VVPATs EVM Malfunctiong in Kairana: Is it a real threat ?

VVPATs EVM Malfunctiong in Kairana- Is it a real threat

Election Commission is considering re-polling in certain booths of Kairana Lok Sabha constituency of western Uttar Pradesh, where the EVM machines are said to be found malfunctioning, but the opposition claims that they were tempered to benefit the ruling party candidates.

Is it really possible to temper the machine, or made it to program according to the choice of the party in power? EC says, absolutely no, but opposition says yes, it is possible. According to official reports, a total of 1,073 VVPATs malfunctioned in various Lok Sabha constituencies and the Noorpur Assembly constituency of Uttar Pradesh. Data showed that 355 VVPATs were reported malfunctioning which needed to be changed. In Noorpur of Bijnaur district, 29 paper trail machines had to be replaced due to malfunctioning.

Electronic Voting Machines are being employed in elections since 1999 elections, in a phased manner. EVMs have to replace paper ballots in all the elections in the country. Earlier, there were claims regarding EVMs’ tamparability and security which have not been proved, even to the courts. A number of petitions had been filed time and again in Delhi High Court, Supreme Court and various political parties have demanded to theElection Commission to decide to introduce EVMs with voter-verified paper audit trail system. Ultimately, the VVPAT system was introduced in eight Lok Sabha constituencies as a trial based in Indian general election, 2014.

A seminar on the EVMs and its susceptability of tampering of these machines was called in the year 2010. The seminar was of the view that the Election Commission of India needs to come forward on the issue of transparency in the working of the EVMs.Later, an independent analysis was also undertaken by a research team which demonstrated a pseudo attack carried out on a real EVM, as well as descriptions of fewl other potential loopholes.

In order to rule out these threats, it was recommended to make use of a voting system that offers much more transparency and thus, a voter verified paper audit trail was considered a safe and feasible idea. On the contrary, the Election Commission opined that for tampering of these machines, a physical access is necessary, and special tech skills are needed to manipulate, and it is almost impossible to gain physical access to the machines in a democratic setup.

Trials of the VVPAT system were conducted at Ladakh, Thiruvananthapuram, Cherrapunjee, East Delhi and Jaisalmer in the same year, i.e. 2011. In the beginning of the next year Election Commission also ordered public sector giants who manufacture these machines to make EVMs that will generate a paper trail of each and individual vote.

Supreme Court of India has delivered its judgement on the PIL, that Election Commission of India will only use only VVPAT along with EVMs, in a phased manner and the full completion of this technology should be achieved by the year 2019.

An early monsoon is here; on the way via Kerala

An early monsoon is here, on the way via Kerala

There is a good news for people suffering and cursing hot, humid and scorching weather. Monsoon is arriving, way ahead of its scheduled prediction. In fact, its on the way to Kerala, and will hit tomorrow, three days ahead of the usual day.

The flurry of this cool, rainy weather is ascribed to south-west monsoon. Technically, this monsoon is termed as very powerful, and responsible for 70 per cent of the rainfall in the country.

The next prediction of its distribution amongst the various States and region will begins in a couple of days, after analysing the relevant data, as per the information provided by M Mohapatra, the Director of Indian Meterological Institue. It will forecast distribution pattern of rainfall in different areas from June to September 2018.

In previous year too, the rainfall had arrived on exactly 30th of May, but preceding three years, it had a track record of delayed onset. It is presumed that the conditions are favourable for further advance of the monsoon into a considerable areas of Central Arabian Sea, regions of Kerala, parts of coastal and south-interior Karnataka, some parts of east-central and north-east Bay of Bengal and north-eastern states in the next two days.

The data shows that the earliest arrival of Monsoon was on May 18, 2004, while the late arrival was experienced on June 18, 1972. Out of 47 years, there have been 20 years when Monsoon arrived on June 1 or before wherein in 10 years saw Monsoon reaching even before May 26.

In this age technical of advancement, natural rains still play a major role in irrigation and production of crops. In a few traditional pockets of some states, farmers wholly depend on the rainy water. Moreover, a number of pockets witness drought like condition sans rains or scanty rains.

10 lakh bank Employees in India would go on a 48 hour strike from May 30 to 31

Bank Union confirms 48 hour strike from May 30 to 31, ATMs may dry

Since all efforts to reconcile the agitating bank officers have failed, a strike seems imminent and thus banks may be closed on May 30 and 31. So, keep yourself prepared and have enough cash which you may need in emergencies, as ATM may also be dry during those days.

Bank officers have been offered a meagre hike of 2 per cent by IBA, while they argue that last wages were increased in the year 2012, which were to the tune of 15 per cent. “We need better compensation”, says Ravindra Verma, joint secretary, AIBOC. The strike may affect 80,000 branches and 10 lakh officers working in these State run branches.

The other thing bank officers are worried about the mounting bad loans of banks, and the management’s will to link them to the performance of the officers and employees. It is argued by the officers that the volume of work in the banks has increased manifold. Moreover, non-banking businesses and implementation of welfare schemes such as Jan-Dhan, demonetisation, Mudra and Atal Pension Yojana, among others. They are deputed arbitrarily to any duties in various places, whether elections to the municipal board or Lok Sabha or to some VIP visit, sometimes– they all take toll on their performance.

Surprisingly, the proposed hikes are expected to cover only the level III officers, a move which is seen as a motive to divide them on the basis of their level, which is amusing and objectionable. All the unions as well as Labour Commissioner also want to include every level of officer.

Besides SBI, everal banks, including Bank of Baroda, Canara Bank and Punjab and Sind Bank, have also said that their services and functioning are likely to be impacted if the strike takes place. It is feared that “If the strike materialises, a certain section of the Bank’s employees may participate in strike on the said date, in which case, it is likely that the normal functioning of the branches and offices of the Bank may affected,” a spokesperson has said.

Get prediction of Waitlisted rail tickets now! Check if a ticket can be confirmed or not ?

IRCTC now lets you predict if a Waitlisted ticket will get Confirmed or not

If you are planning for a journey, confirmed rail ticket is the worry, you fear more, everytime, but not much to worry now, thanks to the improvement of some features of next generation online ticket booking website of IRCTC. Now you can get prediction of your planned booking with just a click, besides a lot of new features.

The intelligent logarithm of the new booking is now equipped to predict whether you will have chances to get your ticket confirmed on the day of journey. This is something pleasant news for the passengers, who used to run here and there for such assessment. Or, more precisely, used to shell out quite a handsome amount under the garb of dynamic fares or tatkal booking slots.

The feature of prediction of RAC ticket can be useful in holidays when a large number of people travels to popular destinations. This method will calculate the possibilities of the ticket confirmation on the basis of historical data of previous seasons. Though it is not a rocket science, but it certainly can make up your mind, based on the possibilities of the ticket confirmation.

A number of filters have also been added in the new user interface, where journey details, availabilty of the tickets for alternate days and fare breakups will be offered in more user friendly manners.

The Vikalp Scheme, which is an existing scheme to offer confirmed accommodation to your destination by extending its ambit to RAC status. Now, you can search the trains where your RAC status can be converted in confirmed accomodation in any other train of the route.

The user interface has also gone a nice change where it will remember the old entries, and let you save different cards for the passengers in your list.

You can now save your credit or debit cards and thus no need to fill data of the cards every time you book a ticket. You can save as many as six banks details in my profile and payment section.

My transaction feature of the IRCTC website too has got a transformation. Now you can search your earlier journeys, by putting date, place, upcoming and completed travels.

Kairana By-Election: A Test for Ruling BJP

Kairana By-Election - A Test for Ruling BJP

Kairana Lok Sabha by-poll has registered merely 54 per cent polling which is causing alarm in the rank and files of ruling BJP. Will Mriganka Singh, the daughter of BJP stalwart late Hukum singh be able to save its forte is a question gaining ground amongst the poll pundits.

In the year 2014, BJP, waves in whole country had swept Kairana too and Hukum Singh mustered more than three lakhs votes agains his nearest rival. But the euporia is missing this time. It is evident from the fact that the seat has polled 14 per cent less votes. It suggests, the dedication of BJP voters has vanished to an unexpected level and they can be seen as indifferent to the ‘jumlebaazi’ of BJP’s top brasses.

The another factor is the foolproof polarization of all the opposition parties and the communities against the BJP candidate. In the area where castes and communities play a major role in such elections, the BJP candidate seems to be on a receiving end. Last time, the Muslim votes were divided amongst the equally formidable candidates of different parties, but this time voters of this community has no other choice than the widow of late MP Munnavar Hasan. Ms Tabbasum Hasan is also a looked as a clean candidate in this sensitive constituency.

In last election, there was a clear polarization of BJP votes in favour of late Hukum Singh, due to recent Muzaffarnagar riots too, and he raised an issue of exodus of Hindu families from Kairana, fearing highhandedness of Muslim fanatics. That issue stands no more now.

General and non-committed voters now fear that BJP is behind all recent ills– daily increase of petrol and diesel prices, spiralling costs of essential commodities and the uncontrollable law and order situations in Kairana.

Despite last moment rally of PM Narendra Modi, BJP has all worries to retain the seat. If it goes the Gorakhpur and Phoolpur way, after Karnataka fiasco, it will be like an alarm bell for the party for 2019 general elections.

Top 5 Power Banks under 2000 INR in India

Best Power Banks under 2000 : Nowadays, almost everyone is using either a smartphone or a tablet. People have been using these phones and tablets with a lots of Apps which may be help them monitor their health, bank account, social networks and a lot more. No doubt smartphones have made us smarter!

Top 5 Power Banks under 2000 Rs in India

When there are advantages of something, there are also some disadvantages associated with it. Same is the case when you use so many apps which drains your smartphone battery very quickly. Once your phone gets switched off you will not be able to use any of those apps even when you have them. But dont you worry as technology has answer to almost everything in this world and in this case Power Banks were made.

Power Banks are a special case which contain a Lithium Ion battery for storing electrical energy in it with required circuitry in order to control the flow of power that can be later used for charging USB-powered devices. So, you do not have to worry about your phone’s battery if you have a Power Bank in your pocket. It’s certainly a must have gadget for a busy people or people who travel a lot.

5 Best Power Banks under 2000 INR in India

1) Lenovo PA13000 Power bank 13,000 mAh:

Lenovo PA13000 Power bank 13,000 mAh

Lately, Lenovo has decided to jump into the power bank market and has introduced two power banks. The bigger one being Lenovo PA13000 which has a maximum battery capacity of 13,000 mAh (37 Wh). It has a comfortable to hold design and is made up of high quality white matte plastic. It comes along with dual USB ports which allows you to charge two smartphones at a time. Lenovo PA13000 power bank offers high stability and safety. Both the USB output ports offer a 5V-2.1A output.

Lenovo PA13000 Power BankThe micro USB charging port takes in 5V. This power bank comes with a LISHEN 18650-cell, 2600 mAh battery which supports multiple recharge cycles. This Levovo 13000 mAh power bank allows you to charge your smartphone up to 6 times from 0-100%. You will also see a power button and LED indicators in this power bank. The dimensions of this power bank are 140.5×63.7×21.6mm and its weight is 399 gm. It comes with manufacturer warranty of 1 year.

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2) Huawei Honor 13,000 mAh AP007:

Huawei AP007

The Huawei AP007 power bank comes with a 13000 mAh battery. This power bank is available in grey, it has dual USB port for charging two devices simultaneously which gives 5V – 2A output in both the usb ports and micro USB port takes in a 5V – 2A input. It also has a power button and LED indicators to show the charging. The Huawei AP007 has also gone through various tests like Reliability Test including 1m Height Drop Test, Vibration and Shock Test, Salt Spray and Shell Pressure Test, as stated by the company.

Huawei AP007 Power Bank The Honor power bank comes with protection from high temperatures, short circuits, input reversals and input over-voltage, output over-voltage, over discharge, ESD, reset and electromagnetic fields. It also comes with an intelligent sleep and energy-saving mode to make sure that you get optimized power consumption.

Huawei Honor 13,000 at Amazon

3) Asus 10,050 mAh Zen Power Bank (Gold) :

Asus ZenPower 10,050 mAh

The Asus ZenPower 10050 mAh power bank comes with a single USB port that offers an output of 5.1V, micro USB charging port input of 5V. This elegant aluminum finish power bank is marginally bigger than the size of your credit card and it measures 90.5 x 59 x 22mm and has a weight of 215 gm.

Asus ZenPower Power BankIt takes charging time of 6 hours with 5V/2A standard cable. Some of the safety features of this power bank include protection from temperature, short-circuit, rest, over-voltage (input and output), over-current (input and output), cell PTC, adapter and Jeita. It comes in five different colors to choose from i.e., gold, black, blue, pink and silver.

Asus 10,050 mAh Zen Power Bank at Amazon

4) Adcom Power Bank (10200 mAh) AP3+ :

Adcom AP3+ Power Bank

Adcom power banks have gained immense popularity for being one of the most portable devices that revive mobile phones, tablets, cameras and other chargeable devices.

Adcom AP3 Power Bank AmazonWith this AdCom AP3+ Power Bank, you can charge your smartphone multiple times while you travel or cant find a suitable charger as it comes along with a 10,200 mAH battery which can charge an average smartphone at least 4 times. It has 3 USB output ports using which you can charge 3 devices at a time. Its dimensions are 21.5 x 11.4 x 5.1 cm and weighs 490 gm.

Adcom Power Bank at Amazon

5) PNY BE-740 (10400 mAh) Power Bank :

PNY BE-740 (10400 mAh)

PNY BE-740 comes with a cylindrical design, and it houses a 3.7 Volts Lithium-ion battery with a 10400 mAH charge capacity. The power bank comes with a built-in LED torch and a power level indicator which shows how much charge is remaining in the power bank.

PNY BE-740 Power Bank

Its also has Auto power off, in order to make better use of battery energy. It has a single usb output port and 4-lights of LED power indicator, displaying the battery level status. This power bank comes with 1 year limited warranty from the date of purchase. 

PNY BE-740 at Amazon


This is our list of Top 5 Power Banks under 2000 INR in India. Don’t forget to share this Article on Facebook and other Social Media platforms with your friends and family.

Chandigarh to Shimla in 20 minutes : Fasten your seat belts!

Chandigarh to Shimla in 20 minutes : Fasten your seat belts!

June 04, 2018 will be a historical day when the distance of reaching Shimla from Chandigarh will be reduced to just 20 minutes from long and tiring three hours.

Pawan Hans– the national chopper service has undertaken an initiative in this regard. In collaboration with the State Government of Himachal Pradesh, it has worked out the modalities of this route, a spokesman of the State Government informed today.

The Rs 2,999 per person, one way price tage journey of 20-seater chopper will cater to the tourists of the popular hill station for two days in a week– Monday and Friday, initially. Later, the trips can be enhanced, by pressing more chopper and frequencies of ferries, depending upon the feedback of the passengers and feasabilities, said Deepash Joshi, a spokesperson of Chandigarh Airport.

The Chandigarh Airport is already connected with Kullu, Leh, Jaipur and Srinagar. It is believed that more places of importance like Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Indore will be added to the air map of the Chandigarh aerodrome.

Besides Chandigarh, the national helicopter carrier, Pawan Hans is already catering to the needs of pilgrimage tourists of Vaishno Devi shrine by ferrying them from Katra to the shrine at about two dozen a time everyday. It has been hailed by the people who wish to visit the sacred shine but were unable to undertake their journey either on foot or on horse back, due to some infirmities.

Pawan Hans has earned its reputation by successful ferry operations at North-East part of the country, as well as Andaman and Nicobar islands for last 26 years. It has presence in Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Sikkim, Nagaland, Odisha, west Bengal and Meghalaya. It also provides their chopper services to ONGC for its off-shore locations. BSF and Maharashtra Police too occasional use chopper services in emergencies.

Realise Your Dream of Owning A Car The Smart Way

What stops people from buying a car? The answer is obvious – the financial commitments that come with your new swanky set of wheels can be quite overwhelming. Living costs in cities across India are going up and young professionals barely have savings as they keep up with their indispensable lifestyle choices. There are many pre-owned options to buy cars online but an older and low price car comes with its own maintenance and quality issues. So how do you fit a brand new car into the picture?

Zoomcar addresses this issue with ZAP, a shared ownership program that will allow you to enjoy owning a car without worrying too much about the EMIs. When you enrol as a ZAPster, you can list your car on the Zoomcar platform when you don’t need it and enjoy the extra income it generates from there. You are essentially making your new car pay for itself – it can’t get simpler than this.

Realise Your Dream of Owning A Car The Smart Way

You can become a ZAPster by listing your existing car. If you have been dreaming of buying a new car then this can be your ticket to bliss. Zoomcar has a great relationship with all of India’s top car manufacturers, including Maruti, Hyundai, Tata and Mahindra. Buy a car at special rates, and have access to a large network of car loan providers – so you can sift through the different payment plans and choose one that works the most for you.

One of the main prerequisites for signing up as a ZAPster includes the registration of the vehicle with a commercial license under Zoomcar. This protects you from liabilities that may incur while the car is being listed. You also need to install Cadabra, a car monitoring tool in your car. This gives you an advantage, as you can track car health from the convenience of your app. With such a powerful tool, you will be able to save lots of money with smart preventive maintenance.

When you list the car you do not need to have any interaction with the customer. The listing process is simple and app-based. The transparent billing process ensures that you know the break-downs and details of how your car is earning for you. You can also track your car at all times because it will be GPS enabled.

Be part of Zoomcar’s success and innovation by signing up for ZAP. With a program like this which prioritises your requirements first, there is nothing to stop you from buying a new car and enjoying the freedom without financial compromises.

Top 5 Bikes in India under Rs 50,000

In India bikes are primarily used for moving from point A to point B. The common man in India does not require fancy looks, superior pick up or great features. What they want is low maintenance cost and a good mileage. The two wheeler market is India offers bikes in every price range. From Rs 40-50 thousand, Rs 50-60 thousand as well as beyond. The 2017 Hero Glamour SV is a great bike in the second price range. It offers great features, superior mileage as well as a low maintenance cost. It is a value for money offering from Hero. Undoubtedly the Glamour has done very well over the years and the 2017 Hero Glamour is sure to carry the success of its predecessor.

Another very good bike in the Rs 50-60 thousand segment is the 2017 Honda CB Shine. It also offers a great mileage, a good list of features and has a very low cost of maintenance. However, bikes within this range might not be in reach of many people and they might have to consider cheaper options. In this post, we will provide you with a list of top 5 bikes in India under Rs 50,000. This should certainly help the buyers who are looking for some budget bikes with a good mileage.

5 Best Bikes in India under Rs 50,000

Let’s have a look at top 5 bikes in India under Rs 50,000.

5) Bajaj Discover 100

Bajaj Discover 100

Bajaj Discover has been a very successful bike in the budget bikes segment. It comes with a 4 stroke 100 cc engine which pumps out 7.7 bhp of power at 7500 rpm, and 7.85 nm of torque @ 5000 rpm. It returns a healthy mileage of 91 kmpl mileage and costs round about Rs 45k in the Indian market.

4) Hero Splendor

Hero Splendor

Hero is one of the most popular bike manufacturers in India. The Hero Splendor has been a great choice for a budget bike for quite a while now. It gets its power from a 97 cc air cooled four stroke engine which produces 7.95 nm torques. The bike well known for its long life and low maintenance cost. It comes for around 45k in India.

3) Honda Dream Yuga

Honda Dream Yuga

The Dream Yuga is another great bike from Hero known for its low maintenance costs and fuel efficiency. It is powered by a 109 cc engine, which generates a torque of 8.91nm @5500 rpm. This bike also comes at a price of Rs. 45k in India.

2) Suzuki HayateSuzuki Hayate

Suzuki Hayate has given enough success to Suzuki in India. It is powered by a 112.8cc single cylinder engine which pumps out a torque of 8.4 nm @5500 rpm. It is popular among youngsters for its trendy looks. It has a fuel capacity of 8 liters, and costs around 43k in India.

1) Hero Passion Pro

Hero Passion Pro

This bike definitely gets the first preference for people looking for a family bike. It has a fuel capacity of 9.5 liters and is powered by a 109 cc engine. It has an air cooled, 4 stroke cylinder engine which gives 9.36 nm of torque @5500 rpm. The bike returns a mileage of around 69 kmpl and is priced at Rs 48,000.

Hope you liked this article on the top 5 bikes in India under Rs 50,000 and found it informative. Stay tuned for more such articles.

PM Modi bans Rs.500 and Rs.1000 currency notes in India !

Some days ago, people in India were getting curious to know how to identify fake currency notes in India. However this will not apply to Rs.500 & Rs.1000 notes from now on.

Taking one step towards the direction of getting tight on black money, Prime Minister of India announced a ban on Rs.500 and Rs.1000 currency notes in India. He also said that it will help the government to stop corruption in India. These notes will be merely a piece of paper after 08/11/2016.

There are some things which every Indian must know about this decision.

PM Modi bans Rs.500 and Rs.1000 currency notes in India !

Following are the things you must know about this Big Decision by PM Modi !!

1) Rs.500 & Rs.1000 Currency notes gets banned in India w.e.f 09/11/2016. You cannot use any of these notes any where from 09/11/2016.

Note : Government Hospitals, Government Dispensaries with Doctor’s Prescription, Government Bus Stops, Toll Plazas on Highways, Petrol/Diesel/CNG Pumps run by Public Companies, Milk booths, Crematoriums and Shav Grah will continue taking the old Rs.500 & Rs.1000 notes till 11/11/2016 midnight. Also, for buying Train and Flight Tickets these notes will be accepted till 11/11/2016 midnight.

2) ATMs in India will not work on 9th November’ 2016 and in some places it will not work on 10th November’ 2016 as well.

3) All Banks will remain closed on 9th November’ 2016.

4) If you currently have Rs.500 or Rs.1000 currency notes, you can either exchange them for new notes from any bank or deposit them in your Bank Account/Post Office Account within 10/11/2016 – 30/12/2016 only. You might need to show your Identity Card like Aadhaar Card, PAN Card etc.

Note : There is no limit to deposit your old currency notes per day till 30/12/2016. However, you are allowed to exchange only Rs.4000 per day from any Bank/Post Office till 24/11/2016. 25/11/2016 – 30/13/2016, any amount more than Rs.4000 can also be exchanged from any Bank/Post Office.

5) After 30/12/2016, these currency notes will not work and will act just like a piece of paper.

6) Government is planning to introduce new currency notes of Rs.500 and a Rs.2000 note in some days.

7) Please note that Rs.100, Rs.50, Rs.20, Rs.10, Rs.5, Rs.2, Rs.1 and all coins will work as it is.

8) From 10/11/2016 to 18/11/2016, you will be allowed to withdraw only Rs.2000 per day through any ATM Machine. 19/11/2016 Onwards, you will be allowed to withdraw only Rs.4000 per day through any ATM Machine

Specimen of Rs.2000 and Rs.500 notes to be introduced in India
Specimen of Rs.2000 and Rs.500 notes to be introduced in India

PM Modi believes that this decision might cause a chaos situation at the banks. It might also cause a lot of inconvenience to the Account Holders. However, he feels that this decision will help India to fight against corruption and black money.

What is you word on this sudden decision by PM Modi. Don’t forget to leave your comments below.