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Moneylife Digital Team 21 November 2011
The Railways have reduced tatkal booking period to one day before the journey and also barred agents from booking tickets on the Internet from 8am to 10am The Indian Railways have revised the Tatkal (urgent ticket booking) scheme, making it more ‘passenger-friendly’ by reducing the advance...

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Moneylife Digital Team 21 November 2011
A though-provoking documentary on what the media feeds the masses “When I see a movie getting good ratings, I go watch it. If it turns out to be bad, I lose Rs150 for the ticket. How does paid news affect me then?” A member of the audience asked the panellists after the screening of the...

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 Aishwarya Rai Bachchan gave birth to a baby girl bringing unending joy to her family and fans. However, a recent international research shows that sex selective abortion is conducted in wealthy families across India, not so much in poorer homes. An overview Notice this: When it’s a baby boy,...

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Moneylife Digital Team 18 November 2011
Taniksha Infotech, claims easy income on posting ads, uploading CVs, inducting people and generating IDs for UID. However, there is no guarantee that you will earn easy money  If the debate surrounding over the invasion of privacy with the government’s unique identity (UID) scheme is not...

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Moneylife Digital Team 18 November 2011
As per the reply received from the Rajya Sabha, Congress MP Manu Singhvi and Kingfisher chief Vijay Mallya earned maximum annual remuneration, while another Congressman, Subbarami Reddy has declared assets worth Rs258.25 crore Rajya Sabha secretariat has made the ‘register of interest’ of its...

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It is open knowledge in financial circles that the real strength behind ocean piracy, and the hijack for ransom, is the money laundering business Is it possible that the merchant seafarers from India do not make enough of a noise about piracy to protect the interest of insurance companies and...

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Indians are reluctant to give without strings attached. We should think twice before attacking Kiran Bedi for having taken donations ‘improperly’ Kiran Bedi has always been an icon and role model for me; I grew up reading with awe as she broke one glass ceiling after another. So, to watch her...

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Dogged campaigns by Pune-based activist Vijay Kumbhar have made a tremendous impact, finds Vinita Deshmukh The half-constructed multi-storeyed building on tony Prabhat Road (Pune) is a sore sight in a residential locality where luxurious condominiums have mushroomed in the past decade....

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In a precedent setting judgement, the CIC asked for the audit and inspection report of a cooperative bank to be disclosed under the RTI Act, rejecting the central banks contention that the disclosure would lead to loss of faith in some banks and adversely affect economic interests of the state.

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Moneylife Digital Team 17 November 2011
The CIC through an order asked the RBI to publish list of top 100 defaulter industrialists. However, fearing backlash from judiciary, the central bank had handed over the job to publish list of defaulters against whom a suit has been filed to CIBIL The Central Information Commission (CIC) has...

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The long term solution to piracy lies in the world reverting to ships flying with the flag of their own nationality, not flags of convenience Maritime piracy has resumed in full force after a lull. And it mainly affects the Indian seafarer in captivity. One reason for this is the standoff...

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Moneylife Digital Team 17 November 2011
The Railway Board’s director of safety Ashish Merhotra, while replying to an RTI query said, “Only consequential accidents involving loss of life or grievous injury or loss of property worth Rs2 crore or interruption to through traffic above the threshold value are reportable to the...

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Moneylife Digital Team 16 November 2011
If there are certain irregularities in the working and functioning of such banks and institutions, the citizens certainly have a right to know about the same, Mr Gandhi said in his landmark judgement In an unprecedented order, the Central Information Commissioner (CIC) Shailesh Gandhi has...

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Moneylife Digital Team 16 November 2011
Several so-called Ayurvedic medicines readily available are found to contain steroids and heavy metal, both harmful to the human body if taken in excess Ayurvedic medicines given by the vaidyas – be it in the form of bhasma or churan-, which people swallow in with great faith, could contain...

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Moneylife Digital Team 16 November 2011
Promoters of virtual companies like Speak Asia earned crore of rupees using the internet. The authorities are now planning to develop a system to alert people about dubious activities of MLMs Reacting on the proliferation of multi-level marketing (MLM) schemes and financial losses gullible...

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Alekh Angre 15 November 2011
Authorities also ask for a separate regulator for MLMs like Speak Asia “Move should be made to monitor advertising expenses of ponzi schemes like Speak Asia and for schemes that try to lure gullible public and a central regulator should be established to curtail these multi-level marketing...

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For the domestic market in India, anybody and everybody happily places a sticker saying ‘organic’ on anything they want, after all this NPOP, NSOP and certifying agency system! As with most such things, it starts with anecdotal personal experiences, and then it moves into research. This,...

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Governor K Sankaranarayanan, who is complying with the RTI Act in Maharashtra refused to comply with the same in Goa (as he hold both posts) like his predecessor Dr Sidhu. The High Court, in a judgment on 14th November, however declared that the Governor does come under the ambit of the RTI Act...

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 Cool fusion nuclear energy has no fallouts or environmental pollution of any kind. It is one hundred per cent clean and is relatively very inexpensive and you could get it from seawater. As the energy demand is going up exponentially, we need to explore, study this technology on urgent basis...

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For successful investing it is necessary to realise, that any country where the government protections are so bad that their own citizens are leaving, there is no place for foreigners to be going the other way To pick a good restaurant the expression goes, find a place with a full parking lot...

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