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23 March 2012

Discover Life: Some of the Visitors to ‘Discover Life Site ‘in Alphabetical Order since: 23 February 2012



Here are some of the countries from where our readers visited Discover Life Site from 23 February 2012 to 23 March 2012
  
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  1. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirate 
  2. Ahmadabad, Gujarat, India 
  3. Almaty, Kazakhstan  
  4. Alwaye, Kerala, India 
  5. Amman, Amman Governorate, Jordan 
  6. Anand, Gujarat, India 
  7. Ankara, Turkey
  8. Árgos, Argolis, Greece 
  9. Asansol, West Bengal, India 
  10. Ashburn, Virginia, United States 
  11. Asmara, Eritrea (Africa)
  12. Tallinn, Harjumaa, Estonia
  13. Athens, Attiki, Greece 
  14. Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India 
  15. Avenel, New Jersey, United States 
  16. Bacolod, Philippines 
  17. Baku, Baki, Azerbaijan 
  18. Bangkok, Krung Thep, Thailand 
  19. Bay Springs, Mississippi, United States 
  20. Beckley, West Virginia, United States 
  21. Bekasi, Jawa Barat, Indonesia 
  22. Belgrade, Serbia 
  23. Bellary, Karnataka, India 
  24. Biel, Bern, Switzerland
  25. Bielsko-biala, Bielsko, Poland 
  26. Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh, India
  27. Birmingham, United Kingdom 
  28. Blackpool, United Kingdom 
  29. Bothell, Washington, United States
  30. Brantford, Ontario, Canada 
  31. Brisbane, Queensland, Australia  
  32. Brussels, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium 
  33. Büttelborn, Hessen, Germany
  34. Camden Wyoming, Delaware, United States 
  35. Central District, Hong Kong 
  36. Champigny-sur-marne, Ile-de-France
  37. Chicalim, Goa, India 
  38. Clermont-ferrand, Auvergne, France 
  39. Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States 
  40. Cuttack, Orissa, India 
  41. Cwiklice, Slaskie, Poland 
  42. Dabrowa Gornicza, Slaskie, Poland 
  43. Daugavpils, Latvia 
  44. Dudley, Massachusetts, United States 
  45. Erlenbach, Zurich, Switzerland 
  46. Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan 
  47. Faridabad, Haryana, India 
  48. Firozpur, Punjab, India 
  49. Franca, Sao Paulo, Brazil  
  50. Gaborone, South-East, Botswana 
  51. Galagedera, North Western, Sri Lanka 
  52. Gheorgheni, Harghita, Romania 
  53. Gloucester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom 
  54. Gniezno, Wielkopolskie, Poland 
  55. Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, United Kingdom 
  56. Guatemala City, Guatemala
  57. Guntakal, Andhra Pradesh, India 
  58. Gurgaon, Haryana, India 
  59. Hackettstown, New Jersey, United States 
  60. Hanoi, Dac Lac, Vietnam 
  61. Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States 
  62. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 
  63. Hobart, Tasmania, Australia 
  64. Hubli, Karnataka, India 
  65. Huddinge, Stockholms Lan, Sweden 
  66. Imphal, Manipur, India 
  67. Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, india 
  68. Jaipur, Rajasthan, India 
  69. Jakarta, Indonesia
  70. Jalandhar, Punjab, India 
  71. Jalna, Maharashtra, India 
  72. Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa 
  73. Kabul, Afghanistan
  74. Kannur, Kerala, India 
  75. Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan 
  76. Karak, Pahang, Malaysia 
  77. Kathmandu, Nepal
  78. Katowice, Slaskie, Poland 
  79. Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia 
  80. Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia 
  81. Kirovohrad, Kirovohradska Oblast, Ukraine 
  82. Kochi, Kerala, India 
  83. Kragujevac, Serbia 
  84. Krasnokamsk, Perm, Russia 
  85. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
  86. Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India 
  87. Lagos, Portugal 
  88. Lawrenceville, Georgia, United States 
  89. Linz, Oberosterreich, Austria 
  90. Liverpool, United Kingdom 
  91. Logroño, La Rioja, Spain 
  92. Longueuil, Quebec, United Kingdom 
  93. Los Angeles, California, United States 
  94. Lublin, Lubelskie, Poland 
  95. Manteca, California, United States 
  96. Mechelen, Antwerpen, Belgium 
  97. Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 
  98. Miami, Florida, United States 
  99. Middletown, New York, United States 
  100. Milan, Lombardia, Italy 
  101. Milford, Connecticut, United States 
  102. Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States 
  103. Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 
  104. Moji Das Cruzes, Sao Paulo, Brazil 
  105. Mombasa, Coast, Kenya 
  106. Mugla, Turkey 
  107. Multan, Pakistan
  108. Murcia, Spain 
  109. Muurame, Western Finland 
  110. Nanded, Maharashtra, India 
  111. New Holland, Pennsylvania, United States 
  112. Neyveli, Tamil Nadu, India 
  113. Norderstedt, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
  114. Olsztyn, Warminsko-Mazurskie, Poland
  115. Ongole, Andhra Pradesh, India 
  116. Orumiyeh, Azarbayjan-e Bakhtari, Azerbaijan 
  117. Ostrzeszów, Kalisz, Poland 
  118. Pali, Rajasthan, India 
  119. Parsons, West Virginia, United States 
  120. Patiala, Punjab, India 
  121. Pawtucket, Rhode Island, United States 
  122. Penn Yan, New York, United States 
  123. Pensacola, Florida, United States 
  124. Perth, Western Australia 
  125. Peshawar, Pakistan 
  126. Petite Rivière, Black River, Mauritius 
  127. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, united States 
  128. Pila, Swietokrzyskie, Poland 
  129. Pleszew, Wielkopolskie, Poland 
  130. Pondicherry, India 
  131. Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff, United Kingdom 
  132. Port Louis, Mauritius 
  133. Poznan, Wielkopolskie, Poland 
  134. Providence, Moka, Mauritius 
  135. Ptuj, Brezovica, Slovenia 
  136. Pune, Maharashtra, India 
  137. Quatre Bornes, Plaines Wilhems, Brazil
  138. Quezon City, Philippines
  139. Raleigh, North Carolina, United States 
  140. Ramat Gan, Israel 
  141. Ranchi, Jharkhand, India 
  142. Réunion, French Island 
  143. Riyadh, Ar Riyad, Saudi Arabia 
  144. Rome, Lazio, Italy 
  145. Rome, New York, United States 
  146. Rumbeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium 
  147. Sahiwal, Pakistan 
  148. Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg City, Russia 
  149. Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
  150. Sambalpur, Orissa, India 
  151. San Antonio, Texas, United States 
  152. San Gwann, Malta
  153. Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile 
  154. São Luís, Maranhao, Brazil 
  155. Scottsdale, Arizona, United States 
  156. Seoul, Seoul-tukpyolsi, Korea
  157. Sholapur, Maharashtra, India 
  158. Singapore, Singapore
  159. Solon, Himachal Pradesh, India 
  160. Sorocaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil 
  161. Souraïde, Aquitaine, France 
  162. South Yarra, Victoria, Australia  
  163. Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India 
  164. Starkville, Mississippi, United States 
  165. Stevenage, HertfordUnited Kingdom 
  166. Stone Mountain, Georgia, United States 
  167. Strzelin, Dolnoslaskie, Poland
  168. Sulaimani, Diyala, Iraq
  169. Sunnyvale, California, United States 
  170. Surabaya, Jawa Timur, Indonesia 
  171. Surat, Gujarat, India 
  172. Taipei, Tai-pei, Taiwan 
  173. Tianjin, China 
  174. Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India 
  175. Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
  176. Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India 
  177. Troy, New York, United States 
  178. Tumkur, Karnataka, India 
  179. Twickenham, Richmond upon Thames, United Kingdom 
  180. Ugong Norte, Quezon City, Philippines 
  181. Unislaw Slaski, Walbrzych, Poland 
  182. Utvin, Timis, Romania 
  183. Vadodara, Gujarat, India 
  184. Valparaíso, Valparaiso, Chile 
  185. Veszprém, Veszprem, Hungary 
  186. Vienna, Wien, Austria 
  187. Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland 
  188. Wickliffe, Ohio, United States 
  189. Windermere, Florida, United States  
  190. Woburn Sands, Lancashire, United Kingdom  
  191. Yadé, Kara, Togo (Africa)
  192. Yangon, Burma, Myanmar 
  193. Yerevan, Armenia 
  194. Zagreb, Grad Zagreb, Croatia

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Crazy Ideas: Religion... The Existence of God...


                         Lord Rama... The Hindu God


Atheists do not believe in God...
Nevertheless, they accept His existence by expressing disbelief in Him...


- Harish Jharia

22 March 2012

Norwegian authorities took custody of 2 children of an Indian family and put them in a foster home

Norwegian women are the happiest in the world

© Harish Jharia  

Norway was never discussed so very extensively in the past before the Norwegian authorities intervened in the poor childcare conditions prevailing in an Indian family settled there. They took custody of two children from their family and kept them under the care of a foster family / home.

The Norwegian authorities did not disclose the stated objectionable childcare conditions under which the children were kept by their parents. There were rumors that the authorities had objections against the stated hand feeding of the children and that the children were sleeping with their parents rather than in a separate room. 

This incident has already been blown out of proportions and has affected the marital life of the parents of the children. This has also put the Norwegian authorities in avoidable embarrassing situations and forced the Indian foreign ministry to take out of the way actions. 

In spite of all that we did not know as to what are the provisions in the Norwegian laws for childcare and for upbringing of the children in families staying in Norway. We have come to know that Norway is the best country in the world for growing children. 

In India we do not have any such provisions and the Indian authorities never keep an eye on the way the children of this country are taken care of in their families. In fact there have been many recent instances of child abuse in India that have put our social-character on shame. 

I browsed across the internet to find out the Norwegian provisions about childcare and finally found “The Norwegian Ministry of Children and Family Affairs: OECD – Thematic Review of Early Childhood Education and Care Policy: 29th December, 1998”, officially posted by the Norwegian authorities on the internet. 

I am reproducing relevant points / portions of the rules and regulations in this regard for the information of the visitors to ‘Discover Life’ for them to know exactly what the Norwegian authorities expect from the parents in respect of the upbringing of their children in their homes. The rules and regulations in brief are as follows:

(Reproduced as follows with minimal corrections to suit readers. Readers may visit the original document by clicking on the following link.)

The Norwegian Ministry of Children and Family Affairs 
OECD – Thematic Review of Early Childhood Education and Care Policy: 29th December, 1998 

The general demand of the regulation is that the undertakings shall be satisfactory for health reasons (Section 7) there are regulations on the following aspects: 
  1. Possibilities for activity and rest
  2. Psycho-social circumstances
  3. Cleaning and maintenance
  4. Security and health state
  5. Protection against infection
  6. Smoking
  7. Indoor climate/quality of air
  8. Light and acoustics
  9. Sanitary conditions and handling of garbage
Role of authorities in Child Welfare:
  1. According to the Child Welfare Act 54 the municipal child welfare service should intervene when children are not properly cared and provided by their parents.
  2. Intervention may also be necessary when the child is seriously maladjusted to society, i.e. when the child is delinquent or in other ways behaves deviant. 
  3. Finally the child welfare service can intervene when handicapped children do not get the care and treatment they need at home.
  4. When the child welfare service gets reports that a child is in a difficult situation, an investigation is carried out. The social workers talk to parents and children in order to find out what is causing the problems and what can be done to solve them.
  5. Various preventive measures may be effectuated. The child welfare service may place the home under supervision by appointing a supervisor for the child.
  6. A place in barnehage* is commonly used as a voluntary measure in the child welfare services. 
  7. If this does not solve the problems, the children are taken in care, i.e. placed in a foster home or children’s institution.
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19 March 2012

Asia Cup cricket 2012: Virat Kohli blasts Pakistan bowling and authored a historic victory for India against Pakistan

© Harish Jharia 

India won this crucial cricket match in Asia cup Cricket 2012, defeating their archrival Pakistan by 6 wickets in an breathtaking aggressive innings played by indian batsmen.  Virat Kohly did the same firework against Pakistan at Mirpur, what he did at Hobart against the Lankans. 

Chasing a mammoth target of 330 to stay alive in the Asia Cup  tournament, India comfortably chased the 330 spot and  propelled India to an enormous 6 wicket victory with Virat Kohli’s magnificent 183 off 148, Rohit Sharma’s 68 (83b) and Sachin Tendulkar’s confident 52 (48b). 


             Man of the match Virat Kohli

Pakistan amassed 330 run targets for India by scoring 329 with the help of a double century partnership between Mohammed Hafeez 105 (113b) and Nasir Jamshed 112 (104b) followed by an explosive run harvesting spree of 52 off 34 balls from Younis Khan later in the innings.

Nevertheless, in spite of a century each, scored by the openers, Pakistan’s opening betting was looking dull and defensive. Their play appeared to be a sort of net-practice rather than a crucial Asia Cup match that was going to decide the fate of Indian team in the tournament. 

Viewers present in the stadium and the millions cricket enthusiasts watching live telecasts at their homes, across the world, did not find Pakistan’s opening entertaining and exciting. 


Suresh Raina’s one handed Catch to dismiss Younis Khan

On the other hand, the Indian batting between Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, followed by Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina was explosive and a real super entertainment for everyone including the viewers and the players themselves. 

This aggressive betting sprit was constantly maintained by the batsmen who came afterwards.   . In fact the unfortunate LBW dismissal of Gautam Gambhir was also a result of the aggressive and lively betting exhibited by Indian openers.  

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India: G Gambhir, S Tendulkar, V Kohli, R Sharma, S Raina, MS Dhoni (C), Y Pathan, I Pathan, R Ashwin, P Kumar, A Dinda
Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (C), Umar Akmal, Hammad Azam, Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Aizaz Cheema, Wahab Riaz.
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17 March 2012

Sachin Tendulkar Hits 100th Century in International Cricket: I Am One of the Luckiest Watching That Historic Moment


© Harish Jharia

I consider myself as one of the luckiest persons who watched Sachin Tendulkar scoring his 100th cricket century, on 16 March 2012, in the Asia cup 2012 match played between India v/s Bangladesh at  Mirpur, Bangladesh. 

             When the sky descends down to earth

Sachin Tendulkar on Friday became the first and only cricketer who scored 100 international centuries.  Tendulkar 38, achieved this feat with a century in the Asia Cup 2012 match against Bangladesh in Dhaka, putting to an end to a prolonged wait of more than a year, after his 99th century, for his millions of fans.

Sachin Tendulkar, an all-time legend and one of the greatest in the cricket, made 114 off 147 balls with 12 fours and a six, before he was caught behind off a ball from Bangladesh seamer Mashrafe Mortaza in the 47th over.

The luckiest family members of Sachin Tendulkar  

Sachin Tendulkar acknowledged his achievements by looking at the sky thanking his father Ramesh Tendulkar and dedicated the 100th Cricket Century to his country by pointing at the Indian national flag and emblem of Indian cricket inscribed on his helmet, rather than pumping fists and screaming ‘eee…yes…sss’ like any other achiever like. 

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14 March 2012

Indian Railway Budget 2012: Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi Hiked Passenger Fares In Unprofessional Way


© Harish Jharia 

Indian Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi has announced substantial hike in passenger fares in the Indian Railway Budget for 2012-13. It is the first hike in passenger fares in the last eight years and the same was unavoidable for the Indian Railways to avoid any more. 

The previous Railway Ministers used to make passenger fare hikes in more organized ways. In most of the previous hikes the short distance journeys were spared from the extra burden imposed by the Railway Budgets to the common men. 

By taking such precautions, in the past, the Railways expressed concerns for daily commuters who use to travel up and down on daily basis for attending their jobs. That also helped the rural poor who travel short distances for attending social commitments, medical treatments and short distance pilgrimages. 

Here are the alarming features of the Railway Budget 2012:
  1. The Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi drafted this budget by totally neglecting this aspect of budgeting process usually followed in railways where the poor of the country get special treatment. The Railway Minister should have exempted travels up-to the distance of 100 km from the fare hike. 
  2. The Railway Minister has used a very casual formula in selecting the rates of hike in passenger fare. He started the hike from 2 paisa (Rs 0.02) and has gone upwards in a regular sequence like 2 paisa… 3 paisa… 5 paisa… 10 paisa… 15 paisa… 30 paisa. The rates should have been more realistic and practical rather than selecting a mathematical progression. 
The following are the passenger fares hiked that the Indian Railway Minister has proposed in his railway budget:

Example: New Delhi to Mumbai Central (Distance: 1384 km)
Example: Kerala Sampark Kranti Express Train
  • Sleeper: Present fare Rs 422 > increased to Rs 492 (Rs 0.05 x 1384= Rs 70)  
  • AC– III: Present fare Rs 1131 > increased to Rs 1269 (Rs 0.10 x 1384= Rs 138)  
  • AC– II: Present fare Rs 1547 > increased to Rs 1754 (Rs 0.15 x 1384= Rs 207)  
  • AC– I: Present fare Rs 2611> increased to Rs 3026 (Rs 0.30 x 1384= Rs 415)  
In addition to the above the Railway Minister has also increased passenger fare for unreserved tickets as follows:  
  • II-class Passenger (General) … Rs 0.02 ppkm … fair hike Rs 28
  • II-class Express (General) … Rs 0.03 ppkm … fare hike Rs 42
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12 March 2012

Woman is not a sex symbol: How long women are going to be looked at with lustful stare in India?

This is sexual harassment and not a complement. 

© Harish Jharia 

I am using the word ‘sex’ for the first time in my writings. That is... because I strongly believe that this word is indecent and should be discarded from civilized expressions and interactions. 

Nevertheless, I have no other option except writing this word for expressing my strong objections against the stated statement of National Commission for Women (NCW) Chief Mamta Sharma. 

At a function in Jaipur on February 25, the former Rajasthan Mahila Congress chief and the current Chairperson of National Commission for Women (NCW), Mamta Sharma stated at an event organized by a women's organization: 

  1. "Sexy" means "beautiful and charming" so it should not be taken in a negative sense.
  2. "Boys pass comments on girls terming them sexy but sexy means beautiful and charming. We should not see it in a negative sense." 
Is this the right way to appreciate the women of India 

Link to NDTV video: Mamta Sharma supporting the roadside rowdies hurling teasing comments on passerby girls as ‘sexy’… 

In her statement the NCW Chief supported following two activities of arrogant eve-teasers who make embarrassing filthy comments on passerby young girls:
  1.  She has firstly justified verbal eve teasing, the most common social stigma that is more common in small towns. Unemployed young boys and dropouts from schools and colleges use to follow or intercept school going girls and hurl filthy remarks on them. 
  2. Secondly she specifically justified the word ‘sexy’ that is considered one of the filthiest remarks that are made on girls and even against aged women. The NCW should understand that this is sexual harassment and not a complement. 
            Free for all eve-teasers... 

The worst part of this episode is that the supporters of the NCW chief are condemning the people and organizations who have objected to her remarks. It is a common practice in modern India that who-so-ever raises voice against immoral activities, their objections are branded as moral policing, backward thing and conservatives.

I think that these statements made by the NCW Chief should not be justified anymore and should be withdrawn by her publicly. We are a civilized society and any outrage against the Modesty…  Chastity… Honor… Purity… and Sacredness… of our woman folk should be condemned and in no ways tolerated. 

A society can only be considered civilized when women are unequivocally respected by its people.

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08 March 2012

Election Reforms Required In India: Incomplete Electoral Rolls, Criminal Contestants


© Harish Jharia 

With the horrific debacle of Congress party in the 2012 state elections, political parties are talking about Midterm general elections. Nevertheless the government and the Election Commission of India should try to understand the big black-holes in election commission’s rules and regulations for the candidates and the electorates. 

The following are the problems that may have to be addressed by the Election Commission of India and the Government of India based on the existing provisions in the constitution or else by bringing amendments to the Constitution of India if required: 

For Voters’ List / Electoral Roll:
  1. Election commission of India (ECI) may ensure that properly formatted Voter Lists of     all the constituencies across the country are prepared before conducting next election
  2. ECI should ensure that name of each and every citizen of India should be brought on the Voters’ List / Electoral Roll in the respective constituency 
  3. Adequate time and opportunity should be given to the voters to check well-before the election that their name are registered on the Voters’ List / Electoral Rolls
  4. Additional time should be provided to the voters to include their names if they are left out 
  5. The Official site of ECI should have online registration of voters in the voters’ list in addition to the ongoing system 
For Contesting Candidates:
  1. Candidates should be permitted to contest election from only one constituency at a time in one election
  2. Candidates already languishing in jails should not be permitted to contest elections 
  3. Candidates against whom criminal cases are pending in courts should not be permitted to contest elections
  4. Candidates who have served one or more jail sentences for terrorist, criminal, corruption, anti-social or anti-national charges should not be permitted to contest in elections
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UP election 2012: Mulayam Singh or Akhilesh Yadav of Smajvadi Party Forming Government in Utter Pradesh?

              Mulayam Singh Yadav

© Harish Jharia

I am feeling happy for Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav for their victory in the 2012 elections with thumping majority of 224 seats out of the total of 403 in Utter Pradesh, the largest state in India. The main reason for my happiness is that Mulayam Singh an ex-school teacher from a small village of Utter Pradesh has ascended to one of the most powerful administrative authorities in India. 

I am not a member of Samjvadi Party headed by Mulayam Singh, nor did I do any canvassing for them. Nevertheless, I am feeling enchanted with the very fact that a man from humble background is going to rule the largest state of India. 

Most of the other Indian politicians in common, occupying powerful posts in governance are from wealthy elite families and many of them belong to the dynasties of ex-kings, ex-zamindars, ex-jagirdars, Rao sahebs and other village heads addressed with different royal names. 

People still address them as Maharajs, Malguzars and Jagirdars etc in spite of the fact that kingdoms and Malguzari system were withdrawn decades back. The Indian political field has been dominated by the ex-kings and ex-malguzars who have been ruling Indian people for many generations, directly or by proxy on behalf of Moghuls, British and inland invaders. Now also they are ruling the Indian people. I wonder whether we have really become an independent sovereign republic; in spite of the fact that the proxy rulers have not changed. 

Mulayam Singh Yadav had more than a couple of stints as the Chief Minister of Utter Pradesh. He also served as the Defense Minister of India. I am expecting excellent work to be done by him in the forthcoming government he is going to form in this week. 

It has not yet been decided whether Mulayam Singh Yadav will hold the prestigious chair of the Chief Minister of Utter Pradesh or may appoint his son Akhilesh Yadav for the same job. Yet, it is sure that both of them will work in coordination in the process of governance in the time to come. 

                       Akhilesh Yadav

The main election campaigner and the spokesperson of Samajvadi Party, Akhilesh Yadav has unambiguously declared their anti-criminal policies by denying tickets to the old heavy weights with criminal backgrounds. He has also made it clear that criminals and goons will be tackled sternly and a vigilant eye will be kept on such elements that use Logos and flags of Samajvadi Party on their vehicles and indulge in criminal activities. 

Samajvadi party has won the election based on their merits and reaching out to the common people by widespread intensive campaigning. There have not been any reports of defying the guidelines specified by the Election Commission of India. 

I wish all the very best to Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav, Samajvadi party and the party workers for a smooth and successful tenure of their government. 

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05 March 2012

Crazy Ideas: How To Stop Soap / Shampoo From Running Into Eyes While Taking Bath?


© Harish Jharia 

We usually take quick showers by following a stereo type sequence of stages during our bath. Most of us do just like that, because we have a misconception that taking bath is a time consuming process. 

We stand under the showers, drench ourselves, apply soap all over our body, and wash the body with another shower. And we are done. 

Nevertheless, in the hasty bathing we keep our eyes clinched throughout the process of applying soap / shampoo all over the body / head. After applying soap / shampoo , we keep our eyes closed in order to protect them against running soap-water into them. Thereafter, we move around blindfold searching for the shower knob. 

Eyebrows- natural  barriers for water flowing down forehead

Question: How To Stop Soap / shampoo From Running Into Eyes While Taking Bath?

Answer: We need not go blindfold during showers.  Just follow the following steps and keep your eyes open while applying soap / shampoo and reaching out for the shower-knob:
  1. After your first shower and before applying soap on head and body, squeeze out water from your hair with the help of your palms / hands.
  2. Squeeze out water from your eyebrows with the help of index fingers of both of your hands. Your eyebrows are the natural reservoirs for the water / liquid flowing through your forehead. 
  3. By squeezing out water from hair on your head and eyebrows, firstly there would be negligible quantity of water left for flowing into your eyes. 
  4. Secondly, whatever marginal quantity of water flows down the forehead that would be absorbed and contained within your eyebrows.  
  5. Eventually, possibilities of entering soap-water in your eyes would be reduced to the minimal. 
By following the above precautions we may take bath keeping our eyes open throughout the entire process of our bath. 

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03 March 2012

The Utter Pradesh, Election 2012: An Election without Voter ID Cards, Erroneous Voter List and Confused Voters


Since 2003, I am living in Shipra Sun City, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, UP- 201014 . I am a citizen of India and highly enthusiastic about using my rights to vote and electing the political representative for eventually providing effective, efficient and reliable government. Nevertheless, I could not vote on 28 February 2012 because of the following reasons. I would enlist my points, rather than writing a descriptive text for the readers to read distinctively:
  1. Seven month back, In July 2011, I was informed by the local branch of The Election Commission (EC) of India that the voters ID cards for 6 members of my family were ready for issue. This was declared through a notice issued by my Residents’ Welfare Association (RWA).
  2. The RWA informed that the voter ID cards, after collecting the same from the EC office will be issued to the individuals from their RWA office.
  3. Nonetheless, contrary to their declaration, the EC authorities refused to distribute the voters ID cards through the RWA. However, they assured that the voters ID cards will be delivered by the EC authorities themselves, directly to the voters at their residences.
  4. I, along with many others in our area, awaited for the voters ID cards all through seven months and finally did not get any. As on today, we are not having any voter ID card.
  5. Eventually the election date arrived on 28th February but we were running around for voter ID cards and were shocked to know that our names were not traceable on the voters’ list either.  
  6. We went to the polling booth and were refused by the staff to search for our names in the voters’ list and allow us to vote. 
  7. Polling booth staff wanted to know our serial number on the voters’ list so that they could locate our name there.
  8. The voters’ lists had only the worthless ‘serial numbers’ that had no relevance with any personal details of the voters like ward number, house number, booth number etc based on which the names could be located.
  9. Since I along with many others did not have the ‘serial numbers’ we tried to search for our name through the ward number and house number. 
  10. But, nothing worked and finally after running around for the whole day we could not use our fundamental right to vote in an election. 
  11. I searched all the websites of Election Commission of India and could not find the voters list for my area ‘Sahibabad’ / ‘Indirapuram’ / ‘Ghaziabad’
The Election Commission of India claims about fair and free elections. They boast of doing commendable job by conducting successful elections in India. But, I do not accept their claim… because their organization has pathetically failed in issuing voters’ ID cards to the voters and making fault-free voter lists for ensuring the voters that each one of them will be made to vote. 
I have lost faith in the Election Commission of India and wonder why Anna Hazare wants Lokpal on the lines of this organization. 

Please click on this link and read the details of job allotted to the Election Commission for making the Electoral Roll or Voters list:  

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