My goodness India is a very cruel society. I wonder if they have something called a heart.
Firstly hardly 1-2% of the passengers are crippled/need wheelchair assistance. So helping 1-2 passenger board a flight should not be a big deal. right?
About the passing the cost to other healthy passengers. If your airlines is so much lean and mean as you claim it to be, then why don’t u allow them to have a companion who would roll them to their airport seat and quickly board off the plane (without creating any disturbance) …. it works perfectly well for Railways, Bus services.. I wonder why it won’t work for airlines…
or if you have problems in doing that… make a announcement…. I am sure not 1 not 2 but alteast 20 co-passengers will love to volunteer.
BTW one of my best friend has a polio… and I have been friends will some physically challenged individuals and none of them want to be assisted or any special treatments. All they want is that the buildings and airports should have a ramp comfortable enough for them to roll. They r not looking for charity… so don’t portray as if you are giving them one
Is it too much to ask for? Is it something for which they should pay extra?
Recently I saw this nice post at TNSatish
The text inside the cartoon is, “Monarchy in Nepal is abolished, and all the powers are transferred to the Prime Minister”.
The text outside the cartoon is, “It would be good, if we also abolish monarchy, and transfer all the powers to the Prime Minister”.
and this made me think:
1) The Bush and the Clinton family has been ruling America for the past 20 years and the next President is very likely to be another Clinton.
2) The Nehru family (Jawahar Lal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and now Sonia Gandhi) have been ruling the country for the past 60 years.
3) The Bhutto family Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto, and now her teenage son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari are controlling the political sphere of the country.
How on earth can a teenager lead a country? Is it really the return of the dynasty rule? or is democracy so irrational?
These days I was facing terrible trouble in getting a good newspaper.
I had started reading the newspaper ever since the First Gulf war. That time I used to read Times of India a habit which continued way till my college days.
Immediately after coming to Bangalore, I started subscribing to Hindu, but it turned out to be too dry and communist for my taste.
So inspired by the quality of editorials, I switched to New Indian express. But due to ultra low volumes, the distributor stopped distributing it to my household. I even called up the newspaper’s head office and they assured me that i will have newspaper at my doorsteps within 48 hours. But like all promises made by the politicians, the promise was hollow.
Forced, I switched back to Times to India. Although I liked the articles of Gurcharan Das and Swaminathan A Aiyar, it did not take me long to realize that my IQ has started dropping rapidly by skimming through the glossy pages filled with skimpy models and celebrity gossips.
So Finally I have decided to amend my ways and have switched back to LiveMint. It is very affordable, the quality of articles and editorials also seem to be good. Lets hope the alliance works out for me.
So what newspaper do you read, and what do you like the most about it.
My work involves dealing with a lot of text. It could be anything starting from a piece of code, document/agreement, script to even the short essays I write about my blogs. Often these texts evolve over a period of time and every time one opens them, we add/remove some text from that. Some of these changes are for good, but some unknowingly degrade/spoil the text. So to revert back to the previous copy I use Version systems.
1) Word Documents have tracking feature which records who added what and when.
2) Online documents can be typed in a Twiki (enterprise Wiki) which tracks the changes.
3) I put all my code and scripts in CVS (Concurrent Versions System)
However sometimes some text files or scripts escape these processes and I have a hard time tracking and undoing the changes there. In that case I use WinMerge (or VIM-Diff) It compares the text of the 2 files and highlights just the lines which are different. Hence making my job of reviewing the edits much easier.
As far as possible, I like to have a version system. I enable tracking on all Word Documents, I have Twiki
“The government said last week that its collections of direct taxes between 1 April and 15 December this year was 42.5% higher than their level in the same period of 2006.”
I was reading an article in livemint about why the direct tax collection was rising?
Their answer was:
direct tax collections could be soaring because of better tax compliance or because the rich and companies are getting a growing share of national income. In other words, the cause could be either that fewer people and companies are evading taxes or that inequality is increasing.
I agree that lowering of tax rates and introduction of PAN card and TDS has increased the tax compliance. but rising inequality??????????
How did they come to this conclusion?
Now if the rich (say earning 1 cr p.a.) was getting rich… then
last year he paid almost 33% of his income in tax (33 lakh) and this year even if he earns 2cr, he will still continue to pay 33% of his income….
i.e. the direct tax collection would rise with the growth of the economy.
However Say there is a guy who earned 100,000/- last year.. he would have not paid any taxes.. but with the booming economy if he earns 150,000/- this year then he would pay a small tax…. which when compared over last year would lead to a significant percentage increase in taxes.
Indian economy is close to a Trillion Dollars and the per capita income of an Indian is about a thousand dollars (39,000 INR) While the income tax slab starts at 1,10,000/- INR i.e. 3 times the per capita income. The tax slab starts at 10% and then gradually increases to 33.4%
Now 8% p.a. of GDP growth rate would double the country’s per capita income in 9 years. Applying some bell curve theory (statistics) you won’t be surprised that the number of tax payers will simply boom. Hence the tax collection. So this increase in direct taxes is not a sign of rich paying a higher share if their income in taxes, but the middle income group paying taxes for the first time. Hence a proof that the benefits of liberalization are finally reaching the masses.
This theory is confirmed when one looks at 2 data:
1) Gini Coefficient: the scientific statistical measure of inequality. You would find that the inequality in india has almost remained constant since the Mughal Period.
2) The number of people registered for PAN (direct taxes) is growing at a rate faster than the IT office can issue PAN cards.
The retail price of a gallon of petrol in USA is $2.824 USD. Source
A gallon is 3.78541 Liters
So 1L of petrol/gas costs $ 0.746 USD
I USD is 39.345 Source Yahoo
So after conversion 1L of petrol costs 29.35222 INR in USA
The why on earth does Indian Government charge me 50.60 INR per liter? (retail price in Bangalore)
Whats worse they give me all sorts of crap that how fuel subsidy is breaking their back and why the oil price should be raised…
For heavens sake you are charging a 72% markup. I don’t care where whether you are losing it in an oil spill, or because you have lazy public sector workers… the bottom line is the Oil PSU have monopolized the retail of Oil and formed a Cartel. The MRTP (Monopolies and restricted trade practice act) should be enforced to find out how they can over charge the customers.
SEBI should start a probe to probe how can a company who is overcharging common man is losing the public money
The story of Diesel is also no different. The prices in India are 20% higher than that in the rest of the world.
In kerosene I agree that the price of the fuel distributed in PDS (ration shops) is subsidized, (but that is required to curb the unhealthy practice of burning firewood and cow dung cakes). And Please do not quote this as an argument. because this subsidy is not borne by the oil companies. The government buys all the food grain and oil at full Price for the PDS and then redistribute it for social causes.