Monday, September 27, 2010

Let the Real Hero be Respected !!!...

Shaheed Bhagat Singh's Birthday

Hope you all are aware of this day. 

Date of birth: September 28, 1907

Place of birth: Lyallpur, Punjab, British India

Date of SAHID: March 23, 1931

Place of SAHID: Lahore, Punjab, British India

Movement: Indian Independence movement

Major organizations: Naujawan Bharat Sabha, Kirti Kissan Party and Hindustan Socialist Republican Association

Gave a new direction to revolutionary movement in India, formed 'Naujavan Bharat Sabha' to spread the message of revolution in Punjab, formed 'Hindustan Samajvadi Prajatantra Sangha' along with Chandrasekhar Azad to establish a republic in India, assassinated police official Saunders to avenge the death of Lala Lajpat Rai, dropped bomb in Central Legislative Assembly along with Batukeshwar Dutt.

Bhagat Singh was one of the most prominent faces of Indian freedom struggle. He was a revolutionary ahead of his times. By Revolution he meant that the present order of things, which is based on manifest injustice must change. Bhagat Singh studied the European revolutionary movement and was greatly attracted towards socialism. He realised that the overthrow of British rule should be accompanied by the socialist reconstruction of Indian society and for this political power must be seized by the workers.

Though portrayed as a terrorist by the British, Sardar Bhagat Singh was critical of the individual terrorism which was prevalent among the revolutionary youth of his time and called for mass mobilization. Bhagat Singh gave a new direction to the revolutionary movement in India. He differed from his predecessors on two counts. Firstly, he accepted the logic of atheism and publicly proclaimed it. Secondly, until then revolutionaries had no conception of post-independence society. Their immediate goal was destruction of the British Empire and they had no inclination to work out a political alternative. Bhagat Singh, because of his interest in studying and his keen sense of history gave revolutionary movement a goal beyond the elimination of the British. A clarity of vision and determination of purpose distinguished Bhagat Singh from other leaders of the National Movement. He emerged as the only alternative to Gandhi and the Indian National Congress, especially for the youth.

Bhagat Singh was born in a Sikh family in village Banga in Layalpur district of Punjab (now in Pakistan). He was the third son of Sardar Kishan

Religion: Atheist

Influences Anarchism, Communism, Socialism










Friday, September 24, 2010

Whose pride? Whose game?

Educated youth of today needs to see that true pride can be achieved by overturning corruption and making our country source of pride exclusively by uplifting and empowering its citizens

Amidst the relentless unrest in Kashmir, domestic terrorism, and rising death toll in the steadily rising floodwaters, our nervous nation is dealing with another chaos of an unprecedented magnitude which the Congress-led UPA government claimed would bring in ‘pride’ to the nation: The Commonwealth Games. The CWG has turned out to be world’s biggest corrupt-wealth games instead.

Labourers pull a hand cart loaded with bricks and sacks of sand in front of boards advertising the 2010 Commonwealth Games
This mother of all scams in India swallowed Rs 66,550 crore on the beautification of the national capital for the games. This is 114 times more than the estimated original cost of Rs 617.5 crore, and four times what the government spends on the national rural health mission every year. All, in the name of pride. The question is: Whose pride?

Our prime minister said CWG would “signal to the world that India is rapidly marching ahead with confidence”. Suresh Kalmadi, chairman of CWG organising committee, claimed that India would set new benchmarks for other host nations. What a tragic joke on a country that is unable to deal with poverty, chronic hunger, flood, drought, a wounded Kashmir, an internal war with the Naxals, and a vast range of mismanaged violence.

India has so far spent Rs 70,608 crore on CWG. In an interview to a leading weekly, Kalmadi said, “From Rs 51,600 crore given to me, Rs 5,200 crore goes for rental, Rs 5,100 crore for salaries, Rs 5,200 crores to taxes — half my budget is just all these things. In Rs 5,800 crore, I have to look after 15,000 people, take them to hotels, look after all sports arrangements here, hospitality...” Now that’s a whopping Rs 38.66 lakh in hospitality per participant. Sports Minister M S Gill says, “We have not indulged in any extravagance.” Perhaps not. But Kalmadi manipulated tender bids by introducing a clause that made “only those companies eligible for bidding which had past CWG, Asian Games or Olympics experience”. That is why gensets, furniture, treadmills, toilet paper and sanitary napkins are being sourced from abroad, though all foreign companies come in with an Indian partner. It is said that the organisers bought toilet paper rolls for thousands of rupees. Treadmills were hired at Rs 9 lakh each. Normal air-conditioners purchased for Rs 4 lakh each.

Mr Minister, please tell us the meaning of extravagance then! While you were dealing with such astronomical figures, did you remember those 15,000 farmers who commit suicide every year in our country because their crops failed, and cannot pay back loans that usually range between Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000? 

Let’s understand what Rs 70,000 crore is. It means Rs 70,000 to 1 crore people or Rs 7,000 to 10 crore people. Even if these were given as interest-free loans to potential bread-earners of this country, imagine what course the nation would take. Wouldn’t India as a nation emerge with genuine pride? Wouldn’t you be giving a second chance to many who would otherwise die of starvation or commit suicide? Also, Rs 70,000 crore means employment to 1 crore poor for two years. Imagine, in return how much this workforce would contribute to our GDP.

CWG opening ceremony will have a Rs 40-crore gas balloon and Rs 5-crore theme music. If you criticise such ‘gaseous’ items, designed to elevate country’s ‘pride’, you run the risk of being branded an ‘anti-national’. In fact, if you criticise any aspect of the extravagance, as former sports minister Mani Shankar Aiyar does, you are made the joker of the commonwealth circus by the Congress.

The problem lies not merely in politics, but also in our society and our upbringing which teaches a distorted pride. Our country, in its desperation to be a global superpower, ignores the majority of its population that lives in extreme poverty. The educated youth of today needs to see that true pride can be achieved by overturning corruption and making our country source of pride exclusively by uplifting and empowering its citizens.


New Delhi's Khan Market India’s costliest street, world’s 21st

Khan Market — the country’s most-expensive retail destination — has moved up three notches to 21 in the list of the world’s most expensive shopping streets in an annual global survey by real estate consultants Cushman & Wakefield. The survey provides a global barometer of the retail sector, tracking rents in the world’s top 269 shopping locations across 59 countries.

New York’s Fifth Avenue retained its title as the world’s most expensive shopping destination in the survey, Main Streets Across the World 2010, followed by Hong Kong’s Causeway.

Ginza in Tokyo, Japan came in third position overtaking London, Paris and Milan.

The biggest erosion of rental values across India was noted in NCR with Basant Lok recording an annual decline of over 38%.

Other retail high street destinations in New Delhi did not see the same fervour and locations such as Greater Kailash-I (-10%) and South Extension (-12% ) continued to see a downward slide.

Khan Market saw a rise of over 15 per cent in its rental values over 2009-10.

“As before, key cities such as New Delhi and Mumbai will be seeing a faster rate of growth in values against others due to greater interest in these markets,” said Kaustuv Roy, Executive Director Cushman & Wakefield India.

Source:  Hindustan Times

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Property Rates in Noida

NOIDA, the largest industrial town in Asia has gained a lot of popularity in the last few years. So, if you are planning to buy or invest in a property in NOIDA, this comprehensive chart will definitely work as a boon. The following in-depth report gives you the approximate capital values for apartments and plots and apartment rental values for various localities in NOIDA. This chart also gives you an indicative trend of property prices for the months of August 07 to August 08. Through this comparative chart you can compare the property values of the most sought after localities under a particular region.

Last Updated: August 2010
Locality Apartment (Rs/sq ft) Plot (Rs/sq m)
Sectors Jan-Mar’10 (%) Aug’10 Jan-Mar’10 (%) Aug’10
11- 15 A 0 to 3 4500-10000 0 66000-250000
17 - 23 -9 to 3 4000-7200 0 to 3 50000-150000
26 - 33 -3 to 6 3500-6000 0 to 1 45000-70000
34 - 40 0 to 15 4500-7000 0 50000-75000  
41 - 47 3 to 8 3000-7500 0 to 4 42000-130000
48 - 52 0 to 5 3000-6500 0 45000-75000
53 -72 2 to 5 3000-7000 0 to 9 35000-62000
82 - 122 1 to 7 3500-6500 0 to 3 40000-75000
Locality Apartment 2 BHK (Rs/month)
Sectors Jan-Mar’10 (%) Aug’10
11- 15 A 4 to 15 15000-32000
17 - 23 0 to 24 14000-30000
26 - 33 4 to 12 12000-21000
34 - 40 4 to 22 10000-21000
41 - 47 4 to 7 12000-20000
48 - 52 0 to 4 12000-30000
53 -72 3 to 20 10000-50000
82 - 122 5 to 13 12000-30000

Source : Brix Research