Grape season in peril in Nashik due to demonetisation

End of January marks the grape harvest season around Nashik. After falling prices after demonetisation led farmers to slash down standing tomato crops last month to make way for emergency sowing of wheat to eat, hope had rested on the grape crop coming up. However for all the reports in media about farmers adopting cashless methods and grape exports and what not, the ground reality remains grim. Here is a report from the Maharashtra Times.…

"Grape season in peril in Nashik due to demonetisation"

Pension held hostage by Aadhaar

A senior citizen describes his ordeal when he is asked to submit his Aadhaar if he wants to continue receiving pension, followed by his scramble to get an Aadhaar card made. Note: there are many instances of the government making Aadhaar mandatory as well as instances of various authorities and service providers requiring Aadhaar or refusing, even in the absence of it being officially mandatory – for example, getting a disability certificate. This results in…

"Pension held hostage by Aadhaar"

Some absurd arguments in favor of Jallikattu ban

As the jallikattu debate heats up and protests rage in Tamil Nadu, there are a lot of ignorant arguments being made in favor of the ban. Trying to dispel some of them. Bulls are not naturally aggressive There is also this absurd Facebook video doing the rounds to “prove” it. This Teacher Showed The True Cruelty Of Bullfighting Say no to bullfighting! Posted by The Holidog Times on 20hb Disember 2016 This video is an…

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Response from Dr Manilal Valliyate of Animal Rahat on the #Jallikattu posts

Animal Rahat is a sister concern of PETA. Dr Manilal Valliyate heads Animal Rahat and has added the following response to the ongoing discussion (article my me on Jallikattu, Response by Poorva Joshipura, CEO of PETA, my response to that article): Hi Vidyut, Apologies for taking this long to get back to you. Introducing myself, I am a veterinarian who worked for nearly two decades trying to improve the welfare of animals in India, particularly working…

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High Level Corruption in Fire Department, Values Money more than HUMAN LIFE !!

To, Mrs. I A Kundan Additional Municipal Commissioner (Western Suburbs) To  CFO, To  ACB Mumbai To DCP Kiran Kumar  Chavan To DMC Kiran Achrekar Sub: A) High Level Corruption in Fire Department, CFO Fails to submit Fire report even after three weeks of fire incident to favor owner of Golden Chariot and fails to initiate prosecution proceeding against the owner of Golden Chariot Restaurant even after incident of Fire taking place on 28th December 2016. B) CFO had…

"High Level Corruption in Fire Department, Values Money more than HUMAN LIFE !!"

K Raheja’s Horizon Green Building in Deep Trouble due to Unauthorized Soak Pit

Mumbai, 13th January, 2017: K Raheja Constructions got away with lots of violations in their Horizon Green project in Borivali East. They succeeded in procuring Drainage Completion Certificate (DCC) and Occupation Certificate (OC) in early 2015 without actually constructing drainage. To hoodwink potential flat-buyers and early-bird occupants and emboldened by BMC officials’ complicity, the Rahejas tried to secretly dig a soak-pit in December 2015. The plan was to cover up the lack of a sewage connection by channeling the sludge into a soak pit and pumping it out every month. But…

"K Raheja’s Horizon Green Building in Deep Trouble due to Unauthorized Soak Pit"