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A Glimpse into the Future

Posted by Admin on September 28, 2012

by Owen K Waters

Because your mind is free to travel to any other point in time and space, you have the capability to view the future at will. It does take time and patience to bring back the information you want, but anyone can do it. The deeper you go into a meditative state, the more glimpses you will receive of the subject of interest. Just like any kind of exercise, the more you practice viewing the future, the better you become at it.

When you view the distant future, prepare to witness a world filled with amazing achievements of the mind and spirit. The world of a thousand years from now is just as mind-boggling to us as the present-day world would be to a person who had just time-traveled from the 1500’s into today’s high-tech noise and clatter.

A thousand years from now, the noise and clatter have gone. There are ecologically balanced mini-cities dotted around the countryside, with high-rise activity centers in the middle, surrounded by pleasant greenery and residences. They don’t encounter today’s hurricane and coastal flooding problems because, other than some recreational facilities, they are built well away from coastlines. The preferred locations are often near the foothills of mountains which supply a natural, year-round fresh water runoff. These communities produce clean energy from the universal supply, zero pollution, and are totally in tune with nature.

They manufacture items as needed by, not only materializing the items, but custom-producing the materials needed for their construction. So, if you wanted a set of decorative, solid gold plates, you’d only need to order them and they would be materialized for you in finished form. The most work-intensive part of the process would be deciding on the artistic design.

The real surprises begin with their mode of transportation. When you view these cities of the future, you see virtually no vehicles moving around. No cars, trucks, trains, or even flying vehicles. That’s because teleportation is the standard means of travel.

The secret behind teleportation is to realize that, at the level of subtle etheric energy, every location in the world has its own signature vibration. Infinite Being designed the universe so that everything in it is unique. Every snowflake is unique, every human being is unique, and even subatomic particles are unique. It comes as no surprise, then, to learn that every location in space has its own unique vibratory signature pattern.

The existence of a subtle energy signature for each location will be incorporated into teleportation technology. Vehicles will be developed that can isolate themselves from the fabric of space by creating an energetic bubble or force screen around themselves. Once isolated, the vehicle has only to be attuned to the signature vibration of its intended destination. Then, as the isolation bubble is turned off, the vehicle has no option but to emerge from ‘subspace’ at the location that matches its new signature vibration. The result: Instant relocation.

The fun really begins when, in the future, the same type of vehicles start to be used by people who have developed their consciousness enough to become attuned with, and consciously direct, the destination of the vehicle. Then, using a blend of consciousness and technology, they will be equipped to move through, not only space, but time as well.

Yes, time machines at last! The Time Machine author, H.G. Wells, would be impressed.

The interesting thing about time is that it’s not fixed in the way that we have been led to believe. We have been trained to see the past as fixed and the future as something that will become just as concrete and fixed when it comes to pass. However, time is not one fixed river. There are timelines – alternative realities – and we shift easily from one timeline to another according to our daily decisions.

The paradox of time travel used to be that it wouldn’t be possible to go back in time and meet yourself, because then you’d have a memory of having met yourself in the past, and because you don’t, you couldn’t have ever done that. Well, that problem doesn’t exist, thanks to alternate timelines. If you went back now and met yourself, you would create a new timeline and return to the present along that new timeline – one which includes the memory of having met yourself then.

In the past, kids used to want to grow up to be train drivers. In the future, they’ll want to grow up to be timeline explorers!

The future contains many wonders, thanks to the continual expansion of consciousness. With everyone adept at using the next three stages of consciousness – Love, Inspiration and Creativity – the world will be a truly wonderful place.

That is, once we get past the end of the world…

This was an excerpt from Owen K Waters’ e-book Follow the Yellow Brick Road: A Journey in Consciousness, which is available for immediate download at:

http://www.infinitebeing.com/ebooks/follow.htm

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The End of the World

Posted by Admin on September 28, 2012

by Owen K Waters

When you practice viewing the future, one thing you might notice is that, a few years from now, everything goes blank as though the world has disappeared! Whoops, where did the world go?

This happens when you are tracking forward along the frequency of the world we now inhabit. But, the world is about to change. All matter is about to go through a quantum leap in frequency and ascend into a new, more subtle physical existence. It is an energy shift which has been building for centuries and we’re getting close to where that sudden leap into the new frequency band will happen. The fast rate of change that we experience in life today is indicative of just how close we are to the critical point where the quantum shift will occur.

The quantum shift is an effect of a major cosmic influence which extends far beyond the planet and even the solar system. We chose to be born in these times because we want to go along for the greatest ride in the history of the human experience on Earth.

The world is about to change, as is the entire solar system. All matter, including your physical body, will become more subtle and more energetically refined.

One day, you will wake up to a world that is different. After this quantum shift, your intuitive faculties will become much clearer. Telepathy between loved ones will become easy to develop. Mental contact with friends and relatives who have passed on will become ever more commonplace.

People will begin to perceive the subtle light that radiates from their bodies and other matter. The sky will seem to be full of vibrant life energy. Colors will take on deeper hues and sounds will expand in depth, creating a whole new range of possibilities in music and the arts. People will consume lighter foods and more liquids than before. Eventually, everyone will have one job description – to serve humanity in the best way of which they are capable.

After all, from a soul perspective, we are here primarily to help one another.

The best news is that the new frequency of the Earth will be of the same frequency as heart-centered human consciousness. Imagine, peace breaking out all over the world!

One day, the world as we know it will end as it moves into the new frequency band. There has been much speculation that the ending of several cosmic cycles in 2012 will activate that quantum leap. I see it taking several years after 2012, under the influence of the new cosmic cycles, for the cosmic time to be right for the big shift.

Even if you were to pass on to the spirit realms before The Shift, you will still be a part of this all-inclusive cosmic event. The spirit realms will move up in frequency at the same time. Technically, their departure from their current vibrational position will actually create the vibrational slot that the physical world will move into.

Today, we refer to The Shift as an ongoing acceleration towards quantum change, and something that has been taking many years. The big event, however, will be the instantaneous transformation of matter into a higher frequency. In the future, The Shift will refer to that one beautiful event: The day the Earth became new again.

This was an excerpt from Owen K Waters’ e-book, Follow the Yellow Brick Road: A Journey in Consciousness, which is available for immediate download at:

http://www.infinitebeing.com/ebooks/follow.htm

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Set Yourself Free

Posted by Admin on September 28, 2012

by Owen K Waters

Back in the Middle Ages in Europe, the popular path towards spirituality was to become a monk or a nun. Monasteries and convents were well funded as their local populations were compelled by law to, not only attend church on Sundays, but also to donate 10 percent of their incomes to the church.

Monks and nuns took vows which relieved them of the distractions of having to make a living. They took vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Freed from the distractions of laboring for pay or supporting a family, they were able to pass many hours per day in worship and contemplation. The obedience part of the vow was thrown in for good measure because it suited those in charge.

The problem is that, once a vow is taken, it becomes stored in your subconscious mind which, unlike your physical brain, lives on after death and reincarnates with your spirit into each new life.

If you are struggling today with money issues, close relationships, or you feel a lack of the initiative that could solve your problems, you probably took a vow of poverty, chastity and obedience in a past life. Such vows seemed like a good idea at the time but, because reincarnation was banned from the teachings of the Bible, no one realized what trouble this would cause in future lives.

Such vows were taken with no expiration date. There was no “until death do us part” type of clause included, so these individuals’ subconscious minds faithfully recorded the vows as obligations which would continue until further notice. Today, you might be struggling to pay bills and wanting to create prosperity in your life to end the struggle. But if you have a subconscious blockage that says, “Must not have money” or “Money is bad,” then the blockage will prevail and you’ll continue to struggle.

From a neutral, detached point of view, it is obvious that money, which is just another form of energy, can’t actually be “bad” any more than electricity is bad. Functionally, money is no more than the currency of personal energy. It represents the work you’ve done and your ability to pay for the work of others to supply your needs. If you have a mental block about money, then perhaps it’s time to stop suffering and kick out the block!

While the poverty part of the vow will produce financial hardship, the chastity part will make relationships unfulfilling. The obedience part leads to a belief that people who have gained positions of authority know best. This self-denying stance is no longer appropriate in today’s world, as these are the days when the Spiritual Age is emerging. Today, we live in a self-empowered age which calls for individual mastery of life, not the blind following of anyone who claims to know best. They rarely do.

There is one expert in this world who knows what’s really best for you and you see that person every time you look in the mirror! Look into the reflection of your eyes – the windows of the soul – and ask for the eternal wisdom that lies within you to come forth. You already know the answer to every personal challenge. Just give your conscious mind permission to hear that inner wisdom.

Sooner or later, all obsolete vows need to be released in order to set yourself free from the invisible chains of self-imposed limitation. Any vows taken in past lives with no expiration date are typically inappropriate in the way they affect later lives. The circumstances that made a past life vow appropriate at the time no longer exist because every life is a different adventure in a different setting.

In order to develop your own potential, you need to be free of obsolete, past-life obligations. Only you can develop your potential. No one else can do it for you. This life is your adventure and it is your time to either grow to realize your true potential or to be hobbled continually by blockages that slow everything down.

If you suspect that your subconscious mind may be harboring inappropriate vows, you can release them quite simply by conscious effort. Here’s how to set yourself free with your own personal Declaration of Independence:

Enter a quiet state and make this necessary and long-overdue statement:

“I now renounce and release all vows that I have taken which have outlived their purposes and which now limit my potential for growth. I reclaim my personal freedom and declare such vows renounced and released as of now. I replace old vows with the knowing that I am loved and that I am Love.”

For best effect, repeat it two or more times, adding feeling and meaning each time. Continue to revisit the statement until you feel truly liberated and able to move forward to grow and naturally prosper in these, the dawning days of The Spiritual Age.

Set your friends free! Forward this email and let them know how to release hidden limitations.

This material was excerpted from Owen Waters’ book, “Love, Light, Laughter: The New Spirituality,” which is available in paperback and as a downloadable e-book.

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The Joy of a Soul Connection

Posted by Admin on September 28, 2012

by Owen K Waters

When we tune into the soul level of consciousness, we find that there is much more to achieving personal happiness than to anything related to external events. Real joy comes from within, from an unending source which is divine in origin.

The creative will of the Divine Father aspect of God merged in perfect union with the everlasting love of the Divine Mother aspect of God together fill the universe with total, unadulterated, blissful joy!

The greatest discovery of a person who regularly practices meditation is that, one day, the door will open to this unending supply of blissful joy. On that day, the spiritual seeker knows, beyond all shadow of any doubt, that God lies silently within all things and all consciousness. We are a part of that Divine Oneness, and it is through the joy of soul consciousness that we realize this connection.

Remember that your soul consciousness is your complete, inner consciousness. Your daily, conscious awareness, on the other hand, is focused on the outside world for a purpose. The true purpose is so that we can find our way back to that from which we came, even though we are spiritually “blindfolded,” so to speak. The game of life on Earth is played so that we can experience the rediscovery of that joyous connection to the oneness from which we originally came.

All the happiness in the world pales in comparison with the supreme joy of that inner connection. Soul-inspired joy is lasting happiness. It has no beginning and no end because it is always there, just as God is always there, within each and every one of us.

This material was an excerpt from Owen Waters’ book, Love, Light, Laughter: The New Spirituality, which is about to go Out Of Print*. This revealing book is filled with such spiritual growth topics as:

How to contact the spiritual light that lies within you
How to say goodbye to guilt
How to create a better life in just three simple steps
How to identify the blocks that can stand between you and a better life
How to dissolve those blocks through the power of love
How to find the surest and most balanced path to spiritual advancement
How to develop your potential and become everything that you can be

Love, Light, Laughter: The New Spirituality is available now in paperback and as a downloadable e-book at:

http://www.infinitebeing.com/ebooks/love.htm

*The printed version of this book is nearing the end of its availability. Act now to secure a copy before it goes out of print – click here.

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The Doorway to the Meaning of Life

Posted by Admin on September 28, 2012

by Owen K Waters

Wandering through life looking for its meaning can be a heart-rending task. You begin life looking to your parents for meaning, then to your teachers and friends until, one day, you’re grown-up, educated, and still clueless.

You stand there, thinking that there has to be a reason why you’re here on this earth because you are constantly haunted from within by a sense of knowing that a reason really does exist. If only you could remember what it was.

At some point in your life, you look up from the hypnotizing clamor of daily existence and seek meaning in that which is above the physical realm of existence. In that moment, when your attention is focused on whatever higher consciousness may bring, you are receptive to new ideas and new information.

My life has been spent in pursuit of the awareness that there is a whole universe of discovery within each person’s higher awareness, just waiting to be explored. Earlier in life, when I was an employee, I’d often sit at my desk and drift away mentally into more interesting planes of awareness. Later, as a business owner, I was able to find quality time for some really deep reflection. I used to rise bright and early for a fascinating morning of study and meditation and then roll into the office, ready to begin work, at the crack of noon!

Today, when people ask me about how to find the meaning in their lives, the first thing I do is point out the doorway to their own personal world of inner knowledge. The doorway is within your heart and it leads from the world of physical tumult into spiritual realms of inner peace and revelation.

You have only to detach from the stress and turmoil of daily living to enter your own heart consciousness, feel the love there which patiently awaits you, and move through the doorway into a higher awareness.

It is in that state of higher awareness that you discover the unique meaning of your life. It is there that you find the peace of mind that always eluded you. It is there that the light of inner wisdom joins with the love that flows freely throughout the universe.

This union of love and light brings forth the enlightenment for which all sentient beings strive, and it all begins with unconditional love. Acceptance of yourself and everyone as you are, followed by gratitude for life itself and the experience that this life brings, opens up the doorway of the heart and leads onwards into the realms of self-discovery.

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Owen K Waters is the author of Discover Your Purpose in Life, which is available for download now at:

http://www.infinitebeing.com/ebooks/purpose.htm

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Living Your Dream

Posted by Admin on September 28, 2012

by Owen K Waters

Are you ready for 2013? Remember, the year 2012 sees the end of multiple cosmic cycles, both long-term and short-term, all of which come to a close at the same time.

With the dawn of the year 2013 will come great opportunity as all of those cosmic cycles will have reset and entered new and positive phases. You will see that, as the ways of Old Reality become less inspiring to people, new possibilities will dawn upon their awareness. Spiritual seekers especially will want to spend their days working in ways that have deep meaning to their very souls.

Imagine how many people have dreamed of earning a living by doing work that is truly inspiring. Let’s face it – who hasn’t? Most of us would rather spend our working days – or retirement hours – doing work that has spiritual meaning, by doing work that helps others in spiritual ways.

All lightworkers are healers and teachers. The time is coming for us to step forward into our power and our purpose.

Here’s an insight into what’s coming in the very near future: We are moving into an age of exceptional spiritual awakening and one of the fastest-growing professions will be Spiritual Leadership.

As we rush headlong into the great transformation called The Shift, there will be more and more pressure for people everywhere to seek out spiritual answers. They need meaningful answers, not nice-sounding platitudes or wishful thinking. They need to understand the laws of the universe so that they can make sense of the rise in consciousness which is radically affecting everyone today.

We will be fully supporting the emerging spiritual leadership professions in every way possible. We will be offering training that increases a person’s value as a spiritual leader and healer in these critical times. Whether you choose to share your skills and knowledge with just a few friends or launch a new full-time profession, it will become ever more important after 2012 that you act to help others at their time of greatest need.

Think about how you could help others with spiritual advice and healing energy. Think of all the dreams you’ve ever had about making a living in a truly meaningful way, because the time is coming for those dreams to emerge into full realization.

Owen K Waters is the author of Love, Light Laughter: The New Spirituality, which is available both as a paperback and a downloadable e-book, at:

http://www.infinitebeing.com/ebooks/love.htm

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The Spiritual Age

Posted by Admin on September 28, 2012

by Owen K Waters

The Spiritual Age is not just another age to be documented in the pages of history books.

The Spiritual Age is a quantum leap in the evolution of humankind.

There are 12 distinct stages in the evolution of human consciousness. There is a lower tier of six material stages followed by a higher tier of six spiritual stages. Once a person shifts from the material tier into the spiritual tier of evolution, everything changes. The old rules no longer apply, and the ways of the new reality have to be understood and acted upon.

Imagine the radical change that a butterfly goes through in its transformation from an earthbound, limited chrysalis to the joyous freedom of a butterfly. Likewise, a radical transformation occurs when humans move into the spiritual stages of their evolution.

When you enter the realms of spiritual consciousness through the gateway of the heart, you begin to understand that love is more important than money, power, fame, or any of the other entrapments of material life.

Upon moving into the energy of unconditional love, it becomes clear that helping others is the key to success in life. Your viewpoint of life is expanded, just as the butterfly sees more from its position above the ground than it ever saw before while earthbound.

In the New Reality, success will be measured, not by money, but by the amount of joy in your life.

Once a person has gained an understanding of the expanded realm of the heart, they are free to move on to the next stages of spiritual consciousness. Inspiration starts to flow. Inner knowing comes to the fore. Intuition is your daily guide and helper as the wisdom of your soul comes forth to help you succeed at all your efforts in life.

With soul communion comes the blissful joy of spiritual consciousness. With that blissful joy comes inner peace and the lifting away of all the cares of the world. This is reality. This is the state that God always intended for you to discover so that you can live and love in the light of soul consciousness and become a fully-empowered spiritual being.

Your birthright is love, light, and the laughter that springs from spiritual joy.

This was an excerpt from the book Love, Light, Laughter: The New Spirituality**

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Expressing Your Higher Faculties

Posted by Admin on September 28, 2012

by Owen K Waters

You are a spiritual being, living in a material world and secretly endowed with infinite intelligence and creative power.

You only have to look within, to your true being, to connect with spiritual levels of consciousness. The more familiar you become with these expanded levels of consciousness, the more potential becomes available to you for the creation of a better life and a better world.

There are two phases in the development of human consciousness, both at the individual and societal level. First, the material stages are experienced, then the spiritual stages.

Humanity has devoted much of the past century to the stage of development that focuses on the intellect. Today, however, people are migrating in droves to the next stage of human growth, which is heart-centered consciousness. Once people become accustomed to thinking with their hearts as well as their heads, they stand at the gateway of spiritual consciousness.

Spirituality is the development of higher consciousness. Spiritual consciousness begins with heart-centered awareness and the increasing sense that there is a universal Spirit of God or an all-pervasive intelligence behind all things.

We all have an inner connection to the universe and to the ultimate intelligence which created the universe. With the emergence of the first spiritual stage of consciousness, we become aware of that connection. We begin to sense that it is something sacred and, yet, it is also a part of us. It is a universal yearning for unity with that from which we originally came. It is a call to begin the journey back to our ultimate spiritual home.

Spirituality brings deeper meaning and fulfillment into people’s lives by opening up the higher faculties that lay dormant during the material stages of consciousness. These higher faculties include insight, empathy, and creativity:

Insight

With rapidly-expanding intuitive insight, you gain a greater sense of knowing about the true nature of any situation.

Empathy

You find yourself developing a sense of connection with all of Creation. This happens because you are connected within to spiritual realms that are filled with love, light, and joy.

Creativity

Higher creativity is the ability to reshape your reality around a new intention. Spiritual consciousness is the key to the real power in creating a new reality. With it, you can create a better life and make the world a better place.

This was an excerpt from Owen Waters’ book, Spirituality Made Simple.*

*OUT OF PRINT advisory: This book is about to go out of print. If you would like to avail yourself – or a friend – of one of the few remaining copies of Spirituality Made Simple, here is the link:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1932336303

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Christian Mysticism and Butterflies – link correction

Posted by Admin on September 28, 2012

Christianity means many things to many people. It can be the
one and only truth, or a pathway to spiritual experiences, and
it can even stand for a hierarchy of middle men who try to
stand between you and your experience of God.

This week’s article is written by Brian Longhurst, a lifelong
Christian mystic from England, who has spent over 30 years
doing what any mystic or serious seeker does – bypassing the
middle men and going straight to the source of his inquiry.

In Brian’s case, his deeply philosophical questions were
addressed directly to the living Jesus. His communications,
of which he has kept a faithful diary, have now stretched
over a timespan more than three decades.

I very much enjoyed reading Brian’s allegory of the history
of Christianity using the analogy of caterpillars, which
start their days as creatures of the earth and then transform
miraculously into beautiful butterflies.

*GREAT NEWS: After much painstaking preparation, Brian has
compiled an entire book full of his amazing experiences and
inspiring messages direct from the Prince of Peace Himself.

To enjoy Brian’s insightful article and see a link to the book,
click on this link or type the address into your web browser:

http://www.infinitebeing.com/0506/butterflies.htm

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Owen K Waters is the author of Spirituality Made Simple, which is available both as a (soon to be Out Of print) paperback and a downloadable e-book, at:

http://www.infinitebeing.com/ebooks/simple.htm

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Karnataka’s new ration card system goes hi-tech

Posted by Admin on September 28, 2012

http://in.finance.yahoo.com/news/karnataka%E2%80%99s-new-ration-card-system-goes-hi-tech.html?page=all

By | Yahoo! Finance India – Wed 26 Sep, 2012 1:00 PM IST

By K.R. Balasubramanyam

Risaldar Street is a little known Bangalore locality situated about a kilometre from the city’s main railway station. It has only one fair-price shop. More than a third of its 3,000-odd ration card holders belong to families living below the poverty line (BPL). But the fair-price shop now has one claim to fame – it is one of a handful of shops through which the Karnataka government has taken its first steps towards reforming its leaky public distribution system (PDS).

Consider the scene at the shop one evening in the last week of August. As usual, a group of people had gathered to buy their rationed monthly quota of foodgrains, sugar and kerosene. Among them was Sujatha, a helper at a hotel, in her mid-30s. When she handed over her ration card to the shopkeeper, he did not, as he used to once, scribble on it and return it to her. Instead he punched the card number into a biometric machine installed at the shop three months ago. The woman was then asked to put her left thumb on the machine, which promptly recognised her thumb impression as that of a genuine beneficiary. As each item Sujatha sought was placed on the weighing platform, the machine not only displayed the list of purchases along with their weight and price, but also announced these verbally in Kannada. Finally, the transaction complete, it printed a bill.

The process does not end there. After each transaction, the machine electronically relays its details to a National Informatics Centre (NIC) server, which uploads the data on a newly created portal of Karnataka’s PDS data centre. “Not just the officials, anyone from anywhere can access the information,” says B.A. Harish Gowda, Karnataka’s Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Secretary, who has been driving the change. “We can achieve results only by increasing transparency.”

Karnataka’s move is the latest in a series of efforts by states and the Centre to fix the inefficient system of distributing essential items at subsidised rates to the poor. The PDS is run through more than 500,000 fair-price shops across the country.

The Centre spends a huge amount on food subsidies – it has budgeted Rs 75,000 crore for 2012/13 – but many poor people do not get their allocated quota of grains as the system is notoriously leaky. Some estimates suggest more than half the subsidised grain meant for BPL families is siphoned off.

“Transparency puts pressure on people to perform,” says Sudhir Kumar, Union Food and Public Distribution Secretary. “We support all such positive moves, and are in the process of preparing a scheme that will encourage states to take up PDS reforms.”

Gowda says the state has installed biometric machines in 103 shops in Bangalore and Tumkur districts since July. He is satisfied with their performance. “We will now start installing them in all the 20,459 fair-price shops in the state,” he adds. Karnataka hopes the Centre will help fund the Rs 100-crore programme.

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Gowda estimates there could be around 1.5 million ineligible ration cards in the state, which will go out of circulation once the machines are installed all over. He expects the move to save the state around Rs 150 crore a year.

In the first phase, the Bangalorebased Essae Teraoka is supplying 1,000 machines at Rs 46,011 apiece. “We had feared shop licensees would resist the new system, but things have gone smoothly till now,” says its Managing Director S.A. Prabhu Chandran. He is trying to persuade other states such as Tamil Nadu to follow Karnataka’s example.

To ensure only genuine beneficiaries buy from the fair-price shops, the state food department has collected fingerprints and photographs of all cardholders and fed the data into a server that links all the machines. To further eliminate fake ration cards, the government has also linked the cards to electricity meter numbers in urban areas and property tax numbers in rural.

Wherever more than one family has claimed the same electricity meter or property tax number, officials have visited the houses and allowed only the ones genuine.

The linking had another tangential effect – it cleaned up land records. “When we shared data relating to property details with village panchayats, it did not match in many cases with what the panchayats had. The panchayats were able to identify more than 200,000 new properties that had not paid taxes,” says P.V. Bhat, Senior Technical Director, NIC, Bangalore.

Karnataka is also using its information technology network to ensure fair-price shops lift their allocated stock from warehouses in time. Earlier, many shops would lift the stock only in the last week of each month – since lifting early meant locking up their working capital for a longer period. Today most shops are taking their quotas well in time and state officials keep tabs on the stock position. “A few warehouses had a month’s extra stock because many shops postponed lifting by one week every month,” says D.N. Jeevaraj, Karnataka’s Food and Civil Supplies Minister. “I have instructed that stocks should be lifted by the 10th of every month.”

How the new system works
1. The machine identifies beneficiaries with their thumb impressions
2. It displays weight and price of items, verbally announcing them too
3. It electronically transmits transaction details to a server
4. The data is uploaded on Karnataka PDS Centre’s portal

Reproduced From Business Today. © 2012. LMIL. All rights reserved.

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100 mln to die by 2030 if world fails to act on climate

Posted by Admin on September 27, 2012

http://in.news.yahoo.com/100-mln-die-2030-world-fails-act-climate-095505632.html

By Nina Chestney | Reuters – 9 hours ago

               LONDON (Reuters) – More than 100 million people will die and global economic growth will be cut by 3.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030 if the world fails to tackle climate change, a report commissioned by 20 governments said on Wednesday.

As global average temperatures rise due to greenhouse gas emissions, the effects on the planet, such as melting ice caps, extreme weather, drought and rising sea levels, will threaten populations and livelihoods, said the report conducted by humanitarian organisation DARA.

It calculated that five million deaths occur each year from air pollution, hunger and disease as a result of climate change and carbon-intensive economies, and that toll would likely rise to six million a year by 2030 if current patterns of fossil fuel use continue.

More than 90 percent of those deaths will occur in developing countries, said the report that calculated the human and economic impact of climate change on 184 countries in 2010 and 2030. It was commissioned by the Climate Vulnerable Forum, a partnership of 20 developing countries threatened by climate change.

“A combined climate-carbon crisis is estimated to claim 100 million lives between now and the end of the next decade,” the report said.

It said the effects of climate change had lowered global output by 1.6 percent of world GDP, or by about $1.2 trillion a year, and losses could double to 3.2 percent of global GDP by 2030 if global temperatures are allowed to rise, surpassing 10 percent before 2100.

It estimated the cost of moving the world to a low-carbon economy at about 0.5 percent of GDP this decade.

COUNTING THE COST

Responding to the report, Oxfam International said the costs of political inaction on climate were “staggering”.

“The losses to agriculture and fisheries alone could amount to more than $500 billion per year by 2030, heavily focussed in the poorest countries where millions depend on these sectors to make a living,” said executive director Jeremy Hobbs.

British economist Nicholas Stern told Reuters earlier this year investment equivalent to 2 percent of global GDP was needed to limit, prevent and adapt to climate change.

His report on the economics of climate change in 2006 said that without any action to tackle climate change, the overall costs and risks of climate change would be equivalent to a cut in per-capita consumption of perhaps up to 20 percent.

Temperatures have already risen by about 0.8 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times. Almost 200 nations agreed in 2010 to limit the global average temperature rise to below 2C (3.6 Fahrenheit) to avoid dangerous impacts from climate change.

But climate scientists have warned that the chance of limiting the rise to below 2C is getting smaller as global greenhouse gas emissions rise due to burning fossil fuels.

The world’s poorest nations are the most vulnerable as they face increased risk of drought, water shortages, crop failure, poverty and disease. On average, they could see an 11 percent loss in GDP by 2030 due to climate change, DARA said.

“One degree Celsius rise in temperature is associated with 10 percent productivity loss in farming. For us, it means losing about 4 million metric tonnes of food grain, amounting to about $2.5 billion. That is about 2 percent of our GDP,” Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said in response to the report.

“Adding up the damages to property and other losses, we are faced with a total loss of about 3-4 percent of GDP.”

Even the biggest and most rapidly developing economies will not escape unscathed. The United States and China could see a 2.1 percent reduction in their respective GDPs by 2030, while India could experience a more than 5 percent loss.

The full report is available at: http://daraint.org/ (Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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