Wednesday, February 26, 2014

~ Travel | Fuel price comparison tool ~

If you are planning for an holiday & wish to rent a vehicle to explore the place on your own and didn't know the how much the fuel is gonna cost you. Don't worry there is a website which provides you the exactly the same information in the currency of your preference

Interesting to know that the cost of petrol / diesel in India is much cheaper compared to other nations. See the graphs below which gives you an idea where India ranks. *The price listed is in India Rupee.

Price of Petrol

Price of Diesel
Source: Petrol prices 

Sunday, February 09, 2014

~ Be nice ~

The following are extracts from a girl who experienced a change in how people behaved or interacted with her in public domain, purely based on her attire. I suggest you to read her blogpost & adopt the same in your daily life.
"The power of this experience lies in the fact that it was not an intentional experiment. It happened simply because of the Chiberian weather which required me to cover as much of by body with warm pieces of cloth. Apparently, the type of cloth you place or wrap around your head defines how you will be treated."
"I pray one day, and soon, that people will be familiar enough with all other cultures and beliefs that they are not afraid or have reservations, and that the thing that stands out to them is not the wrap around my head, but the smile on my face."
Good learning for all. Time to change one's perspective about people, based on how they dress or look. If you are a parent then suggest you to groom your young one(s) about the moral of accepting people from diverse back grounds, cultures, belief systems & different sexual orientation. As in Urban India, we are seeing a lot of people from different states living in a city. We need different kind of social education in the younger ones where they mingle with everyone & not just flock by their feather. 

Saturday, February 08, 2014

~ Right to education ~

ASER has done a great job in coming up with statistics from across India. Interesting to know as to the percentage of children going to Private schools across various states:

  • 60% in Kerala & Manipur
  • 54% in Haryana
  • 42% in Punjab, J&K, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan & Meghalaya
  • 30-40% in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh & Himachal Pradesh 
  • 20-30% in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh & Sikkim
  • 10-20% in Gujarat, Jharkhand, Chattisgargh & Assam
  • < 10% in Bihar, West Bengal, Orrisa & Tripura

There is large number of state where 50% receive private education outside schools. Education planning needs to consider the large number of people enrolling to private institutions, so that Government institutions can do better.

Right To Education is a good thing for India as long as we can keep the drop outs low. Hats off to the efforts of volunteers who worked with ASER to come with the stats.

Via Hans Rosling

Sunday, February 02, 2014

~ Media blacks out Snowden interview ~

This past Sunday evening former NSA contractor Edward Snowden sat down for an interview with German television network ARD. The interview has been intentionally blocked from the US public, with virtually no major broadcast news outlets covering this story. In addition, the video has been taken down almost immediately every time it’s posted on YouTube.