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Indian Railways Introduces New Guidelines For Tatkal Ticket Bookings From 11th Feb 2011 : To Carry Original Id Proofs During Travel

Are you planning to travel by train with a Tatkal Ticket on or after 11th Feb 2011 ?? If you are, you should be aware of the New Guidelines introduced by Indian Railways, otherwise you may end up paying a hefty price for your ignorance. In its latest circular released on 31st Jan 2011, Indian Railways has made it mandatory for passengers traveling on Tatkal Tickets to carry an Original Identity Proof during the course of their journey. Failing which they will be treated as Ticket-less Travelers and penalized accordingly.

If there are more than one passengers travelling on the same ticket, any one of the passengers will have to produce any Identity Proof in Original, failing which all passengers travelling on the said ticket will be treated as travelling without tickets and will be charged excess fare and penalty as per rules.

The Tatkal Ticket Booking Scheme was introduced in 1997, with a provision that passengers booking Tatkal Tickets would indicate their Identity Card Number at the time of booking and would be required to carry the same Identity Card during the journey. This provision was subsequently withdrawn in August 2004.

We already have a similar rule in place for all e-Tickets booked through IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation), irrespective of whether its a Tatkal Booking or not. But now that rule has rightly been extended to cover all Tatkal Booked Tickets. According to Indian Railway Officials, the latest move to mandate an Original Copy of ID Card while travelling on a tatkal ticket, was aimed at putting to end massive complaints of Bulk Booking and the role of touts in cornering tatkal tickets. However it has clarified that you don’t need to carry it along while booking the Journey Ticket:-)

These are following 8 Original Identity Cards, which can be carried by passengers travelling on Tatkal Booked Tickets while travelling.

  1. Voter Photo Identity Card issued by Election Commission of India
  2. Passport
  3. PAN Card issued by Income Tax Department
  4. Driving Licence issued by RTO
  5. Photo Identity Card issued by Central/State Government
  6. Student Identity Card with photograph issued by recognized School/College for their students
  7. Nationalised Bank Passbook with photograph
  8. Credit Cards issued by Banks with laminated photograph

So next time, you go and get a Tatkal Ticket from a Broker/Travel Agent in your surrounding by paying extra, be careful, especially with this new regulation in place after 11th Feb 2011. The circular regarding this new guideline for Tatkal Ticket Booking is available at Indian Government’s website

Use Zemanta To Find Related Images Links Articles Automatically And Spice Up Your Blogger BlogSpot Blog

In one of my earlier blog-posts, I had talked about Blogging Assistant Zemanta on WordPress and how it can help you spice up your blog by enriching it with full of Relevant Hyper Links and Images. Well, the good news is, Zemanta is now available on Blogger/BlogSpot as well. So if you are blogging on Blogger and need assistance in finding and inserting Related Articles/Blog-Posts or Images and Hyper Links relevant to your Blog-Post, you have reasons  to be happy. You have Zemanta as your Blogging Assistant, yes an assistant literally 🙂 Here are things you can and cannot do with Zemanta on your Blogger Blog.

What it can do for you ??

1. Links Recommendations : Zemanta will try to link any of the words/set of words inside your Post to something on web. And it does in real time, so as and when you are writing, you can automatically link your content to other web-resources, as shown in the following image

2. Related Images : It will again look up on web and try to find out related images on Web based on your content and give you a list of images to choose. If you want to add any of these photos to your blog, just click on it and they will automatically be added to your post.

3. Related Articles : It will look up on web and give you a list of all related articles on the right side panel. Clicking on any of them will automatically update your blog-post with a footer like the one shown in the following image

Note : All the screen-shots presented here are for a blog I wrote recently on “Shweta Tiwari Declared The Winner Of Bigg Boss Season 4“.

What it can’t do for you ??
Unlike WordPress wherein Zemanta recommends a set of Tags for your blog-post, Zemanta when used on Blogger BlogSpot Blogs doesn’t generate a set of labels (Similar to tags on WordPress) automatically.

How to Enable Zemanta For Your Blogger/BlogSpot Blog ??
By default, Zemanta is turned OFF for your Blogger blog. To enable it, type the following URL in your browser
If are  you are not logged into your Blogger account, it will take you a Blogger Sign-In page. Enter your Blogger Username and Password and login. You will end up with a page like the following

If you have more than one Blog registered under the same name, Select the Blog where you want to enable Zemanta and Click on ADD ZEMANTA Button and you are done. Next time, you write a blog-post, you will see all Zemanta recommendations on your Edit Post Page. So enjoy not having to Insert Pictures and Adding Hyperlinks yourself and let Zemanta do it for you and that too for free 🙂

Migrating Blog From Blogger BlogSpot To WordPress

Are you one of those, who have been blogging for a while on Blogger aka BlogSpot and somehow felt that your blog lacks something, may be that Killer Punch, may be a Dashing Design, which can catch its visitors’ attention. Yes, there comes a time, when you make that decision to switch to WordPress. You were possibly attracted by a plethora of easily Customizable WordPress Themes or the cool widgets, which let you do almost everything you want to do.  If you are planning to migrate your blog from Blogger to WordPress, but worried about the whole process of importing blogger posts with comments into WordPress, just take a deep breathe and calm down. It is ridiculously simple to migrate. In fact, its so easy that you won’t stop laughing at the end of it !!

Here are the simple steps to easily “Migrate Your Blog from Blogger to WordPress

Step 1. Go to Dashboard -> Tools (You will find that on the left right at the bottom) and click on Import

Step 2. You will taken to an Import page, wherein WordPress will show up a host of Blogging Platforms, from which you can migrate your blog to WordPress. Click on Blogger

Step 3. You will be taken to a page where WordPress will ask you for your permission to login to Blogger and have the authority to access all your blog-posts and comments. Click on Authorize

Step 4. Next you will see a confirmation window from Blogger/Google about allowing WordPress to access your Blogger Account. Click on Grant Access

Step 5. Now you will be shown your Blogger Blog with the number of your blog-posts and comments, along with an Import option, the so-called The Magic Button. Click on Import Button and the Migration Process will start

Step 6. The Progress-Bar will tell you about the Completion of your migration. When it finishes, you will see a message like the following

That’s it !! Yes, you are done 🙂 All your Blog-Posts, Comments, Categories (Blogger Labels) and Users will be visible in WordPress in few minutes depending on the size of your Blogger Blog. You will also be glad to know that all your Blogger Blog-Posts’ Date and TimeStamp are preserved and don’t require any action from your front.

Now is not that as easy as a walk in the park ?? Yes, it indeed is !! Now you know, you have been unnecessarily developing cold-feet about migrating your blog from Blogger to WordPress, right 🙂

SIP(Systematic Investment Plan)

Do you want to invest money on regularly basis in stock market but don’t have meaning of even a single word of dictionary named stock market.Then be happy you have an option that is SIP. It’s same like recurring deposit in which we invest a fixed amount at regular interval usually monthly or quarterly,but difference is only one that in SIP your money is invested in mutual fund.

By knowing that your money is going to be invested  in stock market,some investors may jittery about it because of recent financial crisis.But don’t worry if you are going for long term SIP investment,in any case you will get decent returns.

For Example:
Suppose Ram has decided to invest Rs. 1000 per year  in SIP just before market crash.At that time assume that the NAV(Net Asset Value , or the price of one unit of a fund) was Rs.10 . Now after four years of seeing a continuous market  fall lets assume that NAV has regained its past level of Rs 10. A stock market investor who has invested Rs 1000 in stock market will never be happy to see that his investment has not appreciated in last 4 years.

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Amount Invested Rs1000 Rs1000 Rs1000 Rs1000 Rs1000
NAV (Rs) Rs10 Rs8 Rs9 Rs7 Rs10
Units (Nos) 100 125 111 143 100

But now,what about SIP investor:

  • Total units purchased in 5 years (2006 to 2010) = 579
  • Present NAV = Rs.10
  • Present Value of Investment = Rs.5790
  • Input of Investment = Rs.5000
  • Profit = Rs.790(15.8%)

As aforementioned , even in market crash situation investor got profit of 15.8%.Then you can imagine for good market:).

Payment mode:

  • debited directly from your account.
  • post-dated cheques.

Hidden charges:

  • Entry load:It is a percentage of the amount you are investing but a number of mutual funds do not charge it.
  • Exit load:It is same as an entry load, except this is charged when you sell your units.It is charged if you are selling your units within a year.

Thus SIP is a good investment for long runs at least 5 years by which you are also developing saving habits and without realizing you are accumulating a great wealth. Last but not the least be sure that you can  shift from stock market to money market on short notice by which you can get benefit of booming market.

Airtel 3G Prices and Tariffs

Today 3G, Third Generation Telecom Technology, is talk of the town. Bharti Airtel, which is the No 1 Cellular Service Provider and has close to  150 million mobile  subscribers has just unveiled its 3G Services in Bangalore on 21st Jan 2011. As we write this blog post, yesterday they have launched 3G Services in two other south Indian cities, Chennai and Coimbatore, as well and promised to launch 3G Services in 40 Cities by March 2011.

Now a days, Mobile is not only an audio device, it behaves more like a mini laptop by which you can Browse Internet, Check Emails, Send and Receive Faxes and Instantly Download e-mail Messages with Attachments. After 3G‘s advent, Mobile Calls will not be restricted to Voice Call alone. With a 3G Enabled Mobile Handset and access to the 3G Network, you can make Video Calls, do Video Conferencing, receive Streaming Video from Web, watch Live TV, have access to High Speed Internet. almost everything possible with 3G services at hand.You can even switch between Voice Call and Video Call.

3G not only offers an amazing and lightening speed of up to 21 MBPS for Web Browsing and File Download. It can also empower demanding multimedia applications such as Video Conferencing, Voice-over-IP (VoIP), full motion video and streaming music.

But there is a word of caution, you can’t always expect good lightening speed from 3G, it depends upon various factors like including User Location, Network Availability, Mobile Device, Transmission Direction and external constraints. For effective use of 3G it’s better to use high speed HSPA handsets(High speed Packet Access) than WCDMA handset.

Prices and Tariffs:
Don’t worry about the changes involved, its going to eat up from your pocket, it won’t cost you much. 3G services plan would be broadly divided into Time-Based and Flexi-Shield plans.

Time-based Plans:
Occasional Users
Rs. 10, Rs. 45 and Rs. 60 recharge coupons.

Medium Users
Rs. 200, Rs. 450 and Rs. 750 recharge/plans with 30 day validity.

Heavy Users
With a rental of Rs. 650 per month, users get 1.25GB worth FREE data usage. Once the 1.25GB data usage limit is crossed, Airtel will charge 10 paise per MB till 14GB data usage and Rs. 2,000 Bill Cap. If you cross even the 14GB data usage then your data connection speed drops to 128kbps. This plan will most probably be targeted towards Airtel Post-Paid Mobile Subscribers.

This is not the end of 3G services offered by Airtel. Airtel 3G USB Modem Data-Cards have also arrived in the market, which gives you unbelievably high speed internet. As of now, there are two USB Modems available

  • Airtel 3G USB Modem 7.2 Mbps – E1731
  • Airtel 3G USB Modem 3.6 Mbps – E153

More information regarding Airtel 3G Future Launches, Exciting Offers, Prices and Tariffs, you can go to Airtel Website  http://www.airtel.in/Airtel3G/

So what are you waiting for ?? Just go and enjoy the experience of being in a new world of high speed 🙂

How To Link Connect Facebook Account With WordPress Blog To Automatically Update Facebook Wall About Any New Blog Posts

In one of my earlier blog posts, I had described “How To Connect Your Twitter Account With WordPress Blog To Automatically Update Twitter About Any New Blog Posts“.  Today I am going to talk about the same thing i.e, How to Connect Social Media to Your WordPress Blog so as to ensure Real-Time Updates, as and when you update your blog with any new post. After Twitter, its the turn of Facebook.

Generally, if you have to post something on your Facebook Wall with regards to any new blog-post, that you recently wrote, you will have to manually copy some relevant content out of the blog, copy the URL (or take help  of any URL Shortener) and paste it across in your Facebook Wall. Now in stead of doing all that yourself, how about WordPress doing all that work for you for free ??

Yes, you heard this right, WordPress allows its users to connect/link their Facebook Account to their WordPress Blogs, so that their Facebook Wall gets updated automatically on their behalf, every time they post a new entry to their blog. Here are the steps on “How to link or connect your Facebook Account with yout WordPress Blog” and “Automatically update your Facebook wall with any newly created Blog Posts”.

Step 1. Go to My Account -> Global Dashboard, you end up with a page like the following

Step 2. Select “My Blogs” from the left side menu, which will lead you to a listing of all the blogs you are a member of

Step 3. Under the Publicize drop-down, you check the Facebook Box. It will open a Pop-up confirming your action and asking for your permission to authorize your WordPress account to connect with your Facebook account. You press the Authorize OK button

Step 4. It will go to Facebook URL and now Facebook will ask for your confirmation with regards to allowing your WordPress Account access to your Facebook account. You click on Allow

Step 5. After you have allowed your WordPress account to access your Facebook profile, next in line is a permission to post to your Facebook wall. You click on Allow

Step 6. It takes some time to complete and when it finally returns, you will again be back to the Global Dashboard page with a congratulatory message at at the top confirming the same that you have successfully connected your WordPress Blog with your Facebook account.

So next time you write a new blog-post, you don’t need to go to Facebook manually for updates regarding your new blog-post. The moment you click “Publish” button, WordPress goes ahead and automatically updates your Facebook wall with relevant details regarding your blog-post, as follows

So, enjoy the feeling of not posting anything on Facebook wall about your new blog-posts any more 🙂