Why Punjab is becoming another Mexico?

“As of today, over 40 lakh youth in Punjab are addicted to drugs. The drugs network has been spread in the state by the Akalis. Within a month of our government formation in the state, we will stop the supply of drugs,” Kejriwal said while addressing a rally in Jalandhar district.

Mister Kejriwal what will you be able to do when the police have proven to be totally wasteful for the past few years?

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Amritsar and the Science City in Jalandhar on a school trip and after hearing about all the buzz around ‘Udta Punjab’ my mindset was very different from previous views.

Even after really really tight police, I could notice shards of glasses on roads which seemed to be from syringes. However, it was nowhere near the bigger picture of Punjab.

I read the following article when I returned to Delhi:

Dr Muneet, who is working with a rehabilitation centre in Batala Civil Hospital, told ET that the profile of the average drug user in Punjab is changing. “I have been working on this project for six years and the incidence of drug use is increasing. Even the age group is now 13 to 28 years. The younger children befriend old kids and are coming in contact with drugs at a younger age. Initially it is offered free to these children and then when they get hooked, they are asked for money,” Dr Muneet says. She says the more dangerous trend is that the younger age group is injecting heroin. “In the older age group from 29 years and upwards, heroin is being sniffed and injected,” she says, adding that there is no age or gender bar as girls are also reporting drug abuse.

The same Economic Times report also states that:

“In Batala, just a few kilometres from India-Pakistan border, you don’t need to look too hard for chitta (white powder), ganja or afeem. Make your way to Gandhi camp, the slum area home to the industrial focal point’s migrant labourers, and you can buy it. The dusty path next to the road is strewn with glass. On closer examination, you find crushed syringes all along the road. A young boy sitting in a desolate spot casually rolls cigarettes and offers to a buyer. “

If an Economic Times reporter can find the places where these drugs are distributed, I am deeply disturbed as to how a police officer cannot? We may as well appoint journalists at high posts in the police. This greatly puts me in a state of sorrow. These rapacious politicians sell all the properties owned by the government while making an excuse that they are doing so to pay off school teachers. The ET report also tells that :

“They usually give you free drugs. The first few times it is free. I started when my friends offered. I was young, unemployed and had nothing better to do,” says Sonu. He tried it a couple of times and then got hooked onto it. He said he did not realise he had got addicted even when his knees and legs ached if he did not get a hit. “The initial feeling of having power to do anything gave way to ‘I need it to live’,” he said. That is when the supplier started asking for money.

The Rs 60,000 crore illegal narcotic industry is flourishing under the nose of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, whose party Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), has been allegedly marked by corruption, lawlessness and poor economic activity.

There is a clear connection between the power corridors of Punjab and the money launderers, drug peddlers, contraband sellers and many more, each one of them leeching out life of the state that is known for the vigour and valour of its men and women.

In 2014, while the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) was staging dharnas on the Indo-Pakistan border against the drug menace, Bikram Singh Majithia, brother-in-law of Punjab’s Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, was named in the multi-crore drug racket led by Jagdish Singh Bhola.

It is known that in his statement to the Enforcement Directorate (ED), Bhola named many top Akali leaders and their family members in the drug racket. Sarwan Singh Phillaur’s son Damanjit Singh Phillaur was named as being hand in glove with the drug cartel.

I wonder till how long will the government try and censor the truth as it is only going to get worse during the elections.
The only reason why I thought I must write a blog on this was that I was deeply disturbed to see kids of my age destroying their lives whereas they should be working hard to become highly successful in life.
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Top 3 Anti-Pollution Masks in India

With the pollution on the rise going out without a mask seems somewhat life-threatening. So, here I present the three most effective masks in the Indian market.

  1. Vogmask
  2. 3M 9332+ Aura Disposable Respirator Mask

  3. 3M 9010 N95 Particulate Respirator

I will now explain what you need to look for while buying the right mask for yourself.

  • Protection from PM 2.5 particles, dust, pollen, and other airborne contaminants.
  • Should be N95 or N99. N99 blocks 99% of containments while N95 blocks 95%.
  • An embossed top panel to reduce fogging of eyewear, if you wear glasses.

Now let me explain the top three masks in detail.

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  • Well-fitting, comfortable and reusable.
  • Award-winning filtering textile
  • Provides superior protection from PM 2.5 particles, dust, pollen, and other airborne contaminants.
  • Available in various designs and colours. (They predicted masks are going to be a part of a person’s apparel in some time)
  • One of the very few masks who offer N99 filter, and options of carbon filter layer (C), and exhale valve (V). (Best quality air filtration)
  • Blocks smell.

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  • Provides comfort and style without compromising performance
  • Protects against dusts and mists found in a wide variety of industrial applications and other work situations requiring FFP3 protection. (FFP3 is protection from poisonous and deleterious kinds of dust, smoke, and aerosols. Oncogenic and radioactive substances or pathogens such as viruses, bacteria and fungal spores are blocked)
  • Flat fold disposable P3 respirator offering reliable, effective protection against higher levels of fine dust, mists and metal fume
  • Low breathing resistance filter technology for easier breathing.
  • Supplied in hygienic packaging to help protect the respirator from contamination before use, also allows practical storage and dispensing.
  • An embossed top panel to reduce fogging of eyewear

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  • N95 particulate respirator
  • Protects against certain non-oil based particles
  • Minimum 95 percent efficient against certain solid and liquid aerosols
  • Use in workplace or home
  • Can protect against H1N1 swine flu virus

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At 6 lakh rupees, it is too expensive to die in the United States

Every year, Americans arrange funerals for more than two million deceased at an average cost of $7,300 (Rs. 4.8 lakhs) per funeral,not including cemetery costs. Many funerals go for $10,000 (Rs. 6 lakh) and up.

It’s no surprise that most families call a funeral home when someone they love dies. The funeral home dispatches a funeral director to pick up the body and bring it back to the funeral home. The funeral director then schedules a meeting with surviving family members to help them arrange the funeral service.

The family spends approximately $6,000 on goods and services purchased from the funeral home. Here is a price breakdown of some of those typical costs:

    • Casket – From $2000 – $10,000 (Rs. 1.3 lakhs to Rs. 6 lakhs)
      • At an average price of more than $2,000 for a metal, wood, fiberboard or plastic model, a casket is the single most expensive item in a traditional funeral. Mahogany, bronze or copper models run up to $10,000 or more.
    • Funeral director’s basic services fee – $1,500 (Rs. 1 lakh )
    • Embalming (to preserve corpse from decomposition) and body preparation – $600 (Rs. 40,000)
    • Funeral ceremony and viewing – $1,000 (Rs. 66,000)
    • Hearse, death certificates, obituary, etc.- $600 (Rs. 40,000)

The average traditional funeral service is followed by body burial in a cemetery. The average family will spend approximately $2,000 for goods and services at the cemetery. Here is a price breakdown of the typical costs:

    • Grave space – $1,000 (Rs. 66,000)
    • Cost to dig the grave – $1,000 (Rs. 66,000)

While the typical family has spent close to $8,000 by now, there are still more costs involved in completing the funeral transaction. If the body is buried in a cemetery you will also need to purchase a headstone or grave marker. A headstone is typically a two-piece granite rock that sits on top of the grave site. It’s typically two feet high. A grave marker is typically a flat granite or bronze plaque that lies flat on the ground on top of the grave site. Here is a rough approximation as to what you can expect to spend on a headstone:

    • Headstone – $2,000 (Rs. 1.3 lakhs)
    • Grave Marker – $1,000 (Rs. 66,000)
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A headstone with inscriptions

So, live freely and die cheaply in India rather than going bankrupt dying in USA.

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Made In China?… Nahi Chahiye Bhaiya

I had been complaining to my mom that there is absolutely no Diwali mood this time. Basically, it seemed Diwali came a bit too early.

Fed up of my constant cribbing about no Diwali excitement my mother forcibly took me for Dhanteras shopping.

My eyes popped out when I went to our local sector market.

Rows and rows of makeshift shops with the brightest and most colourful of decorations adorned the market. There were atleast 500 people busy shopping diyas and rangolis. Steel utensils shops were over extended and buzzing with customers. My mother reminded me that people buy steel utensils on Dhanteras as a custom. And that I am supposed to follow the ritual throughout my life.

I was quite amazed to see happy faces and people shopping at ease whereas normally everyone is at hurry all the time. All my doubts about ‘no Diwali excitement’ vanished into thin air.

Secretly, I was relieved that yes Diwali spirit is there, booming and people are thrilled with the most joyful of our festivals. I was unable to notice this sitting at home and I am so glad that my mom wanted me to see with my own eyes that Diwali is alive and kicking.

Now my most important observation was that before making up a mind to buy any particular item people were asking, “Is it made in China?” and poor shopkeepers were lying that it’s made in India.

I think I can bet that for China this will be a black Diwali. 

Headphones that allow a deaf person to hear

Bone conduction headphones.

I consider these to be the most amazing, practical and life changing invention ever. These headphones can make a deaf person listen again. Quite surprised? You will be even more astounded as this technology was developed as early as the 18th- Century by the great artist Beethoven. Bone conduction headphones are a breakthrough in listening technology that allow you to hear stereo music without blocking your ears. Bone conduction headphones transmit music through your bones directly to your inner ear – so you can still hear everything around you.

Discovery: Bone conduction was discovered by Ludwig van Beethoven, the famous 18th century composer who was almost deaf. Beethoven found a way to hear music through his jawbone by biting a rod attached to his piano.

How we normally hear: Normal sound waves are actually tiny vibrations in the air. The vibrations travel through the air to our ear drums. The ear drums in turn vibrate, decoding these sound waves into a different type of vibrations that are received by the Cochlea, also known as the inner ear. The Cochlea is connected to our auditory nerve, which transmits the sounds to our brain.

How we hear with bone conduction: Bone Conduction bypasses the eardrums. In bone conduction listening, the headphones perform the role of your ear drums. Bone conduction headphones decode sound waves and convert them into vibrations that can be received directly by the Cochlea – so the ear drum is never involved. Early attempts at bone conduction resulted in fairly poor sound quality. But new technology has improved the listening quality by decoding the sound waves into high fidelity, stereo quality sound.

Benefits: Bone conduction is a safer way to listen. Bone conduction does not use your eardrums, so there is less stress on your ears.

If you have experienced hearing loss, you may be able to hear clearly again with Bone Conduction. Most cases of hearing loss are due to eardrum damage. Since Bone Conduction does not use the eardrum, you may be able to listen to music and sound clearly without a hearing aid.

Also, a variety of these headphones are used for swimming and even in the military.

Here is a video on Unbox Therapy in which he tests out these bone conduction headphones.

Price range is Rs. 5000 and above

Also, these are few bone conduction headphones on amazon.in:

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Thank you for reading!

Donald Trump – President (not) to be. Why his business ideas won’t help America.

Celebrities such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robert De Niro, Samuel L.Jackson, Ben Stiller, J.K Rowling, George Clooney, Johnny Depp and Stephen Hawking are just the few celebrities who are against Donald Trump for becoming the next president of the United States. Why?

Their comments and views clearly portray their anger and hate towards him. For example, J.K Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, saying that Voldemort (the villain in the series) is better than Donald Trump. We have actors such as George Clooney calling him “a xenophobic fascist” and Johnny Depp labelling him as “a brat”. 

I would not focus towards his known comments about immigration and people of different races as they are very widely known. 

I would however tell you about the facts which are unknown about him. 

Trump has managed to create a bad image of himself among all kinds of people. His outrageous comments towards various issues have attracted anger and hate towards him and yes, with him in the White House the future of America seems dark and gloomy. Why? (The perception is that he is a successful businessman)

The United States is in a debt of $20 trillion and this seems to make Trump an ideal president due to his strong image as a businessman and his net worth of $3.7 billion but that too is not entirely right:-

  • He inherited his wealth from a father who made a name for himself.
  • Most of his money today comes by way of his celebrity, not his business acumen.
  • He has filed bankruptcy multiple times, which means he’s made horrible decisions and has gone broke – more than once.

Donald Trump is not a man of high moral character. He recently left Scottish citizens homeless in order to build a golf course, bulldozing their lands and displacing proud residents of the nation. And he’s done the same to minority communities by destroying their areas for hotels and casinos. 

As far as Trump’s comments on immigration are considered his own wife Melania Trump immigrated from Yugoslavia. She was raised in a concrete tower block in then Yugoslavia during the rule of Tito and immigrated to the US in the mid-1990’s. Her previous activities have raised various questions about the legality in her immigration. 

24 Season 2 got 10 Things Wrong

This year’s 24 totally failed to live up to its expectation. What we all expected was an action packed, thrilling story filled with twist and turns, however what we got was a total contrast. The storyline revolved around on the same facts over and over. The last episode has left me with a lot of questions so lets take a look at the factors which made this 24 a total flop.

  1. The concept of the virus: Yes the idea seems pretty good but seeing the people infected with it is not exactly what you want to see at 9pm prime time. The images of people coughing, bleeding and crying is such a devastating sight and you do not want to watch such repulsive images when on the other hand gripping and entertaining comedy show is going on.
  2. The power of Roshan Sherchand: The whole of ATU was at this person’s fingertips. Whatever he asks them to do they follow. He asks them to shoot Mallik, they do so. He asks them to free his daughter, the head of ATU comes running along. He asks them to let him out of the boat docks, he gets the satellite imagery. He is so powerful that he escapes a whole special unit of soldiers even after being shot during the virus exchange. Wow!
  3. The weak ATU: The ATU on the other hand cannot solve problems of their own. Their mission to capture the virus was a total flop. It resulted in Roshan escaping from jail and the virus being with him. They managed to let Roshan escape from the club, from the boat docks and they are the ones who took him out of jail. They manage to lose Kiran (Jai’s daughter) in a park full of ATU workers. Seems like the main hero of this series was Roshan Sherchand. And at the end it is Roshan’s accomplice Maddy who offers to help ATU solve the whole thing, otherwise they were going the totally different way.
  4. Dragging of the scenes: The ‘kidnapping’ of the Kiran’s neighbours daughter was stretched for so many episodes making it so irritating to watch. Also the attempt to free Roshan from jail was so stretched that it was a total bore.
  5. The loser Mallik: She would be the worst role for a leader. She was so confused herself that the other workers were telling her what to do. It was best that they shot her later in the series. Also I could not understand the motive for bringing up her special needs son, they might as well have taken a normal child.
  6. Siddharth Seghal’s family side: Firstly he leaves Mallik and his son ten years ago, however after Mallik’s death he greatly longs for her. Surprisingly, he reaches to all heights to free ‘his son’, whom he left 10 years ago ruthlessly.
  7. The Shinde side: This was the most irritating factor of this year’s season. I do not understand as to why that Antra was crying after the death of his husband. She was acting so dumb as she was making a whole scene out of the watch thing. Also this made no connection to that of story of the virus. I felt like clapping when she shot herself so that we do not have to see her irritating tantrums again.
  8. Devyani’s blood exchange: When Devyani was asked for her blood samples in the hospital where she worked, she exchanged the samples. It still remians a mystery as to why she did so as she later says she was unaware of the antibodies in her body.
  9. I bet there will be a Season 3: I know you are surprised by hearing this however if you remember, Jai Singh Rathore was wearing a bullet proof vest when that nani shot her. And I too am surprised that the nani who cannot handle her grandson at the moment , after returning from a hostage situation, has time to go on the internet, find a newly circulated video, find Jai at the hospital instead of ATU, find a gun and shoot him, while he was wearing a vest, within 30 minutes. Amazing!
  10. Roshan’s hacker Maddy: I was truly impressed by her hacking skills and awestruck by the easy availability of all the CCTV footages of delicate locations in Mumbai. She hacks into any system while sitting in her car.

 The only thing I will remember in this series is the perfect acting and grace of Naina Singhania and Roshan Sherchand.

Why people are going crazy over Pokèmon Go?

Facebook and Twitter. Pokemon Go. This app is as famous as a scientific breakthrough.

So, what is it all about?

Well, it is a new game developed by Niantic and it uses augmented reality. Sounds futuristic doesn’t it. It starts out on a map and yup a real map in which you have to move and catch pokemons that means getting out of your house. When you spot a pokemon you click on it and you camera app open on which it visualises the pokemon. Like this,pokemon-go-nick_statt-screenshots-1.0

You then throw the poke ball and the creature and capture it. You can later battle with this pokemon in the gym. Also you will probably run out of those balls so you can go to a poke stop and collect such resources. Almost every mandir and metro station (registered on google) is a poke gym or a poke stop. Even though the game is available only in few countries like US, Japan and Australia, people are going crazy over it in India as well. And if you are thinking that you are too old and mature for this game. You are wrong!

How to download it in India?

Downloading pokemon go on android devices is very easy all you have to do is to go to this site and click download. Also you will need to tweak your settings a little bit.

  1. On your phone go to Settings.
  2. Tap on Security (also labelled as Privacy on some devices).
  3. Go to Unknown sources.
  4. Tap Allow for the installation of apps from unknown sources. This will allow you to install Pokemon Go.
  5. Then click on the link above. Or just click here site
  6. Now simply go to the Downloads folder on your phone and install it.

Now, for the iOS devices… Well it’s not that easy. Pokèmon GO is not available in India, but surprisingly the game works. So, you will have to create a fake account with a email id that has not been used for another apple id. (I recommend making a new email id altogether because pokemon go can access your email). Your country will have to be United States, Japan or Australia as these places have the official pokemon go on the app store.

  1. Create a new Apple ID at this page.
  2. Choose United States from the drop-down menu while creating your Apple ID.
  3. On your iPhone open the App Store. Tap Featured on the bottom panel.
  4. Scroll to the bottom and tap your Apple ID.
  5. Tap Sign Out if you are already signed in.
  6. Next, tap the Sign In button.
  7. Key in your new Apple ID and password.
  8. You’ll see a pop-up that reads “This Apple ID has not yet been used in the iTunes Store”. Tap Review.
  9. Tap United States under COUNTRY OR REGION. Tap Next.
  10. Read the terms and conditions and Apple’s privacy policy and tap Agree.
  11. Tap Agree again in the pop-up.
  12. Under BILLING INFORMATION tap None.
  13. Scroll down and key in a valid US address – search the Internet!
  14. Key in a phone number. Then tap Next.
  15. Tap Done on the top-right.
  16. Search pokemon go in the search menu
  17. Download it
  18. After it gets downloaded you can log out of the account and log into your existing Indian account by the same way you did for the new account. You can use this account for downloading other apps too which are not available in India but available in the respective country.

 

 

 

The Gold and Diamond iPhone 4s for just Rs 62 crores

The second instalment in the series 5 Most Outrageously Expensive Things In the World is surely going to dazzle you.

iPhone 4S Elite Gold: Rs 62,58,99,000

iphone-4s-elite-close2-e1323332884268.jpgOfficially considered the world’s most expensive phone, Stuart Hughes (designer of overpriced luxury products) has topped himself yet once again, creating a phone designed with 500 individual diamonds, totalling over 100 carats. The back plate is 24 carat gold and the Apple logo is made of 24-carat gold and 53 diamonds. The home navigation button yields a single very rare and flawless natural pink diamond.  The diamond is said to be between 7.4-8.6 carats. Otherwise you can also buy it for Rs. 13,000 also instead of the 62 crore version.

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A massage for Rs. 66 lakhs only

In a series of 5 posts you will get to know about the 5 Most Outrageously Expensive Things In the World

Diamond Massage : Rs 66,59,500 

diamond-massage.jpgDuring the precious treatment, gemstones (1.5 carat diamonds) are crushed up into powder form and applied all over the skin until the body is completely covered in diamond flecks (a mixture of micronized diamonds and iron). A magnet is later used to remove the gems and iron minerals from the skin’s surface. The treatment’s benefits include several anti-aging effects such as youthful skin, and a deep detoxification protecting the skin against ‘electromagnetic wave pollution’. And all this will cost you just Rs 66 lakhs

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Emmy "Hearts On Fire" Diamond Indulgence Lounge - Day 2

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – AUGUST 23: A model has the $100,000 Diamond Massage By SPA performed on her as she attends the Emmy “Hearts On Fire” Diamond Indulgence Lounge held at the Peninsula Hotel on August 23, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Chad Buchanan/Getty Images for Hearts on Fire)