- How will the consumer know that the price being charged by the petrol station is correct?
- How can the consumer know what is the daily price? Will we get daily updates in newspapers? All of us cannot access internet daily. Also, if we get information through internet, not all of us have mobile phones or places with stable mobile network to receive SMS
- Once the consumer knows what is the price, how can he ensure that the price made available to him is correct?
- Imagine people who are travelling to other states via road be it own vehicle or hired, and they have to fill up their car from such other state, they have to go by what the petrol pump people say.
- Take into consideration that a change in Re. 0.01 by a pump owner, he can make thousands or lakhs in a day (based on the location and volume of sales) at the cost of common man
- How can the consumer know that the increase or decrease (We don’t believe that there will be a decrease) applied is correct?
- How can we ascertain that the central and state levies have been applied correctly?
- Will the oil marketing companies (both public and private) disclose their cost of procurement of crude, which includes the currency exchange rate applied, cost of conversion into final product and all other attributable cost in public domain so that people can compute the price?
- Even if the companies provide the details (I don’t think they will), we cannot sit and compute the prices daily. Don’t we have our regular work to do?
- What probable loopholes has the Government identified and what are the proposed control measures identified to plug those loopholes?
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Monday, November 19, 2012
We have earlier done a thorough analysis on which fuel to choose for your car in which it was shown that diesel engines, even though they come at a higher cost and have higher maintenance costs, save you a significant amount on your fuel costs, since both the mileage and the per litre cost of the fuel is less.
- CRDi Engine - Common Rail Direct Engines: used by Hyundai, Ford, BMW, etc.
- TDI Engine - Turbo-charged Direct Injection: initially seen in VW Group cars, turbo diesels are now also used by BMW, among others.
- Multi-jet Fuel injection Engine: Suzuki Swift Diesel, Tata Cars, Fiat cars, etc.
- Naturally Aspirated
- Filter the fuel
- Meter or measure correct quantity of fuel to be injected
- Time fuel injection
- Control rate of fuel injection
- Automise or break up the fuel to fine particles
- Properly distribute fuel into combustion chamber
- The fuel air ratio
- The fuel type
- The pressure
- Follow maintenance instructions given in owner’s manual supplied with vehicle
- Always use lubricants of correct grade and quality at correct intervals as specified by manufacturer.
- Drain out the engine oil while warm.
- Fill in flushing oil up to min (minimum) mark on dip stick and run engine at about 1000 rpm for 10 mins.
- Drain out flushing oil
- Refill with engine oil of specified grade
- Use purest available water for the radiator top up.
- In order to avoid crack of cylinder block, do not top up radiator with cold water after switching off engine when water level is very low and engine is rather hot.
- Radiator cap should be removed slowly. Slight opening will allow pressure to reduce and later can be completely taken out.
- Use only distilled water for top up of battery.
- During parking the vehicle for long durations such as 15 days or for few months etc, disconnect the battery terminal.
- Park car on level surface
- Take out oil dipstick.(it is generally easy to locate, if case can’t you find it then use owner’s manual for the same
- Wipe the dipstick and re-insert till it is closed completely and take out.
- If the oil level is up to the second mark on the dipstick then oil level is correct. It should at least be at minimum level. If it’s below minimum then don’t run the engine.
- Taking few drops of oil rubbing with fingers gives feel of thickness of the oil. It should be very smooth. If thickness is experienced then it indicates contamination. One can also gauge contamination by looking at the oil.
- Reinsert the dipstick and close it properly.
- Replace bulbs periodically with bulbs of same type and capacity
- Avoid parking vehicle under SUN as much as possible especially in summer.
- Avoid spilling of Diesel, alcohol, sodium compounds, windshield solvents or brake fluids on body finish
- Periodically clean water drain holes at bottom of doors to avoid rust formation
- Get anti-rust coating done for underbody once in a year or two as convenient
- Never wash or polish car in sun especially during summer
- Park the vehicle under cover during nights, rainy days and winter months to avoid excessive condensation of water on vehicle body which would affect its finish.
- Wipe out all drops penetrated inside the body as a result of moisture condensation. Else it will also lead to rust formation
- Don't scuff painted surfaces with any rough object which may create scratches
- Dust off body before washing or wiping with moist cloth
- Polish the vehicle with good quality wax polish after washing.
- Wash and clean the lower part of vehicle first, including wheels with water jets and sponge.
- Wash the body avoiding excessive pressure water spray. Use a sponge in washing. Rub gently to avoid scratch
- Dry the vehicle with chamois or with cloth which can absorb more water and easy to use
- Remove grease, oil and tar spots from painted parts by wetting with petrol and wiping immediately with a dry cloth
- Cleaning apply small amount of grease to all metal joints such as Door hinge, notches etc
- For cleaning chrome plated parts, apply some natural Vaseline and then rub with soft and clean rag as well as chamois
- Clean window and wind shield with linen cloth or a very soft chamois. Use windshield washer solvent or water containing some alcohol for very dirty glass panes
- Clean rubber mats with soap and water
- Clean leather seats or other parts with a wet and soapy sponge or cloth. Rinse carefully with clean water and dry well with chamois
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Thursday, September 2, 2010
LAW OF TELEPHONE: When you dial a wrong number, you never get an engaged tone.
LAW OF MECHANICAL REPAIR: After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch.
LAW OF THE WORKSHOP: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.
LAW OF THE ALIBI: If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the next morning you will have a flat tire.
BATH THEOREM: When the body is immersed in water, the telephone rings.
LAW OF ENCOUNTERS: D probability of meeting someone u know increases when u r with someone you don't want to be seen with.
LAW OF THE RESULT: When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, it will!
LAW OF BIOMECHANICS: The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.
THEATRE RULE: People with the seats at the furthest from the aisle arrive last.
LAW OF COFFEE: As soon as u sit down for a cup of hot coffee, ur boss will ask u 2 do something which will last until coffee is cold.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Vishu (Malayalam:വിഷു) is a festival held in the state of Kerala in South India (and malayali's and Palakkad tamils in adjoining areas of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu). Vishu follows the sidereal vernal equinox and generally falls on April 14 of the Gregorian year. This occasion signifies the Sun's transit to the zodiac - Mesha Raasi (first zodiac sign) as per Indian astrological calculations. Vishu is also considered as the harvest festival of Kerala and thus the importance of this day to all Malayalees. In Assam this day is called Bihu, in Punjab Baisakhi (originally Vaishakhi) and in Tamil Nadu Tamil Puthandu or Vishu punyakalam.The word "Vishu" in Sanskrit means "equal". Therefore Vishu is more probably denoting one of the equinox days.
The Malayalam word kani literally means "that which is seen first," so "Vishukkani" means "that which is seen first on Vishu."
Arranged in the family puja room the night before by the mother in the family, the Vishukkani is a panorama of auspicious items, including flowers, fruits and vegetables, clothes and gold coins.
In jyotish, Indian astrology, Vishnu is seen as the head of Kaala Purusha, the God of Time. As Vishu marks the first day of the Zodiac New Year, it is an appropriate time to offer oblations to Hindu Gods.
Solar New Year
Vishu is traditionally celebrated as the Malayalam New Year, especially in the central and northern areas of the state, where the calendar begins with Medam (Apr-May). However, since past few years Chingam (August - September) is also being projected as the first month of the Malayalam calendar. First day of Chingam is of no particular significance astronomically.
Vishukkani or Kanikanal
The Vishukkani, also called Kanikanal, is inseparable from Vishu. According to the age-old belief of Malayalees, an auspicious kani (first sight) at the crack of dawn on the Vishu day would prove lucky for the entire year. As a result, the Vishukkani is prepared with a lot of care to make it the most positive sight so as to bring alive a wonderful, propitious and prosperous new year!
Normally, the responsibility to put the Kani in order falls on the experienced shoulders of the eldest lady of the house. A traditional Kani is prepared as described below. There could be minor deviations from place to place.
There are also beliefs that if you do not see a proper Vishukkani, then you will lose a year from your life or have bad luck, depending on how much you see.
Children wait eagerly for this ritual. The elders of the family starting with the grand father or father give away Kaineetam to the younger ones. The Kaineetam consists of coins (now mostly notes) with Konna flowers, rice and the gold from the Uruli. The gold and the rice are returned to the Uruli and touch the eyes with flower. Earlier days, it was a custom to give Kaineetam to all the people associated with the house such as servants, field workers and land-tenants. The principle is the symbolic sharing of the prosperity and wishing happiness for all.
Saddhya is a major part of all Kerala festivals. But for Vishu, Vishu Kanji and Thoran are more important. The Kanji is made of rice, coconut milk and spices. For the side dish, that is Thoran also there are mandatory ingredients.
Fireworks is an important part of Vishu celebration in many parts of North Kerala. In the morning and the previous evening, children enjoy bursting crackers.
Malayalam Calendar and Vishu
As per Malayalam Calendar, Malayalam new year starts on the first month of Chingam (which comes in August). However people of Malabar and Cochin (i.e., Trichur and north-western Ernakulam) considers Vishu as astrological new year and Vishu Kani will bring luck and prosperity for full year starting from Vishu Day Medam 1st. People from Tamilnadu and lot of other states across India also celebrate this same day as their new year.
I thankfully acknowledge the receipt of all the mails and sms. I reciprocate the same with all my sincerity and best wishes for the new year to bring you the laurel and glory in your endeavor.