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Jun 20 9 tweets 3 min read
As per Wikipedia, Modi's mother was born in 1920, citing from "Narendra Modi: A Political Biography" by Marino Andi As per this article by moneycontrol in 2021 from @PTI_News, Modi's mother is 95 years old in 2021 when she had COVID vaccination jab

moneycontrol.com/news/india/pm-…
May 6 15 tweets 3 min read
#CoalCrisis

Reasons for coal shortage is mainly due to 3 reasons.

1. Huge Arrear outstanding against GENCOs
2. Single Window e-auction for non-linked domestic coal
3. Huge price of coal at international market due to Ukraine war As per official PRAAPTI portal, the undisputed dues outstanding against GENCOS from the DISCOMS as of April 2022 had touched 1.068 lakh crores.

Many DISCOMS arrear is outstanding from 6 months to more than 12 months.

So cash flow to GENCOS throttled
Apr 27 14 tweets 5 min read
Let me decode the petrol price build up again for you.

This pie chart is preapred from the price build-up given by IOC dated 16-04-2022, ex-Delhi.

The tax on petrol is 43% of the total price of petrol, ie, we pay 80% as tax on the base price of petrol.

#thread #fueltax Image The source is here, IOC price build-up for ex-Delhi

Base Price - Rs. 56.32/lit
Freight & Dealer Commission - Rs. 0.20+3.86/lit
Central Excise Duty - Rs. 27.90/lit
State VAT - Rs. 17.13/lit Image
Dec 5, 2021 5 tweets 3 min read
Today's @the_hindu says concern on the #Mullaperiyar Dam was first raised in 1979.

As our research & memory is so short, let me share @timesofindia Mumbai Edition dated 11.05.1962 (a typed copy from Kerala Secretariat files) Interestingly, who raised alarm about safety of Mullaperiyar Dam after independence?

Not Kerala Engineers, it is TN PWD Engineers who said that the dam is seismically & hydrologically NOT SAFE and recommended strengthening!

They even published papers in reputed journals!
Dec 3, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
"If the rule curve acknowledges 142 feet, here it is equal to permitted Full Reservoir Level (FRL) at the end of the season.

But if you blindly follow it, you will be forced to throw all the water downstream in case it rains." So prudence is required when there is cyclonic circulation prevailing and heavy rainfall alerts are around.

One should never store upto FRL.

I had to fight to sell this important point on operational safery to many of peers too!
Nov 7, 2021 11 tweets 3 min read
If someone is accusing High prices of Fuel is due to MMS Government's opening Petroleum sector to open market, they are shutting their eyes & propagating inconvenient truths.

A #thread on what lead to such a decision Due to volatility of the markets, the very subsidies provided by the Government of keeping the fuel prices to check became unsustainable!

actual under-recovery in 2012-13 was ₹ 1,61,029 crore, out of which Diesel alone accounted for ₹ 92,061 crores (57%).
Sep 3, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
What ails India’s coronavirus genome sequencing system

The country sequenced only 0.2% samples till date, one of the lowest in the world

Evidence based policy? How dare you? downtoearth.org.in/news/governanc… To date, Maharashtra (14,003 samples) and Kerala (5,485 samples) have sequenced and analysed 23 % and 9 % of the country’s total volume analysed. 

Do these % makes any sense? Be worried
Aug 20, 2021 14 tweets 3 min read
UK total population (6.82 crores ) is almost double of Kerala's (3.47 crores).

UK fully vaccinated around 60.38 % of its total population & partially vaccinated 9.46%.

Meanwhile Kerala fully vaccinated only 19.6% of its total population & partially vaccinated 33.5%. #Thread Unlike UK, Kerala is not sovereign & cannot give indemnity bond or export vaccines.

Kerala is at at the mercy of the Union Govt to get its vaccines.

If supply is ensured, Kerala would have long back vaccinated its whole adult population, we have the wherewithal to do it.
Aug 18, 2021 7 tweets 3 min read
But #Kerala's #COVID19 cases showing a downward trend, though it is not so significant ...

See the 7 day moving average daily infections graph.

How we will behave in coming days will define our #COVID19 trajectory.

Please be responsible to you and your society! Not sure what we are now witnessing is the 3rd wave or 2nd wave, maybe it is like 2 monsoon overlap each other here.

If Kerala can fully vaccinate its population, then we can negotiate next wave.

Kerala has the wherewithal to fast vaccinate, if it is made available!
Aug 18, 2021 9 tweets 3 min read
India so far fully vaccinated only 9.7% & partially vaccinated 22.7% of its total population.

If we are taking our 94 crores 18 plus adult population, the above figures will be 13.3% and 33.1% respectively.

Statewise progress can be easily comprehended from this map. Image The States who have fully vaccinated more than 20% of their population are given in GREEN.

While the worst performing States with less than 5% fully vaccinated are given in PINK
Aug 18, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
Kerala fully vaccinated 19.4% & partially vaccinated 32.1% of its total population.

At least 51.6% of its total population got a single jab.

77% of its population is 18 plus, which means Kerala has given a single jab to 67% of its eligible population.

Districtwise map is here Image Kerala is having a tremendous job at both Malappuram & Palakkad Districts which are lagging on vaccination.

While Pathanamthitta & Wayanad are performing extremely well in vaccination
Aug 16, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
This is the new spin...

Please go through archives and what Late Jaitely told when he first increased the excise duty in Modi 1 Government.

Also new agricultural cess is for paying off interests of oil bonds?

Please do some basic journalism .. Understand that Government introduced/increased cess for denying State's eligible share.

Look at how ₹32.90 divided

Cess

Road & infrastructure cess - ₹18/lit
Agri infra/development cess - ₹2.50/lit

Surcharge

Special Addl Excise Duty - ₹11/lit

Basic Excise - ₹1.40/l
Aug 14, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Once unleashed, communalism always breaks nations.

It took the sheen off India’s renaissance in the 1930s; it will again corrode new India’s energies.

It has momentum that we can only pretend to control.

@pbmehta cautions, but we are on a high! indianexpress.com/article/opinio… The logic of Partition and the logic of freedom are fundamentally incompatible.

One traps us in compulsory identities, the other lets us define ourselves.

One sees fellow citizens as a potential threat, the other as a resource to build something special.
Aug 12, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
SBI refuses to share data on electoral bonds under RTI Act, says it will ‘disproportionately divert resources’

nationalheraldindia.com/india/sbi-refu… Former Central Information Commissioner Professor M Sridhar Acharyulu said that the SBI was interpreting Section 7(9) of the RTI Act incorrectly.
Aug 11, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
India has so far only fully vaccinated 11.55 crores of its total population (8.5%) and 28.81 crores are partially vaccinated (21.2%).

This map shows the state-wise % of the population who have fully and partially vaccinated #COVIDVaccination Today onwards I am using the data points "fully vaccinated" & "partially vaccinated", as most of global databases use for global comparison.

GoI & State Govts conveniently use doses. Pls note that 1st dose numbers include the ones who got 2nd dose too.
Aug 11, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
#Kerala has so far vaccinated 1.576 crores of its citizens for #COVID19

The state had fully vaccinated 64.43 lakhs (18.6%) while they had partially vaccinated 93.17 lakhs (26.9%).

See a map of the district-wise vaccine numbers as % of total projected population 2021 The figure in brackets represents the % of total population who are partially vaccinated.

While Pathanamthitta leads the tally with 29.6% of its population fully vaccinated, Malappuram with 12.8% is at the bottom.
Aug 9, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
This is how they sold the fake Gujarat Model 🤣 For non-mallus, the tunnel length is 1km while Coimbatore-Thrissur is around 114 km. This tunnel reduced the traffic congestion, that is it!

& Still tunnel of one side is opened, also after lots of scolding by Kerala High Court for dragging the work

onmanorama.com/news/kerala/20…
Aug 6, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Covid-19 severely infected over 7,000 vaccinated people in #Kerala’s Pathanamthitta district, a six-member central team learnt during its recent visit to the state

m.economictimes.com/news/india/cov… While research and anecdotal evidence during the second wave have indicated there have been breakthrough infections and variants, especially Delta, overcame vaccine-induced immunity, the recorded data of such a high figure is a cause for concern.
Aug 5, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
All India #COVID19 vaccination status, I have taken the TOTAL projected population 2021 as per National Population Commission Report.

The highlighted states are poorly performing in vaccniation where their percentage is than the national average figures. As promised, I here have taken the projected data of the adult population above 18 years for the year 2021 given by National Population Commission Report, 2019 & the table shows their numbers.

The highlighted states' %vaccinations are below national average figures...
Aug 4, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
I am following @RijoMJohn for quite long time.

His identity is no way connected with brother's political affiliations, I value him as an independent researcher..

Most of times our considered opinions see through this coloured prisms, I faced this during Kerala floods! The same guys who shared my articles and tweets on flood had terrible problems with my criticism of their behaviour during #COVID19 times!

When you stand independent, you have the freedom to air your opinions w/o taking sides!

I relish that freedom, that is it!
Jul 25, 2021 12 tweets 3 min read
The problem with @INCIndia policy makers is that they created monster systems and thought that they will remain benign.

But they became a tool of oppression, surveillance and subjugation at the hands of a tyrant regime whether it is Aadhaar, UAPA, NIA, etc. The arrogance of power made many of the ruling elite in UPA-2 made them stop listening to the dissenting voices, which is the most essential requirement in a democracy to weigh & view the facets they don't consider.

They let Nilekkanni type brokers to have a say on many policies