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Home loans up to Rs 10 lakh become easier March 06, 2015 14:25

RBI on March 6th eased the norms for home loans for up to Rs 10 lakh by allowing banks to include stamp duty and registration charges to the cost of a unit, which gives a boost to affordable housing. "With a view to encourage availability of affordable housing to such borrowers, it has been decided that in cases where the cost of the house does not exceed Rs 10 lakh, banks may add stamp duty, registration and other documentation charges to the cost of the unit for calculating LTV (loan to value) ratio," RBI said in a notification. Presently, banks do not include stamp duty, registration and other documentation charges in the cost of housing property. "It has been brought to our notice that these amounts from around 15 per cent of the cost of the house and place a burden on the borrowers from economically weaker sections (EWS) and low income groups (LIG)," RBI said while easing the norms.  RBI also said that in cases of projects sponsored by government and statutory authorities, banks may disburse the loans as per the payment stages prescribed by such authorities, even where payments sought from house buyers are not linked to the stages of construction. By Premji

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Indian Prime Minister among 30 most influential people on internet March 06, 2015 14:19

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been named among the 30 most influential people on the internet by Time magazine. The list published by the magazine also features US President Barack Obama. The list, analysed social-media followings, site traffic and overall ability to drive news, also includes British author of the Harry Potter series J K Rowling and singers Taylor Swift and Beyonce to come to the conclusion. The magazine said that the Indian Prime Minister has roughly 38 million followers on social networking sites Twitter and Facebook, putting him ahead of many other leaders. "And unlike many of his contemporaries, Modi recognises that social media can be invaluable when trying to reach India's 200 million-plus online population directly," the Time magazine said. "Yes, it helps to be famous in real life. But the rise of social networks has levelled the playing field, allowing unknowns to command audiences rivalling those of real-world leaders, even if by accident," it said. Modi, an ardent user of social media to communicate with people, announced in an unconventional way, Obama's strategic visit to India in January this year. He took to Twitter to make the announcement, "bypassing traditional media outlets," the magazine said. The Time magazine’s list also includes reality star Kim Kardashian, singer Justin Beiber, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, Chinese actress Yao Chen, singer Shakira, photographer behind the hugely popular blog Humans of New York Brandon Stanton and TV personality Jimmy Fallon. By Premji

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Indian automaker working on new self-driving car March 06, 2015 14:13

Mahindra & Mahindra has reportedly started working on a new autonomous car. With this new project Mahindra joins the already increasing list of global marquee working on similar projects like Google, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Tesla. The new self-driving car will most likely be built in the lines of Mahindra’s electric car subsidiary Mahindra Reva. A senior executive of the company has revealed that Mahindra Reva has already submitted proof of concepts for driverless cars in the UK and Singapore. He said that, "We have already begun experiments in our R&D facility in Bengaluru. Once we get approvals from the respective governments, we'll start testing these cars on road." Mahindra plans to test the prototypes in UK and Singapore. The executive said, “Indian roads are too crowded to test driverless cars at the moment. Currently, our focus is on the US, Europe and South-East Asian markets. Once these experiments are successful, we might start road tests in India as well.”  Now auto manufacturers are focusing more on catering to the comfort and safety needs of the buyers. Maruti Suzuki has created a revolution by introducing AMT technology in affordable cars. After comfort and advance safety additions like auto transmission, cruise control, standardization of ABS and air bags, the next in line is autonomous technology. By Premji

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India’s Daughter Banned in India: What an Irony? March 06, 2015 11:29

The controversy over the documentary "India’s Daughter" is not dying down. The documentary was made with the consent of the parents of Nirbhaya, the unfortunate teenage girl who was brutally raped and murdered. The documentary came to the forefront when the promotions started in NDTV by providing some of the statements of one of the accused and the defense lawyers. The controversy has not done anything to the mindset of perverted men and the rape incidents are still reported from different parts of the country. Who has gained from this controversy? The producer of the documentary got cheap publicity and the documentary is now a hot sought item which will break many box-office feature films collection records. The other group who has benefitted from the controversy is the media who is running non-stop discussions and increasing their TRPs. In this context we have to dissect the subject to understand more about the controversy. This article is written to show utter contempt for a system that allows people to get away with outrageous statements like, “we have the best culture and there is no place for a woman in our culture”; “I will take my daughter to my farm house and burn her alive if my daughter shames me”; women shouldn’t go out at night; women shouldn’t wear jeans and clothes of their choices; “boys are boys and mistakes happen”. The men who made these contemptuous remarks are so called educated people who are lawyers, police officers, and politicians. What a tragedy? If these men can say what they want to say in the name of freedom of speech and expression, why not the documentary maker be allowed to exercise the same right? The controversial documentary, “India’s Daughter” just throws light on this tragic scenario and shows how crude and disgusting the reality is. It keeps a mirror right in front of our face to look at ourselves and see for ourselves what we are in reality. Is not banning the film amounts to curtailing freedom of expression? And we call ourselves the largest democracy in the world. What an irony! The supporters of the banning of Leslee Udwin’s documentary “India’s Daughter” argue that the film is an attempt to defame India and it will have a negative effect on India’s tourism. We are defaming ourselves each time we make statements like the ones mentioned above. We make India less and less attractive for tourists each time when a rape takes place. It is shameful that Delhi is internationally known as the rape capital. Are we angry that we ourselves couldn’t gather enough courage to make such a film and it needed a foreigner to venture for this task? Some people argue that by showing the convicts’ interview the film glorifies their views and hence glorifies the rape itself. In fact, the showing of the mindset of the convicts tells us a bigger story. It reveals the mindset of these kinds of people, their perception, and their views on women. The convicts aren’t the only ones who have this kind of view on women, the defense lawyers who shamed us by making pre-historic statements, the police officer who blames rape on the clothing women wear, the politicians who think boys are boys and they make mistakes and a good chunk of our society including some women think in those lines. We should be ashamed of this kind of mindset. The viewing of the film might force us to introspect and rectify this thinking and change our behavior. If the film is banned on the basis that it glorifies the convict’s point of view, then how come we aired Bandit Queen, Damini, and Lakshmi that showed the crude reality of rape? We all are aware of this ugly truth, but we as a society are habituated to keep a blind eye for the ugliness and don’t like to face it and try to escape it and pretend that all is well. Thanks to thousands and lakhs of young men and women who took to the streets and showed compassion and courage to fight for Nirbhaya and hence put an unprecedented pressure on the government to change the law. This documentary is the mirror that shows our own ugly face to ourselves. By breaking the mirror in rage is not going to make us look beautiful. If we are uncomfortable that the film is done by a foreigner who is trying to lecture us about our own vices, why did we permit the interviews in the first place? We should have denied the permission when requested and this might have stopped her making the documentary. If the film maker violated any legalities that could be investigated, discussed and action could be taken in that direction. Banning the film is no solution. In the present age of social media it’s not only difficult but sometimes impossible to prevent people from seeing what they want to see. People should have their freedom of choice if they want to see this documentary or not. Lakhs of people watched the film aired by BBC in UK. People who have seen the documentary are disgusted with the chilling revelations, the mindset and moved by it. We should seriously introspect that why the horrific incident like the one on Dec 16, 2012 happened; why the Ashiana case took 10 years to even open for a trial; why Jessica lal’s murderer got away with the crime for so many years just to name a few? We all as citizens of India should work towards preventing crimes like female infanticide, discriminatory treatment for the girls in their own families, domestic violence against women, rape which includes marital rape. “Beti Bachao and Beti Padhao” campaign initiated by our Prime Minister Modi is an important step towards gender equality. We should follow this campaign in its letter and spirit. Bhabani Mishra. (This email address is being protected from spambots. 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Pawan Kalyan strengthens Jansena, fires on All Parties March 05, 2015 18:51

The Power Star Pawan Kalyan, who toured the capital city region of the Andhra Pradesh State, has taken chance to fire on all the political parties including the TDP, for which he has campaigned during the elections in 2014. He got good response from all the sections of people in the villages that are going to be vanished in the name of capital city. The Janasena chief has clearly hinted that, his party going to establish as powerful and reliable political platform in future. He questioned the ruling TDP and its chief Nara Chandra Babu Naidu, who is CM of the state over too much requirement of the land for capital city by the government. He asked the government, that how much land actually needed for having capital city (in his opinion 5000-8000 acres are sufficient), why the government is going for 30000-35000 acres, regarding this he said that, the area is nearly equal to Singapore (according to him), which took 50 years to be completed. He said that he is against the policy of land acquisition act, if it is interpreted for the capital building, he also said that grabbing even acre extra is not accepted, if the government tries to collect or occupy the land without the farmers (land owners) consent in lieu of appropriate compensation. He stated in a strong words “For the benefit of the farmers, I’m ready to go for fast unto death” and he also said that he has no partiality towards any party supporters and supporting villages, as he is the man of common people. He came across the burdens and troubles of farmers, at the moment he said he is also cultivating, so that he knows the affection on the mother like land. He said that he has no objection if the farmers give their fertile lands to the government with fullest satisfaction. In reply to Pawan Kalyan’s comments the CM of AP said, building a capital city within just 5000 acres is viable, but that won’t accommodate world class infrastructure and companies in future. He added that the master plan for the core capital region would be given by the Singapore Government agency in June. -Kannamsai

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Surya Vs Surya Movie Review & Rating - Nikhil, Trida Chowdary March 05, 2015 17:13

Surya (Nikhil) is an energetic guy who suffers with a rare genetic disease called Porphyria. He cannot face the sun and hence his life will be restricted completely to nights. He spends his whole childhood at home and he joins a night college for graduation and during his college days he falls in love with Sanjana (Tridha) who works as an anchor for a tv channel. She falls for him after which she comes to know about his disease and breaksup with him. The rest of the movie is will she realize Surya’s love and comeback or not.

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Pawan Fans Upsets over Poor Security March 05, 2015 14:30

Pawan Kalyan fans have been expressing their concerns over the security arrangements for the JanaSena party chief, who started from Vijayawada to Undavalli on roadway for knowing the problems of the capital area villagers, who are reluctant to surrender the lands to the government. Soon after the arrival of the Powerstar Pawan Kalyan, the crowd surrounded his convoy, in a moment that led to stampede like situation reportedly due to in sufficient number of police personal. While addressing the crowd, he said that he came for the farmers only; he would like to know, what are the actual problems of the farmers, since the tears of one village will be a sin to the entire capital city and that will lead to bad future. He said that, he is ready to convey the message of the farmers to ministers Pratipati Pulla Rao and Narayana over their concers. -Kannamsai

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Pawan Questions Chandra Babu in Guntur March 05, 2015 14:19

The Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan, who is touring in the capital city of AP, questioned the chief minister Chandra Babu Naidu for planning a Singapore like capital with the tears of the farmers. While addressing the gathering, he said that he do not have any objection if the government wants build a capital with state-of-art, but he is getting angry over the governments over action in collection the fertile lands from the farmers without perfect barosa or the assurance. He said to the people that he belongs the common man and knows the problems of farmers and the love on their mother like land. He also said that he will be the farmers until their rights and demands are fulfilled. The villagers of Undavalli, Errapalem, and Bethapudi have said that they against to give the fertile lands for the government with lower rates and inefficient policy. In reply to this confirmation the powerstar said that, he is also cultivating and know the burden of a farmer, he is ready to fight against the ruling TDP for which he campaigned during the elections. He need not to be a member of the YSRCP or any other opposition, but he has the right to answer the people whom he has asked the valuable votes.   -Kannamsai

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Ready to Do Fast unto Death for Farmers: Pawan Kalyan March 05, 2015 14:17

The Cine Hero and chief of Jana Sena Party Pawan Kalyan questioned the new law by the state of Andhra Pradesh. He said that he is ready to protest in the form of Fast unto death for the sake of farmers who feed the nation. He said that he will go silent if the agricultural land given to the government for building the capital city with full consent by the Farmars. But, he will revolt against the government if it tries to grab and occupy the lands forcibly. During his aggressive speech he fired on the late YS Rajashekar Reddy for selling the valuable lands for poor rates to VanPic and others, Pawan allegedly taken strong words to criticize the leaders who earned crores by betraying the common people in back route, and he said that he will speak on that issue later. He said that he never bothers wheter it is TDP or YSRCP, he will stick to the side of Farmers, and also said that if the capital city lands brings under the new land acquisition act, he will definitely fight against any person and party if needed. - Kannamsai

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AAP Sacks Bhushan and Yadav March 05, 2015 09:34

Aam Admi Party (AAP) has been the talk of the country after the victory in New Delhi Assembly elections. It’s Chief Aravind Kejriwal has been busy constructing the party to lead the government in his style. There has been a huge drama in AAP yesterday and Kejriwal even announced that he has been resigning from services from the Board Chairman of Political Affairs Committee. After the AAP leaders met in the evening for a meeting there has been many turns in the drama. AAP announced that it has ousted two top leaders of their party Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav from the Political Affairs Committee (PAC). The party’s spokesman made an official announcement regarding this after a six-hour meeting of the AAP leaders came to an end. It has been announced that AAP will be a united force and is just working for the people and not for personal benefits.  The nine member PAC is the powerful body of AAP which has been formed in 2012 and stormed to power in Delhi in the Assembly elections by sweeping 67 seats out of 70. Prashant Bhushan announced that he will work for the welfare of the people and AAP even if he is not a part of PAC.

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