Monday, August 4, 2014

Self Attestation… At Last!

You don’t have to dread government offices as the government decided to cut down on red tapism and simplify rules and regulations which had outlived their utility. The government has sought minimum use of affidavits and shift to self-certification, so as to benefit the common man.

In a citizen-friendly initiative, all Ministries and Departments of the Union Government, and all State Governments, have been asked to make provision for self-certification of documents in place of affidavits. The requirement of attestation by Gazetted Officer is also sought to be replaced by self-certification by the citizen. This essentially means self attestation is more than sufficient when it comes to submitting photocopies. Under the self-certification method, the original documents are required to be produced at the final stage. It is expected to benefit the people immensely, as all affidavits not required by law shall eventually be done away with. 

In communications addressed to all Secretaries of the Union Government as well as the Chief Secretaries of States/Administrators of Union Territories, the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances has noted that “obtaining either an attested copy or affidavit not only costs money to the poor citizen but also involves wastage of time of the citizens as well as of the Government officials.” The Department has called for a review of the existing requirement of affidavits and attestation by Gazetted Officers, and replacement by self-certification. 

In case of false self-certification, relevant provisions under the Indian Penal Code would apply. 

Beware of Scorpions

Scorpions are often viewed as being creepy and dangerous living creatures. However, you will find some of the facts about them to be very interesting.

Top Scorpion Facts:
  • The Scorpion doesn’t have good vision in spite of the fact that it has so many eyes. They have at least 6 but they can have as many as 12.
  • They use the sense of smell to find food and to hide from danger.
  • They rely on vibrations from their surroundings to help them determine what is taking place in their environment.
  • It is true that a Scorpion is able to tell the difference between light and dark.
  • Young Scorpions ride on their mothers back for the first weeks of life.
  • The average lifespan in the wild for the Scorpion is 3 to 8 years. Some have lived long years in captivity.
  • There is fluorescent in the Scorpion that is believed to be part of the molting process but really is unknown.
  • All Scorpions are venomous. Only about 25-30 of them have a type of venom that is potent enough to make someone very ill or to kill them.
  • Antarctica is the only place on Earth where you won’t find the Scorpion living.
  • The Scorpion loves to live around rocks, sand, and trees. However, they are very adaptable and have been found living in some very unusual places.
  • The oldest artifacts of Scorpions date back 430 million years.
  • Some species of Scorpions can live for up to a year without any food or water.
  • They are nocturnal and will usually stay in holes or under rocks during the day.
  • They are extremely sensitive to light so they aren’t going to be out roaming around in the sun.
  • Scorpions can only consume a liquid diet. The venom they inject into prey allows the insides to be turned into liquid that they suck out.
  • Sometimes the females will consume the males after mating if he doesn’t move quickly.Paper background and Scorpion
  • The young are called Scorplings. They will stay with their mother until they complete their first molt.
  • The females are typically larger than the males of the same species.
  • One of the most dangerous species is the Fattail scorpion which is also called the fat-tailed scorpion.
  • Scorpions tend to live in areas that are from 68 degrees Fahrenheit to 99 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • They are closely related to ticks, mites, and spiders.
  • They get most of their water from prey but they have been seen drinking plain water from time to time.
  • Scorpions need soil around their living environment so that they can thrive.
  • The range in size from 0.35 inch to 7.8 inches.
  • There are approximately 90 species of Scorpions that live in the United States.
  • Some of the very dangerous Scorpions live in North Africa and the Middle East.
  • Each species of Scorpion has it’s own type of venom which is why the toxicity levels vary.
  • They don’t have bones. Instead they have an exoskeleton that is made of minerals.
  • There is only an anti venom for treatment with certain types of Scorpions.
  • Migraine headaches that last for a week or longer can be the result of the after effects of a dangerous Scorpion sting.

Friday, August 1, 2014

In Case You Run Out of Fire

Here are a few tips in case you may need them

Thank You Delhi HC

The Delhi High Court on Thursday banned e-rickshaws from plying on city roads, observing that they were illegal under the present laws.
The court of Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul directed the municipal corporations, the Transport department and traffic police to “take steps to prevent the plying of e-rickshaws without fail”.
The government told the court that the present law does not regulate e-rickshaws and that there was no system under which these vehicles can be issued licences or registered.
According to Delhi Police data, 29 people have been injured and two killed in accidents involving e-rickshaws till June 30. Besides, 137 cases have been filed against e-rickshaw drivers for rash and negligent driving in the first six months of the year.

HC bans e-rickshaws, calls them safety hazard | The Indian Express