NDTV, please dump Monsanto


TO: VIKRAM CHANDRA (CEO, NDTV), (//TWITTER.COM/VIKRAMCHANDRA)

We want NDTV to drop Monsanto-Mahyco as partner for it’s new TV series ‘Improving Lives’.

– NDTV in it’s new TV series talks about democracy and improving peoples lives.Then why is it partnering with a corporation like Monsanto known for using unscrupulous means to propagate its trade.

– Monsanto is a controversial corporation hated by people all over the world. Monsanto uses unethical practices and evil money to further its agenda. GMOs are banned in so many countries. There is a lot of resistance to it in India as well.

– Monsanto is known for its agenda to control food and farming as seen in the case of Bt cotton in India. Cotton was once used by Mahatma Gandhi in the fight for India’s independence, now 93% of our cotton is owned by American company Monsanto’s proprietary technology known as Bt cotton.

– NDTV is a reputed news organisation and pioneer in Indian TV news space. It aims to provide accurate news. So why partner with a liar like Monsanto?

NDTV should choose a non-controversial, ethical partner.

Why is this important?

NDTV has partnered with one of the the most unethical corporations and is misleading the people of India into thinking that this series is actually helping the public.

Monsanto has recently got a lot of criticisms from around the world and are trying to clean up their public image, this being one of the tactic.

– 90% of Genetically engineered (GE) seeds are made and owned by Monsanto. Many consumers are against GE food because it has been associated with health risks, loss of biodiversity, increased use of toxic weed killers (herbicides) and other environmental problems.

-Monsanto’s agenda is to turn the world’s agriculture into one big genetic experiment. In most parts of the world (Eg, Europe, Russia, Africa most Latin America and Asian countries) major food companies and retailers are refusing to sell GE foods. There are also many governments who have banned the growing of GE or refusing to import them. In response to the mounting criticism, Monsanto has been making an effort to green up its public image.

However, the real Monsanto is in the business of making money- first and last. Their evident strategy is to make farmers worldwide depend on their patented seeds, herbicides and pesticides. The record, as we demonstrate below, shows that Monsanto does not hesitate to sweep aside everything else…sustainable agriculture, the environment, farmer’s livelihoods and consumer’s interests… if this is required to achieve their goal of market domination.Monsanto guilty as charged for crimes against nature, crimes against the right of farmers to grow, and consumers to eat, GE-free crops and food. NDTV is misleading the nation by partnering with Monsanto on a show that has a message of democracy and sustainability.

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CERS’s intervention compels mattress manufacturer to refund partial cost of defective mattress.

CERS’s intervention compels mattress manufacturer to refund partial cost of defective mattress.

Ahmedabad, March 22, 2013

A city-based manufacturer of mattresses, who sold a defective piece of product and did not care to correct the defect even within the warranty period, was compelled by Consumer Education & Research Society (CERS) to refund partial cost of the product to the buyer through an order of the consumer forum.

As per the case details, Shekhar Raval, a resident of the city, purchased a multilayer rubberized coir mattress from Mattress Mart, a shop situated in Vastrapur area of the city at a cost of Rs. 6,840 on September 30, 2010. It was a Relaxwell  mattress carrying a warranty period of 5 years. But within a few days from purchase, Shekhar Raval and his wife had  developed a back pain due to some defect in the mattress and she had to go for a medical treatment, which cost Shekhar Rs. 15,500. He brought the defect to the notice of the seller and the shop owner Krishnakant assured to correct the defect within 30 days, but the promise was not kept.

Thereafter, Raval approached CERS and after verifying all the details. CERS filed a case in the Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Ahmedabad (Rural) on behalf of the complainant seeking complete refund of the purchase price along with interest and also compensation of Rs. 10,000 along with the medical expenses incurred and litigation & travelling cost of Rs. 5,000. The opponent had  not appeared before the forum during the hearing of the case.

After hearing arguments by CERS, the forum accepted the plea partially and ordered the opponent to pay an amount of Rs. 5,000 towards the cost of the mattress along with interest at 9% per annum from the date of filing of the complaint, Rs. 2,000 as a compensation for the mental agony faced by the buyer and Rs. 1,000 towards litigation & other cost.

For further information please contact Ms Pritee Shah (O) 079-27489945/46


Are you angry about being harassed by Bank services?

Are you angry about being harassed by Bank services? Are you worried about Bank charges being too high?

This is a rare opportunity to voice your concerns and share all your issues relating to banking services. Don’t Miss It!

Open House

 with Dr KC Chakrabarty, Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank

Dr Chakrabarty, one of RBI’s Deputy Governors, has had a banking career spanning over three decades. Previously, he was the CMD of Punjab National Bank and Indian Bank for two years each and also the chairman of the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA). Dr Chakrabarty is the central bank’s nominee on the Financial Stability Board. He is closely associated with many institutes, organisations, committees and working groups like National Housing Bank, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), National Institute of Bank Management (NIBM), Indian Institute of Banking & Finance, etc.

Contact: Seraphina / Shilpa at 022-49205000
or email us at foundation@moneylife.in
or log on to foundation.moneylife.in

 

Monday, 3 June 2013 – 6 pm

Opening remarks
by Dr Chakrabarty and Open House for interaction:
6:30pm to 8:30pm

Venue:
Walchand Hirachand Hall, 4th floor,
Indian Merchants’ Chamber, IMC Marg,
Mumbai – 400 020. Opposite Churchgate station.
No Admission Fee, Prior registration is a must

FAQs from Department of Stamps & Registration

FAQs from Department of Stamps & Registration – http://igrmaharashtra.gov.in/FaqStampDuty.aspx#8

Frequently asked questions
About Registration
Valuation
Legal Matters
Stamp Duty
Marriage
Glossary
Stamp Duty

1 What is the bombay stamp Act,1958?
2 What is Stamp Duty ?
3 Whether Stamp duty is payable on transactions or on instruments?
4 What is instrument ?
5 What is document ?
6 Why Stamp Duty has to paid on document/instrument ?
7 Which provisions/ Articles of Indian Stamp Act, 1899 attracts Stamp duty in the state of Maharashtra ?
8 What is meant by execution of instruments?
9 How Stamp Duty is calculated?
10 What point of time of Stamp Duty payable ?
11 How is Stamp Duty payable?
12 Who is liable to pay Stamp Duty ?
13 What is meant by adjudication of instruments? Which authority is to be approached for adjudication of instruments ? What is the amount of fees required to be paid for adjudication? What documents are to be enclosed while submitting application for adjudication ?
14 How to pay Stamp Duty ?
15 How to pay Stamp Duty ?
16 What are the consequences of not paying Stamp duty?
17 In whose name the stamps are required to be purchased ?
18 What happens if the instrument is executed on stamps which does not bear the name of one of the executors?
19 What happens if the instrument is executed on stamps which does not bear the name of one of the executors?
20 What happens if the instrument is executed on stamps which does not bear the name of one of the executors?
21 What remedy is available to the parties, in case they do not agree with the true market value of the property as determined by Collector of the District ?
22 Is the chargeability of stamp duty determined by the Collector of stamps in adjudication final ? Can � person go in an appeal against the order passed by the Collector of Stamps ? Is there any time limit for filing the appeal ?
23 Why do the authorities insist on disclosure of relevant facts and circumstances to be fully and truly set forth in the instrument ?
24 Can there be refund of Stamp duty in case if the Stamp paper is unused or multiliated?
25 What is meant by impounding of instruments ?
26 As the cost of flat is required to be paid in installment as per agreement whether the stamp duty can be recovered in part at the time of payment of such installments instead of making full payment at the time of entering into the agreement ?
27 In case where the builder sells� flat to an individual in� building where the society is not formed and the document is not stamped and the individual resells the flat to another persons who pays the stamp duty. The builder confirms the said agreement and thereafter the society is formed. The purchaser becomes� member of� society. Whether the original purchaser in future will be liable to pay stamp duty and whether stamp duty can be charged on the flat and whether the first purchaser can be forced to pay the stamp duty by the Government or it will be have to be borne by the second purchaser again who is the present owner of the flat ?
28 On what basis ( Carpet, Built-up or Super built-up ) are the rates fixed by the stamp authorities ?
29 Will stamp duty have to be paid if there is a �deed of family settlement and a flat is transferred amongst family members ?
30 Will stamp duty have to be paid if the flat is gifted by a donor ?
31 Is the decree of final order of a civil court by which immovable property is transferred be liable to be stamped as a conveyance ?
32 In case of resale of the flat who has to pay the Stamp duty, the purchaser or the seller ?
33 Are orders made by the High court under section 394 of the Companies Act, 1956 in respect of amalgamation of companies be liable for payment of stamp duty as on a Conveyance ?
34 In whose name should the stamp paper be purchased. ? Can the client execute the document on � stamp paper purchased by an Advocate ?
35 In whose name should the stamp paper be purchased. ? Can the client execute the document on � stamp paper purchased by an Advocate ?
36 What are the different support documents generally required to be submitted for registration?

 

http://igrmaharashtra.gov.in/FaqStampDuty.aspx#8

 


Consumer fora can initiate ‘contempt of court’ as well

Allahabad high court rules that consumer forums can also initiate contempt proceedings

To decide the legal controversy, the HC analyzed the law and its interpretation. The word “court” is not defined under the Act and its meaning would have to be culled out on the basis of various pronouncements by the SC.
In the case of Virendra Kumar Satyawadi v/s State of Punjab, an SC bench considered the characteristics of a court. It held that a court has a duty to decide disputes in a judicial manner and declare the rights of parties in a definitive judgment. Judicial adjudication requires the parties to be heard in support of their claims and to produce evidence. The dispute has to be decided in accordance with law by considering the evidence. An authority or a tribunal would be considered a court only if it fulfils all these attributes.
Going by this definition, even a Returning Officer deciding on the validity of the nomination papers under the Representation of People Act is considered to be a court. Similarly, even an Assistant Registrar under the Cooperative Societies Act is considered to be a court under the Contempt of Courts Act.

Click Here for the full article by Jehangir Gai


Toll Free Numbers

Here are Toll Free numbers in India ….. very useful…!!!!

Airlines
Indian Airlines – ( 1800 180 1407
Jet Airways – ( 1800 225 522
Spice Jet – ( 1800 180 3333
Air India – ( 1800 227 722
Kingfisher – (1800 180 0101

Banks
ABN AMRO – ( 1800 112 224
Canara Bank – ( 1800 446 000
Citibank – ( 1800 442 265
Corporation Bank – ( 1800 443 555
Development Credit Bank – ( 1800 225 769
HDFC Bank – 1800 227 227
ICICI Bank – ( 1800 333 499
ICICI Bank NRI – ( 1800 224 848
IDBI Bank – ( 1800 116 999
Indian Bank – ( 1800 425 1400
ING Vysya – ( 1800 449 900
Kotak Mahindra Bank – ( 1800 226 022
Lord Krishna Bank – ( 1800 112 300
Punjab National Bank – ( 1800 122 222
State Bank of India – ( 1800 441 955
Syndicate Bank – ( 1800 446 655

Automobiles
Mahindra Scorpio – ( 1800 226 006
Maruti – ( 1800 111 515
Tata Motors – ( 1800 255 52
Windshield Experts – ( 1800 113 636

Computers / IT
Adrenalin – ( 1800 444 445
AMD – ( 1800 425 6664
Apple Computers- ( 1800 444 683
Canon – ( 1800 333 366
Cisco Systems- ( 1800 221 777
Compaq – HP – ( 1800 444 999
Data One Broadband – ( 1800 424 1800
Dell – ( 1800 444 026
Epson – ( 1800 44 0011
eSys – ( 3970 0011
Genesis Tally Academy – ( 1800 444 888
HCL – ( 1800 180 8080
IBM – ( 1800 443 333
Lexmark – ( 1800 22 4477
Marshal’s Point -( 1800 33 4488
Microsoft – ( 1800 111 100
Microsoft Virus Update – ( 1901 333 334
Seagate – ( 1800 180 1104
Symantec – ( 1800 44 5533
TVS Electronics-( 1800 444 566
WeP Peripherals-( 1800 44 6446
Wipro – ( 1800 333 312
Xerox – ( 1800 180 1225
Zenith – ( 1800 222 004

Indian Railways

General Enquiry 131
Central Enquiry 131
Reservation 131
Railway Reservation Enquiry 1345, 1335, 1330
Centralised Railway Enquiry 133, 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9

Couriers / Packers & Movers
ABT Courier – ( 1800 448 585
AFL Wizz – ( 1800 229 696
Agarwal Packers & Movers – ( 1800 114 321
Associated Packers P Ltd – ( 1800 214 560
DHL – ( 1800 111 345
FedEx – ( 1800 226 161
Goel Packers & Movers – ( 1800 11 3456
UPS – ( 1800 227 171

Home Appliances
Aiwa/Sony – ( 1800 111 188
Anchor Switches – ( 1800 227 7979
Blue Star – ( 1800 222 200
Bose Audio – ( 1800 112 673
Bru Coffee Vending Machines – ( 1800 4 7171
Daikin Air Conditioners – ( 1800 444 222
DishTV – ( 1800 123 474
Faber Chimneys – ( 1800 214 595
Godrej – ( 1800 225 511
Grundfos Pumps – ( 1800 334 555
LG – ( 1901 180 9999
Philips – ( 1800 224 422
Samsung – ( 1800 113 444
Sanyo – ( 1800 110 101
Voltas – ( 1800 334 546
WorldSpace Satellite Radio – ( 1800 445 432

Investments / Finance
CAMS – ( 1800 442 267
Chola Mutual Fund – ( 1800 222 300
Easy IPO’s – ( 3030 5757
Fidelity Investments – ( 1800 180 8000
Franklin Templeton Fund – ( 1800 425 4255
J M Morgan Stanley – ( 1800 220 004

Kotak Mutual Fund – ( 1800 222 626
LIC Housing Finance – ( 1800 440 005
SBI Mutual Fund – ( 1800 223 040
Sharekhan – ( 1800 227 500
Tata Mutual Fund – ( 1800 220 101

Leisure Travels
Club Mahindra Holidays – ( 1800 334 539
Cox & Kings – ( 1800 221 235
God TV Tours – ( 1800 442 777
Kerala Tourism – ( 1800 444 747
Kumarakom Lake Resort – ( 1800 445 030
Raj Travels & Tours – ( 1800 229 900
Sita Tours – ( 1800 111 911
SOTC Tours – ( 1800 223 344

Healthcare
Best on Health – ( 1800 11 8899
Dr Batras – ( 1800 11 6767
GlaxoSmithKline – ( 1800 22 8797
Johnson & Johnson – ( 1800 22 8111
Kaya Skin Clinic – ( 1800 22 5292
LifeCell – ( 1800 44 5323
Manmar Technologies – ( 1800 33 4420
Pfizer – ( 1800 442 442
Roche Accu-Chek – ( 1800 11 45 46
Rudraksha – ( 1800 21 4708
Varilux Lenses – (

Insurance
AMP Sanmar – ( 1800 44 2200
Aviva – ( 1800 33 2244
Bajaj Allianz – ( 1800 22 5858
Chola MS General Insurance – ( 1800 44 5544
HDFC Standard Life – ( 1800 227 227

Courtesy : Noshir Parlewala


Maharashtra Govt. to go slow on Co-operative Law

“PILs against the amendments are pending before the Bombay HC,” state cooperation minister Harshwardhan Patil told TOI recently. “The Gujarat HC has questioned the 97th constitutional amendment (under which the cooperative society amendments have been drawn up). A joint committee of both houses of Maharashtra legislature is discussing it and should suggest changes. Taking this into account, we will go slow on strict enforcement of the MCS Act amendments,” Patil said.

The problems being faced by members are many and the new rules do not give clarity in the matter.

Click Here to read the full report in Times of India