We all are aware of the telecom wars for many years, but it became very heated after Reliance Jio came in the picture in September 2016. Cost of phone usage and especially data usage came down in total rupees even though our usage has increased with cheaper bundles and unlimited plans.
A critical fact but less obvious issue is that Government of India’s earnings through taxes and fees –
a) Spectrum Usage Charge and
b) licence fee have seen big falls. Per Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the sector’s gross revenue is down nearly 9%, the spectrum usage charge is down nearly 33% and the license fee is down nearly 19%.
The sector has loans from banks of around Rs. 4 lakh crore. In addition the companies are hurting, losing money and in tough times with no visibility for bright skies.
YES, THE CONSUMER IS ENJOYING THE BENEFITS, THE INDUSTRY IS HURTING AND THE GOVERNMENT IS WORRIED ON MULTIPLE FRONTS.
- 28 Mar 2018
100 year old Shri Shri Shivakumar Swamy heads the Sri Siddaganga Mutt in the Tumkur district of Karnataka. He is called ‘Nadedaduva Devaru’ or ‘Walking God’ but sadly not many people outside the state have heard about him. Swamiji and his mutt have done enormous work in education and rural development. In the education area, the mutt runs many schools and colleges and nearly 50,000 students are enrolled there who are all from poor families in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
As one student said, “we only have to pay Rs 1,000 a year and everything is free, education, stay, food, everything!” Swamiji was born in 1907 and took sanyas in 1930 when he was 30 years old.
LONG LIVE SWAMIJI !!!
- 27 Mar 2018
India’s water situation is getting “more” acute, but it has still not received the attention of one and all. India’s water needs are projected to grow from 1.1 lakh crore cubic meters to nearly 1.5 lack crore in a little more than 30 years – which most of us will live to see. These are big numbers are hard to relate to, but per one estimate we will be short by 50%.
What are the causes for such huge shortages – “a growing population, poor planning, crumbling infrastructure (lots of leaking pipes), indiscriminate drilling of bore-wells, large-scale and unbalanced consumption of water, and the well to do feel they can use water“, all important causes of water shortages. India reportedly gets nearly 120 centimeters of rainfall but only 6% is stored.
WE ALL AS INDIVIDUALS, HOMES, COMMUNITIES AND GOVERNMENT NEED TO DO OUR PART.
It has been suggested that we look at our ancient history, especially the Indus valley civilization with a elaborate canal system, Chanakya’s Arthashastra which talks of irrigation, and different types of indigenous water harvesting systems to name a few. Rainwater harvesting pits must be made mandatory for all types of buildings and structures.
Source: The Hindu
- 26 Mar 2018
Karnataka which will hold state elections in the upcoming months is going to see a tough fight between the ruling Congress and the challenger BJP. show lots of trailers and product for which they get paid. With the upcoming elections, both parties are reportedly planning to run political ads in theaters for the first time. Unlike TV and newspapers from which you can turn or walk from, theatre goers will be stuck watching all ads at high volume including these political ads. Some thing this will cut down the number of movie trailers that would be shown. All we ask viewers to to make the most of these political Ads!
Source: One India
- 23 Mar 2018
Flipkart is in a big battle with Amazon in India and Walmart is in a big battle with Amazon in US and several other parts of the world. Walmart which has been really keen to enter Indian retail for a long time is looking to take a majority ownership of at least 51% in Flipkart, still the leading E-Commerce company in India despite a growing threat from Amazon. There are reports that with this majority purchase, Flipkart’s valuation could double to nearly Rs. 130,000 crore. Flipkart founders and long list of backers including Softbank, the Japanese technology company and employees would selling privately and publicly to facilitate Walmart’s entry. With this, the Indian E-Commerce marketplace and competition is likely to heat and become more intense with consumers becoming the biggest winners! The impact on shopkeepers and suppliers could be tough but harder to predict.
- 22 Mar 2018
India’s Army Chief recently made some correct and important security concerns in a close door defence seminar but some points got leaked.
Some key points were:
* Even well before the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, in 2010, 40 lakh Rohingya entered India illegally and they have grabbed land and settled in hindu majortiy Jammu and not in muslim majority Kashmir. These intruders have all ID cards – ration cards, voter cards, Aadhaar cards and even permanent resident certificates (PRC), whcih some locals struggle to get. Further, they have settled close to army camps and some recent terrorist attacks on army camps where several soldiers were killed have links to these illegal settlements.
* In 2011, the West Bengal Governor warned that there were more than 1.5 crore illegals from Bangladesh and India was sitting on an infiltration time bomb.
* In 1998, the Assam Governor warned that nearly 1 crore population of Bangladesh was missing – meaning they landed up in India in the north-east. And Pakistan’s ISI was working on a plot to cut-off India’s chicken-neck which will cutoff the north-east.
* Maulana Badruddin Ajmal’s All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) is the fastest growing party explained by the massive influx of illegal migrants from Bangladesh into Assam. These illegals have all proper documentation – ration card, voter ID, Aadhar card, etc. while genuine Indian citizens in remote locations struggle to get Aadhaar and ration cards.
SO AS THE ARMY CHIEF SAID, SOONER WE WAKE UP AND TAKE PROPER ACTION, THE SAFER AND SECURE INDIA IS…
Source: Daily Pioneer
- 14 Mar 2018
With Karnataka state elections around the corner, the Congress party has set sky high application fees. The cost of an application itself is Rs. 100. The application fee is Rs 1 lakh for ministers, Rs 50,000 for MLAs, MLC’s and MPs and Rs. 25,000 for former MLAs, MPs and MLCs.
For all others, the fee has been fixed at Rs. 20,000 for General Category and Rs. 15,000 for SC/ST category. The state Congress party is saying these funds would be used to extend the party’s office building.
IS THAT THE REASON OR THE PARTY IS OUT OF FUNDS AND THIS IS THE WAY TO REBUILD THE BANK ACCOUNT…?
- 12 Mar 2018
India’s first women fighter pilots to be commissioned were Flying Officers Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh. For the first time, each of them flew the MiG-21, an older fighter jet in air force solo from the Jamnagar air base. This was reported as a milestone achievement on the occasion of the International Women’s Day as well as to highlight women achieving parity. They now look to fly the latest Rafale fighter jets when inducted. Hearty Congratulations!
- 9 Mar 2018
A Congress MLA and former minister brought an unexploded grenade inside the Kerala assembly. The Kerala assembly was discussing brutal actions by the state police and how cops were suppressing people’s protests in a brutal manner and even throwing grenades at people, even if these are expired. This is when the MLA member displayed the grenade in the assembly to make the point. No question, expired or not, if these grenades explode anywhere – it could cause great destruction, havoc and even kill people. Without incident, the grenade was handed to security people.
Source: Manorama Online
- 8 Mar 2018
China’s defence budget is about Rs. 12,00,000 crores or 3 times India’s annual budget according to reports, and just under a third of USA’s budget and it continues to grow fast. Some analysts say this budget leaves out some expenses like the new aircraft carriers and jet fighters being build. It might even exclude lots of road & infrastructure building along India’s border.
What are these increases for: personnel, equipment upgrades but also trying to encircle India with defence installations and achieving expansion to more parts of the world.
INDIA IS LEFT WITH NO CHOICE BUT TO WATCH OUT, BE ON GUARD (which we are), SPEND SMARTLY AND ALSO INCREASE OUR BUDGET AT A FAST PACE.
- 8 Mar 2018