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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Great Honda Jazz ride at Budhh International Circuit - India's racing arena

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Mr Katsushi Inoue, President & CEO, Honda Cars India Limited

Delhi government-appointed panel recommends removal of DERC members

New Delhi: In a major move, a high-powered Delhi government committee has recommended removal of chairman and two members of Delhi's quasi-judicial power regulator DERC, holding that they totally failed to protect the interests of the consumers.
The one-member committee of former Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) chief Berjinder Singh was tasked by AAP government to bring out a white paper on the capital's power sector.
Alleging that there have been "serious omissions" on the part of the DERC, the committee called for "action for removal of the chairman and members who were parties to the tariff orders passed in the years 2011 to 2013".
In its report submitted to the government, the committee observed that when the power tariff should have been slashed between 2011 and 2013, the DERC hiked it several times overlooking consumers' interest.
Alleging that there have been "serious omissions" on the part of the DERC, the committee called for "action for removal of the chairman and members who were parties to the tariff orders passed in the years 2011 to 2013".
Interestingly, under Singh's chairmanship, the DERC in May 2010 had proposed to cut the power tariff by 23 per cent citing healthy financial condition of the private power distribution companies but the move was stalled by then Congress government exercising a special power under Delhi Electricity Act.
Although DERC was strongly arguing for a cut in tariff, the three-member regulator, following retirement of Singh and subsequent appointment of two new members, effected a series of hikes.
Since 2011, the DERC is being headed by PD Sudhakar, a former Special Secretary in the Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs. The two other members of the DERC are JP Singh, a former Health Secretary in Delhi government, and BP Singh, a former director in NTPC.
Sudhakar and the two other DERC members chose not to react to Singh's report. The report said before ordering "hefty" increases in power tariff and creating a large regulatory assets, the DERC did not even verify genuineness of short-term power purchase by the discoms at rates higher than market prices.
"There should have been a case for reduction in electricity tariff during the years 2011 to 2013," said the report which will soon be discussed by the Delhi cabinet.
The report said following numerous billing-related complaints, the Delhi government had asked DERC whether the billing software of discoms was checked but it refused to reply arguing that it was "quasi-judicial" body and will not follow such directives.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

दिल्ली की जनता को AAP का अनमोल तोहफा !

दिल्ली की जनता को AAP का अनमोल तोहफा. दिल्ली असेंब्ली में VAT बिल पास कर दिया गया है. जो सरकार बजेट पेश करते हुए बड़े बड़े दावे कर रही थी की VAT मे कोई भी बदलाव नही किया गया है, उसी सरकार ने बजेट के तुरंत बाद, नया VAT बिल पास कर दिया है. नए प्रावधान के हिसाब से अब दिल्ली मे पेट्रोल व डीसल पे VAT 30% किया जा सकता है जिससे महंगाई काफ़ी ज़्यादा बड़ सकती है.यानी की जो कुछ भी हम लोग बाज़ार से खरीदते हैं, उन सब चीज़ों के दाम अब बड़ सकते हैं.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Delhi faces waterlogging as construction debris block drains

Most drains across the city remain choked, though civic agencies claim they are carrying out de-silting to the best of their capacity. South and North Delhi Municipal Corporations have claimed to have completed de-silting of drains.

Blocked drains

Similarly, BS Vohra, president of the East Delhi RWAs Joint Front Federation, said a little downpour clogs areas like Krishna Nagar, Lal Quarter and Geeta Colony, leading to traffic snarls for hours. "It also becomes the hub of pests and mosquitoes to breed and thus leads to spreading of diseases," he said.

Chetan Sharma from Greater Kailash-II said: "A mild downpour paralyses the city for good number of hours. This also deteriorates the condition of the roads. The roads in Greater Kailash-I and Greater Kailash-II have been eroded and have potholes. The unearthed material lying on the Alakhnanda road as the median gets constructed can also choke the drain if not attended in time. It highlights the defect in the planning by the concerned officials and their negligence in carrying out the maintenance work."

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Delhi University : वो अफ़साना जिसे अंजाम तक लाना ना हो मुमकिन ?

जी मैं बात कर रहा हूँ, अपने एजुकेशन सिस्टम की. नर्सरी से लेकर 12 वी तक, माता पिता अपने बच्चों को अछी से अछी शिक्षा देते हैं, अच्छे से अच्छे स्कूल मे भेजते है, और उमीद करते हैं की उनका बच्चा अच्छे नंबर ला कर, किसी अच्छे कॉलेज मे अड्मिशन ले लेगा.

लेकिन नतीजे आने के बाद जब पहली कट ऑफ आती है तो जिस ज़ोर का झटका इन बेचारे माता पिता को लगता है, उसकी शायद कोई दूसरा कल्पना भी नही कर सकता. 

ऐसा ही कुछ हुआ कल दिल्ली मे जब पहली कट ऑफ लिस्ट आई. कुछ कॉलेजस मे कुछ सब्जेक्ट्स का कट ऑफ 100% था. बाकी के कोर्सस का कट ऑफ भी लगभग 98.5%, 96% की रेंज मे था.  यानी की अगर आपके बच्चे को 90 - 95% नंबर भी आए हुए हैं, तो भी आप अपनी मर्ज़ी से, अपनी चाय्स का कोर्स चूज़ नही कर सकते. और अगर आपके नंबर इससे कुछ भी कम है तो सिर्फ़ प्राइवेट इनस्टिट्यूट्स का भरोसा रह जाता है, जहाँ आपको सीट तो मिल जाती है लेकिन भारी कीमत दे कर.

जिस हिसाब से दिल्ली यूनिवर्सिटी मे कट ऑफ बड़ रही है, उससे यही लगता है की जल्द ही सभी कोर्सस की कट ऑफ सिर्फ़ 100% होने वाली है. ऐसे मे अपने बच्चों को इतने सालो की पड़ाई करवाने का क्या कुछ औचितय निकलता है ?

क्या आपको नही लगता की जो एजुकेशन सिस्टम, इतने सालों की पड़ाई के बाद और अच्छे नंबर लाने के बाद भी, आपके बच्चे को किसी कॉलेज मे सीट नही दिला सकता, उस एजुकेशन सिस्टम को लचर करार देते हुए, स्क्रॅप कर देना चाहिए और कुछ नया सोचना चाहिए.

वो अफ़साना, जिसे अंजाम तक, लाना ना हो मुमकिन,
उसे एक खूबसूरत, मोड़ देकर,  छोड़ना अछा !

(The writer is President,East Delhi RWAs Joint Front. He can be reached at Views expressed are personal. )