Monthly Archives: March 2019

Mother congratulates her son for scoring 60% marks in Board exams

Mother congratulates her son for scoring 60% marks in Board exams

When the results of 10 and 12 Board exams are declared, some students get 90% or above marks. They rejoice the result with immense pleasure as they can get admission in the college of their preference. Parents of these students feel proud to talk about the scoring marks.

However, we also see the faces of disappointment as some students attain average or low marks. These students have to bear the brunt of their parents. The unfortunate fact is that some adolescents even commit suicide out of depression for not enduring the psychological pressure put by their guardians.

We as a guardian fail to persuade our children that marks cannot measure our intelligence. In fact, we are responsible for creating stress in the mind of our children that low scoring in the exams ends our academic career.

However, the reality is that our mark-sheets can never be the certificate of our whole life. It has been seen in some cases that top-scoring students could not achieve something special in their life, whereas low-grade students became successful person, earned name and fame and contributed their life for the welfare of society and the country.

So, the time has come that we give up admonishing our child for getting average or low grades in the exams and praise them for their efforts in the preparation of the exams. All students are not made for academics. They can make their career in the fields like sports, acting, music, painting or business as well and become a successful person in their life.

Such is the example of a mother who became proud of her son for scoring 60% marks in the 10th CBSE Board exams. A Delhi-based woman Vandana Sufia Katoch shared her feelings to the social media platform after the board result of her son was declared. She appreciated her son for his persevering efforts to prepare the exams and for not giving in even after some subjects were abstruse to him.

The post of Vandana Sufia has received the warm accolades. This super mom has set an example before us that life is far beyond numbers attained in the examinations.  Life of our children is not more valuable than the mark sheet, being a mere piece of paper.

Vandana gives a strong message to the country that it is our responsibility to keep our children happy and not pressurize them for their performance in the exams. “Kids will carry out our unfulfilled dreams”-we should give up this approach and let them fulfil the dreams of their choice.


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College students sow paddy in the field as part of their practical class

College students sow paddy in the field as practical class

The daily life of an Indian farmer is painstaking.  He goes out to the field with his plough and cattle even before the sunrise.  Whether it is biting cold, scorching summer or downpour, he ceaselessly works all the day to grow the crops.  His legs and hands are clogged with mud and clay.

In the mid-day, his wife or children bring for him food which he takes under the shade of a tree.  After his lunch, he again resumes his farming work.  It is only the approach of darkness when he thinks of returning home with the tired body.

Such is the pitiable condition of a farmer that he spends all day in the field.  We cannot compare any of our services with the agricultural work rendered by farmers.  We can only sympathise with their predicament.

In such circumstances, it becomes our duty to make our younger generation experience a small portion of clumsy and untoward life led by farmers. They should be made aware that the food we consume requires lots of toil and adversity.

In order to serve this purpose, a junior college in Assam has come up with a unique initiative.  Aspire College in Udalgiri district has made farming a practical class for the students.


College students sow paddy in the field as part of their practical class
Image source: The News Mill

As part of their curriculum, higher secondary first and second-year students of the college participated in sowing paddy in the field of a nearby village.  Dressed in their college uniform, the students experienced the rural, traditional and clumsy life of an Indian farmer.


College students sow paddy in the field as part of their practical class


Educating agriculture to students in a practical way is really inspiring.  They not only get introduced with the tradition of farming but also become aware of the environment.  This activity will also inculcate the attitude of reforestation among the students.  So, Aspire Junior College deserves a warm appreciation for starting this project.


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ICC, cricket world cup

England and New Zealand teams deserve to be joint world champions

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 ended with the blend of mixed emotions.  There were thrill, delight, surprise, disappointment, anger and commiseration in the final match.  This was the first finale of Cricket World Cup which had winners, but a no loser.

Despite the fact, only one team celebrated the victory and went away with the trophy.  The other team could reap only admiration and sympathy to their part.  Isn’t it ridiculous?

The grand finale was played between the host team England and New Zealand.  The world witnessed a tie match in both 50 overs and super overs.  Such was the passion in both teams for getting the maiden cup!


The England team rejoicing with the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 | Image source: BBC

But alas! The unfair rule destroyed the spirit of the game.  England were declared the winner only for the count of boundaries.  The ICC gave the message to the upcoming generation that cricket is the game of only batting and not of bowling and fielding!

A beautiful game was decided through an irrational logic.  Players work hard for four years in the preparation of this tournament so that they could perform with their best on the playground.  Cricket fans around the world pay hefty prices for tickets.  They leave their important schedules to watch the matches for hours and to see their teams win.


Kiwi team getting disappointed after the tied up match | Image source: Sport24

And what the cricket pandits sitting at the ICC did!  They played with the emotions of players and fans.  The match should not have a sole winner until it is decided fairly.  This way, both the finalists should have been the world champions.  After all, it is the biggest tournament organised by the ICC.

No doubt that the England team played well.  But the Kiwi team also chased the score brilliantly till the last moment.  Such a game is rarely to be seen.  So, the decision is impossible to digest.  The cricket fraternity has shown an utter disappointment on the decision.



Was it so important to decide only one team as the winner?  If it were a semi-final match, the ICC could have thought of declaring the sole winner so that one of the finalists may be decided.

However, rules are rules.  We have to comply with them.  And according to the rule, the England team were crowned world champions.

But the ICC needs to review its rules and ensure that in future, these rules may not spoil the game spirit.  The rules should not bring injustice to any team and they should not ignore public sentiments.


Beggars in China go cashless to get alms

Beggars in China go cashless to get alms

After demonetisation, the government of India has encouraged people to use the cashless transaction.  People have also embraced the digital transaction due to its advantages like a discount, convenience, freebies and safety.

In other words, we are living in a cashless society where people are using internet banking and e-wallet for their money transaction.  However, our neighbouring country China has earned a unique reputation in this field.

The frenzy of digital payment has increased so much in China that even beggars are using mobile payment to get alms.  It sounds weird and freaky but it is a fact. Beggars in China are seen with Quick Response (QR) code hanging in their neck or placed beside them.


Image courtesy: Mirror

Carrying the printout of a sponsored QR code, they ask the passersby to scan the code with e-wallet apps like WeChat or AliPay.  Later, the beggars are paid by small businesses or local start-ups for every scan.

These businesses and start-ups pay the beggars ¥ 0.7 to 1.5 for each scan.  Then they compile the user data of these apps and sell the data to big companies who show the users advertisements on the apps.

In this way, the beggars are earning up to ¥ 18,000 monthly.  The most surprising fact is that beggars need not own a mobile phone as they are paid by local investors on the basis of the total number of scans.

One another interesting fact is that persons scanning the QR code have to pay not a single penny.  They just have to scan the sponsored QR sheet.  So a culture of e-begging is prevalent in China where almsgiver, beggars, small businesses and big companies are happy.

The system of QR code was invented by a Japanese company Denso Wave in 1994.  Its purpose was to track vehicles during manufacturing.  Now it is used in a wide range of applications such as website design, wifi network login, digital payment, virtual stores, encryption, video games and mobile operating system.

People have advanced with time.  Mobile payments in India are exploding.  So we should not be surprised if a beggar is seen with QR sheet in an Indian province as well.

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Jharkhand Cadre IAS Glorifies The Country By Scoring 104.44% Marks


Jharkhand cadre IAS

Jharkhand cadre IAS glorifies the country by scoring 104.44% marks


Dr Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India, was so talented at the study that he got this exceptional remark on the answer paper of the graduate exam-“Examinee is better than examiner”. Even today, these few words work as inspiration for students. Now, another name has been added to this context. An IAS officer from Jharkhand cadre has glorified the country in a similar way.

Manish Ranjan, the Additional Chief Electoral Officer of Jharkhand has scored 104.44% marks in a course on Public Affairs in the University of California, Berkeley, USA.  In this great achievement, he has got 107.5 points out of 100 in the International Statistical Course.

The marks have been given by a globally-acclaimed Professor namely Rucker C. Johnson.  He is one of the consultants of the American President Donald Trump.  He has written several books including Children of the Dream: Why School Integration Works.

The IAS Association run by the serving members of Indian Administrative Service has also congratulated this feat of Manish Ranjan.



Manish Ranjan attained the fourth position in the UPSC examination of the year 2002. He served as a Deputy Commissioner in Hazaribagh, Pakur, Deoghar, Garhwa and Latehar districts.  He also held key positions at Industry, Health, Labour and tourism departments of Jharkhand Government.

Manish Ranjan as Mission Director, National Health Mission, graced the first eJharkhand Summit held in 2014.  He started a program called ‘Save Childhood’ which was later adopted by the Central Government.  He played an important role in bringing infant mortality from 38 to 29 per cent between 2011 and 2013.

The extraordinary achievement made by Manish Ranjan is really a matter of pride for the country.  He would always be a source of inspiration for the students’ community.


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budget 2019

The good sides of the full union budget 2019

Nirmala Sitharaman has become the first full-time female finance minister to present the union budget.  Before that, Indira Gandhi as Prime Minister and having an additional portfolio of finance had presented the union budget in 1970-71.

Breaking the tradition of carrying a briefcase, Sitharaman held a red parcel like bag embossed with the national emblem.  The government also changed the name of union budget to traditional “Bahi-Khata”.

Since the interim budget is valid only for two months, the government presented the full-fledged union budget.  Here, we would not like to review the budget, but certainly, there are many good sides of the union budget 2019 presented by the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.  Let’s have a look at them.




Rs. 3000 pension


There are 30 lakh workers in the Prime Minister Shram Yogi Mannadhan Scheme.  These people will get a monthly pension of Rs. 3000 after the age of 60 years.


No need of PAN card


The person, who does not possess a PAN card, can use Aadhar card while filing Income Tax return.


Good news for tenants


Nirmala Sitharaman has announced in the budget 2019 that Rental law will be reformed.  To promote housing rent, modern tenancy law will be shared with states.  The existing rules are not satisfactory in terms of good relations between tenants and landlords.


Instant Aadhar card for NRIs


Nirmala Sitharaman has proposed the instant issuance of Aadhar card with Indian Passport for the NRIs after their arrival in the country.  Presently, they have to wait for 180 days for getting Aadhar Card.


One Nation, One Card Service


The central government launched the National Common Mobility Card (NCMC) in the month of March.  In this budget, the Finance Minister has announced that people can make multiple kinds of payments such as transport charges, toll tax, parking charges etc all over the country through NCMC.  People can also purchase commodities using this card.




Electric Vehicles  


On the purchase of electric vehicles, people have to pay only 5% GST instead of 12%.  There will be no custom duty on certain parts of electric vehicles.  There will be a tax deduction of 1.5 lakh on Electric Vehicles loan interest.


Rs 70,000 crore for banks


The budget 2019 proposes to provide banks with Rs. 70,000 crore capital to boost credit.  The finance minister has informed that there has been a record recovery of Rs 4 lakh crore from loan defaulters in the last 4 years.


No Scrutiny of Start-ups


There will be no scrutiny of start-ups and investors with respect to Share Value Premium if they provide requisite information while filing Income Tax Return.


No MDR charges on cashless payment


Companies with an annual turnover of up to 50 crores and also their customers will not have to pay a merchant discount rate.  At present this rate is one to two per cent.  This is a one way ahead to fulfil the dream of Digital India

These announcements made by the Finance Minister will definitely bring cheers to common people throughout the year.


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India and China make the earth greener: A NASA report

India and China make the earth greener: A NASA report

In the mid-February of the year 2019, a piece of good news came for India.  It is something that we may be proud of our country.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has found in its research that the earth is greener today than 20 years ago. The credit goes to two Asian countries India and China. NASA used high-resolution imagery through two satellites that provide very accurate information.



Published in the Journal Natural Sustainability, the report says that both countries carried out several ambitious forestation programmes. These programmes led to the significant greening of the earth. The report further says that India and China, collectively, contain only 9% of the earth’s land area, but count for one-third of the greening of the planet.

This finding is contrary to the general perception that the two most populous countries have over-exploited the earth for their economic benefit. So after this pleasant finding, we must be curious to know about the reforestation initiatives made in our country.  Here are a few of them:

In the year 2016, eight lakh volunteers planted nearly 50 million trees in 24 hours in Kannauj, Uttar Pradesh. 80 different species of trees were planted along roads, railways and public places.

Just after one year, India made a world record of planting 66 million trees along the Narmada river, Madhya Pradesh in just 12 hours. In the same year, volunteers in the state of Maharashtra and Kerala sowed millions of trees.

V D Saklani, a freedom fighter and great environmentalist from Uttrakhand, spent 70 years of his life in planting lakhs of trees in the Himalayas. However, he remained anonymous throughout his life until he was given state honour at his funeral.

Jadav Payeng from Assam is popularly known as the “Forest Man of India”.  He has spent 30 years of his life in planting trees along the Brahmaputra river and created a 550 hectare of forest.  He has been honoured with Padma Shri Award in 2015.


Jadav Payeng


Swami Prem Parivartan or Peepal Baba has been planting trees since the age of 11 years. He runs a trust namely “Give Me Trees” with 10,000 volunteers. It has a record of planting 20 million trees, including 1.25 peepal and neem trees across India.


Swami Prem Parivartan


Saalumarada Thimmakka, also known as “Mother of Trees”, planted 385 banyan and 8000 other trees in the state of Karnataka. The government of India conferred her with Padma Shri Award this year.


Saalumarada Thimmakka


Besides these mass and individual initiatives, many organisations are spreading environmental awareness among students. “Green Yatra” is one of them. This organisation inculcates a sense of responsibility in the students of Maharashtra. Through the project, “Go Green Kids”, students have planted 30,000 trees across the state.

Similarly, Sankalp Taru, Siruthuli, SayTrees are some other organisations that are inspiring several students to plant trees and take care of them.

These are only a few examples. There would, certainly, be many more persons, organisations or trusts that are dedicated to such other environmental activities.

So, it is soothing to learn that there is a great sense of reforestation among our countrymen.  And the search result of NASA validates it.


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