Thursday, 8 September 2011

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Cheese Cake

(Indian Style)

Chenna poda is a Oriya dish made with paneer (white cheese). Fresh paneer is mixed with sugar and kneaded into very soft dough. This paneer is then baked till its golden brown outside and thoroughly cooked inside. Here is a home version of the famous Orissa chenna poda made with small quantity of paneer.
Makes: Two 5 X 1 Paneer Cakes.

Ingredients

Home Made Paneer (white cheese) 2 Cups
Sooji 1 tbsp
Sugar 1 1/4 Cups
Cardamom 2
Salt a small pinch
Ghee 1/2 tsp

Method

Bruise the cardamom and remove the seeds.
Thoroughly grind the seeds into fine powder and keep aside.

In a mixing bowl, add fresh paneer and mash it thoroughly with help of a spatula.
Add sooji, sugar, salt and cardamom powder to the paneer and knead the mixture into very soft dough.
Divide the dough into two portions.

Take two of around 5 – 6 inch wide and inch height oven safe dishes or ramekins.
Grease the ramekins with little ghee.
Sprinkle quarter tsp of sugar on both the ramekins.
Put the ramekins in microwave for few seconds until the sugar melts and caramelizes a little.
Rotate the ramekin to let the caramelized sugar stick to the sides of the dish as well.
Take each portion of the paneer dough and place it in the ramekin.
Carefully press the paneer into the ramekin with help of fingers and level it.

Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Bake for half an hour and reduce the heat to 300 F and bake for 10 – 15 more minutes.

Test the cake by inserting a toothpick into the cake.
If the toothpick comes out clean, the cake is done.
Let the cake cool off inside the oven if necessary before removing.
Cool the cake to room temperature and turn the ramekin upside down to remove the paneer cake onto a plate.
Serve paneer cake immediately or you can refrigerate it for upto a week.
Notes: Use a pound cake tin or cake tin to bake a bigger cake, which takes more time to bake.

Suggestions: Taste the paneer mixture and adjust the sugar according to your preference. Make sure to test the cake very often during the last stage to prevent it from burning.
Variations: Also add cashews and raisins to the paneer before baking. A quarter tsp of baking powder can also be added for better results.
Other Names: Cheese Cake, Paneer Cake, Chenna Poda Peetha.





 Roopesh Nair

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[www.keralites.net] Take Care of Your Body

 

Good Morning.
 
Human beings are the most marvelous creation of God, which is a union of  three main constituents- Body- Soul and Spirit. Body is the visible entity and soul and spirit are the non-visible entities. Soul is the realm in which human relationships are processed and spirit is the area where the relationship with God is maintained. Both these are supported and protected by the body. The co-existence of Body, Soul and Spirit is very complex and is very difficult to differentiate its duties.
 
Body is the outer shell of a person. Our eyes can only see the body and we recognize each person by the difference in the shape. If the shape and features were same, the life would have been so horrible and miserable.
 
Some people are very health conscious but some are beauty conscious. We should have a balanced approach towards this, because both are equally important. Our body should be healthy to carry out all functions in association with the soul and spirit. All the three 'persons' in a person should be strong enough for a life which is pleasing to God.
 
Bible says that, our body is the temple of God. "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God...... Therefore honor God with your body."- 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.
 
"Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him, for God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple".... 1 Corinthians 3:16.
 
Both the above verses emphasize the importance of our body. As the Holy Spirit lives in our body, we should always maintain it as holy. Any kind of defiling of the body is regarded as destroying it and God will punish that person. In this defiling action, soul and spirit join together and both becomes unclean. A person who is engaged in adultery and other sinful acts are making the spirit's abode unclean. We should refrain from all such activities which can bring any kind of damage to our body. Smoking, drinking and other habits of drugs etc. are to be avoided as these can defile and damage this divine temple.
 
Besides, we need to maintain this temple with utmost care. Necessary food and cleanliness are essentials to our body. Proper medication at times of sickness and measures to prevent sickness are also important. We need to discipline our body in such a way that it functions in order and will not desire to have any unwanted intakes. A diabetic patient should control the food and do exercise and a person having high cholesterol should avoid fatty foods. Whenever our body needs rest, we should give it.
 
Dear friends, we should not neglect the wellness of our body as it is the divine temple in which the spirit of God dwells. Let us try to keep it holy and healthy.
 
God bless you.
With love and regards,

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Re: [www.keralites.net] ARRESTING THE PANDEMIC OF CORRUPTION

 

Whoever has written the rejoinder has not identified himself.   He has in fact written it in my name which
is objectionable.You have not told me something that the world does not know.  The world already knows all this and more.  We do not need a Hazare  to make  us aware of the goings-on in the country. Do you think the
Jan Lok Pal Bill can do wonders in eradicating corruption.  I do not think so.

Jai Prakash Narayan also started  Nav Nirman Movement. What happened.  He saw it disintegrate
before his very eyes and in his very  lifetime in a few days.  He died a dejected man.

The major party which was with him because of their opposition to Indira Gandhi came out of the Janata 
experiment.  Even now they dilly dallied till last minute before joining the bandwagon and now tell the
world it was not a resolutuion that they supported but a sense of the house.  They have now stated that
they will not rally behind Hazare.  They have achieved their objective of being on the right side of the public.
Have you read the article written by Swaminathan Anklesaria Iyer in TOI Sunday last.  If you have
not read it., Please do.  He says too much of anything is bad.

It is no use following what a leader says but people must act too.  Do you think our public will act.
In the heat of the moment they will do all this and more and forget it afterwards. That is what happened
after Janata Govt came to power and disintegrated by their own weird actions.

Shanti Bhushan became Law Minister in the Janata Experiment and could he achieve anything. Now
you will say Anna was not there  behind him. That is right.

People complained when the Govt was following the Socialistic pattern.  Public wanted 
opening of the floodgates of corruption by Globalisation and see what happened.   It was thought that
corruption will come to an end if permit/quota raj was abolished. Everything has risen more than 1000 fold.  These days none has any regard for any Rules and Regulations.  The current trend is Make Hay While the Sun Shines. Do you know the  trials and tribulations undergone by the Contract Workers.  There is no worthwhile Union to protect their rights.  The Left is reduced to a mere spectator because of their past actions and they cannot rise under Karat.  They should find some other charismatic reader.  May be Brinda is better than him.  This is the right time for the third front of all right thinking people because Congress and BJP are but birds of the same feather.      

Everyone is passing the buck including the lawmakers and  upholders of the law and every action is delayed
and when there is delay on the part of the Govt. it is frowned upon.  The Media especially the Electronic
ones of Roy, Barkha,Sardesais,Goswami and Purie just put the Govt against Opp. and vice versa and watch
the fun.  They do not do their homework and do not know what questions to be asked.  They are all partial
as they do not get representatives of all major parties during a discussion and bring in the same people who
repeat the same opinion like a parrot.  They also have no constructive suggestions but only think their job ends once
they bring up an issue to the public on the TV.  For change to happen public must rouse themselves
and they should oppose all that is bad in law and governance.  They should also see that honest women/men
of integrity is elected and sent to the Legislatures so that they keep the interest of the public at large at all
times.  Unless there is a total change in the mindset of every one in this country, eradication of corruption will just be a far-fetched idea and a dream!!!!!

Rgds RAMA

rom: Ramachandran Narayan <enramachandran@yahoo.com>
To: "Keralites@yahoogroups.com" <Keralites@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thursday, September 8, 2011 2:30 PM
Subject: Re: [www.keralites.net] ARRESTING THE PANDEMIC OF CORRUPTION

 
 
Hazare cannot step in and stop all that you want him to do.
He can ONLY make you aware of what is happening around you and you start complaining to the concerned authorities about it from happening repeatedly.
 
When an individual complain about the facilities about the hospital when he visits one, you cannot ask to finish MBBS and become a doctor to find a solution. He can only complain. The authorities who run the hospital are responsible for remedial measures.
 
When a common person complains about the bridge, you can ask him to complete engineering degree and build a better bridge. He is expected to raise the complaint to the authorities who are paid to rectify and who should step in correct the situation.
 
When Hazare complain about the politician, you cannot expect to stand for MP and raise the topic in Parliament or become a minister to for a solution. He is expected raise the topic in any forum and the fellow Indian is expected to support the noble cause instead of criticizing him just for criticisms.
 
 
regards
 
 
N. Ramachandran  
 
Our PM can not rectify the situation, because he controlled by some people who are more powerful. PM knows his limits when he crosses the"lakshman rekha" he will not remain as PM

From: Narayanan Ramachandran <nnr_rama@yahoo.com>
To: "Keralites@yahoogroups.com" <Keralites@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thursday, 8 September 2011 8:15 AM
Subject: Re: [www.keralites.net] ARRESTING THE PANDEMIC OF CORRUPTION
 
Can Hazare & Co do something to reduce the Population which is the causse of all evils.  Can they do
something to maintain supply of pure drinking water, availability of two square meals
a day and provision of roof over the head of poor. Also can they assist in providing
quality education to all.  Stop the abuse of children under the age of 14 in the name
of providing jobs. Can they help stop the rising prices.

Do you know ordinary people cannot own a house now in Mumbai with the cost
sky-rocketing.   It is the case everywhere. I shudder to think what will happen five years from now.  Builders
take 30% cost in black. Can Hazare & Co. stop it.  

Can they stop Police,Municipal,Rationing,Railway  employees and others demanding bribes.

I do not know why Hazare & Co. fight shy of contesting for polls and then going about
solving our problems.  It is easy to blame others and difficult to practice what you preach.

Can Hazare and Team solve the Kashmir issue and the Border dispute with China and
thus help us save crores of money spent on Defence which could  be put to better use.

We are so steeped in corruption that even the Gods if they take birth in our
country cannot eradicate it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rgds RAMA  
.     






bv: Gangadharan Nair N <ng.puthoor@gmail.com>
To: Keralites <Keralites@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 5:53 AM
Subject: [www.keralites.net] ARRESTING THE PANDEMIC OF CORRUPTION
 
ARRESTING THE PANDEMIC OF CORRUPTION
Anti-corruption set-ups at the state and district levels will strengthen the Centre's efforts for an effective Lokpal

In the epic Mahabharata, when Draupadi (the Mother land - India) was being disrobed, the blind king Dhritarashtra (the Prime Minister - Dr. Manmohan Singh) 'watched' it silently and unashamedly. He did not stop Dushashan (the Council of Ministers - Pranab Kumar Mukerji, Kapil Sibal, Chithambaram, Salman Khurshid etc.) from this dastardly act, as the crown prince Duryodhan (Rahul Gandhi) was egging him on. Bhishma Pitamah (the President - Srimathy Pratibha Patil) sat still with deafening silence, and the wise minister Vidur (the Opposition Leaders, Sushama Swaraj & Arun Jetley) protested when Draupadi shouted in anger.

We see a similar drama unfolding, when the head of government claims total honesty but does not respond to the charge that all this was happening right under his nose. Whether it was the 2G scam or the Commonwealth Games or the cash-for-votes, can the perception of people change that it did not involve the highest authority in the country?

This is why the support for the Anna Hazare movement was spontaneous. People are hoping that the movement will bring about better governance in the country. If the change has to happen at the highest level through a constitutionally-empowered Lokpal, surely it will have a trickle-down effect on the morass that we see prevailing in our administrative system. Corruption has now become a part of our DNA and is now a pandemic.

Changing that will take a few generations, but we have to begin now. The issues are not just about getting a ration card or whatever without greasing palms, but also addressing the distortions that exist in the system that have spillover impacts on the society and the economy. Today, nearly all the kamdhenu posts in the country are auctioned: be it a policeman's or an engineer's or a regional transport officer's position, or a district food supply officer's post. To amplify the systemic issues, the public distribution system is one such glaring example. Research shows that only 10% of the benefits accrue to the poor, while leakages are about 43%, and the rest goes to the inefficient government system. Because the system feeds on political patronage and, hence, all parties are together in supporting it like the caste reservation system. Therefore, the incentive to politicians to support such reforms is poor. "Central government is proposing to introduce National Food Security law that would provide statutory framework to ensure food security for all… But the law will be rendered futile like PDS if it does not come up with an appropriate mechanism for its implementation.

"PDS is synonymous with corruption," says Justice D P Wadhwa in the overview chapter of the report of the Central Vigilance Committee on PDS that submitted its report to the Supreme Court in September 2009. "…there is a web of corruption woven around the PDS by politicians, bureaucrats, transporters and officials of the Food Supplies Department and Civil Supplies Corporation. They are shameless people having no inhibition depriving the poor of their food."

Another issue that has been raised in the current debate is whether the Lokpal institution itself cannot be corrupted. There is a distinct possibility of this. One instance in my own knowledge some time in early 1980s can amplify this issue. In a divisional engineer's office, a peon asked for leave. The divisional accounts officer asked for a bribe of Rs. 150 to approve it. The peon complained to the Anti-Corruption Bureau, who laid a trap and caught the accounts officer red-handed. Was he prosecuted? No, but his punishment came through a haranguing investigation leading to a settlement of Rs. 60,000 he paid as a bribe to the bureau officials to get the case squashed. In a perverse sense, this was democratization of corruption. What did the peon do? Otherwise a simple and honest man, he started demanding bribes from anyone wanting access in the engineer's office.

Today, the rates of bribe have gone up hugely as a sort of democratic right. In one instance, a patwari shocked an entrepreneur by demanding Rs.50,000, instead of the usual Rs. 5,000, for issuing a patta for an authorised conversion of land from farm to commercial use where he was going to build a hotel. All possible directions from seniors did not move the patwari to settle for less and do his job, and the entrepreneur ended up paying it. The delay would have meant other problems.

These two instances point to lack of transparency and accountability in the system and its monitoring. In both the cases, there was no system to check the progress of matters by superiors, and this is systemic. This is aided by Article 311 of the Constitution, which provides a life-long insurance to civil servants from being sacked. If one looks around, we find that very few civil servants have been sacked. The easy way out was to send them back to their home cadre as punishment. In one case this author knows of, the person was asked to resign. No effort was made to recover the huge wealth that had been accumulated. As far as politicians go, such as Sukh Ram, Antulay and many others, the track record is worse. Political compulsions do not allow prosecution, and the prosecuting machinery is influenced to go slow or weaken the charges.

This is what the proposed Lokpal will try and do, and by ensuring control over the investigative and prosecutorial machinery. The Lokpal Bills will now be debated before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice. A refreshing and welcome change is that their proceedings will be public. Having appeared before several parliamentary committees, it has not been a pleasant experience because their proceedings are not public and one is also cautioned that evidence submitted before them cannot be made public until the committee has submitted its report to the House. This author has always protested that when the House proceedings are public, how can a subsidiary body be opaque, but to no avail.

With the movement now on the Lokpal Bill that has already had a salutary impact on our economy and the governance system, we need to start a similar movement at the level of the states and our districts. Only then can we hope to arrest the pandemic of corruption.
(The author is secretary general of CUTS International)



" Vande Matharam "
"Jai Hind"

Gangadharan Nair N

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[www.keralites.net] Another accomplishment by the UPA Govt

 

നേരത്തെ, അശോക് ചാവ്ല കമ്മിറ്റിയും കരാര്‍ പുനഃപരിശോധിക്കണമെന്ന് ആവശ്യപ്പെട്ടിരുന്നു. മുകേഷ് അംബാനിയുടെ റിലയന്‍സ് ഇന്‍ഡസ്ട്രീസിനു അനര്‍ഹമായ നേട്ടം ഉണ്ടാക്കാന്‍ പെട്രോളിയം മന്ത്രാലയവും ഡയറക്ടറേറ്റ് ജനറല്‍ ഓഫ് ഹൈഡ്രോകാര്‍ബണ്‍സും (ഡിജിഎച്ച്) കൂട്ടുനിന്നുവെന്ന് രൂക്ഷമായ ഭാഷയിലാണ് കംപ്ട്രോള്‍ ആന്‍ഡ് ഓഡിറ്റര്‍ ജനറല്‍ വിമര്‍ശിച്ചത്.
വന്‍അഴിമതി ആരോപണങ്ങള്‍ നേരിടുന്ന രണ്ടാം യുപിഎ സര്‍ക്കാരിന് ഇത് കനത്ത പ്രഹരമായി. വന്‍ വിഭവശേഖരണം ആവശ്യമായ പദ്ധതിയുടെ ആസൂത്രണത്തിലും മേല്‍നോട്ടത്തിലും കേന്ദ്രസര്‍ക്കാരിന്റെ ദീര്‍ഘവീക്ഷണകുറവിനെ സിഎജി കുറ്റപ്പെടുത്തി. സുപ്രധാനമായ പത്ത് കരാറുകളില്‍ എട്ടെണ്ണവും എതിരാളിയില്ലാതെ റിലയന്‍സിന്റെ അകേര്‍ ഗ്രൂപ്പിന് ലഭിക്കാന്‍ സാഹചര്യമൊരുക്കി. ഈ കരാറുകള്‍ പുനഃപരിശോധിക്കണമെന്ന് സിഎജി നിര്‍ദേശിച്ചു.
വാതക ഖനനത്തിനുള്ള ചെലവ് റിലയന്‍സ് കാലാകാലം പെരുപ്പിച്ചുകാട്ടുകയും ഡിജിഎച്ച് ഇത് ചോദ്യംചെയ്യാതെ അംഗീകരിക്കുകയും ചെയ്തത് വന്‍ അഴിമതിക്ക് വഴിയൊരുക്കി. കരാര്‍ ഒപ്പിടുന്ന 2004 മെയില്‍ പ്രതീക്ഷിത ഖനനച്ചെലവ് 240 കോടി ഡോളര്‍ മാത്രമായിരുന്നു. 2006ല്‍ ഒന്നാംഘട്ട ചെലവ് 520 കോടിഡോളറായും രണ്ടാംഘട്ട ചെലവ് 360 കോടി ഡോളറായും വര്‍ധിപ്പിച്ചു. മൊത്തം ചെലവിനത്തില്‍ 880 കോടി ഡോളര്‍ എന്നിങ്ങനെ 30,000 കോടി രൂപ റിലയന്‍സ് പെരുപ്പിച്ചു കാട്ടി.
ഇത്തരം ക്രമക്കേട് കണ്ടെത്തി സര്‍ക്കാരിന്റെ താല്‍പ്പര്യം സംരക്ഷിക്കേണ്ട ഡിജിഎച്ച് പെരുപ്പിച്ചു കാട്ടിയ ചെലവ് അനുവദിച്ചു. കമ്പനിയുടെ വഴിവിട്ട പ്രവര്‍ത്തനങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് പെട്രോളിയം മന്ത്രാലയം റെഗുലേറ്ററായ ഡിജിഎച്ച് കൂട്ടുനിന്നുവെന്ന് സിഎജി നിരീക്ഷിച്ചു. പെട്രോളിയം മന്ത്രാലയം ഇതു തടയാന്‍ ശ്രമിച്ചില്ലെന്നും കുറ്റപ്പെടുത്തി.
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