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Some Thoughts on the FSB - Food Security Bill

Some Thoughts on the FSB

Manmonia's FSB: 3% of GDP
Surjit S Bhalla

The food security bill, sorry emergency ordinance, if implemented honestly, will cost 3 per cent of the GDP in its very first year.

We have an emergency of the rarest order. The BJP stops Parliament and therefore the government passes an emergency privilege provided by the Constitution to pass the food security ordinance.

The bill, sorry ordinance, wants to provide food to the poor in order to eliminate poverty. This, according to the Congress, was Sonia Gandhi's dream, and indeed was part of the Congress manifesto in 2009. Again, if Congress spokespersons are to be believed, this is a pathbreaking attempt to eliminate poverty. It will give the poor a legal right to claim their 5 kg of rice, wheat or coarse cereals a month at the subsidised rates of Rs 3, 2, and 1 per kg, respectively.

This act-to-be follows the same pattern and motivation as the employment guarantee act passed in 2005. At that time, t…

How to make a relationship work

How to make a relationship work (Thinkstock photos/Getty Images)

Life's equations keep changing. Sometimes, unknowingly, owing to circumstances we often tend to ignore the issues that come in the way.

Before reaching a stage where there is no other alternative but to call it a quit, giving time to think what is or what has been going wrong can help one iron out the differences in a relationship. Particularly, in a man-woman relationship, there are many factors like lack of spending quality time, inability to listen to the partner, lead to misunderstandings which may give rise to fractures otherwise not warranted in a healthy relationships.

There are certain things, which may not look as very significant factors, but when paid attention to can act as buffers which will save one's relationship. Here is how:

1. Never look lost in things while your partner is saying something important. This may give rise to the feeling that you are least interested in listening to what he or she …

10 things men say but don’t mean

10 things men say but don’t mean (Thinkstock photos/Getty Images)

Here is the key to help decode what your man is actually saying...

He says: It's a guy thing.
Translation: "There is no rational thought pattern connected with it, and you have no chance at all of making it logical."

He says: It would take too long to explain.
Translation: "I have no idea how it works."

He says: Take a break honey, you're working too hard.
Translation: "I can't hear the game over the vacuum cleaner."

He says: I heard you.
Translation: "I haven't the foggiest clue what you just said, and am hoping desperately that I can fake it well enough so that you don't spend the next three days yelling at me."

He says: That's interesting, dear.
Translation: "Are you still talking?"

He says: You know how bad my memory is.
Translation: "I remember my primary school anthem, the address of the first girl I ever had a crush on, my first kiss, …

Start losing those kilos again

Start losing those kilos again (Thinkstock photos/Getty Images)

If you find yourself wondering why your diet has stopped working midway, use these handy tips from macrobiotic expert Shonali Sabherwal and start losing those kilos again

It's a great feeling when you see that weighing scale veering to the left after a few months into your diet. But then suddenly, your weight just refuses to reduce. Don't fret. Here's an excerpt from macrobiotic expert Shonali Sabherwal's upcoming book, The Beauty Diet which will help you break through those roadblocks you have been experiencing even though you are following your diet to the tee. Excerpts:

You restrict your sweets and then crave them even more:
Diets naturally imply restrictions, so if you cut out sweets you will want them even more. Sometimes, it's the that sweets you binge, which often win. The thing we don't know about sugar is that you simply end up craving more sugar. It's a vicious cycle.

Handy tip: Inclu…