of 20 per cent of GST paid on business-to-consumer transactions using RuPay and BHIM platforms, subject to a cap of Rs 100 per transaction. It is beyond understanding why central government is encouraging digital payment of small amounts through BHIM-app etc in a country where still majority people are illiterate and have to depend on others for payment through mobile-phones with all chances of frauds. Even incentives on card-payment for petrol, diesel etc. now should be withdrawn.
Instead central government should concentrate more on big payments to be made only though banking-transactions and card-payment. Every dealer registered under GST must be compulsorily having card-swapping-machines. Since traders at times charge two-percent extra on card-payments which is transaction-chargee imposed by banks for providing card-facility for payment, Central government should devise some mechanism whereby such transaction-charge may not be levied by card-issuing banks as a part of Corporate Social Responsibility, which is now mandatory for all companies. Then it can be easily ensured that all payments above rupees 10000 may be done either through cards or bank-transaction. Even heavy limit of rupees 200000 for payments on events can be withdrawn to bring it down to rupees 10000.
Bank-penalties mount to rupees 4988 Crs in 2017-18 with private banks having major share: Penalty for minimum balance must goMonday, 06 August 2018 02:53 Written by odishabarta
New Delhi,06/08/18:It refers to shocking report about total rupees 4988 crores combinedly imposed by all banks including private and public-sector banks with major share grabbed by private-sector banks. Major share in such penalty is for not keeping minimum balance in accounts. At a time where Central Government is insisting on banking transactions with introduction of zero-balance bank-accounts under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna, it should be ensured that requirement of Minimum-Balance in all types of bank-accounts for both public and private sector banks be abolished.
Private Banks have too many hidden charges including various types of penalties with different rate-structures. Department of Financial Services – DFS and Reserve Bank of India -RBI should introduce common rates of penalties imposed by banks. Private and public sector banks should compete through better services rather than having right to impose penalties as a measure to increase profitability to counter losses due to Non Performing Assets -NPA. Common persons must not suffer through money-minting penalties to counter losses due to NPAs.
Delayed but step in right direction that Air India stops meals in short-duration flights to cut expensesSaturday, 04 August 2018 13:45 Written by odishabarta
New Delhi,04/08/18:Since every private airline-company in India except Jet Airways has discontinued serving free-of-cost meals, snacks, beverages etc in domestic-flights as a cost-cutting measure to provide cheaper air-tickets, Air India should have also adopted the same practice long back. Rather all these private-airline companies started profiteering by selling food-items at prices much higher than normal market-prices. Now Air India has decided to give boxes of low-cost peanuts etc instead of costly snacks but only in short-duration flights upto one hour.
Air India instead should totally do away with free-of-cost food in all its domestic flights, and follow most other private airliners to sell food-items as a cost-cutting measure to bring down heavy losses greatly hurting public-exchequer. It is a matter of concern that private airline-companies are minting money to regularly add to their fleets with new and latest aeroplanes, public-sector Air India on the other hand is regularly adding to its accumulated huge losses.
New Delhi,02/08/18:In a suo-motu cognisance, the Supreme Court on Thursday restrained media from telecasting images and videos of minor rape victims, even in blurred or morphed form.
Expressing concern over identity of child rape victims being revealed by print and electronic media the apex court said that even morphed picture should not be published.
The court also asked media not to interview alleged victims of sexual assault and said that “they cannot be compelled to relive trauma again and again”.
Earlier, the apex court took suo-moto cognizance of the Muzaffarpur shelter home case in which a shocking 34 rapes were reported. The court issued a notice to the Bihar government seeking a detailed reply from the state administration.
The SC observation comes on the backdrop of a rising number of cases involving minors – the most notable being Kathua rape and murder, wherein the victim was an eight-year-old girl from Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district.