Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November ends, December begins

Tired but exciting phase!
For once I can relate to what Sadhguru has written in this week's spot!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Celebrating Diversity...

Instead of fighting it.

This is from a real life example - cricket at that, involving cricketer Hashim Amla.

Read here. While the open mindedness and willingness to accept that he erred earlier earns credit for the writer, Hashim's tenacity in sticking with what means to him so much is touching (I understand it cost him his match fees for some time).

Friday, October 21, 2011

Tweetposts, 21st Oct 2011, Friday

Mumbai Meri Jaan
Got to visit Mumbai. If I discount an earlier visit of traveling from the domestic to the international airport, this is the first time. There was not much sight seeing and my first experience was that of daze - of suddenly being put into a buzz world of activity where both the terrain and language were new. It's a city of sky scrapers - well, Chennai standards - which for years boasted with LIC, 14 storeys, as being the tallest building. Here, 20 to 25 storeys are very normal, more so - multiple stacks of these towers within a housing unit. Strangely, landmarks in Mumbai are housing colonies - auto drivers are very familiar with these names. Speaking of autos, drivers always use the meter and it is sometimes very difficult to find an empty auto. I guess Chennai, Coimbatore are spoiled cities. No proper enforcement of standard policies.
Mumbai is a vast city - I am guessing 3-4 times that of Chennai. So the 2 million population which earlier sounded like a big deal is not so much now.
So why the loving ode to Mumbai? Its the people I get to meet. A group of people who put themselves as secondary - and a continuous stream of them!
By no way I know what Mumbai is about - but even with what I have seen I can say it is very unique!

Take 3 toasted wheat bread slices. Between B1 and B2, apply peanut butter. Between B2 and B3 apply mixed fruit jam. Club the 3 slices. It is pure evil!

Gadiffi killed, Sachin is scared of Shoaib - so many crazy things are happening in the world. Thankfully insulated from all these to an extent.

Friday, June 03, 2011

Tweetposts - 3rd June 2011, Friday

Does it make sense publicly asking someone accused of corruption - "Did you do this corrupt act?". Of course, he is going to deny it. Our judicial setup will ensure status quo for next 10-15 years. But one new method seems to be disruptive pressure being applied on the Government through protests and fasts. There is no point arguing if it will work or not, it is just a way to apply some pressure.
Given the political history of India and the nature of politicians - we can follow one thumb rule explicitly - 'TRUST NO ONE' until proven otherwise, of course.

I am wondering about the following:
- How is it that no cellphone has spam protection for SMS'es? (something like we have in GMail or Yahoo!). Why can't I mark a sender as spam so that I never have to see an SMS from them again?
- How is it that despite both Coke and Pepsi being fierce competitors, they sell for the same price?
Without saying, anywhere - money comes first for businesses.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Blood Diamond

The impact of this movie is still lingering long after. It introduced a new term, 'conflict diamonds', where civil war rages in Sierra Leone, and presumably similar countries, because of rich diamond mines. The warring factions fight to take control of these mines and the Government is weak and/or corrupt. People are used forcefully to work in the mines and in the process have their families ripped off*.

Large diamond corporations, though not directly responsible for the situation, make use of this opportunity to get diamonds cheaply, create artificial scarcity and are indirectly involved in a pipeline that provides arms to these groups which creates a cycle.

The movie depicts a gross greed that causes people of the same nation to hurt each other in very incisive ways. The lead character Djimon Hounsou painfully observes in one moment - "We're doing this to each other."

Later, a diamond association comprising members from many countries agrees to stop importing "conflict diamonds" (where that glittering piece of stone might have caused someone in Africa to lose his limbs - literally). Eventually, the final burden is on the consumer, to ensure his or her diamond is conflict free. Actually, another character in the movie says that diamonds from Africa mined these way are exported to places like India and mixed with legitimately mined ones to eliminate all possibilities of verification.

My thoughts go back to several years back (ten years ago, when I was in the US), exactly during the time frame where this movie's story might have been contemporary, where I got a diamond for my mother. But coincidence or whatever, it was never used for many reasons and is still safely locked up. I looked up that provider and they state their diamonds are conflict free [but honestly, I had zero clue at the time - it could have been either way] . Read this as well.

So - one more item to add to the list! It is true - human greed poisons everything it touches.

Update: Speaking of Africa, a big big thumbs up to the people of Egypt. We are a far far way away from unified world Governance and it is important that democracy is installed everywhere, at least on paper, as a precursor. This is quite unique as it involves the entire nation and not a set of opposition leaders doing it for vested interests! There is very little that can be compared to the power of the will of millions of people operating as one.

* - The current state might be different

Saturday, January 29, 2011

India versus US

Can't argue with any of this. It captures the good and the bad. But it leaves out the best (culture/spirituality) and the worst (apathy/lethargy/politics/corruption)!


More details here:


Friday, January 21, 2011

Traffic penalties in India

Got this as a forward. Some of these are eye openers.
Did you know playing music when driving was an offense?
Actually, it appears you can be fined for just about anything!
Also, the law years mention the late 1980s when mobile phones in India where non existent. I am wondering if they were amended recently to include the latest developments.

 


1. OFFENCES RELATED TO DOCUMENTS


S.No 


OFFENCES 


MAXIMUM
PENALTY
 


SECTION 


1.1


Driving
without a Valid License
 


Rs.
500/- and /or imprisonment ( 3 months)
 


3 or/we
181 MOA
 


1.2


Allowing
vehicle to be driven by a person who does not possess a Valid License.
 


Rs.
1000/- and/or imprisonment ( 3 months)
 


5 or/we
180 MOA
 


1.3


Not
carrying documents as required.
 


Rs.
100/-
 


130(3)
or/we 177 MOA
 


1.4


Driving
without Valid Insurance.
 


Rs.
1000/- and/or imprisonment ( 3 months)
 


130
or/we 177 MOA
 


1.5


Driving
without Valid Permit.
 


Rs. 5000/-
( not less than Rs. 2000/-)
 


130
or/we 177 MOA
 


1.6


Driving
without Valid Fitness.
 


Rs.
5000/- ( not less than Rs. 2000/-)
 


130
or/we 177 MOA
 


1.7


Vehicle
without OR.C.
 


Rs
2000/-
 


39
or/w192 MOA





 

 


2. OFFENCES RELATED TO DRIVING


S.NO 


OFFENCES 


MAXIMUM
PENALTY
 


SECTION 


2.1.1 


Driving
by Minor .
 


Rs.
500/-


4 or/we
181 MOA
 


2.1.2 


Allowing
Unauthorized person to drive .
 


Rs. 1000/-


5 or/we
180 MOA
 


2.1.3 


Driving
without Helmet.
 


Rs.
100/-


129
or/w177 MOA
 


2.1.4 


Seat
Belts not fastened.
 


Rs.
100/-
 


138(3)
COMER

177 MOA
 


2.1.5 


Rough/Rash/Negligen
t Driving .
 


Rs.
1000/-


184 MOA  


2.1.6 


Dangerous
or hasty Driving.
 


Rs.1000/-

and/or imprisonment

( 6 months)
 


112-183
MOA
 


2.1.7 


Not
Driving in Proper Lane.
 


Court
Challan
 


66
or/we 192 MOA
 


2.1.8 


Driving
in the center and not to left side.
 


Rs.100/- 


2 ERR
or/we 177 MOA
 


2.1.9 


Driving
against One Way.
 


Rs.100/- 


17 (i)
ERR 177 MOA
 


2.1.10 


Reversing
without due care and attention.
 


Rs.
100/-
 


MOVER
233

177 MOA
 


2.1.11 


Taking
"UP" turn during outlawed hours.
 


Rs.100/- 


12 ERR

177 MOA
 


2.1.12 


Failing
to take precaution while taking a "Turn".
 


Rs.100/- 


3 ERR

177 MOA
 


2.1.13 


Failing
to decelerate at intersection.
 


Rs.100/- 


8 ERR

177 MOA
 


2.1.14 


Failing
to carry on left of traffic island.
 


Rs.100/- 


2 ERR

177 MOA
 


2.1.15 


Carrying
persons on Footboard.
 


Rs.100/- 


123-177
MOA
 


2.1.16 


Carrying
persons causing hindrance to the driver.
 


Rs.100/- 


125-177
MOA
 


2.1.17 


Tripling. 


Rs.
100/-
 


128/177
MOA
 


2.1.18 


Driving
on Footpath.
 


Rs.100/- 


ERR 177
MOA
 


2.1.19 


Stopping
at pedestrian crossing or crossing a Stop Line.
 


Rs.100/- 


ERR 177
MOA
 


2.2 


Road Marking Related Offences


2.2.1 


Violation
of Yellow Line.


Rs.
100/-


119/177
MOA
 


2.2 


Violation
of Stop Line.


Rs.
100/-


113(1)/177
DEMUR


2.2.3 


Violation
of Mandatory Signs .
 


Rs.
100/-
 


119/177
MOA
 


2.3 


Number Plate Related Offences 


2.3.1 


Use of Offensive
Number Plate for vehicle used in driving.
 


Rs.100/- 


COMER
105 (2) (ii)

177 MOA
 


2.3.2 


Displaying
'Applied For'.


Rs.
4500/-
 


39/192
MOA
 


2.4 


Vehicle Light Related Offences 


2.4.1 


Improper
use of headlights/tail light for vehicle used in driving.
 


Rs.100/- 


COMER
105 (2) (ii)

177 MOA
 


2.4.2 


Using
High Beam where not required.
 


Rs.
100/-


112(G)
A DEMUR

177 MOA
 


2.5 


Horn Related Offences


2.5.1 


Driving
without Horn.
 


Rs.
100/-


119(1)/177
COMER


2.5.2 


Improper
horn usage while driving.
 


Rs.100/- 


COMER
105 (2) (ii)

177 MOA
 


2.6 


Traffic Police Related Offences


2.6.1 


Disobeying
Traffic Police Officer in uniform.
 


Rs.
100/-
 


119 MOA

22(a) ERR

177 MOA
 


2.6.2 


Driving
against Police Signal.
 


Rs.
100/-
 


119
or/we 177 MOA
 


2.6.3 


Disobeying
manual Traffic Signal.
 


Rs.
100/-
 


239
MOVER

22(a) ERR

177 MOA
 


2.7 


Traffic Signal Related Offences 


2.7.1 


Disobeying
Traffic signal / Sign Board.
 


Rs.
100/-
 


22(b)
ERR

239 MOVER

177 MOA
 


2.7.2 


Failing
to give Signal.
 


Rs.
100/-
 


121 ERR

177 MOA
 


2.7.3 


Jumping
Signal.
 


Rs.100/- 


119/177
MOA
 


2.8 


Speed and Overtake Related
Offences
 


2.8.1 


Exceeding
the prescribed Speed Limits.
 


Up to
Rs.1000/-


112-183
MOA
 


2.8.2 


Abetment
for Over Speeding .
 


Rs.300/-


112/183(2)
MOA
 


2.8.3 


Overtaking
perilously.
 


Rs.100/- 


6 (a)
ERR or/we 177 MOA
 


2.8.4 


Failing
to confer way to sanction Overtaking.
 


Rs.100/- 


7 ERR

177 MOA
 


2.8.5 


Overtaking
from Wrong Side .
 


Rs.
100/-
 


ERR
6/1/177 MOA
 


2.9 


Other Offences 


2.9.1 


Disobeying
Lawful Directions.
 


Rs.
500/-
 


132/179
MOA
 


2.9.2 


Driving
under influence of Alcohol / Drugs.
 


Rs.2000/-

and/or imprisonment

( 6 months)
 


185 MOA  


2.9.3 


Using
Mobile Phone while Driving.
 


Up to
1000/-
 


184 MOA  


2.9.4 


Leaving
vehicle in unoccupied engine.
 


Rs.100/- 


126-177
MOA
 


2.9.5 


Leaving
vehicle in unsafe position.
 


Rs.100/- 


122 177
MOA
 


2.9.6 


In case
of a minor Accident.
 


Rs.
1000/-
 


184 MOA  


2.9.7 


Playing
music while Driving.
 


Rs.
100/-
 


102/177
MOA
 


2.9.8 


Driving
without Silencer.


Rs.
100/-


120/190(2)/177CMVR 


2.9.9 


Driving
when mentally or physically unfit.
 


Court
Challan
 


186 MOA





 

 


3. OFFENCES RELATED TO TOWING OF
VEHICLES


S.NO 


OFFENCES 


MAXIMUM
PENALTY
 


SECTION 


3.1 


Two
Wheeler.
 


Rs.100/- 


ERR 177
MOA
 


3.2 


Car ,
Jeep, Taxi, Auto Rickshaw.
 


Rs.200/- 


ERR 177
MOA
 


3.3 


Truck,
Tanker, Trailer.
 


Rs.600/- 


ERR 177
MOA





 

 


4. OFFENCES RELATED TO POLLUTION


S.NO 


OFFENCES 


MAXIMUM
PENALTY
 


SECTION 


4.1 


Smoking
in Public Transport.
 


Rs.
100/-
 


86(1)(5)/177
DEMUR
 


4.2 


Pollution
Not Under Control.


Rs.
100/-
 


99(1)(a)/177
DEMUR
 


4.3 


Fixing
multi-toned/ shrill horn.
 


Rs.500/- 


119
COMER

190(2) MOA
 


4.4 


Blowing
Pressure Horn.
 


Rs.
100/-
 


96(1)/177
DEMUR


4.5 


Silencer/muffler
making noise.
 


Rs.500/- 


COMER
120

190(2) MOA
 


4.6 


Smoky
Exhaust.
 


Rs.500/- 


115
COMER

190(2) MOA
 


4.7 


Using
horn in Silence Zone.
 


Rs.100/- 


21(ii)
ERR

177 MOA





 

 


5. OFFENCES RELATED TO MOTOR
VEHICLES


S.No 


OFFENCES 


MAXIMUM
PENALTY
 


SECTION 


5.1 


Using
Vehicle in Unsafe Conditions.
 


Court
Challan
 


192 MOA  


5.2 


When
motor vehicle is out of state for more than 12 months.
 


Rs.100/- 


47-177
MOA
 


5.3 


Particulars
to be printed on transport vehicles.
 


Rs.100/- 


84(G)-177
MOA
 


5.4 


Without
Wiper
 


Rs.100/- 


COMER
101

5,12 177 MOA
 


5.4 


Without
Side Mirror.
 


Rs.100/- 


5,
7/177 MOA
 


5.5 


Defective
tires.
 


Rs.100/- 


COMER
94
 


5.6 


No
indication board on left hand drive vehicle.
 


Rs.100/- 


120,
177 MOA
 


5.7 


Sale of
motor vehicle/alteration of motor vehicle in contravention of Act.
 


Rs.300/- 


52/191
MOA, 32/192.66/192 MV Act
 


5.8 


Vehicles
fitted with dark glasses/sun films.
 


Rs.100/- 


100
COMER

177 MOA
 


5.9 


Driving
without proper number plate/ illuminating rear number plate.
 


Rs.100/- 


236
MOVER

177 MOA
 


5.10 


Failing
to display public carrier board.
 


Rs.100/- 


116
MOVER

177 MOA
 


5.11 


Using
private vehicle for commercial purposes.
 


Rs.
5000/-

( not less than Rs. 2000/-)
 


-


5.12 


Any
sort of misconduct with passengers, not wearing uniform/not displaying
badge.
 


Rs.100/- 


MOVER
21(18)

177 MOA
 


5.13 


Overloading
a goods vehicle.
 


Rs.
2000/-plus Rs. 1000/- for every additional ton.
 


MOVER
93(up)(i)

177 MOA
 


5.14 


Carrying
goods in a dangerous or hazardous manner.
 


Imprisonment
and/or fine of Rs. 3000/-
 


29 ERR

177 MOA
 


5.15 


Infringement
of permit conditions.
 


Imprisonment
and/or fine of Rs. 5000/-( not less than Rs. 2000/-)
 


-


5.16 


Use of
Colored light on Vehicle
 


Rs.
100/-
 


97(2)/177
DEMUR





 

 


6. OFFENCES RELATED TO COMMERCIAL
VEHICLES


S.No 


OFFENCES 


MAXIMUM
PENALTY
 


SECTION 


6.1 


Plying
in 'NO ENTRY' Time
 


Upton
2000/-


115/194
MOA
 


6. 


Violation
of Time Table
 


Court Challan  


11/177,
2/177, 66/192 MOA
 


6.2 


High
and Long / Load in Vehicles


Rs.
100/-
 


29
ERR/177 MOA
 


6.3 


Carrying
animals in goods vehicles in contravention of rules.
 


Rs.100/- 


MOVER
83

177 MOA
 


6.4 


Carrying
persons dangerously or carrying persons in goods vehicles.
 


Rs.100/- 


MOVER
108

177 MOA
 


6.5 


Goods
in Passenger Vehicles


-


-


6.6 


Dangerous
projection of goods.
 


Rs.100/- 


229
MOVER

29 ERR

177 MOA
 


6.7 


Carrying
goods unsecured.
 


Rs.100/- 


MOVER
202

177 MOA
 


6. 


Carrying
goods more than 11 feet high.
 


Rs.100/- 


MOVER
93(up) (i)

177 MOA
 


6. 


Limit
Of weight and limitation on Use.
 


Court
Challan
 


113/194(1)
MOA
 


6. 


Driver
refuses to weigh vehicle.
 


Court
Challan
 


114/194(2)
MOA
 


6.9 


Load on
Tail Board.
 


Rs.100/- 


MOVER
202

177 MOA
 


6.10 


Misbehavior
by Taxi/TSAR Driver.
 


Rs.
100/-


11(3)/177
DEMUR


6.11 


Over
Charging by Taxi/TSAR Driver.
 


Rs. 100/-


11(8)/177
DEMUR
 


6.12 


Charging
without Meter.
 


Rs.
100/-


11(8)/177
DEMUR
 


6.13 


Refusal
by Taxi/TSAR Driver.
 


Rs.
100/-


11(9)/177
DEMUR


6.14 


Driver
without Uniform.
 


Rs.
100/-
 


7/177
DEMUR
 


6.14 


Driver
without Badge.
 


Rs.
100/-
 


22(1)/177
DEMUR
 


6.15 


Conductor
without Uniform.
 


Rs.
100/-
 


23(1)/177
DEMUR
 


6.16 


Conductor
without Badge.
 


Rs.
100/-
 


22(1)/177
DEMUR
 


6.17 


Stopping
without Bus stop
 


Court
Challan
 


66/192
MOA
 


6.18 


Power
to detain Vehicle used in contravention of section 3.4,39 or 66(1) MV
Act.
 


Court
Challan
 


207(1)
MOA





 

 


7. OFFENCES RELATED TO PARKING 


S.NO


OFFENCES 


MAXIMUM
PENALTY
 


SECTION 


7.1 


Parking
in the direction of flow of traffic.
 


Rs.100/- 


22(a)
ERR

177 MOA
 


7.2 


Parking
away from footpath towards road.
 


Rs.100/- 


15(2)
ERR

177 MOA
 


7.3 


Parking
against flow of traffic.
 


Rs.100/- 


15(2)
ERR

177 MOA
 


7.4 


Parking
causing Obstruction.
 


Rs.
100/-
 


15(2)
ERR

177 MOA
 


7.5 


Parking
on a Taxi Stand.
 


Rs.
100/-
 


15(2)
ERR

177 MOA
 


7.6 


Parking
in not any prescribed manner.
 


Rs.
100/-
 


15(1)
ERR

177 MOA
 


7.7 


Parking
at any Corner.
 


Rs.
100/-
 


15(i)
ERR

177 MOA
 


7.8 


Parking
within 15 meters on either side of Bus Stop.
 


Rs.
100/-
 


15(2)
ERR

177 MOA
 


7.9 


Parking
on Bridge.
 


Rs.
100/-
 


15(2)
(i) ERR

177 MOA
 


7.10 


Parking
at Traffic Island.
 


Rs.
100/-
 


15(i)
ERR

177 MOA
 


7.11 


Parking
in "No" Parking Area.
 


Rs.
100/-
 


15(2)
ERR

177 MOA
 


7.12 


Parked
on Pedestrian Crossing.
 


Rs.
100/-
 


15(2)(iii)
ERR

177 MOA
 


7.13 


Parking
on Footpath.
 


Rs.
100/-
 


15(2)(ii)
ERR

177 MOA
 


7.14 


Parking
in front of a gate.
 


Rs.
100/-
 


15(2)(viii)
ERR

177 MOA
 


7.15 


Parking
causing obstruction.
 


Rs.
100/-
 


15(1)
ERR

177 MOA





ERR:  Rules of Road Regulations
1989

MOA:
 Motor Vehicles Act 1988

COMER:
 Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989

Besides these provisions,
it is mandatory for every driver driving, to carry the following
documents while driving:
 

 


S.No


Documents


1


Valid
driving license.
 


2


Vehicle
Registration Certificate.
 


3


Road
Tax Token.
 


4


Pollution
under Control Certificate.
 


5


Current
Insurance Certificate.







Any driver can be held from his driving license if falls in line with any
of the given criteria:
 

 


S.No


Criterion


1


Driving
is dangerous to the public.
 


2


Under
the age of 18 yrs.
 


3


Drunk
or addicted to dugs.
 


4


Illegal
driving license.
 


5


Driving
a vehicle with a objectionable history.









 



 





 
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