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Army Chief Withdraws his plea!



Finally,Official Date Of Birth Decided !

General Singh’s lawyer Puneet Bali, confirmed today that the petition from General V K Singh was withdrawn as the Army Chief was fighting for his honour and integrity and not for extention of his service tenure and the dignity has been restored.
Earlier today, the Supreme Court directed General V K Singh to accept May 10, 1950 as his date of birth and asked him to withdraw his plea failing which the court would pass an order on it. General Singh’s date of birth in Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) records is May 10, 1950 while his matriculation certificate has 1951 as the year of birth. The court told the General that the UPSC document was the most relevant document for recognition of age.
The apex court said that the recognition of General Singh’s date of birth as May 10, 1950 by the Army does not suffer from perversity and is not grossly erroneous. The judges asked General Singh why he did not get his date of birth corrected with the UPSC that had recorded it as May 10, 1950 and why did he fill up the Indian Military Academy form mentioning his date of birth as May 10, 1950 ?
The bench pointed out that all documents at threshold when General Singh joined the NDA and the IMA recorded his date of birth as May 10, 1950, which the Defence Ministry maintains is the official records. Observing that all threshold documents show his date of birth as May 10, 1950, the judges said that it was clear from voluminous documents that General Singh’s date of birth as May 10, 1951, but the question was that in primary documents it was May, 10 1950 and it would be taken as a final date for service matters.

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Well, the matter has finally been resolved with the General taking plea back and also it should give a lesson to the Indian Military to crosscheck documents to avoid confusions leading to legal battle and world-level mockery!


12 year old Delhi boy dies while imitating suicide,as seen on TV.

Impact of reel-life on real-life ?

Suhail, a 12 year old boy is reported to have been found hanging  from ceiling fan at his Jafrabad home in Delhi, on 7th February’2012. The shocking incident took place when the class 5 student was alone at home while his parents Mohammad Salim and Isha had gone out.
His mother recalls, some days back , Suhail had watched a suicide scene in a movie on TV and was very inquisitive about the act and the reasons behind it. His mother scolded him about his query.However,she also recalls the kid started remaining upset since then. The only kid of parents was rushed to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital but was declared dead. In the initial investigation , police doubts accidental death while imitating the act.

A day back, a Chennai based class 9 boy had stabbed his school-teacher to death. These incidents are alarming for the urban Indian society where mostly the families are nuclear and both parents are normally working. Kids need proper parental counselling during the early teenage. They are more into experimenting and less bothered about consequences of the act. Even schools should have professional counselling sessions, at least once a week. The growing impact of Television and movies leave kids curious about many things they are not aware of and hence it is the parents who need to be patiently counselling the kids.

Chennai, Class 9 Student stabs Teacher to death in the school premises.

Grudge Against The Guru?

Feb 9th 2012- In a shocking incident in Chennai, a Class 9 student has been booked by the cops for stabbing his school teacher , 40 year old lady,Uma Maheshwari to death, inside the school premises.
As per the private school authorities, the student allegedly stabbed her for finding her too strict with him. The teacher had complained his parents in the past and scolded him on certain occasions finding him neglecting his studies. However the school authorities also confirmed that the teacher was a gentle by nature.
The student stabbed in her throat and stomach while she was waiting to take another class in an empty classroom. It was her alarming call for help which brought the incident to the notice of other students and teachers who held the student but it was too late.


Indian Wrestler Lokesh Kumar thrown out of train by five youths!

How safe is Indian Railways for its passengers ?

8th February 2012 , HaryanaNational Level Junior Wrestler , Lokesh Kumar is suffering from fractured backbone and multiple head injuries after being thrown out of moving Dadar Express train by 5 people.  The incident took place between Ambala and Sonepat and the wrestler lied by the tracks for almost 12 hours before being noticed and admitted to the hospital by the locals. Reportedly, he was going to Gonda to participate in the selection camp for upcoming  tournament in Thailand when this happened.

No arrests have been reported so far. It is astonishing that Yuvraj Singh, a cricketer, has the nation by his side after reports being revealed of he suffering from cancerous tumour though in first stage and news and controversies have been following since it was revealed in media and there lies another athlete of national level fighting for his life assaulted by anti-social elements while the culprits are free.

This is not for the first time this has happened . On April 13 ‘2011 Sonu Sinha , a national level volley-ball and football player was thrown out by robbers trying to snatch a gold chain from her neck. The incident happened in Padmavat Express, between Chenati and Bareilly stations,in Uttar Pradesh. The athlete lost her leg in the incident.

If citizens of national recognition are not safe in the trains of the country, think about commoners of the nation. These sufferers somehow made to the news as they are known to the nation. What about the common citizens ? Who knows if similar incidents take place every other day in the Indian Railways and the cases may be closed as accidental deaths !  This is an utter failure of Indian Railways and the Railway Police and a shame on their administration!

Lifeline of Mumbai-Local Trains

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Mumbai Local trains A symbol of unity !

The scariest thing for a ‘new-comer’ in Mumbai would any day be the Life-Line of the financial capital of India, the Local Trains. The first thing explained to the newbies by the inhabitants of the city is about the Trains. Mumbai being the most populated city of India is also geographically stretched over a huge area. While the main city is as big as any other Metro cities of India, it is the sub-urban area and the areas of Navi Mumbai (New Bombay/Mumbai) which make the city too huge to travel from one distance to the other.  The local trains are therefore the best options if one has to reach his targeted destination on time. Moreover, the interval between trains is negligible compared to local train services in any other Indian city.

Trains coming at short intervals and also being fast and very cost-effective, attracts the population of the city towards itself and hence the first thing an inhabitant would educate a newbie about is the Local Train, the timings, the frequency and above all the CROWD. 9 out of 10 times , you travel by train anytime between 6am-12am, chances are rare that you would get a seat.Rest of the times,boarding the train itself needs prior practise at home. One needs to be good at pushing , pulling and most importantly be able to stand on a foot while somehow manage to intrude one hand to get hold of the hand-rest. Mumbai being a humid city almost round the year, it adds on to the pain. However, within a span of 15 days of regular train journey, one would be accustomed with the rules of the LifeLine and most people learn the art of survival till they reach their destination.

It is the same Lifeline which has another picture as well. The crowd of  500 people, in every compartment which cannot afford more than 200 people, there is an India which does not discriminate. No religious discrimination, no caste discrimination, no state discrimination, no rich-poor discrimination(of course there are first class compartments in each train and not to surprise,even they remain crowded,may be a little less), no discrimination at all. One India! Everyone has a common goal – just to reach their destinations. It is not that conflicts do not occur between co-passengers but it is a rare sight. The Life-Line of Mumbai does not allow any classification of human being (except for men & women and handicapped compartments are different ). There is only one goal of every individual boarding the train , that is to reach his destination and everyone is tolerant to extremes. It somehow develops a sense of brotherhood between the passengers who adjust because they understand the goal is similar.

Had every one of us realized  that we all have come in the world to go away , sooner or later, probably competitions would have remained healthy, ambitions wouldn’t shape-up as hunger and greed. Probably, boundaries of nations and states would have been lesser and supremacy would have been measured in terms of giving away all and not acquiring the most !

Nigerian Students face Racial – Discrimination in Kochi While Residents accuse Nudity in Public!


Februaury 6th 2012 – Nigerian students, residing in Kochi, for their higher studies complained about racial discrimination by the city people who have asked Nigerians to vacate the rented house. 50 students sponsored by the Nigerian government, for a special training programme were allotted block No 2 of the NRI Silicon Heights residential society in Kochi.
However, the residents are complaining that a Nigerian student unzipped his pants in public, in front of two school going girls. The allegations were denied by the students and they felt its their skin which has attracted the controversy. Even the school is supporting their foreign students on the matter . A local, Executive Director with Euro Tech , claims that this is a pure case of racial discrimination against the Nigerians. He too is a Kerelite but blames the residents, who he heard yelling slogans against the students, addressing them as monkeys and asking them to go back!

Well, Nigerian nationals have spread in many parts of the country and have been accepted well in cities like Hyderabad, Mumbai and Kolkata. These nationals need not be students necessarily and it has been rare that they offend the Indian society with their behaviour or act. Considering the incident being true where one student dared to harass school-girls by un-zipping his pants, it’s that particular student who should be held accountable and not the community as a whole. Indians who themselves have been discriminated on racial grounds by whites , arabs and even blacks, in many countries, have never retaliated to foreign guests on racial grounds. That is not our culture.
It is understood if a White guy finds a Black guy completely different or vice – versa but not us. India is not only a blend of culture and religion it is also a blend of skin colours where some Indians can win competitions of being darker than Nigerians while some can compete with the white-skinned Americans, as well.


Yuvi diagnosed Cancer ?

Get Well Soon Yuvi.

It has been reported that on 26th January 2012, Yuvraj Singh, the Indian Left-Handed batsman and all-rounder is undergoing chemotherapy in the Cancer Research Institute in Boston after being diagnosed with the first stage of cancer.In October a  non-malignant tumour was detected in his left lung, which made him declare his absence from Team India for at least 5 months.

Dr. Jatin Chaudhary his present physiotherapist has assured the cancerous tumor is surely curable as it is in the first stage and no surgery is required. The doctor also confirmed delayed detection of cancer was due to wrong diagnosis by Indian Hospital. It has been also assured , Yuvraj would be fully recovered by April and would be back in the game by May 2012.

Well, Cricket fans not only in India but all over the world would pray and hope to see the great athlete back in the Indian side and of course in IPL . He has been awarded Man of the Tournament in the last World Cup and has yet to achieve loads on the field. His being in the Indian side matters immensely.

The point of concern is about the Health Institutions of India as well. Wrong diagnosis has always been common reasons of concern in the country which has landed so many people closer to death. Not all can afford to go to the US to get cured. Are there any strict laws to punish the Health Institutions who risk lives by conducting wrong diagnosis ?


Supreme Court to hear Army Chief’s Plea over His Age Dispute!

General Vijay Kumar Singh’s filed petition to resolve the issue of his Date Of Birth would be heard by the Supreme Court today  and this is the first  time an army chief  has sued the government. Before the Court Session started the General had a meeting with Senior Leader of Congress, Pranab Mukherjee. It was anticipated that the meeting was to settle down the matter out of court.

The reason of dispute is two sets of records held in two branches of the army headquarters.The army chief, though, claiming he was born in May 10th,1951 as per his matriculation certificate – which is considered legal document to establish a proof of age. His complaint is that his age records were never corrected by different army branches and that the documents carrying the wrong year of birth should have been verified with the matriculation certificate. He admits a mistake made in filling up the UPSC form. The government however considered May 10th, 1950 as his date of birth on the basis of UPSC form and claims to have several other documents which can prove General’s year of Birth as 1950. The government also claims that General Singh could not seek any change in records after two years as per rules and this enough reason against General’s claim to consider 1951 as his year of birth now. 

Whatever the court’s decision may be , one thing is clear that there are severe flaws in maintainance of records by the Indian army which came into limelight , thanks to the dispute. How come contradictory records were being maintained by the army for so long and no one bothered reconciling it. It was only when General raised the dispute, was it exposed. Now , what is the guarantee that this is the only case and in future no other army officer would highlight similar issues?