Sep 9, 2014

One more thing - Apple iWatch starting from 349 USD

Apple introduces iWatch. Available early 2015 in the United States.
349 US Dollar equals
21229.67 Indian Rupee Price of Apple Watch iWatch.
iPhone 5 or above is needed for proper working of Apple Watch. Could it be used just for seeing time? Yes that should be possible.


Intimate, Precise, Customizable

FAQ
1. Does AppleWatch use a new kind of charger?
Yes , The Apple Watch will use a MagSafe-style wireless charger — it's inductive and magnetically snaps right on to the back of the Watch

2. Battery and Usage
You might have to charge it daily night

3. Usecases
A personal Health Trainer, as a Watch, track your location, measure all stats, Voice controls, tight integration with the iPhone, custom notifications, and support for Apple Pay, the company's new payments platform. You could even tap on watch and it could be shared across the world.

4. Is the Apple Watch Waterproof?
No, no mention about that.

5.How did the Apple stock AAPL react on the day of Apple Watch announcement?.
The peak is just after Apple Watch announcement

6. Collections of Apple Watch
Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch Edition

7. Materials in Apple Watch
Version 1 Ceramic Back, Sappahire Front, Stainless Steel case
Version 2 Apple Sports  Composite Back, IonX glass front, Aluminium case
Versoion 3 Apple Watch Edition - Leather Strap, 18 carat Gold case, polished Sapphire crystal.

USD Price iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

These are prices for Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the United States. Ships September 19th in several countries, and pre-orders will be September 12. It’ll be in 115 countries by the end of the year. I think iPhone 6 and Plus will reach India by December.

Apple iPhone 6 is a 4.7-incher and Apple iPhone 6 Plus is a 5.5-inch model

Apple iPhone 6/6+ comes in - 16GB disk space/64 GB/128GB.
The contract rates are as below.
Cost of iPhone 6 starts from USD199
Cost of iPhone 6 Plus from USD 299

Source: Engadget.com

Aug 30, 2014

Complain to RBI Ombudsman HDFC Bank's - Unethical Charges and Hidden Deductions

HDFC Bank's Statement of Charges is one of the most confusing in the world. It was crafted by highly paid professionals who research on weakness of human mind. This blog post will tell you how to avoid common pitfalls.

HDFC bank/card unlike other banks don't offer any Toll Free number to contact them! However in all their mails they mention about customer satisfaction.  Here are some of the techniques they employ. I recommend to buy shares of HDFC bank if you ever got tricked by them to compensate for your loss. The more money they extract the more will be their Quarterly profit numbers, the more will the stock price rise.

Delayed Deduction Tactics

HDFC bank build their customer base by roping in corporate/salary account holders. If you switch job and forget about your account and your Average Balance fall below Rs.10000,  HDFC will charge you every quarter without giving you any SMS/Email. The only clue you will get is a narration in your Bank statement which is not self explanatory. By the time you learn about this after calling customer care (not toll free!!!) you might have already entered the next quarter. Another interesting fact is this is a monthly charge but the sytem will deduct it only after a quarter is over. Hence instead of losing 250Rs+service tax you will lose 750+service tax. + more Rs.+tax
Solution: Close account or watch it with care. To get refund of Rs.750+tax,  file a complaint online to the bank via RBI ombudsman and HDFC might reverse it. Click here for that and select Option 2. State the reason that the charges were deducted without notifying properly and not in a transparent manner.


Free today ;  Paid service tomorrow.

HDFC bank/card initially give free services and then make them chargable. To enable a service like "Mobile alerts/InstaAlerts"  you just need to click your mouse but to cancel that you have to visit the branch during banking hours and give a written request!!! Don't think this is by chance it is by design.  They also offer free Demat account which will be chargable after one year. People tend to forget to cancel this before one year gets over, some never use it. Some agents mention that it is free for ever. Never fall for these traps. Rs.842.70 is usually deducted for this.
Solution : Don't take any free services. Read your account statements regulalry . To get refund file a complaint online to the bank via RBI ombudsman and HDFC will reverse it. Click here for that and select Option 2. State the reason that the new charge was not notified to you.


Secret Deduction Technique

The charges  will be deducted by the system only after a quarter is over most of the time even if the service charge is stated monthly. The narration won't be clear in your account statements. In order to understand the meaning you have to call a paid Customer Care with agents equally reluctant to file a complaint. Even for small offers they send email but for these they never alert us.
Solution:  To get refund file a complaint online to the bank via RBI ombudsman and HDFC will reverse it. Click here for that and select Option 2. State the reason that the new charge was not notified to you and that deduction happened in an opaque manner.


Allergy to Currency and Cheque

HDFC Bank has limits how many transaction your or third party could do at their branches. The policy of the bank is to keep the branches empty as much as possible, avoid touching currency and cheque leaves as much as possible. They hate humans and want everything to happen via electronic form.

eg. Third Party Cash Transaction Charges and Limits at branches are as follows:
For amount of up to Rs. 50,000 per transaction charge of Rs. 112 applies Amounts over Rs. 50,000 are not allowed. This means even if you are giving a bearer cheques of Rs.50000 for someone for their service, you will be charged Rs.112/-, according to HDFC it is a cash cheque and hence a cash transaction. This defeats the whole advantage of cheques compared to NEFT transaction.
If you put Rs.100 in an account of your friend at HDFC by visiting a branch, HDFC will charge Rs.112 from your friend. Sounds ridiclous? This is not by chance but by design. This could make his balance go down below the 10000 Rs. That in turn will incur quarterly charges of Rs.750 every quarter. :)

Another example is
Savings account users can only perform 5 transaction per month in a branch(including home branch) (including deposit and withdrawal), from 6th one you need to pay Rs.112/-. Will any human keep track of the count?

"Cash transactions (Cash deposits & withdrawals) by self at  Non­home branches" - Above Rs. 49,999/­  pay Rs 5 per 1,000­ on the full amount (plus taxes).
No wonder all the branches are empty most of the time.

Solution : If you were charged Rs.112/- complain to RBI ombudsman online and you will get the amount back. Click here for that and select Option 2.  Just mention that the Statement of Charges were not clear on this. From next time use some other bank which respect you.

HDFC Bank generates more profit with less sales


See salary of HDFC MD Aditya Puri. Why do you think he is paid this much? To employ people who could make tricky/confusing charges and rob in a computerized manner.

Aug 20, 2014

KSEB Pay Bill Online at http://pg.kseb.in/ui/qpay.php

UPDATE : You can login to the KSEB web self-service account via the link http://wss.kseb.in/selfservices/, see your history etc or use the old quick pay method.  The option to add multiple Consumer numbers is available.
The customer service department is also amazing. Email them at ccckseb@gmail.com if you face any payment related issues.

The Kerala State Electricity Board KSEB's  online payment system is here http://pg.kseb.in/ui/qpay.php
Have the bill with you or try to view the bill here
Select Electrical Section, Consumer Number, Bill Number, Email ID and Mobile Number.
Select Payment by Net Banking or Credit Card.
Note: For KSEB bill payment by Credit/Debit Card transaction charge of 1 pct.
HDFC Net banking Rs. 13, City Bank 1.65 pct, all other banks Rs. 5.5

Good news, now the transaction rates rates are slashed.
NetBanking Rs.3.60 via TechProcess Gateway
Debit Card Rs. 0.78%
Credit Card Rs. 1.01%
For South Indian Bank, Canara Bank and Federal Bank it is free.

Transaction charges for KSEB online bill payment

If you face any issue contact support at KSEB
email id: cccepaysupport@ksebnet.com
Phone: 0471-2555544

Aug 16, 2014

Latest KSEB Electricity Tariff at Kerala 2014-2015


The Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission on Thursday 14th August 2014 announced power tariff revision for all categories of consumers to permit the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB)

From August 16th 2014, this is the tariff for domestic users in Kerala.

KSEB Tariff fom August 16th 2014



The following tariff is very old.
For domestic power consumers, the new tariffs are
Slab (0-40) Rs. 1.50/Unit
Slab (41-80) Rs. 1.90/Unit
Slab (81-120) Rs. 2.20/Unit
Slab (121-150) Rs. 2.40/Unit
Slab (151-200) Rs. 3.10/Unit
Slab (201-300) Rs. 3.50/Unit
Slab (301-500) Rs. 4.60/Unit
Above (500) units Rs. 6.50/Unit

Rs 20/-per month for single phase consumers
Rs 60/- per month for three phase consumers
Consumers having an average monthly consumption of < 40 units per month are exempted from Fixed Charges.

May 17, 2014

Pregnant Women in Kerala get more medicines

This post is just a comparison and not to be taken as medical advice. The below comparison is made with a pregnant woman in Kerala with another pregnant woman from Kerala who is residing at UK.



Does this mean hospital management/ doctors/ medical reps/ pharma companies are fooling people in Kerala?
Or Are they giving this to boost our confidence ? To make it appear as if they are caring ?

I talked about this to some of my friends and here are some of the replies
  • These tablets are cheap and you get reimbursements, have it.
  • If you check different sources from Internet (though this data is not gathered from internet) you will get different results. I was too like this initially but blah blah blah.
  • You are mad.
  • If you think like this you can't live.
  • Another reply I got is that if fluid is less in scan then the doctor will prescribe scan every week.




Apr 27, 2014

[Solved] Cannot connect to the real www.google.co.in

Recently in my Google Chrome browser, I got the following error which said.

Cannot connect to the real www.google.co.in The same error came when I tried to access other sites starting with https .
Image showing the error Cannot connect to
Something is currently interfering with your secure connection to www.google.co.in.

Try to reload this page in a few minutes or after switching to a new network. If you have recently connected to a new Wi-Fi network, finish logging in before reloading.

If you were to visit www.google.co.in right now, you might share private information with an attacker. To protect your privacy, Chrome will not load the page until it can establish a secure connection to the real www.google.co.in.

I solved the issue by adjusting the clock of my computer to correct time!!!

Apr 24, 2014

How to solve BSNL Broadband Internet Connection Problem

UPDATE : Customers are facing net disconnection at 9 pm daily due to free calls jamming BSNL networks? In this blog post I will explain a simple technique to solve your intermittent BSNL Broadband connection problem. BSNL is India's top telecom provider run by the government.

Step 1: Open the router configuration page. Your BSNL ADSL router-modem has an internal website where you could configure/test the router-modem. Typical username password combinations are admin/admin  or admin/password.


Step 2: Click on diagnostic link as shown. In some router-modems the link might be hidden under a main menu. Now you could notice the failures. (FAIL in red color)


Step 3: Check if your phone has dialtone. If it has keep it off-hook. Restart the BSNL router-modem. ( You could do this either by pressing the hard button or by clicking "Reboot" in the above configuration page (under Management link)).

Try to access the Internet and you could see the connection is back!

Jan 8, 2014

Submit 15G or 15H in your Bank - avoid TDS

How to avoid TDS ( Tax Deduction from Source ) on the interest in Bank Account Deposits in India.
Submit Form 15G/H if you have Fixed Deposit or Recurring Deposit

Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) as per Income Tax Rules is applicable for Fixed Deposit interest accumulated / earned in excess of Rs. 10,000/- in a Financial Year except NRE fixed Deposits

TDS is applicable if Domestic Fixed deposit interest earned / accumulated in a financial year is Rs. 10,000/- and above. TDS can be avoided by submitting Form 15G / 15H, if Fixed Deposit Interest Income is less than Rs. 2 Lakhs.
If Fixed Deposit Interest Income is above Rs. 2 Lac, TDS will be compulsorly deducted from that account.

Download the  Form 15G (For Ordinary Individual) and Form 15H (For Senior Citizens) ; request you to submit the original signed forms to your bank before 28.02.2014.

If PAN number is not submitted to bank account,  request you to link the PAN number with your account

Jan 1, 2014

KeralaPolice installs 100 speed cameras - expects fine of 40 crore rupees in 2014

UPDATE: Install an app called Trapster from AppStore or Playstore to get voice notification of approaching speed cams.

The Hi-Tech Traffic Enforcement Control System Inaugurated by Chief Minister of Kerala is going to take people for a ride... The integrated 24 hour control room is located at Thycaud, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala could  monitor 100 camera feeds. The camera could monitor and capture number plates of  over-speeding vehicles or vehicles making traffic violations even at night. There are 100 cameras along six different highway stretches. The stretches are
  • Kovalam-Kottiyam (NH)
  • Venjarammoodu-Chengannoor (SH)
  • Sakthikulangara-Ambalappuzha (NH)
  • Alappuzha-Changanassery (KSPTA)
  • Thrissur-Kuttippuram (SH/NH
  • Palakkad-Malappuram (SH)
Image Source: Maps.google.com
The system was developed by Keltron for Rs.40 crores ( with help of some pvt. parties ??? ) . Keltron expect a fine collection of Rs.40 crores in 2014 itself. The Managing Director of Keltron, C. Prasanna Kumar told The Hindu that  Keltron would get the returns in 12 to 13 months from the revenue generated through the challans.

"From Monday 9PM to Tuesday 4pm,  2248 got fined adding Rs. 6.74 lakhs Rupees to government" reports Manorama newspaper.
If we do a quick analysis The daily average should be Rs. 11 lakhs to make Rs.40 crores in a year... So expect somewhere between 3500 to 4000 vehicles getting fined Rs.300 daily or expect the fine amount to be hiked to Rs. 1000 /-

The fine could be remitted through district payment collection centers in all districts. The Rs 300 fine should be remitted within 15 days, Rs 400 for next 10 days failing which the vehicle owner has to face court proceedings.

The fine amount can also be paid through the Kerala Police Department Online Payment System. All that is required is a debit/credit card and your vehicle number.
Image Source : KeralaPolice.gov.in
Tip: You could check traffic violation history/chargememos of any vehicle using the above link :) .

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