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Sunday, November 20, 2011

RGUKT IIIT Admissions Fiasco

The admissions of the prestigious IIITs (International Institute of Information Technologies) of Andhra Pradesh have become a farce, with the government cancelling this year's provisional merit list for the second time yesterday.

IIITs & the Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies (RGUKT) are the initiative of the Government of Andhra Pradesh. RGUKT offers 6 years full time residential integrated Engineering programs at its IIITs for Students who completed their 10th Standard.

RGUKT's mission is to cater to the educational needs of the meritorious rural youth of Andhra Pradesh. However, this year's admissions process is ruining the academic year for many students.

The fiasco started when, earlier this year, AP Government initiated the admissions for 6000 seats of three IIITs: Basara (Adilabad), Nuzivedu (Krishna) Rajiv Knowledge Valley (Kadapa). The institute prepared its first provisional list with non transparent selection criteria.

As the public & press made protests on the widespread malpractices in the selection process, the authorities cancelled the list and declared a new merit based admissions process.

The IIIT results were declared on 1st Aug. But, this list too has many instances where the eligible candidates were not offered admissions.

The state of affairs at IIIT admissions were so pathetic that, the provisional merit list has names of candidates who haven’t applied to the institute.

After a lot of protest over the last couple of days, the RGUKT dean finally cancelled the merit list. This delay in admissions has put the fate of many an aspirant in a limbo, as all other institutes are closing their admissions for the year and the students have to decide whether to join or wait for IIIT results

The irony is that the RGUKT & IIITs, who are supposed to provide IT education, issued a press note that the admission merit list had anomalies due to Database and Programming Problems!!

Home Loans - SBI My Home Mela

The State Bank Of India is running "My Home" Mela this Saturday.

The SBI plans to offer loans at attractive interest rates during this Mela. The SBI My Home Mela will run through the festive season of Aug, Sep and Oct 2009.

SBI offers loans to different segments of customers.
Under its Hi Five scheme, they offer loans upto Rs 5 lakhs, with an interest rate of 8% for the first 5 years.

Under SBI Easy Loan scheme, the bank offers loans upto 50 Lakhs, with 8% interest rate for the first year, then 8.5% for 2nd & 3rd year.

In the SBI advantage Home Loan scheme, the bank offers loans beyond Rs 50 Lakhs at an interest rate of 8% for 1st year and at 9% for year 2 & 3.

Banking Ombudsman - Complaints On Banking Services

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) started the Banking Ombudsman (BO) services to help customers who are not happy with the deficiency of services at any Bank in India.

The Banking Ombudsman helps citizens in resolving complaints related to credit cards, service charges, promises given by the sales agents of banks, but not kept by banks, and delays in delivery of bank services.

Customers who have grievances due to the financial losses incurred by service deficiency of the bank will have to first approach the bank for the redressal of the grievance and mental anguish.

In case, the bank could not resolve the complaint, the customer can approach the Banking Ombudsman. For more details on this service, pl. visit:

Online NCERT Text Books

National Council of Educational Research And Training (NCERT) started offering the Text Book Material Online.

NCERT is an autonomous organization of Government of India with a mission to assist and advise the governments at the Centre and in States in the Education Policy Implementation.

NCERT’s Online Textbooks initiative will help students and teachers where teachers can adopt a more modular approach, rather than a sequential approach to teaching and learning, through access to a variety of teaching and reference material.

All these NCERT Online Textbooks are based on National Curriculum Framework 2005.

Click Here For NCERT Online Text Books -

Janmashtami Greetings

India celebrates Krishna Janmashtami (Also called as Krishnashtami or Gokulashtami or Sri Krishna Jayanti) on Friday 14th August 2009.

Janmashtami is the birth day of Lord Krishna.

On this day, devotees remember the baby krishna’s naughty deeds by dressing up the kids at home in Krishna’s attire. People imprint foot marks of Krishna in front of their houses as a gesture of Krishna walking into their homes.

One of the naughtiest deeds of young Krishna, is that he along with his friends (all kids in his neighborhood – Gokul) used to steals the butter/cream from all the houses in his neighborhood. To save the butter/cream, the neighbors used to put the butter/cream in pots and keep it hanging from the ceilings in their kitchens. Krishna & gang eventually used to break the pot and steal the cream.

This incident is remembered through the most important celebration of Janmashtami - Dahi Handi Celebrations – in Mumbai (Bombay) and Pune.

Watch out for the event to be covered by all popular media in India.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Voter ID Card - Register Online

Mumbai District Collector office launched a web site to help voters register online.

The website provides all the information on how to register and get voter ID card online.

Mumbai voters can register online at

However, for online registration, a voter has to locate his assembly segment by identifying/referring a family member or a neighbor who is already in the voters list of that segment. The site has a search facility in which one can search for his already registered family member or the neighbor.

On this website, Mumbai Citizens can do the following:
1. Search names in the voters list
2. Get Election Photo Identity Card
3. Register name in the voter list
4. Correct mistakes in Voter
5. Delete a name/names, because someone is dead or shifted
6. Address Changes within same Vidhansabha/Area

Mumbai district election office runs a help line (# 1290) for any help in the online registration process

Women Leadership In India - Training Program

The Center for Social Research (CSR) and the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) started a new initiative to nurture leadership aspirations in women in India.

Over the past decades, women were vastly underrepresented in Indian political decision-making bodies. Though there were symbolic representations at various levels of legislature, the women were shadowed by their male partners, who held the power & decision making.

So, CSR & UNDEF started a new course & website to empower Indian women with their rights and equip them with confidence, determination, and skill to lead.

The new course, "Certificate Program in Leadership and Democracy" is a 7 modules course and covers the basic elements of political participation, gender, and leadership.

For course details & admissions, visit the website at:

Telangana - Its different, Says Pranab

Tasting the domino's affect of Telangana, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee says, "Telangana does not mean new states everywhere. The demand for Telangana was old. Its different!"

Yes, Telangana is different!! But Pranab Da didn't get the real difference yet.

In all other regional agitations, the region (typically neglected & is geographicallly far from state capitals) wanted to separate from the state. But in case of Telangana, the region which is around the state capital (Hyderabad), wants to run away with the capital!!

Indeed, it is much more easy to grant statehood to Vidarbha, Gurkha Land, Bodoland, Bundelkhand, Coorg or for that matter the most recent states like Jarkhand, Chhattisgarh, Uttaranchal. Note that, none of these states carry the state capital with them.

As usual, our moronic politicians didn't understand that they are playing with chilly sauce. It's different!

Kailash Manasarovar Yatra Notification

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India, announced the Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2012.

Last Date to Apply: 05-Mar-2012

Manasrovar Yatra is extremely arduous, high altitude, religious, trekking expedition under inhospitable weather conditions

The duration of Yatra is 26 days and cost will be approximately around Rs. 75,000/-

Indian Nationals of age 18 years and above, who are medically fit (fitness tests will be conducted before the Yatra) are eligible to participate in the Yatra.

A total of around 1000 Participants will be randomly selected and sent on the expedition in multiple batches of 60 each.

How To Apply:
Apply online at

For Further Details, visit Kailash page on MEA's website!/pages/Kailash-Mansarovar-Yatra/266791833345919

RBI Scholarship for Lecturers

Reserve Bank Of India announced research Scholarship for Faculty Members.

The scholarship involves a 3 month paid research activity during May-Jul 2010, in the areas of Financial Economics, Banking, Real Sector Issues.

The paid research activity helps faculty members to gain exposure to RBI's activities in different areas.

Last Date to Apply 05-Feb-2010

Selection Process
Eligible candidates have to send a short research proposal (of about 1000 words)
Candidates will be shortlisted based on their proposal.
Final Selection will be based on Interview

How To Apply
Application form is available on RBI website at

Candidates can send the soft copy of the filled in form to

Or, candidates can fill the printed form and send it by post to RBI office

For Further Info, visit RBI website at

Buddhist Pilgrimage - Indian Railways

Indian Railways will operate a special tour on Mahaparinirvana Express that connects the Buddhist shrines across India.

The tour is currently scheduled for 13-Feb, 09-Mar, 20-Mar-2010

The all paid expenses tour will cost Rs 14,999/- for AC-3tier, Rs. 19,999/- for AC-2tier.

The train, Mahaparinirvana Express, is a Buddhist circuit special train, that will pass through the places of importance in Lord Gautama Buddha’s Life: Place where he was born (Lumbini), Gained enlightenment (Bodhgaya), First taught (Sarnath), and Attained Nirvana (Kushinagar).

This Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour in India will go through Delhi, BodhGaya, Nalanda, Rajgir, Varanasi, Saranath, KushiNagar, Lumbini, Sravasti, Agra.

For more details and booking, visit:

Online SBH - Explore New Way of Banking

State Bank of Hyderabad introduced its new online and mobile banking facilities under the title SBH explore

Customers can use the internet banking features of SBH at their website

Customers can also take advantage of the mobile banking features by subscribing to the same.

To Subscribe to SBH mobile banking facility, send the following SMS to 567676

They will send you the instructions to install the necessary software for Mobile banking.

Email Id of Sri Krishna Committee on Telangana

Indian Government has set up the Sri Krishna Committee to study the current situation in Andhra Pradesh. The committee will study the contemporary political and social issues that are plaguing the state of Andhra Pradesh, including the demand for a separate state of Telangana.

The committee started its work last week and is now inviting opinions from all quarters of public, on the topics of Telangana, United Andhra, Life in Hyderabad.

So, How to send suggestions/opinions to Sri Krishna Committee?
One can send email to Sri Krishna Committee, at

Alternatively, public can send their opinions through post, phone (011-21022330) or through the fax (011-23022444)

The suggestions are accepted till 10th Apr 2010

Financial Assistance for Projects

The Technology Development Board (TDB) is a statutory body under the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India.

TDB helps innovators & entrepreneurs in commercializing the innovative technology solutions. TDB provides the required financial assistance to take the innovation to market.

TDB provides financial assistance in all sectors and project proposals are accepted through out the year.

For more details on the funding guidelines, loan applications and other details, visit TDB website at

Temples Online - Puja, Rituals, History

For the benefit of pilgrims, most of the Indian temples are coming up with websites which give information the temple history, rituals, facilities and darshan timings.

Some of these websites provide online Pooja, Homa, Havan facilities too.

Here is a list of such websites

1. Siddhi Vinayak

2. Varanasi Temple

3. Guravayur Temple

4. Kanaka Durga Temple, Vijayawada

5. Annavaram Satyanarayana Temple

6. Site for Jyothirlingas & Sakthi Peethams

7. For Shirdi, Kasi, Trayambaj, Siddi Vinayak

8. Online Puja

BSNL Customer Mela

BSNL Hyderabad Telecom District ( is conducting a Customer Mela.

BSNL Customer Mela runs from 15-Feb t- 24-Feb-2010

During this Mela, BSNL offers many services including:
- Resolutions to complaints related to billing & additional usage
- Renewal of old disconnected phone services
- New connection requests
- Booking for new services like IPTv, Broadband

BSNL offers installation & registration charges to some services as part of this Mela. Further, customers may be offered with free recharge vouchers

For more details, visit your nearest BSNL stall or customer care center.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

ESI Pehchan Card

Employees' State Insurance Corporation of India, social security system tailored to provide socioeconomic protection to workers in organized sector, announced the introduction of Pehchan Card.

Using this ESI Pahchan card, workers can get Health Care services, financial transactions, anywhere in India.

Eligible workers can contact their nearest ESI facility to register for this Pehchan card.

For more details, visit ESI's website at or

Online PF Settlement

The Employee Provident Fund Organization of India is planning to facilitate Online Settlement of Provident Fund Claims

The facility is expected to go live by the end of 2010-11 financial year

The Labor ministry of Government of India has started this initiative in collaboration with the National Informatics Center

For more updates on this facility, visit EPFO's website at

Download Sensex Mobile Streamer from bseindia

Bombay Stock Exchange, now provides live streaming quotes on your mobile. These quotes will be streamed real-time, along with the details on the price movements.

To access these, one has to install the BSE Sensex Mobile Streamer software on to their handsets.

Here is the link to download the Mobile Streamer software

For any help on using this streamer, one can reach BSE at its mail id: or on phone at 022 61363175

Book TTD Seva online - Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams

Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams (TTD) has started online Seva booking facility to provide better service to the devotees through web based interface

TTD Seva Online website provides the following facilities to pilgrims:

1. e-Seva - To book a Seva (Worship) online
2. e-Accommodation - To book cottages at the pilgrim town of Tirumala/Tirupati
3. e-Hundi - To offer Donations to temple
4. e-Donation - To offer Donations to any specific scheme of TTD
5. e-Sales - Merchandise of various publications of TTD

Devotees can access this TTD Seva Online at:

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Cyber Crimes - How To Lodge A Complaint

The IT department of Andhra Pradesh Government has changed the way the Cyber Crimes complaints are handled. Till date, the victims are supposed to lodge their complaints at police stations

From now on, the IT department will act as the cyber appellate tribunal. So, the victims can directly complain to the IT department.

Here is how to lodge complaints
1. On Fax: 040-23450103
2. On Email: or
3. On Post:
Principle Secretary, IT Dept,
Room# 431, D-Block, 3rd Floor,
Secretariat, Hyderabad - 500022 AP

The following incidents fall under Cyber Crimes:
Phissing, Cyber Cheating, Malware, Disturb & Denial of Service Attacks, Cyber detection, ID theft, data theft, social engineering crimes, cyber terrorism, spamming, financial frauds etc.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Get Counted - CENSUS 2010

Indian Government is currently running Census 2010. As part of this exercise, a variety of demographic data is collected.

This time, if you happen to miss the Census officials who visit your home, you can call/mail the authorities and request for a re visit at your convenient time.

So, to get counted, call the toll free number 1-800-110111
or drop a mail to

Veda, Vedanta and The Upanishads

Off late, I’m seeing many netizens writing incorrect interpretation of this topic. And thus I write here, a _brief_ dummy’s guide to Veda, Vedanta & Upanishads.

3000 years B.C, Every good preaching of wisdom was called a Veda.
Thus, “Anantavai Veda” = There are infinite Vedas.

Then came Sage Vyasa.
He collated all the Vedas and classified them into 4 Vedas and assigned a Sage each as the owner for theese vedas. They are: Rig Veda, Yajurveda, Sama Veda, Atharvana Veda

Next, Each Veda(m) has 3 major components.
They are: Samhita(m), Brahmana(m), Aranyaka(m)
Samhita is anthology of Hymns
Brahmana is the compilation of explanations to Hymns
Aranyaka preaches the way of life for Sages.

Over centuries, these Vedas have shaped the Hindu way of life and there were many a doubting Thomas who questioned almost everything in this way of life. There were intellectual debates where there were interesting explanations which came up.

These discussions take place at the Sage’s school, with the disciples sitting around the Sage. Upanishad = Sitting in the presence (of the Sage)

Our Sages composed all these discussions and added them as an appendix to Vedas. So, they are kept at the end of Veda. Thus Upanishads are Veda + Anth (End of Veda)

So, Vedas now have 4 major components - Samhita, Brahmana, Aranyaka & Upanishads

End of the Primer.
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Mumbai Police have started Copconnect website

The purpose of this website is to help the Mumbai citizens in matters related to Safety & Crime in Mumbai.

Through this website, Mumbai Police aims to awaken optimism, inspire initiative and mobilize youth to make a fundamental contribution to their community.

The website hosts Mumbai Police Commissioner's blog too.

Here is the link to the website