One Country One Market One Tax.
Goods and Services Tax is finally here. GST is tad bit late. Say by a decade. Starting from Canada, Australia, Japan, Europe and even Malaysia has it. All had to face its share of woes in switching to new system of taxation. Historically the idea is as new as Internet. Taxation is prerogative of every sovereign authority. In democracy there are too many sovereign authority in practice than in theory. GST will replace, Excise, Counter-veiling duty, VAT (Sales Tax), Luxury Tax, Entertainment Tax, Entry Tax and Octroi among others. But let’s note the key benefits.
Eliminate tax on tax.
As mentioned above many taxes are imposed on the price inclusive of goods. For example excise is levied when goods leave factory and is included in the price realised by manufacturer. Sales tax or VAT is levied when goods are sold by retailer. Yet again luxury tax is levied if sale is made at an establishment treated as luxurious viz 5 star Hotel. Continue reading
Notionpress a publication if a fraud.
Notionpress claims to be an online hard copy publisher like createspace dot com in USA. On its web site it proudly proclaims the number of authors registered with it and the number of books it has published. The reality of these numbers is however different.
Fraud is an industry in India:
Problem of fraud is next only to the problem of crony capitalism and unscrupulous corporations. In another instance we had seen the demonstration how a coaching institute is systematically cheating the students by selling improbable dreams. A similar story is unfolded in notionpress dot com. But the fact is fraud is a serious allegation. How can I say it. As per laws of India, fraud is concealment of material facts. More about ‘Fraud’ can be read here. The website of Notionpress proclaims free publishing in these words: Continue reading
This is the text of message I received by email. Some teenager prank or serious fraud? Who knows. Hahaha!
Samsung mobile Company Head Office
International Remittance Dept;
Berkley Square, London WIJ 6BD
Office Number: 00447010057706
Dear Lucky Winner
We are pleased to inform you that your email address has won an Award in the Samsung Company Award Anniversary October 2013 as organized by Samsung Company United Kingdom. Continue reading
Conundrum of FIITJEE coaching culture:
( by Sandeep Bhalla )
What is FIITJEE and what it does:
FIITJEE is a preparatory coaching institute. It has an excellent marketing model to sell its products even if its integrity in making the claims, it makes, is doubtful. FIIT-JEE is a commercial, private, limited liability company. It provides science and maths coaching to students from class 6th onwards to class 12th. It claims that it prepares children in class 6 to 8 for science and maths so that they may prepare for National Talent Hunt or Science Olympiad etc. As regards class 9 to 12, they are to be prepared for entrance examination for prestigious IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) and JEE (Joint Engineering Entrance Examination) Govt. subsidized Engg. College. Those who want to pursue Medicine are switched to Biology after class 10. Though it claims that it’s study is integrated with CBSE i.e. normal school study, its effect is yet to be seen and felt.
Admission to FIITJEE:
Religion is the most flourishing business. Even after Osho depicted this fact with his 99 Rolls Royce cars, people remain blind. Lack of education compounded with miseries of life; like illness and occupation does not help the problem.
It seems unbelievable that problems can be solved on its own. It is more unbelievable that nobody can solve our problems. Our every action takes us deeper into misery but we don’t see it that way. We desperately look around and find one con man after another posing as a religious Guru.
Yet another Religious Guru.
Another Guru type person in the news is Nirmaljit Singh Narula alias Nirmal Baba. His deeds are written all over the internet. His Wikipedia page has links to most of his deeds and there is no need to repeat the same here.
Guru or TV-Star
There is, however, a new development. Nirmaljit Singh Narula alias Nirmal Baba has filed a suit against Star News Channel seeking damages of Rs. 50 Crore i.e. about 9 Million USD$. He also claimed a temporary restraint order against STAR NEWS CHANNEL from telecasting news which is malicious. It made a special point that he is being called as thug and cheat etc. by Star News.
In this suit it is claimed (as mentioned in para 5 of the order dated 10.5.2012) as under:
Plaintiff’s teachings and preaching emphasise the values of true, selfless prayer and devotion to one’s duties and guides his followers/devotees to abstain from rather shun the path of ‘mantra’, ‘tantra’ or ‘yantra’ or in other words ‘black magic’ or ‘tantric practices.’
As regard the hurt, it states:
“…..discourses are telecast/advertised through various TV channels (numbering over 35) in the name of “Third Eye of Nirmal Baba”. Such programs are watched daily by about 10 million devotees/follower of the plaintiff and enjoy high TRP rating. During the week 1.4.2012 to 7.4.2012, the program “Third Eye of Nirmal Baba” was most viewed program with rating of 9 out of the top eleven (most viewed) programs in Hindi speaking market.”
So what was the profession of Mr. Narula? A TV artist?
No. In other para he claimed to be teacher or preacher of certain values. Glory of Popularity must also be part of selfless living. If this happened to be a case of a TV anchor, would the pleading be any different? May be not. It boasts like a great TV artist.
Returning back to the suit. Star News Channel pleaded the defence that its news telecast was responsible journalism and it was based on facts which were duly verified before telecast. They claimed that before telecast Nirmaljit was also given opportunity to comment but he did not respond.
Delhi High Court, on the basis of above pleading did not issue any restraint order except that Star News Channel should not telecast anything on the basis of unverified facts. It is free to interview people. It does not say anything about contents of interview and rightly so because that would affect right of free speech of those people. So Star News is free to call him as thug, fraud and cheat if they have facts to support it during trial.
Now Baba type people are supposed to know everything especially the future. After all Third Eye is not the physical Third Eye. Did babaji make an announcement in advance that the court is not going to give interim relief of injunction?
There is one more question about legal hypocrisy. Can any person can claim to have THIRD EYE and telecast a program without having third eye or proof of having third eye?
© Sandeep Bhalla