Friday, May 29, 2009

Monsoon Time is Disease Time in Kerala – See These Photos to Know the Reasons

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(Reply for this blog post from the office of Dr Shashi Tharoor, MOS for External Affairs and MP from Thiruvananthapuram is given at the end of the post. Please scroll down)
Monsoon has reached Kerala and with that we hear news of outbreak of diseases – Cholera, Viral fever, Chikungunya, Dengue Fever to name a few of them. This is a phenomenon that is recurring in the last few years during the monsoon season. Every year a few hundred people die and thousands of people get sick. Every year we hear the authorities assuring the people that steps will be taken to prevent these diseases. But do they do anything to prevent these diseases?
Here are few photos my father sent me a few days back from Trivandrum. See the three photos below. This is the photo of “Amaezhanjhan Thoodu” that flows through the heart of the city. It is supposed to be a stream but right now it is drainage. When it rains the entire plastic and waste clog the stream and water gets into the road flooding the busy roads and infecting the people using the roads. This stream is used to dump all waste and wastewater and it is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other disease causing organisms.
See the photo below. You can see a house on the right side of this so called stream. They have to be extremely lucky not to get a disease.

Another set of photos – these photos were taken at a place called Thiruvallam where Karamana River meets another stream “Parvathy Puthanar”. This is a holy place for the Hindus as it is on its bank the temple dedicated to Parasurama, the creator of Keralam, is located. This is the exact location where during ‘Karkadaka Vavu’ thousands of people do “bali” in memory of their ancestors. It was the place I have taken holy dip so many times. This was the place thousands of kids use to learn swimming. All these have become the thing of the past. The “Parvathy Puthanar” brings in entire drainage from the Trivandrum City and the Karamana River is fully polluted. See the color of the water and waste that has accumulated on the side of the river. Again, situations like this are an open passport for various diseases when monsoon rains come.

Yes, it is true that responsible authorities are not doing sufficient to keep our environment safe. But as citizens are we doing our duty? We, the common man also have some responsibility of dumping these wastes in these streams. Let us all join together to spread the word about the need to protect the environment from any kind of pollution.
Here is the reply I got from the office of Dr Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for External Affairs and MP from Thiruvananthapuram constituency.
Dear Brijesh:

Dr. Shashi Tharoor wanted me to respond to your blog <>

I've detailed below points raised in that blog and its possible solution.

Amayizhanjan Thodu (Kannanmoola Thodu):
Kannanmoola thodu starts from the up stream side of Kannanmoola bridge and ends in Akkulam lake. Pazhavangadi thodu, Ullor thodu and Pattom thodu join this thodu near pump house on the upstream side of Kannanmoola bridge. As in the case of other canals this is also in a very poor condition in view of its carrying capacity, pollution, bank erosion and low velocity. Unless the condition is improved flooding in these areas are most likely and the hygienic condition will further worsen.

Parvathy Puthanar (TS Canal):
It is the major man made drain in the city. 36 small drains from the city
discharge into this canal. This canal runs parallel to the sea in the coastal belt of Thiruvananthapuram city.

Pollution at Thiruvallom:
Karamana River and Killi River used to be the life lines of the city. They flow together from Pallathukadavu up to the downstream of Thiruvallom bridge where the river again splits as two tributaries one of which falls into the Arabian Sea and other joins the Parvathy Puthanar forming an island in between known as Edayar island.

The existing sewage farm at Valiyathura is overloaded, resulting in overflow and seepage to the Parvathy Puthanar Canal and results in pollution of surrounding water bodies including the one used by devotees of Thiruvallom Shree Parasurama Temple. A modern Sewage Treatment Plant at Valiyathura is proposed as the only corrective measure.

Possible Solution:
The 526 crore Central government funded City Development Plan of TVM under JNNURM has provisions for sewage, waste management and canal waste management, which when implemented would solve the above issues. Dr. Shashi Tharoor is following up the implementation of this scheme by Corporation of TVM.


Thanks a lot for Dr Shashi Tharoor and his team to taking time to reply to one of the main issues facing Trivandrum. Let us hope in the next five years these issues will be solved forever.
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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Meet T Rajendar - Thick Skinned Dumbass


Any time I see these videos I cannot help stop laughing. This guy thinks that the whole world revolves around him. He is known for his unique style of acting, dancing and dialogue delivery but for me his movies are a complete package of senseless comedy. He is none other than T Rajender, the actor cum director cum screen play writer cum producer cum cinematographer cum choreographer cum play back singer. When ever I see his movies or his interviews I always use to think – doesn’t this guy have any common sense?
I am pretty much sure that you people could have seen almost all these videos. Most of these videos are very popular with YouTube users with hits close to or over 100,000. Here is one such clip. Here T Rajendar is acting as a lawyer and arguing a case in a court. See T Rajendar’s English and his style – May be all those students who are preparing for TOEFL should see his movies to improve their vocabulary.
Now here is his style – see how T Rajender does a fight scene. May be Jackie Chan should learn a thing or two from this guy.
Another one that shows T Rajendar’s unique style of acting and style
If T Rajendar does some seriousl scenes it will surely turn out to be another comedy. Here is a scene from his latest movie Veerasamy that was a great flop.
This video is one of the most viewed ones of T Rajendar. It happened in real life. He was conducting a press conference and a journalist asked him why his public meeting in Madurai was attended by very less number of people? This question hurt his ego and sees what all T Rajendar shouts back. This guy is shameless.
Here is another video – one of T Rajendar’s interviews where he boasts about himself. I have seen people boast about themselves but never to this extend. Watch this one to see how T Rajendar is trying to self promote himself.
Another of T Rajendar’s video in YouTube that has more than 100,000 hits - here he is singing in one of the TV shows.
He has tried his luck in politics also. Recently T Rajendar has contested the Lok Sabha elections and lost his deposit. He shouts his views about most of the political issues in the state of Tamil Nadu and here is one such one.
There are umpteen numbers of jokes about T Rajendar and even after all these this man never understands that he is making himself a laughing stock. Let us pray that good sense prevail and he stops making these kinds of atrocious movies and give ridiculous speeches.
Here is the latest one. Instant African Music. 

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Meet the New Council of Ministers of India

Elections are over in India and it is time for the new ministers to take oath of office. The swearing in ceremony was held on May 22nd at 6.30 pm at Rastrabhathi Bhavan. The Indian President administered the oath and secrecy to Dr Manmohan Singh who became Prime Minister of India for the second time. Here is the list of Cabinet Ministers that were sworn in with Dr Manmohan Singh.

Prime Minister: Dr Manmohan Singh

Manmohan Singh (born 26 September 1932) is the 17th and current Prime Minister of the Republic of India. He is the first person of Sikh faith to hold the office. An economist by profession, Singh was the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India from 1982 to 1985, the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of India from 1985 to 1987 and the Finance Minister of India from 1991 to 1996. (Read More....)

Cabinet Ministers:

AK Antony

Arackaparambil Kurian Antony  (born 28 December 1940) is the current Defence Minister of India and a Congress party leader. He is a former Chief Minister of Kerala. The first term from April 27, 1977 to October 27, 1978, the second one from March 22, 1995 to May 9, 1996 and the third term from May 17, 2001 to August 29, 2004. When he became Chief Minister in 1977, he was the youngest Chief Minister of the State. He was the Leader of Opposition in Kerala Legislative Assembly during 1996 to 2001 (Read More...). 

Ambika Soni

Ambika Soni (born November 13, 1943) is an Indian politician and a former Sanjay Gandhi crony. She is a member of the Indian National Congress and is an elected Member of Parliament representing the state of Punjab in the Rajya Sabha (Read More...). 

Gulam Nabi Azad

Ghulam Nabi Azad (born March 7, 1949 in Jammu and Kashmir, India) is an Indian politician from the Indian National Congress. He was the Parliamentary Affairs Minister of India in the government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh until October 27, 2005, when he was appointed as the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir. After delivering victories in several key states, including Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, the 'crisis manager' of the Congress surprised many when he led the party successfully in the 2002 Assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir (Read More...). 

Kamal Nath

 Kamal Nath (born 18 November 1946) is an Indian politician and the current Union Cabinet Minister of Commerce and Industry. He is a member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India. He represents the Chhindwara constituency of Madhya Pradesh and is a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) (Read More.....). 

Kapil Sibal

 Kapil Sibal is a prominent politician in India and currently the Minister for Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences in the Government of India. He was born in Jalandhar, Punjab on 8 August, 1948 and obtained his M.A. in History from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi, Delhi and LL.M. from Harvard Law School, USA.(Read More....

Mamta Banerjee

 Mamata Banerjee (born January 5, 1955) is an Indian politician from the State of West Bengal.She is the founder and chief executive of the All India Trinamool Congress Party, now known as the Trinamool Congress Party (Grassroots Congress Party) (Read More.....)

Meera Kumar

 Meira Kumar is an Indian politician and cabinet minister. Born in Patna in 1945, Meira Kumar is the daughter of Deputy Prime Minister and prominent dalit leader, Babu Jagjivan Ram and freedom fighter, Indrani Devi. Her husband, Manjul Kumar is a Supreme Court lawyer and she has three children,Anshul,Swati and Devangna.All are married (Read More...).

Murli Deora

Murali Deora  was born in Mumbai. (Read More... 

P Chidambaram

Palaniappan Chidambaram (born 16 September, 1945) is an Indian politician and present Union Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of India. He is among the most prominent cabinet ministers of the ruling-United Progressive Alliance (UPA) union government led by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. From May 2004 to November 2008, he was the Finance Minister of India. However, after the resignation of Shivraj Patil, Chidambaram was made the Home Affairs. Minister. (Read More...)

Pranab Mukerjee

 Pranab Kumar Mukherjee (born December 11, 1935, West Bengal, India) is the Minister for External Affairs of India in the Manmohan Singh-led Government of India. A prominent leader of the Indian National Congress in the 14th Lok Sabha, he is known to be a competent party apparatchik, "a prominent Gandhi family loyalist who did not win a popular election until 2004".(Read More...) 

Sharad Pawar 

Sharadchandra Govindrao Pawar  (born December 12, 1940), popularly known as Sharad Pawar, is an Indian politician from the state of Maharashtra. He is the president of the Nationalist Congress Party which he founded in 1999, after separating from the Indian National Congress. He has previously held the posts of Defence Minister of India and Chief Minister of Maharashtra and currently serves as Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Government of India. (Read More....)

SM Krishna

Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna, generally referred to as S M Krishna (born 1932) is former Chief Minister of the Indian state of Karnataka and a former Governor of the Indian state ofMaharashtra. S.M. Krishna is the son of S.C. Mallaiah. He completed his Bachelor's in Arts from Maharaja's College, Mysore and obtained a Law degree from Government Law College, Bangalore. Krishna studied in the United States, graduating from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and George Washington University, Washington D.C, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He was married to Prema on April 29, 1964 and has two daughters. Krishna is an avid sportsperson and plays tennis regularly.(Read More...)  

Veerapa Moily

Veerappa Moily  (born January 12, 1940) is an Indian politician, who served as the Chief Minister of the Indian state of Karnataka. He was elected to Karnataka state legislative assembly from Karkala constituency of Udupi district. He was first person to become Chief Minister of Karnataka from the undivided South Canara district (now split into Dakshina Kannada and Udupi) (Read More….). 

Sushilkumar Shinde

 Sushilkumar Shinde  (born September 4, 1941, Solapur, Maharashtra) is an Indian politician from the state of Maharashtra. He is currently the Cabinet Minister for Power in the Manmohan Singh government.He belongs to the Congress Party. He is the first backward caste person to have become the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. He served as Chief Minister from January 18, 2003 to November 1, 2004. (Read More...)

Jaipal Reddy

Sudini Jaipal Reddy (born 16 January 1942) is a member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India. He represents the Chevella constituency of Andhra Pradesh and is a member of the Indian National Congress. He is currently the Cabinet Minister of Urban Development. He has an M.A. from the Osmania University, Hyderabad. He is disabled and uses crutches. (Read More...)  

Vayalar Ravi

Vayalar Ravi (born June 4, 1937[1]) is an Indian politician, currently the Union Cabinet Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs & Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and a member of the Rajya Sabha.Ravi was born in Vayalar, Alappuzha District, Kerala. He was the Founder President of the Kerala Students' Union (KSU), the students' wing of Indian National Congress in Kerala. (Read More...

Bijoy Krishna Handique

Bijoy Krishna Handique (born 1 December 1934) is a member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India. He represents the Jorhat constituency of Assam and is a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) political party (Read More...). 


Anand Sharma

Shri Anand Sharma a politician from Indian National Congress party is a Member of the Parliament of India representing Himachal Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament. (Read More...)

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