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Different View of India: Pictures of Indian cities you don't see in overseas media.

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In the western media, we often see only one type of Indian image. Crowded, dirty and polluted. The pictures would be often taken from random sewage canals and slums. The problem is that those underbellies exist in every part of the world. Shanghai can be like this or like this:


This is not to deny that Shanghai and other great world cities have nicer infrastructure than the Indian metropolises. It is just that we are seeing things in binary instead of shades of gray. Indian cities sure have more than their share of dirtiness. Those are the reality and so are the ones below. The problem is that if only one type of pictures are shown it totally distorts the reality. Here is the other side. 
Mumbai skyline:

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Driving through Mumbai's marine drive.
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A few kilometers north, Bandra-Worli sealink that connects traditional Mumbai city with its suburbs

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The new Mumbai airport & its environs
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The serene Sabarmati river running through Ahmedabad
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Jaipur: The land of palaces - now getting modern

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The heart of Bengaluru: Vidhan Soudha
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MysoreBangalore's royal cousin
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Heart of New Delhi during the parade
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The sparkling clean Delhi metro
main-qimg-57afb2fe5f5541fd63d0ed0bb1bc94 Heart of Chennai in lush greenery
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Chennai's iconic Marina beach
main-qimg-ff234ec2bbacc027e846cfe6b77579 Chennai's southern skyline - not as good as other Indian metropolis but getting better
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Kochi's aspirations to enter as a Tier-1 Metropolis

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Hyderabad center around the Char Minar
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Rapidly growing skyline of Hyderabad:
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Kolkata - the old capital of India
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Kolkata's Vidaysagar Setu

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Heart of India's former summer capital - Shimla

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Chandigarh: One of India's most planned cities 
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Gangtok: The serene northeastern city
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JodhpurIndia's blue city
main-qimg-b074b8f3f0bef4869bf2f2def681d6 Chennai's Anna Memorial
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New Delhi's Lotus Temple to rival the Taj
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The Yamuna Expressway to Agra.
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New 8-laned expressways of Hyderabad
 New 8-laned expressways of Hyderabad
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Chennai's Kathipara junction
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India's new highways.
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India is moving. Not one or two cities, but the whole nation. By not looking at the pictures above we get the distorted view that India is not progressing.

(SOURCE - VIA E-MAIL OF COL PRAKASH RAO (RETD) 

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One Rank One Pension Scheme

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Government is aware that Ex-Servicemen Associations have been agitating for implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) Scheme from 2008 onwards.

The policy of “One Rank One Pension” has been adopted by the Government to address the pension disparities, in the budget 2014-15.

The modalities for implementation of OROP are under consideration of the Government. It will be implemented once the modalities are approved by the Government.

This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Dr. Shashi Tharoor and Shri Ninong Eringin LokSabha today.

DM/NAMPI/RAJ
(Release ID :123685)

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Vacant Posts in Defence Forces

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Details of vacant posts of officers and soldiers in the Armed Forces (excluding Medical and Dental Branch), rank wise are as under:
ArmyNavy
(As on 1.7.2015)
Air Force
OfficersOther RanksOfficersSailorsOfficersAirmen
9642
(As on 1.1.2015)
23909*
(As on 1.4.2015)
177911653**Nil6664****
*against this vacancy in the Army 68,331 recruits are under training.**against this vacancy in the Navy 2247 recruits are under training.***against this vacancy in the Air Force 6152 recruits are under training.
Some of the major reasons for shortage in Armed Forces include increase in authorized strength due to new accretions in force level from time to time, availability of attractive alternative career avenues, stringent selection criteria, and difficult service conditions coupled with perceived high degree of risk.
Government has taken a number of measures to encourage the youth to join the Armed Forces, including sustained image projection, participation in career fairs and exhibitions, media campaign etc. Further, Government has taken various steps to make armed forces jobs attractive. These include implementation of recommendations of the VI Central Pay Commission with improved pay structure, additional family accommodation through Married Accommodation Project (MAP) and improvement in promotion prospects in the Armed Forces.
Number of officers who have taken premature retirement from the Defence Forces during each of the last three years and the current year are as under:
YearArmyNavyAir Force
2012275132157
201322196131
201412091108
201528
(As on 15.7.2015)
24
(As on 16.7.2015)
45
(As on 16.7.2015)
The Indian Defence Forces are suitably equipped, trained and organized to face the operational challenges and carry out their mandated task. Operational preparedness of the Armed Forces is reviewed from time to time based on the threat perception. Further, development of the combat capabilities of the Armed Forces to tackle the entire spectrum of security challenges is an ongoing process.
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri MD. Badaruddoza Khan and others in Lok Sabha today.
PIB
- See more at: http://www.centralgovernmentnews.com/#sthash.REDOoL5S.dpuf

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Facilities to Defence Personnel

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Pay and allowances and other benefits / facilities are provided to the Armed Forces Personnel as per Government orders issued from time to time. Apart from pay, the Armed Forces Personnel deployed on borders in tough conditions, are being given certain compensatory allowances i.e.
Field Area Allowance,
Siachen Allowance,
High Altitude Allowance,
Island Special Duty Allowance, etc.
and special clothing and ration as per extant rules. Improvement of facilities, service conditions, pay and allowances of the Armed Forces personnel is also a continuous process.
Further, provisioning of facilities to soldiers is a command function. It is ensured that all soldiers are provided facilities as per their entitlements. However, if in any case it is found that this is not done, suitable action is taken if any personnel is found to be erring.
This information was given by Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in a written reply to Shri Gopal Shetty in Lok Sabha today.
Source : PIB

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Pradhan Mantri Sneh Bandhan Insurance Focused Deposit Scheme details

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Pradhan Mantri Sneh Bandhan Insurance Focused Deposit Scheme can be bought and gifted to your sister or any relative for memorable occasions like Raksha Bandhan

The gift we make under Pradhan Mantri Sneh Bandhan would pay the insurnace premia for Accident Insurance and Life Insurance Schemes recently launched by govt – Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) and Pradhan Mantri Jeewan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY).
The are three types of gifts under Pradhan Mantri Sneh Bandhan Insurance Focused Deposit Scheme which would meet out partial or full insurnace premia payment for receipient as detailed below.
1. Gift for Rs. 201, which pay full term premium for the receipient in Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY)
2. Gift for Rs. 351, which can pay one year premium for Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) and Pradhan Mantri Jeewan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY). Rest of the premia of Rs.12 and Rs. 330 per year for PMSBY and PMJJBY respectively will have to be paid receipient of the gift.
3. Gift of Rs. 5001/- will be sufficient to pay the entire premium amount for full term for both Insurance Schemes – PMSBY and PMJJBY for receipient.
What is Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) ? Who can invest in PMSBY? How PMSBY works ? Check the following link to get all the information for this govt sponsored Accident Insurance Scheme.
How Pradhan Mantri Jeewan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) is different from PMSBY ? How long should I Pay for PMJJBY? What is the benefit of covered by this Life Insurance Scheme? Get answers for all these questions by checking out following link
A gift under Pradhan Mantri Sneh Bandhan can be purchased at any of branches belonging to all Nationalised Banks in India
We have provided the text of official release of IBA containing all information relating to Pradhan Mantri Sneh Bandhan Insurance Focused Deposit Scheme.

PRADHAN MANTRI SNEH BANDHAN YOJANA (PROPOSED NAME)

Hon’ble Prime Minister earlier announced two schemes of Govt. of India i.e Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) and Pradhan Mantri Jeewan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY).
On the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, three specially designed gift products are now being announced by Hon’ble Prime Minister, which will be purchased from the Banks on payment of specified amount, for gifting the same as detailed below. However, the scheme will be available at all the times.
(i) Gift for Composite insurance under PMSBY and PMJJBY:- For One time premium payment (Amount in Rs.)
Amount
(A)
One Year Premium for PMSBY
(B)
One Year Premium for PMJJBY(C)Total(D=B+C)
Balance to be credited in the SB Account
( A-B-C)
351
12
330
342
9
An individual may gift an amount of Rs. 351/- on Raksha Bandhan towards funding of the recipients one time insurance premium for PMSBY and PMJJBY (Rs. 12/- + Rs. 330/- i.e Rs.342/-), with the balance amount of Rs. 9/- to be credited to the savings bank account of the insured. Subsequent insurance premia will have to be deposited by the insurer for continuing the insurance cover.
(ii) Gift of Fixed deposit for insurance under PMSBY only:(Amount in Rs.)
Total Deposit Amount to be paid (A)
1st Year Premium
(B)
2nd Year Premium * (C)Total Amount of FD(D=A-B-C)
Returns on (D)
@ applicable
ROI (8% p.a)
201
12
12
177
14.16
* To be parked in SB account of the insurer till the date of next premium.
An individual may invest an amount of Rs. 201/- any time during the year for gifting from which:-
(a) Rs. 12/- will be immediately paid to the insurance company as first years’ premium.
(b) Rs.12/- will be parked separately in a SB account of the insurer towards payment of second years’ premium.
(c) Balance amount of Rs. 177/- will be invested in a T.D (Term Deposit) for ten years at the then prevalent interest rate (8% p.a) for earning annual interest income of Rs. 14.16 which will be sufficient for annual insurance premiums, at the current rate, up to the date of the Term Deposit.
(iii) Gift of Fixed deposit for composite insurance under PMSBY and PMJJBY:  (Amount in Rs.)
Total Deposit
Amount to be paid
(A)
1st Year Premium
(B)
2nd YearPremium * (C)Total Amount of FD(D=A-B-C)
Returns on (D)
@ applicable
ROI (8% p.a)
5001
342
342
4317
345.36
* To be parked in SB account of the insurer till the date of next premium
An individual may invest an amount of Rs. 5001/- any time during the year for gifting from which:-
(a) Rs. 342/- will be immediately paid to the insurance company as first years’ premium.
(b) Rs.342/- will be parked separately in a SB account of the insurer towards payment of second years’ premium.
(c) Balance amount of Rs. 4317/- will be invested in a T.D (Term Deposit) for Five or Ten years at the then prevalent interest rate (8% p.a) for earning annual interest income of Rs.
345.36 which will be sufficient for annual insurance premiums, at the current rate, up to the date of the Term Deposit.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
1. Maintenance of desired insurance schemes’ premium will be the responsibility of the customer / insured.
2. Prevailing rate of interest will be paid on the term / fixed deposits.
3. Extant guidelines related to deduction of tax at source will be applicable on the term / fixed deposit accounts.

Text of Letter addressed by IBA to all Banks:
NO.RB/PMSBY/I092
July 20, 2015
         Indian  Banks’ Association
Chief Executives of all Member Banks
Dear Sirs/Madam,
Pradhan Mantri Sneh Bandhan Scheme – An insurance focused Deposit Scheme
Please find enclosed a Scheme called Pradhan Mantri Sneh Bandhan Scheme received from the Department of Financial Services to be launched  with effect from 1st August 2015.   This gift product  is designed  keeping  in view the  ensuing  Raksha  Bandhan  festival  in mind. However, the product is relevant for other festivals, social occasions and family celebrations also.   Essentially the  gifter buys the  gift instrument  (typically a bankers’  cheque or Gift Card), and gives to a sister or a relative as a gift on the given occasion. The giftee presents the instrument to the bank   to be deposited in her existing account or a new account to be opened.  The bank can open a Zero balance BSBDA account, if need be.  The three variations of the gift instrument are as under:
1.  Instrument for Rs. 201.  This will facilitate premium payment for Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana over a period of several years.
2.   Instrument for Rs.351.  This will facilitate one year premium payment for Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana  and Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana.
3.  Instrument for Rs.5001.  This will facilitate premium payment for both PMJJBY and PMSBY over a period of several years.
It is envisaged that  in respect of  product 1 and 3 above,  the interest  on fixed deposit created will   meet premium payment  of the insurance product(s).   In the illustration given in the Scheme, it is envisaged that the premium for initial  2 years will be retained in the savings account and the  balance  amount  kept  in  fixed deposit  for 5 to  10 years..    Banks  could however, examine alternate approaches to optimize the process and to ensure availability of balance in the account  for meeting premium payment every year on the  designated date. (example: after deducting  the  1st  year premium,  the balance  could be kept  in short term deposit  maturing  on  31st   May  2016.    On  that  day,  after  retaining  amount  required  for premium payment on  1st  June 2016 the remaining amount could be placed in longer term deposits  with annual interest getting credited to the savings  account on 31st May every year which will facilitate premium payment on 1st June).
Banks may ensure the giftee is eligible for enrolment in the insurance schemes concerned and necessary enrolment forms are got filled up.  In the event, the giftee is already covered for the current year under the said insurance schemes,   the amount may be utilized  for premium payment in subsequent years. This is for your information and necessary action.

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