Rs 500, Rs 1000 bank notes not valid from Nov 8 midnight


In an unprecedented move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation through Doordarshan, India’s state television. He is then scheduled to meet President Pranab Mukherjee after his telecast. This is the first time Modi addressed the nation in this manner since he was elected more than two years ago. The address will be first in Hindi, followed by an English telecast. Modi’s address to the nation comes at the end of the day in which he met the three chiefs of the armed forces – Army Chief Dalbir Singh, Navy Chief Sunil Lamba and Indian Air Force Vice Chief BS Dhanoa – to review India’s security following the tension with Pakistan. National Security Advisor Ajit Doval was also present at the meeting. The Prime Minister then chaired a meeting of his senior ministers.

The meeting came as tension along the India-Pakistan border continues, with over 100 violations from the Pakistani side since the surgical strikes that India carried out on terror launch pads in Pakistan-administered Kashmir in the intervening night of September 28-29.



•This speech is for a special request that I am going to make to the nation.

•We are for empowerment of poor and for their rights.

•The various schemes launched by the government are aimed at empowering the poor. It shows the government is dedicated to the poor.

•Corruption and black market is a big hindrance in removing poverty.

•India a bright spot in global economy. This claim is not by us, but by the IMF.

•Corruption is the biggest bane for us. We are Number 70 on corruption index.

•Terrorism is being funded from across the border using fake currencies

•We took many steps to contain the menace of black money

•We made an SIT on black money with a retired judge of Supreme Court

•We entered into agreements with various countries to contain black money transactions

•We introduced the amnesty scheme to announce black money

•Corruption, black money etc are such things which are pushing the country backwards

•Rs 125 lakh crores came out during amnesty scheme on black money

•Some people have misutilised their positions for corrupt practices

•Some honest people have fought corruption as well

•On one side terrorism, fake note currency is destroying the country and on the other corruption and black money is destroying the country

•Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes will be invalid from November 8 midnight

•The process of cash circulation is directly related to corruption in our country impacting the lower classes of our society

•From Midnight Nov 8, 2016 today, Rs 500 and Rs1000 notes are no longer legal tender

•You have 50 days (From 10 Nov to 30 Dec) to deposit notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 in any Bank or Post office

•On November 9 and in some places, on November 10, the ATMs will not work

•ATMS will limit money to Rs 2,000 a day initially

•On November 9, all banks will remain closed for public work

•There will be no change in any other form of currency exchange be it cheque, DD, payment via credit or debit cards etc


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Feelings of an Army man after Surgical Strike on Pakistan


Today evening, as I parked my car in front of gate no. 9 and walked into South Block (Indian Army Headquarters), I looked up at the grey-golden New Delhi sky. I tried hard to see if Pakistani nuclear warheads were slamming into the ground and if Chinese paratroopers were really landing atop Rashtrapati Bhawan. I saw neither. I shrugged my shoulders, smiled, and walked inside AHQ for that obligatory cup of black coffee (always without sugar), and the much-needed camaraderie. I found both. The Indian Army never disappoints.

Now that we have crossed the Rubicon, that much vaunted Line of Control, caused havoc, and come back without any casualties, it is time to put things in perspective. This is a time to celebrate, but it is also a time to be on top alert. Pakistan will hit back, as sure as night follows day. And we are ready.

To those who doubted our ability and resolve, you may want to reconsider your opinion about the Indian Army. I hope we have given you enough faith to go by. We are not Seal Team 6. We are Indian Army Special Forces. This is our backyard. We are better.

To those armchair strategists who cried hoarse and created absolute panic about Pakistani tactical nuclear warheads, China’s response, CPEC, Russia and everything between Mongolia and Disneyland, please take a deep breath and relax. There are no Pakistani induced mushroom clouds over Delhi. And there are no Chinese paratroopers. In fact, there is almost no reaction from China.

And finally, to those who believed in the Indian Army, my heartfelt gratitude. Thank you for believing in us. We have never let you down. Your faith means enough for us to die for. This is your army.

We went into Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and created merry hell. This was a purely anti-terror operation. We tried to keep our focus and avoid collateral damage. The only Pakistan Army soldiers who were killed were those that came in the way. How many terrorists were killed? Your guess is as good as mine. The media may give you figures of 35-40 terrorists and 9 Pakistan Army regulars, but these are guesstimates. Our boys were busy killing, not counting.

For over a week, the targets were under surveillance of our intelligence agencies. Based on intelligence inputs, the SF teams and some elements of infantry (commando platoons, mostly Ghatak) rehearsed for this operation and then, at a moment of their choosing, infiltrated (parachuted) into Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. They completed their mission and ex-filtrated back into our own area.

All praise to the Special Forces and other specialized elements that carried out this operation. It was textbook perfect. Such an operation requires, apart from meticulous planning and a very high level of training, nerves of steel and sinews of iron.

I am a soldier and totally apolitical, as all soldiers are. But credit must be given where it is due. Prime Minister Modi displayed remarkable courage. He first cornered Pakistan diplomatically and economically, and when the time was right, he ordered the Indian Army to smash them militarily. All bases covered. As the old saying goes “ek chaal, sheh aur maat”. Checkmate.

Pakistan Army denies that such an incident took place. Smart move. If you admit that it did, you will have a tough time explaining to a war-induced, hysterical populace, how this happened. And the next question will be – how do you plan to retaliate? For an institution that has gobbled up much of Pakistan’s scarce wealth in the last 70 years, such a situation has embarrassed them. Modi has not made Pakistan Army bleed as much as he has, in full public view, taken off their khaki trousers. The Pakistani Army is not dealing with hurt. It is dealing with shame.

Khwaja Asif, Pakistan’s motor mouth defence minister, who till yesterday was threatening nuclear war, is suddenly at a loss for words. Brought up to believe that Indians don’t have it in them, he seems a defeated man, shoulders drooping.

And ISPR, that media house of all media houses, and the official mouthpiece of the Pakistan Army is oddly silent. No more aggressive tweets from Maj. Gen. Asim Bajwa.

There will be a grand meeting tomorrow at GHQ, Rawalpindi and all will be held to account in the court of Emperor Raheel Sharif. More F16s will land on highways and some more Pakistani politicians will threaten nuclear war. The passes will close in a few months, and before that, Jihadis must be pushed into India. This will be a long winter.

There are troubling times ahead. Pakistan will not lie down and die. It will retaliate. We are vigilant on the border. We will not let an Uri happen again.

To the families of the brave heart martyrs of Uri I say, “Sleep well tonight. We have avenged our brothers”.

Congratulations, India.

Major Gaurav Arya (Veteran)

#adgpi #IndiaStrikesBack

~ From the facebook wall of Major Gaurav Arya

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Is a Vegetarian diet for you?

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One of the most confusing questions being asked by a person is  “Is a Vegetarian diet for you? ” . Well the answer needs to be given by the person himself but before answering the question one should be well aware about pros and cons of being vegetarian.


A vegetarian diet is great for good health when it is taken in  nutritionally-balanced diet Vegetarian food has low  saturated fats and contain very little or no cholesterol. They  are also rich source of fiber , vital vitamins , folic acids, phytochemicals, nutrients , lower in calories. Vegetables are also assumed to be safer since they are the lowest one in the food chain and thus have the least contamination of pollutants etc.

One has to make sure that nutrients are taken from vegetables and not from animal or animal products. One also has to make sure that in the wake of having vegetarian diet one doesn’t indulge in having fast food products or junk foods which are rich in high-fat , nutrient deficient and overall harmful for health. The benefits of being a vegetarian is complemented by having a healthy lifestyle , doing regular exercise , having ample sleep, devoid of tensions. One should also make sure he is keeping off from alcohol , cigarette or any other harmful substances. One needs to avoid a sedentary lifestyle and should try to indulge in any kind of sports activities.


So if you are still thinking is vegetarian option right for you , you needn’t think overtime. It has several benefits and you must definitely go for it. You can refer to  this site for more informative details


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What is a Pescatarian?


What is a Pescatarian?

Well Pescatarian are those people who are vegetarian with an exception that they eat fish and other sea foods. These people don’t eat any other meat products from animals. They maintain a vegetarian diet.These are the people who will eat all kinds of vegetables but avoid meat like chicken, pork, beef, steak , mutton, eggs etc. Their diet will however contain fish and other seafoods like lobsters ,crabs etc.

There is a lot of debate going on whether a Pescatarian is a vegetarian or non vegetarian. In my opinion he is non vegetarian. The reason is that he is still eating meat though from sea animals. But I would also like to mention here that if one wants to switch from being non vegetarian to vegetarian and find it very difficult in doing so , they can opt this option.

It is one step at a time to achieve that coveted target of being pure vegetarian. This is especially helpful for the people who get meat cravings and find it very difficult to survive without it.

Being Pescatarian has various health benefits which I would like to mention here  :

  • It is beneficial for your health.
  • It is good for environment
  • This is being less cruel towards animals
  • Eating certain kinds of fish raises HDL levels and some fish are a convenient source of omega-3 fatty acids and have numerous health benefits in one food variety.
  • A 1999 meta-analysis of five studies comparing vegetarian and non-vegetarian mortality rates in Western countries found that in comparison with regular meat-eaters, mortality from ischemic heart disease was 34% lower in pescatarians, 34% lower in ovo-lacto vegetarians, 26% lower in vegans and 20% lower in occasional meat-eaters.

You can refer to  this site for more informative details.

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Some tasty meat alternatives you MUST try

Being vegetarian is one of the best things you can do in your life. There are several benefits of being vegetarian which you can refer to this link.  At the same time there are various people who love non vegetarian foods  but want to quit it. They want an alternative to the same which is now available in abundant choices in the market. Some of the examples which I would like to mention are as follows:

  1. Tofu, Tempeh, Seitan, and TVP
  2. Mushrooms
  3. Jackfruit
  4. Eggplant
  5. Lentils
  6. Beans and Legumes
  7. Cauliflower
  8. Potatoes
  9. Beets
  10. Nuts
  11. Tofurky
  12. Field Roast
  13. Trader Joe’s
  14. Lightlife
  15. Boca Burger
  16. Sweet earth natural foods
  17. Simple Balanced
  18. Morning Starfarms
  19. MorningStar Farms Hickory BBQ Riblets
  20. Beyond Meat Chicken-Free Strips
  21. Soy Chorizo
  22. Amy’s All American Burger
  23. Boca Chik’n Meatless Patties
  24. Lightlife Smart Dogs
  25. Soy Curls
  26. Trader Joe’s Meatless Meatballs
  27. Jackfruit Pulled ‘Pork’
  28. Upton’s Naturals Traditional Seitan
  29. Gardein Seven Grain Crispy Tenders
  30. Field Roast Sausages
  31. Tofurky Vegetarian Roast
  32. Chipotle Sofr
  33. Quinoa
  34. Almonds
  35. Yogurt
  36. Cheese
  37. Tempeh

It is no hidden fact that health benefits of vegan food are a major reason why many people are eliminating or reducing meat in their diets. The most harmful results are fat and cholesterol which affect the health of an individual adversely. Meat alternatives should be  part of this healthy diet because they provide a source of vegetable protein, vitamins, and minerals without the high saturated fat and cholesterol of animal products.

As you can see above there are various options which can be used as an alternative to meat and should be tried for a healthy living.

You can refer to  this site for more informative details


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The Healthy Vegetarian Lifestyle

As more and more people are becoming health conscious there is an ongoing debate about the food habits of people, especially which is a better kind of lifestyle – vegetarian or non-vegetarian. I would like to highlight below the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle.

  1. A vegetarian has less risk associated with heart ailments. It has been proved by various researches that vegetable fat is good to heart as compared to animal fat thus lowering risks of various heart diseases.
  2. A vegetarian diet helps keep obesity in check .Normally vegetarians don’t tend to have binge eating  habits and also veg food helps reduce excess fat from the body.
  3. Vegetarian food also helps in controlling  strokes.
  4. Vegetarian food helps fulfill all the nutritional food requirements of the body. Thus there is no dependency on additional supplement or supplement from animal extracts. This also helps prevention from various kinds of side effects.
  5. Vegetarian foods helps in prevention of various kinds of cancer and other diseases.
  6. Veg food prevents kidney stones.
  7. It helps in keeping your mood fresh and calm. It is often said in Hindu scriptures that vegetarian food is satvik in nature which means it is pious and thus helps in keeping mind calm and composed.
  8. Reduces blood pressure. A vegetarian person normally has normal blood pressure as compared to a persons having non veg as major portion of their diets
  9. It helps prevent diabetes.
  10. It helps prevent cancer.
  11. Being veg is being considerate towards other living beings you are saving few lives which would have been otherwise culled to satiate your taste buds.

So you can see the benefits of being vegetarian is multifold.

You can refer to  this site for more informative details

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Ideas for a vegetarian BBQ

One of the best things to do in any pleasant wether especially in summers if Barbeque. Well whenever one talks about BBQ one thing which strikes our mind is that its only about doing nonvegetarian foods like pork, beef, chicken etc. But this is a myth and it needs to be broken. BBQ is not limited to only nonveg option. In fact vegetarian foods provides more variety of items for doing BBQ.One needs to keep their mind and options open and be ready to experiment with various kinds of recipes.


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One of the major and often ignored process of grilling is process of marination of food articles. Whether you prepare the marinate at home or buy it from store one needs to be very careful about the quantity ,type and duration of time for which the vegetables or ingredients undergo the marination process.Of the various marinate available my favorite and commonly used is preparing marinate using home made curd, mixture of various spices , ginger, garlic, salt etc . The perfect blend of this mixture gives the taste which makes taste buds go flattering. You can also use olive oil for marination.Second most important thing is how long you marinate the items.

Third most important thing in this process is the way you grill. One needs to have that perfect experience to make sure the item is properly and appropriately grilled. The combination of all these factors will result in awesome grilling experience.
So what are you waiting for ? Just go in your backyard and have a wonderful grill experience.

You can refer to  this site for more informative details

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