Monday, October 28, 2013

Thanks TOI

Commissioner GHMC please walk on footpath from Lakadi ka pul to JNU incognito.
Commissioner of police please cross the road at the Zebra crossing opposite town planning office to reach PTI building incognito.
Developement in Hyderabad is just for 5% of the population.
Krishna and Godavari water is only for that 5%.
Thanks Times of India.

Thursday, October 24, 2013


This envelope is of the 'state of Travancore & Cochin'. This was posted from Secuderabad post office on 11-6-1973 and received at Warangal post office on 18-6-1973.

Saturday, October 19, 2013



Times of India ( Hyderabad edition of Oct.19, 2013 ) has a front page headline, “big dig: Peepli live in Unnao as Sarkar chases a golden dream” with sub headline “ ASI begins hunt for 1000 tonnes buried treasure”, reported by Shailvee Sharda.
Hunt is on following a dream of swamy Shobhan Sarkar. ASI’s excavation strategy is as per Sarkar’s dream.

 The same paper reveals that there is a PIL in SC for deputing a military officer and a team to supervise the excavation. Page 13 says, ‘GSI finds metallic contents’. And there is an editorial too. E-paper has four videos.

Deccan Chronicle too has reported. Modi is reported to have mocked UPA as ASI digs for seer ‘dream’ gold. He is reported to have said, “The whole world is mocking us. Some body dreamt and govt. has started excavation….” he is right.

There was a similar treasure hunt in Hyderabad in Feb. 2012 and was widely reported.
Hunt was opposite the A P Secretariat and for treasure worth  Rs 20,000 crores.
Archaeology Department received a sworn affidavit from nine prominent citizens led by Mr T.B. Raju, chief manager (personnel), Coal India Limited.

They said they got the information about two months ago but couldn’t muster enough courage to reveal it to officials concerned fearing the mafia.
Based on the affidavit, a team of officials from the Archaeology Department inspected the site on Saturday evening and decided to start excavating on Sunday morning in the presence of a mason, who will serve as a guide.
Sources said the mason was the first person to have gone inside the tunnel where he saw two almirahs full of jewels and precious stones..

Incidentally, the prominent citizens who had petitioned the Archaeology Department, have demanded that they be given their share — one-fifth of the treasure if it is found — under the Treasure Trove Act 1878. This was reported in Deccan Chronicle on 19th Feb.2012

The mega 'treasure hunt', which the archaeology department took up on Saturday, failed to yield any result till late on Sunday evening. Even after 28 hours of digging, the department could not find even a hint of treasure. The much enthused department officials have, however, decided to go ahead with the exploration as according to them, it is "necessary to ascertain facts behind the claim". Meanwhile, D S Raju, one of the petitioners, said that he had seen the treasure and is hopeful to find it. This was the report of Times of India of 20thFeb.2012

My questions then were:
Questions that come mind:
What happened to the masion who saw two almirahs full of jewels? Should he not be interrogated?
Mr. D S Raju had said he had seen the treasure and was hopeful to find it. If he saw he should show. Why he is not able to find the location now?
It is possible that the treasure is already with them.
Are officials of archaeology department so naïve that they started the treasure hunt without resistivity and magnetic survey?
I have my own doubts.

Sunday, October 6, 2013


 Selfrighteous are peculiar too:
Avoiding dishonest ways,
Which are recognizable.
But somehow they do indulge,
With unrecognizable walkways
Avoiding shadowy, dark ways.

They travel and ‘khule aam’too
And four days a week,
Saving all travel perks,
Comfort borne by visited honest.
Yes, in a way they are!
Strange are the honest talking of honesty.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


There are many anti tobacco advertisements by government on TV and in print media.
Advertisements are terrifying, showing visuals of tongue, throat and jaw cancer  patients.
Why the government does not ban tobacco cultivation  just as ‘ganja’ cultivation is banned?
No, they cannot afford to do that.
“The total revenue collected from central excise duty during the financial year 2011-12 (upto January, 2012) is about Rs. 1,14,046 Crore (provisional).
The total excise duty collected from tobacco products during the financial year 2011-12 (upto January, 2012) is about Rs. 14,804 Crore (provisional).”
This information is from Ministry of Finance27-March, 2012 18:13 IST
One can check from the following link.

“TOBACCO – India earned a foreign exchange of Rs.2,022.78 crore and Rs.10,271.55 crore as excise revenue in the year 2007- 2008. The exports of tobacco and tobacco products during 2007- 2008 were valued at Rs.2022.78 crore. During April-October 2008, exports of tobacco and tobacco products were valued at Rs.1952.43 crore. During April-October 2008, unmanufactured tobacco exports were valued at Rs.1623.10 crore and exports of tobacco products were valued at Rs.329.33 crore. Going by the current trend exports of tobacco and tobacco products are expected to cross US $ 600 million during 2008- 2009”.
One can check from the following link.

Why is the government spending on advertisements?


May 21 2014 : The Times of India (Hyderabad)
Tobacco exports touch new high in 2013-14

In a stunning performance, tobacco exports from the country touched a new record in the 2013-14 financial year. Tobacco exports surpassed all previous records particularly at a time when the country's economy was going through a downturn. For the first time, tobacco exports including flue-cured Virginia (FCV) and non-FCV products reached a peak by crossing Rs 6,000-crore mark in a financial year.