Types of Plastic items which are banned in Tamilnadu.,Tamilnadu government has announced Certain type of plastic usage is banned in Tamilnadu. Buying and using those types of Products are banned in Tamilnadu. As a result of the ban, the following products will be banned from January 1, 2019:
1. Food processing and packing plastic used in hotels.
2. Plastic sheets used for table mats and tablecloths.
3. Thermocol plates used for serving food.
4. Plastic coated paper plates.
5. Plastic bags used for gifting during special occasions.
6. Plastic coated tumblers used in TASMAC, small vendors, serving coffee, tea, water on occasions.
7. One-time usable plastic coffee and tea cups used in shops and homes.
8. Normal plastic made tumblers in commercial use.
9. Thermocol tumblers and cups.
10. Plastic coated paper bags which is used in shops for packing products for the buyers.
11. Water packets selling by small vendors around Tamil Nadu.
12. Plastic straws used for serving cold drinks, milkshakes in shops, theatres and hotels.
13. Plastic carry bags used for everyday usage by people.
14. Plastic printed flags in sale in shops.
Few Plastics which are excluded from this ban are Plastic cases containing milk, curd, oil and biodegradable plastics and packaging plastics like water bottle from big firms by the government.
Please avoid plastic usage and save the environment.
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Betting and Gambling is one of the age-old games being played in India. Originally started for entertainment Gambling has radically evolved into a full-time money earning business over the years. However, in India the Casino Gambling is being run without any strict actions in key cosmopolitan cities and even in 2nd, 3rd tier towns and villages.
What the Law Says?
“The Public Gambling Act of 1867 is a central law that prohibits running or being in charge of a public gaming house. The penalty for breaking this law is a fine of ₹200 or imprisonment of up to 3 months. Additionally, this Act prohibits visiting gambling houses. A fine of ₹100 or imprisonment of up to one month is the penalty.”
This light-hearted law is only a hogwash. Politically backed and moderated by local goons, business houses run highly systematic casino gambling in casino clubs, online casino gambling websites and even casino game apps.
Lottery is again another multi-crore gambling business that is run by several state governments while being officially banned in other states of India. Not sure, why Lottery it is legal and illegal in various states. The people who spend money in buying Lottery are mostly illiterates, daily labors and lower middle-class citizens. The idea of Winning Lottery and becoming rich shackles their belief system in rightfully sweating hardwork and earning steady income by undertaking regularized jobs.
Kerala state Lotteries run by Government of Kerala is a popular and profitable lottery business engine. From a humble INR 20 Lakhs revenue in 1967, during the financial year 2013- 2014, The department reported a profit of Rs 788.42 crore.
In India Tamilnadu State has banned all forms of Lottery business in the year of 2003 being sold within or from outside the state.
Don’t read it wrong. It is not fighting with the Dogs. It is a barbaric blood sport being organized in remote villages and secret undergrounds in metro cities where two Voracious Dog Breeds are allowed to fight each other, tear flesh, break bones until they are pronounced dead. In India, Dog fights are often staged in barns, outdoor pits, garages, basements, warehouses, abandoned buildings, back alleys, neighborhood playgrounds, or even in the streets. Local Officials are being “Handled” to not act or report these games.
Animal Welfare Organizations such as PETA India and the Animal Welfare Board of India are not able to report or act against or entirely ban these blood sport as these events are being organized and followed by a loyal fan base using posters, local adverts and SMS or WhatsApp groups for their sickening amusement.
Though it is legally banned in India, Indian states such as Punjab, Haryana, Jaipur, Uttar Pradesh and in some parts of Delhi one can regularly come across Dog Fighting events.
Sports Gambling Betting
What’s sickening is while most of our generation teens and youngsters are already lacking physical fitness and start catching up lifestyle diseases, politically backed corporate companies are launching disguised Sports Betting schemes, online betting games and betting mobile apps in a loosely-framed legal system.
Sports Gambling and Betting is highly detrimental for a healthy ecosystem, business economics and following crimes.
In India, several times Sports Betting incidents have been reported, caught red-handed and punishments have been levied. In the promise of earning money or satisfying instant income gratification, these quick rich schemes loot masses of people in a jiff. FICCI reported that the market for underground or illegal sports betting has been pegged at over ₹300,000 crore. A report by the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS), illegal betting and gambling revenue market in India is valued at $150 billion. Experts say that nearly 80 per cent of this is being contributed by cricket.
Kites are an amazing form of scientific experiment where we learnt to fly kites sky high for mere entertainment. Over the period this too got corrupted by the introduction of variations, skills demonstration, racing and now uncontrollable criminal activities that follow such kite flying events.
Kite Running, Kite Flying Race, Kite Fighting and there are several other deadly variations in India. Flying Kites and getting into serious racing lead people into several dangers like injuries, bleeding, accidents, fights and even murders. Every year in India several people are reportedly killed by Manja, the glass powder coated kite flying. Kite flying also poses threat to low flying planes and copters.
There is blanket ban for this deadly motivated kite flying that poses deadly risks and disrupts normal lives. Kite Flying is banned in several cities though being practiced in most parts of the country because of the lack of regular authorities.
Once known as motherland to several thousand rare animal species that other countries in the world were envious of. But thanks to the enlightenment behind the animal trafficking business and bloody entertainment affairs, people are lured into developing a flair for Animal Hunting. Many rare animal species are now in the danger of becoming extinct due to the volume of animal hunting activities.
Popular animal species that are being hunted are deers, tigers, elephants, rhinos, snakes, crocodiles, peacocks and several other birds. These animals are mostly hunted dead or alive for their peculiar features in their skin, horns, feathers, meat or just for entertainment.
Cocks are by nature aggressive. But that is mainly for establishing territories, claiming mating rights and for displaying genetic dominance among the bird community. This natural past time of watching cocks fight has become a blood sport now. Today Cockfighting is an illegal sport banned in several states of India.
Cock Fighting was originated in the Southern India and spread across the entire Indian sub-continent. The sport has become banned once people started tying 3 to 4 inches blades to legs of the birds and allowed them to fight, poke each other until they die or retract from fighting.
Exclusively for Cockfighting, special fighting cock breeds are bred, grown and trained to create bloody entertainment for the onlookers.
Banned Video Games
Who could have guessed that even video games would create havoc in the society. Several video games released over the years have been banned and shut down by the Government.
Several video games like Manhunt Series, Grand Theft Auto, Mortal Kombat, Dragon Age inquisition, Overwatch, Smite, Pokemon Go were reported and found to be spreading violence, sexual orientation, disrupts religious beliefs and create public havoc.
BlueWhale is another game that jolted the World by inducing players to kill themselves. Without adequate regularization laws and acts video games create quick damage before their aftermath is realized and controlled.
Bullfight and Jallikattu
Bullfight is a form of animal fighting between two strong bulls in certain parts of the country. Sair fair is the traditional bull fight. In India the bull fight event is organized at Arki in Solan, Himachal Pradesh and certain other parts of the country.
Jallikattu has been practiced in India for Thousands of years and is a part of the culture to demonstrate courage. This practice of Jallikattu is unharmful for the bulls and promotes breeding of native cow breeds which is a backbone for the agricultural ecosystem in India. Often being misunderstood and politically played out, in 2014 the sport Jallikattu was outlawed by the Supreme Court following objections from animal rights activists who say it is cruel. But later in 2017 January after the protests by people of Tamilnadu, the ruling was withheld.
Bikes and Car racing is another deadly sport in India. Following the popularization of F1 Car racing and sports bike racing events in the western world, India too picked up the lead and started running racing events across many states. With a strong purchasing power, teens and youths are buying, importing high performance vehicles for their personal gratification and indulge in life threatening racing events in an unorganized manner. Several paining accidents have been reported and hundreds of people die due to these street racing events on bikes or cars.
Let us be vigilant enough in spreading awareness among youth and the overall society about the harm these banned games present.
The queen of sarees, Kanjeevaram sarees are also known as Kancheepuram silk sarees; Kancheepuram, Tamilnadu being their place of origin. The pride of Tamil Nadu, these sarees are distinctively beautiful. They come in vivid and vibrant colours, and have graciously designed contrast borders. Checks, florals and temple designs are most commonly found on the borders of Kanjeevaram sarees. However, some richly designed borders can have paintings showing scenes from great epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata. Whenever you are in doubt, wearing this saree will never get you wrong.
Banarasi Silk Saree from the holy city of Varanasi
Banarasi sarees are known for their gold and silver zari designs and motifs. It was originally woven for royalty only, as each saree was made with real gold and silver threads. The detailing was so intricate that back then, they used to take more than a year to finish weaving one saree. But now, there is a variety to choose from.
Mysore Silk Saree
What can be considered as the purest form of silk comes from Mysore. The Mysore silk sarees are very famous for their long-lasting sheen and durability. They are dyed using natural pigments and come with non-crush quality. You can find beautiful motifs of birds and fruits in these sarees. Simple yet elegant, a Mysore silk saree should definitely make an entry in your wardrobe.
Taant from West Bengal
Tant saree is a traditional Bengali saree and usually used by Bengali women. It is traditionally made by the weavers from all over West Bengal and Bangladesh but typically few places like Murshidabad, Nadia, Hooghly of West Bengal and Dhaka, Tangail of Bangladesh are famous for tant saree weaving, it’s made of cotton and is the preferred daily wear outfit of many in Bengal. It’s light, easy to wear, and the thick border and beautiful prints make it a must buy.
Kasavu from Kerala
Also called Settu saree, it was traditionally only a mundu (a dhoti), a blouse and a stole that went across the blouse. A lot of old ladies still keep this style alive. Kasavu is a handwoven cream colored saree with gold border, worn by Malayalee women. From the land of ‘God’s own country’, Kerala’s Kasavu emerges as one of the finest traditional saris which define the essence of the beauty of every woman in Kerala.
Bomkai from Odisha
Also known as the Sonepuri silk, Bomkai saree is a piece of art with ikat, embroidery and intricate thread work, all woven into one beautiful nine-yard wonder. They are available in silk and cotton, and make for a good festive wear.
Paithani from Maharashtra
Paithani is a variety of sari, named after the Paithan town in Aurangabad Maharashtra state where they are woven by hand. Made from very fine silk, it is considered as one of the richest saris in India. Paithani is characterised by borders of an oblique square design, and a pallu with a Peacock design.
Bandhani from Gujarat
The name of the saree is derived from the word, ‘bandhan’, which means ties. This refers to the process of tie and dye which makes this saree. Both Gujarat and Rajasthan are known for the Bandhani saree. However, the weavers of the Khatri community of Gujarat are known as the pioneers. They practice this art exclusively to this day.
Muga from Assam
The Muga silk sarees from Assam are made by a special kind of silk produced by a larvae that feeds on mainly two special leaves. The resulting silk from this larvae is known to be the best. It is glossy and very durable. As a matter of fact, you can find the golden threads of the Muga only in Assam.
Pochampally from Telangana
From the town of Boodhan in Telegana, hails the famous Pochampally silk Sarees. They have traditional geometric patterns in Ikat style of dyeing. The intricate geometric designs find their way into sarees and dress materials.
Commercial Street is one of the prominent tourist attractions in Bangalore, the state capital of Karnataka, India. Commercial Street is located in Shivaji Nagar, Bangalore. Commercial Street Bangalore is one of the oldest and busiest shopping areas in the city. Commercial Street Bangalore is a very busy shopping destination that is famous for its trade in branded garments, clothes, footwear, Jewelry, imitation Jewelry and food joints. Commercial Street gets very congested on weekends and weekday evenings. Enjoy kulfi’s, American corn, lemon sodas and guava fruits occasionally when you get tired of shopping.
Arpora Saturday Night, Goa
This sprawling “The Saturday Night Market” is located in Arpora and transpires every Saturday evening from 6pm until late night. Here, one may find everything from archetypical Indian stalls selling spices, teas, Kashmiri carpets and silver jewellery to international designers who convene from all over the word to sell their unique creations. Don’t miss the DJ Music and The Boutique House Bar” that serves delightful cocktails.
Fashion street, Pune
Fashion Street is one of the popular markets of Pune. It comprises 450 stalls and serves an abundance of shopping needs. Those interested in buying stylish fashion goods and clothing accessories can check out the stores here. This place offers so much at such reasonable prices. But while shopping one must be careful about pricing. To get best shopping deals one must bargain really well. From the latest trends to traditional dresses, this marketplace has it all. If you happen to visit Pune, don’t miss this favorite shopping destination.
Pondy Bazaar, Chennai
Pondy Bazaar -reputed to be the biggest shopping destinations in Chennai, Tamilnadu, India by revenue. Pondy Bazaar has a wide variety of clothing, accessories, footwear, jewellery, electronics and food joints stores in all price ranges within a two or 3 km radius. Located in T.Nagar, Chennai, this shopping destination is well covered with trees and a natural shade. Pondy Bazaar has a blend of Branded Garments and local shop walas. From Pondy Bazaar, T.Nagar is very well connected to other happening shopping locations.
Colaba Causeway, Mumbai
One of the most crowded and electrifying places to visit in Mumbai is the Colaba Causeway, famous for being the shopping paradise and having endless shops to choose from. From clothing, ornaments, imitation jewelry, fashion clothing, ear rings, bangles, necklaces, rings variety of shoes. Especially Women will find this shopping destination and appreciate the collection for various preferences. One can find shops, negotiate and get very valuable shopping deals. This is a must visit shopping destination of Mumbai.
Bapu Bazaar, Jaipur
Bapu Bazaar is the top shopping destination in Jaipur, Rajasthan for all the Jaipuri items as you could almost buy anything for a reasonable price. This bazaar stands out for the moderate prices of items like textiles and Joothis. Visit this place to buy stunning souvenirs to capture the ethnic charm of Rajasthan. You will find a lot of shopoholics in this area who visit regularly. Kulfi Faluda is a famous retreat and a local favorite in this shopping bazaar.
Sarojini Market, Delhi
It’s one of Delhi’s biggest and most important flea market and a destination for every girl who’s out on a hunt for trendy clothes at killer prices. From stylish clothes to designer bags to fashionable jewellery, export surplus garments, Sarojini Nagar never disappoints in catering to shoppers at throwaway prices. The Sarojini Market is also called as Bargain Bazaar.
Tibet Walk, Ooty
Tibet walk is a must visit shopping destination in Ooty. Tibetan Market Ooty is famous for coffee, tea, homemade chocolates, eucalyptus and other aromatic oils, spices, toda jewellery and clothing etc. The market has rows of stalls hung with vibrant clothing, ethereal materials, and rich shawls. These kind of shopping goods you won’t find in urban branded shopping market destinations. The chilling weather of ooty will make this shopping destination to purchase warm clothing.
Charminar Shopping, Hyderabad
The area is famous for Laad Bazar which is very famous for the Bangles, also called “Chudiyaan”. This happens to be one of the oldest markets in Hyderabad and is famous for the artificial jewellery sold here. Apart from this, silverware, antique items, silk sarees, khara dupattas are other popular shopping goods one can consider buying here.
New Market, Kolkata
The place can be best described as a maze of about 2000 shops selling everything that one can never imagine. From apparels, footwear’s, fashion jewelry, electronic gadgets, toys, kid’s sections, products of daily use, crockeries, groceries, flower shops, décor items etc. You can munch the most delicious Kolkata Sweets and evening snacks while shopping here.
A beauty pageant or beauty contest is a competition that has traditionally focused on judging and ranking the physical attributes of the contestants, although some contests have evolved to also incorporate personality traits, intelligence, talent, and answers to judges’ questions as judged criteria The Big Four consists of the four major international beauty pageants for women – Miss World, Miss Universe, Miss International and Miss Earth.
India in recent years have consistently won the international beauty pageant queen competitions. Let’s read more about our beauty queens who brought laurels and recognition to India.
Name: Reita Faria Title: Miss World Year: 1966
Reita Faria was a Doctor and a Model who won the Miss World 1996 for India for the first time in History. She was also the first Asian to win the much celebrated beauty competition. Not sure, what she thought of the fame and further income opportunities, Reita Faria chose to pursue her interest with the Doctoral Degree.
Name: Aishwarya Rai Title: Miss World Year: 1994
After many years of non-successful beauty campaigns from India, it was in 1994 Aishwarya Rai, a 21 year old Model and beauty pageant from India won the Miss World Beauty Competition. After winning the beauty competition, Aishwarya Rai started her successful acting career, and established herself as one of the most popular and influential celebrities in India.
Name: Sushmita Sen Title: Miss Universe Year: 1994
The same year when Aishwarya Rai won the Miss World Beauty Competition, Sushmita Sen, a teenager model from Bengal won the Miss Universe Title in 1994. Sushmita Sen is the first Indian to win the Miss Universe Title. She too decided to pursue her career and became very successful.
Name: Diana Hayden Title: Miss World Year: 1997 Diana Hayden born as an Anglo-Indian Christian family from Hyderabad won the Femina Miss India contest in 1997 and also crowned as Miss World 1997. She was a contestant in the popular controversial reality show Bigg Boss in 2008. She became the third Indian woman to win the Miss World pageant, after Reita Faria in 1966 and Aishwarya Rai in 1994.
Name: Yukta Mookhey Title: Miss World Year: 1999
Yukta Mookhey is the winner of the Miss World 1999. Mookhey was born in Bangalore in a Sindhi family and was raised in Dubai until Mookhey was seven years of age. She became the fourth woman from India to win Miss World after Reita Faria in 1966, Aishwarya Rai in 1994 and Diana Hayden in 1997.
Name: Priyanka Chopra Title: Miss World Year: 2000
Priyanka Chopra is the winner of the Miss World 2000 pageant. As like many other beauty pageants from India, Priyanka Chopra choose the acting career and became one of India’s highest-paid and most popular celebrities, Chopra has received numerous awards, including a National Film Award and five Filmfare Awards.
Name: Lara Dutta Title: Miss Universe Year: 2000
After Sushmita Sen, it was Lara Dutta who was crowned Miss Intercontinental 1997 and Miss Universe 2000 and has been the only delegate from India to win the crown since. Lara Dutta spent few years in the acting career and later got married with the Famous Tennis Player Mahesh Bhupathi.
Name: Nicole Faria Title: Miss Earth Year: 2011
Nicole Estelle Faria is an Indian supermodel and actress from Bangalore who won the Miss Earth 2010. She is the first woman from India to win Miss Earth. She is the brand ambassador for various brands including CLEAN & CLEAR and blueberry. Nicole Faria represented India in the Miss Earth 2010 beauty pageant in Vietnam, and was crowned Miss Earth 2010.
Name: Manushi Chhillar Title: Miss World Year: 2017
Manushi Chhillar (born 14 May 1997) is an Indian model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss World 2017. She was previously crowned Femina Miss India 2017, and is the sixth Indian woman to win the title of Miss World.
Whom do you think the 10th Beauty Queen of India? Join with me in the below comments section.
India is rich and versatile in it’s diversified culture. There are so many religions, communities and castes and each one of them have their own set of beliefs and rituals. It’s a great wonder how this nation can support such a diversity and keep the unity.
Foreigners and even many Indians wonder why we wear sacred threads? There are so many colors. What each one signify? What are the beliefs behind wearing them? etc.. In this blogpost, we decode the top ten sacred threads worn by Indians and their significance.
1) Kalava (Red Thread):
Kalava is worn by both Indian men and women on their wrists. The elder person of the family or priest ties the thread on the right wrist of men and unmarried women and on the left wrist of married women. The main significance of wearing this sacred red thread is to receive blessing from Trideva – Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh and Tridevis – Saraswathi, Lakshmi, Durga. From ancient times, it is believed that wearing a Kalava protects the person from evil eyes and enemies. The red thread, also called as Mauli or Charadu is mainly tied during Pooja in Northern parts of India.
2) Mangalsutra (Yellow thread on neck):
During Hindu weddings, a yellow thread is tied around bride’s neck with three knots by the groom as the priest recites Mantra. The mangalsutra signifies that the woman is married. The thread is first soaked in Haldi/ Turmeric and the colour yellow symbolises prosperity and happiness. The married women wears the thread forever to attain and long life of the husband. The mangalsutra is Yellow colored in South India. The Mangalsutra in North Indian style will have beads and metal based ornaments.
3) Black thread:
You would have often seen people wearing Black thread around neck, wrist, waist and ankles. Black color is believed to protect us from evil forces. When the black thread tied around waist of small children, it is believed to protect the child from evil eyes. Even in these days, girls from rural places are seen wearing black thread around their ankle to protect from negative energies. Tying the black thread around a newborn neck, protects the child from evil spirits. Especially in south India you will see the usage of Black Threads.
4) Janeu (White Thread):
White thread is worn by few communities of people who follow Hindu religion. The male member of the family is made to wear the three fold thread over the left shoulder under the right arm during the ‘Upanayana ceremony’ or the ‘Thread Ceremony’. It symbolises that the boy is now ‘Brahmachaari’ and is beginning his education on Vedas and Upanishads.
Rakhi thread is tied around the wrist of brother by his sister during a festival called Raksha Bandhan that is celebrated on the full moon day on the month of Sravana (Shravana Poornima). Rakhi means Protection. The sister wishes her brother good health and success while the brother takes vow to stand by his sister through thick and thin. Rakhi symbolises the strength and bond of siblings.
6) Orange / Saffron Thread
Devotees of Guru Sai Baba use to wear a flavor of Orange Saffron Thread.
7) Yellow Thread on Hand
Scientifically, yellow colour represents – Positivity, Happiness and Hope. The person who ties a yellow thread on his wrist is believed to attain prosperity in everything he does. Yellow color in spiritual world signifies a lot. Devotees of several spiritual Gurus like Vallalar (South), Vethathiri Maharishi (South India) tie yellow threads during every full moon day and.
8) Green thread
Shiny Green Threads are worn by few people who are from the Agriculture background and who support nature. Green threads signifies Mother Nature and people tie it to show their support for preserving nature and fight against deforestation.
Also some wear green threads when they follow Lord Guberan (God of Wealth). The belief is to remain prosperous with blessings from the Lord of Wealth.
9) Multicolor Raksha Sutra
Then there are threads with several other color variations. Pale Red color for Lord Ayyappa (Kerala). Bright Orange color threads are worn by devotees of Lord Hanuman who gives confidence and strength.
10) Fashion Threads
Wearing fashion threads on wrist has always been on vogue. A pop of colour adds glamour to a dull boring outfit. These fashion threads can be worn around wrist and neck and sometimes around ankle. These days we can find small embellishments and trinkets embedded in the thread that brings in a lot of life to the accessory. Wearing fashion threads is a timeless way of adding more appeal to the personality. Varying from brown thread with wooden beads that go well with monochrome dresses to colourful threads with tassels and pom poms that is best paired for boho type dresses, there one for every outfit.
Aside the religious and psychological beliefs of people, these sacred threads also have some scientific significance. Science says, when these threads are tied on wrists, they balance the three doshas – Refer here; what is a Dosha? Vata, Pitta and Gapa. If the person who wears have a balanced Vata, Pitta and Gapa, he will not be affected by any health effects.
What’s your experience with wearing sacred threads? Join with me in comments below.