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Mind Speaks: Some connections happens just like that And stays forever

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I love to visit Mumbai during rainy season. It is because I love to see Mumbai when it rains. To photography it during the rain is something very special.
Normally, I stay in hotels close to the airport. Approximately 14 years during one such, I was waiting outside the hotel with my camera kit to see whether I can get a suitable taxi to go around Mumabi.
It was the days of Maruti Omni’s, and one such high roof car slowed down. I asked him, can we go around for a drive. He asked me where? I said, no such specific places, but take me wherever you feel I can click some good photos. It was around 08:00 am in the morning and we finished the day at 10:00 pm and then straight to airport to catch the flight back to Abu Dhabi.

A strong bond was made that day. Till now, whenever I am in Mumbai, I have a safe person to take me around. With more than 2 camera, and all other valuable items, I can safely travel with him, without any fear. Trust and dependability is a key factor in building relationships. Moreover, he is a safe driver too.

Over the period of years, life has evolved in several ways for him and me. We both lost a few key family members battling cancer. Whatever little help I could, I always passed on to him. In turn he has never ever asked me for a favor.

Only change that has happened in him is his car. He has Hyundai car instead of the old Maruti Omni High roog, (which I still prefer a better one than this). He got married, has children now.

If you are in Mumbai and wish to take his service, you can call him with confidence. His number is there on the photo.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi.

VOICE OF TISS – Vol-2 Dt 19 September 2018

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Presenting to you VOICE OF TISS – Vol-2 Dt 19 September 2018.


Inviting you all to listen to it in full, as it is an attempt by a group of children with special abilities.

I am extremely happy to say that, if I had offered the same opportunity to children with abilities, they would have ignored me and maybe even ridiculed me. These children are from a close-knit family named “Team India Special Smiles” under the umbrella of Indian Association Sharjah.

The children are encouraged to read out one or two headings from the newspapers and their siblings join in to complete the news with an additional two or three lines, while their parent record it. They then send the recording to me by WhatsApp and making my job simple, as simple as you can see, to listen to them, enjoy them and compile this news clippings into a one good audible audio/video format. Excuse them, or excuse all the team involved for any shortcomings.

As I believe strongly on my concept, Talent Share – A Talent or Knowledge Within You is to be Shared, they too have stepped in and proved, “Yes, We Can and Of Course, We Will”.

In case you wish to assist TISS in any way, you may contact them on teamindia1729@gmail.com.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
@rameshmenonauh
rameshmenonabudhabi@gmail.com
19 September 2018

Team India Special Smiles

I also take this opportunity to thank Rajeev Saparya for creating the title music for Voice of TISS.
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AaDhaar – NRIs new fear! To or not to apply for Aadhaar?

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Mind Speaks - Aadhaar 26 July 2017ccTo news reports published in prominent newspapers Khaleej Times and Gulf News have created lot of confusion and fear among NRIs based in UAE.

On 24th July 2017, Khaleej Times came out with the news below:

NRIs urged to apply for Aadhaar Card

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/dubai/nris-urged-to-apply-for-aadhaar-card

Filed on July 24, 2017 | Last updated on July 24, 2017 at 08.29 am

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Non-resident Indians (NRIs) are advised to apply for the Aaadhar card to avail of state benefits and for hassle-free transactions in future.

According to a manager of the NRI section of State Bank of India (SBI), the government has not exempted Indian expats from the Aadhaar card.

Jose GL, NRI section manager at SBI’s Varkala branch, Kerala, told Khaleej Times:

“My advice to NRIs is to apply for Aadhar Card, as there is a chance for the government to make it mandatory for expats as well. Without an announcement, the government has now asked everyone to link their Permanent Account Number (Pan) with Aadhaar, for income tax returns. There is no doubt that Aadhaar will become compulsory and beneficial for several transactions in the coming years.”

 

Today, 26th July 2017 Gulf News have come out with a totally contradictory version of it:

‘NRIs not eligible for Aadhaar ID card’

http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/nris-not-eligible-for-aadhaar-id-card-1.2064508

Published: 14:32 July 26, 2017

Binsal Abdul Kader, Senior Reporter

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If banks, or any Indian institutions, demand that Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) produce Aadhaar for official transactions, simply inform them that NRIs are not eligible for the identity card issued to residents of India, a top Indian official told Gulf News on Tuesday.

“Just tell them that we [NRIs] are not eligible for Aadhaar, therefore, don’t force us to produce it,” Dr Ajay Bhushan Pandey, CEO, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), said in a telephone interview from New Delhi.

 

 

 

 

 

Whether to apply for an Aadhaar, the thought has now become aa dar (upcoming fear) for expatriates here.

Who to follow and what to do is very important and appreciate responsible newspapers should do necessary homework before publishing such important formation of high importance.

Appreciate to have a clarification from the Indian Embassy authorities on which of these reports are to be followed by all.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

26th July 2017

 

 

 

Be part of a drinking water project

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Summer activity for children (and adults)

It is summer time and here is an interesting project for all.

  • Take your used water bottles (preferably 5L bottles).
  • Modify it for attaching to the date palm trees within the city as shown in the photo.
  • Identify a suitable palm tree near your place.
  • Half fill it once daily (either early morning or evening) with normal tap water.
  • Continue to do it. Encourage others to follow too.

Done and you will be thanked by 100s of birds during this summer!

It was during one of my cycling trips that I noticed this innovative approach by someone. Thought, it should be promoted. Congratulations to all those who take part in this social cause.

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With a Women of “Positive Influence and Contagious Smile” (PICS)

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Labor Appreciation Day photo - Seema Shetty.jpgI very rarely take selfies as I am not good at it. Also, very rarely someone takes my photos as I am the one with the camera all the time! Friday, 28th April 2017 was a special day as I attended the Labour Appreciation Day as part of an early celebration to mark International Labour Day in the capital. HE Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, the Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development was the chief guest of the event.
My friends and I were invited guests as part of a service programme we have been doing at various labour camps in Abu Dhabi. The Master of Ceremony for the day was Ms Seema Shetty.
To add to her several qualifications, she has a new feather on her cap of achievements. She is a graduate from a course conducted by the Ministry of State for Happiness, United Arab Emirates.  Only 15 companies were selected to nominate and participate in this elite program which is modeled on the application of happiness principles at the work place, of which social work is an essential part of the curriculum.
Interacting with her and watching how smoothly, efficiently and energetically she conducted the proceedings which had several VVIP guests, I once again reaffirmed myself, the ministry is not wrong in their selection. She is indeed a #WomenofPICS – “Women of Positive Influence and Contagious Smile” that one can emulate.
I didn’t hesitate to ask for a selfie moment with her at the end of the show!.
Best wishes Seema Shetty. May your parents grace and god’s blessings in abundance shower on you to remain positively influential with health, wealth and prosperity.
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P.S: I got a feedback from her about my poor selfie skills!.

Queuing system a must at bus and taxi stands

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Abu Dhabi city is looking much more beautiful these days with more cycle tracks, walkways, places to sit and relax as well as children’s play areas. What we need now is a queuing system for bus and taxi passengers at every station. I routinely see passengers fighting among themselves to board the bus or taxi first.

There should be proper signs, instructions and marks that will compel people to honour the queuing system.

It’s not that these people are not educated. But they disregard the system in the absence of any guidelines or mechanism.

Abu Dhabi Mall Cooperative taxi stand is an example of an efficient system. This should happen across the city.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

To read it in original, visit, The National online. {Photo courtesy The National}

Click Your Heart Out!

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Opportunity for Passionate Photographers Group Members.

To photograph 12 exclusive events in Abu Dhabi and Dubai till end 2016 !

* Cultural/Sports/Indoor/Outdoor
* All are welcome
* Photography equipment and guidance will be provided

If interested, write to talentshare2016@gmail.com for more details

Fast forward for Abu Dhabi Emergency Service vehicles

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The move by Abu Dhabi Department of Municipal Affairs and Transport to introduce emergency vehicle priority system that allows civil defence, ambulance and rescue services to send signals to lights as they approach them is meant to improve efficiency of emergency rescue operations in Abu Dhabi.

Many times I have witnessed, the emergency service vehicles from Ambulance and Fire services stuck and waiting for way to move ahead at the tip of the traffic junctions.

This may be either due to an ongoing flow of vehicle, which they are unable to intercept or even some who initiate a move even after seeing these emergency vehicles blocking them. They are clueless as to what exactly they should do.

With this improvisation of technology, if the emergency services vehicles can control the signals and block the traffic to continue and make their passage easy, there will be minimal waste of time due to obstructions.

More awareness to be created for the knowledge of all road users how to react when one is on the road ahead of emergency vehicles in such situations. This will definitely prove to be a an efficient traffic safety step.

Mind Speaks on the news in The National:

Emergency crews may control traffic lights at Abu Dhabi intersections

Scholarship by Dubai Health Authority to boost medical education in Dubai

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The initiative by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) to sponsor emirati medical students with  Dh6,500 monthly grant, if they do a major in medicine and Dh5,000 per month if they want to continue studies in the field of paramedics and nursing is great!. 130 students are set to benefit from “Sponsoring Emiratis in the Medical Sector Programme.”.

Recent study news that came out in the regional press stated that GCC students place less importance to STEM subjects and this scholarship will definitely attract more students to take up medical education.

Medical education, unlike other, takes a longer period for students to complete and settle in and be financially self-sufficient and thus create less interest among students. This is obvious from DHA’s Annual Health Statistical Report for 2015, showing a total of 1,612 Emiratis currently working in the medical sector in Dubai. Category-wise statistics says 276 physicians, 106 dentists, 50 nurses, 29 pharmacists are working in Dubai hospitals and primary health centres.

Mind Speaks on the news in Khaleej Times: Dh6,500 monthly grant, job for Emirati medical students

70th Independence Day -Be Humane, Hi-tech & Happy

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Mind Speaks - Independence Day.jpgPresident Pranab Mukherjee addressed the nation on the eve of our 70th Independence Day. Here are some of the top quotes from his address:

  1. May our studies be brilliant; may there be no hostility amongst us; may there be Peace Peace Peace.
  2. We are in the process of forging new relationships based on shared values and mutual benefit with all countries.
  3. India’s focus in foreign policy will remain on peaceful co-existence & harnessing tech & resources for eco development.
  4. I respectfully bow to the heroes of independence struggle who fought & sacrificed their lives to win freedom.
  5. India will grow, only when all of India grows; the excluded ones have to be included in the development process.
  6. It is much more important to look to the future; it is time to join hands to cooperate, innovate and advance.
  7. We often celebrate the achievements of our ancient past but it would be wrong to rest on our laurels.
  8. We should promote scientific temper by questioning our beliefs which aren’t compatible with scientific way of thinking.
  9. Passage of GST bill is reason enough to celebrate our democratic maturity.
  10. World has witnessed a spate of terror activities having their roots in radicalization of people on basis of religion. These forces pose a danger to entire comity of nations; world will have to fight them unconditionally & in one voice.
  11. Attacks on weaker sections that militate against our national ethos are aberrations that need to be dealt with firmly.
  12. Disruptions, obstructionism & unmindful pursuit of divisive political agenda lead to institutional travesty
  13. We cannot call ourselves a civilized society if we fail in providing safety and security to our women and children.
  14. We must take destiny in our own hands to build the India of our dreams.
  15. As we build an India of smart cities, towns & villages, we must ensure they are humane, hi-tech and happy places.

Credits to text: Times of India / Photo © Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi