Collecting Amount In Excess of MRP is Unfair Trade Practice

BANGALORE: The First Additional Bangalore District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum directed a shop to return to a customer the amount it charged in excess of the maximum retail price for a tube for his two-wheeler.

H.K. Honne Gowda of Sunkadkatte purchased a tube for his motorcycle from Elegant Tyres on Magadi Road on May 15.

The shop charged Rs. 270 despite Mr. Honne Gowda pointing out that the maximum retail price mentioned on the tube was Rs. 220. He filed a complaint with the forum.

The forum observed that collecting amount in excess of the maximum retail price was unfair trade practice and directed the shop to return Rs. 50 with 10 per cent interest.

The forum also asked the shop to pay Mr. Honne Gowda a cost of Rs. 500 within eight weeks.

Reference:

The Hindu

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Gowri Habba celebrated a day before Ganesh Chaturthi

Gowri Habba is a Hindu festival celebrated a day before Ganesh Chaturthi. It is a significant festival in parts of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh & Tamil Nadu.

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Goddess Gowri, the mother of Lord Ganesha and wife of Lord Shiva, is worshiped throughout India for her ability to bestow upon her devotees courage & power.The ‘Vrat’ is mainly observed by married women. Godess Gowri is the symbolization of Soumangalya. Hence all married women and young girls of marriageable age offer prayers every year for Dheerga (long ) soumangalya.

Performance of Gowri Pooja

Gowri vrata is observed on the third day of the bright half of the month of Bhadrupada.It is believed that on Thadige, or the third day of the month of Bhaadrapada, Goddess Gowri comes home like any married girl comes to her parents’ house.The next day Lord Ganesha, her son, comes as if to take her back to Kailasa.This day is celebrated as Ganesh Chaturthi. Newly wed couples are invited to the in-laws home, and served with varieties of Festive Food.

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The pooja also provides an occasion to recognize mother, sisters and in general women folk. Godess Gowri is the symbolization of Soumangalya.Goddess Gowri comes home like any married girl comes to her parents’ house.
On the Gowri Habba day, the house is cleaned thoroughly. After bathing married women and young girls in the family dress up neatly.A small temporary shrine is erected using banana leaves and banana stem. This is decorated with mango leaves, turmeric, tulsi and sandalwood paste.Then they do the ‘sthapana’ of either jala-gauri or arishinada-gauri (a symbolic idol of Gowri made of turmeric).

Nowadays beautifully painted and decorated clay idols of Goddess Gowri can be bought at the local market.The Gauri is decorated with garlands, decorations made of cotton and ladies get their ‘gauridaara’ (a sacred thread with 16 knots ) tied to their right wrists, as blessings of gauri and as part of the vratha. The gauridaara has 16 knots and each knot is worshipped with mantras, during the performance of the vratha.

Precaution against infections and their transmission

Environmental hygiene will help to ensure a healthy working and living environment reducing the risk of respiratory infections and their transmission.An unhygienic environment sets the stage for transmission of virus.The chance of spreading virus and causing infections is more in work place and outside your home.

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Precautions at workplace

• Clean and disinfect lifts, escalators, and staircases regularly

• Handrails and doorknobs should be cleaned and disinfected every day

• Counters, tabletops, and desks where there is high human contact should be sanitised daily

• High traffic areas like the entrance, lobby, corridors, and information counters should be sanitised daily.

• Ventilation and cooling systems should be inspected and maintained regularly. Cooling towers should be cleaned and disinfected daily

• In the restroom, disinfect the water taps, cistern handles, seats, counters, and wash basins
•Unclean premises promote breeding of mosquitoes which transmit dengue, chickungunya, and malaria.

• Clean your hand using soap after commuting in public transport such as train, bus or even in yourown vehicle.

What kind of precaution is taken in your office? What method do you adopt to fight against disease? Are you safe from risk of respiratory infections and their transmission? If you have any suggestion or tips to share with us feel free to comment.

Ganesh Chaturthi

| Vakrtund Mahakaya Surya Koti Samaprabha     |
|Nirbhignam Kurumedaya Sarva Karyashu Sarvada |

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Ganesh Utsav or Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the festivals in India. This Year Ganesh Chaturthi falls on August 23, 2009 Sunday. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as birth day of Lord Ganesh, supreme god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. The celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi continues for five, seven, or ten days. Some even stretch it to twenty one days. In the tradition of the right hand path the first day is the most important. In the left hand path tradition the final day is most important.

Pray with faith and devotion

On the Ganesh Chaturthi day, meditate on the stories connected with Lord Ganesha early in the morning, during the Brahmamuhurta period. Then, after taking a bath, go to the temple and do the prayers of Lord Ganesha. Offer Him some coconut and sweet pudding. Pray with faith and devotion that He may remove all the obstacles that you experience on the spiritual path. Worship Him at home, too. Don’t look at the moon on that day.

Legend

During one of his birthdays, His mother, Parvati, cooked for him twenty-one types of delicious food and a lot of sweet porridge. Ganesha ate so much that even his big belly could not contain it. Mounting his little mouse, he embarked on his nightly rounds. His mouse suddenly stumbled upon seeing a huge snake. To adjust His belly, Ganesha put the snake on as a belt around his stomach. All of a sudden, he heard laughter emanating form the sky. He looked up and saw the moon mocking him. Parvati, seeing this, immediately cursed the moon that whoever looks at it on Ganesh Chaturthi will be accused of a wrong doing.

Celebration

Ganesha statues installed in street corners and in homes and elaborate arrangements are made for lighting, decoration, mirrors and the most common of flowers. Poojas (prayer services) are performed daily. The artists who make the idols of Ganesh compete with each other to make bigger and more magnificent and elegant idols. The relevantly larger ones are anything from 10 meters to 30 meters in height.

On final day, these statues or idols are then carried on decorated floats to be immersed in the sea. Thousands of processions converge on the beaches to immerse the holy idols in the sea. This procession and immersion is accompanied by drum- beats, devotional songs and dancing.

Green Celebration

The most serious impact of the Ganesh festival on the natural environment is due to the immersion of Idols made of Plaster of Paris into lakes, rivers and the sea. Colors and materials used for decoration of idols pollute environment and cause serious threat for nature.

Today the awareness campaigns by environmental organizations, association of apartment owners, youth group have led people to celebrate festival eco friendly. Use eco friendly idols and create an artificial tank or tub to immerse idol. Immerse the idol in the tank specially made for the purpose. Enjoy Ganesh Chaturthi but with eco-friendly methods.

Are you safe with mask you use or buy?

Mask is one of the precaution methods against swine flu or H1N1. But are you safe with mask you use or buy? Before you buy a mask against H1N1, know following things.
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  1. Masks are very inconvenient. There is also the problem of disposal, as people tend to just throw them by the roadside.
  2. Everyone using one-time-use masks should dispose of them properly otherwise they are being re-sold to unsuspecting customers.
  3. Since re-using masks could pose serious health problems, people can also use clean handkerchiefs instead.
  4. There is a huge danger of ragpickers and cleaners picking up used masks and reselling them.
  5. Doctors strictly have advised citizens against the use of masks sold by hawkers or at traffic signals. It is advisable to buy the masks only from a good chemist shop. Be careful of what you buy and where you buy it from.

People most at risk are children under five, elderly people with chronic heart, lung or kidney ailments, and those with immunosuppression problems due to treatment or disease.

  • Surgical mask: (Rs10-25) Prevents viruses that are more than 4 microns in diameter, like the influenza virus which causes the common cold, from passing through.
  • Paper mask: (Rs2-6) Will let anything with a diameter less than 5 microns to pass through.
  • N-95: (Rs100-450)Highly effective. Particles above 0.3 micron cannot pass through. WHO-recommended.

FAQs

  • Is the swine flu virus air borne?

The swine flu virus is not air borne. It does not spread through air. Swine flu transmits through droplets when someone sneezes directly on you or when you touch object on which the droplets have fallen and then touch your face.

  • Does a mask protect you from swine flu?

No. As per the WHO, a mask is not going to help you protect from swine flu. Since the virus is not airborne, a mask really does not help. However you need a mask if you are caring for a sick person. Ensure that you dispose it off immediately after use and WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY.

  • How long can the swine flu virus be viable on objects such as books, remote controls and door knobs?

2 – 8 Hours. Studies have shown that the swine flu virus can survive on environmental surfaces and can infect a person for up to 2-8 hours after being deposited on the surface. It is important to sanitize (wash) your hands thoroughly after using or touching objects accessible to others. Remember any object – keyboards, plates, telephones are all suspects!

  • I can get tested for Swine Flu at any of the big hospitals?

No. The government has identified hospitals and laboratories that are certified for testing swine flu. Only a few hospitals are authorized to take swab samples. Please see List of testing centers in India for the authorized testing center, contact number and person name in your area to contact.

  • Can pregnant women take swine flu medicines?

Pregnant women are at high risk for complications from seasonal flu, and cases of confirmed novel (H1N1) influenza virus infection in pregnant women resulting in severe disease have been reported. No clinical studies have so far been conducted to assess the safety of oseltamivir and zamivir (antivirals for swine flu) for pregnant women. A few adverse effects have been reported in pregnant women who took these drugs but no relation between the use of these medications and those adverse events has been established. Pregnancy is not considered a contraindication to oseltamivir or zanamivir use. Oseltamivir is preferred for treatment of pregnant women because of its systemic activity. However, no one should take these medicines unless prescribed and this applies to pregnant women as well.

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Traffic arrangements in connection with the Independence Day parade

Bangalore: The Bangalore city traffic police have announced certain traffic arrangements in connection with the Independence Day parade, which will be held at Field Marshal Manekshaw Parade Grounds on Cubbon Road here.

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Invitees with yellow car passes should go to Cubbon Road and enter Gate1. They should park their vehicles on the western side of the parade ground.

Similarly, Ministers, secretaries, military officers and senior police officers with white car passes have to use Gate 2 in front of Military Supply Depot.

Invitees with pink passes have to park on Police Parade Ground in front of the BRV and enter through Gate 3.

Green pass holders have to park on Kamaraj Road and Main Guard Cross Road and enter the venue through Gate 4.

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All the vehicles carrying people participating in the parade and cultural events should enter the grounds through Gate 3. They should park their vehicles behind the fort wall inside the parade ground near Southern side.

Similarly, all vehicles of the Public Works Department, BBMP and other departments shall enter the ground through Gate 3.

Visitors should compulsorily park their two-wheelers on Kamaraj Road and they should enter through Gate 3. Those without car passes can park on Kamaraj Road and enter through Gate 3.

Traffic will be diverted from 8.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. between BRV Junction and Kamaraj Road junction, in both directions, on Cubbon Road.

The public is requested not to carry mobile phones, cameras, radio, umbrella and any other equipment to the parade ground. All invitees have to be seated before 8.30 a.m.

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