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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Rakhi Ka Swayamvar

Reality Shows on Indian TV will enter a new era today, with the launch of much discussed “Rakhi Ka Swayamvar” on NDTV Imagine channel.

The program is intended to select life partner for Rakhi Sawant, bollywood actress know for her Item songs.

The program will be telecasted at 9PM on weekdays.

Here is the list of 16 suitors who are competing for Rakhi’s hand

Ali Bana
Aman Talwar
Arther Pervez
Ashwin Chaudhuri

Atirek Sharma
Chittiz Jain
Deepak Raghav
Elesh Parujanwala

Kapil Mathur
Luv Khanna
Manas Katyal
Manmohan Tiwari

Pranav Damle
Raj Kripal Singh
Raman Handa
Rishi Dwivedi

More on this later..

Cheap Air Tickets with AirIndia &

India’s state owned airlines Air India ( announces special fares to select domestic destinations, as part of its monsoon offers.

The airline is already operating Air India Express service, ( which operates low cost airlines to Gulf & Middle East Destinations.

As part of the monsoon offer, passengers can book their tickets on Air India’s domestic flight booking site of Indian Airlines at

These specially priced fares will be available for sale with effect from 27-Jun to 03-Jul for the journey’s up to 15-Sep

Under this monsoon offer, a Mumbai to Delhi air ticket will come approximately at a price of Rs. 2,500/-. Similarly, Bombay-Kolkata ticket will be available at 2,300. Flight from Delhi to Chennai/Cochin/Gauhati/Goa would come at 2,800/- Further, in short sectors, the cheap tickets may be available at around Rs 2000/-

During this monsoon offer, the ongoing “Summer special prices” will not be offered. The Summer special prices will be revived after 03-Jul

APSRTC Online Ticket Reservation

Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC, started online ticket reservation service. Passengers can reserve their e-tickets online.

Till now, APSRTC tickets were sold at the bus stations or through agents. Now on, passengers can directly book their tickets on APSRTC website.

To book a ticket with APSRTC, just click here:

First time e-ticket passengers have to create a user id on new user registration page at

The e-ticket booking facility will be available from 06:00AM in the morning to 06:00PM in the evening.

Passengers can pay for the ticket using credit card or debit card.

At the time of boarding the bus, passengers have to show the printed e-ticket along with an identity proof.

I'd say, this is long pending from APSRTC. While it may have to cater to rural and sub-urban travel needs, it cannot ignore the thriving long distance transport business. I've seen many AP bound passengers in Bangalore, Pune, Bombay clamoring for a ticket, at the mercy of travel agents and private operators. In the recent past, did ease the pain of getting a ticket. Some private operators like kesineni travels ( have their own website. Finally, its a good step from APSRTC to roll out this online ticket booking system.

So, no more waiting in queues, Happy journey!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Nandan Nilekani Quits Infosys, to head UIDAI

Nandan Nilekani, the co-chairman of India’s blue chip software giant, Infosys Technologies, has resigned from the company. He will take up a new role of heading a project at the Union Government.

The Union Cabinet today approved the creation of the position of Chairperson, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). Prime Minister has India Dr. Manmohan Singh has invited Nandan Nilekani, currently Co-Chairman Infosys, to join the UIDAI as Chairpeson in the rank of Cabinet Minister.

Infosys Management has approved Nandan’s move. Infosys CEO and managing director S. Gopalakrishnan said that Nandan’s new role has national importance & that Nandan would like to take this up.

UIDAI is a part of Planning Commission of India. This program is aimed at creating unique identification cards to all citizens by 2011. It may start a voter identification card by building on current electoral roll data. It will work in coordination with the National Population Register of the home ministry through the Registrar General of the Census, in accordance with the Indian Citizenship Act

The UIDAI card will help citizens avail basic government services like driving licenses, passports and voters identity cards.

Lets wish success for the project & Nandan in this great effort.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

PAN Card for Vehicle Registration

Update: Considering the difficulties of implementing the policy, the Andhra Pradesh government exempted two wheelers, three wheelers and Tractors from this rule.


Buying a new vehicle is going to be a complex affair from now on. The Andhra Pradesh Regional Transport Authority mandated that any new vehicle registration should accompany with the PAN card details of the citizens. So, before buying a new Car, Motor Cycle or any automobile; First Apply for a PAN card.

PAN (Permanent Account Number) is a national identification number for the Income Tax purpose in India. PAN cards are issued by the Income Tax Department of Government of India. In 2006, the Union Government has suggested the Regional Transport Authorities to capture the PAN numbers of the applicants, as part of the vehicle registration process. RTAs mandated that the vehicle C-Book should carry the PAN number of the owner.

Now, the Government made it mandatory to produce PAN card details for the purpose of registration. It is already in implementation at various RTO offices in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

While the new rule seems to be good to curb any malpractices in funding for the vehicles, it sure is a burden on people who work in the unorganized sector. As the rule is imposed for all registrations, the buyers of small two wheelers, mopeds; most of whom are students and small wage earners – are severely affected. It is rare that these people carry a PAN card.

Further, the RTAs are coming up with a new rule that makes it mandatory for the buyer to be present at the RTA office at the time of registration. Till now, the vehicle dealers or Agents used to carry out the registration of vehicles at the RTAs. As per the new rule, the owner should attend the registration process and sign in the Digital Pad.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Anti Ragging Help Line

Anti Ragging Help Line
Tel: 1-800-180-5522 or 155222

India gears up to the growing menace of ragging and teasing on campus. Of late, there are growing incidents of the victims ending their lives due to the harassment and teasing that they had to go through in many academic institutions across the country.

Finally, the government woke up and is now setting up a 24X7 help line to assist the victims of ragging at educational institutions across India. The ministry of Human Resources Development in the Union Government of India has set up this help line in collaboration with University Grants Commission (UGC) and Education Consultancy of India.

The help line promises to respond with swift action within 15 minutes of receiving any call from the ragging victims. Within 15 minutes of receiving a call, the help line will alert the police, college management and other law enforcement officials.

The complainant’s details will be kept confidential. The case details will be registered in a database and tracked to completion till the guilty are punished as per the law. Currently, any student who commits ragging, will be imposed a fine of 2.5 Lakhs and will be dismissed from the academic institution.

Students and their parents are requested to be aware of the law and the help line details and prevent this sadistic ritual of ragging at our educational institution.

Here are the Anti Ragging Help Line Details:

Tel: 1-800-180-5522 or 155222

Tide Of The Century to Hit Mumbai On 24 Jul

July last week seems to be a bad time for Mumbai.

Exactly four years ago, in 2005 July, Mumbai saw its worst ever floods. This year, it could be a re-enactment of the catastrophe. Local Weather office predicts High tides of more than 4.5 meters during the last week of July.

Mumbai will see the "Tide of the Century" on 24-Jul-09. The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) has indicated the possibility of a high tide of 5.01m & 5.05m on 23rd and 24th July 2009 respectively.

Incidentally, this year, the South West Monsoon was delayed by more than a couple of weeks now. Normally, the monsoon hits Mumbai by first week of June. This time, Mumbai didnt see a rain drop till 20th of June.

Low lying areas of Mumbai are prone to flooding if it rains heavily. Sometimes they could experience flooding even with moderate rains

Civic authorities called for better preparedness and closer co-ordination among government bodies, corporate & general public to minimize the impact of the catastrophe. Mumbai May Face Flood Like Situation Similar To 2005

Here is a List Of Flood Prone Areas:
Milan Subway
Bharat Mata (Lalbaug)
Bimbisar Nagar (Goregaon)
Kalpana Theatre Junction (Kurla)
Narayan Nagar (Ghatkopar)
Bombay oxygen Nullah (Mulund)
Kranti Nagar (Kurla)
Usha Nagar (Bhandup-Nahur)
Chirag Nagar (Ghatkopar)
LBS Road (Andheri)
Veena Nagar (Mulund)
ESIS Colony (Mulund)
Lower Parel
Gajarband (Kurla)
Malad subway

Mumbaites are advised to be aware of the potential flooding zones & avoid walking / travelling through any flooded routes.

More importantly, Rely on authentic information & don’t spread rumors!