Monthly Archives: May 2019

Picking up the pieces after Cyclone Fani

In the previous article I detailed about hardships of Cyclone Fani. After 20 days and after counting of general election at India as well as assembly election we do find that the process of getting relief materials is accelerated. This is a soothing news considering Cyclone Fani comes in the wake of time when there is election and no government can actively help due to restrictions from election commission of India.

Man proposes but God disposes:


At last the process of general election ends and after the counting on May 23, 2019 we came across that government is active again. In Odisha, the ruling BJD party comes with mammoth majority and in India Modi government came with triple hundred of seats. In Odisha BJP goes up in parliament seat from one to eight and in assembly election BJP becomes major opposition party removing and pacing Congress to miserably third position.

Relief after Cyclone Fani:

Throughout Odisha, the ruling party BJD comes back again in assembly election. At Puri the five time MLA, the stubborn leader of BJD, Maheswar Mohanty surprisingly lost to BJP. This means we do feel that the releif will stayed out of our locality as the result of it. Suddenly, one big fellow with a small motor cycle reached and told daddy to reach to Dutt Totha where the counting of releif to the persons who have no ration card is undergoing.


Daddy and the neighbour person went to Dutt Totha and there they submitted their Adhar card and and the numbers of members in the family and their Adhar numbers. In this way, the importance attached with Adhaar card comes into lime light. This means that within shortest possible of time, we will r I can receive payment of 2000 anf 50 kg of rice as per releif related with Cyclone Fani.


After some days three persons from government came and they came with camera and they ask for Adhaar card and they write down the Adhaar number, then they ask for what are the deastruction casued due to advent of Cyclone Fani, they took the screenshot with the camera and then they ask for cold water and then they went away. This means that in the times to come perhaps the major releif in terms of monetary help for reconstructions of destruction caused due to excessive super cyclone Fani.


This means that the process of aid and investments from governments is slowly, reaching to us and even after toiling hard for last 20 days we are slowly getting major helps from government and this makes the process of releif are reaching to us and this makes us feeling nice and good. In the mean time, we see how the electric wire circulated from one side to other and reaching to ours electric pole.


The prospects of coming up electric lights slowly at the increase, electric persons told us that light will come at night of 24th May 2019 and at exactly 7.40 pm light came and it came after almost 21 days of cyclone Fani. During these difficult times, for the first time in my life time I stayed for almost 21 days without lights and it increases as first the light connection come nearer to ours area but ours locality does not have light connection.


I can remember when I was four to five years old, daddy’s posting was at Nayagarh, State Bank of India as Cash Officer and there after rain light will cut for two to three days. In the days at Udala Mayurbhanj, there in the week days there used to be cyclone with rain and the power cut will have for almost two to three days in the long run. During that time the electric connections comes up from Khunta few kilometers from udala and it is at the similar distance from Mayurbhanj and this means that in this time at Puri town where for almost 21 days we were at the state of no electricity.

Necessity is the mother of invention:


So, for me it is a record or sort but this record I musr wish to forget indeed. Thankfully, the electric connectivity came and it came with higher voltages as the other connection from ours poles are cut and for this entire phase connectivity comes to ours home and it destroys some balls and one ceiling fan of ours.


In the mean time, installation of tubewell completed. It took almost three days to complete. Now, with the availability of alternative water source, the tension of light not there is almost not there, as for every house hold there must convenient for second water sources other than water motors as water motors runs when there is electricity.


A tubewell which can run without electricity, is a must for every house hold as it can provide water when there is no electricity. At home one must prepare for availability of water through sources other than one. Similarity the presence of alternative water sources such as that of inverter or generator is a must as it can provide releif from power cut or power failures for the shorter durations.


Alternatives to electricity and water in the house hold is a must as it can provide convenience for users in the times of distess. One cannot anticipate, when will natural disaster will come and in what way it will come and what amount and scope of destruction will there at the presence of people. If there is earthquake then even the presence of dual water presence such as tubewell as well as that of water motor connectivity, can face destruction in these times.

Man proposes and God disposes. We cannot feel the safe in the presence of natural calamities. We can make only the conveniences, but we cannot predict what are the safest route and convenient process but still we can try hard to maintain the process of safe practices, but still we can move towards the process of absolute relief which is a myth indeed but we can try to safer and move towards absolute, safe heaven is a myth indeed.

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6th May 2019, three days aftermath of Cyclone Fani

Cyclone Fani came and went and this is about 4 to 5 days now. Puri market is slowly opening. Now, in the market the cost of lean candles are that of 80 to 120 rupees. No law enforcing authorities are stopping these people to sell at such high prices. Electricity is still not there. Water scarcity, and still that time no provisions of drinking water at our locality.

Eveready torches which takes one or three or four pencil batteries are now in the market. They are selling these torche at very high cost. After some time government offering these torches free of cost and to each person with Adhar Card one torches and these are there nearer to main police station of Puri town.

Suddenly, neighbour came and said that the persons of local councillor came here, and distributing some relief materials and they gave us one packet and for the first time we do feel the presence of government in some way after four to five days of Cyclone Fani.

Life in Puri, Odisha continues to grim three days after extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani

When I moved into Puri town after three to four days of onset of this cyclone I do find as if I were in at a different world. Post office, banks, ATMs each and every possible financial institutions were out of order. People needs money the liquidity of finance but not able to collect even for their own accounts. Summer is at its extreme peak.

There is no chances of any wind and the heat of summer is at its peak. Ours terrace asbestos completely broken so direct sun light comes into it and that makes the environment warmer. I could see there are no chances of anywhere the presence of rescue operations as trees are broken and the amount of destruction in and around Puri town is clearly visible. We received some relief material and with it comes dried rice, some candles, some biscuit packets and some match box.

Dried rice helps us immensely in these tiring and disturbing situation. For first time after Cyclone Fani we ate rice and dalma cooked by mummy at home. Till then we are eating foods brought from outside as such is the tiresome moments with no water and electricity we tend to move towards the state of an era of before christ the age of dark ages.

In the mean time my younger sister underwent severe surgery at Apollo Hospital Chennai, 10 days before the advent of Cyclone Fani and she was also feeling the brunt of difficulties with it and each day a compounder comes to dressing her wounds after surgery and he used to take 200 rupees for the 10 minute dressing.

Daddy bought 8 large torches and my younger sister’s 4 year old son used to be afraid of dark and use to take two torches in his hand and show to the roof so that light will always with him. He used to switched on torches and hold two in his hand and show to the rood of rooms in order to remove the darkness and the eagerness of the four year child is completely eminent.

In the meantime Khuntia Petrol Pump which is at the heart of Puri town opens with generators and this used to remove the worries of people who have plenty of worries of collecting petrols at high rates from collecting outside at according to people outside petrol pumps the cost of petrol was almost 200 rupees per litre. With opening up petrol pumps on 6th of May three days aftermath of Cyclone Fani major worries of people of having petrols or diesels for their vehicles gone for the time being.

Opening up of terrace door three days after Cyclone Fani:

In the Cyclone Fani, the rooftop of terrace asbestos flied to somewhere and the door of terrace which is the entrance towards terrace locked and difficult to open. Due to cyclone and rain entire roof top is covered with water due to presence of large number of branches of trees as well as that of glasses that comes from nearby Vishal Mega Mart glassed windows.

Despite trying hard we cannot open the terrace door situated at the end of high rise steps at home. We have to find the alternative route, as from the side of neighbour, their steps is blocked due to fall of coconut trees as well as glasses and other materials which flies from anywhere due to onset of Cyclone Fani.

So, we decided to move to terrace from the side of opening up asbestos but some how with the help of large tables I reach at the top but moving to the down is difficult. As the parts of cement structures which break when asbestos flied stopped me to jump from the top to the surface of terrace. That means the second strategy to break into terrace flopped and now we have to strategise another strategy to open up terrace as the water is not moving there from anywhere and it can weaken the roof top out from there.

Now, me and daddy came to entrance of ours home and from there through boundaries I climbed into walls and then into terrace and then I reached towards the main door of terraces which locked due to force of Cyclone Fani, and I had to remove the support of door which was made of cement and iron and then after almost trying hard for 15 minutes the door finanly opens and daddy came to terrace and we both cleared all branceh, glasses and other flying objects roaming here and there.

After removing all of these, finally, we cleared all obstacles that garbaged nearer to drains of terrace and then the water which was stored as the result of this removed from there and terrace blockage of doors and blockages of waters completely removed from that position.
When the nigh came, it appeared as if we were entering into an era of pre-historic days where there is no power supply, no water.

People used to not to venture out to market after eight pm of night as there was no electricity in Puri town, entire route was filled with darkness and there were rumours that thugs from outside states came to this town with gangs and can attack people and loot money by taking the help of darkness and for this after eight pm entire Puri town compelled to sleep of stayed at home.

Privacy and security are always been the worry for internet users

Privacy and security are always been the worry for internet users. Internet is an open arena with many hackers is trying to lurking into yours computer to steal vital data and online privacy. Modern web browsers have the ability to manage user privacy concern through various means, users should learnt these and try to accommodate and implement in their browsing behavioural patterns. Firefox is my favourite browser because of many valid reasons.

It gives me the authority to manage these security and privacy concerns through various capable and well attained add ons. In this write up I will summarise about some of important add on so that users will know about it and will get the choices so that they could provide and safeguard their security concerns through various available Firefox add on.

Super cookie safeguard and BetterPrivacy:

It is one of featured add on of Firefox. It works seamlessly and silently. It protects unique long standing cookies on your computer known as super cookies. These super cookies meant to track for organisation research, marketing trend, user generated content and other online activities. In this way it poses the greater risk of privacy concerns and the flash cookies of super cookie is more dangerous as it can use your bandwidth to fetch the concerned flash content and also it can go through yours privacy parameters. In short super cookies are hidden and never expiring object inside your computer and since the date modern web browsers does not have specific function to stop this super cookie to work from yours computer.

With “BetterPrivacy” you can remove all these objects at browser start and exist, you can manage, edit and white list and black list these objects. It is a install and forget add on , it works in back ground. It has no negative bear on yours browsing. It has automatic deletion function, schedule deletion, and manual deletion option for flash cookies. This add on is self sufficient.

These super cookies or flash cookies are locally shared objects or popularly known as LSO which can install some file or information through flash objects. Usual cookies took four kilobytes of memory in yours computer, super cookie or flash cookie takes one hundred kilobytes of memory in yours computer. Flash cookies store highly secretive personal and technical information such as yours browser version, computer name and operating system, your internet protocol address etc.

Generally it is very difficult to track the sites which are installing the flash cookies in ours system through web browser. Even modern web browser does not have functionality to manage and block these super cookies. There are some ways to block these cookies through flash company but it is cumbersome and worrisome and not friendly for layman. If you have shared folder and remote connection then these flash cookies make it cross browser and thus it poses greater amount of risk to yours privacy and security concern. With Better Privacy you can delete all these flash cookie after end of every sessions. As per recent reports to be believed many domains and tracking companies use these sorts of tacking cookies and these can be harmful.

Many a times the cookies sort as games cookies and Yahoo seal data is important for yours identity and security. Generally websites and companies track users so that they can improve the basic service and the customer experience and can take it to maximum possible occurrences. They segment the users to various elements and sub element and then try to match their demand with the specific advertisement.

In this way they want to install the super cookie alternatively known as flash cookie and get the relevant information through your browser and then they install the temporary cookies according to their segmentation and division of user needs and specific acceptance. Adobe flash is popular and has been installed in almost ninety five percentages of computers and has been instrumental in popularising online flash videos through various online websites. By using this some web masters and companies has been installing the super cookies to get most out of user internet experience.

Now all the ultra modern browsers and leading web browsers have the option to accept the cookies or reject the cookies through configuration but the fact of the matter is that if you set this setting to manual then you will face lot of irritations while browsing the web and also in this process the web browsing will be slower and irritant and that is why most of users make the acceptance of cookies automatic.

Companies called it as the behavioural analysis of users internet activities and thus in this manner they try to lurk in to user’s interaction with their day to day online activities. Some companies are saying that they are using these behavioural trends to deliver the targeted user specific advertisements so that user can get the specific and related advertisement to its needs. This explanation is not full proof as it can alter some of the basic rights of the user relating to data privacy and other related issues.

Local shared objects have the data that contains about individual websites. In the default settings of the flash player it is accepting the flash cookies which is otherwise known as super cookies which stays inside the computer for the longer time and then try to gather then user internet trends and send the information to its company so that they can employ it get the behavioural aspects of the users so that they can fill in the specific demands of the users when and how it is needed and this way they think they are serving the user demand and the needs in the fullest possible capacities.

User can disable the LSO in the global storage settings panels and in this way by going to the online setting manager of the Adobe site you can disable the super cookies functionality form there. Adobe will place a permanent flash cookie on yours computer and that will inform all other companies that the user did not want to install any sort of super cookie in its computer a kind of opt out policy for the user. User may use better privacy add on for Firefox to automatically delete the flash cookies on browser exist or alternatively user can employ CCcleaner the standalone offline cleaning utility for computer for manual deletion of flash cookies.

As per online setting adjustment of flash from Adobe, the user setting has been altered with each of Adobe flash updates and this is surprising that each time now you have to alter the online flash setting by going to Adobe site.

When you enable the browser in privacy mode the local shared objects and also persistent cookies known as super cookies deleted automatically when you end the browsing session. In 2009 the reports bring out by the Wired magazine is threatening and it shows how the bigger companies are easily intruding the user’s privacy concern. Nearly half of the top website around the world stores the flash cookies inside the user’s computer and that time it is not well known to the public at large and for this they are doing it consistently and has been using and analysing the user’s internet interactions.

The even using the flash cookies to make the hidden back ups and some times due to the extreme demand the user computer over load and hang up and this has been going on without user.s valid internet knowledge. More over in certain countries it is not according to the law of the land to track the user without their valid knowledge and acceptance of agreements.

Disabling local shared objects from third-party content:

Reach to the http://helpx.adobe.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager03.html and then reach out to setting manager then deselect the check box that announces Allow Third-Party Flash Content to Store Information on Your Computer then close the setting manager and in this way the flash player remembers the concerned settings of yours adobe flash player . It is better to check the settings of the always deny so that at no times any of the third party cookies will not be accepted through flash player by bridging into yours web browser.

Where to find these flash cookies:

Windows: LSO files are stored typically with a SOL extension, within each user’s Application Data directory, under Macromedia\FlashPlayer#SharedObjects.

Conclusion:

Company should not do any sort of covert surveillance on the user , they should not install the so called spyware or any sort of flash cookies on the user computer without their knowledge. Companies should provide clear and lucid information so that hat they are doing and watching to the user activities should not be done in some clandestine manner , it should be done in such a ways so much so that the user also agree with the proviso what the third party website is doping in its social and internet activities. The final word should be with the companies those are indulging into collecting user activities is to show the responsibility for providing the information and obtaining consent.

Sources & References:

  1. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/betterprivacy/
  2. http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager03.html
  3. https://educheer.com/essays/online-privacy/

Beyond The Legal Boundaries Of Public Land

No one can predict the climate and in this world as we are living today, at some places there has been show case of very avid and strong change of climate and at some other places we do find more and more cooler and complete change of climate what it has been there before few years back. In this august Sunday morning as I woke up early to go for a brisk walking all around the city and into the sea beaches to experience the real beauty f nature as well a to have the most clean air in the morning time so that I could feel at light at heart with it.

In the mid time, I move towards the so called VIP road where the road is being precisely cut short through the presence of encroachment of people where during each and every place we could see persons are being encroached and new and newer shops are being created out of it. This is the principal road to connect to capital and towards moving at the sea beach and for this there has been more and more interstate vehicles roaming here and there and most of them unaware of the situation in its place tends to move the vehicle at high speeds.

What the authorities should ensure is to replace these encroached arenas and make the road wider so that it should be easier for people and pedestrians as well as cyclists to move these way in much more comfort as from time to time more and more vehicles used to come here and most of these are inter-state vehicles and they have little ideas about local conditions.

In the mean time, at the entry of this VIP road of Puri, the Vishal MegaMart is there and it is a tall building and god known who have permitted this considering the fact that these route is to be used by most of very important personality while moving to Governor’s house of Puri and most of them probably at times Z plus security and while they move through these roads and here is one building at the entry of Vishal Megamart which is probably taller that requisite permissible limits and o that so how come this has been constructed.

This four-storied building just opposite to Punjab National Bank is of one of private person and continue to be stay at a deserted land for years and then suddenly in what so ever circumstances it then began to clean that place and build the four-storied building which is at greater height and must not be there in public places where people live there. Such a tall building at the side of the national highway just not be imaginable considering that this road is enrolls to Governor’s house of Puri.

In the mean time the road has been shortened and the traffic comes at the side of it make it shorter and the people dwelling out there, feel the crunch of the situation and that makes living out there impossible for most of us and for this it is indeed one of the most difficult living considering the height of the building that has been made ignoring all such rules and regulations.

Apart from this in and around Salbega Lane of Puri, after evening and most of time, many anti-social people gathered till the night nearer to this four-storied building, people makes noise and disturbs the peace loving people. It seems there has been support of some people or at least influential ones out there. Then, when you walk across this road in the morning, there most of municipal people having cleaning the road and they are doing some of the most important works considering the amount of unwanted tiffin vendors in and around sides of the road making the place difficult to walk in these high-traffic zones.

In actual still the point of Subhash Bose square there has been entire stretch of road that needs to be one way traffic but the size of the road is such that it has to be made or half sized to make it half and that makes the walking of the pedestrians extremely difficult in these zones. Then considering the width of the road for the movement of so many three wheelers such as auto rickshaws makes the journey of the people to move here and there difficult. If you look at these batch of three wheelers, most of them are without proper registration boards and how come these vehicles and especially these are commercial vehicles are allowed in these roads without proper registrations.

In the side o the roads which are meant for pedestrians to walk in and out and out there we could see the presence of unauthorized vegetable vendors out there and that makes the walking or running in this morning difficult. One needs to be careful while walking towards watching the vehicles crossing and running here and there and most of times without any traffic rules and then on the side of it there can be municipal persons sweeping the roads and thus making the artificial dust storm and one needs to cover the mouth and nose in order to stay out of these air dusts.

One needs to be extra careful of these and the good thing is that after crossing Subhash Bose square, we tend to reach towards the most convenient part where there is a foot path for pedestrians and we tend to move between these places without any such difficulties. The footpaths are nice and one could easily walk through this and for this it is important to move between these paths with due care as well as one could avoid the traffic jam out there.

Then, you reach at the sea beach though in between you could reach nearer to some shops which are covered at the roads and this make walking across these roads extremely difficult and one need to be extremely cautious while crossing these roads. Though in between marine drive roads and on its footpath the tourists covered these places and one needs to be extremely slower while walking these routes as well as there are many hotel agents roaming here and there with motor cycles and asking the passengers and tourists passersby about room availability.

So, while walking there is hardly any space to more here and there comfortably due to presence of large number of such vendors who tried to get out some money by luring visitors to stay into nearby hotels and in this manner entire road has become one of joke standards for all of us. Though journey towards these routes has been full of adventures or so called adventures where I have t time and again equipped with many hurdles and obstacles and in the process after reaching at the sea beach the beauty of it makes me feel happier and wonderful and no doubt some very rare glimpses of flowing of sun inside of the sea water and the touching towards horizon has never ever been so wonderfully beautiful as ever.

As we learn from Bhagbat Geeta that all that well that ends well and in the meant time I could see the presence of sea and in the sands slowly it is been overtaken by some of unauthorized vendors and continue to obstruct towards moving of sea but still I could find the solace at the sight of sands and the dazzling sea in between. The glow and the presence of seemingly peaceful environment make me remember the presence of Goddess Laxmi and the tranquility I found there is still unbelievable and cannot be written in words.

Sources & References:

http://computer-howto-2010-english.blogspot.com/2009/03/83-there-and-it.html

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