Nov 25, 2012

Get new chequebook before December 31, 2013

UPDATE: You need new cheque leaves only if you are presenting the cheque to another bank. eg. It is okay if you deposit old cheque leaf belonging to a Kochi Federal Bank account at Federal bank Pattom, Trivandrum.

As per Reserve Bank of India guidelines, there have been certain changes made to the cheques issued by Indian Banks. However, these changes are available only in chequebooks issued after August 2011. If you have obtained the chequebook prior to this, the cheques will not be valid after December 31, 2012 ( extended to 2013).

If the cheques you currently hold have the following features, they will be valid after the given date.


#1 ) "Please sign above" is mentioned on cheque leaf on the lower right-hand side.
#2 ) A wave like design is embossed on the left-hand side of Cheque leaf

The new cheque format.

Additionally, any post-dated cheques issued by you and due after December 31, 2013 will need to be replaced by the fresh cheques meeting the above mentioned guidelines.

Oct 24, 2012

How to access 3G in WiFi only iPads including iPad Mini

Buy a TPLink WiFi Router and enjoy WiFi in iPad..

Visit joiku.com . Download and Install the software in your mobile having a 3G plan. Enable Wifi Hotspot. You will get Wifi network in iPad.
apple iPad has WiFi only models.

Oct 21, 2012

Unlimited Night Calls from BSNL Landline

UPDATE : May 2015 . BSNL has made all landline calls free from 9pm to 7 am from BSNL Land phones to any network in India.
A paper clip showing the news Source:Mathrubhumi.com

The below offer is no longer needed

India Government's Telcom provider BSNL launched yet another amazing offer in Kerala.
Unlimited Night Calls from BSNL Landline for Rs.59
Source: BSNL Press Release

Now from BSNL Landline you could make unlimited free calls to BSNL landlines or mobiles anywhere in India between 10 pm to 7am.
Per month charge of Rs.59/-
Apply at BSNL before 28 December 2012 to get this offer.

Oct 11, 2012

IRCTC + Google Maps = http://railradar.trainenquiry.com/

RailRadar™ is a live tracker of Indian Railways passenger trains traffic in real time. This live tracker is shown on an interactive Google map and allows users to watch the movements of trains which are currently running in entire India. RailRadar™ is an outcome of innovation where Indian Railways Center for Railway Information System (CRIS) and RailYatri.in joined hands.

There will be a delay of 5 or more minutes

Oct 10, 2012

250 unlimited 3G plan from TATADOCOMO

UPDATE : I personally now think that this is a good plan. Reason
Data balance unlimited is valid for 30 days, and 250 talk time is valid for life time.
So when u reacharge for 3G SmartLife Plan 250 you are getting 1GB free 3G and 250 full talktime. The marketting team at Docomo should have highlighted this rather than give false hope for customers.
Also for all other 3G plans if we exceed the datalimit your core balance will be gone , but in this case only the speed gets reduced which is a plus.
I am removing the word "Fake" from the post title.

Announcing the launch of this new service, A P Sriram, Chief Operating Officer, Karnataka Circle, Tata DOCOMO said, “We were the first operator to launch 3G services in the country and believe that it will be a key market differentiator in times to come. Keeping that in mind we are happy to launch this affordable and innovative product that will allow our customers to experience 3G services like never before. With the launch of this plan we have completed the value chain of unlimited offers in voice and data services”.

This is the plan listed here
3G SmartLife Plan 250 Talktime : Rs. 250. Unlimited 3G data. Validity : 30 Days

Now this is a fake description of the plan. The 3G speed is only till 1 GB after which your connection sucks.
Your speed will reduces to 64 kbps when your 1 gb data finished, It gives you sign that your 1 gb data is finished.   There is no way to check your 3G data balance since this is "unlimted 3G for 30 days". As you have recharged with RC 250 it is unlimited data you got, You cannot check the data balance for unlimited data.
Also see the alerts they are sending for an unlimited plan.

Name : TA-DataAL
Number : TA-DataAL
Content : Dear Customer, You have reached 25%  Quota of your Subscribed Data Plan.

Name : TA-DataAL
Number : TA-DataAL
Content : Dear Customer, You have reached 50%  Quota of your Subscribed Data Plan.

Name : TA-DataAL
Number : TA-DataAL
Content : Dear Customer, You have reached 80%  Quota of your Subscribed Data Plan.
Time : 18/10/2012 04:46:02

Name : TA-DataAL
Number : TA-DataAL
Content : Dear Customer, You have reached 100%  Quota of your Subscribed Data Plan.
Time : 19/10/2012 10:38:50


There is one more catch Basic calling tariff will be changed to Standard call rates of 1.2 paisa/second after recharge of the plan (for new customers).

After recharge of Rs.250/- to activate data access you need to SMS ‘HVC’ to ‘52270’ or you could directly change the APN to TATA.DOCOMO.INTERTHVC instead of TATA.DOCOMO.INTERNET

The talk time is life time validity and 3GB 3G for 30 days, that should have been a better way of marketing this PLAN. rather than stating unlimited 3G Plan.

Oct 7, 2012

More on Tijo Jose gets 70 lakhs offer from Google

Tijo Jose, an M.Tech computer science student at National Institute of Technology, Calicut, has bagged a placement offer of Rs70 lakh from Google Inc. He will join for work in October 2013 after completing his MTech.

Tijo is son of Jose Joseph, an agriculturist and Annet Jose, a homemaker in ‘Nedungatt house,’ Vazhakulam near Thodupuzha in Idukki. Jonitha Alphonsa Jose is his sister and Sanal Jose, brother.

This link has news on him uploaded by his friend.


M.Tech. CSE
National Institute of Technology Calicut
Class of 2013 · Calicut, India

Computer Science and Engineering · Vazhakulam
Class of 2011

Nirmala Public School Muvattupuzha
Class of 2007 · Muvattupuzha, India

His facebook page says more about him. Now that he has got celibrity status , this is worth blogging.

A photo of Tijo Jose source:http://www.facebook.com/tijonjose



About Tijo Jose

I am Tijo Jose (Tuttu) An M.Tech. (CSE - Mathematical Foundations and Algorithms) Student of National Institute of Technology, Calicut. 

 I did my B.Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering from Viswajyothi College of Engineering and Technology, Vazhakulam. 

 I live with my family in Vazhakulam (The Pineapple City), Muvattupuzha, Ernakulam Dt., Kerala, India. (Presently, at NITC Hostel) 

I am color blind. The only one with this 'ability' in my class during school days. Found a partner in college, though. Even I have a brother, who shares the quality. Don't think I am doomed... That makes me special in a special way!!! 

Well, I wanted to become an astronomer. That was my best, first and foremost vision. I was and am fascinated by the deepest and darkest mysteries of the premises of the earth. Stars used to tickle me in my dreams. The way stars are born, live young and old, and die! Oh! how exciting it is just to hear that. And they live after their death as black holes or pulsars. And the nebulae of the universe. The jewel in the crown. To study extra terrestrial, to explore extra terrestrial, to capture extra terrestrial, to understand extra terrestrial. Oh! how I dream them. But now, I am on the way of becoming a computer engineer. Still, my vision is with me. I'll never let go. 

 May be you can call me a Maths wizard. B'coz the only area I found interesting in school was the study of Mathematics. And to be honest, I did it well too! Isn't it wonderful to play with numbers? Like the countless stars in the sky, the count of the countless numbers is just addictive to me. I love proving this and that in maths, which may be of really no use to anyone (sometimes, it really is useful...you see...that is how great mathematicians are born), but is of great satisfaction to my mind. There lies the greatest pleasure, when you enjoy something, like anything. The part of math I love most is everything except nothing. 

 I luuurrrvvv to do programming. But ain't no hero at it. In the upcoming stage. Can do almost medium rated programs myself in a relatively few languages I know. I enjoy reading books. Not study materials but library materials.
Born on March 3, 1990
Knows English, Malayalam, Hindi
Male

Oct 4, 2012

PSY - GANGNAM STYLE huge hit outside India

PSY - GANGNAM STYLE huge hit outside India
UPDATE: GANGNAM STYLE huge hit inside India too. Most of the facebook updates are now related to GANGNAM style.


359,713,166 viewers watched this . It is fun to watch it with horse style dance
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0

TataDocomo gave me free 3GB 3G for 3 months

UPDATE: This offer is no longer valid.

Congratulations on your special benefit for full 90 days! Enjoy 3GB 3G data and much more. I had recharged this one last month... You could try this as well.
Enjoy Tata DOCOMO 3G SmartLife plans loaded with 3G Data and bundled free talktime

Recharge using Special Tariff Voucher 38 to get All local mobile calls @ 1p/ 3secs. STD mobile calls @ 1.2p/ sec. Local/STD landline calls@ 1.5p/ sec. Validity : 90 Days

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Sep 15, 2012

All about LPG transparency portals Indane Bharat Gas HP Gas

The “LPG transparency portal” carries details of
Consumer Number
Name
Address
No.of Refills availed etc
This is listed for all consumers Gas agencywise for each city and state, and this is definitely a privacy issue. :) It exposes the address of all consumers in India with LPG connection and how much cooking gas they use. Some addresses contain mobile numbers as well. I hope the name and address info will be made secret soon.

That being said, the site is useful to check your usage stats.Since only 6 cylinders can be availed at subsidised cost you should know how much cylinders you have ordered from April 1 .

It can be accessed through the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry’s website, www.petroleum.nic.in. The portal will also be hosted on the sites of
Indian Oil Corporation,
Hindustan Petroleum Corporation and
Bharat Petroleum Corporation.

Indian Oil Corporation (http://indane.co.in/transparency/index.php),
Bharat Petroleum (http://www.ebharatgas.com/pages/footer/Transparency_portal.html) Hindustan Petroleum (http://dcms.hpcl.co.in/ConsumerPortal/Transparency/Transparency.aspx) have made records available of all cylinders sold to the 130-million subscriber base since June on the portal.

The portals have been set up in tune with the recommendations of the task force on direct transfer of subsidies headed by UIDAI Chairman Nandan Nilekani.

Jul 29, 2012

Dual SIM Nokia-Asha 305 price in India is 4500+

Nokia Asha 305 is a dual SIM phone. Nokia website says Nokia-Asha 305 has a price tag of Rupees 4668.

Please note that Nokia Asha 305 supports only 2G / GPRS . Nokia Asha 305 don't have support for 3G/Wifi. Nokias Asha 305 has 3 inch resistive (nails) touch display with a weight of 98g.

Nokia Asha 306 which will be launched soon will have 2G+Wifi with single SIM option, 2 Mpixel Camera.
Nokia Asha 303 has 2G , 3G , WiFi, 2.6 inch display , 3.2 Mpixel Camera

Jul 26, 2012

Olympics Opening Ceremony India TV Timings

The Summer Olympics begins Friday, 27 July 2012, and ends Sunday, 12 August 2012.
The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games is on Friday, 27 July 2012.

What time does the Opening ceremony start?
Boyle's 'Isles Of Wonder' show kicks off at 9pm UK time on Friday, July 27 at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, East London. It's expected to last until midnight, with a fireworks display going on until 12.30am.
In India the opening ceremony will start
Saturday, 28 July 2012, 01:30:00 IST UTC+5:30 hours.

You can watch the olympics opening event live on Doordarshan/YouTube.com


Jul 21, 2012

BSNL Kerala Internet Tariff for 3G Data Latest June 2015

UPDATE 1.6.2015: BSNL reduces validity of data packs. For eg. Rs.68 Data STV will be valid for 7 days instead of 10 days. The details are below.

UPDATE : May 2015 . BSNL introduced a Data STV of Rs.68 with 1GB 3G data limit of validity 10 days. This is valid from April 1 2015 to 30 May 2015. To activate the new data stv 68 on your number, just recharge 68 or send STV DATA68 to 123.
BSNL Kerala now has Annual Prepaid 3G Plans!!! In addition to the above get 9GB of 3G data for 1 year and get a 3.6Mbps 3G Datacard for  Rs 1851 !!

The new 2G/3G BSNL Prepaid Tariff from 1/June/2014 to today is below. All 2G users get 3G dataspeed while in 3G coverage area. This means 2G = 3G from now on for BSNL. There is no separate recharge coupons for 2G and 3G service of BSNL.

All existing GPRS/3G data STVs (including YUVA ) are gone.
BSNL Rs 14  Data Plan gives you 90 MB for 2 days. SMS DATA14 to 53733 to activate

Rs. 25 150MB 3G / 2G data for 4 days SMS DATA25 to 53733 to activate.
 Rs 40 Data Plan gives you 200 MB for 6 days , SMS DATA40 to 53733 to activate and so on.
 Rs 68 Data Plan gives you 1 GB for 7 days. ( DATA78 )
 Rs 78 Data Plan gives you 450 MB for 12 days. ( DATA78 )
 Rs 98 Data Plan gives you 650 MB for 16 days.
 Rs 139 Data Plan gives you 1 GB for 15 days.
 Rs 155 Data Plan gives you 1 GB for 22 days
 Rs 198 Data Plan gives you 1.1 GB for 28 days
 Rs 252 Data Plan gives you  2.2 GB for 28 days
 Rs 451 Data Plan gives you 2 GB+Rs.100 TalkTime for 60 days
 Rs 561 Data Plan gives you 5 GB for 30 days
 Rs 821 Data Plan gives 7GB ( 2G/3G Data ) for 60 days...
BSNL Rs 1011 Data Plan gives you 10 GB for 30 days . SMS DATA1011 to 53733 to activate via SMS.
Rs.1949 Data Plan - 20 GB for 60 days.
Since extra usage will be charged at 2ps/10KB it is better to keep less balance and consume data.

Note: If you face BSNL 3G activation delay after sending SMS DATAXXX to 53733 say for example after sending the SMS DATA1011 to 53733 you might get below reply . No balance deduction happens.
Number: BT-BSNL
Content:
Your request for 3G Data PackDATA1011 is recieved and under process.
Pl wait for Confirmation Message - BSNLMOBILE 
To solve this issue just do a top up for Rs.50 or any amount after you get the above message and check your account balance and 3G balance.

You could also visit http://portal.bsnl.in and then select the option to do the 2G / 3G recharge.

3G/2G online recharge now available at portal.bsnl.in
or you could visit a local shop;)

Additional Usage 2paise/10KB.
3G accesspoint (APN) is bsnlnet

BSNL 3G Data STVs for attracting the Youth named as “YUVA" is withdrawn.

Once you start the BSNL 3G plans, you won't be able to do 2G internet recharges even if your area has only 2G network. The way out is to change plan. This is no longer the case as there is only one plan for data be it 2G or 3G. In 2G area you will get 2G speed, in 3G area you will get 3G speed..


How to Check BSNL datacard/3G validity and how much data used in internet balance ?

For BSNL Data Balance check: Dial *124*4# or SMS "DATA 3G" to 53733.

BSNL USSD query from Kerala network for balance check

Send:*124*4#
Receive:GPRS 24Hr Acc bal 577.22MB and valid upto 03.08.2012. GPRS Night Acc has expired.
The reply might say GPRS even though I am using 3G.

Send:*123# 
Receive:Mob No is 9194474XXXXX,plan is "3G Special New". MainAcc Bal: Rs 99.22,expires on 12.01.2013.

Jul 3, 2012

SBI savings account::Minimum Balance not Required

No minimum balance for SBI Ad

SBI waives minimum balance in Savings Account.
NO MINIMUM BALANCE CHARGES
Facility available to existing customers also
For details visit www.sbi.co.in or call toll-free 1800-425-3800 or 1800-112211
HURRY!! CONTACT YOUR NEAREST BRANCH

Jun 20, 2012

TATA Docomo Network no range #down across India


TATA Docomo Network no range across India. The complete network is down, including the customer care !

Approximate Wait Time: 188 min 59 sec Position in queue: 115 says online Customer care. Mobile customer care number is down too.


UPDATE 1:
TataDocomo no range at Bangalore, Bhuveshwar, Kerala, Chennai, Gujarat TataDocomo from 6.30 pm

UPDATE 2:
Some tweets say cable has some problem.

Jun 15, 2012

Where to buy mohanlal spirit headphone ?

You might have seen this headphone used by MohanLal in the movie "Spirit" . It is called Retro Telephone Style Headset or Anti-radiation Retro Antique Style Mobile Phone Headset. Here are the results of my online research.

Source #1:Snapdeal.com @ Rs.799 /-
Link 1 Black
Link 2 Red


Source #2: Flipkart.com @ 850 /-
See the entire colours here









Source #3: dealsandyou.com 
Rs.959 , available in black and red.
Deal Highlights

Red Retro Phone @ Rs 959

Color: Black

Specifications:

Compatible with mostly all 3.5mm jack mobile phones including iPhone, BlackBerry, Nokia, HTC, Samsung and LG
Volume control for ease of use
Elegant silicone rubber finish
No batteries required


"Why is it pointless?"

It isn't the most practical thing to pop into your shirt pocket and is likely to get you odd looks whenever you use it.

"Why is it cool?"

Whole generations are growing up without knowing the satisfaction of slamming down the phone on a rude salesman. The phobile lets you relive that old-school feeling without having to sweep up the remains of your new smart phone.

To be fair, attaching an old-school handset to a modern mobile is a bit like tying a typewriter to a laptop. But that's exactly why we love it. It doesn't make sense, but it's guaranteed to get a laugh and attract attention wherever you may roam. Imagine the look on people's faces when your mobile rings and you pull this whacking great relic out of your pocket.

Jun 5, 2012

Mohanlal facebook link FB.com/ActorMohanlalOfficial

Mohanlal's original profile in facebook.com

SPIRIT Teaser. is the first in timeline as of now.( Uploaded 7hrs ago )
Mohanlal joined Facebook. - May 30

May 15, 2012

Honda new Bike 110cc Dream Yuga Price

Dressed in a Honda T-shirt, Bollywood acting heart-throb Akshay Kumar unveiled the 110cc Dream Yuga motorcycle on Tuesday, touting the advantages of a motorbike over a car on the clogged roads of India's cities, reports Reuters.

Ad in newspaper Oct 20 2012

Rs.44,642+ is the price ( cost ) of the bike according to The Hindu. 8.5 BHP Power and mileage 72 km / litre

Ex.Showroom Price Kochi Price starts at Rs.47,602/-

May 10, 2012

Remove black films tinted material orders Supreme Court of India

UPDATE: Review petition got rejected.
The current oder says no film at all of any transperency level
Supreme Court Link

The manufacturer of the vehicle may manufacture the vehicles   with   tinted   glasses   which   have   Visual   Light Transmission (VLT) of safety glasses windscreen (front and rear) as 70 per cent VLT and side glasses as 40 per cent VLT, respectively.     No black film or any other material can be pasted on the windscreens and side glasses of a vehicle.

UPDATE: Rs. 150 is the standard rate here at Kochi to remove the sunfilm from cars. The film removal is easy but the removal of the gum is tedious.


The Bangalore police says in their facebook page
Dear Friends,

As you are aware, Hon'ble Supreme court of India in W.P. no 265/2011 has directed removal of tincted material on the front, back and side glasses of vehicles. The visiblity of front and rear glass should be 70% and for side glasses it should be 50% as per rule 100 of Cenral Motor vehicle rules. The Hon'ble court has directed enforecement of this rule from 4th May 2012 onwards.

We had extensive discussions with Transport department officials about the modalities of implementation of this ruls. As per the directions of the Supreme court we will be enforcing this rule forthwith and will commence a campaign for removal of all tincted material from glasses of the vehicle.
All the vehicle owners are requested to remove black films/ tinted material on all safety glasses (windscreen, rear glass and side glasses) in their vehicles at the earliest.

Stupid Indian citizens are asking foolish questions instead of removing the films. I have created an FAQ.

1. Will the judge pay for the removal cost of the film? If not then who will pay for it?
No

2.Where do we have the facility to ensure that the tint confirms to the norms i.e., 70% and 50% visibility?
See what the court said is the manufacturer based on BIS specs will give safety glass equipped with that visibility , you should not paste any films. the judgment is clear that no films should be present on the glass irrespective of visibility

3. Let's know the cut off date so that we can get confirmed the films pass the prescribed specifications and get corrected
It is may 20. 2012

4. Great!! Thanks for making it so easy for the thief's to see which car glass to break in and take what. We used to keep our Laptops and things in the car now we have to carry everything with us Thanks a Ton. I hope you guys have your commissions in place else it would be waste.
:-)

5. how do we measure the % of visibility in the tinted glass........pls give details, before getting harassed by traffic police......
Just remove all films you pasted.

6. We will agree with the SC notice, but can all the Govt Vehicles including the politicians and police and beuracrats remove the tint on their cars first, than asking the general public to do it, as we have seen all the police vehicles used by IPS officers are tinted in the back seats, the classic example is that of the vehicles in Bangalore only.
The appropriate government is free to make any regulations that it may consider appropriate in this regard.

7. Is this rule applicable for vehicles having tinted glass fitted by car manufacturer itself in factory.
No

8. With regard to Lady drivers...Will Supreme Court reverse the ban if the number of atrocities committed against Lady drivers or occupants increase once the films are removed....Especially when occupants are ladies and the travel is through isolated areas...
Yes, you could file a review petition.

9.

Apr 25, 2012

Howto get Microsoft Live SkyDrive 25GB Storage Offer

Just run over to SkyDrive.com (or skydrive.live.com) and get a free upgrade back to 25GB. Sign in using hotmail or live email id.

Your account has been upgraded
You now have 25 GB of free storage. Thanks for using SkyDrive!


Get the SkyDrive app for your PC or Mac

With the free SkyDrive app, your important files and photos are with you wherever you go. Get the SkyDrive app

SkyDrive for Windows is the easiest way to access your SkyDrive from your PC. When you install SkyDrive, a SkyDrive folder is created on your PC. Everything you put in this folder is automatically kept in sync between your computers (PC or Mac) and SkyDrive.com, so you can get to your latest files from virtually anywhere. Whenever you add, change, or delete files in one location, all the other locations will be updated.

If you forgot to put something in your SkyDrive folder, you can still get back to your PC to access all its files and folders from SkyDrive.com.
Features

* Access your SkyDrive right from Windows Explorer—photos, documents, and all your other important files.
* Quickly add new files to SkyDrive by dragging them to the SkyDrive folder.
* Easily organize your files and folders in SkyDrive, just like any other folder.
* Connect back to your PC if you forget to put something in SkyDrive.

Mar 14, 2012

Aishwarya Rai's daughter named Aaradhya Bachchan ?

According to reports in a leading news paper the Bachchans have decided to name their bundle of joy - Aaradhya Bachchan

So what does the name Aaradhya mean? Aaradhya in Sanskrit means, 'First One.' Sanskrit word which means, 'one who is worth worshipping.'


"We’ve got a name, and I’ll announce it very soon, but in terms of releasing a photograph you know I... if people see her in everyday life that’s fine by me, but I just think releasing the photograph is a very pompous thing to do. We don’t believe in any ceremony in terms of naamkaran,” Abhishek had said

Why should you open more bank accounts in India ?

The are chances that a bank may close one day. It can happen due to various reasons.

In United States, The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) preserves and promotes public confidence in the U.S. financial system by insuring deposits in banks and thrift institutions for at least $250,000
http://www.fdic.gov/about/learn/symbol/index.html

In India , What is the maximum deposit amount insured by the DICGC?


Each depositor in a bank is insured upto a maximum of Rs.1,00,000 (Rupees One Lakh) for both principal and interest amount held by him in the same capacity and same right as on the date of liquidation/cancellation of bank's licence or the date on which the scheme of amalgamation/merger/reconstruction comes into force.
http://www.rbi.org.in/Scripts/FAQView.aspx?Id=64

So as an Indian, if ( money > 100000 ) then open more accounts++ :))

Feb 29, 2012

Railway Police Helpline Numbers

Various problems are faced while we travel in train especially by women. It may be helpful to store these numbers in your mobile. You could either call or SMS these number when in trouble.
RPF Trivandrum Control Room 9995040000
Palakkad Control Room 0491-2553636
Railway Police Control Room 9846200100

Jan 22, 2012

Sodexo Food Coupons an unwanted company in India

Sodexo ( foreign MNC ) Food Coupons are given to employees. It is optional facility. Employees prefer them because it gives tax exemption( a rule created for companies like this). Read about the tax clause below this post. Let us see the disadvantages.
Sodexo is now given even for LIC, RBI ! Source: Rajya Sabha


  • The coupons have validity. I am careless and will forget to use it before the validity period.
  • The shop keepers won't give balance
  • Not all shops accept Sodexo coupons. The shops which accept the Sodexo coupons might charge more usually. eg. 10 kg Double Horse rice costs Rs.339 (MRP Price) , you could get for reduced price from Triveni or Margin Free shops but Sodexho is not accepted in these shops.
  • I tend to treat it different from money and is likely to spend more that I need if I have the coupons that money.
  • There is no consumer relationship between me and Sodexo , eg. If Relaince/More/Spencers/Big Bazaar stop accepting this I don't have a choice to sue them as my company is their customer.

Source: Economictimes

According to 2005 Indian ITAct SECTION 17
Perquisites and its valuation

IX. Free meals : The provision of free meals varies widely from uniform canteen food, coupons, etc., to lavish hotel meals. The scheme of free meals as a staff welfare measure had been recognized and was admissible upto Rs. 35 for each meal. The new rule does not treat as perquisite free food and non-alcoholic beverages to the extent the value thereof does not exceed Rs. 50. Where any amount is recovered from the employee, such amount shall be reduced from the value of perquisite. Such free or subsidized food or non-alcoholic beverages should however be provided at office premises or through non-transferable vouchers meant only for meals during working hours. These vouchers provided by employers should be usable only at an eatery, a restaurant or a cafe. Tea or similar non-alcoholic beverages and snacks - in the form of light refreshments during working hours are not charged as perquisite. Also, arrangements for meals in ‘remote areas’ as prescribed in para 5.1(I) of this Circular and similar off-shore sites as specified, shall be exempt. However, expenditure on provision of free meals by the employer in excess of Rs. 50 should be treated as perquisite, as reduced by recoveries made from the employee.

Jan 16, 2012

Emergency Phone Numbers for Kochi in Kerala

Here are Emergency Phone Numbers-Hospitals::Police::Travel::Customer Care @Cochin

AMBULANCE SERVICES
Abhayam, Thripunithura: 2778980, 2779899
Asraya, Poonithura 9447457676/9895855684
General Hospital, Hospital Rd: 2361251/2381768
Amrita Institute of Medical Science and Research Centre: 2802111,2802060
Anugraha Ambulance: 98471 21133
Krishna Nursing Home: 2368250/2368230
Ashir Bhavan, Kacheripady: 2395972
Cortina Hospital, Chellanam: 2249809,2249841
Dhanwanthari Service Society, C\o General Hospital: 2364815
Doctors Diagnostice Centre.M.G. Rd: 2364041
Ernakulam Medical Centre, N.H. Palarivattom: 2807101 -106
Gautham Hospital, Panayampally: 2210512
Indira Gandhi Co-op Hospital, Gandhi Nagar: 2206734/2204110
Lakshmi Centre: 2382114
Sudheendra Hospital: 2354139
Lourdes Hospital: 4123456/4125555
Maharajas Hospital: 2224561
Medical Trust Hospital, M.G. Road: 2358002
Ojus Clinic and Nursing Home,Mullassery Canal Road: 2370303
PNVM Hospital: 2390097, 2396393
PVS Memorial Hospital: 2345451
Rotary Club of Cochin East, Kadavanthra: 98470-60077
SakthiMedical Centre, Market Canal Rd: 2353783
Specialist's Hospital, Town Railway Station Road: 2395066
Welcare Hospital: 4091111,2307897
Sunrise Hospital, Kakkanad:2428913-16 (4 lines)

EYE BANKS:
Abhayam, Thripunithura:2778980, 2780501

EYE HOSPITALS
Chaithanya Eye HospitakRavipuram, 2357098,2357135
Gridhar Eye Institute, Kadavanthra: 2316791, 2312303, 2324458, 2368429, 2368591
Vasan Eye care, M.G. Road: 408 9000
Vasan Eye care, Palarivattom: 418 9000

HOSPITALS
General Hospital, Hospital Road: 2361251
Government Hospital: 2224444
Maharaja's Hospital, Karuvelippady: 2224561
Womens and Children's Hospital, Mattancherry. 2224511
Hair's Hospital: 2302666
Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre: 2801234/2802100
Bharathi Clinic, Mullassery Canal Road: 2351313
Central Hospital, Kadavanthra: 2310005
City Hospital, M.G. Road: 2361809
Co-Operative Medical College, Kalamassery : 2411460
Cochin Hospital, M.G. Road:2378980
Cochin Mental Health Centre:2317790
Dhanya Nursing Home, MKK Nair Rd: 2345771
Diagnostic Research Centre, M.G. Rd: 2365578
Doctors Diagnostic Centre (Kadavanthra, M.G. Road, Palarivattom): 2315511, 2364141, 2337415
Dr. Joy's Hospital for Women, Vytilla: 2303007, 2304001
Early Cancer Detection Centre, Kaloor: 2347531
Ernakulam Medical Centre, N.H. Palrivattom: 2807101 ¦ 106
Gautham Hospital: 2210512
Indira Gandhi Co-op Hospital, Gandhi Nagar:2206734/ 2204110
Krishna Nursing Home, T.D. Road:2368230, 2368240
Lakeshore hospital & Research Centre - 2701032, 2701033, 9847312301
Dr. Kunhalu's Nursing Home: 2368451,2368429, 2368591
Lakshmi Hospital: 2382111
Lissie Hospital: 2401006/2402308
Lourdes Hospital: 4123456/4125555
Medical Trust Hospital, M.G. Road: 2358002 ¦ 2358008
Ojus Clinic and Nursing Home: 2370303
Paul's Hospital, Centre for Advanced Endoscopy & Infertility treatment 2344446/2344447
PNVM Hospital and Research Centre: 2390097
PVS Memorial Hospital, Kaloor: 2345451/52/2345471
Saraf Hospital, Sreekandath Road: 2380452
Sree Sudheendra Medical Mission, Chittoor: 2382390
Vijaya Hospital: 2391834
Mothers Child Hospital: 2303283
Sunrise Hospital, Kakkanad:2428913-16 (4 lines)
Thaqdees Hospitals, Aluva: 2839674/2836096

AYURVEDA
Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala Hospital and Research Centre
Thrikkakara: 2554000,
Aluva: 2272132

VETERINARY SERVICES
Abraham Tharakan Pet 2342418,
Animal Clinic, Palarivattom: 9846054259

RAILWAYS ENQUIRIES
South : 2376430/131,132
North:2395198
Thripunithura : 2777375
Reservations: 2375431

ROADWAYS ENQUIRIES
KSRTC:2372033

AIR LINES
Air India City: 2351295(2610040 airport)
Indian Airlines: 2371141(2610041airport)
Jet airways: 2382275(2610038 airport)
Airlines Enquiries (Airport): 2610115/6

CELL PHONE CUSTOMER SERVICE
Idea (Escotel): 9847012345
Airtel: 9895012345
Reliance: 0484 3044444
CellOne: 2376149
Vodafone: 98460 98460

ELECTRICITY Control Room: 2392358
Electricity Complaints (TCMS) 155333,2396248
Fire Service: 101,2312101
Postal Enquiries: 2355467
24 Hour Telephone
Information Services
Local Enquiry: 197

COUNSELLING CENTRE
Shilpa (for mentally disabled): 2328977
Maithri (for depressed & suicidal): 2540530
RHIMA (de-addiction & counselling centre): 3944620
Chaitram: 4020160

SPECIAL SCHOOL
Raksha, (School for care of children with multiple disabilities): 2227707, 2227937

24 HOURS PHARMACY
Oriental Pharmacy: 2366463
Medilab: 3293306, 2320330
Gautham Hospital: 2210512, 2210514)
Sunrise Hospital, Kakkanad:2428913-16 (4 lines)
Amritha: 4001055

24 HOURS DIAGNOSTIC CENTRE
Medilab, Palarivattom : 2340288, 3246592
Medilab, Doraiswamy Iyer Road, Ekm: 2368963, 3293307

ABHAYA EYE BANK:2780501
BLOOD BANK:2354886/ 2361549

Childline:1098
Crime Stopper Call:1090
Traffic Helpline:1099
Police Control Room:100, 2366100
ALERT - (Kerala Police Highway):9846100100
City Police Commissioner's
Office:2394770
Ekm Rural SP:2623550
KSEB Control room:2393147
KWA Control room:2361369

KERALA LEGAL SERVICE AUTHORITY
Legal Aid helpline: 9846700100

Jan 1, 2012

Kerala Govt - Indian Bank Holidays 2012

January 2012
As you could see the Republic Day in Jan 2012 is on a Thursday. Take a leave on Friday and make it a 4 day combo leave.

April 2012
Come April and it is time to celebrate Maundy Thursday , which  is on Thursday, 5 April 2012. Club the Good Friday and the weekend to make another Kerala Combo Holiday.

August 2012
August 2012 as you see is a month with lot red due to Onam 2012 . Bank Holidays in August 2012 are Aug 15, 28, 29, 31
October 2012
October 2012 is for Pooja Holidays and Bakrid. Take a leave on Oct 25th now itself to get more than week to spend on vacation or other side business.

Bank Holidays in October 2012 are Oct 2, 23, 24, 26

November 2012
Nov 13  Diwali is a Bank Holiday and if you apply for a leave on November 12 you will get another Holiday combo to enjoy.
December 2012
Take a leave on December 24th and if possible rest of the week to dive to next year ( Note: Mayan Calendar will end and the  new world order begins , see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_World_Order_(conspiracy_theory))

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Source: Kerala Govt Calendar 2012.