An Indian bank to wreck a world wonder?!

Dear friends across India,

India’s coal king Adani wants to turn the delicate Great Barrier Reef into a major shipping lane.But if we act fast we can sink his dirty coal complex by getting theState Bank of India to turn down his 6000 crore lifeline:

SIGN THE PETITION

Industrialist Gautam Adani is asking our biggest public sector bank for a loan of 6000 crores to turn one of the world’s ecological treasures into a major coal shipping lane. But if we act fast we can block this dirty deal and keep the Great Barrier Reef safe.

UNESCO says the project puts the Reef in danger and eight leading international banks have backed away. But Adani has a lot of clout and he’s calling on the State Bank of India to extend a massive loan. The Bank’s Chairwoman has staked her reputation on cracking down on “bad loans” — and a huge national outcry can persuade her to scrutinise and stop this crazy coal project.

Public pressure has changed other banks’ minds, so let’s turn up the heat on the SBI. Add your name now to say no to this reckless loan — when a million people sign we’ll prep a dossier outlining its financial and environmental risks, and deliver it to Chairwoman Bhattacharya with a media blitz:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/great_barrier_reef_india_national/?bbOFlab&v=49683

The wild coal rush that Adani’s project symbolizes, is toxic for the planet. Coal is the dirtiest fossil fuel, and to get the coal to India, Adani would need to expand a shipping lane right through the Reef — the largest living organism on Earth and home to thousands of protected species. To make matters worse, after international lenders like Citigroup and Deutsche Bank shunned the project, Adani has turned to our tax-payer owned SBI hoping for a sweet deal.

Some argue that India needs coal to pull people out of poverty, but our own coal minister just announced that India should be able to phase out coal imports in the next three years, long before the Australian mine is ever completed! The State Bank of India is under fire in the press and from the political opposition for making such promises to Adani who has strong connections with PM Modi. India’s banking regulator has slammed “crony capitalism” for killing India’s economic growth. If we come together now we can show SBI’s Board that we don’t want our money backing this loan.

A recent national poll showed 69% of Indians are against this project. As the head of India’s largest state-backed bank the Chairwoman will have to listen to public opinion. A massive petition, a flood of messages, ads, and reports can encourage the Board to turn Adani down. Add your voice now:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/great_barrier_reef_india_national/?bbOFlab&v=49683

Time and again this year our community has shown it can rise to the challenge of making our climate safe for future generations. We’ve been fighting for the Great Barrier Reef for a long time so let’s ensure we unite again to save it from this catastrophic coal complex.

With hope and determination,
Danny, Nick, David, Alex, Oli, Alaphia, Nic, Ravi and the whole Avaaz team

Adani’s Australian project gets $1 billion SBI loan (The Times of India)
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Adanis-Australian-project-gets-1-billion-SBI-loan/articleshow/45185035.cms

Adani group’s Great Barrier Reef project in troubled waters (Forbes)
http://www.forbes.com/sites/meghabahree/2014/05/29/adani-groups-great-barrier-reef-project-in-troubled-waters/

India could bankroll Adani group’s delayed Australian coal mine (IB Times)
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/india-could-bank-roll-adani-groups-delayed-australian-coal-mine-1475143

National Stock Exchange of India quizzes Adani on loan for Galilee Basin coal project (Sydney Morning Herald)
http://www.smh.com.au/business/mining-and-resources/national-stock-exchange-of-india-quizzes-adani-on-loan-for-galilee-basin-coal-project-20141119-11pnrf.html

SBI’s $1 billion loan to Adani makes no sense, here’s why (firstbiz)
http://firstbiz.firstpost.com/economy/sbis-1-billion-loan-to-adani-makes-no-sense-heres-why-108668.html

India rejects Galilee Basin Coal (Market Forces)
http://www.marketforces.org.au/indiacoalpolling

Crony capitalism hampers economic growth: RBI governor Raghuram Rajan (Economic Times)
http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-08-11/news/52687306_1_crony-capitalism-raghuram-ra…

Indian billionaire Gautam Adani finds a saviour in the Modi government (Forbes)
http://www.forbes.com/sites/meghabahree/2014/07/17/adani-finds-a-savior-in-the-modi-govt/

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Recycle your waste in Mumbai – and get Rewards !

Wasteplus is a waste management company, that specializes in reduction of waste to landfill. That means that instead of sending waste to landfill, we sort and recycle as much as possible before sending your waste to landfill. we try to recover as much as possible.

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Waste plus is the largest and the first company of its kind in the Mumbai trying to recycle DRY waste from Households, Commercial set ups and schools .In return we give rewards, which they achieved due to recycling. We believe in the value of relationships, and strive to maintain a healthy balance in our relationships with our clients, staff and recyclers.

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The Truth about New India Assurance’s top-up policy

Newspapers have claimed that New India Assurance’s newly launched top-up policy is the cheapest. These articles assert that you can even do cosmetic surgery and claim the amount over the deductible, for expenses covered by mediclaim. Here is the truth

New India Assurance (NIA) has launched a top-up plan, which is being hailed by few newspapers like the Times of India (ToI) and Economic Times (ET) as the cheapest product available. This is incorrect. The NIA top-up plan is not the cheapest and it is more expensive than super top-up products which are a better option.

The ToI article states – A unique aspect of NIA’s cover is that for the threshold limit to be reached, all hospitalization expenses are taken into account irrespective of whether the expenses would qualify as an insurance claim. This means that the insured can spend Rs5 lakh on a cosmetic surgery (which is not covered under mediclaim) and recover any additional health expense (covered under mediclaim) under the top-up plan. This is absolutely incorrect information. Moneylife wrote about the discrepancies to New India Assurance, but there was no response till the writing of this article. In fact, there is no health insurance product that covers cosmetic surgery.

Click Here for the full story

How to Download a Copy of Your Aadhaar Card

If you’ve misplaced your Aadhaar card, don’t panic because you can easily download a fresh copy. It needs you to know your Aadhaar number, but you can easily look that up online.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Go to the UIDAI website.
  2. Make sure that Aadhaar No (UID) is selected from the two options near the top of the screen.
  3. Type in your full name, as printed on the Aadhaar card.
  4. Type either the email address or phone number that you used to register for Aadhaar.
  5. Enter the characters you see in the image above Enter the Security Code.
  6. Click Get OTP.
  7. A one-time password will be sent to your email address or phone number, whichever you entered in the form. Enter this password in the form next to Enter OTP.
  8. Click Verify OTP.
  9. Now you’ll receive your Aadhaar number on via SMS or email.

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Stop unnecessary vaccination: eminent doctors, scientists to the PM

There have been 76 deaths till August 2014 from Pentavalent vaccination. This is unacceptable and the PMO must intervene and stop this unwarranted vaccination, instead of promoting it, says a letter sent by a group of academicians, practitioners and teachers of pediatrics and public health

Several eminent doctors and scientists have requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s immediate intervention to stop unwarranted vaccination in public interest.

Highlighting the recent deaths of young children following Pentavalent vaccination (76 deaths till August 2014), the letter sent to the PM says, “We request this note from us may please be taken on record since the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has itself been involved in pronouncements of vaccine initiatives in the past few months. We feel it is our responsibility to place these scientific facts before the PMO so that it is aware of the facts and so that urgent and appropriate action may be initiated by you to direct the Ministry of Health to act in public interest and in accordance with basic precautionary principles. We hope we will receive an action taken report in the next two weeks”.
The letter is signed by Prof Dr BM Hegde, former Vice Chancellor of Manipal University, Dr Vikas Bajpai from the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Prof Amitav Banerjee, Professor for Community Medicine at Dr DY Patil Medical College, Dr JP Dadhich, Consultant Paediatrician, Dr Arun Gupta, Paediatrician and Member of the PM’s Council on India’s Nutrition Challenges, Prof SK Mittal, former Professor of Pediatrics, MAMC and Head of Paediatrics at Pushapanjali Crosslay Hospital, Prof Ritu Priya, Prof at Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Dr Jacon Puliyel, Head of Pediatrics at St Stephens Hospital, Prof S Srinivasan, former Director-Professor of Pediatrics, JIPMER and Prof KP Kushwaha, Principal and Dean of BRD Medical College.

“Expensive vaccines that have little utility are being rolled out without monitoring benefits or harms and which are causing deaths and serious adverse effects. As a result, in spite of official attempts at denial, the public are losing trust in the entire immunization programme. We, a group of academicians, practitioners and teachers of pediatrics and public health would like to draw your attention to the pattern of adverse events and deaths from the newly introduced Pentavalent Vaccine (DPT+ Hib + Hep B vaccine) which is proposed to be rolled out nationwide as a government policy,” the letter says.

Alleging global pressure to roll out vaccination drives, the letter says, “We are aware that there is global pressure from international organisations and donors. These very international organisations have ensured that even the protocol used to investigate the deaths have now been changed so the deaths can be ignored.”
According to the letter, every few days one more child dies after receiving the Pentavalent vaccine.
The Deccan Herald of 22 August 2014 reported two more deaths from Haryana with the Pentavalent vaccine. Last week it was a death in Ujjain. Today’s newspaper (Nai Dunia, Indore) reports a death in Shivpuri (MP). Yet as these deaths mount, it has been announced that Pentavalent vaccine is to be introduced in three more states. Already as per RTI reply there have been 76 deaths in India till August 2014 from Pentavalent adverse events following immunization (AEFI).

It says vaccines are a public health measure to prevent serious disease and deaths. That is how a common man perceives the role of a vaccine. Therefore, deaths in healthy children from vaccines are not acceptable. These deaths have become so frequent that in Tamil Nadu, in spite of official denials, people have stopped going for vaccination and the immunization uptake has fallen by 25% in the last 4 years. According to the District LevelHousehold Survey – DLHS 4: 2012-13 (https://nrhm-mis.nic.in/SitePages/DLHS-4.aspx) immunization coverage across districts in Tamil Nadu, with over 85% full immunization (DLHS–3:2007-08) has fallen to 56%. At the same time, a study on Hepatitis B vaccine (now included in the Pentavalent vaccine) published in the latest issue of the journal of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics – Indian Pediatrics shows the vaccine does not protectbabies from infection, it added.

Here is the letter sent to the PMO…

Click Here for the full article from Moneylife Foundation