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Fight against drought - Rainwater harvesting and De-silting - Water problem in chennai

We all are aware that TamilNadu, especially Chennai is witnessing a severe drought. The water levels in Chennai's four main reservoirs have recorded one of its lowest levels in seven decades, with the current quantities adding upto only 1.3% of the total capacity. This is the fifth lowest quantity of water recorded in the last 74 years, making it one of the worst droughts the city has witnessed. According to the data from the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board, Chembarambakkam Lake has only 1mcft of water compared to its capacity of 3645 mcft, Redhills has 28 mcft compared to 3300 mcft of storage, Poondi contains 118 mcft of water, as opposed to its storage of 3231 mcft and Cholavaram, has 4 mcft compared to a total capacity of 1081 mcft



The hopes for good rainfall this season is actually less to moderate, according to TamilNadu Weatherman Pradeep John. Most of the ground is covered by tar road and concrete floors, which leaves very little or no way for the surface water to reach underground. This leads to very less replenishment of the groundwater. As of now, the best we can do is Rain Water Harvesting (RWH) in every home. This will be a long term solution too. It is high time for the public to take the necessary steps to do RWH in their home. Govt shall reach out to people who might find it difficult to do it on their own and assist them to implement it.

Also, most of the water bodies are not cleaned periodically. We request the Govt to do de-silting of all the water bodies so that we can save every drop of rain water.

The Tamilnadu Water supply and Drainage Board (TWAD) and Chennai Municipal Administration and Water supply can take further steps to solve the water crisis.

I request everyone to sign the petition and share the same.

Sign now with a click - Visit petition page - https://www.change.org/p/fight-against-drought-rainwater-harvesting-and-de-silting/
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Marc Spelmann gets the first Golden Buzzer of 2018 | Auditions Week 1 | Britain's Got Talent 2018

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Youtube link of the world's best magician real time in 2018 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3jege0p0dQ

Britain's Got Talent
Published on Apr 14, 2018
Prepare to be wowed as magician Marc Spelmann has everyone under his spell with his incredible routine.

As mesmerising magic mixes with emotion, Ant and Dec are powerless to resist and just have to hit that Golden Buzzer!!

See more from Britain's Got Talent at http://itv.com/talent
CategoryEntertainment
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Apple at Work -- The Underdogs - Apple work video using apple devices

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Apple
Published on Apr 2, 2019
Four colleagues. Two days. One chance.

Learn how Apple products help employees do their best work at https://apple.com/business

Song: "Nature Fights Back" by Hauschka https://apple.co/2TTLqdi
Category Science & Technology


Link to youtube video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9TdA8d5aaU
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Lydian Performs Masterful Movie Score Montage - The World's Best Championships

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link to youtube video of a small tamil kids appreciated by arr in chennai - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSipURrdjnc
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Aadhaar Enrolment Centres at ICICI Bank branches

Dear Customer,

Greetings from ICICI Bank.

As per Government notification, we have opened Aadhaar Enrolment Centres at our select branches # .

Please click here to view the list of branches.

You may visit any of these branches for Aadhaar enrolment or updation.

It is our endeavour to help you create or update your Aadhaar, and NOT link it to your account.
 
You can avail of the following services at these branches:
 
Aadhaar Services   Charges (₹)*
New enrolment   Free
Mandatory biometric update of children   Free
Other biometric update   50/-
Demographic update (Name, Address, Date Of Birth, Mobile number, Gender, E-mail ID)   50/-
Find Your Aadhaar & Color Printout   30/-

*Charges inclusive of GST Charges of 18%.
 
To know the list of documents required to update or enrol for Aadhaar,

 
Please ignore this e-mail in case Aadhaar is already enrolled and no update is required.
 
Looking forward to more opportunities to be of service to you.

Sincerely,
ICICI Bank Limited
 
Terms and Conditions of ICICI Bank and third parties apply. ICICI Bank is not responsible for third party products, goods, services and offers.
#The specified ICICI Bank branches have a specified Aadhaar-enrolment desk or customer camp to update or enrol for Aadhaar. Customers can visit the same with the specified documents and get his/ her Aadhaar enrolment done, subject to booking of appointment on the given day.


Supported PoI Documents Containing Name and Photo

1. Passport
2. PAN Card
3. Ration/ PDS Photo Card
4. Voter ID
5. Driving License
6. Government Photo ID Cards/ service photo identity card
issued by PSU
7. NREGS Job Card
8. Photo ID issued by Recognized Educational Institution
9. Arms License
10. Photo Bank ATM Card
11. Photo Credit Card
12. Pensioner Photo Card
13. Freedom Fighter Photo Card
14. Kissan Photo Passbook
15. CGHS / ECHS Photo Card
16. Address Card having Name and Photo issued by
Department of Posts
17. Certificate of Identify having photo issued by Gazetted
Officer or Tehsildar on letterhead
18. Disability ID Card/handicapped medical certificate issued
by the respective State/UT Governments/Administrations

Supported PoR Documents containing Relationship details
to Head of Family


1. PDS Card
2. MNREGA Job Card
3. CGHS/State Government/ECHS/ESIC Medical card
4. Pension Card
5. Army Canteen Card
6. Passport
7. Birth Certificate issued by Registrar of Birth, Municipal
Corporation and other notified local government bodies
like Taluk, Tehsil etc.
8. Any other Central/State government issued family
entitlement document
9. Marriage Certificate Issued by the Government

Supported Proof of DoB Documents

1. Birth Certificate
2. SSLC Book/Certificate
3. Passport
4. Certificate of Date of Birth issued by Group A Gazetted
Officer on letterhead
5. PAN Card
6. Marksheet issued by any Government Board or University
7. Government Photo Id Card / Photo identity card issued by
PSU containing DoB
8. Central/State Pension Payment Order
9. Central Government Health Service Scheme Photo Card or
Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme Photo card


Supported PoA Documents Containing Name and Address

1. Passport
2. Bank Statement/ Passbook
3. Post Office Account Statement/Passbook
4. Ration Card
5. Voter ID
6. Driving License
7. Government Photo ID cards/ service photo
identity card issued by PSU
8. Electricity Bill (not older than 3 months)
9. Water bill (not older than 3 months)
10. Telephone Landline Bill (not older than 3 months)
11. Property Tax Receipt (not older than 1 year)
12. Credit Card Statement (not older than 3 months)
13. Insurance Policy
14. Signed Letter having Photo from Bank on
letterhead
15. Signed Letter having Photo issued by registered
Company on letterhead
16. Signed Letter having Photo issued by
Recognized Educational Institutions on letterhead
17. NREGS Job Card
18. Arms License
19. Pensioner Card
20. Freedom Fighter Card
21. Kissan Passbook
22. CGHS / ECHS Card
23. Certificate of Address having photo issued by MP
or MLA or Gazetted Officer or Tehsildar on
letterhead
24. Certificate of Address issued by Village
Panchayat head or its equivalent authority (for
rural areas)
25. Income Tax Assessment Order
26. Vehicle Registration Certificate
27. Registered Sale / Lease / Rent Agreement
28. Address Card having Photo issued by
Department of Posts
29. Caste and Domicile Certificate having Photo
issued by State Govt.
30. Disability ID card/handicapped medical certificate
issued by respective State/UT
Governments/Administrations
31. Gas Connection Bill (not older than 3 months)
32. Passport of Spouse
33. Passport of Parents (in case of Minor)
34. Allotment letter of accommodation issued by
Central/State government of not more than 3
years old
35. Marriage Certificate Issued by the Government
containing address
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Just look at the Government Budget 2019 and how is was understood to an author

With the Lok Sabha Elections scheduled to take place in few months, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal presented interim budget on February 1, 2019. The FY19 fiscal deficit was pegged at 3.4% of the GDP with the current account deficit at 2.5% of the GDP. The FY20 fiscal deficit target set at 3.4%.

Last 5 years has witnessed a lot of reforms in the Indian Economy. India from being the 11th largest economy in the world in 2013-14, is today the 6th largest economy in the world.  The average inflation rate has been reduced from double digit to the single digit. The Modi government came up with the biggest tax reforms in the Indian Economy with the implementation of the GST. India also attracted the massive amount of FDI during the last Years. The government also took anti-black money measures in the form of Black Money Law and Demonetisation to eliminate the ills of the black money from our country.

Talking about the vision for next decade, he also said that we are poised to become a Five Trillion Dollar Economy in the next five years and aspire to become a Ten Trillion Dollar Economy in the next 8 years thereafter.

Now, let's talk about the budget which is presented, ever for the first time in the history of the Indian Economy, by the Chartered Accountant:

Real Estate:

The Minister came with a number of tax benefits for the real estate sector in the affordable housing category.  The sector which has been facing a lot of slowdown may expect a boost with these measures.

The budget announced the relief to real estate developers by extending the benefits of Sec 80 IBA of the Income Tax Act for the one more year i.e. upto 2020. The major proposal came out to remove tax on notional rent on the second house if it is vacant.

The budget also proposed to extend the period of exemption from levy of Tax on notional rent, on unsold inventories, from one to two years.

Poor and Backward Class:

Keeping the existing reservation as it is, the government have ensured 10% reservation in the Educational Institutions and Government for the poors. The allocation to MNERGA stood at Rs. 60,000 crores.

The world's largest healthcare programme - "Ayushman Bharat" has been launched to provide medical treatment to nearly 50 crore people. This programming is helping lakhs of poor people in both rural and urban areas.

Farmers:

The government is launching a programme - "Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Niddhi (PM-KISAN)" which will provide direct income support at the rate of Rs. 6000 per year to the farmer families having cultivable land upto 2 hectares. This is going to have a significant positive impact on the small farmers and the rural economy.

Also, it provided 2% interest subvention to the farmers pursuing the activities of animal husbandry and fisheries and 3% additional interest subvention on timely repayment of loan.

 Labour and Workers:

He came with a Mega Pension Yojana - "Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan" for the employees of the unorganised sector. Under PMSYM, monthly pension of Rs. 3000 is assured for the workers after the age of 60 years. This scheme, if implemented properly, is going to provide them with the reasonable standard of living.

Defence & National Security:

Implemented "One Rank One Pension" Scheme which was pending for the last 40 years and budget also proposed the highest ever allocation to Defence with RS. 3,00,000 crore.

Digital India:

India is now leading the world in consumption of mobile data. With the decrease in the prices of data, the consumption of data has increased at a very high rate.

The government proposed to make 1 lakh villages into Digital Villages over next five years which in definitely important form the point of view of the Digital India.

Taxpayers:

The budget proposed a few key changes to provide relief to taxpayers. The most important proposal is to provide full tax rebate to the individuals with income upto Rs. 5,00,000. This is going to benefit middle class taxpayers.

Another important proposal came for salaried taxpayers with standard deduction being hiked to Rs. 50,000. The budget also proposed to increase the limit of TDS on Fixed deposits from that Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 40,000.

Final Take:

The budget 2019 has come up very well. It addressed the needs of farmers and poors ensuring the improvement in the Indian economy. It recommended major changes in the Income Tax benefitting medium class taxpayers and real estate developers. The budget also came with various pension schemes for different group of people.


https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/budget-2019-sonal-nainwani?
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This story explains why Rs 6000 a year pension to farmer creates more problems than it solves

Years ago, a school called Bharat in a mid-sized town faced a tough situation. Many students were unable to clear the 35 % passing grade. The situation was tough. Frustrated students were under pressure from their families and the broader society - several committed suicide.

The administration of Bharat - alarmed by the situation - did a deep-dive to understand the root causes of the challenge. Here were the facts -

1.      Diversity - Bharat had a diverse student body. A few students hailed from economically rich families, majority were from the poor strata.

a.      The suicides and academic challenges were largely limited to poorer students - who found it difficult to clear the 35% threshold.

 2.      Study patterns - The rich students had access to amenities like advanced library books and took extra classes. Unburdened by chores of life, the rich students had a lot of free time to study and prepare better - leading to better results and higher pass percentages.

a.      According to officials, the poorer students weren't any less intelligent - they simply couldn't dedicate enough time to studies as they were burdened by household chores. Financial challenges eliminated their access to extra classes or advanced books in libraries leading to poor academic scores.

3.       External factors - Examinations were set up global boards that were outside Bharat administration's direct control. As such, the assessments varied in toughness from year to year - some years were more intense than others leading to a further drop in pass percentages.

a.      The only way this could be addressed was if Bharat's administration could follow its own curriculum and assessments. That needed scale and quality - Bharat didn't have that scale at global level. 

Bharat's administration realized it couldn't do much about external factors. To handle the challenges under its direct control, Bharat's offcials came up with a solution. They reduced the pass percentage from 35 to 30.

A year later, the situation hadn't improved much - complex external situation led to exams being way tougher than the prior year. Students were still frustrated and concerned parents kept calling. The authorities brought the pass percentage down further - this time, they made it 25.

The upshot? The graduation rate improved a bit, but now new challenges emerged from unexpected sources. Rich students perceived the pass percentage as low - they reduced their academic efforts and stopped using resources like library and extra classes. In fact, several of them took the system lightly and abused the resources. Parents of these kids were concerned. Meanwhile, studies showed that the overall quality of academics had nosedived. Worse, the low pass percentage hardly benefitted the poor, the real beneficiaries unwittingly were the rich kids, who neither need the benefits nor asked for it.

Alarmed authorities realized the challenge of a "one-size-fits-all" approach. With academic elections fast approaching and worried they might be voted out of power, authorities of Bharat designed a "needs-based" system - the pass percentage was resurrected to 35. However, poor students (defined on the basis of annual parental income) were given 5 grace marks (effectively bringing their pass percent to 30 vs 35 for rich kids). They also announced a targeted Rs 6000 per year incentive to these students to access libraries and take extra classes. Authorities were thrilled - they felt that this targeted handout would level the playing field.

Their hopes were dashed soon. While a few were excited, majority of the poor students felt 5 grace marks was lower than what they expected - they felt this small a number didn't justify the tough academics. Several poor students were frustrated at being treated like beggars. Meanwhile, unexpected problems arose. Rich students cried discrimination. A few rich kids resorted to manipulating their incomes to show themselves as poor - leading to distorted handouts.

While these efforts provided a quick relief balm, the root cause wasn't addressed at all. The real challenge of poor kids was the lack of access to resources like additional classes with top teachers and advanced books in libraries - this was the real reason they couldn't perform as well as rich kids. They argued Rs 6000 a year handout wasn't enough to pay for these resources. Bharat's authorities agreed addressing the root cause should be the long term vision but argued they had no time or money for such long term solutions especially in an election year. They suggested that instant remedies were required to reduce student/parent frustration - something they hoped these handouts would achieve. They further argued that this "targeted" handout was the trailer - they promised a great movie if they were voted to power.

A year later, everything remained the same except for four far- reaching changes -

1.      Years of handouts had compromised the quality of graduating students - and thereby the academic system. Outgoing students found it difficult to get jobs - the very reason why the academic system existed.

a.      The very foundation of the academic system fostered a culture of mediocrity.

2.      The handouts system focused the attention of the students away from excelling at academics - instead, everyone focused on getting higher and higher targeted handouts for their "target" group.

a.      The quality of academics - the reason why handouts started in the first place - was all but forgotten.

3.      The handouts further widened the gap between rich and kids - the rich thrived while the poor students languished without access to better facilities - the opposite of what was expected.

4.      With all the expenses to manage handouts, Bharat's finances deteriorated so much that they had very little money left to solve the issue at the root level and fulfill the big vision.

The concerned authorities soon realized that -

The movie failed to live up to the expectations of the trailer.
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Raja Jamalamadaka is a TEDx and corporate speaker, entrepreneur, mentor to startup founders, winner of "Marshall Goldsmith award for coaching excellence" for being top 100 coach to senior industry executives, a board director and a member of CXO search panels. He was adjudged a LinkedIn Top Voice 2018 for being one of the platform's most insightful and engaging writers. His primary area of research is neurosciences - functioning of the brain and its links to leadership attributes like productivity, confidence, positivity, decision making and organization culture. If you liked this article, you might like some of his earlier articles here:

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TNJFU University - VC Speech English

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TNJFU Fisheries University
Published on Jan 6, 2019
Category People & Blogs
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TNJFU - The Department of Fisheries university inTamil Nadu - www.tnjfu.ac.in

The Department of Fisheries was started in Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) during 1973. The Fisheries College, Thoothukudi was established in 1977 and the first batch of students for B.F.Sc., Programme were admitted. The Fisheries College was upgraded as Fisheries College and Research Institute (FCRI) during the year 1989. The Fisheries College and Research Institute (FCRI), Thoothukudi became a constituent Institute of Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS) with effect from 20.09.1989. Tamil Nadu Fisheries University (TNJFU) was established on June 19, 2012 with head quarters at Nagapattinam. In due course of time, the TNJFU have gained widespread recognition as University of excellence.

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TNJFU Fisheries University
Published on Jan 19, 2019
TNJFU University - Pon Vilaiyum Bhoomi
Category People & Blogs
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Google's 20th Birthday - Google enjoy's its 20th Year

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Published on Sep 27, 2018
#7 ON TRENDING - Google's 20th Birthday - googledoodles

Twenty (ish) years ago, two Stanford Ph.D. students launched a new search engine with a bold mission to organize the world?s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Though much has changed in the intervening years?including now offering Search in more than 150 languages and over 190 countries?Google is still dedicated to building products for everyone.

Today?s video Doodle takes a stroll down memory lane by exploring popular searches all over the world throughout the last two decades.

So whether you?ve searched for the status of your favorite object orbiting the sun, the latest on the world?s biggest events, or how to impress on the dance floor: Thank you from Google.

For more info & Doodles, please visit: https://www.google.com/doodles/googles-20th-birthday/
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