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Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Friday, 19 August 2011
10 things to know about Anna Hazare 'n Jan Lok Pal Bill.. ! ****
3. So what?
This village is a self-sustained model village. Energy is produced in the village itself from solar power, biofuel and wind mills.
In 1975, it used to be a poverty clad village. Now it is one of the richest village in India. It has become a model for self-sustained, eco-friendly & harmonic village.
This guy, Anna Hazare was awarded Padma Bhushan and is a known figure for his social activities.
5. Really, what is he fighting for?
He is supporting a cause, the amendment of a law to curb corruption in India.
6. How that can be possible?
He is advocating for a Bil, The Jan Lokpal Bill (The Citizen Ombudsman Bill), that will form an autonomous authority who will make politicians (ministers), beurocrats (IAS/IPS) accountable for their deeds.
8. It's an entirely new thing right..?
In 1972, the bill was proposed by then Law minister Mr. Shanti Bhushan. Since then it has been neglected by the politicians and some are trying to change the bill to suit thier theft (corruption).
7. Oh.. He is going on a hunger strike for that whole thing of passing a Bill ! How can that be possible in such a short span of time?
The first thing he is asking for is: the government should come forward and announce that the bill is going to be passed.
Next, they make a joint committee to DRAFT the JAN LOKPAL BILL. 50% goverment participation and 50% public participation. Because you cant trust the government entirely for making such a bill which does not suit them.
8. Fine, What will happen when this bill is passed?
A LokPal will be appointed at the centre. He will have an autonomous charge, say like the Election Commission of India. In each and every state, Lokayukta will be appointed. The job is to bring all alleged party to trial in case of corruptions within 1 year. Within 2 years, the guilty will be punished. Not like, Bofors scam or Bhopal Gas Tragedy case, that has been going for last 25 years without any result.
9. Is he alone? Whoelse is there in the fight with Anna Hazare?
Baba Ramdev, Ex. IPS Kiran Bedi, Social Activist Swami Agnivesh, RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal and many more.
Prominent personalities like Aamir Khan is supporting his cause.
10. Ok, got it. What can I do?
Use the power of your social media and networks. spread the word on FB, Orkut, Google +, twitter and ensure you support this cause. Promise you will vote when you must and ensure at least you cause 10 people you know to vote the candidate who supports the cause Anna is fighting for
Monday, 15 August 2011
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
After the month of Adre ಆದ್ರೆ ,season of Kakkada ಕಕ್ಕಧ begins & the 18th day of kakkada is really important for people across Kodagu.
Among the many rituals associated with the ancestral tradition in Kodagu, consuming ‘madd toppu', (madd is medicine and toppu is a leaf, leaf which has 18 kind of medicinal value) also called ‘aati soppu' in Kannada, assumes significance on the 18th day of the Kakkada month in Kodagu speakings calendar. Sellers of ‘aati soppu' dot the main streets of Kodagu a day prior to the celebrations. Prioviously the leaf was commonly found & now its almost extinct.
On the 18th day of the Kakkada month, these leaves are said to be replete with 18 varieties of herbal medicines. The leaves grown in the wild are plucked and soaked (some boil it) in water to squeeze the aromatic juice, which has a thick dark violet colour. Women make cakes & sweet paysam out of the mix. The belief is that the eighteen types of medicines contained in the plants would work like an elixir. Astonishingly, on the 18th day of Kakkada, the plants start emitting a sweet and unique aroma that is not found on the plants prior to the18th day.
‘Baimbale' (bamboo shoot) or ‘Kanile' is the other delicacy enjoyed by the people of Kodagu in rains. Consumption of both kanile and bamboo shoots are said to balance the body temperatures during heavy rainy and windy days. Not to forget the Kakkada koli (nati chicken) eaten more during the time with the naati time around across Kodagu people eat more than normal consumption" elders say