Can you imagine a vegetarian thali lunch for Rs.12.50 or a katori (small bowl) of dal at Rs.1.50, and chapatis for a rupee each at a time when the prices of essential commodities are touching the sky?
Yes it is possible, even if food is getting out of the reach of the poor in the country. Welcome to the Parliament House canteen – where delectable dishes will never act pricey.
A series of catering units run by Indian Railways at Parliament House, including at the library and the annexe building, serve food at rates which are a good decade old but are hard to digest for a newcomer.
MPs, who are seen shouting at each other and castigating the government over the rising food prices, definitely relish the cheap canteen food. But, mind you, the facility is not for them only. Parliament staff, low-paid security personnel and accredited journalists too enjoy the delicacies at rates which an ordinary citizen outside cannot even think of.
Dal, considered to be the poor man’s food in India and which is now getting too expensive to even fit his bowl, costs just Rs.1.50 for a katori. Low rates make the desserts sweeter. A katori of kheer at Rs.5.50 will never taste bitter. So will a small fruit cake at Rs.9.50 and a helping of fruit salad at Rs.7.
If you want to have soup, enjoy a bowl full at Rs.5.50, and for a heaped plate of cooked rice you need to shell out just Rs.2. Dosa is available at Rs.4.
And, yes, a cup of piping hot tea is available for just Rs.1 — not in the canteen but along a parliament corridor at a tea board.
Where does this come from? Remember, behind the cheap commodity there is a subsidy. All this costs the government a huge amount of tax payers’ money.
The gap between the actual cost and what MPs, journalists and others have to pay, is bridged with a food budget set aside by parliament.
“Over Rs.5.3 crore has been allocated during the current financial year for the canteens. The Lok Sabha pays some Rs.3.55 crore and the Rajya Sabha shares the amount to over Rs.1.77 crore,” said an official.
“Not only MPs, we serve food to everybody who is allowed inside parliament. They also include workers, gardeners and labourers,” the official told IANS, defending the low prices.
The food prices were last revised in 2004.
A 15-member joint parliamentary committee on food management headed by then MP K. Yerranaidu of the Telugu Desam Party was constituted in 2005 to consider revision of the rates and the service.
“The committee didn’t give any report and the rates were not revised,” the official said.
During the just-concluded winter session, on an average “3,000 people were served lunch in the canteen daily”, a caterer said, but strongly pleaded anonymity as “we have been told not to speak to the media without permission”.
Parliament House Canteen Food Rates
Tea Re. 1
Dal – one katori Rs.1.50
Veg thali (dal, subzi,4 chapatis, rice/pulao, curd and salad) Rs.12.50
Non-veg thali Rs.22
Curd rice Rs.11
Veg pulao Rs.8
Chicken biryani Rs.34
Fish curry and rice Rs.13
Rajma rice Rs.7
Tomato rice Rs.7
Fish fry Rs.17
Chicken curry Rs.20.50
Chicken masala Rs.24.50
Butter chicken Rs.27
Chapati Re.1 a piece
One plate rice Rs.2
Kheer – one katori Rs.5.50
Fruit cake Rs.9.50
Fruit salad Rs.7
Stop fighting with each other friends, its time to stop trusting politicians blindly, they all are enjoying their life’s, the only people suffering are Poor and common man of india.
If you could fit the entire population of the world into a village consisting of 100 people maintaining the proportions of all the people living on earth…
- The village would consists of 57 Asians, 27 Europeans, 14 Americans, 8 Africans
- There would be 52 women and 48 men, 30 Caucasians and 70 non Caucasians, 30 Christians and 70 non-Christians, 89 heterosexuals (A heterosexual person; someone having a sexual orientation to persons of the opposite sex) and 11 homosexuals
- 6 people would posses 59% of the wealth and they would all come from the USA 80 would live in poverty 70 would be illiterate 50 would suffer from hunger and malnutrition, 1 would be dying 1 would be being born, 1 would own a computer, 1 (yes, only one) would have a university degree
If we look at the world in the way, the need for acceptance and understanding would be obvious. But, consider again the following:
If you woke up this morning in good health, you have more luck than one million people, who won’t live through the week.
If you have never experienced the horror of war, the solitude of prison, the pain of torture, were not close to death from starvation, then you are better off than 500 million people.
If you can go to your place of worship without fear that someone will assault or kill you, then you are luckier than 3 billion (that’s right) people.
If you have a full fridge, clothes on your back a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are wealthier than 75% of the world’s population.
If you currently have money in the bank, in your wallet and a few coins in your purse, you are one of 8 of the privileged few amongst the 100 people in the world.
If your parents are still alive and still married, you’re a rare individual.
Work like you don’t need the money.
Love like nobody has ever hurt you.
Dance like nobody is watching.
Sing like nobody is listening.
Live as if this was paradise on Earth.
1. Do Not Interfere In Others’ Business Unless Asked.
Most of us create our own problems by interfering too often in others’ affairs. We do so because somehow we have convinced ourselves that our way is the best way, our logic is the perfect logic and those who do not conform to our thinking must be criticized and steered to the right direction, our direction. This thinking denies the existence of individuality and consequently the existence of God.. God has created each one of us in a unique way. No two human beings can think or act in exactly the same way. All men or women act the way they do because God within them prompts them that way. Mind your own business and you will keep your peace.
2. Forgive And Forget:
This is the most powerful aid to peace of mind. We often develop ill feelings inside our heart for the person who insults us or harms us. We nurture grievances. This in turn results in loss of sleep, development of stomach ulcers, and high blood pressure. This insult or injury was done once, but nourishing of grievance goes on forever by constantly remembering it. Get over this bad habit. Life is too short to waste in such trifles. Forgive,20Forget, and march on. Love flourishes in giving and forgiving.
3. Do Not Crave For Recognition:
This world is full of selfish people. They seldom praise anybody without selfish motives. They may praise you today because you are in power, but no sooner than you are powerless, they will forget your achievement and will start finding faults in you. Why do you wish to kill yours lf in striving for their recognition? Their recognition is not worth the aggravation. Do your duties ethically and sincerely.
4. Do Not Be Jealous:
We all have experienced how jealousy can disturb our peace of mind. You know that you work harder than your colleagues in the office, but sometimes they get promotions; you do not. You started a business several years ago, but you are not as successful as your neighbor whose business is only one year old. There are several examples like these in everyday life. Should you be jealous? No. Remember everybody’s life is shaped by his/her destiny, which has now become his/her reality. If you are destined to be rich, nothing in the world can stop you. If you are not so destined, no one can help you either. Nothing will be gained by blaming others for your misfortune. Jealousy will not get you anywhere; it will only take away your peace of mind.
5. Change Yourself According To The Environment:
If you try to change the environment single-handedly, the chances are you will fail. Instead, change yourself to suit your environment. As you do this, even the environment, which has been unfriendly to you, will mysteriously change and seem congenial and harmonious.
6. Endure What Cannot Be Cured:
This is the best way to turn a disadvantage into an advantage. Every day we face numerous inconveniences, ailments, irritations, and accidents that are beyond our control… If we cannot control them or change them, we must learn to put up with these things. We must learn to endure them cheerfully. Believe in yourself and you will gain in terms of patience, inner strength and will power.
7. Do Not Bite Off More Than You Can Chew:
This maxim needs to be remembered constantly. We often tend to take more responsibilities than we are capable of carrying out. This is done to satisfy our ego. Know your limitations. . Why take on additional loads that may create more worries? You cannot gain peace of mind by expanding your external activities. Reduce your material engagements and spend time in prayer, introspection and meditation. This will reduce those thoughts in your mind that make you restless. Uncluttered mind will produce greater peace of mind.
8. Meditate Regularly:
Meditation calms the mind and gets rid of disturbing thoughts. This is the highest state of peace of mind. Try and experience it yourself. If you meditate earnestly for half an hour everyday, your mind will tend to become peaceful during the remaining twenty-three and half-hours. Your mind will not be easily disturbed as it was before. You would benefit by gradually increasing the period of daily meditation. You may think that this will interfere with your daily work. On the contrary, this will increase your efficiency and you will be able to produce better results in less time.
9. Never Leave The Mind Vacant:
An empty mind is the devil’s workshop. All evil actions start in the vacant mind. Keep your mind occupied in something positive, something worthwhile . Actively follow a hobby. Do something that holds your interest. You must decide what you value more: money or peace of mind. Your hobby, like social work or religious work, may not always earn you more money, but you will have a sense of fulfillment and achievement. Even when you are resting physically, occupy yourself in healthy reading or mental chanting of God’s name.
10. Do Not Procrastinate And Never Regret:
Do not waste time in protracted wondering ” Should I or shouldn’t I?” Days, weeks, months, and years may be wasted in that futile mental debating. You can never plan enough because you can never anticipate all future happenings. Value your time and do the things that need to be done. It does not matter if you fail the first time. You can learn from your mistakes and succeed the next time. Sitting back and worrying will lead to nothing. Learn from your mistakes, but do not brood over the past. DO NOT REGRET. Whatever happened was destined to happen only that way. Why cry over spilt milk?
India is the fourth largest illegal downloader of online content, according to two reports released Tuesday by the Motion Picture Distributors Association (MPDA).
The reports were prepared on behalf of MPDA by Envisional and DtecNet, two global firms engaged in providing software solutions to track and prevent piracy of digital content and online business.
According to their findings, India trails only the US, Britain and Canada in online copyright infringement.
Envisional’s report said online piracy of film and television content in India is mainly through file-sharing networks like BitTorrent and cyberlockers, or web-based file hosts such as RapidShare or HotFile.
“The numbers that the surveys have come up with underpin our constant refrain that the economic and social impact of online piracy is enormous and will have even greater long-term implications if not addressed,” said Michael Ellis, president and managing director of Motion Pictures Association (Asia-Pacific), in a statement.
“We are aware that more needs to be done to help people understand that when they take unauthorised content off the Internet, or pay next to nothing from a pirate street vendor, they are indulging in online theft and therefore damage the very movie-making community that has been bringing them entertainment,” he added.
The report by DtecNet that is based on tracking illegal downloading IP addresses on P2P (Peer to Peer) networks, showed that from April to September 2009, India was among the top 10 countries in the world with the largest number of illegal P2P activities.
The research also claimed that India had the highest level of film piracy in any English-speaking country in that period.
It also said Hindi films are the most widely available domestic Indian content with most downloaders in Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai.
Vishal Bhardwaj’s “Kaminey” is estimated to have been downloaded over 350,000 times on BitTorrent with around two-third of downloaders located in India.
Tamil films are mostly downloaded in Chennai and Bangalore, while Telugu films are targeted in Hyderabad and Bangalore.
Rajiv Dalal, managing director, MPDA (India) said strict laws were needed to end unauthorised downloading.
“We need strong laws to support copyright, strong enforcement of those laws, stiff sentences for people who violate those laws, and most important, an understanding by ordinary citizen that buying pirated movies hurts the industry and makes it difficult for movie-makers to make new films,” said Dalal.
According to an Ernst and Young 2008 report on “The Effects of Counterfeiting and Piracy on India’s Entertainment Industry”, the Indian film industry lost $959 million and 571,896 jobs due to piracy.
More than 94% of the world’s people are not protected by laws against smoking, leaving them exposed to the biggest cause of preventable death, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday.
In a Global Tobacco Epidemic report the WHO said smokefree policies were crucial to reducing the harm caused by second-hand smoke, which it said kills around 600,000 people prematurely each year and causes crippling, disfiguring illness and economic losses reaching tens of billions of dollars.
The report found some progress had been made, with 2.3% of the world’s population, or around 154 million people, newly covered by smoke-free laws in 2008. But it warned of many more early deaths if governments did not act quickly.
1. Take Another Look Before You Send a Message
Don’t send anything you don’t want to send.
2. Do Not Default to “Reply All”
“Reply” is good. “Reply to All” is better. Right?
3. Keep Emails Short
Do not intimidate recipients with too much text.
4. Properly Format Your Email Replies, and Be Lazy
Do you think quoting original text in your email replies perfectly is a lot of work? Don’t let the ‘>’ intimidate you! Here’s a very comfortable, relaxed, quick and still clean and compatible way to reply properly.
5. Write Perfect Subject Lines
Do you make these mistakes in your email subjects? (The key to getting your messages read is not to be clever.)
6. Clean Up Emails Before Forwarding Them
Forwarding emails is a great way of sharing ideas, but make sure the original idea is not hidden in obfuscation.
7. When in Doubt, Send Plain Text Email, Not HTML
Not everybody can receive your fancily formatted emails. Some may even react furious. To be safe rather than sorry, send plain text emails only when in doubt.
8. Don’t Forward Hoaxes
Email hoaxes often contain stories that are intriguing, and sure to irritate. Here’s how to spot and stop urban legends.
9. Use Current Antivirus Software, Keep it Up to Date, Scan for Free
Make sure you’re not spreading worms and viruses via email or act as a vehicle for spreading spam. All this can be caused by malicious emails. Fortunately, there’s protection.
10. Say Why You Think What You Forward Will Interest the Recipient
More and better communication makes better relationships. Here’s a way to spot and share relevant information and foster ties by forwarding emails and links.
11. Do Let People Know Their Mail Has Been Received
Did the spam filter eat my message? Spare others this nagging question and let them know you got their email.
12. Ask Before You Send Huge Attachments
Don’t clog email systems without permission.
13. Talk About One Subject per Email Message Only
Help make the world less confusing. Try to talk about one subject per message only. For another subject, start a new email.
14. Punctuation Matters; in Emails Too
Comma, colon, hyphen and semicolon — all exist for a reason: they make it easier to understand the intended meaning of a sentence. Don’t make life more difficult and possibly less interesting for the recipients of your emails. Pay some — though not too pedantically much — attention to punctuation.
15. Use Acronyms Sparingly
DYK? Not everybody knows every acronym, and they don’t save that much time anyway.
16. Resize Pictures to Handy Proportions Before Inserting Them in Emails
When your photos look good in your email, you look good, too! Here’s how to make sure your images are not larger than screens and mailboxes by resizing them in style — online and for free.
17. Writing in All Caps is Like Shouting
Don’t shout in your emails (and all caps is so difficult to read).
18. Be Careful with Irony in Emails
No, really! I mean it. Honestly!
19. Catch Typos by Printing Your Emails
You can often find typos or misplaced commas neither your spell checker nor you yourself catch when proofreading on the screen.
20. How to Avoid Embarrassing Emails
Avoid embarrassing emails by sending them to yourself only (by default).
21. Set Your System Clock Right
Make sure you don’t send messages from 1981.
22. In Doubt, End Emails with “Thanks”
If you don’t know how to say good-bye at the end of an email, there’s one thing that will almost always be appropriate. Thanks.
23. Where to Put Your Signature
Without a line sub-scripted “sign here”, how do you decide where to place your email signature? Look here.
24. Wondering “How to Put That in Writing”, Write “That”
Tell it like it is. Have you notices how people who you understand perfectly well when you listen to them become cryptic when they start writing?
25. Why You Should Compress Files Before Sending Them via Email – Etiquette Tip
Smaller is more beautiful, at least when it comes to email attachments. So make files smaller before your send them via email.
26. Avoid “Me Too” Messages
“Me too” is not enough content, but too much annoyance.